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And, well, they had a point.
Except for those awards that have special categories for comedy/musical performances, like the Golden Globes or MTV Movie Awards (which also has one for Best Fight), even the most popular, highest grossing comic actors can find their Wikipedia awards and nominations pages looking a little empty.
Over the last 10 years, for example, the best actor and actress Oscars have gone to actors in dramatic or, at a push, comic-dramatic roles every time – except for 2011, when Jean Dujardin managed to buck two trends at once with a winning performance in silent romantic-comedy The Artist. No words and comedy. Nice one Jean.
But you don’t have to wait around for a decade to get lucky. As John C. Reilly »
- Lottie Oram
Many people were upset and disappointed this year when Leonardo DiCaprio lost his fourth and fifth Oscar (Best Actor and Best Picture for The Wolf of Wall Street which he also produced) this year to Matthew McConaughey. While I would have loved for him to win, I knew that it wasn't going to happen. The Academy tends to pick winners that make one excellent movie, like Jean Dujardin for The Artist, Halle Berry for Monster's Ball, rather than actors constantly producing knockout performances in every film. Sure, there are exceptions like Daniel Day-Lewis and Cate Blanchett, but they are rare. "Why give the gold to someone who will continue to create a career of golden performances even if they lose?" That's the Academy's mantra. I think we all know deep down that eventually Leo's Oscar curse will break and until then we will continue to watch and root for him. »
- email@example.com (Kelly McInerney)
They called him the French Al Pacino, but the award-winning star of A Prophet is not to be typecast. Here Rahim talks about his latest role – in the tight emotional drama The Past – and there's a Christmas comedy in the pipeline
Back in 2005, studying in Montpellier, in south-eastern France, Tahar Rahim found himself the subject of a documentary named Tahar the Student. In one scene, we see him in his bedroom, with a poster on the wall for Al Pacino in Scarface; four years on, the young French actor would be widely compared to Pacino in that very film.
Rahim had only appeared in one feature, a bit part in a horror movie, before his explosive breakthrough in Jacques Audiard's 2009 thriller A Prophet. He played Malik, a gauche young petty criminal who rises through the ranks of prison society to become a ruthless gangster, and the performance – quiet but assured, »
- Jonathan Romney
The so-called "McConaissance" is complete now that Matthew McConaughey, shirtless hunk-turned-serious thespian, has won Best Actor for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club." He did it on his first nomination. While that may seem like an impressive feat, he's actually the 12th to do so in the last quarter-century. That means almost half of the last 25 Best Actor winners have taken home gold on their very first try. The last 11 were: 2011: Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") 2006: Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") 2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote") 2004: Jamie Foxx ("Ray") 2002: Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") 1998: Roberto Benigni ("Life is Beautiful") 1996: Geoffrey Rush ("Shine") 1995: Nicolas Cage ("Leaving Las Vegas") 1991: Anthony Hopkins ("The Silence of the Lambs »
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The movie mogul on why he loves the Brits, making films for his children and how giving up M&Ms made him a better person
How are you and what are you doing?
I'm in New York City, it's snowing, freezing cold and for some unfathomable reason, I'm about to walk down the street to my office. Other than that, I'm fabulous.
Your new film, Escape from Planet Earth, is the Weinstein Company's first animation, right?
The first one we've made from scratch, yeah. Funnily enough, it's about two brothers who squabble all the time. I wouldn't know anything about that, of course [Harvey runs the Weinstein Company with his brother Bob]. One of the brothers is a larger-than-life alien hero who gets sent to Area 51, where he's imprisoned, so the quieter brother has to go and rescue him. Every weekend, my four daughters insist I drive them to the movie theatre and watch the latest animated film. So »
- Michael Hogan
Though The Artist star Bérénice Bejo’s last film, the tense drama The Past, inexplicably failed to earn a much-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, the actress is still signing on to projects that have us very optimistic about her future on the awards circuit. Most recently, Bejo has agreed to topline an Italy-set psychological thriller called After The Storm, for The Giraffe’s Neck director Safy Nebbou.
The film, based on the novel Belle famille by Arthur Dreyfus, will find Bejo playing a young mother who, after the accidental death of her five-year old son, instinctively hides his body and covers up the death. As the media descends on her and the police launch a massive investigation into the child’s disappearance, the mother slips further into denial and mental instability.
After The Storm is certainly a significant step away from Bejo’s light and sunny performance »
- Isaac Feldberg
And now another edition of "Where My Girls At?" which occurs whenever Nathaniel is longing for actresses who have temporarily gone missing. I'm focusing this one on the beauties we won't even be seeing at the Oscars this year.
Did you see this photo Jessica Chastain posted to her Facebook account?
Somehow I hadn't clocked this new project but it's an 1980s NY set thriller (so that explains the look) about an immigrant (one presumes that's Isaac, who seems to symbolize any "foreign" element these days to Hollywood) trying to capitalize on business opportunities but beware of Violence! Decay! Corruption! I miss Jes, don't you? I know that's insane since I saw her live »
- NATHANIEL R
In rather shocking news, an Adam Sandler produced movie is also going to star Adam Sandler. And sit down for this one—he might eve work with some pals he's worked with before. The long developing "Pixels" is starting to boot up, with Sandler and regular co-star Kevin James signing up to star, along with Josh Gad (a newcomer to the Sandler clan). Jennifer Aniston is also being sought for a part, though it will depend on her scheduling. Based on Patrick Jean's celebrated short film, with a script by Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling, the "Ghostbusters"-esque project will center on "video game experts who are recruited by the government to help deal with the threat" of classic 1980s video game characters invading New York City. Get your quarters ready. [The Wrap] "The Artist" star Berenice Bejo will star with Laurent Lafitte, Gregory Gadebois and Sergio Castellitto in the psychological thriller “After The Storm. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A few years ago, The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin signed onto write a biopic of tech wizard Steve Jobs. Unlike the preposterous Ashton Kutcher vehicle, it will be split into three, 30 minute scenes. Until now, it was a mystery as to who would direct, however, David Fincher looks set to reunite with Sorkin by helming the project.
During an interview with The Daily Beast last year, Sorkin revealed that, “the entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time... There will be no time cuts. Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch—backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT (after he had left Apple), and the third one being the iPod.”
- Gary Collinson
After partnering with Warner Bros. on the French production “Les Reines Du Ring,” which was released theatrically in the country last summer, WWE Studios has acquired U.S. distribution and worldwide remake rights to the comedy.
Jean-Marc Rudnicki directed the film about a mother attempting to reconnect with her estranged son who is a passionate WWE fan. To grab her son’s attention, she embarks on a rigorous training program to become a WWE Diva and enlists her colleagues at a supermarket to join her journey to become the “Queens of the Ring.”
Fabrice Goldstein, Antoine Rein and Thomas Langmann (“The Artist”), produced the comedy, that starred Marilou Berry, Nathalie Baye, Andre Dussollier, Audrey Fleurot, and featured WWE stars Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Eve Torres.
- Marc Graser
Paris – Melanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”), Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) and Audrey Tautou (“The Da Vinci Code”) will star in “Eternity,” the next film by Venice Golden Lion winner Tran Anh Hung (“Cyclo”).
Pathe Intl. is handling international sales and will distribute in France.
Tran’s first feature in Frenc and which he also wrote, “Eternity” adapts for the bigscreen a novella by French writer Alice Ferney, “L’Elegance des veuves,” a story from the late 19th century to the end of the 20th century of three generations of women and their children, all born into a Catholic bourgeois family, as the women evolve from girls to mothers then widows, their husbands often killed by wars.
“Eternity” will shoot in France from summer. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Traditionally, last year’s winner of the opposite sex presents each acting category, meaning Best Supporting Actress winner Hathaway would present the award for Best Supporting Actor, and so on.
Last year at the 85th Academy Awards, 2012 winner for Best Supporting Actress, Octavia Spencer, gave out the award to Waltz, who won his second Oscar for his role in Django Unchained, Meryl Streep presented the award of Best Actor in a Leading Role to Daniel Day-Lewis, Christopher Plummer presented Hathaway with her award, star of The Artist, Jean Dujardin was also on hand to give out the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role to Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook.
However, which specific categories the actors would be presenting were not disclosed by the Academy. »
Millennium Entertainment released the hilariously horrifying Buck Wild for early digital download yesterday, February 18, before it heads to Blu-ray and DVD on March 18, 2014.
Buck Wild is a tongue-in-cheek adventure that turns the buddy comedy upside down while tearing zombies inside out! Craig Thompson's idyllic hunting trip with his two buddies and unstable cousin is wrecked after hearing that his fiancée and best man-to-be have been cavorting behind his back. To make matters worse, Craig's cousin appears to »
- Uncle Creepy
As jaunty as Jean Dujardin’s beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way. It could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s… I’m “biast” (pro): love Clooney as an actor and a filmmaker; love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I try to avoid hearing too much of other critics’ reactions to a film before I’ve seen it, but there was no avoiding the barrage of disappointment that came hurling over Twitter last week, as so many of my North American colleagues responded to The Monuments Men with a resounding “meh.” This was a disappointment to me, because I’d been so looking forward to this movie.
Well, now that I’ve seen it, I don’t know what the hell they’re all talking about, because this movie is fantastic. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be honoring the best in film for 2013 at the Academy Awards next month. In addition to the performance, writing, design and tech awards handed out, an award is given each year to a director who has crafted an exemplary film. In honor of this, Indiewire has compiled a list of films streaming online that boast a director who has won a Best Director Oscar. Here's the list of the 33 films streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HitBliss: "The Artist" (2011) - Michel Hazanavicius "The King's Speech" (2010) - Tom Hooper "The Hurt Locker" (2009) - Kathryn Bigelow "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) - Danny Boyle "No Country for Old Men" (2007) - Joel and Ethan Coen "The Departed" (2006) - Martin Scorsese "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) - Ang Lee "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) - Peter Jackson "The Pianist" (2002) - Roman Polanski "A Beautiful Mind »
- Eric Eidelstein
Warning: This interview contains language younger viewers are advised to avoid.
Their on-screen chemistry is tangible off-screen too, with the pair offering Digital Spy a minute of madness during the week's press junket (with the help of a French translator relaying Jean's answers via earpiece).
Find out what the pair thought about getting back together after The Artist and why co-star Matt Damon is similar to Uggie the Dog. As a word of warning, this interview contains deployment of the C-bomb in two languages.
The Monuments Men is out in the Us now and the UK on Friday (February 14). »
On March 2nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best in film in 2013. Among those being honored are the lead actors who gave some of the best performances this year. In honor of this achievement, Indiewire decided to compile a list of films streaming online featuring lead actors who have won Oscars for their performances. Watch the following 22 performances in movies that are streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, SnagFilms, Amazon Prime and Hitbliss. "The Artist" (2011) - Jean Dujardin "The King's Speech" (2010) - Colin Firth "Crazy Heart" (2009) - Jeff Bridges "Milk" (2008) - Sean Penn "There Will Be Blood" (2007) - Daniel Day-Lewis "Mystic River" (2003) - Sean Penn "The Pianist" (2002) - Adrien Brody "Training Day" (2001) - Denzel Washington "Gladiator" (2000) - Russell Crowe "American Beauty" (1999) - Kevin Spacey Read More: Watch 18 Best Foreign Language Oscar Winners Online "Life Is Beautiful" (1997) - Robert Benigni "The Silence Of The Lambs" »
- Eric Eidelstein
Other high profile pics already greenlit by the revamped Trip tax rebate scheme include NBC’s mini-series “Rosemary’s Baby” and Bill Mechanic-produced “The Moon and the Sun.”
Cnc topper Frederique Bredin expects 2014 to be a record year in terms of international productions. “It’s still very early to tell, because decisions on location shooting are taken in a very short timeframe, and projects are kept confidential,” she explains. “But I can already tell you that 5 international productions, recently approved by the Trip scheme, will generate 100 days of filming in 2014, which is a very good start for the year.”
Since the scheme was introduced in 2009, more than 70 foreign productions from 14 countries have benefited from Trip.
In 2013 Trip-qualified foreign shoot spend in France exceeded $136.7 million – 7% of global French production spend.
A total spend of $497 million has been »
- Martin Dale
“George Clooney approached me during the filming of Descendants  at the halfway party on the dance floor and nonchalantly asked me if I wanted to shoot his movie The Ides of March ,” recalls Phedon Papamichael who was shooting his second project for filmmaker Alexander Payne at the time with Clooney cast in the leading role. “That was a direct response to observing how I work with Alexander and that involves having an intimate, active and friendly set which is without a lot of technical restrictions to the actors. George Clooney and a lot of actors prefer not to repeat things over and over again as it feels like a lot of wasted or unnecessary coverage to them. We’re economic and specific with the way we cover scenes resulting in short shooting days which George also likes. »
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