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By Anjelica Oswald
The transition from television star to cinematic award-winner is often difficult. Where actors in feature films tend to be regarded as prestigious, the actors you catch on a television show every week become almost like friends and are more relatable. This personal appeal can hinder prospective Oscar chances, as TV actors are denigrated as being less-than qualified for the statues than their featured peers.
Some 21st century exceptions to the rule include George Clooney, who rose to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, is now a two-time Oscar winner, one for his supporting role in 2005’s Syriana and the other for best picture for 2012’s Argo; Jennifer Lawrence, who starred as the oldest daughter on The Bill Engvall Show before it ended in 2009, is now a three-time Oscar nominee, winning once for her lead role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook; Melissa Leo, »
- Anjelica Oswald
No one’s is ever going to launch an Oscar campaign for Need for Speed, but there’s a case to be made for unpretentious, action-packed popcorn pleasures like the racing thriller. Aaron Paul gave a mesmerizing performance, the stunts were spectacular and, perhaps best of all, it proved that helmer Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) knows his way around a slick action vehicle. Now, Waugh is set to dive into the deep end for a much pricier venture – a $120 million sci-epic titled Inversion.
The script, from Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) and David Arata (Spy Game), follows a young Chinese scientist and a street-smart American ex-patriate who team up and race against time to prevent a cataclysmic reversal of gravity, which would send entire cities and civilians falling into the sky to certain death.
It’s an exciting premise, and Waugh’s background as a stunt coordinator should »
- Isaac Feldberg
It all started a little over 10 years ago, when “Girl With a Pearl Earring” opened and everyone who heard its haunting, magical waltz theme asked, “Wow, who wrote that?”
The “who,” as everyone in the business knows by now, is French composer Alexandre Desplat. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for his music in the romantic ode to one of Johannes Vermeer’s most famous paintings, then followed it with a startling score for “Birth” — its fairy-tale flutes and child-like celeste serving to deepen that film’s almost ungraspable mystery — and he quickly became one of the most sought-after composers in Hollywood.
Except that he lived in Paris. And still does.
And while Desplat is content to call Paris home, he has quietly opened a second studio in L.A. to make it easier to confer with directors here and, as necessary, compose too, as he recently did with “The Imitation Game. »
- Jon Burlingame
Exclusive: “The future is a fix” in Narcopolis, a thriller set in a city where the manufacture and use of all recreational drugs is legal. Director Justin Trefgarne, a former story editor at Working Title Films who has also worked with the UK’s Ruby Films, Ridley Scott Associates and Film4, makes his feature helming debut here. Heading into the Afm, Narcopolis, which employed an unconventional financing method, has been acquired by the UK’s Altitude Film Distribution and by Canada’s Mongrel Media. (See trailer above.)
In the film, Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons) plays Frank Grieves, a police officer and former addict, who is called to investigate an unidentifiable corpse and pulled into a world infected with corruption and in which the only person upon whom he can rely is himself. Jonathan Pryce also stars with Elodie Yung (GI Joe: Retaliation), Harry Lloyd (Game Of Thrones), Cosima Shaw »
- Nancy Tartaglione
“Inversion,” unveiled at Cannes by Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited, follows a young Chinese scientist and a street-smart American expat in a race against the clock across the globe to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat — a reversal of gravity causing civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky. Bragi Schut and David Arata (“Children of Men”) are scripting.
Producers are Michael Nozik (“Syriana”), Markus Barmettler and Philip Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) with an April start date planned for production. Foresight Unlimited will continue sales at the American Film Market.
Waugh is a former stunt performer who appeared in “Spider-Man” and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and co-founded Bandito Brothers. He co-directed 2012’s “Act of Valor” with Mike McCoy and helmed “Need for Speed,” which grossed over $200 million this year.
“Inversion” was introduced to »
- Dave McNary
Having already appeared in a crop of major films, including Syriana and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Egyptian film and TV star Amr Waked this year appeared as the policeman alongside Scarlett Johansson’s cerebral over-achiever Lucy, which is still raking in the millions across the world and becoming Luc Besson’s biggest film to-date. He’s next due to star in Netflix’s historical epic Marco Polo, being produced by The Weinstein Company and due to premiere in December. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Waked on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, where his latest film, the Egyptian crime
- Alex Ritman
Filming is underway in New Orleans on director David Gordon Green’s adaptation of the 2005 documentary the same name.
Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in the story of a group of American consultants accepting the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected. Bullock plays a maverick political consultant who comes out of retirement to lead the team while Thornton portrays her enemy.
The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gomez Berrios and Joaquim de Almeida. Green directs from a screenplay by Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”).
The film is being produced by Smokehouse Pictures’ principals George Clooney and Grant Heslov with Bullock, Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Stuart Besser serving as executive producers.
- Dave McNary
Nearly 17 years have passed since Batman & Robin. The George Clooney Apology Tour should be able to pull over, and take a rest. The actor has gone on to become a distinguished director, and he even picked up two Oscars for Syriana and Argo (which he produced). But Batman & Robin will always be Clooney.s albatross, and he continued to atone today. George Clooney took part in the Tomorrowland panel at New York Comic-Con, where he entertained the crowds, protected the films. mysteries, and made jokes at the expense of his failed Batman movie. According to ScreenRant, Clooney admitted that there are still, to this day, two things he feels he needs to apologize for, and he does it all of the time. He said: I just met Adam West there [referring to behind the Nycc main stage] and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, »
Ever since they wrote Good Will Hunting 18 years ago, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been one of Hollywood's most well-known bromances. But no bromance is complete without some healthy competition, which is why we've gone back through the years since their first Oscar win and looked at their careers. With Samantha Highfill representing Matt Damon in one corner, and Joshua Rivera representing Ben Affleck in the other, here's how the fight breaks down: 1997 Damon: Good Will Hunting Sure, both Damon and Affleck won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but only one of them was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, »
- EW staff
By Anjelica Oswald
As predictions are being made for possible contenders at the 87th Academy Awards, the cinematography category has some Oscar veterans making a possible return and a few names could have more than one film up for contention.
Six-time nominee Emmanuel Lubezki has been mentioned as a contender for his work on Birdman, which could earn him a consecutive Oscar following his win for Gravity (2013) at the 86th Academy Awards. Though Interstellar hasn’t premiered yet, the trailer has brought Hoyte Van Hoytema, director of photography for Her (2013), into the mix as well. With two films that could be up for contention each, cinematographers Bradford Young and Robert Elswit have appeared on multiple lists as possible nominees at the upcoming Oscars.
- Anjelica Oswald
A million leggy models/bartenders/aspiring red carpet hosts are having a little cry on the inside as George Clooney prepares to marry lawyer Amal Alamuddin in a reported 4-day fete in Venice. We tv shares the same sentiment as they announced a “Bye George!” Roseanne marathon, airing Clooney-centric Roseanne episodes starting Sunday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. E.T. To those around the world who are still holding a candle for the Cloonz, here’s a nostalgic look back at some of Clooney’s great romantic roles in past and recent history.
E/R (1984-1985) – Dr. Mark “Ace” Kolmar
- Teresa Jue
Clooney was nominated for his first Golden Globe in 1996 for his performance as a doctor on medical drama ER. He later won Golden Globes for his performances in 2001’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, 2006’s Syriana (this role also won him an Oscar), and 2011’s The Descendants.
- Ariana Bacle
The multihyphenate and humanitarian activist will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) honour at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11, 2015.
The honour is presented each year to those “who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The actor-director-writer-producer will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s career honor during the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11. George Clooney already has four Globes to his credit — all in different categories: Best Actor in a Drama for The Descendants (2011), Best Supporting Actor for Syriana (2005) and Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000). He also won for his breakout role in ER. “The HFPA is honored to bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma. Clooney most recently appeared in Gravity and The Monuments Men, the latter of which he also produced and directed. He next stars in Brad Bird’s sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland for Disney. Woody Allen received the 2014 honor. He was his typical no-show and his Annie Hall co-star Diane Keaton accepted for him. »
- The Deadline Team
George Clooney will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Monday. Clooney won his first Golden Globe in 2000 in the Best Actor, Musical or Comedy category for “O Brother Where Art Thou?” He later won for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for “Syriana” and for Best Actor, Drama in 2012 for “The Descendants.” Most recently, he won Best Picture for Ben Affeck's “Argo,” on which he was a producer. Also read: George Clooney to Direct Film on British Phone Hacking Scandal Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood »
- Linda Ge
A Most Wanted Man, 2014.
Directed by Anton Corbijn.
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
Sodden, dishevelled and alone a young man (Grigoriy Dobrygin) pulls himself from the River Elbe. In the grey dawn of a Hamburg morning Gunther Bachmann (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) sits across from his colleague Irna Frey (Nina Hoss). A cramped office divided neatly down the centre, piles of papers, reminders pinned across the walls and a comfortable silence between them.
Soon CCTV footage featuring this very same young man (Grigoriy Dobrygin) in conversation will cause a domino effect. Bachmann (Seymour Hoffman) and his team will become embroiled with CIA operative Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright), banker Tommy Brue (Willem Dafoe) and human rights lawyer Anna Richter (Rachel McAdams »
- Gary Collinson
Almost ten years after filming the Oscar-nominated movie, Syriana, George Clooney is still feeling the effects of his on-set injury. E! News has learned the actor traveled to Duke University earlier this month and then to a hospital in Dusseldorf, Germany to get his back injury looked at. After hurting his spinal cord while filming a particularly violent torture scene, the 53-year-old actor periodically loses spinal fluid. As a result, it's routine for the actor to tend to the injury when it's warranted. Clooney's rep could not be reached for comment. Clooney has had to cope with lingering effects since the accident occurred in 2004. The back injury turned out to be a torn »
Ten years after its founding, Participant Media has released some 55 films, from docs "An Inconvenient Truth," "Food, Inc.," "Waiting for ‘Superman'" to upcoming Toronto International Film Festival title "Merchants of Doubt" to uplifting features such as "Good Night, and Good Luck," "Syriana," "The Help," "Contagion" and "Lincoln." As Participant prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary at Toronto with the world premiere of animated “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the company led by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll has been broadening its narrowly defined social action niche to include commercial feature fare. The message is still there--but it's more hidden. In one example, the company just sold U.S. rights to supernatural thriller "Out of the Dark," starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, to Vertical Entertainment »
- Anne Thompson
With Warner Bros. and The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone going full speed to develop a cinematic take on Stephen King’s sprawling post-apocalyptic story The Stand, the studio’s thoughts are clearly starting to turn to casting. Boone already has Stars’ Nat Wolff aboard, but for the villain of the piece, Warners is trying to land Matthew McConaughey.According to Deadline, it’s very early days and no formal discussions have taken place, but the studio wants McConaughey to play antichrist-like figure Randal Flagg, who haunts the survivors of a man-made plague that collapses civilization. We can certainly see McConaughey’s natural intensity working for the character, though with an Oscar under his belt, he has a lot more negotiating power these days and may simply decide it’s not for him.Also jumping up and down like an eager puppy to score his attention is Syriana’s Stephen Gaghan, »
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures is eyeing Matthew McConaughey to play Randall Flagg in Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's apocalyptic masterpiece novel "The Stand."
Randall Flagg is the demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. Flagg was played by Jamey Sheridan in the 1994 television adaptation. Flagg was such a force of evil that he has appeared in at least nine of King's novels, sometimes as the primary antagonist and other times in a cameo appearance including The Dark Tower series.
Patrick Massett & John Zinman wrote the script, which is based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. »
- Kellvin Chavez
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