Conan Crashes ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Girls Night
Conan O’Brien always is at his best when he gets out of the studio. Remember when Conan secretly flew to Cuba to shoot Conan In Cuba, becoming the first American late-night host to do a show in that island nation in more than 50 years, learning the importance of the Cuban clave beat, wowing a band with his 8th grade Spanish skills, and visiting the famous waterfront promenade where Cuban youth shared with him their rum in a box and cigarettes, which Conan speculated had… Read
Documents Reveal New Details About Emile Hirsch Alleged Assault
The Paramount executive allegedly assaulted by Emile Hirsch this year at the Sundance Film Festival told police the actor “choked me up, threw me across the table, and I felt the front of my throat hit the back of my throat,” according to an interview recorded by a police officer’s body camera. The information was in investigative documents obtained by the Associated Press.
“It was insanely painful and absolutely terrifying,” Paramount Digital VP Daniele Bernfeld said… Read
Jim Webb Kicks Off 2016 Presidential Bid; Ex-Senator Co-Wrote ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Pic
As Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton can tell you, Hollywood has long been a generous ATM for Democratic Presidential candidates and incumbents. However, today, a White House contender with actual Tinseltown experience formally announced his 2016 campaign – and we’re not talking about Donald Trump. “After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United States,” said Jim Webb Thursday via… Read
James Cromwell Champions Docu ‘Imminent Threat’ And Actor/Activist Has Stories To Tell
The best way to ensure a hot-button documentary doesn’t disappear is to get someone famous to rally behind the film. Jim Carrey’s Twitter diatribes against Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law mandatory childhood inoculations in California has given the 2014 docu Trace Amounts new life. Now, Mance Media has acquired and set a September 4 U.S. release for the Janek Ambros-directed Imminent Threat, and the film will get the hefty help of James Cromwell, star of The Artist, L.A… Read
‘Amy’ Review: Amy Winehouse Documentary Harrowing & Unforgettable
Without question one of the best movies I saw at May’s Cannes Film Festival was one I resisted at first. I really wasn’t all that interested in seeing Amy, Asif Kapadia’s documentary on the life of singer Amy Winehouse. Her unnecessary death at age 27 after a life played out in front of the prying cameras of the paparazzi was just too tragic and sad in my view to live through in a cinema. But as I say in my video review (click the link above), boy was I ever… Read
Comic-Con Staying In San Diego Through 2018
UPDATE with more info from news conference: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer this morning is making official what had been expected for some time — that his city is keeping the annual Comic-Con convention through 2018 in a new deal just finalized. The previous contract with Comic-Con International was due to expire after this current year’s confab, which kicks off next week.
The two-year extention, being unveiled now at a press conference, comes after months of… Read
Thor, The Heavy Metal Rocker And Not The Son Of Odin, Gets Docu Deal From MPI
MPI Media Group has acquired all distribution rights to I Am Thor. It’s not about the hammer-swinging superhero, but rather a biographical film about Jon Mikl Thor, an unsung hero of the golden age of heavy metal, and his attempt at a comeback. The film, directed by Ryan Wise (Prom Queen), will receive a late fall theatrical release. MPI Media Group Executive Vice President Greg Newman made the deal with Glen Reynolds, the President and CEO of Circus Road Films.
Thor was… Read
Stana Katic & Raza Jaffrey To Star In Amin Matalqa’s ‘The Rendezvous’
EXCLUSIVE: Stana Katic (Castle) and Raza Jaffrey (Homeland) will star in Sundance award-winning director Amin Matalqa’s action adventure The Rendezvous. Inspired by classic romantic capers as North By Northwest and Romancing The Stone, the film is an adaptation of Sarah Isaias’ book A New Song. Set in Jordan, the film recently wrapped principal photography on location there. Terrel Seltzer (One Fine Day) has written the script, which follows an unlikely pair who find… Read
‘Black Swan’ Interns Lawsuit Overturned By Appeals Court
In a decision that Hollywood has been waiting for months to hear, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals today threw the Black Swan intern case on its head by vacating an earlier judgment in favor of two interns who worked on the Darren Aronofsky-directed film. The hearing on the appeal of District Judge William Paley III’s ruling of 2-years ago was held on January 30 this year. The original 2011 lawsuit against Fox Searchlight set the stage for a slew of intern class actions… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal & Taran Killam Serenade Ellen Greene In ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ -Review
UPDATE Thursday AM with more performance information: Judy Garland at the Palace had nothing on the crowd that roared when Ellen Greene made her entrance Wednesday night on stage at New York’s City Center for the first of just three performances in a staged concert of Little Shop Of Horrors (Thursday’s matinee and evening shows are nearly sold out). It felt like Homecoming, Sunday church in Harlem and the Governor’s Ball all rolled into two joyfully cathartic hours, part… Read
Is Chris Pratt Psychic? ‘Jurassic World’ Star Predicted His Role In 2010
OK, maybe there really is some truth in the idea that if you put it out there to the universe it will happen.
In 2010, Chris Pratt was playing Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks And Recreation. While recording a behind-the-scenes video extra for the show’s DVD version, he made a joke about getting a text from Steven Spielberg, as you can see in the video here.
“Man, I just got a text message,” Pratt says, as he looks down at his phone. “From Steven Spielberg. God, so annoying,” he… Read
Oscars Halftime Report: Can Animated ‘Inside Out’ Turn Best Picture Race Upside Down?
It is halftime for the 2015 Oscar race, but at this point only one movie released in the first six months of this year looks to make the list of Best Picture nominees. And no, with all apologies to Vin Diesel, it is not Furious 7. So with that in mind let me tell you that right now on July 1, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out is leading the race for the Academy Awards.
Of course Best Picture nominations for animated films are extremely rare. When there were just five nominees… Read