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Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County: Duel of the Oscar winners [See previous post: "Oscar 2014 Watch: Harvey Weinstein Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions."] More Oscar 2014 bait: August: Osage County, directed by John Wells, and starring three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The Iron Lady) and Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich). Is it mere coincidence that Streep’s seventeenth Oscar nomination and third win was for her portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady — distributed by The Weinstein Company two years ago? Either way, Streep’s Oscar 2014 competition should be fierce, as Julia Roberts doesn’t seem to be wearing any makeup in the family drama. (Photo: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County.) Adapted by Tracy Letts from his own play, besides Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, August: Osage County also features Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), Dermot Mulroney, Star Trek Into Darkness‘ Benedict Cumberbatch, »
- Andre Soares
IFC Films’ Would You Rather is a pretty solid horror movie, with a fun/diverse cast and that Clue meets Saw appeal. If you haven’t watched the film or wanted to see the film again, now’s your chance to watch the film with audio commentary from director David Guy Levy and writer Steffen Schlachtenhaufen. Check out my interview with David Guy Levy, and the review of the film here.
What would you do if a millionaire offered you a chance to solve all your life’s problems? After the tragic death of her parents, Iris (Brittany Snow) is desperate to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother. Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs), a seemingly philanthropic aristocrat, expresses an interest in helping them. He invites her to an exclusive dinner party that offers the chance at untold riches. When she arrives she finds herself in a »
- Andy Greene
If you enjoyed the recently released Would You Rather and would like to learn more about the making of the movie, director David Guy Levy and writer Steffen Schlachtenhaufen recently recorded audio commentary and released it online.
“What would you do if a millionaire offered you a chance to solve all your life’s problems? After the tragic death of her parents, Iris (Brittany Snow) is desperate to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother. Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs), a seemingly philanthropic aristocrat, expresses an interest in helping them. He invites her to an exclusive dinner party that offers the chance at untold riches. When she arrives she finds herself in a group of similarly desperate individuals from the gruff middle aged Conway (John Heard) to the dark loner Amy (Sasha Grey). They soon find themselves trapped in Lambrick’s mansion and forced to play a »
- Jonathan James
David Guy Levy’s Would You Rather caught me off guard to say the least. Expecting a typical torture filled entry akin to the Hostel series or similar films, I was pleasantly surprised to instead be treated to a fun as hell movie that stayed with me long after it was over (review). Now, it looks as if Levy, along with writer Steffen Schlachtenhaufen have released a downloadable commentary on Soundcloud that you can listen to while enjoying the film on its current VOD and iTunes run.
“What would you do if a millionaire offered you a chance to solve all your life’s problems? After the tragic death of her parents, Iris (Brittany Snow) is desperate to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother. Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs), a seemingly philanthropic aristocrat, expresses an interest in helping them. He invites her to an exclusive »
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When the Oscars booked Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and Ted, to host the Oscars they probably expected a bit of 1950s style Hollywood crooning with the odd near-the-knuckle joke thrown in: the sort of thing to make an A-list audience wince without leading to mass walkouts.
What they got was rather less palatable, as MacFarlane, whether intentionally or otherwise, spent the evening demonstrating how little he thinks of women.
The opening number I Saw Your Boobs, in which MacFarlane announced: "Meryl Streep, we saw your boobs in Silkwood/ Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive/Angelina Jolie we saw your boobs in Gia/ They made us feel excited and alive," was supposed to work as a »
- Sarah Hughes
Seth MacFarlane's debut as host of the Oscars inevitably proved divisive. Some enjoyed his more risqué humour, while others found his songs about "boobs" and 'controversial' zingers more childish than funny.
If you didn't catch the show, Digital Spy has rounded up MacFarlane's gags so that you can make up your own mind on whether the Family Guy creator was a hit or a miss.
1. On Ben Affleck's snub in the 'Best Director' category
"Argo tells the previously classified story about an American hostage rescue in post-revolutionary Iran. The story was so top secret that the film's director is unknown to the Academy."
2. On Daniel Day-Lewis's method acting
"Daniel Day-Lewis, your process fascinates me. You were totally 100% in character as Lincoln during the making of the movie… So when you saw a cell phone, would you have to go, 'Oh my God, what's that?!' If you »
A rousing musical number called “We Saw Your Boobs.” William Shatner, as Star Trek’s Capt. James T. Kirk, beaming back from the future to declare the show a total disaster. A reenactment of the movie Flight done entirely with sock puppets. And a whole lot of jokes that skirted along—and sometimes right over—the edge of bad taste. Love it or hate it, Seth MacFarlane’s turn as Oscar host will definitely be talked about—which is almost certainly what the Academy was banking on when they hired the man behind Family Guy for the job. Here are »
- Josh Rottenberg
Join us for all the awards, speeches and Seth MacFarlane voices during the 85th annual Academy Awards. You can still catch the end of the red carpet here at our live stream.
How do you think "Family Guy" creator MacFarlane will do as the Oscars host? He will surely be better than James Franco and Anne Hathaway from a year ago -- but that shouldn't be hard to top. The Alec Baldwin/Steve Martin duo from two years ago was quite good, so hopefully he can live up to those "SNL" familiar faces.
Related: All the Oscar red carpet fashions
Tune in starting at 8:30 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC and follow along with our live blog. All times Eastern.
Trevor Hogg chats with senior visual effects supervisor Dan Glass; visual effects supervisors Stéphane Ceretti, Matt Dessero, Geoffrey Hancock, Alessandro Cioffi, Florian Gellinger, Angela Barson, Clark Parkhurst, Russell Earl and Falk Gärtner; and executive visual effects producer Ismat Zaidi about their work on Cloud Atlas. Be warned, there are spoilers...
“In a strange way our work relationship isn’t like it ended and began again; we continuously collaborate and have done for many years now,” says Dan Glass of his long-time creative partnership with filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski which dates back to the sequels The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). “The only break in it was Batman Begins . While I was doing The Tree of Life  I also did Speed Racer  with them and Ninja Assassin . Cloud Atlas  came up after Ninja which was directed by James McTeigue. Andy and Lana were given the novel by Natalie Portman »
Explore how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another through the past, present and future when Cloud Atlas arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on May 14 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. Based on the celebrated best-selling novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas is directed by acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski and produced by two-time Oscar nominee Grant Hill (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life) and three-time BAFTA Award nominee Stefan Arndt (The White Ribbon, Good Bye, Lenin!, Run Lola Run).
Academy Award winners Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) and Halle Berry (Monster's Ball) lead a stellar international cast that also includes Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David and David Gyasi, with Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) and Hugh Grant. Each member of »
Warner Bros has just dropped the details regarding the blu-ray release of the Wachowskis' latest movie, Cloud Atlas; including all the bonuses coming with it and when you'll be able to get your hands on it and bring it home.
Cloud Atlas was one of my favorite films of 2012. I thought it was an amazingly well done adaptation of the book it's based on, as well as a powerful and visually impressive story in its own right. Sadly, it didn't do as well in the box office and many people missed out on the film. I think that's a shame, but I can understand it. Marketing such a film was difficult and it's hard to show off why people should have gone to see it.
Fortunately, films that didn't get the attention they deserved in the theaters, can thrive on home releases, which is why I was so excited WB »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Would You Rather tells the story of Iris, who in the wake of her parent's death, struggles to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother. Shepard Lambrick, a seemingly philanthropic aristocrat, expresses an interest in helping them. When he invites Iris to an exclusive dinner party, she accepts. Also attending the dinner party are seven more desperate individuals. They soon find themselves trapped in Lambrick's mansion and forced to play a sadistic game of Would You Rather, where the winner will be awarded untold amounts of money. As the game progresses, the dilemmas Iris and the other players face grow increasingly deadly.
David Guy Levy shares some »
Recently released on VOD and in limited theaters is David Guy Levy's wickedly brutal Would You Rather, and we caught up with co-star Sasha Grey to hear about her role in the thriller, what drew her to the project, working alongside her castmates, and much more.
The film follows a young woman (Brittany Snow) who shows up for a dinner party, only to be forced into a deadly game of Would You Rather alongside seven other guests hosted by twisted "philanthropist" Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs), who offers them all a handsome reward for surviving his game.
You'll find the highlights of our exclusive interview with Grey below, and make sure to check out Would You Rather (review here) now that it's been released (absolutely worth it).
IFC recently released Would You Rather to VOD and digital download services, and we’ve been provided with four clips to share with our readers. The movie stars Jeffrey Combs at the center of an exclusive dinner party that plays a deadly version of “Would You Rather.”
“What would you do if a millionaire offered you a chance to solve all your life’s problems? After the tragic death of her parents, Iris (Brittany Snow) is desperate to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother. Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs), a seemingly philanthropic aristocrat, expresses an interest in helping them. He invites her to an exclusive dinner party that offers the chance at untold riches. When she arrives she finds herself in a group of similarly desperate individuals from the gruff middle aged Conway (John Heard) to the dark loner Amy (Sasha Grey). They soon find themselves »
- Jonathan James
I'll announce 2012's nominees the second the write-ups are done (working on them this week). But until then another listy flashblack to year's past here at The Film Experience. My opinions have changed somewhat over the years (as many opinions should if we continue to evolve) and perhaps I'll detail which changes those were in the future but mostly I like to think of Awards, both mine and other people's as time capsules of What We Valued At That Moment.
So here you go...
Nominees in Alpha Order
Sally Field, Lincoln
write ups here
Silver: Sarah Bayet, A Separation
- NATHANIEL R
By Tariq Khan, Gold Derby 1. It's a wide open race. The last five years, the Supporting Actor derby has been incredibly easy to call. Just consider the wins by Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men," Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight," Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds," Christian Bale in "The Fighter" and Christopher Plummer in "Beginners." Were any of those outcomes ever really in doubt? Each of those men was declared the frontrunner early in the season and then prevailed at both the Globes and SAG Awards. The Oscar presentation was really just a formality. Finally, 2012 has brought us some suspense. There has been no clear critical favorite, with non-nominees Matthew McConaughey taking both the New York and National Society prizes for "Magic Mike" and "Bernie," and Dwight Henry winning in Los Angeles for "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Christoph Waltz was the upset Globe victor for "Django Unchained »
- Alex Suskind
On Oscar nomination morning one of the biggest surprises for me was that The Master won 3 nominations in acting and none elsewhere. That after a disappointing showing with the Screen Actors Guild which had suggested that maybe actors didn't completely warm to it.
So it got me to thinking about Oscar players that only won acting nominations... and three or more no less.
The first and only similar case that came to mind without research was the alzheimers biopic drama Iris (2001) which also won three acting nods (Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, and Jim Broadbent) ...and nothing else. It went on to win Best Supporting Actor for Jim Broadbent who was having a great year having also starred in two other Oscar players that year - Bridget Jones Diary and Moulin Rouge!. This little tidbit is sometimes forgotten now but Iris was actually a quartet (unlike The Master's trio) and the »
- NATHANIEL R
17 items from 2013
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