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Oscar® -winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy® Award-winning songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams will serve as music consultants for the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. This will be the first time the composers have worked on the Oscar show.
“Hans is one of the most accomplished and creative film composers of our time, and Pharrell is a phenomenal songwriter with an amazing list of credits,” said Grazer and Mischer. “This is an exciting and prestigious collaboration that promises to take the audience on a musical journey.”
“It is a great privilege to serve the Academy in this role and to help celebrate and honor this year’s incredible artistry,” stated Zimmer.
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: The 2012 Academy Awards has got the musical waterfront covered. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and producer Pharrell Williams have been set to supervise the music for the awards show. They will serve as musical consultants, the first time either has done it. Oscarcast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer were looking for an opportunity to inject music into the program that touches on Zimmer’s classical flair, and the hip hop, R&B and pop sensibilities that Williams is known for. Zimmer won a Best Original Score Oscar for The Lion King, and was nominated eight other times. His film scores included Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, the last three Pirates of the Caribbeaan films, and all three of Chris Nolan’s Batfilms, including the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. He has won four Grammys and been nominated six other times. Williams has »
- MIKE FLEMING
Christian Bale has turned down the title role in Paramount Pictures and New Regency's re-imagining of the Noah's ark story titled "Noah," to be directed by Darren Aronofsky.According to Variety, Aronofsky is now looking to Michael Fassbender to fill the role.Arnon Milchan is producing for New Regency along with Aronofsky and Scott Franklin.Noah's Ark is the ship that, according to the Book of Genesis, was built by Noah at God's order to save himself, his family, and the world's animals from the Great Flood.Aronofsky and Ari Handel wrote the first draft of the script with John Logan ("Any Given Sunday," "Gladiator," "Hugo Cabret") doing a rewrite. Bale will reprise his role as Batman for the final time in Christopher Nolan's »
- Adnan Tezer
T.O. filed legal docs in one of his child support cases, claiming he doesn't have nearly enough jack to pay his baby mama's attorney's fees, but in making his argument he revealed he's making a bloody fortune by tweeting.According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Mr. O says he makes between $2,800 - $6,400 per tweet. In one instance, he pulled in $2,800 to tweet for Cutters -- a football glove company. He raked in $4,800 for »
- TMZ Staff
Paramount Pictures will join forces with New Regency for the re-imagining of the Noah's ark story titled "Noah."According to Variety, Darren Aronofsky is directing.Arnon Milchan is producing for New Regency along with Aronofsky and Scott Franklin.Noah's Ark is the ship that, according to the Book of Genesis, was built by Noah at God's order to save himself, his family, and the world's animals from the Great Flood.Aronofsky and Ari Handel wrote the first draft of the script with John Logan ("Any Given Sunday," "Gladiator," "Hugo Cabret") doing a rewrite. Aronofsky was set to direct Fox's "Wolverine" with Hugh Jackman but dropped out of the project in March.His last film was the critical and commercial success "Black Swan," which earned star »
- Adnan Tezer
The magic and majesty of baseball has enamored America for over 150 years. A staple of our culture, there isn't an American alive who hasn't tasted the sport at some time in their lives. So powerfully ingrained is the sport that when a film comes out with baseball as its focus, people are naturally drawn to it. And with Moneyball, the story of the birth of sabremetrics and the ultimate changing of the game, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill put it right in the sweet spot in this brilliantly entertaining and rousing film.
Columbia Pictures' Moneyball is based on the true story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) – once a would-be baseball superstar who turned his fiercely competitive nature to management. Starting the 2002 season, Billy faces a dismal situation: his small-market Oakland A’s have lost their star players (again) to big market clubs (and their enormous salaries) and »
Screenwriter John Logan has put words into the mouths of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe and Al Pacino to name but a few and, not only has he picked up two Academy Awards and two BAFTA nominations, somewhere in his house there’s a mantelpiece glimmering with a Tony award and a Golden Globe. Not bad for a man who’s yet to turn fifty and didn’t write his first screenplay until he was thirty, right?
On Tuesday 20th September, at London’s National Film Theatre, WhatCulture! was very kindly invited to the 2011 BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters Lecture Series in association with the Jj Charitable Trust to see screenwriter John Logan talk about his career.
- Harry Roth
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Boccaccio ’70 (1962)
Synopsis: Four legendary filmmakers direct some of Europe’s biggest stars in Boccaccio ’70, a landmark anthology film. Mario Monicelli (Big Deal on Madonna Street), Federico Fellini (8½), Luchino Visconti (The Leopard) and Vittorio De Sica (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) direct Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider and more through four stories of unashamed eros. Modeled on Boccaccio’s Decameron, they are comic moral tales about the hypocrisies surrounding sex in 1960s Italy. Monicelli’s “Renzo e Luciana” (cut out of the original American release) is a frothy tale of young love and office politics in the big city. Fellini’s notorious “Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio” features Ekberg as a busty model in a milk advertisement whose image begins to haunt an aging prude. Visconti’s “Il Lavoro” stars Romy Schneider as a trophy wife enduring her husband’s very public affairs, »
- Travis Keune
Memorably scripted by Oliver Stone and boasting a fine yet often overlooked ensemble cast, Scarface is a big movie in every sense. But what happened to the key players, both in front of and behind the camera, once the fake gunfire faded and the theatrical blood was washed away? Join us as we find out.
The following list -- dug up in honor of this Sunday's Video Music Awards on MTV -- is proof that not all musicians are created equal when it comes to their acting abilities.
For every Mariah Carey in "Precious," you can find a Mariah Carey in "Glitter," but these 40 artists have shown that they can, at least some of the time, create memorable roles and transcend their musical careers. Sometimes, they even win Oscars.
During the nascent years of MTV, no female artist had more influence visually than the Material Girl, whose mix of eye-popping fantasy and gritty urban realism videos continue to influence a generation of vocalists. Despite a Best Actress Golden Globe for 1996's "Evita," the »
- Jason Newman
Washington Irving never envisioned a headless horseman like this! Chopper, for those of you not in the know, is the story of a supernatural headless biker named The Reaper, containing beheadings, a drug-pushing cheerleader and a bad-ass motorcycles. Fire it up baby! Chopper comes to a comic shop near you for its introductory five-issue series on October 5.
And this is just the beginning for the rolling dealer of death. Written by Martin Shapiro with artwork by Juan Ferreyra, the hideous anti-hero's comic launch (in both print and digital format) will be accompanied by a live-action web show. You can grab a peek at the high quality artwork on this six-page preview. The live-action show will star horror big fellas Tyler Mane and Andrew Bryniarski. It will be a prequel to the comic story and prepare fans for a potential feature film in the future.
Check out the teaser trailer below »
- Doctor Gash
Mid-August means it's high time for Fantasy Football in America, and you know what that means: It's almost Actual Football time!
As gridiron groupies everywhere spend (company?) hours studying the stats, fretting over keepers and ranking players by position, we decided to draft our own dream team of football studs from flicks.
Sure, they're not all technically pros (try telling us Rudy wouldn't make an equally dynamic benchwarmer on the Buffalo Bills), but they're all well worth roster slots on our squad.
Qb: Willie Beamen ('Any Given Sunday')
Qb: Bobby Boucher ('The Waterboy')
Qb: Paul Crewe ('The Longest Yard')
Qb: Jonathan Moxon ('Varsity Blues')
Qb: Shane Falco ('The Replacements')
Wr: Rod Tidwell ('Jerry Maguire')
De: Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger ('Rudy')
De: Steve Lattimer ('The Program')
Captain/Utility: Jimmy "Dodge »
- Dustin Glick
The very famous book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting is about to become a LionsGate comedy starring Dennis Quaid. We heard some previous buzz that a certain True Blood hottie might appear in the film, but now we’re not so sure. The good news, however, is Twilight actress Anna Kendrick has definitely won a role, joined by the beautiful former Victoria’s Secret model and actress Brooklyn Decker. Shooting is planned to begin in mid-Summer with an anticipated release date of May 11, 2012. Hey, that’s Mother’s Day weekend!
According to Variety Quaid’s new role was announced yesterday. Other big names in the cast are Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Glee‘s Matthew Morrison, Chace Crawford and Rob Huebel. Lucky Mr. Quaid will play the husband to a much younger wife, portrayed by Decker. The slightly mismatched couple will be expecting twins. Yikes! To further complicate issues, »
- Sasha Nova
A spaghetti Western set in the Old South, Django Unchained tells the story of a freed American slave who teams with a German bounty hunter to save his wife from Calvin Candie, an evil plantation owner.
Waltz is down to play the bounty hunter and Django’s mentor, while DiCaprio signed on earlier this month to play Monsieur Calvin Candie. Jackson is expected to play Candie’s menacing aide who keeps the slaves in line at the plantation.
Foxx’s career has seen a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Claire Lester)
Quentin had reportedly been interested in Smith for the part, though "interest" can sometimes be a long way from "reality," even for the "Pulp Fiction" maestro. Foxx is now at the very top of the list to play the slave liberated by a German dentist turned bounty hunter (to be played by Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" pal, Christoph Waltz).
Django's main objective is to recover his wife, and to do that he needs to face the villainous ranch owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a despicable Southern aristocrat who runs Candyland, a club/plantation where female slaves are exploited as sex objects and males are pitted against each other in bloody death matches.
Sounds like Quentin for sure, doesn't it?
Foxx would be »
- Bryan Enk
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Cameron Diaz - CinemaCon 2011
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Cameron Diaz - CinemaCon 2011
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She became famous during the 1990s with roles in the movies The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and There’s Something About Mary. Other high-profile movie credits include the two Charlie’s Angels movies and voicing the character Princess Fiona for the Shrek series. Diaz received Golden Globe award nominations for her performances in the movies There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.
Diaz was born in San Diego, California, the younger daughter of Emilio Diaz (1949–2008), who worked for the California oil »
- Josh Abraham
Breaking: Quentin Tarantino has made his choice and negotiations will begin for Jamie Foxx to play the title character in Django Unchained. Tarantino's next film will be distributed domestically by The Weinstein Company and overseas by Sony Pictures. Production begins November. Foxx will join Christoph Waltz, Leonardo Dicario and Samuel L. Jackson in a Sergio Leone-style spaghetti Western that Tarantino wrote and has set in Mississippi during slavery. No deal has been made yet, but it shouldn't take long. While the early focus had Will Smith the likely participant, Deadline told you on June 7 that those talks had gone south and we were first to identify Foxx as a prime contender for the role, along with Idris Elba and Chris Tucker. The choice of Foxx is an inspired one. After transitioning from comedies to dramas, Foxx proved himself a formidable physical presence in films like Any Given Sunday, Collateral, »
- MIKE FLEMING
It's not just the great performances Foxx has given, from Any Given Sunday to his Oscar-winning role in Ray. Or his sweet crooning to Oprah at her farewell blast, or his duet at Cannes this year with Kanye West. I get why Sony wanted Will Smith for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. He's a huge international star. But he would have softened a leading role that Foxx could knock out of the park. What he can do is bring both vulnerability and anger to a freed slave who wants not only to wreck his revenge on evil white southerners, but save his beloved wife Broomhilda from wicked plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo diCaprio). As an actor Foxx has range, power, athletic masculinity, and accessible emotions. He's »
Darren Aronofsky is attached to direct New Regency's re-imagining of the Noah's ark story titled "Noah."According to Variety, Arnon Milchan is producing for New Regency.Noah's Ark is the ship that, according to the Book of Genesis, was built by Noah at God's order to save himself, his family, and the world's animals from the Great Flood.No studio is attached yet and no actors have been mentioned.Aronofsky wrote the first draft of the script with John Logan ("Any Given Sunday," "Gladiator" and "Hugo Cabret") doing a rewrite. Aronofsky was set to direct Fox's "Wolverine" with Hugh Jackman but dropped out of the project in March.His last film was the critical and commercial success "Black Swan," which earned star Natalie Portman a »
- Adnan Tezer
Just a few days after the launch of the official “The Dark Knight Rises” website and big reveal of Tom Hardy as Bane, more news about the next Batman movie has broken. Three new actors have been added to the cast, though we’re only told the role of one of them.
According to Variety, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti and Joey King are all onboard Christopher Nolan’s final Batman production. Modine, whose credits include “Full Metal Jacket” and “Any Given Sunday,” has been cast to play a character named Nixon. Ironically, Modine played a character named “Joker” in “Full Metal Jacket.”
However, it’s unknown who or what Conti and King will be playing in "The Dark Knight Rises."
Scottish actor Conti was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards for “Reuben, Reuben” and has been on Broadway in addition to films. Eleven-year-old King may be a relative newcomer to the acting scene, »
- Danica Davidson
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