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Once you’re in with David O. Russell, you’re really in. The Oscar-nominated director’s next film, buzzy biopic Joy, will reunite him with American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, ensuring another round of Oscar nominations for them all. Luckily, though, it won’t be all familiar faces for Russell: Sideways actress Virginia Madsen has just joined the cast, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
The film, set for a prime awards season release on Christmas Day this year, will focus on Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano (Lawrence), who began inventing at a young age and eventually hit it big with the Mop and Huggable Hampers, in addition to more than 100 other patents. As her empire grew, Mangano also juggled the responsibilities of playing single mom to three children.
Edgar Ramirez also stars, though the specifics of his, Cooper’s, De Niro »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Focus Features is in talks to hire Jim Burke as president of production. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel is in talks with the veteran exec/producer, who partners with Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor in the production company Ad Hominem, which they formed in 2004. Before that, Burke was a founder of film/TV company Rysher and put that company into the movie business. With Payne and Taylor, he was nominated for Best Picture for The Descendants, and he also produced such… »
One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.
The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.
The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »
- Frank Ochieng
HitFix Award Gurus Kris Tapley and Greg Ellwood are both attending Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (February 21) afternoon in Santa Monica and they left me to handle HitFix's Independent Spirit Awards Winners & Losers list. And once I'm watching Saturday's show, I might as well be live-blogging Saturday's show as preparation for Sunday's Oscars live-blog, especially since is the last time that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" will be going head-to-head for Best Picture (along with "Selma" and "Whiplash") before the Academy Awards. So follow along and say "Hi" in the comments below... And remember that Saturday's show, hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, is airing live on IFC, not that obnoxious tape-delayed thing they used to do! 1:50 p.m. Pt. The show hasn't started, but if you're following the Winners list, you know that "Birdman" has already won for for cinematography, while "Whiplash" won for editing, both results I can accept. »
- Daniel Fienberg
By Anjelica Oswald
The Oscars are almost here.
In anticipation of the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, here is a breakdown of some fast facts and statistics we’ve gathered. Click the links below for more information:
Of the 86 films to win best picture, 36 (42 percent) have won without procuring a single Oscar in the acting categories. Only one film has ever won the DGA, SAG and PGA Awards and not gone on to win the best picture Oscar, and that was Apollo 13 19 years ago. Four of the past 14 best picture winners are based on actual people and events, two of which won last year and the year before, and three others were inspired by real events. Birdman joins a number of Oscar-nominated films that center on performers or feature performance elements. Selma is the 15th race-related film to land a best picture nomination.
- Anjelica Oswald
A depressed Japanese woman, inspired by the film Fargo, goes to the Us, where very little of consequence ensues
There can hardly be a bigger waste of time than this piece of twee nonsense. Bafflingly, it bears the imprimatur of Alexander Payne, the director of Election and Nebraska, who serves as executive producer. Rinko Kikuchi stars as Kumiko, a deeply depressed young woman in Japan who becomes obsessed with a fuzzy, old VHS copy of the Coen brothers’ movie Fargo. Believing the treasure buried in the drama is real, she journeys to Minnesota to find it. Her emotional breakdown evidently explains this delusion: either that, or she is a faux-childlike imbecile. Poor Kumiko duly arrives in the Us and proceeds to run out on various hotel bills and cab fares, with no consequences, either legally or in terms of plausible narrative development. She is helped, sort of, by a police officer, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Chicago – The movie musical seems to revive every year, and writer/director Richard Lagravenese puts his spin on the genre with a modern touch. A couple, portrayed by Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, goes through the ups and downs of a relationship while belting out appropriate tunes in “The Last Five Years.”
The film is based on the stage play by Jason Robert Brown, and is the type of musical that is entirely sung. The songs are sad (“Still Hurting”), hilarious (“Summer in Ohio”) and poignant (“If I Didn’t Believe in You”) and are rendered by the couple in a direct and modern approach through Lagravenese’s direction.
Photo credit: Radius-twc
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
The next couple years are going to be very busy for Matt Damon. In addition to the return of Jason Bourne in a new film directed by Paul Greengrass, he's working on The Martian for release this year, and is set to star in Downsizing with director Alexander Payne. In addition, he's also got The Great Wall at Legendary Pictures from director Zhang Yimou, and the action adventure has just gained a new cast member. THR reports Willem Dafoe has joined the film which features a fantastical retelling of the origin of The Great Wall of China. However, details on Dafoe's character are being kept under wraps for the now. More below! But the good news is we actually have some plot details as the trade reports Damon is playing a soldier in a group of mercenaries traveling to China in order to bring back gunpowder to Europe. But when »
- Ethan Anderton
As he waits for Sony to figure out their next move with "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise, Marc Webb is staying busy in the TV realm. He's already slated to helm the pilot for Showtime's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," and now he's bouncing over to CBS to take over "Limitless" from Neil Burger, who has had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. Based on the latter's feature film, the series will follow "Brian Sinclair...as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug Nzt and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI." So, yet another network procedural... [Deadline] One project long brewing on Alexander Payne's plate has been an adaptation of Daniel Clowes' "Wilson," but last year he moved on from the gig. Now, "The Skeleton Twins" director Craig Johnson is taking over, with Woody Harrelson eyed for the lead role, in the story of opinionated, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Boyhood (edited by Sandra Adair, Ace) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards Friday night where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries.
The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing.
Television winners included “Veep: Special Relationship” (edited by Anthony Boys) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Sherlock – His Last Vow” (edited by Yan Miles) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “True Detective – Who Goes There” (edited by Affonso Gonçalves) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, »
- Michelle McCue
“Boyhood” (edited by Sandra Adair, Ace) and ” The Grand Budapest Hotel ” (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing. “Lego Movie ” (edited by David Burrows & Chris McKay) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and ?Citizenfour? (edited by Mathilde Bonnefoy) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature). Television winners included “Veep: Special Relationship ” (edited by Anthony Boys) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Sherlock , His Last Vow” (edited by Yan Miles) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “True Detective, Who Goes There ” (edited by Affonso Gonçalves) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, »
- Josh Abraham
By Anjelica Oswald
Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.
Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.
If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
Only one of this year’s adapted screenplay nominees isn’t adapted from a book, and that’s Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which is adapted from his short film of the same name that took home the jury prize for short film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The other four adaptations all come from books, three non-fiction and one fiction.
- Anjelica Oswald
Frank Marshall will receive the American Cinema Editors’ Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker Of The Year Award in Los Angeles on January 30.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Prolific filmmaker Frank Marshall has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (Ace) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 65thAnnual Ace Eddie Awards black-tie ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2015 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” stated the Ace Board of Directors. “From “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Sixth Sense” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made – and continues to make – a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
Marshall joins a distinguished group of past Ace Golden Eddie honorees including Steven Spielberg, »
- Michelle McCue
Costume Designers Guild, American Cinema Editors and publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild announce honorees
The honors were all announced on Tuesday. Watts will receive the Lacoste Spotlight Award from the Costume Designers Guild, Marshall the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award from the American Cinema Editors, Newhart the Lifetime Achievement Award from the publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild (Icg, Iatse Local 600), and Isaacs the Presidents Award from the Icg. »
- Steve Pond
Frank Marshall has been selected by the American Cinema Editors as the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year.
The award will be presented at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards on Jan. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Marshall has received five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Color Purple,” “The Sixth Sense,” ” Seabiscuit” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” said the Ace Board of Directors. “From ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ ‘The Sixth Sense’ and the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made — and continues to make — a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
- Dave McNary
The producer whose credits include Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Color Purple, The Sixth Sense, Seabiscuit, and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button will be handed the award at a ceremony in L.A. on January 30.
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” says the board of Ace, an honorary society of film editors. He “has made – and continues to make – a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape.”
Previous Golden Eddie winners include Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Norman Jewison, Alexander Payne, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Saul Zaentz, Paul Greengrass and Stanley Donen.
- The Deadline Team
While DC and Marvel might already have a lock on several future release dates past the 2015 campaign with the Coen Bros. circling February on their calendars, for the most part, when it comes to American independent and foreign film flavored items, 2016 is still cloudy with a chance of…. 2015 just broke (we already have plenty to look forward to (Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films / Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films / Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films – soon!) but we’re already excited about what is in store for several of our favorite auteurs. Here are picks 100 to 6, with our Nicholas Bell providing further analysis on current top five for 2016. Pictured above is Peter Strickland, who sits in our number six spot.
100. Untitled Edward Munch Project – Erik Poppe
97. Imagine – Benoit Graffin
- Eric Lavallee
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