The 86th annual Academy Awards hosted by Ellen DeGeneres were held March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst moments from the show as well as the full list of winners.
Pizza Delivery: DeGeneres had pizza delivered to the A-list stars that had to sit through the long award show. Brad Pitt was seen helping to pass out paper plates and Jared Leto was generous with his piece of pizza which he gave to his mom. DeGeneres then passed around Pharrell’s now famous hat to tip the pizza delivery guy.
In Secret is the tale of a scandalous love affair that turns tragic when desire leads to deadly desperation. The film, directed by Charlie Stratton (ABC’s Revenge), is based on Emile Zola’s acclaimed novel Thérèse Raquin, set in 1860’s Paris. Thérèse Raquin (Elizabeth Olsen of Martha Marcy May Marlene) is an entrancing beauty who is confined to a loveless marriage to her anemic cousin Camille (Tom Felton from the Harry Potter franchise) arranged by her indifferent aunt, Madame Raquin (Oscar winner Jessica Lange).
Soon after the Raquins move from the countryside to Paris, Thérèse’s unrequited sexual yearning is answered by the arrival of Camille’s childhood friend, Laurent LeClaire (Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac). Laurent is everything that Camille is not: he is a virile, charming artist who has an extensive history of pleasing women. Thérèse and Laurent embark on an erotic affair that exhilarates the once lifeless young wife, eliciting an unbridled passion.
Story by Brooke Forman
In Kate Barker-Froyland’s newest film, Song One, we are introduced to Henry (Ben Rosenfield), a struggling and aspiring musician who is playing for pennies for the love of his art. Meanwhile, his sister Franny (Anne Hathaway), is an anthropologist completing her Ph.D. when she is sent to return to her hometown of NYC. And upon her arrival she learns that her brother is in a coma after having been struck by a car. With this she begins a new journey, immersing herself in her brother's life, walking in his shoes and following his path in hopes of understanding his lifestyle and mind--a disposition she used to write off and ignore.By reading his journals and partaking in his favorite diner, Franny finally begins to understand more about Henry. However, it isn't until Franny meets her brother's musical idol, singer/songwriter James Forester (Johnny Flynn), that the film begins to really take a turn.
Story by Brooke Forman and Argiris Sarris
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest actors who has ever lived, and inspired the world with his captivating performances. A truly gifted actor, he possessed the rare ability to truly transform into whichever character he undertook and we were exceptionally lucky to see both his latest projects at Sundance Film Festival--projects that moved us beyond words, at that.
In God’s Pocket we are introduced to the lives of small town, blue collar folk from Philadelphia, where in the first shot, part-time crook, Mickey (Hoffman), sees his stepson in a casket at a funeral home. We are then taken back 3 days prior, where we meet Mickey's trouble making stepson Leon, and we learn of the conflict between Mickey and a fellow co-worker; a conflict that leads to Mickey's untimely death. The witnesses cover up the truth and leave the boy’s mom, Jeannie (‘’Mad Men’’ star Christina Hendricks) pleading for truth and justice, unable to deal with her son’s death. Hoffman’s character, whose relationship with his wife is utterly empty, involves himself on a quest in search of answers. From stealing meat trucks to hidden affairs, God’s pocket is a tale of people, forced to face their inner realities, brought together by the unexpected death of young Leon.
Jack and Rose, Allie and Noah, Tony and Maria, Scarlett and Rhett, the most famous couples in history have shaped how much we all appreciate a great love story!
We've rounded up some of the best romance movies of all time and picked our favorite scenes. Love and passion both run deep within the films that we chose. With all of the great romantic films out there it was hard to chose just 10, but after much deliberation we finally came up with a list that we hope you enjoy!
Whether you're going on a date tonight or staying in, make sure to celebrate this day of love by watching one of these classic romance films.
Both Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have signed on to star in a sequel to their hit 2012 movie Pitch Perfect. The two funny ladies will reprise their roles as members of the all girls a cappella girl, the Barden Bellas.
After news of the sequel was announced, Wilson took to Twitter to express her excitement. The actress tweeted, “@AnnaKendrick47 & Myself: 2 Girls, 1 CUPS in Pitch Perfect 2 x.” The “Cups” that Wilson is referring to is the hit song that Kendrick sings in Pitch Perfect which peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last year.
Story by Brooke Forman
Playing two dispirited siblings, former SNL stars, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, breathe depth and life to serious roles as they use their comedic talents to navigate the gray waters of depression. Skeleton Twins opens with a shot of the despondent sister and brother, who have been living across country from each other for ten years, attempting suicide in their bathrooms. After brother Milo, a slight masochist and struggling LA actor, fails at his attempt, he comes to live with his sister, Maggie, a dental assistant living in the same small New York town where she grew up in. Maggie’s husband, Lance (Luke Wilson), a good, respectable guy, is ready to start a family; Maggie, however, is less than fulfilled with the relationship. What unfolds on the screen is a belated bonding of the two who, both complex by nature, begin to understand each other as they explore their similarities and venture on similar interests. Along the way, we are able to enjoy much belly laughter as the pair lip sync to the classic '80s Starship record "Mannequin" and when they take nitrous oxide in the dentist office. Eventually, however, trouble arises as resentment that has been building up over the past decade unfolds. Prepare for that which you could never be too prepared for: the unknown pastures of life.
Story by Brooke Forman
Sundance Film festival devotees flooded into the theatres to see one of the most highly anticipated films of the year: Boyhood. Written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, this tremendous and honest film spans 12 monumental years of one boys childhood, as it shadows him from the ages of 6 to 18. Linklater is also known for his work in Before Midnight , which is part of The Before Trilogy , and Dazed & Confused.
Written and directed by Ron Kruas, “Gimme Shelter” is not a movie from the faint of heart; it requires emotional stamina to sit through it, but it makes every minute worth your while. It is an unexpected triumph of filmmaking that tells the compelling true story of despair, redemption, and second chances.
Sixteen-year-old Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) flees from her drug-addicted, abusive mother, June (Rosario Dawson) to her wealthy Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser) whom she knows only by one letter written to her before she was born. When they learn of her pregnancy, Apple’s father and stepmother urge her to abort the child, a condition Apple refuses. She runs away again, only cause a traffic accident that nearly kills her. With the guidance from a kindly priest (James Earl Jones), Apple moves to a shelter for pregnant teenagers, headed by Kathy DiFiore where she stays to have her baby.
Some actors will do anything to get a part in a movie with a big time director like Martin Scorsese. For instance, Jonah Hill was willing to take a pay cut just to work with the director in the Oscar nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street.
In a recent interview on Howard Stern’s radio show, the Best Supporting Actor nominee said he only made $60,000, the SAG minimum, for the film’s seven month shoot. “They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer,” Hill said during the interview.