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Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
If you're in Austin at SXSW, you can catch an early screening of "Penny Dreadful" on Sunday, but if you're stuck at home like the rest of us, you can content yourself with this new production blog that focuses on The Grand Guignol.
Theater was an important part of Victorian society and plays a key role in the Showtime series "Penny Dreadful." Watch as creator/executive producer John Logan gives an in-depth look at The Grand Guignol and discusses how he recreated a Victorian theater in modern day Dublin.
In addition, don't forget that the new Penny-Dreadful.com website has launched, and it's chock-full of goodies.
"Penny Dreadful" is created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, »
- Debi Moore
Last Sunday night Leonardo DiCaprio walked away again from the Oscars empty handed. This was not a first for our boy, who’d previously been nominated for his roles in The Aviator, Blood Diamond and What’S Eating Gilbert Grape.
The Wolf Of Wall Street star has accepted this loss graciously, while people on social networking sites offered their eternal support and dedication to Leonardo’s amazing work as an actor. One post even quoted Leo saying he does not mind if he wins or not, because the reason he is an actor is not for the awards but for the love of the work itself. Quite right to.
However, a theatre troupe in Russia is not taking the loss lightl and have decided to make Leonardo a ‘honorary member’ as well as offering him parts and sending him their own cast-iron ‘Russian Oscar’ statuette. Commenting on this decision to a local publication, »
- Tina Baraga
Leonardo DiCaprio has been a favorite of the MTV Movie Awards over their 22-year history, but he has never done better than this year. He is up for five awards, the most of any other actor this year -- Best Male Performance, Best On-Screen Duo (with Jonah Hill), Best Shirtless Performance, Best Wtf Moment (for his drug-impaired Lamborghini drive), and Best Musical Moment -- all for his role as corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort in "The Wolf of Wall Street." MTV Movie Awards: Complete list of nominations Despite racking up a dozen nominations over the years, DiCaprio has only won twice: Best Male Performance for "Titanic" (1998) and "The Aviator" (2005). Will his luck change at this year's kudos on April 13? -Break- DiCaprio's first bids came in 1997 for Baz Luhrmann's Shakespearean update "Romeo + Juliet," for which he contended for three awards: Male Performance, as well as »
"Grace of Monaco" was tipped to be a strong Oscar contender in 2013 but the Weinstein Company delayed its release till this spring. Watch the first trailer for the film below. The biopic stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, who left Hollywood behind in 1956 at the height of her career to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco. The film follows the pair during a crisis in their marriage in the early 1960s when the prince (played by Oscar nominee Tim Roth, "Rob Roy") could lose his land to France. This certainly looks like the perfect vehicle for Kidman to nab her second Best Actress trophy -- it’s a biopic that combines Old Hollywood lore with European royalty. -Break- She would be the second person in history to win for portraying a real-life Oscar winner; Cate Blanchett prevailed in the supporting race in 2004 for playing four-time Best Actress champ Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator. »
Cate Blanchett Gets Tattoo After Oscars
Blanchett, 44, visited the Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlor with her close friend and fellow 2014 Best Actress in a Leading Role nominee Amy Adams. Both Blanchett and Adams' significant others – Andrew Upton and Darren Le Gallo – came along as well.
While it was clear that both Blanchett and Le Gallo had bandages likely stemming from some new ink, it’s uncertain as to whether Adams or Upton opted to get tattoos.
Blanchett previously won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for her work in The Aviator opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Since this was her first leading role win, it’s possible she got a tattoo to commemorate the victory. »
Though it isn't clear if Adams got ink, Blanchett definitely did, leaving the shop with a black bandage around her wrist. The Oscar winner -- she picked up the Best Actress trophy Sunday night for her role in "Blue Jasmine" -- already has her husband and children's initials inked on her stomach; could her latest tattoo be something commemorating her second Oscar statuette? (She earned her first for "The Aviator" in 2005.)
Blanchett was joined by her husband, Andrew Upton; Adams; and Adams's fiance, Darren Le Gallo. Le Gallo was also seen leaving the Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlor with a bandage, this one on his arm. The Shamrock apparently has a longstanding relationship with Blanchett, tweeting out congratulations to the actress following her win Sunday.
We're dying to know what Blanchett got, »
- Katie Roberts
Signature line: “Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown, there's only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming.” One can’t imagine that Cate Blanchett – whose formidable yet versatile onscreen persona often falls somewhere between the androgynous other-worldliness of England’s Tilda Swinton and the regal frostiness of fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman -- would ever find herself pushed to the crumbling edges of financial and emotional despair. But she is more than believable as the wretched struggling socialite who utters those words in "Blue Jasmine." Who else but Blanchett would have dared to take on the inimitable Katharine Hepburn, one of the greatest performers to ever grace the silver screen, and win a supporting Oscar for her efforts in 2004’s "The Aviator" – the first actor or actress to be rewarded for having the audacity to play another Oscar winner? And not just any winner, »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Another year, another Oscar ceremony in the books. Once the booze wears off from Matthew McConaughey’s final “Alright, alright, alright,” of our year in film, we can get down to the really important part of the Oscars and start second-guessing the winners. Sunday night is all about rewarding actors and filmmakers for their hard work in the past year. Monday morning is reserved for the art of tearing down our sacred idols, convincing our coworkers that we always thought American Hustle was a little overrated or that Dallas Buyers Club was more than just a Philadelphia knock-off. And somewhere in the middle of all these conversations, someone will ask about Leonardo DiCaprio. When will the poor guy ever win an Oscar? Last month, Esquire ran a story on Leonardo DiCaprio titled “The Moment Leonardo DiCaprio Became a Man.” In a throwaway line intended to highlight his perpetually boyish good looks, his »
- Matthew Monagle
Chicago – Congratulations to Cate Blanchett as she picks up her second Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, this time as Best Actress for her brilliant performance in the film “Blue Jasmine.” Blanchett adds the trophy next to the Oscar she won as Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for portraying Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.”
HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce captured this Exclusive Portrait of Cate Blanchett back in 1999 at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, after she won Best Actress at the event for her breakout role in the film “Elizabeth.”
Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett in Chicago, 1999
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
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This year's Academy Awards was a very good year, pretty well a vintage year in fact, with excellent films of very different genres being recognised. For a critic it is gratifying to see them rewarded, though baffling in other ways to watch the spectacle of so many others being ignored. Well, that is what happens in this quasi-Superbowl. As ever, the Oscars revealed themselves to be purely enjoyable only for the observers, the journalists and the big winners with the majority of the actual participants undergoing what I suspect is a terrible ordeal and the majority going away under a cloud of disappointment. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Every year, the Oscars are watched by a whole lot of people. Many of those people are not pop-culture experts. They have a lot of questions about the Oscars. Sometimes, they type these questions into Google. According to the search engine's internal analytics, these were Sunday night's five most-searched Oscar questions. We've done you the pleasure of answering them. (You're welcome.) 5. How many times has Leonardo DiCaprio been nominated?Leo has been nominated as an actor four times: Best Supporting Actor for What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and Best Actor for The Aviator, Blood Diamond and for The Wolf of Wall Street. »
- Nate Jones
Leo's virtuoso turn in The Wolf of Wall Street wasn't enough to win him the big prize, and it's not the first time.
The movies that never win Oscars: Harry Potter, James Bond, more
McConaughey was a worthy winner for his performance in Dallas Buyer's Club, but that hasn't stopped the outpouring of "support" for Poor Leo on Twitter this morning.
[View the story "Oscars 2014: Poor Leo - Leonardo DiCaprio misses out again" on Storify]
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Cate Blanchett confessed that being the frontrunner for Best Actress was “intense, unbearable pressure” backstage at Sunday’s Academy Awards. To relieve the stress, the “Blue Jasmine” star indulged in what she described as a “phenomenal massage.” “My morning began being pummeled like Kobe beef and it just got better and better,” Blanchett said. Also read: Oscars: The Complete Winners List Her day was capped off, one journalist noted, by becoming the first Australian woman to win two acting Oscars. Her first statue came for playing Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.” “Don’t you fucking forget it,” Blanchett joked after »
- Brent Lang
The 44-year-old actress, who played the role of Jasmine, had earlier won a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for her performance.
Blanchett had previously won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in 'The Aviator' in 2004. (Ani) »
- Amith Ostwal
var brightcovevideoid = '3283529236001'; Cate Blanchett has delivered an Oscar encore. The actress has won her second Academy Award, taking home the statuette for Best Actress Sunday night for her bravura performance as a boozy, fallen socialite in Blue Jasmine. While accepting her award, the 44-year-old actress celebrated a year that saw a wealth of roles for women in film. "As random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of, yet again, great performances by women," said Blanchett, who made sure to call out her fellow nominees one by one before ending with Judi Dench, »
- Alexis L. Loinaz
Cate Blanchett has been the gift that keeps on giving this award season, and her appearance at the Oscars in La on Sunday was no exception. After cheering on her fellow actors throughout most of the show, Cate's big moment finally came when she discovered she'd won the best actress award for her performance in Blue Jasmine. The trophy will have good company at Cate's home - the actress won her first Oscar in 2005 for her performance in The Aviator Before heading in for the show, Cate showed off her arms in a romantic cap-sleeved Armani gown on the red carpet. Cate made time for a smiley moment with Jennifer Lawrence, who caught up with the actress on her way in. Be sure to vote in our fashion and beauty polls, and join us for our live Oscars coverage. View Slideshow › »
- Nick Maslow
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Cate Blanchett scooped the best actress statuette at tonight's Academy Awards for her performance in the Woody Allen drama Blue Jasmine. It is the Australian star's second Oscar. Blanchett previously won the best supporting actress prize after playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's film The Aviator.
Written and directed by Allen, Blue Jasmine stars Blanchett as a brittle Manhattan socialite who has fallen on hard times. The 44-year-old performer was the bookies' favourite to claim the Oscar, despite a recent repeat of accusations that director Allen had abused his infant daughter, Dylan. Blanchett's win ensures that she, at least, remains untainted by the controversy.
Thanking the Academy, she remonstrated with "those who think films with women at the centre are niche: they are not, »
- Xan Brooks
“Thank you, Mr. Day-Lewis,” Blanchett said to Daniel Day-Lewis who presented the award to her. “From you, it exacerbates this honor and blows it right out of the ballpark. “
In her speech, Blanchett also touched on the need for more films starring women. ” films with women at the center are niche. They are not….In fact, they earn money. The world is round, people!” Blanchett also thanked Blue Jasmine director Woody Allen. »
- Erin Strecker
The actress, who previously won supporting actress for “The Aviator” in 2004, thanked Allen in her speech for writing the script and casting her after a six-year hiatus from film doing theater work in Sydney.
With her two Oscar wins, Blanchett joins an impressive and short list of performers who’ve won more than one acting Oscar, including the last actor to nab multiple wins, Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his third lead actor award (the only person to do so) last year for “Lincoln.”
Blanchett had been hotly anticipated to take home the trophy ever since the film’s release last summer. She won over fellow lead actress nominees Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Judi Dench.
- Andrew Stewart
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