The Great Gatsby looks set to dominate the third annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards next month (Jan14) after landing 14 nominations, including Best Film. Aussie director Baz Luhrmann's film failed to live up to expectations when it was released earlier this year (13), but it's still a favourite Down Under.
Luhrmann gets a Best Director nod for the adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, while Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan have scored Best Actor and Best Actress nominations, and Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki and Isla Fisher all scooped mentions in the Best Supporting Actor and actress categories.
Also competing for double-figure awards is director Kim Mordaunt's Laotian-language drama The Rocket, which is Australia's official entry for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Oscar. It picked up 10 AACTA nominations, including a Best Actor nod for leading man Sitthiphon Disamoe.
Also up for the Best Film prize are Satellite Boy, Mystery Road and Dead Europe.
Meanwhile, Jane Campion's acclaimed mini-series Top of the Lake picked up 10 nominations in the TV prize categories.
The AACTA Awards will be handed out in Sydney on 28 January (14).
Baz Luhrmann's big budget re-imagining of The Great Gatsby looks set to dominate the upcoming Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards after scoring a massive 14 nominations. The movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, was shot in Australia and now looks set to sweep the board at the country's most prestigious movie awards, after scoring nods in categories such as Best Film and Best Direction.
It also landed nods for DiCaprio, Mulligan and Joel Edgerton, while Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki will go head-to-head for the Best Supporting Actress prize. The Great Gatsby also received nominations for costume, sound, editing, cinematography and musical score, among others.
Low-budget Australian movie The Rocket will be another big contender at the prizegiving after picking up 12 nominations, going up against The Great Gatsby in the Best Film category, along with Dead Europe, Mystery Road, Satellite Boy and The Turning.
The Rocket's child star, Sitthiphon Disamoe, will also face Hollywood heavyweight DiCaprio for the Best Lead Actor prize.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney, Australia on 30 January (14).
Shark Week? Please. Everyone knows that Fashion Week is the most dangerous time of the year, and unfortunately, Nicole Kidman has found out the hard way. The actress was hit by a bicyclist outside of her hotel in New York City on Thursday afternoon. She was knocked to the ground by Carl Wu, a 19-year-old freelance paparazzo, while returning from the Calvin Klien runway show. At a party for the designer later that evening, however, she confirmed that she was "shaken up" but okay.
Photos from the incident show Kidman unharmed, except for the loss of her shoe. The NYPD have put out a summons for Wu, citing him for reckless endangerment, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, and riding a bicycle without a helmet. Kidman was reportedly unsure whether she would press charges, but did speak about being constantly followed by paparazzi, stating that it can be "terrifying" and adding, "And luckily I got up but there will be a time when someone does not."
Paps, we understand that Fashion Week is an exciting time for you. After all, there's so many celebrities all packed into one city! But as they say, it's all fun and games until someone gets knocked down, and so we're asking you to please, rein it in. Or, at the very least, to watch where you're biking.
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What are you doing right now?
Cleaning your apartment? Writing a term paper? Manufacturing a formula to eradicate all known human diseases? Pish-tosh! Whatever you're up to, it doesn't compare to the present undertaking of one Mitchell Hurwitz. For at this very second, the writer/producer is hard at work on the big screen story of a wealthy family who lost everything: the Arrested Development movie. "I'm working on the movie right now," he tells Rolling Stone. "I can't get into much more detail because I don't want to scare anybody off."
That remark might supply a bit of apprehension, considering the reaction with which Hurwitz's Netflix season of Arrested was met. Not everybody was on board with the ambitious style of the string of episodes, nor the lack of ensemble scenes. But Hurwitz tells Rolling Stone that he believes people will come around to Season 4, just as they did with previous seasons:
"By now, many people have gone through the episodes again. They see the first episodes as the first chapters as opposed to the first episodes. People responding quickly to the first episodes was akin to reading a couple chapters of a book and saying, 'I don't like this.' ... When we originally did the show [people would] write things like, 'Now they're doing black puppets [Franklin]! They've ruined the show!' It doesn't matter what people like now. The first Monday after we aired on Sunday, they hated it. And then six months later, people would say, 'Why don't they do good shows like they did with Franklin?'"
So with hopes high that we'll all come to recognize the latest AD as the same bit of genius as the old, what can we look forward to in terms of the movie? And will it take place after the already announced fifth season of the show? When we last left Michael Bluth, he was working on creating (and then sabotaging) a movie about the highly publicized scandals surrounding his family. He was also nursing a nasty punch to the face courtesy of his son, George Michael, after it was revealed that Michael had been dating George Michael's girlfriend, Rebel Alley (Isla Fisher). Throw Tobias' Fantastic Four musical, a roofie-laden relationship between GOB and fellow magician Tony Wonder, George Sr.'s identity crisis, Buster's giant hand, and Lindsay's forays with a face-blind activist and a giant ostrich, and you've got... a lot of things to sort out in this movie, or upcoming set of episodes. Not to mention what exactly happened to Lucille 2. But we believe in you, Mitch. Give us some happy to taste.
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Still churning out genius at the age of 87, Elmore Leonard was showing no dearth of imagination decades into his writing career. Author of the novels that inspired films like Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty, and the FX series Justified, Leonard has given as much to Hollywood's crime genre as just about any other creative force. Sadly, Leonard succumbed to complications following a stroke suffered three weeks back, passing away on Tuesday morning, as reported by his Facebook page. Leonard was reported to be surrounded by family, in the comfort of his home, at the time of his death.
Leonard pioneered his writing career in the 1950s, kicking off a long line of novels with The Bounty Hunters. Only a few years later, his books began to earn the attention of producers, taking form in film and television adaptations. Elmore's first title to earn the treatment was Hombre, written in '61 and taking big screen form in '67. In addition to penning prose that would translate to films by great directors and screenwriters, Elmore worked on a handful of his own screenplays, such as Richard Quine's The Moonshine War and Burt Reynolds' Stick. Elmore is also famously responsible for the short story that inspired two film adaptations in '57 and 2007.
With Justified going strong on the FX network with a cult fan base and his novel The Switch being brought to film in the developing feature Life of Crime (starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, and Isla Fisher), Leonard's influence has shown no signs of waning. The great writer, with a flare for crime, drama, and comedy alike, will surely be missed, but will no doubt maintain a presence in film for years to come.
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Jennifer Aniston celebrated her fiance Justin Theroux's 42nd birthday on Saturday (10Aug13) by throwing a star-studded party at their Los Angeles home, with guests including Ben Stiller, Tobey Maguire and Jason Bateman. Fellow actors Don Cheadle, Isla Fisher, Will Arnett, Malin Ackerman, Kristen Bell and her fiance Dax Shepard were also in attendance, as were comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres, although Aniston's best pal, former Friends co-star Courteney Cox, was absent from the festivities after reportedly breaking her wrist on vacation in Mexico.
Guests were treated to a buffet-style meal as they mingled at the couple's newly-renovated Bel Air mansion and they toasted the birthday boy with glasses of champagne.
The celebration took place on the one-year anniversary of Aniston and Theroux's engagement.
The movie beauty recently insisted they were in no rush to head down the aisle, insisting they "already feel married".
Director Louis Leterrier's magician heist movie Now You See Me is set to be revived for a sequel after becoming a surprise summer (13) hit at the global box office. The crime caper was made for $75 million (£50 million) and featured an ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Sir Michael Caine and Isla Fisher.
To date, Now You See Me has pulled in almost $235 million (£157 million) across the world, with the film still yet to open in China, Australia and Japan, and bosses at Lionsgate have decided to make a follow-up to the Summit Entertainment picture.
It is not yet known if any of the original stars will return for the sequel, but the project has already been scheduled to hit theatres next year (14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Being an aging actress in Hollywood is tough. But Karen Black had it more difficult than most. This past March, with her money from her '70s golden age starring in films like Easy Rider and The Great Gatsby all spent, she took to Kickstarter to fund her treatment for ampullary cancer. She almost doubled her goal of $32,000 before she stopped accepting donations in June. But late Thursday afternoon, word broke that Black had died of her disease. She was 74.
Black starred in some of the greatest films of the '60s and '70s. In her memory, here are clips from five of her greatest performances.
Easy Rider (1969)
Black played a prostitute named Karen in Dennis Hopper's counterculture road movie. Even in a relatively small part you couldn't take your eyes off her.
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Her best known role may be as Rayette Dipesto in Bob Rafelson's study of Boomer individualism. The whole movie is a showcase for Jack Nicholson's "me me me" scenery chewing, but Black's quiet presence is striking. If Jack is like the wild tetherball, flailing about in all directions, she's like the pole, grounded and steady.
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Isla Fisher opted for a more comical take on Tom Buchanan's lover Myrtle in Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby flick. Almost 40 years earlier, Black played Myrtle as a deluded dreamer with a crazed look in her eyes. She really is kind of terrifying in this scene.
As doomed country singer Connie White, Black showed how imprisoning fame can be in Robert Altman's masterpiece. There's no video available online showing just her work in Nashville, but she discusses the film in the above interview.
Family Plot (1976)
In Alfred Hitchcock's last film, Black donned a platinum blonde wig for a largely mute role as a jewel thief. She exudes steely malice, especially when tangling with Bruce Dern, who'd previously played Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby.
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Isla Fisher wanted to turn down her daredevil role in Now You See Me as she is terrified of performing stunts in action movies. The Australian actress plays an illusionist who takes part in a death-defying underwater escape in the new film, and she has previously recounted how shooting the scene almost ended in tragedy when the chains holding her down became tangled.
Now she has admitted she was wary of accepting the role when it was first offered to her, as she is such a coward she gets scared just driving around Los Angeles.
Fisher tells British magazine Stella, "I now understand the lure of action movies - I never could before. I am a bit of a 'fraidy cat. My first instinct was to decline the role, politely. I'm so afraid of regular things. Driving. People say, 'Take the freeway,' and I'm like, 'There are so many cars on the freeway, I'm taking the side roads.' I wanted to learn to be braver, and I think I did."