This morning, the nominations for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced. This is the ceremony where Hollywood’s actors nominate their own, ultimately voting on the winners. This year’s roster features quite the diverse array of performances across film and television…and suggests who may be suiting up for the Oscars in a few months.
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Certainly a work that will be discussed come awards season is Beautiful Boy, the latest from Belgian-born director Felix Van Groeningen, whose 2014 movie The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Beautiful Boy was adapted (by the filmmaker and co-writer Luke Davies) from the best-selling memoir of the same name by acclaimed writer David Sheff, as well as the companion book “Tweak,” by his son Nic Sheff, whose journey through drug addiction, recovery, relapse and survival serve as the basis for both works, each told from a unique perspective over many years.
Steve Carell delivers a strong central performance as David, with Timothée Chalamet (cast for this role before any of his memorable 2017 works were released) taking on the role of drug-addled Nic. The film also stars Maura Tierney as David’s current wife, Amy Ryan as his ex-wife (and Nic’s mother), and Kaitlyn Dever as Nic’s drug-buddy girlfriend Lauren, with whom he commits the ultimate act of betrayal against his family.
/Film spoke to Van Groeningen at the Chicago International Film Festival, where Beautiful Boy was the Opening Night screening. We covered such topics as how the memoirs ignited personal memories from his own life; casting Carell and Chalamet; and his warning/message of hope in the film’s final moments. The film is currently in limited release, opening wider over the next few weeks.
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Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell are at a diner in the new Beautiful Boy clip released by Amazon Studios, but the only thing they’re making a meal of is this year’s Oscars. The two Oscar nominees star as father and son in a dramatic adaptation of the true-life struggles of David Sheff and his meth-addicted son, Nic Sheff.
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As soon as Beautiful Boy made its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, it became immediately clear that Timothée Chalamet is due for another Oscar nomination. The 22-year-old actor stunned last year in Call Me By Your Name, and is already a shoo-in for the Oscar race with his role as a struggling teen drug addict in Beautiful Boy.
That’s not to say that Steve Carell, who plays his father, isn’t receiving raves himself — the buzz around Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen‘s English-language debut is all about both beautiful boys.
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“I don’t look at Nic the way I look at the other addicts in the room,” wrote David Sheff about his son Nic in his memoir Beautiful Boy. “Nic is a smart kid who has gone way out of control.”
The disease of addiction is rife with contradiction such as these. It can leave a person’s outside entirely in tact while eating them from the outside in. The very things that make someone charming and winning might become the very cudgels they wield in order to squeeze their loved ones for support. The addict, unlike a cancer patient, holds all the power to stop the pain inflicted to their body, yet the condition saps their agency to do what they know is necessary. And then, of course, there’s the famously paradoxical maxim: relapse is a part of recovery.
Beautiful Boy’s director and co-screenwriter Felix van Groeningen digs in and embraces the frustration these opposing truths cause in the minds of all those affected by addiction. He’s an inspired choice to bring David and Nic Sheff’s story to life given that his international breakout feature, 2013’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, depicts a similarly tragic journey as the illness of a child slowly gnaws away at the sanity of an entire family. Van Groeningen, who collaborated with Luke Davies on the adaptation, even utilizes a similar narrative technique to tell the story. Rather than charting the progress of the disease chronologically, he cuts between the happy times and the tragic ones. The adjacency of these two timelines makes their divergence all the more harrowing. Health and happiness are both so near and so unattainable in Beautiful Boy. Read More »
The opening and closing night films at TIFF have been announced. David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine, will open the fest, while Justin Kelly, Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, starring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, will close. More info on these titles, and what else to look forward to at TIFF below.
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Timothée Chalamet follows up his stellar breakout year with what looks to be another riveting performance in the (appropriately titled) biographical drama, Beautiful Boy. Chalamet stars opposite Steve Carell in the heartrending drama about a father watching his son struggle with methamphetamine addiction, which threatens to upend their rosy, suburban lives. Now, a month after Amazon Studios teased a buzzy scene between the two acting heavyweights, the first Beautiful Boy trailer has been released.
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Writer/director Cameron Crowe has been quite busy as of late and he’s only getting busier. He recently cast Emma Stone in an untitled romantic comedy (likely called Deep Tiki) set in Hawaii. Now reports say he has set the follow-up to that film, too.
Crowe is moving forward with Beautiful Boy, based on a novel by David Sheff, about a family dealing with their son’s meth addiction. Crowe will write and direct the project. He’ll also incorporate elements from a related novel called Tweak, written by the subject of the first book, Sheff’s son Nic.
Read more after the jump, including what possible HBO project Crowe is working on. Read More »
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Oscar® and Emmy® Nominated Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D) is set to premiere a new one-hour documentary special titled “Committed: The Toronto International Film Festival” by on AMC this Tuesday October 12th at 11pm eastern.
Narrated by AMC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff and commissioned by AMC, the show highlights the personal journeys of four filmmakers at the world renowned Toronto International Film Festival this past September. Committed follows four filmmakers who spent 12 days at this prestigious event presenting their works to the most discerning critics, buyers and audiences from across the globe. Each filmmaker hopes that his/her film will be the next big thing. From first time filmmakers to an Oscar® nominated auteur to an indie director trying to make the leap to commercial success, this eye opening documentary brings you front and center in the middle of the excitement, the anxiety and the joys of being committed to getting your film seen, sold and accepted. Committed takes you through their ride of a lifetime from their first day at the festival to their last, through the negotiations that may lead to selling their film, as well as the potential devastations and unpredictable glory that may or may not come their way.
The filmmakers featured in the special include: first time documentary filmmaker Sarah McCarthy (The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical); newbie fiction director Shawn Ku (Beautiful Boy); Academy-nominated directed John Sayles (Amigo); and indie veteran George Hickenlooper (Casino Jack). I’ve always found the concept of film festivals interesting, and have had aa simular idea to this revolving around the Sundance Film Festival, in my mind for years. I’ do find it strange that we haven’t heard anything about this project until days before it airs, and the fact that no trailer or television commercial is available online. Read the full press release after the jump.
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The deals just keep coming out of the Toronto Film Festival. Earlier this week James Gunn’s Super was purchased by IFC, Sarah’s Key starring Kristin Scott Thomas was picked up by The Weinstein Company (who also grabbed Dirty Girl with Milla Jovovich), Kevin Spacey’s Casino Jack was picked up by ATO Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics acquired Barney’s Version starring Paul Giamatti.
Wednesday, news broke that more movies were flying off the shelves. The Weinstein Company picked up the highly buzzed about Submarine (which Peter loved, read his review here), Anchor Bay grabbed the school shooting drama Beautiful Boy starring Maria Bello, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate teamed up to grab Robert Redford’s The Conspirator and Sony Pictures Worldwide bought the rights to Insidious, the James Wan thriller. Hit the jump to read more about these films. Read More »