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If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Jennifer Aniston was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night to promote the new "Horrible Bosses" movie, but she also took some time for a "Friends" reunion with Lisa Kudrow via the foul-mouthed game, "Celebrity Curse Off." Lisa's face is great when she's cursing. So much intensity! It's kind of sweet that they both get upset about the b-word, considering what they're Ok with saying.
In her sit-down interview, Jen - who looked amazing - talked about the press tour for "Horrible Bosses 2," which sounds fun but also pretty tiring. She's afraid of flying, so she hasn't been to a lot of beautiful places in the world because she's too scared to fly. »
- Gina Carbone
“Excuse please, but why do they call you ‘booger’?”
Thanks to films like Revenge Of The Nerds, it is becoming clear that we, the nerds of this world, are here to stay and to conquer. Ok, so I don’t wear my pants up to my chest. Or use my hair full of gel. Or have that characteristic “snort” in my laugh. Still, I am a nerd. Actually, I’m a Geek, which is a sub-set of nerds, and I know I’ll always be one. It’s just that it was so uncool to be one back in the 1980’s. People used to bother us, kick us, insult us, hit us. They took our stuff away, hid it, or simply threw it in the trash. And then, Revenge Of The Nerds came along and showed us that, indeed, we are nerds, but that we must not accept a punishment for it. »
- Tom Stockman
The sudden death of renowned director Mike Nichols is being felt immensely in Hollywood.
The award-winning director/producer is credited with launching Whoopi Goldberg's career when he brought her one-woman show to Broadway. On Thursday's The View, Goldberg broke down in sobs as she attempted to pay tribute to Nichols. Unable to speak, her co-host Nicolle Wallace chimed in, "This man meant the world to her."
Photos: Gone Too Soon -- Stars We've Lost
The show then flashed back to when the director appeared on the program in 2012 and Goldberg was able to thank her mentor for all he'd done for her. "Whenever I'm with you, I know I'm okay," she said to Nichols at the time, getting teary-eyed during the interview.
Goldberg is just »
Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning director of “The Graduate” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” was remembered by friends and colleagues as an artist, a mentor and a constant source of laughter and inspiration.
Condolences and remembrances from across the entertainment industry poured in after news broke that Nichols had died suddenly at the age of 83.
“An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can’t imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man,” said Meryl Streep, who worked with Nichols on “Silkwood,” “Heartburn” and the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”
Over more than five decades, Nichols moved seamlessly between Broadway, television and movies, becoming one of the only people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — achieving “Egot” status. His notable films include “Working Girl,” “Primary Colors” and “The Birdcage,” and »
- Brent Lang
Film and theater icon Mike Nichols passed away on Wednesday night at age 83 and reactions are starting to come in from Hollywood. We’ll update this throughout the day:
Meryl Streep was working with Nichols on an adaptation of Master Class, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play about Maria Callas, for HBO for premiere in early 2015. She sent the statement below to Deadline:
“An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can’t imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man.”
“Forward. We must always move forward. Otherwise what will become of us?” Said Mike Nichols, who changed the lives of those who knew him, who loved him, who will miss him so…”
“Mike was a friend, a muse, a mentor, one of America’s all time greatest film and stage directors, and one of the »
- The Deadline Team
Legendary film and theater director, writer and producer Mike Nichols has passed away. An Oscar winner for 1967′s seminal The Graduate, he also was nominated for such films as Working Girl, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? For his stage work, he amassed 10 Tony Awards including as director for such plays as Barefoot In The Park, The Odd Couple, The Prisoner Of Second Avenue and Death Of A Salesman; and as producer of Annie and The Real Thing.
“William Goldman said there were two great American film directors—Elia Kazan and Mike Nichols,” said Broadway producer Emanuel Azenberg, who co-produced Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing with Nichols, who also staged ythe play’s Tony-winning Broadway edition with Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. “I think that’s true. He was a giant who could convince people to be better than they were.”
Nichols died suddenly late Wednesday night »
- The Deadline Team
In the viral age, it's definitely not a rarity to see two people theme their wedding around a particular movie or franchise. We've seen everything from Star Trek to... well, Shrek, and it's always fun to see just how far some people take it. Our new favorite movie-themed wedding is tied to The Big Lebowski, and these two went for it. Big time. In order to Lebowski-up their nuptials, Chelsea and Jesse rented a bowling alley, played tracks off the film's soundtrack all night, served White Russians and got their pal -- who looks a lot like John Goodman's Walter character -- to officiate the wedding. Oh, and that's definitely not all. Check out some of the images below (with bonus video) and there's more over at their Flickr page. We think the Dude...
- Erik Davis
Check out our Experts' current Oscar predictions in the Best Actor race and you'll see something curious: Bradley Cooper is ranked sixth for "American Sniper" – that's one notch shy of scoring a nomination. But how serious should we take that forecast considering the "Experts" have a history of underestimating him early on in past races? -Break- For example, consider last year when Cooper was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "American Hustle." On Nov. 23, 2013, our Experts ranked him in eighth place behind three stars who ended up getting snubbed: Daniel Bruhl ("Rush"), James Gandolfini ("Enough Said") and John Goodman ("Inside Llewyn Davis"). Two years ago, when Cooper was nominated in the lead category for "Silver Linings Playbook," he was ranked sixth on Nov. 23, 2012. Ultimately, our Experts called it right on the eve of Oscar nominations coming out bot...' »
It's a new festive and festivalish episode of the podcast. Since Oscar fever has begun to spread we refer to it even more than usual as we discuss the AFI premieres, Ava DuVernay's Selma with this podcast's boyfriend cinematographer Bradford Young, John Goodman's scene stealing in The Gambler, Jessica Chastain clawing her way into Supporting Actress, Citizen Four's competition for Documentary gold, and split reactions to The Theory of Everything.
13:20 Jessica Chastain's fingernails
15:24 Sophia Loren's hips
18:10 Citizen Four
28:17 The Theory of Everything
You can listen at the bottom of the post or download on iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments! »
- NATHANIEL R
By Anjelica Oswald
The transition from television star to cinematic award-winner is often difficult. Where actors in feature films tend to be regarded as prestigious, the actors you catch on a television show every week become almost like friends and are more relatable. This personal appeal can hinder prospective Oscar chances, as TV actors are denigrated as being less-than qualified for the statues than their featured peers.
Some 21st century exceptions to the rule include George Clooney, who rose to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, is now a two-time Oscar winner, one for his supporting role in 2005’s Syriana and the other for best picture for 2012’s Argo; Jennifer Lawrence, who starred as the oldest daughter on The Bill Engvall Show before it ended in 2009, is now a three-time Oscar nominee, winning once for her lead role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook; Melissa Leo, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Margaret here, reporting from the La festival beat with short takes on some would-be Oscar contenders.
Screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed), director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and star Mark Wahlberg joined forces on this remake of the 1974 James Caan movie of the same name, and the result is certainly stylish. It's well-shot, coolly assured, and smartly paced. Wahlberg leads the movie capably as Jim Bennett, a man from a rich family with a solid career who has nonetheless dug himself to rock bottom with extravagant compulsive gambling.
The film is at its best when it engages with the question of why someone whose life is granted so much privilege so systematically pisses it all away. John Goodman, typically scene-stealing as a dangerous loan shark, makes many salient points about Jim's decisions, which are either self-destructive or indefensibly stupid. To its detriment, the film »
- Margaret de Larios
Saturday Night Live's last few weeks were spotty/fairly un-good, and at times it's been tough coming up with three must-see sketches. With Woody Harrelson's episode — his third time hosting, and his first since 1992 — it's almost impossible to pare it down to three. This is what Season 40 looks like when it's on fire: an hour and a half of hilarious, half-insane sketches, two astonishing performances from Kendrick Lamar, and a host with range, grace, and dead-on line delivery. Harrelson stole the show almost every time he was on camera, »
The King Baggot Tribute will take place Friday, November 14th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium beginning at 7pm as part of this year’s St. Louis Intenational FIlm Festival. The program will consist a rare 35mm screening of the 1913 epic Ivanhoe starring King Baggot with live music accompaniment by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. Ivanhoe will be followed by an illustrated lecture on the life and films of King Baggot presented by Tom Stockman, editor here at We Are Movie Geeks. After that will screen the influential silent western Tumbleweeds (1925), considered to be one of King Baggot’s finest achievements as a director. Tumbleweeds will feature live piano accompaniment by Matt Pace.
Here’s a comprehensive look at the life and career of King Baggot
Article by Tom Stockman
They gathered to see the stars at St. Louis Union Station on Saturday March 25th 1910. President Taft had »
- Tom Stockman
As the end of the year approaches, the number of question marks in the Oscar ranks continues to sink lower. This past week, Selma, American Sniper, The Gambler and A Most Violent Year all dropped at AFI Fest, leaving only movies like Unbroken (still presumed to be a front-runner in a crowded field), Exodus: Gods and Kings (possibly not an awards movie at all), Big Eyes, and Into the Woods (who knows?) still unseen.
Did these newcomers make an impact worthy of making the charts? Let’s explore below.
It seemed like just a few weeks ago Selma might not even be completed in time for a serious awards push. This week Oprah convinced Director Ava DuVernay to screen the whole film rather than just a 30-minute preview, and the gamble paid off in spades.
- Brian Welk
Entertainment One has released a first-look image of Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s upcoming biopic of the Roman Holiday and Spartacus screenwriter, who found himself blacklisted back during the McCarthy witch-hunts in the 1940s…
Trumbo is set for release next year, with a cast that also includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Diane Lane (Man of Steel), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), Helen Mirren (The Queen), John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis), Alan Tudyk (), Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire), Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) and Louis C.K. (Louie).
- Gary Collinson
Kens and Dolls: Wyatt Revamps Toback Prose for the Plastic Age
Working steadfastly against the success of Rupert Wyatt’s up-do of The Gambler, which was originally a 1974 film starring James Caan, directed by Karl Reisz, and written by James Toback (based on semi-autobiographical elements), are two distinctive flaws. Firstly, Wyatt and screenwriter William Monahan fail momentously to live up to the gritty, unpleasantly self-sabotaging believability astutely evidenced in the original. Second, Mark Wahlberg’s overly determined performance careens ungraciously into flaunting bourgeoisie privilege in a role that doesn’t quite sit right on the shoulders of a celebrity still shadowed by his ridiculous early 90s persona. While Monahan wrote the role for which Wahlberg scored an Oscar nod eight years ago (2006’s The Departed), his hyper-intelligent, well-bred, successful novelist turned consummate gambler is more often than not unbelievable with Wahlberg in breathy, demure mode, rambling through a series of nicely written bits of misanthropy. »
- Nicholas Bell
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means that Black Friday and the holiday shopping season is creeping closer and closer as well. For those who may shudder at the thought of standing in those long lines at your local retailer, we have an exciting giveaway that will take care of the Transformers fan on your list.
The latest installment in Michael Bay's lucrative franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is currently available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, and we're giving away a Blu-ray set with all four movies (Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age of Extinction), with the Age of Extinction Blu-ray signed by star Mark Wahlberg himself.
Paramount’s late-breaking strategy of premiering the entire film of Selma at Tuesday night’s AFI Fest, rather than just the previously advertised 3o-minute preview, paid off in a prolonged and enthusiastic standing ovation from the packed-to-the-rafters audience at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. Though director Ava DuVernay said the movie wasn’t “quite” finished with some sound mix work still to be completed (there was also no end credit roll yet), the powerful drama about the Martin Luther King Jr.-led 1965 march on Selma in support of gaining voting rights for blacks turned out to be a stirring and emotional experience for the crowd, who exited after a lively Q&A singing the movie’s praises.
Awards bloggers immediately began ecstatic tweeting suggesting Oscar nominations could be in store, particularly for DuVernay who not only would be the rare female to break into Oscar’s elusive, exclusive directing club, but also the first black woman. »
- Pete Hammond
Directed by Jay Roach (Recount, Meet the Parents), Trumbo tell the true life story of Dalton Trumbo, a Hollywood screenwriter, who, after being sentenced to an eleven month prison sentence because he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Comittee, went on to pen screenplays under pseudonyms, even winning Academy Awards for Roman Holiday and The Brave One. EW have the first image of Bryan Cranston in the title role, sporting a pretty sweet mustache. As well as Cranston leading the charge, he is joined by a fantastic cast, including Hellen Mirren, John Goodman, Elle Fanning, Louis C.K., and Alan Tudyk. No release date is given, but Trumbo is expected to hit cinemas in 2015 »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Mark Wahlberg's latest role in The Gambler, a revamp of the 1974 film by the same name, was a roll of the dice for the movie star. Wahlberg shed about 60 pounds to play anti-alpha male Jim Bennett, a college professor and novelist who takes a masochistic pleasure in blowing up his life with an increasingly disastrous series of gambling losses. The Gambler had its world premiere in La last night and will hit theaters on Dec. 19, just in time to be considered in this year's Oscars race. Beyond Wahlberg, the supporting cast seems built with an award season audience in mind; Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, and a newly discovered talent, Anthony Kelley, round out the credits. We joined a group of reporters for a conversation with Wahlberg in Beverly Hills, CA, this morning, where he arrived looking back in his typical, Transformers-ready shape, and »
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