Hollywood dumps romantic comedies for raunchier laughs
Photograph by: TIZIANA FABI , AFP/Getty Images George Clooney and Helen Mirren are among a host of Hollywood stars named as potential witnesses in a bitter legal case in which the actorsa union is being accused of failing to properly distribute up to $130 million in payments to its members. More than two dozen people, including Julie Andrews, Colin Firth, Justin Timberlake and Natalie Portman, are included on a list of possible witnesses in the case brought against The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA.) The case is being pursued by Ed Asner, 83, a former union president in the 1980s. Asner has won more Emmys than any other male actor and became a household name in the 1970s playing Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. More recently, he voiced the lead character in Disneyas animated film Up. More than a dozen fellow plaintiffs, who together call themselves The United Screen Actors Committee, have joined the suit. They include Clancy Brown, who played the bullying prison guard Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption, and others who have worked on TV series including The West Wing, The X-Files, Beverly Hills 90210, and Murder, She Wrote. The list of stars named as potential witnesses also includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Carol Burnett, Ozzy Osbourne and Harry Connick Jr, along with representatives of the estates of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Heath Ledger. The union, which is adamant it has done nothing wrong, collects residual payments when films and television episodes starring its members are shown outside the United States. Payments are distributed on a quarterly basis to any performer who has accrued at least $10 in foreign payments. In lengthy legal submissions Asner and his fellow plaintiffs refer to an aextreme web these parties have woven to steal money that rightfully belongs to US performersa. They accuse SAG-AFTRA of asecretinga money in a trust, generating millions in interest, for more than a decade and claim that the amount has askyrocketeda to more than $130 million. The actors also say the unionas claim that it was hindered by an aantiquated computer systema were asuspect,a and that it has spent millions updating computers.
Hollywood actor Brad Pitt meets World War II hero who has NO IDEA who he is
The multilingual star will be seen as a US marine officer in Simon West’s Hollywood film Night of the Living Dead: Origins. Of Hollywood, the actor said: “Their market and technology is completely different from ours. I don’t think Indian stars have the bandwidth to go struggle and give screen tests there, leaving everything behind here.” Nevertheless, there’s something about Hollywood actors that makes Maddy jealous! “I think the only thing which I am jealous about is that if I was an actor in Hollywood, with all the hit films which I have, I won’t have to work for another day in my life. Even if an actor has two hits in his life in Hollywood, he will never be poor,” he said. Not only are the payments enhanced but so are the budgets of the films. “Technology-wise we are almost there. But the budgets over there are high (higher). It is very tough for us to make those kinds of films in our kind of economy. But even now we do make international level films,” said the 43-year-old actor. He has finished shooting Night of the Living Dead: Origins, a zombie film. “It has been a huge learning experience and it was very exciting.
Hollywood stars named in bitter legal battle for overseas film payments
where the story-telling structure is different and doesn’t end with a woman and man just being happy,” said Lucas Shaw, film writer at TheWrap.com. COURTING MALE AUDIENCES Instead of romance, the fall season will see comedies such as “Bad Grandpa”, starring “Jackass” comedian Johnny Knoxville about an 86-year-old man traveling across America with his 8-year-old grandson, and “Last Vegas,” where four aging friends head to Sin City for a weekend of debauchery. The latter echoes the premise of the “Hangover” franchise spawned from four friends on a wild weekend in Las Vegas, with three films making more than $1 billion at the global box office. One romantic comedy vying for audiences this fall is British film “About Time,” about a man who can time travel, written and directed by Richard Curtis, the man behind hit romantic comedies including “Love Actually” and “Notting Hill.” The film starring Rachel McAdams has a 65 percent approval rating on review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com, but will go up against Marvel’s superhero sequel “Thor: The Dark World” and drama “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and is likely to have low expectations at the box office. “Studios don’t seem to be courting female viewers as much as they should be. Too many of the movies this year are aimed at a younger male audience like (December’s) ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’,” Shaw said. What’s more, even female-led comedies such as 2011’s “Bridesmaids” and this summer’s “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, have shied away from cinematic romance traditions and instead shown women behaving badly, a popular theme at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Shaw said it is reflective of women wanting to tell stories where they’re not always a damsel in distress or the sweet girl next door. But one director, fearing the demise of romantic comedies, was eager to bring it back. “I wanted to do the rom-com, I think it’s the dying genre, and then add more comedy,” Jerusha Hess, director of indie comedy “Austenland,” told Reuters. Like in “Don Jon,” unrealistic expectations form the crux of “Austenland.” Jane Hayes, a shy woman in her thirties obsessed with the works of 19th century British novelist Jane Austen, embarks on a “pilgrimage” to Austenland, a manor where all residents and visitors must abide by 19th century British manners, and finds herself with two suitors. The film came out in the U.S. in August and in U.K. theaters on Friday. “She’s just had this arrested development …
He said: Mr Pitt was very friendly and charming actually but I didnt know who he was. I said to him Until last night I didnt have a clue who you were and then I googled you and youve been in quite a lot of films. They all rolled about laughing when I said that. I dont do modern films. I am a fan of actors like Alec Guinness, but of course he is dead now. Peter, the last Second World War survivor of the 13/18th Royal Hussars, was assigned to the Sherman tanks at just 21 years of age. He landed at Sword Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944 with the tanks going into the water 500 yards from the shore – something the Germans had not seen before. By the end of the day, 140 of his colleagues were killed and 350 more were wounded. In the new wartime thriller, which is being made in Hertfordshire, Pitt plays the commander of a DD Sherman tank. Peter from Ripple, near Dover, Kent, said: My regiment, the Light Dragoons, got in contact with me about three weeks ago. Theyd been approached by an ex-officer who worked for a film company and asked if there were any old boys left. Then Brad Pitt phoned me and said he wanted to speak about Sherman tanks for a film. He talked me into going and, I have to say, I was extremely well treated. They wanted a lot of information to make it accurate and fired a lot of questions at me. Luckily there werent any questions I didnt know the answer to.