April 23, 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 [...]

Kudos for Quentin Tarantino at the MOMA

HollywoodNews.com: It’s Oscar season soon, so it’s time for tributes and special awards that will highlight directors of Oscar buzzed films. Now we’re told that the Museum of Modern Art’s fifth annual Film Benefit, to be held on December 3rd at 6:30 PM, will honor writer / director Quentin Tarantino.
This will be just two weeks before Tarantino unveils “Django Unchained,” with an all star cast and a controversial screenplay. The movie looks amazing from clips, with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now a release from MoMA says that “[Tarantino] renowned for the Academy Award-winning films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Inglourious Basterds (2009), and earlier hit films Reservoir Dogs (1992), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004), among others. Tarantino’s latest film, “Django Unchained”, will be released by The Weinstein Company on December 25th.
The Film Benefit held at The Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St) will be highlighted by a special presentation recognizing Tarantino’s acclaimed directorial work, followed by a gala dinner. The Film Benefit raises funds to ensure that great works of cinema continue to join the collection of The Museum of Modern Art”
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Good Films you missed – 13 Assassins, The Skin I Live In, Tree of Life, Warrior

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com:This is the third of several year-end wrap essays detailing the year in film. This time, it’s about highlighting the good or great films that slipped under the radar somehow. Some got rave reviews and wide releases but stiffed at the box office while some never made it out of limited release. All are worth tracking down and all are, with one exception I will point out, now available on DVD/Blu Ray/download/etc. And nearly all of them are not hardcore independent films, but seemingly mainstream dramas and comedies that would have likely merited a wide release even a few years ago. Once again, these will be in alphabetical order.
13 Assassins
Like pretty much all Magnolia titles in the last few years, the majority of the film’s initial profits came from their OnDemand services, with Takashi Miike’s truly epic samurai drama receiving on a token theatrical release in a few major cities. No matter where you see this one, it’s a surprisingly compelling shades-of-grey morality play. At its core, it’s about the morality of committing murder, political assassination no-less, in the name of dispatching a regional ruler who may be too evil to eventually wear the crown. For the first two thirds it is a character study and a classic samurai drama. But the entire last third of the picture unleashes one of the longest and most impressive non-stop action sequences I’ve ever seen. If for no other reason than it’s last 40 minutes, 13 Assassins is a must-see action picture.
Attack the Block
If you read any blogs that travel in the ‘geek circles’, this may be the most talked-about movie that nobody saw this year. The film premiered early in the year to rave reviews from the Faracis and McWeenys of the world, but it’s token limited release from Sony Screen Gems on July 29th, a weekend with six new releases. Needless to say, it died and never really expanded. Is the film as gloriously awesome as you may have read elsewhere? Not quite. It doesn’t break much new ground, but it does what it intends to do very well. The young kids are all quite good and the aliens they encounter are all the scarier for their sparse use. This is just a rock-solid genre entry that is just different enough to [...]

“The Descendants,” “Shame” leading pack of Austin Film Fest selections – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A handful of stellar titles with Oscar aspirations have been programmed into this year’s Austin Film Festival schedule, which begins on Oct. 20 with an as-yet-unnamed Opening Night selection.
In between, AFF audiences will get their first looks at Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs” and Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” – all films with awards hopes that will screen as part of the festival’s Marquee category.
“We’re proud to be taking our program in some exciting new directions while maintaining our focus on strong writing and engaging stories,” said new Film Programmers Stephen Jannise and Stephen Belyeu.
In addition, the fest has set up special screenings of “Toy Story” (presented by John Lasseter), an “Edward Scissorhands” screening, and a tribute to Polly Platt with a presentation by Luke Wilson and Wes Anderson.
Below is a listing of AFF’s film lineup. For a complete lineup, also visit austinfilmfestival.com.
AFF 2011 FILM LINEUP
MARQUEE SCREENINGS:
THE DESCENDANTS ­ Alexander Payne (Writer/Director), Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (Writers) ­ stars George Clooney – Regional Premiere
SHAME ­ Steve McQueen (Wrtier/Director), Abi Morgan (Writer) ­ stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan – Regional Premiere
THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH ­ Pawel Pawlikowski (Writer/Director), Douglas Kennedy (Writer) ­ stars Ethan Hawke – Regional Premiere
SAL ­ James Franco (Wrtier/Director/Actor), Vince Jolivette, Stacey Miller (Writers) ­ Regional Premiere
JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME ­ Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass (Writer/Directors) ­ stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms, and Susan Sarandon – Regional Premiere
CORIOLANUS ­ Ralph Fiennes (Director), John Logan (Writer) ­ stars Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, and Jessica Chastain – Regional Premiere
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN ­ Lynne Ramsey (Writer/Director), Rory Kinnear (Writer) ­ stars John C. Reilly and Tilda Swinton – Regional Premiere
LIKE CRAZY ­ Drake Doremus (Writer/Director), Ben York Jones (Writer) ­ Regional Premiere
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE ­ Sean Durkin (Writer/Director) ­ Regional Premiere
PARIAH ­ Dee Rees (Writer/Director) ­ Regional Premiere
ALBERT NOBBS ­ Rodrigo Garcia (Director), Glenn Close, John Banville (Writers)
CINEMA IS EVERYWHERE ­ Teal Greyhavens (Director) ­ U.S. Premiere
6 MONTH RULE ­ Blayne Weaver (Writer/Director) ­ World Premiere
AFTER FALL, WINTER ­ Eric Schaeffer (Writer/Director) ­ Regional Premiere
AGE OF CHAMPIONS ­ Chris Rufo (Director) ­ Regional Premiere
ALL I KNOW: THE CASTLE SESSIONS ­ Holly Bronko (Director) ­ World Premiere
AMERICAN TEACHER ­ Vanessa Roth, Brian McGinn (Directors) ­ Regional Premiere
THE BULLY PROJECT ­ Lee Hirsch (Director) ­ Regional [...]

Zach Braff added to Sam Raimi’s “Oz” prequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: From the “Garden State” of New Jersey to the Emerald City of “Oz.”
It is being reported that Zach Braff, one-time star of NBC’s “Scrubs” and the writer-director of the indie comedy “Garden State,” has joined the cast of Sam Raimi’s “Wizard of Oz” prequel titled “Oz, the Great and Powerful.” Deadline says that Braff will play Frank, the loyal assistant to James Franco’s powerful wizrd. As the story goes, Franco’s character ends up in a hot air balloon during a tornado and lands – like Dorothy – in the magical realm.
Braff has been busy promoting “The High Cost of Living,” which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in the Spring. As for “Oz,” which also stars Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Joey King, it will be in theaters on March 8, 2013.
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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 piece, which “explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand,” according to a release. Two characters, Dodge (Carell) and Penny (Knightley), bond as the world crumbles around them, giving each a fresh perspective on their pending doom.
The all-star comedy also features Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Melinda Dillon, “Community” star Gillian Jacobs, Derek Luke, T.J. Miller, Patton Oswalt and the great Melanie Lynskey. Fantastic ensemble!
Focus Features will distribute the film in the U.S., and is eyeing a 2012 release date.
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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 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister (Sahra Mallesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the support of her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker), she is especially eager to find a girlfriend. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.
Focus Features CEO James Schamus said, “Dee Rees has made a debut film that celebrates with astonishing artistry the journey of a young woman who simply never gives up on the power of love. We’re thrilled to join her on this next step of a remarkable journey.”
More from the release:
In tandem with the “Pariah” acquisition, Focus has engaged Ms. Rees to write a screenplay. The script deal is for a new feature-length film that the writer/director would conceive.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Focus Features. They’re such smart marketers and they love movies, so that we knew Focus was the perfect home for Pariah. We are excited for the film to reach the broadest audience possible,” said Ms. Rees.
In addition to Mr. Lee, the executive producers of Pariah are Jeff Robinson, Sam Martin, Mary Jane Skalski, Susan Lewis, Ann Bradley, Stefan Nowicki, Benjamin Weber, Joey Carey, Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, Judith Hefland, Douglas A. Eisenberg, and Matthew J. Simon.
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Meryl Streep on Lisa Kudrow’s online series “Web Therapy”

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Sorry, I have somehow neglected to post any of the episodes of the improv comedy web series, ‘Web Therapy,’ starring Lisa Kudrow that feature Meryl Streep guest starring as renowned sexual orientation therapist Camilla Bowner.
‘Web Therapy’ was created by Kudrow, her producing partner Dan Bucatinsky and writer-director Don Roos. She stars as Fiona Wallice, a therapist of unspecified credentials who treats people via web cam and whose husband Kip may be gay.
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“This Week In Movies” – ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,’ ‘The Next Three Days’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: This week in movies there is one story and it looms large. Every conceivable “Harry Potter” record was broken by Warner Bros. massive worldwide launch of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I.” With an estimated $125 million total domestically and a whopping $330 million combined figure globally the box office spell has been cast . ‘Potter’ fans turned out in force starting at Midnight on Friday and gave this first part of the big finale an encouraging ‘A’ grade on Cinemascore. Of course this is the faithful talking, the can’t –wait-to-see-it-even-though-I-have-read-the-book-12-times-and-know-everything-that-is-going-to-happen bunch. To give you an idea of just how front-loaded this thing was there was a fairly significant drop from Friday to Saturday but in the scheme of things that drop was in a bucket. This is why Warner Bros has decided to get even deeper into the movie tentpole blockbuster business, threatening to unleash 8 biggies a year in hopes of catching lightning in a bottle. Not everything has the savvy magic of Harry P though. This is a true phenomenon. I only wish the film itself were not such a dark, overlong slog that basically serves as nothing more than a teaser to the main event, the big showdown between Voldemort and Harry coming with the 3D converted Part II in July. Can you just imagine what those grosses are going to be like? I actually think the HP filmmakers slavish attention to every dotted i in J.K. Rowling’s prose is what makes this one such a long sit, but it clearly doesn’t matter to fans. You would think they would at least miss Hogwarts, all but completely absent here. And the whole romantic triangle business between Harry, Hermione and Ron is just sooooooo ‘Twilight-lite’. Am I alone, here? Guess so. Can’t argue with cold hard cash.

Judging from the abysmal performance of the week’s only other wide release, “The Next Three Days,” it might be wise for any competitor to steer clear of Part II come summer. This pretty good Russell Crowe thriller about a nebbishy husband-turned-criminal in order to spring his wife (Elizabeth Banks) from prison posted a terrible 5th place estimate of $6.8 million failing to draw the hoped-for adult audience in. Writer/Director Paul Haggis smartly adapted a French film, “Pour Elle” and made it percolate with suspense and fine acting, not only from Crowe but also a cool [...]

Miley Cyrus comedy going to Lionsgate

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: So one of the Ls in “LOL” stands for Lionsgate?
It does now that the studio has acquired the rights to the Miley Cyrus comedy, an Americanized remake of the 2008 French film of the same name. Writer-director Lisa Azuelos returns to the helm to run Cyrus and co-stars Ashley Greene, Thomas Jane, Gina Gershon and Demi Moore through a coming-of-age story set in our digitized world.
The Hollywood Reporter states that “LOL” was produced by Mandate Pictures, which Lionsgate owns. The company also produced “Juno” and “Whip It,” which makes us wonder if Azuelos’ material is close in tone to those two pictures.
“LOL” doesn’t have a 2011 release date yet.
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