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What a difference a week makes. Once considered a long shot for an Oscar nom, Jennifer Aniston has now received the holy trifecta — nominations for best actress from SAG, Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice Awards. An Oscar nomination seems more and more likely.
It’s all the more impressive that Aniston has received such attention for a small independent film. In “Cake,” written by first-time screenwriter Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz, she plays Claire Simmons, a woman who suffers from chronic pain and becomes obsessed with learning more about a member of her support group who committed suicide. Aniston has never been given such a meaty role on the bigscreen before, and she rewards the filmmakers’ gamble with a beautiful, heartfelt performance.
Aniston has made a lot of progress in a short time in the race and will likely continue. There are so many factors that go »
- Jenelle Riley
The woes of struggling actors have been explored on screen countless times already (typically by those struggling actors themselves), and Loitering With Intent is just another film in a long line of passion projects exploring the challenges and pitfalls of seeking spotlight attention. It’s a tired story about two best friends who subject themselves to casting auditions and nightly bartender gigs just to barely squeak by, much like any other “wannabe actor” sob story might play out, except this one has Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei as supporting characters! Apologies, please don’t misinterpret my snarkiness, because there are much worse films than Adam Rapp’s countryside calamity – but there are also much better.
Friends Dominic (Michael Godere) and Raphael (Ivan Martin) are your typical actor hopefuls, drawn in by New York City’s promise then thrown to the wayside like so many before. Desperate for their big break, »
- Matt Donato
By Anjelica Oswald
John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play Ben and George, a newlywed couple who have been together for 39 years, in Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange. When George is fired from his job as a music teacher at a Catholic school, the couple can no longer afford their Manhattan apartment. The two are forced to move in with family and friends in separate apartments as they sort through their housing situation.
The indie darling has been praised since premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and currently holds a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, it has stayed under the radar this award season.
Love is Strange was nominated for best feature at the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards, which took place Dec. 1, but lost to Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman. The film also scored Independent Spirit Award nominations for best film, male lead (Lithgow), screenplay »
- Anjelica Oswald
Welcome to Sexpositions, a weeklong Vulture celebration of sex scenes in movies and on TV. A whole lot of stars want Laura Grady’s body. A dancer, model, and actress in her own right, Grady also works as a body double in Hollywood, standing in for the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Robin Wright, Patricia Arquette, and Marisa Tomei. Usually she’s called upon to do sex or nude scenes, and she’s always hired with the actress’s approval. “It’s not that they don’t have great bodies; they all do,” the gorgeous blonde notes diplomatically. “But sometimes they don’t have time to do a B-camera roll or something like that. It’s not always that the actress isn’t comfortable.” As for her popularity in this department, Grady credits her ballet training, her professional demeanor, and her all-natural body (she does a lot of Zumba). We »
- Gwynne Watkins
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has finalized deals for 26 films from the Afm, including Oliver Stone’s Untitled Snowden Project starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, action-thriller Blood Father with Mel Gibson and Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There, all from Wild Bunch.
Front Row continued to cement its long-standing relationships with the likes of Protagonist Pictures and HanWay Films, acquiring the former’s upcoming Ben Wheatley action film Free Fire, Rob Zombie’s 31, David Farr-directed horror The Ones Below and the untitled Joshua Marston drama with Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon.
From HanWay, Front Row secured Thai Boxing action film A Prayer Before Dawn, set to star Charlie Hunnam, The Limehouse Golem, written by Jane Goldman and the Kinks’ biopic You Really Got Me, produced by Jeremy Thomas.
From Embankment »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
New parents and surprise newlyweds Scarlett Johansson and French journalist Romain Dauriac took time out from baby duty for a date night on Monday at an event buzzing with a who's who of award-season contenders. The couple were seated together and schmoozed with the likes of Julianne Moore and Marisa Tomei at the star-studded 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards by the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), which was sponsored by euphoria Calvin Klein at Cipriani Wall Street in N.Y.C. "They sat next time to each other the whole night and he beamed when she presented," a guest tells People. "He »
- Sara Hammel
New parents and surprise newlyweds Scarlett Johansson and French journalist Romain Dauriac took time out from baby duty for a date night on Monday at an event buzzing with a who's who of award-season contenders. The couple were seated together and schmoozed with the likes of Julianne Moore and Marisa Tomei at the star-studded 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards by the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), which were sponsored by euphoria Calvin Klein at Cipriani Wall Street in N.Y.C. Johansson, 30, a nominee for best actress for Under the Skin, lost out to Moore, who won for Still Alice. As the event got underway, »
- Sara Hammel and Liz McNeil
Yes, it's true! The first real awards show is here! It's time for the 2014 Gotham Awards live from New York City. The 24th installment of the annual indie awards fete should feature salutes to Tilda Swinton and Bennett Miller as well as an intriguing best feature film showdown between "Birdman" and "Boyhood." You can watch the show streamed live yourself here. For all of this year's nominees and winners click here. 5:08 Pm - And we're off, with Uma Thurman as your host. She's having a few issues looking back and forth between the teleprompters too much. Eke. "And. Then. We. Have... 'Boyhood.'" (aka "the movie my ex-husband made for 12 years"). Just sayin'! 5:09 Pm - Uma is already on her way to full Faye Dunaway camp mode and we're just one minute in! 5:11 Pm - The Ifp has been there since the birth of Independent Film? That might be stretching it, »
- Gregory Ellwood and Kristopher Tapley
Love is Strange, 2014.
Directed by Ira Sachs.
After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing — a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.
Love is Strange is a film about love and modern city living, and how those things aren’t necessarily always simpatico. After getting married to Ben (John Lithgow), his partner of 39 years, George (Alfred Molina) is fired from his job as a Catholic school music teacher for “making a statement.” Faced with financial difficulties, George sells his apartment with his new husband and they each agree to live separately with friends while looking for a new place. Separated – George rooms with two cop friends, Ben stays at the home of his nephew »
- Gary Collinson
The Gotham Independent Film Awards will benefit from an unprecendented dosage of star power during its annual dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday.
The celebration of arthouse films has tapped Uma Thurman as its host, according to the show’s backer the Independent Film Project.
The Gothams also unveiled an A-list roster of presenters, including Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Amy Schumer and Catherine Keener.
As awards season continues to get more cutthroat, it’s a sign that the studios now view the Gothams, which started 24 years ago as a low-key (and celebrity-less) affair, as one of the first stops on the campaign trail.
The show added a best actor and actress category last year, which upped the ante and allowed for it to better compete with the more star-studded Independent Spirit Awards, held the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Uma Thurman will emcee the 2014 Gotham Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The Oscar-nominated actress is just one of several stars set to appear at the independent film awards in New York on Dec. 1, traditionally seen as the start of Oscar season. Other stars set to take the stage next Monday, as presenters, include Patricia Arquette, Will Arnett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heather Graham, Ethan Hawke, Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Keener, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei and Miles Teller. Read more 2014 Gotham Award Nominations Revealed Arquette, Johansson and Mbatha-Raw are all nominated in
- Hilary Lewis
The creative minds behind Loitering With Intent know the perils of being a writer. Director Adam Rapp embraces the words of scribes Michael Godere and Ivan Martin, bringing to life a comedy that’s already set tongues wagging. Certain movies frame the profession, hobby or the downright obsession of writing in a neat bundle. Many of those movies never depict the reality of what it actually means to populate a life with words. So, a movie about writing a movie ought to really set the record straight once and for all, and today we’ve got a peek at the first trailer.
With a starry cast including Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, Natasha Lyonne, Brian Geraghty, Isabelle McNally, Michael Godere, and Ivan Martin, the story revolves around a pair of unemployed actors. Struggling to make ends meet, they wangle a producer into thinking they’ve got a red hot script. With »
- Gem Seddon
A ticking clock, a couple of down-on-their-luck characters, quirky situations, and one last shot at redemption—these are all familiar ingredients that could be combined to create something far less than memorable. Thankfully director Adam Rapp and screenwriters Michael Godere and Ivan Martin made something fresh with "Loitering With Intent," and the first trailer landed today. Starring Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, Natasha Lyonne, Brian Geraghty, Isabelle McNally, Michael Godere, and Ivan Martin, the story follows Raphael and Dominic, a couple out-of-work-actors who have 10 days to deliver a script that could be their last shot for a big break. They head to Dom's sister place in upstate New York, where they think they'll be able work in seclusion, but the arrival Gigi's boyfriend Wayne and his younger brother Devon creates unexpected chaos. This one is a winner, with our review out of the Tribeca Film Festival calling it, "fast, funny, and incredibly. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I enjoy a good film that is set around the entertainment industry. A couple of my favorites are Swimming With Sharks and The Player. Now I’ve got a new movie to look forward to seeing. It’s called Loitering with Intent, and the story follows two writers who have a short window of financing to complete a screenplay for their break-out film. This is kind of a meta type movie because the actual screenwriters of the feature, Michael Godere and Ivan Martin, also star as the screenwriters in the movie.
- Joey Paur
The actor is currently making waves for his brilliant performance in "Whiplash," just in time for the Academy Awards season. Simmons will be joining previously announced winners, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.
Here's the complete press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 18, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present J.K. Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of »
A screenwriter has to be mightily confident in his script to christen it “The Rewrite,” a title that begs jaded critics to suggest it may have needed another pass or two. Marc Lawrence’s affable but under-inflated romantic comedy does little to fend off such punchlines: The story of a faded Hollywood scribe seeking to regain his creative mojo via a small-town teaching job, the film finds its own writer-helmer struggling to match the bubblegum snap of earlier works. What it does have is Hugh Grant — a standby collaborator for Lawrence, and not an asset to be underestimated. Happily paired with the ever-game Marisa Tomei, the British star hardly tests himself with yet another study in high-class bumbling, yet his breezy effortlessness is precisely the kind that’s in overly short supply here.
- Guy Lodge
Allison Janney, awards contender Jk Simmons and Chris Elliott also star in the story of a former Oscar-winning screenwriter who takes a job at a university in upstate New York where he falls for a single mother.
Breakthrough Entertainment has sold all Us rights on dramatic comedy Cas & Dylan to eOne. Richard Dreyfuss plays a dying doctor who goes on the road with an unorthodox young lady.Bond/360 has taken Us rights to the imminent Doc NYC screening In Country, about a group of men who reenact battles from the Vietnam War every year. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The film is the fourth collaboration between Grant and writer-director Marc Lawrence, who previously teamed on “Two Weeks Notice,” “Music and Lyrics” and “Did You Hear About The Morgans?” Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott also star.
Grant portrays a flailing screenwriter who’s divorced, broke and approaching 50 who gets a job teaching screenwriting at a university in upstate New York. There, he meets a single mom looking to start a new chapter in her life.
Grant has been cast opposite Meryl Streep in the opera biopic “Florence.”
- Dave McNary
Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Hugh Grant-Marisa Tomei comedy The Rewrite. The Castle Rock-produced film is the fourth collaboration of Grant and writer-director Marc Lawrence, following Music & Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice and Did You Hear About the Morgans? It centers on a screenwriter (Grant) who once had it all — an Oscar, a hit movie and a beautiful wife. Fifteen years later, he's divorced and broke, so when his agent gets him a teaching job at a small university in New York, he grudgingly takes the position while hoping to write a
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
Richard Dreyfuss and Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany star in Cas & Dylan, the feature directorial debut from Jason Priestley. Entertainment One has taken all U.S. rights on the Canadian pic which sees Dreyfus as a dying doctor whose plans to check out on his own terms take a reluctant detour when he inadvertently winds up on the lam with an anything-but-normal 22-year-old girl. Produced by Montefiore Films, Cas & Dylan is written by Jessie Gabe (Mr. D, Being Erica). Breakthrough Entertainment acquired distribution rights to Cas & Dylan in 2013 and the eOne deal was brokered by Breakthrough’s Tim Brown and eOne’s Berry Meyerowitz.
Image Entertainment has taken all U.S. rights to the Marc Lawrence-directed The Rewrite. The romantic comedy reteams Lawrence with star Hugh Grant after previous collaborations on Two Weeks Notice, Music And Lyrics, and Did You Hear About The Morgans? Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott co-star. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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