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It used to be a brave – or foolish – thing for an Oscar prognosticator to pick separate winners for Best Picture and Best Director. Academy members, with rare exception, gave directors credit for the perceived quality of their movies by voting for both. When the awards were split, as they were when Steven Spielberg won Best Director while his movie “Saving Private Ryan” lost Best Picture to “Shakespeare in Love” or when Ang Lee failed to parlay his directing Oscar for “Brokeback Mountain” to a Best Picture win, it seemed a minor scandal. The recent exceptions to the rule – Alfonso Cuaron winning Best Director for “Gravity” while Best Picture went to “12 Years a Slave” and “Argo” winning Best Picture after its director Ben Affleck was left off the directing ballot altogether – seem to have emboldened Oscar handicappers to think of this year’s ballots for director and p »
Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight British costume designer Sandy Powell has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards -- winning on 3 occasions (for "Shakespeare in Love," "The Aviator" and "The Young Victoria") -- and she's now added two more for doing the costumes for both "Cinderella" and "Carol," in both occasions dressing Cate Blanchett in endlessly stunning ensembles. Will it be enough for Oscar #4? Because she'll be splitting votes between herself, this category may go to the gloriously far out world of "Mad Max." Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best costume design. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on Indiewire. Nominees:"Carol" (Sandy Powell)"Cinderella" (Sandy Powell)"The Revenant" (Jacqueline West)"The Danish »
Before we begin our rundown of Oscar snubs that still sting, a few words of disagreement about traditional choices in this category: I prefer Ordinary People to Raging Bull (especially since Op contains more than one great character), Kramer vs. Kramer to Apocalypse Now (Do we really need another '70s Best Picture winner with 0-1 viable female roles?), and Shakespeare in Love to Saving Private Ryan (thanks to performances and narrative payoff). But for the most part, it's easy to agree on Oscar's biggest misses, and we're counting up a whole bunch of them here. »
- Louis Virtel
Saturday evening’s 22nd Annual SAG Awards proved that we have a real race on our hands for best picture. The night’s biggest prize, the best ensemble award, which has been awarded to 10 of the last 20 best pic winners, went to Spotlight.
Director Tom McCarthy’s drama about Boston Globe reporters investigating the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal is led by performances from best supporting actor Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, best supporting actress nom Rachel McAdams, and best actor nom last year, Michael Keaton. The film previously won the Critics’ Choice award for best picture.
Rival contenders The Big Short and The Revenant, took home best picture honors at the PGA Awards and Golden Globes, respectively, with The Martian also winning a best picture award (in the comedy/musical category) at the Golden Globes.
So, what does a best ensemble win at SAG »
- Patrick Shanley
The SAG Awards went mostly as expected on the film side, with "Spotlight" taking Best Ensemble a week after it lost Best Picture at the Producers Guild of America to "The Big Short." However, while the PGA has previewed 19 of the past 26 Oscar champs, the SAG Award for Best Ensemble doesn't have nearly as much predictive value. (Click here for the complete list of winners.) -Break- Dish all the Oscar races in our red-hot forums with Hollywood insiders Only half of the 20 winners of this SAG award have gone on to take Best Picture at the Oscars. Last year "Birdman" prevailed both here and with the academy while in 2013 SAG picked "American Hustle" for Best Ensemble, while the academy chose "12 Years a Slave" for Best Picture. But SAG has predicted a few major Oscar upsets, including "Shakespeare in Love" (1998) and "Crash" (2005), and helped clarify "Argo's" po »
It seems like the late Michael Jackson himself would also be very unhappy with the casting decision for Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon. Twitter went up in arms after it was revealed that Shakespeare in Love star Joseph Fiennes would be playing the King of Pop in a new half-hour TV comedy about an unconfirmed road trip the singer reportedly took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. And now, a 1993 interview between Mj and Oprah Winfrey has resurfaced to prove that Jackson would not approve of Fiennes playing him in this project. When asked by Winfrey about rumor than he wanted a white boy to play him in an early '90s Pepsi »
Yesterday, Joseph Fiennes became the target of outrage when it was announced that the white actor -- best known for playing William Shakespeare in the 1999 Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love -- would be playing black musical icon Michael Jackson in a new telefilm for the U.K. network Sky Arts. Not a joke! Now, the actor is speaking out in defense of his casting in the film, which would dramatize an alleged post-9/11 roadtrip Jackson took with friends Elizabeth Taylor (to be played by Stockard Channing in the film) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox). "[Jackson] definitely had an issue -- a pigmentation issue -- and that's something I do believe," Fiennes said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "He was probably closer to my color than his original color." Additionally, the actor defended the film by saying it's "a light comedy" that's "not in any way malicious. It's actually endearing. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Surely when the news broke that Joseph Fiennes was going to play Michael Jackson, we weren't the only ones to wonder at first which Michael Jackson they were referring to. Because Ralph Fiennes' little brother, the brooding star of Shakespeare in Love, Enemy at the Gates and American Horror Story: Asylum, wouldn't exactly rank near the top of our list of choices when it comes to who'd be most likely to be cast as the late "King of Pop" in any medium. Yet such is the case, alongside Brian Cox as Marlon Brando and Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor in a half-hour one-off comedy for Britain's Sky TV, based on a tale told in a Vanity Fair article about a supposed road trip »
Here's possibly the oddest movie we'll see in the next couple of years. As yet untitled, the Michael Jackson 9/11 Road Trip Comedy is exactly what it sounds like. And it is a reimagining of a fateful trip that 'presumably' happened. Weirdest part about the announcement of this upcoming comedy is that none other than Joseph Fiennes, known for his roles in American Horror Story, Hercules and Strangerland, is taking on the lead role of Michael Jackson.
Joseph Fiennes confirmed the news himself, speaking with WENN.com. And it sounds like an unlikely choice for the Shakespeare in Love star. The movie tracks a rumored cross-country road trip that The King of Pop took with none other than Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. All three icons piled into a car after the events of 9/11 and drove from New York to Los Angeles, so that Michael Jackson could get away from the terrorists attacks and regroup. »
It don't matter if you're black or white...or does it? Joseph Fiennes, a British actor best known for his leading role in Shakespeare in Love, has been cast as Michael Jackson in a new TV drama, one about 9/11 no less, Sky News and other outlets reported this week. Many people are freaking out about this because, well, guess. "A White Actor will play Mj. Because we aren't whitewashed enough in Hollywood, apparently," read a tweet posted on Bet's Twitter page Wednesday. The black superstar, known as the King of Pop, died in 2009 at age 50 from an accidental overdose of the anesthetic propofol and other medications while under »
London — Joseph Fiennes, who was BAFTA nominated for “Shakespeare in Love,” is set to play the late singer Michael Jackson in “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,” a one-off, half-hour comedy ordered by U.K. pay TV network Sky, the company confirmed Wednesday.
Stockard Channing will play Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox will take the part of Marlon Brando in the show, which re-enacts a road trip the three friends allegedly made following the New York terrorist attacks in September 2001. In an attempt to get home to the West Coast, the trio are said to have driven from New York to Ohio, with frequent stops at fast-food restaurants, at Brando’s insistence. The trip was written about in an article in Vanity Fair. Some of Taylor’s friends claim she did not make the trip.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Fiennes conceded the incongruity of a white actor being asked to play an African American singer. »
- Leo Barraclough
Admit it, when you watched "Shakespeare in Love," you thought "That Will Shakespeare actor should play Michael Jackson some day." Congrats, 'cause that day is here!
Believe it or not, British actor Joseph Fiennes will play Michael Jackson -- opposite Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando -- in a road trip comedy called "Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon," following the celebrity trio's rumored cross-country trip after the 9/11 attacks in New York City.
Joseph Fiennes recently described (and defended) the project to WENN:
"I got the script the other day. It's a challenge. It's a comedy. It doesn't poke mean fun but it's a story, possibly urban legend, whereby Michael, Marlon Brando, and Liz Taylor were all together the day before 9/11 doing a concert. Airspace was shut down and they couldn't get out and Michael had the bright idea to go to hire a car and drive. So »
- Gina Carbone
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. Joseph Fiennes is playing Michael Jackson in a movie. I repeat: Joseph Fiennes is playing Michael Jackson in a movie. Joseph Fiennes, in case you'd forgotten, is the white British actor who rose to fame playing William Shakespeare in the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. Michael Jackson, meanwhile, is the black American entertainer who became the most famous pop-music performer of his time before a round of plastic surgeries rendered him unrecognizable and allegations of child molestation derailed his career. The new film, which is being produced for British TV, will be an imagining of an alleged (and subsequently refuted) road trip Jackson took with his friends Elizabeth Taylor (to be played by Stockard Channing in the »
- Chris Eggertsen
Joseph "Shakespeare in Love" Fiennes is set to play yet another creative genius: The Guardian reports that Fiennes has confirmed he'll play Michael Jackson — yes, that Michael Jackson — in a British TV movie about a post-9/11 celebrity road trip. (The casting was previously rumored in December.) The untitled drama, set to air on Britain's Sky Arts, tells the story of Jackson's legendary escape from New York City alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando during the air-travel shutdown that followed the terror attacks. The trio of artists reportedly made it as far as Ohio, gorging on junk food in a rental car, though Taylor's old assistant has claimed the legendary actress never joined Brando and Jackson on the trip. Stockard Channing will play Taylor in the film, with Brian Cox as Brando — and, again, Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, the king of pop. Huh. »
- Nate Jones
On Saturday evening the PGA Awards presented The Big Short with its top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck award for best picture. Unlike the previous awards shows this season, such as the Golden Globes or Critics’ Choice Awards, the PGA’s are the first awards this season presented by people who actually make movies. They also have one of the best track records of predicting Oscar success, with 19 of the last 26 Zanuck award winners going on to win the best picture Oscar.
What this all means is that The Big Short has positioned itself as the slight lead dog in a close race for best picture. While a PGA award is a big step in the right direction for the film, it does still have the overwhelming disadvantage of being a comedy competing for best picture. Historically, comedic-skewing films have not performed well with the Academy, »
- Patrick Shanley
The first poster for Disney’s The Bfg is here.
The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the Bfg prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. »
- Michelle McCue
The continued blood-soaked battles between neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them are collected in the second season Blu-ray / DVD of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the Amazon exclusive home media release that includes both seasons of the Robert Rodriguez series:
Press Release: The Original Crime Drama, Executive Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Swoops Into Retail in a Loaded 3-Disc Set (Blu-ray/DVD) Featuring All 10 Episodes from Season Two, Audio Commentary from Rodriguez, Cast & Crew, 13 Featurettes, "After Dusk: Inside the Episode" Segments - and More!
Also Available Will Be From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Seasons One & Two, Exclusively at Amazon
Street Date: February 2, 2016
Blu-ray/DVD Srp: $49.98/$39.98
Spun off from Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film franchise, Season One of Miramax/El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, »
- Derek Anderson
Shakespeare’s portrait of the brooding, potentially psychotic Danish prince Hamlet is arguably the Bard’s most notable play, as well as a veritable support beam within the literary canon. We’ve seen countless cinematic adaptations, contemporized for modern audiences, anachronized for the kitschy crowd, and usually abridged for the medium. But out of this was born an inventive farce which has taken on an iconicity of its own from the perspective of two minor supporting characters with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Playwright Tom Stoppard penned the intelligent comedy in 1966 and made his solo directorial cinematic outing with the famous 1990 film version which took home the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (where Gore Vidal was president, no less). Although fans of Shakespeare’s source text will most likely continue to be entertained by Stoppard’s impressive meta-textual accomplishment, this reputable adaptation of his own material often feels a bit flat. »
- Nicholas Bell
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to present the 175-year-old costume company Angels Costumes with its annual award for outstanding British contribution to cinema at BAFTA’s film awards ceremony on Feb. 14.
The award is presented in honor of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter franchise and former Film4 boss Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was BBC Films.
Angels, which was established in 1840, is a seventh-generation family business. Today it is led by chairman Tim Angel, who has also served as chairman of BAFTA and as a governor of the British Film Institute.
Angels has a collection that spans eight miles of hanging rails, and is made up of more than 1 million items of clothing. Angels supplied costumes to »
- Leo Barraclough
Angels Costumes is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 14.
Now in its 175th year, Angels Costumes is the world’s longest-established and largest professional costume house, and has worked with film luminaries including Alfred Hitchcock, Powell and Pressburger, David Lean, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg on features from the Ealing Comedies, films produced by Gainsborough Studios and Hammer, to the Carry On films, Bond, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter.
The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is presented annually in honour of film producer Michael Balcon and previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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