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For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.
Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »
- Melissa Thompson
This story first appeared in the April 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It has become conventional wisdom that stars aren't worth what they used to be. Maybe so — but that doesn't mean they're poorly paid. A survey of producers, agents and executives indicates that at least six actors are earning as much as $20 million a picture — right up there with the heyday of star salaries during the 1990s, when a handful of actors (including Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise) reached that magic number. The $20 million club includes Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio,
- Stephen Galloway
Mumbai — Relativity Media has revealed a slew of plans for the Indian market as part of its wide-ranging deal with B4U Network.
Delivering the keynote at Indian entertainment industry conference Ficci Frames that began Wednesday in Mumbai, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh said that first up would be three to five remakes a year of Relativity’s U.S. titles in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages, suitably adjusted to suit local sensibilities.
Apart from the previously announced Bollywood remake of “The Best of Me”, part of a three film deal with India’s Balaji Telefilms, Relativity has announced a remake of Kevin Costner starrer “3 Days to Kill”, casting for which has already begun in India.
Kavanaugh also revealed that the B4U remake of another Relativity title, “Oculus”, is already in production. »
- Naman Ramachandran
Between last week’s Liam Neeson release Run All Night marking one of the final times that Neeson will play an action hero and yesterday’s debut of Tom Cruise defying age in the new Mission: Impossible trailer, I got to thinking about who could take their places going forward. Obviously, Neeson is almost done and Cruise won’t be kicking ass forever, so there must be an heir apparent or two out there, right? Well, no one who is out and out gunning for that gig, but there’s plenty of middle aged actors who have at least dipped their toes in the water. As such, I came up with a list of actors who could certainly take the mantle from these two, perhaps even pushing this sub genre of action to a slightly new level. It’s mostly a list in good fun, but there’s certainly some truths contained within. »
- Joey Magidson
Continuing its move into more high-profile historical projects, History announced Monday that is developing “Knightfall,” a scripted series about the events surrounding the Friday the 13, 1307, Knights Templar burning at the stake.
The series will be created and exec produced by Handfield, Renner and Richard Rayner of the Combine, and Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg representing Midnight Radio. Hoogstra, Russ McCarroll and Julian P. Hobbs will serve as executives in charge of production for History.
History struck gold with scripted series in 2012 when it released “Hatfields & McCoys,” which garnered huge ratings and 16 Emmy nominations — including wins for lead actor in a miniseries Kevin Costner and supporting actor in a miniseries Tom Berenger. »
- Marianne Zumberge
Winslet's Insurgent opened this weekend with a respectable $54 million, knocking Blanchett's Cinderella into second. To its credit, Disney's live-action adaptation opened with an impressive $67.8 million the weekend prior and has accumulated a domestic total to $122 million in just two weeks.
But how do the two Oscar winners stack up against one another? That's what Et's Celebrity Showdown is here to discover. Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews, and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to determine who's really the best.
The past few years has seen a resurgence of action films revolving around a past-his-prime yet-still-bad-ass dude setting things right. This was probably first set in motion by Sylvester Stallone and his grizzled action star filled "The Expendables" films, and has been handily retrofitted to varying degrees of success for actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger ("The Last Stand," "Sabotage"), Liam Neeson ("Taken," "Unknown," "Run All Night," "Non-Stop") and Kevin Costner ("3 Days to Kill"). One of the more unlikely participants in this prune juice-fueled movement is Sean Penn via the "The Gunman." It shares a lot with those other films —a graying, righteous loner making the hard decisions no one else can or will, an improbably high body count, a soundtrack that bleeps along like the inner workings of a computer, a beautiful woman caught in the middle— but is also saddled by Penn's self-conscious »
- Drew Taylor
The second installment in the Divergent series hits theaters this weekend, and should easily take first place ahead of Cinderella.Meanwhile, The Gunman and Do You Believe? will likely battle for third place with less than $10 million.Opening at 3,875 theaters, The Divergent Series: Insurgent reaches theaters exactly a year after its predecessor. That movie opened to $54.6 million, held well, and closed with $150.9 million. That wasn't at the same level as the first Twilight movie*much less the first Hunger Games movie*but it was still a strong result for a young-adult adaptation.Marketing for Insurgent has positioned it as an intense, action-packed sci-fi thriller, which is noticeably different from the first movie's sci-fi romance sell. There's also been an emphasis on the movie's visual effects sequences, which seem to be more significant this time around. All of this gives off the impression that Lionsgate/Summit is trying to broaden the »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
How exactly this origin tale will unfold is still unknown, other than it will follow the thief who stole from the rich in order to give to the poor.
Hollywood has much appreciated the story of Robin Hood over the years, with pics ranging from 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” starring Errol Flynn, to 1991’s “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” with Kevin Costner.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
The Gun Show: Morel’s Failed Fashioning of Penn Into Unlikely Action Star
If anything, it’s safe to say that The Gunman, the latest film from Luc Besson acolyte Pierre Morel, is hardly as silly as previous action films, such as 2010’s From Paris With Love and the first ‘chapter’ of the Taken (2008) trilogy, which lands the French helmer the distinction of revitalizing the career of Liam Neeson. On the surface, it looks like the director is priming Sean Penn for a similar autumnal invitation to action star status, but while the performer’s hermetic seriousness may downplay the film’s camp value, it also neutralizes any aspect of entertainment.
Not smartly written enough to be a truly intelligent thriller with either a political or activist inclined angle we’re used to seeing from Penn’s increasingly infrequent on-screen performances, the end result is a leathery prune of a film, »
- Nicholas Bell
David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek are braving the storm with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid in The Asylum and Syfy's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Featured in our latest round-up, the third installment in the tongue-in-cheek franchise has received a summer release date. We also have a casting update for the second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as a Friday the 13th 35th Anniversary T-shirt from Fright Rags.
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) - New York – March 18, 2015 – Syfy and The Asylum today announced that the official title of the latest installment in the global pop culture sensation is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The two-hour original movie will devour the planet on Wednesday, »
- Derek Anderson
Director: Pierre Morel; Screenwriter: Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Sean Penn; Starring: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca; Running time: 115 mins; Certificate: 15
There used to be a time when nothing was more cringe-worthy than a middle-aged action hero. Remember Roger Moore smooching Bond Girls 30 years his junior in the twilight years of his 007 reign? Or Sean Connery trying to recapture the glory days next to Catherine Zeta-Jones in Entrapment? That was then and this is now.
The slightly creaking older leading man is now a sizeable mini-industry in itself, primarily thanks to Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills in the Taken series. Beyond that Denzel Washington had The Equalizer, Kevin Costner had 3 Days to Kills and every action icon you remember from the '80s united for The Expendables.
The latest seasoned star to throw his hat into the still-got-lead-in-the-pencil ring is Sean Penn, teaming with »
While two of Hollywood's most popular action stars are duking it out in the box office, we thought it might be a good time for them to face off in the only thunderdome that really matters: Et's Celebrity Showdown.
Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to show who's really the best.
So, will Chappie star Hugh Jackman (beloved for his many, many turns playing Wolverine in the X-Men franchise) be able to take down action veteran Liam Neeson (best known for the many films in which he's had to retrieve people who have been taken)? For fun, take a guess, then check out our totally scientific results.*
*Results not actually scientific.
Round 1 - Total Films
Hugh Jackman: 23
Liam Neeson: 60 (Win)
Round 2 - Highest Grossing Film
Hugh Jackman: $234.3 million »
Former The Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider can breathe easy knowing that Pa Kent won't be featured, as far as we know, in the upcoming Man of Steel follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The actor portrayed Clark Kent's adoptive father Jonathan on Smallville. Having some ownership over the iconic DC character, he doesn't mind saying his is the best version yet, and possibly ever.
John Schneider doesn't have a problem with Kevin Costner or his performance in Man of Steel. His problems lie within the writing of the character itself. Even though there is a long list of actors who have played Johnathan Kent throughout the years, John Schneider truly believes that the writers of Smallville were able to capture the true essence of the character better than anyone before or after. He explains:
"I love Kevin, I love what Kevin does. I didn't care for the fact that they wanted. »
- Michael Arceneaux
On last night’s Empire, boos ran away, baby mamas came back, and for a minute there, I was wondering if Madea was going to pop up out of nowhere to tell Lucious about her mixtape on DatPiff. It was entertaining for sure, but a little crazy even by this show’s standards. Gather ‘round, though, beloveds, we must talk this out.
1. Why didn’t Cookie know anything about bipolar disorder?
Considering Cookie’s spent a considerable amount of time in prison, she missed a lot of important things: Destiny’s Child; Destiny’s Child’s breakup; Destiny’s Child second breakup; Beyoncé proving she is literally destiny’s child as a solo act; Destiny’s Child getting back together; everyone in Destiny’s Child going back solo. She also seemed to miss that episode of Oprah in which actress Jenifer Lewis aka everyone’s Black mama »
Bobbi Kristina Brown's aunt, Leolah Brown, publicly claimed on Saturday that her niece's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is under investigation for "attempted murder" in connection with the 22-year-old's near drowning. Brown made the claim on Facebook after it was revealed that Gordon would be taking part in an intervention that will be aired during an episode of The Dr. Phil Show on March 11. A source told People that a "distraught" Brown had already checked into rehab following the appearance. Brown's post, which was directed to Dr. Phil, took issue with the fact that Gordon was appearing on the show. "Nick Gordon »
- Maria Mercedes Lara, @maria_mercedes
Bobbi Kristina Brown's aunt, Leolah Brown, publicly claimed on Saturday that her niece's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is under investigation for "attempted murder" in connection with the 22-year-old's drowning. Brown made the claim on Facebook after it was revealed that Gordon would be taking part in an intervention that will be aired during an episode of The Dr. Phil Show on March 11. A source told People that a "distraught" Brown had already checked into rehab following the appearance. Brown's post, which was directed to Dr. Phil, took issue with the fact that Gordon was appearing on the show. "Nick Gordon »
- Maria Mercedes Lara, @maria_mercedes
Nick Gordon - the boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown - has checked into rehab, a source tells People. "Nick did go to rehab," says a source close to the Brown family. "He is very distraught over what is going on. He really wants to see her. He is upset about a lot of things: her being sick, him never getting respect (from her family.)" It was revealed on Thursday that Dr. Phil McGraw held an "emotionally charged" intervention with the man Bobbi Kristina has called "her husband" on The Dr. Phil Show, which will air March 11 on CBS. In the episode, »
- K.C. Baker, @kcbaker77777
Octavia Spencer is in final negotiations to play God in Lionsgate's adaptation The Shack, based on William Paul Young's 2007 novel. Lionsgate acquired the novel back in 2013, which has sold 10 million copies in the U.S. and 18 million worldwide, and has been translated into 39 languages. Production is scheduled to begin this spring.
The story centers on a man named Mackenzie Allen Phillips, whose youngest daughter Missy is abducted during a family vacation. The police find evidence in a nearby shack that suggest the young girl was murdered. Four years later, Mackenzie receives a note, supposedly written by God (Octavia Spencer), asking him to come back to The Shack. Against his better judgment, he does return to the shack, where he finds something that will change his life forever.
Celebrities are photographed with their bodyguards so often, it only makes sense that they'd have the hottest protection possible. You don't need to tell Beyoncé that. For the last several years, a certain gentleman has been entrusted with keeping Queen Bey out of harm's way. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence's dashing protector, Justin Riblet, is so good looking that he reportedly boosts morale in her inner circle. But no one has taken it to Heidi Klum's level. In a story that will give you flashbacks to Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, Heidi actually got serious with her man. Read on to see the hottest celebrity bodyguards out there, and then feast your eyes on endless eye candy. »
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