16 items from 2008
- This, the week after Mother's Day, is a good time get nostalgic about our mothers. Mine is a true European classic, one who never leaves the house without lipstick, heels and, of course, Chanel No. 5. After Katharine Hepburn's portrayal 1969 musical Coco and Shirley McLaine in an upcoming Lifetime TV miniseries, Ms. Chanel's elder years have been dutifully chronicled. A film, entitled "Before Chanel" will change all that. Choosing to focus on Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel's youthful, formative years before her major European and American successes, helmer Anne Fontaine ("Nouvelle chance") has taken on the challenging task of directing Audrey Tatou ("Amelie") as a young, pre-fame Chanel. There's not much to go on beyond the obvious - Fontaine's "Before Chanel" is a film, obviously, about the young life of French icon, the maverick and inventor of French chic, before she did all that. Like in "La Vie En Rose »
Paris-based production company Legende is launching a U.S. subsidiary, Legende Films, and has named Nancy Griffin as its Los Angeles-based president of development and production.
Riding the success of La Vie en Rose, Legende is looking to establish itself in the U.S. as it develops more films for the international market.
Headed by producer Alain Goldman, Legende recently struck a financial partnership with French investment company Serendipity, co-owned by industrialists Bouygues and Pinault and headed by Patrick Le Lay. Serendipity now holds 35% of Legende.
Legende also has extended its worldwide distribution deal (except for the U.S.) with StudioCanal.
"The objective of Legende Films is to work with English-speaking directors, writers and actors to produce significant yet entertaining films," Goldman said.
A longtime journalist, Griffin is co-author of "Hit and Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood" and most recently served as West Coast editor for AARP the Magazine. »
PARIS -- La Vie en Rose director Olivier Dahan will continue his post-Oscar celebration stateside with his next project, My Own Love Song, set in the American South, French production shingle Legende confirmed Tuesday.
While Legende, run by producer Alain Goldman, is still waiting for the ink to dry, the English-language road movie is tentatively set to star Sharon Stone and Forest Whitaker, who handed Dahan's Rose star Marion Cotillard her Oscar at Sunday's Academy Awards. "It's ironic, but we didn't know (we were close to a deal) then," a Legende spokesperson said.
Dahan described the film to Gallic radio station RTL as "a surrealist drama set between Kansas and Louisiana." Producers are scouting locations for the shoot, which will kick off in the summer.
Dahan's previous collaboration with Legende, Rose, earned its leading lady the best actress prize at this year's Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Cesars. It also nabbed four Cesars in technical categories. »
Make-up artist Didier Lavergne and hairstylist Jan Archibald won the Achievement in Makeup Oscar at the 80th annual Academy Awards, held Feb. 24 in Los Angeles. Their work on La Vie en Rose, a French-language biopic on the legendary singer Edith Piaf, took the prize, beating out work by fellow nominees Ve Neill and hairstylist Martin Samuel (Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World.s End) and Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji (Norbit). Lavergne and Archibald, aided by Dave White.s internal and external prosthetic creations, took actress Marion Cotillard from age 18 to age 47 in the film. The Oscar win was a first for the pair. »
24 February 2008 | IMDb News
No Country for Old Men was the big winner at the 80th Annual Academy Awards, winning four Oscars including Best Picture. The gritty thriller, a favorite among critics, also won top awards for directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (the second duo to win the Best Direction award), adapted screenplay (also for the Coens), and Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem. Surprisingly, the next movie to win the most awards was The Bourne Ultimatum, which took home three technical awards, while the two movies to win top acting honors earned two awards each. There Will Be Blood was the recipient of Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, while La Vien En Rose nabbed Best Make-Up and, in a bit of a surprise, Best Actress for Marion Cotillard, who thanked both life and love upon receiving her Oscar. Michael Clayton's Tilda Swinton was the winner in the highly-contentious Best Supporting Actress category, while Juno was, as expected, the winner of the Original Screenplay award.
There were a few more surprises in other categories, as Elizabeth: The Golden Age won for Best Costume Design, and Taxi to the Dark Side was named Best Documentary over favorites Sicko and No End in Sight. Best Picture nominee Atonement won a single award for Original Score, with Best Song going to "Falling Slowly" from Once. Other single-award winners included Ratatouille for Best Animated Feature, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for Art Direction, and The Golden Compass for Visual Effects. Art Director Robert Boyle, nominated for such films as North by Northwest and Fiddler on the Roof, was presented with an honorary Oscar.
Hosted by Jon Stewart, the ceremony went along smoothly with few hiccups, though more than one presenter slid on the floor on their way to the podium. For home viewers, the show went only about 20 minutes or so over the expected time. You can check out photos from the Academy Awards, courtesy of WireImage.
Get the full list of winners in our Road to the Oscars section.
PARIS -- La Vie en Rose starlette Marion Cotillard continued to sing her way through the international awards season with the Oscar hopeful nabbing the best actress prize in her home country at the 33rd Cesar Awards ceremony Friday night in Paris. Olivier Dahan's Edith Piaf biopic was the big winner of the night with five prizes including best sound, cinematography, art direction and costume design.
The pretty in pink and teary-eyed Cotillard thanked Dahan as she accepted her award: "You have changed my career as an actress, you have simply changed my life. You have written the most beautiful role in the world."
France's Academy of Film Arts and Sciences gave its top prize for best French film of the year to Abdellatif Kechiche's The Secret of the Grain, which continued its romp through the Gallic awards season starting with the Louis Delluc Prize in December and followed by statues at the Lumiere Awards, the Globes du Cristal, the Jacques Prevert awards, the Daniel Toscan du Plantier producer's prize and the Golden Star Awards.
Kechiche was awarded the Cesar for both best director and best original screenplay and saw his leading lady Hafsia Herzi go home with the prize for best female newcomer. Kechiche was no stranger to the stage at Paris' Chatelet theater where the awards were held: the director followed his 2005 Cesar winning streak for L'Esquive which also won four Cesars that year.
The Academy raised its eyelids for Mathieu Amalric who was named best actor for his role as paralyzed Elle editor Dominique Bauby in Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The absent Amalric, off shooting the next Bond film, sent a speech for master of ceremonies Antoine de Caunes to read aloud. Butterfly also won the prize for Best Editing. »
PARIS -- Abdellatif Kechiche's immigrant drama The Secret of the Grain continued its winning streak with the prize for best film of the year at the Etoiles d'or de la presse (Golden Star Awards) Monday night in Paris.
Kechiche also won the award for best director and best screenplay for his film, and saw lead actress Hafsia Herzi walk away with the best female newcomer prize.
Pathe's Jerome Seydoux and Francois Ivernel were also crowned with Golden Stars for Secret, named best producer and best distributor respectively.
Oscar favorite and Golden Globe winner La Vie en Rose star Marion Cotillard had to share the spotlight with Anna M.'s Isabelle Carre for the best actress award. Mathieu Amalric took home the best actor prize for his role as paralyzed Elle editor Dominique Bauby in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."
11 February 2008 | IMDb News
Literary adaptation Atonement took home the Best Film award at this year's BAFTAs, though it was La Vie En Rose and No Country for Old Men which won the most awards. While Atonement received just one other award, for Production Design, La Vie En Rose was the top winner overall with four honors, including Best Actress for Marion Cotillard and three technical awards for Music, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair. The Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men, which is heavily favored for the upcoming Academy Awards, won three top awards, including Best Direction, Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem and the cinematography award. The only other film to win more than one award was The Bourne Ultimatum, which received the Sound and Editing honors.
Oscar favorite Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor for There Will Be Blood, while Tilda Swinton was the surprise winner in the Best Supporting Actress category for Michael Clayton. Screenplay awards went to Juno (original) and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (adapted), and This Is England was named Outstanding British Film of the Year. Other winners included The Lives of Others (Best Film not in the English Language), The Golden Compass (Visual Effects), Ratatouille (Animated Film), Shia LaBeouf (the Orange Rising Star Award), and Control screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh (Most Promising Newcomer).
Get the full list of winners in our Road to the Oscars section.
LONDON -- On a glittering Sunday night at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, "Atonement" took the best film award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards.
Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor for his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's epic tale of family, oil and greed, "There Will be Blood". The category was hotly contested, with George Clooney in "Michael Clayton", James McAvoy in "Atonement" and Viggo Mortensen in "Eastern Promises" also nominated.
Barry Wilkinson was feted for outstanding British contribution to cinema, while veteran actor Anthony Hopkins was handed the academy fellowship.
Joel and Ethan Coen won the director award for "No Country for Old Men", and Javier Bardem was named best supporting actor for his performance in the film. "No Country" also took home the cinematography award, beating "Atonement", "Blood" and "The Bourne Ultimatum".
"To be recognized in a country where there is this huge tradition is an honor in itself," said Bardem. »
Marion Cotillard, who was nominated for an Oscar for her star turn in La Vie en Rose, is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Public Enemies, Universal's Depression-era crime drama being directed by Michael Mann.
An adaptation of Brian Burrough's book "Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-43," the story follows the government's attempt to stop the criminals John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd. Depp is playing Dillinger to Bale's famed FBI agent Melvin Purvis.
Cotillard will play Billie, Dillinger's torch singer girlfriend.
Production is due to start later this winter in Chicago and other Midwest locales.
Cotillard is repped by CAA. »
- Michael Clayton and Juno might not have 8 nominations like my favorite two pictures of the year each have (No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood) but Jason Reitman and Tony Gilroy are the true winners with today's announcements becoming the dark horse selections to beat out The Diving Bell and the Butterfly among others. Completing the fivesome is the depleted Atonement - a film that comes in with less clout than it had with the Golden Globes. Here is the complete list below.....: Best Picture: Best ACTRESSCate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"Julie Christie, "Away From Her" Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose" Laura Linney, "The Savages" Ellen Page, "Juno" Best ACTORGeorge Clooney, "Michael Clayton" Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood" Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd" Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises" Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah" Best Supporting ACTRESSCate Blanchett, "I'm Not There" Ruby Dee, »
Color the carpet leading to the 80th Annual Academy Awards blood red.
No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood, two violent dramas set in the American West, dominated the nominations announced this morning. The two indie films -- both coproductions between specialty film divisions Paramount Vantage and Miramax -- earned eight nominations each.As this year's awards season plays out against a backdrop of labor unrest that could affect the Feb. 24 ceremonies, Hollywood's mood appeared dark. No Country and Blood are contesting best pic honors with Atonement, the British drama of lost love, and the brooding legal thriller Michael Clayton. The only ray of sunshine in the pack is the comedy Juno, about a wise-cracking, pregnant teen.
But in the view Daniel Battsek, president of Miramax, which is handling No Country's domestic release, while Par Vantage rolls out Blood domestically, the two, despairing front-runners attracted the attention of the Academy's 5,829 voters because they are movies of "phenomenal quality, incredible ambition and extraordinary realization." As a result, the two re-energized specialty divisions -- Battsek took over Miramax in 2005, when John Lesher also first arrived at Paramount -- overshadowed the bigger studios with Miramax accounting for 21 noms and Par Vantage laying claim to 18.
The noms, announced by Academy president Sid Ganis and Kathy Bates, who chairs the actors branch, included a double kiss for Cate Blanchett, who earned a best actress nom for her regal bearing in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and a supporting actress mention for her manly portrayal of a Bob Dylanesque figure in I'm Not There. Her performance as Queen Elizabeth is the role that keeps on giving since Blanchett earned her first Oscar recognition in 1999 when she was nominated as best actress for Elizabeth.
The other best actress nominees are Golden Globe winners Julie Christie, who plays an Alzheimer's sufferer in Away from Her, and Marion Cotillard, who embodies chanteuse Edith Piaf in La Vie en rose, along with Laura Linney, as a sibling struggling with an ailing dad in Savages, and Ellen Page, as a spunky high school girl in Juno.
For best actor, the Academy singled out two more of this year's Golden Globe winners: Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays a ruthless oil baron in Blood and Johnny Depp, who plays an equally ruthless barber in Sweeney Todd. The line-up also includes George Clooney, for his legal fixer in Clayton, Tommy Lee Jones, who appears as a father searching for his missing son in In the Valley of Elah, and Viggo Mortensen, who squares off against the Russian mob in Eastern Promises.
The directing noms didn't quite match up with the best picture contendors. »
LONDON -- Joe Wright's "Atonement" leads the field of nominations for this year's British Academy Film Awards, securing 14 noms, ahead of the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood", both of which took nine slots.
The trio of titles are all in the race for the best film award along with Ridley Scott's "American Gangster" and last year's foreign-language Oscar winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others". Both "Gangster" and "Others" scored five nominations.
Wright, Joel and Ethan Coen, Anderson and Henckel von Donnersmark also will battle it out with Paul Greengrass for the evening's best director nod, with Greengrass nominated for "The Bourne Ultimatum".
The best British film award, one of 23 awards dished out by the British Academy of Film and Television, will go to one from "Atonement", "Ultimatum", "Control", "Eastern Promises" and "This Is England".
George Clooney ("Michael Clayton"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), James McAvoy ("Atonement"), Viggo Mortensen ("Eastern Promises") and Ulrich Muehe ("The Lives of Others") all secure nominations for best actor.
Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones (both for "No Country"), Paul Dano ("Blood"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Charlie Wilson's War") and Tom Wilkinson ("Michael Clayton") are slugging it out for supporting actor.
Nominations for the Carl Foreman Award for special achievement by a British director, writer or producer in their first feature include Chris Atkins for writing and directing the documentary "Taking Liberties", Mia Bays for her producer role on documentary "Scott Walker: 30 Century Man", Sarah Gavron for helming "Brick Lane", Matt Greenhalgh for penning "Control" and Andrew Piddington for writing and directing "The Killing of John Lennon".
The original screenplay prize is a contest between Steven Zailian ("American Gangster"), Diablo Cody ("Juno"), Henckel von Donnersmarck ("Lives of Others"), Tony Gilroy ("Michael Clayton") and Shane Meadows ("This Is England").
Nominations for adapted screenplay are Christopher Hampton ("Atonement"), Ronald Harwood ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"), David Benioff ("The Kite Runner"), the Coens ("No Country") and Anderson ("Blood").
The winners will be announced Feb. 10 at London's Royal Opera House.
A complete list of nominations follows:
"American Gangster" -- Brian Grazer/Ridley Scott
"Atonement" -- Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster
"The Lives of Others" -- Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann
"No Country for Old Men" -- Scott Rudin/Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
"Atonement" -- Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Joe Wright, Christopher Hampton
"The Bourne Ultimatum" -- Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Paul L. »
14 January 2008 | IMDb News
Atonement took the top honor at the extremely short Golden Globe Awards, nabbing Best Picture (Drama), but no single film took home more than two awards. The literary adaptation also won the Best Score award as well, while on the Comedy/Musical side, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), with star Johnny Depp winning his first Globe ever for the title role. Other movies winning two awards were critical favorite No Country for Old Men (screenplay and supporting actor for Javier Bardem) and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Foreign Language Film and a surprise win for director Julian Schnabel). Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) and Julie Christie (Away From Her), now officially heavy Oscar favorites, won dramatic lead honors, and Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) was named Best Actress - Comedy/Musical. Cate Blanchett nabbed Best Supporting Actress for I'm Not There -- which could have been the subtitle of the Globes show -- and other winners included Ratatouille (animated film) and Into the Wild (song).
On the television side, freshman drama Mad Men was the top series winner, taking home the only two awards for which it was nominated -- Dramatic Series and Best Actor (Drama) for star Jon Hamm; the new show with the most nominations, Damages, won only one, for lead actress Glenn Close. The comedy winners were all a bit unexpected, with Extras nabbing the series award, and comedy acting honors going to Tina Fey (30 Rock) and David Duchovny (Californication). Winning three awards -- more than any other television show or film -- was the HBO film Longford, starring Globe winners Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton. Other winners were also HBO stars - Queen Latifah for Life Support and Jeremy Piven, winning his first Globe for Entourage.
As for the show itself, it was devoid of movie stars, but filled with correspondents from entertainment news shows -- Mary Hart, Giuliana Rancic, and Jim Moret, among others -- who simultaneously saluted the striking writers of the WGA and praised Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Jorge Camara, who presented the final awards of the evening. At around 32 minutes, it was succinct and to the point, but without the stars, the fashion, the high-profile goofs, the speeches, and the champagne, this year's Globes were a shadow of their former incarnations. But Camara promised next year's show would be "bigger and better" than ever before. Hopefully, no one will be on strike then. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff
Get the full list of winners in our Road to the Oscars section.
Here is the cold, hard reality of the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards that will be handed out Sunday at the Beverly Hilton: A lot of people are going to lose a lot of money.
Not only NBC, which could be forced to return $10 million-$15 million in ad revenue, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which will pocket a license fee much less than its usual $5 million check, but also dressmakers, party planners, caterers and limo drivers, to name a few.
Then there's the unquantifiable effect on the studios.
Several movies that most needed the Globes will feel the pinch. Such heavily nominated films as Atonement and Sweeney Todd have done respectable but not blowout domestic numbers -- $19 million and $39 million, respectively -- and if history is any predictor, they would have seen a spike after their clips and stars got Globes airtime. Ditto for Paul Thomas Anderson's oilman epic There Will Be Blood, which is just beginning to widen.
Lauded performers who wouldn't normally be high on awards season or entertainment media radars such as Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) could have seen career boosts from red-carpet exposure.
A number of possibilities, including the total cancellation of NBC's telecast or a postponement of the show and ceremony, had been considered before the hybrid gambit, with a frantic set of negotiations between the four interested parties (NBC, the HFPA, the WGA and Dick Clark Prods.) nearly leading to an agreement in the days leading up to the ceremony.
In the end, the WGA said no, and NBC said it would go ahead with a minimal telecast reimagined as a news division program in the hope that it could generate at least respectable viewership and pacify advertisers. »
Into The Wild emerged the big winner at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday, netting two awards including Director Of The Year for Sean Penn. The movie's star Emile Hirsch was also honored at the California event - with the Rising Star/Actor prize for his role as tragic real-life adventurer Chris McCandless. Elsewhere, Daniel Day-Lewis collected Actor Of The Year for his performance in Oscar favorite There Will Be Blood, while Actress Of The Year went to Halle Berry for her role in Things We Lost In The Fire. French star Marion Cotillard won the Breakthrough Award for her turn in La Vie En Rose, and Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky collected the Rising Star/Actress honor. The Ensemble Performance Award went to the Hairspray cast, while the Juno cast picked up the Vanguard Award. »
16 items from 2008
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