Chicago winning Best Picture in 2003 at the Oscars is often regarded as a mistake due to the other films nominated that year. I fell in love with it but then again I am just a little bit of musical geek. So obviously I still love it and have it as one of my all time favorite films. The academy showed its supposed love for musicals that year but Oliver! was the previous Best Picture winner for a musical so it had been a very long time between a musical winning the best picture award. I think it’s quite scary that it is now 10 years on and loved how the cast we involved in the 2013 ceremony. Especially the All That Jazz performance from Catherine Zeta Jones that totally made the whole show for me. It’s a great song one of the best openings to a musical and it also helped show that she still has it after more than 10 years!
In recent years Meryl Streep has easily become one of my favorite actress. Watching her in all different types of film is just incredible, she is such an amazing actress. The most Oscar nominated actress of all, with a couple of Gold statues to go with the nominations.
The LAMB is this month going to be celebrating Meryl . . . that means more Meryl posts from Let’s Go To The Movies, in celebration of such a fantastic career that is still going so strong. I really do think Meryl will pick up a long-awaited Oscar next year for her performance as Thatcher in the Iron Lady.
The King’s Speech is being released in the US with a PG rating release (swearing cut out) and they have a new poster, which I just had to blog because it is such a lovely poster. Aiming the film more at the family audience.
Rumours are flying around today that Colin Firth is set to be included in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June to be knighted. This is after his Oscar-winning performance in ‘The King’s Speech’ in which he portrays King George VI. He has been an incredible ambassador for the UK throughout his entire career. I would be very happy to see Colin knighted. I guess we just have to wait to find out if there is any truth in the rumours!
Jack Nicholson who the “Jack the Lad” phase had to be based on, has never found it difficult with women. But feels as though he has lost his touch and wants to find love.
Source: Daily Telegraph
THE 73-year-old Oscar-winning actor Jack Nicholson talks about everything from mortality to drugs to heartbreak.
“I would love that one last romance. But I’m not very realistic about that happening,” Nicholson told The Mail on Sunday.
Nicholson, in the middle of his 12th cigarette of the day, says in that mesmerising, molasses-mixed-with-gravel drawl: “It’s a hard-wired thing in me. I’m not good with being told. I just immediately start resisting the situation … I overreact to having my attention directed.
“I’m definitely still wild at heart. But I’ve struck bio-gravity. I can’t hit on women in public any more. I didn’t decide this; it just doesn’t feel right at my age.”
He pauses to get straight to the heart of his own theory of life.
“If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women. There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I’m not in that state now and that makes me sad.
“But I also believe that a lot of the improvements in my character have come through ageing and the diminishing of powers. It’s all a balancing act; you just have to get used to the ride.”
Nicholson, whose longest relationship was for 16 years with actress Anjelica Huston, is in a new movie, the romantic comedyHow Do You Know, alongside Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd as a rich, selfish tycoon who sets his son up to go to jail for a crime that he himself committed.
Nicholson – whose lovers have included actresses and models such as Michelle Phillips, Bebe Buell, Lara Flynn Boyle, Anjelica Huston and Rebecca Broussard – was once described by the actor Peter Finch as a “very social loner”. It’s a surprising description for a man who has reportedly slept with 2,000 women (“Hell, I don’t count”), yet it’s one he has come to agree with.
“My life has changed. I don’t enjoy the things I used to so much. I don’t go out to nightclubs, I don’t like clubs any more. I don’t go out raging, looking out for women; now it’s just a game that isn’t worth the candle.
“The last three times I’ve been in New York filming, I didn’t leave my hotel room for one single night. People won’t believe that, but it’s true. But you adjust your life to your circumstances, and I can spend a lot of time on my own. I think of myself as social, but my friends are always telling me, ‘Jack, you need to get out more.”’
There is nothing in his life he regrets, but one thing he yearns for. A lasting relationship with a woman.
“I’ve had everything a man could ask for, but I don’t know if anyone could say I’m successful with affairs of the heart. I don’t know why. I would love that one last real romance. But I’m not very realistic about it happening. What I can’t deny is my yearning.
“I’ve been in love in my life, but it always starts with obsession that lasts exactly 18 months and then it changes. If I’d known and been prepared for that, I may have been able to orchestrate the whole relationship thing better.
“But when I’m with someone I’ve often defied every one of my conventions. I’ve been so struck I’ve said, ‘Come on, let’s go, let’s get married.’ But no woman has ever recognised what I say as being legitimate. They think of my reputation, Jack the Jumper. I’m damned by what people think. Now I think I have a gap I won’t ever cross.”
He has five children; Jennifer, 47, from his only marriage, to actress Sandra Knight; Caleb, 40, whose mother is actress Susan Anspach; Honey, 29, the daughter of model Winnie Hollman; and Lorraine, 20, and Ray, 18, from a relationship with actress Rebecca Broussard, which ended his 16-year romance with Anjelica Huston. Nicholson says his heart was broken by Huston, despite the fact that he cheated on her (when he told her Broussard was pregnant she beat him up).
“The reality was that I was annihilated emotionally by the separation from Anjelica. That was probably the toughest period of my life,” Nicholson admits.
Asked if he wishes he could turn back time, he shakes his head.
“I may have made a mistake, but I don’t want to go back and correct it. I would rather deal with it.
“I would never complain about my life, even though I really would like to have a mate. It’s not like I’m starved for company – I have a few very good lady friends – but there’s only a certain amount of times a woman wants to see you and never go out for dinner. I got tired of arguing with women about going to have dinners, so I hired somebody to cook. The food is better at my house.”
As he talks, the actor begins to relax. Initially he resists talking about Jack Nicholson, the legendary womaniser, drinker, drug-taker and party animal, batting off questions with responses like, “It’s a conceptual point of view, not always the reality”.
The day he flew into New York from his LA home, he headed straight to a private party to meet up with his old friend Keith Richards, legendary guitarist with the Rolling Stones.
I remind him of pop singer Robin Williams’s joke that Nicholson is the only man in the world to whom Richards would say, “I have to go home now, Jack.”
“It’s funny, because he’d already left the party before I arrived … But contrary to opinion, however sated I got, I always looked after myself. I’ve woken up in trees, I’ve woken up almost hanging off cliffs, but I’ve always known how to sort myself out.
“Keith would stay up seven nights in a row. I stayed up late, but I slept in late, too. I always believed in taking care of myself. There was always a discipline within my partying structure. I’ve never kept a camera waiting, and in all my career I only missed one day of work, on The Shining. I put my back out.
“At the time I thought it was down to a scene where I had to throw this ball. In fact, the reason was that the movie was filmed in London. I loved British actors, and the fact there were these wild guys over there, and I wanted to show them what Jack the Waggle could do.
“I wanted to work like a beast and then go out and be all over London like a fire, the wildest of the lot. I rented a house next to the Thames that had a big high wall, and I’d come home most nights without my keys and I’d climb this wall. The first time I had no memory, and the next day at work I did in my back after this ball scene.
“A few nights later I was out again, climbing the wall, and when I landed I knew exactly how I did my back in – it was no ball.”
Nicholson’s face doesn’t betray his past like Richards’s does. Yes, he has a hedonist’s paunch and greying hair, but he has few lines and could easily pass for a man 15 years his junior.
“I haven’t had surgery. I don’t want to be judgmental, but some of the things you see these days in Hollywood are a bit horrifying. I mean, I don’t know what’s going on here, but I don’t want to scare people.
“I’ve never been comfortable about surgery. I was on the receiving end of one of the very first chest augmentations. When I touched what felt like polythene, that was it. The fuse went out. Maybe it’s childish, but I couldn’t cope with it.
“I mean, if someone can fool me with a new chest or lips, then I’m happy to be fooled. But I have to admit I have a prejudice against it. I’m not worried about wrinkles, in myself or in women. I find them interesting. I can’t see so well, so sometimes I look in the mirror and I see how I was as a young man. But a few years back I noticed I don’t have any hair below my sock line, and I thought to myself, ‘Jackie, that’s an old man.’
“One of the toughest parts of ageing is losing your friends. At first it starts quietly, then pretty soon it’s every month, and you can’t help but think, ‘When is that bell going to go off for me?’ And on top of that you feel this constant loss. At this time of life, you feel just a sword’s point from death. It’s frightening – who wants to face God and the clear white light? I know I definitely don’t. Yet.”
These days the hard drugs are gone, but he continues to smoke cannabis.
“I don’t tend to say this publicly, but we can see it’s a curative thing. The narcotics industry is also enormous. It funds terrorism and – this is a huge problem in America – fuels the foreign gangs. More than 85 per cent of men incarcerated in America are on drug-related offences. It costs $40,000 a year for every prisoner. If they were really serious about the economy there would be a sensible discussion about legalisation.”
Statements and reports have been made over the past few days about Oscar winner (and one of my favourite actors) Michael Douglas, that he is battling against throat cancer and due to under take radiotherapy over the next couple of months. My thoughts go out to Michael, wife Catherine Zeta Jones and the rest of his family and wishing him a speedy recovery. Very good to see that he seems to be positive about beating it! Good luck Michael.
A big happy birthday today to my favorite actor Jack Nicholson. He is 73 years young today.
Whilst trying to decide which films to include, I decided the biggest factor had to be if your able to watch it over and over again. I mean your only going to have 8 DVDs to chose from. Pointless having DVDs in there if you could not watch them over and over.
In putting together my list they had to have a good story, acting and interesting characters who you could either relate to or are very likeable.
My initial idea was to narrow it down towards the 8 films by separating the films into different genres. Then attempting to have at least one from each genre, giving a wider variety of film choice. But I am not entirely sure that actually happened when I look at my finished list.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Thought provoking and complex with a very interesting concept.
Brilliant performances from Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey
Has to be watched many times for you to really notice a lot of things in it.
Makes you wonder if you would erase someone
Confuses you so much throughout
“Look Closer . . . ” – tagline really explains it all, that you must look closer as life isn’t always what it first appears.
You must look closer at everything.
Brilliant performances from all members of the cast, who work so well together.
How midlife crisis can go
You will never look at a plastic bag blowing in the wind in the same way again!
The Sound of Music
Feel good film you can sing along to and enjoy at any ages.
The love story, between Maria and the Captain.
This is the film I watch when I feel a little down or ill, as it makes me smile.
Julie Andrews being just amazing
The Dark Knight
Amazing performances and storyline
I saw it 3 times at the cinema (holding the record for most cinema viewings for a film)
The Joker & Batman
Thought provoking in the sense of terrorism
Amazing Batman installment
Million Dollar Baby
I tried to resist all temptation of including my favorite film in this list, but the pressure got to me and I decided to include it.
Amazing performances and a storyline which really got to me.
The score by Clint Eastwood is just brilliant
The trio of Swank/Eastwood/Freeman
Best Picture Oscar winner
As Good As It Gets
Jack Nicholson at his very best in a best actor winning role.
Such a funny film with sarcastic and very witty humour used.
Helen Hunt in an Oscar-winning role
The dog - amazing in so many ways
The amazing lines Nicholson delivers
The ultimate tale of friendship lasting and how you get past disagreements and heartache.
“Wind Beneath My Wings”
Bette Midler putting in a believable and brilliant performance
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Yes I am very much part of the Rocky Horror fan club
This has to be one of the ultimate cult films.
Launched the Time Warp
Brilliance of Tim Curry in Drag
“Give yourself over to absolute pleasure”
After the recent allegations that the most recent best actress Oscar winner Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James cheated on her. It got me thinking about the previous best actress winners and there relationships especially after Kate Winslet announcing her spilt from husband Sam Mendes earlier this week. Hilary Swank split from Chad Lowe not too long after she picked up her second best actress statue. So can men really not handle it if there wife is more successful than them or is it all just a coincidence?
The old-fashioned values and usual relationship rules are that the man is classed as the main earner and “looks” after his wife and children. But in Hollywood that is not often the case when a woman can easily be more successful than her husband. So lets venture down the road of successful actresses and have a comparison with relationships she has had, especially before and even after winning the highest accolade of an Oscar.
Oscar-winning couple of actress Kate Winslet and director Sam Mendes have today announced that they are splitting up and planning on getting a divorce. I was rather shocked by this but thinking back to the Oscars Sam was not with Kate. Are they another couple to fall to the 7 year itch?
I am a big fan of Kate and thought it looked like her and Sam were together for the long haul, the way they spoke about each other when they worked together on Revolutionary Road. They always appeared strong as a couple. But I guess we never know what goes on behind closed doors.
More info TIMES
I wouldn’t usually make blog posts like this one but I am such a fan of Kate and wondering what others thought of this sad news?
A faded country music musician Bad Blake is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him. We first see Bad struggling from town to town playing in small venues the first being a run down bowling alley.
After Oscar success this year “The Hurt Locker” has a new poster with the Oscar’s it won. I think this is for the Australian release.
If you have read this blog before you will therefore know that love musicals a lot. So as you can imagine I went to the cinema to see this in the previews back when it came out, and have therefore seen it lots of times. I have to admit that I was not its biggest fan when I first saw it, I liked it quite a bit but didnt totally fall for it on the first viewing. However, each time I watch it I like it more and more. Especially watching Jennifer Hudson who totally deserved her Oscar for Best supporting Actress in her first movie role.
Last night after hearing the news of Patrick Swayze’s passing, I just had to watch “Ghost”. Ok so it was going to “Ghost” followed by “Dirty Dancing” but I had not long ago watched that. So decided to just focus on “Ghost”. With the famous pottery scene, unchained melody and Whoopi Goldberg winning an Oscar in the Supporting Actress role.
“Maybe this time . . . i’ll win”
The movie in which everyone really started to love Judy Garland’s daughter . . . Liza Minnelli in her Oscar winning role as Sally Bowles. She really is fantastic in this movie and totally deserved the Oscar in my opinion. As did Joel Grey who is just really outrageous and incredible.
The more I watch Cary Grant the more I find myself being in love with him. He is so charming and just gorgeous all of the time. Totally different to current day actors.
Hopefully this will not be for too long !!!
Sean Penn is taking a break from his movie career – the Oscar winner has pulled out of his next two film projects.
The star has quit his upcoming role in action picture Cartel and scrapped plans to work alongside Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey in The Three Stooges.
Penn, who recently reconciled with wife Robin Wright Penn after their second split in 18 months, is rumoured to be taking time out to spend more time with his partner and their two teenage children.
The actor’s publicist Mara Buxbaum confirmed the news to E! Online, “We indeed informed both productions that Sean was not available now. If for whatever reason the start dates on these productions were to be postponed, Sean would happily remain involved.”
In 6th place is none other than an actor who made a transistion from TV star to movie star . . . the one and only George Clooney !!!!
Into the top 10 . . . which is going to contain more detail and more pictures . . . coming in at number 10 is none other than . . . Heath ledger