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The performance of an actor playing a villainous role can sometimes be the most interesting part of the film. This is an in-depth look at some of those performances which were awarded with an Oscar.
To get a good character in film, you have to develop that character. The audience needs to see the world through their eyes in order to understand their perspective and motivations. This is especially true with villains, which are arguably more difficult to develop than a traditional protagonist. Often times villains are given the short end of the characterization stick in any given film, which makes sense. It’s not easy making an action that could hurt or harm other people seem logical, so many films don’t put much effort into it. The audience recognizes a villain when they see one, and they know he is bad because of his actions, no matter how questionable they may be. »
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Back in May, it was revealed that Jon Hamm and The Call’s director Brad Anderson were attached to a political action thriller called High Wire Act. Now we know that Rosamund Pike will also be on board. Written by Michael Clayton’s Tony Gilroy, the film is set in 1980s Beirut and finds Hamm as a former American diplomat returned to service to save an old colleague from the violent group believed to be responsible for his own family’s death. And he’ll have help from Pike, a CIA agent assigned to keep him alive and make sure the mission is a success.There’s still no sign of when the film might kick off shooting, as it’s still listed in development and both its stars’ schedules are relatively busy. Hamm is at work on Greg Mottola’s new comedy Keeping Up With The Joneses, and is »
After earning an Oscar nomination for her chilling portrayal of maybe-sociopath Amy Dunne in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has landed another role that may be worthy of her formidable talent. The actress has signed on to star opposite Jon Hamm in Brad Anderson’s political thriller High Wire Act, which boasts a script by The Bourne Identity screenwriter Tony Gilroy.
Set in 1980s Beirut, the thriller will follow a former U.S. diplomat named Mason Skiles (Hamm) who is called back into action in order to prevent the murder of a former colleague from the group that may be responsible for his own family’s death. Pike will take on the role of a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy, who makes it her mission to keep Mason alive and ensure his top-secret mission goes off without a hitch.
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- Isaac Feldberg
In Amy Schumer's new movie Trainwreck, Oscar winner Tilda Swinton is nearly unrecognizable as Dianna, the men's magazine editor boss to Schumer's character, also named Amy. Trading her normal porcelain skin and short platinum-blonde hair for a tanned exterior and wavy light brown bob with blonde highlights, Swinton, who's well-known for her dramatic roles in films like Michael Clayton and Snowpiercer, gets laughs for Dianna's indifference to both her S'Nuff employees' emotions and matter-of-fact attitude toward articles about things like "whether garlic makes semen taste any different." Swinton tells The Hollywood Reporter that after talking
- Hilary Lewis
Now this is what we call a movie transformation! Tilda Swinton stars in Amy Schumer's highly-anticipated comedy flick "Trainwreck" -- but we barely recognized her thanks to her makeover for the movie. The Oscar-winning actress is known for more serious roles in movies like "Michael Clayton", "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" and the "Chronicles Of Narnia" series, but jumped headfirst into her latest comedic role. The 54-year-old plays Amy's brassy no-holds-barred boss Dianna, who Tilda describes as the quintessential magazine editor. "We started talking about this magazine, which is such an important character in the film," she told toofab's Candice Brock. "It's the place where Amy works and it's the sort of atmosphere of cynicism and numbness that she's swimming in when we first meet her. So Diana is the founder of this magazine and we needed to think about who would be this woman who actually started this magazine. »
- tooFab Staff
Take the sons of an ageing lowlife Boston hood and transport them to Hollywood. The premise is like Entourage reimagined by Dennis Lehane. But since 2013, Showtime’s Ray Donovan has quietly built a reputation as a powerful family/crime drama. The criminal turned Hollywood fixer Ray (Liev Schreiber) is our focus as he mops up the messes of his Hollywood clients while dealing with the far more combustible conflicts in his shipwreck of a family. The show started on Showtime in the Us on Sunday and returns to Sky Atlantic tonight, bringing with it some of the strongest character acting around.
Tony Soprano once wondered whatever happened to Gary Cooper – the strong silent type handling his business, repressing his feelings like a real American before »
- James Donaghy
London — “Downton Abbey” actress Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, who was Oscar nominated for “In the Bedroom” and “Michael Clayton,” and Andrew Scott (“Sherlock,” “Pride,” “Spectre”) have joined the cast of Simon Aboud’s “This Beautiful Fantastic,” which starts to shoot this week in London.
Others in the cast include Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse,” “Now is Good,” “The Railway Man”), Anna Chancellor (“What a Girl Wants,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) and Sheila Hancock (“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” “3 Men and a Little Lady”).
“This Beautiful Fantastic” is a contemporary fairy-tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful »
- Leo Barraclough
Jessica Brown Findlay ("Downton Abbey"), Tom Wilkinson ("Michael Clayton") and Andrew Scott ("Sherlock") have joined the cast of Simon Aboud's "This Beautiful Fantastic". Filming begins this week in London.
The contemporary fairy tale revolves around the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children's book author and a cantankerous widower.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
We knew Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) was going to star in Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange movie, but we had no idea what character he would play. Last week came news Tilda Swinton was being courted to play the Ancient One, limiting the options for Ejiofor, but today we got our answer. Reported by Deadline, we now know he will be portraying the villain Baron Mordo opposite Benedict Cumberbatch's title character, and as with the Swinton's character, Ejiofor's version of Baron Mordo will be receiving a bit of tweaking. Deadline says Baron Mordo will be the amalgamation of a few different characters. Who those characters are and what changes exactly will be made aren't known at this time. In the comics, Baron Mordo is a former student of the Ancient One, like Strange. After plotting to kill the Ancient One, Mordo is stopped by Strange, thus becoming mortal enemies. »
- Charles Dean
If you’re a sales company headed to the Cannes film market with a movie to push, it helps if you can put together a package including a couple of name actors and a director with some traction. Good Universe thinks it might be on to a winner with High Wire Act, a new action thriller that boasts Jon Hamm attached to the lead and The Call’s Brad Anderson directing.And, as a bonus, the script comes from Michael Clayton’s Tony Gilroy, once more bubbling up a politically infused tale of deception and danger. In this case, Hamm will be a former Us diplomat in 1980s Beirut who saw his family killed by a violent group. Now the same people are threatening one of his colleagues, and he’ll have to be the one to save them. There’s no schedule for the film to start shooting yet. »
Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
With Mad Men‘s final episodes upon us, the show’s star is looking up for his next film gig and now, he seems to have found it. Jon Hamm has signed on to star in High Wire Act, a political thriller written by Bourne Identity scribe Tony Gilroy.
Brad Anderson, the in-demand helmer behind Transsiberian, The Call and last year’s Stonehearst Asylum, will take the reins on the pic, which is set in the tumultuous political climate of Beirut circa 1980. Gilroy, of course, wrote the scripts for all entries of the Bourne franchise as well as Michael Clayton, Duplicity and State of Play (the first two of which he also directed).
As per Deadline, Hamm is set to star as a former U.S. diplomat who must handle a case that requires the utmost professionalism but simultaneously conjures up personal demons: the kidnapping of a colleague by the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Field, Gilroy and Mike Weber are producing. Good Universe is handling international sales.
“I’m thrilled the way the project’s come together,” Anderson said. “Jon Hamm was made to play the part.”
The story is set in Beirut in the 1980s. Hamm will portray a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death.
Hamm has been active in movies during the seven-season run of “Mad Men,” which concludes May 17. He’s appeared in “The Town,” “Bridesmaids” and “Million Dollar Arm” and will be seen next year in Fox’s “Keeping Up with the Joneses.”
- Dave McNary
Jon Hamm has signed on to star in Tony Gilroy‘s political thriller “High Wire Act,” production company Radar Pictures announced on Wednesday. Brad Anderson (“The Machinist”) is directing the film in which Hamm (“Mad Men”) will play a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service in the 1980s to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death. Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”), who wrote the screenplay, is producing with Ted Field and Mike Weber. Good Universe is handling international sales. See video: Jon Hamm Lost a '90s Game Show, Fabulously »
- Greg Gilman
Chinese-American actress Celina Jade will star in “April Flowers,” a U.S. indie drama that shoots from next month in New York. The film is directed by Christopher Tedrick and co-stars Jon Fletcher (CW’s “The Messenger”).
Jade plays and idealist whose dreams are fading away until she discovers an anonymous journal while on her daily commute. The personal accounts renew her faith in humanity. She sets out on a mission to return but fears that she may compromise the real relationships in her life. Tedrick directs from his own 2012 AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist script.
- Patrick Frater
The film marks Hare’s first feature script since 2008 drama The Reader, for which he was Oscar-nominated.
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