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Ahoy folks. I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a while now, as you all know, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point for 2015 as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do (with today also Black Friday, as we all do shopping, voters in various precursors are watching screeners). SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in »
- Joey Magidson
Awards season frontrunner Brie Larson will join the list of honorees at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival as the recipient of the breakthrough performance award, the Psiff announced Friday.
Larson is being feted for her intense, Oscar buzz-generating performance as Ma in Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room.” Her character mothers a young boy whom she’s forced to raise in captivity. The film follows the harrowing journey of the mother-son duo’s struggle to adapt to freedom after years of being held in confinement.
“Larson delivers a performance of great warmth, deep reserves of courage and strong empathy as a committed parent determined to make sure her son is taken care of under unimaginable circumstances,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said.
- Alyssa Sage
Brie Larson will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival for her turn in "Room," as a mother caring for her son despite unimaginable circumstances. The Awards Gala, which will also honor Cate Blanchett ("Carol"), Johnny Depp ("Black Mass"), and Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn"), is scheduled for Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs Jan. 1-11. Watch: "'Room' Best Actress Contender Brie Larson (Exclusive Video)" Awards from late-breaking festivals like Palm Springs and Santa Barbara can help contenders in the acting races sustain momentum over the course of a long season. Past winners of the Psiff Breakthrough Performance Award include Oscar winners Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, and Lupita Nyong’o, and Oscar nominees Felicity Huffman, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, and Jeremy Renner. Read More: "From »
- Matt Brennan
The star of Room, whose stirring performance as a mother in captivity has catapaulted her to the front of the Oscar race, will collect the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Breakthrough Performance Award.
In the years they were honoured, Cotillard, Hudson and Nyong’o went on to win Oscars, while Huffman, Pike and Renner earned nominations.
The festival runs from January 1-11, 2016. »
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Love & Mercy’s Elizabeth Banks and Paul Dano, Joel Edgerton from Black Mass and Jacob Tremblay from Room are among the initial honourees at the 31st edition Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run frm February 3-13 2016.
“These performers have used their craft and respective roles to transport us through the varied lives of their characters,” said festival executive director Roger Durling.
“We have followed them along their artistic pursuits and are excited to join them in next steps of their journeys.”
As previously announced Jane Fonda will receive the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, while Johnny Depp will collect the Maltin Modern Master Award and Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams will receive the American Riviera Award. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Monday that the initial recipients of the 2016 Virtuosos Award will include Elizabeth Banks, Joel Edgerton, Paul Dano and Jacob Tremblay. The distinguished award aims to acknowledge a small selection of actors for their standout film performances over the past year, as well as highlight defining work from their overall acting careers. The 2016 recipients will be officially recognized at an award presentation event at the Arlington Theatre during the 31st edition of the festival.
“These performers have used their craft and respective roles to transport us through the varied lives of their characters,” the festival’s executive director Roger Durling said.
After a recurring role in the wildly popular “Hunger Games” trilogy and a behind-the-camera stint directing “Pitch Perfect 2,” Elizabeth Banks offered a heart-filled performance as Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson’s wife in the biopic “Love & Mercy.”
Also being honored is actor-screenwriter Joel Edgerton, »
- Alyssa Sage
Directed by Lee Tamahori
The end of Die Another Day’s first act provides a set up to what could potentially have been one of the most freshly original Bond installments, an opportunity to explore deliciously dark corners of the iconic spy’s psyche. Forward wind an hour and the last major set piece leading up to the film’s climax includes an invisible Aston Martin dodging a minigun and stinger missile shooting Jaguar in an ice castle and a CGI Bond surfing laser cannon induced tidal waves. Between time spent with faces buried in palms, the audience must have wondered exactly how it all went so wrong.
- Scott Patterson
With the rising buzz about female superheroes, let’s praise the plain old Hollywood heroics of Reese Witherspoon, who’s being honored Oct. 30 by the American Cinematheque. The brainy blonde was ahead of the gender equality curve, founding her own movie company, Pacific Standard, and developing female-driven projects with partner Bruna Papandrea. Given the New Orleans native’s Type-a personality, it’s no surprise that her company’s first two films, “Wild” (in which she starred) and “Gone Girl,” earned three Oscar nominations — with Witherspoon nabbing one for actress.
With these two films, Witherspoon, an avid reader, solidified the bridge between chick lit and chick films that had already been established by Ya super-hits “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games.” And, like the heroines in these post-feminist movies, Witherspoon wasn’t going to go all damsel-in-distress: if there weren’t enough challenging female roles, she would build them herself. »
- Thelma Adams
The internet has had its way. Today is National Cat Day and we're celebrating our feline friends, turning to our attention to our purrfect pals on the big screen.
Cats were all the rage on cinema screen last year. A brief glimpse of Ben Affleck’s anatomy in Gone Girl may have captured the headlines, but we were focused on his orange tabby co-star (real name: Bleecker), who waited patiently for Affleck and Rosamund Pike to work out their differences. Bill Murray also shared his screen time with a fluffy white cat in last year's St. Vincent. Felix the cat seems to be the only real companion for his curmudgeon of a character who seems averse to human interaction. Although cats haven't had their proper due in 2015, we expect a comeback next year, with films like The Secret Life of Pets hitting theatres.
In honour of National Cat Day and »
- Rachel West
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The Weinstein Company, which found success with Quentin Tarantino's Nazi-killing counter-history "Inglourious Basterds" (above) in 2009, is returning to the period with "HHhH," director Cédric Jimenez’s World War II-era drama about the true-life pair of exiled operatives who assassinated Nazi official and Holocaust architect Reinhard Heydrich. The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. distribution rights for the film, based on Laurent Binet’s 2012 novel and currently in production in Budapest. "HHhH," whose title is shorthand for "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich," or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich," follows Jozef Gabcík and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to their fatal attack on Heydrich and their own brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church. The film, adapted by Jimenez, David Farr, and Audrey Diwan, stars Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O'Connell, and Mia Wasikowska. »
- Matt Brennan
The Weinstein Company said today it is acquiring U.S. rights to HHhH, the Nazi-era thriller from The Connection director Cédric Jimenez that was one of the hot titles up for grabs during this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O'Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska are attached to star and production began this month in Budapest. Based on Laurent Binet's bestselling historical novel, the story revolves around the true story of two exiled… »
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has acquired the U.S. rights to director Cédric Jimenez’s Nazi-era thriller “HHhH,” the company announced Wednesday. “HHhH: Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich,” or “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich,” follows two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech, who killed Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich and changed the course of history. The film explores the lives of Jozef Gabcík and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to their fatal attack on Heydrich and their own brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church. Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor, »
- Joe Otterson
The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Cedric Jimenez’s Nazi-era thriller HHhH. David Farr, Audrey Diwan and Jimenez wrote the screenplay, which is based on Laurent Binet’s 2012 international bestseller of the same name. Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska star in HHhH, which stands for "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich," or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich." The most lethal man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich, seemed indestructible until two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech, killed him and changed the course of history. HHhH follows Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis from their dramatic escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to their fatal attack on Heydrich and their
- Tatiana Siegel
Paris — In the run-up to the Afm, The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Nazi-era thriller “HHhH” with Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”). Mia Wasikowska (“Maps to the Stars”) and Jack Reynor (“Glassland”) complete the cast.
Directed by French up-and-comer Cedric Jimenez (“The Connection”) and based on Laurent Binet’s eponymous international bestseller that won the prestigious Goncourt prize, “HHhH” is a WWII-set drama depicting the meteoric rise and fall of Reinhard Heydrich, the most lethal man in Hitler’s cabinet, in Nazi Germany.
An acronym for “Himmlers Hirn Heisst Heydrich” (“Himmler’s Brain Is Called Heydrich”), “HHhH” stars Clarke as Heydrich, who seemed indestructible until two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech, killed him in 1942 and changed the course of history. “HHhH” chronicles the journey of Jozef Gabcík and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape from Nazi-occupied »
- Elsa Keslassy
Based on Laurent Binet's bestselling historical novel, the story revolves around the true story of two exiled operatives who escaped Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and successfuly assassinated key Hitler cabinet member Reinhard 'The Butcher Of Prague' Heydrich.
The duo changed the course of history, but in doing so met brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church. Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O'Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska are attached to star.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Gun to your head - or, rather, powerful laser device pointed close to your groin - you could probably list all six actors who've played James Bond.
But Connery, Brosnan, Moore and so on are the just the tip of the (admittedly quite small) iceberg, as this list of the "other" Bonds proves...
1. Bob Holness
Best known for everyone's favourite pee-themed, letter-obsessed quiz show, Holness enjoyed a wide and varied career before he settled down behind the Blockbusters desk, once working as an airborne traffic reporter and briefly holding down a job in a South African printing press.
How he then ended up as secret agent James Bond 007 seems as great a mystery as "Who are the kind of parents that call their daughter Pussy Galore?" But he did, thanks to a 1956 BBC radio play based on Moonraker.
2. Barry Nelson
From the rooftops to the pavements, police stalked the circumference of London’s Royal Albert Hall Monday night, on high alert. Their presence foremost for Hrh Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry‘s presence, but inadvertently they acted as scene-setters for fictional spy royalty’s return.
As agent 007 arrived with his DB10 Aston Martin, he was ready to show off his latest audacious exploits. The world bow of “Spectre” took formation with its now seasoned Bond, Daniel Craig, suavely meeting and greeting along the vast red carpet. Craig remained tight-lipped as to whether he will return with helmer Sam Mendes for a further outing together. When asked, he simply replied with a cool, non-committal, “We’ll see.”
- Helen Jackson
Principal photography has begun on Amma Asante's follow-up to last year's critically-acclaimed "Belle," titled "A United Kingdom," which is scheduled to film in Botswana and London for about 2 months. David Oyelowo stars, playing yet another notable real-life human being in Seretse Khama - Botswana's first president from 1966-80 - with Rosamund Pike co-starring, playing Ruth Williams, the young white woman who would eventually become his wife, and the inaugural First Lady of Botswana. The film's focus will be on the relationship between the couple. The pair met in 1947 and eventually made headline news all over the world, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
While (some) filmmakers will certainly open up to journalists, there’s the sense that they are more willing to greater discuss their process with a fellow colleague in the field. The smart folks over at Empire went all-out with this idea and recruited Spectre director Sam Mendes to reach out to a wide array of friends to get their tidbits when it comes to their specific filmmaking process.
Including Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Edgar Wright, Alfonso Cuarón, Joe Wright, Paul Greengrass, Joss Whedon, Steven Soderbergh, Susanne Bier, Alexander Payne, George Clooney, and more, the full Q&A’s are in Empire’s latest issue, but we’ve selected some of the best responses below for your viewing pleasure. Let us know your favorites answers in the comments and pick up the full issue here.
Have You Ever Walked Off A Set In A Temper?
Ang Lee: I only Hulked out once. »
- Leonard Pearce
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