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Carping at surprise best picture contenders is a favorite indoor sport among many Oscar mavens. (Confidently handicapping the field and getting picks wrong is their second favorite.)
Some controversies have legs that lasted decades. 1968 outrage over the muscled-out “2001: A Space Odyssey” may even be greater now that the Kubrick epic’s legendary status is sealed. Jaws still drop to discover “North by Northwest” was edged out by “The Nun’s Story” and “African Queen” was pushed aside for “Quo Vadis.”
“Huh?” moments — as in, “They named ‘Ivanhoe’ instead of ‘Singin’ in the Rain?’ ” — are legion, although that bizarre turn of events in 1952, when Robert Taylor’s medieval muddle knocked out Gene Kelly’s timeless tuner, remains a low-water mark for many veteran Oscar watchers.
- Bob Verini
As 2014 nears an end, ETonline looks back at the year's most extravagant, celebrity weddings filled with love and excitement. While many celebrities married this year, these 6 couples really stood out with how they tied the knot. Best of all, these weddings were just as glamorous as they were about family — you may just want to grab a tissue!
6. Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg: The former View host wed Donnie Wahlberg after dating for a year. The New Kids on the Block singer proposed with the help of Jenny's 12-year-old son Evan in April.
Location: St. Charles, Ill.
Venue: The Hotel Baker
The Dress: An Ines Di Santo glamorous gown
Fun Fact: While Donnie's little brother Mark could not make the wedding, he did send out a cute video message congratulating his brother and new »
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.
“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”
The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »
- Laura Prudom
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said today that the pair will receive its 2015 American Riviera Award, which recognizes actors who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Marking the first time the honor will go to multiple recipients, Boyhood stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will receive a tribute to their long careers. The awards will be presented February 5 at the Arlington Theatre during the 30th annual event up the California coast.
In addition to awards favorite Boyhood — which famously was shot over a 12-year span — Arquette’s long list of credits includes turns for such top directors as Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out The Dead), John Madden (Ethan Frome), Tony Scott (True Romance), Michel Gondry’s (Human Nature), Tim Burton (Ed Wood), David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster) and David Lynch (Lost Highway). She won the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and »
- The Deadline Team
The Oscar winners are developing a limited series based on the New York Times best-selling novel Big Little Lies, TVLine has learned.
The pair, whose respective production companies optioned the rights to Liane Moriarty’s comic tale earlier this year (with an eye toward turning it into a feature film), would star and produce.
The project will be shopped around in the coming weeks. »
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will fete Ethan Hawke with a career retrospective on Dec. 18.
The event is part of “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures,” a series of onstage interviews in which “some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft,” BAFTA said.
The series has previously hosted Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, David Fincher and Cate Blanchett, among others. Recordings of previous events in the series are available at http://guru.bafta.org/features/a-life-in-pictures.
Hawke first came to prominence in 1989 in “Dead Poets Society,” since when he has starred in more than 40 films, including “Reality Bites,” “Gattaca,” “Great Expectations,” “Assault on Precinct 13,” “The Purge” and “Woman in the Fifth.” In 2002, his role in “Training Day,” opposite Denzel Washington, earned him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor.
- Leo Barraclough
Starring Rekha, Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur, the Abhishek Kapoor directed film Fitoor began filming today! A take on the classic novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, it tells the tale of an artist named Noor (Kapur), his muse Firdaus (Kaif) and the Begum (Rekha).
Talking about the exciting project, Abhishek Kapoor said, “Fitoor is a story of grand passion, beauty and love. The entire team is charged about what it promises to be. We’re inspired to go all-out and give it our best.”
Fitoor will be released December 2015!
The post Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor Goes to the Floor appeared first on BollySpice. »
- Stacey Yount
After her recent cameo in Khoobsurat, Aditi Rao Hydari will now play the famous Miss Havisham in the Bollywood adaptation of the Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations titled Fitoor. While the elder version of the wealthy spinster will be portrayed by the evergreen actress Rekha, Aditi Rao Hydari will be appearing in the film as a younger version of the actress. Set amidst the beautiful locales of Kashmir, Fitoor traces the journey of the artist Noor who meets the charming and graceful Firdaus (who later turns his muse) and adding the twist to their love story is the eccentric Begum. Parts of the film will also be shot in Delhi and London. Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif have been roped in for the lead roles. Speculations also state that Ajay Devgn may do a cameo in the film which is based on the lines of Abel Magwitch, a »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Ajay Devgn has been in the news of late first for the success of his film Singham Returns and for his upcoming release Action Jackson. Now we hear that Ajay will also be seen in the Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaid and Rekha starrer Fitoor. Apparently, Devgn will be seen doing a cameo in the film that is being directed by Abhishek Kapoor of Kai Po Che fame. As for his character in the film, Ajay Devgn will be seen playing the part of Muuszzam, who will be seen working closely with Aditya's character in the film. While the first schedule of the film is expected to start this November we hear that Ajay's cameo was initially to be done by Sushant Singh Rajput. Fitoor which is based on Indian version of Charles Dicken's classic novel 'Great Expectations', stars Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif and Rekha in lead roles. »
Mitch Glazer, who created the Starz drama series, will write and direct the 1962-set tale of a Miami Beach hotel owner fighting to succeed against a backdrop of gangsters, hoteliers, spies and socialites.
Glazer most recently wrote and produced with Qed the upcoming 2015 release Rock The Kasbah. He previously directed Passion Play and has written such films as Scrooged, The Recruit and Great Expectations.
“Mitch is a fantastic creative partner and we’re thrilled to collaborate with him again,” said Qed CEO Bill Block. “We loved Magic City the series and know that with Mitch’s sensational script and this outstanding »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Magic City is heading to the big screen with a new movie based on the Starz TV series. Bruce Willis and Bill Murray are joining original cast members Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston and Kelly Lynch.
Original series creator Mitch Glazer will direct the movie based on his show, which was set in 1959 Miami, shortly after the Cuban revolution. Jeffrey Dean Morgan starred as Ike Evans, proprietor of the glamorous Miramar Playa hotel in Miami, who was forced to make a deal with a mobster played by Danny Huston. Olga Kurylenko is returning as Ike's wife Vera, with Kelly Lynch reprising her role as Meg Bannock. No details were given for Bruce Willis and Bill Murray's roles, but the movie will be set in the year 1962.
Glazer will direct the movie based on the Starz show he created and exec produced. The series was set in 1959 Miami shortly after the Cuban Revolution and centered on Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character, the owner of Miami’s glamorous Miramar Playa who was forced to make a deal with a mobster (played by Huston).
Kurylenko played the wife of Morgan’s Ike Evans character while Lynch portrayed his former sister-in-law. The movie will be set in 1962.
Qed will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market next week. Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Brett Ratner of RatPac and Gerry Schwartz of Onex Corporation will produce and finance with Steve Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment, Alan J. Helene and Glazer producing. »
- Dave McNary
An unlikely team of heroes bands together in Disney's Big Hero 6 and we went behind the scenes with the stars.
An unlikely team of heroes bands together in Disney's Big Hero 6 and we went behind the scenes with the stars.
Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed animated comedy following the special bond between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (voiced by 30 Rock's Scott Adsit) and boy prodigy Hiro Hamada (voiced by Supah Ninjas' Ryan Potter). Hiro transforms Baymax and his other friends Go Go Tomago (voiced by Sucker Punch's Jamie Chung), Wasabi (voiced by New Girl's Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (voiced by Identity Thief's Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (voiced by Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller) into a band of high-tech guardians called Big Hero 6.
"I'm excited because I can share this movie with my »
Since the development of the moving picture camera in the late 19th century, the world, especially Americans, has been fascinated by the silver screen. For a time, people shut out the cold reality of the Great Depression with Shirley Temple's iconic curls, and legends such as Errol Flynn, Gregory Peck, and Katherine Hepburn roamed Hollywood lots and ordered Cobb salads at the Brown Derby. For awhile it seemed that our infatuation with Hollywood would never end, but the most recent decade has seen both its revenue and cultural significance decline, and many industry experts are scrambling to understand how movies have slipped from the spotlight. Internal changes show that studios have reinvested quite a bit of their resources into television production, and although Hollywood has been a television oriented town since the late -1950s, it had never stepped on film profits until fairly recently.
Since the true golden »
- Brandon Engel
Freestyle Releasing, Freestyle Digital Media and Dominion Pictures have acquired theatrical and DVD/VOD rights to Mr Pip, starring Hugh Laurie. Directed by Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian), the drama is based on the novel by Lloyd Jones. Laurie plays the last Englishman remaining in a tropical village in Bougainville, Papau New Guinea, during its 1990s civil war. He begins to teach the local children by reading them Great Expectations, transporting an imaginative young girl (Xzannjah Matsi) into the story of the novel, believing that Dickens’ character Pip is her friend. Her passion for storytelling brings terror to the village when Pip’s identity is misunderstood by the invading army. Ultimately, her courage and imagination must sustain her if she is to survive. The film will debut November 7 in limited theatrical release and on all digital platforms. Previously released in New Zealand and Australia, Mr Pip won »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Best known for playing the brusque, candid Dr. Gregory House on the his medical drama "House," Hugh Laurie shows a softer side in the forthcoming "Mr. Pip." The adaptation of the best-selling novel by Lloyd Jones is coming to American cinemas, and today we have an exclusive clip from the movie. Directed by Andrew Adamson ("The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Shrek"), and co-starring newcomer Xzannjah Matsi, the film tells the story of Mr. Watts, an Englishman in the tropical village in Bougainville, who reads "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens to the children of the island, transporting their imaginations to a different world, all while a civil war draws closer. In the scene below, Mr. Watts introduces himself to his class, and lays out his modest hopes of sharing with them what knowledge he has. The winner of New Zealand Film & TV Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
That Poor Dream Directed by Jess Chayes Presented by The Assembly at the New Ohio Theatre 154 Christopher St., New York, NY October 4th - 26th, 2014
That Poor Dream was written and developed collectively by the members of the Assembly Theater Project, which describes its goals as creating performances that both "address the complexities of our ever-changing world" and ground artists and audience alike in “a profound sense of community;” the play transposes Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations onto the social topography of current-day New York City. The play recontextualizes the social and economic rise and fall of the original, Dickensian Pip in a world of penthouse apartments and $1,000 omelets, a move that highlights that while the world may be "ever-changing," the class systems of Victorian England and the twenty-first century United States remain closer and more rigidly exploitative than we like to tell ourselves. Indeed, the Metro-North train that »
- Leah Richards
Joel Schumacher stopped by the Hamptons Film Festival on Saturday morning to accept a lifetime achievement award in directing. He later spoke with Variety about the ups and downs of his career, including 1995’s “Batman Forever,” which grossed $336 million worldwide, and 1997’s “Batman & Robin,” starring George Clooney, which was panned so badly that it temporarily killed the Dark Knight franchise for Warner Bros. Schumacher also recalled discovering Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Colin Farrell.
I was never able to go into the darkness. Because of “Batman Returns,” families had objected that it was too adult, which is no criticism of Tim Burton’s. When they offered it to me, I went to Tim and said, “This is your franchise and they want me to do it. I won’t do it if you don’t want me to.” He said, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Baking in fiction has been used to symbolise everything from death to sex to female identity. As Great British Bake Off ends, we look at the tastiest cakes in literature
Miss Havishams bride cake (1860)
She has left the wedding feast untouched since she was jilted, so in Great Expectations Pip finds the cake has become a shapeless, cobwebbed mess, like a black fungus with speckle-legged spiders with blotchy bodies using it as a home. The way Dickens dwells on the grotesque details of decay implies that it depicts more than just Havisham herself, conceivably encompassing a Victorian Britain paralysed and made rotten by its sexual taboos.
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- John Dugdale
After a decade floating around the Hollywood back lots trading dignity for cash and technical experience on A Little Princess and Great Expectations, Alfonso Cuarón realized he needed to emotionally involve himself in his source material, letting his personal life, his upbringing and his cultural experience bleed into the next project he chose to pursue. Part of the Nuevo Cine Mexicano auteurs who enjoyed considerable international success (Iñárritu’s Amores perros were interchangeably part of the same discourse), the resulting cinematic masterpiece Y tu mamá también was simultaneously a visually stunning portrait of Mexico (the film was shot by master cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) and the fragility of friendship, and a heartbreaking meditation on the transient nature of youth teeming with life and love and the tragic beauty of naiveté. Unsurprisingly, this Venice Film Festival winning film would become Mexico’s top grossing film of all time in its first weekend. »
- Jordan M. Smith
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