A 21-year-old Swedish guy by the name of Konrad Annerud has some pretty good genes–and millions of women around the world love it. Why? It’s because he’s the spitting image of Leonardo DiCaprio. Not the current 40-year-old version (no shade, Leo), but the young Titanic looking version. It’s the verison Leo’s adoring fans first fell... Read more » »
- Isha Thorpe
Everyone dreams of who they think might play them in a movie about their lives; for one Swedish man, though, there's an obvious answer.
- Katie Roberts
Read More: Kate Winslet Explains Why She Avoided Blockbusters After the Massive Success of 'Titanic' The Moët British Independent Film Awards have announced that Oscar winner Kate Winslet will be the recipient of this year's Variety Award. The ceremony takes place on December 6. The Variety Award recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. Past winners include Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig and Dame Helen Mirren. "I am thrilled to be receiving this Award and to be in the company of a whole host of brilliant filmmakers and actors, many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends and colleagues," said Winslet. "It’s an honour to be flying the flag for British filmmaking." The actress is back in the awards race this year thanks »
- Zack Sharf
It was announced earlier this morning that Kate Winslet, star of the upcoming Steve Jobs movie, and all-round British legend, will be awarded the Variety Award at this Moët year’s British Independent Film Awards in December.
The prestigious award was given to Benedict Cumberbatch last year, and has previously been awarded to Paul Greengrass, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.
The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK.
Winslet said, “I am thrilled to be receiving this Award and to be in the company of a whole host of brilliant filmmakers and actors, many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends and colleagues. It’s an honour to be flying the flag for British filmmaking.”
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- Paul Heath
London — Kate Winslet will receive The Variety Award at the Moet British Independent Film Awards ceremony, which takes place on Dec. 6. The award recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the U.K. Previous recipients include Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Craig and Helen Mirren.
Winslet said: “I am thrilled to be receiving this award, and to be in the company of a whole host of brilliant filmmakers and actors, many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends and colleagues. It’s an honor to be flying the flag for British filmmaking.”
Variety executive editor, Steven Gaydos, commented: “From the beginning of her illustrious film career over 20 years ago, Kate Winslet has never ceased her eagerness to tackle new creative challenges, and to turn those challenges into amazing, lasting performances. Her current film, ‘Steve Jobs,’ is no exception and once again, »
- Leo Barraclough
Movie stars are very lucky to be paid millions of dollars to do what they do for a living, but never mistake their job for being easy or fun. At least not all the time. "It was the hardest film absolutely I've ever done," Leonardo DiCaprio said of making Titanic back in 1997, in an interview with Newsweek. "Having to sit in ice-cold water all day, dunking and re-dunking, jumping in, jumping out and screaming at the top of my lungs. It takes a toll."...
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31 years ago today, audiences journeyed to the year 2029 then back to the ’80s as a Terminator hunted down Sarah Connor, seemingly an ordinary woman but actually the all-important mother of the leader in the fight for the survival of the human race. “The Terminator” opened in theaters on October 26, 1984. The sci-fi action movie was No. 1 at the box office for its first two weeks in theaters. It has since spawned four sequels, several video games, action figures and theme park rides and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the American National Film Registry. James Cameron directed the film with a relatively low budget — this was years before he would be the big shot given massive budgets for blockbusters like “Titanic” and “Avatar.” Other notable October 26 happenings in pop culture history: • 1935: Judy Garland, at age 12, first enchanted a public audience of listeners with her voice when »
- Emily Rome
In its fourth weekend at the box office, The Martian has once more claimed the number one spot. The Matt Damon-led sci-fi film reclaimed the top position after a short stint at number two last week and has been as well received by critics as it has been with audiences.
With best picture hopes, director Ridley Scott has the possibility of having the first major commercial hit win the award since Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept the Oscars in 2004.
In recent years, there has been a growing divide between what is considered artistic gravitas in a film and its success at the box office, according to the Academy.
In the old days of the studio system this schism between artistic films and big studio hits was not nearly as evident, with most best picture winners »
- Patrick Shanley
Movie stars are very lucky to be paid millions of dollars to do what they do for a living, but never mistake their job for being easy or fun. At least not all the time. "It was the hardest film absolutely I've ever done," Leonardo DiCaprio said of making Titanic back in 1997, in an interview with Newsweek. "Having to sit in ice-cold water all day, dunking and redunking, jumping in, jumping out and screaming at the top of my lungs. It takes a toll." Almost 20 years later, the actor has reached a new peak for difficult film shoots. "I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do," DiCaprio said of making The Revenant, in a new interview with Yahoo! Movies. "Whether...
- Christopher Campbell
The gym of the Hollywood United Methodist Church is dressed to the nines. Paper and foam fish hang from the ceiling. Blue and silver streamer curtains line the walls. A statue of Poseidon towers over tables strewn with punch bowls. About 100 people add a rainbow’s array of color to the gym with 1950s-era dresses and suits. But they’re not doing the hand jive or the bop – they’re busting out their ’80s moves as the band plays Whodini’s 1984 funk-rap song “Freaks Come Out At Night.” The scene is a nighttime shoot in mid-March 1985 on the set of “Back to the Future.” Harry Waters Jr., who played Marvin Berry, the leader of the band at the dance, recalled the surreal experience of jamming with contemporary songs in between takes for a gym full of extras in 30 years out-of-date clothes. “It was a party! It was entirely too much fun, »
- Emily Rome
By autumn 1977, author Clive Cussler was the toast of the publishing world. Following a decade of writing and two moderately successful novels, his third book, Raise The Titanic! was a runaway bestseller. Its popularity was a contrast to Cussler's earlier books, which had earned him a relatively meagre $5,000. But those earlier adventures - The Mediterranean Caper and Iceberg - helped establish the daring hero Dirk Pitt, a practical, earthy hero designed as a counterpoint to the suave, refined James Bond.
For Raise The Titanic!, Cussler dreamed up a scenario in which Pitt headed up a multi-billion-dollar operation to find and recover the doomed luxury liner, which sank in 1912. Their goal: to recover a mysterious, incredibly rare substance called byzantium from the ship's belly - a »
October 20th is yet another stellar week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, all leading up to our favorite holiday: Halloween. One of my favorite films of all time, Ernest Dickerson’s Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, is finally making its way to HD via a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory. And as if that’s not enough, Scream is also busy with two more great releases this Tuesday as well—Bordello of Blood and The Larry Fessenden Collection.
Kino Lorber is reviving another cult classic on Tuesday too—The Oblong Box—which is based on the Edgar Allan Poe tale and co-stars two cinematic legends, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. For those of you Back to the Future fans out there (and really, who isn’t?), Universal is giving the series a few special releases in time for the film’s 30th anniversary and, »
- Heather Wixson
Tomorrow, Scream Factory will release their respective Collector's Edition Blu-rays of Bordello of Blood and Demon Knight—a Halloween treat that would certainly please the Cryptkeeper. We've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of each film to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Bordello of Blood and (1) Blu-ray copy of Demon Knight.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Tales From the Crypt Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on October 25th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
Next Tuesday, Scream Factory will offer horror fans several new options for Halloween movie marathons when The Larry Fessenden Collection and the Tales From the Crypt films Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood come out on respective Blu-rays. Ahead of their impending release date, we have clips and trailers from all three Blu-rays to give you a look at what's to come.
Demon Knight (Collector's Edition Blu-ray): "A mysterious drifter known as Brayker (William Sadler, Iron Man 3) possesses the last of seven ancient keys that hold the power to stop the forces of darkness and protect all humanity from ultimate evil. But the human race is safe only so long as Brayker can evade the demonic Collector (Billy Zane, Titanic) who has gathered the other six keys.
In his obsessive quest for the key, the Collector rallies an army of ghastly cadavers against Brayker and the inhabitants of a run-down hotel. »
- Derek Anderson
Coleen Gray in 'The Sleeping City' with Richard Conte. Coleen Gray after Fox: B Westerns and films noirs (See previous post: “Coleen Gray Actress: From Red River to Film Noir 'Good Girls'.”) Regarding the demise of her Fox career (the year after her divorce from Rod Amateau), Coleen Gray would recall for Confessions of a Scream Queen author Matt Beckoff: I thought that was the end of the world and that I was a total failure. I was a mass of insecurity and depended on agents. … Whether it was an 'A' picture or a 'B' picture didn't bother me. It could be a Western movie, a sci-fi film. A job was a job. You did the best with the script that you had. Fox had dropped Gray at a time of dramatic upheavals in the American film industry: fast-dwindling box office receipts as a result of competition from television, »
- Andre Soares
Luke Owen looks at the failed franchise reboots…
Rebooting a franchise isn’t just an idea anymore, it’s a formula. If you have a pre-existing franchise with a pre-existing audience, reboot it. And then if that doesn’t work, just reboot it again. We live in a world where we have three different attempts at creating a sustaining Spider-Man franchise, both Neil Blomkamp and Ridley Scott are desperately trying to breathe life back into the Alien series and today we heard that Len Wiseman will directing a franchise reboot of Die Hard, said to be a prequel titled Die Hard: Year One.
The problem with this is that not every franchise reboot works. Christoper Nolan’s reboot to the Batman legend with his Dark Knight Trilogy, Daniel Craig’s Bond and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films are proof that it can be done, but they’re floating rafts »
- Luke Owen
THR is reporting that Robert Rodriguez is in talks to direct the live action adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita. Avatar and Titanic director James Cameron has been longing to get this project going for many, many moons. The last time we reported about this was about a decade ago. Cameron will produce with his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau. Titled Alita: Battle Angel, the project tells of a female cyborg that is discovered in a trash yard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals."Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years, so I was pumped when he said he wanted to...
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Lights! Camera! Dance! Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hosted a movie-themed edition this week, with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell commenting on the Hollywood-inspired routines
So that’s it for another Strictly Week! I’ll be back next Saturday for a blessedly theme-free week, so please join me back here then; in the meantime I’m on Twitter @heidistephens if you fancy saying hello. Thank you to everyone who joined in below the line - without your sequins and glitter this dress would be a very dull affair indeed. See you next Saturday! Hx
And just to add insult to (shoulder) injury, Anthony and Oti have to do their final dance to “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music, which is just weird.
- Heidi Stephens
The Oscar winner spoke at the New York film festival about how the success of Titanic affected her and why she’s worried for the younger generation of women
Kate Winslet urged young women to be more complimentary to their female friends during a dinner held in her honour at the New York film festival on Tuesday.
“It’s sad that we don’t seem to come across young girls saying to their friends: ‘Wow, you’re so pretty’,” she said. “Young women these days, because they’re exposed to levels of criticism in the media, they just automatically criticise their friends, themselves and each other. It’s bizarre.”
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- Nigel M Smith
“Steve Jobs,” boobs, Seth Rogen, lucky breaks, digital alteration and “Titanic” were among the many topics of discussion at Tuesday’s “An Evening With Kate Winslet.” Held at the Kaplan Penthouse, the Film Society of Lincoln Center event honored Winslet who is currently promoting her latest film, “Steve Jobs.”
She plays Jobs’s confidant Joanna Hoffman in the pic, which premiered on Oct. 3 as part of the 53rd New York Film Festival.
An intimate steak dinner was followed by a conversation between the actress and Nyff Director Kent Jones.
“I knew that I was going to have a job getting the (director Danny Boyle) to consider me for the role of Joanna because I’m tall and I’ve got boobs,” Winslet revealed. “The real Joanna is 5 foot 2 inches, and, well, maybe doesn’t have as big of boobs as I do.”
After a laugh, she explained that wigs and »
- Addie Morfoot
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