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Angelina Jolie Discusses Filming Maleficent, Her Daughter's Role & Her Next Directed Project

May 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

The highly anticipated Maleficent had its big red carpet premier last night at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and is finally released today! Telling the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent explores the untold history of its classic villain and reveals the betrayal that turned her heart into stone. The vengeful multifaceted villain is one of Disney's biggest successes, oftentimes overshadowing the beloved princesses that always win in the end, and it's about time Disney told her side of the tale.... Read More

This Melting Metallic Sphere Will Mess With Your Mind

May 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

While there were a lot of cool things at the Frieze Art Fair in New York this year, Melter 3-D blew them out of the water. The animated sculpture by Takeshi Murata was debuted by Ratio 3 and is one of the coolest things we've seen in a long time. Technically a zoetrope, the metallic sphere gives off the illusion of melting liquid flowing across its surface. It looks so real that we have a hard time understanding how it could be a tangible art installation. ... Read More

The Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo: Renzo Piano’s Inviting Shelter

May 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art opened in 2012 in Oslo, Norway and in just two short years, it has evolved into one of the greatest contemporary art museums in Northern Europe. This emerging celebrity is due in part to its exceptional architecture created by the renowned Italian architect and Pritzker Prize winner, Renzo Piano. The location also doesn't hurt, since it is in the neighborhood of Tjuvholmen (translated as "thief island")  that's found on a small peninsula jutting out on the Oslo Fjord. ... Read More

American Idol Judge Keith Urban Spills Success Secrets and Family Stories

May 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Two competitors entered, but only one was left standing. American Idol finalist Caleb Johnson battled triumphantly over Jena Irene to become the show’s crowned winner this season. So now it’s just a matter of time until he earns a place in the Billboard charts just like platinum-selling artist Kelly Clarkson, or…as the singer in a Meatloaf tribute band playing Reno casinos.... Read More

Ryan Gosling's Lost River Directorial Debut at Cannes Finally Releases Trippy Teaser Clip

May 20, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Ryan Gosling is always all over Cannes Film Festival, whether he's supporting Drive or Only God Forgives, but this year he's there for the very first time as a director. Lost River (which was briefly titled How to Catch a Monster) is the Oscar nominee's directorial debut (he wrote it too) and will be screened today in the prestigious Un Certain Regard category. Trying to figure out what this movie is about hasn't been easy, with only a couple leaked images and a brief one sentence synopsis to go by. ... Read More

Jon Stewart's Filmmaking Debut Rosewater Acquired by Open Road for Fall 2014 Distribution

May 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

In case you've been living under a rock you probably already know that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart finally made his directorial and screenwriting debut with Rosewater, a feature film based on the New York Times best-selling memoir Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival by BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. The good news is that Tom Ortenberg, the CEO of Open Road Films, announced today that Open Road acquired the film's U.S. distribution.... Read More

Support Your Celebrity Obsession & Bid On Their Disposable Cameras for MIX NYC's #NakedEye Benefit

May 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Head over to eBay to bid on some pretty cool instant cameras that were used by over 150 celebrities, including our favorite (incredibly talented) nice guy Joseph Gordon Levitt. Put on by the nonprofit media arts organization MIX NYC, the disposable 35mm cameras are full of personal shots and selfies by whichever celebrity carried it around with them. Not only will you be the first person to actually see the photos, since they're not even developed yet, the cameras will also be signed by the celeb and the proceeds will be directly benefitting the foundation and its signature event, the New York Queer Experimental Film Festival.... Read More

Stand Aside Fifty Shades of Grey: 14 Mainstream Movies That Pushed Serious Sexual Boundaries

May 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Ever since the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey was announced, fans have been losing their minds over just how sexy the movie will be (newsflash, they want it really sexy). Last year producer Dana Brunetti voiced his interest in making two versions of the movie, one R-rated and one NC-17 — though now it seems that the film will be sticking with R. The buzz and controversy around the highly anticipated bondage flick made us think back on past mainstream titles that were almost too sexy for an R rating — and some that definitely were.... Read More

 
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