The ballots for the 83rd annual Academy Awards have been sent out, and it's time again to fret about the future of the movies—and of Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is carefully watching the second iteration of its biggest Academy Award rule change in decades—allowing a slate of ten best-picture nominees, up from the traditional five. The expansion came about because the voting members of the Academy had increasingly been taking the word "best" in the category's name to heart, and first nominating—and then awarding their top prize to—daring, unusual, and iconoclastic films. As a rule these movies didn't attract big audiences; most heretically, many didn't even have actual movie stars in them. The best-picture win of No Country for Old Men , from 2007, was an important catalyst. The film, a tone poem about a guy with a bad haircut and a bolt gun, was one of the least-seen best pictures ever . And everyone from Nikki Finke to the New York Times … [Read more...] about The Oscars and the Box Office: A Tale of Two Hollywoods
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Warner Brothers Christopher Nolan can't get a break from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He directed one of the smartest and most critically acclaimed pure action films of all time— The Dark Knight —and broke box-office records doing it. Surely, if the Academy, which oversees the Oscars, ever needed an excuse to salute an old-fashioned crowd-pleasing entertainment, this was it. MORE ON THE OSCARS: Kevin Fallon: Oscar Nominations 2011: Snubs and Surprises Bill Wyman: The Oscars and the Box Office: A Tale of Two Hollywoods Kevin Fallon: 15 Highest-Grossing Best Picture Oscar Winners Of course, The Dark Knight , two years ago, wasn't nominated for best picture, and Nolan wasn't nominated for best director, either. And remember, this is the guy who had wowed everyone in 2000 with his second film, the dazzling Memento , and shared a screenwriting nomination for it, so it's not like the Academy viewed him as an outsider. … [Read more...] about Oscar Nominations 2011: Why Does Hollywood Hate Hollywood?
In the final hours before the Academy Awards, a look at the factors that are affecting the Best Picture race A.M.P.A.S. Just a few weeks ago, the Oscars were approaching and all seemed right with the world. The Social Network , David Fincher's riveting meditation on the messiness behind the creation of Facebook, was every critic's choice for movie of the year . Its sparkling script, by Aaron Sorkin, and Fincher's restrained but typically adamantine direction created an indelible portrait of a modern antihero. MORE OSCAR COVERAGE: Eleanor Barkhorn: Behind the Scenes at the Oscars Lynda Obst: Is 'The Social Network' Doomed? Bill Wyman: Why Does Hollywood Hate Hollywood? Then Hollywood started talking. The director's guild, the producer's guild, and then, fatefully, the actors guild all spoke, with one voice, in favor of The King's Speech , Tom Hooper's evocation of how Britain's King George VI learned to overcome his stutter. While … [Read more...] about Oscars 2011: How ‘The Social Network’ Could Still Win (but Probably Won’t)
How aging Academy members could affect this year's awards races. Columbia Pictures/flickr My excellent Golden Globes source says Harvey Weinstein furiously stormed out of the Globes party after his movie, The King's Speech , lost the Best Drama award to The Social Network . He should have won that: The international press is notoriously oldish and obviously foreign. What should they care about The Social Network , a super hip American story if there ever was one? But from what I hear, the irony was that the oldies but goodies at the Globes wanted to be groovy and show how wired and un-foreign they were. So now for the Oscars Harvey is assiduously working the old people, of which, I hear, there are plenty in the Academy. MORE OSCAR COVERAGE: Eleanor Barkhorn: Behind the Scenes at the Oscars: An Interview With Art Streiber Benjamin Mercer: 'Never Let Me Go' and 'Conviction': When Oscar Buzz Goes Bust Bill Wyman: Oscar Nominations 2011: Why … [Read more...] about Old People and the Oscars: Is ‘The Social Network’ Doomed?
Neither the rock band nor J.J. Abrams needed fantasy thrills to portray growing up 'Scenes From the Suburbs' In somewhere U.S.A., at sometime post-2011, suburbia is at war. Patches of tract-home sprawl have incorporated into private companies. Militarized barricades separate them; night raids by ski-masked soldiers recur. What's the fighting over? Light pollution from shopping centers. The placement of golf courses. In other words, the NIMBYs have picked up guns. This is the reality imagined in Scenes From the Suburbs , the short film "presented by" Canadian indie-rock act Arcade Fire and directed by Oscar-winner Spike Jonze ( Adaptation , Being John Malkovich ). Jonze has taken a literal reading of lyrics about "suburban war" from Arcade Fire's 2010 Grammy-winning The Suburbs —even though vocalist Win Butler had been using the metaphor to talk about battles over culture and age, not zoning. But war really isn't the focus of the 30-minute clip, which premiered online … [Read more...] about Arcade Fire, ‘Super 8,’ and the Trouble With Sci-Fi Kids
It’s been tough, but I’ve made an important decision. One that gives me peace of mind and serenity. Yes, my life’s too short to include any more of Adele Atkins. The tidal wave of tears that accompany every appearance. The drama, the torment, the misery. After all, we’re talking about someone who sings for a living, not a brain surgeon, peace negotiator or diplomat trying to prevent the Russians invading Ukraine. Adele has made millions from mining the trauma of her ‘journey’ from humble beginnings to millionaire single mum- but I (and many disgruntled fans) have decided to get off the bus after the latest catastrophic episode in her Saga of Sobs. The tortured diva made an astonishing appearance on Instagram this week, sobbing her heart out as she announced her much-anticipated 24-night residency in Las Vegas was not happening. It was Kaput. Cancelled. Shelved until someone can sort it all out. Sod your plans, she’s in emotional meltdown. JANET STREET-PORTER: … [Read more...] about JANET STREET-PORTER: Sorry, but I just can’t take another chapter of self-obsessed Adele’s never-ending Sob Saga
Dakota Johnson revealed that she has difficulty when it comes to undressing for the camera. In a new interview for W Magazine's 2022 Best Performances Portfolio , the 32-year-old actress shared her thoughts on filming scenes in which she was almost nude for her 2021 drama The Lost Daughter. 'It is difficult. Some days, I don't want to take off my clothes on set,' Dakota told the publication. Uncomfortable: Dakota Johnson revealed that she has difficulty when it comes to undressing for the camera Look fabulous in fuchsia like Dakota wearing Proenza Schouler Proenza Schouler fuchsia button down hooked sleeve dress Get a closer look... Buy now Dakota Johnson is just one of many famous faces who have taken part in W Magazine's 'Best Performances' issues. Joining the likes of Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett and Jessica Chastain, the actress wore an eye-catching designer look from the Spring/Summer 2022 collections for … [Read more...] about Dakota Johnson says showing off her body in The Lost Daughter was ‘difficult’: ‘Some days, I didn’t want to take off my clothes’
CHELSEA star Antonio Rudiger was reportedly hit by objects thrown by Tottenham fans during Sunday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. The Blues defender appeared to be struck by missiles in ugly scenes involving a section of away supporters. The incident follows similar crowd trouble as Aston Villa claimed a 1-0 win away at Everton on Saturday. Villa’s Matty Cash and new signing Lucas Digne - who joined from the Toffees earlier this month - were struck by bottles lobbed from the home support. Several plastic bottles were hurled towards the pitch as the visiting stars celebrated Emi Buendia’s headed goal at Goodison Park. Rudiger appeared to be targeted by Spurs fans in a fiery London derby. The Germany international could be seen turning towards away fans as an object was thrown in his direction. A Spurs spokesperson said: "With regards the Rudiger incident, we will work with Chelsea to review the footage and take any appropriate action." Most read … [Read more...] about Antonio Rudiger has objects thrown at him by fans in ugly scenes at Chelsea’s clash with Tottenham
CALL The Midwife star Megan Cusack has a VERY famous family of Hollywood legends and beloved soap stars. The actress - who plays Nancy Corrigan on the BBC hospital drama - is related to the likes of Jeremy Irons and Bridgeton star Calam Lynch. The 24-year-old star has a string of famous relatives who have appeared on screen, produced a number of shows and starred on stage. Megan's grandfather is South-African born Cyril Cusack - he start started acting in 1918 at the age of just seven. Theatre star Niamh Cusack, 62, is one of the most well-known members of the Cusack family. She has been a performer since a young age and starred in various films including Hereafter (2010), Matterhorn (2007) and Testament of Youth (2014). She also made numerous appearances on television including a long-running role as Dr Kate Rowan in the UK series Heartbeat from 1992 to 1995, which made her a household name. Plus appeared in a number of TV dramas including Death in Paradise, A … [Read more...] about Inside Call The Midwife star Megan Cusack’s VERY famous family of Hollywood legends and beloved soap stars
As with many tournaments on the snooker calendar, the German Masters is not just about the glory on offer at the event itself, but the added benefit of qualifying for another competition. All 32 players heading to the Tempodrom in Berlin will be focused on lifting the trophy in front of the famously passionate German crowd, but for some there is the matter of the Players Championship at hand as well. The Players Championship features just the top 16 on the one-year ranking list, and with a top prize of £125,000, it is a tournament that everyone wants to be in. First round losers even take home £10,000, so it really is a big plus to qualify. The German Masters is the last chance saloon for anyone wanting to continue the party at the Players, so there is added pressure for some at the Tempodrom. At the top of the one-year list is UK champion Zhao Xintong, followed by the likes of Luca Brecel, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams, who are all comfortably into the … [Read more...] about Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy part of Players Championship race at German Masters