September 4, 2013 |
With film festivals in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York all taking place this month, it seems nearly every movie with awards season hopes has already had - or has at least booked - its world premiere. But Hollywood's own AFI Fest was able to land a highly anticipated, still-under-wraps title to help kick off its November event: "Foxcatcher," director Bennett Miller's wrestling drama. The film, which stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, will play on Nov. 8, the second day of the eight-day festival.
September 4, 2013 |
"Earthflight," which premieres Wednesday on PBS, is a six-part documentary about birds. As often happens with big nature films, it is a rebranded BBC production (nearly 2 years old), presented domestically under the flag of the series "Nature," with rerecorded narration. Oddly, a two-hour version was broadcast here by Discovery Channel last October as "Winged Planet," its title surely meant to evoke memories of Discovery's earlier "Planet Earth" and "Frozen Planet" (also acquired from the BBC)
August 30, 2013 |
Jay-Z's video for the “Holy Grail” track from his “Magna Carta Holy Grail” album has now made it to YouTube following its 24-hour exclusive premiere on Facebook , a move that's heightened Facebook's profile as a platform for new video content from musicians. Using Facebook, rather than YouTube or Vevo for Thursday's rollout of the "Holy Grail" video, which was directed by Anthony Mandler and features Justin Timberlake during his chunks of the song, “will really allow him to go direct to a massive and instant global audience,” Facebook's head of content partnerships Nick Grudin told Billboard . PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay-Z through the years “It's something that only Facebook, I think, can really deliver in this way, given the scale of the audiences musicians have and the global nature of those audiences and the social dynamics of what happens when they engage on Facebook," Grudin said.
August 29, 2013 |
Writer-director Jason Reitman continues his tradition of debuting his films at the Telluride Film Festival with the screening Thursday of his latest, the drama "Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, "Labor Day" tracks the tale of single mom Adele (Winslet) and her son Henry, who unwittingly take in an escaped convict (Brolin) as the police scour the town for him. The film nabbed the coveted first feature slot, screening this afternoon in the Colorado mountain town.
August 28, 2013 |
Sixty years ago, maverick director Samuel Fuller won the Bronze Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival for his gritty film noir “Pickup on South Street” with Richard Widmark and Thelma Ritter. Now, six decades later, Samantha Fuller, the filmmaker's only child, is premiering “A Fuller Life,” a personal documentary on her late father at the festival Sunday in the Venice Classics section. Samuel Fuller, who died in 1997 at the age of 85, certainly had a full and colorful life.
August 28, 2013 |
Kyle Larson is about to achieve his goal of becoming a driver in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series. The 21-year-old racing prodigy from Elk Grove, Calif., will join Jamie McMurray next year on the two-car team of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, persons familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday. Larson is expected to step into the No. 42 Chevrolet and replace veteran Juan Pablo Montoya. The team this month declined to re-sign Montoya, 37, a former Indianapolis 500 winner and Formula One driver who found little success in NASCAR.
August 22, 2013 |
Fergie showed off her baby bump on Tuesday at the Los Angeles premiere of "Scenic Route," her husband Josh Duhamel's new film. The singer for the Black Eyed Peas looked suitably like a rocker Mom in a studded jacket, tight pants and super-stretchy top. I don't know who designed the clothes, but she was carrying a Perrin Paris cabriolet clutch. Rachel Zoe tells Capitol File magazine that her Bravo show, "The Rachel Zoe Project," is over. [Capitol File] Lily Collins has been overdoing the crop-top fad and is starting to look like a fashion victim, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore says.
August 13, 2013 |
Oprah Winfrey has said that taking a role in "The Butler" -- her first big-screen turn in 15 years -- was a scary prospect. But after being engulfed by a media mob at her new movie's premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night, Winfrey might be thinking that acting is the least frightening part of her return to film. Following an emotional screening at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, moviegoers headed across the street to an after-party at WP24 -- Wolfgang Puck's trendy restaurant with a sweeping view of the downtown skyline.
August 12, 2013 |
It looks like "Breaking Bad" is delivering the goods for AMC. Sunday night's episode of "Breaking Bad," the season premiere of the show's final run, drew 5.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen. This was the biggest debut in the show's history. That's more than double the number that tuned in for last summer's Season 5 premiere, according to numbers from Nielsen. The show, which telecast from 9 to 10 p.m., brought 3.6 million viewers in the key adults 18-49 demographic.
August 10, 2013 |
"Low Winter Sun," which begins Sunday on AMC, remakes a 2006 British series of the same name and with the same starring actor, Mark Strong, as in the Edinburgh-set original. He has left that accent at home and picked up a new one for the duration. Adapted by Chris Mundy ("Criminal Minds," "Cold Case"), it's a story of cops and criminals now set in the city-on-the-way-up-on-the-way-down that is Detroit. Strong plays Det. Frank Agnew, whose clean-shaven head, shot close-up and at length, occupies the very first shot of the series.