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Directed by Billy Wilder
The past few weeks have been good for Humphrey Bogart on Blu-ray. The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The African Queen were recently rereleased and assembled for the Best of Bogart Collection, and now, Sabrina, one of the legendary star’s final films, has received its first American appearance on the format. Perhaps more importantly, if total number of titles available on Blu-ray is the basis for judgment, Sabrina also marks one of disappointingly few Billy Wilder titles available in the remastered form. That the film also stars the radiant Audrey Hepburn and the remarkably versatile William Holden confirms that the release is worth commending.
- Jeremy Carr
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in the promising biopic Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber are in line to lead the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird. Sharon Stone has joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy American Ultra. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects. The folks over at Variety report that Helen Mirren is in talks to star in the real-life drama Trumbo. Bryan Cranston is onboard to play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose credits include Roman Holiday and Spartacus. Trumbo refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was therefore blacklisted, but he continued to write under pseudonyms and even won two Oscars under different names. Jay Roach (Recount) is set to direct. Deadline reports that »
- Adam Chitwood
It has been reported that Helen Mirren is seeking out a role in Trumbo, starring opposite Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. Walter White, erm, Cranston has been attached to the project for a while, playing the lead role of Dalton Trumbo with Mirren said to be eyeing the role of Cleo, Trumbo’s wife.
With Jay Roach as director, Trumbo tells the story of famed screenwriter and author, Dalton Trumbo. He was blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. However, he kept on writing under several different aliases and went on to winning Academy Awards for his efforts, he won for both Irving Rapper’s The Brave One and William Wyler’s Roman Holiday.
- Ciham Messouki
If you think Trumbo is some kind of sequel to the Disney animated classic Dumbo, then clearly you missed our story last fall about "Breaking Bad" Bryan Cranston starring in the film based on the true story of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted and sent to prison during the Red Scare when the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (Huac) was questioning Hollywood talents about Communist ties. As much as we'd love to see Cranston play a cartoon elephant, you'll have to settle for his work as a tiger in Madagascar 3. Now Variety reports he has a co-star with Helen Mirren taking the part of his wife Cleo. After Trumbo was release from prison, he fought the fear-mongering system of Huac, and even still managed to write films like Gun Crazy and Spartacus for the big screen, albeit under pseudonyms. The writer even won two Oscars, one which was given to »
- Ethan Anderton
The writer was considered to be the best of his era, not to mention the highest-paid, who earned his first Oscar nomination in 1941 for writing Kitty Foyle. His burgeoning career seemingly came to a halt in 1947, when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (Huac), during the committee's investigation into Communist influences in Hollywood. He was one of the "Hollywood 10" screenwriters who were completely blacklisted by the studio system, although he continued to write under pen names. He won two Oscars in the 1950s for writing Roman Holiday and The Brave One, before helping to put an end to the Hollywood 10 black list once and for all. He went on to write other classics such as Spartacus, Papillon and Exodus before dying of lung »
Well, this looks like a scene right out of Roman Holiday. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield enjoyed a romantic sightseeing tour of Rome, just like Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn's sweet adventure in the 1953 classic film. The onscreen and offscreen lovebirds opted to ride a Vespa to take in all of the attractions on Sunday afternoon. The 30-year-old actor drove the vehicle through the busy streets, while the 25-year-old starlet wrapped her arms around her beau. Garfield sported a navy sweatshirt and dark jeans for the excursion, while the adorable redhead donned a floral patterned dress with a light denim shirt. The cute couple, who have been overseas promoting the Amazing Spider-Man 2, was »
As we prepare for an evening filled with Oscar acceptance speeches on Sunday, take a look at Audrey Hepburn's genuinely grateful, concise and endearing words of acceptance for her Best Actress win in 1953's "Roman Holiday." The presenter onstage is Donald O'Connor (he of limber legs in "Singing in the Rain"), while Gary Cooper, on location at a film set in Mexico, reads the nominees. Watch below. Scribe Dalton Trumbo and costume designer Edith Head, both legends in their fields, also scored Academy Awards for "Roman Holiday," while the film was nominated in an additional seven categories, including for Best Picture and Director (William Wyler). The Oscar ceremony was held on March 25, 1954, almost 60 years ago. »
- Beth Hanna
The 86th annual Academy Awards take place this weekend (March 2), with Ellen DeGeneres hosting the star-studded ceremony at the Kodak Theatre.
So as we anticipate all the glitz and glamorous gowns to grace the red carpet, we take a look at 20 of the best Oscar dresses over the decades below:
Angelina Jolie smouldered in a plunging ivory halter-neck gown complete with train by Marc Bouwer in 2004. And the actress looked demure in black Elie Saab gown teamed with a pair of emerald green statement earrings at the Oscars in 2009.
Marion Cotillard looked stunning in a silver-scallop-detail, ivory Jean Paul Gaultier gown as she accepted the Best Actress Oscar for her role in La Vie en Rose in 2008. And Jessica Chastain shimmers in a silver embroidered strapless Armani Privé gown in »
Like Big in reverse, Hwang Dong-hyuk's Miss Granny tells of an elderly woman who one night enters a photo studio called Forever Young for a preemptive funeral portrait and discovers that the mystical photographer isn't kidding when he says he'll "make [her] look 50 years younger."
She's drawn in by a picture of Audrey Hepburn in the display window and, after happily reminiscing with the owner about Roman Holiday, is shocked and saddened to hear that Ms. Hepburn shuffled off this mortal coil many years ago.
Then she preps for her portrait, some dreamy notes are plucked on a harp, and hijinks ensue, if not always hilarity -- Miss Granny doesn't tweak its well-established formula so much as merely transpose it to a new setting.
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We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.
#30. Bull Durham (1988)
Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »
- Joshua Gaul
The dynamic duo of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for another highly entertaining round of travel and food porn in “The Trip to Italy,” a most welcome sequel to 2010’s “The Trip” that follows our intrepid armchair gastronomes on a carb-heavy tour of Italy from northern Piemonte to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast. Resolving not to fix what wasn’t broken, director Michael Winterbottom once again gives free reign to his stars’ improvisational gifts, juxtaposed with heaping plates of fresh pasta and seafood, reflections on art and literature, and incessant celebrity vocal impressions. Atkins dieters will surely recoil in horror, but that shouldn’t stop this “Trip” (which goes out on the BBC as six 30-minute episodes, and internationally as an edited theatrical feature) from meeting or exceeding its predecessor’s $2 million U.S. gross. Can the inevitable “Trip to France” be far in the offing?
A hangout movie in the purest sense, »
- Scott Foundas
One of my favorite Polish poster designers, or indeed favorite poster designer from any country, is Jerzy Flisak (1930-2008). Incredibly prolific—I’ve seen maybe 200 Flisak movie posters and he made many more during his 30 year career—Flisak started out as a satirical cartoonist. A cheerful, simple, almost childlike style is evident in much of his work, which tends towards the bright, bold and colorful, often peopled with rosy cheeked buxom ladies. Much of that work is terrific and quite well known—like his posters for The Fireman’s Ball and Paper Moon—but what draws me to Flisak is his work that pulls in the opposite direction: towards the more serious, abstract and monochrome. Before Flisak was a cartoonist he had studied architecture and there is a very strong sense of structure, space and form in his work. »
- Adrian Curry
She may not be a household name yet, but she is a favorite for awards show season, and is poised to be accepting for her film ’12 Years a Slave.’ She looked stunning at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 4 — get her exact hair and makeup look below.
Lupita Nyong’o looked stunning at the Film Festival, promoting her Golden Globe-nominated film 12 Years A Slave. Her natural curls and pretty pink lip really popped on the red carpet. We spoke to her hair and makeup artists and are bringing you her award-winning look below!
Lupita Nyong’o At Palm Springs Film Festival — Get Her Exact Makeup
The makeup was done by Nick Barose. He tells HollywoodLife.com exactly how he created the look:
- Dory Larrabee
‘Montezuma’: Steven Spielberg next movie (or at least a Spielberg movie some time in the future)? Will Steven Spielberg next tackle the life and times of Aztec king Montezuma, from a screenplay by none other than former Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo? If so, that won’t be the first time that Spielberg has adapted a Trumbo screenplay (more on that below). Anyhow, following Lincoln, which earned Spielberg his seventh Best Director Academy Award nomination, the Jaws, E.T., Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan filmmaker has had his name attached to — and then detached from — a couple of projects. First, there was Drew Goddard’s adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse, which isn’t a RoboCop spin-off but a sci-fier about a smart robot who reaches the (perfectly logical) conclusion that the only way to save the planet is to get rid of human beings. Robopocalypse, »
- Zac Gille
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