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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Has Died
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. His flamboyant and melancholy fictional works - among them Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Autumn of the Patriarch - outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible. »
- Associated Press
Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup
Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.
The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”
One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Steven Spielberg to Direct ‘The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara’ (Exclusive)
Though he’s still mulling what his next directing gig will be, Steven Spielberg has added another project to his development slate: a religious drama titled “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” written by “Lincoln” and “Munich” scribe Tony Kushner. Spielberg plans to direct and produce the drama, which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co.
The pic is based on the David Kertzer novel revolving around the true life story of an Italian Jew who in 1858 became the center of an international controversy when he was removed from his parents at the age of seven by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.
Spielberg and Kushner also teamed on historical dramas “Munich” and “Lincoln,” both of which landed best picture nominations. Spielberg is said to be very anxious to get back behind the camera, »
- Justin Kroll
Oscars set dates for 2015 award season
Mark your calendars, Oscar-watchers.
After a slightly later presentation this year due to the Winter Olympics, the 2015 Academy Awards telecast has returned to its usual domain on Sunday, Feb. 22 of next year.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement today, along with a list of other significant dates that form the backbone of backslapping season.
The Governors Awards — the Academy’s presentation of honorary Oscars, Saturday, November 8, 2014
Screen Credits — the deadline for submissions is set for Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Nominations voting begins — ballots can be submitted starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014
Nominations voting ends — ballots are due by 5 p. »
- Anthony Breznican
Bryan Singer Accuser: Lapd Knew About Sexual Abuse in 1999
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Bryan Singer’s accuser Michael Egan said his mother first reported the allegations of sexual abuse to the Los Angeles Police Department when he was 17 years old.
“It basically fell on deaf ears and I basically buried it deep within me” after that, he told reporters.
The plaintiff who filed suit against “X-Men” director Bryan Singer, claiming that the helmer sexually assaulted him multiple times some 15 years ago beginning at the age of 15, appeared alongside his attorney Jeff Herman at the media event in Beverly Hills.
Herman, who specializes in sexual assault cases, said that he expects to file additional cases against alleged perpetrators by April 24 in Hawaii. That is the cutoff date for the statute of limitations there.
The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in Hawaii, where Egan claims he was flown multiple times in 1999 and forced to have non-consensual sex with Singer. »
- Ted Johnson
'Mrs. Doubtfire' star Mara Wilson won't be in the sequel because she has standards
Today in "Mrs. Doubtfire 2" news (yes, you read that right, and no, you have not inadvertently traveled back to the year 1995), "Mrs. Doubtfire 1" star Mara Wilson wants nothing whatsoever to do with the belated sequel because...well, let's just say she's been quite verbose on the topic via her (shockingly delightful) official Twitter account. See, Twitter! Didn't even exist in 1995! Deep breaths... And now, without further adieu, here are seven reason why we won't be seeing the adorable former '90s child star (who is now 26! <dies from shock>) showing up in the cash-grabby followup: 1. She's not into sequels. I've been in some mediocre movies, but I've never been in a sequel. And I have no interest in being in one now. — Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) April 17, 2014 2. Sequels are terrible, usually. Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series. I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Kobe Bryant to chronicle NBA comeback with new Showtime documentary
It's Showtime for Kobe Bryant. The superstar athlete will be the subject of a new documentary on the premium network entitled "Kobe Bryant's Muse," which will take an "in-depth look into the life, inspirations and challenges" of the five-time NBA champion as he attempts to mount a comeback following a series of recent injuries that threatened to end his career. "As a lifelong Boston Celtics fan, never did I imagine I would collaborate with Laker great Kobe Bryant,” said director Gotham Chopra in a statement. “Kobe's quest for greatness transcends rivalries and I'm excited by his and Showtime’s willingness to go down this rabbit hole together. I’m confident audiences will be intrigued by what comes out the other side." In addition to his current struggles, the film will focus on the various forces that helped shape Bryant's professional career and ultimately led him to become one of »
- Chris Eggertsen
Bryan Singer's Lawyer: The 2000 Suit That Didn't Name Director Is a ‘Smoking Gun’
Bryan Singer's lawyer, Marty Singer, said new revelations that sex abuse accuser Michael Egan filed a lawsuit against two alleged pedophiles in 2000 but did not name the director is a “smoking gun” that proves his client's innocence. “He filed a lawsuit with identical language and claims? That's a smoking gun,” Marty Singer told TheWrap. Also read: Bryan Singer Lawyer Says Sexual Abuse Lawsuit is ‘Completely Without Merit’ Singer was referring to a suit that Egan filed along with two other plaintiffs in 2000, which Egan's attorney, Jeff Herman, mentioned in a press conference Thursday. (Herman said previously that the suit was filed. »
- L.A. Ross
Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys Trailer Is Here
Here's the first trailer for Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys movie — yes, that Clint Eastwood — based on the long-running Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. John Lloyd Young, who won a Tony for his stage portrayal of Valli, is back in the role, along with Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire), and Christopher Walken as a mob boss. If you were concerned about how Hollywood's foremost rugged octogenarian would fare with his first foray into musical theater, fear not: it appears that Eastwood is sticking pretty nicely to the musical's key elements, with plenty of direct-address monologues in thick New Jersey accents followed by high-pitched song and dance numbers. Sort of like Goodfellas, if it was a crowd-pleasing jukebox musical directed by Dirty Harry. Count us in. »
- Anna Silman
Bryan Singer Accuser: I Felt Like a Piece of Meat; Director's Attorney Rejects Claims as "Completely Fabricated"
Director Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a 17-year-old boy back in 1999, according to court documents, and today his accuser held a press conference. Michael F. Egan III described the "nightmare" he went through when he was allegedly raped by Singer and several other men in Los Angeles, Hawaii and other states over the span of two years when he was a teen. "I was raped numerous times in that house, by numerous individuals," Egan told the various media outlets. "You were like a piece of meat to these people." However Singer's attorney, Marty Singer (no relation), maintains that the allegations made against his client are false. "The claims »
Beyoncé and Jay Z Going on a Summer Tour Together?! Yes, Please!
This just may be the best summer ever. Fresh off her world tour, Beyoncé will be hitting the stadiums once again for a summer tour—wait for it—with her hubby Jay Z! According to The Los Angeles Times, the married superstars will launch their first joint tour in June for what is assumed to be The Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour. The U.S. leg will reportedly launch June 13 in Atlanta and wrap Aug. 6 in San Francisco. Bey and Jay are expected to have a stop at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., tentatively set for Aug. 3 date, which would be just days before Eminem and Rihanna's highly anticipated Monster Tour. The pair then plan on taking the show to Europe, with multiple shows scheduled in »
Watch: American Women Get Royally Duped in Fox’s ‘I Wanna Marry ‘Harry” Trailer
With Prince William off the market and baby George years away from the crown, it looks like American women will do just about anything for a shot at romance with a royal — even if it means not fact-checking the person’s pedigree.
The trailer for Fox’s new reality dating series “I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’” (created by the “Joe Millionaire” team) shows how 12 American women were royally duped into thinking they could win a fairy tale wedding with Prince Harry, In fact, the “prince” is his equally red-headed lookalike Matthew Hicks.
From elaborate dates and luxury boat rides to the striking physical resemblance, Hicks must keep up the chivalrous charade until the truth is revealed. Judging by this clip of hopeful contestants competing for his affections, these ladies are in for a rude awakening.
“I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’” premieres May 27 on Fox.
- Andrea Seikaly
‘Real Housewives’ Kenya Moore Was ‘Primary Aggressor’ in Reunion Fight, Porsha Williams’ Lawyer Claims
Porsha Williams’ attorney has addressed the fallout over an alleged violent incident that occurred during the taping of the reunion specials for Bravo's “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and says his client will pursue felony charges against castmate Kenya Moore. An arrest warrant for Williams was filed on Wednesday and she surrendered to authorities the same day. Williams was released later on a $2000 bond after being charged with one misdemeanor count of simple battery. See her mugshot to the left. Also read: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta's’ Porsha Stewart Charged With Assault, Arrest Warrant Issued “Cast member Kenya Moore sought out the warrant and, »
- Jethro Nededog
'American Idol' Top 7 shocker: Dexter Roberts kicked to the curb
The "American Idol" Top 7 results are in, and country crooner Dexter Roberts has now gone the way of Malaya Watson, Majesty Rose and M.K. Nobilette, i.e. kicked to the curb by America's votes. While the studio audience and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. seemed shocked by Dexter's elimination, Gold Derby's racetrack odds actually predicted that Dexter would be in the bottom two. The only difference: Instead of America's choice of Jessica Meuse sitting next to Dexter on the losers' stools, we assumed it would be C.J. Harris. -Break- To cast your votes for next week's Top 6 showdown, simply log into your predictions, click on the "American Idol" button and answer our weekly questions. Or you can vote now by scrolling down to the TV Derby Predictions menu below. Subscribe to Gold Derby's YouTube Channel After Wednesday's Competitor's Choice Night, Dexter had the se »
Theater Review: The Second Life of Act One
Among the most sacred texts of Broadway is Moss Hart’s Act One, an autobiography of the once-famous playwright and director that’s plenty auto but not much biography. It’s full of lies and obfuscations. Hart’s troubled Aunt Kate did not, for instance, die a happy woman in 1925 after the free tickets he obtained as a producer’s office boy enabled him to give her one “last wonderful year.” (In fact, in 1935, she was caught setting fires backstage during rehearsals for a musical that Hart was directing.) Hart himself was manic-depressive, not that you’d know it from the book. And then there’s the matter of his sexuality, conveniently obscured by nubile red herrings. Sacrilege though it may be to say so, I find Act One to be gassy and self-serving, despite the undeniable fun of its rollicking backstage tale. Indeed, the truest thing it offers is »
- Jesse Green
‘Act One’ Theater Review: Tony Shalhoub Does Triple Duty in Moss Hart Memoir
James Lapine must have memorized Moss Hart's classic memoir of a life in the theater. He has spent years adapting “Act One” to the stage, where it opened Thursday under his direction at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. He probably knows the book as well, if not better, than anyone else on the planet. It's strange then that this writer-director has not heeded the book's advice on how Hart, then a novice playwright, was able to turn his own floundering show “Once in a Lifetime,” co-written with George S. Kaufman, into a big hit on Broadway in 1930. Also read: ‘Bullets Over. »
- Robert Hofler
American Idol: Kevin Bacon's Surprise Appearance and a Not-So Shocking Elimination
And the cuts just keep on coming! Before we get into that, does any one else think that it was beyond random that Kevin Bacon opened tonight's live results show of American Idol? We love Bacon, and we know that he's the star of Fox's The Following, (which we love!) but we would have never guessed that surprise appearance in a million years. But hey, we ain't mad at it. We love bacon in any form we can get. Anyways back to the competition: The top seven sang their hearts out this week, but as usual, American was tasked with kicking one of our finalists out of the running for season 13's crown. So who were in the bottom two this week? Host Ryan Seacrest revealed it the two singers with »
'American Idol' Recap: Kevin Bacon Surprises on Results Night
The top seven finalists of American Idol left their fates in each other’s hands with a theme of “competitor’s picks,” but one contestant fell short of his goal and ran out of luck on his journey. Thursday night’s half-hour segment kicked off with yet another left field celebrity cameo as actor Kevin Bacon filled in for Ryan Seacrest with the show’s opener. His appearance gave the remaining singers of Season 13 an unexpected perk -- they can now link themselves with the infamous six degrees of separation game with Bacon. Photos: 'American Idol' Season 13: Meet the Top 10
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Can Elena love both brothers at the same time?
First off, kudos to Paul Wesley for his directing debut. This was an episode with a lot of feels for Elena and Stefan, so it couldn't have been easy bouncing back and forth behind the camera to check the shot. But let's move on. I'm still reeling a bit from all the dream sequences, visits to the afterlife and, of course, Markos. Did anyone else feel a little wrecked by Elena's dreams of a perfect life with Stefan? Seeing the two of them happy together brought back bittersweet memories, but the image of them as a normal, married couple with two cute kids underscored how far Elena has been pulled from the life she knew -- and how cuddly Stefan can be when he's not on a killing spree. The dreams may have been a bit cliched -- and I really don't think Elena ever wanted to become a mom »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Whoopi Goldberg Is Now a Weed Columnist and Really Loves Her Vaporizer Pen
Not one to rest on her laurels, Egot-winning comedian/actress/pundit Whoopi Goldberg is diversifying her resume once again. Now, she's a weed columnist, too. See video: Whoopi Goldberg Finally Weighs in on Sharon Osbourne's Anti-'View’ Views: ‘Who Cares?’ The Denver Post published the “View” co-host's first column for its new marijuana-focused website, Cannabist.com on Thursday, thereby introducing the world to Goldberg's vaporizer pen, Sippy. The 58-year-old wrote an ode to Sippy, which she was gifted by her daughter last year. Goldberg suffers from glaucoma, and wrote that after years of chewing Advil like candy, the electronic marijuana »
- Jordan Zakarin
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