18 items from 2015
Documentary filmmaker notes again that his uncle was killed by a sniper and explains his views in Facebook post
Along with a photo of a gravesite with an American flag, the documentary filmmaker tweeted a tribute to his uncle, a World War II veteran, who was killed by a sniper’s bullet.
My uncle's grave in Flint, with the flag I placed there in October. Killed »
- Todd Cunningham
“God, family, country.” After the awkward dysrhythmia of Jersey Boys (a musical with a tin ear for its tunes), Clint Eastwood is back in the saddle with this bleak western-inflected thriller. Adapted from the autobiography of Chris Kyle, a navy Seal (nicknamed “the Legend” – really) who racked up more than 160 confirmed kills as a marksman in Iraq, American Sniper finds Eastwood returning once again to Unforgiven’s thorny themes of guns and retribution in tensely cinematic fashion. That the title (taken from the book) should ironically echo Bret Easton Ellis’s satirically vitriolic portrait of male psychosis is appropriate, the film allowing its audience to view Kyle as either hero or villain – or both.
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
"American Sniper" is many things -- it has plenty of action, some moments of suspense and horror, a strong lead performance from Bradley Cooper, and some interesting moral and political quagmires that it works its way through. It's also jingoistic, at times fatuous, and overall feels like a completely missed opportunity to do something extraordinary.
This is another film by that stalwart director Clint Eastwood, a Hollywood icon who at 84 doesn't seem to be slowing down very much. This is his second film released that's eligible for awards in 2014 (his musical romp "Jersey Boys" made its budget back during its summer run), and "Sniper" is already garnering lots of awards attention from the Director's Guild and the Academy, with Cooper, the writer, picture editors and sound mixers/editors and the picture itself all getting nominations for Oscars.
I hear it's a true story.
Ostensibly it's a film based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, »
- Jason Gorber
Benedict Cumberbatch and Meryl Streep were among the 2015 Oscar nominees announced on Thursday morning, (because, of course they were,) but let's dig in to what we all really want to talk about: the snubs and surprises.
Complete List: 2015 Oscar Nominees Revealed
Surprise! Marion Cotillard: Perhaps one of the biggest surprises came in the Best Actress category, when Cotillard's name was called for her role in Two Days, One Night. It's not that Cotillard isn’t a force in the acting world, or that she didn’t deserve the nomination, but the 39-year-old beauty had failed to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Screen Actors Guild or the Broadcast Film Critics Association this season.
Snub! Jennifer Aniston: For every surprise, there's a snub. After months of critical acclaim, a press tour and several acting nominations, Jennifer Aniston failed to score an Oscar nom for her dramatic role in Cake.
Snubs! [link »
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced the nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014. All the usual suspects received nods (Wes Anderson, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Richard Linklater), the unusual (Morten Tyldum for "The Imitation Game"), and then there's Clint Eastwood for "American Sniper."
Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 7, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Here's your complete list of nominees of the 67th Annual DGA Awards:
Feature Film Nominees
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Anderson.s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Miki Emmrich
First Assistant Director: Josh Robertson
Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard
This is Mr. Anderson.s first DGA Award nomination.
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Eastwood.s Directorial »
The Director’s Guild of America has announced the nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, with Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Morten Tyldum (The Theory of Everything) set to contest the award.
“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said DGA President Barclay. “Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.”
This is the first DGA Award nomination for Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater and Morten Tyldum, while Alejandro González Iñárritu was nominated for Babel and won the DGA Award for Commercials in 2012 with Proctor and Gamble’s ‘Best Job’ ad. »
- Gary Collinson
The front-runner and director of Boyhood earned his first Directors Guild Of America’s (DGA) nomination on Tuesday (January 13).
Joining Linklater are first-time nominees Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game, alongside Clint Eastwood for American Sniper and Alejandro Gonzalez Ińárritu for Birdman.
The winner will be announced at the 67th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on February 7 in Los Angeles.
Eastwood received the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006.
Ińárritu has been nominated twice before for Babel and Best Job, for which he won the commercials award in 2012.
“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said DGA president Paris Barclay.
“Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
A few short hours ago, the Directors Guild of America announced their nominees, letting us in on the final precursor of the season. All that’s left is Thursday morning’s Academy Award nominations, but the puzzle is almost complete. Today’s announcement from the DGA brought a bit of clarity to some parts of the Best Director race, but the Oscar lineup is far from set, that’s for sure. More so than any other year I can remember, so much is up in the air at the final stretch of this first phase race. It’s exciting, but stressful all the same, at least for this humble prognosticator. A quick mention about this precursor. Normally, it does transition highly towards what the Academy will do, but there’s an exception this year due to scheduling. Oscar ballots had to be in before this Guild announced, so voters were flying blind. »
- Joey Magidson
Anderson, Eastwood, Iñárritu, Linklater, Tyldum.
Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014.
“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said Barclay. “Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.”
Of the DGA nominations, Oscar pundit Scott Feinberg (THR) writes, “You’ll notice that the list does not include Selma’s Ava DuVernay, Gone Girl’s David Fincher, Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller, Interstellar’s Christopher Nolan, Inherent Vice’s Paul Thomas Anderson, The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh, Unbroken’s Angelina Jolie, Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall and A Most Violent Year »
- Michelle McCue
The Directors Guild of America has announced its nominees for the Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film Award.
The DGA will give away its prestigious prize in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 7.
Boyhood's Richard Linklater will compete against Birdman's Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Imitation Game's Morten Tyldum, The Grand Budapest Hotel's Wes Anderson and American Sniper's Clint Eastwood.
DGA president Paris Barclay announced this year's nominees, saying: "In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers.
"Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director's team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work."
Eastwood has won the prestigious Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film Award twice, in 1992 for his Western Unforgiven »
Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014. “In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,? said Barclay. ?Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.” The winner will be named at the 67th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The nominees are (in alphabetical order): Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Mr. Anderson’s Directorial Team: Unit Production Manager: Miki Emmrich First Assistant Director: Josh Robertson Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard This is Mr. Anderson’s first DGA Award nomination. »
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Clint Eastwood for “America Sniper,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Birdman,” Richard Linklater for “Boyhood” and Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game” for its feature film directing award.
The winner, based on voting by the 15,000 DGA members, will be announced Feb. 7 at the 67th DGA Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
Key contenders excluded included Ava DuVernay for “Selma,” David Fincher for “Gone Girl” and Christopher Nolan for “Interstellar.” The nominations for Eastwood, his fourth, and Tyldem were the biggest surprises.
It was the first nomination for Anderson, Linklater and Tyldum.
“Couldn’t be more excited to be recognized by my peers,” Tyldum said. “I am thrilled that my fellow directors gave me this honor, and to be in this group of talented artists is overwhelming. I am truly over the moon.”
Eastwood won the »
- Dave McNary
The Eastwood nomination was the most surprising of the group, with the veteran director and four-time DGA nominee beating out David Fincher for “Gone Girl,” James Marsh for “The Theory of Everything,” Christopher Nolan for “Interstellar” and, most notably, Ava DuVernay for “Selma,” a late-breaking film that has »
- Steve Pond
The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees Tuesday for its annual Feature Film award, and the list contains a few surprises.
Wes Anderson continues to gain momentum for an eventual Oscar nomination for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," snagging a DGA nom for the first time in his career. And Clint Eastwood, who was snubbed by the Golden Globes, made a triumphant return to the DGAs, earning a nod for "American Sniper," his fourth overall nomination from the organization.
One notable exclusion from the list is "Selma" director Ava DuVernay, whose film was also snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild. David Fincher, once considered an Oscar lock for "Gone Girl," was also absent.
The rest of the DGA Feature Film nominees were Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Birdman"), and Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game"). The full list from the DGA, including each nominee's directorial team, is below. Nominations for »
- Katie Roberts
There is much to admire about American Sniper, including a stalwart performance by Bradley Cooper and the measured, steady approach of Clint Eastwood behind the camera, but a question mark hangs over whether real-life Navy Seal Chris Kyle – on whose memoir the film is based – should be set so high on a pedestal.
Kyle is described as "America's deadliest sniper" and although the point is never clarified in the film, it is Kyle who made this proclamation of himself. That kind of brash gesture feels at odds with the humble family man Cooper portrays, but it's easy to see why his story appealed to Eastwood because, early on, Kyle fancies himself as a cowboy, working the Texas rodeo circuit, and he takes that straight-as-an-arrow 'man's gotta do' philosophy out onto the battlefield in Iraq, »
The ambiguity of war and violence gets a new twist in Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper," the true-life story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper, who also produced), “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.” The complex psychological drama, which is gaining Oscar momentum, balances the conflict between military duty and family responsibility. Editorially, the tempo and timing posed a new challenge to Joel Cox, who has cut more than 30 movies for Eastwood (winning an Oscar for "Unforgiven"), and Gary Roach, who joined the editorial team 18 years ago with "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." "Clint told us before we started that this movie was going to be made in the editing room, which is not something he normally says," remarks Cox. "It's about the difficulty of balancing life, going back and forth between home and the war in Iraq. So the style of editing is different than other films we've done. »
- Bill Desowitz
The defining moment of Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” plays out twice onscreen and countless more times in the mind of the movie’s central character, the late Navy Seal marksman Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper). We are on a rooftop in Nasiriya, Iraq, a couple of weeks into the second American invasion, and Kyle — trained for battle but not yet tested by it — scans the surroundings for any seeming anomaly. A suspicious-looking man appears on a nearby balcony talking on a cell phone, only to disappear again back inside the building. Then, down below, a woman in a full burqa emerges with a young boy in tow. There is something odd about the way she holds her hands beneath the long black robe — she seems to be concealing something. Then she removes the object, a live grenade, and hands it to the boy, who begins running toward a line of advancing U. »
- Scott Foundas
Even if “American Sniper” missed out on Golden Globe nominations, it still emerged as one of the big winners of the holiday season. Clint Eastwood’s drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle has grossed a stellar $2.2 million since it opened in only four theaters on Christmas, and the Warner Bros. release expands on Jan. 16.
The Oscar best-actor race is especially overcrowded this year, but as ballots are due on Wednesday, voters should take a look — if they haven’t already — at Bradley Cooper’s career-best performance. It’s a transformation that had Kyle’s widow Taya in tears the first time she saw the film, and she’s been talking about how Cooper captured her husband’s essence. In the last few weeks, many actors, including Ben Affleck, Jane Fonda, Julia Roberts and Jonah Hill, have also been singing Cooper’s praises.
To play Kyle, Cooper spent six months working out 4.5 hours a day, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
18 items from 2015
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