our editor recommends Kanye West Lashes Out Against Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter Over Spoof But West and Kimmel weren’t the only stars tweeting about the dispute. Actors, musicians, writers, producers and other entertainment-industry insiders all took to Twitter to express their thoughts about the dust-up. Even Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, weighed in on Friday morning. PHOTOS: Hollywood’s Twitter Feuds West’s #nodisrespecttobenaffleck hashtag quickly became a source of parody. Keith Olbermann added it to a tweet promoting his ESPN2 show. And screenwriter and former Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof posted a series of tweets with the Affleck hashtag, only some of which referenced the Argo director and star. Take a look at more of Hollywood’s tweets about the feud. I woke up at 3:30am and had to google “Barilla” and “Kanye Kimmel” just to understand what was happening on Twitter. Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) September 27, 2013 I guess you could say Jimmy Kimmel drank Kanye West’s milkshake. Keith Calder (@keithcalder) September 27, 2013 I should be Robin. #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 27, 2013 I am sad, insecure and terrified of spiders and failure. #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) September 27, 2013 Every single tweet imaginable is better with that hashtag.
I don’t think Indian stars have the bandwidth to go struggle and give screen tests there, leaving everything behind here.” Nevertheless, there’s something about Hollywood actors that makes Maddy jealous! “I think the only thing which I am jealous about is that if I was an actor in Hollywood, with all the hit films which I have, I won’t have to work for another day in my life. Even if an actor has two hits in his life in Hollywood, he will never be poor,” he said. Not only are the payments enhanced but so are the budgets of the films. “Technology-wise we are almost there. But the budgets over there are high (higher). It is very tough for us to make those kinds of films in our kind of economy. But even now we do make international level films,” said the 43-year-old actor. He has finished shooting Night of the Living Dead: Origins, a zombie film. “It has been a huge learning experience and it was very exciting. I was very nervous as I had never shot like that before,” he said. It was the prospect of working with Simon West of Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider fame that attracted him to go on board. “It was a Simon West film. That was a huge advantage. Secondly, it had completely new technology,” said Madhavan, who has featured in TV shows and has also done films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam across his over 15-year-old career.
Why 17 Hollywood Stars Are Plugging a Newspaper They Can’t Read
Photograph by: TIZIANA FABI , AFP/Getty Images George Clooney and Helen Mirren are among a host of Hollywood stars named as potential witnesses in a bitter legal case in which the actorsa union is being accused of failing to properly distribute up to $130 million in payments to its members. More than two dozen people, including Julie Andrews, Colin Firth, Justin Timberlake and Natalie Portman, are included on a list of possible witnesses in the case brought against The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA.) The case is being pursued by Ed Asner, 83, a former union president in the 1980s. Asner has won more Emmys than any other male actor and became a household name in the 1970s playing Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. More recently, he voiced the lead character in Disneyas animated film Up. More than a dozen fellow plaintiffs, who together call themselves The United Screen Actors Committee, have joined the suit. They include Clancy Brown, who played the bullying prison guard Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption, and others who have worked on TV series including The West Wing, The X-Files, Beverly Hills 90210, and Murder, She Wrote. The list of stars named as potential witnesses also includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Carol Burnett, Ozzy Osbourne and Harry Connick Jr, along with representatives of the estates of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Heath Ledger. The union, which is adamant it has done nothing wrong, collects residual payments when films and television episodes starring its members are shown outside the United States. Payments are distributed on a quarterly basis to any performer who has accrued at least $10 in foreign payments. In lengthy legal submissions Asner and his fellow plaintiffs refer to an aextreme web these parties have woven to steal money that rightfully belongs to US performersa. They accuse SAG-AFTRA of asecretinga money in a trust, generating millions in interest, for more than a decade and claim that the amount has askyrocketeda to more than $130 million. The actors also say the unionas claim that it was hindered by an aantiquated computer systema were asuspect,a and that it has spent millions updating computers.
Hollywood stars named in bitter legal battle for overseas film payments
On April 1, 2011, the newspaper published a round-up of mostly false stories for April Fools’ Day. Readers were asked to guess which piece of news was actually true. Only three people voted for a brief article about Johnny Depp and his appreciation for the small newspaper in Siberia. They were convinced by a photo of Depp holding and supposedly reading the paper. And they were right — the photo was not a fake. In fact, the publisher of Kopeyski Rabochi has collected a full album of celebrities including Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, and about 15 other Hollywood personalities, each reading a copy of the small-town paper, which is printed in Russian, of course. A full photo gallery surfaced on the Internet this September. It went viral almost immediately on Vkontakte, the social media site known as the Russian Facebook ( FB ), and on other major media outlets. So how did it all happen? In a recent editorial, Dmitry Sogrin, the paper’s editor, wrote, “For a couple of years, we’ve been running movie announcements and mini-interviews with actors…. Our friends and colleagues in Hollywood, in return, sent us these celebrity photos.” Key to the operation is Margarita Sushkevich, a Kopeysk-born woman who moved to the US more than a decade ago. She married Jack Tewksbury, the Hollywood producer behind the annual Golden Globe Awards. In 2008, the duo started submitting movie previews and star interviews to the newspaper in Margarita’s hometown.
Iceland’s wild scenery, tax breaks lure Hollywood
(AP Photo/Truenorth Productions) JENNA GOTTLIEB 22 hours ago REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) It has doubled as an alien planet, a Himalayan peak and even the snow-filled fantasy world of the “Game of Thrones.” Still recovering from financial collapse, Iceland can perhaps be forgiven for seeking alternate identities. And Hollywood is providing the remote North Atlantic island much needed revenue and jobs as well as a touch of glamour as it struggles to emerge from its nationwide banking and currency debacle. The country’s unique environment, along with generous tax incentives, continues to attract some of the biggest Hollywood filmmakers and television producers. “The main factor is the incredible landscape that we have,” said Einar Sveinn Thordarson, the director of marketing for Pegasus, which provides production services for HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; the hit series has filmed in Iceland three times. “It’s very unique, and that’s what inspires people the most.” This summer, about 300 crewmembers spent two weeks at Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park, shooting for the upcoming fourth season. Game of Thrones producer Chris Newman told Icelandic news website Visir this summer that they were creating the Westeros world in the drama and that Iceland fits the vision for the imaginary continent. “I’ve been filming here and working here for 25 years working on and off and I know, having driven around so much, that there’s so much landscape here to make the show just seem enormous,” said Newman. Producers have come to treasure Iceland for its strange and magnificent appearance: otherworldly black lava fields, active volcanos and gushing geysers. The variety of locations and landscapes is a huge selling point not only for television shows, but also big Hollywood films, said Leifur Dagfinnsson, chairman and founding partner of Truenorth, which has worked on films including “The Fifth Estate” a film about WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Director Ridley Scott chose Iceland as his alien planet for the 2012 sci-fi film “Prometheus,” choosing to shoot in Iceland’s northern highlands. Iceland also hosted a crew of 1,000 people for Clint Eastwood’s 2006 war film “Flags of Our Fathers.” In addition to the wild landscapes, there are financial reasons to shoot in Iceland. Tax incentives lure filmmakers, as the government operates a generous reimbursement program. Visiting film productions could get reimbursed up to 20 percent of their production costs while filming on Icelandic soil, a substantial benefit on films costing tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. To qualify for the rebate, filmmakers must establish a company in Iceland, or create an Icelandic branch of an existing company.