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Forget Bring Your Daughter to Work Day. It looks like Naomi Watts is participating in something way more fun: Be your daughter for the day! The only confusing thing is that the Birdman actress doesn't technically have a daughter. We're just going to assume she stole this from a friend's kid. Maybe her good mate Nicole Kidman? Although the denim sack could technically be an oversized shirt that one of her two sons would wear, and that scooter is definitely from their side of the backyard shed. Bottom line: The Impossible star is taking a much-deserved break from red carpet wear during a stroll around an L.A. farmers market. The straw hat and shades serve as an attempt at a disguise »
The truth about Beyoncé and Jay-z‘s decision to skip Kim and Kanye’s wedding finally emerges, Andi Dorfman makes girls all over the country sad, Freddie Prinze, Jr. has some fighting words under that million dollar smile, and more of what you missed while you were catching z’s.
Did Beyoncé and Jay-z skip out on the Kimye wedding to protect their social status? [Hollywood Life] The Twittersphere exploded when Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman accepted a marriage proposal from Josh Murray on last night’s finale. ’90s hottie Freddie Prinze, Jr. said he wanted to quit acting after working with Kiefer Sutherland. [Us Weekly] Naomi Watts channels her inner stripper in the Vincent trailer. [Just Jared] Die Hard star James Shigeta passed away at 81. [Variety] The New York Post argues that the Real Housewives franchise is officially dead. Do you agree? [NY Post] Martha Stewart gives her two cents on Blake Lively‘s lifestyle blog. [Naughty But Nice Rob] Audrina Patridge and »
- Taylor Ferber
Legendary excited audiences today at San Diego Comic-Con with their official announcement of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla sequel, but that wasn’t the only monstrous fan-favorite character up the studio’s sleeve. The panel concluded with the surprise announcement that a new King Kong film is in the works, titled Skull Island, and it already has a release date for November 4th, 2016.
The last time we saw the monstrous gorilla on the big screen was in Peter Jackson’s eponymous 2005 remake starring Jack Black, Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, and motion capture legend Andy Serkis as Kong. He’s currently impressing audiences around the world with his portrayal of another primate, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Caesar… could he return for Skull Island?
The new film was announced via teaser footage, which consisted of a race across a restless ocean, and through the foliage and rocks on a deserted island. »
- James Garcia
In an odd turn of events, this list has a number of films that don’t have English-language titles. They just go by whatever the original title was. Good for us. What we do see in this portion of the list is a few movies that weren’t really created specifically to be horror films, but their themes and visuals made it so. In addition, we have some heavyweights of non-horror cinema creating horror films that push the genre all the more upward. “Thinking man horror,” if you will.
20. Le locataire (1976)
English Language Title: The Tenant
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski has made one of the greatest horror “trilogies” of all time with 1965′s British production Repulsion, 1968′s American production Rosemary’s Baby, and 1976′s French production The Tenant, completing his “Apartment Trilogy.” Unlike the other two, Polanski actually stars in The Tenant as Trelkovsky, a reserved man renting an apartment in Paris. »
- Joshua Gaul
The Venice lineup was announced on Thursday, with a slew of Hollywood actors in its ranks. Among the red carpet names with movies set to premiere include: Jennifer Aniston, Elle Fanning, James Franco, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Bill Murray, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Owen Wilson. A few celebs are even planning on doubling down at the festival. To organize a star at festival premieres involves a huge chunk out of the marketing budget. Landing a star for two films in one place can be a great coup for any distributor. This year at Cannes, Robert Pattinson made
- Ariston Anderson
This morning in Rome, Biennale president Paolo Baratta and Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera unveiled the lineup for the 71st Venice Film Festival, which features some extraordinarily exciting titles and intriguingly under-the-radar picks.
Twenty films will be competing in the main competition, 19 of which are world premieres with one international premiere out of the lot. Out of all the titles at Venice this year, Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton and features a star-studded cast including Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, is undoubtedly the title with the most chance of gaining Oscar attention this year after making the rounds on the festival circuit (it’s heading to the Toronto International Film Festival next).
Also anticipated are Manglehorn, a collaboration between Prince Avalanche helmer David Gordon Green and Al Pacino, and Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill, with Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, January Jones and Zoe Kravitz. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Rome – Venice topper Alberto Barbera has unveiled a promising lineup of fresh fare from around the world set to unspool at the 71st Venice Film Festival, with a rigorous focus on quality, discovery and diversity, likely to reveal some under-the-radar awards-season contenders and also bolster the Lido’s status as a global launching pad for prime auteur pics.
The robust U.S. contingent, largely from the indies, comprises new works from David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Joe Dante, James Franco, Barry Levinson, Michael Almereyda, and Ami Canaan Mann.
As is customary at Venice, new works from name global auteurs, including Fatih Akin, Xavier Beauvois, Abel Ferrara, Andrei Konchalovsky, Shinya Tsukamoto, Amos Gitai, and Moshen Makhmalbaf, will play alongside pics by lesser-known helmers.
At a packed presser at Rome’s Hotel St.Regis Venice topper Alberto Barbera noted that “our job is more complex, more painful, because »
- Nick Vivarelli
Disney has announced Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will hit theaters on July 7, 2017. No other details are known though Johnny Depp is expected to star and, for the moment, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are still attached to direct. After leaving the Ant-Man production, it looks like Edgar Wright has found his next film in Baby Driver, a crime-themed action thriller of which he will write and was first attached to back in 2008 when it was referred to as a wild spin on the action and crime genre which will be set in the Us. Nothing else is known at this time. Deadline Cameron Crowe's untitled new film starring Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper was set to hit theaters on Christmas Day, but has now been bumped to May 29, 2015. I guess Sony thinks they may have a summer hit on their hands and not much of an awards player. Nothing wrong with that. »
- Brad Brevet
The line-up for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival has been announced, and as usual, that means news of other creative types involved in some of your most anticipated films of the year. And usually, the reveals are music related. Yesterday’s announcements were not much different and unveiled a plethora of good talent involved in upcoming Tiff pictures. According to the Tiff site, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has scored Noah Baumbach’s upcoming dramedy “While We’re Young” starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts among others (first look photos are here). This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise for fans of the filmmaker or Murphy. The musician scored the director’s 2010 comedy “Greenberg” and even had a little walk-on blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo. In case you’ve forgotten, that score was the opposite of Murphy's electronic/dance music work and more in the vein of Baumbach’s beloved Ram album by Paul McCartney. »
- Edward Davis
Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are: While We’re Young (Directed by Noah Baumbach) starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin. Force Majeure (Directed by Ruben Östlund) starring Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju and Fanni Metelius. Coming Home (Directed by Zhang Yimou) starring Chen Daoming and Gong Li. A Second Chance (Directed by Susanne Bier) starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th-14th. Via Tiff. While We're Young Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned »
- Evan Dickson
Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée’s next project will be Demolition, a drama about a bereaved investment banker. The film has a strong male lead in Jake Gyllenhaal, whose mournful but attractive face will surely put asses on seats, but who to pick for the main female role? Luckily Vallée has a fine candidate in his sights, reportedly entering discussions with Naomi Watts for the part. If agreement is reached she’ll play a single mother who helps Gyllenhaal start a new chapter. The script is by Bryan Sipe and was acquired via the The Black List.
I don’t usually bang on about how great I think people are, but Watts is my favourite actress so I’m all for this. Anything that can steer her away from another Movie 43 or Diana is fine in my book. Intriguingly a certain John Malkovich has a producer credit, so »
- Steve Palace
After his Dallas Buyers Club became one of the most critically lauded movies of 2o13, landing six Oscar nominations and winning two (for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s performances), Jean-Marc Vallee quickly proved himself to be one of the most promising directors working today, and he looks set to return to the Oscar stage next year with Wild, a Reese Witherspoon-powered awards contender. How do you follow up two projects as impressive and intriguing as those? In Vallee’s case, he’s sticking to his guns with Demolition, a story of individuals struggling against seemingly insurmountable obstacles both internal and external.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as “a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife in an auto accident. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction.”
- Isaac Feldberg
Jon Stewart's directorial debut Rosewater, Reese Witherspoon's naturalist weepie Wild and Jake Gyllenhaal's noirish character study Nightcrawler are among the big films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this year. The venerable festival, long considered a key stop for Oscar hopefuls, announced its Galas and Special Presentations lineup this morning, thus signaling the kick-off to this year's awards season.
Something to remember: Noah Baumbach actually has two movies in the can. An untitled project with "Frances Ha" collaborator Greta Gerwig (which we bet hits Telluride) and "While We're Young," which goes to Toronto to make its World Premiere. Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver, this one follows two sets of couples who find their lives intertwined. Here's the official synopsis: Noah Baumbach's exploration of aging, ambition and success, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz co-star and there's no U.S. distributor for this one yet. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.Scroll down for full list
Not to be outdone by the New York Film Festival, which has staked a claim to the world premieres of Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, and Venice, which will open with Birdman, artistic director Cameron Bailey and his team announced on Tuesday (22) close to 50 galas and special presentations.
Two factors are certain to ratchet up the sense of anticipation heading into September. Most of these titles are without Us distribution and that said, it remains to be seen which films will qualify for a coveted first-weekend slot.
Tiff top brass made it clear earlier this year that any title that sneaks into Telluride will be forced to screen after the first four days of the festival. Tiff runs from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
After his recent success with films like Prisoners and Enemy, as well as appearing in a very cool teaser for his upcoming project Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal is enjoying a huge career high at present. And it looks as it he isn’t resting on his laurels, as he has already lined up the next film.
Teaming with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee, Gyllenhaal is to star in Demolition, which follows a young banker who struggles with his emotions after the death of his wife in a tragic accident. Now, The Wrap is reporting that Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive) is about to sign on it join him in the drama.
Watts, soon to be seen in Birdman and Divergent sequel Insurgent, is set to play a drug-taking single mum with whom Gyllenhaal’s character begins a relationship with, and who helps to rescue him from his downward spiral. »
- Scott Davis
Gyllenhaal plays a young investment banker struggling to cope after the tragic death of his wife. During his attempt to put his life back together, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops an unusual relationship with a pot smoking single mother (Naomi Watts). [Source: The Wrap]
Untitled Spielberg Cold War Thriller
Amy Ryan ("Gone Baby Gone"), Alan Alda ("Mash"), Billy Magnussen ("Boardwalk Empire") and Eve Hewson ("The Knick") will star opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War spy thriller at Fox and Dreamworks. Filming begins in September in Berlin and New York.
Hanks will portray an American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 spy plane pilot who »
- Garth Franklin
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
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