The first scene of a movie is often its defining moment: In subtle and large ways it lets the audience know where they are, where they’re going — and often, what to expect along the way. But deciding on that first major statement can be a challenge; sometimes, a main character dancing to “Thriller” in the bathroom mirror is the wrong choice.
Here, directors and editors from nine awards-season contenders share why they began their films as they did – and what alternate openings were abandoned along the way.
Actor and vintage plane buff Harrison Ford was involved in a close-call incident involving a 737 passenger jet at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
FAA officials did not disclose the name of the pilot involved in the incident but provided a brief narrative of what happened.
The incident comes nearly two years after Ford crashed a plane at a golf course near Santa Monica Airport.
Beyoncé and Adele went head-to-head four times at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Both were nominated for album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best pop solo performance. In every category, Adele was awarded the Grammy. Every time, Beyoncé, the peerless pop music icon of our time, was told she was second-best.
Unequaled artists have long bumped up against the glass ceiling that awards shows impose on black excellence.
Actor and comedian Nick Cannon is leaving his longtime gig as host of the NBC reality show "America's Got Talent" after allegedly being threatened with termination by network executives.
Cannon announced his departure via a 700-word Facebook post Monday morning, explaining how his decision comes after a dispute with NBC head honchos over jokes in his recent Showtime comedy special.
"Nick Cannon: Stand Up, Don't Shoot" aired Friday night on the premium cable channel and featured a different Cannon than "AGT" audiences might be used to, with frequent uses of the N-word. The word even makes an appearance in a joke about how that evening NBC stood for "N– Better C'mon."
Katy Perry wasn't content to let her music do the talking at Sunday night's Grammy Awards.
The pop songstress performed her latest single, the politically charged "Chained to the Rhythm," at Sunday night's ceremony, but may have had her most controversial moment of the evening on the pre-show red carpet.
"It’s called taking care of your mental health," Perry told E! News' Ryan Seacrest when he inquired after her recent recording hiatus, before later adding, “I haven’t shaved my head yet.”
Netflix dropped the "Lemonade" tribute that Amy Schumer could only dream of creating. The streaming service provider released video Monday announcing the Season 3 premiere date for "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
The Emmy-nominated comedy, featuring Ellie Kemper as a former doomsday cult member acclimating to life outside of her 15 years in a bunker, returns to Netflix on May 19.
The teaser features Kimmy's best friend and all-around superstar Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) strolling the streets of New York in full "Lemonade" yellow dress fabulousness, a loving homage that's sure to wash the bitter aftertaste of Monday night's Grammy Awards from the mouths of Beyoncé fans.
When thinking about Al Jarreau, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday at age 76, one word comes insistently to mind: Smooth.
Much like his longtime friend and kindred spirit George Duke, who died in August 2013, Jarreau owned that free-flowing and often breezy subgenre somewhat derisively known as “smooth jazz.” In reality, it was a cross-pollination of jazz with funk, pop and R&B that his voice helped establish in the ’70s and ’80s. From the nimble, rounded style that allowed him to glide from note to note in his biggest hit “We’re in This Love Together” to the feeling evoked by the sound of his name itself, Jarreau became synonymous with a bright sort of cool that soared beyond jazz’s often sharp corners.
Also like Duke — who counted Frank Zappa and Miles Davis among his collaborators — Jarreau’s 50-year career defied such simple categorization. A Midwestern native, Jarreau cut his teeth at Bay Area clubs like the Half Note and Gatsby’s before moving to Los Angeles, where he appeared on the city’s club and talk-show circuit.