Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting Actress gong for her role in 'Boyhood'.
Patricia Arquette has won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in Richard Linklater’s epic Boyhood, playing the role of Olivia Evans.
The 46 year old fended off strong competition from Laura Dern (Bobbi Grey in Wild), Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Sam Thomson in Birdman) and Meryl Streep (‘The Witch’ in Into The Woods).
2015's Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette (L) with her 'Boyhood' colleagues Ellar Coltrane and Richard Linklater
Continue reading: Patricia Arquette Wins Best Supporting Actress At 2015 Oscars
Despite what people might think from its overwhelming success thus far, 'Birdman' wasn't expected to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Now, however, it seems like that might just happen.
Last weekend's two guild awards threw a whammy into the awards season that no one quite saw coming. While the favourite actors picked up Screen Actors' Guild prizes for their acclaimed performances - Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything', Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice', J.K. Simmons in 'Whiplash' and Patricia Arquette in 'Boyhood' - it was the Best Ensemble prize that caused everyone to gasp: it went to 'Birdman'.
'Birdman' won the Best Ensemble cast award at the Screen Actors' Guild awards
The night before, at the Producers Guild of America awards, 'Birdman' had also won the night's top prize. Until now, 'Birdman' has only been seen as one of many to be gunning for the top spot. Now, things have changed: it's the front-runner; the film to beat on Oscar night.
Continue reading: 'Birdman' Becomes The Front-Runner In Oscar Race
Critics and audiences alike were impressed by Stone's performance, so the actress is staying on for two extra weeks.
Good news, musical theatre nerds! If you missed Emma Stone’s original run as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, her stay at the Roundabout Theater Company has been extended with two more weeks. Her final performance will be on February 19th. Tickets for the final weeks of performances are now on sale at the Roundabout Theater’s website.
Thanks to Emma Stone's success in Cabaret, The Roundabout Theater has extended her stay.
It’s no surprise that Stone is staying on in her role as the iconic Fraulein Sally Bowles, for which she’s received rave reviews since replacing Michelle Williams back in November. Stone’s name was originally attached to the production while it was in development, but she had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. This is Stone’s Broadway debut, but we might be seeing more of her onstage this year, as well as her roles in upcoming projects by Woody Allen and Cameron Crowe.
Continue reading: Emma Stone Extends Cabaret Run By Two Weeks
Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu continues to reject traditional narrative structures with this whizzy, ambitious exploration of celebrity, art and commerce. And the clever casting of Michael Keaton adds another layer of meaning to the whole film, which is shot as one long wildly entertaining single take and pointedly subtitled "The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance". Blackly hilarious and darkly emotional, this is an exploration of how show business can push a person to the brink of madness. And maybe knock them over the edge.
Keaton stars as Riggan, once a top movie star known for his three Birdman blockbusters. But he hasn't done anything notable since, and is now trying to reboot his career by directing, adapting and starring in a Broadway play based on a Raymond Chandler story. The problem is that no one will let him escape from the iconic superhero character he's best known for, least of all Birdman himself, who mentally haunts and taunts Riggan at every turn. Meanwhile in the theatre, Riggan locks horns with costar Mike (Edward Nortan), a controlling show-off brought in at the request of lead actress Lesley (Naomi Watts). As opening night approaches, Riggan and his producer-friend Jake (Zach Galifianakis) are also struggling with the demands of high-maintenance costar Laura (Andrea Riseborough), plus distractions from Riggan's daughter-assistant (Emma Stone) and ex-wife (Amy Ryan).
Inarritu and ace cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki tell this story as if it's one continuous snaky shot with the camera following Riggan through the maze-like backstage corridors, into the theatre and out into nearby Times Square streets. The virtuoso filmmaking is simply breathtaking, and it works perfectly because all of the characters are packed with pungent details and fully developed inner lives. The actors find all kinds of quirks that are both hilarious and darkly thoughtful, creating jagged interaction as they cross paths with each other, sparring riotously for attention. Every scene bristles with startling revelations and barbed jabs at the Hollywood system.
Continue reading: Birdman Review
Emma Stone looked super classy as she smiled and posed for photographers on her arrival outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York ahead of her appearance on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. The actress sported a clean bob cut, a smart black coat and sophisticated black dress with matching heels.
Michael Keaton has discussed his role in 'Birdman' and described himself as "unbelievably blessed" to have been involved.
Michael Keaton has spent most of his career on the fringes of Hollywood even after playing such iconic roles as Batman and starring in cult classic Beetlejuice. It's fairly easy to draw parallels between Keaton and the character he plays in his latest film, Birdman.
Michael Keaton stars in Birdman.
The 52nd New York Film Festival gave a showing of 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' on 11th October, 2014. Posing on the red carpet, was Edward Norton and his wife, former movie producer Shauna Robertson. Naomi Watts was also seen, as was Emma Stone, who both have parts in the film.
After the high of last year's Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen is back in playful mode for this rather goofy comedy, which only works for audience members willing to abandon their cynicism and just go with the flow. A solid cast makes the most of Allen's cleverly barbed dialogue, even if the performances and filmmaking sometimes feel a bit slapdash. And Allen's deeper existential themes add a hint of depth to the silliness.
It opens in 1928 Berlin, as the magician Stanley (Colin Firth) is convinced by his friend Howard (Simon McBurney) to travel to the South of France to debunk a young American mystic named Sophie (Emma Stone), who has a wealthy family in her thrall. Not only has Sophie convinced the matriarch (Jacki Weaver) that she can communicate with her dead husband, but she has also attracted the puppy-dog devotion of Brice (Hamish Linklater), the sweetly dim heir to the family fortune. But no matter how hard Stanley tries, he can't prove that Sophie is a fraud, and accepting her supernatural powers completely upends his relentlessly pessimistic view of humanity. Although it's even trickier to convince himself that he might be falling for Sophie.
Allen sets all of this up in a very simple way, prodding Firth to a hilariously ridiculous performance as a repressed Englishman for whom life has to be completely rational. Facing him off against Stone's young, free-flowing American is a bit obvious, but the script makes sure that their barbed banter overflows with witty repartee. This includes astute commentary on Allen's favourite theme: exploring the meaning of life through the contradictory blending of science, religion and human emotion. So even if the performances are rather oddly matched, Firth and Stone find some superb chemistry along the way. Although the snappiest role belongs to Eileen Atkins, as Stanley's beloved aunt, who has a wonderfully dry way of speaking the truth.
Continue reading: Magic In The Moonlight Review
Emma Stone was snapped on the red carpet at the opening of the 71st Venice Film Festival on Wednesday 27th August. The 'Birdman' actress looked beautiful in a plunging dark green gown and was sporting a new shorter haircut.
The 25 year-old actress will star in the Broadway musical from November 11th, until February 1st.
After several reports of being in "negotiations," Emma Stone is officially going to be the next Hollywood star to make her Broadway debut, as she is set to star in 'Cabaret' when Michelle Williams leaves the production on November 9th.
Stone will make Broadway debut in November
The Roundabout Theatre Company announced on Wednesday (Aug 20th) that Stone will start acting in the famous musical on November 11th, portraying the female lead Sally Bowles, who is an erratic British singer living in Berlin as World War II approaches.
Continue reading: Emma Stone's Broadway Debut In 'Cabaret' Is A Done Deal
We can't think of anyone better and apparently, neither could the producers.
Emma Stone on Broadway is something we’d very much like to see. Recent reports state that this may be happening soon. The Easy A actress is reportedly in talks to replace Michelle Williams in the Broadway revival of Cabaret. After conquering the big screen and thousands of internet folks’ hearts, it looks like Stone is skipping television to move directly into theatre.
Prepare to have all your entertainment dreams come true.
Stone was being considered for the starring role before the production launched, but Williams was chosen for the part instead. Now Stone might get her chance after all, as The New York Times reports that the star is in talks to replace Williams this fall. The news was officially confirmed by reps for the production soon after.
The 25 year-old actress will reportedly play the part of Sally Bowles, the character Michelle Williams is currently portraying.
Emma Stone is reportedly going to be the next Hollywood star to take her talents to a live stage production. The 25 year-old actress is in talks to make her Broadway debut in ‘Cabaret’ as Michelle Williams’ replacement.
Stone is set to replace Michelle Williams as 'Sally Bowles'
If Stone successfully lands this new role, she will be playing in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of the famous musical as Sally Bowles, the character Williams also took on in her Broadway debut.
Continue reading: Emma Stone Reportedly In "Negotiations" To Star In Broadway's 'Cabaret'
The man has been arrested and charged.
And in random mid week news, a man has been arrested after allegedly causing trouble on the set of Woody Allen’s new movie. Allen is currently filming on location near Brown University in Providence, for an as-of-yet untitled project to be released in 2015.
The untitled movie is due out sometime in 2015. Filming will continue as scheduled.
Officers of the local police department were called on the scene on Tuesday, August 5, after the suspect hurled a chair at security guards and ran off. He had previously arrived on the set and started asking “weird questions”about the movie's stars, who include Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey. The incident raises concerns about the security of the actors and everyone involved in the project, however the project will continue as scheduled.
Continue reading: Man Arrested After Invading Woody Allen Movie Set In Providence
20 years ago, Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton) played the iconic Birdman - a comic book hero for the big screen. Having watched his career dissolve in the intervening years, Riggan has adapted a Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and intends to direct and star in it as part of his big come back. In an attempt to show the world that he still matters, he ends up struggling most of all to prove his worth to both himself and his family. As troubles begin to emerge in the run up to the opening night, Thomas becomes haunted by his early fame, manifesting as a Birdman alter ego.
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Allen's influence isn't invisible but the critics have agreed: MITM is lacking something,,,
In ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ - the latest comedy from Woody Allen – Colin Firth applied his bumbling British charm to Stanley (alias: Wei Ling Soo), a British stage magician and master illusionist, brought to the French Riviera to showcase his talents in the 1920s. He is charged with unmasking Emma Stone’s Sophie, a so-called spiritualist who is suspected of exploiting a rich family with her faux clairvoyant ways.
Colin Firth and Emma Stone filming Magic in The Moonlight
Unfortunately, Allen hasn’t been able to create the same fervent critical buzz that surrounded his latest major project, Blue Jasmine. The reviews have been filed, and ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ currently holds a rotten rating of 55% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Continue reading: Critical Consensus: 'Magic In The Moonlight' Isn't Magical Enough
Bad news for fans of Spidey: there will be no new film featuring him until 2018.
The Amazing Spider 3 starring Andrew Garfield as the heroic webslinger was set to hit cinemas in 2016, but the title has been pushed back another years so audiences will have to wait a fair amount longer before the follow up to the second film, which came out earlier this year.
Looks like Spidey won't be swinging back into cinemas for quite a while
Continue reading: Spiderman 3 Release Pushed Back To 2018
Emma Stone has revealed that her late grandfather regularly visits her and leaves quarters everywhere for her to find
It’s quite possible that Emma Stone has it all.She blooming gorgeous with an absolutely beautiful (and surely extremely well-spoken as he’s British) boyfriend. Not only that but she can act and has a very impressive movie catalogue to prove it which includes the hilarious Superbad, the zombie film with a funny twist, Zombieland and the action-packed Amazing Spider-Man series.
Emma Stone appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman
But even those that seem most perfect on the outside still have ‘skeletons’ in their cupboards.
Continue reading: Is Emma Stone Really Being Haunted By Her Ghostly Relatives?
Swift's Rhode Island hoe-down boasted an enviable guestlist.
Taylor Swift has yet again proven her flair for getting people together after having hosted a star-packed yet sophisticated Independence Day bash at her Rhode Island mansion. Lena Dunham, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Hart of Dixie's Jaime King, indie star Ingrid Michaelson and Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr.
The country pop star made sure all of her fans knew she was hosting the fashionable guests by tweeting a "Family portrait" of herself with her friends. The shot, which has nearly amassed 500K 'likes' on Instagram, shows Swift with nine of her closest girlfriends, including Girls' Dunham, Szohr, and Stone.
All of Taylor's photogenic friends posed demurely for the team photo, apart from Lena Dunham who flashed her middle finger to the camera whilst frowning. The Girls star's fans know her for her rejection of typical Hollywood ideals and her outlandish, offensive pose is sure to make them love her a little more.
Could 'Birdman' be a 2015 Oscar contender?
Michael Keaton is back in action with a new film on the way entitled Birdman, which actually looks as strange as it sounds. But from the trailer Birdman also looks to be one of the most interesting and exciting movies of the year so far. It’s a black comedy which centers around an actor, once famous for playing a superhero, who now finds himself trying to rebuild his career. The trailer has just been released and while it doesn't give too much away it did leave us with plenty of talking points as we eagerly await its release this October.
Michael Keaton plays a former superhero in Birdman
1. This movie is crazy!
Riggan Thompson used to be a major movie star having played a much-loved onscreen superhero, Birdman, in his more prolific years. However, he's starting to believe he was just a one trick pony as he struggles desperately to get his Broadway debut underway having just written his first play. Things just don't seem to be going right for Riggin, however, when everything surrounding the production begins to fall apart and he has to cast a younger and cockier actor for the main role - a man he utterly abhors and feels he simply cannot work with. Not only that, but his personal life is also taking a massive blow and he must find a way to reconnect with his family so that, maybe, he can re-discover himself along the way.
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It looks like a return to form for Michael Keaton in "Birdman'. Check out the trailer below.
We always had a feeling that Birdman was going to be good. It has a lot going for it. Babel’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is behind the camera for a start – and the cast is probably one of the most impressive and intriguing line-ups in recent years: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galfianakis, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
Michael Keaton in 'Birdman'
Oh, and then there’s the plot. Birdman tells the story of a washed-up actor (Birdman) who once played an iconic superhero (Yeah, we know) and must overcome his own ego and family troubles as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have reportedly been engagement ring shopping in New York City. Are they are aren't they?
Reports are surfacing that our favourite Hollywood couple, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, are engaged. The pair have been dating for over two years and it’s being reported by Star Magazine that the couple were seen ring shopping in New York City…and it wasn’t just any old ring they were looking for!
Emma and Andrew were reportedly seen ring shopping in New York together last week
A source told Star Magazine: “They were looking for a loose emerald-shaped stone. They want to design an engagement ring together.” Nothing has been confirmed yet, but in the meantime it seems as though the couple will be moving in together in Los Angeles. It’s rumoured that they have been looking to buy a $10.5 million home together in the city. That’s just a cool $5.25 million each, so we doubt it will be anything too fancy. The Daily Star reported: “Andrew has been looking for somewhere in LA for ages but he believes he has now found a place that is perfect for them."
Stanley is a talented magician who goes by the name of Wei Ling Soo professionally, and he is also a renowned cynic. One day, an associate enlists him to help him expose a self-proclaimed spirit medium named Sophie living in the South of France and he decides to travel over, convinced that he will easily debunk her. Despite everyone around her insisting that she has displayed psychic abilities beyond anyone's comprehension, Stanley is determined to force her to reveal her deceptive secrets, but on meeting her it seems that he also is captivated. Extremely beautiful, Sophie becomes something of a love interest for Stanley and, in spite of his initial doubts, he too finds himself unable to explain some of the extraordinary feats Sophie is demonstrating, and he starts to wonder if the world really is full of magic.
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Emma Stone and Colin Firth thrive in 1920s France in this sophisticated and spellbinding comedy drama.
The trailer has been released for Woody Allen's bewitching new comedy drama, Magic in the Moonlight, which stars The Amazing Spider-Man's Emma Stone alongside The King's Speech star Colin Firth in a movie set in 1920s Europe.
Emma Stone Dazzles As The Bewitching Sophie In The 'Magic In The Moonlight' Trailer.
Set for release throughout summer and early fall 2014, Magic in the Moonlight stars Firth as Stanley, a man who poses as an Asian magician whilst secretly trying to debunk fake spiritualists. He is directed to the South of France where his assignment is to unmask a purported spiritual medium named Sophie (Stone), who has been mystifying people with her seemingly otherworldly skills.
Looks like Sony are serious about Spidey, if it's true
We know Sony are keen on stretching the Spider-Man web as thin as it’ll go, but will we really see another Spidey flick in-between now and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2016?
Spider-Man battles Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2
It’s all rumor, speculation and conjecture right now, but a report suggests that Andrew Garfield – the star of the franchise as the titular superhero - has been offered a multi-million dollar deal to play Peter Parker and his all-action alter-ego until 2020. What’s more, he's also contracted to appear in movies in 2015 and 2016.
Continue reading: Will We See Spidey Again Before The Amazing Spider-Man 3 In 2016?
Is it worth Sony bothering to make a further two 'Amazing Spider-Man' movies when 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' was panned by the critics?
Reviews have been a very mixed bag for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While fans of the franchise generally enjoyed the movie, the overall consensus was that it was entertaining, but just wasn’t quite up to scratch. The critics weren’t as kind as the fans. Anthony Lane from the New Yorker described the whole franchise as “running shockingly low on juice,” while Vulture’s David Edelstein outright said, “I think I’ll pass on The Amazing Spider-Man 3.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn't received as well as expected
Well, sadly for David Edelstein, as a film critic he probably doesn’t have much choice when it comes to passing on The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Or The Amazing Spider-Man 4, for that matter. Back in December 2013 (before the current installment was released), Sony announced that a further two Amazing Spider-Man films were in the works. The third movie is set to be released in June 2016, and various details have been hinted through a series of easter eggs and teasers.
Continue reading: Is It Worth Making 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3'?
"Neighbors" ended up with a record debut this weekend.
There were big changes in the box office chart this weekend, with Neighbors easily charging past the previous highest earner, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While Neighbors had one of the highest debuts for an original R-rated comedy with $51,1 million, Spider-Man’s domestic earnings suffered significantly. The superhero flick, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone only made aroumd $37,2 million at home over the Friday-Sunday period – an estimated 59% drop, according to Box Office Mojo. While the home figures are disappointing, the movie is making up for it overseas. To date, it's earned $147.9 million, and is on pace to finish between $210 and $220 million.
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron's collaboration is making a splash.
Neighbors, meanwhile, is following in the proud tradition of R-rated comedies and topped the debuts of hits like The Hangover, The Heat and 21 Jump Street. Seth Rogen in particular should be popping the champagne right about now, since the movie marks the highest grossing debut ever for a live-action Rogen movie ahead of The Green Hornet ($33.5 million).
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' has performed poorly with the critics - so why have Sony already commissioned two further movies?
You would have been forgiven for assuming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had been a monumental success. It's everywhere. Posters, trailers, merchandise. Sony have gone big with the sequel to Marc Webb's 2012 movie and with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti amongst the cast, you can bet your life this one was big, big, budget.
Andrew Garfield in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
But then there's the reviews. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ranks way, way lower than previous Spidey movies and with 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, is still 8% lower than the second lowest ranked movie - Sam Raimi's 2007 movie Spider-Man 3. Next comes The Amazing Spider-Man, which introduced Garfield as the webbed hero and nabbed 73% from critics. Raimi's original movie Spider-Man scored 89%, though the superb sequel landed a stunning 93% in 2004 with the unrivalled Alfred Molina as villain Dr Octavius.
Continue reading: With 55%, 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Is The Worst Spidey Movie Yet
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone continue to avoid confirming they are indeed a couple.
Spider-man stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have been dating for nearly three years and have worked to keep their relationship private. So they've been struggling lately to dodge questions while out on promotion duties for the film's release. The best thing they can do about it is turn the questions into a joke.
Andrew Garfield as 'The Amazing Spider-Man' 2
At last month's London premiere, Garfield went all cagey. "Who's my girlfriend?" he said when a journalist asked. "You're making an assumption about my personal life, and my personal life is not public property." All he would admit was that, yes, "we're acting together".
Continue reading: The Amazing Spider-Man 2: A Real-Life Couple
A record breaker this isn't, but it should still make Sony a sizeable profit.
Despite heavy promotion, The Amazing-Spider Man 2’s box office outlook going into the weekend isn’t too impressive. The film opens in 4000 theaters this weekend, and while the film has a good enough chance of coming on or near the top of the chart, it’s not likely to match the earlier success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - It's not perfect, but it's good enough, say critics.
The 2012 Sony reboot made a respectable $262 million and although it didn’t match the viral success of the Toby McGuire era, it still set up nicely for the new franchise. This time around, Andrew Jackson’s Peter Parker faces a whole merry band of villains, which reviewers say hurts the story somewhat. But despite generally ambivalent reviews, Spider-Man remains a recognizable enough character to draw in the crowds.
Emma Stone may be our new favourite actress. Why, you ask? We'll tell you.
We’re just going to go right ahead and say this, we may love Emma Stone as much as we love Jennifer Lawrence! Quite a claim, but we think we can back it up. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actress gets more loveable each time she makes an appearance, she can do no wrong in our eyes. Her lip syncing stint on Jimmy Fallon the other night just totally sealed the deal. Syncing to Blue Traveler’s Hook and DJ Khaled’s All I do is Win, Emma had us in stitches. Even Jimmy found it hard to contain himself, having to really pull it together to perform his second song.
We're huge fans of Amazing Spider-Man 2 actress Emma Stone
She loves the Spice Girls as much as we loved the Spice Girls
Continue reading: Here's Why We Love 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Actress Emma Stone
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' stars Emma Stone and Paul Giamatti made their entrances on the red carpet at the New York premiere of the movie. The actors play Spider-Man's love interest Gwen Stacy and his nemesis The Rhino, respectively. Emma certainly stood out in a floor-skimming, white, Grecian gown.
The film isn't perfect, but there's a lot to love about this sequel.
It must be pretty frustrating for American fans of the Spider-Man franchise who are left drumming their fingers on the table waiting to be the last country to experience this Marvel superhero sequel. With only two days to go, the excitement towards Marc Webb's epic action movie is palpable and it will all be worth it - if you listen to what most critics are saying.
In All, 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Has Gone Down Well With Critics.
A jam-packed movie sees Peter Parker (Adnrew Garfield), AKA Spidey, battle a vicious wave of new foes, including Jamie Foxx's super-charged villain Electro and Dane DeHaan's wicked Green Goblin. However, young Peter has a tricky balancing act to do, making sure that his Aunt May (Sally Field) is kept in the dark about his powerful alter-ego and that his relationship girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is maintained despite the relentless onslaught of baddies.
Continue reading: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Gets Thumbs-Up: Are You Ready USA?
The 25 year-old actress easily beat the chat-show host when going head-to-head in a hilarious segment on 'The Tonight Show'.
Emma Stone is already known as a phenomenal actress, but she does have other talents.
The 25 year-old showed that she can pull off a very convincing lip-syncing act while appearing on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'
On Monday (April 28th), Stone went head-to-head against the chat show host in the hilarious segment where each individual had to mime a song of their choice.
As with the too-early franchise reboot in 2012, this sequel struggles to balance the demands of a teen romance with a superhero blockbuster. The interpersonal storylines are sharply written and skilfully played by the gifted cast, but the eye-catching effects sequences feel like little more than a shiny distraction. Action fans will love the way digitally animated Spidey swings more realistically than ever down the streets of New York, but the fact remains that these scenes are cartoons. And a new template is badly needed for this genre.
It kicks off as Peter (Andrew Garfield) nearly misses his high school graduation to save the city from another crazed nutcase. His girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) is fed up, and then crushed when Peter breaks up with her because he's worried about her safety. So she considers taking a place at Oxford University to get away. Meanwhile, Peter is also trying to understand the truth about why his parents (Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz) left him to be raised by his Aunt May (Sally Field). But he's interrupted from all of this by the arrival of old pal Harry (Dane DeHaan), back in town to inherit the family business from his dying dad (Chris Cooper) and in need of moral support from Peter.
In each of these three plot strands, Peter faces a significant dilemma that's beautifully played by Garfield as a cheeky, good guy who worries about the darkness all around him. And there's also a nefarious side-plot trying to take over the movie, as nerdy technician Max (Jamie Foxx) is transformed by an electric shock from Spider-man's biggest fan to a spark-emitting villain called Electro. This shift doesn't make sense on any level, and Harry also has a sudden personality change that's badly under-explained, forcing the film into a series of huge action showdowns along with a completely irrelevant aside about two colliding airplanes that feels tacked on to up the human stakes.
Continue reading: The Amazing Spider-man 2 Review
Taylor Swift has more celebrity BFFs than most of us have pairs of underwear. But who does she count among her celeb posse?
Taylor Swift is like the girl at high school who knows absolutely everybody, but you're not quite sure how. She seems to move just as easily from friendship group to friendship group just as quickly as it takes for her to say, “Hey girlfriend!” But who does Taylor Swift count among her many celebrity BFFs?
Taylor has more celebrity BFFs than she has American Music awards!
Taylor and Selena Gomez are always snapped together at various awards ceremonies. The pair originally met backstage at a Jonas Brothers’ concert and have became fast friends. “So much about our lives have changed over the last couple of years, but our friendship has stayed the same”, Taylor has said. Although she’s not the best option to give boyfriend advice, perhaps Taylor can offer Selena some wise words when it comes to her beau, Justin Bieber.
Continue reading: The Many Celebrity BFFs Of Taylor Swift
Spider-Man is Jewish, according to Andrew Garfield.
He's The Amazing Spider-Man, and he's very much Jewish - this according to the man that plays the superhero in the latest franchise, Andrew Garfield. The British-American actor, who was brought up Jewish, suggests that Spidey's neuroses are a sure-fire sign that the character is culturally Jewish.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Hits In May
"Spider-man is neurotic. Peter Parker is not a simple dude. He can't just switch off," Garfield told Time Out. "He never feels like he's doing enough. And Peter suffers from self-doubt. He ums and ahs about his future because he's neurotic. He's Jewish. It's a defining feature." Whether or not Spider-Man is of Jewish religion has been the subject of feverish internet speculation for years, but it seems Garfield, 30,has already made up his mind.
Continue reading: Spider-Man Is Jewish. Because Andrew Garfield Says So.
The Amazing Spider-man 2 has a lavish world premiere in London, while Draft Day hits New York and The Railway Man premieres in L.A. Jennifer Aniston and Saoirse Ronan are photographed shooting their new films. And trailers promise comedy and thrills in Shaun the Sheep, Earth to Echo and Home...
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and director Marc Webb were all in London to walk the red carpet at the world premiere of The Amazing Spider-man 2 on Thursday. The film opens next week in Britain, and in America in May. Browse through our photos from the World Premiere of The Amazing Spiderman 2 held at the Odeon Leicester Square.
Over in Los Angeles, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Chadwick Boseman, Ellen Burstyn and Frank Langella turned up for the premiere of the American football drama Draft Day. And in New York, it was Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine who appeared at the premiere of their new movie The Railway Man. Both films open this weekend across America. Look through our photos from the premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'Draft Day' at the Regency Village Theatre, Los Angeles.
Reviews are beginning to crop up on the internet for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'. What's the initial consensus and what can we expect when the film is finally released in May?
We still have about three weeks to wait until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 finally hits the big screen but we’re already bursting with anticipation. The photos and trailers that have been gradually trickling through have really managed to whet our appetites! We predict that this one is going to the best of all the spider-man movies that have been released over the past 12 years or so (sorry Tobey!), if only because Dane DeHaan’s green goblin looks absolutely freaking terrifying! The chemistry between Garfield and Stone is always palpable when they’re in a scene together as well, it’s part of what gives the franchise its magic.
The promotional shots for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 look exhilerating
Although there’s still a while to wait, a few reviews have started to circulate the web (get it?!), we thought we’d gather them all up and see what they have to say. We’ll try and put a good spin on it! We’re just firing out the spidey puns left, right and center today.
Continue reading: Just How Good Will 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Be?
The movie's over-abundance of villains is made up for with on-screen chemistry and savvy direction.
The Amazing-Spider Man 2 is out in the UK on April 16, more than two weeks ahead of its US premiere. However, thanks to the magic of press screenings, the reviews for it have already made their way online – most of them positive.
Jamie Foxx's character seems to be a major selling point of the movie.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Leslie Felperin is mostly impressed with Garfield’s second outing with Spider-Man, even if the film is a bit too packed with villains. “The eponymous hero hits his super-heroic stride here, as does Andrew Garfield in the role, especially when Spider-Man's alter ego Peter Parker learns there's always some fine print in a contract with this many benefits,” Felperin writes. “Likeable as a lollipop” Emma Stone also gets a commendation, as does Jamie Foxx, playing a perfectly maniacal, pushed to the brink Electro: “Even under all the prosthetic make-up and visual effects, Foxx manages to project a literally white-hot rage and damaged psyche that threatens to upstage the core romantic plot about Peter and Gwen's relationship.”
Emma Stone Wednesday 7th May 2008 5th Annual Candies Foundation 'Event To Prevent' Benefit, held at Cipriani New York City, USA
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