Tag Archives: Stephen Frears

Meryl Streep goes for the gold again in “Florence Foster Jenkins”

There often seems to be two different types of Meryl Streep movies. One type is the serious awards vehicles, where she’s consistently nominated for Oscars. The other type is when she seems to be letting her hair down and having a good time, usually to be ignored by Academy members.[...]

“The Program” attempts to turn the Lance Armstrong story into an Oscar vehicle

Once upon a time, it was all the rage to love Lance Armstrong. After all, his story was a ready made feel good movie. Now, having learned the truth about the athlete and seeing him disgraced, the story has taken on a whole new level and meaning. As such, there[...]

Hollywood Contenders – Looking again at filmmakers this year due their first win

A few months ago, I took a look at writers and directors in the 2015 Oscar race who have previously been nominated for Academy Awards but yet to take home the gold. It was a fairly speculative piece, but now that the season is beginning to separate the contenders from[...]

David O. Russell and Ridley Scott: Which filmmaking contenders this year are most due for their first win?

Much like I said last week, of the many storylines that begin during awards season, few are usually as compelling as the ones centered around who’s most due for an Academy Award. I think that it’s usually pretty satisfying to see a former bridesmaid finally become a bride, as it[...]

Oscars: Get to know a Best Picture nominee: “Philomena”

Directed by: Stephen Frears Written by: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope Main cast members: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Peter Hermann, and Sean Mahon Number of Oscar nominations in total: 4 Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Actress (Dench), Best Adapted Screenplay (Coogan and Pope), and Best Original Score Notable precursor[...]

Is Gemma Arterton up for Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequels?

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a good time to be Gemma Arterton (as well as Arterton’s agent). Though the curvy British actress was relegated to eye candy in “Prince of Persia,” the latest Bond adventure, and a “Clash of the Titans” remake, she showed acting chops in an underseen abduction thriller “The[...]

Mark Romanek to lead 37th Telluride Film Festival

HollywoodNews.com: The 37th Annual Telluride Film Festival has just unveiled this year’s lineup that includes more than a handful of documentaries and will salute Claudia Cardinale for a tribute that will include a screening of “The Girl with the Suitcase.” Mark Romanek will show “Never Let Me Go” and there is[...]