April 22, 2014

*NEWS AWARDS, FILM FESTIVALS, CELEBRITY AWARDS, RED CARPET, HOLLYWOOD

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Oscars’ Billion Viewer Envelope

By ROBERT W. WELKOS “And the envelope, please….” It is one of Hollywood’s most iconic phrases, uttered by presenters at the Academy Awards each year and followed by another equally famous quote: “And the Oscar goes to….” But throughout much of Oscar’s history whenever the pinprick moment arrived when a celebrity presenter would[...]

Oscars: Get to know a Best Picture nominee: “Nebraska”

Directed by: Alexander Payne Written by: Bob Nelson Main cast members: Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, and Stacy Keach Number of Oscar nominations in total: 6 Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Director (Payne), Best Actor (Dern), Best Supporting Actress (Squibb), Best Original Screenplay (Nelson), and Best Cinematography Notable precursor wins: Won[...]

Can the Oscars save CNN?

By ROBERT W. WELKOS It seems that everybody is benefiting from the Oscar season…film festivals, awards shows, broadcast and cable TV networks, entertainment magazines and websites. So, can the Oscars save ratings starved CNN? The cable news channel has seen its ratings languishing for some time now. As Mediate recently reported, “On Valentine’s Day[...]

Oscars: Get to know a Best Picture nominee: “Her”

“Her” Directed by: Spike Jonze Written by: Spike Jonze Main cast members: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara, and Portia Doubleday Number of Oscar nominations in total: 5 Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Original Screenplay (Jonze), Best Production Design, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song Notable precursor wins: Won Best[...]

Man behind “Noah” survey: “We are not hired guns…”

By ROBERT W. WELKOS Chris Stone, the Raleigh, N.C.-based strategic branding executive behind a faith-based survey that indicated a lack of Christian support for Paramount Pictures $125 million Biblical epic Noah on Tuesday denied that his agency is a stalking horse for any clients with a political agenda. “We are not hired[...]

Roger Deakins won’t be returning to shoot the next James Bond film

I don’t know about any of you, but one of my absolute favorite parts of the last James Bond film Skyfall was the cinematography of Roger Deakins. Arguably the most talented director of photography in the business, Deakins is an absolute master and rightly was nominated for an Oscar for[...]

The many facets of Leo DiCaprio: The Wolf of Wall Street

By Michael Russnow As Oscar voters continue to mark their ballots until this Wednesday, I wonder what goes into their thinking? Do they vote specifically for what they believe is the best achievement of last year, a surprising performance and accomplishment or is it a cumulative assessment of someone’s career? For all[...]

Oscars: Get to know a Best Picture nominee: “Gravity”

“Gravity” Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón Written by: Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón (reportedly with some uncredited collaboration by George Clooney as well) Main cast members: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and Ed Harris (voice) Number of Oscar nominations in total: 10 Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Director (Cuarón), Best Actress (Bullock), Best Production Design, Best[...]

“The Lego Movie” repeats as Box Office champ this weekend

Happy Sunday everyone, time for the weekly box office report! Leading the way this weekend once again was The LEGO Movie, which had a tremendous second week hold, taking in an estimated $48.8 million, again easily taking the top spot. The animated film bested a trio of 80′s movie remakes[...]

Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater among the Berlin Film Festival Award Winners

A few hours ago over at the Berlin Film Festival, the jury began giving out their annual awards for the fest. All of the prizes have now been given out, so I wanted to point them out to you all quickly. The top prize of the Golden Bear is the[...]
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