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Are you getting a little sick of Michael Fassbender? Yeah, us either. We say, bring on more Fassy and thank goodness Hollywood agrees, with the star’s stock continuing to rise and every filmmaker and studio wooing him for any role he may be slightly suited for. The latest is his “Prometheus” director Ridley Scott, who has just committed to directing acclaimed novelist Cormac McCarthy’s first script, “The Counselor.” Fassbender and Scott have just completed filming “Prometheus”, but Scott is already keen on working together again right away, as Deadline reports he’s now talking to his latest leading man about taking the title role in his new film, which already has a planned start date of May 1.
“The Counselor” has been described as “‘No Country For Old Men’ on steroids” and Scott is talking to various other high profile actors about taking on roles as well. Fassbender, if he accepts – and Deadline believes he will, would play a lawyer who decides to dip his toe into the drug business without getting in too deep. Of course, that doesn’t turn out so well for him.
One of the biggest no-brainer additions to our Breakout Stars of 2011 list, Fassbender captured audiences’ attentions in a huge way in 2011 with starring roles in “Jane Eyre”, “X-Men: First Class”, “A Dangerous Method” and “Shame.” He was also seen last month in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” and “Prometheus” is out in June. Despite being sought for project after project, his only upcoming commitment thus far is to a third collaboration with “Hunger” / “Shame” director Steve McQueen on “12 Years a Slave”, which should leave him with an opening for “The Counselor.”
Carey Mulligan is building quite the career with interesting role choice and working with some of the best talent in the industry. That trend continues now as Deadline reports the Oscar nominated actress is in discussions to star with Joaquin Phoenix in a secretive film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. Samantha Morton and Amy Adams are also circling roles.
Very little is known about the film, but Deadline speculates – based on info gathered late last year – that it is a satire revolving around world leaders who get together to map out worldwide seismic events, from gas prices to wars.
Since bursting onto the scene in “An Education”, which garnered her an Oscar nod for Best Actress, Mulligan has nary missed a step (we’ll forgive her for “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”). In 2011 she turned in two more Oscar worthy performances, as Ryan Gosling’s dream girl in “Drive” and Michael Fassbender’s out of control little sister in “Shame.” She’ll be seen as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” this December and is currently filming folk music drama “Inside Llewyn Davis” for the Coen Brothers.
As with all such year end lists, the hardest part may be choosing only a few from many worthy contenders. It’s a fun problem to have, but it can also make writers fickle. Such is the case here with our top 10 movies of 2011. Those of you who listened to our podcast a few weeks back may be slightly befuddled. Yes, indeed, both of our top 10 lists have changed somewhat in the weeks since.
Our lists still remain delightfully different, with 17 movies represented between our two lists of 10. Check them out below and let us know what your favorite movies of the year were!
More twists and turns in this exciting awards season this morning as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for the Golden Globe Awards. This season’s frontrunner, “The Artist”, continues to dominate, leading with five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Best Supporting Actress for Berenice Bejo. Also still full speed ahead is “The Help”, which landed four nominations. The big surprise and a major boost goes to “The Ides of March”, which garnered three nominations, Best Picture and Best Actor for Ryan Gosling (who is also nominated in the Musical or Comedy category for “Crazy Stupid Love”). One of our favorites of the year, “50/50″, also got some play, with surprise nomination for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and a Best Actor for Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
After being snubbed by the SAG Awards yesterday, Rooney Mara (Best Actress for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Michael Fassbender (Best Actor for “Shame”) and Shailene Woodley (Best Supporting Actress for “The Descendants”) all showed up here as well. But of course, to make room for them, others must be “snubbed”, and this time around, Melissa McCarthy was the one left out of the Best Supporting Actress noms, which also included Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Another day and another set of announcements from film critics – this time around, the San Diego Film Critics Society and their nominees for this year’s “excellence in film”.
We have the usual suspects leading the pack with The Artist and Hugo both picking up a slew of nominations – eight for The Artist including Best Film, Director for Michel Hazanavicius and Actor for Jean Dujardin, and seven for Hugo with Best Film, Director for Martin Scorsese and Adapted Screenplay – but also several surprises, including Brit Marling for Best Actress in one of our favorite films of the year, Another Earth.
One look at the Best Actress category shows us that we could be looking at a rising star winner there. Alongside Marling is another Sundance breakout, Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), as well as Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) and Viola Davis (The Help).
We’re also pleased to see Shailene Woodley nominated for her supporting role in The Descendants, furthering her Oscar chances after garnering several other nominations from the Gotham Awards and Indie Spirits, a well as a win from NBR.
Jessica Chastain (The Help), Melanie Laurent (Beginners), Carey Mulligan (Shame) and Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) round out the Supporting Actress category, guaranteeing the winner will definitely be a rising star.
Click below for a full list of nominees, and check back tomorrow for a full list of the winners.
We’ve said it before, but it really has become the least shocking news in the world to hear of yet another movie seeking the rapidly rising star power and acting prowess of German import Michael Fassbender. Today Variety reports this time it’s Darren Aronofsky who’s after the much in demand actor, courting him for his biblical epic “Noah”, which recently lost its star in Christian Bale, who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with his commitment to filming Terrence Malick’s next two films back to back.
Fassbender does not have an official offer yet, but has been meeting with the director about the project and is looking to fill a recently opened up free period in his upcoming schedule. He had been intending to do Rupert Wyatt’s “Londongrad”, but Wyatt has walked and that production has stalled. Aronofsky and Ari Handel wrote the “Noah” script, which presumably will follow the biblical fable about a man asked by god to build an ark and fill it with two of every animal in the face of an impending apocalyptic flood. The $130 million blockbuster is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2012 shoot.
For now, Fassbender is having a bit of a moment and basking in awards season glow, where he is awash in raves for his brilliant performances in Steve McQueen’s “Shame” and David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method”, to speak nothing of “Jane Eyre” and even “X-Men: First Class.” He recently wrapped up Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and has committed to just one other upcoming project, a third reunion with “Hunger” / “Shame” director McQueen for “12 Years a Slave.”
Michael Fassbender’s steely and seductive gaze is the star of the new red band trailer for “Shame”, visionary director Steve McQueen’s stark and frank look at sex addiction, and also my personal favorite film of the year so far. Fassbender stars as Brandon, a carefully controlled man whose neatly compartamentalized life begins to unravel when his mess of a little sister – played brilliantly by Carey Mulligan in a role unlike anything you’ve seen her in – moves into his apartment.
NSFW alert at the highest capacity here, as there are some very revealing glimpses of the NC-17 film. Its restrictive rating may prevent some movie theaters from showing it, but do try your best to find it near you when it releases on December 2.
What award season giveth, award season is just as quick to take away. Felicity Jones scored a big win last night for her performance in “Like Crazy”, but overnight, a little steam has been let out of that film’s tires. The Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominations bright and early – and “Like Crazy” has been left out in the cold completely. The big winners this morning out of the West Coast (the New York Film Critics are still voting over on the East Coast – more on that in a bit) is Oscar heavy hitter “The Artist” and Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter”, which tie for the lead in total nominations with five. “The Descendants”, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, “Drive” and “Beginners” (also a big winner last night at Gotham) follow close on their heels with four each.
One of our personal favorites of the year, Jonathan Levine’s “50/50″, also made a great showing with three nominations, for Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Anjelica Huston, while Corey Stoll, who was so memorable as Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”, scored a surprising and welcome nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The winners will be announced on Saturday, February 25, 2012 and we hope to be there to bring you up to the minute exclusive coverage, but hopefully it won’t be so windy this year. The full list of nominations are below.
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).
This week we are joined by some special guests who are experts on book to movie adaptations. Special thanks to Kimmy West from PageToPremiere.com, which follows books as they make their way on to the big screen. Apt!
There are some technical, audio issues with this week’s podcast, so many apologies on that front, edited it the best I could!
• 00:00 – 17:30 – We digest some recent news, including a redux on the Battle of the Snow Whites, in light of the “Mirror Mirror” trailer; Kit Harington finally landing“Arthur and Lancelot” and more.
• 17:30 – 43:30 – We review “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” in depth, quickly touch upon “The Descendants” and gush over “Shame.”
• 43:30 – END – Linda and Kimmy are joined by Stephanie (PoetryToProse.com) and Lindsey (AStormOfWords.net) to discuss book to movie adaptations, including “Harry Potter”, “Twilight”, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Hunger Games” and more. Discussion mainly hinges on big franchises and what makes them successful, and what’s the Next Big Thing.
I saw “Shame” recently and, to put it lightly, it’s the best movie I’ve seen in 2011 so far. Visionary director Steve McQueen’s stark visual style, Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan’s top-of-their-game acting, the frank way of addressing its controversial subject matter, all of it is sublime. A new trailer has arrived, touting its newly garnered NC-17 rating from the MPAA, and Mulligan’s lovely and sad (and long) rendition of “New York, New York”, lifted from a scene in the film, sets the tone for montages of Fassbender’s rapidly unraveling life. It’s an appropriately slow-paced and languid, almost dream-like glimpse of the film that employs much of the same style to brilliant effect.
Do yourself a favor and see “Shame” when it finally hits theaters on December 2, 2011.
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