Jon Voight - Shots of a variety of stars as they arrived for the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards which were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 17th February 2015
Charges of racism and sexism greet this year's Oscar nominations, just after Sunday's lively Golden Globes ceremony. Stars roll out for the Kingsman red carpet in London, and new trailers bow for the new Avengers adventure, Melissa McCarthy's Spy, Fifty Shades of Grey, Kevin Costner's Black or White and Jennifer Aniston's Cake..
Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday and brought the usual flood of reactions, mainly because of notable snubs. Voters opened themselves to charges of both racism and sexism by ignoring black actors and female writers and directors. The biggest outcry was for Selma, which received a Best Picture nomination but nothing for its acclaimed cast or director Ava DuVernay.
Breaking Bad has won five of the nine categories in the Primetime Emmy Drama Awards. The series, which finished its run last year, dominated this section of the awards and won the award for Outstanding Drama Series amongst others. Here is a quick analysis of each drama category.
The Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Monday evening (25th August) in Los Angeles and there was stiff competition in every category although the results were ultimately highly predictable.
Breaking Bad dominated the drama awards at the Primetime Emmys.
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While the Gaza conflict enters a brief cease-fire, Hollywood stars are generating headlines.
Several Hollywood big names have already spoken out on Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s open letter on the Israel-Palestine conflict, including Jon Voight, and now, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.
Bardem [l] and Cruz [r] had to defend themselves against accusations of anti-semitism.
Last week, the Hollywood power couple gave their backing, along with Pablo Almodover and other luminaries of the Spanish entertainment industry to the letter, which denounced Israel’s actions in Gaza and the resulting civilian casualties as “genocide”. In the following days, Cruz and Bardem each released a statement, clarifying their intentions.
Mason and Voight responded to an open letter co-signed by Bardem and Cruz criticising Israeli tactics
Hollywood celebrities have never been ones to shy away from getting involved with foreign policy and world affairs, and the current bloodshed in Gaza is stirring similar bouts of activism from the great and good in the movie industry.
Following Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s signatures to an open letter published in El Diario last week condemning Israel’s military actions, comedian Jackie Mason has criticised those celebrities who are blaming Israel for the crisis.
With George Clooney refusing their apology and Angelina Jolie reportedly considering legal action, the Daily Mail has earned some powerful and influential enemies over the past week.
The Daily Mail hasn't been enjoying the greatest week and whatever relationship the British tabloid had with Hollywood darlings George Clooney and Angelina Jolie is now in tatters. On the up side for the paper, readership will no doubt have increased owing to the scandalous articles the editors saw fit to publish.
George Clooney has addressed the Mail's story and apology via a US news website.
The 75 year-old actor gave gave his granddaughter a positive review for her portrayal of Young Aurora in Disney's 'Maleficent,' starring alongside her mother.
Jon Voight is a very proud grandparent.
The 75 year-old, who is the father of Angelina Jolie, had only kind things to say about his granddaughter's acting debut in Disney's 'Maleficent.'
Voight complimented 5 year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt for her portrayal as Aurora, telling Us Weekly that she was "wonderful."
This Getaway lead to an almighty car crash
Some films aren’t appreciated in their time, and go on to become cult films. Some movies are so bad, they’re good, and people just love to hate them – a la The Room or Birdemic – but some films are just plain bad. They’re so bad, the critics are merciless, and the investable box office crash that ensues can set actors’ careers back a few years.
Getaway seems to have fallen into the latter category: an awful film that no one will actually begin to ironically like in years to come. There’s always the chance they could, but films that really try to be cool tend to get tossed on the pile labeled ‘Monte Cristo that was bad.’
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'Ray Donovan' premiered last night (30th June) on television and, whilst generally favourable, some critics just can't stomach the new drama.
In new Showtime drama, Ray Donovan, Liev Schreiber (X Men Origins: Wolverine, Salt) and Paula Malcomson (Lost, The Hunger Games) play antihero Californian fixer, Ray, and his wife, making arrangements for Hollywood's rich and famous, doing a bit of dirty work as an enforcer for two entertainment lawyers, much to his wife's concern. The first episode introduces the titular antihero and father with his unique career path, Donovan, as his own interminable father Mickey (Jon Voight) is released from jail after twenty years. Ann Biderman (Southland) spoke to Think Progress of the Californian setting, the underlying themes and the show's commentary on the glitzy lives of the rich: "it's pointed humor but underneath I'm hoping there's kind of some tenderness and that it is real and that everyone here is kind of trying to do the best they can."
Liev Shreiber: Star Of New Showtime Drama, Ray Donovan.
The Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan describes the show as a "Frankenstein's monster" of TV, deriding it as "more than just an average letdown" with much of the show feeling "disjointed, or tired, or both" culminating in a step in the wrong direction for Showtime, who are responsible for the hugely successful Homeland political thriller.
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The morally ambiguous drama was a perfect fit to fill Showtime's summer roster.
The TV drama Ray Donovan features broken arms, drug-fueled ragers, baseball bat beatdowns – it sounds like the perfect storm, a good fit for Showtime’s summer roster. The series will premiere this Sunday, after he final season opener of Dexter. The title character in particular – the flawed Hollywood “fixer”, is an apt replacement, following in the tradition of troubled, complicated protagonists with questionable moral centers – Mad Men’s Don Draper and The Sopranos’ Tony Soprano come to mind as apt comparisons.
The series tells the story of Ray as Hollywood’s fixer – the man who swoops in on family drama, trouble with the law, relationships gone bad, all of it – and fixes the situation before the media gets wind. Naturally, being privy to the deepest, darkest secrets of Tinseltown, comes with a whole slew of problems for Ray’s life. The biggest of those, however, has nothing to do with Donovan’s secretive occupation – the plot twist comes when Donovan’s mobster father (John Voight) is unexpectedly released from prison.
Continue reading: Ray Donovan: Showtime's Bid To Expose The Darker Side Of Hollywood