A man has been arrested for threatening to punch U.S. TV host Robin Roberts. Troy Warren allegedly visited the Good Morning America studio in New York, where Roberts works, eight times within a two-week period in June (14). He is accused of threatening to punch the presenter because she allegedly owes him money.
Warren, 43, was arrested on Monday (28Jul14) and charged with misdemeanour stalking and harassment, according to TMZ.com.
Earlier this month (Jul14), the same TV studio was broken into by a homeless man, who threatened Roberts' co-host Michael Strahan. He was arrested and is facing a mental evaluation.
Star Trek star Zachary Quinto is to play James Franco's lover in a new biopic.
Franco will portray gay rights activist-turned-pastor Michael Glatze in the Justin Kelly film, adapted from a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis.
Glatze went on to denounce homosexuality as a minister in Wyoming. Emma Roberts is also attached to the project.
Hit shows Fargo, Masters Of Sex and The Big Bang Theory and TV movie The Normal Heart will be the projects to beat at the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards after scoring five nominations apiece.
Fargo, which is based on the cult Coen Brothers film of the same name, will compete for Best Mini-Series against shows like American Horror Story: Coven, Luther and Dancing on the Edge, while the dark drama's stars Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton will go head-to-head for Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series, alongside Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: His Last Vow), David Bradley (An Adventure in Space and Time), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge). Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman have also earned nods as supporting actors for their roles as local law enforcement officers investigating a spate of grisly murders in Fargo.
Masters of Sex and The Good Wife, which landed four nominations, dominate the drama categories - both shows are up for Best Drama Series, while stars Lizzy Caplan and Julianna Margulies are shortlisted for Best Actress and Caplan's co-star Michael Sheen is up for Best Actor.
The Big Bang Theory looks set to dominate the comedy categories with nods for Best Comedy Series and acting mentions for Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik and guest star James Earl Jones.
Meanwhile, the TV adaptation of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart, which debuted in America on Sunday night (25May14), was also a big hit with members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, scoring recognition for Best TV Movie and acting accolades for Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer and Joe Mantello. There were also a handful of nominations for True Detective, Orange Is the New Black, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Americans.
The winners of the fourth annual Critics' Choice Television Awards will be unveiled at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on 19 June (14).
Michael Douglas, Oprah Winfrey and former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton helped veteran U.S. newswoman Barbara Walters celebrate her TV retirement on Friday (16May14) by making surprise appearances on her longrunning daytime show The View. The 84 year old's final episode as co-host of the talk show aired on Friday and Douglas, Winfrey and Clinton were among the guests who turned out to wish her well after a career spanning over five decades.
Joining Walters and co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd at the top of the show, former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton said, "I can't believe this day has come, and I can't believe it's for real."
Actor Douglas then reunited with his old pal to reminisce about their longtime friendship and gushed to Walters, "You're an extraordinary person, inside and out. You have the warmest heart, you are the most generous person I have ever seen, you give the greatest parties and I love you, I really do."
Media mogul Winfrey also appeared on air to heap praise on Walters, who became America's first female co-anchor of a network news programme in the 1970s, explaining, "You're the reason I wanted to be in television. You shattered the glass ceiling for so many women."
Winfrey went on to introduce a slew of female TV newscasters to the show to salute Walters, including Diane Sawyer, Arnold Schwarzenegger's estranged wife Maria Shriver, Katie Couric and Robin Roberts.
Walters, also known for her Most Fascinating People TV interview specials, won't be retiring completely - she plans to continue working as a producer of The View, the panel talk show she launched 17 years ago.
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Palo Alto bleeds aimlessness in a lot of good ways. In the tradition of Dazed and Confused and The Last Picture Show, Gia Coppola's directorial debut lands us knee deep in the ennui of a self-contained society of small town teens, daring us to dive right into a neon cesspool vacant of hope or self-actualization. Keeping in step with the mentioned films, Palo Alto is far less interested in telling a story than it is in painting a picture. The spectacle that results is beautiful, piercing, and — quite definitely — Coppolian. But it hits some difficulty when it tries to move beyond its frame.
Adapted from the short stories of at-least-he's-always-interesting James Franco (who is featured in the movie as a sneakily lecherous soccer coach), Palo Alto tags us to the corroded souls of a gaggle of misguided high schoolers in suburban Central California. Emma Roberts is the ostensible lead; her April is a sullen young woman whose chief character trait is sympathetic disillusionment. Her paths cross here and there with Mr. B (Franco) and likewise wayfaring classmate Teddy (Jack Kilmer — son of Val, who has a brief part in the film as the space cadet stepfather to Roberts), who is lightyears away from appreciating the gravity in his drunk driving episode and subsequent community service.
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The highlight of the bunch is Teddy's pal Fred, a compulsively obnoxious clown who The Naked Brothers Band's Nat Wolff stuffs with palpable agony and confusion. Buried inside of him, April, Teddy, and the scattered secondary players who work to identify the core of the proper main character — Palo Alto itself — lives our story, never progressing in any direction thereon out. The film is a snapshot of the pangs, frustrations, misgivings, malfeasances, and so on of the kids, adults, and neighborhood in question. In this form, it glows.
But Palo Alto tries to drive its story forward, yanking April, Teddy, and Fred out from the stronghold of their communal desperation and throwing them into the beyond. It's this forward motion that brings our attention to the delicate seams of the film, its unpreparedness in handling the story as much more than a lasting glimpse. We feel the elements slipping away from Coppola as she attempts to set them on a motive course for the first time in the third act, and so we have a tough time staying adhered as we once were to the characters — the falter is doubled by the fact that this emancipation comes at the intended peak of their emotional journeys.
Although the film might leave off dabbling in undeveloped turns — feeling frayed, uneven, and incomplete (I suppose it's hard to insist that such qualities are inappropriate for the story at hand) — it spends the lion's share of its time in a remarkable establishment: a portrait as lifelike as it is dreamy and as funny as it is haunting. It might lose its balance when it grabs for agency, but it offers an image very much worthy of our eyes.
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Director Lee Daniels has pulled out of plans to take part in an in-depth interview at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York due to a scheduling conflict. The Precious filmmaker had been due to sit down with U.S. newswoman Robin Roberts to discuss his career ups and downs as part of the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series on Friday (18Apr14), but the event has since been cancelled.
A statement from festival organisers reads: "Because of an unanticipated schedule conflict, Lee Daniels regretfully has to cancel his appearance on Friday, April 18.
"We apologize for this change, refunds will be submitted to those who purchased a ticket to attend Tribeca Talks: Directors Series with Lee Daniels and Robin Roberts."
The Tribeca Talks series will also feature interviews with Ron Howard, Kevin Spacey, Michael Douglas and Shep Gordon.
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which was co-founded by Robert De Niro, kicks off on Wednesday (16Apr14) and runs until 27 April (14).
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Smack dab in the middle of your exciting weekend forays and your agonizing return to the work week, Sundays are best spend lazily. Even the movies you watch on Sundays should be slow, soft, and conducive to your passion for midday naps. Luckily, a whole mess of indie gems fit this description, and this week for Lazy Sundays, Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommends Submarine.
Written and directed by Richard Ayoade — perhaps best known for playing the magnificently geeky Maurice Moss on The I.T. Crowd — Submarine is one of the best and quirkiest coming-of-age movies you’ve probably never seen. Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), is a 15 year-old loner who is determined to win the heart of his crush, Jordana (Yasmin Paige), while at the same time attempting to hold together his parents’ marriage after his mother’s ex-boyfriend moves in next door.
The film is both surprisingly realistic and highly-stylized, and it’s thanks to Roberts and Paige’s performances that these two elements blend together so well, as their characters alternate between confusion, confidence, and quirky weirdness. Oliver’s story is set to a soundtrack by Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner, which Ayoade deploys at the perfect moments to create the kind of memorable music moments that every successful indie film requires. And since Submarine has drawn comparisons to both Wes Anderson and Holden Caufield, we’re sure the poster will find a spot on your wall between The Catcher in the Rye and Rushmore in no time.
You can stream Submarine on Netflix, and make sure to check back tomorrow for our recommendations for the perfect Case of the Mondays movie.
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Anyone who saw Cate Blanchett's riveting turn in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine was sure she'd take the Best Actress Award come Oscar season. Even after the duly talented Amy Adams took the honor at the Golden Globes, we knew that Blanchett would carry through with the Academy. Tonight, she validates our hopes and expectations, winning for her role as the titular socialite enduring a downward spiral, economically and psychologically.
Blanchett, who has been nominated in the category once prior and for Best Supporting Actress thrice (winning in 2005 for The Aviator), paid honor to her competitors in the category... except Julia Roberts, whom she told to "suck it." Surprisingly enough, Blanchett did mention the newly controversial figure Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine's writer and director, for the film in a positive light. But the highlight of her speech was a call to arms for studios to realize that people do want to see movies about strong, interesting women, declaring, "The world is round!" and that people are more evolved than Hollywood gives them credit for.
We wish a heartfelt congratulations to Blanchett, who offered a terrific performance in Blue Jasmine as she has so many times before.
When Miley Met Michael? The Head Shop Around the Corner? Pairing Miley Cyrus and Michael Cera in a rom-com could be just what the stagnant form needs. Romantic comedies has been left for dead after a series of lame stories and unfortunate casting choices have cast a pall over the genre. The rom-com could very well rise from the ashes like a phoenix, however, if studios would pay more attention to chemistry.
In the years since Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan made moviegoers swoon, we've learned a few things about romantic comedies. One is that a "meet cute" does not make a story. The other is that Ashton Kutcher doesn't have on-screen chemistry with anyone. Really, with very few exceptions in recent years, the pairings in big screen rom-coms have had all of the sizzle of a wet mop. Here then are four pairings that, combined with the right script, could make hearts flutter once again.
Miley Cyrus and Michael Cera
Cera has perfected the socially awkward love-struck type. Whether in Arrested Development or Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, we know what we can expect. Cyrus, for all of her headline-grabbing scandals, actually is very talented. The audience already has a type associated with each, so all the story has to do is play off of that. The formula to pit Cyrus' wild child persona against Cera's stammering has been used effectively in movies like What's Up, Doc? and Something Wild… but that was many years ago. Give the set-up a few modern flourishes and let the Cyrus-Cera combo do the rest.
Kerry Washington and Taye Diggs
This pairing starts with the actors' looks. It's possible tha Kerry Washington and Taye Diggs could vie for best looking on-screen couple ever. But looks would just be the start. Washington has proven her range as an actress and her turn hosting Saturday Night Live showed us that she's willing to have some fun. Diggs is stuck in a bit of a rut, but we still remember his bemused turn on Ally McBeal. Make Diggs a rich guy and Washington an activist with a cause that creates a conflict and let the sparks fly.
Emma Stone and Paul Dano
Yes, we know that there are some that like seeing Emma Stone with frequent co-star Ryan Gosling, but that's gone as far as it can go. How many times do we need to see Stone's eyes widen at the realization of how good-looking Gosling is? Paul Dano has shown what he can do in prestige movies like 12 Years a Slave, but he also has a romantic side as evidenced by Ruby Sparks. Great actors feed off of each other, and Stone and Dano have already made believers out of many a film critic. Give them a smart, sophisticated script and they would knock it out of the park.
Kat Dennings and Justin Timberlake
Kat Dennings, Cera's costar in Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, can cut anyone down to size with a properly timed put-down and bright red lipstick-framed smirk. Justin Timberlake tried his hand at romantic comedy with Mila Kunis in Friends With Benefits and the result was two pretty people being boring together. We know that JT can be funny thanks to his SNL efforts and we know that he can be suave thanks to his New Jack Rat Pack stage persona. Give Timberlake a chance to show off his coolness and then let Dennings burst his bubble. Done right, it could have the electricity of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
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It may be hard to believe, but Michael Fassbender was actually in a movie other than 12 Years a Slave this year. The Oscar race has the tendency to eclipse everything else an actor has done that year, and many of the Academy Award-nominated actors have appeared in other film projects that haven't been pelted with awards this season. Some are more obscure than others. Some drew big crowds at the box-office, and others had us struggling to remember their titles. We're gonna take you on a tour through each actor's 2013 filmography, and pay special attention to the more obscure films they appeared in.
CHRISTIAN BALE, NOMINATED FOR AMERICAN HUSTLE, WAS ALSO IN...
Out of the Furnace, alongside Bat-brother-in-law Casey Affleck.
BRUCE DERN, NOMINATED FOR NEBRASKA, WAS ALSO IN...
Coffin Baby: The oddly titled Coffin Baby is actually a shortened version of the even odder title: Coffin Baby - The Toolbox Killer Is Back. The film is a low budget horror movie that follows a prolific serial killer, and features Bruce Dern in the role of Vance Henrickson.
Fighting for Freedom: Fighting for Freedom tells the story of two families struggling to prevent the deportation of a three year old Mexican girl in the face of fierce legal opposition.
Northern Borders: Northern Borders is a coming-of-age story that features the actor playing the grandfather of a young boy who is sent to live on his grandparents' farm.
Pete’s Christmas: Dern played grandpa again in a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie, which is about as far away from something like Nebraska as an actor can conceivably get. The film centered around a teen who is doomed to repeat his family's awful Christmas over and over a la Groundhog Day.
Unicorn Plan-It: This is an ongoing web series that featured the Oscar nominated actor in an episode of its second season.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO, NOMINATED FOR THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, WAS ALSO IN...
The Great Gatsby, but you already knew that.
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, NOMINATED FOR 12 YEARS A SLAVE, WAS ALSO IN...
Half of a Yellow Sun: This drama about the life of a Nigerian revolutionary premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and was well recieved by critics, but fell off of most radars.
Savannah: Surprisingly, Ejiofor was involved in another film centering around cotton plantations in the Deep South. In Savannah, Ejiofor plays a free plantation worker named Ward Allen who struggles to break free of his plantation heritage.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, NOMINATED FOR DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, WAS ALSO IN...
Mud: Before Dallas Buyers Club was even released, awards talk was already being whispered around McConaughey and his work in Mud, a coming-of-age story that features the actor playing a drifter who is trying to outrun his past in this Goonies-esque adventure.
The Wolf of Wall Street, as the mentally askew business mogul who shapes young Jordan Belfort's future.
"Synthesizers": Alright alright alright! McConaughey dresses up in familiar duds in a video for the band Butch Walker and the Black Widow's song "Synthesizers," which is an ode to letting your freak flag fly and not being a slave to newest passing trend. The actor wearing his signature outfit from the Linklater classic Dazed and Confused, the film that originally put the actor on the map.
AMY ADAMS, NOMINATED FOR AMERICAN HUSTLE , WAS ALSO IN...
Her, as a human.
Man of Steel, as a journalist.
CATE BLANCHETT, NOMINATED FOR BLUE JASMINE, WAS ALSO IN...
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but not the barrel-rolling scene, so we kind of forgot about her.
The Turning: The actress took part in The Turning, a film made up of a collection of short films based on the stories by Tim Winton, with directors as diverse as Mia Wasikowska and Jonathan auf der Heide. Blanchett originally planned to direct a short herself, but switched to solely an acting role.
SANDRA BULLOCK, NOMINATED FOR GRAVITY, WAS ALSO IN...
The Heat, which, for our money, was really her best performance of the year.
JUDI DENCH, NOMINATED FOR PHILOMENA, WAS ALSO IN...
A National Theatre Live episode, as Cleopatra!
BRADLEY COOPER, NOMINATED FOR AMERICAN HUSTLE, WAS ALSO IN...
The Hangover Part III, sorry to remind you.
MICHAEL FASSBENDER, NOMINATED FOR 12 YEARS A SLAVE, WAS ALSO IN...
The Counselor, which was about... uh... wait, we know this one...
JONAH HILL, NOMINATED FOR THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, WAS ALSO IN...
This Is the End, in which he kind of plays the same role, if you think about it.
SALLY HAWKINS, NOMINATED FOR BLUE JASMINE, WAS ALSO IN...
The Double, that Sundance flick about Jesse Eisenberg's big coat.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE, NOMINATED FOR BLUE JASMINE, WAS ALSO IN...
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, duh.
The Devil You Know: This soapy thriller from all the way back in 2007 was stuck in distibution limbo for years, but after Lawrence catapulted to stardom and Oscar glory, the film was released on VOD this past July. Just to show how much times have changed, Lawrence was barely in the film's original trailer, something that would never happen today, given her new found success.
JUNE SQUIBB, NOMINATED FOR NEBRASKA, WAS ALSO IN...
Getting On: Squibb appeared in an episode of HBO's very funny hospital dramedy Getting On, which is a remake of a BBC show of the same name. The actress appears in the second episode of the series titled "If You're Going to San Francisco."
The Millers, but you don't have to watch that.