12th Feb2017

BAFTA Award Winners (Film)

by timbaros

la-la-land-2016-002-ryan-gosling-emma-stone-crossing-los-angeles-bridge‘La La Land’ sweeps up four prizes, while Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is named best British film.

Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ was the big winner at the 2017 BAFTAs, scooping four awards, including best picture and best director. First screening to UK audiences at the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, Chazelle’s exuberant musical also won best actress for Emma Stone and best original music.

Ken Loach’s powerful welfare state drama ‘I, Daniel Blake’, backed by the BFI Film Fund, was named the year’s outstanding British film, while Babak Anvari’s horror film ‘Under the Shadow’ won best British debut.

Other BAFTA-winning films that screened at the BFI London Film Festival include Best Actor for Casey Affleck for ‘Manchester by the Sea’, Dev Patel as Best Supporting Actor in ‘Lion,’ ’13th,’ ‘Son of Saul’ and ‘Arrival.’

Complete list of winners:

Best film

Winner: La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt

Arrival – Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder
I, Daniel Blake – Rebecca O’Brien
Manchester by the Sea – Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
Moonlight – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

Director

Winner: La La Land – Damien Chazelle

Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford

Leading actress

Winner: Emma Stone – La La Land

Amy Adams – Arrival
Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Leading actor

Winner: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nocturnal Animals
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Supporting actor

Winner: Dev Patel – Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Supporting actress

Winner: Viola Davis – Fences

Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion

Outstanding British film

Winner: I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty

American Honey – Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy
Denial – Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, David Hare
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – David Yates, J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram
Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison
Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Winner: Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers)

The Girl with All the Gifts – Mike Carey (Writer), Camille Gatin (Producer)
The Hard Stop – George Amponsah (Writer/Director/Producer), Dionne Walker (Writer/Producer)
Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton (Writer/Director/Producer), James Spinney (Writer/Director), Jo-Jo Ellison (Producer)
The Pass – John Donnelly (Writer), Ben A. Williams (Director)
Under the Shadow: the films that influenced this creepy Iranian horror
Original screenplay

Winner: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
I, Daniel Blake – Paul Laverty
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Adapted screenplay

Winner: Lion – Luke Davies

Arrival – Eric Heisserer
Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight
Hidden Figures – Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford

Film not in the English language

Winner: Son of Saul – László Nemes, Gábor Sipos

Dheepan – Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
Julieta – Pedro Almodóvar
Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Charles Gillibert
Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski
Documentary

Winner: 13th – Ava Duvernay

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years – Ron Howard
The Eagle Huntress – Otto Bell, Stacey Reiss
Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Weiner – Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
Animated film

Winner: Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight

Finding Dory – Andrew Stanton
Moana – Ron Clements, John Musker
Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Original music

Winner: La La Land – Justin Hurwitz

Arrival – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jackie – Mica Levi
Lion – Dustin O’halloran, Hauschka
Nocturnal Animals – Abel Korzeniowski

Cinematography

Winner: La La Land – Linus Sandgren

Arrival – Bradford Young
Hell or High Water – Giles Nuttgens
Lion – Greig Fraser
Nocturnal Animals – Seamus Mcgarvey

Editing

Winner: Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert

Arrival – Joe Walker
La La Land – Tom Cross
Manchester by the Sea – Jennifer Lame
Nocturnal Animals – Joan Sobel

Production design

Winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock

Doctor Strange – John Bush, Charles Wood
Hail, Caesar! – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
La La Land – Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco
Nocturnal Animals – Shane Valentino, Meg Everist

Costume design

Winner: Jackie – Madeline Fontaine

Allied – Joanna Johnston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
La La Land – Mary Zophres

 

Makeup & hair

Winner: Florence Foster Jenkins – J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips

Doctor Strange – Jeremy Woodhead
Hacksaw Ridge – Shane Thomas
Nocturnal Animals – Donald Mowat, Yolanda Toussieng
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Nominees TBC

Sound

Winner: Arrival – Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Sylvain Bellemare

Deepwater Horizon – Mike Prestwood Smith, Dror Mohar, Wylie Stateman, David Wyman
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Ian Tapp
Hacksaw Ridge – Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright
La La Land – Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Andy Nelson
Special visual effects

Winner: The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez

Arrival – Louis Morin
Doctor Strange – Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll, Nigel Sumner

British short animation

Winner: A Love Story – Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King

The Alan Dimension – Jac Clinch, Jonathan Harbottle, Millie Marsh
Tough – Jennifer Zheng

British short film

Winner: Home – Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell

Consumed – Richard John Seymour
Mouth of Hell – Bart Gavigan, Samir Mehanovic, Ailie Smith, Michael Wilson
The Party – Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming, Andrea Harkin, Conor Macneill
Standby – Charlotte Regan, Jack Hannon

EE Rising Star Award (Voted for by the public)

Winner: Tom Holland

Anya Taylor-Joy
Laia Costa
Lucas Hedges
Ruth Negga

Outstanding contribution to British film

Curzon

BAFTA Fellowship

Mel Brooks

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21st Apr2016

The Entertainment Website Readers Choice Best in Film

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Better late than never, the winners of The Entertainment Website Readers Choice Best in Film 2015 have been revealed and it’s no surprise that some of the winners were also winners at the Oscars, BAFTA’s and Golden Globes.
images-424The Revenant was your Best Film of last year. It ecked out a win in this category, with Carol, Tangerine and 45 years not far behind. Shockingly, The Revenant lost out the Best Picture Oscar to Spotlight.

Leonardo DiCaprio was the overwhelming choice for Best Actor – taking 40% of the vote in this category – for his performance in The Revenant (which won him every acting award!). Tom Hanks for Bridge of Spies and Michael Fassbender for his performance as Steve Jobs were second and third, respectively.

images-425Brie Larson was chosen as your favorite performance by an Actress. The Room star, who also won the Oscar, barely won this category.  Cate Blanchett for Carol, Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years and Carey Mulligan for Suffragette were not too far behind.

 

Sylvester Stallone was your overwhelming favorite for  best performance by a Supporting Actor for his comeback role in Creed. Tom Hardy for the Revenant and Benicio Del Toro for Sicario were far behind in the voting.

Charlize Theron won Supporting Actress by the largest lead of all the acting categories – 60%. She won for her role in Mad Max: Fury Road. Alicia Vikander for Ex Machina and Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs were far behind.

Your choice for Best Director was Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu for The Revenant. He won with 100% of the vote, no other director received a vote.

There was a three-way tie for Best Animated Film – Inside Out, Maya the Bee and Raise the Flag. It’s a write-in category so each one received the same number of write-in votes.

Thanks to you, the readers, for taking the time to vote. We can’t wait to see your choices for next year!

 

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07th Mar2016

The Entertainment Website Readers Choice Best in Film Awards

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Orange British Academy Film Awards 2010 - Red Carpet ArrivalsIt’s time to have your say in what you think were the best film and best film performances of 2015. The Entertainment Website has compiled it’s nominations list and ‘Bridge of Spies’ and ‘The Revenant’ are tied with 5 nominations each. There are 14 films up for the Favorite Film Award including the low budget transexual film ‘Tangerine’ and the beautifully filmed ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Son of Saul.’ ‘Spotlight,’ the film that just last week won Best Picture at the Oscars, is not among the 14 films nominated for Best Picture as we feel it’s not one of the best films from last year!

Tom Hardy has received three acting nominations! One for Best Actor for ‘Legend’ and he’s competing with himself for Best Supporting Actor for ‘The Revenant’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ Michael Fassbender is competing with himself for Best Actor for ‘Steve Jobs’ and ‘Macbeth.’ Jacob Tremblay, who was strangely overlooked by the other film awards, has received a Best Actor nomination for his role in the highly dramatic ‘Room.’

The two lead actresses from ‘Tangerine,’ – Kitani Kiki Rodriquez and Mya Taylor – both received a Best Actress nomination, along with 11 other actresses, including Lily Tomlin for ‘Grandma.’ Alicia Vikander is nominated in both the Best Actress (‘The Danish Girl’) and Best Supporting Actress (‘Ex Machina’) categories.

Other surprises? ‘The Lobster’ and ‘Suffragette,’ both overlooked by the other film awards, received nominations. And Will Smith received a Best Actor nomination for ‘Concussion.’

Voting in The Entertainment Website Readers Choice Best in Film Awards ends on Sunday April 3rd. So please vote now and tell all your film-goer friends to vote as well! Thanks!

Vote here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y3K7ZZH

 

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07th Dec2015

The Blues Brothers Christmas Special (Theatre)

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Blues Brothers Arts TheatreThe blues are back in town in the form of ‘The Blues Brothers Christmas Special’ at the Arts Theatre in Covent Garden.

It’s a night of rowdy and eclectic music as David Christopher-Brown and Joshua Mumby star as The Blue Brothers. Brown is electric and all over the stage as ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues – he’s practically a dead ringer for a role that was made famous by the late and great John Belushi, and he nails it when he sings the Randy Newman-penned ‘Guilty.’ But he’s really on fire when dressed as a bee for ‘I’m a King Bee.’ Mumby’s time to shine, in the role of Dan Aykroyd, is when he sings the tune ‘Rubber Biscuit.’ It’s a mesmerizing tune done with skill needed to sing a relentless strings of words with a deep voice in one big mush up, and Mumby does it brilliantly. Google the song on You Tube and you will see how hard it is to pull off. And together, as The Blue Brothers, Brown and Mumby plow their way through classic songs such as ‘Gimme Some Lovin,’ ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ and the song The Blues Brothers are most identified with – ‘Soul Man.’

But it’s not just The Blues Brothers who are part of the show. We are treated to the energetic Simon Ray-Harvey in his triplet role as Ray Charles, James Brown and Cab Colloway, singing ‘Minnie the Moocher.’ His performances are nicely intertwined with The Brothers performances. If that was not enough, T’Shan Williams brings the requisite female vocals in her dual roles as part of the backing up Stax Sisters (which also includes Hannah Kee and Sasi Strallen) and in her solo performance as Aretha Franklin singing ‘Respect.’ She’s got the lungs and the voice to overpower everyone in show, including her fellow Sisters, who can’t quite match her in the singing department but are able enough.

The Blues Brothers Show was created back in 2009 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with Brown and Mumby as it’s leads since then. It’s a show that has been approved by Judy Belushi (John’s wife) and Dan Aykroyd, and according to the press notes, none of the productions are the same as the previous ones. New songs, choreography, direction, and design are constantly changed with each production to keep the spirit alive and fresh. In this reincarnation, directed by Mumby, it’s a show full of energy and music. And without an interval, we are treated to 90 minutes of songs that doesn’t for a moment get dull. There’s so much energy on stage in these 90 minutes that it might leave you exhausted by the end. The show doesn’t have a story to tell, just like similar successful jukebox musicals (Let it Be, Sunny Afternoon and We Will Rock You), but it’s success lies in the musical performances of the leads in recreating the sounds and look of the singers they are performing as. It’s a show that, while it won’t be winning any prizes, will lift your spirits up and get you dancing in the aisles, at the insistence of The Brothers themselves.

To book tickets for The Blues Brothers Christmas Special, which is playing until Sunday, January 10th, please click here:
https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk

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22nd Aug2015

State of the Art Cinema exhibition (Film)

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FDA Getty Gallery Event

 

Residing at The Strand Gallery, the STATE OF THE ART CINEMA exhibition includes nearly 100 posters, images and photographs – giving a snapshot of British and international films for release in UK cinemas in 2015/16. FDA has also commissioned a unique LEGO® model of a cinema which took 150 man hours to complete and comprises 25,000 LEGO® bricks.

This FREE exhibition is open to the public each weekday until 28 August 2015.

FDA Chief Executive, Mark Batey, said: “We’re thrilled that the new LEGO® model makes such a brilliant centre-piece of this summer’s exhibition, which celebrates all the fun of the cinema as well as highlighting the vital role of creativity and design in connecting films with audiences.”

The exhibition comprises seven sections: Family releases; Coming of Age stories; Action & Adventure; Comedy; Biographies & Documentaries; Thrills & Suspense; and a large section called Britain on Screen containing images from both UK films and international movies that were made in the UK, a global filmmaking hub. Visitors will find one or two iconic classic images among the display too.

STATE OF THE ART CINEMA 2015 is now in its second of two central London residencies this summer. Having previously run at The Coningsby Gallery, this enlarged version is at The Strand Gallery between Tuesday 11 and Friday 28 August.

The exhibition is taking place at the heart of FDA’s celebrations marking the centenary of UK film distribution. Exactly 100 years ago, feature-length films were emerging as a storytelling medium in their own right, two decades after the invention of the cinématographe machine. It was in December 1915 that the fledgling yet ambitious enterprises dedicated to supplying and promoting filmed entertainment founded their UK trade association (now FDA).

For further information on the autumn 2015 release schedule, please visit www.launchingfilms.com.

Notes

• STATE OF THE ART CINEMA is an interactive exhibition offering a snapshot of contemporary film poster design and photography from the UK and around the world. It showcases the skills of graphic designers and typographers and their use of symbols and illustrations, as well as on-set and portrait photographers – all aimed at distilling the essence of a film, its storyline, setting and characters, into a single, coherent, compelling image or montage.

• STATE OF THE ART CINEMA is free of charge to visit. It is currently showing at The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP. Free colouring/activity sheets for children will be available throughout.

• Established in 1915, FDA celebrates the UK film distribution sector’s centenary year in 2015. Today distribution remains the lynchpin and locomotive of the entire film business – films only come to life when they are actually experienced and shared by public audiences. Discover more about how films and audiences connect at FDA’s dedicated website, www.launchingfilms.info.

• Films released by FDA’s 32 member companies generate 99% of UK cinema admissions. FDA’s President is Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE. Copies of the 120-page FDA Yearbook 2015 are available free on request, subject to availability.

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23rd Nov2014

Vote for us in the National UK Blog Awards!

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TheEntertainmentWebsite.com is up for a National UK Blog Award. It’s a real honour just to be nominated – but it will an even greater honour and accomplishment if we place at least in the top ten! So please please please vote here:

http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/candidates/theentertainmentwebsite/

Every vote counts, and please share this with your friends, neighbours, co-workers – everyone! Many Thanks!

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12th Sep2014

TheEntertainmentWebsite.com reaches 100,000 hits!

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Orange British Academy Film Awards 2010 - Red Carpet ArrivalsTheEntertainmentWebsite.com has reached the remarkable number of 100,000 hits (page views) in just over one year since its inception. It’s an amazing milestone in that there are so many film blogs and film websites out there on the internet; this proves that there is room for one more – one that is unique in terms of content and style, and which stands out from the others.

TheEntertainmentWebsite.com covers film, DVD and theatre reviews, as well as the current Box Office figures, upcoming film releases and West End productions, film awards, and Film Trailer of the Week. TheEntertaimentWebsite.com also covers breaking entertainment news – including the untimely death of comedienne Joan Rivers last week.

In the past year alone, TheEntertainmentWebsite.com has covered press conferences for major film releases including Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave and Red 2. TheEntertainmentWebsite.com has also interviewed actor Alan Cumming to discuss his career and the release of his 2013 film Any Day Now. TheEntertainmentWebsite.com has also been invited to attend the London, Sundance and BFI Flare Film festivals, the announcement of the 2014 BAFTA nominations, as well as dozens of film premieres and red carpet events. Just last week TheEntertainmentWebsite.com was granted access to Pride Director Matthew Warchus and writer Stephen Beresford as well as co-star Andrew Scott. An interview with Warchus and Beresford, along with a review of the film, can be viewed at TheEntertainmentWebsite.com.

Other interviews granted to TheEntertainmentWebsite.com include ones with David W. Ross, star and writer of the American drama I Do; Stacey Passon – Director of the newly-released on DVD film Concussion: Shane Bitney Crone – Producer and star of the riveting documentary Bridegroom; and Darren Stein – Director of the camp comedy G.B.F.; and several others.

TheEntertainmentWebsite.com was created by Tim Baros in July 2013. Tim also writes for and contributes to Pride Life Magazine and website, The American Magazine and website, www.Hereisthecity.com and www.Blu-Raydefinition.com. Tim Baros is a member of the UK Regional Film Critics and is the UK representative for the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association.

What’s next for TheEntertainmentWebsite.com? Coverage of the upcoming London Film Festival, next year’s BFI Flare Film Festival, and following that, attendance at the biggest film festival in the world – the Cannes Film Festival.

Keep on clicking on TheEntertainmentWebsite.com!!

04th Sep2014

Joan Rivers – Comedienne – dies in NYC at the age of 81

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Joan Rivers passed away today.

The woman who went where no one else dared to go, has died at the age of 81 in a New York City hospital. Her daughter Melissa issued this statement:

“My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

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13th Aug2014

Lauren Bacall – screen legend – dies at 89

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images-222Lauren Bacall, screen legend, dies in her New York City home on Tuesday. She was 89.

Bacall’s career—anchored in part by her beauty, that husky voice and her signature “look” but given longevity by her sharp wit and charisma—flourished for several decades.

In addition to being a smart, sassy and always sexy film noir heroine, she was known for comedic (yet still whip-smart) roles in How to Marry a Millionaire, opposite Gregory Peck in Designing Women, and with Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda in Sex and the Single Girl.

The list of iconic actors she worked with was long (Bogart, PeckCharles BoyerRock Hudson and John Wayne, to name a few) and Bacall worked with an estimable list of directors, too: Hawks (To Have and Have NotThe Big Sleep), John Huston (Key Largo),Douglas Sirk (Written on the Wind), William Wellman (Blood Alley), Vincente Minnelli(Designing Woman), Sidney Lumet (Murder on the Orient Express) and Rob Reiner(Misery).

She took her talents to Broadway, winning Tony Awards for Applause (based on the Bette Davis classic All About Eve) in 1970; and Woman of the Year (based on the Tracy-and-Hepburn film of the same name) in 1981.

It’s hard to believe she never won an Oscar in competition, or wasn’t even nominated (for Best Supporting Actress) until she played Barbra Streisand’s still-gorgeous and gloriously vain mother in The Mirror Had Two Faces, for which she did win the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe—four years after she got the Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

 

The above courtesy of Eonline.com

11th Aug2014

Robin Williams – actor, comedian – dies

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Robins Williams is dead at the age of 63

He committed suicide at his home.

July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

Shockingly, suddenly, tragically, the actor was found dead at his home in Tiburon, Calif., Monday morning, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division.

“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his rep confirmed to E! News. “He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Williams had been extremely candid–and humorously self-deprecating–when it came to his past battles with substance abuse. Earlier this summer he had checked into a preventive treatment facility as part of what his rep called his “continued commitment” to staying sober.

According to the Marin County authorities, a 911 call was received at 11:55 a.m. reporting that a male adult had been found unconscious and was not breathing. The Sheriff’s Office and Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the scene and arrived at noon.

Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. on Monday.

The Coroner Division has confirmed the death was suicide due to asphyxia.

Some of the many hit movies Williams starred in include:
Mrs. Doubtfire

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Good Morning Vietnam

Patch Adams

Good Will Hunting (Best Supporting Actor Oscar)

One Hour Photo

The Fisher King

Dead Poets Society

 

29th May2014

Summer of Cinema 2014

by timbaros

Video of the films to watch out for in Summer 2014!!!

Thanks to the Film Distributor’s Association for the use of their video.

15th Mar2014

The Zero Theorem – Film

by timbaros
images-132The Zero Theorem is a film where, after I walked out, asked myself “what have I just seen?” The answer to that is: “I have no idea!”

I expected The Zero Theorem to be a film right out of left field, just like Director Terry Gilliam’s previous films The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and The Brothers Grimm. But The Zero Theorem is not even in a ball park, it is clearly in a different realm, and it makes no sense to me at all. What should’ve tipped me off as to how bad it was was when there were only 5 people at the press screening I went to. And the reaction from them at the end of the movie was not a very good one.
I was really confused about the plot after leaving the film, and then I read an article in a magazine about the film that kind of but not really cleared it up for me: Qohen Leth (a shaven-headed Christoph Waltz) works for a company called Mancom (it sounds to me like a gay dating sight, but it is not). There are very little clues as to what he does for the company or what kind of business the compay is in, but Leth’s job is to work on a project to prove that everything equals nothing (huh?). In other words, to determine if life has any meaning (another huh?).
Leth works from home, which used to be a church, but is now a burned-out wreck (it used to house priests who happened to have taken a vow of silence and therefore did not tell each other that their church was on fire), so Leth lives in a charred, dirty, rat infested place. To put it midly, it’s disgusting. He even, at times, sits in front of his computer, naked, while it keeps screaming at him “next installment is due in one hour, one must equal 100%”. So he just can’t seem to make his installment equal 100%. Are you still confused? I was too. To make matters even more confusing, Matt Damon (looking like a thiner Philip Seymour Hoffman) is The Boss of Mancom who happens to wear clothing that matches his surroundings (chair, curtains) – quite odd. The boss (called Management in the film) sends his teenage son around to Leth’s home to either 1.) do some spying on him or 2.) to help him with his job as the son is, as you would expect, a computer whizz, or 3) to try to annoy him. Perphaps it is all three, though this is not made clear in the film. Leth is also visited by a very seductive woman (unknown Melanie Thierry) who gives him a disc to insert into his computer, and when he does, it takes him (to meet her) at a very romantic and beautiful island. Perhaps this is to escape his boring life. He’s also been assigned a shrink from work – Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton) who speaks to him through his computer. Some other characters come and go but it is not clear what their purposes are.
Once in a while Leth ventures out of his house to a world that looks like London in 100 years time, with visual adverts that follow him as he walks along the sidewalk, and a skyline that looks futuristic, even including what looks to be the Shard under construction (though it was filmed in Bucharest as Gilliam prefers to shoot in that country because it is cheap for him to do so).
I find it unbelievable that 2 time Oscar-winning actor Waltz would sign up to play a part so confusing, mad, stupid, and incomprehensible, and even to allow himself to be shown in various states of undress, with a belly! The Zero Theorem cost over $13 million to make; sure the sets look amazing and the special effects are good, but you’d think they could’ve used some of the money to write a better script and hire a director who would make a movie that would be interesting and intellectual. What Gilliam & Co. have made is one big mess.

 

03rd Mar2014

Academy Award Winners

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OSCAR WINNERS of the 86th Annual Academy Awards:

Best Picture

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

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Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

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Best Actor

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

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Best Supporting Actor

Jared Leto – Dallas Buyer’s Club

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Best Supporting Actress

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

Oscars Host: Ellen DeGeneres

Oscars Host: Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres hosts the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Best Costume Design

The Great Gatsby

Best Makeup

Dallas Buyer’s Club

Best Animated Short

Mr. Hublot

Best Animated Movie

Frozen

Best Visual Effects

Gravity

Best Live Action Short Film

Helium

Best Documentary Short

The Lady In Number 6

Best Documentary Film

20 Feet From Stardom

 Best Foreign Language Film

The Great Beauty

Best Sound Mixing

Gravity

Best Sound Editing

Gravity

Best Cinematography

Gravity

Best Editing

Gravity

Best Production Design

The Great Gatsby

Best Original Score

Gravity

Best Original Song

“Let it Go” from Frozen

Best Adapted Screenplay

John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay

Spike Jonze, Her

13th Jan2014

Golden Globe Awards – Film

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The Golden Globes were handed out last night in Hollywood and there were some surprises in the acting categories.

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Matthew McConaughey won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role as an AIDS activist in Dallas Buyers Club,  beating what was the stiffest competition in years in this category which included Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips, Robert Redford for All is Lost and Chiwotel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave.

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Cate Blanchett, as expected, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for role as a wealthy wife who falls into a life of poverty in Blue Jasmine. Sandra Bullock for Gravity and Judi Dench for Philomena would’ve been favorited if Blanchett had not been nominated in this category.

12 Years a Slave won Best Motion Picture – Drama. This category could’ve been won by any of the other films nominated: Gravity, Rush, Captain Phillips, and Philomena.

For Best Motion Picture – Comedy – it was American Hustle which took this top prize. It beat Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Amy Adams won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for American Hustle, beating out Meryl Streep for August: Osage County.

Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street where he played a Wall Street Trader who gets arrested and put in prison. This category was open to all of the nominees, the others of which were Bruce Dern for Nebraska, Joaquin Phoenix for Her, Oscar Davis for Inside Llewyn Davis, and Christian Bale for American Hustle. Dern was slightly favored.

In the supporting categories, Jared Leto won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his performance as a drag queen stricken with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club. He beat the favorite Michael Fassbender for 12 Years as a Slave. Bradley Cooper also could’ve won for American Hustle. Jennifer Hustle won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for American Hustle. She beat Lupita N’yongo of 12 Years as a Slave who was the favorite.

Alfonso Cuaron won the Best Director category for his film Gravity. Steve McQueen was the favorite for 12 Years a Slave.

Frozen, as expected, won Best Animated Feature Film.

For Best Screenplay – Motion Picture – Spike Jonze won this category for Her.

The Golden Gloves are sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

They also give out television awards.

Here is the complete list of winners (winners in bold):

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”
“Rush”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Idris Elba, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Kate Winslet, “Labor Day”

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“American Hustle”
“Her”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Parks & Recreation”

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2″
“Frozen”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Past”
“The Wind Rises”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Michael J. Fox, “The Michael J. Fox Show”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan, “Philomena”
John Ridley, “12 Years A Slave”
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is The New Black”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House Of Cards”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Rob Lowe, “Behind the Candelabra”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Atlas,” “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Music by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion
Lyrics by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion

“Let It Go,” “Frozen”
Music by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez
Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., Brian Burton
Lyrics by: Bono

“Please Mr Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Music by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel
Coen, Ethan Coen
Lyrics by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel
Coen, Ethan Coen

“Sweeter Than Fiction,” “One Chance”
Music by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff
Lyrics by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alex Ebert, “All Is Lost”
Alex Heffes, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
John Williams, “The Book Thief”
Hans Zimmer, “12 Years A Slave”

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Good Wife”
“House Of Cards”
“Masters Of Sex”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Blacklist”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Rebecca Ferguson, “White Queen”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Behind The Candelabra”
“Dancing on the Edge”
“Top of the Lake”
“White Queen”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jacqueline Bisset, “Dancing on the Edge”
Janet McTeer, “White Queen”
Hayden Panettiere , “Nashville”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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