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Put a rising Hollywood actress starring in a box-office smash in NBC’s legendary Studio 8H stage to host Saturday Night Live, and what do you get?
If you’re Dakota Johnson, it turns out you get a modestly successful SNL debut, with most of the inevitable flurry of bondage jokes referencing Fifty Shades of Grey – including a cameo from her famous parents Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (“We were just afraid you were going to be naked”) – hitting the mark.
PhotosSNL’s 40th Anniversary Special: The Best and Worst Moments
Below, my picks for the night’s best »
'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde horror thriller has deadly debut while 'Fifty Shades of Grey' gets increasingly colorless (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the low-budget horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – is expected to take in less than $10 million from 2,666 venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, in the U.S. and Canada. With a dismal 13% approval rating and 4/10 average at Rotten Tomatoes, the Relativity Studios-distributed flick starring Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde earned an estimated $3.8 million on Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. For comparison's sake, Mike Flanagan's Oculus, featuring Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites, pulled in $12 million at 2,648 sites on its North American opening weekend in April 2014. Directed by David Gelb, besides Mark Duplass and »
- Zac Gille
'Focus' movie: Will Smith has one of the weakest weekend box-office debuts of his career (photo: Will Smith in 'Focus') According to those referred to in polite society as "conservatives," winter storms and freezing temperatures are evidence that there's no such thing as global warming. Let's not even go there. Instead, let's focus (bad pun intended) on the Focus movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie as a con couple, which opened below expectations – with wintery weather as a possible culprit – in North America this weekend February 27-March 1, 2015. According to box-office tracking, as late as a couple of days ago the modestly budgeted, Warner Bros.-distributed Focus was expected to take in between $22-24 million. Barring a miracle akin to a sudden stop to rising ocean temperatures (pardon the hyperbole), that's not about to happen. Now, before I proceed: "modestly budgeted"? Well, for a Will Smith movie, »
- Zac Gille
Dakota Johnson wrapped up her stellar month by hosting Saturday Night Live, which her mom Melanie Griffith hosted in the '80s. Dakota played a introverted blogger, an Isis recruit and even Emma Stone — but will viewers get passionate about the episode? Read on to find out. The episode got off to a strong start with Rudy Giuliani (Taran Killam) becoming Birdman's Michael Keaton, complete with a winged alter ego. The impressions here were solid, including Johnson popping in as Stone, and Giuliani got to be the hero again by helping out during a fire drill that he may or may
- Ryan Gajewski
Jennifer Aniston and her longtime friend Isla Fisher met up at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty on Sunday night, and the Cake star couldn't help but get playful with Isla's growing baby bump. She kneeled down and posed for photos while kissing Isla's belly, making for some supersweet snaps during the soiree. Isla and her husband, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, are currently expecting their third child together; the couple confirmed the news of their growing family back in October, and the new bundle of joy will join daughters Olive and Elula. While Isla and Sacha slipped into the Vanity Fair event without attending Sunday's Academy Awards, Jennifer and her fiancé, Justin Theroux, enjoyed the show in their prime seats behind Jennifer Lopez and Meryl Streep after Jen tried to pick up Emma Stone on the red carpet. Jennifer also took the stage with David Oyelowo to present the award for best documentary feature. »
The torment of Michael Keaton’s washed-up thesp grossly exaggerates the gap between arthouse movies and Hollywood’s fantasy blockbusters
I blame Alec Guinness. The late Englishman is famously reputed to have labelled 1977’s Star Wars, which brought him elevated fame, fortune and an Oscar nomination, as “fairytale nonsense”. And so, right at the very beginning of Hollywood’s blockbuster era, the message to awards season voters was clear: the new wave of fantasy action epics were to be regarded as inferior, especially so as even those who starred in them thought they weren’t much cop.
The key character in Birdman, Riggan Thomson, might be seen as a latter day Guinness (though surely the Englishman never suffered so greatly). Former Batman Michael Keaton plays a washed-up former A-lister fighting against almost constant psychological torment, desperate to prove himself as a “real” actor because his best-known role is that of the titular man-sized avian crime-fighter. »
- Ben Child
Lupita Nyong'o has reportedly had her Oscars dress stolen.
The 12 Years a Slave actress wore the $150,000, pearl-embellished gown to the awards ceremony on Sunday.
11 glamorous Oscar after-party portraits that evoke vintage Hollywood
According to TMZ, the dress was stolen at some point on Tuesday from Nyong'o's room at The London hotel in West Hollywood.
It was also recently reported that the Oscar-winning 31-year-old is in talks to star in Disney's Queen of Katwe alongside David Oyelowo.
And just when you thought the trendspotting season was over! We've still got our eyes peeled on the red carpet for chic new styles that have a celeb following—and while we've already noted that the 2015 Oscars after-parties were all about the nearly naked black dress (seriously, sheer black skirts and ultra-long legs are having a moment), we're more interested in the jumpsuit look we've glimpsed on a number of stars since the 2015 Golden Globes. Jumpsuits with trains first came on our radar, of course, when actress Emma Stone sported a black version of the trend on the Globes red carpet. The actress' Lanvin get-up included bow-detailing on the back and a jewel-encrusted bodice, instantly »
From photobombs to cute candid run-ins, there's no limit to the amount of red carpet shenanigans between celebrities at the Oscars. Sometimes it's all fun and games, like when Jennifer Aniston tried to pick up Emma Stone. Other times, though, it's just plain weird. Like when John Travolta surprised Scarlett Johansson during her red carpet stroll. They did star together in 2004's A Love Song For Bobby Long, but still. Observe the moment when you read on, and then join us in trying to figure out exactly what's happening. »
Michael Stevens For 'The Good':
"'Birdman' aka 'The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance' hurtles along as if in flight, with a single cinematic take, soaring over, under and around the inner demons haunting 'Riggan Thomson' (Michael Keaton) , a grizzled film actor turned stage director, eager to rebuild his reputation in the theater world ...
"...after famously portraying the iconic movie superhero 'Birdman'.
"The funny, clever script shows how vain, fragile and bird-brained actors can be, as they go through the hollow motions of life, when their true calling is in performance...
"...with a convincing ensemble cast, bopping along to a jittery jazz drum score by Antonio Sanchez...
"'Birdman' is a unique satirical feature, that kept me on the edge, »
- Michael Stevens
Emma Stone stayed true to her fashion ideals and wowed on the red carpet for the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. Stone showed up in a chartreuse (bright fluorescent green) design by Elie Saab. The dress was an instant hit and wowed with its sequined pattern and nude paneling. The Birdman star was a […]
The post Get The Look: Emma Stone’s Daring Elie Saab Oscars 2015 Dress appeared first on uInterview. »
- Kelly Mena
It’s all a bit satirical. Or maybe not. Look, over there, Shakespeare in a superhero cape! I’m “biast” (pro): like the director, love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It was one thing when Birdman was the scrappy little indie that could. (Never mind that it was an indie with a budget of $22 million and an A-list cast.) Then it was just a snooty pretentious film with an arty gimmick that hardly anyone had seen. But now it has been crowned as the very best movie of 2014 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. The people who are the most Hollywood that people can be have officially spoken. And what they have said is, “We hate superhero movies. We hate the fans who make superhero movies huge. But we love your money, so thanks for that. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Taking home four Oscars out of its nine nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Cinematography, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman was the big winner at this year’s Academy Awards. Premiering last August at the Venice Film Festival (where it left with trio of minor awards), cinematography has long been the awards season lock for the film (winning Lubezki a BAFTA), and it’s picked up a pair of Golden Globes (Screenplay and Actor) and a host of critic’s choice awards. Box office has also been profitable, opening last October in limited release before expanding nationwide Mid-November to successful box office results—its Best Picture win will most likely edge it over or close to the one hundred million mark.
- Nicholas Bell
Many of us have a very strong opinion when it comes to red carpet fashion—and there's no time like award season to critique the best star style! From Julianne Moore to Reese Witherspoon to Emma Stone, there were a handful of notable women who stunned at every award show they graced, from the Golden Globes to the Screen Actor Awards to the Oscars. Some have seen a vast improvement over the course of the red carpet season (Rosamund Pike, anyone?) but others have wowed at each ceremony—and deserve not only a round of applause for their work, but also for their spot-on style. Of course, only one celebrity can win the award for Best Dressed Actress of the 2014 Award »
Part of us really wanted Michael Keaton to win the Best Actor Oscar for his brilliant and comedic turn in Birdman, and it would appear that a lot of Keaton thought he was going to at the ceremony on Sunday (February 22).
It shows the tuxedo-clad star hurriedly tucking a piece of paper into his breast pocket before joining the rest of audience in giving Redmayne - who won the Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything - a rapturous round of applause and standing ovation.
We love seeing hot celebrity couples show up on the red carpet together, but there's nothing quite like getting a glimpse of where the stars really came from. When A-listers arrive to award shows with their family members, it always makes us smile; at Sunday's Oscars, Lupita Nyong'o brought her brother Peter Jr. as her date for the second year in a row, while Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson walked the red carpet alongside her A-list mom, Melanie Griffith. The family fun was also prevalent at the Grammy Awards - Meghan Trainor brought her dad as her date, while rapper Wiz Khalifa was joined by his mom and young son, Sebastian. At the SAG Awards, Emma Stone brought her brother, Spencer, as her companion; at the Golden Globes, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal looked like they were having a ton of fun together, and Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez »
The Oscars last night, along with Mockingjay being the number 7 movie on Tumblr's Fandometrics got us thinking about how Jennifer Lawrence wasn't involved in awards season this year, as she had no nominations. Not to draw conclusions here, but that could be directly related to this awards season being a little more "meh” than past years (sorry Nph, you did your best).
Here are 13 reasons an awards season without Jennifer Lawrence shouldn't be a thing we let happen Ever Again.
1. First things first, how is it 2015 already why are we so old?!?!:
News: 12 Things You Didn't See on TV While Watching the 87th Academy Awards
2. Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress:
3. She also makes the best faces:
4. And her absence is tough to swallow:
5. And sure, Josh Hutcherson can handle »
Roll up the red carpet -- it’s finally over.
When Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) won Best Picture at the Oscars last night, it marked the official end of Awards Season or (The Expected Time of the Year When Attractive Celebrities Give Awards to Other Attractive Celebrities). There was the Golden Globes, the GRAMMYs, the SAG Awards, every other guild’s awards, the Critics Choice, the BAFTAs, the Independent Spirit Awards and, of course, the Academy Awards.
Damn, Hollywood, do you really need that many award shows?!
News: 12 things you didn’t see on TV while watching the Academy Awards
In case you missed one of the infinity shows, here’s a recap of everything you need to know:
3. Gina Rodriguez won Best Actress in a Comedy »
Take another look @ the complete 'Oscar' nominations list for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, to be presented February 22, 2015 :
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
- Michael Stevens
While the 87th Academy Awards turned out to be a big night for movies like Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, which tied for the most Oscar wins with four apiece, the telecast was the lowest-rated Academy Awards ceremony since 2009. 36.6 million viewers tuned in last night, which marks a 18% drop-off from last year's 86th Academy Awards. The show, which ran nearly a half-hour past its scheduled three-hour time slot, averaged a 10.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, a 17% drop from last year's ceremony and the worst since 2008.
These are not the final numbers, however, since tomorrow's final figures are expected to increase. Last year's telecast hosted by Ellen DeGeneres was the most-watched ceremony since 2000. The show ran from 8:30 Pm Et to 11:48 Pm Et, with the 3-hour-18-minute ceremony still nowhere close to the all-time longest ceremony, the 2002 Oscars that ran a whopping 4 hours and 22 minutes. Still, the extended run »
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