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Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 to be posted here; see (way out there) predictions below The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, will be selecting its winners and runners-up on Sunday, December 8, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. Pt. We’ll be posting their choices here, as they’re announced. As usual, expect some overlapping with the choices of both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, which were announced earlier this week. That’s only normal. Having said that, the good thing is that in the last few years the Los Angeles Film Critics have gone their own way in several key categories, making the sort of daring and/or international choices that the now chiefly mainstream, Hollywood star-struck New York Film Critics used to make four decades ago — e.g., Liv Ullmann, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, »
- Andre Soares
‘Catching Fire’ vs. ‘Frozen’: Weekend box office early estimates (photo: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) It’s gonna be a battle to the death between water and fire at the domestic box office. Sorry, couldn’t resist the cheesy lead, but … The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen will be vying for the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, December 6-8, 2013. New entry Out of the Furnace, despite the presence of The Dark Knight‘s Christian Bale, is no competition, after opening to chilly per-theater figures last week. More on Out of the Furnace in a follow-up post. Currently at 4,163 locations, Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, was the top movie on Friday, grossing $7.5 million according to Nikki Finke‘s early, rough estimates. Despite 3D surcharges, the fact that it’s a more recent release, »
- Zac Gille
From Hangover hunk to sexy Silver Linings star, there's no doubt Bradley Cooper has always been easy on the eyes, but he's also evolved into an A-list actor who's still as handsome as ever. "I actually got married three times on the way down here, I got so crazy in the mood," the blue-eyed hottie enthusiastically quipped to E! News in 2005 at the premiere for Wedding Crashers in which he played Rachel McAdams jerk-bf Sack. The charming actor then went on to star in the 2006 flick Failure to Launch alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey before going taking on roles in both 2008's Yes Man as well as the 2009 hit He's Just Not that Into You. While Cooper had already »
Directed by: Scott Cooper
Running Time: 1 hr 56 mins
Release Date: December 6, 2013
Plot: Russell (Bale) tries to pull himself together after leaving jail while his brother (Affleck) gets involved with a dangerous gang leader (Harrelson) from the mysterious Pennsylvania backwoods.
Who’S It For? Fans of Bale’s acting palette, and those looking for a strong film during award season that isn’t eager to please.
In a current seasonal trend of lead men experiencing masculinity in crisis, Bale provides a presentation of such that comes with less of the fanfare of something like, oh, let’s just say for example, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. He shows the thoroughly Texas actor among others the more fortified elements behind a transforming performance, all while still managing the everlasting force that is one popular actor’s constant mojo. »
- Nick Allen
Jared Leto has earned rave reviews and Oscar buzz for his role as a transgendered woman, Rayon, in ‘Dallas Buyers Club.’ But all of those accolades didn’t come easy — HollywoodLife met up with Jared at a luncheon honoring the film, and he gave us exclusive details on the labor of love that was becoming Rayon.
Jared Leto, 41, took a hiatus from his six-year acting hiatus to appear in the spectacular film Dallas Buyers Club, which stars Jared and Matthew McConaughey as AIDS patients in 1985 Dallas. Find out what Jared told HollywoodLife.com about his spectacular performance (and walking in heels) below!
Every woman knows that painting that perfect pretty face isn’t always easy, so we sympathize with Jared for having to transform into Rayon every day — even if the artist formerly known as Jordan Catalano »
- HL Intern
“Art is not a mirror to reflect the world,” said Bertolt Brecht. And angst may be in the eye of the beholder. Still, this season’s best picture contenders seem to be serving up equal parts entertainment and very modern anxiety, whether the films are set in the near future, the distant past or the perilous present.
Cynics on both the left and right of the political spectrum might agree that the film with the finger planted on the pulse of contemporary unease is “Catching Fire,” the “Hunger Games” sequel featuring an oppressed 99.9%, a ruling class that follows no rules, and an “entertainment” industry gone berserk.
This year, the deck seems to be stacked against the kind of rosy resolutions that used to be Hollywood’s stock in trade: “Her” examines how young people are increasingly alienated and cut off from each other; “Dallas Buyers Club” underscores how America isn »
- John Anderson
Everything promoting HBO's new dramatic anthology series "True Detective" has been atmospheric and gorgeous, and the new poster for the show is no exception. Featuring stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the poster continues the marketing campaign's trend of using its imagery to speak volumes about the content of the series.
"True Detective" follows Harrelson and McConaughey's characters as they work a brutal murder case in 1995, and then later in the present day when the case is reopened. Several teasers have already been released that focus more on showcasing the brooding quality of the story instead of revealing plot details.
The tagline on the new poster is, "Touch darkness and darkness touches you back." Fittingly the poster is in sepia tones, and is divided into two sections to symbolize the parallel storylines in the series.
"True Detective" premieres on HBO on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. Has the marketing campaign won you over? »
We continue today's updated 2014 Oscar predictions with Best Actor and Best Actress, one of which is entirely up for grabs where the other was long thought to be in the bag, but such is never the case in the Oscar race (rhyming!). I've gone into more detail below, but in the actor race I'm sticking with Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) all while Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Robert Redford (All is Lost) continue to bounce all around my rankings. On the Best Actress side, what was long thought to be an open and shut case for Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) may soon become quite the race as Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) will soon apply some pressure. I'll be updating all the major categories today as I've already posted my Best Picture and Director predictions and continue with my leading actor categories, which are detailed below along with links to browse my complete, »
- Brad Brevet
HBO has a new poster up for their True Detective series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The show premieres on January 12th aqt 9:00 p.m., and stars McConaughey and Harrelson as Louisiana detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer, ranging from the original investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 to the reopening of the case in 2012. Cary Fukunaga directs from the writing by Nic Pizzolatto, and both serve as executive producers alongside Scott Stevens and Steve Golin. Michelle Monaghan plays Hart’s wife, Maggie, struggling to keep her family together as the men in her life become locked in a cycle of violence and obsession. »
It is no secret that, while the Academy rarely misses an opportunity to reward a young actress’ breakout, it likes to keep the boys running a while longer – in fact, over the past twelve years, female acting nominees have been on average a full eight years younger than their male counterparts. Little Tye Sheridan, then, has virtually no chance of catching voters’ eyes, especially in a field as crowded as this year’s Best Actor category, and with a film that peaked in buzz back in May.
But boy, does he deserve a chance. Previously only seen as The Tree of Life’s youngest, quietest sibling, the seventeen year old gives in Mud a performance of the highest class, one played with evident maturity that nevertheless remains candid and childlike »
- GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Eight Experts, three Editors and 18 of the Top 24 users have the same lineup of men in their Oscar predictions for Best Actor: Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”), Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Robert Redford (“All is Lost”). We are a month away from nominations, but this category is apparently a foregone conclusion. Or is it? Right now, it seems unfathomable that any one of these five fellows should miss out on an Oscar bid. Dern gives what is probably his best performance in three decades and he won the best actor prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, as well as the National Board of Review. Ejiofor is the star of the Best Picture frontrunner. Hanks is a likeable actor, two-time Academy Award winner and five-time nominee with performances in two awards-friendly films this season. “ »
The 2014 Oscar season is shaping up to be one of the most interesting and competitive awards races in some time. With the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review awarding their top prizes to American Hustle and Her respectively, two films that, while well-liked with passionate pockets of support here and there, appeared to be slowly slipping through Oscar’s grasp when it came to the big prize, the field of possible contenders has been blown open with a myriad of possible Best Picture contenders still in play.
American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Fruitvale Station, Gravity, Her, Inside Llweyn Davis, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Nebraska, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street are all, in this humble pundit’s opinion, legitimate contenders for a slot in this year’s Best Picture lineup. That’s 14 films vying »
- Christopher Lominac
The 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held in New York on Monday to a rather rowdy crowd. Lee Daniels, Julie Delpy and Jared “Shut the f*** up, you can eat your crème brûlée later” Leto struggled against audience noise on a night that saw the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis take away top honours.
Casting aside Frances Ha and Spring Breakers in favour of a few more mainstream choices this year, the Ifp stuck to their decision, rewarding Oscar frontrunners Matthew McConaughey (accepting his award over speakerphone), The Act Of Killing and the aforementioned Coens project. However, Brie Larson was a surprise winner over Cate Blanchett in the Best Actress category and the Gotham’s most-nominated, current Academy frontrunner 12 Years A Slave walked away empty-handed.
- Emma Thrower
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 awards season just got more unpredictable. The last three award-giving bodies have chosen different movies for their top honors. The Gotham Awards picked the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" as their top choice while the New York Film Critics Circle awarded David O. Russell's "American Hustle" with the Best Picture of the Year nod.
Now comes the National Board of Review. They chose the equally fantastic movie "Her' from Spike Jonze as the Best Film of the year. Even in acting categories, the three award-giving organizations vary. For Best Actor, Gotham chose Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club," while New York Film Critics crowned Robert Redford for "All is Lost." The Nbr chose Bruce Dern from "Nebraska" as the actor to beat.
HBO will shoot and air Billy Crystal’s broadway show, “700 Sundays,” with a premiere sometime in 2014. The premium cable network is set to tape the show on Jan. 3 and 4 in front of a live audience at the Imperial Theatre in New York. “Billy Crystal has been a beloved member of the HBO family for more than three decades,” said HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “It’s thrilling to us that he decided to let us film this legendary theatrical event.” See video: HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Trailers Tease Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson Backstories In “700 Sundays,” Crystal plays several. »
- Jethro Nededog
The wolf is almost upon us. Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” that is, the director's “Goodfellas”-esque look at the gangster-like cheats and liars in the New York stockbroker world in the mid 90s. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler and many more (including directors Rob Reiner and Spike Jonze) as a tease, a new poster and TV spot have been unveiled along with a almost 30 minute THR roundtable interview with Scorsese, DiCaprio, Hill and screenwriter Terence Winter (the creator and head writer of Scorsese’s “Boardwalk Empire”). What do we learn in the Q&A? Lots. We know the movie almost got an Nc-17 rating, and the 3-hour-long movie underwent "multiple rounds" of cuts with the MPAA. Though Paramount chairman Brad Grey says, "There were really not major cuts in this movie; there were trims." DiCaprio calls it a “hard R [rated]” film. »
- Edward Davis
Matthew McConaughey’s "face is ruined!" declares Star. The tabloid says the actor's "infamous good looks may be gone forever" after he dropped 50 pounds to play an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. "Since the film wrapped, his complexion seems grayish. His hair has thinned. His face appears gaunt and drawn," a longtime "pal" tells Star. "That boyish face is totally gone." »
- Daniel Jacobson
In this exclusive clip from Martin Scorsese's latest film, based on former stockbroker Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name, a wide-eyed Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) approaches Jordan (DiCaprio) with one question: "You make a lot of money?"
After all, Jordan has a gleaming new Jag sitting outside in the parking lot, yet they live in the same building.
"Yeah, I do all right for myself," Jordan answers nonchalantly. Of course, to him, "all right" means $72,000 a month. We wonder what "doing great" would mean.
- Kelly Woo
There are a lot of exciting films set to premiere this December, but I think just about everyone in the film community is ready for The Wolf Of Wall Street. Martin Scorsese’s latest feature has been a long time coming, facing its share of adversity and a number of drastic cuts to keep down the runtime. Clocking in at a final three hours (give or take), the film will finally hit cinemas on Christmas Day. The director and stars of The Wolf of Wall Street certainly seem to think that the wait has been worth it, as they express their thoughts on the production in a 25 minute roundtable discussion of the film.
Director Martin Scorsese, screenwriter Terence Winter, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill recently sat down with THR (via The Film Stage) for an extended conversation about their upcoming movie. Scorsese as always talks a mile a minute, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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