February 05, 2017

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Natalie Portman and “Jackie” are the Oscar race’s newest contenders

Every once in a blue moon, a hunch of mine seems to pay off. A few times over the past month or so, I’ve listed Jackie as a dark horse Academy Award contender across the board, and not just for Natalie Portman’s turn as the former First Lady. It has a chance to go real far, something that the festival reviews so far have confirmed. Now, they also claim that it’s a little on the unusual side, which makes certain honors harder, but Portman in Best Actress seems like a likely occurrence at least. With Fox Searchlight having acquired it and officially dated it for a December release, it’s in the running, no doubt about that. The question is just how far it can go? Tomorrow when I drop new Oscar predictions, you’ll get a sense, but until then, we can discuss a bit now.
The film is a glimpse into a few haunting days in the life of Jackie Kennedy (Portman). Following the tragic assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson), the First Lady fights through grief and trauma in order to comfort her children, while also defining her husband’s historic legacy. A famous tour of the White House is depicted, along with an interview of some note. Pablo Larraín directs an already award winning script from Noah Oppenheim, while there’s a large ensemble cast on display. Just a sample includes Max Casella, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, Richard E. Grant, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, along with many others. Filmmaker in his own right Darren Aronofsky is one of the producers, having originally intended to make the project himself. Cinematography is from Stéphane Fontaine, while Mica Levi provides a score that has gotten a lot of attention.
So far, reviews have been glowing. Especially gushing praise has been given to Portman’s performance in the title role, Larraín’s direction, Oppenheim’s script, and Levi’s score. Some have even spoken of Portman as the one to beat in Best Actress. That might be a bit too presumptuous, but it seems highly likely that she’s be in the top tier of the category. It sounds like a captivating film and one I can’t wait to see, as I’ve been anticipating it since Aranofsky was initially involved years ago. The potential for something special has apparently been fulfilled, with Oscar possibly set to come calling.

Awards wise, Jackie is just about a lock in one […]

“Knight of Cups” gives audiences another Terrence Malick film to ponder

There are very few filmmakers with a more singular style out there than the one and only Terrence Malick. This week, he offers up another unique cinematic experience with Knight of Cups, sure to be a divisive little movie. This is part of his new, slightly grittier fare, and it’s certainly going to get a response out of you. I’ve had a hit or miss relationship with Malick flicks previously, though I can say without question that this is unlike anything he has ever done before, at least in terms of what he’s trying to accomplish. I’ll share my personal thoughts below, but Malick fans will have reason to anticipate this release, that’s for sure.
The film follows a successful writer named Rick (Christian Bale) as he indulges in Hollywood excess and wanders around, pontificating about his life to himself, as well as the audience, in voiceover monologue after voiceover monologue. There are glimpses at his relationship with his father (Brian Dennehy), brother (Wes Bentley), as well as the various women in his life (including Cate Blanchett, Teresa Palmer, Frieda Pinto, Imogen Poots, and Natalie Portman), but often his just Rick, wandering about a party or the streets of Los Angeles. Malick writes and directs, as you’d obviously believe while watching this, with cinematography from the great Emmanuel Lubezki, production design by longtime collaborator Jack Fisk, and music from Harlan Townshend. Other cast members include Antonio Banderas, Jason Clarke, Clifton Collins Jr., Kevin Corrigan, Dane DeHaan, Cherry Jones, Nick Kroll, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Isabel Lucas, Joe Manganiello, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Nick Offerman, and Fabio. Yes, Fabio.
Simply put, I really didn’t care for this flick. All of the issues I’ve been having with Malick over his past few works are here in full force, amped up with a story about a spoiled man whining about his life but doing nothing about it. The cast is wasted, the gorgeous visuals are as well, and it all seems too quickly thrown together. The care he showed in Badlands, Days of Heaven, and The Thin Red Line appear to be gone, in favor of a loose DIY style that just is a bad fit for the director. Maybe I’m alone in thinking this way, but I found it to be a big misfire, carrying his bad habits from To the Wonder and expanding on them. Alas. They can’t all be winners, right?
As a bonus/comparison, […]

The 83rd Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

After a brief delay, this series has returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more.
Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks:
Best Picture – The Social Network
The nominees here for this ceremony were 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone. My personal pick Blue Valentine wasn’t nominated, of course, so my number two pick is an easy one…The Social Network. Such a shame that it fell short here to The King’s Speech in real life.
Best Director – David Fincher for The Social Network
This category featured Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit), David Fincher (The Social Network), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), and David O. Russell (The Fighter), and yet the three most interesting choices in Aronofsky, Fincher, and Russell were passed over for Hooper. I’d change that though, and go with Fincher. Had I been given the power to vote for anyone though, I’d probably have gone with Derek Cianfrance for Blue Valentine.
Best Actor – Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
I didn’t intend to vote down the line for The Social Network, but so far it just has worked out that way. My personal pick Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine got snubbed, so I had to go to my second choice. The nominees here were Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), James Franco (127 Hours), and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech). It’s hard to argue with Firth’s win, but I think Eisenberg was slightly more deserving overall.
Best Actress – Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine
Honestly, I might prefer Natalie Portman for Black Swan, but I can’t resist the chance to give Blue Valentine an Oscar win […]

Diane Keaton: The Top 25 (Best Actress)

It’s almost over folks. Yes, this penultimate time around I’ll be tackling one of the very biggest of the big eight categories, one of the only two left. This one is arguably the second or third biggest of them all…it’s the Best Actress field. This is really about as prestigious a category as there is ladies and gentlemen, give or take how you stack Picture/Director/Actor. I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or two and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure…
I’ll basically just skip burying the lead this time around and just discuss my top ten a bit here now. To me, the best winner of this category so far to date has been Diane Keaton in her iconic performance in Annie Hall. She creates an unforgettable character alongside Woody Allen and wins both your heart and your mind. It’s unquestionably the best winner in this category’s history, at least in my eyes. A classic performance in a classic film. Not far behind is Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry, which I think is not just one of the all time best bits of acting, but somehow an underrated one despite winning Swank her first Oscar. Swank actually has two performances in my top ten (and she’s not the only multiple honoree here, but I’ll get to that in a moment), but this is her crowning achievement. Rounding out the top five we have Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (who has two performances on my list), Elizabeth Taylor for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Charlize Theron for Monster. They’re all tremendous performances, and they’re joined in an absolutely stacked top ten by the likes of Louise Fletcher for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind, Natalie Portman for Black Swan, Meryl Streep for Sophie’s Choice, and Swank again for Million Dollar Baby. Besides Swank’s two mentions, Foster also shows up again just outside the top ten for The Accused, while Leigh has one more in […]

Rumors Anne Hathaway is marrying this weekend

HollywoodNews.com: Anne Hathway hasn’t confirmed any wedding date rumors, but it sounds like she could be getting married as soon as this weekend.
It is reported that the actress and her fiance, Adam Shulman, will be getting married in Big Sur, states RadarOnline. Shulman and Hathaway will reportedly get married during a traditional Jewish ceremony.
Designer Valentino Garavani already commented that he designed the wedding dress she will be wearing for the big day.
Big Sur is also where Natalie Portman wed earlier this year in a small, private ceremony.
Do you think Hathaway is getting married this weekend?
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Natalie Portman debuts blonde locks

HollywoodNews.com: Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood’s most famous brunettes, but now she has gone to the blonde side with a new look.
Portman stepped out for the Van Cleef & Arpels Dinner for L.A. Dance Project where she was spotted in a beautiful white dress and blonde hair, states UsMagazine.com. Portman hung out with husband Benjamin Millepied and actor Robert Pattinson.
Portman reportedly commented during the event that her hair color change was for an upcoming role.
Do you like her as a blonde or should she remain a brunette?
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Natalie Portman reportedly putting acting on hold for son

HollywoodNews.com: Now that Natalie Portman is a mother to her first son she is allegedly hoping to focus more on raising her son than working on her career.
It is rumored that Portman is taking more time off from acting to be with her 15-month-old son Aleph, states UsMagazine.com. And while she hasn’t completely stopped acting, she is being pickier about movies she’ll be involved with because it has to be worth losing time with her child.
Portman has reportedly changed her outlook since her son arrived and wants to have time for him when he needs her.
Do you think she seems like a good mom?
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Justin Bieber to become a ‘Simpsons’ character

HollywoodNews.com: Justin Bieber is about to hit another milestone as he is going to become a ‘Simpsons’ character.
It is being reported that Bieber is going to get animated on the show and has already recorded some voiceovers for his appearance, states UsMagazine.com. His episode will reportedly be titled “The Fabulous Faker Boy” and will have him playing himself when he is denied entry to a talent show where Bart is playing piano.
However, he won’t be the only star making an appearance during the show’s 24th season as Steve Carell, Zooey Deschanel, Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman will all do voiceovers.
Will you tune in for his episode?
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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.

Natalie Portman’s wedding dress designed by Rodarte

HollywoodNews.com: Natalie Portman married Benjamin Millepied this weekend, and the lucky design she wore was a Rodarte wedding dress.
Portman wore a dress from the label designed by her good friends, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, states UsMagazine.com. The dress was reportedly a white A-line dress that included sheer sleeves.
Portman also reportedly wore flats with her dress along with a veil and a floral crown.
Rodarte has been working with Portman for some time now as the designers created her ‘Black Swan’ tutus along with the dresses she wore to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and the 20120 Venice Film Festival.
Portman and Millepied had a traditional Jewish ceremony this weekend near Big Sur, California.
Do you like her choice of designer?
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