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By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: To millions – or perhaps billions – of “Twilight” fans, she’ll always be Bella.
Or a wayward prostitute seeking emotional connections in “Welcome to the Rileys.”
Of course, those who have been paying attention know that Stewart holds tremendous promise for a post-“Twilight” career. She earned raves for her work in “Adventureland” and “Into the Wild.” She’s been doing excellent work since “The Safety of Objects” and “Panic Room.”
But it was “Twilight” that put her on the map … and in the tabloids’ crosshairs. And it is there where she is likely to stay until the second “Breaking Dawn” comes out in 2012. Until then, Stewart will continue to burn up Hollywood »
- Sean O'Connell
The official list of Academy Award-eligible scores has been released, according to Variety. There are the usual list of big names — James Newton Howard (The Tourist, Salt) has four scores in contention, Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, The King’s Speech) has three — and newcomers. (Pray for a Tron: Legacy upset nomination: can you imagine a ceremony with Daft Punk and The Social Network’s Trent Reznor?) But the list is just as notable for the names that aren’t on the list. The Academy disqualified Clint Mansell’s Black Swan and Carter Burwell’s True Grit »
- Darren Franich
Aron Ralston. If you haven’t heard that name before then you should either a) keep reading to discover what this film is all about or b) stop reading right now if you want the movie to be a surprise. In 2003, Ralston became an overnight American hero after he was found wandering the Utah desert with only one arm intact and in need of a serious drink. Turns out he had been stuck in a canyon for nearly 6 days with a limited amount of water and only a blunt knife standing between him and the billion-year-old boulder that was crushing his arm. Sound like a recipe for movie success? Well, in the right hands, yes (pun not intended). If Ralston’s book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place had been put into the tender loving arms (okay… Pun intended) of the Saw movie-makers (and yes, apparently they did ask »
- Laura Stackhouse
It's so cute that film critics circles are so interested in "their own" as it were. Boston is always accused of rallying behind Boston-set films (in their defense they often have many of them to choose from) and a few days back Utah, where 127 Hours takes place, really handed that film some water in its moment of need. Not that the Academy voters are actively debating Utah's choices before filling out their ballots this week... they're more likely to be swayed by James Franco's grandma (see video after the jump).
But given that 127 Hours has been slipping down a thin rocky crevice away from sunny awards heat (Awkward Metaphor Alert) it'll take every honor it can get. Will AMPAS go for it or do we have another Into the Wild (2007) on our hands i.e. lots of preseason heat, little to show for it on Oscar nom morn?
- NATHANIEL R
Christmas gives plenty of people a number of reasons to celebrate, but Eddie Vedder has one extra thing to raise a glass to today, as it is his birthday. The Pearl Jam frontman is now 46 years old, and though he has been an integral component of the rock world for most of two decades, in many respects it seems like he's just getting warmed up.
(Click here for a look at Eddie Vedder's career in photos!)
Of course, Vedder is best known as the singer for Pearl Jam, the band he joined following the end of about-to-break Seattle band Mother Love Bone. Vedder was something of an outsider in the beginning, as he was living in San Diego and not really considering a music career (he was content to surf). But a friend sent him a tape of some demos put together by guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament, »
- Kyle Anderson
Writer-director Cameron Crowe (whom we all love for his classic romantic comedy Say Anything), has passed along the script for his latest film We Bought A Zoo to actor Matt Damon. Speaking with MTV, Matt Damon revealed, “When [Cameron Crowe] gave me the screenplay, it came with music.” According to Damon, the music consisted of “a lot of Eddie Vedder, a lot of Neil Young” but wouldn’t say anything more. The former Rolling Stone journalist, now writer/director is known for packing his films with carefully curated soundtracks. In fact music is so important to both Cameron Crowe and his films, that he insists on playing music on the set of his movies – before takes, during takes and after takes when the day’s wrap-up. He claims it keeps the actors in-line with the story’s feeling and boosts the morale of the crew.
Based on Benjamin Mee’s best selling memoir, »
Writer-director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) excited Matt Damon when he gave him the script to his new film, We Bought A Zoo, by including a potential soundtrack compilation featuring "a lot of Eddie Vedder" and "a lot of Neil Young". In interview with MTV, Matt Damon describes how before even reading the screenplay, he listened to the compilation whilst running in central park. Based on Benjamin Mee's best selling memoir, in We Bought A Zoo, Matt Damon plays a widowed father who moves his family to the English countryside where they buy and begin to operate a zoo. Alongside Damon, We Bought A Zoo stars Black Widow beauty Scarlett Johansson and child actress, Elle Fanning. It is currently scheduled to open a year from tomorrow, on December 23rd, 2011 and will start shooting next month. Hit the jump for more on the music Crowe attached to the script. Pearl Jam »
- Ben Garman
Leave it to Cameron Crowe to make the soundtrack for a movie before he's shot a single frame . In a recent interview with MTV, Matt Damon said that when he got the script to Crowe's new film, We Bought A Zoo, it came with a soundtrack that featured "a lot of Eddie Vedder" and "a lot of Neil Young." The film, scheduled for release almost one year from today, December 23, 2011, stars shooting next month. It's based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee chronicling how he and his family decided to buy and run a dilapidated zoo after the death of his wife. Written and directed by Crowe, Damon stars as Mee  alongside a love interest played by Scarlett Johansson , his brother played by Thomas Hayden Church, and zoo employees Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit and Angus McFadyen. See Damon's interview and more after the break. Here's Matt Damon. In case you can't watch the video, »
- Germain Lussier
Get ready for a whole host of TV shows and movies to get you through the festive period - it's our look at UK telly...!
We've taken a scythe to the Christmas telly schedule to help you sort the geek from the chav. We hope the listing of shows and films will help brighten your holiday via the warm rays of the living room telly.
If we missed any of your favourites, please have a ho-ho-ho in the comments section, with our thanks and best wishes for a happy holiday.
Thursday December 23rd
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part 1 4:00pm Sky1 (repeats through 1st Jan)
24 series 8 6:00am Sky 2 (marathon consecutive run of the series' episodes)
8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special 10:00pm Channel 4 (repeats 00:05am 27th Dec)
The Royle Family Christmas Special (2009) 00:45am Gold (repeats through 30th Dec)
Christmas Eve Friday December 24th
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part »
The chilly winter air is thick with snowflakes, the scent of gingerbread, and the sound of jingle bells. The holidays are coming on fast, and for many of us that means hours of potentially mind-numbing travel time lie ahead.
Here at the Film Stage we sympathize. So we’ve compiled a Reading Rainbow-worthy list of suggested titles for you to enjoy during your holiday travels and travails.
Kristy Puchko Suggests:
Has the beginning of the end of the Harry Potter franchise left you with a sense of “What now?” If so, check out the latest craze in Ya crossover fiction. With this novel’s upcoming movie adaptation slated for release in 2013, there’s still time to jump on the bandwagon for the book series so addictive that it should come with a warning label. A dark tale that has attracted scores of kids and adults, »
- Kristy Puchko
Directed by Francis Lawrence, and starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Robert Pattinson (currently filming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), and Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), Water for Elephants now has its — really great-looking — trailer available for online viewing. Told via flashback, the film's story centers on a love triangle set in a traveling circus during the Great Depression. Reese Witherspoon plays the circus' horse-riding girl, Christoph Waltz is her psychotic husband and animal trainer, and Robert Pattinson is a former medical student who has joined the circus. Academy Award nominee Richard Lagravenese (The Fisher King) wrote the screenplay based on Sara Gruen's bestseller. Also in the Water for Elephants cast: Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), James Frain, Paul Schneider, and Dan Lauria. Apparently, Witherspoon is the film's only female performer with a more than a few seconds of screen time. »
- Zhea D.
 Warner Bros. has released a new behind the scenes featurette for Zack Snyder's new action fantasy film Sucker Punch. The two and a half minute video is basically an extended trailer with commentary from Snyder, the cast and some crew members. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Official Details: Sucker Punch Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared. “Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, »
- Peter Sciretta
Director, producer and cast share their take on the upcoming Warner Bros action-fantasy and offer insight from the film's set. “Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, but her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary…with potentially tragic consequences. Born from the creative vision of filmmaker Zack Snyder (“Watchmen,” “300”), “Sucker Punch” features an ensemble cast of young stars, including Emily Browning (“The Uninvited”), Abbie Cornish (“Bright Star”), Jena Malone (“Into the Wild”), Vanessa Hudgens (the “High School Musical” »
- Pietro Filipponi
Previously, he delivered what was perhaps the most reverential comic book adaptation yet with Watchmen and will return to that genre when he directs the new Superman film, due out in December 2012.
So could the original project Sucker Punch - which Snyder developed over more than eight years - be reverse-adapted into a comic?
He told Total Film magazine it was a possibility, explaining: "We didn't want it to be a comic before the movie came out because then fans would know the entire movie before they got to the theatre. But it could be a comic book."
- David Bentley
Debra Granik's Winter's Bone went two for four at the 2010 Gotham awards claiming Best Ensemble and the coveted, top prize of Best Feature beating out the much-liked other Sundance titles in Blue Valentine and The Kids Are All Right and Tiff titles Black Swan and Let Me In. I think many indie film insider would agree that this was Winter's Bone award to lose, and with tomorrow's Indie Spirit nominations unveiling (where we should expect more mentions) 2010 will have been quite the comeback year for Debra Granik, whose debut film Down to the Bone would critically do well but pretty much disappeared from the map straight-after. The Roadside Attractions summer released film was produced by Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin. Other Noms: Black Swan Darren Aronofsky, director; Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Blue Valentine Derek Cianfrance, director; Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, »
While 127 Hours and Fair Game officially came out on top this weekend, newcomer The King's Speech was the talk of the arthouse scene thanks to high attendance at four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The weekend's other major new releases were much less impressive: The Nutcracker in 3D barely made a sound, and Break Ke Baad had one of the worst Bollywood debuts of the year.Riding a wave of strong reviews and awards season hype, The King's Speech grossed $355,450, averaging $88,863 per theater. That's the highest opening average for any movie in 2010, passing The Kids Are All Right's $70,282. More impressively, it logged the top-grossing average on record for four locations. The Weinstein Company currently plans to give The King's Speech a gradual expansion over the next month. 127 Hours was up 87 percent to $1.7 million. Its $5,832 average at 293 locations was slightly behind Into the Wild's fourth weekend average, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sean Penn has been chosen as the Western honoree for the 2010 Dubai International Film Festival (Diff). The Academy Award-winning actor will be presented with the Diff Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival's opening ceremony on December 12. During his visit to the seventh edition of Diff, Penn will also participate in a public 'In Conversation with Sean Penn' Q&A session. His film "Into the Wild," and Woody Allen's "Sweet »
Sucker Punch is the story of a young girl named Baby Doll (played by Emily Browning), who is trying to escape her evil stepfather, but instead lands in a mental institution in Vermont where she is scheduled for a lobotomy in five days. She begins to escape into a world of imagination, and soon discovers that with the help of her fellow inmates, the lessons she learns in the imaginary world might help her escape her real predicament. Along the way, the walls between what is real and what is part of the dream-like world begin to blur.
Born from the creative vision of filmmaker Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300), Sucker Punch features an ensemble cast of young stars, including Emily Browning (The Uninvited), Abbie Cornish (Bright Star), Jena Malone (Into the Wild), Vanessa Hudgens »
- Allan Ford
After more than doubling its theater count, Fair Game had no trouble leading the arthouse scene for the second straight weekend. 127 Hours also expanded, though its chances of becoming a true breakout success are dwindling, while Bollywood movie Guzaarish led a handful of underwhelming new releases. Fair Game rose to tenth place on the overall weekend chart with $1.46 million at 386 locations. Its per-site average of $3,772 was not encouraging for further expansion, and distributor Summit Entertainment hasn't formally announced any plans to bring the movie in to nationwide release (more than 600 theaters). Through its third weekend, Fair Game has earned $3.73 million.127 Hours was up 109 percent to $916,533 at 108 locations for a total of $1.9 million. That translated to a per-theater average of $8,486, which was much weaker than Into the Wild, The Wrestler and Slumdog Millionaire at the same point. Into the Wild, which is the closest comparison, ultimately finished with $18.4 million, a total »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
You’ve come a long way from cute kid star in ‘Stepmom’ and blossomed into an extremely talented young woman.
Jena, you are one of the reigning queens of Indie films starring in critically acclaimed dramas such as “Into The Wild” and “Donnie Darko.” You are always so serious, that we would love to see you do some comedy this year! Astrology.com has all the details.
Happy birthday, Jena Malone! With both your Sun and Moon in Scorpio, no one could ever accuse you of being too casual. You’re in for a rollicking upcoming year as transforming Pluto rolls over your planets in ambitious Capricorn. Both your love life and your finances stand to gain some major momentum if you can steel yourself for the kind of ethic that earthy Capricorn requires. The opportunities about to come your way are truly once-in-a-lifetime.
Powered by Astrology.com For your daily love, »
- HL Intern
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