Banks apologised for comments she made at a Women In Film awards event earlier this week, when she said that Spielberg had never directed a film with a female lead.
The 43 year old star of The Hunger Games, among others, made the comments at a Women In Film awards ceremony on Wednesday (June 14th). She was awarded an excellence in film prize at the ceremony, and used her acceptance speech to highlight the hot topic of gender equality in Hollywood.
Continue reading: Elizabeth Banks Apologises For Steven Spielberg Diversity Comments
The director also revealed he wanted to take at the helm at a Bond film in its earlier days
Months after Daniel Craig stepped down as Britain’s most famous spy and the rumour rumblings continue over who will become the next James Bond. With Tom Hiddleston’s turn in spy thriller The Night Manager over and his 007 potential seemingly less likely than previously, the possibility of Idris Elba stepping into Bond's MI6 shoes is back on the table.
Idris Elba has the backing of Steven Spielberg to be the next James Bond
And now the Luther star has got a new backer: Steven Spielberg.
Continue reading: Idris Elba Would Be Steven Spielberg's First Choice As The Next Bond
The Oscar winning director says he will "wear the badge with pride."
Steven Spielberg has been awarded an honour that will make many a child in Britain jealous. The Oscar-winning film director has been awarded a gold ‘Blue Peter’ badge, the highest accolade from the children's programme.
Steven Spielberg now has a gold 'Blue Peter' badge.
"I know all about this,” he told the show after being presented with the badge. “That is indeed an honour. It's fantastic. Didn't someone else, the Queen, very high up in this country have one? Wow that's so great.”
Continue reading: Steven Spielberg Receives Ultimate Honour: A Gold Blue Peter Badge
For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison, with whom he made E.T. nearly 35 years ago. Another story of an unlikely friendship, this film is even more wondrous and earnest, and also much more reliant on effects. But it's also hugely involving, with a terrific cast and of course a delightful story with a wry sense of humour.
It's set in a timeless London, where Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) lives in an orphanage. One night she spots a stealthy giant (Mark Rylance) prowling the city streets, so he grabs her and takes her back to Giant Country so she can't reveal his secret existence. As she gets to know him, Sophie discovers that he's an outcast in his own community, half the size of the nine giants (including Jemane Clement and Bill Hader) who live around him and bully him mercilessly because he doesn't eat human beans. This has earned him the nickname Big Friendly Giant, which Sophie shortens to BFG as she accompanies him into a colourful parallel world in his job collecting dreams and nightmares. Then when the bullies' threats grow stronger, Sophie comes up with a plan to get help from the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and her staff (Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall).
Continue reading: The BFG Review
One of Roald Dahl's most popular children's novels The BFG is once again going to appear on the screen, this time it the retelling comes courtesy of director Steven Spielberg. The narrative follows a 10 year old girl, Sophie, on her journey as she comes face to face with a giant that shows her that giants really do exist in the world. The BFG takes Sophie to his cave, in Dream Country to show her how he collects dreams and shows her how he sends them to children.
Continue: The BFG Extended - Trailer
Lots to look forward to at this year's event in May.
Looks like the 69th Cannes Film Festival is going to be a good one! There's plenty to look forward to in both the In Competition and Out Of Competition categories for 2016, not least with the opening title being Woody Allen's romantic drama 'Cafe Society' starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.
The 69th Cannes Film Festival arrives in May
'Cafe Society' isn't the only movie from this year's Cannes line-up that Kristen Stewart will appear in either, because she also has the lead role in Olivier Assayas' fashion drama 'Personal Shopper' which will appear among the In Competition flicks. Xavier Dolan's 'Juste La Fin Du Monde' ('It's Only the End of the World') starring Léa Seydoux and Marion Cotillard is another French movie from that category.
He may be 73, but Harrison Ford can still crack a whip.
Disney have announced that a fifth INDIANA JONES movie is on the way, with Harrison Ford back as the whip-wielding archaeologist. While rumours of a new Indiana Jones movie have been around for years, many had thought that a younger actor such as Chris Pratt would take over the role, but it seems 73-year-old Ford is ready for one more Indy adventure.
Harrison Ford is coming back as Indiana Jones.
But it’s not just Ford who will be back, Steven Spielberg will also once again be in the director’s chair. Announcing the news, Disney said: “Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019.”
Continue reading: Harrison Ford Will Return As Indiana Jones For Fifth Movie In 2019
There are a number of fantastic movies due out in 2016. Contactmusic.com's resident film reviewer, Rich Cline talks us through some of the most anticipated.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but surely some will be worth the effort. (Release dates are subject to change.)
10. The Hateful Eight
Tarantino kicks off the year with an epic Western starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell (Jan). And there's more manly action with Charlie Hunnam in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur (Jul), Jack Huston in Ben-Hur (Aug), Chris Pratt in The Magnificent Seven (Sep).
Continue reading: 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016
Here's a few more children's classics that ought to be adapted.
We are really being brought back to our childhoods with cinema at the moment; Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG' is only the latest popular children's story to be adapted as a live action big screen flick, following in the footsteps of such Roald Dahl classics as 'The Witches', 'Matilda' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.
'The BFG' is coming in 2016
The coming months will see further book-to-screen adaptations; 'Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass', 'The Little Prince' and even a Disney take on 'The Call of the Wild'. But what other children's classics ought to be re-visited on the big screen? We can think of a few stories that a relevant enough for today's kids...
Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, a Disney classic is yet to come!
Steven Spielberg is bringing forth an exciting new live action Disney adaptation that's bound to become another of his family favourites. Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' is finally being brought to the big screen more than 30 years since the book was first published.
'The BFG' is Ruby Barnhill's film debut
It's a charming story with an even share of comedy, thrills and magic and it stars Mark Rylance from 'Bing' as the Big Friendly Giant himself. Of course, if you've had a deprived childhood, you won't know who on Earth we're talking about.
Sophie has spent her life alone. She lives in an orphanage full of girls just like her. Each night the girls tell tales of the witching hour when the boogieman comes to visit and children go missing, Sophie's friends believe the witching hour is at midnight but little Sophie doesn't agree, she thinks the hour is much later, at 3am when only Sophie remains awake.
One night, whilst Sophie is reading, she hears an almighty rumble from outside and cannot help but open the window and look to see what's there; what she finds will change the lives of many forever.
The BFG is the much loved Roald Dahl book which was originally published by the author in 1982. The book was later turned into an animated film which featured David Jason as the voice of The BFG.
Continue: The BFG - Teaser Trailer
If Spielberg gets to direct a fifth 'Indiana Jones' movie, he'll not be replacing Harrison Ford with a younger actor.
With rumours of a fifth Indiana Jones movie in the planning stages and its leading man Harrison Ford in his seventies, director Steven Spielberg has clarified that the role, in his mind, belongs only to one actor.
The man behind the much-loved film franchise was being interviewed by Screen Daily when he said that he would never replace Ford with a new actor if a new film came to fruition. “I don’t think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen,” he reassured fans.
Partly because he has seen a number of other franchises, particularly comic book movie adaptations, hand their central roles from actor to actor as time has gone on, Spielberg is intent on keeping his series of movies away from that.
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg made their first film together in 1998 with Saving Private Ryan.
After working together for the first time in 1998, Hanks and Spielberg went on to collaborate with Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, while also co-producing historical TV series like Band of Brothers and The Pacific. And now they have made the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies.
While they first met each other in the 1980s, they struggled for years to find a project they wanted to work on together. "We got to know each other as guys who live in the same part of town," Tom Hanks says. "We had kids all about the same age, operating in the same nonprofessional circles. And we developed a language that was all about how we read history for pleasure. We were constantly reading biographies and watching documentaries."
Continue reading: Bridge Of Spies Reunites Old Friends Hanks And Spielberg
Steven Spielberg takes on the Cold War with a stately, sentimental thriller that gurgles along with quiet intensity, only occasionally finding a real spark of energy. Most intriguing, and important, is the way the film refuses to indulge in the usual moralising, allowing its characters to be complex and confused as they try to do the right thing. Even the Russians are depicted as real people rather than shady villains. And this makes what happens utterly riveting.
Set in 1957 New York, the story centres on lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who is hired to represent Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) as he is tried for being a Soviet spy. But James is fighting a losing battle against a culture that's determined to convict Rudolf, regardless of the evidence against him. Three years later, an American U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia, and its pilot Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) captured. So now James is drafted in by the CIA to negotiate a swap: Rudolf for Gary. He heads to Berlin to orchestrate the hand-off, and there decides that he also wants the East Germans to free an American student (Will Rogers) who was wrongfully detained as the Berlin Wall was being built.
Donovan was a remarkable man who tirelessly went far beyond the call in everything he did. He's also a terrific movie character, and Hanks plays him with deadpan honesty, adding shadings to every scenes that make him easy to identify with. This is a likeable person who represents today's political ideal: a tenacious man who ignores partisan politics to do the right thing. The characters around him are less developed, although Rylance offers some strong support as an honest, perceptive man who accepts his fate with dignity. And Ryan has some pointed moments as Donovan's observant wife. All of the actors benefit from the strong screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen and Matt Charman, which stirs plenty of edgy humour into the Cold War tensions.
Continue reading: Bridge Of Spies Review
17 names are on the list to be honoured by President Barack Obama at the end of November.
Veteran director Steven Spielberg and multi-platinum selling singer Barbara Streisand are among the list of names to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States.
President Barack Obama will present the awards to an exclusive selection of 17 guests during a ceremony at the White House next Tuesday (November 24th). Among the names to be honoured are singer Gloria Estefan, her music producer husband Emilio Estefan and songwriter Stephen Sondheim, as well as a list of sportsmen, activists, academics and civil servants.
The cast and crew of restaurant drama 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' were seen arriving at the New York premiere held at the Ziegfeld Theater. Among them were producers Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, director Lasse Hallstrom and his wife Lena Olin and stars Om Puri and Charlotte Le Bon who play Papa and Marguerite respectively.
The untitled thriller, starring Tom Hanks, will open in 2015 and the family friendly flick will hit theatres in 2016.
Two upcoming projects from the award-winning director Steven Spielberg take a big step closer in production.
On Monday (June 16th) Disney and DreamWorks issued release dates in 2015 and 2016 for the upcoming films, via The Wrap.
The first to be released is Spielberg's untitled Cold War Thriller, which will see him reunite with Tom Hanks, hitting theatres on October 16th, 2015.
Director Colin Trevorrow has finally announced details of the film in a spoiler-filled e-mail.
Due for release a whopping fourteen years after its predecessor, the unveiling of the hugely anticipated Jurassic World is finally within our grasp. Overcoming what has been described as a decade of “production hell”, the fourth film in the gargantuan Hollywood blockbuster franchise had until recently managed to keep many of its details under wraps. Yet, as is increasingly common in Hollywood, such attempts were ultimately futile as finer details of the plot were leaked onto various websites.
Such an act has fervently infuriated director Colin Trevorrow, who follows the lineage of both Joe Johnston and the legendary Steven Spielberg in helming the extensive filming and production schedule. The up-and-coming San Franciscan director, whose previous movie credits include only the TV-movie Gary: In Crisis and the low budget time travel adventure Safety Not Guaranteed, has had a sharp introduction to the prying eyes of the Hollywood press. His obvious dismay that elements of the film are known to the public a year before its scheduled release is perfectly understandable.
Continue reading: 'Jurassic World' Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know, So Far
So can we really trust Steven Spielberg with Roald Dahl's The BFG
We can’t deny that Steven Spielberg announcing he’ll be bringing Roald Dahl’s classic The BFG to the big screen is pretty exciting. Reading Roald Dahl’s works have become a childhood rite of passage and for many The BFG stands tall as one of his best works. As for Spielberg, he’s responsible for more than a few of our favourite childhood memories on screen as well as some adult ones. With that in mind, the combination of Spielberg and Dahl may seem like a match made in heaven. But then why is there that little nagging voice of doubt in our minds which asks can Spielberg really do justice to The BFG?
Steven Spielberg will be directing The BFG
As history has shown, when Dahl goes to Hollywood the results are often mixed. 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory remains a well remembered Dahl movie adaptation, thanks in part to Wilder’s stand out performance. Then there was 1990’s The Witches and Danny DeVito’s Matilda which both performed badly at the box office, but were still worthy movies. In his lifetime Dahl himself didn't seem too keen on Hollywood adaptations. He disowned both Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches due to changes they’d made to his story. What he didn't live to see was Tim Burton’s 2005 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Continue reading: So Can We Trust Steven Spielberg With Roald Dahl's 'The BFG'?
Let's hope the movie won't be one big whizzpop...
Break out the frobscottle and snozzcumbers! Steven Spielberg has picked The BFG as his next big movie project. The Oscar-winning Lincoln director will adapt Roald Dahl's much-loved children's fantasy tale of giants and dreams into a live action epic, confirms THR.
Steven Spielberg Is To Direct A New Adaptation Of 'The BFG.'
Children and adults of all ages will fondly remember the thrilling and rather dark tale that was first adapted to film by Brian Cosgrove in 1989 in a surreal animation. Sir David Jason memorably voiced the "Big Friendly Giant" who snatches little Sophie from her orphanage in the dead of night and takes her back to his home.
The Oscar-winning director will take the helm of the live-action adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic when filming begins in 2015.
Steven Spielberg has signed onto direct a new project that will see the big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book 'The BFG.'
The forthcoming live-action flick will follow the Big Friendly Giant as he becomes friends with a young orphan girl.
The original book, which was illustrated by Quentin Blake, was first published in 1982, and it was an expansion of an earlier story recalled in 'Danny, the Champion of the World'.
Steven Spielberg is said to have added The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara to his developmental slate.
Whilst he hasn't yet decided what his next directorial endeavour will be, Steven Spielberg has reportedly added one more project to his developmental slate, religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
Could The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara be Spielberg's next project?
Written by Tony Kushner, who has penned two previous Spielberg projects, 2005’s Munich and 2012’s Lincoln. Variety is reporting that Spielberg plans to produce and may also direct the film, which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co.
'The Goonies' director Richard Donner has unofficially announced he is making a sequel to the 1985 children's classic. He spoke to a TMZ photographer and stated he hopes all the cast - including Sean Astin ('Lord of the Rings') and Josh Brolin ('Labour Day') - will return for 'The Goonies 2'.
Director Richard Donner announced to an unsuspecting photographer that he is making a sequel to the hit 1985 children's adventure film, The Goonies.
Richard Donner with his wife Lauren Shuler Donner at an AFI event honouring Mel Brooks in 2013.
Donner was signing autographs in Beverly Hills when a photographer bombarded him with a series of questions regarding comic book and superhero films, but Donner took the opportunity to express his interest in making The Goonies 2. Although there have been rumours circulating about the possibility of a sequel to the children's classic, this is the first time it appears to have been unofficially confirmed by the director.
Will Bradley Cooper take over from Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones?
Bradley Cooper heads a list of names to replace Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones franchise, according to the Latino Review - which has had its fair share of accurate scoops recently, including, perhaps crucially, breaking the news that Cooper would voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Bradley Cooper Could Become Indiana Jones
According to the site, Disney - which bought LucasFilm for $4.05 billion - is ready to move on Harrison Ford for a younger, fresher lead actor. A fifth Indie movie has been rumored for a while now, though it was always assumed that Harrison Ford would be its star. Disney announced that it had secured the rights to the classic franchise back in December.
Continue reading: Disney To Recast 'Indiana Jones,' Bradley Cooper Is First Choice
Rachelle Lefevre will be joining the new CBS sci-fi drama Under the Dome, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Twilight star is pegged to play the role of Julia, an investigative reporter who has recently moved to Chetser’s Mill, from Chicago. Once there, she and the rest of Chester’s Mill’s inhabitants, finds herself dealing with the “post apocalyptic conditions” that arise when a “strange dome” encapsulates the entire town.
With the show based on Stephen King’s popular novel, Julia is the editor of the town’s local paper and her curiosity is sparked by the news that multiple deliveries of propane gas had been made to a local warehouse. The appearance of the dome has her confused, though the disappearance of her husband – the local doctor – has her even more concerned. The drama is due to be produced by CBS Television studios and was taken straight to series, in association with Steven Spielberg’s own Amblin Television. Working as executive producers on the show will be Neal Baer, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Stacey Snider and Brian K Vaughan. The premiere episode of the series will also feature Lost’s Jack Bender as executive producer.
The cast will also include Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Vogel (Pan Am) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood). Her casting in Under the Dome marks a return to CBS for Lefevre, who previously worked with them on A Gifted Man. The show is scheduled to premiere on June 24, 2013.
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln Criticized For Historical Inaccuracies
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd rips into Lincoln director Steven Spielberg and writer Tony Kushner in her latest article for what she deems a blatant historical fabrication in their epic drama, which is tipped to scoop Oscars at the Academy Awards on Sunday (February 24, 2013). The movie shows two Connecticut legislators voting against the Emancipation Proclamation when in fact they voted for it.
In her article - which has been swirling around industry sites for a couple of days - Dowd suggests, "I'm a princess-and-the-pea on this issue, but I think Spielberg should refilm the scene or dub in "Illinois" for "Connecticut" before he sends out his DVDs and leaves students everywhere thinking the Nutmeg State is nutty." It's difficult to understand why Spielberg changed the facts in the movie, though the answer may lie in the reality that it was two Democrats who opposed the freeing of the slaves (not, as the movie shows, one Republican and one Democrat). Did Spielberg and Kushner make the change to pander to the generally liberal leaning world of Hollywood? Perhaps not, though it seems a strange amendment anyway.
It's likely that Lincoln will miss out on many of the major honors at the Academy Awards this weekend, though Spielberg could still walk away with Best Director. His leading man Daniel Day-Lewis should win Best Actor, though it appears Ben Affleck's Argo is now leading the race for Best Picture. The Iranian-embassy drama has also attracted criticism for its historical inaccuracies.
The historical accuracy of Lincoln – Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated political biopic – has been brought back to the fore by a fresh article in The New York Times.
"I’m a princess-and-the-pea on this issue, but I think Spielberg should refilm the scene or dub in 'Illinois' for 'Connecticut' before he sends out his DVDs and leaves students everywhere thinking the Nutmeg State is nutty," Maureen Dowd of the NYT wrote. She went on to talk about her pet peeve, which is “filmmakers who make up facts in stories about real people to add 'drama,' rather than just writing the real facts better. It makes viewers think that realism is just another style in art, so that no movie, no matter how realistic it looks, is believable."
Time is running out for Spielberg to adhere to Joe Courtney’s deadline. You see, Courtney, U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 2nd congressional district, was upset with what he perceived to be historical inaccuracies in Lincoln. “How could congressmen from Connecticut — a state that supported President Lincoln and lost thousands of her sons fighting against slavery on the Union side of the Civil War — have been on the wrong side of history?” he wrote. He then pleaded with Spielberg to address these problems before the Oscars, in which Lincoln is nominated for 12 awards, including best picture. He also requested that the scene be amended for DVD release.
Ahead of the BAFTA's in London on Sunday evening, there were quiet murmurings of a huge upset. Could Daniel Day-Lewis really be beaten in the category of Best Actor? In his home country? Rumours that Les Miserables was going to wipe the floor with the competition led to speculation that Hugh Jackman would usurp Day-Lewis and take the top acting gong. In the end, it was the Best Actress category that threw up the evening's biggest shock - Emmanuelle Riva winning for Amour, over Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.
Late last year, Steven Spielberg's historical epic Lincoln was the MASSIVE favourite to win Best Picture at the Oscars on February 24, 2013. Daniel Day-Lewis was the frontrunner for Best Actor, Sally Field was the strong favourite for Best Actress and Tommy Lee Jones was way ahead of the competition for Best Supporting Actor. Only two of those favourites remain, with Field almost certain to lose out to Lawrence or Chastain and Lincoln itself now the outsider for Best Picture, behind the strongly fancied Argo.
It seems the Academy did Steven Spielberg a massive favour by snubbing Ben Affleck in the category of Best Director. The multi-Oscar winner is likely to scoop the award, though will a couple of gongs seem like a hollow victory should Argo win the major prize?
It seems early, but Rotton Tomatoes have announced their films of the year! Of course it's for 2012. But you knew that. Anyway, given that RT score films based on a wide average of reviews, it's the best place to go for the lowdown on all things cinema, apart from Contact Music, of course. Here are the Golden Tomatoes of 2012.
Topping the list is Argo with 96% on their review meter - that's pretty darn high. The Ben Affleck-directed thriller, with a dark, comedic splice has recently overtaken Lincoln as favourite to win best picture at The Oscars. Second is Looper, which has managed to find itself amongst the top films this year despite being generally snubbed for the big awards. Third, and perhaps surprisingly is Marvel's The Avengers, which scored 92%.
Joss Whedon's sci-fi comic book epic has been popular amongst the super-geeks and film snobs alike for it's all out entertainment value. Everyone's favourite spy James Bond scored a 4th place spot, and with people claiming Skyfall to be the best bond ever made, it's not hard to see why 007 finished that high.
Anyone keeping a close eye on the betting for the race for Best Picture at the Oscars will know it's been judged as wide-open for months. Last summer, the magical-drama Beasts of the Southern Wild was the bookies favourite following heavy praise at the film festivals and a buzz surrounding the performance of 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis'. The young actress has since snagged a nomination for Best Actress, though the movie looks unlikely to win the ultimate prize on February 24, 2013.
Upon its release, Les Miserables was fancied for the Oscar, though it may have to settle for a sole acting prize for Anne Hathaway. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln has always been in the mix - a classic Oscars movie with a career best performance from Academy favourite Daniel Day-Lewis. Spielberg's epic strengthened in the market following the Oscars snubbing of Ben Affleck for Best Director. Why would they reward a movie without even acknowledging the efforts of its director? According to the Hollywood Reporter, only one film in the past 80 years has won the Best Picture Oscar without also receiving a best director nod. It makes little sense, though Affleck's Iranian hostage drama has emerged as the odds-on favourite to win Best Picture in Los Angeles next month. On January 10, it beat Lincoln to Best Picture at the Critics' Choice Awards, winning Best Picture at the Golden Globe awards three days later. This past weekend, it won the PGA and SAG top prizes for Best Theatrical Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In almost all cases, Lincoln was expected to win.
Continue reading: How Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Ambushed The Oscars Race For 'Best Picture'
With one of the world most sough-after actors in the lead role and one of Hollywood's all-time great directors at the helm, you'd doubt that Lincoln would need much more help in pushing for a larger audience. However a recently uploaded video featuring British politician Lord Mandelson promoting the film is aiming to do just that, and as you'd expect, the video is pretty damn strange.
The Oscar-nominated biopic about 19th-century Republican President, Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis), might have all the Oscar nominations it could possibly want, but that doesn't mean it has the audience pull that the studio behind the film desire and as such, Lord Mandelson's endorsement might be just what 20th Century Fox need to kick start the audience influx in Europe. In the video, the former Labour MP, nicknamed The Prince of Darkness, pays tribute to Lincoln's "pragmatism," comparing one of America's greatest presidents to himself and his efforts towards making Labour electable in the mid-1990s. Something tells us this isn't going to work at all.
In the snippet, the former EU Commissioner says: "When I look back at Lincoln's presidency and what he had to struggle through, I see a man who had a great sense of conviction, of moral certitude, [a sense] that he was right and [that] changes that needed to be made were absolutely necessary for the US at the time," adding, "But he was also somebody who was also prepared to use pragmatic means to arrive at his goal. And recruiting his rivals and adversaries to the cause he was pursuing - giving them a good reason to agree with him rather than to stand aside. This is the art and skill of politics."
Continue reading: Lincoln Finds Unexpected Ally In Lord Mandelson
As the Sundance Film Festival continues in Utah, buzz is emerging about the new Nicole Kidman movie Stoker, in which she plays the widowed mother of teen Mia Wasikowska as they deal with the arrival of the unexpectedly sexy Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). From the director of Old Boy, a new trailer depicts the film as a stylish, warped and very black comedy. It comes to cinemas on March 1st.
Here in Britain, two leading awards contenders open this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis, the front-runner in the Best Actor race. This would be his unprecedented third win in the category. And Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, who is currently the favourite for Best Actress, although Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook is giving her some serious competition.
But no one should write off iconic French actress Emmanuelle Riva's astonishing turn in Amour. She won the London Critics' Circle Film Award for Best Actress on Sunday. The London critics also gave Amour their Film of the Year title, and it's up for Best Picture at the Oscars as well.
As February looms, there is only one thing on the mind of film lovers and industry types alike: The Oscars. When The Academy Awards are doled out on the 24th, there's perhaps one truly safe bet, and it's Daniel Day Lewis to pick up Best Actor in a Leading Role for his turn as America's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.
He'll be helped along by the emotive storyline; after all, Lincoln is considered an American hero. But, having been nominated for 11 awards, including Best Director, you can garuntee at least 5 awards for the Spielberg Epic.
Lewis, however, believes the part should have gone to an American actor. He tells the Daily Mirror newspaper, "I was very aware of the responsibility involved as I didn't want to be the person who desecrated the memory of the most loved president America has ever known... It seemed like an outlandish idea to take someone who grew up in south east London and make him President of the United States... I'm not an American citizen so I don't have the right to be president."
A historic epic from Steven Spielberg carries a lot of baggage, but he surprises us with a remarkably contained approach to an iconic figure. What's most unexpected is that this is a political drama, not a biopic. It's a long, talky movie about back-room deal-making on a very big issue: ending slavery in America. It also has one of the most intelligent, artful scripts of the past year, plus a remarkably wry central performance.
Daniel Day-Lewis constantly grounds Abraham Lincoln in his earthy humanity, good humour and tenacious desire to do the right thing, no matter what it takes. The film essentially covers just one month in which Lincoln works to outlaw slavery before ending four years of civil war. Secretary of State Seward (Strathairn) reluctantly supports this plan, enlisting three shady negotiators (Spader, Nelson and Hawkes) to convince wavering members of Congress to vote in favour of a constitutional amendment. Meanwhile at home, Lincoln is under pressure from his wife Mary (Field) to keep their oldest son Robert (Gordon-Levitt) off the battlefield.
All of this political wrangling makes the film feel like a 19th century version of The West Wing, and Kushner's script crackles with wit, nuance and passion, clearly echoing today's political debates about issues like gun control and human rights. We find ourselves wishing that our own politicians were this creative about getting the votes they need on important issues. This meaty approach gives the cast terrific dialog to bite into, although Spielberg never lets anyone run riot with scenery-chomping antics. The closest is probably Jones, as the fiery anti-slavery supporter Thaddeus Stevens. He's terrific in this role. And Field shines too in as the spiky Mary. Even if she's about a decade too old for the character, she brings intelligence and emotion to every scene.
Continue reading: Lincoln Review
Daniel Day-Lewis will make Oscar history on February 26, 2013, when - as expected - he takes the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed Lincoln. Should Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Joaquin Phoenix or even Denzel Washington steal away the gong, it would almost certainly represent the biggest Best Actor shock since Robert Benigni somehow usurped Tom Hanks and Nick Nolte to the award in 1999. Though Jack Nicholson was considered the favourite, Day-Lewis could have had another award in 2003, (Gangs Of New York) had Adrien Brody not upset the apple-cart for his role in The Pianist.
As 'Lincoln' prepares to hit screens in the UK, critics have seized the opportunity to laud Day-Lewis' performance - "legend", "genius" and "one of the greats" are words and phrases found in almost every review. Ian Nathan of Empire Magazine said, "As unexpected as it is intelligent, thanks to virtuoso work from Spielberg and Kushner, Lincoln is landmark filmmaking, while Day-Lewis is so authentic he pulls off that stovepipe." Matthew Turner of ViewLondon said, "Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an absorbing and enjoyable political drama with an Oscar-worthy central performance from Daniel Day-Lewis." Shaun Munro of What Culture agreed, writing, "Daniel Day-Lewis gives yet another performance for the ages in Steven Spielberg's admirably literate, thoroughly charming biopic."
Continue reading: Lincoln's Daniel-Day Lewis To Outdo Brando, Penn, Hanks With Oscar Win
With the news that Jurassic Park will be exceeding its status as a trilogy, excitement reached fever-pitch with the prospect that dinosaur fever will be returning in the near future. And now, we have a date to look forward to: June 13th, 2014.
Each of the three previous films, with the last two receiving a much more mixed reception than the universally acclaimed first, proved to be massive box office achievements when they were released in 1993, '97 and 2001 respectively and the new one will look to carry on this trend of box office success. In light of the new film being released in the not-so-distant future, Universal have announced that the third film from the franchise will be released in 3D later in the year to get people ready for the long-awaited fourth instalment of the prehistoric adventure.
The first two films were directed by Steven Spielberg, who served as producer on all three films, but he gave up his post by the time of the third in favour of Joe Johnson. The web is now rife with questions as to whether Spielberg will resume his place behind the camera for the next film, which will be shot in 3D, or let someone else helm the film again. No other details have been announced alongside the release date.
Ok, so the headline's probably a little unfair. We're pretty sure Christopher Nolan has all but given up trying to squeeze any golden statuettes out of the Academy. We should probably accept that the Batman director isn't going to win Best Director and Best Picture anytime soon, though his movies will no doubt continue to thrill for many, many years.
Anyway, the progressive filmmaker's latest project is likely to be sci-fi drama Interstellar, written by his brother and long-time collaborator Jonathan Nolan. According to multiple sources who spoke with the Hollywood Reporter, Nolan has set his sights on the big-budget project which - surprise, surprise - involves time travel and alternate dimensions. The details are sketchy, though it's thought the movie will follow a group of explorers who travel through a wormhole. The script is actually based on the real-life scientific theories of Kip Throne, a theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist.
Interstellar has already found a home at Paramount, though would be made in collaboration with Warner Brothers, where Nolan made his three Batman movies, as well as Insomnia and Inception. Steven Spielberg was originally attached to the project, though it's unclear whether he will remain involved in some capacity. On Wednesday, the Lincoln director's forthcoming project Robopocalypse was delayed indefinitely. On Thursday, Nolan's Dark Knight Rises was snubbed entirely in the Oscar nominations.
Skyfall has missed out on an Oscar nomination for Best Picture as the likes of Lincoln, Argo and Les Miserables all as expected were included in the shortlist. The news will come as a bitter blow to Samuel Mendes, Daniel Craig and the rest of the James Bond team, who were hoping that a critical and commercial smash Stateside, a first ever nomination at the Producer's Guild Of America awards and a special tribute actually being held at the Oscars themselves to pay tribute to its 50th anniversary, would be enough for it to make the cut.
Evidently though the tribute appears to be all but a sop thrown to the James Bond franchise, with neither the film, director Samuel Mendes nor star Daniel Craig to be seen in any of the categories. The Dark Knight Rises was another to miss the cut - and indeed any other category - though there were plenty of names included who were strongly tipped up in the build-up this year.
Of those, the strongest choics look like being Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and the Tom Hooper-directed Les Miserables; it's a line-up glistening with quality though: Bradley Cooper was a surprise nomination in the Best Leading Actor category, which is perhaps a sign that Silver Linings PIaybook is favored strongly among the panel. Benh Zeitlin meanwhile continued his fairytale story as he saw Beasts Of The Southern Wild make the cut in addition to his own name being put up for Best Director, and the controversial Django Unchained also made the list, despite criticism over its handling of slavery issues. Elsewhere, Michael Hanneke's Amour found itself up for inclusion, despite its name being relatively unheralded when it came to predicting the final reckoning in the build-up; Argo was another to be included in the list, though you might argue that its chances look weak given that Ben Affleck didn't make it into the shortlist for Best Director, despite being the bookies favourite beforehand.
Continue reading: Skyfall Oscars Snub In Best Picture Nominations
As awards season kicks off, today with the BAFTA nominations and tomorrow with the Golden Globe award ceremony, actors, actresses, directors and producers everywhere will be biting their nails and praying for a win from at least one of the big three coming up, the aforementioned two, of the Oscars, nominations for which will also be released tomorrow.
There are very few surprises in the BAFTA nominations as this year has some clear stand-out offerings to the trade, and as announced by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine, here's the low down on the biggest prizes.
Nominations for best film are the big five: Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Despite BAFTA being a British institution, there's not a British film in sight (except Les Mis, but the majority of leads aren't from the fair isle). Luckily, however, there's a whole separate award for Brits. In that list, the contenders are Anna Karenina, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (that was 2012? it seems so long ago), Les Miserables, Seven Psychopaths and a much deserved Skyfall.
Wrong Direction: It's been a rough week for Harry Styles and Taylor Swift, the pair going their separate ways after a brief relationship. Of course, it's great news for ambitious fans of both stars who reckon they're in with a chance!
Star-Studded Wedding: It's congratulations to Star Wars creator George Lucas and his long-time girlfriend Mellody Hobson, who have announced they are to marry. No date or location has been set, though it could be a pretty big few years for the veteran filmmaker, what with the revival of a certain movie franchise.
The University of Chicago has a mystery on its hands, a mystery involving INDIANA JONES of all people, after a surprise package was delivered to the University addressed to the fictional archeologist/adventurer.
According to the university’s admissions department Tumblr page, a package arrived at the university this Wednesday (Dec 12) addressed to one Henry Walton Jones Jr - the 'real' name of the character portrayed by Harrison Ford in the hugely successful film franchise. Unsure of what to do with the mystery package, the student office worker, whose job it was to deal with the it, set it aside until today when someone realized it wasn’t intended for any actual student or faculty member, but a fictional character who once enrolled at the University of Chicago: Indiana Jones.
When the seal was finally cracked and the contents were laid bare, the mystery refused to go away still. The Tumblr page goes on to describe the contents, with pictures, and states that inside was an apparently handmade re-creation of Abner Ravenwood’s diary, Abner Ravenwood being Jones' professor at the university in the 1920's, for those unfamiliar with the Indiana Jones films. It was while working with Ravenwood that Indi first gained knowledge of the Ark of the Covenant, which in turn set in motion the story of Raiders of the Lost Ark, George Lucas/Steven Spielberg’s landmark 1981 film and first in the series.
Continue reading: Indiana Jones Mystery Package Sent To University Of Chicago
Several British stars scored Golden Globe nominations on Friday morning (December 14, 2012), with Tom Hooper's Les Miserables looking the UK's best hope of scoring a statuette. The musical is in the running for Best Picture (Comedy of Musical), as well as a string of acting awards.
Though the Globes is considered a solid barometer for the Oscars, it has been criticised for shaping its nominations to attract as many big name stars as possible. In 2011, Johnny Depp was nominated for his role in the critically panned The Tourist, leading host Ricky Gervais to joke, "It seems like everything this year was three-dimensional.except the characters in The Tourist." Nevertheless, several lesser known movies from the past year received nominations, including Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Judi Dench received a nod for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel while Helen Mirren and Rachel Weisz will compete for the Best Actress (Drama) award for their roles in Hitchcock and The Deep Blue Sea respectively. "It's the first major red carpet occasion of awards season," said Nick James, editor of the film magazine Sight & Sound, "so the HFPA need the maximum number of dresses on that carpet, and the widest range of hot talent on their list. They probably have a small eye on that, but I don't think it's too bent in that direction."
Though British stars were listed in today's nominations, it is likely to be Ben Affleck, Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Daniel Day Lewis, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathway who contest the major prizes.
Les Miserables has become the favourite to win Best Picture at the Oscars after being nominated for four prizes at the Golden Globes - a key barometer for the Academy Awards. Lead stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway received acting nods, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil are shortlisted for their song 'Suddenly', while the movie itself is shortlisted for Best Motion Picture (Comedy and Musical).
Largely shot at Pinewood studios, Tom Hooper's Les Miserables cost around £38 million and featured the actors singing every song live on set. Speaking to the BBC after the Golden Globe nominations were announced, The Kings Speech director said, "I'm just pleased for the whole team who made Les Miserables. Making a musical is an intensively collaborative type of film-making, because it requires such an army of people. An army who aren't there on a conventional movie. The singing teachers who helped the cast, through to the onset pianists who played in the live duets with the singers." Though musicals and comedies are often ignored by the Academy, Les Miserables has been installed as the 9/4 favourite to snatch the Best Picture Oscar away from the hands of Ben Affleck and Steven Spielberg in February. Hugh Jackman is now the third favourite to win Best Actor, though it would a huge shock should Daniel Day-Lewis not win the award for his turn as Abraham Lincoln. Anne Hathaway is favoured for an Oscar nomination, though the bookmakers still firmly believe Jennifer Lawrence will win Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook.
Les Miserables hits theaters in the U.S on Christmas Day, with a UK release following on January 11, 2013.
If there are any fans out there, who particular enjoy the alchemy of film and iconic political figures, then the summer of 2012 will likely go down as your best yet. We've had Steven Spielberg's Lincoln: a political biopic of Abraham Lincoln's struggle to abolish slavery, and now we've got Hyde Park on Hudson: the story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Suckley.
Suckley, who also goes by the name of Daisy, is portrayed by Laura Linney in the film, which stars Bill Murray as FDR himself. Linney has opened up to KOSU News about playing one of history's lesser known players. "Unless you live or grew up around Rhinebeck, N.Y., I guarantee you most people don't know who Daisy Suckley is. And I'm very interested, and always have been, in the Roosevelts, and I had never heard of Daisy," she explained. "The more I learned about Daisy, the more I sort of deeply admired her. She was very quiet, she was -- she needed no attention, which in this day and age is so rare, and culturally so in direct opposition to the time we're living in, where everything seems to be -- every emotion, action, thought -- seems to be advertised. She was someone who was very self-contained."
Hyde Park, unfortunately, hasn't hit the heights of it political-film rival Lincoln in terms of critical reception. It does, however, boast a terrific performance (as ever) from Bill Murray, who, despite the film's failings, is being talked about as a possible Oscar contender.
The Golden Globes have just announced their nominees for their forthcoming awards shows. Alongside the recently announced Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Awards, the Globes are generally believed to be a good indicator as to whose going to fare well at the all-important Oscar Awards next year.
In keeping with those other recent nominations, Lincoln is once again leading the way with seven nomination, including a best actor nod for its star Daniel Day-Lewis. Surely the Oscar is already his. A lot of other usual suspects also feature heavily, including Django Unchained, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables. Rust And Bone will be disappointed to miss out on the best picture category, whilst Richard Gere makes a perhaps surprise appearance in the best actor category.
We'll just get down to it and give you the full list, as reported by Yahoo.
Continue reading: Golden Globe Awards Nominees Announced! - The Full List Here
In the run-up to the Oscars, the movie industry pays special attention to the smaller awards nominations, for indicators as to what to expect at the big event. So far, it’s looking good for Lincoln, the new Steven Spielberg biopic about President Abraham Lincoln. With the title role played by Daniel Day Lewis and a supporting cast featuring Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon Levitt and James Spader, there has been an ‘Oscars-buzz’ around this movie for some time now. And that buzz just got a little more deafening with the release of the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards nominations.
Unsurprisingly, Daniel Day Lewis is up for best actor, reports Los Angeles Times, with Sally Field getting the nod for best supporting actress and best supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones. Lincoln is joined by Silver Linings Playbook (starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence) and Les Miserables, which gets a tips for best ensemble, with Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman leading the cast, there.
Dame Maggie Smith is the real star of this year’s announcement, though, landing more nominations than any other actor. She’s been acknowledged not only for her cinematic appearance in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel but also for her small screen work on Downton Abbey, the British series that has really made waves in the USA.
George Lucas says his involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII will be limited and that he intends to leave it up to Disney's chosen director and producers to carry on his iconic sci-fi story. Speaking at the Governor's Awards on Saturday evening (December 1, 2012), Lucas explained what his duties as a "consultant" on the seventh movie will entail, reports Access Hollywood.
"[If the filmmakers ask],'Who's this guy?' I can tell them. I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, 'This is this and this is that" So, basically he'll be sitting with his feet up then? He added, "Basically I'm not [involved] - I don't really have much to do." Disney are still on the hunt for a director to helm the first movie, though Lucas' good friend Steven Spielberg has gone on the record as saying it's not his "genre." George laughed off the idea on Saturday, calling Spielberg "probably the most brilliant director working in the business today," though adding, "I'm pretty sure he'd never want to do that! I don't think he'd want to."
Star Wars: Episode VII is set to hit theaters in 2015, with Matthew Vaughn looking the likely director. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Jason Flemyng appeared to let the cat out of the bag at the premiere of Seven Psychopaths this weekend, saying, "Me and Matt have done nine films together, so I'm sure I'll get the call for Star Wars." When one journalist asked "Would he [Matthew] be interested?" Flemyng looked surprised, "What? Star Wars? I think that's.." before looking a little sheepish.
Continue reading: George Lucas On Star Wars: Episode VII: "I Don't Really Have Much To Do"
The final instalment of the 'Twilight Saga', 'Breaking Dawn Part 2', starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson has topped the US box office for the second weekend in a row during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The teen vampire flick brought in a massive $64 million from November 21st to 25th adding to the $163 million already grossed by the popular movie in the States. It certainly helped the box office break their Thanksgiving takings record with an estimated $290 million beating their previous record from 2009 of $273 million over the course of the American holiday.
Coming in second place at the box office was the most successful James Bond movie so far, 'Skyfall', which brought in $51 million over the weekend totalling $221.7 million altogether for the US. The immense success of the film has made 007 star Daniel Craig the highest earning British actor after signing a £31 million contract to appear in two further Bond films.
Continue reading: 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' Tops US Box Office For A Second Week
Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have closed deals to write instalments of the new Star Wars trilogy, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The pair will pen either Episode VIII or Episode IX though the exact division of their responsibilities is yet to be determined.
As was previously reported, Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) is writing the script for Episode VII, the first movie in the new trilogy. Kasdan is a Lucasfilm and Star Wars veteran having co-wrote 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and the 1983 movie Return of the Jedi. He recently co-wrote the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark, considered the finest movie from Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones movies. However, his latest feature film writing credit is the poorly received Stephen King adaptation Dreamcatcher, starring Morgan Freeman. Kinberg on the other hand has more contemporary material on his CV, co-writing the new X-Men movie Days of the Future Past and producing X-Men: First Class. He is also on the team for the forthcoming Cinderella film for Disney.
With the writers now locked down for the new movies, we should hear something about directors pretty soon. Matthew Vaughn is rumored to be in talks for the first movie in the new triology.
Continue reading: 'Empire Strikes Back' Scribe Signs On To Write New Star Wars Movies
Ang Lee makes his latest assault on awards' season this week, when Life Of Pi hits theaters in the U.S. The magical 3-D tale is tipped for nominations at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars, though getting the public on-side and recording a large box-office opening would ultimately help its cause.
The movie - based on Yann Martel's thrilling novel of the same name - follows a young boy named Pi who sails from India to Canada with a cargo of zoo animals. When the ship sinks, he finds himself alone on a life-raft with only a Bengal tiger for company. Comparisons are already being made with Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, the multi-Academy Award winning 2008 movie that explored similar themes. Both films have young Indian lead characters who undergo intense inner journeys, as well as the literal adventures playing out on-screen. Both actors - Dev Patel in Slumdog and Suraj Sharma in Pi - were making their feature film debuts, though the former had some experience of television, whereas Sharma had next to no acting on his CV. Both films are visually stunning, with Danny Boyle's classic knocking the Academy for six with its rich colours and depiction of the hustle and bustle of Mumbai life. Ang Lee ultimately went down the 3-D route and anyone who has witnessed the preview trailer screening this year were utterly convinced he had made the correct decision. The vast seascape lends itself well to the new format and Lee has plenty of experience in making movies with aesthetics in mind. In terms of narratives, both movies are told through flashbacks with the tales eventually having religious connotations or messages.
Slumdog Millionaire was a true sleeper hit; a movie that appeared to come from nowhere before generating rapid pace as it hurtled towards awards' season. The Artist did something similar this year, as did The Hurt Locker in 2008. However, if Life of Pi is to challenge for Best Picture in February it will not be on the back of word of mouth - moviegoers will know how they feel about the movie pretty soon, with three months still to go before the Oscars. It sits at around fifth favorite with the bookmakers to win the biggest movie prize of them all, but Ben Affleck's Argo (the sleeper) and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (the blockbuster) appear to have the bases covered.
Continue reading: Is Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' The New 'Slumdog Millionaire'?
It's the time of the year when every major film release is subject to more rumour space than normal, as Argo and Lincoln are mooted to dominate at the Academy Awards come 2013, but is Ang Lee's Life of Pi a viable contender?
One look at the reviews would certainly suggest that odds of up to 12/1 could be a decent wager, considering Ben Affleck's Argo and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln are as short as 7/4 and 9/4 respectively. With a positive score of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems as though Life of Pi is worthy of any Oscars talk that comes it way. "Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery," say The Chicago Sun Times in a 4/4 review, while The Los Angeles Times give it 5/5, saying, "There are always moral crosscurrents in Lee's most provocative work, but so magical and mystical is this parable, it's as if the filmmaker has found the philosopher's stone." Entertainment weekly say, simply, "Everything looks beautiful in Life of Pi."
Perhaps a more impressive outsider is Paul Thomas Anderson's, The Master, which started off in pole position to win Best Film, but it's since slipped into a position of obscurity in terms of Oscar standings. We wouldn't be surprised to see Lincoln clean up, though, as politically emotive films usually do, and considering the recent re-election of Obama, it's on-topic and on-pace to dominate come February. Please note, odds are correct at time of writing and may fluctate. In fact, they will fluctuate.
A big weekend for the U.S Box Office saw the much anticipated premiere of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 - the final instalment of the franchise - win the weekend at a canter.
Coming at over three times its nearest rival, Skyfall, which managed $41,500,000 in its second week, Twilight amassed a staggering $141,300,000 on its opening weekend. Having already enjoyed a limited release previously, Steven Spielberg's political epic Lincoln managed $21,000,000 in first full weekend, while Disney's Wreck it Ralph claimed the #4 spot with $18,312,000 - an impressive feat for its third week. Flight, starring Denzel Washington as a pilot with alcohol problems and also in its third week rounds off the top 5 $8,615,000. Fighting for Oscars honours with both Lincoln and possibly Flight will be Ben Affleck's Argo, which can't muster the same kind of commercial clout as it's biggest rivals. In on its 6th week, Argo holds 6th place. Astonishingly maintaining a presence in the top 10 is Taken 2. The Liam Neeson thriller, despite being critically panned has been a fair success, with $2,100,000 this weekend, and a cumulative net of $134.6M.
The rest of the top 10 looks like this: Pitch Perfect takes 8th in its 8th week, the disappointing Here Comes The Boom takes 9th spot with $1,200,000, and finally, Cloud Atlas clings on at #10 with a puny $900,000 in its 4th week.
The limited release seemed to go down a storm with fans, and with the full release of Lincoln in the US this week, it’s time for a recap of the final reviews that have come in for what looks like is going to be a huge contender for many of the Oscars on offer next Spring.
You’ll be well aware that Lincoln focuses on the 16th American President Abraham Lincoln during the period when he abolished slavery. Daniel Day-Lewis is the man playing the bearded leader, Sally Field is wife Mary Todd. The pairing has been a smash success in the eyes of the critics – as has just about everything else about the film.
"Lincoln is the work of a different director, one truly fascinated by why his subjects do what they do, one who invests each moment with the artistry he has often reserved for setpieces” chirruped The Village Voice earlier this week. “Daniel Day-Lewis plays Lincoln as a true mid-westerner, a wry, twinkle-eyed statesman that understood how conviction and likeability could affect the hearts of men. This man has no equal as an actor” said MovieWeb, whilst Orlando Weekly commented “[A] handsome and discriminating historical drama.”
Continue reading: Final Reviews In: Lincoln Set To Be A Smash Success
There was always going to be some sect of America that would shriek with horror when the news that Steven Spielberg had chosen British actor Daniel Day-Lewis to play beloved US President Abraham Lincoln, and with the new film about the final days of the former President's life about to hit US cinemas those cries have been reignited once more.
Never mind the fact that one of Hollywood's most competent directors was working with one of the most celebrated and successful actors of all time, that still hasn't silenced opposition towards the two time Oscar winner and his depiction of Honest Abe. However, since the film was given it's first screenings, the one thing that US audiences have found to complain about more than Day-Lewis' nationality is his voice - with both audiences and critics commenting that the tone adopted by the actor comes nothing close to what they had in mind for one of their country's most revered orators.
A review in Time magazine, which overall gave a glowing reception to the film and Day-Lewis' performance, commented that his voice in the film is “thin" and "reedy," while one report from CBS News said his tone was “scratchy and not what audiences had come to expect."
Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz shared a rare moment of public intimacy at the 2012 Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday evening (November 8, 2012). The British couple were attending the BBC America sponsored event, at which Craig picked up the award for British Artist of the Year.
After being announced the winner, Craig leaned in and kissed his wife before making his way onto the stage as she applauded. The Skyfall actor mimicked his 007 persona by opting for a simple black tuxedo, while Weisz opted for a black ensemble. After picking up his gong, Craig was congratulated by director Stephen Spielberg and Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, who also took home an award for his turn in Lincoln. The evening turned out to be a very Bond affair, with actresses Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris both in attendance, as well as director Sam Mendes. Goldeneye actor Alan Cumming hosted the event in a striking looking red suit.
Though amongst the world's most famous movie stars, Craig and Weisz have managed to keep their relationship largely private. She broke off her engagement to director Darren Aronofsky in 2010 before marrying Craig in June 2011.
With speculation about forthcoming Star Wars movies reaching boiling point, we think it's time to sit back, take a breath, and ask, "WHAT ABOUT INDIANA JONES?" As has been widely reported, George Lucas has handed over his brainchild LucasFilm to Disney for a cool $4 billion, with the studio giant signalling itself intention to go ahead and make further the Stars Wars saga.
Of course, the sci-fi franchise will be Disney's main priority in terms of what they've got for their money, but they now own the rights to Indiana Jones too, which has pulled in nearly $1.9 million at the domestic box office. Despite scathing reviews, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still pulled in $786.6 million in 2008, proving demand for the franchise is anything but dead. Disney already had two hugely popular Indiana theme parks, the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland in California and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. On paper, a new movie appears to be a no-brainer, though things are a little more complicated in reality.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney chief Bob Iger said there were "some encumbrances" to monetizing Indiana Jones and Steven Spielberg isn't exactly jumping at the chance to direct adventure-action films at the moment. During a recent interview in promotion of his Lincoln biopic, he explained, "I knew I could do the action in my sleep. At this point in my career, in my life, the action doesn't hold any - it doesn't attract me anymore." Should Lincoln go on to win Golden Globes and Oscars, we could probably rule a new Indiana Jones movie out, straight away.
Continue reading: Forget Stars Wars' Future: What Happens To Indiana Jones?
Steven Spielberg has finally arrived at the awards season party with 'Lincoln', a movie about the 16th President of the United States of America, touted as his best film in years. Though 2011's 'War Horse' was set up to be land the director an Oscar's gold-rush, it disappointed critics and in the end seemed a million miles away from the rich offerings of Alexander Payne's The Descendants and, of course, Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist.
Now, the 65-year-old appears to have assembled a talented cast to compliment Tony Kushner's useful script. Last year, fans of Daniel Day Lewis were left stunned as photographs of the actor displaying an incredible likeness for the great politician emerged online. It appears that his portrayal of Lincoln goes far beyond aesthetics though, and critics were lining up to praise the actor following the movie's premiere at the New York Film Festival this week. Reactions began hitting the web shortly after the movie had screened, with Clayton Davis of Awards Circuit gushing, "Daniel Day-Lewis effortlessly envelopes Abraham Lincoln with charm and resolve. It's a magnetic turn that not only inspires the human spirit but provides an immense amount of laughter." ComingSoon's Edward Douglas talked up Lincoln's Oscars chances, calling it "Spielberg's best movie in years," before adding, "Lincoln should be good for 12 Oscar nominations and 4 easy wins."
Lincoln has firmly established itself as a frontrunner for the Best Picture prize at next year's Academy Awards, though it's closely rival - Ben Affleck's Argo - has also received positive reviews in New York this week. However, if Daniel Day Lewis doesn't win Best Actor then we'll eat our top hat.
'Skyfall', the new James Bond movie directed by Sam Mendes, hits cinemas on November 9 and already attention is turning to whether or not the picture could snag a surprise Oscar nomination.
'Oscar bait' is a term often used to describe a movie awash with all the key themes that the Academy so readily rewards. For example, they're suckers for epic dramas (Titanic, Gladiator), romance (Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient) and movies packed full of previous Oscar winners (Traffic, The Kings Speech). Oscar bait movies usually hit cinemas at the same time each year- in November or December, wafting themselves under the noses of the Academy just weeks before nominations are announced.
This year, Sony seems to have thrown 'Skyfall' into the fray as Oscar bait, so does the film have a realistic chance of a nomination? Well, as HitFix.com rightly points out, the movie has attached an Oscar winning director in Mendes, an Oscar winning and three time nominated actor in Javier Bardem and an Oscar winning actress and six-time nominee in Judi Dench. Its screenwriter is a three-time nominee while cinematographer Roger Deakins is a nine-time nominee who is almost certain to scoop the prize come February if industry insiders are to be believed. Deakins - best known for his work on just about every Coen Brothers movie - is revered in the movie business and often considered the finest cinematographer of all time. On top of all this, Skyfall's production designer, art director and second unit director have all been handed nominations in the past: i.e - the movie has all the bases covered.
Continue reading: Why ‘Skyfall’ Could Land James Bond An Oscar Nomination
Steven Spielberg has opened up about his dyslexia, the famous director admitting that he was bullied at school because he couldn't read. Spielberg has reason to be one of the most confident men in entertainment thanks to a stellar career that's seen him create some of the biggest critically and commercially received films of all time. However, he insisted that his boyhood was made a living hell because he struggled to keep up with the rest of the class and was teased as a result.
Talking to disabilities website Friends of Quinn, he said "Five years ago, I was diagnosed as having been dyslexic for my entire life, which explained a lot of things - it was like the last puzzle part in a tremendous mystery that I've kept to myself all these years. In my case, I was actually unable to read for at least two years (in school). I was two years behind the rest of my class. I went through what everybody goes through: teasing. I had to go through that for a long time. The teasing led to a lot of other problems I was having in school. It all stemmed from the fact that I was embarrassed to stand up in front of the class and read."
It was this, he said, that led him to film: "I got bullied, I dealt with it by making movies. Making movies was my cover-up... Movies really helped me, kind of saved me from shame, from guilt. Making movies was my great escape, that's really how I was able to get away from all of that. When I felt like an outsider, movies made me feel inside my own skill set."
In early 1900s Devon, teenager Albert (Irvine) lives on a farm with his impulsive-drunk father Ted (Mullan) and his tough-minded mum Rose (Watson).
When Ted overpays for the wrong horse to work the fields, Albert adopts the horse, names him Joey and teaches him the ropes. But when war breaks out in Europe, Ted sells Joey to a cavalry captain (Hiddleston). At war, Joey changes hands between British and German officers, a young soldier (Kross) and a French farmer (Arestrup). Meanwhile, Albert joins the army, heading into the trenches to search for Joey.
Continue reading: War Horse Review
Tintin is a young and passionate journalist who is always accompanied on his adventures with his faithful terrier, Snowy. One day, while out browsing a market place, Tintin comes across a rare model of a boat called 'The Unicorn'. He buys it and almost immediately has to ward off other potential buyers interested in the boat.
In 1979 Ohio, Joe (Courtney) is struggling with the fact that his mother has died in an accident. But it's summertime, so he and his pal Charles (Griffiths) decide to make a zombie movie with their friends (Lee, Basso and Mills).
Enlisting the help of their hot schoolmate Alice (Fanning), they are shooting a scene when they witness a train crash and some suspicious ensuing military mayhem. Suddenly the town is under the control of a harsh general (Emmerich), while Joe and his friends know a lot more than he thinks.
Continue reading: Super 8 Review
Whether this was Spielberg's most desperate attempt to win an Oscar (didn't work: The Color Purple received a whopping 11 Oscar nominations and won precisely zero) or a genuine kinship with the black women of the 1910s we'll never really know. But Purple is a solid enough film, though it lacks true inspiration and gets a little wandering and lost after an hour of running time (and you've still got 1 1/2 more to go!).
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Christian Bale stars as Jim, a British kid born in Shanghai, the son of upper crust expatriates who feel the rising tide of Japanese-Chinese aggression will never reach there strata. Of course it does, and as the Japanese overtake Shanghai, Jim's family is torn asunder, scattering in the chaos. But eventually, like Ben-Hur, Jim returns home to discover his house in ruins and his loved ones gone, so he does the only thing he can think of -- surrender to the Japanese. Only the Japanese don't even want the worthless kid, until finally, after hooking up with a seedy scam artist named Basie (John Malkovich) and his flunkie (Joe Pantoliano), does he manage to get himself arrested and thrown into an internment camp where at least there is the promise of a daily potato and some gruel.
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In The Terminal, Spielberg gives us Hanks as Viktor Navorski, a visitor from the fictitious country of Krakhozia in Eastern Europe. Hanks, made up to be pasty and lumpy, puts on a mush-mouthed accent reminiscent of Yakov Smirnoff, and finds himself landing at New York's JFK on a mission we won't discover until the end of the film. We know only that it involves a Planters peanut can.
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This documentary is precisely what it's title purports to be, an in-depth and instructive look at movie editing that literally spans 100 years of film history, from The Great Train Robbery to Cold Mountain. Through interviews with a copious number of directors and editors, The Cutting Edge covers everything from basic editing techniques like the matching of cuts to modern editing theory as inspired by MTV and The Matrix. The film goes into extreme detail in parts, like when we get to see James Cameron's trick of removing one frame per second out of Terminator 2 to give it more momentum and realism. It's all a little bit insidery and self-congratulatory, but the movie works far more often than not. Any film buff will find it hard not to like.
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Legendary film-maker Steven Spielberg has expressed amazement at the direct decline in UFO sighting in opposite proportion to growth in video equipment.
Steven Spielberg, the acclaimed multiple Academy Award-winning Hollywood director, has expressed a sincere confusion about how the number of UFO sightings has dropped significantly over the last 20 years. Especially considering how the technology to spot and monitor UFOs has increased significantly since the sightings were most prominent.
Steven Spielberg is surprised by the lack of UFO sightings recently
59-year-old Spielberg made an entire series of films based around UFOs and alien-themed films, such as 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', 'ET: The Extra-Terrestrial' and 'War Of The Worlds'. He has further expressed a disappointment that he will never have the chance to actually see a genuine UFO for himself.
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Acclaimed director, Steven Spielberg, has spoken out about his annoyance that so few Hollywood stars supported John Kerry in his Democratic Presidential Campaign against George W Bush.
Genius, legendary filmmaker, Steven Spielberg, has spoken out about how he was incredibly annoyed that Hollywood's A-Listers failed to rally behind the Democrat Presidential candidate, John Kerry, during the election campaign in November 2004. The acclaimed director behind 'Schindler's List', 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'Jaws' (amongst others), was a strong supporter for Kerry's unsuccessful Presidency campaign against George W Bush.
Steven Spielberg supported the Democrat Presidential Candidate, John Kerry
Spielberg was especially disappointed to find himself as one of the few influential members of the film industry in support of Kerry. In the 1990s, Hollywood superstars fell over themselves in order to lend their support to the campaign of the highly charismatic Bill Clinton. It is this charisma that Spielberg believes caused the support to come to Clinton, and while Kerry may lack it, Spielberg maintains that he would have made a great leader.
When he attended a special première for the final 'Star Wars' film, 'Revenge of the Sith', director Steven Spielberg is said to have broken down in tears.
Movies can affect different people in different ways. Sometimes, even established and respected filmmakers have to appreciate the marvel of particular films. Two-time Academy Award-wining director wept at a premiere of his collaborator George Lucas' sixth and final 'Star Wars' movie 'Revenge Of The Sith'; the third part of the prequel trilogy which began in 1999 with 'The Phantom Menace'.
Steven Spielberg cried at the end of 'Revenge of the Sith'
The film stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, and long-time 'Star Wars' actor Anthony Daniels as C-3PO. The 'Jurassic Park', 'Jaws' and 'Schindler's List' film-maker, Spielberg was so moved by the eagerly-awaited conclusion of the sci-fi saga, he burst into tears at its screening in April 2005.
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The cameo-driven, "Mission: Impossible 2"-spoofing, movie-within-a-movie, pre-title sequence of "Austin Powers in Goldmember" is the funniest five minutes to date in this spy comedy franchise. Then Mike Myers shows up and ruins everything.
Still trapped in a skit-comedy frame of mind all these years after leaving "Saturday Night Live," his short attention span has made the "Austin Powers" movies little more than a string of brief, loosely-related set pieces which are often 98 percent setup and 2 percent punch line.
Myers goes miles out of his way to make a reference to the 1983 song "Mr. Roboto" by the band Styx, for example. Then he spends nebulously unfunny gaps between such gags to make fleeting mentions of the plot, which in this case concerns Dr. Evil -- Myers cueball goofball homage to James Bond's maniacal bald nemesis Blofeld -- teaming up with an scabby Dutch roller-disco owner named Goldmember whom Evil has transported from the 1970s.
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18th December, 1946
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