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A tribute to hometown boy (not really, but kinda sorta) Harold Ramis, a Hayao Miyazaki classic from 1988, and a handful of standards make up the roster for the Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series which starts up again April 4th. No black and white classics or anything pre-1977, which is not surprising since Vertigo and even Casablanca were poorly attended last year. This is a solid line-up though and I’m glad to see the return of Repo! With its live shadow cast – it’s always a good time.
Reel Late at the Tivoli takes place every Friday and Saturday night and We Are Movie Geeks own Tom Stockman (that’s me!) will be there each night with custom trivia questions about the films and always has DVDs, posters, and other cool stuff to give away. Ticket prices are $8. We hope to see everyone late at night in the coming months. »
- Tom Stockman
Tokyo — “The Great Passage,” Yuya Ishii’s drama about a nerdy editor (Ryuhei Matsuda) who spends decades diligently bringing a dictionary to publication, while quietly romancing his landlady’s granddaughter, took six prizes at the 37th Japan Academy Awards ceremony on Friday.
Released in April of last year by Asmik Ace and Shochiku, the pic earned $8 million domestically, while scooping a long list of awards and honors, including selection as Japan’s nominee for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Among its Japan Academy Awards were Best Picture, Best Director (Ishii), Best Actor (Matsuda), Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Sound.
Yoko Maki was named Best Actress for her perf in Tatsushi Omori’s drama “The Ravine of Goodbye” as the lover of a man who becomes entangled in a murder investigation. She also scooped a Best Supporting Actress prize as the mother of a boy who was swapped at »
- Mark Schilling
[Press Release] San Francisco, CA, March 6, 2014 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, rounds out a bevy of recent acquisitions news with the latest announcement of a Studio Ghibli imprint expansion. The critically acclaimed imprint will debut a pair of gorgeously illustrated hardcover books relating to Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s celebrated animated film, Princess Mononoke. The Studio Ghibli Library imprint is exclusively devoted to the work of iconic Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki and his famed animation studio. The imprint has collected a substantial catalog of full-color art books, film comics, children’s picture books and other releases celebrating Studio Ghibli films such as »
- Pietro Filipponi
In the context of American animation, Hayao Miyazaki’s films seem nearly unfathomable. With their conspicuous absence of exclusively kid-centric theatrics and their eschewing any burden of pop culture topicality, Miyazaki’s films are instead allowed to explore the limitless imaginative possibilities of animated filmmaking. And there are few imaginations quite like Miyazaki’s. That’s what makes his retirement on the occasion of The Wind Rises that much more of a loss. It’s difficult to be anything but grateful for the beautiful films the 73-year-old director has made, but his absence will certainly leave a giant, gaping hole that no other filmmaker can replace. So here’s a bit of free film school (for fans and filmmakers alike) from the man who makes us wish we could call a giant wood spirit our neighbor. Work for a Richer Culture, Not a Distracted One “[Miyazaki is] a big critic of our dependence on virtual reality—computer games, TV »
- Landon Palmer
Oscar 2014 winners and nominees (photo: Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto chat at the 2014 Oscar ceremony) Best Picture: American Hustle, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon; Captain Phillips, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca; Dallas Buyers Club, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter; Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman; Her, Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay; Nebraska, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa; Philomena, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward; 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas; The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine. Best Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County. Best Actor: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, »
- Steve Montgomery
So, the ceremony has just finished and Gravity turned out to be the big winner on the night with no less than seven awards at the 86th Academy Awards. Best Picture did Not go to the space drama, but to Steve McQueens superb 12 Years A Slave. We have a ton of fun stuff for you to read over at our official Live Blog of this year’s ceremony, so be sure to check it out here.
Here’s the full list of this year’s Oscar winners.
** Winners in bold **
- Paul Heath
After a lengthy awards season that lasted three long months, the race for the Oscars came to a conclusion tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
This year’s 86th Academy Awards saw a split between Best Picture and Director. 12 Years A Slave won three, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.
Backstage, producer/actor Brad Pitt said, “ I love this movie. I ‑‑ just as a film, as a lover of film, the filmmaking, the ‑‑ this heroic story of a man in this inhumane situation trying to get back to his family. I love this film. I love the filmmaking. It’s counterintuitive to the way we’re making films today. It’s a real achievement by Mr. McQueen here. I love this movie. I think it’s important. I think it’s important because it deals with our history that we haven »
- Michelle McCue
The Best Animated Feature category was a tight race, but ultimately Frozen was the winner at this year.s 86th Annual Academy Awards. The billion dollar Disney hit, which is still playing in theaters nationwide, has wound up a champion, with the Academy honoring directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee with a little gold statuette. There was a vocal contingent hoping for Hayao Miyazaki.s The Wind Rises to take the top prize. Being the final film of animation titan Miyazaki was not enough to sway voters from the Disney juggernaut, even as it currently plays in theaters in a heavily-supervised dubbed edition. For those who have not seen the film, it follows a princess who must trek into the wilderness to find her sister, only to discover the icy super-powered truth behind her disappearance. The film is also nominated in the Best Original Song category, and has already become »
Blockbuster Walt Disney adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen tale skates off with Academy award
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
• Full list of winners as they're announced
Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and based on the Hans Christian Andersen story The Snow Queen, Frozen was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and counts Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel among its voice cast. It has been a worldwide commercial hit, with over $980m (£580m) in global box-office takings – just short of the levels recorded by The Lion King, currently Disney's most successful animated film.
The Academy Awards are taking place at the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles, and are being hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony »
- Andrew Pulver
And in the end, it was a predictable Oscar night! The frontrunners were true frontrunners with "12 Years a Slave" taking home the Best Picture trophy while "Gravity" won all technical awards. In the acting categories, Cate Blanchett won Best Actress, Matthew McConaughey was awarded the Best Actor trophy, while Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o received the Supporting Actor and Actress awards, respectively.
I think Ellen did a great job hosting the award, and the best musical performer for me was Pink singing "Over the Rainbow" in tribute to "The Wizard of Oz."
And here are the winners of the granddaddy of the Awards Season -- the 2014 Oscars:
Actor in a Leading Role
Bruce Dern in .Nebraska.
Leonardo DiCaprio in .The Wolf of Wall Street.
Chiwetel Ejiofor in .12 Years a Slave.
Winner: Matthew McConaughey in .Dallas Buyers Club.
Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi in »
Another year has gone by with some simply fantastic movies and yes, it’s the night of the Oscars yet again. We’ll be up throughout the night tweeting from @HeyUGuys and we’ll be updating this post as we go throughout the night.
If you miss a winner, fear not as they’ll all be here as we go or if you’re reading this in the UK in the morning, welcome and we’re no doubt asleep!
“American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers “Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers “Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers “Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers “Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, »
- David Sztypuljak
The winners are being announced at the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
The winners are listed below, followed by the nominees.
Best motion picture of the year“American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers“Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers“Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers“Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers“Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers“Philomena” Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers“12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers“The Wolf of Wall Street” Nominees to be determinedPerformance by an actor in a leading roleChristian Bale in “American Hustle”Bruce Dern in “Nebraska”[link »
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
This year, there were five movies up for Best Animated Feature: "The Croods," "Despicable Me 2," "Ernest and Celestine," "Frozen," and "The Wind Rises."
It was an eclectic mix of nominees ranging from the usual suspects like Disney and Dreamworks to a French-Belgian adaptation of children's books ("Ernest and Celestine") and the final film from acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Audiences of all ages could be entertained by the variety of fantastical stories, but only one film could collect the gold statue.
And the winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Feature is... "Frozen."
It's not a surprise that "Frozen" -- the musical adaptation of "The Snow Queen" -- racked up more acclaim. "Frozen" was not just the second highest-grossing film of 2013, but also the second highest grossing animated film ever. With a tentative Broadway adaptation being planned and the movie still doing big box office numbers (even into the approaching spring season! »
- Moviefone Staff
Non-Stop and Son of God ruled the box office over Oscar weekend. The Liam Neeson action movie took first place with $28.9 million, while Son of God was an impressive runner-up.Meanwhile, Disney Animation's Frozen became the 18th movie ever to earn over $1 billion worldwide. More importantly, it's only the fifth movie ever to hit that milestone that's not a sequel or prequel. With an opening in Japan on the way, Frozen will likely end its run in the Top 10 all-time.Playing at 3,090 locations, Non-Stop led the way with $28.9 million. That's a significant step up from recent Neeson movies Unknown ($21.9 million) and The Grey ($19.7 million). It's also on par with similar movies like Olympus Has Fallen ($30.4 million) and Inside Man ($29 million). Following Lone Survivor and Ride Along, this is the third movie from Universal Pictures to open in the top spot this year. Even more impressive is the fact that all »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lego Movie is the 1st flick of 2014 to cross $200+M, dropping just -33% w/ $21M this weekend, $209M total.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) March 2, 2014 Frozen crossed $1B ($388.7M dom, $611.5M Int'l) worldwide this weekend, becoming the 7th Disney release to ever reach that mark.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) March 2, 2014 Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises expanded w/ $1.6M in 496 venues this weekend--$3,234 per.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) March 2, 2014 Sony's Robocop powered up $30M overseas to raise its total to $136M. China debuted #1 w/ an impressive $20.5M— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) March 2, 2014 Top Bo: #1 Non-stop ($30M) #2 Son Of God ($26.5M) #3 Lego Movie ($21M) #4 Monuments Men ($5M) #5 3 Days To Kill ($4.9M)— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) March 2, 2014 With Liam Neeson's Non-Stop just managing to take the top spot this weekend, it should be interesting to see how 300: Rise of an Empire fares next week. What »
Well, Son of God failed to ignite the religious base with the same fervor as something such as Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, but considering it's a film edited down from a television mini-series, which is to say it's essentially the same as printing money, the $26.5 million it brought in for a second place finish this weekend is nothing to dismiss. In fact, it might not be done as it dipped only 2% from Friday to Saturday and it's not quite clear just how well it might end up doing on Sunday. Fox also has to love that "A-" CinemaScore, but what else would you expectc Taking #1, however, is the latest Liam Neeson actioner, Non-Stop, bringing in $30 million and an "A-" CinemaScore. Non-Stop is the second highest opening for one of Neeson's latest actioners, second only to Taken 2 ($49.5 million), but higher than The Grey ($19.6m), Unknown ($21.8m »
- Brad Brevet
Cavemen, Minions, Sisters – All were part of Friday night’s Animated Feature symposium at AMPAS where the nominees discussed how their films were developed, talked about their creative processes and presented clips illustrating their techniques.
The evening was hosted by Oscar nominated actor John C. Reilly, star of last year’s lovable Wreck-it Ralph, who affably led the packed house at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater through the many interesting and often hilarious moments of the night.
Turns out, it was a great year for animated films. More people saw the five animated movies than saw all nine Best Picture nominees combined. This was also the first year that both directors and producers could be nominated in the category. In year’s past, the only nominees were the people who helmed the movie.
The Animation Branch of the Academy instituted a special rule for the Animated Feature Film Award.
Rule Seven: »
- Michelle McCue
Non-Stop and Son of God both did strong business on Friday, though the Liam Neeson thriller wound up with a slight edge.Playing at 3,090 locations, Non-Stop opened to an estimated $10 million. That's a drastic improvement over recent Neeson movies Unknown ($6.7 million) and The Grey ($6.5 million). For the three-day weekend, Non-Stop should finish with around $30 million.Son of God was no Passion of the Christ, though it still got off to an impressive start. The movie earned $9.4 million on Friday, which is more than Courageous, The Nativity Story and Fireproof earned in their entire first weekend. By Sunday, Son of God will likely have collected at least $27 million.After three weeks in the lead, The Lego Movie is going to have to settle for third place this weekend. The animated hit fell 39 percent to $4.4 million, which should translate to a $20 million weekend. So far, it has earned $192.7 million total, and it »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Chicago – The master animator and film legend Hayao Miyazaki (“Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke”) announced his retirement after his latest film, “The Wind Rises.” He is often called “Japan’s Walt Disney,” but there is more to him then that, a soul and a mystery that is revealed in the stages of his animated art, and his contribution to artistic culture will continue to influence for generations to come. “The Wind Rises” is nominated for Best Animated Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.
“The Wind Rises,” although an odd subject for a final exploration, is still full of the Miyazaki wonder. The beauty of his design is all over it’s landscape, and it fulfills the energy of the emotions it conveys. The metaphor of airplane flight through the generations provides the often Miyazaki theme of duality, in this case war and peace. The distinctly drawn characters »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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