Martin Scorsese has assembled an all-star cast for his 3D debut. Jude Law, Ray Winstone and Frances De La Tour (of the Potter franchise), as well as industry veterans Christopher Lee and Richard Griffiths, have been added to the cast of Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret. They join cast members Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Helen McCrory, Chloe Moretz, and Asa Butterfield as the lead.
The film, which adapts Brian Selsnick’s bestselling illustrated novel The Invention Of Hugo Cabret, tells the story of a young orphan (Butterfield) who lives in the walls of a Paris train station and encounters a number of eccentric characters, including a young girl (Moretz, probably) and a toymaker. Jon Logan, of Gladiator and the upcoming animated film Rango, has written the screenplay.
Scorsese is producing the film with Graham King, Johnny Depp, and Tim Headington, for GK Films. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Charles Newirth and Christi Dembrowski are executive producing. Hugo Cabret began production yesterday in London, and will be released December 2011 by Sony.
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The Oscar-winning Shutter Island director beat out Jean-Luc Godard and Steven Spielberg to land the top honour in Paste magazine's top 50 list.
Also making the top 10 are Joel and Ethan Coen, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson, Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch and Wong Kar-Wai.
Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first female to win a Best Director Oscar on Sunday (07Mar10), failed to make the list.
Scorsese took home the prestigious award in 2007 for The Departed after losing out five times.
And the filmmaker is hopeful Bigelow will follow in his footsteps, and make Oscar history as the first female Best Director.
The longtime Bigelow fan says, "Maybe (she will win). I've always been a fan of hers, over the years. (Her film) Blue Steel. She's good, she's really good."
The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner is up for the Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar, competing against George Clooney (Up In The Air), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Colin Firth (A Single Man).
In the Best Director category, Bigelow will fight it out with her ex-husband Cameron, along with Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Lee Daniels (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire) and Jason Reitman (Up In The Air).
The Hurt Locker and Avatar will lead the Best Picture category - the films are among 10 nominees for the prestigious accolade, including Up In The Air, The Blind Side and Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire.
Avatar, which smashed box office records by grossing more than $2 billion this weekend (30-31Jan10) to become the best-selling international release of all time, is also nominated for a slew of technical awards, such as Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Meanwhile, Sandra Bullock has landed her first Oscar nomination for The Blind Side - the star will go up against Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia), Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire) for the title of Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Matt Damon (Invictus), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) are among the nominees for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar, while Penelope Cruz (Nine), Mo'Nique (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Horse) and Up In The Air's Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick will battle for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role prize.
The nominees for 10 of the 24 categories were unveiled by Anne Hathaway and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak at an early morning news conference on Tuesday (02Feb10) at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The Oscars, presented by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, will be handed out on 7 March (10) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
The nominees for the 10 main categories are as follows:
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
George Clooney - Up In The Air
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Morgan Freeman - Invictus
Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
Helen Mirren - The Last Station
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Matt Damon - Invictus
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Penelope Cruz - Nine
Vera Farmiga - Up In The Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Horse
Anna Kendrick - Up In The Air
Mo'Nique - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
James Cameron - Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Jason Reitman - Up In The Air
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up In The Air
Best Original Screenplay:
Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman - The Messenger
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy - Up
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche - In the Loop
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell - District 9
Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Nick Hornby - An Education
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner - Up In The Air
Best Animated Film:
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Best Foreign Language Film:
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)
Un Prophete (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru).
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Domestic goddess Martha Stewart is suffering from mutiny in her New York
household because she is failing to provide the most basic perks for her
The cookery queen, 64, who is under "mansion arrest" until the end of the
month, has a bevy of cooks, maids, gardeners and maintenance men
working on her premises, but her refusal to grant them any benefits--despite
her extravagant generosity when it comes to her own whims--is taking its
A female worker tells website PageSix.com, "Morale is extremely low.
"There's no health insurance and no retirement benefits, and now she has
cancelled the Poland Spring contract, so we don't even get free water.
"All this while she bought herself an Aston Martin and a French bulldog."
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Michael Jackson is set to resume legal proceedings against journalist Martin Bashir over his damaging 2003 documentary, Living with Michael Jackson, in which Jackson was portrayed as suspect child molester.
The singer walked away a free man June 13 after being acquitted on 10 charges, including child molestation, child abduction and plying a minor with alcohol. It took four months as Jackson fought charges of molesting Gavin Arvizo, then 13 years old, at his Neverland Ranch home in 2003
But now, World Entertainment News Network reports the 46-year-old King of Pop is preparing to do battle in court once again, this time against Bashir and British TV production company Granada, who made the program that prompted the molestation investigation.
The show garnered a whopping 27 million viewers, who all watched Jackson holding cancer sufferer Arvizo's hand and admit he shared his bed with children, a practice he described as sweet and not at all sexual.
Jackson filed a breach of confidence lawsuit against Granada in February 2003, days after its controversial British screening, but proceedings were put on the back burner when the superstar was arrested for child abuse.
The prosecution in the child-molestation case against Michael Jackson publicly divulged their theory for the first time Tuesday by telling a Santa Barbara county judge that the singer held a teenage boy and his family virtual prisoners at his Neverland ranch and conducted a bizarre campaign to both save his image from ruin and seduce the youth, Reuters reports.
Laying down the timeline in the case, Deputy District Attorney Gordon Auchincloss said Jackson's criminal conduct was triggered by his behavior in the 2003 documentary with British reporter Martin Bashir and that the boy was seduced several weeks after the documentary was broadcast.
In that interview, Jackson is seen holding hands with his young accuser, claiming he thought it was "innocent" to have boys sleep in his bed. Auchincloss said that the documentary was the beginning of the end for the singer. "Michael Jackson's…reputation was completely and utterly ruined (as were) his image, his empire, his career. The documentary brought Jackson's whole world crashing down."
Auchincloss continued, saying a desperate Jackson then set about fixing his image by enticing the youth and his family back to Neverland where they were allegedly forced to film a video praising Jackson.
Auchincloss accuses the pop star of then setting his sights on the boy, cutting him off from his mother and plying him with alcohol to seduce him. "There were late nights, no homework, no school, alcohol…a world of indulgence for children," he said, which led to "an ultimately successful effort to get the victim sleeping in bed with Jackson."
Jackson's lead attorney shot back that the indictment against his client was "absurd" and predicted that the case would ultimately be "laughed out of court" by a jury, Reuters reports. Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville did not rule on throwing out the indictment but did postpone the trial for four months until Jan. 31, saying that both sides needed more time to prepare.
In what has to be the worst timing ever, singer Michael Jackson, who is facing a trial on child molestation charges, is about to become a father to quadruplets by way of a surrogate mother, according to reports circulating Tuesday--reports his people flatly deny.
Us Weekly magazine reported Tuesday that Jackson recently stayed at a $4,000-a-night luxury hotel suite in Miami Beach, Fla., and spent time with the pregnant mother-to-be.
Raymone Bain, spokeswoman for Jackson, told Reuters when asked about the report, "This is not true, and we are not going to further comment on stories of this nature. We do not respond to these kinds of stories."
The 45-year-old performer already has three children--Prince Michael I and daughter Paris Michael by his former wife, Debbie Rowe, and Prince Michael II (aka "blanket"), the child he dangled from the balcony of a Berlin hotel in November 2002.
In February 2003, Jackson revealed in a TV documentary that Prince Michael II had been born to a woman who was basically a stranger to him. "I used a surrogate mother and my own sperm cells," he told British interviewer Martin Bashir in the documentary Living With Michael Jackson. "She doesn't know me."
One of the youths who appeared in the infamous documentary is now at the center of the child molestation case pending against Jackson. The boy is about the same age as the child Jackson is believed to have given $25 million some years ago to resolve a civil lawsuit that made similar claims.
In both cases, the parents of the boys were fighting with each other at the time the children were brought into Jackson 's Neverland Ranch. Jackson reportedly referred to the boys as "Bubba," according to Vanity Fair.
The latest child, who has cancer, reportedly has given authorities drawings of Jackson's genitalia. Both boys reportedly also were given antihistamines with wine, both of which induce drowsiness, and the latest child's sister was given sleeping pills.
Jackson pleaded innocent in December to seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. If found guilty, the self-proclaimed "King of Pop" could face up to 24 years in jail.
Top Story: Jackson's Fans Assemble for Support
As Michael Jackson's arraignment on child molestation charges draws near, the singer's family, friends--and most importantly, his fans--are gearing up to show their support. "We've had fans calling from out of state who are flying in just for the arraignment," Angel Howansky, a freelance publicist who is helping coordinate the event, told The Associated Press. Diana Dalo, an Italian fan, said fans are planning a "huge gathering" over several days that will include people from Spain, France, England, Canada, Mexico and Japan, as well as from around the United States. Jackson's brother, Jermaine Jackson, told reporters Monday, "My brother is innocent; he is 1,000 percent innocent. My mother, father, sisters and brothers are overwhelmed at the outpouring of the fans." Jackson is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Maria on Friday.
In More Jackson News…
Meanwhile, Jackson, who has said he will never live at his Neverland Ranch again, is leasing a $20 million cliffside estate in Beverly Hills "with panoramic city views," AP reports. Real estate broker Elaine Young told AP Jackson signed a one-year lease with a one-year option to buy the mammoth three-story mansion. The listed lease price was $100,000 a month, but it wasn't known what Jackson was paying.
De Niro, Scorsese To Write Joint Memoir
Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese have decided to write a joint memoir to share insights on their 30-year friendship and collaboration on eight major films, Reuters reports. "We came from the same New York neighborhood but hung out on different streets," Scorsese said in a statement, adding that their friendship grew with each collaboration. "We can finish each other's sentences and understand things that are not said," he said. "It's like a professional marriage, and the offspring are the movies." The untitled book is scheduled to be published in 2005, Harmony Books publisher Shaye Areheart told Reuters. The book has already been sold to publishers in England, the Netherlands, Israel and Germany.
Stewart Makes Web Defense
Domestic style mogul Martha Stewart has created her own Web site in an effort to mount her defense in the upcoming high-stakes trial against her, AP reports. Stewart is accused of inside trading, selling ImClone Systems Inc. stock in 2001 just before it dropped sharply on a negative government report about an experimental ImClone cancer drug. Stewart claims she and her broker had a pre-existing agreement to sell, but the government says she had privileged information--that ImClone founder Sam Waksal, a friend of Stewart's, was trying to unload some of his shares. The Web site, on which Stewart explains her version of events, is updated almost daily with letters from fans, supportive newspaper editorials and fresh pictures of Stewart, AP reports. She is due in court Jan. 20.
All-Star Survivor Planned
CBS' Survivor: All-Stars will rematch 18 past Survivor contestants and winners, including Richard Hatch, winner of the original Survivor and his island mate Rudy Boesch, Tina Wesson, winner of Survivor: The Australian Outback and her runner-up Colby Donaldson and others. The show will air after the Super Bowl, Feb. 1.
Downloading May Save Music Industry
After four straight years of declining CD sales, the recording industry is pinning hopes for a recovery on music fans willing to pay for music downloads. More than 19.2 million digital tracks were sold online in the last six months, according to Nielsen Soundscan, helping to narrow the music industry's losses last year, AP reports. Album sales were down 3.6 percent in 2003, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Role Call: Costner Donning Cowboy Hat Again; Dynasty Telepic in Works
Kevin Costner is ready to get back in the saddle again. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the multi-hyphenate, who directed, produced and starred in last year's Open Range, has committed to do the Western Horizon, once again directing and starring in the project, whose plot is being closely guarded…ABC is developing a two-hour telepic that will show the rise and fall of Aaron Spelling's classic primetime soap Dynasty, Variety reports. ABC exec Quinn Taylor told Variety the telepic will chronicle the "creation of the show, the network politics involved in (needing) a hit show and the pressure to keep one-upping yourself [to stay atop the Nielsens]."