Posts by Meriah Doty
- Yahoo Movies8 hrs ago
With British royals and Mandela's own daughter in attendance, the London premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was in full swing on Thursday when news broke that the South African icon died.
Prince William was informed of Mandela's death while the film was being screened at the Odeon Leicester Square, according to Richard Palmer, the royal reporter for London's Daily Express. And while William and Kate, the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge, arrived at the event with smiles, they were seen leaving the event "ashen faced."
Aides told William and Kate of Mandela's death during the screening. The audience held a two-minute silence at the end of the film.
Prince William, speaking in the foyer of the Odeon, said: "I just wanted to say it's extremely sad and tragic news."
"We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family," Prince William continued, before leaving. "It's very sad."
- Yahoo Movies10 hrs ago
There's something ridiculous and adorable about pug puppies reenacting the plot of the 1990 M acaulay Culkin breakout holiday hit "Home Alone." Especially since the film's voiceover is provided by a presumed toddler.
Cue the collective "awwww."
The black ski cap-adorned teddy bear "bad guys" are a nice touch.
Watch 'Home Alone,' the Pug Puppy Version:
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- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies11 hrs ago
Editors note: Ludacris spoke with Yahoo Movies on Nov. 26 to promote the DVD release of "Fast & Furious 6." The interview took place a few days before the sudden death of his friend and co-star Paul Walker. Universal Pictures is honoring Walker's legacy by donating a portion of "Fast 6" DVD proceeds to Walker's charity Reach Out.
Ludacris lives up to his name, always willing to goof off and even share some of his more freaky deaky details. Sadly, this week the 36-year-old actor-rapper mourns the loss of his "Fast" co-star Paul Walker, noting on Instagram "… we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart."
- Yahoo Movies1 day ago
Kristen Stewart is swapping sparkling vampires for accused terrorists and the result is one of the potential buzziest films set to play the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Stewart will play a soldier sent to work at Guantanamo Bay in "Camp X-Ray" – one of dozens of films selected for the festival and announced on Wednesday.
This first still photo for "Camp" shows Stewart in fatigues, wearing an expression that's all business. In the film — which has a bit of a "Zero Dark Thirty" vibe — Stewart befriends a Muslim inmate in the controversial detention camp. It's her latest attempt to break away from the action-fantasy films where she's seen her biggest success (i.e., the "Twilight" series and "Snow White and the Huntsman") and try her hand at serious acting.
Here are five other films that have us all excited to see at the fest in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 16 to 26:
1. "Life After Beth"
The delightful Aubrey Plaza stars in this horror-comedy opposite Dane DeHaan. She plays his beloved girlfriend who dies suddenly and returns as a zombie. John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, and Paul Reiser also appear.
- Yahoo Movies2 days ago
Many if not most footage had been shot. The film is indeed salvageable. But Paul Walker's shocking death over the weekend has cast a huge shadow over the upcoming "Fast and Furious" sequel.
While initial reports indicated "Fast & Furious 7" would roll on in the wake of the 40-year-old actor's untimely passing, Yahoo Movies has learned there are several factors at play that make the fate of the highly anticipated sequel far from clear.
Production had been under way since September, but there were several scenes with Walker that had not been filmed yet. According to sources involved in the film, about two-thirds of the script would have to be rewritten to accommodate Walker's loss. The writers are currently going over options about how to proceed in a manner that is respectful to the actor. All options are on the table at this juncture, including scrapping the script entirely and starting over, the insiders tell us.
- Yahoo Movies2 days ago
He's evil. He's a really heavy breather. And, oh yeah, he takes a mean selfie.
"Star Wars" über-villain Darth Vader has snapped a photo of his bad Sith self on the brand new Instagram page for the famed galactic film franchise.
While the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars: Episode VII" isn't due in theaters until 2015, the Disney-Lucasfilm publicity machine is already in motion. (Though, since Vader died in "Return of the Jedi," it's not yet clear how he would appear in the upcoming sequel. Perhaps Abrams is cooking up some flashback scenes?!)
While Vader used to be the vision of pure malevolence, he's actually undergone a bit of a makeover in recent years. In fact, his cheeky pic is the latest example of Lucasfilm playing the Sith lord for laughs.
It was just a few months ago that the Dark Side enthusiast introduced a "Star Wars" character bracket tournament during March Madness:
- Yahoo Movies4 days ago
Paul Walker was on the verge of transforming his onscreen persona to that of a gritty anti-hero, like Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood have done before him.
The wild success of his "Fast and Furious" films afforded him the opportunity to take chances with his role selections, film critic Peter Sobczynski points out. "He was like one of those journeymen contract players from the Fifties who may not have gotten the best scripts all the time, but who worked diligently at his craft regardless of the material—and when he did luck into something more demanding, he showed that he was up to the task."
[Photos: Paul Walker's Most Memorable Roles]
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies5 days ago
Tweets and Instagram memorials are streaming in over actor Paul Walker's untimely death on Saturday. Soon after the news of his passing was confirmed, some of Walker's "Fast and Furious" co-stars took to social media to share their grief, including Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, and Lucacris.
All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.
UPDATE: Jordana Brewster, who played Walker's love interest and eventual wife in the "Fast" series has tweeted a remembrance:
Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone.
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies9 days ago
Family dinners are the pinnacle of joy for some, especially around the holidays. But for countless others, the experience of close and extended family members under one roof, fighting over the last turkey leg, can be as painful as a root canal.
You are not alone.
If you happen to be having a cringeable Thanksgiving this year, Yahoo Movies offers some reprieve with our list of the 11 most awkward family meals depicted in cinema.
Remember, if you don't act like the kinfolks we've highlighted, your current situation may not be as bad as you think!
Happy Thanksgiving and bon appétit.
1. "Home for the Holidays" is the ultimate movie about a dysfunctional family Thanksgiving. And yes, we even get to see Robert Downey Jr. launch a turkey!
2. It's not even out yet, but "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" promises some hilarious family dinner awkwardness (see it at the 1:14 mark in the above video). Not surprisingly, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the only one at the table who doesn't seem uncomfortable.
- meriah at Yahoo Movies9 days ago
Fighting off adversaries with mere might and the sway of your sword can be hazardous to your health. Even when you're a virtually indestructible demigod.
Such was the problem facing Kellan Lutz when making "Hercules: The Legend Begins" — debuting its trailer on Yahoo Movies today.
"I got scraped every single day. I got bruises every single day," Lutz told us on the phone.
"The gladiator gear looks cool, but it's really not functional," he added, referring to his costume as a "skirt"… and not much else. "I really didn't have much to wear to protect me," he said with a laugh.
Watch the Official 'Hercules: The Legend Begins' Trailer Premiere, Only on Yahoo Movies:
The action-packed trailer is a clear testament to the level of physicality required of the 28-year-old "Twilight" star for the filming of the Hercules origin story in Bulgaria.
The blond hunk, who noted he had to tone up and trim down to play the ultra-powerful man-god of Greek and Roman mythology, got beat up. Literally.