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A leading U.S. memorabilia dealer has challenged Leonardo DiCaprio to bid for a photograph of himself with Nelson Mandela amid reports the actor is considering legal action to seize the image.
Moments in Time boss Gary Zimet is selling a picture of the Titanic star with the late civil rights icon, taken in 2007, for $25,000 (£14,700). The image also features a handwritten tribute from Mandela that states, "To Leo DiCaprio, Best Wishes, Mandela, 4-8-07", but the Hollywood star is reportedly unhappy about the sale.
Editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six claim DiCaprio believes the photograph is rightfully his and is consulting lawyers, but Zimet has already responded to any potential lawsuit. He tells the publication, "The provenance is ironclad. Leo is welcome to buy it."
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has climbed its way to the top of the North American box office with a $73 million (£43 million) debut this weekend (11-13Jul14). The sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, bested last week's number one, Transformers: Age of Extinction, which earned $16.5 million (£9.7 million) in its second week of release. Melissa McCarthy's comedy Tammy placed third with $12.9 million (£7.6 million), while 22 Jump Street took the fourth spot, earning $6.7 million (£3.9 million). Rounding out the top five is How to Train Your Dragon 2 with $5.9 million (£3.5 million).
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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air on Monday (oddly enough), August 25, and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live vet and Late Night host Seth Meyers. Here are the nominees recognized for their achievements over the course of this past year in television.
Best Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeep
Best Drama SeriesBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Best Actor - ComedyLouis C.K. - LouieDon Cheadle - House of LiesRicky Gervais - DerekMatt LeBlanc - EpisodesWilliam H. Macy - ShamelessJim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress - ComedyLena Dunham - GirlsEdie Falco - Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus - VeepMelissa McCarthy - Mike and MollyAmy Poehler - Parks and RecreationTaylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston - Breaking BadJeff Daniels - The NewsroomJon Hamm - Mad MenWoody Harrelson - True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey - True DetectiveKevin Spacey - House of Cards
Lead Actress - DramaLizzy Caplan - Masters of SexClaire Danes - HomelandMichelle Dockery - Downton AbbeyJulianne Margolies - The Good WifeKerry Washinton - ScandalRobin Wright - House of Cards
Best Mini-SeriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenBonnie and ClydeFargoLutherTremeThe White Queen
Best TV MovieKilling KennedyMohammad Ali's Greatest FightThe Normal HeartSherlock: His Last VowThe Trip to Babylon
Best Actor - Mini-Series/TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch - SherlockChiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba - LutherMartin Freeman - FargoMark Ruffalo - The Normal HeartBill Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Actress - Mini-Series/TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter - Burton and TaylorMinnie Driver - Return to ZeroJessica Lang - American Horror Story: CovenSarah Paulson - American Horror Story: CovenCicely Tyson - The Trip to BountifulKristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
Best Variety ShowThe Colbert ReportThe Daily ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!Real Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show
Best Reality Competition ShowThe Amazing RaceDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe Voice
Best Supporting Actor - Comedy SeriesFred Armisen - PortlandiaAndre Braugher - Brooklin Nine-NineTy Burrell - Modern FamilyAdam Driver - GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern FamilyTony Hale - Veep
Best Supporting Actress - Comedy SeriesMayim Bialik - The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen - Modern FamilyAnna Chlumsky - VeepAllison Janney - MomKate McKinnon - Saturday Night LiveKate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Best Supporting Actor - DramaJim Carter - Downton AbbeyJosh Charles - The Good WifePeter Dinklage - Game of ThronesMandy Patinkin - HomelandAaron Paul - Breaking BadJon Voight - Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress - DramaChristine Baranski - The Good WifeJoan Froggatt - Downton AbbeyAnna Gunn - Breaking BadLena Headey - Game of ThronesChristina Hendricks - Mad MenMaggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Best Guest Actor - ComedySteve Buscemi - PortlandiaLouis C.K. - Saturday Night LiveGary Cole - VeepJimmy Fallon - Saturday Night LiveNathan Lane - Modern FamilyBob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Best Guest Actress - ComedyUzo Aduba - Orange Is the New BlackLaverne Cox - Orange Is the New BlackJoan Cusack - ShamelessTina Fey - Saturday Night LiveNatasha Lyonne - Orange Is the New BlackMelissa McCarthy - Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor - DramaDylan Baker - The Good WifeBeau Bridges - Masters of SexReg E Cathey - House of CardsPaul Giamatti - Downton AbbeyRobert Morse - Mad MenJoe Morton - Scandal
Best Guest Actress - DramaKate Burton - ScandalJane Fonda - The NewsroomAllison Janney - Masters of SexKate Mara - House of CardsMargo Martindale - The AmericansDiana Rigg - Game of Thrones
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British actor Gary Oldman skipped the New York premiere of his new film Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes on Tuesday (08Jul14) due to a family emergency, according to a U.S. report.
The star was due to walk the red carpet alongside his fellow castmates at the screening in the city's Williamsburg Cinemas but was noticeably absent. According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Oldman flew in to New York for the event at the beginning of the week (beg07Jul14) but jetted back out on Tuesday morning due to undisclosed family matters.
The cancelled appearance comes weeks after he apologised following a controversial interview with Playboy magazine, in which he claimed Mel Gibson has been unfairly ostracised following his anti-Semitic tirade during his 2006 arrest due to "political correctness".
A representative for the actor had not responded to a request for comment as WENN went to press.
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Even more impressive than what Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has to say is how it goes about saying it. But what's the most impressive of all is the fact that the movie is having its conversation in the first place. The fact that a science-fiction blockbuster plopped right in the heat of a Marvel Comics- and Michael Bay-stocked summer, composed of computer generated super-apes and post-apocalyptic San Franciscos, is speaking unabashedly about the futility of war, the corrosivity of guns, the corruptibility of man (and ape), and the intense fallibility of any singular ideology.
So astounding is it that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is delivering these principles that you'll watch with the constant apprehension of a thematic undercut — that a movie like this couldn't possibly carry forth with its desolation of the cells that constitute its summer picture brethren's lifeblood. But the film stays true, never for a moment working to glorify its illustration of violence and hate. Dawn has a lot of ugly things to show us about its world and our own, and it pulls no punches in its presentation.
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That's not to say the movie is at all a chore to watch. Though its mission may be grim, Dawn drives us through a story about the impending war between hyper-intelligent simians and what's left of mankind with an effervescent pulse and rich character. On one side, we have Caesar (mo-capped Andy Serkis) struggling to maintain a just and orderly society of his ape brethren in a swanky little set-up in the woods, hoping principally for communal isolation. On the other, Gary Oldman strives for the very same harmony with his slum of Simian Flu-resistant humans, eyeing the power plant on the apes' turf as the source of a basic human necessity. Neither side wants war, and yet neither side is incapable of seeing the other as a threat to what it wants and needs.
We delight in our time in Ape Kingdom, finding a special fascination in watching Caesar play father to his eldest son Blue Eyes (who endures his own coming-of-age crisis of faith), in clever orangutan Maurice pioneering primate academia, and in battered chimp Koba fostering that Macchiavellian drive the old world knew too well. When the story slips into the inevitable nightmare that spawns between two parties, we have as vivid an idea of who's fighting who as any adventure, sci-fi, or war film has given us in recent years.
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So who do we root for? That's just one of the many blockbuster conventions that Dawn not only avoids but abjectly annihilates. This isn't a story about good versus bad, right versus wrong, or even man versus ape. This is a story where the act is the enemy. Where war, guns, and hate are the criminal, where trust and love are the unfortunate victim. Dawn is outstandingly impressive in its delivery of these ideas: in the construction of a race of post-human apes, its coloring of archetypal characters (like top billing human Jason Clarke and a simple but substantial Keri Russell) as fluorescent, and its unique understanding and adherence to its message's gravity. But, to reiterate, what's even more unique, outstanding, and impressive is the fact that a movie like this is saying these things at all.
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A new underground art installation based on the latest Planet Of The Apes movie is to open in London.
British artist Martin Firrell has created a show called It Ends Here inspired by the themes depicted in new film Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and the rest of the sci-fi franchise.
The immersive exhibition has been set up in The Vaults beneath London's Waterloo Station, and features a number of creepy scenes, including a scarily dark room, wall chains and slogans such as "abuse begets abuse" and "brutality".
Firrell says of the show, "This work is a response to the whole of the franchise of Planet Of The Apes. The core of Planet Of The Apes is power inversion, so humans become subservient and the apes are in charge... This work is all about power and the abuse of power... I'm hoping that everyone who comes along to this finds it though provoking but also theatrical - it's like walking into a movie."
The free exhibition runs from 10-12 July (14). Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, starring Gary Oldman, is released worldwide this month (Jul14).
Mel Gibson has dismissed the outrage surrounding Gary Oldman's comments over his infamous anti-Semitic rant.
The Dark Knight star was forced to apologise to the Jewish community last month (Jun14) after discussing Gibson's famous anti-Semitic rant in an interview with Playboy magazine, in which he claimed the Braveheart star was unfairly ostracised due to "political correctness" and that Hollywood is "run by Jews".
Gibson, who was unaware of the new controversy, has now defended Oldman's remarks, telling Variety, "These things happen. As we all know... I have nothing much to say. The guy was probably just... He's a good guy... He's fantastic. I know him. He's a good dude."
Oldman later attempted to make amends for his tirade, in which he said Gibson "got drunk and said a few things", insisting "We've all said those things."
Moviemaker Bryan Singer has filed a motion to dismiss a teen sex abuse suit filed against him, insisting there is no legal basis for the case. A British actor identified only as John Doe 117 filed the legal complaint against the X-Men director in May (14), shortly after another plaintiff, Michael Egan, sued Singer and three others, accusing them of sexual abuse at parties when he was a teenager.
Egan has since withdrawn the suits against Broadway producer Gary Goddard and Hollywood executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman, who all denied the allegations, and last month (Jun14), Ancier sued Egan and his attorneys for malicious prosecution and abuse of process.
Goddard, who is also a defendant in the John Doe suit, filed a motion to dismiss that case last month (Jun14).
Singer is also seeking $300,000 (£176,470) to cover his litigation costs.
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Gary Oldman fears he missed out on an Oscar nomination for The Contender because rumours suggested he was unhappy with the 2000 film's final cut.
The British star played Shelly Runyon in the political drama and many were amazed when he was not named among the Academy Award nominees, but Oldman has a theory.
He tells Playboy magazine, "I just happened to mention that there was another cut of the film that I thought was superior... (but) I'm very proud of the film. "It had the whiff of a scandal, which I'm told may have cost me an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor."
Oldman, who is considered by many one of today's best actors, has never won an Oscar, and he partly blames himself, adding, "What people don't realise is that you need to work at being a celebrity... You have to campaign. It's a whole other part of your career, and I wish I could have navigated it a bit better. I may have an Oscar now, had I (done so)."
Gary Oldman is struggling to find funding for a passion project about photographer and cinema pioneer Eadweard Muybridge, because the film doesn't feature Leonardo DiCaprio or zombies. The Dark Knight star has spent the past two years seeking Hollywood funding for his movie, Flying Horse, but admits it's very difficult to get studio bosses interested even though he's involved.
Oldman tells Playboy, "Just financing a film, getting studios to part with their money (is tough)... I have my cast pretty much, but the funding isn't there. Partly it's the subject. If it had zombies and Leonardo DiCaprio in it, people would be falling over me."