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Acting careers begin with the endless judgments of auditions, the “we’ll be in touch,” the doubt of wondering if it will all work out. But for an Oscar-buzzed actor, all that anxiety fades away, and is replaced by three words: Lead or Supporting?
For talent, picking the right Academy category can make or break whether you win, or even get nominated. There’s also the delicate matter of which movie to campaign for if you’re lucky enough to have more than one.
Agents, managers, distributors, and Oscar campaign strategists lobby and advise the talent on which way to go, but the decision lies with the one who, should they be so lucky, has to show up at the endless public appearances that will follow.
Ego’s a major player here. George Clooney now has four Leading Actor nominations, but his only Oscar came when he swallowed his pride »
- Anne Thompson
[[tmz:video id="0_h8bdf4gs"]] Jeff Bridges walks into a bar and orders a White Russian, minus the cream and Kahlua ... according to The Dude himself. We got Jeff in NYC and asked if people try to drink the famous cocktail from the "The Big Lebowski" with him ... sounds like they do. But Jeff seems to like his Russians clear. Turns out he's also still a fan of a good cigar, and now that the embargo on Cuban goods is lifted ... The Dude might abide. »
- TMZ Staff
A Tribute to King Kong takes place as part of the The St. Louis International Film Festival Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at 6:00pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. The first film screened will be the new documentary Long Live The King, which explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars — both literally and figuratively — in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. Produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the creative team behind the award-winning “Beast Wishes,” the documentary devotes primary attention to the 1933 classic, celebrating the contributions of filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot, writer Edgar Wallace, and especially stop-motion innovator Willis O’Brien. But Kong’s legacy is also fully detailed: the sequel “Son of Kong,” the cinematic kin “Mighty Joe Young,” the Dino DeLaurentis and Peter Jackson remakes, even the Japanese versions by Toho Studios. »
- Tom Stockman
The film premiered at Sundance, when Amazon Studios acquired North American rights and Universal picked up the rest of the world.
Meanwhile Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight from A24 continued to build up a head of steam following its recent world premiere in Telluride and subsequent Toronto presentations, picking up a nomination for best feature and the special jury award for ensemble cast.
“We wish to offer our hearty congratulations to the 2016 Gotham Awards nominees, all of whose unique and exciting artistic achievements represent the very best in independent storytelling,” said Joana Vicente, executive director of Ifp and the Made In NY Media Center.
Ifp members will determine the Gotham Independent Film Audience »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Gotham Awards nominations announcement is a good annual reminder that smaller voting bodies will always yield more interesting selections than broader groups like the Academy.
While many often complain that the Oscar nominations lack excitement year in and year out, they fail to register the fact that across a massive group of 7,000 people, things can get boiled down pretty simply. But with something like the Gotham Awards, which presents just a handful of categories decided by separate small committees, you can easily break out of the circuit status quo.
The surprising omission throughout is Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” which has probably taken on too large an Oscar profile to be hip enough for the Gotham deciders. But in its place the best feature category found room for films like Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson.”
Sticking with »
- Kristopher Tapley
Earlier today, the 2016 Ifp Gotham Independent Film Award nominations were unveiled, officially kicking off the precursor season. Leading the charge was Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, which score four nominations, more than any other title. Considering how this is a sturdy launching pad for Oscar hopefuls, it seems safe to say that the movie isn’t going anywhere. It appears poised to be a major Academy Award threat, including for Casey Affleck in Best Actor. Wins here will certainly go a long way, but right now, getting these nominations is an excellent start for the film, along with the other honorees. What you’ll see below is Manchester by the Sea competing with Certain Women, Everybody Wants Some, Moonlight, and Paterson in Best Feature. It’s also up for Best Screenplay against Hell or High Water, Love & Friendship, Moonlight, and Paterson, as well as in Best Actor for »
- Joey Magidson
They’ve been gushed over at festivals, but now trophies are in site for Natalie Portman’s performance in Jackie and Kenneth Lonergan’s much praised Manchester By The Sea, thanks to the Gotham Awards. We must remind you that these have nothing do do with Batman, which, frankly, is better these days.
The Best Feature contenders feature a bunch of works from indie veterans: Lonergan’s Manchester, Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!, and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson. The last slot goes to relative newcomer Barry Jenkins, whose Moonlight has been wowing festival goers. The ensemble from that film, which casts three actors of differing ages in its lead role, will receive a special Gotham Jury Award. Meanwhile, the leads of Manchester and Paterson—Casey Affleck and Adam Driver, respectively—are represented in the Best Actor category along with Jeff Bridges for Hell Or »
- Esther Zuckerman
Kicking off the onslaught of awards this year, as always, is the Gotham Independent Film Awards, which celebrates its 26th anniversary. Usually a strong slate highlighting some of the year’s best films, 2016 is no different as Manchester by the Sea leads the pack with four nominations. Close behind is Moonlight (which will also pick up a special ensemble award) and Paterson with three each overall.
Rounding out the Best Feature line-up, along with the three aforementioned films, is Certain Women and Everybody Wants Some!!. As for the Best Documentary line-up, Cameraperson, I Am Not Your Negro, O.J.: Made in America, Tower, and Weiner all made the cut. With Krisha, The Witch, The Fits, Elle, Morris From America, Jackie, and more also getting nods, the list makes for the ideal what-to-watch-before-the-year-is-over rundown.
Check out the full list of nominations below.
- Jordan Raup
The drama, about a man who is named the legal guardian of his young nephew after the death of his brother, was nominated for a total of four awards. It scored a nod for best feature, and also made the cut for screenplay (by Lonergan), actor (lead Casey Affleck) and breakthrough actor (Lucas Hedges, who plays the nephew). The title has been a favorite on the festival circuit since it bowed at Sundance early this year.
“Manchester by the Sea” is in the running for the Gothams’ top film award with Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson.” The latter also notched nominations for screenplay (Jarmusch) and actor Adam Driver.
“Moonlight,” which has »
- Gordon Cox
Kenneth Lonergan’s dark drama “Manchester by the Sea” led all films in nominations for the 26th Gotham Independent Film Awards, the Independent Feature Project (Ifp) announced on Thursday. The film received four Gotham Awards nominations, including Best Feature, where it will compete with Kelly Reichardt‘s “Certain Women,” Richard Linklater‘s “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Jim Jarmusch‘s “Paterson” and Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight.” The last of those films received two nominations, and also was voted a special award for its ensemble cast. Acting nominees included Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”), Adam Driver (“Paterson »
- Steve Pond
Let the race begin! The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has officially kicked off the 2016-17 awards season with this morning’s nominations for the 26th Annual Gotham Awards, which will take place November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. While not the largest awards show of season, the Gothams are one of the most important platforms for indies looking to get a real jump start in the race. Just look at nominations for amazing films like “The Fits,” “Krisha” and “Love & Friendship” to see why the Gotham Awards are so essential.
This year, Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed drama “Manchester By The Sea” leads the pack with four nominations, including Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Picture, where it will be joined by “Certain Women,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” “Moonlight” and “Paterson.” The latter two, which are some of the most acclaimed indies of the year, cleaned up nicely as well with multiple nominations. »
- Zack Sharf
By John LeMay
Fat City, released in 1972, was something of a “rebound” film for beloved director John Huston, whose previous two films had been flops. Based upon the 1969 novel by Leonard Gardner (who also wrote the screenplay), Fat City follows Stacy Keach as Billy Tully, a small time boxer who never made it big who is living in squalor. When Billy makes a rare return visit to the gym, he meets Ernie (Jeff Bridges, hot off of a Best Supporting Actor nomination for The Last Picture Show). Billy sees some potential in the teenager’s boxing ability and suggests he go see his old manager, Ruben (Nicholas Colasanto—the future “Coach” on Cheers). Ernie does as told, and soon finds himself under Ruben’s optimistic wing, while Billy’s life further deteriorates when he begins an affair with an alcoholic wreck named Oma (Susan Tyrell, who would herself secure a »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
From the anxious opening bank heist to the final, meditative stand-off, David Mackenzie’s critically-acclaimed “Hell or High Water” contains a slow-burning sense of desperation and abandonment in West Texas that’s effectively captured in Giles Nuttgens’ cinematography.
“There is no moral salvation,” Nuttgens told IndieWire. “It was about setting up a rhythm that was very slow that matched the rhythm of the environment that they were in. And it was the slowness of these sleepy towns that allowed these brothers [played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster] to get away with robbing four or five banks in one week.”
Toby (Pine) and Tanner (Foster) are forced to go on a bank-robbing spree to save the family farm, pursued by two Texas Rangers, the cantankerous Marcus (Jeff Bridges), who’s nearing retirement, and the younger, less free-wheeling Alberto (Gil Birmingham).
- Bill Desowitz
To vote in this lineup, scroll to the poll at the bottom of the page, then head back to the bracket to see all of The Best Pop Culture Dream Sequence, The A.V. Club’s no-holds-barred competition to see which dream sequence from TV or film deserves the title, “Greatest Of All Time.”
Dreams are the garbage soup of the subconscious. They take everything we’ve been mentally chewing on for the previous few hours, days, or even weeks, and make something new out of the combination. Joel and Ethan Coen acknowledged as much in one of the most celebrated sequences in one of their most celebrated movies, the 1998 Raymond Chandler spoof The Big Lebowski. About midway through, hapless stoner sleuth Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) does what movie detectives (even the inadvertent kind) are expected to do: He gets knocked unconscious. This allows ...
Hdnet Movies Horror Marathon: Los Angeles – October 10, 2016 – Trick or Treat with Hdnet Movies this October, as the network presents a three-day Halloween Weekend block, featuring 16 sci-fi, suspense, and slasher classics. The special event begins on Saturday, Oct. 29, and runs through Monday, Oct. 31.
The thrills and chills kickoff with an out-of-this-world “Sci-Fi Saturday” on Saturday, Oct. 29, starting with Nathan Fillion as the captain of a spaceship harboring a mysterious stowaway in the 2005 Joss Whedon adventure Serenity at 7pE. Next up is Henry Thomas as a young boy who befriends a stranded alien in the Stephen Spielberg opus E.T., with Dee Wallace and Drew Barrymore, at 9pE; and Bruce Willis travels back in time to save the »
- Derek Anderson
So far this year’s Best Director battle boasts early frontrunners who emerged from the year’s film festivals.
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Breaking out at Sundance was Kenneth Lonergan’s intense four-hankie family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” which is not only a frontrunner for original screenplay and actor, but director. Lonergan’s portrait of a New England family dealing with death and loss masterfully reveals information in the present and via flashbacks over a disciplined two hours and 15 minutes. Lonergan’s ensemble cast led by Casey Affleck is superb.
Jeff Nichols is in the mix for his measured and refined direction of interracial marriage drama “Loving,” which critics agreed was the one surefire awards contender to emerge from Cannes this year. He’s already earning acclaim for the way in which he brings a grounded urgency to a storyline that could have been rendered as emotion-baiting melodrama. Nichols »
- Anne Thompson
I don’t know about anyone else, but I loved the superb action-comedy that was Kingsman: The Secret Service when it landed back in 2014. The fact that a sequel was soon put into motion due to the first’s huge success was slightly worrying as we were always afraid that the filmmakers couldn’t top the genius of the original.
What Fox have done though is bring back everyone that was involved in the first movie – screenwriter Jane Goldman, director Matthew Vaughn and stars Taron Egerton and even Colin Firth (!) Well, on the trailer for her new film Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children, Goldman has teased us with what we can expect with ‘Kingsman 2’, which is formally known as Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Here’s what she had to say to Collider.
“It’s more crazy than the first one, if such thing is possible, it’s pretty crazy… »
- Paul Heath
What makes a low-budget movie the must-see indie of the year? »
- Anne Thompson
What makes a low-budget movie the must-see indie of the year?
With Chris Pine and Ben Foster as bank-robbing brothers and Jeff Bridges as the Texas Ranger on their tail, David Mackenzie’s “Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate/CBS Films) debuted at Cannes to critics’ raves. And as of October 3, the contemporary heist western passed “The Witch” to become the highest-grossing independent film of the year,with $25.8 million in the till and counting.
“Hell or High Water” is the result of that increasingly rare invention: an original screenplay. It sprang from the mind of Taylor Sheridan, a Texas-born former actor who, in the tradition of “The Last Picture Show” and “Hud” author Larry McMurtry (another Texan whose stories fueled some great Hollywood movies), set his story in the Lone Star State.
Sheridan wrote “Hell or High Water »
- Anne Thompson
Simon Brew Oct 5, 2016
Kingsman: The Golden Circle promises to be an even more off-the-wall treat than the first movie...
Director Matthew Vaughn has been busy filming Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to last year’s surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. Taron Egerton is returning in the lead role, and the cast also includes Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Elton John and Jeff Bridges.
Filming has wrapped on the movie, and post-production work is well underway. But its screenwriter, Jane Goldman, has been on the publicity trail for her new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. And whilst chatting with Collider, the subject of Kingsman 2 came up.
“It’s more crazy than the first one, if such thing is possible, it’s pretty crazy”, she teased.
“We’re very fortunate to have Julianne Moore playing the villain, and she’s incredible… I think that people »
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