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Besides the fact that we love them, all these things enter into our list of the wittiest, most shocking, and awe-inspiring quotes from Hollywood’s best and brightest this past year.
Let’s take a look back at some of the soundbites that sent shockwaves through the web, and a few you may have missed. Who’s got the sharpest tongue, and who should just keep their mouth shut? Read on…
“I had been tanning a lot so that Michael would be happy with my skin tone. Every spare moment of sun that was outside, I had to be in it. It’s not going to happen again because of the damage and the possible skin cancer.” –Megan Fox on Michael Bay, before she »
- Max Evry
year in review part 5 of several
I thought it would be tasteless to drop this lump of coal on Christmas so I saved it one day. It's naughty, not nice. But before we get to the unsatisfying trends, performances, and movies of the year, some caveats. I didn't see everything and am not, generally speaking, paid to attend terrible movies. Even when I'm doing freelance gigs, nobody has ever said to me "Nathaniel, we'd love for you to write a 3,000 word essay about Yogi Bear." [Editors of the world take note: I would totally do this for money.]
Most Repetitive Actor or Actress Dear Leonardo DiCaprio, you have now done three movies in a row where you're a tortured soul with an emotionally unstable dead wife. This is an even more specific brick-wall niche then when Jodie Foster kept getting trapped in small places or when Julianne Moore kept losing her children (imaginary or otherwise).
DiCaprio's new franchise!
It's time to shake things up. »
- NATHANIEL R
Here’s a look back at the 30 extensive, 1-on-1 interviews — from A(ronofsky) to Z(sigmond) — that I have conducted over the course of the 2010 awards season thus far. I really have to pinch myself when I reflect on just how many wonderful opportunities I have had to speak with the people most responsible for the best films of this year — and many others — and how many more exciting interviews are already being lined up for the coming weeks and months. For now, though, enjoy…
Darren Aronofsky (director, “Black Swan”) Brigitte Berman (documentary filmmaker, “Hefner”) Halle Berry (actress, “Frankie and Alice”) Danny Boyle (co-writer/director, “127 Hours”) Jeff Bridges (actor, “True Grit”) Matt Damon (actor, “True Grit”) Stephen Dorff (actor, “Somewhere”) Kirsten Dunst (actress, “All Good Things”) Robert Duvall (actor, “Get Low”) Colin Firth (actor, “The King’s Speech”) Andrew Garfield (actor, “The Social Network”) Ryan Gosling (actor, “Blue Valentine”) Hugh Hefner (documentary subject, »
- Scott Feinberg
Even though Iron Man makes it look easy, being a superhero is anything but.
Just ask Mark Ruffalo, one of the latest actors to join the Marvel Universe with his upcoming work as Bruce Banner in "The Avengers." Even as he prepares to take over the Hulk's mantle from Edward Norton, Ruffalo is already well aware of some of the possible problems that come with the territory on a major action blockbuster.
"You're taking a flying f--- at a rolling donut in these movies because you don't exactly have a finished script," he told the Belfast Telegraph (via Comic Book Movie) of the process of filming a movie like "The Avengers." "The only thing you have any understanding of is the people you're going to work with."
- Josh Wigler
We’ve been asking you all week to vote for your Oscar picks from the year 1999, twelve years on as we retrospectively take a look back at all the Academy Award ceremonies in the 1990′s to see if time has been kind to the winners and losers.
28 of you voted, a little less than the amount who voted last time (which I think is to do with the problems with the form as we had a few complaints, I will try and fix this for next time) including a handful of Owf writers, who have collectively, like Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap, gone back in time to ‘put things right, that once went wrong’.
The number in brackets is the amount of points that film/actor/director gained (that system is explained here). Let’s take a look at the winners, shall we?
1999 Owf Awards Best Picture – Saving Private Ryan »
- Matt Holmes
I was at Samuel French the other day, laughing at all the bad advice books, when I overheard two actors having a conversation. They were talking about their plans for the holidays. The first guy was going home to see his family. He wanted to kick back and take a week off from the industry. His friend had a different idea. He was going to stick around so he could use his downtime to make career plans for the new year.Now here's the million-dollar question. All things being equal, who would I rather represent? You're probably thinking the Type A actor who's going to spend the holidays focusing on his career. Well, you're wrong. He sounds like Scrooge to me. There's no way I'd sign that guy. Christmas isn't about headshots and a new demo reel.Look, I'm the first to tell you that acting might be the hardest career in the world. »
Here’s your first look at the trailer for Neil Burger’s “Limitless”, formerly “The Dark Fields”. Not sure why they changed the title, but I guess it sorta makes more sense since the movie doesn’t look like it’s the dark psychological thriller that I had been expecting. Still, Neil Burger is a good director (he did the underappreciated “The Illusionist” with Edward Norton — go out and see it now if you missed it the first time around), and there are some nice dark touches in the trailer that I dug, though overall, it could have been better. Bradley Cooper stars as a loser who takes a drug that turns him into a good looking and successful winner. Of course, it helps that he looked like Bradly Cooper before he took the drug, too, but just go with it. Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer’s block, »
Bob & Harvey Weinstein’s desperation to relive former glories continue. The struggling production company are banking on the return of the Scream and Spy Kids franchises next year to get them out of a financial hole, and now comes the surprising announcement of a deal with Miramax, the company they founded, left & recently lost a battle to re-purchase, to develop sequels to three of their highest profile hits.
Announced today in a press release are sequels to Bad Santa (which they have been trying to make for a while), the 1998 poker drama Rounders and most bizarrely of all, the Oscar winning Shakespeare in Love. What?
Let’s look at them one at a time…
Bad Santa 2 is probably the least surprising. Billy Bob Thornton has wanted to reprise his much loved drunken & offensive lout for years and recently mentioned to Collider that sequel talk had been ramping up again. Bad Santa »
- Matt Holmes
It was sort of heartbreaking earlier in the year when The Weinstein Company failed to purchase Miramax back. It would have been a homecoming of sorts for both companies, and it promised a return to form for Miramax after struggling through the latter part of the 2000s with fewer titles (and far less edge). The two companies have announced the next best thing – a long-term partnership. Unfortunately, that partnership is built upon producing and releasing a blight on the cinematic community. The two companies plan on releasing sequels to long-forgotten titles. Unnecessary sequels are planned for Bad Santa, Rounders, and Shakespeare in Love. There’s something harmless about seeing Billy Bob Thornton back in the Santa suit, but do they expect to nab Matt Damon and Ed Norton back? Do they plan on getting Gwyneth Paltrow back into drag? Those aren’t necessary components, but without those main actor ties, the »
- Cole Abaius
Every day a multitude of stars wander through the halls of MTV News to talk about their latest projects and goof around with our intrepid correspondents. But sometimes we catch stars elsewhere, and that's why we put together Spotted!, a daily compendium of stars in the wild.
If you were to put together a totally off-the-wall cocktail party, who would you invite? If your guest list included the likes of legendarily odd film director David Lynch, acclaimed actor Ed Norton, veteran star Kyle MacLachlan, sexy actress Rose McGowan, "House" hottie Lisa Edelstein and VIP couple Katy Perry and Russell Brand, then you missed the fete of a lifetime. On Monday night (December 13), all those people gathered together at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for the second annual David Lynch Foundation's Change Begins Within benefit. The director's organization seeks to provide help to young people via transcendental meditation, »
- MTV News
It seems that Owen Wilson likes to tease his fans when it comes to upcoming projects. During the Little Fockers press junket yesterday, Wilson was asked whether people may spot him in the next Wes Anderson movie, Moon Rise Kingdom. [The Playlist]
His answer wasn’t a flat out yes or no, but rather a sly combination of both. “I am not going to be a part of it,” he said, followed by, “well, I won’t be playing one of the main characters in it. I have read the script and it’s really funny. It’s really good.” Er, so which is it Wilson? You in or out? “You never know,” he mused. So while the evidence is far from conclusive, it’s likely that he’s going to have some kind of cameo role.
- Laura Stackhouse
Actor Says No, Then Yes, Then Backpedals To A "You Never Know" With A Wink Wes Anderson's upcoming '60s-set movie "Moon Rise Kingdom" was announced earlier this year, and apart from Bill Murray, none of the regular Anderson players (Jason Schwartzman, Angelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson) were mentioned as part of the cast. Instead a new group of actors, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton were reported to be in negotiations for the film centering on two young adults who fall in love and run away in a New England town. But when Owen Wilson… »
Updated: Ok, so I’ve had way to many emails from you guys pointing out that the Oscar form isn’t working for some of you this time around. I’ve put my best team of problem solvers on the issue and they can’t work it out, but 7 or 8 of you have told me it’s not working for you… so I presume there’s many more out there. To date we’ve had a little less entries than last time, so this problem is too much for me to ignore.
My only solution for now is for you to email your picks to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be collating results on Monday or Tuesday, so you’ve got a bit of time left to enter.
Now you’ve read our 1999 Academy Awards retrospective, here’s your chance to re-write history without the hassle of going back in »
- Matt Holmes
Indian Paintbrush, the film financing/production arm of billionaire industrialist Steven Rales, is staffing up. Rales this fall brought in Mark Roybal to run the company, and the longtime president of Scott Rudin Productions has added two creative executives: Overbrook Entertainment executive Jeff Sommerville has signed on to be senior veep and Focus Features executive Michael Pruss will be vice president of production. Sommerville started at Industry Entertainment and was an associate producer on The 25th Hour, while the British-born Pruss worked on such Focus projects as Milk and the Anton Corbjin-directed The American. He also set up The Song Is You with Bill Condon, Cruise of the Gods with David Guion & Michael Handelman, and True Crime with Brett Ratner. Indian Paintbrush is currently in discussions to finance Moon Rise Kingdom, the next film from director Wes Anderson that has Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton in talks to star. »
- MIKE FLEMING
As Kirk Lazarus, Robert Downey Jr's Oscar-bait thesp in Tropic Thunder, could have told you, radically changing your appearance is a sure-fire way to attract critical buzz. The irony was, of course, that for blacking up to play an actor blacking up to win awards, Downey Jr himself won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.
It worked for Nicole Kidman, who pulled on a false conk and walked off with a golden statue; it did the trick for Robert De Niro, who transformed himself from lean prize fighter to corpulent misogynist for Raging Bull – Oscar approved. The roll-call of thesps vaunted for their character-acting abilities goes on and on: the Gary Oldman of Bram Stoker's Dracula is »
- Ben Child
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Plus, Sophia predicts the end of the series and hints at a possible TV movie.
It’s been the question on every One Tree Hill fan’s mind since last May’s season finale: Will Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and/or Peyton (Hilarie Burton) come back to Tree Hill for Brooke (Sophia Bush) and Julian’s (Austin Nichols) wedding? The big day is just a few episodes away, so we went straight to Sophia for the answer — and it’s looking grim. ”We’ve shot the wedding,” Sophia told HollywoodLife.com on Dec. 6 at Global Green USA’s 11th annual Sustainable Design Awards in NYC. “We really wanted Chad and Hilarie to come back. You know, Peyton is Brooke’s best friend! They both had scheduling conflicts.”
And don’t think for a second the cast wouldn’t welcome back “Leyton” with open arms. »
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Mark Wahlberg, one of the most prolific (and nicest) guys in Hollywood, for about 25 minutes at the Four Seasons in New York following a luncheon for David O. Russell’s “The Fighter,” a film that Wahlberg fought for five years to get made, on which he served as a producer, and in which he stars as his boyhood hero Micky Ward, a boxer from the same Boston-area where he himself grew up. The film is a rousing crowd-pleaser, and Wahlberg — like his principal co-stars Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams — has rarely if ever been better.
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Wahlberg and I discussed a wide variety of topics about his life and career: his favorite movies as a kid, many of which were boxing movies that he saw with his father (who taught him »
- Scott Feinberg
Craig here with Take Three. Today: Emily Watson
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The Academy often doubles up with their supporting ladies – i.e. Weaver and Cusack for Working Girl, Farmiga and Kendrick for Up in the Air, and so on. It was true also for 2001’s Gosford Park's Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith. I always thought a third should’ve been added. Watson delivered five-star service and, for me, the film’s best performance by a country (house) mile. She played Elsie, the knowing, spirited maid that doomed homeowner Sir William (Michael Gambon) liked to see doing plenty of overtime.
Among the film's interviewing mini-plots, Elsie’s narrative was an intriguing red herring, a side dish. But then Gosford Park wasn’t really about the murder as much as it was about class. Watson had plenty.
Watson in Gosford Park
Altman’s film was packed wall-to-wall with high-level »
- Craig Bloomfield
It's not a big secret that the two female leads of "Black Swan," played by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, are intentionally foils of one another. Portman's Nina personifies everything about the White Swan in "Swan Lake." She's poised, contained and rigid, so focused on her quest for perfection that she is seemingly passionless. Kunis' Lily, on the other hand, is the embodiment of the Black Swan: spontaneous, sensual and unrestricted. Together, they make one complete being.
The examination of these two characters' bond takes up a big part of the film, but analyzing character foils is nothing new to cinema. A character foil is described as "a character who represents a sharp contrast with the protagonist and thus serves to stress and highlight the protagonist's distinctive temperament," and plenty of films have them. We decided to take a look at some of our favorites after the jump.
"Fight Club »
- Terri Schwartz
"Undeclared" is now airing on IFC, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the show that further cemented broadcast television's inability to recognize the genius of Judd Apatow. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on two more episodes.
Written by Rodney Rothman
Directed by John Hamburg
Eric Visits Again
Written by Nicholas Stoller
Directed by Greg Mottola
"Bring the ruckus!" --Eric
Alison: In "Parents' Weekend," we at last get to meet Steven's errant mother (played by Amy Wright), along with Marshall's Midwestern family (Cathy Lind Hayes and Joel McKinnon Miller), Rachel's rehab-happy single mom and Lloyd's hot-to-trot sister Amanda (Kimberly Stewart). Having previously existed as a villainous unseen phantom busy frittering away Steven's college savings on a few months of self-exploration in Eastern Europe, Debra Karp turns out to be nothing so demonic in person. She's just a »
- Alison Willmore
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