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One of Scandinavia’s top directors, Susanne Bier was on hand at the Goteborg Film Festival to receive the Dragon Honorary Award. The helmer, who earned an Oscar nom for “After the Wedding” and won an Oscar for “In a Better World,” is now making her TV debut with the British-American spy series “The Night Manager,” which is based on John le Carré’s novel and stars Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman. The upbeat Danish-born director has been working in the Nordics and in the U.S. throughout her career, making character-driven, often heart-wrenching movies that explore themes such as grief and family disruption. Bier has made a few English-language pics with A-listers, such as “Things We Lost in the Fire” with Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro, and most recently “Serena,” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
How does it feel to receive this lifetime achievement now, »
- Elsa Keslassy
David O. Russell is a master of character above all else, and his recent collaborations with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro (2012’s Silver Linings Playbook and 2013’s American Hustle) have been largely entertaining successes, despite the oddity of some casting decisions (a then-23-year-old Lawrence playing the battle-ax mother of a kindergartner in […]
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- Adrienne Ryan
The first word that comes to mind when thinking about Mojave is “odd.” The movie – built around a cat-and-mouse chase between its two leads – is hard to completely dislike because of its cast, who are burrowing further into a group of characters than the paper thin script deserves. But it is so wholeheartedly strange, ruling itself by something akin to dream logic and twisting its story down a road of surprises that only occasionally stick, that it’s also hard to completely like Mojave as well.
Thomas (Garrett Hedlund) is a dissatisfied thirty-something, looking for a refuge of sorts in the deserts of the Mojave, where he seeks to find… something. The film’s script, by writer-director William Monahan (he wrote The Departed), isn’t exactly forthright. Eventually, Thomas stumbles across a long-haired, rifle-packing drifter named Jack (Oscar Isaac) and the two engage in a battle of wits that begins to tiptoe towards adversary. »
- Mitchel Broussard
Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC (January 27, 2016) – Four years after Jennifer Lawrence first appeared on the big screen as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) critically acclaimed series based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book trilogy comes to a thrilling resolution in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, arriving on Digital HD March 8 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack + Digital HD, DVD + Digital, and On Demand March 22, the company announced today. In addition, for the first time ever, The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 22.
With $647 million worldwide box office and counting, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 set the world on fire and enthralled millions of devoted fans across the globe. With a critically acclaimed cast including Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012), Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Liam Hemsworth »
- ComicMix Staff
The finale of Hunger Games phenomenon, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is on its way to Blu-Ray, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download. Along with its release comes the entire Hunger Games Anthology and tons of special features. Read on for more.
On March 8th, 2016, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will be available for early Digital Download and March 22nd for the Blu-Ray Combo Pack. On the same day as Part 2's Blu-Ray release, the complete Hunger Games Cinematic Series will be available for fans, and those curious of the series, to watch the entire revolution on Blu-Ray/DVD!
Four years after Jennifer Lawrence first appeared on the big screen as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) critically acclaimed series based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book trilogy comes to a thrilling resolution in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, arriving on Digital HD »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Dirty Grandpa review: Meet the most offensive, repulsive, most unlikable, disgusting film of the year so far.
Zac Efron and Robert De Niro lead this new R-Rated comedy from Dan Mazar, the talented writer and producer behind Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat movie, and the director of British comedy I Give It A Year. Mazar takes on his biggest project yet with Dirty Grandpa, a film that heavily relies on constant gross-out humour and multiple mutterings of the word shit, rather than wit.
Efron plays Jason, a successful lawyer who has just bagged a high-profile job at the law firm that his father works for. Unfortunately, there’s been a death in the family, and everyone has united to mourn the loss of Jason’s grandmother, including his grandpa, Dick (played by De Niro). At the wake, it becomes known that Dick has to travel to Florida the following day, »
- Paul Heath
Fame in Hollywood can come and go. But for some actors such as Robert De Niro, hard work and unforgettable performances can result in a career for the ages. All of them! Before knowing that he would be entertaining entirely new generations of moviegoers in films such as Meet the Parents and Silver Linings Playbook, the two-time Oscar winner was simply relying on his trusty gut when it came to taking on roles. "I'm just doing what I feel is right. It's not that it's good. I'm just following my instincts and working on what I think I should work on and that's all," he told E! News back in 1990. "I'm not saying what's good or this or that. Sometimes you can get a glimmer and »
With Dirty Grandpa, we may have officially reached the point where a Robert De Niro impression is guaranteed to be more enjoyable than a Robert De Niro performance. Fortunately, the indisputable fact that he's one of the most iconic actors in movie history means that there's a ton of imitators out there.
If the man behind Travis Bickle, Jake La Motta and young Vito Corleone isn't quite as common a target as Christopher Walken or Al Pacino, that's only because he's a little bit harder to get right (watch the »
David O. Russell’s Joy may not have hit the dizzying hits of, say, Silver Linings Playbook or even American Hustle, but that hasn’t quelled Jennifer Lawrence’s enthusiasm to continue working with the director’s creative team.
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that The Hunger Games star is in line to take on the title role in Marita. Pitched by American Hustle co-writer Eric Warren Singer, the project has set up shop at Sony Pictures, and it’s understood the studio is eager to set the wheels in motion as soon as possible.
It’s a role that’ll have Lawrence portray another real-life woman following her turn as famed entrepreneur Joy Mangano, only this time swapping out novel domestic inventions for a daring CIA mission. Headlining the feature as Marita Lorenz, the actress is attached to the role of the German-born mistress of Fidel Castro, »
- Michael Briers
Sony has acquired Lorenz’s life rights. The studio acquired a pitch from Eric Warren Singer (“American Hustle”) that was developed with a quartet of producers — Lawrence, Scott Mednick, Andre Rouleau and Matt Tolmach.
Lawrence received her fourth Academy Award nomination last week for “Joy” after winning a Golden Globe for the role. She won the best supporting actress Oscar for Sony’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and received nominations for “American Hustle” and “Winter’s Bone.”
Sony won a bidding war for the Lorenz rights against Universal, Warner Bros., Fox, Paramount and Lionsgate.
Lorenz, a native of Germany, was incarcerated at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II. After she had an affair at the age of 19 with Castro, »
- Dave McNary
The Slifr Movie Treehouse (the acronym stands in for the title of my blog, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule) is a place where I like to gather a few of my movie-writing pals and exchange long e-mails on the way the movies shaped up for us in the year just left behind. It’s been a few years since I’ve undertaken this project, but the time felt right again, so I invited the very talented critical voices of Brian Doan, Odie Henderson, Marya Murphy and Phil Dyess-Nugent to take part, and to my great happiness they all agreed. (Bios for each writer can be found at the conclusion of each of their individual posts, which can be accessed by clicking below on the title of each post.)
What follows here are samples from the 16 posts we submitted over the week of January 11-17, and we’ll start »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Read More: How Steve James Finds Silver Linings When Things Don't Go As Planned (And They Never Do) For over twenty years, Steve James has been a highly acclaimed director and producer in the world of documentary filmmaking. His influential "Hoop Dreams" dazzled audiences in 1994 and is widely considering to be one of the genre's leading titles, and he has had continued success with films like "The New Americans," "The Interrupters," and the recent Roger Ebert doc "Life Itself." Now, James' work will be recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Hot Docs Festival, the largest documentary festival in North America. Past recipients of the award include Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Frederick Wiseman, D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles. Along with the award, the festival will be screening an extensive retrospective of James' work. "It's an honor to celebrate a filmmaker of such depth, humanity and integrity as »
- Mike Lown
Fresh from his Best Actor nomination for Trumbo, it has been announced that Bryan Cranston has joined the cast of James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, which is based on Greg Sestero’s book about the making of the cult film The Room.
Sestero broke the news on Facebook (via Av Club) with a post that has since been deleted, which included the above picture of Cranston alongside James Franco as director Tommy Wiseau, Dave Franco as Sestero, and co-star Alison Brie.
Cranston joins what is shaping up to be a star-studded cast, with the film also set to star Seth Rogen (The Night Before), Zac Efron (Neighbors), Kate Upton (The Other Woman), Ari Graynor (The Sopranos), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Andrew Santino (Sin City Saints), Hannibal Buress (Neighbors) and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2).
- Amie Cranswick
One of the tightest races in this year’s Oscar season is that for the best actress statuette. There are past winners such as Cate Blanchett, who earned a best actress Oscar for Blue Jasmine in 2014 and a best supporting actress award for The Aviator in 2004, and Jennifer Lawrence, who won best actress in Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, previous nominees like Saoirse Ronan, who earned a best supporting actress nom for Atonement in 2008, and first-time nominees Brie Larson, who plays a young mother held captive in Room, and Charlotte Rampling, who plays a wife whose 45th wedding anniversary is upended by the arrival of a mysterious letter in 45 Years.
The most interesting factoid about this year’s best actress race, however, is the disparity in age between the competitors. Three of the five women are aged 26 years or below, with Ronan at 21, Lawrence at 25, and Larson at 26 while Rampling, »
- Patrick Shanley
January’s a dreary old month isn’t it? Dark nights, cold days, nothing to look forward to other than the impending terror of Christmas credit card bills landing on the doormat… Not even any new Doctor Who on telly to look forward to, at least for a while. So how about rediscovering some old stories? Perhaps...
- Jonathan Appleton
Yesterday morning, filmmakers Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee, actor John Krasinski and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards, which will be handed out on Sunday, February 28. An Oscar nomination can be a career-changing moment for any actor, filmmaker or crew member, and whether it's your first nomination (Brie Larson) or your 50th (John Williams... seriously, he has 50 Oscar nominations), it's always a special moment. Entertainment Weekly caught up with several of this year's nominees to get their reactions to the big news.
The Revenant led all movies with 12 nominations, including one for Leonardo DiCaprio as Best Actor. This is his fifth acting nomination, but he has never taken home an Oscar in his storied career. Some think this year might be his best chance to take home that little gold man, but we'll have to wait until February 28 to find out. »
USA Today reports Marvel is prepping Poe Dameron comics, because you can never have enough new Star Wars and they know you miss that jacket. Written by Charles Soule and drawn by Phil Noto, the Resistance character's eponymous series will drop in April and function as a pseudo-prequel to shed more light on his backstory, as well as his part in the opening of The Force Awakens. "Sometimes it can feel like the Star Wars universe is so well trodden and so many stories have already been told," Soule, a Star Wars comics vet, told the paper. "But the way the Episode VII galaxy is set up, there are opportunities for new archetypes almost, and the [new First Order villain] we’re working with is going to feel fresh and cool." Since this is all pre-tfa, the only foreseeable downside is there will be no Finn bromance. Silver linings? Score. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Meryl Streep is the reigning queen of the Oscars, with a record 19 nominations under her esteemed belt. But another actress is on a hot streak that may soon threaten the thespian: Jennifer Lawrence just landed her fourth Academy Award nomination, for "Joy," and with it, the distinction of being the youngest person ever to nab that many Oscar nods.
Lawrence, 25, had previously set a record with her nomination for "American Hustle" two years ago, in which she became the youngest person (at 23) to earn three nominations from the Academy. (Her first two came for 2010's "Winter's Bone" and 2012's "Silver Linings Playbook"; she took home the latter Best Actress trophy.) But the actress keeps besting herself, and at the rate she's going -- four nominations in six years -- it seems plausible that she could surpass Streep's hallowed tally.
For one thing, Lawrence got an earlier start than Streep in »
- Katie Roberts
Only days after winning a Golden Globe, Jennifer Lawrence scored her fourth Academy Award acting nomination Thursday for her turn in Joy, loosely based on the life of Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano. It was the only nomination the movie received, ending a dazzling run for director David O. Russell, whose last three films before Joy — American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter — were all mentioned for best director, as well as best picture, among other top noms. Lawrence told The Hollywood Reporter shortly after learning of her nomination that she probably cares about awards more than Russell
- Pamela McClintock
Jennifer Lawrence defies age in a new Funny or Die spoof. The recent Golden Globe winner plays an “89-year-old woman that looks like she’s 16” in the aptly titled fake film “Really Really Old Lady Who Still Looks Totally Young and Hot.” The spoof movie trailer recalls Lawrence’s performances in David O. Russell films where she portrays characters significantly older than her actual age: a widow and girlfriend to 38-year-old Bradley Cooper at 21 (“Silver Linings Playbook”), a mother to a 5-year-old and wife to a 39-year-old Christian Bale at 21 (“American Hustle”), and a 40-something year old mother of three (“Joy”). Funny or Die announces the “new film” and intercuts footage from Lawrence’s previous performances, casting former co-stars Donald Sutherland (“The Hunger Games”) as her boyfriend; Dale Dickey (“Winter’s Bone”) as her granddaughter, and Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook”) as her great-grandson. Lawrence acknowledges the age criticisms. »
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