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Casual moviegoers who tune into this Sunday’s Oscar broadcast might be particularly surprised by one name in the Best Actress category: Isabelle Huppert. The Parisian-born French star was nominated for her turn in the French psychological thriller comedy Elle. And she joins the ranks of the less than four percent of international actors nominated for an Oscar for work in a foreign-language film. Film journalist Leigh Singer digs into that short history of foreign-language acting at the Oscars in a new video for Fandor.
Singer’s video points out that while international actors have a good chance of winning for performances in American-made English-language films (think Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained or Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men), earning a nod for a foreign-language performance is much harder. In fact Sophia Loren, Marion Cotillard, and Roberto Benigni remain the only three actors to win Oscars for foreign-language »
- Caroline Siede
According to the Associated Press, Croatian police filed disorderly conduct charges against the two people after receiving reports on Sunday of “particularly arrogant and rude” insults made against a restaurant patron, as well as “one of the guests on racial grounds.”
While the AP indicated that the police report did not name Foxx, 49, the actor took to Instagram to address the incident in a now-deleted post. Police told the AP they »
- Alexia Fernandez
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
There can be only one.
Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox
- David Ehrlich
Author: Zehra Phelan
As Taron Egerton suits up to rob the rich to give to the poor on the set of Robin Hood – which started filming in Dubrovnik, Croatia yesterday – a number of photos have emerged from the set showing some of the cast, including Egerton, in a jovial mood.
The tale of Robin Hood has been told time and time again on the big screen from the 2010 version starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, to 1991’s version with Kevin Costner and the 1938 outing with Errol Flynn. It’s an age-old story which never gets old and moves with the times to engage new audiences with the latest in the hottest names brought in to put bums on seats.
This latest version of the poor man’s hero is due for release in 2018 and has a number of actors to thrill a wide range of audience. »
- Zehra Phelan
Jamie Foxx stars as an undercover homicide detective seeking revenge in the must-see action film Sleepless, arriving on Digital HD on April 4 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on April 18 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, White House Down) stars as an undercover homicide detective seeking revenge on his son’s kidnappers in the must-see action film Sleepless, available on Digital HD on April 4, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 18, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Sleepless also stars Golden Globe® nominee Michelle Monaghan (Patriot’s Day, “True Detective”), Gabrielle Union (Almost Christmas, The Birth of a Nation), Grammy Award® winner T.I. (Ant-Man, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping), Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County, My Best Friend’s Wedding), David Harbour (“Stranger Things”, Suicide Squad) and Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave, Argo). The Blu-ray™ and DVD delve even deeper into the intense story with bonus »
- Tom Stockman
Cable and Domino may just be the two most highly anticipated casting announcements as of right now, and the news that Django Unchained actress Kerry Washington is being eyed for the latter in Deadpool 2 has had fans talking a lot over the past 24 hours or so. Now, Twitter's @BossLogic has come up with his own unique take on the character, and it makes great use of colour to provide a very different, but entirely awesome, version of Domino. The mutant is obviously known for her pale complexion, but should the African American actress join the sequel, it's possible her appearance could be altered. If so, then reversing the colours of her skin and costume would definitely work and this design is undeniably cool. What do you guys think of Washington suiting up like this for Deadpool 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below. Reworked Domino with »
For awhile now, we have known that the mercenary Domino will be in Deadpool 2, and while we do not exactly know her precise role in the film, we have now learned that she will be very close to the comic book version. The guys over at The Hashtag Show were able to uncover the character breakdown! Check it out:
"Female, All ethnicities; Late 20s – early 30s. Sexy, lithe and athletic. She has a witty personality. Neena is a no-nonsense bada$% who rarely shows her feeling. Highly capable, supremely confident and armored in . . . well Armor . . . and bullet-proof sarcasm. But beneath her shell she’s still and vulnerable and some soft, beating remnant of her humanity remains intact. In this scene we need to see both sides. When she can't get what she needs with insults, bluster and threats we need to see some of that vulnerability. It’s hard for »
- Drew Carlton
Kerry Washington is in final talks to star in and produce the movie drama “The Perfect Mother” for Sony’s TriStar division.
The studio has preemptively acquired movie rights to Aimee Molloy’s debut novel, which recently sold in a huge deal to HarperCollins for more than $1 million. Amy Pascal is also producing with Rachel O’Connor.
The story centers on members of a mommy-and-me group swinging into action to investigate the kidnapping of one of their babies — but things aren’t exactly what they seem. Through the process of discovering the truth, damaging secrets are revealed, marriages are tested, and friendships are created and destroyed.
Washington is in »
- Dave McNary
With an Oscar nomination and a baby on the way, Mahershala Ali is working on finding balance in his hectic life. The Moonlight star, 42, spoke with Et’s Denny Directo over the weekend at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival about the many exciting events in his life this year.
Watch: Mahershala Ali Speaks Out Against Immigration Ban in Emotional SAG Awards Acceptance Speech
“You don't get a break to really be reflective,” the recent SAG Award winner said of his press tour. “That's the only thing I look forward to this, about this being over, is that I get to look back and appreciate the time. But right now just taking it a day at a time and really enjoying the opportunities we get to share the film.”
Ali, who is currently expecting his first child with wife Amatus Sami-Karim, also opened up about the struggle between his professional and personal life.
Whether it’s the golden era of spaghetti westerns or the more blood soaked appeal of the Tarantino films, there’s no denying that Hollywood loves the appeal of the old west. From books, to video games, and even casino slots, the world loves a good western. We take a look at some of the greatest films in history!
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
Without a doubt, one of the most popular westerns in cinematic history, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was released in 1969. Directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman the film is loosely based on a true story. It tells the story of the outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid, who are on the run after a string of train robberies. The pair, along with Longabaugh ‘s lover Etta Place flee to Bolivia in »
- The Hollywood News
Academy Award® winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander will present at the 89th Oscars, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. All return to the Oscars stage after winning last year in their respective acting categories. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network.
DiCaprio won last year for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Revenant.” He was previously nominated for his performances in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), for which he also received a Best Picture nomination, “Blood Diamond” (2006), “The Aviator” (2004) and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993). His film credits also include “The Great Gatsby” (2013), “Django Unchained” (2012) and “J. Edgar” (2011).
Larson’s performance in “Room” earned her an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role. She has also appeared in “Trainwreck” (2015) and “Short Term 12” (2013). Her upcoming films include “Captain Marvel,” “Kong: Skull Island, »
- Melissa Thompson
Malia Obama already has one hell of an entry level job as the Weinstein Company's newest intern -- she's picking and choosing scripts to pitch to execs ... TMZ has learned. Our Weinstein sources tell us Malia started work Monday and she's ensconced in the production/development department ... reading through scripts and deciding which ones move on to Weinstein brass. We're told Malia's internship will run through the Spring. Weinstein gets lots of scripts from top screenwriters and unknowns alike, »
- TMZ Staff
Author: Zehra Phelan
In 2015, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel stuck two fingers up at the film industry with the Paolo Sorrentino directed Youth. It proved to the whole industry just because you’ve reached a certain age doesn’t mean you’ve lost your talent or appeal to the movie going public. In fact over the last few years we have seen actors such as Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro all prove they are all digging their heels in and not going anywhere.
Now it’s time for the ladies to get in on the act with Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins – who we last saw make an appearance in last year’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Oscar nominee Pauline Collins (The Last Dragon Slayer, Albert Nobbs) and Italian heartthrob Franco Nero (Django, Django Unchained) all starring in the upcoming feel-good comedy, The Time of Their Lives »
- Zehra Phelan
Paris – Liam Neeson, European group Studiocanal and producer Michael Shamberg are teaming for “Hard Powder,” a Rocky Mountains-set action revenge thriller that is likely to prove a hot ticket at next month’s Berlin Film Festival market.
It stars Neeson as Nels, an upright snowplow driver, awarded a Citizen of the Year prize by his glitzy Colorado ski town, whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by a powerful local drug kingpin.
“Fueled by an unwavering drive for vengeance and armed with heavy machinery, this unlikely hero sets out to dismantle the cartel with extreme prejudice, and he’s not stopping until he gets to the top of the food chain,” “Hard Powder’s” synopsis reads.
Nels’ vengeance »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Kerry Washington has been on our radar since the early 2000s, when she graced the screen as single mom Chenille in Save the Last Dance (such a classic). Since then, she's starred in critically acclaimed films like Ray, For Colored Girls, and Django Unchained and has us completely captivated with her role as Olivia Pope on the ABC hit show Scandal, for which she's received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Off screen, Kerry's life has been pretty golden as well; she and husband Nnamdi Asomugha welcomed their daughter Isabelle in April 2014, and became parents again when their son Caleb was born in October 2016. Like the rest of us, Kerry fell victim to some of the more unfortunate fashion trends in the 2000s - like denim maxi skirts, woven belts, and skinny scarves - but she's clearly come out on the other side. In addition to her fashion prowess, Kerry has a megawatt smile, »
- Brittney Stephens
“Lion” received nods for best picture along with supporting actor for Dev Patel, supporting actress for Nicole Kidman, adapted screenplay for Luke Davies, cinematography for Greig Fraser, and score for Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka.
The movie is based on the book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose, telling the story of Brierly’s life from his losing contact with his family in India at the age of five, being adopted by an Australian family, and reuniting with his Indian family more than two decades later.
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- Dave McNary
Read our Live By Night review below.
Live By Night is Ben Affleck‘s fourth film as director after cutting his teeth with his debut feature, the impressive Gone Baby Gone, followed by the slightly superior The Town ,and then the Oscar-winning Argo. One might say that he’s on a cinematic roll, at least behind the camera, so it’s no surprise that he has aimed high for his latest, the period gangster epic Live By Night.
The film opens in 1920s Boston where Affleck’s character, local hoodlum Joe Coughlin is introduced as the son of the local chief of police (and Wwi veteran) Thomas Coughlin, played by Brendan Gleeson. Joe is carrying out petty crimes to finance his lifestyle, gradually moving up the crime food chain. »
- Paul Heath
Will Smith is a bit of a conundrum. He’s choosy, but sometimes the choices he makes can be head-scratching, or maybe he’s just had terrible luck. In retrospect, passing on “Independence Day: Resurgence” was a smart move, but he might’ve regretted turning down Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained.” As for “Suicide Squad,” sure, it made a lot of money, but it was widely thrashed by critics and Smith was one of the least memorable characters in it.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Currently set for March 2018, Wu will now rub shoulders with Alicia Vikander and Django Unchained star Walton Goggins, with the latter on board as the film’s mystery villain. Norwegian director Roar Uthaug has been appointed at the helm, and it appears as though it’s only a matter of time before the cameras begin rolling. As for Wu’s character, Variety notes that the actor will play the part of Lu Ren, a ship captain who partners with Miss. Croft on a quest to find her wayward father.
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Richard James Croft is a figure that has cropped up in conversation before, when previous interviews teased the ways in »
- Michael Briers
Quentin Tarantino is known for a great many things in his movies. You can usually count on quite a bit of violence, some unique way of storytelling and on more than one occasion, a presumably tasty burger. The burger in question first showed up in 1994's Pulp Fiction and came from a chain of restaurants known as Big Kahuna Burger. Now, a fan of Quentin Tarantino's movies has made that fictional burger a reality.
A YouTuber by the name of Andrew Rea recently posted a video to his YouTube channel in which, he actually makes a Big Kahuna Burger. For some reason, he includes a clip of the Frasier theme song in the beginning of the video, but then he does a more logical cutaway to the famous Pulp Fiction scene in which Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) eats the burger and reveals that it is from a "Hawaiian burger joint. »
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