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
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!
The Oscars are upon us, and Newsweek offered up some of the juiciest confessions from this year’s nominees.
It’s Oscar season! And that can only mean one thing: a barrage of interviews with some of our favorite stars who are touting their movies before the February 26 broadcast. No interview is more fun or telling than Newsweek’s annual Oscar Roundtable.
George Clooney used to do what before he became “Gorgeous George?” There’s so much ground to cover with these Oscar noms, and Newsweek is giving all the nitty-gritty details–nothing is off limits. Here are just four of the many unexpected confessions given by some of this year’s outstanding performers:
1. “It was a terrible job!” George Clooney (“The Descendants”) used to hawk women’s shoes? Seems years ago an 18-year-old Clooney could be found schlepping around a department store. He tells the magazine, “There was a whole generation of women who had a toe cut off to fit in tight pumps.” Yikes! Good thing he switched his day job!
2. “I did actually pee on tape.” If you thought an actor couldn’t be asked to do more for a role than full-frontal nudity, think again. “Shame” actor Michael Fassbender went a step further for his controversial turn as a sex addict, thus joining “an elite group of actors, including Kate Winslet in ‘Holy Smoke,’ who had to urinate on screen.” Too much information?
3. “I’ll never work with him again!” Contrary to popular belief, actors aren’t the only ones to blame if their films fail–they’re just the most visible scapegoats. Best Supporting Actor favorite Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) knows exactly who to point the finger at for his 2005 flop “The New World”–director Terrence Malick (currently nominated for Best Director for “The Tree of Life”). Plummer admits, “I love some of his movies very much, but the problem with Terry is he needs a writer, desperately.”
4. “I was terrified of Meryl Streep.” Viola Davis (“The Help”) has become great friends with her “Doubt” costar Meryl Streep; however, Davis was not at all confident of her own skills upon first working with the living legend. How did she prepare for the set? She wrote a 50-page biography on her character. Now that’s dedication to the craft!
Which films and performances stand out to you this award season?