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30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea have officially called off their bizarre Instagram feud. The beef started on Monday when Snoop shared an unflattering meme mocking Iggy's appearance. The Australian rapper took notice and soon started tweeting at Snoop: "Snoop Dogg, Why would you post such a mean pic on Insta when you send your body guards to ask me for pictures every time we are at shows together? My bodyguard stopped the fire truck that saved your friends life in Canada when he almost burnt down the hotel. And every time I've ever spoken to you you've always been nice as hell, I'm disappointed you'd be such an *ss for no reason." Iggy later deleted her tweets, but the feud was hardly over. Snoop began flooding his Instagram with increasingly negative posts about Iggy, including memes likening Iggy's appearance to Marlon Wayans in White Chicks, calling her (link Nsfw) a »
Marlon Wayans finally weighed in on the Snoop Dogg-Iggy Azalea battle -- which he got dragged into -- and his take is Hysterical!If you missed it, before yesterday's truce ... Snoop posted a side-by-side of Iggy and Marlon's "White Chicks" character.But last night outside Cecconi's in WeHo ... Marlon called out Snoop, saying ... "I don't think it's a fair comparison. She's way more f**kable than I am." Trust us ... you Must see his delivery, »
- TMZ Staff
In Tweets that she has since deleted (but were captured by E! News), on Tuesday Iggy wrote, "@snoopdogg why would you post such a mean pic on insta when you send your body guards to ask me for pictures every time we are at shows together?"
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Robin Thede has been named head writer of Comedy Central’s much-anticipated “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,” the network’s new hope to stand with its long running “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and continue what has become a cultural institution in latenight.
Thede has been head writer on “The Queen Latifah Show,” a creator of videos for FunnyorDie and an actress. She will be responsible for much of the tone of the new program, which will inject an African-American host and perspective into a daypart that has largely been dominated by Caucasian hosts. Comedy Central said the new program would “feature a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television,” but declined to reveal more.
- Brian Steinberg
L.A. Lakers star Nick Young is finally stepping in to the war between his Gf Iggy Azalea and Snoop -- calling the rapper a loser who's going through a "midlife crisis."Snoop has been tormenting Iggy for days -- first making fun of the way she looks without makeup .... then comparing her to Marlon Wayans in "White Chicks." Iggy fired back -- tweeting at Snoop that she didn't understand why he was being so mean to her. »
- TMZ Staff
After Batman Returns hit theaters back in 1992, director Tim Burton started working on ideas for a third film featuring the Dark Knight. This new entry was set to see the arrival of Robin (to be played by Marlon Wayans), but a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff went down (Warner Bros. felt Batman Returns was too dark for families and not a good film for selling toys – and Burton’s third film was going to be even darker, apparently) and the director eventually exited the project. Joel Schumacher came in to replace him, and the results were Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. However, there are bits and pieces of things designed for Burton’s unmade film floating around on the Internet – including this piece of concept art for the costume Wayans would have worn...
- Mike Bracken
After Batman Returns, Tim Burton was set to return to direct a third film in the franchise. For some stupid ass reason, though, they dropped the director's version of the film, because they wanted the him to tone down the darkness. Instead, they went with Joel Schumacher's colorfully terrible film, Batman Forever. Burton's plan was to introduce Robin in to the franchise, and Marlon Wayans was actually cast in the role. Once Schumacher came on board he recast both Batman and Robin, and we ended up with Val Kilmer and Chris O' Donnell.
Thanks to Cbm, we have a piece of concept art showing us what Burton's vision of Robin may have looked like. The sketch comes from Costume designer Bob Ringwood, and it looks… interesting. The hair poofing out of the top of his head is pretty silly looking, but the actual costume may have looked a lot different. »
- Joey Paur
After 1992's Batman Returns came out Tim Burton began working on a third Batman film that he would direct. Michael Keaton would've reprised his role and the storyline would've featured 'Robin' joining up with the Caped Crusader to defeat The Riddler. It got so far into production that Rene Russo ("In the Line of Fire") had been cast as Bruce Wayne's love interest and Scary Movie star Marlon Wayans was cast as 'Robin.' He was even fitted for his Boy Wonder costume. No images of him in a 'Robin' costume have ever surfaced. Things went south when Warner Bros. requested that Burton tone down the darker elements as they didn't want a repeat of Batman Returns. They felt as though that film was too dark for families and hindered its performance at the box office and its sale of toys. Burton didn't backdown and WB replaced him with Joel Schumacher »
Chicago – The opening text to “Annabelle” comically clues its audience into the significance of dolls - beloved child play things, and/or vessels for evil spirits, whatever floats your boat.
Like second-class beers from booze conglomerates or some Adam Sandler movies, “Annabelle” is most of a dibs on marquee room by the “Conjuring” franchise, the sleeper hit in 2013 not just a sequel but also a restless ongoing lawsuit concerning ownership to its not-so-true story. All of this achieved without the main force of evil, a doll, having to lift a finger. Or, blinking.
Echoing the story of “The Conjuring” in set-up, this spin-off/prequel picks a family from an early 1970s PSA on how »
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Rosemary’s Scabies: Leonetti Does His Best James Wan Impression
Sure to take its place on future lists of cinematographer’s unfortunate attempts at directing, John R. Leonetti’s Annabelle, a sort-of prequel to a subplot from 2013’s The Conjuring, is technically assured though lacking in anything innately original or insidiously creepy. Basically another bargain basement housewife-in-peril horror film, Gary Dauberman’s script plays like another cheap Rosemary’s Baby knock-off, attempting to prove that a Los Angeles apartment complex is just as spooky as anything you’ll encounter in Manhattan. With no time wasted on comic relief as it takes itself surprisingly seriously (you can forget about all those Marlon Wayans shenanigans with ‘Abigail’ from A Haunted House 2), Leonetti leaves most of the heavy lifting to our own familiarity with the basic material and our lowered expectations with carbon copy.
It’s Southern California in the 1970s and »
- Nicholas Bell
Each year, Social Media Week Los Angeles (Smwla) and What's Trending team up for the Social 25, a list of " this year’s top 25 most outstanding individuals, companies, and brands influencing the future of social media." The 2014 honorees have been announced, and as it previous years, the list spans a diverse cross-section of the online media industry. Last year's honorees included online video personalities like Toby Turner and Hannah Hart. A few top YouTubers made it onto the 2014 list as well, with Grace Helbig and The Fine Bros among the honorees. Several online video executives--including Beatriz Acevedo of MiTu, Will Keenan of Endemol Beyond USA, and Jon Skogmo of Jukin Media--will also be honored. Many of the other honorees are established media personalities who have used the Internet to bolster their legacies. In the past year, Marlon Wayans launched his own comedy destination, Russell Simmons brought his business acumen to a YouTube network, »
- Sam Gutelle
On a weekend where "Guardians of the Galaxy" became the first movie to pass $300 million domestically in 2014, Hollywood saw some signs of life over a traditionally weak September box office frame. Screen Gems' thriller "No Good Deed" tapped into a African-American audience looking for something different and pulled in a superb $24.5 million for no. 1. That being said, the Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson thriller earned negative reviews from critics and received an Ok B+ Cinemascore (A is actually average), but with a reported budget of $13.2 million its well on its way to profitability. It's also a nice bounce back for Screen Gems who misfired on the horror thriller "Deliver Us From Evil" in July. The second slot went to "Dolphin Tale 2" which disappointed with just $16.5 million. Pre-release tracking had the sequel to the 2011 hit earning more than the $19.1 million the original found. The Warner Bros. and Alcon »
- Gregory Ellwood
The power of live television and social media is helping to drive MTV Intl.’s global footprint and maximize opportunities for advertisers.
Between the beginning of June and Aug. 16, the cabler produced eight live music events — from Durban, South Africa, to Italy to Malaysia — sparking sky-high levels of social-media engagement and drawing millions of TV viewers. Philip Bourchier O’Ferrall, head of digital media at MTV parent Viacom Intl., maintains that the network is “in the sweet spot” when it comes to the convergence of TV and digital.
That claim is borne out by research firm eMarketer, which projects MTV to have a global social-media audience of 2.55 billion active users by 2017. It’s a particularly important trend for advertisers trying to reach young consumers, allowing them to connect their brands through live shows using Twitter, Instagram and other social media. This year, MTV U.K. and Ireland launched an advertising »
- Nick Vivarelli
As confirmed through a photo posted to Lee Daniels’ Twitter feed earlier this week, comedian Mike Epps will play the late iconic stand-up Richard Pryor in the forthcoming biopic directed by Daniels, and produced by media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
As Deadline reports, Epps claimed the role after a phenomenal audition that made it difficult to pass over the actor. He beat out several higher profile young actors, including Marlon Wayans (whom, according to TMZ’s, was the favorite choice of Pryor’s kids), Nick Cannon, and Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan. Additionally, Deadline has stated that both Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway have been auditioning alongside the potential Pryors, with the actresses being looked to for the role of Richard’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor.
- Zachary Shevich
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
Daniels confirmed the casting news through his Twitter page, posting an image of himself posing with Epps and Oprah Winfrey, who'll play Pryor's grandmother in the drama.
Get ready y'all- #MikeEpps as #RichardPryor pic.twitter.com/0sothu7yVB
— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) August 24, 2014
Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor for the blessing !you got to be stong to have been with the king! pic.twitter.com/OxvbjvPqHc
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) August 24, 2014
Marlon Wayans just got sued for cracking a joke on social media that an actor looks just like Cleveland from "Family Guy" -- but he might have the perfect defense.Ummm ... accuracy has to count for something in court. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
It.s Mike Epps! After years of rumors and months of open competition, Mike Epps has pushed his way to the front of the pack and officially landed the role of Richard Pryor in the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic. He should be pretty proud too given pretty much everyone else rumored for the role was either more famous or more buzzed about. The announcement hasn.t been officially made by the studio, but director Lee Daniels and producer and rumored star Oprah Winfrey both tweeted / instagramed pictures that celebrated the casting. The Richard Pryor biopic has already gone through several producers and has had a ton of different stars linked to it. At various points, the world was pretty convinced the role was going to go to Michael B Jordan, Nick Cannon or Marlon Wayans. None of those versions ever came together, however, and according to IndieWire, Epps crushed his »
Well that should settle the casting rumors! Oprah Winfrey shared a photo of her alongside Mike Epps and Lee Daniels earlier today, essentially confirming her involvement in the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic. Earlier reports claimed that Oprah was in talks to star as Richard's grandmother, Marie Carter, who raised him in her brothel. The TV mogul tagged both Epps and Daniels in the caption of the cute pic and said, "Just finished a great 1st read session #RichardPryorMovie." Meanwhile, Daniels wrote, "And we're off…Get ready y'all" next to the same image on his own Instagram page. Epps, who beat out the likes of Eddie Murphy and Marlon Wayans (to name a »
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