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Los Angeles, Boston, New York Film Critics Online and British Independent Film Awards Wins (Full Lists)
At last, the full lists of winners of the Los Film Critics Association, British Independent Film (here's their livestream), Boston Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online awards are in. (Click through for more.) Lafca went defiantly against the grain, awarding a tie for best picture to Spike Jonze's "Her" (set in their hometown) and Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," while the other two critics groups gave top honors to "12 Years a Slave," director McQueen and Ejiofor. Lafca's New Generation award went to intrepid producer and founder of Annapurna Pictures Megan Ellison, who has Oscar juggernauts "Her" and "American Hustle" on the docket this winter. We're starting to see a pattern of wins across critics voting: "Act of Killing" keeps winning documentary, Emmanuel Lubezki is nabbing cinematography for "Gravity" (a likely Oscar win), and "The Wind Rises" is scoring a lot of animation wins. Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Box Office: ‘Frozen’ Ices ‘Fire’ in Weekend Showdown; ‘Furnace’ Fails to Gain Any Heat
As most of the nation dealt with wintry weather this weekend, it seemed fitting that Disney’s “Frozen” walked away with domestic box office crown, estimating $31.6 million, enough to eclipse Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which ended the three-day frame with $27 million.
In three weeks, “Catching Fire” has amassed nearly $675 million globally, of which $336.7 million comes from the States. “Frozen” has cumed $190.2 million worldwide, including $134.3 million domestically.
Prior to the weekend, the pair had been tracking neck-and-neck, with each expected to gross north of $30 million, based on past comparisons for this same weekend, as well as a lack of new competition in the marketplace.
Relativity Media’s revenge drama “Out of the Furnace” marked the only new wide release and posted a disappointing $5.3 million through Sunday. A company spokesperson commented on the performance saying, “There’s no better swing for a studio to take than one with a »
- Andrew Stewart
Harvey Weinstein Opens Up About ‘Mandela’ Plans in Wake of Leader’s Loss (Exclusive)
There are lots of times when Harvey Weinstein can be accused of leveraging events to help his movies win Oscars. Nelson Mandela’s death isn’t one of them. In a coincidence, Mandela – Madiba – happened to die at the very moment that the Weinstein Company’s biographical movie, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” was premiering in London on Thursday. See Photos: Nelson Mandela Death: The Anti-Apartheid Freedom Fighter’s Life in Pictures (Photos) Mandela’s daughters, Zindzi and Zenani (pictured at premiere with Elba at left), were sitting in the audience. The movie was five minutes away from the credits »
- Sharon Waxman
Boston online critics hand '12 Years a Slave' seven awards
It's safe to say members of the Boston Online Film Critics Association were big fans of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." The group handed the film seven awards Friday including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Best Supporting Actress (Luipta Nyong'o). Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") rounded out the acting honors, while "Before Midnight" took Best Screenplay. Check out the full list below. Best Picture "12 Years a Slave" Best Director Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" Best Actress Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" Best »
- Kristopher Tapley
Santa Barbara Film Fest to Recognize Seven Performers With Virtuosos Award
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that this year's Virtuosos Award, which annually recognizes a group of breakthrough performers, will go to seven talented individuals of widely varying ages, races and nationalities: Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and June Squibb (Nebraska). The Virtuosos award will be presented on Feb. 4 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of the fest's 29th edition, which will run from Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. Story:
- Scott Feinberg
'12 Years a Slave' and 'Her' lead the way with Washington D.C. critics nominations
Spike Jonze's "Her," Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" and especially Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" turned up great showings in the nominations stage for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association this year. All three films were nominated for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." Oddest category to me: The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC. Odd because, well, it's nice to have the category and all but "Olympus Has Fallen" and "White House Down?" Maybe "best portrayal" should be changed to "only portrayals" or something. Other nominees in »
- Kristopher Tapley
Numbers up at ScreenSingapore/Atf
The second combined ScreenSingapore/Asia TV Forum & Market (Atf) event wrapped with organizers at Reed Exhibitions saying attendance numbers were up by the second day of the three-day event.
“Last year we had 3,970+ attendees and as of our second day [Dec 5], we had more than 4,300,” said Yeow Hui Leng, senior project director at Reed Exhibitions.
“The vibrancy we see in the market shows in terms of the market numbers and conference speakers. We’ve had positive vibes so far from the industry and the conferences and screenings were well-attended.”
With the film-based ScreenSingapore in its third year and Atf in its 14th, the market floor is still markedly television-heavy. News of the ScreenSingpore/Atf event combining forces with a revamped Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff) from next year has given rise to guarded expectations for a more film-focused event.
This year’s ScreenSingapore/Atf played host to 1,126 companies – 553 of which were sellers and 573 were buyers – from a total »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
Paul Walker fans gather at crash site for tribute
5,000 fans, friends and car enthusiasts attend a rally at site where Fast & Furious actor was killed in crash
The sounds of high-performance car engines filled the air on Sunday as thousands of fans, friends and car enthusiasts headed to the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita to pay tribute to Paul Walker at the site where the Fast & Furious actor died in a crash.
The memorial, planned through social media, was scheduled to begin at noon, but mourners began arriving hours beforehand to leave flowers, candles, stuffed animals and other tributes.
By afternoon, about 5,000 people, including entire families with children, had gathered. Captain Mike Parker, of Los Angeles County Sheriff's department, said the crowd was mostly peaceful but a man was arrested after deputies spotted him carrying a partially hidden and loaded gun and 40 citations were issued for illegal parking.
Many arrived in cars built for speed, and the sounds »
Let's get critical
The critics of La, New York and Boston have spoken. We'll be reporting on their films of the year. Plus: all the rest of today's film news
- Critics in La, New York and Boston have handed out their gongs for their favourite films of 2013.
- Christian Bale says his love/hate relationship with acting started when he was a kiddie-wink.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is really not bad at all, say reviewers from pretty much everywhere.
- And Edouard Molinaro, director of Cage aux Folles, has died aged 85.
Elsewhere on the site today
- The Us box office report will see Jeremy Kay explain how Frozen is putting the competition on ice.
- We'll be starting our own countdown of the top ten films of 2013.
Medwyn Jones moves to Wiggin
Bafta trustee Medwyn Jones is leaving Harbottle & Lewis after more than 20 years to join media law firm Wiggin’s film and TV group.
Jones will join Wiggin as a partner in January and was described by the firm’s chief executive, John Banister, as one of the UK’s foremost media lawyers.
“His relationships with many of the UK’s leading TV production companies will give Wiggin an opportunity to extend its reach into this fast-growing media sector,” Banister said.
Jones has acted for many of the UK’s leading drama production companies, including Hartswood Films, Neal Street Productions and Endor Productions, and his specialisms also include finance, distribution, sponsorship and broadcast, plus exploitation of secondary and ancillary rights.
He is also chair of BAFTA’s commercial committee.
Wiggin claims to be the only law firm in the UK and Europe to represent all six of the Us studios in relation to their UK and European productions »
Amy Adams doesn't want Lois Lane, Superman, Wonder Woman love triangle
"I hope that I can be involved with a woman on screen where we're not in a love triangle," she told Coming Soon. "That would be fun. Maybe where we team up together and we work as teammates instead of adversaries."
The Man of Steel sequel, due out in cinemas in summer 2015, will see Henry Cavill's Superman face off against Ben Affleck's Batman and Wonder Woman, with The Flash also rumoured to be making an appearance.
12 Years a Slave receives critics awards ahead of Oscars
• 12 Years a Slave - first look review
• Steve McQueen on 12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave continued its march towards the Oscars at the weekend after picking up prizes from three influential awards bodies.
The historical drama about a free African-American (Chiwetel Ejiofor) sold into slavery in the antebellum south was named best picture by both the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Online. Ejiofor was also named best actor by both organisations and runner-up for the prize by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which preferred Nebraska's Bruce Dern.
McQueen was also named best director by the Boston critics, and there was praise for Ejiofor's co-star Lupita Nyong'o in the La critics' best supporting actress category. The entire creative team also won a »
- Ben Child
Mandela up close and personal: 1992 film offers intimate portrait
Of the many films made about Nelson Mandela's life, none gets as close to the anti-apartheid hero as The Last Mile, a documentary following the Anc leader on his first trip around west Africa after his release from prison in 1990.
It's a unique film because of director Jennifer Pogrund's relationship with Mandela – her father, the journalist Benjamin Pogrund, knew the Anc leader before he was imprisoned. This gave her tthe access to capture Mandela in intimate and reflective mood in footage that's not been seen for 20 years.
The film reflects the conciliatory, almost mystical mood of a man who emerged from prison as a mediator, philosopher and president-in-waiting. Throughout their first week travelling through Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal, Mandela reflects on everything from his childhood to his hopes for an »
- Maggie O'Kane
Cage aux Folles director Édouard Molinaro dies
Film-maker behind ground-breaking international smash hit that brought domestic gay relationships to the mainstream
Édouard Molinaro, the French film director behind the pioneering gay farce La Cage aux Folles, has died at the age of 85 from lung failure.
La Cage aux Folles, itself based on a play by Jean Poiret, starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi as a long-term gay couple, one of whose children plans to get married to a stuffy politician's daughter. The pair must conceal their relationship when the prospective in-laws come for dinner. The film was released in 1978 to considerable box office success, in the Us as well as Europe, and broke new ground in the mainstream acceptance of a screen portrayal of domestic gay relationship. It was remade in 1990 as The Birdcage with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams in the lead roles.
- Andrew Pulver
Terminator reboot title revealed as Terminator: Genesis?
The title of the new Terminator reboot has reportedly been revealed.
A tweet previewing the new issue of Production Weekly has alleged that the upcoming reboot's tentative title will be Terminator: Genesis.
There is little else known about the film, although it was recently announced that a television series will run alongside it.
Familiar characters in the Terminator mythology including Sarah and John Connor are expected to make an appearance.
Photo gallery - Arnold Schwarzenegger's 20 best one-liners: »
Peter Berg developing The Rundown sequel
He is courting Dwayne Johnson to return for the follow-up to the 2003 action-adventure movie.
"We just met with writers, so we're trying to do it," Berg told Collider.
"I really want to do it. I've talked to Dwayne. I have an actor in mind that I can't say that I want to work with Dwayne on it, and we want to do it."
The original film starred Johnson as a bounty hunter sent to Brazil to retrieve his employer's wayward son (Seann William Scott).
It was released in the UK as Welcome to the Jungle.
Berg next release will be Lone Survivor, which arrives in January.
Fox Takes ‘Metro Manila’ Remake to Mumbai
Hong Kong – Fox Star Studios and Mahesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films have begun production on “Citylights,” an Indian remake of “Metro Manila,” the Philippines-set, UK-produced action-drama that this weekend was named best film at the British Independent Film Awards.
The story of a poor family which escapes from rural poverty by migrating to the big city (originally Manila, now Mumbai) only for the husband to be caught up in an armored truck heist, is directed by Hansal Mehta (“Shahid”.)
Starring Rajkumar Yadav and actress Patraleka, the film started shooting last week in Rajasthan.
The original film was directed by Sean Ellis, with Jake Macapagal and Althea Vega in the Tagalog-language lead roles. It had its premiere in Sundance in January and was since selected as the U.K.’s foreign language Oscar contender.
Remake rights were acquired by Los Angeles-based Fox International Productions for Fox Star Studios. Fss is the »
- Patrick Frater
Metro Manila, James McAvoy win at Moët British Independent Film Awards
The film, which centres on a family who flee the rice fields of the Philippines to start a new life in Manila, won Best Director, Best Achievement in Production and Best British Independent Film.
The Best Actor prize went to James McAvoy for Filth, while Le Week-End's Lindsay Duncan took home the Best Actress award. Imogen Poots collected the Supporting Actress gong for The Look of Love and Ben Mendelsohn won Best Supporting Actor for Starred Up.
Special awards on the night were handed to Julie Walters, who took the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film, and Paul Greengrass, recipient of the Variety Award for helping to shine the world spotlight on the UK.
The Bifa winners in full are as follows:
Best British Independent Film
Metro Manila - »
Harvey Weinstein won't leverage Nelson Mandela death for new film
The executive producer claimed that the release strategy for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will remain unchanged following the politician and revolutionary's death last week.
"It's a movie. I'd rather have him alive," Weinstein told The Wrap.
"There are no opportunities. I'm just going to respect the will of the family through Zindzi Mandela [Nelson's daughter]."
Nelson died at the same time as the film was premiering in London on Thursday, December 5.
His daughters Zindzi and Zenani were in attendance, and were informed by secret service agents of their father's passing five minutes before the credits.
Nelson died at the age of 95 after a long bout of poor health.
Watch the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom below: »
Bale: I love and hate acting
• News: Bale to Affleck: Don't pee in the Batsuit
• Review: American Hustle
Christian Bale has revealed he developed a "love/hate" relationship with acting after the success of early roles in films such as Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun left him feeling pressure to provide for his family.
Bale rose to fame after being cast at the age of 11 as a young English boy who becomes a prisoner of the Japanese in second world war Shanghai. The resulting press attention and requirement to keep acting for financial reasons fostered a deep distrust of the profession in the young Bale, which he says has never entirely left him.
"It was money, you know? 'Christ, my family can do with that! »
- Ben Child
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