Ben Is Back (2018)
The 56-year old filmmaker’s reasons for tackling a teenage drug addiction drama extend back to his mother, Carol Hedges, a former alcoholic who quit drinking when he was 15 years old. And after that point, life blossomed.
In fact, it was Julia Roberts, who plays a mother battling with her teenage son’s opiod addiction over the course of the Christmas holiday, who suggested that Lucas take on the role.
And getting the chance to work with Lucas, moved Peter: “It was impactful to me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I’m the son of Carol Hedges who was an alcoholic, who found recovery and saved a lot of lives. He’s her grandson. I wouldn’t have become writer, wouldn’t have had that path
Now, at just ...
“2018 was a banner year for a sensational collection of movies that resonated with the powerful 50-plus audience,” said Aarp’s Myrna Blyth. The winners will be announced on February 4, and the ceremony will air on February 15. Here’s the full list of nominees:
Best Picture/Best Movie for Grown-ups
“A Star Is Born”
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Fathom Events and Warner Bros. have set a Jan. 21 release date for a third showing of Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.”
The film will be screened at more than 1,000 locations in order to take advantage of the Mlk holiday weekend. The announcement was made Thursday by Jeffrey Goldstein, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, and Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events.
“They Shall Not Grow Old” debuted in North America at 1,122 locations on Dec. 17 and took in $2.3 million. It grossed $3.4 million at 1,007 sites on Dec. 27, setting a record for a U.S. cinema event. Fathom specializes in event cinema and is jointly owned by AMC,
Interestingly, only one star from any of those films — Green Book‘s Viggo Mortensen — will vie in the lead acting categories. Best Actress and Best Actor, however, are bursting with A-listers: Sandra Bullock (Bird Box), Glenn Close (The Wife), Viola Davis (Widows), Nicole Kidman (Destroyer), Julia Roberts (Ben Is Back), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Hugh Jackman (The Front Runner), Robert Redford (The Old Man & the Gun), John C. Reilly (Stan & Ollie) and Mortensen.
The helmers of three Best Picture nominees are up for Best Director, though, with Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), Peter Farrelly (Green Book) and Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) going up against Mimi Leder (On the Basis of Sex
Roberts gives an emotionally showy performance as the mother of the title character (played by Lucas Hedges), who has returned home to his family unexpectedly after a stint in rehab. Substance abuse stories are popular with awards voters, as evidenced by the wins for Marion Cotillard as drug and alcohol addict Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose” (2007), Jeff Bridges as an alcoholic in “Crazy Heart” (2009) and Christian Bale as a drug
You can tell in talking with her, as I did last week in a CAA conference room while an industry screening of
See Five reasons why ‘Ben is Back’ will bring Julia Roberts back to the Oscars
This Roadside Attractions release centers on Ben (played by the director’s son Lucas Hedges), a recovering addict who shows up unexpectedly at his family’s doorstep on Christmas Eve. His mother (Julia Roberts) is determined to keep him from relapsing, while the rest of the family has doubts about his sobriety.
During Monday’s episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, the Homecoming star, 51, explained that she first became aware of the change in a very unlikely place: a bathroom stall in Georgia.
“I went home to Georgia to visit my mom and my younger sister and we went to the movies,” Roberts explains, adding that she used to work across the street at an ice cream store.
“It was after the movie was over and I was in the bathroom
But the filmmakers hope the movie, which also stars Julia Roberts as Ben's mother, will have broad appeal despite its smaller scale.
"It's hard to find a family in America that's not touched by this epidemic in one way or another," producer Nina Jacobson told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the New York premiere of ...
Julia Roberts is back in the awards conversation this season, not only with her latest film, Ben Is Back, which has been winning her some of the best reviews of her career, but also her Amazon series Homecoming, which got a two-season initial order and has racked up Lead Actress nominations right out of the gate for her at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards after just a 10-episode first season.
I caught up with her Thursday night at CAA for an interview set to run on Deadline next week. We talked as a full house, largely Academy members, watched Ben Is Back. She’s justifiably proud of the movie, which just began its limited runs last week and will expand through Roadside Attractions to the top 25 markets next week as it continues to widen during the season. Even
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