February 10, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
In a role unlike perhaps anything else we’ve seen her in, British actress and Oscar nominee Kiera Knightley joined Steve Carell in the apocalyptic comedy “Seeking A Friend At The End of The World”, and Yahoo have today revealed the first trailer.
After it is announced that an asteroid is set to hit Earth in three weeks, the duo embark on a journey to find Carell’s lost love. Also starring Patton Oswalt, Melanie Lynskey and Rob Cordry, this first trailer strikes the right balance between comedy, hope, despair, and asks the ultimate question – just what would you do if you knew the end of the world was in three weeks’ time?
“Seeking A Friend At The End of The World” is set for release on June 22nd 2012.
February 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Longtime comedian and award season breakout star Patton Oswalt is enjoying something of a higher profile in Hollywood following a tremendous role opposite Charlize Theron in Jason Reitman’s divisive dark comedy “Young Adult.” And what comes with a higher profile? Higher profile roles, of course! Variety reports Oswalt has joined the cast of Ben Stiller’s remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, also starring Kristen Wiig, who had something of a breakout year herself after co-writing and starring in “Bridesmaids.”
Stiller is directing and also starring in the remake of the 1974 comedy, which was based on a 1939 short story that appeared in The New Yorker. Stiller plays the title character, a timid LIFE Magazine employee who develops pictures of other people having adventures. When an important negative goes missing, he gets to play hero and maybe get the girl (Wiig). Oswalt plays Todd, an eHarmony counselor who helps Mitty set up a dating profile and Shirley MacLaine is also on board as Mitty’s mom. Filming begins in April.
Oswalt, a longtime series regular on Kevin James sitcom “The King of Queens”, came close to Oscar this year when he played the sarcastic foil to Theron’s hot mess in “Young Adult” (he was just honored for that performance with a Virtuosos Award last weekend at the Santa Barbara Film Festival). He can be seen opposite Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in this summer’s apocalyptic comedy “Seeking a Friend at the End of the World” and with Anton Yelchin and Willem Defoe in “Odd Thomas.”
January 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
As awards season rolls on towards Oscar, the Santa Barbara Film Festival jumps into the fray to honor some standout performances of the year. The six recipients have all garnered critical praise and are all deserving of awards attention, but let’s face it, they all seem to be longshots for that elusive Oscar, so it’s nice to see them get rewarded for their brilliant work elsewhere. Via press release: “The actors who were selected to be recognized for their exceptional performances are: Demián Bichir for his earnest portrayal as Carlos, a virtuous father struggling to provide for his son in A Better Life; Rooney Mara for her dark and provocative performance as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Melissa McCarthy for her role as the hilariously outspoken Megan in Bridesmaids; Patton Oswalt for masterfully navigating between the realms of comedy and drama as Matt Freehauf in Young Adult; Andy Serkis for stepping into the mind and body of an ape through his master of performance-capture technology in his role as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes; and Shailene Woodley for bringing an emotional complexity to a character rarely seen at her age as Alexandra in The Descendants.”
Part breakout, part performance, the Virtuoso Award went to Lesley Manville, John Hawkes, Jacki Weaver and Hailee Steinfeld last year, three out of four of whom actually did go on to score Oscar nominations. This year’s recipients will be fetted on Friday, February 3rd. Other stars being honored by the Festival include Viola Davis, who gets the Performer of the Year award while Christopher Plummer will receive the Modern Master award.
December 13, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
From one Critics Society’s nominations to another, and today the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Awards. Once again The Artist and Hugo lead the pack with eleven nominations each – and a surprise but hugely welcome nomination for Melissa McCarty in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in Bridesmaids.
There has been a slow buzz around McCarthy’s performance and we have previously commented on her Oscar chances. This new nomination follows on from awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics.
Elizabeth Olsen gains another Best Actress nomination for the outstanding Martha Marcy May Marlene, and TV star Patton Oswalt garners a further nomination for his supporting role alongside Charlize Theron in Young Adult.
Most notably, the Broadcast Film Critics have a category focusing specifically on the best young actor or actress of the year. This year they’ve chosen some of our favorite performances of the year – and a surprise choice of Saoirse Ronan in the little talked about Hanna. Also nominated are Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Thomas Horn (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Click below for the full list of nominees. The awards ceremony will be televised on VH1 on January 12th 2012.
December 6, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
Thank you for joining us again if you listened to our earlier podcasts or if you are new to the program, welcome! Once a week, Linda and Rebecca will take to the internet airwaves to discuss a variety of subjects, including all the latest news, movies we’ve seen recently, the Oscar season and more topics that interest us (or you! Please send us your suggestions for topics to talk about).
• 00:00 – 16:15 – Some big news to discuss, including some “Les Miserables” casting, the Sundance line-up and more.
• 16:15 – 25:45 – We parse through the first wave of awards from the Gotham Awards, Indie Spirits, New York Film Critics and National Board of Review. How does it affect the Oscar chances of Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen and others?
• 25:45 – 35:15 – Movies reviewed: “Young Adult” (great acting but mixed message), “The Ides of March” (solid) and “My Week with Marilyn” (big split in opinion). No spoilers.
• 35:15 – END – Checking in on our Breakout Stars of 2010. What are Andrew Garfield, Chloe Moretz, Aaron Johnson, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Jeremy Renner, Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy and Jennifer Lawrence up to one year after breaking out on the big screen?
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