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I loved "Her" when I saw it a couple of months ago at the New York Film Festival, but wasn't sure how it would go over, even with critics. After all, I had been similarly enthusiastic about Spike Jonze's last film, "Where the Wild Things Are," which got solid reviews and did okay at the box office, but received just a smattering of support during awards season. "Her" has already outperformed that film, winning Best Picture from the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Where did that come from? Sure, "Her" is not entirely out of character for the National Board of Review, which has made edgy choices in recent years like "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012), "The Social Network" (2010), and "No Country for Old Men" (2007). However, the Nbr is notable for picking films that end up on Oscar's list of Best Picture nominees. Indeed, Nbr's »
Add another awards show to keep an eye on to the list: The 265 members of the Online Film Critics Society, an org focused on Internet-based film journalism, announced their nominees for the 17th annual Ofcs Awards. Several winners of past years have gone on to win best picture Oscars, including “Argo,” “The Hurt Locker,” “American Beauty” and “No Country for Old Men.”
The winners will be announced Dec. 16. The nominees are listed below.
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wind Rises”
Best Animated Feature
“The Wind Rises”
Best Film Not in the English Language
“The Wind Rises”
Joel Coen, »
- Alex Stedman
Joel & Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" was off to an incredible start this weekend, taking in $402,000 from just 4 theaters. That made for a $100,500 daily per-theater-average, giving the CBS Films-released film the second best limited debut of the year (after "Blue Jasmine") and the Coens their highest per-theater average ever (topping "No Country For Old Men"). That certainly bodes well for the film as it starts expanding on December 20th and can't hurt the film's awards season hopes. In its second weekend Justin Chadwick's biopic of the late Nelson Mandela "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" dropped just 8% as it remained static in 4 theaters. Taking in $77,652, The Weinstein Company release averaged $19,413 and took its total to $183,369 after 10 days. The Weinsteins also got good numbers from their three week old "Philomena." Holding steady in 835 theaters, the film -- which stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the real life story »
- Peter Knegt
Ethan and Joel Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” gave the writer-director team their best box-office debut ever this weekend, rolling up $402,000 from just four theaters. That’s a spectacular $100,500 per-screen average for the CBS Films’ Oscar hopeful that stars Oscar Isaacs as young singer at the crossroads amid the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Also read: ‘Frozen’ Skates Past ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ at Box Office In terms of per-theater average, it’s the Coens’ best opening ever, more than doubling the $43,797 rung up by Oscar Best Picture winner “No Country for Old Men” when it took in $1.2 million from 28 »
- Todd Cunningham
Joel & Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" was off to a fantastic start last night, taking in $123,340 from just 4 theaters. That made for a $30,385 daily per-theater-average, and puts the CBS Films-released film -- which got the Coens some of the best reviews of their career -- on track for a $80,000-$90,000 weekend average. That would make it the third best limited debut of the year after "Blue Jasmine" and "Spring Breakers," and give the Coens their highest per-theater average ever (topping "No Country For Old Men"). It also will more than double the recent opening averages of "Dallas Buyers Club," "Philomena" and "Nebraska." Check back tomorrow for a full box office report. »
- Peter Knegt
As we barrel toward 2014 and assess the year in cinema that was, we hope folks don't forget that it was quite a 2013 for low-key helmer Denis Villeneuve. He rolled into the festival season with two stunners under his arm: the wrenching "Prisoners" and the Jake Gyllenhaal double-starrer "Enemy" (recently named by Tiff as one of the Top 10 Canadian Films Of 2013). It's quite a feat for the filmmaker—who until now was mostly known on the arthouse circuit, notably for "Incendies" and "Polytechnique"—and was quite the arrival for the filmmaker who cemented that he's one of the best in the game right now. And now Villeneuve is considering a project that's pretty damn exciting. The director is circling up to helm the Mexico/U.S. border crime tale "Sicario." Penned by Taylor Sheridan, the "No Country For Old Men"-esque tale will follow a female cop and two male delta-force »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Hot off helming the kidnap thriller Prisoners, Denis Villeneuve is circling Sicario, a Taylor Sheridan-scripted drama that is fast coming together with Black Label financing, and producing with Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road. Black Label is the finance/production company formed by Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill. Just as Villeneuve’s films Prisoners and especially Incendies presented thrillers with complex moral dilemmas and shocking conclusions, Sicario presents a similar opportunity for the filmmaker. It focuses on the murky legal loophole that allows mercenaries to breach the border of Mexico to corral drug kingpins, as long as they are accompanied by a legitimate law officer. In this case, a female cop from Tucson accompanies two delta force-type rangers across the border to apprehend a drug lord. Once across the border, the cop finds she has stepped into No Country For Old Men terrain, with violence and depravity she never imagined. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Editor’s note: Our review of Inside Llewyn Davis originally ran during this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but we’re re-running it now as the film opens today in limited theatrical release. The eighth In Competition banner for the Coen Brothers at the Cannes Film Festival is their first in six years, since their eventual Best Picture Oscar winner No Country for Old Men. Though there isn’t a chance for the intrepid filmmaking duo to repeat the same success here, the feeling coming out of Inside Llewyn Davis is that the brothers would not have it any other way. Indeed, while terming their latest work the worst thing they’ve put out since The Ladykillers might send alarm bells ringing, when you consider their body of work since – No Country, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man and True Grit – it begins to seem not quite so bitter a pill to swallow. Tackling »
- Shaun Munro
Coen Brothers deliver one of their best movies with period folk drama Inside Llewyn Davis. Oscar Isaac shines as a struggling folk singer in beautiful and heartfelt film. After recent movies that include a western remake (True Grit), a Midwestern, midlife, male comedy (A Serious Man) and a heart-stopping crime thriller (No Country for Old Men), filmmaker siblings Joel and Ethan Coen continue to surprise with yet another subgenre they’ve yet to try. Inside Llewyn Davis is a folk music drama of all things, set in 1961 New York City and clubs, coffee bars and apartments throughout Greenwich Village. Pop singer/actor Justin Timberlake may claim the most marquee pizzazz as Jim, a folk musician married to his music partner Jean, played by Carey Mulligan of The Great Gatsby. Everything they do and say revolves around their sad sack friend, the film’s titular character Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) who »
Relativity Media's Out of the Furnace is the only new nationwide release on the first weekend of December, which is typically one of the slowest frames of the year. The gritty action flick is unlikely to do much business, though, which leaves the battle for first place up to strong holdovers Frozen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.Catching Fire won last weekend with $74.2 million, though Frozen was surprisingly close with $67.4 million. With great word-of-mouth, it's possible that Frozen only dips around 40 percent*in comparison, Tangled fell 56 percent at the same point. Meanwhile, the Harry Potter and Twilight movies typically lost 60 percent on this weekend. Catching Fire should hold a bit better. Ultimately, it will be a close weekend, though Frozen seems to have a slight edge.Otherwise, this is going to be a quiet weekend. Since 2010, the major studios have completely avoided scheduling new movies on the weekend after Thanksgiving, »
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Nearly a decade after “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” pulled off one of the biggest Oscar-night sweeps of all time, it seems almost unthinkable that it could have played out any other way. But in the days leading up to that year’s ceremony, there were whispers around town that Peter Jackson’s trilogy-capping epic couldn’t possibly win best picture, because it was (gasp!) a fantasy film — a genre the Academy had never once seen fit to honor in its 75-year existence.
Fortunately, rules are made to be broken, and 10 years on from that milestone, the Academy’s alleged prejudice against fantasy/sci-fi movies, suspense thrillers and other strands of popular storytelling seems largely a thing of the past. That’s potentially good news for some of this year’s popular prestige entries, including pictures as different as “Prisoners,” “Lone Survivor,” “Captain Phillips” and »
- Justin Chang
"When you read about the scene you see this mania for authenticity," says Joel Coen, describing what enticed him and his brother Ethan into making Inside Llewyn Davis, a film about folksingers in Greenwich Village just before Bob Dylan touched down and took off. But Coen isn't really praising the folksingers' authenticity – it's their mania that fascinates him. In the very next sentence he goes on: "You have these guys like Elliott Adnopoz, the son of a neurosurgeon from Queens, calling himself Ramblin' Jack Elliott. In the film we have »
The awards season just got more unpredictable. The last three award-giving bodies have chosen different movies for their top honors. The Gotham Awards picked the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" as their top choice while the New York Film Critics Circle awarded David O. Russell's "American Hustle" with the Best Picture of the Year nod.
Now comes the National Board of Review. They chose the equally fantastic movie "Her' from Spike Jonze as the Best Film of the year. Even in acting categories, the three award-giving organizations vary. For Best Actor, Gotham chose Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club," while New York Film Critics crowned Robert Redford for "All is Lost." The Nbr chose Bruce Dern from "Nebraska" as the actor to beat.
Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the best films of 2013. Of course, everyone can pretty much count on that without having seen it. This is, after all, the new Coen brothers film. Sure, you should never prejudge a movie, but considering it's written and directed by the duo behind No Country for Old Men, Fargo, Raising Arizona and a dozen other American classics, it's not exactly a risky bet to assume any film they make is going to stand out in whatever year it's released. (Plus, having seen it, I can attest it is indeed one of the year's finest.) Their latest is a beautiful, soulful, funny and yet oddly solemn film that follows a week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folk singer trying to make a living in New York City in 1961. And no, you don't have...
- Peter Hall
Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the best films of 2013. Of course, everyone can pretty much count on that without having seen it. This is, after all, the new Coen Brothers film. Sure, you should never pre-judge a movie, but considering it's written and directed by the duo behind No Country For Old Men, Fargo, Raising Arizona, and a dozen other American classics, it's not exactly a risky bet to assume any film they make is going to stand out in whatever year it's released. (Plus, having seen it, I can attest it is indeed one of the year's finest.) Their latest is a beautiful, soulful, funny, and yet oddly solemn film that follows a week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folk singer trying to make a living in New York City in 1961. And no, you don't...
- Peter Hall
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Hot Jennifer Lawrence, Wet Robert Redford: New York Film Critics Awards 2013 winners (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) A crime drama featuring con men, mafiosi, and FBI agents, the David O. Russell-directed, real-life inspired American Hustle won three New York Film Critics Circle Awards earlier today, December 3, 2013: Best Picture; Best Screenplay for Russell and Eric Singer; and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence for her performance as con man and FBI mole Christian Bale’s steamy, big-mouthed wife. (Full list of Nyfcc 2013 award winners.) Last year, Jennifer Lawrence was the New York Film Critics’ runner-up in the Best Actress category for both The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. The latter film, also directed by David O. Russell, earned her the Best Actress Academy Award earlier this year. Besides Jennifer Lawrence, whose The Hunger Games: Catching Fire may turn out to be the biggest 2013 blockbuster in North America, »
- Andre Soares
"American Hustle" won awards for Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Screenplay from the New York Film Critics' Circle, thus boosting its odds to snag top Oscars next. Historically, the circle has a 40% rate of correctly predicting Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Over the past 10 years, for example, the two kudos agreed four times: "The Artist" (2011), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "No Country for Old Men" (2007) and "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003). It may be argued that the circle helped to propel a few of those champs to Oscar glory by casting early attention on important indies. Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") won Best Director. Robert Redford ("All is Lost") and Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") won Best Actor and Actress. Laurels for Best Supporting Actor went to Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"). The overlap rate »
It may only be November, but the starter pistol has already fired and the Oscars race is well and truly under way. We've already seen a host of films - from Gravity to Captain Phillips - released in cinemas, but many more are on their way looking to leave their impression on Academy Awards voters.
Digital Spy looks at 15 films competing for golden statues below...
Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks's bracing hijacking drama Captain Phillips left audiences on the edge of their seats and threw its leading man right into the mix for the Best Actor race. Greengrass bagged a directing nomination back in 2007 for United 93, so expect him to be in the race.
12 Years a Slave
Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are officially divorced ... this according to court documents obtained by TMZ ... and it's clear, Diane is looking to get her old identity back. Lane -- who recently appeared in "Man of Steel" -- initially filed the divorce docs back in February, seeking to end the marriage that began in 2004. Lane had cited "irreconcilable differences" for the split.The docs, filed November 27 in L.A. County Superior Court, show that Diane »
- TMZ Staff
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