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Before predicting who will win the five film races at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29, be sure to read our overviews and handicapping. And check out the charts that show the rankings and odds for all the nominees. Then head over to our prediction center to log your forecasts for the winners. (Signing up for a free account takes just a minute.) The Screen Actors Guild Awards have an impressive track record of foreseeing the Academy Awards. Of last year's 20 SAG acting nominees, 17 went on to contend at the Oscars. All four of the SAG film acting winners went on to prevail at the Academy Awards. And SAG ensemble champ "The King's Speech" was also named Best Picture at the Oscars. All the winners of Best Film Ensemble at SAG have gone on to reap Academy Award nominations for Best Picture save one ("The Birdcage," 1996). Seven »
The United Kingdom’s The Daily Mail is reporting that Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks is in negotiations to join the cast of Sally Potter-directed 1960’s anti-nuclear war movie “Bomb.” She will join the cast that already included Ell Fanning (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Super 8”) and Alice Englert (“Singularity,” “Sumo Joe”). The site also reported that Alessandro Nivola (“Face/Off,” “Jurassic Park III”) has already been cast and Annette Bening (“American Beauty,” “The Kids Are All Right”) is being considered for a part in the film. It is not known at this time on the role that Hendricks will play in the film. The film is about two teenage girls who became involved with the nuclear ban movement and the sexual revolution. Hendricks is best known for her role in the television series “Mad Men.” She recently appeared in the movies “Drive” and “Detachment” this year. »
I recently visited the set of Three Nights in The Desert, a small film co-produced by New Artists Alliance and Caliber Media, directed by Gabe Cowan and starring Wes Bentley (American Beauty), Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire). The three friends and former band-mates reunite for a weekend in the desert, pushing each other to reflect on the different directions their lives have taken them in. Look for full interviews as the film develops, but hit the jump for more info on the director’s rational approach to indie-film financing, and more details about how the project came together. Here’s the logline for Three Nights in the Desert: Tamblyn, Bentley and Piazza play three estranged friends and former bandmates who reunite to celebrate turning 30. They come together for a weekend in the desert and expose unresolved wounds as they struggle with who »
- Heather Warburton
Two massive photos of Ashley Greene for a new Dkny campaign have been displayed in the heart of Time Square, New York. The Alice Cullen of "Twilight Saga" looks gorgeous rocking a pair of sexy wide-legged jeans and a skintight tank top in the full-body snapshot. She looks equally dazzling in the close-up image which sees her wearing the same top.
Shot by Inez van Lemsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the advertisement was unveiled by Ashley herself. She stood on a double decker bus during the unveiling on Thursday, December 22. Donning a red winter Dkny coat, the American beauty gushed, "I don't think in my wildest dream I ever thought that I'd see myself that big in Times Square. It's amazing. This wasn't even part of the whole deal. It's incredible."
The two billboards promoting Dkny Jeans for Spring 2012 collection stand 100-foot-tall at the hot spot. "It's very New York, I »
Still riding high from getting his Nyu professor fired the summer blockbuster "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," James Franco is in talks to make a cameo appearance as the one and only Hugh Hefner in "Lovelace."
The drama, based on Eric Danville's biography, "The Complete Linda Lovelace," follows Linda Boreman's transformation into porn star Linda Lovelace, her rise to fame that climaxed (hee hee) with her 1972 flick "Deep Throat," and her subsequent conversion into the feminist, anti-porn activist Linda Marchiano. Sounds pretty complete to us.
The story will be told by three interviewers who cross paths with her at various stages of her life. We're guessing one interview per last name... and Franco showing up somewhere near the middle.
- Elizabeth Durand
The general reception of Daniel Craig as the new bond in Casino Royale was positive and enthusiastic, and, in spite of the general air of disappointment that seemed to haunt Quantum of Solace, enthusiasm for Craig‘s work in the role remains high. As such, it is not surprising and also not unwelcome news that Craig has been offered a multi-million dollar deal to carry the mantle of the world’s most famous spy for at least five more films. According to People, producer Michael G. Wilson confirmed the news, which would make Craig the longest-serving Bond actor of all time.
Wilson went on to say that Craig was “a film maker’s dream” and that the filming of the new 007 film, Skyfall, has been going very well so far. Speaking in more detail about the film, the twenty-third in the franchise’s history, Wilson dropped some information that ought »
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Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
Truly great “coming-of-age” movies may only hit our screens once in a blue moon, but when they do, they have the potential to make for some of the most life affirming 2 hours (or so) you could spend. Providing a break from the recent disappointments, such movies as Easy A and Superbad proved you can combine hilarity with heart-warming love scenes, all without being too cheesy or replacing authenticity with an obviously fabricated sense of reality. It’s a shame such films are so rare, as they can be quite incredibly special when they are done right.
One woman hoping to join the (not so long) list of successful creators of these tales is 25-year-old Leah Rachel. She’s never written a full length feature before, but that hasn’t stopped Mandate Pictures (Juno, Stranger Than Fiction, 50/50) from picking up her script for distribution. It is pitched as “coming-of-age comedy about the delusion, »
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Mandate Pictures has optioned "The Young, the Hot, and the Bothered," a coming-of-age comedy from 25-year-old writer Leah Rachel, the studio said Thursday. Dan Jinks ("American Beauty," "Milk") has signed on to produce. "Leah Rachel, at only 25 years old, is the freshest and funniest writer I've come across in some time," Jinks said in a statement. "Her script has the potential to become a touchstone movie for a generation, like 'American Graffiti' or 'Sixteen Candles' were years ago." The movie is about "the delusion, desperation and absolute euphoria of first loves," reads Mandate's »
- Joshua L. Weinstein
Mandate Pictures announced today that the company has optioned The Young, The Hot, And The Bothered, an original screenplay written by Leah Rachel. The coming-of-age comedy about the delusion, desperation, and absolute euphoria of first loves will be produced by Academy Award winning producer Dan Jinks (Milk, American Beauty, Big Fish). Mandate president Nathan Kahane (Young Adult, 50/50, Juno) will executive produce. Adam Kossack and Adam Shulman of Anonymous Content will co-produce. Nicole Brown, Evp of Production, is overseeing the project on behalf of Mandate Pictures.
Producer Dan Jinks shared, "Leah Rachel, at only 25 years old, is the freshest and funniest writer I've come across in some time. Her script has the potential to become a touchstone movie for a generation like Leah Rachel or Sixteen Candles were years ago."..
Leah Rachel is a very talented young writer working in both film and television who has sold 2 pilots over the past 12 months. »
Mandate Pictures has announced that they've optioned The Young, The Hot, and the Bothered , an original screenplay written by Leah Rachel. The project is described as a "coming-of-age comedy about the delusion, desperation, and absolute euphoria of first loves" and will be produced by Academy Award winning producer Dan Jinks ( Milk , American Beauty , Big Fish ). Mandate president Nathan Kahane ( Young Adult , 50/50 , Juno ) will executive produce. Adam Kossack and Adam Shulman of Anonymous Content will co-produce. Nicole Brown, Evp of Production, is overseeing the project on behalf of Mandate Pictures. "Leah Rachel, at only 25 years old, is the freshest and funniest writer I've come across in some time," says Jinks. "Her script has the »
Actor Peter Facinelli has learned to ignore his initial instincts about movie roles after missing out on a part in American Beauty and almost passing on the opportunity to star in the Twilight movie franchise.
Facinelli reveals he was left confused by the script for director Sam Mendes' 1999 drama American Beauty, starring Kevin Spacey as a man who suffers a midlife crisis and becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, played by Mena Suvari - so he rejected the project, which went on to win five Oscars, including Best Picture.
The star tells PR.com, "I need to do the opposite of my instincts. I read American Beauty, and I was like, 'I don't get this movie at all.' And it came out and was an Academy Award-winning film. Now I look at that film and think, 'How could I have not gotten that movie?!'
"I don't even think I went in on it because it was for the neighbour kid, and I forget the actor who played that, but I don't even think I went in and read for it, because I was like, 'I don't get it.'"
Facinelli, who portrays the Cullen family patriarch, Dr. Carlisle Cullen, in the Twilight series, admits he came close to turning down the first vampire movie too - because he simply didn't want to appear in a "blood and guts" horror film.
He says, "I almost didn't read for Twilight. My agent said, 'Do you want to do a vampire movie?' And I was like, 'No.' I was totally thinking blood and guts and bats in caves, like some kind of horror movie. They literally talked me into reading the book and I actually enjoyed the book a lot. Then Catherine Hardwicke was directing (Twilight) and I was a fan of hers. So I said I would go in and read for it, for sure, because Catherine is directing it, and I liked the book. But before I had read the script and they said, 'Do you want to do a vampire movie?' I was like, 'No.'" »
What do this year’s most successful Hollywood films say about our changing tastes, and how do they compare to previous years? Ryan finds out…
At first glance, a look at this year’s ten highest grossing movies reveals nothing more than the usual diet of sequels and effects-filled blockbusters. The final Harry Potter movie made more than $1.3bn. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides made more than $1bn, in spite of middling reviews. The rest of the year’s hits were largely dominated by computer-animated movies for the family crowd: Kung Fu Panda 2, The Smurfs, Cars 2 and Rio all made the top ten.
Look a little more closely, though, and you’ll see that this year’s hit films reveal numerous common themes, and tell us a great deal about movie-going appetites and contemporary fears…
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by Marcey Papandrea, MoreHorror.com
Have you ever come across a film with acting so bad that it makes it difficult for you to keep watching the film? Acting that is so bad, it is soul destroying? Well, that experience is what I had while watching The Perfect Witness, thanks to one Wes Bentley. What happened to him? His career started off solid with American Beauty, and he was great in that. But slowly and surely he seems to have declined in his abilities. I thought he was all right on P2, but anything else he seems rather unbearable. But The Perfect Witness takes the cake on his awfulness! I had trouble watching this film because his performance was so incredibly bad. What happened? Let’s try and figure it out …
The Perfect Witness tells the story of Mickey (Bentley) who is an amateur filmmaker (he probably would have been »
It's the holiday season, and that can only mean one thing: a Victoria's Secret commercial directed by Michael Bay. This is his third installment, and it's a surprisingly mellow affair, after the 2009 Baytacular featuring the helicopters, fire breathing, and explosions you would expect. Last year's spot gave us a glimpse of a softer Bay, with the explosions replaced by diaphanous fabrics and white horses as the extraterrestrial beauties posed in lingerie, accompanied by an industrial/techno soundtrack. And now, Bay subverts our expectations further, like Scott Weiland did with his Christmas album (you can see him butchering "Winter Wonderland" at L.A.'s El Rey Theatre here), with a romantic, American Beauty-esque, rose-petal-carpeted, slow-motion lark set to the strains of Johnny Hartman's "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning." The commercial, which I first thought was some home-movie footage [...] »
Fresh off her role as a… uh… promiscuous high-schooler in "Dirty Girl," Juno Temple has landed a part in the family film biopic "Lovelace," which tells the story of the star of the infamous "Deep Throat." In addition to Temple, Wes Bentley (yes, the brooding hottie from "American Beauty") joins the cast.
According to Cinema Blend, these two additions join an A-list cast, led by Amanda Seyfried as the titular Linda Lovelace. Sharon Stone will play her mother, and Peter Sarsgaard portrays Linda's sadistic, abusive first husband.
Bentley slides in as Larry Marchiano, the porn star's second husband (who can't be any worse than her first, right?)—and Temple rounds out the group as Linda's Bff.
It's been a long haul to get to this point. At one time, there were even rumblings about Lindsay Lohan playing the lead (never a good sign). But now things seem to be shaking down rather nicely. »
- Elizabeth Durand
Juno Temple has been on the verge of breaking out for quite a while. This year’s “Dirty Girl” should have been a big moment for her, but it didn’t get much of a release by the Weinstein Company. But not to worry, as Christopher Nolan is going to shine a spotlight on her in next summer’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” This winter, though, Temple will be filming “Lovelace,” the biopic of the infamous porn star, playing the best friend of Linda Lovelace, a role earmarked for Amanda Seyfried. “American Beauty” actor Wes Bentley has also joined the film, and will take on the role of Linda’s second husband, Larry Marchiano. This film is not the one Lindsay Lohan was previously attached to. You’re thinking of “Inferno,” which has cast “Watchmen” actress Malin Ackerman as Linda and Matt Dillon as her husband. Both films start filming in January, »
In case you’ve missed all our coverage, you can catch up on it right here. To give you a quick run-down, Daniel Craig will of course be reprising his role as Bond, with Javier Bardem cast opposite him as Skyfall’s lead villain. Dame Judi Dench will return as M, and the film also has a brilliant supporting cast with Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Ola Rapace, Helen McCrory, and Albert Finney all attached too.
We’ve even been lucky enough to see the plot begin to surface with a short official synopsis:
“In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, »
- Kenji Lloyd
‘Street-smart Gotham girl’ from The Dark Knight Rises, Juno Temple has decided to grow up enough to join Wes Bentley (American Beauty) in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s drama LovelaceSo, Bentley and Temple are the newest cast members for a biopic about the star of Deep Throat. Also, Sharon Stone has confirmed that she will [...]
Continue reading Temple, Bentley, Join Lovelace on FilmoFilia.
- Nick Martin
Following his performance in American Beauty, many thought that Wes Bentley was going to become one of the biggest young stars in Hollywood...only that never really happened. Since the Sam Mendes film premiered in 1999, the movies that Bentley has appeared in have ranged from mediocre to terrible, taking parts in films like Jonah Hex, Ghost Rider, and P2. Now, like many actors who don't see their career trajectory take off in the direction that they want it to, Bentley is headed for the porn industry...kind of. Wes Bentley and Juno Temple are the two newest additions to the cast of Lovelace, a biopic about the star of Deep Throat. Already in the cast are Amanda Seyfried, who plays the titular Linda Lovelace; Peter Sarsgaard, who will be Linda's sadistic, abusive first husband; and Sharon Stone, as Linda's mother. According to Variety, Bentley will play the starlet's second husband, »
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