April 24, 2014

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“Vanity Fair” 2014 Hollywood Issue. A year of spectacular film with a group of distinguished actors

For the 20th annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, the magazine celebrates a year of spectacular film with a group of distinguished actors. The cover, a three-panel foldout by Vanity Fair contributing photographer Annie Leibovitz, who also shot the first ever Hollywood Issue cover, in 1995, features Oscar nominees Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Lupita Nyong?o (12 Years a Slave), as well as Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), George Clooney (Gravity), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Chadwick Boseman (42), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color).
Julia Roberts is an industry veteran who makes a splash with her Oscar-nominated performance in John Wells’s August: Osage County. Though Roberts has been on the cover of Vanity Fair five times, this is her first time on the Hollywood Issue cover.
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor rivets audiences with his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Solomon Northup, in Steve McQueen?s 12 Years a Slave.
Jared Leto recently won a Golden Globe for his heartbreaking, Oscar-nominated performance as the transgender Rayon in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club.
Recent Yale Drama School grad Lupita Nyong’o won universal acclaim this year with her Oscar-nominated performance as the beautiful, tortured Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.
British actor Idris Elba brings to life Africa’s greatest hero, in Justin Chadwick?s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The perennial matinee idol George Clooney provides a soothing calm to a perilous 3-D space walk in Alfonso Cuarón?s Oscar-nominated Gravity. He was also one of the producers of August: Osage County. This is his first time appearing on the Hollywood Issue cover.
Michael B. Jordan raised the profile of Oscar Grant III, the young man fatally shot by an Oakland transit-police officer, with his performance in Ryan Coogler?s sleeper hit, Fruitvale Station.
Recent Bond Girl Naomie Harris held her own as Winnie Mandela, starring opposite fellow Brit Elba in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Brie Larson breaks onto the scene with her lead role in Destin Daniel Cretton?s Short Term 12.
Chadwick Boseman moved up to the majors with his performance as baseball legend Jackie Robinson, in Brian Helgeland?s biopic 42.
Australian sensation Margot Robbie, the youngest actress to grace this year?s Hollywood cover, metamorphosed into the Duchess of Bay Ridge in Martin Scorsese?s Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street.
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Celine Dion names her twin sons

HollywoodNews.com: After much deliberation and consideration, Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil have named their twin sons who were born last week.
The boys will reportedly be named Eddy and Nelson after two influential people in the singer’s life, states People.
Eddy is named after Eddy Marnay, who produced the singer’s first five records and was apparently much like a father to Celine.
And Nelson is named after Nelson Mandela whom the couple met a few years back and were inspired by instantly.
Do you like the names Celine Dion gave to her sons?
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14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival unveils line-up

HollywoodNews.com: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, has unveiled its line-up of finalists for this year’s festival, founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu announced today. The programming includes features, documentaries and shorts from around the world.
The Hollywood Film Festival, which takes place October 22-25 at ArcLight Cinemas, will open on Friday, October 22, with the feature “RECONCILIATION: MANDELA’S MIRACLE,” a sensitive documentary about how Nelson Mandela saved his country from bloody civil war and dismantled the system of apartheid through the spirit of reconciliation. The documentary was directed by Michael Henry Wilson and stars FW De Klerk, Zindzi Mandela, Clint Eastwood, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Francois Pienaar and The Springboks.
This year’s lineup includes “THE 5TH QUARTER,” a film by Rick Bieber that is based on real events in 2006 and stars Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell, and Ryan Merriman; “BENEATH THE BLUE,” directed by Michael D. Sellers and starring Paul Wesley as a young Naval officer who is assigned to “recover” a dolphin that has disappeared from the Navy’s Marine Mammal program; “BLACK, WHITE AND BLUES,” a film by Mario Van Peebles that stars Michael Clarke Duncan, Tom Skerritt, Kiele Sanchez, Taryn Manning, Luke Perry, and Morgan Simpson; “BROTHER’S JUSTICE,” directed by David Palmer and Dax Shepard, and starring Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold, Nate Tuck, Bradley Cooper, and David Koechner; “FORT MCCOY,” a film by Kate Connor and Michael Worth that stars Eric Stoltz, Kate Connor, Lyndsy Fonseca, Andy Hirsch, Camryn Manheim, and Seymour Cassel, and is based on the true story of Kate Connor’s grandparents when they lived next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin during WWII — a coming-of-age story, a romance and the journey of one man struggling to find his worth in a war that does not want him; and “WILD TARGET,” a film by Jonathan Lynn that stars Emily Blunt, Bill Nighy, Rupert Grint, and Rupert Everett. It is the story of Rose, a beautiful, quick-witted con-artist, who makes a killing selling fake paintings. But when she scams an art loving gangster, he sets Europe’s most efficient and expensive assassin on her tail.
For comedic artists around the world, Hollywood has always been the final stop and the festival continues to spotlight those burgeoning cinematic masters of laughs in the second year of the Hollywood Comedy Film Festival, curated by entertainment journalist Anthony D’Alessandro.
Among those films showing this year is [...]

Naomi Campbell is “inconvenienced” by blood diamond gift 13 years ago

HollywoodNews.com: Model Naomi Campbell has turned up at a UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague. The 40-year-old appeared at the tribunal as it investigates the former Liberian president Charles Taylor.
After confirming her name and date of birth at the trial, she told how she was given some ‘dirty stones’ in a pouch by two men who came to her hotel room one night 13 years ago and said to her: “A gift for you.”
Campbell was asked at the tribunal if she was nervous and she said: “No, well I didn’t really want to be here so I was made to be here so obviously I’m wanting this to be over with and get on with my life. This is a big inconvenience to me.”
Asked why, she said: “Because I really didn’t want anything to do with this and I care about the protection of my family.” The night before she received the stones, she had dinner with former South African president Nelson Mandela.
The morning after she was given the pouch she had breakfast with her former agent Carole White and the actress Mia Farrow and she claims one of them said the stones could have come from Charles Taylor. The model then claims she didn’t thank Taylor for the gift but looked for her friend Jeremy Ratcliffe and then gave the diamonds to him. The case continues.
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Paris Hilton let off the hook and apologized to by cops

HollywoodNews.com: Earlier today we reported that Paris Hilton had to be escorted out of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium during a soccer game at the World Cup for allegedly smoking marijuana.
However, since then she has been let go and her rep is working overtime to clear the air about the whole misunderstanding. Her rep told TMZ, “Paris was detained and questioned by police, after someone in her entourage allegedly was caught smoking marijuana at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, where the World Cup is being held.” She also added that the cops apologized for misidentifying her and the guilty person has already pled guilty, paid a small fine, and has been released.
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“Invictus” comes to Blu-Ray & DVD May 18th

BY STAFF
One Team. One Country. The universal language of sports has never spoken so thrillingly as in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus. See how the story unfolds when Invictus arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD this May 18 from Warner Home Video. From acclaimed director, Clint Eastwood, Invictus tells the inspiring true story of a leader trying to rally his divided nation around an underdog sports team.
Newly elected President Mandela believes he can bring his people, who are racially and economically divided, together through the universal language of sport. To accomplish this inspiring feat, he joins forces with the captain of South Africa’s underdog rugby team, Francois Pienaar, as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
Invictus is the proud recipient of two Academy Award nominations this year for Best Actor (Morgan Freeman) and Best Supporting Actor (Matt Damon). Both Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman were also honored with Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Nominations for their performances. Clint Eastwood was honored with directing nominations from the Golden Globes and National Board of Review.
Invictus will be available on Single Disc for $28.98 SRP in widescreen format. The Blu-ray Disc will be available for $34.99 SRP.
On May 18th, Invictus will also be available ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles and it can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and Amazon Video On Demand.
Also on June 1, WHV will offer an up-close and personal look at the legendary Hollywood icon with the debut of a feature-length documentary, The Eastwood Factor Extended Version, narrated by Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman. There will be four new WHV Eastwood collections released and the world premiere May 31 Turner Classic Movies’ airing of the documentary. The Eastwood Factor Extended Version will be available as a single title for $14.97 SRP. The Eastwood collections include the Clint Eastwood Collection: a new Blu-ray box set featuring 10 films on Blu ray (BD), Essential Eastwood: Director’s Collection in both Blu-ray and DVD, Essential Eastwood: Action Collection, Eastwood Blu-ray Promotion with Blu-ray Double Features Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. and the previously released 19-disc collection will now include the feature-length The Eastwood Factor Extended Version.
DVD ELEMENTS
The Invictus DVD contains the following special features:
ο Matt Damon Plays Rugby (trt 6:48) – Turning a [...]

Reactions From Oscar Nominees

The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a list of notable reactions from the Oscar nominees. Read some of them below:
“I do believe some liposuction is in order, a very strict diet regime, and I will acquire a very light English accent. I was going to say that I should start wearing glasses, but I already wear glasses, so I am already sort of there.”
“Every once in a while, things going on in the bigger picture fuel the success of a film. People wanted to have something resonate on the positive side.”
“I’d always assumed that the road to Oscar was planned. I thought people chose projects that were considered ‘Oscar-worthy.’ No one wanted to make this film. I didn’t want to make this film for the better part of the year. Everyone is as blindsided — can I say that? — as I am.”
- Sandra Bullock, Best Actress nominee for The Blind Side

“I’m so grateful to have the honor of a fifth Oscar nomination, but to share this with my Crazy Heart colleagues T Bone and Ryan and my amazing co-star Maggie is truly special – this film is near and dear to my heart and theirs. I want to thank the Academy for being so kind to me for the past 40 years, and I want to thank my director Scott Cooper for helping bring Bad Blake to life, and to my wonderful wife Sue for being there for me the past 33 years. Today is filled with blessings”
- Jeff Bridges, Best Actor nominee for Crazy Heart

“Congratulations to Matt Damon on his nomination. I’m especially grateful to Clint Eastwood, ‘Invictus’ producer Lori McCreary, and the entire cast and crew of ‘Invictus.’ Most importantly, thank you to Nelson Mandela for his encouragement, his blessing and his friendship — without which, this film would not have been possible.”
- Morgan Freeman, nominated for Best Actor – Invictus

“This is more exhilarating than I could have ever imagined. What a tremendous honor from the Academy– a blazing stamp in the passport of an artist that can never be taken away and will always be cherished.”
- Jeremy Renner, Best Actor nominee for The Hurt Locker

“I’m so grateful to have the honor of a fifth Oscar nomination, but to share this with my Crazy Heart colleagues T Bone and Ryan and my amazing co-star Maggie is truly special – this film is near and dear to my [...]

Eastwood’s “Invictus” is a winner.

The verdict is in…’”Invictus,” “Extraordinary Late-Career Run” for Eastwood…’
Clint Eastwood’s new movie “Invictus” is a winner. And the question is, what about Oscars? …well “Invictus” is now going to rule the race
Below what the critics are saying.
Todd McCarty at “Variety” said: “Invictus” is a very good story very well told. Shortly after Nelson Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison and became president of South Africa in 1994, he seized upon using a rugby World Cup the following year as an opportunity to rally the entire nation — blacks and whites — behind the far-fetched prospect of the home team winning it all. Inspirational on the face of it, Clint Eastwood’s film has a predictable trajectory, but every scene brims with surprising details that accumulate into a rich fabric of history, cultural impressions and emotion.”
Kirk Honneycut at “The Hollywood Reporter said: “A temperate, evenhanded perhaps overly timid film about an intemperate time in South Africa.”