John Davis, the movie mogul behind the Predator movies and Kevin Costner's Waterworld, is bringing popular police detective franchise Shaft back to the big screen. Bosses at New Line have acquired the rights to the iconic African-American character and tapped producer Davis to lead the project.
According to TheWrap.com, a new actor will be cast as John Shaft, who was originally portrayed by Richard Roundtree in 1971.
Samuel L. Jackson took on the role as Shaft's nephew in the 2000 remake, which was directed by John Singleton.
Birdman, Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore and Orange Is The New Black were the toast of the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night (25Jan15). Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and the cast of Birdman were given their biggest boost yet ahead of the Academy Awards after landing the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture title, while the lead acting accolades were awarded to newlywed Redmayne, who was recognised by his peers for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and Moore, who was feted for her role as a mother battling early onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice.
Whiplash's J.K. Simmons and Boyhood's Patricia Arquette also continued their awards season winning streak by taking home the top supporting acting film honours.
All four actors are Oscar nominated and are favourites for the biggest night in Hollywood next month (Feb15).
Meanwhile, House of Cards' Kevin Spacey repeated his Golden Globes success by claiming the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Viola Davis picked up the female equivalent for her new crime drama How to Get Away with Murder.
Hit series Orange Is the New Black was a double winner, while the cast of popular British period drama Downton Abbey earned the accolade for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher also made an appearance at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium ceremony to salute her mother, acting veteran Debbie Reynolds, with the coveted Life Achievement Award.
The full list of winners is:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Birdman
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie - Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie - Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Downton Abbey
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - William H. Macy, Shameless
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture - Unbroken
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series - Game of Thrones
Life Achievement Award - Debbie Reynolds.
Oscar frontrunner Birdman and TV drama Transparent lead the nominations for the 2015 Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association's Dorian Awards. Michael Keaton's acclaimed movie is up for four of the top awards, including Film Performance of the Year - Actor, Film Director of the Year (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Visually Striking Film of the Year, and Film of the Year, where it will be up against Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, and Pride.
Fresh off its two wins at the Golden Globes on Sunday (11Jan15), acclaimed transgender-centred series Transparent snagged six nods, including TV Performance of the Year - Actor (Jeffrey Tambor), LGBTQ TV Show of the Year, Unsung TV Show of the Year, and TV Comedy of the Year, where it will compete with The Comeback, Modern Family, Orange Is The New Black, and Veep.
Meanwhile, the freshman series' creator Jill Soloway is also up for TV Director of the Year and Wilde Artist of the Year, a prize which honours a groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television.
Other nominees include Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Steve Carell, who will all go up against Keaton in the lead actor category, while Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon are among the women up for Film Performance of the Year - Actress nominees.
In addition, Fargo, The Good Wife, How To Get Away With Murder, Mad Men, and The Normal Heart will vie for TV Drama of the Year, while stars including Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey, Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Spacey will compete against Tambor for TV Performance of the Year - Actor, and Viola Davis, Lisa Kudrow, Julianna Margulies, Tatiana Maslany, and Frances McDormand will vie for the respective actress category.
Star Trek alum and gay rights advocate George Takei will be honoured with the Timeless Star accolade, which is given to "an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit."
The Dorian Awards will be announced on 20 January (15), with a formal ceremony to be held in Hollywood on 1 March (15).
Veteran actress Marian Seldes has died, aged 86. Seldes passed away at her home on Monday (06Oct14) following a long, undisclosed illness.
Her brother Timothy Seldes announced her death in a statement which reads: "It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died. She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theatre, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family."
Her impressive career spanned 60 years and she was considered an American theatre legend. She made her Broadway debut in 1947 in the Robinson Jeffers adaptation of Medea.
She was one of acclaimed playwright Edward Albee's go-to actresses, appearing in such plays as Tiny Alice, The Play About the Baby and Three Tall Women.
In 1967, she won her first Tony Award for her supporting role in Albee's A Delicate Balance.
Seldes was nominated for four more Tony Awards, including nods for her roles in Father's Day, Ring Round the Moon, Dinner at Eight, and Deathtrap, for which she also holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for her four-year run without having missed a single performance.
She last appeared on the Great White Way in 2007 for Terrence McNally's Deuce. In 2010, she received the prestigious Tony Lifetime Achievement Award.
Seldes also made her mark in many films including Truman, Mona Lisa Smile, August Rush and Leatherheads, as well as TV shows such as Murphy Brown and Sex and the City.
Seldes also served as a professor at Julliard performing arts school, having a roster of drama students including Viola Davis, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Kline, Christopher Reeve, and Robin Williams.
She is survived by daughter Katharine Claman Andres, her only child with first husband Julian Claman. Her second husband, writer/director Garson Kanin, died in 1999.
The boys of One Direction have officially touched down on American soil for their massive Where We Are stadium tour. Tween girls across the country are screaming and crying in glee. You've got tickets. You might be too old. We’re here to help you figure out the signs.
1. You’re surrounded by people like this:
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Crying is not your first reaction when you think of One Direction. You’re excited, yes, but “crying excited?" No.
2. You don't need your parent (or their permission) to go.
Your parents have no idea who, or what, the hell One Direction is.
3. You didn’t have to ask for the ticket as a gift.
You totally used your big girl/boy money to pay for this.
4. You’re older than every member of the band.
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Some of them, by a lot. Why are you so young Harry?!
5. You’re much older than all the fans surrounding you.
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Are all of their fans 12!?
6. None of the merchandise fits you.
Because it’s made for ages Tween and below.
7. You don’t have a bed time.
But you also really shouldn’t be up past 11, on a week night, because you’ve got this thing called work tomorrow.
8. You think it’s a little too loud.
Are concerts always this noisy?
9. You’re starting to question what these lyrics even mean and what it means that you’re singing along.
I drive all night to keep her warm… “Wouldn’t she be warmer inside a house? Why are you kids wasting gas? Don’t you know how expensive that is?” – You, questioning their logic.
10. Instead of thinking about how hot these boys are, you want to know why they’re prettier than you.
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Are they wax figures?
11. Zayn’s face makes you really wish you didn’t notice your forehead starting to wrinkle ever-so-slightly.
How are you supposed to pretend you’re their age if you’ve got crow’s feet ready to descend and their faces are still fresh from birth?
12. All of your friends openly mocked you for buying tickets.
And the fact that you stalked Ticketmaster and StubHub to do so? They will never let you live it down.
13. You couldn’t tell your co-workers what concert you were going to.
“Uhh…you’ve probably never heard of them! Gotta go, bye!” You're praying they don't see a picture of you there.
14. You can’t even follow along with their infamous Twitter chats during the show, because:
A. – "What are these people asking?"
B. – "That wasn’t even a question."
C. – "Why are people crying? They’re being so nice!"
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15. You think, even for a fleeting second, that you’re too old.
If you think you are, that’s probably the biggest sign there is. It’s okay, we’ll pretend you didn’t think it. Hope you enjoy the show!
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have each landed nominations for the American Cinema Editors' (ACE) Eddie Awards. Cuaron's behind-the-scenes work on his space disaster movie has earned the Mexican a nod for Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic), alongside 12 Years a Slave's Joe Walker, Chris Rouse for Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks' Mark Livolsi, and Eric Zumbrunnen and Jeff Buchanan for Her.
Meanwhile, the Coen brothers have scored a mention in the Comedy or Musical category under their moniker Roderick Jaynes for Inside Llewyn Davis. They will compete against American Hustle's Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten, August: Osage County's Stephen Mirrione, Kevin Tent for Nebraska, and Thelma Schoonmaker for The Wolf of Wall Street.
The nominations will give Gravity and Inside Llewyn Davis big Oscars boosts - the winner of either the dramatic or comedy/musical film Eddie categories have gone on to claim the Oscar for Best Picture in seven of the past 11 Eddie Awards shows, while the Eddie victor in the best edited dramatic feature shortlist has gone on to win the Academy Award for editing in nine of the past 11 years.
The 64th annual ACE Eddie Awards will take place in at the Beverly Hilton in California on 7 February (14).
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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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Kevin Costner, the man who has played roles in baseball movies like Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, For Love of the Game and Tin Cup (Yes, golf is a sport) is now playing a different type of sports character - a front office man in Draft Day, which will be coming out in April. It's about time - though it will be interesting to see if he succeeds.
While I'm not saying Costner is old, he will be 60 in a little over a year, and he is aging gracefully. Other actors, like Harrison Ford are doing it - Ford played Branch Rickey in 42 (then again, Ford is also appearing in The Expendables 3). Like many athletes, he is shifting from his playing days to management. It's like Crash Davis has moved into a front office position, except it's football. His character is determined to get the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, no matter what.
The ironic thing in all this is the choice of the franchise that Costner's character is in charge of: the Cleveland Browns. This has been one of the most downtrodden franchises of all time. Their fans have seen everything from Earnest Byner's Fumble to their owner Art Modell taking the franchise to Baltimore and then having to have the league award them an expansion team to be able to have football again. They have never won a Super Bowl and their team was particularly dreadful again in 2013 (in fact, they just fired their head coach after only one season in that position). So it seems almost cruel to have this larger than life character of Costner's take on the role of the team's general manager.
In fact, it's not just football that has left the city of Cleveland wanting - it's all sports. Their basketball team, the Cleveland Cavaliers were annual punching bags for Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls in the 1980s and '90s (not going to go into that whole LeBron James and The Decision thing either - that would require about 5,000 words) and the Indians have not won a World Series since '48, a time that keeps receding further and further in time's rear view mirror. They don't even have an NHL team. So the citizens have had to turn to the theater to see their teams win in Major League and Major League II.
The movie itself should be great - Ivan Reitman is directing it and the rest of the cast is strong, with Jennifer Garner, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews (of course!), Denis Leary and Frank Langella also appearing. The problem is that Browns fans would likely expect that were Costner's character to get the pick, whoever he selected would probably get hit by a bus in the very next scene.
At least Costner didn't decide to play the general manager of the Chicago Cubs.
Best Motion Picture, Drama12 Years a SlaveGravityCaptain PhillipsRushPhilomena
Best Motion Picture, Musical or ComedyNebraskaAmerican HustleThe Wolf of Wall StreetInside Llewyn DavisHer
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a SlaveMatthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips Robert Redford, All Is Lost Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or ComedyBruce Dern, NerbaskaLeonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall StreetChristian Bale, American HustleOscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn DavisJoaquin Phoenix, Her
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, DramaCate Blanchett, Blue JasmineSandra Bullock, GravityEmma Thompson, Saving Mr. BanksJudi Dench, PhilomenaKate Winslet, Labor Day
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or ComedyMeryl Streep, August: Osage CountyJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough SaidAmy Adams, American HustleJulie Delpy, Before MidnightGreta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Best Director - Motion PictureAlfonso Cuaron, GravitySteve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveDavid O. Russell, American HustlePaul Greengrass, Captain PhillipsAlexander Payne, Nebraska
Best Screenplay - Motion PictureJohn Ridley, 12 Years a SlaveBob Nelson, NebraskaEric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American HustleJeff Pope and Steve Coogan, PhilomenaSpike Jonze, Her
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureMichael Fassbender, 12 Years a SlaveJared Leto, Dallas Buyers ClubBradley Cooper, American HustleDaniel Bruhl, RushBarkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureLupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a SlaveJennifer Lawrence, American HustleJulia Roberts, August: Osage CountyJune Squibb, NebraskaSally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Best TV Series, DramaBreaking BadDownton AbbeyHouse CardsMasters of SexThe Good Wife
Best TV Series, ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryModern FamilyGirlsBrooklyn Nine-NineParks and Recreation
Best Actor in a TV Series, DramaBryan Cranston, Breaking BadMichael Sheen, Masters of SexKevin Spacey, House of CardsJames Spader, The BlacklistLiev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Best Actor in a TV Series, ComedyJason Bateman, Arrested DevelopmentDon Cheadle, House of LiesMichael J. Fox, The Michael J. FoxJim Parsons, The Big Bang TheoryAndy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Best Actress in a TV Series, DramaJulianne Margulies, The Good WifeKerry Washington, ScandalTatiana Maslany, Orphan BlackRobin Wright, House of CardsTaylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy Zooey Deschanel, New Girl Lena Dunham, Girls Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepAmy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie American Horror Story: CovenBehind the CandelabraDancing on the EdgeTop of LakeWhite Queen
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV MovieMatt Damon, Behind the CandelabraChiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba, LutherAl Pacino, Phil SpectorMichael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter, Burton and TaylorRebecca Ferguson, White QueenJessica Lange, American Horror Story: CovenHelen Mirren, Phil SpectorElisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV MovieRob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra Josh Charles, The Good WifeAaron Paul, Breaking BadCorey Stoll, House of CardsJohn Voight, Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV MovieHayden Panetierre, NashvilleJacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the EdgeJanet McTeer, White QueenMonica Potter, ParenthoodSofia Vergara, Modern Family
Best Animated Feature FilmFrozenThe CroodsDespicable Me 2
Best Foreign Language FilmBlue Is the Warmest ColorThe PastThe HuntThe Wind RisesThe Great Beauty
Best Original Score - Motion PictureGravityThe Book Thief12 Years a SlaveAll Is LostMandela: Long Walk to Freedom
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