Sorry, Aaron Sorkin: Christian Bale won't be playing Steve Jobs after all. Less than two weeks after the "Newsroom" creator indicated to Bloomberg that Bale was on board to play the Apple co-founder in the biopic he wrote for director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Variety is reporting that the Oscar winner has turned down the high-profile role after engaging in early talks with Boyle about the part.
Saturday night I had the pleasure of taking in "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton," a concert showcase of his various collaborations with the goth auteur that he tends to put on for a few days around Halloween every year. It was a wonderful reminder of how singular this 29-year collaboration has truly been, and with "Big Eyes" on the way this holiday season, it sparked a desire to dig in and rank the lot.
For an actor who didn't get the respect he deserved until almost 20 years into his now legendary career, Matthew McConaughey has certainly been lucky enough to work with some amazing filmmakers. Last year's Best Actor Oscar winner has honed his craft under the eyes of Steven Spielberg ("Amistad"), Steven Soderbergh ("Magic Mike"), Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Ron Howard ("Edtv"), John Sayles ("Lone Star"), Robert Zemeckis ("Contact"), William Friedkin ("Killer Joe") and his longtime friend Richard Linklater, who gave him his big break in "Dazed and Confused." Surprisingly, McConaughey more or less tells HitFix they all come up short compared to his helmer for the expected blockbuster "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan.
The British Independent Film Awards announced its nominees this Monday morning and it was good news for films that may not have the muscle to break into the Academy Awards contest. The Irish political thriller “’71” and “Pride,” the story of gay activism and mineworker strikes that fits snuggly the time-honored British sociopolitical dramedy genre, earned the most nominations. In honors that will likely replicate themselves stateside, “Imitation Game” also earned a Best British Independent Film nod, with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley finding love in the Best Actor and Actress categories, respectively.
Hopping on the phone with a filmmaker to discuss a trailer for a film I haven't seen. Yeah, that's a little weird. And maybe J.C. Chandor knows that, but he's eager to launch "A Most Violent Year" onto the world. That will happen Thursday night at the opening night of this year's AFI Fest at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
Christopher Nolan lives a life removed. He wears the same outfit nearly every day (a narrow-lapeled jacket, blue dress shirt, black trousers, and shoes), spends most of his day consuming tea, and doesn’t use e-mail. Correspondences are printed out, read through, and handed back to someone who can respond with his answers. So while his “Inception” costar Leonardo DiCaprio tours the Caribbean on a yacht full of models, Nolan uses fame and fortune to stay as far out of the picture as possible.
Or, as far out of the real life picture.
One of the shoes left to drop this season is Ava DuVernay's "Selma," but it looks like there will be an earlier peek at the film than originally anticipated. AFI Fest has announced a "first look" at 30 minutes of exclusive footage from the Martin Luther King Jr. film on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
“What is it like? What does it actually feel like?”
”It” being early-onset Alzheimer’s, the condition plaguing Julianne Moore’s character in the upcoming “Still Alice.” Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s drama is astounding because it stomachs quiet tragedy in the most naturalistic, delicate way possible. There are moral conflicts, internal struggles, objective explanations, and truths that rip apart characters like a spray of bullets. Or in the case of Kristen Stewart’s character Lydia, playing opposite Moore’s mother character, there are questions. Alzheimer’s is an existential disease. “Still Alice” plays right into that.
The beginning of the show-and-tell portion of awards season has often been marked by many with the Hollywood Film Awards (sigh) or, more recently, the Academy's Governors Awards. This year that designation actually falls on BAFTA's Britannia Awards. The latest incarnation of the show took over the Beverly Hilton Hotel Thursday night with some of the world's biggest stars taking part. And, surprise, a number of those famous faces are fighting for the Oscar spotlight.