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Away from the controversy over whether the International Press Society members actually saw Wolf Of Wall Street before voting (hello tick box theory…), this year’s Satellite Award noms read as little more than the Ips’ Oscar predictions – give or take an extra three or four names in each category for comfort. Naturally resulting in a very uninteresting list, 12 Years A Slave leads the pack with ten nominations, followed narrowly by Gravity and American Hustle’s eight.
With strong turnouts in the acting categories, it’s surprising to see Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska not contending for the big prize, and the Ips will surely find themselves in the minority for omitting Will Forte for his turn in the latter, even if it is rewarded for Best Ensemble. Though not appearing in the acting, directing or Best Picture categories, Fruitvale Station is still very much a focal point, »
- Emma Thrower
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced in September that Allen will be the latest recipient of the prestigious Cecil B DeMille Award, but doubts arose as to whether he would actually attend the gala.
Allen has famously avoided awards shows, having made an exception in 2002 to present a post-9/11 tribute to New York City at the Oscars.
It was confirmed on Tuesday (December 3) that Keaton will in fact be receiving the award on Allen's behalf.
Keaton and Allen were lovers for several years, and collaborated on the classic films Sleeper, Annie Hall and Manhattan.
The pair have remained close friends since the end of their romance in the 1970s, with Keaton making a cameo in Allen's Oscar-nominated 1987 movie Radio Days.
Keaton and Allen also reunited in the 1993 comedy Manhattan Murder Mystery.
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Bananas and A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy...
Simon Columb on Bananas...
Woody Allen, in such a light, comedic tone, takes on politics. “It’s all over for El Presidente” as the beginning depicts an assassination on the news with sports-style commentary before introducing Fielding Mellish (Allen), an invention tester. Marvin Hamlisch’s Mexican music sets the scene as Mellish is caught up in a revolution when attempting to woo a lovely lady in Nancy (Louise Lasser). Amongst the highlights is an homage to Chaplin’s Modern Times, as Allen is caught up in an exercise-in-the-workplace invention »
- Gary Collinson
Back in September, when we first learned that Woody Allen was going to be given the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 71st Annual Golden Globes, we thought it was all a trick to finally get him to happily attend an awards show. It didn't work. Allen will not be accepting the award on January 12. In his stead, Deadline reports, will be longtime friend and collaborator Diane Keaton. Allen has never been to the Globes, despite thirteen nominations. His excuse for avoiding awards shows is always the same, "If you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don't." So, in this case, Allen must be annoyed he didn't win lifetime-achievement awards in his past lives and/or other dimensions. »
- Jesse David Fox
• Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis wins best film at Gotham awards
• Oscar predictions 2014 – American Hustle
David O Russell's star-studded period crime drama American Hustle picked up three of the top prizes at the New York Critics Circle awards last night, in the process placing itself front and centre in the race for next year's Oscars.
Russell's film was named victor in the best picture and best screenplay categories, with Jennifer Lawrence cited as best supporting actress. The film, a fictional retelling of the FBI's famous Abscam sting of the 1970s and 80s, also features Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner. It has been widely tipped as an awards seasons favourite.
- Ben Child
The film adaptation of the first entry in the massively popular book series ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ recently started filming, ending what seemed to be a long and arduous process of guessing who might drop out or be attached to the movie. Now everything is underway, the rest of the cast is filling out with news of Rita Ora playing Christian Grey’s adopted sister, Mia, hitting earlier this week and now it seems they’ve found the woman behind his adoptive mother, too.
Marcia Gay Harden, currently a part of TV’s The Newsroom and having recently wrapped up shooting Magic In The Moonlight (Woody Allen’s newest film), will portray Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey. It certainly has the potential to be a massive hit, bolstered by it being moved into the would-be blockbuster-fest that 2015 is shaping up to be.
- James Story
Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, we presume? Marcia Gay Harden has signed on for the role of Christian Grey's mom in the adaptation of El James's "Fifty Shades of Grey," which is currently filming in Vancouver.
Those of us who haven't been surreptitiously reading the series on our Kindles might be surprised to find out there are characters in the book other than Anastasia Steele and Grey. As production has kicked off, we're learning there are all sorts of people who exist outside of Christian's Red Room of Pain. One of these individuals is Dr. Grey, a pediatrician who initially treated Christian as a child after his biological mom killed herself. He'd been alone with her body for days, has nightmares about her, and refers to her as a "crack whore," which is all pretty charming. What, Dr. Grey couldn't find him a good shrink?
Dr. Grey is also the subject of her own fan fiction, »
- Jenni Miller
Here’s the synopsis from E.L. James’ site:
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For »
- Laura Frances
Nellie Andreeva offers an exclusive that Diane Keaton will be subbing for Woody Allen at the next Golden Globe Awards in January. Allen is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for life achievement but will not appear in person at the ceremony. Keaton, who has starred in eight Allen films and dated him many years ago, will accept the award for him. While not confirmed in September when announcing his selection, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. now says they have known all along that Allen would not show up. The only time he has been on a TV awards show was at the Oscars in 2002 when he introduced a segment about post-911 New York. Deadline. Five musicians are honored as Cmt Artists of the year at a celebration in Nashville. Jason Aldean picked up this award for the fourth straight year, while Luke Bryan received it a second time. Florida Georgia Line, »
Eyebrows were raised back in September, when Woody Allen was announced as the 2014 recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the Golden Globes. Not, of course, that it was a controversial selection in itself: you could argue for the award being a tad redundant, given that Allen hasn't exactly been under-recognized in his career, but hardly undeserved. (Indeed, he has been given somewhat short shrift by the HFPA: his only two Globe wins have come in the Best Screenplay category, for "Midnight in Paris" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo," though "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Vicky Cristina »
- Guy Lodge
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Woody Allen has never been one for awards shows, or Los Angeles for that matter. When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their plans to honor the prolific filmmaker with the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, the big question was whether or not Allen would turn out to accept it.
In a move that’s perfectly suited for his and co-star Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall alter egos, Keaton has agreed to accept the Award at the 71st Golden Globes on behalf of her onetime partner, and longtime friend, director, and co-star, EW confirmed Tuesday. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Dornan - who replaced Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey - recently said that he is not "afraid" of taking on the role.
Meanwhile, author El James has said that she is "terrified" of her book being adapted into a highly-anticipated film.
Fifty Shades of Grey will be released on Valentine's Day weekend in 2015.
Exclusive: Last week, we scooped that Woody Allen would not attend the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards on January 12 where he will be the recipient of the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award. Now we can reveal that his longtime friend and muse Diane Keaton will accept the award on his behalf. I have learned that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the decision to honor Allen with the knowledge that the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker would not attend. Keaton was then approached about receiving the award on his behalf. Keaton and Allen met in 1968 when she auditioned and was cast in his Broadway play, Play It Again, Sam. They were a couple for 5 years and are still very good friends today. Keaton appeared in eight Allen films spanning two decades, winning an Oscar and Golden Globe for 1976′s Annie Hall. Allen is notorious about shunning awards shows. He wasn’t »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden is joining the cast of Universal and Focus’ Fifty Shades of Grey as Christian Grey’s adoptive mother, EW has confirmed.The actress will play Grey family matriarch Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey in the film, opposite Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Harden most recently wrapped shooting for Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight, and currently stars in HBO’s The Newsroom and ABC’s Trophy Wife. The film adaptation of the best-selling book, which began shooting Monday (check out the first on-set photo) and hits theaters in »
- Shirley Li
‘The Wind Rises’ and more Nyfcc 2013 winners (image: Hayao Miyazaki ‘The Wind Rises’) (See previous post: "Cate Blanchett, cross-dresser Jared Leto: 2013 New York Film Critics’ Movie Stars.") Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, a major blockbuster in Japan ($119.51 million according to Box Office Mojo) despite — or perhaps because of — a right-wing backlash against the film’s anti-war stance, was the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Animated Feature of 2013. The Wind Rises beat better known U.S.-made fare such as Disney’s Frozen, currently in theaters. Miyazaki has vowed that he has retired from filmmaking; if true, The Wind Rises will be his last film. Via its Touchstone Pictures banner, Walt Disney Studios will be releasing The Wind Rises on February 21, 2014, in North America. Now, how could a 2014 movie (in the U.S.) get a 2013 award from the Nyfcc, better known for honoring movies a year (The Lives of Others »
- Andre Soares
Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto: New York Film Critics go for movie stars in each acting category (photo: Cate Blanchett in ‘Blue Jasmine’) (See previous post: "Hot Jennifer Lawrence, Wet Robert Redford: New York Film Critics Winners.") Cate Blanchett was chosen as the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Actress for Woody Allen’s comedy-drama Blue Jasmine. Blanchett, already touted as an Oscar 2014 favorite, plays a role with elements in common with Vivien Leigh’s Blanche DuBois in Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Leigh was both the New York Film Critics’ and the Academy Awards’ Best Actress of 1951. (Full list of Nyfcc 2013 award winners.) Cate Blanchett has already won an Oscar — Best Supporting Actress for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn — but this is her first Nyfcc win. Back in 2007, Blanchett, as one of several Bob Dylan characters in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, »
- Andre Soares
The New York Film Critics Circle announced their Best of 2013 winners today and, as always, it was a slow moving ordeal as Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell won Best Non Fiction Film around 7:45 Am Pst and the last of the twelve awards wasn't announced until 12:07 when American Hustle was announced as the winner of the org's Best Picture and I have to say, I didn't see it coming, but more on that in my review which is just down the line. The film also saw Jennifer Lawrence steamroll Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels' The Butler) for a Supporting Actress win and Eric Singer and David O. Russell's screenplay also won, as the film took home three of the major awards. It was nice to see Fruitvale Station continue its winning ways after last night's good fortunes at the Gotham Awards where »
- Brad Brevet
For a second year in a row, the New York Film Critics Circle (Nyfcc) , made up of New York-based print critics, were first out of the gate with their awards, meeting in person for their vote, which was heavily weighed towards David O. Russell's American Hustle , awarding it top honors for Best Picture and Screenplay as well as awarding Jennifer Lawrence for her supporting role. Steve McQueen received the group's award for Best Director for his drama 12 Years a Slave , while the wealth was fairly spread otherwise. Cate Blanchett received Best Actress for her performance in the title role of Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine , Robert Redford was honored for his solo performance in J.C. Chandor's All is Lost (Roadside Attractions), and Jared Leto got the Supporting Actor nod for his »
Actor Christopher Evan Welch has died, aged 48.
He died on Monday (December 2) in a Los Angeles hospital, his agency Paradigm confirmed. Further details have yet to be confirmed.
He had been in La while shooting a role in the upcoming HBO series Silicon Valley.
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