Another week and another star has joined Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar." Deadline exclusively told us that Watts will play Helen Gandy, J. Edgar Hoover's (Leonardo DiCaprio) faithful secretary for 54 years. She knew all of Hoover's dirty little secrets and destroyed his personal file after the former FBI crime-fighter died.
The script is written by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black ("Milk") and Imagine's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing with Eastwood and his Malpaso partner Rob Lorenz.
Once upon a time, Charlize Theron was set to play the Gandy role, but she chose to work on "Snow White and the Huntsman" instead.
Watts will now join the rest of the cast including Ed Westwick (Agent Smith), Damon Herriman (Bruno Hauptmann), Ken Howard (U.S. attorney General Harlan F. Stone), and "The Social Network's" Armie Hammer is cast as Clyde Tolson, the is-he or is-he-not lover of Hoover.
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One can argue that Anthony Hopkins, nineteen years after winning an Academy Award for his memorable turn as Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs," could not shake off the image of his iconic serial killer portrayal.
In the new thriller "The Rite," Hopkins plays a legendary priest who has performed thousands of exorcisms. Look closely in his performance, and you can see an evil cannibal glint in his eyes. Read More...
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To go along with my rants on Oscar nomination snubs (check my ranting, and some raving, right here), I am posting these poll results from Fandango. The No. 1 gripe? Christopher Nolan was not nominated for Best Director in "Inception."
Check out Fandango's “Top 10 Oscar Nomination Snubs of 2011” poll, as of 10:00 a.m. PT.
1. Top Oscar Snub: Christopher Nolan - Best Director, Inception (48%)
2. Tangled – Best Animated Feature (9%)
3. Mila Kunis - Best Supporting Actress, Black Swan (8%)
4. Despicable Me – Best Animated Feature (6%)
5. Ryan Gosling – Best Actor, Blue Valentine (6%)
6. Waiting for Superman – Best Documentary (5%)
7. Black Swan – Best Original Screenplay (5%)
8. Andrew Garfield – Best Supporting Actor, The Social Network (5%)
9. Julianne Moore – Best Actress, The Kids are All Right (4%)
10. Inception– Best Editing (3%)
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Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" received four Oscar nominations today including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Annette Bening, and Best Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo. (Check out my interviews with "The Kids Are All Right" cast and director right here).
Now, Focus Features has released reactions from Cholodenko and company regarding their nominations, my favorite is Bening's
"4 nominations and 4 kids. I am damn proud!"
- Annette Bening, Performance by an actress in a leading role
"It is with great honor and humility that I receive my Oscar nomination. I have been included with a group of top-notch actors who I respect and admire. I am humbled to be in their presence. I also would like to acknowledge the power of ensemble acting. The kind of acting that happened in this movie does not exist in a bubble. Any honor that I receive must be shared with Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Josh Hutcherson, Mia Wasikowska, the rest of the cast, and of course the inimitable Lisa Cholodenko. Thank you to the Academy. This nomination is a win for Marriage Equality and that is the most I could hope for.
-Mark Ruffalo, Performance by an actor in a supporting role
“It's incredible to think that this morning's Oscar nominations go back 7 years to the fateful day Stuart Blumberg and I crossed paths in a Los Angeles coffee shop and agreed to write KIDS together. If luck is preparation meeting opportunity, then that was the opportunity, hands down! I'm thrilled that I'll be at the Kodak Theatre next month with Stuart, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening, Jeff Levy-Hinte, and my other producers who worked so hard to get this film made. I only regret that Julianne Moore didn't get the acting nomination she so richly deserved. But the Picture nomination is as much hers as ours. We couldn't have made this film without her heart, smarts and loyalty, not to mention her outstanding performance.”
- Lisa Cholodenko , co-writer and director of THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
“Try as I could to act cool and not care, as soon as I heard our names called, I started crying like a little kid. Pardon the cliché, but this truly is a dream come true. I want to thank the Academy for this most phenomenal honor.”
- Stuart Blumberg, co-writer of THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
"We are overjoyed that the Academy gave our film four nominations -- what a journey, from years getting the movie together to Sundance last year to the Kodak Theatre next month! We made the film because we had something to say about the power of love, and I want to thank the Academy members from the bottom of my heart for showing us their love!"
- Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Producer of THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
“We’re grateful to be acknowledged by the AMPAS voters as being among the year’s Best Pictures in what was a strong year for our industry – and are ecstatic that Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, and Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg are all nominated as well.”
- Gary Gilbert, Producer of THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
“It took 7 years, 13 financiers, and a 23-day shoot to make our film a reality. By recognizing Kids, the Academy has not only honored us but has given hope and inspiration to the independent film community.”
- Celine Rattray , Producer of THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
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Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" dominated the 2011 Oscar nominations with twelve nods (see complete Oscar nominations right here), and now, the Stuttering Foundation is giving the film a hero's welcome.
In the movie, Oscar front-runner Colin Firth portrays King George VI, a ruler who must overcome his stuttering problem to unite his country during World War II.
Jane Fraser, President of The Stuttering Foundation, issued the following reaction to today’s Oscar nominations:
“The Stuttering Foundation gives a hero’s welcome to The King’s Speech, which has brought overwhelmingly positive attention to the plight of people who stutter. The King’s Speech, with its 12 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations, continues to put a much-needed spotlight on stuttering. For the stuttering community, there are few, if any, more accurate portrayals of the anguish faced by people who stutter, or of the hardship it places on family and friends, than in this movie. Stuttering is most often the province of comic relief, and never of the hero. The King’s Speech gives the stuttering community a hero who inspires and a movie that promotes understanding and acceptance of the complexities of stuttering. We congratulate the directors, producers, writers and actors for their work, and their humanity in helping millions of people who stutter with understanding and hope.”
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