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Jennifer Lawrence will star in Adam McKay‘s Don’t Look Up, a new Netflix comedy set to arrive later this year. In the film, “an asteroid is approaching Earth and it’s up to two low-level astronomers to go on a massive media tour to warn the rest of mankind.” It will mark McKay’s film first directing gig since Vice, and Lawrence’s first lead role since 2018’s Red Sparrow Dark Phoenix doesn’t count, folks; Lawrence wasn’t the lead in that.
A new Adam McKay comedy starring Jennifer Lawrence? It's happening.
In DON'T LOOK UP, an asteroid is approaching Earth and it's up to two low-level astronomers to go on a massive media tour to warn the rest of mankind.
— Netflix Film @NetflixFilm February 19, 2020
Today, Netflix revealed plans for their film Don’t Look Up, which will star Jennifer Lawrence. Adam McKay will write and direct under his Hyperobject Industries banner with Kevin Messick. And while the film isn’t set to begin production until April, Netflix says that Don’t Look Up will probably debut on the streaming service later this year. That seems mighty quick, but I’ll take their word for it.
“I’m so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence,” McKay said. “She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite act’. And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way.”
Scott Stuber, head of Netflix films says: “Adam has always had great timing when it comes to making smart, relevant and irreverent films that depict our culture. Even if he somehow ends up predicting planet Earth’s imminent demise, we’re excited to add this to our slate before it all comes to an end.”
Based on that statement, and McKay’s past work, it’s probably safe to assume that Don’t Look Up will be full of some sort of social commentary. I like McKay’s work. I know many of my colleagues didn’t care for his recent film Vice, but I enjoyed it. And I like Lawrence, too, and I’m glad to see she’s getting back into leading roles again. After Don’t Look Up, Lawrence will star in Paolo Sorrentino’s Mob Girl. She’ll also be seen in Lila Neugebauer’s A24 film Red, White and Water.
Betty White's 98th birthday arrived on Friday, and here's a blast from the past ^^^ with a photo of Ryan Reynolds and the American treasure visiting Jay Leno in 2010.
Naturally, Twitter is awash with her name, along with people checking to make sure that she's still alive, well, and happy. Amid all that discussion, White's The Proposal co-stars, Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, filmed a joint message to celebrate the legend. Yet I'm thinking about how Reynolds is now difficult to separate from his Deadpool persona, so it sure feels like the late Bea Arthur's memory is getting the shaft here in favor of another Golden Girl star.
Hey, it's Betty's day to shine, so Reynolds posted an Instagram video with a simple message: “Happy 98th Birthday to the one and only Betty White.” Within the clip, though, things get rough. They start out sweet and unassuming, but it becomes clear that Ryan must Reynolds everything up, so he begins to compete with Sandy and overdoes it. Nothing like a little un-friendly competition about who loves Betty, right? Well, we fortunately end up hearing part of the Golden Girls theme song, but not before Ryan sears everyone with an unforgettable mental image of him delivering flowers to Betty while “wearing nothing but black socks and a dozen gold bracelets just like you requested.”
No, thank you for being a friend, Ryan Reynolds.
Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a thing — heck, before X-Men and Spider-Man kicked off the current age of superhero blockbusters — Quentin Tarantino had his heart set on making a Luke Cage film. Though it never happened, the director revealed on a podcast that he had grand plans for one of his favorite comic book heroes and even had a specific actor in mind for the titular role.
The prolific writer/director appeared on Amy Schumer’s podcast via The Guardian and explained that he wanted to make a Luke Cage movie between his directorial debut Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. He also explained how that choice caused him to abandon the project after his friends constantly badgered him to choose a different lead.
“Growing up I was a big comic-book collector, and my two favourite [comic books] were Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, later Luke Cage: Power Man, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu.
“What dissuaded me … was my comic-geek friends talked me out of it,” Tarantino went on. “Because I had an idea that Larry Fishburne would’ve been the perfect guy to play Luke Cage. But all my friends were like, ‘It’s got to be Wesley Snipes.’ And I go, ‘Look, I like Wesley Snipes, but Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I think Fish is the man.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but he’d have to get in shape in a big way. Snipes is that way already!’ And I go, ‘F*ck that! That’s not that important! F*ck you, you ruined the whole damn thing!’”
In defense of Tarantino’s friends, Wesley Snipes would later land the role of Marvel’s Blade, which arguably set the stage for the onslaught of superhero films to come, so their judgment wasn’t too far off. Lawrence Fishburne did “get in shape in a big way,” however, and thoroughly proved his action star chops as Morpheus in The Matrix, so the Pulp Fiction director was definitely onto something.
Not to mention, he would’ve delivered a Luke Cage movie that featured the same knack for the Blaxpoitation genre that he showcased in both Jackie Brown and Django Unchained. But if you’re hoping Tarantino might still have a Marvel movie in him, don’t hold your breath. He’s still adamant that his next film will be his last, and it’s probably not going to be for the MCU.
Via The Guardian
The 2006 Oscars will forever be remembered as the infamous ceremony where “Crash” beat “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture. Ang Lee’s groundbreaking gay romance was the critical favorite and it won three of the eight Oscars it was nominated for that year: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Headlining actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal both earned Oscar nominations for their performances. The actors were asked to present during the 2007 Oscars telecast, but Gyllenhaal revealed in a recent interview with Another Man magazine via NME that Ledger turned down the opportunity because it would mean making jokes at the expense of the gay “Brokeback” love story.
“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” Gyllenhaal said. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, 'Oh, okay... whatever.' I'm always like, ‘It's all in good fun.’ And Heath said, 'It's not a joke to me — I don't want to make any jokes about it.’”
Gyllenhaal, “That's the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, 'No. This is about love. Like, that's it, man. Like, no.'”
Ledger was nominated in the Best Actor category but lost to “Capote” star Philip Seymour Hoffman. Gyllenhaal lost to George Clooney in “Syriana” for Best Supporting Actor. “Brokeback Mountain” marked the first Oscar nominations for both actors. Ledger would go on to be nominated and win his Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor race for his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” Ledger received the Academy Award posthumously. “Brokeback” remains Gyllenhaal’s sole Oscar nomination to date.
Gyllenhaal has previously spoken about Ledger’s disdain for “Brokeback Mountain” jokes, but this is the first time the actor has revealed his late co-star turned down the Oscars. Gyllenhaal told “Today” in July 2019 that “Brokeback” marked a pivotal moment in his career. “It opened tons of doors,” he said. “It was crazy. It was amazing. It's defined my career in different ways. [But the film] is bigger than me...It has become not ours anymore. It's the world's.”
Read Gyllenhaal’s latest interview in its entirety on the Another Man website.
Natalie Portman got her start in her early teens in independent films such as The Professional, Heat and Beautiful Girlsbefore going on to star as Queen Amidala in her first of three Star Wars films. She earned her first Golden Globe nomination for her supporting role in Anywhere But Here alongside Susan Sarandon. She appeared in acclaimed films Where the Heart Is, Cold Mountain and Garden State before Closer, the film that earned her an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role as well as a Golden Globe nomination. After Closer, Portman starred in many films including V for Vendetta and The Other Boleyn Girl before her Oscar-winning performance in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. Mila Kunis starred alongside Portman in the film that scored nominations for best picture, best director Aronofsky, best cinematography and best film editing. Since Black Swan, Portman earned an Oscar nomination for her leading role in Jackie, as Jackie Kennedy, and starred in films such as Annihilation and Vox Lux. Her role as Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder was announced this summer. In 2015, she wrote, directed and starred in her feature-film directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness.
Additional 2011 best actress nominees: Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right, Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone, Michelle Williams Blue Valentine
Meryl Streep is the most nominated actor in the Academy, with three career Oscars and an eighteen additional nominations. She earned her first Oscar nomination for her supporting role in The Deer Hunter before winning her first Oscar for her supporting role in Kramer vs. Kramer from director Robert Benton. She earned her first best actress nomination for The French Lieutenant's Woman and won her second Oscar first for best actress the following year for Sophie's Choice. She earned nominations for her roles in Silkwood, Out of Africa, Ironweed, Evil Angels, Postcards from the Edge, The Bridges of Madison County, One True Thing, Music of the Heart, Adaptation, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt and Julie & Julia before winning her third Oscar second for best actress for The Iron Lady. After her latest win, Streep has since earned Oscar nominations for August: Osage County, Into the Woods, Florence Foster Jenkins and The Post. She is currently nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in the second season of HBO's Big Little Lies. With her Iron Lady win, Streep joined the ranks of Ingrid Bergman, Wer Brennan and Jack Nicholson as the people to win three Academy Awards for acting Daniel Day-Lewis has since won three. Katharine Hepburn is the only person to win four acting Oscars.
Additional 2012 best actress nominees: Glenn Close Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis The Help, Rooney Mara The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn
Jennifer Lawrence earned her first Oscar nomination for her breakout performance in Debra Granik's Winter's Bone. She quickly scored a role in the X-Men franchise as Mystique and led the four Hunger Games filmsas heroine Katniss Everdeen. She won the Academy Award for best actress for Silver Linings Playbook, from director David O. Russell. She co-starred with Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. In addition to Lawrence's win, the film scored seven Oscar nominations for best picture, best director Russell, best adapted screenplay Russell, best actor Cooper, best supporting actor De Niro, best supporting actress Weaver and best film editing. Since her Oscar win, Lawrence has gone on to earn a supporting actress nomination for American Hustle and a best actress nomination for Joy both directed by Russell.
Additional 2013 best actress nominees: Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty, Emmanuelle Riva Amour, Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild, Naomi Watts The Impossible
Australian actress Cate Blanchett got her start in the Sydney Theatre Company before gaining international recognition for her work in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth as a young Queen Elizabeth I, earning her an Oscar nomination for best actress. She earned Golden Globe nominations for Veronica Guerin and Bandits before winning her first Oscar for her supporting role in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator as Katharine Hepburn to Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes. She went on to her Oscar nominations for Notes on a Scandal, I'm Not There and Elizabeth: The Golden Age before winning the best actress honor for her Blanche DuBois-inspired role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. In addition to Blanchett's win, Allen earned a nomination for best screenplay and Sally Hawkins picked up a supporting actress nod. She picked up her latest Oscar nomination for her title role in Carol and was recently honored with a Globe nomination for her lead role in Where'd You Go, Bernadette.
Additional 2014 best actress nominees: Amy Adams American Hustle, Sandra Bullock Gravity, Judi Dench Philomena, Meryl Streep August: Osage County
Julianne Moore earned steady traction with roles in acclaimed films like The Fugitive and Short Cuts along with The Lost World: Jurassic Park. She earned her first Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights. She appeared in The Big Lebowski before earning her second Oscar nomination for The End of the Affair. She appeared in Anderson's Magnolia before picking up her third and fourth Oscar nominations in the same year for Far from Heaven actress and The Hours supporting actress. She went on to work in acclaimed films Children of Men, I'm Not There, A Single Man, The Kids Are All Right, Crazy, Stupid, Love and Don Jon before winning an Oscar for her lead role in Still Alice. Moore plays a woman with early onset Alzheimer's Disease with Alec Baldwin as her husband and Kristen Stewart as her daughter. She has since gone on to appear in The Hunger Games films, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Gloria Bell and After the Wedding.
Additional 2015 best actress nominees: Marion Cotillard Two Days, One Night, Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything, Rosamund Pike Gone Girl, Reese Witherspoon Wild
Brie Larson came up through work in film and television such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, United States of Tara, 21 Jump Street, The Spectacular Now and Don Jon before her breakthrough role in Destin Daniel Cretton's acclaimed film Short Term 12. She played Amy Schumer's sister in Trainwreck before winning an Oscar for best actress for her leading role in Lenny Abrahamson's Room. The film earned three additional nominations for best picture, best director Abrahamson and best screenplay adapted by Room novelist Emma Donoghue. After her win, Larson went on to star in Kong: Skull Island and The Glass Castle and directed her first feature film Unicorn Store, which she also led. Larson landed the title role in Captain Marvel, which went on to become the highest-grossing female superhero movie worldwide. In addition to her Marvel films, Larson also appears in Cretton's latest film Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.
Additional 2016 best actress nominees: Cate Blanchett Carol, Jennifer Lawrence Joy, Charlotte Rampling 45 Years, Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn
Emma Stone quickly made her mark as an indie darling in films like Superbad, The House Bunny and Zombieland before earning her first Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in Easy A. She worked in hit films Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Help and The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 before picking up her first Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman. It wasn't long before Stone won an Oscar for her lead role in Damien Chazelle's La La Land opposite Ryan Gosling. She earned a Golden Globe nomination the following year for her portrayal of Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes, and earned a Globe and Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite. She is set to star in the title role of the upcoming Cruella de Vil from director Craig Gillespie.
Additional 2017 best actress nominees: Isabelle Huppert Elle, Ruth Negga Loving, Natalie Portman Jackie, Meryl Streep Florence Foster Jenkins
Frances McDormand landed her first role in Blood Simple, directed by the Coen brothers, and went on to marry director Joel Coen the two have become frequent creative collaborators. She appeared in the Coens's film Raising Arizona along with films such as Mississippi Burning, earning her first Oscar nomination, and Robert Altman's Short Cuts, for which she won a special Golden Globe with the entire cast. She won her first Oscar for her leading role in Fargo from the Coen brothers, followed by Oscar nominations for Almost Famous and North Country. She picked up another Golden Globe nomination for Burn After Reading Coen brothers and won two Emmys for HBO's limited series Olive Kitteridge as both a producer and the lead actress in the title role. McDormand won her second Academy Award for her leading role in Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The film won two Oscars, for best actress McDormand and best supporting actor Sam Rockwell. Billboards earned nominations for best picture, best supporting actor Woody Harrelson, best screenplay McDonagh, best film editing and best original score. With her win, McDormand became one of 21 actors to win two Oscars in the lead acting category Daniel Day-Lewis has three and Katharine Hepburn has four. Her role as Lady Macbeth opposite Denzel Washington as Macbeth in husband Joel Coen's upcoming adaptation of the Shakespeare play was recently announced.
Additional 2018 best actress nominees: Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water, Margot Robbie I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird, Meryl Streep The Post
Coming up through British television, Olivia Colman had a small part in Yorgos Lanthimos's The Lobster before her crossover performance in The Night Manager, which won her a Golden Globe. She led Lanthimos's The Favourite with Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone and won her first career Oscar for the role. The film earned nominations for best picture, directing Lanthimos, two for supporting actress Weisz, Stone, cinematography, film editing, costume design and production design. Colman has gone on to earn an Emmy nomination for her work on Phoebe Waller-Bridge's award-winning comedy Fleabag and recently earned a Golden Globe nomination for her lead role on Netflix's The Crown as Queen Elizabeth II.
Additional 2019 best actress nominees: Yalitza Aparicio Roma, Glenn Close The Wife, Lady Gaga A Star Is Born, Melissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me?