April 18, 2014

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Oscars: Why can’t kids compete at the Academy Awards? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Why do kids have a hard time breaking through at the Oscars?
It’s an interesting question, and one that is dissected over at Gold Derby this morning, where they point out that multiple Oscar-worthy performances from underage talents could be overlooked this season if the Academy’s tendencies disrupt the momentum of select campaigns.
That’s not to say kids are never nominated for the Oscar. Just last year, Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence competed in top categories for their work in “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone,” respectively. Abigail Breslin, Haley Joel Osment and Anna Paquin competed and, in the case of the latter, won for “The Piano.”
This year, I can rattle off a handful of young performers who should be in the discussion for Oscar consideration:
- Thomas Horn for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
- Daniel Radcliffe for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
- Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield for “Hugo”
But you don’t hear their names in the conversation at the moment, which is Gold Derby’s point. Could this change? Absolutely. But time is running out for a momentum swing, as campaigns are wrapping up and nominations will be revealed next month.
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Chloe Grace Moretz on Martin Scorsese, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and the 3D “Hugo”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There’s a delicious irony to the fact that Isabelle, Chloe Grace Moretz’s inquisitive character from Martin Scorsese’s capricious “Hugo,” has never seen a movie. After all, the versatile actress already has played a vampire (“Let Me In”), an ass-kicking superhero (“Kick-Ass”), and a socially savvy middle schooler (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) … all before turning 15.
Moretz gives yet another performance extending beyond her years in Scorsese’s period adventure, the director’s first foray into 3D storytelling that also waves the flag for film preservation — a passion of the Oscar-winning filmmaker. That’s one of the topics Moretz and I explored during a recent sit-down conversation in New York City on behalf of “Hugo.” Here’s Chloe Grace Moretz:
HollywoodNews.com: There’s a wonderful scene of your character going to the cinema for the very first time. Who brought you to the movies for the first time, and what did you see?
Chloe Grace Moretz: One of the most amazing films I ever saw for the first time was “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” And I think that was one of the reasons why I wanted to act is because I saw Audrey Hepburn light up the screen. I completely fell in love with her, and I realized that’s what I wanted to be.
HollywoodNews.com: Who showed it to you?
My mom did. She loves Audrey, and she loves old movies. My brother does, too. So it was that and “The Wizard of Oz.”
HollywoodNews.com: But these aren’t films that you are able to see on the big screen, though.
No, no. I watched them at home on our home theater.
HollywoodNews.com: Do you have a specific memory of your first trip to the theater?
That’s harder. I don’t really know. It was probably a Disney movie. Something like “Mulan” or another film like that.
HollywoodNews.com: Back then, did you anticipate how much work it would be to reach this level?
Yeah. I always find it to be fun, though. It definitely is hard work, but I find it to be a lot of fun. I wake up on set every day and I can’t wait to get on set and dress up. I can’t wait to be my character and just act.
HollywoodNews.com: Let’s talk about this set. I wish I had weeks to simply explore Scorsese’s train set. How much of it was actually there, and how much is added digitally?
It was a full-scale train station. [...]

Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” selected as Royal Film Performance – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Martin Scorsese’s first foray into 3D filmmaking, “Hugo,” has been selected as this year’s Royal Film Performance, meaning it will screen before a prestigious audience on Nov. 28 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwell are on the list of expected attendees, according to THR. Scorsese’s film takes place largely in a Parisian train station where an orphan (Asa Butterfield) seeks to connect a broken machine to his lost father (Jude Law). The cast also includes Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloë Moretz, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths.
Yet “Hugo” isn’t British. The Royal Film Performance is a charity performance of a British film which is attended by members of the British Royal Family, and the proceeds are donated to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, a charity which offers financial support to people from the film, cinema and television who encounter accident, illness, bereavement or unemployment.
Last year’s selection was “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” while Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones” was the 2009 selection.
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Johnny Depp, Tim Burton confirm cast for “Dark Shadows”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Tim Burton has filled out the cast for his “Dark Shadows” update, including some fresh names and an actress we all could have assumed would find her way into the film at some point.
Jonny Lee Miller and Chloe Moretz have been cast alongside Johnny Depp in the horror-thriller, which begins shooting at Pinewood Studios, THR reports. In addition, Burton’s wife (and frequent collaborator) Helena Bonham Carter officially has been confirmed as a member of the ensemble.
Burton’s film is an adaptation of a cult TV show that’s a favorite of both he and Depp. It reportedly casts the “Sweeney Todd” star as “self-loathing vampire” Barnabas Collins, who “returns to his human roots in search of his lost love.” Early reports also have the vamp interacting with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts, so we understand why the material appeals to Burton.
The director already had cast Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote and Jackie Earle Haley, though this will be Depp’s show. Everyone else in Burton’s productions end up being window dressing to his beloved star and longtime creative partner.
THR says “Dark Shadows” will shoot entirely in the UK. Warner Bros. plans to release it May 11, 2012.
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The rush to cast young actresses as fairy tale princesses

HollywoodNews.com: There were a few interesting articles written over the last several months about the unusual amount of ass-kicking (or at least take-charge) young female roles being written into mainstream cinema. Whether it was Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass, Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone, or Saoirse Ronan in Hanna, the last 18 months or so has seen a mini-wave of genre pictures where young females were basically the lead characters (or in the case of Kick-Ass the star attraction), ‘strong independent character’ (god, I hate that cliche) who not only could fend for themselves but were not defined in any way, shape, or form by their male love interest (not a one of them had a boyfriend).
Yes, I would include Sucker Punch in this category, as it was basically a satiric examination of whether ass-kicking young women in pop culture were automatically sexualized by virtue of the salacious nature of such imagery (stop whining and read THIS). The somewhat negative undercurrent of this trend is that these actresses were generally under 18, often barely passed puberty. Point being, what would become of these actresses once they reached adulthood? If recent developments are any indication, Hollywood has a genuine desire to roll back the progress clock and turn these actresses into fairy tale princesses.
At the moment, we now have two competing variations on Snow White set to be released in the next year. One, pictured above, will star Lily Collins (from The Blind Side and soon to be seen as Taylor Lautner’s token girlfriend in Abduction) as the titular princess, while the other will star Kristen Stewart as the ‘fairest of them all’. Both are claiming to be somewhat revisionist, and for the moment I shall take them at their word.
But no matter how much armor and battle-axes you give Snow White, you’re still hiring one of our more talented actresses (say what you will about Twilight, but she absolutely sells Bella Swann and shines in the likes of Adventureland) to play a woman whose primary job is to run away from an evil witch, play house with a bunch of asexual dwarves, then finally bite a poison apple and await rescue from a theoretical Prince Charming. Of course, you could argue that Ms. Collins isn’t one of the ‘great actresses of our time’ yet. [...]

Martin Scorsese unveils first “Hugo” trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: If you didn’t know “Hugo” was the latest film by Martin Scorsese, you could easily mistake it as the next film from Steven Spielberg or Terry Gilliam. The visuals. The kid actors. The whimsical adventure, opposed by wacky adults. Scorsese’s “Hugo” easily could out-Spielberg the Beard’s “Tintin” when both are released later this year.
Judge for yourself. The first full trailer has been posted on iTunes, and we have it posted below:

Based on the novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” Scorsese’s film follows a young boy (Asa Butterfield) who lives in a train station and embarks on a mysterious journey with a fellow “orphan” (played by Chloe Moretz). The grown ups along for the ride are Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley, to name but a few.
It looks fantastic, a step in a completely opposite director for Scorsese, who is coming off the dark, brilliant “Shutter Island” and perhaps sees this as a palette cleanser.
Either way, we’re excited to see “Hugo” when it hits on Nov. 23.
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Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” scores a poster

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a busy day for teaser posters. We brought you the official poster for the reboot of “The Thing,” and there’s a “Dark Knight Rises” poster making its way around the Internet. Now the first poster for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming 3D adventure “Hugo” has been spotted, photographed and shared (via ComingSoon).
We have it below:

All of this buzz for upcoming films has to be indirectly tied to Comic-Con, which kicks off in San Diego July 21 and unleashes a flurry of movie marketing and promotions.
As for Scorsese’s films, it is a whimsical adaptation of Brian Selznick novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” which follows a young boy who lives in a train station and assists a strange young girl in solving a mystery.
It sounds different for Scorsese, who will use 3D for the first time in his illustrious career. But his cast is top notch, from Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley to Jude Law and Emily Mortimer.
“Hugo” will be in theaters on Nov. 23.
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James Franco, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman take part in video spectacle

HollywoodNews.com: The New York Times has just given fans some serious video to digest as part of their Hollywood Issue that features this year’s best doing exactly what they do best – acting.
They have released a series entitled, “Fourteen Actors Acting: A Video Gallery of Classic Screen Types,” that features performances by Javier Bardem, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Jesse Eisenberg, Chloe Moretz, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jennifer Lawrence, Noomi Repace, Vincent Cassel, Anthony Mackie, Robert Duvall, Lesley Manville and Tilda Swinton. All of them are in black and white, and feature just a soundtrack by Owen Pallett. Some of the highlights include Damon in a furious rampage and Franco making out with himself.
The series is meant to “portray not only the art, but also the joy and vigor of performance.”
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This Week In Movies – ‘Social Network,’ ‘Case 39,’ ‘Let Me In’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: For the third weekend in a row, a major studio adult-oriented, dialogue-driven film with more on its mind that non-stop mayhem or mindless sight gags topped the boxoffice thus keeping the resurgence of thinking-person’s cinema on a thrilling roll. Surprise, surprise! The fact that The Town, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and now this week’s The Social Network are drawing crowds Hollywood had seemed to give up on (55% of Social Network’s audience was over the age of 25) with movies that can be described as that five letter word: “Drama” is heartening to this observer even if most of the business for ‘Social’ had to be drummed up from big cities and not the heartland. The Social Network directed by David Fincher and brilliantly written to an inch of its life by Aaron Sorkin harkens back to the kind of piercing dramas like “Network”, “All The President’s Men” and even the hallowed “Citizen Kane” (although let’s not get carried away) so the fact that it could more than DOUBLE the gross of two competing horror genre films, Let Me In and Case 39, opening against it is quite astonishing since we were led to believe studios were in the tentpole big event business these days and not interested in grown up ideas anymore. How wrong. Of course it really helped that Sony brilliantly marketed the movie, invited bloggers in early and got lots of laudatory ink from critics, another group whose influence was said to be going the way of the dinosaurs. If that New York Times two page ad opening day chock full of quotes is any indication then that may be another modern myth exploded. Of course this is the Fall, a time for studios to trot out the one or two more adult projects they may have in their hopper and its doubtful we would ever see any of the recent box office leaders dare to open in the more lucrative summer months for sure. At any rate with a B+ Cinemascore and an even better 97% fresh rating at the Rotten Tomatoes movie review site, Social Network should be able to make a good run of it and further depress its key subject, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who has disowned it as a piece of “fiction”. Of course when you’re only 26 years [...]

Awards Season Roundup: The “whitest” Oscars in recent memory?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.
Where are the celebrated minority performances? Is this the “whitest” Oscar race in recent memory? Gregg Kilday and Matthew Belloni discuss.
Continuing to gush over “Let Me In” (which he says deserves Best Picture consideration), Jeff Wells called star Chloe Moretz “Jodie Foster in 1975, only more so” and adds that she “has really earned consideration as a Best Actress nominee.”
Wells additionally cops to being lukewarm over Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction,” but hopes enough people admit to liking it so that Fox Searchlight “will feel placated enough to run ads on the Oscar sites. How’s that for naked honesty?” Admirable.
Over at EW.com, Dave Karger talks to the “Social Network” cast and crew about “talky” movies.
A ComingSoon.net reader wrote in to the site and said a different, longer “True Grit” trailer is in theaters this weekend. They described it as “epic.” It reportedly will be online early next week.
The annual march of year-end Awards Screeners has begun with Sony Pictures Classics’ “Mother and Child” and “Animal Kingdom.” One of the two is one of the best films I’ve seen this year.
And The Wrap recaps the latest international submissions for this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar. (List is updated regularly.)
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