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In 2011 that film was Oscar winner The King's Speech. Now he is Oscar-tipped again for Les Misérables. Here the 'tough guy' director, who made his first film while still at school, talks about the epic he sees as a timeless 'anthem for the dispossessed'
It was almost two years ago that I first met Tom Hooper. He was with Colin Firth, and their film, The King's Speech – which Hooper directed and in which Firth starred – was weeks away from winning its Oscars. It was a heady occasion. An excitable Hooper did most of the talking (Firth detests interviews) and the film – about the struggle George VI had with his speech impediment when he came to the throne in 1936 – became the unlikely winner that delighted everyone who saw it: an impossible act to follow.
And yet, today, Hooper is attempting to trump it on an epic scale. He has taken on »
- Kate Kellaway
Not surprisingly, many of the Twilight Saga's cast members have their own unique sets of holiday season traditions, and this year several of them shared what it is they do on Christmas Day. Speaking to iVillage, Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black), Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), Michael Sheen (Aro - Volturi) and Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale) all spilled the beans on their annual cheer routines. View slideshow: 'Twilight' cast Taylor Lautner: "I'm a big family person. So ... I always look forward to holiday season because that's when I get to see family again. Me and my immediate family moved out to California, but a l //// »
Visions of the American apocalypse, camp tough guys, and teen stars ruining their clean-cut reputations … it's been quite a year on the big screen
Sure, the Mayans were wrong, but turns out we're off to hell in a handcart anyway. From Beasts of the Southern Wild to Bombay Beach, Killing Them Softly to The Queen of Versailles, Hollywood took us on a guided tour of a land blighted by ecological and economic collapse. Be sure to stop in at the gift shop on your way out.
Dogs in peril
Last year was vintage for big-screen mutts, with pooches stealing the show on The Artist, and making the posters for Hugo and Young Adult. Call it karma, then, that 2012 has metaphorically drowned Uggie's puppies. Bonnie the shih tzu was snatched in Seven Psychopaths, Poppy the terrier abducted in Sightseers. But they get off lightly compared with Fanny the springer spaniel in The Hunt. »
- Catherine Shoard
Admission, set for release on March 8th 2013, stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, and tells the story of an admissions officer (Tina Fey) who encounters a boy – the same boy she gave up for adoption years ago. The film also stars Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, and Gloria Reuben. The official synopsis for the film goes something like this:
[Admission is] about the surprising detours we encounter. Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman (Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted — but in the process finding her »
- Catherina Gioino
Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) and Paul Rudd (“This is 40″) star in the new comedy Admission directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness.
Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) lives by the book, both at work and at home. But Portia is caught off guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school headed by her former college classmate, the freewheeling John Pressman (Paul Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted . but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and »
- Michelle McCue
Ridley Scott has signed on to direct his first project for the small screen.
The three-time Oscar nominee will be behind the camera for The Vatican premiere, described by Showtime as "a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church."
According to a network press release, the series "will explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world’s most hidden institutions."
Only a pilot for the drama has been ordered at this stage, but it seems hard to believe The Vatican will not receive a full green light from the network.
This spring, meanwhile, Showtime will premiere two new shows:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Focus Features has unveiled the second trailer from Admission, the latest from director Paul Weitz (Being Flynn, Little Fockers). Tina Fey stars as Portia Nathan, a straight-laced admissions officer at Princeton University. While visiting a high school in New Hampshire, she reconnects with an old college friend (Paul Rudd), and realizes that one of his students may be the son she gave up for adoption years ago. Take a look at the latest footage from this upcoming comedy, also starring Michael Sheen, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn, and Lily Tomlin.
Admission - Trailer 2
Oh look, Hollywood put two people you like in the same movie! Admission stars Tina Fey as a Princeton admissions officer whose life is changed when an old classmate (Paul Rudd) contacts her — and tells her that one of his high school students (Nat Wolff) may be the son she gave up for adoption when she was in college. Way to give away the whole plot, trailer.
On paper, the story sounds sort of heavy — but the movie itself looks like pretty light fare, complete with a cow birthing and a trigger-happy Lily Tomlin as Portia’s mother. Liz Lemon »
- Hillary Busis
We saw a great first trailer and poster debut last month. And with only a few more months to go before it hits the big screen, a second trailer has surfaced over at E! Online, giving us another look at the comedy coming our way next March.
“Tina Fey (Date Night, 30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (I Love You Man, Knocked Up) star in Admission, the new film directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness. Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman (Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Two weeks ago we shared the first trailer for the upcoming comedy Admission, which comes from director Paul Weitz, and stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in the leading roles. Today, we have another great trailer for the whole thing, and I definitely recommend you to check it out. Let someone in…? Sounds like an easy job, but takes effort…
Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, »
- Jeanne Standal
Focus Features has brought online a second trailer for Paul Weitz's Admission , starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn and Lily Tomlin. In the March 8 release, Fey is plays Portia Nathan, an admissions officer at Princeton University. Evaluating thousands of hopeful college students, the exceedingly bright and driven woman lives her life by the book, both at work and in her relationship with a faculty colleague, Mark (Sheen). Visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school submitting applicants, Portia is caught off guard when its co-founder John Halsey (Rudd) turns out to have attended college with her. She is then floored when reminded of the life-altering decision that she made while still a student herself; she had a son, who she gave up »
As anyone who jumped on the Tree of Life hype-wagon last year knows, Terrence Malick films are a genre unto themselves. You can always count on a beautifully shot, slow moving film with a top-notch ensemble cast and lots of philosophical dialogue about love and life. To the Wonder has been in the news for quite some time – first with casting announcements that include Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem as the main characters. Then the discussion turned to when the film would be released and who might get cut out in the final edit. Rachel Weisz, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet were among the well-known names that didn't make the final cut of the film and speculation was rampant about who else might get cut out. Judging from this new trailer,...
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The first trailer has debuted for director Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, his follow-up to last year's Best Picture nominee The Tree of Life. Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko star as a couple struggling with their relationship as they travel through Oklahoma. Take a look at the first footage from this upcoming drama, also starring Rachel McAdams, Jessica Chastain, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, and Michael Sheen.
To The Wonder - Trailer
To the Wonder comes to theaters April 12th, 2013 and stars Rachel McAdams, Jessica Chastain, Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet. The film is directed by Terrence Malick. »
Terrence Malick sure can make a Terrence Malick movie. Back in November, Ben Affleck described the film as a "tone poem" and it appears he was right on the money. Generally, the film revolves around Javier Bardem as a priest and a love triangle involving a womanizing Ben Affleck, his childhood sweetheart (Rachel McAdams), and his French girlfriend (Olga Kurylenko); however, considering that most of Affleck's dialogue was cut, don't expect the film to be as traditional as it sounds (also don't expect to see Michael Sheen and Rachel Weisz). What you can expect are a lot more close-ups of people touching hands, sad shots of characters standing wordlessly indoors, some Twilight-esque new-agey voice-over, and scenes in which actors just walk around in nature — it's a Terrence Malick film, you know the drill. To the Wonder premieres Stateside on April 12, which gives you four months to get yourself »
- Jesse David Fox
"Les Miserables" Director Tom Hooper and composer Mychael Danna will be honored at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Hooper is set to get the Sonny Bono Visionary Award while Danna will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing. Both will join previous announced honorees -- the cast of Argo, Richard Gere, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Naomi Watts and Robert Zemeckis. The Festival runs January 3-14.
(Watch my fun interview with Tom Hooper for "Les Miserables" right here, "Les Miserables" movie review)
Here's the complete press release:
Palm Springs, CA (December 18, 2012) . The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Academy Award®-winning director Tom Hooper with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award and Mychael Danna with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, »
Christopher Heyerdahl, who portrayed Marcus of the Volturi in the Twilight Saga, has said some mighty interesting things about his relationship with co-stars Michael Sheen and Jamie Campbell Bower - Aro and Caius respectively - on the set of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. In a recent interview with River Online, he said about his co-stars (remember, Heyerdahl does have a soft spoken and non-acerbic tone), "Jamie and I have the closest off-screen relationship. We did spend a fair bit of time together. Michael was really off courting his love at the time. He has his own Didyme to deal with and he would spend most of his time keeping that relationship alive." View slideshow: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' He also added that Sheen was the obvious central figure of »
I like many others was excited for Tron: Legacy back in 2010. The soundtrack was also gobbled up by those who saw the film, and may have actually liked the music more than the movie itself. Personally, I enjoyed it. I thought it was fun, but kept thinking about how The Dude had taken over what once was Flynn. I was also head over heels with Michael Sheen's over the top performance: "Change the scheme, alter the mood. Electrify the boys and girls if you'd be so kind." Plus, Olivia »
- Niki Stephens
Garrett Hedlund is coming back online in Disney's upcoming follow-up to 2010's "Tron Legacy." In "Tron Legacy," Hedlund played Sam Flynn, the son of the hero of the 1982 original, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). Olivia Wilde and Michael Sheen also starred. When asked about the possibility of returning for the sequel, Hedlund confirmed the new to Next Movie, asking, "Are we gonna break this now?" "I'm very excited, Disney's very excited," he added. Disney recently inked a deal with Jesse Wigutow ("Eragon," the upcoming "Peter and the Starcatchers") to write the screenplay. Joseph Kosinski, who directed "Tron Legacy," is also returning, but it's not known »
- HitFix Staff
Opening opposite The Hobbit tomorrow pretty much dooms Save the Date to be a period at the end of the tiny footnote at the bottom of this weekend’s box-office story. But the movie, which premiered at Sundance and stars Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan as sisters — one blissfully engaged to be married, the other making every effort to avoid the institution — is a refreshingly complex look at modern movie romance. Brie’s responsible older sis is aggressively planning her wedding to Martin Starr’s bearded drummer, while Caplan’s Sarah is having second thoughts about moving in with the band’s lead singer, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Last night, Kristen Stewart hit The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson in support of On The Road, and the interview certainly goes down as one of the silliest to-date. Stewart's Twilight Saga co-stars like Michael Sheen and Maggie Grace have experienced Ferguson's brand of humor before, so she might've had an inkling of what was to come before hitting the stage, but the two just ended up rambling for most of it. The most substantial bit came early on, after a clip of Stewart and co-star Garrett Hedlund dancing chaotically in the film came through and Ferguson was floored by the intensity of it. Stewart herself admitted, "that was like the m ././. »
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