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“Twelve Years a Slave” has solidified its status as an awards-season front-runner, leading the SAG Awards nominations with four.
“August: Osage County,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Dallas Buyers Club” each received three nominations for the 20th iteration of the SAG Awards, announced Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.
See Also: Reactions from today’s nominees
Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Oscar and SAG Award lead actress awards this year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” took a nomination for “American Hustle” — giving the David O’Russell drama a pair of nods. “Captain Phillips,” “Nebraska” and “Rush” also received two nominations.
- Dave McNary
The award season is now in full swing. This morning, SAG-aftra announced the nominees for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Nominations and wins at these awards often add to one’s Oscar hopes, so it’s always interesting to see which projects are getting the most attention.
One neat personal note here is that, since I’ve been a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild for 7 years, I get to cast my votes on all of these. Looking forward to that.
And the nominees are…
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The Screen Actors Guild has released their 2014 nominations honoring their colleagues in film and television. Although the winners won't be announced until January 18, the SAG noms are definitely of interest to Oscar prognosticators.
"12 Years a Slave" led the pack with four nominations, which includes best actor and best supporting actor, best female performance, and best cast. "August: Osage County" did very well, as did "The Butler" and "Dallas Buyers Club."
Check out the full list below, and start making your Oscar predictions!
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in »
- Jenni Miller
‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’: AFI Awards 2013 - big-studio movies rule once again (photo: Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in ‘American Hustle’) The American Film Institute has released AFI Awards list featuring the Top Ten Movies of 2013. As usual, the AFI Awards mostly focus on mainstream, popular fare from the big studios; in fact, they’re a sort of more upscale, Oscar-friendlier People’s Choice Awards, i.e., no Twilight, no The Fast and The Furious, no Adam Sandler, scattered super-hero movies, mostly bypassing Harry Potter. (You’ll see why they’re so big-studio-friendly once you scroll down a bit to check out the list of this year’s AFI Awards’ jury members.) Six of the AFI’s Top Ten 2013 movies come courtesy of the Hollywood majors: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, 12 Years a Slave was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, »
- Anna Robinson
Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire »
- Andre Soares
The Butler, 2013.
Directed by Lee Daniels.
Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Liev Schrieber, Minka Kelly, Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Clarence Williams III, and Isaac White.
Cecil Gaines struck out by himself after a tragic childhood and ended up becoming a butler at the White House. There, he served various Presidents and he became a passive witness as the civil rights movement gained momentum. All the while his family was fracturing as his son was in the South, fighting actively for justice, prompting Cecil to wonder whether he was doing enough for his people.
The Butler is a powerful and provocative film that shows how one man can affect the world, and how the world can affect one man. Based on a true story, this film frames the changing »
- Gary Collinson
Nelson Mandela on film and TV: From Sidney Poitier to Terrence Howard (photo: Sidney Poitier as Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela and de Klerk’) (See previous post: "Nelson Mandela Movies: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ ‘Invictus.’") As found on the IMDb, here are a handful of other narrative big-screen films featuring Nelson Mandela: Darrell Roodt’s Winnie Mandela (2011), with Jennifer Hudson in the title role and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela. Pete Travis’ Endgame (2009), with Clarke Peters’ Mandela as less a martyred saint than a skillful realpolitik negotiator. This political drama also features Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Hurt, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong, and Derek Jacobi. Zola Maseko’s 1950s-set Drum (2004), in which Mandela is played — for a change — by a South African actor, Lindani Nkosi. As reported by Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian, British filmmaker Peter Kosminsky (White Oleander, Wuthering Heights) "got into hot water a couple of years ago »
- Andre Soares
“Mandela shall be missed but his spirit remains with us as long as we remember the principal of greater love for one another and respect for oneself,” Howard said. “Rest well brother until the world cries again for the warmth of your brilliant light!”
- Jake Perlman
In film, the role of the former Anc activist and president of South Africa has traditionally been approached with great reverence
The voice. The gentle, mysterious smile. The walk – generally an older man's walk, across a garden, or presidential office, or prison exercise yard. The enigmatically polite manner: intimidating, even awe-inspiring for allies and adversaries alike. The list of actors who have tried all this is long: Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, Terrence Howard, Danny Glover, Sidney Poitier, Clarke Peters, Dennis Haysbert, Idris Elba – and Lindane Nkosi, the one South African actor who has managed to make some sort of impression as this character in Anglo-Hollywood circles, for a film called Drum, about the 1950s anti-apartheid campaign, that played at festivals in London and Cannes.
Nelson Mandela has been a role to be approached reverently, a difficult part and a career hurdle in some ways, like a royal figure in a Shakespearian play, »
- Danny Glover, Peter Bradshaw
For such a widely revered public figure, Nelson Mandela was oddly underrepresented when it came to major motion pictures. The South African leader, who passed away yesterday at age 95, was portrayed only a handful of times, mostly in marginal fare that barely registered critically or commercially. Part of this probably has to do with the unusual contours of his long life, 27 years of which were spent in prison -- daunting subject matter from the perspective of a filmmaker, who must place those decades in context.
The latest attempt to render Mandela's life and legacy on the big screen comes from director Justin Chadwick, in the form of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," a biopic that we got to see earlier this year at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Star Idris Elba brings a lot of conviction to the challenging role, giving Mandela great depth and shying away from the »
- Drew Taylor
The Killing’s Mireille Enos made the transition to the big screen, but roles such as in World War Z and Gangster Squad relegated her to a motherly/wife position. Finally, the actress is getting her shot at being a bad ass in the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Sabatoge as a member of an elite DEA task force. Watch the new preview.
Actress Mireille Enos is finally getting her hands dirty with a juicy role in Sabotage, surrounded by the manliest of men such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello and Josh Holloway. Lucky girl, but judging by the trailer, she may be out of luck when the drug cartel come after her and her DEA task force after they rob a drug cartel safe house. She’s clearly in on the action from the preview so hopefully she makes
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Digital Release Date: Dec. 31, 2013, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.99, Blu-ray Combo $39.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay
Inspired by a true story, the movie follows Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker, Platoon), who rises up from being a slave boy to a career as a butler serving seven Presidents in the White House. Over the years, he witnesses some of the most tumultuous and defining moments for race relations in the U.S. in the 20th century.
The all-star cast also includes Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple) as Cecil’s wife, plus John Cusack (The Raven), Jane Fonda (All Together), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Machete Kills), Terrence Howard (Prisoners), Lenny Kravitz (The Hunger Games), James Marsden (Robot & Frank), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part »
Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela died Thursday afternoon, and the outpouring of appreciation for his global contributions from Hollywood was swift. Hollywood’s connection has never been closer – Mandela is the subject of the hotly anticipated “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” starring Idris Elba as the icon, and the love story between Mandela and wife Winnie was featured in September release “Winnie Mandela,” starring Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson. Also Read: Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman React to Nelson Mandela Death Here is what they’ve had to say: Rest In Peace, @NelsonMandela pic.twitter. »
- L.A. Ross
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected black president and a crusader against apartheid, died Thursday in his suburban Johannesburg home. He was 95. He had been receiving in-home intensive care since leaving the hospital on Sept. 1 after being admitted in June for a lung infection. Mandela was an inspiration to many, including some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, who quickly took to Twitter and Instagram to mourn his passing. The former president has been portrayed onscreen by Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Terrence Howard, Sidney Poitier and Dennis Haysbert among others. His life is also
- THR Staff, The Associated Press
It is with sadness that Thn report this evening the death of Nelson Mandela. He was 95 years old. South Africa’s first black President had been in hospital for three months receiving treatment for a lung infection having been critically ill for six months. He was discharged in September, but continued to get ongoing treatment at home.
“Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.”
“Our nation has lost its greatest son.” He added.
Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, charged with sabotage, and led the transition of white party rule following his release in 1990.
He became president in 1994 and ruled until 1999.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “A great light has gone out in the world. »
- Paul Heath
Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday at the age of 95. Imprisoned from 1962 to 1990, the former South African president (1994-1999) fought to abolish apartheid and worked to end poverty. Known as “The Father of a Nation” the celebrated leader was the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner and received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors.
It’s no surprise that his inspirational story has made its way to the big screen. In addition to the current film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is in theaters now, the South African leader has been the subject of several feature films and documentaries in recent years. »
- Erin Strecker
Nelson Mandela, whose anti-apartheid leadership inspired millions around the world including songwriters, filmmakers and writers, died today at 95.
Mandela emerged after 27 years in prison (1963-1990) to become president of South Africa and is generally considered the father of his country. After his presidency, 1994-1999, he founded a global charitable organization. There have been many activists who have been mistreated and/or unjustly imprisoned, but Mandela’s story captured the imagination of the public — and artists — much more intensely than most.
Idris Elba plays him in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which was released in November. He has been portrayed in film and TV by a distinguished group of actors in such works as the 1997 “Mandela and de Klerk,” Sidney Poitier; 2007 “Goodbye Bafana,” Dennis Haysbert; 2009 “Invictus,” Morgan Freeman; 2010 “Mrs. Mandela,” David Harewood; 2011 “Winnie,” Terrence Howard.
He has also been given a dozen other depictions on TV and in film. And he »
- Tim Gray
Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, James Marsden, and Robin Williams. Sounds like a list of VIPs at a chic Hollywood getogether, right? In reality, those are just some of the faces that make appearances in "Lee Daniels The Butler." "Working on this was hard because normally I make a film that’s a moment in time – a summer, or a year, and that’s it," Daniels said. "This one, on the other hand, was decades. There was one star after another. We start off with Robin Williams, and we move on to Vanessa Redgrave, and then to Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz and Cuba Gooding Jr. and Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker and Terence Howard." Yet, even with the multitude of stars showing up in the film, Daniels didn't want their familiar faces to be a distraction. "Casting the presidents was the tricky part, »
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- Laura Marie Meyers
Terrence Howard has secretly wed his girlfriend Miranda, a Canadian woman he’s been dating for only a month.
Terrence Howard Remarries
The wedding to his latest wife is the fourth for Howard, 44, who was most recently divorced this past May. “It’s another one of his outlandish moves … he only knew and/or dated her for about a month!” a source told the Huffington Post, adding that the wedding was “not out of character” for the actor.
Howard reportedly brought Miranda as his date to the Los Angeles premiere of The Best Man Holiday on Nov. 5. At the star-studded event, the new couple were apparently spotted wearing matching gold bands on their ring fingers, sparking rumors about the status of their relationship.
Terrence Howard's Divorce From Michelle Ghent
Howard’s last marriage was to Michelle Ghent, a commercial production employee, in January 2010. A little over a year later, »
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