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Undoubtedly one of the biggest -- and unique -- actors of his generation, Nicolas Cage got his start in 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in a part so small if you blink you'd miss it. Then, after changing his name from Coppola to Cage, the actor's career took off and he's been a leading man ever since.
This week, Cage stars in David Gordon Green's "Joe," as a hot-tempered, but protective ex-con in a role that has critics raving about the actor's restrained performance. Whether or not you're a fan of the intense star, there's no denying he's a cinematic force to be reckoned with.
1. Born Nicolas Coppola, the actor chose Cage as his stage name to honor comic book superhero Luke Cage.
2. Inspired by Superman's birth name, »
- Moviefone Staff
• Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie) is in final talks to star in The 5th Wave, based on Rick Yancey’s sci-fi Ya novel. In the story, 16-year-old Cassie is one of the last humans on earth after four devastating waves of alien attacks, and she’s determined to get her baby brother back. J. Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) is set to direct. According to the report, it’s another potential franchise for Sony. Moretz is also starring in the adaptation of Ya sensation If I Stay which hits theaters on Aug. 22. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
Roman Polanski revels in recounting the story of how he met his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner, to whom he has been married for 25 years, and who is the mother of his two children. The year was 1985, and Polanski was in pre-production on “Pirates,” the problem-plagued, big-budget adventure comedy that remains the greatest critical and commercial failure of his career. With his casting director, Dominique Besnehard, he planned to attend a Paris drag cabaret in search of a female impersonator to play a role in the film. Besnehard asked if he could bring along a young French model who had recently filmed a small part in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Detective” but claimed to have no interest in an acting career. Polanski instantly replied, “Bring her.” The model turned out to be Seigner.
“That was the best casting of his entire career,” Polanski says with a laugh. “It’s funny that I »
- Scott Foundas
Entertainment journalist Allison Hope Weiner’s public plea to take Mel Gibson off the Hollywood blacklist inspires debate on the nature of Hollywood forgiveness.
Gibson's Anti-Semitic Remarks, Recorded Outbursts
Weiner, a longtime journalist, published the piece on Deadline Tuesday, March 11, partly titled “Hollywood, Take Mel Gibson Off Your Blacklist.” The article was timed to coincide with the 10-year-anniversary of Gibson’s controversial film The Passion of the Christ, which caused a huge uproar among Hollywood elite and viewers due to its version of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which many deemed anti-Semitic. Gibson defended the film against such allegations and claimed The Passion of the Christ was an accurate description of the events as described in the Bible.
Soon after the film’s 2004 release, Gibson’s career began to dwindle. In 2006, Gibson was arrested on a DUI in Florida and reports of the offensive, drunken tirade he leveled at the arresting officers was leaked. »
The so-called "McConaissance" is complete now that Matthew McConaughey, shirtless hunk-turned-serious thespian, has won Best Actor for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club." He did it on his first nomination. While that may seem like an impressive feat, he's actually the 12th to do so in the last quarter-century. That means almost half of the last 25 Best Actor winners have taken home gold on their very first try. The last 11 were: 2011: Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") 2006: Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") 2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote") 2004: Jamie Foxx ("Ray") 2002: Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") 1998: Roberto Benigni ("Life is Beautiful") 1996: Geoffrey Rush ("Shine") 1995: Nicolas Cage ("Leaving Las Vegas") 1991: Anthony Hopkins ("The Silence of the Lambs »
The Oscar success of "12 Years a Slave" harkens back to 1967, when another film about race in America won Best Picture: "In the Heat of the Night." Both films took the top prize without winning Best Director. Usually, this split is hard to predict as it is the result of an upset in one category or the other, like Roman Polanski winning for directing "The Pianist," or "Crash" upsetting "Brokeback Mountain" for Best Picture. However, for both "12 Years" and "Heat" the result was consistent with the results throughout the season. While "12 Years" swept up Best Picture prizes from the PGA, Critics' Choice, Golden Globes, and BAFTA, it was Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") who kept winning the directing awards, including the DGA, all the way through to the Oscars. "In the Heat of the Night" didn't do quite as well on the awards circuit as "12 Ye »
When Adrien Brody became the youngest winner of the best actor Oscar in 2003 for his role in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, he was the toast of the film world. With a cameo role in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, he talks about how the accolade has shaped his career
The night after Adrien Brody won the Oscar for best actor in March 2003, he went to a restaurant and the entire room stood up and applauded. Eleven years later, he makes a far more low-key entrance at the fancy Bondi Beach restaurant Icebergs – no PR, no entourage, wearing flip-flops, and slightly miffed that I dropped his name in order to get a table. "I would never have done that," he frowns.
- Alex Needham
The Oscars are right around the corner and we can't wait to see if the celebrities will give us any jaw-dropping moments this year! As we pay homage to the film industry for bringing us laughter, tears and hope, we can't fail to mention one of the most talked about acceptance speeches that heated up the Academy Awards stage. What's an awards show without some lip-locking action? In 2003, Adrien Brody landed a big kiss on Halle Berry after winning Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Pianist. It may be an understatement to say he was excited. And who could forget the long overdue award to one of the greatest directors of all time, Martin Scorsese. In 2007 he received his first Oscar for The »
If there are any surprises at this year’s Oscar ceremony on Sunday, you can blame the Winter Olympics. The sporting event pushed back the Academy Awards a week, which gave voters an extra few days to mull over the nominees. Could the momentum of a frontrunner fade in that time? In 2010, the last time the Oscars were held in March, the favorites all won, but this year’s top categories are much more competitive.
So who will win? Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley debate the major races and offer their predictions, based on precursor awards, industry buzz and gut instinct.
Ramin: I want to start with the best actress race, because every pundit agrees that Cate Blanchett is a shoo-in for “Blue Jasmine,” after sweeping all the precursors. I think she’s probably the safe bet. But with a late voting calendar, there’s been »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley
The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.
Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.
While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »
- Katie Roberts
The NomineesAlfonso Cuarón, GravitySteve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveAlexander Payne, NebraskaDavid O. Russell, American HustleMartin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street It's rare that you can predict a Best Director/Best Picture split at the Oscars with a high degree of certainty. Yes, everybody called it last year, since Ben Affleck didn't even land a Best Director nomination for his Best Picture winner, Argo, but typically, the Director/Picture split is sort of a last-minute shocker: Think of Shakespeare in Love pulling the rug out from Saving Private Ryan's Best Director winner, Steven Spielberg, or Crash snatching the final Oscar from Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee, or even Roman Polanski's unexpected Best Director win for The Pianist in a year when Chicago took home Best Picture.So we've got something really unusual on our hands this year when everyone and their mother is predicting Alfonso Cuarón to win Best »
- Kyle Buchanan
Over the past 85 years the two categories at the Oscars that seem to go undeniably hand in hand with each other more than any other are Best Picture and Best Directing. In the last twenty years alone all but four winning Directors would later that night go on to see their Picture also pick up the coveted golden statue. The exceptions being Steven Spielberg for Saving Private Ryan (lost to Shakespeare in Love), Steven Soderbergh for Traffic (lost to Gladiator), Roman Polanski for The Pianist (lost to Chicago) and Ang Lee twice winning for Directing on Brokeback Mountain (lost to Crash) and last years Life of Pi (lost to Argo).
However despite the above mentions, I'm inclined to believe that this year will be no different from the norm »
- Gary Collinson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be honoring the best in film for 2013 at the Academy Awards next month. In addition to the performance, writing, design and tech awards handed out, an award is given each year to a director who has crafted an exemplary film. In honor of this, Indiewire has compiled a list of films streaming online that boast a director who has won a Best Director Oscar. Here's the list of the 33 films streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HitBliss: "The Artist" (2011) - Michel Hazanavicius "The King's Speech" (2010) - Tom Hooper "The Hurt Locker" (2009) - Kathryn Bigelow "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) - Danny Boyle "No Country for Old Men" (2007) - Joel and Ethan Coen "The Departed" (2006) - Martin Scorsese "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) - Ang Lee "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) - Peter Jackson "The Pianist" (2002) - Roman Polanski "A Beautiful Mind »
- Eric Eidelstein
On March 2nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best in film in 2013. Among those being honored are the lead actors who gave some of the best performances this year. In honor of this achievement, Indiewire decided to compile a list of films streaming online featuring lead actors who have won Oscars for their performances. Watch the following 22 performances in movies that are streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, SnagFilms, Amazon Prime and Hitbliss. "The Artist" (2011) - Jean Dujardin "The King's Speech" (2010) - Colin Firth "Crazy Heart" (2009) - Jeff Bridges "Milk" (2008) - Sean Penn "There Will Be Blood" (2007) - Daniel Day-Lewis "Mystic River" (2003) - Sean Penn "The Pianist" (2002) - Adrien Brody "Training Day" (2001) - Denzel Washington "Gladiator" (2000) - Russell Crowe "American Beauty" (1999) - Kevin Spacey Read More: Watch 18 Best Foreign Language Oscar Winners Online "Life Is Beautiful" (1997) - Robert Benigni "The Silence Of The Lambs" »
- Eric Eidelstein
The Sony Classics feature is nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Original Screenplay (Allen) and Best Supporting Actress (Sally Hawkins), leaving several pundits asking whether awards voters will opt against the accused filmmaker and his leading ladies. The short answer? Probably not. Still, the Woody Allen controversy underlines the fact that Hollywood awards, and the ensuing global attention, can push a lot of buttons and stir up discussions that can be enlightening, distressing, or both.
Considering the claims of molestation, questions about something like an Academy Award may seem trivial and disrespectful. But in fact, awards have been a key element of this week’s discussion as 28-year-old Dylan Farrow, in her open letter published by the N.Y. Times, »
- Tim Gray
The Troubles have rarely been more troubling onscreen than they are in “’71,” a vivid, shivery survival thriller that turns the red-brick residential streets of Belfast into a war zone of unconscionable peril. Wringing every sweat-bead of tension from its fiercely concentrated narrative, acclaimed TV director Yann Demange’s debut feature covers one night in the life (and potential death) of a young British soldier stranded by his unit in a riot-blasted Ira stronghold at the zenith of the Northern Ireland nationalist conflict. Rapidly rising star Jack O’Connell’s terse but galvanizing performance in the lead should further guarantee widespread distributor interest, though the unstinting filmmaking on show here would still turn heads without him.
Demange’s film premieres in the Berlinale competish 11 years after Paul Greengrass took top honors at the fest for “Bloody Sunday,” a docu-style chronicle of the 1972 attack on Irish civil-rights protesters by British troops that remains, »
- Guy Lodge
With most of the major precursor awards out of the way, how are we to tell how the Oscar race is progressing -- who's pulling ahead, who's falling behind? In the absence of the usual tea leaves and goat entrails, we have to find other omens, and we can find them almost anywhere.
For instance, Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood issue, with its usual three-panel cover photo, by Annie Leibovitz, of a gaggle of glamorous current A-listers and A-list hopefuls, came out this week. And, as befits the awards year of "12 Years a Slave," "Fruitvale Station," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" -- well, one out of four, anyway -- a full six of the 12 stars are black. (Indeed, there have probably never been so many black people on Vanity Fair's cover.) Of course, on the newsstand, you'll only see the four stars in the first panel -- Chiwetel Ejiofor, »
- Gary Susman
You can put it down to luck, clever career management or a combination of the two, but there's no doubting that over the past three years Matthew McConaughey has pulled off a career comeback, a 'McConaissance', the likes of which Hollywood has rarely seen.
After a string of certified duffers - including Sahara, Fool's Gold and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - McConaughey is now on a winning streak that could well culminate in him lifting the Best Actor Academy Award next month for Dallas Buyers Club. He's also one of the most in-demand A-listers around, with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linkater, William Friedkin and Christopher Nolan all casting him in prestige projects.
If McConaughey, the one-time shirtless, tussle-haired Texas Surfer, Dude, can turn things around so dramatically, surely there are other big name actors out there with a locker full of surprises? Digital Spy takes a »
It’s a question that I’ve been asked several times over the past week: Do you think we are likely to have a split between Best Picture and Best Director this year? It’s a complicated question, and also one that’s worth exploring in a little detail. If you had asked me about halfway through the critics awards, I probably would have given you a strong “yes.” The way the awards were going (12 Years a Slave taking the vast majority of Best Picture prizes and Gravity cleaning up the majority of Best Director awards), it looked certain that that was the direction we were heading, but if we look back at Oscar history, there are a few interesting things to take note of that can help us determine whether or not we should still be calling for the split or not.
In the history of the Academy Awards, »
- Jeff Beck
Alfonso Cuarón wins 2014 DGA Award for ‘Gravity’ (photo: Directors Guild of America Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and last year’s DGA Award winner Ben Affleck) As expected, Alfonso Cuarón won the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for the blockbuster Gravity at a January 25, 2014, ceremony held at Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. “We saw all these photographs of earth from space, and it’s absolutely beautiful; hues of greens and blues,” Cuarón told the crowd after receiving his award from last year’s DGA winner, Ben Affleck. “Everything seems so organic [from space]. Those silly lines and boundaries we put on political maps, you can’t see that from space. It’s a bizarre experiment of nature, that is the human experience. And it’s what we as directors try to sort out as filmmakers.” A mix of space thriller and inspirational soap opera that has just about nothing to do with »
- Andre Soares
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