The awards-season grand finale is right around the corner with the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2017! For those who are fortunate to have their pulse on Hollywood, as reported by the many celebrity and entertainment magazines we support, the buzz is especially exciting around awards season. While you can read the complete list of 2017 Oscar nominees, we’ve also made a few of our own predictions. Continue reading
The film that may finally get Leonardo DiCaprio his Oscar is up for several Oscars itself – a dozen, in fact, including best picture. DiCaprio’s performance is just one of several aspects that make The Revenant not only a must-see, but also an award contender.
For those who haven’t seen it for themselves yet – or for all those movie-goes who wondered, “Who is that guy? What have I seen him in before?” – here’s a rundown to prep you for the Oscars.
The Oscars are almost here and on everyone’s mind is this: Will it finally be Leonardo DiCaprio’s year?
With his raw and stunning performance in The Revenant, plus a diverse resume that includes The Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Gatsby, Django Unchained, Inception, Catch Me If You Can, and, yes, Titanic, DiCaprio has secured himself a reputation as one of Hollywood’s greats.
And we can’t get enough of him. When we’re not watching his movies, we’re following him across the covers and pages of our favorite magazines, catching every glimpse into the superstar’s life.
According to IMDB, DiCaprio has been on a magazine cover 113 times, and has been interviewed and written about in Entertainment Weekly, Time, GQ, Rolling Stone, People, Us, American Cinematographer, Esquire, TV Guide, Vanity Fair and more. And he’s been in plenty of international magazines, too.
Clearly, he’s got our attention and we’ll all be waiting to hear the verdict on February 28th.
But no matter what happens at this year’s Oscars, we’ll still love Leo for all that he is and all that he’s given us. Please join me in an ode to Mr. DiCaprio, not through verse, but through gifs.
Oh, Leo. With Titanic, you splashed onto the scene. One flip of your hair was all it took to make us fall in love with you.
But like an iceberg, your performance in Titanic was just the tip of your stunning career. You are truly a man of many hats.
Performance after performance, you’ve showed us what it’s like to fly.
You’ve made us laugh
You’ve made us cry
We’ve felt ALL the feels.
You’ve got the moves.
And no one can say “white cake” quite like you.
So here’s to you, Leo.
You do you, and never quit.
In honor of Robin Williams’ incredible talent and in light of the tragic news of his passing this week, we want to take a moment to honor his legacy. Robin was an incredible actor with a career that spanned both television and film. A graduate of Julliard, Robin first entered into the film industry on NBC’s The Richard Pryor Show. With his charismatic presence and ability to truly assume his acting roles, Robin Williams quickly became a legacy in the American movie industry.
Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting is one of Robin Williams’ most amazing performances. Playing Dr. Sean Maguire, the therapist of super-genius Will Hunting (Matt Damon), Williams received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. After getting in an altercation with a former bully, Will Hunting is required to undergo behavioral therapy while studying mathematics to cultivate his untapped intellectual abilities. Sean and Will become close, as Sean is able to break down some of Will’s emotional barriers and connect with him in a way that even Will’s closest friends and girlfriend cannot. Both Sean and Will have had painful pasts, and Sean challenges Will to see past his emotional trauma, pursue jobs commensurate with his intellectual abilities, and form meaningful, lasting relationships with others. In the end Will eventually follows in Sean’s footsteps of pursuing the woman he loves, and Sean decides to reconnect with his estranged college roommate. Although the plot is compelling, the acting genius of Robin Williams sets this movie as one of the best.
Unlike the serious Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire is a clever comedy that has become a staple in American film. Robin plays Daniel, an unemployed actor recently divorced from his wife, Miranda (Sally Fields). Because Miranda receives full custody over their children due to the fact that Daniel is unemployed, the heartbroken father resorts to unconventional methods of seeing his children. When Daniel sees Miranda’s ad for a housekeeper, he decides to dress up as the fictional Mrs. Doubtfire and apply to be their housekeeper. Not only does he get the position, but he does such a fantastic job caring for the children that Miranda and the children agree that life is better with their new nanny. Daniel eventually gets a small acting job, and once his double life is exposed due to conflicting schedules between his acting job and Mrs. Doubtfire’s commitments to the family, Miranda recognizes his contribution to the family and agrees to allow him back into the children’s lives.
Although both of these movies are wonderful examples of Robin Williams’ acting expertise, his contribution to American culture is so much more that what can be expressed in a single article. While we mourn his passing and will miss his charismatic acting, we will always remember him for the legacy that he has left behind. Thank you for a wonderful 63 years, Robin Williams.
What do you think is Robin Williams’ greatest legacy?
With The Giver coming to theaters in a few days and plenty of other great movies coming out, August is the perfect time for the movies. Use our quick guide to plan movie outings with friends, a date night with that special someone, or family bonding time! Although there are several worthwhile movies debuting in August, these three standouts are especially exciting.
Genre: Drama; Science Fiction
Release date: August 15
Lois Lowry’s famous book “The Giver” comes to life through the all-star cast of Phillip Noyce’s rendition of the book. The book’s plot is genius and unforgettable, and the cast is promising. A young boy, Jonas, is chosen among all of the members of the idealistic community to take on the responsibility of training to become the town’s Giver, a crucial role in their community. Jonas slowly learns that his responsibilities are more enormous than he ever anticipated. Even if the promise of a good story isn’t convincing enough, a chance to see the 18 Academy Award winner Meryl Streep is a good reason alone to see this film. Other stars include Brenton Thwaites as the protagonist, Jonas, Oscar-winning Jeff Bridges, and even Taylor Swift.
Release date: August 8
The Hundred-Foot Journey uses culinary establishments to touch upon complex issues like displacement, culture differences, and human relationships. The Kadam family, uprooted from their native India, start to build roots in their new French home as they begin an Indian restaurant business. Their new business does not sit well with the established, highly rated French restaurant that is one hundred feet from the new restaurant. The two businesses become rivals until Hassan Kadam’s culinary talent brings peace to the two restaurants by combining elements from both cultural food types. Manish Dayal from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010) performs the role of Hassan, and Academy Award winning Helen Mirren plays the French restaurant’s proprietress.
Genre: Drama; Science Fiction
Release date: July 24
An actress, well past her prime, agrees to one final job before retirement – digitally recording her likeness to be preserved and used in future film productions. This plotline was originally portrayed in a 2013 French-Israeli version of the movie, and Drafthouse Films saw enough potential in the plot to purchase the rights to produce their own 2014 rendition of the movie. Robin Wright, especially famous for her role as Jenny in Forrest Gump, promises to put on a good show, while Jon Hamm, Mad Men’s Don Draper, continues to break into the film industry in this film.
Escape the heat and spend some time enjoying these films, and let us know what you think of our recommendations!