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Steve Carell will receive the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award while “Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall will be honored with the Creative Impact in Directing award at the Palm Springs Film Festival’s 10 Directors to Watch event on January 4. A new award this year, the Creative Impact in Comedy Award, will go to director and actor Chris Rock, for “Top Five.”
The honor celebrates the scope of Carell’s work ranging from comedy performances to his dramatic role in this year’s “Foxcatcher,” for which he received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations.
“Since his emergence as one of America’s most gifted comedic actors two decades ago, Steve Carell’s career has moved through breakout hit television and film roles from »
- Variety Staff
Abigail Breslin has learned what it means to send a tweet you regret. The Little Miss Sunshine star thought she was harmlessly tweeting when she posted modified lyrics of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space." Addressing her 169,000 followers, Breslin, 18, tweeted and has since deleted, "Cuz darling I'm a nightmare dressed like an emotionally unstable cat lady." In the hook, Swift, 24, sings, "Cuz darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream." Media outlets quickly jumped on the actress' tweet claiming that she was calling Swift an "unstable cat lady," but Breslin since has refuted the allegations against her. She followed up with another tweet, posting, "to »
Warner Bros. has revealed the first trailer for Will Ferrell’s upcoming comedy, Get Hard. From director Etan Cohen, the Gary Sanchez-produced pic looks primed to kickstart Ferrell’s slapstick antics, which have been sorely missing from the cinema calendar as of late.
In the movie, the former SNL star appears as hedge fund manager, James. When the millionaire is indicted for fraud, his impending stint in prison fills him with dread. Luckily, Kevin Hart’s Darnell is on hand to prepare James for all of the experiences that await him behind the bars of San Quentin.
With the first preview now available (via Yahoo! Movies), we’re able to get a sense of what’s in store for the timid chappie while he gets himself ready for prison life. As stories go, the premise overall isn’t that enticing. It simply sounds like a re-hash of countless other »
- Gem Seddon
The Abigail Breslin, Taylor Swift feud may be overblown - there is no hate from Abigail, she says. The 'Little Miss Sunshine' actress, who recently appeared to call 24-year-old singer an ''unstable cat lady'' when she posted a variation of the lyrics to Taylor's hit song 'Blank Space' on Twitter, insists she was referring to herself. The 18-year-old star said: ''What's so crazy, I think that everybody that follows me on Twitter knows that I just got surprised with a kitten, a baby kitten, like a week ago, by my family.'' In a perceived dig, the actress tweeted: ''Cuz darling I'm a nightmare dressed like an emotionally unstable cat lady. (sic)'' While Taylor's original line reads: '''Cause darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream.'' Abigail claims she decided to post the controversial tweet after she saw herself with her pet in the mirror. She »
By Anjelica Oswald
The 2015 Golden Globe nominees were announced Dec. 11, with Alejandro G. Inarritu‘s Birdman leading the pack with seven nominations, including best picture — musical or comedy. Assuming Birdman will walk away with the win, what does that mean for its chances at the Oscars?
Well, since the musical or comedy category was created at the Globes in 1951, 51 of the films have been nominated for best picture at the Oscars and 13 have won.
Since 2001, 18 of the 70 films (26 percent) nominated for musical or comedy have received best picture nominations from the Academy and only two have won. Eight of the past 14 films (57 percent) to win for best musical/comedy at the Globes were also nominated for best picture at the Oscars. In contrast, 54 (77 percent) of the Globe-nominated dramas (including all 14 winners) have been nominated for best picture and 11 have won.
After breaking down the list of 14 Globe-winning musical »
- Anjelica Oswald
The Flickering Myth Podcast meets The Boxtrolls…
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The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an »
- Luke Owen
If you're judging by Breslin's verified Twitter account, then yes.
The 18-year-old Little Miss Sunshine actress appeared to have taken a surprising dig at Swift Thursday, tweaking a lyric to Swift's hit "Blank Space" to call her an "emotionally unstable cat lady."
Cuz darling I'm a nightmare dressed like an emotionally unstable cat lady.
— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) December 11, 2014
The original lyric reads: "Cause darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream."
Photos: Nobody Dresses Better Than Taylor Swift
After getting some heat from Swift's fans, Breslin claimed the tweet was actually referring to herself.
to clarify: my tweet earlier quoting a taylor swift lyric was me saying I Am An Emotionally Unstable Cat Lady. Not Taylor. Jsyk.
— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) December 12, 2014
But that hasn't stopped fans from speculating that the harsh tweet might be due to Swift's recent "Twitter-mance" with Breslin's ex-boyfriend, 5 Seconds of Summer »
Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards can »
- Michelle McCue
People, Pixar is returning to completely original material! They have been on a sequel/prequel kick lately (Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Cars 2), and even when they make an original film (Brave), it draws heavily on stuff we have seen before. Inside Out is their latest film, and it sounds like something that could be very inventive and entertaining. You know, the kind of stuff Pixar was built on. A new trailer for the film is available for you all to watch. Inside Out comes courtesy of director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) and screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3). The film concerns with the various emotions and thoughts occurring in our heads and how they interact with one another. That sounds like a very interesting world to explore, and in a Pixar created world, even more interesting. Docter has been a major component to Pixar »
- Mike Shutt
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.
Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.
Digging for Fire / U. »
Fans of writer/director Eli Roth have two very different films to look forward to: The Green Inferno, an homage to Italian cannibal movies, and Knock Knock, a home intrusion psychological thriller. While the theatrical release of the former is delayed, the latter, which stars Keanu Reeves, will make its world premiere as part of Sundance’s Park City at Midnight lineup, and the first batch of photos from the film have been unveiled.
“Two beautiful young girls walk into a married man’s life and turn a wild fantasy into his worst nightmare.”
- Derek Anderson
Emergency: Abigail Breslin, the adorable teenaged Oscar nominee from "Little Miss Sunshine" and "August Osage County," is going for grit on her new pop single "You Suck." It is... really something. #AbigailYouTried is trending on Twitter. Just watch and listen. Here are ten observations about this sacred new jam. 1. Get ready for "Kit Kittredge: An American Flop" to meme. 2. If you listen closely, you can actually hear JoJo turning this down. 3. "You really need to learn to wash your hair!" "I hope it all falls out!" "I'd rather date a rock!" Jan Brady wrote this. 4. Oh, Toni Collette, please pick up this child in an old van and whisk her away to learn about life with Alan Arkin. 5. It's good that Abigail's lashing out this way, I think. Child stars can go awry in this department. And I'm not just saying that because Abigail suddenly bears a serious resemblance to teenage Tatum O'Neal. »
- Louis Virtel
Abigail Breslin has taken her first big step into the music industry (and by step, we mean she straight up jumped in with a bang. The actress—who is best known for her roles in Little Miss Sunshine, My Sister's Keeper, and Ender's Game—released her first-ever music video today. Yep, she's a singer now. And if you're expecting a happy-go-lucky, feel-good pop hit, you'll be in for a surprise. Because instead, Breslin chose to rock out while calling out some of her former flings by dissing practically everything about them and ultimately telling them, "You Suck." She sings about hating a guy's "dumb tattoos" and wanting to send him "to the »
Here’s your first look at the poster and photos from Get Hard. The film is scheduled to open nationwide on Friday, March 27, 2015.
When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.
Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.
The film is directed by Etan Cohen, »
- Michelle McCue
In a business where the highest praise is often reserved for directors and stars, the Black List aims to be a haven for writers — an archive where the creators of concept, characters and content are given their due.
Perhaps the best testament to the credibility and effectiveness of the list, an annual compilation of Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays, is that it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary. Out of the 970 scripts it has included over the past decade, 270 have been produced. Among that 28% to hit the bigscreen, nearly 200 (or 74%) received Oscar nominations, three of the last six won best picture and eight of the last 14 were voted best screenplay. The collective box office bounty generated by those productions totals $23.2 billion.
Even in an ever-shrinking movie market, with theater attendance on the downswing and studios releasing fewer pictures — predominantly franchisable event movies and superhero spectacles — the Black List has remained »
- Valentina I. Valentini
Carell will receive a tribute celebrating his performance in Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher.” Sbiff executive director Roger Durling commented, “He’s made us laugh for so many years with his great comedic abilities, but he shows this year that his range and artistry runs deep with his career-changing performance in ‘Foxcatcher.’ He is unrecognizable physically and emotionally.”
The Sony Pictures Classics release opened Nov. 14 with a strong $288,113 on six screens or a $48,019 per-screen average in a limited bow. Carell, Miller and the film itself have been stirring up Oscar buzz since it debuted at Cannes in May.
Carell made his bigscreen debut in the 1991 “Curly Sue.” He has scored onscreen in such films as “The 40-Year-Old-Virgin,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” but his work as the real-life »
- Tim Gray
On Friday, February 6, 2015, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present Steve Carell with the 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award. A key Oscar season stepping stone, the annual tribute will honor his performance as schizophrenic billionaire John du Pont in Bennett Miller's psychodrama "Foxcatcher," now in theaters. Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling will moderate an in-depth, career-spanning conversation with Carell, who has displayed singular comic dexterity in films like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Little Miss Sunshine" and in the Golden Globe-winning TV series "The Office." In "Foxcatcher," Carell takes his darkest turn, wearing a prosthetic nose to inhabit a complicated role that will almost surely land him an Oscar nomination. Read More: Bennett Miller Unpacks 'Foxcatcher' in-Depth Previous Outstanding Performer Award recipients include: Cate Blanchett (2014), Jennifer Lawrence »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Director Bennett Miller has waited for "Foxcatcher" to hit theaters longer than you might have thought. He was actually hoping to shoot the film before 2011's "Moneyball," but got sidetracked stepping in for Steven Soderbergh on what eventually became a Best Picture-nominated smash. In fact, "Foxcatcher" has been in the works for so long that it was actually the first project Annapurna Pictures was prepared to fund before they found success with such films as "The Master" and "Zero Dark Thirty." After earning critical acclaim at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Miller has had to wait another six months for his passion project to finally hit theaters. Which brings us to today. "Foxcatcher" is now playing in New York and Los Angeles and its public debut found new raves from the papers of record (New York Times and Los Angeles Times). Star Steve Carell is one of the major contenders for »
- Gregory Ellwood
This week sees the release of Bennett Miller's absolutely excellent "Foxcatcher" (read our rave review), and with it one of the most chilling cinematic characters in a long while: John DuPont, the entitled, deluded millionaire heir whose desire to make a mark and be loved by those around him ends up with tragic consequences. It's a remarkable creation, one that's all the more remarkable for coming from a nearly unrecognizable Steve Carell, an actor best known for his comedic performances on "The Daily Show," "The Office," "Anchorman" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin," among others. Carell's embarked into more serious territory before, most notably as the suicidal uncle in "Little Miss Sunshine" and in the apocalyptic romance "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," but his "Foxcatcher" performance is something else entirely, one that looks likely to land him an Oscar nomination and change the way his. »
- The Playlist Staff
For someone who was ultra transparent during production, it’s almost as if Max Landis has placed a self-imposed gag order or the more likely scenario, simply didn’t really need to rush his directing debut in post production when we consider his sizeable workload. Backed by Big Beach Films – the prod co. with a winning formula and streak of Sundance comedies such as Little Miss Sunshine and Safety Not Guaranteed, 2015 should be a banner year for Landis name in the film stratosphere as it’ll include a whopping trio of penned items in Paul McGuigan’s Frankenstein, Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra, Paco Cabezas’ Mr. Right and finally, the sexual identity non-labeller comedy Me Him Her (we had on the radar last year) that sounds like a cozy fit for Park City. Worth noting, this features the work of cinematographer Ross Riege (The Kings of Summer).
Gist: Exploring sex, »
- Eric Lavallee
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