Beyonce suffered a major fashion meltdown when she ripped her dress on the way to the Tom ford show on Feb. 20; get the detailsThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Beyonce’s Dress Rips Up the Backside: See How She Recovered from the Major Wardrobe Malfunction!
See a sad Vine of Michael Keaton putting away his Oscars 2015 acceptance speech shortly after it was announced that Eddie Redmayne had won Best ActorThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Michael Keaton Puts Away His Oscars Acceptance Speech in Saddest Vine of All Time
John Legend told Us Weekly at the Oscars on Sunday that his wife Chrissy Teigen “has been crying” since his win, but she didn’t want to do it on cameraThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: John Legend: Chrissy Teigen Avoided Crying on Camera at Oscars 2015
Joan Rivers and Elaine Stritch were left out of the 2015 Oscars In Memoriam, prompting a slew of angry tweets — read them nowThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Joan Rivers Left Out of Oscars 2015 In Memoriam Segment, Twitter Reacts in Anger
The 2015 Independent Spirit Awards winners were announced and Birdman won big — see which Oscar-nominated films brought in the last-minute winsThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Independent Spirit Awards 2015: Birdman Wins Big, Plus the Complete List of Winners
Here’s what those who took home a trophy at the Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon had to say backstage about their wins:Michael Keaton, winner of best male lead, for Birdman:“He knew from the get-go what he wanted to do, and then we just tried to pull it off and we did. I’m a human being so [the character] was very relatable. There’s no way you can make this movie with out [the long process]. He had warned me, and I said, ‘Yeah, I know. I get it.’ I had no idea how precise we had to be and how difficult it was going to be, but there’s no other way to do it. We’re acting like [the awards process] is so grueling, but I’ll be in the fetal position balling for about three months. What I’m looking forward to next is actually getting a check [laughs].”Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Birdman, winner of best feature:”Honestly, there is no one word in English that could translate what I was feeling with my actors. I couldn’t find a way to say how great they were doing. I had to just say, ‘Cabrones,’ only cabrones and cabrón.”Read More Spirit Awards 2015: The Complete Winners ListJulianne Moore, winner of best lead female, for Still Alice:“It was an amazing experience working on this movie. The Alzheimer’s community was generous with their time and their information. I learned a lot, and the people who are living with this disease are amazing. It’s a long process, so we wanted to make a movie that was about living from something, not about dying from it. For people to go out of their way to go acknowledge a performance, it’s a big deal. Often these awards are from the people that you work with, so it means a tremendous amount. [The Oscars are] tomorrow? [laughs] It’s very exciting obviously. I’m very excited to be included. I’ve just been lucky with what’s come my way. I’m blown away by my good fortunate. We have very little control, the only control is whether we say yes or no, but we can’t control what comes to us, so I just feel very lucky.”Patricia Arquette, winner of best supporting female, for Boyhood:“I knew enough about the business to know that it is so hard to get financing for a small movie, and that legally you can’t have a contract so anyone could have left. I knew the likelihood of getting financing was slim to none. So that was what blew my mind. I wanted to be apart of it. I knew no one had ever done it in scripted film before. To do something new in film at this moment in film in so rare. And the way he talked about the movie, the experience of normal human beings. These are not often people we often make moves about, but they’re people we know in our lives and this idea that life is short and life is beautiful and the world around us is changing is so exciting to me as an artist to be a part of that because it moves me a lot as a human being.”Read More Spirit Awards 2015: Follow The Hollywood Reporter’s Live BlogJ.K. Simmons, winner of best supporting male, for Whiplash:“I recognized that [the movie] was great and it was also a good fit, so it was the ideal combination that I was always looking for. I don’t know that it’s really affected the kinds of parts as much as it’s affected the volume. There have been a lot of intriguing things coming along, both little indies and studio movies, too. I’m trying to find the balance between finding the right opportunities in both. Having a musical background was huge for both Miles [Teller] and myself — and Damien [Chazelle] has a musical background as well — so that was a big part of what we all brought to the movie. I just tired to do what Damien wrote because it was so, so clear and concise and thorough and mature. All 42 of us just felt we had to lift it off the page to our best abilities. Right now there’s an embarrassingly large collection of [trophies] sitting on top of a mini-fridge in our bathroom, can’t lie.”Bennett Miller, director of Foxcatcher, winner of the special distinction award:”I don’t know what I’m doing here. I would say that this was a very opened ended, improvisational, collaborative exploration with the lines changing as we were coloring. [When this is all over,] I’m going to miss questions from people who – I don’t think it will ever go away — but the questions from people who the movie lingers with. I like interacting with people who were affected by the film and with whom the film sticks.”Dan Gilroy, writer of Nightcrawler, winner of best screenplay:“I became intrigued with the idea of an antihero, and I had never written one before. They’re not that common, and somehow an antihero seemed to plug into the film thematically. Jake was right at the top of the list. He was shooting Prisoners, and he flew to Atlanta and I had an epic five-hour dinner with him. We bonded creatively and as friends. He was just my creative collaborator on the project. I can’t speak highly enough of his performance. And it was the most fun I’ve ever had writing. I often found myself laughing because there was an absurdity in terms of what he believed the situation was and what reality was. It was liberating, to be honest.”Laura Poitras, director of Citizenfour, winner of best documentary film:”We prepared for a lot of bad case scenarios. We didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about good case scenarios. It’s incredible. There were sometimes when Glenn and I were debating whether or not when and if we’d be coming back to the U.S. The state [of surveillance today] is dire. Not only is there mass indiscriminate surveillance, it’s happening on a global level, but our governments are also not telling us what is happening, so it is a dire situation. There is some good news: we do see tech companies using more encryption, and we see individuals taking things into their own hands… The reporting is ongoing, [but] I have no intentions to make a follow-up film to this.”Read More Spirit Awards 2015: ‘Foxcatcher’ Honored With Special Distinction AwardJustin Simien, winner of best screenplay, for Dear White People:“It’s always a balance between putting your vision forth but being open to everyone you’re collaborating with so there’s something better than the sum of its parts that comes through. I was looking to be surprised. I was looking for being who embodied the characters that I wrote but also surprised me, and all of them surprised me and brought something to the roles in the audition process that I didn’t even know was there. [Race relations are] incrementally better but not terribly different. I think we still got a long way to go but I think my movie and Selma other movies like it trying to push these new ideas and stories and ways of seeing ourself in the culture, I think it helps.”Pawel Pawlikowski, director of Ida, winner for best international film:”It was designed to be in black and white. You write differently for black and white. It was a very spare film with spare shots, but what it meant that it had very few elements in a shot. We had to test to the costumes, make them black but not too black so it didn’t burn black The white were not exactly white. We tested the tones before filming… We actually shot it on digital… It’s not enough to just switch off the color after you shoot the film, you have to really design it for maximum impact It was difficult to raise the money and the actors are unknown, so this recognition elevates the whole thing. We know that these little miracles happen and they keep us going, and they encourage others to take risks.This film was a huge risk. It made no commercial sense whatsoever.”Tom Collins, winner of best editor, for Whiplash:
“It’s a huge honor and when I saw the list of my fellow nominees, I was really humbled and honored because I’m a big fan of all those other films. The biggest challenge is that it was a race against the clock. I had a very short time to work on the movie before we had to submit it to Sundance. The same amount of time we had to edit the short film was the same amount of time we had for the feature. [The trophy] looks like it has some sharp edges, so I’ll put it somewhere when my 5 year-old and my 11 month-old won’t be able to get to it.”
Kristen Stewart was awarded a Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Clouds Of Sils Maria — making her the first American actress to take home what’s considered a French Oscar This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Kristen Stewart Becomes First American Actress to Win France’s Cesar Award For Clouds of Sils Maria — See Her Reaction!
The artist known as Plastic Jesus had a good reason for dumping a life-size Oscar statue, desperately snorting cocaine on all fours, in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard. The artist tells The Hollywood Reporter the stunt was specifically intended to dismantle Hollywood’s polished facade by exposing its dark side.Plastic Jesus is a former photojournalist from London who moved to L.A. eight years ago to explore installation art as a way to address major sociopolitical and cultural issues. His works include last year’s Oscar statue with a heroin needle in its arm, inspired by the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, and 2013’s graffiti piece featuring Lance Armstrong cycling while attached to an IV bag.His latest installation, the coked-out Oscar, appeared in Hollywood Thursday morning around 9:30 a.m. Plastic Jesus had hired security to make sure no one vandalized or stole the piece, but he decided to move it back to his studio a few hours later, around 2:30 p.m.Plastic Jesus says he made the decision after an older gentleman showed up and threatened to report the statue to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the Walk of Fame. The man had loudly called the statue “disgusting and obscene.”But unlike last year’s heroin-inspired stunt, Plastic Jesus tells THR, this year’s installation was less about an individual tragedy and more about the broader trend of excess and drug abuse in Hollywood.Plastic Jesus chose to target Oscar season specifically because the Academy glamorizes a tuxedo-clad Hollywood while ignoring the issues that plague its culture.”People are up there accepting awards,” he says, “but let’s not forget about the rampant problems in this town.”With Thursday’s death of Parks and Recreation producer Harris Wittels, Plastic Jesus says, regretfully, he couldn’t have delivered his message at a more appropriate time. “There’s another drug-related Hollywood death,” he says. “And nothing will change.”Plastic Jesus says he chose cocaine as a drug that is representative of Hollywood’s money culture. “Cocaine and the entertainment industry go hand-in-hand,” he says, insisting the piece wasn’t about mocking celebrity culture so much as it was about starting an effective dialogue about drug abuse, not just one focused on suppression.”The war on drugs isn’t working. I don’t want to say we should legalize all drugs, but something needs to change,” the artist adds. “People aren’t getting the help they need.”Plastic Jesus’ coke-sniffing Oscar is now sitting in his studio, but he plans to resurface it Saturday on Melrose Avenue. He eventually wants to display it in L.A.’s street art gallery LAB ART, where last year’s heroin Oscar is currently on sale for $25,000.As for his next project, Plastic Jesus wouldn’t give details, but he did say it will focus on bank lending and debt in America.
Based off of 1,396 acceptance speeches, the top 10 people that have been thanked the most in Oscar history have been revealed — Who beat out God?This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Top 10 People Most Thanked in Oscar History Revealed: Who’s First and Who Beat God?
Dustin Diamond says he wasn’t invited to the Saved by the Bell reunion on The Tonight Show earlier this month — find out his reactionThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Dustin Diamond Wasn’t Invited to Saved by the Bell Reunion: “It Would Have Been Fun”