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While we were dubious about his character's charities of choice on a recent episode of "Parks and Recreation" (see: Tommy's Tummy Foundation, The Clean Sheet Foundation), we can fully get behind Aziz Ansari's involvement with Advil's Relief in Action campaign. At last night's kickoff event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the scene-stealing funnyman treated 100 local Habitat for Humanity volunteers who helped their communities recover from Superstorm Sandy to a hilarious private standup performance, in which he reflected on the absurdity of marriage and recounted the time he crooned “Kiss From a Rose” for Seal. We caught up with Ansari, 30, to find out his dating deal-breaker, dream sidekick and what's up with that photo of his parents with Kanye West.
Why did you want to work with Advil to honor the Sandy relief volunteers --having lived in New York, were you affected by how hard the storm hit the city?
- Erin Clements
In her new film, The Place Beyond the Pines, she ditches glam, playing a hard-grafting waitress opposite real-life partner Ryan Gosling. She talks about how the role mirrors her upbringing and, er, why her dog's face should be pixellated
"If you see Mike Leigh," says Eva Mendes, "tell him Mendes really wants him. And I do a good cockney." So I did. Or, rather, I emailed his agent. Mendes had already done the heavy lifting. "I sent him a note maybe like eight years ago," she says, a little giddy, "and I'm sure he had no idea who I was. And then I ran into him and he was lovely. So I just hope these last eight years I've maybe done something that he's liked or could see potential in, so we could possibly work together." His films are magical, she says; they move her to tears. "I come from »
- Catherine Shoard
You may still think of Eva Mendes as the woman from Hitch, or from the shampoo commercials, or from tabloid-ready relationships. But the actress who could easily spend a career coasting on her beauty has taken the last 4 years to make a series of risky and under seen films, from the gonzo Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans with Werner Herzog to the intimate Last Night with Massy Tadjedin to the surreal French experiment Holy Motors with Leos Carax. Now the latest acclaimed director she can add to her Rolodex is Derek Cianfrance, who broke out with Blue Valentine several years ago and who is back with the sprawling, emotional, and really good The Place Beyond the Pines. Mendes plays Romina, a woman who hooked up with Ryan Gosling's character Luke while he was in town with a traveling carnival. When Luke comes back in town Romina reveals »
Eva Mendes is mostly known for her work in big-budget studio flicks, and she isn't sure why. "I have actually done a lot more independents than big pictures, and nobody ever brings that part up," she tells us while doing press for her upcoming film the (relatively) small-budget, "The Place Beyond the Pines." She has a point. Last year, Mendes starred in the dreamy psychedelic flick "Holy Motors." Prior to that, it was a role in Massy Tajedin's "Last Night." In "Pines," she plays Romina, a woman coming to grips with a child she had with a vigilante / motorcycle stunt driver Luke (played by real-life boyfriend Ryan Gosling). Here, Mendes is completely dressed down, playing a character who's both physically and emotionally distraught. Needless to say, it's a far cry from her roles in "Hitch" and "Ghost Rider." Mendes spoke with Moviefone about her new film, the movie she wishes got more attention, »
- Alex Suskind
Will Smith has accepted roles in all three "Men in Black" films, the over-the-top romantic comedy "Hitch," and the animated underwater feature "Shark Tale," but there is one recent Oscar-nominated film he turned down.
“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead," Smith said. "The other character was the lead!” The "other character" that Smith is referencing is bounty hunter King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of the character. Waltz, it should be noted, won Best Supporting Actor at the 85th annual Academy Awards, a role that many felt was a lead.
“I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’” Smith said, spoiling the film. As a result of Smith's passing, »
- Madeline Boardman
Ever since Training Day started making Eva Mendes a household Hollywood name, the actress has been assembling quite the film catalogue, accompanied by a ever-so-lovely reputation. While I love her roles in Once Upon A Time In Mexico and Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call – New Orleans, she’s more prominently known for films like Ghost Rider, Hitch, and The Other Guys – and her next role in the upcoming festival hit The Place Beyond The Pines will only add another high-point to her already accomplished career.
While promoting Derek Cianfrance’s new film in New York recently, I was able to sit down for a round-table interview with the wonderfully pleasant starlet and talk about her emotionally taxing role in The Place Beyond The Pines. Read on to hear Eva talk about her experiences as a mother on the film, the strong dramatic story which pushes her character, and of »
- Matt Donato
While it’s been murmured for quite a few weeks now, we have confirmation the Beasts Of The Southern Wild’s record making 9 year-old Oscar-nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis, will headline the modern-day remake of classic musical, Annie. The film will be directed by Easy A’s Will Gluck and the press release below gives all the details of all those currently involved in the project.
The original was directed by legendary director John Huston and was based on the Broadway musical adapted from the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. It centred on a young orphan girl (Aileen Quinn), who is adopted by bald-headed billionaire Daddy Warbucks (Albert Finney). Along the way they are brushes with a fraudster couple claiming to be her real parents (Bernadette Peters and Tim Curry) and Carol Burnett’s equally devious social worker.
- Craig Hunter
Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, in the title role of Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Here's what Hannah Minghella had to say in a statement.
"With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star. She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can't wait for audiences to further discover her."
Annie will be released during the winter holiday season in 2014. The film is being directed by Gluck and produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, »
The rumors that Oscar-nominated best actress Quvenzhane Wallis would play in a new musical of "Annie" are true. Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have confirmed that the diminutive New Orleans star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" will play the title role in "Annie." Columbia president of production Hannah Minghella cited Wallis's high global profile as an Oscar nominee as well as her "amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her.” Sony is slating the film for the winter holiday season in 2014. Directed by Gluck ("Easy A"), the film will be produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment ("Ali," "HItch," "I Am Legend"), and by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” »
- Anne Thompson
Los Angeles, Feb 13: Actress Eva Mendes is set to launch her own fashion line, a sub-brand through New York & Company Inc. She will also be the brand ambassador for it.
The "Hitch" actress will be seen in the label's advertising campaigns and other promotional activities. She has already had meetings with heads of the label, and has been stocking up ideas for the line, reports contactmusic.com.
"I love anything that winks to yesteryear. You have to find what works for you. Quite a few times I've worn turban-like accessories. I have a ton of ideas, but it's a bit early to discuss them. (The project) is taking up all my time,. »
- Diksha Singh
Heading into the weekend there were two conversations regarding Identity Thief, the first was that it wasn't a very good movie, but despite that it would top the weekend box-office. The second was with regards to the mean-spirited review posted by Rex Reed, which was given far more attention than it deserved, but fortunately all the attention was negative as Reed proceeded to slam the film not because of its content, but instead with a mind to target star Melissa McCarthy's appearance. It's quite telling when it comes to Reed and his focus on McCarthy's weight, while most critics just deemed the movie unfunny, mourning the fact McCarthy has talent and the fact she had to stoop to a film that is otherwise beneath her. Either way, McCarthy gets the last laugh... Identity Thief stormed the box-office, landing a whopping $36.5 million, which is $10 million more than Bridesmaids opened with »
- Brad Brevet
Best known for her roles in Training Day, Hitch and last year’s acclaimed Holy Motors, Eva Mendes will next be seen opposite Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance’s powerful crime-thriller, The Place Beyond The Pines (released 29th March in the Us and 12th April in the UK). However, the two must have enjoyed working together a lot, as Gosling has tapped Mendes to appear in his directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster.
The dark fantasy film already has on-board The Place Beyond The Pines co-star (and always amazing) Ben Mendelsohn, as well as Mad Men’s buxom beauty (and another actress Gosling’s worked with), Christina Hendricks. The two previously worked on Nicolas Winding-Refn’s brutal and brilliant Drive.
How To Catch A Monster will centre on Billy (Hendricks), a single mother of two, who is swept into a macabre and mysterious fantasy underworld while »
- Craig Hunter
12 items from 2013
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