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Actor Brandon Routh is set to head back into the world of superheroes with a new role in hit U.S. TV series Arrow.
The Superman Returns star will play scientist Ray Palmer, aka The Atom, in a reported 14 episodes and serve as a love interest for Emily Bett Rickards' character Felicity Smoak.
The third season of Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics crime-fighting character Green Arrow, will premiere in the U.S. in October (14).
Nicki Minaj has blamed the press for twisting her words after she was accused of taking a sly swipe at rap rival Iggy Azalea during her BET Awards acceptance speech on Sunday (29Jun14).
The Starships hitmaker sent gossip bloggers into a spin at the weekend ceremony as she picked up the prize for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and declared, "(What) I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it."
Multiple online reports suggested the comment was aimed at Fancy rapper Azalea, who was in the audience at the Los Angeles ceremony, after rumours recently emerged alleging verses on her debut album The New Classic had been penned by ghostwriters including her mentor T.I..
However, Minaj has now taken to her Twitter.com blog to clear up the claims, insisting she simply wanted to encourage female emcees everywhere to take charge of their own material.
In a post on Wednesday (02Jul14), she writes, "The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. "I will always take a stance on women writing b/c (because) I believe in us! I believe we're smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I've been saying this for 5 YEARS."
"I've congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b (sic) proud. That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that."
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Revered moviemaker Nick Cassavetes has revealed he was pressured to get rid of Rachel Mcadams on the set of romantic drama The Notebook by her leading man Ryan Gosling.
The director has opened up about tensions behind the scenes on the hit 2004 film, admitting the high drama helped to make the movie the instant classic it became.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the film, Cassavetes tells VH1, "Maybe I'm not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not. And Ryan came to me, and there's 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, 'Nick, come here'."
"He's doing a scene with Rachel and he says, 'Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?' I said, 'What?' He says, 'I can't do it with her. I'm just not getting anything from this'."
Rather than fire his leading lady, Cassavetes suggested the two stars took a break and worked out their issues in private. He adds, "We went into a room with a producer; they started screaming and yelling at each other. I walked out. At that point I was smoking cigarettes. I smoked a cigarette and everybody came out like, 'All right, let's do this'."
"It got better after that. They had it out... I think Ryan respected her for standing up for her character and Rachel was happy to get that out in the open. The rest of the film wasn't smooth sailing, but it was smoother sailing."
Ironically, the couple became an offscreen item once filming wrapped and McAdams and Gosling dated from 2005 to 2007. Just before they split, Gosling told GQ magazine, "(The Notebook) introduced me to one of the great loves of my life. But people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that."
Although we might bemoan the nostalgia epidemic that has overtaken the pop culture world, we can't help but buy into it from time to time. Occupied so densely by irony and cynicism, the present slate of film and television can seem on occasion to pale in comparison to the spirited, whimsical material with which many of us grew up. We look back to the dawn of Steven Spielberg's triumphant '80s, honing in on films like E.T. and The Goonies that enchanted audiences young and old. We might feel like movies of this nature cannot exist in the callous climate of 2014, but Earth to Echo writer/producer Andrew Panay seems to disagree.
"I think one thing that hasn't changed," he says, considering the past three decades of cultural and technological evolution, "is the way young adults process things. I don't think that feelings change, or emotions change." Panay's sentiment is clear in Earth to Echo, a science-fiction family adventure in the vein of the aforementioned classic pictures told through the lens of the everpresent iPhone. We might instinctively assume that the inclusion of modern devices robs a story of that pre-digital wonder, but Earth to Echo actually uses the found footage technique to access that sort of Spielbergian intimacy front and center. "What’s endearing about Echo is that you’re actually seeing people’s feelings right there," Panay says, citing something that many audiences could treat as hokey in a standard contemporary picture but might be more willing to embrace in a found footage film... specifically one that taps into the immediacy of sharing videos.
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In fact, Panay delights in things like Instagram and Facebook in helping to bring people together: "[We're] praising it. I think it’s a wonderful thing that people just wanted to share and ... change the world. It’s done a lot of good. Look at how the world has come together so quickly. You can press send, and you can be sharing photos and skyping someone across the world. I think it’s a positive thing."
The Earth to Echo gang — a trio of boys (played by Astro, Teo Halm, Reese Hartwig) and their popular schoolmate (Ella Wahlestedt) who trek out into the desert on a mission to save an endangered alien — represents just as much of the "old world" as it does the new. "I think [the movie speaks to] parents who want to get into the space tour era, that ‘80s era ... but I think this movie was really to give kids the same experience that I had when I was a kid." Plus, the genre can truly help cineastes like Panay and director David Green pay tribute to the power of filmmaking. Panay says to anyone who commands a lens, be it a movie camera or simply an iPhone used to record the events of the day, "You're your own director of how you view the world."
Check out Earth to Echo hits theaters now!
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Oscars bosses have launched a lawsuit over the sale of a gold statuette awarded to legendary art director Joseph C. Wright in the 1940s. Officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filed documents at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (01Jul14) against Wright's heirs and the owners of an auction house where the Oscar was allegedly sold.
It is claimed staff at Briarbrook Auctions sold the award in June (14) for $79,200 (£46,588), breaking a ban on selling an Oscar without first offering the Academy the chance to buy it back for $10 (£5.90).
Wright, who died in 1985, won two Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration in 1943 for his work on This Above All and My Gal Sal, but it is not known which of the awards is at the centre of the lawsuit.
Academy bosses are demanding more than $79,200 in damages and the right to buy the Oscar for $10.
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Bond star Pierce Brosnan is keen to return to action movies and is eyeing a role in blockbuster film franchise The Expendables.
The Irish star has been largely absent from action films since vacating his role as 007 in 2002, but he has been approached by Expendables producer Avi Lerner about joining the franchise's star-packed cast for a future installment.
Brosnan is eager to unite with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li in the series, telling ComingSoon.net, "I said to Avi Lerner, 'If it works out and you have a good script, Avi, you know where to find me if you still want me.' It's as simple as that really. I had a grand time in his company. Sylvester Stallone is the one that's given us these wonderful platforms for actors who have and had careers to go play and have fun and to entertain. To bring a bunch of guys together who saved the world, fought the bad guys, and put them all on the same stage, that's crazy good."
"It's just about entertainment. Avi is somebody I've heard about and his movies always have big brash entertainment value to them. You can really change the world and that's great, but The Expendables? Yeah, I'd love to do The Expendables. It's just a kick in the pants."
Brosnan also defends the casting of sitcom icon Kelsey Grammer in The Expendables 3, which is set for release in August (14), adding, "He's a fantastic actor, Kelsey Grammer. You don't have that kind of career without having a talent, without having something to say and to give to an audience."
There's a lot to love in the new trailer for Life After Beth. Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Dane DeHaan, and Aubrey Plaza as the undead girlfriend of your dreams/nightmares. For those of us who still can't bare to watch The Walking Dead or World War Z, this is the one zombie production that we might actually be able to enjoy:
The trailer for her other movie About Alex has also been released. There are no zombies, but there's definitely a dark humor permeating this one, as Plaza plays one of a group of friends gathered in the wake of a suicide attempt:
Plaza fans the world over—anticipate a very big year for your favorite Parks and Rec weirdo.
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Carrie Fisher's daughter has landed a role in the new Star Wars movie, according to a U.K. report. Fisher found fame as Princess Leia in the original sci-fi trilogy and is reportedly resuming her role in the seventh installment, which is currently filming in Britain.
Her 21-year-old daughter, Billie Lourd, has now been hired to play a young Leia in flashback scenes due to her striking resemblance to her mother, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
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A source tells the publication, "Billie flew into the U.K. to join her mother earlier this month... She will even have her hair tied up in Princess Leia-style buns. She's an aspiring actress and singer so she grabbed the opportunity with both hands... Carrie backed the move as she wanted somebody in her family to play her most famous role."
The filming of Star Wars: Episode VII was disrupted in June (14) after Harrison Ford broke his leg on set.
You might hate Michael Bay. You might hate his movies. You might hate every movie he's ever made. But in that very fact is there a paradox: in order to hate every movie Michael Bay has made, you have to have seen every movie Michael Bay has made. And you have, or at least most of them. His films' box office numbers and the unparalleled population density of their critic screenings are proof enough of that. As much as we all lament the life's work of the Los Angeles-born director (including his latest feature, Transformers: Age of Extinction) there is something about his films that draws us back repeatedly. With this in mind, we have to assume that some of them might not actually be as bad as we're inclined to let on.
Sure, some of Bay's films are obscenely empty-headed marathons of metallic friction, but among the lot are a few examples of relatively decent blockbuster production. We're not quite sure which is Bay's best (or, if you prefer, least offensive) movie, but we have some candidates. And of course, we're also up for considering his worst piece of work yet, too. Because that's more fun.
WHICH IS MICHAEL BAY'S BEST MOVIE?
Could it be...
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Just the second film Bay ever made, the '96 picture is a pretty sturdy action epic. Performances from Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery don't hurt The Rock's cause one bit. Nor does the climactic Elton John-inspired wordplay.
...Pain & Gain?
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The only non-Transformers film that Bay has made since picking up the franchise in 2007 is actually a pretty sharp, funny satire about the very ideas that his filmography propagates.
I know, I know... but... eh, I don't know. It's decidedly cheesy, but hits a few marks in fun and excitement.
WHICH IS MICHAEL BAY'S WORST MOVIE?
Could it be...
...Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen?
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Wholly disillusioning in its nihilistic adherence to spiritually vacant destruction, this is almost certainly the worst of the Transformers flicks and perhaps Bay's most agonizing feature to date.
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Why did this happen?
...Bad Boys II?
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I gather that most would deem it egregious hyperbole to denote Bad Boys II the very worst movie Bay has made, but I defy you to sit through this unbelievably overlong tribute to grit and machismo without wincing in agony at every half-hour mark.
Let us know what you think: are you a defender of Dark of the Moon? Do you detest The Island? Sound off below! And catch Transformers: Age of Extinction in theaters now. You know you're going to. We all are.
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Actor Cam Gigandet has mixed feelings about his time on teen TV show The O.C., insisting his co-stars Ben Mckenzie and Mischa Barton were "miserable" to work with. The Twilight star had a recurring role as bad boy Kevin Volchok on the hit drama, playing a rival to McKenzie's Ryan Atwood.
However, in a new interview with Elle magazine, Gigandet reveals their feud transferred off-screen, and when asked whether he keeps in touch with any of the actors from the show, he replied, "No. Actually Ben McKenzie was kind of mean to me. I hadn't done anything at that point and he was a little bit of an a**." He added, "But I love him. I think he's a great actor and I love (cancelled U.S. police drama) Southland."
Gigandet also took a swipe at Barton, who played Marissa Cooper, adding, "Mischa? I didn't really... Was she there? I don't even have memories of her."
Gigandet went on to note the rest of the main cast, including Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, were equally hard to work with: "I learned a lot, but the things that I remember now - none of them are good... Those kids were f**king miserable. "They were just - they would not remember their lines on purpose. They were young. That said, I don't talk to anyone I've ever worked with."
The O.C. ended its four-season run in 2007.