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Midnight showing Can I first start off by saying that Everything Bad happens at a midnight showing! The movie didnt start until 30 minutes after midnight because they couldnt get the damn projector straight! But anyways first things first that Ive told Everyone go into that movie with an Openmind. Forget it it isnt going to be like the book nothing ever is and frankly it would be boring if it would be wordforword for the book. Im going to start off with the bad just like you did and work my way up to the Ome I Loved That!! Rushrushrush!! That is my biggest complaint about this movie everything was put on Mega Fast Forward. Okay I know they cant put every single detail in there but come on! Just a little bit more! I swear it was like BingBangBoom two days pass and theyre in love! You cant even »
The sound at Park City, Utah’s Sundance House is terrible, and a chunk of the crowd is more interested in chattering and munching on hors d’oeuvres than paying attention to the duo on guitar and piano, even if it is the debut performance of what will eventually be known as She & Him—the collaboration between indie-music darling M. Ward and movie star Zooey Deschanel. This 2007 Sundance Festival audience doesn’t get high points for attentiveness—they’ve already pretty much ignored Glen Hansard of The Frames playing alongside Markéta Irglová, his co-star in the buzzing film Once. »
Britain's Princess Diana once stunned workmen by greeting them in her dressing gown and tiara.
The late princess' former chef Mervyn Wycherley has spoken out about the 13 years he spent working for Diana and her ex-husband, Prince Charles, revealing Diana regularly visited the kitchen at Kensington Palace - including one encounter where she stunned workmen.
Mervyn said: "Diana was always popping into the kitchen at Kensington Palace. The green baize door would swing open and she would pop in to raid the fridge and have a chat. One day our service lift broke down and we had a couple of engineers in the kitchen."
"It was the State Opening of Parliament that day and Diana's hairdresser Sam McKnight had already weaved a tiara into her hair. The princess wanted a yoghurt from the fridge for her breakfast and she swept into the kitchen wearing just her dressing gown and the tiara. »
There are some things in this world that are simple and perfect and can never be revisited again. For a few months last year we were all taken with one of them, Once, the Irish indie that featured the song "Falling Slowly" and made pretty much everyone who saw it melt into a puddle. Remember when stars Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard won their Oscars, and Jon Stewart brought Marketa back onstage after the orchestra played her off? Remember all that unabashed joy? Well, prepare for that joy to be killed. Naturally, Once was too popular to go gently into that good night, so now it's going to be a Broadway musical. The group of producers who bought the rights to the movie told Variety they'll be aiming to bring to play to Broadway in 2010, and will stage it as a fairly intimate affair, something like Spring Awakening. They'll also »
Hit movie Once is set for a revamp - as a stage musical.
The film, which earned stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova a Best Song Oscar for Falling Slowly, is to be adapted for Broadway by award-winning producers John N. Hart, Jr., Jeff Sine and Fred Zoll.
The new production will bow in New York during the 2010/2011 season. »
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-- If you, like me, were really hoping Hollywood would bring back He-Man and do the character justice on the big screen, we all may be sh*t out of luck. That's because those basterds over at Latino Review tell us the latest version of He-Man (script written by wonder boy Justin Marks) is dead in the water. Because of executive shifts and a few high profile directors (Bryan Singer, Doug Liman) shying away from the project, it seems He-Man no longer has a home. Lr suggests Warners put it into turnaround in the hopes someone else will take a chance on the blonde badass.
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- I guess you couldn't ask for anything more than a quality cast and the backing from competent producers if you are in the shoes of Canadian-born filmmaker Ruba Nadda. Screen Daily reports that Patricia Clarkson (Elegy) has boarded the project with co-stars Alexander Siddig (Un homme perdu), Elena Anaya (Savage Grace) and Tom McCamus set for filming. Cairo Time sees Clarkson play a woman (really?) who arrives in Cairo to meet her husband (McCamus) only to be told he is unavoidably delayed in Gaza and has in turn sent his friend (Siddig), a retired Egyptian police officer, to pick her up. The brief love affair that follows catches them both completely off guard. Executive produced by indie vets Christina Vachon and Charles Pugliese of Killer Films, and produced by Ireland's David Collins of Samson Films (Once) and the personable Daniel Iron of Foundry Films (Away From Her, Manufactured Landscapes »
R+B hunk Usher has scored U.S. pop chart history by claiming the third-largest jump to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in history.
The Yeah! hitmaker has stormed to the top from number 51 with his new hit Love In This Club, which features Young Jeezy.
The track ends Flo Rida's 10-week reign at the top - the rapper's Low drops to two on the new countdown.
But Flo Rida's anthem also breaks records this week - it becomes the only track to claim 13 straight weeks at number one on the RingMasters chart.
Meanwhile, Chris Brown, Rihanna and Sara Bareilles all drop a spot on the new chart to claim the third, fourth and fifth spots, respectively, on the new chart.
24 February 2008 | IMDb News
Juno was the top winner at this year's Independent Spirit Awards, nabbing three awards including Best Feature. The hit comedy, which is also the highest-grossing of the five Oscar nominees for Best Picture, also won awards for Best Female Lead for star Ellen Page, who professed her adoration for director Jason Reitman, and Best First Screenplay for ebullient writer Diablo Cody. Winning two awards each were two films also up for Oscars: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which received Best Director for Julian Schnabel (clad in his requisite pajamas) and Best Cinematography, and The Savages, which took home Best Screenplay honors for Oscar nominee Tamara Jenkins and Best Male Lead, in a bit of a surprise, for Philip Seymour Hoffman. The supporting awards went to a very pregnant Cate Blanchett (I'm Not There) and an absent Chiwetel Ejiofor (Talk to Me), while Once was named Best Foreign Film, Crazy Love received Best Documentary, and The Lookout won Best First Feature.
Hosted by first-timer Rainn Wilson of The Office, the Spirit Awards also bestowed I'm Not There with the first Robert Altman Award, honoring the outstanding director, casting director, and ensemble cast of an independent film; director Todd Haynes paid homage to late star Heath Ledger as well as his acclaimed cast. In between award presentations, there were songs performed -- some parodies, some not -- as it rained outside in Santa Monica and Javier Bardem, who presented the Best Director award, became the object of affection for host Wilson. You can check out photos from the Spirit Awards, courtesy of WireImage.
Get the full list of winners in our Road to the Oscars section.
24 February 2008 | IMDb News
No Country for Old Men was the big winner at the 80th Annual Academy Awards, winning four Oscars including Best Picture. The gritty thriller, a favorite among critics, also won top awards for directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (the second duo to win the Best Direction award), adapted screenplay (also for the Coens), and Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem. Surprisingly, the next movie to win the most awards was The Bourne Ultimatum, which took home three technical awards, while the two movies to win top acting honors earned two awards each. There Will Be Blood was the recipient of Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, while La Vien En Rose nabbed Best Make-Up and, in a bit of a surprise, Best Actress for Marion Cotillard, who thanked both life and love upon receiving her Oscar. Michael Clayton's Tilda Swinton was the winner in the highly-contentious Best Supporting Actress category, while Juno was, as expected, the winner of the Original Screenplay award.
There were a few more surprises in other categories, as Elizabeth: The Golden Age won for Best Costume Design, and Taxi to the Dark Side was named Best Documentary over favorites Sicko and No End in Sight. Best Picture nominee Atonement won a single award for Original Score, with Best Song going to "Falling Slowly" from Once. Other single-award winners included Ratatouille for Best Animated Feature, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for Art Direction, and The Golden Compass for Visual Effects. Art Director Robert Boyle, nominated for such films as North by Northwest and Fiddler on the Roof, was presented with an honorary Oscar.
Hosted by Jon Stewart, the ceremony went along smoothly with few hiccups, though more than one presenter slid on the floor on their way to the podium. For home viewers, the show went only about 20 minutes or so over the expected time. You can check out photos from the Academy Awards, courtesy of WireImage.
Get the full list of winners in our Road to the Oscars section.
Academy Awards telecast producer Gil Cates and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis Thursday announced the presenters and performers for the Oscars.
The presenters scheduled to date are:
Alan Arkin, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker, Amy Adams, Jessica Alba, Cate Blanchett, Josh Brolin, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Katherine Heigl, Jonah Hill, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman, James McAvoy, Queen Latifah, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Hilary Swank, John Travolta, Denzel Washington and Renee Zellweger.
Cates and Ganis also announced the performers of the nominated songs. Amy Adams will sing "Happy Working Song" from "Enchanted." Also from "Enchanted" will be "That's How You Know", sung by Kristin Chenoweth and Marlon Saunders, and "So Close", to be performed by Jon McLaughlin.
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova will perform their nominated song, "Falling Slowly", from the motion picture "Once", and Jamia Simone Nash will perform "Raise It Up", from "August Rush", with the IMPACT Repertory Theatre of Harlem. »
Oscar nominees Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, stars of the critically acclaimed 2007 film Once, have signed with ICM in all areas. Their track Falling Slowly earned them an Oscar nomination for best original song at the upcoming ceremony. The duo also were nominated for two Grammys this year as well as an Independent Spirit Award.
Having gained attention in The Commitments, Dublin native Hansard is the lead singer, guitarist and a founding member of Irish rock group the Frames. In April 2006, he released his first solo album, The Swell Season, in collaboration with Irglova, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who was born in Monravia and is a resident of Prague. Hansard and Irglova are managed by Howard Greynolds. »
12 items from 2008
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