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Fan service. It’s an act of appeasement. An effort to try and satisfy the fan base of a particular franchise while trying to do your own thing with it. The truth is, fan service is an anchor. A cinder block chained to the neck of a property that weights it down and prevents it from becoming something original. Star Trek is a franchise with deep roots that runs back nearly five decades. When they decided to relaunch Star Trek, there were radical departures made to try and separate the old from the new. I was a big fan of the rebooted Star Trek because director J.J. Abrams and his creative team weren’t afraid to reconfigure the formula. The sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness is weighed down by »
- Flickering Myth
Billy Zane, best known for slipping a blue diamond onto Kate Winslet in Titanic and slipping himself into a purple onesie in The Phantom, has spent the last 15 years slowly and successfully slipping into the art world.
This weekend his paintings will be included in Fresh Canvas' latest benefit, in support of The Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center, as Comedy Central's Jack Herrguth is honored with the 2nd Annual Gilda Award. Zane spoke with ETonline about the important event, the double-edged sword of being a hyphenate and living his best life.
ETonline: How did you come to partner with Fresh Canvas?
Billy Zane: It came through a dear friend of mine, a wonderful artist named Janet Roberts, a four-time cancer survivor. We co-created and collaborated on this idea of Fresh Canvas and did a joint show together last year -- now we're expanding to include more artists. I'm so happy to be a part of it because »
Computer Effects have always been a staple of cinema. In the 60s, several independent films gave a shot at producing realistic monsters and effects. When Star Wars came about in the 70s people were spellbound by the Lasers and Lightsabers and all the other goodies George Lucas and Industrial Light and Magic brought us. Since then CGI has taken cinema to new worlds and shown us new events that we could only dream of.
Perhaps the greatest advancement in the world of film in recent years has been the improvements made to Computer Generated Images. Michael Bay has stood atop the box office with a money net almost entirely on the basis that he can bring an extravaganza of special effects to his films. James Cameron gave grace and nightmarish detail to the sinking of the Titanic and lush and spellbinding beauty to the world of Pandora in Avatar. George Lucas »
- Jordan Wicks
While the critical response to Baz Luhrmann's lavish take on The Great Gatsby has been lukewarm, reviews have by and large praised Leonardo DiCaprio's central turn as the mysterious, tragic Jay Gatsby.
Digital Spy looks back on five of DiCaprio's most iconic performances.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
At the tender age of 19, DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nomination for Lasse Hallström's touching family drama. Playing the mentally retarded younger brother of Johnny Depp's put-upon Gilbert Grape, DiCaprio was deservedly singled out for praise by almost every critic despite being a virtual unknown. It's an intensely likeable and physically specific performance that elevates an otherwise predictable story.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Adapted from Jim Carroll's autobiographical novel, Scott Kalvert's drama tracked a high school basketball star's descent into drug addiction. The film debuted to decidedly mixed reviews, but again DiCaprio came out largely unscathed, with Rolling »
As the American actor arrived in the South of France at Cannes Film Festival 2013, to premiere his latest big-budget film 'The Great Gatsby', we noticed the Hollywood heartthrob just isn't ageing.
The 38-year-old has kept his youthful good looks, and since his 2006 film 'Blood Diamond' he doesn't seem to have changed at all... well apart from some new facial hair.
Take a look through the pics of him from 2006-2013 below, what do you think his secret is?
- The Huffington Post UK
An 8-year-old boy turns up, seemingly out of nowhere, in a field in China. An immigration agent learns where the boy lives and brings him home to his parents -- who believe their son died more than 30 years ago.
Yet here he is, looking just the same as he did the last day he was alive.
That's the jumping-off point for ABC's new series "Resurrection." The drama stars Omar Epps ("House") as the immigration agent, Martin Bellamy, and Kurtwood Smith ("That '70s Show") and Frances Fisher ("Eureka," "Titanic") as Harold and Lucille Garland, the parents of the suddenly alive again Jacob (Landon Gimenez). The Garlands won't be the only residents of their Missouri town to have this kind of experience -- other people's loved ones soon start to return as well.
As promised earlier today, ABC has released the official trailer for its upcoming new series "Resurrection," and we have a look at it for you right here. Again, no premiere date has been announced, but we expect more info soon.
"Resurrection" is expected to be a limited series, airing just 12 to 13 episodes per season.
The people of Arcadia, Missouri, are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia; and an Immigration agent, Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Harold (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Garland (Frances Fisher), who lost their son, »
- The Woman In Black
We already knew ABC had picked up "Resurrection" (formerly "The Returned") as a new series on its roster, and today we were hoping to learn what night of the week it will be airing on. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a little while longer.
Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group, is unveiling the network’s new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon, and we got a look at the schedule, on which "Resurrection" is sadly missing. But the network added the following to its press release: "Please note shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2013-14 season." In addition, "Resurrection" will be a limited series, airing just 12 to 13 episodes per season.
Below is the full synopsis. ABC will be releasing a first look video of the series a little later in the day so be sure to check back around 4pm Et/1pm Pt. »
- The Woman In Black
Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby movie box office: DiCaprio’s second biggest opening ever — but trailing Titanic in ticket sales The Great Gatsby movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel earned $50.08m at the North American box office this past weekend, including $3.25 million from late Thursday night showings, according to weekend box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Despite mostly poor reviews — The Great Gatsby has a 32% approval rating and 5.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics — the Baz Luhrmann-directed take on the love story between Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan far surpassed the expectations of both distributor Warner Bros. and box-office pundits. In fact, The Great Gatsby trailed only Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which collected $72.52 million at the domestic box office this past weekend. (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby.) Partly thanks to 3D surcharges and a strong female contingent of ticket-buyers, »
- Zac Gille
The Great Gatsby didn’t take down Iron Man 3 at the box office, but its $51.1 opening weekend was significantly higher than analysts predicted. Audiences — heavily adult and female — were likely drawn to Baz Luhrmann’s surrealistic re-imagination of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel and the film’s hip anachronistic soundtrack, but it’s no secret what really sold this movie: “Three little letters,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “L-e-o.”
Gatsby’s strong debut was a reminder that Leonardo DiCaprio is a Hollywood superhero — even if he’s never played one on the silver screen. »
- Jeff Labrecque
When Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” raises the curtain on the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it will serve, among other things, as an indication that the love affair between the festival and Hollywood is alive and well — much more than the last time Luhrmann opened Cannes, 12 years ago, with “Moulin Rouge.” Back then, relations between Cannes and Tinseltown had hit something of a low, with few studio films of the late ’90s making the trek to the Croisette (“Beyond Rangoon,” anyone?). When he joined Cannes in 2001, festival director Thierry Fremaux was immediately tasked by fest president Gilles Jacob with a peacemaking mission to the West Coast, and the decade since has been one of the richest for le cinema Americain on the Riviera — even if the biggest Cannes-launched Oscar winner of recent years was a French production: “The Artist.”
As opening night draws near, I asked Fremaux to reflect on »
- Scott Foundas
'American Horror Story: Coven', the third season in the hit FX horror series, is under production in New Orleans prepping for its October 2013 premiere. And already with an impressive female line-up in this 'witch'-related season another couple of talented ladies have joined the series for unspecified roles. Angela Bassett -below ('Olympus Has Fallen') and Patti LuPone ('Summer of Sam') have signed on to co-star along with Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Frances Conroy who all return for new roles in this third installment. They'll be joined by series newcomers Kathy Bates ('Titanic') and Gabourey Sidibe ('Precious'). »
Mumbai, May 13: Bollywood's superstar Aamir Khan, who completed his 25 years in filmdom this year, names "Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio and three-times Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis as his favourite Hollywood actors.
"I like a few Hollywood stars. I tend to forget English names, I like Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis for 'Lincoln'," said the actor here at the screening of Hollywood film "The Star Trek Into Darkness" along with filmmaker-wife Kiran Rao, Sunday.
Aamir, who is shooting for two films "Dhoom 3" and PeeKay" simultaneously, rues the fact that he rarely gets time to watch films and is happy to watch the. »
- Anita Agarwal
One Direction fans were in for a surprise at the boy band's weekend show in Berlin.
The UK teens did an impromptu performance of Celine Dion's 1997 hit, "My Heart Will Go On," in the middle of their set of 1D songs. The boy band performed the song, which was originally recorded for the film "Titanic," to a packed crowd of screaming fans -- take a look in the video above.
Made up of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson, One Direction has performed covers of hit songs before. The group did a rendition of the Backstreet Boys track "I Want It That Way" at a recent show in Stockholm and recorded a cover of Blondie's "One Way or Another" to benefit a charity event.
One Direction is currently in the midst of an international tour, making a stop in Las Vegas next week to »
- Madeline Boardman
It was a near run thing, but in the end "Iron Man 3" proved to be too powerful even for "The Great Gatsby," as Film.com is reporting the Marvel superhero epic took in an estimated $72.5 million in its second weekend to win the box office crown again.
Still, director Baz Luhrmann has to be pretty happy with the performance of "The Great Gatsby," which outpaced expectations to the tune of a cool $51.1 million. Looks like "Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio apparently still has his period piece magic.
Of course, all that success and excess came at a cost, and it was the new comedy "The Peeples" paying the price, as the Craig Robinson vehicle earned just $4.9 million in its debut.
For a look at the full box office top ten, head to Film.com. »
- Scott Harris
For the most part, film critics and moviegoers tend to agree on what makes a great film. Several of the movies on IMDb’s Top 250 list (not the perfect way of measuring a film’s quality, but a solid system nonetheless) are also Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Since film criticism is based on opinion, it should come as no surprise that there are certain films that the two parties disagree on. In some cases, a film could be critically acclaimed and even see Oscar glory, but the audience hates it. Other times, moviegoers flock out of the theatre saying “that was Awesome!” only to find that their favorite critics loathed what was on the screen. This list examines some of these cases.
Note: I am not going to use box office returns as a measurement for this article. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may have made millions of dollars, »
- Chris Agar
Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby movie weekend box office: DiCaprio’s second biggest opening ever? (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, with Carey Mulligan) Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1920s novel. A risky move? Well, if so, it has clearly paid off. Although The Great Gatsby will not top the North American box office this weekend, it’ll land in a remarkably (and surprisingly) strong second slot. (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby movie adaptation, with Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan.) Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3 will easily lead the domestic box-office charge with approximately $65-70m, after plummeting 71% on Friday, compared to the previous week. True, opening-day Friday also included the box-office take from Thursday late night showings, but, for comparison’s sake, The Avengers was down 64% during that same time frame. »
- Zac Gille
Leonardo DiCaprio plays "The Great Gatsby" this weekend ... and, like his onscreen counterpart, Leo comes from some pretty humble beginnings.Before he garnered critical acclaim in movies like "This Boy's Life," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Romeo & Juliet" and, the biggest break of them all, "Titanic," Leo worked the small screen.The actor was added to the cast of "Growing Pains" in the show's final season, playing wayward teen Luke.The role quickly made him a staple of magazines like Bop and Tiger Beat and his appeal would only grow as he got older.Pretty crazy how successful he's been since!Check out the gallery above to see how he and the rest of the show's cast have aged since "Growing Pains" went off the air in 1992."The Great Gatsby" is in theaters now. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
• The man just has no respect for guy code. Warning: Spoilers! (But you read the book. right? Right?) [Guy Code Blog]
• 18 things you (probably) didn't know about Leonardo DiCaprio. [Moviefone]
• This summer's must-see indie and foreign films. [Film.com]
• Have you seen the new Movieline? It's now more like YouTube Movieline. [Movieline]
• Maternal Supercut From Hell: The Worst Movie Moms Ever. [Flavorwire]
• 14 Disney couples go to prom. Because, you know, it's Prom Season n' all. [BuzzFeed]
• And the Grand High Style Superstar of the Met Ball is ... Dakota Fanning! [Hollywood Crush]
• Take a look-see at 20 pics of Bradley Cooper looking hot in "The Hangover Part III." You won't hate yourself in the morning. [BuzzSugar]
• "300: Rise of an Empire" has retreated from Summer 2013 and will unleash »
- NextMovie Staff
ABC’ opened the floodgates on Friday evening, ordering seven new dramas and five comedies for the 2013-14 season.
“Shield,” the drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise, has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer. A sneak peek of ABC Studios’ “Shield” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”
- Cynthia Littleton
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