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Santa Monica — A brief interlude today in our on-going series of chats with "Birdman" star Michael Keaton. An interesting note in his filmography is the handful of journalism films he has under his belt. Between Ron Howard's "The Paper," HBO's "Live from Baghdad" and the upcoming "Spotlight" from director Tom McCarthy, Keaton has seen his share of journalist characters. And it's something he's been fascinated by since he was a young man trying to find his way. Indeed, follow him on Instagram and you're not going to be confronted by a bunch of selfies from his life on the circuit. You'll see snapshot after snapshot of newspaper stories that he devours every morning while kicking back at the coffee shop we're meeting the a day before he'll get the news that he has landed his first Oscar nomination. It seemed an interesting sidebar so I pursued it. Read through »
- Kristopher Tapley
By Anjelica Oswald
The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer science pioneer who, along with his fellow code-breakers, broke the Nazi Enigma code to help end World War II. Though Turing was hailed as a hero, he was eventually arrested and prosecuted for homosexuality, along with 49,000 other British men and women. Turing chose to be chemically castrated rather than face imprisonment, so he could continue his work, and it is believed that he committed suicide a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.
On Jan. 21, Stephen Fry led a discussion about the The Imitation Game following a screening of the film for BAFTA voters, discussed Queen Elizabeth’s pardon and suggested that the 49,000 persecuted men and women should be as well. Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, which is honoring The Imitation Game at its Human Rights Gala on Jan. »
- Anjelica Oswald
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
We've come to an interesting crossroads in the race. With all eyes on "Boyhood" coming into the weekend, and a few others on "American Sniper" and "The Imitation Game," it was "Birdman" that walked away the PGA champ Saturday. The SAG Awards left some doubt late in the evening Sunday as to whether the film's odds-on favorite status for the ensemble prize was jeopardized by Eddie Redmayne's lead actor win over Michael Keaton, but when the dust settled, "Birdman" was on top once again. So, some notes on the history. Films that have won both of those awards and gone on to claim the Best Picture Oscar: "Argo," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," "No Country for Old Men," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "Chicago." Films that have won both and gone on to lose the Best Picture Oscar: "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Apollo »
- Kristopher Tapley
Quick…name a favorable film where the landscape is run by (or at least partially include) the demographic of little people as part of the instrumental storyline? C’mon…it should not be that difficult, okay? If you want to mention say Darby O’Gill and the Little People then that would fine. How about Bad Santa or Poltergeist for that matter?
In That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People we will take a look at some of the mini megastars that inhabited these movies and contributed their fair share of entertainment value to the on-screen proceedings. The debate as to whether some of these selected films featuring these pint-sized performers are considered positive, exploitative or dismissive are not up for discussion (although one of these considerations could apply in the minds of a few folks). Instead, we want to celebrate the inclusion of »
- Frank Ochieng
Santa Monica — Michael Keaton is having the time of his life. Cruising along an awards circuit that has brought him plenty of kudos for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and probably more opportunities to talk about himself than he'd prefer, he seems consistently high on life and not at all phased by the grind. He's not someone who has really sought out this kind of attention and acclaim, often retreating to his ranch in Montana away from the Hollywood fray, but now that he's feeling the love? Let's just say I doubt anyone's having as much fun with all of this than he is. On the eve of this year's Oscar nominations announcement, I met Keaton for coffee and a light lunch at one of his favorite Santa Monica spots to chew on as much of his career and the awards »
- Kristopher Tapley
The 87th Academy Award nominations for 2015 were recently released on January 15, 2015 representing the excellence in film for the previous year. Naturally there was the standard controversy regarding those films and performances that got unfairly overlooked. Unfortunately, the perceived snubs do happen from year to year so this goes along with the territory. Nevertheless, the lucky selections that do manage to grab Oscar’s attention are understandably grateful and psyched to see if the golden statuette will in fact go home with them on the film industry’s biggest and most elegant evening.
With the obvious crankiness of Oscar omissions aside and the injustices that go with these “reel” deals has anyone ever considered the Academy Award nominees that are surprisingly recognized that could have gone unnoticed for whatever reasoning? After all there are films and exceptional performances that get lost in the shuffle but manage to get the accolades it »
- Frank Ochieng
TV Rewind: Today Oscar award winner Ron Howard visits; The Hosts and Kelly Osbourne discuss critical mothers on The Talk (1/23).Ron Howard on New ‘Project Imagination’ CampaignOscar-winning director and producer Ron Howard discusses his inspiring new campaign, “Project Imagination Presents: The Trailer.” Howard says, “This year Project Imagination: The Trailer” is a little more playful. It’s take your images, edit them together, cut it down to 60 seconds make a trailer out of it….submit it and I’m going to choose one and then we’re going to make a short Hollywood film inspired by that trailer.”Ron Howard on New ‘Project Imagination’ […] »
- April Neale
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Country crooner Blake Shelton is known for his melodious voice, so naturally Jimmy Fallon made him play Whisper Challenge on "The Tonight Show," a game which basically involved Blake complaining and having no idea who Benedict Cumberbatch is. Quote: "I've never even heard of that."
We're in the midst of Deflate Gate (The Patriots are being accused of deflating some footballs, sigh), and Edward Norton visited Jimmy Kimmel to sound off on this extremely important topic. In other words, enjoy lots of "ball play" jokes.
- Mehera Bonner
Exclusive: Documentary filmmaker Stevan Riley (Blue Blood, Fire In Babylon) got the chance of a lifetime when he was granted access to more than 200 hours of audio tapes Marlon Brando made during the course of his life, a personal archive of never-before-heard musings, acting studies, self-hypnosis and insights the enigmatic Oscar winner had hoped to turn into an autobiographical film before his death in 2004.
With the blessing of Brando’s estate and help from Searching For Sugar Man’s John Battsek (who produced alongside George Chignell and R.J. Cutler), Riley put Brando’s own intimate thoughts on Brando to film in Listen To Me Marlon, which premieres Saturday in competition at Sundance in the World Cinema Documentary program.
- Jen Yamato
Just last week, writer Gary Whitta completed his draft of Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' upcoming Star Wars spin-off film and left the project to pursue other work. Now casting for the film is revving up, and THR reports that Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake headliner Rooney Mara are auditioning for the female lead. Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything) is also supposedly on the studio's "want list," but there could be a scheduling conflict with Ron Howard's Da Vinci Code sequel, Inferno, which is shooting this spring and summer. The untitled Star Wars project would presumably need to get rolling about that same time, considering it already has a release date of December 16th, 2016.
The report says that Maslany is currently testing for the role, while Mara and "a handful of others" will audition this week. Both »
- Ben Pearson
Following last week's news that the Star Wars spin-off that is set to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) has lost its writer, we now have word that the production is soldiering on and has begun casting. THR is reporting that three actresses are being sought for a leading role in the film, and they've revealed who they are. One is the star of BBC America's hit series Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany (pictured above). One-time Star Wars director candidate David Fincher's muse Rooney Mara, who worked with the director on The Social Network and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is also said to be up for the role. There's also Felicity Jones, who's enjoying plenty of buzz at the moment for her work in the Oscar darling The Theory of Everything.
Maslany, Jones, and Mara
As of now, the role is a mystery, just like the plot. Rumors »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
While all eyes are currently set on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gareth Edwards' first spin-off movie is preparing to start filming in a couple months, which means casting is already underway, and now we know about a couple actresses vying for the lead role. Come inside to learn more!
We've heard reports, and mentioned it ourselves a couple times, that the casting process for Gareth Edwards' Star Wars standalone film was already happening. Considering the film is set to begin filming in a couple months (and set to release in 2016), it's not really a surprise. The focus for fans so far has been The Force Awakens, but it's nice that we're finally starting to hear a little more about the spin-off. The latest news comes from THR, who are reporting about two very strong actresses who are trying out for the lead female role:
Sources tell »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Talk about a Clone Club. "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany is testing for the lead female role in Gareth Edwards's mysterious "Star Wars" spin-off, along with Rooney Mara and perhaps a few other actresses. The butt-kicking Canadian hasn't really had a big-screen breakthrough yet, but fans of the crazy BBC show know she's more than up to the task.
Mara toughened up for the role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," but her resume leans more towards small and arty. Another name being bandied about is Felicity Jones, although she will be tied up with Ron Howard's "Inferno" for a while.
This "Star Wars" stand-alone isn't due until December 16, 2016, which sounds so far away! Naturally, the plot is still super secret, although Slashfilm reports, "it most likely will be about a group of characters, potentially bounty hunters, stealing the »
- Jenni Miller
"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" actress Rooney Mara are reportedly testing for the female lead role in Gareth Edwards' upcoming "Star Wars" spinoff film due for release in December next year.
The project is the first of numerous spin-off films set within the "Star Wars" universe. Disney intends to release this one between the release of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in December this year, and Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII" in December 2017. Josh Trank is linked as helmer of the second spin-off film in the works.
Testing took place in the U.K. in December, with further screen tests now set to take place in the United States. »
- Garth Franklin
According to THR, Disney and Lucasfilm are currently looking at three actresses for the first Star Wars solo film, which is set to hit theaters in 2016: Academy Award nominees Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany.
Maslany has reportedly already met with director Gareth Edwards to test for the role, while Mara and a handful of others are expected to go in this week. Jones is simply on the “want list,” though there may be some scheduling conflicts with her role in Ron Howard’s upcoming Inferno adaptation, which is due to begin production this summer.
Unfortunately, we still don’t know anything about the film, though early rumors suggest that it could be a Han Solo standalone film (and somehow involve Aaron Paul?). Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) penned the first draft, and »
- James Garcia
Just a few weeks after writer Gary Whitta completed his first draft of the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, the project is now shifting into casting mode, with actresses such as Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Rooney Mara (Pan) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) all currently in contention for the female lead. Tatiana Maslany has already read for the role, with Rooney Mara slated to test later this week along with "a handful of others." Felicity Jones is said to be on the studio's "want list," but there may be complications with her commitments to director Ron Howard's Inferno.
Insiders claim that testing for the female lead already took place in the U.K. last month, but the casting has now shifted to the U.S. The U.K. casting session makes sense, since we reported in June that the project will be shot in London, »
Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'The Great Gatsby': Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby Released by Paramount Pictures, the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby had prestige oozing from just about every cinematic pore. The film was based on what some consider the greatest American novel ever written. Francis Ford Coppola, whose directing credits included the blockbuster The Godfather, and who, that same year, was responsible for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation, penned the adaptation. Multiple Tony winner David Merrick (Becket, »
- Andre Soares
Testing for Gareth Edwards’ upcoming standalone Star Wars flick is now well underway and it’s being reported that the lead female role is being pursued by Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones and Tatiana Maslany. No details yet on which part the actresses are in contention for, but apparently Maslany and Mara are the frontrunners as Jones may be out of the running due to her commitments to Ron Howard’s Inferno.
Set to hit theatres on December 16th, 2015, Edwards’ entry into the franchise will shoot this Spring in London with a Simon Kinberg script (which was originally drafted by Gary Whitta, before he departed the project). As you can imagine, official plot details are non-existent, but reports have suggested that it will revolve around a group of bounty hunters tasked with stealing plans for the first Death Star. However, that is wholly unconfirmed at this time.
While we don’t »
- Matt Joseph
Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'Out of Africa' Out of Africa (1985) is an unusual Robert Redford star vehicle in that the film's actual lead isn't Redford, but Meryl Streep -- at the time seen as sort of a Bette Davis-Alec Guinness mix: like Davis, Streep received a whole bunch of Academy Award nominations within the span of a few years: from 1978-1985, she was shortlisted for no less than six movies.* Like Guinness, Streep could transform »
- Andre Soares
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