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Palm Springs, CA (December 19, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(Psiff) will present Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall with the Icon Award and Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro G. Iñárritu with the Director of the Year Award for Birdman at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Robert Duvall gives an outstanding and amazingly realistic performance as Judge Joseph Palmer in The Judge,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .This is sure to be remembered in his long listof iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, »
Actor Robert Duvall and director Alejandro G. Inarritu are the latest additions to the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s lineup of honorees, Psiff organizers announced on Friday.
Duvall, who was recently nominated for Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for his supporting performance in “The Judge,” will receive the Icon Award at the festival’s annual Awards Gala, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3 in the desert resort town east of Los Angeles.
See photos: 22 Biggest Snubs and Surprises: 2015 SAG Awards Nominations (Photos)
Inarritu will receive the Director of the Year Award at the same event for his film “Birdman, »
- Steve Pond
“This is sure to be remembered in his long list of iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, The Apostle and so many others.”
“By creating the illusion that the film was shot in one take and directing award-worthy performances by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and a star-studded cast, Iñárritu has created a brilliant and original dark comedy in Birdman,” said Matzner »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The new issue of cléo features interviews with Sally Potter and Julie Taymor, a profile of Sylvia Schedelbauer and articles on Alexander Payne’s Election, Jonathan Lynn's Clue, Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden, John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps and Jon Hall's Beach Girls and the Monster. Necsus has rolled out its autumn issue with and essay by the late Harun Farocki. In the new journal Kinetophone, we can read about Dario Argento's Opera, Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva, Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and Federico Fellini's E la nave va. The new Cineaste is out and Fireflies is preparing its second issue on Abbas Kiarostami and Béla Tarr. » - David Hudson »
Believe it or not, Reese Witherspoon has been a leading lady for nearly 25 years.
After a string of starring roles while still just a teenager, Witherspoon truly broke out in "Pleasantville" (1998) as a 1990s high schooler transported to the '50s. It was her turn as the perky Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde" (2001), though, that proved the actress was here to stay. Since then, her career has only blossomed (Oscar, included), and this holiday season, the actress seeks salvation on a 1000-mile hike in the docudrama "Wild."
From her years spent in Germany to her favorite thing about being a mom, here are 35 things you (probably) don't know about Reese Witherspoon.
2. Her birth name is Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon.
3. Witherspoon's father was an otolaryngologist, while her mother was a professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University. »
- Jonny Black
Between the various crazies populating Alexander Payne’s black-and-white “Nebraska” and the three women driven mad by the endlessly flat prairie in Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman,” the Cornhusker State is assuming quasi-mythic proportions these days. The trend continues with Dave Jannetta’s “Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere,” an entertaining, decidedly offbeat documentary that weaves an eclectic web of assorted digressions around the mysterious death of a theoretical math professor in the small Nebraska town of Chadron. Putting the tragicomic icing on the Midwestern cake, the film could catch on nicely in niche play.
The image of the town and its inhabitants that emerges from the doc — based on the book of the same name by Poe Ballantine, who serves as the film’s resident narrator/guide under his real name, Ed Hughes — skews broadly toward the bizarre. The meandering narrative is punctured by audio excerpts from »
- Ronnie Scheib
Is Shailene Woodley on her way to be nominated for a Oscar? As you know Shailene received the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” last November 14, at the Hollywood Film Awards, the TV show that launches the awards season. To read more about 2014 Hollywood Film Awards Winners. Shailene Woodley: “For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s best young women. Without question, there are few better out there than Shailene Woodley, a rising star who literally only has the sky as her sole limit. She’s impressed pretty much from the very start, moving quickly up the industry food chain from a young supporting player to a franchise lead. During that time, she’s also managed to become a bit of a lifestyle icon and a genuine person who stands out in the crowd. All those things and more make her a »
Mar Del Plata — Uruguayan, but Madrid-based, Alvaro Brechner, whose “Mr. Kaplan,” Uruguay’s Oscar entry, plays at the Mar del Plata Festival and then segues to Ventana Sur, is a young master of understated humor – as many of his compatriots – and man’s battle for that most basic – and Quixotic – of democratic rights, the right to dignity. In “Mr. Kaplan,” that entails a 76-year-old embarking, with his sidekick Sancho Panza-ish driver Contreras, on a Nazi hunt. The candidate for outing: An aged but still fit German who owns a bar on the beach. As Mar del Plata kicked into gear, Variety caught him Brechner in a reflective mood.
Deep down all men are somewhat ridiculous, because of the need to give a certain sense to our existence, »
- John Hopewell
After intense media speculation about the drastically different look the 45-year-old Bridget Jones' Diary star sported in October, Reese blasted the haters during The Hollywood Reporter's recent actress roundtable.
"It's horrible," Reese, 38, said bluntly about Renee's treatment. "It's cruel and rude and disrespectful, and I can go on and on and on. It bothers me immensely."
Video: Reese Witherspoon Does a Back Flip -- And Nails It!
She also blasted women who "tear other women down."
"I know this is so Pollyanna of me, but why -- and it's particularly women -- why do they have to tear women down?" she lamented. "And why do we have to tear other women down to build another woman up? It drives me crazy. Like, this one looks great without her makeup but that one doesn't look good without her makeup, and it's all just a judgment and assault that I »
• Hannibal Buress is joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy's Home. Sean Ander and John Morris are directing the film, which tells the story of a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad he can to his wife's two children. But, his plans are disrupted when the children's biological father shows up. Buress will play a sarcastic handyman who believes the stepdad to be racist, the result of some ploying on the part of Wahlberg's character. Linda Cardellini also stars as Ferrell's wife. The film began shooting on Monday in New Orleans. [THR] • Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, »
- C. Molly Smith
This story first appeared in the Nov. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Deep into 2004, as the Oscar race was coalescing around just a few pictures, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator looked like the film to beat. It was classy, it was a period piece, it had a roster of top-notch performances, it was directed by America's most acclaimed filmmaker and its subject matter was near and dear to Hollywood's heart: Howard Hughes. Sure, Alexander Payne's Sideways and the biopic Ray looked like they might give it a run for its money. But both were small in scale, unlikely to
- Stephen Galloway
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his »
- Brad Brevet
We’ve got three new casting reports well worth sharing. Here’s what’s coming at a glance: Judy Greer, Fred Armisen and Selma Blair are all joining Billie Joe Armstrong in the musical drama Geezer. William H. Macy, Joan Allen and Jacob Tremblay have joined Room starring Brie Larson. Alexander Payne wants Alec Baldwin to join Matt Damon in Downsizing. Hit the jump for more on all three films. The Geezer news comes from Variety with the outlet reporting that director Lee Kirk has begun filming in New York City. Tim Perell of Process Media and Alex A. Ginzburg and Tony Lee of Let It Play are producing the project about a husband and father who’s going through a mid-life crisis. On his 40th birthday he decides to tap into his punk-rock past by throwing an epic party in the presidential suite at the Drake Hotel. While there, »
- Perri Nemiroff
There are some filmmakers who never say quit when it comes to their film projects, and one of those folks is Alexander Payne. For years, the director had been trying to mount his unique dystopian satire "Downsizing" (full plot details here) only to be stymied by the size of the picture (it's a bit bigger than his more intimate dramedies) and the technological requirements it would need. But with Matt Damon now on board, the project is back in motion, and last night during a Q&A with longtime friend David O. Russell, Payne revealed a couple more tidbits about the film. The Omaha World-Herald noted that during the talk, Payne revealed that he "has hopes" to cast Alec Baldwin in "Downsizing," but it would seem things aren't quite confirmed just yet. The director revealed that Damon had not yet signed a contract, though they shook hands on the movie, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If the formula works, why mess with it? Across his last two films — "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" — David O. Russell has uncovered an undeniable chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro. And even though the latter actor only appeared briefly in 'Hustle,' it never felt like a stunt so much as smartly utilizing the ace up your sleeve. Now, as Russell gears up "Joy," he's looking to bring the gang back together. With Lawrence already attached to lead the picture, the director is looking to bring in some familiar co-stars. Yesterday, Russell participated in a Q&A with longtime friend Alexander Payne at the Holland Centre in Omaha, and beforehand he chatted briefly with Go, and revealed his plans for his next movie. "I think I’d very much like (Robert) De Niro to be in it, I think he’s gonna be in it, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
This sequel to the popular DreamWorks animated film isn't quite as winning as the original, but the adventures of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless still manage to please. Gerard Butler returns as the voice of Hiccup's dad Stoick, with Djimon Hounsou as the voice of a baddie named Drago and Cate Blanchett as a mysterious dragon rider named Valka.
Melissa McCarthy co-wrote this comedy/drama with her husband Ben Falcone, who also directs. Marketed as a broad comedy with lots of physical humor, "Tammy" has more to it than McCarthy's pratfalls and naughty humor. Susan Sarandon co-stars as Tammy's alcoholic grandmother Pearl, who accompanies Tammy on an ill-fated road trip. This included »
- Jenni Miller
Matt Damon has landed an interesting role in Alexander Payne's next film that he calls Downsizing. The movie is described as a social satire in which "a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself." So it looks like we're going to see a little Matt Damon up on the big screen. There aren't any more details on the story at this point, but the little bit I do know has sparked my interest.
Downsizing was scripted by Payne and Jim Taylor. The two worked together on the Oscar winning screenplay for Sideways. They also wrote the script for the film About Schmidt. I'm a fan of the kind of films that Payne makes, which also includes Election, Descendants, and, most recently, Nebraska.
- Joey Paur
Need more proof Marvel controls the world? This week the movie studio even made Google (Google! of all companies) do their bidding when Marvel issued a subpoena to investigate the identity of a Google user named “John Gazelle” who may have been responsible for the low-quality leak of Marvel’s trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The subpoena alleges that “John Gazelle” may have uploaded the file to a Google Drive account, and they have now “commanded” Google to “produce at the time, date, and place set forth below the following documents, electronically stored information, or objects, and to permit inspection, copying, testing, or sampling of the material.”
Both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter have copies of the court document. In it it’s clear that while the first request to produce documents was granted by the courts, Marvel was not granted the right to “permit entry onto the designated premises, »
- Brian Welk
After years of waiting, writer/director Alexander Payne is finally getting ready to make his bizarre social satire film Downsizing, and he has gotten one of the greatest leading men around to go on the filmmaking adventure with him. Sources have told Deadline that Matt Damon is now attached to the film, which Payne has been working on for more than five years. While not much is known about the story of the film yet - which is based on a script co-written by Payne and Jim Taylor - the feature reportedly follows a down-on-his-luck guy who comes to the realization that his life would be a lot better if he were to shrink himself. At this point it's unclear how extreme the shrinking process will be: is he going to be the height of a small child, or are we talking microscopic? Regardless, this is Alexander Payne's first »
Interstellar: Christopher Nolan's science fiction epic Interstellar opens wide tomorrow in theaters across the country, but it's already playing at select locations in 35 mm, 70 mm, and 70 mm IMAX. The latter format is freakishly huge, as a photo shared by a theater employee on social media makes abundantly clear. [Reddit] Downsizing: Matt Damon (above in 2012's Promised Land) will star in Downsizing, the next movie from Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne. The story follows a man who decides that he needs to shrink himself -- literally! -- in order to enjoy a better life; it's described as a social satire. Payne wrote the script with his Sideways collaborator Jim Taylor. [Deadline] The Hateful Eight: Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher, above...
- Peter Martin
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