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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »
- Ariana Bacle
How does one find the right actor to play Stephen Hawking?
Typically, directors and producers do their homework by reviewing an actor’s previous work, looking for clues in the on-screen moments to inspire confidence that a performer has the goods to breathe life into their character. Actor X can do this because he already did that. But unless Daniel Day-Lewis is in the mix, there really is no film resume that suggests an actor can convincingly portray Hawking, the brilliant British scientist whose body is ravaged by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als or Lou Gehrig’s disease), the motor-neurone disease »
- Jeff Labrecque
Shia Labeouf admitted Wednesday to acting up at a Broadway show, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in one of several episodes of bizarre behavior the former Transformers star has displayed in recent years. Labeouf, whose representatives have said has gotten treatment for an alcohol problem since his June arrest, somberly answered a judge's questions as he pleaded guilty in a deal that involves no jail time or probation. If he stays in treatment for at least three months and out of trouble for six, he will be allowed to withdraw the guilty plea and the case will be dismissed. "Are »
- Associated Press
Shia Labeouf today pled guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from an incident in June in which the Transformers actor caused a scene at a Broadway play. Already well known for his bizarre behavior off-screen (like putting a paper bag over his head while promoting Nymphmaniac), Labeouf was at a showing of Broadway’s latest production of Cabaret (starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams) when he began smoking cigarettes and heckling. When security came to escort him out he began spitting and yelling “Do you know who I am?”
Over the last several years, incidents of Labeouf’s antics have often made the rounds about the media. Stories of alleged drunkenness and drug abuse; arguments at bars and clubs. Since the June incident, however, Labeouf has sought treatment at The Hills facility in L.A. where He is being treated for alcoholism and drug addiction. At sentencing today, the court ruled »
Oxygen's new unscripted music series “Fix My Choir” will debut Nov. 5. The show stars Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams and gospel star Deitrick Haddon, who travel around the country mentoring dysfunctional choirs. The musicians spend a week with each choir, teaching them how to sing and work together in harmony so that they can be taken to the next level. Williams made her name as part of super-group Destiny's Child, but recently she's taken a turn toward gospel. The Grammy winner collaborated with Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland on a Jesus-centered single “Say Yes” in June. Co-star Haddon is a prolific gospel singer, »
- Travis Reilly and Jethro Nededog
Margot Robbie made audiences know her name in a big way last year as Jordan Belfort’s second, more glamorous (sorry, Cristin Milioti) and gloriously assertive Brooklynite, lingerie-designing wife in The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then, she has been racking up the lead roles. It doesn’t take much more than a nod from Martin Scorsese to let everyone know you’re alright. The Australian actress has a full roster of upcoming projects: she stars opposite Will Smith in the rom-com caper Focus, will appear alongside Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas in the French WWII flick Suite Française, is exploring a post-apocalyptic landscape with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Z for Zachariah and swinging onto the big screen as the next Jane to Alexander Skarsgard’s Tarzan. Robbie clearly hasn’t pegged herself down as being a specific kind of actress, and she’s furthering that perception by entering early talks to star in »
- Samantha Wilson
Hollywood is banking big on actress Margot Robbie. The Australian star broke out in a huge way last year as the female lead in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street," and has immediately become a much-in-demand name around town. She's starring opposite Will Smith in next spring's con-rom-com "Focus"; she has joined Michelle Williams in the ensemble of awards-touted period drama "Suite Francaise"; is appearing with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor in post-apocalyptic drama "Z For Zachariah"; and will portray the most famous Jane in movie history in David Yates and Warner Bros' megabudget reboot of "Tarzan." And just now she's mooted to have scored her first solo blockbuster lead in a project that's been in the works for aeons. According to Deadline, Robbie is in early talks to star in "Ghost In The Shell," DreamWorks' live-action remake of the classic anime. Released in 1995, directed by Mamoru Oshii and based on a. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Glenn here to help you guys ease back into the school year with the help of Cameron Diaz as Miss Halsey in Bad Teacher. Lord know we could have all used a teacher like her in those first few days, watching movies and napping.
For as hilarious as I find this film - yes, I know it's a minority opinion, but I guffaw wildly and it's surprisingly rewatchable - nothing quite beats the moment when Diaz enters the building she thought she'd escaped forever and remembers the hell that is being a middle school teacher (or, in her case, any teacher at all). You and me both, Cam.
There's only so many times swearing and cursing can be funny (hell, kids-say-the-darndest-things style of humor was played out years before »
- Glenn Dunks
Venice — "Pasolini is me." So sang erstwhile Smiths frontman Morrissey on single "You Have Killed Me" from "Ringleader of the Tormentors," an album recorded in Italy. The very next track on the album opens with a sample of a very distinctive sound: the siren of an Italian ambulance. At the Venice festival, it's impossible to go for more than a day without hearing this dolorous yet urgent wail on the Lido; it's an unofficial soundtrack. These congruences were very much slushing around my head as I sat down for Abel Ferrara's "Pasolini." Prior to the festival, Maestro Ferrara, the man who brought "The Driller Killer," "King of New York," and the original "Bad Lieutenant" into the world gave various interviews about the project. Like Morrissey, he is an inveterate quote machine, an expert in controversy, and the words that drew the most attention were electrifying: "I know who killed him. »
- Catherine Bray
Margot Robbie is looking to capture the fanboy demo. The "Wolf of Wall Street" star is in "early talks" for Dreamworks' brewing live-action "Ghost in the Shell" adaptation, according to Deadline. Director Rupert Sanders ("Snow White and the Huntsman") is already on board for the film, which was written by Bill Wheeler. Set in the mid-21st century, "Ghost in the Shell" centers on a counter-cyberterrorist organization known as Public Security Section 9 and its cyborg leader Major Motoko Kusanagi (a role that would presumably be played by Robbie, though that detail has not been confirmed). The Masamune Shirow-created comic book series began in 1989 and has since become a multi-media franchise, branching out into animated films and video games. Robbie's upcoming films include "Focus" opposite Will Smith, "Suite Francaise" co-starring Michelle Williams and Sam Riley, "Z for Zachariah" with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor and the "Tarzan" reboot opposite Alexander Skarsgard. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Night Moves, 2013.
Directed by Kelly Reichardt.
Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.
An eco-terrorism story on the surface, Night Moves sees the quiet, solemn Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) working on an organic farm when he meets Dana (Dakota Fanning), an environmentalist in a small countryside town close to him. Soon enough, the two of them are off in a pick-up truck, en route to meet up with Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard), a loner across state who lives in the midst of the wilderness. But quite why the three of them have now met up together is still somewhat of a mystery, as their soon-to-be-revealed intentions have not yet presented themselves. Such is the way the story unravels, director Kelly Reichardt keeps us »
- Scott Davis
Destiny's Child could reunite for a new tour and album. Beyonce's father and the band's manager Mathew Knowles has suggested the chart-topping R&B band - also featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams - could get back together to ''make history''. The music manager confirmed he is still in charge of all things Destiny's Child despite Beyonce dropping him as her solo manager in 2011. Speaking on The Roula and Ryan Show, he said: ''Folks don't know I am still the manager of Destiny's Child. You see them doing songs together, now they've done two. There might be another Destiny's Child album coming, there might be this tour that makes history featuring Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle.'' The 'Independent Woman' trio recently featured on Michelle's solo track 'Say Yes' and last year they all provided vocals for Kelly's solo song 'You've Changed'. Mathew was dropped as Beyonce's manager in 2011 but the »
This is dream team stuff, people. The Wrap reports that actress/writer/director Lake Bell has been tapped to direct the big screen adaptation of Claire Messud‘s Man Booker Prize listed bestselling novel “The Emperor’s Children.” Bell will direct from Noah Baumbach‘s script, which has basically just been sitting around for whole years waiting for someone to make it into a real movie. Set in New York City just before and after 9/11, the novel centers on a trio of Brown University pals (who maybe don’t like each other as much as they should) who are just trying to make their way (often, their very misguided way) around life in the big city. The events of 9/11 change that, of course, and the novel is an unsentimental look at how we experience tragedy, especially the wide-ranging and extremely unexpected kind (as the pages tick by and the days move forward and the inevitability of what »
- Kate Erbland
Say hello to your new crush.
After the handsome 37-year-old accepted his big win, it wasn't long before viewers took to social media to express their errr, appreciation, for his looks.
Photos: These Emmy Stars Know How to Party!
Omfg The Thirst Is Real #CaryJojiFukunaga #Emmys
— Tori Queri (@toriqueri) August 26, 2014
Umm...cute, humble And a director? Yes, please. #caryjojifukunaga #TrueDetective was amazing!
— elena albanese (@elenaESAC) August 26, 2014
What the Fukunaga man? The man is gorgeous! #CaryJojiFukunaga
— Noktanur (@noktanur) August 26, 2014
His "man braids" also got him plenty of attention from the ladies, though he admitted to Vulture that he definitely had some help with the memorable 'do!
"Oh, I don't have these kinds of skills. I had help," he said. "For tonight »
Cary Fukunaga Wins Emmy, Earns Twitter Buzz
Fukunaga, 37, directed all eight episodes of HBO’s hit drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, but he easily eclipsed the two actors, receiving immediate love from viewers on Twitter for his good looks and daring French braids.
The thirst for Cary Fukunaga is so real and important
— Jett Rink (@jessiekaiser) August 26, 2014
— 7oanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) August 26, 2014
I am not generally a fan of man-braids, but hello, Cary Fukunaga you make a strong case, sir.
— Una Lamarche (@sassycurmudgeon) August 26, 2014
— Katie Walsh (@katiewalshstx) August 26, 2014
Cary Fukunaga is so. Damn. Fine. »
Dennis Lehane, who wrote the novel Shutter Island is based on, will write the pilot script, with Martin Scorsese set to direct the first episode. The series is tentatively titled Ashecliffe, the name of the isolated mental hospital where the book and film are set, with the story to take place before the events of the movie. The show will focus on the hospital's past, and the sinister secrets of the facility's founders in the early 20th Century, who developed methods of treatment for the mentally ill.
The series was initially thought up by Paramount TV executive Amy Powell. She brought the idea to Martin Scorsese and Dennis Lehane, who loved the idea of expanding the story of his novel. Tom Bernardo is working as a co-writer with Dennis Lehane on the pilot. »
Beverly Center: Flynn’s Final Scandal Makes for Interesting Cinematic Footnote
It’s been eight years since Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s 2006 sophomore film, Quinceanera swept up the Audience and Grand Jury Prize awards at the Sundance Film Festival. The directing duo is back with a re-ignition of an old Hollywood scandal in The Last of Robin Hood, a glance at the final years of Errol Flynn and his romantic entanglement with a female minor. While the material is unerringly fascinating and features a trio of notable names, it’s a rendition that feels a bit too polished and hardly as seedy as it should be. It seems attempts have been made to assuage unnecessary heartache to the relatives of the ingénue at the center of this strange ménage-a-trois, and the resulting film seems a heavily polished reenactment too apprehensive to really get its hands dirty. Yet, the »
- Nicholas Bell
Beyoncé's Video Music Awards set can only be described as "Flawless." Wearing a bejeweled body suit, Queen Bey ran through the bulk of her hit visual album, from the sexy "Partition" to the sweet "Xo." She was the most nominated artist on Sunday, and the pop diva was also presented with the Video Vanguard Award, which honored her entire body of work - and she showcased her latest hits in the jaw-dropping 15-minute performance. Still, she didn't pull a Justin Timberlake (who, as last year's Vv award recipient, reunited with his 'Nsync bandmates on the VMAs stage) by singing »
- Michele Corriston and Kathy Campbell
Beyoncé's Video Music Awards set can only be described as "Flawless." Wearing a bejeweled body suit, Queen Bey ran through the bulk of her hit visual album, from the sexy "Partition" to the sweet "Love Me Lights Out." She was the most nominated artist on Sunday, and the pop diva was also presented with the Video Vanguard Award, which honored her entire body of work - and she showcased her latest hits in the jaw-dropping 15-minute performance. Still, she didn't pull a Justin Timberlake by singing with her Destiny's Child gal pals Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams - or »
- Michele Corriston and Kathy Campbell
Sally Bowles dreams of being a big film star, and come this fall, two big film stars will have played her on Broadway! Emma Stone is stepping into Ms. Bowles’ tap shoes, following Michelle Williams’ applauded performance in the Broadway revival of the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret. The role in the latest production, which debuted in October 2013, will become Stone’s on Nov. 11, USA Today reports. Liza Minnelli famously played Sally Bowles in the 1972 film adaptation, which won her an Oscar. Broadway newcomer Stone, 25, joins [...] »
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