Viola Davis and Terrence Howard in a scene from “Prisoners”
*In “Prisoners,” from Warner Bros., Viola Davis and Terrence Howard play a couple who takes the law into their own hands when their daughter and her best friend are abducted.
Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello play the parents of the best friend. After the cops fail to find the two girls, Jackman spearheads his own operation to find them by kidnapping the suspected abductor. Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a hot shot detective already assigned to the case.
Melissa Leo and Paul Dano also star. Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”) directs from a script by “Contraband” scribe Aaron Guzikowski. It’s set for a September 20 release.
Actress Melissa Leo attends the premiere of Lifetime’s ‘Call Me Crazy: A Five Film’ at Pacific Design Center on April 16, 2013 in West Hollywood
*Melissa Leo is negotiating to join Denzel Washington in the Antoine Fuqua-directed “The Equalizer” for Sony Pictures.
The film, based on the ’80s CBS TV series, would reunite Leo (who won an Oscar for “The Fighter”) with Fuqua, who directed her in “Olympus Has Fallen.”
Washington plays McCall, a retired covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and puts an ad in the paper that reads simply: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.”
Leo will play McCall’s former handler when he worked counter-terrorism. She provides him with intelligence about who he is facing when he runs up against a new adversary. The film begins production mid-June in Boston.
Leo next stars in the Lee Daniels-directed “The Butler”, and in the final season of HBO’s “Treme,” with that series returning in late October. She was just cast in the Fox series “Wayward Pines.”
*Paramount has released the trailer for the Denzel Washington drama “Flight,” which stars the actor as a moody pilot who makes a miraculous, Captain Sully-style crash landing — and, afterward, must come to grips with overnight celebrity and personal demons.
*Robert Zemeckis’ Paramount drama “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington as a distressed pilot, will open nationwide on Nov. 2, 2012 — smack dab in the middle of awards season.
Flight marks Zemeckis’ first return to live-action movie since “Cast Away” and “What Lies Beneath,” both released in 2000.
“Flight,” also starring Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Kelly Reilly and Oscar winner Melissa Leo, is about the troubling personal discoveries that follow a pilot’s emergency landing.
Washington plays the pilot, who averts a plane crash only to come under a cloud for possible substance abuse problems. Goodman will play a friend of the pilot who helps him come to terms with his problems.
*”The King’s Speech” was crowned best picture Sunday at an Academy Awards ceremony as precise as a state coronation. The monarchy drama won an expected four Oscars, and predictable favorites claimed acting honors.
Colin Firth as stammering British ruler George VI in “The King’s Speech” earned the best-actor prize, while Natalie Portman won best actress as a delusional ballerina in “Black Swan.”
The boxing drama “The Fighter” captured both supporting-acting honors, for Christian Bale as a boxer-turned-drug-abuser and Melissa Leo as a boxing clan’s domineering matriarch.
“The King’s Speech” also won the directing prize for Tom Hooper and the original-screenplay Oscar for David Seidler, a boyhood stutterer himself.
“I have a feeling my career has just peaked,” Firth said. “I’m afraid I have to warn you that I’m experiencing stirrings somewhere in the upper abdominals which are threatening to form themselves into dance moves.”
Among those Portman beat was Annette Bening for “The Kids Are All Right.” Bening now has lost all four times she’s been nominated.
“Thank you so much. This is insane, and I truly, sincerely wish that the prize tonight was to get to work with my fellow nominees. I’m so in awe of you,” Portman said.
Network censors bleeped Leo for dropping the F-word during her speech. Backstage, she jokingly conceded it was “probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word.”
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