Hit thriller Gone Girl and sci-fi action movie Guardians Of The Galaxy are among the top nominees at the 2014 New Now Next Awards. Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's 2012 book of the same name, has been shortlisted twice for Best New Lead Film Actress for Rosamund Pike and Carrie Coon, alongside Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Jennie Slate (Obvious Child) and Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1), while author Flynn is up for Best New Screenwriter.
Meanwhile, James Gunn will battle it out for the title of Best Motion Picture By a New Filmmaker for Guardians of the Galaxy, and his leading man Chris Pratt will compete for Best New Lead Film Actor, facing off with Miles Teller (Whiplash), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner) and Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars).
Movie stars also dominated the theatre acting categories, with Bryan Cranston (All The Way), Rupert Grint (It's Only a Play) and Michael Cera (This Is Our Youth) up for Best New Broadway Lead Actor, while Rose Byrne (You Can't Take It With You), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Real Thing) and Michelle Williams (Cabaret) feature in the female equivalent.
In the TV section, acting nominees include Orange is the New Black's Lorraine Toussaint, House of Cards' Molly Parker, Pedro Pascal from Game of Thrones and The Leftovers' Justin Theroux, while Gwen Stefani's turn on The Voice has earned her an unexpected nod in the Best New Television Personality category.
Music nominees feature the likes of Iggy Azalea, her Fancy collaborator Charli XCX and Meghan Trainor for Best New Musician (Female), with Nick Jonas, Sam Smith and Paolo Nutini leading the way in the male category.
The annual awards show highlights the best new talent in pop culture. Winners will be determined by public vote and announced during a ceremony in December (14).
Executives at America's Fox network are developing Will Smith's hit romantic comedy Hitch into a TV series. The 2005 film grossed $368 million (£230 million) at the worldwide box office, and now studio bosses are hoping to find similar success with a comedy series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Punk icon Patti Smith had to change the lyrics for her Noah theme Mercy Is when director Darren Aronofsky reminded her there were no horses in his film. The Because The Night rocker had never written exclusively for a movie before the filmmaker asked her to create a lullaby for his biblical epic, and she admits it wasn't as easy as she thought it would be.
She tells Billboard.com, "I had to do some work at the Venice Film Festival some years ago and I bumped into Darren... We were walking around the streets of Venice and I said, 'Well, what are you working on? What's your next dream? What's your next project?' And he told me that he's always wanted to do the story of Noah. Well, I loved the story of Noah. I had a very strong bible education as a kid, I loved biblical-themed films and I thought, 'This is fantastic'.
"And then he mentioned that he was getting the songs together and he needed a lullaby. And I just impulsively said, 'Please, let me write it'. Because I've written like, three or four lullabies in my life. It's one of my specialities. And I said, 'Just give me a chance, and if you don't like it, fine'. He was so happy and so welcoming. I mean, I'm not usually so aggressive. You know, I'll usually be much cooler than that. But I just knew it was my project.
"I wrote it and there was a line... - Two white horses, two white doves, to carry you away into the land of memory - because I was seeing, like, white horses and the white doves. And Darren said, 'Patti, it's beautiful, but they didn't have horses then. There were no horses, you know, in Noah's world'.
"We just laughed about that. I just changed it to two white wings, two white doves; it wasn't difficult. It wasn't a simple song to write. I had laboured over it quite a bit because it was a particular lullaby. It wasn't just to sing the little girl to sleep; it was a song that Methuselah, Noah's father, had sang to him...
"Darren and I had a lot of talk, and Darren was great because I got to a point where I got slightly... intimidated of the responsibility and I was wondering, 'I don't have any real experience doing this. Do they need someone more experienced?'
"When we recorded it again, I had to do something I never did: record live with a string quartet - not only a string quartet, but one that has a tonal sound. So I had to sing against a melody... It was challenging, but Darren was right there in the studio and the Kronos Quartet was great. And I felt by the end of it that I had accomplished something."
And now Smith, who is expected to land an Oscar nomination for her Noah theme, is hoping for more opportunities to write songs for films: "I'm quite honoured and grateful to Darren, because, you know, I'm still an unknown quantity. I mean, if they want a song for a James Bond film, they wouldn't go to me. They'll go to someone that has the touch on the public consciousness, who has a strong contemporary voice.
"For The Hunger Games record, they didn't ask me to write for the movie, which I thought was unfortunate because I could've written them a really good song. I read all the books and saw the first movie and I related to the character. I love (lead character) Katniss (Everdeen), you know? She's young, she's free, she's the girl with the bow and arrow - I just loved the image of her. And being a reluctant revolutionary, I can understand where you feel your calling is something else."
"I've become a crazy dog lady from Crouch End (London). What man wants to take on three dogs as well as me? Dogs are more loyal than men. And they're less trouble. I'm happy with the dogs." British actress Sheridan Smith has no plans to rush into romance after broken relationships with James Corden and Amy Winehouse's ex Reg Traviss.
Former Doctor Who Matt Smith has signed on to star in the movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Smith has joined a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. The actor will play a suitor for the film's heroine Liz Bennett, portrayed by James. The film and Smith's book are both based on Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice.
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George Clooney has been named Hollywood's most-gracefully ageing male for refusing to dye his greying hair.
The Ocean's Eleven star, 53, topped a list of Tinseltown's leading 'MAGs' - Men Ageing Gracefully - in a survey by a leading U.K. hair transplant centre. His close pal Brad Pitt, 50, came second in the list of male stars who have stayed sexy with age, and Johnny Depp, 51, was placed third.
The top five was rounded out by James Bond hunk Daniel Craig, 46, and Australian star Hugh Jackman, 45.
The survey of 1,000 movie fans was conducted on behalf of the Crown Clinic in Manchester, England and featured dozens of male stars over 40 who have embraced ageing.
Crown Clinic surgeon Asim Shahmalak says, "Clooney is a worthy winner. He has been a global sex symbol for 20 years and he has just as many female fans now as when he first emerged on (TV series) ER. He has happily embraced middle age and looks just as sexy as a brooding silver fox as he did as a hunky young doctor in his breakthrough role. "What is striking about the survey is that every single 'MAG' has a full head of hair. It's a sad fact but nothing ages a man like losing his hair. (This) survey shows that baldness can age a man by as much as 10 years."
The rest of the top ten featured Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Will Smith, Sean Penn, and Colin Firth.
British soul sensation Sam Smith was left stunned by reports suggesting he is the frontrunner to record the theme tune for the next James Bond movie, insisting it's "all news to me". Sources told multiple news outlets that the Stay With Me hitmaker was in talks to team up with 007 producers to croon the lead song for Daniel Craig's latest outing as the suave superspy, following in the footsteps of artists like Adele, Madonna, Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey.
Smith claims he has no knowledge of the negotiations, but he'd love to tackle a Bond theme if given the chance.
He tells NME.com, "No, I have no idea what that (report) was about and I know as much as you do. You probably know more than me; I didn't even read the article.
"I think it's something everyone would love to do, but yeah, it was all news to me. I won't say any more on it."
Smith admits he is a big fan of Jack White and Alicia Keys' Bond theme, Another Way To Die, which was crafted for 2008's Quantum of Solace.
He says, "I love that; I thought it was amazing. Her voice and his voice together, I thought, was really interesting."
The next Bond film is due for release next year (15).
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Guardians of the Galaxy cruised to the top of the box office last week, bashing several records in its wake, including the highest August opening of all time. But what's harder than getting to the top is staying there. The film's second weekend faces some stiff competition from a big group of new releases, including the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, the Daniel Radcliffe rom-com What If, the Helen Mirren-starring Disney family movie The Hundred-Foot Journey, the dance flick Step Up All In, and the tornado-laden Into the Storm. Can Marvel's misfits withstand the onslaught and reclaim box office gold once again? We analyze each films chances of winning the weekend.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Guardians of the Galaxy's fiercest competition comes by way of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is likely to be the second biggest moneymaker in August. It's a strong contender, and the turtles might have the muscle (and the ninja skills) to knock Guardians off of its pedestal.
Previous Films in the FranchiseTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $25 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze: $20 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: $12 million TMNT: $24 million
The Past Five Michael Bay FilmsTransformers: Age of Extinction: $100 million Transformers: Dark of the Moon: $97 million Transformers: Rise of the Fallen: $108 million Transformers: $70 million
The opening weekends for the previous four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films have topped out at about $25 million, which on its own wouldn't be enough to topple Guardians of the Galaxy. But the film's attachment to producer Michael Bay, who is a proven money maker in Hollywood, will likely give this latest reboot a significant boost. The film's marketing has been smart to smatter the Transformers director's name all over the promotional material for the film. The hype for this film is huge and the Guardians might not survive this fight.
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INTO THE STORM
The effects-driven disaster film is facing some stiff competition, but disaster films in the past have been able to carve out a nice chunk of box-office cash. Into the Storm is also looking to capitalize on the last legs of the found footage trend. Could Into the Storm rain on Guardians of the Galaxy's parade?
Notable Natural Disaster FilmsThe Impossible: $3 million2012: $65 millionThe Day After Tomorrow: $69 millionTwister: $41 million
The Past Five Found Footage FilmsEarth to Echo: $8 millionA Haunted House 2: $9 millionDevil's Due: $8 millionParanormal Activity: The Marked ones: $18 millionA Haunted House: $18 million
Sadly, Into the Storm likely doesn't have the momentum to reach the top of the charts this weekend. The public's interest in found footage films is slowing in earnest, and Into the Storm doesn't have the same hype surrounding it as the best in the genre. The film's negative reception from critics certainly won't help matters either.
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Can Daniel Radcliffe make it in Hollywood without Harry Potter? It's been a question surrounding the actor ever since the massive franchise came to an end in 2011. Radcliffe has boatloads of charm, but all of the likeability in the world doesn't equal movie tickets sold.
The Past Five Romantic ComediesAbout Last Night: $26 millionThink Like a Man Too: $29 millionThe Other Woman: $25 millionBlended: $14 millionAnd So It Goes: $5 million
The Past Five Daniel Radcliffe FilmsKill Your Darlings: $53,000The Woman in Black: $20 millionHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: $169 millionHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: $125 millionHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $78 million
What If is an indie export from Britain, and the film isn't opening up in nearly enough theaters to give Guardians of the Galaxy any reasonable competition, but even if the film was widely distributed, the romantic comedy genre isn't a strong enough contender to compete with the superheroes wizzing around in Marvel's latest smash hit. Daniel Radcliffe was a massive box office draw in the Harry Potter franchise, but the actor still hasn't proved himself a moneymaker out of his wizard robes.
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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
This delightful comedy-drama featuring two competing restaurants stationed right across the street from each other is going after a completely different market than Guardians of the Galaxy, but is this slice of feel good counter programing good enough to contend with not one but two comic book films?
Notable Feel Good ComediesChef: $2 millionAdmission: $6 millionThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $6 millionThe Help: $26 million
The Past Five Helen Mirren FilmsRed 2: $18 millionMonsters University: $82 millionHitchcock: $287,000The Debt: $10 nillionArthur: $12 nillion
The Hundred-Foot Journey looks like a great film to take your mom to in the crush of CGI adventures clogging the theaters, but we highly doubt it will come anywhere close to Guardians of the Galaxy. Helen Mirren isn't as big of a draw as you might expect, and similar films in the same vein have only enjoyed moderate success.
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STEP-UP: ALL IN
The improbably long-running dance movie franchise has somehow reached its fifth entry, but will it reach the top of the box office by weekends end?
Previous Films in the FranchiseStep Up: $21 millionStep Up 2 the Streets: $19 millionStep Up 3-D: $16 millionStep Revolution: $12 millionThe Step Up franchise certainly has its work cut out for it. The series' box office totals have been steadily declining with each release, with the last one only managing to secure $12 million in its opening weekend. There's no possible way the newest Step Up film will top Guardians. In fact, with how crowded this weekend is, Step Up might get lost in the shuffle entirely.
British singer Sam Smith is in talks to record the theme tune for the next James Bond movie, according to a U.K. report. The Stay With Me singer would follow in the footsteps of superstars including Adele, Madonna and Dame Shirley Bassey if he is picked to sing the anthem for the next film in the 007 franchise.
Bond star Daniel Craig is reportedly keen for Adele to follow up on her 2012 Oscar-winning theme tune for Skyfall, but producers are said to want to sign up Smith instead.
A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Sam is our top choice. He has the profile, cool image and astonishing voice to record a Bond theme.
"And there is only so long we can hold out for Adele. Daniel Craig was pushing for her because she did such a great job last time around."
The coveted job would be a major boost for 22-year-old Smith's already blossoming career and it would mark the first time a British male singer has recorded the Bond theme tune in three decades. Rocker Simon Le Bon was the last British male to sing a Bond theme when he recorded A View to a Kill with Duran Duran in 1985.
Pioneering country guitarist Velma Smith has died at the age of 87. The musician passed away on Thursday (31Jul14) in Madison, Tennessee.
Smith began performing on a local Kentucky radio station with her sister Mildred at the age of 12 and later went on to play with the likes of Ernest Tubb, Carl Smith and Roy Acuff.
However, it wasn't until the late 1950s that her career really took off as she became the first female rhythm guitar player to perform on records cut in Nashville, Tennessee.
She worked with artists such as Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings and Ray Price and her song credits include Hank Locklin's Please Help Me, I'm Falling in 1960 and Skeeter Davis' The End of the World in 1962.
She was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in January (14) as part of the Class of 2014, which also featured Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy and Randy Bachman from Bachman Turner Overdrive.
Smith was married to Price's pal, fiddle player-turned-producer James 'Hal' Smith, from 1948 until his death in 2008.