Posts by Meriah Doty
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies5 hrs ago
Move over Oscar contenders — make room for "The Wolf of Wall Street." Martin Scorsese's film about '80s-era greed is this year's latecomer, but it's squeezing its way into a very crowded awards season race.
The American Film Institute announced its 2013 awards on Monday, doling out praise to the year's top films and television programs. On the film side, most of the usual suspects showed up on the annual, un-ranked list, including "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity," and "Nebraska." But the addition of Leonardo DiCaprio starer "Wolf" indicates its strong chances come Oscar time as it only started screening for awards voters just over a week ago. (Its initial Nov. 15 release date was pushed when Paramount demanded the film be cut down from three hours. At one point, the Scorsese film, in theaters on Christmas Day, was at risk of a 2014 release date.)
- Yahoo Movies2 days ago
Vin Diesel shared a little bit more on how he is coping after the sudden death of his friend and "Fast and Furious" co-star Paul Walker, posting to his Facebook page on Friday: " When I heard, I immediately flew back to California, and went directly from the plane to his mother's house... I thought they needed my strength, but realized when I got there and broke down before his family, that it was I who needed theirs. His mother hugged me and said I am so sorry... I said sorry? You're the mother who lost a son?... She said yes, but you lost your other half..."
- Yahoo Movies3 days ago
Yahoo Movies has unwittingly sent shockwaves through the cast of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." And it was all prompted by something so seemingly harmless: feet. Since Peter Jackson thinks shoeless-ness is the new black, and being that Bilbo Baggins is also shoe-averse, we thought it'd be fun to quiz Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, and other "Hobbit" stars on the cast's own feet.
You can play along here! (Foot spoilers appear at the bottom of the post.)
Little did we know one star's tootsies would inspire such shock that swear words started flying and mouths flew agape. (See it toward the end of the video above.)
Literally, when we revealed the identity of one "Hobbit" star's feet, Cumberbatch said "Oh my god! F---!" Richard Armitage feared retribution, Freeman couldn't stop laughing, and Luke Evans widened his eyes to the size of saucers in disbelief — which soon turned into deep regret.
- Yahoo Movies3 days ago
Stephen Colbert can out-Tolkien the best of them. His mad Middle-earth knowledge has put to shame such lesser lights as James Franco. The Truthiness Teller knows his Silmarils from his Bombadils — and isn't afraid to rub it in your face.
And it's earned him one heck of a prize.
The host of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" has an actual role in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." If that wasn't enough, Warner Bros. tells Yahoo Movies, that there's a downright proliferation of the Colbert Nation in Laketown.
Director Peter Jackson also snuck Colbert's two sons — John and Peter — into the action, along wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert.
- Yahoo Movies4 days 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 Movies4 days 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 Movies4 days 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 Movies5 days 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 Movies6 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 Movies6 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: