11 items from 2012
Omari Hardwick has been an actor on the rise for quite some time now. After his big-screen debut in Beauty Shop, he landed roles in Gridiron Gang, The Guardian, Miracle at St. Anna, Next Day Air, Kick-Ass, The A-Team, and a starring role on the TNT series Dark Blue.
He next stars in the upcoming musical drama Sparkle alongside a bevy of talented artists such as Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Cee-Lo, and Whitney Houston, in her final performance. The actor portrays Levi, who moves to Detroit and gets caught up in the Motown musical scene of the 1960s. I recently had the chance to speak with Omari Hardwick about his experiences working with such a diverse cast, and much more. Take a look at our conversation.
I know that a lot of times, actors don't exactly know what they're going out for, or who they will be starring with. »
The full Frank Ocean interview with The Guardian is out, and it's worth a read. Several passages really stuck with me, but I really liked this one about why he put the liner notes out like he did. "It was important for me to know that when I go out on the road and I do these things, that I'm looking at people who are applauding because of an appreciation for me. I don't have many secrets, so if you know that, and you're still applauding … it may be some sort of sick validation but it was important to me. When I heard people talking about certain, you know, 'pronouns' in the writing of the record, I just wanted to – like I said on the post – offer some clarity; clarify, before the fire got too wild and the conversation became too unfocused and murky." Words of wisdom more than a few celebrities could learn from. »
The first concept art for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movie, by Charlie Wen, was revealed at Comic Con, and here it is.
Apparently these characters are really obscure. I’m not familiar with them, and likely most comics fans aren’t either. But hey, speculation is always fun!
So, from left to right, we have: Growly, Stabby Guy; Gloomy Walking Tree; Two Guns; Tenacious, Gun-Wielding Raccoon; and Sword and Cape Lady. They’re on some kind of rocky alien planet with two moons and what looks like a fleet of snowflake-shaped starships in the sky behind them.
(Though apparently they're called Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and Gamora, respectively.)
It looks like any of these characters could become the standout in a movie. Well, except maybe Gloomy Walking Tree Guy, unless he’s funny gloomy like Marvin the Paranoid Android (from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the »
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First things first: Rise of the Guardians should not be confused with Legends of the Guardians, the 2010 owl cartoon. Nor should it be confused with The Guardian, the 2006 Kevin Costner coastguard film; or Lancelot: Guardian of Time, the 1997 Marc Singer time travel film; any of the countless films called Guardian Angel that have ever been made, or the news publication that you're currently reading. Rise of the Guardians is completely separate to all of these things.
But that doesn't hide the fact that, with a title this vague, Rise of the Guardians could feasibly be about anything. So far, we know that it's animated, that Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman and Alec Baldwin provide the voices, and that Guillermo del Toro »
- Stuart Heritage
This is the first I'm hearing of this project; apparently, it's done with principal photography. Now you know... Hollywood, Calif., June 19, 2012 -- Overflow Entertainment and Vendetta Filmworks are proud to announce the completion of their psychological suspense thriller., "The Last Letter", currently filmed in Los Angeles, CA June 4-17, 2012. The elegant and striking Sharon Leal ("Dream Girls", "Why Did I Get Married", "Boston Public") and handsomely talented Omari Hardwick ("The A Team", "Kick Ass", "The Guardian", "Sparkle") lead this powerful picture. "The Last Letter" tells »
Kevin Costner lives. Monday’s premiere of Hatfields & McCoys, in which he and Bill Paxton play opposite ends of the legendary feud over six hours, drew 13.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched telecast in basic cable history outside of sports. (Throw in those who watched the 11 p.m. encore and that number shoots up to 17 million.) Westerns are big business on cable — Robert Duvall’s Broken Trail brought 10 million viewers to AMC in 2006, and TNT’s Crossfire Trail was watched by 12.5 million in 2001 — but is proving to be an even bigger lifesaver for Costner, whose last decent big-screen performer was the Coast Guard drama The Guardian, co-starring Ashton Kutcher. The remaining second and third parts of History’s Hatfields & McCoys will air tonight and Wednesday at 9 p.m. »
- Denise Martin
Today we have a trailer for "Would You Rather," a thriller starring Brittany Snow (Hairspray), Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience), Jeffrey Combs (Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation) and John Heard (The Guardian). Check it out below. Plot: Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman (Snow) agrees to compete in a deadly game of "Would You Rather," hosted by a sadistic aristocrat (Combs). The new movie is directed by David Guy Leavy. It has yet to be acquired for distribution. Removed at the request of the production company. »
By Alex Simon
Director Andrew Davis made his name with hard-hitting action blockbusters like The Fugitive, Under Siege and The Guardian, but like most filmmakers, his first effort was a small film with a modest budget and a lot of heart. Davis’ directing debut Stony Island was shot in 1977, helmed by the then 30 year-old who had made a name for himself as a cinematographer, and conceived as a love letter to the South Chicago neighborhood where he grew up. Based loosely on the story of Davis’ younger brother Richie (starring as a fictionalized version of himself), who grew up as one of the few white kids in a largely African-American neighborhood, Stony Island follows a group of young musicians who try to form an R&B group in their racially-mixed neighborhood. Featuring the film debuts of now-notable names such as Dennis Franz, Susanna Hoffs, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
As a professor of American literature who teaches a course on bestsellers, I’m often asked to justify using such “trashy” novels as “Gone With the Wind” and “Valley of the Dolls” in a college classroom. Snobbery towards popular novels is nothing new. Writing in The Guardian in 1713, Richard Steele »
- James W. Hall
There'll be a party following the single screening of Bad Fever this evening at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. Nick Schager, originally for the Voice, now in the La Weekly: "Writer-director Dustin Guy Defa's stark indie trains its character-study gaze on Eddie (Kentucker Audley), a socially dysfunctional 20-something who — while living at home with his dour mom (Annette Wright), hanging out in empty diners and entertaining stand-up comedy dreams by recording anecdotes on cassette — strikes up a random romance with Irene (Eleonore Hendricks), who lives in an abandoned school and has a fondness for kinky videotaping. Eddie and Irene are kindred misfits in search of some direction and contentment, and if Defa's aesthetics are mundane, his leads' performances are not, especially in the case of Audley, whose darting eyes and hushed, stuttering speech express confused longing with transfixing, train-wreck magnetism."
The New Yorker's Richard Brody: "Defa exerts »
It seems like just yesterday Ashton Kutcher was vying with CNN to reach 10 million Twitter followers first. Now that record seems paltry compared with Lady Gaga's record-breaking number of followers (aka "little monsters"): 20 million.
According to The Guardian, Gaga writes all of her own 140 character messages -- sharing everything from tour dates to her fashion advice. She's also not a constant presence on the social networking platform. As of this writing, Gaga's most recent tweet -- about Bruce Springsteen's Jimmy Fallon performance -- was posted on March 3.
"Listening to Hair, singing into hairbrush. I think I forgot I'm a pop singer for 5 whole minutes + then remembered I Get To Tour This Shiz!" she tweeted on Feb. 22.
Gaga's closest competition -- Justin Bieber -- has 18 million followers. »
11 items from 2012
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