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Martin Scorsese will present Mel Brooks with the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award – America’s highest honor for a career in film. The private black tie gala will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6 and will air on TNT Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt and as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. Et. Brooks will be recognized for his range of mastery as a director, producer, writer, actor and composer.
Martin Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time having received the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to cinema, two AFI Awards, an Academy®Award, a Palme d’Or, Grammy® Award, two Emmys®, four Golden Globes®, a BAFTA and three DGA Awards. Scorsese’s body of work includes films such as The Departed, »
- Melissa Thompson
Noah Baumbach directed his first feature-length movie, "Kicking and Screaming," in 1995, about that uncertain, post-college phase of life. (It's a personal favorite of this reporter.) Of course, the best known movie with that title is a 2005 effort about a youth soccer team starring Will Ferrell. (Not a personal favorite of this reporter, primarily because of the number of times I've switched the channel to TBS, only to see this version instead of Baumbach's.) As it turns out, Baumbach is annoyed by the similarities of these titles, too, and it has everything to do why the name of his new movie is "Frances Ha."
"Frances Ha," not called "Frances" because there's already a Jessica Lange film with that title, has been a darling of the festival circuit since it debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in September. Greta Gerwig stars (and co-wrote the screenplay) as the title character who wanders through life, »
- Mike Ryan
In the future, hunger, violence and money have disappeared. Lying is unthinkable. And stealing -- from the place where one acquires one's every need, a building labeled "Store" -- is pointless. Because we're all wearing spotless white suits and driving shiny, chrome-plated Lotus Evoras. Well, a lot of us are.
Humanity has been "perfected," thanks to the aliens. They came, they moved in -- not just onto the planet, but into our bodies. And now, the human race is all but extinct, our bodies governed by seemingly benign conquerors. Free will dies as our corpses become "hosts" to the "souls" of those who apparently know what's best for us and make us serve "the common good."
But Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) is resistant to this body snatching. She debates and wars with the old soul, "Wanderer," who has invaded her most personal space -- her mind. Melanie wants to shake free of these alien bonds, »
We've all got to do our part to help with the Scotus situation today, kids. I know I'm doing mine: Here are eight fabulous female performanes in courtroom movies to inspire you for the day ahead. Even if they drive younuts, you still qualify to look glamorously insane like Frances Farmer.
Joanna Kramer ditched her family not because she was bored of parenting (which I would've completely understood), but because her despair was so significant that she felt it best to remove herself from the home she shared with her obnoxious husband and tolerable son. Later, when she wanted custody of the scamp, she delivered a tearful monologue about painting clouds on bedroom walls and the misery of the Kramer household, concluding with the defiant line, "I am his mother." Meryl famously wrote most of this great soliloquy, and knowing Meryl's talents, she probably also sewed her own costume, »
"The Lovely Bones" star Saoirse Ronan steps into one of the most unusual dual roles in movie history in "The Host," as a human whose body is taken over by an alien parasite. Since this is based on a book by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, there's also (of course) a love triangle, with Jared (Max Irons) who loves the human Melanie and Ian (Jake Abel), who falls for the alien Wanda. Moviefone sat down with the Irish star -- appropriately enough, on St. Patrick's Day -- where she was wearing green and also fighting off a cold. Over hot tea and with the hum of a humidifier in the background, she discussed the funniest day she had on set and all the ways people mispronounce her name Moviefone: What's the hardest thing about playing two characters in one body? Ronan: One of the toughest things is there's a lot of »
- Sharon Knolle
Let's talk about jilted actresses, boys.
The Oscars are next Sunday, and we still have plenty of Academy history to reinspect like amateur Clouseaus. Today's cold case: the 10 greatest Best Actress-nominated performances that didn't win an Oscar. Apologies to my other sentimental favorites like Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Julie Christie in McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, Anne Bancroft in The Graduate, and my darling Elizabeth Hartman in A Patch of Blue because I could only pick 10. Here they are.
Look, I hear you. Natalie Wood: not so inspiring in Rebel Without a Cause; barely survivable in West Side Story. But what she achieves in Splendor in the Grass, is to me, the absolute best kind of melodrama. As heartsick teen Deanie Loomis in this epic adaptation of William Inge's play, Natalie Wood jumps from lustfulness (since she's dating a young, »
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler rocked it hosting the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC. Ben Affleck's "Argo" took home the Best Picture Drama while Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" won Best Picture, Comedy/Musical. Much like the Critics' Choice Movie Awards before it, Affleck's picture led the winners of the Hollywood Foreign Press' Golden Globe Movie Awards!
(Follow me on facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy for my minute by minute look at the Globes!)
Mychael Danna, who was just recently awarded the Frederick Loewe award for film composing at the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival wins Best Original Score for Life Of Pi! President Bill Clinton received a standing ovation as he introduced Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."
7 items from 2013
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