September 02, 2015

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“Steve Jobs” takes the Centerpiece slot at the New York Film Festival this year

Hot on the heels of the New York Film Festival announcing Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead as its Closing Night Selection (to go along with Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk as its Opening Night pick), we now know what the Centerpiece will be, and it’s a big one. Despite some buzz about a few other titles, it’s the hotly anticipated biopic Steve Jobs, which is directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin, and stars Michael Fassbender. Talk about A-list star power, right? Since it was announced, this has been pegged as a big time Oscar hopeful, so landing one of the coveted three big spots at NYFF has done nothing to dissuade me of that notion.
If you somehow don’t know who Steve Jobs is, this biopic should give you a sense of how important to the current technological culture he is. This look at the Apple innovator is as much about his legacy as his life, with the focus being on various important moments in time for the man. It’s based on the bestselling book on Jobs, with Oscar winners Boyle at the helm and Sorkin having done the adaptation. After a long search, Fassbender wound up in the title role and appears to be excellent, judging by the trailer from about a month or so ago. The A-list cast also features Jeff Daniels, John Ortiz, Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, and Kate Winslet. As such, it’s pretty much Oscar bait from the word go, perhaps rightly so too.
Much like I said a few days ago: getting to be one of the top three at NYFF is a big deal for any flick. The Centerpiece slot is usually a bit more of a wild card, but it’s had a solid relationship with the Academy. Over the past 15 years, there have been both hits and misses, but by and large it’s usually things Oscar would look kindly upon. Just look at what last year’s pick for the middle of the fest was…Inherent Vice. Enough said on the wild card part, though it did wind up with some nominations. Below you can see what the past 15 years (including this one) have looked like with this particular slot at NYFF:
2015 – Steve Jobs
2014 – Inherent Vice
2013 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
2012 – Not Fade Away
2011 – My Week with Marilyn
2010 – The Tempest
2009 – Precious: Based on […]

Ridley Scott: Looking at potential Best Director contenders

Ahoy! As you folks all know from last year as well as my article last week, 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.
Today I’m continuing with the second biggest one that’s out there…the Best Director category.
Here are the ten filmmakers that I have in play for Best Director, with the top five cracking the lineup at this point:
1. Ridley Scott (The Martian) – Yes, I’m out on a limb with this one, but I’m sticking with it for a while longer. Scott hasn’t made a truly great film in a very long time, but all it takes is the right material, and this one is amazing source material. If the film manages to be in play for a Best Picture nomination, Scott could be right there with the movie itself. I’m fascinated to see if it can contend like I think it can, so stay tuned there…
2. Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies) – You really can’t make a list of the contenders in this category and not have Spielberg somewhere high up in your top five. Sure, this is perhaps a bit too standard of an Oscar bait type flick, but it’s that way at least in part because the formula works. As long as the film doesn’t disappoint, you can expect Spielberg and the project itself to be heavily in play all year long.
3. David Gordon Green (Our Brand is Crisis) *Possible 2016 release – A total hunch of mine, but if it winds up ready for release/dated for 2015, it could be an under the radar player to contend with. A political dramedy/satire can be […]

“The Martian”: Looking at potential Best Picture contenders

Welcome to July folks. Much like I said last year, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions to see what folks like myself think will happen at the end of the year, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know which films will be in contention. To that end, once a week (or maybe twice a week) for the next month or so I’ll be running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category. 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. Consider this a sort of pre awards season cheat sheet for you all.
Today I’m beginning with the big one, of course…Best Picture.
Here are the ten films that I have right now cracking the Best Picture lineup:
1. The Martian – A total hunch, I concede, but this is something with almost limitless potential. The Trailer was fantastic, the talent involved is top notch, and the book is a modern classic in my eyes. It’ll all depend on the execution on the part of Ridley Scott, but if he’s on his game and Matt Damon is his reliable self in the title role, there’s a chance we could see science fiction contend for a Best Picture win. Could this do what Gravity and Interstellar couldn’t? Stay tuned to find out…
2. Bridge of Spies – The safe bet right now, this latest collaboration between Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg has all the trappings of an easy pick to win. The thing is, that film almost never wins anymore, so I feel like having it in the number two spot makes total sense at the moment. Things can and likely will change, but while my top pick is a bold shot in the dark, this one’s high ranking is almost the de facto vote if you sit down and think about it. That takes nothing from its potential, as it looks very good, but Hanks and Spielberg are trafficking in Oscar bait here, plain and simple.
3. Our Brand is Crisis – Something you’ll notice in a few places here is that I’m taking chances. This is another case of that, since there’s no assurances that David Gordon Green’s political dramedy/satire will even be ready this year. It could be a […]

Ridley Scott and “The Martian”: Early Oscar Predictions for April

After taking the month of March off in terms of Oscar predictions, I’m back taking a new look at what the Academy could do with this upcoming year in film. Again, it’s super early and probably silly to be focusing in on them like I am currently, but it’s also fun and gives us an idea of what movies to potentially look forward to. I’m keeping it mostly short and sweet today, just basically posting an update to the predictions (with a slight detour to discuss one contender), plus the next in line list that I know is popular as well. All of this can and likely will change in the near future, possibly even in the summer when things first begin to shape up, so stay tuned on that front. For now, enjoy these Academy Award predictions and cross your fingers that we have a good year for prestige films. I know that’s always my hope, so it should be yours as well.
Quickly though, before the predictions, let me just say that my big X factor that I’m looking forward to is Ridley Scott’s adaptation of The Martian. He hasn’t had an outright success in some time, but I love the source material so much, I’m hopeful that it sparked something inside him. Honestly, he’d have to go out of his way to ruin as good a novel as that one. Matt Damon will have a baity role and Scott should be plenty engaged, so my fingers are crossed!
Here now is my second crack at early Academy Award predictions…
BEST PICTURE
1. Bridge of Spies
2. Our Brand is Crisis
3. Joy
4. The Hateful Eight
5. The Martian
6. Carol
7. The Light Between Oceans
8. Steve Jobs
9. The Revenant
10. The End of the Tour
Next in line: 11. The Sea of Trees 12. Irrational Man 13. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 14. Black Mass 15. Demolition 16. Trainwreck 17. The Walk 18. Freeheld 19. Southpaw 20. Brooklyn 21. By the Sea 22. MacBeth 23. Bleed for This 24. Snowden 25. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST DIRECTOR
1. Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies
2. David Gordon Green – Our Brand is Crisis
3. David O. Russell – Joy
4. Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
5. Derek Cianfrance – The Light Between Oceans
Next in line: 6. Todd Haynes – Carol 7. Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant 8. Ridley Scott – The Martian 9. Woody Allen – Irrational Man 10. […]

Year in advance Oscar Predictions

I know this seems nuts, but here I am with some Academy Award predictions for next season. We’re a long way out, yes…but for me, this is the absolute most fun time of the year, in terms of forming predictions. Why? Simply put, it’s because anything is possible. If you want to see how an odd nominee would look, you need only predict it. Right now, we’re just as likely to see Steven Spielberg’s latest St. James Place take Best Picture as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s kind of a brilliant thing, really. Even so, I’ve tried to be as logical as possible here, foregoing a number of quirkier picks in favor of the contenders I really feel good about, even if it really is only February still.
Which films are in contention? You’ll be able to see below, but the biggest contender right now seem to be the aforementioned St. James Place from Spielberg, David Gordon Green’s Our Brand is Crisis, David O. Russell’s Joy, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant, and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs. Acting wise, all of those movies have contenders, while the big player right now seems to be Jake Gyllenhaal, who could score for either Demolition or Southpaw. An X factor to keep an eye on? Ridley Scott’s The Martian, which is based on an outstanding book and could either fall flat or be a huge player. Sit tight on that one…
Here now is my first set of Oscar predictions for awards season to come:
BEST PICTURE
1. St. James Place
2. Our Brand is Crisis
3. Joy
4. The Hateful Eight
5. The Revenant
6. Steve Jobs
7. Demolition
8. The Martian
9. The Sea of Trees
10. The End of the Tour
Next in line: 11. Carol 12. Irrational Man 13. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 14. Black Mass 15. Snowden 16. Money Monster 17. The Walk 18. Freeheld 19. Southpaw 20. Brooklyn 21. By the Sea 22. MacBeth 23. Bleed for This 24. Aloha 25. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST DIRECTOR
1. Steven Spielberg – St. James Place
2. David Gordon Green – Our Brand is Crisis
3. David O. Russell – Joy
4. Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant
5. Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
Next in line: 6. Danny Boyle – Steve Jobs 7. Gus Van Sant – The Sea of Trees 8. Ridley Scott – The Martian 9. Woody Allen – Irrational Man 10. Jean Marc Vallee – Demolition
BEST […]

Danny Boyle enters a mirrored parallax – “TRANCE”

Watch Danny Boyle enter a mirrored parallax to explain, in detail, what to expect from TRANCE. The experience allows you to simultaneously uncover exclusive, never-before-seen clips and images, and dive into a world where reality blurs into the subconscious.
Do you want to remember or do you want to forget? To decide, you must completely immerse yourself into the journey that is TRANCE, by visiting these experiential and hypnotizing companion sites to reveal hidden memories from the film.
Enter a trance at:
DoYouWantToRemember.com
DoYouWantToForget.com
Want to get inside the mind of Danny Boyle? Now is your chance to ask him anything! Visit REDDIT this Friday March 15th at 10 AM PST for a one-time-only AMA with mastermind Danny Boyle.
TRANCE:
Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya paintingworth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang?s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon?s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon?s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.

An Academy Conversation with Danny Boyle

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “An Academy Conversation with Danny Boyle,” including a screening of the Oscar winner’s feature directorial debut, “Shallow Grave,” on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City.
A festival favorite in 1994, “Shallow Grave” opened theatrically the following year to broad critical acclaim and introduced its makers and stars to a worldwide audience. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, the thriller follows three friends who find their flatmate dead from an overdose in his bedroom. The story takes a startling turn when they also discover a suitcase full of cash, then decide to keep the cash and dispose of the body. Starring Ewan McGregor, Kerry Fox and Christopher Eccleston, the film was written by doctor-turned-screenwriter John Hodge and produced by Andrew Macdonald. Hodge went on to earn an Oscar nomination for “Trainspotting,” which Boyle directed in 1996, and Macdonald produced five more of Boyle’s films, including “Trainspotting” and “28 Days Later.”
Boyle, a three-time Academy Award® nominee, won an Oscar for his direction of the 2008 Best Picture winner “Slumdog Millionaire.” His next feature, “Trance,” opens in the U.S. next month.
A rare 35mm print of the film will be screened courtesy of Park Circus LLC.
Tickets for “Shallow Grave” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased starting March 19 online at oscars.org or in person at the box office during regular box office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m.).
The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street (between Park and Lexington avenues) in New York City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (212) 821-9251, e-mail AcademyNYC@oscars.org or visit oscars.org.
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James Franco signs up for taste of “Cherry”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fresh off his Oscar-nominated turn in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” – and shortly after his maligned turn as an Oscar host – James Franco is lining up his next acting gig.
He’ll next be seen as a scientist inadvertently triggering an ape rebellion in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” later this summer. But Variety is now linking Franco to “Cherry,” the feature-film debut from author Stephen Elliott, who penned “The Adderall Diaries.” The story involves a teenage girl who gets swept up in the adult film industry upon moving to San Francisco. Franco would play a drug-addicted lawyer who befriends the title character, according to the trade.
Heather Graham, Dev Patel and Lili Taylor also are “in negotiations to star,” says Variety, adding that “Cherry” plans to film in San Fran beginning next month … as soon as they land their female lead.
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“127 Hours” DVD promotion seeks personal stories of inspiration

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Those who skipped Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” for fear that James Franco’s predicament was too harrowing missed one of last year’s most inspirational stories of human will and fortitude.
As the film prepares to reach Blu-ray and DVD on March 1, Fox Searchlight is doing what it can to overcome audience’s initial hesitance so they can sample Boyle’s brilliant story (and witness Franco’s Oscar-nominated turn as defiant outdoorsman Aron Ralston).
One such initiative is a micro-site which the studio has started calling the “127 Hours Inspiration Wall.” Find it at www.127hoursinspirationwall.com. Visit the site and you’ll see the opportunity make a pledge or announce a commitment to a personal goal. Post it on the wall, and you’ll be able to receive support and well wishes from friends, family or total strangers who’d like to see you hit your mark.
For says that the more “likes” one receives on their inspirational post, the larger their name will appear on the virtual wall. As more people contribute, the wall becomes more robust, and you can scroll through the wall to see what inspires other people.
Fans of the movie, meanwhile, will find Easter eggs hidden on the wall, including sneak peeks of the Blu-ray and DVD bonus features. It’s a great way to keep the conversation going on a film as it makes its way to home video. So visit the wall, and be sure to leave your personal pledge.
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James Franco, Danny Boyle bringing Oscar-nominated “127 Hours” to DVD

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Yesterday, it was just an awesome Danny Boyle movie. Today, it’s a Best Picture nominee. And on March 1, “127 Hours” is going to be a Blu-ray and DVD release that you will want to add to your collection.
Boyle’s film casts Oscar nominee James Franco as Aron Ralston, a mountaineer who went to extreme lengths to survive after getting pinned beneath a boulder while hiking. “127 Hours” earned six Oscar nominations this year, including Adapted Screenplay, Actor (for Franco), Editing, Score, Song and Best Picture.
As for the “Hours” Blu-ray, it will include over an hour of extra footage and behind-the-scenes looks at this Oscar-nominated film.
From the release:
Only on Blu-ray will viewers truly experience the award-winning cinematography in high definition, the way Boyle intended. From sweeping and majestic views of Blue John Canyon to the intimate scenes with Ralston trapped in the crevice, to the intricate weaving of the soundscape of the dessert available in 5.1 DTS HD Lossless surround sound, the Blu-ray format provides the viewer with the highest quality cinematic visual experience possible.
127 HOURS will be available on Blu-ray for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S. / $49.98 Canada, and on DVD for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $43.98 Canada. Pre-book is February 2.
127 HOURS Blu-ray Disc features
Disc 1:
Movie 

● Commentary with Danny Boyle, Christian Colson & Simon Beaufoy 

● Search & Rescue – The events that aided the search and rescue of Aron Ralston 

● 127 Hours: An Extraordinary View – A unique collaboration between the director and actor 

● Deleted Scenes 

● God of Love: short film by Luke Matheny
Disc 2: 

● Digital Copy of movie
127 HOURS DVD features 

● Commentary with Danny Boyle, Christian Colson & Simon Beaufoy 

● Deleted Scenes

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