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Over the past decade, there have been 14 performances nominated by both HFPA and SAG but not nominated by the Academy (one or two a year, on average):
Hayden Christensen (“Life as a House,” 2001) for best supporting actor Cameron Diaz (“Vanilla Sky,” 2001) for best supporting actress Cate Blanchett (“Bandits,” 2002) for best actress or best supporting actress* Richard Gere (“Chicago,” 2002) for best actor Dennis Quaid (“Far From Heaven,” 2002) for best supporting actor Evan Rachel Wood (“Thirteen,” 2003) for best actress Maria Bello (“The Cooler,” 2003) for best supporting actress Paul Giamatti (“Sideways,” 2004) for best actor Russell Crowe (“Cinderella Man,” 2005) for best actor Ziyi Zhang (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” 2005) for best actress Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Departed,” 2006) for best actor or best supporting actor* Ryan Gosling (“Lars and the Real Girl,” 2007) for best actor Angelina Jolie (“A Mighty Heart,” 2007) for best actress Kate Winslet (“Revolutionary Road,” 2008) for best actress
*HFPA nominated for lead; SAG nominated »
- Scott Feinberg
AMC has begun production of its next original series, The Killing, from writer and Executive Producer Veena Sud (Cold Case). The Killing stars Mireille Enos (“Big Love”) as Sarah Linden, who is the lead homicide detective that investigates the death of Rosie Larsen. Other castings include: Billy Campbell (“Once and Again,” Enough) as Darren Richmond, Seattle’s City Council President, running for Mayor; Michelle Forbes (“True Blood”) as Mitch Larsen, Rosie’s mother; Joel Kinnaman (Snabba Cash) as Stephen Holder, an ex-narc cop who joins the homicide division in the investigation to find Rosie Larsen’s killer; and Brent Sexton (W., In the Valley of Elah) as Stan Larsen, Rosie’s father. The Killing joins other AMC original series, including Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Rubicon (the latter of which was not renewed past season 1. AMC also has dominated this fall with The Walking Dead from comic creator Robert Kirkman »
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. The Disappearance Of Alice Creed The Disappearance of Alice Creed opens with two men prepping for what we can only assume—given the title of the film (despite any revelations about its meaning that may come later)—is a kidnapping. We assume correctly. They pull a girl into a van, tie her to a bed, strip her of all her clothes, snap photos of her, and put new clothes on her. All of this takes places without any dialogue, or any understanding of who these people are, how they know each other, or what their motivations are. The less you know about what happens from that point forward, the better. This is the sort of assured, smartly »
- Adam Quigley
As expected, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 dominated the box office, overshadowing any and all competition the weekend before Thanksgiving. But the seventh installment of the wizard franchise reached new heights, breaking new records as it soared into theaters.
Warner Bros’ Hallows made an estimated $125.1 million over the three-day period, easily besting the previous best $102.7 million debut by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2004. The total ranks seventh among 3-day grosses and second for a November start.
The latest Jk Rowling adaptation started with $24 million from roughly 3,700 midnight shows, not quite as high as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but the biggest for Potter thus far. This contributed to a $61.15 million Friday, the fifth-largest single day take in box office history. Then dipped to a still strong Saturday and Sunday closed out the massive debut.
Potter opened day-and-date in several overseas markets, especially crushing it in »
- Jeff Leins
After Dark Films CEO Courtney Solomon has once again planted terror into the hearts of horror fans. 'Husk', the sixth chilling feature film as part of the After Dark Originals is a gruesome tale written and directed by Brett Simmons ('Mark of Love') based on Simmons' short film of the same name. The film stars Wes Chatham ('The Unit', 'In the Valley of Elah'), C.J. Thomason ('The Big Bank Theory'), Devon Graye ('Scar 3D' and Showtime's 'Dexter'), the stunning Tammin Sursok (whom we just had to give you a slew of hot pics of below) and Ben Easter. »
Photo: Lionsgate Paul Haggis may have been bitten by the action bug when he was hired to polish up the scripts for both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. With his latest film, The Next Three Days, he moves from his more melodramatic work on films such as the Best Picture-winning Crash and In the Valley of Elah to a so-so prison break thriller that suffers from too many highs and lows as Haggis was never able to get a handle on the tension of the film. This film stutters in 5-10 minute bursts, each coming to a close only to ask the audience to start over again with the very next scene. These jagged ups and downs never allow it to find a balance.
- Brad Brevet
Writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash, In the Valley of Elah) has been in the news recently because he's considering taking on the job of remaking the critically acclaimed Spanish thriller Celda 211. But before he tackles that, he's out promoting his upcoming action drama The Next Three Days. The Next Three Days finds Russell Crowe playing an ordinary man who has to take extraordinary action to free his wife from jail after she's convicted of murder. The film also stars Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, and Olivia Wilde and will be released in theaters this weekend.
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If he’s not trying to cram a heavy-handed message about Important Things down his audience’s throat, it turns out that writer/director Paul Haggis can make a decent thriller. The Next Three Days is a welcome departure for Haggis, who instead of preaching about race (Crash) or the Iraq War (In the Valley of Elah), crafts an exciting, prison-break film with a strong central performance from Russell Crowe. While some may love it when a plan comes together, The Next Three Days shows how it can be far more exciting when a plan falls apart.
Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks) is about to be sent to prison for the rest of her life for a crime her husband John (Russell Crowe) believes she did not commit. John embarks on an ambitious plan to break Lara out of jail even though she’s resigned herself to her fate. The Next Three Days »
- Matt Goldberg
Adapted from the 2008 French thriller Pour Elle, Paul Haggis’ The Next Three Days runs nearly half an hour longer, and in genre movies like this, every extra minute is a lost one. Attempting to pivot from the weighty self-importance of his last two efforts, In The Valley Of Elah and the Oscar-winning Crash, Haggis tries to fashion a straightforward, relatively unpretentious prison-break thriller, but old habits die hard. What might have been a simple, propulsive story about a man’s single-minded mission to bust his wife out of jail instead feels needlessly cumbersome, burdened by moral questions that don »
His writing may be somewhat derivative and his direction may be somewhat bland, but few filmmakers can build a scene like Paul Haggis. What starts as the next logical puzzle piece transforms with a gesture, a line or a look from a character in said scene, and the entire demeanor of the moment changes. Crash was full of them and In The Valley Of Elah ended with a particularly miscalculated one. The Next Three Days, though it lacks the topical “importance” of his two previous films, progresses scene by scene to a breakneck ending, complimented by full characters leads Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks fill out nicely.
Thirty or forty years ago, anti-studio directors like Sam Peckinpah or Sam Fuller would’ve taken on material as primal (and action-packed) as this: a wife is arrested for a brutal murder and sent to prison for life, leaving her husband with their young son. »
- Dan Mecca
After Dark Films Shows Its Mettle With Latest Title
Husk sows fear and reaps horror in the latest "After Dark Originals" film.
After Dark Films CEO Courtney Solomon has once again planted terror into the hearts of horror fans. Husk, the sixth chilling feature film as part of the After Dark Originals is a gruesome tale written and directed by Brett Simmons (Mark of Love) based on Simmons’ short film of the same name. The film stars Wes Chatham (The Unit, In the Valley of Elah), C.J. Thomason (The Big Bank Theory), and Devon Graye (Scar 3D and Showtime’s Dexter).
When a murder of crows smash into the windshield causing their car to crash, the group of young friends, »
After Dark Films Shows Its Mettle With Latest Title Husk Sows Fear And Reaps Horror In The Latest “After Dark Originals” Film After Dark Films CEO Courtney Solomon has once again planted terror into the hearts of horror fans. Husk, the sixth chilling feature film as part of the After Dark Originals is a gruesome tale written and directed by Brett Simmons (Mark of Love) based on Simmons’ short film of the same name. The film stars Wes Chatham (The Unit, In the Valley of Elah), C.J. Thomason (The Big Bank Theory), and Devon Graye (Scar 3D and Showtime’s Dexter). When a murder of crows smash into the windshield causing their car to crash, the group of young friends, inside, are forced to abandon the vehicle. Stranded beside a desolate cornfield, they see a light on in a window and decide to go in search of help. They head »
After Dark Films CEO Courtney Solomon has once again planted terror into the hearts of horror fans. Husk, the sixth chilling feature film as part of the After Dark Originals is a gruesome tale written and directed by Brett Simmons (Markof Love) based on Simmons’ short film of the same name...
The film stars Wes Chatham (The Unit, In the Valley of Elah), C.J. Thomason (The Big Bank Theory), and Devon Graye (Scar 3D and Showtime’s Dexter). When a murder of crows smash into the windshield causing their car to crash, the group of young friends, inside, are forced to abandon the vehicle. Stranded beside a desolate cornfield, they see a light on in a window and decide to go in search of help. They head into the fields but instead of finding sanctuary they discover something evil and unnatural lurking in the corn. “Think classic original horror films when you think of Husk! »
- Keepers of the Bid
Tapping into the vast and innovative talent of directors and filmmakers from Horrorfest’s acquisitions over the past four years, After Dark has taken the horror festival concept to a higher level. After Dark Originals showcases eight new cutting edge horror films spanning the genre. The mission is to create high quality horror films that provide After Dark full control from script concept through final editing.
The first installment of Ado includes Husk, Fertile Ground, Scream of the Banshee, Prowl, The Task, Re-Kill, Seconds Apart, and 51. Notable directors and writers include Brett Simmons, whose short film "Husk" took Sundance by storm several years ago, Steven C. Miller of Automaton Transfusion fame, and previous After Dark writer/director Adam Gierasch »
- Uncle Creepy
Life is good for Paul Haggis. Not only does he have two Oscars sitting pretty on his shelf, but he.s got three other nominations in the bag and his career continues to flourish. Ever since his shift from TV to film Haggis has almost only delivered critically acclaimed work. First was Million Dollar Baby and then Crash followed by The Last Kiss, Casino Royale, In the Valley of Elah, Quantum of Solace and now The Next Three Days. The film stars Russell Crowe as John Brennan, an English teacher who.s separated from his beloved wife (Elizabeth Banks) when she.s arrested for murder. Convinced she.s innocent, John devotes himself to getting her out. However, what starts out as a lawful venture turns into a daring plot to defy the system and help her escape. The Next Three Days isn.t your typical thriller. It does offer a »
A Marine Story takes a story as old as movies itself and gives it a fresh new spin. The Best Years Of Our Lives through In The Valley Of Elah have explored the theme of soldiers returning home. This time the focus is a female soldier and a military policy that has been much in the news in the last few years.
Alexandra Everett (Dreya Weber) is a career marine who return to her rural, dusty California hometown after a log hitch in the Middle East. After getting off the train with no one to welcome her back , she walks through the streets and sees all the boarded up businesses. Stopping at a convenience store she forcibly detains a young man shoplifting while his girlfriend who was distracting the clerk takes off. The local sheriff chastises Alex for getting involved, although they are severely understaffed and can’t handle the »
- Jim Batts
After winning an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay for his directorial debut Crash , which also won Best Picture that year, Paul Haggis tackled the topic of soldiers returning home from Iraq in In the Valley of Elah , a movie that had troubles finding an audience despite its all-star cast. With The Next Three Days , Haggis switches gears into the realm of action thriller while retaining his strong sense of character and drama from his previous films. Based on the French thriller Pour Elle , the movie stars Russell Crowe as John Brennan, an English teacher in Pittsburgh whose wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) is convicted of murdering her female boss shortly after an altercation. Convinced his wife is innocent, John begins planning a way to break her out of the high-security jail in »
As happens every year around this time, the cable spectrum has been heavily laced with programming throughout the week commemorating Veterans Day. HBO trundled out its full epic and brutal miniseries The Pacific for a one-day re-run broken up by the debut of the James Gandolfini-hosted documentary War Torn 1861-2010, a disturbing look at the psychological scars America’s soldiers have suffered in every conflict since The Civil War; The History Channel ran an all-day marathon of Ww II in HD, sprinkling its commercial breaks for the week with commemorative spots; AMC ran a day of war movies like The Enemy Below (1957) and A Few Good Men (1992) under the umbrella, “Vets Best” ; and so on.
The bulk of memorializing programming focused on World War II – unsurprising, in that it remains, to this day, America’s greatest, defining, and least morally problematic war. Even 65 years later, despite a half-century of »
- Bill Mesce
Too many interviews are bloodless exercises in forced politeness. They don't sound like real conversations people have about movies, which are at their best when there's disagreement and contention. So it's always refreshing when you find something like Scott Foundas' interview with Paul Haggis in the new Film Comment. Foundas was the man who helped lead the backlash against the eventual 2004 Best Picture winner writing, amongst other things, that "Crash" was "the best movie of the year for people who like to say, 'A lot of my best friends are black.'" Instead of pretending he never made those comments, he confronts them, confirms them, and gives Haggis a chance to respond during their conversation. Here's some of what Haggis had to say:
"I didn't actually ever know if it was a good movie or not, and I still don't...I didn't know if it was a good screenplay when we finished it. »
- Matt Singer
Crowe and Banks will be seen playing the couple, while Neeson takes the role of the ex-con. Olivia Wilde, Jonathan Tucker and RZA also land roles in this crime thriller, which will also be filled with romantic sequences.
Synopsis: Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. With the rejection of their final appeal, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison. Refusing to be deterred by impossible odds or his own inexperience, »
- Allan Ford
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