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Before this year, we couldn't pick most of these stars out of a lineup. Now, they're topping charts, starring in blockbuster films and marrying A-listers.
News: Why Blue Ivy Was the Breakout Star of 2014
1. Meghan Trainor: The 20-year-old singer/songwriter had everyone declaring "no treble" this summer with her catchy hit song "All About That Bass." Not only that, the pop star also landed two Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
2. Ariana Grande: Though she got a little buzz in 2013 thanks to her Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun connection, it wasn't until 2014 that Ariana Grande really blew up the music scene with her song "Problem." Since then, the petite »
At 26, the Palm Springs Film Festival is still a young adult. And in 2015, the festival is expanding its appeal to younger filmgoers, while still focusing on the 160-film strong selection of foreign films, documentaries and U.S. indies that its core audience appreciates.
“Palm Springs is suddenly becoming a destination for young people. It’s only natural that the festival create a home for that audience,” says festival director Darryl Macdonald.
Targeting the hip crowd that now packs the area’s hotels all year-round, the fest has added a late screenings section of edgy, fun films with “subject matter a little further afield,” says Macdonald. Titles include supernatural romance “Spring” and Austrian horror pic “Goodnight Mommy.”
“We want to make sure we’re servicing those viewers as well,” says artistic director Helen du Toit.
Also new is the Book to Screen program, featuring screenings and discussions with screenwriters and authors »
- Pat Saperstein
Is Shailene Woodley on her way to be nominated for a Oscar? As you know Shailene received the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” last November 14, at the Hollywood Film Awards, the TV show that launches the awards season. To read more about 2014 Hollywood Film Awards Winners. Shailene Woodley: “For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s best young women. Without question, there are few better out there than Shailene Woodley, a rising star who literally only has the sky as her sole limit. She’s impressed pretty much from the very start, moving quickly up the industry food chain from a young supporting player to a franchise lead. During that time, she’s also managed to become a bit of a lifestyle icon and a genuine person who stands out in the crowd. All those things and more make her a »
Forget about waiting until Thanksgiving for the highly-anticipated Jurassic World trailer — it is here in all its glory!
The first full-length looks gives fans a deeper glimpse into Jurassic Park, which has been resurrected 22 years after events of the first film. Control on Isa Nublar has been restored and the resort has been expanded to feature a gyrosphere, a Sea World-inspired water show, and kayaking alongside stegosauruses.
Chris Pratt leads an all-star cast, which includes Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village), Judy Greer (The Descendants), Jake Johnson (Fox’s New Girl), Bd Wong (reprising his role as Dr. Henry Wu), and of course, velociraptors.
Photos: Stars on Set
Though, it looks like in the new film, the raptors will play second fiddle to a new hybrid dinosaur that wreaks havoc on unsuspecting visitors, including two young brothers played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins.
The park may »
The compelling indie “Match," starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard screened at the Tribeca Film Festival this past fall. The cast alone is intriguing, especially since Lillard returned to form after “The Descendants.” Directed by playwright/filmmaker Stephen Belber (the pen behind "Tape" with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman), the film centers on a Seattle woman and her husband (Gugino and Lillard) coming to New York to conduct an interview with a Juilliard ballet professor (Stewart) for her dissertation on the history of dance in the 1960s. But it becomes increasingly clear during these extensive inquiries that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit. Here’s the official synopsis: Iconic actor Patrick Stewart gives one of his most emotional performances in this character driven drama playing high-spirited Tobias “Tobi” Powell, a master dance teacher at Julliard with a lifetime of »
- Edward Davis
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is available now to Buy & Keep on Sky Store.
Digital Spy has partnered with Sky Store to take you behind the incredible performance capture visual effects of the film and introduce you to the unseen stars of the blockbuster sequel. Read on to meet the actors behind Koba, Blue Eyes, Maurice and more.
Andy Serkis as Caesar
The face of performance capture technology, Andy Serkis has brought to life digital characters as wide-ranging as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin and King Kong.
In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes he plays Caesar for a second time, leading the primate uprising against mankind. Dawn is without question Serkis's finest performance capture turn to-date.
Toby Kebbell as Koba
Second in command to Caesar is ferocious ape Koba, who favours an aggressive and violent revolution as »
By Anjelica Oswald
The transition from television star to cinematic award-winner is often difficult. Where actors in feature films tend to be regarded as prestigious, the actors you catch on a television show every week become almost like friends and are more relatable. This personal appeal can hinder prospective Oscar chances, as TV actors are denigrated as being less-than qualified for the statues than their featured peers.
Some 21st century exceptions to the rule include George Clooney, who rose to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, is now a two-time Oscar winner, one for his supporting role in 2005’s Syriana and the other for best picture for 2012’s Argo; Jennifer Lawrence, who starred as the oldest daughter on The Bill Engvall Show before it ended in 2009, is now a three-time Oscar nominee, winning once for her lead role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook; Melissa Leo, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Actress Shailene Woodley took her time in choosing her follow-up project after this summer’s one-two punch of Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, but despite the fact that she already has her own franchise, it appears that she’s still very much game for more difficult subject matter. THR reports that Woodley is in talks for the female lead role in director Oliver Stone’s untitled film about Nsa leaker Edward Snowden, which has Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to play the controversial figure. Woodley is poised to take on the role of Snowden’s girlfriend in the pic, which is based on two Snowden-centric books: Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files and Anatoly Kucherena’s upcoming Time of the Octopus. More after the jump. Per THR, preproduction on Stone’s untitled Snowden picture is currently underway in Germany with filming set to begin in January. Details regarding Stone’s »
- Adam Chitwood
Woodley would play Snowden's (Gordon-Levitt) long-term girlfriend Lindsay Mills, a dancer who has moved to Moscow to live with the Nsa whistleblower.
It was announced earlier this week (November 10) that Gordon-Levitt would play the lead role in the project, which is due to start production in Munich in January.
Watch the new trailer for White Bird in a Blizzard below: »
Going into tonight’s Hollywood Film Awards, there were many questions about the ceremony, as addressed in my colleague Tim Gray’s excellent column earlier this week. But the most burning question being asked before the show was televised for the first time: How big of a train wreck would the show be?
Well, it was pretty shocking. Just ask Johnny Depp, who didn’t even attempt to hide his apparent inebriation while slurring through his presentation. Or host Queen Latifah, who opened with a tasteless bit about “remembering your first time” before quickly abandoning the gag. Or presenter Robert Downey Jr. who delivered the first of many rambling speeches (something about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?) of the night when presenting to “The Judge” co-star Robert Duvall.
The Hollywood Film Awards have always been a questionable affair, but one that was tolerated like the drunk uncle who can’t help himself at holiday dinners. »
- Jenelle Riley
It’s been quite a year or two for 22-year-old Shailene Woodley, who can’t be pigeonholed given her eclectic career choices and her ability to succesfully inhabit both indies and studio fare.
Woodley, who is receiving Variety’s Indie Impact Award on Nov. 15 at the Napa Valley Film Festival, could be seen in leading two of this year’s biggest hits: “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” which gets a special screening at Napa Valley Film Festival. She also drew raves for James Ponsoldt’s 2013 Sundance hit “The Spectacular Now” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
“I was immediately drawn to ‘Fault’ based on its universal messages, its intrinsic healing capabilities,” she says. “It opened my eyes to a new way of living, a way that embraces each moment, and recognizes that it is not what we do with our lives in the end, but »
- Iain Blair
Top brass at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will host one-day event The Power Of Words: Book To Screen on January 8.
Barbara Keller and Susan Rosser curate the event, which will kick off with a morning keynote by Chaz Ebert and end with a conversation with Still Alice author Lisa Genova and producer Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns.
The day will comprise four sessions with expected participants such as Low Down author Amy Albany, Low Down and Brokeback Mountain producer Albert Berger, Black Hawk Down: A Story Of Modern War author Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down screenwriter Ken Nolan and The Descendants (pictured) author Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Event sponsors include Spencer’s, Lulu California Bistro, Hilton Palm Springs and Barnes & Noble. For additional information click here.
The Psiff will take place from January 2-12. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The actor will turn down Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall in favour of Payne's revived project, reports Deadline.
The geopolitical comedy drama is set in a near future in which Norwegian scientists discover a method of shrinking human beings to an eighth of their size.
The method is adopted to reduce consumption and overpopulation, settling the shrunken humans in miniature cities, but slowly dire consequences emerge for big and small people alike.
Downsizing is yet to announce filming or release dates. »
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey is said to be starring in "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross' $65 million-budget Civil War drama "The Free State Of Jones" at Im Global and Stx Entertainment. Filming begins in the first quarter of 2015 with Scott Stuber on board to produce.
Ross wrote the screenplay which follows Newton Knight, a Southern unionist who fled the battlefield and rallied Confederate Army deserters to his so-called Knight Company against the Confederacy. Knight went on to marry the former slave of his grandfather and is still a divisive figure to this day . [Source: Screen]
Damon plays a man who comes to the realization that his life would be much better if he shrunk himself. Payne and Jim Taylor co-wrote the screenplay. »
- Garth Franklin
Though he was developing the film in 2009, and even reached the casting stage, Alexander Payne put Downsizing aside to concentrate on The Descendants and Nebraska. It appears he’s finally ready to commit to the high-concept film and has Matt Damon attached to star.Payne wrote the script with Sideways partner Jim Taylor. Though there may have been changes along the way, the plot should still see a man low on money who decides that life would be a lot cheaper and easier if he underwent a procedure to shrink himself. Travelling through life as a tiny person, he meets a girl and a pint-sized foreigner. Paul Giamatti, Reese Witherspoon and Sacha Baron Cohen were attached back in ’09, but this sounds like a new cast in the making.The film will see Payne dabbling in effects technology to a greater extent than ever before, with green screen and other tricks »
Several years ago, Alexander Payne was working on a project called Downsizing. He got a good cast on board led by Paul Giamatti, but the film never quite took off and so Payne went off to make The Descendants and Nebraska instead. Now that those are done, he’s circling back to Downsizing. And it already […]
- Angie Han
It's been five years since we heard anything about Alexander Payne's big screen project Downsizing. Before the director decided to take on The Descendants, he was working on Downsizing with a cast that included Sacha Baron Cohen, Paul Giamatti, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon. Now the project is back, but with a completely different cast. Deadline reports it will be Matt Damon who stars in the film, but at this point, details on the plot are still pretty scarce. All the source says is that the film is a social satire about a man who realizes that his life would have been much better if he shrunk himself. Well, that sounds weird. Does this mean we're going to get some kind of It's a Wonderful Life fantasy situation where he relives his live as a small, shrunken man? This sounds like Payne's most odd film yet, but it's also »
- Ethan Anderton
Passion project alert! Ok, so a thousand films are announced at the American Film Market and a lot of them are easy to sneer at or forget about, but this one is exciting. Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” is coming back to life with Matt Damon in the lead role. Payne had been developing the project since “Sideways," but because of its scale and technological issues—he wasn't wasn’t well-versed in the latter at the time—he shelved it and instead took on “The Descendants” and then “Nebraska.” Deadline, which broke the news, seems to have forgotten the logline, but we read the script ages ago. Below is what we wrote way back when as a kind of synopsis. Essentially, the film is a kind of dystopian satire with geo-political connotations, but much like Payne's work often is, it's personal and intimate. "Downsizing," after all, starts off in Norway and »
- Edward Davis
The year’s biggest rumour concerning Matt Damon’s future slate was undoubtedly the suggestion that he’d be returning to his career-defining franchise for Bourne 5. While that prospect had fans holding their breath for confirmation, the actor began eyeing up a role in Legendary Pictures’ The Great Wall. Per Deadline, we’ve now learned that Damon will no longer be scaling the infamous wall in Zhang Zimou’s China-based epic, as he’s in the crosshairs for Alexander Payne’s next pic, Downsizing.
As a matter of scheduling conflicts, the Oscar winner has bowed out of the Chinese zombie tale and has opted to board the indie darling’s next project. So far, there’s only a brief hint at what the story entails, but it’s enough to tantalize our cinematic tastebuds:
The pic is a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better »
- Gem Seddon
Matt Damon is adding yet another esteemed filmmaker to his incredible resume. After having worked with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Paul Greengrass, Anthony Minghella, Steven Soderbergh, Terry Gilliam, The Coen Brothers, etc., Damon is now poised to team up with Alexander Payne on the Nebraska filmmaker’s next project. Deadline reports that Damon will lead Downsizing, which is described as a social satire and revolves around a guy who “realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.” Payne co-wrote the film with his Sideways co-writer Jim Taylor, and the 20th Century Fox picture will be Payne’s next movie. More after the jump, including what other project this knocks off Damon’s schedule. Further plot details are unknown for Downsizing at this time, but I’m very curious to find out if the aforementioned “shrinking” is literal or figurative—could Payne be making his own Innerspace reboot? »
- Adam Chitwood
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