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The National Board of Review’s selection of “Her” as best film of 2013 made it official: This year’s awards race is not a two-way battle — it’s more like a Royal Rumble, where a flood of wrestlers are involved in a huge smackdown to gain the top spot.
The wins for best pic and for “Her” director Spike Jonze are also like a market correction. The media (including Variety) has devoted energy to whether Scarlett Johansson should be considered for supporting actress, though she’s never seen in the film. (The answer is that she is indeed eligible for SAG and Oscar attention.)
It’s an interesting question, but the curiosity factor of the voice performance has taken some of the focus away from the work of writer-director Jonze, actor Joaquin Phoenix and the rest of the Warner Bros.’ pic’s virtues. Whether the Academy will embrace the understated »
- Tim Gray
★★★★☆Amalgamating the best of previous films The Fighter (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012) whilst dispensing with a lot of the emotional baggage that dragged both down after engaging first halves, David O. Russell now hits top form just in time for award season with American Hustle (2013). Both a beautifully orchestrated con artist thriller and a pulsating homage to seventies Hollywood, O. Russell plays fast and loose with a vaguely believable 'true story' narrative ("Some of this actually happened", we're told), culminating in one of this year's most furiously entertaining and quick-witted imports from across the pond.
- CineVue UK
Fire Walk: Cooper’s Sophomore Effort a Somber, Fatalistic Malaise
Director Scott Cooper returns with Out of the Furnace, his first film since his Oscar winning 2009 feature debut, Crazy Heart, working from a retooled script by Brad Ingelsby. Wearing us down with its man vs. fate inevitability, Cooper’s film is clearly not out to surprise or shock. As predictable as its outcome may be, which feels like watching a slow motion train wreck, even an oddly emotional distance from all its supporting characters can’t distract from Cooper’s adept execution, giving us familiar characters in familiar scenarios via subtlety effective bits and pieces rather than being inveigled by showy flairs or hysterical melodrama. It’s a film that’s hard to love, and a rather obvious homage to Cimino’s The Deer Hunter may distract more than enhance the narrative fabric. But regardless of all this, at its »
- Nicholas Bell
I am loath to compare any movie to Martin Scorsese’s 1991 masterpiece “GoodFellas,” one of the most singularly vibrant films in the history of cinema. In the case of “American Hustle,” however, I will say that this latest triumph from director and co-writer David O. Russell has the kind of throbbing pulse, wicked snap and sheer moviemaking bravado that makes it one of a very few films that can be mentioned in the same breath as that earlier classic. As with his previous gem, “Silver Linings Playbook,” Russell takes an idea that on paper absolutely shouldn’t work — four different. »
- Alonso Duralde
You’ve seen smoother, more elegant con movies than “American Hustle,” but probably none quite so big-hearted or so rudely, insistently entertaining. As directed by that master of modern farce, David O. Russell, this sprawling fictionalized account of the notorious Abscam case is less a dramatic FBI procedural than a human comedy writ large, ringing a series of screwball variations on themes of duplicity and paranoia against a dazzling ’70s backdrop. Deliriously funny and brilliantly acted by a cast of Russell returnees, the film is also overlong, undisciplined and absent the sort of emotional payoff that made “Silver Linings Playbook” so satisfying, which could affect its otherwise solid theatrical prospects. Still, this star-studded Sony prestige release is a near-continual pleasure to spend 135 minutes with, repeatedly hitting that comic sweet spot where corruption and buffoonery collide.
After putting his sharp but crowd-pleasing stamp on the boxing drama with 2010’s “The Fighter »
- Justin Chang
In The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell hit a bracing mid-career groove in which his idiosyncratic stamp as a director injected distinctive rawness and emotional vitality into what in other hands might have been merely conventional movies. He continues on that roll of refreshing character-driven storytelling with the outrageously entertaining American Hustle, a twisty con-job chronicle that combines heightened dramatic stakes with playful humor, subversive sexiness and fabulous 1970s style. Fueled by invigorating performances from a zesty ensemble often cast against type, this looks like a winner for Sony. Written by Eric Warren Singer
- David Rooney
Since making his “comeback” in 2010 with “The Fighter,” David O. Russell has become a filmmaker to admire and respect — but not necessarily love. Both that film and “Silver Linings Playbook” expertly executed their narrative formulas, drawing adoration critical and commercial praise alike, but neither surpass the many, many others that used those same formulas, and unfortunately neither does “American Hustle.” But the difference at least with his latest effort is that it subverts the focus of other ‘70s-set movies about charming crooks — of which “Goodfellas” is the standard-bearer — by emphasizing emotional mechanics over the ones used to perpetrate their crimes. Christian Bale plays Irving Rosenfeld, a low-level con man who teams up professionally – and romantically – with Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) to hustle suckers out of $5,000 at a time. The duo eventually attracts the attention of FBI agent Richie Dimaso (Bradley Cooper), who demands their help ensnaring corrupt New Jersey »
- Todd Gilchrist
Sneak Peek Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence ("The Silver Linings Playbook"), currently appearing in the feature "The Hunger Games: Chasing Fire", covering the December 2013 issue of "Elle" (Canada) magazine, wearing 'head-to-toe Dior':
Lawrence can next been seen as 'Rosalyn Rosenfeld' in "American Hustle".
This will be followed by her role as 'Raven/Mystique' in "X-Men: Days Of Future Past", currently in post-production.
Lawrence plays a younger 'Fraida Felcher' in the currently filming "Dumb and Dumber To".
Lawrence also reprises her role as 'Katniss Everdeen' in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1" and "Part 2".
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- Michael Stevens
Today’s New York Film Critics Circle prizes are a big boost to Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Warner Bros.’ “Gravity.” Not because they won big — “12 Years” won director for Steve McQueen, while there were none for “Gravity” — but because the critics prizes take the pressure off each of the films as the One To Beat.
The studios have done a great job of keeping heat on those films since early September, which is not an easy thing to do; so with another three months to go, it’s an advantage to be just one of many frontrunners.
Critics awards are notoriously unreliable as Oscar bellwethers. But by voting both screenplay and best film awards for Sony’s “American Hustle,” the N.Y. group brought David O. Russell’s pic to the front of the conversation.
- Tim Gray
This awards season is already looking very promising for Jennifer Lawrence. The 23-year-old actress, who dominated last year's big awards shows for her work in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, has already scored her first big win. J.Law was named Best Supporting Actress for her work in American Hustle (which hits theaters Dec. 18) by the New York Film Critics Circle on Tuesday. Not only that, the film—which reunited Lawrence with her Silver LInings pals, Bradley Cooper and Russell—snagged the top honor of Best Picture and also got the award for Best Screenplay. We're sensing a pattern here. Other big 2013 winners include Cate Blanchett (Best Actress for Blue »
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
With already an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, does Jennifer Lawrence need to clear room at home for even more trophies? Looks like the answer is Yes. Tuesday, the Hunger Games: Catching Fire star and this year's Best Actress Oscar winner for Silver Linings Playbook was named best supporting actress by the New York Film Critics Circle for her performance in the '70s crime caper American Hustle, which also took the top honor as best picture. Other winners announced Tuesday were best actor Robert Redford, for All Is Lost; best actress Cate Blanchett, for Blue Jasmine; and best supporting actor Jared Leto, »
- K.C. Blumm
The Weinstein Company is the latest big movie name to be making the shift to television.
A feature in The New York Times reveals that the Weinstein brothers are plotting a shift to scripted television in 2014. According to the newspaper, they're hard at work on more than six new scripted series.
Among the series currently being developed are a 10-episode ancient Egypt-set detective drama called "Book of the Dead"; a 10-episode series called "10 Commandments" where directors like Lee Daniels and Madonna could oversea an episode about one of the commandments given to Moses; a Netflix "martial arts-filled adventure series" called "Marco Polo"; a 14-episode retelling of "War and Peace" with BBC; a look at Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's later years called "Stan and Ollie" with BBC; and an "Entourage"-style comedy.
But that's not all Weinstein is considering. The company is also looking to develop scripted shows based on its own movies. »
The thing to remember about critics groups handing out movie awards this time of year is it’s all about advocacy.
The beneficiary today: American Hustle.
The grifter dramedy collected Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle today, and most people will be looking at the prizes as a gauge of what’s likely to end up in the Oscar race this year. Intended or not, that’s what the annual onslaught of awards have evolved into: Academy Award straw polls.
Every major city has a collection of critics who get together and weigh in on their favorite works of the year. »
- Anthony Breznican
If the results of the New York Film Critics Circle's voting is any indication, then David O. Russell will be busy out on the awards circuit once again. Russell's familiar with the routine having been nominated for Oscars for his The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, and now with the star-studded American Hustle Russell is likely to find himself in the Oscar race for the third time. And reuniting with her Silver Linings Playbook director was apparently the right move for Jennifer Lawrence who earned the Nyfcc's Best Supporting Actress award for her performance opposite Christian Bale in American Hustle.
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BBC has ordered a biopic of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy produced by the BBC’s comedy arm and Harvey Weinstein’s Us indie.
The broadcaster has commissioned Stan and Ollie from BBC’s in-house comedy division, in association with The Weinstein Company and Lookout Point.
Stan and Ollie is a 90-minute one-off biopic that will be written by Mrs Biggs screenwriter Jeff Pope. It will tell the story of the duo’s 1953 UK tour, which followed a split from their mentor, studio politics and a run of poorly received films.
After the tour and following an acrimonious divorce and alimony battles, Hardy became ill, suffered a heart attack and eventually died, while Laurel never performed again.
Stan and Ollie was ordered by Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning and former BBC1 controller Danny Cohen. It will be produced by BBC’s Saurabh Kakkar, Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan and Harvey Weinstein.
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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
Variety announced today that actor Jonah Hill will be honored with the Creative Impact in Acting Award at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff).
The award will be given to Hill based upon the breadth of his recent body of work, from his Oscar-nominated role in Moneyball to his role in the anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street.
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Variety also revealed Monday that Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock will be handed the Creative Impact in Directing Award for his "outstanding contributions to the art and business of cinema."
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The awards »
The 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards go down tonight at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, the first competitive awards show of the season. Indiewire's Managing Editor Nigel M. Smith and Senior Writer Peter Knegt will both be on the scene offering minute-by-minute coverage, but in the meantime they figured why not each offer their thoughts on how things might play out. Read More: Gotham Awards Announce 2013 Nominations Note first that the Gothams can be incredibly unpredictable, and don't cater to the Oscars like most other awards shows. Last year, the trio from "Your Sister's Sister" won best ensemble performance over the cast of "Silver Linings Playbook" (of whom 4 went on to receive Oscar nominations). The year before, "Beginners" and "The Tree of Life" tied for best feature, beating out arguable favorite "The Descendants." And in 2010, Ronald Bronstein won best breakthrough actor (for "Daddy Longlegs") over eventual Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (for. »
- Peter Knegt and Nigel M. Smith
"12 Years a Slave" leads with the most nominations (10) for Satellite Awards bestowed by the International Press Academy. "American Hustle" and "Gravity" follow with 8 nominations. Often the Satellites do not agree with the Oscars. In recent years they opted for "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012), "The Descendants" (2011) and "The Social Network" for Best Picture when the Academy Awards hailed "Argo," "The Artist" and "The King's Speech," but their nominations list often tattle on Oscar leanings. Surprising omissions from their Best Picture list: "The Butler," "Dallas Buyers' Club" and "Nebraska." Curious omissions in the acting races: Joaquin Phoenix ("Her") and Jonah Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street"). See our readers' reactions in our forums. For a full list of TV nominations, click here. Best Picture "12 Years »
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