Tyler Perry Cites New Thriller ‘Acrimony’ As His “Favorite Movie”

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Tyler Perry is one of cinema’s most successful filmmakers, so placing his latest film Acrimony at the highest level is a big deal. The project reunites him with Taraji P. Henson, as he previously worked with the actress on I Can Do All Bad By Myself and The Family That Preys.

“This story burned in me for a long time,” said Perry. “This is my favorite movie that I’ve ever done. This is my favorite, hands down, favorite (film) of all time. I wanted to explore what happens when people can’t let go – when they feel betrayed even if they weren’t betrayed. I wanted to explore that because I’ve seen people live that and not be able to let it go.”

Henson, who plays a woman who goes on a vengeful streak after she believes she has been wronged by her husband (Lyriq Bent), balanced making the movie with her work on Empire. Click on the media bar to hear Perry elaborate on why Henson is such a special actress.

Acrimony hits theaters March 30.

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Oscar Winner Sam Rockwell Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Sam Rockwell has carved out a career filled with critically acclaimed performances, and now he’s an Oscar winner thanks to his work in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Rockwell thanked late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman as he closed his acceptance speech, and during the backstage interviews he elaborated on why Hoffman meant so much to him.

“He was a great inspiration and a great theater director,” said Rockwell. “He was a bit of a jock. He was a wrestler. He played basketball. He inspired me and I could go on for an hour about Philip Seymour Hoffman. (He) was a good friend and a huge inspiration on me.”

Click on the media bar to hear Rockwell talk about the work (which he describes as a souffle) that was involved in crafting his character in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.




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‘The Shape of Water’ And ‘Big Little Lies’ Top Critics’ Choice Awards

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The Shape of Water, director Guillermo del Toro’s most celebrated film since Pan’s Labyrinth, took home four awards (including Best Picture) at the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Big Little Lies topped the television side with four awards (including Best Limited Series). Actor and activist Olivia Munn hosted the festivities. The film and television winners are below:

Film:

Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Gary Oldman (The Shape of Water)
Best Actress: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Best Young Actor/Actress: Brooklyn Prince, (The Florida Project)
Best Acting Ensemble: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro: The Shape of Water
Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name
Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Best Production Design: Paul Ham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin, The Shape of Water
Best Editing (Tie) Baby Driver’s Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos and Dunkirk’s Lee Smith
Best Costume Design – Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
Best Hair and Makeup – Darkest Hour
Best Visual Effects – War for the Planet of the Apes
Best Animated Feature – Coco
Best Action Movie: Wonder Woman
Best Comedy: The Big Sick
Best Actor in a Comedy: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Best Actress in a Comedy: Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Best Foreign Language Film – In The Fade
Best Song – “Remember Me” from Coco
Best Score – Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

Television:

Best Comedy Series – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Ted Danson, The Good Place
Best Actress in a Comedy Series – Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Walton Goggins, Vice Principals
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Best Drama Series – The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actor in a Drama Series – Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Best Actress in a Drama Series – Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – David Harbour, Stranger Things
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Limited Series – Big Little Lies
Best Movie Made for TV: The Wizard of Lies
Best Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series – Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series – Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Best Talk Show – Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Best Animated Series – Rick and Morty
Best Unstructured Reality Series – Born This Way
Best Structured Reality Series – Shark Tank
Best Reality Competition Series – The Voice
Best Reality Show Host – RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Willem Dafoe To Receive Icon Award At Palm Springs International Film FEstival

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Willem Dafoe will receive the Icon Award at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) for his work in The Florida Project. The Film Awards Gala takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center January 2 and will be hosted by Mary Hart.

Dafoe’s previous movie credits include The Last Temptation of Christ, What Happened to Monday, and Affliction. “Willem Dafoe is a versatile actor who has appeared in over one hundred films in his stellar career,” said fest Chairman Harold Matzner. “In The Florida Project, Dafoe delivers a career defining performance as a hotel manager overseeing his sometimes unruly residents, which has received numerous critical accolades. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present this year’s Icon Award to Willem Dafoe.”

Dafoe has received two Oscar nominations (Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire). Previous recipients of the Icon Award include Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs January 2-2018.

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Filmmaker Ava DuVernay Honored With PGA’s Visionary Award

Ava DuVernayFilmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, Middle of Nowhere) will be honored with the 2018 Visionary Award from the Producers Guild of America (PGA). DuVernay will receive the honor at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards January 20th at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

“The emergence of Ava DuVernay as a producer and filmmaker has been one of the great developments of the past several years,” said Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal. “Whether in scripted features, television, or documentaries, her unique voice, skill and passion have inspired countless audiences throughout our country and around the world. She is, by any standard, a visionary storyteller, and we are excited to be honoring her as such in 2018.

The award spotlights producers in television, film and new media who have made “unique or uplifting” work via inspired storytelling or performance. DuVernay earned two Emmys for her documentary 13th and, along with the March 2018 release of her next directing effort A Wrinkle in Time, she is also a producer on the TV series Queen Sugar.

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Holly Hunter To Receive Career Achievement Award At Palm Springs Fest

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Holly Hunter, who starred this year in The Big Sick, will receive the Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Film Awards Gala. Taking place January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the event will be hosted by Mary Hart.

Holly Hunter’s career is filled with many memorable performances including her Academy Award winning role in The Piano as well as other films including Broadcast News, The Firm, The Incredibles and more,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her recent film The Big Sick, she brings comedy and poignancy as a mother coping with her daughter’s coma, while bonding with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend. It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Holly Hunter.

Click on the media bar to hear The Big Sick co-star Zoe Kazan discuss why she’s a fan of Hunter’s work:

Previous recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, and Clint Eastwood. Hunter also received Emmy Awards for her work in Roe vs. Wade and The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.

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