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Looks like somebody ran into a bit of trouble in the spray tan department. While Jennifer Lawrence undoubtedly turned heads in her monochromatic Dior ensemble upon her arrival at the Christian Dior fashion show held during Paris Fashion Week – Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015, the 23-year-old Oscar winner looked slightly less immaculate in the beauty department as she appeared to have a makeup malfunction. The Silver Linings star's spray tan (or perhaps the foundation on her face?) seemed to be just one shade too dark for her natural skin tone—and simply did not match the actress' sun kissed glow on the rest of her body. To make matters worse, Lawrence's frosty makeup, including »
Comic book fans are notoriously hard to please. We’re the ones who have dedicated hours and hours of our lives grappling with complicated back stories and tricky continuity issues to enjoy our hobby to the full extent. Some may laugh, but more than many other pastimes, comic book reading requires dedication and perseverance, which is exactly why the fans become so invested in the movie adaptations.
Some comic book movies just suck.
Bad casting. Poor script writing. Shoddy effects. To paraphrase Mr Burns, these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in the comic book movie making business. Unfortunately, many adaptations succumb to one or more of these demons, outraging dedicated fans who are appalled »
- David Opie
In just four short years, Jennifer Lawrence has earned an Oscar win among three nominations, and she is now declared as the most powerful actress in the world. Beyond that victory for "Silver Linings Playbook" and nods for "Winter's Bone" and "American Hustle," her ranking is mostly based on the success of "The Hunger Games" film franchise. She is the 12th overall person on the new Forbes Celebrity 100 list. The top five are singer Beyonce, basketball star LeBron James, producer Dr. Dre, entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey, comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Thompson on Hollywood. -Break- Oscar-nominated writer and director Paul Mazursky dies in Los Angeles at age 84. Though he was never nodded as a director, he competed four times as a writer for "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice," "Harry and Tonto," "Enemies: A Love Story," and "An Unmarried Woman" (for which he also earned a producing bid). H. »
Sure, it would be easy to rattle off all sorts of movie titles that feature the name of colors. Go ahead and knock yourself out: The Pink Panther, Red Dawn, Yellow Submarine, Purple Rain, Blue Velvet, Goldfinger, etc. The listing seems rather endless. However, can one come up with color-contained movie titles that also carry some messaging of substance and contemplation? Maybe films such as Fried Green Tomatoes or Steel Magnolias are color-coated entries that carries some relevance in its messaging about feminine empowerment for instance. In Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color and Substance let us look are the leading selections that have both color (in title) and substance (in thematic forethought) attached to its skin. Hey, maybe one can make a case for Pink Flamingos but The Blue Lagoon might be stretching things a bit…don’t you think? The Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color »
- Frank Ochieng
It’s all well and good for a film to flat out tell you it has a heart, but that still doesn’t mean it actually has one. There are the occasional movies that just seem imbued with a natural, raw humanity and love, elevating them far beyond what most would expect of them. The Lego Movie did it earlier this year, taking a project that seemed all but doomed to become two hours of product placement and turning it into an insanely fun ride that endorsed creativity above all else. David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook did it a couple of years ago as well, taking a mish-mash of indie drama and romcom tropes and imbuing it with a true and beautiful belief in its characters and the love that drew them together. Mutual Friends is, it’s fair to say, not Silver Linings Playbook, no matter how much it tries to be. »
- Dominic Mill
She may not have won an Oscar this year, but Jennifer Lawrence is still the top actress in Hollywood, according to a new Forbes ranking.
The financial publication placed Lawrence at the top of its Most Powerful Actresses list for 2013-2014, thanks to her multiple millions-earning franchises and her long list of award nominations -- and wins -- from her short career. Of her selection as Hollywood's biggest female power player, Forbes writes:
Who says women can't be action heroes? Just 23 years old, Lawrence is proving that women can be as big a draw for blockbusters as men. "The Hunger Games" is the most successful young adult franchise since "Twilight" and her recent turn as Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" helped make the movie the highest-grossing of the franchise. Combine that box office prowess with three Oscar nominations and one win and you have the most powerful actresses in Hollywood. »
- Katie Roberts
Jennifer Lawrence has come a long way since 2010's "Winter's Bone." She landed a Best Actress nomination for that hardscrabble drama, won the Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook" and a supporting actress nomination for "American Hustle." But it's her franchise roles as Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" franchise and Mystique in the "X-Men" series that earned her a place at the top of Forbes' most powerful actresses list--and 12th overall. Forbes estimates that she earned $34 million last year. Bravo. For those of you on Epix, the site will stream back-to-back viewings of "The Hunger Games" and the world television premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," as well as Epix's exclusive look at the making of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" with never before seen footage on Saturday, July 26 (on Epix, Epix-On-Demand, Epix.com and all Epix apps). »
- Anne Thompson
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
In this week’s Variety cover story, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone talk about diving into comedy production with their own company, On the Day. The first project on the list: “Tammy,” which opens Fourth of July weekend, about a Midwestern heroine who takes a road trip with her alcoholic and promiscuous grandmother (Susan Sarandon). McCarthy stars, co-wrote the script, produces the film and even considered co-directing until her TV schedule with CBS’ “Mike and Molly” got in the way. Instead, the director job went to her husband (and frequent comedy collaborator) Falcone, who additionally co-wrote the script with her (on napkins), executive produces and pops up as a grumpy fast food manager in early scenes.
Over a 2.5-hour dinner in Budapest last May, the McCarthy-Falcones gave Variety an exclusive look at their upcoming projects.
(1) “The Memory of Running.” Falcone revealed for the first time that he and McCarthy have »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Melissa McCarthy has emerged as one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars. But her offscreen lifestyle suggests otherwise.
She still resides in a small three-bedroom house in Los Angeles suburb Toluca Lake with her husband, Ben Falcone.
Their two young daughters share a room, and her Mac computer is packed in the closet.
“We’re in the tiniest bedroom on Earth,” McCarthy confesses. On the morning of the 2012 Oscars, when she was getting dolled up for her big evening as a supporting actress nominee for her breakout role as the loudmouth sidekick in “Bridesmaids,” she didn’t have any space in the house to get dressed. “I had my stylist come to my garage,” McCarthy says. “My friends are like, ‘Get it together!’”
(Danielle Levitt for Variety)
McCarthy recounts this story on a recent evening in Budapest over a long dinner of veggie burgers, cucumber salad and beer. Her husband of nine years, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Academy Award winners Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) star together in Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Intern, which began filming today in New York. Oscar-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Private Benjamin”) is directing the comedy from her own screenplay.
The director posted the photo on her Instagram account. (instagram.com/nmeyers)
The film’s multi-generational cast also features Rene Russo (“Thor”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Adam DeVine (“Pitch Perfect”), Nat Wolff (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Anders Holm (“Workaholics”), Linda Lavin (“Wanderlust”), Zack Pearlman (“The Inbetweeners”), Reid Scott (“Veep”), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (“Living with Uncle Charlie”).
In The Intern, De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who »
- Michelle McCue
Fox Searchlight has released a new poster and trailer for The Drop, the upcoming crime drama from Belgian filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone), which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) alongside the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) in his final screen role; check them out courtesy of Empire….
The Drop also stars Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black), Matthias Schoenaerts (Blood Ties), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and is set for release on September 12th in the States, before opening here in the UK on November 14th.
- Gary Collinson
While science-fiction and period costume can sell to collectors at auction for tens of thousands of dollars, the future of contemporary costume from the contemporary drama, comedy and thriller genres is unclear. Costumes from films set in the modern age are not valued as highly. Sourced from costume houses, high-street stores, and even actor’s own wardrobes, these pieces could be lost for good for future generations of collectors and fans if current mentality doesn’t change.
Contemporary costume, even from popular movies, is surprisingly hard to trace. What has happened to George Clooney’s Aloha shirts from The Descendants? The film’s costume designer Wendy Chuck isn’t sure. “I have no idea where his shirts went, probably into the stock at Fox costume house,” she guesses. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s iconic jacket worn as social armour in Brick? Another uncertain costume designer. Michele Posch rented three of the »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.
courtesy of toutlecine.com
30. Black Book (2006)
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Conflict: World War II
In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »
- Joshua Gaul
Whether you’ve happened upon a long-dead series on Netflix or you’re following up on a promising new pilot, investing in another TV series is always a bit of a gamble. Sometimes you’ll have bet on a winner and sometimes you’ll have picked one so unwatchable that you jump ship before episode two, but more often than not it’s easy to lazily burn through four or five episodes before you realise that what you’re watching is, put simply, not all that good.
Fortunately for you and your dignity, we’ve put together a list of fairly terrible TV shows which nonetheless have a redeeming quality with which you can justify your use of your time. Yes, in an ideal world all television would be possessed of a complex plot, stellar cast and sharp dialogue, but sometimes all you need are a few bright »
- Grace Murray
• Tom Hiddleston will star (and sing) as Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic about the country legend. I Saw The Light will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius), who adapted the script from Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. Quite different than his role in The Avengers, Hiddleston will sing from the entire Williams catalog, with songs like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” after the rights were secured through a deal with Sony Atv. The film will follow Williams’ rise to fame before dying of heart failure at age 29. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
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