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London — The government of North Korea has condemned a TV political thriller about the country that has been commissioned by U.K. public broadcaster Channel 4.
The series, “Opposite Number,” centers on a British nuclear scientist who is taken prisoner in North Korea. It has been penned by British playwright and screenwriter Matt Charman, who wrote the original script for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Cold War movie.
See Also: U.K.’s Channel 4 Detonates North Korean Thriller ‘Opposite Number’
In a statement, North Korea’s National Defense Commission spoke about the drama as “malignantly slandering” the country, and said it was “a conspiratorial charade painting a wrong picture” of the country.
It said the country’s nuclear weapons — referred to as the “treasured sword for self-defense” — were produced due to its “own efforts, technology and resources from A to Z.”
The statement said the TV series “is based on »
- Leo Barraclough
North Korea has called Channel 4's new political drama a "slanderous farce".
Opposite Number, which was announced by the TV channel in August, follows the Us President and UK Prime Minister as they try to recover a British nuclear scientist who is taken prisoner in North Korea.
Afp reports that North Korea's military body has issued a statement about the 10-part thriller, calling it "nothing but a slanderous farce".
The National Defence Commission stated: "The movie is nothing but a conspiratorial charade painting a wrong picture of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (Dprk) reality as it is based on a sheer lie intended to give impression that the Dprk nuclear treasured sword for self-defence was manufactured by 'illegally acquiring' nuclear technology from Britain."
The statement goes on to say that the programme is nothing but "mud-slinging" and a "deliberate hostile act", and then appeals to Downing Street to »
The duo are shown in the trailer being briefed by a CIA agent (Lizzy Caplan) about "the most dangerous country on earth", where the people are said to believe that their leader talks to dolphins and does not defecate.
The Interview has attracted considerable controversy in North Korea. That country's government has promised "merciless" retaliation if the film is actually released.
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
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Most random celebrity beef ever?
After "Stay With Me" singer Sam Smith posted this Instagram picture of himself seated next to Katy Perry and Charli Xcx at the MTV VMAs last Sunday with the caption, "So amazing to see my girl @charli_xcx last night!! Smashing it so hard," rapper Riff Raff responded via Twitter to the fact that he had been cut out of the original picture.
Thanks For CUTTiNG Me Out Of The PiCTURE U Chubby LiTTLE Fuck Factory P.S. Your Face iS Super Huge @samsmithworld
— RiFF Raff (@JODYHiGHROLLER) August 29, 2014
Photos: Hottest Vma Styles
Riff Raff -- perhaps best known for the being the supposed inspiration behind James Franco's memorable Spring Breakers character Alien-- was Perry's date to the VMAs, and is featured on the latest remix of her song "This Is How We Do."
Though it's baffling as to why Riff Raff was so upset about being »
The Wizard of Oz has unveiled a new trailer ahead of its return to UK cinemas with a 3D IMAX release next month.
The Hollywood classic, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, has been digitally restored frame-by-frame over the course of 18 months for its fresh run on the big screen.
The film, which was re-released in the Us last autumn in IMAX format, will be back in the UK from September 12 courtesy of Warner Bros.
The Wizard of Oz won two Academy Awards in 1940, for Best Song ('Over the Rainbow') and Best Original Score, and was nominated in a further four categories including Best Picture, where it lost out to Gone with the Wind.
Disney revisited Baum's story in 2013 with Oz the Great and Powerful, a loose prequel »
Mindy Kaling and the cast are welcoming Grey's Anatomy and Scandal producer Shonda Rhimes to the Fox comedy, TVLine reports. Rhimes will make her acting debut in a fall episode where she will play herself, though her storyline is still under wraps. We wonder if she'll write it herself!
Photos: The Stand-Out Styles at the Emmy Awards
The site notes that Rhimes is a super-fan of the show and Kaling's comedy.
With the release date fast approaching, The Interview, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's follow-up to their directorial debut This Is the End, has launched a viral site for Skylark Tonight, the talk show James Franco's Dave Skylark hosts in the movie. There is quite a lot going on with the site, which definitely builds up the hype for the movie, especially the below video, a fake Skylark Tonight segment made for the recent Vma's. Skylark is definitely one of Franco's best characters to date. Released: 25th December (U.S.)/ 30th January 2015 (Irl/U.K.) »
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Sony Pictures has launched an official website for their upcoming Christmas comedy The Interview. The viral site revolves around James Franco as talk show host Dave Skylark, who has been tasked with assassinating a North Korean dictator under the guise of a celebrity interview.
Skylark Tonight (clickHere) is now live and offers an extended red-band version of Dave Skylark's Very Special Vma Special, which aired in the week leading up to the MTV Video Music Awards.When visiting the site, you'll also find red carpet celebrity interviews from Skylark Tonight intern Joe Mandel. There are also character bios for Dave and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen), and blog entries from the Producer's Desk, which includes a Q&A mail bag.
Take a look at some of the videos available on Skylark Tonight:
Dave Skylark, who hails from Dallas, TX, knew from an early age that he wanted two things: »
Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12) will play a young Snoop Dogg in Universal’s Straight Outta Compton, which tells the rise and fall of legendary rap group N.W.A. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-e), Aldis Hodge (Mc Ren), and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella) as N.W.A. members; Paul Giamatti will co-star as Jerry Heller, manager to the group. Stanfield will play rising rap star, Calvin Broadus Jr. (a.k.a. young Snoop), who will cross paths with N.W.A. The film also stars Sheldon A. Smith »
- C. Molly Smith
Although The Interview, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's second project as a writing and directing team, won't hit theaters until December 25, the film's viral marketing is in full swing. Earlier this month, James Franco hosted a faux Vma special in-character as entertainment reporter Dave Skylark. Now, Skylark is back with an interactive website that you check out here or by clicking on the banner image above. »
Hosting a major awards show is a thankless task. Just ask David Letterman and Seth MacFarlane. (Don’t even bother asking James Franco.) Seth Meyers, who won almost unanimous praise for hosting the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2011, received mixed reviews in his first stint as Emmy host Monday night, with his hometown tabloid detractors pointing to a perception of passiveness that yielded the stage to other, more dynamic performers. But perhaps he should be commended for sharing the spotlight so generously, letting others shine, and keeping the three-hour show moving. Nothing wrong with getting by with a little help from one’s friends, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Main Street during The Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st year,up until recently this hallowed Labor Day weekend event has long been a quiet fixture on the festival circuit. As most of the festival world knows, the escalating word of mouth about the quality of Telluride’s unofficial premieres caused the Toronto International Film Festival to issue an ultimatum to those hoping to land choice spots in the fall line-up: if you choose to screen at Telluride first, your film will be pushed back on Tiff’s slate. Realistically- Toronto has little to fear from Telluride besides buzz. »
- Lane Scarberry
“Kill Bill” star Daryl Hannah has joined the cast of Justin Kelly's indie drama “Michael,” which stars James Franco as an anti-gay pastor who used to be gay himself, TheWrap has learned. Kelly is directing from a script he co-wrote with Stacey Miller, based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis’ New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend.” Story follows Michael Glatze (Franco), a gay activist from Wyoming who renounced his homosexuality after enduring years of abuse and became a conservative Christian minister. Also read: Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah Among 14 Cast Members Revealed for Netflix's ‘Sense8' Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts co-star in the film alongside. »
- Jeff Sneider
Last week on VH1 was all about the unexpected. We covered male celebrities who look way better in make up than women, Chris Pratt when we was homeless in Hawaii, the return of the tacky celebrity cornrow trend and more.
James Franco is one of the many male celebrities who went bleach blonde and really shouldn’t have. [VH1] Chris Pratt shared an adorable photo of his younger self posing in front of the Scooby Doo van he used to live out of in Hawaii before he hit Hollywood. [VH1] View Photo Gallery Don’t panic but Jared Leto rocks a bold red lip better than you. [VH1] Cornrows aren’t for everyone but this trend has been sweeping the summer once again. [VH1] Remember when ‘N Sync made a cameo on The Simpsons? [VH1]
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- Diane Cho
James Franco fired back at a Gawker writer who complained about being blacklisted from the premiere party for the actor-director's new documentary, “Kink.” “Aww, did Gawker get disinvited to the ‘Kink’ party?” Franco joked Friday in an Instagram caption that ran alongside a screenshot of the offending Gawker article authored by Rich Juzwiak. Also read: Gawker Addresses Jezebel's Rape Gif Issue Juzwiak's article, headlined “The Time We Got Disinvited from James Franco‘s Party,” was a frustrated account about being jerked around by Franco's representatives. Franco isn't buying it. “Rich, nothing against you. I didn't even know we were supposed to talk, »
- Travis Reilly
Oscar-winning actress pays tribute to the late Robin Williams, with whom she co-starred in one of the comedian and actor’s final films.
Melissa Leo, who won an Oscar for her role in The Fighter, has spoken about Robin Williams calling the late comedian and actor “a very, very special human being and a very, very fine and hardworking actor.”
Leo starred in one of Williams’ final films, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.
Speaking to ScreenDaily at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where she is on the competition jury, Leo said: “He’s a magical man… It’s a great loss for all of us.”
The actress also recalled their connection over TV series Homicide: Life on the Street, in which Leo starred in nearly 80 episodes and Williams once guest starred in 1994.
“As we were working, I must’ve mentioned to Robin that I was going to work with Jake Gyllenhaal [on Prisoners] and Robin remembered that Jake was his »
James Franco should be sleepy. It's after midnight, and he's just wrapped a long shoot on the indie Michael, where he stars as an ex-gay activist struggling with his sexuality. Most actors would spend their twilight hours heading to bed or studying the next day's script pages, but the idea of rest is almost anathema to a compulsive multitasker like Franco, who's instead taken that free time to call up Vulture to discuss pornography — specifically, the sadomasochistic kind.Franco's latest project, Kink, is steeped in the subject: Directed by Christina Voros, a cinematographer who's shot many of Franco's low-budget indies, the movie is a behind-the-scenes look at Kink.com, a porn website that specializes in rough trade. In front of the camera, performers are flogged, punched, and humiliated, but Voros's camera captures the easygoing creative meetings where those scenes are concocted and the mundane reality of the directors negotiating with »
- Kyle Buchanan
Out this weekend in New York City, Kink seeks to tell the behind-the-scenes story of Kink.com, a successful fetish website that trades in pornography where people let themselves go by being tied up. If the little hairs are starting to stand up, just wait until you get a load of a trailer filled with super sexy talking heads speaking with dry maturity about orgasmic necessities and liking what they do. Also, there’s going to be a lot of moaning. They really, really like what they do. The film comes from director Christina Voros, who has done a large amount of camera and cinematography work in only a little under a decade. She’s now a go-to Dp for James Franco’s projects (As I Lay Dying, Child of God, Maladies), and he’s also a producer on her sexploratory project here. Check out the trailer for yourself, and make sure your office door is closed »
- Scott Beggs
A new trailer for the James Franco-produced documentary “Kink” gives viewers a glimpse into the world of pleasurable pain that Kink.com produces for fans of Bdsm content. The preview (above) teases a lot of nudity accompanied by whips, chains and leather as director Christina Voros takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the web's largest producer of pornography tilted toward those who get off on bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism. See video: James Franco's Genius Movie Brain Is Tested in Jimmy Fallon's 5 Second Challenge Perhaps surprising to some, everyone working on set seems pretty nice and friendly — even as »
- Greg Gilman
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