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Sony Pictures Entertainment’s situation over The Interview arguably set a worrying precedent and one that is having a knock-on effect throughout the industry. Now, as the studio opt not to proceed with the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy, we learn that thriller Pyongyang has been scrapped. Set to star Steve Carell and be directed by the versatile Gore Verbinksi, producers New Regency were reportedly pressurized by owners 20th Century Fox (itself part of News Corporation) in response to terror threats from Sony’s hackers. They abandoned the production before Sony made their announcement.
The project – named after the Korean capital – was being adapted from Guy Delisle’s graphic novel by Steve Conrad. The book documents Delisle’s experiences in the country and had the potential to be a potato so hot it would have melted butter on the other side of the room. Carell, who is building a strong »
- Steve Palace
It was a year of many tortured geniuses onscreen — Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, J.M.W. Turner, Brian Wilson — and behind the scenes, where directors like Bong Joon-ho, James Gray and Paul Schrader fought producers and distributors over final cut, and the right to see their films properly released. Of course, the very idea of distribution has become nearly as diffuse in the digital era as that of film itself, a material on which few movies are still made and even fewer shown — unless you happen to be Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan, who earned the ire of some theater owners when he demanded they reinstall 35mm projectors if they wanted to screen his “Interstellar” two days early. In light of the film’s $600 million worldwide gross (and counting), one can only say: poor them.
Speaking of “Interstellar,” if there was one undeniable constant at the movies in 2014, it was time, »
- Scott Foundas
Tastes change. Not just those of the moviegoing public, who’ve gotten so wise to the sales pitches and story formulas that the town has had no choice but to adapt, propelling a self-aware superhero movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” above the likes of Cap and Spidey at the box office, and making sly, meta-minded directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller — responsible for ultra-blockbuster “The Lego Movie” and wink-wink sequel “22 Jump Street” — the hottest helming duo in town. But over time, critics’ tastes change, too.
In February, I relocated from Los Angeles to Paris, to take up my new post as Variety’s chief international film critic. As you can imagine, my diet underwent a radical upheaval — and I’m not talking about crepes and chocolate mousse, either. What I wasn’t prepared for was how swiftly my moviegoing palate might adapt to this new post.
I’d been raised on junk-food American fare, »
- Peter Debruge
Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.
In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »
- Justin Chang
A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
Directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man), Unfinished Business is set for release on March 6th and features a cast that also includes Nick Frost (The World’s End), James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher).
- Luke Owen
From Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt's incredible jump to Hollywood's A-list with the massive success of Guardians of the Galaxy, to Ariana Grande's transition from Nickelodeon child star to one of music's biggest divas, check out the stars who made major moves in 2014.
Channing Tatum, Oscar-worthy performer:
While Channing Tatum has continued to impress his critics with smart career choices following his Step Up beginnings, it wasn't until this year's Foxcatcher that critics began to take serious note of his acting abilities.
Photos: Most Amazing Celeb Body Transformations for Roles
Critics initially signaled out an unrecognizable Steve Carell's performance in the psychological sports drama -- about an Olympic wrestler (Tatum) and his disturbed multi-millionaire sponsor (Carell) -- but Channing's intense performance has steadily been generating plenty of Oscar buzz.
Best Picture Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler Michael Keaton – Birdman Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything Best Actress Julianne Moore – Still Alice Rosamund Pike »
- Ryan Adams
Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner biopic, "Mr. Turner," topped the nominations for the London Film Critics Circle. The film about the English Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker played by Timothy Spall received 7 nods followed by Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" with 6. We'll find out the winners on January 18.
Here's the complete list of London Film Critics Circle nominees:
Film of the Year
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Foreign Language Film of the Year
"Norte, The End of History"
"Two Days, One Night"
British Film of the Year
Documentary of the Year
"20,000 Days on Earth"
Actor of the Year
Actors often go to great lengths to embody the characters they play. Jake Gyllenhaal slimmed down for "Nightcrawler," Steve Carell put on a prosthetic nose for "Foxcatcher," and Eddie Redmayne contorted and twisted his body in "The Theory Of Everything." This awards season, Bradley Cooper has dared to go Full Beard in "American Sniper." And today you get a glimpse of the beard, and the man, in the first clip from the film. The movie is based on the true story of Chris Kyle, one of the deadliest snipers in Navy S.E.A.L. history, whose success on the battlefield is mirrored by his fragile state when he returns to civilian life. But in this scene, you can watch Kyle in his comfort zone overseas. For more insight on the film, director Clint Eastwood, actor Sienna Miller, writer Jason Hall, and producer Robert Lorenz recently took part in an »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Houston Film Critics Society has announced nominations, and no surprise, the three-horse race for critical darling of the year led the way: "Birdman" with 10, "Boyhood" with seven and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with six. They also throw in a Best Poster category and deign to chart the year's worst. Check out the full list of winners below, and remember to follow along at The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "The Imitation Game" "Inherent Vice" "A Most Violent Year" "Nightcrawler" "Selma" "Whiplash" Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Paul Thomas Anderson, "Inherent Vice" Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" Best Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Tom Hardy, "Locke" Best Actress Essie Davis, "The Babadook" Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything" Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Marion Cotillard, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Join the feisty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- Reactions to the Critics' Choice nominations - Click Here to Join Our Discussion outsider: Biggest news: Steve Carell missing from a category that has six nominees and "Foxcatcher" not making the top 10 despite a Golden Globe nomination and a placement in the AFI top 10. Also surprising that "Into the Woods" didn't make the cut. Like "Foxcatcher", it placed in the AFI top 10. "Unbroken" continues to show up in top 10 lists (Nbr, AFI, Bfca). It's strange that the Golden Globes didn't care about this movie. It seems they are over Angelina Jolie who surprisingly received a Director nomination here. Atypical: Jennifer Aniston vs. Marion Cotillard for the fifth slot! Never t »
The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for the 35th annual awards ceremony, with Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner leading the field with seven nominations in total, including Film of the Year and British Film of the Year.
Mr Turner will contest the Film of the Year award against Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ida, Leviathan, Nightcrawler, The Theory of Everything, Under the Skin and Whiplish, with The Imitation Game, Pride, The Theory of Everything and Under the Skin are also up for British Film of the Year.
Here’s the full list of nominations for the awards…
Film Of The Year
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Foreign Language Film Of The Year
Norte, The End of History
Two Days, One Night
British Film Of The Year
- Gary Collinson
The Florida Film Critics Circle announced its 2014 film nominations Tursday, which align with the populist opinion that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" are pretty darn good movies. The real surprise: Who knew the Florida critical contingent was so geeky? "Jodorowsky’s Dune" up for Best Documentary and "The Raid 2" in the Best Foreign Film category. Genre enthusiasts appreciate the love, Florida. Check out the full list of nominations below. The group will announce its winners on Dec. 19th, 2014. Best Picture "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Best Actress Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" Reese Witherspoon, "Wild" Best Supporting Actor Edward Norton, "Birdman" Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher" J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year" Emma Stone, "Birdman" Best Ensemble "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Best Director Wes Anderson, »
- Matt Patches
I love Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" and I'm loving it that it's getting major kudos this awards season. The San Diego Film Critics Society chose the modern film noir as the Best Picture of the year. But wait, there's more! "Nightcrawler" also won Best Picture for Dan Gilroy, Actor for Jake Gyllenhaal, Supporting Actress for Rene Russo, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, and Score.
Here's the complete list of winners of the San Diego Film Critics Society:
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Production Design
Best Score »
Well folks, it’s that time of the year again. With only a few major releases before the year’s end, we are now being inundated with Best/Worst of the Year lists (including our own), and also a whole bunch of supercuts highlighting the year in cinema. It’s been quite a ride, we must say. 2014 will always be the year that America collectively fell in love with a sentient, talking tree and his trigger-happy raccoon sidekick, as well as the year a young boy’s twelve-year journey into maturity captured the imaginations of moviegoers the world over. It was a year when intimate, reserved dramas like Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” rubbed shoulders with massive, far-reaching works of spectacle such as Christopher Nolan’s divisive “Interstellar.” It was the year that there was both a Lego and a Transformers movie, although »
- Nicholas Laskin
Mr Turner leads the nominations for the 35th London Critics' Circle Film Awards.
Spall, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch all have nominations for British Actor of the Year, as Emily Blunt, Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike feature in the British Actress of the Year category.
The ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 18 at the May Fair hotel.
A full list of nominations is below:
Film of the Year
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Foreign-language Film of the Year
Norte, The End of History
Two Days, »
Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr Turner earned seven London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations this afternoon to lead the pack of a mix of UK, U.S. and foreign language titles. Mr Turner picked up nods for Film of the Year and British Film of the Year, as well as gaining recognition in the acting, directing and technical races. Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman follows with six nominations including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year for Michael Keaton.
Rounding out the Film of the Year nods are Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Under The Skin, The Theory Of Everything, Nightcrawler, Whiplash, Ida and Leviathan. Alongside Mr Turner in the Best British Film class are The Imitation Game, Under The Skin, The Theory Of Everything and Pride.
There are also a series of double acting nominees with Julianne Moore earning two Actress of the »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Julianne Moore scores double nominations for Actress of the Year.
The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for its 35th annual awards ceremony, with Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner leading the pack with seven nominations, including Film of the Year and British Film of the Year.
Birdman followed closely behind with six nomination including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year (Michael Keaton). Five nominations each went to Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Under The Skin. Four each went to ‘71, Nightcrawler and Whiplash.
Also landing double nominations were Timothy Spall (Mr Turner), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), in both Actor of the Year and British Actor of the »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
London — Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” leads the field for the 35th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards: The painterly biopic received nominations in seven categories, including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year for Timothy Spall.
While the total for Leigh’s film was boosted by two citations in the group’s separate British-only categories, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu’s “Birdman” scored six nods, with five apiece for Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” and James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything.” All are among the 10 pics shortlisted for Film of the Year, alongside Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and a pair of foreign-language titles, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan.”
- Guy Lodge
Chiming in from across the pond, the London Film Critics Circle has added its collective voice to the 2014 circuit with a list of nominations. It was "Mr. Turner" that led the way with seven total nominations, though "Birdman" wasn't far behind with six. Julianne Moore picked up a pair of nominations in the lead actress category for her work in "Maps to the Stars" and Oscar play "Still Alice," while Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") and Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner") each saw nominations in the lead actor and British actor of the year categories. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Jan. 18. And remember to follow along with the season at The Circuit. Film of the Year "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Ida" "Leviathan" "Mr. Turner" "Nightcrawler" "The Theory of Everything" "Under the Skin" "Whiplash" Foreign Language »
- Kristopher Tapley
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