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What makes a Movie Star? A dyed-in-the-wool, honest-to-God Movie Star, especially in the 21st Century? Movie stars aren't just talents that set fire at the box office, or pick up statues at the Oscars. Movie stars sometimes aren't the finest actors, or the quantifiable difference between a hit and a flop. Movie stars have a little something extra, an added note in their chord, a spark that is recognizably different that sets them apart from "romantic interest" or "lead female" or "that guy from those comedies I watch on a basic cable binge." We had debates raging in the HitFix newsroom. Could actors like Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise be the Aughts' biggest stars, despite beginning their reigns in earlier decades? What about someone like Jennifer Lawrence, who really only stepped out as a star in 2010? How about franchise juggernauts like Tyler Perry, Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart? Could filmmakers »
- Katie Hasty
While doing press for his upcoming musical Into the Woods, producer Marc Platt offered updates on two of his upcoming projects, the action-packed sequel Wanted 2 and another musical adaptation, Wicked.
Just a few days before Wanted hit theaters in 2008, Mark Millar, who wrote the comic book the film is based on, revealed that a sequel was already in the works, although we haven't heard much on the follow-up in the six years that followed that initial announcement. Marc Platt reveals that the script is still being developed, and it isn't quite there yet. But the sequel will happen nonetheless:
"We have a script that's getting pretty good. To do a sequel when it wasn't really set up for a sequel - one of our main characters dies in it. You don't want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. »
Topher Grace’s backstage musical comedy One Shot is getting a Broadway vet in Taye Diggs. The singer-actor has joined the cast of the indie film, about a failed star turned stage manager (Grace) who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production to save the show’s opening night. Isaac Rentz is directing from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi; Grace, who’s currently in theaters in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, is also producing.
Diggs will play Malcolm, a flamboyant member of the production. Diggs of course got his start originating the character of Benny in 1996′s Tony-winning Rent, a role he reprised in 2005 when the musical was adapted into a film by Sony and Chris Columbus. By then he was well into a film and TV career with How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Wood, The Best Man, and a run »
- Jen Yamato
Jennifer Lawrence says she was about six years old when she first gave acting a shot. It wasn’t in a community theatre production or a fast-food commercial; it was in her aunt’s loo.
“I remember watching my aunt just tell a story, I was probably five or six, and I went into the bathroom. I didn’t even look in the mirror, it wasn’t about imitating or anything, but I remember I watched her, I watched her mannerisms,” recalls Lawrence, now 24, over the phone from an L.A. junket for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the third of four movies based on Suzanne Collins’ books. “In that bathroom, at her house, when I was six was the first time I ever felt myself feel like somebody else, if that makes any sense and doesn’t make me sound like a psycho.”
To this day, observing people »
- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
Kristen Stewart has not "sworn off" men, despite a ridiculous HollywoodLife report. We will not detail here HollywoodLife's years-long assault on facts and reality when it comes to Stewart. Calling HollywoodLife's reporting "catastrophically bad" is an understatement. But this latest story is one of the dumbest things HollywoodLife has written about Stewart and her ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson in recent memory. »
- Daniel Gates
Kristen Stewart carried her own luggage as she caught a flight out of La on Monday. The actress was dressed for the Fall weather in a Sonic Youth sweatshirt and bright yellow beanie. Kristen's airport stop comes after a very busy weekend, which included Riley Keough's bachelorette party in San Luis Obispo, CA, with a huge group of girlfriends. Before the bash, she attended Friday's 2014 Hollywood Film Awards alongside other stars, like Benedict Cumberbatch, Angelina Jolie, and even her ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson. (Although, Kristen and Robert were not seen interacting at the event.) Before that, Kristen linked up with Julianne Moore to premiere their latest project, Still Alice, at the AFI Fest in La. »
Though director Olivier Assayas’ latest project, Idol’s Eye, looks to have been shelved due to funding issues, his film Clouds of Sils Maria is just getting prepped for theatrical distribution here in the states after wowing audiences on the festival circuit. The film premiered at Cannes to a warm reception thanks to its charactorially complex and mysterious tale of an aging actress and her personal assistant which coaxed a pair of stunning performances out of Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in the leading roles.
After the film’s North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September, I had the opportunity to sit down with the soft spoken, but cinematically articulate Assayas to discuss how he came to center the film around aging and how a person’s relationship with art changes as one ages, as well as the film’s strong resemblance of Ingmar Bergman »
- Jordan M. Smith
No nip slips here! Kristen Stewart was back in her signature hipster attire when she recently celebrated close friend Riley Keough's bachelorette party, which took place at the famed Madonna Inn in San Luis Obisbo, Calif. The 24-year-old actress, who first met Riley when the pair filmed 2010's The Runaways together, was snapped strolling outside the establishment with a group of five gal pals, including Keough, who were all sporting similar glammed-out grunge looks. Stewart rocked her favorite Vans sneakers, matching black skinny jeans, a denim jacket and a basic white tee while her Bff wore a cozy sweater and jeans. While Kristen and Riley have clearly maintained a close »
Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.
Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »
- Eric Lavallee
We still can’t get over Kim Kardashian’s booty photo on Paper magazine’s cover. But did the image actually make a splash on the mag’s website? Watch the video above to find out the numbers behind Kardashian’s stunning cover. And since we were in awe of Kardashian’s photo shoot, we may not have realized Kylie Jenner launched a line of hair extensions recently. Once big sister Kim K. showed up at the kickoff party, Jenner lost the spotlight.
Elsewhere in Hollywood, Robert Pattinson tried to avoid his ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart at an awards ceremony. Watch the clip below to hear the lengths the former couple went to to sidestep each other.
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- Rahsheeda Ali
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
It’s not often that one gets to spend 75 minutes talking about the good, bad and ugly sides of indie filmmaking with eight distinguished filmmakers, but that’s precisely what I had the pleasure of doing last Sunday when I moderated the AFI Fest’s Indie Contenders Roundtable, which was presented by The Hollywood Reporter.
Each of the eight panelists were associated with top-notch 2014 indies: writer-director J.C. Chandor (AFI Fest opener A Most Violent Year); writer-director Damien Chazelle (Sundance grand jury and audience award winner Whiplash); Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard (Belgian Oscar submission Two Days, One Night, as well as 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant); Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Toronto selections Nightcrawler and, from 2013, Enemy); actor Bill Hader (a best actor Gotham Award nominee for Sundance selection The Skeleton Twins); actress Michelle Monaghan (Fort Bliss); actress Kristen Stewart (Toronto selection Still Alice, as well as »
- Anjelica Oswald
After years of struggling and eight years of marriage, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott might finally be heading for a split. Plus, Kristen Stewart had an embarrassing moment at the Hollywood Film Awards when she suffered a nip slip with her ex boyfriend Robert Pattinson in the audience. Here are this weekend's top stories: This may finally be the end for Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott. After eight years of marriage — and several years of trouble — the reality stars are headed for a split, sources [...] »
Hollywood Film Awards: What Went Down and Why It Mattered Host Queen Latifah, and Hollywood Career Achievement Award winner Michael Keaton, presented by Geena Davis; Hollywood Film Award winner “Gone Girl,” accepted by Ben Affleck, presented by Ron Howard; Hollywood Director Award winner Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Robert Pattinson; Hollywood Actor Award winner Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Amy Adams; Hollywood Actress Award winner Julianne Moore for “Still Alice,” presented by Kristen Stewart; Hollywood Supporting Actor Award winner Robert Duvall for “The Judge,” presented by Robert Downey Jr.; Hollywood Supporting Actress Award winner Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Christoph Waltz; Hollywood Ensemble Award winner “Foxcatcher” cast (Steve Carell, Channing Tatum), presented by Jonah Hill; Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award winner Shailene Woodley for “The Fault in Our Stars,” presented by Laura Dern; Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award winner Eddie Redmayne »
It's a classic, wardrobe malfunction moment.
The Twilight actress is known for bold fashion, and she wore a mesh top over a white-colored dress. The only problem was that the dress went a little lower than expected when she was on stage.
She did not seem to notice though, and she managed to pull the look off or should we say up?
Check out the detail on the dress from the back. What do you think about Kristen's fashion choice?
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Eek! Kristen Stewart suffered an embarrassing nip slip at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards on Friday, Nov. 14. The wardrobe malfunction happened in front of the star-studded crowd — which included her ex boyfriend Robert Pattinson! The 24-year-old actress was unaware of the mishap as she presented an award to her Still Alice costar Julianne Moore. Though stunning in a sleeveless mesh crop top and cream-colored dress, the ensemble sagged just a little too low while on stage. Like Stewart, Pattinson — now dating singer Fka twigs — [...] »
While you couldn't miss the bizarrely behaved Johnny Depp on stage last night during the first televised Hollywood Film Awards, there was a lot going on that the cameras weren't rolling on inside the Palladium. Here, we give you five things you didn't see on TV: 1. Early Bird: Kristen Stewart was one of the first to take her seat inside the theater. At one point she was all by her lonesome at her table before being joined by Wash Westmoreland, the co-writer and co-director of Stewart's new Oscar-buzzy indie Still Alice. 2. Now You See Me, Now You Don't: Most of the big stars didn't take their seats in the audience during the ceremony. Angelina Jolie, Robert Pattinson, Reese »
This is one way to get the crowd's attention! Kristen Stewart looked beautiful at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards, wearing a white strapless Chanel dress with silver trim and a chain mesh sleeveless turtleneck crop on top. But, her dress went a little too low when she hit the stage to present "Still Alice" costar Julianne Moore with her award -- and she suffered a double nip slip in front of the audience. Even though she had a wardrobe malfunction, we still think she was one of the best dressed celebs at the award show.Check out all the stars on the red carpet in the gallery above, including Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and more!The "Twilight" beauty wasn't the only presenter to raise some eyebrows last night. Johnny Depp took the stage to introduce Shep Gordon, and his odd behavior made him seem drunk. The actor wobbled up »
- tooFab Staff
The 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards kicked off awards season Friday night, and for the first time ever, the event was broadcasted live on CBS. Host Queen Latifah entertained the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium as viewers and attendees got a glimpse of some of this year's major award frontrunners.
"There’s never been anyone better and there likely never will be," Downey said of Duvall, who was equally effusive about his co-star.
"The reason I took the project mainly is because of Robert Downey Jr," Duvall praised. "We spent many good times together."
Duvall also thanked his wife Luciana Pedraza, laughing, "I’ve had a few better halves, but she’s the best better half I’ve ever had."
Going into tonight’s Hollywood Film Awards, there were many questions about the ceremony, as addressed in my colleague Tim Gray’s excellent column earlier this week. But the most burning question being asked before the show was televised for the first time: How big of a train wreck would the show be?
Well, it was pretty shocking. Just ask Johnny Depp, who didn’t even attempt to hide his apparent inebriation while slurring through his presentation. Or host Queen Latifah, who opened with a tasteless bit about “remembering your first time” before quickly abandoning the gag. Or presenter Robert Downey Jr. who delivered the first of many rambling speeches (something about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?) of the night when presenting to “The Judge” co-star Robert Duvall.
The Hollywood Film Awards have always been a questionable affair, but one that was tolerated like the drunk uncle who can’t help himself at holiday dinners. »
- Jenelle Riley
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