15 items from 2015
Manuel here to offer some random box office facts about the acting races. The big Oscar box office story continues to be American Sniper’s unprecedented success, so much so that Bradley Cooper garnered a shoutout last night at the SAG Awards despite not being nominated. I’m starting to feel the Best Picture category might not be the only three-way race as we wade deeper into Phase 2. Numbers and statistics junkie that I imagine myself to be, I was curious to see whether the past fifteen years’ worth of box office numbers in the acting categories could help us gleam anything about potential outcomes. Spoiler alert: not much, but enjoy the following random tidbits below.
As it stands, Bradley, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall (improbably, really) and Meryl Streep hold the title as the highest grossing nominees from their respective races. How might this help Bradley; well, let's take a »
- Manuel Betancourt
A playwright, screenwriter, poet and essayist, he was an adjunct professor of Screenwriting at Columbia University's School of the Arts and Barnard College, as well as Nyu's Tisch School of the Arts. Among his former students are James Mangold ("Girl Interrupted," "Walk the Line") and Greg Mottola ("Superbad," "Adventureland"). After receiving his Mfa from the Yale School of Drama in 1982, Gallo met Huston, who was impressed by his adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's novel, and made the film version. Starring Albert Finney and Jacqueline Bisset, it was released in 1984 and was a selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Gallo wrote over a dozen feature screenplays, and had four others produced. Among them was an adaptation, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Part I, which American Playhouse broadcast in 1986; its cast included Lillian Gish and Geraldine Page. Born February 16, 1955 in New Orleans, Louisiana, »
- Annette Insdorf
With so many superhero movies on the horizon, there’s a growing concern in some quarters that the current comic book movie boom is leading to the death of cinema, but one person who definitely isn’t concerned is Paul Thomas Anderson, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the likes of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice.
“Ah, that’s such a fucking crock of shit,” Anderson told Rolling Stone when asked for his thoughts on complaints about contemporary American filmmaking being nothing but superhero movies. “I can’t remember a year in recent memory where there were less complaints about the quality of movies. And what’s wrong with superhero movies, you know? I don’t know. You’re talking to someone that enjoys watching those films. People need to get a life if they’re having that discussion [laughs]. Those movies get a bad rap.”
- Gary Collinson
“I’ve done some movies that aren’t challenging at all,” a newly reinvigorated Reese Witherspoon confessed in an interview with Vulture a few months back.
That’s most certainly true, although recently the actress has dug in deep for a set of unquestionably challenging projects. In addition to a starring role in the Lost Boys of Sudan drama The Good Lie, Witherspoon produced David Fincher’s stellar missing-wife thriller Gone Girl and pops up in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. She also took on her guttiest role in years with Wild, which is based on the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed and casts Witherspoon as a soul-searching woman embarking on a thousand-mile hike.
Breaking into Hollywood at age 14 with the 1991 coming-of-age drama, The Man In The Moon, Witherspoon originally made her name with a double dose of dark teen drama: Cruel Intentions and the wry Election in 1999.
With 2001′s Legally Blonde, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
Reese Witherspoon had a good morning: The Wild actress got her second Best Actress Oscar nomination (she previously won for Walk the Line), and her co-star Laura Dern, who plays Witherspoon's mother in the film, also snagged a Best Supporting Actress nod. EW talked to Witherspoon about her big day. EW: Were you awake? Reese Witherspoon: I was asleep. I’m surprised you can sleep through that! This is a big morning. I mean, no. The baby was up a lot last night. I was in a mother coma. Clearly no one told him that it was Oscar nominations day. »
- Tim Stack
Pissed about Selma director Ava DuVernay‘s Oscar snub for Best Director? How about its leading man David Oyelowo being overlooked for Best Actor? And what about the film’s director of photographer Bradford Young‘s shutout from the Best Cinematography category? I am too, but let’s try to make sense of it all, and figure out how to avoid it in the future.
It almost makes no sense why each individual was left unrecognized by the Academy. First, Selma is the stuff Oscar dreams are made of. It’s a focused, ever-relevant, politically charged biopic about overcoming the odds, in the vein of Oscar winners The King’s Speech and The Hurt Locker. Oyelowo plays a well-known, not to mention beloved, public figure, Martin Luther King Jr., with such conviction and empathy that he disappears into the role, no different from the way Joaquin Phoenix embodied Johnny Cash »
- Tara Aquino
Although an Oscar-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon is much better known for her light-hearted roles. Her turn as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde is more intrinsically linked to her than her role as June Carter in Walk The Line for which she won the coveted statue. She hasn’t always picked these ‘bubble-gum’ roles – sure, she did a longer stint of romantic comedies than some – but the actress isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
In this week’s new release, Wild, Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, a broken young woman determined to get her life sorted. A recovering addict and adulterer, Cheryl decides the only way for her to become an acceptable member of society is by leaving it all behind and trekking across the great Pacific Crest Trail. The events are based on the real journey of New York Times’ best-selling author, the actual Cheryl Strayed.
The film places Witherspoon front and centre, »
- Kat Smith
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Run Time: 115 mins
Synopsis: After a series of unfortunate events Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon), a recovering drug addict, sets out on a 1100 mile trek by foot across America’s Pacific Crest Trail.
This time last year we were all mesmerised by Jean-Marc Vallee’s brilliant Dallas Buyers Club, a film that saw both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto bag an Oscar. Now just twelve months later Vallee has produced another stunning piece of cinema that is garnering a lot of award season chatter.
Once more the story is a true life tale, this time around we have Reese Witherspoon starring as Cheryl Strayed, a young woman who, through determination to turn her life around, makes it her mission to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail. For those not in the know the Pacific Crest Trail is really long (over 1000 miles).
- Kat Smith
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, Lapd Detectives, »
- Gary Collinson
The 2015 awards season kicks off this evening with the Golden Globes, which will – if nothing else – set a sky-high benchmark for the hosts to follow thanks to the returning wonder-duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
With just under two months still to go until the Oscars, the race is still relatively open and the prediction game is even more based on guesswork and conjecture than it will be come February 21. But we're partial to a bit of guesswork and conjecture, particularly where the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are concerned.
Below are Digital Spy's bets for the movie categories at this evening's ceremony.
Best Motion Picture (Drama)
While it's still too early to call a clear frontrunner for this awards season, Boyhood is the closest we have. Traditionally, films that come out so far before the awards window are at a disadvantage, »
Actor has emerged as an influential producer with two major films restoring her position as a leading figure in Us film industry
You can spend your way out of a recession, but can you produce your way out of a career slump? That is the question confronting Reese Witherspoon, the actor best known for the Legally Blonde comedies and an Oscar-winning turn as June Carter Cash in the 2005 film Walk the Line.
Witherspoon has emerged as an influential and high-achieving producer. Her name has backed up two major recent releases. The first, her own starring vehicle Wild, adapted from Cheryl Strayed’s best selling memoir, is currently in Us cinemas and being talked of as a serious Oscar contender. The second was the David Fincher thriller Gone Girl, one of last year’s most anticipated films, which Witherspoon bought up when the source material, Gillian Flynn’s novel, had still to be published. »
- Andrew Pulver
Paul Thomas Anderson returns to the swingin’ 1970’s once more. Nearly eighteen years (zoinks!) after the saga of Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights, he’s back in the era of wacky fashions and grooming choices. But this time Pt pushes the clock back a tad from the disco dancing later part of the decade to the time just after the psychedelic 60’s came to a close, 1970, a year still recovering from a massive hangover of the previous decade. And this is first adaptation since 2007’s There Will Be Blood, the first film version of a novel by the celebrated, reclusive author Thomas Pynchon. Check your inhibitions at the door, as we indulge in some cinematic Inherent Vice.
The film’s groovy narrator Sortilege (Joanna Newsom) introduces us to a most mellow fellow, hippie private eye (?!) Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he gets a big surprise at his Gordita Beach »
- Jim Batts
More than 15 years ago, Reese Witherspoon gave her first really impressive performance as an ambitious, overachieving high school student in the indie comedy Election. She’d shown talent before then, but this was the moment we knew she would grow as an actress as she aged further into adulthood (she was 22 at the time, playing a teenager). Later came Legally Blonde and cemented her as a movie star, one who would go on to additional rom-com fluff like Sweet Home Alabama while only occasionally mixing in more substantial fare — enough to win an Oscar in 2005 for Walk the Line, at least. Now she appears to be focused on the latter in what some have called a career resurrection or (to borrow an idea from her Mud co-star) “Reese-enaissance” or (via the Fighting in the War Room podcast) “Reese-urgence.” And with this new era comes a reunion with her Election director, Alexander Payne »
- Christopher Campbell
By Anjelica Oswald
J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of a vicious and relentless instructor at a music conservatory in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash has propelled Simmons as a frontrunner in the supporting actor Oscar race since the film’s premiere at Sundance. He received the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 3 and was nominated for a Golden Globe, which will be distributed on Jan. 11.
Simmons likely will earn his first Oscar nomination on Jan. 15 and if he wins on Feb. 22, he will become the eighth supporting actor in the last 14 years to win for his first nomination.
In the past 14 years, 50 percent (seven of 14) of supporting actors and 64 percent (nine of 14) of supporting actresses were never nominated before winning their first Oscar.
- Anjelica Oswald
Following on from the character posters for Josh Brolin and Reese Witherspoon [see here] and Benicio Del Toro and Owen Wilson [see here], we’ve now got two more Inherent Vice one-sheets, this time focussing on Martin Short and Hong Chau…
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, »
- Gary Collinson
15 items from 2015
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