There was a time when being one of the highest grossing movies in history actually counted for something with the Academy Awards. Gone With the Wind was the highest-grossing movie ever in 1939 and won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. The Sound of Music was the new highest-grossing movie ever in 1965 and won Best Picture, despite or perhaps because it was “awful and sentimental and gooey,” in the words of Music star Christopher Plummer. The Godfather became the highest-grossing movie ever in a long-ago time period when people went to see bleak three-hour crime epics that didn’t star Batman. The Godfather won Best Picture; the next three “highest-grossing movies ever” were nominated, but didn’t win. Jaws lost to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, an oversight you can blame on the hippies. Star Wars lost to Annie Hall — a justifiable loss, since as awesome as Star Wars is, it would clearly be much better if it featured a scene where C-3PO sneezed into a mound of cocaine. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial lost to Gandhi, which proves definitively that the ’80s were much lamer than we tend to think. READ FULL STORY »
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Forever ensuring you’ll never think of Harry Potter the same way again, the always-classy Ralph Fiennes indulged Andy Cohen, Watch What Happens Live viewers, and Voldemort fetishists with a reading from a piece of erotic fan fiction during his visit to the Bravo talk show on Thursday night. Being the ultimate good sport, the Oscar-nominated actor (who couldn’t help but laugh at the absurdity of a porn parody title, Harry Squatter and the Sorcerer’s Bone) got back into character and had He Who Shall Not Be Named mention acts with Harry Potter that shall not be mentioned.
Watch the fairly NSFW clip here. (Be warned though, if your fantasy happens to include Cohen, Fiennes, and Holly Hunter, all in their pajamas, this may just send you over the edge. No judgment.)
'Saturday Night Live' recap: Daniel Radcliffe gave it his all; Lana Del Rey felt the wrath of the Internet
“I tried, and therefore, no one should criticize me.” That was one of the lines uttered by Daniel Radcliffe‘s hopelessly ambitious character Brad during the people-with-no-self-awareness sketch “You Can Do Anything.” Still, the sentiment certainly applies to Radcliffe’s effort as a first-time Saturday Night Live host. While the show itself was certainly worthy of criticism (as was musical guest Lana Del Rey, but more on that in a bit) it’s hard to rag on The Woman in Black star, who gave it his all in spite of working with some rather subpar material. Read on for the sketch-by-sketch rundown of last night’s disappointing episode.
Last night’s SNL kicked off with a tepid cold open featuring a flat Jason Sudeikis as an even flatter Mitt Romney, which lamely addressed his troublesome firing comment. (Wouldn’t a meeting with fire-happy Donald Trump have been better here?) Things picked up once an enthusiastic Radcliffe hit the stage for his spirited opening monologue in which he shared with the audience his trepidations about doing a Harry Potter sketch. (Don’t worry, it still happened.) Radcliffe earned some solid laughs, but it was Taran Killam who stole the whole thing (something the rising star seems to be doing more and more of each week) with his version of a displeased Dumbledore. Watch as Snooki and “The Situation” drop in for a visit during the monologue, too:
Daniel Radcliffe hosts tonight's 'SNL': Will there be a bit of magic in the air? Talk about the episode here!
Earlier this week Daniel Radcliffe told EW that, thanks in part to his recent stint on Broadway, he’s as ready as he’ll ever be to take on his first-time Saturday Night Live hosting duties. Well Daniel, we’re ready to watch you. (Well us, and a few of those Harry Potter fans we keep hearing so much about.)
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Daniel Radcliffe didn’t have to go far for his latest gig. The Harry Potter star moved from his recent stint on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying just a few blocks east to Rockefeller Center to host this weekend’s brand new Saturday Night Live. So how will the busy actor fare as a first-time host? Judging from the hilarious promo video in which the always-game Radcliffe explains to SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis what the Harry Potter series was really about (not “sex wizards”) and gives his best American accent (“Chill broseph, I like Mountain Dew and big butts!” Nailed it.) he might be a keeper. Watch: READ FULL STORY »
Today, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 added another accolade to its growing haul. Rotten Tomatoes gave Potter its coveted Golden Tomato Award, which goes to the film that scores the highest critical approval of the year. Potter topped the list with a 96 percent “fresh” rating. Add that to the recent news that the year’s highest-grossing film also made the cut for the Academy’s Visual Effects category short list and it was a pretty good year for Harry and the Hogwarts crew.
When EW spoke with Tomatoes’ editor-in-chief Matt Atchity back in October, he had no doubts Deathly Hallows, which took in $1.3 billion globally. Today, he noted that it was the first of the franchise to win the wide-release prize (several others have won the Golden Tomato for best sci-fi release) But who else made the list? READ FULL STORY »
Move over, Brad and Angelina. There’s a new Hollywood (or should we say Hogwarts?) power couple in town: Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). According to Forbes and Box Office Mojo, the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 couple is the highest-earning onscreen duo of the past five years, thanks to the $4.2 billion the past four Harry Potter films earned at the box office. (So why do they look so sad?) READ FULL STORY »
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