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Meryl Streep and her daughter Mamie Gummer stepped out of their Vancouver hotel together yesterday. The duo spent time up north just as news of Mamie's split from her husband, Ben Walker, was announced. Mamie and Ben were married in the Summer of 2011 after meeting in 2008 while working on the Broadway play Dangerous Liaisons. Ben was recently back on stage in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof while Mamie has been focused on the small screen. Her show Emily Owens, M.D. was canceled after just one season, but she's already signed on for the CBS pilot Backstrom opposite Rainn Wilson. View Slideshow › »
- Lauren Turner
After nearly two years of marriage, it's over for Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer and Ben Walker, Gummer's rep confirms to People. The pair tied the knot in July 2011 at Gummer's family estate in Connecticut. Claire Danes was among the 150 guests who attended the wedding. Gummer, 29, and Walker, 30, who got engaged in October 2009, met while performing in Broadway's Dangerous Liaisons together in April 2008. Walker's Broadway run in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof alongside Scarlett Johansson wraps up Saturday. Gummer is currently starring in the mystery thriller Side Effects. »
Dangerous Liaisons (2012) DVD Review, a movie directed by Hur Jin-ho and starring Zhang Ziyi, Jang Dong-Gun, Cecilia Cheung, Shawn Dou, Lisa Lu, and Candy Wang. Release Date: February 12, 2013 Film Review The timeless tale of seduction and betrayal gets a modern update here moving it from pre-revolutionary France to Shanghai in unrest and on the verge of [...]
- Romney J. Baldwin
"Cruel Intentions" taught us just how cruel high school kids can be!This wicked adaptation of "Dangerous Liaisons" started out with a small budget, but it helped propel the careers of some of today's biggest stars!Reese Witherspoon played Annette Hargrove, the virginal new girl that costars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe tried to corrupt. Reese went on to marry Ryan and they had two children together. The two divorced after eight years, with Reese later wedding Jim Toth (and had his baby in September of last year!).Today, Reese Witherspoon turns 37 years old! She's become one of Hollywood's A-list actresses, starring in movies like "Legally Blonde" (with "Cruel Intentions" costar Selma Blair), "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Water for Elephants." She won an Oscar in 2005 for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line." Click on the "Launch Gallery" above to see what the stars of "Cruel Intentions" look like now! »
- tooFab Staff
The sordid intoxication of Dangerous Liaisons. An Oscar nod for The Grifters and yet another for helming Helen Mirren’s statue-winning turn in The Queen. Mix that up with a little High Fidelity and you’ve got the accolade magnet director Stephen Frears over almost three decades of filmmaking. Why then, in this, his continuing journey from such impressive roots, would he make what is a truly abhorrent film conceived from the malaise of narrative blandness and riddled with desperately poor acting from screen stars as distinguished as Frears himself? As 2012’s flop Lay the Favorite drags on and annoys, prepare to ask yourself this question more than once.
- Kyle North
To celebrate the gifted and seismically commanding actress' 66th birthday, I thought we'd rank her five best roles to date and fight about it in the comments. Here we go.
First of all, the idea of Glenn Close narrating a movie is like a magical absinthe dream. Employing the aristocratic, self-consciously demure voice she used to overdub Andie MacDowell in Greystoke, Glenn Close becomes the voice and conscience behind Reversal of Fortune, the 1990 film adaptation of Alan Dershowitz's look inside the Von Bulow murder case. Look at this scene in which she starts to spill some rage on her weirdo husband. Those eyes! Those pounding fists! Though Jeremy Irons walked off with an Oscar for his role as Claus, Close surely warranted »
A few weeks back, I felt a burning desire to see a movie about a person with deep psychological problems who is sometimes given to violent episodes, whose marriage is a complete disaster, and who has trouble finding the right medication to deal with these assorted personality disorders. It was one of those long, grey, miserable afternoons where you just know at some primal level that seeing a movie about a deeply disturbed human being will make you feel better about your own sad little life. This, after all, is what movies are all about.
Unfortunately, I arrived at the multiplex too late to see Bradley Cooper weave his special magic in Silver Linings Playbook. So instead I caught Side Effects, in which Rooney Mara plays a person with deep psychological »
- Joe Queenan
for discussion fun
Tootsie, one of the inarguably great American comedies
"The Tuesday Top Ten will get more article-like soon," he said (again). "It really will." But it was so much fun to discuss the 1930s and the 1970s, which are arguably the two most respected decades (critically speaking) of American cinema. So how about a decade that gets no respect? The 1980s. The '80s are tough for me to feel discerning about because I lived through them and was a) young and b) just falling in love with the movies and c) just falling hard for the movies so how could the cinema possibly have been hitting its nadir? I still have inordinate fondness for movies that might more safely be called guilty pleasures like Yentl, Superman II, Splash, Return of the Jedi, Clue, and about half of the filmography of John Hughes... and so on. I even »
- NATHANIEL R
Now here’s a dangerously (good) liaison: NBC has lured John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons) for the period pirate drama Crossbones, a series in the works for next season. Malkovich will play Edward Teach, a.k.a Blackbeard, who “ruled over the pirates, thieves and ne’er-do-wells on the Bahamian island of New Providence in the early 1700s.” Crossbones has a 10-episode series order; it was supposed to air sometime this season but will likely go next fall, instead.
The was originally talk that Hugh Laurie would play the role of Blackbeard as a follow-up to his work on Fox’s »
- Lynette Rice
Call it “Being Blackbeard.”
The 10-episode action-adventure series, greenlit by NBC last May and written and co-executive produced by Luther‘s Neil Cross, takes place in 1715 and promises to deliver “the true legend” of “the most notorious pirate to ever sail the earth.”
Malkovich will play Edward Teach, Aka the pirate Blackbeard, who rules over the various thieves and ne’er-do-wells that populate the Bahamian island of New Providence — part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise and a mounting threat to international commerce. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Do you miss Oscar season or are you glad it's over? I'm feeling a little bit of both right now, which is why this image that a reader sent me is so great. It's Glenn Close & Michelle Pfeiffer on Oscar night in 1989, when they both lost for their roles in Dangerous Liaisons (1988). Michelle did take the stage as a presenter that night (alongside Dennis Quaid).
Who knew that the Merquise de Merteuil and Madame Tourvel could exhibit any such tenderness for each other? (Or maybe the Merquise is just looking for the softest spot on Tourvel's neck in which to sink her fangs?)
So the picture got me to thinking about stars who've never won Oscars despite multiple nods. (Of course the most egregiously mistreated stars in Hollywood are the great actors who've never even been nominated... but that's a different list.) For this Tuesday Top Ten, I thought we'd »
- NATHANIEL R
Roger Rabbit: Zemeckis' classic blend of animation and live action will have a 25th anniversary screening at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in April Upon its release in 1988, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was called a landmark mix of animation and live action; the Robert Zemeckis-directed movie also marked the beginning of the renaissance of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, which had hit rock bottom in the '80s after decades of steady decline. In celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary, the Academy will present a new digital restoration at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (Pictured above: a youthful-looking Zemeckis and pal Roger Rabbit.) Zemeckis, who has since made his mark in performance capture animation features (for instance, 2004's The Polar Express, with Tom Hanks and 2007's Beowulf, with Angelina Jolie), will be present for a post-screening onstage chat about his movie. »
- Andre Soares
previously on Smash
My hopes for Smash's precarious sophomore season were dashed the split second the third episode began as Katharine McPhee sang a poprock song in a halfshirt on a platform for a throng of admirers and capped it off with a little crowd surfing. I thought this was a show about making a Broadway musical... not about creating a pop star?! The new character Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan), prepping for a pitch to powerful director Derek, announces just before the opening titles that "one shot is all we need". Unfortunately for Smash, it's had several of them and still isn't hitting its mark.
2.3 "The Dramaturg"
This week's episode, which felt mostly like connective filler to get us to the new season plotlines after the debut's »
- NATHANIEL R
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Not so. While it is true that individuals investing in films receive tax relief, they do so in accordance with the purpose of the legislation and not in some other inappropriate way. We have never been in the business of tax avoidance. All our activities are commercial, profit-driven and taxable. In the year ending April 2012, Ingenious posted £35m profits on which we paid £8m in UK corporation tax.
The UK's creative »
- Patrick McKenna
Smash, Season 2, Episode 3: “The Dramaturg”
Written by: Bryan Coluboff
Directed by: Larry Shaw
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm (Et) on NBC
Smash, you make it incredibly difficult to love you. You have a whole audience who turns in each week just to hate you, and you neglect your loyal liege who will sing and dance to every musical number. After last week’s dismal ratings and poor reviews, it’s trying not to want to jump off this sinking ship. Going into episode three, it’s only hopeful that the new promised changes would make a noticeable impact; regrettably the result may be a mess that’s worst than the first season.
This episode is aptly titled “The Dramaturg”, because Eileen feels it is necessary that Bombshell get a fresh perspective in the form of a professional dramaturg, Peter Gilman (played by newcomer Daniel Sunjata). This sends Julia in a »
- Millicent Evans
Let's talk about jilted actresses, boys.
The Oscars are next Sunday, and we still have plenty of Academy history to reinspect like amateur Clouseaus. Today's cold case: the 10 greatest Best Actress-nominated performances that didn't win an Oscar. Apologies to my other sentimental favorites like Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Julie Christie in McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, Anne Bancroft in The Graduate, and my darling Elizabeth Hartman in A Patch of Blue because I could only pick 10. Here they are.
Look, I hear you. Natalie Wood: not so inspiring in Rebel Without a Cause; barely survivable in West Side Story. But what she achieves in Splendor in the Grass, is to me, the absolute best kind of melodrama. As heartsick teen Deanie Loomis in this epic adaptation of William Inge's play, Natalie Wood jumps from lustfulness (since she's dating a young, »
I was all set for this week's The Good Wife to be a downright quaint episode, but it spiraled into an hour of contentious, near-histrionic bliss. Didn't the setup seem adorable? Alicia and Cary, precious pals who play footsie and switch lunches at recess, are pitted on a team against Will and Diane in a mock trial courtroom case for a choosy energy drink client who pays for a scrimmage version of his hearing. Aw, Cary and Alicia vs. Will and Diane! Tag team testifiers! Will Diane wear a threatening halter top like Trish Stratus? I drew up some sketches just in case.
Unfortunately, the scrimmage rivalry Comes Alive (quoth Goosebumps) when Alicia and Cary's firm partnerships are postponed a year as a way of saving the firm some interim money. Cary uses his dimples to think of a plan, and he's got a dynamite one: He and Alicia could form their own firm, »
The emotional tug-of-war between love and lust has long inspired novels and films, including Doris Lessing.s novel The Grandmothers. For its cinematic adaptation, screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, A Dangerous Method) and director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel, Nathalie.) had their work cut out for them, and they appear to have cut out a bit of the story in their process. Vlicious! has the first trailer for the Australian drama, which is now titled Two Mothers, which should give you some clue as to what kind of cuts were made. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play lifelong best friends and neighbors whose relationships with each other.s sons turns sexual. Those sons are played James Frenchville , who was quite impressive in David Michôd.s Animal Kingdom, and Xavier Samuel, whom horror fans will know from his insane performance in another Australian film, Sean Byrne.s The Loved Ones. »
Emergency: We're less than two weeks from the Oscars, and I still have an entire Academy history to lament. Let's give props to the ten actors who've deserved an Academy Award most, yet have found themselves empty-handed. I've ranked them according to how much I've wept rethinking each slight.
10. Alec Baldwin
Yes, I'm trying to fix the gaping hole in my heart where 30 Rock once lived, but I also bring up the name of Jack Donaghy's maker for a pertinent reason -- he is a dynamite screen presence. If his chilling "Always be closing" monologue in Glengarry Glen Ross weren't scary and bad-ass enough, he's proved himself capable And cuddly in Working Girl, The Aviator, The Departed, and The Cooler, where he notched his first and only Oscar nomination. Surely the man who racked up six straight Emmy nominations for lovingly patronizing Liz Lemon should win one damn Oscar for bringing the heat onscreen. »
This week on DVD/Blu-ray: The latest from the Dardenne brothers; one of the most buzzed-about documentaries of last year; a moving coming-of-age drama that ranks as one of the best high school movies released in a good long while; a charming Sundance character study about a man and his robot; and a "Dangerous Liaisons" adaptation that proves the classic tale has lost none of its bite. #1. "The Kid With a Bike" The Palme d'Or winning Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenn ("Rosetta," "L'Enfant") return with this acclaimed French-language drama about an 11-year-old boy (remarkable newcomer Thomas Doret) who turns to a stranger (Cécile de France) after his father (Dardennes' mainstay Jeremie Renier) abandons him. Winner of the Grand Prix (the runner-up prize to the Palme d'Or) at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, "The Kid With a Bike" packs an emotional whallop that feels warranted given the »
- Nigel M Smith
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