Documentary Trailer: Follow Director Kenny Leon as he Prepares Kids for a Monologue Competition in ‘The Start of Dreams’
The Start of Dreams is the story of award-winning director Kenny Leon bringing aspiring teenage actors to a Broadway stage in an intense monologue competition. In a new age where Arts Education is considered expendable in such a declining economy, Leon is determined to use his celebrity and influence to expose kids across the country to the wonderful world of theater. ‘The Start of Dreams’ is packed with Hollywood’s elite weighing in on this important art form and what it means to humanity.
Director: The Horne Brothers
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Viola Davis: “It wasn’t until I started really justifying my choices with ‘The Help’ that I really started to find my voice”
You could say Viola Davis isn’t letting all the praise and awards from her acclaimed role in The Help get to her. After all, she has a 19-month old daughter. “You know, when you’re changing a diaper at three o’clock in the morning with one eye open, that pretty much brings you back to earth.”
In revealing interview with USA Today, Davis goes into her reaction to her recent success, criticism of her character in the award-winning film, and where she sees her career going next.
The praise for Davis, however, has come at a time when she’s a new face to many even though she’s been in movies and television for years. “Most people feel like I just arrived in Doubt,” she says, one of her rare leading roles before The Help.
But a significant majority of her previous appearances were supporting or bit parts, something that Davis grew accustomed to in her career. She explains, “I’ve had to channel my talents in narratives that were incomplete, and those two or three scenes in a movie, I’ve had to try and make them work, flesh them out as real human beings. I haven’t had the benefit of a full journey, a character that’s been in every frame of the movie. That’s been my thing, up until The Help.” Read more
Finding out that you’ve been nominated for an acting award in the same category as Glenn Close and Meryl Streep must be like finding out you’re running the 100 meter dash against the gold medal and the silver medal winners of that event at the last Olympics.
That’s the predicament that Viola Davis, star of The Help, found herself in during this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. However, Davis was not only awarded Best Actress, but also won Best Ensemble with her talented co-stars.
“I feel pretty overwhelmed with my name being called,” Davis said about the film’s best ensemble win. Yet, when it came to her winning the award for Best Actress, Davis was more talkative. She admits she doesn’t feel up to the award’s caliber, saying, “I just don’t see the ‘best’ thing going on. It’s hard. Every time I start a new job, I feel like I start with a clean slate. … I feel like everyone is going to find out what a hack I am. And it’s strange to triumph over Meryl Streep.” Read more
Watch: George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Viola Davis, Christopher Plummer and Tilda Swinton in Newsweek’s Awards Roundtable
Well, Newsweek got 3 out of 6 right.
In anticipation of today’s Academy Award nominations, the magazine gathered George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Viola Davis, Christopher Plummer and Tilda Swinton- all possible contenders – together for a frank and at times hilarious conversation.
As you know, Clooney, Davis and Plummer got the good news today but that doesn’t take away from the performances Fassbender, Theron and Swinton did this year.
There are 4 videos and they’re all worth watching. You can see Fassbender do his Quentin Tarantino impression, Theron do a South African accent and Clooney will make you laugh.
Best line is from Viola Davis though: “Acting is about problem solving. I don’t have a method. I don’t have a way of working. It changes with every project.”
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Watch: Actresses’ Roundtable featuring Carey Mulligan, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Williams and Charlize Theron
Once again, The Hollywood Reporter has brought together some of the best actresses from the years most talked about films.
This year’s Actress Roundtable features Carey Mulligan from Shame and Drive, Glenn Close of Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer of The Help, Michelle Williams of My Week With Marilyn and Charlize Theron of Young Adult.
The video is an hour long and it’s just great to watch (or listen to). They talk about their careers, getting bad reviews, how they got their start and so much more. So good!
There is also a behind the scenes video of the magazines cover shoot.
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Trailer #2: ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: Based on the acclaimed novel, the film 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. courtesy of trailers.apple.com
Director: Stephen Daldry
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Trailer: ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, John Goodman, James Gandolfini
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: 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 tragicevents 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. courtesy of trailers.apple.com
In theaters: December 25th, 2011
The Help: Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a small Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times. from Walt Disney Pictures
Cast: Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Sissy Spacek
Written/Directed: Tate Taylor
Sure you do! (Ok, maybe not judging how much it made this weekend).
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Olivier Martinez, Paul Dano
In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl
Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
Red by John Logan
Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies
Million Dollar Quartet