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Okay, so here we are. This article will basically amount to my capstone piece for the end of 2008 as I will now hand out what amounts to the first ever RopeofSilicon Awards. My hope for future RopeofSilicon Awards is that I can figure out some kind of nominating and voting system so you, the users, can award each of these categories by nominating films throughout the year, running mini For Your Consideration campaigns in the comment section and so forth. Unfortunately, such an endeavor is outside of my capacity at the moment so you will have to deal with my opinion on each category for now, but as always I want to hear your opinion on who you would award in the comments below. After all, my opinion is just the start of things in order to get you thinking and talking, it certainly isn't the end-all/be-all of opinions. »
- Brad Brevet
Note: I wanted to let you know you can also follow my predictions over at the Los Angeles Times in their Buzzmeter section as I join a large crew of Oscar prognosticators in predicting this year's Oscar nominees. Now, to the predictions... Well, I hope you all had a Happy Holidays and were able to get through the snow and into the theaters, at least here in the States I believe there was a point that 50% of the country was covered in snow, which I am sure made it tough for some to justify driving to the cinema. Either way, all of the major contenders have hit theaters at this point with the December 31 release of Defiance and Good marking the final installments for 2008, but neither of them are vying too hard for any of the top categories outside of what I hope will be a score nomination for James Newton Howard »
- Brad Brevet
Wow, the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala is shaping up to be a star-studded extravaganza! Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ron Howard, and Gus Van Sant are just some of the creative folks being honored.
Congratulations Mister Sean!
To read the full press release, and if you're interested to purchase tickets, click Read More!
Palm Springs, CA (December 26, 2008) . Marking a Festival first, Academy Award® winner Sean Penn will be honored two years in a row at the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) Awards Gala on Tuesday, January 6, 2009. Penn will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting, after being presented last year with the Director of the Year Award for Into the Wild. Past honorees »
In honor of the year that was 2008, we here at Cinematical have once again spent a whole bunch of long, hard-fought hours (days even!) slogging through the best of the best in order to present you with our list of the 25 Hottest of 2008. What were the biggest trends in the entertainment world this year? Which movies made the most money? Alternatively, which films garnered the largest fanbase? Which actor or actress enjoyed the most success? And just because they were big in 2008, does that mean we'll still remember them at the end of 2009? Chipping it to help dissect 2008 were Cinematical's Erik Davis, Scott Weinberg, Eric D. Snider, Monika Bartyzel, Jessica Barnes, Eugine Novikov, William Goss, Jette Kernion and Peter Martin. Just when you thought the year was over ... the lists have just begun. Check out the gallery below (then come back later in the week when we spin it around »
- Erik Davis
I'm not sure if Nat - or anybody else for that matter - has mentioned it, but could the lack of a frontrunner in the Best Actress category be entirely in correlation with the lack of women portraying real life people this year? Of Nathaniel's top tier of Best Actress contenders only one - Kate Beckinsale - is the star of a biopic (and even that's stretching it). After that it doesn't get any more factual with only Keira Knightley (The Dutchess) portraying a real life lady. Where did they all go? I can't help but feel this category would be more sewn up if there were more.
The top tier of actor contenders features four real life men being portrayed (two from the one movie, actually). The supporting categories are also barren except for Josh Brolin.
So, Film Experience readers, what happened this year? Has there been biopic overload »
- Kamikaze Camel
By Matt Singer
It feels completely appropriate in a year of incredible financial turmoil, particularly in the independent film sector, that so many good movies were made about people teetering on the edge of economic extinction. My own list features two such films, without even getting around to "Slumdog Millionaire," "Frozen River" or the small but immensely powerful "Shotgun Stories." Movie stars were feeling the pinch, too: in the semiautobiographical "Jcvd," audiences saw faded action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme resorting to begging his agent for money to pay for his divorce.
Stars, and studios too. Even before the bottom fell out of the economy, Hollywood studios were beginning to shutter their indie divisions; Paramount eliminated Vantage, Warner Brothers closed Picturehouse and Warner Independent and absorbed New Line. It wasn't much better for smaller distributors: David O. Russell's upcoming "Nailed" was in the news all summer because its production kept »
- Matt Singer
SAG embraced "Doubt" on Thursday as the nominees for the 15th annual SAG Awards were announced.
The four principals from the Miramax film were all blessed: Meryl Streep, playing a nun convinced of her certitude, was nominated in the best actress category, while Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays the reform-minded priest she challenges, was included in the supporting actor category. Amy Adams and Viola Davis scored noms as supporting actresses. The film took home a fifth nom in the ensemble category for outstanding performance by a motion picture cast.
All four "Doubt" performers were nominated for Golden Globes last week, but the film's ensemble nom gives it a boost in its quest for a best picture Oscar nom after it was denied a slot in the Globes' best drama fold.
Runners-up were Focus' "Milk" and Paramount/Warner Bros.' "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," each with three noms.
On the TV side, »
Actors Angela Bassett (”ER”) and Eric McCormack (”Will & Grace”) announced the nominees for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild awards live this morning from the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood. The ceremony will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, 7 p.m. Ct, and 6 p.m. Mt. Film Actor: Richard Jenkins - The Visitor Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon Sean Penn - Milk Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler Actress: Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married Angelina Jolie - Changeling Melissa Leo - Frozen River Meryl Streep - Doubt Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road Supporting actor: Josh Brolin - [...] »
Nominations for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning all while the Guild members are split on whether to move forward with a strike or not... There are certainly a few surprises to be mentioned such as how it looks like Revolutionary Road should start expecting little more than a Kate Winslet nomination as Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Shannon and the film itself are not mentioned. Melissa Leo swoops into the Best Actress category and Kristin Scott Thomas swoops out. Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) takes the Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) nomination and Robert Downey Jr. also gets in on the action for Tropic Thunder. Will the Academy be as open to Downey's comedic role? Many are talking about Doubt coming out of these nominations, but it really should come as No surprise whatsoever since the top award is based on an ensemble acting piece and in those »
- Brad Brevet
Boyle gets two nods, for Best Director and British Director Of The Year. The India-set drama will compete in the British Film Title category and the movie's star Dev Patel is up for two awards including British Actor of The Year.
Kate Winslet also gets two nominations, in the Best Actress and Best British Actress categories, for her work in Revolutionary Road and The Reader, while the late Heath Ledger is leading competition for the Best Actor Prize. Also nominated in that category are Rourke (The Wrestler), Penn (Milk), Josh Brolin (W) and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon).
Dame Judi Dench will be handed the Dilys Powell Award For Outstanding Contribution To Cinema at the London ceremony which will take place on 4 February. »
Drama movie Doubt is the main contender at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards - garnering five nominations.
The picture's star, Meryl Streep, is competing for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She will go up against Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road).
Streep's Doubt co-stars Amy Adams and Viola Davis will both be battling it out for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award, against Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Kate Winslet (The Reader).
Philip Seymour Hoffman also received a nod for his performance in Doubt - he is nominated in the best supporting actor category. He will face competition from the late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and British newcomer Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).
The stars competing for the Best Actor trophy include Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).
The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 25 January.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-series:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Outstanding Performance By a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series:
Screen Actors Guild's 45th Life Achievement Award
The Screen Actors Guild, regarded as one of the strongest precursors for Oscar given that their members actually vote as part of the Academy, have announced their nominees for this year's awards. Leading the pack were Doubt, which scored nominations for all four of its actors as well as Best Ensemble, Milk, with an ensemble nod as well as notices for Sean Penn and Josh Brolin, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which scored in ensemble with additional attention for Brad Pitt and Taraji P. Henson. The actors only give away acting awards, so there's no nitpicking here over technical nods or wondering about the fate of Wall-e. These nominations seem to cement some serious frontrunners-- Brolin as Milk's strongest supporting nominee, Doubt as an acting force to be reckoned with, Slumdog Millionaire as the strongest Best Picture contender-- without including too many shockers. The snubs are pretty »
Full List from SAG’s site:
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
FROST/NIXON (Universal Pictures)
MILK (Focus Features)
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (Paramount Pictures)
- Sasha Stone
18 December 2008 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
"Slumdog" received six nominations, including the Attenborough Award for British film of the year, director of the year and British actor of the year for Dev Patel.
Competing for director of the year are Clint Eastwood ("Changeling"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler") and David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button").
- By Stuart Kemp
- While I wait for the final batch of screenings of Mmviii, I thought I’d start my look back at the year in cinema with the first of my top 10 lists. Easily one of the lightest and more pleasurable top tens is: my favorite movie posters of the year. As usual, I evaluate the posters from a marketing perspective, take into consideration the poster’s creative and visual appeal and enjoy the more alluring one-sheets that tell a story and are a departure from the usual dreck of superimposed actor faces we are so used to. If you are curious to see what my tastes are like here a flashback (2007, 2006-pi, 2006-pii). Stay tuned for tomorrow top 5 list. For 2008, a special mention goes to Lionsgate’s crazy W. campaign - an ensemble set of images that see Josh Brolin have plenty of fun getting into character. This year I begin with… »
18 December 2008 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The drama "Doubt" topped the list of SAG Award nominations, announced Thursday morning.
With five nominations to its name, the film earned noms for Meryl Streep as outstanding female lead in film, Philip Seymour Hoffman as supporting male, and Amy Adams and Viola Davis as supporting female. Its cast also picked up a fifth mention in the motion picture ensemble category.
A complete list follows:
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"
Kate Winslet, »
- By Gregg Kilday
The nominations for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® are in. Of those nominated, the male actors in a leading role icluded Richard Jenkins for his performance in "The Visitor," Brad Pitt for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Mickey Rourke for "The Wrestler," Sean Penn for his role in "Milk" and Frank Langella in Universal Pictures' "Frost/Nixon." Female leads considered were Anne Hathaway for "Rachel Getting Married," Kate Winslet in "Revolutionary Road," Melissa Leo in "Frozen River," "Meryl Streep for her work in "Doubt" and Angelina Jolie for Clint Eastwood's "Changeling." The list, as sent out by the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) is as follows: Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleRICHARD Jenkins / Walter Vale - "The Visitor" (Overture Films)Frank Langella / Richard Nixon - "Frost/Nixon" (Universal Pictures)Sean Penn / Harvey Milk - "Milk" (Focus Features)Brad Pitt »
I figured with the Screen Actors Guild Awards arriving in less than 12 hours I would jump the gun and get some Oscar predictions in since the SAGs could make next week's installment a little more interesting, or perhaps they could keep everything just the same. Who knows? There were a few major moves as some contenders I had in the #2 and #3 slots moved entirely out of the top five this week while the name on top of the Best Actor category was the only topline switch among the bunch. A couple of my personal favorites from over the course of the year have been moved out of the top five, names such as Elsa Zylberstein (I've Love You So Long) and Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), but at the same time Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) has moved herself right back into contention with a fantastic amount of rewards coming from the critics recently. »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. Pictures provided us with three hi-res stills from McG's trailer), which stars Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Jadagrace and Helena Bonham Carter. The film is about John Connor, now in his 30s and soon to be wife Kate Brewster realize they must create a resistance organization with Earth's remaining survivors against the army of robots slowly being built up by Skynet. As they are building this resistance, one survivor happens to be a traitor in disguise, and has a secret that nobody would ever come to suspect. The war begins on May 22. »
- Slumdog Millionaire continues it domination of year-end kudos locking up Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Assn. Top Film and Top Director awards. Among the more noteworthy selections is Anne Hathaway’s win for Rachel Getting Married which bets out some stiff competition and the most successful picture with subtitles this year picked up the best Foreign Language film of the year. Tell No One had a miracle run at the box office and made over six million and some change in a crazy theatrical run. See the complete list of winners below:… Film: "Slumdog Millionaire" Runners-up:"Milk""The Dark Knight""The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button""The Wrestler""The Visitor""Frost/Nixon""Doubt""Wall-e""Happy-Go-Lucky" Actor:Sean Penn for "Milk"Runners-UpMickey Rourke for "The Wrestler"Frank Langella for "Frost/Nixon"Brad Pitt for "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button"Richard Jenkins for "The Visitor" Actress: Anne Hathaway for "Rachel Getting Married »
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