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We've become so used to trailers for expensive mainstream films to be accompanied by big honking horns and eye-popping special effects, the first full promo for Interstellar almost came as a shock. While we weren't expecting Christopher Nolan to bring anything as bombastic as, say, Inception (whose trailers helped make honking horns fashionable), the trailer for Interstellar is decidedly coy, even by the director's standards.
The online reaction to Interstellar's first full trailer has been somewhat mixed. While most responded warmly to its low-key approach, others were left either dissatisfied or even slightly irked by its lack of detail; of the trailer's two-minutes-and-change duration, only around 30 seconds of it contains anything in the way of space exploration and astronauts.
A closer look at the trailer, »
One of the most well-known awards for film are the Academy Awards. Better known as the Oscars, the awards have grown in stature over the years, with their choices becoming a point of discussion among many film fans in the lead up to, and following, the event. Previous winners have included Annie Hall for Best Picture, Tom Hanks for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in both Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, and John Ford for Best Director for his work on The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, and The Quiet Man. The latest incarnation of the awards show, honouring the best in Hollywood from 2013, took place on Sunday, March 2nd. Among the winners were:
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto for his role as Rayon in Dallas Buyer’s Club
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o for »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Leighton Meester is playing coy in her latest Instagram photo! The brunette actress hid her wedding ring—and right hand entirely— as she held up a copy of The Grapes of Wrath. "Celebrating John Steinbeck's birthday today w/my @miceandmenbway family," she wrote. She looked bundled up and as cute as ever in a brown knit beanie and green plaid button down shirt. Meester is currently working on her upcoming production of Of Mice and Men starring alongside James Franco and Girls actor Chris O'Dowd. Performances start at the Longacre Theatre on March 19, while the play officially opens up less than a month later on April 16. Meester famously just tied the »
Google is celebrating what would have been John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday by highlighting some of his most popular works in its homepage Doodle today.
Click anywhere on the drawing, and you’ll be taken to images depicting some of the Steinbeck’s most iconic books. Five in all, the set includes The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley. (Oddly, East of Eden was left off the list.) After arriving at the image, users can then click anywhere on the picture to summon a famous quote from the story, which appears over the drawing. »
- Erin Strecker
The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.
Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.
While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »
- Katie Roberts
This year’s Best Actor race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time. And by greatest, I mean both the most competitive and also the most outstanding, in the sense that each nominee is excellent — hypothetical winners in almost any other year. They also reflect the depth of superb male performances in 2013. Consider: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoneix (Her), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all missed the cut.
EW’s Owen Gleiberman recently analyzed this year’s Best Actor race, calling it the most “fiercely, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Tracy Letts has adapted his Pulitzer prize-winning play for the screen. The actor and writer talks about fighting to keep it faithful to the original
When Tracy Letts accepted the Tony for best play in 2008, he finished his speech with a bitter kicker. "They did an amazing thing," he said, in reference to the backers of August: Osage County. "They decided to produce an American play, on Broadway, with theatre actors."
Those theatre actors who made Letts's mammoth play a sensation in Chicago, on Broadway and then in London have now been swapped for movie stars in the film version. The producers this time round, including George Clooney and Harvey Weinstein, have also done an amazing thing: produced a foul-mouthed and dark movie for grownups, maintaining the bulk of Letts's riotously funny but brutal three-hour play. The film has had varying degrees of Oscar buzz since the first trailer debuted – horse-race chatter that irritates Letts. »
- Katey Rich
Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actor (Robert Redford in ‘All Is Lost’) (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") The 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Actor field is overflowing with well-received performances by film veterans and super-veterans. No less than ten actors are found on our lists of nominees and immediate runners-up; that means our list of Best Actor "long shots" is all but meaningless, as, barring a miracle, there’s no chance for any of those actors to be shortlisted for an Oscar this year. (See also: “Best Actress 2014 Oscar Predictions: Meryl Streep to Break Another Record?”) Note: Our list of likely Best Actor nominees matches four of the 2014 SAG Awards’ five nominees in that category. Now, it’s good to remember three things regarding the SAG Awards vs. the Academy Awards: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Actors Branch, about 1,100 members, tends to be more "elitist" (or »
- Steve Montgomery
8 items from 2014
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