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Film-makers have tried sex, murder and intrigue, and yet that most intellectual of spectator sports remains remarkably difficult to depict on screen
• Computer Chess: watch the trailer
Throw a rock at the sports genre and you'll hit a film about baseball or football, or hockey, or racing. Odds are, you won't strike a film about chess. Chess isn't generally considered a stadium filler (although it can be). It's perceived as a game for eccentric intellectuals and elderly historians. It doesn't have the glamour or sex appeal of more sedentary sports, such as pool, as demonstrated by Paul Newman in The Hustler. Chess won't even fit snugly in to other genre films, where the banality of cards, for example, naturally lends itself to a seedy, gambling gangster underworld (Rounders), the exotic highlife of a casino (Casino Royale), or even more piquant, a combo »
An odd but enjoyable animation about a Thanksgiving turkey, voiced by Owen Wilson, who is 'pardoned' by the Us president
Here is a very odd but watchable animation. Where did they get the idea? Perhaps from the throwaway gag in Cars when some confused person in the crowd shouts "Free bird!" The theme is Thanksgiving: Owen Wilson voices Reggie, a turkey, who – like all the other turkeys – is heading for the chop, only to be miraculously saved by the president himself, represented as a husky-voiced Clintonesque man. The prez has chosen him as the traditional "pardoned turkey" and so living with the First Family, Reggie finds out about top-secret military plans to develop a time machine. He sneaks into this hi-tech craft, on a personal mission to head back to Plymouth Colony 1621, and change the turkey-eating tradition so he and his kind can be spared. Now, given what we know »
- Peter Bradshaw
EW’s Hart to Hart reunion didn’t take place atop a moving train or inside a dastardly villain’s weather chamber. Instead, we brought the Harts — Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers — to the set of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, where they were interviewed by eager Hart to Hart superfans Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. (Scott and Poehler re-created the detective romance’s opening credits in the last installment of Scott’s occasional Adult Swim special, The Greatest Event in Television History.)
- Hillary Busis
Two never-before-seen episodes of Beverly Hills Pawn are airing this Wednesday, August 28th, and to prepare, we’re taking a look back at the top five weirdest items we’ve seen featured on the show so far. While the series gave us more than enough sparkle, with diamonds that made us drool, and wow-factor memorabilia, there was also the occasional “what-on-earth-are-you thinking” item. Some of these were puzzling — is that thing actually worth something? Who would buy that? And some of them were just absolutely disgusting. All were about as strange as the people who wanted to sell them. Needless to say we were not as good at hiding our reaction as Yossi Dina himself. Yossi, Aria and Cory all gave the deals their best effort, but surprisingly only two items on our list actually sold. Check out the items below.
Don’t miss the two all-new episodes airing next »
- Matilda Badham
We have seen any number of unique and lovely items on the reality series Beverly Hills Pawn, but none have been quite as — let's say "special" — as Fluffy. The ironically named hairless cat appeared in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me as mini Mr. Bigglesworth, and he would make an absolutely charming addition to any collection. Unfortunately Yossi and the seller could not agree on a price, so Fluffy did not get to take his rightful place in the Dina Collection. The good news is that he's still most likely available for sale, so now we just have to figure out how to get a hold of that Arlene character.
We like Fluffy so much that we wanted to see him in action, and after a bit of digging we found a little something. We're not sure, but we think that Verne Troyer may be nibbling on Fluffy in this clip. »
- reelz staff
Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (July 30) by the organization’s Board of Governors. Boone Isaacs, who is beginning her 21st year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch, served as Academy first vice president during the past year. She also produced the 2012 Governors Awards. Boone Isaacs succeeds Hawk Koch, who served a one-year term as president. In addition, John Lasseter was elected first vice president; Jeffrey Kurland and Leonard Engelman were elected to vice president posts; Dick Cook was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary. These will be the first officer stints for Engelman, Kurland and Cook. Lasseter previously served one-year terms as treasurer (2011-2012) and secretary (2009-2010). Robinson served as vice president during the past year, his fourth consecutive term in that office (2009-2013). Boone Isaacs currently heads Cbi Enterprises, Inc., where she has »
- Josh Abraham
Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (July 30) by the organization’s Board of Governors.
Boone Isaacs, who is beginning her 21st year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch, served as Academy first vice president during the past year. She also produced the 2012 Governors Awards.
Boone Isaacs is the first African-American and third woman to be AMPAS President and succeeds Hawk Koch, who served a one-year term.
The other two women who previously headed up the Academy were American screenwriter, playwright and producer Fay Kanin from 1979 to 1983 as well as actress Bette Davis in 1941. She resigned after two months.
Boone Isaacs currently heads Cbi Enterprises, Inc., where she has consulted on such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”Boone Isaacs »
- Michelle McCue
Graham will play the recently widowed Corrine, who takes her four children (Chris, Cathy, Cory and Carrie) to stay with her parents at their mansion in Virginia. Because of a dark family secret, Corrine's mother, Olivia (Burstyn) insists that the four children must be kept locked in the attic where their grandfather won't see them, leaving them to care for themselves after Corrine's visits become increasingly infrequent. After years trapped alone together, the eldest children, Chris and Cathy, start taking a page out of Cersei and Jaime Lannister's playbook, if you know what we mean ...
- Laura Prudom
This weekend Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" hits theaters. While it's a minor romp that will either delight you or cause you to roll your eyes out of your head, it reminds of that old staple of the cinema: the movie president. One almost imagines playing a movie president is a right of passage for actors. Sometimes it's a silly walk-on, like Tim Robbins in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" or Tommy "Tiny" Lister in "The Fifth Element." Other times it's a well-crafted performance that speaks as profile, like Josh Brolin in "W." or Phillip Baker Hall in "Secret »
- Kristopher Tapley
For those who may not remember, "Hart to Hart" was a detective series starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as a wealthy married couple who solved crimes as a hobby. The show originally ran on ABC from August 1979 to May 1984 and was revived for a series of TV movies in the mid '90s.
Unlike the first "Greatest Event" (which turned out to be a shot-for-shot remake of the "Simon & Simon" opening credits starring Scott and Jon Hamm), details for this "Event" leaked in advance of its June 6 premiere on Adult Swim. But that didn't make it any less enjoyable to watch.
Graham started off acting in commercials, followed by a starring role in "License to Drive" (1988), followed by a breakout role in "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989). She then took a number of supporting roles in "Shout" (1991), "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993), "Swingers" (1996) and TV series "Twin Peaks" (1991) and its prequel "Fire Walk with Me" (1992).
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- Michael Stevens
"Joan and I have endured many sleepless nights questioning how and why it all went wrong. To this day, we honestly don't know. As a family we were incredibly close, Heather would always share everything with us," thesun.co.uk quoted Jim as saying.
"But suddenly, almost overnight, everything changed and it is a mystery. »
- Lohit Reddy
Exclusive: Condé Nast Entertainment has named development executive Gina Marcheschi as VP Scripted Television Series. Marcheschi will oversee the development and management of Cne’s scripted TV projects. She will be based in the company’s Los Angeles office, reporting to Cne president Dawn Ostroff. Marcheschi joins Cne’s Evp Jeremy Steckler, who oversees motion pictures, and Evp Michael Klein, who is in charge of alternative TV programming. “Gina has an extensive and entrepreneurial background in both television and film production,” said Ostroff. “Her knowledge and expertise in developing projects for both domestic and international television audiences makes her an invaluable asset to the Cne as we build our television business.” Marcheschi was most recently Svp at Caryn Mandabach Prods, where she oversaw worldwide TV development. She previously was head of development at Stephen Levinson’s Leverage Management, where she helped develop and staff such shows done under Leverage’s »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Heather Graham is about to enjoy some "Californication." The "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" actress has signed on as a guest star for the Showtime series "Californication," the network said Monday. Graham will play a woman from writer Hank Moody's (David Duchovny) past, who arrives into his sphere once more to upend his life. Also read: Ratings: 'Californication,' Other Showtime Premieres Hit Records; HBO's 'Girls' Drops With Return The show has also cast "24" alum Mary Lynn Rajskub, who will play a neurotic writer. "The Sopranos" star Michael Imperioli has also been »
- Tim Kenneally
Heather Graham and Mary Lynn Rajskub will guest star in the seventh season of the hit Showtime comedy series Californication. Graham will play a woman from Hank.s (series star and executive producer David Duchovny) past whose arrival upends his life, while Rajskub will play a neurotic writer. They join recently announced guest star Michael Imperioli too. Production on the seventh season.s 12 episodes begins later this month for premiere in 2014. From Showtime Graham.s first big break was in the 1988 teen comedy License to Drive, followed by her work in Gus Van Sant.s Drugstore Cowboy. Her film credits include Swingers, Twin Peaks and its prequel Fire Walk with Me; Bowfinger; and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. »
- April Neale
Spheeris, Michaels, Myers, Carvey, and AMPAS President Koch to attend screening of 1992 comedy hit Attending the April 23 screening of the 1992 box-office blockbuster Wayne's World will be the film's director, Penelope Spheeris, in addition to writer-actor Mike Myers (Austin Powers / Shrek himself), actor Dana Carvey, producer Lorne Michaels, and executive producer (and current AMPAS Prez) Hawk Koch. Koch will introduce the evening, while the other four will discuss the making of Ww. (Pictured above: Myers, Carvey in Wayne's World. Please scroll down to check out more Ww images.) Myers, later best known for providing his voice in the animated feature Shrek and for the satire Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, launched his film-star career alongside fellow Saturday Night Live comedian Dana Carvey. The big-screen Wayne's was a version of the duo's TV comedy sketch about two dumb, ugly, metal-head teenagers, Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, who are the hosts »
- Zac Gille
By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
This just in from the Bill Oberst Jr. camp. Oberst (Take This Lollipop, Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies, Children Of Sorrow), one of our favorite genre actors has officially signed with Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier for theatrical and commercial representation.
By signing with the agency, Oberst joins a list of talented actors including a couple of my personal favorites Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn) and Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Rob Zombie's Halloween).
This is exciting news for horror fans as it will undoubtedly open up many more acting opportunities for Oberst and will hopefully land him some much deserved higher profile gigs.
Check out the full details below from today's official announcement.
From the Press Release:
"I see everything."
The field of robotics took another giant leap forward recently, with the creation of Rex, a "bionic man" with fully functional artificial human organs and lifelike features, bringing science reality ever closer to the science fiction depicted in movies. As incredible as it sounds, humanoid robots, or androids (just "droids" if you're George Lucas), like Rex have been appearing on screen since well before Czech writer Karel Capek gave the English language a name for them in his 1920 sci-fi play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), with the human simulacrum Hadaly a featured character in the 1896 French movie L'Eve Futur (The Future Eve). Hundreds of movies have included androids — and their part man, part machine, cyborg cousins — since Hadaly, but which ones were the best? Help us rank the movies with the coolest, the baddest, the sexiest, the deadliest, the most terrifying androids and cyborgs.
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- BrentJS Sprecher
When Mike Myers‘ SNL skit, Wayne’s World, got spun off into a successful feature film in 1992, he kind of lucked himself into a transition from TV to movies. When he tried to anchor a film all by himself after that though, we got So I Married an Axe Murderer, and that wasn’t nearly as successful. Thankfully for him, that wasn’t the end of Myers’ story, because in 1997 he got another chance to star in a movie, and this time it was in a project that he wrote himself, a project that was tailored to play to all of his strengths as a performer. Said movie was Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, a film so successful that it spawned two sequels, including Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, which got Myers’ Scottish schtick out into the public and likely led to his starring in the Shrek movies. Wayne »
- Nathan Adams
The Grammys are just a week away, and I feel that justifies an exploration of one of my favorite topics: wonderful music from god-awful movies. Here are my 10 favorite tunes specifically produced for the soundtracks of wretched movies.
Grease 2 is a confounding mess from start to finish, but it's a complete blast if you're into campy singalong experiences. The movie's best tune is undoubtedly the brassy, kicky "Cool Rider" where The Greatest Catwoman croons like Benatar over a rip-roaring pop hook. It's damn replayable, which is something not often said about Grease 2.
City of Angels is one of those infuriating movies that dares to take its ridiculous melodrama seriously. It's a feature-length Creed video. Thankfully its soundtrack was a rightful blockbuster featuring original tracks by U2 and -- perhaps most famously -- the Goo Goo Dolls, »
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