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Remember when Jude Law's character in The Holiday introduced us to Mr. Napkin Head? That was adorable, yes, but it's nothing compared to these funny faces! On Tuesday's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Grand Budapest Hotel star and the late-night host engaged in a "Funny Face-Off" with viewers' kids. Vanity was pushed aside as both Jude and Jimmy did their best to imitate the children and their comical expressions. Jude, a father of four, started off gamely in the competition, doing a fairly decent imitation of Sophia's cross-eyed, fishy-face look. Jimmy, who's tho proud dad of 7-month-old Winnie Rose, tried to mock young Maya's expression. He was a tad too smiley »
Kate Winslet has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The British actress was honoured in a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard earlier today (March 17).
Winslet becomes the 2,520th star to be inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Reading-born star won an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in The Reader in 2009.
Her latest film, Labour Day, will be released in UK cinemas on Friday (March 21). Watch a trailer below: »
“The reason this is happening is because I’m pursuing my own agenda about the school and what I think it should teach,” said George Lucas, who endowed three new chairs in a dedication at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Thursday. The audience laughed, but he drove his point home.
“Don’t forget the basics. Don’t get enamored with new technology, because it’s not new. Just the medium we’re working in is new, but that doesn’t change anything. The art of what we do is exactly the same. It’s beyond technology. It’s the art of movies.”
The younger attendees in the audience tittered with excitement as the “Star Wars” creator – who was perhaps the most casually dressed that night in jeans – spoke.
- Alex Stedman
George Lucas returned to the USC campus and the building that bears his name on Thursday to honor three filmmakers and teachers with chair endowments in the School of Cinematic Arts. Bruce Block, Michael Fink and Alex McDowell were the recipients of this honor. Bruce Block received the Sergei Eisenstein Endowed Chair for Cinematic Design. Block is a producer of movies including “As Good as It Gets,” “Something's Gotta Give” and “The Holiday,” and directs documentaries, commercials, IMAX movies and Nasa simulations. His book, “The Visual Story,” is used by film students across the world – it has been published »
- Michael Balderston
Voiceover artist Hal Douglas has died at the age of 89.
Douglas was known to millions around the world as the voice of numerous blockbuster movie trailers, narrating promos for films including Forrest Gump, Meet the Parents, Philadelphia and Lethal Weapon.
Douglas died on Friday (March 7) at his Virginia home as a result of complications from pancreatic cancer, his daughter Sarah told the New York Times.
Born in Connecticut in 1924, Douglas trained as a pilot and served in the navy during World War II. He then trained as an actor, starting his radio career in the 1950s before moving into voiceover work full-time.
Based in New York and later Virginia rather than Hollywood, he lent his distinctive voice to countless movie trailers, documentaries and promos for TV networks.
Douglas made a rare appearance on screen in a trailer for the Jerry Seinfeld documentary Comedian playing Jack, a voiceover artist who can only speak in trailer clichés, »
Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is putting together quite the cast for his upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper. Feig wrote the project for Melissa McCarthy to star as a female James Bond-type, and the cast has recently been filled out with Jason Statham and McCarthy’s Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne. Now The Wrap reports that Jude Law is in final negotiations to sign on, marking a shift to a purely comedic role for the actor and a casting coup for the Susan Cooper production. Hit the jump for more. Law is no stranger to lighter material like The Holiday and even the Sherlock Holmes franchise, but he’s been branching out into more comedic fare as of late. He appears in Wes Anderson’s colorful The Grand Budapest Hotel and leads the well-received dark comedy Dom Hemingway, which opens next month. Susan Cooper marks another step in that direction, and it »
- Adam Chitwood
First "Saturday Night Live" veteran Tina Fey flocked to The Intern, the new film from Nancy Meyers (It's Complicated, The Holiday), and then Reese Witherspoon stepped into the role. Now there's a change yet again as THR reports Anne Hathaway is in talks to take the lead role in the film about an online fashion business owner thriving from success. However, things get shaken up when she's informed that the company is importing seniors to be interns as a community outreach effort, and one will be under her tutelage. And in case you didn't realize yet, by seniors, we mean senior citizens, geriatrics and old people. Robert De Niro will play a 70-year old widower bored with retirement, after running his own successful business, who is hired into the program. Initially the man becomes a nuisance but grows to be an invaluable part of the woman's life and business as »
- Ethan Anderton
Hathaway is in talks to take over Reese Witherspoon's role after the latter actress left the project in January due to scheduling conflicts, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The Intern tells the story of an internet company owner who gets assigned a retiree intern.
The trainee, played by De Niro, becomes valuable to the owner, and the pair develop a relationship.
Watch a trailer for Interstellar below: »
Washington, Jan 5: Jude Law has confessed that his four children "are equally delighted and embarrassed" by his job as an actor, but they also keep his sanity intact in 'crazy' Hollywood.
'The Holiday' star told USA Today newspaper that acting is what he gets to do only when he is not parenting, which is everything to him, Contactmusic reported.
The 41-year-old actor added that his children - Rafferty, Iris, Rudy and Sophia Lee - keep him sane in what is a mad world, particularly mad if you choose to be an actor. (Ani) »
- Meeta Kabra
9 items from 2014
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