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 »

I have no idea whether or not Hyde Park on Hudson actually conforms to any factual truth, but seeing Bill Murray romp, in stately fashion, as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt could prove to be quite a joy.

The first trailer for the film, which was directed  by Roger Michell (Morning Glory, Notting Hill), introduces Murray’s take on FDR, as the President hosts the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) at a retreat in upstate New York prior to the outbreak of World War II. There is a minor clash of cultures as the royals meet FDR and his staff, but also a bit of potential scandal as the President attends to Daisy (Laura Linney) rather than his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams).

Above all, however, is Murray and his warmth and charm as FDR. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Forget Ghostbusters IIIBill Murray has some potentially great stuff coming out. He shot a part in the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, and will have a role in Roman Coppola’s second feature, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. And in between those, he played President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film called Hyde Park on Hudson.

That’s the first look at Murray as FDR, above, and unfortunately it’s all we’ve got right now. But hit the jump to have another look at the details of the movie, in the event you passed over it the couple times we’ve reported on it in the past. Read More »

When David O. Russell stepped away from Sony’s tentpole Uncharted, it looked like The Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel, would be his next film. (The project had already been rumored as a possibility to be made before Uncharted.) Mark Wahlberg is set to star as “a delusional former high school history teacher who’s just been released into the custody of his mom. Believing that he’s only been away for a few months instead of the four years he just spent in a mental institution, the teacher sets about wooing back his ex-wife.”

Now, there is a report that Angelina Jolie is meeting with David O. Russell this week about the film, and so there is speculation that she’ll take the ex-wife role, once pegged as a possible gig for Anne Hathaway. This seems like a slight chance, as this isn’t the sort of material that Angelina Jolie has been doing in the past few years. She seems far more drawn to projects where she is really the driving force. But with the Oscar heat that came off The Fighter, David O. Russell is probably a much more attractive director now than he was before, and that lure can’t be totally discounted. [JustJared]

After the break, a possible Rushmore reunion is brewing, as Olivia Williams could end up in the Bill Murray film Hyde Park on Hudson. Read More »

The best news in March might have been that Bill Murray was likely to play President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film called Hyde Park on Hudson, which is a slight fictionalization of the first visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to America. Now he is confirmed and Deadline reports that Laura Linney will play Daisy, aka Margaret Suckley, a distant cousin and good friend of FDR with whom he was enjoying an affair as the royals were visiting.

Roger Michell is directing the film from a script that Richard Melson wrote based on his own play.

After the break, Vincent D’Onofrio, Chelsea Handler and Eric Bogosian will star Mall, which is adapted from a book by Eric Bogosian, and will be directed by a guy from Linkin Park. Yep. Read More »

See if you can figure out what to make of this. In July Bill Murray will reportedly play president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film adaptation of radio play Hyde Park on Hudson. Never one to make the obvious choice when selecting new roles, Bill Murray seems to be going a bit further afield than usual with this one. And yet it makes a certain sort of sense. He was scarily convincing as a Dick Cheney sort of character in The Limits of Control, so why not go fully Presidential? You know he’ll own the role if he has half a mind to. More details follow. Read More »