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'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing world in the 2004 melo Million Dollar Baby. Despite the cheery title, this is not the usual Rocky-esque rags-to-riches story of the determined underdog who inevitably becomes a super-topdog once she (in this case it's a “she”) puts on her gloves, jumps into the boxing ring, and starts using other women as punching bags. That's because about two-thirds into the film, Million Dollar Baby takes a radical turn toward tragedy that is as unexpected as everything else on screen is painfully predictable. In fact, once the dust is settled, even that last third quickly derails into the same sentimental mush Eastwood and »
- Andre Soares
“Tangerine,” Sean Baker’s Sundance darling about two transgender prostitutes on a Christmas Eve jaunt through Los Angeles, might not seem like your typical Oscar movie. But against the backdrop of the Emmys recognizing Laverne Cox’s performance in “Orange is the New Black” in 2014, Magnolia Pictures and the Duplass brothers, who produced “Tangerine,” are launching an Oscar campaign for the indie, Variety has learned. It’s the first time a movie distributor has ever backed an awards season push for a transgender actress in Hollywood history.
In fact, “Tangerine” features two breakout transgender stars. Magnolia will be trumpeting newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in the best actress category and Mya Taylor, who Baker met at a Lgbt center just as she was transitioning, for best supporting actress.
The scrappy campaign — which is forgoing traditional “For Your Consideration” advertising — will officially kick off on Tuesday night, during an Academy conversation with the Duplass brothers, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Exclusive: Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has joined Wme. This is a big get for the agency, with the versatile actress capable of moving between multiple genres and ready to return to the heights of a career that saw her win two Best Actress Oscars by the age of 30. Swank joins from CAA. Her most recent film, The Homesman in which she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones, John Lithgow, James Spader and Meryl Streep premiered at Cannes last year. Swank memorably… »
The Live Inaugural Hollywood Film Awards Television Broadcast Aired Nov. 14, 2014 on CBS. 2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Eddie Redmayne, Jean-Marc Vallée, Julianne Moore, Robert Duvall, Jack O’Connell, Mike Myers, Chris Rock and many more. “The first mandatory stop … in the awards season” – New York Times “The Hollywood Film Awards has become a pre-Oscar showcase” – Los Angeles Times “The Race Is On! The Hollywood Awards Launch the Push toward Oscar” – Associated Press Who: Host Queen Latifah, and Hollywood Career Achievement Award winner Michael Keaton, presented by Geena Davis; Hollywood Film Award winner “Gone Girl,” accepted by Ben Affleck, presented by Ron Howard; Hollywood Director Award winner Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Robert Pattinson; Hollywood Actor Award winner Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Amy Adams »
Saban Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to Mi-5 starring Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones,”, Testament Of Youth), Academy Award nominee Peter Firth (“Spooks”), Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades Of Gray, Zero Dark Thirty), Tuppence Middleton (“Sense 8”, Jupiter Ascending), and Elyes Gabel (“Scorpion”, A Most Violent Year). Mi-5 (known outside the Us as Spooks: The Greater Good) is based on the original BAFTA Award® winning BBC television series.
Series director Bharat Nalluri (Tsunami: The Aftermath, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day) has also directed the screen adaption, which was written by the series writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent (“Humans”).
The thriller is currently scheduled to open theatrically at the end of the year.
When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway (Harrington) must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce (Firth) to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.
“Mi-5 is »
- Michelle McCue
Read More: Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' Will Open the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival The Tokyo International Film Festival has announced its slate of Special Screenings, including previously announced opener "The Walk" and new titles like "Life," which stars Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson as James Dean and the Life magazine photographer who made Dean a cover star. Additional films set for the festival include the historical tale "Woman in Gold," starring Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren, the Hilary Swank Asl drama "You're Not You," and the visual epic "Everest," which features Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin. The rest of the Special Screenings are nature documentary "Seasons," Japanese thriller "Mozu" and festival closer "Terminal." The festival runs from October 22-31. Read More: Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' to Open the 53rd New York Film Festival »
- Karen Brill
After making its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May and premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival just three days prior, Lionsgate’s edge-of-your-seat crime thriller “Sicario” had its New York premiere Monday night at the Museum of Modern Art leaving guests speechless and riveted by the suspense and action sequences. The film currently has a 94 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the cast promised the reviews are accurate.
“It turned out to be a good film that I’m very proud of. I was just coming off of ‘Everest’ and I almost didn’t do the movie. Thank God I did,” Josh Brolin told Variety on the red carpet prior to the screening. “The result is incredible. Once I read the script and started to get into it, I was like, ‘Wow, this is something that I want to put my time and energy into!’ What »
- Paul Chi
Veteran Italian film distributor Valerio De Paolis is on a shopping spree, ramping up operations of his new company, called Cinema, which he launched last year after completing the sale of his Bim Distribuzione to Wild Bunch.
Cinema made a positive bow at the Italian box office with Berlin Golden Bear winner “Taxi,” by Jafar Panahi, released in late August. Now De Paolis has announced a high-profile slate that includes Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson-starring “Denial,” picked up from Cornerstone; Gurinder Chadha-directed “Viceroy’s House,” with Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, acquired from Pathe; Jeff Nichols’ 1960s-set mixed-race couple drama “Loving” from Elle Driver; and John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” by purchased from HanWay Films.
“The plan is to release 12films of year; eight directly through the Cinema label and four via Bim, with which I still have a close rapport,” De Paolis said in Venice. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Hanks will be honored with the Trailblazer Award in recognition of his Oscar-winning performance in 1993’s “Philadelphia.” Outfest noted that it was the first major studio film to sympathetically portray characters with HIV/AIDS.
Cholodenko is receiving the Visionary Award, which recognizes artistic and creative contributions to Lgbt media visibility, for a body of work that includes “The Kids Are All Right.”
“More than two decades later, Tom Hanks’ performance as a gay man with AIDS in ‘Philadelphia’ stands as a landmark example of a risk well taken,” says Outfest Board Co-President and Legacy Awards Event Co-Chair Ari Karpel. “And his Oscar acceptance speech, in which he eloquently honored two gay men who were influential in his life, sent an essential message during a time of crisis.”
“When Lisa Cholodenko burst onto »
- Dave McNary
'Music of the Heart' cast: Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, Aidan Quinn and Angela Bassett. 'Music of the Heart': Unusually bloodless Wes Craven movie works as Meryl Streep showcase Wes Craven, the director of the Scream franchise and of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, is hardly the kind of filmmaker from whom one would expect a syrupy motion picture about a determined violin teacher who wins the hearts and minds of her inner-city school students. Yet Craven is the man responsible for Music of the Heart, a film utterly devoid of slashed faces, lethal stabbings, and deadly fingernails. Instead, this distaff version of Mr. Holland's Opus – with touches of To Sir with Love – offers loads of sentiment, some classical music (violinists Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O'Connor appear as themselves), plenty of bad pop tunes, and a superb performance by Meryl Streep as a »
- Andre Soares
'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body, »
- Andre Soares
Hilary Swank may have been mostly flying under the radar recently, but she’s as sultry as ever in a new fashion photo spread. She’s also got a new Starz television series in the works. Make way for a career comeback. Swank has signed on for a 10-episode arc on Starz in the “The One Percent,” co-created by Gonzalez Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo. She stars with Ed Harris and Ed Helms. [...]
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Film Independent has announced the official deadlines for submissions to its Film Independent Spirit Awards. Now accepting submissions for original content with a strong vision, the regular deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 22, with a late deadline extending to Tuesday, Oct. 13. “There are so many strong films this year, coming out theatrically as well as at the major festivals,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent, in a statement. “We’re so excited to begin the process of considering all the great work that we’ll be recognizing at next year’s Spirit Awards.” Categories set to receive awards include best male and female leads, best female and lead supporting, best feature, best director, best cinematography, and others. The John Cassavetes Award, which is given to the best feature made under $500,000, will also be presented to a filmmaker. Nominees will be announced Nov. 24. Filmmakers and artists who got their start at Film Independent include Ava DuVernay, »
Katharine Hepburn movies. Katharine Hepburn movies: Woman in drag, in love, in danger In case you're suffering from insomnia, you might want to spend your night and early morning watching Turner Classic Movies' "Summer Under the Stars" series. Four-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn is TCM's star today, Aug. 7, '15. (See TCM's Katharine Hepburn movie schedule further below.) Whether you find Hepburn's voice as melodious as a singing nightingale or as grating as nails on a chalkboard, you may want to check out the 1933 version of Little Women. Directed by George Cukor, this cozy – and more than a bit schmaltzy – version of Louisa May Alcott's novel was a major box office success, helping to solidify Hepburn's Hollywood stardom the year after her film debut opposite John Barrymore and David Manners in Cukor's A Bill of Divorcement. They don't make 'em like they used to Also, the 1933 Little Women »
- Andre Soares
Did she give him a rose? Hilary Swank chose a very special guest to join her on her 41st birthday: Bachelorette alum Kasey Stewart. The Oscar-winning actress went out to dinner with Desiree Hartsock’s former suitor on Thursday, July 30. The unlikely friends sipped on wine near a fireplace at Gjelina in L.A.'s Venice neighborhood. Fresh-faced Swank wore a black-and-white striped top, while the art director wore a white button-up. "Happy Birthday to this beautiful soul. @hilaryswank," Stewart, 31, captioned an Instagram photo of the twosome. (Stewart appeared [...] »
Hilary Swank, a two-time Oscar winner who's dated Hollywood stars, has gone reality, because she's getting cozy with a former contestant from "The Bachelorette." Swank spent her 41st birthday Thursday night at Gjelina -- a popular restaurant in Venice, CA -- with Kasey Stewart, who was eliminated in week 9 during Desiree Hartsock's season of "The Bachelorette." Stewart posted, "Happy Birthday to this beautiful soul. @hilaryswank." This boy's not cryin'. Turns out ... Swank and Stewart »
- TMZ Staff
While Universal Pictures and the filmmakers still haven't decided on an official title for the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel, the cast continues to grow. Variety reports that Tommy Lee Jones has signed on for Bourne 5, portraying a "superior officer at the CIA." The role is being compared to the characters played by Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, Brian Cox and Edward Norton in the first four Bourne movies.
Tommy Lee Jones will be joined by Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons and Alicia Vikander, whose role has not yet been revealed. We reported last month that Viggo Mortensen was being sought to portray the main villain, but his involvement has never been confirmed yet. Universal is also moving forward with a separate sequel for 2012's The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, but producer Frank Marshall has confirmed that there are no current plans for Jason Bourne »
Directed by Sean Baker
Director Sean Baker (Starlet, Prince of Broadway, Take Out) was reportedly inspired to make Tangerine, after observing the customers of a donut shop in Hollywood’s red-light district. Tangerine’s stars are a pair of first-time actresses, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor. They play two trans sex workers – Sin-Dee, who’s just been released from a 28-day stint in prison for drug possession – and her best friend Alexandra who prepares for a gig singing at a local nightclub. The film follows the duo over the course of a day – opening on a donut shop which serves as one of the key locations the two transitioning male-to-female call girls hang out. It’s the morning of Christmas Eve at the sketchy intersection of Santa Monica and Highland in Los Angeles and Alexandra and Sin-Dee are sharing a red-and-green sprinkled donut. »
Hilary Swank hosted the United Service Organizations’ Comfort Crew For Military event in a tight-fitting pencil dress in New York last Tuesday. Swank attended in a multi-patterned dress that featured a plunging neckline. The Oscar-winning actress was showing off her muscular figure and tones legs in the number. Swank paired the eclectic look with black strappy […]
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- Kelly Mena
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