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Has any hit ever been more sure-fire than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2? The eighth Harry Potter film opened just under a decade after the first one — a decade that saw Potter fandom sweep across the globe. The franchise’s rapid release schedule — with a new film hitting theaters every 18 months on average — meant that a whole generation of moviegoers literally grew up with Harry Potter, watching the stars age from humble prepubescent beginnings into grown-up megastars. The fact that J.K. Rowling released the three final books during the same period occasionally made it feel like all »
- Darren Franich
Shooting starts in Morocco today on the comedic drama A Hologram for the King, which is being directed by Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas, Perfume), who also adapted the script from the eponymous novel by Dave Eggers. The independently-financed production stars multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks alongside a remarkable cast including: Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway ("Enough Said"), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Skerritt (Ted, Top Gun).
A Hologram for the King is being produced by Uwe Schott (Cloud Atlas, Me and Kaminski) and Stefan Arndt (Cloud Atlas, Amour) of X Filme Creative Pool; Arcadiy Golubovich and Tim O'Hair of Primeridian; and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Larry Crowne, Mamma Mia!) of Playtone; in Association with Silver Reel Entertainment, and Fábrica de Cine. Dave Eggers, Steve Shareshian of Playtone, Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel, Gaston Pavlovich of Fabrica de Cine, and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel »
Justin Chang: Scott, I know it will come as little surprise to you that when Peter Debruge and I sat down to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for best supporting actor and supporting actress, we spent almost as much time talking about the performances that should have been nominated as we did talking about the ones that actually were. This is hardly a new ax for any critic to grind, but it bears repeating: Those who vote on the Academy Awards are largely in the business of making movies — not seeing them, thinking about them and writing about them week in and week out. No wonder this organization’s choices often strike us as so pedestrian and provincial, less engaged by the boundary-expanding possibilities of cinema than beholden to the power of hometown hype.
See Also: Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor »
- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
Usually with (mostly) beloved actresses, I feel confident nominating them to be gay icons. Emma Thompson? Done. Jamie Lee Curtis? Yes. Julie Bowen, Kristen Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Whoopi Goldberg, and Amy Poehler? I didn’t flinch at all during that sentence.
But for some reason Julia Roberts, a mega-star even among the aforementioned names, is a question mark in this area. She’s certainly had enough fabulous roles to be considered fabulous, but I personally can’t name many gay friends who leap at the news of her next movie. Her megastar contemporary Sandra Bullock, however, completely fits this bill, and I’m not entirely sure why. Does Julia secretly qualify? I’ll give her the Kate Middleton treatment and weigh the pros and cons.
1. She won a justly deserved Best Actress Oscar for a comic performance.
- Louis Virtel
4 items from 2014
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