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“Unbroken” by Angelina Jolie: Best Adapted Screenplay contender

8 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

As you fine folks all must know by now, it’s one thing entirely to read early Academy Award predictions in order to see what pundits like myself think will happen this winter, but it’s a whole separate thing to actually know something about who and what will be in contention. To help out in that specific regard, I’m continuing to run down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what or who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might potentially take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet to have in your back pocket. Today »

- Joey Magidson

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Louis Zamperini, inspiration for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, dies at 97

3 July 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Louis Zamperini, the World War II hero who inspired Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, has died at the age of 97.

A spokesperson for Universal Pictures confirmed Zamperini's passing in a statement released today (July 3).

"Having overcome insurmountable odds at every turn in his life, Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini has never broken down from a challenge," Zamperini's family said.

"He recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives.

"His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days."

Born in New York in 1917, Zamperini was a member of the 1936 Us Olympics track team in Berlin. He enlisted in the Us Army Air Forces in 1941 and two years »

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Writer Blames 12 Years A Slave For Biopic’s Poor Run

3 June 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After Nelson Mandela’s death on December 5, it seemed that the under-the-radar biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom could have a long run in theatres. However, mixed reviews and a crowded marketplace filled with quality films aimed at adults (including American Hustle, Philomena, Her and The Wolf of Wall Street) did not help the awards season hopeful at the box office. The film only made $27 million worldwide. However, Long Walk to Freedom scribe William Nicholson does not blame the competition for the drama’s failed run in theatres and at the Oscars. Instead, Nicholson explained it was due to the success of 12 Years a Slave.

“12 Years a Slave came out in America and that sucked up all the guilt about black people that was available,” Nicholson told a crowd at Britain’s Hay Festival for literature and the arts. “[Audiences] were so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don’t »

- Jordan Adler

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Podcast: 'Star Wars' Casting, Jolie's Career at the Box office, Your Questions and More

3 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

On today's episode we have our regular batch of quick DVD and Blu-ray announcements, we answer a lot of your questions, discuss the casting of Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie in Star Wars: Episode VII, talk books breifly, play some games, look at the career of Angelina Jolie in terms of box office and so on, and so forth. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that »

- Brad Brevet

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'Mandela' writer blames film's failure on 'guilt-sucking' '12 Years a Slave'

3 June 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hey, remember "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom?" Six months after its Us theatrical release, no one would blame you if it's already slipped to the back of your mind. Despite its prestigious trappings and its unplanned topicality in the wake of Nelson Mandela's death last December, Justin Chadwick's well-intentioned biopic of South Africa's first democratically elected president was among the most prominent of 2013's awards-season hopefuls never to take flight. Critics were largely unenthusiastic, reserving their praise for the film's lead performances, and audiences couldn't be bothered: "Mandela" took just $8 million in the Us, with its global gross of $27 million still falling some way short of the film's production budget. And despite The Weinstein Company's campaign efforts, awards voters were similarly indifferent: Idris Elba managed a Golden Globe nomination, while the BAFTAs rustled up a generous Best British Film nod, but the Academy acknowledged U2's would-be anthemic closing-credits tune and nothing else. »

- Guy Lodge

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'Mandela' Writer Blames Failure On Audiences "Exhausted Feeling Guilty About Slavery" In '12 Years A Slave'

3 June 2014 6:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The purpoted beef between director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley aside, most of the controversy surrounding the Best Picture-winning “12 Years A Slave” has centered on audience’s reactions to the film, both of Armond White and uneasy white Academy voters. Here we are, three months removed from the film’s Oscar win and another dissenter has spoken out the film’s injustices. At the Hay Festival in Wales over the weekend WillIam Nicholson, the screenwriter for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” – the Nelson Mandela biopic that starred Idris Elba and boasted a weepy U2 song – bravely stood up and blamed his film’s failure (both its mixed critical reception and its paltry stateside grosses) on the U.S. audiences being “so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don’t think there was much left over to be nice about our film.” In case that statement was too subtle for you, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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'Mandela' Writer Blames Failure On Audiences "Exhausted Feeling Guilty About Slavery" In '12 Years A Slave'

3 June 2014 6:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The purpoted beef between director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley aside, most of the controversy surrounding the Best Picture-winning “12 Years A Slave” has centered on audience’s reactions to the film, both of Armond White and uneasy white Academy voters. Here we are, three months removed from the film’s Oscar win and another dissenter has spoken out the film’s injustices. At the Hay Festival in Wales over the weekend WillIam Nicholson, the screenwriter for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” – the Nelson Mandela biopic that starred Idris Elba and boasted a weepy U2 song – bravely stood up and blamed his film’s failure (both its mixed critical reception and its paltry stateside grosses) on the U.S. audiences being “so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don’t think there was much left over to be nice about our film.” In case that statement was too subtle for you, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Mandela Biopic Screenwriter Blames White Guilt & '12 Years A Slave' For His Film's Lack Of Success

2 June 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

William Nicholson, the British screenwriter of last year's Nelson Mandela biopic - Nelson Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, which starred Idris Elba in the title role - is apparently devastated that his film wasn't quite the critical and commercial hit that he obviously expected it to be, telling the attending audience at The Hays Festival (an annual literature & arts festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales for ten days, from May to June) that Oscar voters ignored his film because "12 Years a Slave sucked up all the guilt about black people."  In other words, according to Nicholson, what we call "white guilt" is a finite thing, and there's only so much of it to go »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Mandela writer: '12 Years a Slave sucked up all the black people guilt'

2 June 2014 5:11 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom screenwriter William Nicholson has explained why he thinks the film was not a huge box office success.

The Oscar-nominated writer said that 12 Years a Slave had "sucked up all the guilt about black people" before the Nelson Mandela biopic starring Idris Elba was released.

Nicholson is thought to have spent 15 years working on the script, including 33 drafts.

"I think it worked superbly," he told the Daily Telegraph. "I'm incredibly proud of this film. Unfortunately it didn't get the kind of acclaim that I wanted. It didn't get Oscars.

"12 Years a Slave came out in America and that sucked up all the guilt about black people that was available."

He continued: "They were so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don't think there was much left over to be nice about our film. So our film didn't do as well as we'd hoped, which was a bit heartbreaking. »

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Jolie's 'Unbroken' to be Yearlong Oscar Target

26 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Hitfix has a report from this year's CinemaCon where Angelina Jolie was on hand to promote her upcoming sophomore directorial effort, Unbroken. If you remember, I already placed the film at #1 on my early Best Picture predictions and her CinemaCon appearance reaffirms the film's early frontrunner status. Though, like Ncaa Basketball, being a preseason #1 only proves to put a target on your back, it's anything but a guaranteed victory. Unbroken won't be hitting theaters until December 25 and its star power behind the camera is impressive from Jolie in the director's chair, to screenwriters Richard Lagravenese, William Nicholson and Joel and Ethan Coen, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Alexandre Desplat. The film is based on the New York Times bestselling book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand ("Seabiscuit: An American Legend"), and follows the incredible life story of Olympian and war »

- Brad Brevet

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Sam Worthington and Robin Wright Join 'Everest'

24 March 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sam Worthington and Robin Wright have signed on to star in Universal Pictures' Everest, joining a growing cast that includes Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Jason Clarke and Emily Watson.

This drama based on a true story follows a 1996 expedition to the top of Mount Everest, where three separate groups were hit by a sudden storm, which claimed the lives of eight climbers. Part of this story was already told in Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wild, which was adapted into the 2007 feature starring Emile Hirsch. Sam Worthington is playing Guy Cotter, while Robin Wright is playing Peach, the wife of Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin).

Baltasar Korm&#225kur (2 Guns) is directing from a script by William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God). Production is currently under way in Nepal on the base of Mount Everest, »

- MovieWeb

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Watch the First Trailer for Director Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'

17 February 2014 10:33 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Director Angelina Jolie's third film "Unbroken" is a chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Check out a spirited preview for the film, which aired during the 2014 Sochi Olympics TV broadcast, below. The film boasts a stellar roster of collaborators, from Dp Roger Deakins to screenwriters the Coens, William Nicholson and Richard Lagravenese, who passed around this screenplay adaptation of a book by Lauren Hillenbrand like a hot potato. Also check out first images from the film, which shot in Australia, Queensland and New Zealand, here. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Trailer for Angelina Jolie's Great-Looking Unbroken

17 February 2014 8:30 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for director Angelina Jolie's new film Unbroken. The movie is a period drama that tells the real life story of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini who, "along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp." I love this kind of movie, and this one looks It looks pretty incredible.

Jack O’Connell takes on the role of Zamperini, and it also stars Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock as Phil and Mac, "the airmen with whom Zamperini endured perilous weeks adrift in the open Pacific." It co-stars Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as "fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini’s brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor »

- Joey Paur

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The winners of the BAFTA Ee British Academy Film Awards 2014 are...

17 February 2014 7:42 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rounding up all the winners from the 67th annual BAFTA Ee British Academy Film Awards..

Tonight marked biggest occasion in the British film calender as the stars of the big screen descended upon London's Royal Opera House as BAFTA hosts the 67th annual Ee British Academy Film Awards, with Stephen Fry once again serving as master of ceremonies for the ninth time.

Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave may have walked away with the top prize, fending off competition from American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Philomena and Gravity to win Best Film, but it was also a great night for Alfonso Cuaron's space-set thriller, which walked away with six awards including Best Director and Outstanding British Film.

Check out all the nominees from the 2014 BAFTA British Academy Film Awards, with the winners highlighted in red (and be sure to take a look at Oliver Davis' live coverage from »

- Gary Collinson

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First Look at Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' in Olympic Trailer

16 February 2014 6:43 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Universal has released a first look, Olympics trailer at Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini and his journey from Olympian to World War II prisoner of war. Narrated by Tom Brokaw this Olympics preview introduces Zamperini's story using news reel footage alongside footage from the upcoming film, based on Laura Hillenbrand's book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption". If you don't know the story, this is a great place to start and reason enough to look forward to the film. amz asin="B003WUYPPG" size="small"The one thing I find interesting is the cinematography, which was handled under the careful eye of Roger Deakins. The film looks a lot like something Tom Stern or another one of Clint Eastwood's DPs might have shot. I wonder if Jolie was inspired by Stern's work on Changeling and asked for something in that same vein. »

- Brad Brevet

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First Look at Angelina Jolie’s Upcoming Epic Drama ‘Unbroken’

16 February 2014 3:35 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

During the Olympics today Universal Pictures aired the first preview for director Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.

Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.

Starring alongside O’Connell are Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock as Phil and Mac—the airmen with whom Zamperini endured perilous weeks adrift in the open Pacific—Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Watch The Preview From Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

16 February 2014 3:01 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As you’ve been watching the 2014 Winter Olympics this weekend, you may have caught this preview for Universal Pictures’ Unbroken.

Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces the epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII – only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.

Starring alongside O’Connell are Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock as Phil and Mac—the airmen with whom Zamperini endured perilous weeks adrift in the open Pacific—Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who »

- Michelle McCue

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BAFTAs 2014: Full winners' list, from 'Gravity' to 'American Hustle'

16 February 2014 1:30 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The BAFTA Awards, honoring the best of British and world film, are given out Sunday, Feb. 16 in London. Handed out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the 2014 Ee British Academy Film Awards are often a preview of the Oscars.

Who are the big winners for 2013 films? Check out the full nominee and winner list below.

Note: Winners are noted by bold font.

Best film

"12 Years a Slave" -- Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen

"American Hustle" -- Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon

"Captain Phillips" -- Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca

"Gravity" -- Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman

"Philomena" -- Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward

Outstanding British film

"Gravity" -- Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman, Jonas Cuaron

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" -- Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William Nicholson

"Philomena" -- Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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The HeyUGuys 2014 BAFTA Liveblog

16 February 2014 9:38 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Welcome, gorgeous people, to the biggest night in British Film. We’re here at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and we’ll be liveblogging as the night rolls on.

12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Captain Phillips and Philomena have the majority of nominations and are all competing for Best Picture. It is an undeniably strong year for British Film and we’re grateful for a spotlight as wide and as bright as this one to be shone this evening.

If you haven’t already checked out our BAFTA competition, do so now - the prizes are worth £700. Blimey.

We’ll be updating this liveblog minute by minute until my fingers fall off with the most recent update being shown at the top of the top so do keep refreshing.

Great to have you with us.

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We’re at the end of another BAFTA »

- Jon Lyus

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Vikings Star Clive Standen Joins Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal And More In Everest

4 February 2014 4:11 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Director Baltasar Kormakur has already built an impressive ensemble cast to star in his upcoming Everest, the movie already set to star Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal but today the list has gotten just a little bit longer. Variety has learned that actor Clive Standen, best known for his role as Rollo on the History Channel series Vikings, has nabbed a supporting role in the new mountain-set thriller. Based on a script written by Lem Dobbs, Justin Isbell and William Nicholson, the film will be set in 1996, which is considered one of the deadliest years in Everest's history. The story will follow a "multi-expedition assault" on that mountain that turned deadly due a devastating snow storm. The tragic true story was famously turned into the non-fiction book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, which will serve as partial inspiration for the new feature along with »

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