October 01, 2016

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R.I.P. Curtis Hanson

Last night, the cinematic world lost one of its own. Filmmaker Curtis Hanson passed away at the age of 71. The cause of death has been placed as natural causes. Hanson worked in the industry for well over 40 years, writing and directing movies that will stand the test of time. Oscar took notice in the late 90’s when Hanson made what most consider to be his masterpiece with L.A. Confidential, but he was a well known artist before then. He worked steadily on the big screen, also putting out the top notch HBO TV movie Too Big to Fail about five years ago. He will be missed in a big way.
Hanson was an Academy Award winner and three time nominee, all for L.A. Confidential back in 1997. That highly regarded crime drama was a tale of corruption in the 1950’s, looking at how very different policemen dealt with enforcing the law. Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, and James Cromwell headed up the star studded cast. Hanson adapted the James Elroy novel along with scribe Brian Helgeland, winning Best Adapted Screenplay in the process. Basinger also won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, all part of a nine nomination haul for the film. As many have written about today, part of the pleasure inherent in seeing this movie do so well was getting to see Hanson honored.
The thing that set him apart, at least in my book, was how nimble he was with genre. He tended to work in drama, but when he went for something lighter, be it Wonder Boys, Lucky You, or In Her Shoes, the results were no less compelling or enjoyable. Hanson wasn’t especially flashy, but he was reliable. Just look at how he handled the aforementioned Too Big to Fail. The large cast of big name actors was something he managed brilliantly on more than one occasion, and that was again the case there. It’s hard not to look at Hanson’s work and not consider him at least a bit on the underrated side. I know that’s how I think, if nothing else.
Here’s how I would rank Hanson’s filmography, which is a severely underrated one, I might add:
1. Wonder Boys
2. L.A. Confidential
3. Losin’ It
4. Lucky You
5. In Her Shoes
6. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
7. 8 Mile
8. The River Wild
9. Bad Influence
10. The Bedroom Window
11. Sweet Kill
12. Chasing Mavericks
13. The Little […]

RIP Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

Tragic. Just tragic. That’s the one word going through my mind again and again since word came out yesterday afternoon that actor Anton Yelchin had died in a car accident. He was only 27, taken from us far too soon, and it’s one of those untimely deaths that I’m just having a hard time processing. I interviewed Yelchin a year or so ago while he was out promoting the wonderful film 5 to 7 and he was just a pleasure to speak with, full of life and appreciative of the praise I heaped on him for his performance. I can’t believe he’s gone, but just quickly today I thought I’d write a big about his work and pay tribute to the man. He may have passed, but his performances and movies will be around forever.
Yelchin came up as a child actor, first capturing our attention with his performance in the film Hearts in Atlantis. That work begin his movie career, one that would span only about 15 years, but included about 50 separate credits on the big screen alone. He was most recently seen in Green Room, where many felt he did the best work of his career. Before that, however, he broke out to some degree in Charle Bartlett, with Like Crazy being the first time he got onto the radar of awards season. That helped get him into the reboot of Star Trek, where he became a household name.
We’ll be seeing him later this summer in the sequel Star Trek Beyond, his third time portraying Pavel Chekov, a crew member of the starship Enterprise. There are other projects in post development as well, so we might have another year of Yelchin to treasure, but there’s also work we’ll never get to see. Obviously we can’t know the full extent of the loss, but for example he was set to play the villain in the television adaptation of Mr. Mercedes, which would have been a fascinating change of pace for him. I was convinced Yelchin would be an Oscar nominee one day, and likely even an Academy Award winner, but tragically that seems like it will never be.
Below you’ll see a quick list of what I felt were his best performances, ranging from a romantic lead in things like 5 to 7 or Like Crazy, to a comedic lead in Charlie Bartlett, to genre busting work like earlier this […]

Whitney Houston’s body has been released by the coroner

HollywoodNews.com: Whitney Houston’s body has reportedly been released by the coroner’s office as the autopsy has been completed this weekend.
Houston’s autopsy is done, although toxicology results are still pending. However, the body is no longer needed for those tests, states People.
The investigation is still ongoing, but her family can now move forward with her funeral.
The body has reportedly not been picked up yet as arrangements for the funeral are allegedly still being made.
Houston died this past Saturday at the age of 48.
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Golden Globe Awards: Michelle Williams Photos

HollywoodNews.com: Keeping our fingers crossed for Michelle Williams to win the Golden Globe Awards. Her performances have established her as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning her two Academy Award® nominations.
Click here to see photos of Kenneth Branagh

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In 2011, Williams took on the iconic Marilyn Monroe in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. The film was released by The Weinstein Company on November 4, 2011. In addition, she stars opposite Seth Rogan in Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ, which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Below video of Michelle Williams receiving her “Hollywood Actress Award” last October, 2011, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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– Harvey Weinstein
– The cast of “The Artist.”
– Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
– Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
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– 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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Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company hosted a luncheon with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh

HollywoodNews.com: Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company hosted a luncheon with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh in honor of The Weinstein Company film My Week with Marilyn, Tuesday, January 10th at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, CA. The film stars Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh and documents the brief period filmmaker Colin Clark spent with Marilyn Monroe during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl in England during the late 1950s.

The luncheon was attended and honored by many of the founding members of The Actors Studio and those who shared the screen with Marilyn Monroe in her heyday. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch planned and prepared by Cecconi’s and received exclusive gift bags with exciting items such a Byu-Ti Salon gift certificate and products from Pureology® and Smashbox.
IN ATTENDANCE:
Jean Shafiroff, New York Philanthropist and Socialite
Michelle Williams, Actress
Kenneth Branagh, Actor
Colleen Camp, Actress
Dyan Cannon, Actress
Frances Fisher, Actress
Frank Cascio, Author of My Friend Michael
Harry Hamlin, Actor
James Keach, Actor
Jamie Patricof, Producer
Jane Seymour, Actress
Louise Griffiths, Singer
Martin Landau, Actor
Michael Nouri, Actor
Missy Hargraves, Actress
Natasha Sunshine, Celebrity Hairstylist of Byu-Ti Salon
Paul Farberman, Entertainment Manager
Sean Young, Actress
[…]

Michelle Williams talks transforming into Marilyn Monroe

HollywoodNews.com: Trying to play an icon like Marilyn Monroe isn’t easy, but Michelle Williams took on the challenge and is now explaining how she did it for ‘My Week with Marilyn.’
Williams recently revealed that a major part was getting her body and body movements just right, states People. “I wasn’t watching what I ate, let’s put it that way,” Williams said about getting her body to be like Monroe’s.
Director Simon Curtis admitted that Williams also got Monroe’s signature walk down: “[A]n awful lot is Williams’s understanding of the way Marilyn walked, and the way Williams herself took on the wiggle.”
Do you think she was the best choice for the role?
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Michelle Williams, Tilda Swinton on Oscar-hopeful posters – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The line separating Michelle Williams and Marilyn Monroe continues to blur as more marketing materials hit the Web promoting “My Week With Marilyn.”
Earlier this week, Williams picked up the Hollywood Actress Award at the 15th annual Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills. It’s the first of what should be several trophies for Williams’ transformation into silver screen icon for Simon Curtis’s semi-biopic.
How much does Williams resemble the late Monroe? Feast your eyes on the latest poster:

The resemblance is uncanny. “Marilyn” has shifted back its release date, meaning most now will have to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to see Williams do her thing.
In a perfect world, Williams will find herself competing against Tilda Swinton in this year’s Best Actress Oscar race for her searing work as a shellshocked mother in Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
On the heels of “Kevin” winning the Best Film award at the BFI London Film Festival, Oscilloscope unveiled a chilling new poster that suggests the symbiotic relationship shared by mother (Swinton) and son (Ezra Miller).
“Kevin” will be in select theaters on Dec. 9 for Oscar qualifying, followed by a 2012 release. It’s a must see.

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Michelle Williams at NYC “Marilyn” premiere – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne walked the red carpet Sunday night at the New York Film Festival on behalf of Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn.” And as patrons attended the film’s world premiere and East Coast gala, reviews for the Oscar hopeful started hitting the Internet, with plenty of praise being heaped on Williams for her portrayal of silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe.
“The luminous Michelle Williams gives a layered performance that goes beyond impersonation in My Week With Marilyn. Playing both the damaged, insecure woman and the sensual celebrity construct, as well as the role with which Marilyn Monroe was struggling during a particularly difficult shoot, Williams gets us on intimate terms with one of Hollywood’s most enduring and tragic icons,” writes David Rooney for THR.
“Not that you’re surprised, but Williams is perfection as Ms. Monroe. She nails the nuance and subtlety of the role — which really requires three different personalities: the public Marilyn Monroe, the private Marilyn Monroe and the part in ‘The Princess and the Showgirl,’” Christopher Rosen writes for Moviefone.
“Williams is the least showy aspect of the film, an astonishing fact since so many portrayals of Monroe border on cartoon,” he continues. “You can tell the work she put into this performance: not just with the voice, mannerisms and attitude, but with the eyes. Williams draws you into Monroe’s wounded soul slowly, carefully and deliberately. It’s really too early to discuss Oscar locks and frontrunners — not that we haven’t already — but it seems highly probable that Williams will be on the short-list of Best Actress contenders come next February.”
Others not so impressed made comparisons to “The King’s Speech,” though given the fact that that film won the Oscar for Best Picture last year has me scratching my head wondering how that could be perceived as a negative slight.
Williams, meanwhile, will begin her march toward yet another Oscar nomination by picking up the Hollywood Actress Awards at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, in Beverly Hills.
Until then, here are photos of Williams and Redmayne from last night’s red carpet premiere. “My Week With Marilyn” will be in theatres on Nov. 4.

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“My Week With Marilyn” reactions from New York City – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The press screening for Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn” was held Sunday morning in Manhattan ahead of the film’s Centerpiece screening at the New York Film Festival, and reactions were largely favorable.
Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who will be honored at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the end of the month, lights up the screen as icon Marilyn Monroe, who falls into a whirlwind romance with a young suitor (Eddie Redmayne) while filming “The Prince and the Showgirl” alongside Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh).
“My Week with Marilyn was terrific… like The Artist, it’s a movielovers’ movie for sure. Great performances all around!” Tweeted Ed Douglas of ComingSoon.net.
NYU student Danny King agreed, calling it, “Lovely old-fashioned entertainment. Pre-hyped Oscar talk for Williams and Branagh fully justified. Both wonderful.”
While film journalist Peter Labuza added, “Very similar to ME AND ORSON WELLES, fun, but too much on the nose. Williams/Brannagh are delightful.”
Katie Calautti of SpinoffOnline was a little more reserved, Tweeting, “Elderly people in front of me gushing over My Week with Marilyn = all you need to know about the goal of My Week with Marilyn. #oscarbait”
But David Ehrlich of Movies.com and Box Office Magazine isn’t impressed, calling it “The Blonde’s Speech. A movie made for the Golden Globes. Williams does her best, but it all feels like dress-up.”
We’ll have more reaction as we get closer to tonight’s Centerpiece screening. Keep checking back for “Marilyn” updates. The film will be in theaters on Nov. 4.
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Michelle Williams in full “Marilyn” trailer – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Audiences will get their first look at Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn,” with Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as screen legend Marilyn Monroe, when it screens as the Centerpiece at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 9 in the Alice Tully Hall. Given the fact that the awards hopeful opens wider on Nov. 4, I’m a little surprised we’ve yet to see a full trailer for “Marilyn.”
Well, that ends now.
A clip has been posted on Yahoo Movies. I’m waiting in a proper embed, but for now, you can view it here:
It’s pretty great. A series of fleeting snapshots that set up the celebrity (Williams), the lover (Eddie Redmayne) who connected her to a disappearing reality, and the actor (Kenneth Branagh) put out by both of them. The clip kdoes an excellent job teasing Curtis’s work. Now I’m dying to see it.
Williams already scooped up her first trophy for her work as Monroe. She’ll be honored as the Hollywood Actress Award at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills. Could that be her first step on the long road to Oscar?
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