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John Crowley directs Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn,” about a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) going from Ireland to America. He spoke with Variety about his own emigration and early influences, including brother Bob Crowley, the Tony-winning stage designer.
Where were you raised?
I was raised in Cork, with one brother and two sisters. My brother is 17 years older than me. In 1974, when I was 4, he went to England, to the Bristol Old Vic. Starting in 1980 or ’81, my parents sent me once a year to see him. He’s great fun, and happens to be a great designer. I spent inordinate amounts of time watching tech rehearsals. That was the beginning of my artistic education. I grew up hearing his opinions on aesthetics and the importance of story.
That changed your goals?
When I was 11, I wanted to be a fireman, which my dad had been. From age 11 on, I wanted to be involved in theater. »
- Tim Gray
Jose here. As a non-American, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite Us holiday because it's the time of the year when it's socially acceptable for people to put marshmallows and cranberries on everything. A practice which I refuse to stop during the other 364 days of the year, but which for 24 hours helps me bond with the people I love, as I argue about why movies with subtitles are as nourishing as turkey and gravy.
Other than complex carbs, I'm also thankful for
...J.Law away from Dior's gold and diamond shackles. She has rarely looked better than in the black Ralph Lauren she wore to one of the Mockingjay: Part 2 premieres.
...Charlotte Rampling's skinny jeans in 45 Years.
...3D movies that challenge everything I thought about the medium (thank you Gaspar Noe and Wim Wenders)
...for world cinema, and for the opportunity I've had to talk to so many international filmmakers this year. »
Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, and Saoirse Ronan have a collective average age of roughly 25 years old (Ronan the youngest at 21, Mulligan the oldest at 30). Lily Tomlin, Maggie Smith, Charlotte Rampling and Blythe Danner, meanwhile, average out at 74 (Rampling the junior of the quartet at 69, Smith the senior at 80). These two groups of women — with nearly 50 years separating their age medians — make up eight of the 10 performances in major contention for this year's best actress Oscar. The other two? They're both care of Cate Blanchett. And if Blanchett hadn't just won her second Oscar two years ago, she'd be a likely frontrunner for either "Carol" or "Truth" (you can't be nominated for an acting Oscar twice in the same category in a given year). But it's unlikely voters will welcome Blanchett to the triple crown club so soon (remember how long it took Meryl?). That leaves this category wide open, »
- Peter Knegt
There will inevitably come a point during the Thanksgiving holiday when, despite the love you have for your family, you'll just need some time to yourself. So why not spend it in the comfort of a cool, dark movie theater or on a chaise lounge with your laptop? (You could theoretically include the whole family, whom you really do love, in this plan, though the chaise may get crowded.) Anticipating your needs, we have compiled a list of view-worthy films that are currently in cinemas across the country or available with VOD. (For older movies, be sure to check out the list of movies about to leave Netflix on December 1.) Grab some lukewarm turkey leftovers and enjoy.Brooklyn Leading lady Saoirse Ronan has received a considerable amount of praise for her portrayal of a 1950s Irish immigrant in the coming-of-age drama. "The 21-year-old actress brings something unusual to every »
- Devon Ivie
The first time most of us saw Saoirse Ronan was in Joe Wright's British period war drama"Atonement," as the little girl who gets her sexy older sister (Keira Knightley) into a heap of trouble. It's been seven years since Ronan earned her first and only Oscar nomination. Since then she played a trained assassin in Wright's "Hanna," and acted for directors Peter Jackson ("The Lovely Bones"), Gillian Armstrong ("Death Defying Acts"), Peter Weir ("The Way Back"), Kevin Macdonald ("How I Live Now") and Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"). When she inevitably returns to the Academy Awards, she'll be a young woman. In a way the movie version of Colm Tóibín's book "Brooklyn," nurtured for years by writer Nick Hornby, has been waiting for Ronan to grow up. She's now 21. When we talked about her growth as an actress, Ronan admitted that she has gained confidence—from. »
- Anne Thompson
McCarthy is being recognized for his latest feature, “Spotlight,” starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber. The film, which is an Oscar frontrunner, follows the true story of the Boston Globe’s spotlight division investigating the Catholic Church sex scandal.
“Tom McCarthy’s latest feature is the critically acclaimed ‘Spotlight,’ a remarkable film that creates cinematic tension between two institutions, as The Boston Globe investigates the Catholic Church,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his expert storytelling of this subject matter, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
The Palm Springs Film Festival runs Jan. 1-11.
- Jacob Bryant
Tom McCarthy, the fantastic director who gave us the thought-provoking "Spotlight," is going to be honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will join Johnny Depp (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actor for "Black Mass"), Brie Larson (Breakthrough Performance Award for the amazing "Room"), Saoirse Ronan (I love her in "Brooklyn" and she is set to receive the International Star Award), and Cate Blanchett (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress for the twofer "Carol" and "Truth"). I will be live at the red carpet and will give you the very latest! For now, here's the complete press release regarding Tom McCarthy:
Palm Springs, CA (November 24, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. »
Bar none, the most competitive acting race this season is for best supporting actor. The number of ensembles with multiple standout portrayals, as well as films with scene-stealing turns, makes for a dense category that could easily stretch to 10 nominations. This year, a lot of fine work is going to be left on the sidelines.
Let’s start with the ensembles. “Spotlight” — by any measure a strong best picture contender and likely the year’s Screen Actors Guild winner for best performance by a cast in a motion picture — is filled to the brim with prospects. Indeed, the entire cast will compete in the supporting category. Michael Keaton, fresh off last year’s best actor circuit, is probably out front in “Spotlight” as the conscience of the movie. But Mark Ruffalo sparks with a fiercely mannered portrait of a beat journalist; Liev Schreiber’s dialed down editor-in-chief simmers on a different level; and Stanley Tucci, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Read More: Cate Blanchett to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award "Spotlight" writer-director Tom McCarthy is joining the likes of Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan as an award winner at this year's 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The director will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, which in the past has gone to filmmakers such as Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. "Tom McCarthy’s latest feature is the critically acclaimed 'Spotlight,' a remarkable film that creates cinematic tension between two institutions, as The Boston Globe investigates the Catholic Church," said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. "For his expert storytelling of this subject matter, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award." McCarthy's list of filmmaking credits include the BAFTA-winning "The »
- Zack Sharf
The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, the festival announced Tuesday. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. McCarthy will join previously announced 2016 honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs Jan. 1-11. Also Read: 'Spotlight' Keeps Heat on Oscar Rivals With Solid Expansion “Spotlight” is a film about the Boston. »
- Joe Otterson
Are Jennifer Lawrence ("Joy") and Brie Larson ("Room") really out front in the Oscar race for Best Actress? That's what most experts predict in their rankings here at Gold Derby, but "Joy" is still unseen and there are other prominent contenders, too: Cate Blanchett ("Carol," "Truth"), Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn"), Charlotte Rampling ("45 Years"), Lily Tomlin ("Grandma"), Maggie Smith ("Lady in the Van"), Carey Mulligan ("Suffragette") and others. -Break- In our latest video smackdown below, Deadline Oscar wag Pete Hammond and I size up the batch of rivals who are out front, according to the combined predictions of our 22 experts. Watch Pete and my previous video bout over Best Actor. ' »
The pleasures of "Brooklyn" are many, and as well-wrought as the film directed by John Crowley are—he helped to break out Irish star Colin Farrell in "Intermission" and Andrew Garfield in "Boy A"—the succulent juices of the story come from novelist Colm Tóibín and author-turned-Hollywood screenwriting pro Nick Hornby, who wrote the books-that-were-turned-into-movies "About a Boy" and "High Fidelity," and the movie adaptations of Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" and Lynn Barber's "An Education," which earned him an Oscar nomination. Another one is in the offing for "Brooklyn" (Fox Searchlight), which was a long slog labor of love for Hornby, surviving various aborted incarnations. By the time the movie was ready to roll, Irish actress Saoirse Ronan had grown up, and as Hornby says, it's hard to imagine anyone else playing her. She's a young woman with limited hopes in her »
- Anne Thompson
Nathaniel and Nick are back, after an unexpected podcast hiatus, to catch up before the Thanksgiving holiday.
00:01 Intros, Carol's opening, Hateful 8 gossip
04:30 Split feeling on Room
20:06 Complicated platform releases, audience confusion, and dismissed "flops" of October including Truth
32:25 Delayed reaction to Black Mass
34:40 Spotlight's conflicts, arc, quality
You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments won't you? »
- NATHANIEL R
Awards season frontrunner Brie Larson will join the list of honorees at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival as the recipient of the breakthrough performance award, the Psiff announced Friday.
Larson is being feted for her intense, Oscar buzz-generating performance as Ma in Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room.” Her character mothers a young boy whom she’s forced to raise in captivity. The film follows the harrowing journey of the mother-son duo’s struggle to adapt to freedom after years of being held in confinement.
“Larson delivers a performance of great warmth, deep reserves of courage and strong empathy as a committed parent determined to make sure her son is taken care of under unimaginable circumstances,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said.
- Alyssa Sage
By Cate Marquis
Brooklyn is a film about a young Irish woman, Eilis, who moves to America in the 1950s and then returns to Ireland after a family tragedy. It seemed a perfect role for actress Saoirse Ronan (pronounced “Sear-sha”), who was born in New York but when she was three, her parents took her to their native Ireland when they returned there. Now 20 years old, Ronan first gained wide notice for her role in Atonement when she was 12.
Movie Geeks: “How does your own experience coming to the country compare and influence the movie in turn?”
Saoirse Ronan: “When you’ve had your own personal experience of leaving home yourself and it is »
- Movie Geeks
Brie Larson will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival for her turn in "Room," as a mother caring for her son despite unimaginable circumstances. The Awards Gala, which will also honor Cate Blanchett ("Carol"), Johnny Depp ("Black Mass"), and Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn"), is scheduled for Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs Jan. 1-11. Watch: "'Room' Best Actress Contender Brie Larson (Exclusive Video)" Awards from late-breaking festivals like Palm Springs and Santa Barbara can help contenders in the acting races sustain momentum over the course of a long season. Past winners of the Psiff Breakthrough Performance Award include Oscar winners Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, and Lupita Nyong’o, and Oscar nominees Felicity Huffman, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, and Jeremy Renner. Read More: "From »
- Matt Brennan
The star of Room, whose stirring performance as a mother in captivity has catapaulted her to the front of the Oscar race, will collect the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Breakthrough Performance Award.
In the years they were honoured, Cotillard, Hudson and Nyong’o went on to win Oscars, while Huffman, Pike and Renner earned nominations.
The festival runs from January 1-11, 2016. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
By Cate Marquis
On the surface, Brooklyn is about a young Irish woman in the 1950s moving to American to start a new life, but it is also about anyone growing up and moving away from home, whether that is going away to college or moving away to a new city for a job. The film deals with the loneliness, the homesickness, and the strangeness of being somewhere new, and all the adjustments and changes that brings. It also deals with how it feels to go back home after that. It is a story that will make anyone who has experienced that ache with remembered things. It is a meditation on identity, self-discovery and life-choices, full of nuances and shadings, set in a lovely nostalgic landscape.
Beautifully photographed and beautifully acted as well, Brooklyn is a lovely film »
- Movie Geeks
“She breaks your heart,” writer Nick Hornby says of Saoirse Ronan‘s “incredible” performance in the movie “Brooklyn” in a video exclusive to TheWrap. In the video, the cast and crew sing each others’ praises, with special emphasis on film’s lead. “She bowls you over, really. Just so natural and talented,” co-star Jim Broadbent says. “It’s a great and obvious piece of casting; you can’t imagine anyone else being in the role.” Also Read: 'Brooklyn' Star Saoirse Ronan on Leaving Home: 'You Can Never Go Back' Ronan plays a young Irish immigrant who lands in 1950s Brooklyn, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The next 2015 blockbuster is upon us. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 marks the final installment in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novels and looks to become the first $100+ million opener since Minions back in July. Joining the pre-Thanksgiving fray is the Secret in Their Eyes remake and The Night Before starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie. Meanwhile, Spectre hopes to maintain some kind of a foothold as audience competition heats up. Ending any kind of made up suspense, yes, Mockingjay 2 will become 2015's fifth $100+ million opener. Part 1 opened with $121.8 million last year and Part 2 should be in that same vicinity this year. The plus-minus, however, is up for debate. The first Hunger Games opened with $152.5 million back in 2012 and Catching Fire topped that by six million a year-and-a-half later and still holds the November opening weekend record with $158 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 was unable to match that, »
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