Bryan Cranston has won three Emmys for his meth-making role on "Breaking Bad," and he's just scored some more respect from the foreign press (which previously nominated him for "Malcolm in the Middle") with his third Golden Globes nomination. I talked to the ever-loquacious Cranston about the latest critical kudos for his portrayal of Walter White and why he has no idea what's next for the troubled character.
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It looks like Adam Lambert held out on all his Glamberts! On Wednesday, he tweeted the album cover for new single, “Better Than I Know Myself” and a 30-second snippet of the song, but left out the big news: the release date for his second, post-”American Idol” album, “Trespassing.”
The set will come out March 20 on 19 Entertainment/RCA. Fans who pre-order the album on Dec. 20, will get an instant, free download of “Better Than I Know Myself,” which goes on sales next Tuesday. (Even though we're still in 2011, March 20 is starting to look like a major release date: both The Shins and Madonna announce this week that they will also release albums in "late March").
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Steven Spielberg has Diane Keaton to thank for opening his eyes to the work of cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. The director happened to see Keaton's TV movie "Wildflower" in 1991 and liked the photography so much, he hired Kaminski to shoot a TV movie for his company, Gregory Hoblit's "Class of '61." From there the two collaborated on 1993's "Schindler's List" and the rest was history.
Kaminski has shot 11 of Spielberg's features since, working almost exclusively with the director. "War Horse" is the latest example of their combined visual eye, a sweeping epic with nods to classic cinema and a fierce reverence for the landscape it captures.
Indeed, the environment is a key element of a cinematographer's arsenal. "An essential part of the job is to tell the story through non-verbal means," Kaminski says. "Placing the actor within their environment is essential not just from the cinematographer's point of view but from the storytelling point of view. So whether a character lives in Manhattan or whether he lives in Montana, it shapes him.
One of the ways you know Lionsgate is feeling good about the prospects of "Hunger Games" is by the way they have already promoted Liam Hemsworth to "last-name-only" status in the new trailer for "The Expendables 2."
And I'll say this for Lionsgate… I've been watching companies mount online campaigns for movies for the last fifteen years, and you can tell when a studio is all-in on something. And right now, there's no one working harder for something that's coming out next year than Lionsgate is for "Hunger Games," and today is a milestone for them, one they've chosen to commemorate with an online Poster Puzzle Hunt that uses Facebook, 100 different websites, and Twitter in one fell swoop. We've come a long way from when Gordon Paddison and New Line decided to bet big on an Internet presence for "Lord Of The Rings," and when Lionsgate asked if we wanted to play along this morning, we jumped at the chance, if only to see how the whole thing's going to work.
No one has ever taken much stock in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's best of the year picks as a reliable precursors to the Academy Awards. At best, they are a well timed marketing tool that provides awards-centric films a publicity boost at the box office. And, this year in particular, for small films such as "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "Albert Nobbs," "The Artist" and "My Week With Marilyn" and "Shame," that could be significant. But after the SAG Awards were announced yesterday, an actual indicator of industry and AMPAS member sentiment, have the Globes ever seemed less relevant?
Oh, the Globes. Whether they get things right or wrong -- or both, as in this morning's list -- they never really disappoint. Those who enjoy brandishing pitchforks at the HFPA for their shameless star-whoring have plenty to work with here: Angelina Jolie nominated for Best Foreign Language Film! Madonna nominated for Best Original Song ahead of any of the Oscar-favored tunes from "The Muppets!" George Clooney breaking a Globes record with four individual nominations! And so on and so forth.
But for those who enjoy the Globes more for their taste in offbeat underdogs, there are bright spots too. I'm delighted to see Brendan Gleeson crack a comedy actor nod for his superb work in the tiny Irish black comedy "The Guard," and not just because I predicted it. And just when you thought "A Dangerous Method" had evaporated from the season, it shows up here with a deserved supporting nod for best-in-show star Viggo Mortensen. Meanwhile, I know the many fans of "50/50" among our readers will be pleased with mentions for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the film itself.
The SAG ensemble award is a strange beast, one that has made official nominees of such noted thespians as Gwen Stefani, Eli Roth and the RZA, sometimes at the expense of more accomplished colleagues. A quirk that causes trouble every year is their rigid but random method of determining which actors are key players in the ensemble, a screen credit issue that often leaves valued players out in the cold. This year, Corey Stoll, whose hilarious performance as Ernest Hemingway made him, for many critics, the MVP of “Midnight in Paris,” wasn’t included in the film’s ensemble nod, while Carla Bruni, perfectly fine in her bit part as a museum guide, was. Go figure. Nathaniel Rogers ponders this and other injustices, gets a diplomatic (but clearly vexed) response from Stoll, and offers a sensible solution. [Film Experience]
So it's only a snippet but long-suffering Adam Lambert fans finally got a tease of what's coming next from their favorite "American Idol" contestant.
There have been a lot of fits and starts to get us to this point, many of which have been chronicled by Lambert for his little Glamberts in exhaustive detail via Twitter.
But today, we got a 30-second (okay, 27-second) tidbit of "Better Than I Know Myself," the first single from Lambert's second album. The full single will be available on Dec. 20-- Happy Holidays From Adam-- and the full album, "Trespassing," is expected in 2012.
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As Edward points out, we're down to the dirty dozen. And speaking of dozen (or more), I'm keeping an eye on Padma. Since she admitted that she gains about 15 pounds during a season and just relies on clever, loose-fitting outfits to conceal her fuller form, I'm intrigued. Considering she always looks pretty amazing (and skinny), I'm thinking we all might be able to pick up some post-holiday fashion tips if she's really this skillful at concealment. So go ahead, down that eggnog! Grab a turkey leg! But then again, I'm not ruling out that Padma just has a closet full of Spanx that she's not copping to, so maybe proceed at your own risk.
The first time I sat down with Robert Downey Jr. to talk about all things "Sherlock Holmes," we were on the set of the first film in London, and I was still working for Ain't It Cool. As a result, much was made of the idea that Moriarty was going to be visiting that day, and it turned out to be one of the strangest days on a set I've ever had.
Strange, but good. What struck me right away was that Downey has that ability to focus his full attention on someone in a conversation in a way that cuts out the rest of the world, making you feel like there's nothing more urgent than whatever the two of you are discussing.
I took him a gift that day, a copy of a fascinating piece of literary criticism by Pierre Bayard called "Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening The Case of The Hound Of the Baskervilles." I figured it was completely appropriate, and he responded to the gesture by giving me more and more time over the course of the afternoon. It ended up being published as two different articles over at Ain't It Cool, and that was the end of my use of the name I published under for a full decade-plus.