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Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.
If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.
In other Netflix news, they made industry headlines »
- Chris Holt
Earlier this month it was reported that Mike Epps (The Hangover, Sparkle) had an explosive screen test for the role of Richard Pryor in The Weinstein Company’s upcoming biopic of the legendary comedian, and now director Lee Daniels (The Butler) has taken to Twitter to confirm his casting, with Epps set to star alongside Oprah Winfrey…
Several actors have been under consideration for the role of Pryor over the years, including Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans, with the latter actually signed on to the film when it was at Sony, with Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) then set to direct. As it happens, the biopic won’t be the first time we see Epps as Pryor, as he is set to appear as the late comic in Cynthia Mort’s upcoming Nina Simone biopic Nina, whihc is currently in post-production.
- Gary Collinson
It's been an interesting run of films for director Clint Eastwood in the 10 years since his "Million Dollar Baby" crashed the 2004 Oscar party and ran away with the gold. I say "interesting" because, at least in awards season terms, it's been a run particularly notable for lots of revving but nothing that ever materialized as a significant player. Right after "Baby" it was the one-two punch of "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" in 2006, a bold play for the then-75-year-old filmmaker. While developing an adaptation of John Bradley's book for the former, Eastwood felt a perspective from the Japanese side of the WWII equation was warranted, so he quickly developed the latter. And it was "Letters" that felt like it had more on its mind, yielding surprise (for some) nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mom of the year? Jennifer Hudson recently threw the mother of all Nickelodeon-themed birthday parties for her son David Daniel Otunga, Jr., who turned 5 on Aug. 10. Iconic characters such as SpongeBob Squarepants and four heroes in a half shell made an appearance. "Look who came to Little David's Birthday Party!" WWE wrestler David Otunga, the boy's dad and fiancé of the 32-year-old Oscar and Grammy-winning Dreamgirls actress and singer, said alongside a photo collage of their family at the event, posted on his Instagram page. "Not sure who was more starstruck, him or Mommy & Daddy." Hudson, a former celebrity spokesmodel for Weight Watchers who has wowed »
New photos are out from Henry Hobson's "Maggie" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Midwestern farm dad coping with the fact that his young daughter (Abigail Breslin) has been infected by a virus during a zombie apocalypse. The film is slated to premiere this Fall at the Toronto International Film Festival. [Source: Empire]
The musical itself follows a 13-year-old boy from New York who relocates to small-town Indiana and concocts an ill-judged plan to make friends. [Source: Screen]
DreamWorks has locked down a September start date in New Zealand and Australia for filming on Derek Cianfrance's "The Light Between Oceans" based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz star.
The story »
- Garth Franklin
• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »
- Jake Perlman
Bert V. Royal (Easy A) has signed on to write the screenplay, which centers on a teenage boy who is at the top of his social circle in Manhattan. In the aftermath of his parents' messy divorce, he is transplanted to a small town in Indiana, where he finds himself "uncool" for the first time in his life. With his bar mitzvah coming up, he hatches a plan to become cool again, which doesn't go quite so well.
Dan Elish and Robert Horn wrote the book for the play, with Jason Robert Brown penning the music for the play, which debuted at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2007, before moving to Broadway in 2008.
Bert V Royal adapts the musical about a 13-year-old boy from New York who relocates to small-town Indiana and concocts an ill-judged plan to make friends.
Bob Boyett, who produced 13 on stage, is also producing, and David Blackman serves as executive producer.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The freaks will invade Broadway this fall, with the high-profile regional revival of cult 1997 musical “Side Show,” directed by Bill Condon, booking the St. James Theater for a run that begins performances in October.
Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, who starred in the production’s prior two engagements as the conjoined twins at the center of the story, will reprise their roles in New York.
The retooled version of “Side Show,” with a significant chunk of new material including new songs and a rewritten book, earned strong reviews in its recent run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The summer stint there had followed an earlier run at the La Jolla Playhouse, which co-produced the revival with the Kennedy Center.
- Gordon Cox
When it comes to recreating the world of iconic ’60/’70s chart toppers, Sharen Davis has become the go-to guru of sartorial splendor, especially when it comes to outfits that pop on stage.
For “Dreamgirls,” the musical inspired by the mercurial rise of the Supremes, and “Ray,” the cradle-to-the-grave biopic about bluesman Ray Charles, Davis’ costumes ranged from fanciful to picture-perfect accuracy. But for the James Brown movie “Get On Up,” her approach landed somewhere in between.
“On ‘Ray,’ even though it was the same time period, I kind of really stayed correct with him,” explains the two-time Oscar-nominee who reteamed with “The Help” director Tate Taylor on the Brown biopic. “But, for ‘Get On Up,’ the script is so wildly non-linear, I told Tate, ‘I think I need to take a few liberties when he’s not on stage.”
Even in performance, she spruced up Brown’s duds, altering the »
- Steve Chagollan
I don't expect biopics to ever give me the full story or even an accurate story for that matter. In fact, many documentaries are only giving us one side of the argument and sometimes less than that when compared to films based on a true story. So when it comes to Tate Taylor's take on the life of the "Godfather of Soul", James Brown, Get On Up plays like a film that gives us a small taste of the darkness that was in Brown's soul after a rough upbringing and a life in which he felt he was always on his own. The result is entertaining and inspiring while also being a little bloated in the middle. One thing, however, is for certain, Chadwick Boseman continues to impress, following up his performance in 42 with another "out of the park" portrayal of an iconic, bigger-than-life star. The screenplay by Jez »
- Brad Brevet
Chadwick Boseman does not look likes James Brown. He did not look like Jackie Robinson either before playing #42 in last year’s hit about the barrier-shattering athlete, but Boseman’s magnetism and charm made up for the actor’s leanness and lack of cosmetic similarity. Now, the young actor has mastered another legendary man of the 20th century, the groovy funkster whose howl on “I Got You (I Feel Good)” is still one of the most exhilarating moments in popular music.
As James Brown in Get On Up, Boseman wears a heavy jaw of make-up on his face, which could have been more distracting had the actor not nailed the slurred speech, the electric rasp, and the dazzling dancing feet of the pop music icon. It’s an performance that is as impressive as Jamie Foxx’s show-stopping turn as Ray Charles ten years ago. (Like Foxx, though, Boseman does »
- Jordan Adler
Actors who've been in the biz for years without ever snagging an Academy Award probably shake their heads and sigh when they think about these six celebrities rounded up by Biography.com —all of whom won Oscars for their film debuts. A sampling: Lupita Nyong'o: Best Supporting Actress, 12 Years a Slave , 2014 Julie Andrews: Best Actress, Mary Poppins , 1964 Barbra Streisand: Best Actress, Funny Girl , 1969 Jennifer Hudson: Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls , 2006 Anna Paquin: Best Supporting Actress, The Piano , 1994 Click for the complete list, which does include one man , and more details. »
- Evann Gastaldo
Despite two "Sherlock Holmes" films with Robert Downey Jr and two different TV series ("Sherlock" and "Elementary"), another new film based on the popular detective is now in development. And it stars Ian McKellen. The actor took to Twitter to unveil a first look at himself as Sherlock in the film called "Mr. Holmes." He writes: "Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he's 93 years old and it's my turn." Check out the photo below. The new movie is directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) and co-stars Laura Linney. It's currently shooting in the UK and focuses on an aged (93 years old), retired Sherlock Holmes (McKellen) as he looks back on his life and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, »
- Michelle McCue
Before Lupita Nyong'o, there was Emayazty Corinealdi; before Emayatzy Corinealdi, there was Octavia Spencer; before Octavia Spencer, there was Adepero Oduye; before Adepero Oduye, there was... and so on. Not that I'm comparing these lovely actresses, but my intent is to simply highlight the fact that, on a near annual basis, especially in recent years (and maybe even if one goes back further, when Jennifer Hudson won her Oscar for "Dreamgirls"), that there seems to have always been an annual highlight of black actresses (usually 1 per year) who receive lots of acclaim and attention for what we could deem breakthrough roles, and promises of possibly grand Hollywood acting careers »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Jeremy Meeks' wife can rest easy ... there is one woman who does not want to jump her husband's bones when he gets out of jail ... Jennifer Hudson.The "Dreamgirls" star was at Lax on Monday and confessed ... Dreamy McMug is "fine" ... but definitely not for her.Good looks will only get you so far with J-Hud. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Jennifer Hudson has never looked better! The "Walk It Out" singer shared a photo collage via Instagram Tuesday, which featured the svelte star modeling a yellow bikini during a recent vacation. "It would take mexico to get me to play on the beach! I'm so not that girl!" Hudson wrote in the caption. "But I work hard, I deserve it right ! Plus, I earned it!" Hudson, 32, parted ways with Weight Watchers in March after four years together. By the looks it, however, it would appear the Dreamgirls actress has had no trouble maintaining her 80-lb. weight loss. The diva reached her goal weight in November 2012, more than two years after she joined the program. "I'm at »
It’s been years since we’ve heard a solid update on Guillermo del Toro’s live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptation. Harry Potter star Emma Watson attached herself as the lead back in 2012, and del Toro continued to develop the project as he tackled Pacific Rim. Today we have serious movement on the Warner Bros. pic, but unfortunately it’s not exactly good news. The ever-busy del Toro has now withdrawn himself from the project as director, opting instead to simply produce the pic. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, Guillermo del Toro will no longer be directing Beauty and the Beast at Warner Bros., but he will remain involved with the project as a producer alongside Denise Dinovi. Scheduling conflicts are singled out as the reason for del Toro’s departure, and one imagines Warner Bros. was ready to get this thing off the ground after years of development. »
- Adam Chitwood
Unless they go really dark and focus a lot more on the beast than the beauty, our coverage of Disney's live action version of the popular fairy tale Beauty and the Beast will no doubt be sparse, but in light of the film's director, we figured we'd at least make you aware of it.
Per Variety, Bill Condon, who knows a thing or two about blockbusters, having helmed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 1 and 2, has been set to direct a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos with Mandeville Films producing.
With Maleficent's recent $170 million (worldwide) opening weekend, you can bet Disney is hoping for more of the same. Beauty and the Beast has a strong track record already: The studio’s 1991 animated feature version grossed more than $375 million worldwide, spawned a Broadway play, and became one of the few animated films to receive a best picture Oscar nomination.
Given the success of the play, »
- Debi Moore
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