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James Cameron’s Avatar: best long-toothed ensemble blue cast The nominations for the 2010 SAG Awards will be announced tomorrow morning by Michelle Monaghan and Chris O’Donnell. As usual, expect some surprises. In the past, SAG voters — only a relatively small group of SAG members vote on the nominations — have made unexpected choices such as Dev Patel for best supporting actor in Slumdog Millionaire, best actress nods for Ziyi Zhang in Memoirs of a Geisha and Patricia Clarkson in The Station Agent, and best ensemble nods for 3:10 to Yuma, Hairspray, and Hustle & Flow. My SAG Award predictions are probably as accurate as the ones I made for the Golden Globes a while back. In [...] »
- Andre Soares
The popularity of The Visitor has surely helped secure financing for his next project -- another independent film drama titled "Win Win" which according to Pw, is due to begin filming late February in New York and New Jersey. McCarthy filmed The Station Agent in several parts of the garden state. Look for more details to trickle in next month. - Overture Films were all too happy with the results of writer/director Tom McCarthy's The Visitor. The socially conscious, post 9/11 commentary, lite drama starring Richard Jenkins and Hiam Abbass drew in audiences -- the film remained in theaters for a seven month stretch and accompanying 9 million dollar plus box office take. Pretty darn good for an indie pic. After appearing in Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth, Duplicity, 2012, The Lovely Bones, David Schwimmer's Trust (currently filming), it looks like McCarthy is going to begin to put the emphasis back »
In an industry where actresses face fewer options as they get older, Patricia Clarkson has defied the odds. Years after making her debut in Brian de Palma's 1987 crime pic The Untouchables and landing a breakthrough role in 1998's High Art, she's hit her stride and become one of Hollywood's most popular character actresses. In the decade of the '00s alone, the plaudits and awards have come left and right: an Oscar nomination for Pieces of April, two Emmy wins for HBO's "Six Feet Under,"and critics' awards for Far From Heaven, The Station Agent, Good Night, and Good Luck. (In 2009, the Year of the Cougar, Clarkson was also handpicked to star in Saturday Night Live's "Motherlover," an honor of another kind.)
So when Cinematical met Clarkson during last month's Savannah Film Festival, we jumped at the chance to talk with the actress about her career - past, »
- Jen Yamato
Sarah Silverman is easily considered one of the most popular female comics working today. Unfortunately with that title often comes the inability to score roles as the sexy female lead. You never see Whoopi Goldberg as the sexy girl next door or Paula Poundstone as the attractive school teacher.
Thankfully, that’s exactly what we get with Steve Buscemi’s newest dark comedy, Saint John of Las Vegas. Silverman takes on the role of the attractive, manipulative cubical neighbor to Buscemi, who is later trumped by Emmanuel Chiriqui in the film.
The film stars Buscemi as ex-gambler John, who gets lured back into the sleazy underbelly of the City of Sin by a veteran insurance fraud investigator. The film also stars a few other folks who aren’t strangers to the world of indie comedy. Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent), Tim Blake Neslon (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and Romany Malco »
- Sebastian Suchecki
Maturity has been no obstacle to actor Patricia Clarkson, who keeps on getting cast—most recently as Marietta, an uptight Southern lady who undergoes a wild metamorphosis in Woody Allen's "Whatever Works." Clarkson previously worked with the director in last year's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."In a career spanning almost 25 years, Clarkson has tackled a spectrum of roles on Broadway, on television, and in film. She's played a grieving artist in "The Station Agent"; the benign psychotherapist in "Lars and the Real Girl"; the efficient, brittle, and seemingly guileless wife of an adulterous husband who is planning her murder in "Married Life"; and the terminally ill mother in "Pieces of April," for which she garnered a host of accolades, including Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.As for the future, she has a number of projects in the hopper, including Martin Scorsese's high-profile film "Shutter Island, »
HBO is buckling on its sword belt and smartly stepping into the realm of gritty fantasy as filming continues for their epic pilot of author George R.R. Martin.s "Game of Thrones." Based on Martin's bestselling .A Song of Ice and Fire. novels, the series would follow the treacherous clash between royal families to secure ultimate power of the vast lands of Westeros. Royalty and knights play a perilous game of intrigue, where those gifted with unflinching resolve and a keen eye for subterfuge often conquer more than the greatest armies. Principal photography began in late October in Northern Ireland and is now wrapping up in Morocco. Tom McCarthy, who earned accolades for his work on 2003's "The Station Agent" and 2007's "The Visitor," is directing. He's working from a script penned »
When we first meet recently-widowed Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Ed Asner) in the new Disney/Pixar comedy adventure Up, he is about to lose his home to building developers and be forced into a retirement home by the courts following an accidental altercation. But before that happens, Carl decides to fulfill a lifelong dream he and his late wife Ellie shared, but never got to fulfill, of exploring the world. By tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl and his house liftoff and head to Paradise Falls, a secluded spot in South America.
Shortly after takeoff, Carl discovers that he is not alone: an overly optimistic 8-year-old wilderness scout named Russell (Jordan Nagai) has unintentionally stowed away on the former balloon salesman's porch. Unable to turn back, the odd couple continues south. Upon arrival, the two discover that they are not alone. They meet the once-legendary explorer . and Carl's »
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen I know I shouldn't be surprised the Blu-ray, 2-disc DVD and single-disc DVD are the numbers 1, 2 and 3 best-sellers at Amazon this week, but for some reason I would have thought all the negative talk about this film surrounding its release would have discouraged folks to throw to down their hard-earned cash to endure this pummeling one more time. However, I can say it is nice to see prices on Blu-rays are dropping slightly, so much to the point the Blu-ray edition of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is actually $3 less than the 2-disc DVD, at only $19.99. That's all I really have to say about this one. Monsoon Wedding (Criterion Collection) I just reviewed the Blu-ray edition of this one (read that here) and was really impressed with the entire package, which not only includes Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, »
- Brad Brevet
NBC's latest drama "Trauma" is the story of San Francisco medical-rescue team that premieres Monday night, September 28. Cliff Curtis is cast as Ruben "Rabbit" Palchuk, a chopper jockey; Derek Luke is cast as paramedic Cameron Boone, Taylor Kinney as Emt Glenn Morrison and Jamey Sheridan as Dr. Joseph Saviano. Aimee Garcia plays helicopter pilot Maria Benez. Action defines the frenetic series as the "Trauma" team, Medic 78, monitors the busy Bay Area. A huge part of why this show works on so many levels is not only a great cast, but top level crew, especially with Dp Oliver Bokelberg, who lensed "The Station Agent" and "The Visitor." Bokelberg shared with M&C that the pilot was shot in »
- April MacIntyre
After spending the past two years playing the mother of humanity's savior, Lena Headey is ready to play royalty herself. According to Friend of HitFix Mo Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, the "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" star has been cast as Queen Cersei Lannister in HBO's "Game of Thrones." The adaptation of the first book in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series will begin shooting its pilot in Northern Ireland in late October, with Tom McCarthy ("The Station Agent") directing from a script by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The books, which weave fantasy elements »
- HitFix Staff
Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) has been cast as the lead in HBO’s adaptation of “A Game of Thrones” the first book in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire”. The series consists of four books with three more in the works. Tom McCarthy, The Station Agent, is directing the David Benioff and D.B. Weiss screenplay. The writers are also executive producing. Nark Addy, Kit Harrington, Jack Gleeson and Harry Lloyd have also joined the cast. In The Game of Thrones two ruling families vie for control of the Iron Throne that will give whoever possesses it survival of a forty year winter. The battle for the throne takes place among seven kingdoms. Bean will play the lead Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark . The character values honor and justice and is the adviser to King Robert, Mark Addy. The bastard son of Bean is played by Kit Harrington while Harry Lloyd »
- Robin Ruinsky
Tom McCarthy is confirmed to direct "Game of Thrones" for HBO. McCarthy directed "The Station Agent" and "The Visitor", both visually arresting films lensed by the same cinematographer, Oliver Bokelberg. Variety has announced that actor Sean Bean is confirmed as the lead in HBO's adaptation of the George R.R. Martin fantasy-book series. The Premise: The series of Martin's books revolves around a battle among seven kingdoms and between two ruling families for control of the Iron Throne, which secures the survival through a 40-year winter to come. Bean is cast as the good Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark, the closest adviser to King Robert (Mark Addy). Peter Dinklage, who starred in McCarthy's "The Station Agent," is also cast in the HBO »
- April MacIntyre
A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin's fantasy series that begins with the novel A Game of Thrones, is being adapted into a series by HBO, and Sean Bean has just nabbed the lead role, according to THR. (This news was actually reported last week by the George R.R. Martin fansite Winter is Coming and I let it pass as too unsubstantiated. Oh, well.) Bean will play the honorable and upright Lord Eddard 'Ned' Stark, Warden of the North, who acts as advisor to King Robert I Baratheon, a role for which Mark Addy is in final talks. The Station Agent and The Visitor director Tom McCarthy is directing; David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wrote the screenplay which adapts Martin's text about the conflict between two sprawling royal (and semi-royal) families in a land reminiscent of medieval Europe, where seasons can last for decades, making the coming »
- Russ Fischer
Yesterday came the yearly announcement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as it extended 134 invitations to several artists and executives "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures" read the press release. Of course all of them can decline, but I wouldn't necessarily expect that to happen as all who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2009 to the Academy's roster of voting members. "These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world," said Academy President Sid Ganis. "It's this kind of talent and creativity that make up the Academy, and I welcome each of them to our ranks." The list follows below and reading around the best analysis I saw of it came from Nathaniel Rogers at The Film Experience who, among other things, pointed out the addition of longtime Darren Aronofsky's »
- Brad Brevet
On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued invitations to 134 members of the film community to join the group. There were a maximum of 166 open slots to fill this year, but the various branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them.
Hugh Jackman, who hosted the most recent Oscar show, has been invited to join. So have Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, James Franco and Michelle Williams. The list even includes a number of comic performers like Michael Cera, Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd.
Voting membership in the organization has held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.
New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Academy's Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.
"These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world," Academy president Sid Ganis. Said. "It's »
- By Gregg Kilday
In America, there is the soft R rating for films like Michael Clayton, Shakespeare in Love and The Station Agent; all critically approved films that, but for a few profanities or some brief nudity, would be safe for the PG-13 viewing masses. And then there is The Hangover, a film that gleefully gives the finger to the MPAA and anyone with a sense of propriety.
My conservative parents would weep knowing that their daughter saw such a film, and they’d be even sadder to know that she really, really liked it.
Old School director Todd Philips undoubtedly ups the ante with this raunchy comedy. For anyone who was disgusted by shots of a running, naked Will Ferrell in the director’s previous film, The Hangover shows far more of bearded comedian Zach Galifianakis than should be legally allowed. And the alcohol-fueled, frat-boy humor of Old School looks like Hannah Montana: The Movie »
I wasn't the only one who noticed something strange in the opening credits for Pixar's Up when I saw it a few weeks ago - Tom McCarthy was credited as a screenwriter along with Bob Peterson. McCarthy, who is also an actor, is probably best known for writing and directing both The Station Agent and The Visitor from last year. He's a great writer and it's very cool to see Pixar reaching out to people outside of their own studio to help work on their movies. Plus, I think his involvement can definitely be felt in the movie, as the story in Up is truly wonderful. SlashFilm has a few more details on how this collaboration first came together. "Bob and I developed the idea [for Up], played with it for quite a while and then [Bob] was on Rat (the working title for Ratatouille)," director Pete Docter told SlashFilm. "And »
- Alex Billington
Chicago – Pixar’s “Up” recently became the first animated 3D film to open the Cannes Film Festival and the reviews were just as rapturous as those who had been tracking the latest Pixar offering expected them to be. Before he want to France, director Pete Docter sat down for an exclusive interview with HollywoodChicago.com.
Docter has been a part of the Pixar team since the beginning and remains one of the most prominent voices in the company along with John Lasseter (“Toy Story”), Brad Bird (“Ratatouille,” “The Incredibles”) and Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “Wall-e”). Docter made a splash when he directed “Monsters Inc.” and will make waves with “Up”.
For someone who has made such vibrant, energetic, nearly-glowing films, Docter is a surprisingly humble and quiet man. It’s not an accident that he’s made a film about a man escaping the dangerous, depressing world on the ground »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Actor and director Tom McCarthy (The Visitor) is being lined up to helm HBO's fantasy pilot 'Game of Thrones,' which is scheduled to shoot in Northern Ireland later this year. Director Tom McCarthy has acted in 'The Wire' 'Duplicity' and 'Syriana' as well as directing 'The Station Agent' and 'The Visitor'. Industry reports suggest actor Peter Dinklage also looks set to star in the pilot. Dinklage, whose credits include 'The Station Agent' and 'The Chronicles of Narnia', previously featured in 'Lassie' filmed in Ireland in 2005. »
Oh, man. Oh, man. Oh, man. It's been a long road, but finally, we have some big news about the pilot for HBO's "Game of Thrones." And what wonderful news it is! "Game of Thrones," the adaptation of the first book of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, is being written and developed by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff (25th Hour, Troy, The Kite Runner, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and until now, all we've heard is that production starts in Ireland this fall. But, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we finally have some casting news. In a move that is sure to please a ton of fans, Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, Death at a Funeral) is tapped to play Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf brother of the Queen. Also, in a bit of surprising news, Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent), will be directing the pilot. According »
- Paul Sileo
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