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George Clooney might not have upset his new British neighbors as much as previously thought. Just a week ago, it emerged that the actor had come up against the residents of Sonning-on-Thames, a sleepy English village just 33 miles west of London where he recently purchased a $15.57 million mansion for himself and his new wife Amal Alamuddin. A planning application for 18 CCTV security cameras, including eight on wooden poles up to 16-feet high around the sprawling nine-bedroom, 17th century manor – known as the Mill House - had forced an objection by the local
- Alex Ritman
'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, "Why Venezia 72"? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
- Anna Robinson
After reaping bids with the Golden Globes, SAG, BAFTA, the Bfca, and the Indie Spirit Awards, a Best Actor nod from the Oscars seemed like a sure thing for "Nightcrawler" star Jake Gyllenhaal. However, his creepy performance didn’t make the cut. Now Gyllenhaal’s back for round two with "Southpaw," a boxing drama that sees the actor bulking up and taking the punches in classic awards-bait fashion. -Break- The film opened this weekend to a $16 million box-office haul, and with an "A" Cinemascore rating from audiences, it’s sure to continue making money, thus helping his chances. Gyllenhaal’s only Oscar nomination to date was for Best Supporting Actor in "Brokeback Mountain" (2005); he lost to George Clooney ("Syriana"). Since then, he’s been working his way towards a bid in the lead category, coming close yet not quite succeeding in films such as "Love and Other Dr..." »
The performance of an actor playing a villainous role can sometimes be the most interesting part of the film. This is an in-depth look at some of those performances which were awarded with an Oscar.
To get a good character in film, you have to develop that character. The audience needs to see the world through their eyes in order to understand their perspective and motivations. This is especially true with villains, which are arguably more difficult to develop than a traditional protagonist. Often times villains are given the short end of the characterization stick in any given film, which makes sense. It’s not easy making an action that could hurt or harm other people seem logical, so many films don’t put much effort into it. The audience recognizes a villain when they see one, and they know he is bad because of his actions, no matter how questionable they may be. »
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Sandra Bullock is one of Hollywood's hottest A-list actresses and she's been lighting up the screen for over two decades. Along the way, Sandra's made many friends and worked with some major names, including Ryan Gosling, Keanu Reeves, Ryan Reynolds, and George Clooney - but in addition to her killer acting chops, Sandra is probably best known for her lightning-quick wit, sense of humor, and infectious smile. The beloved star turns 51 on Sunday, so we're celebrating Sandra's birthday with her smiliest, silliest snaps with fellow stars over the years. Scroll through to see them all now, and just try not to smile yourself! »
David Gordon Green directed from a screenplay by Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”). The film is an adaptation of the 2005 documentary of the same name, which follows a group of American consultants who accept the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected. In the upcoming feature, Bullock plays a maverick political consultant, “Calamity” Jane Bodine, who comes out of retirement to lead the team, while Thornton portrays her enemy.
“Our Brand Is Crisis” will open »
- Dave McNary
Jake Gyllenhaal is prepping for his big fight scene in “Southpaw.” I’m supposed to meet him on a Sunday afternoon in August 2014. But when I walk into a private boxing gym in Pittsburgh, which doubles as director Antoine Fuqua’s production office, it’s deserted except for a man wearing a sleeveless hoodie and baseball cap, sprinting on a treadmill. The man, who has his neck and arms covered in tattoos, waves at me. I’m disoriented, until I spot the familiar grin. Oh, hi, Jake Gyllenhaal.
It’s pouring outside, and Gyllenhaal makes an imploding gesture with his fist. “Thunder is amazing,” he says, as he climbs off the treadmill, only huffing a little. “Do you want to work out with us?” I look down at my jeans and collared shirt. But Gyllenhaal rummages through a duffel bag and offers me his T-shirt and shorts. My mind goes »
- Ramin Setoodeh
George Clooney isn’t just a movie star, husband, and pretty face; he’s also a cocktail connoisseur. In honor of National Tequila Day, Casamigos cofounders Clooney and Rande Gerber share the recipe for one of their favorite tequila-fueled drinks, the Casamigos Peach Amigo, with Us! Photos: Tequila Toast Photos: Into the ‘Bu Casamigos Peach Amigo Ingredients: 1 1/2 parts Casamigos Blanco tequila 1/2 peach, cubed 6 lemon cubes 1 bar spoon super fine sugar Photos: Where’s George? Directions: 1. Muddle all ingredients except tequila. 2. Add tequila and enough ice to fill a rocks glass. 3. Short shake and [...] »
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
George Clooney and Amal Clooney enjoyed a romantic date night in their favorite Italian town last night! The 54-year-old actor and his 37-year-old superstar lawyer wife look stunning as they left Lake Como restaurant Harry's Bar Wednesday. Amal sported a super cute polka dot skirt and black top while George donned a growing goatee to complete the silver fox look. The lovebirds looked super happy and flashed giant smiles after their intimate dinner together. George and Amal have been enjoying some rest and relaxation in Lake Como recently. Last week George's parents along with Amal's sister and mom joined the couple for a big family »
Who wears short shorts? Amal Alamuddin, that's who! The stylish British barrister was spotted out and about having a lovely date night with her husband, George Clooney, while vacationing in Lake Como, Italy, on Wednesday, July 22, and the accomplished international rights lawyer decided to showcase her gorgeous gams for the occasion. Alamuddin, 37, donned a sleeveless black top with a cutout in the back, teamed with white shorts with black polka dots—the latter of which put her long, toned legs on display. She added a heavily fringed [...] »
Is George Clooney the best neighbor ever? Not according to some residents. The Tomorrowland star appears to be ruffling a few feathers as he tries to gain approval on a new security system near his multimillion-dollar property. According to local newspaper the Henley Standard, George and his wife Amal Clooney are seeking permission to install eight cameras on wooden poles near the grounds of their Oxfordshire, U.K. mansion. An additional 10 cameras would also be planted directly on the property. Local residents, however, believe the surveillance would be an eyesore and go against the village's conservation area. "A more appropriate security system could be achieved by a greater »
Ten years ago, the Internet-famous duo behind Smosh were teens hanging out in the Sacramento suburbs making funny videos and song parodies just for the hell of it, and sharing them with friends on this new site called YouTube.
Today, Smosh is a multimillion-dollar enterprise, counting more than 30 million subscribers across its six YouTube channels, and encompassing merchandise, comics and game apps. The guys are on the vanguard of a trend Hollywood is eyeing closely: They’re starring in “Smosh: The Movie,” a slapstick-y caper in which Hecox and Padilla teleport into different YouTubers’ channels in a quest to delete an embarrassing video of Anthony. The comedy is set for digital release July 24, after a red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles and fan screening in Anaheim, Calif., timed for the annual VidCon online-video confab.
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- Todd Spangler
The Enough Project announced the launch of The Sentry, a new investigative initiative that seeks to dismantle the networks of perpetrators, facilitators, and enablers who fund and profit from Africa’s deadliest conflicts. The Sentry’s arrival comes as President Obama prepares for an historic trip to Africa later this week. Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, building on lessons learned from their earlier Satellite Sentinel Project initiative, The Sentry uses open source data collection, field research, and state-of-the-art network analysis technology to track and analyze how conflict is financed, sustained, and monetized. The new website for The Sentry, www.TheSentry.org, also features a secure portal for the confidential and anonymous submission of tips, leaks, and information. John Prendergast, co-founder of TheSentry.org, said: “Conventional tools of diplomacy usually have not helped end conflicts because they don’t alter the calculations of those fueling war and committing atrocities. »
Can you imagine Baba Booey as Michael Peña's Luis and Robin Quivers as Evangeline Lilly's The Wasp? It almost happened a long time ago, when King of All Media Howard Stern set out to acquire the rights to Marvel's Ant-Man. The film is a hit, debuting at #1 on the box office charts over the weekend. But things could have been very different for the diminutive hero. And this all happened long before Edgar Wright came aboard, and Iron Man set up the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it today.
The long-standing radio talk show and America's Got Talent host revealed this interesting bit of trivia on the The Howard Stern Show this week. He was in the middle of interview Ant-Man star Paul Rudd when the subject came up. If Howard Stern had of succeeded in getting the rights, we would have seen Ant-Man on the big »
Installation of 18-camera CCTV system at the actor’s £10m property would violate privacy and be a visual intrusion, says parish council
Hollywood star George Clooney has found himself embroiled in a spat with his new neighbours, who claim the actor’s plans for an 18-camera CCTV system at his £10m home in Sonning Eye would be a violation of their privacy.
Clooney is seeking planning permission to put up eight cameras on wooden poles in the grounds of Mill House and attach a further 10 to the Grade II-listed property, which he bought with his wife and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney in October. Six of the poles would be four metres high, another would be five metres high and the eighth would be six metres, according to local paper the Henley Standard. Each camera would be housed in a protective vandal-resistant dome and could be tilted to face in any direction. »
- Nadia Khomami
The Oscar winner has launched a project with Us human rights activist John Prendergast to investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones
Hollywood actor George Clooney launched an initiative on Monday to track down and help bring to justice those funding and profiting from Africa’s deadliest conflicts, in a bid to fight corruption in war zones.
Clooney joined forces with Us human rights activist John Prendergast in a project called The Sentry that aims to investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones and give policymakers the tools to take effective action.
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Read More: Review: Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland,' Starring George Clooney, is More Than Just a Theme Park Ride Arc Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to "Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism," a family film based on the bestselling book series by Georgia Byng. The first of the six-book series has been adapted to the screen by director Christopher N. Rowley ("Bonneville") and stars British child actor Raffey Cassidy ("Tomorrowland," "Snow White and the Huntsman") as the titular character, Molly Moon. The film premiered at the Bentonville Film Festival. The official synopsis reads: "'Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism' tells the story of a young orphan girl, Molly Moon, who comes across a book, 'Hypnotism, An Ancient Art.' Learning its lessons, she hypnotizes her way to stardom in London and becomes rich and famous. But little does she know that »
- Sara Itkis
From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland – A World Beyond,” starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
- Scott J. Davis
Let it be said now: Paul Rudd doesn't give up. When he commits to a prank, he will ride that prank into the ground, and he will not back down. Sure, he's probably super dedicated to acting and what not, but where he's truly ruthless in his need to have the last laugh. One could even say he's following in George Clooney's footsteps. His latest foil comes at the expense of none other than television's Conan O'Brien. Loyal watchers of the late-night host will recall that Rudd has a little tradition whenever he comes on the show: Instead of playing a clip from the movie he is supposed to be promoting, he'll instead surprise O'Brien with a clip from the 1988 Et knockoff Mac and Me. »
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