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It’s been a rough couple of years for the once great Johnny Depp. After starring in several stinkers like Mortdecai, The Lone Ranger, The Tourist and Transcendence, many people wrote off the A-lister as being past his prime. Last year, however, saw a bit of a return to form for Depp with Black Mass, and now he’s looking to keep that momentum going as we’re hearing he’s signed on for Triple Frontier.
The project has been floating around Hollywood for a while now, with Kathryn Bigelow attached to direct for a very long time. Back then, Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Will Smith, Christian Bale and more of the industry’s finest were all linked to roles. Eventually, Bigelow left and A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor replaced her. While Hanks is still said to be interested, Depp is the first one to come on board in an official capacity. »
- Mark Cassidy
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented its annual Golden Globes awards show live from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills January 10 in true HFPA style. Being looser than the Oscars — which everyone takes very, very seriously — makes for a breezy show, not least because booze flows freely at the Globes. And whether it was Taraji P. Henson handing out cookies on her way to the stage to accept her award for Best Actress in a Drama television series, Lady Gaga startling Leonardo DiCaprio on her own way to the stage, or Ricky Gervais and Mel Gibson awkwardly reuniting, there were a lot of moments to talk and Tweet about.
The Martian won big, grabbing Globes for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Actor for star Matt Damon. Something about the Sci-Fi thriller must have gotten lost in translation to be nominated as a comedy, though squeezing in a big »
- Harker Jones
"They don't go safe. They go bold. Sometimes that's disastrous, and sometimes it's absolutely wonderful."
But she could just as easily be talking about the Globes ceremony itself. The few dozen foreign entertainment correspondents who comprise the HFPA often make offbeat, even bizarre choices, and they put on a show where free-flowing champagne sometimes makes stars rowdy.
Then again, their TV prizes are often the first to recognize worthy newcomers, their movie prizes can sometimes be a stepping stone to the Oscars, and their emcee should keep the show from becoming stuffy and predictable. Though there are a few things we can predict you'll see during the Golden Globes on Jan.10:
1. Venom From Ricky Gervais
Hey, remember when Gervais first hosted, a few years back, »
- Gary Susman
For a night known as Hollywood's most notorious open-bar gala, the Golden Globes ceremony remains shrouded in mystery.
Most viewers probably don't even know who presents it (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), how many voting members it has (only about 90), or what qualifies them to pass judgment on movies and television. Yet movie fans and awards mavens continue to take the Globes seriously as a precursor to the Academy Awards, since some of the Globe honorees will indeed go on to win Oscars. With Ricky Gervais set to reprise his hosting duties this weekend, here are 25 things you need to know about the Globes.
1. Founded in October 1943 by eight foreign-market journalists, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (then called the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association) held its first awards ceremony the following spring, as a luncheon at 20th Century Fox. Instead of trophies, the winners took home scrolls.
2. The next year, the »
- Moviefone Staff
During his three-year stint as Golden Globes host from 2010-2012, Ricky Gervais earned a reputation for being politically incorrect and aggressive with his humor. Oh, how he treasured that edgy badge of dishonor: "I guarantee they will not invite me back," the comedian predicted after his last gig. Now that Gervais returns this Sunday, plenty of people are wagering how he'll bite the hand that feeds him. But other than an obsession with his penis (and others), his off-color "offensive" humor can now seem rather quaint.
As the 54-year-old British writer-producer told The Hollywood Reporter, »
5 items from 2016
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