Curious…?

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Curious…?

Sex. Power. Control. Romance. Submission. What turns you on…?

These are the themes explored in the highly anticipated psycho-sexual-thriller — ’50 Shades of Grey’ — starring Dakota Johnson & smouldering Brit (Irish — if it matters) actor, Jamie Dornan.

Based on the hit book trilogy by female Brit author E.L. James, ’50 Shades’ aims to please as it takes us on an emotional & sexual journey…lauded to awaken the deepest, darkest, desires we all hide.

As it slinks into theatres over Valentine’s Day weekend, WHY Universal decided to street this film on Friday the 13th leaves ME, for one, quite curious…

So…IF you haven’t yet seen the trailer…and IF, you, too, are curious…here it is. ‘Laters, Baby.’

‘Gravity’ Leads BAFTA Noms by Trace De La Torre

20140108-010841.jpg   Los Angeles — KUDOS to “Gravity” for leading the pack with 11 BAFTA noms — followed by 10 each for “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” — “Captain Phillips” earned 9 noms.

The BAFTAs will be hosted by the AMAZING Stephen Fry on Feb. 16th at London’s Royal Opera House.

And the nominees are…

•BEST FILM
-12 YEARS A SLAVE: Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen.
-AMERICAN HUSTLE: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon.
-CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca.
-GRAVITY: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman.
-PHILOMENA: Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward.

•OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
-GRAVITY: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás Cuarón.
-MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM: Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William Nicholson.
-PHILOMENA: Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Jeff Pope.
-RUSH: Ron Howard, Andrew Eaton, Peter Morgan.
-SAVING MR. BANKS: John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith.
-THE SELFISH GIANT: Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan.

•OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
-COLIN CARBERRY (Writer)
-GLENN PATTERSON (Writer) ‘Good Vibrations’.
-KELLY MARCEL (Writer) ‘Saving Mr. Banks’.
-KIERAN EVANS (Director/Writer) ‘Kelly + Victor’.
-PAUL WRIGHT (Director/Writer), POLLY STOKES (Producer) ‘For Those in Peril’.
-SCOTT GRAHAM (Director/Writer) ‘Shell’.

•FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
-THE ACT OF KILLING: Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen.
-BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR: Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval.
-THE GREAT BEAUTY: Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima.
-METRO MANILA: Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier.
-WADJDA: (MY FAVORITE!!!)
Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul.

•DOCUMENTARY
-THE ACT OF KILLING: Joshua Oppenheimer.
-THE ARMSTRONG LIE: Alex Gibney.
-BLACKFISH: Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
-TIM’S VERMEER: Teller, Penn Villette, Farley Ziegler.
-WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS: Alex Gibney.

•ANIMATED FILM
-DESPICABLE ME 2: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin.
-FROZEN: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee.
-MONSTERS UNIVERSITY: Dan Scanlon.

•DIRECTOR
-12 YEARS A SLAVE: Steve McQueen.
-AMERICAN HUSTLE: David O. Russell.
-CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Paul Greengrass.
-GRAVITY: Alfonso Cuarón.
-THE WOLF OF WALL STREET: Martin Scorsese.

•ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
-AMERICAN HUSTLE: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell.
-BLUE JASMINE: Woody Allen.
-GRAVITY: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón.
-INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.
-NEBRASKA: Bob Nelson.

•ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
-12 YEARS A SLAVE: John Ridley.
-BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: Richard LaGravenese.
-CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Billy Ray.
-PHILOMENA: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope.
-THE WOLF OF WALL STREET: Terence Winter.

•LEADING ACTOR
-BRUCE DERN: Nebraska.
-CHIWETEL EJIOFOR: 12 Years a Slave.
-CHRISTIAN BALE: American Hustle.
-LEONARDO DICAPRIO: The Wolf of Wall Street.
-TOM HANKS: Captain Phillips.

•LEADING ACTRESS
-AMY ADAMS: American Hustle.
-CATE BLANCHETT: Blue Jasmine.
-EMMA THOMPSON: Saving Mr. Banks.
-JUDI DENCH: Philomena.
-SANDRA BULLOCK: Gravity.

•SUPPORTING ACTOR
-BARKHAD ABDI: Captain Phillips.
-BRADLEY COOPER: American Hustle.
-DANIEL BRÜHL: Rush.
-MATT DAMON: Behind the Candelabra.
-MICHAEL FASSBENDER: 12 Years a Slave.

•SUPPORTING ACTRESS
-JENNIFER LAWRENCE: American Hustle.
-JULIA ROBERTS: August: Osage County.
-LUPITA NYONG’O: 12 Years a Slave.
-OPRAH WINFREY: The Butler.
-SALLY HAWKINS: Blue Jasmine.

•ORIGINAL MUSIC
-12 YEARS A SLAVE: Hans Zimmer.
-THE BOOK THIEF: John Williams.
-CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Henry Jackman.
-GRAVITY: Steven Price.
-SAVING MR. BANKS: Thomas Newman.

•CINEMATOGRAPHY
-12 YEARS A SLAVE: Sean Bobbitt.
-CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Barry Ackroyd.
-GRAVITY: Emmanuel Lubezki.
-INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: Bruno Delbonnel.
-NEBRASKA: Phedon Papamichael.

•EDITING
-12 YEARS A SLAVE: Joe Walker.
-CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Christopher Rouse.
-GRAVITY: Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger.
-RUSH: Dan Hanley, Mike Hill.
-THE WOLF OF WALL STREET: Thelma Schoonmaker.

•PRODUCTION DESIGN
-12 YEARS A SLAVE: Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker.
-AMERICAN HUSTLE: Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler.
-BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: Howard Cummings.
-GRAVITY: Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard.
-THE GREAT GATSBY: (MY FAVORITE!!!) Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn.

•COSTUME DESIGN
-AMERICAN HUSTLE: Michael Wilkinson.
-BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: Ellen Mirojnick.
-THE GREAT GATSBY: Catherine Martin.
-THE INVISIBLE WOMAN: Michael O’Connor.
-SAVING MR. BANKS: Daniel Orlandi.

•MAKE UP & HAIR
-AMERICAN HUSTLE: Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell.
-BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin.
-THE BUTLER: Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal.
-THE GREAT GATSBY: Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn.
-THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG: Peter Swords King, *Richard Taylor* (!!!) Rick Findlater.

•SOUND
-ALL IS LOST: Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur.
-CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney.
-GRAVITY: Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro.
-INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff
RUSH Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse.

•SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
-GRAVITY: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny.
-THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds.
-IRON MAN 3: Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick.
-PACIFIC RIM: Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner.
-STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett.

•BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
-EVERYTHING I CAN SEE FROM HERE: Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Friederike Nicolaus, Sam Taylor.
-I AM TOM MOODY: Ainslie Henderson.
-SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES: James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa.

•BRITISH SHORT FILM
-ISLAND QUEEN: Ben Mallaby, Nat Luurtsema.
-KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: Megan Rubens, Michael Pearce, Selina Lim.
-ORBIT EVER AFTER: Chee-Lan Chan, Jamie Stone, Len Rowles.
-ROOM 8: James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner.
-SEA VIEW: Anna Duffield, Jane Linfoot.

•THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (Public Vote)
DANE DEHAAN
GEORGE MACKAY
LUPITA NYONG’O
WILL POULTER
LÉA SEYDOUX

•NOMS PER FILM [40 FILMS]:
12 Years a Slave 10
The Act of Killing 2
All Is Lost 1
American Hustle 10
The Armstrong Lie 1
August: Osage County 1
Behind the Candelabra 5
Blackfish 1
Blue Is the Warmest Colour 1
Blue Jasmine 3
The Book Thief 1
The Butler 2
Captain Phillips 9
Despicable Me 2 1
For Those in Peril 1
Frozen 1
Good Vibrations 1
Gravity 11
The Great Beauty 1
The Great Gatsby 3

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2
Inside Llewyn Davis 3
The Invisible Woman 1
Iron Man 3 1
Kelly + Victor 1
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 1
Metro Manila 1
Monsters University 1
Nebraska 3
Pacific Rim 1
Philomena 4
Rush 4
Saving Mr. Banks 5
The Selfish Giant 1
Shell 1
Star Trek Into Darkness 1
Tim’s Vermeer 1
Wadjda 1
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks 1
The Wolf of Wall Street 4

CONGRATS EVERYONE & GOOD LUCK!!!

Don’t Be in a Hurry — Just Do the Work!

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KUDOS to my amazing friend, mentor, client, hero…Brit Media legend — Ron Taylor — for his interview on American Screenwriter — Sheila Gallien — whose broad sphere of projects include Hollywood Blockbusters such as:
Cast Away. Planet of the Apes. Unfaithful. Entrapment. The Polar Express. Ron Howard’s Apollo 13. Clint Eastwood’s Flags Of Our Fathers. Sam Mendes’ Jarhead — and TV series China Beach — Sheila currently lives in Hawaii and works as a Story & Script Consultant.

Check out Ron’s JUICY interview here:

http://slateone.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/sheila-gallien-dont-be-in-a-hurry-just-do-the-work/

 

12 Years a Slave — Irrefutable MUST-SEE Film of the Year by Trace De La Torre

12 NEW YORK 1841  Ever since it first hit screens at Telluride & Toronto Film Fests last month, the hype surrounding 12 Years a Slave reached soaring heights.  Don’t expect the hype to cool anytime soon — it looks poised to run the distance through the awards season — walking away with more than one statue.

BAFTA KILTED STEVE  Directed by illustrious Brit/Dutch London-born visual artist — Sir Steve McQueenKnighted OBE AND CBE by the Queen — winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes 2008 for his film Hunger, about the 1981 Irish hunger strike as a first-time Director — the Turner Prize in 1999 (a prestigious annual prize awarded to British visual artists under the age of 50 representing ALL media) — and a 2009 BAFTA for Hunger amongst many other awards — it’s irrefutable that THIS is the movie you need to see this year.

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt — 12 Years a Slave is a historical drama based on the 1853 autobiography by Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate Saratoga Springs, New York who is lured to Washington, D.C., kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841.

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The film takes us on an emotional odyssey where Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, and faces cruelty from slave owner baddie played by Michael Fassbender.  The story takes a fateful turn in the 12th year of his capture when Solomon has a chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) that forever alters his life.

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SPOILER: McQueen boldly shows us the injustice of slavery by depicting disturbingly violent scenes — such as when Solomon is beaten 15 times with a bat before being whipped by his captors.

Slaves are shown being hanged, murdered, lashed — including by each other, on their masters’ orders.

Poignant line by Solomon: “I don’t want to survive. I want to LIVE.”

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Reviews so far have been unanimously positive with one astounding message: 12 Years a Slave will be a movie to tango with come award season.  Buzzfeed’s Adam Vary called it “most emotionally powerful film I have seen in a decade,” in his initial reaction. “The Oscar race has been pronounced over, six months before the ceremony itself,” writes the Guardian‘s Catherine Shoard. Entertainment Weekly‘s Owen Gleiberman says it’s a “landmark of cruelty and transcendence.”

12 Years a Slave, adapted by John Ridley from Northup’s memoir, and also starring Quvenzhane’ Wallis from “Beast of the Southern Wild”; Paul Dano; Sarah Paulson;  Alfre Woodard; Paul Giamatti; and Lupita Nyong’o — opens in US theatres on Oct 18th — bring a tissue.

Here’s a look at the bone-chilling Trailer:

Or watch the full movie here:  12 Years a Slave FULL MOVIE link