Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall has been laid to rest following an intimate family funeral in New York City. The iconic actress passed away last week (ends17Aug14) at the age of 89 after suffering a stroke at her home in Manhattan, New York, and she was remembered at a memorial service in the Big Apple on Tuesday (19Aug14).
Around 50 guests attended the private ceremony at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, while a larger congregation gathered at Bacall's apartment for the wake, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Attendees included Anjelica Huston and Michael Douglas, whose father Kirk was a good friend of the late star.
Actress Jessica Lange is to be honoured with the 2015 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The two-time Academy Award winner will be feted for her achievements at a black-tie gala at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California on 16 November (14).
Announcing the news, Douglas says, "Jessica Lange possess the three key elements in making it in this crazy business: talent, beauty, and intelligence... all of which have served her well and continue to do so. It is my honour to give her my award."
Previous recipients of the acting legend's prize include Forrest Whittaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas himself.
Movie veteran Kirk Douglas celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife Anne by hosting a party over the weekend (14-15Jun14), with guests including Steven Spielberg and the Hollywood legend's son Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. The stars were among 150 people who gathered at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California for the bash, which featured a performance by David Foster and a mini-roast by veteran comedian Don Rickles. Kirk and producer Anne marked their big day on 29 May (14).
Veteran actor Michael Douglas has vowed never to take his marriage with Catherine Zeta-Jones for granted again after their brief separation last summer (13) forced him to re-evaluate his life priorities. The Wall Street star, 69, recently reconciled with the Welsh beauty after working through their personal troubles, which emerged following his 2010 tongue cancer battle and Zeta-Jones' subsequent treatment for bipolar disorder.
They made their return to the red carpet as a couple at a New York event in April (14), and now Douglas is sharing the lessons he's learned over the years with readers of America's People magazine.
Opening up about life and love, Douglas states, "Marriage requires constant nurturing... You can never take your marriage for granted. It goes to the idea of where you spend your energy and attention: Do you spend it with strangers, trying to show everybody how nice you are? Or do you cherish your partner and really don't worry about other people...?
"Like a lovely orchid, or anything else that's nurtured, marriage prospers and grows, but if it's ignored, it withers."
The actor goes on to advise any parents struggling with marriage problems to be honest with their children, because "they know everything".
Douglas, whose eldest son Cameron is serving prison time for drug charges, also encourages mums and dads to take immediate action if they suspect their kids are battling drug problems.
He adds, "After they turn 18, you have no control anymore. However difficult it might be, if it looks to be a real issue, then you almost have to go for overkill."
Among the other life lessons, Douglas shares in the pages of People, he stresses the importance of treasuring "the time you have with your parents", adding, "Enjoy them while you can. You never want to look back and say, 'I wish I'd...'"
Douglas is the son of acting legend Kirk Douglas.
When it comes to bizarre and unpredictable career choices, nobody has the market cornered quite like Nicolas Cage. But his latest project might just be his weirdest yet - and yes, we're including combustible ghost-skeletons, father-daughter vigilante duos and angry drivers on that list. In the upcoming Left Behind, Cage plays Rayford Steele, a pilot who must find answers after half of the passengers on his plane disappear in the Rapture. The film, which also stars One Tree Hill's Chad Michael Murray and American Idol's Jordin Sparks, is based on a series of popular Christian apocalypse novels, which were previously made into a direct-to-DVD movie starring Kirk Cameron.
It makes perfect sense that the producers of Left Behind would want Cage to star in their film - partly because it will attract a wider audience, but mostly because he stares down the apocalypse on a regular basis - but that's about the only thing that makes sense in the first trailer for the film. We've rounded up all of the weirdest, most baffling moments in the trailer in order to attempt to make sense of not only Left Behind, but also the mysterious mind of Cage himself. Until those secrets are revealed, we can only assume that production met his requirements of serving hot lunch daily.
Someone Let Nicolas Cage Fly a Plane (0:06) Would you be willing to put your life and vacation plans in his hands? We didn't think so.
A Large Sign Instructs Viewers to 'Pray' (0:13) Because making through this movie in one piece will only be possible through an act of God.
The Plane Is Tossed Around in a Storm (0:32) Surely the storm would realize who's piloting that plane and change course before Cage unleashes his fury upon it. If anyone could figure out how to physically beat back lightning, it's the guy who made Season of the Witch.
Chad Michael Murray Is Filming the Empty Seats (0:36) Yes, we're curious as to why those people suddenly vanished, but we're more confused as to why he thinks he'll be able to find answers more effectively than a man who once stole the Declaration of Independence.
Nicolas Cage's Face Doesn't Move... (0:38)Yet he still manages to convey confusion, distress and authority in that oddly blank stare.
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Someone's Screaming About God, and It's Not Nicolas Cage (0:46) Sorry, pretty blonde girl, but Nicolas Cage is the only person who can scream to the heavens and actually receive a reply. He's the only person God truly fears.
Nicolas Cage's Face Still Isn't Moving (0:52) We can only assume that he's making so many films at the same time that he's started sending wax figures of himself to set in order to fill in for him on reaction shots and close-ups. Luckily, he chose an appropriately menacing one for this film.
Nicolas Cage Whispers About Important Life Philosophies (0:53 - 0:56) Does his advice make any sense? Not really. Should we all take his words to heart anyway, and change the way we choose to live our lives? Definitely.
Someone's Running From an Explosion, and It's Not Nicolas Cage (0:58)If a bomb goes off, but he's is otherwise occupied (in this case, crying into a cell phone he shouldn't be using on a plane), does it really explode?
This Movie Is Being Released in Theaters (1:00) We'd blame all the people who went to see God's Not Dead and Heaven Is For Real, but if those movies weren't a success, we'd all be robbed of the experience of watching Nicolas Cage face off against God in an action movie. It is truly a showdown for the ages.
Left Behind opens in theaters on October 3.
Tragic Inxs rocker Michael Hutchence was on the verge of splitting from the mother of his daughter Tiger Lily when he died in 1997, according to his bandmate and friend Kirk Pengilly. Pengilly swore to keep his pal's romance plans to himself after Hutchence was found dead in a hotel room, but in a new interview he reveals the singer told him he was planning to leave Paula Yates within days.
During the exclusive interview with Channel 7’s Sunday Night, Pengilly said Hutchence was looking to move on from the woman he stole from Irish rocker Bob Geldof.
The musician said, "Just prior to his death that week, what he told me was that he had a plan in place to basically split up with Paula... What can I say? That’s what he told me."
The stars of American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Modern Family and Breaking Bad were the big winners at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night (18Jan14). The American Hustle ensemble was named Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture, while Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto added to their Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards wins by scooping the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role honours, and Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) claimed the actress awards.
All four stars picked up Oscar nominations on Thursday (16Jan14) and are considered favourites for the Academy Awards in March (14).
Breaking Bad and Modern Family dominated the top TV awards at the SAGs - the casts picked up the Best Ensemble honours for TV drama and comedy, respectively, and stars Bryan Cranston and Ty Burrell were named Best Actors for their roles as drug kingpin Walter White and hapless TV dad Phil Dunphy.
Dame Maggie Smith won the Best Actress honour for her role as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey, and another Dame, Helen Mirren, picked up her fifth SAG Award as she was named Outstanding Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for her portrayal of music mogul Phil Spector's legal sidekick Linda Kenney Baden in Phil Spector. Michael Douglas claimed the male equivalent for another real-life portrayal in a biopic - his turn as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra won him the trophy.
He acknowledged his father Kirk Douglas in his acceptance speech, stating, "I've got a 97-year-old member of SAG back at home who I know is particularly proud of me getting this award. I want to thank all of you here tonight for helping me get out of his shadow for a little bit."
The full list of winners is:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - American Hustle
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Helen Mirren (Phil Spector)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture - Lone Survivor
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series - Game of Thrones
Life Achievement Award - Rita Moreno
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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You might wan't to sneak in a couple tissues with your snacks at the theater because the new trailer for Last Love looks seriously sad and seriously heartwarming.
In the film, Matthew Morgan (Michael Caine) is a lonely widower that lists through life without making connections. He sees all other people as white noise, static that can't possibly measure up to the love he's lost. His life is largely empty until he meets an equally lonely young woman named Pauline (Clémence Poésy). The two start a friendship that heals deep wounds in both of them, and also starts to repair the relationship between Morgan and his son Miles (Justin Kirk).
The trailer for Last Love is filled with yearning, showcasing people that are straining to bridge connections and learning how to let people in after they've forgotten what it feels like to give love and take love in. In this short glimpse, Caine and Poésy display a wonderful amount of chemistry as they jaunt around in the backdrop of the France. If you're going to create a film about finding love again, you can do several times worse than Paris. It is the city of love after all.
Actor Forest Whitaker is set to receive the Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film at the eighth annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Last King of Scotland star will be feted at the event in California on 15 December (13).
Announcing this year's recipient, movie veteran Kirk Douglas says, "Forest Whitaker is an exceptional man and actor. His commitment to human causes, his passion for what is right, and his dedication to his craft are inspirational and at my age, inspiration is rare."
Previous recipients include Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Harrison Ford.
Meanwhile, Whitaker has also been handed the Black Pearl Career Achievement Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which began on Thursday (24Oct13).