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By Joey Magidson
It’s no secret that the average age of an Academy member is up there. The running joke of the ceremony, in fact, is that the Oscars are solely voted on by older white men — while that’s not completely true, it’s not far off, either.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times did an exposé of sorts that revealed just how much of the Academy is in this particular bracket. The piece found that Oscar voters are overwhelmingly white and male, with the average age of an Academy member at around 62 years old.
This begs the question of how voters deal with films that speak directly to them. Michael Haneke’s Amour will certainly be a litmus test of sorts this year in regard to this potential bias. The subject matter is admittedly tough, though, which complicates things a bit.
If the Academy »
- Joey Magidson
Since her big-screen debut in the 1992 drama “Lorenzo’s Oil,” Laura Linney has earned lavish praise and three Oscar nominations (“You Can Count On Me,” “Kinsey” and “The Savages”) for her sublime ability to bring convincingly to life characters that are rife with contradictions and flaws. In the historical drama “Hyde Park on Hudson,” which opened Friday to the best per-theater specialty box office of the weekend, Linney plays Daisy Suckley, the real-life distant cousin of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) who became his confidante, his close friend and, some speculate, his mistress. Read More: The Criticwire Survey: Recommended Movies For Audiences Over the Age of 60 Suckley is not your run-of-the-mill female role, which makes her a perfect fit for Linney. “It’s really boring to play a quality or an idea of someone,” the New York City native says. “What’s more »
- Jason Matloff
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still in his asylum sanctuary at the Ecuadorean embassy in west London, but the Wikileaks project in development at DreamWorks Pictures, kicks off Berlin and Iceland shoot early next year.
Furthermore, Laura Linney is in talks to the join the project based on two books: ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website’ by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and ‘WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy’ by David Leigh and Luke Harding.
Benedict Cumberbatch has already signed on to play Assange, and James McAvoy is rumoured to be circling another key role of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the writer of ‘Inside WikiLeaks; Linney has been cast in an unspecified role.
- Nick Martin
I thought it only appropriate to begin this kind of article with one of the finest female performances given in the past twenty years. Charlize Theron’s interpretation of Aileen Wuornos in Patty Jenkins’ 2003 film Monster is nothing short of a masterclass of acting, highlighted in turn by a film that completely supports its protagonist and is ultimately defined by it. It is no surprise that the actress, aided by a sensational physical adaptation (with prosthetic makeup) to the role, took home the Oscar that year for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
And so our discussion begins in light of the aforementioned example: are female directors better than their male counterparts at capturing the essence of a performance? A few days ago, I penned an article about my love for director Sidney Lumet, who specialized in creating and capturing some of cinema’s most legendary performances in his movies. »
- Cameron Domino Carpenter
Instead of dipping into the already repetitive waters of October Oscar talk (the only real recent update being that "Lincoln" seems like a sure bet for a slew of nominations after its "secret screening" at the New York York Film Festival, including best picture and acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones), this column will take the next two weeks as an opportunity to discuss a few names that aren't getting as much talk as they may deserve (though here's updated weekly predictions to supplement that). Every year, a few actors from small films manage to sneak into the Oscar race at the last minute. There's been the likes of Demián Bichir in "A Better Life" (last year's biggest acting nom surprise), Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone," Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger," Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor," Laura Linney in "The Savages" and Ryan Gosling in. »
- Peter Knegt
Are redheads adequately represented in films? Or is Hollywood guilty of gingerism, considered by some to be the last acceptable prejudice?
Just for the sake of it, here's my favourite auburn A-listers, in no particular order:
Although Katharine Hepburn appeared mainly in black-and-white films, and was known to frequently dye her hair for various roles, in my eyes she is a role model for all women everywhere (not just the redheads), and clearly deserves a spot on this list.
From supporting cast roles in The Big Lebowski and Almost Famous to his award-winning performances in Capote and The Savages, Psh is an undoubted talent. Look out for his appearances in The Master and A Late Quartet for more ginger jaw-dropping acting prowess.
Over the Labor Day weekend, those who make the trek to the Telluride filmfest will get to see two of the five leading Oscar contenders for Best Actress -- frontrunner Laura Linney in "Hyde Park on Hudson" and Marion Cotillard in "Rust & Bone." Five years ago, Linney lost the last of her three Oscar races ("The Savages") to Cotillard who won her sole bid for "La Vie en Rose." "Hyde Park on Hudson" is Roger Michell's recounting of the love affair between Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his cousin Margaret Stuckley (Linney), set during the 1939 weekend visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England. Murray, who plays the 32nd president, is in the Best Actor mix but that race is dominated by two-time Oscar champ Daniel Day Lewis who portrays the 16th president in "Lincoln." "Rust & Bone" details the relationship between a young father (Matthias Schoenaerts) and. »
Big news: New York independent film producing veteran Ted Hope has been hired as the San Francisco Film Society’s new Executive Director. Co-founder, with James Schamus, of the seminal Gotham indie production company Good Machine, producer of dozens of films, including Dark Horse, Adventureland, In the Bedroom, The Savages and American Splendor, and, in recent years, a prolific blogger and industry critic, Hope will take the reins of a 55-year-old organization that not only mounts a large and respected annual festival but also engages in outreach, education and funding programs for filmmakers.
From the press release:
“Ted Hope is the perfect choice to build on the San Francisco Film Society’s already strong reputation for supporting filmmakers and its established excellence in exhibition and education.” said Pat McBaine, Sffs board president. “His absolute grasp of the current state of film culture, his innovative approach to each of his projects, »
- Scott Macaulay
Ted Hope, one of the film industry.s most respected and prolific figures, has been named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (Sffs), effective September 1, 2012. In a surprise move, the veteran film producer and one of the most influential individuals in independent film will embark upon a new chapter in his professional life, leaving New York City, where he produced independent films through his companies Good Machine, This is that corporation and Double Hope Films, to lead the Film Society into the future.
.Ted Hope is the perfect choice to build on the San Francisco Film Society.s already strong reputation for supporting filmmakers and its established excellence in exhibition and education.. said Pat McBaine, Sffs board president. .His absolute grasp of the current state of film culture, his innovative approach to each of his projects, his dedication to bringing artists. visions to the screen and his bold »
- Michelle McCue
Savages opens this weekend. You know, the Oliver Stone drug opera, with Blake Lively in a three-way relationship with Tim Riggins and Aaron Johnson. The movie is just one of many pop-culture Savages, though — there are other Savage movies, TV shows, characters, and even a myth buster. Here's your guide to keeping them straight.The Savages, a 2007 movie starring Laura Linney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It's not very savage, though it is very well done and super depressing. The Savages, a family. Fred and Ben are the most nostalgia-inducing of all savages. Complete Savages, a 2004 TV show. This was the last gasp of Tgif. Keith Carradine starred as a single father to five boys. Also, there was a dog. Dan Savage, columnist and activist. In addition to his hugely popular "Savage Love" advice column and podcast, Dan Savage also founded the It Gets Better Project. Basically the opposite »
- Margaret Lyons
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Running Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
Release Date: July 6, 2012
Plot: Two Cali weed entrepreneurs (Johnson, Kitsch) go to violent extremes to get their girlfriend (Lively) after she is kidnapped by a sadistic Mexican cartel (led by Hayak) that wants their business.
Who’S It For?: Full-fledged fun with Savages isn’t guaranteed for anyone, unless you think Oliver Stone’s trippy nature can do no wrong. If checking out Savages, it certainly helps if you can cheer on stoners or angry ex-jocks. That being said, this movie is bound to play well in college towns (especially Portland, Oregon, and Amherst, Massachusetts), where this will come off like an unfunny version of Pineapple Express.
Expectations: This certainly seemed like a different type of summer movie, especially coming out in »
- Nick Allen
Steven Spielberg's upcoming biopic "Lincoln" is predicted to win Best Picture at this year's Oscars according to early voting by Gold Derby users. And Daniel Day-Lewis is a clear favorite to claim his third Best Actor Academy Award for portraying the 16th American president. Laura Linney is forecast to win her first Best Actress Oscar for playing the mistress of the 32nd chief executive, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in "Hyde Park on Hudson." She has lost that race twice ("You Can Count on Me," 2000; "The Savages," 2007) and supporting once ("Kinsey," 2004). Spielberg has two Oscars for directing ("Schindler's List, 1993; "Saving Private Ryan," 1998) but is well behind Paul Thomas Anderson for his helming of "The Master." Anderson also wrote this period piece about a charismatic religious leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his most devout follower (Joaquin Phoen »
This is a reprint of our review from the Venice Film Festival.
It's remarkably tough to get any film financed, at least one that doesn't have 3D talking animals from a popular cartoon series. So it's no surprise that some filmmakers, for all their best efforts, can go three, four, five or more years between pictures. Worryingly, it seems to be doubly true for female directors. Look at Kimberley Pierce, who's only made one film in the twelve years since "Boys Don't Cry," or Tamara Jenkins, for whom nearly a decade separated "Slums of Beverley Hills" and "The Savages," or even Kathryn Bigelow, who might be an Oscar-winner now, but had a six-year break before "The Hurt Locker." One of the key examples here is Mary Harron, who since her 1996 debut "I Shot Andy Warhol" had only made two other films: "American Psycho," and the biopic "The Notorious Bettie Page, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Chicago – Emmy-winning “Nurse Jackie” starts its fourth season and the highly-acclaimed “The Big C” joins it for its third on Sunday nights starting tonight, April 8, 2012. While both shows have been frustrating at times over their runs, it’s impossible to argue with the talent that Edie Falco and Laura Linney bring to these shows, respectively. I have a clear favorite but it’s nice to have both ladies back on the most crowded night on TV.
On that note — it’s hard to believe that Falco, Linney, and Jeremy Irons are on one network on one night and that network is Not the clear critical favorite for the evening. While “The Big C,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “The Borgias” will have their fans, it’s not a lineup that compares to AMC’s “Mad Men” and “The Killing” Or HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “Girls,” and “Veep” (the latter two are »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
If you haven't been overly impressed with many of Oliver Stone's films over the past decade or so, you're in luck, because it looks like he's finally getting away from the politics and going back to the '90s with his next movie. Savages (not to be confused with the Laura Linney / Philip Seymour Hoffman film The Savages) is based on the novel by Don Winslow, about a pair of pot dealers who end up taking on the Mexican drug cartel when they refuse to cut them in on their high quality weed. The Mexicans kidnap their mutual girlfriend and demand a million dollar ransom, but Ben and Chon aren't about to take it sitting down. The movie stars Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Blake Lively (Green Lantern) in the lead roles, with Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro, Emile Hirsch and John Travolta all making appearances as well. »
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Alexander Payne and Jim Burke’ creative collaboration dates back to 1999’s “Election,” a comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick that helped define the director’s razor-sharp wit and keen observational voice.
Nearly 15 years later, they’re back with “The Descendants,” an equally witty and insightful human drama starring George Clooney that has been enjoying more than enough awards-season buzz. In fact, according to the pundits, if any film can upset “The Artist” in the Oscar race, it’s Payne’s latest.
It was a pleasure to sit down with Burke and discuss his film’s position in the Oscar race ahead of tomorrow’s nominations. He expanded on filming in Hawaii, and the challenges faced in making smart films for grown-up audiences. Here’s Jim Burke:
- Sean O'Connell
16 items from 2012
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