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Away from the controversy over whether the International Press Society members actually saw Wolf Of Wall Street before voting (hello tick box theory…), this year’s Satellite Award noms read as little more than the Ips’ Oscar predictions – give or take an extra three or four names in each category for comfort. Naturally resulting in a very uninteresting list, 12 Years A Slave leads the pack with ten nominations, followed narrowly by Gravity and American Hustle’s eight.
With strong turnouts in the acting categories, it’s surprising to see Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska not contending for the big prize, and the Ips will surely find themselves in the minority for omitting Will Forte for his turn in the latter, even if it is rewarded for Best Ensemble. Though not appearing in the acting, directing or Best Picture categories, Fruitvale Station is still very much a focal point, »
- Emma Thrower
Finally we are now over 20 Oscar contending screenplays as Focus Features has made available the screenplays for Dallas Buyers Club and The Place Beyond the Pines and Fox Searchlight has added Nicole Holofcener's screenplay for Enough Said. The complete list of screenplays includes scripts for 12 Years a Slave, The Bling Ring, The Spectacular Now, Spring Breakers, Before Midnight, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Kill Your Darlings, Monsters University, The Past, Rush, Wadjda, Mud and Lone Survivor along with the three new ones I added yesterday for Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels' The Butler and One Chance. I've included all the download links directly below, just right click on any of them and select to save them to your hard drive. I'll continue to post updates as more come available throughout the season and you can stay up to date on my latest Oscar Screenplay posts by bookmarking this page. Focus Features »
- Brad Brevet
Who am I to pick on A Haunted House 2 when the first film opened with $18.1 million on a $2.5 million production budget? Even though that film only first hit theaters in January of this year, the trailer for the sequel has arrived and while the material isn’t in line with my personal taste, neither were the jokes in the promo campaign for film one. Was it just a fluke and Haunted House 2 is bound to tank come March 28, 2014? We’ll have to wait and see, but for now it’s A Haunted House: 1, Perri: 0, so this one’s getting a free pass this week. Unfortunately, three other trailers don’t have that same luxury. The Best Stuff 1. The Invisible Woman As someone who requires a little extra coaxing before submitting to a period piece, I was ready to turn off...
- Perri Nemiroff
A new week and a new screenplay is added to the list as Fox Searchlight has released the final shooting screenplay for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave as adapted by John Ridley. It has also come to my attention that Disney has temporarily removed the screenplay for Frozen, so the grand total of scripts available for download is still at 19, all of which are listed below. The complete list of screenplays includes scripts for The Bling Ring, The Spectacular Now, Spring Breakers, Before Midnight, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Kill Your Darlings, Monsters University, The Past, Rush, Wadjda, Mud and Lone Survivor along with the three new ones I added yesterday for Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels' The Butler and One Chance. I've included all the download links directly below, just right click on any of them and select to save them to your hard drive. I'll continue to post »
- Brad Brevet
After adding three more screenplays yesterday, I have another three today as A24 has made available the screenplays for Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter screenplay for The Spectacular Now and Harmony Korine's script for Spring Breakers. The most interesting thing about these three, for me, is you won't find one of the more memorable scenes in the film in the script since it was improvised on the spot by James Franco. Of course, I'm speaking of the "Look at my sh*t" scene, which I have for you below just in case you needed a reminder. Look at all my sh*t. I've got shorts, every f**king color. I've got designer t-shirts. I've got gold bullets for motherf**kin' vampires. Scarface on repeat. Constant, y'all. Got Escape -- Calvin Klein Escape -- mix that sh*t up with Calvin Klein Be. »
- Brad Brevet
Judi Dench in ‘Philomena’ movie: The one British Independent Film Award nominee surely to get BAFTA, Academy Award nominations Among the 2013 British Independent Film Award nominees, only one has a truly good chance of being shortlisted for both the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. That’s Best Actress Bifa nominee Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ "based on a true story" drama Philomena, in which Dench plays a woman whose son was taken away from her after she was sent to a convent. For the record, Dench has four previous Best Actress Oscar nominations (Mrs. Brown, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal), in addition to one win and a nomination as Best Supporting Actress (win: Shakespeare in Love; nomination: Chocolat). (Photo: Judi Dench as Philomena Lee in Philomena.) Needless to say, the British Independent Film Awards have little influence on North America’s awards-season favorites. There are a number of reasons for that — e. »
- Zac Gille
Today the list of 2014 Oscar screenplays available for download grows to 16 as The Weinstein Co. has released their first batch for consideration, which includes Ryan Coogler's original screenplay for the powerful Fruitvale Station (read my review here), Danny Strong's screenplay for Lee Daniels' The Butler (read my review here) and Justin Zackham's screenplay for One Chance, the story of Paul Potts, an amateur opera singer who became a phenomenon after being chosen for, and ultimately winning, "Britain's Got Talent". As always I've included all the previously released screenplays available for download, which includes Before Midnight, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Frozen, Kill Your Darlings, Monsters University, The Past, Rush, Wadjda, Mud and Lone Survivor I've included all the download links directly below, just right click on any of them and select to save them to your hard drive. I'll continue to post updates as more come available »
- Brad Brevet
Paramount has backed off plans to open Labor Day, Jason Reitman's upcoming film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, in limited release over a very crowded Christmas holiday, instead planning a one-week awards-qualifying run ahead of a wide release.
The distributor has shifted the film from a slower platform release beginning on Dec. 25 to a wide release on Jan. 31, after an Oscar qualifying run on Dec. 27.
Film Review: Labor Day
The film, based on Joyce Maynard's novel of the same name, stars Winslet as a depressed mother who gives a mysterious and possibly dangerous stranger (Brolin) a ride in her car.
Paramount and Indian Paintbrush co-produced the film, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on Aug. 29.
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- Rebecca Ford
What are the most popular new shows (and the worst) of the fall TV season? TV Guide has been polling the public the past few weeks, and the top favorites are "Sleepy Hollow (Tom Mison), "The Blacklist" (James Spader), "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Clark Gregg), and "The Crazy Ones" (Robin Williams). On the complete list of 26 freshman series, the bottom four consists of two cancelled programs, "Lucky 7" and "We Are Men," plus "Dads" and "Super Fun Night". TV Guide. Screenplay contenders for the Oscars, Golden Globes, Writers Guild, and other groups are already jockeying for position in the awards derby. New scripts that can now be downloaded include "Before Midnight," "Frozen," "Monsters University," "The Past," and "Rush." They join previously available screenplays online from "The Invisible Woman," "Kill Your Darlings," "Lone Survivo »
“Blurred Lines” is the song of the year — and it could also be the theme song for this year’s supporting races.
Julia Roberts, Barkhad Abdi, Josh Brolin, Daniel Bruhl, Steve Coogan, Will Forte and Jake Gyllenhaal are being proposed in the supporting category. Each could be considered a lead, due to their time onscreen, but there is a logic in calling them supporting: All portray characters who are reacting off of individuals who are at the center of the plot: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Kate Winslet, Chris Hemsworth, Judi Dench, Bruce Dern and Hugh Jackman, respectively.
But the supporting definition is partly strategic: Roberts (“August: Osage County”), Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Bruhl (“Rush”), Forte (“Nebraska”) and Gyllenhaal (“Prisoners”) are all in films where another performer is being touted in the lead category, and studios believe (wrongly) that two noms in one category will cancel each other out.
Abdi, Brolin, Bruehl, »
- Tim Gray
With Michael B. Jordan set to play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in The Fantastic Four, fans have been wondering whether or not Fox would find an African American actress to play his sister, Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman. However, with three very white and very blonde actresses in the mix, it seems unlikely. Samira Wiley is another name that has been doing the rounds online though, and Latino-Review caught up with her to ask whether or not there are any truth to the rumours. "I saw the articles on the internet with my name being thrown in the mix and I’m super surprise, honored and excited about it. Just having my name be there and the possibility of that would be amazing. It’s nice to have my name in that mix with all those wonderful actress." As for whether or not she's audition as of yet, Wiley added, »
It was the awards season that looked too good to be true. And so, indeed, it proved. Over the past few weeks, three of the most eagerly anticipated films scheduled for release in coming months have had their release dates abruptly moved back, thereby ruling them out of the running for the 2014 Oscars.
Audiences will now have to wait until later next year for their first look at George Clooney's second world war art heist caper The Monuments Men, as well as Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in biopic Grace of Monaco and Steve Carell as reclusive philanthropist-turned-killer John du Pont in Foxcatcher.
- Catherine Shoard
After a long period of speculation it looks like Paramount has finally settled on a Christmas Day release for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's The Wolf of Wall Street. After turning in a cut of the film that was said to be a little over three hours, Scorsese took to the editing room to trim some of the running time before he heads off to head the Marrakech Intl. Film Festival beginning November 29. Originally slated for a November 15 release, the adaptation of Jordan Belfort's tell-all autobiography stars DiCaprio as Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 1990s securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration. Joining DiCaprio in the film is the aforementioned McConaughey along with Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Rob Reiner, »
- Brad Brevet
The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced additional Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings – comprised of a world premiere, award season contenders and highly anticipated independent and international films of the fall – for AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi. There will be a red carpet Gala each night of the festival. The additional Centerpiece Galas are August: Osage County (Dir John Wells) on Friday, November 8; The Last Emperor 3D (Dir Bernardo Bertolucci) on Sunday, November 10; and the World Premiere of Lone Survivor (Dir Peter Berg) on Tuesday, November 12. All Galas will be presented in the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre. AFI Fest’s Special Screenings are Her (Dir Spike Jonze); The Invisible Woman (Dir Ralph Fiennes); Jodorowsky’S Dune (Dir Frank Pavich); Mandela: Long »
- Pietro Filipponi
We'll begin today's MPAA ratings bulletin with the unsurprising R-rating for the profanity-heavy Dom Hemingway, which I saw, enjoyed and reviewed at the Toronto Film Festival this year. Another film I saw in Toronto that also received an R-rating, though I can't seem to remember what was so "R rated" about it is John Turturro's Fading Gigolo. The reason for the rating is listed as "some sexual content, language and brief nudity," and it's just a little surprising all that "some" and some "brief" nudity gets an R when I don't remember anything all that offensive at all. You can read my review right here. Next is the upcoming Fox title The Book Thief based on the best selling novel and it gets a none-too-surprising PG-13 rating while Disney's upcoming animated feature Frozen scores a PG. I've listed the complete bulletin directly below. A Birder's Guide To Everything Rated »
- Brad Brevet
20th Century Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot has been in the works for sometime, and it appears that the project is suddenly moving forward rather quickly. Several names are being reported to be in the running to play the husband-and-wife team of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman). Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones"), Jack O’Connell ("300: Rise of an Empire") and Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now") are being considered for Richards, while Saoirse Ronan ("The Host") and Kate Mara ("House of Cards") are the prime candidates to play Storm. "Fruitvale Station" star Michael B. Jordan is reportedly still the »
- HitFix Staff
Simon Kinberg recently came aboard to rewrite the script for 20th Century Fox's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot with Josh Trank (Chronicle) at the helm and now a shortlist of actors up for consideration in the film has surfaced and included is a name Trank previously took to Twitter to deny. Up until now, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) who co-starred in Trank's Chronicle is the only name that has remained consistently "attached", perhaps taking on the role of Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch), the role Chris Evans once occupied before taking on Captain America. He appears to still be a strong possibility and now five new names are being floated. First, Variety reports Kit Harington (Jon Snow on "Game of Thrones"), Jack O'Connell (300: Rise of an Empire) and Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) will read for the role of Reed Richards, the latter of which was first rumored »
- Brad Brevet
Though we've heard rumblings of names like Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan being in the mix for the gestating reboot of Fantastic Four at 20th Century Fox, there hasn't really been any confirmation one way or the other. Simon Kinberg was just recently brought on to rewrite the script, so we thought casting might still be a little ways off, but Variety has gotten their hands on the shortlist of names Fox has been lining up for screen tests. Jordan has been confirmed to be the only actor mentioned to play Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch, which is interesting, because the actresses who would play his sister Sue Storm, The Invisible Woman, wouldn't seem to match up with the actor genetically if they're supposed to be siblings. The actresses on a list for Sue Storm include Kate Mara ("House of Cards"), Margot Robbie (from The Wolf of Wall Street, »
- Ethan Anderton
Ever since it was announced that "Chronicle" director Josh Trank was hired for the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, it was rumored that "Chronicle" star Michael B Jordan will be playing Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, the role played by Chris Evans in the original two films. Now comes word that 20th Century Fox has started auditioning actors and it turns out that Jordan is currently the only actor in talks for The Human Torch. Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan (The Host, Hanna) and Kate Mara (127 Hours) are reading for the part of Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman. And for the role of Reed Richard/Mr. Fantastic, the studio has invited Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones"), Jack O'Connell ("Skins") and Miles Teller (21 and Over) to audition. There's still no word regarding who may end up playing Ben Grimm/The Thing or any clues as to which character will be the film's villain. The »
News Simon Brew 10 Oct 2013 - 03:15
With a release date firmly set for March 2015, director Josh Trank will look to be shooting his reboot of the Fantastic Four movie franchise by early next year at the latest. The last we'd heard on it was that Simon Kinberg, of X-Men: Days Of Future Past fame, had been hired to do a script polish on the project. It's also long been reported that Michael B Jordan is the frontrunner for the role of Johnny Storm.
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