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Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are already confirmed to return to their posts for the next ceremony. Will they bring along last year's host Ellen DeGeneres for another turn at the podium? -Break- It will be the third time for Meron and Zadan in charge of the Academy Awards. Actor, comedian, and animator Seth MacFarlane was their choice in 2012. The ceremony last March was the highest-rated since 2000 and was a big hit on social media. That was largely due to the selfie DeGeneres took with such stars as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep. Take our new poll below, and let us know who you think will be selected to host the next Oscars. Discuss your choice for Oscar host in our notorious forums If not DeGeneres, will the producers go back to the well with a past emcee like Billy Crystal, »
Honorary Oscar Non-Winners: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich among dozens of women who never took home Academy’s Honorary Award (photo: Honorary Oscar non-winner Gloria Swanson in ‘Sunset Blvd.’) (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") This post basically consists of a long, long list. Some of the names found below were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss while eagerly opting to ignore the relevance of the past, that doesn’t make the women listed below any less deserving of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Award. So, as for the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without receiving an Honorary Oscar for their body of work — most of whom without having ever won a competitive Academy Award — were actresses Gloria Swanson, »
- Andre Soares
Michael Almereyda enjoyed critical acclaim with his rendition of Hamlet in 2000, starring Ethan Hawke as the troubled Dane. He arrives at Venice with one of the Bard’s “problem plays”, Cymbeline, which Almereyda has bravely, though ultimately unsuccessfully tackled with Hawke as one of the leads.
The tale is a complex weave of plots, counterplots, misunderstandings and violent subterfuge, which in the original play, takes place between England, Italy and Wales. Almereyda has transplanted the action to an unspecified Us town and Cymbeline (Ed Harris), King of England, is now a biker gang leader who opposes the corrupt Rome police force. His conniving queen and second wife (Milla Jovovich) wants her son Cloten (Anton Yelchin) to marry Cymbeline’s daughter Imogen (Dakota Johnson), but she has secretly married Posthumus (Penn Badgley). When Cymbeline finds out, Posthumus is exiled and subsequently meets up with Iachimo (Hawke) who wagers that he can woo Imogen. »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
“Demons run when a Good Man goes to war,” went the ancient line. But the problem is, The Doctor is no longer sure he’s a good man. Further problem is, neither is Clara. So The Doctor’s not quite sure what he’s going to do when he’s invited to go…
Into The Dalek
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Human rebel fighter Journey Blue is about to have her ship destroyed by a Dalek saucer when The Doctor saves her by materializing the ship around her, a move for which he expects and demands a thank you. Returning her back to her command ship, he’s quickly arrested, until Journey tells them he’s a Doctor…which is lucky because they have a patient. The patient is a Dalek, who is malfunctioning. As in, it has become good – it is raving that the Daleks must be defeated. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »
- Andre Soares
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while Carriere, Miyazaki and O’Hara will each be given an Honorary Award.
“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”
This year’s honorees fit the profile of past recipients: They are well-respected veterans and most have not won an Oscar in a competitive category.
The Governors Awards have become one of the industry’s hottest tickets and a key stop on the awards-campaign trail, with strategists making sure their candidates are in the room. Last year, »
- Tim Gray
Steve Martin is in negotiations with Disney to star in a family comedy called Magic Camp that he co-wrote with Stu Zicherman, the writer and director of A.C.O.D. I am a huge fan of Martin, and I enjoy his writing style. The original script was written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, who also wrote Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
According to THR, the story tells of "a straitlaced banker who returns to Magic Camp, which he attended as a shy child. This time he is a counselor who makes it his mission to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping an eye on his ultimate prize, the top spot at the Golden Wand competition."
This is the perfect project for Martin, as one of his early jobs was working at Merlin's Magic Shop at Disneyland. He was also a magician in his early days as a comedian. »
- Joey Paur
The actor, who co-wrote the script with Stu Zicherman, is in final negotiations to star in the family comedy, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The film will tell the story of a banker who returns to the magic camp he went to as a shy child, this time as a counsellor.
Not only is the film's lead determined to help improve the lives of the children at the camp, but he also has his eye on the ultimate prize at the Golden Wand competition.
There is currently no director attached to the project.
Earlier this year (June), Martin dismissed rumours of a third Father of the Bride movie, explaining that he hadn't seen a script. »
Disneyland — a place where when you wish upon a star, your dreams will come true. At least that’s how magical the theme park seems upon each visit.
Disneyland has been around for almost 60 years (it will be celebrating its 60th anniversary next summer, in fact), which means that a lot of fun facts about the place have popped up along the way. Amidst the exciting rides, colorful characters and delicious Dole Whip, fun facts and quirky stories have turned into classic Disneyland legend. Do you know the story behind Tom Sawyer’s Island? Or what is hidden at the top of the Matterhorn? How about what kinds of kooky stores were apart of the original Main Street USA? Secrets and surprises are lurking around every corner in this theme park, and that doesn’t even include its accompanying theme park, Disney’s California Adventures.
Walt Disney had »
- Holland Baker
Several new photos worth a look today including Samuel L. Jackson in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in the potential Oscar contender Selma, and shots of Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens in A Walk Among the Tombstones.
In an unexpected and extremely rare move, Radius-twc has announced both the limited theatrical revenue And the VOD revenue for its indie release "The One I Love". The film opened on eight screens with a $55,126 weekend haul, and has also made just over $500,000 on VOD where it has been available on demand since August 1st.
The company also announced that Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" has racked up over $6 million on VOD alone compared to its $4.4 million theatrical gross. [Source: Deadline]
Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
- Garth Franklin
Twenty years has passed since we were first introduced to the characters of My So-Called Life, twenty years! Where has the time gone? And more importantly when did I get so old?
While most of you won’t really care too much what I’ve been up to since the show finished, let’s take a look at what the actors have been up to in the years since the cancellation of what is frankly the greatest teen TV drama ever.
Claire Danes (Angela Chase)
After breaking out in My So-Called Life, Danes focused on her film career first with a leading role in 1995’s Little Women and then supporting roles in smaller but interesting films like Home For The Holidays, How to Make An American Quilt and »
It’s been a while since Steve Martin has dipped a toe into the waters of family comedy – we’re not counting The Big Year – but while DreamWorks Animation has him set for voice duties in next year’s Home, Disney wants him back in front of the camera for Magic Camp.The Mouse House is developing the comedy based on a draft by Gave Sachs and Jeff Judah, which was recently re-written by Martin and Stu Zicherman.Martin is now close to a deal to star as a straight-laced banker who returns to the magic summer camp he attended as a shy child. This time, he’s a counsellor who decides he’s going to make the current attendees’ lives that much better while keeping one eye on winning the Golden Wand competition. It’s up the actor’s alley, since he had a job working in Disneyland’s Magic Shop as a youngster, »
Fans of Steven Martin may recall that the comedian and actor has a history with Disney in more ways than one. Martin has starred in Shopgirl (which he also wrote), Bringing Down the House and two Father of the Bride films (a third has been rumored but debunked by the actor himself), all from Touchstone Pictures, which can be found under the Disney banner. But decades ago, before he got famous, Martin actually worked at the Magic Shop at Disneyland, and even performed magic in his early comedy career. And now he'll get his magical groove back as THR reports he will lead the family comedy Magic Camp. Here's a video of Steve Martin doing magic as The Great Flydini from "The Tonight Show" in 1992: The original script comes from Diary of a Wimpy Kid writers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, but they're not only producing the film as »
- Ethan Anderton
We haven’t seen Steve Martin on the big screen since The Big Year in 2011 and minus the animated film Home, he doesn’t even have anything on the way. However, that could change soon, because it’s being reported that Martin is currently in final negotiations to star in Disney’s Magic Camp. Martin co-wrote the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer-director Stu Zicherman and it focuses on a “straight-laced” banker who attended Magic Camp as a kid. Now, all grown up, he’s going back to become a counselor in hopes of winning the Golden Wand competition. Hit the jump for more on the project. According to THR, Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are the ones who penned the original script and now Martin and Zicherman are giving a new draft a go. There are no producers attached and »
- Perri Nemiroff
In this family comedy, Steve Martin will star as a straight-laced banker who decides to return to the magic camp from his youth, which he attended as a very shy child. This time, he is serving as a counselor, hoping to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping his eye on the top prize, the Golden Wand, which will pit him in his own magic competition for the film's big climax.
Steve Martin wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay alongside Stu Zicherman, the writer-director of the recent R rated comedy A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. Diary of a Wimpy Kid writers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are responsible for the first draft of the screenplay. Both are staying with the project as producers. »
Where in the world has Steve Martin been lately? The celebrated comic actor’s last big screen role was in the ill-received birding comedy The Big Year way back in 2011, and the only project he’s taken on since has been animated caper Home, in which he lends his voice to an alien. Luckily, it appears that Martin may be making a comeback, with word that he’s in talks to star in Magic Camp for Disney.
The actor was already involved with the family comedy, having penned the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer-director Stu Zicherman (currently a writer-producer on FX’s Cold War-era spy drama The Americans). The previous version of the script came from Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, the duo behind Diary of a Wimpy Kid and its sequel. The pair are still on board with Magic Camp as producers, despite Disney feeling »
- Isaac Feldberg
Steve Martin is going to work his magic with Disney once again. The actor is in final negotiations to star in the comedy “Magic Camp,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. The actor was involved in writing the screenplay with “A.C.O.D” writer-director Stu Zicherman. The script was initially written by Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs, who wrote “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Judah and Sachs are on board to produce. The story follows an uptight banker who returns to the magic camp he attended as a child. This time around, he's a counselor who is intent on improving the. »
- Gina Hall
Steve Martin is in final negotiations to star in Disney’s feature film Magic Camp. Martin, whose first job was working at the Main Street Magic Shop at Disneyland, co-wrote the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer/director Stu Zicherman, based on a first draft by Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. After […]
- Peter Sciretta
Steve Martin is set to headline a new live-action family comedy from Walt Disney Pictures. The Hollywood Reporter has word that Martin, who was last on the big screen in 2011's The Big Year, will play the leading role in Magic Camp, originally scripted by Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs and recently rewritten by A.C.O.D. writer/director Stu Zicherman. »
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