19 items from 2015
One of the great things about awards season is that it provides a rich field for statistic analysis. Attentive viewers can use the Golden Globes (the first major awards show of the season) and SAG Awards (the second) as a sort of predictive measure for the major acting awards at the Oscars. We looked at the Oscar-nominated roles in the four major acting categories (sorry, Jen and Naomi), and cut out anyone who didn't win or get nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG. Then, we went back five years (because any more than that is insane - who are we, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
“Boyhood,” filmed over a dozen years with a cast that includes Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, won three Golden Globes including best picture and is currently up for six Oscars. Director Richard Linklater, a Texas native, shot and edited the movie in his home state.
Linklater, Arquette and her co-star Ellar Coltrane will attend the gala, held the night before the kickoff of SXSW, also in Austin.
- Gordon Cox
Joel Schumacher is not a popular man among Batman fans. His Batman And Robin has gone down in history as one of the worst comic book movies ever made (or the worst, depending on who you ask) – his rubber nipple-suited Batman and glittery Mr. Freeze forever punning the film into the history books. It all turned out fine in the end, with Christopher Nolan and a very gruff Dark Knight subsequently rescuing his career with two of the greatest Batman movies of all time (plus the other one), but that does not make Batman And Robin any less terrible.
Often mentioned in the same breath as Batman And Robin is the film’s immediate predecessor, Schumacher’s Batman Forever. With director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton nowhere to be seen, Schumacher had the unenviable job of following up one of the most iconic superhero films of all time. »
- Joel Harley
About a month ago, several emails from the Sony Pictures hack leaked online, showing that the studio was interested in merging its "Men in Black" and "21 Jump Street" franchises. The plan was to greenlight the film without a script and to hire "21 Jump Street" director Phil Lord and Chris Miller to producer. Meanwhile, "21 Jump Street" actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum would return, but "Men in Black" stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones would not be involved. In a new interview with MTV, Lord and Miller confirmed that Sony is still working on this bizarre idea. "Nothing's changed," said Lord. "It's still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they're going to be terrible. We're really focusing on what's a great story for Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) and how to tell the next chapter in their lives. And perhaps use creatures from another world at the same time. »
Certainly one of the odder tidbits from the Sony Hack last month was that there were talks and plans of using the next instalment of the 21 Jump Street franchise (tentatively titled 23 Jump Street) as a launching pad for a Men in Black reboot, by crossing the two series over. In fact, of all the stories, it was the one that seemed the least likely.
“Nothing’s changed,” Lord told MTV on the Golden Globes red carpet. “It’s still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they’re going to be terrible. We’re really focusing on what’s a great story for Schmidt and Jenko and how to tell the next chapter in their lives. And perhaps use creatures from another world at the same time! »
- Luke Owen
After this morning’s rumor concerning the Sony and Marvel agreement to include Spider-Man in The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, talk of another crossover that emerged from the Sony hack has followed suit. That other idea stemmed from the creative duo behind The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were at one point toying with the notion of combining a couple of Sony’s biggest properties. The intel that landed online as a result of the hack outlined their plans to create a third Jump Street sequel… as a crossover with Men In Black. Word on the subject led many to believe the concept was dead in the water. However, during an interview with MTV, the two helmers have since set the record straight.
Chatting it up on the Golden Globes red carpet, the duo spoke out with enthusiasm about the project. Lord took the reins, revealing that »
- Gem Seddon
Back in early December, the massive Sony hack attack emails revealed that the studio was planning to merge two of its most popular franchises, with the sequel 23 Jump Street to serve as a Men In Black crossover. Sony never officially acknowledged the idea, and we haven't heard anything else about it until today. According to 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the idea is still very much on the table. Though, it hasn't been green lit just yet.
Speaking with MTV on the Golden Globes red carpet, the directing duo acknowledged that the idea to crossover 21 Jump Street and Men In Black is crazy and a little far fetched. But that's exactly the kind of project that they gravitate to. Said Phil Lord about the potential behind this mega-franchise merger:
"Nothing's changed. It's still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they're going to be terrible. »
Chrissy Teigen is one of those supermodels who seems to be effortlessly beautiful in every situation -- which is mostly true, except for when her husband wins an award.
At the 2015 Golden Globes, Chrissy's hubby, John Legend, won Best Original Song for "Glory" from the movie Selma. It should have been a happy moment for Chrissy, but instead she seemed… well, it’s hard to tell really.
Overjoyed? Is that what overjoyed looks like? Sad, maybe? Does she want to punch somebody in the face? It's impossible to tell. It looks like her brain was trying to choose from 14 different emotions, couldn't make a decision and just went with all of them at once.
Video: 2015 Golden Globes - Amy Adams Confesses She Used to Work at Hooters: 'It Was Great!'
Then, before she had a chance to remember what a face was supposed to look like, her bizarre facial expression became a viral sensation.
This is a movie as its own death wish. To call it cheap, lazy, and perfunctory grants it a dignity that implies there was another path it could have taken. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of the franchise
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I figure French fauxteur Olivier Megaton (Taken 2, Colombiana) jumped his own shark when he chose that nom de cinema, but if not, he’s definitely done it now with Taken 3. It wouldn’t be fair to call this a movie: it’s more a phony, forced assemblage of stilted dialogue, incoherent action sequences, inexplicably sociopathic behavior on the part of its supposedly sympathetic protagonist, and bad self-referential “jokes” about the many idiocies of the franchise it has now, we can hope, killed for good. This is a movie as its own death wish. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, a man with a particular set of ass kicking skills, in "Taken 3". In this supposed last chapter of the action trilogy, the previous two films' format of a character being kidnapped and rescued is abandoned in favor of a variation on the plot of "The Fugitive". Bryan Mills is framed for his wife Lenore's murder, and he must go on the run from the cops who are trying to arrest him and try to discover the real killer. Forest Whitaker plays Franck Dotzler, the Tommy Lee Jones-esque role of the head of the murder investigation. He presents a formidable foe for Liam Neeson as he is the one man in all of the three films who actually understands the degree of Neeson's character's remarkable talents.
Neeson's wife is on the outs with her current husband Stuart and wants to reconcile with her »
- Daniel T
I can just see Key and Peele as the two valets screaming “Liam Neesons” as Taken 3 goes up on a nearby theatre marquee. Yup, that Aarp action hero with a “particular set of skills” is back once more. Hmm, I seem to recall Mr. N doing the talk show circuit just a couple of years ago pushing the second installment, and shaking his head and mouthing “No!” when the host joked about a part three. Well, he does have a family and those old bones won’t be able to hold up against flailing young stunt men for too many more years. But perhaps I’m being way too cynical, maybe this new story is more than an excuse for gun battles and car chases (and Liam growling into a cell phone). This may show another side of this retired special ops guy. I must admit that I’ve »
- Jim Batts
This Sunday, the stars of the big screen and the small screen come together with alcohol to congratulate each other on another year of playing pretend for money! Also, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning as hosts to light up our lives with their flawless selves. As you can tell, we are pretty adept at predicting what's going to happen four days from now. We're awesome like that. Bask in our awesomness! Bask, We Say! Anyway, here are 23 things that are almost definitely going to happen during the 2015 Golden Globes: 1. Tommy Lee Jones will look like he's close to choking out the camera crew every time the show cuts to him. 2. Someone will make a Sony hack »
On Thursday, March 12th—the eve of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival—at Austin Studios, Texas Film Awards will go to these five Texans: Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones, who in 2014 directed and starred in the overlooked, deconstructed Western "The Homesman," starring Best Actress hopeful Hilary Swank as a spinster frontierswoman and Jones as the claim-jumper who helps her escort three mentally insane women across the country. Producer Bonnie Curtis who got her start in the film business in 1990 as Steven Spielberg’s assistant before producing "Saving Private Ryan," "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Minority Report" and more years later. Her latest production, Rodrigo Garcia's "Last Days in the Desert," premieres at Sundance this month. Director Guillermo Del Toro, whose gothic horror "Crimson Peak" hits theaters this October and stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska. He also co-created and co-exec »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Guillermo del Toro, Tommy Lee Jones, Luke Wilson and Bonnie Curtis will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March as part of the Austin Film Society’s 15th annual Texas Film Awards, which celebrate the work of prominent Texans in the film industry.
Mexico native Del Toro, the director of films including “Pacific Rim” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” has been deemed an honorary Texan, since he relocated to the state while making his films “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Blade 2.” Actor-director Jones — whose pic “The Homesman” is currently on the awards circuit – as well as producer Curtis (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Albert Nobbs”) and actor Wilson (“Anchorman,” “The Skeleton Twins”) all hail from Texas.
Posthumously inducted into the hall of fame will be L.M. Kit Carson, the filmmaker and journalist.
The Texas Film Awards are set for March 12 in Austin, just before the start of the SXSW Film Festival. »
- Gordon Cox
Michael Keaton gave not one but two speeches at the National Board of Review ceremony in Manhattan on Tuesday night. The first time he took the podium, to accept his best actor award for “Birdman,” he aimed a big net: “I’d like to thank everybody I ever met,” he said. But that evidently didn’t include Oscar Isaac (“A Most Violent Year”), who was supposed to share the actor’s prize with Keaton. When it was Isaac’s turn to talk, he acknowledged Keaton: “And also, ‘Mr. Mom.’ A f—ing awesome movie.” After he was done, Keaton leapt back onstage.
“My selfishness overtook me,” Keaton said. He wanted everybody to know he was thrilled to be honored with Isaac. “This dude is a mothef—er.” Keaton insisted that he had Isaac’s name in his notes, and he’d just forgotten to read that part. “I don’t »
- Ramin Setoodeh
It’s fair to say acting is a profession that can see a huge contrast in personalities. Some actors are genuinely nice people who realise they are in a privileged position, while others like to keep a low-profile and just get on with their job. On the flip side, however, there are those who are incredibly hard work, using their power and reputation to belittle others and make everyone else on set uneasy. There are a fair few of these egotistical multi-millionaires to choose from.
This list looks at the 10 most difficult actors who are working today – Marlon Brando would walk into the top three were he still alive – and the various examples of their unpredictable behaviour. Some have taken method acting to a new level, some are perfectionists who don’t suffer fools gladly, while others are just downright nasty pieces of work. The likes of Jennifer Lopez, »
- Henry Jackson
Tommy Lee Jones does not have time for your edgy, colorful photo shoot, W Magazine. That much is clear by his photo that can only be described as "curmudgeon," and that is precisely why it's our favorite pic of the bunch. W Magazine's Best Performances photo spread features the likes of Emma Stone, Michael Keaton and Benedict Cumberbatch posing in very bright, couture clothing and bold makeup. So bold, that some of the stars look almost unrecognizable. But to really and fully understand why Tommy Lee Jones' photo is by far our favorite, you just have to see the other ones first. Mark Ruffalo: He's blonde! He's wearing Christmas socks! He's got on a plaid suit! »
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
"It’s all to me characterized by the character of the wind,” says composer Marco Beltrami of "The Homesman," a film that subverts the tenants of its Western genre in many ways, including in its score. In a new video chat with Gold Derby (watch below), he adds, "The wind is always present on the prairie, and sometimes to extreme circumstances. To me, the wind was the one factor that summarized their plight, and if there was a way to somehow characterize that musically, and make that a musical element in the score, that’s what inspired me originally." -Break- Click here to discuss 'The Homesman' in our notorious forums The film focuses on a frontierswoman (Hilary Swank) who hires a mysterious drifter (Tommy Lee Jones) to help her transport three women who have been driven insane by the harsh terrain across the country. Despite its realistic look »
19 items from 2015
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