The 2014 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards will be a three-way race after 12 Years A Slave, Lee Daniels' The Butler and August: Osage County were all nominated for three prizes each. The trio received nods in the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, alongside American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club.
In the Outstanding Performance by a Leading Male Actor category, 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor will compete against The Butler's Forest Whitaker, Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), and Bruce Dern (Nebraska).
In the Leading Actress category, the nominees are Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks).
Late actor James Gandolfini is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Male Actor for Enough Said, alongside Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Captain Phillips' newcomer Barkhad Abdi
In the Supporting Actress Category, former Oscar nominee Oprah Winfrey receives a nod for her big screen comeback in The Butler, and is pitted against this year's (13) Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence. Others nominated are Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) and June Squibb (Nebraska).
Breaking Bad leads the nods in the TV drama categories, picking up nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Best Actor for Bryan Cranston and Best Actress for Anna Gunn.
In the comedy categories, 30 Rock's final series has also picked up three nominations - Best Comedy Ensemble and acting nods for its leads, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.
The winners will be announced next year (14).
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bruce Dern - Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years A Slave
Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Forest Whitaker - Lee Daniels' The Butler
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Judi Dench - Philomena
Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl - Rush
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years A Slave
James Gandolfini - Enough Said
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts - August: Osage County
June Squibb - Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey - Lee Daniels' The Butler
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
12 Years A Slave
August: Osage County
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Dallas Buyers Club
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Matt Damon - Behind The Candelabra
Michael Douglas - Behind The Candelabra
Jeremy Irons - The Hollow Crown
Rob Lowe - Killing Kennedy
Al Pacino - Phil Spector
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Angela Bassett - Betty & Coretta
Helena Bonham Carter - Burton And Taylor
Holly Hunter - Top Of The Lake
Helen Mirren - Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss - Top Of The Lake
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor an a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Peter Dinklage - Game Of Thrones
Kevin Spacey - House Of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes - Homeland
Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Coven
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Kerry Washington - Scandal
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Jason Bateman - Arrested Development
Ty Burrell - Modern Family
Don Cheadle - House Of Lies
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen - Modern Family
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Daft Punk and rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are in for a good night at the 2014 Grammy Awards after each landing a trio of nods in the main categories announced during a televised nominations special on Friday night (06Dec13). The French hitmakers' Random Access Memories will face off against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist for Album of the Year, alongside Taylor Swift (Red), Sara Bareilles (The Blessed Unrest) and Kendrick Lamar (good kid, m.A.A.d city), while their summer smash, Get Lucky, will compete for the Record of the Year title against Imagine Dragons' Radioactive, Lorde's Royals, Bruno Mars' Locked Out of Heaven and Robin Thicke's collaboration with T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines.
Daft Punk and Thicke are both nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, which features competition from Pink and Nate Reuss (Just Give Me A Reason), Rihanna and Mikky Ekko (Stay) and Justin Timberlake and Jay Z (Suit & Tie).
Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Same Love has earned a mention for Song of the Year, a category which also features Pink's Just Give Me A Reason, Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars, Katy Perry's Roar and Lorde's Royals.
The hip-hop stars are shortlisted for Best New Artist, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, James Blake and Kacey Musgraves.
The full list of nominees were unveiled following the broadcast of the Grammy Nominations Concert Live event from Los Angeles, with Jay Z actually leading the pack with nine nods, including Best Rap Album for Magna Carta... Holy Grail and Best Rap Performance for Tom Ford.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis racked up a total of seven nominations, as did Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams, while Drake scored five.
LL Cool J hosted the nominations ceremony from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live venue, where Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and T.I., and Keith Urban and Miguel all performed. Sets by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry also featured in the show, live via satellite from their own gigs in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, Canada, respectively.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on 26 January (14).
Actor Ethan Hawke attempted to serenade a New York audience with an apology song after play, Macbeth, had to be cancelled on Thanksgiving eve (27Nov13) due to production issues. The show at Lincoln Center, New York was halted after just 20 minutes when technicians were unable to make mechanical trees, which are part of the play, move.
In a bid to keep theatre fans happy, Hawke took to the stage with a guitar and offered to perform, but was left red-faced when he couldn't think of an appropriate song.
After an audience member suggested he attempted Taylor Swift's You Belong To Me, the Training Day star began to strum the tune, but stopped after realising he really did not know the song.
Hawke said, "That's enough! Have a happy Thanksgiving and good night," and walked off stage.
Macbeth, which also stars James McAvoy's actress wife Anne-Marie Duff, opened last week (begs18Nov13) to dire reviews. The production will run until 12 January (14).
Prince William channelled his inner musical talents by hitting the stage with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift during a charity event on Tuesday (26Nov13). The British royal hosted the Winter Whites Gala in Aid of Centrepoint at Kensington Palace to raise cash for homelessness.
Swift and the rocker were invited to perform at the star-studded event, and the Prince surprised guests by joining the singers on stage for a performance of Bon Jovi's hit Livin' On A Prayer.
A video posted on YouTube.com shows the royal singing to the chorus of the track with the stars.
Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery, Oscar winner Colin Firth, and James Blunt also attended the royal event, and Jon Bon Jovi was presented with the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award for his humanitarian work.
Taylor Swift came face to face with a real fairytale prince on Tuesday (26Nov13) after dashing to London following her four-trophy win at the American Music Awards on Sunday night (24Nov13) for a meeting with Prince William. The Love Story hitmaker was among the celebrity guests at the Winter Whites Gala in Aid of Centrepoint at Kensington Palace, where the British royal made a point of stopping to chat with her and compliment the singer on her stunning crystal gown.
Swift told reporters she was thrilled to be a part of the evening - her first royal engagement - and stunned by the gala's winter wonderland theme, which included imported snow.
She said, "It is so incredibly exciting to be performing at Kensington Palace. With the snow, the lighting, the decorations, it's all so Christmas-y. It's kind of surreal, right? I'm at a palace!
"I'm just soaking it all in. It's going to be a great night."
And after her meeting with the Prince, the giddy country star gushed, "He's so funny!"
Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery, Oscar winner Colin Firth and James Blunt also attended the royal bash, and Jon Bon Jovi, who was photographed posing with Swift on the blue carpet, was presented with the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award for his humanitarian work.
The main cast for the much-anticipated movie adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey has been set following the hiring of Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh. Mumford has signed on to play sexy student Anastasia Steele's best friend in the film, which will star Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has also cast Luke Grimes as Christian Grey's brother, Elliot; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia's close friend, Jose; and Jennifer Ehle as her mother, Carla.
Mark Wahlberg has revealed he fought to secure the film rights for erotic bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey and almost fired his agent when the deal fell through. The Fighter star had hoped to produce the movie adaptation of E.L. James' popular novel but lost out to Michael De Luca.
Both men took part in a recent producers' roundtable chat for The Hollywood Reporter, which prompted Wahlberg to recount his high hopes for the film.
He said, "I almost fired my agent, Ari, over (it) - not because I wanted to play the part. We were aware of the book very early on, and we were close to securing the rights, and then we get into this bidding war. We were so close to having (it)..."
De Luca, who recently locked in the cast after hiring Jamie Dornan to replace Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey, joked Wahlberg would have made a good leading man in the film, stating, "He (Grey) looks a lot like Mark Wahlberg. I mean, the woman wrote a fantasy: a square-jawed, tall, broad-shouldered, genius, billionaire Adonis..."
The comparison prompted Wahlberg to respond, "Sounds like Brad Pitt to me."
Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the film, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in 2015.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Late soul man James Brown is set to be exposed as a crazy oddball in a new documentary from the man behind the explosive new Bettie Page film. As The Help director Tate Taylor develops his Brown biopic, with 42 star Chadwick Boseman as the star, Mark Mori is making a very different film that will shed light on the Godfather of Soul's private life.
He tells WENN, "He's got a little secret part of his life. These are people who worked with him that have stepped forward and want to tell the story.
"Maybe I shouldn't boil it down to one word but the one thing they all agree on is he's crazy! The kind of ends he would go to to do things are kind of amazing and his public life is different than his private life in major ways."
Mori hit the headlines earlier this month (13) after revealing he had stumbled across never-before-seen shots of pin-up Page while researching his new film on the beauty icon.
Bon Jovi, One Direction and Pink were among the big winners at Thursday's (14Nov13) Billboard Touring Awards in New York. Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates took home three prizes for Top Tour, Top Draw and Eventful Fans' Choice Award for their high-grossing Because We Can trek, while boy band One Direction were honoured with the night's Breakthrough Award.
Pink landed the Top Boxscore trophy for her string of sell-out shows at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia this past summer (13).
The Rolling Stones scored the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award for their 50 & Counting Tour, and country stars George Strait and Taylor Swift picked up the 2013 Billboard Legend of Live and the Top Package Award respectively.
The full list of 2013 Billboard Touring Award winners is:
Top Tour: Bon Jovi
Top Draw: Bon Jovi
Top Boxscore: Pink
Top Comedy Tour: Jeff Dunham
Top Package: Taylor Swift’s Red Tour, featuring Ed Sheeran, Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line & Casey James
Breakthrough Award: One Direction
Top Festival: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, Calif.
Top Arena: O2 Arena, London
Top Venue - Under 10,000 Seats: Radio City Music Hall, New York
Top Venue - Under 5,000 Seats: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Top Club: House of Blues, Orlando, Florida
Top Amphitheater: The Gorge, George, Washington
Top Promoter: Live Nation
Top Agency: Creative Artists Agency
Top Manager: Bon Jovi Management
Humanitarian Award: Marcie Allen, president of MAC Presents
Eventful Fans' Choice Award: Bon Jovi
Concert Marketing & Promotion Award: The Rolling Stones
Legend of Live: George Strait
Hauler of the Decade Award: Vans Warped Tour