11 items from 2017
Four of the last five Film Independent Spirit Award winners for best feature have gone on to secure the best picture Oscar. But that wasn’t always the status quo. Rather, it’s indicative of the Academy Awards’ slow evolution into something resembling the Spirits.
The last best feature Spirit winner to sit out the Oscars’ top race was “The Wrestler” in 2008, which was notably the last time the Academy’s best picture field was limited to five nominees. Since that shift, every Spirit champ has also been Oscar-nominated for best picture (some fudged in thanks to softly governed budgetary limitations).
Why? You have to go back to that very critical Academy decision eight years ago, expanding the best picture field first to 10 nominees, then to anywhere from five to 10 depending on how Byzantine math unfolds. It was a move meant to open the door to popular films, but instead »
- Kristopher Tapley
Based on Ryu Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name, “Piercing” follows the story of a man (Abbott) who leaves his wife and daughter at home as he says he’s heading on a business trip. However, he checks into a hotel and calls an escort service with the intention of killing the unsuspecting call girl, played by Wasikowska. After arriving at his room, the seductive and enigmatic prostitute manages to hinder his plan of killing her.
Wasikowska is known for her work in such films as “Jane Eyre,” “The Kids Are All Right” and last year’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” Abbot has appeared in films like “James White” and “A Most Violent Year, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Film festivals have been good launching pads for the great modern gay love stories, from “Brokeback Mountain” (Venice) to “The Kids Are All Right” (Sundance) to “Carol” (Cannes). So there’s been considerable anticipation at this year’s Sundance for Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” based on the celebrated 2007 novel. Fueling the positive buzz was news that Sony Pictures Classics beat out several other distributors to land the project early, ahead of its Sunday premiere.
The movie stars Armie Hammer as an American academic visiting Italy in the 1980s, who strikes up a romance with a 17-year-old local played by Timothee Chalamet. The book is known for its intense sex scenes, including an explicit act with a peach. Chalamet, the 21-year-old actor from “Homeland,” spoke to Variety about the project.
Would you say the movie is a faithful adaptation?
I haven’t seen it! I don’t know. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
When a director crafts a youth comedy that’s also a pop-culture period piece, like “Everybody Wants Some!!” or “Twentieth Century Women,” it’s important for the audience to feel they know why — to know what it is about that moment that ignited the filmmaker’s imagination, beyond his or her desire to sprinkle a movie with the mix-tape nuggets, hipster TV choices, and hairstyles of their youth. “Landline,” the pleasingly spiky and confident second feature directed and co-written by Gillian Robespierre (“Obvious Child”), is set in Manhattan in the long-ago, far-away, now-exotic year of 1995, and it’s fun to hook into the movie’s remember-this? vibe — the references to slam poetry and Lorena Bobbitt and eyebrow rings and Must-See TV, to renting “Curly Sue” at Blockbuster (and actually thinking it’s funny), to Hillary Clinton as a fashion role model, to second-hand CD stores with world-music listening stations. But »
- Owen Gleiberman
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The Grifters to 1999's American Beauty to 2010's The Kids Are All Right to her latest, Mike Mills' 20th Century Women. In recognition of her work, Bening, 58, will receive the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America — and emceed by Joel McHale — on Jan. 19 at the Beverly »
- Stephen Galloway
Mbatha-Raw will portray a woman forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home.
“This is exactly the kind of movie I want to see in the theater – three generations of strong women finding their power,” Liddell said. “Gugu and Julia are extraordinary talents and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them both on this special project. »
- Dave McNary
Annette Bening's Oscar Nominated RolesAnnette Bening's Oscar Nominated RolesAdriana Floridia1/12/2017 10:14:00 Am
Annette Bening is one of our greatest working actors, and the Academy has surely recognized that. She's been nominated for four Oscars, three for Best Actress in a Leading Role and one for her supporting work in 1990's The Grifters. Despite these accolades, she has yet to take home the gold.
This year, she is again an Oscar front-runner for her performance in Mike Mills' 20th Century Women. Another semi-autobiographical film from the director (his 2011 feature Beginners was based on his real experiences with his father, and Christopher Plummer won the Oscar for his portrayal), this time Mills is paying tribute to his mom. Annette is filling big shoes, playing a character inspired by the director's mother, and Mills' has even said that Annette in a sense is like his mom now, as he has »
- Adriana Floridia
Parental Guidance: Interview with the star of 20th Century Women, Annette BeningParental Guidance: Interview with the star of 20th Century Women, Annette BeningIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine1/11/2017 10:00:00 Am
For nearly 30 years Annette Bening has been turning out one superb performance after another. Beginning with her breakout role as a sexy con artist in The Grifters, the 58-year-old actor has dazzled in films such as Bugsy, The American President, Love Affair, American Beauty and The Kids Are All Right. And, she’s done much of it while married to Warren Beatty with whom she has four children.
Her latest triumph is as Dorothea Fields in director Mike Mills’ (Beginners) acclaimed 20th Century Women. Set in Santa Barbara in 1979, the drama finds free-thinking single parent Dorothea raising her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) in the boarding house she runs. Looking for guidance in how to raise Jamie she »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
Consider this one something to sing (and dance) about. At Sunday night’s Golden Globes award ceremony, Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood-set musical, “La La Land,” walked away with the award for Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture after picking up big wins in a number of other categories, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. A real musical! How about that!
Despite its wonderfully varied category — which included such contenders as “20th Century Women,” “Deadpool,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Sing Street” — the Ryan Gosling- and Emma Stone-starring film has long been considered a frontrunner for not only this particular win, but further awards season glory. (Are we saying Best Picture? We’d be crazy not to.)
Read More: Golden Globes 2017 Full Film Nominations List, ‘La La Land’ Leads Nominations With Seven Nods
At this year’s ceremony, the film also picked up awards for Best Original Score, »
- Kate Erbland
One of the buzziest titles to debut at this month’s Sundance Film Festival is already off the market. “Call Me By Your Name,” a gay love story in the tradition of “Brokeback Mountain,” has sold to Sony Pictures Classics, Variety has learned.
The deal for worldwide rights, estimated to be in the low to mid-seven figures, was struck after several buyers expressed interest. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will handle the international rights for the drama, which will debut in the upcoming festival’s Premieres section.
“Call Me By Your Name,” adapted from the beloved 2007 novel by Andre Aciman, follows a love story that spans 20 years after a chance meeting in 1980s Italy between a 17-year-old boy (Timothee Chalamet from “Homeland”) and a twentysomething man (Armie Hammer). It’s not clear what the movie will be rated, but the book involves a sexually explicit act with a peach and other sexually charged moments. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The 2017 Golden Globes is sure to be a star-studded affair.
Affleck is nominated this year for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture for his role in Manchester by the Sea, while Brosnan and Bening are both former nominees. Bening won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy in 2011 for The Kids Are All Right, and in 2005 for Being Julia.
Affleck, Brosnan, Foster and Bening will also be joined on stage by Sylvester Stallone's three daughters, Sophia, 20, Sistine, 18, and Scarlet, 14, who were named Miss Golden Globe 2017 by the Hollywood Press Association.
Et caught up with the girls on Wednesday, who dished all about their preparations for the big day.
"I'm just hoping I don't trip when I'm »
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