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Zoë Saldana is one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, having appeared in blockbusters like Avatar, Star Trek and Pirates of the Caribbean. And yet, the 35-year-old movie star is often mistaken for two equally talented actresses: Kerry Washington and Thandie Newton. Instead of being offended by the innocuous comparisons, however, Saldana takes them in stride. "I'll be walking down the street and I'll have people go, 'Hey Thandie Newton!'" the Out of the Furnace star said during the Friday, Dec. 6, episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. "It's like, 'Oh my god, your show on TV is amazing, Ms. Washington.' It humbles you." Gotta love a girl »
Zoe Saldana can't walk down the street without being recognized ... but not as herself.
The "Out of the Furnace" star went on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on Friday (Dec. 6) and revealed that when she gets recognized on the street, it's not for her "Avatar" or "Star Trek" roles.
Watch a clip of her interview below:
Leave it to Andy Cohen to ask the questions everybody wants the answers to. When Zoe Saldana stopped by Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, Dec. 5, the actress wasn't asked about her big hits like Star Trek or Avatar, but rather one of her earliest movies featuring a certain pop star. In particular, what it was like working with said pop star. "She has starred in some major blockbusters, but there's one film that stands out from the rest," Cohen said as he introduced Saldana. "My fave, that's right, Crossroads, with Miss Britney Jean Spears." After showing a clip from the 2002 flick, Cohen said, "I'm going to put 30 seconds on the clock and I'm »
Is this a case of imitation being the greatest form of flattery? Reese Witherspoon no doubt respects her acting elder Sigourney Weaver but it's a little creepy to compliment a celeb by stealing her style. We're more surprised to see the Mud star in this black-and-blue look than the Avatar actress. The high neck and synched bodice give it a more mature feel than the blonde beauty typically wears. No, we're not calling the Sigourney old, we're just suggesting, in the most PC way possible, that she prefers covered-up looks like this cocktail dress... Age issues aside, we actually think the look works better on Sigourney. There's something about the longer length that works better on the somewhat boxy »
Oh, what a difference a decade makes. Zoe Saldana may be an acclaimed, blockbuster-worthy star now, but long before she graced the screen in huge films like Star Trek and Avatar, she was just Britney Spears' sidekick in Crossroads. Appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, Dec. 5, the recently married Star Trek Into Darkness actress was asked what it was like to work with Spears more than 10 years ago. "Zoe has starred in some major blockbusters, but there's one film that stands out [...] »
The first look images from 'You're Next' writer and director Adam Wingard ('The ABCs of Death') and Simon Barrett's latest thrill-ride 'The Guest' have arrived. The new pics feature the likes of stars Dan Stevens ('Downton Abbey') and the sexy Maika Monroe. The project is now in post-production and will be heading to the Sundance Film Festival next month. The upcoming thriller also stars Leland Orser ('Alien: Resurrection'), Lance Reddick ('Fringe'), Sheila Kelley, Chase Williamson, Brendan Meyer and Joel David Moore ('Avatar'). Check out the images below. »
“We’ve started pre-vis which in the virtual world in many instances means you’ve already started shooting the film,” Serkis, told Screendaily on the fringes of the Cinematic Innovation Summit (Cis) in Dubai on Thursday. “Principal photography will take place in the middle to third quarter of next year.”
Serkis’ Animal Farm was first announced in October 2012, as the inaugural production of Imaginarium, the new performance capture studio co-founded by Serkis with producer Jonathan Cavendish, but there has been little news about the project since.
A speaker at the summit, Serkis told delegates that he had directed pre-vis work via Skype from his trailer on the set of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, in which he will reprise his role as rebel ape leader Caesar from Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes »
David Cameron celebrates production deal that clears path to Chinese market, while tax breaks for UK-based productions have been improved
• China demands 'positive images' for access to markets
• Be nice to China: Hollywood risks 'artistic surrender'
David Cameron has heralded a new deal that will open up the Chinese marketplace to UK film productions, announced during his trade visit to the country.
China's quota system for films means that only 34 foreign movies a year are allowed, but the deal means that co-productions between British and Chinese producers can sidestep the quota.
"People have started calling it Chollywood, but really it's Chinewood - British films linking up with Chinese partners to access the second highest box office audience in the world," Cameron said, referencing major British film studio Pinewood. "This is a significant step forward for the British film industry, opening the door to a market that is building seven cinema screens a day. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
While making an appearance on chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live, the 35-year-old actress opened up for the first time about her June wedding to Perego, Contactmusic reported.
The 'Avatar' actress spilled the beans about her marriage after the host congratulated her. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
A decade after its launch, the Dubai Intl. Film Festival has firmly earned its leadership role among Middle East film events thanks to its unwavering drive to be international, but with an Arab core.
“We are the only festival that, aside from presenting films from around the world, has always focused on having an Arab competition,” says fest managing director Shivani Pandya, who has been with Diff since its inception.
The other key aspect, as Pandya points out, is that Diff runs the only film market in the Arab world.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, Diff organizers have added a pre-fest Cinematic Innovation Summit, aiming to put people who are exploring filmmaking’s new frontiers in contact with each other and with the Arab media industry.
Diff has also partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to bring a showcase of Arab films to U. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Christian Bale spoke with USA Today about seeking out smaller budget films like Out of the Furnace and American Hustle after playing Batman in three studio blockbusters. "It's very rare that people who do massive films like that want to repeat with another massive film. You're dealing with a small army, everything you do requires hundreds of people -- vs. a lower-budget film where you can spin on a dime. You have less people breathing over your shoulder. You can alter the script in 10 minutes and decide you're going to go in a totally different direction and nobody questions you, you just do it. There's great a freedom to it." Click the link above to read the full transcript, it's a great interview. Jennifer Lawrence interjects with some funny quips. Speaking to Crave Online, actress Zoë Saldana compared her Avatar character, Neytiri to Gamora in James »
Zoe Saldana has revealed that she gets "driven crazy" by gender inequality.
The Star Trek actress told Manhattan magazine that she was brought up to believe women can achieve the same goals as men.
She said: "It's very hard being a woman in a man's world, and I recognised it was a man's world even when I was a kid.
"It's an inequality and injustice that drove me crazy, and which I always spoke out against - and I've always been outspoken."
She continued: "I love learning new skills, especially those you're told girls aren't good at - like parallel parking. Hey, I'm going to learn to ride a Ducati!"
Saldana explained that she prefers to choose film parts which are good female role models.
"I'm known for being selective in parts I either pick or pursue, and what matters most is that they be good female roles where the character isn't cardboard or objectified, »
Michelle Rodriguez has joined many other Hollywood stars in mourning the unexpected loss of her "Fast & Furious" co-star Paul Walker. The actress posted a message of remembrance to her Facebook and Twitter pages on Monday (Dec. 2).
The same message appeared on both popular social media outlets and offered a sentiment without saying anything about the specific events.
I'm gonna carry this torch for you brother, with a forced smile on my face and Im gonna open my heart just cause your telling me to.
-- Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) December 2, 2013
In a poignant note, Rodriguez had posted Facebook photos of the "Fast & Furious" casts on Friday (Nov. 29). One showed the group of actors back in 2001, while the other showed a larger cast in 2013.
The role of Letty Ortiz in the "Fast & Furious" franchise is one of the best-known of Rodriguez's roles. She has appeared in three of the films and will »
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
Zoe Saldana is not shy when it comes to expressing what it feels like to be a woman in society. The 35-year-old actress, who graces the latest issue of Manhattan magazine, shares her views about what it means to her being female and standing up for equality in this day and age. "It's very hard being a woman in a man's world, and I recognized it was a man's world even when I was a kid," the Avatar starlet revealed to the magazine. "It's an inequality and injustice that drove me crazy, and which I always spoke out against—and I've always been outspoken." The New Jersey native looks positively stunning in the cover shot, sporting a revealing cream sleeveless »
It's been a great year for cinematography, with such an emphasis on survival, turmoil and trying to find beauty or redemption within the suffering. "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Nebraska," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "The Grandmaster," and "Rush" are among the standouts. Whether they used digital or film, the results are organic to theme and design. Will Emmanuel ("Chivo") Lubezki finally get his Oscar for "Gravity"? Maybe so, if you look at the recent digital trend that saw Claudio Miranda ("Life of Pi"), Bob Richardson ("Hugo"), and Mauro Fiore ("Avatar") take the award for three out of the last four years. For Lubezki's first foray into virtual production, he achieved a breathtaking photo-realism that approximates the Nasa photos and IMAX films that he benchmarked, while delivering the long, continuous takes in CG that are a hallmark of director Alfonso Cuaron's visual style. But he needed the Light Box to help solve a very complicated. »
- Bill Desowitz
Variety has done a big write-up on DC’s efforts to make Aquaman a relevant, viable character in today’s superhero-obsessed marketplace. Despite being one of the longest running, and most recognizable comic book characters- with a history that goes back over 70 years- he has failed to find his footing in contemporary pop culture. DC, and their owners over at Time Warner, want to change that. They want to elevate the “King of Atlantis” to the point where a film or TV adaptation about him would be a hot commodity.
“He’s a priority character for the company,” says DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns. “There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most well-known characters among superheroes, and in popular culture,” he added. Johns, who’s about to wrap up the nearly three years of work he’s put into reviving the character’s comic books, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Guardians Of The Galaxy looks really weird. It does, after all, feature a talking tree and a gun-loving anthropomorphic raccoon. Weird yes, but undoubtedly Awesome. The film, which is likely going to be Marvel’s least conventional superhero movie yet, tells the story of a team of alien outcasts that defend, not the earth, but the entire galaxy from potentially apocalyptic threats.
In the past months we have been finding out more about Guardians, which had been largely mysterious since its announcement. We even got an intentionally confusing teaser for it during the credits of Thor: The Dark World, which revealed that an odd-looking Benicio Del Toro is gathering together a collection of alien artefacts for some unknown and ominous purpose. Now, Chris Pratt, who portrays the Guardians’ human leader Star-Lord, has discussed with Fandango why the film and the character appealed to him:
“Just the fact that he was »
- Tom Durbin
In an valiant and temporarily successful effort to divert our attentions from some show’s anniversary, Syfy today released its January premiere schedule, including the series premieres of Helix and Bitten and the return of Being Human (which we told you about yesterday), Lost Girl, Face Off, and Ghost Hunters.
Check out the full info in the press release below, including synopses of each series:
Syfy Kicks Off January 2014 With Seven New And Returning Original Series Including… Helix From Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) First Weekly Live Series Broadcast Opposite Worlds, A “Past vs. Future” Competition Reality Program Supernatural Drama Bitten Joins All-new Seasons Of Being Human And Lost Girl Mondays 8-11Pm Season Six Of Reality Hit Face Off Plus New Episodes Of Ghost Hunters
- Erin Willard
Even if you're not one to pay attention to the names behind the scenes, it's a sure bet that you're very familiar with the work of production designer Rick Carter. Carter began working with director Robert Zemeckis on 1989's Back to the Future Part II and has worked creatively with the helmer ever since on films like Death Becomes Her , Forrest Gump and Cast Away . He has also teamed with Steven Spielberg on more than half a dozen projects, including both Jurassic Park and The Lost World and, most recently, Lincoln , which won him his second Academy Award. As if that's not impressive enough of a resume, Carter won his first Oscar for his work on James Cameron's Avatar and is currently hard at work doing production design for J.J. Abrams much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode »
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