Director Adam Wingard has received rave reviews for his R-rated, home invasion horror-comedy You’re Next, which screened at several film festivals over the past couple of years and will be released August 23. But his often gore-drenched creative sensibility — and twisted sense of humor — is not everyone’s cup of Darjeeling. In the spring of 2007, for instance, the then just the 24-year-old Wingard appeared on the premiere episode of Fox TV’s On The Lot, a much-hyped but now little-remembered, Steven Spielberg-produced filmmakers’ competition with the first prize of a million-dollar development deal at Dreamworks. As Wingard recalls, he was immediately put off by the reality show vibe of the televised contest and decided to self-sabotage. So in an unaired segment, he pitched a movie about a giant, skinless, suburbia-terrorizing dog named Roger to the show’s three judges: Brett Ratner, Carrie Fisher, and Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall. “I kept emphasizing how violent the film needed to be, and I was doing a dance as I was pitching,” says Wingard, who, it is probably worth noting, stands 6 feet 4 inches tall. “The whole thing was like a performance art piece. I was shocked they didn’t use it because I went out of my way to make an ass out of myself on national television. It was gold!” Needless to say, the Alabama-raised Wingard did not progress to the next round. “I don’t remember what the judges said,” he chuckles, “but I think they were really disappointed in me.” READ FULL STORY
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Leighton Meester will not reprise her role in the upcoming Veronica Mars film, but the television show’s creator Rob Thomas announced today that Meester’s character will, indeed, live on.
Replacing Meester as Neptune High mean girl Carrie Bishop? Andrea Estella, lead singer of indie pop band Twin Sister.
In an e-mail update sent to the movie’s Kickstarter backers, Thomas explained the casting, saying, “One of the reasons I wanted Leighton, beyond her talent/beauty/history in the show, was that we needed a performer who could sing in this important role. Once it became evident that we couldn’t make Leighton’s schedule work, I decided to cast someone from a band I already wanted in the movie.”
Meester was unable to appear as she is filming another movie “on the wrong coast,” Thomas added.
The Veronica Mars movie, which was made possible thanks to more than $5.5 million in fund raising via the website Kickstarter, is currently in production in Los Angeles.
James Gandolfini, who passed away yesterday in Rome from a suspected heart attack, was best known as Tony Soprano, the morally corrupt but emotionally vulnerable New Jersey mobster and family man who propelled HBO’s The Sopranos to artistic and popular excellence from 1999 to 2007. But before, during, and after his reign as TV’s most mesmerizing dramatic actor, Gandolfini appeared in several high-profile movies, opposite actors like John Travolta, Denzel Washington, Robert Redford, and Brad Pitt.
Pitt co-starred with Gandolfini three times, in 1993’s True Romance, 2001’s The Mexican and last year’s Killing Them Softly, in which both men played hit-men at various stages of their careers. “He’s the man,” Pitt said back in 2001, when he and Julia Roberts tangled with Gandolfini’s gay hit-man at the height of the actor’s Sopranos‘ popularity. “He’s one of those great actors who finds meaning in every line. I love watching him work.”
The World War Z star released a statement about his colleague:
“I admire Jimmy as a ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man. I am fortunate to have sat across the table from him and am gutted by this loss. I wish his family strength and some semblance of peace.”
Gandolfini had been reluctant to play another mob character in Killing Them Softly, but he was finally won over by what the character symbolized. “I started thinking, maybe, I’ve done a bunch of these guys and this is kind of the final nail in the coffin,” Gandolfini told ABC News in November. “This is where you are at the end.”
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Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it.
Brooks received the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award Thursday, and Freeman and De Niro were among a galaxy of stars who paid tribute to the man behind Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers.
Martin Short opened the program with a song-and-dance routine set to a medley of melodies from Brooks’ films.
“The word genius is used a lot in Hollywood, so I might as well call Mel one,” Short said.
Billy Crystal, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Cloris Leachman, David Lynch, Larry David, and Carl Reiner also honored the 86-year-old filmmaker at a private dinner at the Dolby Theatre that had the energy of a good-natured roast.
“We are going to miss you so much, Mel,” Kimmel said. “You were one of the greats. Rest in peace, my friend.” READ FULL STORY
Pussy Riot documentary directors talk about the tribulations (and trial) of the art collective-cum-punk band
Last year, Pussy Riot members Nadia Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina, and Katia Samutsevich made expletive-heavy headlines when they were arrested and then imprisoned after the punk band-cum-art collective performed the song “Mother of God, Drive Putin Out” in a Moscow cathedral. The trio’s story is detailed in a new documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which is screening on HBO, June 10, and seeks to both contextualize the group and humanize the three arrested members, two of whom are still serving out their sentences in penal colonies.
The first annual CapeTown Film Festival, the brainchild of Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown gamemaster Geoff Boucher, attracted fans of all ages for seven nights of classic superhero and sci-fi movie experiences, beginning with an early screening of Iron Man 3, and including the 30th anniversary celebration of Return of the Jedi. But it wasn’t just the nostalgia that made the festival a splendid success; it was the in-depth conversations with legends like Nimoy, Kurt Russell (Escape From New York), Mark Hamill, and Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys).
Not everyone could get to Los Angeles or in to Egyptian Theatre for the festival — tickets for the most popular panels quickly sold out. But EW.com has an entire library of video from the chats, including Boucher’s Q+A with Marvel godfather Kevin Feige and Tim Stack’s interview with some of the cast from The Goonies.
Click below for the next best thing to being there. READ FULL STORY
Downton Abbey might be on hiatus but Hollywood certainly hasn’t taken a break from nodding to the ever-growing phenomenon.
But while Modern Family, The Office, Suits, 30 Rock and even How I Met Your Mother (in its own way) have all recently given nods to Abbey, Iron Man 3, which made $680 million globally in the box office this weekend, could end up being one of the show’s most significant pieces of exposure yet.
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Women in Film is once again honoring women and those who support women in an industry that tends to be more of a boys club. The Los Angeles-based organization announced the recipients of their 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards this week, and among the honorees are Laura Linney, George Lucas, and Hailee Steinfeld.
The awards will be presented at WIF’s Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, June 12. The event will also celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.
“Our six honorees illustrate the wide spectrum of creative innovation coming from women, and it’s a privilege to be commemorating all of their successes,” WIF president Cathy Schulman said in a statement. READ FULL STORY
Quake in your boots at the red band trailer for the Eli Roth-starring disaster movie 'Aftershock' -- NSFW
Big screen horror overlord Eli Roth has been comparatively quiet over the past couple of years. But the writer-director-actor now seems to be spreading through pop culture like a particularly virulent, flesh-eating virus (a simile I imagine the man who brought us Cabin Fever would not complain about).
You’ve seen the Golden Globes, the SAG awards, the Oscars, and the Razzies. But tonight, the annual awards season comes to an explosive conclusion, as MTV invites all your favorite celebrities to sit down inside the brain of a 14-year-old with their annual MTV Movie Awards bonanza. This year’s show is hosted by Pitch Perfect breakout Rebel Wilson, and will feature categories like “Best Fight,” “Best Kiss,” “Best WTF Moment,” and this year’s closest race, “Best Shirtless Performance.”
EW’s Mandi Bierly and Darren Franich will be live-blogging the chaos starting at 8:45 PM EST. (The show officially kicks off at 9.) It’s a surprisingly packed-in show this year, featuring appearances by Brad Pitt, Peter Dinklage, Steve Carell, Melissa McCarthy, and the stars of hot summer movies like This is The End and Star Trek Into Darkness. There are performances by Selena Gomez, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, and the stars of Pitch Perfect. (Also, they’re debuting a trailer for a little movie called The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.) Join us, won’t you?
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