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The Social Network (2010)
Screenplay by: Aaron Sorkin (based on the book The Accidental Millionaires by Ben Mezrich)
Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Rooney Mara, John Getz, Rashida Jones

*(See what I did with the subject line there?)

Synopsis: This is the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the Harvard undergrad and computer genius who created Facebook. The film traces the birth and early years of the social networking site and examines the personal and legal struggles of the youngest self-made billionaire in history.

You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.Collapse )

It's about to get Real. Real funny.*

Hot Fuzz (2007)
Written by: Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, David Bradley, Steve Coogan (uncredited), and Cate Blanchett (uncredited; even if you don't blink, you still might miss her)

Synopsis: PC Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is a successful London cop, but when his superior abilities start to make everyone else in his department look bad, he's transferred to rural Sandford, a quiet village with a practically nonexistent crime rate. Along with his new partner, inexperienced and bumbling PC Danny Butterman (Frost), Angel has little to do other than patrol for speeders and try to catch an escaped swan. All that changes, however, when a string of supposed "accidents" results in the deaths of a number of Sandford's citizens. Is there a killer on the loose?

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*(Please don't comment simply to correct my grammar. I'm fully aware of the mistake. I did it on purpose, thankyouverymuch.)

Iconic Icon is Iconic

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm trying very hard not to spam my f-list with Gary Oldman-related posts, but this is something that I simply cannot avoid posting. My sincerest apologies.

On Sunday Gary won Empire Magazine's Icon Award at the annual Jameson Empire Awards in London. The honor is awarded based on the actor's entire body of work and contribution to film. It's not an Oscar or a BAFTA or a Golden Globe (awards for which Gary has been criminally overlooked), but he nevertheless seemed grateful and proud to receive it.

The award was presented to Gary by his co-star and friend Colin Firth. They both mentioned (excitedly so) their work on the highly anticipated Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in their speeches. Since LJ is being uncooperative and refuses to let me embed the video, pleasepleaseplease watch it on my Tumblr or at Empire's website.

ETA: Never mind. I found it on YouTube. Yay.

Knockout!

The Fighter (2010)
Screenplay by: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson
Story by: Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, and Keith Dorrington
Directed by: David O. Russell
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee

Synopsis: This is true story of boxer Micky Ward (Wahlberg), who won the world welterweight title with help from his half brother Dicky Eklund (Bale), a former boxer and cocaine addict.

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The kind of eyes that drive wolves mad

To make up for my dismal review of Red Riding Hood I posted earlier today, I felt the need to post this video of Amanda Seyfried in the recording studio covering Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' 1966 hit "Li'l Red Riding Hood." She has a beautiful voice, and I think you'll LOVE her version of this classic song. Enjoy!


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Believe the legend. Beware the movie.

Red Riding Hood (2011)
Written by: David Leslie Johnson
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Max Irons, Shiloh Fernandez, Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Adrian Holmes, Michael Hogan, Michael Shanks, and Julie Christie

I saw this movie for one reason...

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you! It's been too long since I last did a movie watchlist entry. I have three movies I need to post about, so I'm going to start with the most recent one I've seen and work my way backwards:

The Machinist (2004)
Written by: Scott Kosar
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Starring: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Michael Ironside, John Sharian

Synopsis: Trevor Reznik (Bale) hasn't slept in a year. Literally. Strange events at home, a frightening accident at work, and a mysterious co-worker only Trevor can see all breed paranoia and push him to investigate what he thinks is a plot against him. Along the way he involves a friendly hooker (Jason Leigh) and an airport waitress (Sanchez-Gijon) as he tries to untangle this web of fear.

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A costume fit for a crazy Oldman

Costume designers must love it when they find out they're working with Gary Oldman because he'll wear just about anything. Check out io9's excellent list of Oldman's most out-there movie outfits: The 10 Craziest Costumes Gary Oldman Ever Wore

My personal favorites are the costumes he wore as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element. They were created by French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.

On a related note, here's what Gary had to say about getting back into his Jim Gordon suit again:
Q: You must be excited in putting on the Commissioner Gordon uniform again soon?
A:  My drab greys and beiges [laughs]. I went to the production offices the other day and there’s all these fantastic pictures across the wall: Catwoman, this, that, and I thought, 'where’s my wall?' I don’t have a wall, I just have a rack of very, very dull clothes [laughs].
(Source: Flicks and Bits)

Adorable man is adorable!!!  Gary Oldman tells Conan O'Brien about his Paul McCartney-related dream, explains how he has to pay his kids a dollar every time he swears, and discusses how doing Red Riding Hood brought out his inner teenage girl:


Cate will be stateside this summer!

According to Playbill, The Kennedy Center's 2011-2012 season will include Cate Blanchett reprising her role as Yelena in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.

"The season will kick off Aug. 4 in the Eisenhower Theater with the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, adapted by Andrew Upton and directed by Tamás Ascher. 'On a dilapidated, remote farm,' press notes state, 'Vanya (Richard Roxburgh) and his niece Sonya (Hayley McElhinney) have worked slavishly for years to sustain an estate in decline. Now the Professor (John Bell) and his wife Yelena (Cate Blanchett) have returned to visit, bringing with them chaos and disruption. Constant visits from the charismatic Astrov (Hugo Weaving) are not helpful. It is in this climate of frustration, thwarted hopes, and disarray that three consuming love affairs grow.'"

This is great news! Since the play will be in August, I may actually have time to go! Seeing Cate perform live would make my year!


"The men are in tuxes."
"'And beautiful gowns,' I said. Not 'in beautiful gowns.'"

She's so pretty!!! This was one of my favorite dresses of Oscar night; it's Givenchy haute couture, and so different from anything else on the red carpet. I think she looks lovely!



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Good Movie News!

Universal Acquires Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for US Distribution. YAY!!! I'm impatiently waiting for November/December.

"Deadline says that Tinker was well-received when it screened earlier this month at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and that Oldman’s performance in particular was widely regarded as 'a tour de force.' That’s not exactly shocking, since Oldman seems to be one of those powerhouse actors who always delivers (even when the film around him is shlock)...."

Are you watching closely?

The Prestige (2006)
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Screenplay by: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan (based on the novel by Christopher Priest)
Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, and David Bowie

Synopsis:  Following the death of his wife during a performance, Robert Angiers (Jackman) blames his fellow magician Alfred Borden (Bale) for her death. The two become bitter enemies, constantly trying to sabotage one another, but when Alfred introduces a trick that becomes a hit with the public, Robert becomes obsessed with discovering Alfred's secret.

Every great magic trick consists of three parts: the pledge, the turn, and the prestige...Collapse )

Gangsters and Bootleggers

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, and Mia Wasikowska have joined the cast of the upcoming film The Wettest County in the World.  Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Jason Clarke are also part of the cast. 

The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Matt Bondurant, which is based on the true story of Bondurant's grandfather and great uncles, who ran a large moonshining operation in Virginia during Prohibition.

This actually sounds like a great story; I'm very interested to see this movie. It's scheduled to start filming at the end of February and will be directed by John Hillcoat.

"I knew it'd come to this."

Here's another really good interview with Gary Oldman. The video quality is poor, but it's still watchable and I think it's probably one of the best interviews of him I've seen. It was conducted in 1998, not long after he won BAFTAs for Best Screenplay and Best British Film for Nil By Mouth. He discusses his career, identifies some actors that inspire him (Anthony Hopkins, or "Tony," as Gary calls him), and is extremely open about being a recovering alcoholic. He also does a pretty damn good impression of Hopkins!


Brad's headed to 'Savannah'

According to this article from /Film, Bradley Whitford has a role in the new film Savannah, which is scheduled to start filming February 14. There aren't a lot of details, but it's likely a supporting role.

In other Brad news, there's going to be yet another West Wing reunion on In Plain Sight. Brad is set to guest star in an episode of Mary McCormack's show this spring.

An upside to not cancelling HBO

HBO has ordered a pilot for Aaron Sorkin's cable news network drama.

Hey, Aaron, I heard Bradley Whitford's looking for work (Hint, hint!). Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure Janel Moloney is free as well; she's been flying under the radar the last few years.

Watch this!

This potentially may be filed under the "things nobody cares about but me" category, but I couldn't not post this. It's an excellent profile of Gary Oldman that aired back in 1998 on The South Bank Show. It features interviews with Gary himself, Anthony Hopkins, Kathy Burke, director Stephen Frears, and others. Gary talks about his childhood, the path he took to get to Hollywood, his struggle with alcoholism, and Nil By Mouth, his directorial debut.

ETA: Apparently LJ hates me and refuses to let me embed the video. So, here's a direct link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgnNLk5ktXQ

ETA2: Thanks to Mary's advice, I was finally able to get the video to embed. Yay!


Beware the wolf. And the cat.

New Red Riding Hood trailer (It is ten times better than the first one. Seriously.) --


In other news: Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises. Interesting.

Black & White Movieee!

The Good German (2006)
Screenplay by: Paul Attanasio (based on the novel by Joseph Kanon)
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire, Beau Bridges, Tony Curran, Ravil Isyanov, Lelan Orser, Christian Oliver, and Robin Weigert

Synopsis: When journalist Jake Geismar (Clooney) arrives in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference, he ends up in the middle of a murder investigation involving his driver (Maguire) and his old flame, Lena (Blanchett).

If war is hell, then what comes after?Collapse )


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