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Emmy predictions slugfest: Will Comedy Guest Actor go to Jon Hamm, Bradley Whitford or ... [Video]

31 August 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Who will win the Emmy for Best Comedy Guest Actor? While Gold Derby editors Marcus James Dixon, Rob Licuria and Riley Chow are split between frontrunners Jon Hamm ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") and Bradley Whitford ("Transparent"), they admit that the trophy is really anyone's to take. Watch our new video slugfest at the bottom of this post. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Last year's winner was Jimmy Fallon for hosting "Saturday Night Live." While he isn't eligible this time around, two other "SNL" hosts are nominated: Louis C.K. and Bill Hader. They are up against past Emmy winners Mel Brooks ("The Comedians"), Paul Giamatti ("Inside Amy Schumer") and Whitford, plus perpetual also-ran Hamm. Hamm plays Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne and contends for "Kimmy Makes Waffles." He has three Emmy nominations this year, bringing his career tot...' »

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Straight Outta Compton review – vibrant account of Nwa’s rise to rap fame

30 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Although laden with rock-pic set pieces, this is an energy-packed drama full of conflict, on and off the stage

Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton was initially due to direct this Nwa biopic, and he may have brought a more nuanced edge to the tale of the band’s controversial cultural status. Instead, F Gary Gray (whose CV includes Friday and Set It Off) plays it rather more straight, following Corey Hawkins’s Dr Dre, Jason Mitchell’s Eazy-e, and O’Shea Jackson Jr’s Ice Cube on a pulsating rags-to-riches journey involving all the usual rock-pic elements: talismanic recording sessions, boisterous concerts, riotous parties (replete with unquestioned misogyny), corrupt managers etc. After his caricatured turn as the svengali-esque Eugene Landy in Love and Mercy, Paul Giamatti offers another wiggy performance as Nwa’s manager Jerry Heller, whose contracts spark rifts between the rappers even as the authorities get federal on their act. »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Straight Outta Compton movie review: men’s anger, but only when it makes them righteous

27 August 2015 1:13 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

The seething rage radiating from the screen elevates this above similar movies. But that rage is truncated in ways that are hard to ignore. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Even you don’t know anything about rap music, you might remember — if you’re old enough — all the late-80s national handwringing in the U.S. over the N.W.A. song “Fuck tha Police.” It’s an angry, incendiary piece of work, and whatever you may have thought about it at the time, or even still to this day, Straight Outta Compton will bring you completely to the side of the young black men who wrote and performed that song, much to the consternation of cultural watchdogs and scared white people. In this biopic of the group, director F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen, Be Cool »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Straight Outta Compton review: A fully loaded rap fairy tale of not giving a f**k

27 August 2015 3:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It would have been hard to make a bad film out of a story and soundtrack as vital and compelling as Nwa's Straight Outta Compton, the riotous 1989 rap record that didn't so much break the charts and shape a genre as part-raze a city and throw a big, dirty spotlight on a country divided.

Stick it on now and it'll still blow away most things you've had on your stereo this year. Its anger tells its own story, visual accompaniment not necessary.

Yet against a backdrop of police brutality, culminating in the infamous Lapd beating of taxi driver Rodney King that triggered the La riots, this self-dramatisation of the group's controversial and life-changing rise to fame and wealth, fuelling the ever-growing status of its stars Dr Dre and Ice Cube in the process, makes for an unlikely crowd-pleaser. It made $60m, more than double its budget, in its opening weekend in the Us. »

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Anton Corbin’s ‘Life,’ Eli Roth’s ‘The Green Inferno’ To Play At Deauville Fest

25 August 2015 9:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Olson will be on hand at the 41st Normandie-set Deauville film festival to receive the  Hollywood Rising Star Awards and present the French premiere of their respective movies, “Life” (pictured above) directed by Anton Corbin, and “The Green Inferno” helmed by Eli Roth.

Following the footsteps of Gail Ann Hurd, Paula Wagner and Brian Grazer, vet producer Lawrence Bender will receive Deauville’s career tribute and participate in a masterclass co-organized by the PGA and the French producers guild, Apc.

Other Deauville honorees will include Terrence Malick, Michael Bay, Orlando Bloom, Keanu Reeves and Ian McKellen.

Deauville’s competition roaster brings together Sophie Barthes’ “Madame Bovary” with Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller and Paul GiamattiRamin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” with Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern, Jon Watts’ “Cop Car,”  Zoe Cassavetes’ “Day Out of Days,” Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope,” Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back” with Sarah Silverman, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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“Straight Outta Compton” is making the case for Oscar consideration

24 August 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

During the end of the summer, any surprise critical and financial success story seems to generate Oscar buzz. Frankly, that’s sort of the case whenever an early year or pre awards season release exceeds expectations. This year however, we have an interesting case to study in the biopic Straight Outta Compton, about the seminal rap group Nwa, which has gone above and beyond any of its goals so far. Now, some are beginning to wonder if the Academy might have an interest. I remain skeptical, but it’s well worth taking a look at. Perhaps the investigation will reveal something? Let’s find out now… The film is a look at the rap group Nwa, how its members came together, and what kind of an impact they had on the culture. Started in the city of Compton, California in the mid 1980’s, the music would spread across the world »

- Joey Magidson

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17 actors impersonating other actors: Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack Nicholson impression is crazy good

24 August 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

You might think you can do a decent Christopher Walken, but really, you can't touch the professionals. Here, from Kevin Spacey to Steve Coogan, are the very finest impersonators in the business (of other people in the business).

1. Kevin Spacey

Actors impersonated: Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, Christopher Walken

To know Kevin Spacey is to know his impersonations. Willing to bust out a Brando at the drop of a hat, the former Old Vic head honcho was more than willing to obey James Lipton's commands during his appearance on Inside The Actors Studio.

Ps - there are Kevin Spacey impressions, then there are Kevin Spacey impressions in front of the people he's impersonating. Ladies and gentlemen, Al Pacino and "Al Pacino".

2. Bradley Cooper

Actors impersonated: Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken, Christian Bale

Everyone can do a Christopher Walken - even if it's a terrible Christopher Walken »

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Straight Outta Compton review: “Outstanding.”

24 August 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Straight Outta Compton review Straight Outta Compton review: Hard-hitting, brutally honest, and still very relevant. This biopic about ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Group’ is one of the best films of the year.

They were quite possibly the biggest band in the world at the end of the 1980s; a group born out of the tough streets of South Central, Los Angeles that would go on to sell millions of records in countries all around the world. N.W.A.‘s brutally honest style, accompanied by the creative, banging beats of Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young, would tap in to the voice of a generation, and while at times grossly offensive, and indeed often politically incorrect, were absolutely mind-blowingly brilliant in their delivery and execution.

Directed by F. Gary Gray, helmer of films like The Italian Job remake, Be Cool and Friday, Straight Outta Compton tells the story of Andre Young, O’Shea Jackson, »

- Paul Heath

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Second Opinion – Straight Outta Compton (2015)

20 August 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Straight Outta Compton, 2015.

Directed by F. Gary Gray.

Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Marlon Yates Jr. and Paul Giamatti.

Synopsis:

The group Nwa emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

In the context of #BlackLivesMatter, F. Gary Gray’s triumphant Straight Outta Compton is more than simply a hip hop biopic. It’s a film of supreme importance, with an impressive awareness as to what should, and shouldn’t be said. Released at a time in which racial tensions are at their rockiest in recent memory, it’s a rallying call against police brutality and a system steeped in institutionalised racism.

Opening in disadvantaged Compton, we find Eric “Eazy-e” Wright peddling drugs while Andre “Dr Dre” Young spins »

- Gary Collinson

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TV News: Billions, Home, Day, Luna, SNL

18 August 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Billions

Kerry Bishe ("Halt and Catch Fire") is set to appear in an episode of Showtime's new drama series "Billions". Bishe plays Elise, an alluring young musician who forces hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) to question his life choices.

The show, which premieres January 17th, stars Paul Giamatti as a savvy U.S. attorney on a collision course with the aforementioned hedge fund manager. [Source: The Live Feed]

Home

TNT has picked up the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama pilot "Home" which was originally setup at Fox. Aron Eli Coleite wrote the pilot and will executive produce alongside Jonathan Littman and Brad Anderson who will direct.

The story follows a newly pregnant woman who has a successful business as an accomplished designer and a wonderful home life with her prison psychologist husband Joe and his two sons. When she discovers long-buried secrets, her perfect life is shattered. [Source: Variety]

Loving Day

Showtime has acquired the »

- Garth Franklin

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Noah Emmerich of ‘The Americans’ to Guest Star on Showtime’s ‘Billions’

17 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Americans” star Noah Emmerich will appear in one episode of Showtime’s upcoming drama “Billions,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Emmerich will play the longtime friend of Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) who joins the billionaire hedge fund honcho on an impromptu road trip that tests the limits of their bond.

Billions,” which debuts Jan. 17, is set in the world of ultra-wealth on Wall Street and revolves around the power politics and finance of New York investment firms.

Lewis (“Homeland”) stars alongside Paul Giamatti, who plays the hard-charging, blue-blooded, politically connected U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades. The cast is rounded out by Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad.

Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin co-wrote and exec produce “Billions,” which is currently in production on the 12-episode series in New York. Neil Burger directed the pilot and will also serve as an exec producer. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Straight Outta Compton earns a whopping $56.1 million

17 August 2015 2:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s been getting rather positive reviews (read ours here), and now the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton has become another big money-winner for Universal, who are already having a great year.

Made on a reported budget of just $28 million, Straight Outta Compton went straight to the number one spot with a whopping $56.1 million domestic box office. This would make it the sixth biggest August opening, knocking off Rise of the Planet of the Apes from 2011.

Along with Jurassic World making it to $1.6 billion and with Furious 7 passing the $1 billion mark and Minions not far behind, it has been a great year for Universal.

See Also: Straight Outta Compton’s F. Gary Gray wants to direct Black Panther

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally »

- Luke Owen

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Straight Outta Compton Buries Fantastic Four at the Box Office

16 August 2015 12:19 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Even with theaters' heightened security and the controversy regarding the film's dismissal of Dr. Dre's well-documented treatment of women, F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton owned its competition this weekend, nabbing $56.1 million. Music biopics tend to falter critically and commercially (Walk the Line notwithstanding), and the film's biggest name, Paul Giamatti, is just a supporting player, so Compton's massive success is impressive, especially considering its competition included Cruise and two different superhero movies. Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation made a comparatively paltry $17.3 million in its third week, bringing its domestic total to $138.4 million so far. Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E., starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, did even worse, only making $13.5 million in its opening weekend. Hammer, who portrayed the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher's The Social Network in 2010, has a poor track record with blockbusters: He starred as the title character in The »

- Greg Cwik

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Watch the 'Straight Outta Compton' Cast Talk N.W.A.

15 August 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Straight Outta Compton arrived in theaters yesterday, and audiences around the country are already responding in huge ways. Early projections pegged it at taking in around $40 million at the box office, but it's already clear that those estimates were way off. Deadline reports that the N.W.A. biopic took in a massive $24.3 million on Friday, en route to an opening weekend that could surpass $60 million. While we wait for the box office estimates to come in tomorrow morning, we thought this was the perfect time to share a slew of video interviews with the cast and filmmakers who brought this incredible true story to life.

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells »

- MovieWeb

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Sound Off: F. Gary Gray's 'Straight Outta Compton' - Your Thoughts?

14 August 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The world's most dangerous times created the world's most dangerous group. Playing in theaters everywhere is F. Gary Gray's film Straight Outta Compton, which profiles the rise of the five musicians that were part of the original rap group N.W.A., rising to fame in the late 80s/early 90s in Southern California. The film stars O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-e, Neil Brown Jr. as Dj Yella and Aldis Hodge as Mc Ren; with Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller and Keith Stanfield as Snoop. So how is the movie? One of this summer's late highlights? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Straight Outta Compton. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also »

- Alex Billington

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Movie Review – Straight Outta Compton (2015)

14 August 2015 9:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Straight Outta Compton, 2015.

Directed by F. Gary Gray.

Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Marlon Yates Jr. and Paul Giamatti.

Synopsis:

The group Nwa emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Billed as a biographical drama centered on revolutionary rap icons Nwa, Straight Outta Compton succeeds in telling the rise and fall story, but it’s also a poignant and relevant film to our current state of society. Thanks to that depth, it actually becomes easy and safe to recommend this movie to anyone, whether they have a soft spot for this genre of music or not. You don’t need a working knowledge of gangster rap to come away with an understanding of the important racially charged social themes explored throughout the »

- Robert Kojder

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, August 14; What Will You See?

14 August 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 14. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Director: Guy Ritchie Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant, Luca Calvani Synopsis: "In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and Kgb operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons." Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (7 reviews) Straight Outta Compton Director: F. Gary Gray Cast: O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown, Jr., Aldis Hodge and Paul Giamatti Synopsis: "In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all »

- Indiewire

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Tops Charts With $5 Million at Thursday Night Box Office

14 August 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Straight Outta Compton” rapped its way to a solid $4.957 million in 2,264 theaters at the Thursday night box office, paving the way for a $40-$50 million opening weekend. Universal and Legendary’s latest music biopic follows the rise of N.W.A, a groundbreaking “gangsta rap” group that changed American hip-hop culture with hits like “F–k Tha Police” and “Express Yourself.” The movie directed by F. Gary Gray stars O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy E, Aldis Hodge as Mc Ren and Neil Brown, Jr. as DJ Yella. Paul Giamatti plays Jerry Heller, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Best of Late Night TV: Kristen Wiig's 'Late Night' Voice-Over and Alicia Vikander's Drinking Game

14 August 2015 12:03 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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 some comedy gold, shall we? Kristen Wiig visited "Late Night" to serve up some alternate dubbed dialogue for Seth's monologue. Her partner in dubbing crime? Fred Armisen.

Meanwhile, Titus Burgess swung by and chatted about working with Tina Fey (aka the Best Boss of All Time), and -- more importantly -- singing Beyonce with her on a private plane. #Blessed

Over on "The Tonight Show," Paul Giamatti spoke about his awesome wig in "Straight Outta Compton," as well as his love for Ice Cube. Honestly, who doesn't love Ice Cube?

Kevin Bacon recently shared a hilarious Tbt of himself as a nerdy teen, which »

- Mehera Bonner

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Film Review: N.W.A. Influences an Era in ‘Straight Outta Compton’

13 August 2015 5:31 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Gangsta rap, like all the revolutionary and society bending genres before it, was formulated from dire frustration and a need to shake up the surroundings that encased their creators. The prime movers of gangsta was the group N.W.A., and their story is told in ‘Straight Outta Compton.’

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The Compton in the title is in southern Los Angeles county, a city known for its African American and Hispanic gangs, with lower and middle working class neighborhoods. This is where gangsta rap was born, from the artistic well of five young men who would challenge the authority of everything around them. “Straight Outta Compton” is a biography film about N.W.A., but it also serves an allegory for institutional racism against the group, and the way they fought against it through their rap art. The film is stark and effective, especially within the sometimes brutal machinery of the music industry in the late 1980s/early ‘90s, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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