Jennifer Connelly's Awkwardly Placed Dress Designs: Nipples or Print?
You know the classic "Fashion Face-Off" and the kitschy "Streetwalker or Starlet." And now thanks to Jennifer Connelly, we have a new brand new game to add to the mix! Can you figure out if those are the Shelter star's nipples we see through the lace or just an awkward placement of embroidered flowers? At first glance, we thought we were looking at the unfortunate result of a cool breeze on the Noah actress's top half, but then we found several contradictions. First, it's way too hot inside a full leather dress for a case of the chilly tatas. But even so, leather is way too thick of a fabric for a nip-pop even if it was somehow freezing inside the style! And then »
Marvel's ‘Agent Carter’ Casts ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Star James D'Arcy
Marvel's “Agent Carter” has found itself another lead in James D'Arcy, a studio representative told TheWrap. He's been cast as Howard Stark's butler, Edwin Jarvis, in ABC's upcoming superhero drama, and will find himself allied with “Agent Carter's” titular heroine, played by Hayley Atwell. Also read: Marvel's ‘Agent Carter’ Casts ‘Dollhouse's’ Enver Gjokaj, ‘One Tree Hill's’ Chad Michael Murray D'Arcy recently starred alongside Nina Dobrev and Damon Wayans Jr. in “Let's Be Cops” and is set to star with Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum in “Jupiter Ascending,” which was recently pushed back to a 2015 release. He'll join »
- Travis Reilly
Cartoon Forum Unveils Tributes’ Nominees
Paris– France and U.K. industryites are leading tribute nominations at the 25th Cartoon Forum, the European TV animation showcase set in Toulouse.
British shingles Blue-Zoo Productions (“Tree Fu Tom”) and Robin Lyons (“Help! I’m a Teenage Outlaw”) will compete with France’s Les Films de L’Arlequin (“Hollow Land”), Belgium’s Leon Perahia (“Wolfy, The Incredible Secret”) and the Netherlands’ Submarine (“Fox and Hare,” pictured above) for the producer of the year award.
Cartoon Movie will also deliver an award to the year’s best animation distributor or investor. Nominees are Gaul’s Dandelooo (“Little Houdini”) and Mediatoon Distribution (“The Garfield Show”), U.K.’s Hit Entertainment (“Tale of the Brave”) and Serious Lunch (“Angelo Rules »
- Elsa Keslassy
For First Time Ever, Panama Joins Oscar Race, with ‘Invasion’
Madrid – Panama has joined the foreign language Oscar race for the first time ever with, moreover, an acclaimed film which, as the U.S. considers sending ground troops to Iraq, takes a questioning stance on the efficacy – plus humanity – of American armed intervention in foreign lands.
Panama’s first Oscar submission for the Academy Awards foreign-language category, Abner Benaim’s theatrical docu feature “Invasion,” was the biggest hit among Central American movies at April’s 3rd Panama Int’l. Film Festival.
History is normally told by its victors, but not in the revisionist “Invasion.” Winner of the Mastercard Central America and Caribbean Audience Award and the Best Documentary Audience Award at Piff, docu-feature “Invasion” narrates the U.S. 1989 invasion to oust General Manuel Noriega from the point-of-view of ordinary Panamanians, including people nearly killed in its bombing, members of its makeshift military defense, journalists, historians and ordinary but often articulate Panamanian citizens. »
- John Hopewell
Football, FX’s Record-Setting ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Dominate Weekly Primetime Ratings
Guys were in control of the remote control during primetime last week, as five dude-driven offerings — four NFL games and the record-setting season premiere of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” — topped the demo rankings.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” which was once again the week’s top primetime show, joined the premiere of “Thursday Night Football” on CBS and NFL Network and the season-premiere doubleheader of Espn’s “Monday Night Football to win every half-hours on those nights. And college football (first on CBS and then ABC) ruled from start to finish on Saturday.
The week’s most impressive number, though, came from FX’s season premiere of “Sons of Anarchy,” which set series records in both adults 18-49 (3.2 rating/10 share) and total viewers (6.2 million) — especially impressive considering that its long 110-minute run time meant it didn’t end until 11:50 p.m.
“Sons” (pictured) was the No. 1 program on »
- Rick Kissell
How The Stars of The Big Bang Theory Forged Incredible Friendships
They're on the biggest show on TV, but the stars of The Big Bang Theory say neither fame - nor their new, huge paychecks - have changed them. "Everybody's got their feet on the ground, so it doesn't feel that much different than day one," star Simon Helberg, 33, tells People in its new issue, on newsstands Friday. What began as a series about four lovable brainiacs and the women who love them has blown up into the most popular sitcom on television today, but the show's stars, along with Helberg - Johnny Galecki, 39; Jim Parsons, 41; Kaley Cuoco, 28; Kunal Nayyar, 33; Mayim Bialik, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
Tracks Is Powerful, Once It Finds Its Footing
You often hear spiritually elevated people say, “It’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey,” and that philosophy is implicit in Robyn Davidson’s celebrated 1980 memoir, Tracks, and in the meditative, powerful new film directed by John Curran. This is a work in which the very premise is repeatedly called into question: Just why does Davidson (played onscreen by Mia Wasikowska) move from the big city to trek 1,700 miles across the harsh Australian desert (from dusty Alice Springs in the Northern Territories to the Indian Ocean) with only her dog, Diggity, and four demanding camels? Among the answers: to show that she—a woman—can do it on her own. To see the country and its history—particularly its treatment of the natives—in a new light. To get away from people and the niceties of civilization—to stop having to strike poses. That makes it ironic »
- David Edelstein
Toronto Wrap: How Paramount Snagged Chris Rock's 'Top Five'
Every studio wanted Top Five after its Sept. 6 Toronto Film Festival premiere. So as director-star Chris Rock settled into the Soho House afterparty with his agent, ICM's Eddy Yablans, the suitors began approaching one by one. Lionsgate reps made their pitch. Open Road, which is releasing Jon Stewart's Rosewater, sent Stewart over to make an overture. The Fox Searchlight team prepped its bid across the street so as not to be overheard. Offers quickly shot up to $4 million for U.S. rights, and that figure had nearly doubled by dawn thanks to rave reviews. Paramount worldwide president
- Pamela McClintock
Obama Alum Jay Carney on New CNN Gig: I'm Still "Loyal to One Side"
A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. After more than three years as President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, 49, joined CNN on Sept. 10. Personally recruited by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, whom Carney met during the 1990s when wife Claire Shipman was White House correspondent for NBC News, Carney says he's not thinking about a long-term TV career. Rather, the former Time magazine D.C. bureau chief is keeping his options open while sparring with the likes of John McCain. So you're not positioning yourself as nonpartisan?
- Marisa Guthrie
What Kate Upton's Nude Photo Hack Reveals About Google
This story first appeared in the Sept. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When hackers grabbed naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebrities this summer, Apple faced harsh criticism for allowing its iCloud security protocol to be breached. Thus far, Google has escaped the microscope. But now Google — no stranger to privacy issues — could face equally tough questions. Just days after the stolen images were published, attorneys for Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander — who has dated Upton — delivered a legal takedown notice to Google that identified 461 URLs that were hosting racy pictures of the couple. A week later, Google had removed 51 percent of them
- Eriq Gardner
Selling Fall TV: The Most Important Shows to the Networks
This story first appeared in the Sept. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Like diplomatic parents, TV execs profess to love their shows equally. But some new series — spurred by critical buzz, internal favor or a combination — end up with a bigger slice of the marketing budget. A daunting 23 new scripted offerings on the five broadcast networks will roll out to start the fall season, most destined for cancellation, so the battle to be one of the lucky few is as contested as ever. "I do believe consumers get a feeling for how much a network
- Michael O'Connell
Can 'Whiplash' win at Oscars for J.K. Simmons without any other nominations?
According to our racetrack odds, the Best Supporting Actor Oscar is a close contest between J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"). However, while "Foxcatcher" is a major contender for Best Picture, "Whiplash" isn't expected to reap bids in any other major category. Can Simmons prevail if he's the sole nominee for his film? Or can "Whiplash" gain traction in other categories as well? -Break- You Decide: Who will will Original Screenplay Oscar? 'Boyhood,' 'Foxcatcher' ...? These days, it's hard to win an acting Oscar without broad academy support. Best Picture has included nine or 10 nominees since the academy expanded the category in 2009. Of the 20 acting winners over these past five years, all but four have come from Best Picture nominees. The exceptions: Jeff Bridges (Best Actor, "Crazy Heart," 2009), Meryl Streep...' »
China’s Stellar Expands IMAX Footprint
Hong Kong — Chinese multiplex chain Stellar Cinemas has confirmed an order to equip four new theatres with IMAX giant screens. The new screens will expand Stellar’s IMAX footprint to a total of 11 theaters.
Stellar, which operates 80 multiplexes in cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Tianjin, is part of the wider Smi Corporation, which includes sound stages, film distribution and production investment.
IMAX’s installed base in China has doubled since 2011 and is now its second largest territory after North America.
- Patrick Frater
Cannes Screenplay Winner ‘Leviathan’ Gets Russian Release
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, winner of the best screenplay honor at this year’s Cannes film festival, is finally getting a release in Russia. A Company Russia, in cooperation with 20th Century Fox Russia, will bow the film wide in the territory. A local release was long in doubt for Leviathan. The drama, a re-telling of the biblical story of Job set in modern-day Russia, had been read by many as a allegorical attack on Vladimir Putin’s regime. Russia's minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky snubbed the Cannes premiere of the film, telling official news agency Ria Novosti that he "did
- Scott Roxborough
Oscars Poll: Who's Really more overdue, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore?'
Our forum posters are debating what could be one of this year's most crucial Oscar questions: Who's really more overdue for a win, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore? Neither has won before, and both have films in contention this year: Adams in "Big Eyes," in which she plays a real-life painter whose husband took credit for her work, and Moore as an early Alzheimer's sufferer in "Still Alice." -Break- Julianne Moore leaps into the Oscars race with 'Still Alice' The answer to the question could determine who really is the frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar. Currently, Reese Witherspoon ("Wild") is in first place, but barely. This 2005 Oscar champ ("Walk the Line") has the support of six of our 16 Experts, while Moore -- who just jumped into this race -- has the backing of five and Adams of the yet-to-be seen Tim Burton movie has the votes of four of them. »
MPAA’s Christopher Dodd Returns to China
Hong Kong – Christopher Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), this week made his latest trip to China to speak about copyright.
Speaking Tuesday in Chengdu at the World International Copyright Organization (WIPO)’s Copyright Forum, he described copyrights as “the life-blood of film and television industries everywhere, for as long as they have existed.”
He also addressed students and film-makers at the two-day Mpa-cice International New Media and Short Film Development Forum. He was joined by Yu Cike, director general of the Copyright Management Department, National Copyright Administration of China; and Ren Zhonglun, chairman of the China Film Copyright Association and Shanghai Film Group Corp.
The Mpa said that theatrical box office in China is forecast to reach $4.8 billion in 2014, having achieved a 25% rise to $2.2 billion in the first half of the year.
- Patrick Frater
Blake Shelton Serenades Soldiers on Stage
With the end of his tour just a couple of weeks away, Blake Shelton is celebrating another successful summer on the road. One of his favorite moments this time around? Getting to serenade Roland and Marie Esther Kiendrebeogo at his recent show in San Diego. The Kiendrebeogos, who are originally from West Africa, moved to Shelton's home state of Oklahoma and are now U.S. citizens and active members of the Navy. They are also huge Blake Shelton fans. Shelton, along with JCPenney, presented a $10,000 gift card to the Uso to support families in need then performed his hit "Home" in honor of the Kiendrebeogos. »
- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000
Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’ Added to London Festival Lineup
Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” has been added to the line up of the upcoming London Film Festival (Oct 8-19). It will be given a special presentation on Oct. 17 and 18.
The film charts the meeting between Poitras, who was already working on a film about national Security, and her meetings with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, at a time when Snowden was being hunted by U.S. security operatives.
Lff director, Clare Stewart called the film “hugely significant.”
- Patrick Frater
Sky Deutschland: BSkyB Takeover Offer Too Low
BSkyB’s plans to build a European pay-tv empire hit some opposition on Wednesday, but none that is expected to derail it. The supervisory and executive boards of 21st Century Fox-controlled German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland advised minority investors not to accept a multi-billion dollar takeover offer from BSkyB. Fox is also the largest shareholder in BSkyB, with a 39 percent stake. The planned deal would see BSkyB pay $4.7 billion for Fox’s 57 percent stake in Sky Deutschland and take over full control of Italian pay-tv platform Sky Italia from Fox for around $4.
- Scott Roxborough, Georg Szalai
Recap: 'Big Brother' Final 4 Snark With Andy Herren
Well, it happened. One ridiculous game twist ruined Frankie Grande's otherwise admirable game. The pink-haired imp was sentenced to 50 years of shellacking his sister's ponytails, and we may never hear from him again (unless you count Twitter and YouTube, where he apparently engages in "mogul"-like activities). Tough break, (31-year-old) kid. Man. We're down to four: Victoria (who is about as threatening as a panda in a pop-up book), Cody (a man with gold pecs who's turning in a bronze-worthy performance), Derrick (a genius who is nice enough to feed his fellow players millet and cud every so often) and Caleb (a backwards cap with feet). Let's check in with our pal Andy Herren, the winner of "BB15," and put together our thoughts on the remaining players and the legacy of Frankie Grande. We've divided this week's evaluations into "What to love" and "What to hate," since Andy and »
- Louis Virtel
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