September 10, 2012 5:00am EST
Actors Will Ferrell, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, LMAO's Redfoo, supermodel Tyra Banks and actress Minka Kelly were all in the audience at the U.S. Open Women's Final between Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams. Williams won the title 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
September 05, 2012 12:48pm EST
In what world could Breaking Bad's Walter White nab a vixen like Mad Men's Joan Harris? Well, it could happen in a world that only Jason Reitman could dream up. The Up In the Air and Young Adult director just released the full cast of his Toronto Live Read of the now-classic film American Beauty to EW and he's got Bryan Cranston and Christina Hendricks in the lead roles as Lester and Carolyn Burnham — roles originated by Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.
The event comes on the heels of a series of live reads in Los Angeles of films like The Breakfast Club, The Big Lebowski starring Seth Rogen, and Reservoir Dogs starring Terrance Howard and Common. Hollywood.com was on-hand for Reitman's only New York reading in April, during which Emma Stone and Paul Rudd delivered The Apartment to an anticipatory crowd at the New York Times Center.
Reitman's reads have gone from the director's pet project to a bit of a cult sensation, so this American Beauty cast announcement is an exciting one. Can this cast handle the material? Bryan Cranston as Lester Burnham (Originally played by Kevin Spacey) Christina Hendricks as Carolyn Burnham (Originally played by Annette Bening) Sarah Gadon as Angela Hayes (Originally played by Mena Suvari) Woody Harrelson as Col. Frank Fitts (Originally played by Chris Cooper) Mae Whitman as Jane Burnham (Originally played by Thora Birch) Adam Driver as Ricky Fitts (Originally played by Wes Bentley) Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credits: AMC (2), WENN.com (8), Dreamworks Pictures (8)] More: 'The Apartment' Live Read With Emma Stone and Paul Rudd Brings the Classic to New Life TIFF 2012 Trailer Gallery: First Looks at the Year's Most Prestigious Films
August 02, 2012 5:00am EST
The American Beauty star has reteamed with his Seven director David Fincher for the project, which is a U.S. remake of the hit British mini-series of the same name, and Spacey admits he had plenty of practise thanks to his latest London and New York theatre stints.
He tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "It's actually based on a very popular British series in the 1980s about a wily politician worming his way to becoming prime minister, and oddly enough, it was based on Richard III, which I've just spent the last 10 months of the last year performing around the world, so I feel like I've had a good 10 months of rehearsal to play this character."
And the Oscar winner is warning fans the show will be like no other: "David Fincher and I are doing it, it's been an extraordinary experience to sort of delve into that world of politics and power and greed and ambition and all that, and as David and I like to say, 'It ain't (sic) your daddy's West Wing!'"
The political thriller will be the first original programming for online streaming service Netflix and is expected to launch next year (13).
July 18, 2012 7:57am EST
From a beguiling love interest to a problematic professional fighter, some of TV's quirkiest favorites and most anticipated new shows are adding new roles. Check out who is joining the casts of Supernatural, Netflix's House of Cards, and more in our casting roundup below:
Weeds: Daniele Watts, whose previous credits include Cold Case and Criminal Minds and who has a small role in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, joins the cast as Angela Mullen, the first recurring love interest for Shane (Alexander Gould). Angela is a fellow police recruit whose quirky allure catches Shane's eye at the academy.
Supernatural: Ty Olsson has landed a recurring role on the eighth season of The CW's Supernatural as Benny, a tall, dark, and handsome stranger. While best known as Sam on Men in Trees, Olsson is no stranger to the fantasy/sci-fi mystery genre, having appeared on Once Upon a Time, Battlestar Gallactica and in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. The CW is keeping a tight lid on Olsson's Supernatural storyline, but we do know that he is a survivor with an ingrained sense of honor and a tell-it-like-it-is blunt manner.
Banshee: Relative newcomer Cedric Stewart (Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse) has been added to the cast of Alan Ball's new drama Banshee. Banshee's action revolves around Lucas Hood (played by Anthony Starr), a criminal who assumes the identity of the sheriff of small town Banshee, PA. Hood of course continues to be haunted by his law-breaking past as gangsters he has crossed hunt him down. Stewart is slated to play Damien Sanchez, a pro MMA fighter who gets into some trouble when he travels to Banshee for his big fight.
House of Cards: Sebastian Arcelus, who is best known for his work on Broadway in shows such as Wicked and Jersey Boys, joins the cast of the David Fincher-produced Netflix original series House of Cards, set to premiere next year. Kevin Spacey stars in this political drama based on Michael Dobbs' novel of the same name as Rep. Frank Underwood, the House or Representatives Majority Whip set on taking over the Presidency. Arceleus' role has not yet been released.
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July 10, 2012 6:31am EST
Yesterday, it was announced that the developing film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey had nabbed two producers. Actually, rumor has it that they were on board all along, but finally decided to stop hiding their faces in shame and come to grips with it. All kidding aside, the project actually has a decent pair of names attached: Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who together have worked on movies like The Social Network, 21, and the upcoming Somali pirate picture Captain Phillips. Individually, De Luca has handled a wide variety of modern classics, ranging from I Am Sam to Austin Powers 2.
Obviously, De Luca and Brunetti make up a versatile pair, but this doesn't mean one can't draw predictions about what kind of movie their Fifty Shades of Grey will be. We already made some predictions about who might star in the adaptation, but here are a few filmmakers the duo has worked with that might suit this project just fine:
Best known for directing the second two Bourne movies, Greengrass is the present director attached to the Captain Phillips project De Luca and Brunetti are reportedly producing. So here's the way Fifty Shades of Green might go: Christian Grey is actually a government-augmented special agent who is hired to seduce Anastasia Steele and distract her from her literature studies, which would inevitably reveal that she, too, is a government-augmented special agent. This project would also provide an innovative new use for shaky cam.
De Luca and Brunetti produced 21, the 2008 Kevin Spacey-as-a-cardshark movie directed by Luketic. But this was quite a stride from the filmmaker's usual shpiel: romantic comedies. Luketic is responsible for a slew including Legally Blonde, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Monster-in-Law, The Ugly Truth, and Killers. So you can imagine if he's brought in to Fifty Shades, it could tone down all the inducement of bodily harm for sexual stimulation, and maybe kick up the flirtatious banter in linen stores.
He's not a director, but he's probably one of the only screenwriters in Hollywood that anyone can recognize by name. Sorkin worked with both producers on The Social Network, and with De Luca again on his feature followup Moneyball. You can already picture what Sorkin's Fifty Shades might look like: whipping, walking, talking, walking and talking, walking and talking about whipping, walking and talking and whipping, whipping and walking, satirizing the inside operations of the whip industry, and threatening to turn things into ping-pong rooms.
Who would you like to see take the lens on a Fifty Shades of Grey movie?
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June 04, 2012 5:00am EST
The funnyman won the top acting award trophy for his performance in Broadway show One Man, Two Guvnors, which scooped a total of three honours.
Corden told the crowd, "I am only one of 12 actors in our play. Without any of them it just wouldn't work. Being onstage with them is a joy."
Broadway romance Once was the evening's biggest success after landing four Drama Desk Awards, including the win for best musical.
The Drama Desk Awards, which celebrate shows both on and off-Broadway, also recognised Once for best orchestration, direction and lyrics at a Manhattan gala awards ceremony, co-hosted by Brooke Shields and Brian d'Arcy James.
The haul was a welcome boost for Once ahead of this month's (Jun12) Tony Awards, where it has been nominated in 11 categories.
June 01, 2012 6:07am EST
They say that Tom Cruise didn’t really hit his stride until he won the 1997 MTV Movie Award for Jerry Maguire. They say that Kate Winslet’s career petered out after she lost Best Actress for her work in Titanic to Neve Cambell in Scream 2. They say that Seann William Scott rivals Billy Crystal for best award show presenter in show business.
Actually, they don’t say any of these things. And if they do, you should probably stop hanging around "them" so much.
Realistically, the MTV Movie Awards doesn’t have the clout that institutions like the Oscars do, partially because of its proclivity to grant Best Picture to the films of The Twilight Saga. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t know good cinema when they see it. Over the past two decades, MTV has granted Best Picture, Actor and Actress titles to some genuinely deserving films and performers — some that might actually surprise you quite a bit.
1994: Tom Hanks wins Best Male Performance for Philadelphia
It wasn't a shocker when Hanks won the Oscar for his work in Philadelphia, but with crowd pleasing opponents like Mrs. Doubtfire's Robin Williams, The Fugitive's Harrison Ford, and The Firm's Tom Cruise, his MTV victory might have been a bit more surprising. The fun-loving nature of the network was in contrast to Hanks' heart-wrenching performance as AIDS-stricken attorney Andrew Beckett, but even if Philadelphia didn't seem to fit the MTV spectrum, Hanks' heaviest performance to date was too stellar to overlook.
1995: Pulp Fiction wins Best Picture
More in step with the MTV vibe, Pulp Fiction beat out formidable opponent Forrest Gump and three other things that were nominated over Shawshank Redemption: Speed, The Crow, and Interview with the Vampire. Yes, Pulp Fiction is flashy and stylistic, up-tempo and perfectly in keeping with the provocative, shock-value attention span of the 1990s' MTV audience. But it's also quite a spectacular piece of work.
1996: Se7en wins Best Picture
Almost all of the Best Picture nominees at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards were impressive candidates: Apollo 13, Braveheart, Clueless. But Se7en is inarguably the power player of the lot, with an intriguing storyline, great performances by stars Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Kevin Spacey, and an unforgettable ending. Although it's darker, grimmer and less of a make-'em-cheer thrill-ride than any of the other nods, Se7en grabbed Best Pic at the '96 MTV Movie Awards.
1998: Titanic and Leonardo DiCaprio win Best Picture and Male Performance
Well, of course they did. Titanic is the most popular movie in the history of time, and Leonardo DiCaprio is constantly breaking new ground in Hollywood handsomeness. This flick was a shoe-in for the Best Picture win, even over comic adventure hits like Men in Black and the first Austin Powers, the thriller staple Face/Off (with Male Performance nods for stars Nicolas Cage and John Travolta), and good ol' Good Will Hunting (star Matt Damon was nominated for Best Male Performance). Batman & Robin was also nominated.
2001: Julia Roberts wins Best Female Performance for Erin Brockovich
One of movie star Julia Roberts' most celebrated roles to date is her 2000 biopic Erin Brockovich, which earned her Best Female Performance at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards over candidates like Kate Hudson (Almost Famous), Jennifer Lopez (The Cell), Aaliyah (Romeo Must Die) and Julia Stiles (Save the Last Dance). The film is a modern classic that more than deserves recognition for its central player's performance.
2006: Jake Gyllenhaal wins Best Performance for Brokeback Mountain
Although Ang Lee's romantic film as a whole was a little slow and meandering, its performances exhibited new triumphs, both by MTV Movie Award victor Jake Gyllenhaal and his costar, the late Heath Ledger. Gyllenhaal's turn as cowboy Jack Twist won over Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line, and over Steve Carell's memorable role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, the latter being on par with the Best Picture winner of the year: Wedding Crashers.
2008: Ellen Page wins Best Female Performance for Juno
She might not be a name you think of in the company of Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, and Leonardo DiCaprio, but Ellen Page's career-making turn in the Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody picture Juno deserves the recognition it received at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards. Like Pulp Fiction, Juno exemplifies the MTV mentality. It's quippy, frenetic, pop culture-obsessed, whimsical even when dark. Page duly beat out Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up), Amy Adams (Enchanted), Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), and Jessica Biel (I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry).
The 2012 MTV Movie Awards boasts its own impressive array of nominees, highlighting terrific feature films like Bridesmaids, 50/50, and Drive. Who is your winning pick for this year?
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May 22, 2012 10:15am EST
Following on from Christian Bale, who appeared in drama The Flowers of War, Spacey plays a brash American crimefighter in Dayyan Eng's new film Inseparable, which has been shot with Mandarin and English dialogue.
In the film, the Usual Suspects star plays a neighbour who inadvertently prevents Chinese actor Daniel Wu's depressed character from committing suicide, and persuades him to become his vigilante sidekick.
Spacey admits he had a great time making the movie and now hopes to return to China to produce more films there.
He says, "A great deal of finance and talent is going to be coming to China in the next decade. I have every intention of returning and working again, both as an actor, but I would also love to produce films in China."
May 14, 2012 7:15am EST
The American Beauty star last year (11) announced he was giving budding moviemakers from the U.S., South Africa, and Russia the chance to direct him in a short film.
He drew up a list of contenders and then chose one winner from each country, who were then given the chance to shoot their movie with Spacey in the lead role.
The actor has travelled to South Africa to attend the red carpet premiere of one of the films - South African Alan Shelley's A Spirit of a Denture - and he's adamant the project has inspired him to continue searching for talented filmmakers in far-flung lands.
Spacey told reporters in Johannesburg, "There is no doubt that as you start to look around the world, you start to look at the Asia-Pacific region, you start to look at what's happening here, you look at what's happening in European cinema, there's a lot going on.
"I like the idea of going to as many places as possible and (enjoying) as many experiences as you can."
May 03, 2012 10:59am EST
It's hard to know what to make of the brand-new teaser for Kevin Spacey's upcoming Chinese superhero movie Inseparable. Mostly because ... it's Kevin Spacey in a Chinese superhero movie. That, and there is not a lick of subtitled dialogue spoken.
Still, though, color us intrigued and curious (at least to see what the full trailer looks like whenever it hits the Web) about what is purportedly the first Chinese-funded movie headlined by a Hollywood star.
All we really know about Inseparable — aside from its oh-so-revealing tagline "A young man with problems at home and work befriends his odd neighbor" — is what the teaser seems to show: Spacey plays a cigarette-smoking bad (but not necessarily "bad bad") man, and Hong Kong multihyphenate/star Daniel Wu dons a superhero costume. See what you can ascertain from the clip, below.
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