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The cast of new holiday comedy "The Night Before" stopped by Spike's "Lip Sync Battle," the series adaptation of the popular "Tonight Show" segment, hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen. As expected, the two guests tear it up and get down: Anthony Mackie lip syncs to Mc Hammer's "2 Legit to Quit" and proves to be a natural at stripping off his cool white suit down to a singlet. However, it's Joseph Gordon-Levitt who leaves LL Cool J with his jaw on the floor as Jgl channels his inner Janet Jackson and owns the role with "Rhythm Nation." Anthony Mackie can't help but show his admiration and surprise at his co-stars skills. Check out the video above and decide who's the better of the two. Read More: Watch: Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie and Kate Winslet Face Off in Ultra-Violent 'Triple 9' Trailer »
- J. Carlos Menjivar
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 20th November to Sunday 22nd November 2015…
As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opened atop the UK box office chart this past weekend, pulling in £11,255,566, including almost £2 million of preview screenings.
While it’s certainly an impressive bow, Mockingjay – Part 2 was down on its predecessor, which debuted with £12.6 million last year, as well as the second instalment Catching Fire, which opened with £12.2 million.
Meanwhile, despite being knocked from top spot, Spectre continued its climb up the list of the highest-grossing movies here in the UK, and is currently third behind Skyfall (£103 million) and Avatar (£94 million).
Number one this time last year: The Hunger Games; Mockingjay – Part 1
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- Gary Collinson
Manuel here. Has it really been a year since the last time I gave thanks (not coincidentally with another pic of Ms Blanchett)? I feel as though I should be giving thanks in front of some sort of food, so imagine I’ve come with a full dozen donuts from Donut Time.
- For unabashedly queer Christmas flicks featuring fab ladies.
- For having had the chance to see over twenty-four films at the New York Film Festival (and having been in the same room as Kate Winslet!!)
- For Wiig, in all and every incarnation.
- For all the delicious food on Please Like Me, a show you should all be watching!
- For Mad Men’s beautiful and perfect ending.
- Manuel Betancourt
London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”
- Leo Barraclough
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.
A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
This year’s Oscar hopefuls boasts the largest roster of biopics in recent memory. From more traditional, straight-forward affairs such as Straight Outta Compton and Black Mass, to films that focus on one particular real-life event such as The Big Short and Spotlight, to less typical takes focused on separate periods in the subjects’ lives such as Steve Jobs and Love & Mercy, this year’s films cover the entire spectrum of the biopic genre.
As a result, many of the frontrunners in the four major acting categories are for performances portraying real-life people. Looking back on the Academy’s history, it is hard to find a year in which an acting award did not go to a performer portraying a real person. Eddie Redmayne, Matthew McConaughey, and Daniel Day-Lewis (the last three best actor winners) all starred in biographical films.
This year the trend looks to continue, »
- Patrick Shanley
Full-throttle performances enliven an otherwise all-over-the-place Australian small-town satire crossed with a revenge romp
Kate Winslet kicked off her big-screen career with an unforgettable role as a murderous teenager in Peter Jackson’s electrifying New Zealand drama Heavenly Creatures. Now in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s ramshackle black comedy (from Rosalie Ham’s novel), she plays an Australian woman returning to the remote home town from which she was removed as a child amid rumours of deadly playground deeds. The film opens as a western, with Winslet’s dressmaker Tilly Dunnage arriving in lonely Dungatar, a Pale Rider sheriff here to clean up this godforsaken town, armed only with a Singer sewing machine.
From here, it mutates into a small-town social satire replete with ostracised madwomen, libidinous dignitaries and cross-dressing cops, before downshifting via unexpected loss into a John Waters-style revenge romp, climaxing in weddings, funerals and theatrical Shakespearean wrath. Tonally, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Despite Mrs Robinson all those years ago, female seniority in on-screen love scenes is still seen as unusual, as Kate Winslet has discovered
In interviews this week, Kate Winslet, 40, expressed surprise at the publicity being given to the age of her on-screen lover in her latest film, The Dressmaker, which features a still rare pairing: an older woman and a much younger man. Her 25-year-old co-star, Liam Hemsworth, may not have helped, however, by admitting that he initially worried about whether their scenes together might seem weird.
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- Mark Lawson
So entertaining, so unexpected, so wonderfully oddball, so damn good. Witty genre-busting simmering with pathos, humor, and calamity. I’m “biast” (pro): love Kate Winslet; desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Like a gunslinger riding into town. Determined and dangerous. This is how director Jocelyn Moorhouse depicts the return of Tilly Dunnage to her backwater Australian town of Dungatar. The locale may be vaguely western-ish — remote and dusty — but the year is 1951 and Tilly comes armed only with a Singer sewing machine, her Parisian-inspired haute-couture style, and a superpowered ache for revenge.
I had no idea what I was in for with The Dressmaker, and even that opening — with its witty genre-busting that culminates in Tilly’s snarl to herself of “I’m back, you bastards” — couldn’t possibly have clued me in. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Benjamin Lee and Henry Barnes join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the new releases. This week the team join Katniss and co in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 franchise; duck, wince and wonder at Gaspar Noé's 3D sex film, Love; size up bonkers Kate Winslet melodrama The Dressmaker; and get sold a false bill of goods by flat-out bad thriller The Perfect Guy.
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- Presented by Xan Brooks with Henry Barnes and Benjamin Lee. Produced by Andrea Salvatici and Rowan Slaney
"Carol" is not just one of the greatest queer movies of the year; it's one of the most atmospheric and beautiful depictions of New York City in the 1950s ever put on the silver screen. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play searching, repressed romantics who find love with one another and contend with the suffocating social mores of the era. Director Todd Haynes is no stranger to gorgeous films about the past: He also gave us "Far From Heaven," where Julianne Moore combated racism and stifling domesticity in 1950s suburban Connecticut, and "Mildred Pierce," the HBO adaptation of the James M. Cain novel that substituted Kate Winslet for Joan Crawford, who starred in the 1945 film version. We talked with Haynes about how he captured such poignant romantic drama in "Carol," a movie that brings us two fully formed characters who are utterly captivated with one another. »
- Louis Virtel
Even Kate Winslet carrying her sewing machine like a gunfighter’s pistol can’t redeem this unbearable patchwork of comedy and tragedy
There’s something chokingly terrible about this film, with its two-hour accumulation of sentimentality building to a pure, clanging wrongness in the tonally misjudged mix of unfunny smalltown comedy and unconvincing smalltown tragedy. Kate Winslet does her best, but there’s nothing she can do with this unbearable and unbearably long movie. She plays Myrtle Dunnage, returning to her dusty Australian hometown in the early 1950s: she is a fashionista, a dressmaker with experience of Paris and Milan: haughty, glorious and glamorous, carrying her Singer sewing machine like a gunfighter with his pistol. It seems the mean-minded, petty population drove her out of town when she was just a kid, for reasons finally and tiresomely revealed in flashback. So now she has a score to settle with one and all, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Luke McKernan presents a quick guide to a site devoted to Auguste and Louis Lumière, widely considered the world's first filmmakers. Also in today's roundup: A tribute to Chantal Akerman, appreciations of Richard Brooks's In Cold Blood, Kurt Walker's Hit 2 Pass and Gina Telaroli's Here's to the Future!, the Hollywood Reporter's actress roundtable with Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Charlotte Rampling and Kate Winslet, interviews with Mark Rappaport, Walter Murch, Terence Davies, Tippi Hedren, László Nemes, Todd Haynes, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Mathieu Amalric and Gaspar Noé—and more. » - David Hudson »
Jennifer Lawrence will do her first sex scene in "Passengers," and talked about what it was like during a roundtable discussion for "The Hollywood Reporter." Apparently, it's more difficult than skinning a real squirrel for "Winter's Bone." While more than a few of us would jump at the chance to have sex with Chris Pratt (albeit fake), Lawrence felt pretty weird about the whole thing. Not only was this her first sex scene, she said, but Pratt is married, which made her feel guilty. "I got really really drunk," Lawrence said. "But then that led to more anxiety when I got home because I was like, 'What have I done? I don't know' ... It was just very vulnerable. And you don't know what's too much. You want to do it real, you want everything to be real, but then ... That was the most vulnerable I've ever been." The entire interview »
- Sara Morrison
Xan Brooks, Benjamin Lee and Henry Barnes review The Dressmaker, in which Kate Winslet plays an Australian seamstress returning to her small town home after being accused of murder and driven out as a young girl. With nothing but her skill at the sewing machine she must find a way to stitch up the people who did her wrong. The Dressmaker, which also stars Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth, is released in the UK on Friday 20 November
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- Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes, Benjamin Lee, Dan Susman, Andrea Salvatici and Richard Sprenger
Biopics have been a staple in global cinema for decades, but have seemingly become more prevalent over the past few years. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that established actors who haven’t played a real person at some point early in their career are few and far between. And here’s a news flash: based on this sample, most actors seem to really enjoy it. Will Smith has already earned two Oscar nominations for his portraits of real people, first with Muhammad Ali in “Ali,” then as Chris Gardner in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” And he’s back in the race this year as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who battled the NFL to expose a football-related brain trauma in “Concussion.”
Another case in point, Kate Winslet. The Oscar winner has portrayed five historical figures to date and could barely contain her enthusiasm describing the research that went into »
- Gregory Ellwood
Benjamin Lee and Henry Barnes join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the new releases. This week the team join Katniss and co in the final part of The Hunger Games franchise; duck, wince and wonder at Gaspar Noé’s 3D sex film, Love; size up bonkers Kate Winslet melodrama The Dressmaker; and get sold a false bill of goods by flat-out bad thriller The Perfect Guy
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- Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes, Benjamin Lee, Dan Susman, Richard Sprenger and Andrea Salvatici
The Hollywood Reporter's new Actress Roundtable features eight white actors who could be nominated for Academy Awards this year: Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Charlotte Rampling, and Kate Winslet. THR published an accompanying article about how there are no women in color in this year's Oscar conversation. Are they correct? In this edition of The Snap, we argue for two women of color who should be discussed. »
- Louis Virtel
Despite being an Oscar winning actress and having already played the lead role in several of our favorite films, Jennifer Lawrence only recently experienced her first, actual sex scene. The 25-year-old actress sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and seven other actresses—Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda, Carey Mulligan, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren and Charlotte Rampling—for its annual Actress Roundtable, and of course the awkward sex scenes became a topic of conversation. Lawrence revealed," I had my first real sex scene a couple weeks ago [while shooting Passengers with Chris Pratt], and it was really bizarre. It was really weird." In order to prepare for filming it, she »
Kate Winslet plays Apple marketing executive Joanna Hoffman in “Steve Jobs,” a role that’s garnering buzz for yet another invitation to the Oscars for her. Winslet, who has six nominations in the acting categories, won in 2009 for “The Reader.”
Where do you keep your Oscar?
Well, I did keep it somewhere fun. When I was in New York, it used to live in the back of the downstairs toilet. It was deliberate. Everyone could pick it up, and they didn’t have to worry about someone seeing them. At the moment, it’s rather boringly on my desk. We also have a latex kitten mask draped over him.
We have a lot of fancy dress stuff in this house. The other day, I cracked up laughing. I said, “Who put a latex kitten mask on the Oscar?” My daughter was like, “I think that might have been me. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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