A24/Mars/MementoCannes 2013 is well underway as the annual film festival showcases the latest in international cinema against the lush n' gorgeous backdrop of the French countryside. Perhaps the most notoriously elitist of film festivals (by a mile), it's all about the fashion and, well, bling 'round these parts ... which makes it only appropriate that one of the first movies out the gate this year was "The Bling Ring," Sofia Coppola's true-life crime comedy about a bunch of spoiled SoCal teenagers who fight off boredom by robbing rich celebrities.Read More »from Cannes Review Roundup: ‘The Bling Ring,’ ‘Young & Beautiful’ and ‘The Past’ Divide Audiences
- Bryan Enk | Movie Talk – Fri, May 17, 2013 3:23 PM EDT
- Jonathan Crow | Movie Talk – Fri, May 17, 2013 2:04 PM EDT
Too bad "Pieta" didn't come out last week for Mother's Day. Because South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's film, which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, manages to capture the terrible, elemental power of mom like few films before.Read More »from Indie Pick of the Week: ‘Pieta’ Brings the Pain (Thanks, Ma!)
Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group best known for organizing and presenting the Golden Globes, is being hit with charges of racism after a black journalist has been denied membership in the organization.
Samantha Ofole-Prince, a British journalist of Caribbean heritage based in Los Angeles, applied for membership with the HFPA and was rejected, with only 33 of the group's 84 members voting in her favor. An anonymous figure at the HFP has gone public with the story, telling Sharon Waxman, a columnist at the on-line entertainment news site The Wrap, that members of the organization "insinuated, Jim Crow-style, that she was unqualified based on no evidence whatsoever (in fact, directly contradicted by actual evidence of her experience and qualifications). And they carried the vote.”Read More »from Golden Globes Tarnished by Shocking Racism Claim
- Meriah Doty | Movie Talk – Fri, May 17, 2013 1:15 PM EDT
Khan roulette (from left): Ricardo Montalbán, Benicio del Toro, Benedict Cumberbatch (Everett/Getty/Paramount)
When J.J. Abrams started casting the villain role for "Star Trek Into Darkness," he was looking almost exclusively at actors of Latin descent.
Why, you ask?
Well, Abrams himself admitted early in the film's development that he was thinking seriously about adding to the mix Khan Noonien Singh – aka the guy who royally ticks off Captain Kirk in the 1982 film "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." In it, Khan is played by a Latin actor – the late Ricardo Montalbán – also known for his leading role in the long-running '70s and '80s television show "Fantasy Island."Read More »from 'Star Trek' Villain Revealed: What's His Secret and Who Almost Played Him (Spoiler!)
- Mark Deming | Movie Talk – Fri, May 17, 2013 11:23 AM EDT
Actress Zhang Ziyi sporting some bling at Cannes ((Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)While Sofia Coppola's new movie "The Bling Ring" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, some real life jewel thieves have been taking advantage of the pricey baubles on display at the prestigious film festival.
A selection of jewelry belonging to Chopard, the exclusive Swiss jewelry design house, was stolen on Thursday evening from Suite Novotel Cannes Centre, a hotel located in the Cannes business district. An American Chopard employee was looking after the jewels; however, while the valuables had been locked in a safe, Cannes police are reporting the entire safe was heisted from the hotel. Authorities believe that the robbery may be an inside job, and employees of the hotel are being questioned.
Chopard has been a longtime supporter of the famous film festival on the French Riviera. They've been among the event's sponsors for sixteen years, and designed the Palme d'Or trophy, the coveted award for best film. Chopard has a team of forty employees at Cannes who work with celebrities toRead More »from Real Life Bling Ring Hits Cannes: Red-Carpet Bound Jewels Heisted at Film Fest
- Adam Pockross | Movie Talk – Fri, May 17, 2013 10:56 AM EDT
Aaron Eckhart in RADiUS-TWC's 'Erased'
For a guy with so much riding on his looks, Aaron Eckhart isn't afraid to take a punch to the face.
While filming his new international spy thriller, "Erased," Eckhart told us that he took plenty of punches, to the face and elsewhere. Eckhart plays Ben Logan, a decommissioned CIA agent who finds himself on the run from his former employers. When his teenage daughter, played by Liana Liberato, gets embroiled in the high-stakes game of cat and mouse, Logan takes matters personally.
We spoke with Eckhart recently over the phone about the film, how he's basically been in training since "Erin Brockovich" (2000), and why taking punches is far easier than relating to a teenage girl.Read More »from ‘Erased’ Star Aaron Eckhart Tells Why Being Punched is Easier than Relating to Teenage Girls
- Leslie Gornstein | Movie Talk – Thu, May 16, 2013 9:06 PM EDT
'Iron Man 3' (Photo: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures)
Settle a bet for me: Now that "Iron Man 3" has made a $1 billion worldwide, does that make him the most popular comic book hero of all time?
_ W. Emmett
Sorry, nope. Just because the world currently adores Robert Downey Jr.'s rapid-fire, eye-popping interpretation of Tony Stark — and all the CG explosions that he can deliver in a 130-minute span — does not mean that Iron Man always has ruled supreme.
For decades, in fact, the flying suit, and the bazillionaire inside of it, hovered somewhere in the middle of the superhero pack — at least, in the world of comic books, in which the Iron Man title first debuted in 1963.
Hard numbers for a franchise are tough to nail down, given the large number of ancillary titles and crossovers in the comic book world.
"But," notes John Jackson Miller, curator of the historical sales archive The Comics Chronicles, "'Iron Man' was never the perennial best-seller that 'Superman' and 'Batman' were for their publisher; 'Iron Man' only first approached the veryRead More »from Billion-Dollar Burning Question: Is Iron Man Now the Biggest Super Hero Ever?
- Mark Deming | Movie Talk – Thu, May 16, 2013 7:39 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Getty Images/WireImageFrom "Henry & June" and "Dangerous Liaisons" to "Kill Bill" and the upcoming "Nymphomaniac," Uma Thurman is an actress who isn’t afraid to take a risk. For her next project, Thurman will take on one of the most unusual roles of her career – she'll play the woman who was once America's most outspoken anti-gay activist.
It was announced at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday that Thurman will star in "Anita," a film biography of Anita Bryant, the once-popular singer and orange juice spokesperson who in the late 1970s took it upon herself to campaign against gay rights legislation in Florida. Bryant's militant stance would in time alienate much of her audience, and ultimately derailed her career.Read More »from Uma Thurman to Play Notorious Anti-Gay Activist in ‘Anita’
- Kara Warner | Movie Talk – Thu, May 16, 2013 7:02 PM EDT
Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline in 'Last Vegas' (Photo: CBS Films)
Have you ever wanted to see Oscar-winning A-list thespians Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas letting their proverbial hair down and getting wild and crazy and drunk? Together? In a movie? Well in now is your chance because Yahoo! Movies has the exclusive debut of the trailer for "Last Vegas," a movie that revolves around four lifelong friends, all of whom are well into their mid-to-late 60s and early 70s, who throw caution to the wind to go on a four-day bender/bachelor party in Las Vegas.Read More »from Oscar-winners Go for Drunken Glory In ‘Last Vegas’ Trailer
- Meriah Doty | Movie Talk – Thu, May 16, 2013 6:51 PM EDT
Alice Eve and Chris Pine in 'Star Trek Into Darkness' (Photo: Paramount Pictures)If you're letting 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" be your guide to "Star Trek Into Darkness," you may be anticipating some hanky-panky between Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine). Eve appears in her skivvies, after all.
Aside from Pine and Eve's shared – and sordid – character history from "Star Trek" antiquity, they have another thing in common: Both have parents who were, like, totally recognizable actors from '80s television.
Robert Pine in a 'CHiPs' publicity photo (Photo: Everett Collection)Robert Pine played Sgt. Joseph Getraer in NBC's long-running cop drama "CHiPs." And on the other side of the pond in Britain, Sharon Maughan (Eve's mum) was the star of a popular '80s coffee commercial that eventually made its way to the U.S.
Chris Pine's dad played the sergeant in charge of the California Highway Patrol's Central Los Angeles Division from 1977 to 1983. On "CHiPs," Sgt. Getraer stuck close to the police station, but would go out on patrol every once in a while. At one point in the series, Robert Pine's character wasRead More »from The Totally ’80s Parents of the ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Crew
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