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Rumors are circulating around Hollywood right now that Oscar producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin are on the hunt for a duo to host this year's kudos. In the past, hosting duos have been a mix of hits (like Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin) and misses (like James Franco & Anne Hathaway), so we've come up with some inventive ideas in our new poll to put Hill and Hudlin on the right track. Cast your own vote below. -Break- Ricky Gervais is your #1 choice to host the Oscars (and they need him) Our users, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have been furiously debating this red-hot topic in our movie forum. Join that fiery forum thread here. Perhaps you'll be swayed by some of their suggestions, which include: ATadPolish: Hire Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele... Please! Atypical: If the Oscars have no issues with Golden Globes sloppy seconds, then the clear »
It looks like the producers of next year's Oscars ceremony think the all-important job of host is best suited for a double-act.
"There will be multiple hosts for sure – there will be two," the producer teased, although he has since clarified that no official decision has been made.
The Oscars have a long history of double-acts fronting the live telecast, dating all the way back to Douglas Fairbanks and William C deMille hosting the first-ever ceremony in 1929.
Since 2015 host Neil Patrick Harris has ruled himself out, who do you think »
It’s an interesting combination of veterans who represent, respectively, the worlds of live television and the film world.
Hill was a longtime 21st Century Fox/News Corp. executive who stepped down in June to launch a production banner that focused on live TV events. Hill is known for his skill at overseeing live sports production, and was key in building Fox Sports; in recent years he’s overseen “American Idol” for the Fox network.
Hudlin is an Oscar-nominated producer for “Django Unchained,” and last year produced the Governors Awards. He has been the executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards since 2012. Hudlin was the first president of entertainment for Bet Networks from 2005-09.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced the moves Tuesday, but did not indicate if this is a three-year pact. »
- Tim Gray
There are festive gags a plenty and narration by the legendary Steve Martin in a teaser that explores why we endure herculean challenges to travel home for the holidays.
Between Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) trying to pass off military man Joe (Jake Lacy) as her fiancé and single dad Hank (Ed Helms) wrangling a very sassy daughter, it's sure to be an eventful Christmas for the Coopers this year.
Love the Coopers opens on November 13 in the Us. »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted the awards at their Aug. 25 meeting. Following tradition, AMPAS reps withheld the announcement until they could notify the recipients.
This is the second time the Academy opted for only three nominees. The org can salute up to six people each year: four honorary Oscars, and one apiece for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Thalberg Award, which goes to a producer for their body of work. It’s generally been four honorees, except for 2011, when there were three.
Despite the Acad’s recent attempts to increase international membership, it’s an all-American lineup. And while Rowlands and Lee have worked for major studios, they made their name in the indie world. In reflecting the Academy’s diversity push, the trio consists of two women »
- Tim Gray
For the most wonderful time of the year, the Christmas period is often ripe for the picking when it comes to screwball comedies, whether it’s age-old classics in the vein of Home Alone or the much more forgettable Deck the Halls. Though one ensemble piece that still stands the test of time is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and its legacy lives on in the first trailer for Love The Coopers.
In the works at CBS Films and Lionsgate, the film brings together a star-studded cast for what seems to be a fairly run of the mill Christmas comedy. From misbehaving children to festive plans going up in smokes, Love The Coopers ticks all the generic boxes, but one thing separating it from the pack – and perhaps acting as its saving grace – is the ensemble cast.
- Michael Briers
August 25 will be a big night for Academy board members: That’s when they select 2015 recipients of the Governors Awards.
According to the website, AMPAS encourages members of the Academy to weigh in. They didn’t say anything about non-members, but why not? Movie fans have strong ideas too.
So here are some proposals: Michael Apted, whose range includes the “Seven Up!” docus to “Coal Miner’s Daughter”; Tsui Hark, a key figure in Asia’s action films; Richard Lester, the influential director; documaker extraordinaire Frederick Wiseman; and actress-director Jeanne Moreau. Incredibly, none has ever been nominated for an Oscar. And how about activist Rob Reiner for the Hersholt?
Variety exec editor Steven Gaydos also offers some stellar names for consideration: Gilles Jacob, who led the Cannes Fest for decades; producer-casting pro Fred Roos, whose groundbreaking credits include “The Godfather” and “American Graffiti”; Brit filmmaker Ken Loach; American actress Gena Rowlands »
- Tim Gray
Twenty years ago today, Bryan Singer, the director of the “good X-Men movies” (read: all of them except X3), and writer Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue One) rounded up five thieves for the heist of the 90’s. It all starts out with a seemingly harmless lineup, but Keyser Söze – bogeyman of the criminal underworld – has very specific (and sinister) plans for The Usual Suspects’ Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), McManus (Stephen Baldwin), Fenster (Benicio del Toro), Hockney (Kevin Pollak), and Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey). Bonus points to Singer for casting Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”’s Gus Fring), who looks ridiculously young as one of the FBI agents after Keyser Söze.
From pool sharks and grifters to tricksters, card cheats and American hustlers, here’s our rundown of the most memorable con artists in movie history.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
One of the finest fraudster films to ever »
- Daniel Bettridge
The best Oscars hosts are usually the hippest cats in Hollywood: Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, Johnny Carson, etc. -Break- Right now nobody is cooler than John Oliver, who is causing a firestorm of controversy with skewering religious leaders who promise divine reward in exchange for donations from the faithful. (Watch video below.) John Oliver doesn't fit the usual profile of Oscar host, you say? Not true. His Comedy Central predecessor Jon Stewart hosted the Academy Awards ceremony twice. Oliver has a media advantage over other contenders. His program "Last Week Tonight" appears on HBO, which doesn't pose the kind of ratings threat to ABC (the Oscars' network) that the other broadcast channels do. It's very rare that ABC will permit a star from NBC or CBS to emcee. That rules out possibilities like Jimmy Fallon and limits the field of choices. Who should return to host Oscars? Neil Patrick Har. »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Mashup of the Day: Many people have noted the similarities between Quentin Tarantino's new movie, The Hateful Eight, and an earlier Kurt Russell movie, The Thing. Well, here's the obligatory mashup trailer to go with that idea (via Live for Films): Trailer Redo of the Day: Speaking of mashups, it's not often we see them with two movies from the same series, but here's a redo of the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with only clips from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (via Cinematic Montage Creators): Vintage Image of the Day: In honor of Steve Martin's 70th birthday, here's a photo of him working at Disneyland's Merlin's Magic Shop in...
- Christopher Campbell
Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures, has announced the studio’s line-up for the next few years, with 16 films dated for release.
2016 will also showcase many more films, including the Jodie Foster-directed Money Monster starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts which bows April 16th; Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot has been moved up a week to July 15th; the remake of The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt has shifted to September 23rd; zombie flick Patient Zero opens September 2nd; while Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt sci-fi drama Passengers opens December 21st.
Sony has also announced a fifth film in the Underworld franchise, which is set for Halloween (well, October 21st) of next year. »
- Scott J. Davis
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Ya sci-fi adventure; Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Viola Davis; rated PG-13) Home (animated family; voices: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez; rated PG) Far from the Madding Crowd (romantic drama; Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen; rated PG-13) Dark Places (thriller; Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Chicago – TV production is entrenched in Chicago, and currently one of the hottest shows produced here is Fox Network’s “Empire.” The intricate sound details of the show, including the music, are handled by a Chicago-based post production company called Periscope Post & Audio. One of the founders and principle owners is Michael Nehs.
Periscope is part of the 50 acre campus which also encompasses Cinespace Studios. The Chicago-based film and television complex. once a steel plant, is now home to the hottest network and cable television series, including “Empire.” Periscope Post & Audio has been instrumental in providing services for these shows, complete production elements like the “dailies” overview (looking at footage that was filmed that day), expert color correction and editing, in addition to sound services like design, audio mixing. voiceover and Adr (Additional Dialogue recording).
Periscope Post & Audio
Photo credit: Periscope Post & Audio
Michael Nehs is the man on the scene, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This Week: Animated hit Home comes home, cult fave Miracle Mile, and a documentary on a doomed Dr. Moreau remake. ► With shades of .Lilo & Stitch,. the Dreamworks animated flick Home finds a small girl trying to avoid capture after an alien invasion by a race called the Boov, and she.s on the run with one of the fugitive aliens. Steve Martin,... Read More »
- John Law
One of the great things about having friends who are film nerds is that you end up having a lot of phone calls about nothing urgent. You end up talking about alternate theories and dream casting and things that might have been. I've got some other things I'll be posting tonight that speak to that, but first up, let's just play a little bit. The conversation I was having with Scott Weinberg today was about the way I find casting shortsighted in movies sometimes. In particular, I love comedians who push themselves, and Scott's article about Robin Williams (it would have been his birthday today, something that makes me unspeakably sad this year) focused on some of his left-of-center choices as an actor. Scott's fond of "Insomnia," where Williams gives some really good creepy, something that doesn't surprise me at all. Of course Williams was effective at playing dark and dangerous. »
- Drew McWeeny
King Tutankhamun left behind a treasure trove of trinkets, but his nickname is all that’s really required to serve as the cornerstone for “Tut,” a Spike TV miniseries that unearths the Boy King in order to turn his short life into historical melodrama. Featuring Ben Kingsley as Tut’s scheming vizier, surrounded by young actors often photographed as if this were a shampoo commercial, there are modest pleasures relating to the various palace intrigues, but only marginal momentum to drag an audience across three nights, provided they know enough about history to realize the title character won’t be available for a sequel.
Shot in Morocco at a scale that frequently looks as if it features a cast of, well, dozens, “Tut” begins with the name/age at death and works backward from there. As a result, writers Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg and director David Von Ancken »
- Brian Lowry
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »
David Letterman comes out of retirement to rip Donald Trump; the co-president of Sony Pictures Classics shows his Texas roots; and the Stark Naked Theatre Company reveals its new lineup. It’s this week’s Texas News Roundup. David Letterman Roasts Donald TrumpDavid Letterman came out of retirement briefly at San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre during the comedy concert “Steve Martin & Martin Short: A Very Stupid Conversation...With Music.” The late-night king performed his patented Top 10 List about Donald Trump, then went on to praise the Spurs before exiting just as surprisingly as he entered. Sony Pictures Classics Lassoed to TexasThe co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker, has strong Texas ties that began when he attended the University of Texas at Austin. Now his vision has led to seven films that have received best-picture Oscar nominations, including “Capote,” and “Midnight in Paris.” Upcoming films include the Hank Williams biography “I Saw the Light, »
To celebrate the release on Blu-ray and DVD of DreamWorks Animation’s Home, out on Digital HD on 13th July and Blu-ray and DVD on 20th July, we’ve got an exclusive interview with the mighty Steve Martin to share with you, who lends his talents to the fun!
A legendary actor, screenwriter, producer, author and musician, Steve Martin plays the the mean and cowardly Captain Smek in this new animated movie. Smek may be the leader of his species, the Boov, but he is not an inspiring figure at all. Remarkably arrogant, he believes he is right about everything and loves to name things after himself. Under his command, the Boov have learned to be fearful and feeble, running away from anything challenging. They suppress individuality; have no sense of enthusiasm or fun; and value conformity. They have gone from planet to planet and decide to make Earth their home, »
- Dan Bullock
Even retirement can’t keep David Letterman from roasting Donald Trump. Although The Late Show host has been retired since May, he was called back into action for one last ‘Top 10′ list, inspired by Trump’s presidential campaign announcement. Letterman appeared on his friend’s Martin Short and Steve Martin‘s comedy show at the Majestic Theatre Friday in San Antonio, where […]
- Keiry Sanchez
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