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What a difference a year makes. In 2003, Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, and Jon Heder — students at Brigham Young University's film school — were just another trio of independent filmmakers working the festival circuit in Park City. Their short film "Peluca," about a fanny pack-wearing teen named Seth, was selected to screen at the Slamdance Film Festival. If the protagonist sounds slightly familiar, it's because he was the prototype for the titular geek hero of Napoleon Dynamite, the micro-budget indie that would become the toast of that city's other film fest — Sundance »
The actor was first remembered during the 'In Memoriam' tribute, soundtracked by Sarah Bareilles's live performance of 'Smile', following his death earlier this month.
When the segment concluded, Crystal appeared on stage to pay tribute to his longtime friend.
"He made us laugh hard, every time you saw him on television, arenas, hospitals, homeless shelters, and even in a dying girl's living room," Crystal said. "The relentless energy was kind of thrilling. I used to think, 'if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds I'd be all right'."
The tearful actor added: "It's very hard hard to talk about him in the past because he was in our present for almost 40 years."
The 'In Memoriam' segment, which remembers those in the television industry who have passed away over the past 12 months, »
Before Crystal’s tribute, the Emmys also remembered other stars who died this year, including Paul Walker, James Avery, Ann B. Davis, Shirley Temple, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, and Sid Caesar, in a video segment that played as Sara Bareilles sang Nat King Cole’s “Smile” live.
The video segment ended on a photo of Robin Williams as Billy Crystal began his tribute onstage. “He made us laugh. Hard,” Crystal started. “Every time you saw him.” Crystal and Williams starred in 1997 comedy Fathers »
- Ariana Bacle
A night full of laughs, tears, and jabs! The 2014 Emmy Awards, held at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre and hosted by Seth Meyers, were full of one-liners, funny acceptance speech interruptions, a somewhat random performance by Weird Al Yankovic, and an emotional tribute to the late Robin Williams. Not to mention, Hayden Panettiere revealed she’s having a girl! Hollywood paid tribute to the late Robin Williams, as well as Elaine Stritch, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker, Shirley Temple, and more who've died since the 2013 Emmys, with a [...] »
Get Judy Greer in the same room as her Married co-star Nat Faxon for an EW Pop Culture Personality Test, and you quickly learn that the actress tears up when she laughs. You also learn that like any good fictional wife, she can predict how her fictional husband will playfully insult her.
Entertainment Weekly: What movie scared you that shouldn’t have?
Nat Faxon: What was that movie you were in? The one with the close-up? I forget what that was. »
- Mandi Bierly
TVs favourite schoolboys came in to answer your questions, revealing what wrestling move theyd use on Thatcher, who has the fittest mum and the difficulties of punching a fish
Thank you to everyone for submitting questions. Simon, James, Blake and Joe must head off, but a big thank you to them for coming in to answer your questions.
That's it you lot. Thanks for your questions.
James (or any of you really): Are there any hot new indie artists/bands I should be checking out?
James: My faves at the moment are The Milk, and States of Emotion.
Which one of you is most likely to be brutally murdered in a Game of Thrones cameo appearance?
Blake: I hope it's me. But only if the other three kill me.
I just love Friday Night Dinner, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Sian Cain
A marathon of James Garner's most popular films will air on TCM.
Cable channel TCM has confirmed that it will air 12 of the star's movies on Monday (July 28), starting with his early film appearance in Toward the Unknown at 6am Et.
Screening times can be found on TCM's website.
It's been five years since the King of Pop passed away, and like the medieval regents of old, the years after his death have seen his kingdom divided up between a number of warring claimants. But the former king's influence is still felt all across the pop-music landscape. Below, read just 13 ways Michael Jackson's legacy is still with fans today. 1. He Made R&B the Sound of PopRhythm and blues certainly wasn't too far from the mainstream when Mj came on the scene, but with the help of super producer Quincy Jones, Jackson's music blended R&B so seamlessly »
- Nate Jones
Regardless of how you feel about child stars, you sometimes have to sympathize with them—like when they're dealing with completely over-the-top stage moms. Radar rounds up 10: Rumor has it Kris Jenner was so determined to make daughter Kim Kardashian a household name that she convinced Kim to film the sex tape that launched her to stardom. Jaid Barrymore , who wanted to be famous herself, was auditioning daughter Drew for commercials before Drew even celebrated her first birthday—and now the two women are estranged. If you thought Shirley Temple's famous head of curls was all natural, think again: »
- Evann Gastaldo
Arguably the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple, Macaulay Culkin is back in the spotlight. The actor and artist has been performing in an avant-garde cover band "The Pizza Underground" since the beginning of 2014, however, recently, audience response hasn't been that great for Culkin and co.
The band -- which takes classic rock songs and turns them into pizza-themed anthems -- played a few shows stateside before taking their talents to the U.K. At the Dot to Dot Festival Sunday in Nottingham, England, the comedy cover band was met with heavy boos and even had beer thrown at them. After dodging pints and playing three songs, "The Pizza Underground" opted to (understandably) end their set and exit the stage.
Even more than 20 years after "Home Alone," the actor's never failed to pique our interest. From his cheesy cover band to his relationships, here are 9 things you probably never knew about Macaulay Culkin. »
- Moviefone Staff
Chicago – There are few TV shows associated with a song more than “The Wonder Years”. Joe Cocker’s raspy version of “With a Little Help From My Friends” immediately conjures up that family sitcom and especially the centerpiece lead child actor Fred Savage.
The grown-up Fred Savage is now one of TV’s hottest sitcom directors.
Last week, Savage was the featured guest for the kickoff of the CineYouth Film Festival, which is sponsored by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival. The annual film showcase celebrates short-format features from filmmakers 21-years-old and younger. And who more appropriate to give a career retrospective than Fred Savage, who began as a child actor and has evolved into show business as a producer, director and occasional performer as an adult.
Fred Savage at the CineYouth Film Festival in Chicago on May 8, 2014.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Happy 80th birthday, Shirley MacLaine!
The legendary, award-winning actress, who was born April 24, 1934 in Richmond, Va, started out as a dancer and got her big break on Broadway. She made her first film with Alfred Hitchcock, became a Rat Pack regular, flirted briefly with politics but has never stopped acting as she enters her 7th decade in Hollywood.
She started off as a lovably kooky ingenue, but is known today for her cantankerous matriarch roles in "Downton Abbey," "Bernie," "Steel Magnolias," "Guarding Tess," and, of course, her Oscar-winning role as Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment."
Her next gig is a singing and dancing role on "Glee," of course. Happy Birthday to one of the most talented, most colorful character actresses of all time.
1. She was named after Shirley Temple.
2. She's been performing since age 3, when she began doing ballet.
3. As a girl, she pretended she was Rita Hayworth, since »
- Sharon Knolle
By Robert W. Welkos The Curse of the Blood Moons isn’t on any studio release schedule this year as far as we know, but then again, we’re not talking about the latest horror flick. We’re talking about Hollywood itself. No matter how you look at it, 2014 is shaping up to be among the most turbulent year Hollywood has ever experienced—and we have yet to reach summer. It wasn’t that long ago that Hollywood was reeling from the drug overdose death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his Greenwich Village apartment. Hoffman’s death followed on the heels of director Woody Allen being accused by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow of molesting her when she was only 7 years old. Then there was the suicide of Nancy Motes, Julia Roberts’ half-sister, who died of a drug overdose and left a five-page suicide ranting against the Oscar winner. »
- Robert W. Welkos
This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Hollywood's glitziest contribution to the 1964 New York World's Fair was staging the black-tie premiere of What a Way to Go! on its 646-acre grounds. It was quite the production: Stars and guests passed through turnstiles at the Times Square subway station, then were serenaded by a guitarist/bassist/bongo drummer trio as they boarded a specially outfitted Irt 7 Flushing Express to Queens. Photos: Unseen Photos of Young Michael Douglas, Shirley Temple, Elvis Presley The bouffant hairdo of star Shirley MacLaine, then 30, rose so high it brushed against the balloons floating on the ceiling
- Bill Higgins
Hollywood – He was the biggest star the world, the box office champion from 1939 to 1941. “Wow, spanning two decades,” Bart Simpson said. Mickey Rooney lived long enough to work on silent films, be the biggest star in the world and do a voiceover on “The Simpsons.” Not bad for one lifetime. Mickey Rooney died of natural causes in his North Hollywood home on April 6th. He was 93.
Rooney was a actor who worked nearly his entire life in film, television and stage. His active career as a performer spanned 92 years, and he was one of the last few in history to have worked in the silent film era. His filmography lists over 200 roles, and he also appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway and several television series. He outlived and outperformed virtually all the classic movie stars from Hollywood’s golden era of the studio system from the 1930s to the 1950s.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Over the past three months of Movie Poster of the Day, the two most popular posters by far were two beautiful (each in their own very distinct way) posters that I posted in memoriam of two dearly departed auteurs: Alan Resnais and Harold Ramis. And two other posters among the most popular (i.e. most liked or reblogged) were those posted in celebration of Philip Seymour Hoffman, including Chris Ware’s lovely 2007 design for The Savages, one of my favorite posters of last decade. So, if nothing else, Movie Poster of the Day has recorded the saddest losses of the year. (Not forgetting the adorable Swedish poster I posted for Shirley Temple which didn’t make the Top 20.)
I’m happy to see a number of new posters here: a very popular Dutch Wolf of Wall Street, »
- Adrian Curry
Gentle and ruminative, this documentary from Mark Cousins takes a rich and clever look at how children appear on screen
This utterly beguiling and idiosyncratic cine-essay by critic and film-maker Mark Cousins is a personal journey through the subject of children on film. It was first shown at last year's Cannes film festival and is now on release here: a brilliant mosaic of clips, images and moments chosen with masterly flair, and accompanied by Cousins' own gentle, ruminative, almost murmured voiceover. Just as in his mighty television series, A Story of Film, Cousins dances nimbly between films old and new, cleverly intuits the connections, and digresses into the history of art, as well as into that of his own family.
A Story of Children and Film could be read as simply the story of Cousins himself, through film, and his own refusal to reproduce the cynical/knowing tone of modern grownup criticism. »
- Peter Bradshaw
ABC's new comedy "Mixology" has received more than its fair share of negative reviews, but that hasn't affected two of its stars. Vanessa Lengies (Kacey) and Craig Frank (Cal) are okay with some of the heat their series has been getting.
In fact, it doesn't bother them at all. "Hey, people have opinions. That's why they were hired, to have opinions," Frank tells Zap2it. "Whether they went one way or the other, if you find the show to be something you like, that's fine, or if it's not something you like, that's fine too."
Lengies hopes that viewers stick through some more episodes to truly get a feel for what they're trying to achieve. "I think our whole show is like a movie. It's like an epic adventure that's split into 13 episodes," Lengies tells Zap2it. "It's a different format than other shows and I like that it's different. »
Bob Thomas, the tireless, longtime Associated Press reporter who kept the world informed on the comings and goings of Hollywood's biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, died Friday. He was 92. Thomas died of age-related illnesses at his Encino, Calif., home, his daughter Janet Thomas said. A room filled with his interview subjects would have made for the most glittering of ceremonies: Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Groucho Marx and Marlon Brando, Walt Disney and Fred Astaire. He interviewed rising stars (James Dean), middle-aged legends (Humphrey Bogart, Jack Nicholson) and elder institutions (Bob Hope »
- Associated Press
Cinema Retro is pleased to announce the premiere of a new column: Criterion Corner, which will highlight reviews and interviews pertaining to new Criterion video releases. For our debut column, we are honored to have Raymond Benson's exclusive interview with Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of legendary comedy star Harold Lloyd.
On the advent of The Criterion Collection’s upcoming release of Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman on Blu-ray and DVD, it’s high time that the silent film star gain some recognition from at least two generations that missed out on seeing this master comedian in action. Last year’s release of Safety Last! certainly got the ball rolling, and with Lloyd’s granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd, working as the trustee to his film library and head of Harold Lloyd Entertainment, Inc., the goal is to bring the pictures of the “third genius” (after Chaplin and Keaton) to a wider audience, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
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