Paul Walker’s Father Sues Porsche For ‘Fast And Furious’ Actor’s Death
Almost two years after his son’s death in a fiery car crash, the father of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker has followed his granddaughter’s lead and filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche.
Seeking unspecific damages, the lawsuit claims that the Porsche Carrera GT in which Walker was riding when he died in November, 2013 was lacking in essential safety features, among them a stability control system, breakaway fuel line, and side-door reinforcements. The lawsuit is… Read
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Gets PG-13 Rating
Brace yourselves: the MPAA has divined the will of the force, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received a PG-13 rating. This is the second time, after Revenge of the Sith, that a Star Wars film has received the rating.
Despite the opaque process under which the MPAA works, we know there are a few reasons why a film might be PG-13 instead of PG. Violence maybe, or Gore, or somewhat suggestive content, or my personal favorite, just enough profanity to make it mature… Read
How ‘Room’ Mates Larson, Abrahamson & Tremblay Architected Book-To-Film Alchemy – Awardsline
"You can imagine the crass studio executive reaction to the pitch for Room: 'Forget it,' " says director Lenny Abrahamson of his film that has commanded so much Oscar buzz since its September unveiling at the Telluride Film Festival.
Yes, Room is a hard sell when boiled down: A young woman is trapped in a garden shed for seven years by a sexual predator—along with the five year old son she bore from him in captivity. It's the epitome of bleak and claustrophobic fare.
‘Second Chance’ Trailer: Basically The Six Million Dollar Scrooge
A teaser trailer for Fox’s upcoming thriller series Second Chance dropped a couple of weeks back, and it utterly failed to give you the most important information about the basic premise. Fox has wisely given itself another opportunity, with a brand new trailer that makes it much more clear. In short, this thing is going to be The Six Million Dollar Man meets A Christmas Carole but with The Shield as its backstory. Sold, Fox. Sold.
Second Chance follows Jimmy Pritchard… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Eddie Redmayne Dines Out, Sly Stallone Trusts In Youth, And Leonardo Di Caprio Deserves The Medal Of Honor
A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit.
20th Century Fox and New Regency took the veil off one of the season’s most anticipated movies, reigning Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brutally beautiful snowy western, The Revenant (Dec 25) this week , with press and Academy members getting a first look at it the past three days. Initial reaction , predictably , has run from “masterpiece” to “I can’t handle it”, but reviews… Read
Elmo Williams Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘High Noon’ Editor Was 102
Elmo Williams, the Academy Award-winning editor of the classic western High Noon who also worked as a producer, director, and studio executive died today in his Brookings, oregon home, it was reported by Curry Coastal Pilot. He was 102.
Born in 1913 in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, William’s long career in Hollywood began when he became the protege of Merrill G. White before branching out on his own as an editor. Among the films he edited were 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), T… Read
‘The Good Dinosaur’ Review: Pixar’s Latest Isn’t Its Greatest, But Kids Won’t Mind
Delayed by story and personnel problems, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur represents the first time the now-legendary animation studio has released two films in one calendar year. Forget that this cannot possibly live up to the standards of its June release, Inside Out (what could?), the screenplay by Meg LeFauve just doesn’t pop. You certainly could see the potential in this story of a young dino (reminding me of Dino, the pet dinosaur in The Flintstones) adrift in the world… Read
‘Empire’ Online Store Launched To Swag Up Your Christmas
It wouldn’t be the holiday shopping season with the opportunity to buy a hell of a lot of branded swag, and so it goes that Fox is bringing back the online Empire store just in time for the start of Christmas shopping. A collaboration between Fox Consumer Products and Delivery Agent, the Official Empire Commerce Experience offers consumer apparel, accessories and jewelry inspired by the hit series, and launches today with a $1000 holiday shopping spree contest. What can… Read
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Says Sumner Redstone “Engaged & Attentive” In Response To Lawsuit
Sunmer Redstone's former companion and self-described caregiver Manuela Herzer may want back into the Viacom chairman's "living ghost" of a life, but Redstone’s corporate right-hand man says the boss is still in good shape. In papers filed today in response to Herzer's revealing petition of yesterday seeking a determination of Redstone's faculties, Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman describes 92-year-old Redstone as "engaged and attentive."
"Sumner and I spoke about… Read
Frank Gifford’s Family Donating His Brain To Medical Research After CTE Diagnosis
Frank Gifford is one of the biggest stars in football history — with a Hall of Fame playing career under the media spotlight of New York followed by a legendary broadcasting stint as the original and longtime play-by-play man for . He died in August at 84, and today his family said they are donating his brain to medical research. Why? Because they said doctors recently diagnosed him with CTE, the degenerative brain disease linked to concussions.
Chris Messina & Tate Donovan Topline Indie Drama ‘Blame’
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Messina, Tate Donovan and Nadia Alexander are starring in Blame, a dark indie drama that marks the directorial debut of Quinn Shephard. Shephard, an actor whose credits include CBS’ Hostages last year, also co-stars in the movie and penned the screenplay.
Messina plays a substitute drama teacher whose taboo relationship with an unstable student (Shephard) strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate (Alexander) and sparks some The Crucible-esque vengeance… Read
NY Supreme Court Postpones Decision On Plea To Bar DraftKings And FanDuel
DraftKings and FanDuel can keep doing business in New York for at least a little while longer. After a hearing today, New York State Supreme Court Judge Manuel Mendez said that he will rule soon on New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s petition to bar the daily fantasy sports sites from doing business in the Empire State pending a full trial.
The decision followed arguments by both sides centering on the question of whether people who use the sites are… Read