Weekly Rants: January 14 2013

First off, Golden Globes winners! Haven’t watched the show myself but here are some of the winners:

Best Motion Picture – Drama : Argo

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy : Les Misérables

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama : Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama : Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy : Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy : Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture : Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture : Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables

Best Director – Motion Picture : Ben Affleck for Argo

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture : Django Unchained

Best Original Song – Motion Picture : Skyfall – Adele, Paul Epworth (“Skyfall”)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture : Life of Pi – Mychael Danna

Best Animated Film : Brave

Best Foreign Language Film : Amour

You can see the full list here.

Wow Jennifer Lawrence. Nowhere but upwards for this girl. She has made all the right choices (well, almost all) and what an accomplishment for a 22 year-old! She’s up for an Oscar as well and the lineup for Best Actress for the Oscars is definitely one of my favorites. I personally would love to see Emmanuelle Riva  take that statue come February but really, all the nominees, despite being ‘fresh’, are all worthy. Unlike other times when the nominees feel either repeated or new but unworthy, this time all five actresses deserve that spot. Anyway, back to the Globes. Amazing to see Affleck won for Best Directing, beating all those veteran directors after failed directorial projects for years. I don’t care how many awards Daniel Day-Lewis has gotten, he’s just phenomenal. He deserves all those awards. And of course, the hardest working woman in Hollywood, Jessica Chastain, won for Best Actress! I simply adore that woman. Anyway, I wanted Rise of the Guardians to win instead of Brave, especially since it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. Ugh.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain is rumored to be replacing Michelle Williams in Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie. No official word is out yet, but at a press conference for the upcoming, Guillermo del Toro-produced horror Mama, star she was asked what she’d be doing next. “It hasn’t been announced but it might be a Strindberg thing. It hasn’t been announced yet,” she teased. When pressed if it was “Miss Julie,” the actress put her finger to her nose. So.. yeah. Quite official? [source]

Trailer updates! The only trailer that caught my eye last week is Danny Boyle’s Trance, starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson. Boyle and McAvoy? I’M SOLD!

Guillermo del Toro has been a busy man and all over the news for the last few months but I never paid much attention. Now the trailer for his newest monster project, Pacific Rim, has just been released and you can see it here.

Pacific Rim

The Shawshank Redemption’s Frank Darabont is rewriting the script for the new Godzilla reboot. In an ugly battle with Legendary Pictures, the picture lost its two producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee, yet is still set to film in March. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was offered and passed on it, but Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy, Caleb Landry Jones and Aaron Johnson are being considered. Gordon-Levitt, however, is joining Sin City 2, along with Chris Meloni. [source, source, source, source]

Woody Allen’s newest project has just got a title—Blue Jasmine, a story about “the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife”. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and now Michael Stuhlbarg has just joined. [source]

Nicolas Winding Refn has just dropped out of The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington. The film is based on the 1980s TV series which starred Edward Woodward and seems like quite a big one, once having Paul Haggis andRussell Crowe once attached as director and star. Refn’s Only God Forgives will arrive this spring. [source]

Half Nelson’s Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are working on a new project starring Jake Gyllenhaal, titled Mississippi Grind. And now Ben Mendelsohn, soon to be seen in The Place Beyond The Pines has joined the project as well. Mendelsohn is also lined up for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How To Catch A Monster, which shoots in the spring. [source]

Stills of the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, have surfaced. The highly anticipated new character Finnick Odair is played by sort-of newcomer Sam Claflin and it looks like a miscast indeed. It looks like a nightmare. I sure am not loving what I see but I hope he can actually pull it off. We have to wait until November 22, I guess. There are also stills of our favorite couple Peeniss (yes), the future Mr. Miley Cyrus and also, Philip Seymour Hoffman! You can see them here and here.

Finnick Odair

Young Adult novel writers are raking in the cash lately. Other than The Mortal Instruments, another YA novel that’s going to be filmed is Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Neil Burger will direct the feature, starring Shailene Woodley. Scheduled to be released in 2014, there are no male actors cast yet but Alex Pettyfer, Jeremy Irvine and Lucas Till are considered for a part. [source]

For those who, like me, miss Christopher Nolan already, here’s some good news: Nolan is putting together a new project, a sci-fi pic titled Interstellar. Apparently the movie was something Steven Spielberg was once attached to, with a script by Jonah Nolan (Christopher Nolan’s brother) and a story developed by theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. Nolan rewriting the script and Thorne is still on board as a technical consultant. The film will “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” [source]

Christopher Nolan

I thought this day would never come.. but alas, sequels to The Transformers and The Pirates of the Caribbean are underway. It will be the fourth installment for the former and the fifth for the latter. The Transformers 4 will star Mark Wahlberg and an Irish newcomer Jack Reynor—probably the only thing I’m looking forward to. While Catch Me if You Can’s Jeff Nathanson is to write for The Pirates of the Caribbean 5. [source, source]

And now, the most exciting news of all! Well okay, not really. The first still from Frank is out and here’s Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson! Yes, that’s Fassbender. I sure hope he’s not going to hide under that throughout the whole movie. That would surely suck. Penned by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy writer Peter Straughan and journalist Jon Ronson, the script is inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the legendary Mancunian comedian/musician who was never seen without his iconic home-made head, and who passed away in 2010. [source]


See y’all on Sunday!


5 responses to “Weekly Rants: January 14 2013

    And having to cut her hair and scream her lungs out, Anne Hathway falls in the ‘supporting role’ category?

    But I do agree with you on rise of the guardians. but Brave is probably the only cartoon with an Irish accent, so why not give it to them? ;P


    • LOL! Well, Johansson hasn’t been in any of Woody Allen’s last four movies anyway, tho.

      Anne was good, yes, and that I Dreamed a Dream scene certainly brought tears to my eyes but Fantine wasn’t really a main character so I guess that’s pretty fair..?

      It’s Scottish. But yeah I just thought Pixar films almost always win that it’s hardly exciting anymore, and while Brave was good, it wasn’t exactly groundbreaking or anything. Would rather see Frankenweenie win ;p

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