Irish actor Colin Farrell was moved to tears while watching his film Saving Mr. Banks. The Phone Booth actor stars alongside Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks in the movie about how Disney classic Mary Poppins was adapted for the big screen.
Farrell says Thompson's performance as Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers was so moving that he could not help shedding a tear when he watched a screening of the movie.
After BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw revealed he cried while watching the film, Farrell confessed, "I did too and I'm in it, so how pathetic is that? I think Emma Thompson just rips you from one side of the room to the other emotionally; there's something particularly raw about what she does in this."
Director/producer Jeffrey Pollack has died at the age of 54. The Above the Rim filmmaker was found dead on the Greenbelt trail in Hermosa Beach, California on Monday (23Dec13).
Pollack was reportedly jogging when he collapsed and passed away.
An autopsy to identify his cause of death is pending.
Pollack began his Hollywood career in 1993, when he wrote, produced and directed drama Above the Rim starring rapper Tupac Shakur.
He went on to direct Booty Call starring Jamie Foxx in 1997 and Lost & Found with David Spade in 1999.
He also helped to create Will Smith's hit U.S. TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with business partner Benny Medina, with whom he formed a management and production company called Medina/Pollack Entertainment.
The firm was later renamed Handprint Entertainment with clients including Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Tyra Banks, before closing down in 2008.
Actor Keanu Reeves has no interest in landing a starring role in a planned remake of his hit 1991 movie Point Break. The Matrix star featured alongside the late Patrick Swayze in the original cult film, about a gang of surfers who rob banks.
Swayze was due to reprise his character as group leader Bodhi in a sequel, but the project stalled in 2009 when the star lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Studio bosses at Alcon Entertainment started working on the film again in 2011 and announced it would now be a remake, centring around extreme sports, but Reeves, who portrayed an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates the gang, has ruled out any involvement in the reboot.
Asked if he would like to have a part in the new Point Break, he tells BBC 5 Live radio, "Absolutely not. It's not my place."
And Reeves admits he has concerns about remaking the famous film: "If they can find a way to do it that works out good (sic), then God bless them."
Salt screenwriter Kurt Wimmer has been hired to pen the script, while Ericson Core, who has worked as a cinematographer on the Fast and Furious film franchise, will direct.
Casting details have yet to be revealed.
Jason Schwartzman has formed an unlikely musical alliance with the songwriter he portrays in new movie Saving Mr. Banks. The actor plays Disney composer Richard Sherman in the film and the odd couple has been performing together to help promote the new movie, which chronicles Walt Disney's efforts to win the film rights to P.L. Travers' beloved book Mary Poppins.
Schwartzman says, "We're been going around... I've had to do a lot of things that are quite frightening for this movie and singing publicly... is quite scary."
He also found himself performing songs from the movie for co-star Emma Thompson and Sean Penn.
Schwartzman adds, "We did a performance at the Beverly Hills Hotel for Academy members and Emma Thompson... comes in with a bunch of her friends, and one of them is Sean Penn, who is a bada** and the epitome of macho powers.
"I go up there and we're singing, like, Chim Chim Cher-ee... and we're having fun... and it dawned on me that I was trying to act tough while singing these songs in front of Sean Penn.
"Later, I did see him singing along. He was into it, but he looked so strong doing it... He looked amazing. I was too afraid to meet him afterwards."
Actor Jason Schwartzman is reportedly set to become a dad again - his wife is pregnant with the couple's second child. The Saving Mr. Banks star and his wife Brady Cunningham are preparing to add another bundle of joy to their family this spring (14), sources tell Us Weekly.
Schwartzman and his fashion designer wife wed in 2009, and they welcomed daughter Marlowe Rivers in 2010. She celebrated her third birthday earlier this month (Dec13).
Tom Hanks was left stunned by some of the Disneyland secrets he learned while filming Saving Mr. Banks at the California theme park, after discovering certain rides had to be scrapped due to fans getting frisky. The actor portrays movie mogul Walt Disney in the new drama, about the battle to bring Mary Poppins to the big screen, and he admits shooting a film at the happiest place on earth was a dream come true for his teenage self.
He says, "(I thought), 'Oh, I get it, I'm 13. I'm dead at 13 and I've come to heaven.'"
However, Hanks reveals he learned so much from Disneyland employees that there were some behind-the-scenes stories he really could have done without - and one concerned the Skyway transit system which used to shuttle visitors between the park's Tomorrowland and Fantasyland areas.
He explains, "You ask questions like, 'What happened to this ride?' Why is there no sky buckets anymore?'
"One of the problems was - there were a lot of people trying to join, let's call it, the Mile High Club. In the sky buckets!
"There was other naughty stuff going on. But there were people that tried to... how do we say this... get the deed done. How to enjoy the e-ticket, maybe the g-ticket, maybe the o-ticket... I don't know."
The shuttle ride, which lasted just a few minutes, was removed in 1994.
The second installment in The Hobbit franchise has desolated the competition at the U.K. box office after pulling in $13.9 million (£9.3 million) in its opening week. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug now tops both the British and American box office charts following its release on 13 December (13).
The movie, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, knocked Disney animated hit Frozen from the number one spot, making double its $6.3 million (£4.2 million).
Another sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, claimed number three with takings of $2.1 million (£1.4 million), while Sandra Bullock's space thriller Gravity and Saving Mr. Banks rounded out the top five with $888,000 (£592,321) and $538,500 (£359,134) respectively.
Steve Mcqueen's drama 12 Years A Slave looks set to be the toast of the director's hometown after scoring a massive nine nominations for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. The picture is nominated for the coveted Film Of The Year title, while London-born McQueen is up for the Director of the Year award and the movie's stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o are all in the running for acting prizes.
Other films in contention for the top title include Hollywood favourites Gravity, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Blue Jasmine and Inside Llewyn Davis, as well as sci-fi drama Her, Nebraska, Italian movie The Great Beauty, Frances Ha, and French film Blue Is The Warmest Color.
Ejiofor faces stiff competition in the Actor Of The Year category, going up against Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), and Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips).
Hanks is a double nominee after also picking up a nod in the Supporting Actor Of The Year competition for his other movie, Saving Mr. Banks, and he will face off with his Captain Phillips co-star Barkhad Abdi for the prize.
The nominees in the other top movie category, British Film Of The Year, include Philomena, Rush, A Field In England, Filth, and The Selfish Giant.
The London Critics' Circle will bestow a special award on acting veteran Gary Oldman during the ceremony in London on 2 February (14). The Dark Knight star will receive the Dilys Powell Award For Excellence In Film.
Considering that every award show leading up to the Academy Awards helps predict who will take home the Oscar in each category, it's quite a good sign for both American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave that each film received 13 nominations for the 19th Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
American Hustle grabbed nods for Best Picture, Best Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Comedy, Best Actor in a Comedy (Christian Bale), and Best Actress in a Comedy (Amy Adams). And 12 years a Slave nabbed nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, and Best Score.
Not far behind in the nominations race is Gravity with 10 nods and Captain Phillips, Her, Nebraska, and The Wolf of Wall Street with six each.
The Critics Choice Awards ceremony will be hosted by Aisha Tyler on The CW Jan. 16 at 8 PM.
Best PictureAmerican HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerInside Llewyn DavisNebraskaSaving Mr. Banks12 Years a SlaveThe Wolf of Wall Street
Best ActorChristian Bale – American HustleBruce Dern – NebraskaChiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a SlaveTom Hanks – Captain PhillipsMatthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers ClubRobert Redford – All Is Lost
Best ActressCate Blanchett – Blue JasmineSandra Bullock – GravityJudi Dench – PhilomenaBrie Larson – Short Term 12Meryl Streep – August: Osage CountyEmma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Best Supporting ActorBarkhad Abdi – Captain PhillipsDaniel Bruhl – RushBradley Cooper – American HustleMichael Fassbender – 12 Years a SlaveJames Gandolfini – Enough SaidJared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting ActressScarlett Johansson – HerJennifer Lawrence – American HustleLupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a SlaveJulia Roberts – August: Osage CountyJune Squibb – NebraskaOprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Best Young Actor/ActressAsa Butterfield – Ender’s GameAdele Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest ColorLiam James – The Way Way BackSophie Nelisse – The Book ThiefTye Sheridan – Mud
Best Acting EnsembleAmerican HustleAugust: Osage CountyLee Daniels’ The ButlerNebraska12 Years a SlaveThe Wolf of Wall Street
Best DirectorAlfonso Cuaron – GravityPaul Greengrass – Captain PhillipsSpike Jonze – HerSteve McQueen – 12 Years a SlaveDavid O. Russell – American HustleMartin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Original ScreenplayEric Singer and David O. Russell – American HustleWoody Allen – Blue JasmineSpike Jonze – HerJoel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn DavisBob Nelson – Nebraska
Best Adapted ScreenplayTracy Letts – August: Osage CountyRichard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke – Before MidnightBilly Ray – Captain PhillipsSteve Coogan and Jeff Pope – PhilomenaJohn Ridley – 12 Years a SlaveTerence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street
Best CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki – GravityBruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn DavisPhedon Papamichael – NebraskaRoger Deakins – PrisonersSean Bobbitt – 12 Years a Slave
Best Art DirectionAndy Nicholson (Production Designer), Rosie Goodwin (Set Decorator) – GravityCatherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator) – The Great GatsbyK.K. Barrett (Production Designer), Gene Serdena (Set Decorator) – HerDan Hennah (Production Designer), Ra Vincent (Set Decorator) – The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugAdam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Alice Baker (Set Decorator) – 12 Years a Slave
Best EditingAlan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers – American HustleChristopher Rouse – Captain PhillipsAlfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger – GravityDaniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill – RushJoe Walker – 12 Years a SlaveThelma Schoonmaker – The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Costume DesignMichael Wilkinson – American HustleCatherine Martin – The Great GatsbyBob Buck, Lesley Burkes-Harding, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor – The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugDaniel Orlandi – Saving Mr. BanksPatricia Norris – 12 Years a Slave
Best MakeupAmerican HustleThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugLee Daniels’ The ButlerRush12 Years a Slave
Best Visual EffectsGravityThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugIron Man 3Pacific RimStar Trek into Darkness
Best Animated FeatureThe CroodsDespicable Me 2FrozenMonsters UniversityThe Wind Rises
Best Action MovieThe Hunger Games: Catching FireIron Man 3Lone SurvivorRushStar Trek into Darkness
Best Actor in an Action MovieHenry Cavill – Man of SteelRobert Downey Jr. – Iron Man 3Brad Pitt – World War ZMark Wahlberg – Lone Survivor
Best Actress in an Action MovieSandra Bullock – GravityJennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching FireEvangeline Lilly – The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugGwyneth Paltrow – Iron Man 3
Best ComedyAmerican HustleEnough SaidThe HeatThis Is the EndThe Way Way BackThe World’s End
Best Actor in a ComedyChristian Bale – American HustleLeonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall StreetJames Gandolfini – Enough SaidSimon Pegg – The World’s EndSam Rockwell – The Way Way Back
Best Actress in a ComedyAmy Adams – American HustleSandra Bullock – The HeatGreta Gerwig – Frances HaJulia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough SaidMelissa McCarthy – The Heat
Best Sci-fi/Horror MovieThe ConjuringGravityStar Trek into DarknessWorld War Z
Best Foreign Language FilmBlue Is the Warmest ColorThe Great BeautyThe HuntThe PastWadjda
Best Documentary FeatureThe Act of KillingBlackfishStories We TellTim’s Vermeer20 Feet from Stardom
Best Song"Atlas" – Coldplay – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"Happy" – Pharrell Williams – Despicable Me 2"Let It Go" – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez – Frozen"Ordinary Love" – U2 – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"Please Mr. Kennedy" – Justin Timberlake/Oscar Isaac/Adam Driver – Inside Llewyn Davis"Young and Beautiful" – Lana Del Rey – The Great Gatsby
Best ScoreSteven Price – GravityArcade Fire – HerThomas Newman – Saving Mr. BanksHans Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell's American Hustle and Steve Mcqueen's 12 Years A Slave will be the films to beat at the 2014 Critics' Choice Awards after landing 13 nominations apiece. The two movies will compete for the Best Picture honour alongside Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Wolf of Wall Street, Saving Mr. Banks, Nebraska and Her.
Russell and McQueen will also battle it out for Best Director with Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron, Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Spike Jonze (Her) and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street), while the shortlist for Best Acting Ensemble features American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Nebraska and August: Osage County.
Meanwhile, Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) are all up for Best Actor, and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Dame Judi Dench (Philomena), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) will go head-to-head for Best Actress.
Supporting acting nods have also gone to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) and Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels' The Butler.
The winners of the Critics' Choice Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Santa Monica, California on 16 January (14).