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'Fast & Furious 6' Driving Record Memorial Day Weekend at Box Office
"Fast & Furious 6" put its pedal to the metal with a $38.1 million Friday that has the Memorial Day weekend box office on a blistering record pace. The latest entry in Universal's muscle-car movie franchise could hit $120 million for the four-day weekend, and the overall box office is on track to top $300 million, which would easily outstrip the $276 million rung up in 2011, when "Hangover II" led the way with $85 million. The follow-up to that film, "The Hangover Part III," was running second after bringing in $14.5 »
- Todd Cunningham
Cannes: 'The Missing Picture' Tops With Un Certain Regard Jury
"The Missing Picture" by Rithy Panh has been named the best film in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival. The film uses clay figures to recreate Panh's childhood under the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. The jury was headed by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg and also included actresses Ludivine Sagnier and Zhang Ziyi. Other prizes went to Hany Abu-Assad's "Omar," Alain Guiraudie's "Stranger by the Lake," Diego Quemada-Diez's "La Jaula de Oro" and Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station." In a letter to Cannes' Thierry Fremaux and Gilles Jacob, Vinterberg wrote, "One »
- Steve Pond
Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Campaign Closes With $3.1 Million
The campaign raised the funds from 46,520 fans with pledges from $10 for T-shirts and production notes to two $10,000 pledges –one for the slate used on the film signed by the cast and the other for being a cast member with Braff promising to put the donor in a scene with a spoken line.
“We’d like to shoot in August in La, so if you would like a walk on role to complement your credit, you’ll need to be available then,” Braff explained. “You will provide your own travel and accommodation.”
- Dave McNary
Amanda Bynes Tweets Again, Accuses NYPD Officer of Sexual Harassment
Just two days after Amanda Bynes was arrested for allegedly throwing a bong out of her 36th-floor New York apartment window and smoking pot in the lobby of her building, the troubled actress has taken to Twitter again to deny the charges - and make some accusations of her own against a police officer who arrested her. "Don't believe the reports about me being arrested. It's all lies," she Tweeted Saturday afternoon. "I was sexually harassed by one of the cops the night before last which is who then arrested me. He lied and said I threw a bong out »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Mariska Hargitay Inks New Deal to Return to 'Law & Order: SVU'
It's official: Detective Olivia Benson will be back. Mariska Hargitay has closed a new deal with studio Universal Television to return to NBC's long-running procedural Law & Order: SVU, the actress announced Saturday. "Happy weekend. It's official. Season 15--i'LL Be Back!" she announced via Twitter page. NBC renewed Law & Order: Svu in late April in anticipation that Hargitay would return. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2013-14 Wednesday's season 14 finale left the door open for Hargitay's Benson, with the character last seen at home -- not expected to return to work for two days and being
- Lesley Goldberg
Mariska Hargitay Confirms Her Return to Law & Order: Svu
Exhale Law & Order: Svu fans, Mariska Hargitay has revealed she'll be back in her Emmy-winning role as Detective Olivia Benson. The actress tweeted: "Happy weekend. It's official. Season 15—I'll Be Back!" The season 14 finale left fans wondering about the fate of Detective Benson after she wasn't expected to return to work and was being held at gunpoint. Luckily, she (or her agent?) somehow found a way to escape and Hargitay will continue to bust dirty pervs and sundry perps for another season. Yay! »
Only Lovers Left Alive: Cannes Review
The Thin Man with blood cocktails, an ode to hipsterism through the ages, a mainline shot of cool and a playful tribute to artistic fetishism, Jim Jarmusch’s vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive is an addictive mood and tone piece, a nocturnal reverie that incidentally celebrates a marriage that has lasted untold centuries. Almost nothing happens in this minor-key drift through a desolate, imperiled modern world and yet it is the perennial downtown filmmaker’s best work in many years, probably since 1995’s Dead Man, with which it shares a sense of quiet, heady, perilous passage. A modest-sized
- Todd McCarthy
Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, Stars of Extra Virgin, Fuse Tofu & Berries for Summertime Treat
On their Cooking Channel show Extra Virgin, it's plain to see that Debi Mazar and her husband Gabriele Corcos are as enamored with food as they are with each other. "Our love affair started at a dinner table in Florence and has evolved being in the kitchen together," Corcos tells People. "It's there that we prepare our daily family meals, develop new recipes, or just experiment with food." Though their romance started at the table, Mazar, who stars in the upcoming Lovelace alongside Amanda Seyfried, James Franco and Bobby Cannavale, says that while her diet is inspired by the flavors of Tuscany, »
- Maggie Coughlan
Cannes Film Review: ‘Zulu’
The unhealed wounds of post-apartheid South Africa get a brutal but superficial once-over in Jerome Salle’s savagely violent cop thriller “Zulu.” Toplining Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker as two detectives uniquely scarred by their nation’s cruel racial legacy, this adaptation of Caryl Ferey’s 2010 novel has the commercial slickness of Salle’s transnational actioners “Largo Winch” and “The Burma Conspiracy.” Yet the French-South African co-production is stacked with cliches and contrivances that fail to resonate with any real specificity or authenticity, the fine location work notwithstanding. The film’s grueling subject matter will severely test its theatrical prospects, demanding dedicated specialty handling.
The sensationalism starts immediately, with a harrowing flashback to the politically motivated atrocities that occurred in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in the early ’90s, seen here through the eyes of a terrorized child. After witnessing his father get burned alive, the boy grows up to »
- Justin Chang
Inspired by ‘Fast & Furious 6,’ Atf Launches Sequel to Operation That Mistakenly Armed Drug Cartels
Inspired by the upcoming release of “Fast & Furious 6,” the latest installment in the blockbuster action franchise, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced it will create a sequel to Operation Fast & Furious, its 2009 botched gun-trafficking sting operation that resulted in more than 2,000 guns being allowed to end up in the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels.
According to Atf acting director B. Todd Jones, he is confident that in the tradition of the “Fast & Furious” franchise, with each film being bigger than the last, the government’s Operation 2 Fast 2 Furious will be extremely successful.
“The reason we named the original operation Fast and Furious was because we were making it up as we went along, just like the script for the movie franchise,” Jones told Hollywood & Swine. “Unfortunately, due to our incompetence, we should have named the operation after another Vin Diesel film, “Babylon A.D.,” since it »
- Hollywood and Swine
Will Smith Raps Fresh Prince Theme Song with Son Jaden - and Dances with Alfonso Ribeiro!
It wasn't Bel-Air, or even West Philadelphia, but Will Smith grabbed a microphone in London and proved he hasn't forgotten his Fresh Prince roots. The megastar and son Jaden pleasantly shocked The Graham Norton Show audience Friday when they stood up during their appearance to promote After Earth and rapped the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - with the help of Smith's old pal, DJ Jazzy Jeff. (Smith racked up eight million YouTube hits when he rapped the theme song last time he was on the show.) The crowd went wild, and fellow guests Heather Graham and »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Cannes Film Review: ‘Venus in Fur’
As with his earlier “Carnage” and “Death and the Maiden,” “Venus in Fur” finds Roman Polanski transferring a New York stage hit to the screen with maximum fidelity and facility, and a minimum of fuss. Primarily a vehicle for Mrs. Polanski, Emmanuelle Seigner, who engulfs the screen with a juicy comic performance that does full justice to a demanding role, this playful and literate rumination on the fine line between passion and perversity, pleasure and pain, life and art should draw the attention of discerning highbrow auds, albeit likely falling short of the starrier, English-language “Carnage’s” $27 million worldwide haul.
Onscreen as onstage, “Venus” is something of an elaborate hall of mirrors issuing forth from Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 “Venus in Furs,” itself a mirrored novel-within-a-novel about a man, Severin, who submits himself as a love slave to the woman he adores, Vanda. Ergo, history’s first “masochistic” romance. »
- Scott Foundas
Will John C. Reilly join the Marvel Universe for 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'?
James Gunn's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" promises to be one of the strangest of the Marvel movies so far, and that excites me. Drew Pearce, who collaborated with Shane Black on the "Iron Man 3" script, was almost hired to work on the final polish for this film, but it looks like Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will be doing the final polish on the script that Nicole Perlman and Chris McCoy wrote instead. Quick side note… is Perlman the first female writer on a Marvel movie? In a lot of ways, Marvel is treating "Guardians" as the beachhead for a »
- Drew McWeeny
Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo Show Off Their Wedding Presents
Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo are tying the knot on June 1! The American Idol alumni, who got engaged on the show's 2012 finale, are putting the finishing touches on their wedding preparations - from the clothes to the cake to the guest list - and they're giving us a sneak peek of it all. Well, almost everything. Diana won't reveal the wedding dress until she walks down the aisle. Not even a hint! From now until their wedding, we'll have exclusive videos of Ace, 32, and Diana, 25, as they count down to their big day. And, of course, People will have exclusive »
- Steve Helling
Stone Temple Pilots Sue Ex-Frontman Scott Weiland
File this one under not-so-amicable breakup. After firing him from the band in February, the Stone Temple Pilots sued their former frontman Scott Weiland for breach of contract Friday, accusing him of using the band's name to promote his solo career. In the lawsuit, the band says Weiland is still using the band's name and songs and asks a judge to block him from ever doing it again. The band mates also detail their issues with Weiland while he was still a member of the Stone Temple Pilots, saying he "seriously harmed the band" back in 2012 by continually being late to performances, failing to communicate with them and costing them millions when he wouldn't commit to their 2012 tour »
Cannes: Philippe Rousselot Awarded Festival's First Cinematography Honor
Cannes – Kristen Scott Thomas and Uma Thurman celebrated Oscar-winner Philippe Rousselot for being awarded the first annual Pierre Angenieux Excellens in Cinematography Honor. "It’s not just me being honored, but all cinematographers," Rousselot tells The Hollywood Reporter at the beachside dinner ceremony. "I’ll take it for everyone." The Oscar and Cesar-winner is known for his work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sherlock Holmes and Lions for Lambs. He worked with Thurman on Dangerous Liasons (1998) and Henry & June (1990), and with Scott Thomas on Random Hearts (1999). He won an Oscar for 1992's A River Runs Through It and was also a member of the Cannes Film Festival jury in 1995. Cannes:
- Rhonda Richford
10 movies from Cannes that we can't stop talking about
Cannes - Spend a few days at a major film festival and it won't take long to run into someone who has an opinion on a movie. With the end of the 66th Cannes Film Festival drawing near, it's intriguing to look at some of the films that have generated a lot of buzz over the past week and a half. Are people still talking about films from the beginning of the festival? Well, in the case of"Great Gatsby," "Jeune & Jolie" and "Bling Ring" they've almost been forgotten. "Jimmy P"? This year's consensus whipping boy (and for obvious reasons). "Only Lovers Left Alive"? The »
- Gregory Ellwood
Charlie Sheen Might Be Ditching His Stage Name
Charlie Sheen is the TV star who had a meltdown on set of his wildly popular sitcom. Charlie Sheen got infamously fired from said sitcom. Charlie Sheen took that collapse on tour and it wasn't so good. Charlie Sheen hasn't been doing so well since. So, we guess it's not surprising to hear that Charlie Sheen is possibly choosing to go by another name. According to the La Times, a screenshot from the credits of Robert Rodriguez’s latest film Machete Kills features a portrait of Sheen labeled "Carlos Estevez" — the moniker given to him at birth by parents Janet and Martin Sheen. (Both the older and younger Sheens changed their last names to make it easier to get acting work.) The paper suggests that Sheen might be making the change as a way to "distance himself from his well-earned bad boy persona," or perhaps because Rodriguez is known "to »
- Delia Paunescu
Amanda Bynes Tweets Post-Arrest: "I Was Sexually Harassed By One of the Cops"
Amanda Bynes is tweeting mad. Following her arrest in New York City Thursday night, the Easy A actress hit Twitter Saturday to give her side of what supposedly went down, claiming that she was sexually harrassed by a police officer. "Don't believe the reports about me being arrested," Bynes wrote Saturday. "It's all lies. I was sexually harassed by one of the cops the night before last which is who then arrested me. He lied and said I threw a bong out the window when I opened the window for fresh air. Hilarious. He slapped my vagina. Sexual harassment. Big deal." "I then called the cops on him," she continued. "He handcuffed me, which I resisted, quite unlike any of »
Amanda Bynes Maintains That She Did Not Throw a Bong, Claims NYPD Sexually Harassed Her
On Friday, a bewigged Amanda Bynes appeared in Manhattan court, where she was charged with reckless endangerment, marijuana possession, and evidence-tampering for her Thursday night bong-throwing incident. After claiming that what she tossed out of her 47th Street apartment building window was, in fact, a vase, she was released without bail, and promptly took to Twitter, where she maintained her innocence (and expressed a desire to consult with Nikki Minaj's wig person): "I only smoke tobacco I don't drink or do drugs. I've never had a bong in my life! I need to get another nose job after seeing my mugshot!" Now, Bynes has tweeted that she was sexually harassed by an NYPD officer. After warning readers against believing "lies" about her arrest, she wrote, "I was sexually harassed by one of the cops the night before last which is who then arrested me. He lied and said I »
- Caroline Bankoff
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