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Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike, Side Effects) and starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his secret partner, Behind the Candelabra tells the outrageous true story of their glamorous life together and their tempestuous relationship. The film opens in cinemas on June 7.
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Dear Channing Tatum: Tim McGraw needs to be in the next Magic Mike movie. Thanks. The country crooner revealed his weapons of mass destruction during the Atlanta stop on his Two Lanes of Freedom Tour on Sunday, stripping down to a white tank on stage and showing off some serious, bulging biceps. Oh, Faith Hill, you, lucky, lucky lady. Between his ripped bod, a pair of tight jeans and his staple cowboy hat, it would be understandable if fans had a hard time focusing on the 46-year-old father of three's songs. "It just sort of exudes this sense of freedom," McGraw said of his tour, "and exudes this sense of rebelliousness a little bit, and the record itself has this optimistic sort of »
For even those most accustomed to the frenzy of celebrity, the Cannes Film Festival can be a disorienting experience.
For 12 days every year, the French Rivera resort town turns into one giant seaside swirl of glamour, high art and backroom deal-making. Like some sun-drenched phantasm, all of cinema comes alive in Cannes: its serious ambitions, bottom-line commerce and crass spectacle.
"Every time I go to Cannes, it feels like I'm entering the helicopter scene in `La Dolce Vita,'" says Leonardo DiCaprio. "It's an insane experience. The entire town is turned into a red carpet. Every hotel is a premiere. But at the same time, it is the mecca for the world to celebrate filmmaking and bold filmmaking."
This year's Cannes, the 66th, kicks off Wednesday with Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," a 3-D extravaganza starring DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. In many ways, the movie's lavish, star-powered decadence epitomizes Cannes. »
Whether for better or worse, nothing makes you sit up quite like a scenery chewing, over-the-top performance. It’s something you will always remember and actors such as Sean Penn, Al Pacino, Nicolas Cage and Jack Nicholson have made careers out of dialing it up and overwhelming the screen. It’s certainly one way to make an impression, although, more often than not, an over-the-top performance will be hideously grating and remind you of that horrible B-movie you accidentally stumbled across on late night TV once.
You will often find ludicrously over-the-top performances in comedy, and sometimes it works, like in the case of Charlie Day and Jeremy Piven, but often it wears thin very quickly like the films of Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell. No matter how good or bad the performance is, a true over-the-top performance will have you talking, and if cinema has taught us anything, nothing »
- Sam Moore
Well this is interesting: Joe Wright, known for his prestigious, visually ravishing adaptations of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” has become the frontrunner for Focus Features' adaptation of insanely popular mom-porn novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The novel (and eventual movie) revolves around the dom-sub relationship between a twenty-something millionaire and a young college student. The movie, which is being adapted by Kelly Marcel, has been in something of a holding pattern, with Universal and Focus putting up $5 million for the adaptation way back in early 2012. The lack of activity has created an anything-goes atmosphere, wherein “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis volunteered to write the screenplay and “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant shot some unsolicited test footage with “Magic Mike” actor Alex Pettyfer playing sexually dominant millionaire Christian Grey. According to the same report that places Wright in the frontrunner role, other filmmakers being considered include »
- Drew Taylor
A new report claims that the British beauty may play Anastasia Steele in the film. Joe Wright is in the running to direct the film and he loves having Keira star as his leading lady. Do you think she’s the right choice?
Keira Knightley To Play Anastasia Steele?
Here’s the thing, Joe has a great relationship with Focus and Universal which is the film company that is slated to make the film. This British director has made four films with them: Anna Karenina, Hanna, Atonementand Pride & Prejudice. Guess who has starred in three of those movies? Keira!
Plus, if you’ve read the books, you know that Anastasia is supposed to be a skinny, brunette. But Anastasia is »
- Chloe Melas
Atonement director reportedly frontrunner for film adaptation of El James's notorious knee-trembler
Joe Wright, the acclaimed British director of Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina, has emerged as the surprise frontrunner to direct the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of "mommy porn" literary sensation 50 Shades of Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The trade bible says Wright is currently top of Universal's list for the film version of El James's infamous knee-trembler, which has been the subject of rabid speculation ever since the studio announced the production in July 2012. Another Brit, TV screenwriter Kelly Marcel, is in charge of the script.
But there has been no official word on cast or director, much to the chagrin of James's legions of fans. Among those tipped to star as kinky billionaire businessman Christian Grey and his initially virginal paramour-turned-willing sex slave Anastasia Steele are Ryan Gosling, Mila Kunis, James Deen and Emma Watson, though »
- Ben Child
It was recently reported that director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) and actor Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) shot a scene from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" book in order to convince Universal Pictures that Van Sant is the right man to direct the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film. The studio is definitely considering Van Sant, but it has also been in talks with Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Patty Jenkins (Monster). And now comes word that Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Hanna, Anna Karenina) is also in talks and has become the favorite to get the job. Universal likes Wright because so many of his movies focus on young female characters. "Fifty Shades of Grey" chronicles a sexual relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey. »
Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey adaptation has gone through the rumour mill quite a bit. Practically everyone who’s ever worked in the industry has at some point been attached. Now, The Wrap reports that Anna Karenina director Joe Wright is the frontrunner in Universal and Focus Pictures’ shortlist of suitable candidates. Also on the list are Gus Van Sant (Elephant, Last Days), Patty Jenkins (Monster) and Bennett Miller (Moneyball).
Apparently, two of the film’s producers, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, are keen for Wright to take the gig. Focus have previously assumed distribution duties on four of Wright’s films, so having an established relationship with the director might sway things his way.
Wright’s name has been bandied about a whole host of projects recently too, including a remake of My Fair Lady. He’s brought out strong performances from leading ladies in recent years. »
- Gem Seddon
They’ve had the property since early last year but Focus Features and Universal Pictures are still to move ahead in gathering a cast and director for the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James’ steamy best-seller Fifty Shades Of Grey. A number of weeks ago we brought you news of Oscar-winner Gus Van Sant’s attempt at nabbing the gig after shooting deflowering test footage with Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer and an unnamed actress. It appears not have worked as word is the studio have their eye on another award-winning filmmaker.
Strong word is Joe Wright has emerged as a front-runner and has an established relationship with Focus and Universal having directed period dramas Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina, as well as romantic war drama Atonement and action-thriller Hanna. Does that mean we could see frequent collaborator Keira Knightly dropping her drawers as kinky virgin Anastasia Steele? Perhaps a long shot »
- Craig Hunter
The Butler is happening, and it is… serious.
The movie is based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight different presidents. Forest Whitaker plays the title role, but he’s surrounded by enough starpower to fuel a few hundred Correspondents’ Dinners. Below, I’ve embedded the trailer, but for now let’s rank the 10 Zaniest parts of this damn thing, which is slated for an October release.
- Louis Virtel
After four days, Iron Man 3 was running just 13% behind The Avengers at the same stage of its UK run, suggesting that the film would finish a lot closer to the superhero team-up (£51.9m) than to either of the earlier Iron Man movies. Seven days later, and it's a similar story, with Iron Man 3 at an impressive £24.6m as of Sunday night, a slim 18% behind Avengers at the same point of release. If it continues at a similar pace, Iron Man 3 should end up around £42-43m here. The first Iron Man film maxed out at £17.4m, while the sequel made it to £21.3m, so the third episode looks set to double its predecessor.
With bank holiday takings added in, »
- Charles Gant
El Mayimbe Here…
My apologies to our readers for this story even appearing on the site. This was done without my approval or supervision. This is the first and last time William Levy will Ever be mentioned on Latino Review ever again. Univision telenovela famewhore William Levy who famously passed on the Alex Rodriguez part in Magic Mike, wasted Steven Soderbergh’s time (Wme dropped Levy as client shortly thereafter), and chose to be a reality show loser on Dancing With The Stars instead apparently got a job in Jada’s Salsa movie. They tried this Latin minstrel show of a movie 20 years ago with Robi Rosa, nobody saw it. They tried again with Chayenne a decade later, guess what? Nobody saw that one either. Trust me no one will see this one. There is a reason this guy is unsigned by the major agencies in Hollywood. A pretty boy no talent famewhore. »
- Alex Corey
Matthew McConaughey has no problem reading negative reviews of his acting. "A few years ago, I did a really interesting kind of experiment," the Mud star revealed in a recent interview. "My assistants gathered every negative review I've ever had and it was a good, thick pile," the hunky 43-year-old actor said. "I sat down and said, 'We're gonna read every one of these.' There was some really good constructive criticism. I'm like, 'That's what I would've said about that performance. You're right.'" McConaughey, who won an Independent Spirit Award earlier this year for his role in Magic Mike and who's getting positive reviews for his new flick »
Looks Olivia Munn forgot that crochet isn't the most covering style. The Magic Mike star was spotted leaving the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood Friday, where the actress, who apparently had the urge to go braless (or possibly fell victim to some sort of bandeau that just, er, slipped) was snapped showing off an eyeful of assets in a beige see-through knit sweater. Olivia looked casual and sexy for her night out on the town, sporting black leather shorts, hot-pink lips, trendy gold jewelry and high-heeled booties for an allover chic and edgy ensemble. Video: Olivia Munn talks pulling a Kanye West at the People's Choice Awards But apparently, the actress was unaware of her nip slip as she »
“And then when it came time to cast, and I was pretty vocal about it.”
When Nichols was first thinking of McConaughey, the Texan had proved himself in films like 'Lone Star', 'A Time To Kill' and 'Dazed and Confused', before exiling himself to make a mint of money in rom-com land, the likes of 'How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days' and 'Failure to Launch'...
More: How Matthew McConaughey Discovered What The Critics Had To Say About Him. »
- Caroline Frost
If Matthew McConaughey's career appears to be enjoying a renaissance, one of the reasons is because, as he has revealed, he has been listening to his critics and reading what they have to say.
The actor, currently being celebrated for his very different turns in 'Mud' and 'Bernie', spent a few years in a rom-com wilderness, earning monikers like 'Matthew Mahogany' for his perma-tanned, ever-grinning romantic screen persona.
But, as he revealed to AP recently, he sat down and read what people had to say about him...
"A few years ago, I did a really interesting kind of experiment," McConaughey said, according to Redding.com.
"My assistants gathered every negative review I've ever had and it was a good, thick pile. I sat down and said, 'We're gonna read every one of these. »
- The Huffington Post UK
Directed by Jeff Nichols
Written by Jeff Nichols
With beguiling Southern charm and an exacting sense of dread, the riveting Mud is a surprisingly sweet third film from writer/director Jeff Nichols. Like his previous works Take Shelter and Shotgun Stories it showcases uniquely troubled characters from rural America who stubbornly stick by increasingly reckless decisions. The same kind of deeply flawed yet strongly principled men inhabit this story and are role models to impressionable boys looking to make a little sense of the world. Mud is an exceptional movie that takes us on an oddly hopeful tale of chivalry, sacrifice and what love can compel men to do.
14 year-olds Ellis (Tye Sheridan of Tree of Life) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland in his first role) are best friends from a small town in Arkansas that happen upon a mysterious fugitive hiding out on an island along the Mississippi River. »
- Lane Scarberry
Sony has released a new poster and theatrical trailer for White House Down, which sees director Roland Emmerich heading back to the White House seventeen years after blowing it up in Independence Day this year's second Presidential action thriller after Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen.
This one sees Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Magic Mike) as a policeman - and rejected Secret Service agent - who has to rescue Jamie Foxx's (Django Unchained, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) President of the United States from a paramilitary group led by Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), all the while protecting his young daughter, played by Joey King (The Dark Knight Rises, Oz the Great and Powerful).
Rival White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen hasenjoyed a decent run at the box office, pulling in close to $130 million worldwide from a $70 million budget. Of course, that kind »
- Flickering Myth
Now that he's finished up with the Dark Knight trilogy, Christopher Nolan is gearing up to go into space for his next effort, the sci-fi epic Interstellar, and according to Deadline Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is in talks about joining the film as the "third lead". Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) was the first name to sign on for the film, followed by Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), who will reunite with Nolan following her turn as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.
Jessica Chastain enjoyed her big breakthrough in 2011, which saw her appearing in Take Shelter, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Tree of Life and Texas Killing Fields, along with her Oscar nominated supporting turn in The Help. She followed this up last year with a Best Actress nod for Zero Dark Thirty and has several films on her upcoming slate, including the relationship dramas The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and Hers, »
- Flickering Myth
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