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Steve Carrell Cast in Zemeckis’ “Marwencol” Doc Adaptation

You may remember a that couple of years ago a documentary by the name of Marwencol that played at South by South West and won the best documentary award. We got word shortly after that that director Robert Zemeckis would be taking the helm of an adaptation of the doc. That was pretty much all we knew until recently, but now we not only have confirmation that the project is still going ahead, but we also have a lead actor. Firstshowing.net is reporting that Zemeckis will be working with Steve Carrell on the project that recounts one man’s decision to build a scale model of the town of Marwencol is his back garden.

There were initially rumours that Leonardo DiCapro was being eyed for the role, but it appears as though Carrell came out on top. From the sounds of it, the former Office star could be an ideal fit. Straight off the Oscar train following a riveting performance of John du Pont in Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, Carrell has had a lot of experience playing emotional fragile characters in films like Dan in Real Life and Little Miss Sunshine. Sure, they may not have been the most serious films in the world, but they’re a firm bedrock for more dramatic roles as Foxcatcher clearly demonstrates.

A little more on the story itself, the man in question decides to build the World War 2 era town after a vicious attack that left his memory wiped. As part of his recuperation, he built a reliability model town as a means of building new associations out of nothing and learning familiarity.

If you haven’t seen the documentary I highly recommend it. However if docs aren’t really your bag then fell free to check out Zemeckis’ adaptation when it hits the big screen.

Golden Globes Winners: Keaton Scoops Up Best Actor

Well folks, we’ve officially cleared the first hurdle. Last night we officially ushered in 2015 with the Golden Globes Awards Ceremony, which took place at the Beverley Hills Hilton. There was the usual combination of red carpet flourishes, stinging jokes and politically charged acceptance speeches (check out George Clooney’s speech, it’s pretty intense).

By all accounts the whole thing went off without a hitch, including the opening monologue from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler which has set the bar incredibly high for whomever takes it on next year. But hey, let’s not talk about next year already – not when we still have this year’s ceremony to go through. So here are the winners below, in the neatest list possible. Take a deep breath before you go through, it’s always longer than you think it will be. Aaaaaand go!

BEST DRAMA
Winner! Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Winner! Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Winner! Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Birdman
Winner! The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Winner! Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Winner! Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Ida
Winner! Leviathan
Tangerines

ANIMATED FILM
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
Winner! How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward NortonBirdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Winner! J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner! Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

DIRECTOR
Wes Andreson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Winner! Richard Linklater – Boyhood

SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Winner! Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo –Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Winner! Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

ORIGINAL SONG
“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
Winner! “Glory” from Selma
Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Well there you go! For the most part the winners were as deserving as they were expected – I’m especially glad that Leviathan beat Force Majeure to the Best Foreign Film spot – but the big winners by far were Boyhood and Birdman. It was certainly refreshing to see a comedy get such attention at one of the big awards ceremonies, especially as a precursor to the Oscars. My disappointment of the night? Part of me did hope that Jennifer Aniston would snag Best Actress, but unsurprisingly she won out to Julianne Moore and her outstanding performance in Still Alice.

Did you enjoy this year’s Globes?

Happy Trails: The 15 Best Trailers of 2014

I’m sure you’ve been seeing a whole mess of “Top 10 Trailer” lists floating around as the year draws to a close, and you might be thinking “which of these lists is the best list”? Well we can put your mind at ease. Whichever one you choose, you’re wrong! No single list of trailers can fully emulate the thrill of a 12 months of great trailers…until now. Yes, this is the list for you, based solely on the criteria of how much the trailer made us want to see the film. No small feat, for a bunch of grumpy cynics. Also this list has 15 entries, that’s like…5 better than a top 10. Or 5 worse, depending on how you look at it. In any case, look at it!

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Age of Ultron is the perfect example of a film that has developed a solid sense of momentum. First we had the news of a sequel, then we had a name, then we had credit sequences, then we had artwork, then we got the trailer. But the trailer wasn’t just one in a long line of promotions: it was very careful to include all the little bits and pieces we’d seen so far in their shiny, finished form. Add in a chilling James Spader monologue and you’re all done. Best Moment: Iron Man busting out his Hulk Buster Armour.

Birdman

The trailer for Michael Keaton‘s phoenix-like rebirth had a lot going for it: a strong cast, dry humour, giant mechanical birds, Keaton jumping off a roof, Keaton running naked through New York, Keaton fighting Graham Norton in their underwear. What made us want to see it more than anything was the fact that these scenes appeared to have no connection to one another whatsoever. Sure there was the general plot reveal of Keaton’s character brining his once prominent career to the stage with the character that’s been tormenting him for years, but that was it. There was no foothold , no distinction between what was real and what was fantasised. Well, we just had to find out, didn’t we? Best Moment: Keaton on his bizarre walk to the stage from his dressing room.

Godzilla

The people behind Godzilla did it right. They started with a teaser that was, in a word, disorienting. We don’t see much, but we know what we’re looking out for. Then we get the roar. So out comes the full trailer, and even though we get a lot more solid looks at the cuddly alpha predator, we’re still pausing the video every three seconds trying to catch that shape that went shooting past the building. It seems obvious and childish, but we went to see this film just to get a good look at the bloody thing! Best Moment: Hey, what was that thing flying in the sky? Was that Mothra? I think it was Mothra!

Inherent Vice

Sure, you’ve got Paul Thomas Anderson and a book by Thomas Pynchon, but the real draw of this trailer is Joaquin Phoenix. We’ve been steadily falling in love with him through The Master and Her, watching him come so close to Oscar’s but never quite reaching the finish line first. So it’s nice to see him blow off some steam in a role that is unabashedly and sometimes violently silly. The quality of the writing and directing is kind of a safety net for a film like this, but the chance to see Phoenix struggle through a town full of loonies is the big draw. Best Moment: The opening monologue that trips you into the rabbit hole.

Jurassic World

Another good example of an enticing teaser followed by an awesome trailer. But Jurassic World broke a few rules by making the gap between the teaser and the trailer as small as humanly possible – only a couple of days really. That’s another way to get an audience excited – make them feel like they’re getting more than they should. And even though you don’t see the dinosaur everyone’s running from you do get to see what everyone really wanted to see…Jurassic World itself! And a return to the classic format of a five second scene at the very end that raises so many more questions than the rest of the trailer answers. Best Moment: Wait, is Chris Pratt working with raptors now?

Whiplash

It’s a testament to a film’s intensity when the trailer freaks the nonsense out of you. There have been a lot of horror trailers this year (sorry you didn’t make the list Babadook), but the trailer for Whiplash is the only one that really put the scares on me. The real appeal goes to J.K. Simmons as the unstoppable menace of a band leader who puts Miles Teller through emotional and physical hell to make him the best of the best. I couldn’t wait for it to be over just so I could watch it again. Best Moment: J.K. Simmons is wearing a pork pie hat…nice. 

Tusk

For a film that was critically decimated, Tusk doesn’t seem to have director Kevin Smith‘s career any harm. He’s continuing with the True North Trilogy with Yoga Hosers and Moose Jaws and even getting Clerks 3 back in motion. I was in pieces at the end of this trailer: I couldn’t believe how simple it was to combine gristly horror with comedy that was on the light side of black. A monstrosity of a trailer in the best possible way, much like the film itself. Best Moment: Are Justin Long and Michael Parks having a snarling match?

Gone Girl

A more standard turnout of David Fincher directing and Trent Reznor composing there could never be. For a story that is full of twists and surprises, the trailer is pretty vacant of both. What makes this one of the best trailer so the year, along with the chilling cinematography, is the construction of the trailer itself. The whole thing isn’t that long, but plays out like a short film in itself. It could nearly be a short film! Best Moment: Seriously Ben Affleck, could your smile be any more murderous?

Nightcrawler

The unique selling point of the trailer for Nightcrawler is almost certainly the portrayal of Jake Gyllenhaal. But we don’t just see what his character is like – we see how he developed, how he changes and adapts to the violence going on around him until he can’t help but get blood all over his hands. We see an arc from desperation to inquisition to ambition to ambition becoming everything as Gyllenhaal wades through the muck of freelance crime journalism. But we don’t see him drowning in it…we see him playing around in it. Best Moment: Seriously Jake Gyllenhaal, could your smile be any more murderous?

Xmen: Days of Future Past

A surprising change of pace when you consider the trailer for its predecessor. They didn’t have to go quiet and emotional with the Days of Future Past trailer, but they did, and it worked an absolute treat. I know people who started tearing up at the back and forth between James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as past and future Xavier. What? No not me, don’t be silly. It hinted at all the mutants without feeling the need to name them all or show them all in action. For a blockbuster it was as understated as it could be, which worked in its favour. Best Moment: “I don’t want your future” (“Are you crying?” “No! shut up!”)

White Bird in a Blizzard

This is one of the few films on this list where the film didn’t quite live up to the trailer. But that doesn’t stop the trailer itself from being a gem. The whole thing plays out like a photo shoot for Eva Green, in countless 50’s household moments. But the fact that she’s the missing mother in this modern world is a bizarre turnaround. the visuals were definitely the part that I just couldn’t get my head around in the best possible way. Crime-drama, coming-of-age, all that good stuff. Shame the film didn’t quite match up. Best moment: Oh, so Eva Green is a bit nutty huh?

Snowpiercer

I’m a sucker for any film that takes place in a confined space. But weirdly enough what made the trailer for Snowpiercer – or mutiny on the dystopian future-train – magnificent was the sheer capacity and volume of action that was taking place in such a small space. The almost monochrome interior made for a very claustrophobic trailer , and only upped the ante when the guns started going off. Shame about the lack of a UK release, but that only made us want it more. Best Moment: Seriously Tilda Swinton, could your Northern accent be any more murderous?

Foxcatcher

They already had everything they needed to draw people into Foxcatcher. They had Channing Tatum, and they had Steve Carell in a serious role, which almost always works out well for him. But it was the way they focussed on Carell throughout – not on his actions, but on his presence in the background of every scene. We hear very little from him, from any of the characters really, but it’s Carell’s blank face in the corner of the room, always on the point of snarling, that made this trailer so enticing. You could have easily missed the gun in his hand at the end. Best Moment: Did Carell just slap Tatum? Is that allowed?

The Zero Theorem

You can always rely on Terry Gilliam for a giddy asylum patient of a trailer. Like Gone Girl, the trailer for Zero Theorem is almost a short in itself, with Christoph Waltz floating miserably through the scenes and every other character seeming to divert his straight line of movement. Great pops of colour and bizarrely cheeky lines, all with the underlying heartbeat of “Zero can equal 100%”. A mad treat. Best Moment: “Christoph Waltz is referring to himself in the plural. That’s weird.”

Kingsman: The Secret Service

The final trailer on our list represents a return to form for the balls-out action trailer. It reminded us of the pant-wettingly awesome trailer for Kick-Ass all those years ago, and how once again we were just getting wrapped up in the fast-moving snippets and the clockwork shift from dialogue to gunshots to martial arts to Colin Firth with a spy umbrella. Firth is definitely the main draw of the trailer, busting out moves we haven’t seen since the deleted scenes from Love Actually when he wins his love interest over by taking on a team of Spanish assassins invading his house. Best Moment: Why is Samuel L Jackson wearing his hat like that?

So that about wraps it up for a year of great trailers. Did we include your favourite?

Oscar for Best Make-up and Hairstyling gets a surprising short-list

That’s right, it’s the only Oscar you really care about! The Best Make-up and Hairstyling Award! Ok so it’s not the most exciting Oscar in the world, mainly because it is so underrated in contrast with all the acting, writing and visual effect nominations. So in a way it’s nice that the first solid short-list we get is for the award that most people don’t really think that hard about – if only to give the category a bit of much needed attention.

So here’s the list of the films nominated for outstanding feats of make-up and hairstyling, courtesy of The Wrap:

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Theory of Everything
Noah
The Amazing Spiderman 2
Guardians of the Galaxy
Maleficent

A surprising list to say the least! Many including myself were expecting to see the latest instalment of the Hobbit trilogy in the mix, since An Unexpected Journey received a nomination in the same category. Also, no sign of Into The Woods, which from a design standpoint had everything going for it. Could the musical feature starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp be a little less impressive than we thought?

Now for the embarrassing part. I made a few comments about The Amazing Spiderman 2 in a recent post about the enormous number of films being considered for Oscars this year, suggesting that the comic movie is a film that could easily be ruled out for Oscar nominations. Well don’t I feel foolish now. Apparently the web-slinging sequel was a diamond in the rough and I was too blinded by its other shortcomings to see its true beauty.

There, I think I’m pretty much covered right?

It is however a treat to see Guardians of the Galaxy getting a nomination. Could the superhero team be getting more nominations in other yet-to-be-announced categories? There are a couple in the mix like The Theory of Everything and Foxcatcher that wouldn’t have been obvious choices for a nomination, but you can’t contest that the make-up work done of both films was pretty damn impressive.

If this category is anything to go by, we’ll be seeing a lot of surprising nominations are revealed in the coming weeks.

So who do you want to win Best Makeup and Hairstyle?

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees Named

I know, I know, if you see another nominations list this month you’re going to shove your Golden Globe replica into the face of the person next to you. But this one will be different, I promise.

Ok, so it’s really not different to all the others. Birdman is there, The Imitation Game is there and Boyhood is there. But there are a few little additions that we’ may well start seeing a lot more of. You know how I am about lists inside paragraphs by now, so here’s the list care of the Screen Actors Guild Awards site. Read at your own peril:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Naomi Watts – St. Vincent

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman – Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrew Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

Boyhood – Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Lorelai Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel – F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwarzman, Lea Seydoux

The Imitation Game – Matthew Beard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Keira Knightley, Allen Leech, Mark Strong

The Theory of Everything – Charlie Cox, Felicity Jones, Simon McBurney, Eddie Redmayne, David Thewlis, Emily Watson

SAG Awards® Honours for Stunt Ensembles
Fury
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Unbroken
X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Without giving too much away I was surprised to see St Vincent up there, but not as surprised to Naomi Watts‘s name. Into The Woods is definitely making a lot more appearances than people thought considering it’s a soft musical sort. It’s good to see Fury and The Judge poking their heads above water, and hopefully we’ll see a lot more of them.

Any films you think were missed out?

AFI Announces its “Movie of the Year” contenders

It’s getting to that time of year when you’re going to be hearing a lot about the same ten odd movies that are doing the rounds and snatching up awards from pretty much every movie institution. With the Oscars two months away we’re at the bottom of a steep climb, but its always good to see how different people are reacting to different films in the lead-up. Most recently the AFI have announced the films that will battle it out for their Film of the Year. They have a list for television shows too, including Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones and Fargo, but we’ll be sticking to the films here. So without further ado, the list!

AMERICAN SNIPER
BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
BOYHOOD
FOXCATCHER
THE IMITATION GAME
INTERSTELLAR
INTO THE WOODS
NIGHTCRAWLER
SELMA
UNBROKEN
WHIPLASH

Not a bad looking list as it goes. American Sniper is an interesting addition, given it hasn’t seen much award attention so far. The only real surprise nominee is Into the Woods, which hasn’t been around nearly long enough to get the same kind of attention as the other heavyweights. That, and it isn’t nearly as serious. But hey, I haven’t seen it yet, so who knows?

Is there a film you think the AFI cruelly left out this year?

Gotham Awards – All the Winners

The Gotham Independant Film Awards made a lot of people very happy on Monday. Boyhood, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People all had multiple nominations, and the good thing about this particularly ceremony is its unpredictability, if not for its nominees then for its winners. Last year Inside Llewyn Davis beat 12 Years a Slave for Best Feature, and relative unknown Fruitvale Station took home Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan respectively.

I’m not gonna mix all the winners up in a few paragraphs and make you pick them out, because that’s not cool. So here are the winners of the 2014 Gotham Awards. Have a look!

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Love Is Strange
Under the Skin

Best Actress

Julianne Moore in Still Alice — WINNER
Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Gugu Mbatha-Raw — Beyond the Lights
Scarlett Johansson — Under the Skin
Mia Wasikowska — Tracks

Best Actor

Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER

Bill Hader — The Skeleton Twins
Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
Oscar Isaac — A Most Violent Year
Miles Teller — Whiplash

(Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum received a special Gotham Jury Award from the Best Actor nominating panel for their collective performances in Foxcatcher.)

Steve Carell accepting his prize...the award I mean, not Meryl Streep.
Steve Carell accepting his prize…the award I mean, not Meryl Streep.

Best Documentary

CITIZENFOUR — WINNER                                                                                Actress                                                                                                                                  Life Itself                                                                                                              Manakamana                                                                                                                          Point and Shoot

Spotlight on Women Filmmakers “Live the Dream” Grant

Chloé Zhao, director — Songs My Brothers Taught Me — WINNER
Garrett Bradley, director, Below Dreams 
Claire Carré, director, Embers

Independent Film Audience Award

Boyhood — WINNER

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Ana Lily Amirpour in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — WINNER
James Ward Byrkit — Coherence
Dan Gilroy — Nightcrawler
Eliza Hittman — It Felt Like Love
Justin Simien — Dear White People

Breakthrough Actor
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People — WINNER

Riz Ahmed — Nightcrawler
Macon Blair — Blue Ruin
Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
Joey King — Wish I Was Here
Jenny Slate — Obvious Child

Phew, well there we have it. Birdman was the only film to win multiple awards and it was a relief to see Foxcatcher take away a special award in the end. It was a good mix of winners and the nominations overall reflect perfectly where the real talent was hiding this year.

What did you think of the winners? Any travesties of justice?