Rodrigo Santoro Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, RIO 2, HELENO and More

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Rodrigo Santoro (300) is set to star as a trouble maker-turned-town hero in director Kim Jee-woon’s The Last Stand.  Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the town sheriff who deputizes Santoro’s character, The Last Stand centers on the last ditch effort of a rag-tag bunch of local law enforcement attempting to stop a powerful drug lord from coming through their town to cross the border.  Also starring Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Forest Whitaker and Eduardo Noriega, The Last Stand opens January 18th.

During a recent interview for The Last Stand, Santoro gave us updates on the status of Sennaas well as positive feedback from the studio for 300: Rise of an Empirean update on his voice-work in Rio 2 and the status of his recent Brazilian picture, Heleno.  Hit the jump for the latest news. 

Rodrigo Santoro Talks WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, LOVE ACTUALLY, the 300 Sequel, Possibly Playing Ayrton Senna in a Biopic, and a Lot More

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While not as well known in America as some of his counterparts in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Rodrigo Santoro is absolutely the bigger star in places like Brazil.  That’s because while Santoro has acted in some Hollywood movies and TV shows like Love Actually, 300, I Love You Phillip Morris (which is severely underrated) and Lost (he played Paulo), in Brazil he’s acted in countless movies and he’s a big time movie star.

At the recent Los Angeles press day for What to Expect When You’re Expecting (he plays Jennifer Lopez‘s husband), I landed an extended interview with Santoro.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about how he got into acting, his favorite movies, how he got cast in What to Expect, the success of Love Actually, and the 300 sequel/spin-off 300: Battle of Artemisia . In addition, Santoro addresses the rumor of him playing famed Brazilian Formula One racer, Ayrton Senna, in a feature film.  If the project comes together it sounds like it could be really cool, and he definitely looks the part.  Hit the jump to watch. 

THE ARTIST Takes Homes Seven BAFTAs Including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor

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I’m really hoping for some surprises on Oscar night if only to make things interesting, but it’s looking less likely every day. Last night The Artist nearly swept the British Academy Film Awards (essentially the British Oscars), taking home the prizes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Music, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. Meryl Streep was named Best Actress for The Iron Lady, while Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actress and Actor. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wasn’t sent home empty-handed, as the spy thriller won Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. I was happy to see Senna get some well-deserved recognition, as the Formula 1 doc chronicling the life of driver Ayrton Senna was named Best Documentary.

While George Clooney seemed the favorite in the Best Actor Oscar race for his magnificent turn in The Descendants, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin could easily prove the spoiler. With the SAG Award in hand and now the BAFTA, the French comedian may very well step up to the podium come Oscar night. Hit the jump to see the full list of BAFTA winners. The Academy Awards will be handed out on February 26th.

Writers Guild Award Nominations Announced; YOUNG ADULT, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Nominated

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The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominations for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, and some of their nominations are pretty terrible.  It’s nice to see nominations for Young Adult, The Descendants, and Bridesmaids.  It’s less nice to see nominations for slavish adaptations of poorly written novels like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Help.  There’s also a major snub for awards-season favorite The Artist, and before you mention the “no dialogue” aspect, there’s still a script and the movie was in contention.  The documentary nominations also overlooked the terrific Project Nim in favor of Pina, which is borderline unwatchable for anyone who doesn’t love modern dance.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19th. [Correction: The Artist was deemed ineligible by the WGA, but it's still a snub since the WGA's rules are kind of stupid in the first place]

97 Original Scores Up for Oscar; DRIVE and ATTACK THE BLOCK Ruled Ineligible

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As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.

While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.

Producers Guild of America Announces Best Documentary Nominees

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The Producers Guild of America has announced their nominees for Best Documentary of 2011. When it comes to feature film, the PGA and the Oscars almost always coincide, but the Academy overlooked some critically acclaimed film when it came to making their 15-film shortlistBeats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest and Senna didn’t make the Academy’s shortlist, but the PGA has shown a little more sense and nominated these films for Best Documenatry.  They’ve also shown love to Bill Cunningham New York, Project Nim, and The Union. Right now I’m rooting for Project Nim, but keep in mind that the only other film I’ve seen on this list is Senna (which is also awards-worthy).

Hit the jump for the full press release.  Television series nominations for the 2012 Producers Guild Awards will be announced December 7, 2011.  All other nominations for the 2012 Producers Guild Award categories will be announced January 3, 2012, along with the individual producers.  The winners will be announced on January 21, 2012.

SHAME, TYRANNOSAUR, and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Lead the British Independent Film Awards Nominations

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Nominations have been announced for the 2011 British Independent Film Awards.  Steven McQueen‘s Shame, Paddy Considine‘s directorial debut Tyrannosaur, and Tomas Alfredson‘s adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy lead the pack with seven nominations each, and Ben Wheatley‘s Kill List and Lynne Ramsay‘s We Need to Talk about Kevin followed close behind with six nominations a piece.  Other noteworthy nominations include the two for Attack the Block (Best Debut Director for Joe Cornish and Most Promising Newcomer for John Boyega), and Drive picking up a nod for Best Foreign Independent Film.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced on December 4th.

Screenwriter Manish Pandey Exclusive Interview SENNA

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The new documentary Senna chronicles the brief but incredible life of Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna.  Through him we see not only the sport of European Formula One racing (far more dangerous than the Indy 500) during the 1980s and early 90s, but we see it through the eyes of one of its most celebrated and revered figures. Senna is notable not only for its subject matter, but because it dispenses with ordinary documentary conventions of talking head interviews and keeps narration to a minimum.  All of the footage is archival and the racing scenes in particular demand to be viewed in a theater.

I interviewed screenwriter Manish Pandey about the decision to use only archival footage, what fascinated him about Senna, the lasting impact of Senna in his home country of Brazil, and much more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Senna opens this weekend.

Trailer for Sundance Award-Winning Documentary SENNA

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It’s impossible to see everything at Sundance, but I was still bummed that I missed out on Senna, Asif Kapadia’s film that won the World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary.  The film centers on F1 racing legend Ayrton Senna and his achievements off and on the track.  Ramses was floored by the film when he caught at the Los Angeles Film Festival (where it won the Audience Award):

Kapadia purposefully only uses stock footage of Senna, an excellent score, and some bits of voice over to construct a classic film narrative and the final product is amazing. Senna has so many moments that will give you chills and it is all due to the way that Kapadia is able to manipulate all of this stock footage.

Hit the jump to watch.

LAFF 2011: HAUNTERS, SENNA, SAWDUST CITY, ONCE I WAS A CHAMPION Reviews

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The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival has been going on for the past couple of days in Downtown Los Angeles and Collider has been there checking out the latest offerings from the indie world along with some buzzed about films from Sundance and SXSW.  We’ve provided some reviews for Drive and The Devil’s Double already and after the jump you can read my thoughts on some of the films that have played the festival so far like Haunters, Senna, Sawdust City, and Once I Was a Champion.

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

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The Sundance Film Festival Juries have selected the winners of the 2011 awards.  The big winner is Like Crazy, which won both the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) and a Special Jury Prize for actress Felicity Jones.  Naturally, Like Crazy already has a distribution deal in place with Paramount.  Circumstance, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Pariah are a few of the other winners in the dramatic competition.Notable documentary winners include How to Die in Oregon, Buck, and Project Nim

Click here for all of our coverage of Sundance, including reviews and distribution reports for these films and more.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners and the juries who handed out the awards.

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