The Time 100 began in 1999, after a group of cultural elite (including CBS news anchor Dan Rather, former New York governor Mario Cuomo, and the politically infamous Condoleezza Rice) assembled to debate the most influential people on the planet. The famed magazine has been publishing their definitive list ever since, and this year's entry is just as accurate and unexpected as one would suspect.
Among the entertainment-inclined entries are Viola Davis, Louis CK, Adele, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain, Harvey Weinstein, Rihanna, Stephen Colbert and Tilda Swinton — making the Time 100 the most ragtag list of performers and Hollywood types since Cannonball Run. To make the affair even classier, there are write-ups from equally-famous faces; some are painfully true (Johnny Depp on Harvey Weinstein: "He can be your most frightening nightmare and your closest friend."), some are unexpectedly elegant (Joan Rivers on Louis C.K. "He's Steven Spielberg without the beard and with humor."), and some are just straight from the gut (Pink on Adele: "I am so relieved that Adele possesses the kind of beauty that she does, that she's crass and funny and that she sings live — and incredibly."). All justified, all curious.
Influence is a hard thing to define, let alone judge, but 2012's Top 100 gets it mostly right. You may not like Rihanna's tunes, but you can't deny her reach — with every move and choice she makes under public scrutiny, her lifestyle is practically a metaphor for her generation. But with only a hundred slots, Time's scientific voting process is bound to miss a few biggies. No worries — Hollywood.com is here to help. Here are five that are hard to overlook:
Tilda Swinton deservedly receives Time's praise for being a versatile actor, but how about her Michael Clayton costar? While he's easily one of the biggest names in Hollywood (making him a bit of an obvious choice), Clooney's influence extends past his day job of writing, acting and directing. He's a political and human activist — and isn't afraid to take a stand, public image at stake. Need proof? Just last March, Clooney was arrested for joining a Washington D.C. protest. Any publicity is good publicity, and Clooney attracts a ton of publicity.
Degeneres is one of the few talk show hosts who uses her widely-viewed platform to simultaneously entertain and defend positive causes. One day, she'll encourage young girls to pursue their ambitious dreams (all while being nauseatingly cute). The next, she'll be defending a socially conscious documentary film, taking a direct stand between her and Hollywood's influential organizations. As a lesbian woman who's broken into the mainstream, Degeneres' humble, kind style of comedy keeps her low key, but she's packing a huge punch on a daily basis. If Harvey Weinstein gets a pat on the back for his muscle, Degeneres deserves the same for doing the same thing with a smile.
Apatow wrote kind words for his Bridesmaids collaborator Kristen Wiig, who he admired from her very first appearance on Saturday Night Live. But the mega producer shouldn't be forgotten — especially in the wake of his current project: HBO's Girls. In the early and mid-2000s, Apatow helped definite a new brand of emotion-driven comedy, his unique TV show Freaks and Geeks and movies like 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. He continues to question Hollywood standards with Girls, cultivating a unique voice in writer/actress Lena Dunham. In an industry that's constantly pigeonholed woman as supporting players, here's a guy going out of his way to enable them and reverse standards. The fact that it's hilarious is the cherry on top.
What does Rihanna do that Lady Gaga doesn't do ten times better? They're both uber-successful pop icons, knee deep in the social universe while pushing the envelope of broad style and music. But in the last year, Gaga takes a step forward, with her self-penned hits and outright gay activism, while Rihanna continues to provoke backlash for her on-going Chris Brown saga. If the Time 100 was down to the brass tacks of Twitter followers, Gaga would still trump Rihanna — but in every aspect of her career, no matter how bizarre it may seem, Gaga is evolving the world around her.
One of the biggest hits of the last year is Game of Thrones (HBO — they're going to be a big deal some day!), and while George R.R. Martin's fantastical source material is the hook of the series, it's backbone is actor Dinklage. There's a reason GoT wasn't flying off the shelves and the talk of every water cooler before the TV adaptation. Fantasy is niche. Dinklage makes it digestible, bringing thespian gravitas in his smaller, but unexpectedly powerful package. Dinklage took home the Emmy in 2011 for his role as Tyrion Lannister — and for some reason, that was unexpected. Dwarfism is clearly underrepresented in Hollywood. Dinklage, with every role, continues to take a big step towards changing that.
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
GO OUT AND GET POPCORN WHEN ...
Never. Stock up during the coming attractions. If you miss a moment of this entertaining romp you might never figure it all out.
Oscar-nominated actor/director George Clooney has boosted the spirits of New York City strikers by refusing to break picket lines to shoot forthcoming film Michael Clayton.
Workers at the Crown Plaza LaGuardia hotel have been on strike for 16 months after management refused to recognize their August 2004 vote to join the New York Hotel Trades Council.
Union official John Turchiano tells the New York Daily News an associate producer from the film contacted him yesterday to say the Clooney camp had refused to cross the line.
However, Clooney's spokesman Stan Rosenfield counters, "It is true they contacted us, and it is also true that the decision not to shoot there was made well before they contacted us."
But Turchiano believes the Good Night, And Good Luck director has given the strikers new hope: "This is such a big, emotional lift for the hotel workers."
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Top Story: Miramax Backs Michael Moore's 9/11 Film
Miramax films is stepping in to back Michael Moore's next project, Fahrenheit 911, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters Monday. The documentary, slated for release in the fall of 2004, will depict what has happened to America since the events of September 11, 2001. It will also touch on the personal relationship between President George H. W. Bush and the family of terrorist Osama bin Laden, as well as the events that led Bush and bin Laden to become mortal enemies. Actor Mel Gibson's Icon Productions originally paid an eight-figure sum plus potential backend for the rights to the documentary, but later dropped out of the financing deal. According to Reuters, Miramax will provide a few million dollars in temporary "bridge" funding, which offers the studio less risk and a lower return than longer-term financing. Moore's last film, Bowling for Columbine, won an Oscar in March for best documentary.
Director Claims To Have Blueprint for B.O. Hits
A British academic said she has found the perfect recipe to make a box office hit. London University's Sue Clayton told a crowd at the Cannes Film Festival Tuesday that the blueprint for the perfect film is 30 percent action, 17 percent comedy, 13 percent good-versus-evil, 12 percent sex/romance, 10 percent special effects, 10 percent plot and eight percent music. Clayton's study is based on watching and breaking down the components of a range of hit films. What film matched the recipe the closest? Pixar Animations' Toy Story 2.
Judge Restrains Bullock's Stalker
A Los Angeles judge Friday granted a restraining order sought by Sandra Bullock against a 34-year-old mentally ill man she says has stalked her in three states for more than a year. According to Reuters, Thomas James Weldon, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and refuses to take medication, has inundated Bullock's family, agent and production company with faxes, e-mails and voicemail messages, asking for money and intimacy with the actress. Weldon has been ordered not to contact Bullock and to stay at least 200 yards from her until a June 6 hearing in the matter.
NBC Seeks Huge Ad Rates for Friends Finale
NBC is asking for $2 million per 30-second advertisement spots for the two-hour series finale of Friends, set to air in May 2004. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network, which generally charges about $450,000 for a 30-second spot for the show, will likely come up with other promotional tie-in opportunities for advertisers who pay the hefty $2 million fee. NBC is shelling out $10 million per episode for the last 18 original episodes of Friends.
The Smoking Gun Coming to TV
Cabler Court TV is debuting a new show in August based on The Smoking Gun Web site, Reuters reports. TSG (www.thesmokinggun.com) is known for posting often embarrassing but public court documents in cases involving celebrities and the quasi-famous. The Smoking Gun TV will be hosted by Mo Roca, who is currently the senior political correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The first two episodes will premiere on Court TV Aug. 20.
NBC, MTV Renew Daly Shows
NBC has picked up Carson Daly's talk show Last Call with Carson Daly for the next year, while MTV has renewed Total Request Live for the next two years, The Associated Press reports. Daly has been hosting the afternoon video countdown show TRL since 1998, but has appeared less frequently on the program since developing the late-night talker. The new contract at MTV calls for Daly to continue hosting and serving as an executive producer on TRL, as well as produce special events including Spring Break and Spankin' New Music Week.
George Lucas Leaps Into Digital Animation
Star Wars creator George Lucas is forming a new division, Lucasfilm Animation, to make computer-animated films. A spokeswoman for Lucas told Reuters the new unit, an offshoot of Lucas' special effects company Industrial Light & Magic, is still in its beginning stages and does not even have a project to talk about. Lucas, however, is no stranger to digital animation. In 1986, Lucas sold Lucasfilms' computer graphics division to Apple Computer's Steve Jobs for $10 million. The company, now known as Pixar Animation, has a market capitalization of roughly $3.2 billion and produced films such as Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.
Michael Jackson Sues Universal Music
Pop oddity Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Universal Music Group, claiming the record company owes him royalties for the re-release of songs he made with the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist from 1969 to 1976. The recordings were made for Motown Records, which was later acquired by Universal Music Group. Jackson seeks an accounting of royalties owed and unspecified damages. He also wants a 1980 agreement that forfeited his right to royalties for songs released before that time voided and ownership of his Motown master recordings.