The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday the launch of a service allowing users of iPads and iPhones to access hundreds of movies via the Internet cloud. "Disney Movies Anywhere" is being offering as an app for Apple devices which "enables consumers to discover, purchase, manage, and watch movies from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel at home and on the go." "Disney Movies Anywhere offers an exceptional consumer experience built around some of the most beloved and popular entertainment brands in the world," said Alan Bergman, president of Walt Disney Studios. "This unique technology underscores Disney's commitment to meeting our consumers where they are with the content they want, and we're thrilled to debut with iTunes, the number one digital media retailer in the world."
The British actor is in line to play both Ronald and Reginald Kray, identical twin brothers who made a name for themselves as some of the most powerful gangsters in London's East End in the 1950s and 1960s. Thirty-six-year-old Tom Hardy could take both of the title roles in "Legend," a feature in development at Working Title, according to Screendaily.com. The crime drama will be written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar in 1998 for adapting James Ellroy's novel "LA Confidential" into the classic crime drama. Members of The Firm, the Kray brothers ruled over London's East End in the 1950s and 1960s, rubbing elbows with politicians and movie stars alike in their nightclubs.
Even Angelina Jolie has self-doubt when it comes to her career. The 38-year-old actor/director, and mother of six, is speaking out about her third directorial effort, "Unbroken," about former Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini, who helped changes the star's life. "I imagine that for the last 10-something years, he's been sitting there having a coffee in the morning and wondering who's going to make this movie," Angelina said in an interview with Tom Brokaw that aired on the "Today" show on Tuesday.
Walt Disney Co has launched Disney Movies Anywhere, a service for consumers to buy and watch Disney, Pixar and Marvel films online and store them in the cloud, in the latest bid by a Hollywood studio to encourage digital movie purchases. Disney, like other Hollywood studios, is trying to boost digital sales after consumers moved away in recent years from buying DVDs, cutting a lucrative source of revenue. The media company said in a statement it launched the new service on Tuesday, coinciding with the digital release of Disney's blockbuster animated movie "Frozen." The service allows consumers to buy digital movies from a library of more than 400 titles through Apple Inc's iTunes store and the Disney Movies Anywhere website and app. The purchased movies can be watched on a laptop or desktop computer, or on Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Disney said.
"Les Miserables" and "Mean Girls" star Amanda Seyfried is to feature opposite Mark Wahlberg in Seth MacFarlane's naughty bear sequel "Ted 2." Wahlberg returns as John, with MacFarlane to reprise his role as living plushie Ted, though Mila Kunis is not expected to feature prominently, "if at all," according to Deadline. In May Seyfried appears in another MacFarlane comedy, "A Million Ways to Die in the West," and she is attached to James Mangold's "Three Little Words" due later this year.
By Dan Whitcomb and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California state senator pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges he took bribes from a businessman as well as from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood film executives to shepherd legislation in their favor. Ron Calderon, a Democrat and a member of a California political dynasty that goes back several decades, had turned himself in earlier in the day to face two dozen counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. But Calderon's attorney, Mark Geragos, asked the public not rush to judgment against his client, who he said remained in relatively good spirits despite trying circumstances. The senator's brother, Tom Calderon, a former member of the California State Assembly, was also named in the indictment and charged with conspiracy and seven counts of money laundering.
Comedy actor and director Harold Ramis, best known for films such as "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day" and "Caddyshack," died at his home in Chicago at the age of 69 of complications from a rare vascular disease, his agent said on Monday. He passed away from complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis," said Chris Day, a spokesman for the United Talent Agency in Los Angeles. "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis," tweeted actor Dan Aykroyd, who co-starred with Ramis in the 1984 film "Ghostbusters." Ramis played Dr. Egon Spengler in the Ivan Reitman cult comedy "Ghostbusters," which also starred actor Bill Murray. "Harold Ramis and I together did 'The National Lampoon Show' off-Broadway, 'Meatballs,' 'Stripes,' 'Caddyshack,' 'Ghostbusters' and 'Groundhog Day.' He earned his keep on this planet.
The most valuable piece of hardware in Hollywood is the 13-and-a-half-inch (34-cm) golden Oscar statuette, so it is no surprise recipients of the top film honors keep theirs in a variety of safe spots. Emma Thompson, a two-time winner for "Howards End" and "Sense and Sensibility," has stowed her Oscars in the bathroom, or rather loo, of her London abode. And it's nice for them to have a go, pick them up." Cate Blanchett, a frontrunner for best actress for her role in "Blue Jasmine" for this Sunday's Academy Awards, has to pay to see her Oscar from "The Aviator." "My Oscar is in a film museum called ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Melbourne," the 44-year-old star said. "I get to pay a ticket and go see it every now and again." Winners of the 2,809 Oscars awarded so far may opt for the more mundane living room, like Charlize Theron for her "Monster" Oscar, or the office, the home for George Clooney's two awards for "Argo" and "Michael Clayton." But Jennifer Hudson created an award wall and put her statuette for "Dreamgirls" in a starring role.
"I feel that this year is more exhausting than ever," said Tim Gray, the awards editor at trade publication Variety, noting the number of high-quality films among the best picture nominees. This year, nine films will compete for the best picture Oscar, which will be handed out on March 2 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. "I think it works on the supposition, 'Leave no stone unturned,'" he said, noting how stars and directors have been attending screenings and question-and-answer sessions, sometimes more than one per day, to reach some 6,000 Oscar voters.
By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Now they know how big the show is and how much people care, but the producers of the Oscars aren't making any apologies for their maiden effort running Hollywood's biggest show last year or the provocative humor of its host, Seth MacFarlane. Despite some harsh reviews from TV critics, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron pulled in the largest U.S. audience in three years, a ratings bump in the 18-49 demographic coveted by TV networks and, perhaps most importantly for them, a second chance to show what they could do. For this year, the producers have teased a homage to movie heroes, like Erin Brockovich, Harry Potter and Nelson Mandela, and a heavy dose of hit Oscar-nominated songs by hot artists, including Pharrell Williams and U2. Ellen DeGeneres, comedian, day-time talk show maven and soon-to-be two-time Oscar host.
Actor Alec Baldwin said New York City's tabloid media culture was forcing him to move out of town after a series of headline-grabbing incidents he was involved in last year, according to an article published on Monday. "I probably have to move out of New York," Baldwin said in a New York Magazine article. "I just can't live in New York anymore." Emmy-award winning Baldwin, who was repeatedly portrayed in press accounts last year as a hot-headed homophobe and bigot, struck out at prominent gay journalists who had criticized his behavior. Baldwin described columnist Andrew Sullivan and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper as the "Gay Department of Justice" after both men publicly criticized his alleged behavior and language.
Lauded at the Busan, Marrakech and Rotterdam film festivals, "Han Gong-ju" promises a troubling tale for its high school cast. Shooting for international distribution with its latest English subtitled trailer, "Han Gong-ju" is named after the film's main character, a 17-year-old student transferred to a new school. "Han Gong-ju" was an audience favorite this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it received a Hivos Tiger Award, while Martin Scorcese's Marrakech jury gave it the festival grand prize, the Golden Star.