17 items from 2015
The Last Days in the Desert re-imagines Christ in his final period of fasting and solitude before he went back to Jerusalem to be crucified, and sees him tempted by a demon - also played by McGregor. The film sees Jesus, referred to as Yeshua, come across a family on the edges of the wilderness and become embroiled in trying to help them.
At a lively Q&A after the film's premiere at the Eccles theatre during Sundance Film Festival on Monday, McGregor and director Rodrigo García took questions from the audience concerning everything from how playing Jesus might permanently change an actor to why Rodriguez included a fart gag.
McGregor said: "It's an extraordinary situation to be playing two roles in any film. It's quite »
- Amber Wilkinson
Following on from the announcements of Last Days and Battleworld, Marvel has announced its third Secret Wars tie-in brandings, Battlezones!…
“If you want a glimpse of what the future holds, you’ll find it in the Warzones titles,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “Our creators let their imaginations run wild as they lay down the foundations for the future. Whether we’re revisiting the most popular events from Marvel’s past or telling completely new stories, you won’t believe what we’ve got in store for you.”
“To be clear, Warzones! titles are Not fill-ins. These are the event caliber books, magnified to the Nth degree,” says Marvel Svp Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Secret Wars has afforded us a completely unique opportunity to tell huge, epic, event-sized stories within the framework of this new, patchwork planet – events within events. These titles will lay the building blocks and groundwork for what’s next, »
- Gary Collinson
One of the most anticipated films of 2015 is Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Although that anticipation was under the presumption that Silence would actually come out this year, let alone be made. The film has been in pre-production for ages, by Marty’s account, nearly two decades, but the film is finally coming together with funding from Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films, Deadline reported.
Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver (yes, he’s in Everything now) as two Jesuit priests in 17th Century Japan on a mission to spread Christianity and locate their mentor, played by Liam Neeson. The pair face incredible, violent persecution while on their journey, and the film has been likened to Scorsese’s last East Asia epic, Kundun.
- Brian Welk
Crack your knuckles, take a deep breath and get ready to look for a way to be outraged —we’re going to talk about race and gender. In light of the perceived "snubbing" (a problematic concept in the first place, tending to veer toward "a pointed exclusion due to malevolent forces" and away from simply "not chosen from a wide pool of worthy candidates") of Ava DuVernay’ "Selma" in certain major Oscar categories, a warning flare was shot up into the dawn sky over the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in La last Thursday. That flare then exploded into a firestorm with the realization that all 20 acting nominees are white, and across all feature film nomination categories (including Documentary, Foreign and Animated as well as the main Best Director category), there are just two female directors on the slate, both for documentaries —Laura Poitras for "Citizenfour" and Rory Kennedy, co-director of "Last Days in. »
- Jessica Kiang
Earlier this week Marvel announced that it is to reboot the Marvel Universe with the upcoming Secret Wars event series, and now the publisher has announced that it is counting down to the end of the 616 with Last Days, the first of three different types of series tying in with Secret Wars.
“What would you do if you learned today was your last day on Earth?” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “That’s the question your favorite Marvel heroes are going to ask themselves in their Last Days story lines as they brace for Secret Wars and the end of the Marvel Universe.”
See Also: Stan Lee comments on Marvel’s upcoming reboot
“Last Days is the first of three new brandings for series unique to Secret Wars,” says Marvel Svp Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Each branding will bear its own unique trade dress and logo treatment, clearly defining its »
- Gary Collinson
If you were left feeling a tad confused after the Secret Wars reboot announcement yesterday, never fear, Marvel have just made the whole thing even more convoluted! It looks like we'll be getting 3 separate tie-in mini-events in the buildup to this universe altering event, the first of which will be Last Days. It seems we'll get to see how certain Marvel characters spend their last moments. Here's the teaser image and press release for you to take a look at... personally I'm not even bothering to wrap my head around the whole thing just yet! The skies go dark and the world begins to fracture. Secret Wars is coming, and with it the destruction of the Marvel Universe as we know it. Today, Marvel is proud to announce Last Days, the first of three different types of series taking place during the upcoming, highly anticipated Secret Wars! “What would you »
The Dolby Family Sound Fellowship, an initiative of the Dolby Institute, was created last year for movies that showcase an innovative use of sound in storytelling. This fellowship offers filmmakers a variety of resources, from studio space, to mentorship from industry experts, to cold hard cash (up to $75,000) -- all in order to ensure that the film's sound is as good as is humanly possible. The selection process was moderated by the Sundance Institute and the Dolby Institute, who both chose "Last Days in the Desert" for its "complex canvas and nuanced characters." The film itself follows the story of Jesus (played by Ewan McGregor), as he fasts and prays for 40 days in the desert. As he does so, he grapples with the devil (who is, in an interesting twist, also played by McGregor) over the fate of an ordinary family, in what becomes "a dramatic test for himself." Read »
- Rosie Narasaki
Chicago – In an unprecedented oversight, especially for the film community in Chicago, film critic Roger Ebert’s biography “Life Itself” was snubbed for Best Documentary as the nominations were announced on Jan. 15, 2015 for the 87th Academy Awards. The films “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” tied for most Oscar nominations with nine.
Photo credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Both “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” were nominated for Best Picture along with “Selma,” “Boyhood,” “American Sniper,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash”. The full list of the nominations is below.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
On Thursday, voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences once again provided several surprises in its announcement of the 87th Oscar nominations, which included mentions for underdogs Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night”) and Laura Dern (“Wild”) while omitting such “shoo-ins” as “The Lego Movie” for best animated film and “Gone Girl” for screenplay.
In a year where eight films will compete for best picture, it was a pair of independent films — one released in March — that walked away with the most nominations as “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” scored nine each.
Though nominated for PGA Awards, “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl” and “Nightcrawler” all failed to land best picture nominations for the Oscars. David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and “Nightcrawler” had received a lot of attention from the guilds, »
- Tim Gray and Jenelle Riley
The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards are in! 2014 was packed full of lots of great movies, and all the films and actors that have been nominated are deserving of it.
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman and leading the pack and are tied with nine nominations. The Imitation Game comes in third with seven, followed by Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, each with six. All five of these movies have received Best Picture nominations along with three other films — Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash.
Neil Patrick Harris is set to host The 87th Annual Academy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and will air on ABC.
I'm pretty happy with the nominations this year, although I am a little disappointed that Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Joey Paur
On behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Oscars President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards. "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" dominated with nine nominations each, including Best Picture and Best Director. "The Imitation Game" followed with eight nominations. Academy Awards, which will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be presented on Sunday, February 22nd, at the Dolby Theatre, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. And the nominees are: Best Picture: * American Sniper * Birdman * Boyhood * The Grand Budapest Hotel * The Imitation Game * Selma * The Theory of Everything * Whiplash Lead Actress: * Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night * Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything * Julianne Moore - Still Alice * Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl * Reese Witherspoon - Wild Lead Actor: * Steve Carell - Foxcatcher * Bradley Cooper - American Sniper * Benedict Cumberbatch - »
It's that time of year again folks, with the Academy Awards landing next month, this morning the list of official nominees were revealed. Come inside to see who's been nominated for what!
It's awards season, and while we've seen plenty of head-scratchers already through the various award shows, today brings the list of nominations for the Big one; the Oscars. The biggest movie awards show is just around the corner, and today's nominee announcement is sure to raise quite a few eyebrows as well. The leaders of the pack are The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman, managing to nab 9 nominations a piece, with American Sniper and The Imitation Game hot on their heels.
Check out the full list below:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Wes Anderson, »
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The 2015 Oscar Nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards were unveiled Thursday morning, in which Best Picture nominees Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the crop of nominations with nine nominations a piece. Boyhood and American Sniper followed with six nominations each.
The full list of nominees for Best Picture are: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash. This makes for the first time that there have only been eight nominees in all for Best Picture.
Among some of the bigger surprises compared to our predictions from Wednesday, American Sniper had a big showing while hopefuls such as Gone Girl and Selma were virtually shut out. Gone Girl missed in the Best Picture category while scoring one nomination in total for Best Actress, »
- Brian Welk
Hollywood awards season headed into homestretch Thursday morning with the announcement of the 87th annual Academy Award nominations. The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman were the most honored, with nine nominations each, including Best Picture. Meryl Streep nabbed her 19th nomination, and Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive acting nod. And the nominees are … Best Picture "American Sniper""Birdman""Boyhood""The Grand Budapest Hotel""The Imitation Game""Selma""The Theory of Everything""Whiplash" Best Actor Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher" Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper" Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Best Actress Marion Cotillard, »
- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm
Weeks of wild speculation, informed theorizing, splashy profile pieces, lunches where movie stars awkwardly make conversation with bloggers and occasionally aimless prognostication finally come down to this one morning: the morning where the nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards are announced. The big show, hosted by the endlessly delightful Neil Patrick Harris, doesn't air until February 22nd. But this morning is when the hand wringing really begins in earnest.
There are a bunch of really handsome, talented people that are going to have a really good morning and even more that are going to be horribly disappointed (luckily they have the whole "handsome and talented" thing to lessen the blow). This has been one of the more unpredictable Oscar seasons in recent memory, without clear frontrunners or surefire favorites. So strap in -- this is going to be a wild morning!
Best Animated Feature Film
- Drew Taylor
Curry will depart NBC News as a full-time employee to launch her own media startup seeded by NBCUniversal. The company will feature reporting and content “of national and global importance with a multi-platform distribution approach,” an NBC release said. Curry will be free to report for any network, including NBC News.
“This is about reaching for the edge of the future in journalism, which we know is undergoing an irrevocable transition. I am excited about working to become a valuable link between »
- Jordan Chariton
Chicago – One of the specialities of HollywoodChicago.com is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.
It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.
The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com. Four notables who just missed the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
17 items from 2015
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