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Franco, who is a big fan of the programme, offered up his talents and nominated himself for an art consultant position during an appearance on the show on Tuesday.
He says, "You rule. I want to work with you."
The funnyman liked the idea and pronounced him hired.
The busy actor is currently a regular member of daytime soap General Hospital and he's also making a documentary about acting. »
In clips posted on his Twitter.com page, the pair can be heard chatting about Vietnamese food and Deyn's modelling jobs as they cruise the streets of Los Angeles. Franco sits in the passenger seat while the catwalk queen drives. »
James Franco, who recently received an Oscar nomination for his career-changing performance in 127 Hours, is in talks to star in Oz: The Great and Powerful. Robert Downey Jr was once attached to the title role in Sam Raimi's Wizard of Oz prequel, and then Johnny Depp entered talks to replace him. It seemed like Depp was almost a lock, but he ultimately passed on the movie last night (he'll be busy on Tim Burton's Dark Shadows pretty soon anyway). Now Heat Vision are reporting that Franco is the latest contender for the role, having entered...
- Matt Maytum
The big buzz this morning has been over the startling omission of Christopher Nolan in the best director category from today's Oscar nominations announcement, but there's a bigger story that needs to be immediately addressed: the amazing turnaround of "127 Hours." Just six weeks ago, if you were to ask any competing consultant or Oscar pundit if "127 Hours" still had a chance to receive a best picture nomination you would have received a stern "No." Even after amazing reviews from its debut at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, "127" had not becoming the box office phenomenon many expected. Moreover, »
25 January 2011 6:42 AM, PST | IMDb News
The nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations were announced this morning by Academy President Tom Sherak and last year's Best Supporting Actress winner, Mo'Nique. The King's Speech earned 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director to Tom Hooper, and acting nods to Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush. True Grit also earned 10 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director to Joel and Ethan Coen, Best Actor for Jeff Bridges, and Best Supporting Actress for 14-year old Hailee Steinfield. Inception received eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, but director Chris Nolan was once again snubbed from the Best Directing category. The Social Network also received eight nominations including Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture, but only Jesse Eisenberg was recognized in the acting category.
Here's the nominees. For a full list, visit our Road to the Oscars section.
Best Supporting Actress
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Best Supporting Actor
Best Animated Film
Best Foreign Language Film
Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Algeria)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Best Original Screenplay
Mike Leigh, Another Year
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Art Direction
Happy Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1
Best Costume Design
- Michelle Bryant
Following is the full list of nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards, to be held Feb. 27. Best motion picture of the year "Black Swan"(Fox Searchlight) "The Fighter"(Paramount) "Inception"(Warner Bros.) "The Kids Are All Right"(Focus Features) "The King’s Speech"(The Weinstein Company) "127 Hours"(Fox Searchlight) "The Social Network"(Sony Pictures Releasing) "Toy Story 3"(Walt Disney) "True Grit"(Paramount) "Winter’s Bone"(Roadside Attractions) Achievement in directing "Black Swan"(Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky "The Fighter"(Paramount), David O. Russell "The King’s Speech"(The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper "The Social Network"(Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher »
The nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning. Here’s the complete list of nominees.
Best Supporting Actor
- NextMovie Staff
"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix. Here's a list of the nominees in all the major categories, full list of all nominees coming shortly.....More To Come Best Picture "127 Hours" "Black Swan" "The Fighter" "Inception" "The Kids Are All Right" "The King's Speech" "The Social Network" "Toy Story 3" "True Grit" "Winter's Bone" Best Director Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan" David Fincher, "The Social Network" Tom… »
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have announced their nominations for the 2011 BAFTA Awards (the British equivalent of the Oscars). There’s no real big surprises on the list. The Social Network has been dominating awards circles in North America but The King’s Speech is leading the BAFTAs with 14 nominations, including Best Picture and Outstanding British Film. Black Swan (voted best film here at Sound On Sight) has 12 nominations, True Grit 8 nominations, and Inception 9 nominations. Personally I think the most interesting category is the “Outstanding Debut By a British writer, director, or producer”, which includes the likes of Gareth Edwards (Monsters), Chris Morris (Four Lions), and Banksy (Exit Through the Gift Shop). I can’t wait to see who wins, and I’d be happy with either of these three talented filmmakers.
Hit the jump for a full list of the nominations. Winners will be announced on February 13th. »
Home-court advantage turned out to be just the ticket for "The King's Speech," which as expected dominated the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards. Tom Hooper's drama scored 14 BAFTA nominations, two more than "Black Swan," five more than "Inception" and eight more than Golden Globes and Critics Choice Movie Award winner "The Social Network." David Fincher's film about the founding of Facebook, which had dominated the awards picture in the United States, also trailed "127 Hours" and "True Grit," both of which had eight nominations to its six. In the »
Today begins the flurry of guild award nominations that can give you a good idea of which films are going to do well with the Academy. (As opposed to the Golden Globes or critics groups, many people who vote for guild prizes also vote for the Oscars.) The Art Directors Guild has announced its 15 nominees, including all the expected visual feasts (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Inception) and overall awards contenders (The Social Network, The King’s Speech, True Grit). Here are their lists:
Fantasy Film »
- Dave Karger
The 127 Hours star, who will co-host the Oscars in February, was desperate to turn Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian into a movie - but Scott Rudin, the producer behind the project, was unsure about hiring the actor as his director.
So Franco turned to his pals and family and asked them to star in a test sequence he financed - in the hope it would prove he had what it took to become a filmmaker.
The movie star tells EW.com, "I called him (Rudin) up and said, 'I’m planning on doing this. You don’t have to give me any money, I can finance this shoot. Would you just wait? Don’t do anything with it until I show this to you.’ And I showed it to him and he loved it."
As a result, Franco got the job - and now his career as a director is on track; he is in talks to take charge of a new biopic of movie icon Sal Mineo and he has begun discussions with writer William Faulkner’s estate executors and is working on convincing them to grant him permission to turn the classic As I Lay Dying, about a family's attempt to honour a loved one's wishes to be buried in a specific town, into a movie.
The actor has already lined up financial backing for the project, should he win over Faulkner's estate - Fox Searchlight executives have signed on to develop the work, which Franco hopes to start production on in early 2012. »
Ballet drama Black Swan is set to face off against sci-fi thriller Inception and sporting drama The Fighter at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards after earning nominations in the top feature film category.
Meanwhile, writer Aaron Sorkin earned a nomination for best adapted screenplay thanks to his work on Facebook.com-inspired film The Social Network. True Grit, 127 Hours, I Love You Phillip Morris and The Town will also compete in the category.
The shortlists for the feature and documentary film categories were announced by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) on 4 January.
The nominations do not necessarily point to Oscar nods as the WGA only recognises productions that are guild signatories or have been shot under agreements with an affiliated international guild.
The winners of the 2011 Writers Guild Awards will be unveiled at dual ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on 5 February. »
Unlike the Producers and Directors Guild awards, the Writers Guild nominees never match up too closely with the Academy Awards since several top Oscar contenders usually aren’t eligible for the WGA prize. (Entries must be filmed under guild jurisdictions to qualify.) That’s why we don’t see The King’s Speech, Another Year, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, or Toy Story 3 in the just-announced WGA lists. So which screenplays took advantage of the extra spaces? Clearly, it’s Please Give and I Love You Phillip Morris, two films that haven’t made much of an impression in »
- Dave Karger
Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2010. Winners will be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
- MIKE FLEMING
The Producer's Guild of America announced their theatrical motion picture and television nominees for the 2011 PGA Awards this morning and there were hardly any surprises. The Producer's Guild nods are seen as the closest bellwether for the best picture Oscar and have expanded to 10 nominees to keep that alleged distinction alive. The theatrical motion picture nominees are: "127 Hours" Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson "Black Swan" Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver "Inception" Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas "The Fighter" Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg "The Kids Are All Right" Producers: »
The Producers Guild top ten could very well be the Oscar list. They include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Inception, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, The Social Network, The Town, Toy Story 3 and True Grit. The Town is the biggest surprise; left out are indie hopefuls The Ghost Writer, Winter's Bone, Another Year, The Way Back and Blue Valentine as well as Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island. On the documentary side, expected entrants (in a list of six) include Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Inside Job, The Tillman Story and Waiting for Superman while surprise noms not on the Oscar short list are Earth Made of Glass and Smash His Camera. Left off entirely are outsider Banksy's »
17 items from 2011
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