7 items from 2016
Sian Grigg has been Leonardo DiCaprio’s personal makeup artist since “Titanic” (1997). It’s a gig that’s afforded her the opportunity to work with such legendary filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Danny Boyle, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, and now, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. “The Revenant” was such a massive undertaking that she enlisted the help of Duncan Jarman, a prosthetics artist who had worked with her on “The Aviator” (2004), “Body of Lies” (2008), and “J. Edgar” (2011), amongst others. In separate video chats (Grigg above; Jarman below), the two spoke extensively about their work on the film, which has earned them both their first Oscar nomination. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions “The whole film was a huge challenge,” admits Grigg. “I read the script and I thought, & »
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Leonardo DiCaprio is, without a hint of hyperbole, one of the greatest actors working today. An immensely talented performer with a strong understanding of cinematic art and dab eye for a great project; he’s a member of that highly exclusive club (alongside Mads Mikkelsen and Oscar Isaac) of actors so consistent that I’ll get excited about their upcoming projects on promise alone. Not every one of his movies is great (we’ve all seen, then forgotten, Body Of Lies), but you know he’ll always bring something new and interesting to the table.
It should come as no surprise that his latest performance, the role of the vengeful Hugh Glass in The Revenant, is one of his best. Just as the character is working against the odds, left for dead in the extreme winter of the America frontier, Leo is out of his comfort zone, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Razzies: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fantastic Four, Pixels, Jupiter Ascending and Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 are the 2015 movies nominated for Worst Picture at the 36th annual Razzie Awards, which honor the worst movies and performances of the year. Also in contention are Johnny Depp (Mortdecai), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Adam Sandler, who's nominated for both Pixels and The Cobbler. Amanda Seyfried, Chevy Chase and Kayley Cuoco are also nominated for two films each. Check out the full nomination announcement video below. Paterson: Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will star in Paterson, the next movie from indie icon Jim Jarmusch. It's described as "a wry comedy" and will costar Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies); Amazon...
- Peter Martin
Girls breakout star Adam Driver may be a familiar face thanks to his complex and erratic turn as Kylo Ren in Star War: The Force Awakens, but his allegiance to Disney’s rejuvenated juggernaut hasn’t prevented the actor from committing to roles outside of the galactic space opera. Case in point: Deadline brings word that Driver has sealed a deal to star in Jim Jarmusch’s (Only Lovers Left Alive, Stranger Than Paradise) upcoming wry comedy, Paterson.
Joining a cast that already comprises Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (Body Of Lies), the outlet notes that Jarmusch’s latest foray behind the camera is in the works over at Amazon Studios, with K5 International lending financial support. Similarly to Spike Lee’s button-pressing Chi-Raq, word is that Paterson will eventually get a theatrical release soon before it appears on the company’s Prime streaming platform. In fact, a representative from K »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Adam Driver will star in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, described as a wry comedy, with Amazon Studios and K5 International co-financing. Paterson also stars Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (Body Of Lies). K5’s Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur are executive producers and will handle international sales with ICM Partners repping domestic; it also reps Jarmusch. ICM brought the parties together and negotiated with deal. K5 will produce alongside Joshua Astrachan at… »
In 2002, Leonardo DiCaprio was at a career crossroads.
His floppy blond mane and soulful blue eyes had threatened to stop teenage hearts around the globe as he slipped from Kate Winslet’s grip and slid into an icy ocean in “Titanic.” The unprecedented box office returns for the romantic drama transformed DiCaprio into a pinup with few equals, but it had also made him a prisoner of its success, hounded by paparazzi and dismissed as a party boy, whose dalliances with models were drawing more attention than his performances.
It didn’t help that DiCaprio’s post-“Titanic” roles as an American traveler in “The Beach” and as a French monarch in “The Man in the Iron Mask” left critics cold and were only modest box office performers. He seemed burdened by fame and risked being written off as a supernova who frittered away his talent in the white hot »
- Brent Lang
Production designer Arthur Max has 13 feature films to his credit, and all but two of them have been Ridley Scott productions. It’s a consistent collaboration that has yielded two Oscar nominations (for 2000’s “Gladiator” and 2007’s “American Gangster”), and one that has run a wide spectrum, from intimate dramas (“G.I. Jane,” “Body of Lies”) to large-scale undertakings (“Kingdom of Heaven,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”). Like 2012’s “Prometheus,” their latest collaboration, “The Martian,” takes Max and Scott off-planet for a bit of a sci-fi dip, though one much more grounded in the reality of space travel.
I met both of them through commercials, at a stage where commercials were not only selling something but they were also very entertaining and I think set the bar for advertising. »
- Kristopher Tapley
7 items from 2016