Filmmaker James Cameron has reportedly cancelled his upcoming appearance at the Deauville Film Festival in France. The Avatar director was set to be honoured with the 40th Anniversary Award and present his new film, Deepsea Challenge 3D, at the event in September (14), but he has dropped out of appearing at the ceremony due to undisclosed reasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Deauville Film Festival will kick-off on 5 September (14) and run until 14 September (14).
Will Ferrell, Jessica Chastain and Ray Liotta will also be honoured at the French festival. Organisers are also planning a special tribute to the late Robin Williams.
Celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Robert Pattinson and Channing Tatum honoured late Hollywood stars Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall at an exclusive charity dinner on Thursday (14Aug14).
The actors attended the Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California for the handing out of donations to more than 40 non-profit entertainment industry-related organisations and scholarship programs. The grants, which totalled $1.9 million (£1.1 million), are funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the committee behind the Golden Globe Awards.
At the gala, celebrities took a moment to remember Williams and Bacall, who both passed away this week (beg11Aug14), with a round of applause.
Actress Kristen Bell, who was among the guests at the event, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Kudos to #HFPA #hfpaGrantBanquet this eve for honouring Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall w/a (with a) moment of not silence but applause."
During the gala, Bell also performed the song Do You Want To Build A Snowman? from hit Disney movie Frozen. Kerry Washington, Chris Evans, Jason Segel, Eddie Redmayne, James Marsden and Sofia Vergara also attended the event.
Williams died of an apparent suicide on Monday (11Aug14) and Bacall passed away following a stroke on Tuesday (12Aug14).
Broadway actor James Monroe Inglehart celebrated Robin Williams' beloved role as Aladdin's Genie during Tuesday's (12Aug14) production of the hit stage adaptation by leading the audience in a touching sing-a-long. Inglehart, who recently won a Tony Award for his incarnation of the Genie in the New York show, returned to the stage after the final curtain came down at the New Amsterdam Theatre and belted out the film's Oscar-nominated song Friend Like Me in honour of the man who brought the Disney character to life onscreen.
Crowd members were encouraged to join in by using song lyrics that had been stuffed inside each copy of the show's Playbill programme.
Williams was no stranger to Broadway - he last performed on the Great White Way in 2011 in the play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
Broadway theatre bosses will pay tribute to the tragic actor by dimming their marquee lights for one minute on Wednesday night (13Aug14).
Williams died in an apparent suicide at his California home on Monday (11Aug14), aged 63.
Disney bosses have paid a touching tribute to their Genie, Robin Williams, by painting an image of his animated Aladdin character in the stars.
The late actor's friends at the Walt Disney Company have released a photo of his magical character cleverly crafted from stars in the night sky. Disney chairman Robert Iger has also offered up a statement about Williams, which was released as the caption for the image.
It reads: "We're deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh. An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world's favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC's Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disney's Aladdin. He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed. We join Robin's friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time."
Meanwhile, the organisers of the annual Deauville American Film Festival in France have announced they will pay homage to Williams, who visited the event in 1988 and 1999. Calling the tragic star "an old friend", festival bosses have posted photos of the late actor at the event on Deauville's Twitter.com page. Will Ferrell, Jessica Chastain and James Cameron will he honoured with career awards at the festival, which begins on 5 September (14).
Rapper Trinidad James has been dropped by bosses at Def Jam Recordings. The hip-hop star, real name Nicholas Williams, was signed to the iconic label in 2012 by fellow rapper Sha Money XL for a reported $2 million (£1.2 million), and his debut single All Gold Everything performed well in the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop charts in the same year.
However, on Saturday (02Aug14) Williams revealed he and the label had parted ways in a post on Twitter.com.
He writes, "I should tell yall (you all). I got dropped by the Label. My Album is now free. If u (sic) hear ur (your) beat or verse on it. I hope u want dap cuz i got no money (sic)."
Williams gave no explanation as to why the label has dropped him.
Hip-hop hitmaker Pharrell Williams has been handed the job of curating the soundtrack for the upcoming NBA 2K15 basketball video game, following in the footsteps of sports icon LeBron James and rapper Jay Z, who have each taken charge of the music in the last two years.
British sportsman David Beckham will be presented with a special legends' honour at the inaugural Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards later this month (Jul14).
Bosses at the children's TV network annually celebrate the year's best movies, television and music and are now branching into the world of sport with their new honours ceremony.
The former soccer star will pick up the first Legend Award and officials at the channel chose him for the honour because "he exemplifies the qualities every kid aspires to achieve and his name is the first that comes to mind when we think of his sport".
Pharrell Williams, Florida Georgia Line and Megan Fox are scheduled to appear at the ceremony, which will be hosted by U.S. TV presenter Michael Strahan on 17 July (14).
Heath Ledger's father has expressed his sadness after the actor who received his son's scholarship fund was arrested on suspicion of drug possession. Rising star Ryan Corr, who appears in Russell Crowe's upcoming movie The Water Diviner, is facing a drug possession charge after police officers in Sydney, Australia allegedly caught him smoking heroin.
He was given a huge career boost in 2011 when he was named the recipient of the Heath Ledger Scholarship Award, which is named in honour of the late Australian actor and funded by famous benefactors including the star's former partner Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.
Ledger's father Kim, who is a patron of his son's scholarship fund, has now spoken of his disappointment following news of Corr's arrest.
He says, "It does make me sad to hear that because we have enough problems with alcohol and drugs... I have some empathy for what happens around that situation with families but very little empathy for people that put it in their own mouth. We do what we can to help people but we're not involved in the proactive side of it."
Ledger was just 28 years old when he died from an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2008. Previous winners of the scholarship include Dark Shadows star Bella Heathcote and James Mackay.
Members of the Hollywood elite, including Bradley Cooper, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, mingled with royals and rock stars at the annual Serpentine Gallery Summer Party in London on Tuesday night (01Jul14). Famous faces from the world of film, fashion and music mixed with royals including Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie at the lavish bash, which is held every year in Kensington Gardens to mark the unveiling of the new pavilion design.
Pharrell Williams performed during the event, thrilling the crowd with hits including Happy and his Robin Thicke collaboration Blurred Lines, while guests rubbed shoulders with music stars including pop singer Lily Allen and former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher.
Models Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne were also in attendance, along with Hollywood stars Cooper, Bloom and Knightley, who was with her rocker husband James Righton. Cooper attended with his model/actress partner Suki Waterhouse.
Other famous faces at the bash included actress/singer Samantha Barks and TV star/model Alexa Chung.
It might not be as glamorous as Cannes or as cool as Sundance, but the Los Angeles Film Festival has just as much to offer as its larger counterparts. Between high-profile premieres of blockbuster films, international competition entries and some of the most exciting indies around all premiering at LAFF every year, there's plenty to pay attention to. But if you were unfortunate enough to let the this year's fest — which ran from June 11 to 19 — we've got you covered with a rundown of the most talked-about films to premiere at LAFF, and what the critics are saying about them. Now you can make all of your friends think you're cooler than you actually are.
They Came Together The Amy Poehler/Paul Rudd romantic comedy you’ve been waiting for is less about the relationship between the central couple, Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler), and more about skewering every last trope of the genre. Written and directed by Wet Hot American Summer’s David Wain, the film lovingly parodies the traits, characters, conversations, and comically large apartments that appear in every rom com ever made, while allowing two funny, good looking people to fall in love in an entertaining way.
“The script’s on-the-nose descriptions of each character (as described by the characters themselves) actually works to frame them as self-aware people forced to play out roles we have seen before and allows the hilarious cast to play within those lines. Poehler and Rudd have a natural chemistry that makes them believable as the two leads in love, but their comedy also blends well making it clear they are having fun with each other and the characters they are playing.” – Allison Loring, Film School Rejects
"Wain leads his well-known cast through spoofs of such classics as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, The Graduate and the sharp-elbowed comedies of Tracy and Hepburn. Each gag makes you wish you were watching the original, although a clench between Joel and his grandmother (Lynn Cohen) that almost leads to incestuous coupling deserves credit for sheer audacity. Most of the time, however, the actors on the screen seem to be having much more fun than the audience will." - David D'Arcy, Screen Daily
Cut Bank A small town crime drama set in Cut Bank, Montana that centers on a former high school football star (Liam Hemsworth) desperate to find a way out of his town. After he accidentally films the murder of the town mailman, he is offered a reward that would give him enough money to leave for good, but things aren't a simple as they seem, and he finds himself caught in a tangled web of deception and danger.
"...Shakman lets the scenes unfurl with a clunky pace and little verve, simply exaggerating the irony and naivety in the town as his main go-to points. It only makes sense that [John] Malkovich’s sheriff has never fired his gun and carries an aversion to violence; likewise with Palmer, who itches non-stop after a Miss Cut Bank pageant title even while she wants nothing more than to skip town. Thankfully humor seeps in through the edges of the film and its characters, sometimes on purpose and other times not." - Charlie Schmidlin, The Playlist
Dear White People A satire of college movies that tackles race relations and privilege in society, Dear White People follows four students as an Ivy League university — golden boy Troy (Brandon P. Bell), activist radio host Samantha (Tessa Thompson), Colendra "Coco" Conners (Teyona Parris), who has dreams of being a reality TV star, and shy misfit Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) — after a planned "African American"-themed party thrown by a group of white students starts a riot on campus.
"If it ultimately feels modestly edgy rather than shocking or dangerous, 'Dear White People' nonetheless provokes admiration for having bothered to ask some of the hard questions without pretending to know any of the answers. It also works as a fine showcase for its actors: Fleshing out characters that could have been little more than one-note mouthpieces, Williams, Thompson, Parris and Bell all make strong, distinctive impressions, with Thompson perhaps the standout as the film’s sharpest and most enigmatic figure." - Justin Chang, Variety
The Last Time You Had Fun With a cast full of comedians and sitcom alums, The Last Time You Had Fun puts a grown-up twist on the standard "wild night out" comedy. After Ida (Eliza Coupe) forces her sister Alison (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) to blow off some steam with her, they find themselves bickering and partying with Clark (Kyle Bornheimer) and the sweatpants-clad Will (Demetri Martin), as the four of them attempt to have the most fun that four older, dysfunctional adults could possibly have.
"Granted, the excesses of Bridesmaids or The Hangover are not essential to sparkling relationship comedy, but Fun lacks an edge, or even much of an attitude. Blandly risqué situations, featherweight banter and a hint of implied sexual impropriety have all the heft of an extended cable sitcom episode. Or maybe it’s the casting, which draws extensively on the TV comedy background of the four leads, who all acquit themselves adequately but can’t achieve sufficient character differentiation within the ensemble. Undistinguished locations, flat lighting and primarily static setups perpetuate the small-screen aesthetic, which at least bodes well for the film’s transition to home entertainment formats." - Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
Echo Park The debut film from photographer Amanda Marsalis, Echo Park is a story about two people who come together "across cultural, economic and racial boundaries." Sophie (Mamie Gummer) is an unhappy housewife who moves from her Beverly Hills home to the up-and-coming neighborhood of Echo Park in order to shake up her predictable boring life, who finds herself drawn to Alex (Tony Okungbowa) after she buys his couch. But their burgeoning relationship might have to be put on hold, since he's about to leave for London...
"It’s Marsalis’ direction, and the fine performances from Gummer and Okungbowa that elevate the film above what it might have been, given the issues with the script and story that hover around the edges of cliché and stereotype (the worst offender: Sophie’s mother). While the dialogue, especially the scenes between Sophie and Alex, works well, the story beats are oddly laid out, rushing through some important character and relationship establishing moments, and dwelling too long in moments where the characters are making frustrating, selfish choices. Still, the end of the film avoids falling into the traditional romantic film trap, leading to a message that’s a bit more complicated and nuanced than expected." - Katie Walsh, IndieWire