June Squibb isn’t above using her age to get her ahead– or at least that’s the message the 84-year-old actress sent in a gag that aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. READ FULL STORY
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Former backup singers Tata Vega and Merry Clayton took center stage Monday night at an intimate soiree to celebrate the success of Morgan Neville’s Oscar-nominated music documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.
At Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz in Los Angeles, Neville gave a heartfelt speech about the journey of making the documentary, which tells the untold story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical acts of the 21st century. In a touching moment before the live music began, Neville thanked the late Gil Friesen, who had the original idea for the documentary and served as producer for the film before passing away in December of 2012.
Immediately following the short speech, Neville introduced Vega, who kicked off the night with a performance of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On (I’m Coming)” that was so energetic, the singer herself was left slightly out of breath. READ FULL STORY
We’re in the final stretch of this year’s Oscar season, and Entertainment Weekly‘s latest issue is here to bring you all you need to know before the big night.
This week’s cover story features a sit-down with two Oscar hopefuls — the veteran Cate Blanchett (the front-runner in the lead actress category for her role as a fallen socialite in Blue Jasmine) and the newcomer Lupita Nyong’o (a lead contender in the supporting actress race for scene-stealing part as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave). The two discuss the never-ending award season, what they love most about their jobs and their hopes for the future.
Blanchett, who has spent the past six years running a theater company in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, discusses her fraught relationship with her chosen profession. “I’m constantly running away from acting,” she says. “I have to get seduced back into it each time.” READ FULL STORY
Let’s all give a great tip of the hat to Best Actor nominee Matthew McConaughey, a man who not long ago smirked and drawled his way through a string of bland romantic comedies, and was celebrated only for his sweaty dedication to his pectorals. In a swift and elegant turnaround, the 44-year-old spent the past three years disappearing into rich characters dreamed up by some of our best contemporary storytellers. Now his fans, and I count myself among them, love to talk about the artistic courage of such a bold reinvention.
Without taking away from his fine work, I wonder if McConaughey’s story is less about bravery than about the gift of being a white, middle-aged male actor. Yes, he’s brilliantly milked his McConaissance, but it’s because he’s navigated his career with powerful agency. He chose unpredictable supporting roles in films like Magic Mike and The Wolf of Wall Street, while digging deep into messy hero stories in Dallas Buyers Club and Mud. Try to picture any of the man’s former romantic co-stars — Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Jessica Parker, or Jennifer Lopez, to name a few — having a shot at a single role as weird and surprising. READ FULL STORY
Still haven’t seen Dallas Buyers Club, despite performances by Oscar front-runners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto?
Watch EW’s QuickDraw of the film below and get a tease of the actors’ work — only this time, the work includes stick figures. (And yes, the stick figures include a mustache.) READ FULL STORY
Santa Barbara Film Fest: Michael B. Jordan, more recall meeting their famous fans -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
When EW was on the red carpet for the Santa Barbara Film Festival last week, we asked stars like Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Brie Larson (Short Term 12) about the artists they have admired in their career who have complimented them on their own work. Check out the humbling answers below: READ FULL STORY
Idina Menzel has had one amazing career. She’s helped create three very different roles that have become global cultural phenomenons, from Maureen in Rent (both on stage and film), winning a Tony as Elphaba in Wicked, and now as the voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. So why isn’t she a household name in non-Broadway-obsessed houses?
Well, unless you’re a die-hard theater nerd, you’re likely to only know the name of Menzel’s projects or roles rather than the New York native herself. Now that Menzel has officially been announced to perform Frozen‘s smash hit (and nominated) “Let It Go” at this year’s Oscars, we decided to delve deeper into Menzel’s past performances to show that she is so much more than just a frozen bohemian witch. READ FULL STORY
Anyone who’s seen The Wolf of Wall Street knows it really earned that ‘R’ rating. So what would the film look like if the naked ladies were stick figures and the bad words were bleeped? Still pretty dirty, actually.
Check out EW’s QuickDraw of the Oscar nominee below, and note how Leonardo DiCaprio’s voice can make anything sexy — even a doodle. (Warning: NSFW) READ FULL STORY
'Vanity Fair' Hollywood Issue puts Julia Roberts in Idris Elba's lap; plus, Michael B. Jordan and other breakouts
Once again, it’s time for Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood Issue, an annual star-studded, black-tie affair (well, other than last year). For the issue’s 20th anniversary, photographer Annie Leibovitz brought together actors of all ages, from Oscar veterans to up-and-comers.
Gracing the newsstand cover is Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, and George Clooney, all clad in their best black blazers. Sadly, Roberts is the only one showing a little skin. However, if you open up the three-panel foldout, you’ll find more blazers, and even more (female) skin: Jared Leto, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomie Harris, Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman, Margot Robbie, and Léa Seydoux all made the cut.
Overall, I’m really enjoying the range of this cover. 12 Years a Slave? Check. Short Term 12? Also check. Plus, I can’t help but love the retro Hollywood feel. Combine all that with the fact that Julia Roberts is on Idris Elba’s lap and I’m in. Not to mention that I’m dying for any and every photo of Roberts and Clooney being behind-the-scenes besties.
Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood Issue hits stands Friday. What do you think of the cover?
Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Shame – the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.
The Film: Pacific Rim, Guillermo Del Toro’s movie about giant robots that fight giant monsters.
Why it Wasn’t Nominated: The prospect of an Oscar-nominated filmmaker delivering a mega-budgeted action movie could have resulted in the rare blockbuster that earns Academy attention. (See: Christopher Nolan, Inception.) But Del Toro is not your typical Oscar-nominated filmmaker. The man who made the multiple Oscar-winning Pan’s Labyrinth also made two of the best superhero-movie sequels ever, and Pacific Rim finds Del Toro indulging all his geekiest fascinations. Even some die-hard Del Toro fans felt like Pacific Rim was a departure for the director, with Del Toro shedding much of the outré weirdness of the Hellboy movies for a story filled with stalwart heroes and wacky sidekicks. READ FULL STORY
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