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And here we go... the acting categories you've all been very impatiently waiting for in Tfe's first wave of Oscar predictions for the year.
Will Previously Honored Movie Stars With Weird Character-Actor Hairdos Rule This Year?
As faithful readers know I like to keep my crystal ball risky with the bouncing and hope it doesn't shatter. In the first wave of predictions "what if" scenarios and "wild cards" are espectially compelling in the Supporting races. I mean why not? So little is yet known about future important matters like Amount of Screen Time, Nature of the Ensemble Roles, Best in Show Scene Stealing and even Post-Production "we'll fix it in post" Switcheroos where a film is rethought to better spotlight its MVPs. This early on there's no point in making boring predictions in which Oscar favorites hog all the categories though sometimes they do -- witness last year's All Previous Winner boredom in this category. »
- NATHANIEL R
For me, the Best Supporting Actor category is the most difficult category to predict this far out from the actual nominations. This is not atypical either as this category is annually, almost without fail, the toughest to foresee. The reasons for my particularly foggy clairvoyant skills on this specific matter are two-fold.
First, given the types of movies being made in this day and age, the abundance of choice supporting roles with potentially Oscar-worthy prospects is just ridiculous. They’re as plentiful as water in the ocean, and this plethora of promising performers, while a boon for fans of cinema, is a nightmare for an Oscar protagonist such as myself trying to pull off the illusion that I retain some unique insight into these awards that your regular laymen could never hope to attain.
This year’s crop of potential players makes this job an especially Herculean effort because they include so many recognizable names. »
- Christopher Lominac
Barring a little noodling with split-screen compositions and to-camera monologues, James Franco plays it surprisingly straight with his latest directorial outing, a respectful, somewhat somnambulant adaptation of William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying.” Eschewing the gay characters and experimental tics that have marked his previous efforts, to say nothing of his abundant output elsewhere as a literary writer and pop performance artist, Franco offers up a competently acted, technically adequate Cliff Notes take on Faulkner’s narratively refracted tale of dirt-poor Mississippi folk in mourning. Pic’s theatrical shelf life will be limited, but ithas solid library potential, and a guaranteed audience base among English-lit majors behind on their term papers.
Published in 1930, “As I Lay Dying” holds a solid canonical position as one of Faulkner’s best, most frequently republished works, along with “The Sound and the Fury,” “Light in August” and “Absalom, Absalom!,” all of them set »
- Leslie Felperin
It's been nearly three years since the headline-making Chilean miner accident captivated millions around the world as an international effort was made to save 33 miners who became trapped in a copper and gold mine, half a mile beneath the surface, for 69 dyas. More than a billion people tuned in to the 24-hour coverage of the rescue effort, and it was only a matter of time before a film chronicled the disaster. Shortly after the rescue, Javier Bardem was said to be involved with a film about the event, but now Variety has word Antonio Banderas will lead The 33 as Mario Sepulveda, who came to be known as “Super Mario.” Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro (300, The Last Stand) are also part of the film from writers Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera and director Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon) will be at the helm. Producer Mike Medavoy (who worked with »
- Ethan Anderton
Warning: Spoilers Running Free.
Generally speaking, bad guys are bad guys because they want to do bad things and get away with them, so if you see one get caught in the middle of a movie it usually means they've got an ace up their sleeve. Lately we've been seeing this trend of the bad guy getting caught on purpose (capture, interrogation, threat, destruction, escape) in big tentpole blockbusters, and either every copy of Final Draft has a glitch that automatically pastes that into a script … or folks are getting lazy.
Seeing as how it's used once again in "Star Trek Into Darkness," let's cite five recent examples of this cliché in the hopes that we can declare a moratorium on it ... at least until it counts as nostalgia.
Culprit #1: 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
Mastermind: The Joker (Heath Ledger)
The Plan: Get caught while attempting to kill District »
- Max Evry
It’s been a long road for Ron Howard’s planned adaptation of The Dark Tower series and it doesn’t look like the first movie will go into production any time soon. With that being said, the project is far from dead and we have a new status update from Howard’s producing partner, Brian Grazer.
To catch everyone up on the previous news, the original plan was plan is to produce three feature films and a limited TV series that would bridge the movies together between releases, covering Stephen King’s entire 8-book series of The Dark Tower. Previously, Javier Bardem had been set for the lead role of gunslinger Roland Deschain, but now Russell Crowe is circling the part.
- Jonathan James
Produced by Morena Films’ Alvaro Longoria, producer of Oliver Stone’s “Comandante” and Steven Soderbergh’s two “Che” movies, “Scorpion” is a tale star-crossed lovers starring Carlos Bardem — on whose novel the film is based — Alex Gonzalez, Judith Diakhate and Carlos’ brother Javier Bardem.
In Wild Bunch major territory pre-sales, Capelight Pics has acquired Germany, Fp Media Distribution Cis states, California Filmes all of Latin America, Rialto Distribution Australia and New Zealand and Yeni Bir Film Turkey. »
- John Hopewell
Looks like pregnant Penélope Cruz is ready to pop! The stunning star—who is expecting her second child with hubby Javier Bardem—was snapped visiting sister Monica at the hospital in Madrid, where her younger sibling gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday. Cruz was joined by her hubby and brother Eduardo for the hospital visit. The doting sister was reportedly by her sibling's side yesterday while Monica was in labor. Monica turned to an anonymous sperm donor to get pregnant after fearing it would be "too late for motherhood" by the time she found her perfect partner. But it looks like Monica may have already found her constant companion in Penélope, who is »
Exclusive: In a six-figure deal, producers Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Nick Wechsler have preemptively acquired rights to The Kill List, the new novel by Day Of The Jackal author Frederick Forsyth. The contemporary espionage tale is described as an intricate chess game between a brilliant Marine, an Israeli agent, a teenage hacker and a mysterious psychopathic cleric. The novel will be published in September by Penguin. Forsyth also wrote The Fourth Protocol and The Odessa File. Schwartz, Schwartz and Wechsler will produce and Roger Schwartz is co-producer. They bought this preemptively as they did The Counselor, which went from a Cormac McCarthy spec to a green lit movie at lightning speed. Matching the gritty intensity that McCarthy has poured into books like No Country For Old Men, the script quickly drew director Ridley Scott and a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Penelope Cruz joined by husband Javier Bardem, brother Eduardo and mom Encarna, paid sister Monica a visit at a Madrid hospital on Tuesday, May 14, to check up on her -- and presumably to say hello to her new niece. Penelope, 38, dressed down for the visit, wearing a loose gray T-shirt over her large baby bump, casual jeans and flat-heeled boots for the outing. The makeup-free star also wore her hair up in a top knot to complete the fuss-free look. Penelope and Bardem, 43, are already [...] »
A very pregnant Penelope Cruz was all smiles when she visited her sister, Monica Cruz, at a hospital in Madrid after she gave birth to a baby girl yesterday. Penelope was joined by her husband, Javier Bardem, and brother Eduardo Cruz as they all piled into a taxi to leave the hospital. Eduardo made a reference to the good news when he posted a photo on his Twitter account that read "Viva La Vida" yesterday. Monica made headlines back in January when she announced that she had gotten pregnant through an anonymous sperm donor and was planning on raising her baby as a single mother. She announced the news in a blog post for El País, saying, "I'm going to be a mom! I have achieved the dream of my lifetime." Shortly after Monica's news, Penelope and Javier confirmed that they were expecting their second child in February. View Slideshow »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Washington, May 15: Penelope Cruz's model sister Monica gave birth to a baby girl - from an anonymous sperm donor- on Tuesday
According to Spain's Hola magazine, Penelope, who expecting her second child with husband Javier Bardem, was by Monica's side when she gave birth at the Ruber International Clinic, Contactmusic reported.
Their mother, Encarna, and brother, Eduardo, also stopped by the hospital in Madrid, Spain to show their support for the baby girl. (Ani) »
- Diksha Singh
Penelope Cruz was by her younger sister's side as she gave birth to her first child via a sperm donor. The 39-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is pregnant with her second child and has a two-year-old son, Leo, with her husband Javier Bardem, was present to support her sister Monica as she gave birth to a baby girl at Ruber Hospital in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday afternoon (14.05.13). A source told Spanish website Hola.com that the 36-year-old model and actress's mother Encarna and brother Eduardo, who previously dated former 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria, also joined the brunette beauty, who has appeared in high profile campaigns for high-street label Mango with her 'Vicki Christina Barcelona' star sister, in the maternity ward. »
Penélope Cruz is officially an aunt! The actress' stunning sister Monica Cruz gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday in Madrid, Hola magazine reports. The To Rome with Love star—who is currently pregnant with her second child with hubby Javier Bardem—was reportedly by her sister's side while Monica was in labor at the International Ruber Clinic. The pair's mother, Encarna, and brother, Eduardo Cruz, also stopped by the hospital to show their support. Eduardo took to Twitter after Monica welcomed her bundle of joy, posting a message which reads "Viva La Vida," which translates to "Long Live Life," on his micro-blogging page. The 36-year-old »
Well, this is very disconcerting. Initially, the villain in Despicable Me 2 was supposed to be voiced by Javier Bardem, but Al Pacino ended up taking the role for his first role in an animated film. However, it sounds like there was trouble at Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment as Deadline reports Pacino has departed the film due to unspecified creative differences. And with just a couple months before the release, Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, Snitch) has stepped up to voice Eduardo, a new super-criminal causing problems for The Anti-Villain League, which recruits Gru (Steve Carell) for help. Read on! Universal says, "Over the production of Despicable Me 2, there were creative differences between us and Al Pacino, who had been cast as the voice of Eduardo in the film. We have mutually decided with Al to replace the voice of Eduardo with a new actor. Universal and Illumination thank »
- Ethan Anderton
It was just a couple of months ago that Al Pacino signed on to lend his distinctively dramatic voice to Gru's antagonist Eduardo in Despicable Me 2. Pacino had been called in to take the role after Javier Bardem passed, but Deadline reports he has left the project over reported "creative differences." (Oh, that old chestnut!) Within hours of this announcement, Illumination Entertainment revealed to Variety that Benjamin Bratt had come on board to replace Pacino. Bratt has previously performed voice work on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as the pint-sized doctor turned cameraman, Manny. You can watch his big moment above. This casting news is made all the more surprising by Despicable Me 2's fast-approaching release date of July 3rd. Still, sources close to the creative team behind the sequel are confident they will have enough time for Bratt to re-record all of Pacino's lines without affecting »
Update: Okay, this is just weird. Benjamin Bratt (he plays Manny's dad/Gloria's ex in "Modern Family") will voice the villain in Despicable Me 2, replacing Al Pacino (Jack and Jill) who replaced Javier Bardem. Pacino left over "creative differences" which is always what studios say whenever it doesn't work out with an actor. It most likely means that Illumination and Al Pacino couldn't agree on how much they'd pay him versus how much he wanted, but that's just an educated guess. In the meantime, Bratt steps into the voice over booth to do some fast work ... Despicable Me 2 opens July 2. Benjamin Bratt has Vo experience, he is the voice of Manny in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
We doubt Al Pacino will have made many friends around the Universal and Illumination buildings this past week. He’s decided to jump ship from voicing the villain in Despicable Me 2, leaving the position vacant just a couple of months before the film is set to arrive in our cinemas. Fortunately for all involved, Benjamin Bratt is stepping in to replace him.Pacino signed on to voice the new baddie, Eduardo, back in February last year. And even he was a replacement for Javier Bardem, who had been in negotiations to take the part, but never made a deal. Now Pacino’s exit means some fast work for the sound and animation team as they race to get Bratt’s work recorded and edited in to the film.The sequel, which finds Gru (Steve Carell) recruited by the anti-villain league to fight the brand new threat, also features the voices of Kristen Wiig, »
Oscar-winning scene-chewer Al Pacino has abruptly vacated his role in Universal Pictures’ upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 2 only two months before its release. It’s being reported that actor Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, Traffic) will step in to assume the role left open by Pacino, which is that of the film’s antagonist El Macho.
The reason cited for Pacino’s departure is “creative differences,” naturally leaving everybody to question what sort of creative differences could arise while making an animated family film. Pacino has been known to go to the extreme with every character he plays, so it may be related to his technique. If I had to venture a guess, I would predict the directors were hoping for some of his Scarface intensity for the villain which perhaps Pacino was reluctant to provide. Again, your guess is as good as ours.
Despicable Me 2 has been a »
- Damen Norton
We haven't seen too much from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's animated family-friendly sequel Despicable Me 2, but we can expect to hear even less from Al Pacino as the veteran actor has left the picture. Pacino had come onto the film to replace Javier Bardem as the new antagonist, but apparently creative differences have led to a parting of ways. Although Pacino has done a fair amount of work on the film, the studio is already looking for an actor to replace him in order to make their early July release date. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are directing the sequel with Steve Carell reprising his role as Gru. Other voice cast members include Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand and Steve Coogan. Despicable Me 2 opens July 3rd. Hit the jump for more. Here's what the studio spokespeople had to say on Pacino's departure (via Deadline »
- Dave Trumbore
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