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Are you ready to tear up at an inspirational story featuring Mad Men's Jon Hamm teaching Indian cricket players how to play baseball? In Million Dollar Arm, Hamm plays a sports agent desperate to find his next big client. He's kind of like Jerry Maguire, but instead of shepherding Cuba Gooding Jr. to fame, he heads to India and finds three cricket players with incredible pitching talents. This is a Disney movie, so on the way to the Major Leagues, they all become one big happy "alternative family" with Hamm's neighbor and love interest, played by Lake Bell. This is based on the true story of J.B. Bernstein, an agent who created a sports-themed reality show in India and ended up finding a couple of candidates for the U.S. leagues. I love seeing Hamm out of Mad Men and leading a film, and I have no doubt »
- Maggie Pehanick
Soon it will be your turn to give an award show acceptance speech. Maybe it will be at the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes, or the Academy Awards. If you're stumped on what kind of speech you should give, try one of these! 1. The “Pesci.” Keep it as short as possible. When Pesci won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1991, his speech consisted of five words. “It’s my privilege. Thank you.” That’s it. No thanking his agent or manager. Nothing for Scorsese. Just “thanks.” 2. The “Cuba." Run to the stage and lose your goddamn mind in the most adorable way possible. When Cuba Gooding Jr. won Best Supporting Actor in 1996, he endeared himself to everyone watching. Then he made “Snow Dogs.” 3. The “Benigni.” Pretty much the same thing as the Cuba, but in a foreign language. Roberto Benigni won Best Actor in 1999 and literally leapt to the stage from the audience. »
First, a quick recap... Cuba Gooding Jr.'s stars in a drama that was initially titled Something Whispered, but is now called Carry Me Home, which tells a tale set in 1850, following a man named Samuel (Gooding), who attempts to free his family from institutionalized slavery, intent on escaping from the tobacco plantation they have been forced to call their home for two generations. Heading north towards Canada, via the Underground Railroad, they are tracked by a group of ruthless hired slave hunters. Here's a description: Trains, chains and bales of cotton on location of Something Whispered. Set in the 1850s, it’s the story of one family’s flight to »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The American Cinematheque gala invariably turns into a roast of the honoree and Thursday’s ceremony gently ribbed producer Jerry Bruckheimer at the Beverly Hilton.
There was a lot of talk of seeing Bruckheimer naked from those who played hockey with him as well as others including helmer Jon Turteltaub.
“It’s nice to know in some small way we helped to make you a little richer,” Turteltaub said. “We all have tonight.”
He also talked of Bruckheimer’s mentoring. “I learned to make a $200 million movie. You start with a $100 million movie,” he said.
Ben Kingsley spoke of Bruckheimer’s care of actors during the “Prince of Persia” shoot, which took place in summer in Morocco where the temps frequently hit 120 degress. “Jerry kept lots of bottles of water so we were hydrated enough to say our lines,” he deadpanned. “An actor may have fallen off his horse and died. »
- Shalini Dore
Chess is an easy metaphor for life. It may just be a game, but in Life of a King it actually saves some, too.
After almost two decades in prison, ex-con Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is struggling to find a lifeline outside of the walls. When he finally gets a janitorial job in an inner-city Washington, D.C. high school, he starts the Big Chair Chess Club and encourages the troubled teens to find solace and purpose through learning the game. Based on a true story — and a still-active chess club – Life of a King had its premiere at »
- Lindsey Bahr
Millennium Entertainment will release the drama Life of a King starring Cuba Gooding Jr., in theaters on January 17, 2014. Directed by Jake Goldberger from a script penned by Goldberger, David Scott and Dan Wetzel, the film is based on the true story of Eugene Brown, who, after being incarcerated for eighteen years, established the Big Chair Chess Club for black youth in the Washington, DC area. The film tells his inspirational story. The official synopsis reads: Life of a King is the unlikely true story of Eugene Brown and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids of Washington D.C. something he never had – a future. He discovered a multitude of life lessons »
- Natasha Greeves
Just a heads-up: if there's anything you've ever wanted to know about Ben Affleck, it's probably in his recent Playboy interview. The Oscar-winning actor, who is currently filming the big-screen adaptation of Gone Girl, sat down for the sexy men's magazine and proceeded to cover everything from his career highs and lows and Academy Award wins to politics and his bad-boy past. Ben also opens up about his longtime bromance with Matt Damon, as well as the other love of his life, Jennifer Garner - he had some especially aww-inducing things to say about falling for his wife on the set back in 2003. In addition to reflecting on the past, Ben also spoke out about his future projects; namely, the epic backlash that erupted after he was cast as the new Batman, saying, "If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I'd be out there picketing myself." Here's more »
- Brittney Stephens
The American Cinematheque has revealed the presenters for its Jerry Bruckheimer tribute, taking place December 12 at the Beverly Hills Hilton. As the 27th recipient of the Cinematheque Award, which functions as a mid-career honor, Bruckheimer will be toasted and lightly roasted by friends and colleagues at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala. It's no surprise that the mighty Bruckheimer, who is moving his producing deal from Disney to Paramount, has lined up an all-star list of presenters, below.The award presentation in the International Ballroom will include in-person tributes from:Cuba Gooding Jr., Wayne Gretzky, Armie Hammer, Marg Helgenberger, Sir Ben Kingsley, Dame Helen Mirren, Luc Robitaille, Jon Turteltaub, Jon Voight and Diane Warren. Bruce Willis will present Jerry Bruckheimer with the award. Pre-taped tributes will include: Johnny Depp, Eric Bana, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, Martin Lawrence and Judge Reinhold. Additional presenters will be announced as they are »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
The Butler, 2013.
Directed by Lee Daniels.
Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Liev Schrieber, Minka Kelly, Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Clarence Williams III, and Isaac White.
Cecil Gaines struck out by himself after a tragic childhood and ended up becoming a butler at the White House. There, he served various Presidents and he became a passive witness as the civil rights movement gained momentum. All the while his family was fracturing as his son was in the South, fighting actively for justice, prompting Cecil to wonder whether he was doing enough for his people.
The Butler is a powerful and provocative film that shows how one man can affect the world, and how the world can affect one man. Based on a true story, this film frames the changing »
- Gary Collinson
Jake Goldberger's Life of a King has a new poster up which features star Cuba Gooding Jr. The film, also scripted by Goldberger as well as David Scott and Dan Wetzel, includes Malcolm Mays, Richard T. Jones, Paula Jai Parker, Carlton Byrd, LisaGay Hamilton, Dennis Haysbert, Kevin Hendricks, Pepi Sonuga, Jordan Calloway and Rachel Thomas. Life of a King is the unlikely true story of Eugene Brown and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids of Washington D.C. something he never had – a future. He discovered a multitude of life lessons through the game of chess during his 18-year incarceration for bank robbery. After his release and reentry into the workforce »
Digital Release Date: Dec. 31, 2013, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.99, Blu-ray Combo $39.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay
Inspired by a true story, the movie follows Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker, Platoon), who rises up from being a slave boy to a career as a butler serving seven Presidents in the White House. Over the years, he witnesses some of the most tumultuous and defining moments for race relations in the U.S. in the 20th century.
The all-star cast also includes Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple) as Cecil’s wife, plus John Cusack (The Raven), Jane Fonda (All Together), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Machete Kills), Terrence Howard (Prisoners), Lenny Kravitz (The Hunger Games), James Marsden (Robot & Frank), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part »
Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, James Marsden, and Robin Williams. Sounds like a list of VIPs at a chic Hollywood getogether, right? In reality, those are just some of the faces that make appearances in "Lee Daniels The Butler." "Working on this was hard because normally I make a film that’s a moment in time – a summer, or a year, and that’s it," Daniels said. "This one, on the other hand, was decades. There was one star after another. We start off with Robin Williams, and we move on to Vanessa Redgrave, and then to Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz and Cuba Gooding Jr. and Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker and Terence Howard." Yet, even with the multitude of stars showing up in the film, Daniels didn't want their familiar faces to be a distraction. "Casting the presidents was the tricky part, »
Earlier this year, Millennium Entertainment acquired all Us rights to the drama Life of a King starring Cuba Gooding Jr., directed by Jake Goldberger from a script penned by Goldberger, David Scott and Dan Wetzel. The film is based on the true story of Eugene Brown, who, after being incarcerated for eighteen years, established the Big Chair Chess Club for black youth in the Washington, DC area. The film tells his inspirational story. The official synopsis reads: Life of a King is the unlikely true story of Eugene Brown and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids of Washington D.C. something he never had – a future. He discovered a multitude of life lessons »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Lee Daniels, the only ever gay black nominee for the Best Director Oscar, was the honoree at this year’s Outfest Legacy Awards, and because planned presenter Gabourey Sidibe (the Oscar-nominated star of Daniels’ Precious) couldn’t leave the set of American Horror Story: Coven fast enough to get to the awards, she submitted a video tribute. A replacement star ended up singing Daniels’ praises in person: Jane Fonda.
And not just any Jane Fonda: This was Jane Fonda in a zebra-print jumpsuit and boots. The room exploded. Fonda talked about encountering homophobia when living in the American South for 20 years and how it inspired her hopes for Lgbt acceptance. Afterward she discussed the vitality of Daniels’ work as a director.
- Louis Virtel
Taylor Swift's red hot!The singer stunned at the Weinstein Company's Holiday Party on Thursday. The country cutie looked radiant in her maroon long-sleeved, form-fitting dress. Swift finished her look with loose curls and her signature bold lip. But the "Begin Again" singer wasn't the only star at the Hollywood heavyweight's holiday party -- Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin were spotted chatting the night away at the bash, along with Cuba Gooding Jr., James Marsden, Jane Fonda and more! How do you think Swift looks? Tell toofab in the comment section below, and click "Launch Gallery" above to see all the party pics from last night's event! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
*Updated with cover art* Universal Studios Home Entertainment just announced plans for a Machete Kills Blu-ray / DVD release in January. They have also revealed the list of bonus features and an early digital release:
“Universal City, California, November 19, 2013—Get ready for the knife-wielding hero to return in Machete Kills, the sequel to the hugely successful Machete film from acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez. Machete Kills arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD,& Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand on January 21, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD on January 7, 2014.
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action- packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, Two and a Half Men) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, »
- Jonathan James
Digital HD Release Date: Jan. 7, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Director Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World) spins another campy tale for Machete Cortez in this action movie. This time around, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen, Guilty Hearts) to stop a crazed terrorist (Mel Gibson, Lethal Weapon) who’s bent on starting a nuclear war. Machete’s ready to kick butt, all while he’s got a bounty on his head.
Rodriguez rounded up his usual cast plus plenty of newbies for the film, including Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious 6), Jessica Alba (The Killer Inside Me), Amber Heard (And Soon the Darkness), Sofia Vergara (TV’s Modern Family), Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live »
President Barack Obama honored Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and 14 other accomplished Americans on Wednesday at the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony. “This is one of my favorite events every year,” Obama said. “This year it’s just a little more special, because this marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy establishing this award.” Also read: Barack Obama Praises Oprah Winfrey’s Acting, Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Jokes In ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Obama praised Winfrey, one of his most prominent supporters, for spreading the message that “you can.” He said she had climbed from poverty to the pinnacle of entertainment, »
- Greg Gilman
Machete Kills is one of the biggest box office flops of the year, and even debuted with one of the worst opening weekends of all time. But maybe it will find its audience on home video, where people who hated the original (such as myself) might be compelled to give it a look.
We can confirm that Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is headed for Blu-ray and DVD on January 21, 2014 courtesy of Universal Studios. Fans can own an increasingly-standard Blu-ray combo pack that includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet digital copy of the action sequel. Those of you looking to own a digital-only copy may do so a few weeks earlier on January 7, 2014.
From the Press Release
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, »
- Matt Serafini
The Butler, 2013.
Directed by Lee Daniels.
Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Liev Schrieber, Minka Kelly, Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Clarence Williams III and Isaac White.
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.
As The Butler comes to a close, a dedication appears: "dedicated to all those who fought and died for black rights," or along that line. It's a shame that a brief moment, a split second at the end if the film carries more poignancy than the two hours before. Forest Whittaker - arguably at a career best - stars as Cecil Gaines, who works his way from witnessing his father »
- Gary Collinson
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