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Saturday Night Live closes out December with three back-to-back shows starting Dec. 5 with Ryan Gosling and musical guest Leon Bridges. Gosling will make his SNL debut and can next be seen in the feature film The Big Short, due December 23. R&B artist and singer/songwriter Leon Bridges will also make his SNL first musical guest appearance. His critically acclaimed debut album, "Coming Home," reached the top 10 in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.
Ryan Gosling made his directorial debut earlier this year with Lost River, which starred Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes. Next year, the actor will star in The Nice Guys, alongside Russell Crowe, which hits theaters May 20, and La La Land, with Emma Stone, in theaters July 15. The actor also entered talks earlier this year to star in Ridley Scott's Untitled Blade Runner Project with Harrison Ford.
On December 12, Chris Hemsworth will return »
Don't be too shocked, but Jennifer Lawrence, the movie star who seems to have everything except a sense of balance, is 2015's most valuable star, according to New York magazine. She was also 2014's most valuable star, so, way to keep it going, J-Law! The list, which factors in box office numbers, social media mentions, "likability ratings," and critical darlingness, was compiled with help from FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten. After Lawrence, there's Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, and The Rock -- er, "Dwayne Johnson." Rounding out the top 10 are Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Scarlett Johansson. And now for the fun part: the stars whose valuableness plummeted from 2014. Getting little red down arrows next to their entries, indicating a drop of more than 20 places from last year, are Daniel Radcliffe, Amy Adams, Mila Kunis, Andrew Garfield, Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Russell Crowe, Kate Winslet, »
- Sara Morrison
Russell Crowe fails to convince as a novelist struggling with stress and parenthood
Russell Crowe is a Pulitzer prize-winning novelist who… no, stop there, I don’t buy it. Just like I don’t buy Crowe’s am-dram post-traumatic stress seizures (something for the Oscar judges, sir?), his brow-furrowing typing, his cutesy-goofy parenting (“you’re my potato chip”) or, indeed, any other part of this ludicrously overegged symphony of phoniness from Gabriele Muccino, director of the equally fatuous Seven Pounds.
“It’s about life, about death, loss, about love and fear to lose the person you love,” burbles Muccino of Brad Desch’s unaccountably Black List-approved script, which splits its time between dad-slash-author Jake (Crowe) raising young daughter Katie, and grown-up Katie (Amanda Seyfried) wrestling with lovelorn daddy issues.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
It’s all rather implausible and hugely melodramatic as it milks ham-fisted histrionics from high soap opera. A pitiable excuse for a movie. I’m “biast” (pro): really like Russell Crowe…
I’m “biast” (con): …though he’s been trying my patience lately
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In 1989 New York (or, well, Pittsburgh standing in, unconvincingly, for New York), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jake Davis (Russell Crowe: The Water Diviner, Noah) and his young daughter (Kylie Rogers) stumble through their grief over losing his wife, her mother in a car accident. The crash has left Jake with a combination of manic depression, palsy, and seizures brought on, apparently, by guilt (he was driving and distracted) and brain injury. It’s rather implausible and hugely melodramatic, which is all this pitiable excuse for a movie is concerned with: milking ham-fisted histrionics from high soap opera. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This story first appeared in the Nov. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. The year was 2002. The front-runner for best actor was Russell Crowe. Crowe had delivered the performance of his life in A Beautiful Mind and was poised to win an Oscar — until something went dreadfully wrong. After receiving a BAFTA Award, where he made the tactical but not terminal misstep of reciting a poem in full ("I am celebrating my love for you with a pint of beer and a new tattoo"), Crowe lost his cool
- Stephen Galloway
Adam Wingard is directing the adaptation of the Japanese manga series.
Wolff plays a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim’s name. A cat-and-mouse game ensues when he’s tracked by a reclusive police officer.
Production is set to begin next spring.
Qualley can still be seen as Jill Garvey on HBO »
- Justin Kroll
The Martian, which remained in the top three at the box office over the weekend in its sixth week at theaters, is a bonafide hit for legendary director Ridley Scott and will almost certainly earn multiple nominations from the Academy.
Scott is no stranger to nominations, having earned three best directing nods in his career, but the award itself still eludes the English director. 2000’s Gladiator may have earned a best actor Oscar for Russell Crowe and best picture, but Scott lost best director to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. The very next year saw the same outcome for Scott as his directing nomination for Black Hawk Down lost out to Crowe-starring A Beautiful Mind‘s director, Ron Howard.
This year is shaping up to be different for Scott, however, as The Martian continues to rack up at the box office and resound with critics. A »
- Patrick Shanley
Hollywood, Calif. — Russell Crowe, Djimon Hounsou, Eli Roth, Kristen Wiig, Jerry Bruckheimer and Salma Hayek were among those who turned out on Hollywood Blvd. Thursday afternoon to celebrate the career of director Ridley Scott as the helmer of this year’s hit film “The Martian” received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Wiig kicked things off with her trademark humor. “We are all here to celebrate and honor your incredible body,” she quipped. “And of course we have to mention your museum of Believe It or Not, right down the street.”
Crowe, who has worked with Scott on five films and grown to become a close friend, said that next to working on a set with Scott, his favorite thing to do is tell stories of those collaborations. “We fought back the barbarian hordes deep in a forest…right next to Gatwick airport,” he joked. “We harvested grapes »
- Kristopher Tapley
There are few people in show business with such enviable careers as Thomas McCarthy. As an actor, he’s worked with everyone from Peter Jackson and Clint Eastwood to Lukas Moodysson and Mike White, in addition to his pivotal turn on HBO’s The Wire. As a writer-director, McCarthy’s output, starting with his debut feature The Station Agent, rarely fails to captivate audiences. Even McCarthy’s critical missteps, such as his comedic fairy tale The Cobbler, are equally compelling for their flaws and miscalculations.
His newest film, Spotlight, has already garnered an immensely positive critical reception, including our review from Venice. The drama is based on the true story of the journalists at the Boston Globe who discovered a child molestation scandal and cover-up within the walls of the Catholic Church.
If you’re interested in thematically-similar films, focusing on journalism, courtroom drama, and David and Goliath battles of moral sacrifice, »
- TFS Staff
The 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards took place on Sunday night, honoring an impressive array of film industry talent both in front of and behind the camera. While the honors in the past have been dinged for trying too hard to please everyone, there's no denying that the ceremony is successful at grabbing attention thanks to honoring huge hits like "Furious 7" and "Jurassic World."
For only the second time ever, the awards ceremony was aired on CBS, with "Late Late Show" host James Corden serving as emcee for the proceedings. Presenters were just as impressive as honorees, with everyone from Ryan Gosling to Selena Gomez to Jamie Foxx to Amy Poehler handing out trophies.
- Katie Roberts
Last night the Beverly Hilton Hotel played host to the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which bills itself as “The Official Launch of the Awards Season” (read: a trial run for more important and prestigious award ceremonies). Here’s a full list of the winners from the night:
Hollywood Career Achievement Award
Hollywood Producer Award
Hollywood Director Award
Hollywood Actor Award
Hollywood Actress Award
Hollywood Supporting Actor Award
Hollywood Supporting Actress Award
Hollywood Breakout Actor Award
Hollywood Breakout »
- Gary Collinson
“The 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” brought together Hollywood’s elite to honor performances from this year’s most talked about and highly anticipated films. The awards ceremony took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and was hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late-night talk show host James Corden. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar® nominations and wins. Alicia Vikander graciously accepted the “Hollywood Breakout Actress” award from Armie Hammer, who noted that she’s been in a remarkable seven films this year. Amy Poehler borrowed reading glasses from Pete Doctor’s wife to present him with the “Hollywood Animation Award.” Ryan Gosling set the record straight on how to pronounce Saoirse Ronan’s name, »
Once again, Hollywood Stars will be going to the first awards event of the season — The Hollywood Film Awards®. The ceremony will be hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late night talk show host, James Corden and will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins. Our confirmed presenters include: Steve Carell, Russell Crowe, Ice Cube, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Vin Diesel, Jamie Foxx, Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Amber Heard, Mark Ruffalo, David O. Russell, Kurt Russell, Amy Poehler, Quentin Tarantino, and Reese Witherspoon. Our confirmed honorees include:Robert De Niro, Ridley Scott, »
At a key turning point in Gabriele Muccino’s “Fathers and Daughters,” Russell Crowe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist is sent into a severe tailspin by insensitively harsh reviews for the work he regards as his personal magnum opus, the unpromisingly titled “Bitter Tulips.” One wonders if Italian helmer Muccino is tacitly chiding his own critics in the wake of such English-lingo misfires as “Seven Pounds,” but either way, this waxen slab of glossily packaged soap is unlikely to get them — or mass audiences — back on side. Though its tale of intergenerational psychological crises alternates between parallel, mutually predictable plotlines, set in 1989 and 2014 respectively, the film itself appears to have sprung principally from the former era: In its shape and sheen, “Fathers and Daughters” seems dated even before Michael Bolton surfaces to cough up a gelatinous closing-credits ballad.
Already released in multiple Euro and Asian territories, “Fathers and Daughters” is still seeking a U. »
- Guy Lodge
When millionaire Randy Miller lost his fortune, he put his pet lions and tigers to work, staging animal attacks for Hollywood films. He reveals how he schooled Chris Pratt, took a tiger bite for Russell Crowe – and lost a cousin to one of his grizzly bears
I’ve been talking to Randy Miller for 10 seconds and it’s already got grisly. Years ago a cougar attacked some cyclists in California, killing one and mauling the other; Miller and one of his own cougars have just recreated the incident for TV show Fight to Survive. “The animal ate this guy, so he was full, but he still went after this woman,” he tells me. “He must have been really very hungry.”
Reconstructions such as these are Randy Miller’s bread and butter. For over 20 years he’s been staging animal attacks for film, TV and commercials with the tigers, lions, cougars, »
- Alex Godfrey
The stars scheduled to present honorees with their awards at the “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards,” hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late-night talk show host, James Corden. Presenters Steve Carell, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Vin Diesel, Jamie Foxx, Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Amber Heard, Ice Cube, Amy Poehler, Mark Ruffalo, David O. Russell, Kurt Russell, Quentin Tarantino and Reese Witherspoon will be in attendance at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on Sunday, November 1, 2015 to honor their colleagues and friends. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar® nominations and wins. Honorees for this year’s show include: • Robert De Niro – “Hollywood Career Achievement Award” • Ridley Scott »
Exclusive: International buyers will get their chance to bid on the $45m Russell Crowe adventure next month, which now has a February 2016 start date in Morocco and South Africa.
Saul Dibb, whose credits include The Duchess and Suite Francaise, will direct the story of James Riley, a 19th century merchant ship captain who led his crew to safety 1,000 miles across the Sahara after they were shipwrecked and captured by Bedouin slave traders.
“Containing so many »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
With excitement ramping up over the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, four new stills have been released as part of Total Film's new cover story.
In them, we see Gal Godot's Wonder Woman seemingly primed to fight, Batman and Superman facing off, and behind-the-scenes shots of the cast and crew in action.
Also this week, Michael Shannon revealed that General Zod will say a few lines in the upcoming movie: "I say some stuff. But not a whole lot! I mean, I am dead.
"I'm just like a ghost. It's kind of like Russell Crowe in the first one. Jor-El. For some reason, these Kryptonian spirits, they linger. Even once you crack my neck, you can't shut me up."
Alongside Cavill and Godot, the film will star Ben Affleck as Batman, »
The Royal Albert Hall in London are aceing it at the moment with their constant stream of film screenings, which are accompanied by a live orchestra. As well as the upcoming screenings of Frozen, Star Trek and The Godfather, the historic London venue will host showings of Raiders Of The Lost Ark and now Gladiator in 2016. Gladiator has already been shown at the Rah, all of the way back in 2014, but due to popular demand, it will return next May.
Here’s the official press release, along with details on how you can bag yourself some tickets (they are sure to sell out fast).
Maximus Decimus Meridius will have his vengeance again, accompanied by an on-stage orchestra, as Gladiator Live returns to the Royal Albert Hall next year, due to staggering popular demand.
Ridley Scott’s legendary swords-and-sandals epic is coming back to the iconic London venue – its auditorium famously »
- Paul Heath
Ahead of its release next month, Warner Bros. has debuted a new poster and trailer for director Gabriele Muccino’s upcoming drama Fathers and Daughters, which stars Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. Check them out here…
Jake Davis, a Pulitzer-winning novelist, finds himself fighting against the world when a fatal car accident leaves him to raise his 5-year-old daughter, Katie, all on his own. Overcome with guilt from the loss of his wife, he struggles with the daily routine of raising a child compounded by his overbearing relatives intent on taking her away from him. As the narrative weaves back and forth between the 1980s, and present day, we come to learn how 30-year-old Katie battles the demons that stemmed from her troubled childhood and simultaneously watch how Jake fights to hold on to the thing he loves most — his daughter, at the cost of his fortune, sanity, and ultimately even his own life. »
- Gary Collinson
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