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At the end of a bumper year for film-making, Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw unveils the contenders for his very own – imaginary – film awards
Most critics compile year-end roundups in a mood of shrugging acceptance that not every year can be great. But actually 2012 has been vintage, with some really brilliant films from the biggest names doing their best work – and some fascinating documentaries. So once again, I have created my imaginary awards nominations in the following categories: best film, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best documentary and best screenplay. You will have to imagine me, in full tuxedo-style evening wear announcing the Braddies at the Dorchester. (I have put Seth MacFarlane, Michael Haneke and Kylie Minogue on my table.)
So, the nominations are …
Killing Them Softly (dir. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Kirk Ellis, writer/co-executive producer of the HBO miniseries John Adams, has signed with ICM Partners. He was with CAA. Ellis won an Emmy for writing the seven-part mini and shared in John Adams‘ award for best movie/miniseries. Ellis has several other projects in the works at HBO, two with John Adams‘ co-producer Playtone — miniseries 1776 and series based on the James Ellroy novel American Tabloid – as well as film The Day The Laughter Stopped, about Fatty Arbuckle’s career, which has Eric Stonestreet attached to star. Ellis’ previous credits include several ABC long-form projects — miniseries Anne Frank, Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows and The Beach Boys: An American Family, as well as telefilm The Three Stooges. He also created/co-exec produced the TNT mini Into The West. Ellis continues to be managed by Thruline and repped by attorney Bob Myman. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
There are films from late in the great directors' careers which inspire passionate devotion among the more avid fans, films for which excuses have to be made, and films which inspire pained embarrassment. For me, the late films of Blake Edwards sometimes fall into all three camps, but then some of his earlier films do too: Mickey Rooney's enthusiastic personation of Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's must surely cause pangs of discomfort to even the most devoted admirers of Audrey Hepburn.
Sunset (1988) perhaps has the edge on some the films immediately before and after, because it's clearly inspired by real love, not so much of movies or movie people, but what Alan Rudolph has called "movie-ness." Let's unpick that.
The loose and unsatisfying plot involves the 1929 murder of a Hollywood madam at a brothel where the prostitutes are styled to resemble movie stars (cue truly cringe-worthy don't-look-alikes and »
- David Cairns
I first heard about David Ayer when my family insisted that I not see his film.
This was back in ’01, and the film was a gangland grotesque that was drawing critical buzz like a carcass draws flies, Training Day.
Minor league crime fan that I was, I would have rushed to see a flick my folks damned as crass, bleak and hyper-violent. Anything that wrinkled their noses got mine twitching. But the applause from the reviewers’ ranks turned me off.
Once I got around to it, I’d have kicked myself for waiting that long. Training Day had all the promised nasty and more, with brains and guts to spare. The film satisfied my lust for the grim, while the script starved me for the quality work of its writer, David Ayer.
Enough years had passed that Ayer was back in the spotlight, this time getting panned for going over »
- Matthew C. Funk
Because there's never enough Danny DeVito in the news, Twentieth Century Fox recently released two of DeVito's films, 1989's "War of the Roses" and 1992's "Hoffa," on Blu-ray. The discs are part of the Fox Home Entertainment "Signature Series," which feature a new video introduction from DeVito and both picture and sound quality that come literally stamped with his approval. (A copy of DeVito's signature is emblazoned on the packaging.)
To celebrate the release, HuffPost Entertainment spoke with DeVito about … well, almost everything. Ahead, DeVito's thoughts on digital filmmaking, his next venture as a director, the fiscal failure of the underrated "Death to Smoochy" and why you should always bring cash to the French Riviera.
What made you want to revisit these films?
When the laser disc came out, I did the same thing: I had this rush about wanting to be on the best delivery system available. I know »
- Christopher Rosen
It's safe to say that "L.A. Confidential" wasn't greeted with especially high expectations in the run up to its release. James Ellroy's 1990 book, the third of his "L.A. Quartet" (preceded by "The Black Dahlia" and "The Big Nowhere," and completed by "White Jazz") was a favorite among crime fans, but hardly a best seller. Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was known only for "Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and a rewrite of actioner "Assassins." Director Curtis Hanson was well-liked, but mostly known for mid-level programmers like "Bad Influence," "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and "The River Wild." And the cast was led by two virtual unknowns from the Southern Hemisphere, with the most recognizable names in the cast being Kim Basinger, whose career was a little on the outs, comedy actor Danny DeVito and recently Oscar-nominated character actor Kevin Spacey. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
"Life is good in Los Angeles... it's paradise on Earth. That's what they tell you, anyway." In the case of "L.A. Confidential" -- which was released 15 years ago this week (on September 19, 1997) -- the City of Angels resembled nothing like its given nickname. Instead, the town was filled with police corruption, drugs and murder. Based on the James Ellroy book of the same name, Curtis Hanson's 1950s noir crime drama is now considered a classic flick, one that garnered both critical and commercial praise for its veteran A-listers (Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito) and its two up-and-coming Australian actors (Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, both of whom were relatively unknowns at the time). It also went on to win two Academy Awards, for Best Adapted Screenplay (going to director Curtis Hanson and his co-writer Brian Helgeland) and Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger as Veronica Lake-lookalike Lynn »
- Alex Suskind
Last week we reported on Luca Guadagnino being set to direct an indirect prequel to La Confidential titled The Big Nowhere. Now we have word that Vincent Sieber has procured rights to another James Ellroy novel, Blood’S A Rover, via his production company Vs Entertainment. Whereas The Big Nowhere, is part of the La Quartet series of books, Blood’S A Rover is part of the Underworld USA Trilogy which takes place during the 1960s-1970s. Blood’S A Rover is a political thriller that follows the FBI in a time following the assassinations of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy. James Ellroy had this to say about the recent acquisition:
My most recent novel is — not surprisingly — also my best. The story is no less than the psychic inventory of America from 1968 to 1972. I have no doubt that [producer] Clark Peterson and Vincent Sieber will fashion a splendid »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
James Ellroy's Blood's a Rover will be adapted for the big screen. The La Confidential writer's most recent novel has been optioned by Vs Entertainment, reports Deadline. The story - set in the late '60s and early '70s - centres around Joan Rosen Klein, whose quest for revenge alters the course of history and the lives of three troubled men. Ellroy is attached as executive producer on the project. Vs's Vincent Sieber (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Adapting a James Ellroy novel for the screen can be a dicey proposition. For every success that brings big rewards (La Confidential) there are those that linger, never quite making headway (Joe Carnahan’s long-gestating take on White Jazz). But producers Vincent Sieber and Clark Peterson seem to think they’re on to a winner with the novelist’s 2009 tome, Blood’s A Rover.The story, set in the stormy late 1960s and early 1970s, follows three men who have their own reasons for tracking a woman named Joan Rosen Klein. One is a tough goon working for J Edgar Hoover, another a heroin-addicted former cop who is building a mob-backed gambling mecca, and finally, a voyeuristic private eye who has his own set of enemies.Ellroy, who most recently contributed to film by writing the script for Rampart, has signed on to the Rover adaptation as a producer and »
Set in the late 1960s and early ’70s, the story follows three men - J. Edgar Hoover’s strong-arm goon, an ex-cop and heroin runner in the Dominican Republic, and a private eye on the verge of uncovering a conspiracy - who are all in pursuit of a 'Red Goddess' by the name of Joan Rosen Klein.
The news follows last week's report that "I Am Love" helmer Luca Guadagnino is planning an adaptation of Ellroy's "The Big Nowhere", the second of his four "L.A. Quartet" novels. The first and third novels in that series - "The Black Dahlia" and "L.A. »
- Garth Franklin
According to Deadline, adaptations of James Ellroy's crime novels The Big Nowhere and Blood's a Rover are both in development. It's worth noting that both books are part of their own series, neither is the first book in that series. The Big Nowhere is the second part in "The L.A. Quartet", which spans from the mid-1940s to the late 1950s. Blood's a Rover is set in the 1960s-70s, and closes out the "Underworld USA Trilogy". Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) is in talks to adapt The Big Nowhere. The book is a murder mystery set in 1950, and follows three characters: ambitious young deputy Danny Upshaw, ambitious Lapd lieutenant Malcolm "Mal" Considine, and disgraced former cop-turned-bagman Turner "Buzz" Meeks. The L.A. Quartet shares characters and setting, and The Big Nowhere follows The Black Dahlia, and is followed by L. »
- Matt Goldberg
James Ellroy is no stranger to Hollywood, having had books like L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia and Brown.s Requiem previously receiving the adaptation treatment, but now it looks like another one of his novels is ready to make the jump from page to screen. Vs Entertainment, which is owned by Vincent Sieber, has negotiated for and acquired the rights to Blood.s A Rover, which is the most recent Ellroy story to hit the stands. First published in 2009, the period piece is set in the late 60s and follows the story of Joan Rosen Klein .who, against all odds, triumphs against her mobbed-up and politically connected foes to avenge her lost loved ones.. Her actions, however, result in changing the course of history for three men: Dwight Holly, who is best known as J. Edgar Hoover.s .strong arm goon;. a heroin runner building a gambling empire in »
Exclusive: Vincent Sieber’s Vs Entertainment has acquired screen rights to Blood’s A Rover, the latest novel by L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy. Sieber, currently executive producing Alex Proyas’ The Unpleasant Profession Of Jonathan Hoag, will produce Rover with Clark Peterson, who recently wrapped production on Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot. Ellroy will be exec producer. Set during the troubled times of the late 1960s and early ’70s, the novel tells the story of Joan Rosen Klein who, against all odds, triumphs against her mobbed-up and politically connected foes to avenge her lost loved ones. In the process, she alters the course of history as well as the lives of the three men who follow her: Dwight Holly, J. Edgar Hoover’s pet strong-arm goon; Wayne Tedrow, and ex-cop and heroin runner who is building a mob gambling mecca in the Dominican Republic; and Don Crutchfield, a »
- MIKE FLEMING
Producer Vincent Sieber has, through his Vs Entertainment, secured the rights to James Ellroy's Blood's A Rover and has plans for a big screen adaptation. Deadline has the story, saying that Sieber, along with Clark Peterson, will produce the adaptation of the novel, officially described as follows: Martin Luther King assassinated. Robert Kennedy assassinated. Los Angeles, 1968. Conspiracies theories are taking hold. On the horizon looms the Democratic Convention in Chicago and constant gun fire peppers south L.A. Violence, greed, and grime, are replacing free-love and everybody from Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover to the right-wing assassins and left-wing revolutionaries are getting dirty. At the center of it all is a triumvirate: the president.s strong-arm »
Article by Dan Clark
With the recent release of Lawless it had me thinking about one of my favorite movie genres. I’m not sure what it is but the crime genre has produced some of the greatest films of all time. That made creating this list even more difficult. One thing I did do to ease my pain a little was I didn’t include Westerns. I figured I would save those for their own list. After much frustration I was finally able to break it down to the Top 30 Crime Films of All Time. I’m sure some of the list will surprise you while others choices will be far more obvious.
Here’s the Top 10, and for the rest check out the full Top 30 rundown on Gcrn.
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, »
1.) Hot off the heels of Brad's A+ reviewed Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper are already looking to get back at it. Twice. The first project is currently untitled, but was once known as American Bullsh*t. The crime drama co-stars Jeremy Renner as an FBI agent forced to seek the help of a con-man (Cooper) to set up a sting operation to root out corruption. Amy Adams is also on board as Cooper's mistress and partner in crime. Russell says the film will shoot in February on the East Coast. The second project they've discussed is American Sniper, which we know a lot less about. But Cooper has acquired the rights, and he and Russell seem to be crushing on each other pretty hard right now. "He is like an athlete who wants to burst out of the blocks and wants to stretch in all these new ways, »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Luca Guadagnino is said to be developing an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel The Big Nowhere. Luca Guadagnino may be known for shorts and documentaries, but that hasn’t stopped him from dabbling in feature films before. He was responsible for the lackluster Melissa P. (2005) but also the rather impressive I Am Love (2009).
The Big Nowhere is part of James Ellroy’s La Quartet. Those familiar with L.A. Confidential (1997), and let’s face it you really should be, will recognise recurring characters such as Buzz Meeks and Dudley Smith. The main character though is Danny Upshaw, a cop hunting a serial killer during a time of great paranoia and suspicion due to the Red Scare, which sees accusations of communism thrown around.
I feel as though this film could go either way. Despite the fantastic brilliant wonderfulness of L.A. Confidential, Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet was also »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, garnering heat after directing I Am Love starring Tilda Swinton, is looking for future projects and one of those may be an adaptation of crime fiction author James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere.
Publishers Weekly’s official book synopsis for The Big Nowhere:
“Returning to Los Angeles a few years after World War II (the setting of his last novel, The Black Dahlia ), Ellroy has come up with an ambitious, enthralling melodrama painted on a broad, dark canvas. The novel’s first half interweaves two stories of lonely, driven lawmen investigating the crimes of social outcasts.
In the county sheriff’s office, Deputy Danny Upshaw finds that his probe of a series »
- Matt Granados
Author James Ellroy's novel The Big Nowhere is set to be adapted for the big screen. The story is a prequel to L.A. Confidential which was adapted into a film back in 1997. I'm a big fan of Ellroy's work, he also wrote The Black Dahlia, which was adapted into a film back in 2006, and White Jazz, which director Joe Carnahan has been trying to get into production. Ellroy is obsessed with the history of Los Angeles crime and murder and this series of books makes up his "L.A. Quartet" series.
The Big Nowhere is set in Los Angeles in the 1950's and features connecting storylines of various different characters that we were introduced to in L.A. Confidential. The story follows a Sheriff's deputy named Danny Upshaw as he hunts down a serial sex killer. At the same time he's also being forced to expose Hollywood communists. »
- Joey Paur
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