11 items from 2017
‘Star Trek Beyond’ (Courtesy: Paramount)
By: Carson Blackwelder
Just as the Star Wars films has been a force to be reckoned with in the best visual effects category, the Star Trek films have done the same in the best makeup and hairstyling category. Over the course of Oscar history — or at least since the addition of this award — this sci-fi franchise has amassed four nominations in this category with one of those being a win and one being up in the air this year. Let’s take a look back and see if history can help us predict how Star Trek Beyond will perform.
Before jumping into the Star Trek goodness, let’s get a little background on the best makeup and hairstyling category, shall we? The category, which features multiple stages of nominating, was first present at the 1982 ceremony with a focus on makeup and didn’t »
- Carson Blackwelder
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The Irish-Ethiopian actress will be honored Feb. 23 at the 12th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, the casual shindig that takes place three days before the Academy Awards at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica.
The filmmaker also emcees the event, and it was just announced that Chris Pine and Catherine O'Hara will serve as presenters.
- Mike Barnes
It’s almost slime time!
Voting opens in 28 categories on Nick.com on Thursday, as well as the Nick app. New categories added this year include BBFs (Best Friends Forever), Favorite Frenemies, Most Wanted Pet and #Squad.
From the looks of the Bff category, Kevin Hart is the ultimate friend — he isn’t nominated just once, but twice. »
- Nicole Sands
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It’s been a long time coming for Justin Kelly’s “I Am Michael.” The drama, starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned a rave review from IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn but failed to find a distributor for well over a year. Fortunately, Brainstorm Media has finally released the drama in theaters and VOD, and it’s a powerful true story that well worth seeking out.
Franco stars as Michael Glatze, a former gay activist and co-founder of the Young Gay America magazine who eventually denounced homosexuality. Quinto plays Glatze’s former boyfriend, while Roberts stars as a young Christian woman Glatze falls for during his religious reawakening.
- Zack Sharf
“I’ve always been proud of who I am -- I came out to my family when I was 17 -- but the movie, that process did awaken something in me,” Charlie Carver, who came out publicly last January, tells Et about making I Am Michael, a new biopic about Michael Glatze, a prominent gay activist who renounced his homosexuality and turned to religion. Directed by Justin Kelly (King Cobra) and based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis' New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend,” the new film sees Carver portraying Tyler, a college student involved in a throuple with Michael (James Franco) and Bennett (Zachary Quinto).
One-half of the Carver twins -- his identical twin brother being Max -- the two are most famous for their joint roles on Desperate Housewives, Teen Wolf and most recently, season one of HBO’s The Leftovers. “I’ve always considered myself very lucky to work with my brother,” Carver says, explaining »
Missy Elliott is back with a catchy new jam.
The iconic rapper debuted her single, "I'm Better," on Friday, along with another super creative new music video to add to her repertoire. Featuring Lamb, the track is a smoother groove than the more fast-pace "Wtf (Where They From)" she released with Pharrell in 2015.
It's a busy time for Missy, who also recently announced a new documentary about her incredible career. The teaser features celebs and industry insiders talking about her influence, including Pharrell and Busta Rhymes.
Elliott's last studio album, The Cookbook, was released in 2005. Since then she's been teasing fans with new music, including her collaboration with Fall Out Boy to remake the Ghostbusters theme song for last years' all-female reboot.
Watch: Flashback -- Missy Elliott Explains Her Unique Sound in 2002
And Missy still has plenty of celebrity fans. Aside from Katy Perry memorably bringing her out »
Michael Glatze – the titular “Michael” of I Am Michael – rocked the Lgbt community with both positive influence and negative poison (a life story that he sold for $75K). His pursuit of purity is what drives Justin Kelly’s biographical drama, playing out an age-old war between religion and homosexuality. An old-school journey through acceptance, everlasting scorn and homosexual damnation with extreme responses to holy turmoil, still socially relevant for openly gay individuals in today’s far-more accepting world. Kelly wants to speak to broader audiences, and he accomplishes just that – but with such an extreme example, are the messages received by all open ears?
James Franco stars as gay icon/bastard turncoat Michael Glatze, who we first meet as a San Franciscan trailblazer for queer acceptance. Michael’s passion is fuelled by helping closeted youths embrace their true personalities, and he does so by managing Xy Magazine with the support »
- Matt Donato
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
As per my Thursday update, M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split ended up winning the weekend but with way more than anyone, including myself, predicted, with more than $40 million for its opening weekend. That’s pretty impressive, and his first movie to open at that level since 2010’s The Last Airbender. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel’s sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage ended up making around where I predicted, taking second place with $20.1 million, not a great sign for the continuation of that franchise. Michael Keaton’s The Founder ended up right around where I predicted with $3.4 million, ending up just outside the Top 10. Hidden Figures, La La Land and Sing continued to do well with minimal drop-offs.
- Edward Douglas
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The Light Between Oceans (drama; Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander; rated PG-13) Inferno (mystery-drama sequel; Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones; available the same day as 4K Uhd, Blu-ray and DVD; rated PG-13) I’m Not Ashamed (drama; Masey McLain, Ben Davies; rated PG-13) I Am Michael (biographical romantic drama; James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts; premieres 1/27 on cable Mod and in theaters; not rated) Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Betrayal and Boss alumna Hannah Ware has signed with CAA. Ware’s credits include the lead role of Sara Hanley in ABC’s Betrayal and a starring role opposite Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto in the Skip Woods feature, Hitman: Agent 47. Previously, she starred opposite Kelsey Grammer in the Starz series Boss. Ware is managed by Cory Richman and Brian Liebman at Liebman Entertainment. She is repped in the UK by Deborah Willey at Independent Talent Group.  … »
Last summer, in the days and weeks leading up to the release of Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the theatrical reboot series, a fourth movie was announced, with quite the surprising twist. Just days before Star Trek Beyond hit theaters, Paramount Pictures confirmed that Star Trek 4 is happening, with Chris Hemsworth set to reprise his role from the 2009 Star Trek adventure as George Kirk, the father of James Tiberius Kirk (Chris Pine). Since George died just as James was being born, father and son never had the chance to meet, until now. While it still remains unclear as to how this will happen, Chris Hemsworth knows that it will be amazing.
11 items from 2017
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