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Last week's poll could possibly be one of the most predictable polls we have ever done, and although Rocky was always going to be the clear winner, I was somewhat curious to see whether or not Raging Bull might also "go the distance", so to speak. As it turns out, Rocky received nearly 50% of the votes while Raging Bull was at 35%... close, but not close enough. This left just 15% of the votes to be divided among the rest of the choices. Million Dollar Baby was a distant third, followed by the documentary When We Were Kings. Cinderella Man and On the Waterfront tied for the fifth spot. Perhaps a better question would have been, what is the best Rocky movie? 1. Rocky -- 47.1% 2. Raging Bull -- 34.9% 3. Million Dollar Baby -- 5.8% 4. When We Were Kings -- 3% 5. Cinderella Man -- 2.5% 5. On the Waterfront -- 2.5% 7. Ali -- 1.9% 8. The Hurricane -- 1.1% 9. The Set-Up -- 0.6% 9. Somebody Up There Likes Me »
Oscar winner Hilary Swank will be adding her personal touch to every gift she gives this Christmas - she's knitting presents for her friends and family.
The Million Dollar Baby star recently took up the hobby and she's putting her new needle skills to the test to ensure each of her loved ones' gifts are "unique".
But the actress admits her efforts aren't always warmly received.
She says, "That's actually something I like to do for the holidays. I like to give people unique gifts and I usually like to handmake them something. Most people don't (appreciate it)!" »
By Paul Sheehan at GoldDerby
hollywoodnews.com: Our panel of pundits have winnowed the possible contenders in the Best Supporting Actor race down to just a handful of possibilities. On this, the diamond anniversary of this category at the Oscars, it is worth looking back at what sorts of roles have won this award over the first 74 years to predict who could prevail this year.
Among the winning archetypes of the past: Leading Man Slumming (George Clooney in “Syriana,” Jack Nicholson in “Terms of Endearment); Character Actor (Christoph Waltz in “Inglorious Basterds,” Chris Cooper in “Adaptation”); Mid-Life Crisis (Tim Robbins in “Mystic River,” Jason Robards in “Julia”), Young Buck (Timothy Hutton in “Ordinary People”); Grumpy Old Man (Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine,” two-time champ Melvyn Douglas in “Being There” and “Hud”); and Spry Ole Devil (Morgan Freeman in “Million Dollar Baby,” oldest ever-winner George Burns in “The Sunshine Boys »
Our panel of pundits have winnowed the possible contenders in the Best Supporting Actor race down to just a handful of possibilities. On this, the diamond anniversary of this category at the Oscars, it is worth looking back at what sorts of roles have won this award over the first 74 years to predict who could prevail this year. Among the winning archetypes of the past: Leading Man Slumming (George Clooney in "Syriana," Jack Nicholson in "Terms of Endearment); Character Actor (Christoph Waltz in "Inglorious Basterds," Chris Cooper in "Adaptation"); Mid-Life Crisis (Tim Robbins in "Mystic River," Jason Robards in "Julia"), Young Buck (Timothy Hutton in "Ordinary People"); Grumpy Old Man (Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine," two-time champ Melvyn Douglas in "Being There" and "Hud"); and Spry Ole Devil (Morgan Freeman in "Million Dollar Baby," oldest ever-winner George Bur »
Today FX announced the premiere date for the second season of their acclaimed western style crime drama Justified. The cable network revealed Timothy Olyphant will return as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on February 9th at 10/9c for a 13 episode run. Joining Olyphant this season (in recurring roles) will be Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby), Jeremy Davies (Lost), Joseph Lyle Taylor (100 Centre Street), and Brad William Henke (October Road). While I haven't had a chance to check out the first season yet, I've heard nothing but good things and will definitely try to catch-up before season two kicks off. Anyone out there excited? »
- Ethan Anderton
Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is set to sling his gun again for season two, which will premiere Feb. 9, FX announced via press release. The acclaimed series, starring Timothy Olyphant as Givens and based on Elmore Leonard’s Fire in the Hole, will enjoy a 13-week run and will air at 10 p.m. Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby), Jeremy Davies (Lost), Joseph Lyle Taylor (100 Centre Street), and Brad William Henke (October Road) will appear in recurring roles this season.
‘Justified’ season finale review: Did ‘Bulletville’ hit all its targets? »
- Kate Ward
Hilary Swank loves playing "underdogs". The 36-year-old actress, who won Academy Awards for her role as a transgendered teenager in "Boys Don't Cry" and a troubled female boxer in "Million Dollar Baby", is attracted to characters experiencing hardship who have an unusual story.
"They are people who have the odds against them in so many ways," she said. "I love the underdogs."
In her new film "Conviction", Hilary plays an unemployed high school drop-out who fights a legal battle on behalf of her brother after he is imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit. The actress loved working on the movie, which also stars Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell, because she is always "drawn" to scripts based on real events.
She said, "It's an extraordinary story. I've always been drawn to true stories because life is stranger than fiction and this story amazed me, I was really stirred by this »
Following the shockingly poor Golden Globe nominations announced on 14 December, the Screen Actors Guild declared their particular choices yesterday for this year’s cream of the crop and, unsurprisingly, the Guild stuck closely to the predicted Oscar contenders as they have tended to do in the last few years. The hot favourite, Tom Hooper's period drama The King’s Speech, featured heavily, garnering 4 nominations. However, there were a fair few surprises (some more pleasant than others). Below are the top five shocks from the SAG Award nominations.
1. Black Swan picks up momentum
Thanks to stellar returns in very limited release at the box office and continued praise, not just for the excellent Natalie Portman but also for her co-stars and director Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan continues to be the dark horse of this race. Unlike the other nominees in the category for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, »
She was the world's most famous female boxer. He was her trainer and loving husband. But when she tried to leave him for a woman, he hatched a plot to K.O. her for good.
There is a story Jim Martin liked to tell about the first time he met the woman who transformed female boxing, who put the sport on the map, about the first time then-Christy Salters walked into his gym in Bristol, Tennessee, her mother and a Pomeranian in tow.
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Jim took one look at the entourage and figured on the best way he could scare her off: He'd put her in the ring with a male boxer, maybe have the guy crack her ribs, and she'd be out of his hair.
That's not the way the story goes, though-at least not for the next two decades. »
- Winston Ross
Last weekend was supposed to be the weekend that helped rescue this year’s slumping holiday season, but The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Tourist arrived with less fizzle than a glass of Pellegrino. This weekend will try to set things right. While it’s unlikely that the frame will be able to match the same weekend from a year ago, when Avatar debuted to $77 million, it should at least be an improvement over last week. Disney’s Tron: Legacy will easily lead the pack, which also includes the introspective family film Yogi Bear, »
- John Young
Over the past decade, there have been 14 performances nominated by both HFPA and SAG but not nominated by the Academy (one or two a year, on average):
Hayden Christensen (“Life as a House,” 2001) for best supporting actor Cameron Diaz (“Vanilla Sky,” 2001) for best supporting actress Cate Blanchett (“Bandits,” 2002) for best actress or best supporting actress* Richard Gere (“Chicago,” 2002) for best actor Dennis Quaid (“Far From Heaven,” 2002) for best supporting actor Evan Rachel Wood (“Thirteen,” 2003) for best actress Maria Bello (“The Cooler,” 2003) for best supporting actress Paul Giamatti (“Sideways,” 2004) for best actor Russell Crowe (“Cinderella Man,” 2005) for best actor Ziyi Zhang (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” 2005) for best actress Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Departed,” 2006) for best actor or best supporting actor* Ryan Gosling (“Lars and the Real Girl,” 2007) for best actor Angelina Jolie (“A Mighty Heart,” 2007) for best actress Kate Winslet (“Revolutionary Road,” 2008) for best actress
*HFPA nominated for lead; SAG nominated »
- Scott Feinberg
It shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody that Eminem is making another film – after making such a splash in 8 Mile eight years ago he's been soundly overtaken in the acting rapper stakes by everyone from Ludacris to Common to Lil Bow Wow – and nor should it be a surprise that he's got his eyes on a boxing film. As reported yesterday, Eminem's comeback vehicle will be Southpaw, the story of a boxer trying to fight his way back to glory after the world stops believing in him.
It isn't a surprise for a couple of reasons. First is Eminem himself. This is clearly a genre that he has great affection for – 8 Mile was basically a boxing movie where all the fighting just happened to be replaced with scenes »
- Stuart Heritage
If you thought every great film had already maxed out its possibilities on home video (you know, VHS, DVD, special editon DVD, anniversary edition DVD, Blu-ray, special edition Blu-ray… and so on), well, you’d be mistaken.
This year proved another great year for high profile DVD and Blu-ray releases, and what better time to run through the 2010′s highlights than during holiday shopping mania?
Some of the films on this list are Blu-ray debuts, some are fan favorites packaged with collectible gewgaws and one set is a whopper too big to ignore. They all have one undeniable thing in common: someone you know wants one of them wrapped with a bow.
9. Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years
Make someone’s day with this handsome collection of Eastwood’s 35-year relationship with Warner Bros. — from “Where Eagles Dare” through “Invictus.” Included in the set are the octogenarian’s “Dirty Harry” movies, »
- Robert DeSalvo
Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale are the stars of "The Fighter," director David O. Russell's latest film telling the true story of "Irish" Micky Ward (Wahlberg), a Massachusetts boxer who successfully fought his way to the top thanks to coaching from his troubled brother Dicky (Bale), a former fighter himself.
"The Fighter" has earned early praise for both Wahlberg and Bale's work as well as Russell's directing, and by all accounts, it looks like the film is set to take its place as one of the great boxing movies of all time. Of course, it's got some hefty competition to weigh in against — after the jump, check out our personal picks for the best boxing movies of all time!
If he hadn't already proved himself before, Will Smith certainly showed us what he was made of with his performance in "Ali." The Oscar-nominated biopic beautifully retold the story »
- Josh Wigler
It's been a hard fall for two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. Ever since she took her second statue for Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" way back in 2004, she's had a string of bad films, bad luck or both. Brian DePalma's "The Black Dahlia" had all the pieces of a great movie but was done in by the director pushing every facet of the production into hysterics. "Freedom Writers" was an ill-advised attempt to go into "Dangerous Minds" territory and while she scored a hit with the manipulative romantic dramedy "P.S. I Love You," the indie flick "Birds Of America"… »
Courtesy Gilt Groupe
Next week, Gilt Groupe is hosting a few drool-worthy sales worth checking out. You’ll find loads of chic baby and kids clothing, shoes, toys and home décor from Naturino, Million Dollar Baby, Hape Toys and more at up to 60% off.
Our fave picks: The Unisex Cable Hat & Booties Set (now $25, originally $54) and Wirewalkers All Aboard Maze (now $60, originally $80) above.
Just make sure you check the site each day to sign-in at 12 p.m. Est when each sale starts — or risk missing out on some great deals! Not a member of Gilt? Use our exclusive link to sign up. »
Last Monday, I had the opportunity to spend about 25 minutes at The Crosby Street Hotel in Soho with Hilary Swank, the 36-year old two-time best actress Oscar winner who is now in the running for a third statuette for her first-rate performance in Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction” (Fox Searchlight, 10/15, R, trailer). The $12.5 million film — which Swank, as one of its executive producers, fought for years to get made — recounts the true, awe-inspiring story of Betty Anne Waters, a single mother of humble means who, over the course of 18 grueling years, and through sheer force of will, got a high school Ged, college degree, and law degree, all so that she could try to prove that her beloved brother did not commit a heinous murder for which he was sentenced to life in prison.
As you can see in the videos below, Swank and I discussed not only the remarkable journey »
- Scott Feinberg
David Fincher’s highly acclaimed flick The Social Network just took the top prize (and just about everything else it could) from the National Board of Review awards announcement. Just another stepping stone on the way to Oscar, right? Maybe not. Although it’s difficult to do anything but speculate on the complex nature of what a Nbr win might do in the eyes of the Academy voters, if we can use the past to predict the future, The Social Network might have just won an albatross around its neck. The National Board of Review almost never picks the same winner as the Oscar voters. In the past 10 years, the Nbr has matched AMPAS only twice. In 2000, Nbr chose Quills, the Academy chose Gladiator. In 2001, Nbr chose Moulin Rouge!, the Academy chose A Beautiful Mind. In 2002, Nbr chose The Hours, the Academy chose Chicago. In 2003, Nbr chose Mystic River, the Academy chose Lord of the Rings: Return »
- Cole Abaius
The final month of 2010 is here at last, though it's curiously absent of any guaranteed blockbusters. Tron Legacy has a raft of hype, but it would be unrealistic to expect it to be a smash based on its origins. Sequels The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Little Fockers will have a tough time reaching previous series highs, and Yogi Bear and Gulliver's Travels will need to go the extra mile to become this year's Alvin and the Chipmunks or Night at the Museum. Taking all of this in to consideration, this December likely won't match last December, which leveraged Avatar's massive success to become the highest-grossing December ever with $1.07 billion. Dec. 3As is typical for the slow post-Thanksgiving weekend, The Warrior's Way is the only new nationwide release on Dec. 3. For their first outing as distributor, Relativity Media is opening the movie at 1,622 theaters with relatively little fanfare. »
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The Million Dollar Baby star plays an unemployed single mother who earns a law degree so she can represent her brother in court in the film.
Swank was required to put on 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) for her part - but she found it hard work eating enough food to build up her svelte frame, and even gave up her regular workouts.
She tells New York Post newspaper columnist Cindy Adams, "I personally have difficulty keeping weight on, and for this role I had to add 15 pounds. My character, a single mom, hadn't any opportunity to stay fit.
"For my own needs, I like working out. But to gain weight I stopped that. Besides, this was an independent film. Small budget. We filmed long hours, long days. No time to work out.
"Normally I only eat until I'm full. On this shoot, I kept eating more. Even when I was full, I'd eat more. With nowhere to go, the weight stays on you." »
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