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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
'Being Julia' movie: Annette Bening and Shaun Evans 'Being Julia' movie review: Annette Bening showcase tells us a little about Avice A little Being Julia movie background: In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, Bette Davis plays Margo Channing, a major Broadway star who, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, falls prey to the youthful, ambitious wannabe Eve Harrington: sweet, soft-spoken Anne Baxter on the outside; ruthless, poisonous gargoyle on the inside.* More than a decade earlier, in 1937 to be exact, W. Somerset Maugham had written Theatre, a novel about West End diva Julia Lambert. In Maugham's tale, Julia, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, succumbs to her vanity when she falls madly in love with Tom Fennel, a handsome – and deceptively innocent-looking – American half her age. Through Tom's "special friendship" with the renowned Julia, an ambitious young actress, »
- Andre Soares
Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' dancing, with Garrett Hedlund on the right Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road. Salles had been impressed with Stewart's pre-Twilight work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. Based on LuAnne Henderson, Kerouac's close buddy Neal Cassady's first wife, Marylou is described as a "beautiful little sharp chick." Apparently, one who also likes to move seductively to the sound of music – as can be attested by the Kristen Stewart picture above, which first came out online in early 2011. Besides Stewart, On the Road also features Garrett Hedlund – at the time best known for Tron: Legacy – as Dean Moriarty, »
- Zac Gille
Adapted from Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel, Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd follows Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) as she attempts to dissuade three cliched male suitors who seem to be ripped from the pages of trashy romance novels. Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a monstrously rugged yet broodingly sensitive sheep farmer; William Boldwood (Michael Sheen) is a wealthy yet socially awkward, 40-year-old bachelor; and Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge) is a sexually confident and arrogant sergeant. »
- Don Simpson
Now, here’s a great example of counter-programming. As of last Friday, with the return of Marvel’s superstar super-team, the onslaught of the big blockbuster, “check your mind at the door”, movie season officially began. But what about those cultured folks needing an oasis at the multiplex, a quiet escape from the movie mayhem. The colder temps generally welcome those more serious, somber films, often adapted from literary classics. However, a few of these often seep through the Summer season (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Help). That’s the case with this literary adaptation, but it’s also a reboot since there was a celebrated film version starring Julie Christie way back in 1967. Now, once again, from the classic tome written by Thomas Hardy (no, not next week’s “Mad Max”), here’s Far From The Madding Crowd.
With the first fade-in, we meet the story’s heroine, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) on horseback, »
- Jim Batts
Be warned, the interview contains discussion of a few moments in the film which some might consider spoilers…
Kat Kourbeti: How has press and reception of the film been so far?
Thomas Vinterberg: I don’t read reviews, but I hear they’re pretty good. All day yesterday I was speaking to very, very enthusiastic and happy people, so that’s obviously incredibly encouraging.
Kk: It really has all the makings of a modern classic. You’ve taken a very well-loved novel – it’s something that a lot of women picture as the epitome of romance – but you’ve really brought it forward. It’s very relatable despite the fact that we don’t live in Victorian times. »
- Kat Kourbeti
Just the most recent adaptation of Thomas Hardy's romance novel, director Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd is a painterly film, every image of it captured and displayed on screen is so rich and neatly framed, colors vibrant, landscapes captivatingly photographed. I don't know much about the technical craft of shooting a film but this new take on the story results in a very appealing picture to look at from its first frame to its last. Unfortunately, the film's beauty is too often found on the surface and not beneath it, a polished veneer without the underlying heart to fully sustain it. Based on Hardy's Brit-lit classic, Far from the Madding Crowd is set during the late 1800s, a time when men ran everything. Err, almost everything. Enter Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a successful, headstrong woman and the sole heir to one of the largest farms in the region, »
- Jordan Benesh
Far from the Madding Crowd’s Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts) is basically every girl’s dream guy. He’s kind, loyal, ambitious and love animals. Trouble is, when he proposes to Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), she’s got ambitions of her own and they’re more in line with running a successful farm, not getting married and settling down. However, soon enough, her priorities change and she starts to consider not one but three potential suitors, Mr. Oak, the cocky soldier Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge) and the wealthy farm owner Michael Boldwood (Michael Sheen). With Far from the Madding Crowd currently in select theaters, I got the opportunity to sit down with Schoenaerts to discuss the challenge of playing an all-around good guy. We also talked about what he learned at farming boot camp, the sheep belly puncturing scene and more. You can catch it all in the video interview below and, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Listing the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze, and Paul Thomas Anderson as her Bucket List of directors with whom to work, Juno Temple’s film choices are best described as eclectic. The daughter of rock and roll filmmaker Julien Temple, Juno had a creative, rebellious spirit instilled in her at an early age, and her career has reflected that greatly.
Starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe and Daniel Radcliffe in Horns, she’s never been one to back away from darker roles. On the other hand, she’s also completely willing to play dress-up every once and a while. You may remember her as a fairy in Maleficent or as Queen Anne, dripping in pearls and lace, in Paul W. S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers.
- Sasha James
Far from the Madding Crowd, 2015.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
The story is (by now) borderline cliché: free-spirited Bathsheba Everdene scorns women who fall for the first pretty boy to wink at them, and vows to never be like them. Yet as fate would have it, she meets the right kind of pretty boy, and makes the wrong choice (twice) and pays for it, only to realise that the person she’s always loved has been right there all along. Cue sweeping violins, magnificent outdoor shots of Dorset, and a happy ending. If Bathsheba reminds you a bit of Katniss Everdeen of Hunger Games fame, »
- Kat Kourbeti
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, May 1. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Avengers: Age of Ultron Director: Joss Whedon Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Paul Bettany Synopsis: "When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (12 reviews) Far From the Madding Crowd Director: Thomas Vinterberg Cast: Carey Mulligan, Juno Temple, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Matthias »
- Steve Greene
If you are despairing this week at the end of Poldark, you need worry not as Far From The Madding Crowd gallops romantically into cinemas this weekend, proving a worthy replacement. This sumptuous costume drama directed by Danish director and Dogme 95 founder Thomas Vinterberg will aptly fill the void. A re-telling of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel first published in 1874, the film follows the adventures of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) as she inherits her Uncle’s farm in Dorset. Previously a woman of no means, her inheritance elevates her to mistress of the manor and its surrounding lands, a highly unusual position for a woman. An independent free spirit, love comes calling in the shape of three very different suitors, a shepherd and farm hand Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), young soldier Sergeant Troy (Tom Sturridge) and wealthy middle-aged bachelor William Boldwood (Michael Sheen). When we first meet Bathsheba she is »
- email@example.com (Clare Daly)
It's blockbuster season, and this month is upping the ante. Last month, we had epics like Fast & Furious 7, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now we're seeing the return of our favourite aca-bitches, the Barden Bellas, in Pitch Perfect 2.
Release diary: What movies are coming out in 2015?
Digital Spy rounds up the films you can't miss this May...
Release date: May 1
Why you should see it: Based on the beloved novel from Thomas Hardy, Carey Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdene, a headstrong Victorian lady who must decide between three suitors. Starring alongside her are Michael Sheen as the debonair William Boldwood, Tom Sturridge as the passionate Sergeant Frank Troy, and Matthias Schoenaerts as the charming Gabriel Oak. »
New York - You may not believe it, but Carey Mulligan isn't a fan of singing in public. Somehow though the soon to be 30-year-old actress and wife of "Mumford & Sons" lead singer Marcus Mumford keeps find herself stretching her vocal chords in one movie after another. It started with Steve McQueen's "Shame" and continued with the Coen Bros.' "Inside Llewyn Davis." Mulligan avoided it in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," but now find herself singing acappella in Thomas Vinterberg's "Far From The Madding Crowd." Speaking to Mulligan earlier this month, HitFix asked how she was handling being pigeonholed as a - gasp - songstress! "Persecuted is more the question? I know it's so strange," Mulligan says. "It keeps happening to be int he script and I'm constantly fighting with it. I did fight it a little bit with this one, but I was quickly put »
- Gregory Ellwood
Matthias Schoenaerts doesn’t carry quite the air of intensity that you might expect of him after watching some of his heavier dramas. In reality, the “Rust and Bone” star is the laid back, all-smiles, and a surprisingly chatty sort, as happy to delve into the tenets of his dramatic education as he is to celebrate the comic force that is Will Ferrell. Schoenaerts’ latest film, Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of 19th century author Thomas Hardy’s novel “Far from the Madding Crowd,” allows the actor to show off a degree of sensitivity of which audiences might never have known him to be capable. Schoenaerts plays a strong and stoic farmhand deeply in love with his boss (Carey Mulligan), whose character is likewise the romantic pursuit of a timid landowner (Michael Sheen) and a rogue soldier (Tom Sturridge). Although we kicked off with a conversation about his work on “Far from the Madding Crowd, »
- Michael Arbeiter
In this excerpt from this week's Guardian film show our critics chase Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts all over the Dorset hills in Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of the Thomas Hardy romantic classic. Far From the Madding Crowd, which also stars Michael Sheen as the lovelorn William Boldwood and Tom Sturridge as the cocksure Sergeant Francis Troy, is released worldwide on Friday 1 May Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger, Mona Mahmood and Andrea Salvatici
One of the most respected actresses working in film, Carey Mulligan has portrayed an array of unique film heroines. Her latest turn in Far From The Madding Crowd is no different. As Bathsheba Everdene, Mulligan is vivacious yet stern.
Based on the classic 1874 novel, the film follows the character as she attempts to establish herself as strong and independent during a time when women were expected to live as property of the men they married. As three suitors (Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, Michael Sheen) attempt to woo her, she must fend them off… until one of them steals her heart.
At a recent press conference for the film, Mulligan discussed playing an independent woman during the Victorian Era, and what drives her choice of roles.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Justine Browning)
The actress filmed a duet with Michael Sheen on the folk tune 'Let No Man Steal Your Thyme' for the romantic film.
Speaking to Digital Spy about the scene, she said: "I always get nervous about singing, so there was a singing scene that I campaigned to get cut out of the film.
"I was rejected!"
Far from the Madding Crowd opens in cinemas on May 1. Watch a trailer below: »
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
Upon meeting director Thomas Vinterberg, you’d see exactly where his new film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel “Far from the Madding Crowd” gets its temperament. Soft-spoken, patient, vividly intelligent, and funny when you least expect it, filmmaker Vinterberg exudes all the same characteristics that make his period romance such an interesting reinvention of the 1874 classic. If you're unfamiliar with novel or story, it takes place in Victorian England and follows the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who finds three very different suitors vying for her hand: the shepherd, Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), wealthy landowner, William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), and soldier, Sergeant Troy (Tom Sturridge). As the characters overlap and pursue their own methods of courtship, heartbreak and romance aren't too far behind. We met Vinterberg in a sun-basted hotel room across from Central Park. Though jet-lagged from a flight in from Denmark just »
- Michael Arbeiter
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