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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
John Malone’s Liberty Targets Dutch Cabler Ziggo in $7.3 Billion Deal
London — John Malone’s Liberty Global is in takeover talks with Dutch cabler Ziggo in a deal thought to be worth up to Euros 5.3 billion ($7.3 billion).
“There is no certainty that any agreement can be reached or that any offer will ultimately be made,” Ziggo said in a statement.
Liberty, which already owns a 28.5% stake in Ziggo, made a bid for the remaining stock in October, which was spurned as it was deemed too low.
Ziggo is the market leader in the Netherlands with 2.8 million TV subscribers. Liberty already owns Ziggo’s nearest rival in the territory, Upc, which has 1.7 million TV subscribers.
It’s the latest move by Liberty to consolidate the fragmented European market as pay TV services continue to ride out the recession.
Last year, Liberty bought U.K. cable group Virgin Media for $23.3 billion. It also owns Germany’s second-largest cable operator Unitymedia.
- Leo Barraclough
Sony’s Michael Lynton Poised to Hit Jackpot with Snapchat Investment (Exclusive)
If he ever tires of the movie business, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has another career waiting for him in an even higher-risk field: Internet sector investments.
Unbeknownst to those following the frenzy over buzzed-about tech startup Snapchat is that the company counts the studio chief as one of its first investors, according to sources familiar with the transaction. Snapchat is widely considered to be on the verge of several scenarios that could see its value skyrocket, having reportedly turned down a recent multi-billion-dollar acquisition bid from Facebook.
While Lynton’s ties to the Los Angeles-based photo-messaging service became evident in June when he joined the board of the company, what went undisclosed was an investment he and his wife, Jamie, made in the company estimated to be worth approximately $200,000.
A rep for Lynton declined comment. Reps for Snapchat did not respond to inquiry as of press time.
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- Andrew Wallenstein
Golden Globes: Nominee Jared Leto on touring and transformation
Anyone attending Thirty Seconds to Mars’s sold-out concert in St. Louis tonight is in for a special treat: They’ll get to see Jared Leto’s very first show since being nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe this morning.
Leto wasn’t even awake when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that he was up for the award; instead, the Dallas Buyers Club star tells EW that he was “on a bunk aboard a bus that’s traveling across America in the absolute freezing cold, dead asleep.” Adds Leto: “I still may be sleeping; I’m not sure. »
- Hillary Busis
Golden Globes Reactions: What the Nominees Are Saying
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced Thursday morning. Here's what the nominees are saying about the honor: Joaquin Phoenix, who was nominated for best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy, for his work in Her, one of three nominations the film received, said: “Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing Her. Spike [Jonze] wrote a wonderful story and I couldn't be more pleased for him.” Matthew McConaughey, nominated for best actor in a motion picture, drama, said: “I'm excited and honored that the HFPA has recognized my performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Ron
- THR Staff
Benedict Cumberbatch on Sounding Satanic and Studying Lizards for The Hobbit
Benedict Cumberbatch plays not one, but two, evil presences in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — the dragon Smaug, whose hoard of gold includes a gem that our hobbit and dwarves seek, and a mysterious figure known as the Necromancer. But in real life, the actor is twice as nice ... so nice that when we were chatting this summer about his Emmy nomination for Parade's End, he was willing to keep talking until his flight was called (he was at the airport). After we covered all the essentials, we asked him about his experience shooting The Hobbit, and he got talking about lizards, his Satanic voice, and admiring Andy Serkis.I asked Andy Serkis if he had given you any mo-cap tips, because you don't just voice Smaug, you embody the character. Thank you for saying that! That's absolutely right, and I told Peter [Jackson] that, when I first »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Man Travels Country in Pink Tutu to Cheer Up Wife During Her Cancer Treatment
Picture a heavyset man, wearing nothing but a pink tutu, leaping about New York's High Line. Would you believe he's doing it for his wife? Bob and Linda Carey have been together since 1986. When Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, Bob started taking pictures of himself in said tutu to cheer her up. What started as a silly gag has become an unlikely symbol of hope for cancer patients across the country. Bob's Tutu Project raises money for breast cancer research through sales of his prints, his photo book Ballerina and donations. His Carey Foundation is partnered with CancerCare, »
- Alex Heigl
Roast Joffrey! HBO Invites ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans to Mock Show’s Least Favorite Character
Brush up on your zingers. HBO is inviting fans of “Game of Thrones” to lampoon King Joffrey Baratheon in an internet roast. The tyrant is certainly a ripe target — he’s sadistic, cowardly, conniving and has been responsible for a particularly shocking death that came at the end of Season One. Oh, and he plays really creepy games with prostitutes. Even Jack Gleeson, the actor who plays him on the show, had a tough time sticking up for the teenage despot. Also read: Joffrey on ‘Game of Thrones’ to Quit Acting, Be a Humanitarian “I would like to try and defend him, »
- Brent Lang
The Sing-Off Recap: Let’s Get This Party Started Differently
Tonight’s episode of The Sing-Off requires the remaining nine vocal groups to perform “party anthems” — you know, as opposed to “solemn party marches” — and it opens with a medley of “Let’s Get It Started,” “Die Young,” and “Don’t Stop the Music” that highlights everything that doesn’t quite work about the show. It looks and sounds like what you’d see on Idol and The Voice, and it’s a poor introduction to a show that brings something altogether different to the table. To me, The Sing-Off is all about the interesting places you can go with the human voice, but the show’s design and structure is an exact copy of every other singing competition on television, where the only thing to place with your voice is Melismatown, USA. Let the other guys have the shiny floors and glittery sets. We want innovative song arrangements, chipper little harmonies, »
- Dave Holmes
Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis': TV Review
Its awkward title notwithstanding, Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis” does an admirable job of giving the viewer the feeling of what it was like to have been at September’s star-studded concert at New York City’s Town Hall. Christopher Wilcha’s documentary effectively combines well-chosen performance footage from the three-hour show with enough fly-on-the-wall rehearsal peeks to provide an intriguing insider’s view. It also happens to serve as an excellent promo for the current theatrical release of the highly acclaimed Coen Brothers’ movie celebrating the Greenwich Village folk scene of
- Frank Scheck
Golden Globes: Sure-things, shocks and shutdowns -- Analysis
It was a good day to be lesser-known. If Barkhad Abdi, June Squibb, and Lupita Nyong’o can win nominations from the celebrity-obsessed Golden Globes, then their path to the Academy Awards ceremony is a near certainty. On the other hand, today’s list of contenders was not so kind to one of the most famous women on the planet.
- Anthony Breznican
'Philomena' and 'Rush' spark with Globe nominations, but no room for Oprah
Coming into today's Golden Globes nominations announcement, we knew a couple of things. We knew the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loved two movies that may or may not find Best Picture traction with the Academy: Stephen Frears' "Philomena" and Ron Howard's "Rush." Both picked up nominations in the Best Picture — Drama category. We knew "August: Osage County" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler," two films that went over like gangbusters with SAG yesterday, weren't the group's cup of tea. The former picked up only two nods while the latter was shut out entirely (no Oprah, even). And we knew "Saving Mr. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Blockbuster to Shutter All Remaining U.K. Stores
London — Movie rental chain Blockbuster is to shutter its U.K. operations after it failed to attract a buyer.
Private equity firm Gordon Brothers Europe, which bought Blockbuster in March, put it into administration — the U.K. equivalent to Chapter 11 — on Nov. 11. It had 264 stores, and employed 2,000 staff at that time.
The firm Moorfields Corporate Recovery was given the task of finding a new buyer, but has failed.
Now the 91 stores that remain – which have 808 employees — will close by Dec. 16.
- Leo Barraclough
Comedian Marc Maron on Returning to TV and Finding Authenticity
Marc Maron is exactly the guy the devoted followers of his podcast “Wtf” imagine.
They expect him to be funny, articulate, insightful and slightly profane. The listeners — whom Maron usually greets with “How’s it going, What the Fuckineers, What the Fucksters?” or other similar nicknames — then get an intimate monologue about Maron’s life before an hourlong-or-more interview with everyone from Iggy Pop to Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, David Sedaris, Cheech and Chong and almost every comedian — up-and-coming and otherwise — on the club circuit these days.
“I like working,” says Maron. “As I get older, people ask me, ‘What do you want to get out of life?’ Well, I’d like to not die broke and have insurance.”
He’s that guy. But taller.
“There’s nothing more intimate than audio. The relationship people have with it is very specific and individual, and very powerful,” Maron says.
The comic’s candor, »
- Carole Horst
'Grey's Anatomy's' Sarah Drew on April's 'Bridezilla Moments,' Shocking Midseason Finale
Sarah Drew's April Kepner is having her Katy Perry "Roar" moment. During the penultimate Grey's Anatomy episode of 2013, Drew's lovable doc really came into her own after she put her foot down with her judgmental sisters who couldn't stop seeing April as "Duckie," the late-blooming ugly duckling of the family. Instead of accepting their mocking, April tapped Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina (Sandra Oh) and newfound confidant Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) as her bridesmaids, sending her siblings packing as she prepared to march down the aisle and tie the knot with Matthew (Justin Bruening). "She came into her own
- Lesley Goldberg
A Renaissance of Female Characters: We're 'Broads, Dames, Girls, and Bitches' (Guest Column)
While on the set of HBO’s Getting On, I watched as an eighty-seven year old actor undid his buckle getting ready for his sex scene with one of the elderly women who takes residence in our fictional Billy Barnes Extended Care Facility. I watched in awe as these seasoned professionals got busy. Why was I riveted? After all, it’s not unusual to see a man in his golden years having sex on TV or in movies. It’s just that we’re used to seeing him give it to a woman half his age. Bogart gave it to Bacall, Connery gave
- Alex Borstein
Golden Globes: 'The Butler,' Oprah Winfrey Completely Shut Out of Nominations
A day after Lee Daniels' The Butler scored three SAG Awards nominations, the movie was completely shut out of the Golden Globes categories. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association snubbed not only the film itself in the best motion picture, drama, category, but also supporting actress Oprah Winfrey and star Forest Whitaker, both of whom had been recognized a day earlier by SAG with nominations. Photos: Golden Globes 2014 Nominees The films that will vie for best motion picture, drama, are 12 Years a Slave,Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena andRush. According to The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg, Winfrey seemingly
- Kimberly Nordyke
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