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Did the commander-in-chief really sit through a two hour, 45 minute movie?
Photos: The Golden Globe Nominees In Pics
Directed by Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Dazed and Confused), the critically acclaimed film stars Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater, and was filmed over an 11-year period from May 2002 to October 2013.
As for YouTube videos, the U.S. leader says that his daughters, Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, turned him onto BatDad. "Whoever BatDad is out there, man, I was into your thing," Obama quipped.
His favorite Vine video, however, has to be of his wife singing "Turnip For What?"
"Clearly, the most astonishing Vine this year was Michelle and the turnip," he gushed »
Barack Obama has revealed his favourite movie of 2014.
"Boyhood was a great movie. That, I think, was my favourite movie this year," Politico quotes him as saying.
Boyhood follows the life of Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane) from the age of 6 to 18 and was filmed over the course of 12 years. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette feature in the supporting cast and both recently nabbed Golden Globe nominations for their performances.
Boyhood, Birdman and civil rights drama Selma are among the early frontrunners this awards season, with Academy Awards nominations due to be revealed in January
"I've read others [since, but] I read Gone Girl a couple summers ago, »
"Boyhood" (Richard Linklater) Patricia Arquette as the mom of two kids over 12 years is movingly real and natural as the mother who shepherds her children through the breakup with their father (Ethan Hawke) and two turbulent marriages before emerging as a professional successful single woman--with an empty nest. Arquette's money scene comes near the end, when her son leaves for college and she admits, "I just thought there would be more." Arquette is a key window into this accessible and identifiable movie, for parents and children alike. How rare that movies show what mothering is--the investment of time and energy and love and attention and yes, letting go when the time comes. This is the scene that will win Arquette the supporting actress Oscar, her first. --Anne Thompson "Goodbye to Language 3D" (Jean-Luc Godard) A spoiler with a purpose: In a handful of scenes which reinvent cinema, as he has »
Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.
In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »
- Justin Chang
Sometimes, it pays to break rules—particularly in the Hollywood biz. The Hollywood Reporter has released its annual list of the biggest rule breakers in the entertainment industry with notable names like Angelina Jolie, Chris Pratt, Taylor Swift and Michael Keaton leading the pack as the A-listers are all featured on four separate covers for the magazine's Jan. 9 issue. Jolie, Pratt, Swift and Keaton, who have continually proven they aren't afraid to take risks in an ever-critical industry, join the likes of the Boyhood team (which is quickly becoming a frontrunner for the year's best picture) including Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Richard »
Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner biopic, "Mr. Turner," topped the nominations for the London Film Critics Circle. The film about the English Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker played by Timothy Spall received 7 nods followed by Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" with 6. We'll find out the winners on January 18.
Here's the complete list of London Film Critics Circle nominees:
Film of the Year
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Foreign Language Film of the Year
"Norte, The End of History"
"Two Days, One Night"
British Film of the Year
Documentary of the Year
"20,000 Days on Earth"
Actor of the Year
1. Patricia Arquette is the actress to beat. Her role as the mom parenting two kids over 12 years in Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" could well be considered a lead. By moving her to supporting, IFC figured--correctly--that she had a better chance of winning the category. Arquette is movingly real and natural as the mother who shepherds her children through the breakup with their father (Ethan Hawke) and two turbulent marriages before emerging as a professional successful single woman--with an empty nest. Arquette's money scene comes near the end, when her son leaves for college and she admits, "I thought there would be more." Arquette is a key window into this accessible and identifiable movie, for parents and children alike. While Arquette, 46, has been a standout actress for years in such films as "True Romance," "Ethan Frome" and "Lost Highway," "Boyhood" is her highest-profile role to date and would »
- Anne Thompson
Predestination is a little bit like Looper but markedly more intricate in plot details. In fact its such a thought provoking film two viewings may be required to grasp each of the straws at our disposal. A time travelling tale of serial killers and a lifelong hunt the picture incorporates strong science fiction elements with thick strands of dark thriller. It isnt an outright horror film but its an engrossing blast that genre fans are likely to gravitate toward. Plus come on Ethan Hawke fronts the film and hes been winning over horror hounds for years thanks to pics like The Purge Sinister and Daybreakers. Why not leap into this everchanging landscape »
The Houston Film Critics Society has announced nominations, and no surprise, the three-horse race for critical darling of the year led the way: "Birdman" with 10, "Boyhood" with seven and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with six. They also throw in a Best Poster category and deign to chart the year's worst. Check out the full list of winners below, and remember to follow along at The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "The Imitation Game" "Inherent Vice" "A Most Violent Year" "Nightcrawler" "Selma" "Whiplash" Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Paul Thomas Anderson, "Inherent Vice" Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" Best Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Tom Hardy, "Locke" Best Actress Essie Davis, "The Babadook" Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything" Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Marion Cotillard, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for the 35th annual awards ceremony, with Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner leading the field with seven nominations in total, including Film of the Year and British Film of the Year.
Mr Turner will contest the Film of the Year award against Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ida, Leviathan, Nightcrawler, The Theory of Everything, Under the Skin and Whiplish, with The Imitation Game, Pride, The Theory of Everything and Under the Skin are also up for British Film of the Year.
Here’s the full list of nominations for the awards…
Film Of The Year
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Foreign Language Film Of The Year
Norte, The End of History
Two Days, One Night
British Film Of The Year
- Gary Collinson
Birdman, Boyhood and a host of now regulars on the awards circuit were among the top films listed in the 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations Monday, but it was Wes Anderson's darkly whimsical The Grand Budapest Hotel that surprised with 11 nominations.
In addition to nods for the film, the direction, the script and the cinematography, star Ralph Fiennes was also recognized in two acting categories: best actor and best actor in a comedy.
Though beloved by critics and a box office success, The Grand Budapest Hotel was seen as a dark horse in the awards race due in part to its March release date. But after earning four Golden Globe nominations last week, the quirky film could be rising in awards stature as Hollywood awaits the start of Oscar nominations voting.
Birdman scored the most nominations, though, with 13 in categories such as best picture and best director. LeadMichael »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Mr Turner leads the nominations for the 35th London Critics' Circle Film Awards.
Spall, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch all have nominations for British Actor of the Year, as Emily Blunt, Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike feature in the British Actress of the Year category.
The ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 18 at the May Fair hotel.
A full list of nominations is below:
Film of the Year
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Foreign-language Film of the Year
Norte, The End of History
Two Days, »
Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr Turner earned seven London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations this afternoon to lead the pack of a mix of UK, U.S. and foreign language titles. Mr Turner picked up nods for Film of the Year and British Film of the Year, as well as gaining recognition in the acting, directing and technical races. Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman follows with six nominations including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year for Michael Keaton.
Rounding out the Film of the Year nods are Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Under The Skin, The Theory Of Everything, Nightcrawler, Whiplash, Ida and Leviathan. Alongside Mr Turner in the Best British Film class are The Imitation Game, Under The Skin, The Theory Of Everything and Pride.
There are also a series of double acting nominees with Julianne Moore earning two Actress of the »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Julianne Moore scores double nominations for Actress of the Year.
The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for its 35th annual awards ceremony, with Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner leading the pack with seven nominations, including Film of the Year and British Film of the Year.
Birdman followed closely behind with six nomination including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year (Michael Keaton). Five nominations each went to Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Under The Skin. Four each went to ‘71, Nightcrawler and Whiplash.
Also landing double nominations were Timothy Spall (Mr Turner), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), in both Actor of the Year and British Actor of the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
London — Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” leads the field for the 35th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards: The painterly biopic received nominations in seven categories, including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year for Timothy Spall.
While the total for Leigh’s film was boosted by two citations in the group’s separate British-only categories, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu’s “Birdman” scored six nods, with five apiece for Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” and James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything.” All are among the 10 pics shortlisted for Film of the Year, alongside Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and a pair of foreign-language titles, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan.”
- Guy Lodge
Chiming in from across the pond, the London Film Critics Circle has added its collective voice to the 2014 circuit with a list of nominations. It was "Mr. Turner" that led the way with seven total nominations, though "Birdman" wasn't far behind with six. Julianne Moore picked up a pair of nominations in the lead actress category for her work in "Maps to the Stars" and Oscar play "Still Alice," while Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") and Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner") each saw nominations in the lead actor and British actor of the year categories. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Jan. 18. And remember to follow along with the season at The Circuit. Film of the Year "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Ida" "Leviathan" "Mr. Turner" "Nightcrawler" "The Theory of Everything" "Under the Skin" "Whiplash" Foreign Language »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Broadcast Film Critics Association has today announced the nominations for the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, with Birdman once again leading the pack with thirteen nods, followed by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel with eleven and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood with eight. All three will content Best Picture along with Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Unbroken and Whiplash.
Check out the full list of nominations here…
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
- Gary Collinson
Though the Indiana Film Journalists Association have chimed in with the usual at the top, as "Boyhood" took Best Film and Best Director honors, their decisions in a few areas are pretty interesting. Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor, for instance, and "Under the Skin" for score. The runner-ups throughout are pretty nifty if you're getting tired of the usual. However, the group erroneously awarded "Whiplash" in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Though there was a short film, Damien Chazelle's script was written prior to its production. The short, in fact, was simply a scene from the script filmed to raise funds for the feature. I think someone overthought that one. Anyway, check out the full list of winners below and lose yourself in The Circuit. Best Film "Boyhood" (Runner-up: "Whiplash") Top 10 "Boyhood" "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "The Imitation Game »
- Kristopher Tapley
2014 was a remarkable year for movies big and small, and in spirit, here are top 10 lists from Thompson on Hollywood staffers and contributors. Anne Thompson: 1. "Birdman" Alejandro González Iñárritu took on the most audacious cinematic feat of the year —and corralled a posse of actors with balls, lead by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, to nail his dissection of Hollywood and the fragile balance between ego and id—shot in exhilarating long takes. 2. "Boyhood" Richard Linklater dreamed up the story of a boy growing over 12 years, from six to 18, and cast Ellar Coltrane as the kid and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as his parents. No one else could have conceived, written and directed this daredevil feat. 3. "Mr. Turner" Mike Leigh took his genius method and applied it to his passion project about the great English painter Jmw Turner, channeled to perfection by Cannes Best Actor winner Timothy. »
Individual critics groups are starting to weigh in with their picks for the very best of the year, and now the largest group of critics has unveiled its list of nominees for the 20th Critics Choice Movie Awards. Made up of members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Critics Choice Awards recognize films and performances from all genres, with separate categories for Comedy, Action, etc. Leading the pack in terms of quantity is Birdman with 13 nominations, followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel which raked in 11 nominations including Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor. The brilliant Selma also fared well with 6 nods overall, and Unbroken rebounded a bit after being shut out of SAG and the Golden Globes with 6 nominations. Additionally, you’ll find plenty of love for Guardians of the Galaxy and Edge of Tomorrow in the Action categories. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump. The »
- Adam Chitwood
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