Josh Hartnett got in on the pre-Oscars parties when he dropped by the Vanity Fair and Fiat party benefiting the United Nations International Labour Organization in LA last night. The star-studded event, which was hosted by Ron Howard and composer Hans Zimmer, also included Lake Bell, Alyssa Milano, and Adrien Brody as guests. Josh had a busy evening, as he also visited the Hollywood Domino and Bovet 1822 event in West Hollywood. Alyssa — who wore Gucci to last night's event — will likely have a lot more Academy Awards-related events to attend this weekend, since her husband, David Bugliari, reps Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for best actor. Bradley has a lot of events on his plate this week, including Wednesday night's Vanity Fair dinner for Silver Linings Playbook, which he attended alongside costar Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell. Don't forget to join us for our LIVE Oscars viewing party and red carpet coverage on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m. EST/2:30 p.m. PST.
Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, Rachel Weisz, and many more stars celebrated their fellow actors and filmmakers at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in New York City last night. Matthew, who wore a suit by Dolce&Gabbana, won best supporting actor for his performances in Magic Mike and Bernie while Rachel beat out Jessica — who did triple-duty that night by appearing on the Late Show and attending a screening for Mama in addition to this event — for best actress for her role in The Deep Blue Sea. Rachel's husband Daniel Craig cheered Rachel on from the audience when she won her award.
Jessica's film Zero Dark Thirty was the big winner of the night, earning best director for Kathryn Bigelow and best cinematography for Greg Fraser. Highly-buzzed-about films Les Misérables and Argo missed out altogether. However, those films and their stars will have plenty of chances to scoop up more honors once award season starts up in earnest this week with the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday and the Critic's Choice Awards on Thursday. And don't forget about the Golden Globes, which are this Sunday, and your chance to predict the winners with our special Golden Globes ballot. If you predict the highest number of Golden Globes winners, you could win $1,500 and an iPad Mini!
It feels like every day there's some kind of headline news about Julian Assange, the mastermind behind WikiLeaks. Recently, Novaya Gazeta, a Russian billionaire, has decided to support WikiLeaks monetarily to help expose the corrupt goings-on in Russia. Another talked about donor is Michael Moore, who provided some cash to help bail the white-haired rebel out of jail. There are so many people throwing in their support, but then again, plenty of others withdrawing theirs. What would you do — would you give money to WikiLeaks?
It's hard to pass judgment on a career you haven't had, but forget education, relevant experience, and interview contacts for a second. Which career do you think is cooler?
You either like him or you hate him, so chances are, if you're actually reading this post, you probably like him at least enough to be curious about his latest documentary. Having made films about General Motors, gun control, and the healthcare industry (to name a few), director Michael Moore is at it again, this time taking a look at the economy. His documentary Capitalism: A Love Story examines "the global financial crisis and the U.S. economy during the transition between the incoming Obama Administration and the outgoing Bush Administration." Moore himself says the movie's "got it all — lust, passion, romance, and 14,000 jobs being eliminated every day."
The movie opens Oct. 2. To watch the trailer, read more
After his next documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, hits theaters, rabble-rousing filmmaker Michael Moore may lay low for a while — in the documentary world, that is. Moore recently told the Detroit News that he hopes to take a break from documentary filmmaking and try his hand at writing and directing feature films. He said, "While I've been making [Capitalism] I've been thinking that maybe this will be my last documentary. Or maybe for a while. I have been working on two screenplays over the last couple of years. One's a comedy, one's a mystery, and I really want to do this."
Some Moore fans are none too pleased with the idea, though. As Ruth Daniels, vice president for marketing for Detroit-area Emagine theaters put it, "It would leave us with a big loss if he stopped making documentary films. His documentaries do make quite a bit of money and he's paved the way for documentary movies to become mainstream. It will leave a void."
Still, Moore at least already knows how to put together an entertaining film, and it's plausible that his skills will translate to the world of feature film. About his documentaries he noted, "Humor is OK in a documentary. Before me, I was told it had to be castor oil. No, you're making a movie; you're making a piece of entertainment. You're asking someone to leave the house on a Friday night to go to a movie."
Could you see this working? Will the folks who dislike Moore just dismiss any effort on his part, right off the bat?
- Ben Stiller's getting this year's Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards. — The Futon Critic
- Apparently there's still hope for Shonda Rhimes's TV newscaster pilot. — New York Times
- Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb have joined Kevin James in romantic comedy The Zookeeper. — ComingSoon
- Danish director Ole Bornedal will direct the film adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel The Husband. — Variety
- Jay Leno says there's "underdog appeal" to his new role at 10 p.m. on NBC. — TV.com
- Michael Moore's new documentary feature about the global economic meltdown will be released domestically on Oct. 2, 2009. — ComingSoon
- VH1 has The Great Debate and Tool Academy 2 on its Summer slate, while MTV has Paris Hilton's My New BFF, America's Best Dance Crew, and The Real World. — The Futon Critic
- Jay-Z has officially left the Def Jam record label — Billboard
- Detroit: What does Michael Moore think? Maker of Roger & Me shares thoughts on automaker bailout. — Donklephant
- Congress: Big win for liberals? Henry Waxman has just ousted longtime chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, in a big win for environmentalists. — Talking Points Memo
- Obama: Did you miss 60 Minutes? Watch the Obamas' interview in 60 seconds. — 23/6
- Stevens: Let's have a round of applause for corruption? Ted Stevens makes farewell speech in the Senate, and received a standing ovation. – Politico
- Communists: Raul Castro sings for Chairman Mao? Cuban leader serenades Chinese president with a song about China's Cultural Revolution. — Shanghaiist
I go back and forth on the file sharing debate, unable to find solid footing on just one side of the issue. But when I heard that Michael Moore was releasing his new documentary online as a free download, and was even encouraging watchers to "share it or show it in any way you see fit," I thought "Okay, that works." But unfortunately, after the film showed up on torrent sites, letters of cease-and-desist were delivered to many users, sparking a geographical sharing debate.
Since Michael only owns the North American rights to the film, anyone trying to download the film from across the pond will be subjected to copyright infringement. Michael's reasoning on the file sharing issue is this: "What are 'geographical rights'? I'll say it for the hundredth time: If I buy a book and read it, and then give you the book to read, I have broken no laws. Why is that not true for all media?"
I tend to take Michael's side on this one: he made the movie, why can't he distribute it as he sees fit? Maybe I just don't understand the inner workings of movie making, but hey — that's why I'm behind a computer and not a camera!
- Leisha Hailey's Alice will headline the L Word spinoff. — Variety
- Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are adaptation now has an October 2009 release date. — ComingSoon
- Denzel Washington will star in the post-apocalyptic drama Book of Eli. — Zap2it
- Mitchell Hurwitz and Jason Biggs have teamed up for a CBS comedy. — Hollywood Reporter
- Kanye West might have another album out before the end of the year. — Billboard
- Austin Nichols of John From Cincinnati has booked a job on One Tree Hill. — TV Guide
- Gail O'Grady is the newest troublemaker on Wisteria Lane. — Entertainment Weekly
- Michael Moore will make his new documentary available online for free. — AP
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