Country music stars Hillary Scott and Keifer Thompson were among the songwriters feted at the 2014 SESAC Nashville Music Awards in Tennessee on Sunday night (02Nov14). Both the Lady Antebellum frontwoman and the Thompson Square star were among the winners in the most-performed songs of the year category, in recognition of their tracks Bartender and Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About, respectively.
The Song of the Year prize went to Lance Miller, who penned Jerrod Niemann's Drink to That All Night, and the Songwriter of the Year accolade was given to Rob Hatch.
Hatch is responsible for co-writing hits such as Lee Brice's I Don't Dance and Randy Houser's Goodnight Kiss, and both Brice and Houser were on hand to play acoustic versions of the songs at the event.
The annual gala kicks off the Country Music Association Awards Week, culminating with the CMA Music Awards on Wednesday (05Nov14).
Actor Seth Rogen has helped to raise $900,000 (£562,500) for Alzheimer's disease through his third annual Hilarity for Charity event in Los Angeles.
The Knocked Up star and his wife, screenwriter Lauren Miller, hosted the gala the Hollywood Palladium on Friday (17Oct14). They were joined by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taylor Lautner, Rob Lowe and R&B group Bell Biv Devoe, who performed at the 1980s-themed variety show prom event. Rogen founded the organisation in 2011 to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease shortly after he wed Miller, whose mother was diagnosed with the condition when the couple began dating.
Summer at the movie theater generally means one thing: big-budget popcorn films packed with explosions, robots, superheroes, aliens, or a combination of all four. But even though we're currently in the middle of blockbuster season, that doesn't mean that action movies or outrageous comedies are your only option for summer entertainment. This also happens to be the best season for indie movies, and low-key, high-brow alternatives to the obnoxious, annoying and/or unintelligent blockbusters are flooding into theaters everywhere. So, when you're tired of being dragged along to yet another movie where superheroes punch each other or people (unrealistically) run away from explosions in slow motion, or you're forced to endure another onslaught of unfunny, overly-crude humor, why not take spend the afternoon with one of these indies (opening on or around the same dates) instead?
Instead of Tammy, Try Life Itself (Opens July 4) Melissa McCarthy makes her screenwriting debut in Tammy, a film about a woman searching for a new lease on life on a road trip with her alcoholic, diabetic, inappropriate grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon). But if you’re looking for a quieter – if no less cinematic – celebration of life, try Life Itself, the documentary about the life and career of the legendary film critic Roger Ebert. It’s an uplifting, fascinating look at a man who made film criticism accessible to the public and became the definitive voice of entertainment and cinema, even when he could no longer speak. Although it probably won’t have as many pratfalls as Tammy is likely to have…
Instead of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Try Boyhood (Opens July 11) In many ways, Caesar, the simian overlord from Planet of the Apes and Mason, the titular boy at the heart of Boyhood, are on a similar journey. Both are discovering their full potential, both are dealing with a growing sense of responsibility and pressure from the people around them and both are experiencing the joys and pains of growing up. It just so happens that Caesar’s growing pains have to do with the new monkey-led nation he’s establishing and Mason’s are the result of the ups and downs of the normal teenager experience.
Instead of Sex Tape, Try Mood Indigo (Opens July 18) At the box office, summer love is generally interpreted as a raunchy comedy, and this year’s offering is Sex Tape. However, there is a sweeter, more romantic alternative hitting theaters the same day: Mood Indigo. Directed by Michel Gondry, it’s a surreal love story about two newlyweds (Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris), whose relationship is tested when it’s discovered that a flower is growing in her lungs. A little offbeat, very dreamy, and wonderfully heartwarming, it’s a sweet summer treat. Plus, it has just enough special effects to satisfy any lingering desire for big-budget spectacle.
Instead of Lucy, Try Happy Christmas (Opens July 25) Summer movie season isn’t known for having a notable amount of female-fronted films, but 2014 has several lined up. The big-budget option is Lucy, which stars Scarlett Johansson as the only person in the world who is able to unlock and control the full potential of her brain’s capacity, but if you’re not in the mood for shooting, explosions and special effects, you can instead check out Happy Christmas, which opens the same day. Anna Kendrick stars as an irresponsible young woman who moves in with her brother (Joe Swanberg), his wife (Melanie Lynskey) and their infant son without any warning, and her slow, rocky journey towards adulthood.
Instead of Guardians of the Galaxy, Try The Trip to Italy (Opens August 15) Equal parts comedy and action, Guardians of the Galaxy is about a band of misfits who come together to save the universe. The Trip to Italy has a bit less action and a lot more impressions, but it too centers on a pair of misfits (Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon), who are on mission to travel around Italy, review restaurants and annoy the crap out of each other. Watching these two trade jokes and attempt to one-up each other is quite possibly the most pleasant way to spend a summer afternoon.
Instead of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Try Love Is Strange (Opens August 22) Six years after the first Sin City hit theaters comes A Dame to Kill For, which sees Josh Brolin’s Dwight hunted down by the woman he loves (Eva Green), and brings back several of Frank Miller’s classic characters – well, the ones that weren’t brutally killed anyway. But if you’re in the mood for a more low-key love story, try Love Is Strange, a film about a middle-aged gay couple forced to live with friends after one of them loses his job at a Catholic school. Part love story, part family dramedy, part fish-out-of-water tale, it’s a funny, original take on the marriage plot, anchored by excellent performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.
Instead of The Expendables 3, Try The Congress (Opens August 29) If you’re a fan of actors in a career renaissance and action films, but you’re looking for something a bit more inventive than Stallone and Co. blowing things up, The Congress might be the film for you. The sci-fi film centers on a fictionalized, down-on-her-luck version of Robin Wright agrees to allow a studio to digitize her likeness for a future Hollywood. However, the studio will have complete control over her image for the rest of time, and Wright has no say in what or who they turn her into. Just as exciting, but much more stimulating and creative, The Congress is a perfect alternative to your standard action fare.
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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You can imagine that Renny Harlin, director and one quadrant of the writing team for The Legend of Hercules, began his pitch as such: We'll start with a war, because lots of these things start with wars. It feels like this was the principal maxim behind a good deal of the creative choices in this latest update of the Ancient Greek myth. There are always horse riding scenes. There are generally arena battles. There are CGI lions, when you can afford 'em. Oh, and you've got to have a romantic couple canoodling at the base of a waterfall. Weaving them all together cohesively would be a waste of time — just let the common threads take form in a remarkably shouldered Kellan Lutz and action sequences that transubstantiate abjectly to and fro slow-motion.
But pervading through Lutz's shirtless smirks and accent continuity that calls envy from Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland performance is the obtrusive lack of thought that went into this picture. A proverbial grab bag of "the basics" of the classic epic genre, The Legend of Hercules boasts familiarity over originality. So much so that the filmmakers didn't stop at Hercules mythology... they barely started with it, in fact. There's more Jesus Christ in the character than there is the Ancient Greek demigod, with no lack of Gladiator to keep things moreover relevant. But even more outrageous than the void of imagination in the construct of Hercules' world is its script — a piece so comically dim, thin, and idiotic that you will laugh. So we can't exactly say this is a totally joyless time at the movies.
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Surrounding Hercules, a character whose arc takes him from being a nice enough strong dude to a nice enough strong dude who kills people and finally owns up to his fate — "Okay, fine, yes, I guess I'm a god" — are a legion of characters whose makeup and motivations are instituted in their opening scenes and never change thereafter. His de facto stepdad, the teeth-baring King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), despises the boy for being a living tribute to his supernatural cuckolding; his half-brother Iphicles (Liam Garrigan) is the archetypical scheming, neutered, jealous brother figure right down to the facial scar. The dialogue this family of mongoloids tosses around is stunningly brainless, ditto their character beats. Hercules can't understand how a mystical stranger knows his identity, even though he just moments ago exited a packed coliseum chanting his name. Iphicles defies villainy and menace when he threatens his betrothed Hebe (Gaia Weiss), long in love with Hercules, with the terrible fate of "accepting [him] and loving [their] children equally!" And the dad... jeez, that guy must really be proud of his teeth.
With no artistic feat successfully accomplished (or even braved, really) by this movie, we can at the very least call it inoffensive. There is nothing in The Legend of Hercules with which to take issue beyond its dismal intellect, and in a genre especially prone to regressive activity, this is a noteworthy triumph. But you might not have enough energy by the end to award The Legend of Hercules with this superlative. Either because you'll have laughed yourself into a coma at the film's idiocy, or because you'll have lost all strength trying to fend it off.
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Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is celebrating two nominations for the 2014 Directors Guild of America Awards. The multiple Emmy winner received nods in both the comedy and drama categories for the 66th annual prizegiving.
Cranston, who played drug kingpin Walter White on Breaking Bad, was nominated for outstanding directorial achievement in a dramatic series for the episode Blood Money, as well as outstanding directorial achievement in a comedy series for the Modern Family episode The Old Man & The Tree.
Cranston will be up against Breaking Bad creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan for his work on the series finale, Felina, in the drama category, along with David Fincher for House of Cards, Lesli Linka Glatter for Homeland and David Nutter for Game of Thrones.
In the comedy category, the actor will face off against fellow Modern Family director Gail Mancuso, Anthony Rich and Mark Cendrowski for The Big Bang Theory and Beth McCarthy-Miller for 30 Rock's series finale.
McCarthy-Miller nabbed another nomination in the movies for television and miniseries category for her work in The Sound of Music Live!, along with Rob Ashford. They are up against Stephen Frears for Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, David Mamet for Phil Spector, Nelson McCormick for Killing Kennedy, and Steven Soderbergh for Behind the Candelabra.
The winners will be announced at the DGA Awards ceremony on 25 January (14).
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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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British stars Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge slide into slick trench coats for Burberry's Autumn/Winter 2013 campaign. From sweet hand holding to passionate — and super steamy — kissing, the engaged couple is too cute for words. The ad, titled "Trench Kiss," is the first time a set of real-life lovers have been on display in a Burberry campaign. And we couldn't be more grateful to watch this stunning couple in action!
Throughout the ad, Sturridge and Miller brew some real magical chemistry as they gaze into each other's eyes. After a sexy embrace, Sienna goes on her tippy toes in her cheetah shoes (that perfectly match her lover's pair) to plant a sexy smooch on her beau. Ow ow! This is one intense act of PDA that I don't mind one bit!
As "Hold Me" by Tom Odell plays innocently in the background, The Pirate Radio star and his fiancée look swagged out in leather jackets and dark shades — but their obvious affection towards one another makes the ad more fluffy than hardcore. So we kindly thank Burberry for this ad that oozes sheer adorableness.
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And the Comic-Con news just keeps on coming!
Vampires, werewolves, geeks, serial killers, secret agents and more are set to dazzle fans at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego. Warner Bros. has just unveiled their lineup, and it's looking like 17 of their fan-favorite series will be in attendance. Take a look at the full lineup below to find out when stars from The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, and more will be taking the stage.
Wendesday, July 17:– Pilot screenings of Almost Human, The Tomorrow People, and The 100, as well as a special presentation of The Originals featuring never-before-seen footage.
Thursday, July 18:- MAD: Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.
Friday, July 19:- Almost Human: Stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, and executive producer J.H. Wyman. - The Big Bang Theory: Executive producers Steven Molaro and Bill Prady and the writers- Childrens Hospital: Creator/star Rob Corddry and executive producers David Wain and Jonathan Stern join cast members Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Ken Marino and Rob Huebel. - The Following: Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, and Valorie Curry join executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega. - Nikita: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, and Noah Bean join executive producer Craig Silverstein. - The 100: Series stars Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Henry Ian Cusick join executive producers Matthew Miller and Jason Rothenberg. - The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad: Producers Milo Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff and creators/stars John Dale and Michael Hobert.
Saturday, July 20:- Arrow: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes joining executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. - The Originals: Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, and Charles Michael Davis join executive producer Julie Plec. - Person of Interest: Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman join members of the cast for their third visit to Comic-Con. - Revolution: Series stars and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke. - The Tomorrow People: Series stars Robbie Amell, Mark Pellegrino, and Peyton List with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer and Danny Cannon. - The Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.
Sunday, July 21:- Supernatural: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark A. Sheppard with executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer. - Beware the Batman: Producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson. - Teen Titans Go!: Producer Aaron Horvath joins members of the voice cast, including Greg Cipes and Scott Menville.
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Oh baby! Did you hear the news? ABC Family's hit comedy Baby Daddy returns tonight with a smile-inducing, side-splitting, hilarious all-new episode — and we’ve got all the details on the Wheeler family shenanigans coming up this summer. Hollywood.com recently caught up with the cast and, after nearly crying from laughter, we’ve gathered the top 5 reasons why you need to tune into Season 2 of Baby Daddy starting tonight.
1. A TWISTED LOVE TRIANGLEOkay you ready for this? Danny likes Riley, but Riley likes Ben, and now Ben is starting to like Riley, but Riley has found a new fella played by the wonderful Matt Dallas. Are you confused yet? Chelsea Kane teases that girls everywhere will fall for Dallas’ character Fitch Douglas. "Matt Dallas comes on and he plays a saint. No really, he’s perfect. He’s saving children, he’s a great dancer, he’s pretty wonderful." Kane complains with a sarcastic smile that having three handsome guys vying for her affection can be draining on set. "It was a really hard season. They’re all just so unattractive and they have no personality and they’re all awful." Yes, that definitely sounds like the worst job ever!
2. THE TRUTH IS REVEALEDLast season, we all screamed at our TV screens when an oblivious Riley never realized that Danny, a handsome, Greek god of a hockey player, was head over heels for her. However, this season, one of the characters — either Riley or Ben — finally learns of Danny’s true feelings. (We’re just not telling you who!) Derek Theler reveals that things are about to get even more complicated in Season 2 after a voicemail from hell. "It’s always evolving, the whole relationship with Riley and Danny," He says. "Ben is in the picture a little bit more now and he's developing feelings for Riley and it's tough. It's tough for Danny because she has the big crush on my brother, and Danny keeps missing that opportunity to get in there."
3. THE NOT-SO MEAN GIRLThere’s a new girl joining the cast this season and we have a pretty good feeling that she enjoys toaster strudels, the word "fetch," and white gold hoop earrings. That's right, the one and only Lacey Chabert is returning to TV and it's looking like Danny is the lucky fella who gets to court the Mean Girls star. "Oh my God, Lacey was our favorite this whole season!" Jean-Luc Bilodeau exclaims. "She was only slotted to do three episodes in the beginning but they ended up hiring her for like six because she was so awesome and everyone loved working with her." Hmm, we wonder if she still wears pink on Wednesdays...
4. TUCKER'S OLD FLAMERemember Vanessa? She was Tucker's ex-girlfriend that we always heard about but never saw. Well, now we're finally going to meet this mystery woman when she comes back into Tucker's life. Tahj Mowry explains, "Vanessa comes back in Season 2 and creates some havoc again. Tucker has a blind eye to women and sees nothing but boobs, so he's totally down for whatever." Mowry adds with a laugh, "Yes, Tucker is still a very deeply emotional and sensitive character." Unfortunately, not everyone is going to be thrilled with Vanessa's abrupt return and this will cause some serious problems between Ben and Tucker. Yikes!
5. A MORE MATURE BENWe all fell in love with Ben last season as he struggled with the challenges of being a brand-new single father, and now we're going to watch him grow even more. "Along with discovering who he is as a father, Ben is growing and maturing. He's also figuring out this whole side of his life, his love life that he hasn't really experienced before with anybody," Bilodeau says. "I think that eventually you're going to see a different side of Ben and I think that'll be more compatible with Riley." Who do you think Riley belongs with? Cast your vote in the comments below!
Don't miss the Season 2 premiere of Baby Daddy Wednesday on 8:30 PM on ABC Family!
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