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“Man, this is so cool!”
That was Jeff Bridges’ reaction Saturday night to receiving the King Vidor award for excellence in filmmaking at the 20th San Luis International Film Festival. “It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for my work like this,” he added.
James Cromwell presented the award before an enthusiastic capacity crowd at the Fremont Theater, followed by the actors swapping stories for 30 minutes, a Q-and-a and a screening of Bridges’ signature film, 1998′s “The Big Lebowski” — starring as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski.
Bridges appeared to genuinely enjoy the event, offering a variety of unaffected and unrehearsed answers.
“When ‘The Big Lebowski’ comes on TV, it’s like ‘The Godfather’ – I’m hooked,” he told the audience. “I always think that I’ll stop after John Turturro licks the bowling ball…. The movie is like candy; it’s so well made. The Coen brothers are so cool.”
Cromwell recalled »
- Dave McNary
You can add NYC band Ghost Beach to the ever-growing, unending, awe-inspiring, massively daunting list of bands we’re crazy excited to see this year at SXSW. Aptly self-identified as “tropical grit pop,” this New York based duo is making big waves heading into this year’s all encompassing music and media festival for their upcoming album. Last spring they made waves as well for their habit of giving away their tunes for free, which earned them a feature in The New York Times. Boasting a debut album full of pop heavy tunes with synths galore and fair amount of epic guitar solos, the group’s atmospheric punk vibe lends easy comparisons to Depeche Mode or The Police. And with the momentum they’ve built up so far, it’s a safe bet that they may eventually become as well regarded as the previously mentioned pantheons of 80s pop awesomeness. »
- Arshan Sadri
Out of the Furnace hits on Blu-Ray March 11th, and I’ve got a copy available for you to win. With all the hype surrounding awards season, and Christian Bale’s other film, American Hustle, his earlier release hasn’t received a lot of attention recently. Because it hits so close to the Academy Awards show, I wanted to make sure it doesn’t slip by unnoticed.
We didn’t give it the best rating when we reviewed this one on the podcast, but it has a lot that makes it worth watching. Mainly, Bale’s acting, but the rest of the cast does a solid job as well. You may already know that I’m a big fan of Bale’s, and this is a film that really offers up good reason to be. Even in a film that didn’t blow me away, he is still impressive to watch. »
- Marc Eastman
I received a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I am not a particularly fast reader, but with this device my reading speed has dramatically increased and one thing I do every day is check the Kindle Daily Deals at Amazon as they frequently offer something worth picking up for only $1.99. Well, today the list is rather long as they have 34 books that eventually inspired award-winning movies on sale. No, this doesn't mean Oscar winning as you'll notice the book that helped inspire Ron Howard's Rush is included here and the Academy couldn't even see fit to offer it a Sound nomination. However, we all saw Daniel Bruhl take home a few awards already so it definitely counts. Books that inspired this year's Oscar crop are limited to the books behind Philomena and The Invisible Woman, but there is a lot more to take away beyond that. »
- Brad Brevet
Make up your mind please Johnny! Back in May 2013 it was announced Depp was no longer attached to Black Mass due to, what else, money but it looks like new backers Warner Brothers have coughed up the dough because the actor is back onboard to play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the Scott Cooper directed crime drama.
Bulger was captured in 2011 after 16 years on the run and 10 atop the FBI’s most wanted list. Joel Edgerton will co-star as childhood friend John Connolly who, as a high-ranking FBI agent, gave Bulger inside information to help him remain the king of the Boston crime scene. Bulger’s story is no stranger to the big screen as both The Departed and The Town are believed to be based on the career criminal.
- Victoria Bull
Over the years the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand has passed through the hands of directors Ben Affleck (Argo) and Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). For one reason or another things didn't work out with them. Now Warner Bros. is in talks with a director by the name of Josh Boone, who directed a great little film called Stuck in Love that I recently watched on Netflix. The Stand would be a very different project for the director, but if he thinks he has a good vision for the story, then I'm excited to see it.
According to The Wrap, the studio plans to adapt the epic novel of good versus evil into one R-rated film. I don't know how they plan to tell this story in one movie, but it will be interesting to see them try. I think it needs to be a full on trilogy, »
- Joey Paur
Warner Bros.' adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand is set to break records for most number of directors attached before ever getting off the ground, and yet another one has just been tapped to helm the long-gestating project. Read on!
Variety reports that Josh Boone is in early talks to direct the film, which previously had Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) signed on to sit in the director's chair. Boone recently directed The Fault in Our Stars for Fox, which comes out this June.
Warner Bros. and CBS Films set up The Stand in 2011 with Mosaic and Roy Lee attached to develop and produce. CBS has the option to participate on the financing, and Warner will handle worldwide marketing and distribution.
The Stand is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable ones »
- John Squires
Last August we heard that Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper had taken over a new adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand after Ben Affleck had to step away due to his next directorial project Live by Night and his new job as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. However, it appears Cooper didn't stick with the project either as The Wrap has learned Warner Bros. and CBS Films have zeroed in on Josh Boone, director of the forthcoming The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley, to take over the project. He will also adapt the book himself into a single, R-rated film that will be "faithful to the book." Cooper left the project back in November over creative differences, which is understandable since The Stand isn't all that easy to adapt. For those who don't know, the story is set in a »
- Ethan Anderton
News Simon Brew 26 Feb 2014 - 06:51
A project that's been gestating for a good while now is a fresh screen take on Stephen King's The Stand. Warner Bros is looking to bring a movie take on the book to cinemas, and previously Scott Cooper- of Crazy Heart fame - had been attached to direct. He dropped out last autumn, however. Previously, the likes of David Yates (Harry Potter) and Ben Affleck had been linked.
Stepping into the director's role now? It looks as if long-time Stephen King fan Josh Boone, director of The Fault On Our Stars, is set to take The Stand on. Furthermore, plans to split the story over several films appear to have been shelved, with the current idea to be a single movie, albeit one that will »
Following the departure of briefly-attached helmer Scott Cooper ( Crazy Heart ) last fall , TheWrap is reporting that The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone is in talks to take on Warner Bros.' big screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand . Previously adapted as a television miniseries in 1994, "The Stand" tells the story of a full-scale apocalypse, driven by the accidental release of a biological weapon and the ensuing struggle of good versus evil carried out by the world's final survivors. Although previous plans called for a multi-film adaptation of the property, the outlet's source claims that the plan is now to adapt the book as a single film that will not shy away from an R rating. Boone is said to be a longtime fan of King and even gave the »
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
On March 2nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best in film in 2013. Among those being honored are the lead actors who gave some of the best performances this year. In honor of this achievement, Indiewire decided to compile a list of films streaming online featuring lead actors who have won Oscars for their performances. Watch the following 22 performances in movies that are streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, SnagFilms, Amazon Prime and Hitbliss. "The Artist" (2011) - Jean Dujardin "The King's Speech" (2010) - Colin Firth "Crazy Heart" (2009) - Jeff Bridges "Milk" (2008) - Sean Penn "There Will Be Blood" (2007) - Daniel Day-Lewis "Mystic River" (2003) - Sean Penn "The Pianist" (2002) - Adrien Brody "Training Day" (2001) - Denzel Washington "Gladiator" (2000) - Russell Crowe "American Beauty" (1999) - Kevin Spacey Read More: Watch 18 Best Foreign Language Oscar Winners Online "Life Is Beautiful" (1997) - Robert Benigni "The Silence Of The Lambs" »
- Eric Eidelstein
The new episode of The Capones sees Uncle Lou trying to revive his singing career, which culminates in a public performance at the Green Mill Lounge, an Uptown Chicago bar that was frequented by Al Capone. While Uncle Lou is no stranger to dangerous professions, we started to think of movies that revealed the pitfalls of a professional music career. We should warn, however, that you just might learn something from our list of cautionary tale movies about singers.
Family, Food, and... Singing?
Returning with new episodes in March
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- Ryan Gowland
Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her Broadway debut next October in a revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” The Roundabout Theatre Company said Tuesday. The Oscar-nominated actress will perform opposite Ewan McGregor, who is also appearing for the first time on the Great White Way. Gyllenhaal will play Annie, who becomes embroiled in an affair with Henry (McGregor), threatening both their marriages. Best known for her work in “Crazy Heart” and “The Dark Knight” and her genetic link to “Brokeback Mountain” star Jake Gyllenhaal, she will next be seen on the small screen in the BBC/Sundance original series “The Honorable Woman. »
- Brent Lang
First he was on board. Then there was a deal disagreement and for a while there, it appeared that Johnny Depp wouldn’t end up playing notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. Now, thanks to some fresh overtures and the presence of Crazy Heart’s Scott Cooper in the director’s chair, Depp has signed on to star as Bulger in Black Mass, with the producers talking to Tom Hardy about playing corrupt FBI agent and long-time Bulger friend John Connolly.This one was first floated back in early 2013, with Barry Levinson directing and Depp in discussions to play Bulger from a script by Mark Mallouk. That in turn was adapted from Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill’s book, subtitled The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI and The Irish Mob. The film will track Bulger’s life, masterminding a violent gang in Boston while also reportedly »
One of the most recent troubled productions in Hollywood, it looks like Black Mass is finally going into production this summer.
Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) had long been rumoured to be involved in the film, with Barry Levinson (Rain Man) set to direct and Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) set to co-star. But after years of production issues, which saw both Levinson and Edgerton leave the project, it looks like finally the film will roll under the direction of Scott Cooper, acclaimed director of Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, which is in cinemas now.
Depp is confirmed for the film to star as Whitey Bulger, one the FBI's most-wanted men and leader of The Winter Hill Gang, who was involved in racketeering and murder. In a strange turn of events, Bulger was also an FBI informant. But after being told by his childhood friend turned FBI agent John Connelly, »
- Gary Collinson
• Tom Hardy (Inception) is in early talks to join Johnny Depp (who is now officially signed on again) in the Whitey Bulger pic Black Mass. Hardy would play FBI Agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger’s who gets in trouble when he reveals inside information to Bulger about an impending indictment. Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) recently agreed to direct the film. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Just last month we learned Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper was in talks to take over Universal's gangster film Black Mass, the story of Boston crime kingpin Whitey Bulger. Previously, Johnny Depp and director Barry Levinson were going to bring the project to the big screen, but they both fell away from the project. But when Cooper got involved with the film, Depp circled back to the project and Deadline has confirmed that he's closed a deal to lead the film. But this time, instead of Joel Edgerton taking the pivotal supporting role of John Connolly, the FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger, a different name has emerged. Read on! Right now Tom Hardy is in early talks to play the FBI agent who now sits in prison for tipping Bulger that he was about to be indicted, helping him elude the law for »
- Ethan Anderton
Looks like I was one year too early when I added Black Mass to my list of Most Anticipated Movies of 2014. At the time I posted that the project was to be directed by Barry Levinson with Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp on again and off again. Well, the project recently landed in the hands of Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) and at the time Depp was said to be back, starring as James "Whitey" Bulger in the film based on the Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill book, "Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal". Depp is now confirmed to star as Bulger with Tom Hardy reportedly circling the role of Bulger's childhood friend John Connolly. The story would follow the lives of the two men as Connolly becomes a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey becomes godfather of the Irish Mob. »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Johnny Depp has made his deal to star in Black Mass, the drama Scott Cooper will direct about the Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger, for Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media. Now, they are in early talks with Tom Hardy to play John Connolly, the FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger, who is in prison for tipping Bulger that he was about to be indicted. That led Bulger to go from ruthless Boston crime kingpin to the top of the FBI’s most wanted list. Domestic distribution hasn’t yet been decided and there are some territories that Exclusive is selling at Berlin, a task made easier by these casting developments. Production will begin in May. Depp was originally expected to play Bulger when Barry Levinson was attached to direct, but the deal fell through over money even though the deal was near $20 million. Deadline revealed last month »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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