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
HBO is turning Andrew Ross Sorkin's best-selling financial meltdown thriller — based on the 2008 true story! — Too Big to Fail into a movie, and has so far really nailed the cast. Paul Giamatti at Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Ed Asner as capitalist icon Warren Buffett, James Woods as slimy Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld, and of course William Hurt as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
The only one that's off the mark — way off the mark — is Dan Hedaya as House Financial Services Committe chairman Barney Frank. While a talented character actor, Hedaya's best at roles like Nick Tortelli on Cheers, rather than a portly, wise-cracking Congressman from Massachusetts. Damn you, Dom DeLuise, for dying last year!Too Big to Fail is directed by LA Confidential director Curtis Hanson, with shooting scheduled to start yet this fall and a release set for 2011. Posted 10.13.10 by reelz
ComingSoon.net recently spoke to actor James Woods about his hopes of casting Twilight Saga actress Kristen Stewart in the upcoming movie An American Girl. Woods is said to have spoken to Stewart about the role long before her vampire movies reached blockbuster status, and the actress is reportedly eager to get it made.
Woods detailed the movie's plot, saying:
It's about a young woman who is really destructive. It's that magical time right after you're out of high school. She was the top swimmer and dive champion in school. Now it's a year later and she lives in a little town in Indiana and the place is dying, she's working in a grocery store and drinking and drugging too much and she's showing off in front of this guy who likes her, and gets involved in a big sex thing with two guys drunk one night at a quarry. She gets taped doing it on somebody's phone and in a small town, her reputation is ruined and on a drunken whim, she joins the Marines, which is ridiculous. She starts to sober up and then she gets into the Linus Program because she's smart where they teach these women to speak Arabic. A tragedy happens and when she comes back to the town where she was a disaster, she rebuilds her life and finds through this tragedy a greater value in herself. It's a phenomenal story and a slam-dunk Oscar for her.
Sounds odd, doesn't it? Whether they're for a specific audience or not, Stewart seems to like smaller movies with more serious storylines — after all, she can't be the vampire girl forever. Lets just hope she'll showcase some of her supposedly hidden talent in this one. Posted 10.05.09 by reelz