10 items from 2015
On Oct. 31, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Brit legit hit “Hamlet” closes its limited run at the Barbican Centre. If you’re kicking yourself for having missed it, you should kick even harder — the actor has acted for many years in theater productions that you’ve also probably missed.
The world seemed to have awakened to his talent with the series “Sherlock,” but he’d been doing theater for a long time before that show debuted in 2010.
Variety first reviewed him on June 2, 2003, in Ibsen’s “Lady From the Sea” at the Almeida in London. He played a subsidiary character in a work that centers on the character played by Natasha Richardson (just as it was a vehicle for her mother in 1976). The reviewer thought Cumberbatch “makes something quietly tragic” out of his character, the sculptor Lyngstrand.
Four years later, on July 23, 2007, a story reported that Cumberbatch would star in two upcoming productions at the Royal Court, »
- Tim Gray
Natalie Portman turns 34 on Tuesday, but the Oscar-winning actress has been appearing on the big and small screens since she was just 13 years old. To celebrate her birthday, we're taking a look back at the actress's most memorable roles on TV and film. She's played a precocious tween in movies like Beautiful Girls, royalty in films like Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and The Other Boleyn Girl, and tons of other characters over the years, so let's reminisce. »
Natalie Portman is a name we.ve become used to naturally hearing when associated with big films. From The Other Boleyn Girl to Star Wars to Garden State to Thor, she.s dipped her feet into all genres, and continues to snag more major roles. Ever since her Oscar in 2011 for her performance as a troubled ballerina in Black Swan (and also giving birth to her child) things have slowed down a bit for Portman. That was until now, as news starts piling in on Portman.s latest projects including a starring role as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie. Variety reports out of the Cannes Film Festival that Portman will be starring in the titular role of Jackie a film about the four days following John F. Kennedy.s assassination and the terrible aftermath that his wife, Jackie was left in. The film explores Jackie Kennedy.s loss of the love »
Tim Curry was around the age of 43 when he played the role of the evil clown Pennywise in the ABC miniseries "It" based on the novel by Stephen King. For that reason I guess I was expecting a similarly aged actor to take on the role as Cary Fukunaga ("True Detective") is currently prepping to begin his journey to remake the horror story for the big screen, but that's not the case. Duties have fallen on the shoulders of Will Poulter, 22, according to Variety, who's probably best known for his part in the comedy We're the Millers, but perhaps by the time It is released it will be his work in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's survival drama The Revenant we'll remember him for. Apparently older actors were considered such as Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl) and the almost-too-obvious Ben Mendelsohn, but New Line wanted to go younger and, according to Variety's sources, »
- Brad Brevet
John Noble is coming to Forever — but don’t worry, he’s not bringing the apocalypse with him.
Noble will play Aubrey Griffin, a wheelchair-bound expert of history and antiques. When a museum curator dies with a cursed Roman dagger in her possession, Aubrey gets caught up in solving the mystery behind the weapon.
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* Syfy has given a pilot order to Incorporated, »
Steven Spielberg’s filmic slate has become a hot spot of conversation in recent weeks. His mysterious Tom Hanks-starring Cold War epic finally announced its title to the world, and days ago news dropped that the iconic filmmaker had snagged his next project. Reports indicate that the helmer is set to direct Ernie Cline’s pop. culture heavy sci-fi gem Ready Player One. The subsequent reaction nearly broke the Internet, and did raise a few questions. Namely, what about The Bfg?
Don’t worry, because Mr. Spielberg hasn’t forgotten about the Roald Dahl classic he’s been developing for years in cahoots with E.T. cohort Melissa Mathison. Nope, that animated caper is ramping up casting, as today brings news that Superbad funnyman Bill Hader has boarded.
- Gem Seddon
Julianne Moore slaps Madonna in Body of Evidence and Patricia Arquette gets backhanded by Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and these are just the first two clips in Falvorwire's latest rundown of early roles played by this year's Oscar nominees. OBviously, this also means the inclusion of early roles by Mark Ruffalo, Bradley Cooper, J.K. Simmons, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Ethan Hawke, Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall, Edward Norton, Laura Dern, Keira Knightley, Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones and Reese Witherspoon. What's most interesting about this, to me at least, are seeing some of the films these actors starred in and I had no idea, a distinction Eddie Redmayne appears to dominate with roles in The Good Shepherd, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and The Other Boleyn Girl, which, coincidentally also starred Beendict Cumberbatch. Watch below. vimeo id="119759675" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Sees no need to engage metaphor or dispense with cliché, so when you haven’t seen it before, you can’t believe what you’re seeing. And not in a good way. I’m “biast” (pro): I am desperate for movies about women
I’m “biast” (con): science fiction isn’t treated so well at the movies these days
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Oh my god, hooray! A space adventure with a woman at its center! And it’s Mila Kunis, who is awesome! She’s gonna be like a new Luke Skywalker, whisked away from a boring life on Tatooine– er, Earth for more exciting interstellar horizons beyond! Woo-hoo!
Yeah, not so much, as it happens. What happens is more like: Kunis (Annie, Blood Ties) gets drugged, attacked, chased, menaced, threatened, rescued, kidnapped, chased some more, rescued again. Rinse and repeat for a good hour and half. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
Awards contenders who hit the trail to the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this weekend were talking about the breathless pace of this year’s race. No sooner had the last Rose Parade float left Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day did a herd of Oscar hopefuls head to the desert for the next phase of this wide open awards season.
Earlier than ever, Saturday night’s Psiff awards gala – timed to land right in the middle of the crucial Oscar nominating balloting – brought out a bevy of contenders who were receiving pre-negotiated trophies at the glitziest ceremonies this side of the Golden Globes (which take place in a week, also disturbingly earlier than normal).
In a ceremony hosted by the ever-enthusiastic Mary Hart (with usual key sponsor Cartier), recipients included Rosamund Pike (Breakthrough Actress winner for Gone Girl), David Oyelowo (Breakthrough Actor for Selma), J.K. Simmons »
- Pete Hammond
10 items from 2015
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