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Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
To paraphrase a famous song, could Video-on-Demand kill the Indie Movie Star? According to comments from Julianne Moore, she seems to think this will quickly become the case. A longtime proponent of independent films, Moore believes that the increasing presence of smaller films released exclusively for VOD is eliminating a critical component of the moviegoing experience. Speaking yesterday in front of an industry crowd for a panel at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Julianne Moore, joined by the co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, Tom Bernard, addressed what she sees as insidious implications regarding the growing practice of smaller films bypassing theaters to be distributed by VOD. Essentially taking the influence away from exhibitors, she also believes it substantially mitigates the moviegoing experience intended by actors and filmmakers. Moore laments: We're always so disappointed when you hear the words 'day-and-date.' I think, 'Oh, really?' We work very hard as creators »
Julianne Moore and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard bashed day-and-date VOD releases on a panel on Thursday, the last day of CinemaCon. Read More: National Theater Owners Chief Declares 2015 'The Year of Women' at the Box Office Moore, who won an Academy Award for her role in "Still Alice" -- which was released by Spc -- insisted that there's no substitute for seeing a feature film in a theater. "We're always so disappointed when you hear the words, 'day-and-date.' I think, 'oh, really?' We work very hard as creators in creating a theatrical experience. I'm married to a director [Bart Freundlich], and a movie never looks the same on television," she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bernard said that doing a day-and-date releases for some films confuses audiences. Sony Pictures Classics has not released any films day-and-date. "The exhibitors are the gatekeepers and they choose the movies that are worthy of playing in. »
- Paula Bernstein
This week, Variety reported on a study that was released confirming what many already know about the film industry, or at the very least anecdotally: Women are having an increasingly hard time breaking in.
The study showed that there’s a large gender gap between independently financed and directed projects by women when compared to projects within the studio system. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film looked at movies in competition at Sundance between 2002 and 2014 compared to the top 1300 grossing films between the same time period. Men appeared at Sundance at a ratio of 3 to 1 more often than women, but an even more staggering 23 to 1 when looking at studio films.
Further, half of the industry executives surveyed believed that films directed by women did not appeal as broadly as films directed by men. A quarter of those surveyed added that they shared a “perceived lack of ambition” in women directors, »
- Brian Welk
Change isn't just coming, it's already here. VOD is no longer an experiment, but a viable release platform, with many distributors taking some of the risk out of rolling out smaller indie, arthouse, and foreign movies exclusively in theaters, by dropping them at the same time — and in a lot of cases, first — on digital services. But there are still those who feel the big screen is where movies should be seen, and Julianne Moore is one of them. "We're always so disappointed when you hear the words 'day-and-date.' I think, 'Oh, really?' We work very hard as creators in creating a theatrical experience. I'm married to a director [Bart Freundlich]... and a movie never looks the same on television," she told THR at CinemaCon. Even further, Moore sees the prevalence of VOD as emblematic of an industry as a whole that values commerce over artistry. "Hollywood isn't in the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's official - Cara Delevingne is a rising star in the world of acting.
The 22-year-old model dazzled in a sheer black Alexandre Vauthier bodysuit as she picked up the Rising Star award at CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas last night (April 23), to add to her Breakthrough Actress accolade she collected at this year's Elle Style Awards.
The pair lead the cast of the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of John Green's 2008 young adult novel, which tells the story of the enigmatic Margo and the impressionable Quentin.
The romantic adventure - directed by Robot & Frank's Jake Schreier - sees Quentin being enlisted by his crush and neighbour Margo to help her get revenge on people who have hurt her.
However, Quentin is left clueless when Margo suddenly disappears, and he sets out to find her. »
Las Vegas - CinemaCon wrapped up its fifth year with their version of the Hollywood Film Awards, a fake awards show where the winners were predetermined and picked by studio lobbying and, um, who was available. This year's winners included Best Actress Oscar champ Julianne Moore, Francis Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, the cast of the "Fantastic Four," Rose Byrne and Paul Feig (who had his "Spy" actor Bobby Cannavale walk on stage and throw a pie in his face). The, cough, winners who really stole the show, however, were Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart and Paul Rudd. Because the show isn't broadcast and it's unlikely video will ever be released, what better way to end our CinemaCon coverage with some of the best acceptance speeches of the night. Let's begin with "Trainwreck" star Schumer who won Breakthrough Performer of the Year and had the funniest overall speech of the night. "You guys, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Oscar winner Julianne Moore gave exhibitors at CinemaCon a guardedly optimistic outlook for the world of independent films.
“It’s highly highly personal — that’s why people support it,” Moore said at a Thursday lunch panel in Las Vegas called “The Independent Game: Based on a True Story.”
But both Moore and Sony Classics’ Tom Bernard endorsed seeing films on a bigscreen and bemoaned the VOD trend. “We’re always so disappointed when you hear the words ‘day-and-date.’ I think, ‘Oh, really?'”
“A movie never looks the same on television,” Moore said.
Moore’s “Still Alice,” which carried a $5 million budget, was an unqualified success at the box office with $28 million — much of that after she won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of a professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
“The great parts are not going to come to you on a silver platter,” Moore noted. “You need »
- Dave McNary
Indie films now are bigger than ever. That was the takeaway at today’s CinemaCon panel for “The 'Independent' Game: Based on a True Story” panel which was comprised of Sony Pictures Classics co-chiarman Tom Bernard, Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore, director Jay Roach and AMC Theatres president of programming, Robert Lenihan. While Hollywood gets a bad rap for shortchanging actresses over 50 with great roles, Moore credits indie films for keeping her career… »
Actress Julianne Moore and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard took aim at day-and-date video-on-demand (VOD) releases on Thursday, saying they degrade the important bond between independent film and the theatrical experience. Many independent distributors are increasingly relying on VOD and a limited release in cinemas, a practice Bernard and Spc co-president Michael Barker have never employed. Addressing the state of the independent business on the final day of CinemaCon, Bernard said that if a movie is worthy of playing in a theater, a cinema owner will select it, and that to do a day-
- Pamela McClintock
Similar names, similarly excellent taste in men! Julianne Moore and Julianna Margulies often bring their hot — it's not even fair! — husbands to red carpet events every year. But on Tuesday, April 21, the award-winning actresses and their swoon-worthy plus ones finally brushed shoulders for an amazing and downright gorgeous group photo. Moore and her director beau Bart Freundlich crossed paths with Margulies and her attorney hubby Keith Lieberthal at the Time 100 Gala, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC. The Still Alice star, [...] »
Emma Watson was one of many stars at the annual Time 100 Gala in NYC on Tuesday night. The event celebrated the magazine's new list of the most influential people in the world and brought out celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Julianne Moore, Faith Hill, and Bradley Cooper. After walking the red carpet, famous faces mingled inside the Lincoln Center, making for some seriously star-studded photos. One duo who caught our attention was Emma Watson and Bradley Cooper. Emma shook Bradley's hand, and then the two proceeded to have an animated conversation that had Bradley, who was seated at a table with Kim and Kanye, cracking up. We can't help but mention that both Bradley and Emma are supposedly single, so keep that in mind when you scroll through to see their adorable interaction. »
Meryl Streep, who is officially a genius angel sent from a better dimension, is funding a screenwriting lab for women over 40. The initiative aims to create opportunities for that contingent, and it'll be run by New York Women in Film and Television and Iris, a collective of women filmmakers. Because this idea is so brilliant, we'll toast a bunch of 40+-year-old female screenwriters whose works are available on Netflix now. The Kids are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko) Aside from the fact that "The Kids are All Right" feels like a prime James L. Brooks feature, the 2010 family drama gives you a myriad of irresistible moments and performances. Annette Bening is biting and funny as an alcoholic lesbian mother; Julianne Moore is harried and loving as her conflicted wife. Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson add perfectly pitched dramedy with their sincere roles. You want to hug this movie, but »
- Louis Virtel
After stunning audiences and critics alike with his gripping, grotesque performance in Foxcatcher, Steve Carell is taking on another dramatic project that will move the Office actor further from his comic roots. Carell will star in Robert Zemeckis’ Marwencol, a feature adaptation of the 2010 Jeff Malmberg documentary.
When Zemeckis was first mentioned in association with the project back in 2013, he and Universal were said to be eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role, and though that evidently didn’t pan out, Carell has been making dramatic waves of his own in recent years.
The actor will star as Mark Hogancamp, who is assaulted and left with severe amnesia, unable to remember his life prior to the attack. Searching for meaning, he begins to construct an elaborate, miniature model of a World War II-era Belgian village called Marwencol. Becoming invested in the stories of the little dolls he places in Marwencol, »
- Isaac Feldberg
As usual, it's a question of cred: awards, box office, ratings, activism or twitter trending. Here are some of the notable pairings and highlights from this year's Time 100: Oscar contenders: Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper"), Reese Witherspoon ("Wild," "Gone Girl"), Julianne Moore (Best Actress winner, "Still Alice"), Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"). Mindy Kaling on Reese Witherspoon: “Reese is an artist, but she is also a hustler, a quality I recognized in her the first time I met her. She’s impatient that Hollywood won’t generate the kind of quality roles she wants to play, so she creates quality roles by creating quality movies. That resourcefulness is what makes her someone I not only admire, but someone who inspires me. And that is influence." Oliver Platt on Bradley Cooper: “It’s hard to make people, especially your friends, forget who you are on-screen. But Bradley’s that good. And I. »
- Anne Thompson
“War Room,” which focuses on the transformational role that prayer can play in an individual’s life, is directed by Alex Kendrick from a script he co-wrote with brother Stephen Kendrick. The film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer (“Praise the Lord”), T.C. Stallings (“Courageous”), Beth Moore (“Living Proof Ministries”) and Karen Abercrombie (“Remnant”).
“War Room” will open in theaters on Aug. 28.
“Pitch Perfect 2” is directed by Elizabeth Banks and features the returning cast led by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp and Banks herself. The film will open May 15.
Davis announced the event in January with the aim of highlighting diversity. The Arkansas festival is touting itself as the only film competition »
- Dave McNary
Steve Carell dipped his feet deep in dramatic waters last year with Foxcatcher, and it looks like the Oscar nominee's not ready to get out of the pool just yet. He signed on to star in Robert Zemeckis' next project, a narrative remake of Jeff Malmberg's 2010 assault documentary Marwencol. Under a screenplay by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), Carell will play Mark Hogancamp, a man whose memory is wiped clean after vicious attacks. Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard. The upcoming film is under Zemeckis' ImageMovers banner, housed by Universal, and Malmberg is attached to the project as an executive producer. This appears to be Zemeckis' next directorial effort, once he finishes up on another documentary remake The Walk, based on the Oscar-winning Man on Wire and scheduled to be released on Oct. 2. This will not be Carell's follow-up to Foxcatcher, »
- Will Ashton
Time Magazine have released their Top 100 Most Influential people list. Boyhood’s director Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore who won this year’s Best Lead Actress for her role in Still Alice and Interstellar Director, »
- Jazz Tangcay
Maps to the Stars - Focus Features - Blu-ray and DVD Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams,John Cusack, Robert Pattinson. Full cast + crew If you only know David Cronenberg from movies like The Fly, The Dead Zone, and A History of Violence, then you are not only missing the majority of his career, but you're missing out on one of the most consistently engaging and disturbing filmmakers alive who loves to flay the skin from the bones of humanity to see what's underneath. Maps to the Stars is his latest, and it's an engrossing look at the demented, interconnected lives of actors, their families, their fans and their managers. It not only has an incredible cast, but they're each giving some...
- Peter Hall
Cate Blanchett is explaining why she refuses to show off her manicure on the Mani-Cam -- and she isn't holding back! "Since I've been struttin' the red carpet, things have changed a lot," the 45-year-old star tells Harper's Bazaar Australia. "The way women are asked about those red-carpet moments. Oh my God. It's just a dress!" "People forget the fact that women are up there [at the Academy Awards] because they've given extraordinary performances," she continues. "It's a wonderful excuse to dress up and have F.U.N. But let's not forget the work." The Oscar-winning actress is always one to watch on the red carpet, but she's not a fan of news outlets getting up close and personal with her. "Next it will be, 'What brand tampon are you wearing?" she jokes, when asked about the infamous Mani-Cam. "How much more intimate can they get? 'Show us your knickers'? There is a line. »
- tooFab Staff
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