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The Nicolas Cage-starring “Light” this week wrapped principal photography in Gold Coast, Australia, having previously shot extensively at the Castel Studios in Romania. Second unit work in Kenya and the U.S. remains.
The espionage thriller features Cage as a former CIA-operative embarking on a global manhunt for his long-standing nemesis, while simultaneously battling fronto-temporal dementia, an aggressive form of Alzheimer’s Disease. Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) plays Cage’s protégé, while Swiss actress Irene Jacob (Three Colors: Red) plays his former lover.
“Fighting though unpredictable rain, careening into over time, principal photography is completed in Queensland,” said Schrader (pictured middle, with Yelchin left, and Cage, right) on Facebook.
It is the second time that Schrader and Cage have worked together, »
- Patrick Frater
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
All that glitters is not just Oscar. Wealth-x has undertaken the task of ranking Oscar-winning actors and actresses by their accumulated wealth, so that you might have another metric by which to judge them. Here are the top five. 5. Sean ConneryConnery, Sean Connery won his Oscar in 1988 for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables. At 83, he's currently valued at $250 million, which can buy him a lot of "Scotland Forever" tattoos. 4. Barbra StreisandThe singer, actor, director, 71, won a Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for Funny Girl. Between her film and music career (and her stock portfolio), she's valued at $310 million. Not bad »
- Alex Heigl
According to gossip rags, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi are considering a divorce, and both were “so sad” to find out about their marital troubles through the media. “I read that we were getting divorced, and I went and told her, and she was sad,” DeGeneres joked to Jimmy Kimmel in an interview (above) on Wednesday. “We both were so sad. I couldn’t believe that we were getting divorced, so I guess we are.” See photos: 28 Classic Movies That Never Won Best Picture Oscars – From ‘Raging Bull’ to ‘Chinatown’ (Photos) The daytime talk show host swung through Kimmel’s ABC late-night. »
- Greg Gilman
Justin Chang: Scott, I know it will come as little surprise to you that when Peter Debruge and I sat down to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for best supporting actor and supporting actress, we spent almost as much time talking about the performances that should have been nominated as we did talking about the ones that actually were. This is hardly a new ax for any critic to grind, but it bears repeating: Those who vote on the Academy Awards are largely in the business of making movies — not seeing them, thinking about them and writing about them week in and week out. No wonder this organization’s choices often strike us as so pedestrian and provincial, less engaged by the boundary-expanding possibilities of cinema than beholden to the power of hometown hype.
See Also: Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor »
- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
For years, the Oscars and Martin Scorsese just didn't seem to jibe. His films didn't resonate with that crowd. Maybe it was because he was an outsider. Maybe it was because he didn't trade in the breed of films that typically found footing with the Academy. Whatever the case, it became, for decades, a consistent note: How does Martin Scorsese not have an Oscar? Things began to change nearly three decades into his career. Until 2002, a Scorsese film registering with the group was not nearly the consistent occurrence it is today. Yet since "Gangs of New York," four of his last five films Have received Best Picture nominations and he finds himself a perennial fixture on the Oscar circuit, a circuit he has seen change drastically over the course of his career. With Oscar voting drawing to a close, I spoke with Scorsese recently about that very phenomenon, how zealous »
- Kristopher Tapley
This Sunday, all eyes will be on the star-studded Oscars!
With the special night almost here, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week (in countdown fashion) for the six major categories. We kicked it off yesterday with Best Picture, and now turn our attention to another hotly-contested race -- Best Actor.
We've already given you the beat on the Best Actor nominees, so now let's break down our favorites to win the award. Here, we've listed the actors we expect to win, and then, more importantly, who we think should win.
Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey. There's no denying McConaughey's transformative turn as womanizer-turned-aids patient advocate Ron Woodroof was one of the best performances of the year. And the Academy loves it when actors go to extremes for a role: losing weight (Tom Hanks, "Philadelphia"), gaining weight (Robert De Niro, "Raging Bull"), de-beautification (Charlize Theron, »
- Moviefone Staff
Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to ’12 Years a Slave’ producer (photo: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Oscar 2014 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today the complete list of movie celebrities — all actors, including a handful of actor-directors / actor-producers — who will be presenters at the ceremony, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and which will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide — even in the United States, via the ABC network. (See the full list below.) Among the Oscar 2014 presenters, you’ll find a number of past Oscar winners and nominees. With a couple of exceptions, not from the very distant past, mind you, as the overwhelming majority of presenters are performers working in »
- Steve Montgomery
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy
Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused
Previously Best Known For:
Freeman Lowell – Silent Running
Asa Watts – The Cowboys
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
“I was a young striving cinematographer at the time,” recalls Phedon Papamichael (3:10 to Yuma) who first met filmmaker Alexander Payne (About Schmidt) at UCLA Film School. “I had a job interview with him for his UCLA graduate film which I did not get. I ended up shooting a different UCLA graduate film with Alexander being the boom operator. We knew each other socially and lived in the same part of Los Angeles, the Silver Lake Area. I’d be aware of what he was doing and he’d be aware of what I was doing. I was happy when I saw Alexander made his first film Citizen Ruth  and liked it. We often talked about films. It wasn’t until Sideways  when he called out of the blue and asked me if »
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- MaryAnn Johanson
It would appear that legendary actor Robert De Niro has had boxing on the brain these last couple of years. Not only did the Raging Bull star revisit the sport in last year’s Grudge Match, with Sylvester Stallone, but he’s about to be seen in Hands of Stone. The latter film is a biographical tale about Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran (the title is the english translation of that nickname). Despite being an incredible pugilist, winning 103 of 119 professional fights, Duran may be most famous for one of his losses in which he famously declared “¡No mas!” to prematurely end his bout against Sugar Ray Leonard.
De Niro will portray Duran’s trainer, Ray Arcel. Arcel famously trained 18 world champions.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
You can have The Wolf of Wall Street. I.ll take The King of Comedy. My favorite Scorsese movies have Robert De Niro in them, not Leonardo DiCaprio. So when the Raging Bull star revealed that they are still entertaining the notion of doing The Irishman, you can see why I.m swallowing that news like it.s a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. It has been a long time since either Casino or Heat. Has too much time passed? De Niro doesn.t think so, and he told The New York Post that the project is still very much in the works. De Niro stated: "We have been trying to do [the film] for the last few years, and I think we will do it. It.s based on [the] book .I Heard You Paint Houses. by Charles Brandt. It.s about a guy who . . . confessed that he killed »
In the dog days of the second world war, the heart of British cinema could be found inside a three-room flat off the Marylebone Road in London. This, from 1942-1947, was the headquarters of film-makers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and the production office for such pictures as A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. In the event of air raids, the office came equipped with a set of camp beds.
Now the flat at Dorset House has been commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque, honouring the work of Powell and Pressburger's film company, the Archers. Attending the unveiling were Powell's widow, the Oscar-winning American editor Thelma Schoonmaker, »
- Xan Brooks
Scott Bowles looks back over Oscar history at the 10 biggest upsets for Best Picture. His list and discussion includes "How Green Was My Valley" over "Citizen Kane" (1941), "Rocky" over "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Ordinary People" over "Raging Bull" (1980), "Chariots of Fire" over "Reds" (1981), "Dances with Wolves" over "Goodfellas" (1990), "Forrest Gump" over "Pulp Fiction" (1994), "Braveheart" over "Apollo 13" (1995), "The English Patient" over "Fargo" (1996), "Shakespeare in Love" over "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), and "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). USA Today. Lupita Nyong'o steals the show on the BAFTA red carpet. Other highlights are Angelina Jolie in a custom-made Saint Laurent tuxedo, similar to the one worn by her husband Brad Pitt, the winning producer of BAFTA&# »
We've already featured a great talk with Martin Scorsese from David Poland and his Dp/30 interview series, and now another big part of The Wolf of Wall Street sits down for an interesting 30-minute chat. Jonah Hill has been on quite the promotional and awards season run for his Oscar nominated supporting performance in the controversial drama, and he indicates as much at the beginning of this interview. And then he dives into some interesting stories, including how Dustin Hoffman actually had a pivotal part in launching Hill's career as an actor, thanks to his son Jake Hoffman. The whole interview is great. Watch! Here's the interview with Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street (via Movies.com): The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by legendary Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, of everything from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull to Cape Fear to Goodfellas to Casino »
- Ethan Anderton
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »
- Melissa Thompson
Classic musical fans, take note. The 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival will open with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” TCM's go-to host Robert Osborne will introduce the film, with Oscar-winning star Shirley Jones in person. Other recently announced highlights from the upcoming festival include director William Friedkin, who will attend with the U.S. premiere restoration of his now revered cult classic “Sorcerer” (1977); Kim Novak, with “Bell Book and Candle” (1958); actor Ryan O'Neal, who will introduce “Paper Moon” (1973); documentarian Albert Maysles, returning to the fest with “Grey Gardens” (1975); and three-time Oscar-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker (“Raging Bull,” “The Aviator,” “The Departed”), who will participate in a special conversation.And there’s a lot more happening at this year’s fest; full lineup here.Now in its fifth year, the TCM fest runs April 10-13, 2014, in »
- Beth Hanna
For years, Martin Scorsese’s most famous collaborator was Robert De Niro, who starred in the director’s most iconic movies, including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas. In recent years, the director has formed a similar relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio, making five celebrated films. The Departed, their third movie together, finally won Scorsese his elusive Oscar for Best Director, and last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street is currently up for five Oscars, including two each for both men, who also produced the movie.
This Thursday and Friday at New York’s hallowed Ziegfeld Theater, all »
- Jeff Labrecque
Since exploding on the scene with 1973′s Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese has fearlessly taken dead aim at the darkest facets of modern life, the seedy underbelly of existence that most refuse to acknowledge. The unpredictable nature of Scorsese’s work has led forty years worth of audiences to consider terrible people as heroes, acts of terror as cries for help, substances as both business and crutch, and yesterday’s heroes as today’s villains.
All of his films consider the fallibility of man not as an error, but part of our nature. Though the characters are hateful, there is a means by which one can connect to and sympathize with both their successes and failures. At the conclusion of a Martin Scorsese film, there is always catharsis. The sheer emotional power of his work seeks to make us accept ourselves as both imperfect and unique. In this way, »
- Jack Manley
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