Having long ago cemented his status as one of Hollywood’s true living legends, Steven Spielberg continues to make movies today. His latest, Ready Player One, is already a box office hit and fan favorite, earning an “A-” rating on CinemaScore. Will he ever stop making movies? Time will tell. But if he were to stop, he would do so without regrets, having accomplished more than he ever could have hoped for in the movie business. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)
Ready Player One is playing now in theaters everywhere.
No need for the Academy to reboot the Oscars ceremony this year — they’re bringing Jimmy Kimmel back for a sequel! After winning praise for his hosting duties on last year’s Academy Awards telecast, the ABC late-night host returns to once again host Hollywood’s biggest night. And it’s a big responsibility — with so many nominees and so many categories, Kimmel says he definitely needs to do his homework in order to do it properly. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jimmy Kimmel)
Warren Beatty has issued a statement after Sunday’s Oscar mishap during the Best Picture presentation. “Rather than for me to respond to questions from the press about the Academy ceremony,” he said in a statement to the Associated Press, “I feel it would be more appropriate for the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible.” The Academy has issued their apology, stating they “deeply regret” the incident, adding, “To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.”
Benedict Cumberbatch has landed another TV role, as he’s set to star in the limited series Melrose for Showtime and Sky Atlantic. The five-part drama is based on a series of novels by Edward St. Aubyn. The novels follow a character named Patrick Melrose, who undergoes a harrowing journey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and eventually makes a turn toward recovery. Each episode will cover several intense days within the character’s life, which also spans decades and locations, with the south of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and London in the early 2000s all providing the background.
Get your groove on, it’s time for the reveal of the cast for the 24th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. In a bit of cross-promotion, The Bachelor star Nick Viall is on board to take part. The A-Team‘s Mr. T, Glee ctress Heather Morris, Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles, Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan, Las Vegas entertainer Charo, Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’Erika Jayne, former SNL comedian Chris Kattan, bull riding star Bonner Bolton, former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross and NFL running back Rashad Jennings round out the cast.
This seems like a sitcom we can get behind. Happy Endings star Casey Wilson has been cast opposite Cougar Town‘s Busy Phillips as down-on-their-luck siblings in The Sackett Sisters. According to TV Line, 30 Rock scribe Luke Del Tredici is taking on the single-camera project, which centers on a pair of estranged sisters who perform a public act of heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together. Tina Fey will serve as the executive producer.
Just keep on talkin’! Chris Hardwick has inked a deal with AMC to host a weekly talk show. Hardwick already hosts Talking Dead, the post-Walking Dead recap show, for the network. According to TV Line, Talking With Chris Hardwick will premiere on Sunday, April 9 at 11PM ET, with the host sitting down for an hour long chat with people from pop culture. The show will reportedly air in the weeks that Hardwick is not hosting Talking Dead, which typically follows The Walking Dead and the Fear the Walking Dead spinoff.
Might we be seeing Bobby Moynihan‘s time at Saturday Night Live winding down? Deadline reports that the comedian has been cast as the lead in the CBS single-camera pilot Me, Myself & I. Moynihan is currently in his ninth season on NBC’s sketch comedy staple, but should the show get picked up, Moynihan would likely move on.
Former Ugly Betty cast member Ana Ortiz has landed a voice role in a still untitled sequel to the animated film Wreck It Ralph. According to The Tracking Board, Ortiz will have a small role in the film, which features the return of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer. Rich Moore, who directed the first movie, will co-direct the sequel with Phil Johnston.
On the big screen, Nicholas Hoult has just been cast in The Favourite, a period drama from The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos. According to Deadline, Hoult has been cast as Harley, a Tory Party leader during the reign of queen Anne. Past Oscar winners Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz have also been cast in the film.
One of Oscar’s most memorable moments came at the close of the evening, as La La Land was mistakenly announced by Faye Dunaway as Best Picture. That honor eventually went to Moonlight, and thankfully the La La Land crew were ever so gracious in processing this huge mistake.
Although PricewaterhouseCoopers claimed that presenters Warren Beatty and Dunaway were given the wrong category envelope, Stone added that she had been holding her Best Actress in a Leading Role card the entire time! Nevertheless, this blunder should not deter from the fact that La La Land and Moonlight were big winners at last night’s Oscars.
“I f**king love Moonlight,” said Stone. “God I love Moonlight so much! I’m so excited for Moonlight. Of course, it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land (be announced). We all would have loved to have won Best Picture but we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it’s one of the best films of all time.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Emma Stone humorously talk about a “creepy” little moment she had with her Oscar:
Tom Hanks again is a safe a bet for another Oscar nomination for playing Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s biopic drama Sully. Hanks is no stranger to Academy Awards having been nominated five times and winning twice for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. Hanks also has won numerous other awards for work in films.
While many think there is an extended break for actors during movie awards season, Hanks told us that’s not entirely true. The actor claims that movie awards season is an all year thing! (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hanks)