9 items from 2015
Think that winning an Academy Award provides an actor with a surefire path to unlimited great roles? Think again. Oscars history is filled with stars who've taken home a gold statue only to see all their hard work undone in seconds with a stinker of a follow-up movie.
Digital Spy takes a look at 10 of these instances below...
A piercing performance in Monster's Ball won Halle Berry an Oscar in 2002, but a rocky road lied ahead. She followed it up with disastrous Bond movie Die Another Day, hardly any screen time in X-Men 2 and turgid horror Gothika. Oh, and Catwoman... how could we forget Catwoman (believe us, we've tried)?
Jeff Bridges - Tron Legacy (2011)
Set in the 1930s in Brooklyn and the Catskills, the story follows a young man with a promising future in comedy who gets a gets a job as a 'tummler' to entertain and host at a lavish hotel casino - only to discover that he’s become involved with mobsters. [Source: Variety]
Josh Stewart and Christopher Lloyd are set to star in Griff Furst's supernatural revenge drama "Cold Moon" which begins shooting later this month in Louisiana. Griff Furst directs from a script he adapted with Jack Snyder.
Based on the 1980 novel "Cold Moon Over Babylon," the story deals with the murder of a young woman whose body is dumped in Florida's Styx River, the same place where her parents »
- Garth Franklin
There is a strange, altogether idiotic subset of people who actually believe Eddie Murphy lost the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Dreamgirls" because the raunchy, critically reviled "Norbit" hit theaters right in the thick of Academy voting. Nevermind that eventual Oscar winner Alan Arkin won the BAFTA prize for his "Little Miss Sunshine" performance, indicating industry support at the right time (surprisingly few of us picked him to win the Academy Award), or that "Dreamgirls" was obviously not held in the expected esteem by AMPAS, witnessed by a lack of major category presence in fields like Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. They couldn't understand Murphy's apparent fall from grace, and so they falsely contextualized it and a nonsensical myth was born. This year, "The Theory of Everything" star Eddie Redmayne is bearing the brunt of this stupidity. It has even spilled onto the pages of The Washington Post, »
- Kristopher Tapley
As it turns out, Natalie is "a lovely kisser, very polite," according to Mila. She quipped, "But here's a little-known fact: there's one person in the world that both Ashton and I have kissed, and that's Natalie Portman."
In the online Q&A, Mila also opened up about the couple's four-month-old baby, Wyatt Isabelle.
"It is the most life-changing experience you can have," Mila, 31, said »
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Mission: Impossible III) is set to take the lead in spy thriller Damascus Cover, producers said Monday. Production starts this week in Morocco. Rhys Meyers was announced alongside fellow castmembers Olivia Thirlby (Juno, No Strings Attached), John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien), Igal Naor (Green Zone, Munich) and Navid Negahban (Homeland). The film is being produced by U.K.-based Big Book Media, while Carnaby International will launch global sales in Berlin. Read more Roland Emmerich Gay-Rights Drama 'Stonewall' Gets International Sales Firm Directed by Daniel Berk, whose previous outing as director was
- Alex Ritman
You probably don't need us to tell you that Superbowl weekend has just been and gone in the Us. But maybe you might have missed Ivan Reitman's smart comedy-drama Draft Day. Following Kevin Costner as Sonny, it's a movie that's got a surface of sport, but isn't really about it at all.
I'm from the UK, know next to nothing about American Football, and got to the end understanding all the things I needed to understand.
That's part of the magic trick of this movie. It's a bit like that wonderful movie Margin Call. You don't really know trading and all of that stuff, but you can still get very »
Title: Sleeping with Other People Director: Leslye Headland Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, Andrea Savage, Natasha Lyonne Can men and women ever be just friends? Films like No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits have suggested that if sex enters the equation, all bets are off, since romance and love are inevitable consequences of a physical relationship. In Sleeping with Other People, two people meet one night in college and lose their virginities to each other, and then are not reunited for twelve years. Realizing just how much sex has ruined every relationship either of them has ever had, they decide to avoid any [ Read More ]
A former finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance,” she’ll play one-third of a deadly love triangle
The story follows high school sweethearts Amanda (Gray) and Connor, who are very much in love. When Amanda learns she’s pregnant with Connor’s child, she’s understandably upset, but her »
- Jeff Sneider
6th Update, Tuesday, 3 Pm: Rentrak Theatrical filed the weekend’s actuals with Warner Bros.’ American Sniper counting a four-week cume through yesterday of $110.4M. Talk about the spoils of war: American Sniper propelled the 2015 box office, in its first 19 days, 3.6% percent over the same frame last year with $667M. It stands to reason that this would be the highest-grossing four-day Mlk weekend of all-time with $248.5M after American Sniper broke a slew of records, read Eastwood’s career-high bow, best three-day opening ever during January and February. Previous Mlk record was 2009 with $231.5M when Sony comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop zoomed up a four-day bow of $39.2M. American Sniper had the biggest theater average of the four-day weekend with $30,100, followed by Sony Classic’s Still Alice, which chalked up $20,685 PTA or $248K in 12 venues.
The consensus is that American Sniper is going to hold for another two weekends. Wide releases »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
9 items from 2015
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