8 items from 2013
Mark Ruffalo gets candid in a new interview with Men's Journal, opening up about his brother Scott Ruffalo's shocking death almost five years ago.
On December 1, 2008, Scott, 39 -- a popular hairdresser in Beverly Hills -- was murdered at his home. A toxicology report found cocaine and morphine in his system, but police determined that his death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head. A key witness, Shaha Mishaal Adham, who was in the house at the time of the shooting, was later reported to have died of a drug overdose, and to this day, the case remains unsolved. Adham and her boyfriend, Brian Scofield, were considered persons of interest in the case after they turned themselves in to the police a week after the incident.
In the June issue of Men's Journal, Ruffalo, 45, talks about losing his younger brother, telling the magazine, "You never get over it; you just get used to it. »
- Leigh Blickley
Focus Features has purchased the Matthew McConaughey lead biopic, The Dallas Buyers Club. The production house – behind films like Moonrise Kingdom and The Kids Are Alright – has plans to release the film in theaters during the second half of this year. In the Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria) directed film McConaughey plays the central character Ron Woodroof, who the film is loosely based on. Woodroof is the real life founder of the Dallas Buyers Club. After contracting HIV in the 1980′s, Woodroof inadvertently creates an underground club that supplies its paying members with alternative medications for AIDS, smuggled in by Woodroof from all across the world. The club [ Read More ]
- Sarah Anne Luoma
This year promises a bumper crop of hip-hop films – here's how to get up to speed with the genre
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I was never sold on The Kids Are Alright and I never got the joke about Spinal Tap – but I understand the power of a good hip-hop documentary. For hip-hop fans who weren't around to witness battle raps in the Bronx or block parties in downtown NY, hip-hop docs are a valuable commodity. This year will see two new additions to the genre: Can't Forget New Jersey looks at the migration of hip-hop out of NY and there's also For The Record: The Story of Latin Hip Hop. If the hip-hop forums are to be believed, there is also a film in the pipeline about Eazy-e's life. Those of you lucky enough to be within striking distance of New York can get »
- Kieran Yates
The adaptation of Judith Viorst's classic children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has had its fair share of ups and downs as its moved through the pre-production process, but finally seems to be ready to get on its feet. While the project was originally set up over at 20th Century Fox with The Kids Are Alright director Lisa Cholodenko attached to helm, both the studio and the filmmaker eventually left the project, with the movie heading over to Disney and finding Miguel Arteta to direct. But now that the film has found stable ground, it's starting to put more pieces together. Jennifer Garner, who worked with Disney on last year's The Odd Life of Timothy Green, is now in talks to join Steve Carell in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; according to The Hollywood Reporter. Carell has actually »
Things get yucky, bloody and completely terrifying in this new trailer for Carrie.
Starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo), four time Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore (Crazy, Stupid, Love; The Kids are Alright) and Judy Greer (The Descendants), Carrie is the reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, MGM and Screen Gems’ Carrie is produced by Kevin Misher (Public Enemies), J. Miles Dale (The Vow) serves as executive producer and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Big Love »
- Michelle McCue
Obviously predicting the Oscars this early in the year is virtually impossible, but you have to start somewhere and one of my goals in redesigning the site last year was to make it possible to create an admin where I could predict the Oscars virtually year round rather than waiting. Certainly, it makes for longer lists and a little more work, but considering this is all about the fun of predicting I felt it was worth it. So, today we take our first look at the Best Picture category at the 2014 Oscars where I have 40 films currently competing for up to ten slots in the Best Picture race. As the year goes on, we all know these 40 films will likely whittle down to about 15-20 if not fewer, but for now it's early enough where we can count on a lot more than that and also count on a few »
- Brad Brevet
In Stoker, Mia Wasikowska plays a mysterious girl named India, whose father dies on her 18th birthday, leaving her with her lacking mother (Nicole Kidman) and her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) she never knew about. But India has a dark side of her own, saying she hears things other can’t and sporting a strong affinity for hunting. She’s creepily quiet, and hates when people touch her. For Australian actress Wasikowska, who starred in 2010’s Alice in Wonderland and The Kids Are Alright and 2012’s Lawless, India’s mysterious ways were exactly what attracted her to playing the part. Sundance Review: Stoker
- Rebecca Ford
Tags: OscarsAcademy AwardsJessica ChastainKerry WashingtonLes MiserablesArgoClea DuvallAnne HathawayIMDb
This year's Oscar nominees are pretty straight, especially compared to the last few years where we had a strong showing with The Kids Are Alright, Pariah and Albert Nobbs. Fear not — we've got a way to keep it gay when you watch the ceremony this Sunday, at least as far as the women go.
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Nominated for: Best Actress, Zero Dark Thirty
Queer Quotient: Before she was the hottest new actress in Hollywood, Jessica starred in the indie Jolene where she has a lesbian relationship with Frances Fisher. She also posed for a sensual photo with Kat Dennings in W magazine once.
Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images
Nominated for: Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook
Queer Quotient: JLaw once told The New York Times her mom thought she was gay because she loved painting portraits of naked women. »
8 items from 2013
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