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Robin Williams' longtime friend and "Comic Relief" co-host Billy Crystal will lead the previously announced tribute to the late actor at the Emmy Awards next week. Emmy Awards executive producer Don Mischer revealed the news today at the red-carpet launch event outside L.A.'s Nokia Theater, where the Emmys will be held. "We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable," Mischer told E! Online. "Billy seemed like the perfect choice." "Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion," he added. "While we are all still coming to terms with this week's tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves." Crystal will speak in tribute to Williams at the telecast. He was relatively silent following the tragic news of the actor-comedian's death last week, tweeting "No words." Along with Whoopi Goldberg, Crystal and Williams teamed up »
- Dave Lewis
Here's abstew to continue our celebration of 1989 as the 'year of the month'. Happy 25th, 1989!
As we look back at 1989 in preparation for the Smackdown, it's important not to forget what the movies have always been about: really attractive people. The Me Decade of the 80's, perhaps the greatest/craziest time in regards to fashion and hairstyles, if they taught us anything at all, it isn't that less is more. Oh, no. More is More! More shoulder pads, more eye shadow, more crunchy perms with mall bangs. So let's celebrate the 80's excess with these cinematic hotties of 1989.
Honorable Mention: Julia Roberts "Blush and Bashful Hottie", Daniel Day-Lewis "Method Actor Hottie", Meg Ryan "I'll Have What She's Having Hottie", Kenneth Branagh "New Shakespearian Hottie", Nicole Kidman "Just An Ozzie Girl On a Boat With Billy Zane Hottie"
10. Sean Connery
You Call This Archeology Hottie
Why Him: The once and eternally »
It seems writer/director Joss Whedon has worked yet another familiar face into next year's highly-anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron as Stellan Skaresgård has confirmed that he will reprise his Thor: The Dark World role as Dr. Erik Selvig in the already jampacked Marvel sequel. During an interview with Total Film magazine, the Swedish actor was asked how he got involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And after explaining that Thor director Kenneth Branagh had wanted him for the role, Skarsgård admitted, “I didn’t have much clue about the Marvel universe at that time.” He then added, “What I said to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, was, 'All those superheroes? Still in those comic books? Can you make money out of that?' The whole table just froze and looked at me as if I was an idiot. But you sign on for at least five films, I think. »
The Weinstein Company presents The Giver press conference at Essex House on Central Park South Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Phillip Noyce, who directed Dead Calm with Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane - Rabbit-Proof Fence with Kenneth Branagh and David Gulpilil - The Quiet American with Michael Caine - and Catch A Fire with Tim Robbins, now gives us The Giver.
Following the press conference with Jeff Bridges (who paid tribute to Robin Williams), Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites, et al, I spoke with the director about his James Turrell inspiration for The Giver's abode. MoMA PS1, where Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi was shown in 2013 is the location of Turrell's Meeting.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Robin Williams’ long filmography has more than its share of high-profile roles—but IMDb lists 102 total acting credits stretching all the way back to 1977. (That first one? A pair of parts in something called Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?, which the site describes as “a comedy are comprised of short sexually suggestive skits.”) Williams’ triumphs (Good Will Hunting) and failures (Popeye) are well-known, but it’s worth digging through some of his less-heralded work to find the occasional gem.
1. Insomnia (2002)
Williams had been an animated Disney character, a silly cross-dressing nanny, Peter Pan, and an Oscar-winner before »
- EW staff
Following Robin Williams’ death Monday, family, friends, colleagues, and those who respected him have responded, releasing statements about the the late actor.
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) agosto 12, 2014
Susan Schneider, Wife
This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. »
- C. Molly Smith
The old adage states that every clown wants to play Hamlet, but Robin Williams was one of the few who did. Granted, he never actually portrayed the melancholy Dane — although he did pop up as Osric in Kenneth Branagh‘s 1996 version — but Williams’ career as a stand-up comedian, sitcom lead, movie star, and occasional stage actor covered an astonishing breadth that rivals that of any contemporary performer. Most famous for his manic creations like Mork from Ork and Mrs. Doubtfire and the Genie from Disney's animated “Alladin,” Williams had it within himself not just to embrace darkness and »
- Alonso Duralde
I had to stop and think about it. When was the first time I encountered Robin Williams? I'm pretty sure it was reruns of "Mork & Mindy" at a young age, if not the boisterous Oscar-nominated performance he gave in Barry Levinson's "Good Morning, Vietnam." By then he had already dazzled countless audiences in "The World According to Garp." Whatever it was, like so many, it was the start of, as his widow noted in a release, "countless moments of joy and laughter" he would deliver for the next three decades of my life. And now, he's gone. It soon became erratic late night appearances with David Letterman and the like, as the movies flowed in. Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," for instance, or another, much more timid Oscar-nominated performance in Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society." He continued to spotlight range and versatility in Penny Marshall »
- Kristopher Tapley
pic.twitter.com/0qag74HSWM. Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 6, 2014 Look at this dude. Now That's a dude who looks satisfied. Joss Whedon wrapped on Avengers: Age Of Ultron with this satisfied tweet, posing very much like an old-school hip hopper. Perhaps he's going to Regulate with Warren G. Or perhaps he's joining a reformed Bone Thugs And Harmony. Or maybe, just maybe, it's time to hang out with the Roots! Whedon's got a good year of post-production ahead of him, a year that can be spent tweaking footage, doing minor reshoots or secretly filming post-credit sequences where we meet something like eight new Avengers?. Of course, the question dangles out there . dare Whedon sign on for more? Rumors persist that he's not coming back for that third Avengers. Of course, Whedon isn't a for-hire guy like Kenneth Branagh or Joe Johnston, who were essentially tourists in the Marvel universe when »
Today's MPAA ratings bulletin begins with an R-rating for the Kristen Stewart-led Guantanamo Bay drama Camp X-Ray followed by the far more light-hearted live action Cinderella from director Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James in the title role. After that is a rather hard R for Roger Donaldson's The November Man starring Peirce Brosnan and the Russian hockey documentary Red Army comes in with a PG. The complete bulletin is featured below. Amapola Rated R For some language and a scene of sexuality. Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galtc Rated PG-13 For some violence and a scene of sexuality. Born Of War Rated R For violence and language. Camp X-Ray Rated R For language and brief nude images. Release Date: Tba 2014 Cinderella Rated PG For mild thematic elements. Release Date: March 13, 2015 Dark Disciple Rated R For violence. Free Fall Rated R For some violence. Muffin Top: A Love »
- Brad Brevet
As one of Us TV’s most established series, not to mention the lucrative films, it is no surprise that Star Trek has featured such an impressive number of movie stars in it’s extensive list of guest actors. Throughout it’s classic run however, Doctor Who wasn’t so lucky. As the years went on it’s reputation began to wane, and towards the end of it’s 26 season run it was unfortunately attracting the likes of Ken Dodd rather than Kenneth Branagh
Luckily this is just one of the many things that the revival of the series has set about changing however. In fact the show has been graced by the presence of no less than seven highly successful movie stars in just the last two seasons alone, showing just how rapidly this trend of big name guests is increasing.
While there are film stars such as Simon Pegg, »
- Ian Coomber
Disney’s endeavor to adapt beloved children’s stories to big-budget, CGI-driven, live-action blockbusters began in 2010 with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Earlier this year, Disney also re-envisioned the villain from Sleepy Beauty in Maleficent. While both films may have left something to be desired in terms of plot, they were both very successful at the box office.
In the coming years, Disney will also release live-action renditions of Cinderella and The Jungle Book from Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau, respectively. Though Disney has already signed on many well-known actors and actresses for its newest ...
- Molly Freeman
Much like the 1967 animated film, the script centres around Mowgli, a boy raised by animals in the Indian jungle.
The Jungle Book will be released in cinemas on October 9, 2015. »
Without the help of some brave investors, or the pockets of their makers, the following films would never have existed...
It's now a fairly common mantra that you'd be a fool to put up all of your own personal money into a feature film. By all means invest, but share the risk, or throw a few quid at Kickstarter.
Paying for the bulk of the negative/hard drive yourself, and leaving your own assets exposed? Utter lunacy.
Not that anyone told this lot...
For some time, Mel Gibson had, alongside his acting roles, been heavily invested in his production company, Icon. As such, he had two significant ways to earn money, and he needed both of them when it came to making The Passion Of The Christ.
This is the kind of film that studios run a mile from. All »
While every Marvel Studios film has been released in 3D since Kenneth Branagh.s Thor back in 2011, the reality that it.s probably the weakest area of the company.s track record. None of the movies have ever been filmed in native stereoscope, and even though post-conversion has improved greatly over the last few years, Marvel.s features have never really looked that great with an added dimension. But that.s not stopping them from trying. Enter James Gunn.s Guardians of the Galaxy. The 10th film from Marvel Studios is heading into theaters this weekend, and will be doing so both in 3D and 2D formats. Rather than making you guys gamble on spending an extra $5 for a pair of glasses with your movie ticket, however, we have once again applied our patented "To 3D or Not To 3D" breakdown system to help you determine the best way to »
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Uncross your fingers, stop rubbing that lucky rabbit’s foot, cease your prayers to the Dread One Dormammu: Marvel have knocked it out of the park again.
Possibly their most daring gamble so far has totally paid off in the form of Guardians Of The Galaxy, a gloriously ramshackle-yet-tightly structured space faring adventure that just so happens to star a talking raccoon, a big tree, and Andy Dwyer from Parks And Recreation as a believable action hero. The way things are paying off for the studio, you’d think they had the whole thing rigged.
They must be gaming the system a little bit, at least. This is a big summer blockbuster where half the cast are CGI aliens, the other half are slathered in multi-coloured makeup, the “heroes” are a band of outlaws who just broke out of prison, and the director is »
- Tom Baker
Hollywood — You might not have heard the name Nicole Perlman much as it pertains to Marvel properties, but she's a big reason why "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be making its way to theaters next weekend. She toiled away as a screenwriter for a few years after her days at Nyu, cooking up projects with a science bent because that's where her passions lie — projects like "Challenger," a fascinating account of the investigation of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster written as a love letter to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Then, she made her way to the comic book giant under the company's now-defunct screenwriting program and plucked the intergalactic heroes from obscurity, setting them on a crash course for the silver screen. It may be largely James Gunn's colorful vision on that screen, but it's definitely Perlman's passion that helped bring the property to the table in the first place. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Book two in Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter series is probably the least interesting of the lot. That is not to say it isn’t enjoyable, but it’s hard to care about a story that ends much like its predecessor.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, forces are plotting to keep Harry away from Hogwarts but, miserable at home with his aunt, uncle and cousin, Harry is determined to get back to school by any means necessary.
Though the storyline doesn’t really differ all too much from the first book, Chamber of Secrets does introduce an array of fantastic new characters into the mix, including the youngest Weasley, Ron’s little sister Ginny. Eleven-year-old Ginny is new to Hogwarts, has a crush on Harry and doesn’t have many friends. This book also sees the introduction of the fabulous house-elf Dobby, the elf owned by the Malfoy family. »
- Amanda Keats
The news that the Power Rangers franchise is being rebooted with a new movie was met with a mixed response from fans, with many wondering whether there’s still room for the fairly dated characters in a world with the likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the way.
However, since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers launched over two decades ago, the series has been in almost continuous production, with merchandise still selling well and a loyal fanbase in place. A movie like this however could potentially move them right back into being the huge brand they used to be.
It has been revealed this evening that Lionsgate and rights holder Saban Brands have drafted in a pair of writers who know all about rebooting a stale franchise; X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 »
- Josh Wilding
Today we bring Kevin Jagernauth in to help us review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to bring some balance to the conversation and we talk television as Laremy watched "The Leftovers" as well as the Emmy Awards, wondering if they are even remotely important at all. In addition to this we talk about the Internet spoiling TV and movies, does Andy Serkis deserve an Oscar and we also call a listener and that listener actually answers this time, plus a whole lot more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
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