November 27, 2012 5:00am EST
Skirting over the sheer absurdity in the fact that The Dark Knight Rises wasn't even nominated for any Gotham Awards (it takes place there, for Pete's sake!), this year's incarnation of the Independent Feature Project's ceremony for recognizing cinematic excellence offered up some pretty worthy victors. The 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards took place Monday night with comedian and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me) playing host. Snagging the coveted Best Feature title for the year of 2012 was the revered indie hit from community mainstay Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom.
The 1960s-set romantic comedy, focused on a pair of renegade preteens who whisk one another away from their respective scout troops and unfulfilling home lives, was nominated back in October alongside venerable candidates The Master, Bernie, The Loneliest Planet, and Middle of Nowhere. Anderson's spirited, offbeat flick (which boasts a cast of Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, and two of Hollywood's most spectacular new assets, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), took the top prize, contributing to buzz surrounding its potential for nods come Academy Award season.
Check below for a complete list of Gotham's 2012 winners.
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Emayatzy Corinealdi: Middle of Nowhere
Best Ensemble Performance
Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, and Mark Duplass: Your Sisters Sister
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Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You
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November 14, 2012 12:07pm EST
Election Season is far enough behind us to forget who Barack Obama even ran against (I wanna say it was Matt something?), the World Series has come and gone, and the vociferous campaign for People Magazine's Sexiest Man has landed a much less contested candidate than last year. You might think we have nothing left to debate — no polarizing argument in which to invest ourselves so vehemently to the point of popping veins and losing friendships. But you're overlooking one all-important dichotomy that has plagued our culture for the past several years: Edward Vs. Jacob.
The Twilight Saga heroine Bella Swan might have made her choice in the vampirious Mr. Cullen, but there are doubtlessly many who reserve affection for Edward's werewolf rival. The Team Edward/Team Jacob battle broke out between the installments of the book-turned-film series, plaguing the American populace with an intense animosity for the opposing sides. Some thought Edward to be Bella's meant-to-be, her first love, her soul mate. Others considered Jacob the more suitable partner, purer of heart and more capable of a giving, healthy relationship.
This is a phenomenon that has tread beyond the parameters of Twilight fandom into popular culture, affecting not only Twihards but the human species on the whole. And in its widespread outbreak, this pandemic has affected two particular communities the most: actual people named Edward and Jacob. No longer are these innocent men able to go about their days, enjoying the moniker supplied by loving parents. Now, there are connotations. They are unwittingly thrust into this bloodletting warfare, forced to defend their nomenclature against the opposing side.
But what's in a name? How does one state a case for the superior quality of his given handle? Simple: by citing some of the best examples of figures who have borne that same praenomen. So without further ado, we present to you just that. The ultimate showdown, broken down into nine disparate battles in the form of our very own additions to the Twilight Saga — other Edwards Vs. Jacobs... in pop culture, of course.
The Scorsese Saga: Fast Eddie Felson Vs. Jake LaMotta
Team Edward: Fast Eddie Felson, played by Paul Newman in The Color of Money
Powers at His Disposal: The almost unteachable skill of pool hustling, and the rare ability to teach it.
Team Jacob: Jake LaMotta, played by Robert De Niro in Raging Bull
Powers: A bull-like rage (also his undoing)
Winner: Jake LaMotta — Raging Bull is a classic (0/1)
The Seven Seas Saga: Blackbeard Vs. Jake of the Never Land Pirates
Team Edward: Real life 18th Century pirate Blackbeard, born Edward Teach
Powers: An iconoclastic reverence among enthusiasts of pirate culture and facial hair alike
Team Jacob: The starring player in the Disney cartoon Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Powers: The greatest power of all: the ability to teach children
Winner: Jake of the Never Land Pirates. It's good to be educational (0/2)
The Journalistic Saga: Edward R. Murrow Vs. Jacob Riis
Team Edward: Cold War-era CBS news reporter Edward R. Murrow
Powers: The ability to take down Joseph McCarthy with a single bound!
Team Jacob: Jacob Riis, turn-of-the-20th Century Danish-American reporter/social reformer
Powers: Laser-powered muckraking!
Winner: Edward R. Murrow... you can thank him for the lack of xenophobic oppression you might be facing today (1/2)
The Lost Saga: Edward Mars Vs. Jacob
Team Edward: Edward Mars (Frederic Lehne), the ill-fated U.S. Marshal assigned to the arrest of Kate Austen
Powers: A superhuman devotion to justice
Team Jacob: Jacob (Mark Pellegrino)... you know, the dude who's pretty much God
Powers: The dude is pretty much God
Winner: You might be surprised by this one, but Edward — at the end of the day, Jacob was kind of a bulls*** artist (2/2)
The Ramis Saga: Cousin Eddie Vs. Joliet Jake Blues
Team Edward: Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) of the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise fame
Powers: The ability to show up, unannounced, anywhere in the country that might provide peril to his cousin Chevy Chase
Team Jacob: Joliet Jake Blues (John Belushi), one half of the titular pair in The Blues Brothers
Powers: Just listen to the music, people
Winner: Belushi all the way, of course (2/3)
The Talking Dog Saga: Eddie McDowd Vs. Jake the Dog
Team Edward: Seth Green's forgettable Nickelodeon antihero from 100 Deeds of Eddie McDowd
Powers: Does shapeshifting count when you can't control it?
Team Jacob: Jake the Dog from the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time
Powers: That arm-stretching thing, and loyalty
Winner: Eddie McDowd, if only for that nostalgia factor with which so many of us are plagued (3/3)
The Sitcom Children Saga: Eddie Munster Vs. Jake Harper
Team Edward: In a strange inversion of fate, this Edward is a werewolf: young Eddie Munster (Butch Patrick) from the classic '60s sitcom The Munsters
Powers: Near immortality, transformation into full-on wolf come full moon, a snazzy fashion sense
Team Jacob: Jake Harper (Angus T. Jones), Jon Cryer's son on Two and a Half Men
Powers: Bodily functions.
Winner: Eddie Munster, because... well, you know (4/3)
The Mutant Pariah Saga: Edward Scissorhands Vs. Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Team Edward: Tim Burton's greatest creation, Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands
Powers: A love unparalleled
Team Jacob: Retired professional wrestler and python wrangler Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Powers: The snake, mostly
Winner: Another obvious victory for the Edwards... man, we all love that movie (5/3)
The Definitely Talented But Kind of Generic White Male Actor Over the Age of 30 Who Has Been in a Bunch of Good Things, Sure, But Hasn't Ever Really Taken Off as a Star — At Least Not Yet, Anyway Saga: Edward Norton Vs. Jake Gyllenhaal
Team Edward: Edward Norton of Fight Club, American History X, and Death to Smoochy
Powers: He used to be able to turn green and smash stuff, but Mark Ruffalo took that from him
Team Jacob: Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, and Zodiac starJake Gyllenhaal
Powers: Those eyes.
Winner: Edward Norton. Go see Moonrise Kingdom, by the way (6/3).
And so, just like in the movies, Team Edward takes the victories. Catch The Twilight Saga's final chapter, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 in theaters on Friday, Nov. 16.
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November 12, 2012 4:00am EST
The Titanic star turned 38 on Sunday (11Nov12), and he celebrated by hosting a bash at Manhattan hotspot The Darby on Saturday night (10Nov12).
DiCaprio partied with famous pals including Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z, as well as longtime movie collaborator Martin Scorsese, his The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill, Harry Potter's Emma Watson, and actor Jamie Foxx.
Other guests included Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton, Chris Rock and Busta Rhymes, while the evening featured musical performances from Gary Clark, Jr., jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and pianist Eric Lewis.
The Hollywood star showed his charitable side by using the party to raise money for a good cause by adding a fee to every bottle of booze sold.
A $500,000 donation was made to the American Red Cross, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
November 05, 2012 10:49am EST
Will Ferrell and Cher have a favor to ask of you, America. No, not to forgive them for Bewitched and Burlesque, respectively. Rather, they want you to go out and vote for President Barack Obama tomorrow on Election Day. Both stars, among others in Hollywood, have made re-election campaign videos in support of the POTUS.
Ferrell's approach, unsurprisingly, was to go for the funny bone to hook voters. Well, that, and promising to do anything they wanted if it got them to head to the polls on November 6. Yes, anything.
The actor/comedian/"founder of Facebook" will cook you a homemade dinner, move your couch with his van, give you a tattoo, do a special dance for you, eat garbage, and make you an owl if you vote for Obama — which The Campaign star describes while holding a football as a "slam dunk." Watch the clip below:
While Cher and her pal Kathy Griffin's video, whose focus was more anti-Mitt Romney and GOP, certainly had its share of laughs, too, the legendary singer meant business. Cher called the recent wave of Republican politicians' stance on women's rights (including Richard Mourdock's controversial declaration that pregnancies from rape are a "gift from God" and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan's definition of "forceable rape") "sick stuff" and urged viewers to "do something for your country, come together, protect women's rights." In the words of Griffin: "This is Cher, bitches. Do what she says!" See it here: But celebs like Cher, Griffin, Ferrell, and recently, Lena Dunham aren't just stepping in front of the camera to show their support. Case in point: Edward Norton. The Oscar-nominated actor doesn't actually appear in his Obama video (he and Moneyball director Bennett Miller created their "We Hold These Truths" video) and just might have the most impactful clip of them all. Everyday Americans explaining why they are voting on Tuesday? Those are the real stars. Check it out: Which celebrity's Obama video was the most effective or, at the very least, entertaining? Or has Mr. Burns already locked it down for Romney when it comes to celebrity support clips? Sound off in the comments section!
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The project, We Hold These Truths, follows working Americans as they discuss their hopes for a better future in a country led by Democratic Obama.
But while Fight Club star Norton has previously publicly endorsed the politician, he does not appear in the seven-minute movie in a bid to put the spotlight on voters.
Norton explains to BuzzFeed.com, "I don't judge anyone else's choices but for myself, I don't relate to the idea of leveraging celebrity for its own sake. I'm not a believer of do this or pay attention to this because of who I am.
"Even though I support the President, to me it's much more interesting to encourage people to engage than to suggest that people should model themselves on me and my views."
October 07, 2012 5:30am EST
Violence ripped through the streets of capital Male over the summer (12) as activists demonstrated against new president Mohammed Waheed.
His appointment proved controversial in the Maldives as former leader Mohamed Nasheed claimed he was forced to resign at gunpoint earlier this year (12).
Bosses at Amnesty International have described the events as a "human rights crisis", and now stars from the stage and screen have called for political change.
Radiohead star Thom Yorke, acting couple Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans, and Edward Norton have also added their names to the open letter, which states, "A young and fragile democracy is under threat once more and we therefore call upon Mohammed Waheed to set a firm date for free and fair elections immediately, to end the culture of systematic police brutality and to release all political detainees including opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed.
"We also call upon the international community, including the British government and the rest of the Commonwealth, to condemn this latest campaign of harassment, to demand an end to all human rights abuses and to urge the current regime to hold democratic elections at the earliest opportunity."
October 02, 2012 5:00am EST
The trio appear in the new light-hearted campaign, dubbed Vote 4 Stuff, alongside Zac Efron, Ellen DeGeneres, Jonah Hill and Edward Norton.
The stars come up with ridiculous ideas they want to vote for, with Hill saying he would make dogs "pick up his poop", while Efron insists tigers should be banned from schools.
DeGeneres jokes, "Women should get the vote."
However, the public service announcement (PSA) takes a serious turn when the celebrities insist viewers should consider voting to make a real change in the U.S. as the upcoming presidential elections in November (12) approach.
October 01, 2012 2:18pm EST
Election season is upon us, and you know what that means — yep, that means it’s time to vote. It also means it’s time for celebrities to make Internet videos encouraging you to vote.
Last week saw the debut of expletive-laden anti-Romney “Wake the F—k Up” video featuring Samuel L. Jackson, and today the decidedly less partisan “Vote 4 Stuff” campaign video was unleashed online. (Jonah Hill tweeted it, so young people will definitely see it.) The video features a slew of stars ranging from comedian Sarah Silverman, to acting powerhouse Leonado DiCaprio, to the original big screen Spider-Man Tobey Maguire.
Instead of isolating half(ish) of the entertainment world by choosing a side in the upcoming election, the Vote 4 Stuff team cleverly avoids mention of any politician’s name or political party at all. Rather than picking a side, the stars simply want you to vote for “stuff.” You can vote for anything at all, they say. Anything.
Here are just a few highlights from the video of what some celebs would vote for:
"Dogs would pick up my poop with a plastic bag. See how they like it." — Jonah Hill
"Vote to keep tigers out of schools!" — Zac Efron
"I vote yes to anything Zac Efron says." — Selena Gomez
"End. Dubstep. Now." — Joseph Gordon Levitt (Side note: I vote yes to anything JGL says, but why you hate on dubstep, JGL? Why?!)
"North Carolina and South Carolina would have to come up with their own original unique names. I think that should apply to the Dakotas as well." — Edward Norton
Some things I would love to vote for: a Magic Mike sequel, chocolate, JGL liking dubstep, and Seth MacFarlane to surpass my already high expectations and do a fantastic job hosting the Oscars.
Now, obviously you can’t actually vote for these things (bummer). But you can vote on real, equally important things, like jobs, marriage equality, climate change, foreign policy, women’s reproductive rights, immigration, worker’s rights, taxes, teachers’ wages, better education, etc. What would you vote for? The Vote 4 Stuff campaign is asking for 30-second videos about the stuff that is important to you. Your tweets, pics, and videos will be incorporated into the Vote 4 Stuff campaign later this month.
Here's the video. Enjoy, laugh, vote.
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[Photo Credit: Vote 4 Stuff]
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September 27, 2012 5:00am EST
The popular mobile game, which was made famous by Alec Baldwin when he was kicked off an airplane for refusing to shut off his phone during take-off because he was so hooked, has attracted a slew of celebrity followers as of late.
And now the Fight Club veteran Norton, blonde beauty Bell and funnyman Hill have signed up to show off their word-making skills in an all-star tournament to raise $500,000 (GBP312,500) for charities of their choice.
Singer John Legend, rapper Snoop Dogg and actress Eva Longoria will also take part in the fun, but Yale University graduate Norton, who is playing on behalf of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund, is hoping to walk away the big win.
He tells the Associated Press he feels like a favourite because he plays the game so much: "I have to give myself time-outs on Words With Friends. I've gone through phases where I'm like, 'What am I doing? This is much too much of my day.'"
August 13, 2012 1:15pm EST
The last day of the Olympics cost Jeremy Renner's new action movie a couple million dollars at the U.S. box office.
Estimates released on Sunday (12Aug12) by studio bosses at Universal suggested his debut in the Bourne spy franchise would pull in $40.3 million (£25.1 million) in its first weekend on release, but it seems film fans stayed away from the cinema.
In a rare recount, The Bourne Legacy has now opened with $38.1 million (£23.8 million).
That's still enough to put the film in first place, ending The Dark Knight Rises' three-week reign at number one in America.
Political comedy The Campaign opened in second place with $26.6 million (£16.6 million).
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