14 items from 2015
A Summer movie preview feature has gone up at USA Today including a bunch of first look photos from all sorts of movies scheduled to open over the next few months including "Southpaw," "Fantastic Four," "Inside Out," "Pixels," "Entourage," "Spy," "Magic Mike Xxl," "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation," "Masterminds," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Ricki and the Flash" and many more. Click here for the full gallery.
Luckiest Girl Alive
Lions gate has scored the movie rights to Jessica Knoll's debut novel "Luckiest Girl Alive”. The story follows a 28-year-old New Yorker who appears to have a perfect life until a dark trauma from her past resurfaces. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard company. [Source: Variety]
Anonymous Content has picked up rights to Mary Kubica's debut novel "The Good Girl". The story depicts the kidnapping of a judge’s daughter gone really wrong. »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Could the debut novel from Mary Kubica be the next Winter's Bone? Anonymous Content is betting it might as the company has picked up rights to The Good Girl. "After the first read we knew we wanted to be involved in bringing Mary Kubica's deeply imaginative thriller to the screen," said Anonymous Content’s Paul Green. "Her book represents the kind of powerful storytelling Anonymous aspires to produce." With credits on the 2010 Oscar-winning film starring… »
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
24 hours after honoring The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones with the first prize of the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Cinema Vanguard Award, Sbiff feted Cake’s Jennifer Aniston with the second, the Montecito Award, in a ceremony at the Arlington Theatre on Friday night at which the Emmy-winning Friends star was very warm and very warmly received by a packed house.
Over the course of a two-hour conversation moderated by Deadline’s Pete Hammond, Aniston, the 45-year-old daughter of a veteran soap opera star, reflected on her post-Friends jumps between commercial films (i.e. 2004’s Along Came Polly, 2005’s Rumor Has It, 2008’s Marley & Me, 2011’s Horrible Bosses and 2013’s We’re the Millers, etc.) and indies (i.e. 1999’s Office Space, 2002’s The Good Girl, 2013’s Life of Crime and her most recent, 2014’s Cake) of varying quality. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.
That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.
“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Let Them Have It: Barnz Banks on Adept Aniston
Grief is a prickly emotion to convey within the confines of the indie American melodrama, a place that audiences have come to expect a certain amount of imaginable tragedy causing rippling aftershocks for its protagonist that force him or her to grow once more into a healed, even enlightened being. Along the way, a checklist of unlikely supporting cast mates imbue these reflections on coping with a sense of wishful thinking—we want these heroes and heroines of life’s harsh blows to have access to magical members of disenfranchised, socio-economically compromised denizens to guide them through a series of growing pains so that it’s possible to get right back to where they started from. If this sounds familiar, then you’ll be able to plug into the familiarity of Cake from director Daniel Barnz, which unfortunately feels more like »
- Nicholas Bell
When the Academy weeds through the hundreds of movies that come out each year to pick the “best” few worthy of nominations, there are always going to be noticeable, sometimes inexcusable, absences — no Jake Gyllenhaal for Best Actor? No The Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature? These are lost and forgotten, the untouchables, the snubbed.
After receiving Best Actress nominations at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Critics Choice Awards, Jennifer Aniston seemed to be a shoo-in for an Academy nod as well. Until Marion Cotillard snuck into that fifth spot, leaving Aniston not only among the snubbed, but their leader — the most discussed, most highly publicized snub of 2015.
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We were going to call this piece “In Defense of Jennifer Aniston,” but she doesn’t need our defense. Her performance stands for itself. And maybe that’s where this gets tricky: There are jokes »
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” led with nine Oscar nominations each on Thursday morning, followed by eight for “The Imitation Game,” while “American Sniper” came on strong with six (tying “Boyhood”).
This year’s awards season has been more unpredictable than usual. Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” once thought to be the frontrunner, fell off everybody’s radar quickly, and the Oscars didn’t give it any love in the main categories. The Academy also didn’t nominate Jennifer Aniston, who had picked up precursor nominations for “Cake;” Jake Gyllenhaal, who gave a career-best performance in “Nightcrawler:” Ava DuVernay, who was expected to make history as the first female African American director for “Selma;” and “Life Itself,” the tearjerker documentary about the final days of film critic Roger Ebert.
Here are the 17 biggest snubs and surprises.
Nobody campaigned harder than Jennifer Aniston this awards season, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
One of the things I love the most about the movies is when actors are given the chance to reinvent themselves and really show off their talent, see the likes of Bradley Cooper and Channing Tatum recently as great examples. In fairness to Jennifer Aniston, she did a great job in 2002’s The Good Girl (which also starred a young Jake Gyllenhaal) and she looks to be onto a winner with this new one; Cake.
The film takes us into the dark, yet funny, world of Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston) who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower (Sam Worthington) while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife (Anna Kendrick). The trailer here gives us that perfect indie vibe and I’m eager to see it.
Watch for yourself now and let us know what you think by scrolling down below the new stills:
Cake opens in the UK on 20th February. »
- Dan Bullock
Lena Dunham is getting some new neighbors. HBO launches something of an indie spirit night Sunday, Jan. 11, when “Girls” returns for a fourth season, followed by a pair of original series sprung from the same singular, low-budget film roots that led Dunham — and her $65,000 SXSW phenomenon “Tiny Furniture” — to stardom.
First up after “Girls” is “Togetherness,” a new comedy from indie veterans Jay and Mark Duplass, about four forty-somethings, one a couple, living together, starring Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey and Amanda Peet. That show is followed by a second season of “Looking,” the San Francisco-set dramedy co-created by writer Michael Lannan and director Andrew Haigh, whose romantic drama “Weekend” won an audience award for emerging visions at the 2011 SXSW fest.
- Geoff Berkshire
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
Aniston first gained recognition for portraying 'Rachel Green' on the sitcom "Friends" (1994–2004), earning her an 'Emmy' Award, a 'Golden Globe' Award and 'Screen Actors Guild' Award.
She rolled this fame into a number of comedies and romantic features including "Bruce Almighty" (2003), "The Break-Up" (2006), "Marley & Me" (2008), "Just Go with It" (2011), "Horrible Bosses" (2011) and "We're the Millers" (2013).
In "The Good Girl" (2002), she was nominated for an 'Independent Spirit Award' for Best Female Lead and is currently receiving critical acclaim for her work in the drama "Cake" (2014), with Best Actress nominations for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award, portraying "...an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic-pain support group, as she grapples with her own personal demons..."
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- Michael Stevens
Clearly drunk on Netflix’s mass uploading of all 10 "Friends" seasons, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Friday evening that Jennifer Aniston would earn its Montecito Award. The fest’s prestigious accolade reconigzes a performer who has "given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his or her and whose style has made a major contribution to film." Previous winners include Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bradem, Naomi Watts, and Annette Bening. Sbiff honors Aniston for her "inspirational performance" in "Cake." "Once in a while a performer who we thought we knew gets outside of his or her comfort zone and shows us the unexpected,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling in a statement. “When that happens it is cause for celebration – and this is why the 2015 Montecito Award is bestowed upon Ms. Aniston." Aniston’s career is worthy of praise, though »
- Matt Patches
Continuing her awards season heat, Jennifer Aniston has just been named recipient of this year’s Montecito Award, to be presented on Friday, January 30th at the historic Arlington Theatre, during the 30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Aniston has already been nominated for a SAG Award, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for her acclaimed performance as a woman suffering from chronic pain in Cake. The film, directed by Daniel Barnz, premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and is currently in the midst of a one-week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles. It opens formally on January 23rd.
Aniston follows a long list of actors who have received the Montecito Award including Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and last year’s recipient Oprah Winfrey. The festival says it was created in “recognition of a performer »
- Pete Hammond
The tribute will take place on Friday, Jan. 30 at the historic Arlington Theatre during the festival’s 30th edition.
See photos: Golden Globes 2015: The Nominees (Photos)
The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his or her career and whose style has made a major contribution to film. Previous recipients of the Montecito Award include Oprah Winfrey, »
- Jeff Sneider
14 items from 2015