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Steve Martin Couldn't Believe That Joe Alwyn Is British


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As someone who has been in the film industry for 50 years, Steve Martin is an expert in the acting field. However, that doesn't mean that he can't be fooled on occasion. The veteran actor recently worked alongside newcomer Joe Alwyn on his latest movie 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk', a 25-year-old up-and-coming star who surprised him in more ways than one.

Steve MartinSteve Martin thought Joe Alwyn was an American boy

Plucked from obscurity, though with the backing of several years of drama studies and theatre work, Joe Alwyn came from London to Hollywood to play the starring role in Ang Lee's intense 2016 war drama which also starred the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Kristen Stewart and, of course, Steve Martin.

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Tributes Pour In For Gene Wilder Who Has Died Aged 83


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Tributes have poured in for actor and writer Gene Wilder who has died aged 83. Wilder’s death was announced by his family on Monday, who revealed he had been secretly battling Alzheimer’s for three years. After news of his passing broke, friends, colleagues and fellow comedians paid tribute on social media, with many referencing his most famous role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Gene WilderGene Wilder (pictured with Mel Brooks) has died aged 83

Mel Brooks, who directed Wilder in comedies Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, lead the tributes on Twitter, saying the actor and writer had ‘ blessed’ him with his friendship. “One of the truly great talents of our time,” Brooks wrote. “He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.”

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Love The Coopers (aka Christmas With The Coopers) Review

Very Good

This may look like it's going to be a zany Christmas romp, but it's really a warm exploration of family connections, essentially an American take on Love Actually's multi-strand comedy-drama. At least it has an unusually strong cast and moments of hilarity scattered throughout the story. And while it's never very deep, the themes are strongly resonant.

The Cooper family is gathering for what Charlotte (Diane Keaton) hopes will be one last perfect Christmas together. She knows that her 40-year marriage to Sam (John Goodman) is on the brink, but is ignoring that to plan a massive dinner. Their son Hank (Ed Helms) is stinging from divorce and unemployment, while daughter Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) has picked up a hunky soldier (Jake Lacy) in the airport and asks him to pose as her boyfriend so her family will stop asking about her love life. Meanwhile, Charlotte's father Bucky (Alan Arkin) is trying to cheer up his favourite waitress (Amanda Seyfried), and Charlotte's sister Emma (Marisa Tomei) is delayed when a cop (Anthony Mackie) arrests her for shoplifting.

Narrated with wry joviality by Steve Martin, the interwoven stories are fairly simplistic, but each touches a raw nerve. And the above-average cast brings out the underlying themes without overplaying their scenes. Keaton and Goodman add subtle shades to the slightly undemanding central roles, while Arkin finds a couple of new textures to his usual twinkly grandad persona. Helms and Wilde strike the right balance in their intriguingly unlikeable roles, while Tomei gets the most complex character as a woman who feels like she's merely watched her life drift along. By contrast, the outsiders played by Seyfried, Lacy and Mackie are much less defined, but each actor brings just enough magnetic energy. The most wasted performer is June Squibb, as a ditzy old aunt who's little more than the requisite gross-out relative.

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Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin & Angela Lansbury Earn Honorary Recognition From The Academy’s Governors Awards


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Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury were honoured on Saturday, 16 November, night at the Academy’s Governors Awards, in a night where emotions ran high and the awards circuit got off to a start. Jolie was perhaps the biggest celebrity name on the awards sheet, but it was Martin and Lansbury who stole the show with their heartfelt gratitude towards being honoured by the Academy for a career in front of the camera.

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Angelina Jolie was honoured for her humanitarian work

Jolie received the first standing ovation of the night though, picking up the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her continued, dedicated service to aid work across the globe. Attending the event with her hubby Brad Pitt and their son Maddox, Jolie accepted the award from George Lucas after being toasted in a video presentation featuring clips from her in the movies and in refuge camps and care-giving scenarios found across the globe. Receiving thank you's from four stars of her upcoming Bosnian war film In the Land of Blood and Honey, Gena Rowlands then toasted the star before she took to the stage, asking, “How does she have the time to do all this? She acts and directs, she has a large family… and she has to keep that smile on Brad’s face.”

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Angelina Jolie To Receive Oscars' Humanitarian Award For Philanthropic Dedication


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Angeline Jolie will be honoured with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her extraordinary charity work over the years.

The award is given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences every year as part of their honorary special category accolades which also include the Academy Honorary Award and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Changeling star Angelina is without doubt the most deserving movie star of the award this year with her philanthropic exploits far exceeding just donating large sums of money. This year, she travelled to DR Congo with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague to campaign against sexual violence towards women as a weapon of war in the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

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Honorary Oscars Coming Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin And Piero Tosi's Way


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Angelina Jolie – alongside Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi – will be awarded an honorary Oscar for her humanitarian work. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the star with the honorary Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 5th Annual Governors Awards on November 16.

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie will recieve her award for all of her humanitarian work

"The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who've made indelible contributions in their respective fields. We couldn't be more excited for this year's honorees," reads a statement by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, which was released on Thursday.

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Angelina Jolie To Be Awarded Humanitarian Oscar


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Angelina Jolie will be presented with an Oscar for her humanitarian work. The 38-year-old actress will receive be awarded the honorary Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is presented "to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry", according to a press release from the Academy.

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Angelina Jolie at the London premiere of World War Z.

In a press release, on 5th September, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Jolie was highly praised for being "an impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes, traveling widely to promote organizations and social justice efforts such as the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative. The release went on to reference Jolie's philanthropic exploits relating to her work with the Council of Foreign Relations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Academy also commended her appointment to her position as "Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres in 2012 after twelve years of service" to the UNHCR.  The Academy also commented on her film projects which highlight humanitarian issues, including A Mighty Heart and In the Land of Blood and Honey.

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Steve Martin - Love Has Come For You Album Review


We learn something new every day; in researching the background story behind Love Has Come For You, I found out that the artist Steve Martin who's partially responsible is in fact the Steve Martin - you know, Roxanne, The Jerk, All of Me - and that he's more than just a part time frustrated muso desperate for some kind of alternative recognition.

Steve Martin - Love Has Come For You Review

Cynics might say that his choice of collaborator makes sense, given that both he and Edie Brickell both peaked in a showbiz sense during the late 1980's, the latter with The New Bohemians on the multi-platinum Shooting Rubber Bands At The Stars. This would be unbelievably harsh as individually each has remained enshrined in lesser spotlights, sustaining themselves on more idiosyncratic pursuits.

Martin, in fact, has been playing the banjo since the early 1960's, appearing at the iconic Grand Old Opry in 2009, and it's his consummate playing that perfectly complements his partner's sardonic lyrics, a collection of parched fairy tales and joyful, rustic character pieces.

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Parenthood Really Does Beckon For Steve Martin: First Baby At 67


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He’s been a fictional Father of the Bride, back in 1991 but now it seems that comic actor Steve Martin has become a father for real. Steve’s rep confirmed the news to E! Online but gave few other details, just affirmed that, at the age of 67, Steve Martin has become a father for the first time, saying that the actor and his wife Anne Stringfield “are new parents and recently welcomed a child.” We’re not sure if he’ll ever get the chance to become a real-life father of the bride, as there’s no news just yet on whether he and Anne have had a boy or a girl.

A source told the New York Post “Steve’s very private… They are thrilled. They worked hard to have the baby.” They also commented “how they kept it a secret nobody knows.” They’ve certainly done a good job of keeping the news under wraps, in this age of incessant celebrity news reporting. Steve and Anne are essentially the polar opposite of a couple such as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who announced Kim’s pregnancy very early on in proceedings and now, celebrity bloggers are ‘treating’ us to almost daily updates on the movements of the high-profile celebrity couple.

It looks as though Steve, on the other hand, has taken a leaf out of Jodie Foster’s book. In her recent Golden Globes awards acceptance speech, Jodie explained that privacy had been one of the most important things throughout her life and career. 

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He's Played A Dad Of 12, And A Father Of The Bride, But Now Steve Martin's A Dad For Real!


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At the ripe age of 67, comedian and actor Steve Martin is finally a dad.

Having played some of the best known fathers in feature film comedies (in Father of the Bride and Cheaper by the Dozen) Martin has become a father with his second wife. As the New York Post reported, a source said that Martin and his 41 year old wife, Anne Stringfield had worked hard to have a baby and were surprised that they had managed to keep it a secret for so long. It's thought that baby-Martin arrived some time in December, though evidently, the couple, who have been married for 5 years, wanted to have some time alone with the infant.

Despite having played some of the best dads in comedy, having written about his own father a few times in the past, it seems that Martin didn't have a great role model to begin with. "My father's attitude toward my show-business accomplishments was critical. After my first appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' . . . he wrote a bad review of me in the newsletter of the Newport Board of Realtors where he was president," Martin has said in the past. While the unsupportive image of his own father may not be the kind of father he'd like to be, there are plenty of other fathers in his career that he could emulate. 

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A Week In News: Bieber Slams The Black Keys, Chris Brown Stays Seated, Alec Baldwin To Become A Father!


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Patrick Carney The Black Keys performing live at the Manchester Arena Manchester, England- 11.12.12

 

The Black Keys Rub Bieber Up The Wrong Way, Katy Perry 'Hangs Out' At The Grammys And Steve Martin Becomes A Dad At 67

Bieber Rattles The Keys! In perhaps the most bizarre celebrity feud of recent times, Patrick Carney of award-winning group The Black Keys has rubbed Justin Bieber up the wrong way. Asked about the possible reasons for Bieber's Grammys snub, Carney suggested the 18-year-old is rich, so doesn't need prestigious awards. Bieber's response? "The black keys drummer should be slapped around haha."

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Ellen Degeneres Receives Mark Twain Award And Praised For Contribution To Comedy


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Only six weeks ago Ellen Degeneres received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she is now being praised and rewarded again by being awarded the Mark Twain Award for Comedy, in aid of all she has done for comedy.

The Mark Twain Award is considered the US's highest achievement in comedy, with previous winners including Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin and Tina Fey. Of particular note in the minds of everyone that turned up to the Kennedy Centre to support and thank her, is her ongoing work for LGBT causes. Jane Lynch, who is known best for her hilarious and vitriolic character in Glee, said "I'm pretty darn sure I could not have the career I have, that I could not live as openly as I've lived, if it hadn't been for you," regarding Ellen coming out as a lesbian in 1997, as part of her first sitcom. "You really took one for the team". Jimmy Kimmel, a close friend of the comedienne, thanked Ellen for making vests an acceptable staple in the wardrobe of people that aren't magicians. The Huffington Post reported Sean Hayes, a gay comedian, saying "You've changed the world. We didn't have a voice until there was you."

In gracious acceptance of this prestigious award, Ellen gave a humble and humorous speech. She thanked PBS, undoubtedly a jibe against Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who has threatened to get rid of it, and  in true Ellen style, expressed her excitement about being in the Kennedy Centre: "Spaceships are launched here, right?" With her star and Twain award, Ellen is more and more firmly having her place stamped in comedic history, few deserve the accolades more.

Video - Steve Martin Arriving For 'The Late Show With David Letterman' At The Ed Sullivan Theater


Actor Steve Martin (Cheaper By The Dozen; The Pink Panther; The Jerk) is seen arriving at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York to make an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. The actor makes his way into the building from the waiting car, with his hat held under his arm as he waves to the delighted photographers.

Steve can next be seen in The Big Year, an upcoming comedy starring Jack Black and Owen Wilson. The film is said to be about three bird watchers who compete to spot the rarest bird in North America

Cheaper By The Dozen 2 Review


Bad
You've seen this before. Steve Martin as the nervous parent awaiting a baby delivery. Steve Martin reluctantly acknowledging his daughter's independence. Steve Martin falling victim to kids' pranks. From Parenthood to the Father of the Bride remake and sequel to 2003's Cheaper by the Dozen to, uh, last week's Yours, Mine and Ours, the man who began his career as a brilliant, absurdist comic has defined himself as a soft, weepy dad, running through a thousand family-film clichés. Cheaper by the Dozen 2 rehashes it all with no presence of originality or humor.

Martin reprises the role of Tom Baker, father of twelve and husband to wife Kate (the sparkling, grounded Bonnie Hunt). In an effort to bond the family one final time before grandkids are born and chickens fly the coop, Tom cloyingly convinces the clan to vacation at their old lakefront haunt. There, they meet their nemeses: the clean-cut white-teethed Murtaugh family led by perfectionist papa Jimmy, played by the painfully underutilized Eugene Levy.

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Pennies From Heaven Review


Excellent
From the start of his career, Steve Martin was eager to kill his image as the man with the arrow through his head, the wild and crazy guy, the Jerk. But in 1981, when he took on the lead role in this quirky, somber and elegant musical set in Great Depression Chicago, both critics and audiences balked. After a decade of tough-guy '70s flicks, a sepia-toned melodrama with strange casting - Christopher Walken dances! -- wasn't anybody's idea of a good time. Two decades after its flop, though, it's worth discovering, or re-discovering - a charming first glimpse of the gravitas that Martin fought hard for as an actor.

Martin plays Arthur, a down-on-his luck sheet-music salesman worn out by his loveless marriage to Joan (Jessica Harper) - loveless, in part, because his life with Joan can't match the fantasies produced by the lyrics he sells. Hitting the road, he meets Eileen (Bernadette Peters), a mousy but sweet school teacher. Together, they fall in love, and express that love in dance and song. Sort of: They're actually lip-synching to songs of the '30s, riffing on old music the same way that Martin would riff on old films less successfully a few years later in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. After Arthur gets cold feet about the relationship - not before dancing quite well - Eileen falls into the dastardly clutches of Tom (Walken), a pimp. It's Walken's performance that makes the film - a dowdy but charming tap-dance striptease to Cole Porter's "Let's Misbehave." With a pencil-thin mustache and a lecherous leer, he has all the fearfulness he showed in The Deer Hunter with a sophistication he never showed off often enough.

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Looney Tunes: Back In Action Review


Bad
There's a scene near the end of Joe Dante's Looney Tunes movie where a beleaguered Wile E. Coyote ends up behind the wheel of a locomotive that's loaded to the gills with dynamite. Seconds before an explosion reduces him to a smoldering pile of ashes for the umpteenth time, he holds up a sign that reads, "They don't pay me enough."

My sentiments exactly, pal. The Federal Reserve couldn't pay you enough to sit through Technicolor gobbledygook like this. Dante has a technical feat on his hand, crafting a vigorous cartoon hybrid that seamlessly merges beloved Warner Bros. animated characters with unlucky C-list actors who apparently made their agents very angry and are being punished.

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Love the Coopers (aka Christmas With the Coopers) Movie Review

Love the Coopers (aka Christmas With the Coopers) Movie Review

This may look like it's going to be a zany Christmas romp, but it's really...

Home Movie Review

Home Movie Review

A sharp script and especially colourful imagery make this animated romp a lot more fun...

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Home Trailer

The overly-confident alien race, the Boov, have faced some difficulties in their time, but they've...

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Home Trailer

Captain Smek is the leader of a group of aliens called Boov who are stranded...

The Big Year Movie Review

The Big Year Movie Review

Even though it's rather corny and sentimental, this colourful comedy-drama holds our interest mainly because...

The Big Year Trailer

The Big Year Trailer

Brad Harris is having what he calls a 'no-life crisis'. He is stuck in a...

It's Complicated Trailer

It's Complicated Trailer

Watch the trailer for It's Complicated Jane is a successful middle aged divorcee who owns...

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Cheaper By The Dozen 2 Movie Review

Cheaper By The Dozen 2 Movie Review

You've seen this before. Steve Martin as the nervous parent awaiting a baby delivery. Steve...

Pennies from Heaven Movie Review

Pennies from Heaven Movie Review

From the start of his career, Steve Martin was eager to kill his image as...

Looney Tunes: Back in Action Movie Review

Looney Tunes: Back in Action Movie Review

There's a scene near the end of Joe Dante's Looney Tunes movie where a beleaguered...

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