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There are countless tales in television and film of women who sell their love for money–and for some reason we can’t stop falling in love with them! Julia Roberts was already a rising star when she played Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman, but it’s her performance as a Hollywood hooker that made her the biggest movie star of her generation. Nicole Kidman dazzled us as the doomed Satine in the romantic and over-the-top Moulin Rouge and Rachel Brosnahan is the latest to steal our heart with her conflicted but beautiful portrayal of Rachel Posner on the hit Netflix series, House of Cards.
Like another one of our favorite fictional hookers, Klute‘s Bree Daniels, Posner gets mixed up in the deadly world of Washington politics leading to shocking twist in season 2. The moment leaves us unsure about how good or how bad her character is. »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Guess what unforgettable movie about people wanting to forget is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary?
Have you ever thought about what your favorite shot from it is? Or which shot best represents the movie as a whole? Have you ever wondered how it can possibly be that the cinematographer Ellen Kuras has only done 4 narrative features in the ten years since?
You know where this is going right?!
Break out the bubbly because "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" returns on March 18th (We're moving it to Tuesdays at 9 Pm to give people the weekend to screen the movies and be ready!). If you're new to the blog or haven't yet experimented with actually participating, I guarantee a good time. Everyone who has participating religiously has said that they've gotten a ton out of it. Plus it proves the point 'the more the merrier' because the best episodes offer »
- NATHANIEL R
“Please look after this Bear. Thank You.” For those of us who grew up reading the Paddington Books, get ready for the little bear to make his debut on the big screen.
Set for Oscar Season 2014 and a December release date, here’s the first teaser for the forthcoming family adventure Paddington.
The first ever live action film inspired by Bond’s best-selling books, will star BAFTA Award- nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Iris, Notting hill) as Mr Brown, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man, Bridget Jones’s Diary) as the voice of Paddington Bear and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Rabbit Hole, Moulin Rouge) as the evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge. The cast are joined »
- Michelle McCue
The morning after the Oscars is always a strange feeling. We've been covering this process in earnest for months, and now it's over. And for the first time ever, I'm pleased to say that I scored a perfect 10 in predicting the winners in the crafts categories! (I went 21/24 overall, missing Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short and…Best Picture.) To be fair, however, I'm hardly the only person to have gone 10/10 in this respect. In that sense, we had a night without surprises, which is not to say we didn't have stories. The big story in the crafts categories is, of course, "Gravity's" dominance, as it won six of the 10 below-the-line fields, with the obvious (and highly deserved) win in Best Visual Effects being a foreshadowing of things to come in Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score. Visual effects supervisor Tim Webber, »
- Gerard Kennedy
Sydney – Cate Blanchett and Catherine Martin were the two leading ladies of Australian film at the 2014 Academy Awards, taking three Oscars between them. Martin's The Great Gatsby set designer, Beverly Dunn, made it a total of four golden statuettes for the Aussies, breaking several records at the same time. Martin is now Australia's most prolific Oscar winner. Her awards yesterday for best costume design and best art direction on husband Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby mirrored the Academy Awards she received in 2002 for Moulin Rouge. Photos: Oscars 2014: The Top 10 Best Dressed Blanchett's best actress nod for Blue Jasmine makes her
- Pip Bulbeck
The critics may have taken Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" to task when it was released last summer, but the film is having the last laugh after a nice box office haul and a few scattered wins on the awards circuit. Production and costume designer Catherine Martin won Oscars in both categories Sunday night for the film's opulent threads and sets. She pulled the same feat 12 years ago for her work on husband Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!" Martin spoke with HitFix earlier this year about her philosophy when approaching costumes for film. But she deferred their perceived success to the actors wearing them. "If you look at the best models in the world, or the actors that promote product, they're bringing something extra to the product," she said at the time. "It's not just, 'I'm slim, I'm beautiful.' It's actually pushing the envelope. It's selling the dream. It's allowing »
- Kristopher Tapley
The acceptance speeches are only just the beginning of what tonight’s winners have to say about their new statues.
A breezy and delighted Jared Leto made friends for life backstage as he passed his statuette around the front row. “I bet this is a first, the first winner to give his Oscar away for an orgy in the press room,” he quipped.
Asked about his emotional tribute to his family, he said “This is the best thing about winning this award, being able get on stage and thank people who are important to you. I was really proud to bring my mother tonight and my brother tonight, the most important people in my life, and be able to thank them in such a unique and grand way.
But he added: “At one point during my speech I found myself talking to DeNiro, as if the room wasn’t intimidating enough. »
- Variety Staff
3 Notes. Oh don't click away you have time to read them. And yes I'll be live tweeting and a little light blogging tonight
01. Like The Film Experience on Facebook. Follow Nathaniel on Twitter, Pinterest? Why am I so needy? It's like this: Once Oscar night wraps up I experience something like a free fall; help me pull that parachute string.
02. We're here all year -- it's not just an Oscar site so don't abandon us if you're exhausted by Oscar shenanigans. There's only one more week of it, recapping this year's Oscars, filmbitching, and we'll close out the annual festivities with that Supporting Actress Smackdown we promised (yes, the one I flubbed that you've been impatient for). After that one eye returns to brand new movies and pinch of tv and the other to occasional trips back to favored oldies in A Year With Kate, Seasons of Bette, and Hit Me. »
- NATHANIEL R
12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards
Here are the results for the 12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.
Thank you to the 298 movie fans from across the nation voted in the awards this year.
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
Alright, we'll admit it. Our attempts to predict the outcomes of this week's Voice battles by testing the duos on their knowledge of their mentors hasn't really worked so far - Team Tom's Mairead and Celestine tied, as did Team Will's Callum and Tom. Well, we will not be deterred, so this time it's the turn of Team Kylie - Nomakhosi Nkosi and Jai McConnell - to show off their knowledge of Ms Minogue. Could this predict the winner of tonight's face-off? Read on to find out who won the all-important Digital Spy clash, and also to see what they had to say about their singing head-to-head...
Fighting Talk - we're going to test you on your knowledge of Kylie.
Nomakhosi: "Oh, no!
Jai: "Oh, no! Right - go."
How many UK number ones that she's released herself or been featured on has Kylie had? (Answer: 8)
Nomakhosi: "Oh my gosh. »
Contributed by Michelle McCue, Melissa Thompson and Gary Salem
Funny how fast an Oscar season goes by… only last year Argo was being given the Academy Award for Best Picture. The big night is almost here and nothing about this year’s Academy Awards is a sure bet. With so much time between the nominations in January, the various guild awards and the Olympics thrown in, the 6,028 AMPAS voters have had a long time to mull things, and their votes, over.
The winner’s acceptance speeches at the Golden Globes, the Screen Actor Guild Awards (SAG) and the British Academy Awards (BAFTA) have never been more important as they have during this past month and a half. Voting for the Oscars closed on Tuesday, February 25, at 5 p.m.
Even the avid pundits are in a muddle and would give their eye teeth to see the final tallies. Will hopefuls Leto, »
- Movie Geeks
Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann brings his customary flamboyant flair to F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of the sumptuous life of enigmatic American millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). Viewed through the eyes of his Long Island neighbour and aspiring stock broker Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), it's the story of Gatsby's secret wooing of married old flame Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), set against a backdrop of opulently corrupt 1920s America. Brash and brilliant, it's an off-kilter adaptation fuelled by unadulterated verve. »
Twenty-two of our 30 Oscar Experts expect Catherine Martin to win the Best Production Design Oscar for "The Great Gatsby." She has already prevailed at the Critics' Choice and BAFTA awards as well as with the Art Directors Guild. This support gives her leading 4/9 odds to finally take home a bookend to the Oscar she won in 2001 for "Moulin Rouge!" She also contends for Best Costume Design for "Gatsby" and won that category for "Moulin Rouge!" also. If she is vulnernable, the Experts can't agree on her likeliest rival. Five expect the award to go to Andy Nicholson for "Gravity": Scott Feinberg (THR), Thom Geier (EW), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com). That gives him odds of 5/1. Two others – Kevin Polowy (Yahoo!) and Jeff Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere) – think "12 Years a Slave »
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! As in Best Costume Design -- the category with which its outcome so frequently goes hand-in-hand -- ornamental period pieces and extravagant fantasies tend to dominate the Best Production Design category. So it's nice that the Academy gave us a fairly varied field this year: period pieces may still make up the majority of the field, but one is of a recent vintage, while the others could hardly be more opposed in their approach to days of year. Meanwhile, neither the futuristic fantasy nor the hi-tech outer-space adventure are as excessively designed as you might expect from nominees in this race. Moreover, »
- Guy Lodge
The 2014 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (Iffm) is proud to announce the establishment of an international competition in 2014 with the presentation of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards. The festival is the southern hemisphere’s greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema and takes place from Thursday 1 to Friday 11 May.
The inaugural Indian Film Festival Awards (Iffm Awards) will honour films in five categories: Best Film, Best Performance, Best Director, Best Independent Film and the People’s Choice Award. This will be the first Indian cinema awards of its kind in Australia.
A select number of narrative feature films will be invited into competition. The films will be judged by an International Jury of prominent Indian and Australian film industry figures from a wide range of backgrounds. The stellar list includes award-winning Australian director Phillip Noyce (Rabbit Proof Fence, Dead Calm, The Quiet American); world renowned Australian film editor Jill Bilcock (Strictly Ballroom, »
- Stacey Yount
Academy Award winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin will be inducted into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style on Feb. 28.
The city of Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive Committee will honor its 21st (and first Australian) recipient for her contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment.
Martin will be the first costume designer to get the honor solo. The only other costume designers to be feted were Edith Head, James Acheson and Milena Canonero, who shared the honor back in 2006. Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Donatella Versace and other fashion designers have also been tapped.
In 2001, Martin won Academy Awards for best costume design and best art direction–set decoration for “Moulin Rouge.” This season, Martin has received praise for partnering with brands like Prada, Brooks Brothers and Tiffany & Co. to recreate the Jazz Age for “The Great Gatsby” — a project that earned her two BAFTA Awards and »
- Nikara Johns
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Costume design is perhaps my favorite below-the-line Oscar category to analyze. That's partly because the craft itself is so integrally tied into the development of narrative, character and performance, but also because this voting branch can get so frisky with their choices. This year's field contains two former winners, two first-time nominees and one recurring bridesmaid, and it's an attractive collection -- ranging from rags to riches, from 19th-century England to 1970s New Jersey. It is, however, a field that demonstrates the Academy's overwhelming bias toward period work in this category -- it's nice when they find room for contemporary and/or fantasy work, »
- Guy Lodge
Here’s a little piece of ‘90s trivia for you: the guy who co-wrote Sugar Ray’s infectious hit “Fly” is the same man who directed “This Means War.” I can’t be the only one who finds that strange. Today, Joseph McGinty Nichol—aka McG—is best known as the filmmaker behind mediocre action flicks including “Charlie’s Angels” and “Terminator Salvation.” Critics like to rag on McG, and I’m not here to argue with them; there’s a reason why David Edelstein called “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” a “third-rate ‘Austin Powers’ picture cut to the whacking, attention-deficit-disorder tempo of ‘Moulin Rouge.’ ” However, there’s more to the director than middling, uninspired popcorn flicks. Fifteen years ago, McG was in the music business, producing rock albums, writing songs, and directing videos. Mostly he stuck to the third category, thus creating some of the most memorable pop culture moments of the decade. »
- Alex Suskind
In the season finale of ABC's "Super Fun Night," Rebel Wilson's character, Kimmie, has a tough decision to make: Should she try to make things work with her boss, Richard, with whom she shared a romantic kiss, or try to win back her boyfriend, James, who breaks up with her after he finds out about said kiss?
"At the start of the series Kimmie and her two friends were really like baby chicks just coming out into the world, and by the end of [Season] 1 my character has two guys who are interested in her and she doesn't quite know how to deal with it all properly," explains star and creator Wilson. "Kimmie knows that she has to choose one of them, so in the season finale she chooses who she thinks will be the best for her."
Naturally, the action concludes "in true 'Super Fun Night' style »
Bright and early this morning they announced that Bette Midler will be performing at the Oscars for the first time. That's shocking to type since she's had so many great movie musical moments in her career and she's obviously been to the Oscars as a nominee or to present. But, alas, her material was generally not original* and thus unnominated in the one category that regularly prompts performances.
Though it seems highly likely that they'll have her as underscore songstress for the In Memoriam visuals (zzz. Love that segment but it's never about the singer so they're interchangeable... something you can't usually say for Bette Midler) It's more fun to fantasize about recreating one of her musical moments from a movie on the main stage. So... vote!
poll by twiigs.com
* A Shocking Memory
Yes, it's true. The classic "The Rose" from The Rose (1979), written by Amanda McBroom, was Not »
- NATHANIEL R
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