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Kissing and telling -- but only a little! After her big break in 2011's Oscar winning film The Descendants, Shailene Woodley took some time off from acting to carefully select her next roles. Funny enough, the 22-year-old actress' movies since then have all been about romance and relationships. "That's crazy! I never thought about that," Woodley says in the April issue of Teen Vogue. "I haven't had time to think about a relationship! I literally have not had a boyfriend in almost five years. I've never even [...] »
Hollywood, keep your eyes open for Shailene Woodley. From holding her own against George Clooney in The Descendants to booking three major movie releases in 2014, Woodley is certainly the rising star. Even with the immense fandoms that come along with Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, Woodley still maintains a lovable aura of humility, kindness, sweetness and grace.
"I am kind of an obvious person," she said in response to a question about what people don't see about her. "I like to keep some things in my life sacred, but apart from that part of my life, I'm a very open person. So what you see right now is who I am always."
Since the age of 5, acting has been a creative outlet for Woodley. Her passion stems from the sense of fun and excitement that comes with each role. As soon as the excitement stops and it turns »
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Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
Shailene Woodley was hesitant about signing on for Divergent - until reigning franchise queen Jennifer Lawrence stepped in. "You must do it. You will not regret it for a second," the Hunger Games star emailed Woodley, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Yes, there are some hard things, but there are so many beautiful things that will come from an opportunity like this." Woodley spent five years on the hit ABC Family show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and after acting in a string of indies - including her breakout turn in 2011's The Descendants - she wasn't sure »
- Michele Corriston
Shailene Woodley may be homeless—"I'm doing the vagabond lifestyle for a bit," the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter—but the 22-year-old can certainly afford to buy some real estate if she so desires. Woodley, who is profiled in the magazine's March 14 cover story, was reportedly Lionsgate's "first and only choice" to play Beatrice Prior in film adaptations of the Divergent book trilogy. Thanks to her breakout role in 2011's The Descendants, Woodley became one of the most in-demand actresses of her generation—but that didn't necessarily mean she wanted the superstardom that came with it. In fact, it was Jennifer Lawrence, star of The Hunger Games franchise, who »
We’re back! Did you survive the Oscars? Are you looking for something to watch on Blu-ray, DVD, or streaming service? We have a few options for you released right at the end of February or the beginning of March, including a couple great animated shows, a Best Picture nominee, an FX sitcom, and a mega-blockbuster. Pick your favorites. All five are worth a look.
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What do Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, and Martin Scorsese’s latest films all have in common? While being multiple category nominees, they all went home empty-handed at the Oscars Sunday night. While the inferior “Dallas Buyers Club” took three trophies, Payne’s beautiful character piece about a man clinging to false hope when he thinks he has won a sweepstakes was overlooked. No matter. “Nebraska” will find the audience it deserves, and then some. This is the kind of »
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The guild’s board of directors chose Payne, the two-time Academy Award winner of “The Descendants” and “Sideways,” to be honored with the Eva Monley Award. Payne’s latest film, “Nebraska,” was nominated for six Oscars.
Wexler, known for his Oscars wins for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” and “Bound for Glory” will be honored with the Humanitarian Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the well-respected commercial location scout Dewees.
The inaugural awards ceremony will take place March 29 at the Writers Guild Theater.
- Nikara Johns
"I have still yet to meet Jennifer in the flesh, but I had a slight interaction with her where I asked her about 'The Hunger Games' and what it was like, and her life and how much it has changed. It was nice asking someone who has been through the process and is kind of seasoned. »
- Machan Kumar
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
Come Oscar season and for a change there are indeed a handful of standout movies that are rightfully vying for the coveted Best Picture gold statuette. Gravity is a thrill ride in the best tradition of science fiction movies, American Hustle is an entertaining con-romp based on a true story; Wolf of Wall Street, while not Scorsese’s best, is a dynamic tale of greed and hedonism, Her, an intriguing and ironic love story and 12 Years a Slave is a compelling and poetic study of a black man’s harrowing experience as a slave.
However the one movie that beats them all as a pure cinematic experience is Nebraska, a stark, minimalistic, beautifully photographed look at fading small town America. Directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) with an eye for detail »
- Aniruddha Basu
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! While uncertainty reigns in the Best Picture race, the Best Director conversation has been rather more concrete for a while now -- which is not to say that it isn't a deep field. It was certainly a competitive one at the nomination stage, with one three slots seemingly nailed down and a generous handful of names duking it out for the final two. The field we got arguably isn't as adventurous or surprise-laden as last year's, but nonetheless includes five distincte artists with passionate followings : three Americans who have been nominated before, one Mexican who has been on the Oscar radar »
- Guy Lodge
If it had somehow escaped your notice – in which case, come on out from under that rock – the Oscars are almost upon us again.
Plenty of this year's nominees aren't exactly what you could call unpredictable. There's Meryl, and Leo, and Jennifer, and no major upsets are expected on the night.
But what about the less usual suspects? Digital Spy takes a look back at eight Oscar-winners you may have forgotten about...
The Twelfth Doctor himself took home a statuette from the Academy in 1995, for writing and directing short film Franz Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life. Not to be confused with Frank Capra's actual It's A Wonderful Life, the absurdist short follows Kafka (played by Richard E Grant) in the throes of writer's block while attempting to write his masterpiece The Metamorphosis, and it tied for Best Live Action Short Film with Peggy Rajski's Trevor.
Does Will Forte have a master plan? The former Saturday Night Live star talks to ETonline about how he earned the attention of Nebraska director Alexander Payne, who he'll take as a date to The Oscars -- and whether or not there really is a master plan…
Does Will Forte have a master plan? Just when it looked like MacGruber could be his box office epitaph, the 43-year-old former Saturday Night Live star surprised many with his now-celebrated serious turn in the Oscar nominated Nebraska. With the Blu-ray & DVD out this week and the Academy Awards taking place Sunday night, Will talks to ETonline about how he earned the attention of Nebraska director Alexander Payne, who he'll take as a date to The Oscars and what he'll wear (he's a self-proclaimed "idiot" when it comes to dressing himself for events) -- and whether or not there really is a master plan…
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With the Oscars just a few days away, fans can revisit Best Picture contender Nebraska, which was just released on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Alexander Payne directs this black-and-white dramatic comedy that centers on an elderly man (Bruce Dern) who is convinced he has won $1 million in a sweepstakes giveaway. Determined to collect his winnings, he sets off on a journey from Montana to Omaha, Nebraska with his son (Will Forte). To help celebrate this new release, we have a giveaway where our readers can not only win the Blu-ray, but also a $50 gift certificate for Omaha Steaks. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win.
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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
NBC's new pilot "Feed Me" has a casting director attached, Backstage has learned. The late-order dark comedy centers on Emma, the daughter of a restaurant-owning family, whose husband cheats on her. Mary-Louise Parker is set to star and Dava Waite, of Dava Waite Peaslee Casting, is set to cast. Meanwhile, "Divergent," the first film installment based on the young adult novels by Veronica Roth, won't hit theaters until later this month but casting is already gearing up on the sequel. Mary Vernieu and Venus Kanani of Betty Mae, Inc. will return to cast "Insurgent," the sequel in Roth's trilogy. In the sci-fi romance, Shailene Woodley, who played George Clooney's daughter in "The Descendants," stars as Beatrice "Tris" Prior, a "divergent" young woman living in a futuristic world where society is divided based on individuals' virtues. The fifth installment of "Mission: Impossible," meanwhile, will be cast by Mindy Marin, of Casting Artists, »
From now until the Friday before the Oscars we'll be running daily pieces about why a film does or does not deserve Best Picture. Today, Eric explains why Nebraska deserves the big win during the Academy Awards. Alexander Payne has had some success at the Academy Awards. His first nomination came in 2000 when he and Jim Taylor found their screenplay for Election competing in the Best Adapted Screenplay category, and while he found himself walking away empty handed that night, he has earned trophies in his two trips since, sharing Best Adapted Screenplay prizes with Taylor and Jim Rash & Nat Faxon, respectively, for Sideways and The Descendants. Well-deserved as both of those prizes were, however, it.s also hard not to ignore the categories in which those same films list: namely Best Picture. Despite being top-tier contenders that collected numerous awards on the road to the Oscars . including Best Motion »
Release date: Nov. 15, 2013
DVD release date: Feb. 25
Run time: 1 hour, 50 mins
Box office: Opening weekend: $140,401; Total domestic box office: $16.5 million; Worldwide gross to date: $17.7 million
Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent
Tweetable description: A middle-aged everyguy takes his ailing father on a road trip. Co-starring one of the sassiest old ladies in the history of sassy old ladies.
Number of Oscar nods: 6 — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography
Movie’s Oscar history: Payne was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Election, and won »
- Darren Franich
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:
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Every once in a while, a supporting performance comes along that overshadows the lead characters of a film. In the case of filmmaker Alexander Payne’s latest tale, and in once unforgettable scene, this would be the remarkable June Squibb.
Get to know the Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee in a funny video from Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Nebraska received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography (brilliantly shot in B&W by Phedon Papamicheal) and Best Original Screenplay (Bob Nelson).
“I don’t doubt myself when it comes to work,” said Squibb during her pre-Golden Globe interview on CBS Sunday Morning.
Nebraska makes its Blu-ray, DVD and VOD debut on February 25, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film is available now on Digital and Digital HD.
Hailed as “an American masterpiece” (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times), the film was also named »
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