14 items from 2014
According to our predictions, Frances McDormand will win Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress at the Golden Globes for the HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge." It would be a first for the actress. Sure, she won a special ensemble award for "Short Cuts" in 1993, but she shared that with dozens of co-stars. She has yet to be honored individually. -Break- Richard Jenkins on 'connecting' with Frances McDormand in 'Olive Kitteridge' [Video] McDormand made history at the Globes with one particular loss. She was nominated for Best Film Musical/Comedy Actress for "Fargo" in 1996; she lost to Madonna ("Evita") but went on to win the Oscar anyway, making her the only woman to lose that Globes category, then win Oscar. (Click here to read more about the history of Musical/Comedy Actress at the Globes.) McDormand also earned Globe nods for "Almost Famous" (Film Supporting Actress, 2000), "North Country&quo..." »
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- Michael Stevens
Kevin Costner is heading back to the field to inspire a bunch of high-schoolers in McFarland, USA. Disney, who’ve carved out a name for themselves in the saccharine sports sub-genre, are behind this latest true life story, which is set in Central Valley, California.
Based on events that took place in 1987, the film follows a team of fledgling runners in a predominantly Latino high school. The arrival of new sports coach, Jim White (Costner), kickstarts a new era for the students, who together with their leader create a cross-country team. Along the way, they all learn that in order to achieve success, you must work together.
It’s not the most out-of-the-box storyline – an outsider rallies together a bunch of supposed no-hopers – but under the direction of Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country), it just might be. Caro’s reputation and eye for the details means this has the »
- Gem Seddon
"You're our anchor Danny, and not just because you're fat." Following Million Dollar Arm this year, Walt Disney Pictures has another traditional inspiring sports drama coming to theaters early next year. McFarland, USA stars Kevin Costner and tells the true story of a group of amateur Hispannic runners in a small, struggling California farm town who try to overcome the odds and build a winning cross country team under the guidance of the town's newcomer Jim White (Costner). This looks just as cheesy as you would expect with messages about class and race not being subtle at all. But maybe it'll be all right? Watch! Here's the first trailer for Niki Caro's McFarland, USA, originally from Yahoo: McFarland, USA is directed by Niki Caro (North Country, The Whale Rider) and written by Bettina Gilois (Glory Road). A group of novice runners from an economically challenged town in California's farm-rich »
- Ethan Anderton
Us actress best known for her work in Coen Brothers’ movies including Fargo to receive talent award.
Us actress Frances McDormand is to be awarded the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sep 6).
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Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams will gather at the Academy for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer,” on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.
In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the illustrious trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.
Dudamel, now entering his sixth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with “The Liberator (Libertador),” a biopic about Simón Bolívar that screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month. The score for this film, as well as a CD on Deutsche Grammophon, was recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which Dudamel is music director. Dudamel »
- Michelle McCue
Drama writer-producer Michael Seitzman has signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, where he has been for the past six years. Under his most recent pact, Seitzman created and executive produced the studio’s CBS drama series Intelligence. He has developed and sold a number of other projects for ABC Studios in the past few years, three of which have gone to pilot: Americana and Empire State at ABC and House Rules at CBS. Like Seitzman’s previous overall deals, the new one is for development only. On the feature side, the Wme-repped Seitzman penned the 2005 film North Country. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Opera singer Maria Callas, who was portrayed in the Cannes opening night film “Grace of Monaco,” will be the subject of a biopic from “Whale Rider” and “North Country” director Niki Caro, the filmmakers announced at Cannes on Monday. In a press release announcing the film “Callas,” writer-director Caro – who is currently in post production on the Disney film “McFarland” — said, “I have a great fascination for Maria Callas, who was such a powerful woman and artist, but also troubled and stuck in this very destructive relationship.” See photos: The Scene at Cannes: Lupita Nyong'o, Blake Lively, Naomi Watts, »
- Steve Pond
George Gently, Series 6
Created by Peter Flannery
Available Streaming on Acorn.TV
The police procedural is as old as television itself. Over the decades, pretty much every permutation of the genre has had its day in the sun, with the genre itself often changing as television progressed. From the original Golden Age classic Dragnet, to the increasingly serialized Hill Street Blues, to the grittier NYPD Blue and the modern era’s novelistic, realistic masterpiece The Wire, the genre shifts with each age, and reflects back on the society that produces it.
You may have noticed that all of the shows in the above paragraph were American productions, and in fact, most of the genre’s heights hail from this side of the pond. Yet the British have their own history of police shows (from Z-Cars, through Prime Suspect, and even last year’s Broadchurch) to draw from. George Gently, which just wrapped its sixth series, »
- Jordan Ferguson
Charlize Theron looked as beautiful as ever when she arrived at the 2014 Oscars wearing a sexy black gown in La on Sunday. The actress isn't nominated for any awards, but she is slated to present an award during the show. Charlize is no stranger to the Oscars, having performed with Channing Tatum at the show last year and nabbing the best actress award in 2004 for Monster. She was also nominated for best actress in 2006 for her role in North Country. Keep reading for more photos of Charlize, and vote for her look in our fashion and beauty polls! View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to ’12 Years a Slave’ producer (photo: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Oscar 2014 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today the complete list of movie celebrities — all actors, including a handful of actor-directors / actor-producers — who will be presenters at the ceremony, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and which will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide — even in the United States, via the ABC network. (See the full list below.) Among the Oscar 2014 presenters, you’ll find a number of past Oscar winners and nominees. With a couple of exceptions, not from the very distant past, mind you, as the overwhelming majority of presenters are performers working in »
- Steve Montgomery
Academy Award winner Frances McDormand ( Fargo , North Country ) and Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins ( The Visitor , The Cabin in the Woods ) are set to star in the HBO Miniseries drama "Olive Kitteridge," a film by Academy Award-nominated director Lisa Cholodenko ( The Kids Are All Right , Laurel Canyon ). Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name and written by Emmy-winner Jane Anderson ("The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom," "Normal"), the miniseries recently completed production in Massachusetts for debut later this year on HBO. An HBO Miniseries presentation of a Playtone production in association with As Is, "Olive Kitteridge" is executive produced by »
Best Supporting Actor Oscar Predictions 2014 (photo: Jared Leto in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’) As explained in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post, this year’s Academy Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories initially looked impossible to predict. For Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto was the front-runner for his performance as a transsexual with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender was another strong possibility for his evil planter in 12 Years a Slave — but who else? (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actress: Meryl Streep Possibly to Break Another Record," "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actor: Robert Redford Possible Near-Record," "Best Supporting Actress 2014 Oscar Predictions: Jennifer Lawrence and/or Scarlett Johansson to Make Oscar History?" and "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") A couple of weeks ago, the SAG Award nominations helped to clarify things some, but, just as in the Best Supporting Actress category, there remains quite »
- Steve Montgomery
Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence and/or Scarlett Johansson to make Oscar history? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) The 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor races seemed quite fuzzy at first. The picture became clearer following the announcement of the SAG Award nominations: now, there are three or four top contenders in each category; these performers will probably — or rather, in a couple of cases, surely — be shortlisted for this year’s Academy Awards. (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actress: Meryl Streep Possibly to Break Another Record," "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actor: Robert Redford Possible Near-Record," and "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") Yet, there’s quite a bit of room for a couple of upsets. In other words, pay close attention to our list of runners-up for Best Supporting Actress. In fact, even one of the "long shot" actresses might manage to squeeze in; admittedly, »
- Steve Montgomery
14 items from 2014
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