With the exhausting thrill of Sundance still in my bones, I'm not quite ready yet to think about diving into the Berlin Film Festival -- but there it is, less than two weeks away. The programme has been revealed in drips and drabs, and today we learned who'll serve alongside present Wong Kar-wai on the competition jury. As usual, it's an interesting group, and one that includes two Oscar winners: Tim Robbins and Danish writer-director Susanne Bier. Meanwhile, the addition presence of the superb cinematographer Ellen Kuras ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"). Iranian video artist turned filmmaker Shirin Neshat and Greek New Wave talent Athina Rachel Tsangrai (director of "Attenberg," but also a producer on Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight") makes for a mostly female jury this year. [Berlinale]
Latest Blog Posts
So, we kick things off with further progress in the Stallion Booty vs. Donkey Booty video throw down. Kenya goes to the gym and discusses her video venture with her trainer, while Phaedra dons an seizure-inducing neon-green unitard for some possible DVD packaging snaps and promotional materials. I would like to say, for the record, I would not buy a workout video with Phaedra on the cover looking like a bloated radioactive lima bean. I'm sure she is fit, but man, that outfit does her no favors.
Chris Brown and Frank Ocean got into a brawl at a Los Angeles recording studio on Sunday night.
TMZ first reported the fight around 9 p.m., saying that both artists were at Westlake Studios. When Brown went to leave, a source told TMZ that Ocean and his entourage blocked Brown from leaving. “We’re told Chris went to shake Frank’s hand...and that’s when one of Frank’s people attacked Chris,” TMZ reported. “Sources connected with Chris say one of Chris’s friends jumped in front and hit Frank’s friend." Brown sources also told TMZ that Ocean then "came at" Brown and the two started fighting.
Police arrived at the scene, but Brown had already departed. According to TMZ, no arrests have been made and no one has pressed charges.
Shortly after the altercation, Ocean tweeted, “got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol. I only wish everest was there,” then adding, “cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys.” Everest, according to Ocean's tumblr, is his dog.
Brown has not tweeted since Jan. 25.
Remember how everyone used to complain about the Golden Globes? "It's not legit." "It doesn't mean anything for Oscar." "Unless someone gets drunk it's a bore." Well, the first two complaints still hold a lot of merit, but the latter? No way. Ricky Gervais and the combo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the past four telecasts have made the Globes arguably more entertaining than Oscar. That brings us to Sunday night's 19th Annual SAG Awards.
Remember how the SAG awards were deemed the legitimate acting honors? Actors voting for actors? An award that meant more because it came from your peers? A few years of embarrassing Betty White overload and blander TV nominees than the Emmys and the SAG Awards are stuck in a rut. Oh, and we haven't even gotten to the formulaic telecasts. Did TNT, the show's producers and SAG turn things around Sunday night? No, no they didn't. But, there were some diamonds in the rough during the two-hour ordeal.
I've been out most of the evening but some quick thoughts on tonight's SAG outcome...
"Argo" is the story of the weekend, clearly. After coming out victorious at the PGA Awards it picked up the ensemble prize that everyone had either chalked up to "Lincoln" or "Silver Linings Playbook," with some outliers thinking "Les Misérables" had a shot at it. Surprise!
A quick review of tonight's "Shameless" coming up just as soon as I give you a coupon for a free ham...
You may or may not remember this, but a few weeks back I wrote about my pledge to try to keep things spoiler-free when it comes to "Downton Abbey." This hasn't been easy given that everyone across the pond got to watch the entire third season before we even got started. But before you read this recap, I'm going to politely suggest you watch this episode -- the fourth of the season -- before you do. Then come back. We'd love to have you, and it's not that I don't want you here or anything so impolite. But, until you watch the episode, I'm begging you, please don't read this yet. Please. Really. I'm not joking around, you guys.
Though neon made its (very, very loud) presence felt on the red carpet at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards, the overwhelming mood was more dark and dreary than, say, a Wham! video. While a few stars busted out the bright colors, more of them wore black, navy or monochrome combinations, aiming for inoffensive over red carpet pop. Heres a look at who bombed, who bored, and who actually got it right.
Welcome to Sunday (January 27) night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the only 10 or 20 times per year that Hollywood gathers together to salute itself.
On the TV side, we're just anticipated yet another "Modern Family"/"Homeland" celebration.
But on the movies side, this remains one of the most wide-open Oscars races in years and it maybe up to the SAG voters to led some clarity. Click through for the full live-blog and join the conversation!
Chic’s Nile Rodgers hinted a few weeks ago that he was working with Daft Punk, but now it’s looks for certain that new music is coming this spring from the French electronic music duo.
The twosome, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bengalter, have signed to Columbia Records, departing from their previous home, Virgin. The pair’s fourth collection will be its first studio release since 2007’s “Human After All,” according to NME.
Daft Punk, who were hotly rumored to be headlining Coachella, until the pair said they were definitely not touring in 2013, most recently worked on the soundtrack for “Tron: Legacy” in 2010.
In addition to Rodgers, Daft Punk is also reported to be working with Chilly Gonzales and Animal Collective’s Panda Bear on the new album.
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has crowned Ben Affleck's "Argo" with this year's Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Affleck received the award along with co-producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov.