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For the second year in a row, former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria and “Extra's” Mario Lopez will split hosting duties at the 2014 Nclr Alma Awards, the organization announced Tuesday. This will be Longoria's eighth time hosting the event, which celebrates Latinos in media and entertainment. Guillermo del Toro has been announced as an honoree at this year's ceremony. The “Pacific Rim” and “Pan's Labyrinth” director will receive the award for Industry Excellence, presented by actress Zoe Saldana. Also read: Guillermo del Toro Tells Robert Rodriguez He Learned Set Design by Watching Opera Also being honored is Netflix's streaming series “Orange Is the. »
- Ryan O'Connell
So many things have been taken from ex-government operative Bryan Mills. In the first “Taken” movie, he had to track down his daughter after she was kidnapped by human traffickers and sold into sexual slavery while traveling in France. In “Taken 2” it was payback. The father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter took Mills and his wife hostage. In “Taken 3” (also known as "Tak3n") Liam Neeson returns as Mills, but no, it’s not what’s left of his dignity that’s taken this time. This time he’s out for revenge. Kidding. This time, he’s framed for a murder he didn’t commit (much more original, no?) Produced and written by Luc Besson, the filmmaker has always used his protégés to helm his action thrillers. Pierre Morel launched his career with the first one and Olivier Megaton (who directed "Colombiana" with Zoe Saldana) helmed the second. »
- Edward Davis
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy has reached another box office milestone this weekend, overtaking the domestic box office hauls of 2008’s Iron Man ($318.3 million) as well as fellow franchise starters Transformers ($319.1 million) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. ($317.6 million) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($314.2 million) with $319.2 million to date.
Globally, Guardians has pulled in $644.3 million, leaving it just half a million short of Thor: The Dark World’s $644.8 million, which would make it the fourth-highest grossing instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With a Chinese release still to come on October 10th, there’s still a good chance that Guardians will hit the $700 million mark, which would make it the fourth superhero movie of the year to do so after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by »
- Gary Collinson
A few days ago we heard a rumour suggesting that William Shatner is wanted for a cameo as James T. Kirk in the upcoming third instalment of Paramount’s rebooted Star Trek franchise, and while Shatner subsequently took to Twitter to deny the speculation, he has now admitted that he has been approached by producer J.J. Abrams with a view to returning in his signature role in what will be the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi series. Speaking at Mashville Wizard World Comic-Con yesterday, Shatner admitted that he’d had a phonecall from Abrams to sound out his interest in a cameo in Star Trek 3:
“So [Abrams] calls and says ‘I’m calling, Bill, because the director of the Star Trek movie, the next one, has had an idea where you might be involved in it. So I am calling to see if you would be interested.’ I said ‘Oh, »
- Gary Collinson
In the latest Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys has a look at the recently announced Deadpool movie – possibly starring Ryan Reynolds – William Shatner’s invovlement in Robert Orci’s Star Trek 3, the latest update on the Power Rangers movie, Ridley Scott talks on Prometheus 2 And Blade Runner 2, Jeremy Renner teases a Hawkeye appearance in Captain America 3 and much, much more…
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…will star Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) alongside regular cast members Chris Evans (Steve Rogers), Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier). He will next be seen in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (official synopsis time…), the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When »
- Oliver Davis
Amazon has made the Marvel Phase Two adventure Guardians of the Galaxy available for pre-order on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, ahead of its release on December 9. We also have potential artwork for the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray, but these images may be changed when Marvel's official announcement is made.
The Combo Pack will include Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray versions along with a digital copy. We'll keep you posted as soon as more details are released.
Guardians of the Galaxy is still playing in theaters, and the superhero adventure is currently the highest-grossing movie of the year, with $314.5 million after just under two months in theaters. This story expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into outer space, following a group of outlaws, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) as they team up to stop the nefarious Ronan the »
In the five months since its snazzy presentation at Digital Content Newfronts, AOL has slowly rolled out its new lineup of original programming. It released Steve Buscemi's Park Bench and season two of iJustine's Hardwired in the spring before debuting the Fullscreen-produced Follow Me and James Franco's Making a Scene in the summer. The fall will be another busy season for AOL; it has announced October arrival dates for five of its original programs. Three of the programs that will debut in October are new original series that will begin their first seasons. As with previous AOL projects, all of these debuts are fronted by recognizable celebrities. Kevin Nealon will host Laugh Lessons, in which well-known comedians will attempt to teach their craft to kids. Zoe Saldana is at the center of My Hero, in which celebrities will set up heartfelt surprises for the people who have changed their lives. »
- Sam Gutelle
Zoe Saldana is getting personal. The pregnant Guardians of the Galaxy star is opening up in a big way in her new AOL TV series My Hero, a new series which follows celebrities as they give uplifting, heartfelt and happy tear-inducing surprises to a special person who helped change their life. Some of the celebs set to appear? Julianne Hough, Maria Menounous and Michelle Monaghan. And in addition to executive producing the series, which is set to debut on Friday, Oct. 24, Saldana is revealing her hero in the first episode. In a first look at My Hero, the private Saldana gets emotional while talking about her personal hero: her single mother, Asalia Nazario. Seriously, we dare you to watch the clip above of the »
L’Oreal's ladies in red! In honor of the launch of the Pure Reds lipstick collection, the French beauty brand released stunning portraits featuring 10 of their beautiful spokeswomen, including Blake Lively, Zoe Saldana, Julianne Moore, and Eva Longoria. The celebrity makeup models, all with their own unique skin tone, posed for a group shot to illustrate L’Oreal’s promise that there’s the perfect red shade for everyone. But the makeup pros also unveiled more intimate photos of the models in smaller clusters, too. The first of these three features Lively, [...] »
After helping to push the total gross of the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond $7 billion at the global box office earlier this week, the James Gunn directed space opera Guardians of the Galaxy has now overtaken the North American haul of Iron Man 2 to become Marvel Studios’ fourth-highest grossing release on domestic soil.
Guardians has grossed $313.7 million in North America to date, compared to Iron Man 2’s $312.4 million, and will go on to surpass the original Iron Man later this week, with the 2008 McU-launcher sitting on $318.4 million. Internationally, Guardians is on $632.3 million, and currently trails Thor: The Dark World ($644.8 million), Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714.1 million), Iron Man 3 ($1.215 billion) and The Avengers ($1.518 billion).
Guardians of the Galaxy sees Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, »
- Gary Collinson
Everyone knows airports can be more than a little boring. But as Zoe Saldana and her husband, Marco Perego, found out, entertainment can be found in the most unexpected places. While waiting for their designated flight, the happily married couple decided to put their luggage aside and have a little fun near the terminal. Here's a hint: Pole dancing shoes are needed! "Let's do that again!!! Absolute boredom at #Dulles airport," Saldana captioned a hilarious video on Instagram. "#poledancing is difficult under these conditions Hahahaha" Despite a growing baby bump, the actress couldn't help but Lol when she tried to work that pole! Go Zoe! After »
A-listers unite! Wow, talk about a star-studded ad campaign. L'Oreal Paris managed to pull in a ton of Hollywood power players, like Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, Jane Fonda, Julianne Moore and Freida Pinto. The campaign is for the beauty brand's latest lipstick launch, Collection Exclusive Pure Reds. And in the ads, all the women pose clad in white, which of course makes all their red lipstick really pop. The campaign (shot by Norman Jean Roy) also features beauties like Laetitia Casta, Liya Kebede, Natasha Poly and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Even though all the women sport gorgeous red lips—they are all wearing different hues. The idea is that the colors match their varying »
Lady luxe! Pregnant Zoe Saldana stepped out to present at the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 18. And, true to form, the style star glowed in her sweeping, ebony formalwear. The Star Trek actress’ ensemble for the evening included her long black gown complete with a bump-accommodating peplum ruffle, chandelier earrings, a golden cuff on one arm and her adoring husband Marco Perego on the other. Mrs. Perego, 36, also brought one other guest with her: sister Cisely Saldana, who matched her sibling [...] »
Get excited, Star Trek fans! While promoting his new documentary series on Today, Zachary Quinto hinted that the third installment in the Star Trek franchise could be coming sooner rather than later. "I think it's on the horizon," the 37-year-old actor, who plays Spock, said. "Things are rumbling, so I have a feeling that we will be in production sometime in the next six months." Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana are expected to reprise their roles as Captain Kirk and Uhura in the upcoming movie, but J.J. Abrams will not return as director. The 48-year-old filmmaker announced his departure in September 2013 and said, "I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it »
One of the rare films to play at both Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear. Based on her own childhood experiences, the film takes place in 1978 Boston and stars Mark Ruffalo as a manic-depressive father struggling to raise his young daughters while also trying to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana). Loaded with fantastic performances and a great script that’s able to keep Ruffalo sympathetic even when he’s causing serious problems, Forbes’ debut feature really impressed me, and you should look forward to seeing it for yourself next year in theaters. Shortly after the Tiff premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Maya Forbes. During the interview she talked about getting to be part of Sundance and Tiff, her first cut of the film and what she cut out, the subject matter and how there is an element of fortuitousness »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
One of the rare films to play at both Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear. Based on her own childhood experiences, the film takes place in 1978 Boston and stars Mark Ruffalo as a manic-depressive father struggling to raise his young daughters while also trying to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana). Loaded with fantastic performances and a great script that's able to keep Ruffalo sympathetic even when he's causing serious problems, Forbes' debut feature really impressed me and you should look forward to seeing it for yourself next year in theaters. Shortly after the Tiff premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Mark Ruffalo. During our wide-ranging conversation, he talked about how he still gets nervous taking on roles, how he's started pulling from dreams when putting together his characters, his preparation process for each part, how the project changed along the way, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
If the continued success of Guardians of the Galaxy is any indication, audiences really only want to know more and more about the Marvel film, and the good news is that writer/director James Gunn is around to deliver. He has been sharing behind-the-scenes info and photos from his movie for months now, and this week it seems he.s hit a theme of .deleted scenes. Yesterday we learned about a musical sequence that had to get the axe, and today we have a new story about a little extra pelvic sorcery the movie almost included. The story begins with this photo of a beautiful woman that Gunn posted on his Instagram page: This beautiful blue actress/model is Simara Dixon, who was originally going to be featured early in Guardians of the Galaxy when Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Rocket and Groot »
Director Peter Jackson helped push the envelope of frame rate technology by presenting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the high frame rate (Hfr) of 48 frames per second, double the industry standard of 24 Fps. Now it seems filmmaker James Cameron may go even further with his upcoming Avatar sequels, Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 by filming at 120 frames per second.
Douglas Trumbull, who developed a 4K 3D system that is shot at 120 Fps dubbed Magi, revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has spoken with James Cameron's producing partner Jon Landau about using this technology on the Avatar follow-ups. Here's what Douglas Trumbull had to say about setting up a screening of his short film Utofog, which showcases the Magi technology.
"I know that Cameron admired Showscan [Trumbull's earlier invention of a large-format high-frame rate projection system] and that he is a huge advocate of high frame »
Landau has requested a screening of short film Ufotog, which is being used as a showcase for the Magi process.
"I know that Cameron admired Showscan [Trumbull's earlier invention of a large-format high-frame rate projection system] and that he is a huge advocate of high frame rates [HFRs]," said Trumbull.
"The use of HFRs for Avatar would be very appropriate and very successful.
"I don't know if Cameron is interested [in using Magi for the Avatar sequels]. He's in seclusion writing the screenplay for Avatar. I am talking to Jon Landau, and we plan to have a screening [of Ufotog] soon."
Trumbull has said that he is in talks with other directors about Magi.
"It delivers extreme fluidity of motion and amazing clarity with no strobing, no double flickering and a viewing »
'No Good Deed' movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in 'No Good Deed') Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film's plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics' derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist »
- Zac Gille
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