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British actor Andrew Garfield has risen to fame thanks largely to swinging on webs in The Amazing Spider-man (and also for squaring off with Justin Timberlake in The Social Network) and the star recently sat down with Yahoo UK to discuss the next chapter in the webhead's cinematic adventures, once again helmed by director Marc Webb. Garfield discusses crying during the first pitch for the film, the pitfalls of the first film, the direction of the sequel, and how the fourth film was »
- Paul Shirey
I loved "Her" when I saw it a couple of months ago at the New York Film Festival, but wasn't sure how it would go over, even with critics. After all, I had been similarly enthusiastic about Spike Jonze's last film, "Where the Wild Things Are," which got solid reviews and did okay at the box office, but received just a smattering of support during awards season. "Her" has already outperformed that film, winning Best Picture from the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Where did that come from? Sure, "Her" is not entirely out of character for the National Board of Review, which has made edgy choices in recent years like "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012), "The Social Network" (2010), and "No Country for Old Men" (2007). However, the Nbr is notable for picking films that end up on Oscar's list of Best Picture nominees. Indeed, Nbr's »
Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire »
- Andre Soares
As the critics' lists keep rolling in, the consensus this year is that there's no real consensus. Unlike 2010 where "The Social Network" seemed unstoppable and 2012 when "Zero Dark Thirty" looked like the one to beat, in 2013, at least among critics, it seems to be anyone's game. And again, while critics and Academy voter tastes tend to differ, if there is anything to be gleaned from the wide variety of winners, it's that no one can claim frontrunner status at this point. And so, while Boston and Washington, D.C. critics gave "12 Years A Slave" the distinction of Best Film, in L.A. they had to award a tie between "Gravity" and "Her." In the other categories, some more uniformity is beginning to emerge, but again, nothing decisive. In short, with just over a month to go until the Oscar nominations, the campaigning is going to continue to be fierce, as »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The cast of David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” will be honored with the ensemble performance award at the Palm Springs Film Festival. The honor will be given at the January 4 gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
“American Hustle grabs you from the start and is populated by a group of eminently believable characters as brought to life by this brilliant cast,”said festival chairman Harold Matzner.
Previous ensembles honored with the award include “Argo,” “Babel” and “The Social Network.”
The festival runs January 3-13.
- Pat Saperstein
Analysis: The appointment of Michael De Luca to share production president duties with Hannah Minghella at Sony Pictures has taken the town by surprise. Insiders on the lot see an improved structure that could position the studio to up the level of quality as it follow through on its mandate to take big swings for global hits. The way the new structure will work is, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Amy Pascal and Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad will focus on the studio as a whole, including administrative endeavors, and Minghella and De Luca will concentrate on building the film slates. Related: Sony Taps Michael De Luca As Columbia Production President Many in town have expressed surprise that De Luca would make such a move at this moment, and not just because he’s most identified with smart and edgy filmmaker-driven films and not the tentpoles that increasingly account for studio slates. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Hello Anastasia Steele! The actress gave us a glimpse of her geeky school girl costume, and she was all legs in the ensemble! Is she convincing in the role? Vote.
Dakota Johnson, known for her small parts in hit films The Social Network and 21 Jump Street, was recently chosen to play Anastasia Steele in the highly anticipated movie adaption of the massively popular Fifty Shades of Grey book series — and she’s already in character as she rocked a very leggy look on set in Vancouver on Dec. 5! Although she looked dressed down, it did remind us of Anastasia in the early days of the book. Do you agree?
Dakota definitely looked like a schoolgirl, UGGs and all! The 24-year-old actress sported a pair of signature brown UGGs and an emerald mini skirt that showed off a generous amount of leg. »
- HL Intern
The cast of American Hustle will stop into Palm Springs to collect the 25th anniversary edition’s Ensemble Performance Award on January 4 2014.
“David O Russell has created a viscerally powerful film,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “American Hustle grabs you from the start and is populated by a group of eminently believable characters as brought to life by this brilliant cast.”
Past recipients of the Ensemble Performance Award include last year’s best picture Oscar winner Argo as well as previous best picture nominees Babel and The Social Network.
The festival is set to run from January 3-13 2014. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Michael De Luca is a gifted Hollywood producer who has been charged with delivering some of Sony's recent best movies, from Best Picture nominees "Moneyball" and "The Social Network" to this year's contender "Captain Phillips." (Our interview with him here.) He often works with other top producers, including Dana Brunetti and Scott Rudin. But clearly Sony's motion picture chief Amy Pascal trusts him. Under pressure on many fronts to up Sony's game after a troubled year, Pascal already brought in ex-Fox chief Tom Rothman to reinvigorate Sony's TriStar label. And now Sony is following up installing a new marketing chief by changing the guard in production as well. Veteran Michael De Luca, 48, is joining Hannah Minghella, 34, as president of production at Sony's Columbia Pictures label. Minghella, the daughter of the late British filmmaker Anthony Minghella, is the Sony creative executive who has been supervising the "21 Jump Street," "Salt," and "The Amazing Spider. »
- Anne Thompson
De Luca, who prior to Captain Phillips produced The Social Network, Moneyball, the Ghost Rider franchise and 21 for the studio, will partner with Hannah Minghella to oversee development and production.
De Luca will report to Columba Pictures president Doug Belgrad, who will continue to oversee Columbia’s slate of films and creative staff and expands his role to encompass duties across the Sony Pictures Entertainment motion picture group.
Prior to establishing Michael De Luca Productions, De Luca held the post of head of production at DreamWorks and before that served seven years as president and COO of New Line Productions.
“Mike has worked with us on several of our highest-quality and most »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Aiming to bolster its executive ranks, Sony Pictures Entertainment has named veteran producer Michael De Luca to the post of president of production at Columbia Pictures after nine years in a first-look deal with the studio.
The appointment marks a return to the executive suite for De Luca, who held top slots at New Line and DreamWorks before launching his producing career in 2004. As a producer, he’s delivered Sony’s most successful recent release in “Captain Phillips” along with “The Social Network,” “Moneyball,” the Ghost Rider franchise and “21.”
The move also comes at a time when the film studio has been through a rough year with several major flops. Two weeks ago, the studio announced it was trimming its »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Entertainment has tapped “The Social Network” producer Michael De Luca as president of production for Columbia Pictures, the studio said Friday. De Luca has a long-standing relationship with Columbia, where he has had a production and development deal since 2004. In his new role, he will partner with Hannah Minghella and will report to Doug Belgrad, President, Columbia Pictures. At Columbia, De Luca has fielded a number of critically acclaimed dramas such as “Captain Phillips” and “Moneyball,” as well as more commercially oriented entertainments such as the “Ghost Rider” franchise. De Luca should join the studio in his new capacity. »
- Brent Lang
So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voters (remember the year when "The Social Network" cleaned up in the all early awards?) so just take a breath. That said, it's nice to see the love. Spike Jonze's "Her" wound up taking Best Film and Best Director, which is a nice feat for quirky, heartwarming romance. Earning its first awards season win, "The Wolf Of Wall Street" nabbed a prize for screenwriter Terence Winter (Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio got a special honor). "Nebraska" nabbed trophies for Bruce Dern and Will Forte, "Fruitvale Station" made a strong showing with three wins, while "Inside Llewyn Davis »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The acclaimed and contemporary American remake of celebrated 1990 UK series House Of Cards has unveiled a teaser trailer and press release confirming that the show will return on the 14th February 2014. Following a hugely successful 13-episode run, released exclusively on the increasingly popular video-on-demand service with a pilot directed by the brilliant David Fincher, Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and the majority of the cast return for a second season. Expect more political scandal and cover-ups from the House of Representatives.
(Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available »
- Craig Hunter
[Press Release] (Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. From director David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”), award-winning playwright and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon (“Farragut North,” “The Ides of »
- Pietro Filipponi
The second season of the Netflix original series "House of Cards" premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, who both received Emmy nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. From director David Fincher ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , The Social Network ), award-winning playwright and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon ( Farragut North , The Ides of March ) and Academy Award winner Eric Roth ( Forrest Gump , Munich , The Insider ), this critically-acclaimed drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington »
Her is the slightly futuristic tale of Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who falls in love with an advanced operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Johansson won the Best Actress award at the recent Rome Film Festival and has generated a fair amount of Oscar and Screen Actors Guild buzz - a feat even more impressive considering she's never actually seen in the movie (which has led to the Golden Globes ruling her out of their own competition).
The latest trailer, which you can watch below, was released today. Obviously aware of its critical applause thus far, there are lots of 'Official Selection' banners and favourable quotes from reviews. Think of it as the 'For Your Consideration' promo. Enjoy....
If you're wondering, »
- Oliver Davis
Take another look at footage and spoiler images from a stunt scene involving actor Paul Giamatti ("The Pentagon Papers") as Marvel Comics' the 'Rhino' and Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") as 'Spider-Man' on the New York set of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2".
The new film is directed by Marc Webb.
"...for 'Peter Parker' (Garfield), life is busy...
"Between taking out the bad guys as 'Spider-Man' and spending time with the person he loves, 'Gwen' (Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough.
"Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away...
"But that’s a promise he just can’t keep.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek »
- Michael Stevens
Ora has had almost no acting experience other than a handful of TV roles and her fleeting appearance in Fast & Furious 6, and her casting will inevitably gain the media coverage the film seems to be yearning for.
Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson (The Social Network) as Anastasia Steele who becomes infatuated by billionaire Christian Grey. The cast also includes Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Eloise Mumford (The River), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Max Martini (Captain Phillips) and Victor Rasuk (How to Make It in America), and the film is due for release in February 2015. »
- Gary Collinson
The “awards” portion of this year’s awards season has officially begun. The New York Film Critics Circle is always the first critics group out of the gate, and today they named American Hustle the best film of the year. The move comes as a slight surprise given that Hustle only first screened a week ago and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity have been the Best Picture frontrunners for the past few months, but the awards race may be in for a twist. Steve McQueen was awarded Best Director for 12 Years a Slave, Robert Redford took Best Actor for All Is Lost, and Cate Blanchett began what’s sure to be an awards season sweep of Best Actress trophies. American Hustle picked up three awards in total, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Screenplay. The excellent Blue Is the Warmest Color was named Best Foreign Film, and »
- Adam Chitwood
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