April 23, 2014

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Oscars: Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer are back!

Last year’s Academy Award® winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer will return to present on this year’s telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
“We are honored to have Meryl, Octavia, Christopher and Jean, last year’s Oscar winners in each of the acting categories, return to the Oscar stage,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Streep, who is the most nominated actor with 17 nominations, has won three Academy Awards®, including last year’s lead actress award for her performance in “The Iron Lady.” Dujardin won the award for his lead performance in the Best Picture winner “The Artist,” it was his first nomination. Spencer, also a first time nominee, took home the Oscar for her supporting role in Best Picture nominee “The Help.” Plummer, who has twice been nominated, won the award for his supporting role in “Beginners.”
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 live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Jane Campion to head up the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival

Director, Jane Campion, is to head up the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, taking over the role from Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Martin Scorsese and John Boorman.
From New Zealand, Jane Campion stood out from her earliest works: in 1986 she won short film Palme d’or for Peel and garnered the interest of critics internationally for Sweetie, the first feature she presented in competition at the Festival de Cannes. After An Angel at my Table, she returned to Cannes with The Piano, which won the Palme d’or in ’93, as well as the best actress award for Holly Hunter.
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Photo by AFP at Cannes Film Festival
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“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 [...]

Super Bowl Weekend… and the winner is ‘Warm Bodies’

Ah, Super Bowl weekend! Warm Bodies (review) can go from a $9 million Saturday to a $2.9 million Sunday and it’s okay! According to the studio, it earned $8.1 million on Friday, $9 million on Saturday, yet is expected to make just $2.9 million today.
Yes, I know today is the Super Bowl, but I’m always shocked by these mega drops each and every year. The film, which has an estimated $20 million debut, played 60% female (because girls like horror films too!) and 65% under 25, which means it is doing best outside of the stereotypical older male football fan who is already getting ready for the big game so it may end up with a slightly higher weekend total in the end. It earned a B+ from Cinemascore, with an A- from those under 25 and an A from those under 18.
Regardless, this is a solid debut for a film that easily could have played to the geek crowd exclusively. This is the kind of film that could have easily opened with $8 million over the weekend, as opposed to $8 million on its first day.
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Directors Guild Awards: And the Winners are…

Ben Affleck wins the Directors Guild of America award for Best Feature Film.
List of winners below:
Feature Film: “Argo,” Ben Affleck
Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man,” Malik Bendjelloul
Dramatic Series: “Breaking Bad: Fifty-One,” Rian Johnson
Comedy Series: “Girls,” pilot, Lena Dunham
Movie for Television or Mini-Series:
Musical Variety Program: “66th Annual Tony Awards,” Glenn Weiss
Reality Program: “Master Chef,” episode #305, Brian Smith
Children’s Program: “Let It Shine,” Paul Hoen
Daytime Serial: “One Life to Life: Between Heaven and Hell,” Jill Mitwell
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‘Anna Karenina,’ ‘Life of Pi,’ and ‘Skyfall’ win Art Directors Guild Awards

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) tonight announced winners of its 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW in nine categories of film, television, commercials and music videos during black-tie ceremonies at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The awards took place before an audience of more than 700, including guild members, industry executives, and press. ADG Council Chair John Shaffner presided over the awards ceremony with Paula Poundstone serving as host for the fourth consecutive year. Due to an illness, Production Designer Herman Zimmerman was an absentee recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by BMW.
Hall of Fame inductees were Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward Stephenson. The Production Designers behind the JAMES BOND franchise, including Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, Allan Cameron and Dennis Gassner were honored for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery. The 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards were produced by Greg Grande and Raf Lydon.
Presenters for this year’s awards included Levar Burton (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Reading Rainbow), Joelle Carter (Justified), Francesca Eastwood (Big Morning Buzz Live, Miss Golden Globe® – 2013), Walton Goggins (Lincoln, Django Unchained, Justified), Dennis Haysbert (Allstate® Commercials, 24), Georgia King (The New Normal), Jonathan C. McGinley (Scrubs, the upcoming 42), Jane Seymour (To Live and Let Die, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Smallville), Julie White (Lincoln, Transformers), and Alfre Woodard (True Blood, Memphis Beat).
ADG awards recognition always goes to the Production Designer, Art Director, Assistant Art Director and their team for each nominated and winning project.
WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2012:
Period Film
ANNA KARENINA
Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood
Fantasy Film
LIFE OF PI
Production Designer: David Gropman
Contemporary Film
SKYFALL
Production Designer: Dennis Gassner
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2012:
One-Hour Single Camera Television Series
GAME OF THRONES, Episode: The Ghost of Harrenhal
Production Designer: Gemma Jackson
Television Movie or Mini-Series
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM, Episode: I Am Anne Frank, Part 2
Production Designer: Mark Worthington
Episode of a Half-Hour Single Camera Television Series
GIRLS, Episode: Pilot
Production Designer: Judy Becker
Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Episode: Mick Jagger Host
Production Designers: Keith Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N. Joseph DeTullio
Awards, Music, or Game Shows
84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Production Designer: John Myhre
Commercial, PSA, Promo, and Music Video
X-BOX, Episode: Halo 4 Commissioning
Production Designer: Christopher Glass
Sponsors for the 17th Annual ADG Awards include: Exclusive Title and Lifetime Achievement sponsor BMW. The Platinum sponsors are EON Productions & [...]

“Wreck-It Ralph” wins Best Animated Feature at Annie Awards

Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ won the Best Animated Feature honor at the 40th Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. This year’s expanded list of categories topped 30, honoring many more nominees and team entries as in years past. New to the awards this year was the addition of the Best Student Film. A live streaming of the ceremony was made available again to animation enthusiasts as well as those who were unable to attend the event at
www.annieawards.org/watch-it-live. A complete list of winners can be viewed at www.annieawards.org.
The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem” (Illumination Entertainment); Best Animated Short Subject to “Paperman” (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV Production for Preschool Children “Bubble Guppies
‘A Tooth on the Looth’” (Nickelodeon Animation Studios); Best Animated Television Production
for Children “Dragons: Riders of Berk ‘How to Pick Your Dragon’” (DreamWorks Animation); Best General Audience Animated Television Production “Robot Chicken ‘DC Comics Special’” (Stoopid Buddy Studios); Best Animated Video Game “Journey” (Sony Computer Entertainment America);
and Best Student Film “Head Over Heels” (Timothy Reckart).
“What a great evening filled with a lot of fun and surprises,“ said ASIFA-Hollywood President Frank Gladstone. “A variety of individuals and studios participated and joined in celebrating the best in animation across project, studio and geographic boundaries.”
Former Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice Lamarche shared hosting duties, along with a special appearance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and animation industry professional, Seth Green.
Honored with the Winsor McCay award were Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn. The Winsor McCay stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.
Howard Green was honored with the June Foray award which is presented to an individual who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation, and Toon Boom Animation was honor with the Ub Iwerks award created and given to individuals or companies for technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.
Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 30 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing [...]

“Silver Linings Playbook” crossed the $75 million mark

Last night’s box office was kind of a watershed moment for “Silver Linings Playbook.” David O. Russell’s Oscar nominated serio-comedy not only held its own in third place, but nudged up to cross the $75 million mark. “Silver Linings” has now also nosed ahead of “Zero Dark Thirty,” which is sort of amazing. For thirty days, “SLP” languished in limited release while other, bigger movies came and went. “SLP” and “ZD30″ were neck and neck in the same number of theaters once they each went wide.
But now “SLP” had broken from the pack. It’s going to make $100 million, and be the next Weinstein Company movie to hit that mark. Maybe a landmark: I can’t recall a time that the Weinstein Company has had two movies in the top 10 at the same time. Yet, now they have the Russell and “Django Unchained.” And they’re each nominated for Best Picture.
Of the two, “Playbook” has a stronger shot at winning Best Picture. But again, I told you this when I saw “Playbook” in Toronto. It’s such a terrific film, and it’s the one with heart this season. People feel good when they see it. That’s not to diminish “Zero Dark Thirty.” But audiences love “Silver Linings Playbook.” Jennifer Lawrence is on her way to Best Actress, too. “SLP” and maybe “Lincoln” are the two realistic rivals to “Argo.”
The surging success of “SLP” means that by February 24th, Oscar audiences will really have seen all nine nominated Best Pictures and care about them. That, plus the show itself, should add up to solid ratings for the Academy Awards telecast.
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Oscar Forecast: Oscar Veteran Actors and Directors

When Meryl Streep took home the Best Actress award for The Iron Lady last year, some commentators called it a “lifetime achievement award,” implying that she beat out the competition more due to her body of work than her performance in that film. Others have speculated that veterans are more likely to win Oscars because they are more talented than their peers – the reason they are veterans in the first place.
But does any of this actually correspond with the facts? The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is no. Despite the beliefs that veteran actors win more awards for their talent or their career achievements, veterans actually win 17% less often than relative newcomers.
Here, we will define an Oscar veteran as an actor who has received more than five nominations either in the lead or supporting category. There are currently 33 members of this exclusive club, with the newest – Denzel Washington – just added this year thanks to his sixth acting nomination for his role in Flight.
In the 84 years of Oscars (excluding this year), there have been, coincidentally, 84 acting nominations for those I have defined as Oscar veterans, counting only nominations after their first five. In these nominations, only 14 times has a veteran emerged victorious, for a rate of 16.7%. The overall average for acting nominees is 20%, since one out of five wins each category. Technically, before 1936 the number of acting nominations varied each year, but the first Oscar veteran was Norma Shearer, who did not receive her sixth nomination until 1938 for Marie Antoinette.
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Oscar Contenders at Nominees Luncheon

Seventeen of the 20 nominees in the acting categories will be among more than 160 Oscar nominees who will gather at noon on Monday, February 4, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.
From the Lead Actress and Actor categories, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Quvenzahané Wallis, Naomi Watts, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington are expected to attend. Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt and Jacki Weaver will represent the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.
Four of the five nominees in the Directing category – Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg and Benh Zeitlin – also are expected to attend. Three of the Academy’s four 2012 Governors Awards recipients, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hal Needham and George Stevens, Jr., will join this year’s nominees.
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 live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards–in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners-the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
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