10 items from 2015
True Story, 2015.
Directed by Rupert Goold.
New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) has lost his job. Fired for playing fast and loose with the facts, he spots a chance at redemption and financial reward in Christian Longo (James Franco). Having stolen Finkel’s identity Longo is now facing trial for murder. Intrigued enough to meet, these two unlikely men find more than a few things to talk about.
Made under the auspices of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production arm, True Story is a slow burn thriller which will draw inevitable comparisons. Whether that be with the alpha male stand-off of Frost/Nixon, Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, or it’s under rated cousin Manhunter. There are arguments which could also be made for The King’s Speech, Tim Robbins directed Dead Man Walking or »
- Gary Collinson
Great news, Cinema Blend fans! In order to celebrate the Blu-ray release of Sean Penn.s latest flick The Gunman, which comes out this week and is currently available in stores and online, Cinema Blend is partnering with Think Jam and Universal to giveaway a beautiful, brand new Blu-ray player and copies of 5 different Sean Penn classics. Milk Carlito.s Way The Interpreter Fast Times At Ridgemont High The Gunman. You can check out the box art for The Gunman below. Fortunately, winning the price package is extremely easy too. All you need to do is go to Cinema Blend.s Facebook Post here and tell us which Sean Penn role is your all-time favorite and why. You can choose Matthew Poncelot from Dead Man Walking. You can choose Jimmy from Mystic River. You can even pick any of his cameos. Just be very specific and very creative. We.ll »
Focus Features has revived the Gramercy Pictures label — last seen in 2002 — as the genre brand for its action, horror and sci-fi movies.
“Insidious: Chapter 3,” which opens June 5, will be the first title to carry the Gramercy brand. Focus, which went through an extensive reorganization two years ago, is a division of NBCUniversal.
“This renewed label reinforces Focus Features’ commitment to bringing a broad spectrum of entertainment to audiences that encompasses both commercial and specialty fare,” Focus said. “As audiences’ consumption habits continue to evolve, the need for the targeted branding of entertainment content and the cultivating of a loyal fanbase becomes imperative. This branding is important not only during the theatrical windows, but also across ancillary and digital distribution platforms.”
- Dave McNary
Jack Black's new film, "The D Train" is -- believe it or not -- the comedian's 46th movie. He made his film debut as a political groupie in 1992's "Bob Roberts." He was also Sean Penn's brother in "Dead Man Walking," the head of "The Nasties" in "The Neverending Story III," and target practice for Bruce Willis in "The Jackal."
But none of those roles made a mark: It's his wild child rock persona we loved in "School of Rock" and "High Fidelity," not to mention his teddy-bear soft side in "The Holiday" and the movies that prove he can more than hold his own as a dramatic actor. (Insert off-color joke here.)
Raise your goblet of rock to toast his 17 best movie roles. »
- Sharon Knolle
“Grace,” the feature bow of Chicago filmmaker Rebecca Parrish, follows three American feminist nuns whose work for social justice causes sets them against the conservative hierarchy of the Catholic church.
“This film comes at a major crossroads in the Catholic church, and the nuns are everything that’s right with the institution. They stand with the marginalized, and won’t be bullied by a hierarchy that still doesn’t treat them as equals,” commented Sarandon, who received the lead actress Oscar in 1996 for her portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean in “Dead Man Walking.”
“I was raised Catholic,” Sarandon continued, “and while I couldn’t stay in a church that sidelines women and the Lgbt community, spirituality is still an important part of my life. »
- Jennie Punter
By Anjelica Oswald
At Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, Julianne Moore could join the ranks of 10 actors and actresses who have had five or more acting nominations before their first win.
Moore earned her fifth nomination for her portrayal of a professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova‘s 2007 novel of the same name. She was first nominated in 1998 for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.
In Academy history, five actors and actresses have won their first Oscar on their fifth nomination.
Gregory Peck, who was first nominated in 1946 for The Keys of the Kingdom, didn’t win until 1962 for To Kill a Mockingbird. Five years later, Peck was awarded The Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
- Anjelica Oswald
In case you haven't heard, there are a lot of reasons to get angry at the Oscars. In general, awarding a statuette to someone who actually deserves it isn't one of them.
But sometimes, a deserving nominee gets passed over so many times that they finally end up winning an award for something that's not their best work, in what amounts to a kind of unofficial lifetime achievement award.
Digital Spy looks back at seven times the Academy gave out the right award for the wrong movie.
For decades, Scorsese was the most glaring example of an undisputed great who was somehow yet to win an Oscar. Despite being nominated a total of six times, beginning with Raging Bull in 1981, Scorsese was the perpetual bridesmaid and never the bride (a dubious honour he's since passed on to regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio).
The seventh time turned out »
By Anjelica Oswald
On any given year, the four acting winners are usually a mix of American and non-American actors, but this year could see all four acting awards go to American actors for the first time in 17 years.
If Michael Keaton beats Eddie Redmayne for lead actor and the current projected frontrunners — supporting actress nominee Patricia Arquette, supporting actor nominee J.K. Simmons and lead actress nominee Julianne Moore — also win, it will be the first time since 1998 that all of the acting awards were given to American actors. (It will also be the second time in 77 years that all of the winners have been 46 or older.)
Since 1980, there have been eight instances where American actors were awarded all four acting Oscars. »
- Anjelica Oswald
20. Dead Man Walking
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »
- Joshua Gaul
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
10 items from 2015
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