Barry Jenkins cements himself as an essential voice with "If Beale Street Could Talk"                "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is the best animated film of the year                Snubs and surprises mark the Screen Actors Guild nominations as "A Star Is Born" leads the way                2018 Critics Choice nominations led by Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Favourite"                Nicole Kidman: Boy Erased and Destroyer - Hollywood Film Tribute                “Beautiful Boy” – Timothée Chalamet: Hollywood Film Tribute                “First Man” by Damien Chazelle: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy - Hollywood Film Tribute                Natalie Portman shines in the otherwise confounding "Vox Lux"                Golden Globe nominations announced! "Vice" leads the charge!                “Green Book” - Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali: Hollywood Film Tribute                "Mary Queen of Scots" can't live up to its royal lineage                "Ben Is Back" sees father and filmmaker Peter Hedges direct his son Lucas Hedges to a brilliant performance                Hollywood Film Tribute: GLENN CLOSE for her excellent performances                A final crack at Golden Globe nominations before Thursday's announcement                “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Once Upon a Deadpool”: Films to see in December        

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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[...]

Oscars: Get to know a Best Picture nominee: “American Hustle”

“American Hustle” Directed by: David O. Russell Written by: David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer Main cast members: Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Robert De Niro, Michael Pena, Jack Huston, Elisabeth Röhm, and Alessandro Nivola Number of Oscar nominations in total: 10 Other nominations besides Best Picture:[...]

Online auction of two props used in ‘ParaNorman’ – Do Some Good Today!

Animation buffs, movie fans, and memorabilia collectors will all have the chance to own unique hand-crafted materials from one of this year’s Academy Award nominees when Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California next week begins hosting the online auction of two props used in LAIKA and Focus Features’[...]

Paranorman’s LAIKA begins production on The Boxtrolls

Marking their third project together, LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind the current Academy Award-nominated animated feature ParaNorman, announced today that LAIKA has begun production on The Boxtrolls. The new movie will be released nationwide by Focus on October 17th, 2014. Focus CEO James Schamus and LAIKA[...]

“Paranorman” Winner of 15 Best Animated Feature Film awards

Winner of 15 Best Animated Feature Film awards, winner of two Annie Awards in the category of Character Animation & Design and now also nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a GLAAD Media Award, ParaNorman was made at the LAIKA Studios located in Oregon. Over the two years[...]

Keira Knightley, Steve Carell begin work on “End of the World”

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Considering the fact that end of the world is rumored to be happening this Saturday, May 21, its seems appropriate for production to begin on the pre-apocalyptic comedy “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” Keira Knightley and Steve Carell co-star in writer-director Lorene Scafaria’s[...]

Sundance: ‘Pariah’ acquired by Focus Features

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: In the latest of a steady stream of Sundance sales, Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to the contemporary drama “Pariah,” which world-premiered In Competition at this year’s fest. The debut feature from writer/director Dee Rees, “Pariah” expands on a short film about Alike (Adepero Oduye), a[...]

Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana sign up for Wright’s ‘Hanna’

BY SEAN O’CONNELL While promoting last year’s “The Soloist,” director Joe Wright (“Pride & Prejudice”) told reporters he planned to adapt the novel “Indian Summer,” about the final days of Britain’s colonial rule in India. Apparently that summer vacation is on hold. Focus Features announced that Wright’s next project will be[...]

After 72 Hours Focus nabs “Kids”

Screencrave reports that after 72 hours of negotiations, Focus Features has sealed the deal for U.S., U.K., Germany, and South Africa rights to “The Kids Are All Right” at Sundance. Lisa Cholodenko’s film was a last minute addition to the festival and it has become the buzz of the week.[...]