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Editor's Note: This was supposed to publish yesterday at noon. Not sure what happened there. Sorry about that, y'all.
The Golden Globe nominations are the talk of Tinsel Town today, but it's not necessarily the awards themselves that people are focused on. Oftentimes, the Globes are an interesting indicator of what we might see at the bigger event — namely, the Academy Awards.
If this year's Globes are any indication, then it's safe to say that Meryl Streep is going to get some loving at next year's Oscars. Streep had two starring roles this year in the forms of "It's Complicated" and "Julie & Julia," both of which are contending for the Best Musical or Comedy category. As a result, the actress's biggest competition this year is herself, believe it or not.
At this year's Globes, Streep will go head-to-head with herself in the Best Actress department for her separate performances as »
- Josh Wigler
Since 2004, Universal Pictures executive Franklin Leonard has been compiling The Black List. As its website states, The Black List is "an annual list of Hollywood's most liked unproduced screenplays published on the second Friday of December each year." All of the scripts are in some stage of development and two of the top ten scripts are already in production.
Entertainment Weekly got the exclusive on the top 10 (well, really, 11 because there was a tie) and Nikki Finke has posted additional details for the entire list.
You can download the whole list in Pdf from the official website.
Here's an excerpt of some of the top choices (thanks EW!):
1. The Muppet Man
By Christopher Weekes
- Christina Warren
Since 2004, Franklin Leonard releases The Black List every December. It’s a list of best read scripts that’s complied from the suggestions of agents assistants, managers, film executives, and whoever else he gets to contribute. While last year had 260 people contribute, this year’s had 97 scripts from 311 contributors. Most of the scripts on the list are in some stage of development in the studio system, and it’s been said that a high listing can help move your project forward. What I’m trying to say is, the list is very important in Hollywood and many people try extremely hard to land in the top ten.
So now that you’re curious, hit the jump to check out the top ten on the 2009 Black List:
Of course big thanks to Entertainment Weekly for posting the list. If you can, hit the link to show some appreciation. And for more on The Black List, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Last December, we introduced you to Franklin Leonard and The Black List, the list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Since then, Leonard has been named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 35 executives under 35 working in Hollywood and his list has gained even more prominence. This year's list consists of 97 scripts with 311 people contributing to the ranking -- up from 260 in 2008. The top 10 (actually, 11, thanks to a tie in 10th place) is filled with mostly up-and-comers, with the exception of Aaron Sorkin and David Scarpa. All of the scripts are in some stage of development around Hollywood, »
- Nicole Sperling
First, she channeled Julia Child in "Julie & Julia." Later this month, she'll play a divorcée torn between Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in "It's Complicated." Back Stage recently spoke with actors fortunate enough to have shared scenes with Streep."It's hard not to speak in clichés when talking about Meryl Streep and her career of incredible performances," says Jane Lynch, Streep's co-star in "Julie & Julia." Lynch, who portrays Dorothy, Julia Child's sister, falls back on sports analogies when she talks about acting with the star: "The bar is raised with Meryl Streep, and you hope to rise to the occasion, just like playing tennis with someone better than you can make your game better."Like many performers, Lynch cites intimidation as a first response to the idea of sharing a scene with the star. "I met her briefly on the set of 'Lemony Snicket's [A Series of Unfortunate Events],' a few years before 'Julie & Julia, »
Chicago – Sometimes all it takes is a glance at a film’s poster to know where it’s stepped wrong. The poster for “My Sister’s Keeper” shows photogenic stars Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin smiling at each other, while their saintly co-star (Sofia Vassilieva) drifts below them, blowing bubbles. Anyone who has read Jodi Picoult’s book (on which this film is based) will know that there’s no reason why these two characters should be smiling at each other, except to fool audiences into thinking this is some kind of heartwarming feel-good drama. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what filmmaker Nick Cassavetes intends to transform his source material into, and the resulting film fails to grapple with the issues Picoult’s book boldly addresses.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
The premise holds great promise: eleven-year-old Anna (Breslin) was genetically engineered and conceived by her parents to be a donor to her sister »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Welcome to a new series here on Cinematical where we select an actor or actress and the role we think is their all time best.
Last August, "Meryl Streep" wrote an op-ed piece for The Onion called "Name One Masterpiece Of Cinema That I've Starred In." It was really written by the Onion staff, of course, but they (and Streep) made a good point. For a woman who is very possibly the finest living actor of any sex, she has made very few truly unforgettable films. Her resume doesn't contain anything quite like Rear Window, The Godfather, Chinatown or Pulp Fiction. Case in point: the article brings up Kramer vs. Kramer. "Streep" says "I'd watch it if it were on," but it isn't really a masterpiece. Also, it's more Dustin Hoffman's movie than Streep's movie, and if you look at it that way, it ranks pretty far down on Hoffman's list of classics. »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
C'mon, tell the truth ... have you ever taken your kids to an inappropriate movie?
Paul Starke: I was flipping through the channels this weekend, pretending to listen to my wife, when I stumbled upon the movie "Kramer vs. Kramer" -- the 1979 film that chronicles the bitter custody battle between Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) and ... Kramer (Meryl Streep). I happened upon the scene in the movie where Dustin Hoffman's son falls off a jungle gym and is rushed to a hospital ... Pretty dramatic, depressing material. And then, as if suddenly recalling a repressed dream, I remembered: My parents took me to see this movie when I Was 6 Years Old!
Times were different back then -- parents would go see whatever movie they wanted, whether it would interest the kids or not. I don't think my parents thought I'd enjoy it, per se -- they probably just thought I'd get bored and fall asleep. »
Storms The Walls Of Castle
Actress Stana Katic is on a roll. After scoring supporting roles in two of last year’s highest-profile films, Quantum of Solace and The Spirit, the statuesque Canadian stunner landed the female lead in ABC’s new police drama/romantic comedy Castle, playing Detective Kate Beckett, a tough-as-nails NYPD officer who finds herself with the regrettable assignment of allowing cocky, best-selling crime novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) to shadow her for research on his next book. Not only does she find that Castle’s creative instincts for the criminal mind help her solve some of the city’s most challenging murders, she finds her tough exterior melting under Castle’s considerable charms. The show airs Monday nights on ABC.
Stana Katic sat down with us at a local »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Producer and former MGM chief Daniel Melnick died Tuesday at age 77. His credits are as diversified as they are impressive. Among the films and TV series he oversaw, produced or developed: Get Smart, Network, Straw Dogs, All That Jazz, That's Entertainment, Midnight Express, The Goodbye Girl, The Sunshine Boys, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Footloose and Altered States. For more click here »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Emmy Award-winning movie maverick Daniel Melnick has died after battling lung cancer. He was 77.
The former head of production at MGM and Columbia studios made his name by signing off on bold and often controversial films like Straw Dogs, Network and Making Love.
Paying tribute to the mogul, his protege Sherry Lansing tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "He was an extraordinary producer and an extraordinary executive. He always thought out of the box and was never afraid to take a risk."
Melnick was also the brains behind cult TV show Get Smart.
“Couples Retreat“ is sponsoring Break Media this week, so I’m going to go ahead and describe the film as a hilarious look at real world problems faced by married couples.
But when it comes to looking at the real world problems of married couples, not all films are so friggin’ hilarious. In fact, some movies might just ruin your crappy marriage!…
On the surface Howard Stern’s Private Parts might not seem so bad. After all, the film is basically a love note from Stern to his wife. It was his way of letting her know that despite all the breasts he sees on a daily basis, love conquers all…
Kramer vs. Kramer, Eraserhead… Click here to read full story [Via Screen Junkies]
- Allan Ford
By Brent Lang
Former MGM chief Daniel Melnick died Tuesday in Los Angeles at 77. He had been struggling with lung cancer.
In a career that spanned decades, Melnick produced both Oscar-winning prestige pictures such as "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Network," as well as the action movies "Total Recall" and "The Quick and the Dead."
Melnick worked extensively at Columbia, ABC, and MGM. It was at the latte »
- Lew Harris
It's been 30 years since Kramer vs. Kramer took movie audiences by surprise with its tale of a workaholic dad forced to reorder his priorities to focus on being a caregiver (back before anyone had heard the term "caregiver"). That film was a change of pace for Dustin Hoffman, softening an edgy image and earning him his first Oscar. Now here comes Clive Owen in Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back, a reworking of similar themes in a way that is just as telling and just as affecting. Indeed, Owen hasn't played this kind of role before, at least not since he first popped up on American radar in Bent and Croupier a dozen years ago. While he's shown versatility in a variety of roles, he's never played a character dealing with problems as normal as the ones confronting Joe Warr, the »
- Marshall Fine
Today's Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Columbia Pictures' Best Pictures Collection for $59.99, 56% off the $136 suggested retail price. This 14-disc set features 11 films from Columbia Pictures' Best Picture Oscar winners spanning the years from 1934 to 1982, including "It Happened One Night" (1934), "You Can't Take It with You" (1938), "All the King's Men" (1949), "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "On the Waterfront" (1954), "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957), "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "A Man for All Seasons" (1966), "Oliver!" (1968), "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979)30, and "Gandhi" (1982). The specially designed package offers cinemaphiles a genuine Hollywood collectible, complete with slipcase, synopsis of each film, details on the Oscar win for each title and artwork from key movie scenes. As with all of Amazon's Gold Box bargins, the deal price will end at midnight. »
- Peter Sciretta
Meryl Streep is arguably our best living actress, and she's by all accounts awesome and interesting and smart, etc. But this mock editorial in the Onion, called "Name One Masterpiece Of Cinema That I've Starred In," by Meryl Streep is really, really on the money. I know it's a joke, and that Meryl Streep didn't really write it, but the very funny piece is totally right. Por ejemplo: "... the name Meryl Streep isn't really synonymous with one truly unforgettable film. It's weird to think about, but it's undeniably true. Go ahead, try and name a classic movie I've starred in. Not a classic character I've portrayed, mind you, but an overall amazing piece of cinema. You can't. You just can't." Then it runs through some of the Streep filmography: Kramer vs. Kramer: "Let's be honest, Kramer Vs. Kramer isn't really a masterpiece in the same way that, say, The French Connection »
- Margaret Lyons
Streep at 60, a retrospective (June 11th - July 14th)
I wear body armor as I type this, for fear of your collective outrage but the time got away from me. We're jumping forward. You see, Streep's second act, those legend making years from 1981-1988, in which she morphed through one of cinema's all time hot streaks like some genetically enhanced superfreak chameleon, is too large a topic. I need more time with The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Sophie's Choice (1982) and Silkwood (1983), in particular. Perhaps I should write a book. For disparate reasons all three are deserving of chapter length essays.
Streep's penchant for shape shifting, particularly in the vocal arena, is well known. Though many actors collect several character voices and accents in their life's work, the vocals became »
- NATHANIEL R
Streep at 60, A Retrospective
Previously: Julia, The Deer, 1978 Oscars
Sadie, Sadie (Un)married Lady
One of the fascinating things about old movies is the snapshots they take of their own time. Even in period pieces you can see the (then) modernity of the time period it was made in faintly stamped... a bit of reverse pentimento if you will. The Seventies might be the very best decade for cultural snapshots since it seems as if a large percentage of filmmakers were excited about capturing their own times rather than obsessing over eras gone by or creating imaginary worlds. That's arguably a naive modern perspective on the Seventies based on the films that endured but it feels like the truth.
Troubled marriages have been around since the sacred institution was invented. Naturally they've also been a part of cinema since its invention. What is Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans (1927) for »
- NATHANIEL R
Remember a couple weeks ago when we joked about Hollywood's endless reboots, remakes and sequels... Vera Drake 2: Jail Break! Well it's on everyone's mind this summer what with Star Trek rebooting and Terminator probably collapsing: first Sarah Connor gets cancelled and now T4 can't beat the $ of T3. Ouch. Bless Movie | Line for doing some investigating about A-Listers and their relationship to franchises. It's a fact of life for the top moneymakers. Or is it?
In this chart "near franchises" is a subjective number, referring to films
that were obviously intended for / or completely natural fits for sequels
if the star had wanted it or if the first film hadn't flopped
It turns out not all of the A-Listers believe in repetition. You may already know that our June subject girl Meryl Streep has never made a sequel but it was interesting to note who else has never done »
- NATHANIEL R
Streep at 60
A Retrospective Celebration in June and maybe some of July, too.
At the risk of cries of sacrilege I decided to try a screening experiment with The Deer Hunter for my Streep project. I have never seen the movie (I know) and I opted to only watch the Meryl Streep parts.
"Why???" I can hear purists (and other versions of myself) screaming. Well, I've become fascinated of late with the idea that audiences are consuming their movies in an entirely different way than they used to. In the age of YouTube, termite criticism, DVR, cable, home theaters and dozens of "exclusive" clips from new movies available on hundreds of sites before the movie in question ever opens, it's now quite common to experience movies not as 90-120-180 minute narratives but as a collection of acted fragments both before and after the first full screening. Sometimes the movie »
- NATHANIEL R
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