15 items from 2015
The 87th Academy Award nominations for 2015 were recently released on January 15, 2015 representing the excellence in film for the previous year. Naturally there was the standard controversy regarding those films and performances that got unfairly overlooked. Unfortunately, the perceived snubs do happen from year to year so this goes along with the territory. Nevertheless, the lucky selections that do manage to grab Oscar’s attention are understandably grateful and psyched to see if the golden statuette will in fact go home with them on the film industry’s biggest and most elegant evening.
With the obvious crankiness of Oscar omissions aside and the injustices that go with these “reel” deals has anyone ever considered the Academy Award nominees that are surprisingly recognized that could have gone unnoticed for whatever reasoning? After all there are films and exceptional performances that get lost in the shuffle but manage to get the accolades it »
- Frank Ochieng
A Mrs Doubtfire musical is in development.
Composer Alan Menken told Entertainment Weekly Radio that the project is in the "early stages" of development.
"It's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," he said, adding: "We're really enjoying working on it."
Talk of a film sequel was halted after Williams's death last year.
Watch a trailer for Mrs Doubtfire below: »
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, composer Alan Menken, who is probably most famous for working on Disney animated classics "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," and "Beauty and the Beast" (in addition to "Little Shop of Horrors," "Enchanted" and the recent, weirdly overlooked television series "Galavant"), admitted that he is turning "Mrs. Doubtfire" into a Broadway musical.
While Menken will be composing the score, David Zippel, who worked with Menken on Disney's "Hercules," will be writing the lyrics and Harvey Fierstein, who was in the movie and is something of a Broadway legend (having written books for "Kinky Boots" and "Newsies," among many others), will be writing the book. Otherwise, Menken was pretty cagey. "It's going very well, it's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," Menken told Entertainment Weekly. "We're really enjoying working on it."
- Drew Taylor
The American Society of Cinematographers has pegged Barbra Streisand to receive its 2015 Board of Governors Award, to be given to the actress-filmmaker-recording artist at the organization’s 29th annual awards gala Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The Board of Governors citation is meant to recognize “extraordinary achievements in advancing the art and craft of filmmaking,” according to the Asc, but it has also allowed the 96-year-old society of upper-echelon below-the-liners to bring some extra star power to the party, and for the male-centric brotherhood to mix it up a little. Streisand’s female predecessors include Sally Field and Julia Roberts, but her multidisciplinary efforts have overlapped, and exceeded, most of the others, including Warren Beatty, Sydney Pollack, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan.
If Streisand is one of the most versatile, and decorated, entertainers of the last century (she’s that rare Egot winner, »
- Steve Chagollan
Jennifer Lawrence sat down with Eddie Redmayne for Interview magazine, where the Hunger Games star and the Theory of Everything lead got into the intricacies of Hollywood life and the surreal nature of stardom.
As it turns out, there's a reason we all love Eddie and Jennifer so much –they're cute and totally relatable. Here are five moments from their enthralling conversation that proves just how awesome they are.
Eddie on His Love of Reality Shows
"I don't talk about it. It's really been bad on this press tour. I come home from trying to pretend to know about astronomy and physics all day and turn on The Real Housewives… I've been a closet lover of faux-reality TV since The Hills. It's bad."
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The Hills happens to also be his favorite reality series as well.
This March, cinephiles of all persuasions will congregate in Austin, Texas for 2015’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Each year, the beloved event proves worth the trek, with plenty of terrific dramas, comedies and genre pics on display (last year’s festival screenings included such great flicks as Neighbors, Chef, Open Windows, Stage Fright and The Guest). And today brings exciting news regarding next year’s festival, now that some of the films that will be making their world or U.S. premieres at SXSW 2015 have been announced.
Among the premieres are Dredd director Alex Garland’s anticipated sci-fi thought piece Ex Machina, Michael Showalter’s latest romance Hello, My Name is Doris and The Invitation, a horror-thriller from the director of Jennifer’s Body. With many more titles to be announced in the coming weeks, this is already shaping up to be a terrific year for SXSW.
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- Isaac Feldberg
The 2015 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival will open with the world premiere of a documentary about comedian, actor and author Russell Brand, organizers announced Thursday.
Organizers also announced six other films that will screen at this year’s festival, including documentaries about singer Mavis Staples, NBA star Serge Ibaka and anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez.
- Steve Pond
This March will mark my fourth straight year attending the South by Southwest Film Festival. Every year creates many memorable moments, whether it be seeing the world premiere of Short Term 12 when it was on no one's radar or seeing Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman fight on stage when there was a problem with the screening file for The Raid 2, I always have a good time seeing as many movies I can in a short amount of time. And I am happy to be covering it for the first time as press for RopeofSilicon. The opening night films for SXSW have been hit and miss. My first year it was The Cabin in the Woods, and unfortunately, they cannot all be that great. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Chef followed after that. This year, SXSW has chosen the documentary Brand: A Second Coming as the opening night film. »
- Mike Shutt
South by Southwest 2015 will open with Brand: A Second Coming, a feature documentary about comedian Russell Brand directed by Ondi Timoner (Dig!, We Live In Public). The doc chronicles Brand’s evolution from addict to movie star to political disruptor and will kick off a line-up that will also include Michael Showalter’s Sally Field comedy Hello, My Name is Doris, Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, Mavis Staples doc Mavis!, Grantland Features’ Son of the Congo about NBA star Serge Ibaka, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, and Alex Garland’s Ex Machina starring Oscar Isaac.
Of course, that’s not all; SXSW’s typically sprawling line-up is still being finalized and won’t be revealed until February 3, with Midnighter titles revealed alongside the shorts program on February 10.
If you’re Austin-bound, get ready for a double dose of Russell Brand. SXSW already announced that the irreverent Brit will serve as a 2015 guest speaker, »
- Jen Yamato
SXSW also announced half a dozen titles for its lineup — Michael Showalter’s comedy “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” starring Sally Field; Karyn Kusama’s thriller “The Invitation”; Jessica Edwards’ Mavis Staples documentary “Mavis!”; Grantland Features’ first film “Son of the Congo,” following NBA star Serge Ibaka’s return to his homeland; Sara Hirsh Bordo’s documentary “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”; and the North American premiere of Alex Garland’s directorial debut “Ex Machina,” starring Oscar Isaac.
“Firebrand Ondi Timoner’s bold and lively documentary on Russell Brand knocked us out with its humor, insight and raw energy, pulling back the curtain on a truly passionate figure as he grapples with fame, influence and where we are as a 21st century society, »
- Dave McNary
Ondi Timoner's documentary on Russell Brand, "Brand: A Second Coming," will open this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival on March 13. It will make its world premiere at the event. The festival also revealed a handful of titles set to premiere in Austin, Texas this year. These titles include Michael Showalter's comedy "Hello, My Name is Doris," starring Sally Field, Jessica Edwards' documentary on singer Mavis Staples, "Mavis!," and the North American premiere of Alex Garland's directorial debut "Ex Machina," starring Oscar Isaac. "Firebrand Ondi Timoner's bold and lively documentary on Russell Brand knocked us out with its humor, insight and raw energy, pulling back the curtain on a truly passionate figure as he grapples with fame, influence and where we are as a 21st century society," said Head of Film Janet Pierson in a statement. "We are thrilled for the film to kick »
- Nigel M Smith
The film charts the British comedian and writer’s career as political activist and self-styled revolutionary.
Head of film Janet Pierson and her team unveiled a handful of other titles that will screen during the festival in advance of the full programming announcement on February 3.
They include: the North American premiere of Alex Garland’s feature directorial debut Ex Machina; Michael Showalter’s comedy Hello, My Name Is Doris, starring Sally Field; Karyn Kusama’s thriller The Invitation; Jessica Edwards’ Mavis! about singer Mavis Staples; Adam Hootnick documentary Son Of The Congo, which followes NBA star Serge Ibaka’s return to his homeland; and A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story by Sara Hirsh Bordo, about the anti-cyber bullying figurehead.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The SXSW Film Conference and Festival has announced that its 2015 edition (March 13 through 21) will open with Ondi Timoner's documentary on Russell Brand, Brand: A Second Coming, and unveiled a first round of six more titles set to screen in Austin: Sara Hirsh Bordo's A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story; Jessica Edwards's Mavis!, a doc on Mavis Staples; Alex Garland's Ex Machina with Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander; Adam Hootnick's Son of the Congo; Karyn Kusama's The Invitation; and Michael Showalter's Hello, My Name is Doris with Sally Field. » - David Hudson »
The iconic Mrs. Doubtfire house which is located in San Francisco was struck by an arsonist late on Monday. Made famous by the comedy, the property has served as a memorial for the late Robin Williams since his death last year. Damage was limited, as the owner was able to put the fire out before it got out of control.
The incident happened at 8:00 pm on Monday. The owner, a doctor, believes the fire was started by a disgruntled patient. Fire officials believe the arsonist doused the doormat in a flammable liquid before igniting it on fire.
Before his death, Robin Williams was planning a return as Daniel Hillard, an actor and divorcee who disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. The location was likely to be used again in Mrs. Doubtfire 2, but the project, of course, »
Expect to see ‘Spider-Man’ on the Oscars death roll call.
It’s been a strange 2014, one full of computer hacks (revealing what both celebrities and Sony look like underneath their clothes) and annoyingly-titled franchise reboots (looking at you, Genisys).
As a New Year’s treat, here are the Worst 5 stories as reported on the Movie Newsgasm from 2014. Enjoy…or, more appropiately, watch through your fingers whilst angirly shouting Stop Ruining Spider-man.
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- Oli Davis
15 items from 2015
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