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By Anjelica Oswald
The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer science pioneer who, along with his fellow code-breakers, broke the Nazi Enigma code to help end World War II. Though Turing was hailed as a hero, he was eventually arrested and prosecuted for homosexuality, along with 49,000 other British men and women. Turing chose to be chemically castrated rather than face imprisonment, so he could continue his work, and it is believed that he committed suicide a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.
On Jan. 21, Stephen Fry led a discussion about the The Imitation Game following a screening of the film for BAFTA voters, discussed Queen Elizabeth’s pardon and suggested that the 49,000 persecuted men and women should be as well. Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, which is honoring The Imitation Game at its Human Rights Gala on Jan. »
- Anjelica Oswald
2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.
Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Let’s get one thing out of the way now – The Boy Next Door is ludicrous, cheese-coated trash that requires at least one jumbo tub of popcorn and a soda bigger than your head to accompany this cut-and-dry ridiculousness. But they say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Admittedly, Rob Coen’s erotic schlock is no such American classic, but if it were a sweet treat, it’d be the most shockingly deceptive, twisted, rot-your-teeth-it’s-so-sugary Willy Wonka concoction that could only be met with shouts of “What In The Actual F@Ck?!” Actor Ryan Guzman does not ask to be taken seriously, writer Barbara Curry does not care that her story could be the zany offspring of a much more dimwitted Adam Wingard flick, and Jennifer Lopez will Not show her bare chest – she’ll just let Guzman aggressively kneed her breasticles like two mounds »
- Matt Donato
Hey, girl—this song's for you. Ryan Gosling may be chugging along with this whole acting thing, but the Drive star, who's currently shooting The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe, does love his music. And he wants to ensure that his firstborn daughter loves her music, too! "Ryan sings to the baby," a source tells E! News, dishing details on the "infatuated" new dad's relationship with his and Eva Mendes' now 4-month-old baby girl. "He loves it. Sometimes he'll make up his own songs and include her name in them. It's very sweet." Not to mention the most squee-inducing thing we've heard all day... As for Eva, she looked lovely »
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe shot scenes for their new movie The Nice Guys in Highland Park, Calif., Thursday afternoon. Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe Film ‘The Nice Guys’ For the day of filming, Gosling paired khaki pants and a Hawaiian shirt over a tight white tank top while rocking a bold gold chain. As for Russell’s more […]
- Chelsea Regan
Two starstruck fans were on the set of the upcoming '70s thriller, "The Nice Guys" ... but this time the stars were the ones who were starstruck.Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling went goo goo over Lapd Chief Charlie Beck when he strolled onto the set for a quick look-see during filming outside downtown headquarters. The trio shot the breeze and traded war stories, and they must have hit it off ... because we're told Beck »
- TMZ Staff
International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.
Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Australian theatrical box office dropped by 2.3% for the second successive year. In U.S. dollar terms the drop was a more dramatic 11%.
Total theatrical receipts from the 505 films released in 2014 was A$1.07 billion, according to date from the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia. In 2013 the total had been A$1.10 billion, down from the record A$1.13 billion in 2012.
Given the recent strength of the U.S. currency in comparison with most other monies, in U.S. dollar terms the 2014 Australian B.O. take fell from Us$976 million in 2013 to Us$873 million in 2014.
Without a major hit for the local industry, market share for Australian films is understood to have dropped to less than 2.4%. The Mpda did not provide figures. Top Australian film of the year was Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner,” which took A$5.7 million in its six days of release during the calendar year.
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- Patrick Frater
The Best Actor chart is revised for your perusal with our usual game of 'how'd they get nominated' -- especially relevant in this stacked category (sniffle goodbye Timothy Jake Fiennes-Oyelowo) -- and the readers poll of who you think is actually best.
So check that out and vote, would you?
Though I've already expressed my disappointment in the Acdemy's shortlist given the wide variety of strong performances they didn't love enough, one thing that is satisfying about it is how many first timers we have. Indeed, had they not nominated Bradley Cooper and chosen, say, Oyelowo or Spall we could have had an all virgin Best Actor lineup.
Trivia Break: there's been a lot of talk about Cooper's 3 consecutive nominations (2012-2014 for Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and American Sniper). If you're curious, no, it's not an acting record. The all time consecutive record holders for men are Marlon Brando »
- NATHANIEL R
The vast column inches and pixels dedicated to Clint Eastwood's American Sniper of late may have questioned its celebratory portrayal of a man who took hundreds of lives and how it racked up an astonishing $90 million box office debut, but one aspect of the film's fallout has been overlooked entirely: Bradley Cooper is now a bona fide A-list movie star.
American Sniper's financial records keep stacking up. Best ever three-day opening for a Best Picture Oscar nominee, biggest ever January opening, an IMAX bow that beats 2012 blockbuster Prometheus and a career best for its 84-year-old director.
All this is vindication for Cooper, who picked up the film rights to Navy Seal sharp-shooter Chris Kyle's memoir in 2012 with a view to producing a film starring Chris Pratt in the lead role. Warner Bros backed the project on the proviso that Cooper himself play Kyle, while the star's Silver Linings Playbook »
Time for a smaller piggy bank ... Quvenzhane Wallis -- the new "Annie" and 11-year-old former Best Actress nominee -- is taking a huge pay cut for her next film.According to docs ... the young star has gone from raking in $750K for "Annie" to pulling in a measly $40K base salary for her role in the upcoming "Fathers and Daughters" starring Russell Crowe and Aaron Paul.But wait, there are bonuses ... if F&D hauls »
- TMZ Staff
The 87th Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, and with it came a number of oddities, including triple nominees, first-timers and the inevitable extension of the reign of Meryl Streep. Below is a list of factoids from this year’s Academy Award nominations:
-Meryl Streep extended her Oscar record with a 19th nomination, this time for “Into the Woods.” The actors with the runner-up number of noms are Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who have 12 each.
-With “American Sniper,” Bradley Cooper becomes the 22nd actor to earn three consecutive nominations. The last two were Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger. Bette Davis and Greer Garson hold the record, with five consecutives.
-Of the 20 actors in the four acting categories, nine are first-timers: Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons and Emma Stone.
-In the foreign language race, Estonia (“Tangerines”) and Mauritania »
- Tim Gray
Good Morning Oscar fans! Today is nomination day!
Wamg was in the thick of nomination morning fever at the home of the Oscars – the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Prior to the announcement, A.M.P.A.S. and the show’s producing team, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, gave the press assembled in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre a first look at the new Oscar promo featuring host Neil Patrick Harris, titled “Anything Can Happen,” and given what went down this morning, that’s certainly the case.
Let’s get right to the big shockers – No Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature or Life Itself in Best Documentary Feature.
Also missing among the presumed nominees were Ava DuVernay (Selma, directing), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper, directing), Jennifer Aniston (Cake, best actress), David Oyelowo (Selma, best actor), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, best actor), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, best actor), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, »
- Movie Geeks
Bradley Cooper, Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, and Meryl Streep are among the Academy Award contenders who set records on Thursday morning. Below, 14 facts, stats and records regarding this year's Oscar nominations. -Break- 'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest' lead Oscar nominations with nine Three in a row With his Best Actor bid for "American Sniper," Bradley Cooper received his third consecutive nomination. The last man to do that was Russell Crowe (1999-2001). And that nomination in the top category for his film also means that Cooper has appeared in three Best Picture nominees in a row (following "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle"). Robert Duvall breaks the age record At 84, Robert Duvall ("The Judge") is now the oldest nominee ever for Best Supporting Actor. He beats out Hal Holbrook ("Into the Wild"), who was 82 when he contended in 2007. If Duv...' »
What a difference four months, and some good campaigning, makes.
When “Nightcrawler” and “Cake” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival back in September, the former movie seemed too dark and creepy and the latter too small to figure in the Oscar race. But as PricewaterhouseCoopers reps prepare to unveil this year’s nominations to the Academy staff on Wednesday night and to the entire world on Thursday morning, both of those films have found themselves in the thick of the race, as two of the unlikeliest potential success stories of this year.
Although I thought they were both near-prohibitive longshots only a few months ago, »
- Steve Pond
Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale have signed on to star in the upcoming financial drama The Big Short. We first reported on this project back in March, when Adam McKay signed on to write and direct this adaptation of the best selling book of the same name by Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side).
The story follows several individuals who were primarily responsible for the housing and credit bubble in the early 2000s, which lead to the financial crash that lasted between 2007 and 2010. Paramount wouldn't comment on the casting, and it isn't known what roles Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale may play. Variety reports that the adaptation will likely feature several A-list actors who have comparable roles, much like ensembles such as Traffic and The Counselor.
2Nd Update, Tuesday 3:21 Am Pt: Actuals have been reported from most of the studios, with very few discrepancies amongst the major titles. The Top 5 remain the same as projected on Sunday, save for a tie-break between Exodus: Gods And Kings and China’s Miss Granny with the latter landing at No. 4 and the former at No. 5 on the international chart. There are also more markets reporting on The Imitation Game which added $6.6M for a $41.8M cume.
Figures have been updated throughout the below for those films as well as: Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Taken 3, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Penguins Of Madagascar, Big Hero 6, Seventh Son, Into The Woods, Ouija, Honig Im Kopf, Unbroken, The Theory Of Everything, American Sniper, Dumb And Dumber To, Let’s Be Cops, The Water Diviner, Boyhood, Horrible Bosses 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Birdman and Gone Girl. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Life is a bombed-out, soulless cabaret in Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix,” a haunting portrait of identity, loss and the search for answers in post-wwii Berlin. The sixth teaming of Petzold and his leading-lady muse, the extraordinary Nina Hoss, finds the duo once again refracting the social and political complexities of 20th-century Germany through the prism of American genre films — here, specifically, the rich strain of doppelganger psychodramas (“A Woman’s Face,” “Vertigo,” “Seconds”) that hinged on the immutable power of the human face. Like those movies, “Phoenix” demands a certain generous suspension of disbelief that may be more than some audiences are willing to muster. Still, this not-quite ghost story reps the fiercely talented Petzold’s most broadly accessible work to date, and should reach his largest international audience. IFC releases the film domestically via its Sundance Selects label later this year.
Petzold, who started directing in television in the mid-1990s, »
- Scott Foundas
Voltage Pictures will handle worldwide distribution for the picture.
The script, which made the Black List and Hit List last year, centers on an expert tracker who battles his demons while on a journey to rescue his estranged older brother, who has vanished in the wilderness of the Northwest.
The sale marks the first of Mondshein’s career; prior to penning the script he worked on the set of “Boardwalk Empire.”
Besides being the son of Academy editor Andrew Mondshein and producer Leslie Holleran, Mondshein took notes on his first script from “Boardwalk Empire” director Allen Coulter over the course of his time with the show. »
- Justin Kroll
12 things we learnedPeter Bradshaw’s takeFey and Poehler’s best gags
Nobody goes to a movie awards ceremony in Hollywood to find a feminist statement. This is a strange pocket of the western world where it is still deemed utterly acceptable to take smart, successful women and reduce them to beauty pageant contestants, with the press holding them and inspecting their shiny hair and shiny accessories and shiny outfits as if they were My Little Pony dolls, while the men stand manfully in their backgrounds. If you want to see the exact spot where feminism all but dies in America, allow me to direct you to the Mani Cam courtesy of America’s lobotomising TV channel, the E! network, to allow the cameras »
- Hadley Freeman
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