Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren has become the new face of cosmetics company L'Oreal at 69. The actress joins Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Andie MacDowell and model Lara Stone among the beauty brand's ambassadors. Jane Fonda, 76, and Diane Keaton, 68, are the other veteran beauties representing L'Oreal.
Jennifer Lopez has landed Oscar winner Barry Levinson as a director for her latest TV series. The Rain Man director will take charge of the pilot episode and executive produce the 13-episode drama series Shades of Blue.
Lopez, who will also executive produce the project with her American Idol colleague Ryan Seacrest and manager Benny Medina, will play single mum and conflicted cop Harlee McCord in the show.
Levinson says, "It's an exciting project to be working on with Jennifer."
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The characters from smash-hit Disney movie Frozen are heading back to the big screen for an animated short that will hit cinemas in the spring (15).
The big news was announced at the end of a 'making of' special that aired in America on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
Frozen Fever will be directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the pair behind last year's (13) hit movie, and it will feature a new song written by Oscar-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The married couple created instant classic songs like Do You Want to Build a Snowman? and Let It Go for Frozen.
Confirming the news, a Disney spokesman says, "In Frozen Fever, it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk."
Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad will reprise their original Frozen roles in the new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Angelina Jolie is refusing to increase her security after her fiance Brad Pitt was accosted on the red carpet by a prankster last week (ends01Jun14). Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk was arrested after he scrambled over a security barrier at the Los Angeles premiere of Jolie's new film Maleficent and appeared to swipe Pitt in the face. However, the Oscar winner is adamant she will not bring in more bodyguards in the aftermath of the frightening incident.
She tells the Associated Press, "People like that are an exception to the rule. Most fans are just wonderful. We've had a wonderful experience over the years, and we're very grateful for their support, and it will not change the way we behave." Pitt has also echoed his fiancee's sentiment in a statement, which reads, "I don't mind an exhibitionist, but if this guy keeps it up he's going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd."
A judge has banned the serial prankster from attending any future Hollywood events as part of his sentence for charges of battery and unlawful activity at a sporting event, theatrical or exhibition, stemming from the incident with Pitt. The 25 year old has previously been slapped by Will Smith, hugged Leonard DiCaprio's crotch, climbed underneath America Ferrera's dress, and was arrested at the 2013 Grammy Awards for attempting to grab Adele's prize from presenter Jennifer Lopez.
Bradley Cooper has been credited with introducing President Barack Obama to his The Hangover pal Zach Galifianakis after reportedly coming up with the idea for the U.S. leader to film a mock-interview to promote his new healthcare initiative. Funnyman Galifianakis scored a huge Internet hit last month (Mar14) after sitting down with the politician for his irreverent FunnyOrDie.com web series Between Two Ferns, on which Obama was grilled on topics as varied as North Korea, his birth certificate and being "a nerd".
It racked up three million hits within just two hours of going live and provided a big boost to the leader's Heathcare.gov website, and now editors at Politico.com claim Cooper was the one to hook the unlikely pair up.
The American Hustle star was invited to the White House in February (14) to attend a state dinner in honour of French President Francois Hollande's U.S. visit, and during the event, the actor sat down with Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett to "brainstorm ideas about how to help get the word out" about the Affordable Care Act.
According to the political news site, Cooper suggested Obama film a Between Two Ferns skit and then "pulled out his cell phone, got Galifianakis on the line and put him on speaker".
The article continues, "He (Galifianakis) was ready to help. Now they just needed to sell the idea to the president."
Cooper was even mentioned in the hilarious interview after Obama praised the Oscar nominee for putting on "a great show" during his own Between Two Ferns appearance in 2009, to which Galifianakis responded, "Bradley Cooper... Everybody loves Bradley... Being like that in Hollywood, that's easy. Be short, fat, and smell like Doritos and try to make it in Hollywood!"
The bearded comedian wasn't the only star to help Obama raise awareness about the new bill - the mothers of Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine all stepped into the spotlight to urge young Americans to register for healthcare, while actor Adam Scott recently reprised his role from hit 2008 comedy Step Brothers to jokingly rant about the initiative.
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Last year alone, films like Blue Jasmine, 12 Years a Slave and Philomena were driven by the brilliant transformations of actresses like Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o, and Judi Dench. And as we celebrate Women's History Month (looking forward to more exciting performances from these and other great actresses), let's take a look back at just a few of the many, many life changing performances in some of the best biopics and period pieces from recent years.
Q'orianka Kilcher, The New World
You thought you knew the story of Pocahontas until director Terrence Malick introduced us to a whole new world. Kilcher's performance was so awe-inspring it practically re-told and re-wrote history itself.
Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Stiles, Ginnifer Goodwin, Julia Roberts, Mona Lisa Smile
Yes. Pretty much every actress you love is in this movie. Set in the 1950s, this amazing film tells the story of a group of Wellesley students who get their lives shaken up when Julia Roberts shows up as their free-thinking art professor.
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
When Cotillard won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her role as beloved French singer Edith Piaf, nobody in the world cried foul. Because there aren't enough awards in the world for what she did in La Vie en Rose. A stunning, haunting, fitting tribute from one French star to another.
Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer, The Help
Spencer took home the Academy Award in 2012 for her portrayal of Minny Jackson, a black maid working for a particularly cruel white woman in the '60s, and costar Davis was nominated. As far as the clip above, one YouTuber describes it as "The most satisfying scene in cinematic history." We're inclined to agree.
Cate Blanchett, The Aviator
Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn? Damn near flawless.
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth
But Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth? EVERYTHING!
Angela Bassett, What's Love Got to Do with It
No offense to Tina Turner, but Angela Bassett was the best Tina Turner of all time.
Laura Linney, Kinsey
It may have been Liam Neeson's flick, but Linney played the wife of the famed scientist and, for many of us, absolutely stole the show.
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
If you've somehow managed to go through life not being in love with Michelle Williams, then you clearly have not seen My Week with Marilyn. Do yourself a favor and make it happen. NOW!
Jennifer Lopez, Selena
If you can make it through J Lo's performance of Selena Quintanilla's life and work without crying, you are a martian robot lacking the full understanding of Selena Quintanilla.
Kate Winslet, The Reader
Granted there are other Kate Winslet movies to choose from. But when you really get down to it... no. No, there aren't.
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It's Friday evening, that surreal few hours in which your work self evolves (or devolves) into your weekend self. You're feeling that bizarre mix of tired and excited. You're hungry for something fun, something relaxing, something... weird. And a good old-fashioned piece of oddball cinema — be it a mind-bending mystery, a psychological thriller, or just your standard trippy horror film — is the way to go. For this week's Freaky Friday, Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommends Dirty Pretty Things.
Dirty Pretty Things is a dark tale about London’s underworld and the people who are forced to inhabit and interact with it. The film follows Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Senay (Audrey Tautou), illegal immigrants who work service jobs in a posh hotel that is being used as the headquarters of Senor Sneaky’s (Sergi López) drug and prostitution ring. After Okwe stumbles across a bizarre murder scene, he becomes involved in an operation that is far more twisted and sinister than anything he could have imagined.
The movie doesn’t shy away from the bleakness of the world that Okwe and Senay inhabit, nor does it tone down the gruesome nature of the crimes that they become implicated in, and combines these horrific elements with a thrilling, suspenseful plot that doesn’t let down the high-concept premise. The film is anchored by an unforgettable lead performance by Ejiofor, and as he was just nominated for an Oscar, it also makes this Freaky Friday the perfect time to look back at his first major film role, which helped make him one of Britain’s most respected actors.
You can stream Dirty Pretty Things on Netflix, and make sure to check back tomorrow for our recommendations for the perfect Saturday Night Fever movie.
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Oscar-winning family film Frozen is on course to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time after crossing the $1 billion mark this weekend (01-02Mar14). Ticket sales for the Best Animated Feature winner hit $388.8 million (£243 million) in North America alone, with an additional $611.5 million (£382.2 million) across the rest of the world since its release in November (13).
The picture is still being shown in movie theatres worldwide and with one more opening in Japan set for next week (14Mar14), Frozen is inching ever closer to the record set by Toy Story 3, which grossed $1.06 billion upon its release in 2010.
Frozen, which features the voices of Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, is already the highest-grossing animated non-sequel.
The film also won the Best Original Song Oscar for Let It Go for husband and wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
The Academy Awards are the biggest night in Hollywood, where the best films and performances of the years are celebrated in a ceremony that always drags on a half hour too long. If you're a host or a nominee, you're going to be the talk of the town in the weeks surrounding Oscar night, but in the end, it's never the moments that you expect that steal the show, because when you gather the biggest stars in the world and put them in one room, something insane is bound to happen. Sure, Ellen Degeneres had a finely-honed monologue, but the real highlights of the evening came from an unfortunate flub or a weird, rambling presentation.
We're celebrating the biggest party in Hollywood by pulling together the best, worst and weirdest celebrity moments from the 2014 Academy Awards, so that you can catch up on or relive all of the awkward and hilarious moments from the show. They might not have won an Oscar, but they managed to steal the show from Brad Pitt's pizza party, and in some ways, that's even more deserving of an award.
World's Quickest Presentation: Channing Tatum By now, you'd think that Channing Tatum would have no problem reading a pre-written speech from a teleprompter. After all, he's one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Surely he knows how to deliver his lines by now. Unfortunately, it seemed as if his nerves got the best of him last night, and Tatum raced through his spiel about the Oscars college program so quickly it took everyone at home a minute to process what had just happened. We're not sure if he was just nervous, if he had a bet going with Jonah Hill to see how long he could speak without breathing, or if someone threatened to hold him personally responsible if the ceremony ran long, but whatever the case, we're glad to see someone at the Oscars wants to help us all get to bed at a reasonable hour.
Most Charming Speech: Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez"Let it Go," the song that everyone and their baby cousin has been singing incessantly for months, took home the Best Original Song Oscar last night, and the film's composers, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez delivered the most adorable speech of the night. There were bits spoken in unison, long passages of rhymes, a quick song breakdown, and a tear-jerking message to their daughters watching at home. It was like a Disney movie itself: pure, heartwarming fluff that you will never admit actually made you cry into your ice cream.
Most McConaughey: Kim Novak It takes a great deal of skill and careful preparation to be more rambling and nonsensical than Matthew McConaughey, but Kim Novak managed to do just that when she presented the Animation Oscars alongside the man himself. It was almost impossible to tell which bits of their speech were written on the telepromtpter and which bits she decided to wing, but either way, she decided to take the moment to have a McConologue of her own, and managed to be weirder than a guy who routinely goes on tangents about Neptune, the forces of the universe, and being his own hero. Brava, Ms. Novak. You have officially out-McConaugheyed the master.
Best Depolyment of Awards Show Singing: Darlene Love Between Diane Keaton's weirdly terrifying tribute to Woody Allen at the Golden Globes and Rita Moreno's mini-concert as she accepted her SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, this season has included an uncomfortable amount of impromptu a capella singing. But Darlene Love blew both of them out of the water, and the roof off of the Dolby Theater, when she helped celebrate the Best Documentary Oscar for 20 Feet From Stardom by belting out "His Eye is on the Sparrow," and earned a standing ovation. So, future award winners, we beg you: before you decide to sing, ask yourself "Am I Darlene Love?" If the answer is no, just stick to speaking, lest Love herself show up to put you in your place with a powerhouse belt. (Sorry, Diane.)
Most Tone-Deaf Presentation: Goldie Hawn Remember way back at the Golden Globes, when 12 Years a Slave got an awkward introduction from Reese Witherspoon, presumably because she's Southern? Well, the Oscars continued the tradition of disjointed awards show introductions, as Goldie Hawn took to the stage to present clips from that film, as well as Philomena and Nebraska. Before you could attempt to come up with a reason as to why these three films were introduced together (they all... involve road trips?), Hawn decided to end her speech about 12 Years a Slave with a big grin and a cheery inflection to her voice, which was a jarring contrast to the serious, devastating subject matter of the film. Pro tip: try and save the smile for a film that doesn't involve slavery.
Best Homage to Chariots of Fire: Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx has never met an awards show moment he couldn't spice up. So, when it came time for him to present the award for Best Score with Jessica Biel, he decided to ignore the stuffy introduction that the Oscars had prepared for him, and instead went off-script with a few improvised jokes, before performing an a capella version of the Chariots of Fire theme, complete with slow-motion running, while Biel attempted to read off the nominees. Because nobody lives up to the old adage "anything can happen on live television" quite like Jamie Foxx. Maybe he should host next year.
Most Meme-Inspiring: John Travolta and Adella Dazeem Look, reading things is hard. At least, that's what we're assuming John Travolta's defense is after delivering the biggest flub of the night, when instead of introducing Idina Menzel, the Tony Award winner who voiced Elsa in Frozen, he instead introduced Adella Dazeem. Before Menzel even finished her song, the Internet had already pulled together dozens of memes, and a parody Twitter account had already started gaining followers. It was a year filled with difficult-to-pronounce names, but the one that got messed up was relatively straightforward. Good job, Jorn Tramolto.
Most Touching Tribute: Bill Murray In what was probably the best presenter pairing of the night, Bill Murray and Amy Adams took to the stage to reveal the winner of the Best Cinematography Oscar. After taking the time to compliment Adams the way only he can ("Baby, you look like $146 million domestic"), Murray added one last nominee to list: Harold Ramis, for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. It was only a quick moment, and yet that tiny bit of sincerity in the midst of Murray's trademark goofiness managed to be more touching that the entirety of the official In Memoriam segment. Somewhere in the audience, Bette Midler was probably furious that someone had stolen her thunder.
The Meryl Streep Golden Shimmy Award: Meryl Streep (Ft. Pharrell, Lupita Nyong'o, and Amy Adams)Pharrell's nominated song "Happy" is infuriatingly catchy. It's the kind of song that you love and hate in equal measure, but can't help but dance to when it comes on, no matter where you are or what you're doing. Lucikly for all of us, Meryl Streep feels the same way, and when Pharrell hopped off the stage and headed into the audience during his Oscars performance, she couldn't help but join him for a little shimmy. Sure, Lupita Nyong'o and Amy Adams may have had the more enthusiastic moves, but everyone knows you haven't truly made it until you can get the most nominated actress in Oscars history to bust a move with you.
Most Jim Carrey: Jim Carrey At some point in the course of Oscars preparations, the producers probably turned to each other in frustration. "We've got this whole montage about heroes, but I can't figure out how to introduce it," one of them said. "Why don't we just stick Jim Carrey up there, and let him just fill the time however he wants. He can stick a word or two in there about heroes, and everyone will laugh because it's Jim Carrey, and we can get back to ordering all of those inflatable lawn-ornament Oscars." And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly what happened.
Frozen songwriter Robert Lopez entered an elite club on Sunday (02Mar14) with his Oscar win for Best Original Song for Let It Go, as he has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony award. Lopez becomes only the 12th person to achieve this feat, and is also the youngest person on the list. He previously won two Daytime Emmys in 2008 and 2010 for animated children's series The Wonder Pets, picked up Tony Awards for both Avenue Q and Book of Mormon, and earned his Grammy in 2012 for the Best Musical Theater Album for Book of Mormon.