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You may have seen Sheila Vand as a housekeeper named Sahar in Ben Affleck's "Argo," or currently on NBC as a CIA analyst opposite Katherine Heigl in "State of Affairs." Or, you've seen her in what may be the first Iranian vampire noir ever, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," an ingenious work of pop pastiche written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, who Vand calls "Lily." When she's not cultivating her screen career, Vand is foremost a performance artist, who starred on Broadway with Robin Williams in "Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo" and has worked independently on her own exhibitions, such as a musical act she dubbed "Sneaky Nietzsche." Vand brings her onstage dexterity to the role of a lonely, sullen, centuries-old vampire known simply as "The Girl." In a desolate ghost town torn from the pages of dusty American westerns by way of Italian neorealism, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Rosamund Pike nearly stole the show in David Fincher's "Gone Girl" but he stole the hearts of the Palm Springs International Film Festival's committee members. The actress is getting the Breakthrough Performance Award! Last year, "12 Years A Slave's" Lupita Nyong'o received the same award and walked all the way to Oscar glory!
Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn.s »
Anna Kendrick could be joining Ben Affleck in the Gavin O’Connor directed thriller ‘The Accountant’. As reported by Variety, Kendrick is in early negotiations alongside J.K. Simmons to star in the film set to chronicle Affleck in the role of a “mild-mannered” accountant by day, who turns into a lethal assassin by night. Given Affleck’s blockbuster streak (The Town, Argo, Gone Girl) this shouldn’t be a ‘Daredevil’ repeat in the making. It is unclear what role Kendrick would take on if she joins the cast. The Warner Bros. picture is expected to start filming this January from the original script written by Bill Dubuque. Kendrick recently wrapped her role for [ Read More ]
- Sarah Anne Luoma
Wednesday night's Save the Children Illumination Gala at the Plaza Hotel was all about family. The second-annual event, which helps support Save the Children's objectives to work to eliminate preventable childhood deaths worldwide and ensure every U.S. child has access to high-quality early childhood education, was hosted by Jennifer Garner, who was honored at last year's gala and brought her daughter, Violet, to that event. Watch more Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch Star in Sheryl Sandberg's 'Ban Bossy' PSA This year, her husband, Ben Affleck, was honored along with others who've done exemplary work to help children
- Hilary Lewis
Benedict Cumberbatch is featured on the cover of Time, Jon Hamm will guest star in the final season of Parks and Recreation, TV networks opt out of airing President Obama‘s speech and more in Last Lap.
Benedict Cumberbatch makes the cover of Time‘s “Genius Issue.” As he should have. [@Time] Jon Hamm will guest star in Parks and Recreation as Ed, a National Parks employee with all of the looks and none of the brains. [EW] President Obama will speak about the country’s immigration system tonight, but ABC, NBC, and CBS will not be airing it due to ratings. And Shondaland. [CNN] Angelina Jolie tells Du Jour magazine that she is “absolutely” quitting the acting world. [Vanity Fair] Keira Knightley thinks that Cumberbatch’s fans are artistic, terrifying, and lovely. John Cameron Mitchell will star in Hedwig, the Tony-award-winning Broadway production he co-wrote. [EW] Matt Damon‘s bromance with Ben Affleck continues as »
- Taylor Ferber
Take another look @ footage of actor Ben Affleck as 'Bruce Wayne' aka 'Batman', shooting a running sequence on the set of director Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":
"...'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Cast includes Henry Cavill as 'Superman'/'Clark Kent', Ben Affleck as 'Batman'/'Bruce Wayne', Amy Adams as 'Lois Lane' and Laurence Fishburne as 'Perry White'. Also starring are Diane Lane as 'Ma Kent', Jesse Eisenberg as 'Lex Luthor', Ray Fisher as 'Cyborg' and Gal Gadot as 'Wonder Woman'/'Diana Prince'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"...
- Michael Stevens
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner made a rare red carpet appearance together on Wednesday night when they attended the second annual Save the Children Illumination Gala in NYC. (Their last red carpet appearance together was at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty in March.) The pair traveled to the Big Apple after Ben walked the red carpet on his own at the Hollywood Film Awards in La last Friday. The actor was there to pick up the best film award for his latest film release, Gone Girl, and he found time to work in a few jokes about his now-infamous full-frontal scene in the film. Jen has also been making public jokes about the scene, telling Ellen DeGeneres back in October that the nude shot was her gift to the world. "You give me so much," she joked. "I wanted to give something back to all of you." The pair may »
DC’s Cinematic Universe was launched with Man Of Steel, and unlike Marvel’s ever expanding McU the level of excitement seems pretty low. Man Of Steel received a lukewarm reception at best, and the controversial casting of Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Affleck haven’t helped to hype audiences up at all.
However, DC fans should not despair – much like the symbol on Superman’s chest, there is hope for this new Cinematic Universe.
DC is late on the game, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that their films will be of poor quality. They have the benefit of having seen Marvel’s recipe, and they can look at how to improve upon this tried and tested method.
Still, excitement is low. DC released their slate of upcoming movies, and in response Marvel quickly unveiled Phase Three – Marvel certainly are receiving a lot more attention online because we »
- Samuel Clements
Brosgiving! Best buds Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are taking their bromance to the next level and spending Thanksgiving together this year. Us Weekly caught up with Affleck, 42, and his wife Jennifer Garner at the Save the Children Illumination Gala in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and the married couple of nine years dished on their holiday plans with one of their closest friends. "My mother is staying with us now and we'll all go down the street to Matt Damon's house," the Gone Girl [...] »
There were more than a few sexy men stealing the Hollywood spotlight this year, with hot actors and musicians providing plenty of eye candy on screen, on stage, and on the red carpet. Ben Affleck reaffirmed his heartthrob status with his role in Gone Girl, while Jared Leto took over award season with all of his winning looks. Meanwhile, TV stars Charlie Hunnam and Ian Somerhalder had fans swooning, Zac Efron and Idris Elba continued to win hearts, and Jamie Dornan dominated headlines as he filmed Fifty Shades of Grey. Weigh in and let us know what you think - who is the sexiest male celebrity of 2014? Scroll down to vote, then take a look at more best of 2014 content! »
Cute couple alert! Jennifer Garner hosted her annual Save the Children Illumination Gala on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in New York City, and, naturally, her supportive husband, Ben Affleck, was right there by her side. In fact, the couple, married since 2005, coordinated their styles in matching black ensembles at the event. Photos: Ben and Jen's love story Garner, 42, shined on the red carpet in a body skimming Calvin Klein Lbd that showed off her toned arms. She finished off her sophisticated outfit with black satin pumps and sparkling [...] »
From Ben's celebrated (and revealing) role in Gone Girl and the growing anticipation over his turn as Batman, to Jen snagging starring roles in three big features, the celebrity super couple has had a big year.
Et's Nischelle Turner caught up with Ben and Jen at the Save The Children gala, where they revealed what they're thankful for this holiday season.
"I'm thankful for my children, and their health, and for my wife, who does great work," said Ben, who was a guest of honor at the night's event thanks to his charitable work in Africa. "And I'm thankful for the many, many blessings that my career has brought me… you know, sometimes there's stuff about it that's inconvenient or difficult, but it's important to remember the gifts."
Ben's wife, who »
Movie-goers paying attention to the credits for Gone Girl may have found themselves wondering why Reese Witherspoon didn't wind up starring alongside Ben Affleck in the acclaimed drama. The actress served as a producer on the film, and since she is roughly around the same age as Rosamund Pike, some might find it curious why she didn't end up taking the role of Amy Dunne for herself. Now that query has been answered, as Witherspoon has revealed that it all came down to what sounds like a frank conversation she had with director David Fincher. Reese Witherspoon was recently a participant in a Hollywood Reporter-organized roundtable that saw her seated alongside the likes of Julianne Moore, Laura Dern, Hilary Swank, Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette, and during the conversation the Academy Award-winning actress explained why she didn't end up with the titular role in Gone Girl. She noted that »
Keanu Reeves is reportedly in talks to star in Tarsem Singh's action-thriller The Panopticon. The story follows a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it. He must race against the clock to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind. The Wrap Add Djimon Hounsou to the list of names rumored for Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. He's reportedly in contention to play Arthur's mentor, a role Idris Elba was previously attached to play. Hey You Guys Chris Pratt is reportedly attached to star in Universal's adaptation of A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo's graphic novel "Cowboy Ninja Viking", a story revolving around an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking, »
- Brad Brevet
Last month, Warner Bros. announced that they'll be developing a Lego Batman spinoff film, which is being directed by Chris McKay, who was the animation supervisor on The Lego Movie. There weren't really any details revealed for the film, but Will Arnett is set to reprise his role as the voice of the Dark Knight. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also attached to produce the feature.
Miller recently talked to Empire Magazine, and he offered up a really cool piece of information that Batman fans are sure to love. He says,
"Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone."
That's so awesome that they are looking to pay tribute to every era of Batman. There's no doubt that they are going »
- Joey Paur
Prepare yourselves to be moved into utter silence. The One Campaign, co-founded by U2's Bono, has released a chilling PSA about the growing Ebola crisis in West Africa starring celebrities such as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Staring into the camera, the stars appear completely silent while the viewer waits for something to happen—nothing does. Everyone's silence results in powerful demonstration that reflects how devastating the epidemic's effects really are. The PSA also includes Will Ferrell, Connie Britton, Ellie Goulding, Akon, Thandie Newton and Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead. Two Liberian health care workers also appear in the video, along with African musicians Fally Ipupa and »
People magazine has crowned their 2014 Sexiest Man Alive!
It was decided that People's Sexiest Man Alive this year is Chris Hemsworth!
Photos: Hollywood's Sexiest Shirtless Men
After masking Hemsworth's Australian accent with a voice modulator, Kimmel connected with him via Skype and then let his audience ask "yes" or "no" questions in an attempt to narrow down the star's identity.
Once a few heartthrobs had been eliminated with questions like, "Have you played a super hero?", "Do you have a famous brother?" and, "Does the superhero you play use a hammer?", it became clear that the Thor star was People's Sexiest Man Alive.
In a business where the highest praise is often reserved for directors and stars, the Black List aims to be a haven for writers — an archive where the creators of concept, characters and content are given their due.
Perhaps the best testament to the credibility and effectiveness of the list, an annual compilation of Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays, is that it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary. Out of the 970 scripts it has included over the past decade, 270 have been produced. Among that 28% to hit the bigscreen, nearly 200 (or 74%) received Oscar nominations, three of the last six won best picture and eight of the last 14 were voted best screenplay. The collective box office bounty generated by those productions totals $23.2 billion.
Even in an ever-shrinking movie market, with theater attendance on the downswing and studios releasing fewer pictures — predominantly franchisable event movies and superhero spectacles — the Black List has remained »
- Valentina I. Valentini
. Ryan Lattanzio reports: Stephen Hawking is a physicist, cosmologist, Als survivor, author, all-around genius and, it turns out, savvy award season participant. Hawking took to Facebook to praise "The Theory of Everything," the movie about his life starring Eddie Redmayne whose performance Hawking admires: "I thought Eddie Redmayne portrayed me very well in "The Theory of Everything." He spent time with Als sufferers so he could be authentic. At times, I thought he was me." Toh -Break- Sasha Stone considers the case of Angelina Jolie and her helming of "Unbroken" in terms of Oscar history: "The surprising thing about movie stars and Best Director is that they really can be like a supernova descending. Ben Affleck’s star power during "Argo" was a major force for the film’s success. If you’ve ever stood in a room with an actor-turned-director you can feel their charisma from all the w. »
Exclusive: Tate Donovan has joined Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon in Three Generations, the indie drama lensing now in New York City. Fanning stars as Ray, a teenager transitioning from female to male as his mother (Watts) and grandmother (Sarandon) come to terms with the life-altering decision. Donovan will play Craig, a boyfriend of Ray’s mom who helped raise him years ago.
Gaby Dellal is directing from a script by Nikole Beckwith. Three Generations is produced by Big Beach’s Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub alongside Dorothy Berwin. Big Beach’s Daniele Melia is exec producing with Peter Pastorelli, Leah Holzer and Watts.
- Jen Yamato
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