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Late last week, word spread throughout the industry that legendary actor Robert De Niro was going to be the latest recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th edition of the Hollywood Film Awards. This marks just the latest in a long line of honors for De Niro throughout the course of his time as an actor. A two time Academy Award winner, he’ll also be in contention once more this year for Oscar love as part of another David O. Russell ensemble, this one being the upcoming film Joy. With this tribute coming his way, I wanted to do the same today as the first installment of the Hollywood Film Awards Series. De Niro is probably best known for his actor/filmmaker relationship with Martin Scorsese, which resulted in an Academy Award for Best Actor going De Niro’s way for Raging Bull. The partnership began with Mean Streets, »
- Joey Magidson
It's only October, but there's definitely something already refreshing about this race versus its lead male counterpart: So far, there's considerably more contenders. Saorise Ronan, Lily Tomlin and Blythe Danner came out of Sundance with rave reviews for "Brooklyn," "Grandma" and "I'll See You In My Dreams," respectively. A month later, Charlotte Rampling did the same for "45 Years" in Berlin. Then came Cannes, where previous winners here Cate Blanchett ("Carol") and Charlize Theron ("Mad Max: Fury Road") have us extraordinarily powerful performances. And now the trifecta of Toronto, Telluride and Venice has offered up Brie Larson, Carey Mulligan and Cate Blanchett (again) for "Room," "Suffragette" and "Truth," respectively That's already nine very worthy performances vying for one of 5 slots. And we still haven't seen what Jennifer Lawrence has to offer in David O. Russell's "Joy." »
- Peter Knegt
Alejandro González Iñárritu seems like a pretty reasonable bet to be back in the race a year after he won for his 1800s Wild West adventure "The Revenant," but it's pretty extreme to predict a double win. Especially with Todd Haynes (probably the safest bet from films we've seen), Steven Spielberg, David O. Russell, Quentin Tarantino, Danny Boyle and all potentially in the mix as well. It sadly looks -- at least right now -- like another boys club in this category, with Sarah Gavron currently looking the best bet to change that for her women's rights saga "Suffragette" (fingers crossed). Check out predictions in other categories here. The Ones To Beat From What We've Seen: 1. Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight" 2. Danny Boyle, "Steve Jobs"3. Steven Spielberg, "Bridge of Spies" The Incoming Heavyweights (At Least On Paper): 4. Alejandro González Iñárritu, "The Revenant"5. »
- Peter Knegt
dick clark productions announced today that two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. “The Hollywood Film Awards is an incredible brand, previewing some of the biggest movies and stars of the year, while launching the award season,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are honored to have Robert De Niro as this year’s recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” Robert De Niro is currently starring in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Intern” and will appear next in 20th Century Fox’s “Joy, »
Director Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to shock and awe on the big screen thanks to flicks like "Django Unchained" and "Kill Bill," but it's some recent remarks he's made about streaming that are truly jaw-dropping.
In an excerpt from author Tom Roston's new book "I Lost it at The Video Store: A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanished Era," Tarantino and other directors discuss services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and what they mean for the future of movies. While many of Tarantino's peers say they've embraced the new technology as an inevitable part of Hollywood's evolution, Tarantino remains unconvinced.
"I am not excited about streaming at all," Tarantino says in the book. "I like something hard and tangible in my hand. And I can't watch a movie on a laptop. I don't use Netflix at all."
Instead, Tarantino said, he relies on his library of approximately 8,000 VHS tapes and DVDs, »
- Katie Roberts
Earlier this week we ran a trailer and information about a new book titled I Lost It At The Video Store. The book by Tom Roston features a compilation of interviews with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell giving an oral history of the video store era of cinema history. The Playlist published an excerpt from the book, but […]
The post Quentin Tarantino Refuses To Use Netflix, Still Records Movies On VHS Tapes appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
The taste-making New York Film Critics Circle will vote this year on Wednesday, December 2. That's early enough in the awards calendar to pose the risk that certain late-breaking titles won't screen on time. Or, the Nyfcc could get the earliest glimpse of Christmas releases "The Revenant," "The Hateful Eight" or "Joy," whose director David O. Russell they showered with honors in 2013. The New York Critics vote a day after the Nbr announces their winners, but a few days before SAG and Globes voters hand off their ballots. (Key awards dates here.) The Nyfcc is becoming more an alternative to the Oscars than the harbinger it once was, as indicated by its idiosyncratic choices in recent years. Last year the New York Critics shut out "Birdman" completely. The Gala Awards dinner will be held on January 4, 2016 at Tao Downtown for the second year in a row. The Nyfcc will vote on »
- Ryan Lattanzio
You’ve seen actor Cliff Curtis slip into the skin of countless characters before, taking on numerous ethnicities as a true chameleon of the big screen. The New Zealander is one of the most prolific and accomplished character actors of his generation, having wracked up a list of filmmaker collaborators that would make any colleague jealous.
The list is impressive, probably because great directors know what they’re going to get out of the actor: David O. Russell (“Three Kings”), Martin Scorsese (“Bringing Out the Dead”), Michael Mann (“The Insider”), Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”), Frank Darabont (“The Majestic”), Darren Aronofsky (“The Fountain”), Danny Boyle (“Sunshine”) — each presenting a unique opportunity to stand out in an ensemble cast.
- Kristopher Tapley
A trailer has appeared for Tom Roston's new book titled “I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmakers’ Oral History of a Vanished Era”. The book is a compilation of interviews with filmmakers like John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and many others who, like me, came of age during the reign of video rentals.
The book “constructs a living, personal narrative of an era of cinema history which, though now gone, continues to shape film culture today.”
About the Book:
For a generation, video stores were to filmmakers what bookstores were to writers. They were the salons where many of today’s best directors first learned their craft. The art of discovery that video stores encouraged through the care [Continued ...] »
It’s not every day we are surprised by a new film with a handsome cast- but today is that day. Paramount has dropped the new trailer for director Adam McKay’s first attempt at a drama (the filmmaker is most famous for Will Ferrell comedies such as classics Anchorman, Step Brothers and The Other Guys), with his Christmas and Awards Season qualifying- The Big Short.
The film stars Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell and their luminous new hair, as a group of men who made millions of dollars from a global economic meltdown. We are super curious to see this first dramatic entry by the man who knows how to make us laugh, and it seems like he's pulled out all the stops. We haven't been this excited for a business movie since Leonardo DiCaprio was The Wolf of Wall Street.
- Adriana Floridia
Obviously it’s not wise for a filmmaker, their cast, and their crew to go into production on a movie under-prepared. Most of the best films are so good (and so coherent) because they involved lots of planning in advance, to ensure that the production wouldn’t be arduous, and to have more chance of the film not turning out as a complete mess in the edit.
Most of the time, reshoots, delays, and trouble on the set are all good signs that the film itself won’t be turning out so well. Think of Josh Trank’s recent Fantastic Four, or something like the embattled I Heart Huckabees, which revealed itself to be as erratic as writer-director David O. Russell was during filming.
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Occasionally, however, some of the best movies are born from completely chaotic productions. You can have directors losing it, studios interfering with the film, »
- Brogan Morris
Take another look @ Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence in a recent issue of "Marie Claire" (France) magazine:
"A powerful woman is someone who exudes confidence," said Lawrence, "and can be tough but fair and kind...and also knows how to get what she wants..."
For her supporting role in Russell's comedy-drama "American Hustle" (2013), she won a Golden Globe, 'BAFTA' Award and received a third Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actress.
Beginning in 2012, she gained new fame playing 'Katniss Everdeen', »
- Michael Stevens
"...the film follows four generations of 'Joy Mangano', a single mother of three children, as she builds her business empire after creating the 'Miracle Mop'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Joy"...
- Michael Stevens
Sneak Peek new images of actress Jennifer Lawrence, starring in a new handbag campaign for Dior, showing off the Fall/Winter 2015 collections for Dior's "Be Dior" and "Diorissimo" bags in new campaign images, photographed by David Sims:
"I love the bags, " said Lawrence. "So it's a huge honor. I'm just blown away that I get to be part of this house..."
Dior describes the designs as "...a riot of animal-inspired motifs and bold color".
Besides her continued representation of the "Dior" fashion line, Lawrence will star in and produce the film adaptation of author Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir "The Rules of Inheritance", to be directed by Susanne Bier. She will also star in the adaptation of the novel "East of Eden" for director Gary Ross, based on author John Steinbeck's novel.
- Michael Stevens
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards on Sept. 17 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. After a week full of industry activities, Variety caught up with each of the winners to discuss the inspiration behind their films, the directors they look up to and the lessons they’ve learned from their time in Hollywood.
Alternative winners ChiHyun Lee and Daniel Drummond, second and fourth from left, with “Big Hero 6’s” Chris Williams, Don Hall and Roy Conli. Daniel Drummond, “Chiaroscuro,” Chapman Univ. (Gold, Alternative)
How did you develop the concept for “Chiaroscuro”? I was watching a robotics competition…and I was amazed at how people could get emotionally involved in something completely inanimate. So I took upon myself the challenge of making a visually abstract film where characters were shape shifting clouds or flames, but didn’t »
- Andrea Seikaly
It the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals have come to an end it means you can pretty much start seriously talking about Best Picture nominees. We haven’t written much about Oscar over the past few months, but as I personally say goodbye HitFix today it seems appropriate to leave with one last Contender Countdown (well on this site at least). The big news is that “Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy’s critically acclaimed drama that will make everyone forget he ever directed “The Cobbler,” blew the roof off of all three fests. That’s a big surprise considering how under the radar it was compared to “The Danish Girl,” “Black Mass” and “Steve Jobs” just a few weeks ago. Now, all Open Road Films has to do is manage the hype before it hits theaters on Nov. 6 and formulate a strategy to make sure Michael Keaton or Mark Ruffalo earn an acting nomination. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Black Mass is not necessarily a bad mob film, but it’s a mob film too concerned with emulating the cool of other, better mob films to develop any real voice of its own. Director Scott Cooper clearly had Martin Scorsese on the brain as he put this film together, but Cooper brings none of his own creative intent to the table. David O. Russell recently aped Scorsese with even wilder abandon in American Hustle, but with more of a purpose – emulating the 1970s era his film was set in, and drawing a parallel between his con-man characters and today’s rampant economic corruption. Cooper’s film seems happy to coast on the assumption that his film will be Scorsese enough for us until the next actual Scorsese comes along.
- Patrick Dunn
As it turns out, working on Joy was not always joyful. Just ask Annie Mumolo. The Bridesmaids screenwriter was hired by Fox 2000 back in 2012 to write the script for the film about Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano. But you may recall, though, that David O. Russell also worked on the script, and it was this overlap that caused a dispute that could potentially leak into awards season. The Hollywood Reporter has the full story on the matter, and according to the report, Mumolo spent a year writing the script for Joy, becoming close with the real life subject. When she turned it into the studio, however, executives thought it needed more character development. Shortly afterwards, Russell was offered the job of directing the project, and brought on his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle darling Jennifer Lawrence to star. Part of the gig’s details allowed »
It’s going to be a weird Oscar season. Every year since “The Departed” won eight years ago, we’d already seen the eventual Best Picture winner by now, sometimes at Cannes (“No Country For Old Men,” “The Artist”), but usually at one of the early-fall festivals. But in 2015, Venice, Telluride and Toronto have all unveiled their biggest ticket items, and we’re still without an obvious frontrunner. There have been some hits, and some have pointed to one film or another as a strong potential (Vulture have tipped “Spotlight” already), but no one’s been throwing out the kind of “Best Picture Race Is Over’ headline that we’ve become used to in recent years, in part because of three big last-minute heavyweights that are unlikely to screen before early December: David O. Russell’s “Joy,” Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “The Revenant. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
After Lionsgate's lucrative Hunger Games franchise ends this fall with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, actress Jennifer Lawrence may re-unite with director Francis Lawrence on a new project for 20th Century Fox, entitled Red Sparrow. Francis Lawrence became attached to direct earlier this summer, but now Deadline reports that Jennifer Lawrence is now being eyed to star. There was talk that Jennifer Lawrence was being eyed earlier this summer, when Francis Lawrence came aboard, but she might not be officially attached for some time.
Justin Haythe (Snitch, The Lone Ranger) has come aboard to rewrite the adapted script, which was originally written by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle, The International). based on the novel by Jason Matthews. The story is set in modern-day Russia, following Dominika Egorova, a spy forced into becoming a "sparrow," who is trained to seduce rival agents. Her first assignment is a CIA operative tasked with handling Russian intelligence, »
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