It doesn’t yet have a release date, but allow me to make a prediction about the upcoming Atom Egoyan film ”Devil’s Knot,” about the now infamous West Memphis Three murder case — stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth will be on the short list of possible Oscar nominees. “Devil’s Knot” is based on the true events surrounding the West Memphis Three case, in which three teens were convicted of the murder of three children in the early-’90s in West Memphis, Arkansas, despite copious evidence that they were innocent. The young men, now adults, long maintained their innocence, but did not see have their convictions overturned and were not released from jail until 2011. I lovvvve Reese Witherspoon as a dramatic actress, especially when she has such fantastic material to work with. And director Atom Egoyan — who’s done a string of strange but genius movies — is an interesting choice to helm the film, but that makes me all the more interested in seeing it. As for Colin Firth? Bonus! Check out the trailer above. [NYMag.com]
When it was revealed that Helen Fielding killed off Mark Darcy in Mad About The Boy, Bridget Jones fans panicked. How on earth could Fielding even dream of declaring Darcy dead? Was there no justice? No more reindeer jumpers?
Fielding, for her part, found that the most difficult part of letting Darcy go was telling Colin Firth, who played the dashing, stick-up-his-ass barrister in both film adaptations.
“One of the weirdest conversations I’ve ever had was when I called Colin to tell him,” Fielding said, according to the Daily Mail.
“It was almost as if I was telling him that someone had actually died. We were both really upset. But then we both started laughing, as nobody had actually died.” Read more on Celebuzz…
Colin Firth’s turn as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 TV adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” cemented his status as the dreamiest of dreamy leading men. And now, to publicize a new British TV channel dedicated to classic dramas, Firth’s iconic lake swim scene has been recreated as a 12-foot fiberglass statue emerging from the water in London’s Hyde Park. It will be displayed at several different locations before being installed at Lyme Park, where it will remain until February. Is Giant Darcy perhaps a little bit creepy? Yes, but I’m still planning to buy a ticket to the UK just to swim out to it, caress its giant abs, and whisper, “I love, I love, I love you.” [The Independent]
It’s no secret we like our hunky actors just macho enough that they’ll jump in to break up a street fight. But when a “violent brawl” broke out on Colin Firth’s flight back to London from the Oscars, his stiff upper lip British reserve kept him from Gosling-ing that shit. Keep reading »
When it comes to the acting awards at the year’s Oscars, it looks things could get very British. No, not because the world has gone mad over Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Because Brit Colin Firth looks like an almost shoe-in to win Best Actor for his performance in “The King’s Speech,” while his fellow countryman Christian Bale—who in all honesty, I didn’t realize was British until just a few weeks ago—is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actor. While we were too busy with the Super Bowl to watch the BAFTA Awards—that’s the British Academy of Film and Television Arts—maybe we should have been paying more attention. Back in 2000, the British award show moved to February so that it would it would precede the Oscars. Ever since, it has become like looking in a crystal ball. Last year, 12 of the 18 major BAFTA winners went on to win Oscars. [EW]
The predictive powers of the BAFTAs get even more impressive when you limit it to the top six categories—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. I crunched the numbers and, over the past few years, 80 percent of the winners have overlapped. After the jump, take a look at the BAFTA effect played out in the past few years, and what it could mean for this year’s Oscar hopefuls. Keep reading »