September 01, 2015

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Oscars: Our 2012 Hollywood Film Awards Favorites!

This year should be no different. At the Hollywood Film Awards(r) last October 22, 2012, special honors went to Richard Gere for career achievement; Bradley Cooper for actor; Marion Cotillard for actress; Robert De Niro for supporting actor; Amy Adams for supporting actress; Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and the cast of “Argo;” John Hawkes for breakout performance; David O. Russell for director; Dustin Hoffman for breakthrough director; Quentin Tarantino for the screenwriter award; Quvenzhané Wallis for the New Hollywood Award; Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly with the Spotlight Awards; Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for producers; Wally Pfister for cinematographer; Dylan Tichenor for editor; Sarah Greenwood for production designer; Peter Ramsey with “Rise of the Guardians” for animation; and Jeff White with “The Avengers” for visual effects.

Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the Hollywood Awards included Eddy Hartenstein, Los Angeles Times Publisher and Tribune Company CEO, Chris Evans, Tom Ford, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hillcoat, Helen Hunt, Melissa Leo, Ray Liotta, Tony Mendez, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Eric Roth, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Shankman, and Kerry Washington, among others.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said Festival and Awards Founder, Carlos de Abreu.

The gala awards presentation was hosted by Nancy O’Dell of “Entertainment Tonight” and attendees were treated to the music of Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra.
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Marion Cotillard to Receive the “Hollywood Actress Award” at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the “Los Angeles Times,” announce that Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard will receive the “Hollywood Actress Award” for her distinguished performance in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” a Sony Pictures Classics release, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala ceremony on October 22.
“We are honored that Ms. Cotillard will be the recipient of this year’s ‘Hollywood Actress Award.’ It is a privilege to honor her great talent, as well as her outstanding performance in “Rust and Bone,” said awards founder and executive director, Carlos de Abreu.
Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard is internationally renowned for her unbridled commitment to her art, challenging herself with each new role.
This November, Cotillard will be seen starring in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” alongside Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners and Céline Sallette. The film was co-written by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain and adapted from the acclaimed book of short stories by Craig Davidson. The film will be released by Sony Pictures Classics on November 23, 2012, in New York and on December 7, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Cotillard recently wrapped production on director and co-writer James Gray’s “Untitled James Gray Project,” starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. The film focuses on ‘Ewa Cybulska,’ (Cotillard) and her sister, ‘Magda,’ who sail to Ellis Island in the early twentieth century, only to be separated when Magda falls ill. With nowhere to go, ‘Ewa’ quickly falls prey to ‘Bruno’ (Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who forces her to perform in his nightly burlesque show. There she encounters the dazzling ‘Orlando the Magician’ (Renner), who sweeps her off her feet and may be her only chance to reunite with her sister and escape the nightmare. Additionally, she also completed production on Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” opposite Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana. Set in 1970s Brooklyn, the film explores organized crime and the relationship between two brothers on either side of the law who face off against each other.
In 2008, Cotillard became the second French actress to ever win an Oscar®, and the first to win an acting award for a performance in the French language. The worldwide critical acclaim came for her riveting portrayal of legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf, in the film “La Vie En Rose.”
Cotillard’s credits include the successful French “Taxi” film series, written by Luc Besson, Yann Samuell’s “Love Me If […]

“Amour” amazes at Toronto International Film Fest – AWARDS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Day One of the Toronto International Film Festival is almost in the books. Three movies down, one more to go. (And that one has Kristen Stewart in it … do you think it will draw a crowd?)
The festival officially “opens” Thursday evening with a screening of Rian Johnson’s “Looper” (which we reviewed earlier today). But here are some snapshot reactions to the rest of the films I’ve managed to see so far.
“Amour”
The Who’s lyrics resonate deeply following a screening of Michael Haneke’s “Amour” – I hope I die before I get old.
Perhaps, then, I’ll be spared the grief and heartache associated with dying – feelings and experiences that are personified with gut-wrenching precision by Haneke’s two spectacular actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, in the powerful “Amour.” She plays Anne, a doting Parisian wife and former piano teacher who’s stricken with a debilitating illness. He plays Georges, the dedicated spouse who does what he can to help his beloved endure the hardships of mortality with the same dignity she brought to life.
The unflinching “Amour” captures a loving couple’s last days with documentary-worthy realism, nailing the frustrations, struggles and small joys that often come with the caretaking of a loved one. We have yet to see anyone challenge death and win, so the ending of “Amour” is written in stone (so much so that Haneke opens his film with the revelation that Anne has died). The rest of the film allows the couple to reflect on how they lived, and to demonstrate how an illness in the family extends beyond the afflicted to affect everyone.
It’s difficult not to project your own personal experiences onto the screen while watching “Amour.” The situations presented by Haneke are far too realistic not to see ourselves (and our loved ones) as moving parts in this difficult story. During one emotional scene, as Georges fights to feed a stubborn Anne just so that she’ll live a few days longer, I started thinking of all the people I’d do that for, and the ones I hope might do it for me. That’s love.
One cannot say enough about the performances delivered by Riva and Trintignant in service of Haneke’s grim study. They’re mesmerizing in these complicated roles. Riva, particularly, embraces the fear and loathing one can feel when their mind and body begin to fail. If the awards system […]

Analyzing Oscar’s Potential Leading and Supporting Ladies

Trying to sand down the rough slate that is the Actress categories is an intimidating task.  The past few years, the category has produced the likes of Natalie Portman in her career-topping performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and Marion Cotillard’s transformation like no other in the Foreign Language film, La Vie en Rose.

Which Stars will be in Cannes? – Marion Cotillard, David Cronenberg, Robert Pattinson…

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: We’re getting closer to the announcement of what’s going to happen in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. We already know two things: Wes Anderson is opening the festival with “Moonrise Kingdom” and Woody Allen is not going with the newly named “To Rome with Love.” But here are some thoughts from various sources. They do say “Rust & Bone” with Marion Cotillard is in. So, too, is David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” with Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame. High on everyone’s list is Walter Salles’s film of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”
Another name mentioned is popular Cannes filmmaker Michael Haneke, with “Amour” starring Isabelle Huppert. Then there’s the matter of Terrence Malick. He has two movies in post-production, one with Ben Affleck and Jessica Chastain (among others) which was thought to have been finished before “Tree of Life” was released. Any more ideas? Let me know at roger@showbiz411.com
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“The Dark Knight Rises” trailer is here!

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Batman fans flocked to the theater this weekend to see the first official footage from the anticipated “The Dark Knight Rises,” which played before Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible” sequel in select IMAX formats. A trailer for “Rises” accompanied the prologue, and bootlegged copies made their way around the Internet all weekend long.
Warner wisely counters with an official trailer for the film. We’ve posted it below.
What will you see?
– Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman essentially telling Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne that he’s part of the 1% (and will pay the price for his playboy ways)
– A crumbling football field (and what looks like Burt Ward – aka Robin from the 1960s TV show – playing running back for Gotham’s home team)
– Bane, and his bone mask.
– Marion Cotillard, and what looks like a Catwoman mask (deception!)
– A flying Bat-Wing …
… and so much more. But look for yourself. It’s the most anticipated trailer, and we have it below:

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What does “Paris” expansion mean for Oscar chances? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The official news, which broke Wednesday night, is that Sony Pictures Classics plans to re-introduce “Midnight In Paris,” Woody Allen’s most lucrative film, to larger audiences with a late summer expansion that will take place on Friday, Aug. 26.
“Heading into the fall, the film continues to distinguish itself and will elevate to another Woody Allen record this weekend when it is set to reach 50 million at the box office, with no signs of slowing down,” the studio says in a release.
And they are absolutely right. The film, from Allen’s standpoint, is a juggernaut. No one would have guessed that, in the twilight of his decades-spanning career, Allen would release a film that would go on to become his highest-grossing to date. Which is why the subtext of the expansion announcement is pretty clear.
Sony Pictures Classics likely is setting the stage for a sizeable Oscar push for Allen’s Parisian romantic comedy.
Realistically, what categories could “Paris” claim? Is a Best Picture slot out of the question? Certainly not, especially with the recently implemented, fluid rules of selecting anywhere from five to 10 nominees. Allen might have a hard time slipping into the Best Director race, given the stiff competition he’s expected to face from Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, George Clooney and more.
I don’t see Owen Wilson’s performance as Best Actor-worthy, but Marion Cotillard could ride a hot campaign to a Best Supporting Actress nod. Screenplay seems like a no-brainer (Allen last was nominated in 2005 for “Match Point”), as does Cinematography for Darius Khondji’s exquisite Paris shots. In fact, “Midnight” could clean up on technical nods when the Oscars are announced.
The news that SPC plans to re-release “Midnight In Paris” into the marketplace means they know they have a hit on their hands, and they’re doing what’s necessary to keep the film on people’s radars during the lengthy awards season. Screeners to Academy and guild members should follow, as well as FYC screenings all fall. Will Allen be up for the campaign? Will his movie lobby without his assistance? It’s going to be an interesting marathon if Allen is in it, as we haven’t seen him immersed in the “game” since 1994’s “Bullets Over Broadway.”
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“Midnight in Paris” Makes $75 Million Worldwide

HollywoodNews.com: Just a short story: Woody Allen‘s “Midnight in Paris” has now crossed the $75 million mark worldwide. In a word, it’s amazing. The film has made $42 million in the US alone. It’s the biggest financial success of Woody’s long career. People love this movie. It’s definitely going to be a Best Picture nominee, with Woody picking up director and screenwriting nominations.
I do see potential for Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and definitely Corey Stoll for acting nominations. What a lovely summer surprise for us and for Woody. It’s also nice for Michael Barker and Tom Bernard at Sony Pictures Classics. Woody’s next film, “Bop Decameron,” is shooting in Rome now with an allstar cast including an appearance by the Wood Man himself. Woody also gets a two part PBS documentary special this fall.
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Marion Cotillard may be a “Low Life” for James Gray

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Marion Cotillard may have just given birth to her first child, but she’s showing no signs of slowing down from her professional gig.
The actress currently can be seen in Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight In Paris.” She also has a part in Christopher Nolan’s anticipated sequel “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is filming as we speak. And according to reports, Cotillard’s circling “Low Life,” the next project from “We Own the Night” director James Gray.
Cotillard would play an immigrant moving to America from her native Poland who finds herself in a dirty, compromising predicament on the boat heading to Ellis Island, Deadline reports. She’d be joined in the cast by Joaquin Phoenix (a frequent Gray collaborator) and Jeremy Renner, who’s also in negotiations.
Such an interesting ensemble. Phoenix reportedly quit acting, though recent reports have him linked to Paul Thomas Anderson’s next, as-yet-untitled gig. And Renner, like Cotillard, seems to attach his name to everything. We’ll see if “Low Life” pans out, but if it doesm the cast already intrigues.
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Marion Cotillard welcomes baby boy

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a boy for “Inception” star and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard and her partner, actor-director Guillaume Canet.
The couple welcomed their son, who they named Marcel, on Thursday night in Paris, sources have told PEOPLE magazine.
“Mother and baby are fine,” says the source, and Cotillard is “very happy.”
The couple started dating in 2007. The source told PEOPLE back in January, “They haven’t disclosed any plans concerning marriage.”
Cotillard’s latest picture, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month. She’s also scheduled to have a role in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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