Sam Rockwell gave one of 2017’s best performances as a racist cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and he was celebrated for his work with a Golden Globe Award. After delivering his speech, Rockwell went backstage to mention one important aspect he forgot to mention.
“I forgot to thank my fellow nominees up there on the stage so I wanted to thank them and say I am honored and humbled to be in there company,” said Rockwell who will next be seen with Jessica Chastain in Woman Walks Ahead.
On any other year, whether Rockwell will win an Oscar for his supporting role should be the main topic of conversation, but there is a huge sea change in Hollywood when it comes to sexual harassment, and Rockwell chimed in on how men can play an even more important role in the conversation.
Jessica Chastaindelivers another first rate performance in Molly’s Game, the directorial debut of Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin(The Social Network, Jobs). The true story centers on Molly Bloom (Chastain), a world class skier whose career was cut down after an accident. Slated to go to law school, Bloom instead traveled to Los Angeles where she eventually was managing a high stakes poker game. After a successful run in the City of Angels, she moved to New York and launched another successful operation before drug addiction and an FBI raid led her down a dangerous path. Kevin Costner co-stars in the feature as Bloom’s father, with Idris Elba playing the talented lawyer who tries to keep Bloom out of prison.
“Aaron’s been friends with Molly for a long time – he knows her very well,” said Chastain. “He’s very protective of her story and I’m not sure he would have ever felt comfortable handing over the screenplay to another director. I can’t imagine anyone else directing this story.”
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The Boss Baby narrowly edged out Beauty and the Beast to make $49 million in its debut weekend. Powered by Emma Watson, Beauty and the Beast made $47.5 million had has a total gross of $395 million. Unfortunately, Scarlett Johansson’s latest film Ghost in the Shell performed below expectations, as its $19 million debut doesn’t bode well for its domestic bottom line (the picture cost $110 million to make). Here’s this weekend’s top 10;
1. The Boss Baby – $49 Million
2. Beauty and the Beast – This weekend it makes $74.5 million and internationally the flick has made over $876 million.
3. Ghost in the Shell – A ghastly performance for this movie domestically, as it debuts with $19 million. Internationally, the picture has made $40 million.
4. Power Rangers – In its second weekend, the picture made $14.5 million. The movie has made over $97 million worldwide.
5. Kong: Skull Island – $8.8 million
6. Logan – It’s been a solid hit for Fox, and this weekend it takes in $6.2 million. Costing $97 million, the movie has amassed over $211 million worldwide.
7. Get Out – Jordan Peele’s hit horror film makes $5.8 million.
8.Life– Not much “life” with this movie, as it makes just $5.6 million in its second weekend.
9. CHiPs – It’s a box office misfire for Warner Bros., as it makes just $4 million in its second weekend.
The Zookeeper’s Wife is the true story of Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain), a wife and mother who, along with her husband (Johan Heldenbergh) worked with the Resistance in 1939 Poland. The couple used their zoo to shelter hundreds of displaced Jews during the Warsaw Uprising. The project is based on Diane Ackerman’s book of the same name.
“I think we do have a stereotype that in order to be brave and strong, it’s somehow connected to violence,” said Chastain, who was seen last year in thepolitical thriller Miss Sloane. “If you’re defending someone or you’re fighting to protect your country. That’s a definition of what a hero is but there are many other ways that someone can be brave and strong. I think Antonina shows that compassion is an incredible form of strength.”
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The Zookeeper’s Wife, directed by Niki Caro, opens nationwide March 31.
Andrew Garfield, who’s given excellent work the past couple of years in the films 99 Homes and Hacksaw Ridge, will be honored with the Spotlight Award at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
“Andrew Garfield is one of the most versatile actors today and this is proven with his tremendous and critically acclaimed performance this year in Mel Gibson’s award-winning film Hacksaw Ridge,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In Hacksaw Ridge, Garfield brings to life the incredible true story of World War II soldier Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who refused to touch a gun during wartime and instead dedicated himself to saving lives as a combat medic. For this brilliant awards worthy performance, it is an honor to present Andrew Garfield with the Spotlight Award.”
Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Helen Hunt, Julia Roberts, Rooney Mara, and J.K. Simmons are past recipients of the Spotlight Award. Garfield also stars this year opposite Adam Driver and Liam Neeson in the Martin Scorsese directed epic Silence.
Garfield will receive the honor at the Film Awards Gala which is being held Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The fest runs January 2-16 and for more info check out the fest’s official site.