17 items from 2013
Despite reaping a SAG bid, Oprah Winfrey was snubbed by the Golden Globes for her supporting performance in "The Butler." But how important is a Globe nomination when it comes to taking home Oscar gold? Turns out 20 performers have been embraced by the motion picture academy after getting the cold should from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. And half of those were winners of the Supporting Actress Oscar: Shelley Winters, "A Patch of Blue" (1965) Sandy Dennis, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) Estelle Parsons, "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) Helen Hayes, "Airport" (1970) Eileen Heckart, "Butterflies Are Free" (1972) Ingrid Bergman, "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) Beatrice Straight, "Network" (1976) Geena Davis, "The Accidental Tourist" (1988) Marisa Tomei, "My Cousin Vinny" (1992) Marcia Gay Harden, "Pollock" (2000) It is w »
Oscar season is always a time for moviegoer euphoria and repugnance. Yes, we get to see a bunch of fab movies, but we’re also aware of which films will end up getting more (and perhaps undeserved) Academy attention thanks to star power and studio campaigning. For every warranted triumph like 12 Years a Slave, there are underdog crowd-pleasers like Enough Said, Philomena, and my pick for the true underrated gem of the year, Kill Your Darlings.
With a charming Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg during his days at Columbia, the film explores the beginnings of the Beat movement with Ginsberg’s pals Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and a defiant beaut named Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), who murders longtime acquaintance David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) under mysterious circumstances. The movie is as much a bildungsroman of Ginsberg as it is a pulpy caper, and »
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Obi-Wan Kenobi said act on instinct — but others might see this as a disturbance in the Force …
Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Raiders of the Lost Ark writer Lawrence Kasdan have taken over screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt, an Oscar winner for Little Miss Sunshine and nominee for Toy Story 3, who had previously been working on the story.
The movie is slated for release in 2015 but no firm date has been set. In its announcement about the screenwriter shuffle today, Lucasfilm said the current plan is still to begin shooting in Spring »
- Anthony Breznican
United Nations -- The U.N. women's agency is teaming up with actress Geena Davis to support the first global study of how women and girls are portrayed in family films, saying the images have a strong impact on how females see themselves.
Gender representation in film influences the perception of women and girls, their self-esteem and the relationships between the sexes, Lakshmi Puri, acting head of Un Women, said Monday.
"We cannot let the negative depiction of women and girls erode the hard gains that have been made on gender equality and women's empowerment," Puri said. "We hope that the study will address factors that positively impact the perception of women in society."
Un Women said the study will examine the top-grossing international movies in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The Academy Award-winning Davis, who played the first female president in »
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... well, Ok, 30 years ago (on May 25, 1983) in our own galaxy, came the theatrical release of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi." The installment triumphantly wrapped up the "Star Wars" saga for all time. Or so we thought. Little did we know that the movie's cuddly-but-ferocious Ewoks would soon spawn a cottage industry of spinoffs, or that we'd be getting a trilogy of "Star Wars" prequels in another 16 years, and "Jedi" sequels another 15 years after that ("Episode VII" is due in 2014). Nor did we know, at the time, how close "Jedi" came to being an art-house film (judging by the directors whom "Star Wars" guru George Lucas initially asked to take the helm), or how close we came to losing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), or many of the other secrets of "jedi," which you can read below. 1. David Lynch »
- Gary Susman
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
Academy Award winner Geena Davis on Monday waded into the ongoing controversy over this year’s Oscars ceremony by saying host Seth MacFarlane’s routine was disrespectful to women, particularly the performers who were being honored.
The Thelma & Louise star said MacFarlane’s much-criticized routine last month overshadowed the win of an animated film with a strong female character.
“It’s a shame that that triumph was enveloped in an awards ceremony containing disrespect for women,” Davis told members of the California Assembly during a ceremony in Sacramento. “But it helps illustrate how tone-deaf we can still be regarding the status of women. »
- Associated Press
Sacramento, Calif. -- Academy Award winner Geena Davis on Monday waded into the ongoing controversy over this year's Oscars ceremony by saying host Seth MacFarlane's routine was disrespectful to women, particularly the performers who were being honored.
The "Thelma & Louise" star said MacFarlane's much-criticized routine last month overshadowed the win of an animated film with a strong female character.
"It's a shame that that triumph was enveloped in an awards ceremony containing disrespect for women," Davis told members of the California Assembly during a ceremony in Sacramento. "But it helps illustrate how tone-deaf we can still be regarding the status of women."
She commended "Brave," which won best animated picture, as setting a positive example for girls.
Davis, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for "The Accidental Tourist" in 1988, was in the state capital as one of 11 California women honored for their achievements.
She is chairwoman of state »
Geena Davis just gave this year's Oscars ceremony her seal of disapproval. "It's a shame that that triumph was enveloped in an awards ceremony containing disrespect for women," the Thelma & Louise star and Academy Award winner for The Accidental Tourist told California State Assembly members today in Sacramento. "But it helps illustrate how tone-deaf we can still be regarding the status of women," she added. Sounds like someone didn't find "We Saw Your Boobs" much of a hoot. Davis was chosen last year to chair the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, which focuses on gender equality as a socio-political and economic issue, »
Watch the brand new promo for this year’s Oscars – hosted by Seth MacFarlane (shaken, not stirred) on February 24th on ABC. In early January producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced that the 85th Academy Awards would include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. In October The Academy presented “The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years.” Held 50 years to the day after the U.K. opening of the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” the evening paid homage to the memorable title songs and indelible scores that have become as celebrated as the films themselves.
In the week leading up to the Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present five public events celebrating this year’s nominees. The Oscar Week events will feature screenings, film clips, and discussions with filmmakers and artists whose work has garnered »
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In the week leading up to the Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present five public events celebrating this year’s nominees. The Oscar Week events will feature screenings, film clips, and discussions with filmmakers and artists whose work has garnered nominations in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Short Film categories. All events will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Oscar Week schedule is as follows: Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. Oscar Celebrates: Shorts Hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman’s feature credits include “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “I Heart Huckabees” and “Rushmore.” “Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” includes screenings of all of the 2012 Oscar-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, plus onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting). http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/02/shorts. »
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Comedian Jay Mohr will host the eighth annual Final Draft Awards on Feb. 7 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The event will celebrate the craft of writing and honor legendary screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, known for his films Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon. Screenwriter Ted Griffin will present Kasdan, who is being inducted into the Hall of Fame, with the award. Photos: Oscar Roundtable: 6 Screenwriters on Storytelling, Family Strife and When a Script Goes Too Far The finalists for Final Draft's Screenwriters Choice Awards are: Best Original Screenplay Amour -- Michael
- Stephanie Chan
Geena Davis is to play a bounty hunter in a new TNT drama pilot. The Oscar winner will play an eccentric bail bondswoman in the project, inspired by real-life bounty hunter Mackenzie Green.
[Above: Geena Davis in ABC drama 'Commander in Chief'] Dean Devlin (Leverage) is attached to direct the pilot and will also serve as showrunner alongside Amy Berg, who penned the drama with writer Scott Prendergast (Wilfred). Davis won an Academy Award for 1988's The Accidental Tourist and also appeared in 1986's (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
TNT has ordered a pilot for an untitled bounty hunter drama starring Oscar-winning, Emmy-nominated actress Geena Davis ( The Accidental Tourist , "Commander in Chief"). The dramatic and quirky project casts Davis as an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. The show is inspired by the real-life story of Mackenzie Green. The pilot script for TNT's bounty hunter drama was written by Scott Prendergast and Amy Berg, with Dean Devlin set to direct. Prendergast, Berg and Devlin serve as executive producers on the project along with John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Tom Lassally and Michael Rotenberg. Davis serves as co-executive producer, while Devlin and Berg are »
Geena Davis has landed another TV show: TNT announced today that it has ordered an untitled drama pilot starring the Oscar winner (The Accidental Tourist) as an unorthodox bail bondswoman. Inspired by the true story of Mackenzie Green, the show chronicles the tales of a bounty hunter who relies on unconventional methods to get the job done.
- Dan Snierson
A film critic by the name of Nathan Rabin coined the phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" as a way to describe Kirsten Dunst’s role in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown. He described this Manic Pixie Dream Girl as being "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures." Here's a great video compilation that pays tribute to 75 years of these type of female characters. The movie comes from Flavorwire, and it turned out great!
75 Years of Manic Pixie Dream Girls from Flavorwire on Vimeo.
Featuring (in order of appearance):
Natalie Portman – Garden State
Diane Keaton – Annie Hall
Barbra Streisand – What’s Up, Doc?
- Joey Paur
Now hear this: I am not accusing the Golden Globes of being dignified. No, no, no. There's a reason we call them the Pia Zadora's Choice Awards. But fact is, sometimes the HFPA does a better job than AMPAS of honoring the best in film, and here are five occasions that should help you realize the value of the gaudiest trophy ceremony in Hollywood. Hopefully this year's gala on January 13 will add to this legacy. (Please, please try to forget that Madonna's "Masterpiece" won for Best Original Song last year. Please.)
If ever a stodgy literary adaptation deserved Best Picture recognition, Sense and Sensibility was it. Forget Howards End, The Age of Innocence, or the forthcoming blitzkrieg of Crayola-blasted insanity The Great Gatsby, because Sense and Sensibility gave »
17 items from 2013
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