20 items from 2015
Vince Vaughn moved to Hollywood at age 18, straight out of high school. And, like many starry-eyed aspiring actors, one of his first stops was Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see where famous stars like Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe had encased their hands and feet in cement.
More than 25 years later, much has changed. It’s now called the Tcl Chinese Theatre. Many other actors have been added from Jennifer Aniston to Tom Cruise. And Vaughn has gone from struggling actor to bonafide movie star, with hits like “The Lost World,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Old School” on his resume. His latest comedy, “Unfinished Business,” hits theaters March 6.
So when Vaughn was told the theater wanted to encase his hands and feet in cement in the forecourt on March 4, he was thrilled.
“Getting the letter asking me, I thought about growing up and being a fan of all those folks,” he says. »
- Jenelle Riley
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced the March 31st Blu-ray release of Wild, the Oscar nominated film starring Reese Witherspoon (nominated for her role in this film) and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club).
Wild recounts the reckless behavior of Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon), who makes a rash decision to embark on a challenging trek across the Pacific Crest Trail. With absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles all on her own — in what becomes an unforgettable journey of transformation and redemption that strengthens and ultimately heals her.
The technical details are available below, and you can read our thoughts on the film here.
–The Real Cheryl Strayed
–The Real Location Is The Best Location
–How Much Does A Monster Weigh?
–The Pacific Crest Trail Interactive Map
–Deleted Scenes – with Optional Commentary by Jean-Marc Vallée
–Seven Promotional Featurettes: Bringing the »
- Scott J. Davis
Planes: Fire & Rescue, much like the Cars sequel, spins us into an entirely new world, and though the Cars franchise sequels haven’t been quite the blockbusters Pixar might have hoped for, this broader sequel theory has made them both far better films than simpler “add-on” efforts might have managed.
Dusty finds himself out of the racing game, and quickly joins with a crew of rescue vehicles who keep an eye on a vast forest in order to contain fires. Naturally, this isn’t something that sounds like a great time to Dusty at first, but he learns that there’s a lot more to life than being in the spotlight.
This all kicks off because Dusty continually pushes himself too far, damaging a part that can’t be replaced. In a fairly obvious maneuver, he ends up crashing, and causing a fire. This leads to the airport being shut down, »
- Marc Eastman
Actor Emile Hirsch is taking some time for himself.
The 29-year-old Into the Wild actor is entering rehab after being charged with felony assault on Thursday, stemming from an incident that occurred at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Hirsch was allegedly at Tao Nightclub in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 25, when he got into an altercation, putting Paramount executive Daniele Bernfeld in a reported chokehold.
"Emile consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he has no memory of what happened," Hirsch's lawyer Robert Offer said in statement to Et on Friday. "Emile takes these allegations very seriously, and is devastated that any of this has occurred. A few days after the incident, Emile sought help and checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation facility, where he remains today, to ensure nothing like this ever happens again."
Photos: Stars Hit the 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Hirsch faces a felony charge of aggravated assault as well »
Actor Emile Hirsch checked into a rehab facility in the wake of an incident in which he allegedly choked a female executive at last month’s Sundance Film Festival.
“Emile consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he has no memory of what happened,” Hirsch’s lawyer, Robert Offer, said in statement released Friday.
“Emile takes these allegations very seriously, and is devastated that any of this has occurred,” Offer added. “A few days after the incident, Emile sought help and checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation facility, where he remains today, to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”
Hirsch was charged Thursday with felony assault in connection with the incident at the Tao nightclub on Jan. 25. Police responded to a 4 a.m. call and a Paramount executive, Daniele Bernfeld, described a physical altercation and accused a drunken Hirsch of putting her “in a chokehold. »
- Dave McNary
Actor Emile Hirsch was charged with assault Thursday, stemming from an incident that occurred at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
The Into the Wild star was allegedly at Tao Nightclub in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 25, when he got into an altercation, putting a woman in a chokehold.
A source told Et at the time that Hirsch and the woman seemed at first to be joking around – but then things escalated and the police were called. Hirsch now faces a felony charge of aggravated assault as well as a misdemeanor intoxication charge. If convicted on the assault charge, Hirsch could face up to five years in state prison and a $5,000 fine.
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Police documents allege that Hirsch looked drunk when he approached the woman and asked her why she looked "so tough." He also allegedly told the woman she was a "rich kid who should not be »
Reese Witherspoon bears her heart and soul in Wild, the true story of Cheryl Strayed who embarks on one thousand-plus mile long hike up the Pacific Crest Trail to discover who she really is following the untimely death of her mother. Laura Dern co-stars in the personal drama that features award-worthy performances from both its female leads, and is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club).
Fox Home Entertainment has announced that Wild will be making its Digital HD debut on March 17, 2015. The Wild Blu-ray release date that coincides with DVD follows two weeks later on March 31.
Wild will be presented in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, while bonus features on the Blu-ray and Digital HD (DVD is not included in the combo pack) are extensive as outlined below.
The Real Cheryl Strayed
The Real Location Is The Best Location
How Much Does A Monster Weigh?
The Pacific Crest »
Arguably TV’s finest new original show of 2014, True Detective has gained many admirers since its critically-acclaimed debut last year. Now, after months of rumours and casting back-and-forth, the second season of the HBO show is in full production in Los Angeles, and some set photos have emerged over at ComingSoon.net showing some of the new cast in action. In the images, we can see stars Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch in action on the streets of California, in what looks to be a shootout scene…
Farrell (Phone Booth) plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him; McAdams (A Most Wanted Man) plays Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves; while Kitsch (The Savages) plays Paul Woodrugh, »
- Scott J. Davis
Stewart is best known for playing protagonist 'Bella Swan' in "The Twilight Saga" romance fantasy film series. She is also noted for her work in independent films including "Panic Room" (2002), "Speak" (2004), "Zathura" (2005), "Into The Wild" (2007), "Adventureland" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010), "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012), "On the Road" (2012), "Camp X-Ray" (2014), "Clouds of Sils Maria" (2014), "Still Alice" (2015) and "Equals (2015).
Stewart, also noted as 'the face' of the "Chanel" and "Balenciaga" fashion brands was the highest paid actress in 2012, with total earnings of $34.5 million.
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- Michael Stevens
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
Paris — Sean Penn is set to receive an honorary Cesar award in Paris during the 40th edition of the ceremony on Feb. 20.
“A mythical actor, an activist and an exceptional director, Sean Penn is a unique icon of American cinema. A living legend,” declared the Cesar Academie, France’s equivalent to the Oscars.
Penn has always enjoyed great popularity in France as an actor and a director. Nick Cassavetes’ “She’s So Lovely” earned him a best actor nod in Cannes, and the last film he directed, “Into the Wild,” was an arthouse hit in France. Penn served as president of Cannes Film Festival’s jury in 2008.
The actor, who won two Oscars for his performances in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” and Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” will next star in “Gunman,” Studiocanal’s high-voltage thriller directed by French helmer Pierre Morel. It will be released in March in the U. »
- Elsa Keslassy
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
Focus Features continue to crank up the marketing campaign to tease fans of the upcoming film adaptation of that saucy book by debuting new photos and a TV spot for director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey. Check them out…
Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan (Marie Antoinette), Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (Godzilla), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Rita Ora (Southpaw), Callum Keith Rennie (Memento) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Into the Wild).
See Also: Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey
A global phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey was first published in 2011 and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Johnson). The trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, »
- Scott J. Davis
Do: check the instructions (Wild)
This month sees the release of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her solo hike along the gruelling 1,000 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) certainly doesn't make it easy for herself, buying the wrong type of gas cylinder for her stove and thus being forced to subsist on a diet of "cold mush."
Don't: give up (Touching The Void)
Consider the obstacles that Joe Simpson faced during his calamitous attempt to climb Peruvian mountain Siula Grande: a broken leg; a fall into a crevasse; and zero hope of rescue after partner Simon Yates left him for dead. And yet, as recounted in classic documentary Touching The Void, Simpson gritted his teeth and dragged himself through hell to reach safety.
Do: stay calm (Life Of Pi)
Travel is unpredictable. One minute, like Indian teenager Pi (Suraj Sharma), you're emigrating to Canada aboard a freighter. »
Bradley Cooper, Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, and Meryl Streep are among the Academy Award contenders who set records on Thursday morning. Below, 14 facts, stats and records regarding this year's Oscar nominations. -Break- 'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest' lead Oscar nominations with nine Three in a row With his Best Actor bid for "American Sniper," Bradley Cooper received his third consecutive nomination. The last man to do that was Russell Crowe (1999-2001). And that nomination in the top category for his film also means that Cooper has appeared in three Best Picture nominees in a row (following "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle"). Robert Duvall breaks the age record At 84, Robert Duvall ("The Judge") is now the oldest nominee ever for Best Supporting Actor. He beats out Hal Holbrook ("Into the Wild"), who was 82 when he contended in 2007. If Duv...' »
Straight off the bat the happy shockers are Marion Cotillard for Two Days One Night (edging out Jennifer Aniston), Laura Dern for Wild (where many assumed Jessica Chastain would be), the weird surprise is Bennett Miller in Director for Foxcatcher, our first "lone director" nod since the Academy expanded the Best Picture field. In terrible news there were only two nominations (Best Picture & Song) for the grand Selma... which places it in the unfortunate company of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Blind Side. Yikes! In less horrific but still weird disappointing news: Nightcrawler pulled an Into the Wild by doing really well at the guilds but not so much with Oscar.
Oscar had a boner for Birdman with many nominations
Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman led the nominations with 9 honors each (though I correctly predicted Birdman being shut out of film editing so people will say it will have trouble winning now, »
- NATHANIEL R
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led this year's class of Oscar films with nine nominations apiece, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director. The Imitation Game had eight nominations. American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's movie about Chris Kyle, tied with Richard Linklater's Boyhood, the movie that took 12 years to make, with six nominations—and Bradley Cooper nabbed a Best Actor nod, nudging out Selma's David Oyelowo and Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal. Meryl Streep extended her seemingly unbreakable record with her 19th Oscar nomination for her Supporting Actress work in the musical Into the Woods. She won't be the favorite this time, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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.
Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
- NATHANIEL R
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Run Time: 115 mins
Synopsis: After a series of unfortunate events Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon), a recovering drug addict, sets out on a 1100 mile trek by foot across America’s Pacific Crest Trail.
This time last year we were all mesmerised by Jean-Marc Vallee’s brilliant Dallas Buyers Club, a film that saw both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto bag an Oscar. Now just twelve months later Vallee has produced another stunning piece of cinema that is garnering a lot of award season chatter.
Once more the story is a true life tale, this time around we have Reese Witherspoon starring as Cheryl Strayed, a young woman who, through determination to turn her life around, makes it her mission to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail. For those not in the know the Pacific Crest Trail is really long (over 1000 miles).
- Kat Smith
Sneak Peek actress Kristen Stewart ("Twilight") in the January 2015 issue of "Glamour" (Germany) magazine:
Stewart is best known for playing protagonist 'Bella Swan' in "The Twilight Saga" romance fantasy film series and work in indie films including "Panic Room" (2002), "Speak" (2004), "Zathura" (2005), "Into The Wild" (2007) and the comedy-drama "Adventureland" (2009).
Stewart then starred in "The Runaways" (2010), followed by "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012), "On the Road" (2012), "Camp X-Ray" (2014) and the upcoming features "Clouds of Sils Maria" (2014), "Still Alice" (2015) and "Equals" (2015).
Stewart also continues as the 'face' of the "Chanel" and "Balenciaga" fashion brands.
- Michael Stevens
20 items from 2015
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