September 15, 2012 5:13pm EST
Saturday was a big day for the TV world as the 2012 Creative Emmys took place. Hollywood.com was both backstage and on the carpet, bringing you the scoop direct from the source. HBO and its epic hit Game of Thrones were the night's biggest winners, with the network taking home 17 statues — six of them for GoT. CBS wasn't far behind with 13 wins, followed by PBS with 11. Frozen Planet, Great Expectations, and Saturday Night Live each took home four awards, resulting in a three-way-tie for second place after Game of Thrones. See below for the list of winners:
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series: Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein, Judy Henderson, Craig Fincannon, Lisa Mae Fincannon for Homeland
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special: David Rubin, Richard Hicks, Pat Moran, Kathleen Chopin for Game Change
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series: Jennifer Euston for Girls
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Kathy Bates for Two and A Half Men
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special: Greg Nicotero, Jake Garber, Andy Schoneberg, Kevin Wasner, Gino Crognale, Carey Jonse, Garrett Immel for The Walking Dead
Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic): Mario Michisanti, Francesca Tampieri for Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic): Paul Engelen, Melissa Lackersteen for Game of Thrones
Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic): Zena Shteysel, Angela Moos, Patti Ramsey Bortoli, Barbara Fonte, Sarah Woolf, Nadege Schoenfeld for Dancing With the Stars
Outstanding Costumes for a Series: Michele Clapton, Alexander Fordham, Chloe Aubry for Game of Thrones
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special: Annie Symons, Yvonne Duckett for Great Expectations
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie: Monte C. Haught, Samantha Wade, Melanie Verkins, Natalie Driscoll, Michelle Ceglia for American Horror Story
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special: Bettie O. Rogers, Jodi Mancuso, Inga Thrasher, Jennifer Stauffer, Cara Hannah Sullivan, Christal Schanes for Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series: Anne "Nosh" Oldham, Christine Greenwood for Downton Abbey
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Jeremy Davies for Justified
Outstanding Choreography: Joshua Bergasse for Smash ("National Pastime", "Let's Be Bad", "Never Met A Wolf")
Outstanding Music Direction: Rob Berman, Rob Mathes for The Kennedy Center Honors
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score): John Lunn for Downton Abbey
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special (Original Dramatic Score): Javier Navarrete for Hemingway & Gellhorn
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: Adam Schlesinger, David Javerbaum for the 65th Annual Tony Awards ("It's Not Just for Gays Anymore")
Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series: Glenda Rovello, Amy Feldman for 2 Broke Girls ("And The Rich People Problems", "And The Reality Check", And The Pop Up Sale")
Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming: Brian Stonestreet, Alana Billingsley, Matt Steinbrenner for The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, and Steve Bass, Seth Easter for The 65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie: David Roger, Paul Ghirardani, Jo Kornstein for Great Expectations
Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series: Bill Groom, Adam Scher, Carol Silverman for Boardwalk Empire, and Gemma Jackson, Frank Walsh, Tina Jones for Game of Thrones
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series: Jordan Goldman, David Latham for Homeland
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: Steven A. Rasch for Curb Your Enthusiasm ("Palestinian Chicken")
Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: Sue Federman for How I Met Your Mother ("Trilogy Time")
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Don Cassidy for Hatfields & McCoys - Part 2
Outstanding Picture Editing for Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials: Bill DeRonde, Chris Lovett, Mark Stepp, Pi Ware, John Zimmer, Ben Folts for 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming: Andy Netley, Sharon Gillooly for Frozen Planet ("Ends of the Earth")
Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming: Josh Earl, Alex Durham for Deadliest Catch ("I Don't Wanna Die")
Outstanding Animated Program: Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle, Bret Haaland, Nick Filippi, Chris Neuhahn, Ant Ward, Andrew Heubner, David Knott, Shaun Cashman, Steve Loter, Christo Stamboliev for The Penguins of Madagascar: The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole
Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program: Brian A. Miller, Jennifer Pelphrey, Curtis Lelash, Rob Sorcher, JG Quintel, Mike Roth, Janet Dimon, Matt Price, Jack Thomas, John Infantino, Robert Alvarez for Regular Show ("Eggscellent")
Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Maurice LaMarche for Futurama
Syd Cassyd Founders Award: Dick Askin
Governors Award: Dan Savage, Terry Miller for "It Gets Better"
Outstanding Special Visual Effects: Rainer Gombos, Juri Stanossek, Sven Martin, Steve Kullback, Jan Fielder, Chris Stenner, Tobias Mannewitz, Thilo Ewers, Adam Chazen for Game of Thrones ("Valar Morghulis")
Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role: Dave Taritero, Robert Stromberg, Richard Friedlander, Eran Dinur, David W. Reynolds, Matthew Conner, Austin Meyers, Jonathan Dorfman, Steve Kirshoff for Boardwalk Empire ("Georgia Peaches")
Outstanding Stunt Coordination: Peewee Piemonte for Southland
Outstanding Main Title Design: Nic Benns, Rodi Kaya, Tom Bromwich for Great Expectations
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music: Paul Englishby for Page Eight
Outstanding Commercial: "Best Job" (Procter & Gamble Corporate Brand) – Wieden + Kennedy, Ad Agency; Anonymous Content, Production Company
Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming: Tom Paul for Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour): Matthew Waters, Onnalee Blank, Ronan Hill, Mervyn Moore for Game Of Thrones ("Blackwater")
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Stanomir Dragos, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern for Hatfields & McCoys — Part 1
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation: Stephen A. Tibbo, Dean Okrand, Brian R. Harman for Modern Family ("Dude Ranch")
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special: Paul Sandweiss, Tommy Vicari, Pablo Munguia, Kristian Pedregon for 84th Annual Academy Awards
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special: Douglas Murray, Peter Horner, Kim Foscato, Steve Boeddeker, Casey Langfelder, Andrea Gard, Pat Jackson, Daniel Laurie, Goro Koyama, Andy Malcolm, Joanie Diener for Hemingway & Gellhorn
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera): Kate Hopkins, Tim Owens, Paul Fisher for Frozen Planet — Ends of the Earth
Outstanding Sound Editing For a Series: Peter Brown, Kira Roessler, Tim Hands, Paul Aulicino, Stephen P. Robinson, Vanessa Lapato, Brett Voss, James Moriana, Jeffrey Wilhoit, David Klotz for Game of Thrones ("Blackwater")
Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series: Steven V. Silver for Two and a Half Men ("Sips, Sonnets, and Sodomy")
Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series: Jonathan Freeman for Boardwalk Empire ("21")
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie: Florian Hoffmeister for Great Expectations
Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming: The Deadliest Catch team ("I Don't Want To Die")
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming: The Frozen Planet team ("Ends of the Earth")
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series: Steven Cimino, John Pinto, Paul J. Cangialosi, Len Weschler, Barry Frischer, Eric A. Einstein, Susan Noll, Frank Grisanti for Saturday Night Live (Host Mick Jagger)
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: Steven Cimino, Paul J. Cangialosi, John Pinto, Chuck Goslin, Barry Frischer, Jeff Latonero, Len Weschler, Susan Noll, J.M. Hurley for Memphis (Great Performances)
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series: Robert Barnhart, Matt Firestone, Pete Radice, Patrick Boozer for So You Think You Can Dance (Season Eight Finale)
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special: Robert A. Dickinson, Jon Kusner, Travis Hagenbuch, Andy O'Reilly for The 54th Annual Grammy Awards
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon for Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming: Martin Scorsese for George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming: Geoffrey C. Ward for Prohibition — A Nation of Hypocrites
Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking: Connie Field, Lois Vossen, Sally Jo Fifer for Have You Heard From Johannesburg (Independent Lens)
Outstanding Nonfiction Special: Margaret Bodde, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Blair Foster, Olivia Harrison, Nigel Sinclair, Martin Scorsese for George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Alastair Fothergill, Susan Winslow, Vanessa Berlowitz for Frozen Planet
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King for Saturday Night Live (Host Mick Jagger)
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Tim Carvell, Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Outstanding Variety Special: George Stevens, Jr., Michael M. Stevens for The Kennedy Center Honors
Outstanding Special Class Programs: Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss, Neil Patrick Harris for 65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Special Class: Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Keith Crofford, Nick Weidenfeld, Rich Rosenthal for Children's Hospital
Outstanding Special-Class: Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: Michael M. Stevens for DGA Moments In Time
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media — Enhancement to a Television Program or Series: John Wooden, Aaron Bleyaert, Conan O'Brien, Timothy Campbell for The Team Coco Sync App
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media — Original Interactive Television Programming: Fourth Wall Studios for Dirty Work
Outstanding Children's Program: Ben Montanio, Vince Cheung, Todd J. Greenwald, Gigi McCreery, Perry Rein, Richard Goodman, Greg A. Hampson for Wizards of Waverly Place
Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Carol-lynn Parente, Melissa Dino, Mason Rather, Kevin Clash for Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger
Outstanding Reality Program: Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert, Chris Carlson, Scott Cooper, Sandi Johnson, Rachelle Mendez, Lety Quintanar, Rebekah Fry for Undercover Boss
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Martha Plimpton for The Good Wife
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September 14, 2012 10:05am EST
"Sorry if my snoring bothered you."
Those are not the first words I'd expect out of the mouth of someone who got up on a Friday morning to catch the 10:30 AM screening of a new movie but that is more or less what the fellow who'd been sitting behind me said as I passed him on my way out. I'd heard him snoring over the constant rat-a-tat-tat of bullets and butt-kicking being doled out by Milla Jovovich et al in this latest iteration of the never-ending Resident Evil series (this time in IMAX 3D) but I figured maybe I was hearing things. Nope he was asleep.
I used to play Resident Evil on my ancient PlayStation when it first came out. It scared the crap out of me. I enjoyed the first two movies — hey they included the skinless zombie dogs! — but I lost interest soon after that. How many times can you make the zombie apocalypse exciting? How many different skintight outfits can Jovovich wear while killing grotesque creatures who shoot evil grasping tentacles out of their mouths? Why should we care about all the blood and guts when we know the people we're supposed to be emotionally invested in will never die? We don't.
Try as he might there are only so many ways for writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson to give the Resident Evil series fresh new layers for each new movie. The Umbrella Corporation is the big bad. They were playing with biological weapons and somehow there was an accident that let one of the viruses loose... and boom you've got a zombie apocalypse on your hands. Our heroine is Alice played by Milla Jovovich and there is a rotating cast of characters who help her fight the good fight against the hordes of brain-eaters and whatever is left of the Umbrella Corporation that's now after her. There are some parallels to the video game series but Paul W.S. Anderson (a gamer himself) has taken lots of liberties with the basic plot over the years. While Anderson's flashy style is especially suited to these types of movies there's not enough plot to make it work.
We don't go to video game movies for plot of course but there has to be something to hold onto; otherwise why would we care if our protagonist were in danger? Anderson tries some neat tricks to snap us back to attention like bringing back characters that were killed in previous movies and throwing in a cloning subplot that calls into question some of the characters' true identities but it's still hard to get worked up about anything onscreen. However it ultimately sidesteps any deeper ideas that might take our attention away from all the guns. And there are so many guns and explosions and elegant butt-kickings doled out by Milla and her pals (or former pals in the case of Michelle Rodriguez's character Rain) that they blend together.
It is especially difficult to work up any interest in the story because it's a franchise and no matter how many times the stars or director might say they're not that interested in doing another everyone is just waiting to see how much money this will make before deciding to go forward. There is no question how franchise movies will end; there will be no derring-do on the part of the writer or director to actually kill off a beloved character permanently. At one point it seemed like Anderson was going to pull the old "And then she woke up!" trick which would have been bold both because it's such a hackneyed idea that it would make writing professors' heads explode all over the world but also because it would have required Anderson to play in a different universe and expand his repertoire a bit. Alas like Alice and Anderson himself we just can't seem to escape this rabbit hole.
September 13, 2012 4:28pm EST
Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United Stated of America, but he was also a human. And during a Google+ hangout with director Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who plays Lincoln's eldest son, Robert Todd) today, a glimpse of that human side was revealed in Lincoln's debut trailer.
Speilberg, throughout the conversation, harped on the fact that so often in portrayals of the man, the focus is on his seemingly super-human ability to do the right thing, all the time. He freed the slaves, ended the Civil War, and he could not tell a lie! All of these ideas of Lincoln stem from an image our nation has collectively built that borders on near-deity-status. Not to say it isn't warranted (abolishing slavery? Kind of a super-huge, very important deal), but it doesn't tell the whole story of Lincoln--the Lincoln who was also a father, a son. The Lincoln who was, at the end of the day, a regular human that also contended with everyday struggles beyond those of his Oval Office duties. And for Spielberg, that human aspect so vividly paints a better picture of the who and how of the Lincoln presidency.
The trailer does not give us much in terms of story line--though we know it focuses on the end of the Civil War and the passing of the thirteenth amendment--but we finally get a glimpse at Daniel Day-Lewis' interpretation of the man himself. And here is a Lincoln who feels not like a parody, but a person. Flanked by an impressive cast that includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Jared Harris, James Spader and Girls' Adam Driver just to name a few, Day-Lewis illuminates all sides of our sixteenth President's struggles in the two-and-a-half minute clip.
Spielberg said that the film he created shows more of the man from those storied versions of cinematic past. Indeed, he called Lincoln "a monumental President," that needed to be seen "as man not monument," and also admitted he had been trying to tell this story for eleven years.
Lincoln hits theaters November 16th, 2012, which feels highly appropriate. What do you think of the clip? Are you excited for Lincoln? Let us know in the comments.
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September 12, 2012 10:21am EST
Late night talk show host David Letterman will soon share a prestigious award with Oprah (Uma). The John F. Kennedy Center has announced the slate of stars set to pick up the Kennedy Center Honors at this year's Dec. 2 ceremony. Dedicated to artists who have contributed their talent and creativity to the performing arts, the Kennedy Center Honors has selected seven recipients in 2012: Late Show host Letterman, Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, blues guitarist Buddy Guy, legendary rockers Led Zeppelin, and ballet dancer Natalia Makarova.
Members of Led Zeppelin will also be taking the stairway to the podium individually at the ceremony: Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jimmy Page will all receive awards.
The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual must-see event for pop culture lovers — artists like Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey receive acclaim alongside President Barack Obama and breathtaking performances from some of the music industry's most beloved music acts. The 25th annual ceremony will be taped for audiences and will air on CBS on Dec. 26 at 9 pm (ET/PT).
David M. Rubenstein, the Kennedy Center Chairman, released the following statement regarding this year's crop of honorees: "Buddy Guy is a titan of the blues and has been a tremendous influence on virtually everyone who has picked up an electric guitar in the last half century; Dustin Hoffman's unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation; David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm; Natalia Makarova's profound artistry has ignited the stages of the world's greatest ballet companies and continues to pass the torch to the next generation of dancers; and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands."
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September 04, 2012 11:31am EST
As we creep towards the close of the season, things are getting tense on White Collar and Neal is getting closer to unveiling the truth about his past.
In Hollywood.com's exclusive clip from tonight's episode, "Ancient History," Neal (Matthew Bomer) finds a big clue that could lead him in the right direction. Only this time, he's holding his cards close to the chest, and holding Mozzie (Willie Garson) at arm's length.
The episode also features the return of Alex Hunter (Gloria Votsis) and a museum heist plot that Indiana Jones would (probably, we haven't seen it yet!) approve of.
White Collar airs at 9 PM Tuesdays on USA. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler
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August 20, 2012 10:16am EST
The tragic and shocking passing of acclaimed director Tony Scott (Top Gun, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire) has left Hollywood in a state of disbelief and mourning. The 68-year-old, whose illustrious career included producer on films like Prometheus and The Grey and executive producer on shows such as The Good Wife and Numb3rs, died Sunday when he fatally jumped "without hesitation" off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, Calif. He reportedly left a suicide note at his office. (Latest reports reveal that the filmmaker suffered from inoperable brain cancer prior to his suicide.) Scott, brother of fellow legendary director Ridley Scott, is survived by wife and their two young sons.
While so many have struggled to find the right words to comprehend his passing and pay tribute to his impact on Hollywood, some of Scott's friends, colleagues, and admirers have given statements and others took to their Twitter to express their feelings on the news.
In a statement released to Hollywood.com, Oscar winner Denzel Washington, who worked with Scott on five projects, including his last film Unstoppable said, "Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone. He had a tremendous passion for life and for the art of filmmaking and was able to share this passion with all of us through his cinematic brilliance. My family sends their prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Scott family."
According to E!, Top Gun star Tom Cruise said in a statement, "Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him. He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time." Nicole Kidman, who worked with Cruise and Scott on Days of Thunder stated, "I'm so so sad. I loved Tony and he was always so good to me. He will be deeply missed by so many of us that knew him."
You can read a sampling of what Hollywood had to say on Twitter below.
Love ya Tony, always have, always will— Christian Slater (@ChristianSlate4) August 20, 2012
No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 20, 2012
RIP Tony. You were the kindest film director I ever worked for. You will be missed. ow.ly/d5Ngo— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) August 20, 2012
There hasnt been 1 day since it came out that some1 doesnt say to me"I love #TrueRomance" Tony Scott was a sweet enthusiastic & lovin man— Michael Rapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 20, 2012
Tony Scott. Damn. Great knowing you, buddy. Thanks for the inspiration, advice, encouragement, and the decades of great entertainment.— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) August 20, 2012
So sad to hear the news about Tony Scott. His movies made growing up more fun for me. My prayers and condolences to the Scott family.— Justin Timberlake(@jtimberlake) August 20, 2012
I'm deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Tony Scott's death and my thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) August 20, 2012
Such sad news about Tony Scott. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) August 20, 2012
Deeply saddened to hear the news about Tony Scott. A fine film-maker and the most charming, modest man.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 20, 2012
So very, very sorry to hear of the death of Tony Scott. A terrible, terrible loss of a truly talented, brilliant man.— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) August 20, 2012
Awww Tony.Wish you had felt there was a way to keep going.What a sad waste.My thoughts go out to his wife and beautiful children.— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) August 20, 2012
RIP Tony Scott. Damn. He was a huge inspiration. Very sad.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 20, 2012
Saddened by the death of Tony Scott. A wonderful film maker and a funny, sweet guy. My condolences to his family.— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) August 20, 2012
The death of Tony Scott is shocking and saddening. He was an inspired craftsman.— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) August 20, 2012
So sorry to hear of Tony Scott's passing. Such a sad loss. Condolences to his family, friends and fans of his films.— yvette nicole brown (@yvettenbrown) August 20, 2012
Collaborating with the great Tony Scott was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My thoughts are with his family tonight.— Richard Kelly (@JRichardKelly) August 20, 2012
Devastated by the death of Tony Scott. Just watched True Romance 1 of my top 5 fav movies ever a few nights ago. #RIP— Dane Cook (@danecook) August 20, 2012
I've been extremely fortunate in my career. A career I wouldn't have without Tony Scott's persistence, love and relentless support.— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) August 20, 2012
Taking a moment to reflect on Tony Scott's life & work! My sympathies to his family. Feeling the loss!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 20, 2012
My heart stopped when I heard of the tragic death of 1 of r most inspiring directors, Tony Scott. Rest In Peace Tony. U will be missd so...— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) August 20, 2012
Tony Scott was incredibly encouraging to me at an early stage of my career. He was generous, gregarious & immensely talented. Sadness.— mark romanek (@markromanek) August 20, 2012
True Romance. The scene with Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper in a Detroit railyard is a classic. RIP Tony Scott.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) August 20, 2012
Tony Scott director of my favorite movie man on fire." I wish you had moretime "— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) August 20, 2012
So sad to hear about Tony Scott. A master of grand action, nail biting pace and atmosphere. A real loss to film making.— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 20, 2012
It's bittersweet to see the overwhelming praise for Tony Scott's work today. It's very much deserved, but sad he didn't hear it for himself.— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 20, 2012
#RIPTONYSCOTTBig fan. Thank you for all of your movies. Sad day.— Peter Facinelli (@peterfacinelli) August 20, 2012
Tony Scott, rest in peace. How horribly sad.— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) August 20, 2012
RIP Tony Scott. Never knew him but always heard nothing but great things about him and I loved his films. Terrible loss for cinema.— Eli Roth (@eliroth) August 20, 2012
Rest in Peace...Tony Scott— Dylan McDermott (@DylanMcDermott) August 20, 2012
Just so sad about Tony Scott. R.I.P.— David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) August 20, 2012
Two of my favorite movies of all time, "true romance" and "the hunger" #RIPTONYSCOTT— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 20, 2012
Shocked.Tony Scott is a legend.Tragic and sad day.Thoughts and prayers for his family.— Marc Webb (@MarcW) August 20, 2012
RIP mr. Tony Scott. :(— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) August 20, 2012
"I make a movie because it's something that inspires me" ~ Tony Scott 6/21/44 - 8/19/12 Your movies inspired me..— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 20, 2012
met tony scott once. thought we would meet again. saddened by news of his passing. grateful for the work he leaves behind. peace to you sir.— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) August 20, 2012
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August 15, 2012 2:05pm EST
Greasy acting wunderkind and future Tom Cruise replacement Shia LaBeouf, who once tortured the world with shouting at metallic blurs through three Transformers films, says that he is "done" making major studio movies. What, did an exec ask him to actually shave? Well, his exit is well timed, because relegating himself to a much smaller audience is probably what a lot of Americans were hoping he would do anyway. But with what he had to say about the movie-making establishment, he's probably not going to be able to find a job even as Third Sidekick with Mustache in any future franchise film.
"There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist," the star of cinematic masterpiece Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps tells the Hollywood Reporter. "You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he's f--ed. There's no way for him to exist in that world... [the studios] give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months."
He also had some harsh words for his former mentor Steven Spielberg. Their friendship ended after LaBeouf criticized the final Indiana Jones movie. "He told me there's a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there's a time to sell cars," LaBeouf, the least ludicrous thing about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Scull (next to Karen Allen's hair) says. "It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits."
So, how is DUI, public drunkenness, and street fight survivor LaBeouf going to pay his rent? Indies! Of course! Look how that has been going for Parker Posey, and she's actually talented. He stars in the little movie Lawless (formerly known as The Wettest County in the World and The Worst Little Whorehouse in Texas) which opens this Labor Day and has already been delayed, which is always what happens to a sure-fire hit (that was sarcasm). Next he'll be seen in the Robert Redford picture The Company You Keep. Later this year he starts filming Nymphomaniac with Lars von Trier, which is said to be so sexually explicit it will make someone who reads 50 Shades of Grey on the subway blush.
Well, it looks like since the movie biz hasn't really worked out, Shia has a big career of showing off his penis to fall back on. Wonder how he feels about the porn studio system?
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August 09, 2012 4:51pm EST
The Olympics! You guys! The entire world has Olympic fever and we're not about to stop it until the fat lady (or Paul McCartney) sings this weekend. But seriously, what a crazy event when you think about it, right? Once every four years we have the birth of a new strain of celebrity: the superathlete. These men and women are different from our actor celebrities, because these folks never asked to be famous. They simply asked to run, swim, jump, or shoot things. And so, of course, because of this, we love them even more so! And when the Olympics end, it almost feels like a graduation of sorts. Here was this 2 week training course on consta-attention: now it's time to enter the full-fledged celebrity dome of existence. So as our young athletes go into the great big unknown, they need to be armed with knowledge of their strengths OFF the court/pool/track/field/whatever. So we've decided to give them a little help. And what's more helpful than superlatives, right?! So take note, Olympians--this is your most (or least) future-y thing!
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Rhythmic gymnastics. I mean we all saw the beauty and grace of Mr. Ferrell in Old School, so why not give his rhythm gymnastic skills their own vehicle? Maybe we can get Vince Vaughn on board.
Sport Most Likely to Influence NYFW
Those synchronized swimming ladies were OUT OF CONTROL, eh? It's, as they say (in the BIZ!), a revelation. You'll surely be seeing Russians Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina sitting next to Anna Wintour and inspiring Lady Gaga.
Athlete Most Likely To BEG To Be Let Into NYFW
Most Likely to be A Mime
Xu Lijia of China
Most Confusing Sport, Ever
Laser radial sailing. I have no idea what is happening or how it is a race.
Most Likely To Bare All For Maxim or FHM or Whatever
Sport Most Likely To Signal The Dawn Of Our Very Weird Future
Indoor Track Cycling. Seriously, that s**t is like TRON.
Athlete Most Likely To Cameo In The New Avengers film
Robert "Incredible Hulk" Harting of Germany.
Worst Named Olympian
Vania Stambolova (Sorry about your stumble, p.s.).
Best Named Olympian
Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya
Athlete Most Likely To Shill. Just Shill.
Athlete Most Likely To Let Everything Go To His Head
Ryan Lochte. JEAH JEAH!
Most Likely to Dance on DWTS
Aly Raisman's parents
Most Likely to Have Their Just-Announced Reality Show Do Mediocrely
Most Likely to Be an Awesomely Mean Judge on the Inevitable Gymnastics Reality Competition Show Coming Soon
Duo Most Likely To Be "Having A Volley-Ball" on a Campy Bravo Reality Special
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings
Most It's Just Not Even Fair To Anyone Else
Men's US Basketball
Best Use of Boners
The Men's American Rowing Team (Sorry, the picture was too NSFW for us to post, but look it up)
Athlete for Which Olympics Is Just a Novelty Talent Show
Most "If I Don't Win, The Queen Will Just Buy Me A Pony"-iest
Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II
Most Likely to Host SNL
Thanks to a little birdie named US Magazine, we know that Ms. Douglas wants to be an actress (we can just imagine all of the awkward interviews with Jay Leno now), so it makes the most sense that the littlest flying squirrel we know would gun for the chance to host the show. And! Well, it doesn't seem all that far off--especially since Gabby is arguably the breakout Olympic star from this year. So why not get her a bit ahead of the game and come up with a nice monologue scene for her, eh?
We imagine it to start off with assertions of her non-squirrel status ("many people call me by my nickname, the flying squirrel. I'm hear to tell you I'm not a squirrel, nor can I fly"). However, we all know that a goofball (yes, you, Bobby Moynihan) would egg her on, and they would have a high-flying battle where Gabby's high-flying kicks and flips will eventually launch her into the air where a slow-motion battle royale set to the music of West Side Story would take place. Gabby's teammates would also be rigged up and battle the SNL boys to an epic defeat. That's one way to get them back for the terrible hair-related sketch that will undoubtedly happen later on in the evening.
[Photo Credit: NBCOlympics.com; Tomás González via @tomasgonzalez1]
[GIF Credits: Youshang (Robert Harting); BadBoiBilli (Ezekiel Kemboi); Grazia (All Others)]
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The Bourne franchise has been an incredibly successful property for Universal Pictures earning a worldwide total of $944.85 million for the three films that starred Matt Damon in his role as Jason Bourne. In the latest installment, The Bourne Legacy, double Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner portrays Aaron Cross, a new character in a new story that carries on in the brainy-action tradition that the Robert Ludlum Bourne novels so effectively conveyed. The first film released in 2002, The Bourne Identity opened at number two with $27.1 million, but great word-of-mouth and critical praise propelled it to $121.66 million in N. America. In 2004 The Bourne Supremacy capitalized on the success of the first film and had a first place debut with $52.5 million and a total N. American tally of $176 million. The last Matt Damon led installment, 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum scored even bigger with audiences as evidenced by a number one debut of $69.3 million and a whopping N. American gross of $221.5 million. Essentially the beginning of what could be a new chapter in the Bourne franchise, this latest installment should earn somewhere between $38 and $42 million this weekend and knock the incredibly successful “The Dark Knight Rises” out of first place after dominating the box office for three weeks at number one.
With the 2012 presidential campaign in full swing and the general election coming up in November there is no better time to release an R-rated political comedy. Well, Warner Bros.’ delivers the vote with The Campaign starring comedy superstars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. As bitter rivals in a North Carolina congressional campaign, Ferrell plays Cam Brady, the incumbent whose re-election is a fait accompli until he is challenged by Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins, a God-fearing, Pug-loving competitor who is just clueless enough to pose a real threat. Given the perfect timing of the film and the solid cast as directed by Austin Powers franchise helmer Jay Roach, the film should win about $20 to $22 million in box office campaign funds this weekend.
Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises has earned $367.014 million in North America in its first 20 days of release. By way of comparison, 2008’s The Dark Knight had banked $410.8 million or $43.75 million more at this point and $441.6M by the end of its third weekend. The highly-praised superhero drama has been number one at the box office every single day since its July 20 release as it continues to generate tremendous word-of-mouth and until this weekend defended easily against all newcomers. 2008’s The Dark Knight had a 39% fourth weekend drop (taking in $26.1M) and The Dark Knight Rises is on track for a fourth weekend gross in the low $20 million range with additional IMAX fueled dollars as the film approaches the $400 million mark in North America and the $800 million mark worldwide.
Sony Pictures re-boot of the 1990’s sci-fi classic Total Recall starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel earned $25.6 million in its debut last weekend and has been holding steady in third place in the mid-week box office race. This re-boot of the classic 1990 Paul Verhoeven original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone has had its detractors but should still earn in the low to mid teens this weekend and wind up with close to $50 million at the domestic box office by Sunday night.
The third wide release newcomer this weekend is squarely aimed at older moviegoers looking for something on the lighter romantic side with the Sony Pictures release Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. The PG-13 dramatic comedy follows a middle-aged couple through an intense week long therapy session and co-stars Steve Carell as their therapist. The film opened on Wednesday with $2.26 million and should earn about $10 million this weekend and a total approaching $14 million by the end of the weekend.
Entering its second weekend Twentieth Century Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid debuted with just $14.6 million last weekend, but still has appeal for family audiences looking for wholesome PG-rated entertainment and thus could try to sneak into the Top 5.
Only four summer box office weekends left as we enter the home stretch of the season and await a crowded line-up of new releases next weekend including Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Lionsgate’s The Expendables 2, Focus Features’ ParaNorman and Sony’s Sparkle.
[Photo Credit: Universal Pictures]
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It was a veritable ladies night on day twelve of the Olympics! Sisters are doin' it for themselves, etc. We saw a lot of great things happen to the women of the Olympic world, and what we saw, we really liked. Because, hey! Ladies are athletes, too. Really, really good ones that are breaking records, making history, and setting firsts left, right, and sideways. Sure, the dudes did some things, too (we see you Hulkin' out, Robert Harding), but so many good things happened for the gals that we figured they deserved their own post, eh? Let's check out our golden girls!
It's a Volley...BALL!: Americans Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings made it official by nabbing their third in-as-many-Olympics gold medal on the sand during beach volleyball tonight, beating out fellow American ladies April Ross and Jennifer Kessy two sets to none. Yay!
Ladies Making History, NBD: Runner Sarah Attar made history alongside teammate (and judo competitor) Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani as the first two women to compete for Saudi Arabia. This was the first year that every country had women competing in the games. HEY LADIES! Owning 2012 like it's their business, natch. The countries of Brunei and Qatar also sent women competitors for the first time. Ba-da-ba-ba-ba, we're lovin' it.
Don't Box Us Out: Women's boxing (which was also an Olympic first this go-around; is there ANYTHING us gals can't do?) passed out some medals today. Two bronze medals to be exact! One went to Marlen Esparza of Team America ("f**k yeah!"), and India's Chungeijang Mery Kom Hmangte. Brit Nicola Adams and China's Ren Cancan will battle it out for gold next.
No Lolo: Media outlets all over the United States were devastated to learn that our country's most prettiest princess of the Olympic games came in fourth during her race. That's right, Lolo Jones' hotness factor couldn't propel her over the finish line in time for a medal, but totally fabulous Americans Allyson Felix and Carmelita Jeter each won a gold and bronze medal, respectively, in the women's 200m final. We're proud of all our American ladies for running as fast as they can/did, so we're going to celebrate with a pan of chocolate brownies with a side of guilt and shame. Yay America!
Medal Count: Thanks to all our ultra-fabulous lady Olympians, the United States was able to push past China in the medal standings, with a total of 81 medals compared to China's 77. Unfortunately for us, McKayla Maroney is unimpressed with our standings. Better luck next time, USA:
[Meme Credit: mckayla is not impressed. Tumblr]
[Photo Credit: WENN.com]
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