Kristin Wiig is returning to her former stomping grounds, albeit in a hosting capacity, but at least it’s something. The 39-year-old comedienne will appear on the next-to-last episode of this season of Saturday Night Live airing May 11. Wiig joins Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy as former SNL alums who hosted the show the first year after leaving.
This isn’t the first time Wiig pops up on SNL since her departure last season. Back in December, she made a cameo in the Martin Short-hosted episode. I wonder if Kristen will reprise Gilly, Dooneese Maharelle or any of her other popular characters. Vampire Weekend will be the musical guest.
For the most part, I’m not usually drawn to or super keen on romance dramas, but this movie looks pretty intense and I really like all of the actors in it. The film is called To The Wonder and the first trailer has just been released.
The romantic drama centers on an American man, played by Ben Affleck, who falls in love with a European woman, played by Olga Kurylenko. When their relationship starts to fall apart, Affleck’s character reconnects with a woman from his hometown, played by Rachel McAdams. The trailer does a great job of setting up the mood and intensity of the film without giving away too much about the plot.
The film was written and directed by Terrence Malick and also stars Javier Bardem. Check out the trailer below.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards took place on Sunday, bringing together Hollywood’s finest to soak up each other’s awesomeness as they are honored for the best in cinema in the past year. The evening was hosted by the hilarious Seth MacFarlane who did a great job.
I loved all of the heartfelt speeches and enjoyed that First Lady Michelle Obama came in a live video stream from the White House to help Jack Nicholson announce the winner for Best Picture… which turned out to be Argo. Ben Affleck, who directed and starred in the film, delivered a really genuine and emotional acceptance speech, ending the show on a great note.
Check out the list of winners below and share your thoughts in the comments as to if you were surprised by any of the wins.
Well, isn’t this an interesting crinkle. Ben Affleck continued his hot streak of picking up every award out there since being snubbed by the Academy Awards. The 40-year-old won the prestigious Directors Guild Award for his directing efforts on Argo. Affleck became only the third person in the guild’s 65-year history to win the DGA but not get an Oscar nomination- Steven Spielberg (The Color Purple) and Ron Howard (Apollo 13) being the other two.
Long considered the most accurate Oscar precursor, the DGAs have only NOT matched the Best Directing Academy Award winner only six times since its inception including this year. If Argo does end up winning Best Picture at the upcoming Oscars, it’ll only be the fourth film to do so without a corresponding directing nod. The last movie to achieve that feat was Driving Miss Daisy back in 1989. Personally, I’m rooting for Ben to do the same. Perhaps, he’ll finally be vindicated for Gigli, Pearl Harbor, etc… Check out all the 2013 DGA winners below including one for Girls‘ Lena Dunham.
My favorite issue of any month of any publication is here. Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood Issue is one I look forward to all year long. Typically, they gather a group of talented actors to pose for an epic photo shoot with an iconic photographer. This year, the famed Bruce Weber snapped the cover and the inside editorial which was more monumental than previous years. Reportedly, a whopping 75 different celebrities posed for 100+ photos for this year’s theme of “Adventures in Hollywood.”
Receiving the huge honor of gracing the cover (and not in the flap) are Ben Affleck, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper. While not one of my favorite covers, I like the fun aspect of Emma in the middle while Ben and Bradley wear a bear suit and gorilla costume respectively. This is the first time for both Affleck and Cooper to make the cover, but second for Stone. The Easy A actress first appeared in 2010′s “It Girls” theme shoot. Back then, Stone was hanging around with Evan Rachel Wood and Anna Kendrick on the third flap of the extended cover.
Speaking of the 2010 issue, that year received numerous complaints for being too whitewashed. I’m sure the 19th annual Hollywood edition will also raise some eyebrows. Two women of color made the cover, but in the second and third flap. Find out who they are below, along with all the previous eighteen VF Hollywood Issue covers.
At the Producers Guild Awards held on Saturday, January 26, Argo walked away with the night’s big honor. If things fall in line like they have the past five years, the Ben Affleck-directed movie should also earn Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards. The Artist (2011), The King’s Speech (2010), The Hurt Locker (2009), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and No Country for Old Men (2007) all achieved the Oscar-PGA double header. The last film not to do the same was 2007′s Little Miss Sunshine who lost out to The Departed at the Academy Awards.
Ever since Ben Affleck was snubbed for a Best Director Oscar nomination, there’s been an overwhelming wave of support for his film, Argo. Many feel that he was robbed of a nod. The thriller has gone on to win Best Picture honors at the recent Golden Globes and Broadcast Film Critics ceremonies. At this point, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln isn’t looking as sure of a thing.
Typically, the film with the most nominations including directing and acting categories, tends to revel in Oscar glory. Will Affleck have his vengeance on the Academy directing branch when all the various branches weigh in on Oscar night? I think the answer might be yes. Check out what else the Producers Guild honored in the movie and television categories below.
The BAFTAs aka British Academy Film Awards really don’t factor too much in the Oscar race. It’s just another excuse to dress up and publicly campaign for your chances at securing an Academy Award. That being said, their nominations fall mostly in line with many of the Oscar precursors. Even across the pond, Steven Spielberg’s film about an American president is the one to beat. Lincoln dominated with 10 nominations. The historical drama secured nods for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress to name a few.
The musical Les Miserables and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi came in second with 9 nominations a piece. The 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, picked up 8 BAFTAs including nods for Javier Bardem and Dame Judi Dench in the supporting acting categories. Anna Karenina which has been mostly shut out in many Oscar precursors, racked up several nominations mostly in the creative categories such as makeup, production design, costume design etc…
The BAFTAs, hosted by Stephen Fry, will take place on Sunday, February 10 at London’s Royal Opera House and be broadcast on BBC One. Check out all the nominees below.
If there was an Oscar precursor that was the most reliable, hands down it’s the Directors Guild Awards. Since 2000, they have only been wrong once when matching up Best Directing honors with the Academy Awards. Ang Lee who won for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon lost the Oscar to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. As a side note, Lee later won in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain. Once again, the director finds himself in the running for this year’s race. He’s one of the lucky five nominated by the Directors Guild of America.
Even though the DGAs are bang on when predicting the eventual Oscar winner, their nominations don’t always line up with the Academy’s. Usually, there is one director who gets snubbed. Last year, David Fincher was nominated for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but Terence Malick was the one who received an Oscar nod for The Tree of Life. Same thing happened in 2010 when Christopher Nolan (Inception) was swapped out for Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit). Given that there are so many directors in the running this year, I fully expect this tradition to continue. Find out all the nominees below.