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Despite being the main reason that "The Fighter" even happened, Mark Wahlberg didn't win an Oscar, even though his co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo did. After a string of popcorn flicks, Wahlberg is back with a serious role in "The Gambler." Matthew McConaughey lost 50 pounds for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" and ended up with an Oscar. Wahlberg is taking it up a notch, losing a whopping 61 pounds for "The Gambler." Check out a set photo below to see how he currently looks. "I started at 196 and got down to 135," he said. "I began with a liquid diet. Then I completely changed my training program and gave up wine, bread and pasta. Now I'm eating small portions of protein throughout the day and jumping rope a lot." In "The Gambler," Wahlberg plays a literature professor who is addicted to gambling. The crime thriller is directed by Rupert Wyatt »
When most people hear “music supervisor” they think of television and the person who places the songs heard throughout an episode. These days, most shows end with a highlight reel of the artists and music featured in the episode so you can easily figure out who sang what (and, they hope, go out and by the song). But music supervisors do not only exist in the world of TV, they also work on movies. As this past weekend’s Oscar broadcast proved, the main recognition for movie music falls to the film’s composer. Rightfully so. The composer does create the lion’s share of the music and helps deliver the overall impression a film looks to make on audiences, but they are not the only ones involved in shaping the tonal language. Original songs written for a film can become as iconic as the film they are featured in (right, Llewyn »
- Allison Loring
Mark Wahlberg arrived on our screens back in the mid 90’s with roles in movies like Basketball Diaries and The Substitute. Since then he has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest and best known leading men.
His career has been one of the most eclectic in Hollywood, having worked in Academy Award winning films like The Departed and The Fighter, to critical duds like the Planet of the Apes and Max Payne. He has also had the privilege of working with some of the best directors in the business including Martin Scorsese, David O Russell and Paul Thomas Anderson, though he has also worked with Michael Bay.
Mark’s latest movie Lone Survivor, the story of a group of solider trapped at the top of the mountain having to fight out terrorists hits cinemas this Friday.
With that in mind we’ve decided to take a look »
- Liam Hoofe
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The entire awards season has looked like a 12 Years a Slave vs. Gravity battle. 12 Years a Slave has won Best Picture at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, and BAFTA. Gravity has swept the Best Director awards at all the major awards shows. Alfonso Cuarón is considered safe to win the directing prize at the Oscars tomorrow, which correlates to the Best Picture award most of the time. Gravity also won Best Picture at the PGA’s, tying with 12 Years a Slave, and Best British Film at the BAFTAs. But is it still possible for the David O. Russell crime comedy to pull out a surprise win tomorrow?
The film did pick up the SAG for Best Cast and the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Musical/Comedy. This looks a lot similar to the Best Picture Oscar winning routes that films like Crash and Shakespeare in Love took heading into Oscar Sunday. »
- Terence Johnson
Oscar’s big night is always filled with surprises and great moments — here are our favorites:
Newsreel clips show that she was visibly moved in a historic win.
Charlie Chaplin, Honorary Oscar
After 20 years in Europe, he returned in 1972 to a 12-minute standing ovation. (Unfortunately or fortunately, the video doesn’t show all 12 minutes.)
Louise Fletcher, Best Actress, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
As she spoke, she signed part of her speech for her deaf parents.
The actress summed up the exuberance of the moment as “You like me, right now, you like me!” It’s Oscar’s most misquoted speech.
The Italian filmmaker walked on the backs of the seats.
- Variety Staff
Boasting a successful film career that spans almost three decades, Christian Bale has won a string of awards, and within those years, he also won the heart of his wife, Sibi Blazic. The actor first met Sibi, a former model, when she worked as Winona Ryder's personal assistant, and the pair tied the knot in January 2000 before welcoming a daughter in 2005. After winning best supporting actor for his role in The Fighter, Christian gushed over his other half at the 2011 Critics' Choice Awards, saying, "She's had to be married to so many different characters over our marriage, and some women might say, 'Hey, that's great! Variety is the spice of life.' I know that it would be impossible to do it without her, and she's such a good, strong woman. I owe everything to her." The actor nabbed his first Oscar in 2011 for The Fighter, and this year, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
By Mark Pinkert
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For my final post of the Oscar season, I decided to interview Scott Feinberg, the preeminent Oscarologist and namesake of this website, to get some insights from him about his own career and influences, his experiences on the awards circuit this year and his impressions about the current state of the film industry. Below is the full transcript of our conversation. It’s long, but certainly worth a read.
MP: Tell me a little bit about how you began your career and also about your early influences—not just in movies but in journalism.
Sf: Well, I’ve always been interested in journalism and, in fact, one of the earliest things I remember doing was a project at the local library—I must have been in third or fourth grade. It was basically to create a newspaper, a sort of news bulletin. This was before we »
- Mark Pinkert
Name: American Hustle
Release date: Dec. 13, 2013 (limited), Dec. 20 (wide)
DVD release date: Unknown
Run time: 138 minutes
Box office: Opening weekend: $740,455 (USA); Domestic: $144.13 million; International: $72.28 million (as of Monday, Feb. 24)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent
American Hustle movie math: (Silver Linings Playbook x The Fighter) + Goodfellas
Tweetable description: A con artist and his mistress play in the big leagues when they must help an FBI agent take down a senator. Jennifer Lawrence adds extra charm, per usual.
- Erin Strecker
We’re getting closer to Hollywood’s night to shine – the Oscars. This year’s nominations are a bevy of brilliant films, performances and crafts, the motion picture industry at its best.
The Academy Awards is the gold standard by which every other awards show is measured, because when it comes to the biggest night in film, nobody does it better than Oscar!
In anticipation of the star-studded night at the Dolby Theatre, the gang at Wamg has chosen their favorite nominees – from the Best Picture and Best Acting categories to the technical categories, here’s a close-up look at our Top 10 Favorite nominees.
Best Picture – American Hustle
By Jim Batts
The Best Picture Oscar usually goes to the film that shines a light on a social injustice, a historical event, or individuals battling injury or disease. The most wildly entertaining (sorry Marty and Leo, but three hours of arrogant »
- Movie Geeks
Freestyle Digital Media (Fdm) and Freestyle Releasing announce today that they have acquired the film, and set February 28th as the release date for Bottled Up, the moving family indie that stars Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Winter's Bone), Josh Hamilton (J. Edgar, American Horror Story) and Marin Ireland (Side Effects, I Am Legend).
Written and directed by Enid Zentelis (Evergreen), the film was produced by Zentelis, Amanda Beckner, Anthony Brandonisio, , Erik Weigel, and Executive Produced by Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech of Olympus Pictures - the production company behind Rabbit Hole and Beginners. The film is slated for both a national theatrical and VOD release.
Leo plays hopelessly hopeful Fay, mother to Sylvie (Ireland), who, many months after a car accident, continues to complain of back pain. After refusing physical therapy, it becomes clear to everyone but Fay that her daughter is addicted to pain killers. When »
Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to ’12 Years a Slave’ producer (photo: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Oscar 2014 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today the complete list of movie celebrities — all actors, including a handful of actor-directors / actor-producers — who will be presenters at the ceremony, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and which will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide — even in the United States, via the ABC network. (See the full list below.) Among the Oscar 2014 presenters, you’ll find a number of past Oscar winners and nominees. With a couple of exceptions, not from the very distant past, mind you, as the overwhelming majority of presenters are performers working in »
- Steve Montgomery
We have six days ’til the Oscars, and that means we have six more days to celebrate one of the most intimidating, established rosters of Best Actress nominees in years. Together the ladies on this list have been nominated 38 times. That’s a serious nomination number, guys. We’re getting into an Alison Krauss/Grammys situation now. Man. Let’s get Judi Dench a fiddle.
The poll question is simple: What are your favorite movies starring this year’s Best Actress nominees? I’ve selected my responses below. Fight for your own (and mine, if you can get around to it).
Winner: Blue Jasmine
Tough one. Elizabeth leaves a lasting impression, and re-watching it recently, I was surprised to find how much Blanchett reminded me of her fellow Australian Judy Davis. Even though she looks like an austere hybrid of Gwyneth Paltrow and a California Suite-era Maggie Smith, »
- Louis Virtel
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy
Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused
Previously Best Known For:
Freeman Lowell – Silent Running
Asa Watts – The Cowboys
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The 2014 Academy Awards are fast approaching and one of the most interesting races will see Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, June Squibb, Sally Hawkins, and Julia Roberts competing for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. With that in mind, it's time to take a look back at previous winners in that category. Indiewire is sharing the 48 films which earned Best Supporting Actress nods and are now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant. From the all-time classics (Ruth Gordon for "Rosemary's Baby," Kim Hunter for "A Streetcar Named Desire") to more recent favorites (Tilda Swinton for "Michael Clayton," Penelope Cruz for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), these are the performances the Academy chose to highlight. The Help (2011) – Octavia Spencer The Fighter (2010) – Melissa Leo Precious (2009) – Mo'Nique Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) – Penelope Cruz Michael Clayton (2007) – Tilda Swinton Dreamgirls (2006) – Jennifer Hudson The Constant Gardener (2005) – Rachel »
- Max O'Connell
Breaking Boston will premiere Thursday, March 13 at 10 Pm on A&E Network, which already is home to producer Mark Wahlberg‘s family restaurant series Wahlburgers. The new docu-drama will center on four working-class women coming of age in hardscrabble Boston and was inspired by the tough, hard-as-nails female characters in Wahlberg‘s Oscar-nominated movie The Fighter. A&E ordered the pilot in November 2012 and picked up the series last May. “These are real women telling their original stories of trying to break out of what’s expected of them,” said Wahlberg who himself was raised in Boston and just earned his high school diploma at age 42. “The odds are difficult, but I believe they can make it.” The series is from 44 Blue Prods, Wahlberg’s Closest to the Hole Prods, Leverage Entertainment and Bill Thompson Prods. Wahlberg, Stephen Levison and Thompson are executive producers. Executive producers for 44 Blue are Stephanie Drachkovich and Jennifer Colbert. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Over the past 85 years the two categories at the Oscars that seem to go undeniably hand in hand with each other more than any other are Best Picture and Best Directing. In the last twenty years alone all but four winning Directors would later that night go on to see their Picture also pick up the coveted golden statue. The exceptions being Steven Spielberg for Saving Private Ryan (lost to Shakespeare in Love), Steven Soderbergh for Traffic (lost to Gladiator), Roman Polanski for The Pianist (lost to Chicago) and Ang Lee twice winning for Directing on Brokeback Mountain (lost to Crash) and last years Life of Pi (lost to Argo).
However despite the above mentions, I'm inclined to believe that this year will be no different from the norm »
- Gary Collinson
Director David O. Russell has enjoyed a great two years back-to-back on the awards circuit, from last year's much-loved "Silver Linings Playbook" to 2014 Oscar heavyweight "American Hustle." As an actor's director who loves cinema, the following top ten list from Russell's Sight and Sound poll for the British Film Institute has few shockers. Take a look at the idiosyncratic list, and clips, below. The filmmaker has repeatedly tipped his hat to Polanski's "Chinatown" -- which he memorized 20 minutes of -- and Scorsese's "Goodfellas." You can feel the pulse of these films thrumming in all Russell's films, including "I Heart Huckabees," "The Fighter" and "Three Kings." He loves his '70s New Hollywood ("Chinatown," "Godfather," "Young Frankenstein") and feel-good classics ("It's a Wonderful Life") with a dash of arthouse for good measure ("Bourgeoisie"). "Blue Velvet" (1986) Dir. David Lynch "Chinatown" (1974) Dir. Roman Polanski "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) Dir. Luis »
- Ryan Lattanzio
On the eve of the BAFTA Awards, Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle") seemed doomed at the Oscars. Twenty-five of our 26 pundits pegged Lupita Nyongo ("12 Years a Slave") to nab the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, but now – wow – Lawrence just pulled off a spectacular upset in the same category at Britain's Oscars.. What does that mean for the Oscar race? Over the past 10 years, every Academy Award winner who was also nominated at BAFTA won on Oscar night. Overlap: that's 8 victors. The two exceptions: Helena Bonham Carter ("The King's Speech") won BAFTA in 2010 when Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") wasn't on the list and Thandie Newton ("Crash") prevailed in 2005 when Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardner") wasn't in the category (she was nominated in lead). Related: 'Gravity' wins 6 BAFTAs, '12 Years a Slave' takes 2 But, wait »
Photo: Francois Duhamel. © 2013 Annapurna Productions LLC All Rights Reserved.
On the heels of receiving 10 Academy Award nominations – including the rare feat of scoring nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and all four acting categories – Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures’ American Hustle has surpassed $200 million at the worldwide box office, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures.
To date, the Atlas Entertainment Production starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence, has grossed $138.7 million in North America, setting a career high for director David O. Russell at the domestic box office, surpassing the $132.1 million take of Silver Linings Playbook.
American Hustle has also proven to be just as strong a player to international audiences, grossing $64 million to date in overseas markets, with territories including Germany, Russia and Korea yet to open. The film has opened #1 in six territories – UK, »
- Michelle McCue
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