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Fact: Gwyneth Paltrow and rap group Three 6 Mafia once performed -- though (unfortunately) not together -- during the Academy Awards ceremonies (Paltrow for "Country Strong"; Three 6 for "Hustle & Flow").
Obviously, those aren't the only bizarre acts that have appeared on the Oscar stage: from A.R. Rahman's Olympic-like moment in 2009 to Bjork being, well, Bjork in 2001, the Academy Awards has been known to throw out an odd musical moment or five.
To celebrate this year's Academy Awards, let's take a look at the most ridiculous musical performances in Oscar history. »
- Moviefone Staff
Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The It Crowd) Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer) star in John Steinbeck’s landmark American play. Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is an essential adventure, an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men tells the story of George (Franco) and Lennie (O'Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across The Farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own. Of Mice & Men is directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s »
- Pietro Filipponi
Conveniently, Alex Pettyfer -- the dreamy star of the hopelessly romantic "Endless Love's" -- is a hopeless romantic himself. Directed by Shana Feste ("Country Strong"), "Endless" centers on a young man (Pettyfer) who's hopelessly in love with with a wealthy girl (Gabriella Wilde). They run into conflict when her conservative father (Bruce Greenwood) adamantly opposes their coupling. HitFix's Katie Hasty sat down with Pettyfer to discuss the new film, Valentine's Day, his favorite romantic movies and the possibilities of "Magic Mike 2." When asked about how he approached the role, Pettyfer explains, "I think that's its just being young and in love. I'm 23-turning-24 and I want to act »
- Dave Lewis
Director: Shana Feste.
Running Time: 103 minutes.
Synopsis: The story of a privileged girl (Gabriella Wilde) and a charismatic boy (Alex Pettyfer) whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.
A solemn voiceover describing how the love found one summer changes lives forever is how we are introduced to this woeful coming-of-age tale of innocence lost and love gained. If you’re thinking the only way is up from there then you have seriously misjudged Endless Love, as every cliché in the book is thrown at the audience during the course of this derivative and tiresome movie.
We start with a family coping with the death of the middle son, an overprotective and grieving father (Bruce Greenwood) who hasn’t »
- Victoria Bull
Unlike Franco Zeffirelli’s notoriously over-the-top 1981 filmization of Scott Spencer’s novel, Shana Feste’s “Endless Love” seems less a misguided adaptation than a deliberate, flat-out rewrite. Feste and co-scripter Joshua Safran turn a dark tale of self-destructive romantic obsession into an innocuous fairy tale about the shining power of puppy love, set in an insulated universe where head-on collisions result in a few artfully placed bruises, and class differences arise merely to test the resilience of youthful affection. Universal is wisely opening this sugary confection on Valentine’s Day, probably the only occasion on which tweens could persuade their dates to swallow it, though it may prove too bland even for its target audience.
Unlike Spencer’s troubled adolescent, whose uncontrollable passion landed him in mental and penal institutions, David (Alex Pettyfer) may be the politest, kindest, most well-adjusted yet non-nerdy teen in cinema history. Of course, he’s also ruggedly handsome, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I can’t remember if I ever saw the 1981 Endless Love. That was the one with Brooke Shields and the pretty boy stranded on an island? [Checks IMDb.] Ah, no, it’s the other sensational teen sexfest of the era starring Brooke Shields. Which sounds nothing like the new movie of the same title, or the Scott Spencer novel they’re both allegedly based on, beyond the names of the characters. Why not just make a new movie and find a sappy new title for it? I don’t think the name recognition attached to “Endless Love” is all that strong, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Hitting theaters just in time for Valentine's Day, director Shana Feste's ( Country Strong ) Endless Love brings to the screen a contemporary update of author Scott Spencer's 1979 novel of the same name, previously adapted for the screen by Franco Zeffirelli in 1981. Alex Pettyfer stars as David, a high school graduate who, in the midst of a summer of infinite possibilties, meets and falls in love with Gabriella Wilde's Jade. While their young passion for one another seems to inspire almost everyone around them (including Jade's mother, Joely Richardson's Ann), the girl's father, Hugh (Bruce Greenwood) is decidedly less than impressed with David and begins to find a way to tear the couple apart. ComingSoon.net sat down with Pettyfer, Richardson, Greenwood and Feste to »
It's not secret that Gwyneth Paltrow has a less that perfect relationship with Vanity Fair magazine and editor in chief Graydon Carter. After continuing rumors that the mag was working on an "epic takedown" article profiling the Oscar winner, Carter released a letter earlier this week claiming they were doing no such thing. But despite the bad blood, Vanity Fair tells E! News that Paltrow is invited to their annual Oscar Awards post-party this year. The party will take place Sunday, Mar. 2. While the mag has no info on the status of Paltrow's RSVP, it will be interesting either way if the Country Strong star shows up at the bash or decides to ignore the invite. Earlier this week, Carter »
There is nothing more overpowering, reckless and all-consuming than the rush that accompanies first love…in all of its intensity and obsession, possibility and promise. It is a timeless theme in modern storytelling, dating back to Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, but one that remains urgently current because it serves as a rite of passage for everyone in every generation.
This Valentine’s Day, one young couple will fight against all odds for love.
Endless Love stars Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) in the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.
Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), the romantic drama co-stars Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joely Richardson. Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief) of Bluegrass Films are joined »
- Movie Geeks
With Batman vs. Superman now pushed off until 2016, Warner Bros. is betting on Atonement director Joe Wright’s gritty Peter Pan reimagining, simply titled Pan, to make big bucks at the 2015 summer box office. The studio is understandably keen to assemble the fantasy film’s cast so that cameras can get rolling sooner rather than later, and it looks like Wright has just committed to an actor for one of Pan‘s lead roles as Garrett Hedlund has been officially offered the part of Captain Hook.
Pan is an origin story, so when Wright’s film starts out, Peter Pan (still uncast) and Hook are actually friends, with Hook working on the crew of a pirate ship belonging to the fearsome Blackbeard. Hugh Jackman was linked to the role of the notoriously cruel pirate last December after Javier Bardem passed on it.
- Isaac Feldberg
Since 2010's Tron: Legacy he's kept to the more initimate likes of Country Strong, On The Road and Inside Llewyn Davis, but after three years of indie drama Garrett Hedlund is ready to flirt with the mainstream once again. It's just been revealed that he'll be playing Captain Hook in Pan, Joe Wright's extrapolation of the J. M. Barrie classic.Hook isn't the antagonist in this version of the story. The main villain duties belong to Blackbeard, for whom Hook was a boatswain according to Barrie. Blackbeard is either being played by Hugh Jackman or Javier Bardem, depending on what you read.Pan posits that Peter is an orphan transported to Neverland, where he stops growing up and becomes the saviour of the natives in an ongoing rebellion against pirate forces. He and Hook end up forming an alliance to take Blackbeard down (Mutiny, Mr Hook!). But later, of course, »
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