Photo: Universal PicturesAs the romantic revolutionary Marius, who woos Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) and enthralls Eponine (Samantha Barks), Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne stands out in an outstanding, SAG-nominated ensemble cast. The freckle-faced "My Week with Marilyn" star, 31, sings sweetly and cries heartbreakingly as a young man who falls in love at first sight. The British-born actor is the movie's breakout male star, a fact that wasn't lost on his co-star Barks: "I think the world of Eddie. He's such an approachable, lovely man, and getting to die in his arms was an absolute joy. I didn't know he sang, and all of a sudden this angelic voice comes out. His control over his falsetto and upper vocal range floored me."Read More »from ‘Les Miserables’ star Eddie Redmayne on his ‘X Factor’-style audition and being dragged through freezing sewers by Hugh Jackman
‘Les Miserables’ star Eddie Redmayne on his ‘X Factor’-style audition and being dragged through freezing sewers by Hugh JackmanBy Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Fri, Jan 4, 2013 4:42 PM EST
Backstory: WGA backs Mark Boal’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and Tony Kushner’s ‘Lincoln,’ ignores Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ and Tom Stoppard’s ‘Anna Karenina’By Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Fri, Jan 4, 2013 2:29 PM EST
WGA Nominee 'Flight' (Photo: Paramount Pictures)Another guild has spoken! Following yesterday's Producers Guild of America announcements, today the Writers Guild of America (WGA) chose five screenplays in the race for best original: "Flight," John Gatins; "Looper," Rian Johnson; "The Master," Paul Thomas Anderson; "Moonrise Kingdom," Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola; and "Zero Dark Thirty," Mark Boal.
On the adapted screenplay side, the WGA selected "Argo," Chris Terrio; "Life of Pi," David Magee; "Lincoln," Tony Kushner; "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," Stephen Chbosky; and "Silver Linings Playbook," David O. Russell.Read More »from Backstory: WGA backs Mark Boal’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and Tony Kushner’s ‘Lincoln,’ ignores Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ and Tom Stoppard’s ‘Anna Karenina’
- Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:10 PM EST
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Why do we suddenly care whom the Producers Guild of America (PGA) nominates for their annual honors? Because this is the inside dirt on the awards race from the players themselves. In the past, when it came down to the final awards, the PGA crowned "The King's Speech" over then-favorite "The Social Network" in 2010, and "The Hurt Locker" over "Avatar" in 2009. Do we have your attention now?Read More »from Backstory: Will the PGA nominations predict the best picture Oscar nominees?
- Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Wed, Jan 2, 2013 2:51 PM EST
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Finally, audiences have been able to view the majority of movies that have risen to the top of a very competitive Oscar pack. Although of the five contenders, "Zero Dark Thirty" remains in limited release and may not have made it to your local Cineplex. It still hasn't played Poughkeepsie.
As academy members fumble to choose the slate of nominees electronically for the first time, the vote has been delayed for 24 hours, until January 4, to accommodate the group's virtual version of hanging chads. Here are the likely contenders for best picture when they do tally their votes:
"Lincoln": Steven Spielberg's biopic of the 16th president's political battle to pass the 13th Amendment and emancipate the slaves has its passionate supporters. It also has the kiss of death: those who respect the movie and don't love it, some of whom feel they should love it because it's good for them. And then there are those who see it and, well, went to sleep. The drama has powerhouse performances that willRead More »from State of the Best Picture Awards race: Can ‘Lincoln’ prevail?
- Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Fri, Dec 21, 2012 2:28 PM EST
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"Ewan, I've known you for years; you're one of my favorite actors, and I've always loved watching you," Angelina Jolie told the guests at a private screening of "The Impossible" and reception she hosted for Ewan McGregor last month in London. Jolie continued, "But I watched this and I didn't recognize you. It's strange to say it's one of the best performances of the year -- it really doesn't give it credit, because it doesn't feel like a performance. It comes from such an honest place. It was so deeply emotional; you rarely see this kind of emotion from a man onscreen. … As an actor I'm in awe."Read More »from Ewan McGregor talks to our Thelma Adams on grief, fatherhood, and Angelina Jolie’s adoration
AMPAS Selects Nine Foreign Language Films – overlooks ‘Barbara,’ ‘Blancanieves,’ and ignores most of the globeBy Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Fri, Dec 21, 2012 12:09 PM EST
'Amour' (Photo: Sony Picture Classics)2012 has been a particularly strong year for foreign language films, with Michael Haneke’s much-praised “Amour” leading many top-ten lists and immediately finding its place as Oscar frontrunner. With only nine slots, and seventy-one official entries from around the world, there are bound to be a few snubs, including the stark German character study “Barbara,” the black-and-white fairy-tale beauty, “Blancanieves” (translated Snow White) from Spain, as well as Australia’s “Lore” and South Korea’s “Pieta.” Another notable omission, “Rust and Bone,” was ineligible because France chose the sentimental favorite “The Intouchables” instead. The Golden Globe nominated drama about an animal trainer who loses her legs to a killer whale but finds her will to live afterwards stars Marion Cotillard, who will likely be represented in the Best Actress race.Read More »from AMPAS Selects Nine Foreign Language Films – overlooks ‘Barbara,’ ‘Blancanieves,’ and ignores most of the globe
- Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Thu, Dec 20, 2012 5:42 PM EST
Photo: Universal PicturesIt takes a strong marriage to pull off the intimate scene in “This is 40” between actress Megan Fox and Leslie Mann, written and directed by Mann’s husband and collaborator Judd Apatow. Or maybe it’s just the stuff of married men’s fantasies: Wife, mother and boutique owner Debbie (Mann) catches her best saleswoman Desi (Fox) in a lacy hot pink push-up bra and launches into an awkward discussion about the younger woman’s perky breasts. “Are those real?” Debbie asks, to which Desi replies matter-of-factly: “Yeah, I’m just young.” Talk leads to touch – and then more girl-on-girl touch. Well, the “Knocked Up” director never backed away from a sexual sight gag.Read More »from Leslie Mann and Megan Fox go chest-to-chest in ‘This is 40′
- Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Thu, Dec 20, 2012 5:24 PM EST
Photo: Universal PicturesLeslie Mann humorously unpacks her marriage to writer-director Judd Apatow in their fifth film together, "This Is 40." Mann plays Debbie, a wife who turns 40 and watches her marriage to Pete (Paul Rudd) sag while their daughters (Maude and Iris Apatow) observe -- and comment. "It's a weird time," Mann told Yahoo! about turning the big four-oh. "It's like, not everything is in front of you anymore. It seems like one day we're bawling our eyes, and the next day it's fine."Read More »from ‘This Is 40′: Mom and wife Leslie Mann simmers in husband Judd Apatow’s latest
Adams on Reel Women: A tale of five actresses — Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, and Nicole KidmanBy Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Mon, Dec 17, 2012 7:11 PM EST
Photo: Weinstein/Fox Searchlight/Universal/DreamworksFor leading ladies, a supporting role can prove an actress's range -- and validate her talents -- without requiring her to carry a movie's box-office load. The Golden Globes' list of five supporting actress nominees -- Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, and Nicole Kidman -- offers insight into the transformative power of supporting roles for actresses trying to repackage their onscreen images.Read More »from Adams on Reel Women: A tale of five actresses — Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, and Nicole Kidman
Yahoo! Exclusive: Emma Thompson talks to our Thelma Adams about being “Brave,” parenting tips, and the benefits of being a Mama BearBy Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Fri, Dec 14, 2012 2:59 PM EST
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What mother hasn't become a bear when dealing with her teenage daughter? That's literally Emma Thompson's storyline in "Brave," which snagged a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature Film yesterday on its sure-footed way to an Academy Award nomination. In the Scotland-set toon, which has grossed $535 million theatrically and is out on DVD and Blu-ray, Thompson voices Queen Elinor to Kelly Macdonald's spunky Merida. Thompson, 53, who has won an Oscar for her "Sense and Sensibility" script as well as best actress for "Howards End," and played Professor Sybil Trelawney in the "Harry Potter" series, shared insights about "Brave" and her relationship with her 13-year-old daughter, Gaia, with actor Greg Wise.Read More »from Yahoo! Exclusive: Emma Thompson talks to our Thelma Adams about being “Brave,” parenting tips, and the benefits of being a Mama Bear
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She was the film critic at Us Weekly from 2000 - 2011, following six years at the New York Post. She has twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle. Her novel PLAYDATE, an O Magazine pick, was published by St. Martin’s Press in January 2011. She writes a monthly interview column for Marie Claire, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Parade, The Huffington Post, More, Interview Magazine, The New York Times, The international Herald Tribune, Cosmopolitan and Self. She has appeared on CNN, E!, NY1, NBC’s The Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, Fox News Channel, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Bravo and VH1.
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