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Today in Part Three of our Sony analysis, we turn to the inner workings of the Sony/Columbia/TriStar executive team responsible for actually getting the movies into theaters, the chain of command, and how a film gets greenlit within the studio. For more on the report, read the story at Studio System News.
Country music star Vince Gill confronted members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church who were protesting outside his show in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday (08Sep13), after they quizzed him about his marriage to Amy Grant. One of the religious activists captured footage of the singer/songwriter walking among the church members on their camera phone and asked Gill, "What in the world are you doing out here?"
The quick-thinking star fired back, "I came out to see what hate looks like."
The protester then asked, "What are you doing with another man's wife? Don't you know that divorce plus remarriage equals adultery?" - referring to the fact Grant and Gill were both married before they became man and wife.
The I Still Believe In You singer stopped and checked out the placards the activists were carrying and said, "You f**kers are lucky that you don't have a sign that says something about my wife..."
And when he was asked for his opinion on what Jesus Christ says about adultery, the singer shot back, "He said a lot of stuff about forgiveness and grace; you guys don't have any of that."
He then approached one man carrying a clutch of religious-themed billboards and said, "You're a big dips**t, you know that don't you?'"
The footage of the angry encounter has since been posted on YouTube.com.
WBC activists are often seen protesting and preaching the word of the Bible outside gigs and movie events, and they have also picketed outside military funerals and memorials for gays and lesbians.
Plans to unveil a statue of late British singer Amy Winehouse in London have been postponed after her father decided he was unhappy with the final design. Officials in the British capital have given the go ahead for a tribute to the tragic star to be unveiled outside the Roundhouse venue in Camden, north London, and the finished product was due to be presented later this month (Sep13).
However, the unveiling may now be delayed after her dad Mitch found fault with the bronze by artist Scott Eaton.
Winehouse's former boyfriend Reg Traviss tells Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, "Mitch wants it to be just right and he doesn't want anything to go up that he's not completely satisfied with. But obviously it's never going to look exactly like her."
Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.
Tina Fey, Julie Andrews and Tony Bennett will salute actress Carol Burnett when she is honoured with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor next month (Oct13). The Carol Burnett Show star will be feted at the Kennedy Center's 16th annual ceremony.
A statement from the actress reads, "I can't believe I'm getting a humor prize from the Kennedy Center. It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington."
Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Maya Rudolph and Lucille Ball's daughter Lucie Arnaz, and Burnett's former castmates Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence will also be on hand to celebrate the comedienne.
Previous honourees include Richard Pryor, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Fey, Bill Cosby and George Carlin.
Here is our pick of five films from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that we think have a shot at going on to get Oscar recognition: from Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper, among others, in the family drama August: Osage County to the real-life story of a New York musician drugged and sold into slavery in 12 Years A Slave. TIFF runs September 5-15. For more on the buzz-worthy films and our other picks, read the story at Studio System News.
America's Kennedy clan is set to welcome a new member - the wife of Edward Kennedy's son Patrick is pregnant. Amy Petitgout is scheduled to give birth to a baby girl on Thanksgiving Day in November (13).
Patrick Kennedy, a former Rhode Island congressman, wed the teacher in 2011 and the couple welcomed son Owen last year (Apr12).
Mum-to-be Petitgout has a five-year-old daughter, Harper, from a previous marriage.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Superman is coming to the aid of the cash-strapped citizens Detroit - a large portion of Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel sequel will be filmed in the city thanks to a large filming break. Officials at the Michigan Film Office have announced director Snyder and his producers have been awarded an incentive of $35 million (GBP23.3 million) to shoot in the state in return for employing local workers.
Filming will largely take place in Detroit early next year (14).
The news comes six weeks after city officials filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history.
The producers hope to hire over Michigan workers, 500 local vendors and spend $5.1 million (GBP3.4 million) on hotels for cast and crew.
Snyder says, "Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie."
The sequel will feature Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, while Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman last week (ends23Aug13).
Steven Moffat, the head writer for Doctor Who and writer and co-creator of Sherlock, has long been criticized for his sexism, a flaw that has recently come into light with his decision to make the next doctor a man. Again. It seems that as a writer for shows that he often describes as intelligent and intellectual, he should be careful, or at least somewhat knowledgeable, about women’s rights. Instead, he continues to write female characters whose only positive characteristics are that they're "feisty" and "sexy" and discusses women’s issues as though all women are either out to get him, or eager to "shag" him. Here are a few of his musings on women, from how gross they are when they’re pregnant to their inherent and unavoidable neediness.
Moffat is proud of his sexual conquests and his ability to craft disgusting metaphors:"Between the marriages, I shagged my way round television studios like a mechanical digger."
And what is marriage besides the sacrifice of a minimalist bachelor pad?"When I met [his wife] Sue I was living in a fabulous, minimalist bachelor pad in Glasgow. I moved down to London to be with her and before I knew it I was living in a massively feminised house where shoes were left all over the place and every surface was covered with cushions and vases."
Moffat thinks kids are OK (if a bit stinky), but why did his wife have to get so huge?"Your wife turns into a boat, and shortly after that, you never sleep again and you clean shit off someone. It doesn’t seem like a very appealing prospect. Obviously, the moment I saw my child, that was different, but up until that point, I was thinking, ‘how long before she gets back to normal size? Will this damage anything?’"
And frankly it was all just pretty gross, right boys?"If you take most men aside when their wives are pregnant, most men are pretty frightened and worried and faintly disgusted by the whole experience."
On casting Karen Gillan as "Doctor Who" companion Amy Pond:"And I thought, 'well she's really good. It's just a shame she's so wee and dumpy’...When she was about to come through to the auditions I nipped out for a minute and I saw Karen walking on the corridor towards me and I realised she was 5'11, slim and gorgeous and I thought 'Oh, oh that'll probably work.'"
When criticized for using generic female tropes, Moffat would like to point out that at least they were all sexy:"River Song? Amy Pond? Hardly weak women. It's the exact opposite. You could accuse me of having a fetish for powerful, sexy women who like cheating people. That would be fair."
Moffat defends his choice not to cast a woman as the doctor:"It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it. Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it – and I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this – were women ... saying, ‘No, no, don’t make him a woman!’"
He then changes his defense and disses Helen Mirren:"I like that Helen Mirren has been saying the next doctor should be a woman. I would like to go on record and say that the queen should be played by a man."
Acclaimed gender scholar Moffat lays the truth down for the unenlightened (and the unenlightened are women):"There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married - we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands."
And then laments the plight of the middle-class man:"Well, the world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level - except if you live in a civilised country and you’re sort of educated and middle-class, because then you’re almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked. There’s a huge, unfortunate lack of respect for anything male."
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Moviemaker Lee Daniels will be throwing himself into his Janis Joplin biopic project as soon as he's completed promotional duties for his hit new film The Butler. The project has been bouncing around Hollywood for the past decade and now Daniels is determined to get started on it with his leading lady Amy Adams after studying tragic singer Joplin.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "This is my next project for sure. I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart - intellectual, even."
And he's convinced he's got the right leading lady to portray the boozy blues singer, in Adams.
Daniels adds, "She can sing her a** off."