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Sofia Coppola has confirmed earlier reports that she considered directing the final instalment in The Twilight Saga.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker, who won the coveted Golden Lion for her movie Somewhere at the Venice Film Festival, says she was in talks with studio chiefs at Summit Entertainment but decided Breaking Dawn wasn't one for her.
"They approached me - I had asked them about something else a while ago, but they approached me about that, I talked to them about it," she told Vulture.
"I liked the first story, and I have so many friends' kids who love it. I think it's romantic. But, yeah, I didn't end up doing it."
She explained: "I like writing and doing the whole process. I want to be open to saying I'll try other things, but I can't imagine working from someone else's script."
- David Bentley
HollywoodNews.com: Nice to see Sir Ian McKellen continuing to work to educate people about homophobic bullying in schools.
The ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘X-Men’ and ‘Gods and Monsters’ star visited a Harrogate’s Rossett School in the UK in an event organized by Stonewall’s Education Champions Program which helps schools prevent and tackle homophobic bullying.
The actor co-founded Stonewall in response to Section 28 of the Local Government Act that legislated against what it considered the promotion of homosexuality within the education system.
Recent YouGov research for Stonewall found that nine in 10 teachers said their pupils currently experienced homophobic bullying, but nine in 10 had never received any training on how to tackle and prevent it.
Sir Ian said to the BBC: “Until I visited secondary schools recently, I hadn’t realized how much anti-gay bullying goes on, throughout the education system.”
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- Greg Hernandez
Long considered to be one of the greatest British stage actors of all time and arguably the finest Shakespearean actor of his generation, Sir Ian McKellen has received a Tony Award and two Academy Award nominations. Over the course of his distinguished career on the British stage, he has also received the prestigious Olivier Award five times, and in 1981 received the Tony Award for his portrayal of Mozart’s nemesis Salieri in the Broadway production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. Although he is certainly not the first gay British subject to be knighted by his monarch, he is nonetheless the first to receive the honour after making a public acknowledgement of his homosexuality.
In 1988, McKellen took a brave personal step when he was being interviewed on BBC radio by conservative host Peregrine Worsthorne. While McKellen had quietly lived a gay life for many years, he
came out during the course »
Updated: Ok, so I’ve had way to many emails from you guys pointing out that the Oscar form isn’t working for some of you this time around. I’ve put my best team of problem solvers on the issue and they can’t work it out, but 7 or 8 of you have told me it’s not working for you… so I presume there’s many more out there. To date we’ve had a little less entries than last time, so this problem is too much for me to ignore.
My only solution for now is for you to email your picks to email@example.com. I will be collating results on Monday or Tuesday, so you’ve got a bit of time left to enter.
Now you’ve read our 1999 Academy Awards retrospective, here’s your chance to re-write history without the hassle of going back in »
- Matt Holmes
This week: Who’s really the most powerful gay guy in the world? Is Mark “Money for Nothing” Knopfler homophobic?
Have a question about gay male entertainment? Contact me here (and be sure and include your city and state and/or country!
Q: Recently, I've been reading about the movie Role/Play starring real-life boyfriends Matthew Montgomery and Steve Callahan and it got me thinking about gay-themed movies in which the gay leads, romantic or otherwise, are portrayed by openly gay actors. So far I've come up with seven other movies: Adam & Steve, Back Soon, Eating Out 3, A Four Letter Word, Long Term Relationship, Save Me, and Shortbus. Are there any others out there? -- Aaron, Chicago
A: There are surprisingly few.
Generally speaking, the lower the budget, the more likely the actors are to be gay and out. Why? Well, not to be unkind to some very talented indie actors, »
- Brent Hartinger
F*ck Feathers! If you know anything about the final chapter in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, then you know that the story takes a turn for the batshit insane. Above is a snapshot of imagery (perhaps from a teaser poster?) from Breaking Dawn - Part 1 revealed by director Bill Condon (Kinsey, Gods And Monsters) over Twitter. The image is alluding to the part of the story where on their honeymoon - Spoiler Warning - vampire Robert Pattinson bones human Kristen Stewart so hard that »
- George Merchan
I know, it's Twilight and we don't normally cover this stuff, but I'll admit that I thought this first look photo was actually interesting. The photo was debuted in a Thanksgiving tweet courtesy of director Bill Condon, who is working on finishing the two halves of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. For those who don't know anything about the Twilight series (like me) this photo actually comes from a controversial sex scene between Edward and Bella that they apparently did shoot (the feathers come from all the slashing, I guess), but will still be toned down, according to early reports. Yea, now I know a few more of you want to see this. Leaves a lot to the imagination, but better than a group of shirtless guys standing around in a forest. Oscar winner Bill Condon (of Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, Dreamgirls) will direct both new films in The Twilight »
- Alex Billington
If you dug Robert Kirkman's "Walking Dead" episode last night, you weren't alone. He was a compliment magnet last night in the Twitter Report feed, and though Kirkman didn't direct, he did leave to door open to that possibility for next season.
Elsewhere, airport pat-downs courtesy of the Tsa were a hot topic. John Layman submitted his feelings on the matter in no uncertain terms, while James Robinson got sentimental about Michael Jackson and Rebekah Isaacs believes that she's discovered the worst Four Loko has to offer. Check out her warning after the jump along with some Chris Samnee art the hypothetical Harry Potter contemplations of Joe Hill.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is the Twitter Report for November 22, 2010.
"The Walking Dead" pt. 1: @RobertKirkman People are asking. To confirm: Yes, tonight is the episode I wrote. I did not direct this episode or any this season. Maybe next season. »
- Brian Warmoth
Death of long-serving character helps Coronation Street to two most-watched programmes of the day
Jack Duckworth's death helped boost the 8.30pm edition of Coronation Street to almost 11 million viewers last night, Monday 8 November.
The episode featuring Bill Tarmey's final scenes as Duckworth, the popular character he played for 31 years, attracted an average of 10.969 million viewers and a 44.5% audience share on ITV1 and ITV1 HD. The high-definition channel's contribution to this audience was 370,000.
Last night's 7.30pm Coronation Street performed just as well (ITV1/ITV1 HD: 10.835 million/44.5%). ITV1 HD's audience was 379,000.
The two Corrie episodes were the two most-watched programmes yesterday, ahead of BBC1's EastEnders (9.795 million/38%) sandwiched between them at 8pm.
Last Monday the 7.30pm edition of Corrie drew 10.04 million/40.6% and the 8.30pm episode 9.163 million/35.5%.
ITV1's psychological thriller The Little House once again had the better of BBC1's Spooks in the 9pm Monday drama ratings battle. The concluding »
- Jason Deans
I can’t work out what is the more unlikely here – that a sequel to Clash of the Titans is actually going ahead, or whether the powers that be can convince these two actors to don togas and scream at CG beasties.
This tweet from Production Weekly names Javier Bardem and James Franco as potential starlets heading for Jonathan Liebesman’s sequel to Louis Leterrier’s soulless story of Gods and monsters. Franco is tipped for Agenor, son of Poseidon and Libya while Bardem is giving Ares (god of War) the eye.
Nothing more than rumours and spit at the moment but as the last (hastily included) scene of Clash suggested Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton will return to the series while the producers search for the rest of the cast. Franco is currently making people faint as he appears in Danny Boyle’s latest 127 Hours while Bardem has the »
- Jon Lyus
HollywoodNews.com: Ian McKellan was 49 when he came out publicly as a gay man and has since enjoyed the most successful phase of his acting career.
He’s been a part of two huge blockbuster franchises: ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘X-Men,’ earned two Academy Award nominations (for ‘Gods and Monsters’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’).
He’s in an excellent position to talk about being an out actor in Hollywood and he did just that recently with Popeater. Here are some excerpts:
On closeted actors: “If you’re going around telling a lie you may get by but you won’t be half as happy as you would be if you came out. If that means you have to give up hopes of being one of the three or four young sex symbols in Hollywood so be it. You »
- Greg Hernandez
Here’s the official list of comic books available Now on the Marvel Comics app on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Stay tuned each week for a brand new list of Marvel releases so that you’ll never miss your favorite digital comic.
Haven’t got the Marvel Comics app yet? Visit: http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp
Digital Comics On-Sale Today:
Amazing Spider-man: Death And Dating (Amazing Spider-Man 578-583)
Incredible Hercules: Secret Invasion (Incredible Hercules #116-120)
Tomb Of Dracula Vol. 2 (Tomb of Dracula #7-12)
The Ultimates 2 Vol. 1: Gods And Monsters (Ultimates 2 #1-6)
Wolverine: Weapon X Vol. 1: The Admantium Men (Wolverine: Weapon X #1-5)
Free This Week On The App:
Tomb Of Dracula #7
Ultimates 2 #1
Incredible Hercules #116
Immortal Iron Fist #1
For the second week running, there's a lot to get through over the next seven days of UK telly, so we'll be short and, hopefully, sweet in helping you set your reminders early.
8 Out Of 10 Cats bids farewell to Tellyville tonight, Friday, October 15th at 10:00pm on Channel 4. The show, hosted by Jimmy Carr with team captains Sean Lock and Jason Manford, will, no doubt, get the groans going amid the giggles, with this week's guest comedians Rufus Hound and Russell Kane seeing the current series out.
The Pillars Of The Earth debuts on Saturday, October 16th at 9:00pm on Channel 4. The mini-series, set in 12th century England, stars Donald Sutherland, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and Hayley Atwell and looks like a »
The announcement that acclaimed writer/director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) had signed on to helm the popcorn blockbuster that is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was met with some derision (“He knows he won an Oscar, right?”). But Condon has handled pre-production with the utmost class, kicking things off with a thoughtful letter to the fans.
Five months later, Condon followed up with another note to Twihards with an update on the crew he is assembling. They include:
Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth) Costume designer Michael Wilkinson (300, Watchmen) Makeup designer Jean Black (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) Production designer and frequent Condon collaborator Richard Sherman (Kinsey) Visual effects supervisor John Bruno (Avatar)
You can read the full letter after the jump.
Courtesy of the official Twilight Saga Facebook page:
Has it really been five months (and a day) since my last dispatch? In my defense, they’ve »
- Brendan Bettinger
Bill Condon is about a month away from beginning production on the final installment of The Twilight Saga, but the director just announced late last week the department heads for Breaking Dawn via a letter to his Facebook fans, which was posted Friday. And lucky for us, he’s made some good choices for the final chapter, which will be turned into two separate films.
Pan’s Labyrinth cinematographer Guillermo Navarro will man the cameras on Breaking Dawn while Watchmen costume designer Michael Wilkinson will be outfitting the final chapter. Wilkinson also worked on 300 and the upcoming Tron: Legacy. Jean Black, »
- Nicole Sperling
'The Twilight Saga' continues with two new females joining Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner in the wildly popular vampire movie franchise. Maggie Grace, known for her role as Shannon on "Lost," will play the vengeful vampire Irina of the Denali clan who blames Edward Cullen's (Pattinson) family for the death of her lover. A younger actress is also moments away from signing on to play Renesmee in 'Breaking Dawn.' Mackenzie Foy, 9, is set to take on the role of Edward and Bella Swan's (Stewart) love child that's both vampire and human, according to Entertainment Weekly. Part one of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' is to be directed by Bill Condon ('Dreamgirls,' 'Gods and Monsters') and isn't scheduled to hit theaters till November, 2011.
[Read full story on The Insider]
Grace has joined the cast of "Breaking Dawn" as Irina, Deadline reports. The character is a vampire who mistakenly identifies Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella's (Kristen Stewart) child as an "immortal child" -- i.e., a human child who has been turned into a vampire, a practice outlawed by the Volturi.
Her claim becomes a source of major conflict in the novel, and we expect much the same from the film.
"Breaking Dawn" is scheduled to begin filming later this fall, with part one due for release in November 2011 and the final installment a year later.
Grace was a regular on "Lost" for its first two seasons, »
Sam Worthington is closer to brooding his way through yet another Greek adventure with those pesky ancient Gods and monsters, because “Battle: Los Angeles” director Jonathan Liebesman (left) has signed on to direct the sequel to “The Clash of the Titans”. The director and Warner Bros. have been talking about him helming the film for a while, but apparently there were sticking points that were finally solved. So what were those sticking points? Well, there’s of course money, but there’s also the fact that a lot of people don’t have a whole lot of good things to say about the first movie. Of course, that didn’t exactly stop it from making $163 million in the States and $328 million overseas, so whatever critics, what do you know? The original, directed by Louis Leterrier, suffered greatly from shitty reviews and even shittier 3D conversion, so the idea for the »
Remember when I shared those 80s scrapbook pages on "Before Websites Pt 1 and Pt 2"?
Well inbetween scrapbooking two decades back and the total new digital world of the Aughts, there was the long transitional period of the 1990s. Remember when the internet was just text (Anyone? Anyone?). The last two issues of my 90s zine (that pre-website relic mentioned in the Julianne Moore interview) were published in 2000.
I had just moved to NYC and was in the process of chucking Quark for Dreamweaver. The first version of the site was already up and rapidly taking over my life so I'm not sure why I was trying to do both web & print. It was transitional hedging maybe. Plus html was way confusing at first before apps starting doing all the coding for you. Different era.
Interior "Ten Best" pages --- >
I thought I'd share these ancient lists on "Best of the 90s" for fun. »
- NATHANIEL R
Hollywood may be obsessed with youth and speed, but just occasionally age and wisdom win out. Joe Queenan on the late bloomers who make a good case for biding one's time
Early next year, Annette Bening will garner an Oscar nomination for her tart, intense performance as Julianne Moore's control-freak lover in The Kids Are All Right. She could just as easily be nominated for her tart, intense performance as a neurotic middle-aged healthcare professional in the underrated film Mother and Child, another engaging arthouse release that surfaced a few months ago. In effect, after more than a decade of working infrequently, and even then mostly appearing in duds (Being Julia, The Women, Running with Scissors ) Annette Bening is making a serious comeback at the age of 52, 20 years after most leading ladies have arrived at the expiration date for their careers.
What makes this return to centre stage even »
- Joe Queenan
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