Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, Thomas Horn
Tom Hanks is dead. That’s the starting point for Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel. Forrest Gump. Larry Crowne. The driver of The Polar Express. He’s gone. And his son, Oskar (Horn), is understandably very upset about it. As is the rest of the America.
But what if Tom Hanks left Oskar a message? What if Tom Hanks, in a contrived attempt to give his son an emotional journey of self-discovery, actually left a trail of clues leading to a mysterious key?
What if finding the lock for that key gives Oskar the catharsis he needs to understand what happened to his dad? What if he meets a load of strangers along the way who teach him about life, the universe and everything?
What if all of this is one big metaphor for America trying to recover from the events of 9/11?
Trailer: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock
Friday 17th February
Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” tells the story of one young boy’s journey from heartbreaking loss to the healing power of self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11.
Eleven-year-old Oskar Schell is an exceptional child: amateur inventor, Francophile, pacifist. And after finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, he embarks on an exceptional journey—an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. As Oskar roams the city, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity, who are all survivors in their own ways. Ultimately, Oskar’s journey ends where it began, but with the solace of that most human experience: love.
Ryan Gosling. The Gosling. Old Gozzles. Whatever you call him, it's undeniable that at the moment, he's the sexiest guy on the big screen (and that doesn't depend on the big screen).
Yeah, that Ryan Gosling is so hot right now. But he's been hot for some time. Since The Notebook, he's been a heartthrob for girls (and boys) around the world, but with The Ides of March out this year and Drive and Crazy, Stupid, Love making a glorious Gosling sandwich this week, he's getting everyone's love juices flowing more than ever.
So what's his secret? Allow us to introduce the Ryan Gosling acting masterclass. After careful detailed analysis of Old Gozzle's performances, we have distilled his entire acting technique into a few easy-to-follow tips. Here are seven simple steps to make you as cool as Ryan Gosling.
Natalie Portman has pushed herself away from Gravity, leaving Warner Bros. to offer the role to Sandra Bullock.
Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi movie, co-written with his son Jonas, is now turning into the Longest Pre-production Movie Ever. And that's mostly due to problems with its lead female part. First Angelina Jolie was in it, then Natalie Portman was orbiting the role, and now the Black Swan star has jumped out the airlock completely.
Offered the part without a screen test, Portman was the Children of Men director's confident choice to give the project some pull. But now she's passed, Alfonso is lucky to have Sandra Bullock waiting in the emergency pod.
The Blind Side actress, who got awards and box office success, would be a strong bet for Warner Bros., who need a solid return on a film that revolves around a single astronaut for most of the film. Robert Downey Jr. is on board as well, but he's a miniature second fiddle compared to the lead female character, who gets stranded on a space station when debris kills off the rest of the crew.
Which explains why within hours of Portman's rejection, they've already offered Bullock the role. Cuaron might pull this baby into dock yet.
Fresh from winning her Golden Globe (and Screen Actors Guild award), Sandra Bullock is on course for another Oscar win for her turn in The Blind Side. And now you can see her in action with the trailer for John Lee Hancock's drama. Based on a true story, it tells the tale of homeless teenager Michael Oher, who is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy. Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night.
Of course, this gesture soon leads to bonding, emotional discoveries and award nominations. But does Sandra Bullock really deserve another win? Don't wait for Friday 12th March - read on for the full video (or head over to our video section) to decide for yourself.
The Blind Side
Director: John Lee
Cast: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock
Release Date: Friday 12th March
Directed by John lee HancockTeenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael — wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter — come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night.
What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. And as the family helps Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field, Michael’s presence in the Tuohys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.
Avatar. Avatar Avatar Avatar. Jeff Bridges. That pretty much sums up a surprising night at the Golden Globes yesterday. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association shocked everyone when they awarded Avatar Best Picture and Best Director. Even Cameron agreed that his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, should've got the award for The Hurt Locker.
Others were more expected - Up got Best Animation, Meryl Streep struck gold with Julie & Julia (one of two nominations), and Jason Reitman got his well-earned Screenplay award for Up in the Air - but did anyone see Robert Downey Jr winning Best Comedy Actor for Sherlock Holmes? Even fewer predicted The Hangover walking away with Best Comedy Picture. Mostly because (500) Days of Summer deserved it.
But on a night when sense when out the window and blue was the in colour, it's hard to grumble about such as thing as taste. Who needs that when you've got $500 million and a fistful of 3-D glasses? Taste certainly ran away once our host Ricky Gervais found his stride. Quipping, plugging and drinking his way through the evening, he came up with several corkers which stunned the room of stars ("I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is... Mel Gibson!")
The highlight, however, was Martin Scorsese's win of the Cecil B DeMille Award, which saw Robert De Niro and Leonard DiCaprio graphically describing the director's sexual affair with film reel. Then old Marty himself stood up and waggled his eyebrows for a bit. It was lovely.
There were some TV shows in there too. Including Mad Men, of course. Glee won stuff as well. But the memory the stays in my head? Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to pronounce "Avatar". Read on for the full list of winners. And a clip of Arnie's incredible tribute to James Cameron. And then head over here for our full-on golden photo gallery of winners.
There was laughter, there were tears, there were Martin Scorsese's eyebrows. Visually speaking, the 2010 Golden Globes were as arresting as they come - and not just because of James Cameron's giant blue ewoks.
Leading the way at the height of fashion was Ricky Gervais, whose likeness to Ray Winstone only grew as the evening drew on. But what about the slinky Zoe Saldana? Or the smouldering Sam Worthington? Could Sigourney Weaver hold her own against Meryl Streep? Did Christoph Waltz bring his pipe?
Question no more and drool over Downey Jr with this shiny selection of photos from last night. And hey, if you're like me and think Kathryn Bigelow should have won Director, you can always print out James Cameron's picture and throw things at it - you could even stick it on some cardboard and make a 3-D experience out of it.
Read on for the gallery in its full-on golden glory.
Director: Phil Traill
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church
"There's over a million Stevens with a "V" in the country. It's much more popular than the "PH" way. Twice as popular, in fact. I think it was the the Brits who prefer their PH's." So speaks Mary (Bullock), crossword compiler - or cruciverbalist - and all-round nut job. A character labelled by many as the most annoying in cinema history, she walks around in knee high red boots, sporting over-styled hair and spouting factoids like a dictionary with Tourettes. And there's nothing wrong with that. The problem is that she's in a film that's completely bereft of laughter.