Clooney honored by MoMA as actor, director and humanitarian
Clooney was honored Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, by co-stars and colleagues at the annual film benefit for the Museum of Modern Art, held virtually. MoMA’s annual film benefit raises funds to bring great works of film to the museum’s collection. Also giving virtual tributes Monday evening were actors Felicity Jones, Tiffany Boone, Kyle Chandler and Demian Bichir, who appear in “A Midnight Sky,” which Clooney stars in and directs. The benefit featured clips from some of Clooney’s many films: “Michael Clayton,” “Syriana,” "The Descendants,” “Gravity,” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” among others. In earlier comments to The Associated Press, Clooney said “Good Night, and Good Luck” was probably his proudest professional accomplishment.
Tarantino has deal for 2 books on films, including 1 his own
The Oscar-winning director has a two-book deal with Harper, beginning with a novelization of “Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood” was released in 2019 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an actor and Brad Pitt as his stunt double. “In the ‘70s movie novelizations were the first adult books I grew up reading," Tarantino said in a statement Tuesday. “I see myself writing film books and starting to write theater, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”_____AP Film Writer Jake Coyle contributed to this report.
Japanese director known for single shots releases Zoom film
This undated photo provided by the @One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote shows Shinichiro Ueda, director of One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote, a YouTube spinoff of his 2017 award-winning film. A comedic horror film centered around teleworking, "One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote” was released earlier this year and shared for free on YouTube. It features the same characters from his award-winning 2017 film “One Cut of the Dead,” which has one shot that was 37-minutes long. Ueda’s style incorporates slapstick comedy and focuses on visual, rather than explanatory verbal storytelling, an approach relatively rare in contemporary Japanese film. “It’s only after 200 or 300 bad films you will have that one great film,” he said.
TV's 'Warrior' latest proof that Bruce Lee still holds sway
(Cinemax via AP)PHOENIX – Even nearly 50 years after his death, Bruce Lee can still make ripples. Shannon Lee isn’t giving up on finding a new home for “Warrior,” which will eventually be available on HBO Max. “I think he’s really getting his due as a creative — someone who knows how to story-tell,” Shannon Lee said. “It’s just little things that the writers put in there to pay homage to Bruce Lee without being a caricature, which I think is the danger zone whenever you get to the subject of Bruce Lee,” Nguyen said. “He believed in celebrating people’s cultures and backgrounds and not holding it against them,” Shannon Lee said.
Grammy Museum to launch online streaming service
FILE - Barbara Streisand performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. Without the GRAMMY Museum, we wouldnt have gotten to experience or learn about so many important artists before us, FINNEAS said in a statement. We are proud to be part of this series.The Grammy Museum is a nonprofit organization through The Recording Academy, which annually produces the Grammy Awards.
Oscars 2020: How to stream the Academy Awards online or watch on TV
Rounding out the best picture category: "Ford v Ferrari," "Jojo Rabbit," "Little Women," "Marriage Story" and "Parasite." Scarlett Johansson is a double nominee, earning a best actress nod for "Marriage Story" and best supporting actress for "Jojo Rabbit." How to watch the OscarsWhat : The 92nd Academy Awards: The 92nd Academy Awards Date : Sunday, February 9, 2020: Sunday, February 9, 2020 Time : 8 p.m. : The show will be streamed on such services as AT&T Now, Hulu and YouTube TV, and viewers with participating TV providers can watch the show on abc.com. For best actress, Johansson faces Cynthia Erivo for "Harriet," Saoirse Ronan for "Little Women," Charlize Theron for "Bombshell" and Renee Zellweger, who plays Judy Garland in "Judy."cbsnews.com
Female directors shut out of 2020 Oscar nominations
The slate of 2020 Oscar contenders for the directing prize were Martin Scorsese ("The Irishman"), Todd Phillips ("Joker"), Sam Mendes ("1917"), Quentin Tarantino ("Once Upon a Time in Hollywood") and Bong Joon Ho ("Parasite"), five incredibly talented male directors. Scorsese, Mendes and Tarantino are highly regarded in the industry, but the lack of female directors has been a sore spot for many in recent years. This year, several female directors could have snagged a nomination. Gerwig, whose "Little Women" received six nods, was a top contender heading into the nominations. Wang's "The Farewell," which scored numerous nominations at the Golden Globes and led to an acting award for star Awkwafina, was shut out from all Oscar categories.cnbc.com
Pitt, Sandler and 'The Irishman' celebrated at NBR Awards
Roger Deakins attends the National Board of Review Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in New York. The quick succession of the ceremonies, which this year are especially compressed, can give the NBR Awards a discombobulating feeling of deja vu. “I got sober because of this guy,” said Pitt taking the stage. “We’ll see.”The awards belonged equally to Sandler, whose performance in Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” has been one of the most celebrated of his career. Unlike some of the other winners, Bates hasn’t been a mainstay on the awards circuit.
The original movies of 2019 that won at Disney-dominated box office
Original movies, like Jordan Peele's "Us" and Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood," pulled in big money at the domestic box office. The top 10 highest domestic-grossing original movies in 2019 out-earned the top 10 in 2018 by roughly $50 million. Original movies have to be really goodWithout the built-in marketing of a sequel, or a larger character universe, word of mouth is incredibly important for original movies. A-list Hollywood stars still sellThe top 10 domestic-selling original movies of 2019 are riddled with stars. Streaming is loaded with original content, so if original movies want to peacock, they need to be brighter than ever.cnbc.com
'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' heads back to theaters
Quentin Tarantino's passion for old Hollywood finds an interesting outlet of expression in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," a movie that combines nostalgia, quirkiness and showy star performances while again weaving together fictional(CNN) - Quentin Tarantino's latest release, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," is being re-released in theaters with an extra 10 minutes. "Audiences have shown tremendous support for this movie," Adrian Smith, Sony's president of domestic distribution, said in a statement. "And we look forward to offering them another opportunity to see the film as it's meant to be seen -- in theaters on the big screen -- with more sights and sounds of the sixties from Quentin Tarantino as an added treat. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" originally hit US theaters in late July. The movie is Tarantino's ninth, and grossed more than $139 million in North America and $228 million overseas.
Netflix's 'Mindhunter' returns
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CNN) - Serial killers will be all over TV this weekend, which isn't particularly unusual these days. Yet the latest mini-wave devoted to the most sordid murderers -- including the return of Netflix's "Mindhunter" -- underscores the tension between feeding fascination with the topic and inadvertently glamorizing it. This weekend features more dives into history, with "Mindhunter" -- Netflix's series inspired by the FBI profilers who actually coined the term "serial killer" in the 1970s -- and "Mind of a Monster," an Investigation Discovery series that kicks off with a two-hour episode devoted to Ted Bundy. The question lingers, however, whether it's possible to spend so much time examining what makes serial killers tick without slipping from natural curiosity into romanticizing them through sheer overexposure. "Ted Bundy: Mind of a Monster" premieres Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. on Investigation Discovery.
Tarantino defends depiction of Bruce Lee in new film
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(CNN) - Quentin Tarantino has come under fire for the depiction of martial arts legend Bruce Lee in his new film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." "Could Cliff beat up Bruce Lee? Brad would not be able to beat up Bruce Lee, but Cliff maybe could," Tarantino said. "If you ask me the question, 'Well, who would win in a fight: Bruce Lee or Dracula?' If I say Cliff could beat Bruce Lee up, he's a fictional character, then he could beat Bruce Lee up."
Bruce Lee's Daughter Says He Would Be Mad if He Could See 'Once Upon a Time in
Bruce Lee's daughter found it "extremely uncomfortable" to see her dad portrayed in the new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." She added she believes her martial arts icon father would be so mad" if he saw the portrayal. Bruce was a trailblazer in his craft, according to Shannon. I understand Quentin Tarantino probably doesnt want my opinion on how he should make his film," she said "... However, I am extremely confused by what the intent was.RELATED STORIESHow Margot Robbie Transformed Into Sharon TateSharon Tate Returns to Hollywood in New Quentin Tarantino Film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'Bruce Lee's Daughter Slams 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' for Making Her Dad 'a Punching Bag'
Lion King reigns above box office for second week
Beyonc sings a new "Lion King" song for the remake. LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Lion Kings strong circle of life has reached into a second weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, Disneys photorealistic remake brought in $75 million to again finish at the top of the North American box office. Its domestic total of $350 million makes it the years fourth highest-grossing film after just 10 days of release. Sonys Spider-Man: Far From Home was third with $12.2 million in its fourth weekend and has earned a cumulative $344 million.
'Once Upon a Time In Hollywood' Quentin Tarantino's biggest...
(CNN) - Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" exceeded expectations this weekend becoming the director's highest-grossing opening weekend ever. 2 spot at the domestic box office this weekend. The big weekends from "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" and "The Lion King" was welcomed news for the domestic box office, which has been sluggish so far this summer. The 2019 North American box office was down about 8% heading into Friday. This weekend's box office totals were up roughly 5% compared to the same weekend last year, according to Comscore.
How Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time' traveled back to 1969 LA
"Quentin is so not into digital or CGI," Ling, whose film credits include "The Doors," "Falling Down" and "Batman Forever," told CNN. You're dealing with real streets and real people and real everything...He loves the real world, so you can actually see it and smell it and touch it." He had the Vogue Theater looking exactly like it did, had movies from 1969 written on the marquee. Everywhere you turned on Hollywood Boulevard was something from 1969." "Hollywood Boulevard was an amazing mix of things," she said.
'Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood' has Tarantino talking retirement
Academy Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino supports The Art of Elysium, which is a charity that encourages the art community to volunteer time to children who are battling serious medical conditions. HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Is 10 the magic number for Quentin Tarantino? Monday, Tarantino was asked if it was true that he plans to only do one more movie. "I kind of like the idea of making 10 motion pictures and then, boom, that's it, that's done," he said. Naturally, the "one more movie" thought begs the question: Will it be the next film in the "Star Trek" franchise?
How Margot Robbie Transformed Into Sharon Tate
Actress Margot Robbie transforms into '60s style icon Sharon Tate for the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.Lauren Lepire is the owner of Timeless Vixen and helped create Robbie's vintage look for the anticipated movie. Sharon Tate was really about being an individual and being comfortable, Lepire said. Some of the iconic styles Tate donned that Robbie matches are a knit cotton dress with a turtleneck collar, an orange mini dress and go-go boots. Brad Pitt also stars in the film, and his threads are also an homage to the era. We wanted to go with handcrafted leather, a lot of brown tones, the '60s is more of a narrower collar, he said.