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Thanks to the successful film adaptations of The Hunger Games franchise and The Fault In Our Stars, 2014 could be dubbed the year of the Ya. The genre of books took over the box office with other big screen takes on the first of the Divergent series, The Giver, If I Stay, and The Maze Runner.
While the primary focus on these films was the young stars that embodied the angst-ridden teens of the books, every one of these movies was supported by an award-winning adult actor. Even Meryl Streep got into the Ya game, adding pedigree to The Giver, which starred budding star Brenton Thwaites.
But how did Streep compare to Julianne Moore, who stepped into the role of President Coin in the third Hunger Games film, or to Kate Winslet, who portrayed the villain in the first installment of Divergent? We ranked all of the 2014 film performances based on who used their Oscar prowess to maximum »
Barack Obama has revealed his favourite movie of 2014.
"Boyhood was a great movie. That, I think, was my favourite movie this year," Politico quotes him as saying.
Boyhood follows the life of Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane) from the age of 6 to 18 and was filmed over the course of 12 years. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette feature in the supporting cast and both recently nabbed Golden Globe nominations for their performances.
Boyhood, Birdman and civil rights drama Selma are among the early frontrunners this awards season, with Academy Awards nominations due to be revealed in January
"I've read others [since, but] I read Gone Girl a couple summers ago, »
It takes a brave woman to boss Jared Leto and Tom Hardy around, and Warner Bros appear to have found just that as Viola Davis joins the cast of Suicide Squad. According to reports she will play Amanda Waller, aka “The Wall”, the formidable government mastermind who assembles the squad, known as “Task Force X”. The star of How To Get Away With Murder faces up not only to Leto’s Joker and Hardy’s Rick Flagg, but also Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Will Smith’s Deadshot, Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress and Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang.
Rumours about who would take the role have included Oprah Winfrey (a bizarre choice in some ways but perhaps an inspired one) and Davis’ The Help co-star Octavia Spencer. Waller was created by John Ostrander, Len Wein and John Byrne. She first appeared in the DC Universe in 1986. For one storyline she »
- Steve Palace
The Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (Faaaf) announced its nominees for the 15th Annual Black Reel Awards Wednesday morning. Justin Simien's "Dear White People" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma" led the way with 10 nominations each. They were joined by "Belle," "Beyond the Lights" and "Top Five" in the organization's best picture category. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 22, 2015. And learn more about what's going on this season at The Circuit. Motion Picture Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" "Beyond the Lights" "Dear White People" "Selma" "Top Five" Outstanding Actor Chadwick Boseman, "Get on Up" David Oyelowo, "Selma" Nate Parker, "Beyond the Lights" Chris Rock, "Top Five" Denzel Washington, "The Equalizer" Outstanding Actress Rosario Dawson, "Top Five" Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Belle" Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Beyond the Lights" Tessa Thompson, "Dear White People" Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie" Outstanding Supporting Actor Nelsan Ellis, "Get On Up" David Oyelowo, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Following the announcement of the main cast for David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" at DC and Warner Bros. Pictures, a report quickly emerged that three high profile actresses were under consideration for the role of Amanda Waller.
Today, Latino Review reports that the list has been narrowed down to one with "The Help" and "How To Get Away with Murder" star Viola Davis having apparently scored the gig, beating out both Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer for the coveted role.
Davis will play Waller, a prison warden and government agent placed in charge of the titular squad, a semi-secret covert group of former super villains who work for the government in return for their freedom.
Davis is expected to work around her TV schedule to film her role. If the report is accurate, she joins a cast that includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, »
- Garth Franklin
The cast of Suicide Squad was officially confirmed at the beginning of the month with Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. But that's only our heroes. What about their overseers? Well, after names like Oprah Winfrey an Octavia Spencer were said to be in contention for the role of prison warden Amanda Waller, Latino Review is reporting that Viola Davis (Ender's Game, The Help) is taking the role of a former congressional aide and government agent placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty. More below! However, it doesn't entirely seem like a done deal as the report says the part goes to Davis only if the filmmakers can work with her schedule on the hit new »
- Ethan Anderton
Just over two weeks ago, we reported on official casting for the upcoming DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad. Alongside confirmation that Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, and Margot Robbie were set for central roles in the film, there was a rumor that Viola Davis, Oprah Winfrey, and Octavia Spencer were in contention to tackle the role of Amanda Waller, the former congressional aide and government agent who oversees the titular squad. According to Latino Review, Davis has officially scored the role, provided director David Ayer and his crew are able to make things work with Davis' shooting schedule for her new hit TV show "How to Get Away with Murder". Basically, it sounds as though the role is Davis' for the taking, and the only way someone else will play Waller is if the parties involved are unable to make her filming schedule work. I feel like I state »
- Jordan Benesh
An unconfirmed report Tuesday evening from the folks at Latino Review (who've broken a number of stories in the past) states that Viola Davis has been cast as Amanda Waller in Warner Bros.' 2016 "Suicide Squad" film adaptation. If this is indeed confirmed, Davis will be joining an ensemble cast that includes Will Smith who'll be playing the character known as Deadshot, as well as Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jared, Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne. As previously reported, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey were the studio’s top choices of actresses for the part. As I said previously, of the 3, I'd go with Viola Davis. From what I »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Shortly after Warner Bros. announced the main cast of Suicide Squad, Variety reported that Oprah Winfrey was the studio's top choice to play the main villain Amanda Waller. Today, Latino Review claims that Viola Davis has locked down the job. She has also beat out Octavia Spencer for the coveted role.
Viola Davis will play Prison Warden Amanda Waller, who, in the comic books, is a former congressional aide and government agent who is often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret covert group of former super villains who work for the government in return for their freedom. Viola Davis has been offered the role as Amanda Waller, but she will need to work around her TV schedule. She currently fronts the popular new ABC series How to Get Away with Murder.
There is no official word from Warner Bros. and DC about the casting at this time. »
With Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevingne confirmed for "Suicide Squad" a couple weeks back, you might think there wouldn't be any major roles left to cast. But there was still at least one more: Amanda Waller, the government official who oversees the titular super villain black ops program. Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey were frequently mentioned as contenders/wishlisted actresses for the part, and any one of the trio would've brought more prestige to the project. But according to report from Latino Review, it's Davis who has bagged the role of the Suicide Squad commander. It's not 100% just yet, as Davis' commitment to the hit TV show "How To Get Away With Murder" still has to be sorted out. And while filming on "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" has officially wrapped, it was rumored over the summer that the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A couple of weeks back we reported the casting news for Suicide Squad now that the whole team is in place. But one name missing was the lady behind the team, Amanda Waller.
Well, according to Latino Review (who are hit and miss with their reports), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) is now the front runner for the role. It was previously reported that Oprah Winfrey (Selma) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) were also in the running, with Winfrey taking the lead, but this new report seems to think however that Davis is a lock for the role.
Curiously though, Latino Review doesn’t mention whether Davis will be signed to a multi-picture deal, which could mean that Amanda Waller’s role in the DC Universe could be short lived.
- Luke Owen
Earlier this month when the cast for David Ayer's Suicide Squad was officially announced, it was reported Viola Davis, Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer were being eyed to play Amanda Waller, who in the comics is the government agent in charge of the antihero team. Well, according to Lr, Viola Davis has landed the role. However, the site says there is one thing that could prevent Viola Davis from appearing in Suicide Squad: her television schedule. Ratings for Davis' How to »
- Jesse Giroux
Several weeks ago, Warner Bros. announced the cast of their upcoming DC film Suicide Squad. While most of the team was revealed, there was one crucial character missing from the lineup: Amanda Waller. As the commander of the officially-designated Task Force X, Waller is one of the most dangerous individuals in the DC universe, and a frequent adversary to both superheroes and supervillains. A character that.s so badass that she doesn't even blink an eye telling Batman off. Now we might know who's playing this force of nature...so to speak. Latino Review is reporting that Viola Davis has been cast as Waller for the 2016 blockbuster. Davis was one of several contenders for the role, alongside her The Help co-star Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey. The actress is currently starring in the ABC series How To Get Away With Murder, and the role is contingent on it being able »
I'm more excited for Suicide Squad than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Not only does it look like it's not trying to rush a setup for a big crossover film, it's got a bonkers cast that includes Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevinge as Enchantress, and Jared Leto as The Joker. Now the incredibly talented Viola Davis is rounding out the cast to play Amanda Waller. In the comics, Waller is a cold, pragmatic government agent who's in charge of the Suicide Squad, a team of supervillains tasked with carrying out secret missions in exchange for pardons. Hit the jump for more. We previously reported that Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer were also in the mix to play Waller (who was played by Angela Basset in Green Lantern), and while they would have been interesting choices, »
- Matt Goldberg
The final superhero movie scoop of 2014!
Wanted to finish the year off strong with a scoop I been tracking for a hot minute.
According to sources, the lovely Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder) has bagged the role of major DC Comics villain and Prison Warden Amanda Waller in David Ayer's upcoming Suicide Squad. In the comics, Amanda Waller is a former congressional aide and government agent often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty.
Now, the key here is that the role is hers provided that the filmmakers can work out her TV schedule, which will be no small feat considering how big of a hit How To Get Away With Murder is. If it works out she will be joining Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, »
- El Mayimbe
Latino-Review reports that Viola Davis (Prisoners) has nabbed the role of Amanda Waller in David Ayer's upcoming big screen adaptation of Suicide Squad. She was among those eyed for the role when the cast was announced officially earlier this year, with Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer also said to be in the running at the time. However, it now appears as if The Help star has joined the already amazing cast which includes the likes of Jared Leto, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie. The only possible issue is her TV schedule - Davis stars in How To Get Away With Murder - but they will more than likely find a way to work around that. Thoughts on the casting? »
Shailene Woodley shows off her skills in a new trailer for her upcoming movie “Insurgent,” and immediately draws comparisons with action-adventure star Jennifer Lawrence, who’s rocking it in the “Hunger Games” series. Naomi Watts joins the cast with Octavia Spencer, Suki Waterhouse and Daniel Dae Kim. Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Ray Stevenson and Maggie Q reprise their roles. Robert Schwentke directs. [...] »
The thrilling clip, which dropped on Friday, is going to make the wait for the movie's premiere (March 20, 2015) that much longer.
-- Jolie Lash
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Earlier today, Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate) dropped the first,full movie trailer today for their upcoming "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," action/drama flick, and it delivers a ton of new action scenes as Beatrice and company are still on the run from that evil bitch, Jeanine of the Erudite elite. But things take an upswing for them when they team up with another group of people to increase their numbers, and more! Check it out,below. The movie stars: Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Jonny Weston, Rosa Salazar, Suki Waterhouse, and Keiynan Lonsdale. In the new flick, Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. »
Already on the run from the power hungry Erudites, Tris (Woodley) and Four (played by Theo James) begin searching for answers (and allies) amidst the ruins of Chicago. Will ‘The Box’ reveal what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect and what is so important; the Erudites will do anything to get it?
Insurgent opens in UK cinemas on 20th March 2015
Source: TheDivergentSeries »
- Sacha Hall
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