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Let's start with a broad assessment that may or may not be true, but can be taken as close enough for the purposes of this column: there are four Best Actor slots spoken for. What are they? Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher," Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," Michael Keaton in "Birdman" and Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Only one of those films, mind you, has opened and screened for the Academy ("Birdman"). But if I were a betting man, I'd say that quartet is secure. So who slides in besides? First and foremost, we've been in this place at least since the Toronto Film Festival, when Cumberbatch further solidified himself after "The Imitation Game" debuted at Telluride and Redmayne jumped onto the scene as part of a new wave of contenders that included "Nightcrawler's" Jake Gyllenhaal and "St. Vincent's" Bill Murray. But as one of the »
- Kristopher Tapley
2Nd Update, 5:19 Pm Pt: Guardians Of The Galaxy marked a return to the top of the international box office this weekend, thanks in large part to China — where its local title translates to Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team, helmer James Gunn tweeted earlier this month. The Disney/Marvel space hit now has $69M there and was given a slightly wider berth than other Hollywood movies that are going out this month: Gotg opened on Oct 10 and will have had 11 days in the market before Hercules muscles in on Oct 21, followed in rapid succession by The Maze Runner on Oct 28 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Oct 31. The French-produced Lucy also has an Oct 24 release to further complicate matters.
Elsewhere, despite the strong holds this week of Dracula Untold, Gone Girl and Annabelle, as well as the resurgent Ninja Turtles and The Maze Runner which made strong European debuts, the international »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Marvel’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy continues to do well in China, and has now become the studio’s third highest-grossing film behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3, surpassing this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the worldwide box office.
Guardians has now grossed $733 million worldwide, placing it in fourth place at the 2014 box office, behind X-Men: Days of Future Past, Maleficent and Transformers: Age of Extinction. It definitely stands a chance now of passing both Days of Future Past and Maleficent, which have grossed $746M and $757M domestically.
So much for the titular group of outlaws-turned-heroes being a “risky” bet for the studio, eh?
Guardians of the Galaxy sees Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel »
- James Garcia
Bradley Cooper somehow managed to look hot even while playing a game of Egg Russian Roulette with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday. We've seen this game before (remember when David Beckham got gooey?), but this time, the participants donned ridiculous visors complete with fake hair, a look Bradley debuted earlier this month. All the excitement of flying yolk got to the guys, prompting them to laugh throughout the game and Jimmy to declare it "the best game we've ever played." That's saying a lot coming from Jimmy, who has given us too many viral videos to count lately, so check out the silliness for yourself in the video above! »
If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.
“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”
Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »
- Scott Foundas
Bradley Cooper isn't afraid to get messy!The actor stopped by "The Tonight Show" on Friday, where he took on host Jimmy Fallon in a game of "Egg Russian Routette."The rules are simple: each player had to smash eggs against their head from a box of a dozen eggs, that contained eight cooked eggs and four raw eggs.This is the first time the late night host has played the egg-tastic game on "The Tonight Show."When he hosted “Late Night,” Fallon played the game against Tom Cruise, David Beckham and Edward Norton.So, who ended up with egg on their face? Check out the video above to see these two in action! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb (photo: Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis) Actress Misty Upham, who had gone missing since October 6, 2014, was found dead on Thursday, October 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. Best known for her roles in Frozen River, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and August: Osage County, Upham was 32. According to a statement her father, Charles Upham, sent to media outlets, Misty Upham was last seen on October 5, walking from her sister's apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Her father added that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had bouts of depression and anxiety — she had gone missing in the past — but said he didn't believe she was suicidal. "The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote last Sunday, October 12. "As her »
- Anna Robinson
The conversation around "Birdman" has shifted a little bit since early raves out of the Venice and Telluride film festivals. Maybe as expected, a number of writers are taking umbrage with a certain critic depiction in the film. Some reviews go so far as to read like performance art based on that depiction. Nevertheless, there was always going to be a bend in that road, and I'm fine with that. But I want to talk about something else. I want to talk about how Michael Keaton deserves the Oscar for Best Actor walking away. No, I haven't seen performances from guys like David Oyelowo, Oscar Isaac, Bradley Cooper and Jack O'Connell, which lurk on the season's horizon. So the statement is what it is, one made without all the requisite info. But if you're asking me, I'm telling you: no one is likely to own a role or the screen with more authority this year. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Directed by Clint Eastwood, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the Navy Seal who is on record as holding the most sniper kills. Jason Hall adapted the script from Kyle’s autobiography, »
- Jazz Tangcay
The 32-year-old actress shimmered in a silver striped floor-length gown while co-star Carell looked smart in a navy blue suit.
The 52-year-old actor is transformed in appearance for his role as eccentric chemical fortune heir John Du Pont in the true tale about his relationship with two wrestler brothers Mark and David Schultz (played by Tatum Channing and Mark Ruffalo respectively).
When du Pont offers Mark a place on his new training ground, relations between all three take a tragic turn.
Miller, who stars as Mark's wife Nancy Schultz, spoke to reporters at the Leicester Square screening about her recent comeback to acting.
"I'm really looking forward to it all," she explained. "I really wanted to work hard. I didn't work for a year after my daughter was born, and »
The actor - who stars alongside Lawrence in period drama Serena - told Pa that it is "thrilling" to work with the 24-year-old.
Cooper said: "I've sort of hit the jackpot with being able to work with Jennifer Lawrence. When I knew she was going to play this character, I was fully aware it was going to be comic.
"Once she would breathe life into this character, it would become much more dimensional. It could be very easy to portray her as a stock character and there's just not one moment where you don't believe she's a human being."
"She's a wonderful, wonderful actress," he continued. "Her biggest asset is »
After salvaging a summer full of box office flops, Marvel's Phase Two adventure Guardians of the Galaxy has passed the $700 million milestone at the global box office to become the true winner of the season.
Guardians of the Galaxy opened with a record debut in China last weekend, taking in an October-best $29.3 million, which helped put the superhero ensemble at $705.1 million worldwide ($326.7 million domestic, $378.4 million international). The opening weekend tally in China was the third biggest ever in the country, following Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Guardians of the Galaxy is just the fourth Marvel movie to crack $700 million worldwide, following this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and Marvel's The Avengers. It is also the first Marvel adventure to crack that milestone as the first movie in a series, which doesn't feature previously-established characters.
Guardians of the Galaxy has earned the most internationally in the U. »
For this week’s Variety cover story on Bill Murray, we reached out to director Cameron Crowe about what it was like working with the legendary comedian on his upcoming, as-yet untitled film, which is scheduled for a May 2015 release. Crowe responded back via email, and his answers were so perfect, we had to post them in full.
On the plot of the new film:
Crowe: Murray plays the part of Carson Welch, a charmingly eccentric billionaire who runs a visionary company, Global One. He’s a dynamic player on the world stage. Lately Welch has been launching rockets and satellites too. Defense contractor Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) is his former protege.
On how he landed Murray for the role:
- Ramin Setoodeh
Thanks to its strong performance in China, Marvel’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy has now passed the $700 million mark at the global box-office, with the Phase Two film currently just shy of The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s haul of $707.9 million with $705.1 million to date. It looks certain now that Guardians will overtake Spider-Man and fellow McU release Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($713.9 million), while X-Men: Days of Future Past’s $747.9 million is still a possibility. Either way it’s a superb result for Marvel and its “risky” little-known property…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug »
- Gary Collinson
A collection of new posters for upcoming films has landed online. Briefly: In the Heart of the Sea – The first trailer for Ron Howard's telling of the tragedy of the Whaleship Essex landed earlier today, and now we have one of my favorite posters of the year. It's ominous without being overbearing. The film opens March 13, 2015, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Meanwhile, we have a contestant in the running for worst poster of the year. I don't know if this is an awful photoshop job or if everyone is supposed to look like a cardboard cutout. The film opens December 19th, and stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, and as you can see from the poster, lots and lots of other people as well as a monkey with keys. »
- Matt Goldberg
I've noticed a few Oscar pundits placing Clint Eastwood's American Sniper rather high on some of their Oscar charts. I've moved Eastwood into the top five on my Best Director chart and screenwriter Jason Dean Hall into my Adapted Screenplay chart, but I can't quite pull the trigger in categories such as Best Actor and Picture. That said, reaction to the trailer was quite strong and Warner Bros. clearly intends to make it the last minute darling of the Oscar season, holding it from any kind of festival performance as it was just announced Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice will be the Centerpiece Gala screening at the AFI Film Festival. Sniper is set for a Christmas Day release and should the film find Oscar glory it will be 2004 all over again, which is the last time I can remember a film sweeping in at the last minute and taking home all the hardware. »
- Brad Brevet
Sony Pictures has been working on its own Steve Jobs biopic with writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and Leonardo DiCaprio as the Apple co-founder. But earlier this month DiCaprio dropped out, forcing the studio to search for his replacement. Some of the actors considered were Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck. Now comes word that an offer has been made to Bale, who was originally set to star when David Fincher was attached to direct. Sorkin previously said that the new movie will consist of only three scenes "that all take place in real time. Each will take place backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT, after he had left Apple. And the third one being the iPod." »
Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, »
- Steve Montgomery
Sony’s initial plans to get Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t come true, but their backup choice isn’t too shabby.
THR wrote that the move came after Bale’s negotiations to star in Fox’s “The Deep Blue Goodbye” stalled a bit due to an option for a sequel. But, the trade publication indicated if Bale jumps on board as Steve Jobs—it may shoot before Fox’s “The Deep Blue Goodbye.”
Danny Boyle will direct the untitled Steve Jobs movie, which once had David Fincher attached to direct. The story is based on Walter Isaacson’s book and adapted by Aaron Sorkin. Fincher left the project back in April due to compensation and over control of the production.
Other actors mentioned possibly in the past included Matt Damon, »
- Gig Patta
Don’t worry, you’ve not stepped into an alternate universe wherein the Ashton Kutcher version no longer exists. It still does. However, this new feature intends to walk a different path and approach Jobs’ life from a unique angle. With Danny Boyle directing and Aaron Sorkin on scripting duties, such a talented duo are undoubtedly gonna carve out something special. The pic will be adapted from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, which Sorkin has hinted will play around with the typical biopic structure. Split into three “acts,” each 30 minute scene will focus on Jobs at the time of three major product launches – the Mac, the NeXT and the iPod.
This isn’t the first time Bale’s name »
- Gem Seddon
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