Veteran actor Kevin Costner has undergone three rounds of surgery in a bid to fix a long-term knee problem. The Dances With Wolves star admits he struggles to keep up with his youngest children due to the painful condition, which affects his left knee and has grown worse with age.
The 60-year-old actor tells Details magazine, "I loved the forties, and I can't do s**t about the sixties, but I'm here. And I will tell you, honestly, I don't feel any different than when I was 20. I'm probably lucky to have my young children around me, the way they just force the action. My knees are a problem - I've had three operations on my left one. So yeah, I can't play defence, but I can still shoot (in sports)."
Costner has seven children, including seven year-old Cayden, six-year-old Hayes and four-year-old Grace with his second wife Christine Baumgartner.
Movie star Anthony Mackie relished the chance to play a tough lawyer representing a deadbeat dad in Kevin Costner's new movie Black Or White, because the role allowed him to tackle issues about young African-Americans that irk him. The actor admits he has little respect for young black men who appear to have no self respect.
Mackie says, "No matter where you get me, if I'm wearing shorts or a suit, I'm always the same dude, and with this movie, with that character (his client in the film), I had the ability to express, 'Pull your pants up! You're 25 years old...' If you're 25 years old and you're dressing like a 16 year old, we got a problem. At which point do you elevate yourself?
"That's always been very important to me."
Beloved British stage and screen actress Geraldine Mcewan has died, aged 82. McEwan, who is best known for her portrayal of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie on TV, passed away "peacefully" on Friday (30Jan15), according to a statement from her son and daughter.
The actress suffered a severe stroke at the end of October (14), and had been hospitalised in London for months.
As well as her role as Miss Marple, McEwan also shared the stage with Laurence Olivier and appeared in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, portraying the witch Mortianna opposite Kevin Costner..
She picked up a Best Actress BAFTA in 1991 for her role in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
Born in Berkshire, McEwan also enjoyed acclaim as Miss Rose Farnaby in the 1990s comedy series Mulberry and as Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas in period TV comedy Mapp And Lucia.
She also provided the voice of Miss Thripp in the Wallace & Gromit films.
Her screen career began in 1953, when she was cast as Irene in There Was a Young Lady.
Her film credits also included Henry V, The Magdalene Sisters and 2004's Vanity Fair.
Child star Jillian Estell celebrated landing a role in Kevin Costner's new movie Black Or White by watching his baseball movie Field Of Dreams. The young actress had no idea who the Oscar winner was when she auditioned for the role of his granddaughter in the film and when she discovered she had landed the part, she sat down and watched one of his classics.
She explains, "I turned nine and that was the day they called me... and I watched Field of Dreams."
Veteran actor Kevin Costner refused to bow to pressure to edit out a racial slur his character utters in new drama Black Or White, because he wanted to address the issue of racism head on. The Oscar winner produced and financed the passion project himself after big studio bosses passed on the release, in which he plays a grandfather fighting for custody of his mixed-race grandchild with her paternal grandmother, portrayed by Octavia Spencer.
One tense scene with his lawyers required Costner to use the 'N' word, raising concerns among other producers, who urged him to shoot an alternative sequence - but he flat out refused.
He explains, "There was talk about it (filming an alternative scene), but I funded it, there was no way I was going to do this any (other way). There's no point in dancing around the subject, and... the words do get said."
Costner, who spent his formative years growing up in the rough neighbourhood of Compton, California, admits he witnessed first hand how the 'N' word is used behind closed doors during his youth and he wanted to make sure the race-related film was as close to reality as possible.
He tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "That word used to be used a lot, in joke (sic), never to somebody's face. I never saw it ever used in anger, but it was used... and so I'm around that... I heard that from extended family, I even used that word myself as a young person..."
However, Costner insists he would never use the racial slur in his own life now, adding, "There's a moment in time where that fades away. It's not appropriate anymore..."
Kevin Costner and British actor Eddie Redmayne have a bizarre connection - they've both spent quality time with physicist Stephen Hawking. Costner met up with Redmayne at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday (25Jan15) and they reunited backstage at chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (27Jan15).
The Dances With Wolves Oscar winner told the young star they shared a link to Hawking, who Redmayne portrays in new film The Theory of Everything.
He says, "I walked in to say something to him... I said, 'Congratulations..., I met Stephen Hawking'.
"About 12 or 15 years ago I got a call and (the person) said, 'Stephen Hawking would like to come and meet you,' so I said, 'OK'. So he came in a van with an entourage of 10 people... There were nurses and people with long hair from the Netherlands, and they were going to go dancing that night, but he wanted to meet me.
"He came to the house. I actually had my three kids... and I said, 'I want you to meet this man'. I didn't really know a lot about him; I'm a public school guy...
"I was obviously taken aback that he was in that wheelchair and wasn't able to move. I got him a drink and most of it ended up on the floor and I saw my children just a little bit shocked and I said, 'Look, if you wanna go finish your homework you can do that', and of course they peeled off because I thought, 'This isn't gonna work for them'."
Baffled as to why a genius would want to hang out with him, Costner finally asked his guest why he was there.
The actor recalls, "He said, 'I'd like to know about Whitney Houston... I said, 'You're not the only one, Steve, a lot of people wanna know about Whitney...' and that was it, they got in their van and took off."
Costner worked with Houston on the film The Bodyguard.
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman flew off with another seven top honours at the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood on Thursday (15Jan15). The movie picked up the event's first award for Best Acting Ensemble and went on to win another six accolades, including Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Score, while the film's star Michael Keaton added two more trophies to his collection - for Best Actor and Best Actor In A Comedy.
In his acceptance speech for the latter he noted, "Nobody is really better than anyone else, but I'll take this (award)."
The Grand Budapest Hotel, which, like Birdman, had picked up nine Oscar nominations earlier in the day, claimed three Critics Choice Awards, including Best Comedy, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design, while another Academy Awards favourite, Boyhood, scored four prizes - the top honour for Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), and Best Young Actor (Ellar Coltrane).
Other winners included Julianne Moore (Best Actress for Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash), Bradley Cooper (Best Actor in an Action Movie for American Sniper), and Emily Blunt (Best Actress in an Action Movie for Edge of Tomorrow).
Chris Miller, the co-writer/director of The LEGO Movie had a very special reason to celebrate his win for Best Animated Movie, as it came just hours after the film was snubbed in the same category at the Oscar nominations.
He said, "What a rollercoaster of emotions today has been."
Meanwhile, special awards went to veteran director/producer Ron Howard, who was handed the Louis XIII Genius Award, Kevin Costner, who was feted with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Jessica Chastain, who was presented with the first ever MVP Award, celebrating her multiple roles in films throughout the year, including A Most Violent Year, Interstellar, Miss Julie, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Picture - Boyhood
Best Actor - Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Actress - Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Best Acting Ensemble - cast of Birdman
Best Director - Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Original Screenplay - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo (Birdman)
Best Adapted Screenplay - Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Best Supporting Actor - J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Young Actor/Actress - Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
Best Art Direction - Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Best Editing - Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione (Birdman)
Best Costume Design - Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Best Hair and Makeup - Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Visual Effects - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Best Animated Feature - The LEGO Movie
Best Action Movie - Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Actor In An Action Movie - Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Best Actress In An Action Movie - Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow)
Best Comedy - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor In A Comedy - Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Actress In A Comedy - Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)
Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie - Interstellar
Best Foreign Language Film - Force Majeure (Sweden)
Best Documentary Feature - Life Itself
Best Song - Glory by Common and John Legend (Selma)
Best Score - Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Louis XIII Genius Award - Ron Howard
Lifetime Achievement Award - Kevin Costner
MVP Award - Jessica Chastain.
Kevin Spacey and Goldie Hawn were among the stars who turned out to honour former U.S. president Bill Clinton at a jazz gala in Los Angeles on Sunday night (09Nov14). The actors showed their support for the ex-politician during the Thelonious Monk Institute Gala at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where Clinton was awarded the Maria Fisher Founder's Award for his contribution to jazz music education.
Music veteran Herbie Hancock, the chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, paid tribute to longtime jazz fan Clinton, telling the audience, "(He) has been a jazz advocate for decades and supported the education programs of the Thelonious Monk Institute throughout his Presidency."
Hawn and Spacey also congratulated Clinton, and the American Beauty star showed off his own musical skills by taking to the stage to perform with jazz legends Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves.
Other guests at the star-studded event included Chaka Khan and Don Cheadle, as well as John Mayer and Pharrell Williams, who both performed. Scholarships and prizes worth thousands of dollars were awarded to young musicians and composers throughout the gala.
Justin Bieber and Usher were among the stars who cheered on basketball superstar Lebron James as he returned to his native Ohio for the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA season opener on Thursday night (30Oct14). Usher, who sang the U.S. National Anthem before the Cavaliers/New York Knicks tip-off, joined his young pal courtside, but the two singers failed to bring the home team much luck - they lost 95-90.
James' return to the team he left for the Miami Heat was a big deal in Cleveland - the city threw a huge welcome back party outside the Cavaliers' arena. Comedian Kevin Hart hosted the bash, which was headlined by Imagine Dragons.
Kevin Spacey has written a moving article in tribute to his former drama teacher Marian Seldes following her death on Monday (06Oct14). The Broadway veteran, who passed away aged 86 after a long illness, taught the American Beauty star at The Juilliard School of performing arts in New York when he was an aspiring actor, and he has remembered her in a piece written for the New York Post.
In the article, Spacey recalls the moment he first met Seldes in the Big Apple with his friend Val Kilmer, and how she went on to change his life.
He writes, "She believed in her students. She believed in all her students. She revelled in their challenges, inspirations and aspirations, and her dedication to them was endless - it never stopped, not even after class was over, or if a student graduated or was even kicked out... Only after I left school did I realise the depth of her commitment and the impact of her dedication... I can honestly tell you that for the first four to five years of my career in the theatre, Marian would somehow find out what I was doing, and where, and just show up.
"She was always there, pushing you on. That infectious smile when she greeted you backstage... Her very presence gave you hope. Her dedication breathed life into your efforts; her belief in your talent allowed you to think you might have a future.
"This is the work of a true teacher, one who knows that a young person needs encouragement when times are tough... And so, as we say goodbye to the Guinness Book of World Records legend that was Marian Seldes, all of us who were her students and who have been lucky enough to build careers thank her for giving us wings and teaching us all how to fly. Many of us have flown far higher than we ever thought we could, because all of us were her little birds."