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ABC’s Neil Patrick Harris-hosted broadcast of the 2015 Academy Awards on Sunday night drew 36.6 million total viewers and a 10.8 rating (per updated fast nationals), down 16 and 18 percent from last year’s finals.
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If there was any lingering doubt about the Telluride Film Festival's place in the annual film awards season, this year's Oscars outcome ought to finally settle them. With its victory Sunday night, "Birdman" became the sixth Best Picture winner in seven years to screen at the Labor Day Colorado event. The festival's press profile increased more and more in the wake of big early bows of films like "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote" and "Juno." "Slumdog Millionaire" really lit the fuse in 2008 and with it, films like "The King's Speech," "Argo" and "12 Years a Slave" have begun their journeys there "unofficially" before "official" world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, while others like "The Artist" and "Birdman" made it priority to stop there on the way to awards season releases. Other major awards season players that have played the festival as of late include "Up in the Air," "Black Swan," "127 Hours," "The Descendants, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The lead-up to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday reflects more uncertainty than usual for Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.
Many of the top categories like best picture (“Boyhood” vs. “Birdman” vs. “American Sniper”), director (Richard Linklater vs. Alejandro G. Inarritu) and lead actor (Eddie Redmayne vs. Michael Keaton vs. Bradley Cooper) are still considered open races, where anything can happen after the envelopes are pried open.
On what is forecast to be a rainy afternoon in Los Angeles, security at the Dolby Theatre is expected to be heightened as a result of the recent Sony Picture hack, which led to a flood of embarrassing emails between executives to be made public.
Neil Patrick Harris, who is hosting the Oscars for the first time, may find himself presiding over a more serious awards show given the grim background of world events, such as Isis, the Charlie Hebdo »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The global success of Slumdog Millionaire thrust the schoolboy (and his girlfriend Freida Pinto) into the limelight. But has fame been good to him? Seven years on, he talks break-ups, beards and typecasting. Portraits: Paul Farrell. Styling: Aradia Crockett
Dev Patel is tugging away at his hair – his new, unruly, GQ-ish hair – and asking the Guardian photographer which beard oil to buy. The once dorky kid from Slumdog Millionaire, with the wobbly Indian accent and the Oscar team win, is posing gamely in pyjamas in a cramped room in Soho, London, looking very little like the Dev Patel you remember. He’s taller, for one thing. Broader. Beardier. He’s definitely got a swagger on. Is this his man-over?
“It’s for a film,” he explains when we sit down, his arms and legs origamied on a hotel sofa. “My parents hate it, they think I look too messy. I »
- Nosheen Iqbal
Best Sound Mixing can be one of the hardest races to predict, due in large part to its confusion with Best Sound Editing. Sound Mixing honors the balancing of the various production dialogue, Adr, foley and effects, and music tracks of a film into one cohesive whole. This award is generally given to both the production sound mixers and the re-recording mixers. The Cinema Audio Society rewards one film each year for its achievement in the field, and since 1993, the winner there has repeated at the Academy Awards 12 times: -Break- 1995: "Apollo 13" 1996: "The English Patient" 1997: "Titanic" 1998: "Saving Private Ryan" 1999: "The Matrix" 2000: "Gladiator" 2006: "Dreamgirls" 2008: "Slumdog Millionaire" 2009: "The Hurt Locker" 2011: "Hugo" 2012: "Les Miserables" 2013: "Gravity" This year, Cas honored "Birdman" over fello »
Best Cinematography is one of the most closely watched technical categories at the Oscars, due largely to the fact that it’s often so difficult to predict. Indeed, since 1986, when the American Society of Cinematographers first started handing out prizes, only 11 of its winners went on to triumph at the Oscars: -Break- 1990: Dean Semler, “Dances with Wolves” 1995: John Toll, “Braveheart” 1996: John Seale, “The English Patient” 1997: Russell Carpenter, “Titanic” 1999: Conrad L. Hall, “American Beauty” 2002: Conrad L. Hall, “Road to Perdition” 2005: Dion Beebe, “Memoirs of a Geisha” 2007: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood” 2008: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire” 2010: Wally Pfister, “Inception” 2013: Emmanuel Lubeszki, “Gravity” Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories This year, th...' »
We’d already announced that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard would reunite for another Dan Brown adaptation last summer with Inferno and now they’ve added more big names to the dramatic cast and we’ve got the first promotional shots below.
With a screenplay by David Koepp, based on the book by Dan Brown, the film is set for release on October 14th, 2016 and begins principal photography at the end of April. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno.”
- Dan Bullock
The guilds, British Academy (BAFTA) and critics have all had their say. We're now four days from the 87th annual Academy Awards, so it's time to finally analyze the race for the wins. Most categories are fairly predictable, but there are some wildcards. While I expect "The Grand Budapest Hotel" to take more than its share of craft categories, with "American Sniper" and possibly "Birdman" doing well, too, it's fair to say we won't be seeing a year like last year, where "Gravity" took six of 10 categories, and "The Great Gatsby" took two more. More interesting is what I suspect will be a trend of repeat Oscar winners. I'm guessing the winners in most categories (Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects) will have already thanked the Academy before. While most of these winners would be deserving, several big names will still be waiting for their first statuettes. »
- Gerard Kennedy
Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series — featuring the $1.2 billion collective earning of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”— is a go again, with director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer at the helm. In the latest installment, “Inferno," Tom Hanks is back to star, and some new players are joining him. Written by David Koepp (“Mortdecai”), and based on the book by Dan Brown, it will begin principal photography at the end of April. Newly announced members of the cast include Irrfan Khan (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi,” and “The Lunchbox”) who takes the role of Harry Sims, also known as The Provost. French actor Omar Sy (“The Intouchables,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Jurassic World”) will play Christoph Bruder. And perhaps most excitingly is Sidse Babett Knudsen of "Borgen" and "The Duke Of Burgundy" fame taking the part of Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization. »
- Edward Davis
This marks the third film adaptation of a novel by Dan Brown to feature Hanks as Langdon, Howard as director and Brian Grazer as producer following their collaborations on "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons".
In this entry, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories, to prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's famed poem "Inferno".
Oscar nominee Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything") has been cast as Dr. Sienna Brooks, Irrfan Khan ("Life of Pi," "Slumdog Millionaire") has been cast as Harry Sims (aka. The Provost), Omar Sy ("X-Men: Days of Future Past, »
- Garth Franklin
Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures‘ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.
The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.
I’m excited to exclusively announce the cast of #InfernoMovie! Check them out here: http://t.co/sx6gTueRe2
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) February 17, 2015
Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a »
- Michelle McCue
After the huge success of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, it seems now is the perfect time to re-ignite public interest in Dan Brown’s brand of conspiracy pulp fiction. With six years having passed since Tom Hanks last played worldly symbologist professor Robert Langdon, the next big screen adaptation – Inferno – is making waves once more.
The project was initially announced in June 2013 with Hanks and director Ron Howard attached. Since then, progress on the sequel slowed down until The Theory Of Everything‘s Felicity Jones boarded in December. Slated to play the love interest opposite Hanks, she’s now set to be joined be a trio of franchise newcomers.
Per The Wrap, Slumdog Millionaire‘s Irrfan Khan is locked in to play Harry Sims, aka The Provost, Jurassic World‘s Omar Sy will portray Christoph Bruder, and finally, The Duke Of Burgundy star Sidse Babett Knudsen »
- Gem Seddon
Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world's most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures' Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.
The project's executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David B. Householter. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist's adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's Inferno.
By Anjelica Oswald
Birdman took home the Cinema Audio Society Award for sound mixing in a live action film on Saturday. The best picture-nominated film is also nominated for both of the sound Oscars (sound mixing and sound editing). The film lost the BAFTA Award for best sound to Whiplash, which is also nominated for both of the Oscars for sound.
Since the Cas Awards began in 1994, all 21 of the live action features that won for sound mixing have also been nominated for the sound mixing Oscar, and 12 have won. In contrast, four of the 14 best sound BAFTA winners — since the BAFTAs have taken place before the Oscars — didn’t win an Oscar for their sound. Of the 10 that did win, five won both of the Oscars for sound, four won the Oscar for sound mixing and one took home the Oscar for sound editing.
Seven of the »
- Anjelica Oswald
Dark Frames, a new distribution company dedicated to bringing high-quality, non-Bollywood Indian films to North American and international audiences through theatrical and digital channels, will release its first title, Unfreedom, on May 29, it was announced today by Dark Frames’ founder, Raj Amit Kumar. Veteran film marketer and distributor Mark Urman of Paladin is partnering with Dark Frames to lead the marketing and distribution of its release slate. Dark Frames will also partner with Film Buff to distribute Unfreedom at the same time on Cable VOD and other digital platforms.
Unfreedom juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching contemporary stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, one tale follows a Muslim terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar in order to silence him, while the other charts the travails of a young woman whose devout father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, which she resists »
- Press Releases
An R-rated sci-fi movie that was initially pitched as a comedy (though the trailers show that might not be the case), featuring South African hip hop duo Die Antwoord, "Slumdog Millionaire" nerd Dev Patel, "Alien" survivor Sigourney Weaver and "The Wolverine" himself Hugh Jackman? Certainly, whatever Neill Blomkamp is cooking up, it's going to be distinctly his own. And today a few more peeks have arrived for the film. A few TV spots continue the buzz for the flick about the titular piece of artificial intelligence who becomes embroiled in political battle with the fate of humanity getting tossed into the mix. Thematically, it looks like Blomkamp's film will wrestle with the notion of what happens when machines replicate the intelligence and instincts of humans. But never fear, there will also be explosions. "Chappie" arrives on March 6th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
By Anjelica Oswald
With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.
Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.
No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.
In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.
At the first annual »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
Birdman has claimed a number of principal awards this season, including the top awards from the Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild, and is one of the lead contenders in the best picture race.
The film has received nine nominations, including a supporting actor, supporting actress and leading actor nomination. Though the film probably won’t land Oscars in the supporting categories, Michael Keaton has situated himself as a frontrunner in the leading actor category, along with The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne.
Of the 86 films to win best picture, 36 (42 percent) won without procuring a single Oscar in the acting categories. Seven of those 36 won before the supporting acting categories were implemented at the ninth annual Academy Awards, and 11 of the 36 won without any acting nominations.
If Birdman wins for best picture but Keaton loses to Redmayne, Alejandro »
- Anjelica Oswald
What amazing news to wake up to on a Tuesday morning – Spider-Man has come home to Marvel to be part of their cinematic universe. The world famous wall-crawler will start swinging through New York in 2017 for our third Spider-Man series in the last fifteen years.
According to a report from The Wrap, it looks as those Andrew Garfield has been ousted as Peter Parker, which was to be expected based on some of the emails from last December’s “Sony Hack”. Garfield was not keen on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and spoke about it negativity in public – not the wisest of moves there, sir.
So, with Garfield out and a new movie on the way – who could take on the role of the Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man?
There’s no official word on whether we’re going to be getting »
- Luke Owen
Lochlyn Munro may not be an immediately recognisable name but the Canadian actor has certainly been a prominent face in mainstream media since his breakout in the late 90s. You’ll know him best for his comedic appearances in A Night At The Roxbury, Scary Movie and White Chicks but the talented star has also featured in 21 Jump Street, Charmed, Smallville, Castle and Arrow.
To celebrate the release of the new crime-thriller Badge Of Honor, we were fortunate enough to speak to Munro about the film, his past roles and his brilliantly diverse career.
Lochlyn: Hello, this is Lochlyn.
Thn: Hello Lochlyn, this is The Hollywood News. It’s a pleasure to be talking with you, I’m a huge fan!
Lochlyn: Oh well thanks, thanks! It must be a bit late for you out there, huh?
Thn: Yes, it’s actually 1 am here but I’m a bit of a night owl! »
- Ben Read
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