13 items from 2012
Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are headed back into the ring. They will both once again play a boxer, this time in Grudge Match, EW has confirmed with Warner Bros. The news was first reported by Deadline.
Stallone is of course famous for Rocky and De Niro tackled the role of Jake Lamotta in 1980′s Raging Bull. That got us thinking about other actors – who have an iconic, everyone-knows-it role – that go back to a similar part years later (not in official sequels). We’re not talking about actors that just play the same role in every movie. »
- Erin Strecker
Robert De Niro’s resume scans as well as anyones, it would be fatuous in the extreme to try to make some sort of finest actor of his generation/all time/New Hollywood/zip code claim, so let’s just keep it simple.
In his back catalogue are some of the finest acting performances ever put on screen and considering how many utterly iconic roles he has played, it is difficult to make a case for many other actors having had such a high batting average over such a prolonged period. Consider the following:-
That’s twenty years of screen acting. I cannot think of anyone else who has turned in a more accomplished body of work in that sort of timeframe, but »
- Dave Roper
I’ll admit it, I was a little nervous about speaking with Brent Spiner during a recent press Q&A conference call with him and Warehouse 13 showrunner Jack Kenny. I’d spoken with Jack Kenny before and he’s always been a treat, but Brent Spiner? Who knew he would be such a treat? He and Kenny had a terrific rapport and they were clearly enjoying the banter. They even had a way of making each caller feel like part of the cool kids’ group.
There is one paragraph of spoilers, but you’ll see a warning; otherwise, spoilerphobes have no reason to worry. Make sure to read to the end, as there’s a tantalizing tidbit they tossed in at the very end…
The call was in support of Spiner’s guest arc in the new season of Warehouse 13, so after reporting the terrific ratings for the season premiere, »
- Erin Willard
The last time Robin Williams made a live-action turn, it was Old Dogs — therefore, I can only imagine this next project being a guaranteed improvement. Said project, if you’d care to know, is A Film By Alan Stuart Eisner, which Deadline has pegged as the joining of Williams, Shirley MacLaine, Oliver Cooper (Project X)*, and Rob Reiner, the lattermost of whom is taking a cameo role.
Andy Bergman (The Freshman, It Could Happen to You) has written and will direct the film, which revolves around a young, aspiring documentarian trying to do his family’s World War II history justice via the power of film. (It’s a bit of a no-brainer that Cooper would take Film‘s primary spot. The rest is up in the air.)
The project needs a bit more before it can actually go forward, seeing as producer Mike Lobell has yet to actually procure the proper financing. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Exclusive: Writer/director Andy Bergman has re-teamed with producer Mike Lobell on A Film By Alan Stuart Eisner, an ensemble comedy which so far has Project X‘s Oliver Cooper, Shirley MacLaine and Robin Williams attached, with Rob Reiner making a cameo, Lobell tells me. The comedy follows a young documentary filmmaker with a burning desire to bring his family’s amazing and bizarre World War II history to the screen. Bergman wrote the script. He and Lobell made The Freshman, Honeymoon In Vegas, It Could Happen to You and Striptease together. Lobell is in the process of pulling together the financing. This comes after he ended a 14-year odyssey to produce a remake of Gambit, which Michael Hoffman directed from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen. Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman star and CBS Films releases October 12. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Jean Dujardin Jean Dujardin backstage at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on February 26. Dujardin was the year's Best Actor winner for his performance as a Douglas Fairbanks- and John Gilbert-like silent film star in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. (Photo: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Jean Dujardin's fellow Best Actor contenders were Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. A first-time Oscar nominee, Dujardin became the first Frenchman to win an Oscar in the acting categories. (French-born actresses have been luckier at the Academy Awards: It Happened One Night's Claudette Colbert, Room at the Top's Simone Signoret, La Vie en Rose's Marion Cotillard, and The English Patient »
- D. Zhea
Just as her character did in The Artist, Penelope Ann Miller apparently got tired of the face looking back at her from the other side of the breakfast table every day. The veteran actress has filed for legal separation from her husband of nearly 12 years, James Huggins, citing irreconcilable differences and leaving the date of their split "to be determined," according to court documents obtained by E! News. She is asking for physical and legal custody of their two children, 11-year-old Eloisa May and 2 1/2-year-old Maria Adele, with "reasonable visitation" allowed for their father. Miller, whose major films include Adventures in Babysitting, The Freshman, Carlito's Way and Kindergarten »
According to The New York Times, Cimino died on March 3rd at his home in Woodstock, New York. He was 94.
On television he appeared in the original version of the science-fiction mini-series “V” and in shows like “Naked City,” “Kojak” and “Law & Order.” His many movies included Dune, Monsignor, The Freshman and Moonstruck.
We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Cimino's family, friends, and constituents. You will be missed, sir. Thanks for all that you gave and for reminding us that there will always be time for pie. Godspeed.
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- Uncle Creepy
Jean Dujardin, Natalie Portman This year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Jean Dujardin, poses with 2010 Best Actress Oscar winner Natalie Portman backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards Awards, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center on February 26. Dujardin won his Oscar for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. Portman won hers for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. (Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.) Jean Dujardin was a first-time nominee. His Best Actor competition consisted of Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, and Brad Pitt for Moneyball. In the past year, in addition to the Oscar Dujardin took home three major Best Actor awards: the BAFTA, the SAG Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical. Thus, Dujardin became the first actor ever to win all four trophies. »
- Anna Robinson
Best Actor Oscar winner Jean Dujardin Best Actor Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin did his Oss 117 act backstage at the 84th Academy Awards last Sunday, February 26, 2012. Dujardin won the Oscar for his portrayal of a fast-fading silent-film star in Michel Hazanavicius' Best Picture winner The Artist. Dujardin's two Oss films, Oss 117: Cairo Nest of Spies and Oss 117: Lost in Rio, were both directed by Hazanavicius, who also helmed one segment of Dujardin's latest movie, Les Infidèles / The Players. (Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.) Dujardin's Best Actor competition consisted of Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. A first-time Oscar nominee, Dujardin became the first Frenchman to take home an Oscar in the acting categories. (French-born actresses »
- Anna Robinson
A big-screen staple throughout the 80s and 90s -- she starred in Carlito's Way, Kindergarten Cop, Chaplin, The Freshman and Adventures in Babysitting for starters -- Penelope took a pregnant pause after getting married in 2000 and giving birth to two children.
But now that she's made her mark on this millennium, Penelope assured me during our whimsical chat that The Artist is just the start of her "comeback."
Insider.com: I simply don't know where to begin talking about this movie...
Penelope Ann Miller: I know, it has people speechless! [laughs]
Oscar Watch: Jim Rash
Insider: Take me back to the day you get this script and are pitched this film. Is there even a script, or is there just sort of a post-it with the title »
Jean Dujardin Jean Dujardin at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday, February 6, 2012. Dujardin is a Best Actor nominee for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. (Photo: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.) Dujardin's Best Actor competition consists of Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Dujardin is a first-time Oscar nominee. Just recently, he won three major Best Actor awards: the BAFTA, the SAG Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical. Among Dujardin's other movie credits are two James Bond-ish spoofs directed by Michel Hazanavicius: Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and Oss 117: Lost in Rio. In addition, Dujardin starred or was featured in numerous French productions, »
- D. Zhea
Jean Dujardin Jean Dujardin, winner of the SAG Award for Male Actor in a Leading Role for Michel Hazanavicius' silent comedy-drama The Artist, poses in the press room during the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards ceremony was broadcast on TNT/TBS from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage.) Jean Dujardin was the somewhat surprise winner, as most had been expecting George Clooney to take home SAG's The Actor statuette for his performance in Alexander Payne's family drama The Descendants. Dujardin and Clooney's SAG Award competitors were Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, and Leonardo DiCaprio for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. Last Sunday, Dujardin also won the British Academy of Film's Best Actor Award. He's now the odds-on favorite in the Oscar race. Among Dujardin's other movie credits »
- D. Zhea
13 items from 2012
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