Game Night’s Jesse Plemons and Kyle Chandler on how to be funny without really trying

Friday, 23 February 2018

Kyle Chandler has always wanted to be in a comedy.“The interviews that I’d done for the prior two years, I would always end the interviews by saying, ‘there’s one thing I want you to add to the interview. Make sure you let people know I’m funny.’”It’s easy to see why he’s been stuck doing dramas. His star-making role as Coach Eric Taylor in TV’s Friday Night Lights showed him to be one of our most likeable actors, a talent he’s ...

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Bateman was supposed to direct Game Night—here’s why he didn’t

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Jason Bateman was originally slated to direct Game Night. After New Line acquired Mark Perez’ script about a game night that goes awry in 2013, Bateman and his team spent years trying to find the right writer to polish it before he took the helm. “Most of my work as a producer on this was during the years of development with the script, going through different writers, and trying to figure out how best to shape this concept into something that I felt that I could really do a good job ...

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux separate

Friday, 16 February 2018

Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux announced their separation on Thursday after less than three years of marriage, immediately sparking speculation that the former “Friends” star might reunite with her first spouse, Brad Pitt. “We have decided to announce our separation,” Aniston and Theroux said in a joint statement. “This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.” Aniston, 49, and “The Leftovers” actor Theroux, 46, ...

New York attorney general files lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein

Monday, 12 February 2018

New York’s attorney general on Sunday filed a lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.“As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination,” state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in court papers.Schneiderman launched a civil ...

Hollywood, movies, and the GCC: what is there in common?

Sunday, 11 February 2018

I would like to argue that the answer to the question ‘what do Hollywood, the BBC drama ‘McMafia’, and the GCC states have in common’ is the possibility of top-class movie production.The idea of using the film or movie industry generally, or specific film industries such as Hollywood or Bollywood, is rooted in well-known concepts such as soft power and place branding, which are considered essential political tools for successful power. Soft power is ‘the ability to ...

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Weinstein wife’s label Marchesa cancels NY runway show

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Marchesa, the fashion label co-owned by Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman and famous for clothing Hollywood starlets, has cancelled its runway show at New York Fashion Week, just months after his downfall for alleged rape and sexual assault. Marchesa has been a fixture of New York’s biannual fashion week since September 2006 and had been scheduled to show on February 14 -- Valentine’s Day, rather awkwardly. It was to be Chapman’s return to the limelight, ...

Why Irrfan Khan missed small love stories while filming Hollywood blockbusters

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Irrfan Khan and I are sitting together outside café in Dubai, and he grabs my Buffy the Vampire Slayer notebook off the table. “I love this diary,” Khan says, holding it up to the camera. “Fantastic.” He has the attention of everyone around him, but, whether he notices or not, he doesn’t let on. It’s hard to get a read on him—he’s soft-spoken and enigmatic, but still, he’s dressed to catch your eye, wearing a bright red blazer with ...

'Black Panther' stars on importance of African culture in Marvel film

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The stars of "Black Panther" dressed in their finest African-inspired royal attire and spoke about the importance of representing a black superhero story on screen at the premiere of the new film from Walt Disney Co's Marvel Entertainment. Chadwick Boseman, who plays T'Challa, the titular hero and king of fictional African nation Wakanda, led his co-stars including Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Kaluuya, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira and Angela Bassett, on the purple carpet on Monday. ...

‘Maze Runner’ outruns ‘Jumanji’ to lead North American box offices

Monday, 29 January 2018

Fox’s young-adult film “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” dashed past “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” as it opened this weekend in North American theaters, taking in an estimated $23.5 million after a strong showing overseas, website Exhibitor Relations reported.The dystopian sci-fi film, the third and last in the “Maze Runner” series, follows the life-and-death adventures of three young “Gladers,” teens immune to a destructive virus infecting ...

Post-Sundance, female filmmakers find Hollywood dream elusive

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Sundance, the premiere US independent film gathering, this week saw a record number of female filmmakers showcased and it has championed women for four decades, but the Hollywood success that so often comes for male directors has proven elusive.A study published this month by University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative analyzed 1,100 Hollywood films from 2007 to 2017 and found that out of 1,223 directors, women accounted for only 4 percent of honorees.In contrast, ...

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