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Rights holder Act 4 Productions and producer Ed Pressman (the “American Psycho” movie) are behind the U.S. musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ classic novel, which could be heading to Broadway in the spring, according to media reports.
Also Read: ‘American Psycho’ Sequel Series in the Works at FX
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- Jeff Sneider
By Anjelica Oswald
The 2015 Golden Globe nominees were announced Dec. 11, with Alejandro G. Inarritu‘s Birdman leading the pack with seven nominations, including best picture — musical or comedy. Assuming Birdman will walk away with the win, what does that mean for its chances at the Oscars?
Well, since the musical or comedy category was created at the Globes in 1951, 51 of the films have been nominated for best picture at the Oscars and 13 have won.
Since 2001, 18 of the 70 films (26 percent) nominated for musical or comedy have received best picture nominations from the Academy and only two have won. Eight of the past 14 films (57 percent) to win for best musical/comedy at the Globes were also nominated for best picture at the Oscars. In contrast, 54 (77 percent) of the Globe-nominated dramas (including all 14 winners) have been nominated for best picture and 11 have won.
After breaking down the list of 14 Globe-winning musical »
- Anjelica Oswald
Hey, guess what? Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic actually doesn't look terrible! Admittedly, this is judging from a brief trailer released by the network Thursday (via Buzzfeed), which shows Yaya DaCosta in action as the music legend for the first time. Watch it: Can we all agree this will at least be better than that cut-rate Aaliyah movie everybody hate-tweeted? Here are five reasons why I suspect it may surprise us all. 1. Yaya DaCosta is actually talented. Credit where credit is due: DaCosta rose from the career ash heap known as "ex-'America's Next Top Model contestant" to forge a legitimate acting career. In fact, she was one HitFix's picks for "13 actors who should be bigger movie stars" back in June. Truly, I thought she was one of the best parts of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," and she even made an impression in "The Kids Are All Right" despite being onscreen for only a few minutes. »
- Chris Eggertsen
By Anjelica Oswald
Last year’s Oscar ceremony made history when director Steve McQueen became the first black filmmaker to win for best picture with 12 Years a Slave and Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latin American to win for best director with Gravity. This year’s ceremony could make history as well: Ava DuVernay could become the first black female to be nominated for best director for Selma, and if Angelina Jolie lands a nomination for Unbroken, it will be the first time two women are nominated in the same year.
In 2012, DuVernay became the first black woman to win for best director at the Sundance Film Festival with Middle of Nowhere.
Lee & Low Books found that 99 percent of best director winners are male and 99 percent of best actress winners are white (93 percent of best actor winners are also white).
The lack of diversity at the Oscars does »
- Anjelica Oswald
Having a famous father has to have its privileges. Having a father who.s also an Avenger has to come with even more benefits. And if your father is Mark Ruffalo, it means he.s willing to play along when a preschooler asks him to get angry and hulk out, right in the middle of a coloring session. At least, that.s how this adorable story goes: What.s that, Mr. Ruffalo? The kids at your daughter.s preschool don.t ask you to re-enact scenes from David Fincher.s masterpiece, Zodiac? They don.t pepper you with questions about your Oscar-nominated turn in The Kids Are All Right? Please tell me these kids at least have caught up with your Emmy Award nominated turn in The Normal Heart?! Because if not, then we have failed as a society! Nope. As Mark Ruffalo tells Jimmy Fallon, when you are the »
While the Oscar race for Best Actor has heated up to a frenzy with, as previously reported here, at least 30 viable candidates and only five slots, most observers have labeled this year’s Best Actress crop from weak to thin with not even enough sure things at this point to make a list of five.
That’s a bit of an overstatement as pundits generally agree there are at least three, possibly four near-certainties for nominations: Julianne Moore for the still-unreleased Still Alice (out Dec. 5), Felicity Jones for The Theory Of Everything and Reese Witherspoon for Wild (also out Dec. 5).
When Gone Girl opened earlier this fall, it not only became by far the biggest awards contenders with a female lead released this year, it stirred up talk of an inevitable nod for Rosamund Pike. In terms of the campaign though, she has been a bit out of sight/out »
- Pete Hammond
The whole year, I have been looking for The Oscar season frontrunner for Best Actress. I was hoping Shailene Woodley from "The Fault in Our Stars" would squeak in, but now, the lovely, talented, and ultra-sweet Julianne Moore is the one to beat!
Her double whammy performances for "Map to the Stars" and "Still Alice" solidify that notion. And just this morning, the Palm Springs International Film Festival just called her The best actress of the year! Moore will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the festival's Awards Gala.
I can't wait! I will be on the red carpet to chat it up with the fantastic Miss Moore! She will be joining the equally talented Eddie Redmayne from "The Theory of Everything" at the gala where the actor is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.
Here's the full press release from the Psiff:
Palm Springs, »
Julianne Moore might be the hottest actress in the Oscar race this year, and most voters haven’t even seen her film yet. This four-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner for Game Change is considered overdue for a win. Still Alice, in which she plays a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s, offers her a great opportunity to finally take home that statuette, and today the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced that she will receive the Actress prize at this year’s gala on January 3. Eddie Redmayne was previously announced for the fest’s Actor prize, and both are considered front-runners in the Oscar race, so Psiff is just jumping on the bandwagon.
Every precursor award a contender can get just makes them seem more inevitable for the final win. Moore certainly is deserving, and it is looking like her year. In May, she won the Best Actress prize at »
- Pete Hammond
Production is set to commence in summer 2015 in New York on the 1951-set story of the idealistic son of a kosher butcher who leaves New Jersey for a conservative Ohio college where he battles anti-semitism, sexual repression and lusts after a troubled girl.
“Marcus Messner is an extraordinary character, heartbreakingly open and alive, and Anthony Bregman is an extraordinary producer, heartstoppingly economical,” said Schamus. “Bringing them together for my first feature as a director is as felicitous a match as I could ever hope for.”
Bregman added: “It’s been two decades since I met and first »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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Freeheld, a drama based on adocumentary short, has had a difficult journey to the big screen. There have been cancellations, delays, cast-changes, funding issues, you name it. But Ellen Page stuck with it, came out, and the film powered back to life (coincidence? who knows). But it's delightful to see a still which is proof that it the movie is actually happening. For those who haven't been keeping up Freeheld this is the official "about synopsis" from the Oscar winning documentary:
Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice »
- NATHANIEL R
Since it’s Halloween (Happy Halloween everyone), I wanted to do something horror centric but also still relating to Oscar in some way. As such, I wanted to take a look at which scary movies, to one degree or another, were embraced by the Academy Awards. Ideally I’d have focused on Best Picture, but as I’m sure you all know, the pickings there will be mighty slim. Instead, I’ll bounce around, trying to stick to bigger categories whenever possible, but still looking for the most overt examples of genre fare ever cited. I might bend the rules once or twice, but hey…it’s Halloween. I hope you all enjoy. Here’s the ten scariest movies to catch the attention of Oscar: 1. The Silence of the Lambs – Any list like this has to start with this one, since it almost swept the Oscars in its year. Best Picture, »
- Joey Magidson
The last time HBO turned a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in Maine into a miniseries, it was 2005's "Empire Falls," which boasted a star-studded cast but was exactly the wrong length at four hours: too short to properly tell all of the books' stories and give the audience the necessary feeling of living among these characters, and much too long for the thin slice the filmmakers were able to carve out of the book. HBO's new miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" (it debuts Sunday night at 9) is also adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in Maine, and also clocks in at four hours. And though I haven't read the Elizabeth Strout book on which it's based, it certainly feels like the same mistake has been made about its length. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") and written by HBO movie veteran Jane Anderson ("Normal," "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom »
- Alan Sepinwall
Save us from shotguns & fathers' suicides. This pleading scrap of verse, from John Berryman's elegy for Ernest Hemingway, "Dream Song 235," appears in HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" scrawled on a cocktail napkin, yet another of the miniseries' many reminders that in the midst of life we are in death. Adapted by Jane Anderson from Elizabeth Strout's 2008 novel and directed by Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), "Olive Kitteridge" abounds with death -- sudden, slow, natural, accidental, suicidal -- much as this summer's "The Leftovers" (HBO) bristles with absence, and both thoroughly earn the adjective "bleak." But the latter succeeds in traversing such rough terrain while the former falls short, a difference that comes down, I think, to their uses of disenchantment. Read More: "Lisa Cholodenko & Frances McDormand's 'Olive Kitteridge' Impresses in Venice" As "Olive Kitteridge" opens, the »
- Matt Brennan
When we first meet the title character in Olive Kitteridge, she considers the revolver in her hands and looks up at the cloudless sky above the woods one last time. The 25-year journey (and the accumulation of mistakes and bad luck therein) that leads the elderly Olive to that moment of despair unfurls in director Lisa Cholodenko's (The Kids Are All Right) two-night, four-hour HBO miniseries (airing at 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, and Monday, November 3). Olive's played by Frances McDormand, who optioned Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer-winning novel and, with Cholodenko, has created one of the most captivatingly complicated screen characters in recent memory: a small-town wife, mother, and math teacher with a zealotry for frankness that accelerates her undoing. »
By Anjelica Oswald
Tracks and Wild are adapted from memoirs about women who venture on thousand-mile journeys and Gone Girl is an adaptation of a fictional novel, but all three films center around women and all three books were written by women.
These female-centric stories resonate more with women and often do well at the box office, Gone Girl opened number one at the box office and led for two weeks until Fury opened Oct. 17, but can they be propelled to Oscar nominations, especially with Academy voters being overwhelmingly (76 percent) male?
Of the 92 best picture Oscar nominees since 2000, 16 are female-driven (excluding 2002’s Chicago, which has an ensemble cast, and films where men and women have fairly equal roles). Only one of these films, 2004’s Million Dollar Baby, actually won. Of the other 16 — 2001’s Erin Brockovich, 2002’s The Hours, 2006’s The Queen, 2007’s Juno, 2008’s The Reader, 2009’s The Blind Side, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Hello there, handsome and young Brad Pitt! Yes, this is a picture of Angelina Jolie's future hubby, shirtless and wearing only his boxers, from 1989. As much as we'd love to say this blue-tinted locker room shot was one from Brad's personal collection, it's not. It's actually a still from a dream sequence of The Kids Are All Right, an ABC pilot that didn't quite make it off the ground. Brad, then aged 25, played one of four friends in the drama, which followed them as the experienced the ups and downs of growing up. In true, late '80s fashion, his character had a pieced ear and wore a fedora, leather on denim, what appears to be a hunter green crew neck sweatshirt, and a silver medallion »
HBO has released the first full trailer for Olive Kitteridge (the teaser was here), based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same title. It's a portrait of the coastal town of Crosby, Maine, which like all tales of sleepy New England hamlets, is full of secrets, illicit sex, crime, and tragedy. The film, directed by The Kids Are All Right's Lisa Cholodenko, is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of its protagonist played here by Frances McDormand, a junior high school math teacher. Her husband Henry, played by Richard Jenkins is the town pharmacist. Bill Murray and Zoe Kazan are also part of the cast. The four-part mini-series airs in two parts on November 2 and 3. »
- E. Alex Jung
HBO continues to challenge theatrically-released cinema with its roster of compelling small screen serials. Its upcoming “special two-part miniseries”, Olive Kitteridge, aims to maintain their winning streak. In fact, their faith in the success of the show is such that it was granted a screening in its entirety at the Venice Film Festival.
Set across four episodes, the show’s story stretches over 25 years and is told through the experiences of a small New England town and its residents. Headlining the show in the titular role is Frances McDormand, as Kitteridge. She’s a spot-on piece of casting if the trailer is an honest indicator of what to expect. In fact, the whole cast are practically an assembly of my favourite actors. If Kitteridge is the centre of the show’s universe, then Bill Murray and Richard Jenkins are in close orbit. The three of them trade off each other »
- Gem Seddon
HBO has released the first Olive Kitteridge trailer for director Lisa Cholodenko’s (The Kids Are All Right) miniseries adaptation of author Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The story focuses on a retired schoolteacher (Frances McDormand) and the characters that surround her, as the various tales of affairs, suicide, and emotional problems in her small Maine town are told through her eyes. McDormand looks to be quite incredible here as the titular lead, and Cholodenko appears to do a swell job of balancing the darkly funny and dramatic tone. Everything about this looks great, from the cinematography to the supporting cast, and I can’t wait to dive into the four-hour story next month. Hit the jump to watch the Olive Kitteridge trailer and to check out the poster. The miniseries also stars Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr., Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Rachel Brosnahan. »
- Adam Chitwood
Principal photography on Spotlight, the next movie from writer/director Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor), began today in Boston. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup, and Jamey Sheridan star in the drama. The script by McCarthy and Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate) centers on the Boston Globe investigative team who in 2001 fought "to expose the Boston Archdiocese’s systemic cover up of sexual abuse of children by ordained priests." Hit the jump for the press release with all the details. Participant Media’S “Spotlight” Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber And Stanley Tucci Goes To Camera In Boston Before Lensing In Toronto John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup And Jamey Sheridan Join Cast (September 25 – Boston, Ma) Principal photography begins today on Academy Award®-nominee Thomas McCarthy’s riveting drama Spotlight, starring Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart, »
- Brendan Bettinger
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