Oprah may have raised the roof with a long and rousing speech at this year’s Golden Globes, but presenter Natalie Portman cut to the chase with just six words: “Here are the all-male nominees.” Presenting the award for best director, the actor raised an uncomfortable laugh, and an important point. Very few women are ever nominated for this category in major film awards ceremonies; fewer still win. But why is that? An argument made by many on social media was that there simply aren’t enough female directors to choose from. That’s part of the problem: studios are still hugely reluctant to hire a woman to helm a major movie with the kind of marketing and campaign budget that gets the attention of ceremonies such as the Globes and the Baftas, who also failed to nominate a single woman in its director category this year. Women accounted for just 11% of directors of the 250 top-grossing films of 2017, according to the latest report by San Diego State … [Read more...] about Female trouble: how can the Oscars fix the scandal of all-male director lists?
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The writer and production team behind Oscar-nominated British biopic The Theory of Everything is to reunite on an epic drama about Winston Churchill’s second world war triumphs and struggles, Deadline reports. Titled Darkest Hour, the new film will centre on a 1940 flashpoint when British troops were stranded in Dunkirk and the prospect of victory appeared dim. The screenplay from The Theory of Everything writer-producer Anthony McCarten begins just days after Churchill has been appointed prime minister, with the new leader faced with the choice of making a deal with Hitler that will establish Britain as a virtual puppet state, or fighting on and risking likely defeat at the hands of the Nazis. Backing for the project comes from production company Working Title, which worked with McCarten on his biopic of theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking. “We aim to present a Churchill you haven’t seen before, a new portrait that shows all his famous strengths but … [Read more...] about Churchill drama Darkest Hour on the way from The Theory of Everything team
This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. This week: Bombshell is not as explosive as you’d think. We will get J. Lo that Oscar! Remembering the man who was Big Bird. Countess Luann is the new Mariah Carey. A very important Cardi B update. J. Lo’s Oscars Campaign Hits the Skies Awards season is in full swing, with Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics Choice Awards all announcing their nominations this week. Forget all the takes about who was snubbed and all the fretting in Hollywood PR campaign offices right now. The best award season story of the week took place on a JetBlue airplane. Former Daily Beast entertainment intern, current MEL Magazine writer, and, as a person on the right side of history, passionate J. Lo fan Joseph Longo asked the pilot of his flight from New … [Read more...] about The Jennifer Lopez Oscar Campaign Takes Flight
Fans of Sherlock are in for a treat - cinema style. The brand new Christmas special - which sees Sherlock and Watson travel back to the 1890s for a Victorian adventure - will be released in selected cinemas, show bosses announced at Comic Con. No further details were released about the special but a trailer was and Sherlock Holmes is back - and back in time - in a new trailer for a special episode of the master detective's adventures. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now The BBC's latest version of Arthur Conan Doyle's hero, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Dr Watson, updates the story to modern-day London. But the new clip, unveiled to fans at Comic-Con in the United States, shows the pair back on familiar ground in what seems to be Victorian London complete with horse-drawn hansom cabs clattering over the cobbles in Baker Street. It shows Cumberbatch, complete with … [Read more...] about Comic Con 2015: Sherlock Victorian special to air in cinemas as first-look trailer is released
Last week, a trailer for The Mummy hit the internet – a strange, disjointed, shabby-looking affair, promising little in the way of reason for re-exhuming this fusty franchise of Egypto-crypto-mysticism, and made stranger still by the presence of Tom Cruise. There he is, still lean and limber at 54, clinging for dear life to a plummeting aircraft, tumbling sideways through the windshield of a London double-decker, acing a gruelling triathlon of running, swimming and grimacing. For all his physical capability and credibility, he seems out of place: why is a supernova like Cruise consenting to something this secondhand, something in which he seems so replaceable? Cruise is the kind of star around whom films are shaped, even ones as anonymous as Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The Mummy, on the other hand, looks like one in which he was inserted. Twenty years ago this week, Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire arrived in US cinemas – and at that moment in time, the prospect of … [Read more...] about Jerry Maguire at 20: has Tom Cruise’s star appeal ever shone brighter?
Veteran film actor Danny Aiello, known for his roles in the movies Do The Right Thing and The Godfather Part II, is no more. He was 86. He also played Madonna's father in the 1986 video for Papa Don't Preach. His family said with "profound sorrow" in a statement that he died after a short illness, reports bbc.com. A veteran of stage and film, Aiello was best known for playing the pizza parlour owner Sal in Spike Lee's 1989 Do the Right Thing. The role earned him a best supporting actor Oscar nomination. He also played the hesitant fiance of Cher's character, Loretta, in Moonstruck in 1987. "It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny Aiello, beloved husband, father, grandfather, actor and musician passed away last night after a brief illness," the family said, in a statement to the BBC from his literary agent Jennifer De Chiara. "The family asks for privacy at this time. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date." Filmmaker Kevin Smith paid tribute to Aiello for his … [Read more...] about Do The Right Thing Actor Danny Aiello Passes Away