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Saturday evening’s 22nd Annual SAG Awards proved that we have a real race on our hands for best picture. The night’s biggest prize, the best ensemble award, which has been awarded to 10 of the last 20 best pic winners, went to Spotlight.
Director Tom McCarthy’s drama about Boston Globe reporters investigating the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal is led by performances from best supporting actor Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, best supporting actress nom Rachel McAdams, and best actor nom last year, Michael Keaton. The film previously won the Critics’ Choice award for best picture.
Rival contenders The Big Short and The Revenant, took home best picture honors at the PGA Awards and Golden Globes, respectively, with The Martian also winning a best picture award (in the comedy/musical category) at the Golden Globes.
So, what does a best ensemble win at SAG »
- Patrick Shanley
Sundance Film Festival marks a fresh start to the film calendar. Just as awards season is winding down, new artistic agendas are kicking off all over Park City.
Sundance is a festival unsullied by headline-sucking studio ‘out-of-competition’ launches, making it purely about the programming line-up, split neatly between docs and dramatic, world and Us, premieres and competitive. In that sense, there was one big winner: Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the Us Dramatic section and also walked away with the Audience Award and a record-breaking $17.5m deal from Fox Searchlight.
Netflix had actually offered more for the confrontational, provocative, agenda-changing film which will be pushed for next year’s awards to put a halt to Oscars-being-so-white. In fact, Netflix and Amazon were active throughout Sundance, chasing down quality, prestige English-language projects as opposed to bulk-buying. (This isn’t cable programming; this is taste-making. If a film »
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Hey, Leonardo DiCaprio, congrats on finally winning your first-ever SAG Award. (See complete list of SAG winners right here.) Will you follow up this victory for "The Revenant" by winning your first Oscar next month? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions From "Marvin's Room" to "J. Edgar" and everything in between, DiCaprio had never won an individual or ensemble prize before Saturday night, despite eight prior bids at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. DiCaprio previously went down to defeat in the following eight SAG races: Best Film Ensemble Nominations "The Departed" (2007); lost to "Little Miss Sunshine" "The Aviator" (2005); lost to "Sideways" "Titanic" (1998); lost to "The Full Monty" "Marvin's Room" (1997); lost to "The Birdcage" Best Film »
Sundance has always served as a springboard to launch the careers of under-the-radar actors — just ask Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), Carey Mulligan (“An Education”), Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Ryan Gosling (“The Believer”) — and the 2016 edition of the festival was no exception. Variety’s critics Justin Chang, Guy Lodge and Geoff Berkshire and film reporters Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang weighed in on their favorite breakthrough performances at this year’s Sundance.
(1) Narges Rashidi, “Under the Shadow”
Babak Anvari’s wartime creeptacular has already drawn well-deserved comparisons to another Sundance-premiered horror hit, “The Babadook,” and along similar lines, Rashidi’s intense yet fine-grained work here deserves to be spoken of in the same lofty tones as Essie Davis’. As a fiercely intelligent, progressive-minded Iranian woman infuriated by the direction of her country since the Islamic Revolution, Rashidi plays her character like a musical instrument going slowly out of »
- Variety Staff
For every movie like Little Miss Sunshine or Whiplash that explodes at Sundance en route to becoming an Oscar-winning pop-culture phenomenon, there are dozens of great movies that had warm openings at Sundance but didn't connect with audiences like they should have, for whatever reason. Thankfully, the commercial reception a lot of Sundance movies receive outside of the supportive confines of Robert Redford’s brainchild leaves us with a lot sleepers just waiting to be discovered and embraced. With that in mind, and with Sundance wrapping up this weekend, here are ten terrific movies from the last ten years of Sundance that should have reached wider audiences but did not. Name recognition be damned, we encourage you to give 'em a try.1. The Foot Fist Way (2006)Will Ferrell and Adam McKay were prominent early supporters and advocates for The Foot Fist Way, and their relationship with the movie's writers and »
- Nathan Rabin
Remember that perpetual silence that clouded action sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage? One resounding “I live for this shit!” battle cry from Vin Diesel later and the floodgates have now opened for D.J. Caruso’s threequel, with the casting news arriving thick and fast.
And so, what began with the relatively humble addition of Indian star Deepika Padukone, Furious 7 cohort Tony Jaa and Irish Ufc champ Conor McGregor has now led to a burgeoning ensemble that includes action veteran Jet Li, Russian actor Andrey Ivchenko and, more recently, the addition of Academy Award-nominee Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine).
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, revealing that Collette has been brought aboard for the role of a high-ranking bureaucrat pulling the strings behind the scenes for one of the leading secret intelligence agencies. Whether that places Collette’s newcomer as a hero or adversary to »
- Michael Briers
Who knew we'd be getting so much Xander Cage so fast? After the disappointment that was XXX: State Of The Union back in 2005, the franchise went back into hiding for a good decade or so. When actor Vin Diesel returned to the Fast And Furious franchise, there were endless rumbles that he would eventually make his way back to the other action flick he was best known for.
After announcing the film back in January of 2014, news on the picture went radio silent, and now it seems like we get extra tidbits and casting news every other week. In the latest in the string of casting news, THR is reporting that Toni Collette has joined this growing cast, and that she will be playing a "bureaucrat in the intelligence service."
Collette may not be the most recognizable of actresses, but she definitely has had her fair share of roles. She »
- Joseph Medina
I have a trio of casting news for you today, and first up is Toni Collette, who, according to THR, has been cast in XXX 3: The Return Of Xander Cage, joining Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Jaa, Jet Li, Orange Is the New Black's Ruby Rose, The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev and Bollywood star Deepika Padukone. The United States of Tara and Little Miss Sunshine actress will play "a... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
With the SAG Awards taking place this Sunday, the homestretch of the Oscar race is finally in view. The SAG’s, an award show “for actors, by actors”, is a great indication of what direction the Academy may be leaning, considering the acting branch of the Academy is by far the largest of the 17 branches with over 1,000 members of the 6,000+ Academy members belonging to it.
While the SAG Awards may not have a best picture award, like other award shows, it does have its equivalent in the best ensemble prize. The award is a great indication of what films may go on to win best picture at the Oscars, such as last year’s winner of both awards, Birdman.
Last week, The Big Short took home the best picture award at the PGA Awards, the first awards show of the season that is voted on »
- Patrick Shanley
To mark the release of Miss You Already on 1st February, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Featuring a stellar cast and incredible lead performances from Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, In Her Shoes), Drew Barrymore (50 First Dates, He’s Just Not That Into You), Dominic Cooper (Captain America, Need for
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Park City may be icy cold, but the film acquisitions are piping hot at this year Sundance Film Festival. Fox Searchlight secured world rights to “The Birth of a Nation” in a record-breaking deal totaling $17.5 million. Actor-writer Nate Parker’s (“Beyond the Lights”) directorial debut is one of the festival’s most acclaimed films to play the fest this year. This purchase rivals the $10.5 million paid out for “Little Miss Sunshine” in 2006 and the $10 million sum for “Hamlet 2” in 2008. Parker portrays former slave Nat Turner, who led one of the biggest slave rebellions in United States history. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature, “Manchester by the Sea,” also lit Park City up this week. Amazon acquired the drama for $10 million. The pic stars Casey Affleck as a man who returns to his »
"The Birth of a Nation" (2016)The Big Deal: $17.5 million from Fox Searchlight Domestic Box Office: Tbd What's the Big Deal? Fox Searchlight has made history at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival by picking up Nate Parker's acclaimed slave revolt drama for an earth-shattering $17.5 million, the biggest deal in Sundance history. The distributor is notorious for throwing down big money for the buzziest Sundance titles (see "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Way, Way Back" below), but this gargantuan deal is the most they've ever paid for a Sundance movie. It's a deal that rivals the highest international festival deals of all time ($20 million for Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" and Denis Villeneuve's "Story of Your Life" at Cannes in 2015 and 2014, respectively). Searchlight is surely hoping "Nation" will follow in the footsteps of their other successful slave drama "12 Years a Slave," which rode acclaim and Oscar wins to »
- Zack Sharf
The title Birth Of A Nation is one that carries a lot of baggage in the film world. Mention the name to somebody who's studied film, and it's likely to conjure images of the D.W. Griffith silent propaganda picture from the early 1900s, where the Ku Klux Klan was portrayed as a heroic organization, and racial portrayal was appalling at best. Needless to say, when another film uses the same title, it's worth mentioning. Don't expect any Klan heroism in this film, however, as this year's Birth Of A Nation follows historical figure Nat Turner, and his leading of a slave rebellion in 1831 Virginia.
While the film does chronicle the historical events in the 1800s, the movie itself is making history in its own way. According to Deadline, Birth Of A Nation--which was made on a budget of $10 million) is nearing completion with a deal with Fox Searchlight. The distributor »
- Joseph Medina
Birth Of A Nation Sundance debut draws bid of up to $20 million. Birth Of A Nation Sundance debut attracts huge bids.
The Birth Of A Nation Sundance debut is quite something as Oscar is already being whispers for a year’s time.
Nate Parker‘s slavery drama The Birth of a Nation has been acquired at the Sundance Film Festival for a record $17.5 million. Fox Searchlight paid the huge amount for the film, which easily beats the previous record which was set by Little Miss Sunshine, which sold for $10.5 million ten years ago.
Comparisons to 12 Years A Slave are being made for the film which The Verge are reporting that Netflix apparently made an offer of $20 million for. The budget of the film is a reported $10 million – so effectively investors are already into profit.
- Paul Heath
Nate Parker's long-gestating Nat Turner biopic The Birth of a Nation is headed for Sundance history: Deadline reports that Fox Searchlight has purchased the film for a record-setting $17.5 million, the highest any film has ever gone for at Sundance. The previous record was held by Little Miss Sunshine, which sold for $10.5 million in 2006. Reports say the deal for Birth of a Nation — a film about Turner's 1831 slave rebellion, which Parker wrote, produced, directed, and stars in — will give it a widescreen release during awards season. The biggest deal in festival history happened in 2014, at Cannes, when Focus Features paid $20 million for Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals. The Weinstein Company, Netflix, and Sony were reportedly all locked in a bidding war for Birth of a Nation overnight, with figures close to that all-time festival-record mark. As Vulture's Kyle Buchanan has noted, Birth of a Nation »
- Dee Lockett
Adam McKay’s financial crisis dramedy “The Big Short” shook up the Oscar race with a big win at the 27th annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday. Producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for the late-breaking awards contender. Gardner and Kleiner were on hand to accept the award. This is production company Plan B’s third consecutive film in the awards race following “12 Years a Slave” in 2013 and “Selma” in 2014. “The Big Short” triumphed over fellow Oscar nominees “Brooklyn, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” and “Spotlight.” “Ex Machina,” “Sicario” and “Straight Outta Compton” rounded out the category. This win bodes well for “The Big Short” in its Oscar campaign as voting for the final list of nominees commences on Feb. 12. The PGA Award winner typically forecasts the eventual winner at the Oscars. “Brokeback Mountain,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and “Gravity »
Adam McKay's The Big Short got a big boost in the Oscar race last night by winning big at the PGA. This is an important win for the film considering that this Best Picture race is more slippery than we've seen in the past few years. You have to go back almost a decade to Little Miss Sunshine to find a PGA winner that didn't align with Oscar (though Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave shared a tie with Gravity).
This win also poses another setback for Spotlight, which is really going to need to win that SAG Ensemble prize this coming Saturday to stay in the game. The Revenant, while it may still be rocking the box office, also missed an opportunity here to claim its post as frontrunner after its hefty nomination tally and Globes success. Any chances Mad Maxy: Fury Road had are probably now cooked, but »
- Chris Feil
We’ve previously brought you Ten Memorable Movie Suicides in the past. But unlike the people on that list, though, the people on this list, for one reason or another, failed to get the job done. To get on the list of failed suicides in movies, the failed suicide attempt has to be shown on screen. So, for example, you aren’t going to see Steve Carell’s Frank Ginsberg in Little Miss Sunshine. These have to be legitimate attempts gone awry. In some cases they are pretty serious. However in others, there’s some serious high comedy mixed in. Either way these end
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- Paul Tassi
Continuing to feed off of last week’s Academy Award nomination announcement (as well as yesterday’s piece on the snubs found within those nominations, in one or two cases), today I want to look at who happens to be most due a nod at this point. An Oscar nom is certainly no easy achievement, but you can usually look around at the actors and actresses who have never been nominated and find at least one missed opportunity on the part of the Academy. As such, today I’m again putting out a list of who deserves a nomination the most, updated since certain contenders like Jennifer Jason Leigh finally have their citation… Here now are ten actors or actresses overdue for an Oscar nomination: 10. Zoe Kazan – Anyone who doesn’t consider Kazan to be overdue for a citation just isn’t paying attention. Look at The Exploding Girl or »
- Joey Magidson
Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival Editor's note: The updated version of our For Your Consideration column looks at films and events related to awards season that we find exciting and different. For detailed analysis of every Oscar category, check out our Oscar pages. Now in its third decade, the Sundance Film Festival has frequently spawned a healthy number of awards season stars, from very recent best picture contenders like "Whiplash" and "Boyhood" to earlier picks like "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (yes, both a Sundance premiere and a best picture nominee) and "Shine," to a hefty number of acting nominees (think winners like Mo'Nique for "Precious," Alan Arkin for "Little Miss Sunshine" or Hilary Swank for "Boys Don't Cry") documentary picks (from "Searching for Sugar Man" to "Man on Wire") and »
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