Filmmaker Garry Marshall is set to make his return to the New York stage after two decades to direct a play about Hollywood screenwriter Billy Wilder and author Raymond Chandler. The Pretty Woman director is bringing Billy and Ray to New York's Vineyard Theater this autumn (14), after taking charge of the play's world premiere in Burbank, California last year (13).
Billy and Ray is a comedy about the clash of the two duelling writers as they collaborated on the 1944 movie version of Chandler's novel Double Indemnity, inventing the film noir genre in the process.
Marshall's last New York directing credit was in 1993 for his production of Wrong Turn at Lungfish, starring George C. Scott and Tony Danza.
Billy and Ray is set to begin previews on 2 October (14).
Rapper Benzino was ordered off an airplane after he allegedly yelled at a flight attendant in an expletive-filled rant. The hip-hop veteran was removed from the aircraft during a stopover in Chicago, Illinois on a flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, Georgia following a dispute with a stewardess, who reportedly questioned Benzino about his seat.
A video obtained by TMZ.com appears to Benzino, real name Raymond Scott, cursing and calling the stewardess a "racist motherf**ker" and a "racist b**tard".
The website's editors report he was asked to leave. There were no further incidents and police were not called to the scene.
The news of Benzino's airplane bust-up comes after an eventful trip to Sin City - he was on hand to witness his friend, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., in a brawl with rapper T.I., and he also revealed on Tuesday (27May14) that he wed his girlfriend Althea Hart at the famous Little Wedding Chapel.
He took to Instagram.com to share photos of himself and his new bride, adding in a caption, "Yesterday was an amazing day in Las Vegas".
Rapper Benzino's nephew has been ordered to remain behind bars without bail after he was accused of trying to kill the hip-hop star at a family funeral. Gai Scott, 36, was arrested and charged with armed assault with intent to murder after allegedly shooting Benzino in the shoulder as he rode in the funeral procession in Duxbury, Massachusetts on Saturday (29Mar14).
He appeared before Plymouth District Court on Monday (31Mar14) when his lawyer argued that Scott fired at his uncle in self-defence and a not guilty plea was entered.
Judge J. Thomas Kirkman denied him bail on Wednesday (02Apr13) following a separate hearing.
Benzino, real name Raymond Scott, was hospitalised after the shooting but is now recovering.
In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, he thanked fans for their ongoing support, writing, "I really appriciate everybodies (sic) kind words and prayers, I'm truly grateful and blessed, it helped me alot.(sic)"
Rapper Benzino's nephew has pleaded not guilty to allegations he tried to kill his uncle during his mother's funeral. The hip-hop veteran was hospitalised on Saturday (29Mar14) after he was hit in the shoulder as he rode in the funeral procession in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
His nephew, Gai Scott, was arrested and charged with armed assault with intent to murder and was arraigned in Plymouth District Court on Monday (31Mar14).
His lawyer, Jon Ciraulo, entered the plea on his client's behalf, claiming the 36 year old fired his gun in self-defence.
Scott has been remanded in custody without bail, pending a hearing about the possible danger he poses to society on Wednesday (02Apr14).
Meanwhile, Benzino, real name Raymond Scott, has revealed he had no intention of showing up for the burial in a bid to avoid trouble relating to a feud with his sister's family over the alleged misuse of their late mother's property and funds.
Recalling the shooting, the rapper tells the Boston Globe, "I looked over, there was a car, and all I saw was a gun shooting at me."
Benzino, who has since been discharged from hospital, did not name the gunman, preferring instead to let cops investigate the issue.
Rapper-turned-reality TV star Benzino has thanked fans for their prayers after he was hospitalised following a drive-by shooting at his mother's funeral. The hip-hop veteran, real name Raymond Scott, was hit by a bullet to the shoulder while travelling in the funeral procession in Duxbury, Massachusetts on Saturday morning (29Mar14).
Police have arrested and charged his nephew, Gai Scott, with armed assault with intent to murder in connection to the incident, which took place after a dispute between the pair.
Benzino had been listed in critical condition on Saturday, but he has since made enough of a recovery to reach out to fans on Instagram.com and share photos of himself from his hospital bed.
In the caption for one image, uploaded to the site on Sunday (30Mar14), Benzino wrote, "Feel much better, GOD IS REAL... MY MOTHER TOUCHED ME, IM CERTAIN (sic)".
Alongside another shot, in which the rapper held up a picture of Sunday's edition of the Boston Herald, which featured the headline, "Bloodshed at Funeral", he posted, "Then I wake up to this... I just wanna thank everybody who prayed and sent their sincere concerns for me and my mom, she was finally laid to rest amongst all the chaos, your kind words and thoughts have really helped me heal faster. although I will have a long road of physical therapy ahead of me, I will be even stronger. god is great and the devil is a lie (sic)".
Benzino's nephew is due to be arraigned in court on Monday (31Mar14).
Rapper Benzino is in a critical condition after he was shot while attending his mother's funeral. The hip-hop star and reality TV personality, real name Raymond Scott, was travelling in the funeral procession in Duxbury, Massachusetts on Saturday morning (29Mar14) when he was hit by a bullet to the shoulder.
Police believe Benzino's nephew, Gai Scott, carried out the shooting, pulling up in another vehicle alongside his uncle's car and taking aim at him through the window following a dispute.
The rapper is now receiving treatment in the South Shore Hospital.
A statement from his representative reads, "He was shot in the shoulder while attending his mom's funeral... At this time we ask that you keep Benzino in your prayers as we are hoping for a speedy recovery."
Scott has been charged with armed assault with intent to murder in connection to the shooting. He is due to appear in Plymouth District Court on Monday (31Mar14).
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby swept the board at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards on Thursday (30Jan14), winning 13 top prizes. The big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel ruled the ceremony in Sydney, taking the awards for Best Film, Best Director for Luhrmann, and Best Lead Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, who played the enigmatic Gatsby.
Joel Edgerton took home the Best Supporting Actor prize, while Elizabeth Debicki saw off competition from her Gatsby co-star Isla Fisher to land the Best Supporting Actress trophy.
The only nomination the film failed to convert to a win was for Best Lead Actress - Gatsby's Carey Mulligan lost out to Rose Byrne, who was honoured for The Turning.
In the TV categories, Elisabeth Moss' drama Top of the Lake was named Best Mini-series.
Silver Linings Playbook star Jacki Weaver was presented with the Academy's Raymond Longford Award in honour of her career achievements.
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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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Justin Timberlake's newest movie, Runner Runner, is in theaters now, and even though it boasts big names like Ben Affleck, it's not winning over the critics or audiences. Timberlake plays Richie, a Princeston student who plays online poker to pay for his tuition and gets swindled by an online gambling boss (Affleck), who later takes Richie under his wing. Timberlake's latest inspired us to take a look back at his entire movie career, so we did just that and ranked his most notable movies from best to...not so great.
The Social Network
Not only did The Social Network win several Academy Awards, but it almost earned Timberlake an Oscar nod for best supporting actor. Now that is impressive. Timberlake's portrayal of Napster founder Sean Parker is arguably the best of his career.
Inside Llewyn Davis
You know you've made it when you're cast in a Coen brothers movie. In this one, Timberlake plays a musician and performs covers of classic folk songs live for the film.
Friends With Benefits
This movie came out around the same time as No Strings Attached, which basically had the same premise, but Timberlake's film was by far the superior of the two. He and Mila Kunis have palpable chemistry and a very natural rapport. The movie's real magic, however, lies in its postmodern mocking of the rom-com genre.
Black Snake Moan
Still starting out in his career, Timberlake played a minor role in this 2006 drama, but anytime he was on screen, his presence was overshadowed by another actor. Even when sharing the frame with little-known actor Michael Raymond-James, James clearly has more weight as an actor than the pop singer.
Though he stood out as a goofy supporting friend character, the movie is one of the most painful to watch in recent memory.
Trouble With the Curve
Not even Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams can save this snoozefest. It sort of makes you wonder if Timberlake only signed on because Eastwood's name was attached.
Cameron Diaz is hilarious as the teacher who smokes pot in front of her students and cares more about finding a rich husband than teaching, while Timberlake is the weakest link in a solid cast of comedians that also includes Jason Segel and Lucy Punch.
This wannabe sci-fi dystopia flick, about a future world that uses time as currency, looks slick, but the plot is ludicrous and poorly executed. Timberlake especially falls flat in his first major action role.
It just so happens that Timberlake's latest movie is his worst. His acting in the thriller may have improved marginally — he's doing the obvious head turns and concerned face less — but the movie fails to engage the audience with the subject matter.