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Glenn, Team Film Experience's resident Australian, here. In all the hubbub surrounding the big wins for American Hustle and Her, it went unnoticed (not surprisingly, but also not without reason) that the nominees for this year's Aacta Awards were announced. Australia's own "Academy" (renamed from the Australian Film Institute several years back) went big for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which is hoping for a tech resurgence later in the guild-stretch of the Oscar season, and Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket, which is still holding on hope for an Academy foreign language short-listing. Other famous names like Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Mia Wasikowska, and Naomi Watts also appear across the 14 categories recognising Australian films.
- Glenn Dunks
The two-time Oscar nominee is best known for directing lyrical adult dramas, including 21 Grams, Biutiful, Amores Perros, and Babel, but seems to be expanding his repertoire lately. Iñárritu is currently in post-production on his first major comedy, Birdman, which stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Michael Keaton.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news.
Little is known about the project at this point, but telling the story of the young »
- Lindsey Bahr
Nikki Finke has long been Hollywood’s greatest enigma: a mysterious blogger who, via her Deadline Hollywood website, breaks insider news and spews vitriolic opinions about the town’s power players, all from the comfort of her secret Los Angeles home. (Finke doesn’t do lunches and few people have seen what she looks like today. The one photo that floats around the Internet is at least 20 years old.) But in the past month she and her boss, Jay Penske, who bought Deadline in 2009 and broadened the site from a one-woman operation into a trade publication, ended their business relationship »
- Nicole Sperling
The couple has two sons Sasha, 6, and Kai, 4, and Schreiber feels Christmas is a good time to teach them how to take care of the people in need, reports contactmusic.com.
"This time of year - now that I have two small kids, (we're) finding ways to teach them about generosity and compassion," said Schreiber.
The couple took the sons to a charitable organisation.
"(We) took the boys up to the (homeless charity) Association to Benefit Children in Harlem, and. »
- Machan Kumar
The 'Ray Donovan' star told the New York Post that the couple is spending the holidays trying to find ways to teach their sons generosity and compassion.
The 46-year-old actor explained that he and Watts recently took the boys to a homeless charity in Harlem, and they had such a great time playing the kids for two hours and it was amazing.
Schreiber added that the kids, who were reluctant at first to give away their stuff to less privileged kids, now want to go back every week. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
In Case You Missed Them... here are a dozen highlights from the month that was as we round the corner into the last leg of 2013 and sprint towards Oscar nominations.
My imaginary Actress Roundtable for THR. They need to mix it up a little for freshness. I've added Léa, Sandra and Margo.
Emma Thompson's Shoes... Nathaniel meets the actress over cocktails
Hollywood Actress Roundtable Oprah gushes over Lupita. Octavia and Amy listen. Julia and Emma steal the spotlight
Naomi Watts' Rough Year Paging Lacuna, Inc
She's Finally Got It Angela Lansbury & Honorary Oscars
International Transgendered Day an Oscar Trivia List
Critics Choice Young Actor/Actress Ballots who should be on them?
Animated Features 2003 the 10th anniversary of a key Oscar shortlist
The Best Man Holiday opens big
Frozen = Wicked is this the closest we're getting to the stage musical onscreen?
- NATHANIEL R
It's the end of November, and Peter Travers knows that turkeys on the Thanksgiving table means plenty of turkeys at the movies. So while you're recovering from your tryptophan coma and trying to figure out what film to see, our fearless critic has brought out his faithful Scum Bucket – and his fowl friend Gobbles! – to help you steer clear of November's worst movies.
See Which Movie Peter Travers Calls "Spectacular"
Fittingly, the worst-of-the-worst is Free Bird, a poorly animated kids movie about turkeys that Travers urges you to avoid at all costs. »
Still need to finish your holiday shopping? With Black Friday just days away, Us Weekly's got you covered: Check out the five holiday gifts we're totally crushing on this season -- you just might find that perfect idea for someone on your nice list! 1. Menswear-inspired flats: Take a break from ballerinas this winter and take a cue from Taylor Swift and Naomi Watts, who are putting their best foot forward in the style. Add extra sparkle to your footwear for holiday parties and snag a pair [...] »
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There’s an old nursery rhyme that goes, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.” However, times seem to have changed since that was written. The trend now in both the real world and in Hollywood is for a couple to meet, fall in love, have a kid (or six) and then tie the knot–if they get married at all! The 10 famous couples on our list and their premarital progeny prove that times have changed and that’s a-okay!
Kanye West may have proposed to Kim Kardashian on her most recent birthday, but their daughter North was born earlier this summer. Rumor has it that Kanye wanted to marry Kim before North was born, but was barred due to complications in her divorce from Kris Humphries.
- Meghan O'Keefe
Box-office takings shot up to 72% to $20 million, thanks to the two newcomers and a reasonable hold by Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.
The first Hunger Games wound up with $31.2 million so the sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence as feisty heroine Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman has an excellent chance of beating that, particularly with no new films targeting that demographic in the next few weeks.
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor 3D rang up $1.5 million from 107 locations on Sunday, »
- Don Groves
Blue Is the Warmest Colour, a three-hour French film about two women who fall in love, is leaping from the art house to the mainstream as it arrives in UK cinemas this weekend.
A Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner back in May, Abdellatif Kechiche's drama immediately hit the headlines thanks to its graphic (and prolonged) depictions of lesbian sex and the subsequent rows that erupted between the director and star Léa Seydoux.
Step outside of the controversy, however, and what's left is a love story that's both tender and utterly heart-shattering. Blue also features a stunning breakthrough performance from Adèle Exarchopoulos and is well worth seeking out if you want a change from big budget Hollywood fare.
The Hunger (1983)
Tony Scott shot »
Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg ‘Maps to the Stars’ gets German distribution, Toronto screening Starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars has found a German distributor. Screen Daily reports that Christian Meinke’s Mfa+ has acquired the rights to the David Cronenberg-directed Hollywood satire at the American Film Market, recently held in Santa Monica. Mfa+ also picked up Vincent Grashaw’s feature debut Coldwater and Tobias Lindholm’s Danish thriller A Hijacking / Kapringen, which has a similar premise to that of the Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks hit Captain Phillips. (Photo: Robert Pattinson on the set of Maps to the Stars.) In Map to the Stars, John Cusack (replacing Viggo Mortensen) plays a Los Angeles analyst and self-help guru whose wife (Olivia Williams) is immersed in the career of their teen star son (Evan Bird), fresh off of rehab. Their daughter (Mia Wasikowska »
- Andre Soares
Whether it is the Five Minutes in Heaven‘s lesser-known subjects or Downfall‘s depiction of the final days of Adolf Hitler, director Oliver Hirschbiegel is experienced in the biopic field. His latest, Diana, currently in limited release, focuses on the late Princess Diana of Wales (Naomi Watts) and her secret love affair with an Indian immigrant surgeon, Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews [...] »
- Bill Graham
Odd List Ryan Lambie 20 Nov 2013 - 06:57
The constantly busy Ridley Scott always has lots of potential films in production, so here's a look at what he might be up to next...
Since his debut in 1977 with the historical drama, The Duellists, director Ridley Scott has gradually built up an eclectic body of work. His Hollywood career began with the stunning one-two sci-fi punch of Alien and Blade Runner, before heading off into fantasy (Legend), thrillers (Someone To Watch Over Me, Black Rain) and road-trip drama (the Oscar-winning Thelma And Louise).
As James Clayton pointed out in his recent Friday column, the 70-something Sir Ridley shows no sign of slowing down, and if anything, his slate of forthcoming films is somewhat bewildering - in what seems like every other interview, the director will mention another project of one sort or another, which makes working out what he's likely to be »
Adam Driver (Girls) has signed on to appear in Saverio Costanzo's Hungry Hearts, which will pair him up with Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher (I Am Love). Driver and Rohrwacher will play a couple who meet by chance in New York City. They develop the perfect love story with marriage and children before finding their happiness in jeopardy in a life or death struggle.
Driver has been very busy lately, showing up in The Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, the upcoming Tracks alongside Mia Wasikowska, Warner Bros.' This Is When I Leave You and While We're Young, which also stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. He's also been linked to the role of Nightwing in Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman, although he's since denied that he's front-runner for the part of Batman's former sidekick.
It seems like Adam Driver has got a lot on his plate and I »
- Gary Collinson
Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list. »
- Eric Lavallee
Her publisher, HarperCollins, said the author of more than 55 works of fiction, opera, nonfiction and poetry, died peacefully early Sunday. Her family requested privacy, and the exact cause of death was not immediately clear.
Lessing explored topics ranging from colonial Africa to dystopian Britain, from the mystery of being female to the unknown worlds of science fiction.
She won the Nobel Literature prize in 2007. The Swedish Academy praised Lessing for her “skepticism, fire and visionary power.” When informed about winning the prize outside her London home she responded: “Oh Christ! … I couldn’t care less.”
That was typical of the irascible, independent Lessing, who never saved her fire for the page. The targets of her vocal ire in recent years included former President George W. Bush »
- Associated Press
In Sunlight Jr., Naomi Watts plays a convenience store clerk struggling to get by and to get away from her ex-boyfriend Norman Reedus, who's taken to stalking and harassing her at work. He doesn't accept that she's moved on, and uses his position as her mother's landlord (and neighborhood drug dealer) to intimidate her further. Reedus, who of course also plays fan favorite Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, called up Vulture while shooting the finale of that show ("It's a very ambitious episode; they went big with it") to chat about surviving on spaghetti, head-butting, and his wish to guest on Portlandia.Do you see anything in common with the show, and your new film? They're both about the struggle to survive, although under very different circumstances.No zombies in Florida! [Laughs.] The thing I liked about Sunlight Jr. was that it felt like a very real, very honest portrayal »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Around the time of the last presidential elections we heard quite a bit about the income discrepancies in the Us thanks to the Occupy Wall Street movement protests that eventually spilled over into that election campaign (still recall that “parasite” speech) with talk about the “job creators” and the “takers”. Well it was only a matter of time before a film producer would focus in on the “have-nots” or as Occupy called themselves, the “99 percent”. Time to shine a light on the “working poor”. Or better yet let’s upon the movie drapery and let Sunlight Jr. shine in.
Down in balmy Clearwater, Florida Melissa (Naomi Watts) lives in a grimy, run-down motel with her paraplegic boyfriend Richie (Matt Dillon). They’re barely scraping by on her cashier job at the dingy 24-hour gas and convenience shop, Sunlight Jr. ,and his disability checks. She’s got to put up with »
- Jim Batts
After making side trips to California’s Central Coast and Hawaii (for “Sideways” and “The Descendants,” respectively), Alexander Payne returns to his home state of Nebraska for his sixth directorial feature, a wistful ode to small-town Midwestern life and the quixotic dreams of stubborn old men. Sporting a career-crowning performance by Bruce Dern and a thoroughly impressive dramatic turn by “SNL”/“30 Rock” alum Will Forte, Payne’s first film based on another writer’s original screenplay (by debut feature scribe Bob Nelson) nevertheless fits nicely alongside his other low-concept, finely etched studies of flawed characters stuck in life’s well-worn grooves. Black-and-white lensing and lack of a Clooney-sized star portend less than “Descendants”-sized business, but critical hosannas and awards buzz should mean solid prestige success for this November Paramount release.
— Scott Foundas
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Back in 1999, Malcolm D. Lee’s debut feature, »
- Variety Staff
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