The Moët British Independent Film Awards have announced this year's nominees—and most of them are very, very good. Among the films nominated are the espionage mystery/thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy, Steve McQueen's severe human drama Shame starring Michael Fassbender, the horrifyingly tragic We Need to Talk About Kevin, Richard Ayoade's artistic novel adaptation Submarine, and many others. Expect many of these to be Oscar possibilities.
The 14th Annual Moët British Independent Film Awards will take place on Sunday, December 4th, 2011.
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Wheatley – KILL LIST
Steve McQueen – SHAME
Tomas Alfredson – TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
Paddy Considine – TYRANNOSAUR
Lynne Ramsay – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
Joe Cornish – ATTACK THE BLOCK
Ralph Fiennes – CORIOLANUS
John Michael McDonagh – THE GUARD
Richard Ayoade – SUBMARINE
Paddy Considine – TYRANNOSAUR
John Michael McDonagh – THE GUARD
Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump – KILL LIST
Abi Morgan, Steve McQueen – SHAME
Richard Ayoade – SUBMARINE
Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Rebecca Hall – THE AWAKENING
Mia Wasikowska – JANE EYRE
MyAnna Buring – KILL LIST
Olivia Colman – TYRANNOSAUR
Tilda Swinton – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Brendan Gleeson – THE GUARD
Neil Maskell – KILL LIST
Michael Fassbender – SHAME
Gary Oldman – TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
Peter Mullan – TYRANNOSAUR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Felicity Jones – ALBATROSS
Vanessa Redgrave – CORIOLANUS
Carey Mulligan – SHAME
Sally Hawkins – SUBMARINE
Kathy Burke – TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michael Smiley – KILL LIST
Tom Hardy – TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
Benedict Cumberbatch – TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
Eddie Marsan – TYRANNOSAUR
Ezra Miller – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Jessica Brown Findlay – ALBATROSS
John Boyega – ATTACK THE BLOCK
Craig Roberts – SUBMARINE
Yasmin Paige – SUBMARINE
Tom Cullen – WEEKEND
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
YOU INSTEAD BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Chris King, Gregers Sall – Editing – SENNA
Sean Bobbitt – Cinematography – SHAME
Joe Walker – Editing – SHAME
Maria Djurkovic – Production Design – TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
Seamus McGarvey – Cinematography – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
HELL AND BACK AGAIN
LIFE IN A DAY
TT3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE
BEST BRITISH SHORT
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
BEST FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FILM
THE SKIN I LIVE IN
THE RAINDANCE AWARD
ACTS OF GODFREY
A THOUSAND KISSES DEEP
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Attack the Block
S2E11: Louie took on a touchy, difficult subject this week: young teenagers. When Louie’s sister drops his niece on him at Grand Central Station without so much as a warning, Louie is forced to try to keep up and while the sullen young girl is just about as stereotypical and obnoxious as possible, she actually ends up opening his eyes to a few things. Imagine that.
“I don’t know anybody her age.” –Louie
After we watch a Louis CK set wherein he complains about the audacity of young teens and 20-somethings, the episode opens with a black and white montage set to squirrely jazz music as the different New York characters navigate Grand Central Station. It’s these little artful moments that really make this show for me. It could be just Louie going through his often depressing yet hilarious stories, but we get this extra, interesting element. It’s the mark of television made with care, rather than television cut and manufactured quickly and with the biggest bang for its buck.
We settle on Louie who’s meeting his niece and his sister. His sister shows up and frantically talks about how she has to go to Philadelphia. She’s just dropped her 13 year old, Amy, on Louie and he’s forced to deal with her. She immediately begins running ahead, leaving Louie trailing helplessly behind. She’s a particularly hideous breed of 13 year old – the typical kind. She holes herself up in his daughters’ room and when he opens the door to check on her, she’s sitting there like a vampire. It’s a little over the top, but it works – 13 year olds are scary people. She asks him to take her to Fontana’s – a venue on the Lower East Side. Somehow, she gets in and seeing Louie against the impossibly cool background of Lower East Side hipsters with his emotionless niece is simultaneously maddening and hilarious.
“My mom screams f**k all the time …in my face.” -Amy
When they leave, she demands they go to a comedy show. She suddenly shows an interest in something and wants to see Louie perform. Sure, let’s not worry about the fact that she’s 13 and she couldn’t get in to any of these places. When they get there, Godfrey is performing and doing “crowd work” – basically when comedians pick out things about the crowd and make one-off jokes about them. She thinks it’s funny, but Louie, being the comedian’s comedian tries and fails to explain that there’s a difference between that “lazy” kind of comedy and his comedy. Somehow, this comment by a 13 year old screws up his set and he starts trying and failing to do some “crowd work.” He may be one of the most successful comedians right now, but he’s still willing to let some old woman heckle him like he’s nobody on his show. Louis CK’s fierce humility is pretty astounding sometimes.
“How’d you get her to talk to you?” –Louie
“…It’s called empathy, man.” –Godfrey
He takes her to get food with other comedians, again this includes Todd Barry. The guys all try to talk to her, but it’s like talking to a brick wall. Then Godfrey shows up and suddenly she’s willing to talk. I personally thought it might be because he’s younger and more hip, but when Louie asks him about it, Godfrey says he has experience talking to younger kids and that Louie just needs to learn how to talk to people who are different than he is. Well, okay. Some of that is true. But let’s look at this objectively – she wasn’t exactly making it easy. In any case, immediately after Louie was bashing Godfrey’s comedic techniques, the comedian comes in and puts his personable skills to shame. It’s an interesting notion that we all encounter; we disapprove of the way someone runs their life or work and we assume that means we can disapprove of them across the board. That’s how it works in a sitcom, but in real life, they’ve likely got many qualities that put some of ours to shame. Multi-dimensional people on a half hour sitcom? Yes, they exist when we’re looking at Louie.
Finally, on the way home Louie gives a homeless man a dollar and Amy tells him he shouldn’t do that because it’s condescending and that her father said people only do charity work to better themselves. Louie, frustrated, has an outburst and yells at her that her dad ran out on her. Good going, Louie. Clearly, he’s got a lot to learn about how to talk to a 13 year old and when he gets home he finds that he’s going to have a lot more time to do that learning. He gets a call from Philadelphia; his sister is in the hospital. She was caught in a public fountain “acting irrationally.” The woman says he should retain custody of Amy until her mother is well. We’re just about as thrilled as Louie is about this, but on some level, the time away from her mother will be good for Amy and the time Louie’s forced to spend with his niece might help with a bit of that empathy Godfrey was talking about.
I never thought an episode of Louie would teach us how to see a 13 year old’s emotions as something valid and worthy of our empathy, but here we are. It helps that he gives her a mother who’s crazy enough to drop her at Grand Central and go bathing in Philadelphia fountains, but still.
So, Darren Aronofsky called dibs on Noah. Alex Proyas is doing Adam and Eve (and Satan! Don't forget Satan!) with Paradise Lost. The Ten Commandments should never be reattempted, and Mel Gibson owns the rights to pretty much everything in the New Testament. Any other good biblical stories left?
Here's one: The story David and Goliath. It's the first underdog story—it's practically Rudy!
Film producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are on the same page: David & Goliath needs to be made. And for a story like this—one so familiar to society—one of the most important elements is cating. So who, pray tell, can play the lead characters?
Goliath certainly brings to mind a specific type of actor. Specifically, large. A mountain of a man. A human boulder. An immovable stone. Uh, a big...rock. Bingo. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is being sought to play the hulking villain in Bowen and Godfrey's upcoming production. That works pretty well. So can we hope for an equally fitting David?
Well, as it turns out, the name being looked at for David is Taylor Lautner, who is no slouch himself in the physique department. It may seem a little contradictory to the theme of the story to cast a muscular actor in the role as the diminutive David. Perhaps it will be. But perhaps we are meant to take the roles of "large" and "small," "strong" and "weak" less literally. David represents the meek, the everyman. Goliath: the powerful, the tyrannical. So it shouldn't matter if David could also handle a triathalon on an off day. All that matters is that we believe in justice.
That's the moral, right? Justice? Maybe that's "Jonah and the Whale"... Oh, they should make that movie too!
Standup comedy an extremely subjective medium, even moreso than movies or television, but it’s not impossible to pinpoint when someone does have what could universally be described as potential talent. The comedian Godfrey’s first hour-long standup special, Black By Accident, opens slowly. He spends a lot of time talking about the cold, New York City subways, and the men vs. women phenomenon. All well-traveled territories, and none taken with a notable degree of innovation. Somewhere in the middle of the act, however, Godfrey picks up momentum. While it’s very obvious that the comedian is still finding his style (he bats around a view “character voices” that get repetitive, and transitions clumsily into new jokes here and there), he definitely has some good material at his disposal. Some of his more memorable jokes involve people masking one ear from the rain at the expense of the other, and some laugh-out-loud material about what “suspicious people” look like.
It is clear that Godfrey is in a period of determining what kind of comedian and performer he wants to be, and reconciling that identity with what kind as which he is most talented. Godfrey is certainly a funny guy; where his weakness comes in, it seems, is trying to satisfy too many audiences. He experiments with the vulgar and sexual (where he does not fare as well; his comedy here is more or less “heard it before”), the sociopolitical (it picks up a bit—his riffs on airport security garner some laughs) and the observational (here is where his humor is at its best, especially when partnered with an absurdist take he peppers throughout the special). As this is his first attempt at an hour-long comedy special, it is both brave and intelligent of Godfrey to try out all these forms, but hopefully he’ll find a more specific, effective voice for his next special.
Also on the DVD is a brief interview with the comedian, touching upon comedy, his influences, the best places in America to perform, and other topics. It is a worthwhile watch for someone interested in the art and business of comedy. Godfrey maintains a heavy air of humor throughout the interview, so it’s never dry or dull (albeit sometimes rambling).
The second feature allows viewers to see two act-breaks in his routine, wherein a makeup woman comes onstage to do a couple of “touch ups.” They are short, and pretty unnecessary—it’s recommended to skip them altogether and just watch the special and the interview.
All in all, Black By Accident is a worthy watch, and the interview offers an interesting point of view of a young comedian.
The DVD hits shelves Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Screenwriter Jamie Linden has been blessed with an extraordinary cast for his directorial debut, the ensemble drama Ten Year. In fact, he seems to be picking prime talent from his past cinematic endeavors. Starting with just Channing Tatum (who also will produce the picture) and wife Jenna Dewan, the cast has grown to include a slew of young stars, including Chris Pine, Anna Faris, Brian Geraghty, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, Chris Pratt, Justin Long and Scott Porter (Mackie, Mara, Porter, Tatum and Geraghty all appeared in either Dear John or We Are Marshall, both which Linden penned).
Now The Hollywood Reporter says that Rosario Dawson and Lynn Collins have signed up to work on the film as well, rounding out the cast as it prepares to shoot early next year. The story focuses on a group of friends who reunite ten years after their high-school graduation. Sounds a bit like The Big Chill, which can't hurt it's potential to succeed, but I'd like to know a little bit more about where the plot will go before I sing any praises.
Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill are producing along with Tatum and his 33andOut Prods. partner Reid Carolin. The film shoots in New Mexico and all parties are eying a late 2011 release, so keep an eye out for this one.
Count Dear John star Channing Tatum among the many actors who have successfully added the title "producer" to their resume: according to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is working with screenwriter Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall) and producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey on Ten Year, an ensemble drama that centers on a group of old high school friends reuniting for their ten year reunion.
Tatum has been involved with the project's development for some time through his 33andOut Productions with partner Reid Carolin, even helping write the film's characters with specific friends in mind - including Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Chris Pine, Scott Porter, and Tatum's wife, Jenna Dewan (Step Up). Though none of the actors are fully committed yet, that potential cast list seems a pretty good indication that we're going to be looking at a lot of ex-jocks and ex-cheerleaders in this indie drama - no wimpy Jay Baruchel-type ex-chess team nerds here.
Ten Year will be the second time Tatum has worked with writer Jamie Linden, who also penned Tatum's Dear John. This time around, Linden is also set to direct. Though production can't move ahead until all of Tatum's cast picks are able to confirm their availability, he expects lensing to begin sometime in November.
'The Real Housewives of D.C.': Welcome to the District
S1:E1 Last night was the premiere of The Real Housewives of D.C., and it solidified Bravo’s dedication towards showing us what good wives are like: they argue Bush was a better president than Obama, install fingerprint locks on their closets, and criticize each other for the way their bodies do not adequately represent what “food intake” is.
Nothing really happened last night. Most of the episode was spent introducing us to the women – only one of which I like very much. Her name is Stacie, and she was born and raised in D.C. She went to Harvard and is now a multi-million dollar real estate agent and was BFFs with President Obama before he moved on up to the White House. She pointed out that living in the suburbs of D.C. is very different than living in DC, and I agree because I always hate it when people from Long Island say they live in NYC, and I know people who live in Chicago hate it when people say they live in Chicago, but receive their Zappos.com deliveries in Oak Park. Stacie’s a tough cookie. She has two kids, a nice husband, and likes Tyra Banks – her report card so far is quite solid.
Then we met Mary, who doesn’t do anything besides mother five children, coach her husband on how to wear pastel-colored pants, and endlessly talk about she’s the granddaughter of Aurthur Godfrey (who?) and the days she spent peeing in the Kennedy’s pool. She’s good but not great – kind of like mushroom soup. She’s the one who put a fingerprint lock on her door, which as someone’s daughter, I don’t appreciate.
Next was Lynda, who owns D.C.’s top modeling agency and who dates a tall handsome black man named Ebong. Those were the only two things I found interesting about her. I hope she can do better than that later on in the season.
Cat is British, and just moved to D.C. with her two children be with her new husband, who’s a photographer at the White House. She occasionally models for him when she’s not putting the finishing touches on her book, called “Inbox Full.” I’m surprised her publisher didn’t tell her this was a bad title because if you have Goggle Mail, your inbox is never full and you can write as many emails about Joe Biden, the proper spelling of “color” and 8 carat bangle bracelets as you want. She’s the one who bashed President Obama and called Bush a genuine “class act,” and she essentially screwed herself out of these recaps because I will not stand for that.
Last but not least we met Michaele, who invented her own drug she uses in place of what normal people call “nutrients” and “fuel” to power herself through days of organizing polo matches, crashing White House dinners she wasn’t invited to, and staying in hotels when she’s in D.C. because it’s easier to do that than drive back to her mansion in Virginia’s wine country.
After we met everyone we saw Michaele and her husband, Tareq, at what appeared to be a charity polo match. Michaele described herself as a “motivator,” but not even the “motivators” I know (the cows and chickens outside Stew Leonard’s) are nearly as enthusiastic as she was – and they get free ice cream and get to pose with all the babies they want! Everyone thought Michaele was insane, because not even pigeons can be in that many places at once.
We also watched as Stacie had famed celebrity chef, Cheo, over to her house to teach the women how to cook a little better. But things quickly turned into a debate of how Bush was a better president and a better man than Barack Obama (trumpets, fireworks, kazoos, America!) is. Stacie and Cheo did not care for this one bit, and they wanted to tear her and her knickers apart because she's British, what does she know! She comes from a monarchy!
I’m not sure there’ll be the knock down, drag out cat fights we saw in Atlanta and in New Jersey and in New York, but Bravo’s record is quite pristine in these matters and they generally know what they’re doing. I have high expectations for them. If the show will be anything like its predecessors, we’ll be well taken care of in the upcoming months.
Twilight producer Wyck Godfrey and his business partner Marty Bowen have struck a deal to move ahead with making a family film about Babar, an elephant that leaves the jungle for the big city, according to Deadline.com.
The adaptation is said to be a blend of live-action and CG technology.
The original show made its debut in the U.S. in 1989 and ran for six seasons.
The Sunshine Cleaning star will transform into the Get It While You Can hitmaker under the direction of City of God's Fernando Meirelles.
In an interview with Fearnet.com, Twilight producer Wyck Godfrey confirms he is at work on several new films, and "one's a Fernando Meirelles Janis Joplin movie with Amy Adams playing Janis Joplin".
Meirelles was previously confirmed to helm the biopic about Joplin's dramatic rise and fall from the spotlight; however, an actress had not yet been attached to star.
Joplin died from a drug overdose in 1970, aged 27.
Zooey Deschanel is also linked to the film - as Joplin.
In the midst of an interview with movie producer Wyck Godfrey about the Twilight Saga, Fearnet.com learned from an off-hand comment that Amy Adams is attached to star in a long-gestating Janis Joplin biopic. We knew that the project's script had seen a number of revisions, and that Fernando Meirelles (City of Men) was set to direct, but until now it was unknown who would actually be playing the famed 1960s singer. Deadline confirms that Adams will play Joplin in the biopic, although no studio is yet involved.
I'm not sure what to think about this casting - Amy Adams seems pretty saccharine to play the rebellious, screamy blues singer, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27 (a full 8 years younger than Adams is now). Still, I guess she's probably closer to the mark than Zooey Deschanel, who was originally attached to the project. And Adams' singing itself it actually not that bad - check out the videos below.
Not terrible, right? But it remains to be seen whether Adams can pull of this:
I certainly have my doubts. What do you think? Could 30 Rock's Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) do it better as Jackie Jormp-Jomp?