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Tom McCarthy, the fantastic director who gave us the thought-provoking "Spotlight," is going to be honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will join Johnny Depp (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actor for "Black Mass"), Brie Larson (Breakthrough Performance Award for the amazing "Room"), Saoirse Ronan (I love her in "Brooklyn" and she is set to receive the International Star Award), and Cate Blanchett (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress for the twofer "Carol" and "Truth"). I will be live at the red carpet and will give you the very latest! For now, here's the complete press release regarding Tom McCarthy:
Palm Springs, CA (November 24, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. »
From "Milk" to "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, of which I'm a proud voting member, has released the Top 10 Best Lgbtqa movies every non-lgbtqa must and should see! And I agree with all the selections. Some are brutally and politically honest, some are just fun but all speak volumes about the history of Lgbtqa in and around the world of cinema!
Here's the complete press release with the aforementioned list! Do you agree?
November 24, 2015 . Hollywood, Ca.: Just in time for the holidays, as they say . . . the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (galeca.org) today announced its membership.s picks for their second .Galeca Ten Best. list: The 10 Best Lbgtqa Films Galeca Every Non-lgbtqa Person Should See!
Oscar winners to community classics to modern independent discoveries . there.s a movie for every persuasion here.
Critics from the 120-member organization »
Chiwetel Ejiofor will be this year’s recipient of the British Independent Film Awards’ Richard Harris Award. Introduced in 2002 in honor of the legendary Richard Harris in recognition of an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, the award will be presented to Ejiofor at this year's ceremony on December 6. Previous winners include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon… »
Read More: British Independent Film Awards Launch First-Ever Public Screenings Program for Nominated Films The Moët British Independent Film Awards announced this morning that Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years A Slave") will be honored at this year's ceremony with the Richard Harris Award. The award has been chosen based on Ejiofor's major contribution to the UK film industry, in addition to the attention he has brought internationally as an ambassador for British film. The actor is currently shooting Marvel’s "Doctor Strange" with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. The Richard Harris Award started in 2002 in honor of the iconic Irish actor who starred in "Camelot," "This Sporting Life," "King Arthur" and "Unforgiven." Previous winners include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie »
- Elle Leonsis
London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”
- Leo Barraclough
“I am so happy this award is going to Chiwetel,” said Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris. “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo. A journey which describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime! I hope this award inspires British filmmakers to take advantage of him and build films around his talent.”
- Gary Collinson
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.
A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.
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This year’s Oscar hopefuls boasts the largest roster of biopics in recent memory. From more traditional, straight-forward affairs such as Straight Outta Compton and Black Mass, to films that focus on one particular real-life event such as The Big Short and Spotlight, to less typical takes focused on separate periods in the subjects’ lives such as Steve Jobs and Love & Mercy, this year’s films cover the entire spectrum of the biopic genre.
As a result, many of the frontrunners in the four major acting categories are for performances portraying real-life people. Looking back on the Academy’s history, it is hard to find a year in which an acting award did not go to a performer portraying a real person. Eddie Redmayne, Matthew McConaughey, and Daniel Day-Lewis (the last three best actor winners) all starred in biographical films.
This year the trend looks to continue, »
- Patrick Shanley
Ten years ago right about now Reese & Joaquin took the stage in movie theaters with a full sung duet as June and Johnny Cash. Both were Oscar-nominated for their ringed fire as tempestuous country superstar marrieds with Reese going on to win in a strangely non competitive Best Actress year. His & Hers Oscar nominations for lively onscreen marriages aren't anything new of course but they also aren't dependable since one of the partners is often foregrounded while the other is window dressing or is equally brilliant but just not nominated.
But of the ten double nominees who did it best in the intervening years? (I included the divorced couples just to up the numbers). You decide. To make this more exciting, judge the performances Fused. Who wins your vote then? These are your ten options
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- NATHANIEL R
Adele knows how to bring in a crowd! The "Hello" songstress performed to a sold-out crowd at Radio City Music Hall Tuesday, which was being taped for an NBC special that will air in December. Jimmy Fallon warmed up the crowd for a couple of minutes before the mega-talented took the stage and blew the audience away with her dramatic melodies. Even though thousands from around the U.S. packed into the iconic theater, many of the attendees were A-list celebrities, famous broadcasters and other high-profile notables. Among the celebs were Jennifer Lawrence, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, David Schwimmer, Daniel Day Lewis, Bradley Cooper and girlfriend Irina Shayk. Does Adele know how to add star power or what? »
An exercise in movie flop-watching turns nasty, as cross-dimensional sneezing leads to haunting by computer download
As a general rule, I avoid horror movies because I like movies with movie stars, and horror movies tend to have actors who never became movie stars because they have faces that look like they belong in horror movies. But a couple of weeks ago, I went to see all five movies that had flopped the previous weekend to see if they had anything in common. And two of them were horror movies.
The movies included Rock the Kasbah (washed-up California-based rock manager tries to get his career back up and running by discovering a feisty young female singer), Jem and the Holograms (washed-up California-based rock manager tries to get career back up and running by discovering a feisty young female singer), Steve Jobs (washed-up California computer whiz tries to get career back up »
- Joe Queenan
The actor, previously nominated for "Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl," "Finding Neverland," and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street," infamously told BBC Newsbeat that he "doesn't want to win one of those things ever." Well, guess what? He maybe nominated and perhaps win! Why? Because he's just been baptized by the Palm Springs International Film Festival with its Desert Palm Achievement Award. And that's a good sign as we traverse Awards Season.
This is in my hood and I'll give you reports from the red carpet! Here's the complete press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 17, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, »
The actor will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at this year’s 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) on January 2, 2016.
Depp will be celebrated for his performance in Black Mass in which he plays Boston gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger.
Psiff runs from January 1-11, 2016. »
The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala for his performance in “Black Mass.” Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and presenting sponsor Entertainment Tonight, will be held Saturday, January 2, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11. Above Amber Heard and husband, Johnny Depp, at 2015 Hollywood Film Awards – Nov 1 “Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, Black Mass, Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. He delivers an astounding performance that has earned raves from both critics and audiences and is sure to garner awards attention. It is our »
Johnny Depp will be presented with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
“Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, ‘Black Mass,’ Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. He delivers an astounding performance that has earned raves from both critics and audiences and is sure to garner awards attention.”
Depp was also recently announced as the recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award.
- Jacob Bryant
Read More: First Look: Liam Neeson In Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day Lewis), "Gangs of New York" Using 19th century New York City gang leader William Poole as a launching pad, Scorsese brings to the screen his most magnetic and monstrous villain with Bill "the Butcher" Cutting. Played with ruthless calculation and conniving intensity by Daniel Day Lewis, Cutting is a towering screen presence — you simply can't take your eyes off him. Based on Herbert Asbury's 1927 non-fiction book, "Gangs of New York" centers on Leonardo DiCaprio's Amsterdam Vallon, a young Irish immigrant who loses his father to Cutting's reign of terror and plots his revenge against him two decades later. Bringing the adult Vallon unknowingly under his wing, Cutting proves dangerous and charismatic all at once. Lewis, inhabiting the role with a blazing fire in his eyes that is impossible to put out, »
Over the weekend, our first look at Liam Neeson in Martin Scorsese‘s passion project Silence has graced the internet. The film is set to debut at next year’s Cannes Film Festival in May, according to reports.
The film, based on the novel by Shûsaku Endô, and adpated by Jay Cocks, is set in the seventeenth century where two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.
It will be released in cinemas »
- Paul Heath
Will Michael Shannon win an Oscar for his villainous role in "99 Homes"? When it comes to the Academy Awards, it usually pays to play heroes. Just consider the sympathetic roles that won Oscars for Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") and Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln"). But every once in a while, Hollywood likes to break bad. -Break- Gotham Awards nominations boost Oscar frontrunners 'Spotlight,' 'Carol' & 'Room' Shannon frequently plays dark, intense, often villainous characters ("Man of Steel," "The Iceman," "Boardwalk Empire"), and "99 Homes" is no different. He stars as Rick, an unscrupulous real estate agent taking advantage of Florida homeowners after the housing crisis that launched the Great Recession. One day he evicts a young man (Andrew Garfield) from his home only to later take him under his wing, teaching him ho »
The tales of Jared Leto's commitment to playing the Joker in "Suicide Squad" have already made excellent anecdotes. He's reportedly sent odd presents to members of the cast, and more or less did what he could to stay in character and keep himself away from the rest of the ensemble, which includes Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje when not shooting. However, his Daniel Day-Lewis-esque demands appear to have extended to the crew of the movie as well, as Atlas Entertainment and DC Comics brain trust member/producer Charles Roven revealed in a recent chat with Collider. "...it was different, it was fun," Roven said of Leto's on set behavior. "The group first wasn’t sure because the ADs had to call him ‘Mr. J’ to get him to come to the set [laughs]. And he did in many ways isolate himself from the rest of the group, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tom Hardy has made a career playing intense roles, including this summer’s blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road which has an outside shot at a best picture nomination, and this year is shaping up to continue that trend for the British actor.
With this month’s Legend, in which Hardy plays dual roles as identical twin gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, and a role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in last year’s best director winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant this Christmas, Hardy may be looking at his first nomination from the Academy. That may not be an accomplishment the actor aspires too, however, as he described the Oscars to Entertainment Weekly last week, “It’s like putting a wig on a dog, or a tutu on a crocodile. It doesn’t look right, it’s not fair to the animal, and inevitably someone will get bitten and hurt. »
- Patrick Shanley
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