11 items from 2015
Paris — Sean Penn is set to receive an honorary Cesar award in Paris during the 40th edition of the ceremony on Feb. 20.
“A mythical actor, an activist and an exceptional director, Sean Penn is a unique icon of American cinema. A living legend,” declared the Cesar Academie, France’s equivalent to the Oscars.
Penn has always enjoyed great popularity in France as an actor and a director. Nick Cassavetes’ “She’s So Lovely” earned him a best actor nod in Cannes, and the last film he directed, “Into the Wild,” was an arthouse hit in France. Penn served as president of Cannes Film Festival’s jury in 2008.
The actor, who won two Oscars for his performances in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” and Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” will next star in “Gunman,” Studiocanal’s high-voltage thriller directed by French helmer Pierre Morel. It will be released in March in the U. »
- Elsa Keslassy
The 87th Academy Award nominations for 2015 were recently released on January 15, 2015 representing the excellence in film for the previous year. Naturally there was the standard controversy regarding those films and performances that got unfairly overlooked. Unfortunately, the perceived snubs do happen from year to year so this goes along with the territory. Nevertheless, the lucky selections that do manage to grab Oscar’s attention are understandably grateful and psyched to see if the golden statuette will in fact go home with them on the film industry’s biggest and most elegant evening.
With the obvious crankiness of Oscar omissions aside and the injustices that go with these “reel” deals has anyone ever considered the Academy Award nominees that are surprisingly recognized that could have gone unnoticed for whatever reasoning? After all there are films and exceptional performances that get lost in the shuffle but manage to get the accolades it »
- Frank Ochieng
Focus Features continue to crank up the marketing campaign to tease fans of the upcoming film adaptation of that saucy book by debuting new photos and a TV spot for director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey. Check them out…
Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan (Marie Antoinette), Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (Godzilla), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Rita Ora (Southpaw), Callum Keith Rennie (Memento) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Into the Wild).
See Also: Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey
A global phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey was first published in 2011 and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Johnson). The trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, »
- Scott J. Davis
There’s a lot of curiosity about director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The E.L. James erotic tale has captured the imagination of woman all over the world, and the movie is sure to be a big success. It was recently reported that it's the fastest selling rated-r movie in Fandango history. I guess that's saying something.
A global phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey was first published in 2011 and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Johnson). Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” (2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (2012) explore the couple.s deepening relationship. The trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the .Fifty Shades. trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.
- Joey Paur
Do: check the instructions (Wild)
This month sees the release of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her solo hike along the gruelling 1,000 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) certainly doesn't make it easy for herself, buying the wrong type of gas cylinder for her stove and thus being forced to subsist on a diet of "cold mush."
Don't: give up (Touching The Void)
Consider the obstacles that Joe Simpson faced during his calamitous attempt to climb Peruvian mountain Siula Grande: a broken leg; a fall into a crevasse; and zero hope of rescue after partner Simon Yates left him for dead. And yet, as recounted in classic documentary Touching The Void, Simpson gritted his teeth and dragged himself through hell to reach safety.
Do: stay calm (Life Of Pi)
Travel is unpredictable. One minute, like Indian teenager Pi (Suraj Sharma), you're emigrating to Canada aboard a freighter. »
Bradley Cooper, Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, and Meryl Streep are among the Academy Award contenders who set records on Thursday morning. Below, 14 facts, stats and records regarding this year's Oscar nominations. -Break- 'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest' lead Oscar nominations with nine Three in a row With his Best Actor bid for "American Sniper," Bradley Cooper received his third consecutive nomination. The last man to do that was Russell Crowe (1999-2001). And that nomination in the top category for his film also means that Cooper has appeared in three Best Picture nominees in a row (following "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle"). Robert Duvall breaks the age record At 84, Robert Duvall ("The Judge") is now the oldest nominee ever for Best Supporting Actor. He beats out Hal Holbrook ("Into the Wild"), who was 82 when he contended in 2007. If Duv...' »
Straight off the bat the happy shockers are Marion Cotillard for Two Days One Night (edging out Jennifer Aniston), Laura Dern for Wild (where many assumed Jessica Chastain would be), the weird surprise is Bennett Miller in Director for Foxcatcher, our first "lone director" nod since the Academy expanded the Best Picture field. In terrible news there were only two nominations (Best Picture & Song) for the grand Selma... which places it in the unfortunate company of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Blind Side. Yikes! In less horrific but still weird disappointing news: Nightcrawler pulled an Into the Wild by doing really well at the guilds but not so much with Oscar.
Oscar had a boner for Birdman with many nominations
Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman led the nominations with 9 honors each (though I correctly predicted Birdman being shut out of film editing so people will say it will have trouble winning now, »
- NATHANIEL R
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led this year's class of Oscar films with nine nominations apiece, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director. The Imitation Game had eight nominations. American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's movie about Chris Kyle, tied with Richard Linklater's Boyhood, the movie that took 12 years to make, with six nominations—and Bradley Cooper nabbed a Best Actor nod, nudging out Selma's David Oyelowo and Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal. Meryl Streep extended her seemingly unbreakable record with her 19th Oscar nomination for her Supporting Actress work in the musical Into the Woods. She won't be the favorite this time, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Directors Guild of America have spoken and raised the Eastwood flag yet again. The 84 year old director cruised to a nomination for his conservative military drama American Sniper. It's his fourth nomination with the DGA. He has won twice before at the DGA and also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Academy has nominated him even more often for directing as American Sniper will be his fifth Best Director nomination should it come to pass. Eastwood has a habit of crashing the party late. He did it in 2004 with Million Dollar Baby when everyone was preparing for an Aviator sweep. He did it in 2006 with the tiny grossing nearly black and white foreign language film Letters from Iwo Jima and he looks like he'll do it again on Thursday for American Sniper.
Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
- NATHANIEL R
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Run Time: 115 mins
Synopsis: After a series of unfortunate events Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon), a recovering drug addict, sets out on a 1100 mile trek by foot across America’s Pacific Crest Trail.
This time last year we were all mesmerised by Jean-Marc Vallee’s brilliant Dallas Buyers Club, a film that saw both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto bag an Oscar. Now just twelve months later Vallee has produced another stunning piece of cinema that is garnering a lot of award season chatter.
Once more the story is a true life tale, this time around we have Reese Witherspoon starring as Cheryl Strayed, a young woman who, through determination to turn her life around, makes it her mission to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail. For those not in the know the Pacific Crest Trail is really long (over 1000 miles).
- Kat Smith
Sneak Peek actress Kristen Stewart ("Twilight") in the January 2015 issue of "Glamour" (Germany) magazine:
Stewart is best known for playing protagonist 'Bella Swan' in "The Twilight Saga" romance fantasy film series and work in indie films including "Panic Room" (2002), "Speak" (2004), "Zathura" (2005), "Into The Wild" (2007) and the comedy-drama "Adventureland" (2009).
Stewart then starred in "The Runaways" (2010), followed by "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012), "On the Road" (2012), "Camp X-Ray" (2014) and the upcoming features "Clouds of Sils Maria" (2014), "Still Alice" (2015) and "Equals" (2015).
Stewart also continues as the 'face' of the "Chanel" and "Balenciaga" fashion brands.
- Michael Stevens
11 items from 2015
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