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Indie director Gareth Edwards got a crack at one of the biggest monsters there is in this summer's blockbuster. Bryan Cranston plays a scientist obsessed with government secrets since the mysterious death of his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) after a suspicious nuclear reactor meltdown. Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-stars as his son Ford, a Navy guy who discovers that dear old dad's paranoia might actually be worth checking out. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins co-star as scientists studying the real cause of that nuclear meltdown.
- Jenni Miller
Mann is currently in talks to play Audrey Griswold in the remake of the John Hughes hit, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the original film, the character of Audrey was played by Dana Barron. In the new film, Audrey will be married to rising star anchorman Stone Crandall, who will reportedly be played by Thor’s Chris Hemsworth.
In the new Vacation film, Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover) will play the grown up Rusty Griswold, who is following in his father Clark Gisworld’s footsteps of planning a family road trip. Chevy Chase will be reprising his role from the original film, as will Beverly D’Angelo. Christina Applegate is reportedly already on board for the movie and It’s Always Sunny in »
George Clooney will be honored with a prestigious award at the 72nd Golden Globes.
George Clooney has achieved enough for a lifetime, or at least that's what the Golden Globe Awards think.
The 53-year-old actor will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2015 Golden Globes. The honorary award is given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment."
Photos: Fashions a the 2014 Golden Globes
The award was first given to one of the most successful filmmakers, Cecil B. Demille in 1952, when he was 70 years old. Since then, Hollywood legends like Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn have received the honor.
News: Jodi Foster's Moving Golden Globes Speech
So is Clooney too young for a lifetime achievement award? Well, he will »
Sonam Kapoor is living many girls dreams and becoming a Disney princess if the film Khoobsurat has a happily ever after ending, which we are guessing it does. A new version of the Rekha starrer (!980) of the same name, this time the heroine is not in the house of an army man but goes into the house of a royal family. Her prince is played by Pakistani actor Fawad Khan making his debut in Hindi films.
The Disney Utv produced film, which hits theaters on Friday September 19th, is a quirky, modern romantic comedy about what happens when a vibrant, hopelessly romantic physiotherapist meets a handsome young Rajput prince who is the complete opposite of her – and is engaged to someone else. It is a battle of values between two individually crazy families — one that encourages discipline and self-restraint versus the other, which is all for spontaneity and open-mindedness.
- Stacey Yount
Vanessa Hudgens is stepping into Audrey Hepburn’s shoes in a revival of the musical Gigi. The show is slated to open at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in January and could transition to Broadway if it’s a hit. In 1958, the story was turned into a musical film starring Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan. The famous musical duo, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe wrote the lyrics and music. [...] »
Vanessa Hudgens is back to singing! The High School Musical actress is set to star in the title role of a new adaptation of the famous Broadway production Gigi. The musical, directed by Eric Shaeffer, is a romantic comedy that was first adapted for Broadway in 1951 with Audrey Hepburn playing the same role Hudgens will be starring in. The film version of the musical has won nine Academy Awards among numerous other recognitions. The actress has played the role of Gigi before in New York City readings and is excited to get back to theater. "I started performing in musicals from a young age, and it has always been my dream to be on Broadway," Hudgens said in a press release. "I cannot wait to get »
Vanessa Hudgens has graduated from high school musicals to real musicals: Hudgens will play the title role in the upcoming Broadway revival of Gigi, the classic Lerner and Loewe musical which bowed on Broadway in 1973. The actress had been playing the role in recent readings in New York.
Hudgens will hone her Gigi chops in a pre-Broadway engagement at the Eisenhower Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in January. Following the engagement, the production will transfer to Broadway in 2015.
- Marc Snetiker
The basic appeal of the photographs in Karina Longworth’s new Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951–1997 (Princeton Architectural Press) is easy to grasp. Any peek behind (as Joni Mitchell put it) the star-maker machinery is fun, doubly so when it’s a glimpse at a long-gone movie icon like Audrey Hepburn or James Dean. Immaculate costume and pose mix nicely with the visual clutter of a film set, and who doesn’t like seeing that? Contact sheets, though, add another layer of interest. Not only do we see the movie being made; we see the photographer at work, too. If he or she’s been shooting fast, the repetitions almost constitute a stop-motion echo of the movie itself—kind of a rough draft, or even a proto-gif. You can see, and almost hear, the ratchet-click of the hand and eye at work, shooting and winding, »
- Christopher Bonanos
Honorary Oscar Non-Winners: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich among dozens of women who never took home Academy’s Honorary Award (photo: Honorary Oscar non-winner Gloria Swanson in ‘Sunset Blvd.’) (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") This post basically consists of a long, long list. Some of the names found below were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss while eagerly opting to ignore the relevance of the past, that doesn’t make the women listed below any less deserving of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Award. So, as for the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without receiving an Honorary Oscar for their body of work — most of whom without having ever won a competitive Academy Award — were actresses Gloria Swanson, »
- Andre Soares
Honorary Oscars have traditionally bypassed women: Mary Pickford, Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo among rare exceptions (photo: 1976 Honorary Oscar winner Mary Pickford) September 4, 2014 Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy’s other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this particular post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to receive the Academy »
- Andre Soares
Bob Willoughby was the first photographer to bring a documentary style to snapping Hollywood. Working for Warner Brothers from the early 1950s, he had access to the greatest stars of the day, from James Dean to Audrey Hepburn. His candid portraits of the greats of film and jazz are on show at Beetles + Huxley gallery in London from 16 September-4 October.
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- Sarah Gilbert
Audrey Hepburn is at her kookily adorable best as New York party girl Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards' heart-melting take on Truman Capote's romantic classic. George Peppard is the struggling writer living in New York who slowly falls for his eccentric neighbour's charms while Martin Balsam plays Holly's deserted husband Buddy. The final chase in the rain for the beloved 'Cat' ensures that no hankie will remain unsoaked, and you'll be humming Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning chanson Moon River for weeks. »
Browse all the sections of the 58th London Film Festival (Oct 8-18) including the galas, competition titles and individual sections.
Alphabetical list of titles by section including feature premiere status
Wp = Wp
Ep = European Premiere
IP = International Premiere
UK = UK Premiere
The Imitation Game (UK-us)
dir. Morten Tyldum
dir. David Ayer
dir. Bennett MillerUKWhiplash (Us)
dir. Damien ChazelleUKMen, Women And Children (Us)
dir. Jason ReitmanEPWild (Us)
dir. Jean-Marc ValleeEPTestament Of Youth (UK)
dir. James KentWPMr. Turner (UK)
dir. Mike LeighUKThe Battles Of Coronel And Falkland Islands (UK)
dir. Jon StewartEPMommy (Can)
dir. Xavier DolanUKA Little Chaos (UK)
dir. Alan RickmanEPWild Tales (Arg)
dir. Damián SzifrónUKThe Salvation (Den)
dir. Kristian Levring The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom (Chi)
dir. Jacob CheungIPWinter Sleep (Tur)
dir. Nuri Bilge CeylanUKBjork: Biophilia Live (UK)
dir. Nick Fenton, Peter StricklandUKSong Of The Sea (Ire)
dir. Tomm MooreEPOfficial »
Masters of Sex has reached the ’60s. Over the course of “Asterion,” the seventh episode of the show’s second season, the setting jumped between 1958 and 1960. That posed a challenge for costume designer Ane Crabtree, who had to reflect the changing of the times in the characters’ garb. In fact, director Michael Dinner showed people quite literally “walking through time,” explained Crabtree. As Annaleigh Ashford’s character Betty Dimello, now working for the sex researchers, led guests through the lobby of Masters and Johnson’s new office building, both the outfits and the years changed. “I watched it twice because »
- Esther Zuckerman
Venice — Your enjoyment of dodgy comedy "She's Funny That Way" will depend hugely on your personal tolerance for coincidence as plot mechanic. How many coincidences need to occur before the characters might as well start saying "a wizard did it" by way of explaining the wherefores of the plot? What's your personal tipping point? Perhaps your answer will depend on genre. Even in sci-fi or fantasy, "a wizard did it" is still a pretty poor explanation unless the wizard has a satisfying motive. In a more realistic genre, the greater the number of coincidences, the greater the strain on audience credulity. The genre of farce, though broadly realistic (there are usually no wizards), is of course often borderline fantastical in terms of the believability of people's behavior and the frequency with which coincidence craps all over the characters' hopes and dreams. "She's Funny That Way" leans heavily on this creaky »
- Catherine Bray
Film fans can be some of the most passionate fans in the world. Many cinephiles have their rooms filled and walls covered with posters, models, books, and strange odds and ends. Some of the wealthier movie fanatics are privileged (and slightly crazy) enough to take home pieces of cinema history themselves at great costs.
Robot Mafia has an inforgraph created by Joe MacFarland that details the prices of the 33 most expensive props in history. There are some obvious ones like Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars at $240,000, the Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz at $660,000, and James Bond’s Aston Martin from Godleneye at a whopping $4,408,456.
The most recent prop on the list is a vial of the soldier soldier serum from 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger at $3,959. The oldest item is King Kong himself, or at least what remains of him in the form of the »
- Max Molinaro
Screwball comedy was already a retro affair when Peter Bogdanovich mastered it in 1972 with “What’s Up, Doc?” Forty-two years later, that ageless throwback is the standard to which the director aspires in “She’s Funny That Way,” . At once invoking genre forebears like Ernst Lubitsch and contemporaries like Woody Allen, this diverting tale of a Brooklyn callgirl wreaking havoc among the romantically frustrated cast and crew of a dud Broadway play accumulates the necessary narrative chaos without ever building a full head of comic steam. The diverting result will find a modest audience principally among those old enough to recall Bogdanovich’s glory days.
“She’s Funny That Way” was initially, and more intriguingly, titled “Squirrels to the Nuts,” a reference to an irresistible nugget of do-your-own-thing philosophy from “Cluny Brown,” Lubitsch’s last completed film: “Some people like to feed nuts to the squirrels, but if someone wants »
- Guy Lodge
Hollywood in 1989 was a far different place than it was in the studio system heyday of the 30s through the 50s. The Old Hollywood glamour that made stars like Bette Davis and Audrey Hepburn once shine bright seemed like a distant memory compared to such blatantly sexual films as Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Trying to imagine Davis' Margo Channing or Hepburn's Holly Golightly appearing alongside the neon prints and leg warmers of the 80's is ludicrous. Except that both of these legendary Best Actresses happened to still be making films in 1989, decades after they had first achieved stardom. Sadly, 1989 would be the last year that both actresses would appear again on the big screen and what's worse, neither of their films (Wicked Stepmother and Always) would contribute much to their cinematic legacy.
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Source: Paramount Pictures Girl power is nothing new, and through the years, famous females have shared wise words on everything from relationships to failure to the importance of giving back. In honor of Women's Equality Day, we're highlighting some of the most inspiring quotes by iconic women, including thoughtful ideas from Audrey Hepburn, Toni Morrison, Amelia Earhart, and more. Take a look at these perfectly pinnable words, then check out our Pinterest board for extra inspiration! Front Page Image Source: Paramount Pictures, Getty / Patrick Kovarik »
Fifty years ago this month, Mary Poppins chim-chim-cher-ee'd its way into cinemas. The sugary sweet spectacular was rapturously received by cinemagoers of the era and audiences are still in love with the magical movie more than half a century on from its original release.
You’ve probably watched the film a hundred times. You might even know all of the words to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." But in celebration of Mary Poppins’ fiftieth anniversary here are ten fun things that you might not know about the movie.
It took Walt Disney more than 20 years to acquire the rights After his daughters fell in love with the books Walt Disney promised he’d adapt P.L Travers’ hit story for the silver screen. However, convincing the notoriously sceptical author proved harder than he could have ever imagined and after first pursuing the project in 1938 it took more than twenty years for Disney to finally secure the film rights. »
- Daniel Bettridge
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