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‘Here’s the best part: you want to watch Davis. She has presence’
Three cheers for Viola Davis, who last weekend won a Screen Actors Guild award for her role in How To Get Away With Murder. She’s only the third actor of colour to have won Female Actor in a Drama Series (the other two came from shows also produced by Shonda Rhimes), and her pleasure in triumph warmed me from the inside out. “Thank you,” she said to the producing team, “for thinking that a sexualised, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned African American woman who looks like me.” In calling out Hollywood’s problem with black actors and the limited roles they’re offered, she gave a speech that was much more than the sum of its parts.
This is Davis’s moment in the sun, and how welcome it must feel. She’s had a long career, »
- Bim Adewunmi
Ridhima Sud, who will be making her debut with Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do, is certainly looking forward to spreading her wings beyond the big banners. The girl has recently signed a 3 film deal with Shoojit Sarkar and John Abraham’s co production. That’s not all, she has already finished shooting for the first of the three slated releases and will be seen in the lead.
When asked Ridhima about it, she confirmed the news saying, “Yes! I’ve already finished shooting for the first one of the three. And I am reading scripts for the future projects. It should be out this year after Dil Dhadakne Do. Shooting for this other film was very different experience from shooting Zoya’s film but fun nevertheless.”
Ridhima Sud has already made her international innings and her Hollywood debut with the Oscar nominated, Ballad of Rustom. This talented actress is »
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Certain films can be both uplifting and exhausting, bringing the feel-good factor not from sunny optimism, but from a hard-won victory over cynicism and adversity. The most comfortable Wild ever feels would be in that category, taking inspiration from Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail.
The book covers her 1,100 mile hike across America's Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert to the border of Washington State, through extreme weather on both ends of the spectrum, without any prior backpacking experience.
Using an elliptical time structure, we first meet Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) at the top of a mountain, some distance into her hike, suffering through a scene of cringe-making body horror that wouldn't be too out of place in an Evil Dead movie.
Deftly adapted by screenwriter Nick Hornby from Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, this grittily likable journey of self-discovery finds Reese Witherspoon walking more than a thousand miles in someone else’s shoes to “become the woman my mother thought I was”. As Cheryl makes her blistered and bloodied progress along the Pct, from the Mojave desert through California and Oregon to the borders of Washington State, we flash back to happier times with her mom (Laura Dern) and traumatic encounters with love, death, rough sex and dangerous drugs, gradually building a kaleidoscopic picture of her life, different periods overlapping like waves on a beach. At times, Jean-Marc Vallée’s direction drifts towards the hallucinatory, a half-remembered dream of an exhausted life. Elsewhere, it’s down and dirty, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
5 items from 2015
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