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If Felicity Jones should ever go missing, there’s probably a simple explanation: She’s just gotten lost wandering the streets of Los Angeles. “Without sounding like a granny, I love walking,” says the London-based actress. So much so that on a recent December morning, she found herself perhaps the only person on Sunset Boulevard who wasn’t in a car. “I go for walks to keep my feet on the ground, because after five hours of press you go slightly insane at the sound of your own voice.” So she popped out of the Chateau Marmont, where she’s been holed up promoting her new role as Charles Dickens’s mistress in the Ralph Fiennes–directed period drama The Invisible Woman. “And I nearly got run over three times.”Returning to the hotel harried and late to lunch, she admits it was her own fault for jaywalking. “You get »
- Jada Yuan
If “An Unexpected Journey” felt like nearly three hours’ worth of throat clearing and beard stroking, the saga gets fully under way at last in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the similarly massive but far more purposeful second chapter in Peter Jackson’s latest Tolkien enterprise. Actually shorter than the first film by nine minutes, this robust, action-packed adventure benefits from a headier sense of forward momentum and a steady stream of 3D-enhanced thrills — culminating in a lengthy confrontation with a fire-breathing, scenery-chewing dragon — even as our heroes’ quest splits into three strands that are left dangling in classic middle-film fashion. Jackson’s gargantuan undertaking can still feel like completist overkill at times, but that won’t keep the Middle-earth enthusiasts who pushed the first “Hobbit” film past the $1 billion mark worldwide from doing the same with this Dec. 13 release, which »
- Variety Staff
Lawrence Of Arabia. Henry II, Tiberius. Anton Ego. No matter how you knew him, Peter O’Toole was a consummate actor and entertainer who brought joy and seemingly effortless craft to generations. So it’s with regret that we must report he died today at the age of 81.O’Toole’s career spanned both the stage and screens big and small, and he never asked to be famous. Though the legendarily funny man did say this on the subject: “I woke up one morning to find I was famous. I bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard, wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum.” A famous hellraiser in his youthful acting days, he could be found living it up with the likes of Richard Harris, Richard Burton, Michael Caine and Oliver Reed.Born Peter Seamus O’Toole in County Galway in Connemara, in »
It may be hard to believe that Billy Wilder passed away over eleven years ago considering the huge impact he’s made on filmmaking during his fifty-year career. He was a writer, director, and producer whose films include classics such as “Double Indemnity,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Some Like It Hot,” and “The Apartment.” Wilder could do it all and, for the longest time, he held the record for most screenwriting nominations at the Academy Awards (since broken by Woody Allen). Luckily for us, The Writers Guild Foundation has uncovered an hour-long conversation, "The Writer Speaks," that finds Wilder sharing in-depth about his writing process. Given the amount of success Wilder had as a writer, the interview should be a treat for aspiring writers, or those who happen to be fans of the man’s work. The video was made back in 1995, and yes, that’s Jack Lemmon narrating the video at the very beginning. »
- Ken Guidry
The Los Angeles County Coroner's official autopsy report for Ronni Chasen, obtained late Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter, reveals that the publicist died in her Mercedes-Benz of four gunshot wounds fired from what police initially described as a "second vehicle." Read the full autopsy here. "While she was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Whittier Drive and [sic] unknown vehicle pulled up and someone fired approximately 4 gunshots into her vehicle," the report reads. "All witnesses report hearing 4 gunshots." The report was filed hours after the accident and initially
- Gary Baum
Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks. Hanks and Disney aren't the film's center, though. Instead, it's focused on P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the author of the books on which "Mary Poppins" was based. As the film begins, Disney, whose children loved the books, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Statistics show us time and again that Oscar likes his ladies young. In fact 29 is the most common age that leading ladies win Oscars (for comparison's sake only one man under 30 has ever won Best Actor). And yet, as we speed towards the Oscar nominations, barring an extreme long-shot fresh-faced spoiler like an Adèle (20) or a Brie (26), this year's Best Actress Lineup will likely skew incredibly 'vintage'. If the expected five make an historic "all winners lineup" it's going to be the oldest lineup ever. Now, there is some degree of unusual feeling (I share it) that Meryl Streep (64) is vulnerable to a shut-out for her work in August: Osage County -- something that seemed unthinkable even a few months ago -- but even if she doesn't make the shortlist, there's no guarantee it'll be someone at the beginning of their career. Amy Adams (39) and Julia Louis Dreyfus (52) might still »
- NATHANIEL R
In his latest book, "Moments That Made the Movies" (Thames & Hudson), the film critic David Thomson describes moments from 70 films over the course of 100 years of film history. The book takes a look at some of the most important seconds and scenes in the history of film -- from "Sunset Boulevard" and "Burn after Reading," to "When Harry Met Sally" and "The Piano Teacher." As a way of celebrating the book (a perfect stocking stuffer), Thomson has provided Indiewire with his 5 moments that made the movies this year. You can buy "Moments That Made the Movies" here. At the very end of "Captain Phillips," as Tom Hanks is collapsing, he begins to get a medical check-up on some Us warship. I don't know who the doctor is but she's as brisk, efficient and unsentimental as one of the Seals who took out the Somali pirates. The scene is plausible and »
- David Thomson
Powerhouse performances by the Weston women of August: Osage County, Julia Roberts as Barbara, Julianne Nicholson as Ivy and Juliette Lewis as Karen circle around Meryl Streep as the matriarch, Violet Weston who has woven a large and dangerous web. The first time we see Violet, she comes down the stairs, cigarette in hand, as memorably as Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, though in an entirely different state of mind, dress, and posture. "My wife takes pills. I drink," is how Sam Shepard, who plays Violet's husband Beverly, sums up the main occupations of their lives. Nicholson's Ivy is the only one of their three daughters who still lives nearby.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Last week I cheated a bit by offering up Emma Thompson as a potential gay icon. She’s so damn legendary, not to mention outspoken and off the cuff, that she’s basically entitled to any name, rank, and throne she pleases. She made out with Meryl Streep in Angels in America, people. She is gayer than most things.
I’m bringing it back to the newer-school candidates this week with the charming, preternaturally lovable Kristen Bell, who voices the lead princess Anna in the charming (and gay-tinged, if you ask me) new Disney animated feature Frozen. Bell has wooed us for more than a decade on the big screen, and we’re coming up on the ten-year anniversary of her much-mourned WB series (and upcoming film!) Veronica Mars. She just gets it. That’s why she’s today’s Gay Icon Nominee, and here are the five most »
- Louis Virtel
Where aren’t you Hugh? TNT has announced that its annual Christmas in Washington special will be hosted by Hugh Jackman. The holiday concert special will air on December 20th at 8:00 p.m. (Et/Pt), and will feature some very special performers, including: Anna Kendrick, Sheryl Crow, Backstreet Boys, and more.
This has long been one of my favorite holiday traditions, and has offered up some of the most entertaining performers, and all-around enjoyable evenings for years.
That tradition continues (well, quite frankly, I’m not a fan of Backstreet Boys) this year with not only some great performances, but you can’t go wrong with Hugh Jackman running your show, whatever it is. Right? I can’t wait for Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick is a surprisingly awesome singer, and you don’t want to miss Pat Monahan.
Catch all the info below, and let me know if you’ll be tuning in. »
- Marc Eastman
Stars and scribes are in bed together. And as current award contenders illustrate, nobody’s sleeping with the enemy.
Writing categories, normally heavily tilted toward such ensemble pics as “Juno” and “Little Miss Sunshine” with stars-to-be in the main roles, this year promise to include numerous projects that successfully attracted big-name onscreen talent. Screenplays are giving stars what they want, and it’s a lot more than bitter Joe Gillis brought to crazy Norma Desmond in “Sunset Blvd.”
Which is: What? Ethan Hawke, acting and scripting with Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater on “Before Midnight,” claims “any actor worth his salt is looking for a challenge. He’s dying to go out on a limb.” To Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”), “what they’re looking for in a character is dilemma. Those are the playable moments.”
- Bob Verini
Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg ‘Maps to the Stars’ gets German distribution, Toronto screening Starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars has found a German distributor. Screen Daily reports that Christian Meinke’s Mfa+ has acquired the rights to the David Cronenberg-directed Hollywood satire at the American Film Market, recently held in Santa Monica. Mfa+ also picked up Vincent Grashaw’s feature debut Coldwater and Tobias Lindholm’s Danish thriller A Hijacking / Kapringen, which has a similar premise to that of the Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks hit Captain Phillips. (Photo: Robert Pattinson on the set of Maps to the Stars.) In Map to the Stars, John Cusack (replacing Viggo Mortensen) plays a Los Angeles analyst and self-help guru whose wife (Olivia Williams) is immersed in the career of their teen star son (Evan Bird), fresh off of rehab. Their daughter (Mia Wasikowska »
- Andre Soares
Up until 2005, Charles Roven was a fairly successful Hollywood producer with “Three Kings,” “12 Monkeys,” “City of Angels,” “Cadillac Man” and a pair of “Scooby-Doo” movies. Then “Batman Begins” provided a high-octane boost to his Hollywood trajectory.
He’s one of the few producers with 10 films that have grossed at least $100 million worldwide, and yet he doesn’t have the name identification of a Jerry Bruckheimer or a Scott Rudin. In a way, he represents the best of both worlds: His commercial success doesn’t come at the expense of critical acclaim.
In a career dating back to 1983’s “Heart Like a Wheel,” he has worked with a wide spectrum of filmmakers, including perfectionists with behemoth budgets like Christopher Nolan (the “Batman” trilogy); scrappy filmmakers who work on the fly like David O. Russell (“Three Kings,” the upcoming “American Hustle”); fanboy idols like Zack Snyder (“Man of Steel” and the upcoming »
- Dave McNary
David Thomson's book of his favourite film moments is highly subjective and full of wit and insight
Born in London in 1941, resident in America since the early 1970s, David Thomson has been one of the liveliest, most literate, productive, provocative and daring movie critics for more than 40 years, his books ranging from a definitive biography of David O Selznick to an intrusively speculative monograph on Nicole Kidman. He has studied whole careers, single films and now he's down to choosing single key moments.
This would have pleased the gloriously named John Bickerson "Binx" Bolling, narrator of The Moviegoer, Walker Percy's philosophical novel that won the 1962 Us National Book award. Binx is a laid-back Louisiana stockbroker from old New Orleans money, and is, he says, "quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie". In fact, movies are more memorable to him than so-called real life. "Other people," he observes, »
- Philip French
It’s hard to say what’s more disturbing about Shaul Schwarz’s excellent “Narco Cultura.” Is it the dead children, wailing mothers and bloody water running through the gutters of Juarez? Or the roomful of clueless idiots at Hollywood’s House of Blues, singing along to a Movimento Alterado chestbeater (“we’re bloodthirsty, crazy and we like to kill…”) about cutting people’s heads off? Those would be Mexican heads, by the way, not the ones partying along Sunset Boulevard. A documentary about the U.S.-Mexican drug war – which has resulted in 60,000 people being murdered south of the border since 2006 – would be horrifying in any case. What Schwarz does in his film, which opens Friday, is take it all a step further, into a cultural swamp: He not only follows the near-hopeless battle against the meth-coke-and-pot cartels, but the musical culture that they’ve spawned, a genre that »
- John Anderson
Mitchell, who was thought to be the last living adult cast member from Lucille Ball's iconic CBS sitcom, died on Monday (Nov. 11) of heart failure in her Westwood condo, her sister-in-law, "Sunset Blvd." actress Nancy Olson, tells THR.
"Marion, stop cackling," Lucy tells her. "I've been waiting 10 years for you to lay that egg!"
The character, which was originally played by Margie Liszt in the show's second season, set Lucy and Ricky up on their first date.
Born in 1919, Mitchell began her career as a radio star, becoming good friends with »
Back in July we learned about "True Blood" companion book Steve Newlin’s Field Guide to Vampires (And Other Creatures of Satan), and now that it's been released, we have a few copies to give away along with news of a signing!
The signing begins at 6:00 Pm on Monday, November 18th, at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA; (310) 659‐3684. In attendance will be co-authors Michael McMilllian, who plays Steve Newlin on "True Blood" and is a writer for the numerous "True Blood" comics, and Gianna Sobol, an associate producer for "True Blood" who edits the "True Blood" comic series.
Now, what if you live nowhere near La? Don't worry - we've got you covered with three copies of Steve Newlin’s Field »
- Debi Moore
Shirley Mitchell, who had a recurring role on “I Love Lucy” as Lucy Ricardo’s friend Marion Strong as part of a seven-decade career that ended just last year, died Nov. 11 of heart failure in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. She was 94.
In 2012 Mitchell impersonated Betty White for the animated series “Mad,” and in 2006 she voiced a role in a “Desperate Housewives” videogame. She made her screen debut in the 1944 film “Jamboree” and appeared steadily on television for decades starting in 1951 with a guest appearance on “Hollywood Theatre Time” and guesting on everything from “Dragnet” to “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” She recurred on the series “Bachelor Father” in 1958-59 and as Mae Belle Jennings »
- Carmel Dagan
Shirley Mitchell, the comic actress who played Marion Strong, Lucy Ricardo's friend with the cackling laugh on the TV classic I Love Lucy, has died. She was 94. Mitchell, who was believed to be the last surviving adult castmember from the legendary CBS sitcom, died Nov. 11 of heart failure at her condominium in Westwood, her sister-in-law, the Oscar-nominated Sunset Blvd. actress Nancy Olson, told The Hollywood Reporter. Mitchell was the widow of Jay Livingston, the pop composer and lyricist who collaborated with Ray Evans on the Academy Award-winning songs “Mona Lisa” (performed by Nat King
- Mike Barnes
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