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SAG Awards: A wake-up call for 'J. Edgar' actor Armie Hammer

December 14, 2011 | 10:28 am

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Armie Hammer is the first to admit he didn't spend a lot of time tossing and turning over the possibility of receiving a SAG Award nomination Wednesday morning. The 25-year-old actor, who was recognized for his supporting role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," was fast asleep when the nominees were announced.

"My wife woke me up and said, 'Baby, baby! … You got nominated for a SAG Award!' And I went, 'Oh, that's so great!' And then I just rolled over and went back to sleep."

Hammer, who plays J. Edgar Hoover's close confidante Clyde Tolson, eventually came to again and gathered his thoughts. "I'm definitely more and more excited as I'm waking up and as the day is getting going," he said. "It's a huge honor."

He added, "We worked really hard on this, we all did: Leo, Clint. I'm so excited that Leo got nominated as well [for best actor]. He could not deserve it more. So to see it appreciated by our peers is very nice."

This is Hammer's second SAG nomination; he appeared in "The Social Network" last year, which was up for the ensemble award that eventually went to "The King's Speech."

Hammer will turn up next on the big screen as Prince Alcott in the Snow White film "Mirror Mirror," opening March 16. He will begin filming "The Lone Ranger," a film based on the Old West hero, in a few weeks.


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Photo: Armie Hammer and Leo DiCaprio in "J. Edgar." Credit: Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros.

Box office: 'Immortals' destroys rivals Sandler, DiCaprio [video]

November 14, 2011 | 12:32 pm

Immortals was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend
For the first time in months, young males showed up to the multiplex in drove this weekend, lured in by the 3-D sword-and-sandals epic "Immortals."

Relativity Media's big-budget bet collected a solid $32 million at the box office this weekend, driven largely by the male audience interested in seeing the action flick. The Tarsem Singh-directed picture delivered the biggest-ever opening for the independent studio -- welcome news, since the movie cost the company about $80 million to produce and roughly $50 million more to market.

Meanwhile, Adam Sandler saw one of his lowest openings ever for a broad commercial comedy with the $26 million start for his cross-dressing  "Jack and Jill." The Clint Eastwood-directed biopic "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, collected a decent $11.5 million on its first weekend in theaters.

For more on the weekend's hits and misses, check out this week's box office video report.


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Photo: Henry Cavill stars in "Immortals." Credit: Relativity Media

'J. Edgar' captivates top critics, leaves others cold

November 9, 2011 |  2:44 pm

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With its A-list duo of director Clint Eastwood and star Leonardo DiCaprio, a weighty subject in FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover, and a script by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black ("Milk"), the new biopic "J. Edgar" has been widely anticipated as a candidate for award-season gold. Critical reaction to the film, which opens Wednesday in limited release, has been curiously split: A number of top critics are lauding the film, but many mainstream critics are unimpressed.

The Times' Kenneth Turan writes that "'J. Edgar' is a somber, enigmatic, darkly fascinating tale, and how could it be otherwise?" Turan calls DiCaprio's performance "impressive" and says Eastwood's "impeccable professionalism" complements "the revisionist thrust of Dustin Lance Black's script." Turan finds the film to be dense with information, ambitious in its scope (comparing the time-hopping structure to "Citizen Kane") and nuanced in its portrayal of Hoover, a man who had good things about him but for whom absolute power corrupted absolutely.

 New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis says "J. Edgar" humanizes its outsize subject and that the film "is less the story of Hoover, the public institution, than of J. Edgar, the private man." Dargis is particularly struck by "the tenderness of the love story in 'J. Edgar'" — that is, the exceptionally close and much-talked-about relationship between Hoover and his deputy, Clyde Tolson, played by Armie Hammer. For Dargis, "it’s [Eastwood's] handling of Hoover and Tolson’s relationship that, as much as the late-act revelation of the pathological extent of Hoover’s dissembling, lifts the film from the usual biopic blahs."

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