April 20, 2014

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Is Steve Carell on his way to becoming an Oscar favorite?

One of the 2014 Oscar contenders I’m most looking forward to is Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which stars Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum. I’ll be getting more in depth into that one later on this year, but after the news this week that Carell has also added another project to his slate that screams “nominate me”, I’ve started to think about where his career could be headed. In short, could Carell be an Oscar nominee and/or a winner within the next year or two?
This new project that he’s involved in is called The Priority List and is a drama about a teacher dying of cancer attempting to go on the road and reconnect with his students while making the most of his last days. If there was ever a plot that seems tailor made for a Best Actor nomination, it’s this one. Of course, we don’t know who’s writing or directing or costarring yet, and that can make a big difference (I don’t even know if the book is any good, just that it’s a true life tale, and voters tend to dig on that), but it’s just the right sort of role for a comedic actor to tackle as they transition to a more dramatic stage of their career.
Carell has shown dramatic skill before, though usually in more dramedy style roles such as the supporting turn of his in Little Miss Sunshine. Even over the last few years, a lot of his choices have been more in the quietly funny or even more dramatic than humorous realm, almost as if he’s been prepping for this transition deliberately. Foxcatcher will be by far his darkest and most serious role to date, and that should set him up nicely for this upcoming drama The Priority List.

This year will have Carell almost certainly in contention with the aforementioned Foxcatcher, though we don’t know yet if it’ll be a Lead or Supporting performance. Regardless, The Priority List is a clear Lead and showcase piece, so imagine if, two years from now, we’re talking about how Carell won Best Supporting Actor and then the very next year won Best Actor? It’s not as laughable (no pun intended) a prospect as you might think. Matthew McConaughey after all is now being looked at as a perpetual threat to get nominated, and consider what Jim Carrey’s Oscar career could have been like if he’d been [...]

‘The Office’ will end after this season

HollywoodNews.com: Fans of ‘The Office’ might be upset with this news, but it seems that the show will be ending after this season.
Executive producer Greg Daniels recently announced that they will be wrapping up the show this year, states UsMagazine.com. “This year feels like the last chance to … make an artistic ending for the show,” Daniels commented.
And it seems that after nine seasons, fans will finally get what they want: “All questions will be answered this year. We’re going to see who is behind the documentary. [Fans] will pleased and excited by what we have planned for them this year.”
Are you sad the show will be ending?
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Elizabeth Banks added to cast of Charlie Kaufman’s “Frank or Francis”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Elizabeth Banks hasn’t been busier. Her latest movie, “Man On a Ledge,” just opened. She has “The Hunger Games” on the horizon. And she continues to add extremely engaging projects to her acting radar.
The blonde beauty has joined the cast of one of our most-anticipated films, “Frank or Francis,” from the twisted mind of Charlie Kaufman. The writer of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Being John Malkovich” has penned a musical satire about moviemaking and the awards race.
The film stars Jack Black as a movie blogger who draws the ire of a talented film director (Steve Carell) who engages him in a “battle,” of sorts. Nicolas Cage, according to THR, plays “an actor who is famous for his high-concept films, while (Kevin) Kline will play the director of the world’s top-grossing movie as well as that character’s brother, who turns into an animatronic head.”
As for Banks, she’ll play an actress who’s having an affair with Carell’s character. So they’ll be rekindling some of that “40-Year-Old Virgin” chemistry?
“Frank or Francis” comes across as an impossibly clever premise, and I wouldn’t believe it possible if not for the fact that Kaufman was helming. The blustery awards race and the Hollywood machine could use a skewering. And while “Francis” might come across a little bit like biting the hand that feeds, Kaufman doesn’t seem concerned with staying in Hollywood’s good graces. We’ll continue to track “Frank and Francis,” which has one of the most impressive casts we’ve seen in some time.
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The Taming of Ricky Gervais: Golden Globe Awards

By Michael Russnow
HollywoodNews.com: For the past two years I’ve written reviews of The Golden Globes excoriating Ricky Gervais for mostly tedious humor and lapses in judgment that resulted in so-called jokes that were in severely bad taste.
I’m not a prude and have enjoyed Gervais in the past when he came forth on other awards shows for five minutes or so with often ingenious biting patter, but somehow, to me — and quite a few others — once he became the host he went bonkers and said things that weren’t particularly creative or clever just to get a reaction with an outrageously bad pun at someone else’s expense.
So, it was somewhat of a shock that the Golden Globes committee invited him back for another turn and even more of one to see that, in spite of Gervais’ “warnings” in the Golden Globes promos the past few weeks to prepare us for upcoming shocks, that in reality he must have made a deal with the devil to get the national exposure afforded on the highly rated show.
From the outset when he first appeared to a polite round of applause of quite short duration, he seemed very uneasy in spite of his previously announced bravado. Even the audience had muted expressions on their faces from nothing at all to forced smiles, and responded with only limited displays of laughter.
So, I can’t damn Ricky Gervais this year, except to say that for the most part he wasn’t all that funny. Occasionally, he was on target and had a few pungent moments that hit their mark in a mildly savage way. But while I don’t have the minute by minute tally of his prior performances, it appeared that he was offstage much more than in the past. When he did reemerge he often did so holding a glass of booze in an act that was more pretense of being cool while he delivered jokes that were often flat.
And there were rejoinders from the presenters, even to a relatively slight off-color mocking reference to Madonna as “like a virgin.” When the singer came on stage she rebutted Gervais’ comment with a zinger that, regarding a tryst with him, she “hadn’t kissed a girl in awhile.”
It was becoming painful to watch him, even if one wasn’t at all offended, because his performance was so emasculated, though in his introduction to Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek whatever [...]

Ricky Gervais: Grade his Golden Globes hosting job – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: What is the over/under or the number of minutes Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais spent on screen Sunday night? Ten minutes? 15?
Seriously, after the host worked through his opening monologue, he seemed to disappear for enormous chunks of time. Was that the HFPA’s approach? Is that how they compromised on the decision to bring Gervais back as a host: Give him a monologue, then limit his exposure to perhaps contain his controversial statements?
I even think Gervais’ monologue, while funny, was safer than the slash-and-burn technique he took last year. His finest jabs probably were aimed at the “evil” Colin Firth. Though the night’s best one-liner came from George Clooney and was aimed at Michael Fassbender’s … ahem, talent.
How do you think Gervais did? Give him a grade in the comments section below. And check out these montages of the “best” of Gervais from Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony.

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- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
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- Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
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Ricky Gervais, “Tintin” and the Critics’ Choice in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: It’s a quiet Friday in Hollywood as the industry recuperates from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and prepares for Sunday’s Golden Globes. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t news and analysis to be found, so let’s run through the hot topics of the day.
- In case you missed it, I break down where the race stands in the wake of the CCMAs, which has been a reliable predictor of the Oscar race in year’s past.
- My colleague, Scott Feinberg, does the same, and calls last night’s CCMA winners “the frontrunners” in their respective categories.
- Looking ahead to Sunday’s Globes, host Ricky Gervais is warming up his insult wagon, and says he has very specific targets in mind this year. Honestly, I can’t wait for his monologue. The rest of the show might be a snoozer, but Gervais is sure to have people in front of their TV sets early.
- Oscar ballots are due back today. Here are 10 surprises we could see, according to The Wrap.
- And finally, Steven Spielberg spills a few details on a “Tintin” sequel, which Peter Jackson likely would direct.
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- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Ricky Gervais set to host the 2012 Golden Globes

HollywoodNews.com: Ricky Gervais is back and will officially be hosting the 2012 Golden Globes.
Show announcers have confirmed that he will be the host of the 69th annual show, states UsMagazine.com. Gervais previously hosted and got slammed for dissing a number of stars during the gig.
After last year, Gervais wasn’t sure he wanted to host again but it seems he has changed his mind.
The 2012 Golden Globes will be taking place on January 15th.
Are you glad he’s hosting again?
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Oscars: Ricky Gervais wants to host the Oscars … and the Globes – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Something tells me Ricky Gervais isn’t the “solution” the Academy is looking for in the wake of the recent Brett Ratner-Eddie Murphy scandal. But that didn’t stop the stand-up comic from volunteering his services as next year’s Oscar host … and Golden Globes host, as well.
“I’ll do it,” he joked to Access Hollywood during an interview. “I’ll do [the Oscars] as well. I’ll be in town any way for the Globes.”
Well, no. He probably won’t. The last time Gervais took the stage at the Beverly Hilton to host the Glbes, he blowtorched the room by insulting Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Bruce Willis, John Travolta and any other A-lister who happened to fall into his acerbic sights.
I say “probably,” however, because Gervais – at the very least – earned the Hollywood Foreign Press Association plenty of headlines in the days following the Globes, and a return to hosting duties would only boost the program’s TV ratings … at least for the first 10 minutes, when Gervais has freedom to monologue.
“They haven’t asked me officially yet, and I don’t know whether I’d say yes. It’s very tempting,” Ricky told Access Hollywood. “It’s tempting [because] for three hours, I’m the most feared man in LA, so that’s nice.”
“I think NBC wants me to do it, but [the] Hollywood Foreign Press have got to want me as well. It’s their event. It’s their party,” he concluded.
What do you think? Do you want Gervais for the Globes? The Oscars? Both? Or neither?
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Matt Damon, John Krasinski teaming up

HollywoodNews.com: Matt Damon may be making his directorial debut with a new film that he will also be starring in with ‘The Office’s’ John Krasinski.
Damon is reportedly going to be involved in an untitled drama that was also written by himself and Krasinski, states The Hollywood Reporter. Krasinski reportedly developed the idea with Dave Eggers and then got in touch with Damon about writing it together.
Damon will also produce the film with Chris Moore.
The film reportedly revolves around a salesman whose life is changed after moving to a small town.
Are you looking forward to them working together?
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Jim Carrey opposite Steve Carell in magician comedy?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: He was a surprise guest star on Steve Carell’s final episode of “The Office,” but they never shared the screen in a scene. That’s about to change.
Jim Carrey is negotiating to co-star alongside Carell in the New Line comedy “Burt Wonderstone,” Deadline reports. The story revolves around dueling Las Vegas magicians who are vying for tourists’ attentions in Sin City. Longtime television director Don Scardino (“30 Rock,” “Cosby”) helm’s the high-concept film, which should give Carell and Carrey plenty of room to improvise.
Last we checked, “Wonderstone” had a 2013 release date in store. But now that Carell’s found his comedic foil in Carrey, I can’t see New Line waiting too long to get this production rolling so audience members can see how the pairing plays on screen.
We’ll keep you posted on “Burt Wonderstone” developments as they happen, but the already intriguing project just turned more interesting.
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