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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Where a lot of recent Eastwood pictures (Changeling, Hereafter, even Jersey Boys) contain patches of awkwardness, American Sniper — particularly in its war sequences, which Joel Cox and Gary Roach edit with white-knuckle precision — exhibits a riveting level of control. This may just be the result of well-matched material (a character study about a born-and-bred cowboy nicknamed “the Legend” could hardly be more »
- TFS Staff
'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing world in the 2004 melo Million Dollar Baby. Despite the cheery title, this is not the usual Rocky-esque rags-to-riches story of the determined underdog who inevitably becomes a super-topdog once she (in this case it's a “she”) puts on her gloves, jumps into the boxing ring, and starts using other women as punching bags. That's because about two-thirds into the film, Million Dollar Baby takes a radical turn toward tragedy that is as unexpected as everything else on screen is painfully predictable. In fact, once the dust is settled, even that last third quickly derails into the same sentimental mush Eastwood and »
- Andre Soares
There are few film editors more iconic than Joel Cox. A 40 year veteran of the industry, he was there for the shift from the studio to auteur model and, more recently, the move from film to digital and through it all, he's continued to grow and move along with the ever changing industry.
Cox is in Vancouver this week at Viff Industry which runs September 29 to October 3, and will be presenting "The Cut Stops Here."
I had a chance to speak with Cox earlier this week and we covered his entire career, from his early days in the mailroom at Warner Brothers, his first editing job, the artistry of the work and his longtime working relationship with Clint Eastwood.
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Take another look @ the complete 'Oscar' nominations list for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, to be presented February 22, 2015 :
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
- Michael Stevens
By The Numbers
BoyhoodThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation GameSelmaThe Theory of EverythingWhiplashPERFORMANCE By An Actor In A Leading Role
Steve Carell, FoxcatcherBradley Cooper, American SniperBenedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation GameMichael Keaton, BirdmanPERFORMANCE By An Actress In A Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One NightFelicity Jones, The Theory Of EverythingRosamund Pike, Gone GirlReese Witherspoon, WildPERFORMANCE By An Actor In A Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, The JudgeEthan Hawke, BoyhoodEdward Norton, BirdmanMark Ruffalo »
The 87th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last night, with Birdman named Best Picture, as well as taking home a further three awards – Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel also managed a haul of four Oscars for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Eddie Redymayne (The Theory of Everything) were honoured with Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) received Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.
You can check out a full list of the nominations below, with the winners highlighted in red…
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Achievement in directing
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu »
- Gary Collinson
Birdman was honored with Best Picture at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, which took place tonight at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood and Highland Center, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Birdman took home four Oscars tonight in total, winning for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolás Giacobone) and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). The film also tied for the most wins of the night with The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Original Score.
All eight of the Best Picture nominees walked home with at least one award. American Sniper won for Best Sound Editing (Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman), Boyhood won for Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), The Imitation Game won for Best Adapted Screenplay (Graham Moore), Selma won »
A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.
Boyhood, which entered the evening on six nominations and had been expected to push Birdman in several of the senior categories on Sunday night, won a sole best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.
The film’s time in the Oscar ceremony spotlight will not be forgotten, however, as Arquette paid tribute to her “Boyhood family” and made an impassioned plea for wage equality that spread like wildfire across social media.
Eddie Redmayne from The Theory Of Everything prevailed in a tight best actor contest to deny Michael Keaton another success for Birdman. The popular victory had the British actor jumping with excitement on stage at the Dolby Theatre.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The 2015 Oscars are in the books and it was Birdman taking home four awards including the coveted Best Picture along with a Best Director win for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu as well as an Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) win. But Birdman wasn't the only film to take home four Oscars as The Grand Budapest Hotel had a small bit of domination in the below-the-line categories winning for Production Design, Costumes, Makeup & Hairstyling and Original Score (Alexandre Desplat). The only other multiple award winner was Whiplash, which took home Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons), Best Film Editing and Sound Mixing. Otherwise, it was singles across the board and while there were a few interesting wins below the line, the top awards went pretty much by the books. Patricia Arquette took home Boyhood's only Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) won Best Actor over »
- Brad Brevet
BAFTA champ and rookie nominee Tom Cross won Best Editing for "Whiplash." He had 13/5 odds and the backing of only four Experts: Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Tariq Khan (Fox News), and Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby). Contrast that to 25 of our 29 Oscar Experts who predicted Sandra Adair would win for her work on Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making "Boyhood" had also recently won with the American Cinema Editors guild. -Break- "Boyhood" had overwhelming 1/2 odds in its favor for the first-time contender. In addition to strong expert support, this film was also predicted by two of our seven Editors, 19 of our Top 24 Users, and 66% of our overall Users. In third place at 50/1 was "American Sniper," by Joel Cox, a three-time nominee who prevailed on his first bid in 1992 for "Unforgiven," and rookie »
See below a full list of winners from the 87th Academy Awards, announced Sunday at the Dolby Theater. The show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, aired live on ABC. “Birdman,” “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Whiplash” came out of the event as big winners.
Best Picture “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers (Winner)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
Keira Knightley in »
- Variety Staff
The 87th Academy Awards were handed out Sunday, February 22nd at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Here is a complete list of all the nominees and the winners as they were announced. Best Picture "American Sniper" (Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan) "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole)***Winner*** "Boyhood" (Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland) "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson) "The Imitation Game" (Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman) "Selma" (Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner) "The Theory of Everything" (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten) "Whiplash" (Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster) Directing "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" (Alejandro G. Iñárritu)***Winner*** "Boyhood" (Richard Linklater) "Foxcatcher" (Bennett Miller) "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Wes Anderson) "The Imitation Game »
- Gregory Ellwood
Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »
- Steve Montgomery
All the winners from Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards.
Show host Harris signs off with a chirpy, “Buenos noches!”
Sean Penn walks on. It’s time for the big one. Best film. Will it be Birdman or Boyhood? It’s Birdman! The movie ends the night tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel on four Oscars. Inarritu, referring to his pal Alfonso Cuaron who enjoyed success with Gravity at last year’s show, says, “Two Mexicans in a row. That’s suspicious, I guess.” Slightly more seriously, Agi also calls on his fellow Mexicans to help build a strong future for his beloved country. Wow, a good night for Birdman and a surprisingly barren one for Boyhood. Pirates indeed, Ethan Hawke, but glorious pirates.
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The 87th Annual Academy Awards will be handed out tonight at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood and Highland Center. Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the ceremony, which airs tonight at 7 Pm Et/4 Pm Pt on ABC today. We'll be updating this story live as they are announced, so stay tuned to find out who takes home all the big awards at tonight's star-studded ceremony.
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Best Actress In A Leading Role
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Best Actor In A Leading Role
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The 2015 Academy Awards have (finally) arrived, and we can't wait to see what happens.
With huge international stars, like Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Eddie Redmayne, and Michael Keaton up for Oscars, and some big movies, like "Boyhood," "Whiplash," "The Imitation Game," "Birdman," and "American Sniper," vying for the top prize, this year's ceremony is as competitive as ever.
Throughout the night, we'll be watching and updating the list below, so come back to see who won (and who didn't) as Hollywood's best and brightest take home the awards.
"Birdman" - Winner
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Steve Carell, »
- Jonny Black
The Nominations: Best Editing
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
Strangely left out of this category (yet, again, American Sniper somehow bested that…) Birdman’s editing team of Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione state that their “editorial ego really has to be held at bay pulled off” to achieve Iñárritu’s conceptual stunt. Yet, another way to interrupt the non nomination is that the ”one-take look” is indeed the most seamless edit of the 2014 year.
Should Win: Barney Pilling for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Winner of Ace Eddie Awards’ in the Comedy or Musical category, Pilling is partially responsible for the magnificent pacing and filtering the performances of Anderson’s exquisite film. It would be great to see him take home the statue. »
- Nicholas Bell
When the first Academy Awards were handed out on May 16, 1929, at an Academy banquet in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, movies had just begun to talk. The attendance was 270 and guest tickets cost $5. It was a long banquet, filled with speeches, but presentation of the statuettes was handled expeditiously by Academy President Douglas Fairbanks.
The suspense that now touches most of the world at Oscar time was not always a characteristic of the Awards presentation. That first year, the award recipients were announced to the public three months ahead of the ceremony.
Today, Oscar pundits and fans alike avidly watch the precursor and guild awards to ultimately make their predictions in the 24 categories. Academy members have cast their ballots, so now it’s our turn for our Oscar picks.
Need some help in that office Oscar pool or at the party you’re throwing at home? Wamg is here to help. »
- Movie Geeks
The guilds, British Academy (BAFTA) and critics have all had their say. We're now four days from the 87th annual Academy Awards, so it's time to finally analyze the race for the wins. Most categories are fairly predictable, but there are some wildcards. While I expect "The Grand Budapest Hotel" to take more than its share of craft categories, with "American Sniper" and possibly "Birdman" doing well, too, it's fair to say we won't be seeing a year like last year, where "Gravity" took six of 10 categories, and "The Great Gatsby" took two more. More interesting is what I suspect will be a trend of repeat Oscar winners. I'm guessing the winners in most categories (Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects) will have already thanked the Academy before. While most of these winners would be deserving, several big names will still be waiting for their first statuettes. »
- Gerard Kennedy
The fifth film in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has begun filming. Here's the press release the company issued today to celebrate the news which also includes a detailed new synopsis. Here's the press release in full:
Queens Land, Australia (February 18, 2015) – Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning ("Kon-Tiki"), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying »
- Garth Franklin
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