K-Pop Stars, Artists Promote Jane Goodall's Biopic in South Korea
Jane Goodall visited South Korea in time for the local theatrical release of her biopic Jane's Journey here Thursday, meeting with local artists to promote messages of hope and peace. Directed by Lorenz Knauer, Jane's Journey traces the 80-year-old's life, beginning from how she leaves for Africa with the singular aim of studying wild animals at age 23 without a college degree, to her rise as one of the world's most prominent primatologists and icons of peace. "I am very happy that this film came to Korea. I want to meet as many people as possible in Korea but
- Lee Hyo-won
'Survivor' shockers: How many hidden Immunity idols were played at Tribal Council?
"Survivor: San Juan del Sur" made up for its lack of hidden Immunity idols being played at Tribal Council this season when not one, but two castaways gave up their idols Wednesday night. And both players -- Jon Misch and Keith Nale -- ended up needing to play them, or else they would have been voted out. That meant "Two and a Half Men" enthusiast/chicken nugget-eating champ Wes Nale got his torch snuffed with only two votes cast against him. Gold Derby readers were notably shocked with this outcome, as the young Louisiana firefighter only had 8/1 odds of going home according to our exclusive "Survivor" racetrack odds. All of our users who correctly predicted Wes' elimination earned game points based on the odds they locked in throughout the week in our "Survivor" prediction contest. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! »
Kevin Bacon to Star in Greg McLean’s Survival Thriller 'Jungle'
Kevin Bacon will re-team with Wolf Creek director Greg McLean to make survival drama, Jungle, based on the true story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who was lost for three weeks alone in the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia in 1981. Arclight Films is producing Jungle, after See-Saw Films and the Spierig brothers didn’t take the film past its early development. Screenwriter Justin Monjo, (Inxs: Never Tear Us Apart), has written the script, with Gary Hamilton, Dana Lustig, Mike Gabraway and Mark Lazarus producing. Arclight Films International is handling international sales. Jungle is the second project for Bacon and McLean who
- Pip Bulbeck
Report Card: How did we do with our 'Most Anticipated Films Of 2014' list?
One of the things we do every year here at HitFix is compile a list of the things we're most looking forward to in the next year. As the end of 2014 approaches, we're gearing up to write that same list for what promises to be one of the craziest year of giant movie releases ever, and as we started work on that, we looked back at last year's list. Let's just say it was enlightening. We decided to have some fun with it and issue ourselves a report card to see how well we called it before 2014 began. In some cases, I think we were spot on, but we also overestimated just as many things as we underestimated. Then you've got stuff like "Jupiter Ascending," which won't even make it to theaters until February. What is clear, though, is that we had strong reasons to make the predictions we did, »
- Drew McWeeny
Golden Globe winners for Best Film Drama Actress have 50/50 chance at Oscar
The Golden Globes have given separate awards for dramas and musicals/comedies since the 1950s, but even though the Oscars tend to favor dramatic performances, only about half of all Golden Globe winners for Best Film Drama Actress are subsequently crowned by the academy. -Break- Why so serious? Golden Globes and Oscars love dramatic men Click here to start entering your predictions in 10 Golden Globe categories for film, or use our easy drag-and-drop menu below to get started. Your predictions determine our racetrack odds, and you can keep editing them right up until the day Golden Globe nominations are announced. You score points based on how accurately predict the nominees (you get more points if you correctly predict a long-shot candidate before anyone else does), and if you're one of our most accurate predictors, you'll be included next year among our elite Top 24 Users, who have even greater influence over our odds. »
Jessica Simpson Shares Adorable Photo of "Wild Turkeys" Maxwell and Ace at the Lake—See the Cute Pic!
It looks like Jessica Simpson's family is having a great start to their holiday weekend! The famous mama shared an adorable photo of her two kids Maxwell Drew and Ace Knute seemingly having the time of their life while basking in the sun on a boat out at the lake in Austin, Texas. The sweet pic shows the two blond tots throwing their heads back and appearing to be yelling something from the top of their lungs. "Thankful for these two Wild Turkeys! #lakeaustin #maxidrew #aceknute," Simpson captioned the snapshot. With such cute little ones, is there any chance this famous family will be expanding even more? Don't count on it! "Oh, we are done," Jessica declared during a »
Seth Rogen Invites Fans to Smoke Weed With Him at 'Interview' Screening
Seth Rogen isn't looking to shake his pothead persona anytime soon. The actor tweeted Tuesday that fans in Denver, Colo., can smoke weed with him in a movie theater before watching an advance showing of his forthcoming comedy The Interview. Watch more Kim Jong Un Is Quite Lovable in Final Trailer for 'The Interview' "We are going to do a screening of #TheInterviewMovie in Colorado where I get baked with everyone first, and we can smoke weed in the theater," he tweeted. Rogen, who is open about his love for pot and frequently plays stoners in his films, wrote that the
- Ryan Gajewski
Remembering Paul Walker One Year Later: Cody Walker Reflects on His Brother's Life and Legacy
Paul Walker may be gone, but he's certainly not forgotten. As the one-year anniversary of the Fast and Furious star's tragic death approaches Sunday, his proud brother Cody Walker is reflecting on the talented actor's life as well as Reach Out Worldwide, a charity near and dear to his heart. "Roww continues to be, to function, to help others even after our primary contributor, my brother, Paul Walker has passed," Cody told E! News. "I know he would be so stoked to know that Roww changed his life, and he was so proud of it." In the past 12 months alone, the organization has completed a toy drive for the holidays, stuffed thousands of backpacks for back to school season and even »
'Fifty Shades of Grey': Meet the Most Important People in Christian Grey's World
If ever there was a film that didn't need much publicity, the adaptation of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey would be it. However, the producers of the hotly anticipated erotic drama have been teasing us, if you will, with a drip, drip of information, the latest of which is posters of some of the stellar support cast in Sam Taylor-Johnson's film. Read more Rita Ora: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Role Has "Opened a Lot of Doors" We all know about Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, but now we can see Eloise Mumford as
- Abid Rahman
Bill Cosby Joke Gone Wrong: Roseanne Barr Tweets Then Deletes Picture Post About Getting Into a "Tussle" With the Actor
Woops. Roseanne Barr decided to back track on that one. The comedian attempted to poke fun at Bill Cosby—who has found himself at the center of rampant rape allegations, some of which are decades old and recently resurfaced—by posting a bloody photo of her face on Twitter with the caption, "Got in a tussle w bill cosby. U shoyld see that mfer." While she thought it was a good idea at the time, Barr seemed to quickly change her mind and ended up deleting the post soon after she tweeted it out. But, she did reference the joke in a follow-up. Sharing the same close-up picture on Twitter again, she explained, "Got a chemical peel to look more sexier. Joked about tussling »
Oscar Best Picture: What’s Wrong With Well-Crafted Entertainment?
What do voters have against movies that are well-made — and also as entertaining as hell?
Among this year’s typically serious and/or weighty crop of frontrunners, there are at least three dramas set during wartime (“Unbroken,” “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game”) and a slew of biopics (all three of the previously mentioned films, “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Wild.”) All of these films, along with “Foxcatcher,” are based on true stories.
But can’t Oscar make room for some titles that represent exceedingly well-crafted fun? While a “District 9” might slip in from time to time, odds are fairly slim that “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a film that critics and audiences adored, will sneak into the best picture noms. Over at Rotten Tomatoes, “Guardians” is sitting pretty with a 90% fresh rating, higher than many frontrunners (“Theory of Everything”: 82%, “Imitation Game”: 84%, “Foxcatcher”: 85%.) The film was »
- Jenelle Riley
Mike Nichols’ Wit and Wisdom Showed in Timeless Films, Plays
Is there a more enduring image in American movies of youthful idealism giving the finger to “plastic” adult conformity than the final moments of “The Graduate?” And yet, as the wedding usurper Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) and his runaway bride Elaine (Katharine Ross) make their victory run from a Santa Barbara cathedral on to a passing city bus, an air of uncertainty still clouds the proceedings, as elation gives way to reality, and the beaming smiles on both characters’ faces drop back into puzzled, where-do-we-go-from-here stares.
That wonderfully jaundiced sense of life’s triumphs sitting on a knife’s edge of tragedy, and of the lies we willingly tell ourselves, ran through so much of Mike Nichols’ work that it was tempting to think it was a natural consequence of having been born Jewish in pre-War Nazi Germany, fleeing to the U.S. (without speaking English) at age 7, and somehow »
- Scott Foundas
Mike Leigh tells brutal truth about the real 'Mr. Turner': 'I'm not Hollywood' (Podcast)'
As Mike Leigh's new film "Mr. Turner" reveals, famous British painter J.M.W. Turner was an infamous human being. Even though he was widely perceived to be a refined aristocrat of the early 19th century, he was also vulgar, selfish and cruel. Hollywood biopics usually paint their subjects in heroic light, but the only place you'll find a golden glow in "Mr. Turner" is around the signature sunsets and burning Parliament buildings so celebrated in his paintings. Why does Leigh risk turning off moviegoers by delivering such a brutally harsh portrayal of the artist in "Mr. Turner"? -Break- "It's not in my nature to do that," Leigh tells Gold Derby editor Tom O'Neil in their podcast chat. (Tune in below.) "I couldn't do that if I wanted to, really. I'm not Hollywood. It's an independent European film. It's got nothing to do with Hollywood." Listen to their audio podcast below. »
In Seattle, Tofu Turkeys Get Thanksgiving Pardons
As Thanksgiving approaches, Tofurkys in Seattle can breathe easy, even if real turkeys can't. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pardoned a soybean-based roast Friday, The Seattle Times reported this week. Spokesman Jason Kelly says Murray posed with the tofu turkey at City Hall to draw attention to hunger in the community. It will be donated to Rainier Valley Food Bank. Kelly acknowledged that Seattle's reputation in the rest of the country is "a little bit 'granola' " and that Murray was poking fun at himself. Communications director Jeff Reading said Tuesday that the mayor has no plan to pardon any of Seattle's »
- Associated Press
Fox to Pull 'Red Band Society' With Future in Question
The writing has been on the wall for some time, but Red Band Society is about to make an exit from Fox's schedule. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the low-rated hospital drama will not move past its initial order of 13 episodes — at least this season. Not yet considered a cancelation, network brass are said to remain open to the possibility of a sophomore run. Sources say that Fox expressed interest in more episodes of Red Band Society for this season — it had a young and steady (if small) audience — but producer ABC Studios could
- Michael O'Connell
James Cameron Just Said the Most Disgusting Thing About His Upcoming Avatar Sequels
Get excited, people. And maybe grab a tarp. Because when the sequels to the 2009 blockbuster Avatar hit theaters, "You will s--t yourself with your mouth wide open." Or so promised director-producer-Na'vi creator James Cameron, who used that choice turn of phrase while speaking to Empire about the hotly anticipated sequels. Oh, and he also said they'll be "bitchin'," but that seems kind of beside the point now. The Oscar winner also talked about the frames-per-second rate, which surely is part of the reason why so much s--tting will be taking place... "My thinking at the time [when he announced the sequels] was that 60 [Fps] might be a better segue to the video »
L.A.'s Ferguson Protestors Block Traffic Near Downtown
Protesters showing solidarity for counterparts in Ferguson, Mo. swarmed in Los Angeles for the third night in a row. The protesters blocked traffic by lying down in the streets north of downtown, blocking traffic at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Alameda, ABC 7 reports. Roughly 50 protesters were placed under arrested according to ABC 7 and the rest were ordered to disperse. Some protesters were chanting "Kill killer cops," according to The Los Angeles Times' Ryan Parker. He tweeted that a bus was taking the arrested protesters away. Pictures from the protests surfaced on social media. #Ferguson protesters
- Aaron Couch
Patti Smith’s Passions Have Led Her Into Oscar Season
Patti Smith has always been a renaissance woman. She’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her work as a singer-songwriter and frontwoman of the Patti Smith Group; named a commander of the French Ordre des Artes et des Lettres for work as a poet; and awarded the National Book Award for her 2010 memoir, “Just Kids.” And 2014 may have been the year Patti Smith finally went Hollywood.
In her own small, measured way, that is. This past year saw the 67-year-old songstress contribute a tune to Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” which is up for consideration in the Oscar original song category, as well as act in Netflix’s “The Killing.” Last year, she wrote and performed an original song for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
“It’s entirely a happy convergence,” she insists.
She’s certainly earned the cultural capital to experiment with new roles, »
- Andrew Barker
‘Hunger Games’ Dominating Early Thanksgiving Box Office
Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ flew to a powerful $14.5 million on Wednesday at the pre-Thanksgiving box office to lift its six-day domestic total to $158 million.
The Jennifer Lawrence franchise outdistanced a solid debut from Fox/DreamWorks’ “The Penguins of Madagascar,” which drew $7 million Wednesday — signaling a total in the $42 million to $44 million range for the five days through Sunday.
New Line’s launch of “Horrible Bosses 2″ also turned in a decent showing on Wednesday in the $5 million range, including $1 million in Tuesday night showings. The R-rated comedy sequel is projected to take in about $35 million for the Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving holiday period.
The original “Horrible Bosses” opened in July, 2011, with $28.3 million on its way to $117 million in the U.S. and $209.6 million worldwide.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has been a historically strong day for moviegoing with “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” taking in an impressive $20 million on the day last year. »
- Dave McNary
Prince William Advocates for Africa's Wildlife: 'Time Is Running Out'
Before Prince William and Princess Kate tackle the concrete jungle of New York City in December, the prince focused on the plight of wildlife in the African jungles. "Rangers face grave danger every day," longtime wildlife champion William said Tuesday night while speaking at the annual Tusk Conservation awards in London. "We live in a sorry world when an elephant requires the sacrifice of a human being for its own survival." The prince, 32, highlighted the growing battle brave wildlife rangers face as rhino horn and ivory continue to be the magnet for ruthless poachers and heavily armed criminal gangs in Africa. »
- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag
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