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    NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” has been named the best film of the year by the National Board of Review. Anderson also won best director honors and the film’s stars Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman were picked for their breakthrough performances in the coming-of-age comedy. The National Board of Review is an organization comprised of film enthusiasts, academics and film professionals that dates back to 1909. Both Will Smith (best actor) and Aunjanue Ellis (best supporting actress) won for their performances in the Richard Williams drama “King Richard.” The title of best actress went to newcomer Rachel Zegler for her performance in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” Other picks included Ciarán Hinds as best supporting actor for “Belfast”; Asghar Farhadi for the script to “A Hero”; and best adapted screenplay to Joel Coen for “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” which was also chosen for Bruno Delbonnel’s cinematography. Disney’s “Encanto” took best animated feature; “A Hero” won for best foreign language film; Questlove’s “Summer of Soul (…Or When the Revolution Could not Be Televised)”...
    NEW YORK (AP) — For a long time, it bothered Richard Jenkins that he didn’t look or come off like the movie stars he grew up with. How could he, the son of a dentist from DeKalb, Illinois, measure up in the same business as Lawrence Olivier, Marlon Brando and Spencer Tracy? “It’s really hard to believe that you’re enough. I mean, for me it was terrible,” Jenkins says. “Sometimes I still don’t. But you always go back to: ‘You’re it, buddy. That’s all you got. If it’s not enough, OK. But it’s all you got.’” It’s appropriate that at the center of a film called “The Humans” is Jenkins, an everyman extraordinaire who has made a career of close-to-the-bone, lived-in performances. The film, directed by Stephen Karam from his Tony-winning play, is a harrowing ensemble piece led by a typically humble yet tour-de-force performance by the 74-year-old Jenkins. He plays Erik Blake, who, with wife Deidre (Jayne Houdyshell) and his elderly mother Momo (June Squibb), has arrived from Scranton, Pennsylvania, at their daughter’s Chinatown apartment for Thanksgiving dinner....
    SERENA and Venus Williams' half-sister has ridiculed the new Hollywood biopic 'King Richard' - starring Will Smith - saying it completely omits their dad's first family, whom he cruelly abandoned. Sabrina Williams, who works as a hospice chaplain, says that actor Smith should be "ashamed of himself" for starring in the movie, which ignores almost the first half of his life.  7Serena and Venus' father Richard is being portrayed in a new movie starring Will SmithCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7Her half sister Sabrina Williams has slammed the film, calling it 'a comedy'Credit: These photos are the www.thisischriswhite.com and cannot be reprinted unless authorised to In an exclusive interview with The Sun, she also says she doesn't think she'll ever see her estranged father again and wouldn't attend his funeral. She says: "I don’t think I’ll see him alive. I've even buried my dad in my head because I know I won't be able to attend his funeral. "That's just not going to be an option, they’re not going to let me, they won't even tell me....
    WITHOUT further ado, fans will finally get to see tennis' newest film, King Richard on the big screen.  The film depicts Richard Williams’ challenges and how he helped his two daughters, Venus and Serena Williams, become two of the best tennis players of all time. 2King Richard is based on the true story of Richard Williams, who led his daughters from the working-class to the top of the global tennis rankingsCredit: AFP Who is Richard Williams’ wife? Although he has been married three times, Williams is not currently married.  Williams is the father of nine biological children and additional stepchildren. Williams was first married to Betty Johnson from 1965 to 1973, whom he met after relocating to California. Before their divorce in 1973, they had five children together: Sabrina, Richard III, Ronner, Reluss, and Reneeka.  In Williams' second marriage to Oracene Price in 1980, the pair had Venus and Serena. Amid marrying, they moved to Compton, California. However, Price and Williams divorced in 2002. For his third marriage, Williams married a woman named Lakeisha Juanita Graham...
    An empty highway slicing through the lush greenery of the Florida Everglades. Summer, 2001. Parked in a layby, as instructed, I am waiting for Richard Williams, father and self-proclaimed creator of teenage tennis sensations, Venus and Serena. Half-an-hour past our agreed meeting time, a customised black sports car skids to a halt inches from my rear bumper. ‘Get in!’ he barks, roaring off before I can close the passenger door. As the needle touches 100mph, Williams veers crazily from lane to lane, taking obvious pleasure in my alarm and bombarding me with aggressive questions. Richard Williams masterminded the Williams sisters' rise to the pinnacle of women's tennis What’s my agenda? Is it positive? Why should he trust me? And, bizarrely, did I go to college? ‘Ah, so you an educated man!’ he sneers, in his Deep South baritone. ‘Me, I’m not educated. I’m stupid . . . least, that’s what people like to think.’ He then declares himself a self-taught polymath, brilliant at science and the arts, and a ‘genius’ at maths. He compares his ability to work without sleep...
    NEW YORK -- Will Smith stars are the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in "King Richard," a new movie opening in theaters on Friday.The film also marks a big leap forward for a 14-year-old performer from New York City, Demi Singleton, who plays Serena.She is tomorrow's star here today.Singleton moved to the city from New Orleans when she was 3 years old and found inspiration at 9, when she attended her first Broadway show. Now, she's on the big screen in the movie about how one dad trained two legends.ALSO READ | 'The Visitor,' delayed by the pandemic, opens at The Public TheaterEMBED More News Videos The cast of a musical based on the 2007 film "The Visitor" were ready to go before the shutdown at The Public Theater. Sandy Kenyon has more on how they are finally raising the curtain. Richie Williams, the father of Venus and Serna, is called "King Richard" for a reason."I don't even mind you saying that we're hard on these kids," Smith's character tells a social worker in the film. "You...
    When Venus and Serena Williams were still in elementary school, Richard Williams was telling anyone who listened that Venus would one day be a champion and Serena would become the greatest tennis player ever. Williams never lost sight of his plan, even as many in the media or the tennis firmament criticized him for talking too much, keeping his daughters out of major junior tournaments to maintain a normal family life, and avoiding the advances of big shot managers.  Williams, of course, was proved right, as his daughters not only dominated but revolutionized the tennis world, while also playing much longer than other prodigies, most of whom burned out early. The thrice-married Richard Williams is 80 and in poor health now and the Williams sisters are nearing the end of their reign, but their family saga is now getting the Hollywood treatment in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard,” which is in theaters and streaming on HBO Max on November 19. Starring Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, the film was written by Zach...
    Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Tennis anyone? In “King Richard,” Will Smith plays Richard Williams, father and tennis guru to Venus and Serena Williams. The film, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, is an authorized dramatization (the Williams family was heavily involved) of the long-odds origin story of two of tennis’ greatest stars. “King Richard,” which Warner Bros. will release Friday in theaters and on HBO Max, is a portrait of their father coach as he steers them in their youth on the court and off. Often portrayed as a brash self-promoter, “King Richard” — featuring one of Smith’s most sensitive and acclaimed performances — captures Richard Williams as a trailblazing and inspiring parent whose vision for his daughters led them from Compton, California, to a global stage. — In Robert Greene’s unconventional documentary “Procession,” Greene gathers a group of six now-adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Midwest priests. Seeking some sense of closure, they write, direct and perform their stories...
    The Chicest Last-Minute Gifts You Can Find on Sale Cowboys rule out Tyron Smith $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/7 SLIDES © Warner Bros. Pictures Game, set, match! Will Smith is the star of King Richard, a film that tells the story of Richard Williams, the father of Venus Williams and Serena Williams. The movie, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, looks at how the sisters from Compton, California, became two of the greatest athletes in tennis history — and the role that their domineering dad played in helping them get there. Smith told Entertainment Weekly that the character appealed to him for a very personal reason. “[He] remind[ed] me a lot of my father,” the actor said in November 2021. “It was that same generation — men that used to fix everything with their hands. I understood what it was like to live at the edge of survival and to try to sustain...
    Black Friday desktop computer deals: What to expect Fred Warner: DeMeco Ryans is doing an amazing job, it’s on us as players to execute Will Smith waited on pins and needles to hear Venus and Serena Williams' reaction to his onscreen performance as their father. Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad In King Richard, out Nov. 19, the Oscar nominee plays Richard Williams, the dad and childhood tennis coach of the famous athlete sisters. While appearing on The Tonight Show Tuesday, Smith recalled being nervous to find out what Venus, 41, and Serena, 40, thought of the final movie. "Venus and Serena were really excited about the possibility. And they said that they would potentially be executive producers and they would walk us through the whole process, but they were going to withhold whether or not they put their names on the film until they saw it," said Smith. "So then I get the call that Venus and Serena are walking into the theater to see the film," he continued. "It's the worst two hours...
    Often when an actor is given the opportunity to talk about their latest role, they are gushing, sentimental and over-emotional. But in the case of Kristen Stewart, who took on the challenging task of playing Diana, Princess of Wales, in the film Spencer — which opened amid great fanfare on Friday — something unusual happened. The actress and star of Twilight, the teen vampire franchise, spoke not of herself but of the character she had portrayed. In a moment of personal modesty, she demonstrated a rare insight — possibly gained from her own experience of fame — into Diana’s troubled role as the most famous (and most photographed) woman on the planet. ‘It’s feeling constantly watched, no matter what you do,’ she says. ‘If you’re in public, someone in the room is looking at you at all times. 'Even if they’re not, it’s at the back of your mind. That is a feeling you only have if you’re extremely famous. It’s a completely different approach from being a human.’ Just like The Crown, with its insistence that it made scrupulous...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvel’s new film “Eternals” broke the mold in an area the studio has conspicuously avoided for years: Sex between superheroes. It’s the first time in 26 Marvel cinematic universe films that an intimate conjugal moment was visibly shown between two characters. The scene — depicted by Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao — already captured headlines before the film’s theatrical release Friday. But Richard Madden, who stars as Ikaris, said any headline focused on superhero sex is “just kind of crass.” He calls the love scene involving his character and Gemma Chan’s Sersi an “intimate moment.” “We’re trying to tell a love story and we’re trying to show an intimacy and a delicacy of people that have been together for many, many years,” said Madden about their characters, who fell in love thousands of years ago during the Babylonian Empire. He said the scene marked a “huge part of the start of their relationship.” The couple are members of a race of immortal beings who have spent 7,000 years on Earth defending the world from rivals known...
    Tennessee pastor tackles man who pointed gun at people during church service, police say The controversial sale of Big John, the worlds largest Triceratops © Provided by People Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Will Smith Will Smith was feeling generous on the set of his upcoming film, King Richard. The actor and producer gifted cash bonuses to his costars on the acclaimed drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Oscar nominee was reportedly paid as much as $40 million for the film and personally wrote checks out to his costars including Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, who play his daughters in the film, as well as Tony Goldwyn, Jon Bernthal and Aunjanue Ellis, among others, THR reports.  Smith gave out the gifts after Warner Bros. changed the release plan for the upcoming movie to debut simultaneously in theaters and on its streaming service HBO Max on Nov. 19, the outlet reported. A source told THR that Smith's bonus was on top of what the actors already received from Warner Bros. as compensation for the HBO Max release strategy. © Oscar...
    Krispy Kreme’s New Thanksgiving Donuts Incorporate Iconic Flavors of the Holiday Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears NFL Week 9 Odds, Plays and Insights © Provided by INSIDER Will Smith stars in the upcoming "King Richard." Pablo Cuadra / WireImage / Will Smith gave cash bonuses to his "King Richard" co-stars. The payment was intended to compensate for Warner Bros.'s shift from theatrical to HBO Max release, THR reported. The publication reported that Smith had a $40 million salary for the movie. Will Smith gave personal cash-bonuses to his "King Richard" co-stars to compensate for the financial impact of Warner Bros.'s decision to release the film simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters, according to a new report in The Hollywood Reporter. The publication reports that Smith - who produced and starred in "King Richard" as the father of Venus and Serena Williams - earned as much as $40 million for his work on the highly-anticipated biopic. The report cites a source saying that after WarnerMedia pivoted to a simultaneous home and theatrical release of its 2021...
    Vera Bradley’s New Snoopy-Themed Holiday Collection Will Fill Your Peanuts Dreams Report: Rodgers Could Face Fines for Attending Recent Halloween Party, Maskless Pressers Spend $500, Pocket $200 Fast with This Top Card Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Warner Bros. Pictures Game, set, match! Will Smith is the star of King Richard, a film that tells the story of Richard Williams, the father of Venus Williams and Serena Williams. The movie, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, looks at how the sisters from Compton, California, became two of the greatest athletes in tennis history — and the role that their domineering dad played in helping them get there. Smith told Entertainment Weekly that the character appealed to him for a very personal reason. “[He] remind[ed] me a lot of my father,” the actor said in November 2021. “It was that same generation — men that used to fix everything with their hands. I understood what it was like to live at the edge of...
    The death of Halyna Hutchins is a painful reminder of a personal tragedy Richard Jones has endured. Authorities are investigating after confirming that a firearm discharged by Alec Baldwin – who was told the gun was cold or "unloaded" – while producing and starring in the Western film "Rust," killed the cinematographer and wounded its director. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officials said Hutchins, 42, and Joel Souza, were shot Thursday on the rustic film set in the desert on the southern outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Halyna Hutchins is survived by her husband and their son. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie) Hutchins was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel, the sheriff’s department said. Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and has since been released. Production has been halted on the film. WEAPONS EXPERT TALKS DANGER OF 'CUTTING CORNERS' AMID ALEC BALDWIN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATES The tragedy has reopened a wound for the grieving patriarch. His daughter Sarah Jones,...
    Lego Has a New ‘Home Alone’ Set, Complete With Character Figurines and Easter Eggs From the Film Tom Brady, facing first Ohio State QB in NFL, sneaks in subtle shot at Buckeyes © Courtesy of Telluride Film Festival KING RICHARD Warner Bros. has released another trailer for its upcoming biographical drama King Richard, featuring Beyonce’s new original song “Be Alive.” Will Smith leads the tennis biopic as the titular character, father and coach of tennis prodigies Venus and Serena Williams (portrayed by Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, respectively). The latest trailer includes scenes of Richard Williams trying to get tennis clubs to accept his daughters. Despite the obstacles they face, Richard tells his wife Oracene “Brandi” Williams, played by Aunjanue Ellis, “We’ve just got to stick to the plan. We’ve got champions in the other room.” Richard continues to be challenged for the way he wants to manage his daughters’ careers and his unwavering support of their talent. Toward the end of the trailer, Venus faces an opponent she is expected to lose to while Beyoncé’s new song “Be...
    Easy Thanksgiving Crafts to Keep Kids Entertained on Thanksgiving Matt LaFleur: We’re fortunate to get someone like Whitney Mercilus at this point in the season Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Will Smith's latest film charts the rise of two of the greatest athletes in modern tennis. A new trailer for King Richard dropped on Thursday, showing Smith, 53, in character as Richard Williams, the father of pro athletes Venus Williams and Serena Williams. While the talented players have conquered the game since going pro, King Richard follows their start in the sport and their rise to champions.  In the latest trailer — which features the Beyonce song "Be Alive"  — Richard hatches a plan to make his girls the best athletes in the game, promising the sisters will "shake up this world." As he pushes Venus and Serena to train their best and "stick to the plan," they begin to see success in the sport — and others start to take notice.  © Provided by People Warner Bros. Pictures RELATED: See Will Smith Transform...
    He has been forging his career as an actor through roles in My Policeman and Don't Worry Darling after his on-screen success in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk.  And Harry Styles is set to make a surprise appearance as Thanos' brother, Eros, in Marvel's latest drama Eternals, it was reported on Tuesday morning. The singer, 27, may have joined an already star-studded cast including Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Don Lee and Angelina Jolie who play a group of superhumans secretly living on earth.  Exciting: Harry Styles is set to make a surprise appearance as Thanos' brother, Eros, in Marvel's latest drama Eternals, it was reported on Tuesday morning News of Harry's role in the film came after the Eternals premiered in Los Angeles on Monday night and was seemingly confirmed by a Variety reporter on Twitter. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Richard Madden shows off freshly dyed dark brown locks as he... Salma Hayek puts her ample cleavage on display in plunging... Rita Ora exudes glamour in a white fishtail gown while... Angelina Jolie puts on an elegant display in...
    More On: will smith Will Smith wanted a ‘harem of girlfriends’ including Halle Berry, Misty Copeland Will Smith on open relationship with Jada Pinkett: Marriage ‘can’t be a prison’ Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are doing ‘fine’ after house fire Fire trucks, ambulance rush to Will Smith’s Malibu mansion amid reports of blaze Nearly two weeks after his wife Jada Pinkett Smith built an at-home roller rink to celebrate her 50th birthday, Will Smith rented out the entire Regal Cinemas in Calabasas, Calif., to celebrate his 53rd birthday. “He had a very private party… He rented out the theater [for] a hundred people and they watched [his latest film] ‘King Richard,’ and had food and snacks,” a source told Page Six. Unlike Jada’s party — which brought out celebs such as Toni Braxton, MC Lyte, and Jordyn Woods — Will’s bash was more of a family affair. The entire Smith family was in attendance –except for the starry couple’s son, Jaden, who we’re told was away in Europe. (Jaden was recently spotted out at London Fashion Week.)...
    Tom Ford's late husband, fashion journalist Richard Buckley's 'last article’ has been published - detailing his relationship with his partner of 35-years before his death aged 72. Mr Buckley, who secretly married American fashion designer and filmmaker Mr Ford, 60, in 2014 after 27 years of dating, passed away peacefully from natural causes at their Los Angeles home earlier this month after battling prolonged illness.  Specific details surrounding Mr Buckley's death have not yet been released. The writer, who met Mr Ford in 1986 at a New York fashion show, paid tribute to his husband in his 'last contribution to the world of journalism' for Air Mail. He revealed he 'couldn't enjoy' his fashion designer partner's shows 'even slightly', would 'sob' over bad reviews and tried to never see designs in advance. Tom Ford's late husband, fashion journalist Richard Buckley's 'last article’ has been published - detailing his relationship with his partner of 35-years before his death aged 72. Pictured, the couple together in 2017 Mr Buckley wrote: 'I tend to go silent after one of his shows. I do not run backstage and...
    American fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford, 60, attributes his long-lasting romance with journalist Richard Buckley, 72, to true love and respect. Ford, who secretly married Buckley in 2014 after 27 years of dating, says he knew the journalist was 'the one' from the moment they met. 'I went to a fashion show and this silver-haired guy was staring at me with these piercing water-blue eyes. It scared me because I absolutely saw and knew my entire future,' Ford recalled in a 2016 interview ahead of their 30-year-anniversary, MSN reports. 'About 10 days later, someone asked if [Buckley] was seeing anyone. He said, 'No, there was this guy I had seen at a fashion show,' and at that moment, the elevator door opened and there I was. Richard jumps in the elevator and he's practically tap dancing.' American fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford attributes his long-lasting romance with journalist Richard Buckley (pictured together in 2017) to true love and respect 35 years strong: Ford originally met Buckley in 1986 at a New York fashion show and they wed...
    The Humans begins with an establishing shot, the camera gazing up from the small interior courtyard of a Chinatown apartment building. It’s one of those New York areas so claustrophobic that the idea of it being “outdoor space” is a tease. Craning to glimpse a sliver of the sky, it almost seems unreachable, creating an illusion that the surrounding brick walls are starting to cave in on you the harder you struggle to look. Something matter-of-fact shouldn’t seem so impossible, yet from the bottom of the courtyard looking up, it’s an existence from which you may never escape. Before vertigo sets in, we move inside to the pre-war apartment that young couple Brigid (Beanie Feldstein) and Richard (Steven Yeun) are moving into that day, which also happens to be Thanksgiving. Heading indoors only intensifies the unease. The walls are blistered with constellations of bulbous sores, almost like an infection, where water damage has ruined the paint. Lights flicker when they stay on at all, illuminating precariously from fixtures that appear as if they might plunge from the ceiling at...
    Una Stubbs, the English actress who played Mrs. Hudson in "Sherlock" to cap a half-century career in TV, theater and film, died today following an illness, her agent confirmed to Deadline. She was 84. "Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her, in Edinburgh. We ask for privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times," a statement from the family read. Stubbs was a stalwart of British TV and stage for six decades, breaking through in the 1960s with the film "Summer Holiday," which starred Cliff Richard before she landed the role of Rita Rawlings in the long-running sitcom "Till Death Do Us Part"; she also starred in the 1968 film of the same name. Stubbs also appeared with Richard and the Shadows in 1964’s "Swingers’ Paradise." ‘GRACE AND FRANKIE’ SURPRISE: FIRST FOUR EPISODES OF FINAL SEASON HIT NETFLIX TODAY Una Stubbs attends the press night after party for ‘Aristocrats’ at The Hospital Club on August 9, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images) Stubbs would go on to...
    (CNN)Get ready for awards season buzz.Will Smith is portraying Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in the forthcoming film "King Richard."The movie "follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever," according to Warner Bros., which is owned by CNN's parent company. The superstar athlete sisters serve as executive producers for the film, which traces their rise from Compton, California, kids to international phenoms.Saniyaa Sidney ("Hidden Figures," "Fences") stars as Venus Williams, Demi Singleton (TV's "Godfather of Harlem") stars as Serena Williams and Aunjanue Ellis ("If Beale Street Could Talk," TV's "Quantico") plays their mother, Oracene "Brandi" Williams.Read MoreReinaldo Marcus Green directs the film. "King Richard" is scheduled for release on November 19.
    The journalist who secured rights to the iconic 26-second film clip of President Kennedy's assassination has died at the age of 92. Richard B. Stolley, also the founding editor of People Magazine, spent six decades at the Time Inc. media empire, during which he was a prominent reporter for Life magazine and covered a number of major, era-defining stories including the Civil Rights movement in the South and the space race.  In one of the most significant coups in the history of journalism, Stolley acquired the rights to use the Zapruder film - footage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 - for Life magazine after tracking down the man who filmed it. The 26-second 8-mm footage of the Kennedy motorcade is one of the earliest instances of a citizen capturing a historic event, and is considered by some as the most important clip in celluloid history. Following its release, footage of the assassination become one of the most recognisable and iconic images of the 20th century, forever etched into the cultural psyche of the nation. It also provided vital...
    The inspiring true story of Bay Area author Kristine Carlson will be the basis for a Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear and executive produced by Meghan McCain. As announced on Monday, Lifetime has green-lit “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story” (working title). The cable TV film will recall how Carlson, co-author of the best-selling self-help book series “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,”  found her world crashing down in 2006 when her husband, Richard, died suddenly of an embolism while on a flight from San Francisco to New York. He was 45. Per Lifetime’s description, “faced with unsurmountable grief, Kristine finds her voice and the strength to navigate and rebuild her family in the midst of profound loss.” In a pair of Instagram posts, Carlson told followers, “I am SO thrilled to announce that the NEW Lifetime Movie starring @heatherlocklear … will be coming soon!!!” She went on to thank “our readers for making this a reality! I am absolutely overwhelmed by the response to the announcement of the new Lifetime movie. …” The film will be Locklear’s...
    With the death of the film director, Richard Donner this past July 5 of this year the Hollywood entertainment industry lost a benchmark that helped consolidate several of the movie genres during that memorable time for the cinema and the public that meant the seventies and eighties. From the police action film series “Lethal Weapon”, the adventure story “The Goonies” or his passage through the television series “The Twilight Zone” with the historic “Nightmare at 20,000 feet”, Donner was involved in various landmarks of popular culture of the 20th century, but none of these achievements can match the foundations Donner laid out for superhero cinema with “Superman: The Movie” released in 1978. Creating the Magnum opus of the genre Culturally, in the 1970s, superheroes were not taken seriously by the public in the United States and the world and their image was often taken as parodic. This due to the influence created by the “Batman” series of Adam west in 1966, the animations aimed at children olcensorship imposed by the Comic Code Authority, of which the comics they...
    The “Goonies” and Steven Spielberg, reunited at 1:31 distance (CNN) – Richard Donner, an accomplished Hollywood producer and director known for his work on the “Lethal Weapon” film series and “The Goonies,” died Monday, according to multiple reports citing his wife and production company. He was 91 years old. The cause of death was not shared. CNN has contacted the attorney for Donner and Warner Bros., the studio behind the “Lethal Weapon” movies, seeking comment. Richard Donner in a photo from 2017. Richard Donner and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, together ran The Donners’ Company, with which they released such films as “Free Willy,” “X-Men,” and “Deadpool.” Donner’s career in film and television spanned six decades. His notable directing projects include 1978’s “Superman”; 1985’s “Ladyhawke” with Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfieffer; 1988’s “Scrooged,” starring Bill Murray, and the 1985 film, “The Goonies,” which was produced by Steven Spielberg. Spielberg, through his company Amblin Entertainment, issued a statement posted on Twitter on Monday. “Dick had such a powerful command of his films and was so gifted for so...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Richard Donner, who helped create the modern superhero blockbuster with 1978’s “Superman” and mastered the buddy comedy with the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, has died. He was 91. Donner died Monday in Los Angeles, his family said through a spokesperson. READ MORE: Oakland Streets Erupt Into 12 Hours Of Non-Stop Chaos; Homicides, Shootings, Sideshow Violence Richard Donner in Beverly Hills, June, 2017. (Jordan Strauss via Associated Press) Donner gained fame with his first feature, 1976’s “The Omen.” A then-unheard-of offer followed: $1 million to direct 1978’s “Superman.” Donner channeled his love of the character into making the film, repeatedly facing off with producers over the need for special effects that would convince the audience that a superhero could really fly. In the title role, Donner cast Christopher Reeve, who was associated with “Superman” for the rest of his life. By the 21st century, the genre was dominating the box office in the U.S. and thriving overseas. The heads of Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment—producers of most of today’s superhero fare— both worked for Donner when they...
    By Lindsey Bahr | Associated Press Filmmaker Richard Donner, who helped create the modern superhero blockbuster with 1978’s “Superman” and mastered the buddy comedy with the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, has died. He was 91. Donner died Monday in Los Angeles, his family said through a spokesperson. Donner gained fame with his first feature, 1976’s “The Omen.” A then-unheard-of offer followed: $1 million to direct 1978’s “Superman.” Donner channeled his love of the character into making the film, repeatedly facing off with producers over the need for special effects that would convince the audience that a superhero could really fly. In the title role, Donner cast Christopher Reeve, who was associated with “Superman” for the rest of his life. By the 21st century, the genre was dominating the box office in the U.S. and thriving overseas. The heads of Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment—producers of most of today’s superhero fare— both worked for Donner when they were starting out in Hollywood. Steven Spielberg, who produced “The Goonies,” wrote in a statement that, “Dick had such a powerful command of...
    Fact check: No evidence of miscarriage surge since vaccine rollout China sends 25 warplanes into Taiwans air defense zone, Taipei says Richard Rush, the writer, director and producer who earned two Oscar nominations for his work on the deliciously dark Peter O’Toole comedy The Stunt Man, has died. He was 91. Rush died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, his wife, Claude, told The Hollywood Reporter. He demonstrated an incredible “will to live” and survived 18 years with a heart transplant, she noted. Early in his career, Rush directed the youth-targeted flicks Hells Angels on Wheels (1967) and Psych-Out (1968) — both featuring a brash, young Jack Nicholson — and went on to helm and produce one of the first Hollywood buddy-cop comedies, Freebie and the Bean (1974). Rush also directed and produced Getting Straight (1970), a hip countercultural comedy that starred Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen and was one of the first films to center on the Vietnam War. The Stunt Man (1980), a blistering satire of behind-the-scenes moviemaking, starred O’Toole, in one of...
    Color Out of space was presented to the world in 2019 as one of the great cinephile adaptations of the literary work of HP Lovecraft, a version behind which the American director stood Richard StanleY. His critical acclaim allowed the filmmaker to create a trilogy based on the author’s science fiction universe. Nevertheless, a series of complaints of mistreatment and abuse could have ended this possible future of the franchise. The producer SpecterVision has announced that he will stop working with Stanley after the complaint against him for domestic violence and assaults presented by Scarlett Amaris, who was Stanley’s partner and screenwriter of Color Out of Space. The victim publicly explained her ordeal in a post on her blog, in which she also recounted the long history of accusations by women against the director. “SpecterVision will no longer work with Richard Stanley,” the company founded by actor Elijah Wood said in a tweet. “We are proud of the talented cast and crew behind Color Out of Space. However, we are horrified by the charges against your director. We...
    Screen siren Sophia Loren has admitted she would frequently cheat on set – at Scrabble. The Italian-born beauty said she notched up an impressive number of wins against her co-stars until one famous rival rumbled her. 'I like to cheat because I have fun. It's funny,' the Oscar-winning Hollywood legend tells today's Desert Island Discs.  'I was cheating Richard Burton a lot and then when he found out he said, 'I'm not going to play with you again.' ' Pictured: Italian actress Sophia Loren as Epifania Parerga in 'The Millionairess' directed by Anthony Asquith, 1960 But Ms Loren says she drew the line at any other kind of cheating and turned down a marriage proposal from Cary Grant on the set of The Pride And The Passion because she was engaged to her late film producer husband Carlo Ponti. 'When these kind of things happen, on a set, I think that I have always been very careful about it because a set is something, the world is something else,' she said.  'You don't want to wake up and say 'I...
    ACTOR Richard Todd’s red paratrooper beret is up for auction — for about £5,000. World War Two hero Todd parachuted into Normandy on D-Day. 4World War Two hero turned Hollywood actor Richard Todd's red paratrooper beret is up for auction for £5,000 4The hero parachuted into Normandy on D-DayCredit: Bournemouth News He helped legendary Major John Howard hold vital Pegasus Bridge. And it is believed he also wore the beret when portraying Maj Howard in 1962 war film The Longest Day. Todd, whose other films included The Dam Busters in 1955, kept hold of the headwear until his death aged 90 in 2009. It was found at his Lincolnshire home during a house clearance and acquired by a collector, who is now selling it. The well-worn maroon beret has had its regimental badge removed, possibly so it could be used during filming. Matthew Tredwen, of C&T Auctions in Ashford, Kent, said: “This beret is a unique item. 4He kept hold of the hat until his death in 2009, aged 90Credit: Bournemouth News 4It is believed Todd wore the beret...
    On a Saturday evening in June 1969, almost every TV in the land tuned in to watch a BBC documentary that was simply titled Royal Family. And for an enthralling 110 minutes, with a two-minute interval, the nation was spell-bound. For a generation brought up to view the Queen and her family as remote figures, what unfolded was nothing short of a sensation. The royals were shown as a real family, eating, chatting and laughing, while dispelling some of the myths that had grown around them. Viewers saw the Queen in a village store buying an ice cream for five-year-old Prince Edward and handing over a half crown — 12 and a half pence — in payment. So much for a monarch reputed not to carry money. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew are pictured decorating the Christmas tree at Windsor Castle on Christmas Eve in 1968 There was Princess Anne, glamorous and leggy, grilling sausages on a barbecue, and Prince Charles making a salad dressing at a family picnic with his mother telling him it was too oily and...
    CBS has released the full trailer for the remake of the 1980s crime series,‘The Equalizer’, which stars actress and singer Queen Latifah (‘Girls Plan’) as the lead. Created by Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller, in the video we see some action scenes with Latifah in her role as Robyn McCall. It will be a new version of the classic series and the film franchise that follows the story of the character of Latifah, an enigmatic figure who uses his extensive abilities to help those who are in trouble and who have nowhere to turn. The series has been written by the aforementioned Marlow and Miller, in turn showrunners. Along with Latifah, the series stars Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg, Liza Lapira, and Laya DeLeon Hayes. Latifah, Marlowe, Miller and Debra Martin Chase of Martin Chase Productions, John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment serve as executive producers along with original series co-creator Richard Lindheim and Shakim Compere of Flavor Unit, in a Universal production. Television and CBS Studios. The original series was created by Michael Sloan...
    Hollywood is slowly returning to work after the pandemic devastated film and TV production this year. According to FilmLA, a non-profit group that tracks production in Tinseltown, more sitcoms, reality shows and movies were shooting in Hollywood in October than in previous months. The group said over the last 20 weeks, it has received roughly 2,500 film permit applications for nearly 2,000 movie and TV projects. Monthly applications to shoot rose 24 percent in October to 880 permits. Overall, shooting is still under 47 percent of what analysts would expect under normal filming conditions, FilmLA said. Still, the rise marks a stabilization in filming activity, the group said, pointing to a host of shows that filmed last month, such as CBS’s “NCIS LA,” Showtime’s “Shameless,” and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol.” The group also called out feature films that are shooting locally in LA, such as “Soggy Bottom,” a Paul Thomas Anderson movie with Bradley Cooper that is set in San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, and Warner Bros.’s “King Richard” biopic starring Will Smith as...
    Loading the player... Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will make his feature directorial debut with a biopic about late-great comedian Richard Pryor. Barris will direct the project for MGM and produce along with Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor via her production company, Tarnished Angel. Tory Metzger of Levantine Films is also onboard to produce with Adam Rosenberg executive producing, per Shadow and Act.  “The way Pryor did what he did–with truth and specificity that was somehow self-aware and self-deprecating, and said with an unmatched level of vulnerability–that was the power and impact of his work,” Barris said in a statement. “Pryor had a voice that was distinctly his and, in many ways, comedy since then has been derivative of what he created. To me, this is a film about that voice, the journey that shaped it, and what it took for it to come to be.” Read More: Kenya Barris developing Ben Crump documentary at Netflix Said Jennifer Lee Pryor, “Having had a front row seat to much of Richard’s life, I am excited that the mystery of his...
    For Rennie Davis, the release of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 — which started streaming on Netflix on Friday — is well-timed, though he has reservations about the film’s authenticity. Davis himself was one of the seven — a primary organizer of the 1968 demonstration at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago that sparked the charges against the defendants — and, with the rest, stood trial for five and a half months in 1969. “The first thing I felt was the perfection of Sorkin and DreamWorks’ timing,” says Davis, who now lives in Longmont. “There’s such a parallel between what happened in ’68 and what’s happening now with the election days away, and so many people panicking that it may be the last. It’s just beautiful timing, and I really support the film in that sense.” In August 1968, thousands of protesters converged on Chicago. Richard Daley, mayor of Chicago at the time, responded by refusing permits to march or to sleep in city parks, deploying 12,000 police and calling in 15,000 state and federal...
    If anyone was born to make a film about the infamous federal trial surrounding the protests outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, it’s Aaron Sorkin. The grandstanding of the celebrity revolutionaries Abbie Hoffman and Tom Hayden, the clash of disparate personalities and protest styles, the earnestness of the anti-war cause and the general chaos of the trial itself are all perfectly suited to his brand of storytelling. That he actually got to do it and release it in a year when police and protesters and riots are once again in the news, is almost too on the nose for even a Sorkin joint. But sometimes things just fall into place perfectly and “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which Sorkin wrote and directed, is like a little gift in this very complicated year — relevant, smart and very entertaining. And seeing it only requires a Netflix subscription. As he did in “Molly’s Game,” Sorkin starts his film in a sprint, energetically introducing the audience to key players getting ready to go to Chicago: “Yippies” Hoffman (Sacha Baron-Cohen)...
    “The Artist’s Wife” can, at times, come off as a collage of other, better movies. It’s the story of a woman, Claire Smythson (Lena Olin), who is a gifted painter and just so happens to be the wife of a much more famous painter, Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). The setup closely resembles 2018’s “The Wife,” starring Glenn Close — but in this case, the stakes are lower. As for her renowned husband, he is suffering from increasingly crippling dementia, but the portrait of neurological decline is less affecting than in the new film “The Father,” which comes out this winter and features a triumphant performance by Anthony Hopkins. New takes on old issues are swell — and necessary — but they must add some fresh color. “The Artist’s Wife” is too been there, Dern that. Richard’s illness first becomes apparent when he behaves boorishly in the art class he teaches at a local college. “What do you paint with?” he asks one woman. “This kid next to you paints with his c - - k. You paint with your c - - t.” It’s gross, but...
    “The Artist’s Wife” can, at times, come off as a collage of other, better movies. It’s the story of a woman, Claire Smythson (Lena Olin), who is a gifted painter and just so happens to be the wife of a much more famous painter, Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). The setup closely resembles 2018’s “The Wife,” starring Glenn Close — but in this case, the stakes are lower. As for her renowned husband, he is suffering from increasingly crippling dementia, but the portrait of neurological decline is less affecting than in the new film “The Father,” which comes out this winter and features a triumphant performance by Anthony Hopkins. New takes on old issues are swell — and necessary — but they must add some fresh color. “The Artist’s Wife” is too been there, Dern that. Richard’s illness first becomes apparent when he behaves boorishly in the art class he teaches at a local college. “What do you paint with?” he asks one woman. “This kid next to you paints with his c - - k. You paint with your c - - t.” It’s gross, but...
    DOG the Bounty Hunter cuddled up to fiancee Francie Frane this week as the couple took a break from filming for new show Dog Unleashed. The star shared a photo posted by one of his team members, which shows himself and Francie standing proudly in the middle of their group. 6Dog and Francie stood proudly alongside their teamCredit: Instagram The caption - written by staffer Richard Moore - read: "Sometimes when you have a long week you can count on your friends and family to make you smile. Oh, and pizza too....really good pizza.!!" Richard shared another snap, this time of himself smiling alongside Dog's partner. He wrote: "God puts people in our lives at different times for different reasons.  "@franciefrane has blessed all of us so much by being in this chapter of our lives. 6Staffer Richard Moore described Francie as 'an amazing woman'Credit: Instagram 6The team is filming for Dog UnleashedCredit: Instagram 6Dog has promised to go after the 'worst of the worst' in his new showCredit: Instagram "I am so grateful to know such an amazing woman."...
    Austin Abrams and Lili Reinhart in "Chemical Hearts." Cara Howe/Amazon Studios Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Chemical Hearts," which is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Director and screenwriter Richard Tanne spoke to Insider about the movie's "bittersweet" ending.  He said that people might be disappointed that Grace Town and Henry Page don't end up together, but it's OK. "I just wanted to make something that didn't talk down to the younger audience," Tanne told us. "I wanted to make something that either meets them at their level or asks them to reach a little bit higher or dig a little bit deeper." Star Austin Abrams echoed Tanne's comments, telling Insider that they tried to "portray the characters as honestly as possible." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Chemical Hearts" director Richard Tanne spoke to Insider about the film's "bittersweet" ending and what he hopes fans take away from it. "I think it's gonna disappoint some people, and maybe all people on a certain level, " the 35-year-old filmmaker told us. "It's bittersweet. But...
    Will Smith's production company has reached a settlement deal after being sued over the upcoming film "King Richard," centered on the life of Venus and Serena Williams' father. Back in June, the 51-year-old actor's production company Overbrook Entertainment, Star Thrower Entertainment and Warner Bros. were sued by TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi Media who claimed they had purchased the rights to the film's source material -- Richard Williams’ 2014 memoir “Black and White: The Way I See It" -- several years ago. The deal between the two companies took place three years prior between themselves and William's son and business partner Chavoita Lesane, the suit said. WILL SMITH TELLS A FAN HE'S GOING TO BLOCK THEM OVER 'ENTANGLEMENT' JOKE BUT ADMITS IT 'WAS VERY FUNNY' Lesane was allegedly given limited power of attorney over Williams’ book "for the purposes of dealing with film and media rights for his book.” Will Smith's production company was sued over the rights to the book serving as source material for the film 'King Richard.'  (Getty for AFI) At the time, Deadline reported that Williams supposedly sold the rights to...
    Celebrities routinely make the trek to Capitol Hill, attracting shutter bugs along the way. Everyone from Ben Affleck to Adam Carolla drops by the nation’s capital to testify and, they hope, leverage their fame to help society. The results are mixed, of course, but their efforts generate plenty of headlines. That wasn’t the case when a veteran movie star testified before a Senate committee June 30 on China-U.S. relations. Richard Gere’s “virtual” appearance didn’t draw a crowd. Nor did entertainment reporters, who normally pounce on any politically outspoken star, deem what Gere said worthy of news coverage. And he said plenty. Gere has been a persistent China critic, using his celebrity cache on and off screen to support Tibet over the years. He said he’s been punished for that stance, coaxing mainstream movie studios to all but ignore him. Unbowed, Gere continues to work in independent cinema – think movies like “Norman,” “The Dinner,” and “Three Christs,” routinely drawing strong reviews along the way. And, at 70, Gere remains as dashing as ever. Gere testified before the “Censorship as a...
    The father of tennis powerhouses Serena and Venus Williams cut a deal to be portrayed in the upcoming “King Richard” biopic by actor Will Smith after he’d already sold his life rights to someone else, according to a new lawsuit. A Los Angeles state court lawsuit filed on Tuesday claims that the Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated film about the life of Richard Williams is based on a multi-million dollar breach of contract. It demands that the court order all profits placed in a trust until the dispute is resolved. “This case presents an unfortunate and tawdry situation: the cold and calculating misappropriation and interference with plaintiffs’ intellectual property,” the court papers say. “Plaintiffs’ good faith and contractually protected efforts to bring an amazing story into visual art form were met with defendants’ greed and disregard for Plaintiff’s existing rights.” The suit claims that studios TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multimedia are the true owners of the story of Richard Williams because they bought the rights to his 2014 memoir, “Black and White: The Way I See It,” for $10,000...
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