Where’s the love for Oprah in The Butler? And only one nod for Orange Is the New Black? See the Golden Globe nominations—and what this all means for the Oscars.Anne Marie Fox/The Weinstein Company
2013’s awards contenders are bleak, brutal, and hard to watch. So thank Disney for this charming crowd-pleaser that’s practically flawless.François Duhamel/Disney via AP
He was arrested for graffiti, but Clayton Pettet won't rest until the world sees his art. And by art, we mean he's going to lose his virginity in front of a live audience.
A gay art school student, who plans to lose his virginity in front of a live audience, has been arrested in London while promoting the show.
Clayton Pettet (Via Tumblr)
Clayton Pettet, 19, who was warned that his performance art piece could breach decency laws, told The Daily Beast he had been picked up by police officers after taking an unconventional approach to publicity. He was caught by officers after spray painting the date of the event on a billboard in East London.
Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker Steve James (‘Hoop Dreams’) will premiere his upcoming documentary ‘Life Itself,’ about the life and times of late film critic/icon Roger Ebert, at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In a Daily Beast exclusive, here is his open letter about the film, which is currently seeking crowdfunding.
I am deeply honored to be making Life Itself, a documentary on the life of Roger Ebert, and to have had the full cooperation and enthusiasm of Roger and his wife, Chaz.
Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel first championed my film, Hoop Dreams, which was essential to its success. Roger remained a great supporter of my work throughout my career and I’ll never forget him tweeting about The Interrupters right before its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. Martin Scorsese and Steve Zaillian also felt a special bond to Roger Ebert, crediting his help in propelling their careers, which is in part why they wanted to come on board as creative executive producers.
We started filming in December 2012. Roger and his wife, Chaz, courageously opened up their private lives to our filming as they never have before. No one could have known then that Roger would be with us for only four more months, but his undiminished will and enthusiasm were inspiring.
On the seventh anniversary of the death of music pioneer Ahmet Ertegun, Peter Brown, a former member of the Beatles core management, reflects on his friend’s legacy.
December 14 marks the seventh anniversary of the death of Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend who left a remarkable imprint on the world. The whole idea of Ahmet—son of a Turkish diplomat, race relations pioneer, rock-and-roll impresario (he did manage to get Led Zeppelin to reunite in tribute to him, albeit posthumously)—is so unlikely it can be said he could only have happened in America.
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Ahmet arrived on America’s shores nearly 80 years ago. As a young man growing up in the rarified world of Washington diplomacy, his worldview was shaped not by politics but by the exciting new music humming from the black neighborhoods of his heavily segregated new home city. To African-American musicians of the era—from Duke Ellington to Count Basie—Washington’s Howard Theatre and the rest of “Black Broadway” was ground zero for the emergence of the uniquely American idea of jazz as well as its glorious offspring—rhythm and blues and, later, rock-and-roll.
They may be small, but they’ll kick your ass on the green. Netflix’s first documentary, ‘The Short Game,’ follows golf’s best 7-year-olds as they battle for supremacy.
As the nation patiently awaits the release of Mitt, Netflix has another treat in store—one that’s equally fun but half the size.
Zamokuhle Nxasana in Netflix's "The Short Game." (Netflix)
The Short Game, produced by Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (livestreaming on Netflix starting today), follows eight 7-year-old golfers as they prepare to compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Referred to as the “superbowl of kids golf,” it’s the pinnacle tournament for young golfers, bringing together 1500 players from 60 different countries—all under the age of 8. With a strict 365-days-a-year training schedule, the miniature pros literally eat, sleep, and breathe golf. All in the hopes of coming out the victor of the three-day August tournament.
The film is as eye opening about the world of kid’s professional sports as it is about kids in general. Failure isn’t an option, until they learn that it’s inevitable.
If the topic doesn’t capture you—the kids will.
Plunging necklines, over-the-top wigs, and a really bad comb-over steal the show in David O. Russell’s new film.
Hustling is all about “starting from the feet up,”as David O. Russell’s new film American Hustle reminds its audience numerous times. Between Amy Adams’s plunging necklines and Christian Bale’s terrifying, come-over, clearly the catch-phrase was referring to one’s look. American Hustle focuses on transformation, both internally and externally, of the characters as they embark on a series of scandals in the midst of the glitz and glamour of the 1970s. Amongst the characters performances are decadent costumes, over-the-top wigs, and too much leather, fur, and slinky cuts to count. Costume designer Michael Wilkinson and lead hair stylist Katherine Gordon tell The Daily Beast what it took to make American Hustle’s characters come to life.
Sydney Prosser (played by Amy Adams)
Wilkinson: I fell in love with Sydney; she had such an incredible and powerful arc and personal journey throughout the film. She has about 40 costumes in the film and they chart this amazing journey she goes through. She ends up in this very high end, iconic late ‘70s New York fashion. She picks out Diane von Furstenberg dresses and starts really enjoying this new silhouette, this new freedom. We worked with Halston and were given access to their archive and found several pieces that really helped set the tone for Sydney. Halston, out of all the designers, really encapsulates that new American silhouette that was evolving in the second half of the ‘70s. She wears an amazing original Halston leather dress in one scene, and a couple of silk blouses and outerwear. We also partnered with Gucci who helped supply some accessories: handbags, jewelry, and shoes.
After episodes of not-so-subtly mentioning the particle accelerator at S.T.A.R Labs, we finally get what we want. Does that mean we see the orange suit? Warning: Spoilers abound.
Where did The Flash go? After introducing Barry Allen last week in Arrow, the DC Comics speedster wasn’t the focus this week. Until the end of the episode.
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After eight episodes of not-so-subtly mentioning the particle accelerator at S.T.A.R Labs, we finally get what we want. In the final scene of “Three Ghosts,” the particle accelerator explodes and lighting strikes Barry while he’s standing in his lab—the same lighting strike that gave his character super speed in the comics. Looks like we’re going to be seeing an orange streak pretty soon.
He’s a god. He’s the espresso. He’s the Braveheart of creativity. He's Shakespeare in the flesh. And that’s just a taste of what Kanye West said about himself in 2013.
“Yeezy season approaching/Fuck whatever y’all be hearing/Fuck what, fuck whatever y’all been wearing/A monster about to come alive again”
Kanye West arrives at the Ghita 2008 collection during New York Fashion Week. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)
These lyrics opened Kanye West’s Yeezus. They also warned of what was to come in the latter half of 2013. Since his album dropped in June, Kanye has made a welcomed return to the limelight with multiple candid interviews and public appearances. And if there’s one thing you can expect when Kanye is in a room, it’s that he’ll say something that will be worth discussing with your friends. Thankfully, West did not disappoint—he gave us some great quotes on pop culture, design, the state of rap, the fashion industry, and of course Kanye West, the creative genius.
“I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people, this is the level that things could be at. So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.” June 16, New York Times
Get ready for more blue and orange pegs, because the super addictive pachinko-‘Breakout’ hybrid is back, this time with a head-banging unicorn.
PopCap has a history of making games that are nigh-impossible to put down, including Bejewled, which reintroduced the world to match-three puzzle games; Plants vs. Zombies, a totally amazing take on the tower-defense genre pitting, well, plants against zombies; and Peggle, the pachinko-Breakout hybrid that is easily one of the most addicting videogames to have ever been made.
Peggle, released for the PC and Mac in 2007, is the perfect combination of luck and skill. Each level consists of a static screen covered with blue and orange pegs. The goal of the game is simple: hit all of the orange pegs. The player gets 10 balls, although more can be acquired by hitting certain scores or by getting the ball into the moving bucket at the bottom of the screen. There are also pink pegs, which give point bonuses, and two green pegs, which award special powers. The special powers correspond to each world and each game “master.” The first game had a lobster gives pinball-like bumpers to the bottom edges of the screen, a dragon shoots a fireball that destroys every peg in its path, and eight other masters each changed the game in some small way. 2008’s Peggle Nights, only added one master, but it was more of an expansion than a serious sequel. After that, there was a lull in the Peggle-verse.
Then, at this year’s E3, PopCap announced Peggle 2. (Whoo!) As an Xbox One exclusive. (Wha?)
'12 Years a Slaves' and 'The Butler' dominate the movie categories, while 'Breaking Bad' and '30 Rock' get rewarded for their swan songs on the TV side.
Want to score big in your Oscar pool? Pay attention to this morning’s announcement. More than the Golden Globe Awards, the splashy Hollywood orgy of stars that has practically zero bearing on the eventual Academy Award nominees (this is an organization that has nominated The Tourist and Burlesque for Best Picture), the SAG Awards are a more reliable forecaster of what the Academy might on its shortlists. Or rather, who.
Actors make up the largest segment of Academy members, so their tea leaves are the best when it comes to the acting races (let’s be honest, the races we care most about). By that regard, expect 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, August: Osage County, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler to do well at this year’s Oscars—12 Years leads SAG nominees with four nods, followed by three a piece for the Dallas, August, and The Butler. Also expect contenders who seemed to have all-but lost their buzz—Forest Whitaker in Best Actor for The Butler, Daniel Bruhl for Rush, and James Gandolfini for Enough Said, both in Supporting Actor—to be back in contention again.
In the embarrassment-of-riches Best Actor category, Whitaker's inclusion means Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoenix (Her), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all were snubbed. Redford's exclusion is probably the biggest surprise, though a lot of people in the industry are still rooting for Phoenix to make a surge in the race for his brilliant performance in Her. The two actress categories could very well be set, with the ten nominees all likely to repeat with Oscar mentions. Gandolfini and Bruhl's inclusion in Supporting Actor means Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks) and Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) are on shakier ground come Oscar time.
She was your favorite on ‘Orange Is the New Black.’ Now she’s going to be the first female black character on ‘Girls.’ Meet Danielle Brooks, 2013’s breakout star.
When Danielle Brooks won the role of Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on Orange Is the New Black, she wasn’t wearing any pants.
And you thought you couldn’t love her more.
Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman, oh my! Like ‘The Avengers,’ the ‘Man of Steel’ sequel has a lot going on. Can the comic book flick genre survive this bloat?
With superhero movies following The Avengers and stuffing two hour flicks with tons of characters—Iron Man, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor, Captain America, S.H.I.E.L.D., and countless villains—the question looms: Is a bigger movie always better?
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The Man of Steel franchise already has Henry Cavill as an emo-Superman, Ben Affleck as geriatric Batman, and super villain Lex Luthor. Now Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman. It really is packed. But can the franchise survive this bloat? Let’s take a look.
Oprah: My Kids Would Hate Me
Says they would have suffered.More
‘12 Years’ Grabs Golden Globe Nods
Shares top billing with "American Hustle."More
Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel Split
After a decade of marriage.More
READY FOR OSCARS?
SAG Nominations Announced
“12 Years a Slave,” “The Butler” get the most nods.More
Lovato Admits Cocaine Addiction
Says she would “smuggle it” onto airplanes.More
THAT’S NOT MY BOY
Forbes: Sandler Most Overpaid
Followed by Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon.More
Former stockbroker Jordan Belfort once had sex on $3 million in cash. Check out more stats about the man behind Leo DiCaprio’s leading role in Martin Scorsese’s latest.