Tag Archives: Tate Taylor

“The Girl on the Train” hopes to transport Emily Blunt to the Oscar race

Adaptations of pulpy novels got a dose of class a few years back when David Fincher made Gone Girl. Now, it’s sort of becoming the rage. This week, we have a film clearly indebted to that one in The Girl on the Train. It wants to go where that one[...]

The Help: The Power of Film to Create Social Change

HollywoodNews.com: There is a vibrant tradition in American cinema of films that tackle compelling social issues. Seminal films, including “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Norma Rae” remind everyone that the smallest acts of courage can inspire social change.[...]

Octavia Spencer, SAG winner, on Mississippi heat and the book-club roots of “The Help” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell hollywoodnews.com: Octavia Spencer has been a gracious winner all awards season long … which is important, because virtually every time she claims a trophy, she’s triumphing over her “Help” co-star Jessica Chastain. Yet at every awards gala, the women of “The Help” come across as the picture of[...]

Viola Davis, SAG winner, on “The Help,” Tate Taylor and Kathryn Stockett – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell hollywoodnews.com: By most accounts, this year’s Best Actress race boils down to “Doubt” co-stars Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, competing on behalf of their respective films “The Iron Lady” and “The Help.” Yet choosing a frontrunner has been difficult. Davis might take home a Critics’ Choice Movie Award,[...]

“The Help” reboots Oscar campaign with DVD, Blu-ray release – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: In honor of Tate Taylor’s “The Help” reaching DVD and Blu-ray today, we’re revisiting the summer blockbuster and examining the extras that are exclusive to the discs. Deleted scenes and a “Making of” featurette await those who pick up Disney’s release. In addition, Mary J. Blige includes[...]

Can Occupy Wall Street help “The Help”? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell hollywoodnews.com: Reading stories this morning of the NYPD’s efforts to extinguish the Occupy Wall Street movement in downtown Manhattan, my mind turned to the ladies of “The Help.” The messages of the OWS movement might not be as unified as organizers hoped, and the causes have fractured to[...]

“The Help” director Tate Taylor circling next project?

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Director Tate Taylor, riding a wave of support and enthusiasm for the subtle character work he manages on “The Help,” is looking ahead to his next project and could be circling another period drama. Taylor is looking at “Peace Like a River,” an adaptation of Leif Enger’s novel[...]

Octavia Spencer, Kathryn Stockett on the troubles and triumphs of “The Help” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Tate Taylor’s “The Help,” an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s immensely popular novel documenting the South’s racial divide in the 1960s, opens in theaters today. Depending on who you believe, the picture’s Oscar campaign either officially begins or is dead in the water. I’m opting for the former. Disney[...]

Viola Davis, Tate Taylor open up about “The Help” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: The book sold millions of copies, spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times’ best seller’s list, and stirred up its fair share of controversy. The movie opens in theaters on Wednesday and is generating its fair share of Oscar heat thanks to outstanding performances[...]