Hollywood is in its usual hazy head space when it comes to the Academy Awards race.
The dilemma: Handicapping the players when so many of the potential front-runners have yet to show their game face.
Films such as Ben Affleck's Argo and Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman's The Master already are proven contenders through rapturous reactions from festival crowds or early theatrical audiences. A handful of summer releases have a shot at best-picture slots - but that depends on the movies still to come.
Liam Neeson is back in Cineplex theatres this week reprising his role as ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills in Taken 2, opening on Friday. The 6’4” Irish giant has grown into an action hero as of late thanks to movies like Taken, The A-Team, and The Grey, even though we’ll always have a soft spot for his more-dramatic roles in Kinsey, Michael Collins and as widower Daniel in the dramedy Love Actually, just to name a few.
We’ve been big fans of Neeson since way back in the 80s in movies like The Bounty and in Suspect where he plays a deaf-mute homeless man defended by attorney Cher when he is accused of murder. Sounds intriguing, right? And of course, who can forget his defining role as Oskar Schindler in 1993’s Schindler’s List.
Are you a fan of Liam Neeson? Test your Neeson knowledge in our quiz after the jump!
Adam Sandler's monster mash-up Hotel Transylvania has brought the weekend box office back to life after a late-summer slump.
The animated comedy from Sony Pictures debuted at number one with $43 million, one of the strongest starts ever for a movie opening in September, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Hotel Transylvania set a new high for September debuts in terms of actual dollars, beating the previous record of $35.7 million for 2002's Reese Witherspoon rom-com Sweet Home Alabama. But factoring in today's higher admission prices, Sweet Home Alabama sold more tickets.
This weekend's box office was further strengthened by a solid second place debut for another Sony release, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's time-travel thriller Looper, which took in $21.2 million.
Hollywood's overall grosses rose for the first time in a month compared to the same weekend last year. Revenues totaled $120 million, up 21 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when Dolphin Tale led with $13.9 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
Ladies and gentleman, your host of the 85th Academy Awards is none other than “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane. The man behind this year’s box office smash Ted will join the long list of distinguished Oscar hosts including Billy Crystal, Bob Hope, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg…and um, James Franco and Anne Hathaway.
"We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," said Oscar telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron via press release earlier today. "He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."
"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," said MacFarlane in a press statement. "My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the 'Charlie Sheen Roast.'"
Handsome Hawke has been acting since the late '80s and despite a few telltale lines on his forehead, it's easy to forget the man's been in the business of movies for that long.
Starting out as a fresh-faced newbie in Dead Poets Society and White Fang, Hawke grew his hair long, added some facial hair and become a '90s heartthrob thanks to stand-out performances in movies like Alive and Reality Bites (oh Troy Dyer, I get you).
From getting animated for Waking Life, getting hard for Training Day and getting up-close-and-personal with vampires in Daybreakers, Hawke has proven adept at switching gears and for this month's thriller Sinister, he plays a true-crime novelist who stumbles upon evil forces in his new home and it looks like the kind of horror movie that could easily cause nightmares.
With such varied choices laid out in front of us, we took a look back at his eclectic career and narrowed down the list to Ethan Hawke's Top 5 Roles.
Count down with us after the jump!
Adele has confirmed she has co-written and performed the theme to the upcoming James Bond movie, Skyfall.
The singer posted a picture on her Twitter feed Monday of what appears to be the sheet music cover page for the song, credited to Adele - as A. Adkins - and Paul Hepworth, who co-wrote her hit "Rolling in the Deep."
Rumors have swirled for months that the Grammy-winning British singer had recorded the theme, but there has been no official announcement from producers.
RULES: No Purchase Necessary. The Contest closing date is 12:00 PM EST on Thursday, October 11th, 2012. Entrant must sufficiently answer the question asked on the indicated blog story to be eligible. Entrant must also provide a valid e-mail address so they can be contacted if they are chosen as the winner. Contest is open to legal residents of Canada who reside in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or Ontario ONLY and who are at least the age of majority as of their date of entry into the Contest. Prize is one (1) set of Bond 50 Blu-rays, worth approximately $200 CAD. The odds of winning are dependent on the number of total entries, where only (1) one entry is allowed per person. A mathematical skills testing question is required once the winner is selected. To qualify, the winner must be able to show valid photo I.D. proving they are over the age of 18. For full rules...read on!
Hold up, did we all know she was pregnant?
Drew Barrymore married Will Kopelman, an art consultant who is also the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopleman, this summer and she wore a gown made specifically for her by Karl Lagerfeld himself that accommodated her already-growing belly so it wasn't like she was hiding it.
Still, it seems shocking that countless magazines didn't devote their covers to pictures of the 37-year-old clutching her tummy, thanking the heavens that she FINALLY FOUND LOVE and was going to become a mother near the age of, wait for it, 40, after a two very brief, unsuccessful marriages to bartender Jeremy Thomas in 1994 and Tom Green in 2001. Or maybe we haven't been paying enough attention to the racks that line the grocery store cashes. Either way, surprise!
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