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As 21 of our 29 Oscars experts predicted, Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor on Sunday night. His portrayal of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" had already brought him a SAG, BAFTA and Golden Globe in recent weeks. -Break- This makes seven of the past 10 years that the Best Actor race has gone to someone playing a real life person: Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln," 2012), and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club," 2013) and, now, Redmayne. Redmayne was a first-time nominee, as were three of his rivals -- Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), and Michael Keaton ("Birdman"). Bradl...' »
We're back with another horror/sci-fi round-up. Guest stars have been revealed for the season 9 premiere of Doctor Who, Titan Comics has a massive Doctor Who comic book crossover lined up, HBO's upcoming New World drama pilot that's likely based on the Salem Witch Trials has enlisted a notable director for its pilot, a new horror film from the duo behind 100 Bloody Acres has is entering production, and Fox has put in a pilot order for a series based on Neil Gaiman's Lucifer from The Sandman comic book series.
Doctor Who Season 9: Via BBC America, TVLine reports that Michelle Gomez will be back on-screen as The Master, aka "Missy", in the two-part season 9 premiere of Doctor Who, which does not yet have a release date. Jemma Redgrave, Kelly Hunter, and Clare Higgins will also reprise their roles as Kate, the Shadow Architect, and Ohila, respectively, in the season 9 premiere, »
- Derek Anderson
The Oscars are less than 96 hours away, so you only have a limited amount of time to brag about your insane knowledge of Academy Awards history. Ready for a brutal 21-question foray into Oscar's grisly past? Let's roll. (We give you the questions on the first page. Jot down your responses, then check the answers, along with the accompanying questions, on the next page. The videos embedded here aren't related to the questions. They're just fun!) 1. What ‘90s Best Actor winner gave the shortest onscreen performance ever nominated (and therefore awarded) in that category? This is measured by total minutes and seconds spent onscreen. 2. The first (and so far only) black female nominee in the Best Original Screenplay category was a co-writer of what biopic released in the 1970s? 3. From 1937 to 1945, the Academy guaranteed nominations in one particular category to any studio that submitted a qualifiable entry. What was the category? »
- Louis Virtel
Jenji Kohan is returning to premium cable. More than a year after HBO picked up the script from the Orange Is the New Black and Weeds creator, her Salem drama — now titled New World — has been picked up to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting) has also boarded the drama as an exec producer and will direct the pilot. The provocative period drama explores the circumstances surrounding one of the most compelling chapters in American history — when intolerance and repression set neighbor against neighbor and led a town to mass
- Lesley Goldberg
To celebrate the release of the uniquely brilliant The Book Of Life, we’ve got Two to giveaway on 3D Blu-ray!
Now 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you and your family to join Manolo, Maria and Chuy as they embark on a journey that takes them on an adventure through the Land of the Remembered in The Book Of Life available on Digital HD, 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ & DVD on 16th February.
This culturally-based Day of the Dead themed animated feature is written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro. The voice cast features a great ensemble including Diego Luna (Elysium, Milk), Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Christina Applegate, Troy Evans (Ace Ventura, Epic) and Ice Cube.
This animated comedy has a dazzling visual style unlike anything you’ve seen before. Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, »
- Dan Bullock
After his gross-out satire The Interview threatened to trigger a third world war, the actor/director/artist/novelist shot a subtle drama about a gay activist who becomes a straight pastor. He talks about pushing the limits
“James Franco plays gay!” is not an announcement that would qualify as a marmalade-dropper. The actor has taken on enough gay parts (including Allen Ginsberg in Howl and the activist Scott Smith in Milk) and addressed gay themes so frequently in his own directing work (such as Sal and Interior. Leather Bar.) that he has arguably passed through the rumour barrier and emerged out the other side. Where more circumspect performers invite speculation through their very cautiousness, there can be few people who even care any more about whether or not Franco is gay.
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- Ryan Gilbey
Youngsters and oldsters alike…here is the reel deal: The New York International Children’s Film Festival (Nyicff) will be making its presence known in the upcoming days. On tap for the 18th annual event will be a noted variety of creative animated films and shorts for all ages to enjoy and relish. The New York International Children’s Film Festival promises to serve up an array of animated showcases that boasts all styles and formats that should prove imaginative and appealing to our past and present childhood memories.
Please note that the Nyicff will run its operation from February 27, 2015 to March 22, 2015. Additionally, the majority of these impressive feature-length and short films have experienced critical acclaim overseas. Therefore, the impact of the Nyicff’s cinematic selections should be rewarding for ardent fans of animated film fodder designed to capture the spirit of its enthusiastic viewers.
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- Frank Ochieng
In a new interview with Esquire UK, the Milk actor says he's "in love" with Theron, and would consider their marriage his "first" despite having been previously married to both Madonna and House of Cards actress Robin Wright. Penn, 54, and Theron, 39, first stepped out together in December 2013, and reportedly got engaged this past November.
"Yeah, I'm surprised to be in love," Sean tells the men's magazine. "Lot of reasons. I’m self-proclaimed bad at mathematics but I can do two plus two: 53 years old plus finally beginning to figure out why you haven’t been happy in a single relationship? It could seem too late. But to run into somebody now who you care about is a much more passionate, deeper, truer and -- God! -- a much happier feeling. It's a lot more romantic and a lot more fulfilling to be in »
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
Justin Kelly’s “I Am Michael” attempts to understand change: why people change, how it happens, if it is really possible. As to the last question, the film doesn’t quite lay down a definitive yes or no answer — just that people make the choices that they do, and have to continue down whatever path that presents. James Franco stars as Michael Glatze, a former gay activist and magazine editor, who in 2007, announced that he was giving up the gay lifestyle and turning to Christ. What “I Am Michael” attempts to do is take a shocking headline and expand it into a story that explains or explores the nature of a transition like this, without judging or taking sides. But, with the unwillingness to really make a statement on either side of the issue, “I Am Michael” ultimately ends up saying not much at all. Franco has played roles akin to this before, »
- Katie Walsh
Paris — Sean Penn is set to receive an honorary Cesar award in Paris during the 40th edition of the ceremony on Feb. 20.
“A mythical actor, an activist and an exceptional director, Sean Penn is a unique icon of American cinema. A living legend,” declared the Cesar Academie, France’s equivalent to the Oscars.
Penn has always enjoyed great popularity in France as an actor and a director. Nick Cassavetes’ “She’s So Lovely” earned him a best actor nod in Cannes, and the last film he directed, “Into the Wild,” was an arthouse hit in France. Penn served as president of Cannes Film Festival’s jury in 2008.
The actor, who won two Oscars for his performances in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” and Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” will next star in “Gunman,” Studiocanal’s high-voltage thriller directed by French helmer Pierre Morel. It will be released in March in the U. »
- Elsa Keslassy
All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »
James Franco’s ongoing game of sexual-identity peekaboo gets its most provocative jolt yet from “I Am Michael,” a remarkably even-handed account of outspoken gay-rights journalist Michael Glatze’s 180-degree identity reversal, which shocked friends and admirers after he found religion, rejected his queer “lifestyle” and became a Christian pastor. While admirable in its seeming impartiality, Justin Kelly’s hot-potato directorial debut won’t be seen by many beyond the arthouse and festival circuit, but it will nevertheless rile viewers and provoke discussion on all sides, simply because it cuts to the heart of the self-doubt, fear and prejudice associated with modern homosexuality.
Coming out is a complicated process, and it probably would have made sense to start “I Am Michael” there — not at the moment Michael realized he was gay, but rather with his personal coming-out story, which nearly all gay men of a certain generation tell and retell. »
- Peter Debruge
The production company behind awards-winning films like “Her” and “American Hustle,” as well as one of this year’s critical favorites “Foxcatcher,” announced a joint venture on Thursday with Vrse.farm and artist Chris Milk, to develop and produce virtual reality content.
- Travis Reilly
Showtime is heading to Park City, Utah armed with two hot-button documentaries about very different iconoclasts — Marlon Brando and Warren Jeffs.
The two films, “Listen to Me Marlon” and “Prophet’s Prey,” will debut in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before airing on the premium cable channel and, possibly, in theaters.
“Sundance is a great launching pad and it’s particularly good for documentaries,” said David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime Networks. “I want these documentaries to get seeded out in the world and for journalists and tastemakers to see them and build buzz before they go on the air.”
The premium cable channel has big ambitions for the films and believes that the Brando film, in particular, could attract Oscars and awards attention.
“Documentaries do incredibly well with our audience and they get real ratings and have cultural currency more than »
- Brent Lang
Charting a course through heavy court battles, hate demonstrations and a few sweet victories, Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s documentary “The Case Against 8″ made a stop at TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series on Monday in Los Angeles.
Cotner and White brought the film’s subjects, plaintiffs Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami in the landmark case to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban, composer Blake Neely and editor Katie Amend to the Landmark Theaters for a screening and Q&A moderated by TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman.
- Matt Donnelly
16 items from 2015
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