There’s a first time for everything. At a Cannes showing of Blue Is the Warmest Color, a three-hour French drama about a young woman who falls into a romance that digs its hooks in and won’t let go of her, the audience sat raptly as Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a quietly precocious 17-year-old Paris high school girl, goes to bed with Emma (Léa Seydoux), the painter and Fine Arts graduate student she met at a lesbian bar. It’s Adèle’s first experience with another woman — but ever since the late ’70s, there have been plenty of lesbian-awakening dramas, most of them on the soft and dewy side. In this case, when the sex scene was over, after what felt like it must have been 10 minutes of writhing, moaning erotic hunger, people in the audience burst into whoops of approval and applause — something I have never in my life seen happen after a sex scene. It’s not so much that the audience was being cute, attempting to acknowledge that the scene was “hot” (although yes, it seriously was). What they were applauding was the authenticity: the fact that the heat was real, and thus the heat had become the drama. Very Last Tango, except minus the perversity. READ FULL STORY »
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Casting Net: Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson, together again...maybe. Plus: a 'Best Man' sequel, Reese Witherspoon
• Joaquin Phoenix is currently in talks to join Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, a classic Los Angeles noir set around the time of the Manson family arrest and trial. Robert Downey, Jr.’s name had been floating around the project for a little while, but we’ll be thrilled if Inherent Vice brings The Master duo together again. [Variety]
• Reese Witherspoon is in talks to star in a film about the Lost Boys of Sudan – the name given to the over 20,000 boys who were displaced after the devastating Second Sudanese Civil War. Reportedly titled The Good Lie, Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) wrote the screenplay, and Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) is set to direct. Witherspoon has not had a theatrical release since This Means War, but she can be seen in Jeff Nichols’ (Take Shelter) Mud, opening in theaters on April 26. [The Wrap]
Zero Dark Thirty and Kathryn Bigelow won major critics’ prizes on Sunday, confirming the Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller as an Oscar frontrunner. Both the Boston and New York Online critics honored the movie as the year’s best, and screenwriter Mark Boal was recognized for best screenplay by the New York group. But it was two other films – The Master and Amour — that dominated the Los Angeles Film Critics awards to insert themselves in to the Oscar conversation. Joaquin Phoenix upset Lincoln‘s Daniel Day-Lewis for best actor and Amy Adams won for best supporting actress. Paul Thomas Anderson also won for best director, and the film was named the runner-up for best picture. The Los Angeles critics named Amour best picture, and actress Emmanuelle Riva tied with Jennifer Lawrence for best actress, completing a sweep of today’s critics’ awards for the 85-year-old French actress.
Lincoln fared well also, with Day-Lewis taking home two acting prizes, and Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones winning awards for their supporting performances. Screenwriter Tony Kushner was recognized by the Boston Society critics.
Click below to see today’s list of winners: READ FULL STORY »
When Joaquin Phoenix told Interview magazine last month that the Oscars are “total, utter bullsh-t,” he either ruined his chances of being nominated for his performance in The Master — or clinched it. The two-time Oscar nominee revisited his remarks in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, expressing his surprise that his comments made waves but also crediting the Academy for giving him the success that he has. “I haven’t been in a lot of movies that have made a lot of money,” he said. “And getting nominated for a movie has probably helped my career tremendously. But in some ways it’s the antithesis of what you want to be as an actor. You’re always trying to free yourself of the artifice, which is really difficult. Especially when you suck, like me.” READ FULL STORY »
Joaquin Phoenix just
destroyed improved his chances at an Oscar nomination.
In a new Q&A with film critic Elvis Mitchell in Interview magazine, the star of The Master — widely considered to be a Best Actor contender — is asked about being on the awards circuit for the film. Phoenix, who has two previous Oscar nominations for Gladiator and Walk the Line, scoffs at Hollywood’s season of backslapping.
“I’m just saying that I think it’s bullsh–t,” Phoenix says. “I think it’s total, utter bulls–t, and I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t believe in it. It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot.”
That distant rattling you hear is the sound of Oscar pundits grasping their pearls at this sacrilege. Many will say he has crushed his chances of a nomination by insulting the great golden god of Hollywood, but that — to borrow a term from the actor — is also “bulls–t.”
Paul Thomas Anderson released the final trailer for The Master yesterday, revealing footage that didn’t make the final cut of his critically acclaimed film. The new scenes reaffirm Joaquin Phoenix’s character Freddie Quell’s erratic, unpredictable, and animalistic nature, while stressing Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character Lancaster Dodd’s charisma, charm, and perversion. Watch it below.
It looks like Kristen Stewart’s extracurricular activities and Robert Pattinson’s string of talk show appearances have increased fans’ appetite for Twilight. Voters chose Breaking Dawn — Part 2 as this season’s most anticipated movie on Fandango’s annual fall film survey. And a whopping 51 percent of voters also dubbed the flick as the best date night movie.
Last night Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, The Master, screened in front of eager crowds at the Toronto Film Festival. But it’s the awards given out at the Venice Film Festival–the oldest international festival in the world–Saturday night that have people chattering.
According to reports, sources close to jury head Michael Mann say that Paul Thomas Anderson’s film--about a haunted alcoholic (Joaquin Phoenix) who returns home from fighting World War II but feels lost until he’s taken under the wing of a charismatic spiritual leader played by Philip Seymour Hoffman (who really, really, really doesn’t want to talk about Scientology)–was to be awarded the top prize, the Golden Lion. It was also due to win awards for directing and for acting.
But the Venice Film Festival has a rule that doesn’t allow any one movie to win more than two awards, so reportedly the jury re-deliberated and decided to award the film to Pieta, a mother and son drama from Korean director Kim Ki-duk instead. Anderson (after a bit of confusion during presenting) won best director and Hoffman and Phoenix split the prize for acting.
This isn’t the first time that a Paul Thomas Anderson movie has gotten excluded due to rules: remember back in 2007 when Jonny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood was disqualified for an Oscar due to a technicality?
UPDATED: An earlier version of this article mistakenly said Paul Thomas Anderson won a special jury award. Anderson was, in fact, awarded the Silver Lion for directing. The special jury prize went to Paradise: Faith, from Austrian director Ulrich Seidl.
A new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master continues the impressionistic tone of the film’s advertising campaign. There’s a bit of stirring oratory from Philip Seymour Hoffman. There’s Joaquin Phoenix going full Method, raging and strangling and smooching. And there’s Amy Adams, quietly whispering “The only way to defend ourselves is to attack.”
It remains unclear just how closely the Hoffman character is based on real-life virtuoso L. Ron Hubbard. But we can all agree he has a hell of a mustache. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY »
After a couple tantalizing-if-oblique teasers of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master trickled across the Internet over the past few months, the film’s first full trailer gives us a much more complete picture of its story: WWII vet Freddie Sutton (Joaquin Phoenix) struggles to find his way after the war, and ultimately finds himself by the side of Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his wary wife Mary Sue (Amy Adams). A self-described “writer, doctor, nuclear physicist [and] theoretical philosopher,” Dodd is also as the beguiling head of a faith-based organization, into which Freddie gets deeply involved.
That organization has been rumored to be based on Scientology, and Dodd on its founder L. Ron Hubbard, and this trailer certainly features lines that echo common criticisms of the religion. One skeptic says that “good science by definition allows for more than one opinion” before suggesting Dodd’s group is a “cult,” and Dodd’s own son Val (Friday Night Lights‘ Jesse Plemons) tells Freddie of his father, “He’s making all this up as he goes along — you don’t see that?”
Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY »
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