August 15, 2013 |
Justin Timberlake is the latest performer added to the lineup for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, the network announced Thursday. Pop's comeback kid tied Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with a leading six nominations, and he will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The honor, which celebrates “innovation and artistry in music video creation and impact,” has previously gone to Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, REM, the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Timberlake's famous ex, Britney Spears, who was the last artist to receive the award in 2011. REVIEW: Justin Timberlake and Jay Z at the Rose Bowl Earlier this year, Timberlake marked his return to music with “The 20/20 Experience,” his first album in seven years and so far the year's biggest-selling album, with 2 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
July 16, 2013 |
TV is the new black for film gentry. Once regarded as a purgatory for serious actors and producers, television has been attracting top-tier movie talent on both sides of the camera for years thanks in no small part to the deep character studies encouraged by cable networks. And this year's Primetime Emmy nominations, which roll out early Thursday morning, may underscore the point as never before. Film stars Kevin Spacey, Jane Fonda, Jeff Daniels, Shirley MacLaine, Holly Hunter, Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Kevin Bacon, as well as respected filmmakers David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh and Jane Campion are just some of the cinema-tilted talent in line to get the early morning wake-up call late this week.
July 11, 2013 |
Assuming the scheduling stars align, Ben Affleck will play protagonist Nick Dunne in David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling thriller "Gone Girl. " The high-profile acting gig would be slotted into Affleck's fall, giving the hyphenate time to prep his next helming effort, Warner Bros. crime drama "Live By Night," which is scheduled to start pre-production in January. As fans of the book know, Dunne is a magazine writer-turned-bartender who moves with his wife, Amy, back to his Midwestern hometown after he loses his prestigious NYC job -- and he is accused of murdering his wife after she disappears one morning from their North Carthage, Mo., home.
May 30, 2013 |
Some three years ago, when "The Social Network" director David Fincher and executive producer Kevin Spacey took a pizza break across the street from the West Hollywood lot where the picture was shooting, Spacey mentioned a BBC series about political machinations called "House of Cards. " "Do you know this series from Britain?" Spacey recalls asking. "Do you think it would be interesting to maybe adapt it?" Sitting in shorts, sneakers and a pinstriped shirt on the patio of the Beverly Hills Hotel's Polo Lounge recently, awaiting the arrival of Robin Wright, his acting partner in the resultant Netflix series about scheming Washington insiders, Spacey recalls just how long the odds were.
April 25, 2013 |
Actor and director Zach Braff's efforts to use Kickstarter to fund a movie about a struggling actor's existential crisis has turned into a minor public relations crisis. Mere hours after launching the campaign to fund production for "Wish I Was Here," the follow-up to his cult hit “Garden State,” the backlash started. Commenters on Twitter and in the trades on Wednesday accused Braff of cynically leveraging free money from fans on behalf of Hollywood producers, who would have funded the film and acceded to his creative demands regardless.
April 3, 2013
Disney is plunging back into familiar waters, announcing a November 2015 sequel to "Finding Nemo" titled "Finding Dory. " Enthusiasts of the 2003 finned favorite will recall Dory as the friendly, slightly amnesiac tang voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, who'll return to voice the title character. News of a sequel had been known for some time, but the announcement Tuesday clarifies the focus, title and release date (exact day, Nov. 25). Andrew Stanton, who directed the 2003 hit-cum-animated-Oscar winner, is returning behind the camera.