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Meryl Streep Lands Oscar Noms, but How Do Her Films Stack Up?

4 December 2014 9:03 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Oscar acting nominations with 18 — Jack Nicholson and Katherine Hepburn are tied for second with 12 each — and could potentially break her own record with a 19th nomination for Disney’s adaptation of Into the Woods. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg said Streep “steals every scene in which she appears as The Witch.”

Though Streep hasn’t gone more than five years without landing an Oscar nomination since 1979 — the longest break was between 1990’s Postcards from the Edge and 1995’s The Bridges of Madison County — her movies haven’t fared the same. Three of her 18 films scored best picture nominations, all of which won, while four of the films were nominated solely for her performance.

Streep scored her first Oscar nomination in 1979 for her supporting role in The Deer Hunter (1978), which was only her second feature film. The film won five Oscars, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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J.D. Salinger Will Be Played By This Great Actor In His Biopic

10 November 2014 4:35 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Despite his religious avoidance of fame's glaring spotlight, American author J.D. Salinger has become an icon of literature and a touchpoint of teendom thanks almost entirely to his classic coming-of-age novel Catcher In the Rye. But with Salinger's passing in 2010, it seems it's open season on biopics about the reclusive writer. And one inventive production has just secured Chris Cooper to take on the tricky role. THR reports out of the American Film Market that Academy Award winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation.) has signed on to star in Coming Through the Rye. The drama will mark the directorial feature debut of Jim Sadwith, who is best-known as a television writer who won an Emmy in 1993 for his biopic Sinatra. (For clarity - it was about Frank Sinatra, not Nancy.) Rather than a straight forward biography about J.D. Salinger's youth, military career, literary successes and/or personal dramas, Jim Sadwith's »

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Charlie Kaufman to Write 'I.Q. 83' for Steve Carell

23 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Producer Andrew Lazar has been looking to adapt I.Q. 83 by Arthur Herzog for around twenty years, with no screenwriter able to crack the science-fiction novel. Well, Dreamworks may have found their answer in the mad genius Charlie Kaufman. The Adaptation. and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screenwriter has been hired to do a page one rewrite on the project, which is set to star Steve Carell. Carell will play Dr. James Healey, who led a group of scientists in DNA experiments and released an airborne virus. The people afflicted by the virus gradually lose I.Q. points, becoming lower and lower forms of themselves. Dr. Healey and the scientists must rush to find a cure, even though they too are being affected by the virus. In a world where we already have the film Idiocracy, this might seem like familiar territory, even though the novel has been around since 1978. However, »

- Mike Shutt

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Charlie Kaufman to Rewrite Iq 83 for Steve Carell to Star

22 October 2014 4:39 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It looks like Charlie Kaufman and Steve Carell may work together after all.  Carell was originally set to star in the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind scribe’s excellent-sounding musical Frank or Francis, but the feature was postponed due to lack of financing.  He then turned his attention to the FX pilot How and Why, only to see the network pass on picking it up to series earlier this year.  Now Kaufman has been tapped to rewrite a star vehicle for Carell, and it sounds kind of great.  The Adaptation. and Being John Malkovich screenwriter will pen an adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s science-fiction novel Iq 83, which revolves around the outbreak of a disease that is slowly making everyone dumber.  More after the jump. Deadline reports that Paramount has hired Kaufman to do a page one rewrite of Iq 83, which is being developed as a star vehicle for Carell. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Genre Films Can Break the Oscar Norm

24 September 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.

Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Once Upon a Time for Kanye West: Spike Jonze and Kanye West’s “We Were Once a Fairytale”

5 September 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Full disclosure: I’m not completely well acquainted with the work of Kanye West, save for half a dozen songs and his very public persona. His egoism almost seems to speak for itself, but there a moments where even I, as someone who rarely listens to rap, understand that there’s more to him than meets the Tweet.

Perhaps part of West’s appeal is his ability to play off of himself intentionally. He has a good sense of humor, and there appears to be a self-awareness in his work, especially in his presentation of his public persona. Kanye West is, to my meager understanding, just as calculated of an artist as Lady Gaga or anyone else.

Spike Jonze, who was first a maestro of the music video before he moved into film, just might be the best person to continue to help hone West’s vaguely Joaquin Phoenix-à-la-i’m Still Here personality. »

- Kyle Turner

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Notes from a Romantic Realist

28 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!

The world forgetting, by the world forgot.

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!

Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d”

Alexander Pope

This writer is no romantic. As much as a need exists for romantic comedies there are few capable of breaching my cynical defences; less still which bear repeat viewing. Thankfully there are those who cater to the romantic realist, striking a balance between the fluff of Ephron and flim-flam which is Richard Curtis. Those are the ones I return to because few people intellectualise love like Allen in Annie Hall, while Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is both love letter and warning shot for the unwary.

My primary reason for revisiting is simply one of fascination. Love is defined by scientists as a chemical reaction built through the sharing of collective experience. In filmic terms »

- Gary Collinson

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SALOMÉ | Wild SALOMÉ Trailer Sheds New Light on Al Pacino’s Jessica Chastain Project

29 July 2014 9:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Wow, how long has it been since we’ve heard from Wild Salomé? Almost three years, that’s how long.  But now it appears as though Al Pacino’s examination of how Oscar Wilde’s play impacted his mind is finally being primed for release (despite playing at the Venice Film Festival in 2011).  And now it’s going to be packaged as a double bill with Salomé, what is apparently Pacino’s actual adaptation of the play.  Bonus? They both star Jessica Chastain. Right now it seems as though this double bill will only be screening in the U.K. (Stephen Fry is hosting a screening on Sunday, September 21st) but we’ll let you know if that changes.  Hit the jump for the Salomé and Wild Salomé trailer! This thing looks kind of nuts in a great way.  Sort of like Pacino’s rumpled take on Charlie Kaufman’s »

- Evan Dickson

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FX Passes on Charlie Kaufman’s Pilot How And Why

21 July 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The prospect of seeing an original TV series from the mind of Charlie Kaufman was almost too good to be true.  Alas, after producing a pilot for a comedy called How and Why, FX has decided to pass on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation. scribe’s potential series, per Deadline.  The show was to star John Hawkes as a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.  The promising cast also included Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener, but apparently it wasn’t up to snuff for the network.  Hit the jump for more. FX has shown a willingness to go left-of-center with Louis C.K.Louie—which is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking and also exceedingly strange—but its new comedy series outputs haven’t exactly been of the same ilk.  The network recently launched a pair of more traditional comedies, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Check Out An Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Interview From Joe

16 June 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ever since his Academy Award-winning turn in Raising Arizona, Nicolas Cage has taken on a few decent roles (including in Adaptation. and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans) and lots of bizarre ones (including in meritless pieces of dreck like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and the upcoming Rage). However, he may be in for a career resurgence thanks to his amazing performance in Joe, which is no doubt one of the best films the actor has ever been associated with. And as the film prepares to hit Blu-Ray and DVD on June 17th, we’re pleased to be able to exclusively share with you a clip from “The Making of Joe” featurette.

In the film, from director David Gordon Green, Cage gives a tour-de-force performance as the titular character, an ex-convict who takes a young boy (Tye Sheridan) under his wing and is eventually faced with a »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Her Blu-ray Review

6 June 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Is the possibility of having a romantic relationship with some sort of artificial intelligence all that farfetched? While the concept is still largely the stuff you would find in science-fiction films like A.I. or the recent Johnny Depp dud Transcendence, in many ways it has become a reality. On Facebook, we "friend" people without ever meeting them in real life. Full-fledged conversations are often carried out on our smartphones in lieu of talking face-to-face. We also use our personal electronic devices to fight with one another, use emoticons to "kiss each other goodnight" and on occasion, we even end relationships on them. There is even the odd instance where some has wanted to take it to the next level by wanting to marry their computers. As advances in technology continue to "bring us together," it also continues to further and further isolate us.

For Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), the »

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Meryl Streep to Talk in Diablo Cody-Speak as a Rock Star in ‘Ricky and the Flash’

25 March 2014 6:43 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

With VOD numbers still kept a secret by most of Hollywood, it’s tough to tell if Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut, Paradise, was any kind of success when released last fall. But reviews were not good (our own Jack Giroux gave it a ‘C’), and no one was really talking about it, so let’s just assume it was at least a cultural failure if not also financial. Considering neither Young Adult nor Jennifer’s Body were hits, either, the Oscar-winning Juno screenwriter could use a shot of relevance. And that shot seems very likely to come with a report from The Wrap that none other than Meryl Streep is set to speak Cody’s dialogue in a new movie directed by Jonathan Demme titled Ricky and the Flash. Demme himself hasn’t been in the spotlight much in the past five years and could also use this intriguing project. He »

- Christopher Campbell

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10 Famous Actors Who Tried To Direct Movies (And Failed)

4 March 2014 4:15 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


History is filled with artists who mastered more than one medium. Michelangelo sculpted David and painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Leonardo Da Vinci painted The Last Supper and conceptualised the machinery of the future. And thus is the case for some modern-day actors who have also became extraordinary directors – early greats like Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles, later legends like Clint Eastwood, and contemporary talents like Ben Affleck.

But just because an actor experiences success in front of the camera and is allowed the financial means to direct a movie doesn’t mean he or she has the aptitude to be a fully-fledged filmmaker. Hollywood is filled with actors who tried and failed to be directors. Whether it was because the actors couldn’t handle multiple jobs, were too indulgent, or simply didn’t have great material to work with, the following 10 actors-turned-directors are the reason producers »

- Chris McKittrick

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Oscars: Who Will Get the Biggest Career Boost?

3 March 2014 7:16 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar doesn’t always translate to career gold, but winning an Academy Award can boost reputations, earning power and/or brand value. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the poster children of Hollywood’s rags-to-riches stories, launched their careers by winning an Oscar for original screenplay in 1997 with “Good Will Hunting.” Since then, the two friends have become bona fide superstars — in Affleck’s case, both in front and behind the camera.

In the past 20 years, Oscar winners such as Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction”) and Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for her third Academy Award in four years, have proved that an Oscar win or even just a nomination can take a showbiz career to a whole new level.

First-time winners Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey and Spike Jonze make up the Class of 2014’s rising stars who are sure to see a spike in their already-blossoming careers.

Jared Leto

After a four-year acting hiatus, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Poll: Your Favorite Performance By This Year’s Best Actress Nominees

24 February 2014 7:24 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

We have six days ’til the Oscars, and that means we have six more days to celebrate one of the most intimidating, established rosters of Best Actress nominees in years. Together the ladies on this list have been nominated 38 times. That’s a serious nomination number, guys. We’re getting into an Alison Krauss/Grammys situation now. Man. Let’s get Judi Dench a fiddle.

The poll question is simple: What are your favorite movies starring this year’s Best Actress nominees? I’ve selected my responses below. Fight for your own (and mine, if you can get around to it).

Cate Blanchett

Winner: Blue Jasmine

Runner-up: Elizabeth

Tough one. Elizabeth leaves a lasting impression, and re-watching it recently, I was surprised to find how much Blanchett reminded me of her fellow Australian Judy Davis. Even though she looks like an austere hybrid of Gwyneth Paltrow and a California Suite-era Maggie Smith, »

- Louis Virtel

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2014 Oscar Preview: Part 2

22 February 2014 12:19 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.


Best Actor Nominees


Christian BaleAmerican Hustle

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy

Patrick Bateman – American Psycho

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Win - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2011 – as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter

Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused

Bruce DernNebraska

Age: 77

Previously Best Known For:

Freeman Lowell – Silent Running

Asa Watts – The Cowboys

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 1979 – as Captain Bob Hyde in Coming Home

Interesting Fact: One of the few actors to play a character to have killed John Wayne on screen (The Cowboys »

- (G.S. Perno)

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Recommended Reading: History of Video Game Movies, Interview with Spike Jonze, History of Robocop and more

12 February 2014 9:02 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Ugly Behind-the-Scenes History of Video Game Movies

“Few Hollywood announcements are treated with such fierce-yet-wounded anticipation as video game adaptations. Full of incredible artistry, instantly-recognizable characters and an increasingly-mature approach to storytelling, you’d be forgiven for thinking gaming is a medium particularly well suited for making the jump to the silver screen. But history tells another story.”

Robocop: The Oral History

“A little more than 25 years ago, Orion Pictures released RoboCop, a grimly hysterical, hyper-violent satire masquerading as an action film. And despite spawning two sequels, a television series, some anime, and now a remake, the film’s success was inimitable. This is partly because RoboCop only really became a great film as it was made. Director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Basic Instinct) worked tirelessly to revise scenes while actors like Kurtwood Smith, who plays Clarence Boddecker, the film’s main heavy, improvised some of the movie’s best lines. »

- Ricky

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New Robin Hood series in development

12 February 2014 12:32 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Louisa Mellor 12 Feb 2014 - 08:14

The creator of NBC's Dracula, Cole Haddon, is developing a new Robin Hood series for BBC America. You're going to want to hear this...

Though in general, we here try to reserve judgement until seeing a finished product, there are some TV show premises that, no matter how you frame them, sound as if they've been conceived by Donald Kaufman in Adaptation. 

To wit, BBC America is developing a new version of the Robin Hood story called Nottingham. The twist? The Sheriff of Nottingham and his nemesis Robin Hood are the same person. We kid you not. That's the pitch.

Cole Haddon, the creator of NBC's recently concluded Dracula (read our spoiler-filled reviews here) is the driving force behind the project. Here's how Deadline described the concept:

"Nottingham centers on the Sheriff of Nottingham whose wife is killed by King John’s men. When nobody is brought to justice, »

- louisamellor

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The man who’s always there: Carter Burwell’s collaborations with the Coen Bros.

29 January 2014 9:34 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In his 30-year career as a composer, Carter Burwell’s film scores have run the veritable cinematic gamut. From composing for Spike Jonze (Being John MalkovichAdaptation., Where the Wild Things Are) to his work being the best parts of the Twilight saga, Burwell’s résumé is sporadic and unconventional, even for a man who makes film music for a living — it’s fitting, given his less-than-conventional roots as a cartoonist for The Harvard Lampoon and later as a vagrant New York punk rocker. Undoubtedly, Burwell’s become best known for the his collaborations with Joel and Ethan Coen. Last week, Sound on Sight ranked the films of the Coen Brothers, so what better way to take over The Big Score than with a similarly themed meditation on their work with Burwell? As much as the Coens’ filmography is defined by their trademark cynicism and wit, Burwell’s compositions are »

- David Klein

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21 January 2014 6:37 PM, PST | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Spike Jonze is, despite proof consisting only of four features, one of the best filmmakers working today. His latest, Her handily verifies it. It seems difficult to justify seeing it on paper, but look at the evidence closer: Quickly evolving from producer/co-creator of MTV’s juvenilia celebration Jackass, to directing music videos (granted, award-winning ones), Jonze saw an Oscar nod for Best Director his first time out at the helm of a feature-length film (Being John Malkovich). He and eminently postmodern screenwriter Charlie Kaufmann followed up Malkovich with the equally solipsistic Adaptation., a film that, while just as assured a »

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