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“Ordinary Love” isn't really a movie about cancer, even though this tender and discreet portrait of a marriage on fire begins with a woman Lesley Manville asking her longtime husband Liam Neeson to feel the lump she finds under her left breast. It isn't even a movie about dying, even though Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn's direction casts a moribund pall over the drama from the moment it starts. On the contrary — and true to the title of Owen McCafferty's semi-autobiographical script — “Ordinary Love” is a story about all of the ways that even the strongest of couples can be separated before death does them part; a story about how different kinds of pain can trace the limits and boundlessness of sharing your life with someone.
Tom and Joan have been together for so long that the world outside of their marriage only seems to exist in soft focus. The two retirees live a quiet upper-middle-class existence in a seaside Irish town, and spend their afternoons power-walking along the water in order to satisfy the demands of their FitBits she always wears earbuds, but they still manage to make each other laugh along the way. They bicker a lot, but only to remind each other they're still alive. “I know what you're going to say” is the most honest part of every argument, and also the reason for having them. When someone asks after Joan's husband, she can only reply that “He's Tom all the time.”
The tumor is the first new test this couple has faced in a long time, even if it points towards a previous tragedy that may be holding their marriage together by centrifugal force. They react to the various test results and screenings in different but consistently inconsistent ways; Joan braces for the worst, while Tom is petrified of letting his wife know that he's scared. Strange pockets of distance begin to grow between them, as the film's Haneke-still compositions start to separate these characters in time and space sometimes it divides them across different floors, sometimes by different shots, and sometimes by nothing more than the crack between two panes of glass in a restaurant window. Joan's hair falls out in clumps as she sweats through a chemo-induced fever, while Tom drowns his sorrows with a beer in front of the television. To what extent is this happening to both of them? How feasible is it for two people to share in this kind of hardship?
The probing nature of these eternal questions — when asked with the seriousness they demand — is enough to make “Ordinary Love” feel like something of an ultra-sedate counterpoint to “Phantom Thread,” in which Manville was the bystander to a marriage sustained by the transference of pain from one partner to the other. Reynolds Woodcock would make Alma suffer,...
Meanwhile six-time nominee 'Little Women' only won one award, for costume design, in an awards ceremony that featured numerous onstage comments praising the work of female directors.
The 2020 Oscars marked another disappointing awards ceremony for the team behind Netflix's Martin Scorsese-directed mob drama, The Irishman. After being shut out at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, the epic, decade-spanning and decade-in-the-making story starring Robert De Niro and Oscar nominees Al Pacino and Joe Pesci failed to win any of the 10 Oscars for which it was nominated.
Still, Scorsese got a few shout-outs from the stage, with Chris Rock and Steve Martin mentioning the film and the director in their monologue and best director winner Bong Joon Ho taking a minute to note how, as an aspiring director, he was particularly inspired by Scorsese, comments that prompted the Academy Awards audience to give Scorsese a standing ovation.
Meanwhile, other top nominees had a relatively disappointing night, with six-time nominees Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story and Little Women only taking home one award each. Little Women's prize was arguably the lowest profile award of those one by Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story, only taking home the prize for best costume design. It's poor showing was somewhat ironic given that a theme throughout the show was praising the work of female directors, like Little Women helmer Greta Gerwig, despite the fact that none were nominated for best director again this year. Jojo Rabbit won best adapted screenplay while Marriage Story's Laura Dern won the best supporting actress award she was expected to take home
While Once Upon A Time in Hollywood won two awards, for production design and best supporting actor Brad Pitt, writer-director-producer Quentin Tarantino didn't win any of the awards for which he was nominated including high-profile prizes best original screenplay, best director and best picture.
Similarly, 11-time nominee Joker only won two awards, for best score and best actor Joaquin Phoenix, high-profile victories but a significant drop, numbers-wise, from its leading spot among nominated films.
Also while Parasite was predicted to do well at the 2020 Oscars, with the best picture race shaping up as a battle between the Bong Joon Ho film and Sam Mendes' 1917, many pundits expected 1917 to win best picture or for Mendes to win best director, if not both, particularly after 1917 won the top prizes at the BAFTA Awards last week, in the middle of Oscar voting, after winning the top prizes at the DGA Awards and PGA Awards. And while 1917 won three awards, all were in technical categories.
Other multiple Oscar nominees that were shut out included Harriet and The Two Popes.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The Television Academy is adjusting the eligibility and voting deadlines for this year’s Primetime Emmy calendar in response to concerns made by TV communication executives and awards strategists in the current coronavirus climate.
The dates for the Creative Emmy Awards and Primetime Emmy shows remain unchanged respectively on Sept. 12-13 and Sept. 20, and will only be moved should state and national safety directives deem them to be, should the coronavirus worsen.
This morning’s big changes involve the entry deadline moving close to four weeks from May 11 to June 5, and the Phase one voting period jumping from June 15-29 to July 2-13 with the new nominations announcement date being July 28 instead of July 14. The Phase one period thus shrinks from 15 days to 12 days.
Phase 2 voting, which was originally set for Aug 17-31, will start slightly later, and shave off four days, now occurring between Aug. 21-31.
Also being extended is the eligibility date for hanging episodes for regular series and limited series, as the TV Academy takes into account production and programming delays. Now, all hanging episodes must broadcast or post on an accessible platform by June 30, instead of May 31. Both regular and limited series must still premiere by the end of this year’s eligibility date which remains May 31. A minimum of six episodes continues to be required for a show to be qualified in the series category. A limited series in its entirety must air or post on a platform before June 30, and if it doesn’t, then the limited series will qualify in the 2020-2021 Emmy year.
Meanwhile, all TV Academy FYC events “whether with a live audience, streaming or recorded for posting on a viewing platform” per the org remain suspended for the current Emmy season.
In recent weeks, the TV Academy appeared to be standing firm on their original voting and eligibility dates. However, TV publicists and Emmy campaign strategists reportedly voiced their reservations about promoting too heavily and too soon, thus wanting to exercise a greater degree of sensitivity in a spring that’s been rocked by COVID-19: Many productions have shut down, leaving many out of work, and the whole atmosphere across the nation is rather dour as we all self quarantine. Emmy season has traditionally been decked with glam marketing, billboards, food trucks, stunt events, big DVD boxes and soirees. Earlier this year, to tame some of that, the TV Academy banned DVD mailers to voters, and in doing so, favored online screeners. The hope here with the TV Academy’s tweaking of the FYC calendar is that we’ll be on the other side of the curve in regards to coronavirus, and in a lighter-spirited environment. Between the entertainment capitals, New York City currently counts 23K COVID-19 cases and 365 deaths as of yesterday while Los Angeles counts 1,2K cases...
Following a piece of excellent fan art depicting actor and Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp as Batman villain the Joker, filmmaker Kevin Smith has now chimed in stating that he is very keen to see Depp take on the role in the upcoming DC movie, The Batman.
Kevin Smith remains a pretty well-respected authority on all things Batman, and while speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, he addressed the rumor that Johnny Depp is currently in talks to take on another role featuring garish make-up and hair, the Joker, in director Matt Reeves' upcoming comic book caper.
Smith declared that Johnny Depp would be 'f-cking perfect' for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime, but did downplay the possibility that the character would even be appearing in the movie as there has been no mention of this until now. He did point out though that it would certainly be a lot of fun should Depp land the part, whether that be for this movie or any future sequels.
There have been rumors circulating for the last few weeks that Johnny Depp could be poised to join the cast of The Batman as arch-enemy the Joker, with recent fanart depicting perfectly what he could end up looking like, and why this could well be a great casting choice. Depp is considered to be one of the more popular faces in Hollywood, and as of 2018 was the third-highest-grossing actor in the world thanks to roles in franchises such as Pirares of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland and the Fantastic Beasts series.
There is no doubt that Johnny Depp could do well in the role, with the actor having a particular affinity for off-the-wall characters who usually disguise his leading-man looks under masks and make-up. The actor has also proven time and again his talent for more grounded drama in movies like Donnie Brasco, demonstrating that Depp easily has the ability to carry-off both competing parts of the character.
Of course, the role of the Joker continues to be one that is coveted by actors in Hollywood, with Heath Ledger having won a posthumous Academy Award for his performance in 2008's The Dark Knight, while Joaquin Phoenix swept up during last awards season for his spell-binding portrayal of the character in director Todd Phillips' Joker.
As to whether the character will show up in The Batman, this seems very unlikely due to the number of villains that the movie already plans to introduce. Robert Pattinson's Caped Crusader already has to contend with Zoe Kravtiz's Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Colin Farrel as The Penguin, not to mention all of Gotham's gangsters which includes John Turturro as Carmine Falcone.
For the time being, Warner Bros. has put the production of The Batman on hold due to growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The production was due to be moved from London to Liverpool, but the studio confirmed recently that work will stop in order to promote the safety of the cast and crew.