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Patton Oswalt has been selected to host the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Hugh Fink returns as executive producer of this year’s show.
“Even though I am unable to read or write, the fact that the Wgaw wants me to host their awards show proves to me that the only thing bigger than the Guild’s scotch budget…is the size of their hearts,” said Oswalt.
Fink said, “I am truly honored to have Patton Oswalt hosting the 2016 Writers Guild Awards. This fulfills a lifelong dream Patton and I have shared since our early days as standup comedians: to work together in a Hyatt Regency ballroom immediately following the Shapiro Bat Mitzvah.”
- Dave McNary
Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 3 #50 through 26.
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The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, »
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Despite a cuddly polar-bear protagonist and trio of scene-stealing lemming sidekicks primed for breakout status, “Norm of the North” reps an underwhelming first foray into feature-length animation for Splash Entertainment. With plot elements cobbled together from recent animated hits, the blandly executed pic might as well be titled “Happy Minions of Madagascar’s Ice Age.” Indiscriminate family auds may welcome the distraction over a holiday weekend, but “North” will quickly head south to an ancillary afterlife.
Polar bear Norm (voiced by Rob Schneider) makes an early in life discovery that he can communicate with humans. He also has human traits which apparently make him a bad hunter but an ace dancer (his signature move is dubbed the “Arctic Shake”). When frazzled single mother Vera (Heather Graham) visits Norm’s remote homeland on assignment from her land-development-mogul boss, Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong), our polar hero catches wind of a plan to »
- Geoff Berkshire
Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) noted an unusual billboard in the Los Angeles area recently and shared it on social media (via ScreenCrush; see above) with the following comment: "This idiotic/brilliant billboard is why I'm all in on the Deadpool movie." That prompted the official Twitter account for Deadpool to respond with another emoji: As it happens, the movie has also received its official rating: "R." The Classification and Rating Administration gave the following reasons: "Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity." Of course, that's no surprise, since marketing materials have been touting the planned rating since last year, but fans of the comic book character have every...
- Peter Martin
Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) noted an unusual billboard in the Los Angeles area recently and shared it on social media (via ScreenCrush; see above) with the following comment: "This idiotic/brilliant billboard is why I'm all in on the Deadpool movie." That prompted the official Twitter account for Deadpool to respond with another emoji: As it happens, the movie has also received its official rating: "R." The Classification and Rating...
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“Spotlight” has been steadily gaining on all the other possibilities in Oscar original screenplay field, pulling ahead of the pack way back in early October according to Gold Derby’s awards experts. The story of how the Boston Globe exposed a widespread priest molestation scandal was written by Josh Singer along with director Tom McCarthy.
Meanwhile, “Inside Out” has held steady as a possible contender since the beginning of the season, and if it should be included in the Jan. 14 nominee announcement, it would be one of the few animated films to be nominated along with “Ratatouille” and “Wall-e.” It was written by Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley.
Coming in just a notch below is “The Hateful Eight,” written by director Quentin Tarantino, while “Joy,” written by Annie Mumolo and director David O. Russell, which started off fairly strong, seems to have fallen off the buzzmeter in recent weeks. »
- Variety Staff
6 items from 2016
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