This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.
But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of the big surprises.
The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
Sundance was several months ago, but for those of us who didn’t attend, these next few months are going to be a good time to catch up on this year’s crop of Sundance hits. Safety Not Guaranteed has already landed theaters in some cities, Beasts of the Southern Wild is hitting tomorrow, The Queen of Versailles is due out next month, and Robot and Frank is slotted for August. Add to that list Nicholas Jarecki‘s white-collar thriller Arbitrage, which is now getting the word out for its September release.
Richard Gere stars as a billionaire CEO whose success turns out to be built on little more than lies and deceit. When a horrible error threatens to expose him for a fraud, he finds himself sinking to ever-more-despicable depths to try and cover up his mistake. Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, and Brit Marling also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Great art is often derived from tragedy so it makes perfect sense that the economic crisis has been the subject of so many recent movies. Arbitrage, the directorial debut of Nicholas Jarecki, is the latest in a continuing line of films concerning the troubled economy and one of the best yet.
Richard Gere plays Robert Miller, a billionaire CEO who is trying to sell his company. He’s also cheating on his wife (Susan Sarandon), deceiving his co-worker/daughter (Brit Marling), and he eventually gets wrapped up in police investigation run by Tim Roth.
It all sounds so cliche, but Jarecki’s script transcends that by giving his audience real issues to chew on and characters to learn from. Arbitrage had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and you can read more after the jump.
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Not going to brave the icy roads and chilling winds of Park City, Utah this January for the Sundance Film Festival 2012? No matter. The festival is once again going to bring the films to you if you live in Ann Arbor, MI; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; San Francisco, CA; or Tucson, AZ.
Those are the cities that will be getting special screenings of some of Sundance 2012’s most promising films in a program called Sundance Film Festival USA. Last year, films like Cedar Rapids, Like Crazy, Win Win and Our Idiot Brother all played as part of this program, months before their regular release dates, and this year’s films feature stars like Susan Sarandon, Elijah Wood, Chris Rock, Kirsten Dunst, Tim Roth, David Duchovny and many more. All the screenings take place on January 26. Read more after the jump. Read More »
He began his career in comedy, but Kevin Durand is becoming a good, reliable tough guy character actor. He did well as The Blob in Wolverine, and made a good impression as Martin Keamy in Lost and as Little John in Robin Hood. He’s got a role in the upcoming Real Steel, and now he’s been cast in David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis. He’ll play the cheif security offer for Robert Pattinson‘s main character, a young billionaire who makes a bad business play and spends the movie dealing with the ramifications. Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Gadon are also in the cast. David Cronenberg wrote the script based on Don DeLillo‘s novel. [Variety]
After the break we’ve got new cast additions for Odd Thomas and Arbitrage, and Jamie Kennedy’s consolation prize for not being in Scream 4 is apparently a gig with Tyler Perry. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
Hailee Steinfeld may have lost Katniss Everdeen to Jennifer Lawrence, but she’ll be portraying an even more famous teenager soon. The young True Grit star is reportedly in talks to join Carlo Carlei‘s Romeo and Juliet as Juliet. For those who’ve somehow managed to get this far in life without knowing about Romeo and Juliet, the classic William Shakespeare play centers around a pair of teenagers from rival families who meet and fall in love, with tragic results. Kind of like Romeo Must Die, only with more emphasis on the romance angle and less on the martial arts stuff.
Carlei’s earlier features include 1993’s The Flight of the Innocent and 1995’s Fluke. The script is being written by Julian Fellowes, whose past work includes Gosford Park, last year’s The Tourist, and the critically acclaimed Brit series Downton Abbey. The $15 million picture is scheduled to begin shooting in Italy later this spring, so expect to hear an announcement about who Steinfeld might be killing herself for soon. Um, spoiler alert. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, an intriguing new project for everyone’s favorite Pumpkin.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
The buzz surrounding indie screenwriter/actress Brit Marling has been all but deafening coming out of this year’s Sundance and SXSW festivals. Marling co-wrote and starred in two films that earned rave reviews at both festivals — the sci-fi romance Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill, and the dramatic thriller Sound of My Voice, directed by Zal Batmanglij — and is widely being talked about as the next indie It Girl. (Non-festivalgoers might better remember her as Britta’s lesbian friend Page from Community.)
But Marling’s not resting on her laurels. She recently revealed her next three projects: Nicholas Jarecki‘s Arbitrage, Jamie Babbit‘s Breaking the Girl, and The East, which reunites her with Batmanglij. And at least one of those features hot girl-on-girl action! Hit the jump to learn more.
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When we first heard about Arbitrage, to be directed by Nicholas Jarecki (producer of Tyson, co-writer of The Informers and brother of Andrew ‘Capturing the Friedmans‘ and Eugene ‘Why We Fight‘ Jarecki) there was quite a cast lined up: Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and Eva Green. But last month we heard that Al Pacino is no longer attached.
Now it looks like things have moved forward around somewhat, as Richard Gere has been announced as the star, and the role for which he’s set would appear to be the one previously set for Al Pacino. We don’t know if Mr. Pacino’s schedule did not work out, or if he just watched The Informers, but hopefully the same thing won’t happen with his replacement. Read More »
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Briefly: Nicholas Jarecki is a young upstart that came out of NYU a few years ago and has produced Tyson, co-written and produced The Informers (not a career highlight) and produced and directed The Outsider, a documentary about filmmaker James Toback. If the name sounds familiar that’s because he is the younger brother of Andrew (Capturing the Friedmans) and Eugene (Why We Fight) Jarecki. Quite the filmmaking family. And now the younger Jarecki has landed a stellar lineup for his new feature Arbitrage: Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon (reuniting from You Don’t Know Jack) and Eva Green.
Variety reports the casting, saying that the film will feature “Pacino as a hedge fund magnate who is in over his head and desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before his fraud is revealed. But an unexpected, bloody error forces him to turn to the most unlikely corner for help.” Like many other recent indie announcements, this one is set to debut sales this week at the American Film Market; shooting is planned for Spring 2011.
(And with respect to the image of Al Pacino above, is it me, or is he slowly becoming Keith Richards?)