George Clooney's new showbusiness drama has been picked up by executives at America's Showtime network.
Bosses at the premium cable network have handed out a script commitment for The Studio, which centers on the inner workings of a Hollywood movie studio in the early 1990s.
Clooney will executive produce the project with his business partner Grant Heslov and Moneyball director Bennett Miller, while in-demand scriptwriter Peter Tolan will craft the screenplay.
Movie icon Sophia Loren spilled the beans about some of Hollywood's most famous male stars during a tribute evening on Wednesday (12Nov14) as part of the American Film Institute (AFI) film festival. Director Rob Marshall interviewed Loren for an onstage career retrospective at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, running through her Italian acting work, her transition to Hollywood and her later films.
The 80 year old discussed the male co-stars she encountered throughout her career, telling Marshall that Cary Grant was a "special person, a great actor, absolutely incredible as a person" and Peter Sellers was a "very melancholic person. He would light up only when the director said action".
She added that she liked Clark Gable, "But he had a watch and it rang every evening at five. When it rang, he would leave without saying goodbye."
However, Loren also made it clear she was not a fan of Marlon Brando, simply shrugging when his name was brought up. They co-starred in A Countess of Hong Kong and she recalls the Godfather star keeping her and Charlie Chaplin waiting, so Chaplin reprimanded him for it.
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and Loren's son Edoardo Ponti also took to the stage to praise Loren, and Vergara's boyfriend Joe Manganiello and actress Michelle Monaghan were in the audience.
Following the tribute, festival organisers screened a restored version of the actress' 1964 comedy Marriage Italian Style and short film The Human Voice, which was directed by her son.
The AFI Fest will close on Thursday evening (13Nov14).
Legendary comedy troupe Monty Python sealed their live comeback in front of 16,000 fans in London on Tuesday night (01Jul14). John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin kicked off their Monty Python Live (mostly) residency at the O2 Arena in front of a sellout crowd, marking their first public performance together since 1980.
They tackled classic sketches including the famous Dead Parrot gag, their I'm A Lumberjack song, and a rousing rendition of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
The show also featured a live cameo from Stephen Fry, while TV star Professor Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking appeared in a taped segment, which included the revered physicist being pushed into a river.
However, the first gig sparked lacklustre reviews from critics, with many suggesting the act relied too much on old jokes and video sequences.
Peter Bradshaw of Britain's The Guardian writes, "Monty Python Live (mostly) isn't bad: it gives the crowd exactly what they want but relies pretty heavily on the fan love and makes a hefty withdrawal from the reputation bank... This live show won't make any converts. But it sends the faithful away happy."
The Independent's John Walsh writes, "I was a fan of the Monty Ps from the start, and it pains me to criticise them. But this is desperately lazy production, resting on its laurels, uninterested in showcasing new material, relying on TV footage and the whooping adulation of an audience who know all the words," but adds, "Elderly, much-loved and much-seen sketches are revivified in their mid-70s glory."
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail's Quentin Letts writes, "Once they were the sharpest thing in satire. Last night, quite often, they looked and sounded like a dodgy tribute band."
Hugh Grant, Christoph Waltz, David Walliams, and Emma Thompson were among the celebrity guests who caught the show, which runs through until 20 July (14).
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There is a misconception about young adult books that says they can only appeal to "young adults" — that is, teenagers. However, a recent article in Cosmopolitan from YA author, John Green (the man behind The Fault in Our Stars) argues that it’s impossible to grow too old for novels that fall into the young adult categorization.
Green contends that the themes of these YA books — love, loss, life, identity, coming to grips with adulthood — can be relatable to everyone, no matter what age, who have had similar experiences. While that is all very true, it also extends to any other type of media targeted toward teens, including television and movies.
For those of us that read young adult novels, watch much (or all) of The CW’s programming, as well as go to the midnight premiere showings of The Hunger Games and Divergent films, know that there is something about all of these stories with which we can identify. It’s because, no matter how old we get, we still remember our first love, our first heartbreak, and our first glimpse of death and the mortality of those around us.
Sure, we’ll grant you that TV shows and movies directed at teens are more likely to fall prey to clichés and stereotypes or jump on the supernatural bandwagon (though all of those things can be found within young adult literature as well) due to a lack of depth or development. But television shows like Reign, The 100, and Teen Wolf as well as movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Fault in our Stars are raising the bar for all other teen series and films.
What it comes down to with the YA/teen label is a stigma of immaturity. The misconception about those who read young adult novels and watch teen-geared TV or movies is that they’re suffering from Peter Pan syndrome and don’t want to grow up. However, those novels, TV shows, and movies often deal with more serious issues in a much more impactful way than “adult” programming.
So, we need to shirk the stigma and remember that just because something is geared toward teens, that doesn’t mean it is of a lower quality. (We’re sure Green would agree with us on this.)
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There are certain songs that transport you back to movie scenes as soon as you hear them. Sometimes that makes you feel warm inside, sometimes it inspires you, and other times it gives you the willies. We're taking a look at the songs that we can't help but associate with the big screen, toucing on the greatest inspirational songs in films and the creepiest uses of pop songs in movies. Here, though, we take a look at the songs in movie scenes that touched our romantic hearts.
"Unchained Melody" in Ghost
"Oh, my love... My darling… I've hungered for your touch..." The song was a hit for The Righteous Brothers long before the movie was made, but ever since that opening line and Bobby Hatfield's falsetto can only mean one thing… Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and a pottery wheel.
"Must've Been Love" in Pretty Woman
Roxette's hit from the Julia Roberts film still calls to mind a tangle of red curls looking hopefully out of the back window of a limousine and a sadly dapper Richard Gere looking forlornly from his balcony.
"You Make My Dreams" in (500) Days of Summer
It wasn't the first time that Hall & Oates song was used in a movie, but just try playing it now without thinking about Joseph Gordon-Levitt happily dancing down the street after his hook-up with Zooey Deschanel.
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" in The Lion King
Yes, it's a Disney movie, but it's also Elton John. The song is so linked to the image of lions falling in love that Sir Elton frequently plays the animated clip on screen when he sings it in concert.
"Falling Slowly" in Once
Even if it hadn't subsequently become the centerpiece of the Tony-winning Broadway musical version, the duet by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in John Carney's movie would still be just as sweet.
"Iris" in City of Angels
The movie about Nicolas Cage's angel who falls in love with Meg Ryan's mortal would probably have faded from memory entirely if not for John Rzeznik's plaintive voice on The Goo Goo Dolls hit.
"When You Say Nothing at All" in Notting Hill
Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts climb over a fence to wander in an English garden. As they share a moment, Ronan Keating's version of the country song plays and suddenly they're the only two people in the world.
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" in Dirty Dancing
When Jennifer Warren sang with Joe Cocker for An Officer and a Gentleman, only the instrumental version of their "Up Where We Belong" played over the climactic scene (similar to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic). In Dirty Dancing, however, Warren's duet with Bill Medley is front and center as Swayze pulls Jennifer Grey's Baby out of the corner.
"I Will Always Love You" in The Bodyguard
Regardless of what you think of her acting, Whitney Houston could sing. We're not sure that we would stop a plane to go kiss Kevin Costner, but we'll watch it all day if we can hear the song and Houston's amazing voice again.
"In Your Eyes" in Say Anything…
According to both parties, John Cusack lobbied director Cameron Crowe to have a Fishbone song playing as his lovesick Lloyd Dobler held his boombox aloft to get Ione Skye's attention. Thankfully, Crowe opted to keep the Peter Gabriel classic.
Sharon Osbourne has urged her fans to boycott the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles to protest ownership by the Sultan of Brunei and his homosexual death-penalty policy. A small group of gay rights activists staged a demonstration outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday (26Apr14) and now the group has landed a big celebrity backer in Ozzy Osbourne's wife.
In a tweet on Monday (28Apr14), Osbourne wrote, "Please join me in BOYCOTTING @BevHillsHotel, @HotelBelAir and all @DC_LuxuryHotels."
The protest comes after a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political advocacy group changed plans to hold a conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel due to the Sultan of Brunei affiliation, and on 22 April (14), designers Brian Atwood and Peter Som also encouraged their Instagram followers not to stay at Dorchester hotels.
Actress Beth Grant, who was among the protesters outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, told The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood spends a lot of money at the Beverly Hills Hotel and I don't want it to end up in the hands of that person."
Last year (13), Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the leader of the Southeast Asian nation of Brunei, upset gay groups around the world by unveiling anti-gay legislation, which included the stoning to death of Muslims caught in the act of homosexuality. The new law has been postponed.
Emma Thompson has been robbed of another acting honour just two weeks after missing out on an Oscar nomination - she has been replaced as this year's (14) Modern Master Award recipient at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California. The Brit was slated to pick up the festival's highest honour next month (Feb13), but she won't be able to attend the event due to commitments in London, and so SBIFF bosses have opted to give the award to Oscar nominee Bruce Dern instead.
The Nebraska star will now be honoured at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of the festival's 29th year on 8 February.
The Modern Master Award is given to an individual who has "enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry".
Previous recipients include Ben Affleck, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Peter Jackson, George Clooney and Clint Eastwood.
SBIFF's executive director Roger Durling says, "We're deeply humbled and grateful to Bruce Dern for accepting this award. He's not only a Modern Master, he's a hero. Year after year, performance after performance, Bruce Dern has enthralled audiences and with Nebraska he has given us a character for the ages in Woody Grant. It's his time and we're delighted to honour him."
A New Mexico landowner is suing the bosses of America's new number one movie Lone Survivor after they allegedly turned his property into an Afghan war zone without the proper permission. The executives celebrating the success of Peter Berg's war film, starring Mark Wahlberg, have been hit with demands from Patrick Elwell, who claims they asked the wrong person for permission to use the land.
Georgia Film Fund Seventeen Productions officials paid $35,000 (£21,900) to La Merced de Pueblo de Chilili for permission to use the property, but it appears they may have done the deal with the wrong man.
In a letter sent to film producers on 3 November (13), and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Elwell wrote, "I have no idea who authorized your Production Company to use my property for the filming of the 'Lone Survivor,' nor have I personally authorized any person or organization to act in my absence."
Local reports suggest the property has been under dispute since 1841, when the Chilili Land Grant was created by the Mexican government and sold off. Elwell's ancestors were among the first settlers, and he has a property deed to support his claim of being a rightful owner.
The Lone Survivor producers conducted their deal with Juan Sanchez, president of the Chilili Land Grant, and other local leaders, who believe the land sales to be illegal even though courts have rejected their position.
Elwell has demanded $75,000 (£46,900) for filming on the property and a further $85,000 (£53,100) for "reclamation costs due to destruction of natural erosion preventing vegetation".
The movie bosses have called on a New Mexico federal judge to determine the true owner of the property, and if he or she rules in Elwell's favour, they are demanding that Sanchez and his organisation cover their costs.
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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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Every year, people all over the entertainment world pull together their lists of the best performances, actors, directors, film, and shows of the year, making special note of all of the newcomers who managed to breakthrough into the mainstream with exceptional projects in 2013. However, when we were running through out lists of the best breakout actors of the year, we happened to notice that many of our new favorite television characters bore some strong resemblances to some of our favorite characters from classic sitcoms.
With that in mind, we've picked 10 of our favorite breakout television stars of 2013 and cast them in roles from our favorite shows of yesteryear.
Joe Lo Truglio as Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith ShowAs the weird, bumbling, food-obsessed Det. Charles Boyle, Joe Lo Truglio has been stealing scenes week after week on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and we think he could continue to put all of that strange ineptness to use as Barney Fife, the nervous, incompetent deputy to Andy Griffith's Sheriff Andy Taylor. Lo Truglio's proven that he excels at making life more complicated for others, and he would be able to portray the perfect mix of heart and humor.
James Wolk as Wally Cleaver from Leave It to BeaverJames Wolk specializes in characters that are charming, popular and intelligent, which makes him the perfect pick to play the Beaver's charismatic older brother. Sure, he's a lot older than Wally was on the show, but it's hard to think of an actor who would be better at portraying a character described by all of the girls as "the most," because as Zach on The Crazy Ones, Wolk is the most charming, funny and attractive actor on TV right now.
Tatiana Maslany as One of Charlie's AngelsIt's not quite a sitcom, but Charlie's Angels had the right combination of action and comedy that would make it the perfect vehicle for Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany. On the show, she's proven that she can handle whatever twists and turns come her way, as well as being able to hold her own in a fight, but Maslany is also funny and charming enough to handle the show's more humorous moments with ease. Plus, with Maslany at the forefront, this would finally be a Charlie's Angels reboot worth watching.
Andre Braugher as Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore ShowAndre Braugher's been a well-respected television actor for a long time now, but as Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he proved that he can handle comedy just as well — if not better — than he does drama. We think he'd be perfect to take on the role of Lou Grant, Mary Richards' tough but loving boss on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He's already got plenty of experience keeping a group of goofballs in line, and it would finally give him the chance to break out and play something other than a cop for a change.
Malin Ackerman as Samantha from BewitchedJust try and put the terrible Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell film out of your mind for a second, and instead picture Malin Akerman as the loveable witch struggling to balance her magical powers and her role as a normal housewife. Ackerman's honed her comedy chops on the new sitcom Trophy Wife, and her perky-yet-sarcatsic demeanor makes her the perfect choice to take on Samantha. Plus, she's proven that she's great with phsyical comedy, which will come in handy when it's time for her to wiggle her nose.
Nicole Beharie as Agent 99 on Get SmartA beautiful, intelligent, highly skilled agent tasked with balancing both her bumbling, confused sidekick and a top secret mission? It may sound like Nicole Beharie's Sleepy Hollow character Abbie Mills, but it's actually Agent 99 from the sitcom Get Smart, which proves that Beharie would be the ideal choice for the role. She's got the looks, smarts, and comedic chops to take on the slapstick spy comedy, but also has plenty of experience with the more action-intensive elements. On top of all that, she's a compelling actress, who would be able to give the character enough depth to keep her from being a complete caricature. Just add Tom Mison as Maxwell Smart, and you've got yourself a show.
Albert Tsai as Dennis from Dennis the MenaceAt only nine years old, Albert Tsai has become one of the biggest breakout stars of the year through his role as the quirky, hilarious Bert, one of Kate's stepsons on Trophy Wife. When it comes time for Tsai to properly break out, say into feature films or a reboot of a classic sitcom, we think there would be no better vehicle for him than as everyone's favorite troublemaker Dennis the Menace. He's got enough charm to keep Dennis loveable, despite his antics, but would also be able to give the character a much needed dose of weirdness.
Corey Stoll as Fred from I Love LucyAs Rep. Peter Russo on Netflix's House of Cards, Corey Stoll did most of the show's heavy emotional lifting. If he's looking for some lighter fare, we think he'd do a great job as Fred Mertz, the stingy husband of Lucy's best pal Ethel. Since Fred fought in World War I and lived through the Great Depression, it gives Stoll enough gravitas to ground the character, while also giving him plenty of screwball plots and slapstick comedy to keep things light and up-beat — plus, no Kevin Spacey around to manipulate all of his actions. It's a win-win.
Rebel Wilson in Her Own Version of The Carol Burnett ShowRebel Wilson's show Super Fun Night may not have done as well as many were expecting, but she's still had a pretty stellar year. We think that the best way for her to capitalize on that would be her own Carol Burnett-inspired variety show. She's already got plenty of experience writing sketches, and even created and starred in several sketch shows and comedies in Australia. And since she showcased her musical talents in last year's Pitch Perfect, she's become the ideal candidate to bring back the variety show format to a younger generation.
Michael Ealy as Lionel from The JeffersonsThough his new sci-fi drama Almost Human has only just begun airing, Michael Ealy has become one of the most popular new television stars, due to the perfect combination of good looks, charm and talent. We think all of those qualities would serve him well as Lionel Jefferson, the smart, kind, wise-cracking son of George and Louise. Ealy's already proven that he has enough charm to take on the part, but Lionel's complicated relationship with his father and his wife, Jenny, would give him plenty of opportunities to showcase his acting talent. With Ealy on board, there's no doubt that Lionel would become much more than just a funny supporting character.