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In a new interview, Dumb and Dumber To star Jim Carrey answered a question about whether or not he'd want to reprise the role of the Riddler in a future Batman film. While he admits that his iteration of the character probably wouldn't fit in the world that the upcoming slate of DC films is building, he does say he'd be up to give it a go again if asked. Carrey also touches on his desire to work with Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) again after their Howard Hughes-biopic failed to see the light of day. Check out the interview below! The Dark Knight is back on the big screen for the third feature in the blockbuster Batman series ... now battling two supervillains simultaneously--but this time joined by his protégé, Robin, to protect Gotham City. Jim Carrey stars as criminal genius, The Riddler, and Tommy Lee Jones plays Two-Face. »
Since the Critics' Choice Awards were introduced in 1995, 14 performers have reaped Oscar nominations without first contending at either these kudos Or the Screen Actors Guild Awards Or the Golden Globes. That is good news for the likes of Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner"), Hilary Swank ("The Homesman"), Tom Wilkinson ("Selma") and Laura Dern ("Wild") who were snubbed by these precursor prizes. All were at one time in our top five for the Oscars and could be vindicated come nominations morning. Below, we profile the lucky few who came out of left field to contend at the Oscars without first having been in the running at at least one of these awards. However, for all of them the nominations had to be reward enough, as none of them won the Oscar. -Break- Best Actor Clint Eastwood, "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah" (2007) Javier Bardem, "Biutiful&quo..."' »
In a very open Oscar race for Best Original Score, Marco Beltrami's compositions for Tommy Lee Jones' western "The Homesman" may well find themselves in the final five. He has earned two previous nominations somewhat unexpectedly ("3:10 to Yuma" and "The Hurt Locker") and his latest endeavor very much set the mood of Jones's progressive period piece. I recently had the chance to speak to Beltrami about the film working with Jones, his collaborations with Buck Sanders and his approach to film composing more generally. Check out the back and forth below. "The Homesman" is now playing in theaters. *** HitFix: When did you come aboard the film? Marco Beltrami: It was way before shooting, just after Tommy told me about the script when they were working on it. At the time, he had some other projects that were possibilities. Nothing was set. He said "come aboard" and »
- Gerard Kennedy
Though this year’s Noah turned a lot of heads and made more than a handful of viewers frustrated, be it for declining to use the word “God” or just including Rock Titan Angel things into a Biblical story, Darren Aronofsky still remains a highly valued director and ever rising auteur in Hollywood.
Aronofsky is currently working on MaddAddam for HBO, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s trilogy of dystopian sci-fi books. But The Playlist has done a little digging and determined that his next film could be based on the book The Good Nurse, written by Charles Graeber.
The Good Nurse is a non-fiction story of Charlie Cullen, a medical professional arrested in 2003 after it was discovered that he was responsible for the deaths of as many as 300 patients over the course of his long career, and quite possibly the most prolific serial killer in American history. The media »
- Brian Welk
Our first episode since July (we know, we’re terrible) brings on discussion of two Tommy Lee Jones directorial efforts: First up is the director’s latest (which premiered at Cannes), The Homesman, which deftly tackles the rough and tough lives of pioneer women and a drunken drifter in 1850. The film stars Jones himself, Hilary Swank, Meryl Steep, and James Spader. Last on the docket is the neo-western The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), starring Jones, Barry Pepper, January Jones, and Melissa Leo. Joining hosts Ty Landis and Tom Stoup for this week’s chat is The Film Stage’s Danny King
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- Ty Landis
The Sony leak has revealed plans for a crossover between 21 Jump Street and Men in Black.
Documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal suggest that the studio is considering the movie for a 2016 or 2017 release.
Pascal wrote in one message: "We don't have a script yet so we'll be greenlighting the movie off the concept and the talent involved."
Hill wrote: "jump street merging with mib [sic] i think that's clean and rad and powerful."
Hackers recently broke into Sony Pictures computers and leaked lots of internal documents and emails. Some of those emails went into detail about an idea that would merge the studio's "Men in Black" and "21 Jump Street" franchises. Sony was ready to greenlight the film, calling the idea "clean and rad and powerful." But Columbia Pictures (which is a Sony subsidiary) pointed out that "we don't have a script yet so we'll be greenlighting the movie off the concept and the talent involved." That talent would include "21 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who would produce. "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. »
Thanks to those super-juicy Sony leaks, we now have evidence that the studio is planning a crossover between its Men in Black and 22 Jump Street franchises. According to The Wall Street Journal, within the hacker dump, there are emails to and from Sony's motion-picture chief, Amy Pascal, which detail the studio's plans. Hannah Minghella, a president of production for Sony’s Columbia Pictures label, writes, "We don’t have a script yet so we’ll be greenlighting the movie off the concept and the talent involved." And in another email to Pascal, Jump Street's Jonah Hill writes, "jump street merging with mib [sic] i think that’s clean and rad and powerful." But while Jonah's in, neither Will Smith nor fellow Mib star Tommy Lee Jones are — at least in leading roles. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed the last two Jump Street films, are producing and may direct. 22,000 Jump »
- Lindsey Weber
There is so much interesting stuff pouring out of that Sony Pictures e-mail hack. Earlier today we shared some stuff involving what the studio is planning to do with Spider-Man and that Marvel wanted to include Spidey in Captain America: Civil War. You can read more about that here.
The Wall Street Journal has been going through all of these leaked e-mails and pointing out some of the craziness that is going on over at the studio. One of the more ridiculous things that I've seen is that they are actually planning to make a 21 Jump Street and Men in Black crossover film! Seriously?! I don't even know what to say about that. I think the idea is completely absurd, but at the same time I kind of like it because of how wacky it is. Seeing Schmidt and Jenko on a case that involved aliens?! Why the hell not? »
- Joey Paur
The recent hack attack against Sony, which some believe was perpetrated by North Korea in retaliation for the studio's upcoming movie The Interview, which depicts the assassination of that country's leader Kim Jong-un, keeps on bringing new and interesting information from the studio in regards to their upcoming slate. The Wall Street Journal, which has gotten their hands on the latest batch of stolen emails, confirm that Sony is planning to merge two of their most successful franchises with a Jump Street / Men in Black crossover movie.
Emails from Sony chief Amy Pascal reveal that the two cops played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street will team-up and interact with the universe seen in the Men In Black films. While both actors are expected to return, neither Tommy Lee Jones nor Will Smith will appear in the movie, though cameos by both »
Sony Pictures is reportedly said to be seriously considering the possibility of combining their "21 Jump Street" and "Men in Black" franchises. The Wall Street Journal reports that a follow-up to "22 Jump Street" could see Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum's cop characters interacting with the universe established within the "Men in Black" franchise.
The paper claims the project is a priority for the studio and they want to move forward on it quickly, but no script is in place as yet. There's also indications that the project is essentially a stepping stone on the way to a fully fledged, standalone fourth "Men in Black" film. »
- Garth Franklin
Finally "Boyhood" gets trumped, though just barely. Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" was the nominations hog with the Phoenix crowd with 10 mentions. But Richard Linklater's opus was just a few steps behind with eight. Also with eight nominations was "Gone Girl," which picked up refreshing recognition in the Best Supporting Actress arena for Carrie Coon. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Into the Woods" and "The Theory of Everything" picked up seven nods apiece. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Dec. 16. And keep track of the season at The Circuit! Best Picture "Birdman" "Boyhood" "Gone Girl" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "The Imitation Game" "The Lego Movie" "A Most Violent Year" "The Theory of Everything" "Whiplash" Best Director Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" David Fincher, "Gone Girl" Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Best Actor in a Leading Role Bradley Cooper, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.
“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”
The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »
- Laura Prudom
For the first time ever, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will bestow the American Riviera Award upon two actors. Already enjoying a very fruitful awards season, "Boyhood" stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will accept this honor in Santa Barbara on Thursday, February 5, 2015. What's left to say about these exquisite performances, which evolved across 12 years of filming? Both actors should expect supporting Oscar nominations and have been winning critics' accolades left and right, including a Best Actress win for Arquette from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. This week, we'll find out if they're up for Golden Globes and SAG nominations. Feted for their influence on American cinema, previous American Riviera honorees include Robert Redford, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, Mickey Rourke, Tommy Lee Jones, Forrest Whitaker and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival runs Tuesday, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Hopefully "Boyhood" isn't getting tired of the kudos just yet, because more are on the way. Today, a unique one from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which has announced that the film's stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette will share in the American Riviera Award during the 30th anniversary edition of the event on Thursday, Feb. 5. "Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us," Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling said. Previous recipients of the accolade include Robert Redford, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, Mickey Rourke and Tommy Lee Jones. This is the first time, however, that it »
- Kristopher Tapley
Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon in the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir of a life-changing hike, blazed a trail into solid box office territory, opening in 21 theaters over the weekend with a $630K gross. The feature, which Witherspoon also produced under her Pacific Standard label, was easily the weekend’s biggest newcomer with a $30K per-theater average. Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, meanwhile, once again took the weekend’s highest PTA numbers as it added locations in its second week.
The Searchlight title opened in New York and L.A. Wednesday, expanding for the weekend to 21 theaters in 7 markets. Director Jean-Marc Vallée‘s previous film, Dallas Buyers Club, opened in November 2013 with a nearly $29K PTA, and went on to cume nearly $27.3M and three Oscars, including Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey. Searchlight said it plans to keep Wild hiking through theaters for a lengthy period to come. »
- Brian Brooks
Herewith a collection of fractured thoughts to along with my fractured toe (a piece of advice: never stub your toe so violently that your toe is swollen and purple by the end of the night and you have trouble walking for a week afterwards). I'd never have time for full articles on any of these so let's race through.
Contrary to popular belief I am more than willing to praise the Swankster when she deserves it. While it's true that I was very hostile ten years ago during the Million Dollar Baby year (I struggle with hostility in any category in any year wherein the least of the five seems to have a free ride to gold... even if they've already won!) I supported her first Oscar win and you can't ever take Boys Don't Cry away from her. What we have here in Tommy Lee Jones peculiar »
- NATHANIEL R
Last week, when my family went around the table to say what we were thankful for, as we do every year, I said, "Entertainment photography." When pushed, I explained, "Because it combines my two favorite things." This month we have Nicki Minaj with two dogs, Jennifer Lawrence with one bird, Diane Kruger with a lot of cats, Benedict Cumberbatch with a lot of chairs, and Tommy Lee Jones's face. Enjoy! »
- Jesse David Fox
The Academy Award for Best Original Score is one of the categories I find most interesting and most frustrating. First, the good: I love the awarding of film music, which can immeasurably improve the experience of a film and can become iconic in its own right. There is also much about the music branch that I love, particularly its international flavor, both in terms of the composers cited and the types of music rewarded. Moreover, while the category tends to favor Best Picture nominees and epic movies, it is not excessively exclusionary in this respect. But that love of epics can sometimes lead to simply rewarding "most music." More importantly, this branch is infamously insular. Unless a composer is aboard a major Best Picture contender or has otherwise composed a simply iconic score, it is unusual to earn a first nomination. And even those features are not always enough for first-timers. »
- Gerard Kennedy
Kim Robert Koscki, a stuntman and stunt coordinator who doubled for Mike Myers on the three Austin Powers films and recently worked on Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, has died. He was 51. Koscki, in the stunt business for more than three decades, suffered cardiac arrest while riding his bicycle near his home in Valencia, Calif., and died a few weeks later on Oct. 20, his wife Kate told The Hollywood Reporter. The busy Koscki recently worked on the Nickelodeon action series The Thundermans as well as on the upcoming movies Wizardream, a sci-fi film starring Malcolm McDowell, and
- Mike Barnes
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