Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron picked up two major prizes at the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 in London on Sunday (30Mar14), including trophies for Best Director and Best Film. The Mexican filmmaker added even more statues to his awards haul during the star-studded ceremony at Grosvenor House, just weeks after earning his first Best Director prize at the Academy Awards.
Cuaron was unable to attend the event, but accepted his awards via video messages.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug also tied for two wins, including Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Male Newcomer for Aidan Turner.
Meanwhile, other acting honours went to Margot Robbie in Best Female Newcomer (The Wolf of Wall Street), Emma Thompson for Best Actress (Saving Mr. Banks), James McAvoy for Best Actor (Filth), and Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively.
Earning top genre prizes were Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Best Comedy), The Conjuring (Best Horror), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Best Thriller), and The World's End (Best British Film).
Special honours were also handed out to a number of Hollywood A-listers, including Tom Cruise (Legend of Our Lifetime), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Action Hero of Our Lifetime), Hugh Jackman (Empire Icon), Simon Pegg (Empire Hero) and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass (Empire Inspiration).
American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave look set to dominate the 2014 Academy Awards. The movies will go head-to-head for Best Picture along with Captain Phillips, Nebraska, Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, Her and The Wolf of Wall Street.
British stars Christian Bale (American Hustle) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) both scored a mention for Best Actor, while American Hustle's Amy Adams will go head-to-head with Gravity's Sandra Bullock for Best Actress.
Other actresses nominated in the category are Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Judi Dench (Philomena) and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County).
Last year's (13) winner of the Best Actress trophy, Jennifer Lawrence, will compete for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle, while Bradley Cooper landed a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role in the crime caper.
12 Years A Slave co-stars Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender also picked up nods for their supporting roles, while the film's director Steve McQueen and American Hustle's David. O. Russell both landed nominations for Best Director along with Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron.
Speaking shortly after the nominations were announced, British moviemaker McQueen told the BBC, "(I am) just very excited - nine nominations. A lot of them (the Oscar nominees are) British. I am just so excited. We worked very hard and are very privileged to receive these nominations."
While O. Russell admits he is thrilled that all four of his film's main actors picked up nods, adding, "It's all four actors... you always worry as sort of the captain... that one of your great performers is not going to get recognised... they all put so much into it and they did it together so it's nice that none of them got left out."
American Hustle and Gravity both scored 10 nominations, while 12 Years A Slave landed nine.
The nominations were announced by actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Thursday (16Jan14), and the winners will be unveiled during the Los Angeles prizegiving on 2 March (14).
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
David O. Russell - American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Alexander Payne - Nebraska
Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street
Actor in a Leading Role:
Christian Bale - American Hustle
Bruce Dern - Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Actress in a Leading Role:
Amy Adams - American Hustle
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Judi Dench - Philomena
Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
Actor in a Supporting Role:
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper - American Hustle
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years A Slave
Jonah Hill - The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Actress in a Supporting Role:
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts - August: Osage County
June Squibb - Nebraska
Before Midnight - Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Captain Phillips - Billy Ray
Philomena - Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
12 Years A Slave - John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street - Terence Winter
American Hustle - Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine - Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club - Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack
Her - Spike Jonze
Nebraska - Bob Nelson
Animated Feature Film:
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises
The Grandmaster - Philippe Le Sourd
Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis - Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska - Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners - Roger A. Deakins
American Hustle - Michael Wilkinson
The Grandmaster - William Chang Suk Ping
The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin
The Invisible Woman - Michael O'Connor
12 Years A Slave - Patricia Norris
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
20 Feet from Stardom
Documentary Short Subject:
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
American Hustle - Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten
Captain Phillips - Christopher Rouse
Dallas Buyers Club - John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa
Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger
12 Years A Slave - Joe Walker
Foreign Language Film:
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Missing Picture
Makeup And Hairstyling:
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger
Music - Original Score:
The Book Thief
Saving Mr. Banks
Music - Original Song:
Alone Yet Not Alone by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel, from Alone Yet Not Alone
Happy by Pharrell Williams, from Despicable Me 2
Let it Go by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, from Frozen
The Moon Song by Karen O, from Her
Ordinary Love by U2, from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
The Great Gatsby
12 Years A Slave
All Is Lost
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness.
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Due to a scheduling conflict, Jim Carrey was forced to drop out of an upcoming comedy, previously titled Loomis Fargo and co-starring Owen Wilson. Additionally, Zach Galifianakis was just announced as his replacement. The loosely-based-on-real-life film follows a 1997 armored car driver (Galifianakis) who joins with a few criminals to steal from his employers, only to be promptly betrayed.
In a world of highly fragmented comedy cliques, this film is a surprising melting pot, with Galifinakis representing the alternative stand up crowd, Wilson championing the mid 2000s "Frat Pack," producer Lorne Michaels bringing his years as creator of Saturday Night Live, Danny McBride bringing in the Apatow crowd and his own Eastbound and Down fanbase, and Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. And, oddly enough, the script by Emily Spivey, creator of Up All Night, will be sharing its story cues with Michael Bay's Pain and Gain, which had an oddly similar storyline this past April (a few underachievers rob their rich client in the late '90s).
But the big story is Galifianakis' casting. He will be anchoring the movie as the lead, which should mark quite a switch from Jim Carrey's version of the character. Should we be rooting for Carrey to take back the role? Or supportive of the jump to Galifianakis? It's too close to call, so let's weigh the pros and cons:
Point: Galifianakis can definitely play disgruntled fury straighter than Carrey, who always gives a little hint of mania even when he's supposed to be furious. This could make the Galifianakis version of the story darker.
Counterpoint: But Carrey's expressiveness makes him far more empathetic as a leading man. He can be heartbreakingly open-faced, playing a guileless character who would trust obviously duplicitous criminals without coming across as an idiot (a trap Galifianakis often falls into).
Point: Carrey's already proven he can carry a film, starring in not just big comedies like Ace Ventura but also stranger, less predictable films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. (And let's not forget that back when he first hit it big, his human cartoon comedy style wasn't predictable either.)
Counterpoint: Galifianakis has crazy chemistry with pretty much any comedy star you put him up against, even if the films flop. Due Date and The Campaign were uninspired films, but he managed to stand out against Robert Downey Jr. and Will Ferrell, two of the most focus-pulling performers working.
Point: Galifianakis looks like he's be an armored truck driver. That might sound like nothing, but it's not just his busy beard and under eye circles — he can convincingly carry himself like a blue collar guy.
Counterpoint: Carrey plays an amazing con man/criminal. I Love You Phillip Morris was a bit uneven, but Carrey's performance was unbelievable, using his gift for physical comedy to make an unrepentant liar charismatic beyond belief.
Final Judgement: It depends on what type of film they're trying to make. If it's a dark story about a simple driver who gets in over his head, Galifianakis will shine, but if it's more of a madcap romp, we wish it was still Carrey. Either way, the one thing we definitely want from either actor is to see his range.
Alan Rickman was stunned to learn his Cbgb co-star Keene Mcrae was from Alabama at the end of the movie, because the newcomer mimicked rock star Sting so well the veteran was convinced he was British. Rickman, who plays CBGB club boss Hilly Kristal in the new movie, is friends with the former The Police frontman and he complimented McRae on perfecting the singer's soft-spoken Geordie accent.
But director Randall Miller admits the young star with a bright future wasn't all he appeared to be.
He tells WENN, "Keene McRae, who plays Sting, was a casting call guy who was amazing and came from Alabama. Alan is actually friends with Sting in real life and Keene came in and did an amazing accent.
"He said he was from Birmingham, Alabama and we said, 'No you're from Birmingham, England, and you're never gonna say you're not,' so he kept that accent until he finished shooting.
"On his last day we said, 'Now you can tell Alan now where you're really from!' He was astonished."
The new film captures the sights and sounds of the New York punk mecca during its late 1970s heyday and features Foo Fighters star Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop, Malin Akerman as Blondie star Debbie Harry, Justin Bartha as Dead Boys frontman Stiv Bators and Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone.
Filmmaker Randall Miller's Cbgb biopic and Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong's documentary Broadway Idiot will headline this year's (13) CBGB Film Festival in New York. The two movies will launch the five-day event on 9 October (13), a week after CBGB's premiere in Los Angeles. The film follows the story of Hilly Kristal's fabled New York club from its conception as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became - the birthplace of underground rock 'n roll and punk.
It features Malin Akerman as Blondie singer Debbie Harry, Alan Rickman as Kristal and Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop.
This year's CBGB Film Festival will also feature movies and documentaries about Husker Du star Grant Hart, Killing Joke, post-punk/funk band E.S.G. and London punk icon Bruno Wizard.
The Hangover star Justin Bartha underwent extensive waxing to play punk icon Stiv Bators in new movie Cbgb. The actor realised he would have to get rid of his body hair as he researched his role as The Dead Boys frontman, and went all out to look smooth.
Bartha explains, "They took the Jew right out of me... I got it all waxed, baby! Stiv used to do some drugs and drive down the highway and they (bandmates) used to moon people while they were driving... He also gets oral sex onstage (in the movie).
"Normally, I have some hair on my body and I knew I would have to lose some weight (to play Bators), and on the way to the gym there was a sign that I would pass everyday that was for a waxing place... I had to do it."
But he admits his first, and possibly last, full waxing was a humiliating experience: "You go into this room with a woman that clearly does this everyday... I did my arms and my chest and then I was like, 'Can I please have the between-the-cheeks,' and she was like, 'Sure, flip over!' as if I asked for a piece of gum... It was humiliating."
The new CBGB film also features new mum Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop and Alan Rickman as club owner Hilly Kristal.
No matter how talented a performer might be, he or she is bound to wind up with a consistent "type." For De Niro, it's gangsters. For Woody Allen, it's nebbishes. For Malin Akerman, it's occupants of past-era rock clubs. Last year, the comic actress shot for blockbuster in the disappointing Rock of Ages film adaptation, playing a music journalist entangled in a romantic affair with Tom Cruise's blistered pop star. In the developing film CBGB, Akerman is promoted to the position of spotlit artist, taking on the role of Blondie singer Debbie Harry.
Because Rock of Ages did little to impress, it doesn't bode too well for CBGB that the two films look so strikingly similar. But we're not here to shatter your hearts of glass — we're rooting for our flaxen-haired David Wain regular. So peruse these pictures from the CBGB set, and keep your spirits high with some pointers to separate the Adam Shankman flick with this new assembly of musical characters.
First off, the CBGB Akerman's hair is shorter, straighter, and a lot less toxic-looking than the 1980s 'do she sported in Rock of Ages. Perhaps a '70s Akerman will be one with more gravitas, more moxy, more oomph.
Secondly, there was no presence in Rock of Ages of the malnourished extraterrestrial (aka actor Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop) standing beside Akerman in the image above.
And finally, there doesn't seem to be any instance in CBGB of an adult male performing a love ballad to Akerman's rear end. But that doesn't mean there won't be any sexual tension...
CBGB also stars Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Justin Bartha, and Johnny Galecki.
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The actress joins Alan Rickman, who will play her father, Malin Akerman, Taylor Hawkins and Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner in the film, which starts shooting in Georgia later this month (Jun12).
Akerman will portray Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry in the film, while Foo Fighters drummer Hawkins will make his movie debut as Iggy Pop, and Sumner has been cast as New York punk icon Patti Smith.
Alan Rickman is excited about playing New York club boss Hilly Kristal in a new movie, because he missed out on visiting legendary venue Cbgb in his youth.
The British actor takes the lead role in the movie, alongside a star-studded cast including Foo Fighters rocker Taylor Hawkins, who will make his acting debut as Iggy Pop, and Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner, who is slated to portray punk icon Patti Smith.
And Rickman can't wait to begin the shoot in Savannah, Georgia this summer (12).
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "Sadly I never got to go to the club when it was around, but they're reconstructing it as we speak in a studio in Savannah so I'll have my second youth there. I'll get what might be called the vibe when I go there in three weeks, I'll be vibing."
Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner has landed the coveted role of punk icon Patti Smith in star-studded new movie CBGB.
Sumner was added to the cast on Monday (04Jun12), alongside Foo Fighters rocker Taylor Hawkins, who will make his acting debut as Iggy Pop in the film about late New York club boss Hilly Kristal, portrayed by Alan Rickman.
The twosome joins Johnny Galecki and Steven Schub, who will play Terry Ork and DeeDee Ramone in the film, and sexy Malin Akerman, who will play Blondie star Debbie Harry.
Also among the cast: Evan Alex Cole as Richard Hell, Avatar star Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone, Stana Katic and Rupert Grint.
Filming will begin in Savannah, Georgia and New York City later this month (Jun12).
Movie spokeswoman Nadine Jolson tells WENN, "The story will follow Kristal who dreamed of having a Country, Bluegrass and Blues club in New York City. When he had difficulty finding country and blues bands, he opened his doors to local acts. He had one demand of the acts he booked: They could only play their own original music.
"Living on a couch in the back of the club for the first two years, Hilly could barely make ends meet. Nevertheless, CBGB became such a well-respected haunt for artists that many bands begged Hilly for a chance to play."