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We have a running joke in the office about actors who follow up Oscar-worthy performances with trash and risk losing votes in the process. We call it "Norbit-ing" yourself out of an Oscar, in honor of Eddie Murphy losing the Oscar for "Dreamgirls" after billboards of him dressed as a fat woman started popping up around town at voting time. I don't think Natalie Portman, poised to win Best Actress for "Black Swan," is in any danger with the two new films she has coming out in January, even though one ("No Strings Attached") pairs her with Ashton Kutcher. The second film, "The Other Woman," gets a VOD release from IFC on January 1 before going to theaters on February 4, and it looks like an interesting project. The movie is written and directed by the great Don Roos, based on the novel "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" by Ayelet Waldman--I »
It's a sad day for many Natalie Portman fans, since the actress has just announced that she is engaged to her "Black Swan" choreographer Benjamin Millepied and is pregnant with her/their first child. Portman's pregnancy will likely take her out of competition for certain film roles, including Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel and Wachowskis' "Cloud Atlas." She next can be seen in "No Strings Attached" alongside Ashton Kutcher. Many believe that the new romantic comedy may hurt her chances of winning the Best Actress Oscar for "Black Swan." A similar thing happened to Eddie Murphy back in 2007. He was nominated for an Oscar for "Dreamgirls," but then starred in "Norbit," which may have cost him the award. »
What did your Christmas look like?
Well, now you can see what Christmas looks like at the Swan home. Bill Condon, director of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn tweeted a photo of the Swan's Christmas from the set with the saying, "Happy holidays from the Swan home to yours."
Condon tweeted the photo from Twilight's official Twitter account, @Twilight.
The Dreamgirls director is directing both parts of the Twilight finale, which is currently in production in Vancouver, Canada.
Next Showing: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is schedule to open Nov. 11.
Link | Posted 12/27/2010 by Chris
Bill Condon | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 »
- Chris Ortiz
This is a totally gossipy post, but I just couldn't resist as it is somehow fascinating news to me as Natalie Portman's representatives have confirmed with People that the 29-year-old actress is pregnant and engaged to Benjamin Millepied who served as choreographer on Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and was Portman's dance partner in the film.
In an attempt to make this a bit more newsworthy I was going to attach it to the idea Portman's Oscar chances for her much ballyhooed performance in Black Swan may be marred by her co-starring in the potentially dreadful No Strings Attached (a la the demise suffered by Dreamgirls star Eddie Murphy after Norbit in 2007), but I felt merely mentioning it as an aside in this post would serve the purpose.
Millepied and Portman's involvement isn't new as the two have been dating for some time after meeting on the set of Black Swan. »
- Brad Brevet
Jennifer Hudson has organized a toy drive in memory of her murdered nephew. The "Dreamgirls" star wanted to focus on happier times with seven-year-old Julian, who was brutally murdered two years ago along with the singer-and-actress' mother Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson, so organized the Chicago event to help other children enjoy the festive season.
"This was a good way to keep Julian's memory alive by blessing other children through the holiday season," she said. "For us, we never had a sad Christmas, so we want to make other children's Christmas be as enjoyable as ours were growing up."
Jennifer's sister Julia agreed this was the perfect way to honor her dead son. She said, "Julian always had toys. I would come home and see his bike down the street and say, 'Why is your bike down the street?' 'Oh I gave it away.' This would be »
Sofia Coppola has confirmed earlier reports that she considered directing the final instalment in The Twilight Saga.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker, who won the coveted Golden Lion for her movie Somewhere at the Venice Film Festival, says she was in talks with studio chiefs at Summit Entertainment but decided Breaking Dawn wasn't one for her.
"They approached me - I had asked them about something else a while ago, but they approached me about that, I talked to them about it," she told Vulture.
"I liked the first story, and I have so many friends' kids who love it. I think it's romantic. But, yeah, I didn't end up doing it."
She explained: "I like writing and doing the whole process. I want to be open to saying I'll try other things, but I can't imagine working from someone else's script."
- David Bentley
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Justin Timberlake is the guy who virtually every girl wants and virtually every guy wants to be — he’s smart, he’s sexy, he’s charming, he’s funny, and, most impressively, he’s super-talented at a wide variety of things. Timberlake is a six-time Grammy-winning singer (you first heard him as the lead singer of the immensely popular ’90s boy band ’N Sync and subsequently as a charts-topping solo artist); a two-time Emmy-winning TV comedian (both for unforgettable guest appearances on “Saturday Night Live”); and, in January, might well add yet another impressive credential to that resume: Academy Award-nominated actor.
Timberlake has given standout performances in a number of films in the past — among them “Alpha Dog” (2006), “Black Snake Moan” (2006), and “Southland Tales” (2006) — but he has earned the best reviews of his career, by far, for his performance in this year’s »
- Scott Feinberg
The first official teaser image upcoming 'Twilight' sequel 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' appeared online over the weekend courtesy of the movies' director Bill Condon ('Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh', 'Dreamgirls'). It's not much too look at, but if you like arms and you like feathers then by god you're in luck! The image posted on the official 'Twilight' Twitter account appears to be the arm of leading lady Kristen Stewart who plays Bella Swan. Perhaps she's just killed a chicken. Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Jackson Rathbone, Anna Kendrick, Ashley Greene, Maggie Grace, Michael Sheen, Billy Burke, Lee Pace and Kellan Lutz all co-star in this vampiric follow-up. »
I know, it's Twilight and we don't normally cover this stuff, but I'll admit that I thought this first look photo was actually interesting. The photo was debuted in a Thanksgiving tweet courtesy of director Bill Condon, who is working on finishing the two halves of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. For those who don't know anything about the Twilight series (like me) this photo actually comes from a controversial sex scene between Edward and Bella that they apparently did shoot (the feathers come from all the slashing, I guess), but will still be toned down, according to early reports. Yea, now I know a few more of you want to see this. Leaves a lot to the imagination, but better than a group of shirtless guys standing around in a forest. Oscar winner Bill Condon (of Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, Dreamgirls) will direct both new films in The Twilight »
- Alex Billington
I have yet to take part in the mania known as Twilight, but with each film supposedly getting better than the last, one day I may just have to sit down (with copious amounts of alcohol) and do a marathon. The two-part finale to the series looks to be the most promising, with Kinsey and Dreamgirls director Bill Condon helming the conclusion. He even seems to be open to the process, tweeting our first photo, which you can see above.
It certainly is a tease and comes from the infamous sex scene in the film, which we actually won’t be seeing much of. The film sees the main cast returning including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Dakota Fanning, Jackson Rathbone, Anna Kendrick, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Maggie Grace, Michael Sheen, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, and Lee Pace.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 gets released November »
- Jordan Raup
It's only been five months since The Twilight Saga: Eclipse , but Dreamgirls director Bill Condon is already hard at work on the two-part final chapter The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and the rest of the cast reprising their roles. Yesterday, Condon gave Twi-hards a Thanksgiving treat with the very first image from the movie with the following message: "Happy Thanksgiving and a crazy Black Friday to all of you and yours." - Bill Condon and a link to the image below, which looks to be a reference to Edward and Bella's post-wedding love-making, which involves a good bit of pillow biting apparently. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 opens on November 18, 2011 with Part 2 following a »
Alan Menken has won more Oscars — eight! — than anybody else alive. And no wonder. When you think of the smash hits that revived Walt Disney Animation, starting with The Little Mermaid in 1989 and continuing with Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, it’s impossible to separate the movies from the music. “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World,” “Be Our Guest,” “Friend Like Me,” “A Whole New World” — they’re the stuff high school glee clubs are made of. Menken, with lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, gave us all of these ear confections, winning over audiences and the Academy in the process. »
- Christian Blauvelt
Madonna and Whitney to Gwen and Britney… Nearly every pop queen has packed up their diva ways and taken them to the big screen.
Mariah Carey Everett Collection
Report: When she played a gorgeous pop diva in “Glitter” … not so much. But when she went un-glam to play social worker Ms. Weiss in “Precious,” Carey proved she had some acting skills. To be fair, not even Meryl Streep could have made “Glitter” sparkle, and plenty of actresses have shined only »
- Kim Potts
Jennifer Hudson has gotten more than her 15 minutes' worth out of American Idol. First she earned an Oscar for Dreamgirls, and now in the upcoming Winnie, she takes on the high-profile role of wife (now ex-wife) to Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard), an activist who kept up her revered husband's anti-apartheid work even during his incarceration. The film portrays the woman's life, from childhood to her marriage to Mandela to the events that took place post his arrest. This should be a sweeping, epic drama ripe for award season nods: a biopic with romance, a country's turmoil, and a strong central heroine. So why does it scream made-for-tv movie? Perhaps it's the bad age makeup, but this trailer just doesn't seem to live up to the story's potential. Give it a look when you read more. »
- Lauren Bradshaw
Jennifer Hudson’s Oscar victory for 2006′s Dreamgirls is one of the more inspirational narratives of the modern Academy Awards: a reality show runner-up in her acting debut outshines a cast full of glitzy stars (and overcomes her film’s so-so critical and commercial response) and wins pretty much every major supporting-actress award of the season. (Hey, as far as good stories go, it beats “Glam actress doesn’t wash face, gets Oscar.”) Now, it looks like Hudson has finally found a potential Oscar-bait follow-up. She’ s playing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela opposite Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film Winnie, »
- Darren Franich
Our friend Wilson at Black Voices debuted an early promo trailer (notice: it's very long and unpolished, so watch out) for Darrell Roodt's Winnie, a biopic telling the "whole story, good and bad," of Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela. Playing Winnie in the film is actress Jennifer Hudson, who hasn't appeared in much since her big debut in Dreamgirls. But best of all, playing Nelson Mandela this time is Terrence Howard, giving what looks like a riveting performance as a young, spirited Mandela compared to Morgan Freeman. It's a very long trailer, but this actually looks pretty good. Watch an early promo trailer for Darrell Roodt's upcoming biopic Winnie: Focus ranges from her image as a mother, wife and steadfast supporter of her husband, to campaigning for his release from jail and fight against apartheid. The story in it »
- Alex Billington
Tyler Perry is no stranger to tackling serious subject matter and neither does he shy away from it. In his latest film for Lionsgate, he has brought together quite a gathering of talented female actors for the movie For Colored Girls. With the combined strength of their star power alone, this movie could bring quite a draw.
For Colored Girls is an adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s award nominated play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Originally a choreopoem, the movie has a cast of eight women of color and follows along the original work’s lyrical structure. The focus of the film is how such weighty topics such as the betrayal of infidelity, abandonment, rape, abortion and love affect women, but especially those of color.
Interested by the gravity of the subject matter in this story, I wanted to take a closer look »
Ballard died of cardiac arrest at the age of thirty-two, in 1976.
But the project is definitely in the works, and Faith Evans has been cast.
The film version of the 1981 Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, released in 2006, tells the story of a fictional group called “The Dreams,” whose career parallels that of The Supremes. Jennifer Hudson won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Effie White in that film (a character said to be a mirror of Florence Ballard, whom Hudson actually dedicated her award to, during her »
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- Jeff Bayer
Presented by the Women’s Film Preservation Fund, on Monday, November 1st at 6:30Pm, at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.
As an Fyi, Jessie Maple is considered to be the first African American woman to direct an independent feature-length film, after working/training at Channel 13 and Third World Cinema, apprenticing as an editor on films like Shaft’s Big Score (1972), as well as handling camerawork and editing for New York’s ABC, CBS and NBC affiliate TV stations.
Will, shot on location in 1980s Harlem, focuses on Will (played by Obaka Adedunyo), a girls’ basketball coach fighting through a heroin addiction, while mentoring a 12-year-old street kid, adopted by Will and his wife (played by Loretta Devine).
After reading the post (Here) about Jessie Maple, I felt guilty for not knowing of her. I got my tickets immediately and was eager to know and learn about Mrs. Maple. »
- Alece Oxendine
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