Laura Dern Reflects On “Deeply Personal” Journey Of ‘Marriage Story’

Laura Dern received her fifth Golden Globe Award for her work in director Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed Marriage Story. Playing a divorce attorney who will do everything in her power to get the best deal for her client (Scarlett Johansson),

The actress, who has collaborated with her share of visionary filmmakers (Steven Spielberg, Mike White, Alexander Payne), had high praise for Baumbach’s script. “I have never read a more perfect screenplay in my life. Every moment is seamlessly directed on the page . . .It’s just meticulous,” said Dern. “It’s like mastery playwrighting. As a cast, we know how incredibly lucky we are to be with that level of screenwriter and directing.”

Marriage Story is partly inspired by Baumbach’s marriage to actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (he is married to filmmaker Greta Gerwig). Click on the media bar to hear Dern elaborate on why Marriage Story was a “deeply personal” story for her and various members of the cast and crew.

Laura Dern can also be seen in Little Women, a feature directed by Gerwig.

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Tom Hanks Is Ready To Play A “Bad Guy” In Upcoming Elvis Feature

Though he has, on occasion, played darker characters (most notably as the antagonist in The Circle), Tom Hanks is known as one of cinema’s nicest guys. Basically he’s a modern day James Stewart, and that’s why he was perfect for the role of Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Hanks also choked up as he briefly talked about his family while accepting Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards, so the actor is essentially as likable as they come.

That said, Hanks is venturing into “bad guy” territory, as he will be playing Colonel Tom Parker in a still untitled Elvis biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge). Austin Butler, recently seen in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is set to play Elvis.

Click on the media bar to hear Hanks discuss working with Luhrmann on the planned feature, which is set to shoot in Australia:

The Elvis project is slated for a 2021 release.

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Viola Davis And ‘Big Bang’ Cast To Present At Critics’ Choice Awards

Viola Davis (Widows) and the cast of The Big Bang Theory are among the presenters who will hit the stage at this weekend’s 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

Davis, a previous #SeeHer Award recipient, will present the honor to Claire Foy at this year’s event. The Big Bang Theory cast members Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons and Melissa Raunch will be on hand to honor show creator Chuck Lorre with the Critics’ Choice Creative Achievement award.

Additional presenters include Angela Bassett, Kristen Bell, Stephan James, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore, Olivia Munn and Ben Stiller. The Critics’ Choice Awards, hosted by Taye Diggs, airs on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13th (7 pm et).

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Golden Globe Winner Rachel Brosnahan Reflects On Dreams Of “Mrs. Maisel”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one of the finest shows out there, and series star Rachel Brosnahan won the Golden Globe for Best Actress In A Television Series, Comedy or Musical. Brosnahan, who won the award last year in the same category, best out Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown), Debra Messing (Will & Grace), and Alison Brie (Glow) for the Golden Globe.

During her acceptance speech she thanked husband and fellow actor Jason Ralph. “Jason, I love you,” said Brosnahan, who worked with Ralph on the series Manhattan. “I wouldn’t be here at all without you. Thank you.”

Click on the media bar to hear Rachel Brosnahan why working on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been such a dream:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel co-stars Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub.

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Timothée Chalamet To Receive Spotlight Award At Palm Springs International Film Festival

Timothée Chalamet will receive the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) annual Film Awards Gala. The event takes place January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the fest running January 3-14.

Timothée Chalamet gives a heartwarming, but tragic performance as a young man struggling with drug addiction in the film Beautiful Boy,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Last year Timothée was the recipient of the Festival’s Rising Star Award for his role in Call Me by Your Name.  He is definitely a rising star.  It is our honor to present the Spotlight Award, Actor to Timothée Chalamet.”

Chalamet’s body of work includes Hot Summer Nights, Lady Bird, and Miss Stevens. Past recipients of the Spotlight Award include Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, Sam Rockwell, and J.K. Simmons.

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Regina King To Be Honored With Chairman’s Award At Palm Springs International Film Festival

Regina King will be honored with the Chairman’s Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) for her work in If Beale Street Could Talk. King will receive the award January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Past recipients of the honor include Amy Adams, Richard Gere, Jessica Chastain and George Clooney.

“Whether she’s acting, producing or directing, Regina King is an amazing creative talent,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her latest film If Beale Street Could Talk, she gives an outstanding performance as Sharon Rivers, a mother supportive of her daughter whose fiancé is thrown in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.  For her performance in this challenging role, which has received much critical acclaim, it is our honor to present the Chairman’s Award to Regina King.”

If Beale Street Could Talk hits theaters December 14. PSIFF runs January 3-14.

 

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