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Arquette is a respected indie veteran (Tony Scott's "True Romance," David Lynch's "Lost Highway," Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead") who has never been nominated for an Oscar (she won an Emmy for "Medium" in 2005) and is overdue. She has more screen time than anyone besides title star Ellar Coltrane, aging over 12 years and enduring a series of often abusive husbands. At a climactic moment as she faces the empty nest, she sighs, "I thought there would be more." In the Gold Derby's poll of Oscar experts (I'm one), Arquette ranked eighth in the lead actress race, while in supporting, she was the frontrunner. The critics and Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild could go another way, as Oscar voters did with Kate Winslet and "The Reader," promoting her to Best Actress after several wins in the supporting category, but it's unlikely. They usually take their cue from the distributor. »
- Anne Thompson
The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
It’s an understood rule of comedic actors that they can all do drama, as well. Comedy is harder, of course. But then not every comedic actor is truly an actor. Not every comedic performance is about more than good line readings and having the necessary timing to tell a joke. Stand-up comedians often get starring gigs on sitcoms, but that doesn’t mean they’ll wind up with an Oscar nomination someday. (Sorry, Sinbad.) Those who do end up with Academy recognition are those who were always set to shine on the big screen and wound up on TV as a short little detour along the way. Jennifer Lawrence, for example. And Tom Hanks. And Leonardo DiCaprio. But there are also former TV comedy stars who do great work in dramatic movies and never garner Oscar attention, and then they have to go back and do a Dumb and Dumber sequel. There »
- Christopher Campbell
On Saturday, Kate Winslet returned to the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival to premiere A Little Chaos. She's just one of the latest stars to step out for the cameras in Canada, after Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evans. On Monday, Jennifer Aniston made a chic return to the festival when she attended the premiere of her latest project, Cake; for the film's afterparty, she had the support of her handsome fiancé, Justin Theroux, and the two showed cute Pda while unwinding after the screening. Last weekend, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner did press for their new films and InStyle and Hollywood Foreign Press Association's party became a veritable who's who of Hollywood, with stars like Channing Tatum, Naomi Watts, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Ansel Elgort popping up. »
Tiff 14 doesn't actually wrap until tomorrow night but my adventure in Toronto has come to an end. There are still a few writeups to come but here, for you, is my take on the Closing Night Film as I zip up the suitcase and head to the airport.
How to describe that thing where you thoroughly enjoy watching something that is neither objectively good, nor enjoyably bad? I imagine anyone who has an inordinate fondness for an entire genre or subgenre, quality be damned, will understand. Sci-fi and horror fans will line up nodding, I'm sure. But for me that genre is the costume dramedy.
Those with allergies to "light" costume period pieces should give this trifle from actor/director Alan Rickman a wide wide berth. For me, prone to enjoy both famous thespians playing dress-up and royalty porn as long as it neither are weighed down by the self-seriousness of Oscar-seeking biopics, »
- NATHANIEL R
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »
- Ariana Bacle
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
Julianne Moore just broke into the Oscar race, but riding an unexpected horse. Many Oscarologists believed she'd be a major contender for "Maps to the Stars," but, as Gold Derby reported last week, its distributor and producers decided to campaign only for Golden Globes, SAG, etc. Not Academy Awards. Now comes the news that Sony Pictures Classics just acquired "Still Alice" at the Toronto Film Festival with plans to jam it – and Moore -- into the current derby. -Break- That's significant because Moore is one of those rare stars who Hollywood is eager to give an overdue Oscar to. She's lost four times ("Far from Heaven," "The Hours," "The End of the Affair," "Boogie Nights"), which means she's heading into that scary Deborah Kerr/ Thelma Ritter territory as Oscar's biggest loser among actresses (they both got skunked six times). Fear of pushing Kate Winslet that far w...' »
Each and every single awards season, there are tons of both newcomers and veterans to the Oscar game. Tomorrow I’ll be taking a bit of a look at those seeking their first nominations from the Academy, but today I’m going to be going ahead and listing some of the major players who’ve already been nominated before, and in some cases are already winners. It’s leading up to me re-ranking the contenders in the major categories next week, but right now it’s just going to be a preview of which old hands to the Oscar ranch are saddling up for another ride on the awards season pony. In the Best Actor race, the highest profile former nominee is Joaquin Phoenix, who will look for his first win this year with Inherent Vice. He represents the most likely non first time nominee who could win the Oscar in this category, »
- Joey Magidson
Toronto — “Titanic” was a seminal moment in Kate Winslet’s career, but she made it clear even during the film's Oscar run and in the years following that it was a more grueling experience than she ever expected. In the years since she’s avoided anything that came close to those shooting conditions, when she spent weeks in water tanks and wading through water. That is until her new period drama, “A Little Chaos,” which screened for the press at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival Wednesday before its Saturday night premiere. In the film, Winslet and her stunt person are drenched when her character tries to manually close an aqueduct from flooding a massive garden she’s been building at Versailles (yes, that Versailles). The long and the short of it is that the sequence found Winslet in a ton of water. And for her to do that, she must simply adore her co-star and director, »
- Gregory Ellwood
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival will shortly be coming to a close, but many are still waiting for the closing film of the festival: the second directorial film from Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) entitled A Little Chaos, of which the first clip has debuted online before its premiere, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
The fantasy film tells the story of The Sun King, who is looking to make over his garden, and he finds himself with two major candidates for the job: barrier-breaking landscape gardener Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet, Divergent), and her rival/potential love interest Andre Le Nottre (Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone). Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) and Jennifer Ehle (RoboCop) are among the supporting cast as well, as well as Rickman himself featuring as King Louis Xiv of France.
Check out the clip here…
A Little Chaos is due for release on February 6th 2015 in the UK. »
- Scott Davis
Story trumps storytelling in A Little Chaos, which reunites Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman, two stars of Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, only this time without the gossamer touch and infinite understanding of character that are hallmarks of Jane Austen. A period drama about the private and professional struggles of a nonconformist female landscape architect hired to work on King Louis Xiv’s gardens at Versailles, this decently acted film is agreeable entertainment, even if it works better on a scene by scene basis than in terms of overall flow. It’s been 17 years since Rickman’s first stab at directing with
- David Rooney
Alan Rickman is best known for playing scene-stealing villains in “Die Hard” and the Harry Potter movies, but the silver tongued charmer steps out of the spotlight and assumes the director’s chair for “A Little Chaos.”
It’s a period drama about a female landscape gardener who finds herself thrust into the court of Louis Xiv, one that reunites Rickman with his “Sense and Sensibility” co-star Kate Winslet. She stars as the green-thumbed pioneer, along with Matthias Schoenaerts as André Le Nôtre, the mastermind behind the gardens at Versailles, and Rickman, doing double duty as King Louis Xiv. The film debuts at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday and is on the prowl for distribution.
Rickman spoke with Variety about the challenges of making a period film on a tight budget, his own gardening skills and tossing a pregnant Winslet into freezing water.
You direct as well as act in the film. »
- Brent Lang
, with Kate Winslet starring as a green-thumbed widow hired to design part of the gardens at Versailles for Alan Rickman’s Louis Xiv. Rickman’s first directorial effort since 1997’s “The Winter Guest” is a formulaic, broadly drawn historical fiction that won’t be an awards magnet, but could gain commercial traction amongst older audiences as costume-pic comfort food.
Pic takes place in 1682, when the Sun King is in the process of moving his court whole from Paris to the long-in-progress Versailles. He decrees of its gardens, “Heaven shall be here,” and it is up to chief landscape architect Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to create that “window to perfection” — swiftly and on budget, or else. Interviewing numerous candidates to execute a Rockwork Garden that will encompass an outdoor ballroom and fountain, he surprisingly settles on little-known Sabine de Barra (Winslet), whose ideas are unorthodox and who’s a woman, »
- Dennis Harvey
The Toronto International Film Festival might be starting to wind down, but there's still a few days left and a few big movies to come. Among them: closing film "A Little Chaos," which marks the second directing effort from everyone's favorite Germanic thief/sneering potions professor Alan Rickman. Coming a whopping seventeen years after its predecessor, 1997's "The Winter Guest," the film, written by first-timer Alison Deegan, also stars Rickman as King Louis Xiv of France. The Sun King is looking to make over his garden, and he finds himself with two major candidates for the job: barrier-breaking landscape gardener Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), and her rival/potential love interest Andre Le Nottre (Matthias Schoenaerts). Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Ehle, Helen McCrory and Phyllida Law are among the supporting cast as well, so Rickman's certainly been able to attact some talent to the project. The film press screens today before closing the festival on. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Even the best filmmakers have the odd dud, and beloved director Jason Reitman has been refreshingly frank about one of his films that didn't catch on.
Following gushing praise for "Juno" and "Up In The Air," Reitman's "Young Adult" flopped but still earned some critical praise. It was the film after that though, the Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet-led "Labor Day," that failed to find attention and interest from both audiences and critics.
Appearing at the Toronto Film Festival to promote his new film "Men, Women & Children," Reitman talked with Screen Crush and the conversation turned towards public perception of actors (specifically Adam Sandler) "phoning in" performances. He equates that perception with the reaction to "Labor Day":
"It's a misnomer to think that from within he is losing interest or gaining interest. You're always trying. And I say that sensitively, because I can imagine someone looking at 'Labor Day' and going, »
- Garth Franklin
The Toronto Film Festival is only half over, and though several promising festival films have already emerged as Oscar contenders—like Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, and Wild—there are still several curious and intriguing movies yet to debut. One of them is A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman’s period romantic-drama that will be Tiff’s closing-night film on Sept. 14. Kate Winslet stars as Sabine De Barra, a strong-willed 17th-century French gardener who challenges sexual and class barriers when she vies to design and build one of the main showcase attractions at King Louis’s Xiv’s new palace at Versailles. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Jason Reitman was on quite the winning streak for a while From his feature debut Thank You For Smoking through Juno, Up In The Air, and Young Adult, Reitman was garnering equal parts critical acclaim and praise from audiences. Then, he made Labor Day. Starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, Labor Day seemed like a slam dunk for the son of legendary director Ivan Reitman. But, not only did it bomb with audiences but critics were left cold. Now, Jason Reitman has put together Men, Women, »
- Alex Maidy
Three years ago, you could have forgiven Jason Reitman for having an invincible self-image. His first four features all garnered a degree of critical praise, and “Juno” and “Up In The Air” each got a handful of Oscar nods. Even “Young Adult,” which flopped at the box office, was well regarded —the type of film his loyalists could appreciate as part of his wry and stylish repertoire and critics could hail as emotionally honest and fresh. Then came the bizarrely contrived and un-self-aware “Labor Day,” in which Josh Brolin played an escaped convict who coerces/romances Kate Winslet, and the support that had come so easily to Reitman suddenly disappeared. And the filmmaker says not only that he was stung by the reaction to his last picture, but also that he now finds it "misguided." The admission comes at a point in an interview when the director is defending Adam Sandler against accusations of laziness. »
- Tess Hofmann
It was four years ago when Reese Witherspoon signed on to star in an untitled musical biopic as the famed jazz singer, writer and composer Peggy Lee. Having personally secured the rights, the project clearly had a place in her heart. She did snag the rights from the singer’s granddaughter, after all. With everything in place, including Nora Ephron as the director-writer, it seemed the actress was on her way to yet another bout of awards nominations. Until 2012, that is, when the legendary rom-com pioneer Ephron passed away.
Now, thanks to good old Tiff, the geyser of hot goss that it is, news has surfaced that the project is back on the radar! During a press conference at Tiff, Witherspoon herself revealed that the search for a director was over. Far From Heaven and Velvet Goldmine director Todd Haynes is going to be behind the camera. He seems like a solid candidate, »
- Gem Seddon
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