April 18, 2014

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Could a Best Picture nominee launch from Cannes this year?

In the pretty near future, the lineup for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival will be announced. We already know that potential Oscar player Grace of Monaco will be there, but what else could debut at Cannes and then potentially appeal to Academy members? This particular festival isn’t nearly as awards season centric as the New York or Toronto Film Festivals are (or the Telluride Film Festival, for that matter), but we always get a contender or two to discuss. Last year we had Blue is the Warmest Color debut, while future nominees like The Great Beauty, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Nebraska unspooled as well. That got me thinking about what this year’s slate could have inside of it for prognosticators like myself to chew on…
Below you’ll find five titles that I think could have a chance at turning the heads of voters, provided of course that they play at the fest. I’ve opted to focus on American movies just because those are the ones that the Academy tends to focus in on themselves, though of course there are exceptions from time to time like Amour. Still, big time contenders (and even the occasional Best Picture winner like No Country for Old Men) tend to be english language outings. Anyway, now I’ll dive in and speculate about five likely Cannes titles that could have a chance to woo members of the Academy.
1. Birdman – There’s a chance that this comedy from Alejandro González Iñárritu could be too offbeat for Oscar voters, but they’ve gone out on dramatic limbs with him before, so if this tale of a washed up actor doesn’t get too weird for them, there are tons of nomination opportunities. This could also be the role that nabs Michael Keaton his first Academy Award nomination too, so there’s that. This one could either get shut out or be a huge player, but it’s potentially the most likely to transition to awards season attention. We’ll see if it actually debuts at Cannes, but I think it’s highly likely that it will.
2. Magic in the Moonlight – Another highly likely title for the fest, Woody Allen’s next movie is set in France, so that only makes it even more apt for a slot. That being said, of late Allen has basically seen every other film of his become Oscar players, so this could be the off year for him. Still, it’s likely [...]

France’s César Awards are handed out

We’re only two days out from the Oscars now, but today and tomorrow we have some other awards to report on, starting off right now with the just announced César Awards, which are the French equivalent of the Academy Awards. There’s no real Academy crossover to speak of, but it’s an interesting ceremony to take note of anyway. Any award show is worthwhile in my book, and I hope you agree as well.
The Best Picture prize went to Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, which also saw Guillaume Gallienne win Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, while favorite son over there Roman Polanski took Best Director for Venus in Fur. Among more notable winners, The Broken Circle Breakdown won Best Foreign Film while Adèle Exarchopoulos took the Best Female Newcomer prize for her amazing work in Blue is the Warmest Color. Voters spread things around otherwise, as you’ll be able to see below.
Again, this means almost nothing for Oscar, unless you really want to extrapolate and try and make the case that The Broken Circle Breakdown could pull an upset on Sunday in the Best Foreign Language Feature category. Still, I was thrilled to see Exarchopoulos get noticed here, so consider me relatively pleased overall by these results.
Here now are all of the César award winners:
BEST PICTURE
Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
BEST DIRECTOR
Roman Polanski, Venus In Fur
BEST ACTOR
Guillaume Gallienne, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
BEST ACTRESS
Sandrine Kiberlain, 9 Mois Ferme
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Niels Arestrup, Quai D’Orsay
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Adèle Haenel, Suzanne
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Guilaume Gallienne, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Albert Dupontel, 9 Mois Ferme
BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Broken Circle Breakdown
BEST SHORT FILM
Avant Que De Tout Perdre, Xavier Legrand
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thomas Hardmeier, The Young And Prodigious Mr Spivet
BEST EDITING
Valérie Deseine, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Loulou L’Incroyable Secret, Eric Omond
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Mademoiselle Kiki Et Les Montparnos, Amélie Harrault
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Sur Le Chemin De L’Ecole, Pascal Plisson
BEST SOUND
Jean-Pierre Duret, Jean Mallet & Mélissa Petitjean, Michael Kohlhaas
BEST ART DIRECTION
Stéphane Rozenbaum, L’Ecume Des Jours
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Martin Wheeler, Michael Kohlhaas
BEST COSTUMES
Pascaline Chavanne, Renoir
BEST DEBUT FEATURE
Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, Guillaume Gallienne
BEST NEWCOMER (Male)
Pierre Deladonchamps, Stranger By The Lake
BEST NEWCOMER (Female)
Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Academy to celebrate Oscars in New York

The iconic landmark restaurant Daniel will be rolling out the red carpet for New York-based members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, entertainment industry executives, and several hometown luminaries to celebrate the 85th Oscars with an exclusive viewing party, the only East Coast event officially hosted by the Academy. This year’s show is of special significance to New Yorkers, as its producers are the Gotham-based motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced such acclaimed feature films as “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” as well as the current NBC musical series “Smash.”
World-renowned chef Daniel Boulud is preparing a special menu of cocktails and canapés with a nod to this year’s nominated films, to be served along with his seasonally inspired, award-winning contemporary French cuisine. Now celebrating its 20th year, Daniel is one of the very few restaurants to have received the New York Times four-star rating as well as three Michelin stars. Chef Boulud, who hails from Lyon, France, is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered chefs in New York City, which he has called home since 1982.
“Oscar® Sunday is a day to celebrate the best in film with family and friends,” notes Patrick Harrison, the Academy’s New York program director. “We are thrilled that Daniel Boulud has opened his doors to welcome Academy members and the New York film community on the occasion of the Oscars.”
“New York has been my home for over 30 years, and to be able to host the esteemed Academy’s official East Coast event is a huge honor,” said Boulud. “I hope this fete will mark the beginning of a long-running tradition.”
Three 7.5-foot versions of the 13.5-inch, 8.5-pound Oscar statuette, one of world’s most recognized symbols, will greet the New York partygoers as they enter the restaurant on Oscar Night. These golden sentinels are identical to the larger-than-life Oscars that will greet the ceremony’s attendees on the Hollywood red carpet. Numerous large screens will ensure that guests don’t miss a moment of the show’s excitement.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 [...]

Directors Guild Reveals Docs Nominees

Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA?s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for the year 2012.
“Whether shining a light on sweeping injustice or bringing us along on an intimate journey, the best documentaries challenge and enlighten us, and this year?s nominees are no exception,” said Hackford. “The powerful work of these nominated directors is a true testament to the skill and significance of non-fiction storytellers. Congratulations to each of the nominees on their remarkable accomplishments.”
The winners will be announced at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The DGA Awards will be hosted by director/actor/producer Kelsey Grammer.
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DOCUMENTARY
The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2012 are (in alphabetical order):
KIRBY DICK
The Invisible War
Rise Film
ITVS
Fork Films
Cuomo Cole Productions
Canal Plus
Chain Camera Pictures
This is Mr. Dick’s first DGA Award nomination.
MALIK BENDJELLOUL
Searching For Sugar Man
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Passion Pictures Production
Canfield Pictures & The Documentary Company
Red Box Films
This is Mr. Bendjelloul’s first DGA Award nomination.
LAUREN GREENFIELD
The Queen of Versailles
Magnolia Pictures
Evergreen Pictures
BBC Storyville
Impact Partners
Candescent Films
Plus Pictures
DR
VPRO
Queen of Versailles, LLC
This is Ms. Greenfield’s first DGA Award nomination.
DAVID FRANCE
How To Survive A Plague
Public Square Films
Ford Foundation/Justfilms Impact Partners
How to Survive a Plague, LLC
This is Mr. France’s first DGA Award nomination.
ALISON KLAYMAN
Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry
United Expression Media
Muse Film and Television
Never Sorry, LLC
This is Ms. Klayman’s first DGA Award nomination.
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For a complete list of nominations in other categories or to download a press credential application, please visit the Awards section of the DGA website at www.dga.org. The winners in all categories will be announced at the 65th Annual DGA Awards dinner and ceremony on Saturday evening, February 2, 2013 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.
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About the DGA:
In the 77 years since its founding in 1936, the DGA has fought for the economic and creative rights of its members; protected their ability to financially benefit from the reuse of their work; established strong pension and health plans; and established jurisdiction in new technologies and distribution platforms. Today we represent 15,000 directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, new media and other audiovisual media.

Halle Berry loses in child custody case

HollywoodNews.com: Halle Berry won’t be moving to France as a judge has shot down her request in her child custody case with Gabriel Aubry.
Berry has been fighting to get approved to move her daughter to France where her fiancé, Olivier Martinez, lives, states TMZ. While she also argued that the paparazzi was too dangerous for her daughter in Los Angeles, the judge shut down her request.
It is unknown why the judge decided against her moving to France with their daughter. She has reportedly been claiming that this was a move she wanted to do simply for safety reasons.
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More topless Kate Middleton pictures published by Italian magazine

HollywoodNews.com: The Italian magazine ‘Chi’ has decided to join in on the topless Kate Middleton scandal and has published more photos of her from her private vacation at a private residence.
The magazine ended up publishing a 26-page spread that includes 50 pictures of Kate without her bikini top on, states RadarOnline. And editor Alfonso Signorini doesn’t think there is anything illegal going on here.
“These pictures were taken while the couple were on a terrace and they were taken from a public place so there is no suggestion of an invasion of privacy,” Signorini commented.
Currently, the Royal Family is pursuing a case in France in regard to the photos.
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Kate Middleton suing French magazine over topless pictures

HollywoodNews.com: Kate Middleton and the rest of the Royal Family are taking action and suing the French magazine ‘Closer’ for publishing topless pictures that were taken of the Duchess while she was vacationing at a private residence.
A rep for St. James’ Palace has commented that “legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France,” states TMZ. The Royal Family previously released a statement saying they were looking into the legal side of things, and it seems they have been able to move forward.
The topless pictures involved Kate without her bikini top off while at a home with her husband, Prince William. The Royal Family was appalled at the invasion of privacy that occurred.
It is unknown what sort of relief they are seeking in the lawsuit.
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Topless Kate Middleton pictures published by French magazine

HollywoodNews.com: The French magazine ‘Closer’ better watch out for the Royal Family because they have published topless pictures of Kate Middleton that were taken by paparazzi while she was vacationing with Prince William at a private home.
The pictures were taken while Kate was with William in France at a chateau owned by the Queen’s nephew, Lord Linley, states TMZ. Kate was photographed with her bikini top off while at the private house.
The Royal Family has issued a serious statement: “Their royal highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner.”
“Their royal highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them. Officials acting on behalf of their royal highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to the Duke and Duchess,” the statement continued.
The French magazine does have a UK version, but the publication did not publish the pictures and released a statement against the act: “[T]he comments made by the Editor of the French edition which have reported in the media today do not reflect the opinions of Closer magazine UK. Closer magazine UK takes its obligations under the PCC Code extremely seriously and would never publish topless images of a member of the Royal family on its cover or otherwise.”
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Kristen Stewart’s Balenciaga ad premieres

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Stewart may be having a rough time these days ever since her cheating scandal broke, but things don’t look that bad in her latest ad.
Stewart’s new Balenciaga perfume ad for Florabotanica has premiered in Spanish ‘Elle’ magazine, states E! News. The ad is simple with Stewart posing in a black and white top with tousled hair.
Balenciaga’s head designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, previously commented on why the actress was the right fit for the brand: “Kristen Stewart embodies the modernity of the new Balenciaga fragrance with her unique sensibility and intelligence…she shares the radical spirit of Balenciaga.”
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50th New York Film Festival announces film slate

HollywoodNews.com: After a little bit of pondering on my part, the question of what will be playing this year at the New York Film Festival has now been answered. 32 films will comprise the main section of the fest, according to the NYFF website (here), and besides the movies already known about, we’ll also be seeing ‘Amour’, ‘Frances’, ‘Holy Motors’, ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’, and ‘Passion’ represent some of the most notable entries. After the jump you can see the full lineup, but it’s looking like a really stellar film festival (I’m especially interested in that new flick from Noah Baumbach).
Amour (Michael Haneke, Austria/France/Germany)
Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner of Cannes 2012 is a merciless and compassionate masterpiece about an elderly couple dealing with the ravages of old age. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
Araf—Somewhere In Between (Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Turkey/France/Germany)
Director Yesim Ustaoglu depicts with empathy and uncompromising honesty the fate of a teenaged girl when she becomes sexually obsessed with a long-distance trucker and the promise of freedom that he embodies.
Barabara (Christian Petzold, Germany)
Christian Petzold’s perfectly calibrated Cold War thriller features the incomparable Nina Hoss as a physician planning to defect while exiled to a small town in East Germany. An Adopt Films release.
Beyond the Hills/După dealuri (Cristian Mungiu, Romania)
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days director Cristian Mungiu returns with a harrowing, visually stunning drama set in a remote Romanian monastery. Winner, Best Actress and Best Screenplay, 2012 Cannes Film Festival. A Sundance Selects release.
Bwakaw (Jun Robles Lana, The Philippines)
A moving and funny surprise from the Philippines starring the great Eddie Garcia—and a truly unforgettable dog—in the story of an elderly loner going where he’s never dared venture before.
Camille Rewinds/Camille Redouble (Noémie Lvovsky, France)
Noemie Lvovsky directs and stars in an ebullient comedy of remarriage that gives Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married a sophisticated, personal, and decidedly French twist.
Caesar Must Die/Cesare deve morire (Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, Italy)
Convicted felons stage a production of Julius Caesar in this surprising new triumph for the Taviani Brothers, winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. An Adopt Films release.
The Dead Man and Being Happy/El muerto y ser feliz (Javier Rebollo, Spain/Argentina)
A dying hitman and a mysterious femme fatale set off on an oddball journey through Argentina’s interior in this playful and unexpectedly moving reverie on love, death and the open road.
Fill the Void/Lemale et ha’chalal (Rama Burshtein, Israel)
With her first [...]

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