Film Review: ‘Little from the Fish Shop’
Sebastian, Disney’s calypso-inclined crustacean, may despair at “Little from the Fish Shop,” a sly update of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” in which his catchy counsel to remain underwater goes entirely unheeded. Relocating not just Andersen’s yearning heroine but her entire royal family to dry land, Jan Balej’s wittily designed stop-motion outing honors the sorrowful romantic narrative of the original tale to a far greater extent than the Mouse House’s 1989 smash — despite a radical shift in milieu to the red-light district of a seamy city harbor. Not especially suitable for, er, small fry, this touching, technically inventive twist on a classic will nonetheless be treasured by animation buffs. With distribution in a handful of territories already secured, more should follow in the wake of festival slots at Annecy and Karlovy Vary.
It’s no longer better down where it’s wetter, a somewhat elegiac prologue informs us, »
- Guy Lodge
George Clooney's English Neighbors Downplay Security Spat
George Clooney might not have upset his new British neighbors as much as previously thought. Just a week ago, it emerged that the actor had come up against the residents of Sonning-on-Thames, a sleepy English village just 33 miles west of London where he recently purchased a $15.57 million mansion for himself and his new wife Amal Alamuddin. A planning application for 18 CCTV security cameras, including eight on wooden poles up to 16-feet high around the sprawling nine-bedroom, 17th century manor – known as the Mill House - had forced an objection by the local
- Alex Ritman
Michelle Obama, Sen. Marco Rubio Among The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ (Exclusive)
The President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, are among a slew of attractive politicos named to Washington D.C. publication The Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful” 2015, TheWrap can exclusively report. The 12th annual ranking, which features fresh faces in branches of government, the media and related industries was unveiled on Wednesday after a period of anonymous online submissions. “The 2016 election might be what people are talking about, but this is the real campaign in Washington at the moment,” said Judy Kurtz, author of TheHill’s “In The Know” column and co-editor of the list. Also Read: Hillary Clinton's Campaign Mocks Gop's. »
- Matt Donnelly
Venice Film Festival Books Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton, Kristen Stewart Films
The 72nd annual Venice Film Festival announced its lineup on Wednesday, with a mixture of international auteurs and big Hollywood stars. Films booked for the festival include Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne as an early subject of male-to-female gender reassignment surgery; Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash,” with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson; and Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” with Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor looking to track down the guard who killed his family. Main-competition titles in Venice include Drake Doremus’ “Equals,” with Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” with Michael Keaton and Mark. »
- Steve Pond
'The Danish Girl,' Kristen Stewart and more set sail for the 2015 Venice Film Festival
Some of the most anticipated movies of the Fall will make their debut at the four major festivals that annual suck up the movie world's attention during a five-week period beginning in September. The New York Film Festival has already revealed that "The Walk," "Steve Jobs" and "Miles Away" will be its major galas. The 40th Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of selections on Tuesday giving away many of the "secret" premieres at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend. Earlier this month Venice announced it would open with Universal Pictures' "Everest" and debut Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" with Johnny Depp out of competition. Now, the festival has unveiled a majority of its slate with some very exciting surprises. The biggest news is that Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" will have its world premiere in Venice. The highly anticipated drama has already generated »
- Gregory Ellwood
Venice Fest Reveals Robust Lineup Featuring Hollywood Stars and International Auteurs
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars, including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”), to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, and Marco Bellocchio, and plenty of other high-caliber international auteurs.
As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice Sept. 2, out-of-competition, a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.
With Toronto seemingly less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Derek Jeter, The Aspiring Media Mogul (Who Dislikes Media), Reveals Next Big Swing
This story first appeared in the August 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. On a warm Tuesday evening in mid-July, dozens of elite athletes pack a rectangular patch of faux grass turf on the roof of The Standard hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Among the partygoers: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist; tennis star Caroline Wozniacki (in a white Grecian gown); race car driver Danica Patrick; tight end Julius Thomas (in a black fedora), who in March signed a $46 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars; 14-year-old Little
- Marisa Guthrie
Seth MacFarlane-Hosted 2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony to Air on Nat Geo, Fox (Exclusive)
National Geographic Channel and Fox are combining resources to air the 2016 Breakthrough Prize ceremony, which will once-again be hosted by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane. The Silicon Valley awards show honors today’s most prominent scientists and mathematicians, with each recipient landing a $3 million prize. This year, for the first time, the ceremony will also feature the New Horizons in Mathematics Prize, which will recognize a maximum of three up-and-coming junior mathematics researchers. Presenters will be announced shortly. The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin (Google) and Anne Wojcicki (23andMe), Jack Ma (Alibaba.com) and Cathy Zhang, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Priscilla Chan, »
- Tony Maglio
Our 'Big Brother' top scorer says Vanessa Rousso will win Season 17
"I am rooting for Vanessa Rousso to win as I think she is smart, articulate and competitive," confesses our current "Big Brother" top scorer Frederic Lam. "But I think she has been winning too many competitions and getting too much blood in her hands. She needs to lay low and get other alliance members to do her dirty work. Otherwise, she will become a target soon." Can You take down Lam to win our "Big Brother" prediction contest? Hurry -- make your predictions for the rest of Week 5 and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated next. -Break- Who will win 'Big Brother'? See exclusive predictions Check out the overall Season 17 leaderboard to the right. Currently our #1 "Big Brother" predictor is Lam with overall 86% accuracy, but there are still »
Plaintiff’s Lawyer: Bill Cosby Is Actually Not As Perceptive As He Thinks He Is
Bill Cosby is definitely no Sherlock Holmes. The attorney for Andrea Constand (the woman whose sexual-assault case against the comedian has produced leaked-but-telling deposition transcripts) said as much in a newly filed motion that denies Cosby's claims that Constand consented to accepting drugs and sex and breached a confidentiality agreement, according to People. Cosby's team had cited Constand's social-media use as an indication that she was pushing to break the agreement. "In his narcissistic view of the world, defendant believes that plaintiff's every Tweet must be about him," Constand's attorney wrote in the motion, which was filed Tuesday in federal court. "He is as perceptive in this belief as he claims to be in his interpretation of non-verbal cues from women he wants to seduce. As defendant admits in his deposition, despite his talent for interpreting female reactions to him, he did not realize plaintiff was gay until »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Venice Film Festival Unveils Star-Studded Lineup for 72nd Edition
The world’s oldest major film festival in Venice, Italy will once again screen films from new and established directors, with 55 new films set for this year's 72nd edition. Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera and Biennale president Paolo Baratta unveiled this year's star-studded lineup Wednesday morning at the Westin Excelsior Rome hotel. It includes much-buzzed about American films, a slew of Italian talent and various voices from world cinema. Read More Oscars: Toronto Lineup Offers Clues About Venice and Telluride (Analysis) In the competition section, a number of U.S. titles are part of the lineup, which Barbara called one
- Ariston Anderson
Cara Delevingne Mocked for Attitude in Morning Show Interview: "Take a Little Nap"
Cara Delevingne took part in a recent morning show interview but may have wanted to disappear by the end of it, much like her character does in the film Paper Towns. Delevingne appeared on Good Morning Sacramento to promote the film, and things got off to a bumpy start when she was asked if she had read the John Green book, on which it is based. Read More 'Paper Towns' Star Cara Delevingne on Meeting John Green, Being Inspired By Meryl Steep and Embarrassing Auditions "No, I never read the book, or the script actually," the 22-year-old actress
- Ryan Gajewski
Pay TV Operator Sky Reports 5% Increase in Revenue to $17.6 Billion
London — European pay TV operator Sky reported on Wednesday a 5% increase in revenue to £11.3 billion ($17.6 billion), and an 18% increase in operating profit to £1.4 billion ($2.18 billion) for the year ended June 30.
The company added 973,000 subscribers, which was 45% more than the previous year. In U.K. and Ireland, the company recorded the highest organic customer growth for 11 years, and passed 12 million subscribers; in Germany and Austria, the company saw the highest-ever customer growth; and in Italy, the subscriber base held steady after three years of decline.
In December, Sky, formerly known as BSkyB, created Europe’s leading entertainment company after merging with Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland. The enlarged group serves 20 million customers across five countries: Italy, Germany, Austria, the U.K. and Ireland.
Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive, said in a statement: “The past 12 months have been an outstanding period of growth for Sky. We’ve successfully completed a deal that »
- Leo Barraclough
Channing Tatum’s Gambit Could Be in Trouble
The Wrap reports that Channing Tatum might be getting ready to bail on the Gambit spinoff. The trade site didn't note any specific reasons, but one of its sources said "something was up." It would be a shame if Tatum's deal fell apart because then all those magician-slash-card-throwing lessons would've been for naught — unless he's joining a Burt Wonderstone sequel or a Jimmy Fallon–produced Magic Mike sequel. (More so, it would be a shame because this movie is supposed to be a passion project of Tatum's, and the actor would play one helluva Gambit, a fan-favorite character people would love to see on the big screen portrayed by someone who actually gets the character.) The Wrap thinks Tatum could stay on in a producing role if things don't go entirely south, adding that one of the reasons for potential departure could be a desire to work instead on a »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Trevor Noah Scrutinizes Media Coverage During L.A. Comedy Show
Exactly two months before his Sept. 28 “Daily Show” debut, and just about one week prior to Jon Stewart’s final bow, Trevor Noah entertained a crowd full of reporters and critics at an intimate comedy show hosted by Comedy Central Tuesday evening, as a special event for the annual Television Critics Association press tour.
Donning a casual yet dapper look in a navy blazer and sneakers, the late night newbie impressed the theater at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage with his spot-on accent impressions — not to mention his very own charming South African accent.
During his set, Noah brought attention to hot-button headlines, including a hysterical bit on Ebola and a more somber moment about the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Throughout much of his time on stage, he discussed racial inequality, emphasizing recent police attacks on African Americans, making a mention of Trayvon Martin. Many of Noah’s jokes ended with »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Has Asaf Goren overstayed his welcome on 'So You Think You Can Dance'? (Poll)
23-year-old b-boy Asaf Goren was a late addition to Team Street on "So You Think You Can Dance." On the first night of live performances, it was announced that he would compete as a last-minute substitute for Alain "Hurrikane" Lauture, who was injured. Now, after three weeks of competition, do you think he has earned his spot, or should he have been sent home by now? Vote in our poll below, then let us know who will be eliminated next week for a chance to win $100 in our predictions contest. -Break- 'So You Think You Can Dance' poll: Is the Twitter Save fair? From the very beginning, it was clear that Goren was struggling with choreography, so much so that team captain Twitch had to pull him aside for pep talks or reprimands more than once, as shown in training-week clip packages. Twitch didn't have to give him »
Justin Bieber Shocks Fans, Makes Everyone Cry on Fox’s ‘Knock Knock Live’
Justin Bieber followed in David Beckham’s footsteps on Tuesday by turning up on unsuspecting fans’ doorstep and giving them the shock of a lifetime on Ryan Seacrest’s “Knock Knock Live,” airing on Fox. The “Baby” singer has been strongly criticized for his bad behavior in the past, but there was an outpouring of love for Bieber on Tuesday when he surprised meningitis-survivor Ashley for her quinceañera (the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday marking when she becomes a woman). The teen had been too sick to have her party when she turned 15 and doctors feared she would not survive, »
- Debbie Emery
Yes, Chris Pine Will Co-star in Wonder Woman
As it turns out, Chris Pine will take that turn as Wonder Woman's love-interest-slash-favorite-guy-with-two-first-names, according to the Wrap. A few months ago, the actor had begun talks for the Steve Trevor role, which also reportedly could have gone to Scott Eastwood. Plot and character details are still under wraps, but if Pine's role is anything like the source material, he could play some sort of military figure with a penchant for peril. The Wrap adds that Pine's contract is a multi-year deal, meaning he could be involved in sequels and that he probably won't be involved in WB's Green Lantern Corps, after all. Patty Jenkins is still attached to direct, and Pine will co-star opposite Gal Gadot, who will be introduced as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (Her appearance with Steve Trevor will come June 23, 2017.) Just who will pine after whom first is unknown at the moment. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Jimmy Kimmel Chokes Up On Air Over Cecil the Lion, Likens Hunter to Bill Cosby
Jimmy Kimmel weighed in on the Cecil the Lion issue during his monologue on Tuesday night and he didn't hold back, choking up a little as he made clear his disgust and likened the present hatred of hunter Walter Palmer to the public's feeling towards Bill Cosby. The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! recapped the story of Palmer, a Minnesota dentist and hunting enthusiast, who had paid $55,000 to hunt, track and kill an African lion. Palmer ended up illegally killing Cecil, a popular lion at a Zimbabwean national park who was tagged for scientific research by Oxford University. Kimmel's passionate
- Abid Rahman, Ryan Gajewski
Seth Rogen Indulges in Holiday Depravity, Pets Jesus’ Dogs in The Night Before Trailer
Drugs and holidays apparently mix very well together, and Seth Rogen's cocaine-shroom face is here to prove it. He, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie will spend one last Christmas Eve together and answer life's most important questions before it's too late: How timeless is Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball"? What's the most appropriate face to make for a baby that's staring at you? And what's the best ice breaker to say to the dogs surrounding sweet baby Jesus' manger? Bless this movie. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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