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By Anjelica Oswald
Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.
Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.
If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »
- Anjelica Oswald
Looking dapper as always, Patrick Stewart.
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” alum Stewart began production on the Starz series “Blunt Talk” — which counts “Family Guy” honcho among its executive producers — this week, and the network has released a pair of photos as a first look at what’s to come.
See video: The Internet Loves Patrick Stewart Wearing a Singing, Dancing Elf Hat
“Blunt Talk,” which has been ordered for two 10-episode seasons, stars Stewart as Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news, despite the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, »
- Tim Kenneally
“Blunt Talk,” from exec producer Seth MacFarlane and starring Patrick Stewart, began production this week in Los Angeles on the first 10-episode season. Starz released the first photos from the scripted comedy Wednesday.
The half-hour comedy from Media Rights Capital (Mrc) and series creator Jonathan Ames who is exec producing with MacFarlane, Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davis was given a 20-episode, two season commitment.
“It was a great first day on the set of ‘Blunt Talk,'” said Ames. “Patrick Stewart was noble, loony, and heroic. And that was before the first shot. Later, in character as Walter Blunt, he was all those things and more.”
The original series, set in L.A., follows Walter Blunt (Stewart), a Brit who’s intent on taking over American cable news, and the fallout from his unintentional, yet misguided decision making both on air and off. Besieged by his network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
We’re back with another trio of trailers, this time featuring parkour zombie survival skills in the launch trailer for Techland’s Dying Light video game, talking pets and dark secrets in the UK trailer for The Voices (starring Ryan Reynolds), and a tease of the dangerous dystopian backdrop of the 1980s-esque Turbo Kid.
“Dying Light is a first-person, action survival horror video game with a harrowing day-night cycle set in a vast open world. Currently under development by Techland, the game will be available in 2014 [now 2015] for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4, plus Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system, and PC.
During the day, players will traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious outbreak, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population. At night, the hunter becomes the hunted, as the infected become aggressive and more dangerous. Most »
- Derek Anderson
A new UK trailer has been released for black comedy The Voices, which stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2), Gemma Arterton (Runner Runner) and Jacki Weaver (Magic in the Moonlight). Read our ★★★★ review from Sundance London 2014 here.
Check out the trailer below:
Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is an affable singleton who works on the factory floor at a bathtub factory, ever eager to get along with his co-workers, especially Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick) from accounts. After work Jerry goes home to his pet cat, Mr. Whiskers, and loyal dog Bosco, where the three of them hang out, watch TV and discuss the day’s events. When one night he accidentally kills Fiona, Jerry hastily covers his tracks, under the strict advice of the subversive Mr. Whiskers. But Jerry is »
- Luke Owen
Her new deal will cover animation and live action at Sony. Kouyate will also become a producer on the animated comedy “Medusa” and will oversee the transition to a yet-unnamed new head for the animation division.
Kouyate’s tenure included releases of “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Smurfs 2″ and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.” She joined the division in 2010 after holding posts at DreamWorks Animation, Miramax Films and Paramount Pictures.
Kouyate was also an exec producer on “Silver Linings Playbook.”
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
- Dave McNary
In "X-Men: Days Of Future Past", Lawrence plays 'Raven'/'Mystique'.
In "Dumb and Dumber To", currently filming, Lawrence plays 'younger Fraida Felcher'.
In "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Part 1 and Part 2, Lawrence reprises her role as 'Katniss Everdeen'.
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- Michael Stevens
One of the great things about awards season is that it provides a rich field for statistic analysis. Attentive viewers can use the Golden Globes (the first major awards show of the season) and SAG Awards (the second) as a sort of predictive measure for the major acting awards at the Oscars. We looked at the Oscar-nominated roles in the four major acting categories (sorry, Jen and Naomi), and cut out anyone who didn't win or get nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG. Then, we went back five years (because any more than that is insane - who are we, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Reaction shots are the (occasionally unintended) visual punchlines of award shows. For every tongue-in-cheek Martin Freeman reaction, there's a stone-faced Frances McDormand smash-cut for Twitter to crow over. So before the SAG Awards get underway, we're taking a look back at some of the best "reactors" at awards shows and attempting to predict who's going to be the one to watch this year. Britney SpearsWe're not sure what happened to Spears at the 2012 VMAs, but it kind of looks like an outtake from The Exorcist. Tommy Lee JonesThis is Jones at the 2013 Golden Globes, reacting to Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's routine. »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
The international launch of the Bradley Cooper drama is particularly impressive, given how tough it has been for modern movies that deal with Americans at war in the Middle East to connect abroad.
- Todd Cunningham
Bradley Cooper just became the 10th actor in Oscar history to reap three nominations in a row. He contends for Best Actor for his performance in the smash hit "American Sniper." In 2012, he lost his bid in that race for "Silver Linings Playbook" to Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln"). Last year, he vied in supporting for "American Hustle" but was bested by Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"). Surely, he must be hoping that Oscar history is on his side this time around. Indeed, of the nine previous men to pull off this triple play, five of them won at least one of these three races (as detailed below). -Break-Among this quintet of champs, only Jack Nicholson had to sit in the wings until the third year before taking to the stage to claim his first Oscar. He had his revenge by then racking up another nine nominations to set the record among »
The Best Actor chart is revised for your perusal with our usual game of 'how'd they get nominated' -- especially relevant in this stacked category (sniffle goodbye Timothy Jake Fiennes-Oyelowo) -- and the readers poll of who you think is actually best.
So check that out and vote, would you?
Though I've already expressed my disappointment in the Acdemy's shortlist given the wide variety of strong performances they didn't love enough, one thing that is satisfying about it is how many first timers we have. Indeed, had they not nominated Bradley Cooper and chosen, say, Oyelowo or Spall we could have had an all virgin Best Actor lineup.
Trivia Break: there's been a lot of talk about Cooper's 3 consecutive nominations (2012-2014 for Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and American Sniper). If you're curious, no, it's not an acting record. The all time consecutive record holders for men are Marlon Brando »
- NATHANIEL R
Ramin Sedooteh observes, "the buzz surrounding 'American Sniper' could help Bradley Cooper, who landed his third consecutive career acting nomination (after 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'American Hustle'). Until now, the best actor race has been a two-man battle between Eddie Redmayne ('The Theory of Everything') and Michael Keaton ('Birdman'). Yet like Sandra Bullock in 'The Blind Side,' the crowd-pleasing nature of Cooper’s portrait of Kyle -- a role for which he packed on 40 pounds and learned how to fire sniper rifles -- could result in a last-minute surge." Variety -Break- New: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories As Greg Gilman reports, "A Golden Globe statue and Oscar nomination aren’t the only things 'Whiplash' has secured for star J.K. Simmons. The actor will host 'Saturday Night Live' for the first time in his long career on Jan. »
The vast column inches and pixels dedicated to Clint Eastwood's American Sniper of late may have questioned its celebratory portrayal of a man who took hundreds of lives and how it racked up an astonishing $90 million box office debut, but one aspect of the film's fallout has been overlooked entirely: Bradley Cooper is now a bona fide A-list movie star.
American Sniper's financial records keep stacking up. Best ever three-day opening for a Best Picture Oscar nominee, biggest ever January opening, an IMAX bow that beats 2012 blockbuster Prometheus and a career best for its 84-year-old director.
All this is vindication for Cooper, who picked up the film rights to Navy Seal sharp-shooter Chris Kyle's memoir in 2012 with a view to producing a film starring Chris Pratt in the lead role. Warner Bros backed the project on the proviso that Cooper himself play Kyle, while the star's Silver Linings Playbook »
Will “American Sniper’s” gargantuan box office make it a surprise favorite at the Oscars? The Clint Eastwood drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle is peaking just days before voters are about to receive their ballots on Feb. 6. Over the long weekend, the Warner Bros. release made an estimated $105.3 million — already more than any of the other best picture nominees.
The Academy is often stubbornly immune to popular sentiment; “Avatar,” after all, lost to “The Hurt Locker” in 2010. And for that reason, I still think “Boyhood” is going to win best picture. It’s the frontrunner that’s picked up nearly every precursor award, and “Sniper” missed out on a crucial directing nomination for Eastwood. Only four films in Academy history (including 2012’s “Argo”) won picture without a director nomination.
- Ramin Setoodeh
Heartland heat, Oscar buzz and star Bradley Cooper give the Iraq War saga extra ammo
The electrifying $90.2 million wide opening of “American Sniper” – shattering records for the best January openings by tens of millions of dollars — stunned box office analysts and even distributor Warner Bros. Sunday.
The Clint Eastwood-directed Iraq War saga starring Bradley Cooper was on pace to top $100 million over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend, uncharted territory for a movie at this time of year. It was »
- Todd Cunningham
Did you know that Meryl Streep landed her record 19th Academy Award nomination for Into the Woods when the contenders were announced? That’s just one of the many facts and pieces of trivia you need to know about this year’s pool of nominees vying for Oscar gold.
Oscars: The Complete List of 2015 Nominees
Let's break it all down:
2. Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive nomination for American Sniper. He was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle (2014) and Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook (2013). He’s now one nomination away from tying Marlon Brando for the most consecutive acting noms.
3. Speaking of Cooper, he’s actually nominated twice. He’s one of the producers of American Sniper, which was nominated »
This morning actor Chris Pine, directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, and president of the Academy of Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs, unveiled the nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards. In preparation for the Feb. 22 ceremony—hosted by none other than Neil Patrick Harris—here is the complete list of this year’s acting nominees, as well as their very first appearances on camera. Who would you vote for? Click here for a full list of nominees. Best Actor in a Leading Role: Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”First-time nominee Carell is being recognized for his nosedive (pun intended) into drama in Bennett Miller’s wrestling biopic. John Hughes’ “Curly Sue,” a 1991 comedy starring Jim Belushi, marked the actor’s film debut. Little-known fact: He was credited as Steven Carell. Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”The only previous Oscar nominee in this category, Cooper received nods for “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle. »
Good Morning Oscar fans! Today is nomination day!
Wamg was in the thick of nomination morning fever at the home of the Oscars – the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Prior to the announcement, A.M.P.A.S. and the show’s producing team, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, gave the press assembled in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre a first look at the new Oscar promo featuring host Neil Patrick Harris, titled “Anything Can Happen,” and given what went down this morning, that’s certainly the case.
Let’s get right to the big shockers – No Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature or Life Itself in Best Documentary Feature.
Also missing among the presumed nominees were Ava DuVernay (Selma, directing), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper, directing), Jennifer Aniston (Cake, best actress), David Oyelowo (Selma, best actor), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, best actor), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, best actor), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, »
- Movie Geeks
Bradley Cooper, Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, and Meryl Streep are among the Academy Award contenders who set records on Thursday morning. Below, 14 facts, stats and records regarding this year's Oscar nominations. -Break- 'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest' lead Oscar nominations with nine Three in a row With his Best Actor bid for "American Sniper," Bradley Cooper received his third consecutive nomination. The last man to do that was Russell Crowe (1999-2001). And that nomination in the top category for his film also means that Cooper has appeared in three Best Picture nominees in a row (following "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle"). Robert Duvall breaks the age record At 84, Robert Duvall ("The Judge") is now the oldest nominee ever for Best Supporting Actor. He beats out Hal Holbrook ("Into the Wild"), who was 82 when he contended in 2007. If Duv...' »
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