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Penn Is Latest Hollywood Celeb to Take Home French Academy's Honor

10 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young -- i.e., media friendly -- Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on February 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the »

- Steve Montgomery

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Publicists Awards Honor Bob and Harvey Weinstein

21 January 2015 9:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild have named Bob and Harvey Weinstein as Motion Picture Showmen of the Year.

The brothers will be presented with their award at the 52nd Publicists Awards Luncheon on Feb. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The organization noted that The Weinstein Company’s “The Imitation Game” has received 10 Academy Award nominations this year along with a Best Song nom for “Begin Again” and Best Documentary (“Citizenfour”) through Weinstein subsidiary Radius-twc.

They have previously received five Academy Awards for Best Picture: “The English Patient” (1996), “Shakespeare in Love” (1998), “Chicago” (2002), “The King’s Speech” (2010) and “The Artist” (2011).

“The Weinsteins are the very epitome of showmanship,” said Steven Poster, president. “They have impeccable taste and are universally regarded as the industry leaders in awards campaigns..”

Recent recipients of the Motion Picture Showmanship Award include last year’.s honorees Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger as well as Kevin Feige, David Heyman, »

- Dave McNary

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The Precedent for an Eddie Redmayne or Michael Keaton Oscar Win

19 January 2015 8:53 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.

Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.

For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Golden Globe Winners vs. Oscars: The 2015 Update!

12 January 2015 7:55 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

In what is now a new and continuing tradition, the Golden Globe Awards have been revealed ahead of the Oscar nominations, which will be made public this Thursday. Of course, voting for the Oscar nominations was closed before the awards were revealed so don't think last night's wins will have any effect on the nominees. But this isn't an article designed to look at nominations, though we'll certainly get into a little of that. Instead we're looking at what chance last night's Globe winners have at winning the Oscar based on the recent Globe vs. Oscar history. This post serves as my ninth installment of my "Globes vs. Oscars" column (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and we'll take a look at the past 30 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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Juliette Binoche-led 'Nobody Wants the Night' to open 65th Berlinale

9 January 2015 5:46 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Berlin International Film Festival announced early Friday morning that "Nobody Wants the Night," the most recent work by Spanish director Isabel Coixet, will open the festival as well as play in the international competition. Previous fest kick-offs included "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Grandmaster." We’re sure "Nobody Wants the Night" is quite grand in its own right, even if it doesn’t flaunt it in the title. Based on true events, "Nobody Wants the Night" follows Josephine Peary (Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche), a "mature, proud, determined and naive woman" living in Greenland circa 1909 and in love with celebrated Arctic adventurer Robert Peary (Gabriel Byrne), "a man who prefers glory and ice to the comforts of an upper-class home." Another woman, the "young but wise, brave and humble" Allaka (Academy Award-nominated Rinko Kikuchi), is in love with the same man… and pregnant with his child. As Coixet’s »

- Matt Patches

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Berlin Film Festival to Open with Juliette Binoche Starrer ‘Nobody Wants the Night’

9 January 2015 2:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Spanish director Isabel Coixet’s “Nobody Wants the Night,” which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, will open the Berlin Film Festival. The film will world premiere on Feb. 5 as part of the international competition.

Binoche, who won an Oscar for “The English Patient,” is joined in the ensemble cast by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel,” “The Brothers Bloom,” “Pacific Rim”) and Irish thesp Gabriel Byrne (“The Usual Suspects,” “Miller’s Crossing”).

Paris-based Elle Driver handles international sales; Wild Bunch Distribution will release “Nobody Wants the Night” in France.

The adventure film is set in 1908 in Greenland, and focuses on “courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory.” Pic, which is a Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production, was shot in Bulgaria, Norway and Spain.

Isabel Coixet has created an impressive and perceptive portrait of two women in extreme circumstances,” said Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlinale.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Isabel Coixet's Nobody Wants the Night to open Berlinale 2015

9 January 2015 2:10 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Juliette Binoche stars in the Arctic adventure.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 5 with the world premiere of Nobody Wants the Night, the latest film from Spanish director Isabel Coixet. It will participate in the international competition.

The Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production takes place in 1908, in the Arctic seclusion of Greenland. The adventure film focuses on “courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory”.

The ensemble cast includes French actress and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (Camille Claudel 1915, The English Patient), Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, The Brothers Bloom) and Irish actor Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing). Filming took place in Bulgaria, Norway and Spain.

Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said: “Isabel Coixet has created an impressive and perceptive portrait of two women in extreme circumstances.”

He also revealed: “It will also be the first film to be screened in Dolby Atmos in our Berlinale Palast.”

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Academy & WGA At Odds Over ‘Whiplash’ Screenplay; Will It Hurt Oscar Chances?

6 January 2015 12:01 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Damien Chazelle’s Sundance-winning Whiplash, an admittedly largely autobiographical screenplay he wrote, has been mysteriously classified as an adapted script by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — which did not inform Chazelle or the film’s distributor of its decision before ballots went out December 29th. In fact, Sony Pictures Classics only discovered this fact only Monday and was quite puzzled.

Chazelle, who considers his script original, is not an Academy member and therefore is unable to vote, also was completely unaware. Complicating matters, the WGA had vetted it and declared it an original screenplay for their competition (nominees will be announced Wednesday), leading to the unprecedented situation of the guild calling it original and the Academy disagreeing.

It’s already causing all sorts of confusion for the Academy’s writers branch. John Gatins, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Flight, put out an Sos via email to me Monday »

- Pete Hammond

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New Photos from Mad Max: Fury Road

5 January 2015 11:23 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“Everybody’s gone out of their mind. You’re not the only one, Max.” Moviegoers last saw Max Rockatansky roaming the desert wasteland in 1985, but longtime fans of writer/director George Miller’s apocalyptic road rage series will be reunited with the widowed wanderer in May of 2015, when Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters. You can get a taste of the post-apocalyptic mayhem to come in a new batch of film stills featuring Nicholas Hoult as Nux, Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Tom Hardy as Mad Max, and several more manic characters.

“From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing »

- Derek Anderson

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The Definitive Best Picture Losers

1 January 2015 12:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. Apollo 13 (1995)

Lost to: Braveheart

In 1995, director Ron Howard brought a true life story of hope in the face of peril and started sweeping up awards. He won the Directors Guild Award. He won the Producers Guild Award. He won the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award. He lost the Golden Globe Drama to “Sense and Sensibility,” though he was nominated. Nothing could beat “Apollo 13.” Oscar night came and the Academy decided to hand the award to Mel Gibson’s historical epic about William Wallace, whose only precursor award was a surprise directing win at the Golden Globes. I’m not saying “Apollo 13″ is a greater film than “Braveheart.” It’s just proof that even the mighty may fall if a charismatic actor/director is at the helm.

29. L.A. Confidential (1997)

Lost to: Titanic

Curtis Hanson’s neo noir wasn’t the only quality loser from 1997 (“Good Will Hunting, »

- Joshua Gaul

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