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Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
From the festival circuit to your couch on a lazy Thursday afternoon.
While the film hit theaters (to tepid responses by critics) overseas, it had yet to open in American theaters. It was also in the midst of controversy after The Weinstein Company and director Olivier Dahan fought of cuts. Deadline mentions that it is unclear whether Lifetime will use the cut by Dahan or Weinstein’s. The director’s cut was used in the premiere at Cannes.
In an interview with Deadline at Sundance this year, Harvey Weinstein hinted at the possibility that the film could find life on TV rather than a theatrical run. “The script we signed on for was like The King’s Speech, »
- Zach Dennis
Harvey Weinstein, who had closed a $5 million deal for U.S. rights to the $35 million "Grace of Monaco" starring Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (TWC's "The Hours") in her seventh movie with him, as 60s era Grace Kelly, originally slated the film for November 2013 for an Oscar season run, promoting it at Cannes 2013, but then postponed it to spring 2014. Weinstein was furious when French filmmaker Olivier Dahan--who was looking to follow on the success of "La Vie En Rose," which had won an Oscar for Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf--booked it as the opening night movie at Cannes 2014 just ahead of its global release. Watch: Nicole Kidman Talks 'Strangerland' and 'Grace of Monaco' (Video Interview) It was the wrong way to introduce a middlebrow melodrama that should never have had awards in its sights. In “Grace of Monaco,” Nicole Kidman is strong as poised Oscar-winning movie star Grace Kelly, who in 1962 faced the reality. »
- Anne Thompson
All the world is a stage. But what is on that stage these days, at least when it comes to the Great White Way, is increasingly likely to be either based on a movie, boast a movie star as the headliner or both. “The Audience” recently opened on Broadway to solid reviews as Helen Mirren once again stepping into the sensible shoes of Elizabeth II, the role that won her a 2006 Oscar in “The Queen,” which was also written by Peter Morgan. Directed by Stephen Daldry (“The Hours” and “Billy Elliot,” both the film and musical), the play offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective on Her Majesty’s private meetings with a parade of prime ministers through the years. Watch: Helen Mirren on Playing the Queen Again, and How Al Pacino Inspires Her April 2, David Hare’s “Skylight” – also directed by Daldry -- officially arrives with Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy as »
- Susan Wloszczyna
“I didn’t throw it at her,” he says of the Hollywood urban myth. “I smashed it on the ground. She wasn’t quite getting to the point that she needed to and we had a really good relationship and it just got her adrenaline flowing and helped her out a little bit.”
Whether it was the flying furniture that prodded her along or his directorial savvy, Harris’ instinct was spot-on. The actor-cum-helmer of the 2000 biopic helped to propel Harden toward an Oscar for her supporting role as Lee Krasner, the acclaimed painter and long-suffering wife of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, who tragically died in a drunken driving accident. Harris, who will receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 13, the same day his latest film “Run All Night »
- Malina Saval
To celebrate the March 13th release of Run All Night, the edge-of-your-seat action thriller starring Liam Neeson, we’re giving you the chance to win a set of merchandise, including: Running Wristband, Touchscreen Gloves, Hooded Pullover and T-Shirt.
Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.
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- Dan Bullock
Teresa Wright movies: Actress made Oscar history Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago – on March 6, 2005. Throughout her nearly six-decade show business career, Wright was featured in nearly 30 films, dozens of television series and made-for-tv movies, and a whole array of stage productions. On the big screen, she played opposite some of the most important stars of the '40s and '50s. It's a long list, including Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, Ray Milland, Fredric March, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, Dana Andrews, Lew Ayres, Cornel Wilde, Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Joseph Cotten, and David Niven. Also of note, Teresa Wright made Oscar history in the early '40s, when she was nominated for each of her first three movie roles. »
- Andre Soares
It’s been a long, crazy ride. That seems to be a sentiment echoed every year as the Oscar season comes to a close, having seen so many contenders become pretenders, front-runners changing with the announcement of every new precursor, and records kept or broken. It’s hard to put into words just what this year truly meant, and only time will tell if the academy’s choices really were the right ones, but for now, here are some of the things that stuck out as highlights: -Break- 1. Julianne Moore has an Oscar … at last! “Far from Heaven.” “Boogie Nights.” “The Hours.” “The End of the Affair.” Those are just the films for which Julianne Moore lost at the Oscars. There’s also “Safe,” “Magnolia,” “Short Cuts,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Children of Men,” and any number of great performances she wasn’t »
As all 29 of our Oscars Experts predicted, Julianne Moore won Best Actress for "Still Alice" on Sunday night. She played the title character, a linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a role that had already earned her a slew of awards: she won at the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice, SAG, and BAFTA Awards. -Break- This was Moore's fifth attempt at Oscar glory. She first contended in 1997 for her supporting role in "Boogie Nights" but lost to Kim Basinger ("L.A. Confidential"). Two years later, she reaped the first of her Best Actress bids for "The End of the Affair" but was edged out by Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry"). And in 2002, she contended in both categories -- lead for "Far from Heaven" and supporting for "The Hours" -- but was defeated by Nicole Kidman ("The Hours") and Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago"), respectively. It »
Moore’s victory had been widely expected. She won over Marion Cotillard for “Two Days, One Night,” Felicity Jones for “The Theory of Everything,” Rosamund Pike for “Gone Girl” and Reese Witherspoon for “Wild.”
Moore portrayed a 50-year-old linguistics professor at Columbia U. forced to deal with a steady decline in her cognitive skills. She had dominated the field during the awards season, winning at SAG, Bafta, the Spirits and the Golden Globes.
Moore noted in her acceptance at the Spirits that “Still Alice” notes that it was shot for $4 million in 23 days. “I brought my own bras and my own food, »
- Dave McNary
Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »
- Steve Montgomery
The Nominations: Best Actress
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
The effective kernel at the supremely masterful The Babadook is the performance of Essie Davis. Genre films have long been left out of the awards mulch, but it would have been great to see the Academy stop padding out this category with nicely rounded yet milquetoast performances (Wild; The Theory of Everything).
It’s true—it’s a great performance that saves an otherwise square film from slipping into banality.
Could Win: None
Unfortunately, it seems there’s little room for surprise in this year’s Best Actress category.
Winning every single award show before »
- Nicholas Bell
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
The Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.
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Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook
Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 went live today as a Digital HD purchase with the physical DVD or Blu-ray and OnDemand editions coming March 6. To whet your appetite, Lionsgate has released two deleted scenes from the blockbuster, which sets the stage for the final installment, coming later this year.
“I’m not asking” features a tense exchange between President Snow and Peeta, highlighting Peeta’s experience as a prisoner of Panem, previously unseen to audiences in Mockingjay: Part 1.
“Face of a revolution” features a humorous scene with Effie and Katniss as she’s prepped (and primped) to become the Mockingjay.
Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC, (January 22, 2015) – Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, »
- ComicMix Staff
In a new "Academy Originals" video, Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris reveals the first secrets from Sunday's show. From musical numbers to magic tricks to how to approach hosting the Oscars like "hosting a dinner party" and being a "pupper master," he raises the spoiler alert amidst footage of some of the best hosts over 87 years. What are the Oscars producers changing this year? How does Harris rehearse a hosting gig? Who is performing? Go behind the scenes of this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Oscars -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories Add pair of Best Actress champs -- Nicole Kidman ("The Hours," 2002) and Gwyneth Paltrow ("Shakespeare in Love," 1998) -- to the line-up of presenters at the Oscars. Also on board are: Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Ansel Elgort, Liam Neeson and Channing Tatum. Oscars Anne Thompson reflects, "Way back at the fall film festiva..."' »
Dutch director Sacha Polak has revealed further details of her first English-language project, Vita and Virginia.
The film, based on the play by Eileen Atkins, tells the story of the passionate love affair between writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Both women were members of the free thinking Bloomsbury set but their lesbian affair scandalised parts of British society. Sackville-West was married to the celebrated politician and diarist, Harold Nicholson.
Romola Garai has come on board to play Sackville-West.
“She (Garai) is so interesting and sexy. She will be the perfect Vita,” said Polak, who was at this year’s Berlinale with new film Zurich, sold by Beta.
“We are keen on showing another Virginia Woolf, a funny one »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Fan fiction is more prevalent than you might think. With Fifty Shades of Grey being unleashed in theaters Friday, there's no denying that the novel's author, E L James, has brought fan fiction into the spotlight. Originally titled Master of the Universe, James's Twilight fan fiction based on Stephenie Meyer's multi-million dollar franchise first found its home on FanFiction.net. After the racy material within the story forced James to pull it from FanFiction.net, she next hosted Master of the Universe on her own website called 50Shades.com (which now redirects to her official author page). Back then, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
While You Were Peeping: Godet’s Elegy Brimming with Belabored Emotion
With his sophomore directorial effort, Fabienne Godet’s A Place on Earth (Une place sur la Terre) once again places Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde in the midst of a doomed romantic entanglement. Surprisingly, the generally comedic thespian excels at these melancholy, brooding types, as evidenced by recent stints in Jean-Pierre Ameris’ Romantics Anonymous (2010) and Benoit Jacquot’s Three Hearts (2014). As an uninspired photographer, Poelvoorde’s equally forlorn here, though he’s on the less dramatic end of the comparable occupationally challenged protagonist featured in Godet’s first feature, Burnt Out (2005). However, the film’s dramatic conflict inevitably ends up feeling a bit forced, the emotionally unstable natures of its romantic leads vaguely administered, which casts an extemporaneous pallor over the script that should leave us feeling as devastated as the roiling soundtrack and sweeping visuals urge.
A struggling photographer, »
- Nicholas Bell
A lifelong — or, at least, acting-career long — dream of Julianne Moore’s has finally come true.
“I’ve always wanted to play a wicked witch,” Moore says over the phone. “I think all of us always want to do that.”
Of course, the freshly Academy Award-nominated star of Still Alice is not talking about her role in that acclaimed film (more on that in a bit). Rather, she’s referring to Mother Malkin, an evil sorceress and sometimes dragon who’s out to destroy a medieval fantasy world in this month’s Seventh Son.
“It was great to play somebody that was so unambivalent about what she wanted,” Moore, 54, says of her part in the magic-and-monsters epic that co-stars Jeff Bridges as a veteran witch whacker and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia’s Prince Caspian) as his young apprentice, the seventh boy of the title. The film was shot mostly in Vancouver, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
There are many (including this reporter) who think that Julianne Moore is long overdue for an Oscar win. As the 54-year-old actress revs up for another Academy Awards ceremony, where she.s once again nominated for Best Actress, we can.t help but look back at all the roles where she was robbed of the statuette. Though I.m sure we all have our picks as to the worst offense of this, Moore even has her own. She has been nominated for five Oscars: Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, The Hours, Far from Heaven and this year for Still Alice. But which past nom does Moore think she deserved to win? Vulture recently spoke with the actress at a special screening of her upcoming fantasy pic, Seventh Son, to get the answer. And it is. .Far from Heaven! In the film, Moore plays Cathy Whitacker, a 1950s Connecticut »
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