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Don't tell Jon Stewart Birdman beat out American Sniper because of politics. On Wednesday's The Daily Show, Stewart mocked Fox News pundits who argued Clint Eastwood's American Sniper was snubbed at the Oscars because of the director's conservative viewpoint. An increasingly animated Stewart noted Eastwood had already won best picture and best director (Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby) and that "the left-wing loons in Hollywood made the f---ing movie, and nominated it for best picture." See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films "They didn't even give the best picture to the best picture," Stewart said as he indicated a poster for Boyhood. "For God's sake, if
- Aaron Couch
Over the past week, we’ve been celebrating the losers — those talented filmmakers whom Oscar has foolishly overlooked. In this final entry, we ask the Zoltar Machine for a do-over. If you asked me specifically which Oscar-winning director should have their gold snatched away and given to Penny Marshall, I don’t know that I’d have an answer. The year she would have been eligible for Big, Barry Levinson won for Rain Man. The year she would have been eligible for Awakenings, Kevin Costner won for Dances With Wolves. The year she would have been eligible for A League of Their Own, Clint Eastwood won for Unforgiven. There’s no easy way to rewrite history and slide her name in where someone else’s was previously, although a case can easily be made that Big and Rain Man (the Best Picture of 1988) share near-identical emotional DNA. The following year, the »
- Scott Beggs
BAFTA champ and rookie nominee Tom Cross won Best Editing for "Whiplash." He had 13/5 odds and the backing of only four Experts: Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Tariq Khan (Fox News), and Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby). Contrast that to 25 of our 29 Oscar Experts who predicted Sandra Adair would win for her work on Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making "Boyhood" had also recently won with the American Cinema Editors guild. -Break- "Boyhood" had overwhelming 1/2 odds in its favor for the first-time contender. In addition to strong expert support, this film was also predicted by two of our seven Editors, 19 of our Top 24 Users, and 66% of our overall Users. In third place at 50/1 was "American Sniper," by Joel Cox, a three-time nominee who prevailed on his first bid in 1992 for "Unforgiven," and rookie »
Throughout the vast history of cinema the profession of law enforcement has been portrayed heavily and made its mark on the big screen in both dramatic and comical fodder. Whether it be straight up cops and robbers or crooked officers on the take in gangster flicks or ant-hero gun-slinging loners trying to buck the system the presence of crime-busting cads never fail to add compelling, if not at times over-exaggerated, insight into the world of law-enforcing personalities.
The one element of the law-enforcing community that seems somewhat limited but still registers mightily in some cinematic arenas is the concept of the sheriff. Sheriffs do cast a prominent shadow in all sorts of fields in the movies: westerns, medieval times, contemporary country car-chasing farces and even some urban melodramas.
In Arresting Developments: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies we will take a look at some of the notable on-screen sheriffs in »
- Frank Ochieng
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
The fifth film in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has begun filming. Here's the press release the company issued today to celebrate the news which also includes a detailed new synopsis. Here's the press release in full:
Queens Land, Australia (February 18, 2015) – Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning ("Kon-Tiki"), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying »
- Garth Franklin
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”).
Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »
- Michelle McCue
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, British television's Skins) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone, Exodus: Gods and Kings). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »
All but two of our Oscar Experts predict that Ace champ Sandra Adair will win Best Film Editing for her work on Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." That overwhelming support gives this rookie nominee leading odds of 2/13. -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories Two of our Oscarologists -- Tariq Khan (Fox News) and Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby) -- are backing the bid by BAFTA winner and rookie Oscar nominee Tom Cross for his cutting of "Whiplash." That support gives him odds of 10/1. Tied for third at 50/1 are the team that cut "American Sniper" -- Joel Cox (a three-time nominee who prevailed on his first bid in 1992 for "Unforgiven") and rookie Gary Roach -- and freshman contender Barney Pilling, who won the Ace comedy/musical award for "The Grand Budapest Hotel." William...' »
Exclusive Q&A: It arrived too late to factor in guild and critics awards, but the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper has established such a connection with American movie audiences that its dark horse chances of upsetting the Oscar status quo cannot be ignored. It passed Saving Private Ryan to become the highest domestic grossing war movie ever; it even shot past the U.S. gross of Bradley Cooper’s previous biggest hit, The Hangover, and trails only The Passion Of The Christ for biggest-ever R-rated domestic grosser. This, for a hard R film about the wartime exploits and horrors faced by the most dangerous sniper in U.S. military history, and the price paid by Chris Kyle, wife Taya, and his fellow soldiers tasked with door to door searches in Sadr City when it was the most dangerous place in Iraq.
Nominated for Best Actor for his spare portrayal of the Navy Seal sharpshooter, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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 »
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