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30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
Selma, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, has confirmed a 6th February release date for 2015. Next year also marks the historic 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the Us Civil Rights Movement.
With a great cast that includes the ever-impressive Brit actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., the film tracks a dangerous and terrifying three month campaign led by Martin Luther King Jr. which culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign galvanized American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act, protecting Africa-Americans’ right to vote.
Directed by the Middle Of Nowhere’s Ava DuVernay, the film co-stars Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson; Carmen Ejogo as Coretta King; Tim Roth as Governor George Wallace; and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
Selma’s screenplay was »
- Dan Bullock
On Parenthood, Matt Lauria and Jonathan Tucker at separate times fought for Amber Holt’s heart. Now the actors are fighting on a whole other level on DirecTV’s Kingdom, which premieres Wednesday at 9/8c.
Kingdom stars Frank Grillo (Captain America; Winter Soldier) as Alvey “King” Kulina, a former Mma (mixed martial arts) fighter who now lords over a struggling Venice Beach gym. Kiele Sanchez (The Glades) plays Alvey’s girlfriend Lisa, while Tucker and Nick Jonas portray his sons Jay and Nate. Lauria and Joanna Going (House of Cards) round out the cast as Lisa’s ex-love/recently imprisoned Mma champ Ryan Wheeler, »
Tavis Smiley has a bone to pick with the producers of Dancing with the Stars. The talk-show host, who on Tuesday became the second celebrity to get booted from the competition, said there was no way he could fit in rehearsal time with his latest book tour. And the producers knew it, he insisted. "Producers shouldn't sign up people who can't commit the time when they are told up front that the person is going to be on a book tour," Smiley told People immediately after the show. "We gave them the entire book-tour schedule in advance! This is not about sour grapes. »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
Collaborative crooners Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are at it again, duetting on the new single "Nature Boy." It arrives one week before the pair's latest album, "Cheek to Cheek," is released. Gaga kicks things off on the torchy piano-led ballad, before some strings and a flute come in to sweeten the deal. Then Tony arrives and the magic really happens. It's not exactly "Do What You Want With My Body," but Gaga and Bennett generate a different kind of heat. It features contributions from the late Paul Horn, the jazz flautist who worked with Bennett, Cole and other icons since the '50s. Listen to it here: Originally performed by Nat "King" Cole, the tune was also featured in 2000's "Moulin Rouge!," as pointed out in a tweet from Gaga. She also revealed that "composer Eden Ahbezwas part of a sub-culture of nomadic hippies! We channelled our own Gypsy lives in this performance. »
- Dave Lewis
Paramount Pictures has released a couple of stills giving us our first look at their upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. drama Selma. The film tells the story of King Jr.‘s fight to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
David Oyelowo plays the civil rights leader, and it has an impressive supporting cast that also includes Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, with Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Wendell Pierce, and Lorraine Toussaint. The photos give us a look at some of these actors. Here's a short synopsis:
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The movie will be released in theaters on December 25th. »
- Joey Paur
A cross, constructed entirely of lightbulbs, shines behind David Oyelowo as he approaches the pulpit of Atlanta’s 145-year-old Wheat Street Baptist Church. It’s a steamy June night, and 500 extras—including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a key architect of the civil rights movement—eagerly await the British-born actor’s first attempt to preach as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as director Ava DuVernay puts on her headphones and does a last sound check, a freak lightning storm threatens the safety of the crew and forces the production to shut down.
Delays are nothing new in the »
- Nicole Sperling
Pararmount has revealed a first look at Ava DuVernay's upcoming film Selma, telling the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s (David Oyelowo) historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people - a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This is our first look at Oyelowo (The Butler, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as Dr. King as well as some of the supporting members of the cast including (see below) Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Additional cast members include Keith Stanfield, Andre Holland, Omar J. Dorsey, Tessa Thompson, Colman Domingo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Giovanni Ribisi and Stephan James. Paramount has already set a December 25 release for the film. Along with two more pictures below (the second featuring Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson »
- Brad Brevet
Paramount Pictures has released the first Selma images from director Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic. David Oyelowo takes on the role of Dr. King in the film, which recounts the epic, dangerous, and terrifying civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that resulted in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It’s a story that’s both inspiring and heartbreaking, as it evokes humanity at its best and worst. Oyelowo is joined in the cast by Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Andre Holland, Omar J. Dorsey, Tessa Thompson, Tim Roth, Wendell Pierce, and Colman Domingo. The film will open in limited release on Christmas Day before expanding nationwide on January 9, 2015. Hit the jump to check out the first Selma images, along with new images from the Disney musical Into the Woods and Disney’s animated comic book adaptation Big Hero 6. Selma “Selma” is »
- Adam Chitwood
Univision’s World Cup coverage has set ratings records this summer, propelled by a production team of about 200 people on the ground in Brazil.
The quadrennial soccer tourney is a prime chance for Univision to show off its growing sports and news operation. Key Univision personalities have been taking the opportunity to venture outside of the “futbol” field for lifestyle and local-color reporting on players in this year’s tourney and the Brazilian setting.
Leading the offense for the Spanish-lingo giant are its star commentators and analysts: Pablo Ramirez (pictured), Jesus Bracamontes, Enrique Bermudez, Felix Fernandez, Luis Omar Tapia, Jorge Perez-Navarro and Diego Balado, as well as a number of former soccer players.
See Also: Univision Puts Live Streaming Behind Pay-tv Wall for Final Rounds
For the semi-quarter finals that began Friday, former Argentine player Javier Zanetti, who played during 1998 and 2002 World Cup tourneys, joins Univision Deportes’ team of »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Chicago – The iconic film critic and renaissance man, Roger Ebert, deservedly gets a full documentary film treatment of his 2011 memoir, “Life Itself,” and who better to create it than the Chicago-based director of “Hoop Dreams,” Steve James. And who better to produce and guide it than Roger’s soulmate, his wife Chaz Ebert.
Steve James has been a conscientious filmmaker ever since his career began, and after the amazing reception for “Hoop Dreams” (1994), he has made many other notable documentaries including “Stevie” (2002), “At the Death House Door” (2008), The Interrupters” (2011) and “Head Games” (2012). James got the assignment for “Life Itself” personally from Roger and Chaz Ebert, working with Roger on the project right up to the film critic’s death.
Photo credit: Magnolia Pictures
Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert met Roger in 1989, and they were married three years later. She was by his »
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Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams will gather at the Academy for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer,” on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.
In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the illustrious trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.
Dudamel, now entering his sixth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with “The Liberator (Libertador),” a biopic about Simón Bolívar that screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month. The score for this film, as well as a CD on Deutsche Grammophon, was recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which Dudamel is music director. Dudamel »
- Michelle McCue
Look out, Oscars. Oprah's coming for you. After being shut out last year for Lee Daniels' The Butler, she's returning with a vengeance, and she's armed with even more black history to slap upside your head. It's the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Oprah is demanding that you better recognize one of the most pivotal figures in American history. Paramount Pictures has announced that Oprah Winfrey, who is producing Selma, will also be taking a supporting role. The film, which traces Dr. King's fight for voting rights that led to a historical march upon Selma, Alabama, adds Winfrey to a cast that includes David Oyelowo (as King), Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo and Tim Roth. Winfrey is playing Anne Lee Cooper, a major civil rights leader who fought in Selma for her voting rights. She was known for challenging Sheriff James Clark face-to-face, and decking him »
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Question: Got any scoop for season 2 of Reign? —Nicole
Ausiello: “Any” might be an understatement, Nicole. French Court is going to be visited by four new faces in Season 2, including Princess Claude, the never-before-seen daughter of Catherine and Henry. The “very sexually advanced” young lady will get herself into plenty of mischief, perhaps even more than Narcisse, another (much older) new face who will serve as a sparring partner for her mother. Then there’s Conde, known as the “Prince of the Blood, »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting news for the post-apocalyptic horror film, State of Desolation, a new clip from Crawlspace, release details for Worm, Devil’s Mile, Glorious Plague, and much more:
State of Desolation Casting Details: “Writer/Director Jim Towns (House of Bad), is at work again filming his next feature film, a post-apocalyptic horror called “State of Desolation”. The film takes us on the journey of an unusual relationship forged between an aging mercenary, played by Craig Stark (Django Unchained) and a young pampered suburbanite, played by Jamie Bernadette (Axeman), as they both try to survive the Apocalypse. Rounding out the cast are Daniel Buran (True Blood), Jessica Morris (Haunting of the Innocent), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), and Victoria De Mare (Stripped). In the coming weeks, more roles will be filled and director Jim Towns states, »
- Tamika Jones
Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio, television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told the Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home in New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night. Dee, who frequently acted alongside her husband of 56 years, Ossie Davis, was surrounded by family and friends, she added. Dee's long career brought her an Oscar nomination at age 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film American Gangster. She also won an Emmy and was nominated for several others. »
- Associated Press
Oscar-nominated actress and longtime activist Ruby Dee has died. She was 91.
Dee was a fixture of stage and screen throughout her decades-long career, including her iconic work as Ruth Younger in the 1959 Broadway play "A Raisin in the Sun," in which she starred opposite Sidney Poitier. She later reprised her role for the 1961 film adaptation, which earned her a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Her one and only Oscar nomination came late in her career, when she received a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her work in 2007's "American Gangster" at age 83. Dee was nominated for multiple Emmy awards, taking home a statuette in 1991; shared a Grammy with her late husband and fellow actor, Ossie Davis; and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000.
But her offscreen work in the civil rights movement also earned her attention and admiration. A friend »
- Katie Roberts
Ghostbusters, the comedy classic that spawned a hit single, a sequel, a cartoon series and inspiration for countless fancy dress parties, celebrates its 30th anniversary today (June 8).
While we patiently wait for the long-in-development Ghostbusters 3, here are 30 things you may or may not now about the 1984 movie.
1. In the early '80s, Dan Aykroyd read an article on quantum physics and parapsychology in The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research. That, coupled with his family's long-standing interest in the paranormal, served as the catalyst for Ghostbusters.
2. Speaking of Aykroyd's family, his great grandfather was a psychic investigator, his grandfather an engineer who created a high-vibration crystal radio to contact the spirit world and his father kept a substantial library of books on the paranormal.
3. The first script drafts of Ghostbusters focused on three characters who battled ghouls with wands instead of proton packs, while the action took »
Ava DuVernay directs from a screenplay by Paul Webb, with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner producing through Plan B, Christian Colson through Cloud Eight Films and Oprah Winfrey through Harpo Films.
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Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that principal photography has commenced on “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay (“Middle Of Nowhere.”) The film is shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
The screenplay was written by Paul Webb (“Four Nights in Knaresborough”). Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce through their Plan B banner (“World War Z,” “12 Years A Slave”), with Christian Colson through his Cloud Eight Films (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”), and Oprah Winfrey (“The Hundred-foot Journey,” “Beloved”) through her Harpo Films. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Cameron McCracken and Nan Morales are executive producing.
“This story will resonate deeply with not only those brave men and women who fought for voting rights alongside Dr. King, but also the countless millions of people who continue to fight against discrimination in voting today. This talented group of filmmakers, led by »
- Kellvin Chavez
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