Diane Keaton will accept her longtime friend and former lover Woody Allen's Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards next year (14). The Blue Jasmine filmmaker is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious honour, but Allen, who is notorious for shunning awards shows, is not planning to attend the ceremony.
Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who nominate and vote on the awards, have now decided to ask Keaton to accept the award on his behalf, according to Deadline.com.
Keaton and Allen met in 1968 when she was cast in his Broadway production, Play it Again, and she appeared in eight of his films over the course of two decades. They also dated for five years.
Previous recipients of the top honour include Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Harrison Ford, Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards will be held in Los Angeles on 12 January (14).
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We already love FX — it’s the home of American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, and (now on the recently-launched sister network FXX) It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Soon, it will be the network where you’ll catch most of the big releases from this year. Not until 2015, though, unfortunately.
FX has acquired the rights to many films this year including (take a deep breath) Thor: The Dark World, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Prisoners, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2. These flicks were added to the network’s growing film library along with many summer blockbusters that had previously been secured by the network: Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Pacific Rim.
FX now has the rights to eight out of the top ten grossing films this year. Whoever’s in charge of buying movie titles at FX is certainly doing something right. Similarly, FX’s recently-launched sister network, FXX, has landed the syndication rights to The Simpsons.
When FXX kicked off its first day with a Parks and Recreation “Treat Yo Self” marathon, we knew we’d love the new network. However, FXX will make all 24 seasons of The Simpsons available to stream online for the first time — officially making the fledgling network our new favorite.
Between FX’s original series, the blockbusters they’ve acquired, and FXX’s comedy programming, these networks are becoming real contenders for all of our attention.
Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas' new movie Last Vegas has become CBS Films' highest-grossing release ever. The comedy, which also stars Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen, has grossed $54.8 million (GBP36.5 million) in North America alone. The tally puts the film ahead of Daniel Radcliffe's The Woman in Black, which took in $54.3 million (GBP36.2 million) for CBS Films executives in 2012.
Last Vegas opened to $16.3 million (GBP10.9) on 1 November (13). The film has made $62.9 million (GBP41.9 million) globally.
Acting veteran Bruce Dern will be honoured for his 50-year career at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards in January (14). The Coming Home star is set to receive the Career Achievement Award during the 25th annual movie event in California.
The honour comes after Dern received rave reviews for his turn in father-and-son movie Nebraska, for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival in France earlier this year (13).
Dern follows in the footsteps of fellow Career Achievement Award winners Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman and Dame Helen Mirren.
Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey will also collect top acting trophies at the festival, which runs from 3-13 January (14).
Thor: The Dark World has scored a hammer blow on the North American box office for the second week in a row. The superhero film took in $38.4 million (GBP25.6 million) over the weekend (15-17Nov13) to beat out new release The Best Man Holiday, which earned $30.6 million (GBP20.4 million) over the same period.
The Thor sequel also grossed $52.5 million (GBP35 million) overseas, bringing its global haul to $479.8 million (GBP319.9 million).
Last Vegas, which features Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas as aged pals enjoying a wild weekend in Sin City, comes in third with $8.85 million (GBP5.9 million) and animated film Free Birds takes fourth place with $8.3 million (GBP5.5 million).
Johnny Knoxville's comedy Bad Grandpa rounds out the top five.
Meanwhile, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are celebrating after learning their science fiction thriller Gravity has hit the $500 million (GBP333.3 million) mark at the worldwide box office.
When E4’s Misfits premiered in 2009, it was an amazing show. The premise was cool: a lightning storm in England gave a bunch of people super powers. The cast was fantastic: Robert Sheehan, Iwan Rheon, Antonia Thomas, Lauren Socha, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. And the humor was on point — Sheehan and Socha were hilarious. Misfits was the perfect mix of hilarious teen high jinks with people dying all over the place. (There was even a running joke about how often the gang had to bury bodies.)
However, now in its fifth season, Misfits has lost a lot of its magic, as well as the entirety of its original cast. Sheehan left after the second season, Rheon and Thomas after season three, and Socha and Stewart-Jarrett by the end of season four. As each original cast member left Misfits, the fans began to lose interest in the show, us included. New characters have been introduced — Rudy (Joseph Gilgun), Finn (Nathan McMullen), and Jess (Karla Crome) — but the show just isn’t the same.
Sure, Rudy’s vile jokes are similar to Nathan’s humor (though still not as funny) and Finn is arguably as weird and awkward as Simon once was (remember when Simon only had Internet friends?) But, unfortunately, the new cast doesn’t hold a candle to the original gang.
After the departure of Stewart-Jarrett, the last remaining original cast member, we don’t see the point of sticking it out. If everyone else has jumped ship, why shouldn’t we?
Ender's Game has blasted to the top of the U.S. box office in its opening weekend (01-03Nov13). The futuristic sci-fi film, which stars Harrison Ford, took in $28 million (£18.6 million), beating out Johnny Knoxville's Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which earned $20.5 million (£13.6 million), bringing its total to more than $62 million (£41.3 million) in two weeks.
Animated film Free Birds and Last Vegas, which stars Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline, tied at three, both debuting with $16 million (£10.6 million).
Meanwhile, Thor: The Dark World crushed the competition outside of the U.S., opening with a $109 million (£72.6 million) haul internationally ahead of its American release on Friday (08Nov13). The sequel is expected to power its way past the success of the original, which took in $450 million (£300 million) worldwide in 2011.
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Last Vegas director Jon Turteltaub had a gargantuan task in front of him. One that was not for the faint of heart. He had to manage the likes of Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman in one single film, actors that are as close to royalty as hollywood gets. With such a huge task comes even bigger expectations. But even trickier that the star-filled waters he had to navigate, are the constant comparisons to The Hangover that his film will continually have to dodge in the small pool of Vegas comedies. John Turtletaub wants you to know about the joys and woes (mostly joys) in working with such a legendary cast, why he needs to makes movies for everyone, and why Last Vegas is definitely not "The Hangover for old people."
What first struck me about Last Vegas is that it looked like a ton of fun to film?You know what’s funny? As fun goes, movies aren't fun at all to make. But as work goes, they're fun to make, and it was really enjoyable to be in a room with all five of those actors, including Mary Steenburgen. Everyone was so good at their jobs. It was clear that the movie was going to be good. Usually you don’t know. In this case, we had a really good feeling just when we were filming. Just by how good these actors are and everyone was on their best behavior around these guys and everyone was nice and wonderful. It's funny, people always say when they do these interviews how fun it is or what a family everyone became and I always watch that stuff thinking 'Screw you, I want you to be miserable and work hard to entertain me. I don't want you to have fun.' But I'm sorry to say, in this case, we actually enjoyed ourselves.
It definitely came across on screen. There was this instant chemistry among the four leads. We're supposed to believe that they've been friends all their lives and it definitely feels that way.It's a combination of a few things, I think. One is that all these guys are faces that you've seen for 40 years and you just feel comfortable with them. It seems like they all must know each other anyway, even though no two of them have worked together before. That's one of the more surprising tidbits. It's a mixture of that, the ease they felt together onscreen, but also starting the movie with them as little kids really propels you into a sense that they really are a group that’s been together a long time.
Was it ever intimidating working with such huge actors?Terrifying! It was! I'm supposed to be a very cool director who doesn't get fazed by this stuff but I was really excited and nervous. You're not just nervous because you want them to love you, but you're aware also of the other directors they've worked with and how talented those men and women are. You know you're being compared to the greatest directors of all time. The key isn't to not be scared, the key is to not show it. That's what I told myself, at least.
The film did a great job of managing the huge personalities. Was it a challenge not letting one actor take over the whole film?That kind of balance is there in the script, but it's also something you work hard on in the editing room to make sure that it all feels like a movie about a group of guys, not two of them. And they couldn't have been easier to work with. They've earned the right to be sh**ty on set, and none of them were. I think they were all competing on who could be the nicest because they wanted to not only be the one to not make life difficult for me, but to not make life difficult for each other.
With a movie about a group of friends in Vegas, it's easy to make comparisons to The Hangover, but is it too simple to call this film The Hangover for old people?I think so. I hate the phrase that "It's The Hangover for older people." I hate less that it's "The Hangover with older people," but I still feel like, yeah, it is a bachelor party in Vegas and I totally get the comparisons to The Hangover and The Hangover 3. But it really is such a different movie. It has a different flavor to it, a different feel to it, and different intentions.
Last Vegas seems like a movie that a lot of people could enjoy, were you shooting for a wide audience?I always set out to make a movie for a general audience, that all people can enjoy. When I made National Treasure, the studio thought we were making an R-rated Jerry Bruckheimer action film, and I turned it into a PG-rated Disney adventure film. I can't help myself. I really believe that making a movie for the widest audience is a really difficult and really rewarding task. That's what I wanted to do with this. Humor should be universal and funny should be funny to everybody and emotions and heartbreak should feel tragic to everybody. If you're doing it right, then you're hitting these very universal ideas for a very broad audience.
Happy Day of the Dead everyone! Here's some entertainment news from the scariest week of the year, some of it spooky, some of it just bizarre.
Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson drunkenly sang Boyz II Men together. Watch the hilarious video at The A.V. Club.
Of course there will be a TV show about sloths. It is called Meet The Sloths, and Animal Planet promises it won't be as slow as you'd expect. Kristen Bell is psyched! Read more at Variety.
There is a figure skating tribute to Breaking Bad. Read what that entails at Hollywood.com.
Olympus Has Fallen gets a far too obvious, stupidly-titled sequel. Read what it's called at The Hollywood Reporter.
Britney Spears can recite Vincent Price's opening to "Thriller."It's kind of goofy and adorable. Check it out at Vulture.
Fittingly, Jon Hamm sometimes requires three shaves a day. Read what the Mad Men makeup artist has to say about the rest of the cast's cosmetic requirements at OK!.
A Star Wars blooper reel emerges. See how embarrassing it is at Hollywood.com.
Veteran actress Mary Steenburgen threw herself into vocal lessons in preparation for her role as a lounge singer in new movie Last Vegas, because she feared her voice wouldn't be up to scratch. The Help star, 60, admits she hadn't really put her voice to the test in more than two decades when she signed on to join Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline in the comedy, so she decided to seek a little professional help to perfect her part.
Ted Danson's wife says, "I play a lounge singer in a tiny, kind of pathetic little lounge with about two people in there listening to me and it was a fascinating experience because really, I don't consider myself a singer and I've done very little singing.
"I've sung once in a movie in the '80s and then I kind of forgot about it. I did write music, so I'm a little musical, but it was scary to start something new at my age so (I had) lots of singing lessons and all that."