December 15, 2010 |
Emma Stone, the brassy young star of the high school comedy "Easy A," says she's well aware that she's yet to gain a reputation as a "serious actress. " Still, Tuesday morning the relative newcomer found herself nominated for a Golden Globe alongside such stalwarts as Angelina Jolie, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Stone was the first to express her surprise. "I mean, yeah, it's 'Easy A,'" she joked, shortly after receiving word of her nom in the Globes' actress in a motion picture comedy/musical category.
January 16, 2012 |
It was a Golden Globes red carpet with more fashion fizzles than sizzles. Shades of pale were a popular trend, as were fishtail hems. And there was a certain boring sameness to many of the looks, including Bérénice Bejo's blue strapless Gucci gown, Freida Pinto's blue strapless Prada gown and Mila Kunis' black strapless Dior gown. But for those who dared to make more unconventional choices, it paid off. PHOTOS: Golden Globes 2012 best and worst dressed Charlize Theron embodied the stuff of which Hollywood fairy tales are made.
September 17, 2010 |
The story of a smart, funny girl who becomes a self-styled Hester Prynne, "Easy A" is neither as smart nor as funny as it wants to be. With the verbal-cleverness dial set at 11, the teen comedy wears its glib cultural references — pop and 19th-century literary — in boldface embroidery. Much of what passes for fresh in this "Scarlet Letter" update doesn't bear closer inspection, yet the movie is not without its pleasures, chief among them the potentially star-making lead performance by Emma Stone.
August 10, 2011 |
"The Help" is a delicious peppery stew of home-cooked, 1960s Southern-style racism that serves up a soulful dish of what ails us and what heals us. Laughter, which is ladled on thick as gravy, proves to be the secret ingredient — turning what should be a feel-bad movie about those troubled times into a heart-warming surprise. The movie is richly flavored by the work of a sprawling cast that puts the exceptional Viola Davis and Emma Stone at the film's impassioned center, with the scene-stealing tang of Octavia Spencer and the sweet-tart of Jessica Chastain thankfully never far away.
January 9, 2014 |
Continuing the relationship that has yielded such recent box office successes as "Midnight in Paris" and "Blue Jasmine," Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight. " This will be the seventh collaboration between the filmmaker and Sony Classics. Allen notoriously keeps the subjects of each of his films a closely guarded secret. "Magic" stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver.
April 27, 2013 |
There's magic afoot in Orange County that has nothing to do with a giant mouse or a legendary berry farm and everything to do with George Esquivel and his band of craftsmen who, for more than a decade, have been hand-cobbling high-end shoes for a who's who of the well-heeled, including rock stars, NBA players, politicians and Hollywood heavyweights of every stripe. In a nondescript building off I-5 in Buena Park, pieces of white leather destined to become booties for singer Janelle Monae are being meticulously hand-stitched at one table.
January 11, 2013 |
If Seth MacFarlane was using Thursday's Academy Awards nominations announcement as a test-run for his Oscar show hosting patter, he might consider changing directions. Fast. Early reviews of MacFarlane's jokes were strongly negative, with many critics saying the “Ted” and “Family Guy” maker favored insults over insights and belittled entire swaths of the creative community. Rather than MacFarlane's coming across as amiable, the naysayers found him arrogant and nasty.
November 19, 2013 |
If you're wondering what a "lite" Kim Kardashian-Kanye West sex tape would look like, look no further. The overly exposed couple cheekily simulate coitus in the rapper's latest music video , "Bound 2," which he debuted Tuesday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show. " The slimmed-down reality TV star appears in the video not only to show off her enviable post-baby body, but also to straddle her fiance as he rides a bouncing motorcycle. Two more things: She's topless, and she's straddling him from the front as they "ride" against an ever-changing scenic background. PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Shouldn't someone be wearing a helmet?
July 19, 2011 |
It's noon on a warm July day, and filmmaker Will Gluck is worried that he's become a cliché. The 39-year-old writer-director behind the new romantic comedy "Friends With Benefits," starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, is wondering whether he should have hung a framed poster for the 1948 Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn movie "State of the Union" in his sparsely furnished new office at Sony Pictures. The poster, a gift from Kunis, is a bit of a gag, Gluck says — the actress knows how much the boyish-looking New York native detests Hollywood-types who display old movie posters in their offices.
January 24, 2014 |
As the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos prepare to face off at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, movie studios are lining up for an unofficial showdown of their own over whose trailer will make the biggest splash. The tab isn't cheap, with 30-second spots reportedly going for $4 million, but the big game is generally the most watched broadcast of the year, capable of drawing well over 100 million viewers. While studios tend to remain tight-lipped over their Super Bowl plans, a handful of high-profile films have emerged as those likely to make a showing.