Boyhood, The Theory Of Everything and The Grand Budapest Hotel were among the big winners at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday (08Feb15). Boyhood scored the coveted Best Film prize, while filmmaker Richard Linklater claimed Best Director and Patricia Arquette was named Best Supporting Actress.
Hawke accepted the director award on Linklater's behalf, as the filmmaker had opted to attend the Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles the previous night (07Feb15) instead. Hawke says, "He was hijacked at the DGAs and sat there losing and is going to be really, frankly, p**sed off, that he’s not here tonight."
Linklater lost the top directing prize at the DGA ceremony to Birdman's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
The Theory of Everything was another triple winner, scoring Outstanding British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Leading Actor for Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking.
In his acceptance speech, the star paid tribute to Hawking and his wife Jane, who were in the audience at London's Royal Opera House, saying, "I would like to thank them for their trust in us, their generosity and their kindness and for reminding me of the great strength that comes from having the will to live a full and passionate life."
The Grand Budapest Hotel landed the most prizes of the night with five, but its biggest win was in the Best Original Screenplay category for writer/director Wes Anderson, with the remaining accolades coming in the technical categories, including Costume Design, Production Design and Original Music.
Julianne Moore continued her awards season streak with the Leading Actress honour for Still Alice, while J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash and Unbroken's Jack O'Connell was named the EE Rising Star.
Other winners included Citizenfour for Best Documentary and The Lego Movie, which picked up the Best Animated Film prize, despite being snubbed in the Oscar nominations.
During the ceremony, British royal The Duke of Cambridge and Robert Downey, Jr. paid special tribute to late actor/director Lord Richard Attenborough via video message. Attenborough, who directed Downey, Jr. in 1992 biopic Chaplin and served as BAFTA Chairman for eight years, died in August (14). The Iron Man star said, "I'm sad. I miss you Dicky," before reciting the opening lyrics to Smile by Charlie Chaplin.
The main In Memoriam tribute section honoured a number of late stars including Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Harold Ramis and Mickey Rooney.
The full winners list is as follows:
Best Film: Boyhood
Outstanding British Film: The Theory of Everything
Best Director: Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Best Leading Actor: Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Best Leading Actress: Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Best Original Music: Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
EE Rising Star Award: Jack O'Connell
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Film Not in the English Language: Ida
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone - Pride
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
Best Special Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter - Interstellar
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup and Hair: Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Sound: Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann - Whiplash
Best Editing: Tom Cross - Whiplash
Best Short Film: Boogaloo And Graham
Best Short Animation: The Bigger Picture
BAFTA Fellowship: Mike Leigh
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: BBC Films.
British actors including Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Rosamund Pike look set to dominate the 2015 Academy Awards after the nominations were unveiled on Thursday (15Jan15).
Redmayne earned a Best Actor nod for The Theory of Everything and will go head-to-head with fellow Brit Cumberbatch for his role in The Imitation Game. They will compete with Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Michael Keaton for Birdman, which is leading the Oscars race with The Grand Budapest Hotel with nine nods apiece.
Brits are also well represented in the Best Actress category with nominations for Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Pike (Gone Girl). Other nominees include Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night).
Knightley picked up a nod for Best Supporting Actress for The Imitation Game and will compete with awards season favourite Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) and Emma Stone (Birdman) while the nods for the male counterpart went to Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), Robert Duvall (The Judge), Edward Norton (Birdman), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).
Best Picture nominees include The Theory of Everything, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Selma, Whiplash, American Sniper and The Imitation Game, which earned eight nominations.
Boyhood moviemaker Richard Linklater, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday (11Jan15), is in the running for Best Director with Birdman's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Foxcatcher's Bennett Miller and Morten Tyldum, who scooped his first awards season nomination for The Imitation Game.
Composer Alexandre Desplat will compete against himself in the Original Score category after being nominated for both The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game, while Interstellar picked up audio nods despite being criticized for its sound quality by cinemagoers last year (14).
The shortlist was announced by actor Chris Pine, directors Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday (15Jan15).
Winners will be announced during the ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 22 February (15), hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
The complete list of nominees is as follows:
The Theory of Everything - The Imitation Game - Birdman - The Grand Budapest Hotel - Boyhood - Selma - Whiplash - American Sniper
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night
Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
Laura Dern - Wild
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo - Birdman
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler
E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman - Foxcatcher
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Jason Hall - American Sniper
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Foreign Language Film:
Wild Tales (Argentina)
Animated Feature Film:
Big Hero 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Glory - Selma
Grateful - Beyond the Lights
Everything is Awesome - The Lego Movie
Lost Stars - Begin Again
I'm Not Gonna Miss You - Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me
Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
Gary Yershon - Mr. Turner
Johann Johannsson - The Theory of Everything
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth
Last Days in Vietnam
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The Reaper (La Parka)
Animated Short Film:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
Live Action Short Film:
Aya Boogaloo and Graham Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
The Phone Call
Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
Robert D. Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski - Ida
Dick Pope - Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins - Unbroken
Barney Pilling - The Grand Budapest Hotel
William Goldenberg - The Imitation Game
Tom Cross - Whiplash
Sandra Adair - Boyhood
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach - American Sniper
Milena Canonero - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Colleen Atwood - Into the Woods
Jacqueline Durran - Mr. Turner
Mark Bridges - Inherent Vice
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive - Maleficent
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana MacDonald - The Imitation Game
Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis - Interstellar
Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts - Mr. Turner
Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock - Into the Woods
Makeup and Hairstyling:
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White - Guardians of the Galaxy
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard - Foxcatcher
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Anjelica Huston has recalled the moment her former boyfriend Jack Nicholson told her he was expecting a baby with another woman in an uncomfortable conversation over dessert. The Witches star dated Nicholson on and off between 1973 and 1990 and the pair enjoyed romances with others during their 'off' periods.
Their relationship ended for good when Nicholson dropped the bombshell that he was to have a child with actress Rebecca Broussard, and Huston now reveals he broke the news across the dinner table in 1989.
In an extract from her upcoming autobiography, Watch Me, published in Vanity Fair magazine, Huston writes, "(Nicholson said) I have something to tell you... Someone is gonna have a baby."
He wanted to stand by Broussard but continue his romance with Huston, who told him, "There's only room for one of us women in this picture, and I am going to retire from it."
Huston also remembers earlier moments in their relationship when she would read allegations of the actor's infidelity in the press and lose her temper.
She writes, "I beat him savagely about the head and shoulders. He was ducking and bending, and I was going at him like a prizefighter, raining a vast array of direct punches."
Huston later married sculptor Robert Graham, who died in 2008. Nicholson was in a relationship with Broussard for five years.
A female student arrested as part of a drugs raid connected to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has walked free from court after striking a plea deal.
Juliana Luchkiw, 23, was one of four suspects busted during a raid on a New York City apartment in February (14) as cops investigated the source of heroin packets found at the Capote star's home.
Luchkiw appeared at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday (29Oct14) and during the hearing, a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance was reduced to disorderly conduct and she was sentenced to time served.
Hoffman's suspected dealer, jazz musician Robert Vineberg, was also among those detained in the raid. He pleaded guilty to a drug charge over the summer (14).
The Hollywood actor was found dead at his Manhattan home in February (14) after suffering a drug overdose.
Oscar winner Anjelica Huston broke off her relationship with Ryan O'Neal in the late 1970s after he allegedly headbutted her during a fight, according to the actress' new memoir. The Witches star details the breakdown of their romance in her upcoming autobiography, Watch Me, claiming the Love Story actor attacked her while they were attending a party in Beverly Hills, California.
In an excerpt of her book, obtained by National Enquirer editors, she alleges O'Neal became angry with her after she failed to immediately return from the bathroom.
She writes, "He turned on me, grabbed me by the hair and hit me in the forehead with the top of his skull... I saw stars and reeled back. Half blind, I ran away from him."
Huston claims she locked herself in the bathroom to allow O'Neal time to calm down, but when she agreed to open the door, he reportedly struck her again.
She adds, "Ryan was batting me about the head with an open hand. Then, abruptly, he left."
Huston admits the alleged incident sent her running back into the arms of her ex, Jack Nicholson, but the on/off couple split again after the renowned womaniser was caught sleeping with a former lover.
When Huston confronted him about the affair, he is said to have told her, "Oh Toots, it was just a mercy f**k."
The actress went on to wed sculptor Robert Graham in 1992, until his death in 2008.
Watch Me is due for release next month (Nov14).
O'Neal has yet to comment on Huston's account of their break up.
Steven Spielberg hired actress Charlotte Le Bon for his new film based on her stint as a weather girl on French TV.
The Canadian model/actress stars alongside Helen Mirren in the new film The Hundred-Foot Journey, and producer Spielberg reveals the Le Bon didn't even have to audition for the role, thanks to her standout skills on the French chat show Le Grand Journal.
Spielberg tells Entertainment Tonight, "I found her on French television doing the weather on a daytime French talk show and cast her based on that." Le Bon, who only has a few French films on her resume, adds that if "Steven Spielberg says he discovered you, I guess I'll try to take as much as I can from it". Le Bon, 27, has already reaped the benefits of their friendship - her next project is The Walk, directed by Spielberg's friend Robert Zemeckis, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as French high-wire artist Philippe Petit.
Nobody could have predicted this amidst the Twilight hysteria that started in 2008, but Robert Pattinson is getting some serious indie cred under his belt. Having worked with directors like David Cronenberg, Francis Lewis, and James Gray over the past few years, it's safe to say that Pattinson has made serious strides since his role as Edward Cullen. Next up—a gangsta film with Harmony Korine? Yes, this is real.
Pattinson reached out to the Spring Breakers writer/director some time ago and has since confirmed that Korine wrote a Miami-set gangster movie for him. There are no other details at this time, but with these two names on board, there's already plenty reason to get excited about this project.
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Veteran actress Anjelica Huston is selling off her vast collection of designer dresses. The Addams Family star recently moved out of the house she once shared with her late husband Robert Graham in Venice, California, and no longer has room to store her gowns.
Huston, who lost her husband in 2008, has now decided to host a sale of 150 dresses in conjunction with Los Angeles-based vintage store Decades to clear out her closet.
She tells WWD.com, "I just moved this year from the house I lived in in Venice with my husband and I had accumulated a vast amount of stuff. My gowns in particular I kept in a cedar closet downstairs and I felt it was time to get them out there and allow them to have another life. Some of them are so great it seems wrong to keep them under wraps forever."
Prices of the dresses, which include pieces by designers such as Zac Posen and Michael Kors, range from $140 (£87.50) to $2,800 (£1,750).
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies and Scottish singer Donovan are to be inducted into America's Songwriters Hall of Fame. The class of 2014 will feature the Lola hitmaker and Donovan, who rose to fame in the 1960s with hits like Mellow Yellow and Catch The Wind, alongside British rocker Graham Gouldman of the band 10cc, singer/songwriter Mark James, who penned Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds, and Jim Weatherly, who is known for writing Gladys Knight & The Pips hits Neither One of Us and Midnight Train to Georgia.
The five honourees were selected by museum officials from a list which also included Madonna, Vince Gill, Cyndi Lauper, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Cat Stevens, Linda Perry and Led Zeppelin stars Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
The inductions will take place in New York on 12 June (14).
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You can imagine that Renny Harlin, director and one quadrant of the writing team for The Legend of Hercules, began his pitch as such: We'll start with a war, because lots of these things start with wars. It feels like this was the principal maxim behind a good deal of the creative choices in this latest update of the Ancient Greek myth. There are always horse riding scenes. There are generally arena battles. There are CGI lions, when you can afford 'em. Oh, and you've got to have a romantic couple canoodling at the base of a waterfall. Weaving them all together cohesively would be a waste of time — just let the common threads take form in a remarkably shouldered Kellan Lutz and action sequences that transubstantiate abjectly to and fro slow-motion.
But pervading through Lutz's shirtless smirks and accent continuity that calls envy from Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland performance is the obtrusive lack of thought that went into this picture. A proverbial grab bag of "the basics" of the classic epic genre, The Legend of Hercules boasts familiarity over originality. So much so that the filmmakers didn't stop at Hercules mythology... they barely started with it, in fact. There's more Jesus Christ in the character than there is the Ancient Greek demigod, with no lack of Gladiator to keep things moreover relevant. But even more outrageous than the void of imagination in the construct of Hercules' world is its script — a piece so comically dim, thin, and idiotic that you will laugh. So we can't exactly say this is a totally joyless time at the movies.
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Surrounding Hercules, a character whose arc takes him from being a nice enough strong dude to a nice enough strong dude who kills people and finally owns up to his fate — "Okay, fine, yes, I guess I'm a god" — are a legion of characters whose makeup and motivations are instituted in their opening scenes and never change thereafter. His de facto stepdad, the teeth-baring King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), despises the boy for being a living tribute to his supernatural cuckolding; his half-brother Iphicles (Liam Garrigan) is the archetypical scheming, neutered, jealous brother figure right down to the facial scar. The dialogue this family of mongoloids tosses around is stunningly brainless, ditto their character beats. Hercules can't understand how a mystical stranger knows his identity, even though he just moments ago exited a packed coliseum chanting his name. Iphicles defies villainy and menace when he threatens his betrothed Hebe (Gaia Weiss), long in love with Hercules, with the terrible fate of "accepting [him] and loving [their] children equally!" And the dad... jeez, that guy must really be proud of his teeth.
With no artistic feat successfully accomplished (or even braved, really) by this movie, we can at the very least call it inoffensive. There is nothing in The Legend of Hercules with which to take issue beyond its dismal intellect, and in a genre especially prone to regressive activity, this is a noteworthy triumph. But you might not have enough energy by the end to award The Legend of Hercules with this superlative. Either because you'll have laughed yourself into a coma at the film's idiocy, or because you'll have lost all strength trying to fend it off.
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