10 items from 2014
This morning was like Christmas for TV and Emmy fanatics, and among the nominees this year, as usual, were a slew of former Oscar winners. In the acting categories this year, it was no surprise to see Matthew McConaughey chalked up for his work in HBO's "True Detective" just four months after completing a near run of the movie awards season table that culminated in a Best Actor Oscar win for "Dallas Buyers Club." Will HBO's decision to put the show in the drama series category rather than miniseries hold him back from an Emmy, given the potential bounty of goodwill for Bryan Cranston and the final season of "Breaking Bad?" We'll soon find out. Joining McConaughey in the category was "Usual Suspects" and "American Beauty" star Kevin Spacey, nominated a second-straight year for Netflix's "House of Cards. In the supporting actor ranks, Jon Voight, Oscar winner for 1978's "Coming Home, »
- Kristopher Tapley
We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well? Interestingly, big screen hotels and motels almost play an important part as an extra movie character in addition to serving as a backdrop to the proceedings.
In Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels let’s look at some special selections where hotels and motels in film are featured and play a primary role in plot and theme. Cinematic room service has never been so accommodating.
The Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels selections are (in alphabetical order):
1.) The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel (2011)
Director John Madden’s The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel juggles various topical matters at hand: the aging process, deception in advertising, exotic travel and cultural clashing. Madden assembles a notable cast »
- Frank Ochieng
In Hollywood there are always exceptions to the rule. Like, women, especially older women, can't open or carry movies. So, in the face of such misinformed conventional wisdom, TriStar Productions' Tom Rothman is greenlighting "The Lady in the Van" with "Downton Abbey" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" star Maggie Smith, age 79. That's because Smith is an actress who wins Oscars--she has won two out of six nominations so far ("The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "California Suite"). TriStar won worldwide rights to "The Lady in the Van" in a bidding war. BBC Films will co-finance and take the first television window in the UK. "The Lady in the Van" is playwright and screenwriter Alan Bennett's adaptation of the London hit based on his memoir, and reunites him with his director on the films "The Madness of King George" and "The History Boys," Nicholas Hytner, who makes his »
- Anne Thompson
Jane Fonda has joined the cast of Youth.
The film centres around ageing friends Fred and Mick - a retired composer and conductor and a film director - who are on holiday together in the Alps.
They find themselves considering the time they have left. While Mick struggles to complete his final movie, Fred finds that there is someone out there who wants to see him make music again.
Production on Youth begins later this month. »
The film, which revolves around two male friends in their 80's reflecting on life while vacationing in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps, will be produced by Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima.
The flick is expected to release around 2015's Cannes Film Festival. (Ani) »
- Diksha Singh
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m whipped into a cackling fugue state about the Oscars. I’m in love with the damn Oscars. In fact, I’m suspicious of people who don’t love the Oscars. And here we are with my favorite Oscar countdown to date: the 10 most fabulous Best Supporting Actress-winning performances. Keep in mind this isn’t the same thing as the 10 best Best Supporting Actress performances. I wrote that list years ago and declared Sandy Dennis, Patty Duke, Cloris Leachman, Meryl Streep, and Kim Hunter the supreme supporting ladies. My feelings have not changed. But it’s time to honor the fabulous performances, the supporting actresses who bring whizzbang, panache, sexual superiority, and fun to an occasionally dour category. Here are the 10 most fab winners of my favorite Oscar.
10. Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor
Is Prizzi’s Honor essential viewing? No. But Anjelica Huston’s thick, »
- Louis Virtel
Watch All the Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes in Under Three Minutes These beautiful people won a little gold man for their little gold men. By Matt Toder Some great actors really put everything into a role, while others take it all off. Check out this sexy supercut of 22 actors and actresses who bared their bodies in Oscar-winning movies – from Charlize Theron's steamy turn as a serial killer in Monster to Geoffrey Rush's ultra-sensual trampoline moves from Shine. There are boobs and butts galore, so make sure you're somewhere will people will appreciate your, um, love of cinematic history before pressing play. Find full list of unclothed honorees below. Can you match them up to the clips in the movie? Kevin Spacey, American Beauty Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets Maggie Smith, California Suite Cuba Gooding, Jr, Jerry Maguire Mary Steenburgen, Melvin and Howard Charlize Theron, Monster [...] »
- Matt Toder
We have six days ’til the Oscars, and that means we have six more days to celebrate one of the most intimidating, established rosters of Best Actress nominees in years. Together the ladies on this list have been nominated 38 times. That’s a serious nomination number, guys. We’re getting into an Alison Krauss/Grammys situation now. Man. Let’s get Judi Dench a fiddle.
The poll question is simple: What are your favorite movies starring this year’s Best Actress nominees? I’ve selected my responses below. Fight for your own (and mine, if you can get around to it).
Winner: Blue Jasmine
Tough one. Elizabeth leaves a lasting impression, and re-watching it recently, I was surprised to find how much Blanchett reminded me of her fellow Australian Judy Davis. Even though she looks like an austere hybrid of Gwyneth Paltrow and a California Suite-era Maggie Smith, »
- Louis Virtel
SAG Awards 2014 winners: Lupita Nyong’o surprises, shoo-in Cate Blanchett doesn’t (photo: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o in ’12 Years a Slave’) The 2014 SAG Awards ceremony was held at downtown Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center earlier this evening, January 18. Presenters included Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Clark Gregg, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Mindy Kaling, and Pauley Perrette, in addition to about a couple of dozen nominees. Most of the winners — including those in the television categories — were the expected ones, e.g., Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Best Actor Oscar winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street, 1987) for his portrayal of Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Jared Leto for Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969; California Suite, 1978) for Downton Abbey, and Best Actress Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, 2006) for Phil Spector. Even so, there »
- Steve Montgomery
Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John Wells’ August: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »
- Steve Montgomery
10 items from 2014
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