13 Steamiest Golden Globe Nominees

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Award show season has (unofficially) begun! Call your stylist and snag a Valentino fresh off the runway to ensure you’ll look your best on the step and repeat. For this set of 2014 Golden Globe nominees, looking their hottest wont take much. Keira Knightly could show up in a maternity dress and still be the hottest dime on the red carpet.

1. Jennifer Aniston, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for CakeThe Cinema Society & InStyle host a screening of CakePhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

2. Julianne Moore, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Still Alice L'ORÉAL PARIS 2014 Women of Worth Celebration ArrivalsPhoto: Ryan Kobane/BFAnyc.com

3. Benedict Cumberbatch, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Imitation Game David-X-PruttingPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

4. Reese Witherspoon, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Wild John-SalangsangPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

5. Jake Gyllenhaal, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for NightcrawlerCarly-OtnessPhoto: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com

6. Eddie Redmayne, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Theory of Everything 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Press RoomPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

7. Amy Adams, nominated for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy for Big Eyes LACMA 2014 Art+Film Gala sponsored by GUCCIPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

8. Emily Blunt, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical for Into The Woods Los Angeles Premiere of Cinedigmís ARTHUR NEWMANPhoto: Aleks Kocev/BFAnyc.com

9. Jessica Chastain, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for A Most Violent Year GIORGIO ARMANI hosts the official premiere & after party of A MOST VIOLENT YEAR with OSCAR ISAAC and JESSICA CHASTAINPhoto: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

10. Keira Knightley, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in The Imitation Game David-XPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

11. Emma Stone, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Birdman Julian-MacklerPhoto: Juliane Mackler/BFAnyc.com

12. Ethan Hawke, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Boyhood Matteo-Prandoni-2Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

13. Mark Ruffalo, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Foxcatcher Ben-RosserPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

Famous Men Reading Famous Poetry

As the day presses on and your mind becomes hazy with the chaos of the week, it’s imperative that you take a moment to breathe. And to while you’re doing so, why not grab a cup of tea and recline while listening to the soothing sound of some fantasically talented men reciting a bit of your favorite poetry? From Benedict Cumberbatch to Tom Waits, enjoy the words of Keats, Bukowski, Pinter, and many more.

Benedict Cumberbatch reciting “Ode to a Nightingale”

Colin Firth reading from Harold Pinter’s Poems to A

Jeremy Irons reciting William Wordsworth’s “Daffodils”

Dennis Hopper reading Rudyard Kipling’s “If”

 

Tom Waits reciting Charles Bukowski’s “The Lauging Heart”

 

Tom Hiddelston reciting W.H. Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening”


 

Alan Rickman reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130

Bill Murray reading Wallace Stevens

Christopher Walken reciting Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”

Ben Whishaw reciting John Keats’ “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”

Bono reciting Charles Bukowski’s “Roll the Dice”

Get Excited for Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’ With a Set of New Stills

In case anyone wasn’t already convinced that Steve McQueen has emerged as one of the most brave and fascinating directors of our generation, his latest film, the highly-anticipated 12 Years a Slave, will surely set you straight. Never one to shy away from potent emotion and exposing the darker side of the human experience, McQueen’s film has received an incredible amount of praise in the last few weeks for its harrowing and fearless portrait of slavery and evils man is capable of.

And with the film’s releases coming up in October, today you can see a new batch of stills from the film, featuring its absolutely brilliant cast—from Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender to Lupita Nyong’o and Benedict Cumberbatch. And if you tend to be wary of films that garner this level of hype, never fear, this certainly lives up to expectations—and more.

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Get an In-Depth First Look at Steve McQueen’s ‘Twelve Years a Slave’

With only two features under his belt, director Steve McQueen stands out like a beacon for modern filmmakers. The fearless and outspoken filmmaker whose work is as brutally human as it is viciously beautiful has given us the Michael Fassbinder-led Hunger and Shame, but since the latter’s debut in early 2012, we’ve been waiting eagerly for his follow-up, the 19th-century-set drama Twelve Years a Slave

Starring the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor—whom McQueen calls, "like a Sidney Poitier or even Harry Belafonte"—the film is based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 autobiography, telling his story as a slave who was kidnapped and put in a slave pen, "paving the way for a grueling life under numerous owners." "You can look at this film and be of any ethnic grouping and identify with Solomon," says McQueen, "he has been taken away into circumstances that are horrific and not pleasant. All he wants is to get back to his family."
 
Alongside Ejiofor, the cast features the ample talents of Fassbinder, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyongo, Sarah Paulson, and Scoot McNairy with Fox Searchlight (the company releasing the film) alums, Beasts of the Southern Wild stars Quvezhane Wallis and Dwight Henry. And last night, we were given the first hefty taste of the film with a slew of stills from the picture courtesy of USA Today. Speaking to the publication, McQueen says Northup’s story was  "the Anne Frank story of America of that time…It’s the situation and the detail of Solomon’s recollection of those events that ingrained itself in my brain, and the humanity of everyone involved." 
 
Needless to say, excitement for the film is high. So in the meantime, check out the photos below.
 
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The Five Most Disappointing Things About ‘Stark Trek: Into Darkness’

Yes, aside from that terrible title, it’s the sort of twist you expected: Star Trek reboot-sequel Into Darkness is not anywhere near as good as its predecessor, despite the ample blue lens flare. Heck, it’s not even as good as Iron Man 3, and you don’t need a mega-nerd to poke black-hole-sized holes in the script—even a casual viewer like yours truly came away fuming—and here’s a list of why (serious spoilers follow).

  • In a movie well over two hours long, which was heavily predicated on the idea that we can now travel easily through deep space, we went to exactly one alien place—no, futuristic London doesn’t count. Even the Klingon homeworld is essentially one crappy junkyard set. The opening chase on a volcanic planet is simultaneously the best thing in the movie, and a promise of any excitement whatsoever—quickly broken.
  • Speaking of Klingons—they’re not important at all! Merely a sideshow to make you think that there might be consequences for ridiculous decisions made by main characters, but nope! They’re just there in a Chris Farley Show sense. As in: "Hey, remember Klingons? They were awesome." Not anymore, turns out.
  • The absolute waste of Peter Weller as the human/military bad guy who didn’t even begin to think out how his dumb plan could have worked—the man was RoboCop, show a little respect. But as long as we’re talking about military absurdities, how was it that on some parts of the Enterprise the crew were getting exploded and sucked into space while elsewhere on the ship they were leisurely strolling around corridors like extras on a lawyer drama?
  •  No matter how convoluted the (flimsy, awful, cardboard) plot is, the viewer is always at least six steps ahead. I am not joking when I say that when one of our heroes dies in the final reel, at least three people in the audience blurted out the method by which he would clearly be brought back to life before the credits. 
  • So Benedict Cumberbatch is Kahn, just as we all expected, even though the movie studio tried to pretend it was an unprecedented shock—and Kahn, as we know, is superhuman, “better at everything,” can take a beating from Captain Kirk without flinching. But at the end? The way Spock beats him is by punching him hard enough. Hard to know what else to say.

Watch Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, & Many More in the Trailer for ‘August: Osage County’

Well, any trailer that opens with narration by Sam Shepard whilst he tends to a boat, is aces in my book. And with the first trailer for August: Osage County, The Weinstein Company gives us the premiere look into the Weston family after a crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in.

Adapted from Tracy Lett’s play of the same title, John Wells takes the directorial helm to bring the dysfunctional story of a family dealing with the aftermath of death, confronting the past, and facing the future, to the screen. Starring Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard, and Margo Martindale, August: Osage County is slated to premiere this November, just in time for awards season.

Check out the trailer below.

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Tearing The Roof Off This Sucker With New ‘August: Osage County’ Poster

The play-to-movie jump can be ambitious, sometimes amazing and sometimes treacherous, especially when dealing with an acclaimed work. Adding to the hype around the upcoming adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, about a dysfunctional Midwestern family coming together after a death, is the stacked cast in this ensemble performance, from the Mighty Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts to perpetual Tumblr crush Benedict Cumberbatch to other big names like Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis and Dermot Mulroney.

Now, the film version has a poster that certainly gets “Midwest,” “dysfunctional family” and “all-star cast” across. The names of the cast appear to be falling into a house with an open roof, like a tipped hat, of a very classic American home, complete with a white picket fence and a lovely porch. The film hits theatres this November.

[via Pop Culture Brain]

Nicolas Roeg Returns with WWI Romance ‘At Sunset’

As the English master of violent sexual obsession and radical nonlinear storytelling, director Nicolas Roeg has been the man behind some of my absolute favorite films. His early features are a mix of feverish aesthetics and editing with psychologically potent narratives that spin on their own axis of pleasure and pain. Although best known for his sci-fi mind-bender The Man Who Fell to Earth, it was Performance—which he shot as well as co-directed—that has become one of those films that feels like a part of heart, I could be totally content having it play on loop forever across my bedroom wall. And then there’s his erotic psychodrama Bad Timing, which plays into just about every one of my cinematic fetishes and really made me fall head over heels for Roeg’s unqiue style. 

But in the last few decades his films have been far and few between, disappearing and reemrging with lackluster work. However, Screen Daily reports that Roeg has apparently gotten himself back into the directorial seat, developing a romantic WWI drama, At Sunset. The film looks to be a, "tale of a torrid affair between a woman in her late 40s, early 50s and a young lad from Yorkshire. She is a wealthy landowner, he is a former labourer on a big estate… the madness of the First World War brings them together." Psychosexual anguish? Violence and emotional upheaval? Count me in! 

At Sunset is apparently still in the casting process with "France’s top female actress" in the running. Okay then, might I suggest Isabelle Huppert and Michael Fassbinder for the roles? Both too old? Okay, Juliette Binoche and Benedict Cumberbatch? Whatever, I’m on board.

I Feel Bad About Benedict Cumberbatch’s Neck

I read the titular essay in Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck this morning on the way to work, and I can’t stop thinking about it now that I have seen the image of Benedict Cumberbatch in that futuristic turtleneck from Star Trek Into Darkness. What’s he hiding under there? Scales? Gills? Ray guns? Or is it perhaps one of the ailments Ephron writes about in her essay: "There are chicken necks. There are turkey gobbler necks. There are elephant necks. There are necks with wattles and necks with creases that are on the verge of becoming wattles. There are scrawny necks and fat necks, loose necks, crepey necks, banded necks, wrinkled necks, stringy necks, saggy necks, flabby necks, mottled necks." Whichever it is, I feel really bad about it.

[Image via Screencrave]

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