4 items from 2008
"Last Chance Harvey" is one of those sleeper Oscars contenders that could give front-runners a surprising wake-up call, specifically in the acting races where veterans Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson compete in roles that may have special appeal to those, ahem, mature, cynical academy members who've given up on the possibility of falling in love again. Emma Thompson is one of those rare Oscar birds who've prevailed in two genres — as an actress ("Howards End") and screenplay writer ("Sense and Sensibility"). She's also lost a few Oscar bouts. So I ask her that ole Katharine Hepburn question: did she win for the right films? »
Film Ick is disappointed in how The Hobbit (2012?) and The Green Hornet (2010?) are shaping up... or not shaping up as the case may be
Club Silencio can't wait for the banana ranch action in Gael García Bernal's latest
ProBlogger If Marilyn Monroe was a blogger... advice from movie stars on blogging? I love it
ModFab on Obama's first terrible move (before he's even in power. argh)
In Contention 'it's nice to be wrong' Interesting piece but how could anybody not have known that Kristin Scott Thomas as a powerhouse before now?
Nick's Flick Picks a splendid defense of Howards End (and Merchant/Ivory films in general)
Scanners top five cinematic dogs of the year. The good kind of dog
The Daily Have you heard? David Hudson is leaving Daily GreenCine for IFC starting Jan 1st
Finally, the West Side Story obsessive in me is having a mini revival. And »
- NATHANIEL R
"Stop fidgeting!" Emma Thompson chides Dustin Hoffman, who can't seem to sit still. The energetic 71-year-old actor is in constant motion, whether looking for a pen so he can write down movie recommendations, re-enacting a pivotal scene from The Graduate, or stealing soap from the hotel bathrooms (more on that later). Hoffman takes her good-natured scolding in stride and promptly sits down next to her on the couch and behaves. It would appear that in addition to her acting and writing skills, Thompson can also direct.The duo first met on the 2006 film Stranger Than Fiction, and Thompson reveals that when she first saw her co-star, her world came to a standstill: "I thought, 'There's Dustin Hoffman. And I'm going to be working with him. How extraordinary that is.' You didn't realize how much I loved you as an actor. Or maybe you did, maybe you assumed. And rightfully so. »
- Jenelle Riley
But she admits the less-sweet version of the Audrey Hepburn movie musical won't be completed anytime soon.
She tells Parade magazine, "I'm a Luddite, and I write longhand with an old fountain pen."
That said, Thompson is the only person to have won Academy Awards for both acting and screenwriting. »
4 items from 2008
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