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Helen Mirren reminds Sam Mendes that women direct movies, too -- VIDEO

Helen Mirren was honored with the “Legend” award at the Empire Awards over the weekend, and she quickly demonstrated why. In a speech that also discussed her career high points and her deep appreciation for her long career, the Oscar-winner called out Skyfall director Sam Mendes, who had won the “Inspiration” award earlier in the evening, for demonstrating how “bloke-y” her industry has traditionally been.

In Mendes’ speech, he thanked directors who had inspired him, including Paul Thomas Anderson, François Truffaut, Martin Scorsese and Ingmar Bergman, according to U.K. paper The Guardian. When Mirren took the stage, she used his speech as the starting point to discuss her dismay that Mendes didn’t cite any women (although Mirren was careful to emphasize that she was not criticizing Mendes personally). Mirren stated her hope that when “The next Sam gets up and makes his, or hopefully her, speech, there will be two or three or four or five women’s names there. There are some wonderful, wonderful female directors coming up, many of them are British and it’s so exciting to see that. Go girls!”

Cue rapturous audience applause.

Watch video of Mirren’s speech below (The talk about women starts at 2:48): READ FULL STORY

Tea Party Patriots channel 'The Hunger Games' in new recruitment ad -- VIDEO

It’s The Hunger Games: Forget About People From District 12 edition!

At CPAC over the weekend, the Tea Party Patriots debuted their new recruitment video – a fake movie trailer that looked vaguely familiar exactly like The Hunger Games (mixed with some 1984 and The Matrix for good measure). Calling themselves “a movement on fire,” the video shows viewers the great peril that awaits patriotic citizens if we don’t do something about entitlements, fast.

“Fifteen years ago, freedom died,” a Woman Who Is Not Jennifer Lawrence informs us. With the new Development Party in power, there is just one Orwellian message on the airways: “When WE provide for every need, then you are fully Developed.” Do you understand? Government assistance is bad. So one day, Man Who Is Not As Sexy as Liam Hemsworth refuses to pay his “contribution” and a rebellion straight out of Mockingjay begins.

The video includes plenty of Hunger Games call outs, such as a mockingjay-esque symbol for the rebellion. But their liberty-hating villain is no glowering President Snow; Chairman Troy Marcus has the look of a middling House majority whip, nothing more.

Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

What's next for Julianne Hough?

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Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough broke up over the weekend, and boy, did people have a lot to say about it. While the longtime twosome never seemed to inspire much enthusiasm when they were together, once they broke up everyone had something to say about the man that brought us the Kardashians and the girl from Footloose. READ FULL STORY

Jamie Lee Curtis blasts Seth MacFarlane's Oscar song

Jamie Lee Curtis is no fan of Seth MacFarlane.

The actress wrote an op-ed for Huffington Post over the weekend, “And the Oscar Goes to… Hell,” where she took MacFarlane to task for the misogyny apparent in his Oscar hosting gig, particularly his opening number, “We Saw Your Boobs.”

“I was offended last week. As an Academy member, as the child of former Academy members and as a woman, I expected more from the best that the movie business has to offer,” she wrote. “The Oscars are about honoring art and artists. It is not supposed to be a cheesy vaudeville show…. I am an actress who has bared her breasts in films to satisfy the requirement of the role I was asked to do — lucky to do, for in my case, those films were significant in my career. I didn’t like doing it. I didn’t ask if I could do them topless. I did what was asked of me for the part I was playing. Mostly asked by men.” READ FULL STORY

Ethan Hawke bashes Oscars? Not so, Hawke says

There was some controversy this morning when the New York Post excerpted quotes from a Gotham magazine interview with Ethan Hawke where he appeared to bash the Oscars. But in a statement to EW, Hawke says that nothing could be further from the truth. “I think the Oscars do a very good job in representing much of the great work in a given year. Inevitably though, many great films and performances are not recognized and can be overlooked due to the mass marketing and PR machines that march through the awards season. I don’t mean to take anything away from the genuine and deserved excitement that every nominee should feel.”

The full interview with Gotham magazine isn’t yet available, but the New York Post reports that in the story Hawke said, “People want to turn everything in this country into a competition . . . [so] it’s clear who the winner is and who the loser is” as well as “It’s why they like to announce the grosses of movies, because it’s a way of saying, ‘This one is No. 1.’ It’s so asinine . . . if you look at how many forgettable, stupid movies have won Oscars and how many mediocre performers have Oscars above their fireplace. Making a priority of chasing these fake carrots and money and dubious accolades, I think it’s really destructive.” (A call from EW to Gotham magazine’s office to confirm these are accurate quotes was not returned.)
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James Deen on 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Christian is 'a character I could have a lot of fun with'

It’s time to play everyone’s favorite parlor game: Casting the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation. When EW spoke on the phone with James Deen last week, we asked The Canyons actor about rumors of possibility starring in the picture. As an adult film star, he already has quite a bit of experience (nearly 4,000 credits) with sex scenes on camera – which, to anyone who has read the book, seems to be a necessary prerequisite for the role. (A rep for Universal declined to comment on casting rumors).

Deen has actually yet to read the book, but like anyone, he’s heard quite a bit about it through friends – and he’d be up for portraying Christian Grey if asked. (Ironically, he’s already playing a Christian opposite Lindsay Lohan’s Tara in The Canyons) “It seems like a character I could have a lot of fun with,” he told EW. “I’ve heard really mixed responses about it, like, ‘Oh, it’s a cheesy Twilight wannabe.’… [but] I think it could be fun. I feel like it could be a really cool, fun role to work on.” READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino refuses to answer questions about movie violence: 'I'm not your slave!' -- VIDEO

Note to interviewers: Quentin Tarantino is really, really sick of your questions about the violence in his movies. So sick, in fact, that the Django Unchained director flat-out refused to answer when British TV newsman Krishnan Guru-Murthy recently asked him why he’s so sure that there’s no link between people who enjoy watching violent movies and people who enjoy committing violent acts in real life.

“Don’t ask me a question like that. I’m not biting. I refuse your question,” Tarantino shot back. Why? “Because I refuse your question,” he continued. “I’m not your slave and you’re not my master. Don’t make me dance to your tune. I’m not a monkey.”

That’s right: The guy who made a movie about the horrific experiences of American slavery just compared himself to a slave and his interviewer to an imperious plantation owner. Eeesh.

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President Obama announces inauguration speakers

President Obama has selected Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in on Jan. 21, which also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Evers-Williams is a former chair of the NAACP and has written several books about her and her husband’s civil rights work. Medgar Evers was shot and killed at his Mississippi home in 1963 by a white supremacist, sparking national outcry. His murderer was finally convicted in 1994, after new evidence was brought to trial. The story was also turned into the 1996 film Ghosts of Mississippi, with Whoopi Goldberg portraying Myrlie Evers.

The Washington Post reports that this is “the first time a woman, and a layperson rather than a clergy member, has been chosen to deliver what may be America’s most prominent public prayer.” Evers-Williams will be joined by conservative evangelical pastor Louie Giglio, founder of the student-focused Passion Conferences, who will give the benediction. READ FULL STORY

Video mocks celeb participants of gun control PSA

One gun rights supporter who took issue with a recent celebrity-filled gun control PSA has posted a now-viral video response that puts the spotlight on what he calls a “hypocritical industry.”

Late last month, Mayors Against Illegal Guns posted a video PSA on YouTube that featured a host of famous faces — including Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Beyonce, Michelle Williams, and Amy Poehler –  calling for stricter gun control laws, and it has, to date, received over 6.3 million views. Just days ago, YouTube user “Mike Hunt,” who declined to provide his real name and claims not to have any affiliations, posted his own video — a parody of the original that was edited to include many of the same actors in fictional gun-filled situations. READ FULL STORY

Ukrainian politician aims anti-Semitic slur at Mila Kunis

Seems like there’s exactly one person in the world who doesn’t love Ted star Mila Kunis: Ukrainian politician Igor Miroschnichenko, who recently called the actress a “zhydovka” in a Facebook post.

The term, according to Simon Wiesenthal Center deans Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, means “dirty Jewess” — and is an “insidious slur invoked by the Nazis and their collaborators as they rounded up the Jews to murder them at Babi Yar and in the death camps.”

Yikes. It’s also a way for Miroschnichenko to imply that the actress — who was born in Ukraine and moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was seven years old — isn’t really Ukrainian because she’s Jewish.

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