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Sony made a big splash at the first day of E3:2011 in Los Angeles Monday with their new handheld gaming system, Playstation Vita. “Vita means Life,” said Kazuo Hirai, president and group chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment. Sony may want to see if they can use Roberto Benigni’s film La vita è bella (Life is Beautiful) to market it because this portable is gorgeous to look at and is a serious portable gaming system.
Previously called the Ngp, Vita sports two analog sticks, a multi-touch 5-inch Oled screen, dual cameras, and a rear touch pad for some innovative uses with games. As reported back in January, the Vita has an Arm Cortex A9 core Cpu, a SGX543MP4+Gpu, and a Sixaxis motion-control system.
Vita will be available for the holidays in two versions, a Wi-Fi only version for $249 and a 3G+WiFi model for $299.
- Ernie Estrella
David Arquette has announced that he has gone 100 days without consuming alcohol. The actor, who split from wife Courteney Cox last October, took to Twitter to celebrate his months of sobriety. "I have 100 days of Sobriety today!!! Life is beautiful," the 39-year-old tweeted on Thursday afternoon. Arquette recently said that he felt fortunate to survive a car crash without serious injury. "I'm really just thankful to be alive and (more) »
- By Mike Moody
David Arquette has been sober for 100 days.
The "Scream 4" actor says he has been clean since checking out of the Betty Ford Center - where he underwent rehabilitation treatment for alcoholism - at the end of January and is starting to the joys of life again.
He tweeted on Thursday, April 7: "I have 100 days of Sobriety today!!! Life is beautiful.:D (sic)"
The 39-year-old actor - who raises a six-year-old daughter Coco with the former "Friends" star - said: "I came back from Miami and I had taken a nap and I woke up and Patricia and Courteney were at my bed. I was like, 'What are you two doing here together?' "
"Then I walked out and my best friend was there, »
It's been 100 days since David Arquette took his last sip of the Devil's juice ... and this morning, the actor went on Twitter to brag about it! Arquette -- who checked himself into rehab for “alcohol and other issues” back in January -- tweeted, "I have 100 days of Sobriety today!!! Life is beautiful.:D” Mazel Tov! Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Deadline reported last fall on the lawsuit last Sepember that pitted former allies Vittorio Cecchi Gori against Gianni Nunnari, producers of some of Hollywood's larger movies the past few years. Cecchi Gori has released this press release claiming victory (a spokesman for Nunnari said that "We are obviously disappointed with the judge's decision and intend to appeal"): A final Statement of Decision in the lawsuit between Oscar-winning film producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori (Life Is Beautiful, Il Postino and Mediterraneo) and film producer Gianni Nunnari (the former President of Cecchi Gori Pictures) was entered on March 25, 2011 by Judge Amy D. Hogue in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The Judgment awards Cecchi Gori $13,226,125 in damages, plus $2,608,075 in interest. In addition, Cecchi Gori was awarded future income from four films: 300, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Everybody’s Fine, and film rights and future income from four additional film projects: The Cyclone, »
- MIKE FLEMING
It’s Round 3 of March Sadness! We’re down to just 16 of the saddest movies ever, and the matchups are getting even more tragically difficult (click the bracket below to enlarge): Round 2 saw the tearful defeat of another 16 truly tragic sad-tenders, including several animated tear-juggernauts (The Land Before Time, Dumbo, The Fox & The Hound, and Wall-e), some Round 1 dominators that came up short (Forrest Gump, Life Is Beautiful, The Killing Fields, and Steel Magnolias), and two films that the Sad Movies version of Dick Vitale pegged as Final Four contenders (Requiem For A Dream and Atonement). Schindler’s List and Brokeback Mountain each won their matchups handily by respective 77% and 76% margins, but the biggest runaway in Round 2 was My Girl’s absolute sademolition of The Reader by an 83.8% margin, the third biggest blowout of the tournament thusfar. The narrowest Round 2 victories belonged to Toy Story 3, Sophie’s Choice, and Beaches, »
- Dan Hopper
Round 1 of March Sadness is complete, and with more than 50,000 votes cast and almost as many “how could you put Sad Movie X against Also Sad Movie Y you f***ing monster!!!” complaints, the March Sadness Bracket now looks like this (click to enlarge): Schindler’s List and Bambi were the biggest winners (interesting sentence to type), running away with 87.8% and 85.8% of the vote respectively, while the tightest contests saw The Wrestler out-grapping The Iron Giant by 51.83%, Dumbo edging Edward Scissorhands by an earlobe (51.6%), and in the round’s closest match, Toy Story 3 out-innocence-losting Titanic by a tight 50.88% majority. We waved goodbye to some not-sad-enough classics in Round 1 like Casablanca and It’s A Wonderful Life, some unbearably sad but underrepresented films like Dancer in the Dark and The House Of Sand And Fog, and some supersad films stuck in tragically unfortunate matchups like Terms of Endearment and American History X. »
- Dan Hopper
It’s Day 2 of March Sadness, the tournament of 64 sad films to determine once and for all (in a subjective, totally interpretable manner) which is the saddest movie of all time. Voting for Brackets C & D is now open, after the jump. Once again, here’s the full bracket: You can still vote for Brackets A & B from yesterday – some of the matchups are still reasonably close (*Cough* *Cough* Dancer In The Dark is really effing sad), but the voting for all of Round 1 will conclude tomorrow morning so we can move on to Round 2 for the weekend. Remember, the only criteria is “Which Movie Is Sadder?”, not “Which Movie Is Better” – how you determine “sadder,” though, is up to you. Also, if you’re not familiar with either movie in a particular matchup or don’t feel sad-strongly towards one option or the other, you don’t have to vote in all the matchups. »
- Dan Hopper
Summing up its effect on his creative juices, the Italian film director Federico Fellini described Rome's Cinecitta studios as "my ideal world, the cosmic space before the big bang".
But the legendary 40-hectare (100-acre) lot built by Mussolini, which became a home from home for Hollywood stars in the 1950s and 60s, is now fighting for its future.
With productions heading east to cheaper locations such as Hungary, the studio where the classics Ben-Hur and Roman Holiday – and more recently Gangs of New York – were shot has seen its earnings shrink.
Times have also changed in the centre of Rome. »
- Tom Kington
Following on from last week’s Top 10 that looked at films that should have won the Best Picture award, for my final Oscar themed list I’ve turned my attentions to some exceptional performances that were robbed of their appropriate gong. The Academy Awards seem to ruffle a lot of feathers – particularly in the big awards such as Best Picture, Best Leading/Supporting Actor/Actress, Best Director and so on – and the ‘political’ or biased nature of the members’ votes can often be felt. This is habitually so within the main foursome of awards, where opinions are strong and campaigning is passionate – both from the studios and the public.
As I keep everything crossed that who and what I want wins at tonight’s ceremony, read on to discover the 10 nominated performances that in my opinion should have received the accolade…
Peyton Place was brought to »
- Stuart Cummins
In keeping with the current turmoil and unrest running amok in the world, Italy finds itself in a very confused state. Partly resigned, partly in denial, Italians have looked on as the recent recession has made worse what was a "not-really-thriving" situation already in terms of occupation, education reforms, and the political landscape in general.
Things have now somehow reached the point of non-return, and while the country's being forced to answer questions of "What exactly is wrong with your Prime Minister" from the whole civilised world, young generations think about their future as a bit of a gamble.
It is therefore both a remarkable and surprising challenge the one the Italian Film Festival is planning to take on when it opens in London on the 1st of March 2011. Remarkable, as the event will provide a rare chance for the UK public to watch new and mostly non mainstream Italian films by talented filmmakers who, »
- Daniel Green
Strange Acceptance Speeches
Cuba Gooding Jr.’s acceptance speech at the 1997 Academy Awards has topped a list naming the most dramatic, outrageous and unexpected moments in Oscar history. Gooding Jr. was so overjoyed to collect his Best Supporting Actor prize for Jerry Maguire that the actor continued to speak even when the orchestra began playing, yelling “I love you!” to a long list of Hollywood stars, while jumping up and down in excitement.
Jack Palance had been nominated for an Oscar twice, both for best supporting actor, for 1952′s Sudden Fear and 1953′s Shane. Four decades later, he finally won the award for the comedy City Slickers, at the age of 72. In the middle of a rather raunchy acceptance speech, Palance decided to drop down to do a series of one-armed push-ups, proving that age is just a number.
Perhaps not so much a strange nor controversial moment, but »
Tribeca Film and Miramax announced they are teaming up on the U.S. release of Last Night, an intricately layered relationship drama starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet. Tribeca Film has acquired theatrical, VOD and select digital rights to Last Night and plans to release the film in Spring 2011 theatrically in multiple U.S. markets, including New York and Los Angeles, and also via national VOD outlets and on additional platforms. Miramax has retained distribution rights for home video and television sales and long-term digital rights.
Last Night centers on a married couple apart for an evening when the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he.s attracted. While he.s resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love. Starring the Academy Award®-nominated Knightley (Pride & Prejudice), Worthington (Avatar), Mendes (The Other Guys), Canet (Tell No One) and Griffin Dunne (After Hours »
- Michelle McCue
Following on from my piece concerning the Best Picture statistics here is a look at some stats for the Best Lead Actor category and how they may favour or hinder this year’s five nominees.
The Age Game:
Adrien Brody is the only man in history to win this category under the age of thirty with his 2003 lead actor Oscar for The Pianist. Two thirty year olds have also won the prize with Marlon Brando’s 1954 win for On the Waterfont and Richard Dreyfuss’s 1977 win for The Goodbye Girl. This statistic does not bode well for nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg who is just twenty seven years of age and would become the category’s youngest ever winner were he to triumph on the night. It is also not a great piece of foreshadowing for the thirty two year old nominee James Franco.
The average age of the lead actor »
- Laurent Kelly
Wolfgang Murnburger’s latest film tells the story of two lifelong friends, Rudi and Victor: when World War II breaks out, Rudi joins the Nazis and betrays Victor, who is Jewish. This is all I knew going into My Best Enemy (Mein bester Feind, 2010): if you, too, would like to enjoy a tense, original, emotional and darkly humorous film, trust me when I tell you that My Best Enemy is excellent—don’t spoil the surprises this film has in store by reading more about it.
If you are still curious, unconvinced or just can’t wait to see this film, I’ll fill you in on a few details. Victor Kaufmann comes from a wealthy family of Viennese art dealers. His friend Rudi Smekal grew up alongside him, as Rudi’s mother worked as the Kaufmanns’ housekeeper for 25 years. When the film begins, it is the early 1930s »
- Alison Frank
No film has ever generated the type of controversy enjoyed by Exit Through the Gift Shop; the film’s notoriety is literally unique. While many documentary films have been controversial due to their content, their approach or their claims to validity, Banksy’s street-art documentary is the first film to have people saying ‘If it’s real, it’s brilliant. If it’s fake, it’s even better’.
A quick explanation of the controversy: Exit Through the Gift Shop is, ostensibly, a documentary about an amateur film maker named Thierry Guetta who, through an unbelievable series of coincidences and luck, becomes the unofficial video-scribe of the emerging street art movement. The film is narrated in part by Bansky, the world’s most famous street-artist, who has never publically revealed himself and appears with his face covered by a hoodie and his voice disguised.
Gift Shop claims that Thierry is a »
- Mike Waldman
The new Miramax business plan is about exploiting the 550-title library acquired from Disney--in all media: DVD, Blu-ray, Est and online and global cable VOD. Now partners Lionsgate (a long-time exploiter of third-party titles) and France's mighty Studiocanal have made a long term deal to distribute worldwide the Miramax library, including many glittering Oscar titles such as Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Shakespeare In Love, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, Life Is Beautiful and No Country For Old Men. Lionsgate and international distributor Studiocanal will release Miramax titles in the UK and Europe. The first title to be released in the U.S. is the Jennifer Aniston rom-com The Switch, which will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download on March 15. Said Lionsgate president »
The espionage thriller The Debt will be distributed for Miramax by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International (Upi). Focus will release The Debt in the U.S. nationwide on Wednesday, August 31, and Upi will release the film internationally.
Directed by Academy Award nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), The Debt stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Jessica Chastain (soon to be seen in The Tree of Life), Marton Csokas (Universal.s upcoming Dream House), Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), Ciarán Hinds (Focus. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), and two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson. The screenplay, by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan, is adapted from the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov. The producers of The Debt are Mr. Vaughn »
- Michelle McCue
Happy Birthday to Nick Nolte - the Hollywood actor turns 70 today.
The two-time Oscar nominee rose to fame with a role in the hit 1970s miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, while his 1980s buddy cop movie 48 Hrs. launched the big-screen career of his co-star Eddie Murphy.
An all-around renaissance man, Nolte has made a name for himself as an athlete, model and producer, and he's played a wide range of characters in more than 40 Hollywood movies.
To celebrate his big day, WENN has dug up 10 weird and wonderful facts about the star that may have passed you by:
- As a student at Eastern Arizona College, Nolte played on the basketball, football and baseball teams.
- One of his first jobs was working at the Falstaff Brewery in Omaha, Nebraska, which was once one of the largest breweries in America.
- In 1972, he bared his chest to pose in a campaign for a hair lightening product, sitting on a log alongside a blonde Sigourney Weaver.
- His Hollywood career nearly finished before it began when he was arrested for selling counterfeit documents and was given 45 years in jail. The sentence was later suspended.
- Nolte's conviction kept him from joining the military and serving in the Vietnam War, which he felt compelled to do as a young man.
- The following year he was given a boost when People Magazine named him their Sexiest Man Alive.
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