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‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Movie

24 January 2015 8:18 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Birdman” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for best movie — elevating its status as an awards-season front-runner since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up film star, topped “American Sniper,’ “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Boyhood” had been the consensus favorite to win the PGA trophy — based on voting by more than 6,700 PGA members — with “American Sniper,” “Birdman” and “Imitation Game” pegged as the most likely to score an upset.

See More: Analysis: ‘Birdman’ Adds Plot Twist at PGA Awards

The award went to director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole.

“They want me to talk so that I make you laugh with my bad English,” Inarritu said. “On behalf of all of us, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Movie

24 January 2015 8:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Birdman” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for best movie — elevating its status as an awards-season front-runner since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up film star, topped “American Sniper,’ “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Boyhood” had been the consensus favorite to win the PGA trophy — based on voting by more than 6,700 PGA members — with “American Sniper,” “Birdman” and “Imitation Game” pegged as the most likely to score an upset.

The award went to director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole.

“They want me to talk so that I make you laugh with my bad English,” Inarritu said. “On behalf of all of us, our only ambition was to make a risky »

- Dave McNary

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Robert Yeoman on 'Grand Budapest' and being the only film nominee for cinematography

23 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Something happened with this year's Oscar nominations that marked another milestone on the ongoing sage of film and digital photography. For the first time ever, four of the Best Cinematography nominees were digital productions. The lone celluloid holdout? Robert D. Yeoman's work on Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel." It's a noteworthy moment, particularly for a branch that was far more reticent to embrace digital work than members of the American Society of Cinematographers (who nominated "Collateral" and "Apocalypto" in the years before the branch finally gave in with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Slumdog Millionaire"). And as the old world continues to be squeezed out, guys like Yeoman just hope the analog option remains available to them. I hopped on the phone with Yeoman earlier today to discuss that and his work on the film, perhaps his most handsome collaboration with Anderson to date. Read through the back and forth below. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Can 'Frozen' hold off James Brown in Grammys race for Visual Media Compilation?

20 January 2015 4:54 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Disney musical "Frozen" is the only film nominated across all three Grammy races for film and television music: Best Visual Media Compilation, Score, and Song. Will it win the Compilation category on the strength of its massive record sales and ubiquitous crossover hit "Let it Go"? Or can legendary singer James Brown surprise? -Break- The producers of the "Frozen" soundtrack include songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won an Oscar for "Let It Go," and that's good news when you consider other films with Oscar-winning music that previously won here, like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Crazy Heart." Neil Patricks Harris may get closer to Egot with Grammy for Musical Theater Album But that doesn't necessarily make "Frozen" a slam dunk. It faces "Get On Up," the soundtrack for the 2014 biopic about famed singer James Brown, which includes some of the artist&#3 »

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Controversy From SAG To The Academy As Issue Turns To Diversity: Is It Fair? – Oscar Watch

18 January 2015 1:21 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

One week from today, the #allwhite SAG movie awards will take place at the Shrine. For the film categories that will appear on the Jan. 25 telecast, the actors union managed to nominate not a single black actor in any of its four film acting categories. SAG also didn’t nominate any black performers among the 42 additional actors named as part of its Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture (nominees are Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory Of Everything).

So that’s a total of 62 performances nominated, all of them white, with the closest thing to any level of diversity being Grand Budapest Hotel co-star and Cast nominee Tony Revolori, a Southern Californian of Guatemalan descent.

Yet did SAG, a union run by white actor Ken Howard, get anywhere near the level of flak and criticism and outrage the Academy of Motion »

- Pete Hammond

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Books Return to Theaters and ‘Birdman’ Doubles Run

16 January 2015 11:35 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” returned to theaters Friday and “Birdman” doubled its run, as Fox Searchlight looked to take its bounty of Oscar nominations to the box-office bank.

Wes Anderson’s elegant, zany period comedy will be in around 35 theaters across the country, even though “Budapest” has been available on DVD since June. And director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s surreal showbiz sendup “Birdman” will be in more than 450 locations over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, then look to double that next weekend.

The newly minted Best Picture contenders combined with the Reese Witherspoon survival saga “Wild” to deliver »

- Todd Cunningham

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Obama to Host 'Selma' Screening

16 January 2015 10:10 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

While "Selma" did land Best Picture and Best Original Song nominations, many were not happy with yesterday's Oscars announcement. A day after director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo were snubbed, President Obama is hosting a screening of the film at the White House. (Variety reports.) In the past, Oscar nominees "Lincoln," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Slumdog Millionaire" have been screened by the President, who has long revealed himself to be a pop culturally savvy figure. (Indiewire's Eric Kohn argues here that he is, in fact, a cinephile.) Cast and crew are expected to attend this private event at the presidential 40-seat Family Theater. A White House screening will certainly help boost the profile of this film, which may be gaining momentum with viewers but not, it seems, among Oscar voters. Critics took to Twitter yesterday, igniting fierce debate over the nature of the snubs. Read More: Why "Selma" Didn't. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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28 Month Later is Being Seriously Considered Again

15 January 2015 11:27 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire) has been talking about directing the third installment in the "28 Days Later" franchise for many years. Today we have an update from Alex Garland, the writer of the original film. "We've just started talking about it seriously. We've got an idea. Danny [Boyle] and [producer] Andrew [Macdonald] and I have been having quite serious conversations about it so it is a possibility," he explained. "It's complicated. There's a whole bunch of reasons why it's complicated, which are boring so I won't go into, but there's a possibility." We know that there were some rights issues, but everything worked out back in 2010. And regarding the idea, Boyle previously confirmed that the story would take place in Russia. Stay tuned. »

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Oscar nominations: The good ('Boyhood'), bad ('Selma') and ugly (Jennifer Aniston)

15 January 2015 8:52 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Good Oscars frontrunner "Boyhood" secured all of the key nominations it needs to win Best Picture, as predicted by our Experts: Best Director, Editing, Original Screenplay plus acting (it got two in supporting Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette). But beware: "The Imitation Game" also bagged bids in all key slots and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" snagged them all except for acting. And maybe a nomination for acting isn't essential: "Slumdog Millionaire," "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" and "The Last Emperor" prevailed without one. Bradley Cooper proved his naysayers wrong again, bagging his third nomination in a row. "American Sniper" pulled off five impressive nominations in all. Bravo, Bradley & Team! Heart-breaking Oscars snubs: Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, 'Lego Movie' and ... -Break- Marion Cotillard surprises again! "Whiplash," the little ind...' »

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Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel to begin Lion shoot

15 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Principal photography to begin in India this week.

Filming will begin in Kolkata, India, this week on new Australian feature film Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel.

Adapted from the true story A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, Lion will be directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) with a screenplay by Luke Davies (Candy, Life).

The project is being produced by See-Saw Films in association with Sunstar Entertainment and Aquarius Films. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder are producing with Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian and Daniel Levin executive producing.

The film centres on five-year-old Indian boy who gets lost thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

The Indian cast includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deepti Naval.

Producer Sherman noted that Kidman would not be filming in India »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel to star in Lion

15 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Principal photography to begin in India this week.

Filming will begin in Kolkata, India, this week on new Australian feature film Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel.

Adapted from the true story A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, Lion will be directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) with a screenplay by Luke Davies (Candy, Life).

The project is being produced by See-Saw Films in association with Sunstar Entertainment and Aquarius Films. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder are producing with Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian and Daniel Levin executive producing.

The film centres on five-year-old Indian boy gets lost thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

The Indian cast includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deepti Naval.

Producer Sherman noted that Kidman would not be filming in India »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Ava DuVernay is the 9th Woman Snubbed a Best Director Nomination for a Best Picture Nominee

15 January 2015 7:50 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ava DuVernay's snub in the Best Director category for "Selma" at this morning's Oscar nominations is disappointing, but not unprecedented. Prior to DuVernay, eight different women were denied Best Director nominations for movies that garnered Best Picture nominations. They are: 1. Randa Haines, "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) 2. Barbra Streisand, "Prince of Tides" (1991) 3. Valerie Faris (co-director with Jonathan Dayton), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2007) 4. Loveleen Tandan (Danny Boyle's co-director in India; he won the award), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) 5. Lone Scherfig, "An Education" (2009) 6. Lisa Cholodenko, "The Kids are All Right" (2010) 7. Debra Granik, "Winter's Bone" (2010) 8. Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty" (2013) Meanwhile, only four women have actually earned nominations for Best Director in the history of the ceremony: Lina Wertmüller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003), and Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker" (2009). Bigelow is the only woman to win the award.  »

- Louis Virtel

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New TV Spot For 'Chappie'

13 January 2015 9:29 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

On March 6th, the Hugh Jackman-starrer Real Steel 2 will roll into theaters. Wait. No. That's not right. 

The movie in question is Chappie, and far more promising than a sequel to that Shawn Levy film, it's actually the latest film from Neill Blomkamp- the man that gave us District 9 and Elysium. This original sci-fi action film will tell the story of an android named Chappie that is able to feel and think for itself. Shortly after his "birth" he is kidnapped by two criminals and raised as part of a dysfunctional family. Chappie suddenly finds himself in the crosshairs of Jackman's Vincent, who sees the robot as a threat to humanity.

Below is the latest TV spot for the film:

Chappie is played, via motion-capture, by frequent Blomkamp collaborator, Sharlto Copley. The cast also includes sci-fi royalty Sigourney Weaver, and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom).

Source: Sony

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- Mario-Francisco Robles

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By the Power of Sony Synergy, Here’s a New ‘Chappie’ Trailer

9 January 2015 1:08 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There are a few overlaps of scenes from the first Chappie trailer to the latest, including a bit where the title robot watches and mimics the cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. You’d think this was from the same studio putting together a new Masters of the Universe movie. Oh right, they’re both Sony. Synergy! Interestingly, Sony is also one of the studios behind last year’s RoboCop remake and they own the company that made Short Circuit (but not the rights to its planned remake), and those are two movies that are very much felt in this new feature from Neill Blomkamp. That’s not a complaint, because this looks much better than both of those things. Sure, the line “I am consciousness. I am alive. I am Chappie!” doesn’t have the same ring as the rhyming “Johnny Five is Alive!” but then Short Circuit doesn’t have Die Antwoord. Nor »

- Christopher Campbell

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'Babylon' react: Strike while police publicity's hot

8 January 2015 8:00 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

In the last couple years SundanceTV has made a name for itself among the elite spelunkers who can find it on their cable package with its gallery of slow-moving, high-minded crime mysteries such as Top of the Lake and The Red Road. It's like if CBS went to the museum. The boutique network's latest import, Babylon, breaks the mold. It's a brash, wired urban police drama whose pilot was directed by executive producer Danny Boyle, the colorful, kinetic hand behind Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, and most recently Trance, a pixelated thriller that imagines total surveillance. That's the main preoccupation of Babylon, »

- Brandon Nowalk

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Babylon, Ep. 1.01: “Episode One” is a fresh take on the police series

8 January 2015 6:55 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Babylon, Season 1: Episode 1 – “Episode One”

Written by Jesse Armstrong

Directed by Jon S. Baird

Airs Thursday nights at 10 on SundanceTV

Coming off a fantastic summer miniseries in The Honourable Woman, SundanceTV has imported a British crime series co-created by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). Unlike most series in the saturated the genre, however, Babylon is not a dark, gritty procedural or whodunnit but a refreshing satirical dramedy from a network that could use a bit of lightening up. After a collection of mostly excellent dramas, the relief in watching Babylon comes just as much from its interesting take on a police story as it does from the shift in tone in SundanceTV’s lineup.

Fans of The Thick of It (and In the Loop) will be pleased to learn that veteran writer Jesse Armstrong brings the same biting comedy from his work with Armando Iannucci to Babylon. The series follows Liz Garvey (Brit Marling, »

- Sean Colletti

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SundanceTV’s “Babylon” a dark satire set in a modern police force

8 January 2015 4:00 PM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

In yet another example of how television is becoming a hot destination for big-name film talents, Oscar winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) has co-created and is executive-producing SundanceTV’s latest scripted series, the six-part comedy-drama Babylon, premiering tonight and starring Brit Marling (Another EarthThe East) and James Nesbitt (The Hobbit, The Missing). “Television has changed so much since I last worked there on .Inspector Morse,” said Boyle in a release for the show. “The confidence and ambition of writers writing for the medium is palpable and is electrifying audiences around the world.” Boyle found some of those electrifying writers in Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong … Continue reading →

The post SundanceTV’s “Babylon” a dark satire set in a modern police force appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Jeff Pfeiffer

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Will BAFTAs preview Oscars again?

8 January 2015 8:38 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

On Friday, the British Academy of Film and Television Academy (BAFTA) will unveil the nominations for the 68th annual edition of its movie awards. Since the BAFTAs moved up in 2000 to take place while academy members are still voting, these kudos have foreseen eight of the 13 Best Picture Oscar winners, including the last six in a row: "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "The King's Speech" (2010), "The Artist" (2011), "Argo" (2012) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013).  Let's take a closer look at each of these half dozen years and see how often (or not) the Brits hit the bullseye when it came to predicting the Oscar winners.  -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories Picture and Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor). At the Oscars, "12 Years" won Best...' »

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Babylon Review: Danny Boyle’s Six-Episode Sundance Series Is Eerily Timely

7 January 2015 10:02 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With BabylonDanny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) has become the latest feature director to enter the realm of TV (though he will primarily be serving as the series' executive producer).  The London-based Babylon, which will air as part of the SundanceTV's original lineup (as a co-production with the British company Nightjack), has been branded as a "workplace satire," but throughout its six, hourlong episodes it becomes far more of a drama about the gap between reality and public perception in government, the police force, and the media.  Hit the jump for more. In the last few years, SundanceTV has distinguished itself by producing bold and often difficult original content.  Rectify, The Honorable WomanTop of the Lake -- each of these shows have been dark, dramatic entries to the television landscape.  In comparison, at first, Babylon looks like something different.  Though it deals with incidents of prison riot, a wrongful shooting »

- Allison Keene

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Nightcrawler, Whiplash and American Sniper Among 2015 Producers Guild Awards Nominees

5 January 2015 12:17 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Producers Guild of America announced today the motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards. On the list are American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, The Theory Of Everything and Whiplash.

Noticeably absent among the ten are Selma and Unbroken.

Last year’s PGA winners were 12 Years A Slave and Gravity.

The Directors Guild of America nominees will be announced on January 13, 2015. The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. Pt in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

2006 was the last time a film (The Departed) won the Oscar for Best Picture, while the PGA’s The Darryl F. Zanuck Award went to Little Miss Sunshine. The last seven years in a row the PGA winner ultimately went onto win the Academy Award – No Country For Old Men, »

- Michelle McCue

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