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Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed generations of celebrities in red carpet and evening gowns, has died after battling cancer at 82.

In the early 1960s, he came to fame dressing Jackie Kennedy, and founded an influential New York fashion house. Among the actresses who appreciated his glamorous red carpet gowns were Audrey Hepburn, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Stewart, Penelope Cruz and Jessica Chastain. One of his most recent commissions was Amal Clooney’s wedding dress.

His name was so synonymous with high fashion that an entire “Sex and the City” episode was based on the idea of Carrie Bradshaw receiving a knee-length red poufy dress from her boyfriend Aleksandr Petrovsky.

He can also be seen in 2009 documentary “The September Issue,” about the making of Vogue magazine’s huge annual fall edition.

Though his ruffles and slinky satin dresses were undeniably feminine, he told Elle magazine, »


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Eli Roth Boards ‘Cabin Fever’ Reboot

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eli Roth has come on board as an exec producer on the remake of his 2002 horror film “Cabin Fever.”

The remake stars Gage Golightly (“Teen Wolf”), Dustin Ingram (“Paranormal Activity 3″), Samuel Davis (TV’s “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker. It uses Roth’s original script, which follows a group of college students who rent a cabin for partying and fall victim to a flesh-eating virus.

The film started shooting this week in Portland, Ore. Cassian Elwes is executive producing along with Roth, Ike and Jaclyn Ann Suri, plus Peter Fruchtman and Gerald Fructman. Travis Zariwny (“Intruder”) is directing and Armory and Pelican Point Media are financing. Producers are Contend’s Evan Astrowsky — who produced the original film with Roth — and Armory Films’ Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros.

“Travis had an amazing vision for my original script, and, as a scary movie fan, I really wanted to see it, »


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‘Arrow’ Casts Vinnie Jones to Play Villain Brick

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The CW's “Arrow” has added yet another villain to its growing roster. British actor Vinnie Jones has been added to play the DC comic book villain known as Brick, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? On the show, Jones will portray Danny Brickwell, a notorious gang leader who brings down the Starling City government. Unlike the impenetrable skin his comic book counterpart possesses, Jones’ character will be known as “Brick” on the show because he's been shot multiple times and survived each attempt. Jones will appear in. »


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James Franco Allegedly Attacks Paparazzo at Lana Del Rey Concert—See the Pic

19 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

James Franco has come under fire after he reportedly tackled a paparazzo, who apparently wants justice following the alleged altercation.  The 36-year-old attended the Lana Del Rey concert on Friday night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where he was photographed gleefully running away from a shutterbug lying on the ground beside him with his left fist raised in the air.  While it's unclear what occurred between the two, an eyewitness tells E! News that Franco ran head first into the photog and tackled him football style, adding that the thesp was laughing but did not appear to be joking around.  TMZ reports that the paparazzo filed a report with the Lapd office on Saturday »


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Leslie Jones Promoted to SNL Featured Player

10 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Deadline reports that SNL staff writer Leslie Jones has been promoted to featured player ahead of this week’s Jim Carrey show. Jones became a writer for the show following the talent search in early 2014 that resulted in the hiring of Sasheer Zamata, but her guest spots on "Weekend Update" — from her relationship-advice segment on this year's season premiere to her controversial "No. 1 Slave Draft Pick” bit about slavery last May — proved that she can hold her own in front of the camera as well. Congrats, Leslie! »


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Why Bethenny Frankel's Return to Real Housewives of New York City "Finally Feels Right"

19 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Who says you can't go home? Well, Bon Jovi., but Bethenny Frankel is heeding the message! The Skinnygirl entrepreneur is heading back to Real Housewives of New York City for the show's seventh season, she confirmed to E! News Monday. The 43-year-old mother of one explained on her Bethenny.com blog why, "after many years of hesitation," she decided to "return to my roots" on the reality series. "Bravo and I have maintained an incredible partnership and relationship over the years, which is something I am very proud of and grateful for," she wrote. "It really is where it all began for me, and you can't forget where you came from." The health and fitness mogul »


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Italy’s Singing Nun Picks ‘Like a Virgin’ As Her First Single

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Rome – Italy’s singing nun, Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won “The Voice of Italy” in June, has released a cover of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” as her first single, ahead of a forthcoming album.

The 26-year-old Sicilian sister’s rather restrained cover of “Virgin,” softly sung against picturesque religion-themed Italian backdrops, while wearing her nun’s habit, crucifix around her neck, and plain black shoes, is bound to provoke some polemics, especially in Italy. And is clearly calculated to generate boffo sales.

In an interview with Italian catholic daily Avvenire, Scuccia said she “chose it with no intention to provoke or scandalise.”

“Reading the text, without being influenced by previous interpretations, you discover that it is a song about the power of love to renew people, to rescue them from their past,” she professed. “We have transformed this song from the pop-dance piece which it was, into a romantic ballad, »


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Matthew McConaughey Hopes the Redskins Don't Change Team Name

26 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Interstellar” star Matthew McConaughey doesn't want the Washington Redskins to give into public pressure and change the controversial name that has been deemed racist, but thinks the organization eventually will. “It's not going to hurt me. It's just … I love the emblem,” McConaughey told GQ in an interview for the November issue. “I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it's in the court of public opinion, it's going to change. I wish it wouldn't, but it will.” Also read: NFL Great Mike Ditka on ‘Stupid’ Washington Redskins Debate: ‘It's So Much Horse S–t, »


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Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara to Star in First Scripted Series on Cabler Pop

31 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The planned remodel for cabler Tvgn will include a scripted comedy series starring Sctv vets Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara.

The half-hour “Schitt’s Creek” will debut early next year as part of the relaunch of Tvgn as Pop, which is billed as catering to pop culture fanatics. The series distribbed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment will run concurrently on Canada’s CBC.

The loafers stars Levy as a former video store magnate who loses his fortune, forcing his family to move to the small town that he once bought as a joke for his son. O’Hara plays his actress wife. Levy created the series with his son, Daniel Levy, who co-stars with Chris Elliott and Annie Murphy.

“It took a very special project like ‘Schitt’s Creek’ to bring me back to television,” said Eugene Levy. “I’m thrilled to be reunited on-screen with my dear friend »


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Michael Keaton Honored by Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Michael Keaton, on the awards circuit for “Birdman,” will be honored at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 31 with the Modern Master Award. The 30th edition of the festival runs January 27-February 7.

The highest honor presented by the festival, it has previously been awarded to figures including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Jodie Foster, Diane Keaton, George Clooney, Will Smith,  Clint Eastwood and James Cameron.

“There is no actor more befitting of the Modern Master Award than the legendary Michael Keaton. His performance in ‘Birdman’ is tremendous, showing the range of decade’s long experience,” exec director Roger Durling said in a statement.

Keaton, who has a ranch in Santa Barbara, also recently appeared in “Penthouse North,” “Robocop” and “Need for Speed.”

 

 

 

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Awards: Modern Master Goes to 'Birdman' Star Michael Keaton

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The Modern Master Award, established in 1995, was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture via the motion picture industry. Keaton joins past recipients Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron. Keaton's career ranges far and wide, from Ron Howard's "Night Shift" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and "Batman" to his lauded performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s dark show business satire "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance." »


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'Daredevil' Star Charlie Cox Talks Netflix's "Darker" Matt Murdock: "He Can't Stop"

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Charlie Cox is seeing things clearly about what it takes to star as Matt Murdock in the upcoming Daredevil series.  "It's great fun, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility," he told reporters at the Theory of Everything premiere in New York City on Monday night. "I wasn't really aware of how vast the comic book world was until I became part of the Marvel universe. I went to Comic Con last week, and it's really important to a lot of people. It really is. I'm having a great time." The actor reiterated a bit about his

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Santa Barbara Film Fest: 'Birdman' Star Michael Keaton Tapped as Modern Master

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Michael Keaton, the star of last weekend's art house hit Birdman, will receive the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced on Tuesday. The 63-year-old, who in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's film plays a character who was once a movie star but now hopes to be seen as a serious actor, will be honored Jan. 31 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of the festival's 30th edition, which runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 7. Sbiff's Modern Master Award is the festival's highest honor. Established in 1995, it was created to celebrate "an

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Michael Keaton to Receive Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara Film Fest

31 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Birdman” star Michael Keaton will receive the Modern Master Award at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sbiff organizers announced on Tuesday. The Santa Barbara festival, which takes place in the coastal town an hour north of Los Angeles at the end of January and the beginning of February each year, gives out a number of awards at gala presentations that are used as de facto campaign stops during awards season. See photos: Ben Affleck Is Batman: 16 Actors Who Played the Dark Knight Before Him Keaton, whose performance in Alejandro G. Inarritu's “Birdman” has been hailed as a career-reviving turn that. »


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Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara Headline Pop's First Scripted Series ‘Schitt's Creek’

31 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara will headline Pop's first-ever original scripted series, “Schitt's Creek.” The network, currently known as Tvgn, will rebrand as Pop in early 2015. The network has ordered 13 episodes of the half-hour comedy. Slated to premiere in early 2015 as part of the network's launch, Levy will star with his son Daniel. The father-son duo co-created the comedy series through their production company Not a Real Company Productions Inc. See photos: 25 of ‘Seinfeld's’ Most Sponge-Worthy Guest Stars in Celebration of 25th Anniversary Exploring a modern twist on the rags to riches tale by flipping the script, “Schitt's Creek” »


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Spoiler Chat: Scoop on Glee, Revenge, The Good Wife, Parenthood, The Mindy Project and More

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Happy Spoiler Chat day! Isn't that what you call Tuesday?  We've rounded up your best TV-related questions, and given our best answers, and we hope you like.... Monica: I am having panic attacks thinking about whether the final season of Glee will be good. Any scoop? First of all: Breathe. I can tell you that Rachel will have a new job that is Mr. Schue's old job and one of her Bff's will join her in it! With everyone ending up back in Lima (here and there), everything is coming full circle. Also, all hope is certainly Not lost on Kurt and Blaine. And for anyone who didn't yet connect the dots between the engagement we teased, and Naya Rivera's spoilery tweet, yes Brittany and »


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Keira Knightley's Teenage Years: I Was a Goody Two-Shoes

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Keira Knightley may be one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars now, but her teenage years weren't nearly as exciting. "I didn't get into any [trouble]," she tells Sam Rockwell in an adorable game of 20 questions that they filmed in conjunction with their new movie Laggies (in theaters on Oct. 24). "That's the most boring thing in the entire world." Knightley, 29, didn't even cut any classes. "I was absolutely a goody two-shoes," she said. Rockwell, 45, cracked, "I was barely in school." In Laggies, Knightley plays a young woman who befriends a teenager (Chloë Grace Moretz) after she panics when her boyfriend proposes. She ends up spending a »


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Kate Middleton Makes First Public Appearance Since Announcing Pregnancy No. 2—See Her Tiny Baby Bump!

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Kate Middleton has that pregnancy glow—and looks like the fashion-forward picture of health, too! The Duchess of Cambridge made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy with royal baby No. 2. Prince William's wife, whose gray Alexander McQueen coat dress revealed just the tiniest hint of her bump, was forced to cancel a handful of appearances earlier in her pregnancy as she suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, but on Tuesday at London's Royal Garden Hotel, Kate was all smiles and appeared to be feeling just fine. Prince George's mum, who wore a stylish gray Jane Taylor hat to match her fitted frock, joined her hubby at the hotel to welcome Tony Tan, the President of the Republic of »


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Alan Cumming Tells His Side of the Shia Labeouf Cabaret Incident (Video)

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There are two sides to every story. And in the wake of Shia Labeouf's apology tour following his very public meltdown, one person involved in the incident hasn't been as vocal: Alan Cumming, the star of the live Broadway show Labeouf interrupted. But now comes Cumming's version of events, which ... actually isn't too different from Labeouf's. A guest on Conan Monday, Cumming told O'Brien that Labeouf was "just wasted" in the theater that night. "There was an atmosphere - when I went down to go onstage and start the show, everyone was freaking out, because there was, you know, »


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Nielsen and Adobe Join Forces to Measure Online TV, Video and Digital Content

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Nielsen and Adobe have teamed up to deliver the industry's first cross-platform system for measuring online TV, video and digital content across both the web and apps. The alliance will merge Nielsen's digital audience measurement product with Adobe's digital analytics, census data and online TV delivery platforms. The two companies will jointly market the officially titled “Nielsen's Digital Content Ratings, Powered by Adobe,” which the duo touts will measure audiences “accurately and consistently” across desktops, smartphones, tablets, game consoles and over-the-top boxes. Media companies and advertisers will be able to reap the results of the new partnership next year. Espn, »

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