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Best Picture Winners Based On or Inspired By Real People and Events

27 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer science pioneer who, along with his fellow code-breakers, broke the Nazi Enigma code to help end World War II. Though Turing was hailed as a hero, he was eventually arrested and prosecuted for homosexuality, along with 49,000 other British men and women. Turing chose to be chemically castrated rather than face imprisonment, so he could continue his work, and it is believed that he committed suicide a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.

On Jan. 21, Stephen Fry led a discussion about the The Imitation Game following a screening of the film for BAFTA voters, discussed Queen Elizabeth’s pardon and suggested that the 49,000 persecuted men and women should be as well. Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, which is honoring The Imitation Game at its Human Rights Gala on Jan. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief: 5 Things to Know

26 January 2015 2:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One of the most buzzed-about films at the Sundance Film Festival doesn't even star an A-list celebrity. Even before premiering to a sold-out crowd Sunday afternoon, the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief was already the talk of the festival. Here are five things you should know about the controversial film: 1. It's Based on a Book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright.Wright – who is also known for his other exposés including the award-winning The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - interviewed roughly 200 current and former Scientologists for his 2013 book, which has the same title »

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5 Things You Should Know About The Controversial New Scientology Documentary

26 January 2015 2:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One of the most buzzed-about films at the Sundance Film Festival doesn't even star an A-list celebrity. Even before premiering to a sold-out crowd Sunday afternoon, the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief was already the talk of the festival. Here are five things you should know about the controversial film: 1. It's Based on a Book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright.Wright – who is also known for his other exposés including the award-winning The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - interviewed roughly 200 current and former Scientologists for his 2013 book, which has the same title »

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What ‘Birdman’s’ Big Awards Weekend Means for a Wild Oscar Race

25 January 2015 8:42 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Back-to-back wins for Alejandro Inarritu’s daring comedy at SAG and Producers Guild Awards help throw awards season into disarray

This was supposed to be the weekend that would clear things up in the Oscar race. Instead, it was a weekend that threw the race into disarray, sending one contender soaring and another faltering.

What happened?

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” which was considered the leader of the race mostly by default even though it didn’t look anything like a typical Best Picture winner, had a chance to seal the deal but turned out to be a shaky frontrunner instead. »

- Steve Pond

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Analysis: SAG Awards Seal Frontrunner Status for Several Film Nominees

25 January 2015 7:21 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It was a great weekend for Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman,” which won the best ensemble award at the SAG Awards mere hours after winning the top prize at the PGA Awards.

The SAG Awards are considered the best indicator of who will win Oscar gold; actors make up the largest part of the Academy voting body. Last year, all four actors who won SAG Awards went on to receive Oscars.

While best ensemble does not correlate strongly to best picture (in recent years, “12 Years a Slave,” “The Artist,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Departed” and “The Hurt Locker” all failed to win SAG ensemble), it can indicate strong support for a movie. In the past, films like “The King’s Speech” and “Argo” bested starrier casts to win the ensemble prize, which solidified their frontrunner status. With wins from PGA and SAG, “Birdman” appears to have leapt over “Boyhood” to take »

- Jenelle Riley

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Analysis: SAG Awards Seal Frontrunner Status for Several Film Nominees

25 January 2015 7:21 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a great weekend for Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman,” which won the best ensemble award at the SAG Awards mere hours after winning the top prize at the PGA Awards.

The SAG Awards are considered the best indicator of who will win Oscar gold; actors make up the largest part of the Academy voting body. Last year, all four actors who won SAG Awards went on to receive Oscars.

While best ensemble does not correlate strongly to best picture (in recent years, “12 Years a Slave,” “The Artist,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Departed” and “The Hurt Locker” all failed to win SAG ensemble), it can indicate strong support for a movie. In the past, films like “The King’s Speech” and “Argo” bested starrier casts to win the ensemble prize, which solidified their frontrunner status. With wins from PGA and SAG, “Birdman” appears to have leapt over “Boyhood” to take »

- Jenelle Riley

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SAG Awards 2015: Film Predictions

23 January 2015 12:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s a busy weekend for awards-watchers, with the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, followed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Both guild kudos are considered heavy indicators of who will take home the top prizes at the Academy Awards; last year, all four actors who won SAG film awards went on to land Oscars. Perhaps it’s because the SAG Awards voting body is made up of 111,228 eligible SAG-aftra members, and actors represent the largest percentage of Oscar voters.

So here are my fearless predictions for this year’s SAG Award winners.

Actor in a Supporting Role

The Nominees: Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”; Robert Duvall, “The Judge”; Edward Norton, “Birdman”; Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”; J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash

A remarkable group of actors, but this race really comes down to 20-year-overnight-success J.K. Simmons and Greatest Actor of His Generation™ Edward Norton. Both are brilliant as arrogant, blustery performers but Simmons »

- Jenelle Riley

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13 Films You Won’t Believe Turn 10 Years Old In 2015

22 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

Time flies when you’re having fun, as they say, and it’s pretty difficult to believe that 2005 was already a decade ago. It was a time when George W. Bush was still President of the United States, Pope Benedict XVI was elected, and everyone started getting excited about the impending release of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Though not a particularly stand-out year in film overall, 2005 certainly wasn’t forgettable either: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire tore up the worldwide box office, Million Dollar Baby won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Catwoman won the Razzie Award for Worst Picture. It also gave birth to a number of supremely iconic movies which, indeed, have now turned a decade old.

Why is it difficult to believe that these movies have hit the double-digit milestone? Perhaps they seem so relevant today that it doesn’t feel like much time has passed, »

- Jack Pooley

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‘Sniper’ Hits Eastwood Highs; ‘Taken’, ‘Son’ Top International Box Office: Final

21 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.

Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Korea Box Office: ‘Ode’ and ‘Love Forecast’ top Chart, ‘Sniper’ Opens in Eighth

18 January 2015 6:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seoul — South Korean drama “Ode to My Father” remained on top of the local box office for the fifth consecutive week, reaping 28% percent of weekend sales for the 12—18 January period.

The nostalgic melodrama crossed 10 million admissions last Wednesday, becoming the 11th Korean film, and 14th overall to pass that milestone and to be seen by a fifth of the local population (50 million). The movie has a cumulative haul of $79.9 million, according to Kobis, the box office tracking service of the Korean Film Council (Kofic). “Ode” will have its international premiere in the Berlinale’s Panorama section next month.

It narrowly beat newcomer “Love Forecast,” a local romantic comedy which earned $7.16 million in its opening 5 days. “Love Forecast” actually topped “Ode” by a whisker for two days (15—16 January).

Another new local drama “Chronicle of a Blood Merchant,” a film adaptation of the bestselling 1995 Chinese novel of the same title by Yu Hua, »

- Sonia Kil

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‘American Sniper’: 5 Reasons for Historic Breakout at Box Office

18 January 2015 10:26 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Heartland heat, Oscar buzz and star Bradley Cooper give the Iraq War saga extra ammo

The electrifying $90.2 million wide opening of “American Sniper” – shattering records for the best January openings by tens of millions of dollars — stunned box office analysts and even distributor Warner Bros. Sunday.

“We’ve never seen anything like this,” Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. told TheWrap.

The Clint Eastwood-directed Iraq War saga starring Bradley Cooper was on pace to top $100 million over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend, uncharted territory for a movie at this time of year. It was »

- Todd Cunningham

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'American Sniper' Opens with Massive $89.2 Million While 'Blackhat' is an Equally Massive Flop

18 January 2015 7:46 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

After a weekend like this I can't help but wonder if Clint Eastwood's American Sniper can follow in the footsteps of his Million Dollar Baby and essentially be the last film released in the year and then take home the Best Picture Oscar. After playing in only four theaters the last three weekends to spectacular results, American Sniper went wide this weekend, playing in 3,555 theaters and made a whopping $89.2 million. This is the largest opening for a January movie ever (more than doubling Ride Along's $41.5 million), not to mention the largest weekend for a movie in January ever, topping previous record holder Avatar with what is now a puny $68.4 million back in 2010. To go along with the records and all that money the film is swimming in, it scored an "A+" CinemaScore to accompany its 73% score at RottenTomatoes. I don't know about you, but this could very quickly »

- Brad Brevet

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47 (Out of 350) Times People of Colour Contended for Oscars in 10 Years

16 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.

That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]

We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.

The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.

We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.

That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »

- Jesse Ferreras

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2015 Oscars Snubs and Surprises: Everything is Not Awesome for 'Lego Movie,' Aniston, 'Selma'

15 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Benedict Cumberbatch and Meryl Streep were among the 2015 Oscar nominees announced on Thursday morning, (because, of course they were,) but let's dig in to what we all really want to talk about: the snubs and surprises.

Complete List: 2015 Oscar Nominees Revealed

Surprise! Marion Cotillard: Perhaps one of the biggest surprises came in the Best Actress category, when Cotillard's name was called for her role in Two Days, One Night. It's not that Cotillard isn’t a force in the acting world, or that she didn’t deserve the nomination, but the 39-year-old beauty had failed to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Screen Actors Guild or the Broadcast Film Critics Association this season.

Snub! Jennifer Aniston: For every surprise, there's a snub. After months of critical acclaim, a press tour and several acting nominations, Jennifer Aniston failed to score an Oscar nom for her dramatic role in Cake.

Snubs! [link »

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25 surprising side businesses from Hollywood stars

15 January 2015 8:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Paul Newman’s salad dressing enterprise is common knowledge, but did you know about these 25 businesses run by Hollywood stars?

What do big-time movie stars get up to in their spare time? While their fictional counterparts might enjoy chopping wood or getting hosed down by friendly females (more on that here), actors themselves have a tendency towards wacky entrepreneurial ideas and hefty industrial investments.

Looking at our findings from some rigorous research (read: Googling), it seems that you can divide famous actors into a handful of groups – those who are trying to do something good for the world, those who are trying to break into internet megabucks and those who like opening restaurants.

Without further chit-chat, here’s a breakdown of which stars are behind which brands which you may or may not know and love…

1. Kevin CostnerOcean Therapy Solutions

Here’s a brilliant one to start off with »

- simonbrew

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Complete Directors Guild Award (DGA) Nominations Including TV!

14 January 2015 2:29 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced the nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014. All the usual suspects received nods (Wes Anderson, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Richard Linklater), the unusual (Morten Tyldum for "The Imitation Game"), and then there's Clint Eastwood for "American Sniper."

Ignored was Ava DuVernay from the fantastic "Selma!" And the DGA still won't allow Angelina Jolie ("Unbroken") to play!

Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 7, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Here's your complete list of nominees of the 67th Annual DGA Awards:

Feature Film Nominees

Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Anderson.s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Miki Emmrich

First Assistant Director: Josh Robertson

Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard

This is Mr. Anderson.s first DGA Award nomination.

Clint Eastwood

American Sniper

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Eastwood.s Directorial »

- Manny

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Wes Anderson, Clint Eastwood, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Richard Linklater and Morten Tyldum nominated for the DGA Award

13 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Director’s Guild of America has announced the nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, with Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Morten Tyldum (The Theory of Everything) set to contest the award.

“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said DGA President Barclay. “Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.”

This is the first DGA Award nomination for Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater and Morten Tyldum, while Alejandro González Iñárritu was nominated for Babel and won the DGA Award for Commercials in 2012 with Proctor and Gamble’s ‘Best Job’ ad. »

- Gary Collinson

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Richard Linklater in first DGA nod

13 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The front-runner and director of Boyhood earned his first Directors Guild Of America’s (DGA) nomination on Tuesday (January 13).

Joining Linklater are first-time nominees Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game, alongside Clint Eastwood for American Sniper and Alejandro Gonzalez Ińárritu for Birdman.

The winner will be announced at the 67th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on February 7 in Los Angeles.

This is Eastwood’s fourth nod after Unforgiven, Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby, which earned him the prize in 2004.

Eastwood received the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006.

Ińárritu has been nominated twice before for Babel and Best Job, for which he won the commercials award in 2012.

“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said DGA president Paris Barclay.

“Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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What does the DGA announcement mean for Best Director at the Oscars?

13 January 2015 1:11 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

A few short hours ago, the Directors Guild of America announced their nominees, letting us in on the final precursor of the season. All that’s left is Thursday morning’s Academy Award nominations, but the puzzle is almost complete. Today’s announcement from the DGA brought a bit of clarity to some parts of the Best Director race, but the Oscar lineup is far from set, that’s for sure. More so than any other year I can remember, so much is up in the air at the final stretch of this first phase race. It’s exciting, but stressful all the same, at least for this humble prognosticator. A quick mention about this precursor. Normally, it does transition highly towards what the Academy will do, but there’s an exception this year due to scheduling. Oscar ballots had to be in before this Guild announced, so voters were flying blind. »

- Joey Magidson

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Anderson, Eastwood, Iñárritu, Linklater, Tyldum Among The Five Nominees For The 67th DGA Award

13 January 2015 1:06 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Anderson, Eastwood, Iñárritu, Linklater, Tyldum.

Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014.

“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said Barclay. “Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.”

Of the DGA nominations, Oscar pundit Scott Feinberg (THR) writes, “You’ll notice that the list does not include Selma’s Ava DuVernay, Gone Girl’s David Fincher, Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller, Interstellar’s Christopher Nolan, Inherent Vice’s Paul Thomas Anderson, The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh, Unbroken’s Angelina Jolie, Into the WoodsRob Marshall and A Most Violent Year »

- Michelle McCue

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