One of the biggest question marks at this point in the awards season is Alexander Payne and George Clooney’s domestic drama The Descendants. It emerged from the Telluride and Toronto film festivals as the movie with the loudest buzz and scored rave reviews across the board upon its release in December. It has performed well with every major awards body, most notably winning the Best Drama and Best Actor prizes at the Golden Globes. Then it picked up five Oscar nominations, including Best Director and Best Editing, indicating strong overall support. But it hit a snag this past weekend, as The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin beat Clooney for the Best Actor SAG Award, while The Help took the Best Cast trophy.
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With the exception of some commercial break schmoozing, Leonardo DiCaprio helping Martin Scorsese off the stage, and Brad Pitt’s constant hobbling out a side door for a smoke, not much went uncaptured by VH1 cameras at last night’s 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood. But before the show on the very crowded gray carpet, it was a different story. Here’s some of the more candid conversations and confessions EW had last night with this year’s crop of awards season stars:
• Bret McKenzie was given his award for Best Song (for The Muppets’ ditty “Life’s a Happy Song”) and a reality check on the arrivals line. “They presented the award over there in the corner and the reporter who was making the presentation looked at the three of us and was like, ‘Okay, which one of you is Bret?’ ” McKenzie admitted exclusively to EW. READ FULL STORY
After a string of films that felt more at home in the art house than the multiplex, George Clooney will next tackle the big-budget period film The Monuments Men as a director and star, EW has confirmed. Based on the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, the story follows a band of American and British art experts who are chosen to seek out artwork pilfered by the Nazis during World War II. (TheWrap first reported the story.)
Clooney is writing the project with producing partner Grant Heslov, who also helped pen the scripts for Good Night, and Good Luck, and The Ides of March. Other than Clooney, there is no cast yet in place.
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The long development of Warner Bros.’s planned reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. just grew a little longer. As The Playlist initially reported, Steven Soderbergh has departed from the project, leaving it without a star or a director. At one point, the re-imagining of the 1960s TV show that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum was developed as the next Soderbergh/Clooney collaboration, but The Descendants star dropped out of the leading role because of his chronically bad back. Soderbergh then met with other potential stars, with the trades paying special attention to Bradley Cooper. The studio hoped to begin shooting in March, but according to The Playlist, their budget for the film was much less than Soderbergh envisioned. It’s not unlike what occurred when Sony and Soderbergh parted ways on Moneyball. And like that project, U.N.C.L.E. will surely survive to live another day with a different director at the helm.
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The first trailer for The Descendants revealed a good portion of the plot, but you’re not going to find that here. Instead, option number two has taken a step forward by giving us a taste of the general mood of the film, and fans of Alexander Payne’s previous work (Sideways, About Schmidt) should be pleased. George Clooney stars as Matt King, a Hawaii-dwelling lawyer-slash-clueless-parent who needs to reconnect with his daughters after his wife is injured in a boating accident. Somewhere along the way, he learns that she was having an affair. That one is a hard pill to swallow, so you’ll have to excuse King for taking off his rose-colored Hawaiian sunglasses.
Both trailers promise the lovely blend of comedy and heart-wrenching drama that Payne has achieved in the past. I especially like how the calming luau music and beautiful scenery is juxtaposed with chaotic scenes from King’s family life. Is that kid throwing furniture in a pool? Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY
A remake, a prequel, and one woefully misguided bird-watching comedy couldn’t take down Hugh Jackman and the robots of Real Steel at the box office this weekend.
Steel punched up an estimated $16.3 million this weekend, marking a healthy 40 percent drop from its $27.3 million debut. As evidenced by the film’s impressive 64 percent boost on Saturday, it appears that Real Steel is playing as an outright family affair, and that sort of appeal will help it achieve small drops in the coming weeks. Still, the $110 million Dreamworks film, which is being distributed by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, has a very long way to go before it’s in the black. So far, Real Steel has earned $51.7 million in ten days. READ FULL STORY
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