Anna Robinson is an Alt Film Guide contributor and a big fan of Meryl Streep and Elizabeth Taylor. She also liked the "Sissi" movies with Romy Schneider, but hasn't watched these in a long time.

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Natalie Portman: 'Jackie' Kennedy Fashion

Natalie Portman: 'Jackie' Kennedy fashion in red & white. Natalie Portman: 'Jackie' Kennedy fashion in upcoming Pablo Larraín movie Notwithstanding the box office-friendly Thor movies, which revolve around Chris Hemsworth in the title role, Natalie Portman has yet to have a star vehicle as impactful as Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, […]

'The Audition': Martin Scorsese Short Starring DiCaprio and De Niro Pulled from Venice

The Audition poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest […]

'Mr. Robot' Season Finale Postponed After Deadly Live TV Virginia Shootings

'Mr. Robot' with Rami Malek. USA cable network postpones 'Mr. Robot' season finale following deadly Virginia shootings on live TV The day after a gun-toting 14-year-old male held hostage 29 students and a teacher at West Virginia's Philip Barbour high school, on Aug. 26, '15, journalists Alison Parker and Adam […]

Venice Film Festival Jury: Oscar Winner Alfonso Cuarón President

'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis […]

Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent

Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything: Academy Actors Branch invitee. Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals “who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to […]

Misty Upham Found Dead: 'Frozen River,' 'August: Osage County' Actress

Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis. 'Frozen River' actress Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb Actress Misty Upham, gone missing since Oct. 6, '14, was found dead on Thursday, Oct. 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. […]

'Grace of Monaco': Nicole Kidman Grace Kelly Movie Lacks U.S. Release + Opens Cannes

Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace a.k.a. Grace Kelly in 'Grace of Monaco'. 'Grace of Monaco' U.S. March release canceled as biopic starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly to open Cannes Film Festival Directed by Olivier Dahan, and starring Nicole Kidman as Oscar-winning Hollywood actress-turned-European princess Grace Kelly, Grace of Monaco […]

Leonardo DiCaprio & Martin Scorsese Get Second Oscar Nomination

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese nominated as 'The Wolf of Wall Street' producers: Oscar nominations According to a press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the producers nominated for the Martin Scorsese-directed satire-drama The Wolf of Wall Street […]

Meryl Streep Breaks Oscar Record (Again) + Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson Snubbed

Meryl Streep in August: Osage County. Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White […]

AFI Awards Top Ten Movies: Big Studios Once Again Rule + Boston's Oldest Best Supporting Actress

Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in American Hustle. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) and Christian Bale (The Fighter, which earned him the 2010 Best Supporting Actor Oscar) once again join forces with notoriously difficult filmmaker David O. Russell on American Hustle, one of the AFI Awards' big-studio-friendly Top Ten Movies […]

Paul Walker Tribute & Movies: 'Fast & Furious' Actor Video 'In Loving Memory' Homage

Paul Walker tribute: Fast & Furious 6 star who died at age 40 in a car crash is remembered “In Loving Memory” in a Universal Pictures video homage. In show business for a quarter of a century, Walker was featured in more than 30 movies, most notably the generally lambasted […]

Paul Potts Movie 'One Chance' Wins Audience Award: Starz Denver Film Festival

Paul Potts movie 'One Chance' wins 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival Audience Award (image: James Corden as 'Britain's Got Talent' hit Paul Potts looking at Brad Pitt photo in 'One Chance') Among the winners at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), which ran November 6-17, was David Frankel's One […]

Romanian Film Producer Ada Solomon: Prix EURIMAGES

Romanian film producer Ada Solomon: European Film Awards' Prix EURIMAGES 2013 The European Film Academy has announced that the 2013 European Co-Production Award – Prix EURIMAGES will go to Romanian film producer Ada Solomon. The purpose of the European Film Awards' Prix EURIMAGES is to acknowledge “the decisive role of […]

Ashley Greene & Anton Yelchin: Joe Dante Horror Comedy Next

Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin starring for Joe Dante in 'Burying the Ex' Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin are slated to star in Burying the Ex, to be directed by veteran Joe Dante (Gremlins). As per various online reports, the indie horror comedy is to start shooting on Monday, November […]

Paolo Sorrentino: Starz Denver Film Festival Honor

Paolo Sorrentino to receive Starz Denver Film Festival 2013 honor Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino will receive the fifth Maria and Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival. Sorrentino will be handed his award prior to the screening of The Great Beauty / La grande bellezza […]

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Finalists Announced

Post-'Twilight' Ashley Greene 2013 in 'Random.' Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2013 finalists announced The finalists for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2013 competition, selected from a record 7,251 scripts, have been announced. Next, their scripts will be read and judged by the […]

J.R.R. Tolkien Descendant Holocaust Movie: Bel-Air Film Festival

J.R.R. Tolkien descendant's movie to be screened at Bel-Air Film Festival: Nicholas Tolkien's Holocaust-themed drama 'Terezin' The 2013 Bel-Air Film Festival, to be held October 7-13 in the Los Angeles area, will present the World Premiere of 23-year-old British writer-director Nicholas Tolkien's Terezin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, […]

Sharon Stone, Jon Favreau: Catalina Film Festival Honorees

Sharon Stone, Jon Favreau honored at 2013 Catalina Film Festival Sharon Stone and Jon Favreau were two honorees at the 2013 Catalina Film Festival, which ran September 18-23 in the small town of Avalon on the island of Catalina, located southwest of the Los Angeles Basin. Stone, best known for […]

Paula Wagner: Tom Cruise Former Partner to Produce Governors Awards

Paula Wagner: Former Tom Cruise partner to produce the Academy's 2013 Governors Awards Paula Wagner, a former partner of Tom Cruise, will produce the 2013 Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has announced. At the Governors Awards, to be held […]

Emmy Nominations: Al Pacino & Helen Mirren + Oscar Winners Galore

Al Pacino, Helen Mirren in Phil Spector: Emmy Awards 2013 The 2013 Emmy nominations were announced earlier today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. As usual, there was a whole array of movie people nominated, including many with Academy Award pedigree. Those include Best Actor Oscar winner Al […]

Tribeca Film Festival: Nora Ephron Prize Goes to Meera Menon

Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Nora Ephron Prize goes to first-time filmmaker Meera Menon for 'Farah Goes Bang' First-time writer/director Meera Menon has received the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize, which includes a $25,000 cash prize, for Farah Goes Bang, playing in the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival's Viewpoints section. The Nora Ephron […]

Cannes Jury: Most Prestigious Ever?

Cannes jury. Cannes jury Steven Spielberg was named the president of the Cannes Film Festival 2013 jury a few weeks ago. Earlier today, festival organizers announced Spielberg's fellow jury members. It's a star-studded international cast: Asian Film Award nominee and Indian Film Academy winner Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture), Cannes […]

'Life of Pi' 3D Creative Team at the Academy: 'Deconstructing Pi'

Life of Pi evening at the Academy: 'Deconstructing Pi' (image: The Tiger Richard Parker in Life of Pi) The Life of Pi creative team will get together to discuss the 3D and visual-effects work employed on the Ang Lee-directed fantasy adventure on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the […]

Marisa Tomei, Hugh Grant Movie Filming in New York

Marisa Tomei, Hugh Grant romantic comedy in the works Marc Lawrence's as-yet untitled, New York-set romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei began principal photography yesterday, producer Martin Shafer announced. (Image: Marisa Tomei.) The plot is as follows (from the film's press release): In 1998, Keith […]

'Divergent': Tony Goldwyn Joins Cast

Divergent: Tony Goldwyn to play Tris' father Tony Goldwyn, whose acting credits range from Ghost to the television series Scandal, has joined the cast of Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate's movie adaptation of Divergent, Summit announced today. Currently filming in Chicago under the direction of Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless), the […]

'RoboCop' Special Screening

RoboCop special screening featuring Nancy Allen, Peter Weller, Paul Verhoeven RoboCop, the 1987 original directed by Paul Verhoeven, and starring Peter Weller and Nancy Allen, will have a special screening at 12 noon on Saturday, May 18, at the Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles. The screening and reception, which […]

'Twelve Years a Slave' Release Date: Oscar Race Heats Up

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Quvenzhané Wallis, Kelsey Scott in Twelve Years a Slave. Twelve Years a Slave release date set Twelve Years a Slave will be released in North America on December 27, 2013, domestic distributor Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced. Directed by Steve McQueen, who also co-wrote the film's screenplay with […]

'Jurassic Park 3D' Preview: Academy Highlights Visual Effects Breakthroughs

Jurassic Park 3D preview, Life of Pi: Academy focuses on 'breakthroughs in visual effects' Jurassic Park 3D, the 3D-converted version of Steven Spielberg's 1993 (sort of) classic horror / sci-fier Jurassic Park, will have a “special advance screening” sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on April […]

2013 Student Academy Awards Deadlines Loom

2013 Student Academy Awards deadlines loom The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued a reminder that the deadlines to submit entries for the 2013 Student Academy Awards competition are Friday, March 22 (in the Foreign Film category), and Monday, April 1 (all other categories). (Image: 2012 Student […]

Jennifer Lawrence Oscar Speech + Obama's Campaign Manager 'Silver Linings Playbook' Push?

Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence Best Actress Oscar acceptance speech Jennifer Lawrence's Best Actress Oscar 2013 acceptance speech: “Thank you. You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that's really embarrassing but thank you. [Twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, whose movie career spans four years, received a […]

Ben Affleck Thriller Wins More Top Awards: Best Picture Oscar Next?

Ben Affleck in 'Argo' Ben Affleck's Argo tops ACE, WGA Awards Ben Affleck's Argo, a political thriller about the rescue of several U.S. hostages held in Iran in the late '70s, continues to lead this awards season. Following wins at the Producers Guild Awards, the Directors Guild Awards, and the […]

BAFTAs: The Hollywood England Awards Strike Again

Argo, Ben Affleck top BAFTA Awards Argo and Ben Affleck, much like most of their predecessors in recent years, remain unstoppable. Argo was named Best Film and Ben Affleck Best Director at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, a.k.a. the BAFTAs, earlier this evening at a ceremony […]

Seth MacFarlane Shows Kristin Chenoweth How It's Done + Kristen Stewart & Jane Fonda Oscar Presenters

Kristen Stewart and Senator Al Franken. Jane Fonda & Kristen Stewart + Jennifer Garner & Kerry Washington: Oscar presenters Jane Fonda, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Garner, and Kerry Washington have been added as Oscar 2013 ceremony presenters, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. (Image: Kristen Stewart and Al Franken […]

Golden Globes: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Generate Highest TV Ratings in Years

Golden Globes 2013: Best TV ratings in six years The Golden Globes 2013 telecast, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as smartly and tightly dressed co-hostesses, boasted the Golden Globes ceremony's best television ratings in six years. That seems to indicate that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were bigger TV […]

Rachel Weisz Joins Robert Pattinson: 'Maps to the Stars' Filming Date

Rachel Weisz Rachel Weisz & Robert Pattinson + Viggo Mortensen & David Cronenberg to begin filming Maps to the Stars in spring 2013 Rachel Weisz has joined Robert Pattinson and Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars. The source for this information is the website Le Film Français […]

Golden Globes 2013: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Humorous Hosts

Golden Globes 2013: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host ceremony Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, two NBC stars in, respectively, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation (both are also alumni of the network's Saturday Night Live), will host the Golden Globes ceremony, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced. […]

Oscar 2013: Michael B. Seligman Supervising Producer

Oscar 2013: Michael B. Seligman will be the supervising producer of the 85th Academy Awards ceremony Michael B. Seligman will act as supervising producer of the 2013 Oscar telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. This will mark Seligman's 36th association with the Oscarcast. According to the […]

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Record Submissions

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2013: 71 submissions A record 71 countries, including first-timer Kenya, have submitted movies for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. (See below.) Entries range from France's international blockbuster The Intouchables to Cambodia's first submission in 18 years and the Southeast Asian country's second […]

European Film Awards: Best Animated Feature Film Nominations

European Film Awards 2012: Best Animated Feature Film nominees announced The European Film Academy has announced the three nominees for the 2012 European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film. They are Tomáš Lu?ák's Alois Nebel (Czech Republic / Germany / Slovakia), Ignacio Ferreras' Arrugas / Wrinkles (Spain), and Peter […]

Ann Roth: The Hamptons Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

Ann Roth: Academy Award-winning costume designer to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at The Hamptons Film Festival Ann Roth, an Academy Award-winning costume designer for The English Patient, will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Hamptons International Film Festival at the festival's 20th anniversary. […]

'Barbara' & 'Amour' + 'The Hypnotist': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entries

Oscar 2013: Christian Petzold's Barbara is Germany's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Christian Petzold 'Barbara': Germany Oscar Submission Starring Nina Hoss, writer-director Christian Petzold's Barbara is Germany's submission for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The political romantic drama earned Petzold the Silver Bear […]

Finnick Odair: Sam Claflin Best Choice? + What About Jena Malone as Johanna Mason?

July 18 update: Sam Claflin Catching Fire Finnick Odair. In early summer 2012, there were rumors that Twilight actor Robert Pattinson had been offered and/or landed the role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Well, apparently they got the wrong Kristen Stewart leading man. Sam Claflin, […]

Harvey Weinstein vs. Mitt Romney: Republican Candidate Is 'Our Idiot Brother' + Katy Perry Hot Blue Hair

Mitt Romney Our Idiot Brother (Paul Rudd) Mitt Romney Our Idiot Brother / Barack Obama The King's Speech says Harvey Weinstein. With the blessing of the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States has become the biggest – or rather, the most expensive – democracy money can buy. At least in […]

Lindsay Lohan Is Elizabeth Taylor + Vanessa Redgrave Is Lesbian Supreme Court Judge

Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick. Lohan, 26 next July 2, plays Elizabeth Taylor (apparently) at about the time she met Richard Burton in the early 1960s. (Though the Lohan/Taylor picture above looks like something out Richard Brooks' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, […]

'Prometheus' Reviews: No 'Alien' But Entertaining Within Limitations

Scene-stealer Michael Fassbender, Prometheus The consensus seems to be that Ridley Scott's Prometheus is no Alien. And it's no Blade Runner, either. But most critics have found Scott's latest foray into science-fiction to be perfectly enjoyable within its intellectual and cinematic limitations. Most reviews have been positive, but without being […]

'On the Road' Movie Reviews: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart Praised

Cannes Film Festival movie review: In Variety, Justin Chang says the following about Walter Salles' On the Road, a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel starring Garrett Hedlund (Dean Moriarty / Neal Cassady), Sam Riley (Sal Paradise / Jack Kerouac's alter ego), and Kristen Stewart (photo, as Marylou / […]

'On the Road' Film: Kristen Stewart & Garrett Hedlund Interview + Oscar Chances?

On the Road interview: cast members Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley March 21 update: “It's interesting to play characters that have existed,” says Kristen Stewart in an On the Road video interview posted at Screenslam. (Please scroll down.) “Especially when you have grown to love those people. When I […]

'Snow White' Film: Cast Images & Kristen Stewart 'Is the One'

'Snow White and the Huntsman': Kristen Stewart and the White Stag. 'Snow White and the Huntsman' movie clip: 'She Is the One' May 17, '12, update: A magical white stag bows before Kristen Stewart's Snow White in the Snow White and the Huntsman clip “She Is the One.” (See below.) […]

Roberto Benigni & Woody Allen 'To Rome with Love' Clichés & Politics + Tribeca Movies

Roberto Benigni, To Rome with Love According to English-language reports, Italian critics have given a mixed reception to Woody Allen's To Rome with Love (formerly known as Nero Fiddled and Bop Decameron, and currently known as A Roma con amore in Rome itself). They've reportedly complained that writer-director Allen presents […]

'The Hunger Games' Reviews

Clove (Isabelle Fuhrman), Cato (Alexander Ludwig), Marvel (Jack Quaid), Glimmer (Leven Rambin), The Hunger Games The Hunger Games opens March 23. It's expected to earn anywhere between $70-$100 million at the North American box office alone.Jennifer Lawrence has been so widely praised she can already – I kid you not […]

Harvey Weinstein Legion of Honor + Nicolas Sarkozy Letter Kept Secret During Oscar Race

Harvey Weinstein: Legion d'Honneur Chevalier nominated by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Oscar race secret: Harvey Weinstein Legion of Honor 'nomination' Below is a letter (dated July 22, '11) French president Nicolas Sarkozy wrote to The Weinstein Company's cochairman Harvey Weinstein, who has been inducted as a chevalier into France's Légion […]

Octavia Spencer Academy Award Winner & Next Year's Oscar Dates

Octavia Spencer In this very artistic picture, Octavia Spencer admires her Oscar statuette at the Governor's Ball, following the 2012 Annual Academy Awards from Hollywood, CA February 26. Spencer was the year's Best Supporting Actress winner for her performance in Tate Taylor's The Help. In addition to Spencer, the Help […]

Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar: When Margaret Thatcher Stares Back

Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar winner: The Golden Lady and her golden little man. Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar: Dressed to Win Best Actress Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, whose golden dress and earrings match – or rather, outshine – her golden Oscar statuette, poses backstage at the 84th Academy […]

Meryl Streep & Husband Don Gummer + 'Other Partner' J. Roy Helland & Tom Cruise

Meryl Streep, husband Don Gummer: Oscar 2012 Meryl Streep and husband Don Gummer at the Governors Ball after 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Streep won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida […]

Grammy Awards Movies + Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Cinematographers' Prize

Grammy Awards Movies The Grammy 2012 winners in the “visual media” categories have already been announced. The winner for Best Song Written for Visual Media was Diane Warren's “Born to Be Somebody,” from the Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, sung by Justin Bieber himself (photo). The other […]

Robert Redford One-Man Movie: 'All Is Lost'

Robert Redford, 75, has been slated to star in All Is Lost, the story of an old man fighting to survive in open sea. To be directed by J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost won't be exactly an ensemble piece along the lines of Chandor's Margin Call (which featured Jeremy Irons, […]

'Rio' & 'The Muppets' Songs Not to Be Performed at Oscar Ceremony

Even though there are only two Best Original Song nominees for the 2012 Academy Awards, according to, Rio's “Real in Rio” (music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, lyric by Siedah Garrett) and The Muppets' “Man or Muppet” (music and lyric by Bret McKenzie) will not be performed at […]

Catherine Hardwicke, Evan Rachel Wood: Erotic Thriller 'Plush'

Production designer-turned-director Catherine Hardwicke, who hit the big time following the worldwide success of the first Twilight movie, may be reteaming with her Thirteen star Evan Rachel Wood in the erotic thriller Plush, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Set in the L.A. music world, Plush was written by Hardwicke and […]

Robert Pattinson & Michael Fassbender: Berlin Film Festival Movies + Foreign Language Oscar Semifinalists

Robert Pattinson in Bel Ami: Berlin Film Festival. A week or so ago, we wondered if the Robert Pattinson period drama Bel Ami would be screened at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. If so, would it be listed as a Word Premiere? The issue revolved around the fact that earlier […]

Salma Hayek Legion of Honor Induction Controversy + Kristen Stewart Cannes Entry?

Salma Hayek: Mexican actress in Legion of Honor controversy. Salma Hayek: Legion of Honor controversy There hasn't been much buzz about Marthe Keller's induction into France's Legion of Honor. Or the induction of actresses Dominique Blanc and Anny Duperey. Hardly a surprise, since the only film people that matter in […]

Catharine Deneuve & Martin Scorsese Honors: Film Society of Lincoln Center + BAFTA Fellowship

Catherine Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve, 68, will be the recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 39th Chaplin Award. The annual fundraising gala benefiting Lincoln Center programs will be held on Monday, April 2, at the Alice Tully Hall in New York. The evening will include films clips and a party. […]

Marthe Keller: Legion of Honor Chevalier, Working with 'Unspoiled Monster' Billy Wilder

Marthe Keller: Actress in more than 40 movies to become Legion of Honor chevalier. Actress Marthe Keller to become Légion d'Honneur chevalier Veteran actress Marthe Keller, among whose film credits are Claude Lelouch's And Now My Love and John Schlesinger's Marathon Man, will be inducted as a chevalier (“knight”) in […]

Brian Grazer Replacing Brett Ratner as Oscar Producer

Brian Grazer will replace Brett Ratner as co-producer of the 2012 Academy Awards, according to “sources” cited in The Hollywood Reporter. So far, there has been no official word from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ratner was out after using the word “fag” at a q&a for […]

Justin Bieber Going to Jail? + 'Harry Potter' DVDs to Be Removed from Stores

Justin Bieber, pop icon and the star of the documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (right), has come out against the Commercial Felony Streaming Act (S.978), which would make unauthorized online streaming of copyrighted material a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Some have been (jokingly) concerned […]

'Titanic 3D': Highly Positive Early Reactions

TITANIC 3D: James Cameron Presents 8-Scene Preview Early reactions to Titanic 3D have been highly favorable James Cameron directed. Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Gloria Stuart star. See below: “The footage I saw this morning left me speechless. I'm not joking around when I say it's the best post conversion I've […]

'Titanic 3D': James Cameron Presents 8-Scene Preview

Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Titanic James Cameron and producer Jon Landau presented 8 scenes (or about 18 minutes) from Titanic 3D earlier today at the Paramount studios in Hollywood to highly positive reviews. Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment reportedly spent 60 weeks and $18 million on the […]

Kristen Stewart: Future Purple-Haired Lesbian?

Oct. 27, '11, update: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will introduce a “never-before-seen clip” from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 at 7:56 p.m. ET – I repeat, 7:56 p.m. – on November 3 on MTV. Following the Breaking Dawn clip, the Twilight Saga trio will […]

'Persepolis' Tunisia Broadcast Furor + Iranian Actress Freed

Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Persepolis 'Persepolis' Broadcast: Tunisian Television Station President Apologizes to Offended Muslims Three days ago a group of 200 Fundamentalist Muslims protested outside the headquarters of a television station in Tunis for showing Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's Academy Award-nominated animated feature Persepolis. What irked the […]

Olivia de Havilland, John Hubley Oscar 1967 Photo: Academy to Celebrate John Hubley

Faith Hubley, Olivia de Havilland, John Hubley, Michael Goldman, Oscar 1967 "An Academy Salute to John Hubley” to be held as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Monday Nights with Oscar screening series in New York City. Hubley is considered one of animation's most innovative and […]

Olivia de Havilland, Oscar Winner John Hubley Photo: An Academy Salute to John Hubley

Faith Hubley, Olivia de Havilland, John Hubley, Oscar 1966 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Monday Nights with Oscar screening series will celebrate the life and career of animator John Hubley, considered one of the most innovative and influential designer-directors in the animation field. The Hubley evening will […]

Three-Time Oscar-Winning Animator John Hubley Academy Celebration

Carl Reiner, John Hubley, Hope Lange, Oscar 1959 John Hubley, considered one of animation's most innovative and influential designer-directors, will have his life and art celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Monday Nights with Oscar screening series. A special evening featuring rarely seen John Hubley movies […]

Controversial Afghanistan War Documentary 'Armadillo' on DVD

Janus Metz's Armadillo Janus Metz's acclaimed and controversial war documentary Armadillo will be available on DVD via Kino Lorber on October 18. Set among Danish troops embedded in Afghanistan, Armadillo caused quite a stir in Denmark due to its less than flattering portrayal of Danish soldiers at war. Armadillo received […]

Michelle Williams & Glenn Close: Hollywood Awards

Michelle Williams (right) and Glenn Close will receive, respectively, the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Actress Award and the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 24. All those “Hollywood” mentions in the above paragraph […]

Nadine Labaki Musical 'Where Do We Go Now?': Toronto Surprise Winner

Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Lebanese actress-filmmaker Nadine Labaki's second feature, the musical Et maintenant, on va où? / Where Do We Go Now?, was the surprise winner of the Toronto Film Festival's Cadillac People's Choice Award. Toronto doesn't have a jury like Cannes, Berlin, or Venice; festivalgoers […]

Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma, Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Sonny Rollins: Kennedy Center Honors 2011

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep (right), singer Barbara Cook, singer and songwriter Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins will receive the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. The Kennedy Center Honors ceremony will be held on Sunday, December […]

Eddie Murphy Oscar Host

Eddie Murphy will host the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced today. This will be Murphy's first time as Oscar host. Predecessors include Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, and […]

Roman Polanski 'Carnage': Mixed-to-Enthusiastic Reviews

Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Carnage Based on Yasmine Reza's play God of Carnage, Roman Polanski's Carnage is the director's first film since last year's legal fiasco engendered by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Carnage was screened today at the Venice Film Festival, where it […]

W.E. Reviews: Madonna Movie Lambasted at Venice Film Festival

James D'Arcy as King Edward VIII, Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson in Madonna's W.E.. Singers have been dabbling in movies with varying degrees of success for as long as feature films have been around. Opera star Geraldine Farrar became a movie star for Cecil B. DeMille in early silent era […]

Obama Administration-Kathryn Bigelow 'Killing Bin Laden' Connection: Republican Congressman Wants Investigation

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker The Hurt Locker's Academy Award winners Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have been receiving assistance from the Barack Obama Administration for their project about the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan earlier this year, according to a Maureen Dowd report in […]

Brett Ratner, Don Mischer: Oscar Show Producers

Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 2012 Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak announced today. Ratner is an Oscarcast newcomer, while Mischer will be returning after this year's Emmy-nominated show, considered by some to be one of the worst ever in […]

Bubba Smith Dies: 'Police Academy' Movies, NFL Player

Bubba Smith, the 6-foot-7 former National Football League player and one of the performers in the Police Academy movies, was found dead earlier today at his Baldwin Hills home in Los Angeles. Smith was 66. No foul play is suspected. As a professional football player, Charles Aaron 'Bubba' Smith (born […]

James Earl Jones & Oprah Winfrey: Honorary Oscar Recipients

Actor James Earl Jones and veteran make-up artist Dick Smith will receive Honorary Awards, and former television hostess Oprah Winfrey will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. The awards will be presented at the Academy's 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner […]

Catwoman & Spider-Man + Madonna & New TDK Posters

This year's Oscar show may have been a critical and ratings flop, but the careers (of at least some) of those involved clearly haven't suffered as a result. Co-producer Don Mischer has been called back to co-produce the Oscar 2012 ceremony with action filmmaker Brett Ratner; James Franco stars in […]

'Festival' of Legends: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez in Oscar-Nominated Folk Music Documentary

Bob Dylan: Young days in 'Festival': Classic music documentary. 'Festival' of Legends: Folk music fest featuring a young Bob Dylan, Joan Baez showcased in Oscar-nominated documentary Before Woodstock and Monterey Pop there was … Murray Lerner's Festival. Set at the annual Newport Folk Festival and featuring the likes of Bob […]

Highest Paid Actresses & Zooey Deschanel vs. 'Los Angeles Times' Columnist

Angelina Jolie in Salt: $293 million worldwide. July 5: Forbes magazine has come up with a list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. This “top-ten actresses” list includes five Academy Award winners (Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep), one of the stars of Sex and the […]

Warren Beatty to Play Howard Hughes

Madonna, Warren Beatty, Dick Tracy June 22, '11, update: Warren Beatty used to be known as a Ladies' Man. Before Annette Bening, there were stories about Natalie Wood, Leslie Caron, Jean Seberg, Julie Christie, Diane Keaton, Joan Collins, Carly Simon, Faye Dunaway, Madonna, etc. The same goes for Howard Hughes, […]

Roger Ebert Apologizes for Ryan Dunn Tweet, G4 Pulls 'Proving Ground' After Fatal Crash

Ryan Dunn Updated June 22:Vilified by some for being “insensitive,” Roger Ebert turned out to be right about Jackass performer Ryan Dunn's last ride. Dunn's blood alcohol level was 0.196, or more than twice the maximum legal limit of 0.08. Also, according to police he might have been driving as […]

Marlon Brando as Jor-El: 'Record-Breaking' 'Superman' Salary

Marlon Brando as Jor-El, Superman Long before Russell Crowe made his first film, Marlon Brando pocketed a reported $3.7 million for two weeks of work on the Richard Donner-directed 1978 version of Superman. Brando's wages made headlines at the time, being reported as the highest amount (per day) ever paid […]

Russell Crowe: Superman's Father Jor-El

Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott, Robin Hood Russell Crowe is in talks to play Jor-El, Superman's father in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent/Superman in this reboot of the story about an alien orphan adopted by earthlings (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), and who […]

Jennifer Garner Announces Student Academy Award Winners

Front row (left to right): Hallvar Witzø, Julian Higgins, Avner Geller, Stevie Lewis, Tal S. Shamir, Wonjung Bae, Soham Mehta; back row (left to right): Theo Rigby, Anthony Weeks, Shawn Wines, Max Zähle, Karzan Kader, Zach Hyer, Bernardo Warman, Shaofu Zhang The winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts […]

Nude Rooney Mara & Sacha Baron Cohen Images

Rooney Mara naked (or nearly so), Daniel Craig clothed: 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' international poster. Nearly naked Rooney Mara in provocative 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' international poster Starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, Niels Arden Oplev's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo became an international blockbuster […]

Long-Lost Ian McKellen Footage Found: 'The Tomb of His Ancestors'

Footage of two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) in his first television role has been found in the US decades after it was thought lost, reports the BBC. McKellen had a supporting role in the 1964 BBC period […]

Princess Diana Death/Conspiracy Documentary UNLAWFUL KILLING: Cannes 2011 Controversy

Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed, Unlawful Killing Screened at Cannes on Friday, Keith Allen's documentary about the British royal family, Unlawful Killing, will likely fail to find the popular reception accorded to The Queen, The King's Speech, and Will and Kate's wedding. After all, the self-proclaimed “antidote to The King's Speech,” […]

'Sleeping Beauty' Sex Scenes Stir Up Cannes Controversy + Tilda Swinton Praise

Emily Browning, Sleeping Beauty. Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty divided critics at the Cannes Film Festival – while reminding some of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Presented by Jane Campion, Sleeping Beauty is the story of a young woman (Sucker Punch's and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events' Emily Browning) […]

Rachel Weisz & Johnny Depp in 'The Thin Man' Remake?

Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener Rachel Weisz, Oscar winner for The Constant Gardener, may join Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp in the Warner Bros. remake of The Thin Man. Depp is set to play dipsomaniac detective Nick Charles; according to reports, Weisz is being considered for the role […]

'Midnight in Paris' Reviews: Woody Allen Romantic Fantasy

Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Midnight in Paris Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, the director's 41st film, opened the Cannes Film Festival today. Starring unlikely Allen hero Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux, Alison Pill, and Gad Elmaleh, and featuring Carla Bruni in […]

'Lincoln' Adds Tommy Lee Jones & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals Oscar 2013 watch: Steven Spielberg's Lincoln has added several prestigious names to its cast. Two-time Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis (as Abraham Lincoln) and Sally Field (as Lincoln's wife, Mary Lincoln) will be joined by Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Jones will […]

'The Time Machine': Student Academy Awards Finalists

'The Time Machine,' 'The Dust Machine' among Student Academy Awards 2011 finalists (image: Mark Kendall's 'The Time Machine') Finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Student Academy Awards competition have been announced. They are divided into four categories: Alternative, Animation, Documentary and Narrative. The finalists are the following (listed alphabetically […]

Saoirse Ronan in 'The Host': Stephenie Meyer Movie Adaptation

Stephenie Meyer's The Host (top); Saoirse Ronan in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones (bottom) Saoirse Ronan will star in the film version of Stephenie Meyer's The Host, adapted by Andrew Niccol, reports Ronan, who earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for Atonement, can currently be seen on […]

'Every Little Step' & 'Soundtrack for a Revolution' Screenings

James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's Every Little Step Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's Soundtrack for a Revolution, and James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's Every Little Step will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, […]