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The Academy Awards are back in February…what does that mean for the season?

18 April 2014 11:33 AM, PDT

A few days ago, the Academy confirmed that the next Oscar telecast will be back in February, specifically on February 22nd, more than a week earlier than this past Academy Awards show. This is more in line with what we used to see, so immediately some might wonder if this means anything for what the awards/precursor season might look like this fall/winter. That date obviously means something, but for me, the more interesting one is that voting will open on December 29th, potentially before all of the contenders have been seen. That’s what really got me thinking. Basically, there’s a chance this time around that some slightly earlier releases will have more of a shot at making a play in the Best Picture category. Of late, it’s been a deluge of December releases clogging up the lineup, and while I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, »

- Joey Magidson

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Red Carpet: “A Haunted House 2″

18 April 2014 11:03 AM, PDT

There’s nothing worse than an ex-girlfriend scorned. Unless it’s a demonic ex-girlfriend scorned. Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias and Cedric the Entertainer were among the film’s cast on the red carpet Wednesday night at LALive for the premiere of “A Haunted House 2.” No one was frightened away from this sequel, which opens Friday and is expected to scare up some tidy box office grosses for distributorOpen Road Films. Fans lined the block to try and get a glimpse of their favorites,who included a variety of celebrity names like singer-actress Brandy, musicexec Russell Simmons, former football great Shawne Merriman as well as welterweightboxing legend Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who, with his full Money Team entourage, tooktime out getting ready for his upcoming fight to support his friend, Wayans. Ablizzard of flashes went off when the two embraced on the carpet in front ofphotographers. Wayans was taking »

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Hollywood Bad Times: Part 2

18 April 2014 10:50 AM, PDT

By Robert W. Welkos The Curse of the Blood Moons isn’t on any studio release schedule this year as far as we know, but then again, we’re not talking about the latest horror flick. We’re talking about Hollywood itself. No matter how you look at it, 2014 is shaping up to be among the most turbulent year Hollywood has ever experienced—and we have yet to reach summer. It wasn’t that long ago that Hollywood was reeling from the drug overdose death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his Greenwich Village apartment. Hoffman’s death followed on the heels of director Woody Allen being accused by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow of molesting her when she was only 7 years old. Then there was the suicide of Nancy Motes, Julia Roberts’ half-sister, who died of a drug overdose and left a five-page suicide ranting against the Oscar winner. »

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Foxcatcher will debut at Cannes and might be on a collision course with Oscar

17 April 2014 2:52 PM, PDT

About a month ago, I wrote a piece here that speculated on some of the Academy Award hopefuls that might be debuting at the Cannes Film Festival. Well, the lineup for Cannes has been announced (at least the preliminary list of titles…look for some movies to be added in the coming weeks), and while a few flicks I mentioned in that article like The Homesman, How to Catch a Monster, and Maps to the Stars are set to unspool in France, the film that probably is the most anticipated, especially in terms of awards potential, is Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. In fact, I’ve listed it as a Best Picture frontrunner in my Oscar predictions, if you haven’t already noticed. In case you’re not up to speed on this movie, it’s obviously directed by Miller based on a script from Dan Futterman and based on a true story. »

- Joey Magidson

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Academy Announces Key Dates for Oscars®

17 April 2014 9:42 AM, PDT

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 87th Oscars. The Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015. Key dates for the Awards season are: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due Monday, December 29, 2014 Nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt Thursday, January 8, 2015 Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar nominations announced Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar Nominees Luncheon Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting begins 8 a.m. Pt Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting ends 5 p.m. Pt Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in »

- Josh Abraham

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VH1 Classic to Air 2014 Golden Gods Awards

16 April 2014 3:39 PM, PDT

Today VH1 Classic announced it will air the 2014 Golden Gods Awards, America’s only hard-rock and heavy-metal awards show, on Saturday, May 24th at 8 Pm Et/Pt. Hosting this year’s show is the trio from “That Metal Show” and VH1 Classic’s own resident metal experts: Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. Additionally, VH1.com and the VH1 App will live-stream the entire four-hour live awards ceremony and the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards Black Carpet, hosted by Dee Snider, on Wednesday, April 23rd starting at 10 Pm Et/ 7 Pm Pt. Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose will take home this year’s Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, and Joan Jett will take her place as the first female recipient of the Golden God Award, which will be presented to her by 2011 Golden God Award-winner Alice Cooper. Additionally, the 2014 Golden Gods will feature some of the most unforgettable moments »

- Josh Abraham

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Transcendence – Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, Cillian Murphy

16 April 2014 12:54 PM, PDT

Directed by: Wally Pfister Written by: Jack Paglen Main Cast: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, Cillian Murphy, and others Past Oscar relations: Pfister won Best Cinematography for Inception and Morgan Freeman won Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby Here now we have the next article in this series on 2014 contenders hoping to compete for Oscar attention at the Academy Award ceremony in 2015. Next up is Dp turned filmmaker Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, which hopes to more or less establish Pfister as the next Christopher Nolan (especially since he’s Nolan’s longtime cinematographer), though that may be a somewhat overly optimistic ambition. There’s clearly a bit of Nolan in Pfister though, so we’ll see. He’s got a top notch cast in place here, including Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman (a Nolan veteran), Cole Hauser, »

- Joey Magidson

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Under the Radar: David Gordon Green

15 April 2014 2:13 PM, PDT

Today I have another series for you all, basically a spinoff of the Spotlight on the Stars series. As a quick refresher, each week I’ll look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like in many of the cases so far) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun all their own, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. Here though, I’m going to look at more of an under the radar individual. For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at our first filmmaker getting this kind of treatment…David Gordon Green. Honestly, most don’t seem to know what to do with this »

- Joey Magidson

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Critics’ Choice: Joey Berlin from Bfca

15 April 2014 1:26 PM, PDT

Joey Berlin from the Broadcast Film Critics Association – Critics’ Choice Awards By Robert W. Welkos In 1995, Joey Berlin and Rod Lurie, two entertainment reporters and film critics who had written for rival publications, joined forces to create the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. While Lurie would go on to carve out a successful Hollywood career as a screenwriter and director with such films as “The Contender” and “The Last Castle,” Berlin hasn’t faired too badly, either, as the president of the Bfca. Starting with 44 members the first year, the Bfca’s voting membership today hovers between 285 and 290 and the organization bills itself as the largest film critics group in the U.S. and Canada. At the same time, the Bfca created the Critics’ Choice Awards, a glitzy tux-and-gown gala now televised on the CW Network that features red carpet celebrity arrivals, drawing worldwide media attention and plenty of Oscar buzz »

- Robert W. Welkos

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The Matrix: The Top 25 (Best Film Editing)

14 April 2014 1:06 PM, PDT

Continuing onward with this weekly series I’m doing here on the site, we’re talking about the top 25 Oscar winners in just about every single one of the Academy Award categories out there for us to talk about. Aside from the short categories and likely something a bit harder to rank like Best Sound Editing or Best Sound Mixing as I’ve mentioned before, I’ll be hitting them all over the coming weeks, including of course the big eight categories, two of which have already received this particular treatment. I’m also potentially going to do one that doesn’t actually exist (a fictitious Best Ensemble category), but that’s just an idea I’m currently toying with. We’ll see about that one, but for now, we’ll stick to reality and the categories currently endorsed by the Academy. Today I’ll be knocking off one more of the technical categories, »

- Joey Magidson

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“American Ultra” – Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg

14 April 2014 1:03 PM, PDT

Production is getting under way in New Orleans on the Lionsgate action comedy “American Ultra” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) and written by Max Landis (“Chronicle”), the story revolves around a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner (Eisenberg) whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is suddenly turned upside down when he discovers that he has a secret past as a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, he is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. The cast also includes Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins. A PalmStar/Likely Story/Circle of Confusion production, the film is produced by Anthony Bregman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert (“The Walking Dead”) and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer. »

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – TV Spot with New Footage

13 April 2014 6:53 PM, PDT

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters Created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman with a Screenplay by Josh Appelbaum & ANDRÉ Nemec and Evan Daugherty, Producer Michael Bay (the blockbuster Transformers franchise) and director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) bring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades, into the 21st century. In theaters August 8, 2014 Watch the official teaser trailer: https://www. »

- Josh Abraham

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Universal Studios Hollywood Premieres “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem”

13 April 2014 5:22 PM, PDT

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” an original 3D Ultra-hd adventure, and “Super Silly Fun Land,” an immersive carnival setting – both based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster “Despicable Me” franchise – celebrated their dynamic grand opening today at Universal Studios HollywoodSM. Among the many surprises inspired by the beloved films, guests will be “turned into” an army of iconic Minions and embark on a secret training mission. “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” officially opens to the public at Universal Studios Hollywood on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The world premiere was attended by many Minions parading along the yellow carpet, who were joined by Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment; Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal; Tom Williams, Chairman & CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts; and Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti made a special guest appearance to show support for the theme park’s newest addition, »

- Josh Abraham

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