Topher Grace and Ashley Hinshaw Will Tie the Knot This Weekend
It's a Memorial Day weekend wedding! After getting engaged a year-and-a-half ago, Topher Grace and fiancée Ashley Hinshaw are walking down the aisle. The actors will wed on Sunday in a ceremony in the Santa Barbara area of California, People confirms. Grace, 37, and Hinshaw, 27, began dating in early 2014. Related Video: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Tie the Knot! No word whether Grace's That '70s Show costars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis will attend. Grace had to miss their July 2015 nuptials due to work commitments. Hinshaw, who appeared in the second season of HBO's True Detective, has just completed work on »
- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves
Director John Carney Criticizes Keira Knightley’s Acting in ‘Begin Again’
“I’ll never make a film with supermodels again,” he told the Independent in an interview published this weekend.
Knightley has indeed appeared in ad campaigns for big brands like Chanel, as well as on covers of major fashion magazines. She did, though, make a name for herself in acting first, with 1995’s “A Village Affair” marking her first film role.
- Alex Stedman
Did Sam Mendes Really Just Say He's Done With James Bond?
Sam Mendes has directed the last two James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, but is he ready to hang up his hat and move on to something else? He gave a speech this weekend that revealed all. Speaking at the Hay Festival Mendes indeed confirmed - he's done with Bond. But don't worry, he basically said it will all be Ok. The Telegraph reports him saying: “It’s not a negative. I’m a storyteller and at the end of the day I want to make stories with new characters. I also believe there are directors out there who can do the job every bit as well as me. And like me with Skyfall, it should come from a slightly unexpected direction. It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. It was a privilege, all the experiences were gobsmacking for me, but I think it’s time »
- Jill Pantozzi
Who Should Direct the Next James Bond Film? And What Should the Series Become?
It says a lot about where the James Bond series has been over the last few years that yesterday’s announcement by director Sam Mendes — that he is stepping down from the franchise after having directed two entries — was greeted by Bond fans from around the world with something less than a collective cry of dismay. Opinion will differ as to the sort of job Mendes did (some believe that “Skyfall” was a Bondian apotheosis; this critic did not), but one thing should be clear: After four films with Daniel Craig, in what was meant to be not just a “reboot” or a “relaunch” but a veritable reimagining of Bond for the 21st century, the series, overall, has not truly lived up to that billing. And that’s a serious fumble, since the kickoff film of the new era, “Casino Royale” (2006), was a Bondian apotheosis. I’m not alone in »
- Owen Gleiberman
‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Bombs Amid Johnny Depp Scandal
“Alice Through the Looking Glass” has all The Playing Cards stacked against it as it seeks to hold onto its head through the Disney sequel’s opening Memorial Day weekend. Heading into its domestic debut, it already didn’t look great for the film as critics lambasted it and early tracking set it up for a weak debut. But when news broke of domestic abuse charges filed against the film’s star Johnny Depp — just days before “Alice” opened in theaters — the timing couldn’t be worse. The film brought in an estimated $28.1 million through Sunday, making it an all out bomb. »
- Meriah Doty
Emmy Contender Pedro Pascal on ‘Narcos': Netflix ‘Isn’t Movies, It’s the Next Thing’
A version of this story first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s The Race Begins Emmy Issue. Pedro Pascal became a minor cult hero playing a high schooler memorably slain by TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and a bigger hero on the ultimate cult show “Game of Thrones” — a role he got after his old friend Sarah Paulson showed his iPhone audition piece to her pal Amanda Peet, who showed it to her husband, “GoT” co-auteur David Benioff, who cast Pascal as the talkative but deadly Red Viper, a standout role before his head was unceremoniously crushed. »
- Tim Appelo
‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Leads Anemic Holiday Weekend With $65 Million So Far
“X-Men: Apocalypse” has brought in an estimated $65 million from the holiday weekend box office so far. Up against mixed reviews, that number is much lower than grosses made from earlier movies in the 20th Century Fox mutant superhero series that opened on Memorial Day weekend. “X-Men: The Last Stand” amassed $102.8 million by Sunday in 2006 and “Days of Future Past” grossed $90.8 million by that day in 2014. Also Read: 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Leads Friday Box Office With $26.4 Million Still, the movie about a penultimate showdown with the powerful ancient mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), should easily top the box office by »
- Meriah Doty
Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Hits $65 Million, ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Flops
The latest X-Men adventure easily topped the weekend, earning an estimated $65 million. It is on pace to pull in over $76 million over the four-day spell. That’s a solid start, but a significant drop off from the $110.5 million that the previous mutant team-up, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” racked up over the 2014 Memorial Day holiday.
Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said he was “exceptionally pleased” with the results, and predicted that the film’s A-minus CinemaScore would set it up for repeat business.
“It’s a challenging marketplace, to be sure, but the domestic opening coupled with the international rollout puts us in terrific shape,” he said.
Overseas, “X-Men: Apocalypse” has made $185.8 million, which will bring its »
- Brent Lang
Italian Stage And Screen Actor Giorgio Albertazzi Dead at 92
Rome — Giorgio Albertazzi, the lionlike actor and director who was a leading light of the Italian stage for more than six decades but is best known to global French film lovers for playing the seducer with an Italian accent simply called X in Alain Resnais’ 1961 now classic “Last Year at Marienbad,” died Saturday in his native Tuscany.
He was 92.
The son of a bricklayer, Albertazzi was born in Fiesole, near Florence, where he studied acting and made his stage debut in 1949 with a small part in Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Troilus and Cressida,” directed by Luchino Visconti. He broke out on the international theatre scene in 1964 playing the lead in “Hamlet” at London’s The Old Vic Theatre directed by Franco Zeffirelli, one of his many Shakespearean roles over the years.
More recently Albertazzi toured internationally playing the emperor in the stage adaptation of Marguerite Yourcenar’s “Memories of Hadrian, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Film Review: ‘Women Who Run Hollywood’
The documentary film “Women Who Run Hollywood” from sister filmmaking team Clara and Julia Kuperberg (“This Is Orson Welles,” “John Ford and Monument Valley”) is only 52 minutes long. That is perhaps as eloquent a comment as this rather cursory Cannes Classics title makes about its hot topic — just try to imagine how many hundreds of hours a male-focused counterpart film would run to. But despite evident good intentions, and some excellent interviewees, it is a frustrating effort in many ways, not least of which is its slightly misleading title, which suggests a more contemporary than historical slant. Its more evocative French title translates as “And Women Created Hollywood,” riffing on Roger Vadim’s majestic 1958 monument to paternalistic sexism “And God Created Woman.” It would have been a more accurate and enticing choice.
Following a tried-and-true if largely uninspired format of talking heads and archive footage, “Women Who Run Hollywood” does »
- Jessica Kiang
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