17 items from 2014
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Most actors work hard to perfect a role, but some take things way too far, working every waking moment just to nail that one performance. There’s nothing that these insanely dedicated actors won’t leave behind in the pursuit of their craft. Family, friends, even health can be pushed aside in the name of acting.
These days, the words ‘insane’ and ‘dedicated’ instantly bring Daniel Day-Lewis to mind, the man who apparently wouldn’t leave his wheelchair for months while playing an Irish artist suffering from cerebral palsy in My Left Foot. Luckily for Day-Lewis though, the absurd lengths he goes to almost always pay off, resulting in a slew of awards including three Oscars for leading roles.
But what about those actors who commit their lives to a role, only to be ignored by critics and the public alike? Man, that’s got to suck! »
- David Opie
Fresh off his Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance in a film that was his feature acting debut, Barkhad Abdi has booked what will be his follow-up role in a historical drama centered on famous South African marathon runner, Willie Mtolo. Titled The Place That Hits The Sun, the project hails from producer Noel Pearson (My Left Foot), with Jim O'Hanlon attached to direct. Abdi will play Mtolo, the South African running legend who was born in 1964, and has participated in more than 23 marathons in South Africa and around the world. He has won 9 marathons, including the J.S.E. Marathon (1985), S.A. Marathon (1988), Ford Marathon »
- Tambay A. Obenson
However Oscar night plays out this Sunday, Barkhad Abdi can’t really complain. The Somali-American actor, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for playing lead hijacker Abduwali Muse in Captain Phillips, came out of literally nowhere (he was working as a limo driver before answering a Minneapolis casting call) to steal Paul Greengrass’s thriller out from under Tom Hanks. Now, it appears that the extremely in-demand actor has finally locked down his next project, a marathon drama titled The Place That Hits The Sun.
The historical drama, which currently has Jim O’Hanlon (the 2009 Emma miniseries) attached to direct, will focus on Zulu warrior Willie Mtolo (Abdi), a famed South African marathoner who eventually competed in the 1992 New York Marathon. However, The Place That Hits The Sun will not be exclusively about Mtolo’s racing accomplishments. The film will primarily center on the unlikely friendship that forms between Mtolo and »
- Isaac Feldberg
After the Academy Award for Best Song was won by ‘It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp’ at the 2006 Oscars, host Jon Stewart quipped, ‘For those of you who are keeping score at home, I just want to make something very clear: Martin Scorsese, zero Oscars; Three 6 Mafia, one.’
If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences specialises in one thing at a sophisticated level no other collaborative body could ever hope to match, it’s giving awards to the wrong people. Sometimes, it almost seems like a deliberate act of petulance. Try finding anyone outside of Robert Zemekis’s immediate family who considers Forrest Gump to be a better picture than Pulp Fiction (one win) or The Shawshank Redemption (IMDb’s Best Film Ever Made; no wins).
In 1999, The 71st Academy Awards became to many people, the apogee of undeserved Oscars and the rabid invective from »
- Cai Ross
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
It looks like Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi has found the follow-up to his feature film debut. The actor is in talks to star in the film The Place That Hits The Sun from producer Noel Pearson (My Left Foot) via his Ferndale Films. Jim O'Hanlon is attached to direct. Photos: On Board With 'Captain Phillips': Exclusive Portraits of Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi The historical drama follows famous South African marathoner Willie Mtolo, a Zulu warrior, who competed in the 1992 New York Marathon. The story centers on Mtolo and Ray de Vries, a Caucasian bar owner, whose unlikely
- Rebecca Ford
In decades of tracking the Academy Awards, I honestly can’t recall any category, in any year, when a race was as fiercely, thrillingly white-hot competitive as this year’s Best Actor race. Just think about it: Not one, not two, not three, but four of the nominees each stands a very real chance of winning. Consider each scenario, and you’ll realize it’s true. When Jennifer Lawrence gets up to present the Best Actor award and tears open that envelope, if she ends up saying, “And the Oscar goes to…Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave,” it will not be a shock, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Awards season is in full swing, and the Austin Film Festival, known for its recognition of screenwriters, announced last week that Academy Award-winning writer/director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot) will receive this year's Distinguished Screenwriter Award, joining past award recipients Harold Ramis and Robert Altman, among others. Sheridan will accept the award at the fest's annual awards luncheon on Oct. 25 and will also speak on panels during the 2014 conference.
Other confirmed panelists at the 21st annual Aff and Screenwriters Conference, which will take place Oct. 23-30, 2014, include writers and producers from such television series as Breaking Bad, Girls and Seinfeld and movies like Fight Club and Donnie Darko. Some of these industry insiders will be present for meet and greets and roundtables during the conference, as well. Read the full list of 2014 panelists at the bottom of this article.
But you don't have to wait until October to stay »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis will return to present at this year’s Oscars ceremony, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. Day-Lewis has become an Oscar winner from his role in “Lincoln.” Day-Lewis has also been nominated for five Oscars in the lead actor category. His other wins include his roles in the 2007 film “There Will Be Blood” and 1989’s “My Left Foot.” He also received nominations for his starring roles in 2002′s “Gangs of New York” and 1993′s “In the Name of the Father.” The Oscars, of course, honors the achievements made in film throughout the previous year. The Oscars will be hosted by comedienne and [ Read More ]
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Daniel Day-Lewis will return to the Academy Awards stage to present at the 2014 Oscars.
The 2014 awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 2, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Photo gallery - Oscars 2014 nominees: »
Winning for the title role in last year’s Lincoln, Day-Lewis has also been nominated for five Oscars in the lead actor category.
His previous wins were for the 2007 film “There Will Be Blood” and 1989’s “My Left Foot.” He also received nominations for his starring roles in “Gangs of New York” (2002) and “In the Name of the Father” (1993).
She is nominated this year for her supporting role in American Hustle. Previously Lawrence was nominated for her leading role in Winter’S Bone. Her other credits include X-men: First Class and The Hunger Games series.
- Michelle McCue
Update: It's Oscar tradition for the previous year's winners to present at the current Oscar ceremony. So it's no surprise that "Lincoln" Best Actor Academy Award recipient Daniel Day-Lewis (who is a three-time winner, for "There Will Be Blood" and "My Left Foot") will be presenting at the 2014 show, along with the previously announced Jennifer Lawrence (2013 Best Actress winner for "Silver Linings Playbook"). Earlier: It's that time of year again when the list of Oscar presenters begins to be rolled out. First up: Jennifer Lawrence, who won Best Actress at last year's Academy Awards for "Silver Linings Playbook" and has a nomination this year in the Supporting category for "American Hustle." We'll be updating this post as more presenter names are announced. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, are on March 2. »
- Beth Hanna
Sebastian Barry's novel The Secret Scripture has already had a spell of success and attention, winning awards and shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2008. Now it's set to return to the limelight with a film adaptation starring Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave. My Left Foot's Noel Pearson is producing, and after a few months of searching, the film now finally has a director in Thaddeus O'Sullivan.A cinematographer by original trade, O'Sullivan made his debut as a director with the 1991 drama December Bride. He's since made Nothing Personal, Ordinary Decent Criminal, The Heart Of Me and, most recently, 2011's Stella Days. He's also directed regularly for television, most notably with HBO's Emmy-winning 2009 TV-movie Into The Storm.The Secret Scripture sees Chastain playing the young Redgrave, since the novel concentrates on two separate points in the life of Roseanne McNulty. The set up is the occasion of Roseanne's (presumed) hundredth birthday, »
The novel, published in 2008, centers on a 100-year-old woman who has been in a soon-to-be-demolished mental hospital in Ireland for half her life and a psychiatrist tries to understand why she is there. The woman has been keeping an autobiography — covering Ireland’s upheavals during the 1920s and 1930s — under the floorboard in her room.
The screenplay has been written by the late Irish writer Johnny Ferguson.
Chastain and Redgrave have been on board since last year to play younger and older versions of the woman, respectively. Chastain is currently filmming “A Most Violent Year” for director J.C. Chandor. »
- Dave McNary
The story follows a 100-year-old woman who has been locked away in a mental institution since WWII. A psychiatrist decides to piece together the woman's past, and discovers her diary hidden under the floorboards in her bedroom.
Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave will alternate between the young and old versions of the woman, in this drama that deals with the scars left on Presbyterian women during Ireland's own civil war, and the harsh abuse this particular woman faced at the hands of an enraged priest.
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown producer Noel Pearson is attached to the project, working from a script adapted from the popular Sebastian Barry novel. Voltage Pictures, the company behind this year's Oscar nominee in multiple categories Dallas Buyers Club, is in negotiations to distribute in the States.
Thaddeus O’Sullivan has come aboard to direct The Secret Scripture, a drama which has Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave attached to star. Noel Pearson, who produced My Left Foot, is producing the adaptation of the award-wining Sebastian Barry novel. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies Voltage Pictures, which financed and sold the Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club, is in final negotiations to come aboard as the sales agent for the project, which will be selling in Berlin. The Ireland-centric story centers on a 100-year old woman who has been in a mental hospital since World War
- Borys Kit
Harvey Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax and the current co-chairman of the Weinstein Company, pioneered the modern Oscar campaign. Through a mix of big schmoozy events, whisper campaigns, and old-school cold-calling, Weinstein has developed a reputation over the last 25 years for getting award nominations. The results speak for themselves, with his films having secured more than 300 Academy Award nominations to date. So, with the latest Oscar campaign season in full force, we thought we’d look back at the many tricks and schemes Weinstein — the man who once got Shakespeare in Love enough votes to beat Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture — has deployed to rack up all those nominations.1990— My Left Foot was Harvey’s first big Oscar campaign. Weinstein talked about the experience in Peter Biskind’s book Down and Dirty Pictures: “In those days, the studios had a lock on the Oscars, because none of the »
- Jesse David Fox
17 items from 2014
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