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The stars were out to celebrate Dave Chapelle!
On Monday, Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Stevie Wonder, Tobey McGuire and more came out to support Chapelle, who hosted an exclusive live stand up show celebrating his newly-released comedy specials presented by Netflix & Live Nation, at The h.wood Group's Peppermint Club, in West Hollywood, California.
Jenner sat with a group of friends at her own table next to West's table in the front row. Wonder, however, chilled backstage in the Virginia Black VIP Green Room while listening to Chapelle. The music legend even played the harmonica on the side, until Chapelle's band leader brought him out on stage.
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Jenni 'J Woww' Farley celebrated her 31st birthday with her husband Roger Matthews and daughter »
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– Pflag National — the nation’s largest organization for families, friends, and allies of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (Lgbt) — will celebrate The Ninth Annual Straight for Equality Awards, celebrating high-profile allies who are moving equality forward for the Lgbt community, and transforming the way that Lgbtq people are understood and treated by using their talents in their respective fields to empower others to also become engaged on the issues.
This year, the event will celebrate Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Martha Plimpton, CNN political analyst Ana Navarro, and Alcoa. Attendees will also enjoy a performance from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Kinky Boots.” The evening will be hosted by comedian Fortune Feimster.
– Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts will receive the CinemaCon Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award, it was announced by CinemaCon Managing Director, »
- Kate Erbland
Author: Matt Rodgers
It feels strange to herald Hailee Steinfeld as a fresh cinematic supernova, considering her Oscar nominated turn as True Grit’s Mattie Ross was as far back as 2010. Since then she has carved out a wonderful niche as a supporting actress, often stealing the films from under the nose of the likes of Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2), whilst also sustaining what the kids tell me is a pretty good pop career.
Last year she stepped up to leading lady status with The Edge of Seventeen. It’s the kind of film that should have found a bigger audience, threatening a re-think of most people’s top ten of the year lists. One of those coming-of-age parables that truly reflects what it was/is like to be young, and as the sardonic Nadine, Steinfeld runs the full gamut of emotions; comedic to sympathetic, and always utterly watchable. »
- Matt Rodgers
The former Lotus president of production will produce features, television series and mini series for the company. CEO Nicolas Chartier (pictured) and president and COO Jonathan Deckter announced the hire.
At Lotus, Keshishian produced the Lionsgate/Roadside release Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the upcoming November Criminals with Ansel Elgort and Chloe Moretz based on Steve Knight’s screenplay.
He oversaw production and served as executive producer on the Roadside Attractions release Z For Zacharia starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, as well as the upcoming thriller Kidnap starring Halle Berry, and the sci-fi thriller Replicas with Keanu Reeves for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
“I have known Ara for many years since his days as an agent,” Chartier said. “We are incredibly excited to have him join the team. His taste, track record and relationships will be a great compliment to our existing team.”
“I am excited to be joining Nic, Jonathan and the »
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He has also overseen production and executive produced the Roadside Attractions release “Z for Zachariah,” starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the upcoming thriller “Kidnap,” starring Halle Berry, and the science fiction thriller “Replicas,” with Keanu Reeves for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
“I have known Ara for many years since his days as an agent,” said CEO Nicolas Chartier. “We are incredibly excited to have him join the team. His taste, track record and relationships will be a great compliment to our existing team.”
- Dave McNary
Ansel Elgort will receive the CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony taking place on March 30 in Las Vegas. “Having already appeared on the big screen in the breakout teen hit ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ and in the ‘Divergent’ series, Ansel Elgort is poised to break into leading man status with his upcoming roles in ‘Baby Driver,’ and ‘Billionaire Boys Club,’ noted Mitch Neuhauser, CinemaCon’s Managing Director. “A talented young actor we could not be more thrilled to honor with this year’s ‘Male Star of Tomorrow Award.'” Elgort will next be seen. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Ansel Elgort is back with yet another cover for his devoted Instagram fans. The 23-year-old actor delivered a moving rendition of “La La Land”’s “City of Stars” that’ll have you bewitched in within seconds. Related: Ansel Elgort Releases Debut Single ‘Home Alone’ Elgort took to his piano on Tuesday, challenging the singing chops of Ryan […] »
- Sylvia Ogweng
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
The actor is no stranger to music, having recently released the single “Thief,” and in his upcoming film Baby Driver he plays Baby, a getaway driver who is aided by his personal soundtrack.
Watch the cover above. »
- Derek Lawrence
Half a dozen Hollywood studios are signaling that they may soon offer new movies in home just weeks after they hit theaters, Variety reports. Most studio releases become available on DVD and on-demand roughly 90 days after their theatrical release, with some titles available after 70 days.
At Warner Bros., CEO Kevin Tsujihara has been negotiating with exhibitors to make certain titles available on-demand as early as 17 days after their debut. The arrangement would involve a much higher price point for rentals and the studios would give exhibitors a percentage of digital revenues. Though a $50 per-rental price was floated initially, the number that is reportedly being considered now is $30. There have also been discussions about shortening the theatrical window to 30 days or 45 days.
Fox, Universal, Lionsgate, Paramount and Sony are the other studios that have been »
- Graham Winfrey
Baby Driver, sharing a core premise with that of neon-noir thriller Drive, tells the story of a music dependant getaway driver who falls in love, ultimately having to pull off one last heist. The film stars Ansel Elgort as the peculiarly named Baby, along with an all star cast including Jaime Foxx, John Hamm, and Jon Bernthal.
Wright recently spilled the beans at SXSW on just how the idea for his passion project came to be.
“I had the germ of this movie rattling around in my head for a long time,” said Wright, explaining that 22 years ago, »
- Samuel Brace
The best cinematic action of 2017 in three parts from the movies of SXSW.
It was heavier than I had anticipated. At the age of 16, if my memory serves me correctly, it was the first time I’d ever held a real gun. In the midwest, surrounded by a family full of avid hunters, this was a right of passage. At some point an uncle or two would want to show you the awesome power of a real firearm, both as appreciation for the weapon’s power and as a lesson in the seriousness of its deadly potential. The weight of the revolver in my hand brought both of these concepts to life with immediacy. It’s hard to hold a real gun and not be in awe and at least a little terrified. It’s a feeling I’ll never shake, perhaps one of those moments in which a teenager’s journey toward adulthood was accelerated a »
- Neil Miller
Ansel Elgort is a modern-day Renaissance man. A skilled actor (you can see him next in Baby Driver) and devoted Knicks fan, Elgort is a fellow of many interests. When he's not creating sexy music videos with his girlfriend, he's covering musical hits and sharing them on Instagram. Case in point: on Tuesday, he posted a video of himself playing the piano and singing to "City of Stars" from La La Land. He's no Ryan Gosling, but he definitely does the song justice. Little cover "City of Stars" from La La Land. A post shared by Ansel Elgort (@ansel) on Mar 21, 2017 at 11:33am Pdt »
- Maggie Pehanick
As the conclusion to South by Southwest (or, as we all know it, SXSW) for 2017 came last week, so too came some awards, much like at any number of film festivals. Some of the top prizes went to movies like Baby Driver, The Big Sick, Dealt, The Light of the Moon, and Mr. Roosevelt, along with Judd Apatow’s surprise music documentary May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers. This isn’t the type of event where a prize can create Academy Award buzz, partly due to the time of the year, but it can create awareness. SXSW wrapped up over the weekend with a screening of Life (which I see in a few days and will then discuss), but these flicks were the highlights, for the most part. Below you will see the SXSW awards in their entirety, but first, a little bit on those two titles »
- Joey Magidson
It’s not often a soundtrack for a film can be considered a spoiler, but considering the ways in which music is crucial to the foundation of Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver, consider this a fair warning. Although the action/musical/crime/comedy/thriller won’t hit theaters for another five months, it premiered at SXSW last weekend (where it was rapturously received), and an eagle-eared listener has collated the soundtrack on Spotify.
There’s of course Simon & Garfunkel‘s title track, along with songs from Queen, Run the Jewels, Boards of Canada, Barry White, The Damned, The Beach Boys, Blur, and even a famous Disney song. Considering the film’s action is choreographed to the music choices — tied to the tinnitus Ansel Elgort‘s character is afflicted with and therefore battles with a constant stream of songs — we’d imagine discovering this playlist in the theater is the best experience, »
- Jordan Raup
Edgar Wright‘s “Baby Driver” and Noël Wells’ directorial debut “Mr. Roosevelt” won audience prizes at the South by Southwest Film Festival for Best Headliner and Best Narrative Spotlight titles. Wright’s film follows an eccentric young driver (Ansel Elgort), a hired hand behind the wheel of getaway cars who needs an iPod playing to pull off stunts that evade police. It costars Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Lily James and Eiza González. Wells, who also wrote, produces and stars in “Roosevelt,” spins a semi-autobiographical tale of a Los Angeles comedian who returns home to contend with her ex-boyfriend and his lovable new girlfriend. »
- Matt Donnelly
After several days in Austin at SXSW watching movies and eating barbecue, we've returned to humanity with a list of the best movies we watched there. The fun thing about this festival is the fact that the movies are all over the map. Some are big studio films, and many are small labors of love that deserve to be discovered. Our list features a mix of both. So with that all being said... Here Are The 5 Best Movies We Saw at SXSW 1. Baby Driver Stars: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Lily James Hands down, Baby Driver is the best film we watched all festival. The latest from writer-director Edgar Wright drives it like it means it, featuring a fantastic cast and a high-intensity plot that in many ways could be described as an action-musical. With music...
- Erik Davis
After several days in Austin at the South by Southwest Film Festival watching movies and eating barbecue, we've returned with a list of the best movies we watched there. The fun thing about this festival is that the movies are all over the map. Some are big studio films, many are small labors of love that deserve to be discovered. Our list features a mix of both. So with that all being said... Here Are The 5 Best Movies We Saw at SXSW 1. Baby Driver Stars: Ansel Elgort,...
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New trailers for Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver and Life make our weekly round-upNew trailers for Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver and Life make our weekly round-upScott Goodyer3/17/2017 1:57:00 Pm Despicable Me 3
A second trailer dropped for the third film in our favourite franchise about minions. Steve Carell is taking on double duty as he not only returns as Gru, but we also get to meet his twin brother, Dru. The two team up for another heist, and they definitely look like they'll make one hilarious duo.
Have you heard of Baby Driver yet?!
- Scott Goodyer
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– Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn will receive the prestigious “Cinema Icon Award” at CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato) held March 27 – 30 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Hawn will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony Thursday, March 30 hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon. Previous winners of this esteemed award include Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Costner.
“With a career that has spanned roles in more than 30 films Goldie Hawn continues to shine on the big screen as one of the most entertaining, relatable and recognizable actresses of our time,” noted Neuhauser. “With an unforgettable presence and charm both onscreen and off Hawn has entertained audiences of all ages and we are pleased to honor an »
- Kate Erbland
Upstart distribution label Neon continues to flex its taste muscles — nabbing the buzzy, noirish thriller “Gemini” out of SXSW from writer-director Aaron Katz. Following two women in a complicated personal and professional relationship who bear witness to a brutal, the film stars Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravtiz and John Cho. A tenacious personal assistant (Kirke) and her actress boss (Kravitz) get tangled in a brutal act of violence, and set out across Los Angeles to make sense of it as a policeman (Cho) pursues them. Also Read: SXSW Film Lineup: Brie Larson, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz Projects Head to Texas Katz’s previous credits include. »
- Matt Donnelly
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