18 items from 2014
British actor plays Mrs Lovett alongside Bryn Terfel for just five performances at the Avery Fisher Hall
Emma Thompson has made her New York stage debut to critical acclaim but it will be over in a flash – there will be only five performances of her playing London's worst piemaker .
She plays Mrs Lovett and when she began the run on Wednesday she was following in some impressive footsteps. Angela Lansbury won a Tony after originating the role in 1979 and the character has been played in the West End by Sheila Hancock, Julia McKenzie and in 2012, Imelda Staunton.
So how did she do? Writing for the Guardian, Kayla Epstein said Thompson "not only held her own against more experienced vocalists, »
- Mark Brown
From Jack leching over Jennifer to John Wayne's farewell and Brando's no-show, these are just some of the greatest moments at the Oscars ceremonies ever
1. When Jack met Jennifer
This is perhaps my favourite Oscar moment ever, and it is from last year: the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. Tellingly, it does not take place up on stage, in the often tense and frozen ritual of the awards ceremony itself, but happens in the cheerful buzz of the post-show melee backstage. This single, endlessly replayed clip probably did more for Jennifer Lawrence's public profile than anything on the big screen.
George Stephanopoulos, the former Bill Clinton aide who later made a career in TV, was conducting on-the-hoof interviews for ABC and had grabbed 22-year-old Lawrence to talk about her best actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. The »
- Peter Bradshaw
Sometimes when actors give a brilliant and memorable performance it becomes their identity, the only role people can see them in. It becomes difficult for them to perform other roles because they are perpetually trapped in this iconic performance. In that regard, everyone knows Anthony Perkins as the legendary Norman Bates from Psycho. But both before and after Perkins played the lanky mama’s boy, he was appearing in other fascinating roles. One of my fave non-Norman roles is Perkins’ performance in 1989’s psycho-sexual fetish-laden flick Edge of Sanity. Though graphic and sleazy, this little film is also visually captivating and has Perkins giving a brilliant performance as he pushes decency. After both meager VHS and DVD releases, this title seems to have been forgotten by genre fans (or never was remembered to begin with) making it an excellent inclusion to The Unseen.
Henry Jekyll (Perkins) plays a scientist working »
- Rebekah McKendry
Get in the mood for the most romantic time of the year with Sky Movies' very own festival of love: Sky Movies Valentine. Throughout Valentine's weekend, Sky Movies is playing Cupid with a non-stop love-in on the Sky Movies Valentine channel and a clutch of collections available on demand and on Sky Go to snuggle up with whenever you like. There's nothing like a good boy-meets-girl story to put a smile on your face and we've got some of the best, from the warm and fuzzy delights of Sleepless In Seattle, Notting Hill and Never Been Kissed and the classic romances of Sense and Sensibility and Romeo and Juliet to the Oscar-winning wonders of Silver Linings Playbook and The Artist. »
Top 10 Simon Brew 14 Feb 2014 - 06:13
Because we are human beings who like things that are good, it goes without saying that we love Alan Rickman. One of the finest British screen actors of his generation - and a few others too - he's had a varied career, taking in memorable Hollywood villains to smaller independent fare. But what amongst his film roles (and we've focused on films that got a cinema release) are our favourites? Glad you asked...
Kevin Smith's fourth film in some ways remains his most ambitious. In casting terms certainly, and the involvement of Alan Rickman led to the writer-director warning long time collaborator Jason Mewes that he "didn't want to piss off that Rickman dude".
Wearing 100-pound wings and »
Stillman is gearing up for a summer shoot in Ireland on his adaptation of the story by Emma and Pride and Prejudice writer Austen.
Miller, nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Hitchcock TV biopic The Girl, will play the lead in the comedy, which is produced by Katie Holly of Dublin-based Blinder Films (Citadel) and Stillman’s outfit Westerly Films. It is backed by the Irish Film Board.
In classic »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies set off a wave of classical literary fiction mixed with modern ironic horror elements. In the wake of its success, we saw instantly forgettable books like Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Android Karenina and this one I just made up, War and Peace and Please Stop Churning Out These Regrettable Books Already. While the novel’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith, got to enjoy his first big-screen flop with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the book that kick-started his career has been stuck in development limbo for quite some time. There are rumors, though, that that will soon be coming to an end.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that the film may be ready to start shooting, with Burr Steers directing and Natalie Portman and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones‘s Lily Collins in the lead roles. We heard rumors of Collins starring in the movie back in May, »
- Jeremy Clymer
My name is Andy and Kate Winslet is my favorite actress.
From the moment I saw her walk across the rain-drenched moors to see Willoughby's house in Sense and Sensibility, I was hooked. (I watched that movie nearly once a week in high school - a fact I mentioned to her years later when I met her.) After catching up with her mesmerizing film debut in Heavenly Creatures and seeing her follow-ups to Sense and Sensibility, 1996's Jude and Hamlet, there was no question in my mind; Kate Winslet was the greatest actress of her generation. I wasn't the only one that thought so. [More...] »
New Delhi, Feb 3: After "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" and "Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii", producer Ekta Kapoor is back with new TV show "Kumkum Bhagya" which will replace her show "Pavitra Rishta". She says the new show is a "passionate story of love".
"Kumkum Bhagya", is loosely based on "Sense and Sensibility" by novelist Jane Austen. The show will be an Indian interpretation of the novel, following the life of a mother who runs a marriage hall and lives with the hope of seeing her two daughters.
"All I can say is that it's a very passionate story of love..." Ekta said in a statement about the new show.
- Abhijeet Sen
Welcome back to the Definitive List, where for the inaugural top 50, we’re counting down the best romantic comedies. The majority of numbers 50 through 41 weren’t so traditional. A secret-admirer movie, a period piece, a “These two don’t make sense together” movie, and a French fantasy among them, but we still managed to squeak in a Wes Anderson movie and a surrealist masterpiece. It doesn’t get any more traditional from here, as numbers 40 through 31 jumps around just as much, from sub-genre to sub-genre. Regardless, these films have made their mark on the industry and still hold a place in the pantheon of the rom-com hall of fame.
#40. Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray was nominated for an Oscar after his dramatic turn in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. He has shown great promise in Wes Anderson’s films. But his best performance to date came in this Harold Ramis »
- Joshua Gaul
Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks ‘snubbed’: Oscar nominations 2014 (photo: Emma Thompson in ‘Saving Mr. Banks’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences uses the preferential voting system to select the nominees in the various Academy Award categories and — pre-1944, post-2009 — the Best Picture Oscar winners. When it comes to the nominations, that means an ardent minority has a good chance of selecting a nominee, whereas a widely popular — but not ardently popular — choice may be left out of the Oscar shortlist. Oscar 2014 non-nominees Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson likely had their names listed on numerous (perhaps even on a wide majority) of ballots; Hanks for Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips, Thompson for John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks. But if in most instances they weren’t listed at or very near the top, they’d have little chance of earning a nomination, especially if there was an — even »
- Anna Robinson
Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John Wells’ August: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »
- Steve Montgomery
The bad news from having such a great year at the movies is the inevitable disappointments on Oscar nominations morning–there wasn’t enough room for everybody.
But Thursday morning’s nomination announcement was especially tough on the legends. No Oprah Winfrey for “The Butler”? No Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks”? No Robert Redford in “All Is Lost”? No Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips”? And no posthumous nomination for James Gandolfini in “Enough Said”?
Oscars: Complete List of Nominees
The Academy forgot to nominate some of its most Academy-friendly stars, which speaks to a shifting tide in an organization trying to become younger and hipper. At least Leonardo DiCaprio, for once, wasn’t left off the Oscars list for “The Wolf of Wall Street.” And Harvey Weinstein managed to keep his best picture streak alive–he’s been nominated in the category every year since 2008’s “The Reader”–by sneaking in “Philomena. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The Oscar nominations were announced Jan. 16, and while we all congratulate the lucky ones, we can also lament those left off the list, starting with Captain Phillips’ Tom Hanks, a two-time winner looking to snag his first nom since Cast Away in 2001 and his equally-decorated Saving Mr. Banks costar Emma Thompson, who hasn’t been nominated since Sense and Sensibility in 1996.
Inside Llewyn Davis is missing from the Best Picture and Best Actor races (but did score noms for Cinematography and Sound Mixing).
Which snub have you dubbed the most egregious? Feel free to tackle any category (no Blackfish in Documentary Feature? »
- Mandi Bierly
Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year’s Actor® recipients will be announced at »
- Michelle McCue
It was a a real pleasure to see Godard's Breathless last weekend on the big screen thanks to the Austin Film Society. Their Godard vs. Truffaut series continues this weekend with Truffaut's New Wave classic The 400 Blows. Screening in glorious 35mm, it plays this evening and again on Sunday afternoon. Afs also is hosting Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer (Elizabeth's preview) as a Doc Night pick on Sunday evening and a 35mm print of 2003's The Return for their Essential Cinema series of contemporary Russian films on Thursday night. All screenings take place at the Marchesa.
The Alamo Ritz has 35mm screenings of Scorsese's Raging Bull as part of their Alamo 100 series on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. Unrelated to the Afs series, the Ritz also has Godard's Masculin Feminin playing on Monday night in 35mm as part of a double feature with Erotissimo for their Pop.Art.Film series. The »
- Matt Shiverdecker
With Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County") currently ranking as our top five contenders here for Best Actress, we could end up seeing the first-ever lineup of nominees in a female acting category consisting solely of previous Oscar champs. Blanchett won for "The Aviator" (2004, Supporting Actress); Bullock prevailed for "The Blind Side" (2009, Actress); Dench for "Shakespeare in Love" (1998, Supporting Actress); Thompson for "Howards End" (1992, Actress) and an additional win in writing for "Sense and Sensibility" (1995, Adapted Screenplay); while Streep has taken home three acting wins: "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979, Supporting A »
Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actress (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actor.") Compared to the vibrant Best Actor field, the 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Actress category looks somewhat anemic. Not in terms of quality, but in terms of quantity. Whereas ten actors could be called strong competitors for the Oscar 2014 shortlist, only five actresses can be considered truly strong candidates for this year’s Best Actress shortlist. Besides these five, there are three unlikely runners-up and a handful of long shots — and we mean "long" as in "light-years-away long." Note: Exact SAG Award and Academy Award matches are actually less common than you might think for the reasons mentioned in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post (see link in the paragraph above). For instance, last year Marion Cotillard and Helen Mirren were both shortlisted for the Best Actress SAG Awards for, respectively, Jacques Audiard’s »
- Steve Montgomery
18 items from 2014
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