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By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Harvey Weinstein called on the Producers Guild of America to create new producing credits that would delineate between creative and financial producers in an appearance Saturday at the PGA’s first ever Produced By conference held in New York. During the course of a 45-minute conversation that I conducted with the Oscar-winning producer and co-chief of The Weinstein Co., who was also co-chief of Miramax from 1979 until 2005, he argued that more specific producing credits would help avoid situations like “that five-people-on-stage car crash” that he was a part of when Shakespeare in Love won the best picture Oscar in 1999. He also defended Netflix’s decision to release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend day-and-date in Imax Theaters and on Netflix, calling the company’s execs “visionaries,” even though that move led to an outcry from theater owners. And he explained why he feels »
- Anjelica Oswald
Harvey Weinstein called on the Producers Guild of America to create new producing credits that would delineate between creative and financial producers in an appearance Saturday at the PGA's first ever Produced By conference held in New York. During the course of a 45-minute conversation that I conducted with the Oscar-winning producer and co-chief of The Weinstein Co., who was also co-chief of Miramax from 1979 until 2005, he argued that more specific producing credits would help avoid situations like "that five-people-on-stage car crash" that he was a part of when Shakespeare in Love
- Scott Feinberg
The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they have closed the deal on rights to screenwriter April Prosser's comedy Plus One. Gloria Sanchez Productions, the division of Gary Sanchez Productions dedicated to female-driven film and TV projects, will produce with executives Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay taking lead.
This will mark the second feature to go into development for Prosser, whose screenplay The One That Got Away landed her on the 2012 Black List and is being produced by Mason Novick and directed by Ari Sandel at Amazon Studios. Julie Rapaport and Melissa Wells will oversee production on Plus One for TWC.
In Plus One, Rachel comes out of a long-term relationship only to realize all her friends have married off and there's no one single left to go out with... except Summer, the loud, sexually-oversharing wild card who is now Rachel's only option for a wing woman. »
We've revelled in Sandy Powell's uncensored quotes before - like her dismissive "I already have two of these" speech for Young Victoria.
She's at it again providing us with more choice Oscar quotes and I couldn't resist talking about this tonight since the blog had an unofficial Costume Design day today what with the Exodus video, and the debut of "Threads".
See, recently at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago, in a series related to David Bowie's legacy and his influence on the arts, the auteur Todd Haynes and his sometime collaborator Sandy Powell were invited to speak about their glam rock classic Velvet Goldmine (1998). You can listen to the complete talk here though be advised that the introductions take an incredible 14 minutes to get through. Longwinded much?
One of the best bits a little before an hour in is when Sandy is asked about being an Oscar favorite, »
- NATHANIEL R
★★★★★Last year, Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity (2013) wowed audiences with its bravura setpieces and technical prowess, taking us into space and back down to earth again. This year, London's Surprise Film is Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman (2014) (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), who trumps his fellow countryman with a film that for the most part takes place in one long, seemingly continuous take. Rather than an immersive gee-whiz experience, however, here the technical choice recreates the danger and thrill of that old cinematic favourite - the theatre. From A Chorus Line to Shakespeare in Love, the theatre is frequently held up by cinema itself as its prestigious, more authentic sibling.
- CineVue UK
Once upon a time, Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart were gal pals. (We promise! Look at the photo above, from 2011.) But now, where there once was friendship, all that remains is shade. Ever since Paltrow’s lifestyle brand goop started gaining momentum, Stewart — arguably the queen of lifestyle — hasn’t been pleased. Is it possible Stewart feels her old friend is barking up her territory (and might even be jealous)?
All oven mitts are off when it comes to these two Hollywood titans. Let’s take a stroll through the blonde duo’s friendship — if you can call it that — and figure out just where it all went wrong.
Pre-Fall 2013: The Honeymoon Stage
Before the first shots were fired, Paltrow and Stewart had your standard Hollywood friendship. In the aforementioned photo, the two looked pretty chummy at a party for Paltrow’s 2011 cookbook My Father’s Daughter. The Shakespeare in Love »
- Christopher Rosa
The SAG Awards, decided by the industry actors who make up the recently merged SAG-aftra union, have been a reliable predictor of Oscar's acting races since they were created two decades ago, but they're not as accurate when it comes to forecasting the Best Picture Oscar. Fewer than half of SAG's winners for Best Ensemble (nine out of 19) have taken the academy's top honor. -Break- Oscars News: Is Michael Keaton ('Birdman') now the man to beat for Best Actor? That's because SAG's Ensemble award truly emphasizes ensemble acting and isn't a de facto Best Picture prize, so it doesn't indicate which way the academy is leaning in that race as well as the Directors Guild or Producers Guild do. The category tends to honor character-driven films with large casts, including "Shakespeare in Love," "Traffic," "Gosford Park," "Crash," "The Help," and last year's ...' »
Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)
Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?
2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)
3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)
The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex »
- Sharon Knolle
The old adage tells us there are no small parts, only small actors—but a background extra might take umbrage to that statement. Still, there is a long history of actors breaking out with a minimum of screen time. And when it comes to the Oscar race, there is always the question of whether an actor has “enough” to be nominated. Of course, Judi Dench famously scored a supporting actress statuette for less than 10 minutes of screen time in “Shakespeare in Love,” but does anyone question it was a worthy performance? It’s not even the shortest to win—that would be Beatrice Straight, who landed the trophy for a six-minute scene in 1976’s “Network.”
This year, there are a handful of performances that have pundits wondering if there’s enough screen time to earn a nomination. One of the most discussed is Laura Dern, an adored veteran of the screen, »
- Jenelle Riley
Occasionally while typing about the Oscars I accidentally type in the Shrine or the Kodak and especially "The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion" when I mean The Dolby Theater. It's an honest mistake since the Oscars are a bonafide institution and one tends to associate locations with events. The Dolby Theater, the "permanent" home now for Oscar (whatever permanent means considering things such as contracts, name changes, and rights battles for broadcast and whatnot) was once the Kodak Theater and for the last dozen years that's where the Oscars have been held. But until the new millenium, I associated the event with the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. That music hall hosted the Oscars the longest from Oliver! (1968) through Shakespeare in Love (1998) though it should be noted that the Shrine auditorium stepped in as substitute for six years during that three decade stretch.
I've never actually been to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion but for »
- NATHANIEL R
By Anjelica Oswald
Determining which producers can receive recognition at the Oscars for a best picture nomination has been debated for years, particularly since Shakespeare in Love (1998) won at the 71st Academy Awards. This could be up for debate again this year due to the potential exclusion of two Boyhood producers during the upcoming Oscars. As first reported by The Wrap, John Sloss, a lawyer and producer, and Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films — which financed and distributed the film — are listed as producers on the film, but they were not recognized by the Producers Guild of America (PGA).
The rules for producers and nominations have changed multiple times since 1999, with the most recent change made this year. The rule states that two-person producing teams could count as a single “producer” should the team meet specific requirements. Here’s a brief look at the history and controversy behind »
- Anjelica Oswald
Ever since they wrote Good Will Hunting 18 years ago, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been one of Hollywood's most well-known bromances. But no bromance is complete without some healthy competition, which is why we've gone back through the years since their first Oscar win and looked at their careers. With Samantha Highfill representing Matt Damon in one corner, and Joshua Rivera representing Ben Affleck in the other, here's how the fight breaks down: 1997 Damon: Good Will Hunting Sure, both Damon and Affleck won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but only one of them was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, »
- EW staff
Ben Affleck has been tough to miss these past 20 years, and he's not slowing down anytime soon.
Since having early success as a child star in the '80s, Affleck reinvented himself alongside lifelong friend Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting" (1997), not only starring in the film, but also winning an Oscar as co-screenwriter. After the life-changing experience, the young actor found offers piling in and soon starred in blockbusters like "Armageddon" (1998) and "Daredevil" (2001), just to name a couple. The actor has since found his stride as a director, but this fall, he's back in front of the camera in David Fincher's critically-acclaimed thriller "Gone Girl."
2. His mother was »
- Jonny Black
Today’s film is the 2010 short White Other. The film is written and directed by Dan Hartley, and stars Luke Oliver, Tom Felton, and Imelda Staunton. A veteran of both the big and small screen, Staunton has been acting for over 30 years, appearing in features such as Shakespeare in Love, Vera Drake, and Another Year, as well as playing the role of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter movie series. Her newest feature, titled Pride, opens in limited release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
In The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne tackles the gargantuan task of playing one of the most - if not the most - famous living scientists in the world: Stephen Hawking. Most of us know Hawking as he is today - the wheelchair-bound genius who communicates via a special speech-generating computer. Here, director James Marsh and writer Anthony McCarten, working from the memoir of Jane Hawking, take us back to the beginning, to the physicist's time as a young man pursuing his PhD at Cambridge.
This young version of Hawking that we meet is fun-loving, charming, a bit of a lazy student, but every bit the brilliant scientist that we know he will soon flourish into. The film takes time not only to explore the early genesis of some of Hawking's most exciting ideas and theories, »
20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan has been cast as the lead in Miramax's psychological thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes) will direct. The film, which will begin shooting in Vancouver in October, marks Miramax's return to the film production business. The once-busy label that spawned such indie hits as Shakespeare in Love and Good Will Hunting had concentrated its focus in recent years on its library assets. From its coffers, Miramax dusted off Liz Jensen's best-selling novel of the same name, which it first optioned in 2004 with
- Tatiana Siegel
Update #2 Aug. 27: Riedel responds.
Update Friday morning: Motown The Musical announced its January, 2015 closing — paving the way, maybe, for Finding Neverland to be the next tenant at the Nederlander-owned Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The Riedel Watch: I promised occasional updates on reaction to some of my pal Michael Riedel’s more combustible columns (so many to choose from!), and on Wednesday he produced a doozy. Surveying two New York reviews of Finding Neverland, the Broadway-bound musical that opened last week at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Ma., Riedel complained that New York Times chief drama critic Ben Brantley and Deadline’s yours truly had “pulled our punches” in reviewing Harvey Weinstein’s show, suggesting with ever-unimpeachable taste that “if you’re going to review the baby in the cradle, strangle it.”
My own reaction is that Riedel kinda, »
- Jeremy Gerard
Before the Fest Starts — Academy Award-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (pictured) has the enviable or un-enviable task of heading the In Competition jury for Venice. He will either butt heads or lock arms with various members of his eclectic jury including highly-skilled filmmaking artisans such as:
Israeli director Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention) Actress Joan Chen (Lust, Caution) Actor Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) Costume Designer Sandy Powell (Shakespeare In Love) Novelist Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake) Writer/director Jessica Hausner (Lourdes) Writer/director Carlo Verdone (Me, Them, And Lara) Writer/director Philip Groning (Into Great Silence) »
Before the Fest Starts — Academy Award-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat(pictured) has the enviable or un-enviable task of heading the In Competition jury for Venice. He will either butt heads or lock arms with various members of his eclectic jury including highly-skilled filmmaking artisans such as:
Israeli director Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention) Actress Joan Chen (Lust, Caution) Actor Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) Costume Designer Sandy Powell (Shakespeare In Love) Novelist Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake) Writer/director Jessica Hausner (Lourdes) Writer/director Carlo Verdone< (Me, Them, And Lara) Writer/director Philip Groning (Into Great Silence) »
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