Entertainment » Movies http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment The latest Entertainment news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:44:21 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 4DX Brings Movie Action Right to Your Seat http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/4dx-brings-movie-action-right-to-your-seat/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/4dx-brings-movie-action-right-to-your-seat/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:27:53 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320207

Three-dimensional is now officially old hat. Say hello to 4DX.

It’s the latest gimmick — after bars in theaters, on-site childcare and the drive-through in Texas that offers a pool — and it’s designed to keep people coming to theaters during an age of declining ticket sales and so many other entertainment options.

On Thursday, the Regal LA Live in Los Angeles became one of the only theaters in the US that brings moviegoers this fourth dimension when it made “Transformers: Age of Extinction” available to viewers with 4DX.

Once confined to theme parks, 4DX first hit movie screens in 2009 in South Korea, where CJ 4DPlex, the company behind the technology, is located.

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With 4DX, the moviegoer is treated to wind, even temperature change, plus a vibrating chair as well as odors as they watch film.

But there are rules.

There is no eating or drinking during “intense scenes” and hot liquids are banned.

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Emily Blunt’s Favorite Part of Being a New Mom http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/emily-blunts-favorite-part-of-being-a-new-mom/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/emily-blunts-favorite-part-of-being-a-new-mom/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:16:46 +0000 Katie Kindelan http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319448

Out of the millions of reasons why Emily Blunt loves being a first-time mom to daughter, Hazel, with her husband, actor John Krasinski, the “Edge of Tomorrow” star was able to narrow it down to just one.

“Bath time is kind of the best ever,” Blunt, 31, said today on “Good Morning America.”  “They look like little Buddhas in there. You see the full kind of rolls of flesh, and it’s great.”

Blunt gave birth to Hazel in February but she and Krasinski, her husband of nearly four years, only showed their daughter to the world last month and through Twitter.

 

Krasinski tweeted a photo of the couple’s daughter on May 13 as a way of introducing their daughter without a splashy magazine cover, something Blunt wholeheartedly endorsed.

“I do love that we were sort of in control of posting the picture of her because I don’t like the idea of having a price tag on my child’s head,” Blunt said on “GMA.”  “So I just thought it would be better if we could control it.”

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The gentleness of taking care of a sweet newborn is a far cry from the film role Blunt is now promoting, an action-filled spot alongside Tom Cruise in the high-energy film “Edge of Tomorrow.”

Though Blunt said she nearly broke her nose after she “smashed myself in the face with the butt of my own sword,” the actress  better known for roles  in non-action movies such as “The Devil Wears Prada” still did nearly all of her own stunts in order to keep up with her co-star, Cruise.

“I definitely wanted to do all my stunts because he kind of does all of the stunts,” Blunt said. “I didn’t want him to be the only one showing off. I’ve got to do some of them.”

“He is just so sweet and generous and such a pro at this stuff, and he was so emboldening and encouraging,” she said of Cruise.  “He is heavenly.”

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Oscar-Winning Director Shines Light on Financially Excluded http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/oscar-winning-director-shines-light-on-financially-excluded/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/oscar-winning-director-shines-light-on-financially-excluded/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 11:22:00 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319339 Oscar-winning film director Davis Guggenheim’s new project shines a light on the problems of everyday Americans who don’t have access to financial tools most people take for granted.

“Spent: Looking for Change,” set to debut this summer, is a documentary film that follows a handful of people as they navigate the financial system.

Produced in partnership with American Express, “Spent” aims to illustrate the seriousness of the issue and explore solutions emerging through technology, innovation and education.

Click HERE to learn more about “Spent: Looking for Change.”

In an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach, Guggenheim, the film’s producer, explained that he was passionate about the topic.

“I get frustrated by the political divide in America, the left and the right, the class – the rich and the poor, and I like to tell stories that help every day American families,” he said. “And this is something that’s so classically unfair, and so easily solvable. And it’s the kind of thing that telling a good story helps.”

In a release about the film, Guggenheim detailed just how hard it could be for people who were underserved by the system.

“Not having a bank account makes it incredibly difficult to manage your day to day finances, it often means you can’t establish credit, and therefore you can’t buy a home, finance a car, or take out a student loan,” he said. “Multiply that by tens of millions of people and you can start to see how it’s possible that entire communities in the U.S. are systemically excluded from economic freedom that most of us take for granted.”

Those people are sometimes forced to turn to pawn shops, check cashing services, and payday loans or title loans to meet basic financial needs, which can incur extremely high fees and interest, according to a 2013 market study of the financially underserved by the Center for Financial Services Innovation and Core Innovation Capital.  

“These are hardworking Americans that have to do this and it’s something that’s pulling them down gradually, when we should be pushing them up,” Guggenheim told Robach.

Guggenheim – who was also behind the films “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Waiting for Superman” — said he hoped the film would inspire people to find solutions.

Earlier this year American Express announced several new technology initiatives to promote financial inclusion in the U.S., including a new program to fund startups working toward financial inclusion and a financial innovation lab.

“Spent,” directed by Derek Doneen, will be available for free nationwide on June 4 at www.spentmovie.com.

 

 

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‘Star Wars’ Force for Change: Fans Can Win a Role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/star-wars-force-for-change-fans-can-win-a-role-in-star-wars-episode-vii-2/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/star-wars-force-for-change-fans-can-win-a-role-in-star-wars-episode-vii-2/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 12:06:14 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319189

Attention, “Star Wars” fans: Starting today, you’ll have the chance to win a trip to be in the newest installment of the blockbuster film franchise.

In a video that was shot on location in Abu Dhabi and unveiled on “Good Morning America” today, J.J. Abrams, who is directing “Star Wars: Episode VII,” announced “Star Wars”: Force for Change, a new initiative that he said was dedicated to finding solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

The first “Star Wars”: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its programs that benefit the world’s most vulnerable children.

To support the launch of “Star Wars”: Force for Change, Disney — which owns Lucasfilm, the company founded by George Lucas, the creator of the iconic film franchise – has committed $1 million, and fans can now contribute directly at Omaze.com/StarWars for a chance to appear in “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

There are various levels of contribution to the campaign. For each level, participants can receive a “Star Wars”-themed item.

The grand prize includes airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest and behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” as Abrams’ VIP guests. The winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast and will be transformed by the film’s makeup and costume teams into a “Star Wars” character and filmed for a scene in the movie.

For each $10 contribution made through the Omaze fundraising platform, eligible participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win. The campaign runs from 12:01 a.m. PT on May 21 until 11:59 p.m. PT on July 18.

Click HERE for full details.

“We would like to invite you to be part of the fun here. We want to put you in the movie in Star Wars,” Abrams said in the video.

“Star Wars”: Force for Change is sponsored by the newest installment of the “Star Wars” film franchise, UNICEF and Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot.

“The Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate and committed folks around the globe,” Abrams said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to offer a chance to come behind the scenes as our VIP guests and be in Star Wars: Episode VII. We’re even more excited that by participating in this campaign, Star Wars fans will be helping children around the world through our collaboration with UNICEF Innovation Labs and projects.”

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Julia Roberts on Working With Husband, Why She Initially ‘Couldn’t Connect’ to Character in New Film http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/julia-roberts-on-working-with-husband-why-she-initially-couldnt-connect-to-character-in-new-film/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/julia-roberts-on-working-with-husband-why-she-initially-couldnt-connect-to-character-in-new-film/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 12:11:49 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=318845 In “The Normal Heart,” actress Julia Roberts plays a wheelchair-bound doctor at the onset of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s, and Roberts said the film has an important message.

“Moving forward, if something were to happen to us as a people, how do we take care of each other and how do we show compassion within fear?” said Roberts, 46, speaking of the message contained within the much-anticipated movie adaptation of Larry Kramer’s largely autobiographical play.

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Roberts plays Dr. Emma Brookner, a character based on Dr. Linda Laubenstein, a New York doctor who treated AIDS victims.  Roberts turned down the role of Brookner twice before signing on to join the cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kinney and Jim Parsons, among others.

“The first time I read it, I couldn’t connect enough to my character,” she told “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“A little bit of it is my own personal growth, I think, and really dismantling my character down to her as a person – because it’s so much about her as this doctor and her as this crusader,” the Oscar-winner said of why she changed her mind.  “I did a lot of research on polio.”

Once she connected to her character, there were other challenges. For one, the director of photography was Danny Moder, Roberts’ own husband, which brought its own pressures.

“Because he’s my husband, I want him to think I’m so cool,” said Roberts, who has three children with Moder, her husband of nearly 12 years.

WATCH: Mark Ruffalo on Bringing ‘The Normal Heart’ to the Silver Screen

Roberts, who is known for her physical presence on the big screen, had to adapt to being in a wheelchair. She described it as having most of her “tool box taken away.”

“My physical mobility was … just gone, I could only really use my arms,” she said.

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Now that the research and filming for the movie are behind her, Roberts can turn her attention t0 what she said are her two favorite hobbies.

“I guess my favorite hobby is knitting, or cooking,” Roberts said in response to a Facebook question from an ABC News viewer.

When asked by that same viewer asked her to reveal, “mom to mom,” what she was passionate about, Roberts replied:  “I have this incredible teacher who has been teaching me more and more about nutrition.”

Also not to be forgotten is the epic, and surprising, “Celebrity Curse Off” Roberts had recently with her “Steel Magnolias” co-star Sally Field.

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The segment, from a recent episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” saw Roberts get trounced by her fellow Oscar winner and former “Flying Nun” star.

“Alright, let me just say, for the record, I could have blown her away,” Roberts said playfully.  “But I couldn’t keep up because she came out just guns blazing.”

“The Normal Heart” debuts on HBO on May 25.

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Jamie Foxx on Playing ‘Electro’ in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/jamie-foxx-on-playing-electro-in-amazing-spider-man-2/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/jamie-foxx-on-playing-electro-in-amazing-spider-man-2/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 11:08:10 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=318296

When Jamie Foxx was cast as the villain in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” it presented him with a unique opportunity.

“When I saw Andrew Garfield in his outfit, and me in my outfit, I was like ‘wow, we get a chance to really live out our childhood dreams,’” he said.

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Foxx, whose acting range has seen him in comedies and dramas — including his Oscar-winning turn in the biopic, “Ray” — is now taking on the role of the villainous Electro. But he’s doing double-duty, too, as the mild-mannered Max Dillon, whose life is saved, and then changed, by Spider-Man.

For his role as Electro, Foxx, 46, said he spent 4.5 hours in the make-up chair “getting painted blue.”

“It really helps with the character,” he told “Good Morning America”‘s Amy Robach. “Once you get the blue makeup on … it seems like the voice started to change. You started to feel it.”

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Foxx said playing the bad guy was “kind of fun.”

“You get a chance to color outside the lines,” he said.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ opens nationwide today.

 

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Emma Stone Admits ‘Love’ for Boyfriend Andrew Garfield http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/emma-stone-admits-love-for-boyfriend-andrew-garfield/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/emma-stone-admits-love-for-boyfriend-andrew-garfield/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:18:14 +0000 Stefanie Tuder http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=318104

Despite being notoriously tight-lipped about their off-screen romance, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield couldn’t stay quiet any longer about their feelings for each other.

“It’s like a dream to work with him [Garfield],” Stone said on “Good Morning America” today. “He’s obviously one of the greatest actors I think we have alive today, and he’s also just a remarkable human being, so I love him very much.”

Stone, 25, and Garfield, 30, have been linked since 2011, around the time filming on “The Amazing Spider-Man” began.

Garfield initiated the public announcement of their love Monday on “GMA,” saying, “She’s a full genius, or she has found her genius and she’s doing it so beautifully. I think everyone who works with her, everyone who brushes shoulders with her or even makes eye contact with her gets a shot of sunshine.”

In the movie’s sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro,” opening Friday, Garfield’s character, Peter Parker, confronts a relationship dilemma with girlfriend Gwen Stacey, played onscreen by Stone.

Stone said she knew she wanted to play Stacey right away. “Auditioning with Andrew [Garfield] and Marc Webb, the director, it was kind of a no-brainer that I wanted to be part of it,” she said.

Stone says she has made a practice of staying true to herself through her career, something she recommends for every woman out there.

“Advice to all the girls? I think authenticity is probably the most important thing and remaining true to yourself despite any pressure from outside forces,” she said.

“That’s something I struggle with as everybody can, and I just try to kind of follow my own path.”

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Andrew Garfield ‘Will Write a Book’ About Girlfriend Emma Stone http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/andrew-garfield-will-write-a-book-about-girlfriend-emma-stone/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/andrew-garfield-will-write-a-book-about-girlfriend-emma-stone/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:25:50 +0000 Katie Kindelan http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=317975

“Spider-Man 2″ star Andrew Garfield is not the kind of star who talks publicly about his real-life girlfriend and onscreen love Emma Stone, but now we know he may just be saving it all for a literary tome.

“I will write a book one day about how I feel about every aspect of Emily Stone,” Garfield joked today on “Good Morning America,” using the full name of his girlfriend of over two years.

Emma Stone Calls Andrew Garfield ‘Incredibly Important’

“She’s a full genius, or she has found her genius and she’s doing it so beautifully,”  Garfield said.  “I think everyone who works with her, everyone who brushes shoulders with her or even makes eye contact with her gets a shot of sunshine.”

Stone, 25, and Garfield, 30, have been linked since 2011, around the time filming on “The Amazing Spider-Man” began.

In the movie’s sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro,” opening Friday, Garfield’s character, Peter Parker, confronts a relationship dilemma with girlfriend Gwen Stacey, played onscreen by Stone. Parker’s life was one that Garfield says he related to more so than his alter ego, Spider-Man.

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“I think in life, what I find, is my biggest obstacle is myself and I think Peter Parker feels that way too because he’s constantly in an existential dilemma,” Garfield said.  “There’s something simpler about Spider-Man, definitely, because you’re literally trying to neutralize any threat to any innocent bystander.”

WATCH: ‘Amazing Spider-man 2′ Cast Takes Over ‘GMA’

Garfield and Stone have been on a whirlwind tour premiering the movie around the globe and fielding reporters’ questions. Today on “GMA,” Garfield got not only a high-five but also a “zillion out of five” stars review from a 9-year-old reporter for Kidsday.

“Good question,” Garfield said when asked by Newsday kid journalist Drew Hecht whether he did his own stunts.  “I would like to say I do all my own stunts but that would be a lie. I do as many as I can but there are two amazing stunt-doubles.”

Hecht also got Garfield to reveal he cried when he first learned he was cast as the new Spider-Man.

“I cried. I laughed, “Garfield said. “I got very scared. Very, very scared.”

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‘Gone Girl’ Author Talks Thrill of Success, Movie’s Ending http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/gone-girl-author-talks-thrill-of-success-movies-ending/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/gone-girl-author-talks-thrill-of-success-movies-ending/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:08:04 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=317956 “Gone Girl,” Gillian Flynn’s wildly popular dark thriller about a woman who disappears on her wedding anniversary, still has fans lining up nearly two years after it was first released.

The novel landed on The New York Times best sellers list for 79 consecutive weeks, and more than six million copies have been sold.

Movie rights for the page-turner — which delves into the murkier side of marriage – were quickly snapped up by actress Reese Witherspoon, and the film will star Ben Affleck.

The trailer went viral when it was released two weeks ago.

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In an interview with “Good Morning America’s” Amy Robach, Flynn expressed her delight at the success her book has had.

“It was really wild because, first of all, the book did, what, better than anyone thought, so it became this kind of cool thing,” she said. “And I was like, ‘Oh, well, that’s great. That’s enough.’”

Then the movie happened, and she had a screenplay to write.

Flynn, who is married with a young son and a second baby on the way, said it was “pretty fun” to come up with the devious characters in her book.

Asked about rumors that the book’s controversial ending might have been changed for the movie, Flynn said: “I cannot give away … the ending of the movie. … I wrote the screenplay, so it was in good hands.

“People, I think, were kind of worried that it would turn into, you know, a musical or something,” she said, laughing, “the feel-good hit of the summer.  And it’s not that.”

She said the film is as dark as the novel.

It’s been a remarkable journey for Flynn. In 2008, she was laid off as a writer for Entertainment Weekly. A few years later, “Gone Girl” was on the cover of that same magazine.

“Gone Girl” was just released in paperback.

“It’s so exciting,” Flynn said. “It’s this really wonderful thing when it goes out in the world and kind of takes on its own life.”

The movie opens in October. Another of Flynn’s books, “Dark Places,” is being made into a film starring Charlize Theron.

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Man Has Serious Need for ‘Speed’ — Every Single VHS Copy! http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/man-has-serious-need-for-speed/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/man-has-serious-need-for-speed/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:14:20 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=317758

This man has a serious need for “Speed.”

Ryan Beitz, of Pullman, Wash., is trying to collect every single copy of the movie “Speed” ever made on VHS.

He’s calling his efforts “The World Speed Project,” and already owns more than 550 copies of the 1994 movie starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock trying to save a bus from exploding.

Beitz bought the first few copies in a pawn shop as prank Christmas gifts, and now, just like the bus in the movie, can’t stop.

“I realized it was really fascinating to have that many, like, same copies of a thing,” Beitz told Vice.com of his unusual endeavor. “What really cemented it was when I went to another pawn shop, and they had, like, 30 copies. I said, ‘I’ll take them all.’ They sold them to me for 11 cents a copy.”

Now he’s even running a Kickstarter campaign to fix up his 15-passenger van to look just like the bus in the movie so he can tour the collection around the nation in super “Speed”-style.

“I think ‘The World Speed Project’ is awesome in the truest sense of the word,” Beitz explained. “It’s larger than life. Imagine all of them in one place! It’s uncompromising.”

To donate to his VHS-seeking efforts, send copies of “Speed” you come across to:

Chairman Ryan Beitz
The World Speed Project
20204 SR 195
Pullman, WA
99163 USA

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