If you grew up in the ’90s, you probably remember the popular television series Dawson’s Creek, which premiered on January 20, 1998 on the now defunct WB network. Dawson’s Creek helped pave the way for young adult dramas. Had the series not been successful, we may not have had the pleasure of watching series like One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries, or The O.C. The drama, which starred James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, and Michelle Williams, aired for six seasons, totaling 128 episodes. Though the series has been off the air for almost 12 years, the cast continues to be in high demand. James Van Der Beek is currently starring on the new hit series CSI: Cyber, while Joshua Jackson will be back forSseason 2 of The Affair later this year. Katie Holmes is slated to appear in the third season of Ray Donovan this summer, and Michelle Williams is currently filming two movies. »
- Tim Gerstenberger
After having robust box office numbers this past weekend and being praised by both audiences and critics, Woman In Gold opens in wide release this Friday, April 10. In his review, Jim Batts says, “Woman In Gold concerns a celebrated work of art, but it’s also about two inspiring lives also worthy of celebration.” Read his review here.
Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of »
- Michelle McCue
Only a week after the sufferings of Effie Gray, another “inspired by true events” drama set in the world of art (specifically paintings) makes its way to the multiplex. The two are quite different, though, with this new film set more than nearly 150 years after that romance gone sour. But this recent release has several flashback scenes some sixty years in the past, during the Second World War. And much of the dramatic highlights take place, not in lush estates, but in boardrooms and courtrooms. So, it’s a WWII thriller and a legal showdown pitting a plucky, feisty mature lady represented by an overwhelmed young lawyer versus an uncaring, unfeeling bureaucracy. Now with Helen Mirren as the lady and Ryan Reynolds as her aide, you know we’re in for a meaty drama indeed as they seek the return of that most celebrated Austrian artwork, the Woman In Gold. »
- Jim Batts
Robert Downey Jr. celebrated his 50th birthday with a star-studded bash in Santa Monica on Saturday. Robert and his wife, Susan, and a group of A-list friends gathered at the historic Barker Hangar to enjoy cocktails and live music, including a performance by Duran Duran, in the actor's honor. Gwyneth Paltrow arrived with her rumored boyfriend, Glee producer Brad Falchuk, while Reese Witherspoon and her husband and Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale were also in attendance. Orlando Bloom, Jason Bateman, and Justin Theroux were seen greeting each other outside, while Jennifer Aniston came with a gift bag in hand. Katie Holmes also made an appearance, as did Jeremy Renner, Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer, and Jack Osbourne and his pregnant wife, Lisa. Rdj later took to Facebook to share his gratitude, writing, "Dear Mother Nature, Thank you for 50 years of loving tolerance..." The guest list included many of the »
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.
Let's kick things off with a classic "Tonight Show" game, shall we? Julia Louis-Dreyfus visited Jimmy Fallon to play "The Whisper Challenge," a completely hilarious game in which they had to listen to headphones and guess what each other was whispering. "Sausage penis" kind of sounds like "salted peanuts," right?
Pharrell Williams visited "Late Night" and chatted with Seth Meyers about playing it nice on "The Voice." He also explained what it's like to hear a contestant perform one of his own songs -- which he compared to the horrors of listening to yourself on a voice mail.
- Mehera Bonner
Remember when Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky won best kiss for My Girl or when stars like Matthew McConaughey, Cameron Diaz, and Katie Holmes were considered newbies? Since kicking off in 1992, the MTV Movie Awards have been known to embrace that weird, wild MTV spirit, so to celebrate this Sunday's festivities, we're taking a look back at some of the show's most memorable, '90s-tastic moments from the decade of Clueless and Dawson's Creek. Based on this year's MTV Movie Award nominations, it looks like we'll be in for plenty of must-see moments on Sunday. In the meantime, take a trip down memory lane with these very '90s moments from the show's first decade, and see the celebrity hosts that you probably forgot about. »
The Church of Scientology has a lot of celebrity followers, but its most famous member of all is Tom Cruise. The Edge of Tomorrow actor's involvement in the religion has been making headlines for decades, and is a big part of the much talked-about HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Us Weekly takes a closer look at Cruise's Scientology connections in the new issue. "Scientologists run Tom's life," a source tells Us of Katie Holmes' ex, 52. "They are obsessive, and he is [...] »
The expression “madly in love” proves unfortunately apt for the lead characters in “Mania Days,” writer-director Paul Dalio’s sensitively detailed and emotionally compelling drama about the exhilarating highs and harrowing lows experienced by two manic depressives during their ill-fated romance. Potent performances by stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby, strong contributions by well-cast supporting players and an overall sense of understated verisimilitude offset the predictable aspects of the narrative, and should enable this handsomely produced indie to curry the critical favor it will need to attract audiences in theatrical and home-screen platforms.
At first glance, Carla (Holmes) and Marco (Kirby) might appear sufficiently well matched to successfully connect after meeting cute. She is a thoughtful young writer who’s trying to follow her muse after publishing her first volume of poetry; he’s an appreciably brasher but equally artistically inclined fellow who uninhibitedly bares his soul while rapping at poetry slams. »
- Joe Leydon
Tom Cruise said he wasn't able to see his daughter for months because he was shooting "Mission Impossible 5" in London, and he was counting the hours before he came home to little Suri. But we're told he was off work for 2 weeks after shooting wrapped, yet never saw her. Sources connected to Katie Holmes tell TMZ ... it's worse than that. They say Tom has not seen the 8-year-old in almost a year. Tom's rep previously »
- TMZ Staff
Who wears short shorts? Katie Holmes! Flaunting her long legs for all to see, Holmes donned a pair of the teensiest denim shorts to attend Robert Downey Jr.'s 50th birthday bash, hosted at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport on Saturday, April 4. Adding even more sex appeal, the Woman in Gold actress, 36, accessorized with sky-high white heels, which further highlighted her lean stems. She completed the ensemble with a peekaboo lace coat (longer than her shorts!), a floral tote, and gold hoop earrings. While Holmes' [...] »
The good, the bad and the ... Rihanna! From the high-fashion events to the stylish streets, Hollywood's hottest starlets stepped out this week in their favorite couture creations. While some leading ladies dazzled in their designer duds -- we're looking at you, Katie Holmes and Dakota Johnson -- other celebs, including RiRi, Kylie Jenner and Beyonce earned failing fashion grades for their wardrobe faux pas. Check out the clip above to see who toofab's Candice Brock and Anna Kachikyan and celebrity stylist Audrey Brianne picked for the best and worst dressed stars, and take a closer look at the week's bad fashion below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 3. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Furious 7 Director: James Wan Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Lucas Black, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, Elsa Pataky, Jordana Brewster, Ronda Rousey, Djimon Hounsou, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iggy Azalea, Tony Jaa, Bow Wow, Chris Bridges Synopsis: "Ian Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his crew for the death of his brother." Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews) Woman in Gold Director: Simon Curtis Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany, Katie Holmes, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth McGovern Synopsis: "Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family." Criticwire Grade Average: B (10 reviews) Limited 5 to »
Woman in Gold follows the true-to-life story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, and her attempts to win back the famous Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, which was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War II. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), an American lawyer with Viennese roots, helps Maria navigate the rough waters of legal procedure during the “Republic of Austria v. Altmann” trial that would reunite Maria with her aunt’s likeness.
Yeah, that’s an entire country’s government against one eight-seven-year-old woman. Maria Altmann is now our favourite person.
Woman in Gold, which hits theatres Friday, also stars Katie Holmes, Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”), and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil).
- Sasha James
Can you smell the flowers blooming and the grass growing? Oh, you’re in New York? I guess not then. Regardless, spring is coming and so are some amazing spring film releases. From the seventh installment of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise to a John Travolta-Christopher Plummer drama, the month of April is a great time to go to the movies! “The Woman in Gold,” April 1Released just yesterday, this historical drama follows Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), a Jewish World War II survivor who sues the Austrian government to return a piece of precious artwork the Nazis stole from her family. Also starring Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, and Tatiana Maslany, among others, the film follows Altmann’s journey to preserve her family’s memory and legacy. “Furious 7,” April 3Does a film with six prequels even need an explanation? “Furious 7” follows Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) as »
Oftentimes resembling a mosaic of pandering moments rather than an actual film, the most interesting cliché Woman in Gold employs is the Mona Lisa of speech writing crutches. It’s around the midpoint of the film that star Helen Mirren is addressing an Austrian assembly about the restitution of Nazi-confiscated art. As such, it’s the perfect time for her character, and screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell to tell us the dictionary definition of restitution: the return of something to its original state. That there’s little original about Woman in Gold, beyond its remarkable true story, is a nuisance, but it does help to elucidate the often-cagey relationship between film and fine art.
The movies, an organic medium, imitate life using the motion and sound that make up most of our everyday experiences. Paintings, Woman in Gold’s subject of interest, are no less powerful in their imagery, but that power comes from a singular, »
- Sam Woolf
Her are a couple things you need to know. First, this isn't a remake of the 2000 movie with Katie Holmes. Second, this is Joel Edgerton's feature directorial debut. And third, the first trailer for "The Gift" arrived today, and it looks like this summer there will be a really big weirdo you're not gonna want to hang around. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall join Edgerton in the thriller about Simon and Robyn, a young married couple who get an unwelcome new friend: Simon's old pal Gordo. He's kinda creepy, he's hanging onto some dark secrets, and soon, things get uncomfortable. Here's the official synopsis: Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chicago – The horrors of the Holocaust have been expressed in cinematic art through many angles. “Woman in Gold” takes another track, that of restoring a work of art that was stolen from a Jewish family in Austria. The legal maneuverings, however, lacks a sense that this is victorious.
The story – based on true events – simply isn’t told interestingly enough, or maybe there just wasn’t enough power in the situation in the first place to expand it into a movie. All the gravitas is there, including Helen Mirren as the old Austrian immigrant, who lives in Los Angeles in the 1990s, fighting to restore some dignity to her family by reclaiming their work of art. One of the two main characters are miscast, and the flashbacks to Austria circa World War II era adds no depth to the contemporary portion of the story – it probably could have been handled without the flashbacks. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Katie Holmes wowed at the New York premiere of her new movie Woman In Gold at The Museum of Modern Art Monday night. Katie Holmes Premiere Look Holmed stunned on the red carpet in an embellished fuchsia Zac Posen dress that featured an open back and cutouts at her waistline. Her outfit was completed with black, pointed-toe […]
- Chelsea Regan
In the new movie Woman in Gold, Ryan Reynolds plays a dedicated father - and those who worked with him are confident it's a role he plays in real life as well. "I can't imagine a better dad than Ryan," the film's director, Simon Curtis, told People Monday at the movie's New York City premiere. Other stars from the film - including Katie Holmes, in a shimmering pink Zac Posen dress, and a glam Helen Mirren telling reporters (jokingly?) about loving to watch the U.K. TV series Dance Mums in her PJs - also made an appearance (Reynolds didn't »
- Sara Hammel
All that Glitters: Curtis Traps Compelling Kernel in Avalanche of Schmaltz
British television alum Simon Curtis graduated to feature filmmaking in 2011 with the incredibly problematic My Week with Marilyn. Apparently, whatever its faults, they were easy to overlook, as the film nabbed a number of critics’ choice awards, along with prestigious BAFTA and Academy Award nominations. Unfortunately, his penchant for mawkishness has showed no sides of abatement in his follow-up feature, Woman in Gold, also based on compelling true events but at least portraying subjects that feel imbued with less drastic measures of caricature since they aren’t ingrained in cultural pop subconscious with such sacred fury.
In the late 1990s, the Austrian government began to revamp its art restitution laws in reference to victims of WWII. Upon the death of her sister, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Los Angeles shop keeper who had fled Austria sixty years prior to escape the Nazis, »
- Nicholas Bell
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