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British actress Charlotte Rampling has been appearing on film for five decades. Over the course of her 50-year career, Rampling has solidified her iconic status, yet the 69-year-old actress has never been nominated for an Oscar. This year, however, she may have her best shot in the romantic drama 45 Years.
Rampling’s performance as a wife whose 45th wedding anniversary is disrupted by a potential life-changing letter from an unexpected sender earned her the Silver Bear award for best actress at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Rampling’s costar, Tom Courtenay, also won the Silver Bear and the film itself was nominated for the Golden Bear.
This is far from Rampling’s first appearance in a film that has received love from critics and awards voters, as the star’s career features several occasions in which her films garnered Oscar attention but Rampling herself was left out. »
- Patrick Shanley
London — U.K. broadcaster BBC has commissioned drama series “McMafia,” which focuses on the international world of organized crime. The story, which is centered around a Russian family living in exile in London, is inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 book “McMafia.”
The series was created and is written by screenwriter and film director Hossein Amini (“Drive,” “The Wings of the Dove,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and James Watkins (“The Woman in Black,” “Eden Lake,” “Bastille Day”), and is produced by Nick Marston’s Cuba Pictures. The writing team led by Amini and Watkins includes David Farr, Peter Harness and Laurence Coriat.
Glenny said: “I am a huge fan of ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and, more recently, ‘Narcos.’ Hoss and James’s brilliant reworking of ‘McMafia’ takes this tradition onto a global canvas by revealing the immense possibilities open to an ambitious Russian crime family in an interconnected world.”
Amini said: “The lines between gangsters, »
- Leo Barraclough
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Why is a movie made seven years ago finally getting to U.S. theaters now? The Weinstein Co. won't say why it has set an Oct. 2 release on about 100 screens for Mikael Hafstrom's Shanghai, starring John Cusack. That's a long road for a film that cost a bundle ($50 million) and boasts a lineup of Oscar nominees including Swedish helmer Hafstrom (Evil), writer Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove), producer Mike Medavoy (Black Swan)
- Tatiana Siegel
It’s a hard-knock life for the urchins of Hardwick House Orphanage — and no spring picnic for the rest of us, either — in “Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism,” a chintzy children’s fantasy that summons the powers of suggestion, but falls well short of mesmeric. From the Potter-ized tweaking of the title — which replaces the possessive of Georgia Byng’s 2002 source novel, “Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism,” with a conjunction more suitable to J.K. Rowling acolytes — the film attempts to bestow Chosen One status on another British misfit with special powers. But the stakes are as low as the production values in co-writer/director Christopher N. Rowley’s adaptation, which opens simultaneously in limited release and VOD on Aug. 14, but seems destined for home viewing on only the rainiest of afternoons.
Bearing the slogan “Chin Up. Work Hard. Be Useful.,” Hardwick House is one of »
- Scott Tobias
"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Set in Gilded Age New York, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers.
“‘The Alienist’ is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully evocative of the unrivaled Gilded Age of New York City,” said Paramount Television President Amy Powell. “Cary Fukunaga’s unique vision and ability to render compelling, distinctive and superbly atmospheric »
- Whitney Friedlander
Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left wanting when scores become interchangeable to feed the Hollywood machine. The current film decade is no different from any other in terms of talent, mediocrity, and ingenuity, but could always use a boost from professionals who bring specificity to the table. These five forgotten or diminished artists, each among them with varied yet singular skills, are screaming to be brought back into the Hollywood fold to create their signature sounds.
One of the most prolific composers from the 90’s, »
- Shane Ramirez
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