13 items from 2009
Jose here with some award news.
Continuing to establish itself as a front runner in the awards race, Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire, has been chosen by the Producers Guild of America to receive its prestigious Stanley Kramer Award for illuminating provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion.
This award not only confirms the movie will be one of the ten chosen by the PGA for its Producer of the Year award, but bodes well for its chances of getting even more Oscar attention.
The Academy simply loves social issues (remember 2005?) and Kramer (who directed and produced Inherit the Wind and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner among others) was an icon in this aspect, even if the quality of the films he made didn't amount to much artistically. Stanley's films always talked about things we wanted to ignore. He taught us so much about ourselves »
If there's one thing I know about film festivals, it's that being content with having your film play for an enthusiastic audience is for losers. Chugging a beer on stage in front of a cheering crowd after winning is for winners. You can tell that I'm right because the word "winning" is a close cousin of "winners." Celebrating the art of the film is one thing, but damn it, it's about taking home the coveted cup. Two or three nights ago (the details are hazy), Fantastic Fest Co-founder Tim League emceed an awards ceremony that featured some Festival fans, filmmakers and the people who wandered in already inebriated and looking for the karaoke party. You can guess which group I was in, and, yes, I stayed at the ceremony despite a shocking lack of amateurs singing "Baby Got Back." Also, I had to present all of the awards for the Fantastic Features Category. There »
- Dr. Cole Abaius
For those of you who weren't in Austin, TX from September 23-30, you missed out. Fantastic Fest lived up to its name and presented some of the newest, most anticipated, and best films of the year. From the comfort and coolness of the Alamo Drafthouse (which serves Awesome food during movies) to the palatial Paramount Theater, Austin showed that it knows how to treat fans of genre films.
Think about it: Seven days filled with movies like Zombieland, Paranormal Activity, and Survival of the Dead, side-by-side with some truly creative short films, foreign films, low-budget indie movies, and stars, all put within a mile of each other. It was a movie-lover's paradise. But alas, all good things must come to an end (until next year), but not without a few parting shots.
Below are the announced winners of the various Fantastic Fest contests, and while I can't say I agree with all the decisions, »
- Sifu Scott
At a ceremony Monday night hosted by Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League, the festival gave out awards to some of the top films and filmmakers in attendance. Awards given out this year include ones for animated and live action short film, horror and “fantastic” shorts, horror and “fantastic” features and the next wave award which showcases emerging talent.
In addition, in conjunction with G4 TV and writer/director Uwe Boll, the fest gave out the “Filmmaking Frenzy” award for the best video game trailer with a “fantastic” twist. Winners of some of these prestigious awards included the comedic drama Down Terrace, which took home the Next Wave award, Human Centipede, which won for best horror film and Mandrill, which was given the Fantastic Feature award.
Check out a list of all the winners below.
Jury results – Shorts Awards
- Chris Ullrich
Every week we pick the gays who we think have made the biggest splash in television and leave it to you, the keepers of the flame, to decide who will be crowned Gay of the Week. We'll announce the winner in Friday's Bgwe column, and that champ will reign until a new set of challengers are introduced the following week to try to steal his title.
Last week Oliver Fish from One Life to Live took the crown for his angsty coming out scene. But this week he's been busy on the periphery with police work, and a slew of reality show personalities have crowded out the field: We've got a gay Idol finalist and his groom, a harried Project Runway contestant, the most successful gay Big Brother housemate ever, and a guy who literally "danced his ass off" (well, at least 90 pounds of it).
Check them out after the break, »
Although more than six months have gone by, Jeremy “Big Tuna” Piven is still facing a backlash over his sudden decision to pull out of Broadway play Speed the Plow claiming he was suffering from “mercury poisoning.” The cause? Eating too much sushi. Yeah, really. It’s gotten to the point that he’s even enlisting his friend and co-star from the hit HBO series “Entourage” to ask critics to back off. "I know that there was a real backlash but Jeremy’s a good guy,” says Kevin Connolly, who plays Eric Murphy, also known as “E,” budding agent, manager and side-kick to rising star Vincent Chase, (Adrian Grenier). Why won't this stink go away? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Keith Girard)
This week’s column kicks off with Gays Gone By featuring As The World Turns’ first gay character all the way back from 1988. Gool Theater has the return of Spanish teen soap Física O Química and some steamy clips from All That Matters. Plus spoilers of domestic unrest on Forbidden Love and a shocking kiss on EastEnders. Meanwhile, Gool Newsbeat has the dish on what’s ahead for The Young and the Restless’ Rafe Torres and Raising the Bar’s Charlie Sagansky. And as always, I've got the Snapshots and Soap Stud Of The Week for you!
Table Of Contents
Feature: Gays Gone By
In My Humble Opinion (Imho)
Scoops & Spoilers
Gool Sneak Peeks
Bits & Pieces
Ratings & Rankings
Soap Stud Of The Week
Question Of The Week
Gays Gone By — As The World Turns’ Hank Eliot
Doubt has arrived on DVD from Miramax Home Video with a Director's Commentary from John Patrick Shanley, plus four featurettes: "Scoring Doubt," "The Cast of Doubt," "The Sisters of Charity," and "Doubt: From Stage to Screen." Here is Terry Keefe's in-depth interview with writer-director John Patrick Shanley which originally appeared in the December 2008 issue of Venice Magazine.
By Terry Keefe
[Pictured above is actress Viola Davis in her role as Mrs. Miller in Doubt.]
One scene can make a star out of a rising actor, although it’s a rare occurrence. Particularly when that scene is opposite the likes of Meryl Streep, who is certainly difficult to outshine. But Viola Davis is going to attract a great deal of notice for her relatively brief appearance in Doubt, to the point where she is already being mentioned as a likely candidate for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Davis, who plays the character of Mrs. Miller, is »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Actor Derek Luke is ready to take over the small screen. The Antwone Fisher actor is set to star in NBC's upcoming drama pilot "Trauma". The new show, which will presumably be one of two to help replace ER as the network's de facto medical show, will follow a team of emergency medical technicians. Luke is said to play a stoic trauma doctor who also is trying his best to be a good family man. Luke become a breakout star after an awesome turn in 2002's Antwone Fisher. He coolly handled the task of starring opposite the seasoned Denzel Washington. Most recently Luke can bee seen theaters now in this past weekend's number one box office movie, "Madea Goes to Jail." He also was in the Biggie Smalls biopic, "Notorious," playing Sean "Diddy" Combs. NBC is also producing "Mercy," which will be an hour long drama that will follow the »
Film actor Derek Luke is making his foray into television with a starring role on NBC's drama pilot "Trauma."
Meanwhile, Guillermo Diaz has joined NBC/Ums's other medical drama pilot, "Mercy."
Luke will play a stoic trauma doctor who tries to be a good family man.
Curtis ("Live Free or Die Hard") would play a genius surgeon and adrenaline junkie who travels by helicopter.
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" alum Sheridan would play an intuitive doctor who runs the trauma center.
Rankin ("Friday Night Lights") will play a paramedic who drives the fire department truck.
- By Nellie Andreeva
Feb 05, 2009 Very few actresses have made such an impact with as little screen time as Viola Davis has with her two-scene role in Doubt. But it’s not the first time Davis has walked off with a major movie, stealing Antwone Fisher and World Trade Center with similar-sized roles and also appearing in Far From Heaven, Solaris, and Disturbia. In person, Davis is charming, fascinating, and the kind of interview subject that you wish you could spend a whole day with. She was kind enough to take a little time Meryl Streep and Viola Davis in Doubt...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »
Chicago – We’re back with our recurring feature, the Blu-Ray Round Up, a collection of HD releases that might have slipped through the cracks but that could grab your attention. With dozens of catalog titles and straight-to-video releases hitting the next-gen format every week, it’s easy to miss a movie that you’d love to add to your collection. The Blu-Ray Round Up is here for you.
This edition of the Round-Up focuses its laser gaze on six titles from two companies, a series of four catalog releases from Twentieth Century Fox and a pair of new titles from Lionsgate. “Antwone Fisher,” “Drumline,” “Hulk Vs.,” “Repo!: The Genetic Opera,” “Stargate: The Ark of Truth,” and “Unfaithful” - an Oscar nominee, Denzel Washington, Bruce Banner, and Paris Hilton. Where else would you find a line-up like that?
“Stargate: The Ark of Truth” was released on January 13th, 2009.
“Antwone Fisher, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Amy Adams Doubt -- In Doubt's intensely dramatic story, about a nun's accusation that a priest is sexually abusing a young male student, it's easy to overlook Amy Adams in a smaller role devoid of emotional pyrotechnics. But her performance as a charming young nun in a Bronx parochial school in 1964 -- a woman psychologically undamaged and perhaps a little naive in the ways of the world -- is fully realized. Adams' Sister James is a study in understated guilelessness. Adams also resonates as a young woman in a horrible moral quandary, caught between her loyalties to Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) and to Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman). A nun of her time and place, Sister James never questions her faith or challenges authority, but she can't help but respond to the shocking charges leveled against Father Flynn. Though she finds it painful to contradict her superior, she sees no »
13 items from 2009
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