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Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
New York (AP) - Casting Jesus for the silver screen has always been tricky. Directors must balance the actor's ability to project a sense of both divinity and humanity. They also need to sell tickets, and thus have often cast handsome, leading-man types.
In the new movie "Son of God," Jesus is played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado, whose appearance has been compared to Brad Pitt and a young Marlon Brando, and who has inspired a Twitter hashtag of "Hot Jesus." Box office is booming: "Son of God," which was made from footage shot for the History channel miniseries "The Bible," came in a close second last weekend to the latest Liam Neeson action blockbuster, and beat out the popular "Lego" movie.
Here are some of the actors who have played Jesus over the decades:
[Photo by AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Casey Crafford] »
- The Associated Press
After The Walking Dead‘s Daryl-centric episode, AMC caught up with Norman Reedus for their latest Q&A feature. Continue reading to see what he has to say about knowing what’s going to happen on the show, actors he looks up to, missing actors who have left the show, and more:
via AMC- ”Q: Fans have their own methods for trying to predict what is going to happen on the show. What do the actors do?
A: We get the scripts right before we shoot them. I sometimes hear rumors of certain directions we’ll take, and sometimes they’re right and sometimes they’re wrong. But nobody knows their character’s arc. Even when we do roundtables when the show kicks off, we have all these interviewers and they say, “Oh, we’ve watched the first two episodes, and this is what I think is happening.” They’re usually wrong, »
- Jonathan James
At a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary in Yogyakarta, reception ranges from anger at its 'celebration of killing' to hope that it will help Indonesia address its past
• Joshua Oppenheimer: 'You celebrate mass killing so you don't have to look yourself in the mirror'
The Act of Killing may have lost out on this year's Oscar for best documentary, but it has instigated a spectacular change within Indonesian society. The documentary, in which director Joshua Oppenheimer encourages the perpetrators of mass killings of the 1960s to re-enact their crimes for the camera, has been well received at film festivals around the world. But it is the reaction of the domestic Indonesian audience that is the most remarkable.
To understand how Oppenheimer's film challenges the Indonesian national narrative and the public discourse, it is essential to explore how the film is received and understood by an Indonesian audience. I screened »
In recent years, grousing about the Oscars, which used to begin and end as water cooler chatter, has turned into a trivially self-serious industry, an annual collective rant in which the Sins of the Telecast are dutifully compiled and picked over and excoriated. “The show was way too long!” “It was boring!” “The host was a bust: unfunny and, at times, offensive!” “He (or she) should never be invited back!” “The musical numbers were terrible, and the In Memoriam segment left out far too many people!” “The tribute to _____ stopped the show dead in its tracks, and so did the montages! »
- Owen Gleiberman
"12 Years a Slave" may only have won three of its nine Oscar bids, but one of them was the big one -- Best Picture. It also claimed an acting prize for featured player Lupita Nyongo and the adapted screenplay award. So, where does this haul put it among the 86 Best Picture winners in Oscar history? Only 20 other champs have claimed three or fewer Oscars in all. But of these, there are some genuine classics, including "Casablanca" and "The Godfather." Below, a list of all these films. -Break- Two Other Oscars 2012: "Argo" - Adapted Screenplay, Editing 2004: "Crash" - Original Screenplay, Editing 1976: "Rocky" - Director, Editing 1972: "The Godfather" - Actor (Marlon Brando), Adapted Screenplay 1969: "Midnight Cowboy" - Director, Adapted Screenplay 1949: "All the King's Men" - Actor (Broderick Crawford), Supporting Actress (Mer »
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
• Full list of winners as they're announced
O'Toole was nominated eight times for the best actor Oscar, but was unsuccessful in winning any, though he was partly compensated by being given an honorary Academy award in 2003. His Oscar-night losses included some of his best-known roles, among them Te Lawrence in 1962, the title role in Becket in 1964, and mentally ill aristocrat Jack Gurney in The Ruling Class in 1972, when he was defeated by Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) and Marlon Brando (The Godfather) respectively. His final nomination came in 2006 for Venus, when he lost »
- Andrew Pulver
Oscar’s big night is always filled with surprises and great moments — here are our favorites:
Newsreel clips show that she was visibly moved in a historic win.
Charlie Chaplin, Honorary Oscar
After 20 years in Europe, he returned in 1972 to a 12-minute standing ovation. (Unfortunately or fortunately, the video doesn’t show all 12 minutes.)
Louise Fletcher, Best Actress, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
As she spoke, she signed part of her speech for her deaf parents.
The actress summed up the exuberance of the moment as “You like me, right now, you like me!” It’s Oscar’s most misquoted speech.
The Italian filmmaker walked on the backs of the seats.
- Variety Staff
London's Royal Albert Hall has announced details of The Godfather Live.
Nino Rota's iconic score for the classic 1972 movie will be performed live alongside a screening of the film on Monday, December 8, 2014.
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, said of the project: "We are making movie fans an offer they can't refuse - The Godfather as it has never been seen, or heard, before.
"The Royal Albert Hall has become the place to see great films with great scores played live, and the chance to watch The Godfather with Nino Rota's legendary music performed on stage and in full will be a unique experience for fans.
"We are delighted to welcome the Corleone family to this iconic venue. »
From Jack leching over Jennifer to John Wayne's farewell and Brando's no-show, these are just some of the greatest moments at the Oscars ceremonies ever
1. When Jack met Jennifer
This is perhaps my favourite Oscar moment ever, and it is from last year: the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. Tellingly, it does not take place up on stage, in the often tense and frozen ritual of the awards ceremony itself, but happens in the cheerful buzz of the post-show melee backstage. This single, endlessly replayed clip probably did more for Jennifer Lawrence's public profile than anything on the big screen.
George Stephanopoulos, the former Bill Clinton aide who later made a career in TV, was conducting on-the-hoof interviews for ABC and had grabbed 22-year-old Lawrence to talk about her best actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. The »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Academy Awards are less than a week away, and SnagFilms is celebrating by making 33 Oscar winners and nominees available for free streaming. This is a great chance to catch up on or revisit some great films, from eye-opening documentaries to Hollywood films featuring your favorite stars. The streaming movies include the acclaimed documentaries "Hoop Dreams" (strongly championed by the late Roger Ebert), "Harlan County U.S.A," "Super Size Me," "Long Night's Journey Into Day," and "Weather Underground." Other noteworthy films include Marlon Brando's only directorial film "One Eyed Jacks" and classics "Marriage Italian Style"," "Charade," "A Star is Born," and "My Man Godfrey." Check out all the films below: [Full Disclosure: SnagFilms is Indiewire's Parent Company.] »
- Melina Gills
Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless gave France’s nascent La nouvelle vague a solid international underpinning and it has remained a vibrant, stylish and entertaining influence on filmmakers for 54 years. Largely improvised and capriciously photographed, Breathless tore away the final threads that bound films to novels – and the formal elements of novels – leaving each medium a little freer to reach their own respective potentials. The narrative of Breathless, and unlike some later Godard films it does have one, is not dispensed through written dialogue designed to advance plot points but rather a capturing of fleeting ideas and quickly dissolving moments in time. Like life itself, some of these moments are big and important while others simply banal markers on the timeline of existence. Breathless gives equal dramatic weight to the climactic and the mundane, throwing a greasy yet elegant monkey wrench into 1960‘s accepted orthodoxy of what a movie was supposed to be. »
- David Anderson
Image: The Empire cover for Godzilla
“Andy’s mom has always been a bit of an enigma. In the first Toy Story, we barely even saw her face. That’s all fine because throughout the movies, the real focus has been on Andy and the love he has for those toys.”
Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life:
“Am I bitter about some of the things that have happened to me in the past year? Yes, I’m a human being. I always had big ambitions. I had dreams of running for office at some point in the next five years. In the pyramid of decision-making in New York City politics, rich people come first, unions second, and rank-and-file New Yorkers come dead last. I wanted to change that. I wanted to find a way to lower the »
This year’s Best Actor race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time. And by greatest, I mean both the most competitive and also the most outstanding, in the sense that each nominee is excellent — hypothetical winners in almost any other year. They also reflect the depth of superb male performances in 2013. Consider: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoneix (Her), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all missed the cut.
EW’s Owen Gleiberman recently analyzed this year’s Best Actor race, calling it the most “fiercely, »
- Jeff Labrecque
James Franco offered up an insightful take on Shia Labeouf's recent behavior and career choices in an op-ed for The New York Times, examining what the actor might be trying to accomplish if his acting out is indeed performance art and not, as some have speculated, a nervous breakdown.
The trouble started last year after Labeouf plagiarized cartoonist Daniel Clowes in the actor's short film HowardCantour.com. The actor's subsequent apology bore a striking resemblance to a response on Yahoo Answers written in February 2010 (Labeouf then hired out a skywriter to write, »
James Franco is no fool. He has made a study of how to survive in Hollywood as he pursues multiple careers--without worrying about how he will be judged. Whether it will be fulfilling or not is up to him. He gets that the relationship between him and his audience is complicated. And that the only way to combat all the sycophancy and craziness from agents, managers, lawyers, producers, publicists, filmmakers, executives and the media is to try to be himself, for better or worse, and not get hung up on everyone else's expectations and desires. 27-year-old Shia Labeouf's recent behavior--and the media response-- has prompted Franco to try and explain what he thinks is happening, in the Nyt. Marlon Brando was one Hollywood movie star who struggled to remain authentic under the most trying circumstances, hating obsequious questions from the press, whether in English or French. He challenged the »
- Anne Thompson
Let's hope it's performance art, and not a psychological problem. That is James Franco's view of Shia Labeouf's recent behavior, as put forth in a thoughtful, empathetic op-ed piece Franco published Thursday in The New York Times. The article, titled "Why Actors Act Out," recaps Labeouf's odd antics lately, including his appearance with a paper bag over his head - bearing the line "I am not famous anymore" - at the German premiere of Nymphomaniac. Franco, 35, is not close with Labeouf, 27, but is clearly concerned for him. And as someone who has also to deal with the sometimes unwelcome spotlight of fame, »
- Tim Nudd
Given the speculation that some of Shia Labeouf's antics as of late, especially his weepy apology installation in Los Angeles, are nothing more than performance art, it's hard not to wonder what our era's premier artsy-fartsy, post-modern celebrity clown-prince thought. And just in time, James Franco took a few hours out of his blogging schedule to write for an actual print publication. In a New York Times op-ed, Franco defends Labeouf's art. If it's art, that is: "I think Mr. Labeouf’s project, if it is a project, is a worthy one." Franco sees The Beef's actions as those of a "young man in a very public profession [trying] to reclaim his public persona," citing the historical precedent set by Marlon Brando, Joaquin Phoenix, and James Franco.He writes, "Our rebellion against the hand that feeds us can instigate a frenzy of commentary that sets in motion a feedback loop: acting out, »
- Jesse David Fox
Labeouf was recently accused of plagiarising the work of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes in his short film Howard Cantour.com. Last week, he opened a bizarre art installation in Los Angeles called #Iamsorry.
Franco wrote: "This behaviour could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness.
"For Mr Labeouf's sake I hope it is nothing serious. Indeed I hope - and, yes, I know that this idea has pretentious or just plain ridiculous overtones - that his actions are intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona. »
James Franco has been known to make some dubious professional choices, from acting on General Hospital at the height of his career to his ill-received gig co-hosting the Oscars alongside Anne Hathaway. So it’s no surprise that he can relate to Shia Labeouf’s recent string of bizarre behavior — ever since the Transformers star was accused of plagiarizing his short film HowardCantour.com back in December — and Franco put that empathy into a New York Times essay that went online Wednesday night.
“This behavior could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness, »
- Katie Atkinson
I met up with Kent Jones during a snowy day, surrounded by New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, to talk about his work on Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian. The film stars Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric, Misty Upham, and Gina McKee. The winding paths of our conversation on post-war silences, psychoanalysis, western landscapes and eastern escapes led us from David Lynch's Straight Story to Clint Eastwood's Flags Of Our Fathers to Truffaut and Hitchcock, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Marlon Brando in The Men, across Red River to The Best Years of Our Lives and why the story of a returning World War II veteran has special meaning for him.
When I spoke with Kent in September 2013, he was embarking on his first year as Director of Programming and »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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