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"I'll have what she's having." Only two days after the New York Film Critics Circle started off the awards season with Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" as their Best Picture, The National Board of Review seconded that emotion for the espionage thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The groups also dovetailed on best director (Bigelow) and best foreign language film ("Amour"). But that's where the similarity between the two groups ended. Oops! Not a single major award for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Not quite the salute the NYFCC gave the White House biopic with three awards.
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Yahoo! Movies Original: ‘Les Miserables’ star Anne Hathaway calls Hugh Jackman naughty and Russell Crowe wickedBy Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 1:17 PM EST
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Start writing your acceptance speech. "The Dark Knight Rises" star Anne Hathaway, who plays the doomed factory-worker-turned-prostitute Fantine -- and sings her tonsils off -- has hit a very high note. In her supporting turn, Hathaway sings the signature song "I Dreamed a Dream" and brings the audience to tears. She's like musical meat tenderizer -- once the tears start flowing, they don't stop for the rest of the movie. When she called us last Friday afternoon, the newlywed (she wed actor Adam Shulman last September) sounded cheery and warm following a photo shoot:Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Original: ‘Les Miserables’ star Anne Hathaway calls Hugh Jackman naughty and Russell Crowe wicked
Jessica Chastain in 'Zero Dark Thirty' (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
"Zero Dark Thirty" won the Best Picture prize at this year's New York Film Critics Circle Awards, sweeping along Kathryn Bigelow for her second Best Director win and also Best Cinematography.
"Lincoln" also took three awards, with Tony Kushner receiving Best Screenplay, Daniel Day-Lewis winning Best Actor and Sally Field taking Best Supporting Actress at the awards announced today. But there's a catch: Steven Spielberg wasn't even in the running for Best Director.Read More »from ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ leads at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards with best picture and director, best screenplay goes to ‘Lincoln’
‘Killing Them Softly’ writer-director Andrew Dominik on Brad Pitt, President Obama, and the dirty job of killing for hireBy Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:28 PM EST
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With "Killing Them Softly," writer-director Andrew Dominik reunites with Brad Pitt, the star of his ambitious 2007 Western, "The Killing of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," a box office failure with a running time as long as its title. Dominik's first film, the 2000 Australian crime biopic "Chopper," launched Eric Bana's Hollywood career. Now the New Zealand-born director is back with a taut crime drama based on the George V. Higgins novel "Cogan's Trade." Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, a mob enforcer assigned to clean up after a pair of bumbling amateurs (Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn) rob a Mafia-protected card game and sign their own death warrant in poker chips. Dominik opens up on Pitt, politics, and killing:Read More »from ‘Killing Them Softly’ writer-director Andrew Dominik on Brad Pitt, President Obama, and the dirty job of killing for hire
Animal-lover Marion Cotillard on ‘Rust and Bone,’ killer whales, and the dark side of ‘Finding Nemo’By Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Thu, Nov 29, 2012 2:58 PM EST
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Marion Cotillard bedded Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," charmed Owen Wilson's Gil in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," and beguiled Leonardo DiCaprio in Nolan's "Inception." In each film she spoke in English, but she sang in French in the 2007 Edith Piaf biopic, "La Vie en Rose," for which won the Academy Award for best actress. It was a first for a best-actress winner in a French-language role. And now she has another chance, for her magnificent anti-heroine in Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," opposite Matthias Schoenaerts.Read More »from Animal-lover Marion Cotillard on ‘Rust and Bone,’ killer whales, and the dark side of ‘Finding Nemo’
- Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Wed, Nov 28, 2012 2:46 PM EST
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal march into the Oscar circle with a mean, muscular real-life spy thriller
Jessica Chastain in 'Zero Dark Thirty' (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
With "Zero Dark Thirty," director Kathryn Bigelow's turns the hunt for Osama bin Laden into the ultimate episode of "Dirty Jobs." With the steely CIA Agent Maya (Jessica Chastain) driving the search, the movie slithers from Pakistan to Afghanistan to the USA, from 9/11 through multiple acts of torture and spy versus spy tradecraft to the final raid by the Navy SEALs that shut down the Al Qaeda chief permanently in 2011. The final sequence, the storming of bin Laden's Pakistani compound, recalls Bigelow's Oscar-winner "The Hurt Locker" -- but the preceding two hours is more closely akin to John LeCarre's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." There is not one moment of dead air or narrative padding. The movie ends once -- Boom! -- not three times and with a whimper. Engrossing. Complicated. Urgent. Spare.Read More »from ‘Zero Dark 30′ First Look: We saw it and it’s a Best Picture Contender
- Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Mon, Nov 26, 2012 5:35 PM EST
Photo: Music Box PicturesThere's a purity to the English actress Rachel Weisz, as she glides from playing a doctor in the popcorn thriller "The Bourne Legacy" to a love-besotted wife in the intellectual romance "The Deep Blue Sea." In the latter film, she plays Hester Collyer, a postwar English aristocrat who risks everything for an affair with the charming but vapid pilot Freddie Page ("Thor's" Tom Hiddleston). Weisz delivers an Oscar-worthy performance that merits a second look. Adapted from the Terence Rattigan play and directed by Terence Davies, "The Deep Blue Sea" is one of the best films of 2012 that you probably haven't seen: It grossed $1.1 million domestically, while "The Bourne Legacy" hauled in $275 million worldwide.
One difference between the two movies: In the big-budget "Bourne" Weisz is the chief damsel in distress; in "TDBS" she's the lead, and her character's story drives the plot. The posh Hester has married an older man for love and social position and then gets blown sideways when she meets a man in uniform who unleashes her libido. There's a thematic parallel to "Anna Karenina," another historical fiction about a women who exits a stifling marriage through infidelity and suffers the consequences.Read More »from Adams On Reel Women: Rachel Weisz on wives gone wild, ‘The Deep Blue Sea,’ and ‘Anna Karenina’
- Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Sun, Nov 25, 2012 1:46 PM EST
Hathaway is a slam-dunk for best supporting actress and "Les Miserables" is poised to take the most nominations including best picture.
Anne Hathaway in 'Les Miserables' (Photo: Universal Pictures)
Anne Hathaway: Start writing your acceptance speech. Now that I've seen "Les Miserables," I can confirm that "The Dark Knight Rises" star, who plays the doomed factory-worker-turned-prostitute Fantine -- and sings her tonsils off -- has hit a very high note. In her supporting turn, Hathaway sings the signature song "I Dreamed a Dream" and brings the audience to tears. She's like musical meat tenderizer -- once the tears start flowing, they don't stop for the rest of the movie.Read More »from ‘Les Miserables’ First Look: We saw it and Anne Hathaway killed
Ken Burns discusses his controversial documentary Oscar contender ‘Central Park Five,’ a gross miscarriage of justice, and being in the ‘business of waking the dead.’By Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Wed, Nov 21, 2012 2:14 PM EST
"The Central Park Five" is a tough and perfect feature documentary by Ken Burns ("The Dust Bowl," "The Civil War'), his daughter Sarah, and her husband David McMahon. It's about a tough and imperfect moment in Manhattan history: when a group of boys went "wilding" in Central Park in 1989, a jogger was raped, and the police put two and two together and got five.
Like a reverse view of "Law & Order," the movie captures how these dark-skinned boys aged 14 to 16 were rammed through the system, made to fit the crime by a team of detectives, and convicted without physical evidence based on confessions given under duress — and an entire city fanned on by tabloid newspaper covers allowed a shameful miscarriage of justice to occur. Many know about the convictions; fewer know that a judge freed the accused when a single serial rapist already in the police system confessed to the crime years later.Read More »from Ken Burns discusses his controversial documentary Oscar contender ‘Central Park Five,’ a gross miscarriage of justice, and being in the ‘business of waking the dead.’
Adams on Reel Women: Liza Minnelli on beauty, mom and dad, and her first Oscar nomination for ‘The Sterile Cuckoo’By Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:11 PM EST
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It's that voice that got me when Liza Minnelli phoned last Friday. The way it squeaks at times and then expands with feeling; the way it rises up as if it's trying to touch you, to prod you, to share the same emotion as the speaker. The way the voice never stays still and carries a bit of her mother, Judy Garland, like a genetic imprint, but still is all Liza (with a "z").Read More »from Adams on Reel Women: Liza Minnelli on beauty, mom and dad, and her first Oscar nomination for ‘The Sterile Cuckoo’
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