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Michael Keaton the Latest to Join “Kong: Skull Island” Expedition

For a film that we know surprisingly little about, there’s a lot of reasons to get excited about Legendary’s upcoming project Kong: Skull Island. Well, there were actually three reasons to get excited: Kong, obviously, Thor villain Tom Hiddleston and Whiplash Villain J.K Simmons are all on board. But now we have another name joining the expedition onto the prehistoric island: that’s right, it’s history’s greatest Michael, Birdman‘s Michael Keaton!

Keaton is currently in talks to finalise his role in the film that will act as a prequel to King Kong and take place almost completely on the great ape’s original stomping ground.

Who will he be playing? Well, there’s really nothing to go on character-wise right now, for any of the actors involved. But that’ not necessarily a bad thing: For such a well known franchise, there’s really nothing that we can knowingly expect from this film, aside from the ape himself. So, much like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, We could be seeing a much-loved concept combined with an entirely original storyline and batch of characters.

Let’s not forget that the actors now named in this project have all had a great twelve months – we’ll most likely be seeing Simmons and Hiddleston in the Oscar race considering the hefty dose of awards buzz they’ve gotten so far. Unfortunately, Hiddleston’s Only Lovers Left Alive may not have been timed quite right for a nomination, especially considering the competition from Selma, The Imitation Game and Theory of Everything later in the year. But he is in the next Avengers film, so he’ll probably be fine. So there’s no doubt in the strength of the cast – all we need now is a story. Unfortunately, since release for this particular creature feature won’t be util March 2017, we’ll be waiting a while for that trailer.

Kong: Skull Island will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts of Kings of Summer fame with a script from John Gatins (Real Steel) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla).

Are you digging Keaton in Skull Island?

 

Duvall and Inarritu the Latest Names in PIFF Awards Line-up

Th Palm Springs International Film Festival has already announced the names of 8 recipients for its prestigious awards: Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Linklater, Reese Witherspoon and the collective cast of The Imitation Game. Now we can add another two names to the list, and they’re more than capable of handling such impressive company.

Robert Duvall and Alejandro G. Inarritu have both been named on the PIFF page as being the latest names in the line-up of honourees. Duvall has been named as the recipient of the Icon Award, following his appearance in The Judge, directed by David Dobkin, alongside Robert Downey Jr.. For his role as the titular judge who finds himself on the wrong side of the law with only his slimy lawyer son to protect him, Duvall has already been nominated for a Golden Globe, an SAG Award and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award. It’s hard to think of an actor more deserving of the Icon Award than Duvall, considering his length and prolific career in almost every pocket of cinema.

Inarritu has been receiving all the right attention for his stunning work Birdman: or, the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, alongside his revitalised star Michael KeatonBirdman has been storming the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, and now Inarritu will receive the PIFF’s Director of the Year Award.

Director of the Year Alejandro G. Inarritu, off with the birds
Director of the Year Alejandro G. Inarritu, off with the birds

Both the Director of the Year and the Icon Award have a legend-studded history of recipients. Winners of the Icon Award include Meryl Streep and Michael Douglas. As for the Director Award, winners include Steve Mcqueen for 12 Years a Slave, Stephen Daldry for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Jason Retiman for Up In The Air.

If you think that’s all the PIFF has to offer then you couldn’t be more wrong. Well, to be fair you’re pretty close. One more award still needs to be announced, so we can expect that over the next week or two.

The Palm Springs Festival will begin on January 2nd, 2015.

What’s your favourite Robert Duvall film?

David Oyelowo joins PSIFF recipients

More news from the Palm Springs International Film Festival!

The Wrap has reported that David Oyelowo, who stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, has been named as the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor. Oyelowo will join an esteemed list of winners of this award, including Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Huffman, Jeremy Renner and Lupita Nyong’o.

Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspiring march from Selma to Montgomery in 1955. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as Bevel, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Release in theatres is scheduled for Christmas Day.

Names of award winners for the PSIFF have been pouring in over the last couple of weeks. So far the list includes Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, Richard Linklater and Julianne Moore Here’s the list as it stands so far:
Rosamund Pike – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress (Gone Girl)
David Oyelowo – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor (Selma)
J.K. Simmons – Spotlight Award, Actor (Whiplash)
Eddie Redmayne – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress (Still Alice)
Reese Witherspoon – The Chairman’s Award (Tracks)
The Theory of Everything – Ensemble Performance Award
Richard Linklater – Sonny Bono Visionary Award (Boyhood)

As if this weren’t already a list that was bustling with heavyweights, we still have yet to hear who will be receiving the awards for Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, or the Icon Award. Oyelowo is definitely a deserving addtion to this list. We will keep you updated as the announcements continue.

The ceremony will take place on Jan. 3, 2015.

Excited to see Selma?

Man of the moment: richard linklater to receive visionary award for “boyhood”

And the good news just keeps on coming! Legendary writer and director Richard Linklater has been recognised by the powers that be of  the Palm Springs International Film Festival to receive the Visionary Award for his work on Boyhood, released earlier this year. A clown car of worthy actors have been selected for some of the most coveted awards at the festival, and they’ll have to make some room in the boot for Linklater. Here’s a list of a few of the winners announced so far:

1. Rosamund Pike – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress (Gone Girl)

2. J.K. Simmons – Spotlight Award, Actor (Whiplash)

3. Eddie Redmayne – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor (The Theory of Everything)

4. Julianne Moore – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress (Still Alice)

The PSIFF Awards have served as a pretty dependable early warning system for Oscar nominations, so this is the best sort of news for all involved.

Director Linklater and "Boyhood" star Ellar Coltrane: just two dudes hanging out in a truck.
Director Linklater and “Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane: just two dudes hanging out in a truck.

Festival Chairman Harold Matzner describes Linklater’s Boyhood as “…A one of a kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast”, and especially praises Linklater for “…his creative innovations in filmmaking…”.

The full name of the award is the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, and the previous winners combined are a check-list of untouchable film makers: Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Hazanavicius and Tom Hooper. The awards will be hosted by Cartier, in case you were wondering.

To be honest I was certain Linklater would take the Director of the Year award, but the Visionary award is it’s own special medal of prowess and exuberance in the field.

This is really only the start of the announcements, though. Many award winners are yet to be named, including the recipients of Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, the Icon Award, the Chairman’s Award and the Ensemble Performance Award. We’ll keep you updated as the info comes in, so keep those peepers peeled!

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from January 2nd-12th 2015. The Gala Awards will be held on January 3rd .