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Is it Time for Gender-Neutral Awards at the Emmys?

13 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The idea actually came to mind in April, watching a college all-star basketball event. After the men and women’s three-point shooting contests, Portland’s Cassandra Brown edged Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos in a gender-neutral faceoff.

Like sports, acting awards remain almost entirely stratified by men and women. But as that showdown suggests, the reason for that is mostly arbitrary. So why not let male and females compete by designating, say, a “performance of the year,” without regard to gender?

If that sounds wacky, actually, a trip through the TV Academy’s archives provides an ancient bit of precedent for precisely that. The very first Emmys anointed a Most Outstanding Television Personality, a category that consisted of three women and two men. The next year, there were awards for Most Outstanding Kinescoped Personality (one woman, two men) and Outstanding Live Personality (as it turned out, an all-male sweep).

In 1951, the »

- Brian Lowry

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Britt Robertson featured in The Longest Ride featurette

27 May 2015 3:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next month, 20th Century Fox has debuted a new ‘Scene Stealer’ featurette for the upcoming Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride focussed on Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), and you can check it out below after the official synopsis…

The Longest Ride centres on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and life altering connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, The Longest Ride explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

The Longest Ride will open in the UK on June 19th, »

- Gary Collinson

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

25 May 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Quentin Tarantino has led Christoph Waltz to two Oscars in this category, but Waltz is absent from the director's latest, "The Hateful Eight." That film boasts a whopping seven potential contenders in this category (only of the noted eight is a woman, which could get Jennifer Jason Leigh a nod in the supporting actress race). Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson seem like they have the showiest parts, putting them in contention amidst a seemingly endless list of other contenders: Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels ("Steve Jobs"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon ("Black Mass"), Tom Hardy ("The Revenant"), Alan Alda ("Bridge of Spies"), Bradley Cooper ("Joy"), Steve Carell ("Freeheld"), Dominic West and Jude Law ("Genius") and Mr. Waltz himself ("Tulip Fever"). We truly could go on and on... It will also be interesting to see how many nominees from last year pop up here. Beyond the noted »

- Peter Knegt

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Time Machine: Spielberg and Daughter (with 'Indiana Jones' Actress Capshaw) on Oscars Red Carpet

14 May 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »

- D. Zhea

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015: Srk, Zayn Malik and more

21 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for, »

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015

21 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for, »

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UK movie release dates: June 2015

16 April 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

June 5

Gascoigne

Director: Jane Preston

Starring: Paul Gascoigne

Running time: 85 mins

Certificate: Tbc

Insidious Chapter 3

Director: Leigh Whannell

Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: Tbc

Spy

Director: Paul Feig

Starring: Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Morena Baccarin

Running time: 120 mins

Certificate: Tbc

Survivor

Director: James McTeigue

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson

Running time: 97 mins

Certificate: 12A

June 12

Jurassic World

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Starring: Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: Tbc

London Road

Director: Rufus Norris

Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Kate Fleetwood

Running time: 92 mins

Certificate: 15

June 19

Entourage

Director: Doug Ellin

Starring: Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: Tbc

The Longest Ride

Director: George Tillman Jr

Starring: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: Tbc

Mr Holmes

Director: Bill Condon

Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: Tbc

The Transporter Refueled »

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Is 'The Longest Ride' the End of Nicholas Sparks's Box Office Ride?

13 April 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You'd have thought that opening "The Longest Ride" opposite the still-strong "Furious 7" would have been a smart counterprogramming move. With all that testosterone on display in the latest installment of the car-chase franchise, surely some female moviegoers would feel underserved and turn to the new Nicholas Sparks movie, that they'd flock to the kind of cathartic tearjerker that is the "Notebook" author's bread and butter.

As it turned out, not so much. "Longest Ride" opened in third place with an estimated $13.5 million, below even the modest expectations for the film (about $14 to $16 million). That's better than the even weaker opening of last October's Sparks entry "The Best of Me" (which premiered with just $10.0 million and topped out at $26.8 million) but well below the $22.5 million debut of 2012's Sparks saga "The Lucky One."

Does the relative weakness of these recent spark-free Sparks movies mean that the Sparks vogue, which has spanned 10 movies over 16 years, »

- Gary Susman

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Few sparks from romantic melodrama

12 April 2015 5:20 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The once-winning Nicholas Sparks formula of a young couple.s quest for love being derailed by illness, death or other misfortune seems to be losing its allure at cinemas.

The Longest Ride, a romantic melodrama based on Sparks. 2013 novel, rang up $1.45 million on 220 screens, including previews, last weekend.

That.s better than the anaemic $758,000 debut last year of The Best of Me, which ended up with $2.2 million,. but it's debatable whether the film will have the legs to match previous Sparks adaptations such as The Notebook (which made $6.4 million back in 2004) and Nights in Rodanthe. ($4.55 million in 2008).

The Longest Ride follows the star-crossed love affair between Luke (Scott Eastwood, son of Clint), a former champion rodeo rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophie (Britt Robertson), a college student who's about to embark on her dream job in New York City's art world.

Alan Alda is along for the ride as Ira, »

- Don Groves

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Film Review: ‘The Longest Ride’ is a Journey to Nowhere

10 April 2015 10:20 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “The Longest Ride” is sentimental schlockmeister Nicholas Sparks’ latest attempt to remix “The Notebook.” It’s got an old man recounting lost love, handwritten letters, young lovers kissing in the rain, breakups, reunions, corny dialogue and of course those North Carolina backdrops. He’s playing all the same notes, but this time he’s lost the melody.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

The first of two love stories this time around revolves around young Wake Forest art student (Britt Robertson). She’s got two months until she leaves for the big city and heads to Manhattan for an internship at a prestigious art gallery. Her sorority sisters drag her to a bull riding event and she locks eyes with handsome cowboy Scott Eastwood (Clint’s youngest son). He’s a pro rider trying to bounce back from a debilitating injury the year before. Just like that, romance is born. But the chemistry never materializes. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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What to Watch This Week: The Longest Ride, Danny Collins

10 April 2015 10:01 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

From The Notebook to Dear John, and A Walk to Remember, nobody does romance quite like novelist Nicholas Sparks. Another one of his romances gets the page-to-screen treatment this week. The Longest Ride, which heads into theatres today, follows two couples separated by a generation and a war. 

Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood play Sophia and Luke, respectively, a NYC-bound artist and a champion bull rider that may be pulled apart by their ambitions. However, after a chance meeting with an older man name Ira (Alan Alda) and learning about his beloved wife (Oona Chaplin), the young couple may reconsider their priorities.

If you’re not in the mood for a love story, Al Pacino has your back. His newest film, Danny Collins, hits theatres this weekend. Pacino plays an aging 1970s rocker based on the true story of folk singer Steven Tilston. The film, which played last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, »

- Cineplex Entertainment

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Everything You Need to Know About All the Movies Opening April 10

10 April 2015 5:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 10. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Ex Machina Director: Alex Garland Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson, Deborah Rosan Synopsis: "Caleb, a 24 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl." Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (22 reviews) The Longest Ride Director: George Tillman, Jr.  Cast: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Lolita Davidovich, Melissa Benoist, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda, Amy Parrish Synopsis: "The lives of a young »

- Steve Greene

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The Longest Ride – The Review

9 April 2015 9:03 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Okay multiplex maniacs, before we make a most welcome return visit to the Marvel Movie Universe, it’s time for that annual (sometimes semi-annual) slog into another movie universe, Sparks-land. I’m talking about another flick based on another product off the novel assembly line from Nicholas Sparks. Box office gold occurred with The Notebook eleven (!) years ago and the studios have been returning with pick, shovel, and camera to that mine ever since. Just like cinema stars and franchises, he’s a brand name. It’s just a question of which familiar themes will be re-hashed and which photogenic actors will be put through some now familiar paces. But hey, we may get a surprise, although this one’s title seems more than a little daunting. Are you ready to embark on The Longest Ride?

This ride begins a year ago as professional bull rider Luke Collins (Scott Eastwood »

- Jim Batts

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Review: The Longest Ride

9 April 2015 5:25 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A college gal (Britt Robertson) bound for a lofty internship in NYC falls in love with a North Carolina bull rider (Scott Eastwood). With their careers tearing them apart, both find inspiration in the stories an old man (Alan Alda) they rescued from a car wreck tells them about the love of his life. Review: Another year, another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. It seems that no matter how treacly or lame the adaptations of his work have proven, they.re all but guaranteed to score at the »

- Chris Bumbray

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The Longest Ride Review

9 April 2015 5:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The cinematic universe of romance novelist Nicholas Sparks has become a theatrical institution best described as “Shyamalanian.” The films stick to a particular genre formula, but that’s part of the fun: an unlikely romance is challenged by dubious (or even better, insane) plot twists that all the same allow for a happily-ever-after-enough ending. The shtick is part of the appeal, as watching beautiful people fall in love only gets more exciting when you know they’ll have to overcome a coo-coo bananas curveball or two. As the 10th entry in a potentially-stagnating brand, The Longest Ride tries out something more daring than any ghost wife or organ transplant shuffle: being sweetly, uneventfully boring.

The structure of The Longest Ride is the biggest surprise it has in store, as the first twenty minutes or so are by-the-numbers Sparks. An artsy college senior, Sophia (Britt Robertson) meets a shit-kicking bull rider, »

- Sam Woolf

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'The Longest Ride' (2015) Movie Review

9 April 2015 2:16 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There are two types of Nicholas Sparks adaptations. The first is much more common, being the boring, sappy romances where love is the most powerful force in the world and people cry and die (i.e. The Notebook). The second is the stupid, cuckoo bananas romance, terribly pulling in other genre elements to make a hodgepodge bit of nonsense (i.e. Safe Haven). The second is so much more fun to watch, and anytime I start a Sparks film I am hoping for that film. Unfortunately, The Longest Ride, the most recent Sparks adaptation, falls into the first category, and it made me fall in love... with my watch (nailed it!). In the ancient past of 2007, Britt Robertson, whose character's name escapes me (an IMDb search reveals it's Sophia Danko) and it was all I could to do remember she was "not Jennifer Lawrence", is studying art at Wake Forest. »

- Mike Shutt

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Watch Longest Ride featurette: Britt Robertson's love story spans eras

9 April 2015 2:11 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood's love story parallels a romance from decades past in a new featurette for The Longest Ride.

The Longest Ride is the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks romance novel, with Straight Talk's Craig Bolotin writing the screenplay.

Robertson stars as Sophia Danko, an art student who begins a passionate romance with a former bull-riding champion (Eastwood) who is aiming for a comeback.

The duo are inspired by an elderly friend named Ira (Alan Alda), who regales them with tales of his own passionate affair from decades earlier.

Boardwalk Empire Jack Huston portrays the younger version of Ira, and ex-Game of Thrones actress Oona Chaplin is his lover.

The Longest Ride is being adapted for the screen by Notorious and Men of Honour director George Tillman Jr.

20th Century Fox will release the movie on Friday (April 10) in the Us and on June 19 in the UK. »

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Box-Office Alternatives: The Four Seasons

9 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

It seems the time is upon us once more for another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. The master of the sentimental once again sees another one of his novels featuring lovesick characters overcoming the complexities of life translated to the big screen with The Longest Ride (2015). The story depicts two different small-town romances (one from the past, the other from the present), which share life-altering links.

If there's one thing a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel does very well, it's giving seasoned pros plum roles to sink their teeth into and remind fans what exactly made them legends. Paul Newman, James Garner and Gena Rowlands all enjoyed scene-stealing parts in Sparks adaptations that earned them raves, even if the films themselves floundered.

Alan Alda fills that category this time around, playing a bedridden man with regrets over his past. With so few film appearances these days, Alda's performance just might »

- Frank Calvillo

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Scott Eastwood Smolders, Britt Robertson Stuns at "The Longest Ride" Premiere

7 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

It was all about the famous celebrity offspring at last night's "The Longest Ride" premiere!   Scott Eastwood looked dapper in all black on the red carpet for the flick's premiere. Clint Eastwood's son turned heads in his understated wardrobe and let his good looks take center stage. His costar Britt Robertson also donned black for the premiere. The 24-year-old went with a fun futuristic Christian Dior mini, which featured a partially-sequined turtleneck. She gave the look a pop of color with hot pink pumps.   The movie stars the hunky 29-year-old and the blonde beauty as star-crossed lovers Luke Collins and Sophia Danko. Luke is a champion bull rider, while Sophia is a college student. Things get tricky when Collins injures himself in a rodeo and their lives intertwine with a much older man, Ira Levinson (played by Alan Alda), whose personal love story influences the young couple.  Also at »

- tooFab Staff

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Saddle up for an inside look at Nicholas Sparks' The Longest Ride

7 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

 

Nobody does romance like Nicholas Sparks!  Now, the latest adaptation of Sparks’ work is getting the big screen treatment and heading into theatres this Friday.

The Longest Ride tells two parallel tales of love and loss that explore the nature of what it means to sacrifice it all for the one you love.  Sophia (Tomorrowland’s Britt Robertson), and Luke (Scott Eastwood) are unlikely lovers whose lives become intertwined with a much older man, Ira (Alan Alda).  As he reflects on his long lost love, we see his story of the past unfold through Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin whose romance offers wisdom and insight to the younger couple.

The Longest Ride marks the 10th film adaptation of a Sparks novel.  While The Notebook might be the most popular of his page-to-screen adaptations, it was 1999’s Message in a Bottle with Kevin Costner and Robin Wright that began the wave »

- Rachel West

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