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SAG Awards (Film): 10 fascinating facts, records and stats

17 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »

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Inherent Vice: more marijuana misfire than stoner classic

25 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Critics are comparing Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice to the stoner noir of The Big Lebowski – but, even with Joaquin Phoenix in The Dude role, it’s not in the same league

Three viewings in and I’m still not at all sure how I feel about Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. But this has been true for me of all his recent movies. I thought the first half of There Will Be Blood was masterly film-making, and the second half was bogus, meandering, poorly workshopped tripe that couldn’t find the way to its own exit. I think The Master is a cold, self-effacing masterpiece, but it took me more than 10 viewings to come around to that opinion.

With Vice, I find most of the comparisons that critics are making unhelpful. The Big Lebowski and The Long Goodbye, the two foremost stoner-noirs, seem to have been more »

- John Patterson

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Paul Thomas Anderson Offers his Opinion of Superhero Movies

24 January 2015 9:03 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Director Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice) is best known for his serious, complicated, and sometimes strange movies. I love the guy's style, but I don’t see him as the kind of guy that would enjoy watching superhero movies. Turns out he really does, though! In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the director talks about how these types of films are unjustly branded by people who don’t like them. When asked what he thought about the current state of films and the complaints of all the superhero movies being made, he said:

"Ah, that's such a fucking crock of shit. I can't remember a year in recent memory where there were less complaints about the quality of movies. And what's wrong with superhero movies, you know? I don't know. You're talking to someone that enjoys watching those films. People need to get »

- Joey Paur

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Class Disparities and Prostitution Tackled in Early Female Director's Drama

23 January 2015 5:01 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in »

- Andre Soares

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'Inherent Vice' costume designer Mark Bridges finally got an Oscar nod for a PTA film

22 January 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of my favorite Oscar nominations this year was Mark Bridges getting the call for his work on Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." I only wish David Crank and Amy Wells could have joined him because the design of this film was out of sight (to say nothing of Robert Elswit's lush lensing). Still, it's sort of serendipitous that it's Bridges and Anderson (in the adapted screenplay category) representing the film, as like Elswit, their collaboration goes all the way back to the beginning, but unlike Elswit (who won the Oscar for "There Will Be Blood"), Bridges had yet to be recognized for a PTA movie. I talked to Bridges, who did get his own trip to Oscar's stage for "The Artist" a few years ago, about that and a whole lot more earlier this week. The research and engineering that went into bringing these costumes — and, by proxy, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck

22 January 2015 10:55 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Fifteen years ago, what would you have imagined the future held for Paul Thomas Anderson? What about Ben Affleck?   In 2000, Affleck was coming off of “Dogma,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Armageddon.” Sure, he’d already won an Oscar (along with Matt Damon) for writing “Good Will Hunting.” But he was yet to make his feature directorial debut, which would come seven years later with “Gone Baby Gone.” The notion of “Argo” wouldn’t yet be viable, nor would the thought of casting him as Batman. Similarly, P.T.A.’s career was just revving up. He had made “Magnolia,” “Boogie Nights” and “Hard Eight,” but “Punch Drunk Love,” “There Will Be Blood,” and this year’s Best Adapted Screenplay nominee (and our pick for 10th Best Film of the Year) “Inherent Vice” were all yet to be conceived.  So consider this a Throwback Thursday of epic proportions —behold the Paul Thomas Anderson written/directed, »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Woman in Black director criticises BBFC rating

22 January 2015 3:44 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: British director Tom Harper has sharply criticised the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) over its decision to give his Hammer horror sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death a 15 certificate.

Speaking in Rotterdam, where his political drama War Book opened Iffr last night, Harper questioned the grounds on which the classification for the horror sequel was made.

“Personally, I was disappointed it (Angel Of Death) was a 15,” Harper told Screen. “There was no blood, no swearing. Obviously, there are some uncomfortable scenes within it. It was always intended to be a 12A.”

The director said the filmmakers were presented by the BBFC with a “whole long list of - to my opinion - questionable reasons” as to why Angel Of Death was made a 15 rather than a 12A.

According to Harper, one of the moments highlighted by the BBFC was “a lady appears behind a door and a door slams”.

“I have no »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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The Precedent for an Eddie Redmayne or Michael Keaton Oscar Win

19 January 2015 8:53 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.

Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.

For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Paul Thomas Anderson Says He's a Huge Fan of Comic Book Films

17 January 2015 12:22 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice, There Will Be Blood) is known for directing very unusual and risky films that may get him a lot of attention from awards shows, but are usually not big box office hits. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Anderson was asked about the superhero genre. While many other creative directors, like Anderson, tend to look down on comic book films, Anderson is the exact opposite. "That's such a f*cking crock of sh*t. I can't remember a year in recent memory where there were less complaints about the quality of movies," he said. "And what's wrong with superhero movies, you know? I don't know. You're talking to someone that enjoys watching those films. People need to get a life if they're having that discussion [laughs]. Those movies get a bad rap." Question: Would you like to see Paul Thomas Anderson direct a superhero film? »

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The Case against Paul Thomas Anderson

16 January 2015 7:58 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In his relatively short time directing films, Paul Thomas Anderson has been called a rock star, a genius, an artist who knows no limits, the most devout filmmaker of his generation, and even the best film director in the world. Anderson has secured a spot in the hearts of most cinephiles generally reserved for dearly departed masters like Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick. Somewhere along the line, Anderson transformed from the latest cinematic wunderkind to the new American master.

As such, there are hundreds of articles (justifiably) praising the new golden boy of American cinema, but few of them acknowledge Anderson’s flaws as a filmmaker, or else they work overtime to explain them away. Let’s play devil’s advocate and look at those flaws head-on.

Anderson’s career neatly divides into two distinct eras. The first batch of films find an ambitious, nakedly sentimental Anderson wearing his cinematic influences on his sleeves, »

- Jeff Rindskopf

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Paul Thomas Anderson defends superhero movies, thinks they “get a bad rap”

16 January 2015 10:23 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With so many superhero movies on the horizon, there’s a growing concern in some quarters that the current comic book movie boom is leading to the death of cinema, but one person who definitely isn’t concerned is Paul Thomas Anderson, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the likes of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice.

“Ah, that’s such a fucking crock of shit,” Anderson told Rolling Stone when asked for his thoughts on complaints about contemporary American filmmaking being nothing but superhero movies. “I can’t remember a year in recent memory where there were less complaints about the quality of movies. And what’s wrong with superhero movies, you know? I don’t know. You’re talking to someone that enjoys watching those films. People need to get a life if they’re having that discussion [laughs]. Those movies get a bad rap.”

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- Gary Collinson

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Michael Keaton Is Here To Make You Feel Bad About Eating At McDonald's

15 January 2015 2:12 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

While Michael Keaton's stock in Hollywood is still riding its post-Birdman resurgence, it looks as though the actor has taken on what could technically be considered a "McJob." The former Batman star has signed on to a film called The Founder, which will chronicle the early rising of the McDonald.s corporation. Keaton will be playing the role of key franchise builder, Ray Kroc. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will follow what will be a "dark story of the rise of the McDonald.s fast food empire." Additionally, the tone of the script will reportedly resemble something close to David FIncher's The Social Network and Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood. Therefore, we shouldn.t necessarily expect this to be a heartstring-pulling yarn about a few wide-smiling idealistic men grabbing the American dream while fries, shakes, and Happy Meal toys fall from the sky. »

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Michael Keaton In Talks To Lead McDonalds Movie The Founder

15 January 2015 1:21 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Michael Keaton’s recent career boost thanks to his stellar turn in Birdman has already bagged the former Batman a Golden Globe, and as of this morning, his first Academy Award nomination. Keeping his eye on the prize, the actor isn’t taking his foot off the gas any time soon, as THR reports that Keaton is tipped to lead McDonalds biopic, The Founder.

Described as The Social Network meets There Will Be Blood, The Founder will lens under the experienced eye of John Lee Hancock. A solid choice for that responsibility, as the director’s resume is already peppered with award-winning biopics including Sandra Bullock-starrer The Blind Side and Walt Disney tale, Saving Mr. Banks. These two films might have bordered on the sentimental, but The Founder strikes as a much darker rags-to-riches story. Penned by Big Fan screenwriter Robert Siegel, the film traces the origins of the »

- Gem Seddon

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McDonald's Movie 'The Founder' Eyes Michael Keaton

15 January 2015 11:50 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fresh off his Golden Globe win and Oscar nomination for Birdman, Michael Keaton is in talks to star in The Founder for FilmNation. We first reported on this project back in December, when John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side) signed on to direct. This biopic charts the origins of the fast food empire McDonald's.

Michael Keaton is in talks to play Ray Kroc, an Illinois salesman who discovered a Southern California hamburger restaurant in the 1950s, run by Mac and Dick McDonald. Impressed with their speedy and efficient methods, and seeing franchise potential, Ray Kroc eventually pulled the company out from under the McDonald brothers, creating a massive fast food empire. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Michael Keaton met with John Lee Hancock on Monday, received an offer earlier this week, and is now in talks to star.

John Lee Hancock will direct from a script by Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler, »

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Michael Keaton to Lead McDonald's Empire Drama 'The Founder'

15 January 2015 10:01 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After picking up a much-deserved Best Actor nomination for his performance in Birdman today, Michael Keaton is now in talks for his next project. THR reports the former Batman star is negotiating for a lead role in The Founder, a film focusing on Ray Kroc (who Keaton would play in the film), a salesman from Illinois, who founded the fast food empire that pretty much everyone in the world knows as McDonald's. Back in December, The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock boarded the film which is described as having flares of both The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. Sounds like a juicy role for Keaton. Read on! Now that Keaton has really embarked on the comeback I've been hoping that he would achieve, it's good to see him continuing with roles like this right out of the gate. There's a good chance that Keaton could even win »

- Ethan Anderton

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The 17 Biggest Oscar Nomination Snubs and Surprises

15 January 2015 7:51 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” led with nine Oscar nominations each on Thursday morning, followed by eight for “The Imitation Game,” while “American Sniper” came on strong with six (tying “Boyhood”).

This year’s awards season has been more unpredictable than usual. Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” once thought to be the frontrunner, fell off everybody’s radar quickly, and the Oscars didn’t give it any love in the main categories. The Academy also didn’t nominate Jennifer Aniston, who had picked up precursor nominations for “Cake;” Jake Gyllenhaal, who gave a career-best performance in “Nightcrawler:” Ava DuVernay, who was expected to make history as the first female African American director for “Selma;” and “Life Itself,” the tearjerker documentary about the final days of film critic Roger Ebert.

Here are the 17 biggest snubs and surprises.

Snub: Jennifer Aniston, “Cake.”

Nobody campaigned harder than Jennifer Aniston this awards season, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Michael Keaton in Talks to Join McDonalds Movie The Founder

15 January 2015 7:41 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Back in December it was announced that a movie would be involving McDonalds called The Founder. It will revolve around the dark drama of the fast food chain's early beginning. Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock is going to direct the film, and Michael Keaton is now in talks to star in it. I freakin' love Michael Keaton!

"The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself in a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire."

According to THR, Keaton was offered the role of Ray Kroc earlier this week. I’m so happy to see the »

- Joey Paur

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Michael Keaton in talks for McDonald’s Mogul role in The Founder

15 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Birdman actor Michael Keaton is flying high these days. Now the recipient of a Golden Globe award (and likely an Oscar to follow) for his work on the Alejandro González Iñárritu film, an abundance of choice roles are bound to present themselves to him. Less than a week after his big win at the Globes, he is reportedly already in talks to star in The Founder, a “dark story” detailing the rise of fast food chain McDonald’s.

Robert Siegel (Big Fan) penned the script, which is being described as comparable to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) has signed on to direct the picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which follows the true story of McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc. Hailing from Illinois, the salesman met Mac and Dick McDonald when they were running a Southern California burger outfit in the 1950s. »

- William Fanelli

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Michael Keaton in talks to play McDonald's mogul Ray Kroc in The Founder

15 January 2015 3:35 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

THR has learned Michael Keaton (who just received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Birdman) is in talks to play McDonald's tycoon Ray Kroc in The Founder. John Lee Hancock is attached to direct the film from a script by Robert D. Siegel (Big Fan, The Wrestler), which has been described as "being akin to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood." The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac »

- Jesse Giroux

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Keaton To Sell McDonalds In "Founder"

14 January 2015 9:10 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Having just won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy, Michael Keaton is in talks to star in John Lee Hancock's new biopic "The Founder" for FilmNation and The Combine.

Robert Siegel ("Big Fan") penned the drama which tells the true story of how Illinois salesman Ray Kroc (to be played by Keaton) turned Mac and Dick McDonald's small 1950s Southern California burger chain into the largest fast food franchise on the planet.

Kroc did this by getting into a position that allowed him to pull the company out from under the pair, and then turned it into a billion-dollar empire. Naturally the tone will be more akin to "The Social Network" and "There Will Be Blood" in which fortunes are built and lives ruined by unadulterated greed.

Keaton reportedly met with Hancock earlier this week and has since received an offer, with talks now underway. »

- Garth Franklin

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