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It's Saturday night. The game is on. The town is yours. You're ready to go. But you need a little cinematic pep-talk. A movie that'll get your adrenaline rushing top speed. Something with action, adventure, excitement... hell, maybe even something fantastical every so often. This week, our Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendation for Saturday Night Fever is Point Blank.
The term "breathless" gets tossed around for every action thriller out there, but French thriller Point Blank will truly have you looking for gaps in action to store up on oxygen. The film is a lean and taught actioner that follows Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche), a simple nurse who gets caught in a twisting web of criminal intrigue after he treats the wrong man during a shift at his hospital. Samuel's patient ends up being a thief who orders his lackies to kidnap Samuel's wife and forces the medic to help him escape from the hospital. Things only get crazier from there, and Samuel is thrown down a rabbit hole from which he might never surface.
Point Blank is brilliant at throwing its nobody everyman hero into seemingly impossible situations. The character, who's extremely ill-equipped to deal with the situation at hand, is certainly no John McClane, and the movie is better served for it. The film is oddly relateable, and will leave you wondering what you'd do in a similar situation.
You can watch Battle Royale on Netflix, and check back tomorrow for our Lazy Sunday pick.
Singer/actress Idina Menzel has laughed off John Travolta's embarrassing Oscars slip-up after he mispronounced her name during the live telecast, insisting she and the actor are "buddies". The Grease star took the stage at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on 2 March (14) to introduce the Broadway favourite's Let It Go performance from Frozen, which went on to win the Best Original Song award, but he got tangled up over Menzel's name and called her "the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Dazeem".
The misreading turned the actor into the butt of jokes and even inspired a website for fans to 'Travolta-fy' their own names, and the Hollywood actor subsequently released a statement which read: "I've been beating myself up all day. Then I thought... what would Idina Menzel say? She'd say, 'Let it go, let it go!' Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!"
Now Menzel has opened up about the headline-grabbing incident, admitting the mistake surprised her as she prepared to take the stage on Hollywood's biggest night.
She explains, "I had all of these visuals set for myself, the meditations (before stepping onstage). (But) that (Travolta's introduction) threw me for a minute. But then I just got back on track and reminded myself of where I was, and what a beautiful moment it was."
Menzel reveals Travolta later sent her a note and a large bouquet of flowers to apologise for the flub.
She tells Billboard.com, "He was really gracious and sent this gorgeous email, and we're buddies and it's all cool."
The producers behind Menzel's new Broadway play If/Then even capitalised on the "Adele Dazeem" mishap by using the new name on the show's playbill, and the actress insists she holds nothing against Travolta.
She says, "Please. I mean, I've only benefited from it!"
Justin Bieber has released footage of a steamy dance session with his on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez, further fuelling speculation they have rekindled their relationship. The pair was spotted together in Texas last week (ends09Mar14) and Bieber dedicated his song As Long As You Love Me to Gomez during a surprise performance at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin on Sunday (09Mar14), calling her "my baby".
The troubled singer posted two videos on his Instagram.com page on Monday (10Mar14) showing him performing a steamy dance routine with the Come and Get It hitmaker to John Legend's song Ordinary People.
During the routine, which is performed in a dance studio, a shirtless Bieber pins Gomez against a wall and she wraps her legs around his waist.
The videos have since been deleted.
"He's doing great. Idina was amazing. It was all funny. No he's not dyslexic, it was a bit of a teleprompter thing, I think." John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston on her husband's botched pronunciation of singer Idina Menzel's name when he introduced her performance at the Oscars on Sunday (02Mar14).
The producers of Idina Menzel's new Broadway musical are having fun with John Travolta's slip-up at the Oscars - they've changed the star's name to match what the Grease star called her on the show's playbill. Travolta mispronounced Menzel's name as Adele Dazeem at the Academy Awards on Sunday night (02Mar13) - and immediately became the butt of jokes.
He eventually apologised for the gaffe, admitting he had been beating himself up for getting the singer's name wrong.
On Tuesday (04Feb14), producers of her new show If/When poked fun at Travolta's mistake in the playbill for the production.
It read: "At this performance, the role of Elizabeth will be played by Adele Dazeem."
Menzel's resume has also been 'Travolta-fied' for the playbill, with her role in Rent switched to Nert and her character in the musical Wicked reworked as Ephraima instead of Elphaba.
John Travolta has broken his silence after becoming the butt of jokes following his misreading of singer Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars on Sunday night (02Mar14). The Grease star took the stage at the Dolby Theatre to introduce the Broadway favourite's Let It Go performance from Frozen, which went on to win the Best Song award, but he got tangled up over Menzel's name and called her "the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Nazeem".
His flub became one of the most talked-about moments at the Academy Awards, and now Travolta has spoken of his error.
In a statement issued through his publicist on Tuesday (05Mar14), the movie star says, "I’ve been beating myself up all day. Then I thought... what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, 'Let it go, let it go!' Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!"
Menzel has yet to comment on Travolta's Oscars mistake but a source tells E! News that the Tony winner "thought it was funny", and even gave the actor a hug after her performance.
Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley has brushed off rumours of a feud with Steve Mcqueen after he appeared to snub the movie's director during his acceptance speech. The two men were sitting rows apart at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday (02Mar14) when Ridley claimed the prize for Adapted Screenplay for his script from the memoir of free man-turned-slave Solomon Northup.
However, the co-workers did not interact as Ridley made his way to the stage to collect the honour, and he failed to mention the filmmaker's name during his acceptance speech.
McQueen seemed to do the same to Ridley at the end of Hollywood's biggest night, when he was feted for Best Picture, fuelling rumours of a fall out between the pair.
Reports suggest their relationship turned sour after Ridley rejected McQueen's request for a shared screenwriting credit on 12 Years A Slave, but the writer has played down the claims, insisting the omission of the director's name in his Oscars speech was simply an oversight.
Speaking at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, he told the New York Post's Page Six column, "I had less than two minutes to thank everybody, and I was so caught up in the emotion of the moment when I was onstage."
He added, "Listen, without Steve McQueen I wouldn't have this Oscar tonight. I owe a lot to the genius of Steve McQueen, and I am forever grateful to have had the chance to work with him...
"It was Steve's wife who found Solomon Northup's book (which inspired the film). It was a great honour (to work on the movie), but also a challenge because I wanted to be true to him, to turn Solomon's eloquent words into a screenplay."
The marketing team behind Idina Menzel's new Broadway show have capitalised on John Travolta's botched pronunciation of her name at the Oscars in a new social media campaign. The Pulp Fiction star caused a frenzy when he stumbled over Menzel's name as he introduced her performance of Let It Go at the Academy Awards on Sunday night (02Mar14).
However, the marketing team for her new musical If/Then are taking advantage of Travolta's mistake with new ads posted on the show's Facebook and Twitter accounts, which have the tagline: "You Know Her Name", along with a photo of Menzel belting out the Oscar-winning tune during the ceremony.
If/Then, which marks Menzel's first time on Broadway since her Tony Award-winning turn in Wicked almost 10 years ago, opens in New York City on Wednesday (05Mar14).
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.
Sir Elton John raised $5.1 million (£3.2 million) for charity from his 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday (02Mar14). The Rocket Man singer and his partner David Furnish were joined by the likes of Robert De Niro, Jane Fonda, Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne and Taylor Swift for the big Hollywood bash, which also featured a silent auction.