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Sometimes with younger actors it takes time to recognize how consistent is the quality of their performances. There's a lot of drek out there--think about all the indie actors who wind up in movies nobody wants to see. On the other hand New York actor Paul Dano, now 29, keeps scoring memorably juicy roles, and has done so from his Broadway debut at age 12 in a revival of "Inherit the Wind" and his collaboration with Ethan Hawke on "Things We Want," through his first film performance at age 16 in Sundance hit "L.I.E.," opposite Brian Cox. He went on to strong roles in "Little Miss Sunshine," "Meek's Cutoff," "Cowboys & Aliens," "Looper," "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," where he first met Daniel Day-Lewis, his eventual co-star on "There Will Be Blood," And then there's terrific indie romance he made with his girlfriend and co-star Zoe Kazan, who also wrote "Ruby Sparks," directed »
- Anne Thompson
Chicago – So you’re a young woman who decides to fall asleep in your car parked just off the highway. You’re awoken by the rapping fist of a chiseled cop who leers at you with the sexual appetite of a drooling wolf. Sounds like a meet cute straight out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” But in Marcio Garcia’s head-slapping dud, “Open Road,” it’s supposed to be heartwarming.
See, the cop, David (Colin Egglesfield), has such an instantaneous infatuation with the woman, Angie (Camilla Belle), that he practically can’t contain his excitement when she complains that her car won’t start. So David checks to see what’s wrong with the car, and since he’s off-camera, we assume that he’s hacking away at the engine with his nightstick. After treating her to a meal, David suggests that Angie stay with him in his trailer for »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Odds are stacked heavily on Steven Spielberg film Lincoln bringing the actor his record-breaking third best actor statue
Daniel Day-Lewis stands on the verge of Hollywood history by becoming the Academy awards' most lauded male actor if, as is widely considered likely, he is named as best actor for the third time for his role in Lincoln at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night.
Eight other male actors, including Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn and Gary Cooper, have two best actor Oscars. Day-Lewis already holds statuettes for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood (awarded in 1990 and 2008 respectively). Another win will put him out on his own, confirming his position as one of the all-time greats.
Other than Day-Lewis, who holds dual UK-Irish citizenship, British hopes are not invested heavily in the acting categories: unusually for a traditional area of British strength, there is no other UK representation.
The same goes for best director, »
- Andrew Pulver
There's a pretty great little article over at Yahoo looking into the folklore and legends of the lengths Daniel Day-Lewis goes to for his craft. The fact Daniel Day-Lewis is a method actor is no secret, just as much as we all know he remained in character for Lincoln, sent Sally Field a text message as Honest Abe and asked English cast members not to speak with him in their British accent so as not to throw him off. Well, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Along with throwing actual bowling balls at Paul Dano while filming There Will be Blood, learning to build a canoe for The Last of the Mohicans and becoming a butcher for Gangs of New York, here are ten facts taken from Yahoo's article about Day-Lewis' preparation. After you read them you tell me... Would you go to the same lengths as him if »
- Brad Brevet
Jeremy Strong is having quite a year. He landed supporting roles in two films that we will be hearing a lot about during the awards season.
In Lincoln he plays John Nicolay, private secretary to the president. The funny thing is, Strong has kind of played this part before. He was Daniel Day-Lewis’ assistant on The Ballad of Jack and Rose. I guess that means he’s accustomed to Day-Lewis’ method acting eccentricities.
“To reprise that role on film and stand by Daniel’s side was profoundly meaningful for me because I have such reverence and love for him,” Strong said. “His commitment and humility and courage as an actor is on another level.”
“Being in India and shooting ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ was equally exciting. I have friends who have served (in the »
- Philip Sticco
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