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From “Room” to “Beasts of No Nation,” some of this year’s most powerful performances came from actors in smaller—but never small—roles. Joan Allen, “Room”“Room” is the kind of no-fuss indie that hinges on emotionally riveting—and, in this case, devastating—performances. Stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay deliver twofold, and they’ve got a bevy of critical plaudits to match. But sometimes a film’s quietest moments and characters can make for an unexpected punch to the gut. That’s where veteran actor Allen comes in. Director Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel is the story of Ma (Larson) and Jack (Tremblay), who are held captive for seven years in a dilapidated toolshed. Ma is the only person in the world—a world that Jack doesn’t know expands beyond the shed he calls Room—who’s looking out for her son. After their escape, »
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ABC has released a trailer for its new thriller, The Family. Written and executive produced by Jenna Bans, The Family is set to premiere on ABC, Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 9:00pm Et/Pt. Also executive producing are Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Doberman, and Laurie Zaks, of the recently cancelled Wicked City.
The Family focuses on the return of a politician’s son who disappeared more than a decade ago and had been presumed dead. While the family welcomes the mysterious young man, they start to wonder if he is who he claims to be. The cast of The Family includes: Joan Allen, Alison Pill, Margot Bingham, Zach Gilford, Liam James, Floriana Lima, Madeleine Arthur, Rarmian Newton, Rupert Graves, and Andrew McCarthy.
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At our big awards-season event The Contenders Presented by Deadline, held November 7 at the DGA, new independent distributor A24 devoted part of its session to the critically acclaimed Oscar hopeful Room, a movie about a young woman and her 5-year-old son held captive for years in a 10 x 10 room. The film is deeply emotional, complex and has great performances from Brie Larson, 9-year-old Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy. Although the entire film opens up to… »
ABC unveiled its midseason game plan on Monday, and Shonda Rhimes’ new drama The Catch will inherit How to Get Away With Murder‘s Thursday-at-10 pm timeslot when the latter series ends its second season in March.
The other big headlines: Castle will forego its previously announced lengthy winter hiatus; Secrets and Lies Season 2 and new comedy Uncle Buck are thus far Mia; and the new Joan Allen drama The Family will get a one-time sneak peek in Scandal‘s Thursday-9 pm timeslot on March 3.
RelatedFox’s Midseason Schedule: New Girl Returns, Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the Move, Bones, Last Man »
Academy voters have corrected category fraud before—most famously in 2008 when Kate Winslet campaigned in the supporting for "The Reader," and ended up getting nominated in lead instead. That worked out for Winslet, who ended up winning. But if the Academy decides the two frontrunners in this year's supporting actress race — Rooney Mara ("Carol") and Alicia Vinkander ("The Danish Girl") — should head to the lead race instead, it might be tougher fate. Either could genuinely win best supporting actress, but they'd have tough go of it for best actress. For now, let's assume both end up where The Weinstein Company and Focus Features, respectively, are campaigning for them. They'll likely be joined — oddly enough — by Winslet. Outside of Michael Fassbender, she's the surest thing "Steve Jobs" has to a definite acting nominee. The other two slots are very much up for grabs. Joan Allen ("Room") and Julie Walters »
- Peter Knegt
Created by Rod Lurie
Aired on ABC for 1 season (18 episodes) from September 27, 2005 – June 14, 2006
Geena Davis as Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Allen
Kyle Secor as Rod Calloway
Donald Sutherland as Nathan Templeton
After beloved President Teddy Bridges falls fatally ill from a cerebral aneurysm, the protocol of replacing him brings forth Vice President Mackenzie Allen to take over his presidency, marking a landmark moment in history, as the United States pronounces their first female Potus to preside over the White House. Manning the helm of Commander in Chief is never an easy task for anyone coming in unplanned, but much less so when stepping into the oval office as a woman; getting doubly criticized, undermined, and penalized by a governmental system that had been primarily patriarchal. Controversy stirs from the day she takes the oath, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
As mentioned yesterday, a few months ago I took a look at contenders in the 2015 Oscar race who have previously been nominated for Academy Awards but yet to take home the gold. It was a fairly speculative couple of pieces, but now that the season is beginning to separate the contenders from the pretenders, I wanted to look again at some of the more realistic names in the running for Oscar gold, this time looking at actors and actress. These are all players who have been nominated previously but yet to win anything, so if they were to emerge victorious this year, it would be their first times on the big stage. As a reminder the 16 names cited (including six honorable mentions) were Joan Allen, Helena Bonham Carter, Jessica Chastain, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Ralph Fiennes, Diane Lane, Laura Linney, Carey Mulligan, »
- Joey Magidson
Norma Shearer: The Boss' wife was cast in 'The Divorcee.' Norma Shearer movies on TCM: Early talkies and Best Actress Oscar Note: This Norma Shearer article is currently being revised and expanded. Please Check back later. Norma Shearer, one of the top stars in Hollywood history and known as the Queen of MGM back in the 1930s, is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of Nov. 2015. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that even though its parent company, Time Warner, owns most of Shearer's movies, TCM isn't airing any premieres. So, if you were expecting to check out a very young Norma Shearer in The Devil's Circus, Upstage, or After Midnight, you're out of luck. (I've seen all three; they're all worth a look.) It's a crime that, music score or no, restored print or no, TCM/Time Warner don't make available for viewing the »
- Andre Soares
'Trumbo' movie: Bryan Cranston as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. 'Trumbo' movie review: Highly entertaining 'history lesson' Full disclosure: on the wall in my study hangs a poster – the iconic photograph of blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, with black-horned rim glasses, handlebar mustache, a smoke dangling from the end of a dramatic cigarette holder. He's sitting – stark naked – in a tub surrounded by his particular writing apparatus. He's looking directly into the camera of the photographer, his daughter Mitzi. Dalton Trumbo's son, Christopher Trumbo, gave me the poster after my interview with him for the release of Peter Askin's 2007 documentary also titled Trumbo. That film combines archival footage, including family movies and photographs, with performances of the senior Trumbo's letters to his family during their many years of turmoil before and through the blacklist, including his time in prison. The letters are read by, »
- Tim Cogshell
It’s been steadily gaining buzz since premiering at Tiff and the Telluride Film Festival back in September, nowRoom expands to theatres across Canada on Friday.
Word-of-mouth and insider hype has the drama by Irish director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) front-runner for a handful of categories come awards time. With star Brie Larson tapped as one of the stars to watch in the Best Actress race, Room is a showcase for the young actress who’s been an indie darling for a few years, thanks in part to roles in films like Short Term 12.
With Larson poised to become a household name, her tiny co-star, Canadian Jacob Tremblay is earning his own share of the praise for his role as the 5-year-old Jack who has been born and raised in captivity with his Ma, Joy (Larson). Kidnapped as a teenager, Joy is held captive in a confined space, subjected to »
- Rachel West
If your entire life consisted of one 10-foot-by-10-foot room, how would you adjust to the outside world? The movie "Room," based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue, has already won critical acclaim and film festival audience awards, and it's finally hitting wide release this Friday, November 6.
This exclusive clip from the movie features Brie Larson's Joy, aka "Ma," and her 5-year-old son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay). Seven years ago, Joy was tricked by a man called Old Nick and kidnapped, brought to a shed she just calls "Room." This is the only world Jack has ever known, but when he and Ma escape Room, they still have to face the culture shock of the real world.
The scene shows Ma and Jack in their first post-Room bathroom visit, which may not sound like a major event, but it's all new to Jack. You can tell from Ma's »
- Gina Carbone
Exclusive: Cabin In The Woods star joins supernatural thriller.
Shooting is due to start at the end of January 2016 on the feature debut of well-known commercials director Jonathan Hopkins with additional casting currently underway.
Slumber tells the story of Alice (Connolly), a rationally-minded sleep doctor, who is forced to abandon scientific reason when confronted by a family that being terrorised by a parasitic demon.
Slumber is written by Hopkins and 2013 Blood List screenwriter Richard Hobley. It will be produced by Mark Lane and James Harris of The Tea Shop & Film Company, who are also producing claustrophobic thriller 47 Meters Down for eOne and Dimension.
Goldcrest first introduced the project last year and has been showing distributors a teaser »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Halloween's here and some of us have had our fill of knife-thrusting psychos and inarticulate zombies. (Though if you want a list of the 100 best horror movies, you're not going to do any better than this.) Here's what to stream on Netflix this All Hallow's Eve in case you're in the mood for classic suspense and haunting paranoia. "Chinatown" Let's get one thing straight about Halloween: It's not really about spookiness; it's about eeriness. I'd argue there's no eerier movie of the 1970s than "Chinatown," which manages to be 100% suspenseful even though its plot is simple and its protagonist is a classically perturbed private eye. Though there are a couple of scares (namely the cameo of director Roman Polanski), you mostly find yourself awed by the lingering weirdness of the story at hand. What is going on here? What's Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) really on to? And what »
- Louis Virtel
With Room, Director Lenny Abrahamson and screenwriter Emma Donoghue (who adapted her novel) dramatize the impossible situation of a child trapped for years in a room with his mother who’s continually raped there. Room is a difficult but often tedious viewing experience, and while the effort is valiant, the movie doesn’t always hit its desired mark.
Room is the tale of 24-year-old Joy (Brie Larson), trapped in a soundproof garden shed for seven years after being abducted. The room has a hot plate and a sink, a toilet a television, and one skylight in the ceiling. Her captor (Sean Bridgers), known as ‘Old Nick’, brings her enough food to survive, disciplines her by cutting off the electricity, and tells her she doesn’t appreciate how good she has it. Oh, and he rapes her when he feels like it, which has resulted in a long-haired five-year old son »
- Tom Stockman
Written by Emma Donoghue
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
The scariest thing about intimacy is sharing your partner with the rest of the world. Trusting those delicate threads is a demanding trick that some people never master. From lover to lover, or parent to sibling, their love becomes a smothering blanket. Director Lenny Abrahamson’s riveting new drama, Room, deconstructs our need to possess someone, as well as the terror of letting them go. While the film’s second half lacks the urgency of its mesmerizing opening, an observant script and amazing performances make Room one of 2015’s most gut-wrenching viewing experiences.
Jack (Jacob Tremblay) has no reason to believe his 5th birthday will be any different than the previous 4 years he’s spent entirely inside of Room. He tells each piece of rickety furniture “Hello!” and tries to make friends with a little mouse that somehow found »
- J.R. Kinnard
Special Mention: The Last Wave
Directed by Peter Weir
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Peter Weir follows up on his critically acclaimed masterpiece Picnic at Hanging Rock with this visually striking and totally engrossing surrealist psychological thriller. Much like Picnic, The Last Wave is built around a mystery that may have a supernatural explanation. And like many Peter Weir movies, The Last Wave explores the conflict between two radically different cultures- in this case, that of Aboriginal Australians and the white Europeans.
It is about a white lawyer, David Burton (Richard Chamberlain), whose seemingly normal life is rattled after he takes on a pro bono legal aid case to defend a group of Aborigines from a murder charge in Sydney. The mystery within the mystery surrounding »
- Ricky Fernandes
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Love knows no boundaries
Room is a harrowing piece of filmmaking where a mother and five-year-old son are confined to the titular claustrophobic space. The life that Ma/Joy (Brie Larson) is able to breathe within those four walls however, is nothing short of extraordinary, and a testament to the human spirit’s unbreakable willpower to make something out of nothing.
Especially when the goal is to raise a child with no connection to the outside world, or even another room. Not only do all of the inanimate objects within the suitably denominated “Room” get spoken to and referred to as living things, Ma plants stories into young Jack’s gullible mind (outer space lying beyond the walls), and the two regularly partake in activities together like baking a birthday cake. »
- Robert Kojder
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all—his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.
Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, Short Term 12, Trainwreck). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is »
- Movie Geeks
Jessie Mueller has booked a recurring role in ABC’s midseason drama series The Family, written by Jenna Bans. It follows the return of a politician's (Joan Allen) young son, who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. Mueller, repped by Innovative Artists, will play Fran, a cherubic and sweet bakeshop employee who meets Hank (Andrew McCarthy). Mueller won Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Awards last year as the lead in Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King… »
For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see the new film Room at the Maple Art Theatre in Bloomfield, Michigan on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
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Room: Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his Ma (Brie Larson) escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, »
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