Laura Dern - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 201
Guest and Laura Dern - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting Actress gong for her role in 'Boyhood'.
Patricia Arquette has won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in Richard Linklater’s epic Boyhood, playing the role of Olivia Evans.
The 46 year old fended off strong competition from Laura Dern (Bobbi Grey in Wild), Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Sam Thomson in Birdman) and Meryl Streep (‘The Witch’ in Into The Woods).
2015's Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette (L) with her 'Boyhood' colleagues Ellar Coltrane and Richard Linklater
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Reese Witherspoon gives a beautifully stripped-back performance in this epic journey based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed. The title has a double meaning, as it follows this wild child through the Wild West in a quest to find her centre. This metaphor is as obvious as Cheryl's badly over-loaded backpack, but while the messages are unmistakable the filmmaking and acting are raw and natural. And the settings are spectacular.
After a chaotic patch of wanton living, seen in flashback, Cheryl (Witherspoon) sets off to hike a thousand miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada. She has no idea what she's doing, but bravely goes for it, overcoming feelings of loneliness before getting to know some fellow hikers along the trail as she traverses deserts, mountains and forests amid sunshine, rain and snow. All of this gives her a chance to make sense of a variety of memories involving her mother (Laura Dern), her ex-husband (Thomas Sadoski), her younger brother (Keene McRae) and her best friend (Gaby Hoffmann). And there are plenty of issues that need to be sorted out.
The film is structured in a way that lets us learn about Cheryl's past gradually. Important facts and events are dribbled in throughout the hike, shaping Cheryl's physical odyssey into a journey of self-discovery, which is more than a little gimmicky. Especially when "telling" quotes are printed right across the screen. Thankfully, Nick Hornby's script and Jean-Marc Vallee's direction never moralise about her history of promiscuity and drug abuse. These things are not the problem: they are symptoms of what's wrong with Cheryl. And this gives the film a maturity lacking in most Hollywood-studio films that are happy to find easy explanations and solutions.
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'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory Of Everything' stars among the 26th annual festival's honourees.
The 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards saw accolades going to some very well-deserved movies from the last year - with some even more well-deserved individuals picking them up.
Unsurprisingly, the Ensemble Cast Award went to the actors from 'The Imitation Game'; a movie depicting the era-defining career of codebreaker Alan Turing during World War II and his subsequent arrest for being homosexual. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, with the likes of Allen Leech, Matthew Beard and Alex Lawther - the latter of whom plays Turing's younger self. Directed by the BAFTA nominated Morten Tyldum, the movie has already been nominated for five Golden Globes, and it definitely looks to be in line for an Academy Award.
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The cast and crew of forthcoming drama biopic 'Wild' talk about Jean-Marc Vallée's direction and Reese Witherspoon's portrayal of Cheryl Strayed; an author who walked over 2,500 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in a bid to come to terms with the problems in her life. Among them are Reese, Jean-Marc and Cheryl themselves, as well as producers Bruna Papandrea and Nathan Ross, cinematographer Yves Belanger and Reese's co-star Laura Dern.
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When young Cheryl Strayed loses her beloved mother, her entire world seems to come crashing down around her. With her family members distancing themselves from each other in their mourning, she feels she has no-one left to turn to and starts taking heroin and indulging in promiscuous behaviour to comfort herself - if only temporarily. As expected, she and her husband soon divorce as her antics do not improve and she decides that she needs to find another outlet for her grief. Despite having had no previous experience, she decides to embark on a solitary journey across the Pacific Crest Trail; a 1,100 mile hike from California to Canada across brutal mountains and savagely dry desert. Has Cheryl made the biggest mistake of her life? Or will she finally be able to find peace with the world?
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Based on the beloved novel by John Green, this film is so squarely slanted toward teen girls that it is likely to annoy everyone else. Written and directed in a way that never allows even a hint of ambiguity, each scene and line of dialogue is on-the-nose, pushing the audience to a specific emotional response. This of course leaves everything feeling manipulative and false. Even so, the movie is rescued by another wonderfully layered performance from Shailene Woodley.
She plays the 17-year-old Hazel, who has been dealing with aggressive cancer for three years and has only just been stabilised by a breakthrough treatment. As she still needs to carry oxygen to breathe properly, her parents (Laura Dern and Sam Trammell) are understandably protective, but she's happy to get out on her own whenever possible. Then in a support group she meets 18-year-old cancer survivor Gus (Ansel Elgort), who is immediately smitten with her and flirts so aggressively that she finally agrees to be his friend, but nothing more. As she hangs out with Gus and his pal Isaac (Nat Wolff), another cancer patient, she begins to open up to her innermost dreams. So she goes along with a make-a-wish plan to travel to Amsterdam with Gus and her mother to meet the author (Willem Dafoe) of her favourite novel. And the trip changes her life in several unexpected ways.
Sensitive audience members will be sobbing from the beginning to the end of this film, simply because director Josh Boone tells them to. More cynical viewers will find it impossible to believe anything on-screen. This isn't because the plot is bad (it's actually quite thoughtful and provocative) or the actors get their performances wrong. It's because Boone and the screenwriters can't resist punching every note as loudly as they can. It's been so tidily shaped into a cinematic structure that everything feels fake, which makes it impossible for the actors to create characters who could exist anywhere besides in a movie.
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Hazel Lancaster is a bright 16-year-old girl suffering from terminal cancer who is forced to carry an oxygen and breathing tubes with her wherever she goes. Her mother forces her to attend a nearby cancer support group in a bid to help her come to terms with her illness and make friends who understand her situation. She meets a charming former cancer sufferer and amputee named Gus who is immediately taken by Hazel and the pair become inseparable; he sees past her tragic illness and is the only person who makes her feel as if she has a lifetime ahead of her. However, she soon begins to realise that her feelings for him are becoming stronger and stronger and she attempts to distance herself from him to avoid hurting him in the future. But Gus is determined that he loves her, and will stay by her side until the very end.
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Shailene Woodley has cut her usually long hair for a role. She is donating her cut hair to a children's charity which makes wigs for children with hair loss.
Shailene Woodley, the actress best known for her role in The Descendants, has cut her long locks for a role. The 21-year-old actress has decided to donate her cut hair to a children's charity called Children With Hair Loss, an organisation which makes wigs for children suffering from hair loss due to cancer or other medical treatments.
Shailene Woodley at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.
This is appropriate considering the role Woodley is to play. She is set to play the lead role in The Fault in Our Stars as Hazel Grace Lancaster. Based on the book by John Green, Hazel suffers from cancer and falls in love with another ill child. The movie is due out next year and will feature performances from Nat Wolff (The Last Keepers), Andel Algort (Carrie) and Laura Dern (Englightened).
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Actress Laura Dern is snapped out shopping with her children in Manhattan. She briefly stops to sign autographs for a group of fans. Dern recently starred in the TV series 'Enlightened' for which she won a Golden Globe. The series was, however, recently cancelled due to low ratings.
HBO have cancelled Laura Dern's award-winning show 'Enlightened.'
HBO has controversially pulled the plug on fan-favorite drama 'Enlightened' after just two seasons. The show starred Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe, a self-destructive executive who experiences a philosophical awakening in rehabilitation and subsequently attempts to get her life back on track after an implosion in her professional life. Amy moved back in with her mother and tries to reconnect with her ex-husband Levi, played by Luke Wilson. It was great stuff, the critics loved it, HBO viewers adored it, so why is it no more?
Tim Goodman over at the Hollywood Reporter argues that the cable channel favors exclusive feeling, award winning shows, like Lena Dunham's Girls. You can't browse the internet or walk around New York without seeing Dunham or Allison Williams face, and you need HBO to see more. "It likes buzz, which leads to awards, which lead to a sense of something special you're not getting unless you're getting HBO. So you subscribe. That's the business model," writes Goodman, adding, "But even in that environment, an audience of 200,000 to 300,000 is not sustainable unless there's a critical cacophony a la Girls. So it's not quite a surprise that HBO canceled Enlightened on Tuesday. I would make the argument that if the pay cable channel didn't have a handful of comedies in the pipeline, it probably would have stuck with the show for a third season." Essentially, nobody really knew Laura Dern was in a show called Enlightened, apart from those who watched Enlightened. Ask somebody who Lena Dunham is, and it's the woman from Girls.
"It was a very difficult decision," a rep for HBO told E! Online in a statement. "We've decided not to continue Enlightened for a third season. We're proud of the show and we look forward to working with Mike White and Laura Dern in the future." Despite receiving critical acclaim, Enlightened was lucky not to fall foul of HBO's ruthless cull last year, when Hung, How To Make It In America and the excellent Bored To Death were all cancelled.
Continue reading: HBO Show Ending: Why Is Fan-Favorite 'Enlightened' Getting The Chop?