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I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a substantial portion of the year now, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do. SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in mind that it’s early and they’re completely subject to change. For example, I’ve hung back on some »
- Joey Magidson
Star-studded events are far from predictable, but there's one thing that's practically guaranteed: photobombs! Jared Leto kept us on our feet after the 2014 Oscars, giving us plenty of amusing moments when he crept behind Anne Hathaway, who had one of the most hilarious reactions we've seen. Jared isn't the only star to get in on the fun - Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Thompson, and Jennifer Lawrence jumped in other people's shots last award season, and that's just the beginning of the excitement. Keep reading to see all the stars who have executed perfect photobombs over the years, and if you're loving the surprises, check out all the celebrity selfie duos we didn't see coming. Source: Getty and Instagram user ryanseacrest »
Now playing in theaters is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children. Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, J.K. Simmons, Elena Kampouris, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia, Dennis Haysbert, and the voice of Emma Thompson, the drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age. Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced. It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage. Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Dean Norris. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The modern world is both complicated and yet very simplified. One on one conversations and the work that is required to converse in person with someone has been replaced with email or a quick text message. An expression of deep sadness or eternal gratitude has been replaced by an emoji icon. Even a feeling that is specific to you in that very moment has been replaced with universal acronyms like Wtf or Omg. These are all instances of how life has become inanely simple, but where the complication comes into play is how so much is lost in translation. Communication is a defining part of our humanity and yet it has become secondary (or even less) to other factors in our busy lives. We are all running around with our head down in our own bubble. Because of this the modern world can be seen as a rather cold and unwelcoming place. »
- Michael Haffner
Despite its glamorous name and location, the Hollywood Film Festival has struggled to find its identity since its founding in 1997. But this year’s edition (Oct. 16-19) is getting a radical overhaul and rebranding from new owner Jon Fitzgerald and his philanthropic company CineCause.
“What makes the new Hollywood Film Festival unique is that we’re really emphasizing socially conscious films — both documentary and narrative — and then packaging them with educational presentations where we have special guests doing keynotes,” says Fitzgerald, last year’s Hff director who also co-founded Slamdance in 1995 and directed the AFI, Santa Barbara, Abu Dhabi and Topanga fests.
The fest, based at the ArcLight Hollywood and branded as Entertainment for Change, will screen some 60 movies. And while Fitzgerald’s goal is to avoid “the usual glitz and glamor associated with film festivals,” there’s no end of socially conscious stars who are directly involved in many of the featured films. »
- Iain Blair
Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)
Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?
2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)
3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)
The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex »
- Sharon Knolle
During her keynote at Film London’s Production Finance Market, Alison Thompson remarks on the glut of films made today, but also sees some bright spots like the arrival of Netflix.
British sales veteran Alison Thompson said market conditions for sellers are as tough now as they have ever been.
“As we all know, the situation now is just about as bad as it can be,” Thompson said during her keynote speech at the Film London Production Finance Market.
“The television business, which was frankly driving the boom in film for 20 years, suddenly came a cropper so that independent distributors were losing their TV output deals, which were essentially underpinning the business they were doing.
“That, combined with the change to the DVD market - we’ve had a double hit. It has been really, really challenging. In fact, we are working in the most difficult time I have worked in in my entire career.”
Even so, Thompson »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
★★★☆☆For his second feature as director - following on from the Emma Thompson-starring The Winter Guest (1997) - Alan Rickman brings audiences the period folly A Little Chaos (2014), a film as mildly diverting and inoffensive as its title suggests. Based on a true story and adapted from ex-Casualty star Alison Deegan's debut screenplay, the film tells of a most ostensibly mundane period of King Louis Xiv's tenure at Versailles, doing so in an entirely lightweight and likable manner that, though befitting a casual ITV costume drama, is saved by a wealth of assured hands both on and off screen. Set in 1682, Academy Award winner Kate Winslet plays widowed, green-fingered landscape designer Sabine De Barra.
- CineVue UK
There’s presumably more heated drama behind the screen than there is upon it in “Effie Gray,” a literate, lovingly mounted and exceedingly well-behaved historical biopic that has sidled into British theaters after two years of less polite legal conflicts. Emma Thompson’s first adult-oriented film screenplay since her Oscar-winning work on “Sense and Sensibility” finds a fascinating human subject in the title character — the socially and sexually suppressed wife of leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin — but this admirable, watercolor-delicate tale of individual feminist emancipation never quite blooms into living color, hampered by spotty casting and Richard Laxton’s overly deliberate direction. Lush production values and name players — notably a conscientious Dakota Fanning in the lead — guarantee international exposure, but commercial prospects are as muted as the film itself.
The pic’s closing credits rather pointedly refer to the “original screenplay by Emma Thompson,” a still-piqued rejoinder to a »
- Guy Lodge
In what's sure to be disappointing news for fans of the Bridget Jones' Diary films starring Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, Grant confirmed in a new interview with Free Radio in the West Midlands that he won't be reprising his role as the shady-but-lovable Daniel Cleaver in the third installment of the franchise.
"I decided not to do it," the 54-year-old actor said, "but I think they're going to go ahead and do it without Daniel. The book's excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different -- well, the script as I last saw it a few years ago."
News: Why the Third 'Bridget Jones' Book Is Outraging Fans
Daniel Cleaver doesn't have a track record of being particularly reliable—and Bridget Jones shouldn't count on him for a third film, as Hugh Grant said he won't be in one. "The book's excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different—or the script as I last saw it a few years ago," Grant said in a Free Radio interview. "And in the end I decided not to do it. But I think they are going to go ahead and do it without Daniel." A third Bridget Jones film has been a long time coming. EW reported that »
- Esther Zuckerman
Let's pretend we've been off air for a few month and Tfe's fall season starts tomorrow, 8 Am Est with a special Tuesday Top Ten day, reviews as Lists, or Lists as Lists, or Picture Lists or whatever -- top tens all day. Throw some confetti (Tfe has, strangely, a devout but possessive following. Don't keep things you love to yourself: share, tweet and like your favorites! Donate a cup of coffee a month - see sidebar)
Whenever I announce a new season, I like to illustrate with ruthless programmer Diana Christensen even though she'd immediately cancel us for our ratings share and low episode counts
Tuesdays Top Ten | Curio | New Or Returning Series
Wednesdays New Or Returning | A Year With Kate - only 11 episodes left!
Thursdays Ahs: Freakshow | New Or Returning | Tim's Toons
Fridays Posterized | Michael's Weekly Review
Saturdays Meet »
- NATHANIEL R
Robert Redford is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Film Society of Lincoln Centre.
The 78-year-old actor and director will be awarded the Chaplin Award during a gala in New York next April, reports BBC News.
The film society's executive director Lesli Klainberg said: "Obviously he's a star that many of us have grown up watching from his films in the early 1960s to his current work.
He will also appear in A Walk in the Woods, »
Director: Jason Reitman; Screenwriter: Jason Reitman, Erin Cressida Wilson; Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever; Running time: 120 mins; Certificate: 15
Sex and other intimacy issues are ripe for re-examination in the age of social media, and writer/director Jason Reitman gives the subject epic treatment in Men, Women & Children. Adam Sandler does his serious face in one of multiple strands and he's fairly convincing. Unfortunately, Reitman and co-writer Erin Cressida Wilson (adapting Chad Kultgen's novel) fumble through the plot like groping teenagers.
With its loosely interwoven stories, the structure represents the most complicated aspect of the film, otherwise the individual threads lead to numbingly obvious points about the way we relate to each other in the modern world.
Opening the action with images of space and clipped, cutting narration by Emma Thompson is the first (worrying) sign that Reitman is aiming for profundity. »
Empire The London Film Festival has commenced with Benedict Cumberbatch opening the festivities
Kenneth in the (212) Harrison Ford in 1978
Logolog This one is for the linguistics and trivia nerds: Last week's box office top ten featured the first ever "pangram" -- I didn't know what that was but the article explains it
Film School Rejects will "Vs" movies be the next franchise trend? God help us all
Guardian claims that The Imitation Game might be the queerest film for the mainstream in ages. I don't want to do that math because, if so, how depressing because it's not all that queer
/Film a Labyrinth sequel in development?
Vulture theorizes on how all the seasons of American Horror Story could be connected. »
- NATHANIEL R
Christopher Reeve: 'Superman' and his movies (photo: Christopher Reeve in 'Superman' 1978) Christopher Reeve, Superman in four movies from 1978 to 1987, died ten years ago today. In 1995, while taking part in a cross-country horse race in Culpeper, Virginia, Reeve was thrown off his horse, hitting his head on the top rail of a jump; the near-fatal accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He ultimately succumbed to heart failure at age 52 on October 10, 2004. Long before he was cast as Superman aka Clark Kent, the Manhattan-born (as Christopher D'Olier Reeve on September 25, 1952), Cornell University and Juillard School for Drama alumnus was an ambitious young actor whose theatrical apprenticeship included, while still a teenager, some time as an observer at London's Old Vic and Paris' Comédie Française. At age 23, he landed his first Broadway role in a production of Enid Bagnold's A Matter of Gravity, starring Katharine Hepburn. »
- Andre Soares
Jason Reitman is way too young to have produced a work of such fuddy-duddy handwringing over These Kids (And Adults) Today and how we play with our e-toys. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
As the little explorer probe Voyager passes into interstellar space to begin its long lonely journey to who knows where, Adam Sandler is masturbating to Internet porn.
There’s a point to this juxtaposition, but only director Jason Reitman knows what it is. (Presumably Chad Kultgen, author of the novel this is based on, knows, too, but there’s no evidence of that here.) Is it that the hyperadvanced and superwise aliens who may one day find Voyager will be disappointed if they could know (which they won’t be able to know) that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
If you've seen one of Jason Reitman's movies, you know that he's very willing to go to some very extreme and, at times, uncomfortable places. From the cigarette industry ("Thank You for Smoking") to teen pregnancy ("Juno") to arrested development ("Young Adult," still his very best and most complicated film), there's a fearlessness with which he treats his subject matter that is positively intoxicating.
His new film, "Men, Women & Children," which expands nationwide this week, is centered around our relationship with technology (and how that relationship can mess with our interpersonal lives). It stars Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner and Dean Norris, and takes a kind of "Traffic"-like structural approach, showing characters crisscrossing into each others lives (and, of course, web browsers).
We got a chance to talk to Reitman about what it was like asking Emma Thompson, who plays a narrator in the style »
- Drew Taylor
The emotionally barren wedlock of celebrated 19th century man of letters John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and his teenage wife Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) is grimly explored in Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson's portrait of a marriage that never was. The newly-wed Ruskin - backed by his spitefully ambitious parents - proves emotionally stunted, repulsed by the physicality of the marriage bed. Effie - ten years younger - dutifully accepts her fate but finds herself drawn to Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge) in a Victorian era where the stigma of divorce could spell social exile. »
In his latest film, Men, Women & Children, director Jason Reitman explores the different ways in which technology influences our lives. Based on Chad Kultgen's book of the same name, the film follows a handful of characters, looking into the way they use the social media, texting, and more to express their sexuality, raise their kids, and connect with others. We talked with Reitman about adapting the book, the difficulties of portraying sexuality on-screen, and what comes next for him. Entertainment Weekly: What is the origin story of this movie? How did it come about? Jason Reitman: The origin is that Mason Novick, »
- Samantha Highfill
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