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We can now add Rebecca Hall to our list of movie stars who have appeared in music videos.
The Vicky of Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" graces pretty much every single frame of the music video for James Blake's "A Case of You," a track that appears on his "Enough Thunder" Ep and has been featured on the NBC series, "Parenthood."
For the record (no pun intended), the song was first recorded by Joni Mitchell in 1971. Prince also recorded a version, inevitably retitled "A Case of U," that's featured on his 2002 album, "One Night Alone..."
However, neither of those versions had music videos that feature Rebecca Hall looking exquisitely beautiful as she smiles, sulks and screams her way through what looks like someone re-living a relationship in fast-forward. Could it be Rebecca's lover is dying and he's seeing highlights of his life with her flash before his eyes? Or »
- Bryan Enk
In the seventeen years that they've been running for, the annual Screen Actors' Guild Awards have proven to be a pretty reliable precursor for the acting categories at the Academy Awards. And why shouldn't they? With the actors who nominate their peers for the Oscars overwhelmingly being SAG members, there's always going to be a natural link, and certainly by the time the guild award their prizes, it's a good time to make a bet. In the last few years, they've only missed Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Marion Cotillard in "La Vie En Rose" and Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" as winners, while the nominees tend to match up heavily -- last year, seventeen out of twenty in the acting categories were the same, while all five nominees in the Outstanding Cast category won Oscar nominations. Whether this pans out this year remains to be seen, but »
The Weinstein Company announced this morning that four-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh will participate in a live webcast Q&A from Sweden where he is currently on the set of .Wallander..
The event will take place Today, Thursday, December 8th at 2:00 Pm Est.
The Q&A will be streaming online exclusively at The Huffington Post allowing film fans across the country a unique opportunity to submit questions and participate in a discussion with Mr. Branagh regarding the making of My Week With Marilyn, working with the film.s terrific ensemble cast and Branagh.s own illustrious career. Additionally, fans can ask questions via Facebook and Twitter. The Weinstein Company hosted a similar event last year with the film .The King.s Speech. and had over 20,000 questions submitted in a 30 minute period during the Q&A. Please visit the live chat at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kenneth-branagh/making-my-week-with-maril_b_1136692.html, »
- Michelle McCue
Wait? What? Scarlett Johansson is only 27 today?! We certainly don't mean that in a bad way. After all, the birthday girl looks better than ever. It's just that it feels like the stunning star has always been in our collective consciousness. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Scarlett's been doing what she does best since the age of 10 and has been wowing us ever since with her work in such films as The Horse Whisperer, Ghost World, Lost in Translation, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Iron Man 2. (Just to name a few.) And she certainly shows no sign of slowing down. Scarlett will soon be seen opposite Matt Damon in We Bought a Zoo and the highly anticipated multi-hero action »
Today marks Scarlett Johansson's 27th birthday! To celebrate her big day, we're taking a look back at some of her sweetest and sexiest snaps over the years. Scarlett has been a fixture in the film industry since the age of 10, and has transitioned into more mature roles in movies like Lost in Translation, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and He's Just Not That Into You. Scarlett is among Hollywood's most beautiful, and was even named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2006 - but that doesn't mean she hasn't had her share of sweet moments too. In honor of Scarlett's special day, we've rounded up a collection of both. Click through to see them all now! View Slideshow › »
- Brittney Stephens
Woody Allen has revealed that he and Scarlett Johansson are on a hiatus from working together. The two paired up for the films Match Point, Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but decided to take a break from collaborating so as not to burn out their partnership. The Oscar-winning director said he is confident Johansson will appear in one of his films again soon. Allen told Vanity Fair: "I have every intention of working with her again, but I just didn't think it was a great idea for either one of us to work together too intensely, picture after picture. "I didn't want her to be burdened by, 'Oh, she's in (more) »
- By Justin Harp
Allen directed the beauty in Match Point and Scoop, and then again in 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Johannson admits the secret to their long-lasting friendship lies in the fact they're both hypochondriacs, who constantly check each other for various medical ailments.
She tells Vogue magazine, "He shakes a lot of hands. I’ll squirt some (anti-bacterial gel) in my hand and then squirt in his. The only reason why Woody and I are still friends is because I’ve diagnosed all kinds of his skin tags, lesions, ailments. I’ve prescribed things for Woody that he’s then asked his doctor to prescribe for him." »
For a brief moment there, it seemed like Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen were inseparable. Starring in (almost) three straight movies for the director--"Match Point," "Scoop" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (Allen also delivered "Cassandra's Dream" in that stretch)--the actress was part of the director's late stage career return to glory after nearly a decade marked by a series of increasingly bad films. But after that trio of pictures, they parted ways at Allen's insistence, fearing that the actress would become defined only by her work with him. “I have every intention of working with her again, but I just didn’t… »
Hollywood.com Frightening visual fusions of voice actor and cartoon characters
Boy Culture Madonna and Lola promote the new "Material Girl" contest. If I liked reality TV I would die from wishing they had one.
In Contention looks back at the Oscar glory of Titanic before it's 3D rerelease
Film Studies For Free collects academic essays on the "philosophy of horror". I may definitely read some of the links offered if I can find the time because, as someone who has always been puzzled by the ardent love of this genre, I should look for answers to this question: "Why are those of us who enjoy the genre so attracted to watching things that, »
- NATHANIEL R
Dolce & Gabbana describe this video as "revealing the provocative yet effortless femininity of the eternal diva." Effortless? They must not have watched the video, then again, my assumption is they aren't referring to Scarlett Johansson as that "diva" only that she is pretending to be the "eternal diva". Titled "The One" and directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino (he directed "Human Nature" video) I personally look at it as a mess no matter what the point of it is supposed to be. The only thing it did as far as I'm concerned is remind me that Scarlett Johansson has never lived up to any kind of real promise as an actress. I guess the biggest question is to ask if Scarlett is playing herself in this piece? Playing an actress? Playing an actress playing an actress? Or playing an actress, playing an actress who is an actress that has lost all identity »
- Brad Brevet
Back in July we brought you some details on the forthcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the Rob Marshall directed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides starring Johnny Depp, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush and Penelope Cruz.
Now, we have all the details on the Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release, along with some clips from the bonus features available on the discs. Check it all out below!
Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean:on Stranger Tides Sails Home on Disney Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and Digital on October 18th
The Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Films are proud to present the #1 worldwide box office success of 2011 – making over $1 billion globally – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in stunning high definition Blu-ray™, eye popping Blu-ray 3D™ (a first for the legendary franchise) and Digital on October 18, 2011.
Setting sail on an ocean full of hi-def adventures, »
- Jason Moore
Midnight in Paris sees Owen Wilson rocking ten shades of brown, while Diane Keaton's Annie Hall is forever married to mannish tailoring. Not only is the man who made NHS-style shades his own responsible for some the finest style lessons in film, Woody Allen's key looks are so this season
Wearing brown is Good
Woody Allen's oeuvre is so intrinsically linked to 1970s Manhattan that it's hard to know which of them actually pioneered a wardrobe of earth tones and sold it to us as boho dressing for the preppy intelligensia. We can, if we wish, trace a slurry-coloured line directly from the beige slacks and rusty roll necks of Play It Again, Sam through to the copper corduroy and fawn-flecked tweeds of Annie Hall; nestle gently in some dun-coloured two-pieces in Manhattan Murder Mystery, and pop-up in a neatly-pressed chino pocket in his latest offering, Midnight in Paris. »
- Anna-Marie Crowhurst
The Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Films are proud to present the #1 worldwide box office success of 2011 – making over $1 billion globally – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in stunning high definition Blu-ray., eye popping Blu-ray 3D. (a first for the legendary franchise) and Digital on October 18, 2011.
Setting sail on an ocean full of hi-def adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will debut in a Limited Edition 5-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray 3D + 2-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD + 1-Disc Digital Copy), a 2-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD), and for the ultimate fan a 15-Disc Four Movie Collection. Additionally the movie will be available in 3D and High-Definition Digital.
The Limited Edition 5-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes hours of bonus materials offering fans a deeper dive inside Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides including immersive Disney Second Screen technology, exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, Fountain of Youth mythology, »
- Michelle McCue
What would happen is No Country For Old Men’s Anton Chigurh went head to head with James Bond? The Walther Ppk vs. a captive bolt pistol. Unfortunately that’s a character crossover that will never happen but Javier Bardem will square off with Daniel Craig in Bond 23, the next film in the 007: James Bond franchise. Bardem who is considered one of the best modern actors in film has already proven his star talent in Before Night Falls, The Sea Inside, Live Flesh, Biutiful, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but it was his riveting and murderous role in the Coen Brothers’ No Country that made film buffs see him in a completely different light as one scary-ass mofo. Albeit, part of that had to do with his wicked hairpiece but the leading man had never been so terrifying. Bardem who is on an awareness tour to bring attention to »
- Ernie Estrella
Eight years after the first film, audiences are flocking to see Rowan Atkinson's spy sequel; and Disney introduces an old friend to a new generation in 3D
Conventional wisdom dictates that sequels can suffer at the box office when there is a significantly long gap between releases, but eight years after Johnny English, audiences have embraced the follow-up in huge numbers. Johnny English Reborn opened at the weekend with £4.96m, which compares with a debut of £3.44m for the original Rowan Atkinson spy caper in 2003. Another comparison: Mr Bean's Holiday began its run in 2007 with £4.50m plus £1.94m in previews. The Johnny English Reborn opening number is the best for any film since The Inbetweeners Movie arrived in mid-August.
With Johnny English clearly a hit with families, you might think there wouldn't be much room left in the market for a flick with kiddie appeal, »
- Charles Gant
Talk about the world turned upside down. First it's a heatwave in October. Now it's a new Woody Allen film you actually feel glad to have seen. Already well-received at Cannes, Midnight in Paris did such good business in the Us that it qualified as a hit. It would be easy, too easy, to call it a "return to form" – as some wishfully did of Vicky Cristina Barcelona – and thus blank a decline, which in the last 10 years has sometimes felt like a terrible cosmic joke. This film, Allen's 41st, is no masterpiece, but it's blessed with a sense of fun and a genial tone that seemed to have vanished from his work for good. »
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Being as inconsistent as he is prolific, it would be fair to say that Woody Allen’s late-day career has been hot-and-cold at best; for every success – most recently the likes of Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona – there is something that didn’t quite work – Cassandra’s Dream or Scoop – and even in his better recent films, there is a bitter taste of misanthropy which, while at one time fresh and diverting, has long become tiresome and trite. Allen’s latest, Midnight in Paris, is a return to a more optimistic past – literally and figuretively – complimenting a charming premise with sweet characters and a winningly old-fashioned feel.
While the grumpy old men get-together that saw Allen pair with Larry David for Whatever Works certainly had its moments, Allen has smartly – and indeed, surprisingly – tended towards more mainstream comic talent for his latest excursion, calling upon »
- Shaun Munro
With Woody Allen, it’s not so much a case any more of expecting a ‘return to form’, as seeing periodic glimpses of inspiration and genius.
Recently, his work has veered from the atrocious (Cassandra’s Dream) to the great (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), with a handful of tittersome morsels in between (Whatever Works, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger). He’s still working at an alarming rate, and is still quite happy to gaze at intellectual middle class types and their over-inflated personal problems.
However, by now he is so comfortable with these tropes - life crises, marital issues, creative anxiety - that they are mere motifs, or a form of narrative shorthand that he can embellish ever so slightly, marking out each new film with a different location, »
Veteran director joins $100m club with his acclaimed new picture despite being written off by critics
Despite years of critical derision and a general perception that his career is in terminal decline, Woody Allen has confounded his critics by engineering a commercial renaissance – joining the $100m club in the process.
Allen's 41st feature as director, Midnight in Paris, which is due for release in the UK on Friday, is already his highest-grossing picture: its worldwide take stands at more than $107.4m (£68.7m).
Allen has not reached these heights at the box office since the mid-80s, when Hannah and Her Sisters took $40.1m in the Us, compared with Midnight in Paris's $54.4m. Manhattan (1979) and Annie Hall (1977) are the next highest, with $39.9m and $38.3m respectively.
The reasons behind the success of Midnight in Paris are open to debate. In recent years Allen's commercial credibility has been on the rise, »
- Andrew Pulver
The first Oscar screener sent out this season was Summit's A Better Life, which quietly hit theaters back in late June and while it only took home $1.7 million from the box-office, it was loved by critics and now the studio is hoping to get a little additional love by being the first out of the gate with a screener and boy were they early.
Just as I was heading out to Toronto to cover the film festival I received two copies of the DVD and a copy of the Blu-ray. I was locked and loaded and ready to see a film I missed earlier in the year due to scheduling conflicts. So finally last night I settled in to see what was what and to very little surprise, director Chris Weitz has crafted a moving story that is essentially a remake of Vittorio de Sica's 1948 Oscar-winning film Bicycle Thieves, »
- Brad Brevet
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