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Madonna banned by Texas theatre chain after texting during ’12 Years A Slave’

- October 14th, 2013

When you’ve sold as many albums as Madonna has, you can get away with a few things. But texting during a movie is apparently not one of them.

The Material Girl was reportedly texting while attending a screening of 12 Years A Slave at the New York Film Festival. After letting her get away with it for a moment, the New York Post’s Page Six reports that an audience member told “a blonde in black lace gloves” to cut it out.

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Madonna seen during her MDNA show at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in September 2012. Craig Robertson/QMI Agency File

Well, nobody, especially some pesky moviegoer, tells Madge what to do. “It’s for business . . . enslaver!” came the Queen of Pop’s response.

That cocky retort has caught the attention of at least one theatre owner, who has now banned the 55-year-old pop icon from his Texas theatre chain. The Alamo Drafthouse has a no-nonsense texting and talking policy in its theatres.

 

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, founder and CEO Tim League said that Madonna will not be allowed in any of the chains 14 locations until she “apologizes to movie fans.”

League later said on Twitter that his ban is “just a joke,” but added: “Madonna, however entitled she feels she is, is unbearably rude to others around her by texting in a theatre.”

This isn’t the first time Madge has made the wrong kind of headlines at a film festival. While promoting her directorial project W.E. at TIFF in 2011, the singer came under fire after reportedly asking festival volunteers to turn away as she walked past them (her rep denied she had made the request). She also irked fans by refusing to sign autographs when her then-hubby Guy Ritchie premiered Revolver at TIFF in 2005 (she pulled the same stunt at the film’s London premiere several weeks later).

So what do you think? Was Madonna rude, or is she entitled to text during a movie? Sound off in the comments.

‘Fake’ James Franco invades TIFF

- September 10th, 2013

UPDATED

Remember how a few years ago at TIFF there was a Joaquin Phoenix imposter running around the fest tricking fans on the red carpet? Well, it seems that this year there is a ‘fake’ James Franco having a grand old time in Toronto.

Franco, who has three movies at the festival – Palo Alto, Child of God and Third Person – was in town Sunday and has since left the city, but that didn’t stop a phoney Franco from having some fun posing with fans. According to the New York Post’s page six, Palo Alto producer Vince ­Jolivette spotted the Franco doppelgänger and insisted he meet the real deal.

“Vince thought it was hysterical,” a source tells page six. “The fake James Franco was posing for photos with girls [who thought he was the real one]. He was walking around, talking to people, eating, drinking. He was the toast of the town.”

One woman posted a photo of herself posing with the fake Franco on Facebook saying she was “completely duped.”

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And it turns out the ‘fake’ Franco met the real Franco at a party for the real McCoy’s Child of God.

‘Fake’ Franco was later revealed to be actor Thomas James Murphy.

Benedict Cumberbatch disapproves of ‘Cumberbitches’

- September 10th, 2013

Coming into TIFF, hottie du fest Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, 12 Years A Slave) was gratified by his female fandom, but troubled by the collective nickname they’d adopted.

Cumberbitches,” the actor intones in a private interview with Sun Media. “It’s not about me taken aback specifically, but it’s kind of about feminism, isn’t it? It’s like it never existed.

“I mean, it’s up to them to form a collective noun that’s less offensive to people who may not want to belong to that collective noun.”

Happily, Cumberbatch’s disapproval made it through the ranks of fans. “I’ve just quietly been saying that, and now if you look on the red carpet, they’re holding signs saying they’re the Cumber-Collective.”

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Metallica Through the Never director offers update on Predators sequel

- September 9th, 2013

A lot of Predator fans were hoping that 20th Century Fox were going to announce a sequel to 2010′s Predators reboot at this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con. The company had been teasing a Predator announcement on Twitter with the hashtag #HuntThePredator in the days leading up to the event.

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Turns out, the announcement was for the upcoming Predator 3D Blu-ray release and had nothing to do with the sequel.

Darn!

Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Predators was supposed to reboot the 1980s franchise that was started by Arnold Schwarzenegger, before it devolved into the silly Alien vs. Predator series. The new film featured various killers played by the likes of Adrien Brody, Topher Grace and Laurence Fishburne on an alien planet that turns out to be a game preserve for the Predators.

It concluded on a bit of a cliffhanger that hinted at future sequels.

So while I was talking to Predators director Nimrod Antal about his latest film, Metallica Through the Never, I did have a chance to ask him about Predators 2.

“I would love to do another Predators,” he said. “I spoke with [producer] Robert Rodriguez last week and it didn’t come up, but I’ve asked the people over at Fox what’s going on. I’ll either be doing that next, or another project.”

Asked why there has been a delay in getting the film made, Antal blamed the nature of the business.

“There was a big changing of the guard at Fox, people went, people came, not because of Predators.”

Metallica Through the Never screens at TIFF on Monday, Sept. 9. It opens on IMAX Sept. 27.

Cable casting influences the big screen

- September 9th, 2013

How much of an impact crater has premium cable made on the movies?

John Krokidas is director of nourish Kill Your Darlings – about a real-life ’40s murder and same-sex menage a trois that connected then college-age “Beat” darlings Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. He had his revelation  while looking at the movie poster.

“As I look at it, I realize that HBO is responsible for 80 per cent of my cast,” Krokidas told us in a TIFF interview. Bona fide movie star Daniel Radcliffe is the lead as Ginsberg. “But Jack Huston (Kerouac)? Boardwalk Empire. Ben Foster (Burroughs)? Six Feet Under. Michael C. Hall? Six Feet Under. (And, we must add, Dexter). Dane Dehaan? True Blood. Who knew?”

“Being a television nerd finally paid off, I guess. It gives me an advantage when it comes to casting actors.”

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Jack Huston, Boardwalk Empire