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A movie cameo is a delicate thing. While the modern definition of the term seems to have evolved into ‘any short appearance’ by a well-known or recognisable person in a performed piece, a cameo was originally held to be “a small character part that stands out from the other minor parts”. Over a century of film, movie cameos have come to take many forms, with an early infamous example being the work of Alfred Hitchcock – who often made silent, walk-on appearances in his films. More recently, comic book icon Stan Lee has achieved cameo notoriety – being featured briefly in most productions of Marvel properties, as well as in the 1995 comedy Mallrats.
Many films trade on a vast array of cameos – such as The Player, This Is The End, or the Anchorman movies – and, while this is entertaining when executed correctly (as in those examples), it can walk a fine line between relevance and pomposity. »
- Sarah Myles
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
This is it. This is the end. After weeks of voting, we've finally reached the final two categories in 2015's Best. Ever. TV. Awards, and they're arguably the biggest ones: the best drama and best comedy of the year! That's right, it's time to crown TV's two top shows, and we've got so many great nominees that we're actually feeling kind of sorry making you choose between them all! But hey, no one said being a TV fan was easy, right?! While perennial favorites made the cut (Game of Thrones! The Mindy Project! The Vampire Diaries!), a bunch of shiny newcomers (Outlander! The Flash! Transparent!) are coming on strong, and we can't wait to see which shows come out on »
The first season of “Man Seeking Woman” aired on Fxx this winter. Averaging 0.2 million viewers, it was the definition of “under the radar,” which is a shame because it was just about the funniest thing on television this past season. -Break- A surreal half-hour comedy that plays loose with its narrative, the absurdist style of “Man Seeking Woman” will admittedly not be for everyone, but it is certainly unique. This is one show where the less you know, the better, so suffice it to say that two episodes is all that it takes for a full understanding. Emmy Mvp: "Looking" for nominations for one of television's best shows On the surface, “Man Seeking Woman” is a dating comedy grounded by a reliable performance from Jay Baruchel ("This is the End") in the well-meaning and awkward everyman role that he often inhabits. Based on a book of short stories by Simon Rich, »
Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first poster for Rock the Kasbah, director Barry Levinson’s upcoming comedy which sees Bill Murray (St. Vincent) leading an all-star cast that includes the likes of Kate Hudson (Wish I Was Here), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Danny McBride (This Is The End), Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-o) and Bruce Willis (The Sixth Sense).
The film sees Murray as “Richie Lanz, an aging rock manager who takes his last client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. But after being abandoned in Kabul, Vance has an epiphany: he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and proceeds to get her into Afghanistan’s version of American Idol (called Afghan Star).”
Rock the Kasbah is set for release in the States on October 23rd, with a UK date yet to be confirmed.
- Gary Collinson
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that actress Elisha Cuthbert has joined the cast of Goon: Last of the Enforcers, the sequel to the 2011 comedy starring Sean William-Scott.
William-Scott reprises his role in the sequel, as does Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Alison Pill (The Newsroom) who all also return. Baruchel, who co-wrote the first film with Evan Goldberg, again co-writes the sequel, as well as directing.
Cuthbert, best known for her work on 24, The Girl Next Door and the recently-cancelled One Big Happy, will play the sister of Pill’s character. Scott will again play Doug “The Thug” Glatt with his team, the Halifax Highlanders, reunited with new players join the ranks.
- Scott J. Davis
This Thursday on Fox’s Wayward Pines, the bizarre burg’s big secrets slowwwwly started coming to the fore.
RelatedWayward Pines Boss: Uncovering the ‘Gargantuan’ Twist Is Only Half the Fun
Fresh off Pope’s cold-blooded murder (and subsequent “disappearance”), Ethan and his shaken family return to their house, where they find… a crisp new blazer for Ben to wear to his first day at Wayward Pines Academy! (Note: My son stayed home from school recently because of a dull headache; Ben just saw his father shoot a man, whose body then got dragged behind an electrified perimeter fence by a goblin or something, »
James Franco has a knack for hilarious impersonations! The actor just spoofed Shia Labeouf's very strange "motivational" video, with his own version of the artistic speech ... making it about poop, no less. Shia shared a video earlier this week, where he gives one of the most intense pep talks we've ever seen. In the 30-minute clip, the "Transformers" star flexes his muscles and screams at the top of his lungs, "Just do it" and "Make your dreams come true!" Franco decided to gives fans a different kind of motivational speech, urging viewers to just "poop in the toilet." In the video, the "This Is The End" star parades around a bathroom wearing a black T-shirt and boxer briefs. "Just do it! Do you want to keep pooping in your little diaper?" Franco asks. "Just poop in the toilet!" This isn't the first time the 37-year-old has poked some fun »
- tooFab Staff
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »
- Shane Ramirez
When "Entourage" hits theaters on June 3, it comes with a boatload of celebrity cameos, including Liam Neeson and Tom Brady. This is both a tradition for the HBO series-turned-feature film and for Hollywood itself, having stars pop up unexpectedly in films -- especially in "The Muppets" and any comedy with Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller or Mike Myers.
It was hard work, but we narrowed down our list of movie cameos to some of the biggest, most memorable cameos of all time. Spoilers, obviously, for "This is the End," "Zombieland," "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" and more.
- Sharon Knolle
George Miller is riding a wave of adulation right now thanks to the critical and commercial success of Mad Max: Fury Road, but eight years ago the filmmaker came this close to making a superhero movie that would've resulted in an entirely different DC Cinematic Universe.
Back in summer 2007 a script titled Justice League Mortal, by Michele and Kieran Mulroney, impressed Warner Bros bosses and the studio quickly enlisted Miller to make it a reality for a summer 2009 release. However, the movie - which was due to shoot in Australia - was plagued by behind-the-scenes issues that eventually led to the plug being pulled.
— Digital Spy Film (@digitalspyfilm) May 27, 2015
An incoming writer's strike meant the script couldn't be finished, Christopher Nolan objected to a different cinematic »
I don’t think this is a sequel to Adventureland.
The first trailer for American Ultra is out and it stars Jesse Eisenberg as a stoner who finds out that he is a trained spy. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, and Tony Hale.
Directed by Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh, this looks like it wants to fit into the absurd action/comedy genre that Pineapple Express, This is the End, and 21 Jump Street fit into. It didn’t seem like it was taking itself too seriously, and if it can find that right mood, it could work much like Pineapple Express did with Seth Rogen and James Franco.
The premise is a little absurd, but these two actors have shown chemistry together on Adventureland and this looks like a wild film that could work with the right tone.
American Ultra opens »
- Zach Dennis
Looks like the main cast of AMC's upcoming Preacher pilot just got a little bigger. British talent Tom Brooke has nabbed a series regular role on the show as 'Fiore', one of two Adelphi angels tasked with watching the half-demon, half-angelic creature named 'Genesis'. The show, currently being developed for TV by This Is The End duo Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, is based on Garth Ennis & Steve Dillion's 90s comic book series of the same name. Brooke joins a cast that so far includes Agent Carter's Dominic Cooper in the lead as 'Jesse Custer', Ruth Negga (Agents Of Shield) as his ex 'Tulip' and Joseph Gilgun (Misfits) as an Irish vampire named 'Cassidy'. A relative unknown, Brooke may seem familiar to Game Of Thrones fans, having portrayed one of Walder Frey's spawn back in Season 3. He has also guest starred on Sherlock, and in British comedy, The Boat That Rocked. »
The film – entitled Goon: Last of the Enforcers will see Seann William Scott back as Doug ‘The Thud’ Glatt, with Baruchel returning as Glatt’s best friend in addition to directing and co-writing with Jesse Chabot.
According to THR, the sequel will see Glatt’s team the Halifax Highlanders reuniting with a host of new players during a pro lockout. Production on the film is set to get underway next month in Toronto.
- Gary Collinson
Baruchel will not only direct Goon: Last of the Enforcers but co-write and reprise his character, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Scott also returns to his role as his team will "reunite with a host of new players during a pro lockout".
Baruchel currently stars in Fxx's Man Seeking Woman, which premiered in January. It was renewed for a second season in March.
The actor also appeared in Idlewild's latest single 'Every »
Jay Baruchel (This is the End) is set to make his directorial debut on Goon: Last of the Enforcers, the follow-up to Michael Dowse’s (What If) 2011 hockey comedy Goon. Baruchel co-wrote the first film Evan Goldberg (The Interview) and is penning the script for the sequel alongside his writing partner Jesse Chabot. Goldberg will return as executive producer. The first film followed Sean William Scott's Doug 'The Thug' Glatt, a bouncer-turned-minor league hockey player with a penchant for fist fighting. Per THR, Scott is set to reprise his role as the pugilistic puck slinger "in a story that sees his team, the Halifax Highlanders, reunite with a host of new players during a pro lockout." [caption id="attachment_151296" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Magnet[/caption] I look forward to seeing what Baruchel can do as a director. In addition to being a solid writer writer, he's a skilled comedic actor, and has really »
- Haleigh Foutch
Universal Pictures today announced that production begins this week on Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, starring digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who are collectively known as The Lonely Island.
Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer have been friends since junior high school in Berkeley, California. In 2000, the trio began writing, directing and producing its own brand of comedy and showcasing it on www.thelonelyisland.com. The three writing partners are responsible for creating the popular SNL “Digital Shorts,” which reinvigorated the series and spurred many water-cooler moments over the past decade.
- Michelle McCue
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