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Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Big Year: pleasantly sentimental flick about life, the universe, and everything… and birdwatching; charming performances by Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Mud: Matthew McConaughey shines as the tragic outsider in a poignant Southern coming-of-age tale [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Song for Marion »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The 2013 Academy Awards telecast was a mess, but it was an understandable mess. Seth MacFarlane was going to do Seth MacFarlane things, regardless of whether they were appropriate to the setting. And the show featured multiple tributes to the 10th anniversary of "Chicago" because the Oscar-cast was being led by "Chicago" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — and, as we were reminded of by the end of Matthew McConaughey's speech tonight, people in Hollywood like to pat themselves on the back when an opportunity presents itself. Zadan and Meron were back as producers of the 2014 Oscar-cast, but the ways in which this year's show went so badly awry, so often — beyond the usual bloat and predictability of any Oscar show in this century — were harder to see coming. In lieu of an 11th anniversary "Chicago" tribute — or a random ode to the Zadan and Meron-produced "Smash" — we got a theme of "Heroes In Hollywood, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave." Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club." Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine." Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club." Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave." Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity." Foreign Language Film: "The Great Beauty," Italy. Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave." Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, "Her." Animated Feature Film: "Frozen." Production Design: "The Great Gatsby." Cinematography: "Gravity." Sound Mixing: "Gravity." Sound Editing: "Gravity." Original Score: "Gravity," Steven Price. Original Song: "Let It Go" from "Frozen." Costume: "The Great Gatsby." Makeup and Hairstyling: "Dallas Buyers Club." Animated Short Film: "Mr. Hublot." Documentary Feature: "20 Feet from Stardom." Documentary (short subject): "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life." Film Editing: "Gravity." Live Action Short Film: "Helium." Visual Effects: "Gravity." ___ Honorary Oscars: — Peter W. Anderson. — Film-processing labs over past century. — Angelina Jolie. — Angela Lansbury. — Steve Martin. — Piero Tosi. »
Though they didn't take the stage during the segment, there's no question those who received honorary accolades at Sunday's (March 2) 86th Academy Awards were worthy.
Presenter Kevin Spacey announced the quartet: Stage and screen legend Angela Lansbury, who's returning to the stage in her native London in "Blithe Spirit"; actor-writer-comedian Steve Martin, whose work has kept audiences "in stitches and in thought," Spacey noted; veteran costume designer Piero Tosi; and Angelina Jolie, given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for what Spacey cited as her "courageous, compassionate work" to aid women and children throughout the world.
Pointing to Jolie sitting in the audience next to her clearly proud partner Brad Pitt, Spacey concluded by imitating his mentor Jack Lemmon and his line, "That's a taste of terrific," leading into clips of last November's ceremony at which the honorary awards were given. Tom Hanks, Geoffrey Rush, George Lucas and costume designer Jeffrey Kurland »
Many of the races at Sunday (March 2) night's Academy Awards seem pre-determined as the ceremony is about to begin. Those guys from "My So-Called Life" and "True Detective" seem like locks. Etc. However, Best Picture is wide open. So let's hope that adds drama, while Ellen DeGeneres adds comedy. Click through and join my 2014 Oscars Live-Blogging. And comment below! 8:25 p.m. Et. So how many times do we figure Jennifer Lawrence is going fall down on tonight's Oscars telecast. Five? 10? Twice that many if she wins? Actually, if she wins, Lupita Nyong'o fans are going to be tripping her. Not Lupita, though. She's too classy for that. 8:27 p.m. There are dozens of people in the HitFix office right now, but I'm hiding out in my office, because I'm dedicated to you, the readers. Because I'd just keep eating lasagna if I were with the main group. Also, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Admit it: When Simon Cowell posted gushing Twitter updates about his new baby , you were kind of shocked. He had, after all, said for years that he didn't want kids. But the 54-year-old is far from the only celebrity father whose kids surprised the world; The Stir rounds up nine more. A sampling: Hugh Grant: After having no kids with Elizabeth Hurley during their 13 years together, it was a big surprise when he had his first child at age 51 after what he called a "fleeting affair." He's since had two more love children . Steve Martin: He had his »
- Evann Gastaldo
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!
Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, »
Ellen DeGeneres says her whole life has been inspired by movies, with comedies like Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run and Steve Martin in The Jerk informing her trademark rambling comedy, and others like Oliver! and Born Free turning her on to musicals and a love of animals. "I love stories that are inspirational yet have a lot of heartache, because I think that's what life is," the 2014 Oscars host says in Sunday's issue of Parade. But when it came to a repeat performance - she hosted in 2007 - at the Academy Awards, "Everybody who works with me thought I was crazy, »
- Andrea Billups
The Oscars have a habit of being long, slow, and sometimes boring, but a game host can help things go a bit more smoothly. This year sees Ellen DeGeneres hosting for the second time, following a 2007 gig that saw her working overtime to sell some truly lousy jokes: Here's hoping she has better material this year, and that she can match these 8 superior Oscar monologues from the likes of Jon Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Chris Rock, Steve Martin, and more. Hugh Jackman (2009): Jon Stewart (2008): Ellen DeGeneres (2007): Chris Rock (2005): Steve Martin (2001): Whoopi Goldberg (1996): Billy Crystal before he was terrible (1990): Johnny Carson (1980): Bob Hope (1959, skip to 5:07): »
- Max O'Connell
This story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Nov. 8: It's not campaigning if you're singing This year, nominees were in the mood to sing at musical events all over town. It started with a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sing-along for Saving Mr. Banks at The Beverly Hills Hotel, hosted by Mary Poppins composer Richard Sherman. (Even Sean Penn turned up.) Then there was Oscar Isaac belting tunes from Inside Llewyn Davis (with Steve Martin on the banjo) on Nov. 12 at The Buffalo Club, followed by Pharrell's appearance at a Despicable Me 2 party
- Rebecca Sun
The Academy Honorary Award is in part something of an apology to those talented individuals who have somehow never been graced with an Oscar. The late great Peter O’Toole, nominated eight times, wrote the Academy a rather disgruntled letter in response to his award in 2003 in which he told them he’d “rather win the bugger outright,” but it was nonetheless long-overdue recognition for his excellent work.
I bring up the Honorary Award because among this year’s recipients is the never before nominated Steve Martin, who was in astonishingly good company as an eminent actor who had never even been acknowledged by the Academy. Unlike him, the actors in this article are still waiting for confirmation that the Academy knows that they exist, even though all of them have been turning in critically acclaimed performances for decades. If the Academy needs a shortlist for future Honorary Oscars, »
- Grace Murray
Jim Lange -- host of "The Dating Game" -- one of the biggest game-type shows in the history of TV -- is dead.Lange was a huge presence on the show ... which pitted 3 bachelors against each other to impress a girl ... and the end game was a date. Lange was spectacularly charming and very funny.Among the bachelors who appeared on the show -- Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And get this ... Farrah Fawcett »
- TMZ Staff
Jim Lange, the first host of the iconic 1960s and ’70s game show The Dating Game, died Tuesday of a heart attack in his Mill Valley, CA home. He was 81. Lange hosted the game show for more than a decade after it debuted in 1965, and over those years played host to contestants including Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Farrah Fawcett and Arnold Schwarzenegger competing for the right to win a date by answering questions that were intended to illicit PG-13 responses well before there was such a thing as PG-13. Lange, a St Paul, Mn native, would go on to host other game shows like Hollywood Connection, $100,000 Name That Tune and The New Newlywed Game. He also had a long career in radio in La and San Francisco, and was an DJ in the Bay Area before he retired in 2005. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Before The Bachelor and Bachelorette and all the tawdry looking-for-love shows on the air today, there was The Dating Game, hosted by Jim Lange. On Tuesday, sadly, the former ABC personality died of a heart attack at his home in Mill Valley, Calif., his wife Nancy Fleming said, per USA Today. He was 81. Lange hosted The Dating Game from its debut in 1965 through 1985. His hosting tenure included many celebrity guests as contestants, including Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck and a pre-Charlie's Angels Farrah Fawcett. After Lange stepped down from The Dating Game, he went on to host Hollywood Connection, $100,000 Name That Tune and The New Newlywed Game. He »
Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show The Dating Game, has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81. He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told the Associated Press Wednesday. Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC's The Dating Game, which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, playing host to many celebrity guests. Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants. Even a pre-Charlie's Angels Farrah Fawcett appeared on the program, »
- Associated Press
I don't envy Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producers of Sunday's Oscar telecast. They have an impossible job, with a variety of incompatible constituencies to please -- the Academy old guard, ABC executives, fans of the competing movies, people who didn't like any of the competing movies, the young, the old, the domestic audience, the foreign audience, and the TV critics. Last year, they came up with one of the higher-rated Oscar shows in recent years, but they also took flak for the often deliberately tasteless antics of emcee Seth "I Saw Your Boobs" MacFarlane.
This year, they've gone the opposite way, hiring Ellen DeGeneres, who proved she can be blandly inoffensive to a worldwide audience when she hosted the show in 2007. Of course, the show will still be a Frankenstein-monster of parts that don't really fit together, there will be too many awards given to too many people you've never heard of, »
- Gary Susman
He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told the Associated Press Wednesday.
Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC’s “The Dating Game,” which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, playing host to many celebrity guests. Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants.
Even a pre-”Charlie’s Angels” Farrah Fawcett appeared on the program, introduced as “an accomplished artist and sculptress” with a dream to open her own gallery.
The show’s format: a young man or woman questions three members of the opposite sex, hidden from her view, to determine which one would be the best date. »
- Associated Press
Is Rihanna making a play for an Oscar? Rihanna is trading in her R-rated anthems for family fare. Her next album will be a companion piece to DreamWorks Animation’s cartoon, “Home.” The singer, who will tour with Eminem this summer, will also be a voice in the animated feature, along with Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin. Additionally, her songs will be featured in the movie. “Home” is based on Adam Rex’s 2007 book, “The True Meaning of Smekday,” according to Variety. Rihanna’s last album was 2012’s “Unapologetic,” which debuted atop the Billboard 200 and included the hits “Stay” and “Diamonds.” Last year was the first year since 2008 that she did not release an album. »
Great news for bored parents everywhere: Rihanna is about to make kids' movies bearable. Or at least one kids' movie — DreamWorks Animation's upcoming "Home," which not only marks RiRi's voice-acting debut (alongside the likes of Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin), but, apparently, her first foray into concept albums, too. Yes, according to Variety, Rihanna will create a concept album based on the film, one that will feature new songs. DreamWorks Animation CEO ...
By James Montgomery, with artwork by Janelle Myers »
The singer will perform a number of new songs in the film, while she will also voice a character.
DreamWorks chief Jeffrey Katzenberg announced the project during the company's fourth quarter and full 2013 year review on Tuesday (February 25).
There are currently few details about the album, but it is expected to be released in time for the movie's launch on November 26.
When an alien accidentally lets their hunters know where they are, he runs away with a teenage girl, and the pair find themselves on a road trip across a post-apocalyptic Us.
Rihanna will voice the character of Gratuity 'Tip' Tucci, the girl who »
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