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Image Entertainment is bringing The Devil's Knot to us on May 9th, and right now we have the full trailer for you cats with a penchant for true crime cases. Lord knows they rarely come as compelling as the story surrounding the West Memphis 3.
From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time. Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.
Dubbed the so-called "West Memphis Three, »
- Uncle Creepy
“Carla is a dynamic, creative executive who brings with her a wealth of experience and an undisputed respect and standing in the business,” said Jim Tauber, president of Ske. “Her leadership, insights and obvious skills will be invaluable to Ske as we expand our film and television production.”
Hacken had most recently launched her own company Paper Pictures, which had a first look deal at DreamWorks.
“Ske is aggressively developing and producing numerous projects, and Sidney and Jim have an exciting vision for the Company,” Hacken said. “I am thrilled to dive in and help Ske realize that vision.”
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Carla Hacken has been named president of production at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Hacken, who set up a producing label at DreamWorks after a 15-year tenure as an executive at Fox 2000 and a short stay at New Regency, will start her new job March 17. She will oversee both film and TV projects for Sidney Kimmel’s company. Hacken seems well suited to return to the executive suite. Hired at Fox 2000 from ICM by Laura Ziskin, she worked closely with Elizabeth Gabler and oversaw such Fox 2000 films as Walk The Line, The Devil Wears Prada, Unfaithful, The Family Stone, and the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and Percy Jackson franchises. “Carla is a dynamic, creative executive who brings with her a wealth of experience and an undisputed respect and standing in the business,” said Ske president Jim Tauber. “Her leadership, insights and obvious skills will be invaluable to Ske as we »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The messed-up machinations of bored, oversexed stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont aren’t quite as shocking in 2014 as they were when Cruel Intentions was released on March 5, 1999. (Blame Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and a zillion other glitzy/scandalous imitators.)
That said, Cruel Intentions is still an enormously entertaining teen movie, even 15 years (gulp) after its initial release — thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast, which featured future Oscar winners and future Sharknado stars alike. Well, one of each, but you get the picture. Whoever headed up this franchise had a »
- Hillary Busis
Because we need another hero, James Mangold is currently in talks to take on John D. McDonald’s The Deep Blue Good-by, which is a series of books based around the character of Travis McGee. However! This isn’t another Bourne or Bond though, McGee is slightly different because he isn’t qualified as a cop, nor on his last day at work or even about to retire. He recovers other people’s property for money and calls himself a ’salvage consultant‘.
McDonald’s books have been looked at for a while now by Fox and the Wolverine director is who they’re currently after. The Deep Blue Good-by is the first novel in the series, and sets us up with the character on his houseboat in Florida, who has a penchant for all the ladies. The first book synopsis says this over on Amazon:
He’s a self-described beach »
- Dan Bullock
Leonardo DiCaprio has dropped out of The Deep Blue Good-By.
The 39-year-old Wolf of Wall Street actor was due to star in the movie adaptation, but will now no longer take the leading role, according to Deadline.
However, DiCaprio will still have a role as producer on the movie.
DiCaprio again missed out on a Best Actor prize at the Oscars on Sunday, losing to Matthew McConaughey and causing Twitter to trend "Poor Leo".
Watch a clip from The Wolf of Wall Street »
Way back in 2010, we heard that director Oliver Stone was considering taking on an adaptation of John D. MacDonald's novel The Deep Blue Good-by from 1964, featuring recurring character Travis McGee. Before that, Leonardo DiCaprio was circling the lead role back in 2009, but it appears both talents have fallen away from the project. Deadline reports The Wolverine and Walk the Line director James Mangold is in talks to direct the mystery adapted by author Dennis Lehane. And while DiCaprio isn't starring in the film anymore, he's still on board as producer through his own Appian Way production banner. More below! The Deep Blue Good-by is the first in a 21-volume series featuring Travis McGee, a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs »
- Ethan Anderton
The feature film adaptation of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By novel has taken one step forward and one step back. The mystery novel kicks off the fan-favorite Travis McGee series and was first set up as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, with the actor courting directors like Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to take the helm. With a very busy schedule already on his plate, though, DiCaprio has now opted not to star in the pic, but Deadline reports that The Wolverine director James Mangold is negotiating to take the helm of Fox's potential franchise-starter. Hit the jump for more. Though DiCaprio has backed out of starring in The Deep Blue Good-By, Deadline notes that the actor is still set to produce the project through his Appian Way shingle McGee is described as a “beach bum gumshoe” and the prospect of a Travis McGee movie »
- Adam Chitwood
International Test Cricket: South Africa v Australia | I Never Knew That About Britain | Hungry Britain? – Panorama | Mary Berry Cooks | Mind The Gap: London Vs The Rest | Dci Banks | My Father And The Man In Black | Girls
International Test Cricket: South Africa v Australia
8.25am, Sky Sports 2
Live coverage of day three of the third and final Test of the series, held in Cape Town. Unlike Australia's recent Ashes annihilation of England, this series reaches its final bow with all still to play for. Australia – and in particular in-form bowler Mitchell Johnson – were dominant in the first match, though a fine display of reverse spin bowling by Dale Steyn enabled South Africa to level the series last Sunday. Might they have the psychological edge here? Gwilym Mumford
I Never Knew That About Britain
Debut of a new series inspired by Christopher Winn's popular I Never Knew That About … miscellanies. »
- Gwilym Mumford, Andrew Mueller, Mark Jones, Hannah Verdier, Ben Arnold, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall, John Robinson
America's Sweetheart has a bit of naughty side. Reese Witherspoon showed some major cleavage—and plenty of side-boob, too—when she made an appearance at Vanity Fair's annual Oscar party Sunday. The Wild star's Jason Wu for Hugo Boss dress was a departure for the actress, who typically favors more classic and conservative red carpet styles. The Walk the Line star, who won an Oscar in 2006, accessorized with Irene Neuwirth jewels. She also congratulated Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey, her costar in Mud and her agent husband Jim Toth's client. "A stunning performance, an amazing night!" the 37-year-old wrote on WhoSay. Witherspoon, of course, wasn't the only woman »
The exciting shows are finally here, "American Idol" fans. It's the Top 13 finalists, with a theme of "This Is Me." Could you vague that up for us, "Idol"? That is akin to my all-time favorite theme, the Season 6 episode that was like "Songs Gwen Stefani Has Heard Of (Maybe)."
Just as an Fyi, we're not going to recap all the video package shenanigans. Let's get down to business with the performances.
1. Dexter Roberts, "Aw Naw," Chris Young
Terrible song choice. This is a song trying to so hard to be a dirt-kickin' country rock number, but Dexter does not have the swagger to pull that off yet. He's just standing there. His voice isn't bad, but there are a few bum notes and the entire performance lacks energy. He'll stick around, I'm fairly sure, but he's going to have to step that up.
If this is what defines who he is, »
This year’s Best Actor race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time. And by greatest, I mean both the most competitive and also the most outstanding, in the sense that each nominee is excellent — hypothetical winners in almost any other year. They also reflect the depth of superb male performances in 2013. Consider: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoneix (Her), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all missed the cut.
EW’s Owen Gleiberman recently analyzed this year’s Best Actor race, calling it the most “fiercely, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Half-term brought Warners' Lego film a strong opening weekend, well ahead of George Clooney's men-on-a-mission movie and the Valentine's Day releases
• The Lego Movie – review
• The Monuments Men – review
Animation is the one film genre that regularly supplies big hits without the benefit of character familiarity, with successes from studios such as Fox/Blue Sky (Ice Age), Universal/Illumination (Despicable Me) and Pixar (everything bar the sequels). Even recent Disney successes such as Tangled and Frozen barely traded on audience affection for their fairytale origins. However, the explosive opening numbers for The Lego Movie suggest brand familiarity can be an asset in animation, just as it invariably is in live action.
Opening with £8.05m including £2.16m in previews, The Lego Movie has achieved the strongest start for a non-sequel animation since The Simpsons Movie in July 2007 – although excluding preview figures, it was beaten by the opening weekend of 2009's Up, »
- Charles Gant
There are very few things on Earth more exciting than live music. The feeling of community between thousands of all people united under one voice for the chorus of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Black Dog” or “Baby Got Back” is nothing short of amazing. Everyone has at least one gig that they’ve been to, which for one reason or another, is unforgettable. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll end up at one of those gigs that goes down in history.
There’s a certain number of performances that will live forever, like Live Aid, the first Woodstock, or Miley Cyrus acting like a total whore crossed with Toad from the X-Men. Here’s a short list of famous (and infamous) performances which, for better or worse, will never be forgotten. Please note that these are ranked in no particular order.
10. Johnny Cash Performs In Prison
The Man »
Spike Jonze's techno-love story Her, which is released in UK cinemas this week, centres on a sharply observed leading performance from Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls gradually in love with his operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).
Last year's Oscars saw Phoenix nominated for The Master, though the film itself was unjustly overlooked, and this year Her made it into the Best Picture race while Phoenix was shut out from the Actor category. We have a sneaking suspicion, though, that Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice could see him back in the running next year.
In the meantime, we take a look back over five of Phoenix's most significant screen roles.
To Die For (1995)
You'll be hard-pushed to find a Phoenix character one could describe as well-adjusted, and his breakthrough performance was as a disturbed - though genuinely good-hearted - teenage sap who falls hard for Nicole Kidman's conniving weather girl. »
Mad Men star January Jones, who plays the former wife to Jon Hamm's Don Draper, Instagrammed a picture of the Fifty Shades of Grey poster along with the caption, "Does this look familiar to anyone else?#madmenpostercirca2010." Yes, it does look very familiar. As Yahoo mentions in their article and we pointed out when the poster originally released a couple of weeks ago, this poster follows the years-long trend of putting a lead character's back to us on the poster. We've seen it on everything from The Croods, Divergent and After Earth to The Dark Knight, The Watchmen and Walk the Line. Those last few mentioned movies predate the Season 4 Mad Men poster, which is the one... So this trend is nothing new and Mad Men didn't invent it. That said, in fairness to Jones, she's not wrong to notice the similarities and it's likely that she was merely »
Washington, Feb 11: Reese Witherspoon has revealed that her parents had slapped a ban on her from moving to Hollywood because they believed that it is "where crazy people live".
The 37-year-old Oscar-winning actress said that she started doing commercials when she was just 12 and when one day she read an advert for a movie audition, she decided she wanted to be in movies, Contactmusic reported.
The 'Walk the Line' star continued saying that her dad's a doctor and her mom is a professor of pediatric nursing, so she was sure she was going to be a doctor.
The blonde beauty said that her parents had told her she. »
- Anita Agarwal
The Oscars are uncomfortably close. We’re less than three weeks away from the big moment where Judi Dench will (hopefully) cackle menacingly as her Notes on a Scandal costar Cate Blanchett picks up a second statue. “You’re a vampire!” Cate will holler from the stage. And I’ll jump into the TV.
The point is it’s time to think about actresses in a big way. Today’s topic: the 10 greatest losing Best Actress nominees of the past 10 years. Forget “winning performances” like Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side or Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line. These are the runners-up whose work also deserved formal, fabulous recognition. (Keep in mind I’m not necessarily saying these actresses should’ve won, but I will tell you who they were up against.)
Natalie Portman’s win »
- Louis Virtel
There's a four-year hole on the actor's IMDb page after Walk The Line. But rather than playing games, he's given himself the freedom to make more interesting movies
Around halfway through I'm Still Here, the 2010 documentary chronicling Joaquin Phoenix's short-lived rap career and apparent retirement from acting, he undertakes a shambolic press junket, snapping when a journalist asks if it's all a hoax. "It's hard not to get offended, because you're talking about my life," barks Phoenix. "As if my life's a fuckin' joke to you."
It's moderately disconcerting, having recently watched that sequence, to be here in a hotel suite with Phoenix, another journalist talking about his life. When I enter the room, though, he's standing. His hair long from filming Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, he's seemingly ego-free, loose and engaged, joking around from the off. Throughout the interview there's never a sense that he's humouring me, »
- Alex Godfrey
The Oscars are approaching fast, and that means it’s time to take advantage of our love of self-important speechifying and get critical. Today’s topic? The best Best Actress speech of the past 10 years. I’ve ranked all the winners and their podium monologues. Can you guess who came out on top? Hint: Her work is better than the Gettysburg Address. Or at least dripping with more lesbian innuendo. Here’s the ten speeches ranked worst to first.
While perfectly quaint, this is also the epitome of a disappointing Oscar speech: overly earnest, a little too long, low on charisma, and chockablock with trite sentiment (not to mention that all-too-familiar motherhood metaphor about “the most important role of all”). I appreciate that she drew attention to crew members who otherwise go unmentioned in Oscar speeches, but where is the decadence? The joy? The fire? (Yes, »
- Louis Virtel
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