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2010 has been a year of great happiness and great, grave disappointments. But before we all ring in what will hopefully be a much perkier and upbeat 2011, I thought I’d take the time to apologize to some people whose feelings I may have hurt this year. Presenting my Giant List of 2010 Apologies. Sincere “I’m Sorries” to the following people and things: • To Lindsay Lohan. For calling you an assh*le on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards. Bright side? I did say “Nice pants.” VH1 TV Shows | Music Videos | Celebrity Photos | News & Gossip (link) • To All The Dogs At Westminster. We are sorry your owners have in-breeded you to the point of r-tardation and that we laugh at your pain. On the bright side, we would crush you to death with affection. (link) • To Glee. For giving up on you this season. (link) • To Every Other Celebrity »
- Michelle Collins
Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard is quite clearly one of the most prolific actors in Europe and Hollywood, with more than 80 films on his resume. He’s done big Hollywood films like Pirates of the Caribbean and Mamma Mia!, smaller productions like Good Will Hunting, and Norwegian features like his most recent, A Somewhat Gentle Man, directed by Hans Petter Moland, whom he has collaborated with twice before, and had memorable performances in all of them. Collider recently spoke to Stellan Skarsgard in an exclusive phone interview from his native Sweden to promote the limited January 14th release (at the IFC Center, and then following in L.A. and other cities) of the darkly humorous A Somewhat Gentle Man, about a gangster named Ulrik (Skarsgard) who is reluctantly released from prison, only to find his way in the world again. While we will wait to run that portion of the interview »
- Christina Radish
Ben Affleck is big in Russia. How else to explain the fact that not once, but twice, during our interview, he is interrupted by fans from Moscow wanting to meet the Oscar winner? Affleck gamely poses for photos as one man explains, "I'm an actor. I don't speak English, sorry. But 'Gone Baby Gone'—very, very good." Affleck thanks him for the praise, and as the man leaves he adds, "Your brother very, very good actor. You, good director!"If anyone had doubts about that last statement after Affleck's directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone," they disappeared with the September release of the taut, original thriller "The Town." Though he had been content to stay behind the camera with his first film, letting younger brother Casey take the lead and Amy Ryan win accolades, Affleck chose to put himself front and center for "The Town," which he also »
Ben Affleck has revealed that he prefers to work on ensemble films rather than take on leading roles. In an interview with Reuters, the actor confessed that he finds smaller parts more rewarding as it gives him the opportunity to take chances and pursue different aspects of a character than he normally would be able to. "I've found that I've had the best time playing in ensembles or character parts where I could do something different. Good Will Hunting is a part like that. So is Boiler Room and Dogma and Hollywoodland," he explained. "I just feel you have more latitude to try things; it's much more satisfying. They mirror the things I did early on that I liked, like Dazed And Confused. You can do both; The (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
Ben Affleck has suggested that he enjoys working with ensemble casts in his films. The actor, who won a 'Best Writing' Oscar for Good Will Hunting, told Back Stage that he feels most free to explore his character's motivations when he is surrounded by a talented group of actors. "I've found that I've had the best time playing in ensembles or character parts where I could do something different," he said. Affleck further explained that he learned to improve his skills as an actor while taking on supporting roles in some of his earlier movies. He added: (more) »
- By Justin Harp
The Good Will Hunting star puts all his effort into hunting down the ultimate Christmas gift for Garner and as a result the actress gets no help picking out items for their family and friends.
But Affleck admits he often ends up scouring shops at the last minute for the right gift to leave for his wife under the tree.
He tells U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, "I'm not particularly proud of it. But it's a bit of a '50s thing, I guess. Because my wife is so capable and because I'm less so, she does a lot of that (shopping) work and I kind of root her on.
"It takes her as much energy and effort to buy like the 20 gifts we're going to buy other people, as it does (for me) to buy her gift. I spend the whole time fretting about that and being nervous and hoping she likes that.
"And then I end up at like (pharmacy) Cvs on the 24th being like, 'Maybe she'd like a little Godzilla that goes around.' My kids actually would like that..." »
I love that a heated discussion over Titanic’s infamous Oscar sweep of 1998 has already begun over at Laurent’s excellent retrospective. I guess it’s just the nature of this particular film. There is something about Titanic that hits a raw nerve in people and they feel a need to defend/criticize it so passionately.
As it happens, I fall in the ‘unconditional love’ category and I’m not afraid to admit it. To this day I have a passion for Titanic, a film that so perfectly matches what a glorious, spellbinding, big spectacle romance against an historic backdrop should be, and those films are so rare, especially when they are made with such precise and meticulous detail from James Cameron.
We shouldn’t be embarrassed over how much we loved Titanic in the 90′s. We should embrace it. So as our third ‘Choose The Winners’ article, we are »
- Matt Holmes
Last week, I had the opportunity to spend about 15 minutes at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel with Matt Damon, who is not only one of the biggest movie stars of his generation but also a genuine actor’s actor who not infrequently takes on smaller parts in outstanding films. The latest and greatest example of this is his role as the verbose, cocksure Texas Ranger Mr. Laboeuf in the Coen brothers’ newly-released Western “True Grit” (Paramount, 12/22, PG-13, trailer), for which he is now in the running for a best supporting actor Oscar nod.
Over the course of our conversation, Damon and I discussed:
his early childhood moviegoing experiences/favorites his first foray into acting in high school (where a teacher inspired him to use school plays as an outlet for his creative urges) and later professionally (he, at 16, and his “best friend” Ben Affleck, at 14, joined the union and began »
- Scott Feinberg
Chicago – For filmmaker Ben Affleck, “The Town” marks a return to his roots in more ways than one. It’s a fresh and assured sophomore effort by the promising director, whose cinematic perspective on Boston is becoming as distinctive and exciting Scorsese’s take on New York City. Yet the picture also finds Affleck returning to the themes that have obsessed him ever since “Good Will Hunting.”
Like Will, the brilliant underachiever at the heart of “Hunting,” Doug (Affleck) is a man trapped by his familial hang-ups and dead-end lifestyle in “The Town.” He’s a bank robber not so much out of choice, but out of loyalty to the people who brought him up. He’s a native of Charlestown, Massachusetts, a neighborhood described in the opening titles as having “more robbers and thieves than anywhere in the world.” The film then proceeds to build a convincing argument for that bit of trivia. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Alfred Hitchcock famously quipped that the three things you need to make a good film are a “good script, a good script and a good script.” In February 1998 however the Academy voters decided to ignore these pearls of wisdom, much like they ignored the achievements of Hitchcock himself, when they chose to reward Titanic with a Best Picture win despite the film lacking a screenplay nomination.
This was the first time this had transpired in over thirty years and pretty much confirmed the idea that Titanic was being praised as a spectacle even though it has been proven time and time again that any spectacle without the benefit of good storytelling is only impressive until the next spectacle comes along. L.A. Confidential on the other hand which is as fresh and watachable in 2010 as it was thirteen years ago compliments the quote that “good storytelling never goes out of fashion. »
- Laurent Kelly
Ben Affleck and Danny Boyle will be honored at the upcoming 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). Affleck will receive the Chairman's Award while Boyle will be honored with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award. ("The Town" Movie Review)
The Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Previously announced honorees are Javier Bardem, Robert Duvall, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, David O. Russell, Diane Warren and the cast of The Social Network. The Festival runs January 6-17. ("127 Hours" movie review, and interviews with Danny Boyle and James Franco)
Here's the rest of the press release:
Commenting on Affleck, Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said, .If there is truly a renaissance man in today.s cinema, it.s Ben Affleck. He has distinguished himself as a premier writer and director, as well as an actor with a broad-ranging and impressive filmography. »
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
Everyone, including yours truly, is uber-excited about the long overdue sequel to Tron, Tron: Legacy. When Bayer requested that I do a Top 7 Movies That Need Sequels, I was intrigued and excited. When Bayer also gave Calhoun that same assignment I was somewhat less intrigued and excited; and when Calhoun hogged up all the movies I was going to pick and ran off giggling, the romance was over.
Kersten’s Top 7 Movies (20 yrs+) That Deserve Sequels
In desperately searching for movies that should have a sequel that aren’t on Calhoun’s list, I’ve amassed a list of sequel abominations, sequels that would mean a desecration of the art of film and make us all feel like dirty wh*res. These are the sequels that would improve upon celluloid the way the Visigoths tidied up Rome.
Yes, folks. It’s the »
- Morrow McLaughlin
True Grit was a 1969 John Wayne/Glen Campbell classic western. To this day when someone speaks the name Rooster Cogburn, you think of Wayne with the eye patch riding his horse with guns blazin'. Any type of remake would be tough to do and would need A-list talent to do it. How about some Academy Award winning talent? The 2010 True Grit remake is written and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen, the men behind No Country for Old Men, Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, yeah those guys. And who's going to replace Glen Campbell? How about Academy Award winner Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting). But come on John Wayne's Rooster is iconic, you need someone big for that. How about Jeff Bridges, the most recent Oscar winner for Best Actor (Crazy Heart), that do anything for you? »
- Ken Murray
We're in the thick of a particularly competitive awards season where snubs and shutouts are par for the course. But that's not the fault of nominating parties, necessarily — frankly, 2010 was just an excellent year for film.
Still, it's hard not to get a little raw about some of the shocking omissions that we've seen thus far, like the complete absence of "True Grit" at the Golden Globes, for example. But there are some performances that are just too great to ignore, leaving us surprised at the lack of awards recognition for some of our favorite actors and actresses.
After the jump, check out five of the biggest snubs of awards season thus far!
Although the SAG Awards finally gave her the recognition she deserves for her brilliant performance as Mattie Ross in "True Grit," young actress Hailee Steinfeld deserves more. The supporting actress field is a contentious one this year, »
- Josh Wigler
What do we know about the new Miramax, which has finally closed its $660 million deal to separate from previous owner Disney? What's left of the company the Weinsteins left behind when they left Disney five years ago? The old offices and staff are gone. It's basically a library (My Left Foot, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, Chicago, The Crying Game, The Piano, sex, lies and videotape, Clerks among the 700 titles--check out this montage), with several outstanding movies, such as Guillermo del Toro's production Don't be Afraid of the Dark and John Madden's The Debt, starring Helen Mirren, still to be sold to distributors (I hear Focus will release it). The new CEO of the company owned by »
Admit it: between Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, you didn’t think Affleck would be the one getting all the kudos 13 years after “Good Will Hunting”. While Damon is content to star in one big Hollywood studio blockbuster after another (with the occasional indie film for cred’s sake thrown in here and there), Affleck seems to have completely re-invented himself into a critically acclaimed actor/director overnight. His latest is “The Town”, a crime thriller set in the writer/actor/director’s native Boston, and it will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand, and for Download on December 17, 2010 from Warner Home Video. Ben Affleck follows his acclaimed Gone Baby Gone directorial debut by directing, co-writing and starring in a taut thriller about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope and escaping a past that has no future. He plays Doug MacRay, leader of a »
It also runs deep in Mark Wahlberg’s soul. The youngest of nine brothers and sisters from the working class neighbourhood of Dorchester, Wahlberg let his street allegiances get him in a good deal of trouble as a teenager. Now, after successful careers as a hip-hop artist, underwear model, Oscar-nominated movie star (for The Departed) and accomplished producer, the 39-year-old family man has channelled his devotion to Massachusetts into a true labour of love.
The Fighter recounts the true story of “Irish” Micky Ward, who rose from humble beginnings in Lowell, Massachusetts (about 48 kilometres northwest of Boston), to become one of the greatest junior welterweight boxers of all time. »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
The Time for Peace Film & Music Awards launched in New York in 1994 by Marion Einbeck and Robert Einbeck, is a response to the need for popularizing films and music recognized for their artistic quality that further the ideals of humanist values such as tolerance, better understanding between people, respect for differences, and human solidarity.
The award has previously been presented to filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg for Schindler’s List and later Amistad, Michael Radford for Il Postino, Scott Hicks for Shine, Caroline Link for Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence), Jan Sverak for Kolya, actor Robin Williams for his performance as Sean McGuire in Good Will Hunting, and last year to Edward Zwick for Blood Diamond; in music the award has gone to »
Find out what the top unknown spec screenplays are of 2010 in the second part of The Hit List. As assembled by The Tracking Board, The Hit List is a round-up of what dozens of Hollywood agents, readers, development executives and insiders consider to be the best unsold screenplays this year. The more votes that a screenplay received from The Hit List voters, the more liked it was amongst their circle.
Did you miss the first part of The Hit List for 2010?
Two buddies journey on a spontaneous and poorly planned road trip to Mexico to rescue their best friend.
Heatseekers by George Mahaffrey (Action)
A young ex-military pilot infiltrates a gang of sky "pirates" working out of Bangkok, only to find himself taking part in an elaborate aerial tower heist using powered gliders and parachutes. »
- Patrick Sauriol
If we were a movie star, we'd like to think we'd want a career like Matt Damon. Since breaking out with "Good Will Hunting," the actor's gone out of his way to work with consistently interesting directors, from Steven Spielberg and Anthony Minghella early in his career to more recent collaborations with the likes of Paul Greengrass, Clint Eastwood and the Coen Brothers. And today's brought the surprise news that Damon looks to be teaming with one of the most exciting talents to debut in the last few years. Deadline reports that Damon is in early talks to topline "Elysium,"… »
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