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Nudity? That's nothing. These nine stars rounded up by The Stir bared all on the big screen: Katie Holmes: Her scene came in 2000's The Gift , opposite Greg Kinnear. Kate Winslet: She's gone full-frontal in The Reader , Iris , and Holy Smoke , plus topless in Titanic . Michael Fassbender: He made quite an impression when he stripped down in Shame. Scarlett Johansson: She stripped down in Under the Skin recently. Kristin Scott Thomas: She got naked in the bath with Ralph Fiennes in The English Patient . Click for the complete list , including an actor who got naked in front of a live »
- Evann Gastaldo
Bart: Have you noticed, Mike, that the gamesmanship of pre-festival season is often more entertaining than the fest movies themselves? Toronto has slammed the door on distributors who were sneaking their films into Telluride, then billing Toronto screenings as World Premieres.
Fleming: Labor Day Weekend for me is about getting kids back to school and squeezing the last moments of a summer that has flown by. I have never been to Telluride because the last thing I want to do is spend that holiday weekend in a succession of dark rooms in Colorado. Toronto is my favorite festival. It’s a wonderful platform for distributors to acquire films after seeing how they play to an audience, and to launch »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
The droll wit and formal daring of Frank start with the casting. Michael Fassbender has been an X-Man, a gladiator (300), a sex addict (Shame) and an Oscar nominee (12 Years a Slave). Also a hottie, whose posters get drooled over on dorm walls. So why cast Fassbender as a cult-music icon in the title role in Frank and then ask the swoony bugger to cover his head in plastic for 99 percent of the movie?
Don't ask. I'll tell. Because the role is the kind of risk the reliably ballsy Fassbender likes to take. »
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of the business’s hottest names…one Michael Fassbender. In a rather short period of time, he’s gone from a character actor to a critical darling to a superstar, with an Academy Award nomination thrown in there for good measure (along with a few Oscar snubs as well). Fassbender is arguably one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, so it’s great to see him continually display it in interesting and unique projects. He’s a definite A-lister, likely to go down as an all time great when all is said and done, so he’s perfect for this column! Fassbender got his start on television, first coming on to my radar with HBO’s landmark miniseries Band of Brothers. There were other small TV projects (both miniseries and movies, as well as full on »
- Joey Magidson
Ubisoft Motion Pictures has partnered with New Regency to bring an adaptation of the popular Assassin's Creed game franchise to the big screen. Assassin's Creed centers on a bartender who is captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time utilizing the DNA of his ancestor's memories -- all assassins -- to retrieve ancient artifacts. Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Shame, Inglorious Basterds) is set to star in and produce the upcoming adaptation, with Ubisoft maintaining control of key elements of the movie’s creative direction. During a recent interview, Fassbender spoke briefly about the development of the film: "I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak. Actually, I’m going to go back and see the writers when I get back to »
- Pietro Filipponi
Calvary’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and to help members of his church with their various problems, he feels a foreboding sinister force closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
Wamg invites you to enter to win passes to the advance screening of Calvary on Tuesday, August 12th in the St. Louis area. We will contact the winners by email.
If you are a winner, you will need to head over to FoxSearchLightScreenings.com and register to receive your two passes.
Answer the following:
What profession did Brendan Gleeson leave in order to pursue a career in acting? »
- Movie Geeks
Something I didn’t realise was happening is that Netflix UK and Ireland actually has a blog and what they have been doing on the rare update is providing information on which ISP’s are actually providing the fastest service. For the last couple of months the top two have always been Virgin and BT with BT coming out on top. Surprisingly though this month it’s switched around and Virgin is on top, considering the negative feedback I always hear about them this is very interesting.
If you google ‘Netflix News’ then you can usually find this blog and check the updates because otherwise it’s not the easiest thing to find via the site. It’s not only a good way of checking that you will get a reliable service if you are just starting out but a good way of seeing whether or not it is worth »
- Chris Holt
Comic-Con came and went, and one of the less buzzy films highlighted there was 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Hitman: Agent 47, which finds Rupert Friend, of Showtime’s Homeland, stepping into the title role of a nameless assassin. The trailer screened in San Diego hasn’t yet found its way online, though we did see two action-packed images featuring Friend and co-star Hannah Ware (Shame) hit the web a few days back.
Now, as we wait for the trailer release, some more shots from Hitman: Agent 47 have arrived, revealing the appearance of Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness), who plays the bad guy of the film. We don’t know too much about the plot of this video game adaptation, though it’s a safe bet that Agent 47 and Quinto’s baddie trade blows and bullets over Ware’s mysterious Katia van Dees.
- Isaac Feldberg
Video game adaptations are notoriously tricky to make – and as a result of that, they’re often quite bad. There have been a few decent entries in the action subgenre (Resident Evil comes to mind), but typically, the films are marred by subpar acting and ludicrous plotting. 2007′s Hitman, which starred Timothy Olyphant as the titular assassin, wasn’t one of the worst video game movies, to be sure, but it suffered from an overly convoluted story. It also seems like an unlikely title to make a sequel to – and yet here we are today, with Hitman: Agent 47 on the way from 20th Century Fox.
Whether the studio had good reason to revisit the stealth video game series or not remains to be seen. But early signs for Agent 47 are promising. The flick stars Rupert Friend (Showtime’s Homeland) in the title role and finds Hannah Ware (Starz’s Boss, »
- Isaac Feldberg
On the heels of the 39th edition of the Toronto Int. Film Festival (Sept 4-14), Ifp’s Independent Film Week is where a plethora of fiction, non-fiction and new this year, web-based series from the likes of Desiree Akhavan and Calvin Reeder find future coin. Sectioned off as projects at the very beginning of financing to those that are nearing completion, there happens to be tons of Sundance alumni in the names below. Among those that caught our attention we have Medicine for Melancholy‘s Barry Jenkins’ sophomore feature, produced by Bad Milo!‘s Adele Romanski, Moonlight is about “two Miami boys navigate the temptations of the drug trade and their burgeoning sexuality in this triptych drama about black queer youth”. Concussion‘s Stacie Passon digs into the thriller genre with Strange Things Started Happening. Produced by vet Mary Jane Skalski (Mysterious Skin), this is about “a woman who has »
- Eric Lavallee
He died on the battlefield in 1781, so how can he be standing before police officer Lt. Abbie Mills in the present day? Ichabod Crane can’t afford to be dead: he has too much work to do in the town of Sleepy Hollow, a community that’s assaulted by ancient evils in Fox’s Sleepy Hollow TV series. We recently reported that the show’s first season is hitting Blu-ray and DVD this September, and we now know that the season two premiere will follow soon after.
It was revealed today that season two of Sleepy Hollow will premiere on Monday, September 22nd on Fox, just six days after the first season is released in home media formats on September 16th. A brief teaser video of season two has been unveiled and we have it and the show’s synopsis for you to check out (video courtesy of SpoilerTV!): »
- Derek Anderson
“My name is Ichabod Crane. In 1781, I died on the battlefield. I was saved by a mysterious spell cast upon me by my beloved wife, Katrina.” Ichabod is resurrected in the present-day town of Sleepy Hollow. Known for being home to the spooky story of the headless horseman, Sleepy Hollow is about to become a lot scarier as invasive supernatural evils make their presence known. It’s up to Ichabod and police officer Lt. Abbie Mills to save the community and the world in Sleepy Hollow, the first season of which is being released on Blu-ray and DVD this fall.
Slated for a September 16th release, the complete first season of Sleepy Hollow comes with a heaping handful of special features, including deleted scenes, audio commentaries, and a gag reel. For those unfamiliar with the show, here’s the synopsis:
- Derek Anderson
Fresh off the overwhelming success of X-Men: Days of Future Past and 12 Years a Slave, the first image of Michael Fassbender’s in his latest project, Slow West, has surfaced. The film – which also features The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee – was actually shot towards the back end of last year and sees Fassbender team up with director John Maclean, with whom he has previously collaborated on two short films.
For those unfamiliar with Slow West, here’s the official plot synopsis:
Set at the end of the 19th Century, Slow West is an American western filtered through the eyes of European filmmaking. The story centers on 17 year old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who has traveled from Scotland to Colorado to be reunited with the woman with whom he is infatuated. He is quickly confronted by the dangers of the frontier and so teams up with a mysterious traveler named Silas »
- Dale Barham
Yesterday the Academy sent out a press release announcing 271 individuals who have been invited to join their hallowed ranks. This happens each and every year and is something very nice to see. I always like finding out which members of the industry are invited to join The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year, with 271 individuals seen fit for acceptance into their ranks, I sort of wonder if they’ll be able to impact voting in some way and change who and what are nominated for Oscars. You can see the full list of who’s been invited to join at the end of this piece, but a number of names stand out to me and got me thinking about this. Who are some of the folks on the invite list? Well, they include the likes of Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender, Clark Gregg, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lupita Nyong’o, »
- Joey Magidson
The Academy welcomes its new members at an invite only event in September, just as we begin to feel the rumblings of Oscar buzz everywhere.
While not every person nominated for the first time for an Oscar in any given year is invited to join the next year (isn't that weird?) it's common practice that they are. So new names like Lupita Nyong'o, Barkhad Abdi, and more established actors like Sally Hawkins and June Squibb will all be voting for the first time this coming season after walking the red carpets as nominees. That's expected. What's far more interesting is the people invited in any given year that have not been nominated.
Here are ten names I want to highlight because they're interesting invitations for one reason or another.
Sean Bobbitt - Cinematographer (12 Years a Slave) - egregiously snubbed last year which might have done it but that's not his only beautifully shot film. »
- NATHANIEL R
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 has announced its list of actors, filmmakers, and others involved in the moviemaking industry that have been invited to join the Academy’s membership. 271 artists made the cut this year, ranging from recent winners and nominees like Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender to more eclectic choices like Rob Riggle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Josh Hutcherson, and even Jason Statham. Chris Rock also finally gets a ballot years after hosting the ceremony, and Clark Gregg will bring some Marvel pedigree into the fold. On the filmmaking side, brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, David Gordon Green, Denis Villeneuve, and Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) join the directors branch, while Dp Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave) has been added to the cinematographers group. Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams (sans hat) are also now Academy members should they accept their invitations. The full list is still disappointingly short on females, »
- Adam Chitwood
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
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