11 items from 2014
All that glitters is not just Oscar. Wealth-x has undertaken the task of ranking Oscar-winning actors and actresses by their accumulated wealth, so that you might have another metric by which to judge them. Here are the top five. 5. Sean ConneryConnery, Sean Connery won his Oscar in 1988 for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables. At 83, he's currently valued at $250 million, which can buy him a lot of "Scotland Forever" tattoos. 4. Barbra StreisandThe singer, actor, director, 71, won a Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for Funny Girl. Between her film and music career (and her stock portfolio), she's valued at $310 million. Not bad »
- Alex Heigl
On a sunny May morning in northwest Atlanta, Will Ferrell ambles into the warehouse at 2282 Defoor Hills Road – a windowless, 31,000-square-foot behemoth that has been transformed, thanks to low rents and generous Georgia tax incentives, into a makeshift movie soundstage. The warehouse is typically home to moving companies, but today the tenant has a much higher profile: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a.k.a. the most hotly anticipated comedy of the year, and the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. Ferrell is starting his workday as the film's hero, »
It’s unsurprising that a healthy proportion of great films deal with life’s biggest hurdles – and as far as living goes, you’re unlikely to find a more insurmountable hurdle than death. The fragility of human life and the struggle to come to terms with mortality have been common motifs in storytelling throughout history, but the emotionally evocative nature of film is in a particularly strong position to bring these issues to light.
In exploring a list of films that all deal with death (a downer topic by any standards), one might think that they were in store for a marathon of depressing Oscar bait – Schindler’s List, Terms of Endearment, and the like. And while those are both admirable films, we chose instead to create a more diverse and well-rounded offering. Some of the films on this list are sad – make no mistake – but more often »
- Audrey Fox
• Amanda Seyfried (Lovelace) is set to star in Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming sequel to Ted. Seyfried will join returning star Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming comedy, which continues the story of John Bennett and his crass, foul-mouthed teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane). As for Mila Kunis, according to Deadline, who broke the news, she will return for Ted 2 but in a much smaller role. [Deadline]
- Pamela Gocobachi
Endless Love, directed by Shana Feste and stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde in the story of Jade Butterfield and David Elliot, a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Although separated by class boundaries, their gravitational pull is undeniable and unstoppable.
During the months following their high school graduation, Jade, sheltered woman with a limitless future becomes enthralled with David a working class boy with a trouble past who in turn falls head over heels for her. Their romance collides with Jade’s controlling father’s attempts to steer her clear of David, while her mother encourages the relationship to thrive and his father advises clear eye caution. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, two young lovers will defy and allow their all consuming passion to determine their future together.
- Fernando Esquivel
Zap2it has rounded up the best zingers from the past week of TV -- everything from the Grammys to the "White Collar" finale. Be sure to check out our Best Lines of January gallery too.
Violet: "I wonder your halo doesn't grow heavy. It must be like wearing a tiara 'round the clock."
Cousin Isobel: "You make me sound very fervent."
Lady Violet: "Wars have been waged with less fervor."
The Grammy Awards
LL Cool J: "It pains me to admit this, but there are people who don't even know that I make music."
The Mother, St. Patrick's Day 2008: "How is the bathroom line this long, yet the floor is covered in urine?"
Cindy: "You just met me -- I could be a serial killer."
The Mother: "I like to believe in people. Plus what »
"White Collar" brought Neal's con-woman love storyline to a close Thursday (Jan. 30) with "Diamond Exchange," which sent Agent Burke and Neal on a sort of treasure hunt around New York.
After breaking out of prison, Rebecca (guest star Bridget Regan) poisons Mozzie and tells Neal she'll only give up the antidote if Neal gets her the diamond. The clock is ticking, as the poison will shutdown Mozzie's system in roughly six hours.
It sends the guys on their very own "DaVinci Code" caper to Fort Totten, an old Army installation in Queens. After Mozzie collapses and is taken to the hospital, Neal and Peter find the diamond but Rebecca was following them all along and steals it at gunpoint, locking them up and saying she'll give up the antidote once she's out of the city, which was not the deal she initially made.
Luckily, Jones and Diana track Rebecca's trail »
“Half the world is going to love this,” Lithgow said. “The other half needs to see it.”
Directed by Ira Sachs, “Love is Strange” tells the story of lovers Ben and George, who, after 39 years together, finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan.
“The movie is really about the consequences of that,” Molina said.
“It was one of the best scripts I’ve read since ‘Terms of Endearment,” Lithgow added.
The Sundance festival, long a top venue for gay-themed cinema, this year offered a documentary on the legal battle over gay marriage in California (“The Case Against 8″) as well as a drama about a transgender man in New Mexico (“Drunktown’s Finest”).
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- Variety Staff
Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John Wells’ August: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »
- Steve Montgomery
We all have predisposed notions about the infamous “romantic comedy.” As with other genres, there’s a large subsection of offerings, giving it a bad name. But, for every tired, cliché-driven comedy, there is another impressive offering that redefines the genre, garners plenty of laughs, and tells an honest story about love and relationships, however warped they may be. In the coming weeks, we’ll take a look at the fifty romantic comedy films that should be seen. These may not all be classic films, but they certainly put a stamp on the industry and the genre we affectionately call “rom-coms.”
#50. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Most of Wes Anderson’s films could be described as romantic comedies, but his 2012 effort stands out, as its central story focuses on young love and the need to find acceptance. In Anderson’s world, while quirks abound, true connections between characters are commonplace. With Moonrise Kingdom, »
- Joshua Gaul
You would think that we would want to protect our children. With all the Mary Whitehouse types running around, yelling “Think of the children!” it’s easy to get the impression that adults want kids to stay in a nice, safe, emotionally static bubble. Never exposed to anything painful or uncomfortable. But you wouldn’t know it by taking a look at the kind of films we watched as kids.
Seriously. Sure, people get sad when they watch Terms of Endearment or Schindler’s List, but if you want to see some real tears, show them a kids’ film. Almost any one film will do. All of the best stories have some deep, emotional subtext going on, and in a lot of ways, films were our first exposure to the really dark stuff. Death. Loss. Existentialism. I mean, you would think that they would save that stuff for »
- Audrey Fox
11 items from 2014