Viola Davis (Doubt) has had a pretty good 2012 so far, receiving a SAG Award over the weekend for her role in The Help, which has also earned the actress an Academy Award nomination. Now, she can add two more movies to her resume.
Variety reports that Davis has lined up two projects for 2012: Summit Entertainment's adaptation of Ender's Game and Warner Bros.' adaptation of Beautiful Creatures. Both projects will shoot later this year.
Based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game is set in a future where humanity has been decimated by an insectoid race of aliens. The government enlists gifted children to help with the fight, including the brilliant and bullied Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield, Hugo, Son of Rambow). Davis will play a military psychologist who looks after the emotional welfare of young trainees and designs the games that test their skills.
Davis joins a cast that includes Ben Kingsley (Hugo, Ghandi) as Mazer Rackham, Ender's mentor, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Petra Arkanian, Ender's closest ally, and Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff, Commander of Training for the International Fleet. Production on Ender's Game will reportedly start this month in New Orleans for a March 15, 2013, release date. Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) will direct from his own script. who will davis play in beautiful creatures? >> Posted 02.03.12 by Ryan
This morning the Screen Actor's Guild announced its nominations for outstanding performances in five movie and eight primetime television categories. The Help led the movie category with four nominations, including outstanding performance by a female actor in a lead role (Viola Davis), two nods for female actor in a supporting role (Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer), and outstanding ensemble cast. The Artist was the next most recognized movie, with three nominations.
On the TV side, Greg Kinnear is up for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his portrayal of JFK in The Kennedys. The other nominees in his category are Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood), Paul Giamatti (Too Big to Fail), Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce), and James Woods (Too Big to Fail). see the full list of SAG nominees >> Posted 12.14.11 by reelz
To celebrate the great cinematic performers of 2011, The New York Times has put together a spectacular video gallery called "Touch of Evil" that features thirteen of this year's hottest actors and actresses portraying thirteen iconic "Vamps, Crooks and Killers" from throughout cinema history. see the images and watch the videos >> Posted 12.08.11 by BrentJS
Oscar season has officially begun with The Help. Critics are lauding the performances of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, but they are split on whether it's a good movie or not.
Posted 08.11.11 by reelz
"...a delicious peppery stew of home-cooked, 1960s Southern-style racism that serves up a soulful dish of what ails us and what heals us."— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"...serves as an enlightening and deeply affecting exercise in empathy for those who've never considered what life must have been like for African-Americans living with inequality a full century after the Emancipation Proclamation called an end to slavery."— Peter Debruge, Variety
"...fans of the best-selling novel can rest easy: The warmly engaging book has been made into an equally affecting movie."— Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The Help is like a lot of Southern fare made with Crisco: you'll want to gobble it up, but it's not particularly nourishing."— Sara Stewart, New York Post
"...a fairly typical Hollywood flattening of history, with powerful villains and disenfranchised heroes."— Karina Longworth, Village Voice
"...a big, ole slab of honey-glazed hokum."— Manohla Dargis, New York Times
With The Help hitting theaters this August, Hollywood's Top Ten wants to count down the most memorable maids, housekeepers, servants, and butlers on the big screen. Vote now for your favorites, then tune in to see if your picks make the cut.
Vote for your top 10 memorable movie maids >> Posted 07.26.11 by reelz
The first trailer has debuted for actor/director Tate Taylor's (Winter's Bone) adaptation of The Help, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett.
Set in a segregated city of Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s The Help tells the stories of three women — young college graduate Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) and African American maids Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) — and how their intertwining lives represent the racial divide of their southern town. Watch the trailer >> Posted 04.20.11 by Ryan