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"Gone Girl": 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'

22 February 2015 8:36 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

From 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.Ca, Sneak Peek 'the good, the bad and the ugly' in director David Fincher's "Gone Girl", starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike:

Michael Stevens for 'The Good':

"I was intrigued by actress Rosamund Pike's Grace Kelly-like housewife, who visually warps into a devious personality. 

"Actor Tyler Perry is audience-friendly as smug, smiling attorney 'Tanner Bolt'.

"Actress Kim Dickens seems a natural as the reassuring and professional 'Detective Rhonda Boney' .

"Actress Emily Ratajkowski stole my heart as the luscious and needy mistress 'Andie Fitzgerald'. 

"I also enjoyed the music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross showcased (and amplified) throughout the film.

Graf Orlok for 'The Bad': 

"Michael, I agree that actress Emily Ratajkowski  ("Blurred Lines") is a sweet surprise in this film.

"I also dug Rosamund Pike as 'Amy Elliott-Dunne' being loved-up by Affleck's repulsive character. 

"But sorry gang, »

- Michael Stevens

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A Query of Everything: 5 Takeaways from 2015’s Best Original Score Nominees

21 February 2015 1:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Why should I care about the Oscars?

No, that’s a serious question. Because as much as I hate to admit it, I do. At their very best, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets it right by tripping and falling into a “Market Irglova & Glen Hansard” here or a “12 minute standing ovation” there. At their very worst, AMPAS indulges in the most regressive, ass-backwards impulses of the industry. Whether enforcing asinine restrictions on eligibility or blacklisting via internal politics, Academy voters can be inept, close-minded and utterly humorless about their annual pat-on-the-back. Too old, too white, and too male, AMPAS is like a closet mob comprised solely of Bud Selig clones, perpetually fumbling in the dark for their reading glasses.

And yet despite all this, I’m still going to throw the remote through the television if Alexandre Desplat’s The Grand Budapest Hotel doesn’t bring »

- David Klein

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Five Film Composers that Hollywood Needs Back

12 February 2015 4:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left wanting when scores become interchangeable to feed the Hollywood machine. The current film decade is no different from any other in terms of talent, mediocrity, and ingenuity, but could always use a boost from professionals who bring specificity to the table. These five forgotten or diminished artists, each among them with varied yet singular skills, are screaming to be brought back into the Hollywood fold to create their signature sounds.

Elliot Goldenthal

One of the most prolific composers from the 90’s, »

- Shane Ramirez

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The 2014 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards

9 February 2015 9:54 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The 2014 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards It's hard to believe I've been doing my own brand of "awards" for seven years now. Perhaps because film awards seem to have grown increasingly irrelevant, but when you watch as many movies as I do per year it is nice to sit back and remember the finer moments of the past year, especially when we're stuck in the doldrums of the early year releases, dealing with the likes of Jupiter Ascending, Taken 3, Blackhat and Seventh Son. So, as we are now only a few weeks away from the 87th Annual Academy Awards, it's time to hand out the 2014 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards, looking back on a year that turned out to be much better than it initially appeared it may be. A hard question I'm trying to answer is just what kind of year in movies was 2014c Like previous years, blockbusters came and went. »

- Brad Brevet

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Alexandre Desplat and John Williams win Grammys for 'Grand Budapest,' 'Book Thief'

8 February 2015 3:41 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Earlier today, Alexandre Desplat was a rather surprising winner for Best Film Music at this year's BAFTA Awards in London for his work in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Well, it's a great day for the prolific composer as he has just won a Grammy for the score as well, in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Category. Given the film's early-year release date, though, Desplat was mostly contending with 2013 films. Christophe Beck was nominated for "Frozen," while two of last year's Oscar nominees, "Gravity" (Steven Price, who won the Academy Award) and "Saving Mr. Banks" (Thomas Newman) were in there as well. The only 2014 film in competition was "Gone Girl," and alas, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross deferred to Mr. Desplat on this one. Does that signal some clarity in the Oscar race? Not necessarily. But the film is obviously helped by being, in all likelihood, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

8 February 2015 2:01 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark »

- Donna Dickens

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2015 Ics Award Nominees: Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake Leads Pack

3 February 2015 12:05 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake leads the pack in this year’s International Cinephile Society Awards with nine nominations, while Xavier Dolan’s Mommy (a film considered a 2014 release but landed theatrically last month) places 2nd, with eight total noms. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Under the Skin and Boyhood all placed well and should effectively land wins in the multiple categories below. The winners of the 12th Ics Awards will be announced on the 20th. Here are the noms:

Picture

Boyhood

• The Grand Budapest Hotel

• Goodbye to Language

The Immigrant

Inherent Vice

Mommy

Mr. Turner

Only Lovers Left Alive

• Stranger by the Lake

• Two Days, One Night

Under the Skin

Director

Xavier DolanMommy

Jonathan GlazerUnder the Skin

Jean-Luc Godard – Goodbye to Language

Alain Guiraudie – Stranger by the Lake

Richard LinklaterBoyhood

Film Not In The English Language

Force Majeure

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night »

- Eric Lavallee

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Birdman and Boyhood top Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015

15 January 2015 9:31 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Birdman was lauded with seven gongs at this year's Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

Lead actor Michael Keaton scored two of the awards for Actor and Actor in a Comedy, while the movie also won in the Acting Ensemble, Score, Original Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography categories.

However, the Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed black comedy was unable to beat Boyhood to the Picture award.

The coming-of-age drama had the second highest number of awards in total, which included Director for Richard Linklater, Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette and Young Actor/Actress for Ellar Coltrane.

The Grand Budapest Hotel followed suit with three awards for Comedy, Art Direction and Costume Design, while Guardians of the Galaxy took two with Action Movie and Hair & Make-up.

See the full list of winners for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015 below:

Picture

Boyhood - Winner!

Birdman

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Nightcrawler

Selma »

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2015 Critics Choice Awards Winners Topped by 'Boyhood' and 'Birdman'

15 January 2015 8:37 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Birdman led the field heading into tonight's 2015 Critics Choice Awards with 13 total nominations followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel with 11 nominations, and Boyhood with eight. Of course, following this morning's 2015 Oscar nominations all eyes were on the Critics Choice Awards to see how this awards season will continue to flow. Some were already declaring the Oscars irrelevant, bypassed by the likes of the more diverse list of nominees at both the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards as the Oscars failed to nominate Selma and saw a list of acting nominees dominated by all-white actors. Personally, I think people are looking to blame the Academy for overall industry ills, but I guess there is some level of importance to be placed on being the organization to move the dial. Is that by nominations alonec How much do winners matterc That's probably a question best left for another time, as for tonight's awards. »

- Brad Brevet

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Winners: The Complete List

15 January 2015 8:07 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Just as it made a strong showing in the Oscar nominations Thursday morning, “Birdman” was the front-runner with the most nominations for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Thursday night. It also ended the night with the most trophies, taking home seven, including both Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy for Michael Keaton, Best Acting Ensemble, and Best Editing — the film was shot to look as if it was a single continuous take.

Boyhood” followed with four awards, including two of the biggest honors of the night: Best Picture and Best Director for Richard Linklater. The film’s star »

- Jason Hughes and Steve Pond

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See All the Critics' Choice Awards Winners

15 January 2015 8:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Awards season continued Thursday night with the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Live with Kelly and Michael's Michael Strahan hosted the show at the Hollywood Palladium, and kept the mood "light and easy," as promised (starting with a Magic Mike-inspired strip-tease to open the show). Birdman walked away with the most statues, and Kevin Costner, Ron Howard and Jessica Chastain received special awards during the ceremony. Birdman entered the race with the most nominations, 13, and took six of the categories. Not far behind was Boyhood, which took four of its eight nominated categories, and The Grand Budapest Hotel with 11 nominations and three wins. »

- Dana Rose Falcone, @DanaRoseFalcone

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Critics Choice Awards Winners

15 January 2015 5:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stay tuned for updates on the winners of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, hosted by Michael Strahan. The awards aired live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium.

Picture

Winner: Boyhood

Birdman

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Nightcrawler

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Unbroken

Whiplash

Actor

Winner: Michael KeatonBirdman

Benedict CumberbatchThe Imitation Game

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jake GyllenhaalNightcrawler

David OyelowoSelma

Eddie RedmayneThe Theory of Everything

Actress

Winner: Julianne MooreStill Alice

Jennifer AnistonCake

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Felicity JonesThe Theory of Everything

Rosamund PikeGone Girl

Reese WitherspoonWild

Director

Winner: Richard LinklaterBoyhood

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernaySelma

David FincherGone Girl

Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman

Angelina JolieUnbroken

Comedy

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Birdman

St. Vincent

Top Five

22 Jump Street

Actress In A Comedy

Winner: Jenny Slate »

- Variety Staff

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'Grand Budapest,' 'Interstellar' dominate Oscar's craft categories

15 January 2015 2:32 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Well, there we went. The Oscar nominations are in and, in a nice change of pace, the crafts categories were revealed on the air. Let's see what the last several months of build-up has left for us. A few trends come to mind… The (Near) Shut-Outs Oh how the mighty have fallen. A measly sound editing nomination for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" shows that the novelty eventually does wear off. Goose eggs for "Noah" (despite a strong push), "Nightcrawler" (given its precursor run), "Gone Girl" (you would have thought it had great chances in film editing and original score), "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (given the sound branch's love of this series) and "Big Eyes" (given the pedigree) have also got to be considered disappointing. And even though it garnered two nominations, I can't imagine that there aren't some long faces regarding "Guardians of the Galaxy," with »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Soundtracking: 87th Academy Awards

15 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Thursday morning provided its share of surprises and snubs, but the Academy’s musical branch took a pretty clear anti-star stance in the Best Song category.

One year after the likes of U2, Pharrell Williams and Arcade Fire dominated the music categories, Oscar’s Best Song voters left big names like Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Patti Smith out of contention.

The biggest names in Best Song, instead, come from Selma’s entry into the category: “Glory” performed by John Legend and Common. Because the Academy enjoys formality the pair’s given names - John Stephens (Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (Common) - can now be added to the collective trivia file.

The song was one of just a pair of nominations for the historical drama, but having just won the Golden Globe in the same category, it begins the race as the front-runner.

 

 

The rest of the song entries run the gamut, »

- Shane McNeil

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The snubs and surprises of this year’s batch of Oscar nominees

15 January 2015 8:25 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

2014 was a great year for women in film, but looking at this year’s Oscar nominations, you’d have no idea. No women were nominated in for Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, or Original Score. Boyhood’s Sandra Adair was the lone female editor nominated for Film Editing.

Continuing the trend, Ava DuVernay, basically a shoo-in for a Best Director nod for her Mlk biopic Selma, and Gone Girl screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn were the two biggest snubs at this morning’s press conference for the 87th Academy Awards. Altogether the popular, critically acclaimed films netted three award nominations.

David FincherGone Girl’s director, also received no nomination – with Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller shockingly assuming the fifth place in the Best Director category alongside more likely winners Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrituand Richard Linklater.

David Oyelowo (Selma), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), and Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) are »

- Sasha James

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7 Oscar Nominations We Actually Wanted to See Happen, But Didn't

15 January 2015 6:09 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

When it comes to the Academy Awards, there are always snubs that really surprise us -- Jennifer Aniston for Cake, Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler were among the few shut out. And this year, we couldn’t help but lament the fact that Tilda Swinton, Jennifer Lawrence, and others weren’t recognized for their achievements on screen.

Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

The cult hit of the summer was definitely the post-apocalyptic sci-fi film about the world’s remaining population living on a train. Tilda Swinton slayed audiences as Mason, the monstrous spokesperson of the engine’s caretaker who spars with the revolt’s leader played by Chris Evans. Her over-the-top performance may have been too camp for the Academy but her commitment made every minute of screen time worth it.

News: GQ's Names Tilda Swinton Woman of the Year

Best Original Song: Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hanging Tree” for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

While we’re excited »

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Tech Support: Final predictions in Oscar's crafts categories

14 January 2015 11:39 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Over the past three and a half months, we have previewed the races in all Oscar categories and spoken with many of the leading contenders. For the ninth year here at Tech Support, it's now time to put all of that aside and put forward final predictions. Which craftsmen and craftswomen will be cited by their peers on Thursday? Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki looks in fantastic position to earn his second straight statuette for his very, very long takes on "Bidman." Robert Yeoman and Dick Pope have earned guild, Bfca and BAFTA nods for their gorgeous period work that blurred the line between camera work and the painted and crafted arts on "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Mr. Turner" respectively. The former will likely rack up a host of nods while this is a perfect chance to recognize Pope’s collaborations with Leigh. They’re in good shape. Roger Deakins missed a BAFTA nod, »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Final 2015 Oscar Nomination Predictions

14 January 2015 12:21 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Tomorrow morning, January 15, the 2015 Oscar nominations will be announced and I'll be here to offer up the complete list and offer up my thoughts on the winners, losers, snubs and surprises, but before that time comes let's take one final look at each category and offer up our predictions. At the beginning of the year I had Angelina Jolie's Unbroken at the top of my Best Picture list and today that film doesn't even make my final list of predicted nominees. In fact, only two of my early year predictions -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- made my final list, perhaps, in that case, it's best suited they sit at #1 and #2. It's been an odd year given the fact the major contender for Best Picture is a small, $2.4 million budgeted feature from IFC Films. A project pieced together over the course of twelve years is looking to »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Blackhat’ Composer Backs Down After Slamming Michael Mann Over Score

13 January 2015 2:40 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Controversy struck Michael Mann’s new cyberhacker actioner from within this week when composer Harry Gregson-Williams accused the director of “slicing and dicing” his work on the film. So who wants credit for Blackhat’s hacked-up score?

“I would like it to be known for what it’s worth that the ‘score’ for Blackhat maybe credited to me, but contains almost none of my compositions,” Gregson-Williams declared Monday on Facebook, four days after the Chris Hemsworth starrer premiered in Los Angeles. It was only during Thursday’s premiere, Gregson-Williams wrote, that he “discovered, to my horror, music that shocked and surprised me…quasi emotional (synth) string pieces that I’d never heard in my life before.

“I knew of at least one other composer, a good one at that(!), that had put in months of work on this movie just as I had, but this appeared to me to be »

- Jen Yamato

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Jeff Bayer’s Official Bfca Ballot for the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

13 January 2015 1:33 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are days away. They will air live on A&E Thursday, January 15.

Thanks to my in-laws, my wife and I will be escaping our son and attending the event. I might tweet (@bayerjeff) a few things while I am there, but otherwise, I’ll just be enjoying myself. As a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (Bfca), I have a vote, and below is my official ballot.

Nominations For The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Jeff Bayer’s votes are in bold italics.

Best Picture

Birdman

Boyhood

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Nightcrawler

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Unbroken

Whiplash

Best Actor

Benedict CumberbatchThe Imitation Game

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jake GyllenhaalNightcrawler

Michael KeatonBirdman

David OyelowoSelma

Eddie RedmayneThe Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Jennifer AnistonCake

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night »

- Jeff Bayer

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