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The Hollywood News is eleven years old this month. That’s right, we are now well on our way to out teen years and boy have we come a long way since 2003. And it’s not just us, the film industry has gone from strength to strength during the last decade. They finally learned how to make a decent super-hero film for one. As part of our celebrations each of our team has been tasked with writing a piece on one of their favourite films of the last eleven years. This writer’s offering can be nothing other than Looper.
Released in 2012 and directed by the brilliant Rian Johnson, who will be directing Star Wars VIII don’t you know, Looper is a fantastic time-travel movie. Firstly having been a fan of Johnson’s work since Brick I was very excited for the release of Looper, and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed. »
- Kat Smith
Murmurs of anticipation in the pitch black theatre. Excited shuffles of feet. Then the word "Lucasfilm" sparkles up on the screen, and the audience goes wild. "Yeah!" someone exclaims at the back of the room, as though they'd just spotted an old best friend they hadn't seen in a decade.
It's November 1998, and for many Star Wars fans, this is the moment they've been waiting the best part of five years to see: their first glimpse of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ever since George Lucas had announced his return to the Star Wars universe, in an October 1993 issue of Vanity Fair, anticipation had slowly been building for the new movie. And here, finally, was a first look at what Lucas had in store. »
When alien archaeologists — or future human historians — look back on the films from the post-wwii era through today, and into the foreseeable future, they will surely come to the conclusion that girls and women of our time didn’t do much of anything besides marry men, mother children, and stand aside and applaud while the boys engage in all manner of exciting exploits.
Which is, of course, complete nonsense.
With my new Kickstarter, I am seeking funding for a project to detail on a very fine, nitty-gritty, film-by-film basis just how badly movies fail girls and women. (More details and links to supporting materials can be found and commented on here.)
I hope you will help support an effort that is badly needed and that has not been attempted before. A pledge of as little as $1 can help.
Why does it matter if girls and women aren’t well represented on film? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Earlier this year, The Expendables 3 arrived in cinemas and did notably less business that its two predecessors. A good chunk of that is arguably down to the fact that the film leaked online and in full weeks ahead of its release. But also, there's the fact that Sylvester Stallone and his team went for a PG-13 rating, over the R-rated cuts of The Expendables and The Expendables 2.
Crave Online, chatting to Stallone, asked him about the decision to go for a PG-13 cut, and he admitted that "I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again".
Stallone did have »
I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.
The Shawshank Redemption celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and director Frank Darabont reunited for a special Academy screening of the film this week.
Digital Spy goes then and now with the cast of the beloved drama to find out what happened to them in the years since Shawshank's original release.
Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne)
Already a well-established and respected actor by the time he won the role of Andy Dufresne, Tim Robbins saw his career surge in the wake of Shawshank. He bagged the role after Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt turned it down, but their loss was his gain.
During the 1990s, Jennifer Aniston was one of the most popular actresses in the world. She may not have been blowing up the box office like Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock, she was instead the star of the hit comedy show Friends – which had turned her into a household name. So popular was Aniston during this period that he hair even became known as “The Rachel”, a much-requested style for hairdressers during the 90s. The show was watched by millions around the world and has become one of the most celebrated Us sitcoms of all-time, launching Aniston and her co-stars into hot property. Particularly as the show couldn’t last forever and the cast would look to transition to the big screen.
Aniston was no stranger to cinema. She got her first break in the horror comedy Leprechaun in 1993, but would take a break during her first few years on Friends. »
- Luke Owen
Greer Grammer will be this year's Miss Golden Globe, the awards announced Thursday. The 22-year-old actress plays ditzy Lissa on MTV's Awkward; she also appears in the upcoming film Life Partners, opposite Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, and Gillian Jacobs. And, as Miss and Mr. Golden Globe of years past, she also happens to be the child of a celebrity: as you may have guessed, Grammer's father is three-time Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer. (Her mother is makeup artist Barrie Buckner.) Grammer joins a long line of past Golden Globe assistants including Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick; Sam Fox, »
- Hillary Busis
Are we looking at a big Bruce Willis return for Expendables 4? Eh, who knows, but it does sound as though Willis and Expendables franchise mastermind Sylvester Stallone have buried the hatchet more than a year after a reported dispute over money turned into a public, albeit one-sided, Twitter feud. "Greedy And Lazy …… A Sure Formula For Career Failure," is what Stallone tweeted in September 2013 while announcing that Willis, who appeared in the first two Expendables films, was out and Harrison Ford was in for the third installment after Willis supposedly wanted an astronomical fee to appear in Expendables 3. (Sly's rep confirmed at the time that Willis was the subject of the »
November 18th. remember it. A photo posted by tallulah (@buuski) on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:38pm Pst Just call her G.I. Tallulah Belle! Tallulah Willis paid homage to one of mom Demi Moore's most iconic roles, G.I. Jane, with her shocking new haircut: a completely shaved head. Willis, 20, debuted her bold 'do via her Instagram page on Tuesday, Nov. 18. "November 18th. remember it," Moore's youngest daughter (with ex Bruce Willis) captioned a shot in which she modeled her bare head. Just in case there was any doubt as to [...] »
Like mother, like daughter!
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's 20-year-old daughter Tallulah Willis shaved her head, revealing just how much she looks like her famous mother. Instagramming her new look on Tuesday, she wrote: "November 18th. remember it."
— buuski willis (@buuuski) November 18, 2014
Photos: Two Looks, One Star
November 18th. remember it.
A photo posted by tallulah (@buuski) on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:38pm Pst
Tallulah then posted a pic of her Moore in 1997 when she shaved her head for the military drama G.I. Jane. She captioned the photo: "mawms is bae. #thankgodgoodheadshapesruninthefamily."
mawms is bae. #thankgodgoodheadshapesruninthefamily
Фото опубликовано tallulah (@buuski) ноя 11, 2014 at 9:56 Pst
The Hollywood heir then took her new hairless head to L.A.'s Sayer's Club to support her 26-year-old sister Rumer Willis' music. She wrote: "Luv u proud of u can't wait to hear you sing my precious songbird @ruelarue."
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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu 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 22 Jump Street (comedy sequel; Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube; rated R) If I Stay (drama; Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos; rated PG-13) Into the Storm (natural-disaster thriller; Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies; rated PG-13) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (stylized action sequel; Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Rosario Dawson; rated R) 20,000 Days on Earth (music documentary; Nick Cave, Kylie...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
In a series of tweets this afternoon, Stallone revealed that filming on the project is aiming to begin filming in January. He goes on to give a brief synopsis: "Creed the new movie with Michael B Jordon who plays Apollo's son and boxer who meets with Rocky ... an amazing relationship"
Aside from one family post back in June, Stallone has been off social media for over a year. He posted a bunch of tweets today, one of which indicating he also made up with Bruce Willis after their falling out over "The Expendables 3".
- Garth Franklin
Not only do popular sitcoms remain on the air for long periods of time, they also feature some of the greatest guest stars to ever appear on TV. Friends ran on NBC for 10 seasons and saw appearances of Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, and Susan Sarandon just to name a few. Modern Family, which is currently in its sixth season, has featured Elizabeth Banks, Nathan Lane, and Matthew Broderick. How I Met Your Mother spent nine seasons on CBS. Over the course of 208 episodes, we saw the appearances of many great actors and actresses including Jennifer Lopez, Joe Manganiello, and Wayne Brady. There was even a guest appearance by a singer or two. Some of the characters we loved (Sarah Chalke’s Stella), while others we could not stand (Jennifer Morrison’s Zoey). Here is a list of our favorite guest stars of How I Met Your Mother. Sarah Chalke as »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Rumer Willis is opening up about Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' daughter Wyatt! While the 26-year-old actress and singer says she hasn't met her former step-father's baby girl yet, she has seen pics of Ashton and Mila's 1-month-old child. "I reached out to him when he had the baby, which is so awesome," Rumer said during a recent appearance on Access Hollywood Live. "I saw photos of her [Wyatt]. She's very cute." But don't count on Rumer signing up for babysitting duty anytime soon. Rumer says between little Wyatt and dad Bruce Willis' two daughters Mabel and Evelyn, there aren't enough hours in the week to visit them all. "I have so many babies to »
By the 21-minute mark, he’s on his way to losing everything else that matters.
The haunting BBC limited series, which premiered in the United Kingdom weeks ago, begins its limited run on Starz on Saturday (9/8c). James Nesbitt (The Hobbit films) plays Tony, whose life and marriage crumbles to ash after the 2006 kidnapping of his son, Ollie, during a family vacation.
The Missing‘s subject matter draws inevitable comparisons to missing-child cases both real, such as Madeline McCann’s 2007 disappearance in Portugal, »
Update 11/13: Deadline reports Jai Courtney is in the mix for something, but it might be any one of the Warner Bros. DC Comics movies through 2020. Australian actor Jai Courtney is one of those actors that mainstream America probably couldn’t spot in a line-up, but Hollywood has a decided hard-on for the thespian. He was chosen to play Bruce Willis' son in “A Good Day to Die Hard,” had a key villain role in Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” and had big supporting turns in “I, Frankenstein” (2014) and “Divergent.” While the verdict is still out on the 28-year-old actor, Tinseltown has doubled down on the Aussie and this year he was cast in the critical role of Kyle Reese in the “Terminator: Genisys” reboot. In short, Courtney is this year’s Sam Worthington, another Australian actor that Hollywood went ape for after his appearance in the billion-dollar-grossing “Avatar. »
- Edward Davis
Jai Courtney, best known for his performance in A Good Day to Die Hard as the son of Bruce Willis' John McClane, is reportedly up for the role of the DC Comics mercenary Deadshot in David Ayer's bad guy team-up Suicide Squad. Variety has the news, claiming that Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Will Smith all still remain in talks as well. »
Good news, dolls: If you're reading this, Kim Kardashian's naked butt did not break the Internet! The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and her bare bum did take a crack at it though when they graced the cover of Paper magazine's Winter 2014 issue. In another image from the glossy, Kim balanced a full glass of champagne on her famous booty. This didn't bring the wild wild web to a halt, but it did inspire a handful of amusing memes. As you can probably imagine, a lot of these were dangerously Nsfw, but some managed to keep it PG-13... Like this one, which has Bruce Willis' bald head (x2) filling in for each butt cheek. And this gem, which turned Kim into a centaur because, »
Starz has picked up the Evil Dead TV show.
The series will be based on the original film franchise that made its debut in the late '70s. Bruce Campbell, who starred in the three movies and made a cameo in the 2013 remake, is back in his role as Ash, a monster hunter.
"I'm really excited to bring this series to the Evil Dead fans worldwide - it's going to be everything they have been clamouring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humour," Campbell said.
Raimi added: "Evil Dead has always been a blast. Bruce, Rob, and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash's lame, but heroic saga.
"With his chainsaw arm and his 'boomstick', Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there's a truckload of it. »
Christopher Nolan made Memento, but he also made The Dark Knight Rises. Great filmmakers can make bad movies: This is not a particularly complicated equation. And Nolan's new space melodrama Interstellar is not a particularly complicated movie. The science is elaborate and insane, but the emotional stakes are simple: Father loves daughter, father saves humanity. But Nolan is one of our plottiest filmmakers. (Most films have three acts; Nolan's movies usually have at least six, usually out of order and/or overlapping.) I attempted to explain the plot of Interstellar, but even I ran up against some impenetrable cosmo-logic. Some »
- Darren Franich
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