Posts by Meriah Doty
- Yahoo Movies5 hrs 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 fest and an 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 Movies1 day 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 Movies1 day 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 Movies3 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 Movies3 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 Movies8 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 Movies8 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.
- meriah at Yahoo Movies8 days ago
With the indie ranks including the much-buzzed "12 Years a Slave," Bruce Dern's standout performance in "Nebraska," and the Coen Brothers' latest confection "Inside Llewyn Davis," it's tougher than ever to grab a Film Independent Spirit Awards nomination this year.
But the makers of those films are probably dancing a jig right now — along with Robert Redford's near-dialogue-free "All Is Lost" and "Frances Ha" — after landing nods for this year's top Best Feature film prize.
Elsewhere in the announcement, the heavyweights of the acting categories got their expected nods: Matthew McConaughey's name was called for "Dallas Buyers Club," Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years," and Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine."
But the Spirit Awards often celebrate films that aren't gunning for Golden Globes and Oscar glory. Among the more unlikely names listed in Tuesday's Spirit Award nominations: Brie Larson for "Short Term 12," Gaby Hoffman for "Crystal Fairy," and Shailene Woodley in "The Spectacular Now."
- meriah at Yahoo Movies9 days ago
We knew this.
But now the Oscar winner can add 'selfie star' to his list of considerable achievements. The 49-year-old actor's face appears everywhere on FeelingCagey.com, a site that crawls Instagram for photos with faces and then displays the pics with the addition of Cage's face.
Cage has U.K.-based web developer Josh McMillan to thank for this phenomenon, which has been spreading like wild fire online. "Thoughts automatically bounced to Nicolas Cage, the world's greatest actor," the English programmer cheekily joked during a phone call with Yahoo Movies on Monday.
- Yahoo Movies12 days ago
The brainchild of director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air," "Juno"), his live read events just keep getting more popular. In case you're not yet aware of what it entails, Reitman puts a cast of actors together to recite a pre-selected, classic Hollywood script. The actors, most of them well-known Hollywood quotients, read the script on stage, live, in front of hundreds. They allegedly read the material cold, many of the actors having had just met then and there (though judging from some of the stellar performances, we suspect there's at least a small a degree of secret rehearsal going on). Thursday night's "Tootsie" was no exception. The reading of the 1982 Oscar-winning comedy, presented by Film Independent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, went off with few hitches. Indeed, it's the hitches - the line re-reads and the pronunciation bobbles - that make for most of the fun. [Related: Host With the Most: Patton Oswalt Tapped for 2014 Spirit Award Duty] In lieu of Reitman, who is away working on his next film, writer-director David Wain took the reigns for the evening while Nick Kroll got everyone laughing in the part Dustin Hoffman made famous - as a starving artist who cross-dresses his way to success. The rest of the "Tootsie" live read cast included Fred Melabed, Hannah Simone, Rob Huebel, Michaela Watkins, Zandy Hartig, Thomas Lennon, and Ken Marino.