Fox Is Developing A Female-Led TV Reboot Of Shane Black’s ‘The Nice Guys’ – Can A TV Reboot Capture The Same Magic As The Original?

Shane Black’s 2016 film The Nice Guys is one of the best comedies in recent memory. It masterfully integrated the heart-pounding action elements of a buddy-cop romp with the sharp, dark wit commonly seen in Black’s films. Now, it’s officially returning to the public eye on the small screen with a change that seems to be a current trend in both film and TV.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has “given a script commitment plus penalty” for the gender-swapped reboot of The Nice Guys, which is currently titled The Nice Girls. The series is still in the early stages of development and is described as a one-hour contemporary female take on the acclaimed feature film which saw Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe play a mismatched duo tasked with solving the disappearance of a young woman in 1977.

2011’s 30 Minutes Or Less writer Michael Diliberti is set to write and executive produce the series along with Ken Kao (The Glass Castle), Rodney Ferrell and Black’s frequent collaborator, Joel Silver. Silver served as the producer on the original film and also produced the Lethal Weapon franchise – another property that has been rebooted as a TV series on Fox and is currently on their second season. The network also recently announced a TV adaptation of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic True Lies, so they certainly aren’t slowing down when it comes to adapting film favorites for the small screen.

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[Credit: Warner Bros]

Can This TV Reboot Capture The Film’s Brilliance?

It’s somewhat ironic that while The Nice Guys was an antidote to the lack of original storylines in movies, it has now become another property set to be reimagined for TV.

The Nice Guys was praised by fans and critics alike, and grossed $62 million worldwide on a $50 million budget. While that number is respectable, it wasn’t nearly enough to warrant the studio giving the green light for a sequel that virtually every fan of the film (including myself) wanted to see.

It’s somewhat ironic that while The Nice Guys was an antidote to the lack of original storylines in movies, it has now become another property set to be reimagined for TV. A reboot can certainly be just as good as the film, however it’s seemingly destined to be a constant uphill battle because of how revered the original film is – why not just create a brand new property featuring two female characters similar to Ryan Gosling’s Holland March and Russell Crowe’s Jackson Healy? 

Including The Nice Guys’ label on this potential series is going to come with certain expectations that simply wouldn’t be present had it been developed as a new addition to the classic buddy-cop genre.

I truly hope that original director Shane Black is somehow involved in the creative process. The original was a 16-year passion project of his and the love he had for it is clearly illustrated with every word spoken from each character. Black describes how he strove to not make the main pairing in The Nice Guys your typical buddy cop duo:

“… [It’s] so common nowadays if you’re doing a detective or cop buddy movie to just pluck two SNL alumni and say ‘Be funny.’ And that’s something I was never capable of. I need guys who are organically good—who have the gravitas and the acting chops to do the dark moments as well.”

It’s with this mindset and the subversion of certain action comedy tropes that caused fans to adore The Nice Guys as much as they do. Hopefully The Nice Girls is able to follow in the footsteps of its cinematic counterpart and feature action sequences that aren’t necessarily one bombastic bang after another, and well-rounded characters who don’t solely exist for a punch line.

(Sources: THR | Variety)
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‘Bumblebee’ Spinoff Rounds Out Cast With A Handful Of Fresh Faces — Can A Solo Film Transform The Franchise?

The monster money machine that is Paramount’s Transformers franchise hopes to continue its ridiculously successful run at the box office with its upcoming slate of prequels and spinoffs that will form the Transformers Cinematic Universe.

Despite the latest installment of the series, The Last Knight, failing to achieve the same financial feats as its predecessors, the franchise as a whole has totaled over $3 billion which indicates the audience that does adore the Michael Bay-powered depiction of robotic violence adores it hard.

The upcoming Bumblebee will kick start the TCU (rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) and we now have the names of the young cast that will lead the spinoff. THR reports Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Abby Quinn (Landline), Rachel Crow (Rio 2), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class) and Gracie Dzienny (Zoo) are all in various stages of negotiations. While these names may not necessarily be cause for celebration, others who are involved in the production and the rumored plot details of the film definitely generates some sense of intrigue… As much intrigue as a Transformers spinoff may ever generate.

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‘Bumblebee’ Has The Power To Successfully Usher In A New Audience For Transformers

When it comes to the past decade of Michael Bay’s “critic-proof” Transformers films, I haven’t been a fan myself, however I do enjoy hearing the sheer joy it brings to many moviegoers. Although the financial performance by The Last Knight certainly isn’t terrible, audiences may be growing tired of witnessing the same bombastic visual junk (with little focus on having any sort of emotional core) that the franchise has become infamous for. Even those who voice their disdain for the Transformers franchise the most may admit the first installment with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox wasn’t that bad. Truly the relationships depicted between the otherworldly metallic species appealed more to certain audience members than any of the human characters.

Among the previously mentioned bunch, the Bumblebee prequel/spinoff will also star Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and most notably, the incredibly talented Hailee Steinfeld who exceeded all expectations in last year’s Edge Of Seventeen. As we’ve seen time and time again, a great cast is never a promise for an equally great movie (as evidenced by Sir Anthony Hopkins whose wallet miraculously wandered its way into the latest Transformers). As there are a number of new talents sprinkled throughout Bumblebee, expectations for the film will be lowered drastically since audiences will now be happy if the new cast simply doesn’t suck. The addition of Steinfeld is a major advantage for those interested in her phenomenal work and hope to see her in a big budget blockbuster.

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Credit: STX Entertainment

The director for the film is frankly why I’m as excited as I am. Travis Knight’s directorial debut was last year’s criminally under-appreciated Kubo And The Two Strings – an example of an “original” movie people clamor for yet never take the time out to watch it because it’s an original property. Besides all the brilliant components of that stop motion picture, what Knight managed to accomplish with the emotional aspect of Kubo and its enchanting world made it as great as it was, hopefully that brilliance is able to be captured in Bumblebee.

Plot details have not been released officially yet, however the rumored details surrounding it sounds next to perfect – Bumblebee will serve as a prequel to the main film series and focus on Bumblebee’s life during the 1980s. The film will follow Steinfeld’s character and a group of her friends as they team up to help Bumblebee. Watching a straight prequel for one of the greatest autobots in the franchise set during an exhilarating time period with a (hopefully) talented young cast? Call me crazy but sign me up!

Bumblebee is slated for a June 8th, 2018 release and if it does well, expect 14 more Transformers spinoffs that will most likely range from When Optimus Prime Visited The DMV to Mr. Magorium’s Robotic Testicle Emporium.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Are Audiences Suffering From ‘Bourne’ Fatigue? Matt Damon Suggests “Maybe People Are Done With The Character”

The handsomely talented Matt Damon became an action film superstar with his leading role as the Treadstone agent with amnesia, Jason Bourne. He appeared in the critical and financially acclaimed Bourne trilogy from 2002-2007 and returned to the role following a nine-year hiatus in last year’s disappointing Jason Bourne.

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Although the film is the second highest earning Bourne installment worldwide behind 2007’s Ultimatum, critics noted that the redundantly bland plot and overall generic feel of it easily made Jason Bourne the worst of the Damon films.

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‘The Bourne Supremacy’ [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Damon Talks Bourne

During the press tour for Damon’s latest The Great Wall, he was (of course) asked about a return for a possible Bourne 5 and what would need to be done in order for the franchise to continue:

“It would have to be a pretty incredible story to get us all back on the horse… This last one didn’t do as well as the one we did 10 years ago, so maybe people are done with the character.”

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‘Jason Bourne’ [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Damon notes the importance of having “a good story” is key in order to continue with the franchise and does mention how enjoyable creating the films are:

“Look, we all love working together and those movies are a lot of fun to make so we sure would be happy to do it… If we can figure out a good story… I think everybody is leaving the door open, as we did at the end of this movie, in hopes that we can come up with an intriguing story for the next one.”

Where Have We Heard That Before?

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‘The Bourne Identity’ [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Now many Bourne fans – including yours truly – were ridiculously ecstatic at the prospect of Damon returning to the Bourne franchise following the less-than-stellar Jeremy Renner take in The Bourne Legacy. We all vehemently refreshed various movie news sites in order to see what the latest was on the film and felt immense jubilation at the idea of Damon and Paul Greengrass, the director of Supremacy and Ultimatum, collaborating once again.

Fans of the series were well aware of the idea that Damon would only return if a) Greengrass would return to direct and, b) if the right story was going to be told. He stated back in 2007 that they could “get the gang back together” for a fourth Bourne if “there was a great idea behind it.

With news that the supremely fantastic Academy Award winner, Alicia Vikander would star and Julia Stiles and Greengrass were set to return, many could not wait to see the next installment of this beloved franchise!

And then ‘Jason Bourne’ released…

By no means was it the worst action film ever made, it just severely disappointed from the immense hype it generated and the final product that was riddled with its terrible utilization of shaky cam – the same camera style used virtually flawlessly to film its predecessors – and dialogue cliches that were abhorrently outdated.

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“Jesus Christ, they used the term enhance” [Credit: Universal]

Whether we see a return to Bourne with Damon at the helm, someone completely new, or scrapping the whole franchise for another ten years, let’s hope the story for the future Bourne installment is one worth being told.

Source: Toronto Sun

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‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown Joins The Legendary Monsters Cinematic Universe With ‘Godzilla 2’!

Everyone’s favorite aspect of the breakout series. Stranger Things is ready to face the King Of Monsters in 2019. Millie Bobby Brown, known for her portrayal of Eleven in the hit Netflix series, has signed on to star in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, Legendary’s sequel to the 2014 monster flick starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.

Details of the plot are being kept secret, as are character details. Michael Dougherty, the director of the horror flick Trick ‘r Treat and 2015 Christmas-themed horror film, Krampus, is directing the project which he also co-wrote the film with his writing partner on Krampus, Zach Shields.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters will be the feature film debut for the spectacular 12-year-old Brit although she has appeared in a number of TV shows including Once Upon A Time, NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy… And of course Stranger Things, the role that earned Brown nominations for both SAG and People’s Choice awards!

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‘Stranger Things’ | Netflix

Prepare For Legendary’s Own Cinematic Universe

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‘Godzilla’ | Legendary Entertainment

Marvel has the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC is chugging along with their DCEU and Universal is prepping to begin their own Universal Monsters Series with the Tom Cruise-headed, The Mummy. Now, Legendary Entertainment is set to venture into the world of the cinematic universe with their upcoming slate of giant monster movies.

King of Monsters is part of a Giant Monsters Cinematic Universe (referred to as MonsterVerse) that also includes the upcoming Kong: Skull Island. You will have to wait awhile to witness some more Godzilla action as Godzilla: King of Monsters is scheduled for release on March 22th, 2019.

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‘Godzilla’ | Sony

In the meantime, Kong: Skull Island which centers on the origins of King Kong and stars TomHiddleston and Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson is due to hit theaters on March 10th, 2017.

Check Out The Trailer For Kong: Skull Island:

[Source: THR]

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Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi… The First Ever 2nd Installment To A Star Wars Trilogy That Isn’t Four Worded

Star Wars fans have been waiting impatiently for what title the next installment of the Skywalker Saga will hold and today, we have finally gotten our answer:

Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi

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The official Star Wars twitter posted this image to their 2.75 million followers and in just under two hours, the post has been retweeted 100,000 times. Not to mention the roughly gradrillion of others that have had video responses and articles, quite like this one!

The Last Jedi is the second installment of this rebooted trilogy that consists of Episode VII, VIII and IX and combines all the brilliance of the old with the excitement and vigor of the new. The conclusion of The Force Awakens consisted of Rey (Daisy Ridley) encountering an aged and bearded Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and ever since that moment, we’ve all been clamouring to see what the hell happened next?!

Click Here For My Review Of ‘The Force Awakens’

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ | Disney, gif source: inverse.com

Retreating From The Norm

Fun Fact: The Last Jedi is, interestingly enough, the first ever installment to a Star Wars live-action trilogy that does not follow the traditional four-worded title associated with those second installments. Both The Empire Strikes Back and Attack Of The Clones are the second installments of their respective trilogies and they, along with the final film, have been four-worded whereas the first installment has been three-worded.

The Original Trilogy

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  • Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983)

The Prequels

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  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2002)
  • Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith (2005)

The Rebooted Trilogy

  • Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Episode IX: TBA (2019)

What does this mean? I have no idea. I just thought it was an interesting decision on their part. This could be a hint of an attempt to stray away from the conventions associated with the Star Wars trilogy… If they’re going to try something new, why not start with the title and just go from there?

Maybe they are doing a complete overhaul AND THE TITLE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING?!?!?!! … Probably not.

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giphy | Lucasfilm

Either way, I am excited for anything Star Wars-related so bring on that glorious galaxy far, far away, titles be damned!

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This Is Not A Drill! James Cameron Set To Return To ‘The Terminator’ Franchise In 2019 As ‘Deadpool’ Director Is Tapped To Direct

After years of fans wailing for an addition to the Terminator franchise that remotely lives up to the original 1984 classic or its phenomenal 1991 sequel, the wait is finally over. The battle between robots and Skynet is set to return home.

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‘The Terminator 2’ | TriStar Pictures

The Rights Are Set To Return To James Cameron In 2019

Deadline is reporting that the rights to The Terminator franchise are set to revert back to original director, James Cameron in two years, 35 years following the release of the original. Cameron will be involved in a “godfather” capacity while David Ellison, whose company Skydance co-financed Terminator Genisys, is also in the mix. Ellison retains certain rights to the brand as well and is planning on hiring to top shelf science fiction authors to figure out the next creative steps.

Tim Miller Of ‘Deadpool’ Fame Tapped To Direct

The 2016 R-rated hit, Deadpool was a surprise to all in terms of how successful the film performed in theatres, grossing over $760 million on a $58 million budget. Miller directed the Ryan Reynolds comic-book comedy and is in early talks to direct a reboot to the newly (and hopefully) invigorated franchise. Miller managed to pull off a terrific job directing Deadpool so seeing him channel his talents on a Terminator property with the help of James Cameron is just too good to be true… Please don’t be too good to be true!

Click Here For My Review Of ‘Deadpool’

The History Behind The Rights

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‘Terminator 2’ | TriStar Pictures

It is pretty interesting reading about the rights debacle that has been taking place with The Terminator for the past couple decades. The ongoing saga goes all the way back to the early 1980s when James Cameron, who only had Piranha 2 under his professional belt at the time, “sold rights to his scripted project (The Terminator) for $1 to producer Gale Anne Hurd, with the stipulation he could not be fired as director.” This is arguably one of the greatest financial decisions ever made by a movie producer ever.

The ultimate result from this decision was the 1984 iconic sci-fi flick that introduced us to Linda Hamilton‘s Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s multitude of catchphrases. Cameron returned to both write and direct the 1991 sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, a sequel that many believe actually tops the original! It really was that great.

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‘The Princess Bride’ | 20th Century Fox

Following T2, Cameron stayed away from the property after producers Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna beat him to the punch by purchasing the rights from Carlco‘s bankruptcy. They thought he would still participate after they bought it but Cameron probably said something like “fuck that, guys.” He did not participate in the subsequent three films (Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, Terminator Salvation and Genisys) or the short-lived TV series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles that starred Game Of Thrones‘ Lena Headey. The rights “ended up with Pacificor, which paid $29.5 million, and Megan Ellison bought them after that company floundered.” The exception to Cameron staying away was 2015’s less than stellar, Terminator Genisys wherein he reportedly stated that the film “reinvigorated and created a renaissance for the franchise.”

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… No | Paramount Pictures
Source: Deadline, The Playlist.

Hype Levels: Real

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… Maybe!

Regardless what occurs in the next few years, my hype levels are on another level for this reboot and I can only hope this good faith continues and doesn’t suffer one of those Hollywood-fucks-another-good-thing-up conundrum many potential films endure. Check back in with me in 2019.

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Your Favourite Actors And Actresses Of 2016 Come Together For The New Issue Of W Magazine

For their annual Best Performances of the Year issue, W Magazine brings together a number of actors and actresses who gave incredible performances from the year before to take some stunning-looking photographs and divulge some personal insights.
The stunning 2015 issue took inspiration from the great David Hockney & Federico Fellini and included such names as Julianne Moore, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

This year’s issue focuses on the theme of Coming Together and includes the talented Emma Stone, Casey Affleck, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga and Amy Adams, just to name a few.


Ruth Negga And Natalie Portman

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Ruth Negga as Mildred Loving

Ruth Negga starred alongside Joel Edgerton (also included further down this article) in Loving, a film that focused on Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Loving has received a number of accolades including being nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Negga winning Best Breakthrough Performance at the New York Film Critics Online Awards.

Negga describes the immense emotion she felt during the premiere at the Cannes Film Festival:

“… A year later, I learned I got the part. At the premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, I walked up the steps of the Palais in full makeup, and I walked down the steps with mascara dripping. It was such an emotional experience. All I could think was that I needed to blow my nose before it dripped all over my frock.”

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Natalie Portman as Jackie O

Natalie Portman starred as the real-life First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Jackie, a film that depicts Jackie O’s life following the assassination of her husband and United States president, John F. Kennedy.

Portman admits that portraying Kennedy was “scary” and details the process that went into becoming the beloved First Lady:

“… I was nervous at first, and I started by doing a lot of research. The biographies on her are all a little bit trashy, but the transcripts of her interviews with the historian Arthur Schlesinger were really helpful. He taped everything, and you can hear Jackie’s voice. Her intellect and her wit and what she’s bitter about are immediately apparent. At the same time, I was going to costume fittings and makeup tests. When I put on the Jackie wig, the physical and emotional sides came together. The hair itself is so iconic that once you have it right, you can start to see Jackie. I don’t really look like her, but I felt like I was in her skin.”

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Casey Affleck And Emma Stone

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Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler

Casey Affleck starred in the emotional tear-jerker, Manchester By The Sea as Lee Chandler, a brooding man who must look after his teenaged nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), following the death of his brother. The film earned Affleck his first Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), beating out the likes of Denzel Washington for Fences and Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge.

The younger Affleck reveals his softer side and discusses the emotional impact The Elephant Man had on him:

“I used to love movies that made me cry, and now all movies seem to make me cry. I don’t like that so much. I have my own things to cry about. I remember being young and sitting on the floor in my father’s apartment watching The Elephant Man on his black and white TV. When the Elephant Man did his speech—‘I am not an animal’—I started sobbing. That’s a tearjerker. That film made a superstrong impression on me. It set a certain standard in my mind of what was possible.”

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Emma Stone as Mia

Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land has been taking the awards scene by storm, winning all seven of its nominations at the 74th Golden Globe Awards and officially becoming my favourite film of 2016 when I finally got a chance to watch it recently. Emma Stone’s marvelling portrayal of aspiring actress Mia earned her the Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) Golden Globe and her on-screen counterpart, Ryan Gosling earned a Best Actor Globe!

Breaking News! Did you know Emma Stone’s real name is Emily Stone?! Read about her harrowing experience as a teenager attempting to find the perfect stage name:

“My real name is Emily Stone, but when I started acting, that name was already taken by another actress, so I had to come up with a different one. For a 16-year-old, picking a new name is an interesting prospect, and back then I said, ‘I’m now going to be Riley Stone!’ So, for about six months I was called Riley. I landed a guest spot on Malcolm in the Middle, and one day they were calling, ‘Riley! Riley! Riley! We need you on set, Riley!’ and I had no idea who they were talking to. At that moment, I realized that I just couldn’t be Riley. So I became Emma. But I miss Emily. I would love to get her back.”

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Amy Adams And Matthew McConaughey

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Amy Adams as Louise Banks (Arrival) and Susan Morrow (Nocturnal Animals)

Amy Adams had an unbelievably spectacular year by starring in two critically successful films with Arrival and Nocturnal Animals. Adams won the Best Lead Actress Award by the National Board of Review for Arrival and her co-star in Nocturnal Animals, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, surprised many by taking home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.

Adams referred to director Tom Ford as her “muse” on Nocturnal Animals and goes on to reveal how she used him in her portrayal of Susan:

“… My character, Susan, was very personal to Tom, and so I based my interpretation on him. Tom would ask on set, ‘Why is Amy using her hands like that?’ And I said, ‘I’m copying you, Tom!’ I used him. I used him up.”

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Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells

Matthew McConaughey starred as Kenny Wells in Gold this year, a film based on the true story of the 1993 Bre-X mining scandal, when a massive gold deposit was supposedly discovered in the jungles of Indonesia. McConaughey is noticeably heavier in this role and let’s face it: he is certainly familiar with pushing his body to the limits if a film calls for it! He lost over 40 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, the film that earned him the Oscar for Best Actor in 2014. He gained 45 pounds for his role as Wells and also managed to rock a bad hairdo.

McConaughey credits his father and his adoration for “shady deals” as inspiration to take on the role in Gold:

“I was attracted to Gold because it reminded me of my dad. He loved shady deals. He’d much rather do a shady deal with fun people than a good deal with a bunch of straight-asses. He invested in diamond mines in Ecuador, and there were no fucking diamonds there. It was a scam, but he loved that. That’s the spirit of my character, Kenny Wells. There’s a little poem we have in the movie—‘Bird With No Feet Sleeps in the Wind.’ And that’s it: If Kenny, or my dad, gets the money or not, does it really matter? Would he change? No. Not that guy. These are people who are going to con, finagle, and boot-scoot their way in the side door. They never had the front-door entrance to the American Dream.”

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Viggo Mortensen And Adam Driver

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Viggo Mortensen as Ben Cash

Viggo Mortensen starred as Ben Cash in the Matt Ross-directed comedy-drama, Captain Fantastic. The film follows a family who must reintegrate into society after living in isolation for a decade and Mortensen has received all the acclaim for his role as Cash. He has been nominated for a Best Actor honor in multiple Awards ceremonies including the Critics’ Choice Awards, the upcoming Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and winning the honor, alongside Andrew Garfield, by the Satellite Awards.

As if you need another reason to love Viggo Mortensen, he believes that “women often make better actors than men” and explains why:

“… Historically, they have had to act out of self-protection and play roles in a world run by men. The best male actors, like Marlon Brando, are comfortable with their feminine side. It’s what makes them great.”

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Adam Driver as Paterson (Paterson) and Francisco Garupe (Silence)

Adam Driver starred in the beautifully simplistic film, Paterson in which he plays a bus driver named Paterson living in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Driver has been receiving immense acclaim for his portrayal of the aspiring poetic bus driver, winning the Best Actor honor by the Toronto Film Critics Association. In the Martin Scorsese passion project, Silence, Driver starred alongside 2016 favorite, Andrew Garfield as two 17th Century Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to locate their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) while also spreading Catholicism. Silence won the Best Adapted Screenplay honor by the National Board of Review.

Driver reveals losing over 50 pounds to play the devout priest in Silence and also gushes about his love for its iconic director:

“… When Martin Scorsese asked me to come to his house to talk about the movie, I already knew that for 28 years it had been his passion project. We talked about Silence, but when Scorsese starts a sentence, ‘When we were shooting Raging Bull…’ you can’t help but say, ‘Yeah, okay, tell me everything.’ So we talked for a long time, and finally he asked me if I would be willing to lose weight for the role. It made sense: How can you play a 17th-century persecuted priest while eating great meals? So I lost around 51 pounds. The weight loss was only bad in that, you know, I’d try to figure out how to play a scene and I had no ideas, because I was so damn hungry. Then I’d have a scoop of peanut butter and suddenly everything turned on!”

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Michelle Williams And Joel Edgerton

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Michelle Williams as Randi

Michelle Williams starred alongside Casey Affleck as Randi in Manchester By The Sea. Similarly to her male counterpart, Williams has received immense acclaim for her heartbreaking portrayal as Lee’s ex-wife. She won Best Supporting Actress at the National Society Of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle and has also been nominated numerous times by multiple Awards circuits including the upcoming SAG Awards and the Golden Globes.

If you’re planning on being on Williams’ good side, I’d suggest not popping in an animated movie for the night because as it turns out, she is not a huge of them:

“What are they doing to kids? Why does somebody always have to die in an animated children’s movie? The films are all so depressing. There is plenty of time for that. Me and my daughter—we’re done! From now on, only classic romantic comedies and musicals for us. I don’t want to be sad.”

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Joel Edgerton as Richard Loving

Joel Edgerton’s chemistry with Ruth Negga in Loving is heartbreakingly spectacular and Edgerton managed to depict the mannerisms and physicality of the real-life Loving insanely accurately. Both Edgerton and Negga have received a ton of critical praise for their respective portrayals, with Edgerton racking up nineteen acting nominations!

The Loving v. Virginia case is a monumental achievement for the progression of civil rights during a time when racism was incredibly prevalent, yet many people are simply unaware of the impact it had during the Civil Rights era. Edgerton reveals he was surprised that “most Americans [don’t] know about the Loving case” and “how it made interracial marriage legal in this country”:

“… The names Mildred and Richard Loving are not on the civil rights time line that is taught in schools. Somehow, this major victory was not as big as a bomb exploding or someone being shot at a lectern. Instead, it was a quiet revolution that deserves a loud conversation.”

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Mahershala Ali And Nicole Kidman

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Mahershala Ali as Juan (Moonlight) and Jim Johnson (Hidden Figures)

Mahershala Ali had an incredible 2016 starring in the critically acclaimed, Moonlight and the film that took over first place at the box office from Rogue One, Hidden Figures. The Barry Jenkins-directed Moonlight follows a young man named Chiron through three chapters in his life as he attempts to find himself while struggling with drugs, violence and his own sexuality. Ali portrays Juan, a major figure in Chiron’s life during his adolescence. The film has received immense critical praise with Ali’s performance earning him multiple Best Supporting Actors Awards; namely, the National Society of Film Critics and both New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Ali relates the loss of his father when he was 20 years old to his character in Moonlight*SPOILERS FOR ‘MOONLIGHT’*

“Juan, my character in Moonlight, dies off-camera. The audience never learns how or why. My father died when I was 20. He lived 3,000 miles away, but we were extremely close. I didn’t miss him right away—it took me three years before I went through my mourning. In Moonlight, it’s the same with Juan: His disappearance lingers in your mind.”

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Nicole Kidman as Sue Brierley

Nicole Kidman is the adoptive mother to Dev Patel in Lion, a film that follows Patel’s Saroo as he sets out to find the family he lost when he was five years old and living in India. The performances in Lion have received critical praise, particularly that of Patel and Kidman. Kidman has won a number of Best Supporting Actress Awards, notably from the Hollywood Film Awards and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

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Kidman reveals an Oscar favourite starring the future Captain Marvel made her cry and her first kiss story is probably my favourite first kiss story I have ever read:

What movie has made you cry?

Last year I saw Room, and I was absolutely devastated by it. I’m raw as I get older. I have to be careful what I let in.

Where was your first kiss?

This is crazy: We were playing hooky from school. I had my first kiss while watching The Shining. Is that not weird? And we did a few things other than kiss too! I didn’t see a lot of the movie.

You know what is guaranteed to get someone in the mood?
Jack Nicholson‘s sinister smile in the Kubrick classic:

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‘The Shining’ | Warner Bros.

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[Source: W Magazine]

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