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If there was ever a more ambitious film than "The Butler," we have yet to discover it.
"Precious" director Lee Daniels efforts to recapitulate — through the real-life eyes of a lone, stolid White House butler — pretty much the entire twentieth century as it related to the American Civil Rights Movement. With a cast list that reads like a flat-out roll call for the Walk of Fame, Daniels presents the working life of Cecil Gaines (real name: Eugene Allen), a man who served eight consecutive U.S. presidents during his career and witnessed history being made first-hand.
The first trailer for "The Butler" has now been released, and boy oh boy are we impressed with all the acute caricaturing going down here ... and all the feels we feel. Get More »
The "porn star name game" is a time-honored tradition in America.
It's a game pretty much anyone can play, depending on the rules — we employ the First Name: First Pet, Last Name: Street You Grew Up On method (our apologies to those with allergies, maybe you had a goldfish?). And the results are, without fail, hilarious.
We asked 100 of our favorite movie stars in Hollywood — including Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, Megan Fox, Ryan Gosling, Paul Rudd, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, Katie Holmes, Jon Hamm, Emma Stone and Neil Patrick Harris — for their porn star names. They did not let us down. Click through the gallery for all 100.
Reporting by: Sandie Angulo Chen ("Millie 69"), Robert DeSalvo ("Rocky Waverly"), Claire Donovan ("Spunky Walter"), Elizabeth Durand ("Stephanie Veronica"), Bryan Enk ("Buck Densmore"), Max Evry ("Orion Cedar Crest "), Breanne Heldman ("Krugerrand Ardon"), Jenni Miller ("Mitzi Turtle Creek"), Kevin Polowy ("Sparkle Sterling"), Brandon Rae ("Sammi von Fernway"), Brooke Tarnoff ("Brandy W. Riviera"), Joanna Varikos ("Angel 14") and Kase Wickman ("Blake Sisters").
Winning an Oscar represents the culmination of years of labor and faith in the careers of those who work in film. When your name is called, it's etched in stone forever, never to be taken away by anyone or anything. And that's all fantastic.
There's one final detail that can still go terribly awry, however; something that can, fair or unfair, eternally undermine your win and your performance in the film: A botched acceptance speech.
Don't **** up the acceptance speech.
Here are nine unfortunate incidences of a less-than-stellar moment in the Oscar spotlight. Get More »
All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...
• We wouldn't mind getting snowed in with this trio! The Hollywood Reporter calls for stormy weather as "Project X" star Miles Teller will star opposite Analeigh Tipton and Jessica Szohr in "Two Night Stand," a romantic indie that centers on a pair of twentysomething strangers who awaken after an ill-advised one-night stand to find themselves snowed in by a blizzard that’s put all of Manhattan on ice.
• After playing a victim in "Straw Dogs," Kate Bosworth is looking to be the rabble-rouser this time around. Heat Vision reports that the "Blue Crush" beauty will be playing James Franco's revenge-minded (and meth-addicted) sister in "Homefront," the action thriller starring Jason Statham and written by Sylvester Stallone. Get More »
UPDATE: Variety now reports that Melissa Leo is not getting the part of Mags for "Catching Fire," even though she was on the studio's "shortlist" for the role.
Also, while Sam Claflin is reportedly the "choice" to play Finnick Odair, the status of his involvement is reportedly still "nearing an offer."
Incoming parachutes everywhere! The latest "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" announcement goody is one we've been waiting a long, long time for.
He's been a missionary in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and a prince for "Snow White and the Huntsman" and now breakout British heartthrob Sam Claflin will be suiting up (er, down ... to his skivvies) for the role of District 4's oh-so-dreamy tribute Finnick Odair in "Catching Fire," reports Variety. Get More »
With his perpetually tweaking OCD personality, "Social Network" Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg always gets the most cinematic mileage out of dropping himself into super-frantic situations, i.e. robbing a bank ("30-Minutes or Less") or hunting the undead ("Zombieland").
Hayden Panettiere and Melissa Leo are heading top speed toward a new starring vehicle.
The "Scream 4" screamer and Oscar-winning "Fighter" mom are joining the cast of the car racing drama, "Over the Wall," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Nick Stahl ("Sin City") and Freddy Rodriguez ("Planet Terror") also star in the story set in the world of stock car racing. The plot follows a husband, wife, surrogate mother and best friend as they attempt to recover from the turmoil of a tragic event (which we're guessing is a car racing accident). Get More »
Melissa Leo, the Oscar-winning matriarch of "The Fighter," has booked director Robert Zemeckis' redemption drama, "Flight," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Flight" centers on an alcoholic and drug-addicted pilot (Denzel Washington) whose plane engine malfunctions, forcing him to rescue the aircraft and its passengers and emerging an unlikely hero. When the FAA investigates and finds evidence of drug abuse, it tries to sweep the evidence to the side to help preserve the image of the pilot, who is trying to change the course of his life. Get More »
"I'm such not a favorite namer of things, but I will say, because it's such an odd one ... it's definitely not my favorite film, but it's unlike the vast majority of film that doesn't stay with me at all, that has always stayed with me but I do have to watch it again, and that's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch.'
"I was floored seeing that movie. It's life as I know it [laughs]."
Melissa Leo won an Academy Award this year for playing a manipulative mother in David O. Russell's "The Fighter" and currently co-stars with Robert Duvall in the golf-centric inspirational movie "Seven Days in Utopia."
Melissa Leo first gained recognition playing tough-cookie Det. Sergeant Kay Howard on the series "Homicide: Life On The Street," then worked steadily as a character actress until landing her Academy Award-nominated role in 2008's illegal immigration drama "Frozen River."
She made an even bigger impression the following year in "The Fighter" opposite Mark Wahlberg as the real-life Alice Ward, a role that earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and a chance to drop the F-bomb in front of a billion people.
Leo now appears alongside Lucas Black and Robert Duvall -- who play a pro golfer and a sage cowboy-golfer, respectively -- in the drama "Seven Days in Utopia." We sat down with the veteran actress to discuss "Utopia," her Oscar win and more. Get More »