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17 items from 2015

Find Out What the J.K. Stands For in J.K. Simmons's Name

20 hours ago | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

J.K. Simmons has been braving award season for weeks, so what's a little snowstorm? The Whiplash actor appeared with Kenan Thompson to promote this weekend's Saturday Night Live, and they ventured all the way outside to get a taste of Winter Storm Juno, which fell short of expectations over the past few days. Take a look, and tune in to the show this weekend to see Simmons host alongside musical guest D'Angelo. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Thanks for Noticing, Golden Guy: Top Ten Oscar-Nominated Actor Acknowledgements

25 January 2015 1:16 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 87th Academy Award nominations for 2015 were recently released on January 15, 2015 representing the excellence in film for the previous year. Naturally there was the standard controversy regarding those films and performances that got unfairly overlooked. Unfortunately, the perceived snubs do happen from year to year so this goes along with the territory. Nevertheless, the lucky selections that do manage to grab Oscar’s attention are understandably grateful and psyched to see if the golden statuette will in fact go home with them on the film industry’s biggest and most elegant evening.

With the obvious crankiness of Oscar omissions aside and the injustices that go with these “reel” deals has anyone ever considered the Academy Award nominees that are surprisingly recognized that could have gone unnoticed for whatever reasoning? After all there are films and exceptional performances that get lost in the shuffle but manage to get the accolades it »

- Frank Ochieng

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Blu-ray Review: Stale Screen Culture Drama ‘Men, Women & Children’

22 January 2015 12:54 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – In “Men, Women & Children,” director Jason Reitman not-so-audaciously reflects onto viewers their world of silent screens and awkward impersonal interactions. As many stories (“Don Jon,” “Disconnect”) have taken on the torch of showing how we are, gasp! — connected to the world yet disconnected from those close to us — Reitman’s tale is just another one for the batch.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

When the aliens of another planet excavate our digital ruins to understand what we thought of what we wrought, “Men, Women & Children” shall stand out as the film that angled the screen society through the lens of absurdities and perversions, more by the parents than their title kin. Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer portray parents who exhibit control over their kin, enabled by the connectivity and mass audiences awaiting a simple post on the internet. In an example of screen culture absurdity, a stoic Garner is a vehement watchdog over »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Whiplash comes to Blu-ray in the States in February

20 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having just been unleashed on the UK public this past weekend to even more critical and audience acclaim, Damien Chazelle’s superb Whiplash is another of the big films in the mix for Oscar glory this February. And, to coincide with the special night, Sony Pictures Classics has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film.

While the special features have yet to be announced, many will be hoping that the release is jam-packed with extras including commentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes. That said, the artwork has been released, which you can view below. We will update you as and when we get any new information on the release.

A promising young drummer (Miles Teller, The Spectacular Now) enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor (J.K. Simmons, Juno) who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

Whiplash is »

- Scott J. Davis

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J.K. Simmons to Host 'Saturday Night Live' With D'Angelo

20 January 2015 9:13 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Whiplash whip-master and recent Golden Globes winner J.K. Simmons will remind people that he has a funny side when he hosts Saturday Night Live on January 31st. The show will also mark musical guest D'Angelo's first televised performance since releasing Black Messiah in December.

The actor, whose comedy credits include playing the dad in Juno and appearances on Parks and Recreation and Arrested Development, last appeared on SNL in 1999 when he portrayed his Oz character Vern Schillinger for a skit in which Jerry Seinfeld went to HBO's fictional prison after the Seinfeld finale stank. »

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‘Whiplash’ Star J.K. Simmons Making ‘Saturday Night Live’ Hosting Debut This Month

20 January 2015 8:36 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 60-year-old actor will be joined by first-time musical guest D’Angelo

A Golden Globe statue and Oscar nomination aren’t the only things “Whiplash” has secured for star J.K. Simmons. The actor will host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time in his long career on Jan. 31.

NBC also announced on Tuesday that D’Angelo will make his musical guest debut, along with his band The Vanguard.

See photos: Oscars 2015: The Nominees

Before breaking out as Miles Teller‘s twisted music mentor in the drum drama from writer and director Damien Chazelle, Simmons was best known for bringing »

- Greg Gilman

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J.K. Simmons to Host Saturday Night Live

20 January 2015 6:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Live from New York, it's J.K. Simmons! After 20 years as a character actor in films like Juno and on shows like Oz, Simmons is finally hitting it big with the critically acclaimed Whiplash, which just earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Next up, People has learned exclusively that he'll be taking on the hilarious and challenging world of Saturday Night Live, hosting the Jan. 31 show. In Whiplash, Simmons plays a troubled and deeply troubling jazz instructor. "I got to go to Cannes for the first time," Simmons recently told IndieWire of his movie's debut, »

- Janine Rayford Rubenstein, @JanineRayford

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The Wedding Ringer – The Review

15 January 2015 9:17 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Hey film fans, are you ready for the first odd coupling “bro-mance” of 2015? Well, you’d better be, cause it’s here at the multiplex now. It owes little to that Neil Simon classic creation other than an unlikely pairing. Perhaps it’s closer the 48 Hrs films or the Rush Hour series, although race and ethnicity doesn’t factor in quite as mush as those earlier action comedies. And what instigates this team-up? Why it’s that epic fodder for catastrophe, a big wedding ceremony, where slapstick, conflict, and deception collide. Throw in a shady transaction and you’ve got a new big matrimonial farce in The Wedding Ring (get it, ring, and singer, eh?eh?). No need to mail in a RSVP, just get your tickets at the box office.

As the film opens, we meet frazzled fiance Doug Harris (Josh Gad) as he calls up every fella’ he »

- Jim Batts

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Oscars Nominees 2015: See Who Got Their Start on TV

15 January 2015 10:35 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Thursday's Oscar nominations consisted almost exclusively of familiar faces from the film world. Before several of these actors broke out on the big screen, though, they found their way into the spotlight on television. Among these class acts is a comic actress–turned–serious dramatist who's actually a reality veteran, a sharp-tongued supporting actor whose first recurring gig was on an Nsfw HBO series and a threepeat nominee who learned his craft from asking other Oscar go-to guys for their advice - over and over again. Check out these Academy Award nominees: Emma Stone In Search of the New Partridge »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Oscars Nominees 2015: See Who Got Their Start on TV

15 January 2015 10:35 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Thursday's Oscar nominations consisted almost exclusively of familiar faces from the film world. Before several of these actors broke out on the big screen, though, they found their way into the spotlight on television. Among these class acts is a comic actress–turned–serious dramatist who's actually a reality veteran, a sharp-tongued supporting actor whose first recurring gig was on an Nsfw HBO series and a threepeat nominee who learned his craft from asking other Oscar go-to guys for their advice - over and over again. Check out these Academy Award nominees: Emma Stone In Search of the New Partridge »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Best Supporting Actor Predictions 2015

14 January 2015 11:37 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As Oscar nominations loom, where is the Supporting Actor race? Take a look at a solid--and frozen--five contenders. These Are the final five.  1. Jk Simmons ("Whiplash") Why is Simmons so obvious? Well, ever since Damien Chazelle's jazz drumming drama opened the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was instantly scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics, the movie has been slowly building a strong base of support, even though it never quite took off at the box office. Word-of-mouth has been great: once people sit down and watch the edge-of-your-seat movie, they love it, partly because it goes out with such a bang. It leaves the audience on an emotional high. Simmons, 59, is a classic case of a familiar and respected workhorse film and TV regular ("The Closer," "Law and Order") who finally has landed the perfect role. In this case, the genial everyman in a series of comedies (Jason Reitman's »

- Anne Thompson

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DGA Nominations: Eastwood is Fashionably Late Yet Again

13 January 2015 11:34 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Directors Guild of America have spoken and raised the Eastwood flag yet again. The 84 year old director cruised to a nomination for his conservative military drama American Sniper. It's his fourth nomination with the DGA. He has won twice before at the DGA and also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Academy has nominated him even more often for directing as American Sniper will be his fifth Best Director nomination should it come to pass. Eastwood has a habit of crashing the party late. He did it in 2004 with Million Dollar Baby when everyone was preparing for an Aviator sweep. He did it in 2006 with the tiny grossing nearly black and white foreign language film Letters from Iwo Jima and he looks like he'll do it again on Thursday for American Sniper.

DGA Nominees:

Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel

Clint Eastwood American Sniper

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, »


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Ranked: How superhero stars fared after giving up the cape

10 January 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.

Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.

Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.

20. Billy Zane

The suave American actor looked set for big things in the '90s thanks to impressive roles in Dead Calm and Tombstone, but his time in the purple Phantom »

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J.K. Simmons, This Is Your Year

9 January 2015 3:30 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It takes more than a village to make an award-worthy performance -- it takes a million tiny moments that together create a film or TV show more magical than its parts. This week, ETonline talks with Golden Globe nominees about all the big and small ways stars have to align for a great idea to make it to the screen.

As a longtime character actor who has shined among ensemble casts (think: Juno’s deadpan dad or Bob, a laid off white collar worker, in two of director Jason Reitman’s Oscar-bait films), Whiplash co-star J.K. Simmons appreciated receiving the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. And on Sunday, he just might add a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor to his collection of accolades.

ETonline: How did the stars align on this particular project?

J.K. Simmons: Simple answer: [Whiplash’s producer] Jason Reitman sent me the script and I fell in love with it.

ETonline: »

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Sarah Hyland, Kristen Bell & More Rock Statement Styles at the 2015 People's Choice Awards—See the Fashion Police Ruling!

7 January 2015 6:27 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The red carpet arrivals for the 2015 People's Choice Awards have begun and the celebs are pouring in, which means that there's lots of fashion to be seen! Some of the more interesting designs and popular styles that we've seen over the course of the night included sparkling metallics, floral prints as seen on Lisa Edelstein, Stana Katic and Karina Smirnoff, and tuxedo suit combos! Hosts Anna Faris and Allison Janney both looked stunning—the Scary Movie star turned heads in a flirty white two piece gown with ruffles while the Juno actress sparkled in a silver sequin gown featuring a mermaid bottom. Other interesting looks of the night included Melissa McCarthy, who showed up in a »

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Interview: Jason Reitman

6 January 2015 3:04 PM, PST | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

"I've basically gone from hamburger phone to cellphone in eight years."

Director Jason Reitman is back with Men, Women and Children – a film featuring every type of modern consumer technology that you can think of. But as with his other films - Thank You For Smoking, Juno and Up In The Air amongst them – what the film appears to be about isn’t actually the point. Men Women and Children, featuring a cast including Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort and  Jennifer Garner, is about people, relationships, secrets and lies.

He sat down with Pure Movies editor Dan Higgins to talk about technology, Gone GirlBlack Mirror and Ghostbusters!

Is technology ruining everyone’s lives or changing the world for the better?

Jason Reitman: C’mon, who can possibly sit there and say they know for certain that technology is doing good or bad? Fifty years from now we’ll look »

- Dan Higgins

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Ellen Page Says 'F*** That' After Queen Elizabeth II Commends Anti-lgbtq Politician

6 January 2015 9:38 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Halifax-born actress Ellen Page had some choice words for Queen Elizabeth II after Her Majesty honoured a Northern Ireland politician who has made offensive comments about Lgbt people.

The star of "Juno" and "Inception" tweeted "F*** That" on Monday in response to a Vice story about the Queen's decision to hand an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) to Maurice Mills, an alderman for the town of Ballymena, for "services to local government."

"The Queen honored a politician who blamed Hurricane Katrina & AIDS on Lgbt people:" fuck that

- Ellen Page (@EllenPage) January 5, 2015

Mills, a born-again Christian, was last year quoted by The Guardian saying the following about Hurricane Katrina: "The media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence festival which the »

- Jesse Ferreras

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