17 items from 2015
A simple but effective YouTube series has highlighted Hollywood's race problem.
New York writer and performer Dylan Marron's 'Every Single Word Spoken' Tumblr shows all the lines of dialogue said by non-white characters in films.
By removing all white characters, the films are reduced to just a few seconds, which Marron says proves that Hollywood has a serious diversity issue.
"People who finance the movies are not going to want to throw millions behind a movie of a non-famous person of colour," he told The Guardian.
"There needs to be much more of a mix. Executives are so worried about losing money. [They] should rest more on amazing stories, and take a little more risk."
As relationships in the 21st century become more fluid, elastic and complicated, Hollywood has zeroed in on the fuck buddy concept. 2010 brought the concept in hard and fast with "No Strings Attached" and "Friends With Benefits" and while the Sundance indie “Sleeping With Other People” does sound like a riff on a similar subject, despite being raunchier than both, it’s actually kind of different. Directed and written by Leslye Headland, the writer/director behind the bawdy ladies comedy “Bachelorette,” the movie centers on a good-natured womanizer and a serial cheater who form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in. Starring Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis, the film was warmly received at Sundance—read our review— earlier this year and then was swiftly picked up by IFC Films. Here’s the official synopsis: Years after impulsively losing their virginity to each other in college, »
- Edward Davis
Headey opted out of going naked for the harrowing six-minute sequence "for several reasons", one of which was so she could fully focus on the emotions in her performance.
The actress also wasn't involved in the casting process for her double, adding: "I was like, 'Listen guys, she happens to have a beautiful body, but I don't do casting'. If somebody is brave enough to do this, I applaud it."
We've found 11 other actors and actresses who've spoken candidly about choosing a body double instead of baring their naked bits on the big screen.
And you may find some film scenes quite surprising (it wasn't really Kevin Costner frolicking naked in a waterfall!).
1. Mila Kunis had actresses moon for her
Mila Kunis happily revealed that she used »
The project had originally been centered on on a consistently unlucky man whose streak of bad luck continues when everyone in his small town wins the lottery except for him. Disney has decided to make the protagonist female with Martin Hynes rewriting.
The project is based on a 2012 New York Times article by Suzanne Daley about a tiny town in Spain named Sodeto in which every cititzen but one contributed to the national lottery and won a $950 million dollar jackpot.
- Dave McNary
Easy A and Friends with Benefits helmer Will Gluck has signed on to direct Walt Disney Studios' untitled lottery project with Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes) attached to produce. Gluck will also oversee Martin Hynes' re-write of the script, originally titled Lucky Guy, converting the formerly male-led script to a female-centric film. Per THR, "The project centers on a consistently unlucky woman whose streak of bad continues when everyone in her small town wins a lottery except for her. But it turns out to be a blessing in disguise that will ultimately allow her to save the town from ruin." I'm fascinated that Disney is converting a previously male-led script to a female-centric project. Actresses, writers, and audiences have been actively campaigning for more female-led films in recent years, and looking at the heaps of cash pulled in by films like The Hunger Games, Maleficent, Frozen, and Gravity, »
- Haleigh Foutch
The pic, which was originally written for a male lead and titled Lucky Guy but is being retooled to feature a female protagonist, centers on a perpetually unlucky young woman who is flabbergasted when everyone in her small town wins a lottery apart from her. However, this apparent misfortune turns out to leave her as the only person standing between her town and total disaster.
Gluck is helping scribe Martin Hynes to rewrite the pic for a female lead. He’s uniquely qualified for the gig, given his killer breakthrough Easy A, which proved a star-making vehicle for Emma Stone, and crowd-pleasing comedy Friends with Benefits, which featured Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake.
Annie was an absolute train-wreck and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan »
- D. Zhea
From scandalous onstage kisses to acceptance speech blunders, the MTV Movie Awards has broadcasted some of the most outrageous stunts in awards show history. Before this year's ceremony kicks off on April 12, take a look at some of the craziest moments that have happened in past years. Read More MTV Movie Awards to Debut 'Pitch Perfect 2' Clip, Fall Out Boy to Perform 1. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis get handsy. At the 2011 awards show, the Friends with Benefits co-stars groped each other at the podium before presenting the nominees for best male performance to prove that,
- Meena Jang
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Liz,” the Kings said of Glotzer, who has served as president of Castle Rock since 1996. “Not only does she have spectacular taste, she has years of experience working with wonderful feature writers — many of whom are now looking to explore TV. That background, plus having the producing skills to help us move our own projects forward, makes this the perfect match.”
Glotzer joined Castle Rock at its inception in 1987, and during her time there, the company produced over 90 films including “When Harry Met Sally,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “A Few Good Men,” “Best in Show,” “The Polar Express” and “Miss Congeniality. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Masi Oka (NBC's Heroes) will reprise his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as Hiro Nakamura for a guest-starring arc of episodes on NBC's new event series Heroes Reborn, which will premiere in fall 2015. Said Masi Oka:
Said creator/executive producer Tim Kring:
"We are thrilled to have Masi back in the 'Heroes' family. The character of Hiro Nakamura was such a huge part of the first series' success, and a gigantic fan favorite. We felt the fans would really love seeing him back in action again."
Exclusive: La-based sales outfit brings It’s Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong and Bloodsucking Bastards to Filmart.
Chung plays a Chinese American who visits Hong Kong for the first time and meets a Us expat (Greenberg). But as romance blossoms, time is not on their side.
Ting said: “We shot the film in Hong Kong last summer and I couldn’t be happier to be returning ‘home’ a year later with the finished product.”
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Found under the ice of Fortitude by Dci Morton, The Mid-Season Replacements return with a two-part episode originally thought lost to the gods of podcasting. Two episodes thought vanished, have survived the extreme weather of the Northeast, and have finally arrive, in the form of The Mid-Season Replacement’s Great Lost Mega-Sode!
Part I of the Mega-Sode (henceforth known as “Episode 14″) takes us back to the elder days of February 2015, hours after the NBA trade deadline, which has Randy and Sean reacting in real time to. They also dig into the then-recent (but still painful) cancellation of Ground Floor, talk about Banshee, Fresh Off The Boat‘s racial undertones, and other shows like Schitt’s Creek, NBC’s failed 2010 sitcom Friends with Benefits, and the delay of Hannibal.
Episode 15 (or “Part II”, if you want to be fancy) is a relic from March 5th, 2015, when the guys had just seen »
- Randy Dankievitch
At a press conference for his upcoming action movie Run All Night (starring Liam Neeson), director Jaume Collet-Serra was asked about the production and when we can start hearing some movement. His answer?
“No, no. There’s nothing”.
He then told reporters that questions about Akira should be directed to Warner Bros., who it appears is holding up the start date. But it’s not just the studio that is holding back Collet-Serra from his movie, but the fact he is looking for a bit of time off after filming Run All Night back-t0-back with his previous Liam Neeson action movie Non-Stop.
“I truly will not make a decision on a »
- Luke Owen
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)
It’s easy to underestimate Mila Kunis. She’s the petite, gorgeous actor who kick-started her career as a teenager on the TV comedy "That ’70s Show" and continues to earn laughs today voicing Meg on TV’s "Family Guy." On the big screen she’s cracked wise in comedies such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Ted and Friends With Benefits.
But the 31-year-old knows she can do more than just make people laugh. She turned heads as a conniving ballerina in 2010’s Black Swan, and in 2013 she was the heartbroken witch who turns nasty in Oz: The Great and Powerful.
In the Wachowskis-directed sci-fi Jupiter Ascending, Kunis will play lowly janitor Jupiter Jones, who learns from a human/wolf hybrid warrior (Channing Tatum) that she’s actually alien royalty and the rightful ruler of Earth.
We caught up with her while she was driving around Los Angeles — “Don’t worry, »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
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 ]
Written & Directed by Leslye Headland
With each new inferior romantic-comedy, you come to appreciate the delicate brilliance of When Harry Met Sally just a little bit more. Sleeping with Other People is a particularly egregious offender because it borrows so heavily from the classic. Though it tries very hard (too hard) to please, it can’t overcome its faulty premise, miscast leads, and ill-conceived gags. This is a rom-com with very few laughs and even fewer romantic sparks.
From the first frames, it’s evident that Sleeping with Other People is saddled with a deeply flawed premise. Lainey (Alison Brie) is an uber-fox who remained sexless because she “wanted to be chosen” by a complete zero named Matthew Sobvechik (Adam Scott). Lainey’s virginal counterpart is Jake (Jason Sudeikis); an uncouth douchebag who “wanted his first time to be special.” Okay, that’s utter nonsense, »
- J.R. Kinnard
17 items from 2015
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