April 23, 2014

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Jessica Simpson finally done with high heels during pregnancy

HollywoodNews.com: Jessica Simpson has been pretty serious about wearing high heels throughout her pregnancy, but now it seems she has gotten to that point where she can no longer handle it.
Simpson allegedly recently revealed that her body won’t let her walk around in heels anymore now that she has about one month left of her pregnancy, states UsMagazine.com. “I can’t wear heels anymore. I tried but it was too hard,” Simpson reportedly commented.
However, this isn’t exactly what she thought would happen as she once commented, “I’m probably going to deliver my baby in [4-inch YSL heels].”
What do you think about stars wearing high heels throughout their pregnancies?
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield in “Death of a Salesman”

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: The greatest American play? Quite possibly Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” set in 1949 and revived last night on Broadway in a production that is outstanding. Mike Nichols directed and reinvented Miller’s classic, with Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, Andrew Garfield (the new movie Spider Man) as Biff, Linda Emonds as Willy’s wife Linda, and Finn Wittrock as Happy. This is a historic production, quite possibly the best ever (and there have been many great ones starring Dustin Hoffman, Brian Dennehy, Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott). Thursday night’s star studded opening was the second time I’ve seen this production, and it’s only gotten more devastating, deep, emotional, and overwhelming. Philip Seymour Hoffman is our generation’s Jason Robards. He is perfection as Willy Loman in all aspects–from Willy’s wrestling with his past (the father and brother who left him) to his denial about more current events, and his increasing mental in capacities. PSH has an Oscar for “Capote” but this is his Tony Award. He cannot be missed.
The whole cast is spot on. Considering it’s a play about fathers and sons, I was particularly moved by Andrew Garfield’s father’s reaction to seeing his son as the angry ne’er do well, Biff. At the party following the opening night at Bryant Park Grill, Mr. Garfield and Andrew just kept hugging and crying. The cast is extremely worn out emotionally after each performance. Even last night Mike Nichols, who’s sat through every preview to give “notes,” told me he was overwhelmed. Arthur Miller’s famous actress sister, Joan Copeland, t0ld me it was the best production she’d seen since the original. Martin Short told me that Tom Hanks had seen it a few days ago and declared it “the best thing he’s ever seen, period.” Columbia Pictures’ Amy Pascal came to congratulate her upcoming Spider Man.
Scott Rudin produced this extravaganza, and it made for quite a glittering night. In the audience were Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Paul Simon, Barbara Walters (who came with David Geffen), Julianna Margulies, Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich, Catherine Keener, Amy Ryan, Spike Lee, Anjelica Huston, Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, and Garfield’s actress gf Emma Stone, Julia Roberts, plus “Saturday Night Live” star Bill Hader, who said he almost fainted when Nichols complimented his “SNL” work. It was kind of funny at one point seeing Streep, Gummer, Nichols, Sawyer and Huston all dining [...]

‘House of Lies’ Not Being Treated Like a ‘Black Show’ Says Glynn Turman

By Beck/Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Don Cheadle’s “House of Lies” has already been picked up for its second season, and costar Glynn Turman is quick to applaud Showtime for its support of the series that has Cheadle as a slick, smart, ruthless and debauched management consultant for greedy Wall Street giants.
“They’re so behind it, pumping and putting it out there,” he notes. This being Black History Month, Turman looks at “House of Lies” through the lens of race. In his opinion, “It’s not being treated like a ‘black show.’ If there is a show with a black lead, it’s not usually given the push that other shows are given. But with this show, the wheels that make things a success are really spinning.”
Turman has a permanent place in black cinema history, thanks to his role in the classic 1975 “Cooley High.” He’s observed changes in film and TV with regard to African Americans since then, and he’s observed slips backward. The day of the African American network comedy, for example, has pretty much gone away.
The bitingly satirical “House of Lies” — which is, in case you didn’t know, a very wild Showtime show full of sex, drugs and profanity — is in a category unto itself.
Turman, who plays Cheadle’s retired shrink dad, feels the show, “does a wonderful job in presenting Don and his family, me included, as human beings. The issues we see him struggling with have less to do with him being black than him being human. That’s one of the things that’s so refreshing about it. The color issue is so secondary to his relationships with his coworkers, his boss. His coworker is a beautiful young blond white girl,” he notes, referring to Kristen Bell. “His ex-wife (Dawn Olivieri) is a white woman….They’re not ignoring his color. When issues come up, they tackle the issues.”
Cheadle’s wily character is also not above playing the race card, if it’s to his advantage. As Turman notes, “This is a guy who says, ‘This can work for me. I can use this.’ I think that’s so timely.” Its occupation with Wall Street “hits right on the sore spot of the country. I think everybody’s still in shock after seeing it,” Turman adds with a laugh. “People are saying, ‘Can they do that?’”
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Good Films you missed – 13 Assassins, The Skin I Live In, Tree of Life, Warrior

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com:This is the third of several year-end wrap essays detailing the year in film. This time, it’s about highlighting the good or great films that slipped under the radar somehow. Some got rave reviews and wide releases but stiffed at the box office while some never made it out of limited release. All are worth tracking down and all are, with one exception I will point out, now available on DVD/Blu Ray/download/etc. And nearly all of them are not hardcore independent films, but seemingly mainstream dramas and comedies that would have likely merited a wide release even a few years ago. Once again, these will be in alphabetical order.
13 Assassins
Like pretty much all Magnolia titles in the last few years, the majority of the film’s initial profits came from their OnDemand services, with Takashi Miike’s truly epic samurai drama receiving on a token theatrical release in a few major cities. No matter where you see this one, it’s a surprisingly compelling shades-of-grey morality play. At its core, it’s about the morality of committing murder, political assassination no-less, in the name of dispatching a regional ruler who may be too evil to eventually wear the crown. For the first two thirds it is a character study and a classic samurai drama. But the entire last third of the picture unleashes one of the longest and most impressive non-stop action sequences I’ve ever seen. If for no other reason than it’s last 40 minutes, 13 Assassins is a must-see action picture.
Attack the Block
If you read any blogs that travel in the ‘geek circles’, this may be the most talked-about movie that nobody saw this year. The film premiered early in the year to rave reviews from the Faracis and McWeenys of the world, but it’s token limited release from Sony Screen Gems on July 29th, a weekend with six new releases. Needless to say, it died and never really expanded. Is the film as gloriously awesome as you may have read elsewhere? Not quite. It doesn’t break much new ground, but it does what it intends to do very well. The young kids are all quite good and the aliens they encounter are all the scarier for their sparse use. This is just a rock-solid genre entry that is just different enough to [...]

Indie Spirit noms are coming Nov. 29 – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale will announce the nominees for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. at The London West Hollywood Hotel, it was revealed today by Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
As previously announced, the 27th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The premiere broadcast of the ceremony will air later that evening at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.
Bios on each actor, from a release:
Anthony Mackie was classically trained at the Julliard School of Drama and was discovered playing Tupac Shakur in the off-Broadway play “Up Against the Wind.” He made his film debut in Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile and proceeded to garner roles in Spike Lee’s Sucker Free City and She Hate Me, Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, and Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate. Mackie earned Film Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award nominations for his performance in Rodney Evans’ Brother to Brother. In 2006, Mackie starred in Half Nelson, Freedomland, Heaven’s Fall, Crossover and We Are Marshall. Intertwined throughout his film career, Mackie continues to perform in several plays, which include “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King’s modern re-telling of Chekhov’s “the Seagull,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Soldier’s Play,” and Martin McDonough’s “A Behanding in Spokane.” In 2009, he starred in Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, which earned him a Film Independent Spirit nomination for Best Supporting Male. 2009 also saw Mackie revisit the role of Tupac Shakur in Fox Searchlight’s Notorious and he was in Dreamworks’ Eagle Eye. Mackie recently starred in Night Catches Us alongside Kerry Washington, The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and Real Steel opposite Hugh Jackman. He will next be seen in Man on a Ledge, Ten Year, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Gangster Squad.
English actress Kate Beckinsale is revealing herself to be one of films’ most versatile and charismatic actresses. She first gained notice in Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing, then subsequently appeared in Cold Comfort Farm, The Last Days of Disco, Brokedown Palace and Shooting Fish. She then moved on to star in Disney’s epic Pearl Harbor, followed by Serendipity, Laurel Canyon, Van Helsing and the hit vampire tales Underworld and Underworld: Evolution. Beckinsale also [...]

Woody Harrelson’s one bad MoFo in full “Rampart” trailer – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The unofficial word on Oren Moverman’s “Rampart” is that Woody Harrelson gives a can’t-miss performance as a corrupt L.A. police officer, the kind of turn that could catapult him once again into the Oscar conversation. Harrelson has been nominated twice before, most recently for his 2009 collaboration with Moverman on the emotionally scarring “The Messenger.”
I came back from New York late last night to find a “Rampart” screener in my mailbox (thank you, Millennium Entertainment). The distributor is doing what it can to push Harrelson – and the film – across the proper radars. I plan to watch it before the holidays, and will bring you reactions as soon as possible.
In the meantime, a new trailer for the film has hit the Web. It does an excellent job of selling Harrelson’s vicious side without spoiling too much of Moverman’s plot.
We have it below:

“Rampart” will open in New York and Los Angeles for a qualifying run on Nov. 23. It will re-open in theaters across the nation on Jan. 27, 2012. Stay tuned for more “Rampart” information in the coming weeks, as the Oscar race continues to develop.
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What does NYFCC date shift mean? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Is it a legitimate move to position itself at the forefront of a lengthy awards race, or the Oscar season equivalent of annoyingly posting “First!” on an Internet message board?
Many reacting to the news that the New York Film Critics Circle has moved up its voting date are still trying to figure that out. The group announced today that their annual year-end vote will take place on Monday, Nov. 28, at The Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center. This means the group likely will lead this year’s pack of awards prognosticators, as the National Board of Review is expected to reveal their year-end selection on Dec. 1.
But with the announcement came an unexpected bit of bravado, making many wonder why the group would move up their deadline (at the risk of excluding films that haven’t been screened in time for consideration).
“Take that LAFCA,” Lou Lemenick of the New York Post tweeted.
Really? Is it that big of a competition? Is it more important to be first, or to honor the right films?
“As the nations pre-eminent critic’s group, we are excited about kicking off the annual end-of-year discussion with our new early voting date,” said chairman John Anderson in a statement. “On the basis of the films we have seen thus far, we are looking forward to another passionate debate amongst our members.”
Yes, but what of the films they have not seen?
Hitfix Oscar analyst Kris Tapley, agrees, writing, “It’s painfully obvious the NYFCC is just looking to be a substantial part of the awards season and not just one of a number of critics groups handing out awards. It’s entirely self-serving. Let’s not pretend it’s about honoring the highest in film accomplishment more than it is puffing yourself up in an already stuffy and crowded time of year. Alrighty?”
The move likely has studios with Christmas-time films scrambling to make sure undoubtedly influential critics from New York get to see “War Horse,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” or “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
And what of LAFCA? Will they stand pat, or move their date forward, as well? It’s unclear yet if this shift on behalf of the NYFCC will send significant waves through the still-developing awards season, but the first ripple has been felt. Let’s see what kind of impact it has.
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Anne Hathaway joining Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Anne Hathaway reportedly has joined the cast of Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables,” a lavish adaptation of the timeless stage musical that already has Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe in the leads.
Hathaway’s name has been attached to “Les Miz” as a rumor for some time now, though the casting’s being confirmed by Deadline. The “Dark Knight Rises” star, who has shared a stage with Jackman at the Oscars on multiple occasions, would play Fantine opposite Jackman’s Jean Valjean and Crowe’s Inspector Javert.
“Miserables” is Hooper’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning “The King’s Speech.” He is mounting the production for Universal, and plans to have it in theaters by December 2012.
The “Miserables” cast is loaded with actors boasting ties to superhero franchises. Hathaway’s still filming Christopher Nolan’s Batman sequel. That production just shifted to New York City. Jackman, of course, has played Wolverine in multiple X-Men movies. And Crowe’s filming a part in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, “Man of Steel.”
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“Steel Magnolias” will be remade on Lifetime with all black cast

HollywoodNews.com: Let’s face it, the cast for the movie version of Steel Magnolias was perfect: Sally Field as M’Lynn and Julia Roberts as her daughter Chelsea. There was also Dolly Parton as Truvvy, owner of the local hair salon where all the ladies gather and Darryl Hannah as Annelle, the new girl in town hired by Truvvy as a hairdresser. And finally, you had the great Shirley MacLaine as the town grump Ouiser and Olympia Dukakis as her best friend Clairee.
I can do all of their line readings – especially Sally Field’s at her daughter’s graveside: “I’m fiiiiiiiiiinnnnne!!!!!!!”
Now comes word that Lifetime is cooking up a contemporary remake of the film with an all-black cast.
Oh, what fun!
Let’s explore the possibilities!
The casting of M’Lynn is key since she’s sort of the glue that holds all the women together. Sally Field was exceptional in the role and robbed of an Oscar nomination (only Julia Roberts was nominated for the film).
This is certainly a role Oscar nominee Viola Davis could sink her teeth into. She should be offered the part on a silver platter. But the star of The Help and Doubt certainly has her pick of parts these days. If she won’t do it, Angela Bassett or Alfre Woodard could nail it or even Halle Berry who is technically old enough to be a grandmother.
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HBO Makes a Record for Primetime Emmy® Awards Nominations

HollywoodNews.com: HBO® has received the most nominations for the upcoming edition of the Primetime Emmy® awards for the eleventh year in a row. The nominees for the 63rd edition of the awards were announced today from Los Angeles.
The HBO original Miniseries, “Mildred Pierce” leads all nominees with 21 nods. The successful series, “Boardwalk Empire,” is close behind with 18, making these the two most recognized series.
The HBO programs that received Emmy nominations this year were:
“Mildred Pierce” with 21 nominations, including: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Kate Winslet), 2 nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Guy Pearce and Brian F. O’Byrne), 3 nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo and Mare Winningham), Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Movie, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie.
“Boardwalk Empire” with 18 nominations, including: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Steve Buscemi), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Kelly MacDonald), 3 nominations for Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, 2 nominations for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Visual Effects.
“Game of Thrones” with 13 nominations, including: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage), Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Special Effects.
“Too Big To Fail” with 11 nominations including: Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries (William Hurt), 2 nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Paul Giamatti y James Woods), Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie, Outstanding Miniseries or a Movie, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Drama Special.
“Cinema Verite” with 9 nominations including: Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Diane Lane), Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries.
“Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden” with 5 nominations, including: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, and Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
“True Blood” with 4 nominations including: Outstanding Guest Supporting Actress (Alfre Woodard) and Outstanding Sound Editing.
“Gasland” with 4 nominations, including: Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.
“Thurgood” with 3 nominations including: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Laurence Fishburne), Outstanding Image Editing for a Special and Outstanding Musical Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special.
“Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway” with 3 [...]

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