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Celebs Remember Film and Broadway Director Mike Nichols

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by

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Evan Agostini/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mike Nichols, one of the most celebrated and successful film and stage directors in American history, died Wednesday night at age 83. And now, his Hollywood friends and colleagues are paying their respects to him via Twitter.

Kevin Spacey
: “Mike Nichols gave me my start. A mentor, friend, colleague. One of the best observers of life. My thoughts are with Diane & his children.”

Julianne Moore: “So very sad to hear of Mike Nichols death. A great talent, a wonderful, bright, charming human being.”

Tony Goldwyn: “RIP #MikeNichols What a gigantic loss!!! The greatest of the great.”

Ben Stiller: “Mike Nichols leaves behind a staggering body of work. He’s one of the best filmmakers and stage directors ever. Influenced everyone. #GENIUS”

Jeffrey Wright: “Sad to hear of Mike Nichols passing – eternal in his gifts to American culture: ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?’ to ‘Angels.’ Dues paid.”

Jeremy Piven: “The great Mike Nichols is gone, he gave us so much brilliant work it’s staggering. We were so lucky to have him, his legacy will live on.”

Chris Rock: “We lost one of the greats.”

Taylor Schilling: “RIP #MikeNichols Legend in real time.”

Audra McDonald: “I’m absolutely heartbroken. RIP Mike Nichols. I love you.”

Mia Farrow: “Funniest, smartest, most generous, wisest, kindest of all. Mike Nichols, a truly good man.”

Joshua Malina: “R.I.P. Mike Nichols – one of the greats.”

Katie Couric: “So sad to learn of the death of Mike Nichols. My heart goes out to Diane, their families & everyone who marveled in his brilliance.”

Steve Kazee: “My heart is broken but I know Mike would say I’m being too precious with it. Rest in peace Mike. And lastly, don’t put a hat on a hat.”


In statements via The Hollywood Reporter:

Julia Roberts said, “There are so few heroes in our world. So few impeccable craftsmen, so few people who personify unconditional love and friendship. Mike Nichols was like no other. In every way he was remarkable and amazing. His musing[s] were like pearls, his jokes were timeless and perfectly placed, his stories — detailed and wholly entertaining, his warm embrace was where you wanted to live forever. He savored life and friends and French macaroons. He always, always told the truth. He loved Diane utterly, immeasurably, magically. He was my most cherished friend.”

Steven Spielberg wrote, “Mike was a friend, a muse, a mentor, one of America’s all-time greatest film and stage directors, and one of the most generous people I have ever known. For me, The Graduate was life altering — both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene. Mike had a brilliant cinematic eye and uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real. Actors never gave him less than their personal best — and then Mike would get from them even more. And in a room full of people, Mike was always the center of gravity. This is a seismic loss.”

Meryl Streep said Nichols was “an inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can’t imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man.”

Tom Hanks said: “’Forward. We must always move forward. Otherwise what will become of us?’ Said Mike Nichols, who changed the lives of those who knew him, who loved him, who will miss him so.”

John Goodman shared, “He made me feel as though I were a full partner or co-conspirator in finding clues to solve the puzzle; like a really slow Dr. Watson. It’s hard to imagine a world without him.”

Cynthia Nixon said: “As an actor there was no greater joy, opportunity, or imprimatur than being hired by Mike Nichols. Except being hired by him again.”

Edward Norton, on Thursday’s Late Show, recalling his first meeting with Nichols: “He was so encouraging and engaging and generous, and they really just broke the mold on guys like Mike.”


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The Latest “Hunger Games” Movie, “Mockingjay — Part 1,” Now in Theaters

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by

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Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The latest chapter in The Hunger Games series is now in theaters.

Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as the rebellious Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, the first half of the two-part conclusion to the blockbuster adaptation of the Suzanne Collins book series.

When we last saw Katniss, in 2013′s Catching Fire, she helped sabotage her second stint in the cruel Hunger Games. She was then whisked away to District 13.

In Mockingjay — Part 1, Katniss discovers that her Hunger Games partner, Peeta, is being held captive by the Capitol and has been brainwashed. She plots to save him.

Julianne Moore joins the franchise as District 13′s President Alma Coin. The cast also includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
is rated PG-13.


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Movie Review: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” (Rated PG-13)

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by

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Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Following the “electric” and explosive ending of the Quarter Quell in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen wakes up in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 not exactly sure what happened or where she is. She soon finds out: she’s in District 13, a subterranean, utilitarian city led by President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has convinced Coin that Katniss needs to be the face of the revolution against the Capitol.
 
For her part, an unconvinced Katniss is furious they rescued her and left Peta (Josh Hutcherson), along with a few other tributes, behind to die. But when they take her to District 8 to see the brutality of the Capitol, she decides to help.  She becomes the Mockingjay, the symbol Katniss made famous with her rebellious attitude during The Hunger Games.
 
Katniss is also reunited with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), now a soldier in the rebellion. They still have feelings for each other, but though they grew up together and shared some tough experiences, they didn’t go through two Hunger Games together. That very unique bonding experience happened with Katniss and Peta, and now Peta’s dead – or is he?  Katniss is stunned when Peta appears on Capitol TV with Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman and tries to convince Katniss and the rebels that theirs is a lost cause
 
Confession: When it came to the book, I couldn’t get past page 50 of Mockingjay. I tried, twice, but I got sick of Katniss. Got sick of Panem, sick of Peta and sick of Gale.  It felt to me like author Suzanne Collins was trying too hard to milk the series.
 
On the flip side, I could probably watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 many times. Director Frances Lawrence, along with some help from Collins, does an outstanding job turning the books into thrilling, bold and somewhat realistic fare. A considerable amount of credit also must go to casting director Debra Zane. At this point, it’s obvious Jennifer Lawrence was born to play Katniss Everdeen but adding the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch and Julianne Moore as President Coin was genius. And let’s not forget the incomparable Donald Sutherland as the maniacal President Snow, and the comic relief provided by Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy.
 
This is the darkest and edgiest of the three Hunger Games movies, and the most satisfying – even though the cliffhanger non-ending doesn’t resolve anything.  That’ll have to wait for Mockingjay — Part 2.
 
Four out of five stars.



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Sean Hayes Is Married to Scott Icenogle

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sean Hayes is a married man!

The former Will and Grace actor announced on Facebook that he married his longtime love, Scott Icenogle, last week.

“Took us 8 years but we did it!” he wrote.

Hayes, 44, first came out as gay in 2010, in an interview with The Advocate. At the very end of the article, he mentioned, “a special someone in my life.”

“That’s it. That’s all I need,” he said of Icenogle. “I don’t need events. I don’t do a lot. I live my life like an 85-year-old man. I’m just quiet. It’s fantastic.”


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Danica McKellar Marries Lawyer Scott Sveslosky

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Actress Danica McKellar wed lawyer Scott Sveslosky during a beachfront ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii, on Saturday, according to People Magazine. The two got engaged in July.

In September, the former Dancing With the Stars and Wonder Years star shared with ABC News details of her upcoming nuptials.

“Wedding planning has been underway for a while,” she said, adding that “perhaps” this year she’ll be sharing pictures from it on social media. “It will be a really small wedding, because we’ve both been married before, we’ve both had big weddings and this time around it’s really just about us.”

This is the second marriage for McKellar, who split from her husband of two years, Michael Verta, in 2012.


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Steve Carell Admits ‘It’s Just Easy for Me to Not Work’

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Steve Carell may be loved by his fans, who adore him in films like Anchorman and Crazy, Stupid, Love, but surprisingly the actor doesn’t think he’s all that funny.

“I never thought of myself as funny. I don’t feel like I’m great at cocktail conversations. I don’t hold court,” Carell told GQ for the magazine’s Men of the Year issue. “I don’t take up a lot of space. I’m not the life of the party. I’m not the guy telling jokes. And I never was.”

Carell, 52, also touched on the fact that he spent much of the year with his family, not working.

“I’ve found I’m very good at doing nothing,” he told the magazine. “I don’t want to quit. I don’t feel like retiring. But it’s just easy for me to not work. It’s nice to be able to help out at home, with my wife and kids.”

Foxcatcher, which also stars Channing Tatum, hit theaters last weekend and has been earning Carell some Oscar buzz playing John du Pont in a darker role than fans are used to seeing from the Office funnyman.

“I think with anyone who seems to be content and well-adjusted, which I think I am, there’s a need to find a darkness or a wound,” Carell said. “Judd Apatow — I’m gonna misquote him — but he spoke to that in regards to me: that he could never seem to find my wound.”


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Anna Faris, Chris Pratt Open Up About Their Premature Son

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and his wife actress, Anna Faris, are finally opening up about their ordeal when their first child was born back in August 2012. Jack was born premature.

“He was born at three pounds,” Faris told GQ for the Men of the Year Issue. “And we were told, ‘Okay, you need to be prepared for raising a special-needs child.’”

Faris said that though it was a shock, they took it in stride and focused on being the best parents they could be to their son.

“And we felt like it was devastating, but it also felt like, you know, ‘We can do this,’” she said.

Pratt added, “He’s alive.”

The couple added that now, Jack is doing well and only needs to wear glasses. He’s also adjusting to pre-school.

“I don’t know what the f**k they do. Basically you just go there to get a cold,” Pratt quipped.


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“Pitch Perfect 2″ Trailer Starring Anna Kendrick Revealed

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Universal(NEW YORK) — Pitch Perfect 2 is getting even closer.

The trailer for the sequel to the 2012 film about a capella groups, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, hit the Internet on Thursday.

This time around, the Barden Bellas are competing on the world stage. Familiar faces, including director Elizabeth Banks, are back, as are the gang’s crazy antics.

“It’s a big responsibility, but I was really excited to take it on and try to do it confidently,” Banks told ABC News of directing the movie. “[The original] was lightning in a bottle and it was such a surprise to see how the movie was received.”

“The whole ‘Cups’ phenomenon was a surprise to all of us. It came from the authenticity of the movie, and this time around we were really aiming to do that again and be pure in our intention to tell more of the story of these characters that people have fallen in love with,” she continued.

Pitch Perfect 2 will hit theaters on May 15, 2015.


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Angelina Jolie Says Directing Hubby Brad Pitt Is ‘Not Easy’

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie serves as writer, director and star of the upcoming film, By the Sea. It also marks the first time she’s worked with new hubby Brad Pitt since the two tied the knot in August, and she reveals in this month’s issue of DuJour magazine that it presented some challenges for the newlyweds.

“The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad,” the 39-year-old actress confesses. “It’s hard, dramatic material, and we’re balancing.”

Jolie adds, “It’s a heavy film, and it’s not easy for us. But even as you struggle through it, you’re in the trenches together and you don’t expect it to be easy.”

“We’re challenging each other,” she tells the magazine, “and that’s a really good thing.”

Although Jolie has hinted in the past that she may retire from acting and focus her attention on directing full time, she sounded less certain when she spoke to Variety recently.

“I’ll do a few more,” she revealed, before noting, “I’m happier when I get to put a camera on another actor and watch them do great work.”

Jolie and Pitt play a troubled married couple who travel the country together in By the Sea, which is set for a 2015 release.


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“Orange Is the New Black” Star Won’t Face Charges Following Arrest

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Jill Greenberg for Netflix(NEW YORK) — Orange Is the New Black actress Taryn Manning will not face charges following her arrest in New York Tuesday for criminal contempt.

TMZ
reports a judge determined Manning, who plays inmate Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett on the hit Netflix series, violated a restraining order by threatening to kill a former friend through social media and by text message.

However, ABC News subsequently confirmed that the district attorney’s office declined to prosecute her.

Manning, 36, appeared to dispute on Twitter at least some of the information in the TMZ report. She tweeted, “Oh! That’s what happened huh? Id say get the ALL the facts correct before any posting @TMZ or tell the whole story. Let’s get it right!”

She continued, “There are no charges against me. This is just further harassment. It is troubling that the system can be used to abuse the actual victim.”

Manning later wrote, “I could go on any media outlet and tell the real story but I’d rather save my time and energy for things that really matter. All will unfold.”

TMZ notes the friend, Jeanine Heller, was arrested in September after, authorities said, she violated a protection order by attempting to contact Manning.


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