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As many are spending the Thanksgiving holiday with relatives, some may find they need a breather or two. Luckily, THR has released a new roundtable interview from its Oscar series that makes for a fascinating and entertaining watch. This 50-minute discussion involves a group of actresses that are in the mix for awards consideration this year: Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Hilary Swank (The Homesman), and Laura Dern (Wild). The resulting video is a candid talk that touches on topics like the pressure of playing real people, the uncomfortableness of sex scenes, and more. It’s well worth a watch. Check out the actress roundtable video after the jump, and be sure to check out the writers roundtable if you missed it. For more on the current state of the Best Actress Oscar race, peruse »
- Adam Chitwood
One of the staples of the movie awards season over the past few years has been The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable series, which takes individuals in a common profession, all of whom worked on a variety of well-regarded features, and seats them down for a candid discussion of their jobs, the industry, and whatever other topics might come up. With this year’s award-worthy movies beginning to make their way to the public, The Hollywood Reporter has once again begun their Roundtable sessions, having released four full sessions already. The Roundtables can be seen below.
The first Roundtable session is the THR Writers Roundtable, featuring Chef‘s Jon Favreau, Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn, The Theory of Everything‘s Anthony McCarten, The Imitation Game‘s Graham Moore, Interstellar‘s Jonathan Nolan, and Top Five‘s Chris Rock.
Next up is the THR Executive Roundtable, featuring 20 Century Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Jaxson Rose is handsome, obviously, but this German Shepherd can dance, too—with his ears! A YouTube video of this top dog wagging his ears to the beat of Flo Rida's "Low" has gone viral, and while he might have had a little human help with his moves, it's undoubtedly a #pawsome clip. It's so impressive, in fact, that it's up for a Golden Bone award! According to Fox 59, 4-year-old Jaxson is nominated in the Weirdest Dog Talent category of Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular. The 2-hour special, hosted by Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank, airs Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m. Et on Fox, and yes, groupies, you can see more of Jaxson there! Cause for Paws, previously »
It’s that time of the year again, folks. Black Friday shoppers are licking their proverbial chops and hoping they don’t get trampled in the fracas. Pumpkin-spice flavored everything is still all the rage, even extending to burgers. (I wish you could make this shit up.) And on top of all that, the holiday movie season – which saw the release of some of the year’s best films, including “Foxcatcher” and “Interstellar” – is almost wrapped up. While there are still a handful of major films to look forward to in December, the year is all but over and with the gradual trickling-in of pre-Oscar hype comes the annual batch of Roundtable Discussions. And the latest focuses on this year’s leading ladies, featuring Hilary Swank (“The Homesman”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”), Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Amy Adams (“Big Eyes”), Laura Dern (“Wild” again) and Felicity Jones »
- Nicholas Laskin
The Homesman (2014)
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones
Ably independent yet desperate to nurture a family, Mary Bee Cuddy agrees to transport three women maddened by trauma across the country, enlisting the help of an aged, stubborn drifter along the way.
Despite what Tommy Lee Jones might want you to think, his new film, The Homesman, is definitely a western. And thank goodness, for the genre has been sorely lacking in reinforcements in recent years. It’s long been a favourite genre of mine, from Peckinpah to The Coen Brothers, Leone to Tarantino, but if you were to sieve through, say, the last ten years for decent entries (excluding hybrids like Cowboys & Aliens or an Aussie western like The Proposition), what have you got? True Grit? »
- Edward Gardiner
Stars Like Hilary Swank, Jane Lynch, Miranda Lambert and Betty White are set to promote dog adoption during Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, airing Thanksgiving night at 8 Et/Pt. Now, we’re giving you a chance to win the same gift bag the stars will take home from the feel-good dog rescue event.
The bag, courtesy of Backstage Creations and valued at $541, contains everything from a stay at a doggie hotel to spring water bottled just for dogs!
The fun products include a 2-night boarding stay at The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa in Westlake Village, Calif., a Paw Patrol talking stuffed dog, a Wisdom Panel Canine DNA test, a $50 Petco gift card, Febreze, Toilet Water bottled water for dogs by Popstar Beverages, and much more.
"I've always been an animal lover," says Swank of the event. "To me this is a great opportunity to celebrate dogs and the immense joy that they bring »
Today, I bring you another Oscar roundtable courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. This time it is the female actors. The panel includes Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Hilary Swank (The Homesman), and Laura Dern (Wild). The Oscar hopefuls discuss a wide variety of topics including their respective performances this year, the celebrity photo hacking scandal (which affected people like Jennifer Lawrence), the sequel culture of Hollywood, and the response to Renee Zellwegger's new face. One particular section I found interesting came from Witherspoon concerning Gone Girl Note: I wish Rosamund Pike was on this panel, who is a producer on the film. When asked why she was not in the film, she responded: I was always open to doing it, but whenever David Fincher says he wants to do a project, you just sit back and say, »
- Mike Shutt
The Gotham Independent Film Awards will benefit from an unprecendented dosage of star power during its annual dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday.
The celebration of arthouse films has tapped Uma Thurman as its host, according to the show’s backer the Independent Film Project.
The Gothams also unveiled an A-list roster of presenters, including Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Amy Schumer and Catherine Keener.
As awards season continues to get more cutthroat, it’s a sign that the studios now view the Gothams, which started 24 years ago as a low-key (and celebrity-less) affair, as one of the first stops on the campaign trail.
The show added a best actor and actress category last year, which upped the ante and allowed for it to better compete with the more star-studded Independent Spirit Awards, held the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Uma Thurman will emcee the 2014 Gotham Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The Oscar-nominated actress is just one of several stars set to appear at the independent film awards in New York on Dec. 1, traditionally seen as the start of Oscar season. Other stars set to take the stage next Monday, as presenters, include Patricia Arquette, Will Arnett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heather Graham, Ethan Hawke, Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Keener, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei and Miles Teller. Read more 2014 Gotham Award Nominations Revealed Arquette, Johansson and Mbatha-Raw are all nominated in
- Hilary Lewis
While the Oscar race for Best Actor has heated up to a frenzy with, as previously reported here, at least 30 viable candidates and only five slots, most observers have labeled this year’s Best Actress crop from weak to thin with not even enough sure things at this point to make a list of five.
That’s a bit of an overstatement as pundits generally agree there are at least three, possibly four near-certainties for nominations: Julianne Moore for the still-unreleased Still Alice (out Dec. 5), Felicity Jones for The Theory Of Everything and Reese Witherspoon for Wild (also out Dec. 5).
When Gone Girl opened earlier this fall, it not only became by far the biggest awards contenders with a female lead released this year, it stirred up talk of an inevitable nod for Rosamund Pike. In terms of the campaign though, she has been a bit out of sight/out »
- Pete Hammond
Heavy-hitting holdovers Foxcatcher, The Theory Of Everything and Birdman were robust in expansion in the specialty release side of the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, a pair of limited-release newcomers, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and doc Monk With A Camera – both Kino Lorber releases – bowed with solid numbers.
A Girl, Ana Lily Amirpour’s self-described “Iranian vampire Western” that debuted at Sundance, opened in two theaters in New York and L.A., grossing $26K, for a $13K average.
Kino Lorber also opened Monk With A Camera, Guido Santi and Tina Mascara’s documentary, with an exclusive run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in an 85-seat theater that had sell-out showings. The film grossed $10K Friday to Sunday.
- Brian Brooks
The Homesman, 2014.
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones.
Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.
The old adage ‘they don’t make them like they used to’ could be applied to pretty much most genre film making depending on your outlook of American cinema in 2014, but never more so could that be said of a genre than the Western. Westerns, like too many films not based on established properties, have been pushed away and forgotten in favour of the easy sell and easy buck. Sure, there’s always a True Grit which shows a brief spike in audience »
- Gary Collinson
Chicago – In Tommy Lee Jones’ passion project “The Homesman,” the wild west provides a vivid setting for a battle in man’s endless war against women, as the film firmly occupying a genre strictly known for cowboys and pioneer machismo. It’s a sorrowful western from actor/writer/director Jones that often shines in its twilight, hoping to slightly reconcile the maltreatment unleashed on half of the world’s most powerful species.
Living outside standard domestic criteria of a developing America in the mid 1800s is Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank), a woman without a spouse or a child, who only takes care of herself and her giant farm. When three extremely psychologically-disturbed women are in need of transport to a hospital up north where they can receive help, Mary Bee volunteers to take on the journey, despite the town initially requiring that a man lead the expedition.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Fancy some misery? How about a big hefty dollop of it, complete with hangings, rape and one too many graphic baby deaths? Then, the fourth movie Tommy Lee Jones has directed in his illustrious career, is right up your alleyway. Based on the Glendon Swarthout novel, The Homesman follows three women who have been driven mad by their pioneer way of life. With various degrees of bat shit craziness between them, they are to be transported across the country by Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) and George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones). This journey is not without incident as in between bouts of howling, snarling and some brief (thankfully) flashbacks, our hapless, unlikely couple find themselves trading a horse to buy safe passage from a bunch of Indians and Briggs get’s drunk…twice. The Homesman is as bleak as the barren wasteland it’s set in, with little and nothing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
West Hollywood — On Wednesday it was Reese. On Thursday it was Shailene. On Friday it was Jennifer… …Aniston. Yes, this year's Best Actress contenders continued to celebrate their films with awards season events and Thursday night featured a special screening of Daniel Barnz's "Cake," where a post-show party at the Sunset Tower Hotel found Aniston, obviously, the center of attention. "Cake" stars Aniston as Claire, a woman whose life has come to something of a stand still because of chronic pain she's suffered from a major car accident. It's an impressive performance by the popular actress that I praised in my review of the film from the Toronto Film Festival a few months ago, and hinted she could be an awards season player. Speaking to Aniston Friday night, she admitted that after some roles, directors and producers "box" you into a certain mold for a certain kind of a movie. »
- Gregory Ellwood
In honor of Steve Carell's dramatic makeover in Bennett Miller's intense docudrama "Foxcatcher" (in theaters now), we compiled a list of some of the most extraordinary physical transformations ever on the big screen.
- Cydney Fisher
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones
“That’s all there is, there ain’t no more.”
Set during the pioneer era, The Homesman subverts the usual trajectory of westerns set in this time by instead focusing on a journey from what will eventually become Nebraska territory in the West to more Eastern Iowa, wherein defeat via the frontier is a primary concern, whether it be a defeat of the mind, body, soul, or all together. Director Tommy Lee Jones’s last theatrically released film was The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), a contemporary neo-western with shades of Sam Peckinpah in its flavour. The Homesman may have the set dressing of a more traditional, old-school genre entry, but this film, adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s 1988 novel, is much more offbeat than one might expect. »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Hilary Swank does not keep up with the Kardashians.During a new interview with Larry King, the "Homesman" star commented on the current age of celebrity -- where "people are famous for being famous, like Kim Kardashian," as the host put it."I don't pay a lot of attention to it," the actress admitted. "I don't buy magazines that glorify that stuff ... I hear the names and have an idea of what she looks like, but I don't pay any mind to it." In fact, the 40-year-old Hollywood veteran doesn't even own a television!"I haven't owned one for ten years," she revealed. "It's never been a way that I got my entertainment or that I've used to relax. I also was never good at sitting down and doing nothing."Check out the clip above to hear more about her aversion to TV!Swank also admitted that she isn't a »
- tooFab Staff
Though The Hollywood Reporter's annual actresses roundtable lacks diversity this year, it certainly has strong-headed women in spades. The full video featuring Reese Witherspoon, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Felicity Jones and Hilary Swank has yet to air online, but the clip below shows "Boyhood" Supporting Actress frontrunner Arquette haranguing the "deviant" internet community responsible for leaking nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others. Arquette, classy as ever, says: "I feel really strongly that there's nothing deviant about two lovers sharing sexual intimacy. That is normal. It's been happening since the beginning of time. Through any different medium. We had paper. Before that, we met behind the bush. You know? What is deviant is when a community decides that they can break into your sexuality, steal that from you, insert themselves, observe your private sexuality." [Via THR] »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard join Xan Brooks to fight with the underdogs and take arms against this week's turkeys. In battle today: the penultimate part of the Hunger Games franchise, which sees Jennifer Lawrence becoming a revolutionary figurehead; The Homesman, in which Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank escort three mentally ill women across the midwest; James Brown biopic Get On Up and Winter Sleep, a three-and-a-quarter hour Turkish drama acclaimed at Cannes Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes and Mona Mahmood
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