Oscars news: Julianne Moore on connecting with ‘Still Alice,’ three acts of Meryl Streep

Thelma Adams chats with Best Actress frontrunner Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“) in a compelling profile: “One of the script’s central attractions was that Ms. Moore’s character drives the narrative, which is currently rare for women in Hollywood. Said Ms. Moore, ‘This is a subjective story about a woman’s journey through a degenerative disease; why wouldn’t I do it? When do you get this opportunity?’ Another element of Alice’s experience to which Ms. Moore connected was the sense that it’s been a challenge and a struggle for her generation of women to rise in their careers, whether it’s as a professor or an actress.”  New York Observer

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Steve Pond recaps an interview with “The Theory of Everything” director James Marsh in which he lauds Felicity Jones for “her performance as Jane Hawking provides the heart that transforms the film from the chronicle of Stephen Hawking, a brilliant scientist trapped in a deteriorating body, to a great and unconventional love story. ‘Eddie’s performance was very detailed physically, but Felicity’s details are all emotional,’ says Marsh in the video. ‘That’s really difficult to do.’ Playing the college sweetheart who married Hawking after he was diagnosed with ALS and given two years to live, the 31-year-old British actress creates a fierce, frustrated and formidable partner for Eddie Redmayne’s Hawking.” The Wrap

As Susan Wloszczyna observes: “Meryl Streep might be 65. But, in Oscar numbers, she is at 19. Nominations, that is. What has this gifted actress done to maintain such a long, glorious career? A clue to what has made Streep click with audiences for so long can be found in her catalog of nominated roles. Just like Picasso had artistic periods defined by a certain style — Blue, Rose and Cubism — so, too, does Streep’s most honored output break down into three distinct acts. The one trait that has remained consistent through the decades:  The lady is still an ace at accents.” Thompson on Hollywood

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Patrick Hipes reports, “The Weinstein Company is expanding its Oscar-nominated ‘The Imitation Game‘ this weekend which means it likely will become 2014’s top-grossing independent film. After finishing No. 7 during the lucrative four-day MLK weekend grossing an additional $8M in 1,611 locations in its eighth week, the pic has grossed $52.34M domestically. It also this weekend passed $100M globally. The studio just finalized its expansion plan for this weekend. ‘We are thrilled to have The Imitation Game expanding to over 2,000 theaters this weekend and continue its incredible momentum at the box office,’ said David Glasser, TWC’s COO and president.” Deadline

Mekado Murphy notes: “The cinematographer Robert Yeoman has long been helping to craft meticulous and precise images for Wes Anderson’s films. He has shot every one of the director’s live-action movies since ‘Bottle Rocket,’ contributing to a motif that is instantly recognizable, frequently praised and sometimes parodied. With ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel‘ (Oscar-nominated for best cinematography), Mr. Yeoman and Mr. Anderson took the visuals a level further, shooting in multiple aspect ratios for the different time periods in which the film takes place.” New York Times

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