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Los Angeles — "Killing Them Softly" is a stylish and violent dark comedy about low-level gangsters and thugs, set squarely within the U.S. economic collapse of autumn 2008. In rather heavy-handed fashion, it suggests that the mob functions as a microcosm of American capitalism. Thankfully, Brad Pitt is there to keep it from going under.
A lot of movies have tried to get their arms around this complicated topic that affected every single one of us in some way. Here's a look at five that did it successfully:
_ "Inside Job" (2010): Winner of the Academy Award for best documentary feature, director Charles Ferguson's film accomplishes the difficult task of taking an unwieldy subject and making it accessible to a wide audience. You don't have to know the difference between a credit default swap and a collateralized debt obligation to feel enraged all over again. Still, it's a daunting topic, »
Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage, one of the most interesting offerings from Hollywood in recent months, has been widely reviewed and praised but its essential political significance has been missed. The film has already been reviewed in these columns and one more review makes no sense. The following is therefore an attempt to explain why it is political and how its statement is disguised as family drama. The first factor that makes it highly political is that it is about a hedge-fund tycoon and investment bankers have become highly controversial after the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008, as a result of which a huge number of people were ruined. Their misdoings can be broadly held as responsible for the economic ills of the western world today but rather than being punished, they were bailed out by the Us government and they continue to be at large, more prosperous than ever and occupy positions of great influence. »
- MK Raghvendra
"Underground: The Julian Assange Story," an Australian television movie slated to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, tells the story of the WikiLeaks founder as a teenage hacker in Melbourne during the late '80s. Newcomer (and Hanson-doppelganger) Alex Williams plays Assange, who is currently staying in the Ecuador Embassy in London to avoid arrest for alleged sexual assault in Sweden. Related Articles: 'Inside Job' Director Charles Ferguson Tapped »
- Danielle Paquette
Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have launched their call for submissions for the 2013 WGA Documentary Screenplay Award, honoring outstanding achievement in documentary feature writing. Submissions for the WGA’s top doc writing award may be received from August 20 through November 16, 2012. WGA Documentary Screenplay nominees will be announced on January 3, 2013, as well as Original and Adapted Screenplay nominees. The WGA Documentary Screenplay Award will be presented, along with other film, TV, new media, radio, news, and videogame award categories, at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City. First presented in 2005 to spotlight the writer’s primary role in documentary filmmaking’s collaborative creative process, previous WGA Documentary Screenplay Award recipients have included writer-directors Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me in 2005), two-time WGA winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
I must admit that among America’s superheroes, I have a special fondness for the Batman. This is not only because he does not sport America’s colors as Superman and Spiderman do and wears stranger attire but also because the idea of a billionaire industrialist as a superhero is hugely appealing. Surveying the various superheroes coming out of America after 1945 it is evident that most of them emerged as patriotic responses to America’s international conflicts – World War II and the Cold War.
Spiderman’s working class background may have been a way of telling the Ussr – a state claiming to represent the international working class – that the American worker saw salvation only in his/her own country. The Batman may have been a way of drawing attention to the philanthropic impulses of American capitalism, which had been represented by socialists across the world as rapacious. The superheroes on »
- MK Raghvendra
The 84th Annual Academy Awards winners are here. Take a look below to see who took home the Oscars.
Actor In A Leading Role:
Demián Bichir - A Better Life
Actress In A Leading Role:
Actor In A Supporting Role:
"Hugo" took home the most awards with five, but it didn't earn any of the big awards. "The Artist" took home Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, while Best Actress (in a bit of a surprise, considering Viola Davis' previous wins) went to Meryl Streep, and the Supporting awards went to Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer, both of which have won all awards season.
The full list of movies:
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Brad Pitt, »
The 84th Annual Academy Awards became a rightful homage to French cinema! "The Artist," distributed by The Weinstein company but the creative team is composed mostly of French folks, took home the big prize, the Best Picture award! "The Artist" won a total of 5 Oscars including Jean Dujardin for Best Actor, Michel Hazanavicius for Best Director, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.
But "Hugo" also won 5 Oscars, mostly technical and artistic merits, such as Best Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.
"Hugo," of course, was itself an homage to George Melies, the French illusionist who gave us the trippy "A Trip to the Moon."
The 84th Academy Awards will pay homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood. The perceived Oscar frontrunner, .The Artist,. is a black-and-white silent movie, while one of the Oscar Best Picture contenders, .Hugo,. touches upon the life of Georges Méliès and his magical .Trip to the Moon. (1902). Even Marilyn Monroe is being honored via a Best Actress nomination for Michelle Williams who played the icon in .My Week with Marilyn..
Amidst the glamour and the spectacle, this is one of the most unpredictable Oscars in recent memory. There is no clear-cut favorite. Even the awards darling .The Artist. may lose its voice on Oscar night. But I am marching forward to reveal my fearless 2012 Oscar predictions. (Read after the jump for my complete predictions on 24 categories, watch the video for the majors!)
*** "The Artist"
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, Next and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival's Awards Ceremony, hosted by Parker Posey in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at Sundance.org/Live.
"Every year the Sundance Film Festival brings to light exciting new directions and fresh voices in independent film, and this year is no different," said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. "While these awards further distinguish those that have had the most impact on audiences and our jury, the level of talent showcased across the board at the Festival was really impressive, and all are to be congratulated and thanked for sharing their work with us."
Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, "As we close what was a remarkable 10 days of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, we look to the year »
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival has come to an end, and the winners of the Jury, Audience, and Next <=> awards have been announced. There was a great selection of films this year at the festival, and I've seen more good than bad. I'm ultimately happy with the outcome. Beasts of the Southern Wild was this year's most buzzed about film and took home the top Grand Jury Prize. I didn't like it as much as everyone else, but it was still good, and it won. I think it was just way too over hyped for what I ended up seeing. Maybe I would have liked it more had I gone in with no expectations.
Here's the full breakdown of winners:
Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, Next <=> and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony in Park City, Utah. An archived video »
The Sundance Film Festival prepared to come to a close for 2012 tonight as the festival held its some of its last screenings and mounted an awards ceremony to celebrate the best films of this year's festival. The biggest jury prizes went to Beasts of the Southern Wild (reviewed here ) and Eugene Jarecki's war on drugs documentary The House I Live In. The Surrogate (reviewed here ) took an Audience Award, as did the doc Searching for Sugar Man (reviewed here ) and the film Valley of Saints. The full list of awards is below. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards presented this evening were: The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Charles Ferguson to: The House I Live In / U.S.A. (Director: Eugene Jarecki) — For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. »
- Russ Fischer
Sleepwalk With Me Receives Best of Audience Award
Park City, Ut . Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival.s Awards Ceremony, hosted by Parker Posey in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at www.sundance.org/live.
.Every year the Sundance Film Festival brings to light exciting new directions and fresh voices in independent film, and this year is no different,. said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. .While these awards further distinguish those that have had the most impact on audiences and our jury, »
- Michelle McCue
Fox Searchlight was the big winner at the Sundance Film Festival 2012, as two of their acquired titles won top awards. It is no surprise that Benh Zeitlin‘s Beast of the Southern Wild (our review here) picked up the grand jury dramatic prize, as it was the most-buzzed of the fest. The Surrogate, starring John Hawkes, won the dramatic audience award and one can read our review of that drama here. It was great to see other fest favorites like Mike Birbiglia‘s Sleepwalk With Me and The Queen of Versailles among other winners. Check them all out below and see our full coverage here.
Park City, Ut — Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, Next <=> and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony, hosted by Parker Posey in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at www. »
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If you have followed our Sundance coverage over the last week and a half, you know how massive the festival can feel from afar. These are the movies that will fill arthouses over the next year, so perhaps the best place for those who could not make it to Park City to start is at the end, with the announcement of the awards. In terms of the major awards, the Grand Jury Prizes went to Beasts of the Southern Wild (Dramatic), The House I Live In (in the Documentary category), Violeta Went to Heaven (World Dramatic), and The Law in These Parts (World Documentary). Beasts of the Southern Wild, the consensus critical darling, also won for cinematography and a producers' award. Thankfully Fox Searchlight made a deal to bring Beasts to a theater near you soon. The Audience Awards went to The Surrogate (Dramatic), The Invisible War (Documentary), Valley of »
- Brendan Bettinger
Sundance 2012 is just about wrapped up in snowy Park City and Saturday evening saw the awards handed out in all the feature categories. The broad critical favorite Beasts of the Southern Wild took home the coveted Us Dramatic Grand Prize while Oscar-predicted The Surrogate won the Us Dramatic Audience Award. the Best of Next Audience Prize was awarded to Sleepwalk With Me. Check out all the awards below and stay tuned for more coverage as the films begin to roll out to theaters over the next year. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards presented this evening were: The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Charles Ferguson to: The House I Live In / U.S.A. (Director: Eugene Jarecki) -- For over 40 years, the War on »
An Australian have been nominated for the 84th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards announced overnight, with one more likely to be announced.
Hill, producer of Terrence Mallick’s Tree of Life will most likely be nominated, with the film up for best picture, but the nominees yet to be determined. Hill was also a producer of Mallick’s Thin Red Line and the Wachowski brothers’ Matrix Trilogy and V for Vendetta.
It is a relatively quiet year for Australians at the Oscars, compared to last year seven nominations in which seven nominations were received. Wins went not only »
- Colin Delaney
Hugo lead the pack with 11 nominations, while The Artist is close behind with 10 nominations. The Artist is also nominated in all five of the major categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress). Moneyball and War Horse landed six nominations apiece.
The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
HollywoodNews.com: Best Picture nominees: The Artist, The Help, The Descendants, War Horse, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life, Hugo, and the big surprise–Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Not nominated: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or Bridesmaids. Other big shocks–Albert Brooks was not nominated for “Drive,” which is s a shame in the Best Supporting Actor category. His spot went to Max von Sydow in “Extremely.” Another big shock — “Tintin” was not nominated for Best Animated Feature. This is actually shocking. Leonardo DiCaprio was not nominated for “J Edgar” in Best Actor–his spot went to Damien Bachir in “A Better Place.” The other actor nominees were George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jean DuJardin, and Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” The latter film did much better than anyone could have guessed. Best Director went to Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne, Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, »
- Roger Friedman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially announced the nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and I'm happy with the outcome. The one compliant I have is that Michael Shannon wasn't nominated for Best Actor for his role in Take Shelter. In my opinion that was the best performance I've seen all year. Andy Serkis also didn't get his nomination for playing Ceaser in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Hugo led the pack with 11 solid nominations, followed by The Artist with 10. Both Moneyball and War Horse nabbed six, and The Descendants and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ended up with five, but Fincher got snubbed for Best Director.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be »
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