Russell Crowe picked up a prestigious acting prize ahead of the Italian premiere of his latest movie Man Of Steel at the Taormina Film Festival on Saturday (15Jun13). Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon, and the film's director Zack Snyder, were on hand to support Crowe as he was presented with the Taormina Arte accolade at the 59th annual movie event.
Crowe then impressed the audience at the Teatro Antico venue by delivering his acceptance speech in Italian, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He told the crowd, "This is my first time in Sicily, and you are already giving me an award. I should come here more often."
Referring to his 2000 blockbuster Gladiator, he then added, "I have always had a deep love for Italy, even before I became a gladiator."
Crowe plays Superman's biological father Jor-El in Snyder's new blockbuster.
The Taormina Film Festival will wrap up on 22 June (13) with a screening of Johnny Depp's new movie The Lone Ranger.
Amy Adams is convinced her teenage love life suffered because of her bodybuilder mother, whose ripped physique was "really intimidating" to her skinny boyfriends. The Fighter star's mum Kathryn took up weightlifting after having Adams and her six siblings, and the Hollywood beauty admits having such a muscular parent made dating difficult.
Adams tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "She had seven kids and then she decided she wanted to get into bodybuilding. She did enter competitions, she was kind of like semi-professional, started as a novice. She started when she was 35 bodybuilding after seven kids - she looked good, she was ripped!
"She was really intimidating to my boyfriends. I tended to date skinny skinny guys. She moved a TV in front of one of them once and he was terrified. We were watching a movie and the TV wasn't getting reception, so she literally picked it up and moved it to another part of the (room). She's tough, she's a tough woman!"
Adams is now engaged to actor and artist Darren Le Gallo.
We're still not entirely sure where the next season of Saturday Night Live stands Fred Armisen-wise. In true Sudeikis fashion, the longtime variety show star has kept the status of his return moreover nebulous. But whether or not we'll be seeing him pick up with his old Barack Obama (oh, no, that's Jay Pharoah now), Kat and Garth (nope, Kristen Wiig is gone), or The Californians (no, no, they've got to realize that it's time to call it quits on that one) shtick, we will have access to Armisen in another form entirely: the movies. The comic actor has scored his first (potentially) post-SNL gig, and first starring role in a big screen feature. Armisen will take the central role in the tentatively titled Justice for Al, a house arrest comedy from the director of Bad Santa, as reported by The Wrap.
For years, Armisen was a ubiquitous bit player in Hollywood's comedy scene, embodying one-off characters of every race and ethnicity imaginable (acting versatility is really dependent on ambiguity of skin tone, apparently). But Justice for Al will be Armisen's first shot at taking the wheel of a movie. So how much weight are we really putting on this role? History shall guide us; let's look at some of Armisen's contemporaries...
Kristen Wiig's first starring role: The Brothers Solomon, a half-witted comedy in which she played the surrogate mother to two dopey brothers. Didn't exactly showcase the chops for which we'd come to love her.
Will Ferrell's first starring role: Men Seeking Women, in which he played an idiotic manchild on the hunt for sexual gratification. Yeah, sure, that's pretty much what he always plays... but the movies got a lot better. Or at least more quotable.
Tina Fey's first starring role: Baby Mama. Yeah, she was important in Mean Girls (and she wrote it), but that was Lindsay's movie. Oh Lindsay. The promise you once had... In any event, Baby Mama was cute, but nowhere near the degree of wit that we've come to associate with Fey.
Amy Poehler's first starring role: See above. All of it.
Jimmy Fallon's first starring role: Taxi. And now he's hosting the freakin' Tonight Show. We live in a strange world, folks.
Andy Samberg's first starring role: Hot Rod. I don't care what you say, Hot Rod is hilarious. Still waiting for anything in the vein of a follow-up...
Going back further, we have the likes of Mike Myers, David Spade, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock... all of whom turned their SNL reputations into blockbuster careers. So how will Armisen fare, and is Justice for Al a good sign?
At least it's not a Californians movie. Don't act like they haven't considered it!
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Veteran actress Jane Fonda is planning to work on her comedy skills by taking improvisation classes in Los Angeles. The 75 year old has been working with actor/comedian Ben Schwartz on upcoming movie This Is Where I Leave You, and he has encouraged her to get involved with the Upright Citizens Brigade, a sketch group which has spawned funny stars including Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz.
Fonda admits working with Schwartz, as well as Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, on the project has given her the drive to take proper comedy classes.
In a post on her blog, she writes, "Ben Schwartz is hysterical... He started out in UCB (Upright Citizens' Brigade, a school for improv that Amy Poehler founded) and has gone on to write jokes for the likes of (David) Letterman and (Jay) Leno, (and) movies for major studios...
"I was very glad to learn all this about him cause (sic) until then I thought he was a normal actor with some abnormal ability to improv and that only added to my sense of total inadequacy in the humour department.
"Now I realise that's what he does. Bad enough to be alongside Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. He has inspired me to attend some of the sessions of UCB out in L.A. He says they have nights when known actors get on stage with less known but experienced improvers and see what happens. I like this sort of challenge and think it will be good for me... if it doesn't shred what's left of my confidence. He said Helen Hunt did it. If she's willing to do it, why not me?"
Amy Adams made a fool of herself at a major movie festival last year (12) when she got starstruck over Gary Oldman. The Fighter actress met up with the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy star for a meal during the 2012 Toronto Film Festival in Canada, but midway through their dinner date, Adams lost her cool and gushed about her eating companion.
She tells Britain's The Times, "I just went, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe I'm sitting here with you. You're so amazing!' I can't play it cool. I have no game."
Actress Amy Adams has been shrieking and screaming in a bid to break her voice so she can accurately recreate Janis Joplin's gravelly vocals in an upcoming biopic. The Fighter star has been cast as the tragic rock icon in Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can but she is concerned her singing will not match up to the Me and Bobby McGee hitmaker's famous voice.
She has been desperately trying to develop rasping tones by shouting and screaming loudly, but still fears directors will have to bring in a professional singer to help perfect the sound.
Adams tells Britain's The Times, "I've been working on my rasp. Just by tearing up my voice. I'm going to try to do as much singing as I can. But I'm also realistic, and I might need some assistance."
Joplin died aged 27 in 1970 from a drug overdose.
Moviemaker Joss Whedon enjoyed a double cast reunion at the London launch of his new Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing on Tuesday (11Jun13) when stars from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The Avengers joined him on the red carpet. British actors Anthony Head and Tom Hiddleston joined the filmmaker at the Apollo cinema in Piccadilly to toast his quirky reworking of the classic play, which features Buffy stars Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillon and Tom Lenk and The Avengers star Clark Gregg.
Whedon arrived at the premiere in style with his leading lady Amy Acker, carrying a Captain America shield to promote his upcoming Marvel Studios TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which will feature Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson.
The man in the red cape Henry Cavill in all his Superman glory will strut down the red carpet this evening for the premiere of 'Man of Steel' before the film blasts into theaters June 14th. And for your viewing amusement, you can catch Cavill and the rest of the 'Man of Steel' clan waltz down the carpet via live webcast from the New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall.Superman fans, tune in below at 6pm EST to see the film's stars including like Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russel Kevin Costner and director Zack Snyder at the event. And if you're really eager for the premiere (a.k.a. if you're that guy already rocking your homemade Superman cape), you can tune in early at 5:30pm EST for the Pre-show. The 'Man of Steel' cast is also giving you super fans the chance to get in on the interviewing action. Although it's not as exciting as being there in person, fans can submit questions and comments throughout the live feed by tweeting with the hashtag #manofsteel or #manofsteelpremiere.
You don’t have to be a Shakespeare buff to enjoy Joss Whedon's modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Filmed at Whedon’s house in only 12 days with a cast of his friends from various past projects, the movie stays true to the playwright's comedy, but places his prose in a more relatable setting. Unlike another Shakespeare adaptation that keeps the original language but uses a modern setting, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, Whedon's black-and-white interpretation is more casual and subtle.
Although the dialogue may be a bit hard to follow for those who aren't familiar with the play, the actors deliver their lines in such a way that makes their intent clear. You can understand when they are teasing, when they are fighting, and when they are being sarcastic (and there is a lot of sarcasm). They aren't giving dramatic performances on a stage; they are having normal conversations with each other that just happen to be spoken in flowery language.
As it turns out, many of today's romantic comedy tropes are found in the 400-year-old text. Full-of-himself playboy Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and independent, quick-witted Beatrice (Amy Acker) despise each other and are constantly bickering. Even if you haven’t read the play, I think you can guess what happens between them. The plot also includes a called-off wedding between Beatrice's cousin Hero (Jillian Morgese) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). Of course, there are elements of the story that wouldn't make sense in contemporary society, like Hero faking her death due to some big blow-up that arose because she might not be a virgin. But while there isn't always a happy ending in Shakespeare, for this rom-com, it's basically a given.
Much of the cast was already quite familiar with Shakespeare, because Whedon has hosted many readings of his plays over the years (one of which inspired this version of Much Ado). It's as though the audience was invited to one of Whedon's get-togethers... only there are also trapeze artists there for some reason. For Whedon fanatics, it's fun to see who the director rounded up to star in the film. (Look, it's Wesley! And Mal! And Agent Coulson!) Denisof and Acker pull off some physical comedy as they eavesdrop on conversations about each other, and Nathan Fillion is great in a small part as police officer Dogberry. It's obvious that the cast, as well as Whedon, have a sincere appreciation for Shakespeare's original work, but also had a fun time giving it their own twist.
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