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Family drama — just in time for the holidays.
In August: Osage Country, the star-studded adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning play about an Oklahoma family “marinating in its own miserablism,” as EW’s Owen Gleiberman referred to the plot in his review at the Toronto Film Festival, Meryl Streep portrays an aging matriarch presiding over her husband’s funeral. When her grown daughters — Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and Julianne Nicholson — return home, verbal sparks fly as long-brewing conflicts and resentments come to a head.
In an exclusive trailer, below, check out press conference highlights from Streep, Roberts, and director John Wells »
- Erin Strecker
Throughout the last three years of ‘American Horror Story,’ fans have witnessed multiple unspeakable horrors. From Chloë Sevigny’s playground terror to the rape of Connie Britton to those early ‘Coven’ slave scenes, the show has proven time and again that it’s not afraid to ‘go there.’ But the Dec. 4 episode featured the series’ most shocking moment yet — don’t read on if you don’t want to know what happened!
At the end of the Dec. 4 episode of American Horror Story: Coven, “The Sacred Taking,” the show delivered it’s most delightfully shocking twist yet. During a season where pretty much nobody is allowed to die, producers broke the rules by subjecting one character to a fate even worse than death.
Maybe it was the sheer absurdity of watching an Academy Award nominated actress (Angela Bassett) deliver the decapitated »
- HL Intern
Catch an exclusive featurette from John Wells' John Wells August: Osage County. The incredible cast of the Weinstein Co release which opens on Christmas Day includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. »
Away from the controversy over whether the International Press Society members actually saw Wolf Of Wall Street before voting (hello tick box theory…), this year’s Satellite Award noms read as little more than the Ips’ Oscar predictions – give or take an extra three or four names in each category for comfort. Naturally resulting in a very uninteresting list, 12 Years A Slave leads the pack with ten nominations, followed narrowly by Gravity and American Hustle’s eight.
With strong turnouts in the acting categories, it’s surprising to see Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska not contending for the big prize, and the Ips will surely find themselves in the minority for omitting Will Forte for his turn in the latter, even if it is rewarded for Best Ensemble. Though not appearing in the acting, directing or Best Picture categories, Fruitvale Station is still very much a focal point, »
- Emma Thrower
To say the ensemble cast of the upcoming film “August: Osage County” is star-studded would be an understatement. A-listers like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, and Chris Cooper, are usually names rattled off together by a presenter in an awards show. Yet, with 'August' they’re all there, and surprisingly, most of them had to audition. “We saw a lot of people audition that hadn’t auditioned in years,” casting director Kerry Barden said to Backstage, who worked on the project with his partner, Paul Schnee, of Barden/Schnee Casting. “It was one of those high-profile projects that a lot of movie stars were attracted to. There aren’t that many roles. It was a really exciting casting process for it.” Dermot Mulroney, who will next star as the lead in NBC’s new series “Crisis,” originally auditioned for the role of Bill Fordham (played by McGregor), but Barden »
Margo Martindale is a strong contender to receive an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in "August: Osage County" alongside category rival Julia Roberts. If she and Roberts are both nominated, she would be "totally delighted" by the competition, she says in our video chat, but is she willing to put on the boxing gloves and take down Roberts and other contenders? "Eat the fish, bitch!" Martindale joked, referencing a key moment from the film. She went on to say, "It's great to even be talked about, that's the truth. I love being a piece of this puzzle, this movie. It couldn't be what it is without all of the pieces working, so it's great to be one of those pieces." (Vote below for the Best Supporting Actress race in our easy drag-and-drop menu.) And what about her move to the popular CBS freshman comedy "The Millers"? Working with legendary comedy director James Burrows, »
‘The Wind Rises’ and more Nyfcc 2013 winners (image: Hayao Miyazaki ‘The Wind Rises’) (See previous post: "Cate Blanchett, cross-dresser Jared Leto: 2013 New York Film Critics’ Movie Stars.") Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, a major blockbuster in Japan ($119.51 million according to Box Office Mojo) despite — or perhaps because of — a right-wing backlash against the film’s anti-war stance, was the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Animated Feature of 2013. The Wind Rises beat better known U.S.-made fare such as Disney’s Frozen, currently in theaters. Miyazaki has vowed that he has retired from filmmaking; if true, The Wind Rises will be his last film. Via its Touchstone Pictures banner, Walt Disney Studios will be releasing The Wind Rises on February 21, 2014, in North America. Now, how could a 2014 movie (in the U.S.) get a 2013 award from the Nyfcc, better known for honoring movies a year (The Lives of Others »
- Andre Soares
In her new documentary, In Your Dreams, Stevie Nicks tells the story of the last time she acted: in a fourth-grade play about The Alamo. "It was so bad," Nicks says. She went home after that elementary-school debacle and told her mother that she was swearing off acting forever. Nicks stuck by that pledge until now: she's appearing early next year in American Horror Story: Coven, the third season of the horror anthology created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (who also collaborated on Glee and Nip/Tuck).
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Powerhouse performances by the Weston women of August: Osage County, Julia Roberts as Barbara, Julianne Nicholson as Ivy and Juliette Lewis as Karen circle around Meryl Streep as the matriarch, Violet Weston who has woven a large and dangerous web. The first time we see Violet, she comes down the stairs, cigarette in hand, as memorably as Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, though in an entirely different state of mind, dress, and posture. "My wife takes pills. I drink," is how Sam Shepard, who plays Violet's husband Beverly, sums up the main occupations of their lives. Nicholson's Ivy is the only one of their three daughters who still lives nearby.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It would be easy to call this the year of Jennifer Lawrence if last year hadn’t already earned that distinction. Perhaps it’s just easier to say we’re in the age of Jennifer Lawrence — a multi-year period in which the young actress holds the entertainment journalism industrial complex in the palm of her hand. Loving Jennifer Lawrence is a four-quadrant thing right now, but what's striking is how much of this month's smash hit The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is devoted to warning viewers about trusting anything the media serves up as “genuine.” When Lionsgate won the bidding war for rights to “the next Twilight” back in 2009, they had no idea how much the plot of Catching Fire would be a case of art reflecting life.Lawrence is currently experiencing an America's Sweetheart status that seems to predate these cynical, media-savvy times. (Though Julia Roberts, a former holder »
- Jordan Hoffman
It may only be November, but the starter pistol has already fired and the Oscars race is well and truly under way. We've already seen a host of films - from Gravity to Captain Phillips - released in cinemas, but many more are on their way looking to leave their impression on Academy Awards voters.
Digital Spy looks at 15 films competing for golden statues below...
Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks's bracing hijacking drama Captain Phillips left audiences on the edge of their seats and threw its leading man right into the mix for the Best Actor race. Greengrass bagged a directing nomination back in 2007 for United 93, so expect him to be in the race.
12 Years a Slave
Although Hollywood continued to experience a major baby boom in 2013, there is one actress who says she is "fine" without having kids of her own. "I should be married and have 19 kids," Octavia Spencer told fellow stars Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Thompson, Amy Adams, and Lupita Nyong'o in a roundtable discussion posted Nov. 25 for the Actresses Issue of The Hollywood Reporter. "And now I'm thinking my eggs are dying on the shelf. They're going to go past their expiration date," said the Fruitvale [...] »
Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver are two of the most fascinating young actors working right now, and both have HBO to credit for their success. Wasikowska burst into the spotlight with Alice in Wonderland but had already gotten rave reviews for her striking turn on In Treatment, as suicidal gymnast Sophie. Meanwhile, Driver is the most electric part of the young adult ensemble on HBO’s Girls. His role as the ill-mannered but intelligent Adam Sackler is a constant, awkward delight. Wasikowska and Driver will be seen on the big screen in Tracks and the trailer for John Curran’s autobiographical adventure drama is now online.
Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, a woman who decided to walk through 1,700 miles worth of Australian desert to reach the Indian ocean, accompanied by camels and a dog. Wasikowska plays Davidson and Driver is Rick Smolan, a National Geographic photographer who »
- Jordan Adler
12 Years a Slave continues to be the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to nominations. After leading the Spirit Award nominations it now leads the International Press Academy's (Ipa) 2013 Satellite Award nominations with a total of ten noms, followed by American Hustle and Gravity, each with eight nominations. The top five nominees were rounded out by Rush with seven nominations and Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks with six nominations each. The Satellites, however, are an interesting bunch. As you can see there are several nominations in each category, leaving pretty much no stone unturned. I guess you could say no nomination for Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) is a surprise and, in my personal opinion, with such a large field of nominees I'd like to see Joaquin Phoenix (Her) get a nomination, but that certainly isn't going to be a film for everyone even though Arcade Fire was »
- Brad Brevet
Title: August: Osage County The Weinstein Company Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on RottenTomatoes.com Grade: B+ Director: John Wells Screenwriter: Tracy Letts, from Tracy Letts’ play Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Margo Martindale Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 11/4/13 Opens: December 25, 2013 Are you looking forward to a big Christmas dinner this month with your extended family? See “August: Osage County” and be prepared to curb your enthusiasm. In fact, after watching John Wells’ film adapted by Tulsa-born Tracy Letts from his three-hour Broadway play, you may just want to be alone on Christmas eve, enjoying a Big Mac, large fries, [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
The cast of John Wells' chilling portrait of an American family, August: Osage County, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, and Dermot Mulroney, gathered at Essex House New York on Central Park South during Thanksgiving week to celebrate the upcoming Christmas day Us release of their film. Sam Shepard, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch were conjured up by Meryl Streep. Julia Roberts got the parakeets and wanted to set straight her relationship with Dermot Mulroney on the set, while he spoke about a most memorable dinner scene and who has the best coffee.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
While Hollywood is in the midst of a baby boom, Octavia Spencer is one actress who doesn't have little ones on the brain. "I should be married and have 19 kids," the Fruitvale Station star, 43, said Thursday during a roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter's actresses issue. "And now I'm thinking my eggs are dying on the shelf. They're going to go past their expiration date. But it's what I chose, so I'm fine with that decision." While it seems to be clear that starting a family will not interfere with Spencer's career, Julia Roberts, on the other hand - who »
New Delhi, Nov. 30: Priyanka Chopra, who has been chosen as the face of the international clothing brand Guess, unveiled the brand's 2013 holiday campaign in Mumbai.
The 31-year-old actress said that she is proud to be the face of the global fashion brand, as only the most beautiful woman have been part of the campaign.
"Being a Guess girl is really a big deal because the most beautiful iconic women have been part of these campaigns. And, now it's been three decades, it's one of those most iconic brands in the world. When I went to New York this time, I picked up magazines to see that on behind its Julia Roberts and in front. »
- Smith Cox
Mumbai, Nov 30: Priyanka Chopra is the first Bollywood actress to become the face of global fashion brand Guess, and the actress considers it a big deal.
"Being a Guess girl for me is a really big deal because the most iconic beautiful women have been part of these campaigns. It's one of the most iconic brands in the world," the 31-year-old said here Friday at a Guess store where she was unveiled as the new Guess girl.
"When I went to New York this time, to pick up the magazines and saw Julia Roberts in the front and myself on the back, I was like 'woah'," she added.
International singer Bryan Adams shot Priyanka. »
- Leon David
Few filmmakers manage to traverse the line between the art house and the multiplex as fluidly as Steven Soderbergh. Over the course of his career, he has ping-ponged between independent films and mainstream fare repeatedly, carrying some stylistic flourishes across his career, and playing with some similar questions in both strains. His experience makes him uniquely qualified to evaluate and analyze Hollywood, and many of his most successful films work both as independent narratives and as sly commentaries on mainstream cinema.
Perhaps nothing captures this commentary better than the director’s work with George Clooney. The two have paired six times (for Out of Sight, the three Ocean’s films, Solaris, and The Good German). Each of these films functions in some way as commentary on Hollywood and, more particularly, on the nature of celebrity.
George Clooney is many things as an actor, but perhaps most importantly, he is a full-on movie star. »
- Jordan Ferguson
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