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If Joaquin Phoenix's character Doc Sportello bears witness to the end of the 60's in Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Inherent Vice, then Katherine Waterston's Shasta Fay Hepworth is what he bears witness to. Aside from being the engine that sets the story in motion, she utterly embodies the change that occurred in the culture as free love gave way to greed and paranoia (Shasta herself being a victim of these things, not an avatar for them). Along with a handful of other journalists, I recently had a chance to sit down with Waterston to discuss her role, and what it's like working with such a singular director. Hit the jump for our interview with Katherine Waterston. Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th. It also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, »
- Evan Dickson
The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is the latest regional critics group to unveil award winners for 2014. It was "Birdman" that came away the biggest hit with seven awards, including Best Picture. And for the second time today, a critics group has totally shut Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" out. I'm beginning to wonder if that's a reaction to widespread acclaim, but maybe not; after all, it's #2 on the Las Vegas critics' top 10 list. Just an interesting note. Check out the full list of winners below and, you know, The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Best Actor Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Best Actress Reese Witherspoon, "Wild" Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton. "Snowpiercer" Best Screenplay "Birdman" Best Art Direction "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Best Cinematography "Birdman" Best Costume Design "Guardians of the Galaxy" Best Editing "Edge of Tomorrow" Best Score "Birdman" Best »
- Kristopher Tapley
Though Jessica Chastain has played some pretty fierce female characters throughout her career, according to the Oscar-nominated actress, women are definitely being under-represented in film.
In a new interview with Indiewire, the 37-year-old Chastain -- who proudly calls herself a feminist -- says she's just been "lucky" to have the opportunity to play such strong female roles in films like Zero Dark Thirty and Interstellar.
"When I speak out I'm not doing it from a selfish place because I get incredible opportunities," she says. "I'm speaking out as an audience member who is going to the cinema and noticing there's a problem here because I don't see women being represented. I don't see Asian-American actresses begin represented. I don't see women in their 60s being represented in film. ... There are these really fantastic actresses out there, but there are so few opportunities."
Photos: Who Got Hired in Hollywood?
She points out the lack of female leads when it »
When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, Hollywood will be happy to put 2014 in the rearview mirror. It was what could charitably be described as a “bridge year” between the record-shattering 2013 and the blockbuster-filled 2015, which arrives with the promises of new Avengers and “Star Wars” films. As it stands, the B.O. will fall below last year’s numbers by between 3% to 6%. But there are still lessons for the future to be gleaned from what popped and what fizzled.
1. Great Hollywood Brands? Disney Has All Four
The Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation names can open movies. “Guardians of the Galaxy” scored with a third-tier comicbook title, while “Big Hero 6” continued Disney Animation’s renaissance. The absence of a Pixar film last year was deeply felt. And a trailer for the new “Star Wars” picked up 46 million YouTube hits.
2. Wake Up! Women Go to the Movies
- Brent Lang
The finale in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy rung up $24.5 million in its opening on the same day that Sony scrapped the Christmas Day release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in the wake of terror threats from hackers. That figure includes $11.2 million from early shows on Tuesday night for the fantasy epic from New Line and MGM.
The opening day haul for “Five Armies” is below »
- Todd Cunningham
Last week's episode of the Fox hit had Mindy's character -- the celebrity-obsessed Dr. Mindy Lahiri -- hanging a wreath plastered with pictures of Reese Witherspoon on it, which she cleverly called a "Wreath Witherspoon." When Kaling asked fans to share their photos of their own homemade Wreath Witherspoons on Instagram, the response was overwhelming.
And now Reese herself is aware of the trend -- and she loves it!
The Oscar winner recently re-posted Mindy's Instagram pic showing off her fans' Wreath Witherspoons, and showed her own appreciation.
"The many variations of a #WreathWitherspoon," Reese wrote on Monday. "Hahah....Love it!!!"
Here's hoping that Mindy's "Rihanna Christmas tree topper" -- which her Catholic boyfriend Danny (Chris Messina) made her take off of the tree -- will also inspire a lot of homemade fan creations.
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It was a year of many tortured geniuses onscreen — Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, J.M.W. Turner, Brian Wilson — and behind the scenes, where directors like Bong Joon-ho, James Gray and Paul Schrader fought producers and distributors over final cut, and the right to see their films properly released. Of course, the very idea of distribution has become nearly as diffuse in the digital era as that of film itself, a material on which few movies are still made and even fewer shown — unless you happen to be Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan, who earned the ire of some theater owners when he demanded they reinstall 35mm projectors if they wanted to screen his “Interstellar” two days early. In light of the film’s $600 million worldwide gross (and counting), one can only say: poor them.
Speaking of “Interstellar,” if there was one undeniable constant at the movies in 2014, it was time, »
- Scott Foundas
In this fascinating feature, Anne Thompson recaps the making of "Unbroken" and concludes with a compelling Q&A with director Angelina Jolie who admitted, "What could be more fun than retracing the footsteps of somebody you really love and admire, and every day you learn from them? How do we shoot 47 days in a raft and move everybody in the raft? And then you're smiling to yourself thinking, 'How did they do this? Where did they sleep?' What a great challenge." Thompson on Hollywood -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 19 categories The regional critics groups awards announcments are coming in daily now. On Wednesday, the following result was revealed: Phoenix: "Birdman" for Picture, Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone); "Wild" for Actress (Reese Witherspoon); "Whiplash" for Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) »
Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed has written more than a few must-read bits of wisdom over the years, and now she's bringing her compelling advice to the new Dear Sugar podcast. Her memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, is now a movie starring Reese Witherspoon, and we're betting that Reese will win an Oscar for her gripping portrayal of Strayed. Meanwhile, in Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar, a collection of essays from Strayed popular "Dear Sugar" column, Strayed tackles real-world problems with her signature wit and her sharp, thoughtful insights into relationships and self-love. To celebrate the podcast news, take a look at some of Cheryl Strayed's most poignant (and Pinterest-worthy) inspiring quotes. »
“What are we talking about? I’m lost,” says Paul Thomas Anderson midway through a lunch interview, as he runs a hand quizzically through his unkempt brown hair. It’s a reminder that a conversation with Anderson can be akin to one of his own movies: a jam-packed jostle of characters, ideas, exuberant digressions and narrative curlicues that somehow align to form an inimitable whole. Still picking through his appetizer course, Anderson has already held forth on his love for Lena Dunham, “The Hunger Games,” his inability to read books that friends give him as gifts, and his habit of walking on the outer edges of his feet. But mostly, we are talking about “Inherent Vice,” Anderson’s seventh feature film — the first-ever authorized screen adaptation of a novel by National Book Award-winning author Thomas Pynchon.
The movie, bowing Dec. 12 in limited release, and opening wide Jan. 9, returns Anderson to »
- Scott Foundas
From Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt's incredible jump to Hollywood's A-list with the massive success of Guardians of the Galaxy, to Ariana Grande's transition from Nickelodeon child star to one of music's biggest divas, check out the stars who made major moves in 2014.
Channing Tatum, Oscar-worthy performer:
While Channing Tatum has continued to impress his critics with smart career choices following his Step Up beginnings, it wasn't until this year's Foxcatcher that critics began to take serious note of his acting abilities.
Photos: Most Amazing Celeb Body Transformations for Roles
Critics initially signaled out an unrecognizable Steve Carell's performance in the psychological sports drama -- about an Olympic wrestler (Tatum) and his disturbed multi-millionaire sponsor (Carell) -- but Channing's intense performance has steadily been generating plenty of Oscar buzz.
Best Picture Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler Michael Keaton – Birdman Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything Best Actress Julianne Moore – Still Alice Rosamund Pike »
- Ryan Adams
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are Not getting a divorce. The new Star cover story might claim they're getting divorced, but the magazine claimed in earlier cover stories this year that Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Will Smith, Channing Tatum, Faith Hill and Nicole Kidman were All getting divorced. How'd those stories turn out? What's that? Every Single Story Turned Out To Be Wrong? What a shocker. »
- Daniel Gates
Stephen Collins confesses to sexually abusing three minors over a period of 20 years. “Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” he told People. “I have been working to atone for it ever since.” [People] A man paid $23,000 to receive a kiss on the cheek from Glee star Dianna Agron at an auction in Switzerland. [E!] Amy Adams can’t suppress her love for One Direction in her promo video for this week’s SNL. Stephen Colbert is holding a raffle for items from the set of his show, including his C-shaped desk.
I’m raffling off my ‘C’ shaped desk for charity. If you win it and don’t like it, you can re-gift it to @ConanOBrien. »
- Alexa Tietjen
Let’s be honest: in terms of screenwriting, women tend to get the short end of the stick. It’s not so much a deliberate effort to negate women, it’s just on some level the (normally male) writer’s fundamental lack of understanding on how to write female characters. For every hundred great male roles, there’s just a few well-written and nuanced female ones.
However, if you were to cherry-pick a few headlines from this past year then things are looking up for women in movies. The action thriller Lucy, in which Scarlett Johansson essentially obtains superhuman powers, grossed over $330,000,000 worldwide. Meanwhile, director Joss Whedon revealed that there would be four major female roles in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.
If only these were signs of some kind of larger progress. While this year has seen its fair share of great women characters (Reese Witherspoon’s »
- Jesse Gumbarge
The holidays aren't complete without a nice "Wreath Witherspoon" hanging up somewhere at your place. The latest decoration trend comes to us from the wonderful Mindy Kaling, who first introduced this lovely idea of creating a wreath of beautiful Reese Witherspoon photos on her hit series The Mindy Project last week. And what was initially just a funny art project for Kaling's TV alter ego Dr. Mindy Lahiri has since become something much, much more. Mindy asked fans who have crafted up their own Wreath Witherspoon to post photos on Instagram and tag it #WreathWitherspoon so she could share all of the wonderful creations—and she did, which in turn, also caught the attention of its »
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It’s been over 20 years since Reese Witherspoon made her debut as a fresh-faced teen debut in Man in the Moon in 1991. Throughout the years, Reese’s blonde hair has almost been as consistent as her Southern accent, but she’s come a long way since her teen days. Her big break came during her turn as Tracy Flick in Election, looking prim and determined in her curly blonde bob, which of course led to her mega-hit (and very blonde) turn in Legally Blonde. A string of romantic comedies followed before Reese finally dyed her hair a rich chocolate shade for her Oscar-winning turn as June Carter Cash in Walk The Line.
- Lauren Elizabeth Thompson
At Monday night’s premiere of “Big Eyes” on Monday at Gotham’s MoMa, Harvey Weinstein applauded screenwriters and producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for their persistence in bringing a difficult true story to the big screen, which took 11 long years.
“I loved the script,” said Weinstein. “I love Scott and Larry, but this was a tough movie to finance. It’s a very esoteric subject matter. But the opportunity to work with [director Tim] Burton, it’s a once in a lifetime experience for me.”
“Big Eyes,” a quirky story of the bizarre relationship and battle between artist Margaret Keane (who was on hand) and her husband Walter Keane over the famous pop-eyed waif paintings which became a worldwide sensation in the 1960s.
The screenwriting duo struggled for more than a decade in their efforts to get “Big Eyes” made. But they refused to give up.
“We always had interesting people interested in the project, »
- Addie Morfoot
The Houston Film Critics Society has announced nominations, and no surprise, the three-horse race for critical darling of the year led the way: "Birdman" with 10, "Boyhood" with seven and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with six. They also throw in a Best Poster category and deign to chart the year's worst. Check out the full list of winners below, and remember to follow along at The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "The Imitation Game" "Inherent Vice" "A Most Violent Year" "Nightcrawler" "Selma" "Whiplash" Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Paul Thomas Anderson, "Inherent Vice" Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" Best Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Tom Hardy, "Locke" Best Actress Essie Davis, "The Babadook" Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything" Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Marion Cotillard, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Though Circuit underdogs "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Inherent Vice" came close to the top prize, the Toronto Film Critics Association followed suit on Tuesday when it named Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood" as the best film of 2014. Collectively, the group called it "a cinematic masterpiece that evokes beauty in life and the inevitable passage of time," adding an honor to Linklater for his "singular achievement." Additional Tfca awards include another Best Actor win for Tom Hardy in "Locke" and a much-needed nod to Isao Takahata’s stunning animated drama "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya." Along with its award winners, Tfca named Denis Villeneuve’s "Enemy," Michael Dowse’s "The F Word," and Xavier Dolan’s "Mommy" as its three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. “In an exceptional year for Canadian cinema, we’ve chosen three boldly directed films that are so dissimilar it’s almost hard »
- Matt Patches
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