12 items from 2012
Together, Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman made some of the greatest films of all time: films like Shame, The Passion of Anna, Cries and Whispers, Scenes From a Marriage, and, of course, Persona (which our own David Edelstein, in his 2007 obituary for Bergman, deemed “the film against which all other psychodramas must be judged”). Their romance may only have lasted a few years, but their professional collaboration lasted for decades. (Ullmann eventually directed some scripts that Bergman had written, and she also co-starred in his final film, Saraband.) The tormented ups and downs of their relationship are charted in the new documentary Liv and Ingmar: Painfully Connected, which premieres tonight at the New York Film Festival. In it, Ullmann frankly discusses her epic relationship with Bergman and even shares some of the remarkably florid letters he wrote to her. Her admiration and love for the man remain vivid, as do »
- Bilge Ebiri
Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman are the subjects of former architect Dheeraj Akolkar's documentary Liv & Ingmar, produced by the Norwegian company NordicStories and to be distributed by Sweden's Svensk Filmindustri. After meeting in 1965, Ullmann and Bergman made ten (narrative) films together; they were also off-screen companions for five years. In Liv & Ingmar, Ullmann, 73, is shown spending a few days in Bergman's house on the Swedish island of Fårø. While there, she reminisces about their personal and professional relationships. That sounds fascinating enough. But what makes Liv & Ingmar even more intriguing is that Ullmann's recollections are interspersed with scenes from her Bergman films, which is supposed to show how their personal lives directly affected their professional collaboration. In that regard, Liv & Ingmar makes Ullmann and Bergman seem like Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, who went from The Purple of Rose of Cairo and Hannah and Her Sisters »
- Andre Soares
Long-suffering readers will have read many times about my dislike of lists, especially lists of the best or worst movies in this or that category. For years they had value only in the minds of feature editors fretting that their movie critics had too much free time. ("For Thursday's food section, can you list the 10 funniest movies about pumpkin pie?") Now their value has shot way up with the use of slide shows, a diabolical time-waster designed to boost a web site's page visits.
In a field with much competition, Number One on my list of Most Shameless Lists has got to be Time mag's recent list of the "Best 140 Tweeters." How did the magazine present this? That's right, on 140 pages of a slideshow. Considering that the list had no meaning at all except as some hapless intern's grindwork, I'd say that was a bold masterstroke. I say so even though I was on it. »
- Roger Ebert
Right! It’s another caffeine fuelled night ahead of us as we prepare to liveblog the 84th Academy Awards.
The Artist is the favourite to scoop up the awards tonight, which would round off a grand few days for Michel Hazanavicius and his silent film which run rampant through the Cesars and Independent Spirit awards but we may see Martin Scorsese’s Hugo do well with Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Meryl Streep and Viola Davis front runners for the acting awards.
Whether you agree with the relevance and importance of the Oscars it is the one night of the year when a huge amount of people are talking and celebrating movies, and that can only be a good thing. Debate will begin with the first award and continue with every golden envelope opened.
So, join us below, or on Twitter at @HeyUGuys for our take on film’s biggest night. »
- Jon Lyus
Martin Scorsese Max von Sydow Martin Scorsese and Max von Sydow at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. Scorsese is in the running for Best Director for the period fantasy Hugo, starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Von Sydow is a Best Supporting Actor nominee for Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which also features Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks. (Photo: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.) Scorsese's competition for the Best Director Academy Award consists of Alexander Payne for The Descendants, starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley; Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, and Sean Penn; Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard; and Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. Von »
- D. Zhea
George Clooney, Max von Sydow George Clooney and Max Von Sydow chat away at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills held on Monday, February 6, 2012. Clooney is a Best Actor nominee for Alexander Payne's The Descendants. Von Sydow is a Best Supporting Actor nominee for Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. (Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.) Clooney's competition for the Best Actor Academy Award consists of Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Jean Dujardin for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. In the acting categories, Clooney has three previous Oscar nominations: he won as Best Supporting Actor for Stephen Gaghan's Syriana (2005), and was nominated as Best Actor for Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton (2007) and Jason Reitman's Up in the Air (2009). Here's wondering »
- D. Zhea
All the coverage of Sunday's Baftas ceremony, plus the rest of this week's goings-on in film
I don't know about you, but the end of the awards season can't come quick enough. This week saw the last but one of the major gong-bestowing jamborees, and doesn't it make us feel proud to be British that the Baftas are second only to the really big one, the Oscars?
As usual, Xan Brooks' liveblog was the place to be if you weren't actually inside the hall (or maybe even if you were). As we suspected, The Artist turned out to have scooped the lion's share, while the assembled throng did their level best to look nice and act a bit surprised. We even had people on the inside: Black Pond co-directors Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe.
After the event, us Guardian types rushed into print (and video):
Oscar-nominated drama Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close is the starting point for James’ column this week, as he delves into the movie history of New York…
Bad news, guys. In Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, Tom Hanks meets his maker. Don't fret though - It's only a film, and the Hankster isn't really dead at the time of writing. He also doesn't have Forrest Gump's 'airbrush yourself into milestone moments of American history', skill, and so hasn't perished in a past disaster either.
However, none of this is of comfort to his screen son Oskar Schell (played by Thomas Horn) who is living in the movie and dealing with this massive loss. Over the course of two hours we'll share his - and New York City's - grief in the wake of a tremendous, tragic disaster.
How will this child cope now that his dad (Hanks) has departed and »
There’s a somewhat surprising leader for the Oscars this year with Hugo picking 11 nominations including Best Picture and Director for Martin Scorsese. An even bigger surprise is the omission of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for Best Picture and no Tilda Swinton for We Need To Talk About Kevin. We’re also a little disappointed as there’s no mention for Shame or Drive…
However, The Descendants has 4 nominations for the Fox Searchlight film as it’s up for Best Picture, Best Actor for Clooney, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay and – as expected – Meryl Streep has been nominated for Best Actress in The Iron Lady but it’s also great to see Rooney Mara up for the same accolade.
Here’s the complete list in full for awards ceremony on February 26th:
- Dan Bullock
This morning (La time) Jennifer Lawrence, star of upcoming movie The Hunger Games will be revealing the nominations live from La for the 84th Academy Awards aka The Oscars. We’ll update the list below as as we can so keep refreshing (press F5 on your keyboard) the post to see the nominations as they arrive. The nominations begin 13.30 GMT, 08:30 Est and 05:30 Pst. You can watch it here live.
The Oscars ceremony themselves take place Sunday, February 26 at the Kodak Theatre with Billy Crystal presenting. We’ll be up all night to bring you the winners as they’re announced
- David Sztypuljak
On the eve of the Oscar nominations announcement, conventional wisdom has congealed around a few chosen films. Here are the movies we'd like to see round out the list
While the rest of us are sleeping soundly, the beautiful people of Hollywood will be writhing anxiously and rending their thousand thread-count sheets. Early tomorrow morning, Academy Award nominations will be announced, this year by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak and actor Jennifer Lawrence.
By this point, the frontrunners have already been coronated at lower-profile awards shows, like this weekend's Producers Guild Awards. The Artist, which won the PGA's top prize as well as best picture musical or comedy at the Golden Globes, is likely to continue its tear, along with usual suspects The Descendants, The Help, Hugo and Midnight in Paris rounding out the best picture category.
But because AMPAS is continuing with last year's »
- Joshua Alston
The race is getting fun now and I expect tomorrow we'll get to talk about screenplays as the Writers Guild should be announcing their nominees any time now. However, today the talk is Best Picture on the heels of the Producers Guild nominations this morning, which included one film that is sure to throw a kink in the works of any Oscar prognosticator -- Bridesmaids. But first let's get the usual suspects out of the way... The PGA announced ten nominees for their Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award and of the bunch, seven were the repeat offenders: The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball and War Horse. There seems to be a general agreement that these seven films will be nominated for Best Picture. Considering the new rules, where there can be anywhere from 5-10 nominees for Best Picture, it could all end there and we go home. »
- Brad Brevet
12 items from 2012
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