Moviemaker Jason Reitman and author Nick Hornby are teaming up for a new heist film. Reitman will direct Hornby's adaptation of Skip Hollandsworth's magazine article about a real-life family of bank robbers.
I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family will be a family affair for Reitman - his dad Ivan will produce the film. Father and son last collaborated on Oscar-nominated George Clooney movie Up in the Air.
George Clooney is set to tackle the phone-hacking scandal surrounding media mogul Rupert Murdoch's empire in his next big movie project. Clooney will direct an adaptation of Nick Davies' book Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch, which explores the drama that forced the tycoon to close his British Sunday newspaper the News of the World in 2011 and led to a lengthy legal ethics investigation in the U.K.
The Oscar winner, who is planning to wed his fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Italy later this month (Sep14), will co-produce the film with his longtime business partner Grant Heslov.
Announcing the news in a statement, Clooney writes, "This has all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London. And the fact that it’s true is the best part. Nick (Davies) is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.”
The actor/director has a personal attachment to good journalism - his father is revered newsman Nick Clooney.
George Clooney visited a German hospital last month (Aug14) for a routine inspection on his back after injuring it on the set of Syriana in 2005.
The Ocean's Eleven star hurt his back when filming a violent torture scene for the drama and underwent surgery when fluid began leaking from his spine.
Clooney, who has publicly discussed the excruciating pain he suffered, still feels the lingering effects of the injury and often visits doctors to have his back checked out. According to E! News, the actor went to a hospital in Dusseldorf, Germany in August (14) for treatment and is now back at home in Italy.
George Clooney's aunt is convinced the Hollywood star is harbouring secret plans to swap movies for politics after he marries his lawyer fiancee. The Oscar-winning actor has been an active supporter of numerous political causes over the years, but has often denied he will ever swap Hollywood for Washington, D.C.
However, Clooney's aunt, Starla Clooney, is adamant the Gravity star will go public with his political ambitions once he has tied the knot with British lawyer Amal Alamuddin. She tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "George will run for office now, especially after his marriage to Amal, as that will open so many doors for him. (Clooney's father) Nick ran for political office... and he lost. But being married will make George look more grounded and less of a playboy and that will be a big boost for him. And make him look more serious."
Clooney's wedding is rumoured to be taking place in Europe later this year (14).
This week's episode of Real Housewives of New York is all about communication, or lack thereof. Everyone is on the outs with Ramona Singer, a.k.a. Eyelander, last living original housewife. She left the Berkshires under the pretense of having a repressed memory episode of hysterics. Instead, she went to a party held by Molly Sims, who hadn’t been mentioned on television this much in years. Ramona is a big fan of communi-hating — it’s like communicating, except you just yell at people and don’t listen to what they have to say. She seems to have a screw loose. Even with the occasional pretense, everyone on New York seems authentic, without pushing for a “storyline.” Instead, they just seems to be acting like themselves.
Nothing tops off a night of binge-drinking better than early morning yoga. After drunkenly plotting revenge against Ramona, all the ladies are looking a little rough. Sonja Morgan, a.k.a. In-the-Red Sonja, Warrior of Booze, laughs as she has trouble doing yoga without passing wind. Meanwhile, Kristen Taekman is the only one who is halfway functional. Is it her youth or is her liver the most effective at removing toxins from her body?
LuAnn & Carole: Sisters in Drag
Carole Radziwill is being photographed for a magazine. She is getting deluxe make-up contouring on her face which is pretty intense for a biological woman. She calls her pal LuAnn "Desperate" Lesseps to join her because she has a piece about manners she hasn’t written. Once again, a cool girl (Carole dated George Clooney) takes advantage of an outcast. Is it okay for a writer to take ideas from a fellow author? Also, she weirdly reads out her own by-line. Meanwhile, didn’t she get miffed when LuAnn asked her friend to borrow a dress? LuAnn and her boyfriend Jacques fix up Carole with actor Nick Gregory. You might remember him from… something? But sadly, Carole acts awkwardly and asks inappropriate questions embarrassing this attractive guy in a TV credit for his reel. She asks his age, tells him she’s going to play matchmaker, and then talks about him like he isn’t there.
The Ramona Coaster Off the Rails
Heather Thomson masterminds a confrontation with Ramona. This is after taking a second to randomly grab Kristen’s son’s ice cream cone to take a lick. The girls decide to sit in a circular table to keep Ramona from escaping. LuAnn, well versed in Passive Aggressive English, broaches the topic heavy-handedly. Everyone starts yelling at once in a cacophony of wailing. No, they are not trying to lure the Hydra from his lair, they just want Ramona to understand she’s rude. But Ramona has been rewarded for rudeness since her first day on television. In the end, Sonja is making no sense and Carole is making genius barbs under her breath.
Kristen vs. Her Husband Josh
Kristen and Josh Taekman get into a passive aggressive fight during their daughter Kingsley’s physical therapy. The sad part is that they clearly don’t listen to each other. Their daughter is struggling with an inability to walk and they are fighting in front of the woman trying to help her. Little do they know, their physical therapist had to hug her cat Kitty Ruxpin all night while swearing off all men just to get to sleep. Josh is insensitive by taking calls and emails the whole time. Kristen, meanwhile, is needlessly aggressive in front of a stranger, and all of America. She also doesn’t understand the demands of his job. They need a mediator, stat.
Ramona vs. Kristen: Round Deux
Ramona is suddenly repentant about what happened with Kristen… to everyone but Kristen. She has a work out complete with a bottle of wine. Her husband, Mario Singer shows up to discuss the drama. Do they not realize this seems so staged? She invites Kristen to tea to apologize. However, Kristen is justifiably angry. Not pressing charges or fighting back left Kristen with some displaced anger. She’s wants an answer for “Why?” Ramona seems subdued and not as hopped up as she normally is. Kristen asks Ramona if it’s an alcohol or anger management issue. These strike a nerve and Ramona tries to make an exit. Then, like no one before her, Kristen points out how crazy Ramona acts and how she’s always in a rush.
Real Houselines of New York
"Oh God! Her face is banged up." – Sonja upon seeing LuAnn in the morning
"I had a leash on and you were whipping me last night." – Sonja possibly reporting what happened
"I don’t want to be cut. I’d rather be cut with my body than cut with a knife." – Ramona unaware there’s other choices
"I chose to sit to the right of Ramona because I’m like a linebacker from the 49ers. There was no way she was getting up." – LuAnn about her size?
"Who gives a s**t about Molly Sims?" – Ramona
"You need as Swiss team of doctors." – Carole on Ramona’s therapy needs
"To a woman who wrote The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating. You’d think she’d be better at this." – LuAnn on Carole
"We are very pleased. We like Amal and we are very excited for our family and thrilled for them. They are both wonderful people and hope they have a terrific life ahead of them. This is their day. This is George and Amal's time." George Clooney's broadcaster dad Nick Clooney tells Eonline.com he is thrilled by the actor's surprise engagement to his girlfriend, British lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The Ocean's Eleven star's mother, Nina, has also expressed her joy at the happy news on Monday (28Apr14)..
"I put my father at the end of the film sort of playing me as an old man... and I have to say, it's not easy to direct your father, as you can imagine. He had one line... and I would say to him..., 'Just do it a little (more relaxed)...' and he just kept doing the exact same thing and I realised that he wasn't really gonna take direction from his son... so finally I directed him in a different direction and then he did something opposite of that, which was perfect!" George Clooney's journalist father, Nick, refused to take orders from his actor/director son on the set of their new movie The Monuments Men.
Practical joker George Clooney pranked his dad at a screening of his new movie The Monuments Men by suggesting he had passed on in the credits. The actor's journalist dad Nick, 80, plays Clooney's war hero character as an older man in the film and features in the movie's final shot - and the Michael Clayton star couldn't resist poking fun at his father's age as the dedications rolled at the end of the screening.
He tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "I did a really horrible thing to him when we screened the movie... He came to the house in Italy and I was working on the rough cut of the film and the movie has my father walking away into this beautiful light in this church... and it goes to black and the first thing that comes up is, 'In loving memory of Nick Clooney'.
"He's looking and he says, 'What the hell?' I said, 'Well, it's a long time until the movie comes out, it's easier to take it away.' He didn't think that was funny at all."
Anna Kendrick's got Seoul. The 27-year-old actress — who has already made her mark on the U.S. charts thanks to her "Cups" ditty from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack — is now going global with her newfound pop star status.
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In a new Funny or Die clip, Kendrick gets in on the K-Pop phenomenon by joining South Korean girl group F(x) for their infuriatingly catchy song "Electric Shock." The pint-sized star has a hard time adjusting to the choreography, the culture, and the language at first (she mispronounces the lyric "too much" in a way that changes the meaning to "diarrhea"), but before she knows it she looks like an extra in Cloud Atlas and gets into the groove.
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Watch the entire video below, and make sure you stay until the end for some out-of-this-world laughs. Look out world, Anna Kendrick is taking over. And she was pretty good in that George Clooney movie, too.
Anna Kendrick goes K-Pop with F(x) from Anna Kendrick
[Photo credit: Funny or Die]
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The house that Mouse built, Disney, is on a bit of a rampage when it comes to its upcoming release slate. So much so that the company's cinematic arm has announced a bevy of release dates for some of its most-anticipated upcoming films. Mondays
But it's not all new news, either: some of the movies are completing a rousing rendition of the Release Date Shuffle. The films getting new wide dates are Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, with a new release date of July 10, 2015. The hotly-anticipated, Tina Fey-fronted The Muppets 2 will roll into theaters on March 21, 2014, and the what-the-heck-is-this-movie, no-seriously-what-is-it-all-about-project from Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird titled 1952 got a new date of December 19, 2014 — just enough time for George Clooney to get acclimated to the 3D world in which this film will be shot.
Unfortunately for those looking for a more old-school Disney film experience, they'll have to wait a little bit longer. The Little Mermaid, purported to be the next film from the Disney vaults to get a 3D re-release ala The Lion King and Finding Nemo, has been removed from the schedule. It had been slated for a September 13, 2013 release.
Check out our full breakdown of the cinematic proceedings, below: The Muppets 2Release Date: March 21, 2014Film will star Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey. It will be produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman, with James Bobin at the helm. Returning to scripting duties is Nick Stoller alongside Bobin.
Captain America: The Winter SoldierRelease Date: April 14, 2014The Marvel feature will be available in 3D.Film will star Chris Evans. Directed by the brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, the story will pick up where The Avengers left off: with Steve Rogers struggling to accept the modern world and his place within it.
MaleficentRelease Date: July 2, 2014 (originally: March 14, 2014).Film stars Angelina Jolie in the title role, as well supporting players Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. It will be released in 3D and is produced by Joe Roth, directed by Robert Stromberg, and written by Linda Woolverton.Film is said to be a bit of an origin story about the Disney villainess from the 1959 animated classic, Sleeping Beauty.
Guardians of the GalaxyRelease Date: August 1, 20143D film is a Marvel feature about a futuristic team of superheroes tasked with protecting the galaxy from danger, will be voiced by a cavalcade of characters, and directed by James Gunn.
1952Release Date: December 19, 2014The highly-secretive film will star George Clooney, with direction from Brad Bird, and a script/producer in Damon Lindelof.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5Release Date: July 10, 2015Film stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. It will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Jeff Nathanson.
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