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For the past few years we've been highlighting an annual filmmaking contest called Jameson First Shot, which has allowed budding filmmakers to get their chance to break into Hollywood working with the likes of actor Kevin Spacey and producer Dana Brunetti. The contest from late last year have completed production on their films and all three are now available for viewing. Each one stars Uma Thurman in a new role, and they're each quite fun. The Mundane Goddess follows the story of Hera, queen of the Greek Gods, who seeks answers from a therapist about her boring home life. The Gift follows the character Miss Anderson, who works at a city department store wrapping gifts. Jump! is set during 48 hours at a psychiatric facility, where Jack meets Wendy, a young woman with a unique obsession. If you're interested, watch them below. For more info on the contest and the winners »
- Alex Billington
Pop Quiz: When did Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston last take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series? If you guessed 2013, 2012 or 2011 — a red ‘X’ and a loud ‘bzzzt’ are being sent in your direction.
This isn’t to say the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hasn’t been good to Cranston — after all, he snagged the statuette in 2008, 2009 and 2010. But after sitting out 2011 due to ineligibility (Kyle Chandler triumphed that year for Friday Night Lights), Cranston has been beaten the last two Emmy seasons by Homeland‘s Damian Lewis and The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels. »
Activision has delivered the first Call of Duty Advanced Warfare campaign trailer that jumps ahead into the future where technology and the privatization of military services reign supreme.
The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare story is set in a world where terrorists have launched a global attack and the left the leaders of numerous nations on the brink of defeat. With nowhere else to turn, the largest private military force on the planet, Atlas, is called in to stop the terrorists by any means necessary.
Apart from more Kevin Spacey sightings, the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare campaign trailer reveals some new levels from the game including traversing a snowy mountain and a first look at the exterior of Atlas Corporation. As with every Call of Duty game before it, expect tons of action and scripted movie-like moments to dominant the campaign.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare comes to Xbox One, »
The Christmas season will soon be upon us (though there’s lots of sunshine to come before then), and with it comes the release of some of the big games of the year, with the big hitters bringing out the usual array of sequels, spin-offs and new adventures.
Sledgehammer Games is no different, and this November, they will be releasing the latest in the Call of Duty series, the futuristic Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The new game is set in the future, which is policed by many private military companies, with the biggest, Atlas, headed by Jonathan Irons, played by Oscar winner Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).
The new trailer goes someway to showing us what we can expect in the latest interpretation: a global terrorist attack on various nuclear power plants around the world cripples governments, and the only option the Us government has to restore order and »
- Scott Davis
The latest outing for Call of Duty has a new story trailer full of Spacey, and there's also an upcoming multiplayer reveal...
Sledgehammer Games' futuristic Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is due out towards the end of the year, and the game's story is set in a future policed by private military companies, with the biggest, Atlas, headed by Jonathan Irons, played by Kevin Spacey.
The trailer explains the background for the game's story. A global terrorist attack on various nuclear power plants around the world cripples governments, and the only option the Us government has to restore order and rebuild is to employ Atlas to replace it's military. With so much power, it was only a matter of time before Atlas, and Irons, started to act up.
Of course, it's a typical Call of Duty trailer, laden with exploding and collapsing things, but Spacey's performance helps it along. »
As this group of Emmy nominees congregated together for an official photo Monday night in Beverly Hills, Kevin Spacey had an idea for the amateur photographers off the dais trying to snap the same shot: “Now, everyone turn around a take a selfie,” Spacey suggested. He is the expert. Spacey was the only current TV star in the famous Oscar selfie, besides ringleader Ellen DeGeneres. Top: Nominee Kevin Spacey, TV Academy governor Lily Tomlin, nominees Billy Bob Thornton, Joe Morton, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Tony Hale, TV Academy governor Bob Bergen, and nominees Minnie Driver, Allison Janney, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson huddled up. »
- Mikey Glazer
At Monday’s Emmy Performers Peer Group party at the Montage Beverly Hills, the nominees thought long and hard about which TV shows they’d like to grace as a guest star. But “Veep’s” Tony Hale didn’t hesitate with his bid for a role on IFC’s “Portlandia.”
“Hands down, Portlandia,” he remarked. “Definitely. It puts a mirror up to society and just allows people to laugh at it. It kind of wakes us up to the ridiculousness of life and I just think it’s brilliant.”
- Shelli Weinstein
Activision has unveiled the first story-centric trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which effectively proves that Atlas — the private military corporation at the center of the game’s storyline — is a lean, mean and autonomous killing machine.
Narrated in a foreboding manner by Troy Baker — who lends his vocal chords to the game’s morally ambitious protagonist, Private Mitchell — the footage documents the world’s first global terrorist attack; one which instigates the rise of private military corporations as governments become desperate for a response team.
Set in the year 2054, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will also introduce a slew of new features to the franchise, including exoskeletons, hoverbikes and bleeding-edge military technology. Understandably, many have wondered how Sledgehammer plan to incorporate this new tech into the game’s online component; either way, we’ll have our answers when the studio reveals the multiplayer portion of Advanced Warfare on August 8th. »
- Michael Briers
The Death Of Superman Lives
There’s a long and storied history of the movies that Nic Cage almost ruined, and the two that tend to rank highest on the red alert list are when he almost played the Scarecrow for Joel Schumacher’s thankfully cancelled Batman Triumphant and the time he was almost cast as a long-haired Superman for Tim Burton’s Superman Lives.
Despite the sighs of relief that came in hindsight with the death of both projects, both still hold a good deal of intrigue – it would have been brilliant to see an unhinged Cage in full flow as Scarecrow for instance, and the very idea of a Superman movie written by Kevin Smith, directed by Burton and starring a muscular Cage as a the Man Of Steel is perversely beautiful.
We’ve already seen images of Cage in the potential Supes outfit he might have worn, »
- Simon Gallagher
The top stories of the week from Toh! Awards: Screen Talk Report from Halls of Comic-Con, "The Giver" and Other Oscar Possibilities Box Office: Arthouse Audit: "Boyhood" Is Breakout Hit, "I Origins" Collapses Exclusive: Harvey Weinstein Explains How "Snowpiercer" Became a Gamechanger, We Crunch Theater vs. VOD Numbers Five Takeaways as 'Sex Tape' Flops, Summer Top Ten Box Office Continues Downward Spiral Features: Career Watch: TV Boosts Movie Stars Jon Voight, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey Not Into "Hercules"? Here Are 6 Alternatives to Fill Your Movie Weekend Festivals: Comic-Con Movie Preview: Warner Bros., Sony, Legendary, Paramount, Marvel, "Sin City" and More How Did "Birdman," "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Imitation Game" Land Key Fall Festival Slots? Toronto World Premieres: What Did They Get? Which World Premieres Did Venice Land? »
A long time ago in another TV galaxy — we’re talking eight, even 10 years ago — the “guest star” appearance was a pretty well-defined event; the famous Hollywood actor or Broadway actress would turn up on an episode of a hit show, interact briefly with the well-oiled cast, toss off a few bon-mots, and depart, never to be seen again.
That’s all changed. Today, series creators, writers and showrunners carefully craft stories and arcs for “guest” spots, as evidenced by such varied turns as Jane Fonda’s in HBO’s “The Newsroom,” Nathan Lane’s in “Modern Family,” Joe Morton’s in “Scandal,” Diana Rigg’s in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Beau Bridges in Showtime’s “Master of Sex,” Bob Newhart’s in CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” and Paul Giamatti’s in PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” all Emmy nominees.
For Lane, who just earned his third nomination on ABC »
- Iain Blair
Anyone who loves Superman knows that director Tim Burton almost followed up his successful adaptation of Batman by bringing The Big Blue Boy Scout to the big screen as well. Nicolas Cage was once meant to play the superhero with a script from fanboy favorite filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was a weird production with the likes of Chris Rock playing Jimmy Olsen and Kevin Spacey once on board as Lex Luthor, way before Superman Returns came knocking at his door for the same role. Now the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (which we featured as a Kickstarter film in the beginning of 2013) explores what went wrong with the film, and we have the first trailer. Watch it below! Here's the first trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? from Jon Schnepp: The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is directed by Jon Schnepp and »
- Ethan Anderton
Earlier this week, we ran down The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films, and one of them was Michael Caine's terrific turn in one of the director's best films, "Hannah And Her Sisters." But as always, history could've played out differently as Allen revealed on a recent podcast with Sad Happy Confused, in a discussion about the great actors he's never had a chance to work with. "I have called [Robert] De Niro, I've spoken on the phone to Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson. Nicholson was going to do 'Hannah and Her Sisters' — I wasn't thinking of Michael Caine at the time as I wasn't thinking of an English guy. It would never have occurred to me," he said. ""Now I am working with Joaquin Phoenix, who is a great actor, and Sean Penn [but] I just haven't had the opportunity to work with some of our greatest — Pacino, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Devious Kevin Spacey has taken the presidency as Francis Underwood on Netflix's "House of Cards," and now looks to scheme his way to a Best Drama Actor victory at the Emmys. -Break- Exclusive: Netflix Emmy episode submissions for 'House of Cards,' 'Orange' ... Synopsis: In Spacey's submitted episode, "Chapter 26," Frank finds himself in hot water: President Walker (Michael Gill) and Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney), once his allies, are conspiring to take him down after figuring out his shady plans. Frank counters by secretly meeting with Tusk at an opera house, promising him much success if he switches sides, but Tusk refuses. Frank heads home in defeat, but his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), tells him to do whatever it takes to regain the trust of the president. So Frank rolls the dice by writing a letter that would allow the president to pin the entire looming corruption scandal on Frank. »
Ever dream of sitting down at Freddy’s for some ribs with Southern charmer Frank Underwood? That dream could come true for two lucky “House of Cards” fans thanks to the Old Vic and the Geffen Playhouse. The two theaters have teamed up for an online fundraising campaign that gives donors a chance to rehearse a scene with Kevin Spacey, who serves as the London-based Old Vic’s artistic director, while eating “Freddy’s-style BBQ.” The winner and a friend also receive airfare to the set, a guided tour by showrunner Beau Willimon, and hotel accommodations for two. Donation options range from $10 to $5,000. The campaign ends on Thursday. »
Gold Derby has exclusively confirmed the titles of episodes being submitted to Emmy judges by Netflix for nominees from "House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black," and "Derek." -Break- After Emmy nominations were announced on July 10, nominees were tasked with submitting samples of their best work to judges. Series producers choose six episodes of each show, which are distributed randomly to three groups of voters (all members of the TV academy are invited to participate) who view two episodes. Actors submit one episode to juries comprised of other actors. What do you think about these Emmy submissions? Join the lively debate now in the Gold Derby message boards Best Drama Actress Robin Wright, "House of Cards" Episode: "Chapter 26" Best Drama Actor Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards" Episode: "Chapter 26" Best Drama Series "House of Cards" DVD A »
With Emmy Award season in full swing (the show airs Aug. 25), we look at three Emmy nominees who came up in Hollywood and are enjoying a career boost from their work in television. These days it's possible to move more fluidly than ever before between movies and TV (the late great James Garner was a rare example of a star who could swing both ways). The Third Golden Age of Television --easily viewed on multi-platforms by a wide range of viewers--has proved a boon for these movie actors. This Career Watch focuses on three drama series acting nominees who are taking advantage of the boom in fresh outlets: Jon Voight, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey. Jon Voight, 75, supporting actor in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan”: Signature line: “Uh, well, sir, I ain't a f'real cowboy. But I am one helluva stud!” – as wannabe male hustler Joe Buck in 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy. »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Snubbed in the supporting category for season one of "House of Cards," Kate Mara returned for just one episode in season two and earned an Emmy bid for Drama Guest Actress. Can she capitalize on the increased support for the series in its second year? -Break- Exclusive Video: 'House of Cards' creator Beau Willimon was 'astounded' they kept their murderous secret Synopsis: In "Chapter 14," the season premiere episode, reporter Zoe Barnes (Mara) is in a relationship with colleague Lucas Goodwin (Sebastian Arcelus). Along with him and a third reporter, Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer), Zoe is continuing her investigation into politician Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), with whom Barnes has been professionally and sexually entangled, but now she suspects he is guilty of corruption and murder. She, Lucas, and Janine search for clues and witnesses, including a missing call girl who might have a connection to Fra »
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a film about apes. The title isn't misleading or a metaphor or anything. This is a movie about primates and though there are human protagonists sharing screentime and functioning as significant pieces in the plot, it's very much an ape affair. Key characters - Caesar, Cornelia, Koba - are all chimpanzees.
Actually, that's not completely true. In fact it's a damn dirty ape lie for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a work of great deception. This fresh bestial blockbuster employs the most state-of-art moviemaking technology to achieve its trickery, ironically bringing the primitive world to visceral life on screen by using the most advanced techniques available.
The truth about those convincing, hyper-real chimpanzees? Caesar is played by Andy Serkis, »
Salon Nathan Rabin apologies for coining the term "Manix Pixie Dream Girl" (Must Read!)
Variety Uma Thurman auctioning off an evening with her complete with cocktails and a Pulp Fiction screening. The journalist writing this must be very young because they refer to Tarantino's smash as "the movie that launched her career". Umm... she'd already been famous for 6 years at that point and had headlined movies. Fact check anyone?
Guardian Mowgli, the only onscreen actor, cast in Jon Favreau »
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