Batman & Robin gets a lot of crap for many things. After it came out it was nominated for multiple Razzies, and everyone looked at it as a joke. I will admit this is not really an action movie like the recent Batman trilogy, but guess what? It's great once you look at it as a comedy! Yes, I stick behind that opinion and here are 6 reasons why.
1. The amount of ice references and puns are hilarious.
2. Uma Thurman's over the top makeup is also a dead give away.
3. Their version of Bane is fun and silly. Who needs another mean villain?
4. The movie starts off with butts.
5. Robin is super whiny - just how we would imagine a real-life side kick would be.
6. It includes an appearance of an awesome Christmas movie, The Year Without a Santa Claus. How could that not make you happy?
What do you love or hate most about this movie? Tweet us your answers to the Twitter handles below!
The widow of the Navy SEAL played by Bradley Cooper in American Sniper has expressed her gratitude to the actor for his onscreen efforts after he lost out at the Oscars on Sunday (22Feb15).
The movie, which starred Cooper as crackshot gunman Chris Kyle, was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but only landed one prize for Best Sound Editing.
Cooper missed out on the Best Actor award to Brit Eddie Redmayne, but Kyle's widow Taya insists her husband would have been very proud of everything the cast and crew achieved.
Speaking at the awards show, Taya Kyle told America's ABC news, "I'm so grateful for everything that went into this movie. I wanted to be here to represent Chris, obviously, and it's not the ideal time to do that, but I still wanted to embrace everything that he should be here to do with me... He (Cooper) absolutely got it right... He (Kyle) would be absolutely blown away, and he would be his usual humble self, laugh at himself, probably make fun of it in some ways, but deep down, he would be really, really happy... It's (the movie is) something he would be proud of."
Taya Kyle took time out from attending the trial of her husband's accused killer to attend the glitzy awards show. Former marine Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is currently on trial in Texas accused of killing Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield in February, 2013. He has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Producers behind Bradley Cooper's acclaimed drama American Sniper decided not to show Chris Kyle's death in the film following a phone call from his widow.
Cooper plays crackshot Navy SEAL Kyle in the Oscar-nominated movie, and the production was thrown into turmoil after the film's real life subject died at a gun range in Texas in 2013. Screenwriter Jason Hall has now revealed Kyle's widow Taya called the team five days after her husband's death and asked for it not to be featured. He tells the New York Daily News, "Five days after Chris (died), (Taya) called and said, 'This is going to be how my children remember their father, so I want you to get (it) right'... We went around and around (trying to find an appropriate ending)... In the end, I think we felt that this was a film about Chris' life and not about his death... I didn't want it to be the thing that was hanging over their (the children's) heads for the very rest of their lives as the film that showed their father getting shot."
The film ends with Cooper's character arriving at the shooting range and then cuts to his funeral. Former marine Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is currently on trial in Texas accused of killing Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield in February, 2013. He has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Sam Smith was the toast of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (08Feb15), walking away with four of the six honors he was nominated for, including the coveted Record of the Year.
The British soul sensation kicked off his celebrations early after claiming the very first award of the televised show for Best New Artist. He soon followed it up with the Best Pop Vocal Album for In The Lonely Hour, and was back onstage towards the end of the Los Angeles ceremony to wrap up his big night with wins for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Stay With Me.
Taking to the stage for the fourth time, Smith poked fun at the ex-boyfriend who inspired the album, saying, "This is the best night of my life. I wanna thank the man who this record is about... Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys!"
Fellow six-time nominees Beyonce and Pharrell Williams each went home as triple winners, while Beck landed Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for Morning Phase - and almost had Kanye West repeat his infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he interrupted Taylor Swift to defend his pal Beyonce's honor. This time, the rapper approached Beck as he collected the Album of the Year accolade, which Beyonce was also nominated for, and pretended to head towards the mic, before laughing and returning to his seat in the front row - much to everyone's amusement.
AC/DC got the Grammy Awards off to a rocking start with a hits medley, while Madonna dazzled the Staples Center audience in a red and black matador costume to sing her new release Living For Love, and Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney staged the first ever performance of their new collaboration, FourFiveSeconds.
Other performance highlights at the event, hosted by LL Cool J, came from Ed Sheeran and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne; Katy Perry, who honored victims of domestic violence with a powerful rendition of By The Grace of God; Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige's soulful collaboration on Stay With Me, and Pharrell Williams, who gave his Happy tune a gospel makeover, complete with Hans Zimmer on guitar and Lang Lang on piano.
The full list of winners at the 2015 Grammy Awards is:
Record Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Album Of The Year - Morning Phase by Beck
Song Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Best New Artist - Sam Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance - Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - Say Something by A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Cheek To Cheek by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Best Pop Vocal Album - In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
Best Dance Recording - Rather Be by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Best Dance/Electronic Album - Syro by Aphex Twin
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album - Bass & Mandolin by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
Best Rock Performance - Lazaretto by Jack White
Best Metal Performance - The Last In Line by Tenacious D
Best Rock Song - Ain't It Fun by Paramore
Best Rock Album - Morning Phase by Beck
Best Alternative Music Album - St. Vincent by St. Vincent
Best R&B Performance - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Best Traditional R&B Performance - Jesus Children by Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Best R&B Song - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Best Urban Contemporary Album - Girl by Pharrell Williams
Best R&B Album - Love, Marriage & Divorce by Toni Braxton & Babyface
Best Rap Performance - I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Best Rap Song - I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem
Best Country Solo Performance - Something In The Water by Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo/Group Performance - Gentle On My Mind by The Band Perry
Best Country Song - I'm Not Gonna Miss You by Glen Campbell
Best Country Album - Platinum by Miranda Lambert
Best New Age Album - Winds Of Samsara by Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman
Best Improvised Jazz Solo - Fingerprints by Chick Corea
Best Jazz Vocal Album - Beautiful Life by Dianne Reeves
Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Trilogy by Chick Corea Trio
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album - Life In The Bubble by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Best Latin Jazz Album - The Offense Of The Drum by Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Best Gospel Performance/Song - No Greater Love by Smokie Norful
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song - Messengers by Lecrae featuring For King & Country
Best Gospel Album - Help by Erica Campbell
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album - Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. by For King & Country
Best Roots Gospel Album - Shine For All The People by Mike Farris
Best Latin Pop Album - Tangos by Rubén Blades
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album - Multiviral by Calle 13
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) - Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernandez by Vicente Fernandez
Best Tropical Latin Album - Mas + Corazon Profundo by Carlos Vives
Best American Roots Performance - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash
Best American Roots Song - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash
Best Americana Album - The River & The Thread by Rosanne Cash
Best Bluegrass Album - The Earls Of Leicester by The Earls Of Leicester
Best Blues Album - Step Back by Johnny Winter
Best Folk Album - Remedy by Old Crow Medicine Show
Best Regional Roots Music Album - The Legacy by Jo-El Sonnier
Best Reggae Album - Fly Rasta by Ziggy Marley
Best World Music Album - Eve by Angelique Kidjo
Best Children's Album - I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai) by Neela Vaswani
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) - Diary Of A Mad Diva by Joan Rivers
Best Comedy Album - Mandatory Fun by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Best Musical Theater Album - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers; Carole King, composer & lyricist; Original Broadway Cast)
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media - Frozen (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers)
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media - The Grand Budapest Hotel by Alexandre Desplat
Best Song Written For Visual Media - Let It Go by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Best Instrumental Composition - The Book Thief by John Williams
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella - Daft Punk (Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers; Pentatonix)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals - New York Tendaberry by Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma)
Best Recording Package - Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package - The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) by Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)
Best Album Notes - Offering: Live At Temple University by Ashley Kahn, (John Coltrane)
Best Historical Album - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 by Hank Williams
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical - Morning Phase by Beck Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical - Max Martin
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical - All Of Me (Tiesto's Birthday Treatment Remix) (Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)
Best Surround Sound Album - Beyoncé (Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé)
Best Engineered Album, Classical - Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending (Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
Producer Of The Year, Classical - Judith Sherman
Best Orchestral Performance - Adams, John: City Noir by David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony)
Best Opera Recording - Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphee Aux Enfers by Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)
Best Choral Performance - The Sacred Spirit Of Russia by Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance - In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores by Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe
Best Classical Instrumental Solo - Play by Jason Vieaux Best Classical Solo Vocal Album - Douce France by Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)
Best Classical Compendium - Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances by Partch; John Schneider, producer
Best Contemporary Classical Composition - Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean by John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Best Music Video - Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Music Film - 20 Feet From Stardom by Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Grammy Trustees Award - Richard Perry, George Wein, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil President's Merit Award - Martin Bandier
Lifetime Achievement Award - George Harrison, Bee Gees, Buddy Guy, Louvin Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Pierre Boulez and Flaco Jimenez.
Bradley Cooper offered a moving tribute to real life American Sniper hero Chris Kyle at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon on Monday (02Feb15), exactly two years after the Navy SEAL's shocking death.
The Hangover star has won a Best Actor nomination for playing Kyle in the acclaimed new film, and he joined fellow nominees at the Academy's annual celebratory lunch in Beverly Hills, California. The event on Monday took place on the second anniversary of Kyle's death in 2013, and Cooper revealed he was left reeling when the film's subject was killed while the movie was in the production phase.
He told reporters, "The responsibility to play a human being when his family is still alive and it's still fresh was a huge endeavor and something that I knew was going to be important. I treated it in way I hadn't before. Kyle (died) two years to the day today, on February 2, 2013... (It was) a year and a half into our development and it changed everything. It became a different movie. It became more about the plight of the soldier and his family."
Navy SEAL sniper Kyle was killed in a shooting at a gun range in Texas at the age of 38 on 2 February, 2013. War veteran Eddie Ray Routh, 25, is awaiting trial on murder charges for allegedly gunning down Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.
Officials in Los Angeles have taken down a billboard promoting Bradley Cooper's American Sniper after a vandal scrawled the word "murder" on the movie poster amid a raging debate over the controversial film.
The Oscar-nominated picture, which features Cooper as real life crack shot U.S. soldier Chris Kyle, has become a hot topic in recent days as stars take sides over the divisive drama. It has now emerged that a billboard advertising director Clint Eastwood's film in Los Angeles had to be removed over the weekend (beg17-18Jan15) after it was daubed with red graffiti, which spelled out "Murder!" in large red letters next to an image of Cooper.
Local news outlet Ktla.com reports the billboard was taken down following the incident.
Filmmaker Michael Moore recently came under fire for calling snipers "cowards" in a tweet, while Seth Rogen also hit headlines after he appeared to compare the film to Nazi propaganda. He later insisted he "wasn't comparing the two", but actor Dean Cain joined the dispute by telling Rogen to "go to war" before criticising soldiers like Kyle, who claimed to have made more than 150 kills throughout his career in the U.S. army.
Other stars to have waded into the debate include singer Blake Shelton, who tweeted of the furore, "Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk s**t... True Cowards." Jane Fonda, who was nicknamed Hanoi Jane for posing with opposition guns during the Vietnam War, risked further controversy by throwing her support behind the movie, calling it "powerful" and "sensational" in a message posted on Twitter.com.
Despite the fallout, American Sniper became a box office hit in the U.S. following its release this month (Jan15), but it scored disappointing sales in the U.K. on its opening weekend (16-18Jan15). The film will compete for the Best Picture Oscar at next month's (Feb15) Academy Awards, while Cooper is in line for Best Actor.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has held strong at the top of the North American box office for a second week in a row.
The third and final film in director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit franchise took $55 million over the extended holiday weekend to triumph over Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, which opens with $47 million.
Movie musical Into the Woods is new at three with $46 million, while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie close out the top five at four and five, respectively.
Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood's new film American Sniper has set a new record for the largest limited Christmas release at the North American box office.
The biopic, starring Bradley Cooper as America's deadliest sniper, the late Chris Kyle, was screened in fewer than 10 theaters, but still managed to rake in $212,500 in takings.
Seth Rogen and James Franco's controversial comedy The Interview, which was initially pulled by Sony Pictures bosses amid threats to cinema-goers' safety, was another big limited hit, earning $2.8 million from showings in 331 theatres.
The heads of four top studios have denied receiving a petition George Clooney and his agent created as part of bid to back Sony executives amid firm's recent hack attack. The movie star revealed he and Bryan Lourd quietly sent out the document to leading Tinseltown players in the hope of offering Sony bosses a groundswell of support as they faced off with cyberterrorists threatening to attack cinemas screening comedy The Interview.
Hours after Sony chiefs scrapped the film's Christmas Day (25Dec14) release, Clooney went public with the petition, revealing that everyone refused to sign it fearing reprisals from the hackers who had stolen Sony database information and released embarrassing private email correspondence between executives.
But now it appears Clooney's petition wasn't as widespread as he suggested - representatives for four studios tell The Hollywood Reporter their top executives never received the document.
The reps for Disney, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate, as well as talent agencies WME and UTA, insist their bosses were never approached to sign anything.
One studio head tells the publication, "I never heard of it until I saw press about a petition not getting signed. No one I know has heard of it... We would've signed it, but we had never heard of it."
Clooney previously told The Hollywood Reporter, "Bryan Lourd and I were sent a letter from the head of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), Chris Dodd, which was to be circulated to the studios. It didn’t ask for support for the release of the film in the face of threats, so we wrote a new letter and sent it to the MPAA.
"Over the next 24 hours, Bryan asked several people to sign on to the petition. One said he would if others did, the rest said flat out 'no'. Chris Dodd told Bryan that he had no takers either."
Clooney told Deadline.com, "It (petition) was sent to basically the heads of every place. They told Bryan Lourd, 'I can’t sign this'. What? How can you not sign this? I’m not going to name anyone, that's not what I’m here to do, but nobody signed the letter."
Clooney, Lourd and representatives at the MPAA have yet to comment on the latest story.
Meanwhile, Sony bosses have now had second thoughts about releasing The Interview and the comedy, in which Seth Rogen and James Franco play journalists tasked with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will hit select cinemas on Thursday (25Dec15).
Chris Hemsworth was chosen as People’s Sexiest Man Alive this year, and we can’t really argue with that. He’s tall, blonde and handsome. He’s Australian and he plays a freakin’ god in the Marvel universe. So yes, we are very satisfied. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get a head start on next year’s choice, and boy do we have suggestions!
1. Joe Manganiello
Um. That body. Sofia Vergara knows what we’re talking about.
2. Chris Pratt
Many believed he’d take the title this year, given the success of Guardians of the Galaxy (and his workout routine), but maybe next year is his year.
3. Ryan Gosling
Even though he’s reportedly turned down the title before, we still think he’d make a great choice. He’s been making women swoon since The Notebook.
4. Michael Fassbender
Have you seen Shame? ‘Nuff said.
5. Idris Elba
We’ve yet to find one person who doesn’t find Idris Elba attractive. He needs more magazine covers, stat.
6. Jamie Dornan
He’s about to play one of the sexiest book characters – Christian Grey. Depending on how well the movie is received (and we’re betting very well), he could definitely be a contender for the title.
7. Justin Timberlake
It’s weird that Adam Levine has gotten the title, but not Justin. People should probably fix that.
8. Benedict Cumberbatch
He’s already been dubbed the “Internet’s boyfriend,” so why not make the Cumberb*tches happy?
9. Kit Harrington
Despite what’s been said on Game of Thrones, Jon Snow does know a thing or two. Like how to be all brooding and sexy.
10. Alexander Skarsgard
We miss getting our fair share of Skarsgard nudity on True Blood, but we’d gladly settle for a nice Sexiest Man Alive photo spread of this Swedish hottie.
11. Jon Hamm
Next year marks the last season of Mad Men, so it would be a fitting send-off to reward our favorite ad man with the honor of Sexiest Man Alive.
12. Michael B. Jordan
We loved him in Friday Night Lights, he was fantastic in Fruitvale Station, and next year he'll be granted superhero status in The Fantastic Four reboot. Mark our words: He's gonna be huge.
13. Leonardo DiCaprio
Much like the elusive Oscar, the title of Sexiest Man Alive has missed DiCaprio. If he’s not getting an Academy Award, at least give him this. He's not getting any younger!
14. Colin Farrell
He's one of the sexiest, most underrated actors out there. He deserves some love.
15. Liam Hemsworth
We’d be cool if People decided to keep it in the family next year.
Who would YOU choose? Tell us on Twitter!