John Hawkes is one of those dependable character actors that you love to see in every film. Whether it is in Me You and Everyone We Know, American Gangster, Miami Vice or TV’s Deadwood, he is always doing interesting and quality work. We can add Winter’s Bone to that list. His performance as Teardrop in my favorite film of the year is getting Oscar buzz for Best Supporting Actor and deservedly so. He creates a memorable character in the film, one that you at times fear and at other times find comfort in. I was able to talk with Hawkes over the phone and we got to talking about Winter’s Bone, his experiences in the industry, and geeking out about Stephen Sodebergh.
So thanks John for speaking with us today.
I was wondering first, how did you get involved with Winter’s Bone, you played Teardrop in the film. »
- Josh Youngerman
Edgar Ramirez in Olivier Assayas' Carlos Jesse Eisenberg, Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Jacki Weaver: La Weekly/indieWIRE 2010 Critics' Poll David Fincher's The Social Network may have been the L.A. Weekly/indiewire poll's top 2010 movie, but Olivier Assayas was its Best Director for Carlos. Runners-up included Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer). Aaron Sorkin's screenplay for The Social Network was the expected Best Screenplay favorite, but Maren Ade's work on Everyone Else was a surprise at no. 2. Everyone Else hasn't popped up on any of the North American critics' groups' 2010 award lists. Just as curious, frequent critics' award winner David Seidler (The King's Speech) is to be found at no. 12. Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop and Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 topped the Best Documentary and Best Animated Feature lists. They've also been critics' groups' favorites as well. »
- Andre Soares
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network The Social Network Tops La Weekly/indieWIRE 2010 Critics' Poll Critics group's fave Colin Firth (The King's Speech) is no. 3 in the L.A. Weekly/indieWIRE poll, following The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg and Carlos' Edgar Ramirez. Black Swan's Natalie Portman, for her part, is behind Winter's Bone's Jennifer Lawrence on the Best Actress list. In the supporting lists, The Fighter's Christian Bale is behind Winter's Bone's John Hawkes, while The Fighter's Melissa Leo is at no. 8, behind the likes of Greta Gerwig, Mila Kunis, and Olivia Williams. Both Bale and Leo have topped most critics' groups lists in their respective categories. Below is the L.A. Weekly/indieWIRE poll's top twelve in the acting categories. The first number is the "weighted vote." The second number is how often the performance in question was mentioned by critics: Best Actor Jesse Eisenberg, »
- Andre Soares
Directed by Debra Granik
A critical darling since its Sundance debut, Debra Granik’s second feature (following the touching drug-addiction drama Down to the Bone) cements her, along with Kelly Reichardt and Andrea Arnold, as one of the most skilled female directors of the new century. Winter’s Bone is a genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances and Jennifer Lawrence delivering a stirring turn in a once-of-a-lifetime role. The tough tale of survival in a harsh environment continues to grow in the memory months after it was first seen which is always a sign of something great… (read the full review)
2010 was a great year at the movies. Both Hollywood and independent cinema offered thought-provoking gems that thrilled and entertained us. Because of the over-abundance of quality filmmaking, I decided that this year, I will forego with the annual Top 10 and instead, give you a list of the very Best Movies of 2010 (in alphabetical order):
.127 Hours. . .Slumdog Millionaire. vets, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and co-writer/director Danny Boyle, reteamed to give us a haunting and oddly uplifting film about Aron Ralston, the mountain climber trapped under a boulder. James Franco gave one of the most brilliant performances of the year. ("127 Hours" movie review, "127 Hours" interviews with Simon Beaufoy, Danny Boyle, and James Franco)
.Biutiful. . Alejandro González Iñárritu (.Babel,. .Amores Perros,. .21 Grams.) tells a touching tale of a man in search of redemption. That man is Javier Bardem, and his quest to achieve liberation will stay with you forever.
.Black Swan. . Director »
Here’s some brand new set photos from the upcoming film “X-Men: First Class” by director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, Kick-Ass) and starring Jennifer Lawrence (The Beaver, Winter’s Bone), James McAvoy (Wanted 2, Gnomeo and Juliet), Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Rose Byrne and Kevin Bacon. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from X-Men First Class. Synopsis: Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has [...] »
- Brian Corder
James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, 127 Hours James Franco, Natalie Portman, Catfish, Many Ties: Utah Film Critics Winners Best Picture (tie) 127 Hours and The Social Network Nominees: Inception Toy Story 3 True Grit Best Non-English Language Feature (tie) Micmacs and A Prophet Nominees: Biutiful The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Terribly Happy Best Director (tie) Christopher Nolan, Inception and David Fincher, The Social Network Nominees: Danny Boyle, 127 Hours Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Best Actor James Franco, 127 Hours Nominees: Jeff Bridges, True Grit Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network Colin Firth, The King's Speech Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine Best Actress Natalie Portman, Black Swan Nominees: Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale, The Fighter Nominees: John Hawkes, Winter's Bone Andrew Garfield, The Social Network Sam Rockwell, Conviction [...] »
- Steve Montgomery
Let’s go behind the looking glass, shall we? The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are held January 14, 2011 at the Hollywood Palladium. I will be there. I vote. I am one of the 250 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca). Right now the show is stilling trying to find the perfect host. I hope they go with a classic comedian such as Conan O’Brien or Steven Colbert (yes, those would be Huge names for this awards show). It’d be great to have a stand-up since the Oscars are going with James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Maroon 5 has been named the house band. I’ll be giving you my final ballot as soon as I am allowed to post.
Click Here – For all the buzz about the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards
For now, let’s focus on the nominations. Every film in Bold is a movie I nominated. »
- Jeff Bayer
Best Picture 127 Hours and The Social Network (tie) Nominees: Inception Toy Story 3 True Grit Best Achievement in Directing Christopher Nolan, Inception and David Fincher, The Social Network (tie) Nominees: Danny Boyle, »
- Ryan Adams
What were you pleased as punch about during your high-school years? Reppin' a spot on the debate team? Leading your soccer squad to the state finals? Scoring straight A's?
Catch the performances of two of this year's youngest critically-acclaimed darlings and you'll wonder why the heck you spent so much time patting yourself on the back over all that trivial jazz.
Hailee Steinfeld, 14, and Jennifer Lawrence, 20, are relative newcomers to the Hollywood scene, but you wouldn't know it after watching them kick cinematic butt in "True Grit" (now in theaters) and "Winter's Bone" (currently available on DVD and Blu-ray), respectively. Steinfeld superbly holds her own amongst the formidable screen presences of veteran greats Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, while Lawrence successfully carries the entire weight of an indie film on her petite shoulders. These ladies didn't back down from their make-or-break roles, and -- now that awards season »
- Katie Calautti
If you'd like to discuss the latest round of critics awards, have at it.
Three more groups have announced and so the usual suspects play the game of musical chairs. The most interesting note right off the bat is that the Women Film Critics Circle have bestowed an award on Black Swan that isn't a flattering one. They've given it "Worst Female Images in a Movie".
I understand the impulse behind this sort of "tsk-tsk"ing having been burned over the years with the often problematic depiction of gay characters but I think it's wrong-headed to a degree.
Black Swan is about a very specific drumtight world and a very specific tightly strung character completely encased in that world. In other words, this is not a portrait of Woman in the broader sense. What's more one can even argue that just about every person in the film is presented in an unreliable way, »
- NATHANIEL R
Cherokee Summer discusses the contenders for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards...
The Golden Globes – a legitimately credible award show or just a laughing stock? Probably the latter for me, but it’s been like that for a while – live streaming the Globes just to see all these ridiculously young looking actors and actresses gobsmacked when they take to the stage, thanking their manager, family and friends with a little tear in their eye. And of course, God for making it all happen (well, at least the schmaltzy ‘Hollywood’ of it all is more endearing and a welcome pat-on-the-back-at-least-you-tried than the boredom that is the BAFTAs).
Now that the nominees for the 68th Globes have been announced, what were we expecting? Pretty much exactly what we got in most categories – minus the likes of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and the Coen Brothers’ True Grit – but the real ‘Wtf’ moment comes »
The Women Film Critics Circle gives out its own unique set of awards again this year. Best Movie About Women Mother And Child Best Movie By A Woman Winter’s »
- Beth Stevens
Chicago – “True Grit” seems like the perfect project for Joel and Ethan Coen; something they had been working toward their entire career. Not only had they made what could be considered a modern Western already in “No Country Old Men” but they were to bring together The Dude (Jeff Bridges) and Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) under the magnificent lens of the great Roger Deakins. It nearly had to be a masterpiece.
“True Grit” is no masterpiece. It’s a good film that’s nearly great and absolutely worth seeing but the Coen’s cold detachment hurts them with this project more than any other in their career. This enormous fan of not only the Coens but Westerns and nearly the entire cast and crew of this piece so wanted to love “True Grit,” and so it’s somewhat disappointing to say that I merely like it. I understand why »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Chicago Film Critics Association chose The Social Network for its Best Picture and Best Director honors for David Fincher and Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. I'm not sure how important Monday's results from the Chicago contingent figures in the larger Oscar picture, but it certainly bolsters my prognosticating colleague Pete Hammond's feelings about how The Social Network is rising in the critical consensus so far. The winners: Best picture: The Social Network Director: David Fincher, The Social Network Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan Supporting actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter Supporting actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit Original screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Inception Adapted screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network Foreign language film: A Prophet Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop Animated feature: Toy Story 3 Cinematography: Wally Pfister, Inception Original score: Clint Mansell, Black Swan Promising performer: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone Promising filmmaker: Derek Cianfrance, »
- MIKE FLEMING
Lo and behold, The Social Network tops yet another critics list--the Village Voice/La Weekly Year-End Poll--by a good margin, followed by Carlos, Winter's Bone and The Ghost Writer. Olivier Assayas won best director for Carlos, followed by The Social Network's David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer). The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin won for best screenplay, followed by Maren Ade (Everyone Else), Robert Harris and Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer) and Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime). A Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg won best actor, folllowed by Edgar Ramirez (Carlos), Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine. Winter's Bone's Jennifer Lawrence led the actresses, followed by Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Kim Hye-ja (Mother) and Tilda Swinton (I Am »
Ben Affleck and Danny Boyle will be honored at the upcoming 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). Affleck will receive the Chairman's Award while Boyle will be honored with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award. ("The Town" Movie Review)
The Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Previously announced honorees are Javier Bardem, Robert Duvall, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, David O. Russell, Diane Warren and the cast of The Social Network. The Festival runs January 6-17. ("127 Hours" movie review, and interviews with Danny Boyle and James Franco)
Here's the rest of the press release:
Commenting on Affleck, Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said, .If there is truly a renaissance man in today.s cinema, it.s Ben Affleck. He has distinguished himself as a premier writer and director, as well as an actor with a broad-ranging and impressive filmography. »
The 1969 film version of "True Grit" was considered one of the quintessential westerns and was revered for John Wayne's performance. The actor won his first and only Best Actor Oscar for the role of Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn.
So when the Coen brothers announced that they were planning on remaking the film based on the novel by Charles Portis, many fans shouted in disbelief. But have no fear, the latest version of "True Grit" remains true to the book's mythic Western adventure full of vengeance and valor.
The big difference between the John Wayne film and the latest incarnation is its point of view. Much like the book, the new film version has the 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) front and center. Everything that happens in the film is filtered through the eyes of our tough as nails heroine. We even see her grow old.
The time is the »
More awards news now, and it comes from the London’s Critics’ Circle who announced the nominations for their 31st Film Awards, which will be held on February the 10th.
The King’S Speech won out over The Social Network this time around, garnering 8 nominations, including two for Colin Firth and his portrayal of King George VI, one in Actor of the Year and British Actor of the Year. True Grit was also given some well-deserved kudos, getting nominations for actor Jeff Bridges, newcomer Hailee Steinfield, and directors Joel and Ethan Cohen. Toy Story 3 also managed to grab a spot in the Sky 3D Award: Film of the Year line up, and indie movie The Arbor secured a coveted spot on The Attenborough Award: British Film of the Year list too. But where is Biutiful and Javier Bardem‘s nomination, strange that it seems to be getting left off many awards lists… »
- Laura Stackhouse
Britain: it’s a lot like America, only in Europe. Everything we have over here — sandwiches, The Beatles, federally mandated health care — they have over there too, except it’s a British version.
And that includes movie critics — critics who, like their American counterparts, have just announced that “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network” lead their award nominations.
Yes, the list of nominees for the 31st annual London Critics’ Circle awards is topped by “The King’s Speech,” while “The Social Network” landed five and the British drama “Another Year” grabbed six.
“Another Year,” which stars Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville as an couple in denial about the aging process, was one of several films which got a boost from the fact that the London Critics’ Circle has double nominations for each major category, one for films in general and one specifically for British films. Thus “The King’s Speech, »
- Scott Harris
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