19 items from 2014
"The Blacklist" had a fairly interesting case this week, but the real meat was in the last five minutes.
Case of the Week
Dianne Wiest guest stars as the episode's titular "The Judge," a woman named Ruth Kipling who founded the Amnesty Collective, a group that works with wrongfully-imprisoned inmates. But that's not really what she does. Instead, as the Judge, she gets payback on the prosecutors, judges, cops, etc., who purposely made mistakes or ignored evidence in getting their targets convicted.
She goes old testament on them, imprisoning them in her barn for the length of time their wrongfully-imprisoned counterpart is locked up. This case has a twist -- Assistant Director Cooper and his former prosecutor colleague are taken by the Judge for execution when a former soldier is killed by lethal injection.
Red swoops in to save the day for Cooper when he can show the Judge that »
While Woody Allen couldn't probably care less about Sunday's Oscar results, Cate Blanchett is now the seventh performer to win for appearing in one of his films. And considering he both writes and directs their performances, all of them certainly owe much to him for their victories. Only William Wyler (14) and Elia Kazan (9) have directed more Oscar-winning performances. winning performer was Diane Keaton for Best Actress in "Annie Hall" (1977). She and Blanchett are the only two of the seven to win as leads. Michael Caine was his only Best Supporting Actor winner to date; he won his first Oscar for "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986). Also from that film was Dianne Wiest, who won the first of two Oscars working for Allen. The second came for "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994). The other two women who owe their Oscars to Allen are Mira Sorvino&nb »
Cate Blanchett joined an exclusive club with her victory Sunday night becoming only the 40th person to win multiple Academy Awards for acting. And she got her second Oscar from one of the first 39 -- Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his third Best Actor prize last year for "Lincoln." Blanchett's first Oscar win was in 2004 in Best Supporting Actress for playing the all-time champ Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator." Her win this year was for Best Actress in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Of the 39 other Oscar winners with multiple trophies, 22 are still living: Michael Caine, Daniel Day-Lewis, Olivia de Havilland, Robert De Niro, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Glenda Jackson, Jessica Lange, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Luise Rainer, Maggie Smith, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz, Denzel Washington, and Dianne Wiest. All of these but de Hav »
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m whipped into a cackling fugue state about the Oscars. I’m in love with the damn Oscars. In fact, I’m suspicious of people who don’t love the Oscars. And here we are with my favorite Oscar countdown to date: the 10 most fabulous Best Supporting Actress-winning performances. Keep in mind this isn’t the same thing as the 10 best Best Supporting Actress performances. I wrote that list years ago and declared Sandy Dennis, Patty Duke, Cloris Leachman, Meryl Streep, and Kim Hunter the supreme supporting ladies. My feelings have not changed. But it’s time to honor the fabulous performances, the supporting actresses who bring whizzbang, panache, sexual superiority, and fun to an occasionally dour category. Here are the 10 most fab winners of my favorite Oscar.
10. Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor
Is Prizzi’s Honor essential viewing? No. But Anjelica Huston’s thick, »
- Louis Virtel
Ambi Pictures, the Rome-based film production and finance company, has formed a new international sales division.
Following a trial run at the Efm in Berlin ealier this month, Ambi will now handle worldwide sales on the films it produces, starting with the recently completed action thriller Sights of Death, which was financed and produced by Ambi and stars Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stephen Baldwin and Michael Madsen.
Abmi bosses Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino said: “We feel we are in a great position to grow the company, establish a significant footprint in the global film arena and ultimately build a strong brand as we bring high quality commercial feature films to the marketplace.”
The move will dovetail with its burgeoning production arm, which plans to produce eight feature films in 2014.
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Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is September and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask...
Simon Columb on September...
“I’m not who I thought I was” notes Steffie (Dianne Wiest) in Woody Allen’s sober and sincere September. Loosely based on Chekhov play Uncle Vanya, Allen contains the drama within a single house. Friends and family are supporting clinically-depressed Lane (Mia Farrow) following a failed suicide attempt but everyone finds it difficult to cope. Lane loves her boyfriend Peter (Sam Waterston), but he has fallen for Steffie, a married woman going through a rough patch. »
- Gary Collinson
We're in the 86th annual Oscar voting window and two weeks from today, we'll know the champions of the 2014 Academy Awards. Winners in the performance categories seem to be all lined up, though we've gotten a surprise in those four arenas the last couple of years. Maybe we'll get a few this year, too, but come what may, a quartet (or maybe more if there's a tie — who knows, given the events of this season) will join the echelon of Oscar winning actors dating back to inaugural victors Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor on March 2. With that in mind, HitFix's awards staff put our heads together to come up with a list of the best of, well, the best. We dug through the 325 actors and actresses to win (competitive) Academy Awards for screen performances over the years and we were left with 25 sterling examples from AMPAS' gallery of titans — well, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Kristopher Tapley
What makes a brilliant script? Is it quotable lines? Is it nuanced dialogue? Or is it just the ability to move the story along and not get in the way? When looking back through the history of screenwriting, there are plenty of iconic films based on previous work; the Writer’s Guild of America voted Casablanca the greatest screenplay of all time, but it’s adapted. So, what is the most important piece of film writing ever written directly for the screen? This list will shift from American to international, conventional to unconventional. Most importantly, these are the scripts that demonstrate how “screenwriting from scratch” is done.
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50. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, »
- Joshua Gaul
It’s always good to see Lance Reddick on my television screen no matter what role on which series he’s playing. You can always tell when this actor is enjoying himself, such as in his most recent role as Papa Legba on American Horror Story: Coven. That particular season of the FX horror anthology wasn’t quite up to snuff compared to previous seasons, but you could see Reddick was enjoying himself. It isn’t too often an actor of his calibre gets to put on a ridiculous costume and trade immortality for someone’s soul. I can only hope we’ll see that kind of enjoyment during his upcoming time on The Blacklist.
TV Guide reported Reddick would be guest starring in an upcoming episode of the NBC drama, playing a character known as “The Cowboy.” He’s one of Red’s assets and is given a new assignment. »
- Brody Gibson
Okay, nearly three years ago, word first surfaced that Al Pacino was looking to reteam with Barry Levinson for an adaptation of Philip Roth's "The Humbling." That was pretty much the last we heard of it, but somewhere along the way filming started and this thing was cast so either credit a secretive production or accept our apologies for sleeping on this one. Anyway, Greta Gerwig and Dianne Wiest now co-star in the movie that is so far along that it's already in post-production, with Indiewire reporting that Millennium Films has snapped up the rights. So what's it all about? Here's the Amazon synopsis of the book to give you an idea: A deteriorating and increasingly irrelevant actor finds the possibility of renewal in a younger woman in Roth's tight Chekhovian tragedy. At 65, Simon Axler, a formerly celebrated stage actor, is undergoing a crisis: he can no longer act, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Barry Levinson directed the story of the fallout that ensues when an aging actor has a fling with a lesbian half his age.
The project is in post and is adapted from the novel of the same name by Philip Roth.
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The worldwide rights to "The Humbling," a drama based on the novel by Philip Roth, were just acquired by Millennium Films, the company announced. The film is currently in post-production and a Us release date has yet to be announced. An aging suicidal actor, a half-his-age lesbian, a secluded upstate country house, and a chaotic affair - it's got all the elements for a riveting unconventional drama. The film is directed by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson ("Rain Man," "Sleepers") and stars Al Pacino, Dianne Wiest, and Greta Gerwig. Millennium Films is one of the largest and longest‐running independent film companies in the world. The firm develops, finances, produces and distributes approximately 8‐10 films per year and is best known for "The Expendables" series and "Olympus Has Fallen." »
- Taylor Lindsay
Millennium Films has just picked up worldwide rights to Barry Levinson's "The Humbling," adapted from now-retired novelist Philip Roth's 2009 book of the same name. Currently in post-production and seeking Us distribution, the film stars Al Pacino, Diane Wiest, Greta Gerwig and Kyra Sedgewick."The Humbling" tells the story of an aging actor who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. In typical Rothian fashion, the relationship takes unusual turns as people from their past surface and chaos ensues.The film version is a Baltimore Pictures production that continues the collaboration of Levinson and Pacino, who worked together on "Wag the Dog" in 1997. Roth is the author of the brilliant nightmare panorama of the 1970s "American Pastoral," "The Human Stain" and "Portnoy's Complaint," among dozens of other works. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Dianne Wiest is heading to The Blacklist, but will she be friend or foe? Series star Megan Boone tweeted the casting news by simply sharing, "Dianne Wiest is going to be on our show!" E! News has confirmed Wiest's casting. Wiest, who is a two-time Oscar and two-time Emmy winner, was last seen on TV in HBO's In Treatment. She won one of her Emmys for playing Dr. Gina Toll on the critically acclaimed series. On The Blacklist, Wiest will play the head of Amnesty United. Look for her to appear in episode 15, TVLine reports. Wiest's other TV credits include The Return of Jezebel James, Law and Order: Svu, Law and Order and The 10th Kingdom. On the Law and Order shows Wiest played D.A. Nora »
Zap2it has reached out to NBC for comment, so we'll let you know when we have any details. For now, let's speculate!
Do you think Wiest could be a member of Red's blacklist? Is she some evil criminal that the FBI takes out at Red's behest? Maybe.
You can probably rule out Red's family -- Wiest is too young to be his mother but too old to be his wife.
What is probably the most likely is that she's playing a government official. In fact, smart money says Wiest plays a friend or colleague of Fitch (Alda), which means she's probably »
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Radio Days and Bullets Over Broadway...
Simon Columb on Radio Days...
Though Woody narrates Radio Days, unconventionally, he doesn’t appear. The charm in Joe’s (Seth Green) family – comfortably married family members – defies Allen’s usual unfaithful couples who cannot help but stray and play-away. Flitting from this childhood, we see the rise in stardom of Sally White (Mia Farrow) - a waitress who, undergoing elocution lessons becomes a radio celebrity. Steeped in nostalgia, amid mahogany furniture and detailed, delicate lamps, is a thinly-disguised reflection on Allen’s childhood in the early 1940’s. Ending in »
- Gary Collinson
In the end, you're not going to remember who won and lost, but who made you laugh or cringe or mist up. Here, then, were the most memorable moments of Sunday night's 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards show, for good or ill.
Their material wasn't as solid as last year, but they still landed some devastating blows, satirically speaking. Best lines: Poehler, noting that Woody Allen was following Martin Scorsese as a winner of the Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, inferring that the award must be for "the tiniest man with the biggest glasses." Or Fey, observing that "Gravity" was about "how George Clooney would rather float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age." Or Fey, again, remarking on Matthew McConaughey's 45-pound weight loss for his "Dallas Buyers Club" role, »
- Gary Susman
Golden Globes 2014 winners (photo: 2014 Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) Scroll down to check out the full list of Golden Globes 2014 winners. This year’s Golden Globes ceremony took place earlier this evening, January 12, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey back as hosts. (Here are our fearless — and somewhat accurate — Golden Globes 2014 Predictions and our equally fearless — and mostly accurate — 2014 Golden Globes Predictions - The Nominations.) The 2014 Golden Globe nominations were announced by Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde exactly one month ago. Among the surprises was the inclusion in the Best Picture - Drama category of Ron Howard’s domestic box office disappointment Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Best Supporting Golden Globe nominee Daniel Brühl, and the exclusion of The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese from the Best Director roster. Also, Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig were both in the running »
- Steve Montgomery
Golden Globes 2014 winners and nominees - winners to be posted here live (photo: Best Picture - Drama Golden Globe nominee ‘Gravity’) The list of winners of the 2014 Golden Globes will be posted here as they’re announced. This year’s Golden Globes ceremony is being held on Sunday, January 12, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returning as hosts. (Here are our fearless Golden Globes 2014 Predictions, and in case you’re wondering how reliable they are, check out our equally fearless — and mostly accurate — 2014 Golden Globes Predictions - The Nominees.) The 2014 Golden Globe nominations were announced by Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde on December 12, 2013. Among the surprises was the inclusion in the Best Picture - Drama category of Ron Howard’s domestic box office disappointment Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Best Supporting Golden Globe nominee Daniel Brühl, and the exclusion of The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese from the Best Director roster. »
- Anna Robinson
19 items from 2014
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