Were you paying attention to the big screen and all the Hollywood happenings in 2014? We thought we'd kick off the New Year with a quick look back over the last 12 months of WENN movie news and pose a few questions to one and all that might just help you recall some magical moments at the cinema, or some hot gossip from the year just gone.
The prize for the winner? Bragging rights and a front row seat to the 2015 Oscars in your own living room! Best of luck!
1. The Fault in Our Stars was based on a book written by which author?
a. John Green
b. John White
c. James Green
d. James Brown
2. What song did not feature on the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy?
a. I'm Not in Love
b. Mama Told Me Not to Come
c. Spirit in the Sky
d. Hooked on a Feeling
3. From which hit animated movie did the catchy tune Everything is Awesome come?
a. Muppets Most Wanted
b. The Lego Movie
c. How to Train Your Dragon 2
d. Mr Peabody and Sherman
4. Game of Thrones star Kit Harington starred in which epic disaster film based on true events?
b. 300: Rise of an Empire
5. The son of which longtime Hollywood couple starred alongside Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 22 Jump Street?
a. Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
b. Oliver Hudson, son of Bill Hudson and Goldie Hawn
c. Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
d. Wyatt Russell, son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
6. Which of the following was not a cast member in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?
a. Andy Serkis
b. James Franco
c. Jason Clarke
d. Gary Oldman
7. Get On Up was a biopic based on the life of which legendary musician?
a. James Brown
b. Stevie Wonder
c. George Clinton
d. Smokey Robinson
8. Which Hollywood veteran portrayed the family matriarch in This Is Where I Leave You?
a. Anjelica Huston
b. Jane Fonda
c. Bette Midler
d. Dame Judi Dench
9. Which musical did The Amazing Spider-Man star Emma Stone make her Broadway debut in?
d. Les Miserables
10. Which one of these celebrities was NOT part of Ellen DeGeneres' famous 'selfie' taken during the 2014 Academy Awards?
a. Channing Tatum
b. Kevin Spacey
c. Matthew McConaughey
d. Jared Leto
11. Which actress celebrated her one-year wedding anniversary to her tennis pro husband on New Year's Eve?
a. Ashley Tisdale
b. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
c. Naya Rivera
d. Ginnifer Goodwin
12. Who will play the villain in the next James Bond movie?
a. Quentin Tarantino
b. Mark Strong
c. Christoph Waltz
d. Bryan Cranston
13. Which country do the two actors who played Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma come from?
14. Who rang in 2014 with Charlize Theron and has since become her boyfriend?
a. Sean Penn
b. Chris Pratt
c. Mark Wahlberg
d. Joaquin Phoenix
15. Name new mum Scarlett Johansson's daughter.
16. Which famous Jessica played Matthew McConaughey's grown-up daughter in Interstellar?
a. Jessica Alba
b. Jessica Biel
c. Jessica Chastain
d. Jessica Lange
17. Which Brit picked up the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May for his portrayal of grumpy artist J.W. Turner?
a. Colin Firth
b. Timothy Spall
c. Ray Winstone
d. Alan Rickman
18. What was the highest grossing movie of 2014?
a. Transformers: Age of Extinction
b. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
c. Guardians of the Galaxy
d. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
19. Which awards season favourite was filmed over 12 years?
20. In what film did Jennifer Lawrence debut her singing voice, scoring a chart hit all around the world?
a. Silver Linings Playbook
b. American Hustle
c. X-Men: Days of Future Past
d. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
21. What is the bestselling music soundtrack on iTunes this year?
c. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
d. Guardians of the Galaxy
22. He ended 2014 a newlywed with a hit movie, called The Theory of Everything. Name the British actor who married fiancee Hannah Bagshawe in England on 15 December.
a. Benedict Cumberbatch
b. Timothy Spall
c. Eddie Redmayne
d. Colin Firth
23. Why did model-turned-actress Milla Jovovich announce she was putting the next film in her Resident Evil franchise on hold in August?
a. Script problems
b. Financial issues
c. Her director husband Paul W.S. Anderson had abandoned the movie
d. She was pregnant
24. In 2014, this actor played Moses and became a new dad. Name him.
a. Joel Edgerton
b. Chris Pratt
c. Christian Bale
d. Mark Wahlberg
25. Another new dad, Chris Hemsworth, was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2014, but who's the lucky actress, the mother of his kids, who gets to cuddle up to him every night?
a. Eva Mendes
b. Elsa Pataky
c. Scarlett Johansson
d. Jessica Alba
Kate Hudson teamed up with her family and British supermodel Cara Delevingne to show off their fancy footwork for a social media competition launched by dancing siblings Derek and Julianne Hough. The Dancing With The Stars professionals filmed themselves pulling some moves and posted the videos to Instagram.com on Thursday (27Nov14), the day of America's Thanksgiving holiday, encouraging others to upload their own dance routines with the hashtag '#Thanksgivingdancewars'.
Julianne Hough nominated the Almost Famous star to participate, so the actress created her dance battle with the help of her mother's longterm partner Kurt Russell, his two sons Boston and Wyatt, her brother Oliver and catwalk beauty Delevingne.
In the footage, Goldie Hawn can be heard counting them in as the four men sit on a couch tapping their feet to Mark Ronson's track Uptown Funk. Hudson and Delevingne appear from behind a set of curtains before bursting into random dance moves, which becoming increasingly wild.
In the final clip, Russell gets off the couch, put down his glass of wine and shows off his best clubbing moves.
Earlier that evening, Hudson paid tribute to her late grandmother, writing on Instagram, "My beautiful and strong grandmother Laura Hawn was born November 27, 1914 and passed away November 27, 1994. A full cycle. So this Thanksgiving my gratitude is for Grams (sic). She was my rock for 14 years. A true matriarch. This Thanksgiving is for u gram (sic)!!!"
Video taken moments before production assistant Sarah Jones was killed on the set of stalled Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider aired on U.S. news program 20/20 on Friday (31Oct14). Jones, 27, was struck by a train while the crew was filming on a trestle in Georgia in February (14) and on Friday, TV producers broadcast footage taken from a camera inside the locomotive as it speed down the track towards the production.
The video, shown once at normal speed and then slowed down, shows actors William Hurt and Wyatt Russell running off the trestle three seconds before impact.
In the report, it is noted that a hospital bed was placed across the tracks for a dream sequence and it was that prop that caused the Jones tragedy. Her parents' lawyer Jeff Harris says, "The train hits the bed and the bed flies up and apparently a portion of the hospital bed strikes Sarah and pushes her into the train."
The program also featured onset photographs, the emergency call plus testimonials from hairstylist Joyce Gilliard, who was also injured during the incident, and Jones' parents Richard and Elizabeth.
Production was halted following the accident.
Director Randall Miller, his producer wife Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz are facing a civil lawsuit from Jones' parents plus criminal charges for involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
They have pleaded not guilty to the counts and are due to stand trial in March (15).
Rocker Gregg Allman, a producer on the film, was dropped from the civil lawsuit on Thursday (30Oct14).
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A long way from their little watched but brilliant animated MTV comedy Clone High, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have risen meteorically over the past few years, and have quickly become the brightest comedy duo in Hollywood. The two have been working together for nearly 20 years and have become masters of taking seemingly soulless adaptations and crafting smart and hilariously self-aware comedies. Only a few months after the release of The Lego Movie, the duo's latest, 22 Jump Street, is set to hit theaters on Friday. We got a chance to sit down with this symbiotic comedy writing/directing machine as they discuss the struggles of having two people and only one director's chair, how their particular college experiences made it into the film, and why the best jokes are the ones that not everyone gets.
Lord and Miller discuss the challenges of having two directors working on one film:
Phil Lord: "We’re both creative people. We both have a vision of how it should be. Things can’t always be exactly the same, and you have to have the humility to let it be the other guy’s idea sometimes."
Chris Miller: "It’s a big fear for an actor, that one of us is going to say one thing in one ear while the other is going to say the opposite in another and their brain is going to explode. We develop the scripts for a while, and we talk about the scenes a lot and we have a similar sensibility and the same goal for the movie. So when we come into a scene we’re pretty much aligned in what we want to get out of it. In the times where we have a disagreement about what we want to get out of a scene, that’s why you have multiple takes."
Lord: "It takes just as long to do another take [as] it does to argue about whether you should do another take. Just do one. And I trust this guy if he has something that he wants to do, we should just do it."
Miller: "Yeah, if one of us wants to get a sweeter version or a real wild version, you can figure it out in the editing room."
But sometimes there's trouble in paradise:
Lord: "We’ve had those moments, like, 'I’m going to lunch with someone else.'"
Miller: "We’re like brothers, where we fight and love each other and respect each other. We’ve had such a long history together. We’ve known each other for 20 years."
Lord: "Like many men, our strategy of working out our conflict is: get pissed off, walk away, and then never speak of it again."Miller: "Avoidance. It works!"
The directors discuss how they infuse their own personal brand of humor into their work, even if not everyone gets it:
Miller: "We find that we’re trying to make ourselves laugh. Some of that stuff that only a small percentage of the audience gets, it’s kind of fun if you’re one of the people that gets it. You’re part of the club, and if it goes by quickly and doesn’t sit there like it’s a big swing, then you can sort of get away with it. Sometimes we’ve tried things that are too obscure but were clearly attempts at jokes. And the audience didn’t respond, so we [took] them out ... It’s been our philosophy to not talk down to the audience."
The duo discusses their shared comedy touchstones in college:
Miller: "When we met, we had Harold and Maude, The Jerk, Billy Wilder, Young Frankenstein. We bonded over the same movies."Lord: "You don’t like Howard the Duck as much as I do."Miller: "This is true. See, there you go. We’re not exactly the same."
And how their own college hijinks inspired a party scene in the film:
Lord: "Well, we have the best pong-playing [scene] in the history of cinema. Or the most accurate, I should say. We had to teach Channing [Tatum] and Wyatt [Russell] how to play..."Miller: "Dartmouth style."Lord: "Very specific Dartmouth rules. Lob only, you gotta use paddles. None of this Beirut throwing nonsense. So we’re just off-screen playing in those shots."
Actor William Hurt has pulled out of the Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, two months after a camera assistant died while filming a train track scene in February (14). The Oscar winner, who was set to play Gregg Allman in the movie, expressed his concerns about safety on the set in Wayne County, Georgia in an email to a friend, which was obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Days later, assistant Sarah Jones died after she was hit by an oncoming train, while trying to run for safety on the Doctortown Railroad Trestle.
Production is still on hold as local police detectives continue to investigate the tragedy. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office told the Times that Midnight Rider's producers did not have permission to film on the railway trestle, adding there was no railroad representative on the set.
Filmmakers have started to "recast some roles", according to Deadline.com.
At press time, Tyson Ritter, Wyatt Russell and Eliza Dushku were still attached to the project.
A production spokesman for the Allman Brothers biopic has spoken out about an onset tragedy, which claimed the life of an unnamed camera operator's assistant. The Midnight Rider crew member was killed in a train accident in Wayne County, Georgia on Thursday (20Feb14).
Reports suggest a train unexpectedly travelled down the tracks while the crew was carrying out camera tests for the film, killed the woman and left seven other crew members injured. Two were left with serious injuries, and transported to a local hospital.
A spokesman for the film tells WENN, "All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member.”
The film, based on Gregg Allman's New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, officially begins filming on Monday (24Feb14). It features William Hurt and Tyson Ritter as the older and younger Gregg Allman and Wyatt Russell as his brother Duane.
A crew member for the upcoming Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider was killed in a train accident in Wayne County, Georgia on Thursday (20Feb14). An unnamed woman working as a camera operator's assistant on the film was struck and killed while filming a scene on a railroad trestle.
A law enforcement official confirms to TheWrap.com that a train unexpectedly travelled down the tracks while the crew was doing camera tests for the film.
Seven other crew members were also hurt in the accident, two with serious injuries, and transported to a local hospital.
The film, based on Gregg Allman's New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, officially begins filming on Monday (24Feb14), and stars William Hurt and Tyson Ritter as the older and younger Gregg, Wyatt Russell as his brother Duane, and also features Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford, and Zoey Deutch.
Movie veterans Kathy Baker and Charles Dutton have joined the cast of the upcoming Allman Brothers biopic, Midnight Rider. The Saving Mr. Banks star will portray the Allmans' mother, while Alien actor Dutton has been slated to play Gregg Allman's best friend, confidant and assistant Chank Middleton.
The duo joins a cast that includes William Hurt and Tyson Ritter as the older and younger Gregg, Wyatt Russell as his brother Duane, Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford, Joel David Moore and Zoey Deutch.
Director Randall Miller tells WENN, "This cast is a dream come true."
The film, based on Gregg Allman's New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, will start shooting in Savannah, Georgia later this month (Feb14).
Beautiful Creatures star Zoey Deutch has landed the female lead in the upcoming Allman Brothers biopic, Midnight Rider. The young star will play a rock groupie called Mae, who became Greg Allman's love interest as his band was starting out.
She joins Tyson Ritter, Wyatt Russell and William Hurt in the Randall Miller movie.
Ritter and Hurt will both play Greg Allman in the film, while Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's son Wyatt will portray his brother Duane.
Director Miller tells WENN he's thrilled with the latest casting news: "Zoey's freshness and intensity blows me away. She is both young and wise. I can't wait to work with her."
Midnight Rider will be an adaptation of Gregg Allman's bestselling biography My Cross To Bear.
Oscar winner William Hurt has been aded to the cast of the upcoming Allman Brothers biopic as the older Gregg Allman. All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter was cast as the younger Allman at the end of last year (13), while Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son Wyatt will portray Duane Allman in the film.
And on Monday (06Jan14), Hollywood veteran Hurt signed on to play the current day Gregg in director Randall Miller's movie, titled Midnight Rider.
Miller tells WENN, "I am a tremendous fan of William’s work. I can’t wait to work with him."
The director's wife and screenwriter Jody Savin adds, "William Hurt actually helped start Randy’s career years ago. He made an anonymous monetary donation to Randy’s AFI thesis film. And when his identity was revealed, he even agreed to do the voice-over on the film.”
The film is based on Gregg Allman’s New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, and the blues-rocker insists the husband-and-wife filmmakers have their work cut out on the project.
He tells Rolling Stone, "The script will damn sure change, because I have veto rights over everything. Think about it, man. If you had them doing your life story on the big screen, wouldn't you want to be able to erase anything out of there that you didn’t want? I can pull the plug on it any time."