Harrison Ford is set to receive the Hollywood Career Award at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards. The Indiana Jones star will be feted on 21 October (13) at the Beverly Hilton in California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hollywood Film Awards founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu, says, "It is a great honour to be able to celebrate Harrison Ford's extraordinary talent and remarkable career."
Previous recipients have included Kirk Douglas, John Travolta, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Sylvester Stallone.
British actor Vinnie Jones narrowly escaped serious injury on the set of his 2001 thriller Swordfish after an action sequence went horribly wrong and left a stuntman fighting for his life in hospital. The former soccer player appeared opposite John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry in the film, and he was happy to do all of his own stunts on set.
However, Travolta unwittingly saved him from a frightening accident when he ordered Jones not to carry out a dangerous wire manoeuvre before a stuntman tried it. The stuntman sustained horrific injuries when the scene, involving a daring escape from a coach, went wrong, and Jones was thankful for his lucky escape.
In his new autobiography, It's Been Emotional, he writes, "So we're on set and they've rigged me up on the wire... ready for a run-through... Suddenly JT (Travolta) comes in and says, 'Vin, have you rehearsed any of this?... No, no, no... I wanna see the stuntman do this before Vinnie'... So my stuntman comes in. They shout 'Action!'... He flies straight through the back of the coach, 70 foot up... He smashed through.. the back window and plunges to the concrete floor... We watch him hit the f**king concrete. We all honestly thought he was dead. Travolta comes running out screaming... It could have been me. I'd been seconds away from doing the stunt. Only JT's intervention stopped me. The stuntman broke his spine. It really smashed him up."
Former Village People star Randy Jones is a married man after exchanging vows with his partner of 30 years on Thursday (12Sep13). The disco group's original cowboy wed Will Grega, a Wall Street software developer, in New York on the eve of his 61st birthday, wearing his trademark stetson and a Swarovski rhinestone-encrusted tuxedo, reports the New York Daily News.
They celebrated the nuptials at a joint birthday party for Jones and actor pal Keith Collins at Manhattan hotspot The DL on Friday night (13Sep13).
In the days leading up to the wedding, Jones told WENN, "Calling NYC home for four decades, and seeking marriage equality for nearly as long, we could not have chosen to be married in any other city in the world."
Jones and Grega previously tied the knot at a Big Apple club in 2004, but the union was not legally binding as the same-sex marriage bill was only passed in the state in 2011.
British soccer player-turned-actor Vinnie Jones gave up drinking and enrolled in therapy after he was caught on camera kissing another woman behind his wife's back. The Snatch star was pictured locking lips with Russian singer Lama Safonova outside a bar in Moscow, where he had been shooting a documentary, and video footage was subsequently posted online, prompting the actor to issue a public apology to his wife, Tanya.
Jones, who branded the incident a "set-up", has now opened up about the impact it had on his marriage, revealing he decided to give up booze and start seeing a psychologist in the aftermath of the scandal in a bid to save his marriage.
In his new autobiography, It's Been Emotional, Jones writes, "That incident caused the biggest test of my 20 years of marriage... We've been through everything and... this angel is still there for me through thick and thin. I had risked everything that mattered to me over a stupid night out in Russia...
"That is the lowest I've seen Tans (sic) in all the time we have been together... Now I know we have a lot of work still to do, but we both love each other more than anything on the planet and that is getting us through. That is why, for the first time in my life, I have started seeing a psychologist. I have virtually given up drinking alcohol... I've been going to see him (my psychologist) once a week for eight months. For an alcoholic to combat his or her problems, he or she has to admit to those problems first."
Miley Cyrus has fuelled speculation about the state of her relationship with Liam Hemsworth after reportedly ditching the Australian actor from her Twitter.com page. The couple became engaged last year (12), but the union has been rocked by split rumours in recent months as the singer/actress spends more time away from her partner while working on her new music.
Speculation about the relationship erupted again earlier this month (Sep13) when a representative for Hemsworth was forced to deny rumours the actor has been cheating on his fiancee with actress January Jones, and now Cyrus has fuelled the gossip by reportedly deleting her lover from her Twitter.com page.
The former Hannah Montana star stopped following Hemsworth's account on Saturday (14Sep13), effectively wiping him from her page.
Shadows and the dark, the purest representation of mystery, the unknown manifested. Director James Wan is at his best when playing with those simple elements. His sequel to the mostly creepy and mysterious Insidious, simply titled Insidious: Chapter 2, works best when characters must confront the dark. "In my line of work, things tend to happen when it gets dark," says a young Elise Rainier (Lindsay Seim), a medium in Wan's film. She seems to be channeling her director here.
Wan's horror comes from the psychological baggage of his characters. He is more interested in nightmares than in ghosts. "I've seen things with my own eyes that most people have to go to sleep to conjure up," says Rainier's former assistant Carl (Steve Coulter). It's the unconscious that brews up spirits for Wan, hence his interest in childhood traumas and how they serve to encumber our lives and ultimately make them terrifying. Transporting childhood fears to adulthood is key to Wan’s talent, even if he relies on tropes like musical stings, swish pans, and the anticipation of that frightful thing hiding in the dark. Beyond these devices, the Insidious films work best when they play with the edges of threat and mystery. Wan also deserves extra credit for keeping the frights pure and not resorting to gore, a cruel gimmick that hurts the audience more than it thrills them.
The sequel opens with a scene hinted at in the first film: like his son Dalton (Ty Simpkins), our hero dad Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) was haunted as a child by a malicious spirit. Enter the younger version of Elise, who lost her life in the supernatural struggle to rescue Dalton in the first film. To find the source of the spirit, young Elise hypnotizes young Josh (Garrett Ryan), and he guides her to his bedroom closet. When she opens the door and pushes aside some clothes to reveal nothing but pitch black, she tells the darkness: "Who are you, and what do you want?"
Those are the film's best moments: when it confronts the sublime via literal darkness and mystery. Wan pushes these moments of dread from the unknown in some scenes to the point of comedy, mostly via Elise's surviving assistants, Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson). "You can't be in here," one spirit, a little girl in pigtails, tells them. "If she sees you, she'll make me kill you." The threat of the unknown from forbidden trespass is encapsulated in those lines. The fact that Specs and Tucker take this warning very seriously verges on humorous because it satisfies that urge to tell the characters on screen to "get out" before anyone can yell their advice at the screen.
If there is fault in Insidious: Chapter 2, it comes in the form of further rationalizing this world Wan has created with writer/actor Whannell. The better horror movies plummet further into the darkness of mystery rather than trying to shed light on the motivations of evil spirits. This second chapter offers further explanation of the spirit world journey that closed the first Insidious. Though some may find relief in this, over-explanation also saps the film of its creepy energy, which Wan works so shrewdly to draw up.
Even though he leans on some cinematic horror tropes, as noted earlier, the film's eerie atmosphere has a signature stylistic flourish. He uses low angles to present his looming haunted houses in shadowy darkness, but Wan serves up a subtle new ambiance for the genre with the help of production designer Jennifer Spence. Bright patches of color here and there liven up the sets, especially a reliance on red accents, be it on doors, stained glass or parts of clothing. But the rest of his world features darker shades of color, often painted thick on nice solid, creaky wood. There is also a whimsy to his sets featuring clouds of fog billowing from out of nowhere and slow fade outs and fades to black, lending a surreal atmosphere to the happenings in Insidious: Chapter 2. There is nothing like the irrational to pull the rug out of reality and unnerve the audience, and the film is at its best lingering and peering at that edge.
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The saying is, "Good things come in threes." Or something close to it. That especially pertains to movies, thiough with the trilogies, with rare exceptions, there's usually two really really strong movies that then can stand a weak third one (that's one reason why The Matrix isn't here - the sequels greatly diminshed the original). Here's five of our favorite trilogies. What, you're only expecting three?
1. Original Star Wars
A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi far outclass the prequels - I'll take the Ewoks over Jar Jar Binks ANY day. Yub Yub. And any movie with the voice of James Earl Jones is bound to be awesome.
2. Indiana Jones
The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull NEVER HAPPENED. With Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade, you have three nearly infinitely rewatchable movies. Also, what do you know, Harrison Ford appeared in the top two trilogies. That's definitely a great career.
3. Lord of the Rings
Just completely epic work by Peter Jackson - and that was just on what he showed in the theaters, not what was on the extended edition DVDs. I think J.R.R. Tolkien would have been proud of this adaptation of his classic books. Note: No, The Hobbit is NOT a trilogy.
4. Toy Story
Usually there's a weak link in one of the three movies - not so here. I'd consider any of them a classic. The first Toy Story was also one that showed that computers were just as capable of doing great animation as hands.
5. The Godfather
The first two movies are SO good that they almost make me forget Sofia Coppola's bad acting in the third one. Who can forget the performances of Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and James Caan? Poor, poor Fredo.
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A representative for Liam Hemsworth has denied tabloid reports suggesting the actor has been cheating on his fiancee Miley Cyrus with Mad Men's January Jones. The Hunger Games hunk was said to have been hooking up and sending sexually explicit text messages to the actress behind his pop star partner's back - but a spokesperson insists the rumours are false.
Hemsworth's spokesperson tells PerezHilton.com, "The story of Liam Hemsworth and January Jones is entirely fabricated by Us Weekly. There is no truth whatsoever to this tabloid fiction."
Hemsworth became engaged to Cyrus last year (12) but speculation about the state of their relationship went into overdrive in February (13) when he was photographed in a car with Jones.
Actor William Shatner is hitting the road with prog-rock supergroup Circa to promote his new album of sci-fi music. Former Yes stars Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye will back the Star Trek legend when he tours following the release of his first progressive rock album Ponder the Mystery.
Sherwood actually helped the actor create the music for his poems, which make up the tracks on the album.
The project also features guest spots from another former Yes star, Rick Wakeman, Vince Gill, Steve Vai, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Mick Jones.
And Shatner tells RollingStone.com he's really proud of his latest musical venture: "I'm learning to play the album now as we prepare for the live performances. The more I play it, the more I hear the musical overtones, the more impressed I am about my own album."
Lost tracks by the Art Of Noise and Das Psycho Rangers are to feature on a new remastered Zang Tuum Tumb Records collection. The Art of Noise's unreleased collaboration with Rakim on Metaforce and Das Psycho Rangers' rare Homage to the Blessed have been revamped for the upcoming double album The Organization of Pop: Music From The First Thirty Years of ZTT Records.
Music mogul Trevor Horn's revered label is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (13), and the new compilation features classic tracks from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Horn's band The Buggles, Seal, Shane MacGowan, Tom Jones and Grace Jones, among others.