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The film with the biggest Oscar buzz out of this year's Cannes Film Festival was Todd Haynes' lesbian love story, "Carol," which took the Best Actress prize for Rooney Mara, who tied for the honor with French actress Emmanuelle Bercot ("Mon Roi"). Mara, who was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar in 2011 for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," now has a serious chance to return to the derby, especially since most of the buzz about the film had surrounded her co-star, two-time Oscar champ Cate Blanchett. Click Here to see the complete list of Cannes winners. -Break- Nineteem women who won this category at Cannes went on to snag Oscar nominations and four have won: Simone Signoret for "Room at the Top" (1959), Sophia Loren for "Two Women" (1961), Sally Field for "Norma Rae" (1979) and Holly Hunter for "The Piano" (1993). Will Cannes hit 'Youth' bring Michael Caine, Jane Fonda bac. »
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
Every time Amy Schumer comes out with a new sketch, it's impossible not to think about how necessary it is that a female standup comic has the platform on Comedy Central to be as irreverent, truthful, and damning as she wants. It wasn't so long ago that females in sketch comedy were reduced to one-note roles. (Check out "Laugh-In" sometime and note how many times the point of a bit is "Oh, Goldie. Such a space cadet.") We picked ten examples of feminism in sketch comedy dating all the way back to the heyday of Carol Burnett. Comb the hair on your Asian-American doll and enjoy. 1. Carol Burnett is "movie star crazy" One of the enduring treats of "The Carol Burnett Show" is the feminist undertones in many of her sketches. The fact that she's so outlandish and having so much fun is a triumph in itself, but in this sketch, »
- Louis Virtel
Based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” the film tells the true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
Besides joining “The Big Short,” Greenfield is also developing “Beginning of the Adventure,” which he plans write, direct and star in. That project is currently set up at Red Crown Productions.
Greenfield broke out with his role of Schmidt on “New Girl,” which was »
- Justin Kroll
This week's season premiere of "Inside Amy Schumer" featured a brilliant sketch skewering Hollywood's unrealistic expectations of aging actresses, and star Amy Schumer was able to snag a dream-team trio of women to star in the bit: Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette.
The sketch features a wide-eyed Schumer stumbling upon the threesome having a decadent picnic in a park, celebrating Louis-Dreyfus's "Last F--ckable Day." That distinction, they explain, means that Louis-Dreyfus has now reached an age where, by Hollywood standards, she's no longer believable as a sexually-desirable woman.
It's both depressing and hilarious in equal measure, since the film industry's stigma against women of a certain age has long been lamented, and Fey, Louis-Dreyfus, and Arquette infuse the bit with such biting wit. Fey explains that the phenomenon can be traced to someone like Sally Field, who once played Tom Hanks's love interest and then wound up »
- Katie Roberts
When Amy Schumer stumbles upon holy muses Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette enjoying a decadent picnic, what does she learn from them? That every woman's sexuality has an expiration date, and today is Julia's. This "Inside Amy Schumer" sketch is an incredible, hilarious thrill. Watch as the actresses discuss how men in Hollywood try to decide when women stop being "f*ckable." There's a Viking funeral for Jld's sexuality and everything. Does sketch comedy get any better than this? I screamed at the incredible Sally Field reference. (Nsfw, language.) Inside Amy Schumer Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows »
- Louis Virtel
She won’t be single for much longer. Among the surprise break-out items from this year’s SXSW, Variety reports that Roadside Attractions is in the final stages of landing Michael Showalter’s Hello, My Name is Doris. The Sally Field starrer will be the biggest deal at the fest so far and they’re taking the longterm approach to the comedy pegging it with a rather late 2016 theatrical release.
Worth Noting: This is based on Terruso’s 2011 short, Doris and the intern. You can watch the graduate film here. view it below.
Do We Care?: There are not enough films on older women and perhaps the SXSW auds warmed up to this dramedy because it has a lot more »
- Eric Lavallee
Roadside Attractions is expected to acquire the breakout comedy “Hello, My Name is Doris,” starring Sally Field, for $1.75 million, the biggest deal from this year’s SXSW Film Festival, Variety has learned.
Roadside will handle the domestic rollout of the film, while Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will take international rights. The movie will receive a significant theatrical release in 2016 in the United States.
The pic, directed by Michael Showalter (“Wet Hot American Summer”), tells the story of a 70-something cubicle worker (Field) who develops an obsessive crush on a much younger co-worker (Max Greenfield). It was produced by Red Crown Productions and Haven Pictures.
Field received an enthusiastic standing ovation for her performance when the film premiered last month in Austin, and several bidders–including The Orchard, Starz and IFC Films–expressed interest in the comedy.
“Michael Showalter has made a film with both great heart, big laughs and a bit of bite, »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
This article was originally published by the La Weekly and distributed by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate in May 1990. I found it while I was looking for references to Marvin Antonowsky, who was an innovative studio executive who brought TV marketing techniques to the Universal and Sony/Columbia in the 80s and 90s. He taught me a lot over the years. He died April 7 at age 86. Read: Rip Pioneering Marketing Exec Marvin Antonowsky What's interesting about the piece below is that today there are more powerful women stars, because now they are able to carry action movies, from Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock to Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence and Avenger Scarlett Johansson. "I don`t fit into a high-concept idea," Sally Field recently told NBC's Tom Brokaw, complaining, as many other actresses have, about the dearth of decent starring roles for women in the movies. And in a business dominated by the bottom line, »
- Anne Thompson
I saw "Babe" 20 years ago when I was nine, and aside from the fact that it was a movie my grandparents tolerated, here's everything I remembered about it: -The mice were cute. -Christine Cavanaugh, the late voice artist behind Chuckie on "Rugrats" and Dexter on "Dexter's Laboratory," voiced "Babe." -It was nominated for Best Picture and Cavanaugh carried a pig-shaped purse to the Oscars. This was, of course, the beginning of my certifiable obsession with the Oscars. -I was so, so embarrassed and sad at the part where the farmer's granddaughter hates the dollhouse she gets for Christmas. I wanted to reach out to Farmer Hoggett and say, "She's being a brat. I hope you know that, and I hope your feelings aren't hurt." Damn, remember when you'd evaluate kids in movies as your peers? -James Cromwell's face was a long, solemn, Easter Island-type granite block. Strangely, »
- Louis Virtel
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Hooper Sonny Hooper (Burt Reynolds) is the world’s greatest living stuntman, but his age is catching up with him as evidenced by the bevy of aches and pains his body is feeling these days. His long-suffering girlfriend (Sally Field) sees it as a sign that he should exit the business, but when a young upstart (Jan-Michael Vincent) threatens to outshine Hooper onscreen the veteran is forced to up his game if he wants to compete. I stand by the belief that ’70s Burt Reynolds is the best Burt Reynolds, and this light-hearted comedic romp is a prime example. Powered by a goofy mentality and Reynolds’ charisma, the movie entertains despite featuring the slightest of plots and an absolutely terrible stance on drunk driving. (It’s all for it.) The »
- Rob Hunter
Richard Dreyfuss doesn't need to play any reindeer games. An Oscar winner and one of the world's biggest movie stars for two decades, Dreyfuss has only periodically popped up on the big or small screens in recent years because he's been concentrating his efforts on overhauling the way American children are taught civics and serving as Senior Associate Member of St. Anthony's College in Oxford. While his recent credits have been sparse, I've talked to Dreyfuss several times in the past few years and the key is always to find what he wants to discuss, even if it isn't necessarily the project he's promoting. So with the 2012 A&E adaptation of "Coma," it certainly wasn't "Coma," but it could have been the shift in interactions between actors and directors over the years and whether or not TV is more actor-friendly. With this winter's Sundance debut of "Zipper," it was the political backdrop to the thriller. »
- Daniel Fienberg
She may be an Oscar winner, but it was no easy path to success for Sally Field, who was told by her own management that she was "not pretty enough" to be a film star. In the early days of her career, when she was known for roles like Gidget and The Flying Nun, Field's attempts to transition into the movie industry were met with intense rejection - even from her own agent. "When I decided I needed to back out of TV altogether, I told him, 'I'm not going do any more TV' and he said, 'Well that's ridiculous. »
- Megan Johnson
South by Southwest (SXSW) is the best week of the year for film fanatics. Period. It's in a wonderful place (Austin, Texas), sweetened by a lovely atmosphere that mixes the highbrow appreciation of erudite film nerds with the go-for-broke excitement of genre enthusiasts. There's nothing quite like it in the world of film festivals -- the vibe at SXSW isn't something that's easily replicated or translated; it just is.
We were on hand to take it all in and report back. Our interviews from the festival will be coming soon, along with the films that they accompany. But we also wanted to rank every film that we saw, in order of best to worst. This year's crop was pretty wonderful, even those in the back half of the list are still pretty great. (There were a couple of stinkers, but that happens at every festival.)
So sit back and relax, »
- Drew Taylor
Workplace romances can be an impenetrable labyrinth in any circumstance. Throw in the fact that the one doing the romancing is a sixty-something hoarder and the object of her affection is a hot twenty-something Brooklynite, and the complications that result are going to be absolutely hilarious. Or at least that’s the case when they’re handled by Michael Showalter in Hello, My Name is Doris.
Sally Field’s Doris is struggling to cope with the death of her mother. They had lived together for years and shared hoarding tendencies. In the midst of her grieving, her office hires a young new art director, John (Max Greenfield). Once Doris is able to move past her fantasies of romance into actually speaking to John, the two develop an unlikely friendship that leads to Doris becoming immersed in the Greenpoint scene. From there, Doris holds out hope that a romantic relationship will develop, »
- Alexander Lowe
The SXSW Film Festival isn’t a venue that normally inspires bidding wars or debuts Oscar contenders. But “Hello, My Name is Doris,” a dramedy starring Sally Field that landed the festival’s audience award in the headliners category, has proven to be an exception.
Following a standing ovation at the Austin premiere on March 14 for the comedy directed by Michael Showalter (“Wet Hot American Summer”), multiple distributors have bid on the picture, Variety has learned.
The Orchard, a relatively new player in the movie business (which picked up “The Overnight” at Sundance), has raised the stakes with a seven-figure offer. Starz is also circling the project, and there’s a proposal from Roadside Attractions to take the domestic rights with Sony Pictures handling the foreign rollout. Although some major distributors are not interested—such as the Weinstein Co. and Fox Searchlight—the filmmakers are fielding other offers too, according to an insider. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
SXSW is over, and while our team is off sending their clothes to the dry cleaners to figure out how to get out stains from five different barbecue sauces, organizers in Austin have one more thing left to announce. Following the Jury awards last week, they've unveiled the Audience Awards, and there are a couple of notable crossover winners. Trey Edward Shults' drama "Krisha," (our review) and Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber's documentary "Peace Officer" (our review) repeated their victories in the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature slots. Meanwhile, audiences gave their approval to the Sally Field starring "Hello, My Name is Doris" and Todd Rohal's oddball sequel "Uncle Kent 2.""Turbo Kid" is also continuing to pick up buzz following its Sundance premiere with a win here. Check out the full list of winners below. Narrative Feature Competition Audience Award Winner: Krisha Director: Trey Edward »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gregory Walcott, who starred in several movies in the ’50s and early ’60s including, perhaps most notably, the critically panned “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” has died, his son announced on Facebook. He was 87.
Walcott starred as pilot Jeff Trent in 1959’s “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” which is widely considered one of the worst films of all time. Despite its reputation, it gained a large cult following, which Walcott was reluctantly at the center of.
“I had done so many great films and worked with so many great directors that I didn’t want to be identified with such a piece of trash,” he said in a 1998 interview with Filmax magazine.
He starred alongside Bela Lugosi in the film. Lugosi, however, had died »
- Alex Stedman
The studios had a strong showing at SXSW this year, as evidenced by the high-profile premieres of “Trainwreck” and “Spy,” as well as a secret screening of Paul Walker’s final performance in “Furious 7.” Happily, outside the big-budget realm, the festival also offered up a remarkably solid lineup of work from first-time filmmakers and emerging talents — a field that included everything from the top prizewinners, “Krisha” and “Peace Officer,” to first-rate thrillers like “Hangman” and “The Invitation,” to standout music docs like “Danny Says” and “Made in Japan.”
Here are the 13 gems that impressed our critics and reporters the most (listed in alphabetical order):
1. “6 Years”
Hannah Fidell’s drama unravels like a sequel to “Like Crazy,” but instead of Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, the equally charming Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield play the bickering mates. The film is shot like a documentary about falling out of love, »
- Variety Staff
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