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John Travolta Snubbed 'Flight' Role Over Flying Upside Down Scene

6/27/2013 4:47pm EDT
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John Travolta turned down Denzel Washington's award-winning role in Flight because he thought the mid-air scenes were "a bit much."

Travolta, who is qualified private pilot, claims the part of alcoholic Captain Whip Whitaker was written with him in mind, but he decided against accepting the offer as he disapproved of certain scenes in the script.

Speaking at a British Film Institute (BFI) event in London, he says, "The funny thing was it was written for me. But it was not written well enough yet - the plane stuff, not the character. I loved that he was an alcoholic and I loved his journe...

Kerry Washington Wins Big At NAACP Awards - See Red Carpet Pics!

2/2/2013 9:36am EST
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington took top honors on Friday night at the 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
The actress, 36, won three awards: Best Supporting Actress ("Django Unchained"), Best Actress in a Drama Series ("Scandal") and President's Award for her public service work on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Washington is the first African-American woman to lead the cast of a primetime drama since Diahann Carroll in "Julia" over 30 years ago. Carroll gushed: "I think she's enjoying one of the great moments of her life right now in our industry."...

Check Out 'Flight' On DVD, Blu-ray & More Feb. 5

2/2/2013 6:38am EST
A pilot with a substance-abuse problem has to land a crippled airliner in "Flight," a Robert Zemeckis-directed drama from Paramount Pictures.

Denzel Washington heads up a cast that includes Brian Geraghty, John Goodman and Don Cheadle.

The film centers on airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Washington), a man who plays harder than he works, overindulging in booze, women, and drugs. He's a great pilot and he knows it, walking with the swagger of a man who feels indestructible.

Whitaker's fragile work/life balance is disrupted however, by an in-flight malfunction that causes his plane to crash. H...

Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

1/10/2013 10:13am EST
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...

Best of 2012 - Jason Coleman's Top Ten Movie Posters

12/26/2012 11:00am EST
2012 posters
We’re still counting down to the final moments of 2012 and there’s much more to highlight. This time we’re diving into the subject of what some consider a cool form of art, but that others feel is a waste of wall space. It’s a top ten list with everything from cool to school (of fish that is!) and everything in between. That’s right fans, we’re checking out my official..."Best of 2012 Top Ten Movie Posters!" (Plus a notable stinker collage at the end!)

1. "DUST UP"

What poster master Drew Struzan was to the 80’s, original Artist Akiko Stehrenberger is to the year 2000. After havi...

Budweiser Seeks To Remove Logo From Denzel Washington's Latest Film 'Flight'

11/6/2012 8:21am EST
Bosses behind Denzel Washington's new movie Flight face the possibility of re-editing the film following its release after officials at a brewing company demanded they obscure all images of Budweiser beer.

Washington plays a captain who saves his plane from crashing but is accused of drinking before the flight in the movie, and shots of the alcoholic beverage are featured.

However, chiefs at Anheuser-Busch, the company which produces Budweiser, have asked Paramount Pictures bosses to obscure all images of the drink, claiming they have "no knowledge of the use or portrayal of Budweiser" ...

Review: 'Flight' Is A Solid Return To Live-Action For Zemeckis

11/3/2012 11:28am EDT
Believe it or not, the Denzel Washington drama “Flight” is director Robert Zemeckis’s first live-action film, since 2000’s “Cast Away.” Zemeckis has worked on all types of tales, but over the past decade especially, he has truly embraced digital filmmaking, churning out three CG motion-capture flicks. So after 10 years of directing family-friendly animated movies, you would think he'd be a bit rusty when it comes to helming an intense R-rated drama. Thankfully he's not.

“Flight” concentrates on airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), a man who plays harder than he works, overindul...

'Flight' With Denzel Washington Is Good, But The Film Just Doesn't Soar

11/2/2012 3:00pm EDT
Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a secret...He's an alcoholic/coke addict. Whip is also an extraordinary pilot who miraculously crash lands a plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving all but 6 people on board.

After the crash, Whip is hailed a 'hero', but he certainly doesn't feel like one. To avoid the press, he escapes to his childhood farm where he tries to kick the booze.

At first, he's successful...Even has some help from an exjunkie (Kelly Reilly) who he met during his hospital stay.

All goes well at first...No alchol and lots of loving from Kelly. But when National Transp...

Weekend Movie Preview: 'Flight,' 'Wreck-It Ralph,' 'The Man with the Iron Fists,' & 'A Late Quartet'

11/2/2012 1:00pm EDT
Flight Poster
This weekend at the theater, Robert Zemeckis returns to the land of live-action with the Denzel Washington drama “Flight,” the videogame world is turned upside down when a villain decides to switch sides in “Wreck-It Ralph,” Wu-Tang rapper RZA makes his directing debut with the kung fu flick “The Man with the Iron Fists,” and a classical music group struggles to prevail against inner turmoil in “A Late Quartet.”

Today’s column contains my reviews of “Flight,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” and “A Late Quartet” along with my predictions about how “The Man with the Iron Fists” will be.


An airl...