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Clint Eastwood turns a tired genre on its head with an Oscar-winning boxing tale that delivers a knockout blow to expectations. Hilary Swank deservedly won the Best Actress Academy Award for her steely portrayal of Maggie, a trailer trash waitress who discovers her true vocation in the boxing ring. Initially turned down by old-school trainer Frankie (Eastwood), she gradually wins his respect after being given a chance by his trusty assistant Scrap (Morgan Freeman). »
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, »
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 »
Winning an Oscar is great ... but for these couples, rounded up by People , it was followed by the demise of their relationship less than a year later: George Clooney and Stacy Keibler: As a co-producer of Argo , Clooney won Best Picture last year—five months later, he and Keibler broke up after two years together. Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes: Winslet won Best Actress in 2009 for The Reader , calling Mendes "wonderful" in her acceptance speech. But a year later, their marriage was over. Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe: Swank won Best Actress in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby , and »
- Evann Gastaldo
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!
Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, »
Just as horse racing has its Triple Crown, red-carpet season has its own impressive awards haul that only the boldest of films aspire to win: the "Big Five" at the Oscars. Taking home a trophy in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay categories is considered a "sweep" at the Academy Awards, and this year's contest has American Hustle vying for the honor. In the 86-year history of the awards, 42 films have been nominated across the big five categories, with only three ever pulling off the sweep: 1934's It Happened One Night, 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest »
- Kiran Hefa
The 86th annual Academy Awards take place this weekend (March 2), with Ellen DeGeneres hosting the star-studded ceremony at the Kodak Theatre.
So as we anticipate all the glitz and glamorous gowns to grace the red carpet, we take a look at 20 of the best Oscar dresses over the decades below:
Angelina Jolie smouldered in a plunging ivory halter-neck gown complete with train by Marc Bouwer in 2004. And the actress looked demure in black Elie Saab gown teamed with a pair of emerald green statement earrings at the Oscars in 2009.
Marion Cotillard looked stunning in a silver-scallop-detail, ivory Jean Paul Gaultier gown as she accepted the Best Actress Oscar for her role in La Vie en Rose in 2008. And Jessica Chastain shimmers in a silver embroidered strapless Armani Privé gown in »
The former heartthrob talks about surviving the 90s teen TV series and how he's thrown himself into directing his first full-length feature
Come with me on a journey back to the early 90s. To bleached denim and bare midriffs. To when Beverly Hills 90210 was the biggest teen show on Earth and Jason Priestley was its biggest star. His character, Brandon Walsh, was the perfect all-American high-school heartthrob: white T-shirt, big quiff and eyes to launch a raft of terrible ocean-based metaphors. When I was 11, my friend had a lifesize poster of Priestley on her wall. Now here he is: lifesize and sitting with me in a hotel bar in Glasgow, where his directorial feature debut, Cas & Dylan, is screening at the city's film festival.
Priestley is wearing a flat cap, argyle sweater and grizzly beard. "I was very much Team Dylan," I blurt, referring to the bad-boy character played by Priestley's 90210 co-star, »
- Nosheen Iqbal
In honor of the upcoming 2014 Academy Awards, we've decided to take a journey into Oscar's past by looking through the winners of the coveted Best Actress award. From beloved stars of contemporary cinema (Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman) to the Hollywood starlets of yesteryear (Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn), we've compiled a list of 21 films to have earned their leading ladies an Academy Award and that are currently streaming online on a number of platforms (Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and Amazon Prime). If you haven't seen these movies before, now's your chance to watch them: The Iron Lady (2011) - Meryl Streep Black Swan (2010) - Natalie Portman The Blind Side (2009) - Sandra Bullock The Reader (2008) - Kate Winslet Million Dollar Baby (2004) - Hilary Swank The Hours (2002) - Nicole Kidman Monster's Ball (2001) - Halle Berry Shakespeare in Love (1998) - Gwyneth »
- Ziyad Saadi
The Oscars are uncomfortably close. We’re less than three weeks away from the big moment where Judi Dench will (hopefully) cackle menacingly as her Notes on a Scandal costar Cate Blanchett picks up a second statue. “You’re a vampire!” Cate will holler from the stage. And I’ll jump into the TV.
The point is it’s time to think about actresses in a big way. Today’s topic: the 10 greatest losing Best Actress nominees of the past 10 years. Forget “winning performances” like Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side or Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line. These are the runners-up whose work also deserved formal, fabulous recognition. (Keep in mind I’m not necessarily saying these actresses should’ve won, but I will tell you who they were up against.)
Natalie Portman’s win »
- Louis Virtel
The story revolves around a 26-year-old visionary who becomes an overnight sensation when she's handed her dream job as the editor–and face–of a multi-platform media experiment.
As she begins to lose hold of her image and her magazine, she must decide how much she's willing to sacrifice for success.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Kirk D’Amico’s company has secured world sales on the Canadian thriller and has been introducing to buyers at the Efm.
October Gale centres on a woman who gets involved in a deadly struggle for survival as she spends time at her island cabin home putting her late husband’s affairs in order.
“We are very happy to be working with Ruba and Danny again,” said D’Amico, whose company handled sales on Nadda’s most recent film, Inescapable. “Ruba has written a taught, suspenseful script »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Story revolves around a 26-year-old visionary who becomes an overnight sensation when she’s handed her dream job as the editor — and face — of a multiplatform media experiment. As she begins to lose hold of her image and her magazine, she has to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for success.
- Justin Kroll
Popular Finnish helmer Antti Jokinen (“Resident,” “Purge”) is to direct “Helena,” a romance-drama set during WWII in Finland’s Lapland province, a major European battle ground of the war.
Based on Katja Kettu’s bestselling novel “The Midwife” (“Katilo”) “Helena” turns on the love affair between a Lapp midwife and a Nazi SS officer set against the backdrop of the Lapland War, which opposed Finnish and Germany armies in 1944-45.
“I’m from Finland and know how the war and our camaraderie with the Nazi Germany have remained a complete taboo to this day. Finland was a German ally in WWII but made a separate peace agreement with the Soviets in August 1944,” Jokinen told Variety.
- Elsa Keslassy
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
If we technically don’t include his two made for television films, this would be Tommy Lee Jones’ second, much anticipated outing — almost a decade since he delivered the exquisite The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, a thinking man’s slow-burner Western where hardened faces (both genders) converge with justice served piping hot. Jones takes on multiple duties once again for The Homesman and his cinemtagrpaher happens to be the great Rodrigo Prieto.
Gist: Based on Glendon Swarthout’s novel, this is about a claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. »
- Eric Lavallee
By Mark Pinkert
This year, Cate Blanchett will vie for a Best Leading Actress Oscar for a film not in the Best Picture group. Blue Jasmine, the Woody Allen film which she starred in, did receive two other nominations, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Sally Hawkins) and Best Original Screenplay (Woody Allen), but was not able to slide into the curiously empty tenth Best Picture spot. In theory, the film’s Best Picture absence should not derail her chances at the acting award: all categories are regarded as isolated achievements. Still, her situation is in some ways similar to that of a professional athlete competing for a Most Valuable Player award, but whose team does not make playoffs.
This phenomenon probably occurs less frequently in sports because MVPs usually have to elevate their teams to playoff contention; otherwise, their individual performances have minimal tangibility. On the other hand, »
- Mark Pinkert
The Oscars are approaching fast, and that means it’s time to take advantage of our love of self-important speechifying and get critical. Today’s topic? The best Best Actress speech of the past 10 years. I’ve ranked all the winners and their podium monologues. Can you guess who came out on top? Hint: Her work is better than the Gettysburg Address. Or at least dripping with more lesbian innuendo. Here’s the ten speeches ranked worst to first.
While perfectly quaint, this is also the epitome of a disappointing Oscar speech: overly earnest, a little too long, low on charisma, and chockablock with trite sentiment (not to mention that all-too-familiar motherhood metaphor about “the most important role of all”). I appreciate that she drew attention to crew members who otherwise go unmentioned in Oscar speeches, but where is the decadence? The joy? The fire? (Yes, »
- Louis Virtel
With more than 80 pilots -- some of them already picked up to series -- the race to cast the hundreds of roles in the dramas and comedies in contention for 2014-15 is well underway. Casting directors now find themselves in the annual scramble to lure stars who are both available and willing to commit to either multiple seasons, or in some cases, short-order limited series. The increase in "limited" -- or "event" -- programming is helping to lure big names from the film world, with Hilary Swank, Diane Lane, Jennifer Garner, Luke Wilson, Ryan Phillippe and James Marsden all receiving multiple offers.
- Lesley Goldberg
We’re in the midst of the annual ritual of broadcast casting executives chasing their tails, also known as casting the leads of dozens of network pilots at the same time. As usual, many pilots go after the same names, resulting in a few actors holding a slew of offers thus bringing pilot season to a standstill. Related: Primetime Pilot Panic Listings Last year, Damages‘ Rose Byrne was the focus of attention with virtually every pilot vying for her, but she ended up passing on all. Actresses receiving multiple offers early on this season but not yet committing include Jennifer Connelly, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diane Lane, Maria Bello, Hilary Swank, Octavia Spencer, Felicity Huffman, Kyra Sedgwick, Sarah Chalke and Elizabeth Banks. We already had a very elusive leading lady, Tea Leoni, locked in for a pilot, CBS drama Madam Secretary, with popular pilot targets Jack Davenport, Jennifer Carpenter »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
By Mark Pinkert
As the BAFTA awards quickly approach, one camp of Oscar hopefuls that ought to be a bit concerned is that of Dallas Buyers Club, which received no BAFTA acting nominations (nor any competitive or technical nominations). As it stood, before the BAFTA announcements were made earlier this month, both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were serious contenders for the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Oscars, respectively. It is likely that they still are, but how much will their BAFTA snubs hurt them in the Oscar race?
Historically, BAFTA and the Academy have been accurate predictors of one another, at least in the competitive acting categories. (The BAFTA awards, until 2002, were held after the Oscars in April or May, but have since been switched to precede the Academy Awards). Since 2000, the two award ceremonies have connected on seven Best Actors, eight Best Actresses, seven Best Supporting Actors, »
- Mark Pinkert
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