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Alexa here. This week is cookie week in my house: the kitchen gets covered in flour and sugar in my attempt to craft cookies pretty as Martha's. I thought I'd try some new recipes this year, inspired by the world of film instead of M. Diddy. When I heard about The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown I thought I'd check it out; I was sold when I saw it included Robert Mitchum's recipe for egg nog and Joan Crawford's recipe for angel food cake. First, though, I decided to try my hand at Barbara Stanwyck's family recipe for Christmas Kipfels during my yearly viewing of Christmas in Connecticut. With a little modification (rolling the dough instead of folding it, similar to rugelach), they were a snap.
With this recipe you won't need help from Felix
And so delicious! So I was inspired to seek out other celebrity cookie recipes. »
What They Left Behind, a new documentary film chronicling the stories of three children whose lives were lost to gun violence, will premiere December 10 at the Helen Mills Theater in New York.
The film, directed by Tarik Karam and executive produced by Stephen Daldry, the Oscar-nominated director of The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot, is being released four days in advance of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Seven-year-old Mark Barden, who was one of the 20 children murdered at Sandy Hook that day, is one of the three children featured in the film. His father, Mark Barden, will be on hand for the premiere. Bill Sherlach, the husband of Mary Sherlach, the Sandy Hook school psychologist who was killed while heroically trying to protect the students, will also be present at the film’s premiere.
The film, presented by the non-profit group Sandy Hook Promise, »
- David Robb
Todd Haynes receives his first entry in the Criterion collection with a beautiful restoration of his landmark 1995 sophomore feature, Safe, the film that launched the status of burgeoning star Julianne Moore. Though initial reactions to the film were perplexing after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a growing cult following cemented the film’s reputation as a fascinating example of Haynes’ remarkable control of mise en scene, as well as a deliberately refined AIDs allegory ahead of its time. Recuperated famously as a case study as pertains to practices and definitions of whiteness, it may very well be Haynes’ most invigorating work precisely because of all the avenues of projection its fascinating obliqueness provides.
The narrative is relatively simple, especially as pertains to the work of Haynes, who often prizes experimental, non-linear narratives. A suburban housewife residing in the San Fernando Valley of 1987, Carol White (Julianne Moore) finds herself »
- Nicholas Bell
Julianne Moore is looking like an Oscar winner in the trailer for "Still Alice." Awards-season watchers are already pegging Moore as the likely Best Actress winner at next year's show, and it's about time: the four-time nominee has yet to take home the gold despite turning in a slew of stunning performances over a career spanning nearly 25 years. Based on Lisa Genova's bestselling novel of the same name, the Sony Classics film centers on a cognitive psychologist (Moore) as she grapples with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Also starring Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth, the film received a limited Oscar-qualifying run this month and is slated for wide release on Jan. 16. For the record, Moore's four Oscar nominations were for "Boogie Nights" (Supporting), "The End of the Affair" (Leading), "Far from Heaven" (Leading) and "The Hours" (Supporting) - the latter two of which came in the same year. My personal favorite? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first Still Alice trailer from co-directors and co-writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel. The film stars Julianne Moore as a brilliant linguistics professor struggling with early onset Alzheimer's Disease, and it has gathered a huge amount of awards buzz since it premiered at Tiff back in September; Moore emerged as a front runner in the Best Actress category when Sony Pictures Classics quickly released the film in time for an awards qualifying run. Still Alice looks absolutely devastating, and no doubt an actress of Moore's caliber can do the heart-wrenching material justice. Moore has been nominated for an Oscar four times now (for her work in Boogie Nights, The Hours, Far From Heaven, and The End of the Affair), and as she's long been one of Hollywood's finest working actresses, it would be an absolute thrill to »
- Haleigh Foutch
Julianne Moore has earned four Academy Award nominations — for Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, The Hours, and Far From Heaven, the last two in the same year — but the Alzheimer’s drama Still Alice is the one Oscar watchers predict will land the actress her very first little gold man. Here’s the trailer for the film directed and adapted by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland from Lisa Genova’s book. It’s the story of a cognitive psychologist dealing with the devastating effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on her marriage and family. Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish co-star. The film premiered at Toronto and hit limited release last weekend before rolling out wide in January.
- Jen Yamato
Here’s a fun fact: Julianne Moore has never won an Oscar. Injustice, right? The 54-year-old actress has been nominated four times—Boogie Nights (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), and The Hours (2002)—and her filmography is sprawling with award-worthy performances. Most recently, her role in this year’s Still Alice, which hits theaters today, has jumpstarted the Best Actress buzz once again. Understandable, because when it played at this year’s AFI Film Festival, there wasn’t soul in the audience who didn’t bawl while watching Moore playing a linguistics professor whose life unravels as she develops Alzheimer’s. The truth is, Moore can take you on a roller coaster ride of emotion with any old role. For further proof, take a look at all of her films currently streaming on Netflix.
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There’s nothing critics, audiences and Oscar voters love more than transformation. Put a prosthetic nose on Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) and she finally wins an Academy Award. Ugly up Charlize Theron (“Monster”) and she’s suddenly kudos-worthy. But as much as everyone enjoys watching people play against type, there is someone who appreciates it even more — the actor.
Performers thrive on shape-shifting, and cherish the opportunity to unexpectedly delve into characters outside their usual comfort zone.
To that end, 2014 was a year marked by several such notable reinventions.
Even an Oscar winner like Reese Witherspoon can still surprise us. Largely known for playing strong, sunny characters, Witherspoon did a 180 to portray real-life author Cheryl Strayed, a recovering heroin addict who leaves her life behind to take a physical and spiritual journey. In “Wild,” she not only bared her body but her soul, and delivered a revelatory performance that has resonated with festival audiences, »
- Jenelle Riley
Bydgoszcz, Poland – British director Stephen Daldry paid tribute to the cinematographers who he had worked alongside, when he accepted the excellence in directing award at the opening ceremony on Saturday of the 22nd edition of Camerimage, a festival in Poland devoted to the art of cinematography.
“It has been my privilege to work with some extraordinary cinematographers in my career. First of all Brian Tufano, who held my hand and told me what to do and what not to do on ‘Billy Elliot,’” Daldry said.
Daldry picked up Academy Award nominations in the director category for “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader,” making him the only director to be nominated in this category for his first three films.
He finished by honoring the cinematographer on his most recent film, »
- Leo Barraclough
Grandeur often rules the day in Best Production Design, which awards the men and women responsible for a movie's set design and construction. The category typically favors period pieces, though at least one fantasy title tends to find a home every year. It is rare for truly contemporary films to be nominated. However, the category is more open to fantasy and contemporary pieces than its cousin Best Costume Design. (Last year was the first year the costume designers had their own branch, but no easily discernible new trends could be observed in my opinion.) Recent years have also suggested openness to CGI-complemented work ("Life of Pi" and "Gravity" immediately jump to mind). On that note, it's worth mentioning that the Art Directors Guild has implemented a new rule somewhat under the radar for its precursor awards this season. According to the new provision, period films must now have the majority »
- Gerard Kennedy
Netflix has more than just upcoming series Marco Polo in the works. The streaming video-on-demand service just ordered another historical epic series called The Crown based on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II. The series will span several decades of the Queen’s life, with the first 10-episode season set for release sometime in 2016. The first season will introduce viewers to 25-year-old Elizabeth, a princess set to take over her father’s throne in Britain. Netflix said each season will cover a decade of the Queen’s life. Produced by Left Bank Pictures along with Sony Pictures Television, The Crown is based on the play The Audience by Peter Morgan (who also penned the movies The Queen and Frost/Nixon). Morgan will executive produce the series along with director Stephen Daldry (from The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (also from The Queen). “‘The Crown’ is not only about »
- Bree Brouwer
Nearly six months after Netflix eyed a royal drama The Crown, the streaming service is moving forward with the drama series. Netflix announced late Wednesday that it has handed out a 10-episode series commitment to The Crown, from Academy Award nominees Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and inspired by the play The Audience The play, which bowed in 2013, centers on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers that date back from her accession in 1952 to the present day. Helen Mirren starred as Queen Elizabeth II, marking her second time in the role after she
- Lesley Goldberg
The award recognizes “exceptional filmmakers who have changed the way movies are made with their creativity, visual skills, and passion for their craft.”
After working in the theater, Daldry made his feature film debut with “Billy Elliot,” which earned him his first Academy Award nomination in the director category. Two more Oscar nominations came for his subsequent films “The Hours” and “The Reader,” making Daldry the only film director to be nominated in this category for his first three films.
The festival said in a statement: “Daldry is a brilliant director with great emotional sensibility and attention to detail, which makes his cinematic tales of unique individuals, struggling with various forces, all the more compelling.”
Daldry’s latest film “Trash,” which »
- Leo Barraclough
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Freeheld, a drama based on adocumentary short, has had a difficult journey to the big screen. There have been cancellations, delays, cast-changes, funding issues, you name it. But Ellen Page stuck with it, came out, and the film powered back to life (coincidence? who knows). But it's delightful to see a still which is proof that it the movie is actually happening. For those who haven't been keeping up Freeheld this is the official "about synopsis" from the Oscar winning documentary:
Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice »
- NATHANIEL R
London — Camerimage Film Festival, which is dedicated to the art of cinematography, is to open with Gala Screenings of “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and “The Imitation Game” on Nov. 15.
The director of photography on “Birdman,” which is directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, is Emmanuel Lubezki, who won an Oscar with “Gravity,” and was Oscar nommed for five other films, most recently for “The Tree of Life.”
“Birdman” is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to save his family, his career, and himself.
- Leo Barraclough
British director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” about a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico, took the top nod at the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival where, instead of a jury, prizes are decided by paying ticket holders, to serve as a testing ground for distributors.
“Trash,” a South American answer of sorts to “Slumdog Millionaire,” world-preemed in Rio. Scripted by Richard Curtis, it features turns by Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, alongside a mostly Brazilian cast. Universal will be releasing worldwide.
The Mondo Genre section prize went to “Haider, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Other winners included Chinese crime drama 12 Citizens and an Indian adaptation of Hamlet.Scroll down for full list of winners
Set in Brazil, the film centres on three youngsters who make a discovery in a trash dump that puts them on the run from the police. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen star in the film from Oscar-nominated Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours).
This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme were decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.
Click here for red carpet pictures from Rome[p »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Arriving in theaters on January 16, 2015, the actors and filmmakers from the upcoming Paddington movie discuss the lovely Peruvian bear in this brand new featurette.
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home.
Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven.
It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
- Michelle McCue
Manuel here with some Streeptastic news.
Meryl Streep has just signed on to play Florence Foster Jenkins in an upcoming Stephen Frears film. Florence will follow the eponymous protagonist, a New York heiress whose lack of musical talent didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in opera in the early twentieth century. This should be good news for us Streep fans because it means we may get three back-to-back-to-back musically-centered Meryl films in a row. Remember she’s set to play Maria Callas for Mike Nichols’ HBO adaptation of Terence McNally’s Master Class while she’s currently filming Ricky and the Flash, the Diablo Cody-penned Jonathan Demme film about an aging rock-star. More thrillingly, the Frears/Demme/Nichols triple punch is the closest we’ve gotten in a while to Streep committing to working with top-tier directing talent (no offense to David Frankel, Philippa Lloyd and Philip Noyce »
- Manuel Betancourt
Rio De Janeiro — Stephen Daldry’s Rio-set, young-adult thriller “Trash” — a groundbreaking movie in concept, financing and distribution — world premiered Tuesday night at the swish Cinepolis Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro to large applause.
There was also gleeful local appreciation of Daldry’s swings, from a Richard Curtis screenplay, at Brazil’s corruption-sodden elite, the police, its religious powers, even a Brazilian soccer association.
Such appreciation matters. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Kris Thykier at Peapie Productions produced “Trash,” in association with Fernando Meirelles’ Sao Paulo-based O2 Filmes in Brazil. Distributed by Universal Pictures Intl., it adapts a novel by Brit Andy Mulligan. Martin Sheen – as the tippling world-weary Father Julliard – and Rooney Mara – Olivia, a learning-the-ropes Ngo worker – co-star.
- John Hopewell
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