After garnering widespread praise (and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting) for his 2000 directorial debut You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan was in-demand. In September 2005 the writer/director began production on a follow-up feature: Margaret which touted Anna Paquin Matt Damon Mark Ruffalo Matthew Broderick Allison Janney as well as legendary filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) as producers. The movie wrapped production in a few months time. The buzz was already growing.
Now six years later the movie is finally hitting theaters. So…what took so long?
The journey to this point hasn't been an easy one and it shows. If a film's shot footage is a block of granite and the editing process is the careful carving that turns it into a statuesque work of art Margaret feels like it was attacked by a blind man with a jackhammer. The film is a cinematic disaster a mishmash of shallow characters overwrought politics and sporadic tones. The story follows Lisa Coen (Paquin) a New York teenager who finds herself drowning in chaos after distracting a bus driver (Ruffalo) causing him to hit and kill a pedestrian (Janney). Initially Lisa tells the police it was all an accident but as time passes regret takes hold and the girl embarks on a mission to take down the man she now regards as a culprit. That's just the tip of the iceberg–along the way Lisa deals with everyday teen stuff: falling for her geometry teacher (Damon) combating her anxiety-ridden actress mother losing her virginity dabbling in drugs debating 9/11 and the Iraq War cultivating a relationship with her father in LA and more. There are about eight seasons of television stuffed into Margaret but even a two and a half hour run time can't make it all click.
For more on Margaret check out Indie Seen: Margaret the Long Lost Anna Paquin/Matt Damon Movie
The Black Entertainment Network announced Wednesday the nominees for the 3rd Annual BET Awards, with hip-hop artists Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu and Nelly each receiving three nominations, LAUNCHMusic.com reports.
Halle Berry and Queen Latifah each got a nod for best actress, while Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson made it to the best actor list. Soul legend James Brown is scheduled to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Earvin "Magic" Johnson is slated to receive the Humanitarian Award.
Lil' Kim, who was nominated for best female hip-hop artist, told LAUNCHMusic.com she felt like she's proven herself in the entertainment industry--which she thinks is often harder for women. "When you're a female you do have to prove yourself, unfortunately," Kim said. "I feel like women are coming up and I thank God that we're able to be recognize for our talent in this game and not just for our bodies."
The ceremony will be broadcast live on the BET cable channel from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on June 24 at 9 p.m. ET. Comedian Mo'Nique will host the event, which will feature performances by James Brown, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, India.Arie, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg.
The list of nominees includes:
Best Male R&B Artist
Best Female R&B Artist
Video of the Year
"Work It"--Missy Elliott
"Love of My Life"--Erykah Badu/Common
"Hot in Herre"--Nelly
Nicole Ari Parker
Samuel L. Jackson
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Best New Artist
"Dilemma"--Nelly featuring Kelly
"'03 Bonnie & Clyde"--Jay-Z featuring Beyonce
"Gossip Folks"--Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris & Ms. Jade
"Beautiful"--Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell Williams
"Love Of My Life"--Erykah Badu featuring Common
Female Athlete of the Year
Male Athlete of the Year