Reese Witherspoon already has an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and multiple MTV Video Awards but her trophy shelf is going to get bigger still with news that she'll be the recipient of MTV's Generation Award at Sunday's Movie Awards.
The diminutive 35-year-old thesp is being recognized for her range as an actress, having played everything from an over-achieving high school student to June Carter Cash to an irrepressibly perky lawyer, typically appealing to the MTV crowd throughout her nearly 20-year career. MTV President Stephen Friedman called her "one of the most versatile and accomplished performers of her time."
"SNL" vet and Horrible Bosses co-star Jason Sudeikis is hosting Sunday's ceremony at the Gibson Amphitheater, where Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz - essentially people with movies/projects to plug - are among those scheduled to present prizes.
Ewan McGregor was having a hard time keeping up with Christopher Plummer.
At the suggestion of director Mike Mills, McGregor had brought his 81-year-old co-star to Barney's in Los Angeles to pick up a scarf for Plummer's elderly gay character in their film Beginners. But Plummer had other designs.
"Christopher only wanted to get skinny black jeans," recalls McGregor. "That was his main goal in life. When we got there, he asked where the jeans department was, and off he went to find skinny jeans."
That one of the finest living interpreters of Shakespeare and one of the few remaining greats of classical acting was hell-bent on procuring a hipster staple might seem odd. But then again, Plummer has seldom acceded to the stereotypes of old age.
"I'm glad (my ambition) is still there," said Plummer in a recent interview. "If it faded, what's there to live for? It makes you appreciate other things if you keep working at your job and you love your job. Too many people in the world are unhappy with their lot. And then they retire and they become vegetables. I think retirement in any profession is death, so I'm determined to keep crackin'."
When you think about it, it's really quite the gargantuan task...even by Hollywood standards. Pull together a big summer X-Men prequel that will satisfy longtime followers of the comics and fans of the original movie franchise, while at the same time attracting as many newcomers as possible. It gives me a headache just thinking about it but director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake) and his young cast took up the challenge and set out to raise the bar on comic films and, if industry buzz is to be believed, they may just have pulled it off.
Though its two leads (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) aren't yet marquee names, the talented thesps might just be the right combination of intensity and charm to launch this franchise back into the blockbuster stratosphere. Along with their young up-and-coming (and Academy Award nominated) cast-mate Jennifer Lawrence, the stars sat down to give us a look at X-Men: First Class. Find out what they had to say now!
Forget Brad and Angelina, screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton hold the title of Hollywood's most famous love story. So it follows that it was only a matter of time before their larger-than-life relationship made the leap to the same big screen that made them stars. Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures and director Martin Scorsese are in the midst of developing a project based on 2010's Furious Love, a best-seller that explored the complicated and tempestuous relationship between the two Hollywood heavyweights - including never-before-seen letters from Burton to Taylor, provided to the authors by the actress herself.
This may be the first awards show to prominently feature a megaphone: "Glee" star Jane Lynch will be hosting the Emmy Awards.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that Lynch will host the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, being held at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre and airing September 18.
Lynch stars as a tough-as-nails, megaphone-carrying cheerleading coach who bullies the glee club students, and their wavy-haired mentor, on the popular Fox series and last year won an Emmy, and a Golden Globe, for her performance as Sue Sylvester.
The actress, 50, said she was "tickled pink" to be chosen as Emmy host.
James Arness, the 6-foot-6 actor who towered over the television landscape for two decades as righteous Dodge City lawman Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke," died Friday. He was 88.
The actor died in his sleep at his home in Brentwood, Calif., according to his business manager, Ginny Fazer.
Arness' official website posted a letter from Arness on Friday that he wrote with the intention that it be posted posthumously: "I had a wonderful life and was blessed with some many loving people and great friends," he said.
"I wanted to take this time to thank all of you for the many years of being a fan of 'Gunsmoke,' The Thing, 'How the West Was Won' and all the other fun projects I was lucky enough to have been allowed to be a part of. I had the privilege of working with so many great actors over the years."
The official reason may be an overloaded dance card, but your boyfriend Ryan Gosling exiting what was to be his directorial debut - a remake of the 1980 music biopic The Idolmaker - may prove to be an unintentionally wise career choice. Deadline Hollywood reports that Gosling informed the studio, MGM, that he had to pull out of the project thanks to a packed schedule and as far as legit reasons go, his are pretty sound.
To wit: Gosling has promotion to do for his excellent-looking Steve Carell comedy Crazy Stupid Love, his Cannes-screened Nicolas Winding Refn thriller Drive not to mention starting production on his Blue Valentine director's follow-up The Place Beyond the Pines, the Sean Penn co-starring Gangster Squad and, oh yeah, remaking Logan's Run.
So dude is busy.
When asked what memory stands out above all others during his decade-long tenure as the film programmer for the North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference (NXNE), Ambrose Roche can't settle on a single winner.
"That's a tough one. Either playing the 'beaver' game with [British filmmaker and musician] Don Letts or stiffing [The Police drummer] Stewart Copeland and his manager on cab fare after ushering them out of the Royal Cinema after the screening of his film."
On the cusp of the film festival's 10-year anniversary, finishing touches are still being put on the final lineup, which includes world and Canadian premieres, work from the likes of Lou Reed, outre artist and Quentin Tarantino vanguard JX Williams and music docs about Montreal's punk scene (MTL Punk: The First Wave), NYC's subway performers (Below New York), revered '80s alt rock pioneers The Replacements (Color Me Obsessed) and recently departed garage rocker Jay Reatard (Better Than Something: Jay Reatard).
The delightfully eclectic screenings reflect the independent nature of NXNE's film festival, which began seven years after the overall festival launched, and though not as well-known as its American counterpart SXSW, the five-day Toronto-based festival is certainly coming into its own.
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