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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future. X-Men: Days of Future Past has wrapped filming, and stars Hugh Jackman (Prisoners), James McAvoy (Filth), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Michael Fassbender(Shame, The Counselor), Ian McKellen (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Halle Berry(Monster's Ball, Cloud Atlas), Adan Canto (The Following), Fan Bingbing (Bodyguards and Assassins), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Evan Peters (Kick-Ass, American Horror Story), Daniel Cudmore (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn), Ellen Page (Inception, Super) & Booboo Stewart (The Twilight »
A salute to ectomorphs, inside popular masturbation parties, Virginia finally repeals sodomy ban
Lance Bass says that the first person in ‘NSync he came out to was Joey Fatone, but it wasn’t on purpose. “Joey walked in on me with the guy I was dating just kind of sitting on my lap. Straight guys don’t do that.” As for Joey’s reaction? “He was like, ‘Dude, I don’t care.’ I’m like, ‘Surprise!’ Joey was just like, ‘Dude, I don’t care. I have so many gay friends — I don’t care.’”
Sony is going to make a movie called Grasshopper Jungle, and the description will make you think the executives were high when they bought it. “It’s perhaps best described as Stand By Me meets Attack The Block, a coming-of-age yarn revolving around a teenager in Iowa trying to come to grips with his own »
- Ed Kennedy
Michael Fassbender has taken on a number of controversial roles (Shame, anyone?), but this one is a whole other ball of wax. He plays the title character in Frank, the talented and eccentric leader of a pop band featuring the cantankerous Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). When Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) joins up, he quickly realizes this is no ordinary group. If only Frank would take his giant papier-maché head off and stop verbally explaining his facial expressions, they could actually be famous. I'm kind of obsessed with this dark comedy already, and judging by the positive reviews following Frank's premiere at Sundance, I'm not the only one. The Us release date isn't out yet, so just watch the trailer for now. Source: Magnolia Pictures »
- Maggie Pehanick
When you think of Michael Fassbender, you typically think of Magneto, David from Prometheus, or the powerhouse turns he had in Steve McQueen's Shame and 12 Years A Slave. You think about an actor so damn impressive that there is no doubt he will someday win an Oscar. But, Michael Fassbender will also be known this year as the guy in that crazy movie about the musician in the big papier mache head. Yeah, that is Frank. We have seen some images and brief clips from Frank back when it »
- Alex Maidy
Hard-hitting slavery drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor becomes first film from black director to win top Academy award
• How the night unfolded
• Full list of winners
12 Years a Slave has won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards, defeating a nine-strong field that included Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle for the headline prize at this year's ceremony. 12 Years a Slave becomes the first film from a black director to take the best picture Oscar.
Directed by Steve McQueen, the landmark slavery drama stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man kidnapped and sold to slaveowners in 19th-century Louisiana. It was based on the bestselling memoir by Solomon Northup, first published in 1853. 12 Years a Slave follows McQueen's award-winning dramas Hunger and Shame, and was produced by among others Brad Pitt's Plan B outfit. Pitt also takes a small but pivotal role as abolitionist carpenter Samuel Bass. »
- Andrew Pulver
12 Years a Slave came into the Oscar ceremony riding a tide of awards-season love. The heart-wrenching drama based on the true story of a free man beaten, kidnapped, and sold into slavery earned five Spirit Awards the night before the Oscars, and its Best Picture Oscar win was hardly a shocker for those who've been following its accumulation of trophies heading into the Academy Awards. Chiwetel Ejiofor led an incredible ensemble cast, director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) made sure the story was told with brutal honesty, and every award 12 Years a Slave picked up - including its Oscar wins - were well deserved.
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Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave.” What an incredible lineup! Apart from “American Hustle” (a blatant knockoff of Scorsese’s superior, Oscar-unrewarded “Goodfellas”) and Scorsese’s own equally unwieldy “The Wolf of Wall Street,” I would be happy to see any of these films go home victorious. And yet, “12 Years a Slave” strikes me as an achievement above the rest, inviting people to empathize with a human being caught at the center of a system whose implications and aftermath society still refuses to confront. Considering Hollywood’s belief in the healing power of Holocaust movies, it’s scandalous how long America’s slaveholding legacy had gone unexamined — until now.
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity.” Though I know some are predicting “Gravity” for the top prize, direction is surely the category where this mind-blowing, mostly virtual achievement most warrants recognition. Cuaron delivers a visceral cinematic experience nonpareil, »
- Variety Staff
“Man, that plausible creature whose wagging tongue so often hides the despair and darkness in his heart” Dennis Wrong
What makes a monster? What makes a man? In the filmic worlds of London born director, Steve McQueen, many tortured attributes and twisted ailments of masculinity intersect to form a deeply unsettling, yet unflinchingly candid, portrayal of male protagonists. The man McQueen has so often, and so memorably, chosen to depict these fractured representations is no other than Michael Fassbender. From Hunger, to Shame, to McQueen’s latest masterpiece, 12 Years a Slave, the partnership of McQueen and Fassbender has given rise to some unforgettably provocative characters – all of whom we witness in a physical and mental state of flux. We watch them battle with both themselves and the environments which they inhabit. Whether it’s the sleepless neon avenues of New York City, the cold cement and steel of a Northern Irish prison, »
- Brody Rossiter
Sydney Pollack once likened film editing to sculpting, and he’s (of course) right. The Invisible Art is also like having a 10,000-piece puzzle to solve without knowing exactly what the final image is supposed to look like. You’re creating the puzzle while solving it. It’s a remarkable skill that blends technical prowess with creative ability and gut-level instinct. This year, the Oscar nominees in this field were able to successfully submerge us into the world of antebellum slavery, 1970s swagger, modern-day violence, 1980s epidemic rebellion and futuristic-feeling isolation. Read on to learn more about the nominees with my predicted winner in red… Joe Walker, 12 Years a Slave Why He Was Nominated The editing in 12 Years a Slave walked hand in hand in hand with Sean Bobbitt’s photography and Steve McQueen’s direction. The result was a film where no quarter was given to the audience, delivering unflinching sequences that challenged and excited. It »
- Scott Beggs
Adam Stockhausen“I wouldn’t trade my time or training in the theatre for anything because figuring out how to get inside of a play, opera or musical is incredibly similar,” states Adam Stockhausen who has designed stage sets for Theatre For A New Audience, Huntington Theatre Company and The Santa Fe Opera. “It starts with a visual response and what is the space for the story? It teaches you to break it down and to think about it that way.” The theatrical experience assisted when production designing 12 Years a Slave (2013) for filmmaker Steve McQueen (Shame). “We went into the scene rehearsals without a definite plan. It was much more about feeling it out and seeing how it developed. What I was trying to do was to make things so »
One of our absolute favourites this year is already Inside Llewyn Davis, so if you’ve not caught it yet, then we’ve got the details for the forthcoming release of the Coen Brother’s modern classic. Studiocanal have told us that the film will be available on Est from 19th May, on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD from 26th May 2014 and available to pre-order now.
Starring a host of exceptional international talent including: Oscar Isaac (Drive, The Bourne Legacy), Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, Shame), Justin Timberlake (Runner Runner, The Social Network), Adam Driver (Frances Ha, Girls), Garrett Hedlund (On The Road, Tron) and John Goodman (The Monuments Men, Argo). Inside Llewyn Davis is directed by the Academy Award® winning Brothers, Ethan and Joel Coen (True Grit, No Country for Old Men.)
Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young musician, guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, »
- Dan Bullock
Meryl Streep has signed on to play famed suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst alongside Carey Mulligan (Shame), Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Romola Garai (Amazing Grace), Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless), Natalie Press (Ill Manors), Ben Wishaw (Skyfall) and Brandan Gleeson (In Bruges) in Suffragette.
The film will chart the early activists for womens’ liberation and their run-ins with the government and will reunite Streep with The Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan, while Sarah Gavron (Village at the End of the World) is set to direct.
- Gary Collinson
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! Of all craft categories, Best Film Editing is the one most closely tied to the Best Picture race: nominees from the latter category invariably dominate the former, and as pundits are so fond of reminding everyone, no film has won the top prize without a corresponding editing bid since 1980. That's no quirk or accident, given how heavily editing interacts with script and performance, and though Best Picture no-shows occasionally triumph here (like surprise victor "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" two years ago), that won't be happening this year. Five Best Picture nominees make up the field, and I strongly suspect they'd »
- Guy Lodge
The director of 'Shame' said that it was his partner Stigter who had the idea and found the original book from 1853, the Daily Star reported.
He said that as soon as he had that book in his hand, it was a revelation for him as that book is a "treasure".
McQueen added that he feels proud of the fact that everybody knows who Solomon is now. (Ani) »
- Smith Cox
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy
Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused
Previously Best Known For:
Freeman Lowell – Silent Running
Asa Watts – The Cowboys
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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 Supporting Actor Oscar race was in flux throughout much of the season. Three of the names were more or less settled for a while but a few names kept popping up to keep those last couple of slots interesting and up for grabs. In the end, the line-up the Academy's actors branch settled on was a very solid one. And all five actors star in Best Picture nominees, which goes to show, among other things, just how dense with talent the year's cream of the crop really was. At the end of that day, though, one actor has been dominating this race. »
- Kristopher Tapley
By the powers of Athena and all the powerful goddesses who have come before and after her, Meryl Streep, maybe the most righteous female of all, has joined the cast of a film called Suffragette. The film, directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame) chronicles, naturally, the beginnings of the women’s rights movement that blossomed in the late 19th century. Streep will portray British activist Emmeline Pankhurst, a significant figure in the feminist movement and the suffragettes’ battle to get the right to vote. Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union and caused a firestorm with her rallying; after one particularly volatile outing, she and her fellow sisters in arms were sent to prison for disturbing the peace, where they then staged a hunger strike to secure themselves better conditions. Pankhurst won’t be a main role in the film, but »
- Samantha Wilson
There are only a handful of actresses working today who are capable of doing justice to iconic figures, and Meryl Streep is right at the top of that list. Having previously taken on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to much acclaim, including an Oscar win for Best Actress, Streep is now turning her attention to playing feminist icon Emmeline Pankhurst in the upcoming film Suffragette.
Suffragette will cover the rise of the early feminist movement and its subsequent radicalization. Despite Streep’s presence, Pankhurst is not the central character of the film. That honor goes to Maude, played by Carey Mulligan, described as a “foot soldier of the early feminist movement.” Maude turns radical, engaging in violent techniques to rally for change. Streep’s small part will feature little more than a rousing speech on women’s rights, but the veteran actress is very cautious with her project choices, so »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep is in final negotiations to play political activist Emmeline Pankhurst opposite Carey Mulligan in the women’s rights drama “Suffragette,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Sarah Gavron is directing Ruby Films’ drama, which starts production overseas next week. Streep’s deal is expected to close shortly. Abi Morgan (“Shame”) wrote the script, having previously worked with Streep on “The Iron Lady.” Also read: Harvey Weinstein Making ‘The Senator’s Wife’ With Meryl Streep to Make NRA ‘Wish They Weren’t Alive’ Mulligan stars as a woman instrumental to the early feminist movement. »
- Jeff Sneider
Principal photography has begun on Anton Corbijn's "Life," an American road movie which stars Robert Pattinson as Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock and Dane DeHaan as free spirit James Dean. The film about their iconic 1955 photo shoot and friendship will be shot in in Los Angeles and Toronto. Alessandra Mastronardi and Ben Kingsley also star. Corbijn debuted his latest film "A Most Wanted Man," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, in Sundance. Other films include "The American," and "Control." Pattinson starred in the "Twilight" series and "Cosmopolis," and will next be seen in "The Rover." DeHaan has broken out in the last year in "Kill Your Darlings" and "The Place Beyond the Pines." Produced by See-Saw Films' Iain Canning and Emile Sherman ("Shame") with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films ("The Whistleblower") and co-produced by Wolfgang Mueller and Benito Mueller of Barry Films, "Life" is written by Luke Davies ("Candy »
- Anne Thompson
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