April 24, 2014

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And the BAFTA Award Winners are…

Argo was named Best Film at tonight’s EE British Academy Film Awards hosted by Stephen Fry, held at London’s Royal Opera House. And the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award winners are…
BEST FILM
WINNER – ARGO Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
LES MISÉRABLES Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
LIFE OF PI Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
LINCOLN Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
ANNA KARENINA Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL John Madden, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Ol Parker
LES MISÉRABLES Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh, William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin
WINNER – SKYFALL Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
WINNER – BART LAYTON (Director), DIMITRI DOGANIS (Producer) The Imposter
DAVID MORRIS (Director), JACQUI MORRIS (Director/Producer) McCullin
DEXTER FLETCHER (Director/Writer), DANNY KING (Writer) Wild Bill
JAMES BOBIN (Director) The Muppets
TINA GHARAVI (Director/Writer) I Am Nasrine
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
WINNER – *AMOUR Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
HEADHUNTERS Morten Tyldum, Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn
THE HUNT Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann
RUST AND BONE Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
UNTOUCHABLE Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun
DOCUMENTARY
THE IMPOSTER Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis
MARLEY Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel
McCULLIN David Morris, Jacqui Morris
WINNER – SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
WEST OF MEMPHIS Amy Berg
ANIMATED FILM
WINNER – BRAVE Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
FRANKENWEENIE Tim Burton
PARANORMAN Sam Fell, Chris Butler
DIRECTOR
AMOUR Michael Haneke
WINNER – ARGO Ben Affleck
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
LIFE OF PI Ang Lee
ZERO DARK THIRTY Kathryn Bigelow
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
AMOUR Michael Haneke
WINNER – DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
THE MASTER Paul Thomas Anderson
MOONRISE KINGDOM Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ARGO Chris Terrio
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
LIFE OF PI David Magee
LINCOLN Tony Kushner
WINNER – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK David O. Russell
LEADING ACTOR
BEN AFFLECK Argo
BRADLEY COOPER Silver Linings Playbook
WINNER – DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Lincoln
HUGH JACKMAN Les Misérables
JOAQUIN PHOENIX The Master
LEADING ACTRESS
WINNER – EMMANUELLE RIVA Amour
HELEN MIRREN Hitchcock
JENNIFER LAWRENCE Silver Linings Playbook
JESSICA CHASTAIN Zero Dark Thirty
MARION COTILLARD Rust and Bone
SUPPORTING ACTOR
ALAN ARKIN Argo
WINNER – CHRISTOPH WALTZ Django Unchained
JAVIER BARDEM Skyfall
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN The Master
TOMMY LEE JONES Lincoln
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS The Master
WINNER – ANNE HATHAWAY Les Misérables
HELEN HUNT The Sessions
JUDI DENCH Skyfall
SALLY FIELD Lincoln
ORIGINAL MUSIC
ANNA KARENINA Dario Marianelli
ARGO Alexandre Desplat
LIFE OF [...]

Oscar nominations have many of us scratching our heads this morning…

What a crazy morning. As Oscar tends to do, they delivered their annual “WTF?” but instead of them inserting their nominees, they took out the nominees. Insane. Simply insane.
My reactions to the nominees are below:
Best Picture
• Amour
• Argo
• Beasts of the Southern Wild
• Django Unchained
• Les Miserables
• Life of Pi
• Lincoln
• Silver Linings Playbook
• Zero Dark Thirty
I’m so happy I was wrong about Amour getting trumped by all the loud December openings. It’s well deserved. The only surprise (and to some it isn’t a surprise) is Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained making the cut here over Moonrise Kingdom, who many thought would make the cut. As we trickle down through every category, and if you already saw the Best Director lineup, this looks like a race between Lincoln, Life of Pi, and Silver Linings Playbook at this point.
Prediction – 7 for 9 (missed Amour and Django for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Moonrise, and The Master at #10)
Predicted Winner – Lincoln
Snub – Moonrise Kingdom, The Master, The Impossible
Best Achievement in Directing
• Michael Haneke – Amour
• Ang Lee – Life of Pi
• David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
• Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
• Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
I spoke about the possibility of Benh Zeitlin sneaking in for Best Director when DGA was announced and his film is a director’s type of film. What’s more insane is it came at the expense of three big Oscar favorites, Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, and David O. Russell. When it comes to Affleck, I discussed back in November that Oscar may not have fully forgiven him or take him seriously yet as a director to be taken seriously here. It’s sad because he’s delivered three solid films under his directorial belt that are worthy of citation. I’m glad Argo managed the Picture nom though but George Clooney as a Producer probably had something to do with that more than Affleck.
I can’t explain why Bigelow missed. Is it the woman card? The controversy surrounding the film at the moment? Not sure at all. Tom Hooper directing a musical and missing makes sense. They Academy at large doesn’t go all the way for musicals unless the Weinstein Company is pushing it or its 40 years ago. Congratulations Ang Lee, you are officially in the running to win your second Directing Oscar. Russell is in the heat of the race too. Can’t believe what we [...]

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads BAFTA’s nominations

BAFTA Nominations have been announced. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the nominations. Skyfall, a film we all assumed would do well managed nominations but missed Best Picture. Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi also made a strong showing.
Lincoln receives ten nominations. Les Misérables and Life of Pi are each nominated in nine categories; Skyfall has eight nominations, Argo has seven nominations and Anna Karenina has six. Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty are each nominated five times.
The Master and Amour have four nominations. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Silver Linings Playbook have each been nominated three times. Hitchcock, Rust and Bone, The Imposter and McCullin have two nominations apiece.
Lincoln is nominated in the following categories: Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair. Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated for Leading Actor, Tommy Lee Jones is nominated for Supporting Actor and Sally Field is nominated for Supporting Actress.
Les Misérables is nominated for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Make Up & Hair and Sound. Hugh Jackman is nominated for Leading Actor and Anne Hathaway for Supporting Actress.
The nine nominations for Life of Pi are in the categories Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound, Special Visual Effects and Director for Ang Lee.
Argo and Zero Dark Thirty complete the Best Film lineup. Argo has six other nominations: Ben Affleck is nominated for Director and for Leading Actor and the film is nominated for Adapted Screenplay, Original Music and Editing. Alan Arkin is nominated for Supporting Actor.
Zero Dark Thirty?s other four nominations are for Original Screenplay, Editing, Director for Kathryn Bigelow and Leading Actress for Jessica Chastain.
Judi Dench and Javier Bardem are nominated as Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor for Skyfall. The film is also nominated for Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Outstanding British Film.
Anna Karenina is nominated for Outstanding British Film, as well as Original Music, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.
Quentin Tarantino is nominated for Director and Original Screenplay for Django Unchained. The film is nominated for Sound and for Editing and Christoph Waltz is nominated for Supporting Actor.
Emmanuelle Riva is nominated in Leading Actress for Amour, which is also nominated in Film Not in the English Language. Michael Haneke receives nominations for Director and Original Screenplay.
Also in the Original [...]

Oscars: Billy Crystal Was Far From His Best

By Michael Russnow
HollywoodNews.com: The Academy Awards was a lot better than last year’s offering and generally moved along pretty well. However, Billy Crystal’s performance was mixed. Sometimes he was spot on and in other instances resorted to forced humor that missed its mark.
After Morgan Freeman’s opening we saw Billy in an uninspiring repeat of what he’d done so well many times before, inserting himself into reproductions of well-known clips from the top films. Maybe it’s because he’s done it so many times. It’s true that he hasn’t been host since 2004, and we often enjoy an entertainer repeating his or her best work, but like an aging singer whose voice doesn’t hold up when the muscles sag, what was downright hysterical in past years, like when he came out as Hannibal Lecter in 1992, this go-around didn’t work too well for me in 2012.
The one exception was from The Descendants, when George Clooney recreated his visit to his comatose wife, played by Crystal lying in bed. Clooney’s kiss was so heartfelt it provided a big laugh. The Justin Bieber bit from Midnight in Paris wasn’t bad. Not so much the scene with Tom Cruise from Mission Impossible, nor was Crystal’s business spoofing The Help or Tintin particularly funny.
Oddly when he segued into his Oscar medley it worked better, with the lyrics sharp and engaging. After that, it was hit and miss. Sometimes very clever and other times flat. And when the latter happened he often responded defensively, at one point indicating the band in the pit liked the joke. He also was a bit insensitive regarding the age of some of the nominees as he mentioned octogenarians Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow, followed by senility jokes at their expense. Considering that Crystal himself is pushing 64 and that ageism besetting Hollywood is rampant with many talented professionals unemployed, it’s just not funny anymore.
As the three hour ten minute show progressed, they whizzed through awards at a relatively rapid pace. Instead of starting with a celebrity award, such as supporting actor and actress, they began with Tom Hanks presenting Oscars for cinematography and art direction, both of which went on the scorecard for Hugo.
There was a montage of film clips that moved along all right, but, unless I missed one, it appeared that it was as if movie history began with 1969′s Midnight Cowboy, because none of the featured films [...]

Oscar Night Red Carpet Fashion Announcements

HollywoodNews.com: Academy Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress, Janet McTeer and “China’s Leading Lady,” Li Bingbing, will both wear individually-customized, American alligator and exotic leather, haute couture, diamond pave, LANA MARKS Brand Cleopatra Clutches during their camera-clicking Red Carpet walks at the 84th Annual Oscar Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120226/CL59772 )
Based in Palm Beach, FL, Lana J. Marks has been a fashion fixture on Oscar’s Red Carpet for more than a decade. She is one of the world’s most-prestigious designers of elegant, exquisite and expensive handbags and accessories, according to many top fashion magazine editors. LANA MARKS Brand haute couture Collections are commissioned and worn by princesses, U.S. presidential first ladies and Hollywood celebrities.
CAST OF CLEOPATRA CLUTCH CELEBRITIES
Cleopatra Clutches are valued as high as $400,000.00. They are the most sought-after Oscar Night haute couture handbags; worn by Academy Award-Winning actresses, nominees, presenters and motion picture icons. Cleopatra Clutch Celebrities have included Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Winslet.
In 2007, Mirren won the “Best Actress Award” for her role as “Queen Elizabeth II.” As she stepped-up to the microphone for her acceptance speech, Mirren held the Cleopatra Clutch in her hand for the world to see and proclaimed, “Here I am…with my purse.”
LANA MARKS’ Cleopatra Clutch design was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s starring role in the 1963 epic motion picture, “Cleopatra.”
OSCAR FIRST: TWO CLEOPATRA CLUTCHES ON RED CARPET
This is the first time Lana J. Marks has provided two Cleopatra Clutches to actresses attending the Academy Awards Ceremony.
As in the case of McTeer, Marks typically provides a custom Cleopatra Clutch to a nominee or presenter. However, this year, she is furnishing a second Cleopatra Clutch to Li Bingbing; because she is the first Chinese actress to be invited to the Oscar Ceremonies; and because Marks is expanding her enterprise in China. Marks opened her first China boutique in Beijing 18 months ago. Marks will open a second boutique in China’s capital city on March 10, 2012 and her first Shanghai boutique on March 11, 2012.
JANET MCTEER, OSCAR NOMINATED BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
In the film “Albert Nobbs,” British actress Janet McTeer stars opposite Glenn Close as a cross-dressing lesbian in 1890s Ireland. Close has been nominated for the Academy’s Best Actress Award. This is McTeer’s second Oscar nomination. She is a two-time Tony Award Winner.
LI BINGBING: “CHINA’S LEADING LADY”
Li Bingbing is the most-famous actress in [...]

‘Twilight’ stars to get handprints, footprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Hollywoodnews.com: The major stars of ‘Twilight,’ Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson, are going to get the honor of their handprints and footprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
The three will leave their mark in a concrete ceremony that will take place on November 3rd, states Access Hollywood. Only 250 stars have received this honor in the many years it has been going on.
Jennifer Aniston, Helen Mirren, Cher and Robert Downey Jr. have received this honor in recent years.
The next ‘Twilight’ film, ‘Breaking Dawn,’ will be in theaters on November 18, 2011.
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Jane Alexander and her role as Queen in “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance”

HollywoodNews.com: Jane Alexander returns to TV Saturday (8/27) in the Hallmark Channel original movie “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” — adding the role of Queen Elizabeth II to a brilliant roster of real-life characters ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt to Calamity Jane, Hedda Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe. The esteemed actress says she wasn’t intimidated by the idea that Her Majesty might see her work in the film.
“No, not really, because she is a public figure, so I’m sure she is used to these kinds of things. God knows Helen Mirren did a brilliant job in ‘The Queen’ — that started it off. Who knows if she and Phillip would ever look at movies about the royal family. Maybe they would out of curiosity, but my hunch is, maybe not. They know the real Kate. They know the real William,” she points out.
For Alexander, “A Royal Romance” marked a reunion with filmmaker Linda Yellen, with whom she made the Peabody Award-winning 1980 concentration camp drama “Playing for Time.” (Alexander’s Supporting Actress Emmy was one of a collection earned by the production, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie.) She was delighted when Yellen contacted her about the Hallmark Channel film, which tells the William and Kate love story in a unique and fanciful sort of way; the late Princess Diana is a key character. As for the Queen, she is seen as a properly grandmotherly figure who has a strong competitive streak and likes an occasional game of Wii tennis. Such lively details came right out of Yellen’s research, notes Alexander.
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Dame Helen Mirren gets saucy on SNL

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: “Unexpected” is the only way to describe Dame Helen Mirren’s turn as host on last night’s Saturday Night Live. The Englishwoman’s opening spiel focused on decoupling the image played in her Oscar-winning role (that of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film “The Queen”) from her own less inhibited personality. Yet the sketches went far in painting Mirren as a sex symbol, focusing on her sex appeal not only during the opening monologue but also through an SNL Digital Short dedicated to her cleavage. In a subsequent sketch sixty-five year old Mirren even played a stripper.
“I may have been appointed dame of the British Empire,” said the actress as she opened the show “…but I’m not all scones and teacups–I’m more biscuits and D-cups.” A subsequent song she sung included the line, “Have you ever seen ‘Caligula’? I’m in the orgy scene.” The SNL Digital Short featured Nasim Pedrad touching the actress’ cleavage and being transported through a religious experience that likened the destination to cloud white heaven. The sketch featured a cameo of Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl.
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Russell Brand, Jennifer Garner in new “Arthur” clips

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: On paper, it sounds perfect. Remake “Arthur” — the Dudley Moore classic about a spoiled, rich, pampered, party-seeking billionaire – and build it around our modern-day good-time generator Russell Brand. Cast Oscar-winner Helen Mirren in the role that earned John Gielgud his first and only Oscar. Then shake that cocktail into an enjoyable cinematic drink.
We’ll see soon enough if the elements gel in the new “Arthur.” The comedy opens next month, but until then, we’re starting to see a few teaser clips reach the Web.
This morning, Yahoo! Movies has an awkward wedding proposal between Brand’s immature Arthur and Susan (Jennifer Garner), the headstrong woman Arthur’s mother wants him to marry. Sounds like a match made in heaven, no?
Collider, in addition, has six new clips pulled from Warner’s press site. They are here.
We also have a high-def trailer for “Arthur” to help get you excited for the film’s release. The comedy — which also stars Nick Nolte, Luis Guzman, and Greta Gerwig in the Liza Minnelli role as the girl Arthur truly loves — will be in theaters on April 8.

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Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren added to Oscars presenter list

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Oscar’s list of official presenters continued to grow, adding former winners and current nominees to the prestigious roster of already announced presenters.
Javier Bardem, who is competing in the Best Actor category for his outstanding work in “Biutiful,” will present an award during Sunday’s telecast. So will Helen Mirren, who took home her Oscar in 2006 for her portrayal of “The Queen.” They’ll be joined Sunday evening by Matthew McConaughey, whose name has been added to the list of presenters at the 83rd Academy Awards.
We’re in the home stretch. The Academy Awards will be telecast live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host the event, which begins at 7 p.m. ET with red carpet coverage, leading up to the 8 p.m. ET ceremony start.
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