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Whether or not you think Catherine Martin has already won this year's Costume Design Oscar - paging pink-suited Jay Gatsby! -- the upcoming battle for Oscar nominations is hardly an easy read even if there are only four spots to sashay towards in your suit & gown finery. Costume Design is my favorite Oscar race outside of all the Actressing, not frequently for what the Academy chooses but for the breadth and depth of the competitive field each year. Here's a few questions I'm already asking myself and by extension, you. So join me in the sartorial contemplation...
Steven Noble's work on "Two Faces of January" looks just divine in stills. How's the film?
This far ahead of the nominations (only 242 days to go!) it's anyone's guess and anyone's game.
Which frequently forgotten designer will finally get the red carpet welcoming committee?
The possible answers are plentiful so let's talk four of them. »
- NATHANIEL R
Paddy Considine is perhaps best known for his film work - in 2011, following a string of explosive acting performances in the likes of Dead Man's Shoes and In America, he released his first full-length directorial effort Tyrannosaur to widespread acclaim.
But in that same year, Considine also took a rare sojourn into television for ITV's period crime thriller The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and this Sunday night, will reprise the role in a follow-up film from writer Neil McKay.
In an interview with Digital Spy, the 39-year-old actor, writer, filmmaker and musician reveals why he decided to reprise the role of Whicher, and how his attitudes towards acting have changed over the years.
"I'm gonna tell the truth - a little bit, yeah! It wasn't my idea at all, I wasn't in that way of thinking. »
they're not the stars but they steal the show. Chosen by the Guide's film writers, the prizes for the 23 best supporting actors of 2013 go to …
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There are times you feel as if Swinton has made it her mission to eradicate all traces of natural provenance. She's achieved an almost clone-like physical presence: an ageless, androgynous, translucent-skinned human blank, ready to be moulded into whatever role she's assigned. And boy does she get through them. She's been everything from a distressed housewife to the Angel Gabriel; corporate lawyer to Narnian ice queen. But in personality terms, she's the complete opposite of a blank. Malleable though she may be, Swinton has ironically become her own trademark. »
- Francesca Babb, Alex Godfrey, Andrea Hubert, Charlie Lyne, Phelim O'Neill, John Patterson, Steve Rose
A few days ago, Universal Pictures unveiled an international trailer for Ron Howard's upcoming "Rush," starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as Formula 1 racer James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) as Niki Lauda. Today, we have a domestic trailer. Watch it below. Plot: A biography of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his rival, James Hunt. Howard is the man behind such films as "The Da Vinci Code," "Cinderella Man," and "A Beautiful Mind." The script is written by Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland, The Queen, Frost/Nixon). "Rush" is set to hit theaters on September 20th. Trailer: »
"Their courage was inspiring." Following the international trailer debut last week, Universal has premiered the first full Us trailer for Rush, the Formula 1 racing movie directed by Ron Howard. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, the film is about two rival F1 drivers and the crash that nearly took the life of driver Niki Lauda. I've been anxiously waiting for this since we covered filming last year, and while that first trailer was damn good, this one is even better. Something about the rivalry and their passions and hearing the story of what drives them makes me incredibly excited to see this as soon as I can. Take a look! Here's the first official Us trailer for Ron Howard's Rush, debuted on Yahoo: Director Ron Howard's (Frost/Nixon, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Willow) Rush, from a screenplay written by Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland, »
- Alex Billington
42 is primed to strike a victory for quality this weekend, though there are plenty of variables that could give Scary Movie 5 a sneaky win. Let's break it down! Finding a comparable for 42 isn't an easy task. Is it Cinderella Man, Glory Road or The Blind Side? You've got openings in the neighborhood of $18 million, $13 million and $34 million, which is to say the results are far from conclusive. The reviews have been mostly positive, and a baseball movie is well-timed, plus we're still in the residual spring break time period. There aren't bankable stars involved (unless you want to argue Harrison Ford, in which case I'd throw Firewall and Morning Glory your way) and it is spotting Scary Movie 5 somewhere around 100 theaters. I'm predicting $29 million and a first place victory, but... Another scary factor in trying to call this weekend is I'm also trying to hit the exact moment »
- Laremy Legel
Universal Pictures has unveiled an international trailer for Ron Howard's upcoming "Rush," starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as Formula 1 racer James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) as Niki Lauda. Check out the trailer below. Plot: A biography of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his rival, James Hunt. Howard is the man behind such films as "The Da Vinci Code," "Cinderella Man," and "A Beautiful Mind." The script is written by Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland, The Queen, Frost/Nixon). "Rush" is set to hit theaters on September 20th. Trailer: »
"The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel." StudioCanal has unveiled the very first full trailer for Ron Howard's Rush, the Formula One racing film about two real-life rival drivers, one played by Daniel Brühl (Niki Lauda) the other played by Chris Hemsworth (James Hunt). We've been following this film since early behind-the-scenes footage and photos showed up last year, but now we get to watch some actual finished footage and it looks outstanding. Not only an intense story about F1 racing, but a complex story about these drivers and what drives them. Most of the dialogue in this gave me chills. Looks so damn good! Here's the very first full trailer for Ron Howard's Rush, found on YouTube: Director Ron Howard's (Frost/Nixon, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Willow) Rush, from a screenplay written by Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland, »
- Alex Billington
I love playing games. From a young age I was taught to play and gamble on Mahjong by my Chinese grandparents. In my college days I made money playing poker, bluffing naive suckers out of their money. Nowadays I pass the time playing Trivial Pursuit variants which have been redesigned for gambling purposes, Jenga with shots of vodka as penance for tumbling the tower, and board games with ominous names like Pandemic.
Sports movies are a well-treaded and beloved film genre. Some of these films merely provide us with ample 90 minute segments of entertainment, like Major League. Others go down in our hearts as the inspiring or heart-breaking works of Rudy or Field of Dreams. And if you make a boxing movie, there’s a good chance you’re getting Oscar nods like Ali and Cinderella man; and if you’re lucky, y0u’ll win Best Picture like Rocky and Million Dollar Baby. »
- Nick F
Here is my complete 2014 Oscar Preview in one complete list, with all 40 Oscar Contenders and my thoughts on each over the course of a massive 13-page spread and over 8,500 words. Trust me, I don't blame you if you take your time, but I think it may serve as a helpful list to look back at throughout the year. And, if you missed Parts 1-4 in which I featured each of these films, ten per installment, and just because it's fun to see them all in one place, here's a list of all 40 films included in this preview: The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, A Most Wanted Man, The Place Beyond the Pines, August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Diana, Elysium, The Fifth Estate, Foxcatcher, Frozen, Fruitvale, Grace of Monaco, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Lowlife, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, »
- Brad Brevet
We have reached the final ten films in my 2014 Oscar Preview, which has been made up of 40 potential 2014 Oscar contenders and, as we all know, I'm sure to have missed more than a handful. However, I think today's batch has more than a few gems to keep an eye on, many of which made my list of most anticipated films of 2013. This list also includes the one movie of the entire 40 that has the best chance of being pushed to next year, but it would be foolish to leave it off until we know for sure. You probably know what film I'm talking about, but if you don't I'm sure the next paragraph will give it away. This final list of ten films begins with Prisoners from Incendies helmer Denis Villeneuve and starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal alongside Melissa Leo and Viola Davis, next is Brad Furman's Runner, »
- Brad Brevet
Feature James Clayton 1 Mar 2013 - 06:39
Nevertheless, the new crime drama directed by Allen Hughes does contain both Wahlberg and Crowe. Playing, respectively, a wronged private investigator and the Mayor of New York, the pair have the opportunity to exhibit their great acting range, which is something I feel neither A-lister always gets due credit for. They’re both excellent actors whose best performances are possibly overlooked because they’re embedded in an ensemble cast or played opposite a scene-stealing extrovert.
This is definitely true for Marky Mark if you consider Boogie Nights, The Fighter and »
In more Marvel Studios news, Deadline reported that Chris Pratt (right) has been cast as team leader Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in the cosmic comic adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy. Several other actors have been linked to the role in recent months.
Pratt's credits include Wanted, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty and Movie 43. Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey have also been linked to unspecified roles in the film, with fans speculating that the comedy stars are likely to be voicing non-human characters Rocket Raccoon or Groot. »
- David Bentley
Alex Walton, President of International at Exclusive Media, announced today that the company has closed a number of international sales including a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (“Spwa”) for the highly anticipated dramatic thriller Parkland.
Parkland is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, as well as Exclusive Media and The American Film Company, which will also co-finance with Exclusive. Bill Paxton is also a Producer.
Currently shooting on location in Austin, Texas, Parkland is set for a domestic fall 2013 release, to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and stars Zac Efron (The Paperboy, At Any Price, The Lucky One), Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Pollock), Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln), Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Eagle Eye), Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom), and Oscar nominated Paul Giamatti (The Ides Of March, »
- Michelle McCue
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
Two new pictures have been released from Edgar Wright’s (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) The World’s End - the third in a trilogy of films by Wright and featuring co-writer Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into The Darkness) and Nick Frost (Attack the Block) following Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. Courtesy of Empire, here's a look at the cast in action:
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, »
By Joey Magidson
I’ve always had a soft spot for films that are directed by actors. In one of my recent pieces, I spoke about how the Academy looks at actors who direct. Now, I’ll be continuing my interest by focusing in on which of these multi-hyphenates are the best at what they do.
By and large, the films that actors make when they choose directorial projects have some sort of significance for them or at least play to their strengths, so disasters are few and far between. This makes it a lot of fun to celebrate the best of the bunch, since I’m able to draw from a larger pool than you normally can when looking at one particular type of filmmaker.
I take some comfort in knowing that most films directed by actors tend to be at least decent, if not better. I »
- Joey Magidson
• Warner Bros. has acquired The Man From Primrose Lane with the intent of developing it into a feature for Bradley Cooper. Chad Feehan (Paranormal Activity 4) will write the screenplay based on James Renner’s novel about a true crime writer who decides to investigate the mysterious murder of a mitten-wearing, West Akron, Ohio recluse. [Deadline]
• Bradley Cooper is also currently in discussions to re-team with Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) for his next project, tentatively called Chef and described as a “culinary comedy” about a disgraced Paris-based chef attempting to stage a comeback in London. Cooper can be seen alongside Eva Mendes »
- Lindsey Bahr
Exclusive Media Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East announced today that principal photography has commenced on the feature film Parkland. Based on the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, by Vincent Bugliosi, the adapted screenplay is written by award-winning journalist and novelist Peter Landesman, who is making his directorial debut. The dramatic thriller is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, as well as Exclusive Media, and The American Film Company, which will also co-finance with Exclusive. Bill Paxton is also a producer.
Founded by entrepreneur Joe Ricketts, The American Film Company is dedicated to making films about true stories from American history. The company's last feature, The Conspirator, starred James McAvoy and Robin Wright and was directed by Robert Redford. Ricketts and American Film Company president Brian D. Falk are Executive Producers on Parkland.
“What I would hope is that people think that I was a guy who was good at his job.” So says Paul Giamatti about his potential legacy, and it’s hard to imagine that moviegoers could come to any other conclusion. The New Haven native has brought his unique brand of angst-ridden earnestness to great, real performances in “American Splendor,” “Sideways,” “Cinderella Man” (for which he earned an Oscar nomination), “Win Win” and many others. Giamatti next appears in the Jan. 25 release “John Dies at the End,” a whacked-out horror film directed by Don Coscarelli (“Bubba Ho-Tep”) about a mysterious drug called Soy Sauce that allows users to read people’s minds and cross dimensions. Indiewire recently caught up with Giamatti to hear stories about what was going on behind some of his most memorable screen work. “Safe Men” (1998) Giamatti plays a fashion-challenged mob »
- Jason Matloff
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