17 items from 2015
Though many know Owen Wilson for his more comedic roles in films like Wedding Crashers, earlier in his career he took on a variety of films from Behind Enemy Lines to The Haunting, and two of his earliest films were Armageddon and Anaconda. Now Wilson is getting back into action thriller territory with No Escape (formerly known as The Coup), the story of a man who finds himself and his family threatened in the middle of a political uprising just after moving to Southeast Asia. Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell also star in the film which looks pretty intense, and might open some new doors for Wilson in other genres again. Watch! Here's the first trailer for John Erick Dowdle's No Escape from The Weinstein Company: No Escape is directed by John Erick Dowdle, who co-wrote the film with brother Drew Dowdle (both of As Above So Below, Devil »
- Ethan Anderton
As Gold Derby predicted, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas," a faith-based comedy about the true meaning of the holiday, was the big "winner" at the Razzie Awards, winning four of its six nominations: Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Kirk Cameron), Worst Screenplay, and Worst Screen Combo (Cameron and his ego). -Break- For the complete list of winners, click here. Megan Fox and Will Arnett on working with 'Ninja Turtles' (Exclusive Video) "Christmas" only lost two races, including Best Director, which went instead to Michael Bay for "Transformers: Age of Extinction." The fourth film in the critically reviled but internationally successful fighting-robots franchise led this year's nominations with seven, but only won twice. This is only the second Razzie win for Bay, despite multiple past nominations including for "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor." He previously took this priz »
The fifth film in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has begun filming. Here's the press release the company issued today to celebrate the news which also includes a detailed new synopsis. Here's the press release in full:
Queens Land, Australia (February 18, 2015) – Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning ("Kon-Tiki"), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying »
- Garth Franklin
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”).
Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »
- Michelle McCue
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, British television's Skins) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone, Exodus: Gods and Kings). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »
Liv Tyler might be super pregnant, but she's still looking fab! The actress was spotted running errands in New York City's West Village on Tuesday. The 37-year-old looked ready to pop as she made her way through the city, but still managed to look effortlessly stylish. "The Leftovers" star looked gorgeous wearing a black peacoat, red leopard scarf and black slacks. The brunette beauty finished her street style with tousled waves and a bold red lip. Liv and boyfriend Dave Gardner are expecting their first baby together -- and judging from this photo, Tyler's gotta be due any day now! Gardner -- who's close pals with stars like Kate Moss and David Beckham -- has two children of his own with ex-wife Davinia Taylor and the "Armageddon" star has 9-year-old son, Milo, with ex-husband Royston Langdon. What do you think about Tyler's maternity style? Tell toofab in the comment »
- tooFab Staff
By Anjelica Oswald
Songwriter Diane Warren earned her seventh Oscar nomination this year for “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights. The song, which will be performed by Rita Ora at the Oscar ceremony, is Warren’s first nomination in 13 years. With a Grammy and a Golden Globe under her belt, she has yet to win an Oscar and is one of two Oscar-nominated songwriters to have at least seven nominations and not a single win. The other songwriter is Mack David.
Warren received her first nomination in 1988 for the song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” which she co-wrote with Albert Hammond, from the movie Mannequin. The song was a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 Hit in 1987.
She next landed four consecutive nominations nine years later starting with 1997’s nomination of “Because You Loved Me” from Up, Close & Personal. Though the song didn’t win an Oscar, it did score a Grammy. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in TrainwreckPhoto: Universal Pictures With Sundance just wrapping up and Berlin starting up in a few days, we are now immersed in the year-long barrage of film festivals. One such festival in South By Southwest. A few weeks back they announced the first seven films of their program, including the opening night film Brand: A Second Coming. Today, they have revealed the rest of the features to be shown in March (except for the midnight program), and some of it has me very excited. The bigger titles announced do not do much for me. Paul Feig's Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, and the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart starrer Get Hard leave a lot to be desired in terms of anticipation, as does a work in progress cut of Judd Apatow's latest film Trainwreck. I'm guessing an Apatow work in progress is probably around three and a half hours. »
- Mike Shutt
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
From Janet's wardrobe malfunction to Prince's risque pantomime, the Super Bowl halftime show has featured moments that are sometimes more memorable than the game itself. On a massive worldwide stage, audiences have seen everything from a Destiny's Child reunion to a show-stopping performance from the King of Pop.
Here's a look at some of the Super Bowl's best halftime moments:
7. Bruno Mars Brings the Funk
The halftime show is using more about spectacle than musicianship, and while Bruno Mars certainly had plenty of flash, he and his terrific dancing band also brought some serious chops to their halftime performance at Super Bowl Xlviii in 2014. The feel-good performance got the crowd (and audience at home) on their feet and a cameo from the Red Hot Chili Peppers only sweetened the deal (even if their guitars were unplugged).
6. Diana Ross Takes Flight
For the Super Bowl's 30th anniversary »
Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, the network released its 15-second spot for the series with a screaming child and a group of religious figures huddled in a dark tunnel.
“You have seen things you are not supposed to see,” a weary voice warns in the video.
The teaser cuts quickly to star Jason Isaacs making his way through a dark corridor and an overview of a crowded street in Jerusalem.
- Alicia Banks
Fifteen years ago, what would you have imagined the future held for Paul Thomas Anderson? What about Ben Affleck? In 2000, Affleck was coming off of “Dogma,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Armageddon.” Sure, he’d already won an Oscar (along with Matt Damon) for writing “Good Will Hunting.” But he was yet to make his feature directorial debut, which would come seven years later with “Gone Baby Gone.” The notion of “Argo” wouldn’t yet be viable, nor would the thought of casting him as Batman. Similarly, P.T.A.’s career was just revving up. He had made “Magnolia,” “Boogie Nights” and “Hard Eight,” but “Punch Drunk Love,” “There Will Be Blood,” and this year’s Best Adapted Screenplay nominee (and our pick for 10th Best Film of the Year) “Inherent Vice” were all yet to be conceived. So consider this a Throwback Thursday of epic proportions —behold the Paul Thomas Anderson written/directed, »
- Zach Hollwedel
By Anjelica Oswald
From the 79 original songs on the Oscar shortlist, five were nominated a week ago on Jan. 15: “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Glory” from Selma, “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me and “Lost Stars” from Begin Again.
Following a recent trend, none of the nominees have made it to the top of the BIllboard Hot 100 chart, which tracks the success of singles by looking at radio play, online streaming and sales.
Following the announcement of the nominations, “Glory” made its debut at No. 25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart dated Jan. 31 and is currently No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When “Everything Was Awesome” debuted in January 2014, the song debuted at No. 7 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart and peaked at No. 57 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
“Lost Stars »
- Anjelica Oswald
After more than three decades working in film and television, producer Gale Anne Hurd says the basic tenet of her success has always been about preparing for every possible outcome on a project.
“Then you’re not stuck having to solve things when there’s truly no time to get it wrong,” says Hurd, who will receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures at the Jan. 24 Producers Guild of America Awards ceremony.
“Going back to (1984’s) ‘The Terminator,’ I would have dreams about possible production problems, so I would have a list of plan B, plan C, plan D. Because everything that can go wrong will go wrong.”
Hurd started in the business as Roger Corman’s executive assistant at New World Pictures, eventually working her way up to head of marketing.“The Terminator,” which she also co-wrote, was the turning point, launching Hurd’s career as a producer. »
- Christy Grosz
He may be the most mocked auteur in film history, but Michael Bay is second only to Steven Spielberg as the highest-grossing director of all time. For all his offensiveness to a very vocal group of “serious” moviegoers, Bay is still king of the multiplex. Why? The answer may lie in a featurette from the “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Blu-ray. Tilted “Bay on Action," the Blu-ray bonus feature sees the much-maligned director break down his style —he loves to start wide and then cut in close to focus on small moments within set pieces— and explains how he nailed down some of the sequences in the film. For all his faults, it can’t be said that Bay doesn’t care immensely about the action in his films and that attention to detail is probably what draws someone like Christopher Nolan to Bay’s work. His level of craft is »
- Cain Rodriguez
By Anjelica Oswald
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy made his directorial this year with Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a corrupt freelance crime reporter who will do anything to get a story. Since the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, it’s garnered Oscar buzz and has been compared to best picture winner Crash (2004). It holds a 95 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, was named one of AFI’s top 10 films of the year and received four BAFTA nominations, as well as three Critics’ Choice Awards. Gyllenhaal has earned Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice acting nominations. If Gilroy were to earn a nomination for best director, like Crash did, he would become the sixth director in the 21st century to achieve that accolade.
- Anjelica Oswald
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
17 items from 2015
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