11 items from 2015
John Hughes wasn’t much of a name yet in 1985 when The Breakfast Club was released, but it was already clear that he was one to watch. His scripts for Mr. Mom and National Lampoon’s Vacation had resulted in box-office hits, and while his own directorial debut — Sixteen Candles — wasn’t as immediately beloved it showed the mash-up of affection and wit that would become his trademark. The Breakfast Club has its detractors, but for most viewers the film offers even a minor glimpse back to their teen years. Not everyone fit into these specific five molds — the athlete (Emilio Estevez), the princess (Molly Ringwald), the criminal (Judd Nelson), the brain (Anthony Michael Hall) and the basket case (Ally Sheedy) — but there’s an honesty here even within the characterizations. The film was re-released onto Blu-ray earlier this month with a remastered picture and additional extras including a previous commentary track with Nelson and Hall. The »
- Rob Hunter
Sometimes, the Oscars have a tendency of giving out awards to actors who are seen to have paid their dues, perhaps not for the best performance of that year or even for the particular actor's own best performance, but to recognise past work. Michael Keaton is not the most likely of these, but this could be why some speculated that he was an early favourite for this year's Best Actor award, for his performance in Birdman.
The later frontrunner Eddie Redmayne rightfully and very graciously wound up taking it home for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, though Birdman went on to take home the main prize for Best Picture and a number of other major awards.
It would hardly have been a major upset if »
With the 2015 Oscars almost here, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week (in countdown fashion) for the four major categories. We kicked it off yesterday with Best Actress, and now turn our attention to a hotly-contested race: Best Actor.
We've already given you the beat on the 2015 Oscars race, 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: Eddie Redmayne. The actor's transformative performance as physics genius Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" is, perhaps, the most talked about of the year, and it's already earned him a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. The only person who could possibly upset the race at this point is Bradley Cooper, whose performance in "American Sniper" has been celebrated »
- Moviefone Staff
Jamie Dornan is now a bonafide box office star thanks to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but the 32-year-old actor spent a stretch of his 20s in Los Angeles trying to make it as an actor. During a two-hour interview with Variety in January, he talked about some of his early experiences, his worst audition ever and the time he saw Fabio at the gym.
Dornan, who grew up in Ireland, started as a fashion model.
“My sister had encouraged me to go on this U.K. reality show called ‘Model Behavior.’ I reluctantly went. I didn’t get very far on the show, thankfully. I ended up joining the agency that was behind it, and then I was with them. I never got a huge amount of joy when I was modeling. No disrespect. I didn’t want to be one of those guys modeling when I was in my 40s. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Anne Thompson observes, "At 63, Michael Keaton is enjoying the attention that comes with hitting a challenging role out of the park. Look closely at his career, and you see a man who always paid attention to the details and pushed for more than the ordinary as he built his characters, no matter what the movie. During his long Sbiff Modern Master chat with Leonard Maltin, Keaton ranged from running around naked as a kid performing for his seven siblings, early standup at Catch a Rising Star and The Improv, which allowed him to 'write little plays and perform, not asking permission,' and comedies like 'Night Shift,' 'Mr. Mom' and 'Johnny Dangerously' to Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' (he'd love to take it to the stage) and drama 'Clean and Sober.'" Thompson on Hollywood -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories A trio of »
At 63, Michael Keaton is enjoying the attention that comes with hitting a challenging role out of the park. Look closely at his career, and you see a man who always paid attention to the details and pushed for more than the ordinary as he built his characters, no matter what the movie. During his long Sbiff Modern Master chat with Leonard Maltin, Keaton ranged from running around naked as a kid performing for his seven siblings, early standup at Catch a Rising Star and The Improv, which allowed him to "write little plays and perform, not asking permission," and comedies like "Night Shift," "Mr. Mom" and "Johnny Dangerously" to Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" (he'd love to take it to the stage) and drama "Clean and Sober." He recalled how he surprised director Tim Burton with his wild and crazy take on "Beetlejuice" (yes, he'd still love to do a »
- Anne Thompson
Santa Monica — Michael Keaton is having the time of his life. Cruising along an awards circuit that has brought him plenty of kudos for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and probably more opportunities to talk about himself than he'd prefer, he seems consistently high on life and not at all phased by the grind. He's not someone who has really sought out this kind of attention and acclaim, often retreating to his ranch in Montana away from the Hollywood fray, but now that he's feeling the love? Let's just say I doubt anyone's having as much fun with all of this than he is. On the eve of this year's Oscar nominations announcement, I met Keaton for coffee and a light lunch at one of his favorite Santa Monica spots to chew on as much of his career and the awards »
- Kristopher Tapley
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
Tonight the Hollywood Foreign Press Association got its annual spotlight, by way of the spotlight they shine on their favorite movies and TV shows and performances in both. And as usual, most of the TV winners this year represent new programs, such as Jane the Virgin, The Affair, Fargo and Transparent – the latter three of which took two awards each. But there was also room for older series, including Downton Abbey and House of Cards, for which Kevin Spacey won his first Golden Globe on his eighth nomination, here for Best Actor in a TV Drama (that’s right, he has two Oscars but never won one of these). Billy Bob Thornton also is an Oscar winner who had never won a Golden Globe until tonight, when he got one for starring in TV’s Fargo. Fun fact: the movie Fargo didn’t win a single Golden Globe, though it was nominated for four. As »
- Christopher Campbell
Boyhood won three awards, including the prize for Best Drama at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards. Richard Linklater took home the trophy for Best Director and Patricia Arquette won for Best Supporting Actress. But on the comedy half of the movie slate, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel rode a wave of recent critical goodwill to win Best Comedy or Musical, slipping past the presumed frontrunner, Birdman. Michael Keaton, however, did win the award for Best Actor in a Comedy, and Alejandro Iñárritu's film also was honored for Best Screenplay. The only other movie to win multiple awards was The Theory of Everything, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Michael Keaton gave not one but two speeches at the National Board of Review ceremony in Manhattan on Tuesday night. The first time he took the podium, to accept his best actor award for “Birdman,” he aimed a big net: “I’d like to thank everybody I ever met,” he said. But that evidently didn’t include Oscar Isaac (“A Most Violent Year”), who was supposed to share the actor’s prize with Keaton. When it was Isaac’s turn to talk, he acknowledged Keaton: “And also, ‘Mr. Mom.’ A f—ing awesome movie.” After he was done, Keaton leapt back onstage.
“My selfishness overtook me,” Keaton said. He wanted everybody to know he was thrilled to be honored with Isaac. “This dude is a mothef—er.” Keaton insisted that he had Isaac’s name in his notes, and he’d just forgotten to read that part. “I don’t »
- Ramin Setoodeh
11 items from 2015
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