April 23, 2014

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Oscars®: Will either of the movies about doppelgangers be up the Academy’s alley?

Today, a small movie called Enemy opened in limited release, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and, well…Jake Gyllenhaal. In May, another small flick called The Double comes out, and that one stars Jesse Eisenberg alongside, you guessed it…Jesse Eisenberg. 2014 seems to be the year of the doppelganger, in addition to biblical epics as I mentioned a week or so ago. These are acting showcases through and through, so could Oscar bite for one or both of them? Honestly, I think they’re both too offbeat and weird for Academy attention, so instead of doing specific preview pieces on them and just going through the motions of talking about a likely to be ignored pair of films, I wanted to sort of discuss both of them a bit here in this sort of an article. These could be independent contenders for other awards, so it’s important to give the pair a moment in the sun here, if nothing else.
First up we have Enemy, which is partially notable for being the other movie that Gyllenhaal shot with his Prisoners director Denis Villenueve (and actually was filmed first, though it’s coming out this year as opposed to last…both played festivals around the same time however). Written by Javier Gullón and costarring Mélanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon, this is a very dreamlike and Kafka-esque (you’ll understand why if you see it) look at identity. Gyllenhaal plays a teacher who sees a doppelganger of his when watching a movie and set out to meet the man. Things obviously don’t go as intended. This is a psychosexual thriller of sorts and about as far from mainstream as it gets. That being said, it’s impeccably made by Villenueve and expertly acted, so an open minded audience member or Oscar voter could find something to like here, particularly in terms of Gyllenhaal’s performance(s).
Now we come to The Double, which is co-written (along with Avi Korine) and directed by Richard Ayoade. Eisenberg costars here with Sally Hawkins, Wallace Shawn, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O’Dowd, and Noah Taylor, to name a few. This is a pitch black comedy about a meek office drone driven mad by the appearance of a smooth talking doppelganger who at first seems interested in helping him before attempting to take over his life. This is very much a dark comedy that almost seems uninterested in laughs, so that immediately will turn off some voters, but Eisenberg has rarely [...]

Potential 2013 Oscar contenders coming down the pike

As we get ready to enter the brand new year, it’s never too late to get on the ball for potential Oscar contenders coming down the pike.
Chan-wook Park’s Stoker starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode has a new poster and early word is already positive for Wasikowska who’s been an up and comer and potential Supporting Actress nominee Kidman. The film is scheduled to be shown at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival and opens in limited release March 1, 2013.
Also releasing some beautiful character posters is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. A few weeks back, we stumbled across the character posters for Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher and with the latest, Mulligan’s Daisy is the most aesthetically pleasing. The film is set to open May 10, 2013.
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Five-time Oscar Nominee Glenn Close to be Honored at Hollywood Film Festival’s Gala Ceremony – AWARDS ALLEY

hollywoodnews.com:The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award” at the festival’s Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place October 24, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. “It is a privilege to honor and to celebrate Glenn Close’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career,” said Mr. de Abreu.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season and in the past eight years a total of 73 Oscar nominations and 27 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Awards.
The 2011 Hollywood Film Festival has also announced that they will honor Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams with the “Hollywood Actress Award” for “My Week with Marilyn,” Academy Award-nominated actor Christopher Plummer with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for “Beginners,” actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt with the “Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award” for “50/50,” and actress Felicity Jones with the “New Hollywood Award” for “Crazy Love.” Other honorees include the cast of “The Help” (Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel), Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Editor Stephen Mirrione, Production Designer James Murakami, and Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar at their annual Awards Gala. In addition, Gore Verbinski’s “Rango” will be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, along with additional honorees to be announced in the coming weeks.
About Glenn Close:
Five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close enjoys a career that has spanned every medium from film to television to the stage. She next stars as the title character in “Albert Nobbs” alongside a distinguished cast that includes Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowska, and Brendan Gleeson. A passion project of Close’s for nearly 20 years, “Albert Nobbs” is directed by Rodrigo Garcia with whom Close has worked two previous times (“Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her” and “Nine Lives”). In addition to writing the screenplay with John Banville, Close also served as producer of the film, which earned her raves at the 2011 Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.
Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill’s “The World According to Garp,” for which she received her first Academy Award nomination. She [...]

Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska in “Albert Nobbs” – TIFF 2011

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: At the Toronto International Film Festival, the talent isn’t just on the screen. TIFF often is characterized by the sheer number of actors, directors, producers and talents that are occupying theater seats, eating in restaurants, strolling through hotel lobbies and conversing with fans as the film festival rages around downtown.
We already know five-time Academy Award nominee will be there promoting her latest film “Albert Nobbs,” a period piece set in Ireland that centers around the employees and guests at Dublin’s most luxurious hotel. But there’s a twist, which we’ll reveal below as we preview “Albert” further ahead of its Toronto premiere.
Previous TIFF previews can be found by visiting our bustling Awards Alley.
For now, though, let’s dig into “Albert Nobbs,” and what we are assuming is another fantastic performance from the legendary Glenn Close.
Albert Nobbs

The Plot: In 19th century Ireland, where women aren’t encouraged to be independent, “Albert” (Glenn Close) poses as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin’s most posh hotel. But the arrival of a handsome painter inspires “Albert” to escape the lie she has been living, and she turns to a new friend to help her complete her free-spirited journey toward womanhood.
The Cast: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson, Janet McTeer
The Director: Rodrigo Garcia (“Mother and Child,” “Passengers”)
The Scoop: Lately, Close has done her strongest work on television, earning Emmy Awards for her powerful roles in “Damages” and the defunct “The Shield.” But the Oscar nominee is always welcome on the silver screen, and “Nobbs” appears to be a personal project of hers. Close co-wrote the screenplay with John Banville, and seems to be doing the heavy lifting in the lead role. The film is earning her recognition in festivals around the globe. The actress is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, while Austin has confirmed the film’s involvement in its fest later this fall.
Awards Potential: One has to wonder … will this be the role that finally earns Glenn Close her Oscar? Though she has been nominated five times (and deserved wins for “The Big Chill” and “Fatal Attraction”), Close has yet to bring the little gold man home. We’ll know more at TIFF if Close has a winner on her hands, as well as if “Abert Nobbs” has a chance at competing in other [...]

Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” receives new trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled a full trailer for Gus Van Sants’ “Restless,” which stars rising talent Mia Wasikowska (“The Kids Are All Right”) in a wistful, tragic romance. The hi-def trailer can be found on Yahoo! Movies, and we’ve also posted it below:
Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk and Jane Adams star in this graceful adaptation of Jason Lew’s stage play “Of Winter and Water Birds.” The film screened in Cannes to mixed reviews as it told the story of a haunted teen who falls for a girl recovering from intense chemotherapy.
Larger audiences will get a chance to see it when it tests the waters in limited release on Sept. 16.
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Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” opening Un Certain Regard at Cannes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We continue to get the Cannes Film Festival lineup in dribs and drabs.
Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” has been slated as the Opening Night film. Other titles – from Rob Marshall’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” to Terrence Malick’s long-awaited “Tree of Life” – have been rumored, but nothing has been confirmed.
Thierry Fremaux will announce the full lineup on Thursday, but this morning, festival organizers have revealed that Gus Van Sant’s latest, “Restless,” will open the Un Certain Regard selection on May 12.
Mia Wasikowska of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Kids Are All Right” co-stars with Henry Hooper in Van Sant’s teen drama, his first picture since the Oscar-winning “Milk” in 2008.
The films joining Van Sant, Allen and other world-renowned directors will be announced at a Thursday press conference in Paris.
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Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner named Indie Spirit presenters

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The night before they’ll hear their names announced as nominees at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner will act as presenters for the 26th Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The ceremony, hosted by “Community” star Joel McHale, takes place Saturday, Feb. 26, in Santa Monica. Lawrence and Renner — nominated for “Winter’s Bone” and “The Town,” respectively – join recently announced presenters Ewan McGregor and Eva Mendes, according to The Wrap.
Lawrence has a good chance of going home with an Indie Spirit award that evening for her work in “Bone.” She’s up against fellow nominees Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”), Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”), Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”), Greta Gerwig (“Greenberg”) and Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”).
Already announced presented for Saturday evening’s event include Will Arnett, Jesse Eisenberg, Terrence Howard, Nicole Kidman, Diego Luna, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Kerry Washington, Mia Wasikowska and Rainn Wilson.
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2010 Greggys: “The Kids Are All Right” named Movie of the Year

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Well, you didn’t think it was going to be ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ did you?
That movie, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor had its moments but overall, I didn’t love it. But kudos to Carrey for giving 100 percent to his performance. I just didn’t buy him and McGregor together for a single second and matters were not helped by the director’s decision to zoom out and dim the lights every time these two kissed.
Before I write about the superb ‘The Kids Are All Right,’ let me say that there were many excellent LGBT films this year with ‘Undertow,’ ‘A Marine Story’ and ‘Bear City’ being among my favorites.
‘The Kids Are All Right,’ directed and co-written by Lisa Cholodenko, was simply terrific from the first frame to the last.
So smart, so funny, so sexy.
Annette Bening is being touted as the front-runner for the best actress Oscar and it would be awfully nice to see her win at last.
She is in top form here as a busy doctor (and a wine drinking alcoholic) married to Julianne Moore and raising their two teenage kids (kids fathered by same sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) with each woman giving birth to a child.)
Moore is also excellent as the more free-spirited half of the couple and Ruffalo gives, I think, the best performance of his career as the sperm donor father brought into their lives by the kids.
When the family’s happiness is threatened by his presence and his actions, Bening is just superb as a control freak fighting to restore order her household.
The film is so well written and it is just filled with humor to balance the more dramatic moments. It has a real sophistication and ease. I’m still haunted by a look on her face at the dinner table after she discovers she has been betrayed by Moore.
Rounding out this fine Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated cast as the teenage children are Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson.
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“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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