April 19, 2014

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Blake Lively Photos: Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Blake Lively.

Blake Christina Lively (born August 25, 1987) is an American actress and model who stars as Serena van der Woodsen in the television teen drama series, Gossip Girl. She has also starred in movies, including Accepted, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Town and Green Lantern.
Early life
Lively was born in Tarzana, Los Angeles to actors Ernie and Elaine Lively. She was raised as a Southern Baptist. The youngest of five siblings, Lively has a brother, Eric, two half-sisters, Lori and Robyn, and a half-brother, Jason. Both of her parents and all of her siblings are, or have been, in the entertainment industry. During Lively’s childhood, her parents would take her with them to acting classes that they taught because they did not want to leave her with a babysitter. Lively said that watching her parents teach acting classes helped her learn the “drills” of acting and gain confidence as she got older. Lively stated that as a child, her mother would bring her to Disneyland twice a week as an opportunity “to have some extra time to bond”; Lively has stated, due to all the time she spent there, she felt that she “grew up at Disneyland.”
Lively was not at all interested in acting, but during the summer between her junior and senior years, her brother, Eric, made his agent send her out on a few auditions over a period of a few months; of the few auditions, she got the role of Bridget for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Lively filmed her scenes in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants between her junior and senior years at Burbank High.
Career
Lively at the New York premiere of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 on August 8, 2008 in New York City
Lively began her acting career at age 11, when she appeared in the 1998 film Sandman, which was directed by Lively’s father. Lively describes her role in the film as having been a “bit part”. Lively appeared in the film adaptation of the novel of the same name, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in 2005 playing Bridget, one of the four female leads. Lively’s performance in the film earned her a nomination for a Teen Choice Award for [...]

Drew Barrymore can’t hide her girly crush

HollywoodNews.com: Drew Barrymore apparently has a thing for a certain woman and she can’t keep it secret any longer.
When Barrymore was asked about her current celebrity crush, she revealed a surprising answer, states E! News. She quickly offered up that her celeb crush is none other than MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
Makes you wonder how on-again, off-again beau Justin Long feels about her answer.
Who is your celebrity crush?
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Justin Long injured in car accident, misses “Conspirator” premiere

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Robert Redford’s Civil War courtroom thriller “The Conspirator” screened at the Savannah Film Festival last night. It was the fest’s Director’s Choice, a screening that is kept secret from the general public until the moment the curtain opens.
But one of the film’s cast members who was supposed to be in town to help promote the film couldn’t make it because he was in a car accident.
Justin Long, who plays a Union soldier and compatriot to James McAvoy, was injured in a car accident in Los Angeles and received a minor concussion, preventing him from traveling to Savannah for the fest.
“He’s completely fine now,” a source told PEOPLE magazine.
Redford’s drama was filmed in Savannah, and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It tells the story of Mary Surrat (Robin Wright), a woman who went on trial following the assassination of Abrahama Lincoln.
It was purchased by Roadside Attractions, and will be released Spring 2011.
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TIFF ’10: Robert Redford’s ‘The Conspirator’ a compelling slice of American history

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A last-minute invitation to Roy Thompson Hall had me sitting down for the Gala premiere of Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” Saturday evening instead of heading back to the hotel room to write a longer “127 Hours” review. Last-minute schedule changes have been the norm at Toronto this year, which is fine – particularly when the end result is a ticket to an anticipated screening.
As a history buff (and proud Southern resident, where much of “Conspirator” was filmed), this one was on my list to check out while in Toronto. A recent story in the L.A. Times about Redford’s parallels to Sept. 11 — whether intentional or not — was top of mind, seeing as how this was the anniversary of those tragic attacks. And while Redford didn’t hook me with his last two films, his “Conspirator” returns the director to the sturdy period storytelling methods employed in “Quiz Show” and “A River Runs Through It.”
Redford is aided immensely by James McAvoy, who delivers a mature and complex performance as Civil War attorney Frederick Aiken. A veteran of the Union Army, Aiken begins practicing law near the end of the bloody conflict only to find himself defending Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), a Southerner accused of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell) to kill President Abraham Lincoln.
Despite her claims of innocence, Surratt is railroaded through the Union-influenced justice system by a bloodthirsty Northern prosecutor (Danny Huston) while Aiken clings to the rights granted an individual in the Constitution, even though defending Surratt is far from the popular thing to do.
You don’t have to look too deep into “Conspirator’s” soul to unearth connections to post-Sept. 11 America. Following a national tragedy, protective (but misguided) government officials seek swift retaliation because “the people want that.” McAvoy and Wright do most of the heavy moral lifting between decently staged courtroom sequences, arguing whether the rights of a few should be sacrificed to appease the vengeful demands of many. Redford’s attention to period detail impresses, though his casting decisions are questionable. Not Tom Wilkinson and Kevin Kline. They could blend into any feature. But Danny Huston, Colm Meaney and Justin Long (!!) look as out of place in a Civil War drama as Maggie Smith or Judi Dench would look in “Saw VI.”
Overall, Redford’s “The Conspirator” is a solid effort. It’s a compelling legal drama and a [...]

This Week In Movies – ‘The American,’ ‘Machete,’ ‘Going the Distance’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Does this week in movies symbolize the industry’s fond farewell to its megabuck summer blockbuster season or the first blast of the more prestigious and thoughtful Fall movies? Seems it was a little of both with George Clooney’s euro-centric , deliberately paced “thriller”, The American taking the top spot at the Box Office and repping the kind of movie Hollywood is more likely to turn out in the Fall, and Warner Bros. dumping New Line’s rather raunchy Drew Barrymore/Justin Long chick flick, Going The Distance into the Labor Day slot trying to eek out whatever juice is left for mindless fare in the dying season. In the middle of it all was Robert Rodriguez’s lively but violent ode to his previous work on the Grindhouse flop, Machete which with its concurrent presence at the Venice Film Festival is a classic in-betweener. On the surface it’s surefire, young male-skewing summer stuff but look below and you see a genre sendup with a cool cast (any film with both Robert DeNiro AND Lindsay Lohan can’t be all bad) and hip indie credentials wanting to have its box office cake and critical acclaim too.

Interestingly the hardest of all these movies to see pre-opening for critics was the Clooney flick. The American from director Anton Corbijn whose previous film Control was a critics darling. Focus in a somewhat unusual strategy only had one screening in LA at the Harmony Gold room in Hollywood for reviewers and that was basically just a day and a half before the Wednesday Sept 1 release. The late review date created some pre-buzz among certain bloggers that this might be a problematic picture but it’s subsequent 61% Rotten Tomatoes rating and decent reviews including Roger Ebert’s four star rave that said, “it is so rare to see a film this carefully crafted”, makes the distributor’s decision curious. Or does it? Focus is in the business of making money and my guess is they weren’t consciously trying to hide a movie they thought was bad (they weren’t and it isn’t), but one they wanted to sell as a pure action thriller. Knowing the reviews were all going to contain the phrase “slow paced European style” was not in the marketing plan. Of course when you bring the wrong crowd into the tent the word of mouth can be lethal and that’s predictably [...]

‘The American’ grosses a predictable $16.4 million over holiday

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: Despite stupidly opening on a Wednesday (and siphoning off $3 million before the traditional opening weekend), “The American” grossed a completely predictable $13 million over three days and $16.4 million over the four-day holiday. This is no less than the ninth George Clooney vehicle to open to around $11-13 million since “The Peacemaker” in 1997. And, as I’ve written before, every time this happens, the pundits jump up and down about how Clooney may not be a real movie star. As I’ve also said before, true stardom is when it’s just your face on the poster, especially when you’re selling a somewhat uncommercial bit of cinema. That was certainly the case with “The American,” which is a slow and ponderous European-style thriller, with only just enough action to fill up the third act of a trailer (film-goers felt duped, as the Film received a D- from Cinemascore). The fact that it will end up with $19.4 million between Wednesday and Monday is a testament to Clooney’s sheer constancy as an opener for relatively cheap (the Film cost Focus Features just $20 million) and arty projects. For what it’s worth, if you know what you’re getting into, the Film is a relatively satisfying character-driven tone poem. It’s a B-movie classed up and pruned down to resemble an art Film.
The next major opener was Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete.” It was another case of hardcore interest in the geek world not translating into much mainstream interest. Once again, advertising a film as ‘so bad that it’s good’ is a sure-fire way to turn off general moviegoers, and in the era of $10+ movie tickets, it’s a tough thing for any number of younger filmgoers to stomach as well. Still, with an opening three-day gross of $11.3 million and a $14 million four-day gross, the picture more than justified its cost (it had a $20 million budget, and Fox paid around $5 million to distribute it). At the end of the day, the cameo-filled comedic riff on 70′s exploitation was always destined to be more talked about for its nerd appeal and its immigration politics then seen in a theater. For what it’s worth, the Danny Trejo vehicle played to a 60% Hispanic audience. The geek-centric film is destined for cult status on DVD/Blu Ray and, if FX can cut the exceedingly violent and bloody film down to an acceptable TV version, [...]

Drew Barrymore knows the kind of relationship she wants next

HollywoodNews.com: Drew Barrymore has been through a lot in her life and just as much in her relationships, but all this has helped her to figure out what she wants next.
While the actress is reported to be with Justin Long again, whatever relationship she is in, she wants it to be “easy” and “calming,” states Digital Spy. Despite wanting “crazy love” relationships when she was younger, she now wants different “systems in place.”
Barrymore reportedly no longer knows how many men she has been hurt by, but with a new outlook, she may be able to find that comfortable relationship she is looking to have soon.
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Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Machete,’ ‘American’ vs. Drew Barrymore

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This is it. The end of the summer box office season and three releases aimed at three different demos are set to split their cash evenly at $15 million apiece per media pundits.
Leading the fray is Robert Rodriguez/Ethan Maniquis’ high-octane actioner “Machete” starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan. The Fox film is tracking well among Latinos and men and is receiving a wonderful 70% approval from Tomatometer critics. “Machete,” which was featured in a faux trailer in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez horror-thriller hybrid “Grindhouse” follows an ex Mexican cop, transplanted in the U.S., who slashes away at his enemies in an effort to clear his name after being framed for the assassination of a politician. The story is set against the backdrop of the tense U.S.-Mexico border debate.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone exclaims “This unholy mess replaces the artful ambition of (George Clooney’s) ‘The American’ with torture, blood spray, kinky sex, twisted fun and a bizarro critique of U.S. policy on illegal immigration.”
Hollywood News critic Anthony D’Alessandro also loved “Machete” heralding it as “the best action film of the summer, sniping ‘Salt’ in its twists and kicking Adam McKay’s ‘The Other Guys’ in the cajones with its comedy.”

Getting a leg up on the competition, Focus Features released George Clooney’s $20 million Italian-western “The American” on Wednesday. “American” follows a hitman on the lam from Swedish killers in a Abruzzo, Italy medieval town. “American” has already cashed in $1.67 million in its first day. Pic is directed by Danish helmer Anton Corbijn. Critics are also giving “American” a thumbs up with a 60% fresh score per Rotten Tomatoes. Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News says that “American” is “a movie as coiled as a snake and as still as a sleepy villa, is the rare grownup thriller that knows the link between peace and danger and the tension that comes from both.”
Hollywood News’ D’Alessandro also adored Clooney in the film saying that the actor “captures the complexity of his feelings throughout each crevice of his face” and “executes his less is more style with sublime grace.” Older adults are the shoe-in crowd for “American.”
Last, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long will give moviegoers another shot at romantic comedy after audiences deep-sixed Jennifer Aniston’s “The Switch” two weeks ago. Priced at $32 million, “Going [...]

Interview: Drew Barrymore and Justin Long talk about ‘Going the Distance’

By Todd Gilchrist
HollywoodNews.com: According to the tabloids, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long have plenty of romantic history in real life. But in Going the Distance, they deal with the very real challenge of keeping a relationship alive from two separate cities (one supposes in comparison to separate movie productions). The new film, directed by American Teen documentarian-turned-feature filmmaker Nanette Burstein, is a funny, sweet and surprisingly sensitive portrait of long-distance romance, and Long and Barrymore do a terrific job bringing it to life.
Hollywood News recently sat down with Barrymore, Long, and the rest of the film’s cast and crew at the Los Angeles press day for Going the Distance. In addition to talking about some of the more interesting challenges of long-distance relationships, including phone sex, the duo addressed their first on screen kiss, and talked about keeping a straight face while sharing the screen with such a formidable cast of supporting performers.
Hollywood News: Drew and Justin, early on in the film, you two have a dinner date, and you’re asking him questions about certain things, and I wanted to ask you yourself, what are your top three albums, and also, what are your favorite movies?

Justin Long: Ooh. Nice. Albums? I would say Tangled Up In Blue, which is actually Blood On The Tracks, sorry, Bob Dylan, Blood On The Tracks, Joni Mitchell, Blue, and Rubber Soul, I think, are my top three.
Jason Sudeikis: You forgot the new Justin Bieber.
Long: Well, that’s assumed, yeah. That’s given. The Bieb’s Greatest Hits. Leave it to Bieber.
Drew Barrymore: I’m gonna go with Annie Hall, Lost In America, and Sullivan’s Travels. Those are my three favorite – some of my favorite movies.
Long: Albums!
Barrymore: Spank me! No, I’m just kidding. Oh God, albums – a Radiohead album… I’m such a music nut too, this is really sad. It’s like sometimes, when someone says, “Let’s go to breakfast,” and it’s like you’ve never eaten before, and your brain just goes blank. I’m gonna call a brain blank on this one. I’m sticking with movies.
Long: I’m gonna say for what it’s worth, Annie Hall, Back To The Future, and… we’re gonna do Way Out West. Well, it’s a little more of a sentimental movie for me, Way Out West.
Hollywood News: Drew, Erin is more modern, sassy, and outspoken than some of the rom-com characters you’ve played. I wonder if the fact that she was a [...]

Drew Barrymore, Justin Long true to their emotions in ‘Distance’

HollywoodNews.com: Drew Barrymore and Justin Long figured that it was best for their art to imitate their lives and decided to hook up for the end-of-the-summer romantic comedy “Going the Distance.”
In the Warner Bros. film, which bows on September 3, the duo endure a long-distance relationship. In real-life they broke up in 2008, however, are rumored to be dating again.
“Everybody knows we have a history together and I just thought, ‘Oh, you know what? Let’s exploit it’,” Barrymore told Access Hollywood. “I just thought, ‘God, we have like seen each other through highs and lows.
In their performances for the film, both Barrymore and Long went all out method:
“He makes me laugh for real,” Barrymore said. “We’ve been through, like, tough moments; I just thought maybe it would seem more genuine if you believed that the people were going through it as opposed to two actors acting it.
“We are actors and we are playing characters, but maybe there’s, you know, some shred of the chemistry or the emotion or the joy that is really authentic and I thought that was a very unique situation.”
Whenever real-life Hollywood couples play love doves on the screen, the box office results can be spotty, often times disastrous. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s “Gigli” bombed at $6 million. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s “Eyes Wide Shut” had a much better draw abroad than the $56 million it minted in the U.S. The Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor feature “Cleopatra” is often cited as the most notorious Hollywood bomb to headline a famed couple. Originally the production was suppose to cost $2 million, but spun out of control and cost $44 million back in the early ‘60s.
Here’s hoping that Barrymore and Long can buck the trend.
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