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September 11, 2014   •  Category: Movies0 Comments

September 11, 2014   •  Category: Articles & Interviews, Movies0 Comments

Hilary Swank and Joel Schumacher will take home special awards from the 2014 Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, which also has set the slates for its Golden Starfish competitive categories.

“A Conversation With…” Hilary Swank will be held on Sunday, October 12, at 3:00 pm at Bay Street. Along with this Master Class discussion, moderated by Variety Executive Editor Steven Gaydos, she will also be honored with Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting Award. Swank is attending the Festival on behalf of the Corcoran-sponsored Sunday Centerpiece film, The Homesman, which will mark its East Coast premiere at HIFF 2014.

Actress and producer Hilary Swank began acting at the age of 15. During her twenty-plus-year career, she has worked on a wide range of films, including starring in and executive producing the following: Conviction; Mira Nair’s Amelia, the story of the legendary aviatrix; and Freedom Writers, directed by Richard LaGravenese and based on the inspiring story of teacher Erin Grumell and her “at-risk” class.

Additional acting credits include Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, Richard LaGravenese’s romantic drama P.S. I Love You, her breakout and Academy Award for Best Actress-winning performance in Boys Don’t Cry; and the role that won her a second Academy Award for Best Actress in Million Dollar Baby, in which she starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.

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September 10, 2014   •  Category: Candids0 Comments

Hilary and boyfriend Laurent Fleury riding bikes in Soho.

– Candids September 7, 2014

September 9, 2014   •  Category: Articles & Interviews0 Comments

Academy Award winner Hilary Swank and actors Laura Dern, Elle Fanning and Eddie Redmayne will be among the movie industry luminaries feted at the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival — 11 days of movies, celebrity tributes, spotlight programs, parties and special events running Oct. 2-12.

The schedule of films, including 13 world premieres, five North American premieres and 11 U.S. premieres, was to be detailed at a press conference Tuesday at Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco.

Swank will be on hand for the screening of one of the two opening night movies, “The Homesman,” in which she stars opposite Tommy Lee Jones, who directed the “anti-western,” and Meryl Streep. It’s already generating Oscar buzz.

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September 9, 2014   •  Category: Articles & Interviews0 Comments

It was clear from chief Variety film critic Scott Foundas’ brief introduction to the Hilary Swank tribute at the Telluride Film Festival that she could star in her own biopic, whose logline would be: “born in a trailer park in Nebraska, by the time she was 30, she had twice won the Oscar.” Can she win another for Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman”?

Famously, she and her mother drove to Los Angeles, and occasionally lived in their car while Hilary attended school and auditioned for roles. Clips were shown: her breakout role as transgender Brandon Teena in “Boys Don’t Cry”
(1999, nine years after her first TV credit, and five years after enacting the title role in “The Next Karate Kid”), an intense-yet-funny turn, wearing prominent braces, as a convenience-store clerk in 2003’s “11:14″; reluctantly being taken on by boxing manager Clint Eastwood in 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby”; encouraging a young black student in Richard LaGravenese’s “Freedom Writers” (2007); incarnating a young widow in LaGravenese’s “P.S. I Love You”; and becoming a lawyer in order to help her unjustly incarcerated brother in “Conviction” (2010). From where I was sitting, two rows back on the aisle, I couldn’t help seeing Ms. Swank gazing at herself on the screen, seemingly rapt, and smiling — but what else could she do?

September 6, 2014   •  Category: Candids0 Comments

Hilary is seen riding a bicycle around Soho on friday.

– Candids September 5, 2014

September 6, 2014   •  Category: Candids0 Comments

Hilary arrived at LAc Airport with her dogs Kai and Rumi.

– Candids September 4, 2014

September 6, 2014   •  Category: Articles & Interviews, Movies0 Comments

Tommy Lee Jones’ second feature as director showcases two Oscar-winning actors in top form

Hilary Swank proved for the second time in her career that she can go up against one of the grand old masters of the screen and more than hold her own in The Homesman, a period piece from Roadside Attractions and Saban Films that debuted Aug. 31 in Telluride.

The last time she did this, it was opposite Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby, and the movie won both of them Oscars (Swank for lead actress, Eastwood for picture and director). This time it’s opposite Tommy Lee Jones, who — like Eastwood — directed while also co-starring. The stars had some surprising support onscreen with James Spader and Meryl Streep appearing in cameos.

Homesman is probably too low-key to have Baby’s punch (either critically or commercially), but it drew positive word from Swank fans, some of whom waited in line starting at 6 a.m. just for the chance to see her.

The movie is based on a 1988 novel by Glendon Swarthout, which was suggested as a possible project for Jones by Sam Shepard, who had tried unsuccessfully to obtain the rights. (Paul Newman also spent many years attempting to bring the story to the screen.)

In the film, Swank plays a spinsterish woman living on the frontier in 1855, who enlists an aging ne’er-do-well to accompany her across the Nebraska Territory as she tries to find a haven for three women who, simply put, have lost their minds.

It’s a premise with echoes of other movies that have become classics, combining a lovable old rogue with a single woman who is his antithesis — from The African Queen to True Grit. While nobody would suggest this movie is likely to become a classic like the aforementioned Humphrey Bogart or John Wayne pictures, a packed house indicated this quiet, understated movie could have a receptive audience when it opens Nov. 14.

The film was helped by having Swank present to introduce it, following a tribute to her career, which has already seen two Oscar-winning roles (the first was in Boys Don’t Cry). Swank charmed her fans, coming across as funny, warm and down-to-earth, and making it clear the one thing she wants — and too rarely finds — is roles for women as strong as herself.

She said she has already begun producing and is seriously considering directing at some point in the near future.

Jones’ work as director (this film follows 2005’s The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) showed him in stellar form as far as his cast was concerned, though several audience members said they found the film somewhat undramatic to be a front-running Oscar contender, aside from the two main performances.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

September 6, 2014   •  Category: Articles & Interviews, Movies0 Comments

The 40-year-old already has two best actress statuettes on her shelf, and is in fine form as a woman trying to do “a man’s job” in Tommy Lee Jones’ western

Hilary Swank already has two best actress Oscars on her shelf, for Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), which is something that only 12 other women have ever been able to claim. But, having only just turned 40, she is not resting on her laurels. Since her second win, in 2005, she has pursued a number of projects that were clearly intended to be awards bait — and in which she was great — but that failed to resonate with voters: The Black Dahlia (2006), Freedom Writers (2007), Amelia (2009) and Conviction (2010).

Now, however, she is starring in a film that in no way adheres to the traditional Oscar-baiting formula, Tommy Lee Jones’ western The Homesman — and she may have her best shot yet at landing her third nomination.

The Homesman premiered at Cannes in May, but had its North American premiere, and additional screenings, this weekend at Telluride, which also honored Swank with a “career tribute” (one of several that she is being lined up to receive this award season). Here stateside, viewers, while generally finding the film itself a bit too long and meandering — particularly during the stretch when Swank is not onscreen — do seem to be responding to the actress’ performance.

September 6, 2014   •  Category: Uncategorized0 Comments

On Saturday, two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank received the Silver Medallion at this year’s 41st annual Telluride Film Festival.

Dressed in a brown sweater, tight jeans, and boots appropriate for the intimate mountain festival, Swank accepted the award from TFF co-director Julie Huntsinger. “I’m speechless,” Swank said, adding that she felt “far too young” for such an honor.

Swank’s modesty was ingratiating to the 500-plus fans attending the tribute to this young actress, who has distinguished herself by giving flinty performances in roles as varied as the inspirational teacher Erin Gruwell in “Freedom Writers” and Betty Ann Waters, a woman who struggled to clear her brother of murder in the under appreciated drama, “Conviction.” Clips from these films showcased Swank’s strength as a performer. The actress displays a fiercely independent determination that is also characteristic of Mary Bee Cuddy, the gutsy Nebaska frontierswoman Swank plays in “The Homesman,” which was screened after the tribute.

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