January 21, 2017

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Spotlight on the Stars: Michael Fassbender

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of the business’s hottest names…one Michael Fassbender. In a rather short period of time, he’s gone from a character actor to a critical darling to a superstar, with an Academy Award nomination thrown in there for good measure (along with a few Oscar snubs as well). Fassbender is arguably one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, so it’s great to see him continually display it in interesting and unique projects. He’s a definite A-lister, likely to go down as an all time great when all is said and done, so he’s perfect for this column!
Fassbender got his start on television, first coming on to my radar with HBO’s landmark miniseries Band of Brothers. There were other small TV projects (both miniseries and movies, as well as full on series as well), but he made his notable cinematic debut in the violent orgy that was 300. He showed a screen presence there, even if it wasn’t the absolute best use of his talents.
Of course, he really first made an impression in Steve McQueen’s Hunger, playing the activist Bobby Sands. He went from a talented no name to someone who really had to be watched in a big way, not just because of the physical transformation that he was able to display, but also the emotional power that he could project. Fassbender became a long shot awards contender, though it was not to be for him there. A year later he again blew people away in Fish Tank, disappearing into a completely different character. He also was a scene stealer that year in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, firmly establishing him as an up and comer that you needed to keep an eye on.
Since Fassbender became a “hot” name on the scene, he’s begun a succession of projects that showed different looks at his talent. From Centurion to Jonah Hex to Jane Eyre, he was usually the best part of even lesser films. Then, he played Magneto in the prequel X-Men: First Class and basically became a movie star. That flick gave him true mainstream credit, while A Dangerous Method kept him firmly planted in the independent realm. It was Shame that same year though that really made him something special. He was ridiculously snubbed by the Academy for this portrait of a sex addict, but he was cited by the […]

Movie Awards’ Projections For August: Contenders for the 2011 Awards Season – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” tearing up box office records and the last of the summer blockbusters preparing to drop — “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” appears to be the last major tent pole on the horizon — now seems like a safe time to start winding down from the muscular summer movie season so we can get in mental, emotional and physical shape for the autumn season. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR LIST OF SELECTED FILMS.
That’s when studios begin to position their awards hopefuls for lengthy Oscar-season campaigns, which can begin as early as August at the Venice Film Festival and extend all the way to the Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2012.
At the early stage of the annual game, the field of contenders is massive. The fun, each year, comes in whittling down a pool of potential to find the pictures we hope can find their into the Oscar race. And with the added wrinkle of an undetermined number of Best Picture nominees (the Academy did away with 10 noms in favor of an as-many-as-we-need system), the debate surrounding worthy titles should be passionate.
We can’t wait. So we won’t wait. We’re gearing up for the annual awards race by amassing the movies we think will be in the discussion. Some we have seen already, though most are opening between now and New Year’s Eve, making them eligible for Academy consideration in 2011. This will be a straight list. We’ll get to commentary (lots and lots of commentary) as the season moves along … especially after we’ve been able to see the movies on this initial list.
Be sure to bookmark HollywoodNews.com for the best awards coverage the industry has to offer. This isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. And while we’re pretty much just lacing up our running shoes at this point, we know the finish line is out there somewhere, and we’re getting pretty excited about crossing it.
WEEKLY LIST: Contenders for the 2011 Awards Season – By Release Date
Coming soon lists with Actors, Directors, Screenwriters, Cinematographers, Editors, Film Composers, Production Designers, Costume Designers, Sound, and Visual Effects
“The Help,” Buena Vista (8/12)
“One Day,” Focus Features (8/19)
“Higher Ground,” Sony Classics (8/26)
“Contagion,” Warner (9/9)
“Drive,” FilmDistrict (9/16)
“Moneyball,” Sony (9/23)
“50/50,” Summit (9/30)
“Take Shelter,” Sony Classics (9/30)
“A Dangerous Method,” Sony Classics (TBA)
“The Ides of March,” Sony (10/7)
“Dirty Girl,” Weinstein Co. (10/7)
“The Way,” Icon […]

“Jane Eyre” poster, synopsis on Facebook

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Focus Features beefed up its presence on the Facebook fan page for Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre,” adding a plot synopsis and teasing the film’s first official poster. We have it below.
The oft-filmed “Jane Eyre” will be Fukunaga’s follow up to the critically acclaimed “Sin Nombre,” and it has a cast most would salivate over. Red-hot Mia Wasikowska, fresh off “Alice in Wonderland” and riding the wave for “The Kids Are All Right,” plays the title character. Michael Fassbender plays Edward Rochester. Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Imogen Poots and Judi Dench round out the supporting cast.
The cast alone gets me in the door. Fukunaga’s “Sin Nombre” also showed his promise as a director, and while I’m not entirely enthused by yet another retelling of “Eyre,” I think that Fukunaga is the right person for the job.
“Jane Eyre” opens March 11, 2011.

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Mia Wasikowska at the Hollywood Awards Gala

HollywoodNews.com: Mia Wasikowska starred as the title character in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” from Walt Disney Pictures, which also stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway, as well as Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right” alongside Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo. She will next be starring in Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” in addition to Cary Fukunaga’s “Jane Eyre” opposite Sally Hawkins, Judi Dench, and Michael Fassbender. Previous film credits include her role as Elinor Smith in the feature film “Amelia” and the film “Defiance” with Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell. She was also a regular on HBO’s “In Treatment” as Sophie.

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Helen Mirren’s ‘Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection’ to be released

HollywoodNews.com: Helen Mirren’s iconic, Emmy-winning role in “Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection” helped the show win more than 20 major international awards, including seven Emmys® and a Peabody. Now fans will be able to relive the classic moments on their home television when it debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on September 7, 2010.
Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) stars as Detective Jane Tennison, “one of the great character creations of our time” (The Washington Post), in this revolutionary police drama broadcast on PBS to universal acclaim and more than 20 major international awards, including seven Emmys® (“Outstanding Miniseries” and “Outstanding Actress”), eight BAFTAs, and a Peabody. The 9-disc set includes nine feature-length mysteries as well as a 50-minute behind-the-scenes special ($124.99, www.AcornOnline.com).
Tenacious, driven, and deeply flawed, Tennison rises through the ranks of Britain’s Metropolitan Police, solving horrific crimes while battling office sexism and her own demons. “Rare is the drama that works so well on two levels: as a crackling whodunit and as a finely tuned character study of a strong but insecure woman trying to prove herself in a man’s world” (Time).
Seen on Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! from the 1990s to the present and created by crime writer Lynda La Plante (Trial & Retribution, The Commander), Prime Suspect features some of Britain’s biggest stars, including Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Ciarán Hinds (Jane Eyre), Zoë Wanamaker (Poirot), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting). The ITV series aired for seven series (1991-93, 1995-96, 2003, and 2006).
Prime Suspect begins with DCI Tennison seizing the opportunity to head a murder investigation—something she should have done long ago, had she not been passed over by her male superiors time and again. With a suspect already identified and her own team openly hostile, she uncovers errors and conflicting facts that point to a cover-up within the force. The following series include: a murder inquiry in the African Caribbean community; a 17-year-old rent boy murder; an abducted toddler; the manager of an exclusive country club murdered; a shooting case of a young drug dealer; new murders casting doubt on a case she solved previously; and the torture and murder of a young Bosnian refugee. In the final series, Detective Superintendent Tennison is pushing 60 and facing the death of her father. Alcohol, loneliness, and the job have taken their toll, but she is […]

Production Begins on Focus Films’ Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska

Production begins next week in the U.K. on Focus Features and BBC Films’ romantic drama Jane Eyre, produced by Ruby Films and based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel. Cary Fukunaga, whose debut feature was Focus’ award-winning Sin Nombre, is directing Jane Eyre, to which Focus holds worldwide rights. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.
According to MovieWeb.com, Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) will star in the lead roles of the romantic drama. In the story, Jane Eyre (Ms. Wasikowska), flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester (Mr. Fassbender). The isolated and imposing residence, and Mr. Rochester’s coldness, have sorely tested the young woman’s resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. As Jane reflects upon her past and recovers her natural curiosity, she will return to Mr. Rochester – and the terrible secret that he is hiding.
To read more go to MovieWeb.com.