Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Interstellar lead the nominations for this year's (15) Saturn Awards. Officials at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror unveiled the nominations on Thursday (05Mar15) and Marvel's 2014 Captain America sequel leads the way with 11 nods, one more than Matthew McConaughey's space drama Interstellar.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier picked up nominations for Best Comic Book-to-Film Release, Best Actor (Chris Evans), Best Director (Anthony & Joe Russo), Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie) and Best Supporting Actress (Scarlett Johansson).
Interstellar's 10 nominations include nods for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Christopher Nolan), Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey), Best Actress (Anne Hathaway) and Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain).
Meanwhile Guardians of the Galaxy, which will compete with the Captain America sequel for Best Comic Book-to-Movie, picked up eight nominations, including Best Actor (Chris Pratt) and Best Director (James Gunn).
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also claimed eight nominations, including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director and Best Visual Effects. Edge of Tomorrow and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies each scored seven nominations.
The awards will be presented in Burbank, California on 25 June (15).
Bruce Willis is poised to make his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Stephen King's acclaimed novel Misery. The Die Hard star will take on the role of bedridden writer Paul Sheldon, the role James Caan portrayed in the acclaimed 1990 movie version of King's book.
House of Cards actress Elizabeth Marvel will play his crazed captor Annie Wilkes, the part that earned Kathy Bates an Oscar for Best Actress.
Academy Award winner William Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the 1987 thriller, has also penned the script for the play.
Oscar-nominated costume designer Patricia Norris has died, aged 83. Norris, who frequently worked with directors David Lynch and Mel Brooks, passed away on 20 February (15).
She earned six Academy Award nominations for Best Costume Design throughout her storied career, including nods for films Sunset, 2010, Victor, Victoria, Lynch's The Elephant Man, Days of Heaven, and last year's (14) 12 Years a Slave.
Under Lynch, Norris served as both a production and costume designer, on films including Wild At Heart and Lost Highway. She also earned an Outstanding Costume Design Emmy award for the pilot of Lynch's cult TV drama, Twin Peaks.
Norris collaborated with veteran entertainer Brooks on three of his films, including Silent Movie, High Anxiety and History of the World: Part I.
Her other credits include Scarface, The Candidate, Killing Them Softly, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and The Singing Detective.
Norris was feted with a lifetime achievement award from the Costume Designers Guild in 2007 and the Art Directors Guild in 2011, making her the only person to receive the top honour from both organisations.
Selma stars Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo have shrugged off their disappointment after the film lost out on the prestigious Best Picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday (22Feb15), insisting the movie will live on beyond awards season.
The civil rights drama, which focused on marches organized by activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was largely snubbed in the nomination shortlist and only competed for Best Picture and Best Original Song on the night.
Selma lost out on the night's top prize to Birdman, but won the music honor for John Legend and Common's track Glory, which brought many audience members, including Oyelowo and Chris Pine, to tears when it was performed at the ceremony.
Speaking at the Vanity Fair afterparty, the film's actress and producer Winfrey tells Sky News, "That (the live performance of Glory) was an amazing moment, it was the end of our journey with Selma... so now the fact they're singing our song, literally, that was an incredible moment."
Oyelowo is also convinced the film will go on to have a long life after Hollywood's award season comes to an end, telling U.K. TV show Good Morning Britain, "Films are forever, not just for awards season. That film is going to go on and have, I truly believe, a wonderful life... Embedded in that film is the fact that solidarity and camaraderie in the face of hate can truly affect change that's the spirit in which we made the film and what is now out in the world."
This Sunday will be Neil Patrick Harris’ first time hosting the Oscars. Can you believe it? He’s practically hosted every other awards show (from the Tonys to the Emmys), but now he’s in the big leagues – among such iconic hosts as Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, and…Donald Duck? Yep, that’s right. The animated cartoon character actually co-hosted the ceremony back in 1958. We’re just glad we weren’t alive to witness that. But we’ve witnessed our fair share of other hosts, from bad to good. Allow us to rank them for you.
10. Anne Hathway & James Franco (2011)
Everyone was left scratching their heads when this hosting duo was announced, and Anne and James didn’t do much to allay people’s concerns. Anne tried way too hard, and James just didn’t try enough, resulting in a disastrous show that likely solidified the notion that producers should stick to comedians for the job.
9. Hugh Jackman (2009)
Sorry, Jackman. You’re a lovely singer and dancer, but this ain’t the Tonys. It was too much Broadway flair and not enough jokes.
8. David Letterman (1995)
It was the “Oprah, Uma” gag that did him in. It just went on for way too long, and Hollywood was not amused.
7. Seth MacFarlane (2013)
The Family Guy creator was an odd choice simply because we don’t see him in front of the camera much. He took risks with some edgier jokes (Such as: "['Django Unchained'] is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who's been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.") and received a mixed response from critics.
6. Billy Crystal (1990 - 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2012)
He’s hosted a TON of times (9 to be exact), with varying degrees of success. The best part is whenever he inserts himself into the Oscar-nominated films. But when they brought him back to host the 2012 awards after Eddie Murphy dropped out, we sort of felt like he was the “safe” choice. He did play it safe, and in effect, the show was a bit boring.
5. Whoopi Goldberg (1994, 1996, 1999, 2002)
Remember when she appeared on stage in full Queen Elizabeth I regalia? She really went for it and nailed it.
4. Chris Rock (2005)
When he hosted, they had the telecast run on a 7-second delay – just in case. We know at least one person wasn’t a fan. After Chris made a joke about Jude Law, a humorless Sean Penn took the stage to criticize the comedian, calling Jude one of the industry’s “finest actors.” At least Chris stayed true to his own boisterous style.
3. Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin (2010)
Ok, so the pairing may have just been because they had recently starred in a movie together (It’s Complicated), but these two proved to complement each other quite nicely. Steve is a veteran host and knows how to work the room, and Alec is just naturally funny. They're no Tina and Amy, though...
2. Jon Stewart (2002, 2006)
The things about Jon Stewart is that he’s smart. Very smart. He deftly balanced the political jokes with his hilarious insights on Hollywood and we were thoroughly entertained. Maybe now that he's retiring from The Daily Show, it'll free him up to host more awards shows.
1. Ellen DeGeneres (2007, 2014)
Nevermind the fact that she took that epic celebrity selfie, she brought PIZZA for everyone last year. Hands down the best.
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Freaks and Geeks was tragically canceled after only 12 episodes had aired -- a mistake many have come to learn throughout the years as the series has found a cult following and a new appreciation. Its cast is filled with some of the most recognizable and lovable faces around today. Here are the audition tapes from those faces, trying to land the roles we'd come to love them for:
Linda Cardellini, Lindsay Weir
We could really never picture any other actor playing Lindsay Weir, and she had it down pat even in her audition. Since playing lead character (and eternal style icon) Lindsay Weir, Cardellini has starred as the perm-getting murderess from Legally Blonde and Velma in the Scooby Doo movies, as well as maintaining a long run on ER and an Emmy-nominated guest role on Mad Men. More recently, she's done voice work with various TV shows.
John Francis Daley, Sam Weir
"So that means she had sex in February." He straight up kills this audition and perfectly embodies the adorable Sam Weir. Best known for his facial expressions throughout the short-lived series, Daley has become well known to fans of the hit show Bones, starring as Dr. Lance Sweets since season 3. He also writes movies like Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone nowadays too.
Seth Rogen, Ken Miller
"That's why when some idiot teacher tells me that I'm not living up to my potential, I just smile 'cause I know I am." It seems from this clip, Seth Rogen hasn't changed much, thankfully. Rogen followed his role in Freaks and Geeks with a small role in Donnie Darko and a lead role on the (also tragically short-lived) Judd Apatow-created Undeclared before finding more mainstream success with bigger roles in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, which he also produced. He's since gone on to write, produce, and star in several other monstrously successful films: Superbad, Pineapple Express, This Is The End, and Neighbors. He's also a known enemy of North Korea.
Busy Philipps, Kim Kelly
Wow, Busy Philipps totally understood just how mean she was supposed to be. After her turn as McKinley High School's resident mean girl Kim Kelly, Philipps guest starred a few times on Undeclared and then had a longer run as a supporting role on Dawson's Creek. Aside from her film roles in movies like White Chicks and Made of Honor, she can be found currently starring in the sixth and final season of Cougar Town.
Jason Segel, Nick Andopolis
Absolutely perfect audition, right? No longer just the awkward, Led Zeppelin-obsessed stoner of McKinley, Segel now has a successful film career acting in Knocked Up, I Love You, Man, Bad Teacher, and writing/starring in movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement, and Sex Tape. His TV roles include a memorable recurring role on Undeclared and a lead role on the long-lasting hit series How I Met Your Mother.
Martin Starr, Bill Haverchuck
"It's called the Hitler Punch." It's clear from this hilarious audition why he got the part! Probably our favorite of the entire bunch, Bill Haverchuck, the geekiest of the geeks, was played perfectly by the lanky and awkward Martin Starr. Starr has gone on to enjoy film roles in Superbad, Knocked Up, and This Is The End, along with a TV role on the hilarious-but-unfortunately-short-lived cult comedy Party Down. He can currently be found on the Emmy-nominated Silicon Valley as Gilfoyle.
Samm Levine, Neal Schweiber
Yepp, it seems Samm Levine really is Neal Schweiber, doofy impressions and all. Levine followed up his memorable turn as one of Sam Weir's geek best friends with small roles on every show you've ever heard of: Spin City, Yes, Dear, Just Shoot Me!, The Steve Harvey Show, Boston Public, Undeclared, Raising Dad, What I Like About You, Maybe It's Me, The Drew Carey Show, That's So Raven, That 70s Show, How I Met Your Mother, My Name Is Earl, Still Standing, Entourage, Veronica Mars, Lost, 90210, Modern Family, NCIS, Person of Interest, and most recently, Selfie. His film work includes Sydney White, Inglourious Basterds, and I Love You, Beth Cooper.
While there's no James Franco audition online yet, we're not giving up hope.
Actor Tom Hanks is set to be quizzed by James Corden as his first guest when he starts hosting U.S. TV's The Late Late Show. The British star will premier as host of the show next month (Mar15) after taking over from Craig Ferguson, who was presenter from 2005.
Bosses at U.S. TV network CBS took to Twitter.com to confirm Hanks will be the main guest on Corden's much-anticipated debut show.
A spokesperson from the network writes, "Excited to announce our first guest for our first show will be @tomhanks! March 23! #LateLateShow."
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Corden revealed Hanks was his dream guest, saying, "I'm a huge fan of Tom Hanks. I think he's had the best career of any other actor in Hollywood. I love the idea of sitting and chatting to him for a minute - I don't know if that will be possible, but it would be nice to try."
Since Ferguson's departure from the show in December (14), an array of all-star guests have taken over hosting duties, including comedienne Whitney Cummings, moviemaker Judd Apatow, actor Will Arnett, and singer John Mayer.
Before you fill out your Oscar ballots, before you start judging the red carpet fashions, and before you ultimately settle in to watch the 87th Annual Academy Awards this Sunday, you’ll want to impress your friends with your vast knowledge of Oscar’s long and illustrious history. Ok, fine, they might not care who hosted the show the most number of times or who was the youngest winner ever. But you can still read up on these interesting Oscar facts. Do it for you.
1. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 – and the actual awards presentation lasted all of 5 minutes!
The night was mainly about eating and dancing. Plus, each winner had already been named about three months prior.
2. The movie Wings was the first Best Picture winner.
It was released in 1927 and contained the first on-screen kiss between two men.
3. Meryl Streep has had the most nominations of anyone – a whopping 19. (She’s only won three times.)
4. Halle Berry was the first African-American woman to win Best Actress.
She won for her role in Monster’s Ball, and was inexplicably mauled by Adrian Brody.
5. There are only three films in history that have won the top five major awards, for Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay: It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Silence of the Lambs .
6. Tatum O’Neal is the youngest ever Oscar winner.
She nabbed a Best Supporting Actress statuette at age 10 for her role in Paper Moon.
7. Christopher Plummer became the oldest ever Oscar winner when he won the Best Supporting Actor trophy for Beginners in 2010 at the age of 82.
8. The phrase “And the winner is…” was abandoned by the Oscars in 1989 and replaced with “And the Oscar goes to…” Less harsh for the losers, maybe.
9. Sorry, Billy Crystal. Bob Hope still holds the record for most frequent Oscar host. He hosted the show 19 times!
10. The Oscar statue weighs 8 and a half pounds.
So when the winners say, “This thing is heavy!” it’s actually kinda true.
11. The 31st Academy Awards in 1959 was the shortest Oscar telecast, clocking in at 1 hour and 40 minutes.
We doubt we'll see a broadcast that short again.
12. Ellen’s Oscar selfie is the most retweeted tweet ever.
It currently has almost 3.4 million RTs.
13. In 1969, Midnight Cowboy became the only X-Rated film to win the Best Picture Oscar.
14. The statuette was actually named The Academy Award of Merit.
The most popular theory is that it got the name "Oscar" because it looked exactly like an Academy librarian's Uncle Oscar. She apparently noticed the resemblance in 1931 and the name caught on by 1934.
15. Katharine Hepburn won 4 awards - the most of anyone in an acting category.
Her wins were all for Best Actress.
16. Peter O'Toole has the most nominations (8) without a competitive win.
He got an honorary Oscar in 2003. There's hope for you, Leonardo DiCaprio!
17. Believe it or not, the first woman to win Best Director was Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009.
She beat her ex-husband, James Cameron, for the award.
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Ben Stiller's primate pal in the Night At The Museum franchise was the toast of the Pawscars awards on Wednesday (18Feb15) when she was honoured with a lifetime achievement prize. Crystal, who also played a drug-dealing capuchin monkey in The Hangover Part II, was celebrated with the Lifetime Diva Achievement Award at the sixth annual online ceremony, where she was praised as "the Angelina Jolie of animal stars" by event host Pauley Perrette, who announced the winners from the comfort of her own Hollywood home.
Other winners at the animal version of the Oscars included a trio of pitbulls, which were named Best Young Animal Performer for their appearances in James Gandolfini's final film, The Drop, a Dawn of the Planet of the Apes horse called Dale, which took Best Supporting Equine, and Savannah, a dolphin featured in Dolphin Tale 2, which was awarded Best Aquatic Performance.
The Best Ensemble prize went to the animals of Reese Witherspoon's Oscar-nominated Wild.