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Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Helen Mirren, "thespian royalty," as Tina Brown described her, appeared at Brown's Women in the World summit on Thursday afternoon. Unlike the serious dialogues about sexual violence, war, and other violations of human rights highlighted at the three-day-long gathering of powerful women, theirs was a more lighthearted conversation. Mirren joked about growing up with the Queen of England (whom Brits apparently love to call "her maj," for short), touched on how her career has evolved, and how she handles misogyny in their 20-minute talk. She learned how to play Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen by watching her childhood videos. Mirren remembers footage of a 12-year-old Elizabeth getting out of a Hearse-like car by herself, presumably to go complete one of her many royal obligations. "She gets out of that car with such a sense of 'I've got to do this,' and it's so sweet. I watched that bit »
- Dee Lockett
It's easy to get tripped up every now and then—even when you're Salma Hayek. The 48-year-old actress fell head over heels making her way out of a London boutique Wednesday. As you can see, this was no elegant Helen Mirren tumble—this was a bona fide pratfall! This isn't the first time one of Salma's slips has been captured by the paparazzi, either. Back in 2011, she lost her footing in France while making her way out of Parisian hotel. Of course, everybody wipes out at some point, but the fact that Salma embraces those less-than-elegant experiences we all have is what makes her so endearing. "I'm quite short. I have an overly... wavy body," she told »
There are many firsts which Aamir Khan has attached to his name. Adding yet another to his list of 'firsts' is him being the first Bollywood personality till date to have been invited to the 3-day 'Women In The World Summit' which started yesterday in New York, USA. Aamir Khan, in his speech, touched upon the issues of tackling taboos in India. He also interacted with the multi-faceted personality Zainab Salbi, who also happens to be an Iraqi- American humanitarian, entrepreneur and author. In addition to that, Salbi also happens to be the daughter of the (in)famous dictator Saddam Hussein's private pilot. The said event will see the presence of many heavyweights like Helen Mirren, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, Hilary Clinton amongst others. When asked about the experience, Aamir Khan said that it was an enriching experience. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Featuring an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators, the timely documentary Unity will be distributed by SpectiCast in select theatres worldwide beginning August 12.
Written and directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings), produced by Melissa Danis and Monson, the film explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and our responsibility to do better. A production of Monson’s Nation Earth, Unity will is expected to premiere on 1000-1200+ screens across the globe. SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. Tickets and more information including participating theatre locations and global distribution partners coming soon.
Seven years in the making, Unity explores humanity’s impact on the world and our opportunity for transformation. Presented in chapters, Unity takes an in-depth look at what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and, ultimately, hope. Coupled with stunning cinematography, Unity is a singular and unforgettable cinematic experience. »
- Melissa Thompson
The film comes a decade after Monson’s documentary “Earthlings,” which explored humanity’s relationships with other animals. Produced by Melissa Danis and Monson through Nation Earth, “Unity” explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and hope.
SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. The deal was announced Wednesday at CinemaCon.
Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield, »
- Dave McNary
Theater awards season is upon us and the 81st annual Drama League Awards have announced nominations for the past season on and Off-Broadway. Nominees for the Distinguished Performance Award include Backstage cover stars Matthew Morrison (“Finding Neverland”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Heidi Chronicles”), Andy Karl (“On the Twentieth Century”), Kristin Chenoweth (“On the Twentieth Century”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Constellations”), Carey Mulligan (“Skylight”), and Tony Yazbeck (“On The Town”). Actors can only win this award once in their careers. Nominations for new Broadway and Off-Broadway productions include recent Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner “Between Riverside and Crazy”; “Hand to God”; “Constellations,” starring Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson; “The Audience,” starring Helen Mirren as the Queen of England (who turns 89 today!); and others. Revival nominations include “The Elephant Man,” starring Bradley Cooper, who was also nominated for Distinguished Performance; “The Heidi Chronicles”; “You Can’t Take It with You”; “The Iceman Cometh”; and »
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.
LL Cool J, Rose Byrne, and Big Sean were on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon Monday night, and Jimmy had them play Pictionary. LL and Rose were partners and Jimmy and Big Sean were partners. LL admitted he could not draw and ... he was right. Watch what happens when he's supposed to draw a tattoo and instead draws something vaguely phallic-looking and starts swearing and has to be bleeped out. It was bad. Rose was good, not that it helped them. John Stamos was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and gave Jimmy the "exclusive" on the "Full House" return, which is coming to Netflix. "It starts sort of as »
- Gina Carbone
Furious 7 fended off solid newcomers Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended to top the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row.More importantly, the movie had another stunning weekend overseas. Specifically, it continued to do massive business in China, where its earned nearly $250 million through its first eight days.Furious 7 has now grossed $1.15 billion worldwide, which ranks seventh all-time. Even if it falls off quickly from here, it still has a real chance of making it past $1.4 billion by the end of its run.Domestically, Furious 7 fell 51 percent to $29.2 million. In comparison, the last two Fast movies dropped 44 percent and 37 percent at the same point. To date, Furious 7 has earned $294.5 million; it could still reach $350 million, but would need to hold up well against Avengers: Age of Ultron in two weeks.Playing at 3,633 locations, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened to $23.8 million this weekend. »
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Kirsty Capes with six British movies and TV shows to get you in the mood for the General Election…
Despite being a lover of all things available on the big and small screens, Jeremy Paxman and Dimbleby don’t really do it for me as entertaining television. Many of us are sick to the back teeth of watching our glorious Pm candidates squirm under the fluorescent lights of the ITV television studios, or questions about the NHS. While it’s quite nice to laugh at the incompetence of our delightful parliamentary hopefuls and imagine moulding their play-dough-esque faces into different kinds of rotting fruit (just me?), there’s plenty of other ways to get excited for #GE2015 without wanting to throttle yourself with your own hair. Take a browse, for example, through a catalogue of fantastic television and film – where no one fluffs their lines and nearly everyone is better looking than David Cameron. »
- Kirsty Capes
There's never been a performance on television quite like Tatiana Maslany's on Orphan Black. A chameleon in every sense of the word, she's managed to create not one, but nine memorable performances in the span of its two seasons, oftentimes playing opposite herself. When she was overlooked for an Emmy nomination last year, fans of the show created a stir, and rightfully so — she's delivering intricate performances on one of the most exciting sci-fi/action shows around. And with a co-starring role in the time-spanning Helen Mirren/Ryan Reynolds movie Woman in Gold, and the third season of Orphan Black premiering across all AMC networks this Saturday, Maslany's busier than ever. Vulture spoke with her on a short break from shooting her next film.Are you somewhere very freezing right now? I saw on Twitter you posted pictures from like a snow, tundra place. I am in a snow, »
- Lucas Kavner
The British dominate the race for Best Actress (Play). The clear favorite is Helen Mirren who is ruling Broadway as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience.” Do you think she will win a Tony to go with the Oscar she won for playing the reigning monarch in "The Queen"? Make the best predictions in our Tony nominations contest and you could win a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a place of honor in our famous leaderboards. -Break- Mirren snagged one of her four Emmys for portraying Elizabeth I on HBO (the other three are for two seasons of “Prime Suspect” and “The Passion of Ayn Rand”). She won an Olivier Award for the London run of “Audience” and has been nominated for a Tony twice before (for revivals of “A Month in the Country” and “Dance of Death”) without a win, so she is due. It’s also an excellent performance »
Alan Rickman entertained a select audience in London last night with stories from nearly 30 years in movies.
Speaking on stage at the latest BAFTA: A Life In Pictures event, the actor-director revealed how his first exposure to film was at school with titles like Ealing comedy The Titfield Thunderbolt, before going to art school and encountering his first major influences: Antonioni and Fellini.
“But I don’t know that I thought this would be part of my life,” he recalled. “To be perfectly honest, having a film career at all is a bit of a surprise.”
After going to Rada at 25, Rickman established himself on stage and TV, and didn’t star in his first film until his early 40s. That film just happened to be the blockbuster action hit Die Hard.
He won the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
It is only April, and already Furious 7 is on track to become the movie to beat in terms of sheer gross income. It dropped in revenue by nearly 60%, but an estimated $60.6 million is still more than most films make in their first weekend, let alone their second. It is by far the top earner of the top ten ($252.5 million domestic, $800.5 million worldwide), winning out handily against Home (estimated $19 million) once again. Home still struggles worldwide to make good on its $135 million costs, but both are doing a sight better than the debut of The Longest Ride. Yet another adaptation of a bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, its estimated $13.5 million weekend is roughly on par with most Sparks releases, but probably will not reach the lofty heights of The Notebook, the highest grosser of his to date.
Get Hard fell to fourth and may not be a winner with critics, but »
- Seth Paul
Jon Snow is to receive a BAFTA Fellowship.
The journalist and broadcaster will receive the honour, which is granted "in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games".
"I am genuinely overwhelmed by the honour of being awarded a BAFTA Fellowship," Snow said. "There is no greater recognition than that of one's own industry.
"When I saw the list of Fellows I was daunted by the idea that I could in some way be ranked amongst them. I thought at first BAFTA must have the wrong Snow... There are several of my cousins they could have chosen.
"I'm genuinely looking forward to the ceremony on May 10. I think my daughters have concluded I've finally done something cool!"
He also told The Guardian that the letter informing him of the Fellowship had been sent to the wrong address, revealing: "For two or three months I was blissfully »
BAFTA has dated its annual film awards for the next three years.
According to Variety, the next Ee British Academy Film Awards will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016.
This will be followed by ceremonies on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and Sunday, February 18, 2018.
The awards are expected to continue to be held at London's Royal Opera House and be broadcast by the BBC.
The Academy also announced that it will hold this year's BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Friday, October 30, with the ceremony taking place at La's Beverly Hilton hotel.
The annual Britannia Awards are held to honour contributions to the collaborative relationship between the UK and Us film industries, with previous winners including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judi Dench, George Clooney, Dame Helen Mirren, Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson.
The nominees for this year's British Academy Television Awards were announced last week. »
Farewell Crawleys! After five seasons of upstairs-downstairs politics, romance and heartbreaking deaths (Still miss you, Matthew!), Downton Abbey is ending after its upcoming sixth season. And while millions of fans are devastated over the mere thought of losing the beloved PBS period drama, its stars are ready to say goodbye. "I haven't taken a poll, but I think that the actors in general really feel as though it's the right time for it to end," star Elizabeth McGovern (aka Cora Crawley) told E! News while promoting her new film, Woman in Gold, which also stars Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren. "I don't think anybody wanted it to go on beyond it's sell-by »
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BAFTA also announces date for the next Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has revealed the dates for its film awards for the next three years.
The Ee British Academy Film Awards will take place on February 14 2016, February 12 2017 and February 18 2018.
The awards will again be held at London’s Royal Opera House and broadcast by the BBC. This year, the four performance winners – Eddie Redmayne, Jk Simmons, Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette – also went on to win Oscars.
The ratings for this year’s film awards increased in the UK and were broadcast in every major territory in the world and seen for the first time on Youku Tudo, China’s leading internet television broadcaster.
The announcement came just a day after the dates for the next three Academy Awards were revealed.
It was also announced that the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will take place on Friday »
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A deeply moving and very satisfying piece of entertainment that knits up seemingly disparate elements in a tapestry of family pain and pride. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
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Maria Altmann just wants back that portrait of her aunt, the pretty one that used to hang in her family’s home when she was a child, and which reminds her of her aunt, who died far too young. Problem is, that home was in Vienna in the 1930s, and when the Nazis swooped in, they confiscated the painting and all her family’s other belongings. And despite Austria’s new spirit of reconciliation in the late 90s, including efforts toward art restitution, this painting is different. It’s Gustav Klimt’s famous “Woman in Gold” — now known as “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” — and it »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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