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Marilyn Monroe was a study in contradictions. She was the giddy, cooing blonde who became one of America’s haughtiest sex symbols, as well as a woman haunted by a thorny relationship with her mentally ill mom and the pressures of fame. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, a two-night mini-series on Lifetime, tries to peer into the woman behind the legend, opening up the scars that most viewers couldn’t see under the flash and sizzle of the big screen. However, the mini-series is too disjointed and melodramatic to completely work as a biopic. Nevertheless, Kelli Garner is masterful as Monroe, digging into the pain and vulnerability of a cultural icon without ever succumbing to mere impersonation. It’s a terrific performance, the magnetic core of an otherwise muddled misfire.
- Jordan Adler
Do you really want to see a Dawson Leery and Joey Porter pushing 40? That's Katie Holmes' big question. The Dawson's Creek star is sounding off about any reunion potential, and, well, it may not please some fans longing to see Pacey, Joey, Dawson and the ghost of Jen (Michelle Williams) back together again. "I don't know," she said in a Yahoo Style interview with Joe Zee. "Does it work today? I don't want them to grow up. It's kind of like your parents, they never get out of their 50s. That's where they are." Looking back on her time on the show, Holmes said everybody enjoyed it. "It was of a certain time, it was pre-Internet, there was an innocence there," she »
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
The True Detective star explained that he has read scripts from the rival companies - but does this mean that the McConaissance will be expanding into the world of superheroes?
"Yeah, I've circled some of those," he told Variety. "Nothing has been right for me yet. But I'm sure open to it.
"It's very simple for me. I look at the script. Is the opportunity exciting? Is the money that comes with it exciting? Sure.
"Is it the possibility of going, 'Hey you can get on a train and it can be a franchise and you could do three, four, five, and have a great time as some kind of superhero or anti-hero'. But I would also look at something like that and say, 'Hey, in success that means »
Matthew McConaughey: Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey (above in Interstellar) says that he's "circled" the possibility of appearing in a superhero movie. "I've read some Marvel and DC scripts," he stated. "I’ve talked about working with them on some scripts. … nothing has been right for me yet. But I’m sure open to it." He added: "It starts with the story and character." [Variety] Manchester-by-the-Sea: The first look at Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in Manchester-by-the-Sea reveals them as pensive characters. The drama deals with the consequences after a family member dies; Williams plays Affleck's estranged wife; Kyle Chandler co-stars as Affleck's brother. Matt Damon is...
- Peter Martin
Even with his Oscar beside him, Matthew McConaughey showed he's still open to more than small-to-mid budget features today with last year's Interstellar. Of course, not every movie is directed by Christopher Nolan, but certainly that's not going to stop studio executives from coming up to him and his agent with new hot properties. That is, unless they read the reviews to his new Cannes feature. But the actor remains open to the prospects -- even some certain franchise properties -- if they can provide the goods he wants. In an interview with Variety to discuss his much maligned Gus Van Sant feature Sea of Trees, the conversation transitioned to talk to superhero movies today when the actor discussed how he and his Dallas Buyers Club cast and crew were allotted $5 million and 27 days to make their Oscar-winning film, yet tentpole projects like superhero movies get free reign. When asked »
- Will Ashton
Gather round for your first look at a new film starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. Out of Cannes, THR has posted the first three photos from Manchester-by-the Sea, the latest feature written & directed by Kenneth Lonergan about a man who returns to his small Massachusetts hometown to deal with both his estranged wife and the consequences of his brother's death. Casey Affleck plays the lead, while Michelle Williams plays his estranged wife, and the cast includes Kyle Chandler (seen in one of the photos). This is a very early tease as they're still shooting and looking to drum up sales buzz. We'll keep an eye out for it. Here's all three of the new first look photos for Manchester-by-the Sea, direct from THR. Take a look: Manchester-by-the-Sea, which is currently filming in Massachusetts, is both written & directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan (of the films You Can Count on Me »
- Alex Billington
The film will follow geologist Michael Acosta (Ramírez) and a prospector called Walsh (McConaughey), who team up to uncover huge deposits of gold in the heart of the Indonesian jungle.
Variety reports that Williams will play McConaughey's wife in the project.
The production is due to start filming in June in New York, New Mexico and Thailand.
Williams recently starred in World War II drama Suite Française alongside Kristen Scott Thomas. Watch a trailer below: »
Mining scandal drama Gold finally appears to have found a safe pair of hands in Stephen Gaghan, after a fiddly development process. He has Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez already aboard and has just added Michelle Williams to the mix.The film, which has a script from Patrick Massett and John Zinman, tells the story of the 1993 Bre-x Corporation mining scandal. The plot follows a rough-around-the-edges prospector David Walsh (McConaughey) who stumbles upon one of the largest gold mines in the world in the Indonesian jungle.You may not be surprised to learn, given the appearance of the word “scandal” before, that it turned out to be bogus. Ramirez is set as geologist Michael Acosta in the true-life tale, while Williams will be his wife, called Jeannette in reality, but whose name may be changed for the movie. Gaghan will start shooting in June in Thailand, New York and New Mexico. »
"You Can Count On Me" director Kenneth Lonergan's battle with the producer's of his last film, "Margaret," would've been enough to put anybody off working on movies ever again, but the writer/director has dusted himself off and bounced back with "Manchester-By-The-Sea." In fact, it has already wrapped production, and with the movie now hitting the market in Cannes, the first images from the promising drama have arrived. Read More: 'Margaret' Director Kenneth Lonergan Returning With 'Manchester-By-The-Sea' Michelle Williams, Casey Affleck, and Kyle Chandler star in the movie that follows a plumber who returns to his hometown after his brother passes away in order to look after his 16-year-old nephew and reconnect with his estranged wife, a secret from his past emerges. No word yet if Lonergan will be done in time for this one to hit the fall festival circuit, but fingers crossed. [THR] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Patrick Massett and John Zinman penned the script which is inspired by true events. Said events involve the 1993 Bre-x Minerals mining scandal, in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle.
Filming begins next month in New York, New Mexico and Thailand.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Williams, last seen in this year’s Suite Francaise, would join the cast as McConaughey’s wife in the film which is to be directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). Inspired by true events, Gold is based around a mining scandal from 1993 with Bre-x minerals. The film is to shoot in New York, Thailand and Mexico around June time.
- Scott J. Davis
I gotta be honest, the words "mining drama" don't exactly inspire a whole lot of excitement in me. That said, this cast does, so I guess I'll just have to put on my construction helmet and see where "Gold" goes. Michelle Williams has joined Matthew McConaughey in the upcoming movie. A project once eyed by Michael Mann and Spike Lee, Stephen Gaghan ("Syriana") is now helming the "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre"-esque tale about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation scandal, penned by Patrick Massett and John Zinman ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Friday Night Lights"). Production begins in June, and this marks Williams' third movie in a row this year. She has already wrapped Kelly Reichardt's new, untitled movie and Kenneth Lonergan's "Machester-By-The-Sea." So a lot of things to look forward to in 2016 for fans of Williams. [Variety] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Outside of her supporting role in blockbuster Oz the Great and Powerful, Michelle Williams has been keeping a relatively low profile since her Oscar-nominated turn in My Week with Marilyn. Now, though, with anticipated drama Manchester by the Sea in the can, the actress is lining up another highly promising project in mining drama Gold.
Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez are already attached to star in the “inspired by true events” pic, which dramatizes and takes some liberties with the story of the 1993 Bre-x Minerals mining scandal. Williams will be taking on the role of McConaughey’s wife.
Some may remember the high-profile incident, in which one part of the company fraudulently reported that it had unearthed a massive gold deposit at its Indonesian site. Stock prices soared, until gold samples were found to be a fraud, at which point Bre-x collapsed and its shares became utterly worthless.
- Isaac Feldberg
The film is inspired by true events, but isn’t the actual story of the 1993 Bre-x Minerals mining scandal, in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle.
Williams recently finished filming “Manchester By the Sea” opposite Casey Affleck, as well as the untitled Kelly Reichardt film. She is repped by Wme, Brillstein Entertainment, and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman. »
- Justin Kroll
Cannes — Harvey Weinstein appears to be in a good place. The Weinstein Company is, after all, coming off three-straight hits with "The Imitation Game," "Paddington" and "Woman in Gold." Thursday evening the industry titan held court for his annual Cannes preview, noting that he loved this year's slate while insisting that that's not always the case. The highlight of the evening was intended to be the first footage screened of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," but this pundit was much more impressed with Garth Davis' "Lion." Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, "Lion" chronicles how, thanks to his inherent curiosity, a 5-year-old boy is separated from his family in India. Now, 25 years later, Saroo (Dev Patel) has grown up after being raised by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and begins a search for the biological family he believes is still waiting for him to come home. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
Twerking, hip thrusting, ball-talk, sliding into DMs... There was a lot of excitement during E! News' chat with the Green Bay Packers players (and perhaps aspiring singer-dancers?) who made a guest appearance on Pitch Perfect 2 today. Linebacker Clay Matthews, offensive linemen David Bakhtiari, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton and Don Barclay joined Aaron Rodgers' younger brother and fellow football player Jordan Rodgers for a rendition of Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious" for the anticipated sequel, and lived to tell the tale. "Twitter, long story short. Just getting in contact with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman," Bakhtiari tells us when asked how they got a role in the film »
Michelle Williams is one hot mama! The actress attended the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 Resort Collection in Palm Springs, California on Wednesday, where she stunned wearing a patterned cocktail dress and black booties. The "My Week with Marilyn" actress also debuted her even lighter, platinum blonde locks, which fell right above her shoulders. Williams finished her look with natural makeup and styled her short blonde tresses in loose waves. While we've rarely seen the "Dawson's Creek" alum at public events recently, she definitely stole the spotlight sitting front row at the Louis Vuitton fashion show. It does help that the 34-year-old is close with the French fashion house -- the "Blue Valentine" actress has starred in three of the brand's campaigns! Michelle definitely looked like she was enjoying herself, too. Williams was spotted chatting with stars like Selena Gomez, Miranda Kerr and Catherine Deneuve at the high-profile event. What do you »
- tooFab Staff
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »
- D. Zhea
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