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Statistics show us time and again that Oscar likes his ladies young. In fact 29 is the most common age that leading ladies win Oscars (for comparison's sake only one man under 30 has ever won Best Actor). And yet, as we speed towards the Oscar nominations, barring an extreme long-shot fresh-faced spoiler like an Adèle (20) or a Brie (26), this year's Best Actress Lineup will likely skew incredibly 'vintage'. If the expected five make an historic "all winners lineup" it's going to be the oldest lineup ever. Now, there is some degree of unusual feeling (I share it) that Meryl Streep (64) is vulnerable to a shut-out for her work in August: Osage County -- something that seemed unthinkable even a few months ago -- but even if she doesn't make the shortlist, there's no guarantee it'll be someone at the beginning of their career. Amy Adams (39) and Julia Louis Dreyfus (52) might still »
- NATHANIEL R
Rennie will portray Ray, stepfather to female protagonist Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson. Rennie recently completed “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet” opposite Helena Bonham Carter, which was acquired by the Weinstein Co. He also recently completed indie feature “Ride” opposite Helen Hunt.
There has been a slew of casting announcements in regards to the film in recent weeks. Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle and Marcia Gay Harden fill out other supporting roles. Jamie Dornan will play billionaire lead Christian Grey.
Rennie is repped by Apa, Elizabeth Hodgson of Hodgson »
- Alex Stedman
CAA has signed Ben Lewin, the director of the acclaimed 2012 drama The Sessions. Sessions starred John Hawkes, William H. Macy and Helen Hunt and was a player in the 2012-13 awards season. Photos: Behind the Scenes of Hollywood Agency Mailrooms Hunt was nominated for a best supporting Oscar, and both she and Hawkes received Golden Globe nominations. The film received BAFTA and SAG nominations in 2013 on top of winning the 2012 Sundance Special Jury Prize for ensemble cast and winning acting statuettes at the Indie Spirit Awards. It also collected audience awards at the Sundance, San Sebastian
- Borys Kit
Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.
There have been a few films recently that rely almost entirely on the performance of one performer. A single hander, to use theatrical parlance. Recently we had Buried and 127 Hours (both 2010). But did you know there is a Christmas movie relying 100% on a single performance? That movie is The Grinch (2000). Of course, it features a large supporting cast of fine comic actors, but let’s face it, this is a one man show.
Jim Carrey stars as the titular Grinch and is barely recognisable beneath the fantastic makeup/costume bestowed upon him, but the voice and movement reveal the Ventura within. He chews the »
- John Sharp
Entertainment One has grabbed domestic distribution rights to Steven Bernstein's directorial debut Decoding Annie Parker. Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt star alongside Bradley Whitford and Rashida Jones.
The film is loosely based on the life of cancer survivor Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) and geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt). Along with having to deal with the deadly disease, Annie Parker suffers through the death of her father and sister and her cheating husband. Something positive does come out of the situation when Mary-Claire discovers a gene mutation that revolutionizes understanding and treatment of certain types of breast cancer.
eOne Films Us Senior Vice President and General Manager Dylan Wiley had this to say about the project.
"Steven has created a gripping, poignant and inspiring film that champions the strength of the human spirit and beautifully captures both the emotional challenges and unexpected wit of those who are faced with hardship. »
Entertainment One Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to “Decoding Annie Parker,” a film based on the eponymous cancer survivor and geneticist Mary-Claire King. The movie stars Oscar nominee Samantha Morton as Parker and Oscar winner Helen Hunt as King. Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff and Alice Eve also appear in the film, which marks the directorial debut of esteemed cinematographer Steven Bernstein. Also read: eOne Inks Exclusive Distribution Deal With AMC Networks, Three New Series Announced eOne will release the movie in theaters and via VOD simultaneously next summer. “Steven has created a gripping, poignant and inspiring film that. »
- Lucas Shaw
The film will be released day-and-date in theaters and VOD in the summer.
The story centers on two women whose parallel lives are devoted to finding a hereditary link to certain types of breast cancer. Morton portrays the title character, who loses her mother and sister to the disease before facing down cancer herself, while Hunt portrays real-life geneticist Mary-Claire King, who spends 16 years proving her widely dismissed theory that genetics plays a role in some forms of breast cancer.
- Dave McNary
Steven Bernstein’s feature directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Adam Bernstein and Michael Moss follows a woman with breast cancer and the doctor who conducts ground-braking research in the area.
eOne brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group and executive producer Sidney Powell of Dallas-based Fawkes Partners. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Entertainment One Films Us has secured the domestic distribution rights to Decoding Annie Parker , the upcoming drama starring Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Helen Hunt and Emmy winner Aaron Paul. The film is slated for a day-and-date release in theaters and via VOD next summer. Decoding Annie Parker also stars Bradley Whitford, Rashida Jones, Richard Schiff, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Marley Shelton, Chris Mulkey and Corey Stoll. The film is cinematographer Steven Bernstein.s feature directorial debut from a script he wrote with Adam Bernstein and Michael Moss. Loosely based on the life of cancer survivor Annie Parker and the groundbreaking career of geneticist Mary-Claire King, the film tells the dramatic story of two »
“Julia Roberts is a consummate actress with a range as vast as her talent,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “Her ability to consistently give standout performances over the past 25 years is remarkable. In her latest, August: Osage County, she is a key catalyst in a darkly comic tale of a family coming back together after tragedy strikes.”
Also set to be honored at the Palm Springs Convention Center gala are Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey and Steve McQueen. Past recipients of the Spotlight award include Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams and Helen Hunt.
- Pat Saperstein
The awards just keep coming for Julia Roberts.
Roberts will receive the Spotlight Award for her work in August: Osage County at the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) in January, it has just been announced.
Pics: Julia Roberts' Most Memorable Looks Through the Years
"Julia Roberts is a consummate actress with a range as vast as her talent," Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. "Her ability to consistently give standout performances over the past 25 years is remarkable. In her latest, August: Osage County, she is a key catalyst in a darkly comic tale of a family coming back together after tragedy strikes. To Julia Roberts, one of the best actresses of our age and any other, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the Spotlight Award."
Earlier it was announced that Sandra Bullock ([link »
Ahh, the 1980s. Big hair, New Wave, lots of neon, and these 16 celebrity couples you probably forgot all about, as rounded up by MSN . A sampling: Oprah Winfrey and Roger Ebert went out twice in the 1980s, and it was Ebert who encouraged Winfrey to syndicate her talk show. Back in 1987, Matthew Broderick dated Helen Hunt after meeting as co-stars in Project X . They stayed friends, and even co-starred in another film in 2007. Christina Applegate dated Brad Pitt in 1988, even going to the MTV Movie Awards together ... but she left him there and went home with »
- Evann Gastaldo
Additionally, Fawkes Partners LP has acquired controlling interest in “Decoding Annie Parker” from its Canadian investors, Media House Capital Corporation and the Crystal Wealth Strategic Yield Media Fund. Fawkes managing partner Sidney Powell has become an executive producer as a result.
The story centers on two women whose parallel lives are devoted to finding a hereditary link to certain types of breast cancer. Morton portrays the title character, who loses her mother and sister to the disease before facing down cancer herself while portrays real-life geneticist Mary-Claire King, who spends 16 years proving her widely dismissed theory that genetics plays a role in some breast cancers.
Annie Parker’s »
- Dave McNary
The crowd funding of creative projects in Australia is growing rapidly although the average per-person contribution is relatively small.
The Australian crowd funding platform Pozible is facilitating investment of $1.2 million per month into creative projects, according to co-founder Alan Crabbe.
.We.re seeing phenomenal growth,. Crabbe told the panel Show Me the Money- The Art of Film Financing, at the Australian Directors Guild conference. He said film is the No. 1 category and he estimated the platform has triggered $3 million for features since it launched in 2010. The average sum invested is $6,000.
Asked why Pozible insists that funding targets are reached for each project before the money flows to the producers, Crabbe said, .Supporters don.t tend to like the flexible model. The all-or-nothing model is much more credible and successful..
- Don Groves
The Adg Conference session 'The Entrepreneurial Director' should have been titled 'The Desperate Director,' according to Ben Lewin, who rounded out the first day of Directing in the Digital Age yesterday. Speaking candidly to a room full of peers, Lewin spoke of how it was hitting (almost) rock-bottom in his field that opened the doors which would lead to his successful and critically acclaimed film The Sessions. Speaking of how ABC TV in Australia wouldn't return his calls, Lewin said "It was, at the time,the hardest pill to swallow... In retrospect, I am grateful for the rejection. It gave me the desperation I needed to move forward. Thus, the theme of this talk. Except for 'entrepreneurial', read 'desperate.' And for the other part of the formula - add in sheer, dumb, luck." Lewin is being modest here. Sheer dumb luck didn't grant the film a Golden Globe or Oscar nod, »
- Emily Blatchford
Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton has joined Alcon Entertainment Dolphin Tale 2 where she'll play herself, reports Variety. Hamilton served as inspiration for the film Soul Surfer starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood. At thirteen-years-old, while surfing off Kuai's North Shore, she was bitten by a 14-foot tiger shark and lost her arm. Courageously, Hamilton went on to recover and won a national surfing title. The first Dolphin Tale cast of Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd and Nathan Gamble return and Warner Bros. is sending the film to theaters on September 14th, 2014. »
Age ain't nothing but a number! Case in point: 50-year-old Helen Hunt. The Hollywood star looked amazing in a bikini by the beach in Malibu earlier this week. Hunt spent most of the morning surfing and showered off her fit bod in the parking lot before changing into dry clothes. Clearly one secret behind Hunt's enviable abs is spending tons of time out in the water. The California native was all smiles as she washed the sand off of her pet pooch before getting into her gray Prius. Hunt has been a longtime fan of the sporty hobby. In fact, in 2014 she's set to star and direct in the film Ride, about a mother who travels across country to California to be »
It doesn’t seem possible that Bruce Willis has only hosted Saturday Night Live one time in his lengthy career (back in 1989). There have been about 16 Die Hard movies to promote since then, though Willis doesn’t seem the type of guy who needs to break his neck promoting things. He’s Bruce Willis, that tends to be enough. Maybe that’s why no one really knew what to expect out of this show. While Willis is definitely a funny guy, he is a consummate straight man. I was not expecting such a high level of comedic commitment and I »
- Jodi Walker
Brenton Thwaites is being set to star alongside Gerard Butler, Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Geoffrey Rush in Gods Of Egypt, the Summit Entertainment period epic film to be directed by Alex Proyas. Butler plays Set, a god of the desert, storms, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion. He killed and mutilated his own brother Osiris. Horus (Coster-Waldau), the son of Osiris, seeks revenge. Thwaites will play Bek, a human thief who cares little for the affairs of gods but when he discovers Zaya has been cursed by Set, he falls on the side of Horus, hoping that Set’s death will break the curse. The script was written by Burk Sharpless & Matt Sazama, the team behind Universal’s Dracula pic. Thwaites has been on a good roll of landing roles lately. He got Prince Charming opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent; he recently wrapped production on the Helen Hunt »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Odd List Ryan Lambie 4 Oct 2013 - 06:41
They're funny, they're sad, they're weird. Here are 50 famous last words from characters in the movies...
Please Note: There are potential spoilers ahead. Check the name of the film, and if you haven't seen it, don't read the entry!
As someone famous probably once said, “We’ve all gotta go sometime,” and if we’re going to die, we might as well do so with a witticism or a memorable line rather than a scream and a cry for mother. Which is the subject of this lengthy but far from definitive list: the memorable things movie characters have uttered shortly (not necessarily immediately) before they’re about to meet their maker.
Some of these last words are long, tear-jerking monologues. Others amount to little more than a word or two. But all of them, in our estimation, are worthy of mention, and one »
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