If you thought Alec Baldwin was cantankerous, even he pales compared to the veteran Broadway and TV star Elaine Stritch. In Chiemi Karasawa’s new documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, opening in limited release this Friday, the 89-year-old actress (and Today show F-bomb-dropper) recounts her turbulent life on the stage and screen, her battles with alcoholism, and her improbable comeback in the last decade. In this exclusive clip, we see Stritch on the set of 30 Rock, where she played the wasp-tongued mother of Alec Baldwin’s network exec Jack Donaghy (a role that earned the actress her third Emmy Award in 2008). On set, she mixes it up with Tina Fey and Baldwin, a kindred spirit who hilariously grumbles about the veteran scene-stealer in rehearsal. “Don’t you last-word me, you,” he says. “It’s my laugh-line, you bitch.” And her reaction to his grousing is just as priceless. READ FULL STORY
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'Joe' star Nicolas Cage 'could handle a venomous cottonmouth snake without protection' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER
Nicolas Cage is a force; you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who would deny that. But the prolific actor has been toeing the line of self-parody in the past few decades with his larger-than-life characters. In the Southern gothic Joe, director David Gordon Green gave Cage the opportunity to lose himself in a serious performance again as an impetuous, selfish ex-con who surprises himself when he becomes protective of a hard-luck kid he hires for lumber work, played by Mud‘s Tye Sheridan.
It was a somewhat unconventional choice, but, it seems to have been an inspired one as well. Cage got raves for his performance after the film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Green always knew he would be perfect for Joe Ransom. “He had tremendous masculinity. He’s just in incredible shape and intimidating in stature. He also has great dramatic range as an actor. He can be in Con-Air and he can be in Leaving Las Vegas. And just for me, personally, and the manner in which I like to work…he’s a funny guy,” Green told EW. “I like to have a good time when I’m making movies, and he seemed like a guy who would agree.”
So he invited Cage to Austin, where they drove around and talked for a few days about the role. Cage even helped Green scout locations for Prince Avalanche, which Green was about to begin production on at the time. Cage, Green said, “was so eager to reinvent himself. It felt like a great opportunity to me.” READ FULL STORY
Veronica Mars is back, marshmallows! And she’s quippier than ever.
In this exclusive clip from Rob Thomas’s highly anticipated Mars movie, Veronica (Kristen Bell) trades barbs with dad Keith (Enrico Colantoni) over which profession is worse — lawyer or private detective — before Wallace (Percy Daggs III) and Mac (Tina Majorino) show up with a surprise for Veronica.
Watch it below! READ FULL STORY
The day before the Oscars, smaller films are honored during the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, and EW has exclusively learned the first round of this year’s presenters.
Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Rosario Dawson, Angela Bassett, and Andy Samberg will all present at the 29th annual ceremony, which takes place Saturday, March 1. Hosted by actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, the daytime luncheon will broadcast later that evening at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.
12 Years a Slave leads all films with seven nominations; Nebraska is right behind with six. Both films are in the running for Best Feature, alongside All Is Lost, Frances Ha, and Inside Llewyn Davis. McConaughey is also nominated for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Other nominees include Oscar front-runners Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong’o.
Now in its 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made without a big Hollywood budget by filmmakers who embody independence and originality.
When British director Ben Wheatley‘s new film A Field in England was released in the U.K. last year one newspaper hailed the 17th century drama as “Apocalypse Now among the hedgerows.” Certainly this latest movie from the director of Sightseers, Kill List, and the forthcoming, Tom Hiddleston-starring High-Rise makes for an unforgettable experience as audiences here will discover when the film arrives in select cinemas and on VOD tomorrow.
If fans didn’t get a chance to see Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in their Golden Globe winning performances in Dallas Buyers Club in theaters, now they can take the Oscar nominated drama home. The Blu-ray combo pack of the film arrives in stores today and the bonus features include deleted scenes that got cut from the theatrical version, including this exclusive one below featuring McConaughey’s character trying to celebrate living more than the month he was told he had by his doctor, played by Jennifer Garner. READ FULL STORY
Philip Seymour Hoffman provided a litany of these, having paid his dues over many years as a working actor — making even small roles seem impressive. That’s how we eventually came to know his name.
After his death yesterday, EW began looking back through some of these early performances — his debut as a wise-ass street kid on a 1991 episode of Law & Order, and his supporting role as the morally ambiguous best friend of Chris O’Donnell’s character in 1992′s Scent of a Woman.
Looking up that particular part, we spotted something surprising in one of his early scenes. In the game of finding a future film star in a background role, this scene from Scent of a Woman turned out to be a double.
Hoffman is not just sharing the screen with O’Donnell, as they try to distract an older teacher from witnessing a prank being set up over the headmaster’s parking space. Hoffman is also acting opposite a current Oscar-nominee: Nebraska‘s June Squibb.
We reached out to her via her son, filmmaker Harry Kakatsakis, to see if she had any memories of Hoffman to share.
Prepare for battle! Justice League: War is coming…and we’ve got an exclusive new clip to get you excited about its arrival.
In a scene inspired by a panel from Geoff Johns’ 2012 graphic novel Justice League: Origin, Wonder Woman takes to the streets of Washington, D.C. for the first time. But instead of encountering aliens or mercenaries, she discovers (with the help of a new friend named Hannah) something very different…and potentially life-changing: ice cream.
Hey, even superheroes need to appreciate the little things. (And from the looks of this clip, it’s safe to say that Wonder Woman might have a new vice.) READ FULL STORY
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