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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
Watch: 'The Wire' Creator David Simon Talks About the Costs of Unchecked Capitalism and There Being 'Two Americas'
"The Wire" and "Treme" creator David Simon has never been reluctant to express his views about politics, policies and capitalism, either in his (urgent, deeply socially relevant) work or in his personal writing. Speaking at Australia's Festival of Dangerous Ideas last month, journalist turned TV producer Simon participated in a panel called "It's Time to Get Soft on Crime" and gave a talk entitled "Some People Are More Dangerous Than Others." The latter speech has recently made its way online, courtesy of the Guardian, who posted an edited transcript today. In it, Simon addresses the issue of unchecked capitalism and the creation of two Americas -- an excerpt: I'm astonished that at this late date I'm standing here and saying we might want to go back for this guy Marx that we were laughing at, if not for his prescriptions, then at least for his depiction of what is possible »
- Alison Willmore
5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Top Indies in iTunes, Web Documentaries and More
1. Top Indies in iTunes: With select documentaries on sale in the iTunes store (and "Dirty Wars" a 99-cent Movie of the Week pick), it's not surprising that docs -- including new additions "Artifact," "Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers" and "Red Obsession" -- dominated the list of top indies in the iTunes store this week. See the full list here. 2. Web Documentaries: Pov hosted a Twitter chat devoted to the world of web documentaries. Participants discussed how to get started making web docs, how to find collaborators and create social impact. Pov created a Storify about the event. Check it out here. 3. First Rites: Bill Mechanic, AMC CEO Gerry Lopez and Village Roadshow’s Robert Kirby have partnered on First Rites, a web portal for first-time filmmakers recognition and exposure, Variety reports. The free site, which was "designed for filmmakers who are yet to acquire international distribution and »
- Paula Bernstein
Bonnie and Clyde: can the History Channel get away with this?
Your reaction to this bloated remake will depend on what level of desecration you are prepared to see visited on a beloved classic
To even think about watching the History Channel's Bonnie and Clyde, you must first accept two unfortunate truths: yes, they really made this and no, at this point in the production cycle, you can't do anything to stop it.
What potential viewers must decide – much as they did for NBC's live Sound of Music last week – is exactly what level of desecration they're willing to see visited upon a beloved classic. Is your good sense often overruled by displays of beautiful costumes and a good old-fashioned car chase? Then yes, this is the remake for you.
- Erin McCann
“Final Cut 2013″: An 8-Minute Mashup Takes a Fond Look Back at the Year Film
The year is winding down, which means its time for everyone to start looking back at the year that was. There will be lists and retrospectives and all that good stuff that tries to condense 365 days down into less than ten minutes of your time. The trick is who can make those ten minutes worthwhile. JoBlo and editor Nick Bosworth have made a worthwhile 8-minute and 30-second mashup with "Final Cut 2013", which looks back at all of the movies—both blockbusters and notable indies—that graced movie screens this year. Not everyone can do these videos well. Some are just a bunch of clips mashed up with music and no discernible order. Final Cut 2013 succeeds because not only does it have good timing and music selection, but because Bosworth clearly took the time to organize his tribute by emotions—love, laughter, excitement, fear, and ultimately, inspiration. Hit the jump to watch the video. »
- Matt Goldberg
Watch: 80-Minute Talk With David O. Russell Plus 8 Minutes Of 'American Hustle' Behind The Scenes Footage & More
After tantalizing glimpses of David O. Russell's “American Hustle” through its trailer and six-minute preview at AFI Fest, the end result has screened for critics and indeed it seems another mostly solid hit for the “Silver Linings Playbook” director. Alongside its major Nyfcc awards win, our review deemed the film “decidedly more admirable than affecting,” but with a limited release starting this week Sony is pushing for spreading the word even more. One trademark that has distinguished Russell over his career is that he's extremely specific in making his own material, and in a new, 80-minute long WGA talk there’s quite a few other insights from Russell on the writing in his films—namely, how he pinpoints each character’s currency, or path into their social dynamics. And if you’d like to see the making of these words brought to life, we’ve got a 8-minute clip of B-roll from “American Hustle, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
So, Lord Rothermere, when will you stop Mail Online from ripping off content?
Amended 3.30pm: Is Mail Online ever going to put its house in order? Does it care about plagiarism? Has its editor, Martin Clarke, ever explained the meaning of common journalistic courtesy - let alone copyright - to his staff?
I ask these questions against the background of yet another blatant rip-off by the Daily Mail's website. But this blogpost has been amended to put that attack on the Mail into context.
It involves an exclusive interview with Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter, Maki (Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah), which was obtained by freelance Sharon Feinstein and published by the Sunday Mirror yesterday.
Feinstein, a long-standing freelancer with a terrific track record in interview scoops, was astonished when a friend called to tell her that her interview was being run by Mail Online.
There is a dispute about the facts here. It is agreed by both Feinstein and the Mail that she was not credited. »
- Roy Greenslade
'Magic Mike' Star's Male Stripper Doc Amongst New Titles Announced for Slamdance's 20th Annual Festival
The Slamdance Film Festival has announced its programming for its Special Screenings, Beyond, and Shorts for its 20th Festival season. The expanded short film programs include 62 American and International productions including 24 World, 5 North American and 8 Us Premieres. The 2014 Shorts showcase includes Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Anarchy and a new Experimental Program. This year's lineup also includes the premiere of the "Diy" documentary which explores the development of the do-it-yourself indie film movement with filmmakers and Slamdance Alumni who have shaped it. "We're excited to present these innovative feature and short films as part of the 20th Festival. They involve many of our alumni who've given Slamdance its identity," stated Peter Baxter, Slamdance President and Co-Founder. For the other film's announced in this year's line up check here! The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will take place from January 17th - 23rd, 2014 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure »
- James Hiler
Film Review: ‘Shado’man’
A little light goes a long way in Boris Gerrets’ “Shado’man,” a sensitive gutter-level group portrait set among a community of Sierra Leone “streetboys” whose lively spirit seems unbroken by blindness and various other disabilities. Mostly men (despite a couple female hangers-on who bask in the guys’ flirtatious chatter) and effectively homeless (though at least one sleeps in a cold cement bedroom), these friends hang out at night, overlooked by locals and yet, by virtue of Gerrets’ unobtrusive interest in marginal existences, visible to international audiences, most likely via cause-conscious fests and Euro TV.
Set in the poorer parts of the Sierra Leonese capital of Freetown, this taxingly under-contextualized docu operates roughly in the vein of “Dark Days” (minus those outcasts’ exit strategy), humanizing innocents scarred by a recent civil war who now dwell in the shadows of a city with no shortage of adversity. Of course, the damaged »
- Peter Debruge
Exclusive: Clip From Brit Thriller 'Trap For Cinderella' Starring Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Roach & Kerry Fox
Memory and identity are two of the more familiar themes filmmakers like to explore, and both rise to the surface in the upcoming British thriller "Trap For Cinderella," which finds two best friends brought together by nostalgia and torn apart by tragedy. Directed by Iain Softley ("Backbeat," "Hackers"), the film stars Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Roach and Kerry Fox and tells the story of Mickey and Do, a photographer and bank clerk respectively and former childhood friends, who get reacquainted and return to the tranquil French villa where they spent so many happy summers together. But when a fire leaves Do dead and Micky badly burnt and blighted by amnesia, everything gets turned upside down. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, past and present eerily overlap. "Trap For Cinderalla" opens in select theaters and will also be available to watch on Cable VOD, SundanceNOW and other digital outlets on Friday, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Film Review: ‘Judgment in Hungary’
Presented such that Court TV looks like an action movie by comparison, “Judgment in Hungary” even-handedly captures a landmark case in Magyar law, as four neo-Nazis stand trial for a series of hate-crime murders (though no such designation exists, legally speaking) against a Roma family. The docu’s cut-and-dry style, which alternates between several cameras set up around a courtroom where the accused sit intimidatingly close to those testifying against them, disguises several deeper issues, most notably the fact that judge Laszlo Miszori permitted such coverage and seems to have engineered the drawn-out three-year trial to support a more spectacular film.
Bland presentation aside, helmer Eszter Hajdu stirs auds by refusing to turn away at the grisly evidence, including photos of a 5-year-old victim whose face was riddled with bullets. Although a more judicious cut might run 30 minutes shorter, pic makes powerful use of the most tumultuous testimony (as when »
- Peter Debruge
Greg Coote Heats up DragonSlate (Exclusive)
Hong Kong – Greg Coote, former CEO of Village Roadshow, has established a film and TV production and finance company in Malaysia.
The new DragonSlate Media company is a joint venture with local producer Leon Tan, who last year delivered big budget animation feature “War of the Worlds: Goliath.”
DragonSlate expects to make use of Malaysia’s new 30% production rebate system, the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios and hopes to have two features go into production in 2014.
The company has also secured a partnership arrangement with Malaysia Venture Capital Management, a venture capital fund backed by Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance. The fund will provide development finance to DragonSlate.
It will be co-managed by Coote and Tan, who also heads the Malaysia-based Tripod Entertainment animation, post-production and production company.
The Malaysian government and its investment agency have spent much of the past two years trying to build a production and finance infrastructure, »
- Patrick Frater
Film Review: ‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’
Livestock consultant Temple Grandin had the right idea when she said, “ I feel strongly that we give animals a life worth living,” whereas animal-rights expose “The Ghosts in Our Machine” seems considerably more perplexed about its own agenda. Ostensibly an attempt to make “human animals” more empathetic toward the living creatures they might otherwise eat and wear, Liz Marshall’s incredibly difficult-to-watch docu shadows photog Jo-Anne McArthur, whose snaps (surprisingly few of which are featured here) depict cruelty and abuse to the most cuddly finned and four-legged creatures she can find. This off-putting pic requires open minds and iron nerves.
McArthur sees herself as a war photographer working on the front lines of an “invisible” battle for animal rights — an intriguing but poorly defined term in a film that seems to confuse the reciprocal love domesticated pets provide with the fact that animals are just that: animals, many of which »
- Peter Debruge
The 7 Most Dangerous Jobs in Horror Films
We all know that anything that requires you to travel to a distant region of space, pose as a filmmaker to find a new wife, relocate to a town called Castle Rock, or poke your nose into a parallel universe is tantamount to suicide. But what professions put you directly in the firing line? Are akin to having a huge red bulls-eye on your back? For the folks on this list, the term “occupational hazard” has far more ominous connotations.
We present seven of the most dangerous horror movie professions you can have...
Scientist – The Fly (1986)
A hallmark of science-gone-awry in the horror genre is that, for the scientist at the center of the story, it will inevitably end in blood, tears, and for Jeff Goldblum in David Cronenberg’s 1986 reimagining of Kurt Neumann’s 1958 original The Fly, monstrous transmutation and decapitation at the business end of a shotgun from a hysterical Geena Davis. »
- Alan Kelly
‘James Bond Effect’ Cited in Study on Movie Violence
Violence and risky behavior are permeating Hollywood’s most successful movies and bringing a message to young people that violence is acceptable, this according to a new study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
The study, released Monday by the journal Pediatrics, found that nearly 90% of top-grossing movies over a 25-year period show main characters acting violently, and in 77% of the movies those characters also engage in sex-, alcohol- or tobacco-related behavior.
The study also found that more than half of the biggest PG-13 movies featured a main character acting violently and involved in either drinking, sexual behavior or smoking within a five-minute segment — leading researchers to conclude that movies are “potentially teaching youth that violence is as acceptable as these other behaviors.”
“We know that some teenagers imitate what they see on-screen,” said Amy Bleakley, lead author of the study. “What concerns us is »
- Dave McNary
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