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'Brokeback Mountain' Writer Sets Record Straight on Joaquin Phoenix Casting

'Brokeback Mountain' Writer Sets Record Straight on Joaquin Phoenix Casting
The dust has yet to settle on a bit of back and forth over Brokeback Mountain casting.

Rambling Reporter was on the scene March 28 for a double feature at Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre when the Ang Lee-directed love story and Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia shared the historic marquee. During a Q&A with Oscar-winner Diana Ossana (who was front and center next to Philadelphia’s Ron Nyswaner), Ossana noted how difficult it was to find actors who would commit to the 2005 film known around town as a “gay cowboy” project.

Though she only mentioned directors such as Edward Norton and Joel Schumacher,...
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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’

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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’
Michelle Williams has always gone her own way. The Montana-born actress was legally emancipated from her parents at age 15 so that she could better pursue her acting career and pursue it she did. By age 18, she was starring in the popular TV drama “Dawson’s Creek,” in which she played Meg, a loose big-city teen who relocates to small-town life. In her time away from the TV series, she acted in many small independent films, none of which connected until 2003, when one finally did — Tom McCarthy‘s “The Station Agent,” in which she played a small-town librarian who becomes close to a socially-withdrawn dwarf (Peter Dinklage). That performance earned Williams her first SAG Awards nomination for Best Ensemble.

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From there Williams’ film career took off with powerful performances in such films as “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine
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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Michelle Williams has always gone her own way. The Montana-born actress was legally emancipated from her parents at age 15 so that she could better pursue her acting career and pursue it she did. By age 18, she was starring in the popular TV drama “Dawson’s Creek,” in which she played Meg, a loose big-city teen who relocates to small-town life. In her time away from the TV series, she acted in many small independent films, none of which connected until 2003, when one finally did — Tom McCarthy‘s “The Station Agent,” in which she played a small-town librarian who becomes close to a socially-withdrawn dwarf (Peter Dinklage). That performance earned Williams her first SAG Awards nomination for Best Ensemble.

From there Williams’ film career took off with powerful performances in such films as “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine” (2010), “My Week with Marilyn” (2011) and “Manchester By the Sea’ (2016), earning her four Oscar nominations to date,
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Kate Mara Gets In "Shape"

Take a look at new images of "Fantastic Four" actress Kate Mara in the May 2018 issue of "Shape" magazine, wearing Tory Burch, M Missoni and a whole lot more, photographed by Ben Watts:

Mara is known for her TV roles as reporter 'Zoe Barnes' in the Netflix political drama "House of Cards" and computer analyst 'Shari Rothenberg' in the Fox thriller series "24".

Mara made her film debut with "Random Hearts" (1999) and has since appeared in "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), "We Are Marshall' (2006), "Shooter" (2007), "Transsiberian" (2008), "Stone of Destiny" (2008), "The Open Road" (2009), "Iron Man 2" (2010), "Transcendence" (2014), "The Martian" (2015), "Morgan" (2016), and "Megan Leavey" (2017).

She also appeared in the FX horror miniseries "American Horror Story: Murder House" (2011) as 'Hayden McClaine', superhero feature "Fantastic Four" (2015) as 'Sue Storm'/Invisible Woman' and the Democrat cover-up historical drama "Chappaquiddick" (2017) as 'Mary Jo Kopechne'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Kate Mara.
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Trailer Lands For ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ Starring Joe Cole

Altitude has released the new trailer for the upcoming A Prayer Before Dawn, the new prison drama starring Joe Cole.

The film tells the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated for three years in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, Billy realises that this is his only hope for survival, taking him on an incredible journey to redemption.

A Prayer Before Dawn features a strikingly visceral performance from breakthrough actor Joe Cole, who plays Moore. Since his training with the National Youth Theatre, Screen International Star of Tomorrow Cole has gone on to earn critical acclaim across the board for his work in television, theatre, and film. Joe is best known for his recurring role of
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Joaquin Phoenix Says He Was "Desperate" for 'Brokeback' Role, Plays Coy on 'Joker' Rumors

Joaquin Phoenix Says He Was
Joaquin Phoenix has taken exception to something he read in "Rambling Reporter" in the April 4 edition: Contrary to what screenwriter Diana Ossana told THR, he never walked away from a chance to star in Brokeback Mountain.

"I would have done that movie in a second," he said at an April 5 screening in West Hollywood of his new indie film You Were Never Really Here. "I was desperate to do it."

The film went on to be a box-office and critical hit starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. "I feel so honored that people would think that...
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‘Brokeback Mountain:’ Matt Damon And Joaquin Phoenix Were Originally Courted For Leading Roles

Brokeback Mountain” is viewed as a masterpiece for filmmaker Ang Lee. Nominated for countless awards, and winning three Oscars, the film about two men falling in love in the American West is looked at today as a truly special piece of filmmaking. So, when we hear from a creator involved in the film, and she talks about how the film struggled to get produced and almost looked very different, it’s almost mind-boggling.
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Jake Gyllenhaal to Produce, Star in Thriller ‘Welcome to Vienna’

Jake Gyllenhaal to Produce, Star in Thriller ‘Welcome to Vienna’
Jake Gyllenhaal will produce and star in the thriller “Welcome to Vienna” for Focus Features.

The project is based on the Kevin Wignall novel “To Die in Vienna,” which will be published in June by Thomas & Mercer. Gyllenhaal will portray a Vienna-based civilian surveillance contractor for hire who is tracking a Chinese scientist. He interrupts a break-in at his apartment and the intruder escapes, but then comes back and tries to kill him — leading the contractor to believe that the CIA may be trying to kill him.

Focus has acquired the movie rights to the novel. Gyllenhaal will produce “Welcome to Vienna” with Riva Marker through his Nine Stories production company, which produced his Boston Marathon bombing drama “Stronger” and the family drama “Wildlife,” which premiered at Sundance and stars Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. Nine Stories exec Annie Marter will be an executive producer.

Gyllenhaal received an Academy Award nomination
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Brokeback Mountain Almost Starred Matt Damon and Joaquin Phoenix

Brokeback Mountain Almost Starred Matt Damon and Joaquin Phoenix
It was revealed during a recent screening of Brokeback Mountain that it was initially hard to find a director and actors to commit to the movie. Screenwriter Diana Ossana stated that actors would agree to the parts and then bail after about 6 months. Two names that she brought up that were attached for a while were Matt Damon and Joaquin Phoenix who would've starred under the direction of Gus Van Sant. Obviously, this version of Brokeback Mountain didn't come into fruition. Instead, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal took on the parts while Ang Lee directed.

Diana Ossana said that a lot of people in the entertainment industry had a hard time with her Brokeback Mountain screenplay because it wasn't a traditional love story. Though the movie wasn't traditional, it was a critical and box office success, and gave Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger a huge boost to their careers. That being said,
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‘Love, Simon’ Director Greg Berlanti Almost Quit ‘Dawsons Creek’ Job Early in Career Over Banned Gay Kiss

It took until 2018 for a major studio to produce a movie with a gay teen lead; that 20th Century Fox’s “Love, Simon” is a romantic comedy about coming out makes it even sweeter. Adult Lgbtq filmgoers got to see a story that looks even a little bit like their own, while knowing the impact it will have on a younger generation. Much like the movie’s director, teen television superstar, Greg Berlanti, they remember a time when the only queer people onscreen were psychopaths or murder victims.

Best known for teen comic-book shows like “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” and “Riverdale,” Berlanti got his start with the original “edgy” teen drama: “Dawson’s Creek.” That show was the first time Berlanti broke barriers, when he lobbied for network television’s first romantic kiss between men (Prior to that, “Will and Grace” showed a peck.) Berlanti and “Dawson’s” creator Kevin Williamson
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‘Love, Simon’ reviews: Do critics love this ‘landmark’ film that brings gay romance to a wide audience?

‘Love, Simon’ reviews: Do critics love this ‘landmark’ film that brings gay romance to a wide audience?
The gay coming-of-age comedy “Love, Simon” may not seem so groundbreaking in an era when “Moonlight” (2016) could win the Oscar for Best Picture, and when it was age, not gender, that made the same-sex romance “Call Me by Your Name” (2017) somewhat controversial. And it’s relatively common these days to find Lgbt characters on the small screen in shows ranging from “Will and Grace” to “Transparent” to “Orange is the New Black.” But it shouldn’t go unnoticed how significant it is for a major Hollywood studio to release a teen movie with a gay lead on over 2,400 screens nationwide — and for no one to freak out about it. We’ve come a long way since “Brokeback Mountain.”

That significance isn’t lost on critics: the film has scored 72 on MetaCritic and 89% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. That doesn’t put it in “Moonlight” territory in terms of acclaim, and teen
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Terrence Malick in Virtual Reality: Experience the Director’s Gorgeous First Vr Installation — Watch

Terrence Malick in Virtual Reality: Experience the Director’s Gorgeous First Vr Installation — Watch
For any Terrence Malick fan desperately waiting for release information about the director’s historical drama “Radegund” (which could follow “The Tree of Life” and premiere at Cannes in May), allow the virtual reality project “Together” to be a temporary reprieve. The auteur premiered his first Vr installation at the SXSW Film Festival this year and will bring it to the Tribeca Film Festival next month.

“Together” is a collaboration between Malick and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, best known for shooting “Brokeback Mountain” and Martin Scorsese films such as “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Silence.” Prieto earned Oscar nominations for “Brokeback” and “Silence.” The installation was produced by Framestore and Facebook and is described as an intimate look at the “power of human connection.”

The official “Together” synopsis reads: “The piece fuses dance and technology, putting the viewer in the middle of an emotional narrative about breaking down barriers and bringing people closer.
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Walk Through Terrence Malick’s Vr Experience ‘Together’

Following last year’s debut of Song to Song at South by Southwest Film Festival, a new project from Terrence Malick premiered at this year’s edition. The Vr experience Together, which is directed by Malick and shot by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Silence, The Wolf of Wall Street, Brokeback Mountain), is a movement piece that incorporates the visuals of the director. If you couldn’t make it to Austin (or Tribeca, where it’ll be shown next, and one can see a new synopsis from them below), a video walkthrough has now been posted by Framestore.

Together fuses storytelling, dance and technology, placing the viewer in the center of a stirring, emotional narrative that explores the power of human connection. Working with Movement Art Is co-founders Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, Palme d’Or winning director Terrence Malick has crafted an immersive experience about breaking down barriers that is brilliantly brought to life through choreography.
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Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]

Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]
The past few years have seen various frequent Oscar losers finally winning their award, from Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) to Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”‘) to sound mixer Kevin O’Connell (“Hacksaw Ridge”) to cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”). With another Oscar season come and gone, the great campaign to get other overdue artists their Oscar begins now. From actresses like Glenn Close and Amy Adams to technical masters like composer Thomas Newman and songwriter Diane Warren, there is always someone out there who many people believe is deserving of the elusive Oscar after multiple losses.

A great number of these overdue Oscar nominees have projects coming out in 2018 that could net them their first win. Here are 10 artists that could finally get lucky at next year’s Oscars.

SEEBest Picture winners sweeping the Oscars may officially be over

Annette Bening – 4 nominations

Bening’s Oscar nominated performances have been as diverse as her career,
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’ join list of 24 Lgbt Oscar winners as representation continues to improve

‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’ join list of 24 Lgbt Oscar winners as representation continues to improve
Lgbt-themed films were seldom honored by the motion picture academy in the 20th century. But the first two decades of the 21st century have seen the Oscars change their tune, with more and more films with Lgbt stories winning awards. At least one Lgbt-themed film has won an Oscar every year since 2013, including last year’s historic Best Picture win by “Moonlight,” the first film with a gay protagonist to win in the top category. Two more acclaimed films joined the list of Oscar-winning Lgbt films in 2018: “Call Me by Your Name” and “A Fantastic Woman.” Click through our gallery to see the complete list.

Call Me by Your Name” went into Oscars with four nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Timothee Chalamet), and it took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. With that victory the film’s writer, James Ivory, made history by becoming the oldest Oscar-winner in any category.
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Every Best Director winner in Oscars history: Welcome to the club, Guillermo del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’)

Every Best Director winner in Oscars history: Welcome to the club, Guillermo del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’)
On the 90th anniversary of the Oscars, Guillermo del Toro was finally welcomed into the Best Director club when he prevailed for his fantasy film “The Shape of Water.” Earlier this awards season del Toro told us that “The Shape of Water” was a “fairy tale for troubled times,” a reference to the movie’s heroine (Sally Hawkins) being a mute woman who falls in love with a sea creature. Besides winning Best Director, del Toro also accepted the prize for Best Picture as one of the film’s producers. Click through our photo gallery above to see our updated Best Director gallery featuring all 90 winners in order.

See 2018 Oscars: Complete list of winners (and losers)

Guillermo del Toro joins a list of former Best Director winners that notably includes his fellow Mexican director friends Alejandro G. Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron. These three amigos have now won four of the
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‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Crash’ Producers Look Back At That Infamous Best Picture Upset: ‘This Stuff Is So Ridiculous’

‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Crash’ Producers Look Back At That Infamous Best Picture Upset: ‘This Stuff Is So Ridiculous’
Aside from last year’s Best Picture gaffe, the most notorious Oscar moment of the 21st century is probably when “Crash” upset “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006. “Brokeback” was the critical favorite and a watershed moment for queer cinema. The film had already won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director by the time Best Picture was ready to be revealed, but “Crash” ended up taking top honors.

“Brokeback” producer and co-writer Diana Ossana won the Oscar that evening for screenwriting, and she looks back at the infamous moment 12 years ago in a new story on Entertainment Weekly. Like many others, Ossana read the headlines the following morning that slammed the Academy for being homophobic and choosing “Crash,” which represented a safe choice with its surface-level look at racial tensions in America. But the producer wasn’t completely blindsided. She remembers in the weeks leading
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2018 Oscar predictions by film: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Three Billboards’ will be top winners with only 3 apiece, a rare occurrence

2018 Oscar predictions by film: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Three Billboards’ will be top winners with only 3 apiece, a rare occurrence
Don’t expect a sweep on March 4 when Oscars are handed out. If our predictions are right then the academy will spread the wealth so evenly that no film will win more than three awards. That’s an incredibly rare occurrence; the only time it has happened in the last 70 years was in 2005 when “Brokeback Mountain,” “Crash,” “King Kong” and “Memoirs of a Geisha” claimed three prizes apiece. This year the films projected for triple victories are “Dunkirk,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Our predictions are based on the combined input of more than 5,000 users (and counting) who have entered their forecasts in our predictions center thus far. That includes Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, the Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, the Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Oscars and the All-Star Top
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‘Source Code’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Gets 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack Release

Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack May 8. The 4K Ultra HD combo pack will include Blu-ray and Digital versions of the film. Read below for more details on the 4K Ultra HD release.

Official Synopsis

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this mind-bending action thriller about an experimental government program used to prevent a deadly terrorist attack in downtown Chicago.

Program Description

Starring Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain, 2005), Golden Globe® nominee Michelle Monaghan (Best Supporting Actress – TV, “True Detective”, 2015), and Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga (Best Supporting Actress, Up in the Air, 2009), discover the heart-racing excitement of Source Code when it arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) May 8 from Lionsgate. From the director of the critically acclaimed Moon, experience Source Code with four times the resolution of Full HD with 4K,
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Gemini Man Begins Shooting with Will Smith and Director Ang Lee

Gemini Man, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance, has officially started production! Check out the first images from set on Will Smith's Instagram page. Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move.

The film is directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee and produced by renowned producers Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison. Also starring are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong. Gemini Man opens in theaters October 4, 2019.

Follow the official Gemini Man Instagram page for more updates! As of this moment there is only one new image, which shows Will Smith and And Lee with netting covering their faces. Will Smith offers this direct from the set as film begins to roll on his latest adventure into the unknown.

"First week on my new film Gemini Man Movie!
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