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Chicago – Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” led the way for film in the eyes of the Chicago Film Critics Association, as they have dubbed it the Best Picture of 2011. Malick also took Best Director for his long-delayed labor of love, while the Cfca also chose the cinematography and the work by Jessica Chastain as the Best Supporting Actress work of the year. “Drive” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” came in second with two wins a piece.
In some incredibly close acting races, Chicagoan Michael Shannon took Best Actor for “Take Shelter” and Michelle Williams won Best Actress for playing a legend in “My Week With Marilyn.” Joining Chastain as a choice for the best supporting work of 2011 is Albert Brooks in “Drive.” All four acting winners will be honored at a ceremony on January 7th, along with recently-announced special awards for Shirley MacLaine, James Earl Jones, Dennis Farina, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – It may have had a controversial journey to the big screen, but the Chicago Film Critics Association thought that Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” was worth the wait, nominating it today for a leading seven awards, including Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, and Promising Performer (Hunter McCracken). Joining “The Tree of Life” in the race for Best Picture is “The Descendants” and “Drive,” each with six nominations total, and “The Artist” and “Hugo.” each with five.
Overall, a remarkable 43 films were chosen as some of the best of 2011, with other multiple nominees including “Martha Marcy May Marlene” with four nods, and six diverse films granted a pair of nominations — “A Separation,” “Melancholia,” “My Week With Marilyn,” “Shame,” “The Help,” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
As they often do, the Cfca made some inspired choices, including several unexpected picks. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The 2012 Golden Globe nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood.
Breakout star Ryan Gosling scored two nods for his superb acting -- one for "Crazy, Stupid, Love" as well as "The Ides of March. »
Carpetbagger wonders if Meryl Streep is the oldest person to ever grace the cover of Vogue? We assume she is, unless some male designer once posed there with an 18 yr old supermodel.
Movie|Line 5 pieces of Elizabeth Taylor's Memorabilia worth paying for...
Time profiles Tilda Swinton
Indie Wire because Martin Scorsese hasn't won enough awards in the past several years, the Santa Barbara Festival is going to honor him with the American Riviera Award
Yahoo Movies a rundown of awardage thus far. No consensus really.
Rope of Silicon lists the top five movie tattoos. I was happy to see Seth Gecko.
Awards Daily Sasha gets angry at the Shame haters. The movie not the emotion. Feel free to hate on shame the emotion. It's an annoying one.
Guardian in "Obituaries of 2011" has Shirley Maclaine »
- NATHANIEL R
The worst weekend at the North American box office since September 2008, with an overall take of $78 million. That's this very weekend (Dec. 9-11), when Garry Marshall's critically lambasted Warner Bros. release New Year's Eve succeeded in topping the domestic box-office chart with a meager $13.7 million, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. At 3,505 locations, New Year's Eve averaged a not-at-all celebratory $3,910 per site.
Thanks to a prestigious cast including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, and Hilary Swank; Oscar nominees Michelle Pfeiffer and Abigail Breslin; and teen idol Zac Efron, Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker, Two and Half Men's Ashton Kutcher, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon co-star Josh Duhamel (photo), some had been expecting that New Year's Eve would open around $30 million. Later on, $20 million became an acceptable figure. But $13.7 million? Chances are New Year's Eve won't get even close to matching »
- Zac Gille
As year-end rituals go, remembering those we've lost over the past twelve months is the solemn twin of list-making, though it's often no less an act of celebration. In the new issue of the Brooklyn Rail, Charles Bernstein and Susan Bee look back on the life of George Kuchar, "one of the most creative, original, and influential filmmakers of our time, straddling two generations of North American iconoclasts, from Stan Brakhage, Ken Jacobs, Rudy Burckhardt, Kenneth Anger, and Michael Snow to Warren Sonbert, Ernie Gehr, Abigail Child, and Henry Hills. Often collaborating with his twin brother, Mike, George Kuchar started making films as a Bronx teenager, and the brothers' early films already show the ingenuity, exuberance, and do-it-yourself charm that would pervade scores of their subsequent films."
Michelle Pfeiffer, New Year's Eve Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, and countless others, Garry Marshall's Warner Bros. release New Year's Eve opened way below expectations on Friday, Dec. 9, collecting an estimated $5.08 million according to Box Office Mojo. The all-star omnibus romantic comedy-drama will be lucky if it reaches $16-17 million over the weekend, whereas some had been expecting an opening around $30 million. Screening at 3,505 sites, New Year's Eve averaged a meager $1,449 per theater. For comparison's sake: Marshall's all-star Valentine's Day — featuring Julia Roberts, Taylor Lautner, Bradley Cooper, Shirley MacLaine, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, and others — debuted with $56.26 million in February 2010. Ken Kwapis' similarly packaged all-star romantic comedy-drama He's Just Not That into You — with once again Bradley Cooper, plus Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, et al. — raked in $27.78 million in February 2009. Not helping matters is »
- Zac Gille
Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise dismiss a lawsuit and a rumour as 'par for the course' and 'ludicrous'
Celebrity gesture of the week? The shrug.
Angelina Jolie sported one as a lawsuit claiming her directorial debut was nicked from a Croatian journalist was filed, then Tom Cruise (aka Tom Cruise's People) took up the trend in response to rumours that crowds who greeted the Mission Impossible star's arrival in Mumbai were hired actors.
It became both rather well. "It's par for the course," said Jolie of Josip Knežević's claim that she had taken her story from his book, The Soul Shattering. "It happens on almost every film. There are many books and documentaries that I did pull from, but that particular book I've never seen." Jolie's film, In The Land of Blood and Honey, is set during the Bosnian war and sees a Serbian camp commander »
- Henry Barnes
Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film. Nice Guys Who Don't Finish At All Consider the Romantic Comedy as made for men. In this day and age, the genre is so associated with being poor in quality and aiming only for a female demographic, you could easily forget that they used to make 'em good and with male protagonists. Of course, Hollywood making movies by men for men shouldn't be a surprise. And even today, most romantic comedies made to appeal to women are made by men (which is one small part of why they're so bad). That said, the male hero of a Romantic Comedy is quite different from the male hero of any other kind of movie. "Nebbish" is the word that comes to mind. Possibly also "schmuck." Both 1960's The Apartment and 2004's Sideways subscribe to this setup. »
The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker has created a phenomenon in Los Angeles with his first two live readings of classic movies, starting with The Breakfast Club (featuring Jennifer Garner, Aaron Paul, and Patton Oswalt in the roles originated by Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, and Anthony Michael Hall). His second installment was The Apartment, with Steve Carell, Natalie Portman, and Pierce Brosnan in the Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray parts.
Next Thursday, will mark the third film in »
- Anthony Breznican
The actress was hailed as the British Artist of the Year by the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Nigel Lythgoe, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles, said, "Warren Beatty is an undisputed film icon who, during nearly a half-century, has created a body of work that transcends trends and remains timeless. He is a powerful and original creative force, both in front (of) and behind the camera, and it is our distinct pleasure to honour and celebrate his immense talents."
Praising the winners, Cumming told the audience, "It's all about people who have contributed things over their careers, so it's less faddy (sic) and markety (sic) and less current, and more about celebrating these people for what they've done over their entire lives." »
Tonight the Baftas were held at the Beverly Hilton, and Warren Beatty, Ben Stiller, Helena Bonham Carter, John Lasseter and David Yates all took home award honors. Emcee Alan Cumming was in charge of the show. Robert Downey Jr., was selected to give the Chaplin Award to Ben Stiller. Robin Williams presented the Albert Broccoli award to Pixar chief John Lasseter. Helen Mirren paid tribute to Helena Bonham Carter. Jason Isaacs introduced "Harry Potter" director David Yates, and Oliver Platt was on hand to introduce Warren Beatty, who received the Kubrick award and thanked his wife Annette Bening and sister Shirley MacLaine, both of whom were seated at his table. »
- April MacIntyre
Star Wars' Carrie Fisher, 55, takes on Star Trek's William Shatner on this brief video. Shatner had been making humorously "disparaging" comparisons between Star Trek and Star Wars, with the former coming out on top. Whether or not you're a Star Trek and/or Star Wars nut or you couldn't care less about either movie/television franchise, this cleverly edited Carrie Fisher video is a hilarious must. Fisher delivers an Oscar worthy performance. In fact, she's better than most Oscar winners out there. Initially, Fisher rebuts Shatner's comparisons, saying "They're not in the same league! I mean, they have the word Star in the title …" Later on, she claims that "Bill has borrowed" Princess Lea's metal bikini. (It's unclear whether Shatner has actually sunbathed or gone to the mall wearing it.) Fisher goes for the jugular when she says that Shatner's Star Trek costume is "the sort of outfit »
- Zac Gille
It’s that time again. Time to sit back and watch members of your family scurry around making a feast, as the house fills up with people as well as delicious food smells. And before the football takes over the TV, all eyes are glued to the spectacle that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Celebrating its 85th anniversary, this year’s parade will once again feature dancers, marching bands, floats and those giant balloons the parade is known for.
But even when it’s not the holiday season, the Macy’s parade has invaded our pop culture. Of course, »
- Abby West
"Baby, you're gonna miss that plane …" The ending of Before Sunset, Richard Linklater's second instalment in the romance of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) looked to conclude things sweetly: with Jesse failing to return to the Us, and the couple reuniting properly after their nine-year separation.
But in an interview with French website Allocine, Hawke reveals that he, Delpy and Linklater are negotiating a third outing for the transatlantic couple. "All of three of us have been having similar feelings that we're ready to revisit those characters," said Hawke. "There's nine years between the first two movies and, if we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again, so we really started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We're going to try to write it this year. »
- Catherine Shoard
Jonathan Hastings: "Metropolis or Moonfleet?" Guy Maddin: "Hate to say it, but Moonraker." Happening once more tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York: "A unique live cinematic and musical event, Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed pairs acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin's classic first feature film with a live performance — directed by Maddin himself — of a new score created by composer Matthew Patton, a superstar group of Icelandic musicians, acclaimed Seattle-based musical collective Aono Jikken Ensemble, and live electronics engineer Paul Corley."
Los Angeles. Jen Yamato, taking notes for Movieline: "Part of the wave of initiatives in Elvis Mitchell's rebooted Film Independent at Lacma programming is a series of live script reads directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), who kicked things off last month with a star-studded rendition of The Breakfast Club. [Thursday] night's second script read of the 1960 multiple Oscar-winner The Apartment, »
Part of the wave of initiatives in Elvis Mitchell's rebooted Film Independent at Lacma programming is a series of live script reads directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), who kicked things off last month with a star-studded rendition of The Breakfast Club. Last night's second script read of the 1960 multiple Oscar-winner The Apartment, with Natalie Portman and Steve Carell in the Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon roles, respectively, demonstrated how the marriage of cherished movie memories, live theater, and fresh talent is such an inspired idea to begin with. »
Gay pride organiser, PR expert and broadcaster
On 1 July 2006, Oxford Street and Regent Street saw London's biggest gay and lesbian carnival, at the end of the fortnight-long Europride 06 event. It marked a triumph for the tenacious campaigning of Jason Pollock, who has died suddenly after a stroke at the age of 64.
A sometimes combustible character not afraid to play the homophobia card when necessary, Pollock had found a sympathetic spirit in the then mayor, Ken Livingstone. The event built on the success of the Pride Londons of the previous two years: in 2005, Pollock had turned a clash with Bob Geldof's global Live8 event, announced just weeks beforehand, to advantage by getting the singer to ride on the front of the Pride float before heading for Live8 in Hyde Park. The two had known each other at Geldof's TV production company Planet24, and the coup showed Pollock's flair for capitalising »
MacLaine plays a woman who accidentally receives a fortune due to a Social Security cheque misprint. She heads to Las Vegas with her best friend (Weaver) to start a new life.
Said new life is short lived as they become overnight media sensations and fugitives who must outwit a trio of conmen along with dodging Social Security agents.
- Garth Franklin
Sharon Stone was a big deal in the '90s thanks to Basic Instinct in 1992, but she's got a lower profile lately. She's been working very steadily, but it doesn't feel that way. I can't remember the last time I saw a memorable Stone performance. Probably either Broken Flowers ('05) or Alpha Dog ('06). Law & Order: Svu fans would probably point to her recurring role on that show. I don't know if anyone would point to Basic Instinct 2 ('06) even though the image above makes her appearance in that one look like a different version of the X-Men's Emma Frost. She might get more attention playing the mother of a porn star. Stone is now set to play the mother of Linda Lovelace (possibly played by Amanda Seyfried) in Lovelace. That's one of two Linda Lovelace films in development right now, and the one that will be directed by »
- Russ Fischer
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