• Emmanuel Lubezki ('Gravity') finally wins Best Cinematography Oscar on 6th try

    Given that "Gravity" had swept the honors for lensing throughout the awards season -- including BAFTA, the American Society of Cinematographers and Critics' Choice -- it is not surprising that Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematorgraphy at the Oscars Sunday. He had lost his previous five Oscar bids -- including for two other films with "Gravity" helmer Alfonso Cuaron ("A Little Princess," "Children of Men"), two with Terrence Malick ("The New World," "The Tree of Life"), and one with Tim Burton ("Sleepy Hollow"). Among those he bested was Roger Deakins who has earned a whopping 11 Oscar nominations in this category but has yet to win. This year, he was a contender for the gritty crime drama "Prisoners." -Break- Another contender, Bruno Debonnel, racked up his fourth loss with his bid for "Inside Llewyn Davis." It »



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  • 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Dallas Buyers Club' win design Oscars

    The critics may have taken Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" to task when it was released last summer, but the film is having the last laugh after a nice box office haul and a few scattered wins on the awards circuit. Production and costume designer Catherine Martin won Oscars in both categories Sunday night for the film's opulent threads and sets. She pulled the same feat 12 years ago for her work on husband Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!" Martin spoke with HitFix earlier this year about her philosophy when approaching costumes for film. But she deferred their perceived success to the actors wearing them. "If you look at the best models in the world, or the actors that promote product, they're bringing something extra to the product," she said at the time. "It's not just, 'I'm slim, I'm beautiful.' It's actually pushing the envelope. It's selling the dream. It's allowing »


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  • Watch Lupita Nyong'o's Amazing Oscar Acceptance Speech

    You just knew that Lupita Nyong'o was going to give an amazing speech if she won the Oscar tonight. Her one at the Critics' Choice Awards was fantastic and her speech at this weekend's Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon was beautiful. Tonight, Nyong'o scored her long expected Best Supporting Actress award. She got up on stage and was graceful and emotional and great. "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." »


    - Gilbert Cruz


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  • The 5 Wealthiest Oscar-Winning Actors

    All that glitters is not just Oscar. Wealth-x has undertaken the task of ranking Oscar-winning actors and actresses by their accumulated wealth, so that you might have another metric by which to judge them. Here are the top five. 5. Sean ConneryConnery, Sean Connery won his Oscar in 1988 for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables. At 83, he's currently valued at $250 million, which can buy him a lot of "Scotland Forever" tattoos. 4. Barbra StreisandThe singer, actor, director, 71, won a Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for Funny Girl. Between her film and music career (and her stock portfolio), she's valued at $310 million. Not bad »


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  • Jared Leto Pays Tribute to His Mom While Accepting Best Supporting Actor Oscar

    Dallas Buyers Club's Jared Leto is now part of an elite new club: Oscar winners. The star took home the award for Best Supporting Actor at Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony for his heralded turn as a transgender AIDS patient in the acclaimed drama, opposite Matthew McConaughey. In accepting his award, Leto paid tribute to his mother, Constance, who sat alongside the actor and his brother, Shannon. "In 1971," Leto shared, "a teenage girl was pregnant with her second child. She was a high-school drop-out ... But somehow she managed to make a better life for her children." "That girl is my mother, »


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  • Jeffrey Katzenberg Hints at Another ‘Shrek’ Movie

    DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has hinted that a fifth “Shrek” movie may be coming, four years after “Shrek Forever After” was released.

    “We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest,” he told Fox Business Network in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday. “But I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We’re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he.”

    The four “Shrek” films grossed $2.9 billion worldwide.

    DreamWorks Animation announced Monday that it was teaming up with Merlin Entertainments to launch a “Shrek” themed visitor attraction, to be called Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure, in London.

    The attraction, which will open in the summer of 2015, will take visitors through a live interactive adventure featuring Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots and other characters from the franchise. It will be the first of six “Shrek »


    - Dave McNary


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  • Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Set for ‘Console Wars’ at Sony

    Sony Pictures has tapped Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to direct a movie version of business thriller “Console Wars” with Scott Rudin producing.

    The studio picked up feature rights from the upcoming Atlantic Books’ title by Blake Harris, a behind-the-scenes thriller that chronicles how Sega took on the juggernaut Nintendo. Atlantic will publish “Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation” in August.

    Sony-based Rudin has produced “Captain Phillips,” “Moneyball” and “The Social Network” for the studio.

    Rogen and Goldberg teamed on directed and writing “This Is the End” for Sony. The duo will direct “Console Wars” from their own script.

    Harris is executive producing “Console Wars” and also co-directing a documentary on the same subject, with Rudin, Rogen and Goldberg producing as well.

    News was first reported by Booktrade.



    - Dave McNary


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  • Pompei sets critics off, gets burnt to a crisp

    Critics are bubbling over like Vesuvius with put-downs of the (unintentionally?) campy new action film “Pompeii.” So far the latest from critical punching-bag Paul W.S. Anderson (director of such never making the Criterion Collection films as “Alien vs. Predator” and “The Three Musketeers”), is being declared a hot mess. It currently holds a 40 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Pompeii” stars “Game of Thrones” hunk Kit Harrington and “Sucker Punch” star Emily Browning. It carries a reported budget of $100 million and the assurance that no real volcanoes were harmed during the making of the film. Also read: ‘Pompeii’ Review: It »


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  • The new Fantastic Four cast has been revealed

    After a final rewrite to the script and a long casting process, Fox looks to have assembled the team for its “Fantastic Four” reboot.

    Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell will join Michael B. Jordan in the latest installment in the comicbook franchise.

    Mara recently closed a deal to play play Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman. While no offer is out yet, Bell is expected to be tapped to play Ben Grimm/The Thing. Teller has an offer to play Reid Richards/Mr. Fantastic, but deal points are a little further away from being completed.

    Teller and Mara have been on Fox’s radar since they were expected to test in November — events that were pushed when Simon Kinberg came on for the last polish on the script.

    Bell came into the mix after Fox resumed screen tests.

    Jordan has been attached for some time to play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch. »


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  • ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Casts Villain Role

    Thomas Kretschmann, who played Abraham van Helsing on NBC’s “Dracula,” has been cast in a villain role for the upcoming Marvel movie, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

    Kretschmann is expected to play Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in the film.

    James Spader, it’s been previously announced, is playing the main villain role of Ultron. Elizabeth Olsen was recently cast as the Scarlet Witch.

    The sequel to the record-breaking “Avengers” is due to hit theaters May 1, 2015. Joss Whedon is returning as director and Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans all return to reprise their roles. Production begins next month.

    “Marvel’s The Avengers” grossed $1.5 billion worldwide.



    - Justin Kroll


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  • Dick Smith, to Receive Make-Up Artists Lifetime Achievement Award

    Two-time Academy Award winning make-up artist Dick Smith will receive the Make-up Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards. The award honors make-up artists whose body of work in the film industry consistently enhances make-up and hair styling artistry.

    Dick Smith, known as “the godfather of make-up,” won an Honorary Academy Award in 2012. He also won an Academy Award and a BAFTA award for his work on “Amadeus” (shared with Paul LeBlanc).

    “Rarely have there been make-up artists with the legendary inventiveness, creativity and artistic excellence of Dick Smith,” Guild President Sue Cabral-Ebert said in a statement. “Dick’s transparency and willingness to share the secrets of the craft have been the catalyst for young make-up artists all over the world to follow their imaginations and dreams.”

    Smith worked on numerous award-winning films, including “Taxi Driver,” “The Godfather,” and “The Godfather Part 2,” and is »


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  • Shia Labeouf Tweets Cease and Desist Letter From Daniel Clowes’ Attorney

    Less than a week after sky-writing an apology for plagiarizing his 2012 short film “” from a Daniel Clowes’ comic, Shia Labeouf went public again on Tuesday by tweeting a cease and desist letter from Clowes’ attorney in the latest bizarre twist in the actor’s ongoing copyright saga.

    “Your client is seriously out of control,” the letter reads.

    Addressed to Labeouf’s attorney Brian G. Wolf, the comic book artist/writer’s rep claims: ”We have been waiting since December 27th to hear how Mr. Labeouf intends to make right, but all that has happened is further wrongful acts.”

    While no official lawsuit has been filed (as of Tuesday evening), Clowes’ attorney, Michael Kemp, suggests that Labeouf has again violated his client’s rights in a series of recent tweets related to the incident. For instance, one of Labeouf’s rants proclaimed a new short film was in the »


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  • Matt Reeves Picked to Direct ‘Planet Of The Apes 3?

    Exclusive: Right after 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment began screening his cut of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Matt Reeves has signed on to direct the third installment of the franchise. This time, he will write the script with Mark Bomback, who scripted the sequel to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, which grossed $482 million worldwide in 2011. The directing deal is done and the writer deals are being worked out right now. It is likely that Reeves will go right into the third film, a priority for the studio. The sequel is set to debut July 11, 2014, and it stars Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, with Andy Serkis reprising his role as Caesar, the intelligent ape that led the breakout from a lab before much of the human race was wiped out at the close of the first film. The survivors square off against Caesar »




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  • 12 Years a Slave voted top movie for adults to watch

    12 Years a Slave,” Judi Dench and Bruce Dern can add another honor to their resume: They’ve topped the list of Aarp’s annual Movies for Grownups awards, with “12 Years a Slave” being named best movie and Dench and Dern being honored for their roles in “Philomena” and “Nebraska” respectively.

    The 17 categories also recognized the supporting roles of Oprah Winfrey in“Lee DanielsThe Butler” and Chris CooperAugust: Osage County,” as well as more unconventional categories like Best Intergenerational Film (“Nebraska,” again) and Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up (“Saving Mr. Banks”).

    The staff of Aarp The Magazine selected the winners based on their appeal to the “grownup” audience. They will be honored at Aarp’s annual gala on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles and in the magazine’s February/March issue.

    Here is the complete list of winners:

    Best Movie for Grownups: “12 Years a Slave”

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  • Monica Spear and ex-Husband killed during an attempted Highway Robbery

    Monica Spear, a popular telenovela actress and former model, was shot and killed with her ex-husband during a highway robbery in Venezuela, police said Tuesday.

    The actress, 29, appeared in several TV soaps, including Telemundo’s “Flor Salvaje” in 2011 and “Pasión Prohibida” last year.

    “We are deeply saddened by the horrible crime that affected the beloved actress Monica Spear and her family,” Telemundo said in a statement.  “Monica was not only a great professional as we saw in the two novelas she worked with us – but also an excellent person, always enthusiastic, full of strength and determination.  We wish a quick recovery to her daughter and send our deepest condolences to her family.”

    Spear was on vacation with her husband and daughter in Venezuela when they were both killed after their car broke down.

    According to local police, the couple was in a small accident on the Valencia-Puerto Cabello highway that stranded their vehicle. »


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  • Jane Campion To Head Cannes Film Festival Jury

    Jane CampionDirector Jane Campion will head the jury of the next Cannes Film Festival, from May 14 to 25, the festival announced. “Since I first went to Cannes with my short films in 1986 I have had the opportunity to see the festival from many sides and my admiration for this Queen of film festivals has only grown larger,” Campion said in a statement. “At the Cannes Film Festival they manage to combine and celebrate the glamour of the industry, the stars, the parties, the beaches, the business, while rigorously maintaining the festival’s seriousness about the Art and excellence of new »


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  • Ice Cube's N.W.A Movie Will Prove They Were 'The World's Most Dangerous Group'

    Think you know N.W.A? Think again.

    Amid promotions for his buddy cop comedy "Ride Along," Ice Cube is hard at work producing a film about his former rap group. The flick, titled "Straight Outta Compton," has landed "Friday" and "Law Abiding Citizen" director F. Gary Gray, and Cube says that casting will begin on January 8.

    "We just tryin' to tell the story of the world's most dangerous group," Cube tells MTV News. "We're trying to tell aspects of our lives that people don't know about, people aren't privy to."

    Script details are sparse, but expect the city of Compton to play a large part in the drama.

    "The neighborhood influenced N.W.A, and then N.W.A influenced the neighborhood," hinted Cube. "That's what we're trying to portray."

    The N.W.A movie has been in development for quite some time, but has picked up steam in recent months. Meanwhile, Cube is showing off his comedic chops in "Ride Along" opposite Kevin Hart, opening nationwide on January 17.

    And if your earbuds are itching for some fresh music from Ice Cube, the rapper's highly anticipated Everythang's Corrupt is set to street on May 13.

    The release marks Cube's 10th LP and his first studio effort since 2010's I Am the West. Little is known about the content of the album, but Cube did drop its title track more than a year ago, ahead of the 2012 election.

    "This record is for the political heads," Cube told HipHopDX at the time. "This to me is more a leak at the right time, in time, to drop it. We could have dropped a more catchier tune, but the time wouldn't have been right. The time is right for 'Everythang's Corrupt,' so that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to drop it at this point and time, and then come with a visual to highlight what we're saying in the music."

    The fast-paced video featured news clips from some of 2012's biggest scandals interspersed with campaign footage of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

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  • ‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ Lead Golden Globes Nominations

    “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” paced the nominations for 71st annual Golden Globes with a total of seven nominations each. Nabbing four Globe nominations were “Captain Phillips” and “Gravity.” The five best motion picture nominees, drama, went to “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena,” and “Rush.” Meanwhile, nominated for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical were “American Hustle, Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” As an Oscar predictor, the Globes have been fairly unreliable in the past decade. However, as a tool to promote the nominated films to the general public, they are a powerhouse. While half of the nominations are devoted to TV (see separate story), the film side gets more attention, because of the Globes are part of the awards season culminating in the Academy Awards. There were a few surprise inclusions and omissions, as always. But in general, the Globes...



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  • Sony's Mike Deluca firing up franchise returns? Yes indeed...Bad Boys 3 coming soon

    Seems like the new man in Charge at Sony will be firing off on all cylinders by teaming up Martin Lawrence and Will Smith to do a third installment of "Bad Boys". The franchise which has been box office gold has been long rumored to be in negotiations but with no final confirmation. Well it seems Deluca is going to make it happen and it should be believed that it won't just end with the this franchise reintroduction to the masses. Expect to see the water stirring soon enough with more rumors of boot ups, it's not a bad idea as long as the direction of the projects live up to their standards of the past, a failure with Bad Boys 3 may kill the return of other planned franchise entries. Smith most recently seen in a scifi catastrophe could use a box office smash and Lawrence who has re-emerged in public as of late could use a spark to get his career hot again.

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  • World War Z Sequel gets a director

    After making $540 million at the worldwide box office, Paramount has worked fast to find a director for its sequel to “World War Z” with “The Impossible” helmer Juan Antonio Bayona coming on board to direct. Brad Pitt is expected to return to star and produce. No writers are attached at this time. In the original, Pitt played a former United Nations employee who travels the world trying to stop a zombie plague. While the first film’s production was overshadowed in controversy that included a rewrite of the third act, the film more than overperformed at the box-office, propelling development on the sequel. Bayona, who also helmed “The Orphanage,” is repped by CAA.


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