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Exclusive: Production is about to kick off in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 12 on Number 9 Films and Killer Films’ Patricia Highsmith adaptation, reuniting Todd Haynes with recent Oscar winner Cate Blanchett.
The Weinstein Company snapped up Us rights to Carol in Cannes 2013. HanWay Films handles international sales and previously closed deals with the UK (StudioCanal), Australia (Transmission), Canada (eOne) and France (TF1).
Phyllis Nagy adapted the screenplay from Highsmith’s novel The Price Of Salt.
Number 9 Films developed the project with Film4, who co-finances with Goldcrest Films.
Blanchett previously starred as Bob Dylan in Haynes’ 2007 film I’m Not There, a role which secured her an Oscar nomination for Best »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Director: Todd Haynes
Writer: Phyllis Nagy
U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
If there is one time period that Todd Haynes owns…it’s in the neighborhood of the America 1950s. Far From Heaven and Mildred Pierce account for this. This Oscar-pegged foursome of Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchet, Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler should make Julianne Moore jealous.
Gist: Based on Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt”, this chronicles the burgeoning and tempestuous relationship between two very different women in 1950s NYC. Mara will play a 20-something clerk working in a department store and dreaming of a better life who falls for an older, married woman (Blanchett) who is essentially a trapped wife in a dead marriage who’s desperate to leave but also fears losing her daughter if she does. »
- Eric Lavallee
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"12 Years a Slave"
What's It About? Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, "12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man who was kidnapped from his home in New York and sold into slavery. Northup ends up on a plantation run by the cruel Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and his equally awful wife (Sarah Paulson), who take special delight in tormenting another young slave named Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o).
Why We're In: The movie took him Best Picture Sunday night -- see director Steve McQueen quite literally jump for joy here -- for good reason. Nyong'o took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her wrenching performance, and John Ridley won for his adapted screenplay.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
- Jenni Miller
Vanity Fair upped its Oscar game last night. They build a huge multi level tented building in the parking behind Sunset Plaza. Traffic snaked back and forth on Sunset Boulevard in both directions. There was a big security plan, with metal detectors at the check in. And then you arrived to find an avalanche of stars. Stars and stars. Two by two, or three by three, they came. Inside the main room, just to the right, if you could find them through the fog of formally attired people, Jane Fonda and Anjelica Huston set up a beach head. Many stars, old and young, were crowded into this area including Jane’s beau, Richard Perry, and Sarah Paulson, plus Quincy Jones, who was busy looking for Petra Nemcova, and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks. Rosaria Dawson and Gabrielle Union weren’t far away. Sitting on a couch in a section nearby, »
- Roger Friedman
We watched the 2014 Academy Awards red carpet with our magnifying glasses, trying to catch every last little detail. So, it quickly became clear to us which fashion and beauty trends reigned supreme at the Oscars this year. First, and perhaps most obvious, was the sparkling nude trend. There wasn't a whole lot of bright color on the red carpet, but we didn't mind. Stars like Julie Deply, Cate Blanchett, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Sarah Paulson and Sally Hawkins all got the glitter memo and stepped out in a sparkling nude gown. Also it seemed like every lady in Hollywood opted to skip the sleeves tonight. There were a ton of strapless gowns, like Jessica Biel's Chanel ensemble or Jennifer »
There was a rather conspicuous trend on the 86th Academy Awards red carpet: Women wearing dresses that were very close in color to their own skin tone.
Above are the most egregious examples. From left, we have actresses Sarah Paulson, Julie Delpy, Sally Hawkins, Jesica Biel and Cate Blanchett. We can't say we're fans of many of them. We'd probably say Biel pulls off her dress the best.
Which woman's nude no-no do you like the best? Vote below in our poll!
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Photo: AMPAS Oscar Musts: Predictions | Nominees | Presenters | Printable Ballot It's that time of year again and I welcome you to the 2014 Oscars Live Blog with up-to-the-minute live winners, commentary, red carpet coverage and overall merriment. We are kicking this thing off around 3:30-4 Pm Pst or so and carrying on until 9 Pm Pst or whenever this thing ends, which means you better have food, water and perhaps a tasty beverage or two because it's going to be a long night. I've already posted my predictions and have collated the reader polls into one, easy-to-read place along with my predictions as well as my Oscar-blogging co-hort and podcast partner Laremy Legel. You can find all three, one after another with the differences highlights right here. As far as my predicting prowess is concerned, the last two years I've ended the night getting 19 out of 24 correct, I really want to at least get 20 this year. »
- Brad Brevet
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon's 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This Is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Highlights from last night's ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt include: The first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit's state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Oswalt also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, 'Weird Al' Yankovic and... his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton's newly developed app that turns any Hollywood big budget film into an indie film.
The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, »
Ahead of the Oscars tomorrow evening, the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have taken place tonight, with Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave leading the field with five wins, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).
In the other acting categories, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were named Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett received the gong for Best Female Lead for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Here's the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in red....
'12 Years a Slave'
Steve McQueen - '12 Years a »
- Gary Collinson
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon’s 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Comedian Patton Oswalt was this year’s host.
Highlights include: The first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit’s state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Patton also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Weird Al Yankovic and… his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton’s newly developed app that turns anyHollywood big budget film into an indie film.
The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, »
- Michelle McCue
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos celebrates with the director of Netflix’s "The Square" Jehane Noujaim and Charlie Rose at the home of Sarandos and his wife, Nicole A. Avant, at a toast for the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The Square” this weekend. Dame Helen Mirren and producer Cathy Schulman co-host the annual Women in Film pre-Oscars event in Los Angeles. Among the attendees were Oscar nominees Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), June Squibb ("Nebraska"), Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight"), and producers from "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Frozen," "Philomena," and "The Wolf of Wall Street." Others included Lake Bell, Jaime King, Sarah Paulson, Elisabeth Rohm, and Gabourey Sidibe. L.A. Times. Sandy Cohen reveals the secrets behind Oscar rehearsals on Friday. Pharrell Williams practiced his song "Happy" with a choir of h »
The night before the 2014 Oscars was a big one for 12 Years a Slave as it took home five wins at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Director (Steve McQueen), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Screenplay (John Ridley) and Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt). However, don't take this to mean 12 Years is a lock at the Oscars as its strongest competition in categories such as Picture and Director, those being Gravity and American Hustle, weren't among the "independent" nominees. Some likely Oscar winners were among the list of winners as Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Cate Blanchett took home yet another Best Actress prize for her work in Blue Jasmine and 20 Feet from Stardom won Best Documentary, proving even the Spirit Awards weren't going for The Act of Killing, though that doesn't diminish the impact of Joshua Oppenheimer's film. Some »
- Brad Brevet
The Spirit Awards wrapped this afternoon, a casual-atmosphere and frequently moving celebration of independent filmmaking. In some cases, the winners foreshadow Sunday’s, but in many other instances, the Spirits honored some terrific work that was absent from Oscar’s roster.
On Sunday, the Academy Awards will mark the official close of 2013 film awards. So before that final love fest, let’s pause for a moment and recognize great work by some people who were Not given enough recognition this year.
For example, Stephen Frears. Few people could have maintained the comedy-tragedy balancing act in “Philomena” like he did, and nobody could have done it better. So why didn’t the director get more attention? Maybe because it was a strong year, and maybe because there’s an indefinable buzz that attaches to some work, but not others.
So for all of you who were not nominated for an Oscar, »
- Tim Gray
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave pulled a five finger discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards grabbing hardware in the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography categories. Apart from the larceny in the Best Doc category, the winners in the above mention category (excluding Bobbitt’s work) and the double win pairing of Leto and McConaughey along with Cate Blanchett’s perf win in Blue Jasmine will likely repeat itself less than 24 hours later at tomorrow’s Academy Awards celebrations obviously begging many to ponder the following: who needs the 86th Academy Awards when we have the Indie Spirit Awards? While today’s most pleasurable wins come from the truly indie kudos for Best First Feature (Ryan Coogler for Frutivale Station) the John Cassavetes award for Chad Hartigan’s This is Martin Bonner, and the Piaget Producers Award to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints »
- Eric Lavallee
Best Feature, Director and Screenplay (among other awards) went to 12 Years a Slave. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) took the lead acting prizes, while Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) won for their supporting roles.
Pics: Stars on Set
Check out the full list of winners below:
Although Los Angeles only recorded 1.53 inches of rain over the course of 12 hours on Friday according to the National Weather Service, it was enough precipitation to cause a rather sizable and particularly deep tidal pool outside West Hollywood’s Fig & Olive. On the penultimate day prior to Hollywood’s most famous night, Oscar Sunday, the town was out in force.
Helen Mirren and Oscar nominee June Squibb shook hands at Women in Film’s cocktail party , the former in white and the latter “blinged out,” a status of which the 85-year-old “Nebraska” actress has grown weary. “I’m looking forward to getting back to normal life. Although I did put work on hold to do this,” she said, motioning to the room packed primarily with champagne-toting women. She’s not writing a speech for either the Independent Spirit Awards or the Oscars, but rather “has really been thinking about what to say. »
- Alexandra Cheney and Shalini Dore
American Horror Story’s fourth installment is set to premiere in fall 2014, but the theme and final casting for the miniseries' fourth effort remain unknown.
American Horror Story Spoilers
Ryan Murphy, when pressed to reveal plot details for season four, offers hints but nothing more. For certain, all that’s known is that the season will take place in the 1950s and will be filmed in either New Orleans or Sante Fe. Also, contrary to a popular rumor that was circulating its way around the web, the season will not focus on the goings on of a circus – though that admittedly would have provided for some creepy story arcs.
“If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year. It’s a period piece,” Murphy told E! News earlier this year, when he squashed the circus rumor. “We try and do the opposite »
Will Gravity outweigh 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle? Can Matthew McConaughey coast to his first win? And will previous winner Cate Blanchett be giving her statuette some company? As the Oscar race enters its final stretch, People's critic handicaps the contenders gunning for gold this Sunday. Best Supporting ActorJared Leto var brightcovevideoid = '2793066567001'; Don't blame the actors for jacking up your Oscar ballot. Nearly all of this year's front-runners are heavy favorites, so they're probably not going to keep you from winning the office pool. (I wish you all kinds of luck with those tricky technical categories, though. »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
Cyrus, who is currently busy touring, was performing at the Staples Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, when she kissed Perry in front of a huge audience. At the concert, a kiss camera appears during the performance of Cyrus’ love song “Adore You,” and in video of the entire performance she even encourages couples who appear on the screen to kiss, taking a break from singing to comment on what appears on the kiss cam. Towards the end of the song, Cyrus approached the edge of the stage where Perry was watching from the front row and beckoned her forward, puckering up her lips. Perry was game and gave Cyrus a nice peck on the lips.
After the smooch, »
Another week, another celebrity bob haircut. Rita Ora debuted her gorgeous new bob, but are we really that surprised? It is officially the year of the bob, with a slew of stars rushing to their hair stylists to chop off their long locks. Stars like Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Kylie Jenner, Kelly Rowland, Kate Mara, Jessica Alba, Emma Roberts, and Sarah Paulson have all taken the plunge and gone short recently. Whew! We're breathless after that list! And Rita Ora apparently wanted in on the bob action. Rita said goodbye to her long locks (often made even longer by hair extensions) with the help of celebrity hair stylist Chris Appleton, who gave her an edgy, choppy new cut. She posted the pic on »
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