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Mark Wahlberg to Receive Generation Award at MTV Movie Awards
The men of “Entourage” will publicly reunite for the first time since the series ended when they present Mark Wahlberg, the HBO show’s muse and one of its executive producers, with the Generation Award at this year’s MTV Movie Awards.
The on-stage appearance comes ahead of the highly anticipated “Entourage” movie, slated for summer 2015.
“Mark Wahlberg is the definition of a modern-day Renaissance Man: from ‘Dirk Diggler’ to ‘The Departed,’ ‘The Basketball Diaries’ to ‘Ted,’ ‘Entourage’ to ‘The Fighter,’ in front of the camera and behind – he’s done it all and he’s always memorable,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV, in a statement. “Mark has captivated the MTV audience for over 20 years, and for this rare feat, we’re proud to recognize him with this year’s Generation Award.”
- Francesca Bacardi
Mariska Hargitay producing documentary on rape kit backlog
Mariska Hargitay plays a sex crimes detective on Law and Order: Svu, but now the actress is taking her support for victims to another level by producing an upcoming documentary about rape kit backlog.
The documentary, Shelved, will focus on the many rape kits Detroit has failed to analyze and what can be done to stop the backlog from continuing. Rape kits are procedurally given to rape victims immediately after the reported crime and, when analyzed, often lead to identifying the DNA of the alleged attacker and then to the ultimate conviction of that individual. But according to The Detroit News, »
- Ariana Bacle
True Detective's Huge Finale Broke HBO Go
The True Detective finale was so popular last night it broke HBO Go. HBO's on-demand streaming portal succumbed to the stress of viewers attempting to watch the finale that also aired on HBO's main network. "Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we've been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon," the official HBO Go Twitter account shared at close to 10 p.m. on Sunday. As of 10 a.m. Est on Monday, the problems were resolved. "The issues affecting HBO Go last night have been resolved. Thank you for being patient," HBO Go tweeted. Yet some users were still encountering problems with the streaming service the morning after the Sunday, March 9, »
Real Housewives of Orange County Season 9 First Look: Meet the New Ladies of the Oc—Watch Now!
The first ladies of Bravo are back for a ninth season and there are some new faces in the Real Housewives of Orange County crowd. Joining Tamra Judge, Vicki Gunvalson and Heather Dubrow are new cast members Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek. Danielle Gregorio also joins the cast as a friend of the Housewives. And with new ladies comes new drama. The new season of Real Housewives of Orange County promises to be anything but tame. Kicking off on Monday, April 14 at 9 p.m., the new season seems to put Heather at odds with everybody. Get a taste for the drama in the trailer below. When viewers last saw Vicki, her daughter Briana was confronting Brooks at the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion over »
Kate Beckinsale's Genie Pants: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?
Sometimes a celebrity triggers the memory of a trend that's been relegated to the "out" pile. Case in point: Kate Beckinsale in these tight-ankle pants. Remember when those were in?! Yes, harem bottoms recently had a resurgence in sweatpants form, but the Eliza Graves actress is wearing them I Dream of Jeannie-tries-out-pumps-for-the-first-time style. Although her baggy tank makes her look a bit like Jennifer Lopez circa her "Bennifer" days... We're going to say that we'd be bigger fans of the fashion choice if it weren't for the footwear pairing. The combo feels too party on top and formal on the bottom - like some kind of sideways mullet. Plus, we're not exactly loving the way the »
Les Arcs Film Fest Launches Paris Coproduction Village
Paris– The team behind Les Arcs film festival, the successful five-year old fest that’s been coined the European Sundance, is launching a Coproduction Village in Paris.
Although the mart won’t have the French Alps for backdrop, the new development and financing platform will take place on the famed Champs Elysees avenue during Springtime, which might prove at least as appealing to foreign industryites as ski slopes.
Hosted by Sophie Dulac’s Champs Elysees Film Festival on June 12-13, the Coproduction Village will replace to some extent Paris Project, the mini-mart which was organized by Paris Cinema Intl. Film Festival and has been discontinued.
Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, CEO of Les Arcs and the Paris’ Coproduction Village, has tapped Les Arcs’ head of industry Vanja Kaludjercic to spearhead the selection of 12 to 15 international projects aimed at European industry professionals. Kaludjercic has earned a good reputation with her selections at Les Arcs, »
- Elsa Keslassy
John Woo to Head Jury at Beijing Film Festival
Hong Kong director John Woo will head the international jury at the Beijing International Film Festival in April. Woo's jury will decide the winners of this year's Tiantan Awards, handed out annually at the event in 10 categories -- for best feature, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay, cinematography, music and visual effects. Photos: China Box Office 2013: The Top 10 Movies In Asia, Woo is best known for his Hong Kong features The Killer and A Better Tomorrow, and in Hollywood he made Broken Arrow and Face/Off. His next movie The Crossing, widely touted as China’s answer to
- Clifford Coonan
The Voice: Blake Shelton and Adam Levine Fight for the Best Singers
The final week of blind auditions on The Voice kicked off strong Monday for Team Blake and Team Adam, as each coach earned four more artists and battled for the night's strongest singers. It was also an evening of memorable and falsetto-filled soul performances, capped by 38-year-old Josh Kaufman, an academic tutor from Indianapolis, who stunned with his passionate version of George Michael's "One More Try," earning the night's only four-chair turn. So inspired was the singing, that Adam Levine was standing up and pumping his fist in excitement before the song was even over. "Damn… badass," Levine enthused. »
- Andrea Billups
First look: Kiefer Sutherland returns in '24: Live Another Day'
Four years after signing off after eight seasons, the taut drama series "24" returns to Fox on May 5 as a 12-hour miniseries "24: Live Another Day." Below, a tasty teaser of the all the action to come this summer. Emmy champ Kiefer Sutherland reprises his role as Jack Bauer, with fan favorite Mary Lynn Rajskub also back as tech wiz Chloe O'Brian. Kim Raver returns as Bauer's season four and five love interest Audrey Raines. Her father, James Heller (William Devane) is now president and she is married to his chief of staff Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan). Bauer discovers a plot to kill the president but Boudreau is wary of him and his ways. -Break- "24" contended for Best Drama Series at the Emmys for each of its first five seasons, finally winning on its final try in 2006. Likewise, Sutherland picked up the Drama Actor award that night as well. This revival »
Rhobh Season Finale: Is Brandi Glanville and Lisa Vanderpump's Friendship Officially Over?
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills gathered to celebrate the centennial of Beverly Hills, but the Hundred Years' War between Lisa Vanderpump and the wives only escalated. "I've been under your spell for two years," Brandi Glanville told Vanderpump, who abandoned the ladies in Puerto Rico after Glanville told Kyle Richards that Vanderpump had encouraged her to bring damaging tabloids about her husband to a girls trip in Palm Springs. "Truth is, I'm stronger on my own. I don't ever want to be on the other side of your anger." Continued Glanville: "With this fight, I finally feel free. I love you, »
- Wade Rouse
IMDb Launches New Casting Service: Exclusive
Every day movie fans all over the world turn to the free Internet Movie Database (IMDb) to look up details of who, what and where on movies. No more need to fight over trivia at dinner parties. But Hollywood insiders pay to dig deeper into IMDb's premium subscriber service IMDbPRO, launched a decade ago, which offers up inside intel on contact listings, in-production information and what's in development. And while many casting directors already use the service to find actors for their movies--Rob Pattinson was famously discovered for "Twilight" via such a search for the right actor in the right age range--they should be happy with a nifty new set of Pro Casting tools that goes along with a speedy consumer-friendly revamp of the site. "Our goal is always to help get people informed and connected," said IMDb CEO Col Needham at SXSW. "We come from Amazon's customer-centric culture. »
- Anne Thompson
Cheryl Cole to Return to ‘The X Factor’ in the U.K.
Cole quit the judging panel of the U.K. show in 2011 to join the U.S. version of the show, but was ejected from the Stateside version following claims that Americans could not understand her accent (she comes from North-East England).
- Leo Barraclough
Bizarre Love Letter From Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich Goes to Auction
A personal letter sent by Ernest Hemingway to screen siren Marlene Dietrich in 1955 has surfaced in a trove of memorabilia set to go to auction later this month online. The surreal, at times explicit, missive is signed "Papa" and thick with the Nobel prize-winning author's characteristic machismo. Video: Charlize Theron Stars with Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich in New Dior Ad Dietrich and Hemingway first met aboard a cruise liner from Paris to New York in 1934 and became lifelong friends. They never became lovers, but their lengthy correspondence is full of mutual longing and affection. The
- Patrick Brzeski
SXSW: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on Senate Jerks, N-Word Jokes and Growing Up 'Incrementally' (Q&A)
Austin -- There is no more unbeatable a comedy duo in Hollywood right now than Seth Rogen and his longtime writing, directing and producing collaborator, Evan Goldberg. Childhood friends from Vancouver, B.C., their creative partnership first came to fruition with 2007's semi-autobiographical Superbad, a script they had written together as teenagers. They scored again with Pineapple Express (2008), and, after stumbling with The Green Hornet (2011) and The Guilt Trip (2012), returned to form with their apocalyptic comedy, This Is the End, which grossed more than $100 million in the summer of 2013. Video: 'Neighbors' Red Band Trailer The hot
- Seth Abramovitch
Sneak peek: Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts in 'The Normal Heart'
Almost three decades after Larry Kramer's play "The Normal Heart" debuted in 1985, this visceral look at the early days of the AIDS crisis is finally getting a screen adaptation. Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story," "Glee") has assembled a top-notch cast for this telefilm that debuts on HBO on May 25. (Watch the trailer below.) Expect this production to be a major contender come Emmy time. With the splitting of the TV Movie & Miniseries category into separate ones, "The Normal Heart" is a strong favorite for the former. However, as the performance categories remain combined, there will be major competition for these awards. Vote for Best TV Movie/Mini Actor at the bottom of this post using our easy drag-and-drop menu. -Break- Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo ("The Kids Are All Right") takes on the main role of Ned Weeks, a man who fights back against the widespread fear of the disease. »
FilMart: Black & White To Add Color to Hk Market
Hong Kong– Big-budget Taiwanese action film “Black & White: The Dawn of Justice” will get its first outing later this month at FilMart ahead of a release in the second half of the year.
The film is a $13 million sequel to 2012 action blockbuster “Black & White: The Dawn of Assault,” which itself originated from Tsai Yueh-hsun’s popular TV drama series “Black & White.”
The pic is co-produced by Prajna Works Entertainment, Beijing Hualu Baina Film &TV and Gravity Pictures Film Production, with international sales handled by Taiwan’s Ablaze Image.
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- Patrick Frater
BBC Overhauls VOD Service, Wants It to Showcase 'Best of British Creativity'
London – The BBC on Tuesday unveiled a latest slate of original content for its VOD service and digital media player, iPlayer, and improvements to its navigation and program discovery as the service becomes an increasingly bigger focus for management. Speaking at the U.K. public broadcaster's headquarters in central London, director general Tony Hall said the popular VOD player is looking to move from TV online to online TV, from something static like a jukebox to something that is creatively more exciting. "We're bringing live to the vision," Hall said."What really matters to me are the creative
- Georg Szalai
SXSW Film Review: ‘Butterfly Girl’
An intimate portrait of what it’s like to be a teenage girl with a rare life-threatening disease, “Butterfly Girl” opts for a celebration of life over a fear of death to ultimately devastating effect. Although limited in scope, the feature documentary debut of TV news veteran Cary Bell benefits greatly from the infectious personality of its subject, Abigail Evans. The result is something along the lines of a particularly solid installment of MTV’s “True Life,” and indeed smallscreen play may be the modest yet moving pic’s best bet of finding an audience.
Bright, bubbly and beautiful, 18-year-old Evans could be the prototypical high-school queen bee, except for the fact she was born with epidermolysis bullosa (Eb) — an incurable connective tissue disorder that leaves skin so fragile that blisters, wounds, infections and inflammations are a chronic way of life. Blisters in her esophagus require multiple surgeries a year »
- Geoff Berkshire
SXSW Film Review: ‘Long Distance’
The central paradox of so much recent technology — why do devices meant to enable human communication wind up hindering it? — is sensitively and movingly explored within the context of a thoroughly modern relationship in “Long Distance.” With the exception of two lengthy bookend sequences, this beautifully acted love story — about an artist who moves to Los Angeles for a year, leaving behind her boyfriend in Barcelona — is mediated entirely through video-chat sessions, text messages, Facebook updates and the occasional phone call, offering a resonant contempo angle on the age-old dilemma of lovers separated by geography and by their own dreams and desires. A rigorously controlled two-hander that never feels airless or minimalist, Carlos Marques-Marcet’s bittersweet debut feature is a natural for further fest play and international arthouse exposure.
Spanish multihyphenate Marques-Marcet has numerous editing credits and a handful of shorts to his name, and in “Long Distance,” the sense »
- Justin Chang
Miles Teller and Jai Courtney on their new 'Fantastic Four' and 'Terminator' movies
Miles Teller and Jai Courtney are no strangers to the Hollywood movie making machine. Miles has won critical acclaim for roles in films such as "The Spectacular Now" and the upcoming Sundance hit "Whiplash" as well as candidly charm audiences in mainstream fare like "Footloose" and January's "That Awkward Moment." Courtney is an Aussie TV veteran who was "showcased" alongside Bruce Willis in "A Good Day to Die Hard" and had supporting roles in "Jack Reacher" and "I, Frankenstein." Both men will be seen next in Neil Burger's "Divergent," but it goes without saying that most movie fans are interested in their next big projects. Courtney was recently cast in the "Terminator" reboot "Terminator: Genesis" as Kyle Reese, a character previously played by Michael Biehn and Anton Yelchin. Teller has become a somewhat controversial choice to play the stretchy Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic) in 20th Century Fox's revamp of the "Fantastic Four. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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