April 22, 2014

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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[...]

Chavez Film: The Producer Strikes Back

By ROBERT W. WELKOS The producers of a new biopic about the late labor leader Cesar Chavez are rushing to tamp down a flickering controversy appearing on Latino social media over whether unionized workers were fired and non-union personnel employed on the film. The allegation is being vigorously disputed by lead producerPablo[...]

Oscars: Get to know a Best Picture nominee: “Dallas Buyers Club”

Dallas Buyers Club Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée Written by: Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack Main cast members: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Denis O’Hare, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, Michael O’Neill Number of Oscar nominations in total: 6 Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Actor (McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Leto), Best Original Screenplay[...]
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