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Warning to all of Hollywood: working with Tom Hiddleston means becoming the latest addition to his library of impressions, or so The Hollywood Reporter was told by Tilda Swinton at a special screening of Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive on Wednesday night at New York City's Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Video: Live From Cannes: Tilda Swinton on 'Only Lovers Left Alive' "We just sort of chewed it and had a great time," said Swinton of playing a vampire opposite Hiddleston, who can accurately imitate Owen Wilson (after Midnight in Paris), Chris Hemsworth (Thor and Avengers) and even Joey from War Horse, among others. "We were
- Ashley Lee
Madrid — Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko will star in conflict-zone drama “A Perfect Day,” the English-language debut of Fernando Leon de Aranoa, one of Spain’s most reputable and popular auteurs.
The Spanish producer of Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight in Paris” and Isabel Coixet’s “The Secret Life of Words,” which toplined Tim Robbins, Mediapro will team with Reposado Producciones, Leon de Aranoa’s label, to produce “Day.” It marks their fourth feature co-production. Jaume Roures and Leon de Aranoa produce; Javier Mendez and Patricia de Muns exec-produce.
Rolling for 10 weeks in and around Granada, southern Spain, from March 17, “A Perfect Day” is a drama laced with large humor and tension, both of which come with the territory, »
- John Hopewell
Paris– “Zombillenium,” “Song of the Sea,” “The Ghosts of Pere Lachaise” and “Yellowbird” were among the highlights presented at Cartoon Movie’s animation co-production forum.
Based on Arthur de Pins’ eponymous comicbooks, “Zombillenium” (in development) is a CGI 3D feature turning on a little girl, Lucy, adopted by monsters tired of working in an amusement terror park. De Pins will direct, Henri Magalon’s Maybe Movies is producing with two other French shingles: 2 Minutes and Dupuis Edition & Audiovisuel. Toon has two assets: on top of having a strong concept, it taps into the current zombie-mania trend and is based on a popular franchise. Gebeka Films will release in France.
Repped by WestEnd, “Song of the Sea” (in production) is Tomm Moore’s follow up to Oscar-nominated “Brendan And The Secret of Kells.” Like “Kells,” “Sea” is hand-drawn, boasts bright colors and a rich, painterly visual style. It’s also based on Irish folklore. »
- Elsa Keslassy
The film version of A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway’s memoir about his time as a young writer in Paris in the 1920s, is edging closer toward production.
“I have waited years and years for that to be set up. Mariel Hemingway has set that up for me and I am enjoying it enormously,” Hirst commented of the project.
“It is just the greatest love story ever written - the most painful love story »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
When Adrien Brody became the youngest winner of the best actor Oscar in 2003 for his role in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, he was the toast of the film world. With a cameo role in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, he talks about how the accolade has shaped his career
The night after Adrien Brody won the Oscar for best actor in March 2003, he went to a restaurant and the entire room stood up and applauded. Eleven years later, he makes a far more low-key entrance at the fancy Bondi Beach restaurant Icebergs – no PR, no entourage, wearing flip-flops, and slightly miffed that I dropped his name in order to get a table. "I would never have done that," he frowns.
- Alex Needham
The French model and actress began her acting career in French cinema, nominated for the 'César Award' for Most Promising Actress for her performance in "The Beautiful Person" (2008).
Seydoux was again nominated for the César Award for Best Actress for her role in "Farewell, My Queen" (2012) and in 2013 she shared the Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the film "Blue Is the Warmest Color".
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- Michael Stevens
- Adam Chitwood
With Non-Stop, Liam Neeson continues his “Old-Grizzled Man Against the World” phase—a neo-Charles Bronson personality that isn’t afraid to kick ass and take names. Largely typecast for weighty biopics early on in his career with a slight Phantom Menace stopover dotted right in the middle, it is most obviously the out-of-nowhere 2008 megahit Taken that has largely defined the timbre of his recent output (save for a few outliers like the ridiculously good Lego Movie). Who could have thought Oskar Schindler could be such a badass?
All kidding aside, Neeson has managed to whittle his usually slender Irish visage and dulcet brogue into a brawny sexagenarian persona battered by body and mind alike through thrillers like The Grey or Unknown (also directed by Non-Stop helmer Jaume Collet-Serra) quite nicely. It’s a mixture of Neeson’s preternatural ability to both make you sympathize with him via his acting »
- Sean Hutchinson
It’s a locked-plane mystery! The text is coming from inside the plane! Well, actually… maybe it isn’t? There’s a delicious cleverness to this very silly but very entertaining flick. I’m “biast” (pro): the trailer looked like fun
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If you have some ghosts that need to be exorcised — metaphorically speaking, that is, such as, say, the cultural ghosts of 9/11 — and you want them to stay exorcised, you could do worse than to call on Liam Neeson. He has a very particular set of skills, you see, skills acquired over a very long career as an actor. He can be machinelike badass and lip-quiveringly flawed human at the same time. So he makes us moviegoers like him, and more importantly, he makes us trust him.
Trust that, for another instance, he will look for, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Liam Neeson has the kind of voice that commands authority. Even when he’s not threatening someone, everything he says sounds threatening. His intense delivery helps give his characters an added sense of credibility no matter how over-the-top they are. Take a look at his character in Non-Stop, for example. Throughout the movie, whenever he suspects someone of being a terrorist, he goes way overboard in his actions despite his lack of proof. As the movie’s plot developments continue to complicate matters, Neeson’s character constantly looks to be on the verge of a complete meltdown, yet he somehow manages to pull himself together and save the day. And, in a sense, he saves the movie as well.
In fact, Neeson’s character almost feels like a metaphor for the movie itself. Non-Stop is a movie that wants to keep its cards close to its chest, »
- Ken Guidry
Michael Sheen and Sarah Silverman confirmed their romance over the weekend, when they showed Pda while strolling around La. Rumors about the pair's new relationship first popped up earlier this month, when Sarah was spotted at the Masters of Sex star's 45th birthday party in Hollywood on Feb. 5. Sarah joined the A-list guest list, which included Kate Hudson and Michael's ex Kate Beckinsale, and reportedly helped Michael drive all his gifts home. Michael is no stranger to dating beautiful women; in addition to Kate, he has also had a relationship with Rachel McAdams, whom he met on the set of Midnight in Paris. Sarah herself is used to dating famous men, as she had six-year romance with Jimmy Kimmel that ended in 2008. She was most recently connected to comedian Kyle Dunnigan, but the pair parted ways in December 2013. View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! The Best Original Screenplay category is often something of a refuge from the Best Picture race -- a place where the Academy can show their appreciation for a smaller, hipper or more challenging contender that isn't likely to take the night's top prize. That's more or less the case this year, particularly with the otherwise formidable "Gravity" pointedly ignored here. As it is, four less imposing Best Picture nominees are in the running, with two in particular duking it out for the win, while the fifth is a category perennial (and the only former champ in the race) with no chance whatsoever of victory this time round. »
- Guy Lodge
With apologies to Dylan Farrow, who would attach sterner moral implications to this question than those I intend: what's your favourite Woody Allen movie of the 21st century? It's been a slightly painful question for a while now, usually drawing less-than-ringing endorsements along the lines of: "Midnight in Paris was harmless enough", or: "Vicky Cristina Barcelona, if you mute the voiceover bits." At last, however, there's an easy answer: Blue Jasmine (Warner, 12), imperfect as it is in fractious and interesting ways, is something genuinely remarkable.
Much of that comes down to Cate Blanchett's daring, last-nerve performance as the title character, a spoilt society wife experiencing the mother of all Xanax comedowns after her husband is jailed for tax fraud – a tragicomic turn of Gena Rowlands proportions that is all »
- Guy Lodge
New couple alert? Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen are dating, a source confirmed to Pepole on Wednesday. The duo was photographed along with other stars on Feb. 6, the night Sheen celebrated his 45th birthday at West Hollywood hotspot Craig's. Later, they were spotted together at Soho House nearby, E! reports. The comedienne, 43, most famously dated Jimmy Kimmel on and off for years, while the Masters of Sex actor most recently publicly dated Rachel McAdams. Sheen and McAdams parted ways about a year ago because Sheen wasn't ready to settle down with his former Midnight in Paris costar. Silverman and Sheen »
**Nothing about the personal life of Woody Allen will be discussed herein. This is a feature about his work and only that.**
Blue Jasmine has not only put Woody Allen back on the map, it’s given Cate Blanchett a career defining role. But you know that because you’ve seen it… Oh you haven’t seen it? Then you may not know it also stars Louis Ck, one of the world’s greatest stand-up comedians. In fact, over the last decade, the diminutive director has released a film a year, from the terrific (Midnight In Paris) to the downright forgettable (Cassandra’S Dream… No, me either). In that time he’s worked with some people you might not expect. For instance…
- John Sharp
We have a name, folks. Nearly two weeks after Owen Wilson became a father again, the bundle of joy's moniker has been revealed. (Drum roll, please...) Finn Lindqvist Wilson! Swedish personal trainer Caroline Lindqvist gave birth to the bouncing baby boy on January 30 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to the little lad's birth certificate, which lists Wilson as the father. Finn is the second child for Wilson, who is already a dad to 3-year-old son Ford from a previous relationship. The Midnight in Paris star's rep confirmed the pregnancy news in early October. At the time, a source told E! News that Lindqvist was going through a divorce with »
Lacey Chabert plays runt of The Plastics litter and Toaster Strudel princess Gretchen Wieners.
The 31-year-old star, who famously played Claudia Salinger in cult series Party of Five from 1994 to 2000, has also appeared in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Matthew McConaughey and provided the voice of Family Guy's Meg Griffin before Mila Kunis took over.
Tim Meadows stars as democratic principal Mr Duvall, who attempts to restore calm when pages of the infamous Burn book rear their ugly heads.
Following the film's release, 53-year-old comedy writer and actor Meadows has starred in »
This is the Pure Movies review of Blue Jasmine, directed by Woody Allen and starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Sally Hawkins. Written by Garth Twa. In L.A., on a layover, I went to a morning screening of Midnight In Paris in Westwood. It was the new Woody Allen film. I felt like a dog who has developed learned helplessness, having dutifully made pilgrimages each year to each new Woody Allen, and year after year of tense hope, of thinking, ‘Just one more! One more good one!’ emerging from the cinema slightly devastated. This new one worried me a bit. The title, mainly. But I still hadn’t given up. As I did annually, I caught my breath when the familiar, exquisite white Windsor font on black background came up on the title cards accompanied by an old jazz recording. It was still before noon when the film ended. »
- Dr. Garth Twa
Sony Pictures Classics has released a statement following on the heels of new sex abuse claims made against Woody Allen by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Allen and Mia Farrow, wrote a first-person account published in the New York Times on Saturday that detailed her allegations against the Blue Jasmine writer-director. Story: Dylan Farrow Pens Open Letter, Writing That Woody Allen 'Sexually Assaulted Me' at Age 7 Spc, which is Allen's longtime U.S. distributor and has released his last several movies including the Oscar best picture nominee Midnight in Paris and
- Kimberly Nordyke
"American Hustle" and "Her" are out front to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, according to the racetrack odds set by our Experts' predictions. But, beware: any one of the three remaining nominees are within striking distance of potential upset. That's because all five contenders are also up for Best Picture, which is usually key to winning here. Over the past 10 years this category has been claimed by a Best Picture nominee nine times. The one exception: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" shot down "The Aviator" in 2004. "American Hustle" may seem to have the edge because it, unlike "Her," has a serious chance to win Best Picture, but voters sometimes laugh off comedies. However, that didn't hurt past champs like "Midnight in Paris" and "Juno." All of those winners – plus "Eternal Sunshine" – have something in common with "Her" »
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