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Which of 2012′s animated films drew the most applause? According to the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, the options include Pixar’s Brave, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, and DreamWorks’s Rise of the Guardians. All three — among others — were nominated for animation’s highest honor today when the group named the contenders for its 40th annual Annie Awards. The prizes will be distributed Saturday, Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.
See who else made the cartoon cut with this list of nominees for the Annie Awards’ biggest honors. A full list of nominees can be found at the awards’ website.
Best Animated »
- Hillary Busis
The world is essentially looking at Zero Dark Thirty as “that movie about killing Osama Bin Laden,” which is sort of exactly what it is – we’re just not sure how it’s going to go about doing such a thing, and whether we’re going to get a wonderfully-rendered shot of a bullet making its way into the head of the world’s most wanted terrorist (well, former terrorist), or if the film will choose to play things on the subtler side.
Zero Dark Thirty opens worldwide in January, but some critics have already seen the movie. Woah. Oh My Gosh. They have? After whetting your appetite with those expertly-deployed choice phrases, we can happily report that first thoughts have been extremely positive. Here’s what a whole bunch of people had to say about Kathryn Bigelow‘s new flick:
Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter:
“Whether you call it well-informed speculative history, »
- T.J. Barnard
The film was screened to Us critics in New York and La over the weekend – and early reactions suggest it could replicate the success of the director's last film.
The Hollywood Reporter said:
Whether you call it well informed speculative history, docu-drama recreation or very stripped-down suspense film-making, Zero Dark Thirty matches form and content to pretty terrific ends. A long-arc account of the search for Osama bin Laden seen from the perspective of an almost insanely focused female CIA officer who never gives up the hunt until the prey ends up in a body bag. »
"Flight" is soaring at the box office, buoyed by great reviews. While much of the attention has focused on the performance of likely Best Actor contender Denzel Washington, the below-the-line elements are equally as impressive. Helming his first live-action film since 2000's "Castaway," Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump") assembled a crackerjack team of tech people. Supervising the sound design and editing was two-time Oscar champ Randy Thom ("The Right Stuff," 1984; "The Incredibles," 2005). His collaborations with Zemeckis reaped him six of his 14 Oscar bids. Below, a fascinating 13-minute featurette from the Sound Collection on this often overlooked area of filmmaking. »
Zap2it: Your "Vegas" character is based on a real, living person. Does that make it more important to get it right?
Dennis Quaid: It does up the stakes, because I have played so many real people who were still living at the time, like Gordo Cooper in "The Right Stuff," and in "The Rookie," Jim Morris was a real guy, and Bill Clinton. I think I've played about 10 of those, and I've always sought [the real people] out. If someone was doing my story, I'd want them to get it right. That doesn't mean they have to sugarcoat the truth, but I want to capture the essence of somebody and tell the story from their point of view.
Zap2it: "Vegas" is set in 1960. Are you having any nostalgic jolts?
Dennis Quaid: Yeah, it's mainly things like the [rotary] dial phones instead of cellphones and the cars and the way the houses were furnished back then. »
Music video accidental docu-helmer Jacob Hatley will get to see his debut film, Ain’t In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm make the leap from the film fest circuit into theaters thanks to the folks at Kino Lorber. Originally assigned to make the music video for 2010′s Electric Dirt, Hatley ended up befriending the artist staying with the artist for the better part of three roller-coaster years. Here’s a SXSW interview with the filmmaker who describes just that process. An early/mid 2013 release is planned.
Gist: Hatley’s docu focuses on Helm, the founding member of The Band, after his 2007 resurgence following the release of his Grammy-winning “Dirt Farmer” folk album as he works on his new record at home in Woodstock, NY, amid financial and health problems. Helm died of cancer in April of 2012.
Worth Noting: Obviously his debut to the big screen began with The Last Waltz, »
- Eric Lavallee
Warner Bros. announced today that the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will be fully restored and converted into 3D, as a part of the studio's 90th Anniversary celebration next year. The film is currently being restored and will be released on Blu-ray 3D in either September or October of next year. The studio also announced a number of massive Blu-ray and DVD collections to celebrate their diverse catalog. Take a look at the studio's 90th Anniversary logo, and then read the full press release for more details.
One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture studios in the world, Warner Bros. began when the eponymous brothers - Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack - incorporated on April 4, 1923. Four years later, the release of The Jazz Singer, the world's first "talkie," set a tone of innovation and influence that would forever become synonymous with the Warner Bros. brand. Soon to be 90, Warner Bros. »
Warner Bros. has announced that The Wizard of Oz is undergoing a special restoration and conversion into 3D as part of its impressive 90th anniversary celebration slate, which includes the release of several Best of Warner Bros. film collections, documentaries and other special Home Entertainment releases from its extensive library. Read on for details…
Video: Watch: 'Oz The Great and Powerful' Trailer
In addition to the surprise announcement that the 3D edition of The Wizard of Oz, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, would arrive in the autumn of 2013, Warner Bros unveiled its brand-new 90th Anniversary logo.
At a special press event on Wednesday, they detailed several new home entertainment releases coming in 2013 including The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film Collection on DVD and 50 Film Collection on Blu-ray; several 20 Film Collections on DVD in five major genres: Best Pictures, Musicals, Romance, Comedy and Thrillers; The Best of Warner Bros. Animation Collections -- Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and »
August: Osage County keeps upping their own ante, with Benedict Cumberbatch‘s recent casting followed by news that Sam Shepard (Days of Heaven, The Right Stuff) is jumping into John Wells‘ fray of familial anger. Variety brings the update, in which we’re informed he’s being courted for what is, arguably, the movie’s most important role: Beverly Weston, the head of Tracy Letts‘ Oklahoma family whose disappearance and, as they learn, subsequent suicide sparks off its central reunion.
Beverly is described as both an ex-poet poet and current alcoholic, whose obsessions with anything outside the Weston family has left a big bruise on his own kind. You’ve certainly heard that this would include his wife, Violet (Meryl Streep); their oldest daughter, Barbara (Julia Roberts); her own daughter, Jean (Abigail Breslin); another offspring, Karen (Juliette Lewis); and that doesn’t even include his in-laws and such, played by Margo Martindale, »
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Better known to the non-comic readers as co-creator of the characters in the Kick-Ass film, John has - at one time or another - been the man behind the art in almost every major Marvel comic over the past 35 years, from Spider-Man to the X-Men.
With today's adaptation-crazed film industry benefiting from decades of art and story that has a well-cultivated fanbase, studios have creators like Romita Jr to thank. Not only for carrying on traditions started by icons Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, but for translating them for the current generation while adding to the genre's timeless accessibility.
- Michael Pellegrini
Based on Steven Grant's comic book, 2 Guns is an upcoming action movie starring Denzel Washington and Mark Walhberg. It's fitting that the two actors are finally making a film together since they've kind of become kings of the generic thriller, with this year's Contraband and Safe House serving as perfect examples. Oddly enough, this actioner also combines the latter's cinematographer, Oliver Wood, with the former's director, Baltasar Kormakur, so if you liked both of those films, 2 Guns could be a dream come true. Universal has assembled a pretty good cast to support Washington and Walhberg, including Paula Patton, Edward James Olmos, Bill Paxton, James Marsden and, according to Variety, Fred Ward is in the mix as well. Ward was last seen in Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less but, for me, he'll always be Earl from Tremors or Gus Grissom from The Right Stuff. The gruff and grizzled acting »
Believe it or not, you can nominate films to the Film Registration Board for preservation in the Library of Congress's National Film Registry; they actually pay attention. Shockingly, Philip Kaufman is among the filmmakers with no films on the list (that he directed--as a writer he is represented by "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales"). Apparently, "it is not unusual for it to take many years of Film Board discussion before a title is added to the Registry, if ever," according to one Library of Congress source. The good news: we can all lobby to nominate worthy films for the voting board to consider. According to Kaufman biographer Annette Insdorf, the Kaufman film with the best shot is likely "The Right Stuff," followed by "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." There is a process. Write before the September 15 deadline to the Board (which will vote in »
- Anne Thompson
What's the greatest Alfred Hitchcock film? Every film fan will have a different answer, with "The 39 Steps," "Rebecca," "Spellbound," "Notorious," "Rear Window," "Vertigo" and "North By Northwest" all making compelling cases for being the very best. But few of his films had such an impact on cinema as "Psycho," the 1960s thriller that saw him go into darker, more shocking territory than ever before, with some of the most famous sequences in the history of the medium.
Following secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) as she embezzles money from an employer and hides out at a deserted motel owned by the mysterious Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a man with serious mother issues, only to stunningly and unforgettably kill off its lead halfway through the film, the picture turned out to be the biggest hit of Hitchcock's career, and was arguably his last truly great movie. It was released fifty-two years ago tomorrow, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Playing Ernest Hemingway, one of the most famous authors of the 20th century, could be a daunting task, but actor Clive Owen immediately accepted the challenge when told the film would be directed by Philip Kaufman and co-star Nicole Kidman. Kaufman also directed "The Right Stuff" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." And Kidman won an Oscar in 2002 for "The Hours." In a video interview with Gold Derby, Owen explained, "You don't take on a part like that like you would any other film. You have to sort of put extra time and extra prep in really, so I took six or seven months off, and I just immersed myself in all things Hemingway. I went to Havana, Cuba, and spent a week there with the people that run his house. I went to Paris, and somebody gave me a tour of everywhere he had lived. And I just read »
The opening shot focuses on an old woman's strong, lined face. It is the unadorned visage of Martha Gellhorn, a trailblazing correspondent who covered the front lines when women didn't. Nicole Kidman portrays her, and Clive Owen is Ernest Hemingway in HBO's "Hemingway & Gellhorn," airing Monday, May 28.
With the sun pouring through the windows behind her, only Kidman's bright blue eyes bear any resemblance to that old woman. Kidman kicks off her Jimmy Choos as she sips cocoa, describing Gellhorn as "this brave, intrepid, passionate woman."
The movie took executive producer James Gandolfini six years to bring to the screen, and director Philip Kaufman, in his first movie for television, explores how the writers met, fell in love, covered the world's main events and fought until they had to split.
Ernest Hemingway is the kind of grandiose figure that it seems it would be difficult to contain within the framework of a feature film, and the decision to pair his life with that of his ex-wife Martha Gellhorn only adds to the task at hand. But with the leisure of a two-and-a-half hour running time, a starry ensemble, the guiding hands of director Philip Kaufman ("The Right Stuff," "The Unbearable Lightness Of Being") and the support of HBO, "Hemingway & Gellhorn" is a messy, but still worthwhile film about the two writers that does a strong job of bringing their complex, explosive and committed relationship to the big screen.
Penned by Jerry Stahl and Barbara Turner, the film is essentially divided into two parts: the first half of the movie follows the pair as they meet and then find themselves in Spain, both embedded in the battle against Franco and the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's been almost five decades since Philip Kaufman first came to Cannes with his 1964 debut "Goldstein," an indie comedy co-directed by Benjamin Manaster. In the time since, his varied work has encompassed wide-ranging themes, from the multiple Academy Award-nominated test pilot saga "The Right Stuff" to the 1978 sci-fi classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" to the Nc-17-rated period drama "Henry & June." This year, Kaufman returns to the festival with what's his first feature since 2004 -- "Hemingway & Gellhorn," a sprawling romance tracking the relationship between Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen), already famous and twice married when the film starts in 1936, and Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman), a tireless war correspondent in an era when being a female in the field was unheard of. The two have a tumultuous, fiery connection that begins when they travel to cover the Spanish Civil War and...
- Alison Willmore
It's been almost five decades since Philip Kaufman first came to Cannes with his 1964 debut "Goldstein," an indie comedy co-directed by Benjamin Manaster. In the time since, his varied work has encompassed wide-ranging themes, from the multiple Academy Award-nominated test pilot saga "The Right Stuff" to the 1978 sci-fi classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" to the Nc-17-rated period drama "Henry & June." This year, Kaufman returns to the festival with what's his first feature since 2004 -- "Hemingway & Gellhorn," a sprawling romance tracking the relationship between Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen), already famous and twice married when the film starts in 1936, and Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman), a tireless war correspondent in an era when being a female in the field was unheard of. The two have a tumultuous, fiery connection that begins when they travel to cover the Spanish Civil War and »
- Alison Willmore
Hemingway & Gellhorn – premiering on HBO on May 28th and directed by Philip Kaufman (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Right Stuff, Henry & June) from a script by Jerry Stahl and Barbara Turner – recounts the passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage of literary master Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and trailblazing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman), following their relationship through the Spanish Civil War and beyond. As the two witnessed history, they covered all the great conflicts of their time, but just couldn’t overcome their own conflicts at home. The film also stars David Strathairn, Molly Parker, Rodrigo Santoro, Parker Posey, Lars Ulrich, Santiago Cabrera, Saverio Guerra, Peter Coyote, Diane Baker, Joan Chen and Tony Shalhoub. During this exclusive interview with Collider, accomplished filmmaker and multiple Academy Award nominee Philip Kaufman (whose writing credits include Raiders of the Lost Ark) talked about how this film was brought to him, making his first feature for television, »
- Christina Radish
Dafoe, playing the role of John Petty, joins the previously announced award-winning cast including Oscar®-winner Christian Bale (The Fighter), Oscar®-nominated Casey Affleck (The Assassination ofJesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Zoe Saldana (Avatar), Oscar®-nominated Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), Oscar®-nominated Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) and Oscar®-winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland). The film, which started shooting on April 13th on location in Braddock, Pennsylvania, is written and directed by critically-acclaimed Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).
The film is a gripping and gritty dramatic thriller about fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell (Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. »
- Michelle McCue
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