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Despite reaping a SAG bid, Oprah Winfrey was snubbed by the Golden Globes for her supporting performance in "The Butler." But how important is a Globe nomination when it comes to taking home Oscar gold? Turns out 20 performers have been embraced by the motion picture academy after getting the cold should from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. And half of those were winners of the Supporting Actress Oscar: Shelley Winters, "A Patch of Blue" (1965) Sandy Dennis, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) Estelle Parsons, "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) Helen Hayes, "Airport" (1970) Eileen Heckart, "Butterflies Are Free" (1972) Ingrid Bergman, "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) Beatrice Straight, "Network" (1976) Geena Davis, "The Accidental Tourist" (1988) Marisa Tomei, "My Cousin Vinny" (1992) Marcia Gay Harden, "Pollock" (2000) It is w »
The line-up of films premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival has been released, and there are a lot of good movies, one of which includes The Raid 2, which I am incredibly excited to see! It's easily my most anticipated film at the festival.
The Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 16th to the 26th in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. From the press release:
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival feature new work from many established independent filmmakers who began their careers at our Festival years ago, which allows us to reflect on the impact, legacy and growth of the independent film movement over the past 30 years.”
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many of the films selected for our 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we see fascinating characters and subjects throughout. »
- Joey Paur
The Sundance Film Festival made their final feature film line-ups with the Premieres category announcements. Sixteen films with huge name talent, returnee filmmakers and plenty of buyer interest/and future all night wheeling, and dealing.
After breaking out in Park City with The Guard, John Michael McDonagh returns (alongside actor Brendan Gleeson) the much anticipated Calvary. Mike Cahill (alongside actress Brit Marling) returns with more sci-fi terrain with, I Origins. Jake Paltrow who managed to sink instead of swim with The Good Night, was again surfaces with Young Ones. And this was unexpected, but Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes it back to back years with Toy’s House (The Kings of Summer) re-teams with Nick Offerman for Nick Offerman: American Ham (which is more concert-comedy film than narrative feature).
- Eric Lavallee
Continuing our coverage in anticipation of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we’ve got some more first look images and synopses for films that will be screening as part of the Premieres category. Briefly: Love Is Strange – Directed by Ira Sachs; starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, and Cheyenne Jacksons. A Most Wanted Man – Directed by Anton Corbijn; starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright. Nick Offerman: American Ham – Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts; starring Nick Offerman. The One I Love – Directed by Charlie McDowell; starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 - 26th. Love is Strange / U.S.A. (Director: Ira Sachs, Screenwriters: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias) — After 39 years together, Ben and George finally tie the knot, but George loses his job as a result, »
- Adam Chitwood
An unusually strong international flavor pervades the Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres slate, with new pictures from British helmer Michael Winterbottom, Irish directors Lenny Abrahamson and John Michael McDonagh, Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Welsh-born action maven Gareth Evans and Iranian-born French auteur Marjane Satrapi figuring prominently among the 17 world-premiere titles unveiled today alongside the Documentary Premieres section.
See Also: Sundance Unveils 2014 Competition, Next Lineups
For director of programming Trevor Groth, the flowering of international auteur talent in Premieres is the result of a considered effort that began shortly after he and fest director John Cooper launched their first edition in 2010. While their immediate focus was on beefing up the dramatic competition as a showcase for new filmmakers, broader international outreach across all sections of the festival became a similar priority.
“I think we’ve really built the dramatic competition up in a way that it’s firing at the level we always hoped it would, »
- Justin Chang
The Sundance Film Festival announced the titles selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Last year, the movies that were launched in these categories — which typically highlight filmmakers who’ve appeared at Sundance before — included Before Midnight, Don Jon, and The Way Way Back; this year appears to be just as promising. In Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, a young woman stuck in arrested-development (Keira Knightley) has her life upended by an unexpected marriage proposal. In David Wain’s They Came Together — surely, a naughty pun, yes? — Wet Hot American Summer alums Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd »
- Jeff Labrecque
NCIS: New Orleans is one step closer to reality, with the release of the casting breakdowns for the four series leads.
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To be executive-produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and series star Mark Harmon, the CBS pilot — to be introduced as a spring 2014 episode of NCIS proper — will follow the New Orleans office as it handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle.
Per ShowBiz411, the four lead characters shake out as follows; each is open to “any ethnicity.” Give each role a once-over, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Happy birthday, Marisa Tomei! The Oscar winner turned 49 today—we wouldn't have believed it except for all those pesky fan sites, IMDb, Wikipedia, etc.—and she is still going strong, both in the career and style department. She has no fewer than four films either in the works or headed for theaters and she's just as much of a glowing presence on the red carpet as ever. Over the past 25 years, since her first major role playing Lisa Bonet's roommate Maggie on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World, she has amassed quite the big-screen résumé. There were a lot of movies to choose from, and some of your faves may have been left on the cutting-room floor, but here, in »
First the good news: a new reality docu-series titled Gay Dads Of New York is being developed, which will follow a “group of gay dads, single and married, as they support each other through the ups and downs of raising children.” Now the bad news: It’s being produced by and will star … Perez Hilton
Russian President Vladimir Putin Is ‘Latently Gay,’ Alleges Controversial New Biography
Slept all day today after my trip to Russia. Did I miss anything?
Fighting, dying, hoping, hating … great sports films are about far more than sport itself. Here Guardian and Observer critics pick their 10 best
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Lindsay Anderson brought to bear on his adaptation of David Storey's first novel, all the poetic-realist instincts he had been honing for the previous decade as a documentarian in the Humphrey Jennings mould. (Anderson had won the 1953 best doc Oscar for Thursday's Children.) Filmed partly in Halifax and Leeds, but mainly in and around Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Club, one of its incidental attractions is its record of a northern, working-class sports culture that would change out of all recognition over the next couple of decades.
The story of Frank Machin, a miner who becomes a star on the rugby field, »
Don’t let the lack of theatrical output foul you. Adam Rapp is a man of many hats, alternating between novelist, playwright, television, guitarist, actor (Ryan Piers Williams’ X/Y) and the filmmaker of indie comedy (Tiff 2005 preemed) Winter Passing. Rapp shot his third film Why Now?! in upstate New York for peanuts in comparison to several other films mentioned on this list with this talent pool size (Sam Rockwell, Marisa Tomei, Aya Cash, Brian Geraghty) somewhere in late 2012/2013.
Production Co./Producers: Parts and Labor’s Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen (Narco Cultura) , New Artists Alliance’s Gabriel Cowan and John Suits (Bad Milo), Unified Pictures’s Keith Kjarval (A Single Shot), Ivan Martin, Michael Godere, Tory Lenosky.
Prediction: Premieres category or a return to Tiff in the fall. »
- Eric Lavallee
A destination lieu for Ira Sachs dating back to 1994 when he showed his experimental short Lady, I’d be baffled if Love is Strange premieres elsewhere than Park City – the birthplace for his critically acclaimed The Delta (’97), Forty Shades of Blue (’05) and Keep the Lights On (’12). We have a trio of actors in Marisa Tomei, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina who are probably starved for such roles and I have no doubt will hit this out of the Eccles park. Shooting took place in NYC this past summer (here’s the production blog) on the contempo storyline.
Gist: Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, after 39 years together, Ben and George take advantage of the new marriage laws and tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan. On the return from their honeymoon, however, and on account of their vows, George gets fired from his longtime job as »
- Eric Lavallee
The first time Lady Gaga appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2009, she showed up for three minutes to have a catfight with Madonna. Now she's the host, the musical guest, and the bigger star. On Saturday night's show, Gaga went full-circle, making fun of her own music's resemblance to Madonna's hits. But the moment was just a blip on the screen, during a night when Gaga rarely left the stage. Turns out that SNL is an ideal showcase for one of Lady Gaga's greatest strengths as a performer: creating characters. »
November is shaping up to be the busiest in recent memory, but the hustle and bustle is costing Broadway a few shows. John Grisham’s A Time to Kill became A Time to Close with an end date of Nov. 17, and the Zachary Levi-Krysta Rodriguez musical rom-com First Date will have its last date on Jan. 5. With as-yet-unannounced premiere dates for shows like Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe (making a spring Broadway bow), Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses (starring Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and…Letts — busy guy!) and Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons with Tyne Daly, »
- Jason Clark
A legion of actors, including Lindsay Lohan, Glenn Close and (best of all) Marisa Tomei, read the doodlings and writings of Hollywood's most luminous star, Marilyn Monroe. Frankly, their thespian interpretations are the least interesting element of Liz Garbus's rather too gushing documentary. Her film is more compelling when it concentrates on archive footage and interviews with her contemporaries, Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon and a prickly Laurence Olivier. »
Marisa Tomei has signed on opposite George Lopez in a film based on Joshua Davis' Wired magazine story "La Vida Robot" for Pantelion Films. Filming is now underway in New Mexico under the helm of Sean McNamara.
The story follows four undocumented Mexican-American teens from Phoenix who build an underwater robot and beat the reigning champions MIT to win the national robotics competition. Tomei will portray a dedicated and passionate teacher who helps the team to success. [Source: Screen]
Four more names have been announced to have joined the voice cast of Fox‘s "Walking With Dinosaurs 3D".
- Garth Franklin
Disc of the week Love, Marilyn
Director Liz Garbus has assembled a glittering constellation of movie stars to narrate the kaleidoscopic life of cinema’s ultimate bombshell. Her striking documentary draws on a recently unearthed trove of Marilyn’s own journal entries, letters and poems and intersperses spoken word with footage of her life, her loves and her end.
Performing against an evocative backdrop of Monroe’s erratic handwriting, the narrators disclose a self-critical, emotionally articulate, three dimensional woman. The portrait, though hitting familiar notes, is refreshing and allows the actress to tell her own truth. This choice grants to Monroe a dignity that is often lacking in more dramatic coverage of her ‘iconic’ life. Especially bittersweet is her contemplation of suicide by bridge jump. She would need “an ugly bridge” to leap from but is “particularly fond of all bridges”.
Conversely, it was the splash of Hollywood faces »
- Adam Lowes
Building on the unprecedented success of this summer’s Instructions Not Included, Latino-focused Pantelion Films is turning a Wired magazine piece by Joshua Davis into the upcoming drama La Vida Robot (truly, a journalist's dream). The story, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is about “four undocumented Mexican-American high school students who form a robotics club.” Now Marisa Tomei has joined the cast along with George Lopez. The Oscar winner will play “a teacher who supports the high school robotics team as they compete in the national robotics competition against reigning champion MIT,” so you know there are going to be some great building/competing/waiting-until-the-very-end-to-find-out-they-won montages. »
- Delia Paunescu
La Vida Robot, or “The Robot Life” if I’ve translated that correctly, has added a less robotic cast member in the form of Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. She will join George Lopez in the film based on a Wired magazine article which in turn was based on a true story. The film follows 4 undocumented Mexicans in the Us, who decide to enter the National Robotics Competition, despite only having $800 and used car parts. Together they dream of taking down previous winners MIT.
We are fortunate to have a star of Marisa’s caliber join the film. Marisa and George combine to give La Vida Robot the star power and cross-cultural appeal that has become a Pantelion trademark, and together they tell an incredible true story. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
• Adventureland co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart have signed on to play a couple in the action comedy American Ultra. Eisenberg’s stoner character Mike becomes the unwitting target of a government operation, disrupting his small-town life with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart). Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh is set to direct from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
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