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With summer slouching towards its sweltering end, Hollywood is throwing everything and the kitchen sink into theaters, hoping something will magically turn into blockbuster gold. Unfortunately for them, Peter Travers is back with his trusty Scum Bucket — and he's itching to fight these films back and vanquish the 10 worst movies of August.
First up is The November Man, in which Pierce Brosnan plays a spy nowhere near as cool as James Bond and who's stuck doing the same old boring action movie stuff (like screaming, "Run!"). Next is the latest in the Step Up series, »
Thanks to Empire Online we’ve got a new still from Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) upcoming fairy tale musical Into the Woods featuring Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), who plays a witch responsible for putting a curse on a baker and his wife, played by James Corden (One Chance) and Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow)…
“Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.“
Into the Woods is set for release on Christmas Day »
- Gary Collinson
While many fans spent the summer taking time off, these actors worked their asses off to stand out from the crop of blockbuster films and reality TV, delivering something fun, fresh, and exciting. Not only were their projects hits in their own right, the actors themselves were breakouts and proved to be ones to watch for the rest of the year. From Obvious Child‘s Jenny Slate to Billy Eichner, check out our picks for the biggest ones to watch come fall.
Thanks to her romantic dark comedy, Obvious Child, Jenny Slate finally graduated from TV guest star and former Saturday Night Live cast member to indie darling. The actress has been building buzz with her guest role on Parks and Recreation and now she has a project to celebrate that’s all her own.
The sleeper hit of the summer definitely belonged to Belle, which »
- Stacy Lambe
We’ve rounded up several new stills from some of our most-anticipated movies, heading to theatres in the near future.
A new image from Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Imitation Game has been released, featuring the actor in a production still from the film. Scheduled to hit Tiff next week, the film, directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), is a war-time biography on Alan Turing, the man who led the efforts to crack the Nazi's Enigma code during WWII.
We’re also getting a look at a new image of Meryl Streep in Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods which opens in theatres on December 25th. Streep is plays The Witch (because who really needs a first name when you’re a witch?) who conspires to teach fairytale characters like Cinderella and Jack the Beanstalk a lesson in the musical fantasy.
And last but not least we have Three new images from The Avengers: Age of Ultron. »
- Rachel West
Two weeks after opening Lois Lowry’s novel adaptation The Giver in the #5 weekend box office spot, Walden Media and The Weinstein Co. are making a pledge for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Fifty cents of every ticket sold during the holiday frame will go to the National Education Association Foundation. The Ticket To A Better World initiative will provide books to American children in need from ticket sale proceeds, up to the amount of $250,000.
That’s about 500,000 tickets that Walden and TWC will have to sell over the long weekend, or $4 million in box office going by average ticket prices. Last weekend the fantasy-drama starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, and Meryl Streep made $6.43 million over three days. Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy held strong for #1 last weekend and teen drama If I Stay may give The Giver its closest competition in its second week, but the only new »
- Jen Yamato
David Fincher will be the latest guest at BAFTA’s “A Life in Pictures” interview series, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday. The conversation with Fincher will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters in London on Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. local time.
“A Life in Pictures” is a long-running series that features prominent figures in films. Past conversations include Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren.
Tickets for the Fincher conversation will go on sale on Friday and can be purchased at bafta.org/what-on/.
- Kevin Noonan
Empire Magazine has released high quality version of two of the previously released photos from Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age Of Ultron". The first showing Whedon and actor Jeremy Renner on the set, the second a shot of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark And Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner.
Next comes new shots of the huggable robot Baymax in the Disney/Marvel animated feature "Big Hero 6," followed by a first look at Riley - the 11-year-old girl at the center of Pixar's "Inside Out". That film deals with the clashing personalities of the colorful emotions that populate her mind.
Finally there's a new shot of Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of the Sondheim musical "Into the Woods," a new shot of Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," a first look at Nicole Kidman in "Paddington," and a photo of Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell's period »
- Garth Franklin
Beyonce: wonderful performer, Vma superstar, drunk-in-lovemaker. But is she flawless? We have to say no. In this episode of The Snap, we count down Beyonce's 20 Biggest Flaws. Turns out Mrs. Carter isn't quite the untarnished gem we thought she was. Hmph! Check out all of The Snap's episodes: Ep. #22: Everything We Learned From Robin Williams Movies Ep. #21: A Tribute to the One Woman in Every All-Male Ensemble Ep. #20: Clueless at Comic-Con Ep. #19: The Comic-Con Preview We Need Ep. #18: We Review Every Celebrity Sex Tape Ep. #17: The Biggest Movie Bombs of 2014 Ep. #16: 25 Reasons to Worship Tilda Swinton Ep. #15: The Secrets of 'Transformers' Ep. #14: What to Know About the 2014 World Cup Ep. #13: The 10 Worst Types of Facebook Status Ep. #12: Why Meryl Streep Needs to Join 'Star Wars' Ep. #11: Everything You Don't Know About 'Maleficent' Ep. #10: Good God, »
- Louis Virtel
Continuing our sneak peek at the winter preview in the new issue of Empire, here's a fresh look at Meryl Streep in Rob Marshall's film adaptation of Into The Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical that takes a whole lot of fairytales, smashes them together and then royally messes them up.This still clearly comes from the scene, glimpsed in the trailer below, where Streep bursts in on the baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt - wait, does that make no sense as a pairing to anyone else?). They wished to have children, but a curse was laid on the baker's father by the witch decades before, and the only way she's willing to lift it is if they find her four ingredients for a potion. Cue a quest that brings them into conflict with other fairytale characters, some of them rather different to how you remember.And »
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that Us director David Fincher will discuss his craft and career at an event in London on September 19.
As part of the ‘BAFTA: A Life in Pictures’ series, Fincher will discuss a career that has included The Game, Seven, Fight Club and Panic Room as well as BAFTA and Oscar-winning hits The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Palme d’Or-nominated Zodiac.
Before directing his first feature film, Alien 3, in 1992, Fincher worked for VFX house Industrial Light & Magic on films including Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and directed a range of commercials and music videos for artists such as Madonna, George Michael, and Michael Jackson.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The Emmy Awards topped Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings Monday night, beating out “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” on VH1 and “WWE Monday Night Raw” on USA. More than 1.1 million tweets from 370,000 unique authors were seen by a unique audience of 8.8 million people, resulting in 207.1 million total Twitter TV impressions.
It was enough to win the night, with “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” coming in second with 974,000 tweets from 174,000 authors for a unique audience of 1.9 million people, but falls short of the 2014 Academy Awards on ABC. The Oscars resulted in 11.2 million tweets from 2.8 million unique authors, for an audience of about 13.9 million people and 1.04 billion total Twitter TV impressions.
The Oscars featured host Ellen Degeneres’ selfie tweet with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and others, which was retweeted nearly 3 million times by the following afternoon and temporarily caused the social media site to temporarily crash.
The full »
- Kevin Noonan
Despite all the pieces heralding this as a golden age of television, the Emmys — or more accurately, those who mounted and attended them — still haven’t gotten over their infatuation with movie stars, or retired their age-old inferiority complex. And while people are to be forgiven for ogling Matthew McConaughey, the cumulative weight of all the attention he garnered from the stage went from cute to unseemly, as if nobody could believe a recent Oscar winner would deign to attend their party.
Not only does this fly in the face of history — movie stars aren’t exactly a new feature of Emmy voting — but it does a general disservice to those who have rightfully garnered praise for their television work. Besides, Bryan Cranston just won a Tony for the play “All the Way;” should people be doing cartwheels that he found time to show up?
Yet there was McConaughey on the red carpet, »
- Brian Lowry
The Tommy Lee Jones-directed frontier film The Homesman will be the centerpiece pic at this year's Hamptons International Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday. The Hamptons screening will mark the East Coast premiere for the title, which debuted at Cannes. The Homesman is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Glendon Swarthout about three women living on the edge of the American frontier who are pushed to the brink and saved by Hilary Swank's Mary Bee Cuddy, who transports them by covered wagon to Iowa, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take
- Hilary Lewis
This week, the new releases can’t top the biggest movie of the summer.
Guardians of the Galaxy had the biggest opening weekend so far this month, and this weekend it's still the most watched. With a domestic total of about $252 million, people can't get enough of the Marvel superhero film with an all-star cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. This weekend, the film movie an impressive $17.5 million after a good few weeks in theaters.
News: Guardians of the Galaxy Review Roundup
Not far behind, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made an estimated $16.8 million. Released the second weekend of August, the movie has already made over $145 million domestically. The crime-fighting ninja turtles even have a sequel in the works. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Part 2 has a release date set for June 3, 2016.
News: Last Week's Box Office Numbers: 'Tmnt' Wins
In third place, there's a new release this week called If I Stay. Starring »
For how many years has Hollywood endured the Ya novel onslaught? Five? Ten? When was Twilight? It’s strange to think of The Giver as merely the latest in a string of adapted young adult fiction given that its source material, Lois Lowry’s 1993 bestseller, precedes the publication dates of Divergent, City of Bones, and the Twilight saga. Like most of its cinematic contemporaries, The Giver squeezes its story into an angsty, dull, and poorly acted template, sapping any chance of inspiration out of its low-key science fiction concept.
Having not read Lowry’s novel, I can only presume she uses her social structure — a utopian future in which emotions are outlawed — to latch “forbidden” teen angst and romance onto the awkward feelings puberty brings with it. On the verge of graduation, three teenagers join the adult ranks of The Community, envisioned here as a Levittown straight out of Starship Troopers, »
- David Klein
Here's the most recent crop of hot, young stars who are getting soaked in ice water for a good cause.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is still going strong, and still raising money for a Als awareness. With so many stars taking up the challenge daily, it's hard to keep track of the most awesome, touching, heartfelt and totally bizarre challenges that pop up all the time.
In an effort to keep you as up-to-date on the stars are pouring freezing ice-cold water over themselves in an effort to raise money for Als, here is today's Ice Bucket Challenge video roundup!
Shooting their Ice Bucket Challenge in what appears to be an abandoned missile silo, 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum and the Witches Of East End's Jenna Dewan Tatum get soaked by a giant trashcan full of freezing water.
Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan, are the latest couple to take on the Als Ice Bucket Challenge together. The adorable duo giggled through the video and cuddled up to each other while they braved the cold water. Channing and Jenna also had a wide-ranging list of nominations including Jonah Hill, Meryl Streep, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Will any of their nominees step up to the challenge? We can't wait to find out. Watch Channing and Jenna get soaked, and prepare to fall in love with their surprisingly romantic moment. »
Chicago – Two of the hottest young stars came to Chicago recently to promote their latest film, “The Giver.” Odeya Rush and Brenton Thwaites were at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier to greet fans and sign autographs. HollywoodChicago.com was there and got Exclusives Portraits of the dynamic co-stars.
The Australian born Brenton Thwaites was on a couple of popular TV shows there, but desired to expand into international cinema, and landed supporting roles in this year’s “Oculus” and “Maleficent.” Odeya Rush was born in Israel, but moved to the U.S. at nine years old. Her first big film was “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (2012), and she followed that up with the independent film “We Are What We Are” (2013). She has a high profile role in the upcoming film adaptation of the ‘Goosebumps’ book series.
Photographer Joe Arce »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In his second big screen directorial effort, Tommy Lee Jones also stars alongside Hilary Swank in The Homesman, a movie where they team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. Visually this looks really good and quite authentic and with a supporting cast made up of everyone from John Lithgow, James Spader and Meryl Streep, keep your eyes peeled for this one. Released November 7th USA / November 28th Ireland & UK »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Okay, now take that one step further and replace Ellen DeGeneres with Matthew Broderick, Bradley Cooper with Nathan Lane, Angelina Jolie with Megan Mullally, Meryl Streep with Stockard Channing, and so on and so forth. See what we’re getting at?
Ellen’s epic Oscar selfie gets sent up, Broadway style, in the first look at the upcoming comedy It’s Only a Play. The production examines the frantic behind-the-scenes antics of a new Broadway show and the eccentric creative and business types behind it. The link to Ellen’s selfie is directly »
- Marc Snetiker
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