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Jessica Lange will be the ninth recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas award for excellence in film this year.
Lange, who won an Emmy in her first season on “American Horror Story,” will be presented with the award at a gala at Santa Barbara’s Bacara Resort and Spa on Nov. 16. She follows past recipients such as Quentin Tarantino, Harrison Ford, Robert De Niro and John Travolta.
“Jessica Lange possesses the three key elements in making it in this crazy business: talent, beauty, and intelligence,” said Kirk Douglas in a statement, “all of which have served her well and continue to do so. It is my honor to give her my award.”
Lange won the Academy Awards for best actress and supporting actress for her roles in “Blue Sky” and “Tootsie” respectively. She was also nominated for best actress in four additional roles: “Frances,” “Country, »
- Sebastian Torrelio
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange as the recipient of this year's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The honor will be presented at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, an event which serves as an annual fundraiser for Sbiff. "Jessica Lange possesses the three key elements in making it in this crazy business: talent, beauty and intelligence, all of which have served her well and continue to do so," Kirk Douglas said. "It is my honor to give her my reward. Recent recipients of the honor include Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris and John Travolta. Lange received her sixth Emmy nomination to date this month, for her work in FX's "American Horror Story." She won Oscars for her performances in 1982's "Tootsie" and 1994's "Blue Sky. »
- Kristopher Tapley
In 1981, John Travolta starred in “Blow Out” and flew with pilot Douglas Gotterba — at least one of those decisions has come back to haunt him. During his employment termination from Atlo Inc. in spring 1987, Gotterba may or may not have signed a confidentiality agreement from his time with the company — it depends on which party you believe. After a decision Tuesday in the California 2nd District Court of Appeal, Gotterba will at least get to present his case to pen a tell-all book about his time with Atlo and Travolta. See photos: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, and John Travolta »
- Tony Maglio
Trains in cinema have always made for an excitable source within the realm of the comedy, drama, mystery or suspense pertaining to the plot of a particular film. The setting for the featured trains as the driving force of entertainment serves as the heart and soul of the action for the most part.
In some cases using trains as a last minute symbolic theme for a film can generate great impact that thrives and questions the motives and urgency of the characters and storyline (i.e. the climax scene in The Defiant Ones where the salt-and-pepper escaped convicts Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier try and make a desperate dash for permanent freedom on a speeding train en route to permanent freedom). Perhaps a train could also add an extra element of action-packed excitement in a film’s conclusive ending such as the uncontrollable commuter train in Speed?
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- Frank Ochieng
Douglas Gotterba, who worked for John Travolta's aircraft company Alto in the 1980s, will get the opportunity to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the actor. On Tuesday, the airline pilot was given the go-ahead sign by a California appeals court. Photos Hollywood's Private Jets: From Oprah Winfrey to Tom Cruise, Who Owns What Gotterba worked for Travolta for six years. According to press interviews he's given, he claims that his relationship with Travolta was more than professional. He stopped working for the actor in 1987, at which point he entered into a written termination
- Eriq Gardner
Although he's been a successful Hollywood movie producer since the mid-90s, it was the gigantic, unexpected popularity of Paranormal Activity which brought Jason Blum and his production company Blumhouse Productions to the world's attention. Since that film landed in 2007, his company's been responsible for a range of low-budget yet often very effective genre films, ranging from Insidious in 2010, via Barry Levinson's The Bay in 2012, to alien invasion flick Dark Skies in 2013.
Last year also saw the release of another surprise hit for Blumhouse: The Purge, a lean, flawed mix of sci-fi, horror and home invasion thriller directed by James DeMonaco. The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, is out this week, and it's a successful expansion of the first film's premise, as its futuristic violence spills out »
The deal was announced Sunday on the heels of Blumhouse having delivered the latest in a micro-budget horror hit for Universal with “The Purge: Anarchy.” The sequel to last summer’s break-out hit opened in second place with a solid $28.4 million debut from 2,804 locations in the U.S.
The 10-year term of the first-look deal is a significant departure from most Hollywood pacts, which tend to run for two or three years. It reflects the studio’s elevated expectations that Blum can continue to deliver profitable films.
Blum broke out with the micro-budget “Paranormal Activity” horror franchise five years ago at Paramount, which grossed over $190 million worldwide on a $15,000 budget. »
- Dave McNary
Blum, the prolific genre producer whose The Purge: Anarchy arrived at the weekend in second place on an estimated $28.4m, will also produce content for Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions.
Blumhouse will bring its Sinister franchise to Focus Features, making Universal home to three of the company’s most profitable micro-budget franchises including The Purge and Insidious, which is already based at Focus.
The company’s first film with Universal was June 2013 release The Purge, the $3m production that debuted at number one on $34.1m, some 17% higher than the debut of Anarchy.
Despite the discrepancy in opening weekends Anarchy, at a price tag of $9m, will easily turn a profit for the parties involved.
Blumhouse’s next micro-budget releases with Universal will be the supernatural thriller Ouija on October 24, the Jenifer Lopez psychological thriller [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
I Origins is in select theaters after being picked up by Fox Searchlight at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year. The film is an effective and affecting piece, gorgeously directed with some really great performances. I had a few issues with the script here and there, but overall I left the theater feeling impacted in a pretty unique way. But don't take my word for it, read Adam Chitwood's glowing review and check out the trailer if you're unfamiliar with the project as a whole. In the film, Michael Pitt plays Phd student Ian Gray, who is out to prove intelligent design to be a falsehood by demonstrating that the eye can undergo evolution. Along the way he falls in love with both Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) and his lab partner, Karen (Brit Marling). I sat down with Pitt in Los Angeles earlier this week to talk about his »
- Evan Dickson
The chart updates continue. I've been thinking a lot about Foxcatcher and Love is Strange and whether or not Sony Pictures Classics will have the guts to campaign all four of those male leads as leads. Essentially they'd be asking for 80% of the category which would be extremely ballsy (no pun intended with four sets of them) but also honest. For these July updates I'm fantasizing that they will.
But the funny thing is: Best Actor is enormously crowded without any of that acclaimed quartet. Playing a real life character won't even get you very far because most lead actors are doing just that, thereby dulling its time-tested competitive advantage. I count at least 10 possibly major contenders this year in biographical roles: Cumberbatch, »
- NATHANIEL R
That's right, kids! Both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage will be simultaneously haunt... what's that? Not the John Woo flick? Damn it! We're talking about the amazing creatures created for the Syfy channel's TV show "Face Off." My bad. Yep! They're coming! Read on for details.
From the Press Release
The most twisted and gruesome character creations featured on Syfy’s hit competition series “Face Off” will be live and “In the Flesh” at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Friday, September 19.
Nightmarish creatures will surround guests on both coasts as the macabre visions of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists from the show are brought to life.
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will feature an all new street experience with ten different character creations inspired by the acclaimed Syfy series, including a look designed by Season 5 “Face Off »
- Steve Barton
Though there are some spoilers sprinkled throughout this piece for some of the films, they are largely vague for readers who have not seen the films in question.
In his book Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, journalist Rick Pearlstein posits that Nixon, one of history’s most reviled presidents, manipulated social trends, tense racial crises and even war to assume the office, and, perhaps inadvertently, created the way the Right and Left deal with each other in the present day. The scars of the seventies indeed still hang like a dark cloud over Washington, its internal systems ravaged by covert bugging operations and illegal payoffs. With Edward Snowden’s Nsa revelations and Wikileaks at the forefront today, America has once again regressed into paranoia, though nothing in contemporary cinema compares to the violent, bleak reactions filmmakers had to the Watergate scandal. The occasional modern conspiracy thriller, »
- Kenny Hedges
The drugs reportedly included six clear glassine bags of cocaine, one blue pill, 20 white loose pills of Oxycontin and 10 orange unidentified narcotic pills, Officer Nunez from the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information confirmed to Et Wednesday.
Related: Robert Downey Jr.'s Son Arrested for Drug Possession
Kevin was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
This isn't the first time the family has been affected by drug arrests.
Video: John Travolta Urges Action on Hollywood Drug Abuse
Tatum, who divorced McEnroe in 1994, was arrested for buying cocaine in 2008, and chronicled her struggles with addiction in her 2004 memoir A Paper Life. »
The world can't get enough of Idina Menzel this year. The star of stage and screen kicked off the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star Game tonight with not just one, but two songs: a strong rendition of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" and the always anticipated (and subsequently closely watched) national anthem. Both performances were as lovely as always and Twitter was duly grateful, though there were still quite a few cracks about how an introduction by John Travolta would have livened things up. But goosebumps were mentioned a number of times, courtesy of the Frozen star's inimitable pipes, as well. Watch Menzel sing both right here: Want more? Good, »
Myself and Tom are currently holed up in a hotel room listening to strangers making love…or murdering each other, we’re not quite sure. Either way, the podcast is late this week as we held out to attend a special screening of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, which we have a pretty full and in depth review on this weeks podcast. Plenty of other delectable delights too including Tom’s Trivia Three – The Exorcist, Jurassic Park and John Travolta having a bowel movement all feature this week Reviews – Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Begin Again A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week our acclaimed actor takes on Airplane News – This weeks big stories discussed including Jurassic World, Hellboy 3 and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies And we have plenty of ways of making you listen. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
On 11th January 1991, the-then head of The Walt Disney Company's motion picture division, Jeffrey Katzenberg, sent out a memo. Running to over 10,000 words, he sent this document to key higher-ups at the studio, noting that "it is meant for internal use only". Naturally, the memo leaked, and was widely ridiculed in the Hollywood trade press as a consequence. Thanks to the wonderful Letters Of Note, you can read it in full here.
But re-reading Katzenberg's memo, over 20 years later, the now head of DreamWorks Animation called a lot of things right. In fact, given that as he wrote it, »
Idina Menzel has been tapped to perform the U.S. National Anthem at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game on July 15, 2014.
Menzel, who voiced the character Elsa in last winter’s hit Frozen and is currently starring on Broadway in If/Then, will also be performing during the pre-game ceremony. Mlb announced that Menzel will be singing Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” during the ceremony to honor “All-Star Teachers.”
“The program celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities,” reads the description of the ceremony.
Menzel made a name for herself as a member of the original cast of Rent, playing Maureen, a role she went on to play in the feature film adaptation. Menzel also won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked.
Menzel is not the only performer participating »
Above is the trailer for Reach Me, starring a spectacular direct-to-dvd cast if anyone's ever seen one. This Millennium Films production packs in the Millennium Films all-stars in a story about a self-help guru who has vanished, leaving behind a book that has changed the lives of an all-star ensemble of actors. Reach Me comes from writer-director John Herzfeld, and considering the life-affirming angle of the trailer, that's a bit bizarre. Herzfeld has made a few pretty nasty movies, none moreso than 15 Minutes, which relies on the novelty of Robert De Niro being tied to a chair and tortured to death. His debut was the ill-advised John Travolta romance Two of A Kind back in the '80s, and his sporadic theatrical work has sent him to television in recent years. His greatest achievement, however, may have been giving Charlize Theron her first standout role in the Pulp Fiction wannabe »
It's been 20 years since Forrest Gump was released in theaters. The movie went on to win Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor for Tom Hanks, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis and Best Screenplay. It's one of the most universally loved movies ever made, but at the same time it has also been listed as one of the most overrated. I personally love the film, and I pop it in the dvd player to watch it at least once a year.
With every transition of Forrest's age, one thing remains the same- in the first scene of each transition he wears a blue plaid shirt.When Forrest gets up to talk at the Vietnam rally in Washington, the microphone plug is pulled and you cannot hear him. According to Tom Hanks, he says, "Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don't go home at all. »
- Joey Paur
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