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The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (Glsen), a leading nonprofit aimed at championing safe and affirming school systems, will honor YouTube star Connor Franta at the 2016 Glsen Respect Awards on Oct. 21 in Los Angeles.
The Glsen Respect Awards, held annually since 2004, serve to showcase the work of role models who have made a sizable impact among Lgbtq youth. Past honorees include the actor Matt Bomer and his husband, Simon Halls; NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt; Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg; the actor Jim Parsons and his boyfriend, Todd Spiewak; and Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder. All will return as honorary co-chairs for the 2016 event, according to Glsen.
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- Geoff Weiss
Jennifer Lawrence is still the girl on fire.
“The Hunger Games” heroine has been named the world’s highest-paid actress by Forbes for the second year in a row.
Lawrence topped the annual ranking with $46 million — the pre-tax income was down $6 million (11.5%) from last year — thanks primarily to the final installment of her blockbuster franchise, “Mockingjay — Part 2,” which hauled $653.4 million worldwide, and a hefty advance for her role in the upcoming space adventure “Passengers” opposite Chris Pratt.
Lawrence, 26 (the youngest actor on the list), came in second place on the Forbes ranking in 2014.
Melissa McCarthy was runner-up on the list with $33 million — a $10 million spike (43.5%) from last year — making her the “biggest dollar gainer year over year.” “The Boss” star, who turns 46 this week, traded places with Scarlett Johansson, 31, who reeled in $25 million to land in third.
McCarthy reportedly scored an eight-figure paycheck for the female “Ghostbusters” reboot. Johansson, who »
- Maane Khatchatourian
There's a silver lining to Jennifer Lawrence's very busy Hollywood playbook: all the green that it generates for the hardworking golden gal. The actress, who has headlined no fewer than 12 films in the last four years, has topped Forbes' annual ranking of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses for the second year running. And that's a tidy sum there: The actress banked a cool $46 million in 2016, largely goosed by her windfall from the hugely profitable Hunger Games franchise and its final installment, Mockingjay - Part 2, which raked in $653 worldwide. Lawrence, 26, also appeared in the true-to-life Joy, which grossed $101 million, and, Forbes reports, »
- Alexis L. Loinaz, @alexisloinaz
There's a silver lining to Jennifer Lawrence's very busy Hollywood playbook: all the green that it generates for the hardworking golden gal. The actress, who has headlined no fewer than 12 films in the last four years, has topped Forbes' annual ranking of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses for the second year running. And that's no tidy sum there: The actress banked a cool $46 million in 2016, largely goosed by her windfall from the hugely profitable Hunger Games franchise and its final installment, Mockingjay - Part 2, which raked in $653 worldwide. Lawrence, 26, also appeared in the true-to-life Joy, which grossed $101 million, and, Forbes reports, »
- Alexis L. Loinaz, @alexisloinaz
Up until recently, when a movie turned out to be a major bomb — not just a financial failure but a symbol of waste, a legend, a stink bomb — there was usually a movie star’s name imprinted on it. The star became part of the movie’s infamy, and he also took on some of the blame. Just think of a folly like “Ishtar” (1987), in which the combined star wallop of Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty couldn’t add up to a hill of beans in the desert, or “Battlefield Earth” (2000), which proved that John Travolta in the middle of the Travoltassance couldn’t sell a sci-fi epic that was really an obsequious vanity project. “Heaven’s Gate,” the movie that brought down a movie studio, was the exception that proved the rule: No one really thought of it as a Kris Kristofferson film, but that’s because there was »
- Owen Gleiberman
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The most fascinating part of Steve Hoover‘s latest documentary Almost Holy is how its subject Gennadiy Mokhnenko parallels the life of well-known Russian cartoon Krokodil Gena. The latter deals with a lonely crocodile zoo worker named Gena and his friend Cheburashka: a young, abandoned creature rejected by the establishment employing him. The two therefore construct a home for the lonely as »
- The Film Stage
The thriller “Money Monster” follows financial TV personality Lee Gates (George Clooney) who advises his audience on commerce and Wall Street with the help of longtime director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts). One day on air, laborer Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) takes him hostage and straps explosives to his chest demanding answers about an investment gone wrong. Soon, the entire team scrambles to discover what happened with the company in question and they find a pattern of corruption that goes all the way to the top. In honor of its digital release, watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from the film below, with George Clooney, Jack O’Connell, and screenwriter Jamie Linden praising the work of director Jodie Foster.
Read More: Review: Jodie Foster’s ‘Money Monster’ Wants to Be ‘Network’ for the Occupy Wall Street Age
- Vikram Murthi
It ain't easy being famous. Aside from all the glitz and the glamour and the seven-figure paychecks, your every waking moment is spent in the spotlight. You can't so much as sneeze without The Daily Mail catching wind of it. And heavens to Betsy if you're actually doing something scandalous. The whole world will be on your tail! Which is why these famouser-than-famous citizens have developed themselves a little protocol, if you will—strategies that they employ when they would like to lay low, disappear, hide in plain sight. Some choose to live this way day in and day out, but for the others who don't have the luxury of spending all the live long day on Julia Roberts' Malibu »
Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
- Amie Cranswick
Wonder cover art
Coming to cinemas next April is the adaptation of the novel Wonder, a film which will unite Julia Roberts and Room actor Jacob Tremblay. The film tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Here’s the full plot synopsis.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, »
- Paul Heath
Stx Entertainment has received a “significant” new investment from two Chinese media companies and several other investors — money that the company said will help it move closer to its goal of becoming a global, multi-platform media powerhouse.
China’s Tencent Holdings and Hong Kong’s Pccw both put undisclosed amounts into Stx in exchange for stakes in the company, which said it intends to expand beyond its budding film business into television, digital apps, video games, social media, virtual reality, and other platforms.
One individual familiar with the deal said it values the company at nearly $1.5 billion.
Others who have tried to start multi-media companies from scratch have struggled, but Stx’s founders and backers at the private equity fund Tpg believe they have a route to success because of rigorous attention to cost controls, a series of partnerships with other content providers, and a determination to operate without the »
- James Rainey
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– Exclusive: The 24th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival has unveiled its exclusive poster from artist John Alexander. Alexander is a local Hamptons resident and the official 2016 Hiff poster will be based off of his “Ship of Fools” work.
This year’s festival will run from October 6-10. Film titles will be announced at a later date. You can find out more about the festival at its official website. Check out the official poster below.
– USA-based Stage 32, the world’s largest online platform connecting and educating film, TV and theater professionals, will be presenting its short film program at the 2016 Hollyshorts Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, August 19 at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood. The winning filmmakers were chosen by executives from The Weinstein Company, »
- Kate Erbland
As the summer season draws to a close, superheroes slugged it out for dominance on the national home video sales charts the week ended Aug. 7.
Warner’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” remained at No. 1 on Npd VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart for the third consecutive week, but was booted to the No. 2 spot on the Blu-ray Disc-only chart by “Batman: The Killing Joke,” from Warner Bros. Animation, the 26th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series.
“The Killing Joke” debuted at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales.
Universal Pictures’ “Mother’s Day,” a romantic comedy that grossed $32.5 million in domestic theaters, bowed at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc-only chart. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts. It’s the last »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Despite the fact that stars like Emily Ratajkowski and Kim Kardashian have been championing being naked in selfies lately, there are still quite a few female celebrities who would rather not strip down for a movie or TV show, thank you very much. From Julia Roberts to Jennifer Garner, keep reading to see why these actresses, singers, and reality stars have turned down nudity in Hollywood. »
- Quinn Keaney
One of the many movies celebrating an iconic anniversary this year is the classic Hook, which hit theaters 25 years ago this December. However, tomorrow marks another, much more unfortunate milestone, the two-year anniversary of star Robin Williams passing away. To honor both the movie and their leading man, the young actors who played The Lost Boys in the movie have finally reunited as adults, to pay tribute to their beloved co-star.
22 Vision, the production company that orchestrated cast reunions for The Little Rascals and School of Rock, put this reunion together, spending roughly two years tracking them all down. Entertainment Tonight went behind-the-scenes of this epic photo shoot, and spoke with 22 Vision CEO Brian Pocrass, who revealed why he wanted to put this reunion together. Here's what he had to say below.
"Hook is just one of those movies that people really grew up on. To get them together to »
We're living in an age of re-boots, and Ocean's Eight features an incredible all-female cast that just keeps getting better.
While we already knew that Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock would be starring in a re-boot of the Ocean's series, we've just learned that in addition, joining the cast will be Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina (Neighbors 2). That is one impressive line up of women who will definitely live up to the film's original roster that included Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, and of course, Julia Roberts.
There will be eight women in the cast, so there is still one spot left to be filled, though rumours have been swirling around Elizabeth Banks. We're loving this trend of »
- Adriana Floridia
Jacob Tremblay is back, and he's as aww-inducing as ever. The Room actor, 9, stars in the upcoming drama Wonder alongside Julia Roberts - and People has the first look. The film, based on the best-selling book by R.J. Palacio, tells the story of a boy with facial differences who strives to be treated the same as his peers as he begins the year at a new school. "The movie Wonder is about family, friendship, love and most of all, it's about choosing kindness at every stage of life," director Stephen Chbosky tells People. Chbosky said he chose Roberts, 48, and Tremblay »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
Bangarang! It’s rather crazy to think that 25 years ago, we were all heading to the cinema to watch the late great Robin Williams playing the iconic role as Peter Pan in the Steven Spielberg directed Hook. Hook had an all-star cast including Dustin Hoffman as Hook, Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as the brilliant […]
The post The ‘Lost Boys’ reunite – 25 years since Hook appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- David Sztypuljak
You know things are getting dire on Mistresses when I’m referencing an Ariana Grande song title in my headline.
I mean, give me Jody Watley or Haley Reinhart or Beyoncé all day, every day. But the High Priestess of the High Pony? Eh. You can leave her discs in the 99 cent bin next to the supermarket checkout aisle, for all I care.
That said, when Little Miss Grande’s notorious crimes against donuts (click here if you have no idea what I’m rambling on about) pop up »
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
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