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It's weird to say that Tom Hanks is experiencing a renaissance, but: Tom Hanks is experiencing a renaissance. In the last week alone, Hanks was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in "Lucky Guy" and named the Most Trusted Person in America by Reader's Digest readers. Now, he's at the center of the first trailer for "Captain Phillips."
The fact-based film stars Hanks in the title role as Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage when his ship was captured by Somali pirates in 2009. The Maersk Alabama was the first U.S.-flagged ship hijacked since the 19th century.
"They're not here to fish," Hanks-as-Phillips says about a couple of rogue boats approaching his ship. That's when all hell breaks loose, with director Paul Greengrass ("The Bourne Ultimatum") seemingly cutting things together with the goal of maximizing the audiences' capacity to grip the armrests of their seats. »
- The Huffington Post
Autism awareness has steadily increased over the last decade. Though the public is far more educated on the topic than the past, a large misunderstanding still remains. The spectrum of autism is vast covering a variety of characteristics and behaviors, which may help explain why it has been handled so differently in films. Films like Rain Main present it with more of a comedic edge, while something like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close relies more on the dramatic aspects. Alonso Mayo’s The Story of Luke cuts the difference. The Story of Luke is small indie dramedy that puts a small twist on the coming of age tale. While the story is certainly familiar, its large amount of sincerity causes it to be touching tale of overcoming odds. This slice-of-life »
- Dan Clark
Exclusive: Mark Roybal, the well-respected president of Steven Rales’ indie production shingle Indian Paintbrush, is leaving. He is being hired by 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts to become Evp Production. He fills the slot that Peter Kang left when he exited the studio and subsequently signed on at Paramount. I’m told that Roybal will oversee Gone Girl and the Matt Reeves-directed sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Gone Girl, an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestseller, is the odds-on favorite to be the next film that David Fincher directs. He leaves Rales’ Indian Paintbrush in a good place. The company has established itself as a respected financier and producer of classy fare, from the Drake Doremus-directed Like Crazy to the Wes Anderson-directed Moonrise Kingdom and his follow-up The Grand Budapest Hotel. Also coming is Jason Reitman’s next film, Labor Day. Roybal’s exit is amicable. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
When his son asked him why he played King Koopa in Super Mario Bros, Dennis Hopper answered, ”Well, Henry, I did it so that you could have shoes”. To which Henry replied, ”Dad, I don’t need shoes that badly”.
We’ve all made mistakes, but the acting profession has a peculiar way of atoning for the past. Rather than brave the braying crowds after a bad performance, a number of actors have joined our ranks and booed their film into the ground. Some have been humble enough to criticise their own work, others have instead lashed out at everyone around them. Is this honesty a rare and refreshing pin-prick to overinflated egos, or are these stars simply having their cake (or cheque) and eating it?
Call it damage limitation. Call it biting that hand that feeds. But if it keeps little Henry in shoes, then it’s a job well done. »
- Dan Wakefield
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Seven years after he was forced to retire from the NYPD in disgrace, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) works as a private detective and finds himself in over his head when he agrees to help out the mayor of New York City (Crowe). Hizzoner enlists Taggart to trail his wife Cathleen (Zeta-Jones) to see if she’s cheating. Along the way, Taggart, realizes that the mayor’s motives run deeper than expected and he needs to take the fight to his opponents and navigate his way through a web of lies and deception that puts his freedom–and life–on the line. »
Cross Creek Pictures President Brian Oliver and Exclusive Media's Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East announced today that principal photography has begun in New York on A Walk Among the Tombstones the new crime thriller starring Oscar winner Liam Neeson (Schindler's List, Taken). Joining the cast are Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey); Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina); Boyd Holbrook (The Host, Milk); David Harbour (Snitch, End of Watch); Mark Consuelos (American Horror Story); and recording artist / U.S. The X Factor (Season 1) fan favorite, Astro.
Written and to be directed by Academy Award nominated Scott Frank (Out of Sight, The Lookout), the film is based on one of 17 Matt Scudder novels written by acclaimed crime novelist Lawrence Block. The Scudder series has been in print for over 40 years and translated into over 20 languages. The movie is being produced by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, with their company Double Feature Films, with Danny DeVito and his company, »
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. "People are so dumb in this game. I mean, they talk way too much." - J.T. Thomas, Survivor: TocantinsDoes Sherri remind anybody else of Sandra Bullock? I don't just mean the physical resemblance. Last week, Sherri pulled off The Blind Side, wresting control of the Fans tribe from the Cool Kids. This week, things have gotten Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The problem is, Shamar's a real Demolition Man. He shouts at Reynold and shouts at Eddie. »
- Stephen Fishbach
Little Louis Bardo has good taste! Sandra Bullock's son is only 3 years old, but he already has quite an eye for expensive jewelry. A source tells Us Weekly that the adorable tot helped choose his mom's accessories for the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24. The Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close actress, 38, sparkled on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in a gorgeous, fully embroidered cap-sleeve gown by Elie Saab, complemented by Harry Winston jewels -- including a piece or two selected by [...] »
The film industry has struggled with depictions of 9/11 up to know. Usually, the events of September 11th are depicted with emotionally manipulative sentimentalism that is nearly offensive ("Remember Me") or as a blatant attempt at Oscar-grabbing ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"). So it's perfectly understandable to feel trepidation, or even a sinking sense of dread, when a film is described as a "post-9/11 drama." Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," based on the best selling 2007 novel by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, seems to mainly avoid these treacly tropes however, with more of a personal character study of profiling and racial alienation after the attacks. Riz Ahmed ("Four Lions") stars alongside Liev Schrieber, Kate Hudson, and Kiefer Sutherland in the story of a Pakistani Wall Street employee whose life changes after 9/11. This is "Monsoon Wedding" director Nair's first film »
- Mark Lukenbill
Wan wrote the story that revolves around a police officer (Grillo) and a psychologist (Bello) investigating the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon a ghost. Horn, who enjoyed a breakout year with star turns in Magic Mike and End of Watch, will play a ghost hunter.
The film starts shooting next week in Baton Rouge.
Maria Bello Joins (Still Untitled) James Wan-Produced Thriller! 12-year-old Thomas Horn Joins Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close James Bond Has Been Caught Up In a Real-life Action Thriller! »
- Vesna Sunrider
Chicago – In the last days of August 2012, three generically titled ghost pictures had the misfortune of opening at more or less the exact same time. None of them were particularly memorable, yet only one managed to produce any semblance of genuine chills. There are enough eerie moments in “The Possession,” the demonic thriller from gifted Danish director Ole Bornedal, that one wishes that it pushed past the boundaries of its tame PG-13 rating.
The script by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White is a Judaic variation on “The Exorcist,” complete with a hasidic scholar barking out chants just like Max Von Sydow. The success of this formula succeeds or fails largely on the strength of its central performance from the possessed victim, which often takes the form of a young girl. “Exorcist” star Linda Blair set a spectacularly high bar that no imitator has been able to equal, and “The Possession”’s pint-sized leading lady, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Having tackled horror with The Orphanage and true-life tragedy in The Impossible (which has been winning awards attention), it appears Juan Antonio Bayona’s next target is science fiction. He’s come aboard Warner Bros.’ currently-untitled sci-fi project. The film is currently being kept strictly under wrap – so strictly that not even a basic plot description crops up in Variety’s story. What we do know is this: Kevin McCormick, who produced Gangster Squad and romantic drama The Lucky One is serving the same duty here as the project bubbles away in development at Warners.The script is by Eric Roth, who has written such films as Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, Forrest Gump, The Insider, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Munich and Ali. So while we know almost nothing about what the final movie will be, it has a solid shot at being great with Bayona directing and »
Solaris (2002)Remember that blissful time a year ago when we thought we would have Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity in theaters for 2012. It was not to be but the film finally has a release date in October 4th, 2013. There are still no official photos of this movie so enjoy this still of George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's remake of Solaris (2002), his only previous sci-fi outing. ... unless you'd like to count Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988).
The release date is already crowded with the Vince Vaughn sperm donor comedy The Delivery Man (another sperm donor comedy... I thought we were done with those!), the 3D conversion of Revenge of the Sith, and the corporate thriller Paranoia which pairs young Liam Hensworth with Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford.
Gravity, in case you've forgotten, is an expensive 3D technological marvel (we're told) which is also an experimental dramatic two hander about a medical »
- NATHANIEL R
Despite relatively respectable reviews – scoring 52 on MetaCritic, better, for instance than 2011 Best Picture Oscar nominee "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" – "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" swept the Razzie nominations with 11, including Worst Picture. If it wins, it would be the best reviewed movie ever to do so at the Razzies, based on available MetaCritic scores. -Insertgroups:12- The film will have strong competition from a pair of previous winners. Adam Sandler co-wrote, produced, and starred in last year's Worst Picture, "Jack and Jill," which swept all 10 Razzie categories. He returns this year with another widely panned starring vehicle: the comedy "That's My Boy," in which he plays a man who fathered a child with his teacher when he was 13. The film is up for eight prizes, including Worst Actor for Sandler. Eddie Murphy was a multiple winner for "Norbit" in 2007. This year, »
Yesterday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their nominees for this year’s Oscar ceremony. As always, it has drawn sharp criticism from folks all over the world. I was especially incensed at some of the major snubs, and delighted by others.
So, let’s hash it out. I’m going to tell you what I feel were legit picks, and god-awful picks. I’m also going to cover what I feel were the most unkind snubs this year. So, let’s get this pity party started shall we?
Moonrise Kingdom – Best Original Screenplay
Those who know me are aware of how much I adored this film. The charm lies in its beautiful and unique screenplay, along with a perfect cast that only a director of Wes Anderson’s calibre could assemble. (Although it should have received more than just a screenplay nod.)
- Damen Norton
From about the age of ten, I have been inexplicably fascinated with the Academy Awards. If pressed to explain the foundation of this obsession with an awards show from what is ultimately just an arbitrary body of members with vastly varying tastes across the many different disciplines it requires to put a competent movie up on the silver screen, I’m not sure I could muster up a satisfactory response.
I suspect at the time my Oscar obsession grew from what seemed like the perfect marriage between the art of cinema and the competition of sports, but even now, these many years later, after hours of voluntary studying of countless Oscar books (to the point where I can name every Best Picture winner chronologically from memory), I still can’t explain it in any way that doesn’t make me sound like some freakish Oscar junkie. Nevertheless, between the Oscar season and the NFL playoffs, »
- Christopher Lominac
The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and it's quite a whirlwind of nominees. As expected, Lincoln landed the most nominations with 12, followed with Ang Lee's Life of Pi which nabbed 11. The big story here, though, is the Best Director category. Shockingly, only two (two!) of the DGA nominees for Best Director made the Oscar cut: Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg. The rest of the category was filled out by Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild, David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, and Michael Haneke for Amour. It was almost guaranteed that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow would be landing nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, respectively, but shockingly neither made the cut. Apparently those films just directed themselves. Based off today's nominations, it now looks like it's (surprisingly) down to Lincoln vs. Silver Linings Playbook for the big win. Hit the jump »
- Adam Chitwood
With the 85th Academy Awards nominations landing at 1:30Pm GMT, movie buffs the world over are busy cramming in their last-minute predictions, as well as their theories about what’s going to get snubbed, and what just might sneak into what is, as it is every year, a very crowded and competitive race. What’s great this year is that there’s no clear front-runner overall, which makes it all the more exciting and unpredictable, and also invites any number of actors and films to sneak into various categories and nab a surprise nomination.
Here are 10 outside possibilities to watch for the Oscars.
Best Picture – Skyfall
Given how the latest James Bond film has been not only the highest-grossing Bond film of all time, but also the highest-grossing UK film ever, as well as garnering some of the best reviews of the franchise, there’s bound to be plenty »
- Shaun Munro
When it comes to predicting Oscar nominations, the only thing we know for sure is that there will be surprises. The amount of awards leading up to Hollywood's biggest honors both clarify and confuse what movies and which actors are likely to land an Oscar nod.
The industry's guild awards usually make the best indicators but Golden Globes, critics awards and the British Academy (BAFTA) picks provide their own clues -- sometimes misleading.
The following predictions represent what we think will happen in nine top categories when Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announce the 2013 Oscar nominees in less than 24 hours. But we're also hoping for surprises. That's part of the fun.
The buzz: Last year's switch to a loose number of »
Before we say anything else, there's something that must be said. Yes, we are MTV, the same MTV that, for the past five years, has heaped Golden Popcorn onto "The Twilight Saga," an otherwise award-less franchise. (Hey, sorry for giving our audience what they want, right?) We've been a home for wayward Twi-hards from the very beginning, but before you dismiss what we have to say, hear us out.
"Breaking Dawn - Part 2" simply did not deserve the public shaming at the hands of the Razzies, who officially announced their Worst Achievement in Film nominees today.
The anti-Academy Awards, which traditionally announce their nominees a day before their unironic counterpart, unleashed 11 nominations for Golden Raspberries onto the fifth "Twilight" film, despite there only being ten categories. The closest contender, "That's My Boy," only managed to fail to the tune of eight nominations.
Hardy har har. The "Twilight" movies aren't great cinema. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
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