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Over the past decade (2001-2010), only 15 performances were nominated by both the HFPA and SAG but not by the Academy (one or two a year, on average): 1. Hayden Christensen (Life as a House, 2001) for best supporting actor 2. Cameron Diaz (Vanilla Sky, 2001) for best supporting actress 3. Cate Blanchett (Bandits, 2002) for best actress or best supporting actress* 4. Richard Gere (Chicago, 2002) for best actor 5. Dennis Quaid (Far From Heaven, 2002) for best supporting actor 6. Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen, 2003) for best actress 7. Maria Bello (The Cooler, 2003) for best supporting
- Scott Feinberg
As the son of acclaimed filmmaker Barry Levinson, Sam Levinson, naturally, grew up in the movie-making biz. He even appeared in a few of his father's films (Toys, Bandits, What Just Happened), before forging his own path as a writer-director. Sam Levinson makes his directorial debut with the fantastic family drama-comedy Another Happy Day, which opens in New York and Los Angeles November 18. I recently had the chance to speak with Sam Levinson over the phone about Another Happy Day.
Here's what he had to say below.
First off, I just have to say that I really loved this movie.
Sam Levinson: Oh, thank you, man. I very much appreciate that, seriously.
It's been awhile since I've seen Ellen (Barkin) in a role like this. I was just blown away.
Sam Levinson: Yeah, »
 It feels like James Franco is attached to pretty much everything these days, but now there's one less Franco project we have to look forward to. According to JustJared.com , the star has pulled out of The Iceman, a biopic of Mafia hitman Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski. Franco was lined up to play Robert "Mr. Softee" Pronge, the "mentor assassin" to Kuklinski (Michael Shannon); Ray Liotta and Maggie Gyllenhaal were also set to star in the picture, by director Ariel Vroman. However, with Franco gone, "it looks like this project might fall apart," a source told the site. Details of Franco's exit have not been revealed, although the same source blames "key contractual issues that didn't involve financial terms." The rest of the cast sounds too interesting to waste, so I'm hoping the movie can still come together out even without Franco's involvement. If not, well, there's always The Ice »
- Angie Han
For a time, a decade or so ago, it seemed that Troy Garity was heading to big things. The son of Jane Fonda, and grandson of Henry Fonda, the actor broke through with a scene-stealing turn in Barry Levinson's "Bandits," before going on to feature as the token white guy in the "Barbershop" movies, and deliver a neat little performance as one of the excellent cast of Danny Boyle's "Sunshine." But he never quite made it to the next level, having spent much of the last few years in TV and little-known indies. But things are looking up. He's a… »
Troy Garity has joined new NBC drama The Playboy Club in a recurring role. The Sunshine star will play John Bianchi, the son of mobster Bruno Bianchi, according to TV Line. When Bruno's untimely demise is covered up, John will confront Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian) for information on his father's whereabouts. Garity previously starred in 2002 film Barbershop and its 2004 sequel, and also appeared in 2001's Bandits and 2004's After the Sunset. The actor's past television credits include guest roles on House (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Kurt here. For those of you just tuning in, Cinema de Gym is an experimental series in which I give my two cents on movies that play in an in-house theater at my local gym, where I'm attempting to shed "writer's pounds." Instead of seats, this screening room has treadmills and such, and plays a daily film on a loop. For the first installment, we chatted about Barry Levinson's Bandits. Today, inspired by Nathaniel's "Mutant Week," the subject is Daredevil, the 2003 handicapped-hero flick and the third big comic book movie of the Aughts (following, of course, X-Men and Spider-Man).
This is an easy movie to belittle for a whole mess of reasons. Box office clout be damned, Ben Affleck makes for an unwieldy superhero, especially since he was nowhere near his lean Town physique when this film was shot (directing just literally takes it outta ya, I suppose). That »
- Kurtis O
Kurt here from Your Movie Buddy. In my attempt to tone up and shed a few (as I feared, the life of a writer can be waistline-hazardous), I've found new inspiration. The gym I attend has a theater in the back where, instead of watching The View with headphones, you can do your cardio in the dark with a daily film that plays on a loop. It's surely not the place to go if you're looking to catch up on your Bergman or Powell & Pressburger, but, by god, at least it's something. Even with a trainer who kicks my ass and drafts a new routine each month, I'll take all the incentives I can get.
On that note, I've opted to use this extra motivator as a writing opportunity – a chance to chime in on the gym's staff picks and voice the opinions that brew while I'm huffing it on the elliptical. »
- Kurtis O
"Gotti: Three Generations" is supposed to be filming a little later on this year, and you certainly can't do that without a director behind the camera. That's where Barry Levinson comes in, slipping into the director's chair once inhabited by Nick Cassavetes for Fiore Films' latest production.The news comes in as a sudden surprise, especially since Cassavetes was attached to the "Gotti" production for a little bit of time. Unfortunately there was scheduling conflicts going on between "Gotti" and his independent drama "Yellow." In the end, he chose to stick by "Yellow" as he let "Gotti" make its way to another director. At least Fiore Films is still very much on track with the start date for "Gotti" thanks to Levinson's presence. Levinson's previous directed works include "Bandits," "You Don't Know Jack," "Man of the Year" and "Bugsy."Attached to be part of the cast so far includes John Travolta as John Gotti Sr, »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Academy Award-winning British director Danny Boyle in the second of a two part feature... read part one here.
“I like extreme films, where you put somebody in the most extreme circumstances you can imagine and see what they can do with it,” explained Manchester-born director Danny Boyle who expanded the opening two lines of a zombie horror script into a dramatic twenty-minute sequence. “A guy wakes up in a hospital and there’s not a single person in the whole city. What a great starting point for a film.” 28 Days Later (2002) follows a small group of survivors trying to find a safe haven four weeks after a mysterious virus spreads throughout the United Kingdom. The $8 million production written by novelist Alex Garland (The Beach) stars Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Naomie Harris (Miami Vice), Christopher Eccleston (Elizabeth), Noah Huntley (Event Horizon), Brendan Gleeson (Green Zone »
Long and short of it ladies and gentlemen, is that The Diary was cruelly bumped in favour of our focus on other more pressing matters- like winning Sky Movies’ Blog of the Year- but it was always here, bubbling under the surface, waiting for me to stop watching Groundhog Day and endlessly replaying it in my head. And now, today heralds a second coming, the first in a new line of weekly updates (and it’s a meaty one to get us all up to speed). Part two of the catch-up will follow closely after.
Anyway, happy reading…
For anyone who missed it, here’s the skinny. Basically, what I’m presenting here is my attempt to chart a whole year’s worth of film-watching – something I have wanted to do for some time now. The aim is to post frequently, chronicling every film I watch this year – both offering »
- Simon Gallagher
10 items from 2011
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