December 17, 2012 4:00am EST
The comedy-drama landed prizes for Best Motion Picture, Best Director and Best Editing, while Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence bagged the top acting accolades at the ceremony in Los Angeles.
Les Miserables was also a big winner - Anne Hathaway was named Best Supporting Actress, and the movie was honoured with the Best Song and Best Sound awards. The musical also scooped the Motion Picture Ensemble special achievement prize.
Javier Bardem walked away with the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his turn as a Bond villain in 007 movie Skyfall, and war drama Zero Dark Thirty landed Best Original Screenplay.
Other winners included Argo (Best Score), Life of Pi (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography), Lincoln (Best Art Direction & Production Design) and Flight (Best Visual Effects).
In the TV categories, thriller Homeland landed three top honours - Best Drama Series and Best Actor and Actress for its leads Damian Lewis and Claire Danes. The Big Bang Theory bagged a triple win, while there were also awards for The Walking Dead and Kevin Costner's historical epic Hatfields & McCoys.
British stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Maggie Smith won prizes for their shows Sherlock and Downton Abbey respectively, while another U.K. actor, Terence Stamp, was honoured for his career achievements during the ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
The awards are handed out annually by the International Press Academy.
December 03, 2012 12:30pm EST
Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions, Life of Pi and acclaimed independent hits Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom have also been shortlisted.
Meanwhile, Oscar favourites Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Denzel Washington (Flight) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) will be among those battling out for the best acting prizes at the 17th annual Satellite Awards gala later this month (16Dec12).
The best supporting actor and actress categories will be a fight between the likes of Amy Adams (The Master), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Javier Bardem and Dame Judi Dench (both Skyfall) and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Ben Affleck (Argo), Ben Lewin (The Sessions), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) are up for the Best Director prize.
European Film Awards winner Amour will be up against A Royal Affair, The Intouchables, Our Children, Kon-Tiki, Pietra, Beyond The Hills, War Witch and Caesar Must Die for Best International Film, and ParaNorman, Wreck-It-Ralph, Rise of the Guardians, Brave, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Frankenweenie will duke it out for Best Animated Film.
Meanwhile, special awards will be given to Terence Stamp (Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution), Paul Williams (Auteur Award), Bruce Davison (Honorary Satellite Award) and acclaimed Beast of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis (Newcomer Award).
In the Satellite Awards' TV categories, Kevin Costner's Hatfields & McCoys, Sherlock, Game Change and Wallander will compete for the Best Miniseries/Motion Picture Made for Television trophy, while Downton Abbey, The Newsroom, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Homeland lead the Best Drama category and Girls, The Office, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory lead the Best Comedy list.
The Satellite Awards are handed out annually by the International Press Academy.
November 05, 2012 6:30am EST
The drama has scored nods in categories including Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Debut Director for Rufus Norris, while Roth will compete for the Best Actor trophy and his two co-stars Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear will battle it out for the Best Supporting Actor prize.
Other movies competing for the top honour include ensemble comedy-drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Berberian Sound Studio, Sightseers, and The Imposter, while British rapper Plan B has earned a nod in the Best Debut Director category for his drama Ill Manors.
The star of Ill Manors, Riz Ahmed, is also nominated in the Best Actor category, along with Roth and Terence Stamp (Song for Marion), Steve Oram (Sightseers), and Toby Jones (Berberian Sound Studio).
Other big names in the running for awards include Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Vanessa Redgrave (Song for Marion), and Billy Connolly (Quartet).
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 9 December (12).
January 23, 2012 12:02pm EST
What is it that makes a man a badass? Is it the make of his car? Is it the clothing he wears? No, more likely the prestigious badass moniker is bestowed on the basis of a man’s actions. With that in mind I ask you, what could possibly higher on the badass meter than battling a pack of hungry wolves mano y wolf…o? That is the gauntlet of mandom lain before Liam Neeson and his band of wayward travelers in Joe Carnahan’s The Grey. While Neeson is the undisputed alpha badass of the team, one face we hope you won’t let go overlooked is that of Dermot Mulroney. Dylan McDermott? No, Dermot Mulroney. But we do understand your confusion so here are some standout titles featuring Mulroney that will hopefully help you forever create the appropriate distinction.
The story of Billy the Kid and his gang is given the full '80s treatment in Christopher Cain’s Young Guns. Billy (played by decade mainstay Emilio Estevez) is the latest addition to a group of former outlaws learning the ways of honest, upstanding citizenship under the tutelage of the kindly Mr. Tunstall (Terence Stamp), but a greedy land owner violently disrupts their way of life and sends the young team on a quest for vengeance. Mulroney plays “Dirty” Steve Stephens, the loveable goofball of the group and one of the two resident cutups,. His performance during the peyote scene is six different kinds of hilarious.
The Family Stone
Though not a huge fan of romantic comedies by and large, I do appreciate those that feature strong performances and weighty emotional subtext. When I saw 2005’s The Family Stone, I was taken aback by just how moving it was and how far the drama extended beyond the principal love story. Mulroney plays a young man bringing his new girlfriend to his family’s Christmas get-together. Unfortunately for her, the Stones rank among the world’s foremost dysfunctional clan. Mulroney does an outstanding job playing the emotionally centered sibling around which all the hysterical crazy revolves.
This film makes the list not necessarily for its exemplary quality. Not that 1988’s Survival Quest is a terrible movie, it’s just unrepentantly cheesy. But then, what should one expect from Don Coscarelli, the director of The Beastmaster? The reason Survival Quest earns a spot on this list is how perfectly the film would work as the opening act of a double feature with The Grey. It’s a movie about a group of people who go into the woods to be closer to nature, only to have a bloodthirsty paramilitary troupe attempt to track and kill them all. Mulroney, much like in The Grey, must use his wits and his newly acquired wilderness skills to survive being hunted. Get this, his character’s name in Surivival Quest…is Gray!
Yes, I know this isn’t a movie so it may seem a bit like cheating. But Friends, the TV series about six chums living in New York that ran from 1994-2004, is one of the best ensemble comedies of all time. Mulroney appeared on the show in a three-episode stint during their 9th season. He played Gavin, the guy who filled in for Rachel at her office while she was on maternity leave. The great thing about Mulroney’s performance is that he starts off as such a rude, obnoxious jerk constantly at odds with Rachel, and then slowly evolves to be wonderfully charming and someone she even considers dating. It’s an impressive transformation considering how masterfully he executes the turnabout within just three episodes.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
Ok, here again I am defying my own proclivities and choosing another rom-com for the list. In my defense, in the annals of romantic comedy 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding is considered to be something of a classic. It’s the story of a woman whose best friend of many years, someone for whom she has always harbored feelings, is getting married to another, seemingly perfect, woman (Cameron Diaz). Our heroine, played by Julia Roberts, must then enlist the aid of another of her male friends, who happens to be gay, to try and break up her true love’s wedding. Mulroney plays the aforementioned true love and does so with such genuine amiability and sizzle that it becomes easy to understand why both Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz fell for him. Huh, maybe I’m falling for him. Could you really blame me?
August 08, 2011 5:00am EST
The Canadian-born filmmaker passed away on 26 July (11) in London. No further information was available as WENN went to press.
Narizzano made his directing debut in 1965 with the horror film Die! Die! My Darling, before stepping behind the camera for Georgy Girl, starring Lynn Redgrave in the title role.
The movie, based on a novel by Margaret Forster, was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actress for Redgrave and Best Cinematography.
He went on to shoot Blue with Terence Stamp and later recruited Laurence Olivier for a TV adaptation of Come Back, Little Sheba.
Narizzano is survived by two sisters and a brother, reports Variety.com.
April 10, 2011 2:51pm EST
Even though recent reports stated that Metallo and Lois Lane's militant father would be the villains in Warner Bros. anticipated Superman reboot, it's now official: General Zod will make his triumphant return to theaters in December 2012 as Michael Shannon has been cast as the fan favorite character today. He takes over the role from Terence Stamp, who played the Kryptonian baddie in the 1978 original and its 1981 sequel, and joins Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in the new production, which is set to begin this summer.
Zack Snyder is directing Superman: The Man of Steel for the studio while Christopher Nolan acts as producer/creative godfather to the new franchise, joined by his partner/wife Emma Thomas, Charles Roven (who worked with Nolan on his billion dollar Batman franchise) and Snyder's wife/partner Deborah. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips of Legendary Pictures will executive produce. David S. Goyer wrote the screenplay based on his and Nolan's story.
The plan is to shoot this summer, though there's still more casting to get done. We need to know who will play second-tier characters like Jimmy Olsen and Perry White from The Daily Planet as well as who will appear as Ursa and Non, Zod's right-hand man and left-hand woman (both gave the Last Son of Krypton one hell of a battle in Superman II). While those characters may or may not be in the script, one thing is for sure: Snyder and co. have hired perhaps the perfect actor to play Zod. Shannon has a tremendous presence on screen, as anyone who's seen his work in Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire or Take Shelter (his most recent film credit which Sony Pictures Classics will release sometime this year) can attest to. He should prove to be a formidable foe for The Man of Steel as well as a great on-set collaborator for Cavill.
March 03, 2011 11:32am EST
The age-old debate over fate vs. free will has been and always will be a tough theme to crack in any medium but with the benefits of modern filmmaking technology the theory can be explored in ways that Philip K. Dick never imagined. However when one relies too heavily on spectacle to tell a story a piece of cerebral science fiction can quickly become just another action extravaganza. In this day and age there’s a fine line between the two; The Matrix walked that tightrope with style and grace while Next never found its footing in the first place. Fortunately the precious work of novelist Dick has for the most part been treated with respect by Hollywood (the aforementioned Nic Cage dud notwithstanding) but that doesn’t necessarily mean movies based on his stories are completely faithful to his vision.
Case in point: George Nolfi’s directorial debut The Adjustment Bureau an adaptation of Dick’s short story “Adjustment Team.” The film stars Matt Damon as David Norris a successful businessman and rising political candidate who after a chance encounter with the girl of his dreams (Emily Blunt) loses a crucial election. He happens to run into her on a Manhattan bus the following week before finding his office swarming with masked men who are “adjusting” everyone inside. Richardson (John Slattery) the man in charge captures Norris who unsuccessfully flees the scene after seeing behind “a curtain he wasn’t even supposed to know existed” as the enigmatic figure puts it. From that point on Norris must live with the knowledge that he (and we for that matter) is not in control of his own life. Rather the choices he makes fit perfectly into “The Plan” that’s been written by “the Chairman”.
In relation to my earlier statement I have to say that Nolfi’s picture looks stunning but his natural urban aesthetic doesn’t overpower the story. Sleek contemporary production design and elegant costumes characterize the high-concept story and the wraithlike agents who shape our destinies. Topically we’re dealing with some heavy material but Nolfi and editor Jay Rabinowitz move the action along at a brisk pace that keeps you engaged and entertained without having to try. The film is properly proportioned as a chase thriller romantic adventure and sci-fi fantasy and thankfully no component overshadows another.
Setting the film in the world of politics and big business helps make its larger-than-life revelations a bit more accessible (as do appearances from Michael Bloomberg Jon Stewart and Chuck Scarborough) while providing sub-text about the corruption involved in elections and campaigns (there are conspicuous shades of The Manchurian Candidate in the movie) but the writer-director often tries too hard for broad appeal. For a film with existential implications as severe as they are here the dialogue is at times hokey and superficial. Dick’s source material is far more abstract and Nolfi for the sake of commercial success panders to the palette of soccer moms and mallrats.
What’s worse is his unwarranted exposition of the Bureau a shadowy organization whose major allure is anonymity. Some secrets are best kept and less can be so much more when crafting a mysterious atmosphere; Nolfi reaches that level of magnetic curiosity but squanders it as he reveals the truth about the Bureau and its grand scheme. On the other hand he brushes over the technical lingo between agents Harry Mitchell (Anthony Mackie) McCrady (Anthony Ruivivar) and others without explanation perhaps hoping that the ambiguous terminology will fool you into thinking that his script is smarter than it really is.
Even though Nolfi’s allegorical conclusions are uncomfortably ham-fisted the chemistry between Damon and Blunt alone is enough to enchant you; this is one highly watchable cinematic pairing that should be revisited as soon as possible. Their innocent relationship blossoms organically and together they make it seem as natural on screen as it is for their star-crossed characters. Even if you have a hard time believing in higher powers or manipulative Orwellian forces you’ll have faith in David and Elise’s fated relationship one of the most captivating couplings I’ve seen on the big-screen in some time.
October 19, 2010 5:00am EST
The legendary actors were pals in the 1960s as they carved out showbusiness careers, and they enjoyed raucous nights in and out while living in London.
And Caine soon witnessed the Scottish hunk's strength after Connery lost his famous temper with a group of men mocking a girl band at a nightspot.
He recalls, "In my early 20s I was running around with Sean and Terence Stamp. Every girl in London was running after us. Sean used to have parties called 'Bring a Bottle and a Bird'. I couldn't afford a bottle then, so I took two birds (girls).
"I was 23 and Sean was 26 and he had just got into the chorus of South Pacific. He was Mr Edinburgh at that time and built like Arnie Schwarzenegger.
"Sean got into all that bodybuilding stuff. One Saturday night he walked into a party where I was with two beautiful girls. He saw me and we became friends.
"Once, we were in a club and some girls were on stage trying to sing. Some guys behind us were giving them a hard time, so Sean just got up and beat all four of them up. I just held his coat!"
October 01, 2010 5:00am EST
The gritty original starred Brits Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth, and The Queen director Frears has revealed a Hollywood revamp is in the works.
In the 1984 film, Roth and Hurt played tough guys hired to kidnap former gang boss Stamp in Spain and drive him to Paris, France to face justice.
But the new film will be set in Mexico.
Frears says, "We're going to try and do a remake of The Hit. Somebody bought the remake rights and we said, 'Why, was it that bad?' Then a producer came to me and said, 'What a good idea to do it with Americans'.
"He came to me a few months ago and said, 'Why don't we do a remake?' and I said, 'Terrific'. I think they go to Mexico in a few days time (to research and write)."
And Frears hopes he'll be a part of the remake: "I'd like to be asked to direct it. I think it's a really good idea. We'll set it in Mexico, going to North America."
November 05, 2009 4:00am EST
The Alfie star dated a number of glamorous actresses and models during his prime, including Bianca Jagger and Jill St. John, before tying the knot with wife Shakira.
And now he's urged ladies' man Walliams to do the same, insisting he'll never be satisfied with his love life until he learns to devote himself to one woman.
Walliams says, "Michael Caine said to me, 'I used to be like you. I used to think with women, it was about quantity. Then I realised it was about quality. Then I met my beautiful wife Shakira.'
"I know people reading this won't believe it, but people like myself have low self-esteem. That's why we feel the need to date loads of girls. Then you realise it's not going to get you anywhere. Michael Caine said to me, 'I realised that I couldn't sleep with every woman in the world.' He was sharing a flat with Terence Stamp in the Sixties. It must have been a very, very exciting time to be young and famous."