January 11, 2015
        Final Golden Globe Awards Predictions                All 24 Oscar® Categories to be announced live                The last minute screenplay controversy for "Whiplash"                Writers Guild of America Announces Nominees                What the PGA nominations mean for the Best Picture race                The films that will sadly be shut out on Oscar nomination morning                Producers Guild of America Announces Nominees                Art Directors Guild Announces Nominees                A January Oscar Predictions Update                American Cinema Editors (ACE) Announces Nominees                2015 releases to look forward to                The best films and performances of 2014                A look at the second spot in each of the main Oscar categories                The late breaking major Oscar contenders of 2014                Golden Globe post nomination predictions for December        

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‘Identity Thief’ tops weekend box office again

I can’t confirm this offhand, but I’m pretty sure Snitch has the biggest opening weekend of all time for a film based on a Frontline documentary.
The ‘mandatory minimum sentences are evil’ action drama debuted with $13 million this weekend. That’s not a huge figure, but it’s above the sub-$8 million debuts from Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jason Statham in the last two months. Lionsgate/Summit procured the film for just $5 million, so this is a solid win all-around. The picture played 77% 18-49 and 53% male, earning a B from Cinemascore.
The solid 3.17x weekend multiplier, especially considering the predicted Oscar drop today, means that the film may have legs and an outside shot at $45 million. It’s not a massive success, and it means that Dwayne Johnson needs a viable franchise to be ‘box office’, but for a film with nothing but The Rock to sell, this isn’t a bad debut at all (it’s higher than the $8 million debut for 2010’s Faster, for example). Johnson still has G.I. Joe: Retaliation next month and the sure to be *huge* Fast & Furious 6 on tap for May, so this almost qualifies as his “one for me” art film. It’s a good movie that I hope finds an audience and it’s clearly a better choice for action junkies than A Good Day to Die Hard.
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Dustin Hoffman Dishes on His Directorial Debut Quartet

Dustin Hoffman, one of the most celebrated actors of our time, opens up in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine about stepping out of his comfort zone for his directorial debut Quartet, redefining retirement in Hollywood and how his latest film drove him to ponder how far he’s come and how little he’s changed.
The Academy Award® winner is also being recognized for his Breakthrough Achievement in directing by AARP The Magazine with a 2012 Movies for Grownups® award.

The following are excerpts from the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine cover story, available in homes today and online NOW at www.aarp.org/magazine.
On his directorial film debut, Quartet:
“An honest answer: I directed a play on Broadway. I blamed my own demons for waiting 35 years to do it again. Why did I fight it? Because it’s a thrilling opportunity to be the one who holds the paintbrush.”
“As we were working on the film, I asked Billy Connolly [one of its stars], ‘What’s the movie about?’ And he said, ‘Don’t die until you’re dead.’ I thought that nailed it.”
On what drew him to Quartet:
“It’s an affirmative movie but still reality. There’s this cloud of mortality hovering over the characters and blinding them.”
On using real musicians ages 70-plus in Quartet:
“Brilliant artists—and no one had rung their phone for 30 or more years. They showed up at 6 every morning and worked sometimes 14 hours a day without a whimper, with such dedication and joy. It infected all of us.”
On retiring:
“I think ‘retirement’ goes hand in hand with people who make a living by having a ‘job.’ I don’t think we—the .00001 percent of the population who are so fortunate to love passionately what we do—consider it a ‘job.’”
On his ideal age and growing older:
“I wouldn’t trade now for anything.”
“What we all want is to continually grow and expand. I’ve discovered that as the body becomes more limited, the soul expands.”
On the differences between men and women:
“I think men are the weaker of the genders and live a more limited life than women. For whatever reasons, men run from intimacy. If you run from intimacy, you’re running from what life can give you.”
On mortality:
“My wife says I’ve been worrying about it since we started going out. But at a certain point your icons change. There’s Manoel de Oliveira, who’s still directing at 104. And I recently read about a 94-year-old guy who had just […]

Academy Presents “Oscar’s Docs, 1955–2002: American Stories” at MoMA

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will present “Oscar’s Docs, 1955–2002: American Stories” from February 2 through February 14 at MoMA in New York City. This annual collaboration highlights Oscar®–winning and nominated short and feature-length documentary films that explore the history, culture and politics of the United States. All prints are from the Academy Film Archive’s collection. The filmmakers will be present at several screenings (visit MoMA.org for details).
The schedule is as follows:
Sat., Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
American Dream (1990)
Barbara Kopple. This stirring film depicts the effects of a mid-1980s strike by the workers of a Hormel meatpacking plant in Austin, Minnesota. 98 min.
Sat., Feb. 2, 8 p.m.
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994)
Freida Lee Mock. A profile of Maya Lin, the young artist who created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and other politically motivated artistic creations. 105 min.
Sun., Feb. 3, 2:30 p.m.
Princeton: A Search for Answers (1973)
Julian Krainin and DeWitt Sage. At one of the world’s premiere universities, where great thinkers dare to ask simple questions, men and women are involved in the intense, exciting process of discovery-from music composition to Shakespeare to the nature of the cosmos. 28 min.
The Stone Carvers (1984)
Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner. A tight-knit group of Italian Americans has been working for years on the Washington Cathedral, and their dedication and spirit is evident in the way they bring inanimate stone to brilliant life. Stone carving is delicate and satisfying work, and these artists point with pride to the product of their efforts. 30 min.
The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years (1998)
Keiko Ibi. At a community theater in Manhattan, a group of senior citizens rehearse and perform an original play about their romantic lives. 37 min.
Sun., Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)
Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Common Threads brings the AIDS epidemic into sharp personal focus through the stories of five people memorialized on the NAMES Project’s Memorial Quilt. 79 min.
Mon., Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
Marjoe (1972)
Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan. Marjoe is an extraordinarily charismatic young man making a living on the Christian revivalist circuit. His fiery antics in the name of the Lord are as much performance art as fire and brimstone preaching, and he’s adept at getting the faithful to part with their money. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. 88 min.
Sat., Feb. 9, 2 […]

Drumroll… Sundance Film Festival Awards Announced

Sundance Film Festival announces the 2013 awards. Congratulations award winners!
U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic – Fruitvale
U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – Blood Brother
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic – Jiseul
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – A River Changes Course
Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Metro Manila
Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary – The Square
Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic presented by Acura – Fruitvale
Audience Award: U.S. Documentary presented by Acura – Blood Brother
Audience Award: Best of NEXT – This is Martin Bonner
Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic – Afternoon Delight
Directing Award: U. S. Documentary – Cutie and the Boxer
Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Crystal Fairy
Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary – The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Lasting
Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary – Dirty Wars
Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic – Mother of George
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary – Who Is Dayani Cristal?
U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking – Inequality for All
U. S. Documentary Special Jury award for Achievement in Filmmaking – American Promise
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting – Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Sound Design – Shane Carruth & Johnny Marshall, Upstream Color
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award – Circles
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit – Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary – The Summit
Editing Award: U. S. Documentary – Gideon’s Army
Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic – In A World…
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize – Computer Chess
Short Film Grand Jury Prize – The Whistle
Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction – Whiplash
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction – The Date
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction – Skinningrove
Short Film Jury Award: Animation – Irish Folk Furniture
Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting – Joel Nagle, Palimpsest
Short Film Special Jury Award – Kahlil Joseph, Until the Quiet Comes
Short Film Audience Award, Presented by YouTube – Catnip: Egress to Oblivion
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Robert Redford on Sundance Film Festival, Awards Live Stream and More

Day Nine of the Festival was dominated by a film that garnered significant conjecture even prior to its Friday night premiere at Eccles.
Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad offered a pair of thoughtful and idiosyncratic performances portraying Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in Joshua Michael Stern’s poignant biopic, jOBS.
Also featured on the eve of closing night coverage is the first-ever adaptation of a David Sedaris story in Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s slick drama C.O.G…
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Sundance Film Festival: Toy’s House, Meet Brie Larson, Live Streams, Photos, and More – Day 8

Isaiah Washington Thrills in Blue Caprice, Toy’s House Teems with Nostalgia
Day Eight of our 2013 Sundance Film Festival coverage examines an incongruent slate of films in terms of both style and story. Alexandre Moors’ taut sniper thriller Blue Caprice manages a slick recreation of the Beltway sniper rampage, while Jordan Vogt-Roberts crafts a thoughtful coming-of-age comedy with Toy’s House.
Also featured is first-timer Randy Moore’s enigmatic and provocative drama Escape From Tomorrow …
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Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights – Get involved

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award seeks to identify and honor people who embody Robert F. Kennedy’s belief in the power of individual moral courage to overcome injustice. Founded in 1968, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK Center) has honored 44 human rights defenders working in 26 countries since 1984. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureates are individuals who stand up to oppression at grave personal risk in the non-violent pursuit of human rights.
Each year, we invite the public to nominate outstanding champions of human rights who are leading efforts to secure dignity for all people.
Click here to nominate someone for the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Do you know someone who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to bringing justice and human rights to the people who need them the most, despite serious personal risk or sacrifice? If so, please nominate your own human rights champion for the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
2013 marks the 30th year anniversary of the Award. Please help us honor Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy of advancing social justice for all by nominating a human rights defender today. We depend on our friends and allies like you to help us find our next partner working for a better, more just world.
The Award recognizes the work of outstanding individuals and provides support for the work of the Laureate through litigation; public awareness campaigns; advocacy to governments, the United Nations, regional bodies, other international entities and non-governmental organizations; and by generating domestic and international support for their cause.
Please note that nominations must be submitted in English. An independent panel, all experts in the field of human rights, selects the recipient based on their dedication and accomplishments toward social justice and the non-violent and effective tactics used to achieve their goals.
I hope you will take a moment to learn more about the nomination process, and if you know someone fighting every day for justice, please submit their name.
The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 1, 2013.
Click here to nominate someone for the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Thank you for your help.
Sincerely,
Santiago A. Canton
Director, Partners for Human Rights
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
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SAG Awards: Stars galore… Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Robert De Niro, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway

Alan Arkin, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Julianne Moore will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Robert De Niro, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianna Margulies, Busy Philipps, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon, Carl Reiner, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts and Sigourney Weaver.
Oscar nominee Alan Arkin received his first SAG Award in 2007 as a member of the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ cast and was nominated for his supporting role in the film. He is currently nominated for his supporting role in ‘Argo’ and as a member of the film’s cast. He’s got two comedies on tap: ‘Stand Up Guys,’opposite Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, and ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,’ opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.
Golden Globe recipient and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain earned a SAG Award in 2012 along with her fellow cast members in ‘The Help’ and was nominated in the supporting actress category, as well. This year, she is nominated for her lead performance in Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’ She currently stars in the Guillermo Del Toro-produced ‘Mama’ and will soon be seen in the double feature ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His’ and ”The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.’
Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis was a Screen Actors Guild Award recipient in 2003 for his work in ‘Gangs of New York’ and in 2008 for his role in ‘There Will Be Blood.’ In 2010, he was nominated along with the cast of ‘Nine.’ He has received a total of five SAG Awards nominations, including two this year for his title role in Steven Spielberg?s ?Lincoln? and as a member of the film’s cast.
Oscar nominee Sally Field is an eight-time SAG Awards nominee and the recipient of one Actor® statuette, for her role as Nora Walker in ‘Brothers & Sisters.’ She’s nominated twice this year, for her performance as Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ and as a member of the film’s cast. Last summer, she was seen as Aunt May in the blockbuster ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ opposite Andrew Garfield.
Along with his co-stars, four-time SAG Awards nominee John Goodman […]

Call For Entries: Student Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now accepting entries for the 40th Anniversary Student Academy Awards competition in 2013. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with cash prizes, may be presented to student filmmakers in the following categories: Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Student Film.
The rules and online application forms are available at www.oscars.org/saa.
The U.S. competition is open to all full-time college and university students at accredited institutions, whose films are made within the curricular structure of a film program or class at their respective schools. For 2013, the Academy has again limited the accepted accreditation agencies for U.S. institutions to the following: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. U.S. entries must be submitted by Monday, April 1, 2013.
In the Foreign Student Film category, entries are accepted only from full-time college and university students attending schools that are members of the international film school organization known as CILECT (www.cilect.org) and located outside the borders of the United States. The deadline to submit a foreign student film for consideration is Friday, March 22, 2013.
The 40th Annual Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award® winners have gone on to receive 43 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared eight awards. They include Pete Docter (1992), John Lasseter (1979 and 1980), Spike Lee (1983), Trey Parker (1993) and Robert Zemeckis (1975).
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Mark Ruffalo: New Yorkers Against Fracking

The Incredible Hulk and the leader of 10,000 Maniacs are getting together to protest fracking. Actor Mark Ruffalo and singer Natalie Merchant are leading a group to Albany this Wednesday to register their anti-fracking feelings with Governor Andrew Cuomo.They’re planning an all out campaign to appear at Cuomo’s State of the State Address. You can read about it at www.nyagainstfracking.org.
”Fracking” has become a hot button issue, especially in New York and Pennsylvania, along what’s known as the Marcellus Shale. Actors Matt Damon and John Krasinski have been drawn into the war because of their new movie, “Promised Land.” The documentary, “Gasland,” was the first to address the dangers of fracking in farm lands. My own thought, is you don’t fish in your own pond. It’s as simple as that. Both Ruffalo and Merchant live in the area, so it’s important to them.
Here’s what they say:
The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is calling on all New Yorkers to come to Albany for a rally to keep fracking out of our beloved state. We will take our message right to the Governor as we gather outside the annual State of the State Address, delivered by Andrew Cuomo.
We’ve never needed your voices more than now. On November 29th, the Department of Environmental Conservation took the reckless step of releasing draft rules and regulations that would sanction the process of fracking in New York State, thus setting the clock ticking on a decision-making process that, absent our intervention, could lead to permits in early 2013. Never mind that the environmental impact statement (sGEIS) that is supposed to serve as a scientific foundation of those regulations has not been released to the public. Never mind that the unfinished health “review” that is supposed to sit at the heart of the sGEIS is shrouded in secrecy. Never mind that the work of the health study is being carried out by three outside experts who are contracted for a mere 25 hours–three days–of their time. Never mind that Governor Cuomo said NO to New York’s own physicians and scientists who have demanded a transparent, comprehensive health impact assessment.
Let’s tell the Governor that everything about this process is wrong: it is backward, undemocratic, hasty, and irrational. A secret, 25-hour health review? Shockingly inadequate. An industry-influenced sGEIS? Fatally flawed. And cart-before-the-horse rulemaking? Un-fracking-believable.
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