We can picture a young John Wells, staring merrily out of a classroom window in grade school, dreaming of his future in show business. "Someday," he said, "I'm going to make a movie. And it's going to have Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a Star Trek villain, and the guy who shot Kevin Spacey." We realize that there might be some anachronisms in there, but we'll chalk it up to clairvoyance on the boy Wells' part. After all, he was right. August: Osage County is only the director's second feature film, and he has amounted an ensemble cast that would make Garry Marshall revert to the behaviors of a Tex Avery cartoon wolf.
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From the looks of the new trailer, the family drama might seem like surprisingly weightless material to amount such a stellar troupe, which alongside Roberts, Streep, Ewan McGregor (the Kenobi), Benedict Cumberbatch (the Trek baddie), and Chris Cooper (the Spacey killer — American Beauty), also includes Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard, and Abigail Breslin. But the play on which the film is based (playwright Tracy Letts is also handling the film adaptation's script) has earned a great deal of positive attention from rave reviews and a handful of award wins. Plus, this might turn out to be one of those simple dramas whose performances alone make it unforgettable.
Check out the trailer, and catch August: Osage County in theaters Jan. 2, 2014 (sure, the release date isn't a great sign, but not all movies that come out in January are bad).
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"The truth is we're no longer together. It is over. I know he's been very public about trying to get me back, but we're still not together." Pop star Nicole Scherzinger has no plans to rekindle her on/off romance with racing driver Lewis Hamilton.
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Nicole Scherzinger is so lonely following her split from longterm boyfriend Lewis Hamilton, she is taking her employees out on dinner dates. The former Pussycat Dolls singer and the Formula 1 champion ended their five-year relationship earlier this month (Jul13) due to their hectic schedules, and Scherzinger is struggling to adjust to single life.
The star has thrown herself into her work as a judge on U.K. TV show The X Factor in the wake of the split, but admits she has to rely on her staff to keep her company.
Speaking backstage at The X Factor auditions in London she says, "I don't have anyone here (in the U.K.), I don't have my family, I don't even have any friends here. My publicist is my closest friend. It gets lonely but I'm working all the time. You just make those sacrifices and they made me feel so at home last year. It is hard but you always make those sacrifices and it's worth it.
"I love good food, so I'm getting to explore lots of restaurants. I take my publicist and my assistant as dates."
Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his split from pop star Nicole Scherzinger, admitting he is struggling to cope following their break-up. Earlier this month (Jul13), tabloid reports suggested the former Pussycat Dolls singer and the racing driver, who went public with their romance in 2007, had parted ways once again due to their hectic schedules.
Now the 28-year-old Brit has opened up about their broken romance, telling Sky Sports, "I'm trying my hardest to be positive, but I'm going through a really, really tough time at the moment with the loss of someone really, really special in my life. My world's turned upside down."
Hamilton is now trying to throw himself into his racing to take his mind off his heartache: "I have a job to motivate my team. And if I come in with my head down and negative energy then that goes around to all my mechanics who work day and night, and I don't ever want that. So I'm really trying to pull myself together and keep my head up, but it's so hard to do."
The stars previously went their separate ways in 2011, but later rekindled the romance.
Pop star Nicole Scherzinger has split from her on/off boyfriend Lewis Hamilton once again, according to a U.K. report. The former Pussycat Dolls singer and the British Formula One champion, who went public with their romance in 2007, have parted ways once again due to their clashing schedules.
A source tells Britain's The Sun, "It's so hard to keep up a relationship when they're barely in the same country as each other.
"Both have supported each other in their careers and will continue to do so. But the nature of their work ultimately cost their relationship."
The report comes just weeks after Hamilton suggested he may be ready to propose to the singer, hinting, "We've been together for five years, which is quite a milestone really. But hopefully in the near future. Maybe before we get to six years."
The couple previously split in 2011, but later rekindled the romance.
"We've been together for five years, which is quite a milestone really. But hopefully in the near future. Maybe before we get to six years." British racing driver Lewis Hamilton hints he may be ready to propose to singer girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger.
Victoria Beckham, Rebel Wilson and Rita Ora were celebrating on Tuesday night (04Jun13) after winning top prizes at the star-studded Glamour Women of the Year awards in the U.K. The 10th annual ceremony at London's Berkeley Square Gardens feted a host of stars including Beckham, who was named Woman of the Decade, and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who was voted Man of the Year.
Samantha Barks accepted the Breakthrough Award for her role in hit movie musical Les Miserables from her rumoured beau David Gandy, while actress Rashida Jones was handed the Filmmaker Award by funnyman Chris O'Dowd.
Accepting the Film Actress Award from fellow Australian Kylie Minogue, Bridesmaids star Wilson joked, "Thank you so much Kylie, I just feel so lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky! I'm just excited to receive this award because I was told there was a cash prize... There's not?"
Girls star Zosia Mamet was thrilled with her International TV Actress gong, declaring, "This is the first award I've ever won!" and Joanne Froggatt picked up the U.K. equivalent for her role as Anna Bates in Downton Abbey.
British actress Helen McCrory praised her partner, Homeland hunk Damian Lewis, as she received the Theatre Actress Award for her role in the play The Last Of The Haussmans, insisting, "I'd like to thank my husband, who always stands by me. We've only got one chair in the house."
Presenting the Solo Artist of the Year prize to Rita Ora, model Cara Delevingne gushed, "I genuinely don't know anyone who deserves this more. She's my best friend," while Jason Derulo stepped onstage to crown The Saturdays the Best Band.
Other winners included Jessie J (Editor's Special Award), pop star-turned-TV presenter Myleene Klass (Entrepreneur Award) and Nicole Scherzinger (TV Personality Award for Britain's The X Factor).
Style-conscious stars including Nicole Richie, Jessica Chastain, Miranda Kerr and the Olsen sisters turned out for the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards in New York City on Monday night (03Jun13). A glittering array of famous faces attended the bash at Manhattan's Lincoln Center to salute the designers who dress them for high profile events, with Rooney Mara, Sofia Vergara, Juliette Lewis and Hailee Steinfeld all lending their support.
Richie, who has her own fashion line, was among the designer crowd, along with child star-turned-style mogul Mary-Kate Olsen and her actress sister Elizabeth, while Ethan Hawke and Kerry Washington were on hand to present prizes.
Awards went to designers including Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim and Riccardo Tisci, while Vera Wang received the lifetime achievement prize.
Think of the best performances from the past 20 years.
OK, make it a little easier on yourself. Think of the Academy Awards from recent years: Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, Nicole Kidman as Virginia Wolff in The Hours, or Tom Hanks in Philadelphia. Roles that pop usually have a big character twist, anything from a period friendly dialect to full body makeover to a life or death problem on their plate. "Normality" is rarely praised and rewarded when it comes to acting, simply because it doesn't pop. That's why the Cannes Film Festival debut The Past is downright revelatory: it's people acting like people while chewing up scenery Day-Lewis style.
Director Asghar Farhadi, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 2011's A Separation, shifts his lens from Iran to Paris for Le passé to examine a deteriorating family. Academy Award-nominated actress Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) plays Marie, who we first see picking up her soon-to-be ex-husband Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) from the airport so their divorce can finally be settled. Farhadi introduces us to the fissuring couple from behind a pane of glass that blocks out the sound — a choice made several times during the film. The motif hones our attention in on the physical performances of Farhadi's ensemble while speaking to the issues that slowly percolate throughout The Past. As Ahmad settles in for a few days with his former family, he digs up secrets that everyone thought were better left unsaid.
In a challenging move, Farhadi takes most of the usual exposition and setup and unrolls it over the course of the film. Turns out Ahmad and Marie's tense relationship is only the beginning. Marie's boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim of A Prophet) has a heap of his own issues, putting the responsibility of caring for his son on her shoulders. As Ahmad witnesses, the boy requires attention Marie doesn't have. Her dwindling relationship with older daughter, Lucie (Pauline Burlet), is strained as it is. With every scene, The Past complicates the scenario. To reveal the twists would only unknot Farhadi's breathtaking execution.
The Past doesn't play M. Night Shyamalan games. instead, the reveals are fuel for naturalistic drama. To allow the acting to breathe, Farhadi stages his action in a theatrical fashion. One or two angles suffice when Bejo rages out against her surrogate son and Mosaffa calms a downward spiraling Burlet. Having been introduced to Americans in a silent era throwback, Bejo proves herself a starlet to contend with one devastating moment after another. In contrast, Mosaffa remains collected while being haunted by the past. Farhadi has a musician's ear for dialogue. Out of his actors' mouths the words are rhythmic and provocative, the young Burlet acting as the film's soft soprano. She's simply stunning, and yet the polar opposite of any of the aforementioned "best" performances.
Oscar talk is a component of Cannes and The Past is certainly a contender for year-end awards. But while the cast is deserving, Farhadi's latest may be limited to foreign and writing categories. Despite the fury of dramatic wordplay and understated work across the board, this is not a collection of Daniel Day-Lewis-style performances. No broad characterizations, no identifiable mimicking, no showy explosions. It may not be a fit for the Academy Awards, but over the thrilling two hours of The Past, they're everything that makes "the best."
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