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Paul Dano just earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a young Brian Wilson in the music biopic "Love and Mercy." Is an Oscar nomination soon to follow? -Break- We know the academy loves actors playing real people, and actors playing musicians are especially successful at winning over Oscar voters. Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray" and Reese Witherspoon claimed Best Actress for her role as June Carter in "Walk the Line." Geoffrey Rush ("Shine") and Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") also prevailed, both as real-life piano virtuosos. Experts' Oscar predictions update: 'Spotlight' faces threat from fast-rising 'Revenant' In addition, Dano has the benefit of playing a character with mental illness. Voters are often impressed by actors who embody the physical and emotional symptoms of a ...' »
Smith admitted to having meetings with Tarantino but the actor initially passed on the lead role of Django, which ultimately went to Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx ("Ray") and co-starred Christoph Waltz ("Inglorious Basterds"), Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant"), and Samuel L. Jackson ("The Hateful Eight").
Smith talked about why he passed on the script written by Tarantino saying:
"It was about the creative direction of the story,” Smith added, "To me, it’s as perfect a story as you could ever want: a guy that learns how to kill to retrieve his wife that has been taken as a slave. That idea is perfect. And it was just that Quentin and I couldn’t see [eye to eye]."
"I wanted »
- J.B. Casas
Ron Sunshine: Bring It Home (Rondette)
Ron Sunshine's mix of jazz, soul, and blues is always a little different from album to album. This time out the vibe is classy late-'50s/early '60s R&B with a small horn section and lots of blues shuffles. The horns and the pianist will sometimes play jazz harmonies, but in general the feeling is more down-home than his more swing-oriented efforts were -- though we're talking fine distinctions here; he's not changing styles, just shifting leanings by degrees.
Sunshine's broad tastes show in his cover of Charlie Rich's "Who Will the Next Fool Be," and his vocal is every bit as effective in his own style as Rich's or Bobby Bland's versions -- Sunshine can do covers without fearing comparisons to either the originals or to other covers; he pulls off "I'm Shakin'" (made famous by Little Willie John »
Deadline has revealed that Jennifer Aniston has signed on to star alongside Robert De Niro in his passion project The Comedian, which is being directed by Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Ray).
The film will see De Niro as “a toxic insult comic on the order of a Don Rickles”, with Aniston set to play a woman with whom he develops a close relationship after meeting at a wedding.
De Niro has been trying to get The Comedian off the ground for several years, and production will finally get underway in early 2016.
- Gary Collinson
De Niro will play a Don Rickles-style stand-up comic who specializes in insults, with the script’s stand-up material written by Comedy Central Roast mainstay Jeffrey Ross. Aniston will play a woman who becomes close to the comic after meeting him at a wedding.
Aniston has been shooting “The Yellow Birds.” She’s repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Group.
- Dave McNary
Rock, who hosted the 77th Academy Awards in 2005, where the night’s big winners included Million Dollar Baby,Jamie Foxx for his performance in Ray, Cate Blanchett for her role as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator, and screenplay trophies for Sideways and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Now Rock will follow in his own footsteps and return to the stage as the master of ceremonies. On his last outing, Rock riffed on nominees,Michael Moore, and then-president George W. Bush.
We’ll have to wait to see which films will find themselves at the mercy of Rock’s quips, though early buzz points towards Room, Brooklyn, Steve Jobs, Spotlight, Joy, and The Revenant. We’ll have to wait and see what »
- Rachel West
Can someone make sense of the Once Upon a Time and Castle schedules? Which Scorpion secret shall be revealed? Will the Sleepy sisters enjoy some sibling revelry? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
I hope you can clarify: I thought Once Upon a Time Episode 510 was supposed to be finale before hiatus, and 511 (the 100th episode) was the spring premiere? —Katrina
Clarify, I shall! Or rather, co-creator Adam Horowitz shall. He told me that Episode 10, titled “Broken Heart, »
Among the many Star Wars vets returning for The Force Awakens is Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi and multiple characters in The Phantom Menace. You may also know him as the star of Willow, the Leprechaun franchise and the show Life's Too Short. He's also in all of the Harry Potter movies plus Labyrinth, Ray and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In addition to the new Star Wars movie(s), Davis will soon be seen as the lead character in an indie comedy called ShortFellas. That is, if it can find the funds to be made. The movie has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $870,610 for the project, which will be written and directed...
- Christopher Campbell
'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing world in the 2004 melo Million Dollar Baby. Despite the cheery title, this is not the usual Rocky-esque rags-to-riches story of the determined underdog who inevitably becomes a super-topdog once she (in this case it's a “she”) puts on her gloves, jumps into the boxing ring, and starts using other women as punching bags. That's because about two-thirds into the film, Million Dollar Baby takes a radical turn toward tragedy that is as unexpected as everything else on screen is painfully predictable. In fact, once the dust is settled, even that last third quickly derails into the same sentimental mush Eastwood and »
- Andre Soares
The film will allegedly begin shooting in New York in January next year.
De Niro stars in The Intern, which is out in UK cinemas tomorrow (Friday, October 2).
As die-hard fans of "Scandal" know, there's not much that Kerry Washington can or will say about the upcoming, always-jaw-dropping twists and turns that the show's become beloved for -- and she admits that usually even she doesn't what's about to be thrown at her. But that doesn't mean she doesn't have a lot to talk about when it comes to Olivia Pope and the perilous world she inhabits created by Shonda Rhimes.
As the show prepares to launch its fourth season, there's one conclusion about her character that she's come to, no matter how emotionally invested she or the show's admirers are in Olivia. "I've always thought it was really misguided when women tell me that Olivia Pope is their role model," says Washington, "because she's having an affair with a married man who is the President of the United States. And a murderer. And they stole an election together -- well, »
- Scott Huver
'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »
- Zac Gille
Game Plan Special Services and film financier Grosvenor Park Media have formed an alliance to provide specialized financing solutions to the professional sports industry.
“As the value of global sports media rights continues to grow unabated, alternative financing opportunities have become more analogous to investments within Grosvenor Park’s historical specialization of providing structured finance solutions for film and television,” said Don Starr, chairman of Grosvenor Park. “The extension of our platform into sports has been a long-time objective for our company, and in Game Plan we have found the ideal partner.”
Grosvenor Park, based in Santa Monica, Calif., touts itself as having arranged more than $1 billion in financing for film and TV productions with aggregate production budgets close to $5 billion.
Under the alliance, Game Plan will look to provide for major and minor league sports in the U.S. in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, facility construction, team and league credit facilities, »
- Dave McNary
Directors Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, two of the five partners from the Canadian film production company Astron-6, have reunited from their 2011 effort Father’s Day (a feature co-directed by all five members of their collective) for The Editor. Another reconstitution of vintage genre cinema, this time around they satirize the more ridiculous elements of the once popular giallo movement of film, those Italian thrillers often dubbed in English which gave rise to horror auteurs like Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Emilio Miraglia, Mario Bava, and a host of others.
Incredibly silly but with enough moments of bloody gore to appeal to audiences who might have no idea exactly what Brooks and Kennedy are aping, the film is filled with charmingly deliberate jabs at unintentionally ridiculous flourishes from a bygone era. While its own narrative is so over-the-top it’s almost not even worth recounting, the film is fun, »
"Straight Outta Compton" has reached yet another milestone this week, becoming the highest grossing music bio-pic ever. At currently $136 million and still counting, it beat out the previous No.1 film in that category, "Walk The Line" - the film about Johnny Cash, which grossed nearly $120 million, and held that record for a decade. "Ray," the Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles film, now drops to third, with $75 million. Clearly "Compton" has touched a nerve with black audiences. There were other hip-hop films before it, going back to "Krush Groove" thirty years ago in 1985. But, with the exception of the Eminem film "8 Mile," which made »
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
We've heard the rumours, seen the house pictures, spied the Diary Room chair and we know that there's going to be a UK vs Us theme. That's right, Celebrity Big Brother is back - and now all we need are some housemates.
As well as meeting the people due to keep us entertained for the forseeable, we've been promised a big twist to kick things off, so we should be in for a good night. Join us from 9pm as we bring you all the action...
23:01Right though - for now, that's your lot. Thanks for joining us and make sure you keep leaving your comments below - we want to know all your thoughts about what just happened!
22:58Well, it looks like Daniel has been banished with Scoop and Farrah. He's holding court talking about his movies, so who says they're not at a party right now? »
Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.
Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.
GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPDisorder (Maryland) (France-Belgium), Alice Winocour NAPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPMan Down (Us), Dito Montiel NAPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPMiss You Already (UK), Catherine Hardwicke WPMississippi Grind (Us), Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden CPMr. Right (Us), Paco Cabezas WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall ([link »
After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
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