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Stars Kissing Stars: Ranking the Nyt's celebrity liplock videos

11 December 2014 6:57 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As part of the New York Times Magazine's annual Great Performers issue, director Elaine Constantine got down to the important business of filming a bunch of acclaimed actors kissing each other. "These actors, in most cases, didn't know each other," Constantine told Et. "And I think in a way it was a good thing that they didn't know each other because I suppose the excitement of those meetings were what created the ease of getting into something so intimate." Also, celebrities! Don't we love looking at them? To adequately make sense of this phenomenon, I've ranked all nine star-on-star liplocks in a series of snap judgments that are totally authoritative and not open to debate. 9. Laura Dern + Steve Carell Laura Dern is one of my favorite actresses, but I just can't stomach this one. A major pet peeve of mine is how in seemingly every movie and TV love scene »

- Chris Eggertsen

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‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke to Receive Award at Santa Barbara Film Fest

9 December 2014 7:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.

“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”

The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »

- Laura Prudom

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‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette & Ethan Hawke Set For Santa Barbara Honor

9 December 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said today that the pair will receive its 2015 American Riviera Award, which recognizes actors who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Marking the first time the honor will go to multiple recipients, Boyhood stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will receive a tribute to their long careers. The awards will be presented February 5 at the Arlington Theatre during the 30th annual event up the California coast.

In addition to awards favorite Boyhood — which famously was shot over a 12-year span — Arquette’s long list of credits includes turns for such top directors as Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out The Dead), John Madden (Ethan Frome), Tony Scott (True Romance), Michel Gondry’s (Human Nature), Tim Burton (Ed Wood), David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster) and David Lynch (Lost Highway). She won the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and »

- The Deadline Team

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Josh Brolin reveals how his 'Inherent Vice' character came to him at the last second

5 December 2014 1:14 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Critics' year-end lists are beginning to trickle out and that's a good thing for a number of movies vying for your attention. One benefactor may just be Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." The critically acclaimed film (which is almost un-categorizable) also hits Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 12. That might be just enough time to pump up the film's deserved awards season prospects.* *And it has already been named one of the top 10 films of the year and earned Anderson a Best Adapted Screenplay honor from the National Board of Review. As I noted after first seeing "Vice" earlier this month, if anyone deserves a nomination for this movie it's Josh Brolin. The "No Country For Old Men" star is simply superb (and hilarious) as the increasingly off-kilter Lapd detective Bigfoot Bjornsen, a man who has a very passive aggressive relationship with the film's "hero," Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix »

- Gregory Ellwood

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From Under the Radar to Potential Oscar Contention

7 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

The conversation surrounding potential supporting actress nominees includes some names familiar to the Oscar race, such as Meryl Streep (Into the Woods), and some that could be nominated for the first time, such as Emma Stone (Birdman). The list of potential contenders also includes Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Rene Russo (Nightcrawler), two ladies that have flown under the radar since the 90s but could mark their return with first-time Oscar nominations.

Arquette’s role as the mother in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a film that chronicles 12 years in a young boy’s (played by Ellar Coltrane) life as he grows up in a divorced household, has been generating Oscar buzz since the film premiered at Sundance. Arquette was involved in a few projects during those 12 years of filming, which was possible due to the sporadic nature of shooting, only three to four days a year. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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The Definitive War Movies: 30-21

18 June 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.

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30.  Black Book (2006)

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Conflict: World War II

In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »

- Joshua Gaul

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‘American Hustle’ Producer Jonathan Gordon Heading Production for Megan Ellison’s Annapurna

27 May 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Megan Ellison has selected producer Jonathan Gordon as president of production for her Annapurna Pictures.

He will oversee the development and production of Annapurna projects, and will report to Ellison.

Gordon produced David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” with Ellison, Charles Roven and Richard Suckle and “Silver Linings Playbook” with Bruce Cohen and Donna Gigliotti. “Hustle” received 10 Oscar nominations, including best picture.

Gordon also worked with Russell on “Flirting with Disaster.”

Prior to becoming a producer, Gordon was president of production at Universal Pictures under Stacey Snider and previously spent 15 years with Harvey and Bob Weinstein at Miramax Films, where his last position was co-president of production.

While at Miramax, Gordon oversaw “Good Will Hunting,” “Dogma” and George Clooney’s directorial debut “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.”

Annapurna recently announced that it had funded Page 1, a movie-tv development and production company from “Zero Dark Thirty” writer-producer Mark Boal.

 

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- Dave McNary

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Icymi

3 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This last week was crazy crowded with postings between the Tribeca Film Festival, the Mean Girls 10th Anniversary and regular blog bits. We managed to review (gulp) 40 festival movies and with all the Mean Girls quoting online. Mean Girls was so dominant that it reignited talk of doing a stage musical version.  Surely your eyes and ears glazed over; that was a lot of Tribeca and North Shore High to imbibe. But let's make it simpler for you with five takeaway posts you shouldn't have missed...

Starred Up Breakout watch out for rising actor Jack O'Connell this year 

Actress a new doc with the most appealing title imaginable ;) kicked off our Hot Docs coverage

Genius a new prestige film starring Colin FirthJude Law & Nicole Kidman

Pocahontas Again in which I try to purge myself of "the Cymbeline of Disney Animation" from my system. (I'm addicted on Netflix Instant Watch »

- NATHANIEL R

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Movies This Week: May 2-8, 2014

2 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

 

If you're a member of Austin Film Society, tonight marks the first event in a new monthly series called Free Member Fridays! Actor Thomas Haden Church and director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais will be at the Marchesa for a special screening of their new film Whitewash. It is free for Afs members and general admission tickets will also be available for $15 at the door subject to capacity. Afs also is presenting the new release Hateship Loveship on Sunday afternoon. While this IFC Films release is available on VOD, this (along with a second showing next Friday) is your only chance to catch it locally on the big screen. The movie stars Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce and is an adaptation of a story by Alice Munro. Richard Linklater's Jewels In The Wasteland series returns on Wednesday night with a 35mm print of Coppola's 1983 feature Rumble Fish. Finally, the week in movies »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Conan Reveals 'American Hustle' Makeover Before MTV Movie Awards

15 April 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Yesterday, we featured the opening to the MTV Movie Awards, not because we care about who the golden popcorn goes to, but because it showcased host Conan O'Brien fitting no less than 50 celebrity cameos into the beginning of the show. Now that the show is over, Conan is back to his normal hosting duties on his own late night talk show on TBS. But he had some time to reminisce about his weekend hosting gig, and even took the time to reveal some of his preparation behind the scenes, mostly his hair styling inspired by the remarkable comb-over donned by Christian Bale in last year's Best Picture nominee American Hustle. Here's Conan O'Brien preparing for the MTV Movie Awards from Team Coco: American Hustle is directed by David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook), working from a script he co-wrote with The International writer Eric Singer. »

- Ethan Anderton

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April Showers: Flirting With Disaster

9 April 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

waterworks each night at 11

How many of you have seen David O. Russell's Flirting With Disaster (1996)? With the exception of the stupidly maligned I ♥ Huckabees, it's his funniest film. One day it will surely be rediscovered given the attention his films regularly win now. The film centers on bickering spouses Mel & Nancy (Ben Stiller & Patricia Arquette) who are searching for Mel's birth parents. In the screwball chaotic final act, they end up sharing the guest rooms in the crowded home of drug-loving hippie conspiracy theorists (Lily Tomlin, Alan Alda, Glen Fitzgerald) with a neurotic adoption agency executive Tina (Tea Leoni) and federal agents partners Paul and Tony (Richard Jenkins and Josh Brolin) who are also lovers. Eyes start to wander: Tina and Mel get flirtatious and Tony just can't stop coming on to Nancy.

While Mel enjoys a very uncomfortable dinner downstairs, upstairs tattooed and pierced Tony walks right »

- NATHANIEL R

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Josh Brolin: 'I tried heroin. Most of the guys I grew up with are dead now'

13 March 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Labor Day star's past as a Hollywood brat featured more than his share of drugs, booze and tattoos. How much did he draw on his own history in his portrayal of fugitive killer Frank?

Labor Day spins the story of Frank, an escaped convict who gatecrashes suburbia and proceeds to cook a peach cobbler to die for. "Let's put a roof on this house," says Frank, up to his muscled forearms in flour, as he prepares to add the pastry to the filling. Labor Day, it should be noted, is not a film to skimp on its metaphors. The peach cobbler represents the tumbledown family home, sad and broken and in need of repair. No doubt it also represents Frank, whose crusty exterior contains a warm, gooey centre. Perhaps it even says something about the actor who plays him too.

If you're looking for the classic outsider on the inside, »

- Xan Brooks

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Lawrence Takes Home Second Globe, Remembers Huckabees

12 January 2014 5:54 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jennifer Lawrence wins Golden Globe 2014: Best Supporting Actress for ‘American Hustle’ (photo © HFPA: Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence, with Tom Hanks) Jennifer Lawrence, as expected, has taken home the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, a crime comedy-drama set in the ’70s, which also stars Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner. In her acceptance speech, Lawrence reminisced: Years ago, I watched a movie called I Heart Huckabees [2004] and I was so in awe and floored by this completely unchartered humor. So I googled who made it and I saw that it was the same director as Three Kings and Flirting with Disaster and Spanking the Monkey, and I just thought that this is the most brilliant man in every single way. And so by some weird twist of fate, this is the same man that made my career. »

- Zac Gille

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