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The passing of actor James Gandolfini earlier this year was an enormous loss for us all, and now HBO has set a tribute special to honor the man and his work. The network will air James Gandolfini: A Tribute this coming Sunday, December 22nd at 8:30pm ET. Though Gandolfini is best known for excellently portraying mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, this trailer more closely focuses on Gandolfini the man. We see friends and castmates ranging from Edie Falco to Diane Lane to Sopranos creator David Chase remembering the late actor, and the special is sure to be an emotional half hour. Watch the trailer for the tribute special after the jump.
As we continue our in-depth look at the coming awards season, it’s now time to delve in the Best Supporting Actor race. It’s a tough category this year, with a number of impressive turns from a variety of actors. The two big standouts emerged at the Toronto Film Festival this past September with Jared Leto earning extremely high praise for his turn as a transsexual opposite Mattthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender turning heads as a ruthless slave owner in the highly emotional 12 Years a Slave. But there are plenty of other contenders as well, with both Jonah Hill and James Franco firmly in the race for a pair of more comic performances. Hit the jump to read the latest edition of Oscar Beat, in which we examine the Best Supporting Actor category. Frontrunners Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club When Dallas Buyers Club premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this fall, all eyes were on what was potentially a striking and Oscar worthy turn from star Matthew McConaughey. While McConaughey did indeed deliver a swell performance, he was nearly upstaged by his co-star Jared Leto, who completely disappears into the role of Rayon. Leto has swept three critics groups awards already and seems destined for an Oscar nomination, if not the win. He’s definitely the one to beat at the moment. Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave Nipping at Leto’s heels is Michael Fassbender, who turns in a tremendous performance as the despicable and complicated slave owner Edwin Epps in ...
The critics group awards are off and running. Last week we saw the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, and the Boston Online Critics announce their annual awards, and today we have three more groups to add to the pile. 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture in the Boston and New York Online groups, but the Los Angeles voting resulted in a tie for Best Picture between Gravity and Her. Alfonso Cuaron took Best Director in the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics Online awards, while Boston went for 12 Years a Slave’s Steve McQueen. While many votes seemed to be in line with early predictions, James Franco shared the Best Supporting Actor moniker in the Los Angeles group for his work in Spring Breakers. If there’s one takeaway from the critics group awards we’ve seen thus far, it’s that Spike Jonze’s Her has a heavy amount of love in the film community, which could very well translate to Oscar. Hit the jump to read the full list of winners for all three groups, as well as the runners up for the L.A. and Boston awards. Los Angeles Film Critics Awards Best Picture: (tie) Gravity Her Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity Spike Jonze – Her (Runner-up) Best Actor: Bruce Dern – Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave (Runner-up) Best Actress: (tie) Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine Best Supporting Actor: (tie) James Franco – Spring Breakers Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave June Squibb ...
The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor. Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods. The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing. The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively. Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary. The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014. As far as snubs go, it’s disappointing not to see Miles Teller recognized for his stellar work in The Spectacular Now or the lovely Greta Gerwig who grounds Frances Ha, and Before Midnight would have been a worthy addition to the Best Feature category. That being said, this year is a highly competitive awards race (as evidenced by the Best Actor category expanding to six nominees), so it's tough to argue with this list of nominees. Pleasant surprises include James Gandolfini (Enough Said) and Will Forte (Nebraska) landing Best Supporting Actor nods, Gaby Hoffmann receiving a Best Female Lead nomination for her work in the Michael Cera ...
Enough Said doesn’t have enough to say, and that’s fine because it’s so pleasant, nice, sweet, and cute. There’s some light subtext about not substituting other people’s relationships for our own, but mostly the movie is about pairing together two charming lead actors in a romantic comedy, and just enjoying their chemistry. Julia Louis-Drefyus and James Gandolfini are completely endearing as a couple with playful banter, funny jokes, and mutual hesitations about trying to love someone who was deemed unlovable by somebody else. Even at the movie’s heaviest and most awkward moments, writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s light touch always keeps us smiling. Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorcee who goes to a party with her friends/bickering married couple Sarah (Toni Collette) and Will (Ben Falcone). At the party, Eva meets and befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), a poet. Eva also meets fellow divorcee Albert (Gandolfini), a guy with a sweet disposition and a wry sense of humor. When Albert asks for Eva’s number, the two start going out and really hit it off. However, Eva soon discovers that Albert is Marianne’s ex-husband, and begins to see her new boyfriend through the negative lens of his ex-wife. The story takes a while to even get to the reveal that Marianne and Albert were married, and the film is the better for it. We get a chance to see how well Eva and Albert go together. She’s a bit uptight but not in a grating, neurotic way, nor is she desperate. She is, for all intents and ...
Fox Searchlight has released the trailer and poster for Nicole Holofcener's comedy Enough Said. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss stars as Eva, a woman who strikes up a relationship with fellow single parent Albert (James Gandolfini) only to discover that he's the ex-husband of her new friend Marianne (Catherine Keener). Eva must then struggle to keep seeing Albert in a positive light as Marianne continues to point out his foibles. Watching this trailer, I'm reminded of how much I miss Gandolfini. The movie looks like it's really going to highlight the actor's sweet side, and I like the dynamic I'm seeing between the cast, which also includes Toni Collette and Ben Falcone. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. Enough Said will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th. Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD. Here's the official synopsis for Enough Said: A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini)—a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's ex. ENOUGH SAID is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously ...
While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and co-President Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming. During the interview, they spoke about how long Game of Thrones and True Blood could run for, what they have currently in development with both David Chase (The Sopranos) and David Milch (Deadwood), the status of the Criminal Justice pilot and why they think it’s best to recast the role James Gandolfini played, the possibility of a second season for Family Tree and a third season for The Newsroom, the half-hour series about high school life that they’re developing with Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and that they are no longer moving ahead with a Transporter series at Cinemax. Check out what they had to say after the jump. Do you have any definite idea for just how long Game of Thrones and/or True Blood will go? MICHAEL LOMBARDO: As far as I’m concerned, [Game of Thrones] can go on as long as there are stories to tell. I know there are the issues with the (George R.R. Martin) books and catching up. We certainly haven’t gotten anywhere near that conversation with David and Dan yet. And with True Blood, we’re excited about it. It feels like there’s a new energy this season. We’re talking to Brian [Buckner] about next year. No decisions have been made, at this point, how much longer that show will be running. It continues to have a really ...
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its stellar line-up for their 2013 Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Directed by Ned Benson) Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler. Dom Hemingway (Directed by Richard Shepard) Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Enough Said (Directed by Nicole Holofcener) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, and Tavi Gevinson. Hateship Loveship (Directed by Liza Johnson) Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sami Gayle. Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th. All images and info via TIFF. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her is a two-part love story seen through the eyes of a New York couple trying to understand each other as they cope with personal hardship. The different perspectives of “Him” and “Her” result in two films with a unique look into one couple’s attempt to reclaim the life and love they once had. Dom Hemingway Dom Hemingway is a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After 12 years in prison, looking to ...
A couple of character posters and an international trailer have been released for the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Steve Carell stars as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey). The international trailer has a couple new jokes, and I'm jazzed for the film not only because of the cast, which also includes Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Alan Arkin, but because it was written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses). Hit the jump to check out the posters and new trailer. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, and opens on March 15th. Here's the official synopsis for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. Via Facebook.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the upcoming comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Steve Carell stars as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey). I can't even imagine a universe where Carell and Buscemi are anything less than great as a comedy team, well-suited to play corny, old-school magicians. Likewise, Carrey is good get to play the intense adversary, and writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley have some funny stunts lined up for his Criss Angel doppleganger: "For twelve days he's held. His. Urine." Yet judging by the trailer-closing joke, Alan Arkin may just steal the show as the elder magician who inspired Burt. Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Jay Mohr also star. Directed by Don Scardino, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15, 2013. Watch the trailer after the jump. Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD. Here's the official synopsis for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both ...