Climbing the Hollywood ladder isn't easy. One tier of success does not guarantee another. That often means actors can reach one level of notoriety, but never reach breakout status. Often it takes years to become a real movie star. Anyone remember how long it took Liam Neeson?
There have been some monster openings at the box office this summer, but "Transformers: Age of Extinction" looks like it might be the biggest debut of 2014. Just how big?
A little over six years after the fact, it's striking to revisit Tilda Swinton's reaction to winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "Michael Clayton." At the time, fans were jubilant and the audience was amused by her blunt "Oh, no" reaction and on-stage decision to give the statue to her agent. Watching the clip today there is a look of almost sheer horror on her face as her name is read and as she walks to the stage. This wasn't something Swinton strived for. She's an artist. Winning Oscars wasn't part of the plan if there ever was one. In the years since, however, Swinton has clearly found a way to balance her artistic interests with films that can find some legs in the global Hollywood movie-making machine.
Do your remember when you couldn't wait to watch "True Blood" every Sunday night? When Alan Ball's follow up to "Six Feet Under" was the campy, over-the-top fantasy melodrama everyone needed so we'd forget we had one more year of George Bush? That seems oh, so long ago, doesn't it?
Comic-Con 2014 is just around the corner and that means big stars are heading down to San Diego. Last year the venerable genre event had arguably more famous faces on hand than ever before. Granted, the entire cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" flying in helped (three Oscar winners and three other nominees among that group people), but Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Harrison Ford ("Ender's Game"), Jennifer Lawrence and the "Catching Fire" crew, Peter Dinklage and the "Game of Thrones" cast, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Vin Diesel, Andrew Garfield, the "Walking Dead" cast and, oh yeah, Metallica made the four-day fest somewhat historic.
2015 is shaping up as thought it may rival its predecessor. There is always the chance that Marvel will bring the mighty "Avengers" cast back to energize the Comic-Con for next May's "Age of Ultron," Sony Pictures may have a "Sinister Six" to reveal, a "Lost" reunion could be in the works and Warner Bros. may introduce the "Justice League" to the world. Plus, there are a ton of other panels that could find some of your favorite stars returning or visiting Comic-Con for the first time.
With all that in mind, check out the embedded gallery for 20 stars we'd be incredibly excited to see gracing the stages at Comic-Con this year.
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NEW YORK - John Lloyd Young won a Tony Award for bringing Frankie Valli to Broadway in the hit musical "Jersey Boys," but he knew trying to land a role in Clint movie adaptation wouldn't be easy. That being said, he didn't flinch when he was asked to audition.
Yep, I'm obsessed. And, no, "Orange is the New Black" is not the object of my affection. Instead, John Logan and Sam Mendes' "Penny Dreadful" has me spinning.
NEW YORK - It goes without saying that Broadway actors are rarely able to reprise their roles in the movie versions of stage musicals they've starred in. For every Anthony Rapp in "Rent," Rita Moreno in "West Side Story" or Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in "The Producers" there are countless other films that didn't even consider actors who played the same role on the stage. Usually it's just too risky for Hollywood execs to fund a musical without some old fashioned movie starpower on board (it's still considered a risky proposition). Don't tell that to Clint Eastwood, however.
David Michod's "The Rover" opened in Los Angeles and New York today and the Aussie filmmaker has to be happy with the reception so far. It's scored positive reviews across the board including intriguing raves from the LA Times, Wall Street Journal and Village Voice. As Michod's follow up to his 2010 critically acclaimed drama "Animal Kingdom" "The Rover" would have been a must-see for any true movie fan, but the presence of Robert Pattinson and, to a lesser extent Guy Pearce, has brought even more attention.
LOS ANGELES - After premiering in Cannes and screening in Sydney, David Michod's critically acclaimed thriller "The Rover" finally made it to U.S. shores Thursday night. A24 Films hosted a classy premiere in Westwood where fan favorite Robert Pattinson spent enough time on the red carpet to make the fans and the paparazzi happy.