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Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t just a brilliant film. It’s one of the most important blockbusters in years. Ryan explains why...
That Mad Max: Fury Road even exists is a miracle. This is, after all, a new instalment in a franchise that hasn’t seen any activity for the best part of 30 years. Its director, George Miller, originally conceived the film at the end of the last century, yet it’s taken more than a decade of cast changes, calamitous weather and a punishing shoot in the Namibian desert to get it finished.
Yet after the kind of production that would give a director half his age a heart attack, the now 70-year-old Miller has finished his fourth Mad Max film. Who could have predicted that a sequel to such a relic of a franchise could be so thrilling, so vital, and stand as a beacon of frenzied »
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
8 1/2, 1963.
Directed by Federico Fellini.
A successful filmmaker struggles for inspiration, and has to reflect on his life and loves to work out where to go in his next film…
“It’s about creative procrastination” said, director of Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer in 2002. While I doubt Michael Bay fails to acknowledge Fellini’s 8 ½ as inspiration (his 8 ½ film sitting somewhere between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon), when you flip open the pages of any film magazine the artists, from Woody Allen to Wes Anderson and Charlie Kaufman to Terry Gilliam, all owe a debt to Fellini’s masterpiece. In fact, the Best Picture of 2014, Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman, would play exceptionally well against Fellini’s 8 ½.
- Simon Columb
Family feature will go head-to-head with Under The Skin and Pride.
The awards, which announced its nominees today, will be hosted by Melvyn Gregg in London on June 7.
The TV comedy category will see Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, go up against BBC satire W1A, and Sky Living’s Doll & Em. A film version of The Trip To Italy premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Full list of nominees
A Dream within a Midsummer Night’s Dream - Ballet Black
Lest We Forget - English National Ballet »
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I’m walking to a bar after seeing Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin in Berlin’s progressively gentrified neighborhood, Neukölln. Our group of four is unanimously in favor of the sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. But by the time we take our seats in the bar, rumblings of an argument have begun. When my challenger brings up male-gaze, I say that its existence in cinema may be fundamentally problematic, but for me, its presence in Under the Skin is necessary in the experience of the film. He says his issue with male-gaze actually relates to the objectification of the male subjects, not […] »
- Taylor Hess
On the day after the day after the Oscars, we've still got a bit of cleaning up to do. The Skandies countdown is complete. Landing at #1 in the informal poll of critics is Under the Skin—and Jonathan Glazer is 2014's best director, too. We've also got a fresh list from James Hansen. #1: Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language. David Bordwell takes a close look at the structure, technique and intentions behind Birdman. Niles Schwartz suggests that Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is an "incoherent text." Plus Serge Bozon on Luc Mullet, Alexander Stille on Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital, Wim Wenders, Joanna Hogg, Darren Aronofsky and Claudia Llosa, Marcel Ophüls and Joshua Oppenheimer in conversation and more. » - David Hudson »
And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.
Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?
2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners (Highlighted) And Nominees
(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Winner: Richard Linklater
Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced last night in Santa Barbara, California.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed the most awards, taking home three gongs including Best Feature, although Iñárritu lost out in the Best Director category to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.
In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) claimed Best Actress and Best Actor, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (b) were honoured in the supporting categories.
Here’s a full list of the nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Dan Gilroy, »
- Gary Collinson
Digital Spy rounds up all of the winners from this year's ceremony below:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - Winner!
David Zellner - Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer.)
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Director/Producer: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, »
“Birdman” won the Spirit Award for best feature, and Michael Keaton nabbed the statue for actor for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s whimsical comedy-drama that dominated the 30th edition of the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The film thus triumphed in two of the categories that have been most difficult to predict this awards season. The feature trophy went to producers Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.
Richard Linklater was named top director for “Boyhood.” The split between the helmer/pic prizes could be a foreshadowing of Sunday’s Oscars, since the top races are hard to call. And Oscar could throw a few other curve balls into the mix, since “American Sniper,” and “The Theory of Everything” are ineligible for Spirits (since, respectively, the budget exceeded $20 million and the production was British).
- Dave McNary
The 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were presented Saturday from a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Check out the full list of winners below. Best Feature "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" - Winner "Boyhood" "Love is Strange" "Selma" "Whiplash" Best Director Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" Ava DuVernay, "Selma" Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" - Winner David Zellner, "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" Best Screenplay Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, "Big Eyes" J.C. Chandor, "A Most Violent Year" Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" - Winner Jim Jarmusch, "Only Lovers Left Alive" Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, "Love is Strange" Best First Feature Ana Lily Amirpour, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" Justin Simien, "Dear White People" Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" - Winner Gillian Robespierre, "Obvious Child" Anja Marquardt, "She's Lost Control" Best First Screenplay Desiree Akhavan, "Appropriate Behavior" Sara Colangelo, "Little Accidents" Justin Lader, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have officially begun. Stay tuned for updated winners throughout the show. Hosted by Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, the ceremony will be broadcast live on IFC at 2:00 p.m. Pt.
Updated List of Winners:
Feature (Award given to the producer)
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
- Variety Staff
Watch the Oscar nominees talk to Digital Spy
11 amazing facts about the Academy Awards
It's that time again! For the fourth year running we're celebrating the snubbed and overlooked, the too commercial or not commercial enough, with Digital Spy's alternative Oscars.
Many great movies missed out on an Academy Awards nominations in 2015, so read on below to see who we think are the best of the rest.
And the Alternative Oscar goes to... Nightcrawler!
Buoyed by sensational performances from Jake Gyllenhaal (sociopathic as Lou Bloom) and Rene Russo and a moody James Newton Howard soundtrack, this story of ruthless ambition and fluctuating media morality says »
Justin Chang: We don’t always agree, Guy (no two critics ever should), but it’s safe to say we’ve been more simpatico than usual over the course of this very long and happily almost-over awards season. I think we would both argue, for example, that “Foxcatcher” was ridiculously worthy of an Oscar nomination for best picture, and that its failure to nab one seems all the more inexplicable given that Bennett Miller managed to crack the much more competitive directing race. Likewise, I don’t know anyone else who had almost precisely the same reaction and counter-reaction to “Birdman” as I did — an initial thrill that almost completely fell apart on second viewing.
Clearly the industry feels otherwise, if “Birdman’s” presumed Oscar-frontrunner status is to be believed — which I fear it is, even as some of us are still clinging desperately to the hope that “Boyhood” will prevail. »
- Justin Chang and Guy Lodge
The Nominations: Best Cinematography
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
For the unique and utterly intoxicating look of Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, it would have been great to see his name amongst these nominees. And then there’s the continued neglect of Bradford Young, responsible for the look of two excellent films this year with Selma and A Most Violent Year.
Could Win: Robert Yeoman »
- Nicholas Bell
Best Picture: “American Sniper.” It’s funny that my two favorite films in this category, “Sniper” and “Selma,” are the two that have been repeatedly pitted against each other by awards-season pundits scrapping for a fight. The wildly disproportionate box office grosses of the two movies has added a certain David-vs.-Goliath aspect to the narrative, too — at least until you consider that “Selma,” with close to $50 million domestically, has far outgrossed both presumptive best pic frontrunners, “Boyhood” and “Birdman.” But all such comparisons only serve to diminish the artistry of two movies that cast unusually sober and sophisticated gazes on contentious periods of American history, one still unfolding daily in the headlines, »
- Variety Staff
From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season
With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!
Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
On Sunday, Alexandre Desplat won a BAFTA Award and a Grammy, both for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Next up: the Feb. 22 Oscars, where he is nominated in the musical score category for “Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game.” According to conventional wisdom, this is his year — he’s earned six noms in the past eight years, but no wins yet.
On the other hand, conventional wisdom says that he could cancel himself out. Clearly, conventional wisdom is wrong in one of those cases.
Asked which of the two scores is his favorite, Desplat deadpans, “The Grand Imitation Hotel.”
The composer, reached in Paris, quickly adds that he loves both films, and each presented special challenges and rewards.
“Budapest” features a lot more music in its 100-minute running time, with the mood vacillating among drama, light comedy, fantasy and mittel-European atmosphere. Desplat says, “We needed to find instruments to create a special sound, »
- Tim Gray
At first, Jonathan Glazer.s mind-altering Under the Skin went by the nickname "Scarlett Johansson.s nude movie." The 30-year-old actress was playing an alien waltzing around our planet, luring men back to her "home" so she could "feed" a mysterious entity. As the film started to screen for larger crowds, the nudity became less of the focus, and critics and crowds began dissecting all of the rich issues Glazer raises in his top-notch sci-fi effort. So it.s interesting to learn that the nudity almost didn.t even happen, if this criteria laid out by Johansson couldn.t be met. The actress was opening up to W Magazine about her decision to bare all on behalf of Glazer.s film. Right from the start of the film, Johansson is shown completely naked as she takes the clothes off of a "kidnapped" woman. This gear would become ScarJo.s wardrobe »
Boyhood has been named best film at this year’s BAFTA awards, with Richard Linklater also awarded as best director and Patricia Arquette winning best supporting actress. With a total of five awards, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is the evening’s most awarded film, recognised for its original screenplay, makeup/hair, both costume and production design, and for its music. The Theory of Everything won the award for outstanding British film as well as best adapted screenplay and best actor for Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of the young Stephen Hawking. Winners of outstanding British debut are Stephen Beresford (writer) and David Livingstone (producer) for Pride, which was backed by the BFI Film Fund. The winners were announced at a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House hosted by Stephen Fry. Explore the Best of BAFTA collection on BFI Player Best film Winner: Boyhood Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, »
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