Jeffrey Wright returns to the role of Beetee for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” See my in-depth interview with the actor that I admire since “Basquiat!” Wright talks about his role, the political subtexts of the movie, and his good friend, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee).
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Rosamund Pike nearly stole the show in David Fincher's "Gone Girl" but he stole the hearts of the Palm Springs International Film Festival's committee members. The actress is getting the Breakthrough Performance Award! Last year, "12 Years A Slave's" Lupita Nyong'o received the same award and walked all the way to Oscar glory!
Pike is joining recently announced recipients Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, and J.K. Simmons. Here's the press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2014) – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
“Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn’s complex character from the novel “Gone Girl” bringing to life the privileged, manipulative and calculating Amy Dunne. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For this outstanding performance it is an honor to present her with the 2015 Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress.”
Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o, Carey Mulligan, Felicity Huffman, Jennifer Hudson and Jeremy Renner. In the years they were honored, Cotillard, Hudson and Nyong’o went on to receive Academy Awards®, while Huffman and Renner received nominations.
From the tour de force thriller that became a bestselling must-read comes David Fincher’s screen version of Gone Girl, a wild ride through our modern media culture and down into the deep, dark fault lines of an American marriage – in all its unreliable promises, inescapable deceits and pitch-black comedy. The screenplay is by Gillian Flynn based upon her novel. The Twentieth Century Fox film stars Ben Affleck with Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.
Rosamund Pike was nominated for a 2011 London Critics' Circle Award for "British Actress in a Supporting Role" for her role in Made in Dagenham. For Barney's Version Pike earned a 2011 London Critics' Circle Award for "British Actress of the Year" and a Genie Award nomination for best actress. Pike’s other film credits include An Education, The World's End, Jack Reacher, Wrath of the Titans, Johnny English Reborn, The Big Year, Women in Love, The Libertine, Pride and Prejudice, Fracture, Fugitive Pieces, Surrogates, Burning Palms, What We Did on Our Holiday, Hector and the Search for Happiness, A Long Way Down and Die Another Day.
Pike’s theater roles include “Gaslight,” Patrick Hamilton's Victorian thriller, at the Old Vic Theater, The Donmar Warehouse Production of “Madame de Sade” in The West End, The Royal Court Theatre production of “Hitchcock Blonde,” and the title role in “Hedda Gabler.” On television, Pike has been working on the upcoming re-invention of classic kids series “Thunderbirds Are Go!”
About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet.
The Awards Gala of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival. Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo, The Desert Sun and Spencer’s. Major sponsors are Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Ignition Creative, Desert Regional Medical Center, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Guthy-Renker, Integrated Wealth Management, VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com, Ocean Properties, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.
For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.
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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is upon us but is it worth your time and money? And more importantly, will this leave you wanting for more? Based on the popular novels by Suzanne Collins, the third chapter shows the beginning of the rebellion. The seeds planted by Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are now growing and people are getting tired of President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his autocratic ways. Making her “Hunger Games” debut is Julianne Moore as President Coin from District 13.
Take a look at my movie review of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.”
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Boggs AKA Mahershala Ali Talks About “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," Jennifer Lawrence, and Gave Me the Three-Finger Salute!
Mahershala Ali is having a wonderful year! He’s in “Game of Cards” and now, he’s in one of the most successful franchises that truly delivers, movie after movie after movie.
I spoke with Ali via satellite to talk about “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” and he was a hoot! The actor revealed his motivation for joining the cast, finding the heart of his character, working with Jennifer Lawrence, the rich political undertones of the film, and most importantly, we both did the three-finger salute! Take a look at my fun interview.
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Mike Nichols, the brilliant director of great films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "The Graduate," "The Working Girl," "The Birdcage" and many more has passed away. He was 83.
Married to ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer for 26 years, the report of his death was announced on Thursday morning by ABC News President James Goldston. The director died suddenly late Wednesday night.
Nichols was one of the best directors of both stage and film. He was one of the few to win the EGOT award -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. When I was a college student at Purdue University, I devoured his movies specifically "The Graduate" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."
In later years, Nichols even brought us the great HBO special "Angels in America" based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tony Kushner. Nichols was working on a new project for HBO – an adaptation of Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play Master Class, based on the life of opera singer Maria Callas. Meryl Streep was supposed to star.
Nichols' final movie, 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War," starred Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
Steven Spielberg paid homage to Nichols through a note he sent to Deadline:
“Mike was a friend, a muse, a mentor, one of America’s all time greatest film and stage directors, and one of the most generous people I have ever known. For me, The Graduate was life altering — both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene. Mike had a brilliant cinematic eye and uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real. Actors never gave him less than their personal best — and then Mike would get from them even more. And in a room full of people, Mike was always the center of gravity. This is a seismic loss.”
Nichols joins his "The Birdcage" actor, Robin Williams, in movie heaven.
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