"The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" might be the frontrunners in the Best Picture race, but there's something its contender "Inception" has a leg up on: an app for that.
In a press release, Warner Bros. announced the launch of apps centered on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" and "Inception." Now available at the App store, these so-called App Editions give iPad users a new way to experience both films -- and, of course, show them off to their non-iPad-or-iPhone-owning friends.
In a statement regarding the new App Editions, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution President Thomas Gewecke said: "For many, watching a movie is a social activity and App Editions are the first mobile product to deliver this capability on a global scale. They offer a fully connected experience, allowing viewers to engage with others around the world in real-time through Facebook and Twitter. In 2011, Warner Bros. will release a full slate of App Editions including new release and catalog films.”
Just in case the already-impressive lineup of films set to be screened at the 2011 South By Southwest Festival weren't enough to lure movie fans to Austin, Texas, the announcement of the film panels ought to do the trick.
In addition to releasing the schedule for the 10-day music, movies and arts fest (March 11-20) on the SXSW website, comes the news of who will serve as panelists for the 100+ panels planned.
Among just some of the notable names making their way to the film portion of the conference (which runs from March 11-15 and also features workshops and mentor sessions) are "The Hangover 2" director Todd Phillips and Mr. Pee-wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens, both of whom will be the focus of their own key panel discussions.
It was only a matter of time before likable stars and critical darlings Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman teamed up on a project together, but who could have guessed it would be the unlikely duo of Park Chan-Wook and Wentworth Miller that would bring them together?
The Los Angeles Times reports that both of the 2011 Oscar nominees are in talks to sign on for "Stoker," a mystery-drama that follows a girl named India Stoker (played by the increasingly in-demand Mia Wasikowska), her mother (Kidman), and their mysterious uncle (Firth) who shows up after her father's death.
So how do Chan-Wook and Miller factor in? Acclaimed South Korean director Chan-Wook ("Oldboy," "Thirst"), who has allegedly already met with Firth and Kidman to discuss the film, would be tackling his first-ever English-language film.
If you were worried that taking "The Hangover" gang out of Las Vegas for the sequel was going to change their dynamic too much, don't. The guys, who director Todd Phillips has moved to Bangkok, are still getting into heaps of trouble (though this time with less "scripted tigers" and missing teeth), and running into some familiar faces, including Mike Tyson and Ken Jeong.
Entertainment Tonight visited the set of "The Hangover 2" to see what Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha were up to abroad. Besides some seriously enviable cinematography (Cooper tells ET, "Bangkok sort of tops Vegas" and Galifianakis, wearing a jaunty hat, boasts, "This is the most un-boring place") there's a few behind-the-scenes snippets worth checking out as well.
To Hollywood, James Franco may be a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in an occasional soap opera actor. But, the multi-tasking star isn't taking Tinseltown standards too seriously, even when it comes to its biggest night of the year.
The Best Actor nominee ("127 Hours") will serve as co-host alongside Anne Hathaway for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, but he isn't feeling much pressure about the gig. Speaking with Vanity Fair for their "Screening Room" segment, he bluntly explained: "If it's the worst Oscars show ever, who cares? It's like, it's fine. It's one night. It doesn't matter. If I host the worst Oscar show in the history of the Oscars, like, why do I care?"
Franco said he feels that expectations aren't as high for himself and Hathaway as they would be for, say, Billy Crystal or Chris Rock. "They're not asking us because they're expecting that, the show is going to be designed for what we can do."
Best Supporting Actress. It's a category that's notorious for being a wild card race and now one of its nominees has become just that -- a wild card.
Melissa Leo, who has all but swept the awards season thus far (including victories at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Critics Choice Awards) for her work in "The Fighter," has quite possibly gone from front-runner to question mark with a self-promoted campaign.
Late last week, Leo released two Hollywood trade ads on her own (sources say "The Fighter's" distributors Paramount and Relativity had no idea about the move), one in which she wears a black, sequined gown, in the other a large, white faux-fur coat. Both ads simply read, "Consider..."
They are some of the most feared, respected and controversial men in Hollywood... and now they are facing off against each other.
On Monday, Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against power producers Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein for allegedly cheating him out of $2.7 million from the hit 2004 documentary "Farenheit 9/11."
Moore is seeking punitive damages from the Weinstein's Fellowship Adventure Group, who he claims agreed to split the profits 50/50 from the film (the movie pulled in $222.4 million worldwide at the box office, making it the most successful documentary of all time), but instead hid a portion of the money from him.
It's been almost 12 years since Gwyneth Paltrow took to the stage of the Academy Awards as the Best Actress winner for her work in "Shakespeare in Love." Now, Paltrow will return to the Oscar stage once again, only this time, not as a nominee or presenter, rather, as something she's been a lot more of these days — a performer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paltrow will perform the Best Original Song nominee "Coming Home" (with music and lyrics by nominees Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey) from her movie "Country Strong" during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27.
Paltrow has already sung songs from the flick elsewhere, including a live performance of "Country Strong" at the Country Music Awards. It will be the second time this month the star will perform during a live awards ceremony, as she and Cee Lo Green will hit the Grammy stage together, to sing his nominated smash "Forget You," which she memorably covered on Glee."
It's time to pack your bags for Austin once again, movie buffs.
The film lineup for the 2011 South By Southwest Festival has been announced and with it comes some highly anticipated flicks. While music still dominates the SXSW scene, the film screenings at the fest have become an intricate part of the week (this year's SXSW goes from March 11-20.) In fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter, overall submissions for films to be featured at the fest were up 23% this year.
Sixteen films (eight features and eight documentaries) will compete in the 2011 fest, including features "96 Minutes" (starring Brittany Snow and Christian Serratos) and "A Year in Mooring" (starring Josh Lucas and James Cromwell).
James Cameron's next acceptance speech may go from "I'm the king of the world!" to "I see you" as the "Avatar" director is set to receive the International 3-D Society's inaugural Harold Lloyd Award.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winner will be the first-ever honoree, for his "outstanding achievement in 3-D filmmaking and advocacy." Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of 3-D photography visionary Harold Lloyd and chairman of Harold Llyod Entertainment, stated that James Cameron was the obvious choice because he "has embodied Harold Lloyd's vision and passion for dazzling audiences across the globe."
"With 'Avatar' and his commitment to 3-D storytelling, it is appropriate that he is the first recipient of this most prestigious annual award," she added. Read More...