PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Category: Movies (21-30 of 7629)

Take note, Hollywood: 5 great portrayals of ethical female journalists

In television and film, female journalists have something of a bad rap. As New York magazine’s Marin Cogan pointed out recently, on shows like House of Cards and in movies like Thank You for Smoking, lady reporters spend more time getting romantically entangled with their sources than, you know, reporting.

Of course, as Cogan notes, characters don’t have to be picture-perfect people to be positive portrayals of female journalists. But they certainly don’t have to be sleeping their way to a good story, either. “We don’t need movies lionizing us as saints,” she wrote. “But would it kill Hollywood to give us one grown-up Rory Gilmore?”

Fortunately, some positive representations of female reporters do exist in pop culture. So, Hollywood, take note: Here are some fictional journalists—who are both female and good at their jobs—from whom storytellers could take some cues.

Kevin Hart hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 have been kinda rough for Kevin Hart. In December, a leaked email thread revealed that he’d allegedly asked to be paid additional money beyond his $3 million salary to tweet about an upcoming movie; “I’m not saying he’s a whore,” a studio exec reportedly wrote, “but he’s a whore.” (“Knowing your self worth is extremely important,” Hart wrote on Instagram after the email was published. “I OWN MY BRAND….I MAKE SMART DECISIONS FOR MY BRAND.”) The jokes he made while presenting at last week’s Golden Globes—one about how animated filmmakers have imaginations “fueled by weed,” one about how he wasn’t going to promote his new movie from the stage…before he promoted his new movie from the stage—both bombed, loudly.

And the aforementioned movie, which Hart will undoubtedly promote early and often on Saturday Night Live as well, is earning dismal reviews and less than impressive box office—especially compared to the comedian’s last January release. (Ride Along made $14.4 million on Jan. 17 alone last year; it earned $41.5 million its first weekend in total, making it the strongest January opening ever until the blockbuster success of this weekend’s American Sniper. The Wedding Ringer doesn’t look on pace to earn anywhere near that much.)

So: Could tonight’s SNL give Hart a chance to turn it all around—or even, as Don Draper would say, to change the conversation?


PopWatch Confessional: The worst movie a kid has made you sit through

For a pop-culture obsessive, watching the kids you love morph into mini-movie hounds is a beautiful thing. At least, until those kids seize on a movie they can’t get enough of, and insist on watching it again… and again… and again. Or they become cinematic aficionados, but only for the types of films that tend to make anyone over the age of 10 cringe. (Have you ever attempted to rewatch, say, Blank Check? That stuff does not hold up.) Thus this week’s PopWatch Confessional question: What’s the worst, most grating, or otherwise unpleasant children’s movie you’ve been forced to sit through by an actual kid, either because the movie stank to begin with or because you had to see it so many damn times?

Joshua Rivera, EW.com writer: The worst kids’ movie I’ve ever had to sit through—hell, the worst movie I’ve ever had to sit through—is Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2. It is the worst thing. The. Worst. Thing. Thanks to that movie, there’s an entire day of my life I don’t remember, because I’ve spent the years since trying to forget everything about that movie—and failing that, have forgotten everything else about that day, including the kid that made me watch it with him. This story will probably end years from now with a Twilight Zone-esque twist in which I realize that I watched it all on my own. READ FULL STORY

The 51 all-time greatest acting performances overlooked by Oscar

There’s no official appeal process when an actor wakes up on Oscar nominations morning and doesn’t hear his or her name announced. Every year, the Academy selects its 20 favorite performances; a winner is crowned a month or so later, and the names get etched in the history books. But those who aren’t nominated aren’t necessarily discarded to cinema’s dustbin. In an era when infinite, instant access to 100 years of cinema keeps our favorite movies at our fingertips, time is the ultimate arbiter of greatness.

The more we watch, the more we recognize the Academy’s recurring myopia. Yes, there are always inexplicable Oscar oversights recognized immediately as snubs. But there are also performances that ripen with time, emerging as the classics that influence generations of subsequent audiences and filmmakers. Look no further than Anthony Perkins’ chilling and genre-defining Norman Bates: In 2015, how does it rate compared to Burt Lancaster’s Elmer Gantry, the 1961 Best Actor winner?

Perkins wasn’t even nominated for Norman—so there’s hope for Selma‘s David Oyelowo and A Most Violent Year‘s Jessica Chastain, too. Heck, there’s hope for Tom Hardy (Locke) and Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer). Oscar may have spoken yesterday, but there is no final verdict.

Entertainment Weekly dug into the scores of great performances that have been overlooked by Oscar over the past 87 years. Some are so iconic that we had to triple-check the history books to make sure that Oscar had been so blind. (Really? Ingrid Bergman wasn’t nominated for Casablanca?) We could’ve made a list of 250—but from that list, we culled it down to 51 and ranked them, counting down to the single greatest acting performance that failed to grab Oscar’s attention. No doubt we left out some of your favorites, and no doubt you will tell us that in the comments. Please do. —Jeff Labrecque READ FULL STORY

The naval carrier from 'Top Gun' is headed to the scrapyard

Ranger, the naval carrier from Top Gun, is headed to the scrapyard.

According to USA Today,the carrier was sold to International Shipbreaking last year after an effort to turn the ship into a museum failed. However, in early January, Top Gun Super Carrier of Long Beach Inc. started an online petition to save the ship to once again, try to turn it into a museum.

But according to Chris Johnson, a spokesman for Naval Sea Systems Command, it’s too late to save Ranger now. “Though we would have preferred for the ship to be converted into a museum or memorial, during the eight years it was available, no group was able to pull together the necessary funding to make that happen,” Johnson said.

As of now, the Save the Ranger campaign is asking for time, with the ship set for Texas in late January or early February for dismantling.

The best movies that didn't get nominated for any Oscars this year


Lots of great movies don’t get Oscar nominations. You could generously point out that the Academy only has room for so many  movies. You could less generously complain that the Academy has historically had a difficult time finding room for science-fiction movies, action films, fantasy epics not directed by Peter Jackson, independent movies your mom hasn’t heard of, any movie specifically designed to scare you, and any movie specifically designed to make you laugh.

So each year, plenty of great movies get nominated for nothing. Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a closer look at some of the essential NOscar NOminees as part of our Nominated for Nothing series—but for right now, here’s your essential list of the best films of 2014 that couldn’t even earn a measly technical nomination. (They’re in good company.) READ FULL STORY

First-timers and finallys: The milestones of the 2015 Academy Awards

It’s well established by this point on Oscar nomination day that this year’s nominee field isn’t groundbreaking (read: all the acting nominees are white, and categories with a history of being overwhelmingly male remain overwhelmingly male). But it does signal some milestones for certain filmmakers and performers. For example, Wes Anderson nabbed his first ever directing nod this year, while The Judge star Robert Duvall became the oldest male acting nominee ever. Below, read our list of Oscar-related stats and facts to see who should be celebrating what. READ FULL STORY

Academy president accidentally nominates 'Dick Poop'

Oscar Nomination Day can provoke both outrage and joy. It can also provoke giggles. Case in point: That time Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs revealed that “Dick Poop” was up for Best Cinematography.

Isaacs meant to cite veteran cinematographer Dick Pope, who was recognized for his work on Mr. Turner. She quickly corrected herself, but Twitter, being Twitter, still had some fun with the mistake. READ FULL STORY

Oscar Too-Due List: Which never-nominated actors most deserve a nod?


Tomorrow morning, several actors will join a pretty prestigious club. It comes with a title and will likely be mentioned in the first sentence of their obituaries many, many years from now. Barring some unforeseen development, Felicity Jones will wake up tomorrow as “Oscar nominee Felicity Jones.” Benedict Cumberbatch will henceforth by known as “Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch.” Ditto Michael Keaton—before the inevitable mention of Batman.

Win or lose on Feb. 22, a nomination is its own career-making milestone, one that can launch an artist into the Hollywood stratosphere—and/or validate a lifetime of excellence on the big screen. But of course, there can only be five in each acting category—20 altogether. Simple math insists that great performances get overlooked every year. And over time, unfortunately, some amazing actors and actresses never get the early-morning call that invites them to the big dance.

It’s these “unrecognized” actors that highlight this year’s Oscar Too-Due List. Some of them, like Keaton, are Oscar contenders this year. Others might not be in the 2014 race, but have been excellent for so long that it’s hard to imagine the Academy hasn’t taken notice. Here are 20 actors who still have greatness to share, ranked in order of who’s the most overdue to join their profession’s elite.  READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: The story behind 'Boyhood's' unlikely climb to Oscar frontrunner

Nothing scares Richard Linklater more than universal adulation. The maverick director has a theory that if everybody loves something—we’re thinking McDonald’s, Green Day, John Grisham—you’re better off avoiding it. “If everyone likes a movie,” he says, “there’s usually something kind of lame about it.” So when Boyhood, the $4 million cinematic experiment that had occupied 12 years of his life, debuted to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival almost exactly a year ago, it sort of wigged him out. But as he considered the positive responses—and talked to audience members—he noticed something strange. Lots of people liked it, but rarely for the same reasons. “Everyone was having a similar experience but a very different one based on his or her own life,” he says. “ ‘Oh, I had an a- -hole stepfather.’ ‘Oh, I have an older sibling.’ ‘Oh, my parents are divorced.’ People were glomming on to such different things while moving through the movie that it made me feel better. It was so personal to everyone.”

Now this little Rorschach test of a film, which tracks the progression of one boy’s childhood from first grade through his first day of college, has grown up itself. Released far from the autumn Oscar-movie months, on July 11—and now available on DVD and download—this summer indie sleeper has grossed more than $43 million worldwide and has matured into a confident young Oscar contender.

By any measure, that never should have happened. Boyhood eschews all the rules of filmmaking and ignores almost every Hollywood convention: It doesn’t feature megawatt stars, it rips apart the traditional three-act structure, and its most dramatic moments (hints of domestic violence, shoving in a school bathroom) would be mere footnotes in any other film. That sheer rebelliousness has secured Boyhood a spot in the Best Picture race—a level of recognition galaxies beyond what anyone involved with the film could have hoped for.

But that’s not the end of the story, because this movie, a movie that no major studio executive in her right mind would have greenlit, a movie unlike any ever made, has now become this season’s quiet frontrunner.

For more on Boyhood‘s unlikely Oscar ascent, pick up this week’s issue of EW, on stands Friday. Read the whole story online here.

Latest Videos


From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP