August 24, 2016

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Miles Teller shines in the long delayed comedy “Get a Job”

For literally years now, I’d been looking forward to seeing Get a Job, the new (or newish, in this case now) film from Dylan Kidd. Last week, after an incredibly long delay/time spent sitting on the shelf, I finally saw the flick, which will be hitting theaters this Friday. I’m thrilled to report that it’s good stuff too, fully underserving of the fate it had been stuck with up until now. Honestly, even if it were terrible, I still don’t understand why it never was released. Director Dylan Kidd was a promising up and coming indie filmmaker, leading man Miles Teller has become a bigger and bigger star, and the supporting cast has the likes of Allison Brie, Bryan Cranston, and especially Anna Kendrick in it. That sounds more like a big time studio comedy than an ignored indie, right? Throw in how timely a subject it was tackling (one that’s still just as timely, unfortunately) and it’s ridiculous that we’re only first talking about Get a Job now. At least we’re talking about it though, and I’m going to do my part to talk it up today.
The film follows a college graduate named Will (Teller) as he navigates life in the real world, especially in terms of finding a job. Will wants to do something that inspires him and remain true to himself, but he has bills to pay and a girlfriend named Jillian (Kendrick) on a successful path that needs him to man up. So, he hits the pavement, looking to score some gainful employment. At the same time as Will and Jillian take their first steps into adulthood, Will’s father Roger (Cranston) loses his job and is out struggling like everyone else. This is a funny comedy, but also one with something important to say about careers and employment. Kidd directs from a script by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel, with the rest of the large ensemble cast, in addition to the aforementioned Brie, Cranston, Kendrick, and Teller, including Nicholas Braun, John Cho, Jorge Garcia, Marcia Gay Harden, John C. McGinley, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Brandon T. Jackson, and more.
A quick word on the journey the project took to actually reach the big screen. It started casting in early 2012 and was in production that year as well, meaning that this has taken over four years to come to a theater potentially near you. This is after Kidd basically […]

Which categories will be the most competitive this year?

Of the many things that you can consider when thinking about the Oscar race, one that I like to ponder from time to time is which categories will be the most competitive. I hinted at this in another piece this week, but certain categories are shaping up to be stronger than other ones. That being said, instead of looking at strengths and weaknesses, I figured today I’d see which ones seem like they’ll be the most competitive. That opens things up to more combine quality and quantity, as it were. This is a wide open year in general, so it’s only fitting that so many categories seem to be that way as well…
Below are the half dozen most competitive categories, as it stands right now:
6. Best Actress – After a bit of a drought, we have a group of Actress contenders that we can be quite proud of. Of course, who will win is wide open, but it’s not a situation where there’s only six or seven legitimate contenders for a nod. Vying for a nom here are the likes of Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Blythe Danner, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Charlotte Rampling, Saorise Ronan, Maggie Smith, Lily Tomlin, and more. That’s ten right there. Nothing to sneeze at, right? It’s a tight race, and one that’s certainly among the most competitive that the Academy will have to offer us this year.
5. Best Visual Effects – Here’s a category that will really be an embarrassment of riches. Basically, there’s a bunch of different styles on display that voters will have to choose from. Contenders like Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, In the Heart of the Sea, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Walk, and more will be up for a nomination. Usually, this category has one or two frontrunners and then some also rans, but that’s not the case this year. I can see it going any number of different ways, and that’s a delight.
4. Best Supporting Actor – As jam packed as any category this year, Supporting Actor could be a photo finish. Among the large number of contenders, there are the likes of Paul Dano, Benicio del Toro, Bruce Dern, Joel Edgerton, Idris Elba, Sam Elliot, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Michael Keaton, Harvey Keitel, Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo, Kurt Russell, Mark Rylance, and Jason Segel. That’s […]

Hollywood Contenders – Is there room among biopic contenders for Bryan Cranston and “Trumbo”?

Among the many biopics swarming Academy voters this year (much like every other year), few will take you as much by surprise as Trumbo. I say this as someone who was very much surprised by how entertaining this look at screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood black list was, despite heavy material that could have turned into one big lecture. With a delightfully good performance by Bryan Cranston in the title role, there’s tons to like here. It opened this past weekend in limited release and might wind up a bit of an Oscar dark horse, provided it’s not swallowed up by some higher profile biopics…
The film tells the tale of how writer Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) was targeted by anti Communists and almost had his life ruined. At one time the top scribe in Hollywood, he was sent to prison and black balled from having his screenplays produced when the House Un-American Activities Committee labeled him a threat, part of the infamous Hollywood Ten. Not to be dissuaded, Trumbo created a black market for writers, secretly one two Academy Awards in the process (for Roman Holliday and for The Brave One), and eventually brought the whole thing to an end. Jay Roach directs from a script by John McNamara, while the starry cast in addition to Cranston includes Roger Bart, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Stephen Root, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alan Tudyk, and more. It’s a true ensemble, one of the best so far this year too.
What this movie really has going in its favor, aside from Cranston absolutely crushing it, is the perfect tone. The serious moments are given sincerity and weight, but Roach deftly uses his comedic background to make room for lots of humor. It makes for a full meal, not unlike what the director has done with his HBO flicks Game Change and Recount. The ensemble all pulls their weight, so everyone is on the same page here, making things flow very nicely. Again, this could have been like a trip to the dentist, but the cast and crew instead make it an absolute delight. You manage to leave a somewhat tragic biopic with a smile on your face.
The biopic competition this year will be fierce, as it pretty much always is with the Academy Awards. Trumbo is in a group that includes Black Mass, Concussion, The Danish Girl, Joy (kinda sorta), […]

Leonardo DiCaprio: Looking at potential Best Actor contenders

Folks, as you all know from last year as well as my articles again so far this year, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet to have in your back pocket. It’s old hat to you by now, I’m sure, but hey…
Today I’m continuing with another of the bigger ones that’s out there for us…the Best Actor category.

Here are the ten gentlemen that I have in play for Best Actor, with the top five cracking the lineup at this point:
1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) – Everyone pretty much agrees that DiCaprio will win an Oscar one day, it’s just a matter of when. Could it be this year? He’s the odds on favorite for many, and while I’m not sure it will happen, I can’t argue that he seems to be the most likely contender right now. The Trailer we saw suggests a physical and intense role, so if he can impress as much as we think he potentially can here, it might just be his time.
2. Michael Fassbender (The Light Between Oceans or Macbeth or Steve Jobs) – A lot will depend on which film asserts itself as Fassbender’s prime vehicle. Steve Jobs seems like it’ll be the one most likely to work for him, but that remains to be seen. I can’t shake the feeling that Fassbender isn’t going to win for that role, so perhaps The Light Between Oceans or Macbeth will wind up making a late charge? His candidacy is one of the more interesting subplots in this year’s Best Actor race, if you ask me…
3. Matt Damon (The Martian) – Perhaps a bit of wishful thinking on my part, […]

KUNG FU PANDA 3 First Trailer

The star-studded cast returns to this franchise with Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, and David Cross; joined by newcomers Bryan Cranston, Rebel Wilson, and J.K. Simmons.
KUNG FU PANDA 3 hits theaters everywhere on JANUARY 29, 2016!
Check out the first trailer and get ready for the hilarious adventure to continue in 2016!

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible, learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!
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The Emmy Awards stuck with old favorites last night

There was a sense going into the Emmy Awards yesterday that it might be a chance to say “out with the old and in with the new”, so to speak. Essentially, last night was shaping up to be a big battle between old guard winners like Breaking Bad and Modern Family against young bucks like Orange is the New Black and True Detective. I don’t watch enough television to have done official predictions, but I certainly had a rooting interest in seeing some of the top notch new shows take home prizes. Well, last night proved that the Emmy voters like what they like, as old favorite beat back new contenders fairly consistently.
I’ll post all of the winners at the end of this piece, but I wanted to focus in on a few of the categories in particular. Mainly the versions of Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress for this show. That would be Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama, Best Actress in a Drama, Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy, and Best Actress in a comedy. Those are more or less the ones with the biggest match ups that pundits were looking forward to, so that’s where I’ll focus.
Obviously, the big one is Best Drama Series and it was set up to potentially be a Breaking Bad vs True Detective fight to the finish, but earlier categories made it pretty clear that the former was going to win. My personal pick would have been the latter, but those two seemingly left other nominees Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Mad Men in the dust, even if some were predicting a Game of Thrones upset. It was not to be.
Not far behind is Best Actor in a Drama and Best Actress in a Drama. Best Actor was another Breaking Bad vs True Detective cage match, with Matthew McConaughey actually tipped to beat Bryan Cranston. That didn’t happen though, as Cranston beat back McConaughey as well as other nominees Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Woody Harrelson for True Detective (potentially syphoning off some votes from McConaughey), and Kevin Spacey for House of Cards. Voters couldn’t resist Cranston.
Best Actress didn’t have either of those shows, but it did have House of Cards, where Robin Wright was expected to walk to a win. An upset went down, as Julianna Margulies […]

“The Fault in Our Stars”: Oscar Contenders from the First Half

We’re officially on to the second half of the year folks, and as such, it makes sense to look back a bit and see where we stand, awards wise through six months. As such, today I’ll be going over which films are the most likely Oscar contenders from January through June. Also, I’ll do an added bonus by showing you what the Academy Award nominations could look like if only films from the first half were eligible. If nothing else, it’ll be a random fun tidbit to chew on. Here goes nothing…
Special note, this doesn’t include contenders that screened at festivals but aren’t hitting theaters until July or later. As such, Sundance hits like Boyhood and Whiplash won’t be seen here, even though they’re easily bigger contenders than any you’ll see below. The same goes for Cannes debuts like The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Foxcatcher, and Mr. Turner, since we’ll be getting into those in a bigger way soon. They’ll have their moments shortly, but for now, let us give the first half long shots some love!
These are the ten films I’d say are the most likely to make some kind of a play for Oscar love:
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel – If there’s a film from the first half that has any chance of making a play for Best Picture, it’s Wes Anderson’s latest. Ralph Fiennes and the Screenplay itself seem likely to at least be heavily in contention, so when building a list of what could translate from the first half to the second half, this has to be high up there on that list.
2. The Fault in Our Stars – Depending on how this holds up once awards season starts, the tearjerker could either turn into an under the radar contender or be forgotten about completely. Shailene Woodley’s stunning performance, Laura Dern’s heartbreaking supporting turn, and the tender Adapted Screenplay should make the transition to the actual Oscar season, if nothing else. It could be boom or bust for this one, frankly.
3. Begin Again – I have a feeling voters will remember this one come the end of the year and at the very least consider it in a few places. John Carney caught their eye once with, well…Once, so he’s not an unknown. Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and the Original Screenplay have chances, while I think a Best Original Song nomination is pretty likely right now. […]

“Godzilla” won’t contend for a Best Picture nomination…but it should

Last night I finally saw the reboot of Godzilla at a press screening here in New York and boy oh boy was I blown away. The once campy monster has gotten a serious, Christopher Nolan-esque treatment from up and coming filmmaker Gareth Edwards, and the results are insanely satisfying. Much in the way that Rise of the Planet of the Apes shocked summer audiences a few years ago and became speculated about as a potential awards hopeful, Godzilla should have the same fate. The inherent ridiculousness of a giant lizard stomping around will prevent it from serious contention, but it deserves some consideration at least.
Think of it this way…how cool would it be to see Godzilla as a Best Picture nominee? Especially back when there was a mandatory field of ten Best Picture nominees, a blockbuster like this would have fit right in. Yes, it’s an odd choice, but why not reward an attempt at infusing a little bit of art into what otherwise might have been just a money grab? We’ve seen countless blockbusters underwhelm, so when one overwhelms, I start to dream of it catching on in a big way. There’s no chance it could ever win, and likely would never even come close to a nomination, but folks…it deserves to at least be realistically considered.
With an A list cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn, Seamus McGarvey as the director of photography, and Alexandre Desplat doing the score, the movie is more than just your garden variety creature feature. The flick has some loftier ambitions, and believe it or not, it hits a lot of the time when it reaches for the sky like that. There’s an environmental message, a nuclear war related theme, and some reflections on real life disasters. You don’t always get that in your summer movies, so I at least feel like that’s worthy of some sort of recognition.
Realistically, the film can only hope for some tech citations, but it’s very deserving of those. It should be in play for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects nods, with a nom for Best Original Score not completely out of the question either. Along with those Oscar hopes, look for Edwards to become a go to A-list filmmaker soon, as he’s shown a deft touch at $100 million tentpoles now […]

“Argo” on its way to Oscar – Ben Affleck

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2012 were announced tonight during the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Ben Affleck won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Argo.
Director/producer/actor Kelsey Grammer hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,600 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Frank Capra III; Cedric the Entertainer; Bryan Cranston; Peter Fonda; Kelsey Grammer; Dave Grohl; DGA President Taylor Hackford; Anne Hathaway; Michel Hazanavicius; Helen Hunt; Hugh Jackman; Famke Janssen; Norman Jewison; Suraj Sharma; Martin Short; DGA National Vice President Steven Soderbergh; Chris Spencer; George Stevens, Jr.; Eric Stonestreet; Quvenzhané Wallis; and Sam Waterston.
The winners of the 2012 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are:
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
BEN AFFLECK
Argo
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Affleck’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Amy Herman
· First Assistant Director: David Webb
· Second Assistant Director: Ian Calip
· Second Second Assistant Directors: Clark Credle, Gavin Kleintop
· First Assistant Director (Turkey Unit): Belkis Turan
This is Mr. Affleck’s first DGA Feature Film Award win.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU
Anonymous Content
Best Job, Proctor and Gamble Wieden + Kennedy
· First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
· Second Assistant Director: Michelle Schrauwers
· Second Second Assistant Directors: Heather Anderson, Blake Perkinson
This is Mr. Iñárritu’s first DGA Award win and second nomination. He was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Babel in 2006.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES
RIAN JOHNSON
Breaking Bad, ‘Fifty-One’
(AMC)
Mr. Johnson’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
· Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
· First Assistant Director: Ben Scissors
· Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
· Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey
· Additional Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
This […]

Screen Actors Guild Awards is Star Central!

Jude Law was named as a presenter at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.
He joins and completes the roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards including Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin, Rose Byrne, Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Taye Diggs, Peter Facinelli, Sally Field, John Goodman, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Damian Lewis, Julianna Margulies, James Marsden, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, Dev Patel, Busy Philipps, Amy Poehler, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon, Carl Reiner, Liev Schreiber, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts, Sigourney Weaver, Alfre Woodard and Noah Wyle.
Jude Law was a SAG Awards nominee in 2005 alongside the cast of Martin Scorsese?s ?The Aviator.? He was recently seen in Joe Wright?s ?Anna Karenina? opposite Keira Knightley. His next project is Steven Soderbergh?s ?Side Effects? co-starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season?s premier events, will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore primetime telecast will begin immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT). The ceremony will also be telecast internationally, as well as to U.S. military installations overseas through the American Forces Network Broadcast Center.
Recipients of the honors for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles announced at 6:15 p.m. (ET)/3:15 p.m. (PT) during the red carpet pre-show webcast on tntdrama.com, tbs.com and People.com which begins at 6 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (PT)
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