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Originally posted 12/08/2012 02:15PM
The hectic holidays are almost upon us, which means it's the perfect time of year to head to the movies – provided you don't get stuck with the cinematic equivalent of a fruitcake.
So arm yourself with this handy watch this/skip that weekend movie guide before your Aunt Mildred suggests a Red Dawn/Killing Them Softly double feature. (Seriously, don't even entertain that idea.)
Watch This: Les Misérables
Something about a grand, old-fashioned musical turns me into a swooning, giddy thing. Weeks later, I'm still humming "Master of the House," even though I don't know all the words. But the emotions are what really linger – Hugh Jackman's stirring performance as Jean Valjean, the ex-con who becomes a hero, is only outdone by Anne Hathaway's brief but soulful turn as Fantine, the young mother who sells her body to feed her child. Sure, it's maudlin and manipulative, but let's be honest, musical theater nerds, isn't that what we're paying for?
Originally posted 12/11/2012 01:00PM
'Tis the season ... for Hollywood awards!
Forget Santa and Frosty, on Monday the nominees for the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards were announced, unofficially kicking off more than two months of nominations, parties and award shows that will culminate with the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.
This week on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globe nominations will also be announced. (The Oscar nods aren't revealed until after the actual holidays are over, on Jan. 15, 2013.)
So, which films do the critics think are the best of 2012?
Originally posted 11/09/2012 02:30PM
Originally posted 12/01/2011 07:00PM
Honestly, who's your favorite Abe?
The Internet is abuzz with a photo of Daniel Day-Lewis in a beard during filming of Lincoln, but he's certainly not the first to channel the 16th American president for Hollywood.
Going back to the silent era, the list is long and varied, including most famously Henry Fonda (beardless in Young Mr. Lincoln). But there are others, including two unlikely portrayers.
Will Ferrell goes for laughs in a Funny or Die video while Hank Azaria did it twice, on The Simpsons and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Originally posted 03/07/2010 10:30AM
She has scored Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Oscar nods for her role in An Education. She even took home the highest honor at the BAFTA Awards in London. But as the end of award season draws near, Carey Mulligan says she's ready for it all to be finished!
"It's been a really long time," she told PEOPLE at a luncheon thrown by the Diamond International Corporation in her honor. "It's kind of nostalgic now ... I think I'm just gonna remember this weekend really vividly forever."
Originally posted 05/19/2008 08:35AM
It looks like the producers of the movie musical Nine are replacing one Oscar winner with another.
Nearly three weeks after this year's Best Supporting Actor (for No Country for Old Men) Javier Bardem withdrew from the upcoming screen adaptation of the Broadway show, citing exhaustion, this year's Best Actor winner (for There Will Be Blood) will assume the leading role, reports Weekly Variety.
The London-born Day-Lewis, 51, will play the Italian film director Guido Contini, based on flamboyant cinema artist Federico Fellini and his semi-autobiographical 1963 romp 8 ½, which starred Marcello Mastrioianni. (The title referred to the number of movies Fellini had previously directed.)
Originally posted 02/04/2008 12:00PM
He may already have an Oscar for My Left Foot, and is the frontrunner to pick up another for There Will Be Blood, but as far as Daniel Day-Lewis's 9-year-old son Ronan is concerned, dad works in construction – not movies.
"I lead a very quiet life when I'm not working," the SAG Award winner star, who practices his carpentry during his often long down time between movies, told England's Daily Mail magazine Weekend.
But disputing his reputation as a hermit, Day-Lewis, 50, says, "I'm not in hiding behind closed doors. How can you be a recluse in a house full of children?"
Originally posted 01/24/2008 07:40PM
Originally posted 01/22/2008 12:00PM
If Viggo Mortensen's mother saw his movie Eastern Promises, she saw her son onscreen completely naked and fighting off knives. But will she be able to see him at the Oscars?
"If there's a strike I will not go," the Best Actor nominee told the Associated Press on Tuesday, shortly after this year's nominations were announced, "but I have a feeling they'll solve it. I hope they do. I'm sure my mom would like to see me on TV."
The ongoing Hollywood writers strike – which effectively closed down the Golden Globes – was on the minds of a lot of Tuesday's nominees as word of the nominations spread throughout the world.
Originally posted 01/14/2008 04:20PM
They may not have been on hand to take home their Golden Globes on Sunday night, but Hollywood's best actors expressed gratitude for the honor Monday.
"I was on the set working last night and I heard my name called and then I heard a lot of yelling from the trailers. The cast broke out some champagne," Entourage star Jeremy Piven said. "I feel really lucky – except for the fact that I didn't get to be on the same stage as Steven Spielberg."
Piven, who won best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie, says he's one of the lucky ones. Not only did he get the Globe, but he's got work in the middle of the strike. The set he was on was for a new Will Farrell comedy, The Goods.
On a plane from L.A. to Ireland when the announcements were made, Daniel Day-Lewis, best actor in a drama for There Will Be Blood, kept his statement short and sweet: "I'm delighted."
Johnny Depp – best actor in a comedy or musical for his turn as the murderous barber in Sweeney Todd – thanked everyone from his costar to his family. He released the following statement: BR] "I would like to thank my beloved friends at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for bestowing such an honor on me. It is a humbling experience, especially in the company of such talent. For many years the HFPA has supported my work and for that I have always been truly grateful. While this is indeed a happy day for me, I am overjoyed at the recognition the film as a whole is receiving. Tim [Burton] is a dear friend and a true artist whose vision and skill inspire us all. He is a genius. Without his unwavering trust and support, I would not be anywhere near where I am today. Also, big thanks and respect to Helena [Bonham-Carter], whose simply staggering performance as Mrs. Lovett is a wonder to behold. I must send a behemoth salute to the wonderful crew and cast of Sweeney Todd and all at Dreamworks/Paramount and Warner Bros. Pictures. In addition, I'd also like to extend my sincere gratitude to, first and foremost, my cherished friend and agent of forever ago, Tracey Jacobs; the extraordinary man and producer, Richard Zanuck; the mastermind Stephen Sondheim; and, of course, my precious family, Vanessa, Lily-Rose and Jack, for all of their love, support and pure and absolute happiness everyday. Overall, I believe it to be a proud achievement for everyone involved and on behalf of us all, I thank you."
Reporting by MAUREEN HARRINGTON and BRENDA RODRIGUEZ
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