14 items from 2014
A few evenings ago Matthew McConaughey took home the Best Actor award at the Oscars for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof, the epitome of American masculinity, who contacts HIV. For the role McConaughey lost over 50 pounds and looks a shadow of the usual dominating characters he has recently played (Killer Joe, Mud). On this note, it would be fitting to revisit some of the greatest transformations actors and actresses have gone through for a single performance.
Now, there are plenty of performances where the actor is almost unrecognisable due to special effects or incredible artistry and make up, but what this list is looking at, are the performances where a performer totally reinvents themselves on screen physically – you know the face on the screen, you’ve seen them in other films but you have to double take just to recognize them. So, sorry John Hurt, you’re wonderful turn as »
- Hassan Vawda
Interview Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:44
In the first of a two part look back at his career, James Woods chats to us about family, Scorsese, Stone, Leone and more...
It took a false start or two before we finally got James Woods on the end of the phone. There was no agent connecting us, no middle person to monitor what we were saying. Just a problem with a charging cable, oddly enough.
When we were connected, we launched into an interview that was intended to last 15 minutes, but as it turned out, it passed the hour mark. And heck, we got through a lot: so much, that we've split this interview into two articles. A genuinely fascinating man.
Regular readers will know that we've been long-time fans of James Woods - as highlighted by our look at some of his least appreciated films, here - and as our conversation started, »
Bradley Cooper is set to star in and produce a movie adaptation of upcoming crime novel American Blood.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros has acquired the rights to New Zealand author Ben Sanders's crime drama ahead of the book's release in autumn 2015.
Cooper is being lined up to play the story's lead Marshall Grade, a New York police officer turned mob informant. The character is living in witness protection in New Mexico but is soon pulled into a dangerous investigation involving a missing woman.
The project is currently only a partial manuscript but Andrew Sodroski is attached to write the adaptation.
American Blood is Sanders's debut novel in the Us and is likely to form part of a series, meaning the big-screen development could lead to a franchise if successful.
Cooper is attached »
Spoiler Alert: this blog is published after the Us transmission; the UK broadcasts the episodes a week later.
• Read Rebecca Nicholson's episode seven blogpost
I'd like to dedicate this blog to Patti LuPone, who, over the course of one too-brief scene, became one of my favourite people. (Mostly as a result of to answering the question, "What's your favourite form of physical exercise?" with "Sleeping.") This was another top-notch, very funny episode, as Hannah worried about losing Adam, Marnie actually lost Ray, Jessa lost any pretence of sobriety and Shoshanna, presumably, didn't do much so she could recover from losing her shit at everyone last week.
It turns out that Hannah is getting paid a lot to spend a night in a suite »
- Rebecca Nicholson
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Costume design is perhaps my favorite below-the-line Oscar category to analyze. That's partly because the craft itself is so integrally tied into the development of narrative, character and performance, but also because this voting branch can get so frisky with their choices. This year's field contains two former winners, two first-time nominees and one recurring bridesmaid, and it's an attractive collection -- ranging from rags to riches, from 19th-century England to 1970s New Jersey. It is, however, a field that demonstrates the Academy's overwhelming bias toward period work in this category -- it's nice when they find room for contemporary and/or fantasy work, »
- Guy Lodge
“The Walking Dead” has become such a ratings-devouring force AMC rather brazenly scheduled its mid-season return opposite the Olympics — as in, “Olympics? We’re not afraid of no stinking Olympics.”
Sunday’s episode, moreover, found the series still in disarray after the tumultuous, character-shedding events of its most recent finale, which allowed the producers — in an episode written by comics creator Robert Kirkman — to indulge in what amounted to a deeper character study, albeit with some tense geez-they’re-not-going-to-kill-him-or-her-off-too moments.
Perhaps foremost, Sunday’s episode (and warning: Spoilers lurk ahead) offered an opportunity to explore the character of Carl (Chandler Riggs), who started out as a little kid and has grown into a self-sufficient, mother-killing, zombie-shooting badass.
Yet this latest episode tested those assumptions, showing how for all his bravado and survival instincts (which came in handy when he placed himself in a particularly harrowing situation), there’s still a little boy inside there, »
- Brian Lowry
Odd List Ryan Lambie 4 Feb 2014 - 06:48
We head back to the 80s and 90s to look at eight famous battles between directors and studio executives over a movie's final cut...
If filmmaking is a compromise between art and commerce, then the final cut is often the point in the process where the tug-of-war between the two becomes the most intense. In their desire to make a film more profitable - often after feedback from preview screenings - studio executives will sometimes request re-edits or the shooting of additional scenes. And occasionally, when directors attempt to resist those changes for whatever reason, the resulting tension between director and studio can reach breaking point.
To illustrate the different ways these tussles over a film's final cut can play out, we're heading back to the 80s and 90s. In some instances, the films that emerged from the editing room were considered to be influential triumphs. »
Bradley Cooper will return to Broadway next fall in a revival of “The Elephant Man.” Rounding out the cast will be Oscar-nominee Patricia Clarkson (“Pieces of April”) and Alessandro Nivola (“Junebug”). All three actors appeared in a 2012 Williamstown Theater Festival production of the play. Scott Ellis, who oversaw that show, will direct the Broadway production, which will be performed in the Shubert Theatre to be announced at a later date. Cooper, who is up for Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Academy Awards for his work in “American Hustle,” has told outlets that he has been obsessed with the character of. »
- Brent Lang
Bradley Cooper is returning to the stage! The 39-year-old Oscar-nominated American Hustle star will reprise the titular role in The Elephant Man on Broadway this fall, EW reports. Cooper's return to the play will mark his first time on Broadway since 2006 when he costarred with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in Three Days of Rain. Cooper is set to play John Merrick, The Elephant Man's main character, a man with a deformed body but an unbroken spirit. The character famously says the line, "I am not an animal!" to reassert his humanity to those who would only judge him by his appearance. Cooper previously played the same role in a 2012 production at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Patricia »
Bradley Cooper and his baby blues are headed to Broadway in The Elephant Man, a role he played last year at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. You can rule out one place that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West aren't getting married at now. The Palace of Versailles tweeted that the couple passed on their venue today. TV worlds collide: Katie Lowes was Connie Britton's nanny before landing her role on Scandal! Want another reason to love The Mindy Project star Chris Messina? He was a competitive dancer as a kid - hence why he could master Aaliyah's "Try Again" dance. Jonah Hill was only paid $60K to be in The Wolf of Wall Street. So yes, his character was really the opposite of him in real life. Missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo's remains were found in the East River, DNA tests confirm. The gunman in Tuesday's Purdue University shooting has »
- Alyse Whitney
So much for the old adage that movie stars head to Broadway to revive their flagging film careers - or to announce that they are available to appear on television. No less than Bradley Cooper, currently Oscar nominated for his role in American Hustle, is bound for the Great White Way, in a revival of Bernard Pomerance's 1979 Tony-winning best drama, The Elephant Man, reports Entertainment Weekly. The show is due to open in the fall. Further details and other casting news have yet to be announced. Actor Philip Anglim was nominated for a Tony for his performance in the original Broadway production, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
The 39-year-old actor, who was nominated for an Oscar last week for his role in American Hustle, will play the lead of the heavily disfigured John Merrick once again. He first appeared in the role at the Williamstown Theatre Festival two years ago.
As in the 2012 production, Cooper will portray the character's deformity through physicality rather than with the aid of prosthetic make-up, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The American Hustle actor, who last week received his second Oscar nomination in as many years, will return to the New York stage after eight years. He last starred in 2006′s Three Days of Rain with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.
More casting announcements are to follow.
Cooper recently revealed that his curly hairstyle in American Hustle was influenced by classic NBA stars. »
If you’ve ever had the burning desire to see one of the hottest film stars of the moment bray, “I am not an animal!” you’re in luck. Bradley Cooper, who just received his second Oscar nomination in as many years for his fussy, conflicted G-man in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, will be returning to Broadway after an eight-year absence, the actor’s reps tell EW. (His last appearance was opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in 2006′s Three Days of Rain, for which he got very good notices.)
The red-hot actor will headline a revival of »
- Jason Clark
14 items from 2014
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