19 items from 2014
On the night of June 9th 2007, a new television reality show called ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ went on air in the UK. On its first ever broadcast, a shy, unassuming man opened his mouth to sing the famous operatic aria ‘Nessun Dorma’, delivering a beautiful, stirring rendition that would change his life from that moment forward.
Swept up in the contagious emotion of Giacomo Puccini’s stunning aria, and the unlikely figure with crooked teeth and diluted confidence who had crooned it for them, the show’s three judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan – stared in awe at what they had just witnessed, while the audience of 2,000 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff erupted in a standing ovation.
Britain was instantly won over by Paul Potts, who was then working as a manager at the Port Talbot branch of The Carphone Warehouse, and followed him on his »
- Michelle McCue
Tom Rothman’s TriStar has pre-emptively acquired What Alice Forgot, the 2011 novel from bestselling author Lianne Moriarty, with Oscar-winning director David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, Hope Springs) set to helm. Story tracks a woman who wakes up after a head injury with no memory of the last 15 years. She discovers her once-happy life is gone – she’s now a divorced single mother who must decide whether to start over or fix her relationships. Whip It‘s Shauna Cross has been tapped to script the adaptation, which will be produced by Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, and Rosalie Swedlin. […] »
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske) has optioned the nonfiction book “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love,” being developed as an hour-long limited series, Ske and Anonymous announced Wednesday. “Sex and the City’s” Parker is attached to star as one of two leads.
David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Marley & Me,” “Hope Springs,” “Band of Brothers,” “Entourage”) is attached to direct the pilot and exec produce, and Don Ross (“Web Therapy,” “Marley & Me”) is set to write the pilot. The series is based on reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker’s book of the same name, released by Harper Collins in March.
The book follows Ruderman and Laker’s successful efforts to uncover a huge police corruption scandal in Philadelphia. »
- Alex Stedman
Although Steve Carell is more known for her doofy characters like Brick Tamland in "Anchorman," he's given some serious (and seriously underseen) performances in movies like "The Way Way Back," "Hope Springs," and "Dan in Real Life." Now it looks like he's getting seriously scary in the upcoming drama "Foxcatcher," which is premiering at Cannes.
Carell stars as John du Pont, an heir to the du Pont family fortune who was convicted of murdering Dave Schultz, a wrestler du Pont was ostensibly training for the '96 Olympics. Mark Ruffalo plays Dave Schultz, and Channing Tatum co-stars as his brother Mark. It's a strange story about obsession and mental illness, and although the movie's release date got pushed back a year, we're more enthusiastic than ever to see this intense drama.
It seems like people are always surprised when Carell is cast in something that's not a comedy, but this trailer »
- Jenni Miller
It's almost that time of year: August, when something aims for the heartstrings at the end of a blockbuster summer and just before the prestige movie season of the fall. We've seen films like "Eat, Pray, Love," "The Help," "Hope Springs" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" succeed in that frame in recent years, and this year, it will be "The Hundred-Foot Journey" looking to cash in. Whether it can translate that potential success into an awards trajectory a la "The Help" (the only one of those three to find Oscar traction) is anyone's guess. The film stars Helen Mirren as a French restaurant proprietress whose world is turned upside down when a displaced Indian family sets up shop across the street from her Michelin star experience. As you can see in the trailer at the top of this post, a culture clash ensues and all the tropes of such a »
- Kristopher Tapley
Clarius Entertainment and Castle Rock Entertainment have released a new trailer for Rob Reiner's upcoming romantic comedy "And So It Goes," co-starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Oren Little, played by Douglas, is a realtor who is just as selfish as he is successful. When Oren's estranged son shows up with a granddaughter he never knew he had and leaves her in his care, Oren learns to open up - to love and be loved. Keaton co-stars as Oren's next-door neighbor and eventual love interest, Leah. Douglas and Keaton appear to give vibrant performances in their respective roles, which isn't so much a subversion of senior stereotypes as it is a trend in more recent studio projects that star acting veterans. Similar titles include "Last Vegas," "Hope Springs," and Reiner's "The Bucket List." "And So It Goes" opens nationwide on July 11th. Watch the full trailer below: »
- Shipra Gupta
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, one of the starrier entries in the lineup: Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman." The director: Tommy Lee Jones (American, 67 years old). Well, you know -- it's Tommy Lee Jones. The Texas-born, Harvard-educated actor began his acting career on Broadway, and landed his first film role in the 1970 smash "Love Story" before beginning a five-year stint on the soap opera "One Life to Live." His big-screen breakthrough came in the 1980 Oscar winner "Coal Miner's Daughter"; he picked up an Emmy for one of several TV movies he made in the decade, and his first Oscar nod in 1992 for "JFK. »
- Guy Lodge
To mark the release of The family on 31st March, we’ve been given 3 sets of a goody bag and the Blu-ray to give away.
The Family stars a line up of Hollywood heavyweights including: Academy award® winner Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook, Meet The Fockers, Taxi) as tough and fiery family man Fred Blake; Academy award® winner Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln, No Country for Old Men, Hope Springs) as CIA Agent Robert Stansfield; Academy award® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer (Scarface, Dark Shadows, Stardust) as wife and firecracker Maggie Blake; Dianna Agron (Glee) as All-American Belle Blake; and John D’Leo (The Wrestler) as wise guy Warren Blake.
A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the Witness Protection Program after breaking the sacred code and snitching on the his crew. However, despite Agent Stansfield’s (Jones) best efforts to keep them in line, »
New Shameless season 4,episode 8 not airing tonight,delayed until next week. Hey, "Shameless" peeps. Unfortunately, we have to inform you guys that your favorite TV show will indeed be missing in action tonight due to a short break. So, the new episode 8 of season 4 labeled, "Hope Springs Paternal," will air next week, March 9th at 9pm, so go ahead and jot that down on your TV calendars. We're guessing this small break might be due to the big Oscar Awards tonight. No too many shows want to compete with the Oscars. Again, that's just a guess. Showtime did release a promo/spoiler clip (below) for episode 8, last week, in case you haven't checked it yet. In it, Fiona is seen, getting told that she definitely cannot leave her house, or she'll be in some deep shit. Ian is spotted, finally arriving back home. Fiona gets majorly pissed off at Robbie again, »
To mark the release of One Chance on 24th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
From the director of The Devil Wears Prada and The Weinstein Company comes One Chance starring BAFTA and Tony award winning comedy actor James Corden as Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts. Out on DVD this winter, this life-affirming, British film is about a shy, small town Welsh boy who, with a flip of the coin, changed his life forever. James is joined by an acclaimed cast of British and Irish comic actors including Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot), Colm Meaney (Get Him To The Greek), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Jemima Rooper (Kinky Boots). Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Hope Springs) and written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List), One Chance is produced by Mike Menchel, »
New Shameless season 4,episode 8 short teaser spoilers & title hit the net. Recently, Spoiler TV delivered up a couple of new,short spoiler teasers for the upcoming "Shameless" episode 8 of season 4. We also got a title for it, which is labeled, "Hope Springs Paternal." It turns out that Fiona is going to be very,very busy,clearing out her house of all the drug paraphernalia, so she doesn't get sent back to jail when her new probation officer stops by. Also, Ian is going to get kicked out of Mickey's house. Their spoiler reveal reads like this: "Episode 4.08 - Hope Springs Paternal : To prepare for a visit from her probation officer, Fiona must remove all paraphernalia from the house; Ian is kicked out of Mickey's house." Episode 8 is set to air on Sunday night,March 9th at 9pm on Showtime. In related news, we've also got some spoiler teasers for episode 9, labeled, »
New Shameless season 4,episode 7 short teaser spoilers & title hit the net. Recently, Showtime dropped a few, new,short spoiler teasers for their upcoming "Shameless" episode 7 of season 4. They also gave us a title for it, which is, " A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin," and it sounds very interesting as Lip is going to have to pick up the guardianship duties for jailbird Fiona. However, he is going to get some unexpected help. Showtime's official description reads like this: "Episode 4.07 - A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin: Guardianship duties fall upon Lip - who gets some unexpected assistance." Episode 7 is set to air on Sunday night,February 23rd at 9pm on Showtime. In related news, we've also got a short spoiler reveal for episode 8, titled, " Hope Springs Paternal." It reads like this:" To prepare for a visit from her probation officer, Fiona must remove all »
Before we proceed into another edition of Gay Icon Nominee, let’s assert something: Clearly Jennifer Lawrence, the 23-year-old three-time Oscar nominee, has achieved a level of “likability” not seen since, like, Grace Kelly. Or Mary Tyler Moore. Or at least Breakaway-era Kelly Clarkson. Whatever. No one is denying that Jennifer Lawrence is rightfully beloved for her talent and unassuming knack for a good soundbite. But achieving Gay Icon status often involves more than proving oneself likable, and it also may take a few years to achieve a true, lasting bond with gay fans. Though gay men tend to defend their favorites for years and years, they pick new favorites sparingly. Has Jennifer Lawrence done enough to enter the pantheon of modern-day gay icons? Let’s count up her greatest gay assets to date.
1. Natalie Portman won the Oscar, but she was the most glamorous Best Actress nominee in »
- Louis Virtel
Eight years later, Reiner’s “And So It Goes” is up for sale at Berlin. Produced by Foresight Unlimited in association with Reiner’s Castle Rock, it marks the first time Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton have appeared onscreen together.
Douglas portrays a self-centered real estate agent whose life is turned upside down when his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter, played by Sterling Jerins, whom he never knew. Keaton plays the neighbor of Douglas’ character. The cast is rounded out by Frankie Valli, Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen.
“We really thought about getting Jack (Nicholson) in the film but he really does not want to act any more,” Reiner said.
Reiner notes that recent films »
- Dave McNary
19 items from 2014
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