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Spectre, the title of the next 007 film, is actually a callback to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. – the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion – an anti-MI6 (with a pretty great acronym) that made its first appearance in Dr. No (1962). Honestly, as much as we love James Bond (Daniel Craig) and all of his one-letter friends, you have to get behind an evil corporation with the word “Revenge” in their name.
Even though Dame Judi Dench won’t be reprising her role of M, the cast for Spectre is still stacked, boasting Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Monica Belluci, Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy).
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- Sasha James
Ariana Miyamoto, newly crowned Miss Japan, has caused a bit of an uproar on the web, with critics calling the half Japanese, half African-American beauty not Japanese enough. Critics Ask Whether Miss Japan Ariana Miyamoto Is ‘Japanese’ Enough Miyamoto, 20, born to a Japanese mother and African-American father, is the first biracial Miss Japan, but […]
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- Olivia Truffaut
The Big Love alum, who played a nymphomaniac in Asylum, will be a series regular on the upcoming season, Murphy tweeted on Tuesday.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 24, 2015
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Read More: Watch: Gorgeous Supercut Puts the First and Final Shots of Movies Side-by-Side What happens when you compile a bunch of dance scenes from various films together into one video, along to the catchy Walk the Moon song, "Shut Up and Dance"? The result is impressively joyful. This video features a number of indie and classic films where characters, well, just shut up and dance. Academy Award favorites like "Silver Linings Playbook," "American Beauty" and "Slumdog Millionaire" get some attention. Then there's smaller indies like the relationship deconstructing "Blue Valentine," the Coen Brothers' crime-comedy "Burn After Reading," the delightful "Little Miss Sunshine," the unconventional romantic comedy "(500) Days of Summer" and the 2014 UK comedy "Pride," about gay activists helping miners during a 1984 strike. Will you shut up and dance along to the video? Watch and find out. Read »
- Travis Clark
Filmmakers are very crafty storytellers. The best ones know how to use the visual medium known as cinema to not only tell a story, but make us feel emotions of all kinds, and empathize with characters and people we have never met before. Filmmakers are also adept enough to link themes and patterns in the story through visual cues. In this video essay from Jacob T. Swinney titled First and Final Frames, he shows us how important the opening and closing shots are in every movie. At first you may think they have no connection, but it'll really hit you when you see the Gone Girl moment and it builds from there. This montage of over 50 films, showing the opening/closing shots side-by-side, also features the music "Any Other Name" by Thomas Newman from the American Beauty soundtrack. It's much more mesmerizing than I was expecting. Thanks to @markdearman on Twitter for the tip. »
- Alex Billington
For the first time in almost 30 years a Steven Spielberg film will not be scored by John Williams. That was the sad news DreamWorks Studios tried to avoid making headlines with this morning with the announcement that Thomas Newman would compose the music for Spielberg's upcoming thriller "Bridge of Spies." According to a release from the studio through distributor Walt Disney Pictures, Williams work schedule "was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected." The 83-year-old composer has enjoyed a remarkable career winning five Academy Awards including three Oscars for Spielberg films "E.T.," "Schindler's List" and "Jaws." The duo most recently collaborated on 2013's "Lincoln" for which Williams also earned an Original Score nomination. Williams' last theatrical work was 2013's "The Book Thief" which was his 49th nomination. He has also won a remarkable 22 Grammy Awards. Williams is still expected to »
- Gregory Ellwood
DreamWorks Pictures'/Fox 2000 Pictures' upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), has been, as previously announced, titled Bridge of Spies. In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Saving Mr. Banks) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams' schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen »
DreamWorks Pictures confirmed that Spielberg's upcoming Bridge of Spies will not be composed by the 83-year-old.
Spielberg's long-time collaborator Williams has composed the score for all but one of his films. The last project he didn't compose the score for was The Colour Purple.
"John Williams' schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected," the studio said in a statement.
Around the time the fourth Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks team up, Bridge of Spies, received a title (after filming for a couple of weeks without one), we got word that composer John Williams would be marking his twenty seventh collaboration with the director. Now word has reached us, as well as the new image found above, that Williams is off the project due to health issues, thankfully minor and now corrected. Twelve time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman ( has been announced as his replacement. Newman has an impressive track record, with The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Dory, Wall-e, and American Beauty (the beginning of his collaboration with director Sam Mendes, which continues with Spectre) all under his belt, and should prove the perfect fit for the cold war thriller. This isn't the end of Spielberg and Williams working together though, with the pair teaming up again on the director's next project, The Bfg. »
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Steven Spielberg is shooting in chilly Cold War Europe on a 60s thriller now entitled "Bridge of Spies," a co-production of DreamWorks Pictures and Fox 2000 starring Tom Hanks and backed by Participant Media. Disney will open the film wide in North American theaters on October 16, 2015, inside the prime awards corridor, with Fox handling the foreign release. Stepping in for usual Spielberg composer John Williams, recovering from a "health issue," is DreamWorks veteran Thomas Newman (“The Help," 'American Beauty”). Williams is still scoring Spielberg's next film, “The Bfg,” beginning later this year, continuing their 40 year collaboration, as well as Lucasfilm's J.J. Abrams upcoming "Star Wars: Episode 7" reboot. But Oscar-winner Alexandre Desplat ("The Grand Budapest Hotel") is taking over from Williams on the follow-up standalone "Star Wars: Rogue One." The »
- Anne Thompson
This video by Jacob T. Swinney is exactly what it sounds like: the first and last shots from 55 films paired side by side in splitscreen. There are obviously deliberate parallels (Rosamund Pike, before and after the discovery of Amazing Amy’s true nature in Gone Girl), color scheme parallels indicative of overall palette obsessiveness (Her), and shots which have no real connection but which trigger a lot of memories of the films involved. The music, regrettably, is from Thomas Newman’s American Beauty score. »
- Vadim Rizov
Last winter we got a first look at Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the set of their the-untitled cold war thriller. Since then, we've learned that the title was Bridge of Spies and that John Williams was composing the score. However, only one of those tidbits has proven to be true as a press release (with the first official still from the film you can see below) has revealed that American Beauty and Skyfall composer Thomas Newman will score the film instead. The release says, "John Williams’ schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected." And the good news is that Williams will still get back with Spielberg for another collaboration to compose the score The Bfg next. Here's the new photo from Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies straight from Walt Disney Studios: Check out the first »
- Ethan Anderton
DreamWorks Pictures’/Fox 2000 Pictures’ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”), has been titled Bridge Of Spies.
In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams’ schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
John Williams. 86th Academy Awards, The Oscar Concert
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge Of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
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- Michelle McCue
Annette Bening's varied career of screen roles -- the cunning moll in "The Grifters," the exasperated real estate agent in "American Beauty," the alcoholic lesbian mother in "The Kids are All Right" -- is especially remarkable because almost every character she plays makes us think, "I know that woman." And maybe we don't, but Bening's knack for finding the humanity in a character is a magnetic and constant part of her work. In "Danny Collins," Bening plays a hotel manager who wearily takes a shine to the titular star, a washed-up rocker played by Al Pacino. We caught up with Bening to discuss the charm of Pacino, her most difficult roles, and how you get into a role you don't find relatable at all. "Danny Collins" hits theaters March 20. »
- Louis Virtel
Their casting announcements followed the unexpected scoop that Lady Gaga would star in "Hotel."
- Gina Carbone
If there's one word to describe Kanye West, it's "polarizing."
The rapper has caught flack and high praise for everything from his music, to his outspoken nature, to even his ambitions in the fashion world. West debuted his new sneaker line with Adidas at New York Fashion Week last month, with a star-studded audience looking on. Among the fashionable celebs checking out his designs was Fall Out Boy lyricist Pete Wentz.
"He definitely deserves respect," Wentz says of West in an interview with ETonline.
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"It was like a fashion show from the future, which was kind of insane and very cool to see," he continues, "and it's cool to see there's one guy that can move the dial -- you know what I'm saying? It's really crazy but he's launching a shoe and, besides brand Jordan »
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. Wiglum Tweetable Logline: At his local supermarket salad bar, Wiglum witnesses the ridiculous routine of human life in mindless motion -- and it has taken its toll. Elevator Pitch: Our main actor is from "There Will Be Blood" and "American Beauty"; our stylistic influences are David Lynch, PTA, & Bela Tarr. "Wiglum" tip-toes 'fever-dream' and 'madcap black-comedy' through the banal gaze of a microscope. Our cinematographer had a Sundance feature titled "The Woman." Much of the compositions pack a bizarre sober punch that capture an alien energy "Wiglum" senses in these seemingly mundane moments and spaces. Production Team: Story, Writer, Director, Editor, Producer - Kouros Alaghband Writer, »
- Indiewire Staff
Genre buffs have attended countless dinner parties that wind up tilting into madness, and yet the shivers arrive early and often in “The Invitation,” a teasingly effective thriller that builds a remarkable level of tension over the course of its 99-minute running time. Set during a mysterious reunion among old friends where something is quite palpably not right, this well-acted, beautifully modulated exercise represents director Karyn Kusama’s strongest work in years, revealing an assurance of tone, craft and purpose that haven’t been in evidence since her Sundance prize-winning debut, “Girlfight” (2000). More festivals are likely to extend invitations of their own following the pic’s SXSW premiere, while decent word of mouth should propel this likely modest theatrical performer into solid VOD rotation.
- Justin Chang
It's been just over a decade since Fall Out Boy won their first award.
"For the record, there's no way we would have thought we would have ever won," a baby-faced Pete Wentz said back in 2004, as the band accepted the Streaming Award from the mtvU Woodies.
Next week, the band will travel to the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX, to perform a career-spanning set at the 2015 Woodie Awards and accept the honor of being the first act to ever be inducted into the newly-minted Hall of Wood.
"It's pretty wild," Patrick Stump tells ETonline. "I feel like we've grown up with the Woodies in a lot of ways, too."
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For Wentz, the award is bigger than just the band. "I think that the spirit of the Woodies has always been embracing new artists that are doing different things, emerging »
Considering how often Katherine Heigl has been slammed for not being just another docile, eager-to-please female celebrity, it’s hard not to suspect that she might have relished the chance to play an unapologetically ball-busting shrew — a grotesquely exaggerated version of a stereotype she’s been assigned many times over. Indeed, Heigl’s performance as a coolly murderous model housewife is the only real reason to even consider watching “Home Sweet Hell,” an otherwise flailing and risible tale of adultery, extortion and suburban malaise that suggests a poor woman’s “Gone Girl” — one stripped of all tension, style and subtext, and instead rendered with a level of over-the-top gore that would give even David Fincher pause. Already out on VOD ahead of its March 13 theatrical release, this dismal stab at a darkly comic thriller is hardly the vehicle to resuscitate its lead actress’s bigscreen career, but it’s unlikely »
- Justin Chang
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