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Is Jonathan Rhys Meyers going to star in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is coming in 2015 and we can pretty much expect news (and speculation) about the movie to appear on a fairly regular basis from now until then. Currently we know that J.J. Abrams is directing a script from Michael Arndt and that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are all due to appear. Now, a report comes from Latino Review that the star of "The Tudors," Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is being added to the cast. They point out that the actor appeared previously in Abrams' "Mission: Impossible III" and consequently already has a relationship with the director. What »
- HitFix Staff
Seth MacFarlane Won’t Host Oscars Again
Seth MacFarlane announced Monday that he won’t return to host the Oscars again in 2014, which would be even bigger news if he hadn’t made the same announcement twice before.
Speculation had risen that MacFarlane might make a comeback appearance after exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron signed on to return for next year’s kudocast, but MacFarlane put the idea to rest — for a third time.
“Traumatized critics exhale: I’m unable to do the Oscars again,” MacFarlane began in the first of a pair of tweets Monday. “Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep. However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix.”
Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep. However, I »
- Jon Weisman
Doors Keyboardist Ray Manzarek Dead at 74
Ray Manzarek, whose keyboard playing was a central element to the sound of '60s rock group The Doors, has died at the age of 74, it was reported on the band's Facebook page. According to the band's Facebook page, Manzarek died shortly after noon on Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, while surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James. Manzarek had been battling bile duct cancer. Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2013 Born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr. in Chicago, Manzarek formed The Doors in 1965, after meeting »
- Tim Kenneally
Justin Bieber Booed at Billboard Music Awards, Readers React
With music performances galore, the 2013 Billboard Music Awards brought hit songs to life on Sunday. Broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera and more came together to show off their red carpet style, perform their chart-topping tunes and thank the fans. From Bieber's boo-gate to Aguilera's sexy slim-down, the show had social media buzzing. Here's what you had to say: View the story "2013 Billboard Music Awards" on Storify »
- Maggie Coughlan
'Transformers 4' casts Chinese actress Li Bingbing
The news was first reported by China’s m1905.com, a state-owned film site. The casting comes during recent high-profile efforts to court and increase Chinese interest in Hollywood tent-poles: Iron Man 3 was shot with footage specifically for the country, which is now the world’s second-largest film market. Meanwhile, Transformers 4 Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show will air this summer, a reality TV competition to cast four speaking roles in the upcoming film, which jettisons franchise star Shia Labeouf »
- Adam Carlson
'Chuck' Star Zachary Levi to Make Broadway Debut
Zachary Levi, star of the late, lamented NBC action comedy "Chuck," will make his Broadway debut in the musical comedy "First Date," the show's producers said Monday. Levi anchored the cult TV series for five seasons, starring as a computer-whiz who becomes an improbable spy. He also did voice work for 2011's "Tangled" and is set to appear in "Thor: The Dark World." In "First Date," Levi plays a high-strung man who gets set up with a serial-dater. Their romantic evening gets upended by a series of unexpected events ranging from Google »
- Brent Lang
Kate Hudson Joins the Cast of Zach Braff’s Wish I Were Here
We already told you that Zach Braff had cast Mandy Patinkin to play his father in his crowd-sourced film Wish I Was Here. Well, over the last week, the cast has filled out a bit. Josh Gad will play Braff’s brother. Anna Kendrick will play a cosplay aficionado whom Gad crushes on. As was alluded to in the pitch video, Jim Parsons and Donald Faison will be in it as well. And today it was announced that Kate Hudson will co-star as the wife of Braff’s character. Congrats, 40,000 backers, you're now famous people's bosses. »
- Jesse David Fox
Dancing with the Stars: The Best Tweets from the Season Finale
Who's going to take home the coveted mirror-ball trophy? The top four couples on Dancing with the Stars - Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas, Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff - are hitting the ballroom one last time Monday night in hopes of earning high scores from judges and lots of votes from viewers to win the competition. And the competition is fierce! Kellie and Zendaya have been clear frontrunners from the beginning, while Alexandra has also scored big and Jacoby is finishing strong, charming the judges and picking up enough votes »
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance Gets Remake
With Park Chan-wook successfully trying his hand at English-language filmmaking in Stoker, Hollywood continues to make doe-eyes at his South Korean back catalogue. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, part one of his Vengeance trilogy, is next to be prepped for a Us remake.Deadline reports that Hollywood heavyweights Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are steering an English-language remake to the big screen. Broken City scribe Brian Tucker will be translating the story into an American setting.Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, 2003's precursor to Oldboy and Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, was a bloody and brutal opening salvo for a hammer-wielding trilogy that would end up terrifying octopuses everywhere. Its deaf-mute protagonist - we'd be loath to use the word 'hero' - resorts to abduction, black-marketeering and violence to secure an organ transplant for his ailing sister.While there are no common plot threads between the three films, it will still be »
Seth MacFarlane Won't Host Oscars 2014
To say that Seth MacFarlane's stint as Oscars host polarised opinion would be a little like saying that it's a bit nippy in space. As statements of the bleeding obvious go it's right up there with suggesting that Joaquin Phoenix is a leftfield pick to succeed him. Well, guess who MacFarlane is tipping to succeed him? MacFarlane has tweeted that he definitely won't be returning to the Dolby Theater as host next year, slipping in a sly dig at the critics - that's pretty much all of them - who panned his efforts in March.Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep.However, I highly-->— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) May 20, 2013 With a packed looking schedule, including Ted 2 and comedy Western A Million Ways To Die In The West, MacFarlane has his plate full for the foreseeable. »
Behind the Candelabra: Cannes Review
Behind the Candelabra is fabulous -- so much so that, were it not for the fact that it reveals everything about his private life that he worked so hard to conceal, Liberace himself might well have loved it. The big screen’s loss is HBO’s gain in what is billed as Steven Soderbergh’s farewell to the cinema, at least for the time being. Superbly scripted, brilliantly directed, smart but never smarmy and led by a lead performance by Michael Douglas so good you often forget you’re watching an actor rather than the famous character he’s playing, this is a rarity, a fully
- Todd McCarthy
Cannes Review: Brilliant 'Behind the Candelabra' deserves biggest screen possible
Cannes - A late, not-entirely-incidental scene in “Behind the Candelabra” finds Swarovski-encrusted pianist Liberace holding forth on the 1981 Academy Awards. The showbiz legend is due to make his long-desired debut appearance as performer and presenter, and you may or may not be surprised to learn that he’s backing “On Golden Pond,” that maudlin, Vaseline-lit ode to comfortable expiration, to take the gold. “I’m so glad Jane Fonda’s dropped all those awful causes and made a nice film with her father,” he coos primly. “Our job is to entertain the world and sell lots of drinks and souvenirs.” Steven Soderbergh’s alternately »
- Guy Lodge
Cannes Review: Douglas and Damon Shine in Soderbergh's Funny, Poignant Melodrama 'Behind the Candelabra'
The Cannes Film Festival accorded Steven Soderbergh's lush period melodrama "Behind the Candelabra" a prime competition slot (his fourth) for a reason. While it's not the first time an HBO movie has played in the mainbar (Stephen Hopkins' "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" was in competition in 2004), it will be Soderbergh's last, if he sticks to his planned retirement from making films. With "Behind the Candelabra," the 50 year-old filmmaker is coming full circle at Cannes. He landed in competition with his first film in 1989, "sex lies and videotape," even though it had played Sundance, and took home the Palme d'Or. "It's not often you get the opportunity to arrange that kind of symmetry," Soderbergh told The Huffington Post. "It's funny to think about how long ago that was." If "Behind the Candelabra" is his final film, it's a winner, easily among the best of his 26 features »
- Anne Thompson
Cannes Film Review: ‘Behind the Candelabra’
During his lifetime, Liberace sued (and won) when publications hinted at his homosexuality. In “Behind the Candelabra,” former lover Scott Thorson gets the final word, serving as the basis of a film that gleefully thrusts itself into those aspects of Liberace’s lifestyle which the flamboyant showman was careful not to show the public. Ironically, despite being the most bigscreen-worthy film that director Steven Soderbergh has made since “Che,” this eye-popping biopic will unspool Stateside on HBO, while receiving theatrical treatment abroad, where the star power of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will draw masses to performances unlike any in their careers.
A production designer’s dream and a gay man’s nightmare, “Behind the Candelabra” re-creates the lavish living environment and stage shows Liberace orchestrated between 1977 and his death in 1986 of HIV-related complications, while presenting the world with a sort of worst-case version of predatory homosexuality, in which an older man of means identifies, »
- Peter Debruge
Cannes: Reese Witherspoon Stars in 'Devil's Knot' (Exclusive Image)
With the Cannes Film Festival nearing the finishing stretch, the independent film business already is turning its attention to the fall festival circuit. One title that’s likely to make an appearance is Atom Egoyan’s much-anticipated Devil’s Knot, loosely based on Mara Leveritt’s 2002 nonfiction book about the infamous West Memphis Three case. Photos: Radiant 'X-Men' Star Fan Bingbing Honored at Glittery Cannes Fest From Worldview Entertainment, the crime thriller stars Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs, the mother of Steve Branch, one of the three children savagely murdered in Arkansas in 1993. Alessandro Nivola plays Terry Hobbs, her husband
- Pamela McClintock
Cannes: Euro Studios Look to Benefit From Busy London Soundstages
European film studio facility operators in such places as Germany and Eastern Europe feel positioned to take advantage of a shortage of free studio space in London and attract big Hollywood productions in the second half of the year and beyond. With the new Star Wars movie and the Avengers sequel set to shoot in the U.K., among many others, even British producers pulling together financing for budgets and announcing summer start dates face a battle to secure space at the big facilities. Germany's Studio Babelsberg, Hungary's Korda Studios and others are seen as sites that could bring in
- Stuart Kemp , Scott Roxborough , Georg Szalai
Last Night on Late Night: Will Smith Definitely Caught the Kanye West Rap \"Bug\"
Last night on the Late Show, Will Smith displayed a major symptom of the rap "bug" he'd apparently caught from Kanye West. The band played Smith's own "Summertime" as his walk-out song, but instead of leaving it at that, he rapped along, unmiked at first until he grabbed the microphone for a full-on ode to summer time. Plus: Mary Lynn Rajskub denied any intel on her casting in the new 24 miniseries, but she disclosed what she'd really been typing the whole time Chloe looked so diligently ambidextrous at her computer. I was "typing affirmations to myself," she told Conan. Things like, "Don't take Kiefer's intensity so personally. He's just acting" or "You look really pretty today, Mary Lynn." If only we could see her faking it once again. Also, in a nod to the rest of last night's awesome musical performances, Jaden Smith rapped "The Coolest," but the cutest »
- Caroline Shin
Cannes Review: James Franco's 'As I Lay Directing'
Back in her “Pretty Women” days, I interviewed the young Julia Roberts and at one point she mentioned her dog, which she called Faulkner. Well, that’s one way to add some intellectual heft to your resume. Is it so different with James Franco, choosing “As I Lay Dying” as his first directorial feature? He says he loved the book when he first read it back in high school. Well, I loved a girl named Becky but I didn’t make a film about her. Honestly, I root for James Franco, but he exhausts with his incessant need to produce every little thought into something for our consumption. His recent art exhibition in Berlin included some fairly lame paintings he did in college of his high school yearbook photos; you know, things like sitting on the bleachers at a swim meet. Yes, of course that’s better than the guy »
- Tom Christie
Cannes 2013: All But ‘Silence’ On the Sales Front
Cannes—This year’s Cannes saw a deluge of new titles brought onto the market.
But, through Monday afternoon at least, there had not been a deluge of deals snapping them up.
One day before the pre-sales market wound down, with major distributors planning to pack their bags Tuesday, most major U.S. and European sales companies had little to crow about in contrast to previous years where by this time a flurry of activity would have already been announced.
A L.A. based buyers rep said there was both a lack of quality and “ big mainstream commercial product with guaranteed wide USA theatrical release.”
“Sales are taking longer and have also been scattered: Many movies on the market have sold to most of Asia, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia and the U.K. but that’s it.” added Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz. »
- John Hopewell and Rachel Abrams
Review: 'The Hangover Part III' breaks new ground as it says good-bye
When this movie begins in the middle of an over-the-top prison riot in Bangkok that leads to a crazy "Shawshank Redemption" joke, it's the first sign that "The Hangover Part III" is not just business as usual. The first film, written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, featured a very clever hook, and when Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong & Todd Phillips wrote the script for the second movie, they mirrored the structure of the first film closely. When I spoke with Phillips recently, it was obvious that he loved the reaction of people who were bothered by that, and at first, »
- Drew McWeeny
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