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12 items from 2016

SAG Award Bounce Puts Spotlight on ‘Spotlight’

2 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After Adam McKay’s housing crisis dramedy “The Big Short” claimed this year’s Producers Guild prize Jan. 23, Team “Spotlight” needed to bounce back. It did just that at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, as the film’s tight-knit ensemble (featuring Billy Crudup, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci) claimed the award for outstanding cast in a motion picture.

Resiliency has been a strength for Tom McCarthy’s journalism drama. The film rounded out 2015 by dominating the critics awards circuit, yet came up short among the craft guilds at the start of the new year. After landing just three mentions from the British Academy (which notably passed over McCarthy in the directing field), it lost the best picture, drama Golden Globe to “The Revenant.” But the Directors Guild breathed new life into the journalism drama a few days later, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Content boards 'The Worker' sales for Efm

1 February 2016 12:48 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jamie Carmichael and his team head to Berlin with international rights to the Michael Peña action thriller that is being produced with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s The Combine.

Content will kick off pre-sales at the Efm on the project, which CAA represents in North America.

Dan Bradley will direct The Worker from a screenplay by Kyle Rankin about a former member of Mexico’s elite Special Forces whose wife and son are kidnapped by a cartel.

Renner and Handfield produce alongside Content Media’s Tom Butterfield. Peña will handle executive producer dutiesthrough his Strata Films label with Philip G. Flores.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin later this year.

Content’s international sales slate includes the Manolo Blahnik documentary Manolo; Maria Callas biopic Callas starring Noomi Rapace with Niki Caro directing; sci-fi Higher Power, which Lorenzo di Bonaventura produces; and Joel David Moore’s dramedy Youth In Oregon starring Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, [link »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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“Spotlight” takes the top prize from SAG to stay alive in the Oscar race

1 February 2016 10:35 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Over the weekend, the Screen Actors Guild Awards (or SAG, for those who don’t know) did their best provide both questions and answers in regards to the Oscar race. On the one hand, much of what we suspected to the the Academy’s likely favorites remains as such, but on the other…there are certainly some potential upsets brewing. SAG was just one of the precursors over the weekend, as the Art Directors Guild and Ace Eddie announced their winners as well, which you can see below, but the SAG victors are what we’ll be focusing on today. So, let’s chat about that guild’s results! SAG managed to both clear up and confuse on Saturday. Basically, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brie Larson wrapped up their Oscar wins in Lead Acting categories, while Alicia Vikander likely became an unbeatable frontrunner as well in Best Supporting Actress. As for Best Supporting Actor, »

- Joey Magidson

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Spotlight, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson And Alicia Vikander Big Winners At 22nd SAG Awards

31 January 2016 6:55 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Screen Actors Guild Awards presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2015 at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

Honored with individual awards were Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander for performances in motion pictures, and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor for performances in television.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to Spotlight, while the Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Downton Abbey” and “Orange is the New Black”.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presented Carol Burnett with the 52nd Life Achievement Award, following a filmed salute to the comedic trailblazer, »

- Michelle McCue

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SAG Awards Winners; Including Photo Galleries From The Ceremony

31 January 2016 3:07 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

SAG Awards Winners: The 22nd annual awards winners were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles. SAG Awards Winners

Last night, the Screen Actors Guild dished out their 2016 awards in a ceremony in Hollywood. The SAG awards winners are listed below as well as a full gallery from the evening.

The clear winner on the night was Idris Elba, who managed to grab two awards; one for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in the superb Beasts Of No Nation, and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Luthor.

SAG Awards Winners

Elsewhere, Leonardo DiCaprio won Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Revenant, while Brie Larson scored Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Room. Surely these two are now a cert for Oscar success. In the female supporting category, Alicia Vikander »

- Paul Heath

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SAG Awards: Mark Ruffalo & Michael Keaton’s ‘Spotlight’ Acceptance Speech

30 January 2016 8:57 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Open Road’s Spotlight won the marquee Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture honor tonight at the SAG Awards. The win gives solid Oscar Best Picture momentum to the the pic, which centers on the Boston Globe‘s Pulitzer-winning investigation into the Catholic Church child abuse scandal in Boston. The ensemble cast features Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. Ruffalo… »

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Spotlight Wins the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

30 January 2016 7:25 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Screen Actors Guild has crowned the night's big winner: Spotlight. Demi Moore presented the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture on Saturday night, prompting Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Liev Schreiber, Brian d'Arcy James and Billy Crudup to head to the stage. The film tells the true story of the Boston Globe's investigation into the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal. "I have to thank our producers, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, who just took every single opportunity to tell the truth," said Ruffalo, 48. "They didn't take any cheap way, it was »

- Jodi Guglielmi

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‘Spotlight,’ Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brie Larson Lead 2016 SAG Award Winners

30 January 2016 7:22 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In naming Spotlight one of the best ensembles of 2016, we said, “Tom McCarthy’s procedural moves with the precision of a fine timepiece. Rarely does one find a film where all is tune, from the pacing, writing, direction and acting. Highlighting the heroic work of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, the group is headed by Robby Robinson (Michael Keaton) who risks life long friendships to get the story right. His team includes Mike Rezendes (played by a compulsive Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Caroll (Brian d’Arcy James). Encouraged by a Boston outsider, editor Marty Baron (Live Schreiber), the team undertakes a long-term investigation of abuses in the Catholic Church. In the mix are the lawyers on both sides, played by Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. Rightfully overshadowing that other journalism docudrama, James Vanderbilt’s incompetent Truth, the difference here amongst many things is perhaps access: »

- Jordan Raup

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Movie Review – Spotlight (2015)

30 January 2016 12:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Spotlight, 2015.

Directed by Tom McCarthy

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup and Stanley Tucci.


The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Anyone who has been watching Netflix’s documentary series Making A Murderer will attest just how angry the events of the show have made its viewers feel. Not in terms of its quality, but for almost everything single moment that just baffles the senses as you wonder just how on earth such anger-inducing “events” were allowed to happen band continue to happen in the face of many shouts to the contrary. Todd McCarthy’s Spotlight is the 2015/6 cinematic equivalent of the aforementioned TV show, but perhaps it’s much more infuriating due to the »

- Scott J. Davis

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Shedding light by Anne-Katrin Titze

29 January 2016 1:34 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Spotlight's Neal Huff on Phil Saviano: "He asked me to talk to Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

From Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, through Kimberly Levin's Runoff, hosted by Robert Kennedy Jr. and Philippe de Montebello, to starring with Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy James with Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, Stanley Tucci and Len Cariou, Neal Huff has a pivotal role in Tom McCarthy's Spotlight (co-written with Josh Singer).

Neal Huff as Phil Saviano in Spotlight

The opening scene at a police precinct, Boston, 1976, sets the tone for Tom McCarthy's astutely paced newsroom thriller, edited rigorously by longtime collaborator Tom McArdle. Fast forward to 2001 and The Boston Globe Spotlight team headed by Walter 'Robby' Robinson (Keaton) with Mike Rezendes (Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams) and Matt Carroll (d'Arcy James) are appointed by new executive »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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No Fear: The Year’S Best Movies

9 January 2016 12:46 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Spotlight movie review: all the pope’s men

6 January 2016 1:36 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

An elegy for old-school reportage and the people who pursue it, and a journalistic procedural with a snappy rush of urgent discovery and consequence. I’m “biast” (pro): partial to stories about journalists, love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

For me, this kind of story is why we do this.” So says Liev Schreiber as Marty Baron, the editor of the Boston Globe newspaper on the eve of the publication, in January 2002, of a story the team of investigative journalists in the paper’s Spotlight department had been working on for months. It would crack open the coverup of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church in Boston, led to the revelations of similar coverups around the U.S. and across the planet, and would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. But “this kind of story »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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