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Yes, Bryan Singer Will Direct X-Men: Apocalypse
Director Bryan Singer dropped a bomb on comic-book fans last week by tweeting three simple words — "#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!" — which suggested a new X-Men movie would arrive in summer 2016 featuring the classic X-Men villain Apocalypse. Since then, he's kept quiet, and other news outlets have sought to fill in the blanks (if you want to know the spoiler-filled particulars of who will be playing Apocalypse, First Showing has got you covered). Still, there are two pretty basic facts that have yet to be confirmed: Is Singer actually directing Apocalypse, and who's going to be in it? Vulture has learned that after finishing up next summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer will indeed be behind the camera on the new film, making this the director's first back-to-back foray into the X-Men world since he kicked off the franchise with X-Men (in 2000) and X2 (in 2003). But »
- Kyle Buchanan
Washington critics spring for '12 Years a Slave,' Cuarón, Blanchett
The Washington D.C. critics had some fun with their awards at the nominations stage, throwing in such offbeat mentions as Baz Luhrmann for Best Director, with Joaquin Phoenix, James Franco and Scarlett Johansson among the acting nominees. Their list of winners, however, is rather more conventional. "12 Years a Slave" leads the pack with six awards, including Best Film, Actor, Supporting Actress and Ensemble, while they also plumped for fellow Oscar frontrunner "Gravity," handing it Best Director and a pair of technical awards. All four acting awards all went to the current Oscar favorites -- Jared Leto, always a strong »
- Guy Lodge
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: 'Gravity' ties with 'Her' for Best Picture, James Franco ties with Jared Leto
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named ties in three major categories, Sunday. Gravity tied with Her for Best Picture. James Franco and Jared Leto tied for Best Supporting Actor award for their performances in Spring Breakers and Dallas Buyers Club, and Cate Blanchett and Adèle Exarchopoulos tied for Best Actress for their work in Blue Jasmine and Blue is the Warmest Color.
The Lafca did choose distinct winners in the other major acting categories. Bruce Dern was named Best Actor for his portrayal of Woody Grant in Nebraska, and Lupita Nyong’o picked up a supporting actress win for »
- Lindsey Bahr
‘Californication’ to End After Upcoming Seventh Season
“Californication” will be coming to a close at the end of season seven, Variety has confirmed. Comedy will return for its final season in April.
The David Duchovny-starrer, which debuted on the net in 2007, has accrued several Golden Globe and Emmy nominations, including a best actor Golden Globe win for Duchovny in 2008. Season six averaged 2.9 million weekly viewers across Showtime’s platforms after growing consistently throughout its run on the pay TV net.
“With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, ‘Californication’ has been one of our groundbreaking signature series,” said David Nevins, prez of entertainment at Showtime. “We will always be indebted to Tom Kapinos for leading the creative charge on this memorable comedy, and to David Duchovny for making us root for an unapologetic hedonist like Hank Moody. Tom has carefully planned the final chapter of Hank’s journey and has brought it to a beautiful and »
- AJ Marechal
Paul Walker Memorial Draws Thousands Near Crash Site
An unofficial tribute to actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas drew thousands of people Sunday afternoon to the street where the two died in a car crash Nov. 30.
Nearly 8,000 fans responded to a Facebook invite for memorial gathering in honor of Walker and Rodas, so roads surrounding the event in Santa Clarita, Calif. were packed with cars, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
The tribute was widely disseminated via social media, and the slogan “Race in Peace” was coined to remember the late actor.
Photos: Paul Walker’s Hollywood Career
Thousand of cars, many of them souped-up street racers, were allowed to drive two abreast in one direction down Hercules Street, the street on which the accident occurred, according to CNN, with many fans parking blocks away and walking to the memorial. Hundreds of bouquets of flowers and memorial candles lined the sidewalk.
The SoCal Car Meets »
- Pat Saperstein
’12 Years’ Tops New York Online Critics Awards
In a year with plenty of terrific films, the group spread the love wide, saluting pics already honored in awards voting last week (“American Hustle,” “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”) and bringing in films that had been part of the conversation (“Before Midnight” and “Prisoners”) but not yet recognized in recent awards.
A complete list of winners follows.
Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Ensemble Cast: American Hustle
Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Documentary: The Act of Killing
Animated Feature: The Wind Rises
Foreign Language: Blue is the Warmest Color
Breakthrough Performance: Adèle Exarchopoulos, »
- Tim Gray
Meredith Baxter's Wedding: See the Exclusive Photos
They do! And, as their official wedding photos illustrate, beaming brides Meredith Baxter and Nancy Locke couldn't look happier as they were getting married on Sunday in Los Angeles. The Family Ties star, 66, who came out in 2009, tied the knot after dating Locke for seven years. Close friends and family, including Baxter's five children, attended the intimate ceremony, where the couple exchanged handwritten vows and celebrated their first dance, for which the two took lessons. As photos show, they also cut the cake together. "Now I understand why marriage caught on!" Baxter told People. »
- Wade Rouse
Jerry Saltz’s 10 Best Art Shows of 2013
1. “Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1” Curated by Phong Bui I call birdbrained-bullshit on all those who snip that New York is a pure trading floor, one that’s lost its place as a nexus of artistic activity. Every inch of “Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1” organized by Brooklyn Rail publisher Phong Bui — a show of 627 works by nearly 250 local artists in a spectacular setting — gives the lie to this idiotic swipe. With well-known names but mainly lesser-known local artists, this exhibition verified that New York is as alive and brilliant as ever. Maybe more so, with artists spread out into all the boroughs, living poor but with style. Which is one of the foundational conditions of any great indigenous art scene. Naysayers, get out into the fray or stay home and stay silly.2. Mike Kelley At MoMA PS1 There are few young artists who »
- Jerry Saltz
Henry Hoberman Named General Counsel of A+E Networks
Henry Hoberman, most recently general counsel at the MPAA, is taking a new role as executive vice president and general counsel of A+E Networks.
Hoberman succeeds Douglas Jacobs, who is being appointed to a new role as executive vice president and senior counsel. They will each report to Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks.
Hoberman will oversee all the legal and business affairs teams at A+E Networks, as well as the legal and business affairs work for the newly formed A+E Networks Studios and A+E IndieFilms.
He served as senior executive VP and global general counsel and secretary of the MPAA since 2011, where he oversaw legal, content protection and rights management issues. Before that, he had served as exec VP and general counsel and secretary of Rhi Entertainment, and held various positions at ABC and The Walt Disney Co., including senior VP of »
- Ted Johnson
Watch: 'Sherlock' debuts interactive trailer for season three
Leave it to "Sherlock" to release a trailer loaded with twisty reveals that require just a bit of work from loyal viewers. BBC One has released an interactive trailer for the show (which returns to the air Jan. 19 at 10:00 p.m. Et on PBS in the U.S.). Click on the text that pops up intermittently throughout the trailer and see additional photos, additional footage, and even a hint as to how Sherlock may have survived that fall after all (think diagrams). What also learn from the trailer that an act of terrorism against London is in the works, and it appears »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Directors on Their Teams: John Lee Hancock on ‘Saving Mr. Banks’
“Saving Mr. Banks” is the fifth film directed by John Lee Hancock, who began his career as a writer, scripting the 1993 Clint Eastwood film “A Perfect World.” His new film travels between Los Angeles in 1961, London at the same time, and flashbacks to P.L. Travers’ youth in Australia.
Cinematography: John Schwartzman
I like to get everyone on board as soon as possible so we can have lots of discussions with John, production designer Michael Corenblith, costume designer Daniel Orlandi. That’s the way it ought to be. Everybody should be finishing each others’ sentences. Too often people don’t have good prep and they paint themselves into corners. I had been to Australia and seen the two houses and towns where the Goffs lived (i.e., P.L. Travers’ childhood home). The sun and the light felt very much like Southern California, so John and I embraced that. The light and »
- Tim Gray
Showtime’s ‘Californication’ Returns for 7th – and Final – Season in April
“Californication” will return in April 2014 for its seventh — and final — season, Showtime said Monday. The upcoming 12 episodes will conclude the story of Hank (David Duchovny), Karen (Natascha McElhone), Becca (Madeleine Martin), Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon). The final season will find Hank joining the writer’s room as his “Santa Monica Cop” makes its way to TV. Along the way, Hank will feud with his boss — the show’s old-school executive producer Rick Rath (guest star Michael Imperioli) — and his fellow writing team members, including Goldie (guest star Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Alonzo (co-star Alonzo »
- Tony Maglio
French Film Orgs Join Forces To Bow The Paris Images Trade Show
Paris– The Ile de France Film Commission is joining forces with six other Gallic film orgs to launch the Paris Images Trade Show, a label dedicated to promoting French talent in all film and audiovisual-related fields through four different events.
The umbrella groups the Ile de France Film Commission, the Afc Association of French Cinematographers, the Idiff Intl. Digital Film Forum, the Dream Industry, an film industry craft meet, the Cst, a guild for post-production employees, the Ficam French technicians guild, and Film France, the country’s national film commission.
Unspooling between late January and late February, the four events featured by the Paris Images Trade Show are the Dream Industry, running Jan. 26-31; the Idiff for vfx, post-production and animation technicians (Jan. 28-29); the Micro-Salon for cinematographers (Feb. 7-8); and the Ile de France Location Expo (Feb.13-14).
The initiative, greenlit and backed by the Cnc, France’s national board, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow's Holiday Party Connection Revealed!
Wondering how Gwyneth Paltrow scored an invite to Jennifer Aniston's holiday party over the weekend? It turns out the actresses actually have a few things in common besides both being exes of Brad Pitt! Aniston, 44, and Paltrow, 41, actually know each other because both are very close to pal Robert Downey Jr., E! News has learned. Paltrow, of course, stars with Downey Jr. in the blockbuster Iron Man franchise while Aniston is close to the actor and his wife Susan Downey off screen (both Aniston's man Justin Theroux and Gwyneth attended Susan's big 40th birthday bash in San Francisco last month). Additionally, Aniston and Paltrow are both represented by Hollywood publicist Stephen »
‘Follow Your Arrow’ Video: Kacey Musgraves Takes It Literally
For a somewhat racy country song ("Roll up a joint, or don't!"), the music video for Kacey Musgraves's "Follow Your Arrow" is pretty tame. For one, she takes the arrow thing quite literally: an arrowhead, an arrow sign pointing upward, a neon arrow. So follow that arrow wherever it points. (Unless it's pointing directly at a cactus. Don't follow it there.) »
- Lindsey Weber
Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Little Known Comedy 'An American Hippie in Israel'
More Movies You Never Heard Of! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing "An American Hippie In Israel."Practically begging to be a cult film, this 1972 Israeli comedy featuring murderous mimes, bloodthirsty sharks and a Vietnam vet shipwrecked with a band of hippies has been described as “a serious candidate for the worst movie of all time”. Written, produced and directed by one-shot wonder Amos Sefer, the film was also a perfect candidate for the Grindhouse Film Festival where it was revived in August 2013 followed by a three-disc (!) Blu-ray set from Grindhouse Releasing. Also known in the U.S. as The Hitchhiker. Nsfw. »
- Trailers From Hell
Showtime to End 'Californication' After Seventh Season
Showtime is ending Californication. The dark comedy starring David Duchovny as novelist Hank Moody will wrap up after the upcoming seventh season, the network announced Monday. The half-hour series will return for the final 12 episodes in April 2014. Showtime says that the remaining episodes will "neatly wrap up" the lives of the characters on the show, created by Tom Kapinos, including Karen (Natascha McElhone), Becca (Madeleine Martin), Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon). Video: TV's Top Supporting Stars Dish on Dream Roles, Worst Jobs “With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, Californication has been one of
- Philiana Ng, Lesley Goldberg
The 2013-2014 Film Awards Circuit
It's that time of year. Welcome to the 2013-2014 Film Awards Circuit. In Contention will be tracking all the ups and downs of the season right here, from critics awards to industry kudos and more. Things will most certainly change en route to the Oscars, as they did last year. So with all the early notices out in the ether, it's time to start keeping track of all the bends in the road. The circuit's various announcements are divided into a few different categories below to make it easier to navigate this year. We'll try to be as on the ball »
- Kristopher Tapley
See Brian's 'Family Guy' Replacement
Family Guy fans, it looks like your new friend Vinny's going to be around for a while. The revamped opening credit sequence for the series shows the recent addition to the family taking the late Brian Griffin's place in the traditional song-and-dance routine.
The Fox show killed off Brian in its November 24th episode, "Life of Brian," crushing the family's long-suffering pet beneath a car. Peter Griffin managed to find a new talking dog at the pet store and brought home Vinny, voiced »
Ben Affleck's Playboy Shocker: A Stalker Tried to Kill My Family After Pretending to Be a Paparazzo
Ben Affleck's main priority is to protect his family. The actor revealed in an interview with Playboy that he had a terrifying run-in with a paparazzo involving his two daughters, Serafina and Violet. "It's wrong and disgusting to follow children around and take their picture and sell it for money. It makes the kids less safe," he told the magazine. "They used to take pictures of our children coming out of preschool, and so this stalker who had threatened to kill me, my wife and our kids showed up at the school and got arrested…there are real practical dangers to this." When asked how close the stalker got, Affleck answered, "he was in the pack of paparazzi. They didn't »
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