Top Chef: The 10th season of Bravo's sizzling hot cooking competition is boldly going where it's never gone before — to rainy Seattle. And this time, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will join host Padma Lakshmi and judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and Emeril Lagasse. The new season premieres on Nov. 7. [EW]
The Strain: FX has given a pilot order to The Strain, famed director Guillermo del Toro's vampire novel trilogy. The series will be run by Lost guru Carlton Cuse, though the pilot will be co-written, directed and executive produced by del Toro. Just don't expect any Ian Somerhalder/Robert Pattinson types in this one — del Toro's vamps are vicious parasites, not tortured romantic heartthrobs. [Deadline]
Sons of Anarchy: Say it ain't so! SoA creator Kurt Sutter has revealed that in next week's episode, someone very important to the SAMCRO family will bite the big one. According to EW's sources, Tig, Tara, Unser, Clay, Juice, and Opie are all potential targets. [EW]
The Bridge: Diane Kruger is set as the female lead in FX's drama pilot The Bridge, an adaptation of the Scandinavian series Bron/Broen. The series will focus on two detectives in the United States (Kruger) and Mexico, who must join forces to hunt down a border-crossing serial killer. [Deadline]
Midnight, Mass: NBC is developing a drama series based on the Vertigo comic book series Midnight, Mass. Midnight, Mass. follows "a sophisticated, sexy, globe-trotting husband and wife paranormal investigator team" who are based in Midnight, Mass. The comics' creator, John Rozum, will serve as an executive consultant. [Deadline]
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The actress, who turns 40 later this month (Sep12), has been handed the early birthday present from editors at People magazine.
She saw off competition from fellow actress Diane Kruger, who landed the Best High Fashion Style honour, and British royal Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who picked up the Best Classic Style accolade.
Others featured in the top style list include Emma Stone (Best Red Carpet Style), Rihanna (Best Risk-Taking Style), Jennifer Lawrence (Best Under 25 Style) and supermodel Miranda Kerr (Best Street Style).
Andrew Garfield, Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, Jay-Z, brothers Chris and Liam Hemsworth and Colin Firth were named among People's Best Dressed Men.
While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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As a movie fan, I love summer. It's the season when Hollywood puts every dollar they've got on screen in extravagant, often-ludicrous blockbusters, realizing fantastical worlds that, before, we could only close our eyes and imagine. Every weekend is another bombastic mega-budgeted event, and while quality ranges from "brilliant" to "evidence of the end of days," each one plays its part in the dynamic of the summer stretch.
The four month run is the perfect lead up to the awards season, when the studios pull back and pay their respects to the dramatic, unleashing a wave of prestige pictures that prioritize high art and great performances over popcorn-munching action sequences. The Oscars are like a second Christmas for me, and I look forward to the annual race of who could take home Hollywood's top prizes by year end. Cinematic greatness as competition — while others root for their favorite sports team, I have Best Actors and Actress to champion.
At the end of the day, I have to admit to myself that these two annual waves of movies barely scratch the surface of "the year in film." The international scene, independently financed films that only play a few theaters in the U.S., even movies that find major release stateside but go under-appreciated by the award season machine — hundreds of films emerge each year only to slide under the radar of the average movie-goer. That's why I count on the Cannes Film Festival, a gateway to the movies that aren't on anyone's radar. Mostly, because no one has seen them until they debut at the prestigious French fest.
Standing on the fringe of a film festival rather than diving into it on one's own can be a seemingly pointless experience. "If I'm not there, why do I care?" is a reasonable question. But like the fest-goers, Cannes can be a moment of discovery and a celebration of the finer voices in moviemaking for the people who stayed home (the perk of not attending Cannes: no lines, no chaos, no soaking wet clothes due to torrential downpour!). Suddenly, amongst the alien invasions of Battleship and Men in Black 3, the rave reviews are all for the latest from Oscar-nominated German filmmaker Michael Haneke's devastating dissection of old age, Amor, or Marion Cotillard's knockout performance as a disabled gymnast struggling with love in Rust and Bone. If the latest Marvel superhero movie or mega-budget sci-fi is the ying, the Cannes film slate is the yang. They're not incompetition, but rather, one helps complicate and appreciate the other.
Cannes is about the best of the best, bold, creative efforts from filmmakers old and new. This year, it's best exampled by the legendary David Cronenberg and his son, Brandon. The former sports Cosmopolis, the trippy road movie across New York City starring Robert Pattinson, while young Cronenberg debuts his first feature: Antiviral, a horror satire infecting celebrity culture. And with tween heartthrobs like Pattinson teaming with known auteurs, Cannes offers a proving ground where expectations can be shattered. Zac Efron, Kristen Stewart and older actors like Matthew McConaughey flock to Cannes ready to stand by their challenging roles and pit them against a demanding audience. Keep eyes on Cannes and see entire careers fortified with one night of films.
While breakouts and star-driven movies can trek all the way to Oscar night (as last year's The Artist did after Jean Dujardin picked up the Best Actor award), Cannes' real gems can be found with a little digging. Scope out the list of movies playing in festival and a little Google searching later, you'll find raves for movies like Mattero Garrone's Gomorrah follow-up Reality, The Celebration director's The Hunt and Cristian Mungiu's film Beyond the Hills (Mungiu won Cannes' top prize, the Palme d'Or, for his highly acclaimed 2007 film 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days). Unlike the rest of the world, that devours American film by the boatload, films from overseas rarely find large audiences in the U.S.. Cannes spoonfeeds us the great ones.
My mother often tells me they don't make movies for her anymore. They do, of course, she's just not looking hard enough. Sifting through Cannes coverage from across the globe is worth it for the adventurous pop culturalist. And there's a gateway for everyone: Cannes is the center of high fashion, the apex of ludicrous party behavior and the shrine for which cineastes bow to the greats of filmdom. Cannes isn't just a fancy film fest for Hollywood bigwigs, it's an opportunity for anyone with a passion for movies to indulge upon.
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Creating a "best dressed" list is always a controversial endeavor, especially given how passionate people can be when it comes to fashion. So the fact that Kristen Stewart has been given the number one spot on Glamour UK's Best Dressed Women 2012 list is sure to raise a few well-plucked eyebrows. Stewart has always been a bit of a wild card when it comes to style, so it's surprising she ranked quite so high on the list.
That's not to say she hasn't had stunning moments because she most certainly has, but she still tends to prefer wearing her boyfriend Robert Pattinson's T-shirts to gorgeous gowns. This girl wears what she wants, where she wants, which includes shifting over to sneakers at the Breaking Dawn Part 1 UK premiere in 2011. While it's nice to see someone in Hollywood elect for comfort over style, how does that make her the best dressed woman of the year?
The 22-year-old star beat well known style gurus Emma Watson (who placed second), Blake Lively (who placed seventh), Diane Kruger (who placed 28th), and Jennifer Aniston (who was ranked at No. 30). Shockingly, even the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton only managed to place fourth on the list. Talk about a royal snub.
Am I the only one who thinks this doesn't make sense? I get how Stewart deserves praise for her Twilight hayday, but does that qualify her for a Best Dressed victory? Somewhere Joan Rivers and Tim Gunn must be having heart attacks.
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The Tourist is about as difficult to get through as spotting the vowels in the name of its director. Florian Henckel von Donnersmark was last seen receiving a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2007 for The Lives of Others which was about a couple living in East Berlin who were being monitored by the police of the German Democratic Republic. Its positive reception made way for the assumption that Donnersmark would continue to populate the USA with films of seemingly otherworldly and underrepresented themes. But his current project is saddening in its superficiality and total implausibility.
The film’s only real upside is its stars: two of our most prized Americans. Johnny Depp plays Frank Tupelo a math teacher from Wisconsin who travels to Europe after his wife leaves him presumably because of his weakness and simplicity. While en route to Venice he meets Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie) who situates herself in his company after she receives a letter from her criminal lover Alexander Pearce (who stole some billions from a very wealthy Russian and the British government) with instructions to find someone on a train who looks like him and make the police believe that he is the real Alexander Pearce to throw the authorities and the Russians off his track. Elise picks Frank and after they are photographed kissing each other on the balcony of Elise’s hotel everyone begins to believe Frank is the real Pearce and so begins the chase.
While Donnersmark could not have picked two better looking people to film roaming around Venice his lack of faith in the audience is obvious. Every aspect of the characters is hammed up again and again as if Donnersmark felt burdened with the task of making us see his vision. Doubtful that we’re capable of getting to where he wants us he has crafted a movie completely devoid of subtlety. Elise’s strength and superiority over Frank are portrayed by close-ups and repeated instances of men burping up their lungs upon seeing her (as if her beauty is in any way subjective?). And in case we forgot that Frank is the victim in this story -- even though he’s been tricked chased and shot at - Donnersmark still felt the need to pin him with a lame electronic cigarette to puff on. Frank and Elise somehow manage to lack mystery even though we get very few factual details about each of them.
Nothing extraordinary comes to us in the way of the film’s structural elements either. There is very little of the action that The Tourist’s marketing led us to believe and the dialog is often painful. The plot itself is almost shockingly unbelievable especially when we’re asked to believe that Elise falls in love with Frank after a combination of kissing him once and her disclosed habit of swooning over men she only spent an hour with (yes that was on her CV).
The Tourist is rather empty and cosmetic. It’s worth seeing if you’re a superfan of Jolie or Depp but don’t expect to walk out of the theater with anything more than the stub you came in with.
Funnyman Chris Rock handed the director the honour for his film, which beat Shutter Island, Inglourious Basterds, Kick-Ass and 2012 for the title.
Accepting the award, Ritchie joked, "Thank you very much. We said no to the Oscar but we'll say yes to this because the public voted for it. We set out to make a comedy but we'll take it where we can get it."
Inglourious Basterds star Diane Kruger then introduced a clip of Sex and the City 2, which was hailed as the Most Anticipated Movie of the Summer.
A host of stars including Tom Cruise, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe and Orlando Bloom are in attendance at the London ceremony.
Awards to come include Best Fantasy, Breakthrough Movie and Performance of the Year.
The Pretty Woman star, who has claimed the title three times before, is still winning over fans and making men swoon at age 42.
It is the twelfth time Roberts has made the top 100.
She joins 99 other celebrities on the list, including Diane Kruger, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper, Katy Perry, Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Szohr and Robert Pattinson.
Justin Timberlake, John Krasinski and Diane Kruger woke up very early on Tuesday (or pulled all-nighters) to announce the nominations for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Check out the list below to see who and what were honored (or snubbed), and tune in for the ceremony on Jan. 17 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC) to see who wins.
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Best Motion Picture – Drama:
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers
Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy:
(500) Days of Summer
Julie & Julia
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy:
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Julia Roberts, Duplicity
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy:
Matt Damon, The Informant
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Julianne Moore, A Single Man
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Matt Damon, Invictus
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
Best Animated Feature Film:
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Princess and the Frog
Best Foreign Language Film:
The White Ribbon
Best Director -- Motion Picture:
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture:
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Nancy Meyers, It’s Complicated
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Click here to see the complete list of nominees, including TV.
Rock star and director Rob Zombie picked up a Chainsaw Award for Best Movie for his horror flick The Devil's Rejects last night in Los Angeles.
The Killer Movie award was presented by Robert Englund, best known as A Nightmare on Elm Street villain Freddy Kruger, as part of the first televised Fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, which honor the best films and actors in the horror genre.
Zombie's wife, Sheri Moon, and actor Bill Moseley won the Relationship from Hell award for The Devil's Rejects.
Saw II also won two awards, for Best Butcher (Best Villain) and Looks That Kill (Best Make-Up).
The ceremony airs cable TV channel Fuse on Oct. 22 and will feature "black carpet" arrivals before the show.
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