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Boyhood Takes Top Prize As New York Film Critics Circle Announce 2014 Winners

1 December 2014 11:16 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The New York Film Critics Circle voted today for their picks for the 2014 awards at the Film Society at Lincoln Center.

Boyhood was awarded Best Picture and Richard Linklater was named Best Director. Marion Cotillard was selected as Best Actress for her roles in both The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night and Timothy Spall was chosen as Best Actor for Mr. Turner. A Special Award was given to Adrienne Mancia, who, as a curator at MoMA for more than 30 years, helped shape the moviegoing tastes of New Yorkers by bringing the work of filmmakers like Bernardo Bertolucci, Manoel De Oliveira, and Marco Bellocchio to the United States.

In celebration of the Critics 80th year, the awards will be handed out during their annual ceremony on Monday, January 5th at Tao Downtown.

Full list of winners below

Best Picture: Boyhood

Best Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (for The Immigrant and Two Days, »

- Michelle McCue

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ido Fluk’s The Ticket

14 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With a small body of work including his low-budgeted directorial debut (Never Too Late) which orbited around the Fribourg and Edinburgh Film Festivals and garnered some buzz (insider industry type), the Israeli-born/NYC-based/Tisch grad helmer Ido Fluk managed to lasso one of the hot ticket actors of this past Sundance edition in The Guest star, Dan Stevens. Fluk’s sophomore feature gig also includes Malin Akerman, Kerry Bishé, and Oliver Platt (who we should add, is about to have an incredible 2015). Fluk co-wrote The Confines (another presumed 2015 title) and began filming on The Ticket this past August in upstate New York. So technically they’ll have had to package a rough cut if submitted the film to Sundance, and worth noting is two key ingredients: filmmaker Oren Moverman, is the film’s producer and on the tech side, we find camera work of Zachary Galler, who showed his skillset »

- Eric Lavallee

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Critical Mass: Michael Keaton takes flight in 'Birdman'

17 October 2014 10:31 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Michael Keaton was the first movie actor to say, "I'm Batman." In 1989, Keaton defied the skeptics who'd shrieked when Tim Burton cast him as the Caped Crusader when Batman became a blockbuster, laying the groundwork for the future of superhero franchises and, hence, Hollywood. But after a popular sequel, Keaton hung up the cape, and despite some memorable performances since then—The Paper, Jackie Brown, The Other Guys—he's never found another role with either the depth or profile of Batman. Until now, perhaps. In Birdman, Keaton plays someone we immediately identify—even if he claims he does not. Riggan »

- Jeff Labrecque

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N.Y. Film Critics Circle Stakes Out Early Awards Date

14 October 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The New York Film Critics Circle will again kick off awards announcements by unveiling their choices Dec 1. The org’s awards dinner will be Monday, Jan. 5, at the Tao Downtown.

In making the announcement Tuesday, the org also pointed out the addition of Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas and Wesley Morris of Grantland to the circle.

The National Board of Review, which for years made the first announcement, will unveil its choices Dec. 2. In 2011, Nyfcc moved up its announcement by two weeks, to be first out of the gate. They ended up delaying the vote by one day, to Nov. 29, to accommodate “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but voted without seeing “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” The early announcements are always a factor since some filmmakers have not finished their late-year entries by that point.

The Nyfcc and Nbr announcements will be followed by a flurry of awards, »

- Tim Gray

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Winners Announced For 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Competition

3 October 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Three individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.

Each individual winner and the combined writing team will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on Thursday, November 13, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

For the second consecutive year, the event will also feature a live read of selected scenes from the fellows’ winning scripts by members of the Academy.

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Sam Baron, Cambridge, United Kingdom, “The Science of Love and Laughter”

Alisha Brophy, Los Angeles, CA, and Scott Miles, Austin, TX, “United States of Fuckin’ Awesome”

Melissa Iqbal, London, United Kingdom, “The Death Engine”

Sallie West, Charleston, Sc, “Moonflower”

The winners were selected from a record 7,511 scripts submitted for this year’s competition.  Eight individual screenwriters and »

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Academy Taps Four Scripts for Nicholl Screenwriting Prize

3 October 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three individual writers and one writing team have been named winners of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.  Each of the five writers will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation Nov. 13, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

For the second consecutive year, the event will also feature Academy members reading selected scenes from the winning scripts.

This year’s winners are, alphabetically:

Sam Baron, Cambridge, United Kingdom, “The Science of Love and Laughter”

Alisha Brophy, Los Angeles, CA, and Scott Miles, Austin, TX, “United States of Fuckin’ Awesome”

Melissa Iqbal, London, United Kingdom, “The Death Engine”

Sallie West, Charleston, Sc, “Moonflower”

They were selected from a record 7,511 scripts submitted.  Eight individual screenwriters and two writing teams were chosen as finalists.  Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately chose the winners. »

- Tim Gray

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'Gone Girl' Review Roundup: David Fincher, Ben Affleck Picture Scores Top Notices From Critics

2 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and directed by David Fincher, adapts Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel of the same name for the big screen.

In Gone Girl, Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a charismatic yet devious husband whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) mysteriously disappears. Nick becomes the main suspect in Amy's disappearance, as the media and law enforcement closes in on the case. Serving as evidence in the case is the unreliable diary kept by Amy herself, who wrote of a troubled marriage that often made her feel unsafe. Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Carrie Coon also star.

'Gone Girl' Reviewed

Reviews for Gone Girl have been positive across the board. In Fincher's hands and with a script penned by Flynn, the movie is thought to have possibly elevated the book to new heights. As far as Affleck and Pike's performances, critics have lauded both actors, finding »

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Britain's UKTV Lands CBS Legal Drama 'Reckless'

24 September 2014 1:39 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS’s legal drama Reckless has found a British home under a deal with UKTV, the joint venture between Scripps Networks Interactive and BBC Worldwide. UKTV operates 11 channels available via satellite and cable in the U.K. and Ireland. The first season of the show, directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Dana Stevens, is set to premiere next year on the U.K. company's crime channel Alibi. "I‘m very excited to be working with CBS on such a fantastic new show that fizzes along at breakneck speed," said UKTV’s director of program acquisitions Catherine Mackin. "Reckless is exactly

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Critical Mass: 'Love is Strange' might be the best movie in theaters this Labor Day weekend

29 August 2014 11:35 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

With a lackluster collection of films opening wide in multiplexes this holiday weekend, it’s time to herald an indie gem. Love is Strange debuted at Sundance in January, and opened to the top per-screen average in select theaters last weekend. It expands slightly today, and critics seem to be near-unanimous that it’s worth seeking out.

Directed by Ira Sachs, the film tells the story of George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow), a gay New York City couple who officially tie the knot after 39 years together. But once their relationship is made legal, George is fired by the »

- Jeff Labrecque

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‘A Most Wanted Man’ Expanding After Solid Box Office Debut

28 July 2014 3:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A Most Wanted Man” marks one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final starring roles and fans of the Oscar-winning actor are helping to make the twisty spy thriller an art-house success.

“Philip never really got to star in movies,” said Howard Cohen, president of the film’s distributor, Roadside Attractions. “He was always known as a utility player…There’s no question that part of the appeal is the idea of him giving a final, great performance.”

The adaptation of John le Carre’s novel debuted to $2.7 million on 361 screens last weekend, cracking into the box office top ten. Now Roadside and Lionsgate are preparing to double the number of screens this weekend to more than 700 in an effort to capitalize on the warm reception.

Critics have embraced the picture, rewarding it with a 90% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Some, such as Slate’s Dana Stevens and New York’s David Edelstein, »

- Brent Lang

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Critical Mass: The drug-fueled mayhem of 'Lucy' has a buzz

25 July 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Luc Besson loves his lady warriors. Beginning with the original La Femme Nikita, and then in action movies like The Professional, The Fifth Element, and The Messenger, he’s introduced his own brand of memorable action heroines. Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy might be the most hardcore of the bunch. She goes from party girl to super-evolved sorceress when the experimental drug an Asian gangster has smuggled in her body spills into her bloodstream, raising her brain activity to 100 percent capacity. “Lucy is a thinly drawn character, just someone who needs to survive,” writes EW’s Jeff Labrecque. “But Johansson vividly »

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Critical Mass: Is this a 'Sex Tape' you'd pay to see?

18 July 2014 9:09 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz are back together again. After starring in Bad Teacher, the 2011 comedy hit that topped $100 million, they reunite to play a married couple who’ve lost their spark. Kids, work, and age have taken their toll on what was once a spontaneous and prolific sex life, and Annie and Jay try to get it back by making their own homemade sex tape. But when their video gets uploaded to the Cloud by accident and sent to their friends, neighbors, and even their mailman, they have to race around town to prevent the naughty movie from becoming a scandal. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Christian Bale Eyes Travis McGee Role in 'The Deep Blue Good-By'

15 July 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Christian Bale is in early talks to star as Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Good-by for 20th Century Fox. The adaptation is based on John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel, the first of 21 books that featured the Travis McGee character.

The studio doesn't have an official offer out to the actor yet, but he has agreed to come on board, with an offer to come very soon. Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to play Travis McGee back in March 2013, but now he will only produce with his Appian Way Productions partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran.

Travis McGee is a salvage consultant based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, living aboard a houseboat dubbed The Busted Flush. The Deep Blue Good-by centers on Travis meeting a battered woman named Lois, as he tries to track down her abusive boyfriend, which proves to be more difficult than he had imagined.

James Mangold is directing from a »

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Wme Signs ‘Reckless’ Creator And ‘Safe Haven’ Scribe Dana Stevens

9 July 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Wme has just signed Dana Stevens, the prolific feature writer who is the exec producer and sole creator of Reckless on CBS. Stevens last year adapted the Nicholas Sparks novel Safe Haven for Relativity, and her other credits include City Of Angels and the Kevin Costner baseball pic For Love Of The Game. She currently is adapting for James Cameron’s Lightstorm and Fox The Dive, the touching story of Cuban free diver Pipin Ferreras and his wife Audrey Mestres, the latter of whom died trying to better her record for a free dive, in which she plunged to an unimaginable […] »

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CBS’ Female Power Hour: ‘Reckless’ Producer Lets Women Dominate the Series On and Off Screen

29 June 2014 6:09 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Reckless,” a hot and steamy CBS drama set in the South that debuts Sunday has a decidedly female bent both in front of the camera and – most unusual for Hollywood – behind it. Kim Moses, an executive producer of the show, spoke to TheWrap's WaxWord about a rare network production that was conceived, written and directed by women. WaxWord: Who are the women behind the scenes on this show? You're an executive producer, who else is involved? Kim Moses: Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) directed the pilot, Dana Stevens (“Safe Haven”) is the creator of the show. Lilly Kilvert, an Oscar-nominated production. »

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TV Review: ‘Reckless’

27 June 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Representing CBS’ latest attempt to produce a sort-of summer soap, “Reckless” mixes an ongoing storyline with a procedural element, in a slightly tawdry tale of Southern sex that — reflecting the network’s sweet spot — still doesn’t stray from the police station and courthouse. Modestly diverting on its own terms and well-cast at the fringes, the show’s leads probably aren’t as compelling as they need to be, given the desire to produce fireworks between what CBS describes as its “gorgeous Yankee litigator and charming southern attorney.” So while the show masters the network’s formula, it could use a little help with chemistry.

Set in Charleston, S.C., the series centers on a relocated Chicago lawyer, Jamie Sawyer (Anna Wood), forced to butt heads with the new City Attorney, Roy Rayder (Cam Gigandet). Lest anyone miss clues that they’re both supposed to be smokin’ hot, she conspicuously »

- Brian Lowry

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CBS Pushes the Envelope with the New Summer Drama Reckless

26 June 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Sex sells. Or at least that's what CBS is hoping with its newest legal drama Reckless. The series, which premieres Sunday at 9/8c, has been described as the network's "steamy" and "sultry" alternative to the normal summer network rerun blues and, more notably, to CBS' largely more PG-rated programming (with the exception of The Good Wife). But while this may be a venture into new territory for the network, creator and executive producer Dana Stevens promises that the show lives up to the hype, and then some.

"It's very sexy. We would make episodes where we'd be like, 'They are not going to...

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- Kate Stanhope

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This Movie Weekend Looks Bright, From an Oscar Sure-Bet to a Raunchy Buddy Comedy and a Grab Bag of Fest Faves

12 June 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This weekend boasts two major studio releases ready to duke it out for the box office victory, as well as a few modest indies that have been holding court on the festival circuit all year. All are sitting with favorable reviews, so you can't really go wrong here. One of the year's first Oscar locks is "How to Train Your Dragon 2," DreamWorks' delightful animated sequel to the beloved 2010 original that lost the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature to "Toy Story 3." Both "Dragon 2" and this weekend's other sequel, the very R-rated comedy "22 Jump Street," though aimed at wildly different demos, are expected to break $50 million at the box office.  "Jump Street," which reunites Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as an unlikely pair of cops, may alienate some. The two actors continue to play off their Mutt and Jeff mismatch, deconstructing their bromance for laughs. Slate's Dana Stevens points out »

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Critical Mass: Are the critics under Angelina Jolie's spell in 'Maleficent'?

30 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

In nearly 80 years of delicious Disney animated villains threatening princesses, nobody’s ever been as truly frightening as Maleficent, the horn-headed sorceress who could transform into a dragon and cursed baby Aurora in 1959′s Sleeping Beauty. But much as Wicked did for the evil witch of The Wizard of Oz, Maleficent digs deeper into the backstory of the sharp-cheeked villainess, with Angelina Jolie bringing her to vivid life.

Of course, such revisionist fairy tales have become increasingly common. As EW’s Keith Staskiewicz notes in his review, “The first line of Maleficent [''Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it"] could be emblazoned on a sticker and slapped onto the back-bumper of Hollywood, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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CBS Junket Day: ‘Reckless’ Linchpin Is Sex, Says Creator (Video)

19 May 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updates With Video: CBS‘s new summer series Reckless “is about cops and lawyers” but “the linchpin is sex,” creator/exec producer Dana Stevens told reporters at CBS Summer Junket Day. Reckless, written by Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, is set in Charleston, Sc, and stars Anna Wood and Cam Gigandet as a Yankee litigator and southern City Attorney who are intensely attracted to each other, while battling over a police sex scandal in which a woman may have grounds for claiming she was raped — adding to the pantheon of CBS series that have been/will be accused of trolling for ratings by making violent/sexual victims of female characters. Wood described her character as “uncompromising in her passion and her seeking of justice.. she doesn’t take crap from anybody. She’s very grounded and strong within her morals” and who “isn’t using her sexuality to get »


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