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‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’: AFI Awards 2013 - big-studio movies rule once again (photo: Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in ‘American Hustle’) The American Film Institute has released AFI Awards list featuring the Top Ten Movies of 2013. As usual, the AFI Awards mostly focus on mainstream, popular fare from the big studios; in fact, they’re a sort of more upscale, Oscar-friendlier People’s Choice Awards, i.e., no Twilight, no The Fast and The Furious, no Adam Sandler, scattered super-hero movies, mostly bypassing Harry Potter. (You’ll see why they’re so big-studio-friendly once you scroll down a bit to check out the list of this year’s AFI Awards’ jury members.) Six of the AFI’s Top Ten 2013 movies come courtesy of the Hollywood majors: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, 12 Years a Slave was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, »
- Anna Robinson
Martin Scorsese has hinted that his filmmaking career may be nearing its end.
The director said that while he has the desire to continue to make movies, he realises that he only has "a couple more" left in him.
Speaking at a Q&A at the Marrakech Film Festival, Scorsese said: "I have the desire to make many films, but as of now I'm 71 and there's only a couple more left if I get to make them.
"I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but that's done, it's over. There is obligation as you get older, you have family."
He said: "As you get older »
"Working together re-ignited my enthusiasm for making pictures. There's always something more, there's always more to mine with him. He keeps going deeper and deeper," hollywoodreporter.com quoted Scorsese as saying.
"Leo's enjoyment of the work and the ability to take chances made me excited again. 'Gangs of New York' was a massive project and had been for many, many years, and I was depleted after that. And 'Aviator' was the one where he pulled me back. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Martin Scorsese will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the 18th annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 8, the org announced on Thursday.
The kudofest, set to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be hosted by standup comedian Owen Benjamin.
Scorsese took home a long-awaited Oscar in 2006 for helming “The Departed” in 2006; his additional eight nominations from the Academy include those for “Raging Bull,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator” and, most recently, “Hugo.” His latest pic, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” bows in theaters Dec. 25.
In addition to the contributions Scorsese has made through his films, he will be celebrated for founding the Film Foundation and the World Cinema Project, two non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation, restoration and protection of film.
Previous recipients of the Cinematic Imagery Award have included the production designers behind the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, »
- Allegra Tepper
Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto: New York Film Critics go for movie stars in each acting category (photo: Cate Blanchett in ‘Blue Jasmine’) (See previous post: "Hot Jennifer Lawrence, Wet Robert Redford: New York Film Critics Winners.") Cate Blanchett was chosen as the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Actress for Woody Allen’s comedy-drama Blue Jasmine. Blanchett, already touted as an Oscar 2014 favorite, plays a role with elements in common with Vivien Leigh’s Blanche DuBois in Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Leigh was both the New York Film Critics’ and the Academy Awards’ Best Actress of 1951. (Full list of Nyfcc 2013 award winners.) Cate Blanchett has already won an Oscar — Best Supporting Actress for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn — but this is her first Nyfcc win. Back in 2007, Blanchett, as one of several Bob Dylan characters in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, »
- Andre Soares
Cate Blanchett better finally get used to the fact that she isn't going anywhere. "You know that [you're a pessimist] when you win an Oscar and you walk offstage and your first thought is, 'Oh God, I've peaked,'" the Australian star, who won Best Supporting Actress for playing Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator and is considered a lock to be nominated for her leading role in Blue Jasmine this year, told the U.K.'s Observer in a recent interview. Happily, the star of stage and screen, who also runs a theater company Down Under with husband Andrew Upton never let all of her uncertainty get in her way. "I'm an active person—the thought »
Until I actually watched The Wind Rises, I could not believe Hayao Miyazaki was truly retiring.
It isn’t that I refused to believe it. Miyazaki-san may be my favorite filmmaker, and one who I would love to see many more films from, but everything, including great artistic careers, is finite, and that is a fact I can accept. No, what prevented me from truly accepting the notion of Miyazaki’s filmmaking days coming to an end was that he has, simply put, said all this before. His post-Mononoke and post-Spirited Away retirements may not have been as ‘official’ as this one, but his intention to walk away from filmmaking was clear and understandable. In both cases, it was the desire to create that brought him back, the allure of a great idea that led him to make art once more. So while I fully believed Miyazaki was being »
- Jonathan R. Lack
Cate Blanchett has revealed that she was unsure if she wanted to become an actor.
"I don't know if I ever really wanted to be an actor. I'm an active person - the thought of waiting for the phone to ring wasn't something that sat happily with me," she told The Guardian.
"But I kept doing it, trying not to do it, and then doing it. There's such a blessed unrest that you feel all the time, but maybe that's what keeps you going."
The actress also admitted that she can be "a real pessimist", adding "You know that when you win an Oscar and you walk off-stage and your first thought is: 'Oh God, I've peaked.'"
Hollywood is going the distance this holiday season.
Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” sequel is 2 hours and 40 minutes while the official running time of Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Wall Street” is a howling 2 hours and 59 minutes, the longest film of Scorsese’s career.
“It’s a very fast movie,” Terrence Winter recently assured of the R-rated film, while one Paramount exec described it as “nutty, debaucherous, great.”
The gangly running times, despite cutting into moviegoers’ holiday festivities, don’t seem to bother showbiz execs.
Warner Bros. and New Line’s first “Hobbit” film was 20 minutes longer than next month’s “Desolation of Smaug” and went on to »
- Stuart Oldham
Sandra Bullock is crowned Entertainer of the Year for 2013 by Entertainment Weekly. She is the first person in the 24-year history of the magazine to receive the honor twice (also in 2009). The title is for her starring roles in two hit films: the buddy comedy "The Heat" and Oscar contender "Gravity". Others in the top tier are the cast of "Breaking Bad", Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, and more. If the latest reports are true, the three-hour running time of "The Wolf of Wall Street" will make it the longest feature film in the career of Martin Scorsese. The next closest are "Casino" (2:58) and "The Aviator" (2:45). Opening on Christmas Day, the movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Indiewire. The latest roundtable of awards contenders features six actresses: Amy Adams ("American Hustle"), Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), Julia Roberts ("August: Osage Count »
The last we heard, director Martin Scorsese had to trim down his upcoming feature, The Wolf of Wall Street, to make it under 3 hours. Apparently, Paramount thought that the film was too long and asked the director to cut some scenes. He complied with their request and shortened it down to 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Today though, we’re hearing from Allocine that some additional footage has been thrown back in and the film will now run 2 hours and 59 minutes, making it the director’s longest feature to date. Not by much though. Casino came in at just one minute shorter (2 hours and 58 minutes) and The Aviator had a runtime of 2 hours and 50 minutes.
While 3 hours may seem like a long time, this news is music to my ears. I’ve been highly anticipating The Wolf of Wall Street for a while now (having loved the book that it’s based »
- Matt Joseph
There has been a lot of talk surrounding Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street"—whether or not it would be finished in time, rumors of Nc-17 material and of course, the overall length of the movie, etc. Last we heard, it was going clock in at 2 hours 45 minutes, but word from abroad suggests that the runtime has been padded further. The folks over at Allocine are reporting that according to France distributor Metropolitan Filmexport, "The Wolf Of Wall Street" now clocks in at 2 hour and 59 minutes (which we can only surmise was done to get under a 3 hour-limit). This would make the movie Scorsese's longest feature to date, besting the 2 hour and 50 minute "The Aviator" and 2 hour and 58 minute "Casino." It also means you will probably want to make sure you go to the bathroom before you settle in on Christmas Day. Meanwhile, until we wait Scorsese's opus »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jackson Ball on his five essential underrated Martin Scorsese films....
In terms of auteur directors, there are few who are as revered and as admired as Martin Scorsese. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker has carved out a career spanning over 50 years, filled with some the most influential American movies in history. From his intense psychological character studies, to his notable contribution to the gangster genre, to his politically and religiously charged dramas, Scorsese’s films have rarely been far from either controversy or accolades.
With that in mind, it is easy to neglect some of his lesser appreciated films. We’ve all discussed at great length the intricacies of Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, but when every other film is a masterpiece it means that some other efforts fall by the wayside in comparison.
With such a rich back-catalogue, it’s always possible to overlook the odd cinematic gem. So to right this wrong, »
- Gary Collinson
Ever since "Blue Jasmine" opened back in July, Cate Blanchett has been GoldDerby's frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar for her critically hailed performance as an uppity Manhattan socialite who freaks out when she loses her fortune. like, with the spectacular success of "Gravity." However, Blanchett retains a sizeable lead with the backing of 19 out of our 24 Experts. She leads with 9-to-5 odds over Bullock (27/10). Blanchett has received five Oscar nominations to date, winning the Supporting Actress trophy in 2004 for her screen turn as Katharine Hepburn (Oscar's all-time champ with four Best Actress trophies) in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes. While Woody Allen has directed eight performances that c »
With Cate Blanchett back in the derby, 'tis time for us to recall her victory as Best Supporting Actress of 2004 ("The Aviator") when she beat Laura Linney ("Kinsey"), Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda"), Natalie Portman ("Closer") and Virginia Madsen ("Sideways"). She was the fave to win. Portman had beaten her at the Golden Globes, but Blanchett rallied at the SAG Awards. At the Oscars, it was deliciously ironic that Blachett won for portraying the biggest winner of Academy Awards: Katharine Hepburn. -Break- »
It's a story as old as time itself: man meets God, man meets rain, mankind meets their drowning doom (aside from the man who'd met God and the people on his boat). Now it has a poster for the movie adaptation and a six second Instagram teaser trailer (for a trailer). Meet... Darren Aronofsky's Noah. Well, the back of him, anyway.Written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo and many more) and Aronofsky himself, this is not a traditional retelling of the age-old bible story but a radical reimagining, complete with giant angels called 'Watchers'.As for the rest of the cast, you can look forward to the likes of Jennifer Connelly (playing Joan of Ark Noah's wife, Naameh), Douglas Booth and Logan Lerman (Noah's sons, Shem and Ham), Emma Watson (a close friend of Shem's, Ila), Anthony Hopkins (Noah's grandfather Methuselah, who is as old as, »
Drama is a fictionalised adaptation of Angel Face, the bestselling book about Amanda Knox, the Us student accused on the murder of her UK flatmate Meredith Kercher.
Shooting starts next week in Italy on The Face of an Angel, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator), Daniel Bruhl (Rush) and Cara Delevingne (Kids in Love). The cast also includes Valerio Mastandrea.
The fictionalised story centres on the murder of a British student in Tuscany that leads to the trial and conviction of her American flat mate and Italian boyfriend in controversial circumstances.
The public interest around the case attracts once successful, but now struggling filmmaker Thomas (Brul), to be commissioned to write »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
"Leonardo DiCaprio is a very serious young actor, he takes it quite seriously. I knew he had something when I saw him read. So even though Leonardo DiCaprio has taken my place in Marty's (Martin Scorsese) movies, I'm apparently the go-to guy in handing out the hardware," De Niro said in. »
- Anita Agarwal
“In her first collaboration with master director Woody Allen, Blanchett knocks it out of the park in the best performance of her already illustrious career,” said Durling.
Blanchett’s past work includes the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Elizabeth,” “Babel,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Notes on a Scandal.” She won an Oscar in 2005 for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator,” and was nominated for both supporting and leading actress in 2008.
- Alex Stedman
Having confirmed its eligibility for the Oscar race by securing a Christmas release date, Paramount Pictures has now dropped a new trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street, the latest collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo Dicapario, and you can check it out right here after the official synopsis....
"Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough."
- Gary Collinson
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