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It is not uncommon for a hit Us television series to lose its main star somewhere down the line. In fact, history is riddled with examples of sad occasions where a show has had to continue on without one of its main attractions. George Clooney stopped saving lives for ER, David Duchovny gave up on extra-terrestrial investigation for The X-Files and Steve Carell resigned from the American Office. However, although those shows each carried on to enjoy similar levels of success, few would argue that Charlie Sheen’s departure from Two and a Half Men left the series with a permanent void.
In 2011, Sheen left the hit CBS comedy series after a heavily publicised row with its creator and head writer Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory). As you are probably aware, Two and a Half Men continued on with Ashton Kutcher replacing Sheen in the lead role opposite Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones. »
- Ben Read
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Ben's Gone Girl and Jennifer's Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day kept the parents away from their three children for a bit, and Ben explained how he copes with those months that require him to be away at work.
"It's hard because when you have children you balance your work and your family life," said Ben. "I'm fortunate. I have a lot of means at my disposal where I'm able to do that more fluidly, but particularly for women it's hard. It's a hard thing to go: 'If I'm with my »
While promoting "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," star Bella Thorne had some advice that was anything but terrible, horrible, no good or very bad.The actress sat down over a plate of garlic fries with toofab's Brian Particelli over the weekend, where the two talked about her latest role, her stellar style evolution, going goth for "Amityville: The Awakening" and encouraging other to embrace their inner-weirdness.Check out the full interview below. For 16, this is one well-spoken teenager!toofab: What was it like playing the "mean girl" role in "Alexander"?Bella: You can't think of her as mean, you have to think of Celia as a perfectionist. That is her character. She explains in the movie why she needs this day to be so perfect for her and it gets messed up and she gets mad, of course. It's understandable. I think anyone can get mean if they're mad. »
- tooFab Staff
By Anjelica Oswald
More often than not, best picture winners at the Academy Awards tend to fall into the same genre category: biopic, period piece or drama. “Genre films” have managed to break through and secure nominations for various other categories, such as acting, but they have a more difficult time landing a spot on the best picture nomination list. Since the 83rd Academy Awards, films such as Toy Story 3 (2010), an animated film; Django Unchained (2012), a western; and Gravity (2013), a thriller, all managed to secure best picture nominations, but none became best picture winners. Examining the films that currently stand as frontrunners or major threats in the Oscar race shows a normal pattern emerging, with a few films that may offer up some surprises.
As per usual, biographical films have been dominating the festival circuit, and many of them have been garnering Oscar buzz. Among the top contenders are The Imitation Game, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Pete Hammond believes this year's Oscar race for Best Actor is the "most crowded ever" and asks why the Academy doesn't double its number of acting nominees. He calls it a "serious glut of qualified" contenders in 2014 with just under 30 legitimate men in the discussion. Hammond reminds that even "sure things" like Tom Hanks and Robert Redford could not get nominations last year. The current list starts with Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"). Then throw in Ben Affleck ("Gone Girl"), Chadwick Boseman ("Get on Up"), Gael Garcia Bernal ("Rosewater"), Ellar Coltrane ("Boyhood"), Kevin Costner ("Black and White"), Robert Downey, Jr. ("The Judge"), Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler"), Matthew McConaughey ("Interstellar"), »
Former Daily Show colleagues Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell are set to reunite onstage for the Montclair Film Festival's annual celebrity fundraiser. The two comedians will participate in an in-depth conversation and present rarely seen highlights of their work together at an event to benefit the New Jersey film festival. Watch more Stephen Colbert's 5 Best Out-of-Character Moments Colbert and Carell worked together at the Second City improv troupe in Chicago and on The Dana Carvey Show before serving as Daily Show correspondents until 2005. Carell left to star in NBC's The Office and movies such as The
- Hilary Lewis
We are only just on the cusp of October and you can already put the “No Vacancy” sign out on the Best Actor Oscar race. Sorry, no room. Don’t even think about jumping in. Every year of late, it seems the Actor race gets richer while the Actress contest actively searches for candidates. Remember how “sure things” Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn’t even make the cut last year? Perhaps that is just a reflection of what juicy roles the industry is offering on either side of the gender divide.
Nevertheless, for 2014 it’s worse than ever and we have a serious glut of qualified Best Actor possibilities — just under 30 by my count, and even more seem to be trying to gain entry. This is the year the Board Of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences really ought to amend the rules, just as »
- Pete Hammond
Steve Carell is having a bad day. A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, day.
The comedian is on fire – literally – in this exclusive clip from Disney’s upcoming family comedy, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.
Based on the 1972 classic children’s book, the movie chronicles a day in the life of young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) who wakes up with gum stuck in his hair. And it’s all downhill from there for Alexander and his family as his day just keeps getting worse and worse, amounting to one horrible, no good day.
Co-starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner as Alexander's parents, Ben and Kelly, this family-friendly romp is sure to heat things up. Just check out the exclusive Canadian premiere of a clip from Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day and see how Alexander’s bad day has rubbed off »
- Rachel West
After successful screenings at Telluride and Toronto and a Cannes Best Director award for Bennett Miller, this much is certain: “Foxcatcher” is a bona fide Oscar contender. With its three strong performances from Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, economical direction from Miller, and tightly written script from E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, this true-crime saga about eccentric billionaire-turned-murderer John du Pont’s (Carell) obsession with an Olympic gold-medalist wrestler (Tatum) and his brother (Ruffalo) should receive multiple nominations, including Picture, Director, and Screenplay. -Break- Both of Millers previous films – “Capote” (2005) and “Moneyball” (2011) – contended for Best Picture, and “Capote” won a Best Actor prize for Philip Seymour Hoffman. Brad Pitt received a nod for “Moneyball” as well, so if there’s one thing Miller’s good at, i »
Anthony (Dylan Minnette) tries to patch things up with Celia (Bella Thorne) in the latest clip from Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, following the scene released last week.
Ed Oxenbould stars as the title character, whose horrible day transfers to every member of his family, including his brother (Dylan Minnette), sister (Kerris Dorsey), mom (Jennifer Garner) and dad (Steve Carell). Watch as Anthony tries to turn this day around, before inexplicably causing destruction of school property.
Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life, a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins »
In this exclusive clip, we get a look at what a bad day really looks like.
Disney's Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, based on author Judith Viorst's beloved children's novel, tells the story of one family's unfortunate string of bad luck.
Ed Oxenbould stars at the eponymous Alexander, who is convinced that only he has bad luck. But soon he learns that even the other members of his super-happy family often have bad days as well.
Video: Trailer: 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'
In this exclusive clip from the upcoming family comedy, we get a look at the kind of terrible day Anthony (Minnette) is having as he tries to get his girlfriend Celia (Bella Thorne) to forgive »
Since first premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, Foxcatcher, the biographical film about Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, his brother David, and paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont, has been getting a lot of buzz in large part due to chilling performances from the film’s three leading men (Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carell). And now that it’s making the rounds at film festivals — it has since debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and will screen at the New York Film Festival starting Oct. 10 — Foxcatcher is all anyone’s going to be talking about from now until the 87th Academy Awards in February.
With that in mind, we break down the film to its essential talking points so you can get up to speed ahead of its theatrical release on Nov. 14.
- Stacy Lambe
Matching the right actor with the perfect project is a tricky (but tested) formula for box office success.
Take “The Interview.” The upcoming story of two newsmen tapped to assassinate a ruthless military dictator didn’t really move the needle with moviegoers until they found out that the film starred James Franco and Seth Rogen, a comic duo who previously headlined “Pineapple Express” and “This Is The End.”
That’s the takeaway from Piedmont Media Research, after the consumer testing firm polled 1,500 people about “The Interview” and other upcoming fall releases in order to gauge how an actor’s presence in a particular film impacts audiences’ enthusiasm. The people surveyed were selected to be demographically representative of the movie-going public in terms of age, gender, ticket-buying behavior and ethnicity. The results indicate that while star power may not shine as brightly as it did in Hollywood’s golden age, the »
- Brent Lang
One key advantage of running a film company together is that it’s possible to be two places at once. That came in handy on a recent night at the Toronto International Film Festival when Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, the co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics, canvassed the town. They both attended screenings of “Leviathan,” the Russian film they picked up at Cannes, and “Infinitely Polar Bear,” starring Mark Ruffalo. Then Barker stopped at an event for Martin Scorsese, while Bernard attended back-to-back dinners. They reunited later that evening to haggle over an acquisition deal for the buzzy Julianne Moore drama “Still Alice.”
It’s no wonder that after working in tandem for three decades, Barker and Bernard have perfected a way to navigate an industry that demands constant nurturing of relationships, a keen eye for talent and movies, and the financial discipline to survive the volatility of a business »
- Ramin Setoodeh
By Anjelica Oswald
Offering us glimpses into new worlds and stories, movie trailers have just a few minutes to show the premise of a film and what viewers can expect to see. Teasers are often a minute or less. These minutes have the potential to create or destroy excitement surrounding a film. Potential Oscar contenders, such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, still haven’t released trailers to the public. As of right now, the only glimpse of Anderson’s anticipated film is in a minute long preview for the 52nd New York Film Festival. Many of the projected contenders have released their trailers or teasers, though. Here are some of the best trailers/teasers available:
- Anjelica Oswald
It's that time of year again when crowds descend upon Lincoln Center to experience world cinema worthy of the ultimate accolades, the most hyped Oscar-worthy Hollywood offerings of the year, experimental programs that expose the versatility of the medium, and shorts that announce a whole spate of new, young directors who will no doubt blow our minds in the future -- or at least supply us with a few major catharses.
Yes, for seventeen days the main slate of the 2014 New York Film Festival will showcase 30 films from such countries as Germany, France, Switzerland, South Korea, Portugal, and "O Canada." There will be Romantic fare such as Beloved Sisters, which chronicles Friedrich Schiller's love affair with two siblings; Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel (Inherent Vice); and Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, with Steve Carell as a loony du Pont heir who gets a bit unsavory »
- Brandon Judell
Now playing in theaters is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You. Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed. Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend. For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. Last week I landed an extended video interview with author Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie. He talked about the difficulty of bringing his novel to theaters, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
"Foxcatcher" star Steve Carell started this year's Oscars derby in first place for Best Actor but has now taken a back seat to Michael Keaton for his performance in "Birdman." According to the latest predictions by our experts, Keaton has leading odds of 14/5 with Carell sharing second place with Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") at 4/1. (See who each of our Experts is backing here.) And while both Redmayne and fourth place contender Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") are on the rise, I am still predicting Carell to win. Let me share with you my five reasons why: -Break- 'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions Reason One: He plays a real person. Carell plays John Eleuthère du Pont who murdered Dave Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo) in 1996 after training both Dave and his brother Mark (played by Channing Tatum)...' »
In theaters Oct. 10, 2014, Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life, and soon learns that he's not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Disney has released the second clip from this family comedy, which finds Alex and his family sitting down for dinner, as his sister brags about her role in an upcoming production of Peter Pan at her school. Then his brother begins to brag about his girlfriend and prom. Does Alexander have anything to brag about? Or is this just a precursor to one very bad day?
Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old »
Oscar predictions are a funny thing. Sometimes you have to just update them wholesale, and sometimes they only require a small bit of tinkering. That’s the nature of this beast, one where a single new contender can upend the race, one way or another. With a week to go until David Fincher’s Gone Girl is seen, we’re waiting for that new contender to change the landscape, but enough has happened since my last update that I wanted to make sure I brought this new one to you now. By the end of September, a lot more will be known. Exciting, right? If you look at what I have in this particular update, you’ll mainly see some category placement confirmation and the inclusion of Julianne Moore for Still Alice. In regards to the former concept, especially in Best Actress/Best Supporting Actress, contenders like Felicity Jones are going to be campaigned Lead, »
- Joey Magidson
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