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16 items from 2014


The elephant in the room by Anne-Katrin Titze

26 September 2014 1:33 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Endangered African Elephants in Simon Trevor's White Gold at Tsavo National Park: "Since 1970, I've seen 40,000 elephants killed."

White Gold, Sydney's Pollack's Out Of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, and Michael Apted's Gorillas In The Mist starring Sigourney Weaver have one man in common: Simon Trevor, the director of White Gold. His documentary on the organised poaching of elephant tusks, narrated by former Us Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, puts an end to fantasies of glamour and harmless luxury based on ignorance and lies.

Producer Arne Glimcher with White Gold director Simon Trevor on the crisis in elephant poaching: "This time around it's much more serious because there's less elephants and more demand." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The New York Film Festival now takes on the challenge of raising awareness with their newly announced panel The Crisis In Elephant Poaching. The discussion will be moderated by Last Days »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Wamg Talks To The Maze Runner Composer John Paesano

12 September 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On September 19th, 20th Century Fox will unveil the highly anticipated The Maze Runner and according to early numbers, director Wes Ball’s movie is on track for a $30 million opening when it bows next weekend.

Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner, when Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D.  Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

One of the most popular soundtracks Sony Music has released this year, the original movie score is from American film composer and conductor John Paesano.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Paesano initially studied classical music with composition professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris. »

- Michelle McCue

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“Hey, Glad You Won But…”: Top 10 Nominees Deprived of Oscar Gold in Favor of Another Contender

19 July 2014 5:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.

Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the  golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.

Let us look at the top ten instances where it »

- Frank Ochieng

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Oscars update rules to avoid another disqualification

25 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

On Tuesday, the academy's Board of Governors brought in a new rule for this year's Oscars that is aimed at preventing another embarassing disqualification. Last year, a brouhaha erupted after Bruce Broughton -- a one-time governor (2003 - 2012) and current executive committee member -- emailed other members of the music branch during the nomination period to bring his title track "Alone Yet Not Alone" to their attention. His lobbying must have worked as this tune, heard in a little-seen film, reaped a Best Song bid.  -Break- Join in the fierce debate about the early Oscar contenders going on right now in our red-hot forums Broughton, who lost his 1985 Score bid for "Silverado" to John Barry for "Out of Africa," penned this tune with lyricist Dennis Spiegel for a Christian film that focused on the hardships facing 18th century settlers in the Ohio Valley. Evangelical minister Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadripile »

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Cecchi Gori Tries to Restart Enzo Ferrari Biopic (Exclusive)

16 May 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

L.A.-based Cecchi Gori Pictures is trying to get its long-gestating “Ferrari” biopic on track. The company is in Cannes shopping the biopic on automotive mogul Enzo Ferrari, whose family redefined the concept of the high-powered Italian sports car and almost single-handedly created Formula One racing.

“It’s a beautiful tale of the story of Ferrari battling with Maserati for supremacy in speed, yet it’s not a racing movie: it’s a ‘Godfather’ movie with racing in it,” said Cecchi Gori Pictures CEO Niels Juul.

Juul said he is in advanced talks with a well-known U.S. director who has passion for the project and expects to announce the name shortly.

The script, which has been around for years, is by Troy Kennedy Martin (“The Italian Job”) and David Rayfield (“Out of Africa”). Kennedy Martin wrote the original script while David Rayfiel did revises.

Juul said his company »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Library of Congress' Packard Campus: Rare Double Screening of Box Office Cataclysm

26 March 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Screwball comedy movies, rare screenings of epic box office disaster: Library of Congress’ Packard Theater in April 2014 (photo: Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in ‘The Awful Truth’) In April 2014, the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia, will celebrate Hollywood screwball comedy movies, from the Marx Brothers’ antics to Peter Bogdanovich’s early ’70s homage What’s Up, Doc?, a box office blockbuster starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. Additionally, the Packard Theater will present a couple of rarities, including an epoch-making box office disaster that led to the demise of a major studio. Among Packard’s April 2014 screwball comedies are the following: Leo McCarey’s Duck Soup (Saturday, April 5) — actually more zany, wacky, and totally insane than merely "screwball" — in which Groucho Marx stars as the recently (un)elected dictator of Freedonia, abetted by siblings Harpo Marx and Chico Marx, in addition to Groucho’s perennial foil, »

- Andre Soares

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2014 Oscar Preview: Part 2

22 February 2014 12:19 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

 

Best Actor Nominees

 

Christian BaleAmerican Hustle

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy

Patrick Bateman – American Psycho

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Win - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2011 – as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter

Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused

Bruce DernNebraska

Age: 77

Previously Best Known For:

Freeman Lowell – Silent Running

Asa Watts – The Cowboys

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 1979 – as Captain Bob Hyde in Coming Home

Interesting Fact: One of the few actors to play a character to have killed John Wayne on screen (The Cowboys »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Red Carpet Lineup: All of Meryl Streep's Oscar Looks

21 February 2014 8:45 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

a better photo of the Silkwood Oscar dressThis is the last Streep-centric post for this Oscar season (unless she does something crazy at the Oscars), promise!

I used to always make a point of saying that Meryl Streep gets nominated for 39% of her performances, having appeared in 46 features and being nominated 18 times. But in truth her record is better than that. Once you eliminate the performances that couldn't have been nominated her record is an even more incredible 53% (a good example is her leading role in Plenty released in 1985 since she was nominated for her leading role in Out of Africa and an actor may only have one nomination per category unlike behind-the-camera people who are allowed to double up). So, fact: as soon as she reports to work on each new film she is more likely to be nominated than not for whatever it is she is about to do. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Can Meryl Streep Pull an Oscar Upset?

31 January 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

One of the things good Oscar prognosticator will do is work out all of the possible scenarios that could happen before arriving at a sound judgement. However, there seems to be one aspect that many people haven’t discussed is the possibility that the queen of Oscar nominations, Meryl Streep, could pull an upset and win her fourth Oscar for her performance in August: Osage County.

Before the season even started, many Oscar watchers had Meryl at or near the top of thier predictions. Her role was an award winner on stage, taking everything from the Tony to the Olivier award, the play won the Pulitzer Prize and the movie was filled with a ton of well regarded actors. Therefore it seemed inevitable that Oscars were sure to follow and even with the less than ecstatic critical response, she managed to make it through to her 18th nomination. »

- Terence Johnson

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Oscars shockeroo: Best Song bid for 'Alone Yet Not Alone' rescinded, no replacement named

29 January 2014 5:40 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

After causing a stir as a surprise Best Song nominee, the title track "Alone Yet Not Alone" was disqualified by the academy's Board of Governors on Wednesday. There will be no replacement, leaving just four tunes in the running. (Be sure to vote for which one you think will win at the bottom of this post.) year history of its awards.  Broughton, who lost his 1985 Score bid for "Silverado" to John Barry for "Out of Africa," penned this tune with lyricist »

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Oscars rescind Best Song nomination for 'Alone Yet Not Alone,' no replacement named

29 January 2014 5:40 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

After causing a stir as a surprise Best Song nominee, the title track "Alone Yet Not Alone" was disqualified by the academy's Board of Governors on Wednesday. There will be no replacement, leaving just four tunes in the running. (Be sure to vote for which one you think will win at the bottom of this post.) year history of its awards.  Broughton, who lost his 1985 Score bid for "Silverado" to John Barry for "Out of Africa," penned this tune with lyricist »

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Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón Takes Home Top Honors From Directors Guild of America

26 January 2014 10:54 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Another Oscar pre-cursor award was handed out Saturday night.

Director Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Gravity. This top honor puts him in a good spot to win the Academy Award for Best Director on Oscar Sunday, March 2. The awards for 2013 were announced during the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Other DGA nominees were Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips); Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave); David O. Russell (American Hustle); and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).

With just five weeks until the Oscars are announced from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, 12 Years A Slave, which tied with Gravity last Saturday to earn the top award at the Producers Guild, seems to be in a three-way race with American Hustle which took home the Screen Actors Guild award last weekend.

As Oscar pundit »

- Michelle McCue

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86th Academy Awards: Streep Shatters Nominations Record

16 January 2014 3:56 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John WellsAugust: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen FrearsPhilomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »

- Steve Montgomery

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Poll: Your Least Favorite Performances By This Year’s Best Actress Nominees

16 January 2014 2:50 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The Oscar nominations are in, and if you haven’t glanced at the Best Actress category, you’re in for a star-studded explosion. Collectively, the five chosen actresses have been nominated 38 times for Academy Awards, so any member of this esteemed quintet could run off with the gold.

But every great actor is an entitled to a mediocre performance or two. Here are my least favorite performances by the five nominated actresses of 2014.

Amy Adams: Julie and Julia

I actually appreciate that Julia and Julia was half-about the tribulations of a blogger trying to establish herself. Scaring up pageviews in order to sustain a living is an unusual situation, and I haven’t seen that explored in many movies. But Amy Adams is a pile of quirks and unfunny dialogue in this movie, and I’ve never seen her so flatly perky. You miss Meryl when she’s not »

- Louis Virtel

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Golden Globe Winners vs. Oscars: The 2014 Update!

13 January 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

For a second year in a row -- and this is looking like how it's going to be from now on -- the Golden Globe winners have been revealed ahead of the Oscar nominations have not yet been announced. The Oscar nominations come this Thursday morning while Thursday night the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) will announce the winners of the 2014 Critics Choice Awards on Thursday night followed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday. So, yeah, it's time to start looking at these things even closer. As I have done for the last several years, today I offer my eighth installment of my "Globes vs. Oscars" column (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and we'll take a look at the past 29 years of Golden Globe winner history compared to the Oscars and see where last night's winners may gain an edge and where they most likely won't and we'll begin with the lead acting categories. »

- Brad Brevet

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Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards' Best Actress Category: Streep to Perform One More Record-Breaking Feat?

6 January 2014 1:39 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actress (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actor.") Compared to the vibrant Best Actor field, the 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Actress category looks somewhat anemic. Not in terms of quality, but in terms of quantity. Whereas ten actors could be called strong competitors for the Oscar 2014 shortlist, only five actresses can be considered truly strong candidates for this year’s Best Actress shortlist. Besides these five, there are three unlikely runners-up and a handful of long shots — and we mean "long" as in "light-years-away long." Note: Exact SAG Award and Academy Award matches are actually less common than you might think for the reasons mentioned in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post (see link in the paragraph above). For instance, last year Marion Cotillard and Helen Mirren were both shortlisted for the Best Actress SAG Awards for, respectively, Jacques Audiard’s »

- Steve Montgomery

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