The King’s Speech

Colin Firth Lands Stoker Role in First Film Since Oscar Glory

British actor Colin Firth is set to sink his teeth into a vampire role in his first film since winning an Oscar last month (Feb11).

The star has signed on to play a bloodsucker in the movie Stoker, alongside Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland actress Mia Wasikowska, according to Britain’s The Daily Mail.
The new role is remarkably different from the actor’s most recent performance in The King’s Speech, in which he played stuttering royal King George VI.
Screenwriter Wentworth Miller reveals the title of the movie is a nod to Bram Stoker’s film Dracula.
He says, “It’s got a lot of elements of the Dracula mythology in its story… It’s not a vampire story. It’s not about vampires at least with the teeth and the desire to suck your blood but it is a thriller and it is about an individual who preys on the innocent.”
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Colin Firth Not Happy With Curse-free King’s Speech

Oscars champion Colin Firth is baffled by American film bosses’ plans to release a curse-free version of The King’s Speech – because he doesn’t know any viewer who has been offended by the movie’s colourful script.

In the film, which won the British star the Best Actor Academy Award at Sunday’s ceremony, Firth’s stuttering monarch George VI is seen learning to overcome his speech issues by pronouncing rude words.

Officials at the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings board recently gave producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein permission to release a new family-friendly version alongside the existing R-rated version in cinemas at the same time.

But Firth has slammed the move – insisting the film should not be changed as the swear words aren’t used in a “vicious” way.

He tells the Associated Press, “I don’t take this stuff lightly, but in the context of this film, it could not be more edifying, more appropriate. It’s not vicious, it’s not an insult or it’s not in any of the contexts which might offend people.

“Really, it’s about a man who’s trying to free himself through the use of certain words. I still haven’t met the person who would object, so I think the film should stand as it is.” 

Black Swan Dances Away With Top Prizes At Independent Spirit Awards

Black Swan continued to dance all over its competition at Saturday’s 26th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards after picking up four top honours.

Oscar favourite Natalie Portman, whose portrayal of a troubled and dedicated ballet dancer in the film has won her global acclaim, was named Best Actress, while Black Swan also picked up Best Feature, Best Director for Darren Aronofsky and Best Cinematography.

James Franco’s performance in 127 Hours made him the surprise winner of the Best Actor prize, beating the seemingly unstoppable Colin Firth, who has swept the board for his role in The King’s Speech throughout awards season.

Drama Winter’s Bone, which led the nominations with seven nods, only managed to pick up two honours: Best Supporting Male for John Hawkes and Best Supporting Female for Dale Dickey.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Feature: Black Swan

Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

Best Male Lead: James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Female Lead: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Male: John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Best Supporting Female: Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone

Best First Feature: Get Low

Best Screenplay: Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right

Best First Screenplay: Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture

Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Robert Altman Award: Please Give

Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Best Foreign Film: The King’s Speech

John Cassavetes Award: Daddy Longlegs

Acura Someone to Watch Award: Mike Ott, Littlerock

Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award: Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol

Piaget Producers Award: Anish Savjani, Meek’s Cutoff.

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