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Hosted by two effervescent admitted film geeks, Alicia Malone (Movie Juice) and Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), and targeted at movie buffs, “Profiles,” takes deep online video dives on filmmakers and movie stars. "Profiles" aims to be a cross between “Biography,” “Inside the Actor’s Studio” and “At the Movies" as Malone and Mantz seek to entertain and inform with trivia, a countdown of their subject's best movies, and an interview with either the subject or someone close to them, on the phone or on-camera. Talking about Jack Nicholson for example, was "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" producer Michael Douglas. So far the enthusiastic duo has profiled Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, John Hughes, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, John Williams, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, David Lynch, Jack »
- Anne Thompson
Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party. The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart." Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an »
- Andre Soares
As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
We've hit the midway point of 2015 so it's time to start taking the 2016 Oscar race a little more seriously. Cannes is behind us and coming up are the Toronto and Venice Film Festival announcements at which point we'll see just what kind of strategies the studios will be taking with their upcoming Oscar contenders. Over the last month or so I've been tweaking my Best Picture predictions in the background, adding a movie here and there, shuffling a few around as I see fit to the point I am now at 51 contenders. Yeah, such is the price you pay when you start predicting this early. However, this year I'm going to set out to keep track of my own personal Oscar ballot as we go through the year, offering up a list of the top five films I believe should be nominated for Best Picture in hopes of maybe keeping »
- Brad Brevet
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Last week marked an important landmark in the movement for marriage equality and the lives of Lgbtqia Americans, but the entertainment industry has been working for longer than that to increase the amount of queer characters in movies and television.
On Amazon, there’s Transparent, about a father (Jeffrey Tambor) who comes out as trans to her adult children. On Netflix, prison dramedy Orange is the New Black stars trans actress Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset, a trans inmate whose characterization extends to far more than just that identifier. Benedict Cumberbatch earned an Oscar nod last year playing gay code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, and that Best Actor race’s victor, Eddie Redmayne, will take on the part of transitioning painter Einar Wegener in The Danish Girl.
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Meanwhile, at Cannes, Cate Blanchett just drew awards buzz playing a ’50s housewife who engages in »
- Isaac Feldberg
Broad Green Pictures chief Gabriel Hammond tells Thompson On Hollywood that "we want to have the longest run possible not for money’s sake, but so we can get as many people to share the experience" which is why they've decided to release the picture in 2016, most likely in the Spring like Malick's last film "To the Wonder".
Then there's the question of Malick's other film, the ensemble drama set against the Austin music scene starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.
The site says there were rumours the film would be call "Weightless" which is Not the case. It also sounds like the film will Not be coming out »
- Garth Franklin
Producer Christine Vachon reacted on Friday morning to the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.
“I think it’s extraordinary,” Vachon told Variety in a phone call just minutes after the decision was announced. “This Supreme Court, I was never sure about. But I could tell that this was swiftly becoming one of the things that had a certain inevitability.”
Vachon, who runs Killer Films, is responsible for some of the most high-profile movies in recent years with three-dimensional Lgbt characters, including “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Far From Heaven” and “Carol,” the romance starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
“When we first started making movies that had any gay or queer subject matter, we were serving audiences that were so underserved,” Vachon said. “The big shift I saw, for example, was with ‘Boys Don’t Cry. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Rooney Mara surprised many by taking home the Best Actress prize at Cannes, as many thought her co-star Cate Blanchett would take it -- or the two would share. Whether we like it or not, the moment marked the beginning of Mara's campaign for a second Oscar nomination (and potential win) for Todd Haynes' "Carol." It's just a matter of whether The Weinstein Company will campaign them both in lead, or place Mara in supporting. The latter seems more like Harvey, and if that's the case we can pretty much guarantee that one of the category's five slots will go to Mara. Who joins her? That depends on how big, small or good dozens of hopefuls' roles are in films we -- in some cases -- won't see until November. The mighty likes of Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Laura Linney, Jennifer Jason Leigh, »
- Peter Knegt
Sasha Stone showcases several possible Best Picture Oscar contenders from the first half of 2015. She admits that "Oscar season really starts around early September," and that recent indicators show that the eventual top winner will be seen by October. With that in mind, she says that the following films from January through June could be in the conversation when autumn arrives: new Pixar release "Inside Out" (voices of Amy Poehler and Bill Hader), Beach Boys biopic "Love and Mercy" (John Cusack, Paul Dano), action-adventure movie "Mad Max: Fury Road" (Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron), and Cannes favorite "Carol" (Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara). Awards Daily -Break- For the first time, Pixar does not open a film in the top box office spot. Even though "Inside Out" is in second place this weekend, it scores the most money ever for a Pixar original (non-sequel) with $91.1 million. It is just behind the se »
Hey, guys. These are the top 10 movies of the 2015 year so far, based on box office total worldwide gross. Coming in at number 1, is: "Avengers: Age of Ultron" with $447,288,953.00 Plotline: When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. Dir: Joss Whedon With: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi 141 minutes. Number 2: "Furious 7" with $351,032,910. 00 Plotline: Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother. Dir: James Wan With: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson Action | Crime | Thriller 137 minutes. Number 3: "Jurassic World" with $325,212,000 Plotline: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, »
- Andre Braddox
Director Todd Haynes has a penchant for making poignant dramas set in different eras. From the excellent Far From Heaven and Velvet Goldmine to his recent HBO film Mildred Pierce, Haynes has shown romantic relationships in unexpected places. His latest film, Carol, continues that with a passionate love affair between Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett. Carol debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and a new... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
London — Benedict Andrews’ “Blackbird,” which stars Rooney Mara, has started shooting in the South of England. Pic, which is described as “an intense, unflinching examination of damaged love,” is produced by Jean Doumanian, whose credits include “August: Osage County,” “Saturday Night Live” and several Woody Allen movies, and Patrick Daly for Jean Doumanian Prods., alongside Maya Amsellem for WestEnd Films.
Mara, who won the actress award at the Cannes Film Festival last month for her role in “Carol,” will play opposite Ben Mendelsohn (“Animal Kingdom,” “Starred Up”). Scottish playwright David Harrower penned the screenplay, which is based on his Olivier Award-winning play of the same name.
In the film, Ray (Mendelsohn) is confronted with his past when the young and beautiful Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office. Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has since built a new »
- Leo Barraclough
Relationship drama to shoot for five weeks in the UK.
Based on playwright David Harrower’s Olivier Award-winning play of the same name, it tells the story of Ray (Mendelsohn) who is confronted with his past when Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office.
Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has since built a new life for himself; she is looking for answers.
Andrews said: “I am relishing the opportunity to bring this vital, highly-charged story to the screen. David has written a beautiful, brutal script and I have two outstanding actors in the roles of Ray and Una.
“The fragility »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Women in Film has long placed a huge emphasis on its outreach programs, including grants, scholarships, mentoring programs and its Film Finishing Fund, which are all showcased at its annual Crystal + Lucy Awards, whose 2015 theme is Action.
But this year, the organization’s educational and philanthropic efforts on all of these fronts are being super-charged with the addition of two new corporate sponsors, Tiffany & Co. and BMW. They are joining longtime partner Max Mara in contributing to the mission of furthering the creative development of women in the industry and achieving gender equality.
“Women in Film, its partners and allied organizations have brought this conversation to a tipping point — turning the moment into momentum,” says Cathy Schulman, Wif prez. “We not only have to take action, but take sustainable action moving forward. From an organizational sense, we need to root these ideas and activate them to greenlight gender equality.
- Hillary Atkin
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, but thanks to The Playlist we’ve got a new batch of images from the film, which shows off its all-star cast including Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Wes Bently and Teresa Palmer; check them out here…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Knight of Cups
Rick (Bale) is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.
In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. »
- Gary Collinson
Directorial enigma Terrence Malick‘s latest Knight Of Cups is currently awaiting a release date. The writer/helmer’s work of late has divided commentators into “profound!” and “pretentious!” camps, with entries such as The Tree Of Life provoking cheers and boos in equal measure.
While the cinemagoing public are deprived of his latest offering, some promotional shots have been released which display Malick and Dop Emmanuel Lubezki‘s typical flair for eye-catching imagery:
Unveiled at the Berlin International Film Festival, anticipation is naturally high whatever the outcome. Cups follows Christian Bale as tortured movie scribe Rick, who roams around Hollywood pondering the nature of existence.
Yes, it looks like Rick really is having a tough time of it, but never mind, »
- Steve Palace
After much anticipation, hype, and expectation, Terrence Malick's long awaited "Knight Of Cups" finally debuted in February at the Berlin International Film Festival (read our review) and then...well, that was about it. We haven't really heard much about the film since. But a batch of new images have arrived featuring the trio of lead stars in the movie. Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett are the big names in the picture that also features appearances by a slew of others including Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Brian Dennehy, Wes Bentley, and far too many more to mention here (for example, Jason Clarke pops up but doesn't even have a line of dialogue), and follows Rick, a Hollywood writer having an existential crisis, while grappling with complicated relationships with his father and the women in his life. These new images are certainly a nice peek at the beautiful photography by Emmanuel Lubezki, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There are two brilliant performances in Love & Mercy, well, four if you add in Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks in supporting roles. Paul Dano and John Cusack together make one whole complete lead performance, »
- Sasha Stone
Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the »
- Andre Soares
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