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The Hobbit – Matthew Goode auditioned for Bilbo Baggins

Posted by LiveFor on February 24, 2010

Matthew Goode has been busy since starring as Ozymandias in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. The 31 year old actor starred in A Single Man with Colin Firth that is loved by the critics, he’s about to be seen with Amy Adams in the romantic comedy Leap Year and he is also in Ricky Gervais’ Cemetery Junction.

It also turns out that he recently auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s adaption of The Hobbit. Something which the 6ft 2 actor found quite funny when speaking to The Telegraph.

Now he’s a father, Goode doesn’t even like travelling that much. But just before we met, he’d auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film of The Hobbit. As he is the first to admit, he’s not an obvious choice – ‘Look at the size of me for Christ’s sake!’ If he got the part, he would, he says, find it almost impossible to refuse – despite the fact that it would involve him spending several months in New Zealand.

No word on how he got on at the audition or who else has been looked at. Still wondering when we’ll get some more info on who’ll be in it and playing what. Also it is currently down for a 2011 release but that could be pushed back to 2012.

Would Goode make a good Bilbo Baggins?

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BAFTAS 2010: The Winners – The Hurt Locker beat Avatar and Moon did well

Posted by LiveFor on February 21, 2010

Well it looks as if we Brits preferred the exploits of the bomb disposal team in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker over James Cameron’s Avatar. Bigelow’s film won best film and director, original screenplay, cinematography, as well as editing and sound awards.

Well done to Duncan Jones who won Outstanding Debut (that’s him behind the BAFTA award below).

BEST FILM
* The Hurt Locker
Avatar
An Education
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Up In the Air

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
* Fish Tank
An Education
In the Loop
Moon
Nowhere Boy

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
* Duncan Jones – Moon
Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, David Pearson – Mugabe and the White African
Eran Creevy – Shifty
Stuart Hazeldine – Exam
Sam Taylor_Wood – Nowhere Boy

DIRECTOR
* The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow
Avatar – James Cameron
District 9 – Neill Blomkamp
An Education – Lone Scherfig
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
* The Hurt Locker – Mark Boal
The Hangover – Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
A Serious Man – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Up – Bob Peterson, Pete Docter

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
* Up In the Air – Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
District 9 – Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
An Education – Nick Hornby
In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire – Geoffrey Fletcher

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
* A Prophet
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Let the Right One In
The White Ribbon

ANIMATED FILM
* Up
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox

LEADING ACTOR
* Colin Firth – A Single Man
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up In The Air
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker
Andy Serkis – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

LEADING ACTRESS
* Carey Mulligan – An Education
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
Audrey Tautou – Coco Before Chanel

SUPPORTING ACTOR
* Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Alec Baldwin – It’s Complicated
Christian Mckay – Me And Orson Welles
Alfred Molina – An Education
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
* Mo’nique – Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire
Anne-Marie Duff – Nowhere Boy
Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air
Kristin Scott Thomas – Nowhere Boy

ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP
Vanessa Redgrave

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
Joe Dunton

MUSIC
* Up – Michael Giacchino
Avatar – James Horner
Crazy Heart – T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Alexandre Desplat
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Chaz Jankel

CINEMATOGRAPHY
* The Hurt Locker – Barry Ackroyd
Avatar – Mauro Fiore
District 9 – Trent Opaloch
Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson
The Road – Javier Aguirresarobe

EDITING
* The Hurt Locker – Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
Avatar – Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
District 9 – Julian Clarke
Inglourious Basterds – Sally Menke
Up in the Air – Dana E. Glauberman

PRODUCTION DESIGN
* Avatar – Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
District 9 – Philip Ivey, Guy Poltgieter
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Nominees TBC
Inglourious Basterds – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco

COSTUME DESIGN
* The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell
Bright Star – Janet Patterson
Coco Before Chanel – Catherine Leterrier
An Education – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
A Single Man – Arianne Phillips

SOUND
* The Hurt Locker – Ray Beckett, Paul N. J. Ottosson, Craig Stauffer
Avatar – Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson, Addison Teague
District 9 – Nominees TBC
Star Trek – Peter J. Devlin, Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Mark Stoeckinger, Ben Burtt
Up – Tom Myers, Michael Silvers, Michael Semanick

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
* Avatar – Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones
District 9 – Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – John Richardson, Tim Burke, Tim Alexander, Nicolas Aithadi
The Hurt Locker – Richard Stutsman
Star Trek – Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton

MAKEUP & HAIR
* The Young Victoria – Jenny Shircore
Coco Before Chanel – Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen, Jane Milon
An Education – Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Sarah Monzani
Nine – Peter ‘Swords’ King

ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD
* Kristen Stewart
Jesse Eisenberg
Nicholas Hoult
Carey Mulligan
Tahar Rahim

Do you think the British Academy of Film and Television picked the right winners? Which way do you think the Oscars will go?

Pictures from BAFTA

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2010 Oscars – All the nominees in one photo

Posted by LiveFor on February 17, 2010

The 2010 Academy Award nominees attended the annual Oscar luncheon in Beverly Hills yesterday. Above is a photo of all 120 of them (click on it for a bigger version). How cool would it have been to be there?

Jeff Bridges is looking cool on the left, 2nd row up next to Sandra Bullock. George Clooney is on the back row next to James Cameron, 5th and 6th from the left and Quentin Tarantino is a few spaces on from them. Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe are on the right in the front row with Jeremy Renner, Kathryn Bigelow, Morgan Freeman, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman just behind them. There are many more people you will recognize.

I just think it is a great photo as is the one below showing all the best actor nominees.

The Best Actor nominees (Back L-R) Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges and George Clooney. (Front L-R) Morgan Freeman and Jeremy Renner


Check out the full list of nominees for the 2010 Oscars and whether Jeff Bridges will finally win an Oscar.

Source: Daily Mail

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Nicolas Cage, Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Morgan Freeman, Peter Sarsgaard and Christoph Waltz discuss acting

Posted by LiveFor on December 16, 2009

This is fantastic stuff. Great to see all these actors together.

Is acting art? Nicolas Cage, Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Morgan Freeman, Peter Sarsgaard and Christoph Waltz hash it out at our awards season roundtable.

Stanley Tucci, Nicolas Cage and Morgan Freeman tell us how they handle disagreements on set.

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A Single Man – New Poster for Colin Firth’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on November 24, 2009

Will Colin Firth be nominated for an Oscar in this one? Will he win an Oscar? Who knows, but he has been getting rave reviews for it.

George Falconer (Colin Firth) is a 52-year-old British college professor struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters, ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim.

It is the directorial debut of Tom Ford and stars Colin Firth, Juilanne Moore and Matthew Goode. It opens on 11 December 2009.

Source: Collider

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Main St – What is Colin Firth up to?

Posted by LiveFor on November 23, 2009


Colin Firth is in the running for A Single Man (check out the trailer), but one of his next films is the final screenplay from Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award®-winner Horton Foote. It is a luminous and timely tale of a down-and-out small town that receives a mysterious visitor – a stranger with a promise to turn things around and bring the town back to its former pride and glory.

Georgiana (Ellen Burstyn) is a stately tobacco heiress faced with a real estate problem; she has an empty warehouse on the town’s foundering Main Street. She rents the facility to the visitor, Texas businessman Gus Leroy (Colin Firth) – sight unseen and no questions asked – and she has no idea that his risky business will soon impact her friends and neighbors. From her niece Willa (Patricia Clarkson), to the local police officer (Orlando Bloom) and the girl he has his eye on (Amber Tamblyn), everyone in town begins to question the trucks arriving in the middle of the night unloading cargo into Georgiana’s warehouse.

When it is finally revealed that the material being stored is hazardous waste, there is an uproar. Leroy explains to the Mayor that several towns throughout the south are experiencing full economic recovery as a result of doing business with him, and the town must face the ultimate question – to do what is needed, or do what is right. The new business could enrich their economy, but put all its inhabitants in peril.

I posted photos of Orlando Bloom on the set of this film a while back.

Source: Collider

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A Single Man – Trailer for new film by Tom Ford starring Colin Firth

Posted by LiveFor on September 15, 2009

firthA Single Man is the story of George Falconer, a British college professor who is struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his long-time partner, Jim . He is consoled by his closest friend Charley, a 48-year-old beauty, and is stalked by one of his students, Kenny.

It is based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwod and adapted by Tom Ford and David Scearce.

Ford is the designer who spent ten years bringing Gucci back from the brink.

The film stars Colin Firth (who won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for this role – more on that over at The First Post) as George, Julianne Moore is his friend Charlotte and Nicholas Hoult is Kenny, a student with whom George has an encounter. Matthew Goode (Watchmen) is also in it.

It has been getting excellent reviews at the recent festivals that it has shown at. Definitely one to keep an eye on. Have a look at the trailer and let me know what you think of it.

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Source: /Film

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Genova – Competition winners

Posted by LiveFor on September 14, 2009

genovaThere where many entries into the Genova competition, but only 4 DVD’s of Colin Firth’s film where up for grabs.

Without further ado the winners are:

  • Rachel  – England
  • Diane – USA
  • Jason – England
  • Rickie – Germany

Congratulations to all of you. DVD’s heading your way soon.

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A Christmas Carol – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on September 13, 2009

Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth

Due out on 6th November 2009

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Colin Firth Competition – Win Genova DVD

Posted by LiveFor on September 6, 2009

genova-Stills_228_1024_72_largeColin Firth loves a good costume drama. From Pride and Prejudice to the new take on Dorian Gray (check out the trailer for that here) the Firthster is there with the frilly shirt and the smouldering look.

However, he has been known to star in films set in the modern day and Michael Winterbottom’s Genova is one of them.

The good people of Way to Blue have provided me with 4 copies of the DVD – Certificate 15, Region 2, PAL. Open to anyone in the World. To be in with a chance to win one all you have to do is send me the answer to the following question:

Name four Colin Firth films that are not costume dramas

So any films set in the modern day apart from Genova and no sequels allowed!

Email me the answer with the subject “GENOVA COMP” and include your name and address – Closing date is Sunday 13th September. The four winners will be chosen at random. My decision is final.

Good luck.
genova

A haunting, eerie journey to a place where souls stir and hearts go to mend themselves, Genova is the dark, brooding voyage of discovery for one family, torn apart by tragedy.

With its sun drenched vistas and shadow-cloaked alleyways, and Italian town of Genova provides a fresh start for Joe and his two young daughters. Seeking new lives after the sudden death of their mother they’re all looking for something. As Joe throws himself into study and possible new relationships, the teenage Kelly loses herself in the underbelly of this mysterious new world.

But it’s youngest daughter Mary who is affected by this mystifying and alluring paradise. And then she sees the ghost of her mother wandering the streets…

With echoes of Nicholas Roeg’s seminal Don’t Look Now, this acclaimed, stunning new film from the multi-award winning Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart) stars Colin Firth (Mama Mia), Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich), Hope Davis (Synecdoche, New York), Willa Holland (The O.C.) and Perla Haney-Jardine (Kill Bill Vol. 2)

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