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American History X and Tony Kaye, Hollywood maverick

2 September 2016 4:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Sep 5, 2016

An often spectacular drama, American History X left its maker shunned by Hollywood. Ryan looks at a great film and its maverick director.

It should have been a proud moment for British director Tony Kaye. His first feature, American History X, had finally appeared in Us cinemas on the 30th October 1998, and was already earning deserved attention for the strength of its direction and its powerful performances - not least from Edward Norton, cast in the lead as a volcanically angry young neo-Nazi in Venice, California.

American History X might have marked the next phase in Kaye's career, which, like such directors as Ridley Scott and Alan Parker before him, had begun in advertising back in the 1980s. And yet post-production on the movie had been protracted and difficult, as Kaye engaged in an increasingly public battle for its final cut. That battle had become so heated, »

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Diana Ross Took Out an Ad to Congratulate Daughter Tracee on Her Emmy Nod, and It's Fantastic

21 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

It's hard to imagine being embarrassed by your mom when your mom is Diana Ross. On Wednesday, Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross took to Twitter to share the adorable ad that her mom, Diana, took out in The Hollywood Reporter to congratulate her on her recent Emmy nomination - Tracee snagged a nod for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her role as Rainbow "Bow" Johnson. In the tweet, Tracee tagged her superstar mom as well as her siblings, sisters Chudney and Rhonda and brothers Ross Naess and Evan Ross, who is married to Ashlee Simpson. It's basically like when your parents bought you space in the back of your school yearbook to post a horrible baby photo of you, only way, way more glamorous. Omg how cute r my mom @DianaRoss & family 4 taking an ad in @THR ☺️☺️ I ❤️U!! #blackish #Emmys #RossFamilyRocks »

- Brittney Stephens

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Ashlee Simpson's Daughter Is as Cute as a Button in New Family Photos

9 August 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross can't get enough of their baby daughter, Jagger Snow Ross, and now we can't either! In early August, Evan took to Instagram to share an adorable new family photo in honor of Jagger's first birthday, captioned, "Yesterday was our baby Jagger Snow's birthday!!!!! I cant believe its been a Year!!! My heart is filled with so much love. So thankful for these two people next to me." The couple, who welcomed Jagger back in July 2015, has been getting more generous lately when it comes to sharing family moments with their fans on Instagram. After posting the first photo of Jagger in September 2015, Ashlee has shared a few more moments on social media, including a framed gift from Bronx. Keep reading to see Jagger's sweetest photos so far, and then check out Ashlee and Evan's stunning wedding from August 2014. »

- Caitlin Hacker

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Evan Ross Makes Date Night With Ashlee Simpson a Family Affair at Diana Ross' Hollywood Concert

17 July 2016 7:46 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Hey Diana Ross, can you feel that "Endless Love" from your family? As the legendary singer took to the stage at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night, a few familiar faces were sitting close by watching the performer in awe. Ashlee Simpson Ross and Evan Ross made the concert a date night as they took their seats in a private box to watch their family member perform live in front of a sold-out house. "Me and My beautiful wife had the best time. Celebrating Mom!! #hollywood bowl..Love," he wrote on Instagram while kissing his leading lady. "#Mom came flying in tonight at the hollywood bowl!!! What!!!! Incredible!!!! The One And Only!!!! lOvE!!!!! You Mom." He continued, "Moms »

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Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian Celebrate Khloé's Birthday with Kim, Kourtney and Kylie

27 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Khloé Kardashian celebrated her 32nd birthday on Monday night, in a star-studded party at Dave & Buster's in Hollywood, California. The reality star played games and posed for photo booth pics alongside siblings Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney, Kylie Jenner and Rob, plus mom Kris Jenner. Kardashian West's 3-year-old daughter North and husband Kanye West joined the fun - days after Kanye's premiere of his headline-making, controversial "Famous" video. Rob's pregnant fianceé Blac Chyna was also there, sharing selfies and smiles with Kim and Kourtney, and cuddling up to her husband-to-be. Hey Girlllllll @kimkardashian A photo posted by Blac Chyna (@blacchyna »

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Tony Kaye Lives: How The Fallen ‘American History X’ Director Hopes to Exorcise His Demons For His Boldest Feature Yet

14 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At 63, Tony Kaye is plotting another comeback. Although he’s always been an award-winning director of commercials and music videos, his feature career is a study in scorched earth. His last feature was five years ago; before that, he shot “Black Water Transit,” which was never finished. And then there’s his debut, a masterpiece riddled with production woes called “American History X.”

That track record leads to perceptions that it’s impossible to take Kaye seriously — but that would be a mistake.

Studios may view him as a flustered and frustrating eccentric, but Kaye remains a rare breed — an outlaw artist working through one hurdle after another, beaten but not broken, and always ready to rise again. While virtually every American studio movie reflects some kind of compromise, truly unfiltered creative visions are rare. At a time when we could use more committed independents, we don’t hear from Kaye nearly enough.

That’s about to change, and while his characteristic brashness is still evident, he said he’s learned a bit of restraint. “We’ve all got demons inside of us,” he explained in a recent phone interview. “I’ve gotten rid of mine — or got them under control.”

His chosen vehicle to showcase that rehabilitation is “Stranger Than the Wheel,” Kaye’s first feature-length project since 2011’s “Detachment.” Last fall, Kaye announced on Facebook that Shia Labeouf would star in the self-financed film.

He’s wanted to make this movie for decades. In the early ’90s, Kaye was a popular director of commercials and music videos (he won a Grammy for Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” video). But his goal was to make movies. “Stranger Than the Wheel” was one of three scripts he considered for his debut (another one was written by a newcomer named M. Night Shyamalan; the third was “American History X”).

Written by Joe Vinciguerra, “Stranger Than the Wheel” is the story of a young man who struggles to reconnect with his estranged father. “It’s a kind of serial drama about isolation, alienation, and alcoholism,” Kaye said recently, clearly relating — even if he hadn’t lost his father in recent years, Kaye would identify with the character’s alienated state.

In April, Kaye announced the departure of his lead via email, with the subject line “Shia Labeouf Qu!T.” (“Tony and I rolled around and wrestled an idea together,” Labeouf explained by email. “We shot a test. But in the end, we are not making a film together.”) Now the film will star Evan Ross (“The Hunger Games”). Kaye has been shooting test footage, and plans to begin production later this summer, with the stated (if unlikely) goal of finishing the picture in time for the fall festival circuit.

Or, all of this could be a preamble for more of the same. Eighteen years ago, “American History X” was also gearing up for a fall  showcase — the Toronto International Film Festival offered it a prime slot — when Kaye flew across the country to meet with festival CEO and director Piers Handling. Claiming New Line Cinema had made changes to the film without his permission, Kaye asked Handling to refuse the studio’s version and show his cut instead.

“He was eccentric, opinionated, and had a very strong sense of what he wanted to do,” Handling recalled, noting that Kaye brought a small digital camera with him to their meeting and recorded the whole conversation. Handling talked to the studio about showing Kaye’s version, but instead, the company pulled the movie from the lineup.

While artistic temperaments are often part of the filmmaker package, Kaye is a breed apart. He’s the kind of Hollywood aberrant whom the corporate-overlord studio system has all but bred out of existence. “Tony doesn’t play that game,” Handling said. “He always wants to do things on his own terms.”

That’s an especially dicey proposition in 2016, an age in which every facet of the entertainment industry is deathly allergic to risk. Anyone concerned about the bottom line would be wary of Kaye’s track record when it comes to managing a responsible production.

During production on “American History X,” Kaye went to war with his star, Edward Norton, declaring him unfit for the part. (He later received his second Oscar nomination.) Kaye hired a priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk to join a meeting with New Line executive Michael De Luca. Editing was a protracted process and, after Kaye completed a cut the studio liked, he demanded eight more weeks to radically reimagine the film.

When New Line refused, Kaye began trashing the movie; he threatened to remove his credit and replace it with “Humpty Dumpty.” (That has since become the title of an unfinished documentary about the production that Kaye hopes to release.) Then came the Toronto showdown.

When it was all over, Kaye had earned the outright ire of New Line, the DGA, and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers; everyone else was confounded. After that, things didn’t get easier. While he won a lifetime achievement award for his advertising work in early 2001, that fall, Marlon Brando hired Kaye to direct a series of acting workshops. The filmmaker showed up dressed as Osama bin Laden, shortly after 9/11, infuriating everyone involved.

A year later, he confessed his major regret in an article for The Guardian. “I thought I was upholding the old movie industry traditions of strutting around, picking fights with the studio and being the fly in everyone’s ointment,” he wrote. “I had passion — you have to give me that. But I was, it has to be said, a spectacular pain in the ass.” These days, he describes his previous setbacks as the result of “desire for self alone.”

Whatever his current emotional state may be, his existing filmography speaks on its own terms. If there’s an overarching theme to Kaye’s work, it’s his ability to deliver achingly real portraits of America’s fractured communities.

Kaye’s antics make it almost too easy to dismiss his filmmaking outright — as this writer did initially, with “Detachment.” The vulgar tale of a disgruntled public high school instructor (Adrien Brody) struck me as a shrill riff on “Half Nelson.” At Kaye’s urging, I took a second look, and found that “Detachment” is more than theatrics surrounding student-teacher relationships: it’s a tender investigation into what it means to feel utterly helpless while battling institutional dysfunction.

But nothing in Kaye’s filmography demonstrates his vision more cohesively than “Lake of Fire,” the haunting black-and-white encapsulation of abortion debate in America that Kaye spent decades assembling. From its visceral imagery of abortion operations to the angry protestors, the film conveys an operatic vision of anger and frustration rendered in expressionistic terms.

Kaye realizes it’s his most coherent achievement to date. “I don’t know how I made that movie,” he said.

“There are some people who don’t really fit into the Hollywood structure,” said Handling. “Tony’s one of those guys. He’s a renegade, an outsider — not unlike Orson Welles.” And like Welles, Kaye’s sensibility extends beyond the fits of ambitious projects, some more polished than others. The man is indistinguishable from his movies.

Kaye has remained an accomplished commercial artist. The money he makes on ads enable him to self-finance his films. He also recently completed work for the virtual reality company Jaunt on a six-part series, “Pure McCartney,” which features McCartney at home discussing his relationship to five different songs. Kaye spoke emphatically about the possibilities of the new technology. “It’s this incredible process of carrying the viewer into a solitary experience,” he said.

Kaye described his current inspirations as ranging from Jackson Pollock to David Lean, whose “Lawrence of Arabia” epitomizes the kind of sprawling drama Kaye hopes to create. “I’ll get there,” he said, and hopes to do it with “Stranger Than the Wheel.”

His new star is thrilled at the prospect. “I’m generally just excited about anything Tony Kaye does,” said Ross, who has already been shooting footage for the project around Los Angeles. “I don’t think I’ve worked with a director like him who can just put incredible things together.”

Kaye shared his vision with IndieWire via multiple emails, showcasing photos of ink-blotted pages filled with fractured images from his planning sessions for the film: a raggedy school bus, some kind of giraffe-bird mashup, an impressionistic sketch of his leading man, the quixotically named Faunce Bartleby.

“I think I am real,” he wrote at one point. At another, he noted that he planned to turn “Stranger Than the Wheel” into a musical — “a dramuzical epic,” as he wrote in an email. At times, he sounded off about his resistance to industry standards, noting his frustration over a recent big studio film he attended with his kids. “These perpetrators of pollution people should not be allowed to work!” he wrote.

Will Kaye succeed in bringing his visions to the world? If not, it won’t be for lack of trying. While he has struggled with a stutter over the years, the impediment was barely discernible in recent conversations. Kaye has no trouble formulating the case for his latest efforts.

“I’ve got something marvelous here,” Kaye said of his new project. “Don’t worry: I want it to be a hit.”

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- Eric Kohn

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A Sweet Look Inside Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross's Fairy Tale Romance

23 May 2016 5:40 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross have too many sweet moments to count! Ever since the musical duo was first linked back in July 2013, they've practically been inseparable. From their Pda-filled red carpet outings to their family vacations, these two always seem to have the best time together. And who could forget their gorgeous bohemian-themed wedding? In honor of their romance, we're looking back at their cutest pictures - keep reading to see them, then prepare to melt over their daughter, Jagger Snow. »

- Monica Sisavat

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Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Show Sweet Pda at an Event in NYC

18 May 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross were as cute as can be when they popped up at a Swiffer and Mr. Clean event in NYC on Tuesday night. The couple, who tied the knot nearly two years ago, was all smiles as they nuzzled up to one another and snuck in a quick kiss on the red carpet. Later that evening, the mother of two took to Instagram to share a photo from the cleaning workshop, writing, "My hubby @realevanross and I had fun learning some Clean Slate cleaning tips from the expert @mrsilverscott, because it can be hard to stay on top of it with two beautiful babies in the house." This is just the latest we've seen from the pair since their ski trip to Park City, Ut, back in March, though both Evan and Ashlee have been active on Instagram, constantly uploading sweet photos from their home life. »

- Monica Sisavat

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Ashlee and Jessica Simpson Praised by Their Dad as They Step Out to Support His Very First Art Show

15 May 2016 5:25 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson Ross are ready to put the spotlight on their dad. On Saturday evening, the famous sisters stepped out to show their support for Joe Simpson's first art show titled "Dreams Work." Held at the Bruce Lurie Gallery in Culver City, Calif., the grand opening allowed guests including Evan Ross and Eric Johnson to witness their family member's finished products up close and personal. As for how it was to direct two talented stars in Hollywood, Joe admitted that he was very fortunate to work with two pros. "[Ashlee and Jessica are] so professional. They're so good and they know how to work a camera," the proud dad gushed to E! News' Erin »

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Jessica and Ashlee Simpson Support Dad Joe at his First-Ever Photography Gallery Exhibit

15 May 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Anything for dad! Jessica and Ashlee Simpson came out to support their father Joe Simpson's new passion project over the weekend, attending the opening of Dream Works, his first-ever photography gallery exhibit at the Bruce Lurie gallery in Los Angeles. The show, which, in part, benefits Adopt the Arts, included photographs of his two girls. Jessica was joined for the event by husband Eric Johnson, while Evan Ross accompanied wife Ashlee. Longtime family friend Caccee Cobb and her husband Donald Faison were also on hand, with the group enjoying drinks at the venue for around an hour. Joe, 58, told People »

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Gigi Hadid Celebrates 21st Birthday With Taylor Swift and More Celebrities in Star-Studded Bash

29 April 2016 6:04 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Gigi Hadid knows how to throw a party! The 21-year-old model celebrated her milestone birthday at The Nice Guy in Los Angeles Thursday, and tons of her celebrity friends turned out to support her. Taylor Swift, Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner, Jaden Smith, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Lily Aldridge, Ashlee Simpson-Ross, Evan Ross, Shanina Shaik and more stars dressed in red, white or black outfits. The birthday girl wore a pair of high-waisted white shorts and a silky black camisole that was short in the front but cape length in the back. Gigi paired her outfit with thigh-high boots and a black choker. Her Bff T.Swift channeled the '90s in a one-shouldered sequined dress and showed the world she's »

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Honest Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

18 March 2016 5:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of the home entertainment release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Screen Junkies has released an Honest Trailer for the final chapter of the blockbuster Ya franchise; check it out here…

See Also: Pre-order The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 from Amazon UK or Amazon Us

See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Evan Ross.


- Gary Collinson

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Evan Ross Can't Stop Kissing Ashlee Simpson During Their Ski Trip

14 March 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross looked so in love at Operation Smile's annual ski benefit in Park City, Ut, on Saturday. The couple, who tied the knot in August 2014, could not keep their hands - or lips - off each other while helping to raise money for the nonprofit medical service organization. On top of pouring on the Pda, Ashlee also brought along her daughter, Jagger, whom she shared a snap of on Instagram, and met up with Lady Gaga, who was joined by her other half, Taylor Kinney. The last time these two stepped out on a red carpet together was at Elton John's Oscars bash back in February. Keep reading to see more of the duo, and then check out their sweetest family moments. »

- Monica Sisavat

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Idris Elba, Aldis Hodge Salute Black Men in Hollywood at Icon Mann Dinner

27 February 2016 9:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As Hollywood prepares to celebrate its biggest night in film, some of the industry’s biggest names in black entertainment — including Idris Elba, Michael Ealy, Boris Kodjoe, Anthony Hemingway, Stephen Hill, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Evan Ross, Leon Bridges and Carl Weathers — packed Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel on Friday to kick off the fourth annual Icon Mann event.

Actors, journalists and Hollywood executives lined the 12th floor Starlight Ballroom — talking, laughing and exchanging handshakes as music played in the background.

The event, which culminates in an exclusive Power 50 dinner, celebrates black men in entertainment and provides a community that fosters support.

“It’s about creating the space for black men to have great fellowship of like-minded consciousness and to come together and talk about how they want to improve the world around them,” said Tamara Houston, founder and CEO of Icon Mann.

As a talent manager and producer, Houston said »

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Jessica Simpson Keeps Things Sexy For a Night Out With Eric Johnson

20 February 2016 10:37 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Much like their Pda, Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson's latest night out was out-of-control sexy. On Friday, all eyes were on Jessica and Eric when they stepped out for dinner at The Nice Guy restaurant in West Hollywood, CA. Jessica, who wore a revealing black dress, held on tight to her man's arm, while Eric led the way for his wife. This is just the latest we've seen of these two since they returned from their sun-filled Mexican getaway with Jessica's sister, Ashlee Simpson, and brother-in-law Evan Ross, who also happened to be dining at the same restaurant that night. Keep reading to see more of Jessica and Eric's steamy date, and then find out whether she's ready for baby number three. »

- Monica Sisavat

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Jessica Simpson Soaks Up the Sun in a Bikini During a Family Vacation in Mexico

19 January 2016 11:10 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Jessica Simpson slipped into a printed bikini for a day of sunbathing and socializing in Mexico on Sunday. She was joined by her husband, Eric Johnson, sister Ashlee, and brother-in-law Evan Ross for the picturesque pool day in Cabo San Lucas. Jessica relaxed on a lounge chair while Eric played beer pong with friends and did a cannonball into the water. Evan and Ashlee took turns tending to their baby daughter, Jagger, while also getting some time in the sun. Though it wasn't clear if Jessica and Eric's two kids, Maxwell and Ace, were on vacation with them, the singer and fashion designer did open up in a recent interview about the possibility of having another baby. While attending the Yma Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala in NYC last week, Jessica told Et, "I don't think I could have another baby right now. It was a very, very big shock after »

- Brittney Stephens

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Double Date Night! Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson Rock Out at a Private Party with Their Husbands

6 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

These sisters know how to rock. On Tuesday, Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee Simpson had a moms' night out with their husbands Eric Johnson and Evan Ross at a private party in West Hollywood, California, celebrating hitmaker Linda Perry and the song "Hands of God" from the film Freeheld. Sipping on wine and cocktails throughout the night, the sisters - both decked out in black - danced and sang along as Perry, Juliette Lewis, Courtney Love and Christina Aguilera performed in front of the intimate crowd. Perry's wife Sara Gilbert and her The Talk co-hosts Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Double Date Night! Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson Rock Out at a Private Party with Their Husbands

6 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

These sisters know how to rock. On Tuesday, Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee Simpson had a moms' night out with their husbands Eric Johnson and Evan Ross at a private party in West Hollywood, California, celebrating hitmaker Linda Perry and the song "Hands of God" from the film Freeheld. Sipping on wine and cocktails throughout the night, the sisters - both decked out in black - danced and sang along as Perry, Juliette Lewis, Courtney Love and Christina Aguilera performed in front of the intimate crowd. Perry's wife Sara Gilbert and her The Talk co-hosts Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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