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Intrepid producer Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures announced today that Annette Bening ("The Kids Are All Right"), Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha"), and Elle Fanning ("Ginger & Rosa") have joined the cast of "Beginners" writer/director Mike Mills' latest, according to the Los Angeles Times. "20th Century Women" follows three different women teaching a teenage boy named Jamie about life, love, freedom, and finding your sanity in Santa Barbara in 1979, during Jimmy Carter's last summer in office. Bening, a four-time Academy Award nominee, will star as Jamie's mother, Dorothea; Gerwig will plays Abbie, a photographer living with the mother-son pair for a spell; and Fanning will take on the role of Jamie's friend, Julie. Mills says "the film is an ode to the women who raised me; my mom, my sisters, the girls I was in love with or looked up to at school and in the punk rock scene »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars' Red Carpet Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood. Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as a lesbian companion/wife to Julianne Moore and mother/adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. See also: Pregnant Natalie Portman on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening's fourth Academy Award nomination. »
- D. Zhea
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
Hilary Swank Oscar dress Hilary Swank on Oscars' Red Carpet Pictured above is Hilary Swank, wearing an Oscar dress consisting of (what looks like) tons of frills and feathers, on the 2011 Academy Awards Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27. Swank wasn't nominated for anything, but she acted as a presenter of sorts at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. How so? Well, she introduced last year's Best Director winner, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), who then presented this year's Best Director Oscar to Tom Hooper for The King's Speech. Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank has taken home two Best Actress Oscar statuettes. Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry (1999). Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004). These were her only two nominations as well. Both times she beat Annette Bening, who was in the running this year once again for her role as a lesbian wife and mother in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, »
- D. Zhea
It’s a busy week at Backstage University—the perfect time to invest in a 30-Day Unlimited Class Pass! Bu is hosting seven events this week for commercials, on-camera, musical theater actors, and more. Starting Monday, May 11, sign up for an agent seminar with Jenna Winnett of Judy Boals, Inc. Judy Boals has clients on Broadway and national tours as well as tons of TV and film. Winnett will be seeing contemporary monologues and meeting with actors one-on-one. Tuesday, May 12 brings another legit agent: Josh Pultz of Dgrw. Pultz has been with Dgrw for more than 13 years; with clients on Broadway and working on major film and television projects, he knows what it takes to build a long-term career. He will be seeing songs or monologues and offering private feedback and advice. Also on Tuesday, work on-camera with CD Maribeth Fox of Laura Rosenthal Casting. Laura Rosenthal is one of »
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »
- D. Zhea
Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the Oscars, with a purple-garbed Scarlett Johansson in the background Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the 83rd Academy Awards A bit of newfangled Old Hollywood glamour as five-time Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, who presented the 2011 Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up, and two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams are seen chatting backstage during the live broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Cate Blanchett Oscar nominations Cate Blanchett took home the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes. Blanchett's other Oscar nominations were the following: Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth (1998). Best Supporting Actress for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006). Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Best »
- D. Zhea
Exclusive: International Film Trust heads to Cannes with sales rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere starring Jessica Biel.
Ift president Christian de Gallegos and his team will commence international sales on the story of a yoga instructor who attempts to rescue her sister from an abusive relationship.
“Bleeding Heart showcases the talents of Jessica and Zosia who are both utterly compelling in Diane’s bold, female performance-driven film, which will most certainly have international appeal,” said de Gallegos.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
Meryl Streep, who is officially a genius angel sent from a better dimension, is funding a screenwriting lab for women over 40. The initiative aims to create opportunities for that contingent, and it'll be run by New York Women in Film and Television and Iris, a collective of women filmmakers. Because this idea is so brilliant, we'll toast a bunch of 40+-year-old female screenwriters whose works are available on Netflix now. The Kids are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko) Aside from the fact that "The Kids are All Right" feels like a prime James L. Brooks feature, the 2010 family drama gives you a myriad of irresistible moments and performances. Annette Bening is biting and funny as an alcoholic lesbian mother; Julianne Moore is harried and loving as her conflicted wife. Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson add perfectly pitched dramedy with their sincere roles. You want to hug this movie, but »
- Louis Virtel
Distributors Abramorama and The Orchard have teamed up to release “Lucky Stiff,” a movie musical starring a slew of Broadway talent, this summer.
Broadway regular Christopher Ashley (“Memphis,” “Xanadu”) directs the screen adaptation of the first musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” “Rocky,” “Once On This Island”). Tony winners Jason Alexander — soon to return to Broadway in “Fish in the Dark” — and Nikki M. James (“The Book of Mormon”) star alongside Cheyenne Jackson, Jayne Houdyshell, Kate Shindle, Dennis Farina, Pamela Shaw and Dominic Marsh.
The musical comedy centers on a young British man (Marsh) who takes his dead uncle to Monte Carlo in a madcap attempt to fulfill the requirements of a will that would bequeath him $6 million. Victor Symris (“Psycho Beach Party”) and J. Todd Harris (“The Kids are All Right,” as well as stage projects “Doctor Zhivago” and “Heathers the Musical”) produce.
“Lucky Stiff” will be »
- Gordon Cox
Schulman most recently spent eight years as president of Mandalay Pictures.
Her title has yet to be formalized, but she began work at the newly launched studio Monday and has already been reaching out to members of the creative community. She will report to president and chief content officer Oren Aviv.
STX Entertainment was launched last year by producer Robert Simonds with the goal of fielding 12 to 15 films a year, with budgets ranging from $20 million to $80 million. Upcoming releases include the psychological thriller “The Gift” with Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton; “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name to star Julia Roberts; and “The Free State of Jones,” an action-drama starring Matthew McConaughey.
Schulman, who won an Oscar for producing “Crash,” is tasked with putting together projects »
- Brent Lang
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are both circling the romantic musical La La Land. We first reported on the project back in June 2014, when Miles Teller and Emma Watson were attached to star, but Miles Teller has moved on and Emma Watson was forced to drop out due to her commitment to Disney's Beauty and the Beast. No deals are finalized for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone quite yet, but Deadline reports that all parties are trying to make this happen.
The story centers on the budding romance between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress in modern-day Los Angeles. While both quickly fall for one another, they discover how difficult it is to maintain a relationship along with their artistic endeavors. If both stars sign on, the plan is to move forward and start production sometime this fall. The project would also mark the third movie Ryan Gosling and »
Director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence) returns with a provocative satire about the Hollywood film industry and the demons of celebrity obsession in the Focus World release Maps To The Stars, now available on Digital HD and debuting on Blu-ray with Digital HD and DVD on April 14, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Academy Award winner Julianne Moore (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) stars with Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right), Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson), John Cusack (Being John Malkovich), and Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) in this unforgettable darkly comic thriller written by Bruce Wagner (I’m Losing You). Hollywood actress Havana Segrand (Moore) is unraveling as her career flounders. Her self-help psychotherapist (Cusack) and his wife (Williams) are busy managing the career of their child-star son. But when a mysterious young woman named Agatha (Wasikowska) befriends a limo driver and aspiring actor (Pattinson) all their lives get together, »
- Michelle McCue
After a brief delay, this series has returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks: Best Picture – The Social Network The nominees here for this ceremony were 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, »
- Joey Magidson
Annette Bening's varied career of screen roles -- the cunning moll in "The Grifters," the exasperated real estate agent in "American Beauty," the alcoholic lesbian mother in "The Kids are All Right" -- is especially remarkable because almost every character she plays makes us think, "I know that woman." And maybe we don't, but Bening's knack for finding the humanity in a character is a magnetic and constant part of her work. In "Danny Collins," Bening plays a hotel manager who wearily takes a shine to the titular star, a washed-up rocker played by Al Pacino. We caught up with Bening to discuss the charm of Pacino, her most difficult roles, and how you get into a role you don't find relatable at all. "Danny Collins" hits theaters March 20. »
- Louis Virtel
The awards world was hit with a bombshell on Tuesday afternoon after news broke that a "significant faction" of the Academy wants the Best Picture field returned to just five nominees. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the old guard feels the current system has made the honor less prestigious and are using the low ratings of last month's telecast as proof that the expanded field doesn't work. The issue may be addressed as soon as the next Board of Governors meeting on March 24. Let me take a breath and prepare my reaction while you ponder this Hail Mary of a justification for a moment. (O.K., I'm ready.) Y'all crazy. First, let's discuss the "prestige" argument, shall we? In 2009 the Best Picture field was increased to 10 nominees because of the horror (i.e. embarrassment) that the out-of-touch membership had snubbed popular and critically acclaimed blockbusters such as "Wall-e" and "The Dark Knight. »
- Gregory Ellwood
It’s been a long, crazy ride. That seems to be a sentiment echoed every year as the Oscar season comes to a close, having seen so many contenders become pretenders, front-runners changing with the announcement of every new precursor, and records kept or broken. It’s hard to put into words just what this year truly meant, and only time will tell if the academy’s choices really were the right ones, but for now, here are some of the things that stuck out as highlights: -Break- 1. Julianne Moore has an Oscar … at last! “Far from Heaven.” “Boogie Nights.” “The Hours.” “The End of the Affair.” Those are just the films for which Julianne Moore lost at the Oscars. There’s also “Safe,” “Magnolia,” “Short Cuts,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Children of Men,” and any number of great performances she wasn’t »
With "The Slap," a star-studded miniseries intending to provoke thought and incite debate, NBC has thrown their hat into the “prestige limited series” game currently dominated by HBO ("Olive Kitteridge," "True Detective") and SundanceTV ("Top of the Lake," "The Honorable Woman"). It stars, among others, Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto and Thandie Newton; is directed by Oscar nominee Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"); and is adapted from an acclaimed Australian series (of the same name) by playwright Jon Robin Baitz, who also created ABC's soapy family drama "Brothers and Sisters." That mix seems an ideal basis for a well-acted, perceptive family drama, or in other words, exactly what "The Slap" wants to be. Baitz's adaptation shares the same structure, characters and thematic underpinnings as the original Australian production. In his opening episode, family and friends gather for »
- David Canfield
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