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20. Dead Man Walking
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »
- Joshua Gaul
Madrid – Media Luna has acquired world sales rights to Russian Vera Glagoleva’s costume drama “Two Women,” with Ralph Fiennes (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Harry Potter,” “The English Patient”) and Sylvie Testud (“La vie en rose,” “Lourdes”).
Based on Ivan Turgenev’s stage play “A Month in the Country,” “Two Women” was originally represented in international sales by Rezo Films.
A drama of manners, “Two Women” stars Natalya (Anna Astrakhantseva), married to a stolid Russian landowner Arkadi and worried about her fading charms, who competes for the affections of Alexei (Nikita Volkov), her son’s young tutor, with none less than her adopted daughter Vera (Anna Levanova). Fiennes limns a family friend, Mikail, with whom Natalya dallies, but nothing more, Testud a governess who rejects her suitor – and with that her hope of marriage. As Alexei and Vera draw closer, Natalya struggles with her feelings for Alexi and Mikhail with his for Natalya, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
This year's Oscar nominees for Best Makeup and Hairstyling — "Foxcatcher," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" — are a typically varied assortment. This is a branch, after all, whose choices often reflect consideration of the work itself above Best Picture-contending frontrunners. Just last year we got nominations for films like "Bad Grandpa" and "The Lone Ranger." This time around, the cream of the crop just happened to come in critically acclaimed films. Beginning with "Foxcatcher," Bill Corso and his co-nominee, Dennis Liddiard, had a gargantuan task ahead of them: transforming well-known comedic actors Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, as well as Mark Ruffalo, into something approaching blue blood John du Pont, wrestling wunderkind Mark Schultz and his ill-fated brother Dave. They split duties, with Liddiard handling Tatum's transformation, Corso working on Carell and the two of them coming to Ruffalo when needed. For both Tatum and Ruffalo, given that they were playing wrestlers, »
- Gerard Kennedy and Kristopher Tapley
With the awards season now drawing to a close, and the Oscars just a few weeks away, the last few months have been a reminder that not only is cinema very much alive and well, the diversity of stories that move and thrill us has never been better. But while we all have our individual reasons why we love movies, what about the people who make them? That's the simple premise behind the appropriately titled "What I Love About Movies" from the folks at Little White Lies, and today we have some hardcover copies of the book to put in your hands. Featuring Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Helen Mirren, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kristen Stewart, Ralph Fiennes, Steve McQueen, Carey Mulligan, Francis Ford Coppola, and more, along with beautiful illustrations for each subject (see below), the book features quotes from those talents and many more, sharing their »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Spoiler alert, but Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was, in fact, not my favorite film of the year. I figured I should just get that out of the way at the start for those of you who feared I might have the same #1 film as Brad and Mike, both of whom listed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's latest as their favorite film from 2014. Don't get me wrong, I really liked Birdman, but in a surprise to even myself, it didn't make my list, which I think you can pretty much chalk up to the surprisingly good year 2014 wound up being. I was certainly among the scoffers last fall about it being a bit of down year, and just a month or so ago I was of the opinion 2014 offered a lot of films to like, but very few to love. After going through and finalizing my list, I'd like to retract that statement. »
- Jordan Benesh
The Berlinale’s greater emphasis on television this year should not be interpreted as the first step towards a German Mip, according to festival director Dieter Kosslick.
In an exclusive interview with ScreenDaily, Kosslick said: ¨We don’t want to make a Mip TV or Mipcom, that’s as sure as day follows night and anything more would overstretch us.¨
He pointed out that that the Berlinale had had successful screenings of quality TV in the past with such productions as Dominik Graf’s Im Namen des Verbrechens, Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz.
“We have now been working for the past two years on this programme which is composed of two parts: a series of discussions on new trends at the Efm and two days of drama series integrated into the festival programme and shown at Haus der Berliner [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
The Academy Originals series continues to provide viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood. This time, they asked actors, screenwriters, directors and producers what their favorite movie is that they think no one else has seen. Many, including actors Mark Whalberg and Jennifer Garner and director David O. Russell answered the tough question. Highlights from the video include Ralph Fiennes, who says, "A film I've seen recently that really effected me is an Iranian film called 'Manuscripts Don't Burn.'" Jonah Hill, having starred in "The Wolf of Wall Street," answers with another Martin Scorsese film: "The King of Comedy" from 1982. Screenwriter John Ridley chooses the 1969 Francis Ford Coppola film "The Rain People," calling it "an astonishing piece of work." David O. Russell answers with an impressive three films: "Love and Anarchy," "The Seduction of Mimi" and "Seven Beauties." Have you seen »
- Travis Clark
If you're betting on "Boyhood" to win big at the upcoming Academy Awards, think again! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was deemed to be the big Oscar frontrunner but a double-dose of guild awards over the weekend tamed those prospects down. First, the Producers Guild of America gave their top honor to Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the Screen Actors Guild followed suit!
"Birdman" took home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award! But, since the movie is about acting, this award is just fitting.
My biggest surprise, and it'a welcome surprise indeed, was "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne taking home the Outstanding Male Actor trophy. Sorry Michael Keaton! I think Redmayne truly gave the Performance of the Year award!
Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
The Screen Actors Guild handed out the 21st annual SAG Awards Sunday night live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is a rundown of all the nominees and winners as they are announced. And be sure to re-live our live blog of the show here! Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) **Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features)** - Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) **Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)** - Winner Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl »
- Kristopher Tapley
She’s best known for playing the headstrong Tara in True Blood, but for her next role Rutina Wesley encounters a human monster in the third season of Hannibal. Wesley plays Reba McClane, infamous to readers of the Thomas Harris source novels as the woman who got close to Francis Dolarhyde.
Unbeknownst to her, he is the Tooth Fairy, the serial killer at the heart of first Lecter bestseller Red Dragon – however her blindness makes her literally unseeing as to his true nature. Richard Armitage has been cast as Dolarhyde. The characters were portrayed by Emily Watson and Ralph Fiennes in the 2002 movie adaptation and by Joan Allen and Tom Noonan in Michael Mann’s 1986 version Manhunter.
Wesley and Armitage join new cast member Joe Anderson, who replaces Michael Pitt as Mason Verger. It looks like showrunner Bryan Fuller is really starting to blend the worlds of the series and the books, »
- Steve Palace
Watching Mortdecai, I couldn’t help but spend most of my time contemplating what differentiates this from a Wes Anderson movie. After all, the former features Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Goldblum and, most importantly, a motorcycle with sidecar. It also centers on a valuable painting that multiple characters covet, just like Anderson’s latest, the Oscar-contending The Grand Budapest Hotel. Goldblum is in that one and, more interestingly enough, Mortdecai lead Johnny Depp was long-rumored to play the part of Monsieur Gustave H., which was filled instead by Ralph Fiennes (Anderson denied Depp was ever in consideration). Perhaps his early involvement with this similar-sounding movie wound up crossing with the other in conversations around Hollywood. There are many things that do separate Mortdecai from Grand Budapest and others made by Anderson. The heart isn’t there, for one thing. Nor is the meticulous art direction. It reminds me of the viral videos parodying Anderson’s style made »
- Christopher Campbell
After a shocking ending in 2014, the brilliant FBI investigator hunts for his killer psychiatrist
Now it’s Will Graham’s turn to forgive.
NBC released a sneak peak for this summer’s return of “Hannibal.” The teaser follows Will (Hugh Dancy) as he desperately tracks the whereabouts of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). It appears the two meet in a dimly lit underground tunnel somewhere in Europe.
“Hannibal,” Will shouts. “I forgive you.”
See photos: TV Sophomore Sizzle: 8 Shows That Got Hot in Their Second Seasons
Season 2’s ending shocked fans when a betrayed Hannibal left Will to bleed out »
- Alicia Banks
“Our minds can concoct all sorts of scenarios when we don’t want to believe something. We construct fairy tales… and we accept them.” A teaser trailer for Season 3 of NBC’s Hannibal has been released, giving us our first look at Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), and more in the drastically different third season of Bryan Fuller’s serial killer series.
Season 3 of Hannibal will debut this summer. It was recently revealed that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role in the third season. Arianda portrays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films) will play The Tooth Fairy serial killer (aka Francis Dolarhyde) from Thomas Harris »
- Derek Anderson
We’re back with another round-up of horror and sci-fi news, including a casting update for Hannibal’s third season, Scream Factory’s new title announcement and their revealed special features for the Exterminators of the Year 3000 Blu-ray, and also an upcoming special screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard that will include a Q&A with director B. Harrison Smith and cast members Billy Zane, Dee Wallace Stone, and Felissa Rose.
TVLine reports that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role on Hannibal in the third season that premieres this summer. Arianda plays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
- Derek Anderson
In his review of the film, James Rocchi (The Wrap) says the film, “will have any thrillseekers in the theater clutching their armrest and shivering with imagined terrors.”
Black Sea is a suspenseful adventure thriller centering on a rogue submarine captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.
Back Lot Music is issuing the digital soundtrack album for Black Sea, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, it was announced today. The soundtrack features 25 new score cues by composer Ilan Eshkeri. »
- Michelle McCue
The Best Actor chart is revised for your perusal with our usual game of 'how'd they get nominated' -- especially relevant in this stacked category (sniffle goodbye Timothy Jake Fiennes-Oyelowo) -- and the readers poll of who you think is actually best.
So check that out and vote, would you?
Though I've already expressed my disappointment in the Acdemy's shortlist given the wide variety of strong performances they didn't love enough, one thing that is satisfying about it is how many first timers we have. Indeed, had they not nominated Bradley Cooper and chosen, say, Oyelowo or Spall we could have had an all virgin Best Actor lineup.
Trivia Break: there's been a lot of talk about Cooper's 3 consecutive nominations (2012-2014 for Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and American Sniper). If you're curious, no, it's not an acting record. The all time consecutive record holders for men are Marlon Brando »
- NATHANIEL R
"...a cryptic message from the past of 'Bond' sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.
"Then while 'M' battles political forces to keep the secret service alive...
"...Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind 'Spectre'..."
"Spectre" will be released in North America, November 6, 2015, also starring Rory Kinnear as 'Tanner', Ben Whishaw as 'Q', Naomie Harris as 'Eve Moneypenny', Ralph Fiennes as 'M', Jesper Christensen as 'Mr. White', Andrew Scott as 'Denbigh'...
...and Christoph Waltz as 'Oberhauser'.
"Spectre" will also include a new 'Aston Martin' , called the 'DB10', designed specifically for the film.
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- Michael Stevens
I think a good way to judge whether or not you thought the past year of film was a good one is how difficult it was to compile your top ten of the year. Did you struggle to fill spots or were there a bunch of films vying for positionsc 2014 ended up in the latter category for me, which is a very good thing. I was impressed with the slate of films released this year, mainly from the smaller side. Major Hollywood studios did manage to crank out a couple of high quality, blockbuster entertainments, like Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which, in my opinion, is two more than they usually produce. Obviously, we are not far away enough to know how remembered 2014 will be, and if it is, for whatc Will people remember this as the year Marvel could put out whatever and people would »
- Mike Shutt
Filming is currently underway in Austria for the latest James Bond film Spectre, and some new set photos have arrived online showing a big action sequence being shot…
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 23rd 2015 in the UK and November 6th 2015 in the States. The film sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, alongside franchise newcomers Andrew Scott (Pride) as Denbigh, Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mr. »
- Thomas Roach
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