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The Independent Spirit Awards were never supposed to be a harbinger of the Oscars, but in recent years, the booze-infused celebration in Santa Monica — held the night before the Academy Awards — had become just that. All the acting winners at last year’s Oscar ceremony picked up a Spirit first, and so did best picture champ “12 Years a Slave.”
So it’s particularly confusing that this year’s Spirit nominations completely shut out what is supposed to be one of the season’s heavyweights: The Weinstein Co.’s “The Imitation Game.” It wasn’t a good day for Harvey Weinstein in general, since his entire awards season slate of “St. Vincent,” “Begin Again” and “Big Eyes” (which only got a screenplay nod) was left out.
While the Oscar voters and Spirit nominating committee don’t overlap, in a competitive awards season, these nominations do matter. It gently nudges voters on »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley
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
Take another look @ footage and images from the Michigan set of director Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", as 'Bruce Wayne' aka 'Batman', rescues a young girl from the collapsing 'Wayne Financial' building, plus a birds-eye view of a car chase, as hundreds of people scatter for their lives:
"Also starring are Diane Lane as 'Ma Kent'...
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"...
- Michael Stevens
After being unfairly snubbed for her mesmerizing Great Gatsby track “Young and Beautiful,” somber songstress Lana Del Rey will be taking another shot at Oscar this winter by contributing two new tracks to Tim Burton’s buzzy biopic Big Eyes.
The acclaimed “Born to Die” singer’s contributions to Big Eyes were only revealed when the film started screening for industry insiders a few weeks ago. It’s unclear whether The Weinstein Company, which is behind the pic, will be making a bigger push for Del Rey’s title track “Big Eyes” (which is prominently featured mid-film) or the credit song “I Can Fly.”
Both songs are reportedly written from the perspective of Big Eyes protagonist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), a painter whose ruthless husband (Christoph Waltz) took the credit for her art for years before she finally ousted him in a courtroom. Many attribute “Young and Beautiful”‘s exclusion »
- Isaac Feldberg
"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh, go on... Let's do another'," Bale told Empire.
"So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.
"But I'm 40. The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman... I think I should have gotten over it by now. I haven't spoken with Ben, but I emailed him offering bits of advice that I learned the hard way.
"I would imagine he is doing everything he can »
December 5, 2014
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Running time: 115 mins
Director: Christopher Smith
Running time: 102 mins
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Running time: 108 mins
Men, Women & Children
Director: Jason Reitman
Running time: 120 mins
Director: Simon J Smith, Eric Darnell
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Theodore Melfi
Running time: 102 mins
December 12, 2014
The Hobbit: The Battles of the Five Armies
Director: Peter Jackson
Running time: Tbc mins
December 19, 2014
Running time: 109 mins
Warner Bros. Pictures
Christian Bale has admitted that when he heard Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman for the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie, he actually wanted to reprise his role of the character instead.
Speaking with Empire Magazine, Bale opened up about his thoughts when he heard the news of Affleck’s casting, stating;
“I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on…let’s do another'”.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Bale went on to discuss the moment of regret he felt when he found out that he had been replaced as the Dark Knight, saying,
“So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.”
How would you feel »
- Jamie Mulvaney
For a performer whose career was so short-lived, Janis Joplin has been hugely influential and such a largely contentious figure in the world of music. We’ve recently gotten a Jimi Hendrix biopic, along with music stories about everyone from the short lived (Ian Curtis, Jim Morrison, John Lennon) to the long-living legends (Johnny Cash, Ray Charles), so it makes sense that a Joplin biopic is long past due.
Late last week, Deadline was breaking news that Jean-Marc Vallee had signed on to direct Get it While You Can, the working title for a Janis Joplin film with Amy Adams attached to star and sing in the film. This would be Vallee’s fourth film following Dallas Buyers Club, the upcoming Wild, and the just-wrapped Demolition.
Adams is terrific casting, and Vallee is promising, but we’ve been down this road before, and a new director attached is no closer »
- Brian Welk
As Michelle McLaren, who has earned her action bonafides on such cable series as "Game of Thrones," "Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad," has landed the gig to develop and direct Warner Bros./DC Comics' "Wonder Woman." Ava DuVernay and Angelina Jolie are both in the awards conversation for "Selma" and "Unbroken," respectively. There's more in the fall lineup to be pleased about. "Big Eyes" is about a 60s painter (Amy Adams) who fights back after her husband takes credit for her paintings. Meryl Streep's Witch dominates Disney musical "Into the Woods," which is packed with women, from the baker's wife to Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella and her wicked stepfamily--and Chris Pine delightfully plays Prince Charming as a deluded two-dimensional buffoon. It's perfectly Ok that "The Theory of Everything" is about the wife who made a great man's achievements possible, not »
- Anne Thompson
Five stories we didn't share in all the hulaballoo of our trip to Los Angeles, the recovery week's madness and now our Thanksgiving prep. Can't let these stories go unremarked upon since many of them are related to this year's Oscar race as well as 2015 and possibly 2016. Let's get ahead of ourselves!
Barnum by way of Jackson / Amy to play Janis
When I was coming out of Into the Woods the other day and coming out of The Last Five Years back in Toronto, I was wracked with indecision about how I felt. My cinephile self was mounting a civil war with my inner musical theater geek who is deeply devoted to both shows. The former musical is among my top 3 favorite Sondheim shows (the others being Company & Follies) and the latter is literally my favorite original musical of the 21st century to date. The »
- NATHANIEL R
Jurassic World: The first footage from the highly anticipated Jurassic World can be glimpsed in a new teaser video, ahead of the debut of the first trailer on Thursday. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star; the movie will stomp into theaters on June 12. [YouTube] Get It While You Can: Jean-Marc Vallee, who directed Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto to Academy Award-winning performances in Dallas Buyers Club -- and is also responsible for this year's Wild -- will helm Get It While You Can, a musical drama based on the life of '60s rock icon Janis Joplin. Amy Adams is set to star as the talented, troubled singer; the film is tentatively set to shoot in mid-2015. [Deadline] Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock: Channing Tatum, currently...
- Peter Martin
Not only has Steve McQueen lined up a film based on the life of Paul Robeson, he's also taking on a heist thriller based on the ’80s British miniseries Widows. In related news, Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for her performance in McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, will star in Mira Nair’s adaptation of Tim Crothers’s The Queen of Katwe. More news of projects in the works: The next adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 will be directed by Paul Greengrass, produced by Scott Rudin and written by James Graham. Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) is in talks to direct Amy Adams in a Janis Joplin biopic. Nick Hornby will write and Jason Reitman will direct a film based on the true story of a family in Texas who robbed banks. » - David Hudson »
Jean-Marc Vallee has signed on to direct the long-gestating movie Get It While You Can, reports Deadline.
Adams has been attached to the project for several years.
Get It While You Can will be his next film, due to shoot in mid-2015.
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
After helping Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto to Oscar success with Dallas Buyers Club, director Jean-Marc Vallee is back in gong season with this year’s Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon. And he’s already looking ahead to more potential awards bait, entering negotiations to direct the long-developing Janis Joplin biopic with Amy Adams in the lead.Joplin’s storied life and music career has been a fascination for filmmakers for years: at one point there were competing projects warbling their way through development. And in its time, the Joplin biopic has attracted the likes of Lee Daniels, Catherine Hardwicke and Fernando Meirelles, with Renée Zellweger seriously interested in the lead.Adams, of course, has the singing ability and has proven her acting chops, so she seems like a good fit. And this current iteration of the project boasts the potential for a reunion of the Dallas Buyers Club creative team, »
Vallée’s producing partner Nathan Ross told Variety that the movie will shoot during the summer and fall in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where Joplin began recording songs in 1964. She broke out in 1967 as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Adams has been attached to play the late rock singer for several years. Lee Daniels emerged last year as a candidate to direct.
Journal Du Quebec was the first to report on Vallée’s attachment.
Joplin died »
- Dave McNary
After years of false starts, Amy Adams will finally have her rock-'n'-roll moment. The five-time Academy Award nominee is set to portray legendary singer Janis Joplin in a long-stalled biopic that is finally inching closer to production, Deadline reports. Adams, 40, signed on to play the "Piece of My Heart" singer way back in 2010, but the project hit numerous roadblocks over the years as it struggled to find a director and writing team. Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée is in negotiations to helm the biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Vallée directed Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, and is reportedly in »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
Joplin began recording songs in 1964 before breaking out three years later as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. Dying of a drug overdose in 1970 at the age of 27, Joplin remains one of the most iconic American female recording artists of her era.
Adams has been attached to play the late singer for several years, but Vallee is freshly attached and replaces the previously rumored Lee Daniels at the helm.
Nathan Ross will produce and filming begins next Summer in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Sneak Peek new images of 5-times Oscar nominated actress Amy Adams aka 'Lois Lane' in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice", plus video footage from the December 2014 issue of "Vogue" magazine, photographed by Annie Leibovitz:
During her interview for the magazine, Adams was in Detroit, reprising her role as 'Lois Lane' in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", filming night-scene exteriors in a helicopter.
"Not my favorite," said Adams about the chopper shoot. "I don’t like things with sharp rotors that fly."
"But...when I come on set, I’m like a golden retriever at a dog park, because I’m just so happy to be around people and eager to please."
"I’m a perfectionist...With my work! Not with life. I'm never satisfied with the take.
"I’ll walk away from it, but I could go and go and go. I've had to learn to be Ok with it. »
- Michael Stevens
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
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