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Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did »
- D. Zhea
Willimon takes home the inaugural award for a body of work that includes his current gig as creator, showrunner and executive producer of “House of Cards,” the political drama that put Netflix’s original content on the map and opened the door for the legions of high-end Svod TV series that followed. He was nommed for an Oscar as co-writer of “The Ides of March,” based on his play “Farragut North.”
Cynthia Littleton, Variety‘s managing editor of TV, will present the award to Willimon as part of the festival’s annual Screenwriters Tribute on June 27. More awardees for the tribute remain to be announced.
- Gordon Cox
Chicago – The showcase and respect given to filmmakers at the recently completed 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) meant that the top directors made appearances on behalf of their featured films. James Ponsoldt of “The End of the Tour” and Patrick Brice of “The Overnight” are two prime artists at the top of their game.
HollywoodChicago.com also got a chance to talk to Ponsoldt and Brice after their screenings at the Ccff, and the insights provided context to their art.
James Ponsoldt, Director of “The End of the Tour”
James Ponsoldt is a great friend to the festival, having screened his film “The Spectacular Now” at the first Ccff in 2013. He returned with “The End of of the Tour,” a superior and poignant understanding of author David Foster Wallace (a career-defining role for Jason Segel), as he takes his last book tour promoting his famous novel, “Infinite Jest.”
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Ex Machina finally landed the ferociously talented Alicia Vikander a well-deserved spot on the New A-List, but the actress isn’t resting on her laurels. With six films opening in the next nine months, we’re going to be seeing a lot of Vikander on the big screen, and she just secured another buzzy role – in James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of The Circle.
Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, the story focuses on a college grad (Vikander) who gets a job at a powerful tech company simply known as The Circle. Tom Hanks is circling (sorry, couldn’t resist) the role of a mysterious colleague, who opens her eyes to a more sinister side to the company.
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Hanks became attached last year, but the project is heating up with Vikander and Ponsoldt’s involvement. The director, who broke out with The Spectacular Now, is »
- Isaac Feldberg
Judd Apatow has produced vehicle films for many of his star players, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and friends like Amy Schumer and Kristen Wiig. But his super charming and funny wife, Leslie Mann, who has starred in several of his films, including “Knocked Up” and “This Is 40,” is finally getting her own starring role in a film that centers on motherhood and women. The film will be helmed by filmmaking duo Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (writers of “The Hangover,” “The Change-Up,” and“21 And Over”). “Lucas and Moore have written a funny and heartfelt script about women and the challenges of motherhood. I am thrilled to be working with them on this film, and to collaborate for the first time with Block Entertainment and Merced Media,” Mann wrote in a statement. Read More: Wanna Touch 'Em? Leslie Mann & Megan Fox Get Close In 'This Is 40 »
- Edward Davis
Read More: Here are the 5 Must-See Gems from BAMcinemaFest 2014 BAMcinématek announced its film slate for the seventh annual BAMcinemaFest today, featuring projects from emerging American independent filmmakers. The festival will run June 17-28 in Brooklyn, opening with the NY premiere of James Ponsoldt's "The End of the Tour" and closing with the NY premiere Sean Baker's "Tangerine." Ponsoldt and "The End of the Tour" star Jason Segel will both be in attendance at opening night. The Centerpiece screening will feature the North American premiere of Alex Ross Perry's haunting drama "Queen of Earth" at the Bam Rose Cinema. The film stars Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston as friends whose dark secrets come to light during a seemingly relaxing lakeside weekend. "In its seventh year, BAMcinemaFest has expanded its reach with thematically and formally daring work," said Gabriele Caroti, director of »
- Becca Nadler
Bero Beyer will be the new General and Artistic Director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. More festival news: This year's his year’s San Sebastian Film Festival will be celebrating the work of King Kong makers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour with Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg is part of the BAMcinemaFest 2015 lineup. Rooftop Films will be screening Sean Baker's Tangerine this summer. Locarno's announced the twelve finalists for its co-production lab, Open Doors. More lineups: Los Angeles and Sydney. » - David Hudson »
It's always interesting when an MPAA bulletin includes a re-rate, but most specifically when a film gets a new rating, a new rating reason, but the filmmakers didn't have to edit the film one bit. In today's bulletin that film is David Gordon Green's Manglehorn starring Al Pacino which was previously rated R for "some sexual material", but has now won a PG-13 rating on appeal with the reason for the rating given now as "for some sexual content and language, and for accident and surgery images". If you're wondering why all that wasn't mentioned for the "R" rating, the reason is the MPAA gives reasons for only the portion of the film that earned the film's rating. So, in the case of Manglehorn it was the "sexual material" that pushed the film over the edge into "R" territory, but now that it's "PG-13" rating film it's not only »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – As the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association – heads into its last four nights, the variety and depth of the films that are being screened continues to astound and entertain. It all takes place at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, May 4 through 7, 2015.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the final four nights of films. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
’Quitters’ Screens on Monday, May 4th, at the Chicago Critics Film Festival
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan »
- D. Zhea
Read More: Watch: Sundance Champ 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Drops Heartfelt Debut Trailer A slew of festival darlings have been selected to screen at the upcoming Nantucket Film Festival (Nff), which just announced its full lineup. Set to kick things off is James Ponsoldt's acclaimed Sundance premiere "The End of the Tour," in which Jason Segel stars as David Foster Wallace. That screening will be preceded by "Inside Out," which continues the Nff tradition of opening the festivities with a Pixar film. Sundance champ "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" and the star-studded "Sleeping with Other People" will screen as a part of the Spotlight series, before Nff closes out with "Best of Enemies," Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville's documentary about the 1968 presidential election. Read on for the full program. (Synopses courtesy of Nff) Opening Night Film "The End of the Tour" (Dir. »
- David Canfield
The 20th edition of the Nantucket Film Festival will show A24's The End Of The Tour with Jason Segel as the late David Foster Wallace, also starring Jesse Eisenberg, on opening night, June 24th. For the sixth year in a row, Nff will screen a Disney•Pixar film on opening day. This year the studio brings to the festival Inside Out, about a young girl and the five emotions competing for control in her head. What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus' documentary portrait of the… »
The Nantucket Film Festival will open with “The End of the Tour,” it was announced Wednesday.
Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” will screen on opening day, keeping with the festival’s tradition of showing a Disney film to open the festival. The toon depicts a young girl ruled by anthropomorphic emotions in her head, played by Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling, among others.
- Marianne Zumberge
The American Dream hinges on a set process, a progression that each and every individual pursuing it is bound to follow. Society dictates that if you work hard, seek academic and spiritual education, push past every barrier and consistently look to the future, success – and the personal sense of fulfillment that success will bring – can eventually be yours. But what happens when you finally triumph, seizing your dreams and securing the life you’ve always wanted – only to find that the happiness that was promised is nowhere to be found, and you still feel as deplorably vacant inside as before?
That existential emptiness is what appears to haunt author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) in every moment of James Ponsoldt’s sublimely elegiac The End of the Tour, which centers on a days-long interview between Wallace and Rolling Stone journalist Dave Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) that takes place as the former »
- Isaac Feldberg
"The Independent Film Festival of Boston has made it to the age of 13, and it’s looking stronger than ever," write Ty Burr and Peter Keough in the Boston Globe. Among the titles they preview: Andrew Bujalski's Results, Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe, Patrick Brice's The Overnight, Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack, Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s documentary on the rivalry between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal, Best of Enemies and the closing night film, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Wbur's Tom Meek previews the opener, James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour with Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. » - David Hudson »
When will we get to see the Lego Movie sequels and spin-offs? Warner Bros. has set new dates for the next three animated features in their Lego Movie franchise, and they've also officially given the sequel a perfectly literal title: The Lego Movie Sequel. That will now come out on February 18, 2018, exactly four years after the first installment. As for the two spinoffs, The Lego Batman Movie arrives in theaters on February 10, 2017, while Ninjago, which had originally been scheduled for next year, will instead be released on September 22, 2017. What about that one co-directed by Jason Segel? There's no official word yet on when Segel and Drew Pearce's The Billion Brick Race will hit screens, but it's believed this spinoff will fill the...
- Christopher Campbell
The Lego Batman movie will lead Warner Bros' upcoming Lego film slate: but not until 2017 now...
Warner Bros has updated the release dates of three of its upcoming Lego movies, and as part and parcel of that, it's put back the Lego Ninjago film from 2016 to 2017.
As things stand, the next Lego film we're going to get will now be Lego Batman. It's being directed by Chris McKay, and will feature the vocal talents of Will Arnett. It's going to be released on February 10th 2017.
Next up? That'll be the aforementioned Ninjago film. Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising) is directing this one, from a screenplay by Dan and Kevin Hageman. Warner Bros has set a September 22nd 2017 date for it.
Roger Ebert launched a film festival in Champaign, Illinois 17 years ago and his indomitable wife Chaz has kept it going strong, with the support of the community where Roger grew up and a loyal crowd of movie lovers who come from near and far. My wife and I attended for the first time this past weekend and had a wonderful time. We met nothing but friendly, enthusiastic people and interesting filmmakers, and got to watch movies on a giant screen at the beautifully restored Virginia Theatre. Because of my teaching schedule at USC, we missed the first two days’ activities, including a showing of James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour (with the director and his star, Jason Segel, in...
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- Leonard Maltin
It looks like Warner Bros. has set its Lego plans in stone (or should that be small plastic bricks?) for the next few years, setting new release dates for Ninjago and the as-yet-untitled Lego Batman movies, as well as The Lego Movie 2 – or as it is now officially known, The Lego Movie Sequel.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the Lego Batman spin-off will kick things off on February 10th 2017, with Ninjago following on September 22nd, having been pushed back a year from its original 2016 date. Meanwhile, The Lego Movie Sequel will hit cinemas on May 18th 2018, a week earlier than previously slated.
“These three films already in the pipeline are just the beginning of a creative and diverse animation slate that will be delighting audiences for years to come,” states Dan Fellman, Warner’s president of domestic distribution.
In addition to the three above titles, Warner also has The Billion Brick Race »
- Gary Collinson
'Master Builder' Emmet and his adventurous companion Wyldstyle will both be seen in The Lego Movie 2, according to its producers.
Lord and Miller remain on board as executive producers, and recently offered the first hints about the sequel to Zap2it.
"It picks up where the other one left off," Lord initially joked, before Miller added: "Emmet and Wyldstyle will be back, and others. And there will be new characters as well!"
"We want to keep it mostly a surprise," Miller went on to say. "We found a new way to… not just retread the stuff we did in the first movie. It will still make it feel »
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