19 items from 2014
Is your name Elizabeth Gallagher? Do you have a Canadian passport? Have no plans for Christmas? Then Jordan Axani of Toronto, Canada, has an offer for you! (Sorry, everyone else.) Axani, 28, recently went through the difficult process of breaking up with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Gallagher, reports the CBC. While the split was relatively smooth, he was left with one big problem: the trip around the world that he'd previously booked for them over Christmas. Not wanting one half of this journey to go to waste, Axani is reaching out to the Internet to find a new "Elizabeth Gallagher" to take »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old terminally ill woman whose plight to die with dignity gained worldwide media attention, has died.
"Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love," Maynard posted on her Facebook page. "Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me ... but would have taken so much more. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type ... Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"
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- Robyn Ross
Brittany Maynard, who publicly shared her plans to end her life on her own terms thanks to Oregon's Death With Dignity Act, died peacefully Saturday. She was 29. "Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more," she wrote on Facebook. "The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!" Doctors diagnosed Maynard »
Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement over the last few weeks, ended her own life Saturday at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 29. "Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more," she wrote on Facebook. "The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. »
- Nicole Weisensee Egan, @nweisenseeegan
Joffe is joined on the jury by cinematographer Christian Berger (“The Piano Teacher,” “The White Ribbon”), director and screenwriter Ryszard Bugajski (“Interrogation,” “The Closed Circuit”), photographer Ryszard Horowitz, and production designer David Gropman (“The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “Life of Pi”).
Others on the jury are cinematographer-producer Arthur Reinhart (“Crows,” “Tristan + Isolde”), cinematographer Oliver Stapleton (“The Cider House Rules,” “Pay It Forward”), cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro (“Melancholia,” “Nymphomaniac”) and sound engineer David MacMillan (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Speed,” “Apollo 13”).
Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” “The Passion of the Christ”) will be jury president for the Polish Films Competition. He’ll be joined by cinematographer Affonso Beato, producer Scott Franklin, curator-film programmer-producer Ellen Harrington, cinematographer Phil Meheux, cinematographer Matthew Libatique, »
- Leo Barraclough
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
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Ever wonder what happened to Haley Joel Osment? If so, you might well welcome the trailer for the new sex-comedy Sex Ed, which has the former child star playing a hapless sex-ed teacher who lives the cliché, "those who can't do, teach." See, Ed (Osment's character) is a virgin. And hilarity ensues! In the late 1990s/early 2000s, Haley Joel Osment was an adorable child actor who won the world's notice with his gripping role opposite Bruce Willis in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense. Playing the haunted young Cole Sear earned the 12-year-old an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The following year he co-starred with two Academy Award-winners (Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt) in the earnest drama Pay It Forward. Then in 2001, Steven Spielberg called on this kid to shoulder his translation of the long-dead A.I. - Artificial Intelligence, conceived by the late Stanley Kubrick. Haley »
“I do” is forever.
(It should go without saying that a post titled “In Defense of the Gone Girl Ending” will contain spoilers about how Gone Girl ends. But if you somehow ended up here and still don’t know how it ends, leave now.)
When millions of people read Gone Girl last summer, many finished the last chapter with a resounding “What the F*Ck?!” They loved the book, hated the ending. If that was your reaction, you'll probably feel the same about the movie, because — despite what you may have heard — it ends the same way.
Here, someone who liked the Gone Girl ending (me, John Boone) debates it with someone who didn’t — my mom, Kathy Boone, a 50-something regional sales manager from the Midwest whose favorite movie is Pay It Forward.
John: First, can you recap what happens at the end of the book? Or how you interpreted it? In the middle »
Basque Unax Ugalde, who stars in Pablo Malo’s 2014 San Sebastian out of competition placer “Lasa and Zabala,” is toplining $2 million Mexican dramedy “Beginners Guide to the Presidency” (Manual de principiantes para ser Presidente, a working title).
To be directed by Mexican helmer-scribe Salim Nayar from a screenplay he penned, “Beginners Guide…” is slated to start shooting in and around Mexico City in February.
“Beginners Guide…” tracks an idealistic governor who realizes that to become president, he’ll have to become what he hates most, a politician.
Spanish-language dramedy is the first of various projects planned under the Sfera Films banner led by Nayar and executive producer Jonathan Treisman in a bid to answer the growing entertainment demands of Latino markets in both English and Spanish, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Haley Joel Osment is that you?!
Haley, now 26, was recently snapped in Los Angeles playing his latest role -- a Nazi in Kevin Smith's horror-comedy film Yoga Hosers -- and judging from these snapshots, he's definitely gained a few pounds.
Photos: Celeb Weight-Loss Transformations
The two young actresses play 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who must join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal (Depp), when an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a "Grade 12" party.
This is the second installment of Smith's True North Trilogy, the first being Tusk.
Though Haley has worked steadily since his big roles in [link »
I see…Haley Joel Osment!? The former child star looked unrecognizable when he was photographed on set of his upcoming action film Yoga Hosers in L.A. on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The 26-year-old beefed up to play an unnamed Nazi character wearing a black striped suit. He donned a mustache and greased up his blonde locks for a slicked-back look. Osment's new role is a far cry from his child star years in 1999's The Sixth Sense and 2000's Pay It Forward. In an interview this month, he spoke about [...] »
A woman in Florida started a pay it forward trend that lasted almost 12 hours and affected close to 400 people on Wednesday.
Starbucks Hosts Pay It Forward Chain
Wednesday morning, around 7 a.m., a drive-thru Starbucks customer bought an iced coffee and offered to pay for the person behind her. When the next customer went to pay for his or her caramel macchiato and was told that it had already been covered, he or she decided to continue the trend and paid for the drink of the next customer. Soon, the employees began keeping a tally and informing each new customer of the trend, saying they could either pay for their tab, which would then go towards the following customer, or cover the following customer entirely.
According to the St. Petersburg, Fla., Starbucks baristas, 260 customers had participated by 1:30 p.m., and 378 people took part in the pay it forward chain »
Little orphan Annie is set to return to the UK this Christmas season. Quvenzhane Wallis, famed for her role in Beasts Of The Southern Wild, takes on the part of the titular hero who has A Hard Knock Life in an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). One day Annie has a fateful encounter with Benjamin Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a rich man running for mayor. Seeking a publicity opportunity, Stacks takes in Annie only to eventually develop real feelings for her. The heart warming tale first came to screens in 1982 and has built quite the following, especially following Jay-z’s use of the famous track It’s A Hard Knock Life. Other musical classics include Tomorrow, it’s easy to see why Chandler Bing had two copies.
The trailer for Sony’s remake keeps things both traditional while adding contemporary spurts to both the action, dance routines, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
What is the most important holiday? Christmas? Halloween? If you know what's good for you, you'll say Mother's Day; and this year Ms. Vampy and Dr. Gash have teamed up to bring you some pointers to help make the most of it!
Take these tips and use them as best you can... and Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there!
Ms. Vampy says: Put the Past in the Past-Sure, we are all a little effed up from our childhood, aren’t we? :) So, on Mother’s Day choose to live in the present and let go of the mistakes your mother or your sister made when you were growing up! Rather than allowing yourself to feel like that 12-year-old kid again, be an adult and come from a place of Love!
Dr. Gash says: Of course, it's always best to put negative things in the past and move forward, »
- Scott Hallam
You could say that the star of a movie puts butts in seats. Their name shines above the posters and on trailers, establishing a connection with a larger pre-existing fan base. But how does one reach such heights? Nobody is an A-Lister straight off the bat. It can take years of slogging away to acquire the appeal of someone like Brad Pitt or Tom Hanks as they’re can be the driving force behind a picture; the person the whole film and advertising campaign revolves around.
However, once in a while an actor will rise up and quite literally steal the show. They’ll put in a performance so inspired and well-crafted, the ‘intended star’ will cease to shine so brightly in comparison. All of a sudden, the public will take a vested interest in a new talent. All it takes is one performance; an opportunity only a »
- Dale Barham
One wasn’t expecting much more than headbanging cheap thrills from the new Bollywood action movie “Jai Ho,” in which Salman Khan, a.k.a. The Muscles from Mumbai (that sobriquet is our own invention), carries to a new level of slapdash vulgarity the blunt-force, post-”Matrix” style of action moviemaking that rules the roost now in Hindi cinema. When you set your sites that low, and still emerge disappointed two-and-a-half-hours later, that’s a sad day at the movies. Because Salman Khan is one the fabled Three Khans, Bollywood’s top film stars for over two decades, the earnings of “Jai Ho” are being measured against the recent huge hits of Shah Rukh Khan (“Chennai Express”) and Aamir Khan (“Dhoom 3″). At $3.5 million for its first two days of domestic release, about half what those record-breaking pics pulled in, “Jai Ho” is so far considered only an “average” hit.
- David Chute
Take any day in your life that you wish you had a helping hand. A day you may have forgotten your wallet, when you needed to pay for your bus ticket. A day your car broke down, when you had to go to an interview. What if a stranger gave you that helping hand? No questions asked and in return, didn’t ask for money or a favour. Just that you help another when the chance came to you. Would you? Jai Ho shows us how a common man that left his army life, takes on the fight to help humanity, and for a bit of masala, bashes a few bad guys along the way.
Based on the concept from Pay It Forward (2000), A. R. Murugadoss’ designed the power packed story for his film Stalin (2006). Being the remake season that it was (or is) the film’s bumper success made »
- Githa Vanan
Women obliterated barriers in Hollywood last year: Katniss Everdeen topped the domestic box office in the female-co-produced The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Disney’s animated smash Frozen redefined the princess genre with Jennifer Lee as one of two directors at the helm; and two films from power producer Megan Ellison (American Hustle and Her) were just nominated for Best Picture.
But take one step back from the A-list and the picture isn’t so rosy. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film’s Celluloid Ceiling report, 2013 marked a dismal year for women in behind-the-scenes jobs on the top 250 grossing movies. »
- Nicole Sperling
19 items from 2014