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Here's Andrew to celebrate the release of last year's embattled August: Osage County newly arrived on DVD. Significant spoilers ahead.
Each year there's at least one film which wins middling to good reviews and manages Oscar nods but is promptly forgotten as soon as it's released. August: Osage County was 2013's victim of that unfortunate annual tradition. Sure, it earned those two acting nominations it seemed assured early on but no one was particularly interested in talking about any aspect of August: Osage County, but for its Oscar belly-flop elsewhere and the Oscar queen at the centre. Perhaps, it was an automated response to Meryl Streep usually being at the centre of films with little else to offer than her star turn (The Iron Lady, Julie & Julia, Music of the Heart, etcetera). It's a shame because the former awards’ hopeful had so much more to celebrate than just the fire-breathing matriarch in the middle. »
- Andrew Kendall
Review Caroline Moran 3 Apr 2014 - 07:32
Forces from outer space bring metal to life in Metal Shifters. And you know what? It's not bad...
Welcome back to Mystery DVD Club. The idea behind this is simple: we went and bought a whole host of films that we hadn't heard of before, none of which cost us more than a few pounds. Then, we sent them to a bunch of our writers, without telling them what 'film' they were going to receive. Could we unearth a hidden gem? Actually, we might have done...
It's a tale as old as time. A junk-yard owner builds a 20-foot fully-articulated human-like statue from scrap metal and car parts in a small Idaho town. Meanwhile, some bacteria falls to earth on a crashed satellite and turns out to have a physics-defying ability to move metal. Bacteria 'possesses' statue. Chaos ensues.
At first, Metal Shifters looks »
Ross will join the National Theatre as chief executive, replacing Nick Starr from November.
She will work alongside outgoing director Nicholas Hynter before fully taking up the role in April 2015, with Rufus Norris replacing Hynter.
Lisa Burger will remain as the Nt's chief operating officer.
Ross was also on the National Theatre's board from 2011 to 2014, and was previously a governor »
Streep plays political activist Emmeline Pankhurst opposite Mulligan's Maud - a fellow activist in the feminist movement - in the project from Pathé, Film4 and the BFI Film Fund.
The stars were seen in period costume as they filmed in the capital, with Mulligan sipping from a mug in between takes.
Helena Bonham Carter was also pictured on location, although it is still unknown what character the actress is portraying.
Based on true events, the movie will and focus on suffragettes who lobbied for women's right to vote.
UK thriller financed by Seis/Eis and equity; Colin Jones is casting.
Psychological thriller Dartmoor Killing is now casting and gearing up for shooting in June.
The filmmakers have participated in the Ico and Fda’s Get it Seen initiative and Film London’s Build Your Audience programme. The team pitched to financiers at the Film London Micro-Market during the Production Finance Market.
Dartmoor Killing has been financed through a mix of private Seis/Eis investors and corporate equity and production partner, Films@59 in Bristol.
The story follows two female friends, both with secrets, who go on a weekend trip to Dartmoor and meet a charismatic but troubled man who leads them into mind games, sexual deceit and betrayal.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
First commercial project to be shot in Palace of Westminster as Streep takes on role of Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette
Suffragette, from Brick Lane director Sarah Gavron and The Iron Lady screenwriter Abi Morgan, which features Streep as famed historical campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst, stars Mulligan as an early member of her Women's Social and Political Union. MPs have approved plans to film in the Palace of Westminster, a move which will bring in revenue and save producers the high cost of mocking up the chamber elsewhere.
"This unique location promises to attract more production to the capital, and by working with the industry and our partners, we will help ensure it can get the most out of filming, »
- Ben Child
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, who also wrote the screenplay, the drama movie tells the story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, including Roberts, Julianne Nicholson (TV’s Boardwalk Empire) and Juliette Lewis (Conviction). Their lives have diverged, but a family crisis brings them back together to the house where they grew up and to the woman (Streep) who raised them.
The 86th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!
We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 23 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.
1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.
3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »
- Jonny Black
The 2014 Academy Awards are right around the corner, and we couldn't help but notice that there's not one, but two women nominated for playing our favorite kind of Oscar–nominated role: the brash, tough-talking older matriarch, a role we affectionately call "the Mema," after Michael "The Angry Ginger" Kittrell's grandmother from Reelz's reality series Hollywood Hillbillies. Of course, a "Mema" isn't nominated every year, but with Jane Squibb from Nebraska and Meryl Streep from August: Osage County both being nominated in a "Mema" role, we thought we'd share some of our favorites "Mema" nominations in advance of this weekend's telecast.
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- Ryan Gowland
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! After Oscar history was made last year when the Best Supporting Actor race fielded five former winners, it looked for the longest time as if this year's Best Actress category might follow suit. Happily, a late surge for "American Hustle" prevented such an outcome, but only just: this year's category features four former winners and one still-uncrowned darling of the actors' branch, with 38 nominations and six Oscars between them. Given that pedigree, you'd expect this to be a pretty feisty contest, right? Er... not so much. The nominees are... Amy Adams, "American Hustle" If you were evaluating this race on paper, Amy Adams »
- Guy Lodge
Meryl Streep knows a thing or two about long-term success, and her marriage is no exception. She and sculptor Don Gummer have been married since 1978, and he'll likely be her red carpet date to this Sunday's Academy Awards. Meryl may have been mentioned more than God in Oscars acceptance speeches over the last decade, but at the 2012 Academy Awards, it was her husband who received a sweet shoutout. When Meryl won best actress for The Iron Lady, she said, "First I'm going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music, and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you've given me." The pair first met after her partner, John Cazale - of The Godfather and Deer Hunter - died of bone cancer. She was invited to move into the vacant apartment of her brother's friend, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Meryl Streep has signed on to play famed suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst alongside Carey Mulligan (Shame), Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Romola Garai (Amazing Grace), Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless), Natalie Press (Ill Manors), Ben Wishaw (Skyfall) and Brandan Gleeson (In Bruges) in Suffragette.
The film will chart the early activists for womens’ liberation and their run-ins with the government and will reunite Streep with The Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan, while Sarah Gavron (Village at the End of the World) is set to direct.
- Gary Collinson
The star will appear as the suffragette in a movie about a young woman radicalised by the fight to win the vote
Name: Emmeline Pankhurst.
I suppose Meryl does have an Edwardian look about her. I can picture her in a bustle. Good, because she'll soon be donning one to play our Emmeline, in a film about a young woman radicalised by the suffragette movement.
Who's playing the young woman? That's Carey Mulligan.
Good heavens! And who is to play the horse? What horse?
The horse she throws herself under. Don't tell me – Meryl's playing that too! She's a chameleon! A 19th Oscar nomination in the bag – I'll place my bet right now! No, wait – hold, if you will, your horses. You've got the wrong suffragette. That was Emily Davison.
Oh. Who's playing her? No idea. She might not even be in the film.
Oh. Still, Meryl »
Every day, from now until the weekend of the 2014 Academy Awards, HeyUGuys will be publishing an article championing one of the nine films in contention for the coveted Best Picture Oscar. We will be collecting them all here, where you can find the previous articles.
It’d be just as easy to find a list of reasons why this little ground swell awards contender shouldn’t win the Best Picture Oscar; a TV-movie-of-the week plot featuring body-morphing performances from the lead actors. It’s the kind of film that the Golden Baldies would have showered with acclaim during the 1990’s (the lazy comparison being Philadelphia), but in this more cynical age, its appearance in the Best Picture category is seen as nothing more than a token gesture, presumably »
- Matt Rodgers
To mark the release of One Chance on 24th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
From the director of The Devil Wears Prada and The Weinstein Company comes One Chance starring BAFTA and Tony award winning comedy actor James Corden as Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts. Out on DVD this winter, this life-affirming, British film is about a shy, small town Welsh boy who, with a flip of the coin, changed his life forever. James is joined by an acclaimed cast of British and Irish comic actors including Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot), Colm Meaney (Get Him To The Greek), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Jemima Rooper (Kinky Boots). Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Hope Springs) and written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List), One Chance is produced by Mike Menchel, »
Every year during Oscar voting I make a point of checking in with a member of the producers' branch who sometimes tips me off about potential upsets. He's the perfect academy demo – a smartcracker industry vet in his early 60s, who voted for "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain" for Best Picture and Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") over Viola Davis ("The Help") for Best Actress when most prognostictors were saying "Brokeback" and Davis would win. Demo Man is not always right. He's a fanatical Republican whose political beliefs are often reflected in his picks. He wouldn't vote, for example, for Sean Penn ("Milk") because he's a "Commie," but everybody knew Penn would win anyway that year. Here's how Demo Man is voting this year. Be prepared for a few surprises: Best Picture: "American Hustle" Best Director: Alexander Payne ("Ne »
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:
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Carey Mulligan stars as a young feminist who engages in violent acts to bring about more change. Meryl Streep is playing political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in a minor but important role, with Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff and Samuel West set to co-star. No details were given for Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson's characters.
Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) is directing from a screenplay by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, The Invisible Woman). Ruby Films' Faye Ward and Alison Owen are producing, alongside executive producers Cameron McCracken, Tessa Ross and Katherine Butler. Production is scheduled to begin February 24 in the U.K.
By the powers of Athena and all the powerful goddesses who have come before and after her, Meryl Streep, maybe the most righteous female of all, has joined the cast of a film called Suffragette. The film, directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame) chronicles, naturally, the beginnings of the women’s rights movement that blossomed in the late 19th century. Streep will portray British activist Emmeline Pankhurst, a significant figure in the feminist movement and the suffragettes’ battle to get the right to vote. Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union and caused a firestorm with her rallying; after one particularly volatile outing, she and her fellow sisters in arms were sent to prison for disturbing the peace, where they then staged a hunger strike to secure themselves better conditions. Pankhurst won’t be a main role in the film, but »
- Samantha Wilson
Michael Socha (This is England, Spike Island), Alexandra Roach (Cuban Fury, The Iron Lady), Kate Bracken (Being Human) and Jack Lowden (The Tunnel) are attached to star in comedy Moon Dogs, the feature debut of Downton Abbey and Being Human director Philip John.
Proctor was at the Efm in Berlin to discuss Moon Dogs with potential investors and sales companies and is aiming for a late summer shoot.
Moon Dogs charts the adventures of two warring brothers from Shetland who set out on a road trip to Glasgow in order to bring back one of the boy’s girlfriend »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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