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Woody Harrelson married his girlfriend of 20 years, fellow Cheers star Laura Louie. Guests at the Hawaii ceremony included Owen Wilson, Sean Penn, and Alanis Morrisette. - Us Weekly NYPD is beefing up security in Times Square on New Year's Eve due to the expected pandemonium when The Jonas Brothers take the stage. - People Newly announced Golden Globe presenters include Blake Lively, Drew Barrymore, Sacha Baron Cohen, Aaron Eckhart, Amy Poehler, and more. - Et Online Grey's Anatomy star Chyler Leigh announced that she is expecting her third child with husband Nathan West. - People Zooey Deschanel recently got engaged to Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. - E Online Mia Farrow's 35-year-old daughter Lark Previn died on Christmas Day after battling an illness for many years. - Nydn Source »
By Michelle Orange
A right-minded woman from England once said, "I write about love and money. What else is there?" And if Jane Austen were alive and running a movie studio today, she'd find her two-pronged sensibility more sensible than ever -- particularly that second bit. Long a plot lynchpin for any number of genres -- heist, noir and western in particular -- money and how to get it has been the focus of a fistful of this year's films, suggesting a niche of their own for these tough times: The Recession Jam.
Whether it be by dint of timing or more prescient design, several films either touched on or took as their central focus the plight of Americans living on the economic edge, and what lengths they will resort to to make ends meet. The following is a list of films that provide a little company for your misery, »
- Michelle Orange
Three more stars have been added to the star-studded list of presenters for next month's 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards! Gossip Girl hottie Blake Lively, The Dark Knight's Aaron Eckhart and newly minted CSI lead Laurence Fishburne will all hand out awards at the ceremony in January. The new presenters join an array of big- and small-screen stars like Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, The Mentalist's Simon Baker, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez, who had already been announced. Funnymen Sacha Baron Cohen, Ricky Gervais and Seth Rogen will also be on hand, as will new mom Amy Poehler. Eckhart's »
- Lauren Charlip
The 66th annual ceremony is scheduled to take place on 11 January at the Beverly Hilton in California. »
Gold Derby nuggets: Meet the secret Oscars marketers | 'Nixon' back on campaign trail | Amy Poehler and J. Lo join Golden Globes presenters • Lisa Taback pushing "Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Cynthia Swartz hyping "Revolutionary Road" are heavyweight Oscar campaigners who step out from behind the shadows in this Washington Post article by Dan Kois. It's amazing he got them to talk! We Oscar bloggers work with these folks daily, but they usually freak out when you ask to quote them. • Speaking of Oscar campaigners, Tony Angellotti is now in full battle mode just days before nomination ballots get mailed to academy members. New York Times Carpetbagger David Carr seems flabbergasted »
After only catching bits and pieces of new Saturday Night Live episodes over the past few years, and finding only about 39% of those bits and 27% of those pieces funny in any way, I was glad to see the show step up its game a little in 2008. It was, of course, mostly thanks to the endless comic fodder provided by the presidential campaign, with Tina Fey's star-making turns as Sarah Palin and the four-for-four run on the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates and Amy Poehler's moose-killing rap. But the political funnies really upped the ante, and I found a lot more than usual to laugh at. Here are my picks for the seven funniest apolitical SNL sketches of 2008. (Oh, and for the record: "Fartface" may now be just crappy enough for the internet-- the video is finally online-- but it's still my pick for totally dumbest SNL sketch of »
It was previously announced that Simon Baker, Drew Barrymore and Sacha Baron Cohen would co-host The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards together and now it’s been announced that Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler and Seth Rogen will join them.
The show is to be telecast live on NBC Sunday, January 11 (8 - 11 P.M. Est) at The Beverly Hilton.
A good reason to tune in is to see Steven Spielberg be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field.” A worthy recipient, I’m sure you’ll agree.
What I’ve always found to be of worth in The Golden Globes is the fact they give out awards for both movies and TV shows. Although they have some pretty dumb categories, such as “Best Musical or Comedy” (what in the heck do those two have to do with one another? »
- Ross Miller
Chicago – Fox animation tries to keep pace with DreamWorks and Disney with their high budget, extras-packed release of “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who”, an entertaining animated adventure but a Blu-Ray release that does nothing to rise above average.
With a mediocre video and audio transfer, a frustratingly organized collection of special features, and the fact that the highlight of the package is essentially a commercial for another movie, the Blu-Ray release of “Horton Hears a Who” has to be considered a disappointment, even if the film itself is more consistently enjoyable than most adaptations of the legendary author.
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who is available on DVD/Blu-Ray on December 9, 2008.
Jim Carrey voices the title character, a playful pachyderm named Horton who happens to hear a sound coming from microscopic speck of dust. Horton discovers an entire community known as Who-ville existing on that floating orb and realizes »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
They say if you can't laugh, you'll cry. Well over the weekend, Saturday Night Live personified that laughing through the tears sentiment with Amy Poehler's simultaneously emotional and hilarious farewell to the show she has called home for eight seasons.
In September, Amy announced her departure, and Saturday's show was her last. It was memorable, to say the least.
Amy joined the cast in 2001, and in 2004 took her place alongside Tina Fey at the "Weekend Update" anchor desk. Over the years she has appeared in more than 140 shows and created numerous characters from Dakota Fanning the TV host, to Kaitlin the hyper 10-year-old, Amber the one-legged model and — of course — Hillary Clinton the presidential candidate.
So, to mourn Amy's departure, let's do as she did and laugh a little through the tears. Please enjoy a few of her best performances.
The genius of Amy's Sarah Palin rap in rhyme, »
- dorothy snarker
They may not have been on SNL this weekend, but Cameron Diaz and Casey Affleck were among the celebrities who came to the after party late Saturday night. Casey went with a layered look while Cameron looked effortlessly fabulous as usual. Amy Poehler also stepped out to celebrate after starring in the show and delivering her final farewell during Weekend Update, which you can watch below. Apparently NY Governor Paterson wasn't amused by his portrayal in the sketch, but mostly it was sweet to hear her heartfelt goodbye. Of course this won't be the last we hear from Amy who is one of your new favorite celebrity parents of 2008. I'm sure there were more than a few goodbye toasts at the after party and we certainly wish Amy congrats as she moves onto her new projects and raising Archie. To see more from the party as well as Amy Poehler's goodbye just read more. »
Last night's Saturday Night Live was, to put it bluntly, horrible. Ridiculous sketches, messed up cues, awkward timing, a wasted Hugh Laurie—what was that singing lamp sketch about, anyway? That actually made it past the dress rehearsal? Even the Blagojevich cold open was boring. And don't get me started on what Kanye was doing. Really, Hugh Laurie deserved better. More importantly, Amy Poehler deserved better for her last show ever. That's right, Poehler's had her last performance on SNL (although I suspect they'll ask her to guest whenever they need another Hillary Clinton sketch). Last night at the end of her final Weekend Update, she said her thanks and bid adieu. It got to a point where she almost cried, eyes welling up, but then Fred Armisen broke all the seriousness.
- Arya Ponto
"Saturday Night Live"'s Amy Poehler said good-bye last night during her last performance on the NBC comedy show. The farewell came during the Weekend Update news segment in which Poehler appears with Seth Meyers. "I just want to take a moment to thank everybody. This is my last show," Poehler told viewers and co-workers. "It has been an amazing experience to be here. Being able to do over 140 shows with my friends and my family has been a dream come true." In true 'SNL' style, the last segment Poehler appeared in included a comedy bit in which a man portraying New York Gov. David Paterson, who is legally blind, wandered in front of the cameras on the Weekend Update set, partially blocking Poehler and Meyers. Finally in view again, Poehler continues her good-bye: "Anyway, I would like to say thank you to everybody. I love you and »
I'm so tempted to just begin and end with The Dark Knight. Even stacked against a myriad of films, this sucker would hold up. In this case, Batman picked the perfect time to slide his way onto DVD shelves -- nothing else comes close to the power of Heath Ledger's Joker surrounded by the likes of Bale, Eckhart, Gyllenhaal, and Oldman. I doubt I need to extol the virtues of this film, so I'll just say: Buy It, as a single-disc, double-disc, limited edition, or Blu-ray. Click here for all the details.
Horton Hears a Who!
But ... if you want something a bit more family oriented, Horton is the way to go. This new CG feature, based on the classic Dr. Seuss tale, was a stunning collection of famous comedic voices attached -- Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Dan Fogler, Isla Fisher, »
- Monika Bartyzel
Just six weeks after giving birth to bouncing baby Archie Arnett on Oct. 25, Amy Poehler made a surprise return to Saturday Night Live. Poehler reprised her impression of Sen. Hillary Clinton during Saturday's cold open and co-anchored "Weekend Update" with Seth Meyers. "You thought I was gone, didn't you?" said Poehler as Clinton with a wink. Read what else happened after the jump...
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- Mickey O'Connor
Yesterday we shared with you the competition slate for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, which, depending on the paper you read, was full of the dark and disturbing or the sad and melodramatic. Good to know we'll be smiling in the cold mountains of Utah come January. Today, the Sundance Institute has announced their non-competition films; this includes the Premieres section, which is usually full of studio flicks -- stuff that's set to debut in theaters the following month or so, and films that feature big stars; the big guns. Then we have the Spectrum section (with 16 dramatic films and seven docs), the Midnight section (eight films), and the Frontier section (six films).
Among the ones that stand out to me at first glance are:
- Erik Davis
First off, the best news, as I predicted (in private) Duncan Jones' Moon will be premiering, yay! The comedy Adventureland starring the talented Bill Hader is playing. The sweet kid soldier film Johnny Mad Dog is playing in the spectrum section, and the Jesco White story White Lightnin' which we reported on earlier is in the Park City at Midnight section.
But where the hell is Stingray Sam?
Full list after the break.
* "Brooklyn’s Finest," directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Michael C. Martin, a drama about three Brooklyn cops who come together at the same deadly location. With Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle and Ellen Barkin.
4 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, this section offers the latest work from American and international directors and world premieres of highly anticipated films.
Adventureland / U.S. (Director-screenwriter: Greg Mottola)
In 1987, a recent college graduate takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park and discovers the job is perfect preparation for the real world. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader. World premiere
After enduring vastly different career paths, three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location. Cast: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin. World premiere
Earth Days / U.S. (Director: Robert Stone)
The history of our environmental undoing through the eyes of nine Americans whose work and actions launched the modern environmental movement. World premiere, closing-night film
Yesterday ABC and CBS released their mid-season plans, today the CW and NBC have done so. The only real news from NBC's release is that the network has, not surprisingly, given the Feb. 1 post-Super Bowl slot to "The Office." And on Feb. 2, "Chuck" will return with its special 3-D episode, alongside the new "volume" of "Heroes." A few other quick notes: The Amy Poehler comedy that "Office" writers are working on is still unscheduled. (Trivia buffs among you may recall that at NBC's TCA press conference last summer, NBC co-chair Ben Silverman said there would be two projects »
3 December 2008 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
NBC's hit comedy "The Office" will get the coveted post-Super Bowl spot next year, while the new drama "Kings" will take over for "ER" on Thursday nights after the long-running medical drama airs its series finale.
The post-Bowl position is considered the most valuable piece of programming real estate on television, exposing a series to tens of millions of viewers. NBC will air a special one-hour episode of its Emmy-winning comedy after the game concludes Feb. 1.
" 'The Office' is a perfect fit for after the Super Bowl," NBC scheduling chief Mitch Metcalf said. "It's going to be a hilariously funny hour, and I think people will be in the mood to laugh after the big game."
With NBC's ratings severely depressed this fall, the Super Bowl telecast presents a valuable opportunity to bring viewers back to the network. NBC had the choice of several options for the post-Bowl spot, including launching "Kings, »
- By James Hibberd
The January 2009 issue of Vanity Fair magazine devotes the cover and a lengthy article to writer/producer/TV star Tina Fey, whom AfterEllen.com readers voted the hottest woman of 2008 earlier this year because she's smart, sexy, funny, feminist, and gay-friendly. (Tina's response? She told a magazine she was "flattered" to top the AfterEllen.com list, because "I think those girls take more of a 3-D picture before they decide they like somebody.")
Maureen Dowd's four-page profile in Vanity Fair is full of great information and new comments from/about Tina, on topics ranging from 30 Rock, sexism, Sarah Palin, that scar on her cheek, and why she didn't have many dates in high school.
In the beginning of the article, Tina and her husband Jeff recount a story about how, when they were first dating, he and some of his friends suggested they go to a strip club "ironically. »
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