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National Board Of Review Names Mad Max: Fury Road Best Film Of 2015
Awards season has officially kicked off today with The National Board of Review naming their top picks for 2015. There choice for Best Film is a rather interesting one, proclaiming George Miller’s adrenaline-fueled (and critically-acclaimed) action opus “Mad Max: Fury Road” to be the best of the best. Why is that an interesting choice? For one, action films are not usually the prime go-to movies for critics when it comes time to name the best of the year, but what’s more is that it’s the only award the group gave it. Meanwhile they showered much more attention on Sir Ridley Scott’s sci-fi drama “The Martian,” giving it Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Quentin Tarantino’s latest, “The Hateful Eight,” is also looking in good shape for the coming award season, claiming Best Original Screenplay for the man himself and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh. »
- Jeff Beck
Anchorman 3 Could Be About Iraq or New Media, So Let’s Just Go Ahead and Do Both
The end of The Colbert Report does leave a giant blowhard-size hole in our political-satire landscape. On the other hand, I would personally love watching Ron Burgundy argue with the AOL "You've Got Mail!" voice. Despite what he said last year about the Anchorman franchise being kaput, Adam McKay is apparently weighing the same tradeoffs, as evidenced by a recent Yahoo Movies interview. "We talked about doing one that was about the rise of the new media," The Big Short director explained. "I also thought there was something to the idea — and who knows, maybe we will do one some day — I also thought it’d be cool to have Ron Burgundy get embedded in the Iraq War. We kicked around that idea. But we’ve never got that serious about it, but it would have to be the next stage of what the media has become. And I think »
- Halle Kiefer
IMDb's Annual Top 10 Movies and Top TV Shows (Exclusive)
Suffice it to say, these won't all be awards contenders, although many will contend for tech awards, and some are on my ten best list. As you compile your personal ten best lists of the year, which are on yours? The IMDb list includes two Marvel blockbusters, one Pixar smash, two sequels, a Sundance hit that did not succeed at the box office, a hip hop origin myth, and seven movies that are packed with action thrills including flicks directed by Ridley Scott, George Miller, Denis Villeneuve. Matthew Vaughn, Joss Whedon and Peyton Reed. Marvel also makes its mark on the TV list. Here are the IMDb Ten Most Popular lists: Top 10 TV Shows, consistently ranked the highest on the weekly IMDb Most Popular TV chart in 2015. 1. "Game of Thrones" 2. "The Walking Dead" 3. "Arrow" 4. "Daredevil" 5. "Narcos" 6. "American Horror Story" 7. "Orange Is the New Black" 8. "Fear the Walking Dead" 9. "True »
- Anne Thompson
'Amy,' 'Meru,' 'The Look Of Silence' Make Oscar Documentary Shortlist, 'The Wolfpack,' Kurt Cobain Doc Miss Out
Thought we were done with awards stuff for the day? You thought wrong. After the National Board of Reviews and the Annies, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got in on the act, announcing their 15-film strong shortlist for the Best Documentary Feature prize for this year’s Oscar. Most of the big hitters that you’d be expecting are here, with crossover hits like “Amy” and “Meru,” and big talking points like “Going Clear” and “He Named Me Malala.” There’s also a few other populist contenders, like “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Listen To Me Marlon,” plus Michael Moore’s “Where To Invade Next,” and the critically acclaimed likes of “Best Of Enemies,” “Cartel Land,” “Heart Of A Dog,” “The Hunting Ground” and “The Look Of Silence.” As ever, there isn’t room for everything, and some movies would end up on the outside. This year, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Tupac Shakur Biopic Picks Up Another New Director
Following a small cameo in Straight Outta Compton this summer, Tupac Shakur may finally get his own big-screen biopic. The long-gestating project has just found a new director in Benny Boom, replacing Carl Franklin (who in turn replaced John Singleton). More details on the Tupac biopic director update after the jump. THR reports Boom has entered negotiations […]
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- Angie Han
'Girls' & 'Star Wars' Star Adam Driver Is Starring In Jim Jarmusch's New Movie 'Paterson'
Right now, Adam Driver is known really only to the viewers of HBO’s “Girls” and those who’ve been impressed by his appearances in critically acclaimed fare like “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “While We’re Young.” But that’s about to change, with the young actor playing the villainous, still-mysterious Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It’s the start of a big 2016 for the actor, who’s also lined up roles in Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” and an interview in the latest issue of Empire Magazine (not yet online, but get the new issue here) reveals that the star has work with another beloved auteur lined up: Before he set out on promo duties for J.J. Abrams’ mega-blockbuster, “he finished work on Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson.’” This isn’t quite the first we’ve heard about the project: Jarmusch told us »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Daniel Craig Back For Spectre's Sequel? Here's What The Producers Say
Please, oh please give us more Daniel Craig. While Spectre has the possibility of being Craig.s last time playing 007, one of the producer.s isn.t going to let him get away so easy. In a recent interview with 20 Minuten, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli stated her plans in moving the franchise forward, specifically regarding the actor who will be playing James Bond: In spring, we start again. I hope we can continue with Daniel [Craig]. I love him, obviously not just me but also the audience. I will try my best to keep him on. Ms. Broccoli is not messing around. While Daniel Craig has made a few statements stating his apparent exhaustion from leading the last few James Bond movies, it seems that the verdict is still rather up in the air. And, with Broccoli clearly understanding the fan.s reactions to Craig as Bond, she will surely »
‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Lives, Dies, Lives Again as the National Board of Review Declares It the Best Film of 2015
The National Board of Review doesn’t often predict which film will win big at the Academy Awards, but its year-end awards frequently align with films that ultimately score big nominations. That’s why their selection of Mad Max: Fury Road as the best film of 2015 can’t help but feel like a big deal. Since the year 2000, […]
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- Jacob Hall
Matthew Aldrich To Adapt ‘Opening Belle’ Pic For Reese Witherspoon & Warner Bros
Exclusive: Scribe Matthew Aldrich has been tapped to pen the adaptation of Opening Belle, the potential Reese Witherspoon-starrer at Warner Bros. The pic is based on Maureen Sherry Kinsky’s upcoming novel about a mother of three trying to balance home life with her Wall Street career during the year before the financial meltdown. Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea are set to produce. Pacific Standard made the deal in July for Klinsky's book… »
Rogers & Cowan Promotes Alan Nierob, Fran Curtis to Co-Presidents
Rogers & Cowan has promoted veteran executives Alan Nierob and Fran Curtis to co-presidents of entertainment worldwide.
The PR company has also named Richard Davis as chief operating officer and CFO.
This marks the first time the company has had an executive in the president role since co-founder Warren Cowan was named to the post in 1950. Cowan left the company in 1992.
“Alan and Fran are essential parts of the Rogers & Cowan family, and have always put forth an unparalleled level of energy and expertise in all areas of our business on behalf of our clients and our company,” Chairman Paul Bloch said in a statement. “Coupled with Rich’s operational and financial acumen, we feel that we have an executive leadership team in place which will allow Rogers & Cowan to build on our longstanding position in the industry as the premiere entertainment public relations firm, and continue to provide our clients with innovative, »
- Dave McNary
Adam Driver Stars in Jim Jarmusch’s Upcoming Film ‘Paterson’
Adam Driver has a big year ahead of him. In a few weeks we’ll see his villainous turn as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — a movie more than a few dozen people will probably see. Next year, he’s in Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, Martin Scorsese’s Silence, and the upcoming season of HBO’s Girls, and we’ll also see him star in Jim […]
- Jack Giroux
Oprah Winfrey Memoir Auction Hits 8-Figures; Flatiron Books Leads Pack
Exclusive: One of the biggest autobiography deals in recent memory is nearing its conclusion. Oprah Winfrey is headed toward an eight-figure payday to write her remarkable life story. Flatiron Books — a division of Macmillan — is the front-runner, I hear. Winfrey has co-written numerous books, including What I Know For Sure in 2014 for Macmillan, but this is considered to be the definitive memoir. It went out under the cone of silence a couple of weeks ago with publishers… »
‘Class Rank’ Rounds Out Cast Including Bruce Dern, Kristin Chenoweth
Sss Entertainment and Single Cell Pictures’s Class Rank has rounded out its cast, with Bruce Dern and Kristin Chenoweth joining the indie comedy about two teenagers and two grandparents whose worlds are upended when love walks in the door. Directed by Eric Stoltz and written by Ben August, the film follows teenagers Bernard, who lives with his quirky grandfather Oswald, and Veronica, a type-a personality with Ivy League aspirations who aims to step out from under her TV… »
Oscar Documentary Shortlist of 15 Revealed
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will vie for the final five slots in contention for the 88th Academy Awards. One hundred twenty-four films were originally submitted in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Amy,” On the Corner Films and Universal Music“Best of Enemies,” Sandbar“Cartel Land,” Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Jigsaw Productions“He Named Me Malala,” Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room“Heart of a Dog,” Canal Street Communications“The Hunting Ground,” Chain Camera Pictures“Listen to Me Marlon,” Passion Pictures“The Look of Silence,” Final Cut for Real“Meru,” Little Monster Films“3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets,” The Filmmaker Fund, Motto Pictures, Lakehouse Films, ActualFilms, JustFilms, MacArthur Foundation and Bertha Britdoc“We Come as Friends,” Adelante »
- Anne Thompson
How Harrison Ford Feels About Indiana Jones 5
Unless you.re dead, you.re aware that there.s a great deal of hype surrounding the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and even if you.re a ghost, you still probably noticed). One of the big selling points is that we.ll see a number of familiar faces from the original trilogy, including Harrison Ford returning as fan-favorite space rogue Han Solo. But Star Wars isn.t the only franchise he might return to. There has been a lot of talk of a new Indiana Jones movie and, should the stars align, Ford say he.s totally down. There has been a lot of speculation that a new Indy movie could recast the whip-wielding, fedora-wearing protagonist.Chris Pratt is a name that has been kicked about.but it doesn.t sound like the 73-year-old actor is ready to hang up his leather jacket just yet. Appearing »
Star Wars Bits: J.J. Abrams Explains Why He Initially Turned Down ‘Star Wars’ and Harrison Ford Has Seen ‘The Force Awakens’
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… there was Star Wars Bits, your round-up of all the Star Wars news you need to know. In this edition: J.J. Abrams explains why he turned down Star Wars: The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams then explains why he finally accepted the gig. James Gunn says […]
- Jacob Hall
Brittany Furlan, Joe Pantoliano Starring in ‘Random Tropical Paradise’
The Shabash Films project is directed by Sanjeev Sirpal as the first in a slate of three films planned for the next two years. The cast also includes Spencer Grammer, Beth Littleford, Alphonso McAuley, Kyle Kinane, Jessica Lowe, Ayden Mayeri and Caitlin McHugh.
Greenberg stars as a jilted groom and Wheelan as the best man who helps him through his heartache by convincing him that they should actually go on the honeymoon originally planned. The weekend involves hot-tubbing on a super yacht with beautiful women, inadvertently dropping acid and accidentally starting a war between the Mafia and the Triads.
Grammer portrays a new love interest and Pantoliano plays a Mafia don.
Furlan is the most popular female personality on Vine with 9.7 million followers. »
- Dave McNary
Oscars: 15 Documentary Features Make Shortlist
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is out with its finalists for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, and it includes films about a singers, actors, heroes and a number of hot-button issues. Among the pics on the shortlist are the Amy Winehouse docu Amy; What Happened, Miss Simone?, about singer Nina Simone; and Listen to Me Marlon, culled from 200-plus hours of audiotapes Oscar winner Marlon Brando made during his career. A number of films touching on… »
Oscar Unveils List of 15 Films on Documentary-Feature Short List
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Tuesday unveiled its short list of 15 documentary features that will be considered for an Oscar nomination. These films then move to the next round, which is the official nominations.
Competition was stiff. In October, the Acad unveiled the 124 features that were eligible. The documentary branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting; branch members will now select the five nominees from the short list.
The feature-documentary nominations will be announced Jan. 14, along with the contenders in all the other categories. The Oscar ceremony will be held Feb. 28.
The films that will be vying for the five feature-docu nominations are:
“Amy,” On the Corner Films and Universal Music
“Best of Enemies,” Sandbar
“Cartel Land,” Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Jigsaw Productions
“He Named Me Malala,” Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room
“Heart of a Dog, »
- Tim Gray
What Talladega Nights 2 Would Have Been About, According To Adam McKay
Shake and bake. some more? Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.s Nascar comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby continued the hot streak of the actor-director pair responsible for Anchorman (2004) and, later, Step-Brothers (2008). It was a one-off for Ferrell, but yet another sports comedy for an actor who managed to find the funny in soccer (Kicking And Screaming), and eventually would dig in to ice skating (Blades of Glory) and Aba basketball (Semi-Pro). We knew it was a hit, but we didn.t know Sony wanted a sequel. or that McKay and Ferrell had an idea of the story they would have told. Adam McKay called CinemaBlend recently to talk about his upcoming comedy The Big Short, an all-star affair that goes after the housing crisis and bank defaults of 2008. It.s intelligent and funny, and is bound to make you very angry. Before that, though, McKay and I »
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