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What better way to say goodbye to NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” than with a big musical tribute to Pawnee’s favorite miniature horse? Chris Pratt and an acoustic guitar led the entire cast in a rousing live performance of “Bye, Bye Little Sebastian” Tuesday on Seth Meyers‘ late-night talk show. The hysterically-funny-though-low-rated sitcom took its final bow on the same broadcast channel hours before the “Late Night” tribute aired. Also Read: ‘Parks and Recreation’ Star Chris Pratt Tells Seth Meyers How He Wanted His Character to Die (Video) Everyone was there and singing with cigarette lighters up in the air — though two cast members, »
- Tony Maglio
The Oscars are under way!
Who will reign supreme on movie’s biggest night? Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the 87th Academy Awards with nine nominations apiece, while The Imitation Game follows close behind with eight. American Sniper and Boyhood follow with six nominations each.
Pics: The Stars on the Red Carpet at the Oscars!
In between the awards, expect performances from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, Anna Kendrick, Tim McGraw, John Legend, Common, Maroon 5, Rita Ora, Tegan & Sera with The Lonely Island and Jack Black. Presenters include last year’s Oscar winners Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o.
Neil Patrick Harris hosts for the first time at the ceremony, broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 22 from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and televised live coast-to-coast on ABC.
Pics: The Oscar Nominees in Photos!
Below is the list of winners.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
While the Beyhive is excited for Beyonce's Grammy Awards performance tonight, Feb. 8, not everyone is sharing those sentiments.
There's some controversy surrounding the Queen B performing the spiritual song "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" at the awards show, seeing as singer Ledisi is the one who sings the track for the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.
Photos: And the Grammy Nominees Are...
Golden Globe winners Common and John Legend will perform their Selma song "Glory" at the GRAMMYs but some fans feel Ledisi is getting snubbed by Beyonce for her chance to sing her song from the Oscar-nominated movie. "No one is saying Beyonce shouldn't perform at #GRAMMYs. What we're saying is it should be Ledisi performing the song for #Selma perf," one fan tweeted.
Behold the NAACP Image Awards, where somehow Antoine Fuqua did a better job directing "The Equalizer" than Ava DuVernay on Best Picture winner "Selma" or Gina Prince-Bythewood on "Beyond the Lights." Lots of dubious choices like that throughout this year's 46th annual awards, which tends to be a bit of a tradition, actually. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and the rest of the season's offerings at The Circuit. Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture David Oyelowo, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Taraji P. Henson, "No Good Deed" (Screen Gems) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Common, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Carmen Ejogo, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Independent Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ »
- Kristopher Tapley
The 46th NAACP Image Awards aired tonight on TV One and we have the complete list of winners!
The event, hosted by Anthony Anderson, featured presenters such as Will Smith, Russell Simmons, Keegan-Michael Key, Taraji P. Henson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Prior to the award show, Affion Crockett and Chris Spencer hosted a gala dinner on Thursday announcing the winners for 45 non-televised categories.
Oscar-nominated Selma was awarded the top film honor, while ABC's freshmen series black-ish and How to Get Away With Murder took home the evening's top TV awards. But it was Empire star Taraji P. Henson who stole the show, snagging Entertainer of the Year (presented by Oprah Winfrey), as well as Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her turn in No Good Deed.
Check out the list below to see who walked away as big winners.
Entertainer Of The Year:
If you've never seen MGM's celebrated 1959 "Ben-Hur," starring Charlton Heston and an astonishing chariot race--remember, effects were special back then, not CGI --you're in for a treat. The winner of 11 Oscars still holds up. And after HBO's "Rome" and Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" (let's forget holiday flop "Exodus," shall we?) and the VFX toolkits available today, it's easy to see why a reboot is tempting. Luckily, MGM and partner Paramount have signed up a visually sophisticated director adept at rip-roaring action and VFX (see "Night Watch" and "Wanted"): Moscow-based director Timur Bekmambetov. "Boardwalk Empire" and "American Hustle" star Jack Huston is beefing up to take on the Heston role of Judah Ben-Hur, and principal photography on the new "Ben-Hur" (February 26, 2016) has begun in Rome and Matera, Italy. Also starring are Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, Toby »
- Anne Thompson
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-Hur starring Jack Huston (American Hustle) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) as Esther. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), the film is based on Lew Wallace's epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The producers are Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise), Mark Burnett (Son of God), Joni Levin (The Way Back) and Duncan Henderson (Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World).
Serving as executive producers are Roma Downey (The Bible), Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016. Ben-Hur also »
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The producers are Sean Daniel (“The Mummy” franchise), Mark Burnett (“Son Of God”), Joni Levin (“The Way Back”) and Duncan Henderson (“Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World”). Serving as executive producers are Roma Downey (“The Bible”), Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016. “Ben-hur” also »
- Josh Abraham
Ben-hur is returning to the big screen!
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-hur starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.
The epic 1959 film was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Sam Jaffe and Hugh Griffith. It won 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The magnificent score is by composer Miklós Rózsa.
Watch the trailer Here.
- Michelle McCue
If you were looking forward to seeing an updated version of the classic Ben-Hur story on the big screen, then you'll be happy to hear that principal photography has officially started on the epic, with a more full cast last revealed as well. Come inside to see.
I'm honestly not sure what to think about a Ben-Hur remake. Done correctly, it could be pretty cool and a great way to introduce a new generation to this story. It also has a good chance of sucking, but that's the risk you take with any remake. Either way, I tend to hold off judgement until I've seen footage, which we've just taken a big step towards seeing as filming has officially started:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Ready or not, Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted) is jumping behind the camera once more to bring his vision to the sword and sandal epic. Okay, maybe in this case it would be more of a charriot and sandal epic. Ben-hur begins principal photography in Rome and Matera, Italy with a planned release date of February 26, 2016. If you're not familiar with the Charlton Heston classic, the story follows that of Judah Ben-Hur, a falsely accused nobleman who survives »
- Sean Wist
The most attention-getting character in the two Kick-Ass movies was definitely Hit-Girl, the foul-mouthed, utterly badass young fighter played by Chloe Moretz. We’ve probably seen the last of the Kick-Ass stories on the big screen, due to the middling performance of the second film and the fact that the series’ actors are quickly growing out […]
- Russ Fischer
In today’s Academy News:
“Common and John Legend are artists who have always lifted our spirits and made us think,” said Zadan and Meron. “The Oscar stage is that much more profound because of their presence and we welcome them.”
“Glory,” written by John Stephens (a.k.a. John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. Common) for the film “Selma,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”
Common won a Grammy in 2002 for Best R&B Song for “Love »
- Michelle McCue
Musical artists Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar-nominated song "Glory" at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Here's what producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had to say in a statement.
"Glory," written by John Stephens (a.k.a. John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. Common ) for the film Selma, is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie, "Grateful" from Beyond the Lights, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me and "Lost Stars" from Begin Again.
Common won a »
A handful of people ended up with multiple Oscar nominations this year, and a number of them are names you've heard. Alejandro G. Iñárritu, for instance, was nominated for producing, directing and writing "Birdman." Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater picked up the same trio for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Boyhood" respectively, while Anthony McCarten double dipped for producing and writing "The Theory of Everything." And of course the prolific composer Alexandre Desplat was nominated for his work on both "Grand Budapest" and "The Imitation Game." Set decorator Anna Pinnock also picked up two for her work on "Grand Budapest" and "Into the Woods," but a pair of sound mixers made the cut for two entirely different projects and stood out as a particularly interesting trivia nugget this year: Jon Taylor and Frank A. Montaño. Industry mixers are typically set up at one studio or another, and in Taylor and Montaño's case, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The latest big screen adaptation of Mark Millar's work, Kingsman: The Secret Service, arrives in UK cinemas this week. It follows the likes of Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2 and Wanted to the screen, and Millar also advises Fox on its series of Marvel films. He spared us some time for a chat about his films, storytelling, auctioning names off for charity, and specifically about Kingsman itself.
Here's how it went...
To what extent would you say this is a political story?
Funny you should say that. We were chatting about this earlier, and my friends who are left-wing so it as a left-wing political story about a guy from nothing showing that he’s just as good as people who had everything, and he’s even being better than them by the end. »
The Fantastic Four reboot is one of the big enigmas of this year since we haven’t seen any promotional material about it. Many are saying that the film is in a dire state and that it’ll be a bomb but others have defended the film and praising the way director Josh Trank (Chronicle) has taken the popular heroes in a completely new direction. One of those voices is comic book legend Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted) who, in the video below, defends Trank and his vision. Check it out:
Millar is a very respected writer and to have him praise Trank, is a vote of confidence for a project that for now is shrouded in mystery. Stay tuned for additional details.
The Fantastic Four is set for release on August 7, 2015.
Source: Sky Movies »
- Munir Abedrabbo
This April revenge comes online in the new cyber-slasher film Unfriended. MTV launched the new trailer for the horror film recently (see above). And now, thanks to Universal Studios, the film finally has an official release date set for April 17, 2015.
Unfriended, you may recall, was originally called Cybernatural as it made its way through the genre festival circuit. The death-by-Skype tale of a group of friends being stalked online on the anniversary of their clasmate’s death looks to breath new life into the found footage genre and give everyone a reason to stay offline in the near future. For my money, this looks intriguing enough to give a look as something that could be a bit more enjoyable than the latest offerings in the field (I’m looking at you endless Paranormal Activity films).
About The Film
- Mike Tyrkus
MTV exclusively broke out the trailer for the latest horror film, Unfriended, via their YouTube page. Jo Satana reviewed the film back when it played under the title Cybernatural at Fantasia 2014 in Montreal.
If you can’t wait, read Jo’s review here.
This sort of reminds me of the other film, The Upper Footage, mixed in with with that segment from V/H/S/2. I’ve heard decent things about the flick so I’m looking forward to some cyber scares when it comes out April 17, 2015.
Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.
After Universal executives saw a test screening of Unfriended terrify a test audience, the studio acquired »
- Andy Triefenbach
Did you know that Meryl Streep landed her record 19th Academy Award nomination for Into the Woods when the contenders were announced? That’s just one of the many facts and pieces of trivia you need to know about this year’s pool of nominees vying for Oscar gold.
Oscars: The Complete List of 2015 Nominees
Let's break it all down:
2. Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive nomination for American Sniper. He was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle (2014) and Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook (2013). He’s now one nomination away from tying Marlon Brando for the most consecutive acting noms.
3. Speaking of Cooper, he’s actually nominated twice. He’s one of the producers of American Sniper, which was nominated »
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