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Can Tilda Swinton snag a surprise Oscar nod for her supporting performance as sinister Minister Mason in "Snowpiercer"? Unlike many of the year's more competitive categories, the Best Supporting Actress race isn't yet locked, so Swinton, Supporting Actress winner for 2007's "Michael Clayton," is in the club for this already iconic role. She wowed this year not only in summer hit "Snowpiercer," but also as a vampire in Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive" and in Wes Anderson's Best Picture contender "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in a minor, but colorful, role. Our video interview with her is here. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Tilda Swinton is going to win a second Academy Award. Some way. Some how. It will happen. At some point, depending on who's in office, she will likely win a Kennedy Center Honor, too. She might even be knighted by the Queen. But that second Oscar is going to happen and probably because, like her first, she really won't be trying. The 2008 Best Supporting Actress winner for "Michael Clayton" had one of the most honest reactions ever to hearing her name called because she really didn't think she was going to win. She wasn't trying to humbly pretend she didn't think she'd win, she really didn't think she'd win. Frankly, apart from her incredible acting skills that's one reason she's become adored by movie fans and the industry alike. She's one of the few artists (and seriously, an artist) who realizes the whole awards season game can just be a »
- Gregory Ellwood
Bradford Young is easily one of the most exciting cinematographers working today. Since igniting on the indie scene with films like "Pariah," "Middle of Nowhere," "Mother of George" and "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," his stock has continued to rise. This holiday season he'll have two very distinct, rich and exquisite films on display in theaters nationwide: Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King biopic "Selma" and J.C. Chandor's NYC crime drama "A Most Violent Year." So it was with great pleasure that I finally wrangled a chat with the low-key 37-year-old, who makes his home outside of the industry fray in Washington, D.C. Each of these films represents such striking confidence, yet they feel wholly different from one another. They examine darker reaches of the frame with their own curiosity, each of them very specifically influenced by photographers who captured the human face in specific and, in their separate eras, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Robert Downey, Jr. took on a more dramatic role earlier this year in The Judge, and now Warner Bros. has revealed exactly when you'll be able to take the movie home with you on blu-ray, as well as what you can expect to find on the disc when you do. Come inside for all the details!
Defend your honor when “The Judge” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on January 27 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “The Judge” stars two-time Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. (“Chaplin,” “Tropic Thunder”) and Oscar® winner Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies,” “Crazy Heart”) alongside Oscar® nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring”) and Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade,” “Friday Night Lights”).
In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home. The film also features a stellar supporting cast, including Vincent D’Onofrio »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Tilda Swinton didn’t think she’d had a prayer of winning the Oscar when she attended the ceremony in 2008 for “Michael Clayton.” After her name was announced, the shocked actress stumbled to the podium and promised to give the statue to her agent Brian Swardstrom. But first, she took her Oscar back home to Scotland, because she wanted to show it to her gardener (he’d never seen one), before handing it off a few months later. “It’s on my dresser in my apartment,” says Swardstrom, who tried not to accept the gift. “I have willed it back to her children, so it’ll go to the Swinton household at some point.”
Swinton is back on the awards trail this year, with Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” (which landed her an Independent Spirit Award nomination last week). Her most memorable turn, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
There are short trailers, brief teasers and then there is this... new promo for the third season of House Of Cards on Netflix, which pretty much qualifies as a long .gif. Still, welcome President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and First Lady Claire (Robin Wright) as they board Air Force One (which given their presence should be renamed Scare Force One). A special message from the White House. https://t.co/YxFcHfA5qy— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) December 1, 2014 The political drama’s third season is still being kept as secret as one of Frank’s schemes, plot-wise, but we’re certain to see him exerting more Presidential power in the service of his own ends. And why not? He’s worked hard killed or manipulated a lot of people to get where he is, and we know from other shows (and, er, real life) that being President of the United »
20th Century Fox has released entertaining red-band and green-band trailers for the upcoming Vince Vaughn comedy Unfinished Business. The actor re-teamed with Delivery Man director Ken Scott to bring us this new flick that looks funny. This seems like the kind of film that will provide some great entertainment for audiences.
"Vaughn plays a hard-working small business owner who, along with his two associates, played by Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Michael Clayton) and Dave Franco (Neighbors, Now You See Me), travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit."
- Joey Paur
Official publicity stills from the upcoming ninth episode of Fox's "Gotham" introduce idealistic Assistant District Attorney Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto). As previously revealed, the character will make a few brief appearances this season ahead of a larger role in future years. [Source: EW]
Amblin co-president Justin Falvey has defended the upcoming TV adaptation of Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report," saying that this is one small screen reboot that will work because it's not destroying the original film in the process:
"There's a way to produce that as a series that is not stepping on the film. Our way into it [for Fox] takes place after the film, in terms of the time frame. It's a great title and property, and there's a great procedural engine that drives it." [Source: THR]
HBO has confirmed a Sunday January 11th premiere date for three of its series - the ten-episode fourth season of »
- Garth Franklin
“For 3 hours I was making that movie” Tony Gilroy exclaimed about “Nightcrawler,” his brother Dan Gilroy’s electric and disturbing serio-comic look at a sociopathic success story. Gilroy, the director of “Michael Clayton,” “Duplicity,” and “The Bourne Legacy," was on “The Moment,” filmmaker Brian Koppelman’s (“Solitary Man”) excellent new podcast discussing myriad topics, but mainly the creative process and screenwriting (Gilroy began as a screenwriter and made his name writing the ‘Bourne’ trilogy among many, many, many other projects). So when Gilroy first read his brother’s screenplay, he immediately thought this was his next directorial effort. Until his brother told him that he had intended to direct it himself. Fine, Gilroy took a producer credit and helped his sibling bring the movie to the screen. So what’s next for the filmmaker? Well, he’s decidedly left the ‘Bourne’ world and it doesn’t look like he’ll »
- Rodrigo Perez
By Anjelica Oswald
While some films in contention for the 87th Academy Awards in February are set in Los Angeles, such as Nightcrawler, a number of films are based in New York City. Begin Again features Mark Ruffalo as a New York City record label executive who records music around New York City with a songwriter played by Keira Knightley; Birdman, about a washed-up Hollywood actor trying to write, direct and act in a Broadway play; Whiplash, about a jazz drummer at a Manhattan school; Still Alice, about a professor from Columbia dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s; and Love is Strange, about a same-sex couple from Manhattan.
Jessica Chastain stars in two different films that take place in New York: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, about a couple living in New York, and A Most Violent Year, about a couple living in New York during one of the city’s most violent years. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Each weekend a profile on a just-opened Oscar contender. Here's abstew on this weekend's new release, Nightcrawler, which is a perfectly dark treat for a Halloween opening.
Best Supporting Actress
Born: Rene Marie Russo was born February 17, 1954 in Burbank, California
The Role: Screenwriter Dan Gilroy (2006's The Fall, The Bourne Legacy) makes his directorial debut with Nightcrawler (which he wrote as well). The film stars a gaunt, crazy-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal (a Best Actor Contender) as Lou Bloom, an unemployed but determined man in Los Angeles that stumbles upon a career as a news journalist. He video records car crashes, home invasions, and bloody crimes, selling the footage to the local news station. Russo stars as a veteran television producer, in charge of the "vampire" shift of the lowest rated station in town. She encourages Bloom's budding career, forming a twisted relationship with him to gain viewers. »
Glenn here to offer a rebuttal to my own work.
When I reviewed David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars at the New York Film Festival, I was highly critical of the film’s look. It’s the ugliest film of 2014 so far and will likely remain a recurring staple of my anti-digital rants for some time to come. Fair is fair, however, and lest I get the reputation of somebody who is strictly against digital, I wanted to sing the praises of Robert Elswit’s work on Nightcrawler. Neither a horror film as befitting its Halloween release date, nor a superhero film like many people have thought due to its title. Yet, in spite it this, the film works as both an unsettling work of urban and moral decay and a portrait of a man who, in his own eyes, is a bit of a hero.
Nightcrawler is a »
- Glenn Dunks
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo star in ‘Nightcrawler,’ about an unscrupulous videographer trolling the streets of Los Angeles for bloody crime-scene footage he can sell to a local TV news operation. It also stars Bill Paxton, James Huang and a raft of current and former Los Angeles TV news anchors and reporters, including Kent Shocknek, Pat Harvey and Sharon Tay.
Watch my video review above for more about the film, but know that I think it features Gyllenhaal’s best performance maybe ever, and a fine one by Russo as well.
The film is written and directed by Dan Gilroy, and produced by Gyllenhaal, Tony Gilroy, Jennifer Fox, David Lancaster and Michael Litvak. Open Road Films is handling distribution in the U.S. Yes, the project is a family affair, featuring work by brothers Dan, Tony (The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton) and editor John (Pacific Rim, Warrior) Gilroy.
Will you see the film? »
- Pete Hammond
London — Camerimage Film Festival, which is dedicated to the art of cinematography, is to open with Gala Screenings of “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and “The Imitation Game” on Nov. 15.
The director of photography on “Birdman,” which is directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, is Emmanuel Lubezki, who won an Oscar with “Gravity,” and was Oscar nommed for five other films, most recently for “The Tree of Life.”
“Birdman” is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to save his family, his career, and himself.
- Leo Barraclough
“Rhythm is everything in cinema,” says director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.
Making the unique choice for the Birdman soundtrack, Iñárritu went with an almost total drum score by four-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez.
Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike to be one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation.
Sanchez will open the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards with a special drum performance from Birdman. Held at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, November 4, Sanchez will play his critically acclaimed drum score live to a scene from the film.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, »
- Michelle McCue
The old adage tells us there are no small parts, only small actors—but a background extra might take umbrage to that statement. Still, there is a long history of actors breaking out with a minimum of screen time. And when it comes to the Oscar race, there is always the question of whether an actor has “enough” to be nominated. Of course, Judi Dench famously scored a supporting actress statuette for less than 10 minutes of screen time in “Shakespeare in Love,” but does anyone question it was a worthy performance? It’s not even the shortest to win—that would be Beatrice Straight, who landed the trophy for a six-minute scene in 1976’s “Network.”
This year, there are a handful of performances that have pundits wondering if there’s enough screen time to earn a nomination. One of the most discussed is Laura Dern, an adored veteran of the screen, »
- Jenelle Riley
The British star will collect the Actor Tribute and Miller the Director Tribute at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City on December 1.
Swinton most recently appeared in Snowpiercer and her credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Broken Flowers, The Deep End, Orlando, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Michael Clayton, which earned her a best supporting actress Oscar in 2008.
“Swinton’s broad and iconoclastic body of work permeates the indie film landscape, thrilling and challenging audiences. Miller’s films, both narrative and documentary, have similarly »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Actress Tilda Swinton and director Bennett Miller will receive tributes at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the 24th annual kudofest presented every year by the New York-based Independent Filmmmaker Project (Ifp).
Swinton gets this year’s actress tribute for a body of work that includes “Snowpiercer,” “Only Lovers Left Alive” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — all of which opened this year — as well as “Michael Clayton,” the 2007 feature for which she won an Oscar. Miller, meanwhile, takes the director tribute as he enters awards-season contention with “Foxcatcher,” the wrestling drama that stars Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum.
The Gothams are one of the earliest trophy ceremonies in the film industry’s awards season, and often highlight indie titles that go on to become serious contenders in the Oscar race. »
- Gordon Cox
According to Deadline, Universal is hard at work trying to strike a deal with both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass in order to reunite them for a new Bourne movie. Two years ago the Jeremy Renner starring and Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) directed The Bourne Legacy brought some cool ideas to the franchise but many […]
Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston, everyone's favorite Jewish dentist, are both in early talks to star in The Great Wall for Legendary Pictures. Acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) has signed on to direct the film which will explore the mysteries behind why the Great Wall was built and the secrets it holds. The most recent draft of the screenplay was penned by Bourne writer Tony Gilroy (also of Michael Clayton). Damon is certainly making himself busy these days. He is about to start shooting The Martian with Ridley Scott and now another Bourne is in the works. Cranston, fresh off his Emmy win for the final season of "Breaking Bad" (a show I've still managed to not watch), can now find the time to probably do whatever movie he wants. I am not well versed in Yimou's filmography, but what I have seen is rather impressive. »
- Mike Shutt
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