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Lights! Camera! Dance! Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hosted a movie-themed edition this week, with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell commenting on the Hollywood-inspired routines
So that’s it for another Strictly Week! I’ll be back next Saturday for a blessedly theme-free week, so please join me back here then; in the meantime I’m on Twitter @heidistephens if you fancy saying hello. Thank you to everyone who joined in below the line - without your sequins and glitter this dress would be a very dull affair indeed. See you next Saturday! Hx
And just to add insult to (shoulder) injury, Anthony and Oti have to do their final dance to “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music, which is just weird.
- Heidi Stephens
The Oscar winner spoke at the New York film festival about how the success of Titanic affected her and why she’s worried for the younger generation of women
Kate Winslet urged young women to be more complimentary to their female friends during a dinner held in her honour at the New York film festival on Tuesday.
“It’s sad that we don’t seem to come across young girls saying to their friends: ‘Wow, you’re so pretty’,” she said. “Young women these days, because they’re exposed to levels of criticism in the media, they just automatically criticise their friends, themselves and each other. It’s bizarre.”
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- Nigel M Smith
“Steve Jobs,” boobs, Seth Rogen, lucky breaks, digital alteration and “Titanic” were among the many topics of discussion at Tuesday’s “An Evening With Kate Winslet.” Held at the Kaplan Penthouse, the Film Society of Lincoln Center event honored Winslet who is currently promoting her latest film, “Steve Jobs.”
She plays Jobs’s confidant Joanna Hoffman in the pic, which premiered on Oct. 3 as part of the 53rd New York Film Festival.
An intimate steak dinner was followed by a conversation between the actress and Nyff Director Kent Jones.
“I knew that I was going to have a job getting the (director Danny Boyle) to consider me for the role of Joanna because I’m tall and I’ve got boobs,” Winslet revealed. “The real Joanna is 5 foot 2 inches, and, well, maybe doesn’t have as big of boobs as I do.”
After a laugh, she explained that wigs and »
- Addie Morfoot
The Producers Guild of America has selected Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, for its Milestone Award.
The award will be presented to Gianopulos at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“Jim Gianopulos has some of the keenest instincts in our business,” Awards Co-Chairs Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said. “His leadership at 20th Century Fox hasn’t just moved the studio forward, it’s broadened the craft of cinema. Instantly iconic motion pictures like “Avatar,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Sideways,’ ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ have redefined the creative possibilities for movies. Those films happened because of Jim’s willingness to take risks on great storytelling.”
“One of the great benefits of this job is to work with incredibly talented filmmakers and executives,” Gianopulos said. “I am truly thrilled to be honored and to celebrate their achievements with this prestigious award. »
- Dave McNary
It’s amazing, and terrifying, to think that Kate Winslet turned 40-years-old yesterday, and has now been a movie star for 21 years. That’s one entire Ansel Elgort ago. Breaking out with a stunning performance in “Heavenly Creatures” while still just 18 (though she had credits in British TV stretching back into her earlier teens), Winslet has barely looked back since. She followed her breakouts with high-profile Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, and Shakespeare adaptations, before starring in "Titanic," which went on to become one of the biggest movies of all time. Rather than capitalizing on her A-list status with more blockbusters, Winslet chose to make the movies she wanted to make with directors she wanted to make them with, picking out projects with the likes of Jane Campion, Philip Kaufman, Richard Eyre, and Alan Parker, before upending her period-movie image with another brilliant turn in “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Claire Danes is coming clean! The "Homeland" star opened up about her infamous relationship with "Almost Famous" star, Billy Crudup, while chatting with Howard Stern on Monday. While Danes made a ton of headlines after Billy left left his then-pregnant partner, Mary Louise Parker, for her ... she doesn't exactly sound like she regrets it. "That was a scary thing," the actress said about their controversial relationship. "That was really hard. I didn’t know how to not do that." It was in 2003 the actor called it quits with the "Weeds" star to date Danes -- Billy and Mary had been together for 8 years prior and Parker was seven months pregnant with their first child. "I was just in love with him," Danes revealed. "And needed to explore that and I was 24... I didn’t quite know what those consequences would be." The former flames first met on the set of their film, »
- tooFab Staff
On this day 15 years ago, viewers were first given the gift of an episode of one of TV’s wittiest, most delightful series. “Gilmore Girls” premiered on the WB on October 5, 2000. In the eight years since the series finale of “Gilmore Girls,” fandom hasn’t died down for the dramedy about a fast-talking, constantly pop culture-referencing mother-daughter duo addicted to caffeine, riding the emotional waves of life in their small Connecticut town. This is the show that made us fall in love with Melissa McCarthy long before “Bridesmaids” was even an idea, the show that made us feel less sheepish about bringing a book everywhere cause Rory does it too, the show that had us aspiring to be as brash and sassy as Paris Geller, the show that introduced us to Jared Padalecki’s ever-evolving mop of hair even before those brown locks appeared on “Supernatural,” the show that melted »
- Emily Rome
[previous: “The Magician’s Apprentice”/“The Witch’s Familiar”]
This certainly looks, at first glance, like classic Doctor Who: corridor running! But it’s almost a caricature of the format: the Doctor arrives to help a bunch of people trapped in a starbase/ship/hotel/whatever figure out and escape from the monster trapped in the bottle with them. It’s Steven Moffat’s take on James Cameron — there are so many shades of Aliens, Titanic, and The Abyss here — and he can’t seem to leave it alone: we just got this in the Christmas episode, and it’s not any more interesting now. And much of the potential tension is diffused because everyone on this underwater base already knows who the Doctor is and knows what Unit is, so they welcome his help instead of being suspicious of him and demanding to know just who the hell he thinks he is to waltz in and take command. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Everything you need to know including spoilers, soundtrack and release date
The sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, titled Vol. 2, will be released in 2017.
Maybe Marvel needs to give Freeman a call »
Strictly Come Dancing was all very pleasant last week - everyone danced and had a lovely time. We even had a wardrobe malfunction, courtesy of Anthony Ogogo and his trouser-splitting jive. But no amount of glitter can disguise the fact that tomorrow night the first celebrity will be eliminated. Sniff.
Luckily, we have 15 exciting celeb dances ahead of us tonight - and we're sure it's still going to be a lot of fun, elimination fears aside. So slip on your sparkliest lycra and join us on the sofa from 6.20pm as we bring you all the action from the Strictly ballroom...
20:25But that's it! The first results show will be airing tomorrow at 7.15pm as we lose our first celeb of the series - and Rod Stewart has a bit of a sing-song. We're already feeling nervous (about the elimination, not about Rod, obviously). But for now, thanks for »
Miley Cyrus dropped in on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Thursday night to weigh in on a variety of topics, including the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio apparently isn’t generous with his smoke products. Recounting her performance at “Saturday Night Live’s” big 40th anniversary bash earlier this year, “Party in the U.S.A.” singer and outspoken marijuana advocate Cyrus recalled that the “Titanic” star apparently isn’t a believer in the “puff, puff, pass” philosophy. Estimating that she was separated from DiCaprio by a mere 20 feet or so, Cyrus offered, “He was hitting a vape pen, but »
- Tim Kenneally
What do you get when you combine makeup tutorials with stories of ghosts? Thanks to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party digital network, we now have the answer. The female-centric network launched the new web series The Other Side with Annamarie Tendler on September 29, 2015.
The Other Side is hosted by Annamarie Tendler, a professional makeup artist and author of the book The Daily Face: 25 Makeup Looks for Day, Night, and Everything in Between. In each episode, Tendler welcomes a guest onto her show and demonstrates a makeup routine on one-half of her guest’s face. Tendler’s guest then finishes the look on the other side of her face while discussing supernatural happenings and sometimes even Leonardo DiCaprio (Tendler’s favorite actor).
- Bree Brouwer
We're still three Christmases away from seeing Avatar 2 hit the big screen. In that time, we'll get three brand new Star Wars movies. Hard to imagine, right? Producer Jon Landau knows there is a long road to go before we even get our first sneak peek at set photos or any kind of footage. But he wants to remind us all that the sequel is still on the way. And he does that by sharing some not-quite-finished concept art. The Na'vi are returning soon. But is this Zoe Saldana's Neytiri? We're not sure.
The concept sketch arrived with no other information than the fact that it is from Avatar 2. The producer unveiled this first look on is personal Twitter. While the art in question resembles Zoe Saldana's Na'vi character, it could be our first look at a brand new chacter we have yet to meet in this sci-fi franchise. »
Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Hollywood diarist and Billy Wilder's co-screenwriter (1936–1949) and producer (1945–1949). Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and the Minor, Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd., Witness for the Prosecution, Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment. The fact that Wilder was not the sole creator of these movies is all but irrelevant to graduates from the Auteur School of Film History. Wilder directed, co-wrote, and at times produced his films. That should suffice. For auteurists, perhaps. But not for those interested in the whole story. That's one key reason why the Charles Brackett diaries are such a great read. Through Brackett's vantage point, they offer a welcome – and unique – glimpse into the collaborative efforts that resulted in »
- Andre Soares
Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) have joined the cast of the film, alongside the previously announced Naomi Watts (Birdman), Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent) and Jacob Tremblay (Room).
The plot of the film, written by best-selling novelist Gregg Hurwitz as an original screenplay, is being kept underwraps at the moment, but the story is said to be “a dark family dramedy centering on a mother and her genius son.”
Director Trevorrow is one of the hottest Hollywood directors working right now, aided by the monumental success of Jurassic World, which has so far grossed over $1.65 billion at the worldwide box-office. It is also just $8.6 million away from topping James Cameron’s Titanic »
- Scott J. Davis
Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Reveals First Slate of Titles: New Ridley Scott and Cary Fukunaga Films Top List, 'Demolition' to Open Leena Yadav's drama "Parched," which will premiere in Tiff's Special Presentations slate tomorrow, has released an exclusive clip. The film, written and directed by Yadav, tells the story of four ordinary women in a rural Indian village who begin to defy the traditions that bind them in order to remove themselves from servitude. The film stars Tannishtha Chatterjee and Radhika Apte and was shot by "Titanic" Dp Russell Carpenter. "Parched," which Yadav identifies as a "passion project," is her third feature film. Watch the exclusive clip above. Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Adds New Galas and Special Presentations, Including 'Mr. Right,' 'I Saw the Light,' 'Our Brand is Crisis' and 'Equals' »
- Aubrey Page
James Cameron is being sued, and it’s not by some dude who claims he came up with the idea for “Avatar.” “Titanic” director Cameron and his brother, John Cameron, are being sued by the founders of an e-cigarette company who claim that John ran the company into the ground, and then conspired with James to take control of it, according to legal papers obtained by TheWrap. According to the filing, which is a counterclaim in an existing suit, John Cameron came aboard the Safe Cig company after promising great success, saying: “There is no door that the Cameron name can’t open. »
- Tim Kenneally
Exclusive: From Indian director Leena Yadav, Parched will have its world premiere in Toronto as a Special Presentation this Saturday. Set in a rural Indian village called Ujhaas, the story centers on three ordinary women who begin to break free from century-old traditions that have kept them locked in servitude. Check out a clip above. The film has an interesting pedigree. Oscar winning Titanic Dp Russell Carpenter shot it and it’s produced by superstar Ajay Devgn… »
Director Leena Yadav’s Parched is getting ready for its premiere in the Special Presentation Section of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Parched, which also is Ajay Devgn’s first international production, stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla and Adil Hussain. Set in rural India, the film follows the lives of three ordinary women who begin to break free from the century-old traditions.
Leena, who is currently in Toronto for the premiere, is thrilled with the support that the film has been receiving there. Praising the film, renowned film critic and the Artistic Director of Tiff, Cameron Bailey said, “With a bold visual confidence, Yadav combines the stark realism of Rajasthan’s hostile desert landscapes with a Bollywood palette, vibrant tones that celebrate the unleashing of the women’s repressed sensuality and dreams. Splendidly shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic), Parched gradually accrues a feeling of »
- Stacey Yount
With anticipation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens beginning to reach fever-pitch, Disney has detailed the international release plans for J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi sequel – and they hold good news for fans in France in the United Kingdom.
First and foremost, it is the former country that will receive the company’s blockbuster heavyweight first, due to a law that explicitly states all new films must be released on Wednesdays. That means The Force Awakens will make its bow in France on December 16, a full 48 hours earlier than its debut in North America. The United Kingdom, meanwhile, will get Abrams’ space opera the following day on December 17.
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Lucasfilm took to the Star Wars UK Twitter to formally announced the news yesterday, kicking off a 100-day countdown until its anticipated arrival.
The Force Awakens will be released in the UK on December 17th. The hundred day countdown starts today! »
- Michael Briers
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