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‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ Lead Golden Globes Nominations
While “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” (with seven noms each in the the 71st annual Golden Globes) had the most reason to celebrate, the biggest adrenaline rushes were for “Rush,” “Philomena,” “Mandela: The Long Walk Home” and “Labor Day,” which scored more than expected. However, “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Saving Mr. Banks” must be feeling short-changed with two and one noms, respectively, while”Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Lone Survivor” and “Fruitvale Station” were shut out completely.
But whether filmmakers are feeling confident or glum, they should remember that the Globes in this past decade have proven a fairly unreliable predictor of Oscar. However, they are invaluable as a promotional tool to the general public.
Golden Globes Nominations: The Full List
Runners-up in the noms were Paramount’s Alexander Payne film “Nebraska,” with five bids, and “Captain Phillips” and “Gravity,” with four apiece. Those top five scorers were also nommed for director. »
- Tim Gray
The Golden Globes Big Shock: They Got it Right
A scandal-free, un-embarrassing set of Golden Globes nominations? Where’s the fun in that? Worthy contenders in most categories? How boring. It’s a time-honored Hollywood pastime to make fun of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual choices as soon as they’re announced, and one we’ve certainly engaged in with relish in these quarters. But Thursday’s nominations were thoroughly respectable. With seven nominations for Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” with a better-than-expected showing for Spike Jonze’s “Her” and solid returns for Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips, »
- Steve Pond
'Her' crowned best film of the year by San Diego Film Critics Society
The San Diego Film Critics Society has just announced "Her" as the year's best film. Spike Jonze's latest picked up three awards total, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Score. "12 Years a Slave" led the way with Tuesday's nominations announcement, but was ultimately shut out of the winning pool entirely. Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") and Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") won top acting honors, while Matthew McConaughey received a special prize for his body of work in 2013. Check out the full list of winners below, and as always, keep track of the season via The Circuit. Best Film: "Her" Best Director: Alfonso »
- Kristopher Tapley
Sandra Bullock in Talks to Star in George Clooney-Produced ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ (Exclusive)
Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is in early talks to star in the political comedy “Our Brand Is Crisis,” which George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing for Warner Bros., an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Bullock’s publicist did not respond to multiple requests for comment, while representatives for Warner Bros. and Clooney had no comment. Also Read: SAG Awards Reactions: Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey Are All Grateful! “Our Brand Is Crisis” is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary, which focused on the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by President Clinton’s former consultants James Carville and. »
- Jeff Sneider
Nashville Recap: Murder They Wrote
The Nashville promo people are totally on my list right now. I just feel so used, you know? Because telling us that someone was going to die was no mere grab for ratings, it was actually a highly orchestrated ploy to put us all through hell. For starters, if you’re anything like me, you spent the entire episode trying to figure out who was going to die. I couldn’t relax for one second. Last year, when Jolene and Skippy the Sober Companion had their little murder-suicide deal, it was shocking, but not completely out of the left field. After all, that was a pretty combustible situation. But this season, the stakes don’t quite seem high enough to warrant murder. Scarlett is currently very angry at both Gunnar and Zoey, but she’s more of a pouter than a fighter. Teddy hates Deacon, but in a wield-his-power-to-get-Deacon-off-the-festival-lineup kind of way, »
- Max Weiss
Waltz With Bashir Director Ari Folman to Make Anne Frank Animated Film
Because the Sabra and Shatila massacre wasn't depressing enough, Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman's next project will be a cartoon based on the life of Anne Frank. The film, which will be geared towards families, will be based on more than just The Diary of a Young Girl, as Folman will be given full access to the Anne Frank Fonds Basel archives. Folman's last film, The Congress, an animated feature starring Robin Wright as an aging actress who is so mean that everyone refuses to work with her, is scheduled for a 2014 U.S. release. Did your kid sit bored and with arms folded while watching Frozen, a film he or she complained "lacked seriousness"? Then we have just the animated director for him or her. »
- Jesse David Fox
Globe snubs and surprises: 'Rush' returns, 'Banks' retreats, Lana Del Ray is unloved
Even if you're not up at some obscenely early hour, the Golden Globe nominations are a lot to take in -- the addition of those musical/comedy categories making the slate that much more inclusive and, sometimes, eccentric. Not so much this year, though: never before have the comedy fields been so stuffed with prestigious, semi-dramatic awards bait, which means fewer top-tier contenders than usual were left on the sidelines. Still, the HFPA did manage to rustle some genuinely surprising inclusions and exclusions, and I've rounded up a few of them after the cut. "Mr. Banks" needs saving -- again: This would-be Best »
- Guy Lodge
All the Snubs and Surprises From the 2014 Golden Globe Nominations
Every year, the Golden Globes manage to grow in esteem, but let's never forget that this whole thing is mighty weird. Sure, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association makes some choices we like (Amy Poehler and Tina Fey should host everything!) and they're attuned enough to awards chatter to reward most of the expected nominees (12 Years a Slave led the movie side and Behind the Candelabra dominated in TV, because obviously), but when you've got a voting body that consists of less than a hundred totally daffy, questionably credentialed foreign journalists, some surprises are bound to happen. Here, then, are all the notable snubs and shockers we found in this year's nominees (not all of which are bad!).The Butler didn't click with the HFPALee Daniels' The Butler is widely expected to figure into a host of Oscar categories, including a surefire nod for Oprah Winfrey as Best Supporting Actress. Well, »
- Kyle Buchanan,Margaret Lyons
Conan, Ice Cube, and Kevin Hart Catch a Ride With a Total Stranger (Video)
A guy named Anthony’s afternoon got a lot more interesting when Conan O’Brien, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart caught a ride with him in his pink-mustachioed car. On Wednesday’s “Conan,” the trio used a ride-share app to catch a ride with Anthony. Things started awkwardly, with the three waiting on a corner for their ride. Also read: Conan Auditions for Ihop Commercials With Disastrous Results (Video) “I’m not saying I’m scared, ’cause I’m not, but this ain’t safe,” said Hart. “It looks like we’re selling ass.” Later, Conan tried to do exactly »
- Tim Molloy
Golden Globes do the 'Hustle' and reward '12 Years A Slave' with key movie nominations
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 71st Golden Globes this morning and while they spread the love to all the major motion picture studios, as usual, there were significantly more surprises than had been expected. Fox Searchlight's "12 Years A Slave" and Sony Pictures' "American Hustle" led all films with 7 nominations each. "12 Years A Slave" landed picture - drama, director (Steve McQueen), lead actor - drama (Chiwetel Ejifor), supporting actor (Michael Fassbender), supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o), screenplay (John Ridley) and original score (Hans Zimmer) nominations. "Hustle" took best picture - comedy or musical, director (David »
- Gregory Ellwood
NBCU Intl. TV Production Supercharges Unscripted TV Biz
London — NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production, which is headed by Michael Edelstein, is launching a dedicated unscripted development unit.
The unit, which is to be overseen by senior VP of factual and entertainment David Mortimer, will be tasked with boosting development to create the next generation of high-impact, large-scale, returnable formats for the international market.
The unit will consist of two teams — one focused on shiny-floor entertainment shows, and the other on returnable high-end factual entertainment formats. Recruitment is under way.
The unit will sit alongside NBCU’s existing in-house unscripted production companies, Monkey Kingdom and Chocolate Media in the U.K., Matchbox Pictures in Australia and Lark Productions in Canada, which has a strategic partnership with NBCU Intl. Television Production.
Mortimer said: “By making a significant investment into development, we’re supercharging our unscripted television business.
“We are determined to be the home of the next big international format hit, »
- Leo Barraclough
ABC Orders Four More Episodes of 'Shark Tank' (Exclusive)
ABC wants more Shark Tank. The network has picked up four more episodes of the unscripted series. Combined with the two additional episodes ABC ordered in October, as The Hollywood Reporter first reported, this brings the total order for season five to 28 episodes. Photos: THR's Reality Heat List The news comes as the show continues to perform well in the ratings, consistently winning its time period in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. Last week's first-run episode averaged 7.5 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among 18-49, doubling its lead-in in the demo.
- Kimberly Nordyke
Beyonce's Secret Strategy for Sticking With Her Vegan Diet
This story first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Beyonce has found a way to help keep her on a 22-day vegan diet: encourage staff and loved ones to join in. Sources say she was hesitant to join Jay Z in going plant-based starting Dec. 4, his 44th birthday. Now, she's sticking it out but is wary of temptation. Story: Jay Z, Beyonce Go Vegan for 22 Days "She encourages everyone around her to try it too. She doesn't want food nearby to tempt her," says an insider, noting Beyonce's love of
- Merle Ginsberg & Gary Baum
Rehab Leaders Ousted After THR Probe Planning New Facility
This story first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It's rehab redux for the embattled couple behind A-list Hollywood Hills addiction treatment center One80, which closed over the summer, less than a month after a THR investigation exposed questionable client care practices there. Former CEO Alex Shohet and his wife, clinical director Bernadine Fried -- ousted by their own investors prior to the ultimate shutdown for, according to a termination document, alleged insurance fraud, willful misconduct and gross negligence -- are now seeking to raise $500,000 for a new facility. Photos: Hollywood Rehab: $90,000
- Merle Ginsberg & Gary Baum
The X Factor: Alex & Sierra Soar in the Semifinal Showdown
The X Factor's semifinal round Wednesday night certainly had "Gravity." The final four performed three times - first came a song chosen by viewers, then a competitive duet and a final song meant to convince America to vote them into the finals - but a few performances stood out, earning standing ovations from the judges. The boyfriend-girlfriend duo Alex & Sierra ended their night singing "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles, and their performance not only made the judges and audience rise from their seats but moved Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato to tears. "I love watching you grow," a choked-up Rowland told Sierra. »
- Wade Rouse
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o React to 12 Years a Slave Golden Globe Nominations
12 Years a Slave received tremendous recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Thursday, Dec. 12, scoring seven Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture Drama, as well as Best Actor in a Drama (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Michael Fassbender). The slavery drama ties American Hustle with the most nominations at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. Ejiofor, who was also recognized with a Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie nod for Starz's Dancing on the Edge, and Nyong'o spoke to the Today show shortly after hearing the exciting news. "It's been such a rewarding »
'House of Cards,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Good Wife' lead Golden Globe TV nominations
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. loves new TV shows and performers to the point that they rejected last year's big winner -- "Homeland" and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis -- in favor of freshman series "House of Cards" which leads with four nominations. (Read more all the shocking snubs here.) The political drama, which streamed on Netflix, contends for the series prize as well as for stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and supporting player Corey Stoll. Recent Emmy winner "Breaking Bad" and the resurgent "The Good Wife" reaped three apiece. Both are in contention for Best Drama Series, while multi Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are looking for their first Globe wins for the final season of "Bad." "Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies won back in 2009 while supporting actor Josh Charles picked up his first nomination. Contending for Drama Actor against Spacey an »
South Park Did Another Kanye Spoof
Among the most famous of South Park's many famous episodes has to be "Fishsticks," which posited that Kanye West is actually a gay fish. Kanye even blogged about it, in a not-angry way. So the return of Parody Kanye to South Park is something of an event — though Kanye might be more upset about this one, since the show calls his fiancée a hobbit. Like, the whole scene is based around the idea that Kim is secretly a hobbit and her magical power is Photoshop. Kanye goes around defending her in a Zane Lowe–esque manner. Also, there is a "Bound 2" parody, and a bit about the pope being named Time's Person of the Year, which is just impressive turnaround. That happened yesterday.Whatever it takes to get Kanye blogging again. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Stephen Colbert Releases Obamacare Christmas Carol Parodies (Video)
The tortured roll-out of Obamacare put Stephen Colbert in a musical parody frame of mind, and he has Mike Huckabee to thank for it. Last Saturday, the former Arkansas governor turned Fox News host had a group of carolers on his program to take satiric swipes at the president’s healthcare law to the tune of the “12 Days of Christmas.” The results — with lines like “on the first day of Christmas, Obamacare gave to me a doctor I can’t keep” — had the humor-impaired in stitches. “Folks that is a great song to parody because everyone knows jokes get better the. »
- Brent Lang
Golden Globes 2014 Movie Nominees: Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, Joaquin Phoenix and More Stars React!
It's an honor to be nominated, sure, but let's be honest—everybody wants to win! But the talented movie actors and actresses who learned Dec. 12 that they're up for a 2014 Golden Globe do seem truly appreciative—and excited!—for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to have acknowledged their work. Here's what the movie stars have had to say so far, but keep checking back for more nominee reactions added throughout the day! Jennifer Lawrence (Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for American Hustle): "Thank you to the HFPA. This is so exciting. I'm thrilled that the film received so many nominations and that I get to share this with the rest of the »
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