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Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced. Films like Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" all started their Oscar trajectories in the south of France, while others like Paul Greengrass' "United 93," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight in Paris" and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got high profile beginnings out of Competition. A coveted Palme d'Or win sometimes leads to a significant boost in the Oscar season, even if no recipient of the festival's »
- Kristopher Tapley
Two major projects involving the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. have tried and failed to make their way into production over the course of the last couple of years. First there was the Paul Greengrass project Memphis, which was passed on by Universal and Sony alike, only to go forward as an independent picture. Then there's Selma, a project formerly headed by Lee Daniels and star David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help, Lee Daniel's The Butler) as Martin Luther King, Jr. After many starts and stops four years later, the project is still a go with another director and Oyelowo still in the lead, and now, The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that the key role of Coretta Scott King has also been cast. Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross, Sparkle, The Purge: Anarchy) has been signed to play Ms. King, who served »
We spend a lot of time here on the internet talking about the Meaning of blockbuster movies, attempting to analyze what some new mega-successful PG-13 rated corporate-branded movie says about our culture or the age we live in. We do this maybe because blockbuster movies have become more interested in tackling weighty themes. (9/11 is all over the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies; conversely, it’s difficult to graft some larger mid-’90s topical narrative onto Star Trek: First Contact or Batman Forever.) But we also do this because blockbuster movies are popular, and »
- Darren Franich
Maker of Captain Phillips says emerging talent must be fostered if Britain's standing in world cinema is to be maintained
Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass has warned the British film industry it will not maintain its position of excellence in world cinema if it does not protect emerging directors and allow them to develop over time.
"There's no question we have a fantastic opportunity right now," Greengrass told the Guardian. "Britain has never been stronger in terms of the talent we have right now but the point is that it is the product of a lot of work over a long period of time, and we have to think carefully about how we go from here. The difficulties young directors face is a real, real problem." »
- Andrew Pulver
A talent downpour stormed Grosvenor House’s ballroom Sunday with the annual Empire Awards in London.
Yet, with Tom Cruise in the house, the competition split wide open. As J.J. Abrams wisely pointed out though, “Giving Tom Cruise a hero award, it’s like giving a toy to Santa Claus. There’s no point.”
The result came from far left field, confirming that in the 21st century, it’s brains that rule above mere brawn, with Simon Pegg crowned as the night’s official hero.
Some things remain unchanged, as Emma Thompson’s winning wit brought her usual hilarity to the stage.
Scrutinising the Empire Awards’ evolution to its present showy affair, Thompson reminisced over the early trophies. ”The awards in those days were pretty much anything that came to hand, »
- Helen Jackson
There were no "pure" CBMs in contention for any awards last night, but the likes of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and Gravity did pretty well. Below you can check out Hugh Jackman's acceptance speech, along with the full list of winners (in bold) and nominees. Empire 25th Award: The Legend of Our Lifetime Tom Cruise Empire 25th Award: The Action Hero of Our Lifetime Arnold Schwarzenegger Empire Icon (presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey) Hugh Jackman Empire Hero Simon Pegg Empire Inspiration (presented by Mazda Motors UK) Paul Greengrass Best Male Newcomer (presented by Tresor Paris) Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) George MacKay (Sunshine On Leith) Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) Tye Sheridan (Mud) Will Poulter (We’re The Millers) Best Female Newcomer Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street) Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Colour »
The best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by the public, were honoured in London last night at the 19th Jameson Empire Awards.
Empire bestowed two special Lifetime awards on star guests Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cruise was presented with Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime award by Rosamund Pike and highlighted his work on Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire and Interview with the Vampire.
Pegg’s recent film The World’s End scooped Best British Film while »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
I think we can now emphatically put a lid on the 2013/14 awards season, as the Empire Awards -- voted on by the readers of the British film magazine -- took place in London last night. Unsurprisingly, given the magazine's inclination toward populist and genre fare, this is one ceremony where "Gravity" managed to trump "12 Years a Slave": Alfonso Cuaron's space adventure took Best Film and Best Director, while "Slave," which had received six nominations, won only Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender. Unlike the BAFTAs, Empire wasn't prepared to consider "Gravity" for Best British Film -- that honor went to "The World's End." British loyalties emerged in the acting categories, as James McAvoy won Best Actor for "Filth," Emma Thompson won Best Actress for "Saving Mr. Banks" and Sally Hawkins won Best Supporting Actress for "Blue Jasmine." "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which had led the field with seven nods, »
- Guy Lodge
The gongs have been handed over, the speeches have been given and host James Nesbitt has wrapped up the ceremony. Yes, the Jameson Empire Awards are, as we write this slowly winding down except for a few diehard party animals still keeping the flame alive. It was indeed a night to remember, even if some of the participants may not be able to do so. To jog any foggy memories, then, a quick listing of the winners from Sunday night.To say that this was our biggest Awards ever is an understatement. We had Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Simon Pegg, Paul Greengrass, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emma Thompson and a wealth of other talent from across the film and telly spectrum in the room. Well-deserved awards went to the likes of Sally Hawkins, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, and even though he probably needs to build an extension to hold his awards haul, »
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and James McAvoy (Filth) triumphed in the leading acting categories, with Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) winning for their supporting roles.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Film presented by Sky Movies
· 12 Years A Slave
· Gravity »
There's quite a lot of firepower already stacked up behind Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma." Brad Pitt and Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing (hot off a Best Picture Oscar win for "12 Years a Slave") along with Oprah Winfrey, and today, a new actor has been announced for the cast. The Wrap reports that Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson ("In the Bedroom," "Michael Clayton") is in early talks to play President Lyndon B. Johnson in the film, which will star David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") as King in the story of the landmark 1965 voting rights campaign. This is one of three Mlk films that have been in the works, the others being "Memphis" (penned by Paul Greengrass with Scott Rudin producing) and an Oliver Stone/Jamie Foxx project set up at DreamWorks that has the backing of the King family. Those projects were very slowly coming together, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42
Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup
Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.
But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.
Last Monday, “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass gave an hour-long speech as part of the David Lean Lecture, an annual event held by BAFTA where they bring in some of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Greengrass talked about his early years and how he went from making documentaries in the UK to commercial films in Hollywood. And, on a serious note, he talked about the struggles that British directors have to face on a regular basis, as they constantly fight for control over their work. Greengrass’s passionate speech displayed a great concern for the future of UK cinema. He spent much time extolling the greatness of David Lean, but worried about “the David Leans of tomorrow.” Paul Greengrass told the audience at the lecture that directing movies is a futile, but worthwhile attempt to recapture the childhood experience of watching a movie. Greengrass’s passion for movies came from »
- Ken Guidry
London -- BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass talked up Hollywood, why the power of the U.S. filmmaking guilds should be applauded and explained that being "arsey" is an essential element in being a director. Delivering the David Lean Lecture on Tuesday at the British Academy's most prestigious film event and following in the footsteps of luminaries including Robert Altman, John Boorman, Oliver Stone, and Pedro Almodovar, Greengrass noted when the call came to go to Hollywood to shoot his first project there, The Bourne Supremacy in 2004, it filled him with anxiety. Greengrass, whose prior blend of
- Stuart Kemp
In his directorial feature debut Jimi: All Is By My Side, John Ridley attempts the seemingly impossible. By zeroing in on the year before guitar giant Jimi Hendrix (played with grace by Outkast’s Andre Benjamin) skyrocketed into fame, Ridley — who just won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 12 Years a Slave — tells the man’s story without the aid of his legendary music. (Hendrix’s estate refused, like it did with past directors such as Paul Greengrass and the Hughes brothers, to grant rights to the music.) Asked how Ridley will battle the reflexive disappointment Hendrix fans might feel »
- Karen Valby
Exclusive: Jimi Hendrix has become an ICM Partners client. The agency has signed Experience Hendrix LLC, the family-owned enterprise that controls the songs and rights of the legendary late guitar player. The agency’s first order of business: to amplify its client’s efforts to produce a feature film chronicling Hendrix’s life story. The film will be the very first to be authorized by and have the full cooperation of Experience Hendrix — and believe me, many actors and film companies will covet that opportunity. The company was founded by the guitarist’s father James “Al” Hendrix and now is helmed by Janie Hendrix, President and CEO and the sister of the guitar great, who died in 1970 after recording just four albums that were enough to make him arguably the greatest rocker to plug a guitar into an amp. I’ve written numerous times over the years about attempts by »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
THR reports that Roadside Attractions and the newly formed Black Label Media who are backing a trio of (Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario and Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie) in the works items from Quebecois auteurs turning toward American productions, will deploy Yann Demange’s break-out Berlin Film Fest debut for sometime early next year. Jack O’Connell (who dazzled in David Mackenzie’s raw drama Starred Up) toplines the thriller. When discussing timelines, ’71 appears to be a strong precursor event to Paul Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday.
Gist: Written by Gregory Burke, this tells the tale of a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. It takes place over a single night, during which the soldier has to navigate solo in a deadly environment where he can’t tell friend from foe.
Worth Noting: Demange received a »
- Eric Lavallee
Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
It's currently being reported that Barkhad Abdi earned just $65,000 (£38,880) for his BAFTA-winning role in the $55 million-budgeted Captain Philips.
The 28-year-old Somalian-born actor made his debut alongside Tom Hanks in the Oscar-nominated drama, and according to The New Yorker was reduced to living off per diems from studio Sony Pictures at the Beverly Hills Hotel while promoting the film.
Meanwhile it's estimated that Hanks made a staggering $50 million from his lead part in the Paul Greengrass film.
We find other surprisingly low movie salaries - from low-budgeted films to blockbusters, accepted by up-and-coming newbies to certified stars - below:
1. Jonah Hill - Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The 30-year-old actor said on The Howard Stern Show that he was paid the five-figure sum "before commissions and taxes »
Hollywood has been attempting to get a biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. off the ground for years, with filmmakers such as Paul Greengrass to Oliver Stone attempting in vain to get an unflinching portrait of the civil rights leader made. While Greengrass still plans on getting to Memphis someday, Mlk’s story will first be told on the small screen courtesy of HBO and The Wire creator David Simon. A six-hour miniseries adaptation of Taylor Branch’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book trilogy America: In the King Years in currently in the works at the network, which would delve deeply into the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, Simon will spearhead the miniseries adaptation America: In the King Years with his Treme co-creator Eric Overmyer. Also onboard is Oprah Winfrey, who will back and produce the event series despite the fact that she’s »
- Adam Chitwood
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