Exclusive: Dominic West, between seasons of Showtime’s first-year hit drama The Affair, has signed on to star opposite George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell in the Jodie Foster-directed Money Monster at TriStar Pictures. Clooney plays a Jim Cramer-type host of a stock investment show who makes a bad call on a hot stock. A disgruntled investor storms his studio with a gun in front of a live audience, and threatens to kill him if the stock price of the now beaten… »
From early Bond to 21st century sci-fi, here's Ryan's pick of 11 unforgettable villain pairings from action cinema history...
You're generally lucky if a movie has one genuinely great villain in it, let alone two. This is probably because creating a villain takes great acting and writing - it's one thing to create a preening character who stomps around a story doing unpleasant things, but creating a villain who's three-dimensional, witty, scary and above all memorable requires considerable skill.
Every so often, a movie comes along which gives us not one, but two classic villains, with the personality of one complementing the other. A familiar dynamic was once laid out by Steven Spielberg: one is smart and eloquent , while the other is the tougher, more violent of the pair. It's a template that we've seen time and again in cinema, but it's only occasionally that both characters leap from the screen. »
It’s an experience that the former Fox Filmed Entertainment chief is familiar with, because when he assumed leadership at that studio in 2000, it had yet to mount many of its biggest series and reboots, such as “X-Men” and “Planet of the Apes.”
His ability to replenish Fox’s blockbuster cupboard, as well as his ties to A-list talent such as Ang Lee, George Clooney and Jodie Foster, is a major reason he was selected to run Sony over such potential candidates as production chief Michael De Luca and motion picture group president Doug Belgrad, according to individuals with knowledge.
“Every studio needs franchises,” Rothman told Variety. “That was the case when we took over at Fox and that took time to build it up and it will take time here. »
- Brent Lang
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7.80 The Lego Movie
6.96 Big Hero 6
6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
6.40 American Sniper
- Jeff Bayer
It is hard to believe that on Saturday the Independent Spirit Awards will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in that giant tent erected each year on the Santa Monica beach. I remember as a young producer of movie coverage at Entertainment Tonight attending one of the earliest Spirits gatherings in 1988 at the 385 North Restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard. It was so intimate they actually sat me at a table near the stage with Jodie Foster, Meg Ryan and her then-husband De… »
To celebrate the Oscars this weekend, the Flickering Myth writing team look back at some of the previous Best Picture winners. First up, Helen Murdoch looks back at 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs…
Winner of the Big 5 Academy Awards – Actor, Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Director and Picture – The Silence of the Lambs is a twisted thriller that has endeared for over 20 years. Helmed by Jonathan Demme, The Silence of the Lambs is the second of the Hannibal novels and follows Clarice Starling as she hunts serial killer Buffalo Bill with the help of imprisoned killer Hannibal Lecter. From its opening shot through the cold woods through to the first meeting with Lecter and its pitch black crescendo, it’s a film that doesn’t let up and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.
In a year that saw The Silence of the Lambs go up against Beauty & the Beast, »
- Luke Owen
It’s been a while since we’ve run a Nerd Buy feature here on Nerdly – but what a way to bring it back! As a lifelong toy fan, I’m a sucker for Funko/Super 7′s ReAction figure line, which brings us all the 70s-styled, Kenner-like action figures we could ever possibly want. I’ve got a bunch already (the Horror line, Back to the Future) but I’m always in the market for more..
Taxi Driver – Travis Bickle ReAction Figure
Arguably, Taxi Driver was the movie that drew the world’s attention to the often double act of De Niro and Scorsese. it stands as one of the great movies of the last 50 years. Travis is featured here as he is seen in the later Jodie Foster rescue scenes. »
- Phil Wheat
By David Savage
Kino Lorber was right to bring out Foxes (1980) in Blu-ray under their Kl Studio Classics series. The elegant re-issue seems aimed at convincing film snobs that this little gem from the last days of disco finally deserves their attention after a distance of 35 years, during which time it was either dismissed as another insignificant teen comedy of the ‘80s, or as a guilty pleasure. But longtime champions of the film, myself included, need no convincing. We owned the clamshell VHS, we owned the first-generation DVD, and now, if anything, I’d venture to say we feel vindicated that it now carries the stamp as a bonafide classic by a home video label as respected as Kino Lorber. Indeed, a major fist-pump moment comes during director Adrian Lyne’s remark in the audio commentary that Roger Ebert selected it as his favorite film of 1980 and took it with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Broadening, deepening and further illuminating the inquiries of his acclaimed "Nostalgia For The Light," Chilean director Patricio Guzmán's "The Pearl Button" pulled off an unusual, if not unprecedented feat when, as a documentary, it took home the Berlinale Best Screenplay award. But it's very well-deserved, because while unscripted interviews do form a large part of this questing, curious, expansive film, what unites and elevates it is the flow of its ideas and Guzman's scintillating narration. To essay a slightly daft comparison, in Robert Zemeckis' "Contact," upon first glimpsing the cosmos, Jodie Foster's scientist character gasps, "They should have sent a poet." If they had, it should have been Guzmán, and something like "The Pearl Button" might have been the result. Guzmán's poetry is not that of flowery prose or linguistic tricks, though. In fact, his clear, low voice delivers dizzying »
- Jessica Kiang
By Anjelica Oswald
On any given year, the four acting winners are usually a mix of American and non-American actors, but this year could see all four acting awards go to American actors for the first time in 17 years.
If Michael Keaton beats Eddie Redmayne for lead actor and the current projected frontrunners — supporting actress nominee Patricia Arquette, supporting actor nominee J.K. Simmons and lead actress nominee Julianne Moore — also win, it will be the first time since 1998 that all of the acting awards were given to American actors. (It will also be the second time in 77 years that all of the winners have been 46 or older.)
Since 1980, there have been eight instances where American actors were awarded all four acting Oscars. »
- Anjelica Oswald
There’s no greater drama produced in Hollywood than the rise and fall of top executives at the handful of conglomerates that rule the entertainment business.
Last week, industryites took in a double feature. Less than 30 minutes after word spread on the morning of Feb. 5 that Amy Pascal was out after 19 years atop Sony Pictures Entertainment, Disney confirmed the long-expected promotion of Tom Staggs to chief operating officer, making him the heir apparent to Bob Iger as CEO of the world’s largest media company.
High-level executive shakeups are a constant in the industry. While the developments at Sony and Disney are polar opposite in nature — with one executive descending, the other ascending — they are sure to trigger a domino effect that alters the corporate order.
Management shuffles always bring a large dose of disruption, uncertainty and anxiety, as well as opportunity, as the executive chessboard gets realigned and some players rise while others fall. »
- Brent Lang and Cynthia Littleton
The Unbroken actor, who won the Ee Rising Star award at last night's BAFTAs, said that he couldn't pass up the opportunity to star alongside George Clooney despite the "risk" of being typecast.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other press after his win last night, O'Connell said: "I might have done myself a bit of injustice in the next role because he's an angry youngster again.
"But saying that it is New York, it is modern day, and it's opposite George Clooney - so I wasn't going to pass up that opportunity at the risk of seeming like a one-trick pony."
O'Connell had previously been rumoured for the role in the film, which is also reported to have Julia Roberts attached.
Money Monster will centre around bombastic TV personality Lee Gates (Clooney) who offers money advice on his hit show, »
The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2014 were announced tonight during the 67th Annual DGA Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Birdman. Actor Jane Lynch hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,600 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): DGA President Paris Barclay; Chadwick Boseman; Pierce Brosnan; Glen Charles; Les Charles; Bradley Cooper; Alfonso Cuarón; Julie Delpy; Jodie Foster; Taraji P. Henson; January Jones; Michael Mann; Lea Michele; Don Mischer; Bill Murray; Katey Sagal; Steven Spielberg; Barbra Streisand; and DGA First Vice President Betty Thomas. BMW is the Exclusive Automotive Sponsor of the 67th Annual DGA Awards. The winners of the 2014 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are: Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film Alejandro G. IÑÁRRITU Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue »
- Josh Abraham
Rosie O'Donnell, HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins, Beyond the Lights director Gina Prince-Bythewood and Mandalay Pictures president Cathy Schulman were among the powerful women in the entertainment industry who gathered at New York's Barnard College on Saturday night for the Athena Film Festival's annual awards. The awards, which honor female members of the film industry for their leadership and creative accomplishments, were presented this year to Nevins, Prince-Bythewood, Schulman and Jodie Foster (who accepted her award on Thursday night and wasn't on hand on Saturday night because she was attending the Directors Guild Awards in L.A.,
- Hilary Lewis
“I never expected to be here tonight talking to you — never,” a deeply moved Inarritu said in his acceptance speech Saturday night at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. “I am openly humbled.”
Inarritu, a native of Mexico, noted that filmmaking is unpredictable: “You can’t pick a sexual position that will turn out a certain kind of child.”
“I’m just so thankful, thankful, thankful, thankful,” he concluded.
- Dave McNary
The win for “Transparent” comes a month after it won the comedy series trophy at the Golden Globes.
Jane Lynch hosted the 67th annual DGA ceremonies at the Century Plaza.
Updated list of winners:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Homeland, “13 Hours in Islamabad”
House of Cards, “Chapter 22″
True Detective, “Who Goes There”
Game of Thrones, “The Children”
Louie, “Elevator: Part »
- Dave McNary
As an Oscar-winning actress and acclaimed director, Jodie Foster is no stranger to breaking proverbial glass ceilings in Tinseltown. Slated as the head honcho for big-budget flicks like the forthcoming Money Monster and having directed several episodes of the critically acclaimed Orange Is the New Black, the seemingly diminutive Foster has bucked the status quo. We caught up with Foster at the fifth Annual Athena Film Festival last night in New York City, which was founded to celebrate female leadership in the entertainment industry, including film. Before accepting her lifetime achievement award from the organization, in front of a predominately female audience on the campus of the all-female Barnard College, Foster explained how the sweet old fatherlike figures at the now nearly defunct Orion Pictures green-lit her directorial debut. “I will say that directing my first movie [Little Man Tate] was a pretty big moment for me, and it was because of a few wonderful supportive old men. »
- Ericka Goodman
The Athena Film Festival, which kicked off its 2015 edition Thursday night, is designed to celebrate female leadership, recognizing trailblazing women in the entertainment industry and on the big screen. At a brief ceremony ahead of the festival's opening night, New York premiere of the documentary Dreamcatcher, the festival's lifetime achievement award honoree Jodie Foster explained how valuable it was for her to see women working in the film industry. "When I was growing up in the film business, I never saw a woman's face," Foster said in her remarks at Barnard College before accepting her award. "Sometimes it
- Hilary Lewis
The 2015 Athena Film Festival kicks off Thursday night honoring Jodie Foster at the New York premiere of its opening night documentary Dreamcatcher. The evening illustrates how the Barnard College-based festival, now in its fifth year, mixes celebrating well-known individuals and movies along with lesser-known but significant films about women's leadership it its various forms. Read More Rosie O'Donnell Documentary to Premiere at the Athena Film Festival "I want to bring in movies that are never going to be seen here unless there was an Athena Film Festival, but I also want to balance films that have
- Hilary Lewis
The chatter championing opportunity for women directors has reached a new peak even while the stats remain dire. According to USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, female helmers represented only 4% of the 100 top-grossing films of 2012. In 2014, some high-profile directors made headlines during awards season, including Angelina Jolie with her second feature, “Unbroken,” and Ava DuVernay with “Selma.”
Despite any awards-season snubs, it is important to shine the spotlight on what’s in the pipeline for 2015 and 2016 for femme helmers. According to Melissa Silverstein, founder and editor of website Women and Hollywood, “When you have women behind the scenes in power you see more women on screen — and that’s why this discussion is so important.”
“It’s directed and written by women,” Silverstein says. “While ‘Fifty »
- Thelma Adams
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