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You've watched it, you've read about it, but there's one thing that you'll need to make sense of the Oscars—some cold hard stats! In the spirit of Best Picture winner Brad Pitt's earlier film "Moneyball," below we've collected a bunch of data and numbers about the people, the movies and such from last night, so that you can impress your friends/family/loved ones/would-be-loved-ones over dinner. Take a look below. 3 hours, 35 minutes - total length of last night's ceremony 43 million - total viewership of last night's ceremony in the U.S., the largest audience in ten years 14.7 million - number of Oscar-themed tweets written worldwide 25.4 million - number of Oscar-related interactions on Facebook 5 - total number of producers on Best Picture-winner "12 Years A Slave," the most for one movie since "Shakespeare In Love" in 1999 7 - biggest number of wins for the night, for "Gravity." It comes in behind "Cabaret, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
In a contest that held suspense up until the last minute, Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” took the best-picture prize Sunday at the 86th Academy Awards and established a few Oscar records in the process. Winning three of its nine nominations, the film is the first best-picture win for a black producer (Steve McQueen, who also directed). That in itself is significant, but it’s got bigger implications: In 85 previous years, blacks have only won in a handful of categories, including acting (14 wins), screenplay (1 win), sound (four wins) and music (7 wins).
Academy Awards 2014: Complete List of Winners
After the 2012 “Argo,” this is the second consecutive win for a film produced by top stars: Last year, it was George Clooney and Ben Affleck, among others; in this case, Brad Pitt, the second in this category after “Moneyball.” (He also has three acting noms.) It’s the second nom for Dede Gardner, »
- Tim Gray
Director: Bennett Miller
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Slotted at the #24 slot on last year’s list, word is that the team needed more time fine-tuning this, or the decision was made easier with films such as American Hustle in the way. Bennett Miller ranks among the better dramatic directors in Hollywood; this 2008 Blacklist named project should be of the same caliber as Miller’s Capote and Moneyball.
Gist: Based on the true story of John du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic who was heir to the du Pont fortune. After building a wrestling training facility named Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate, Du Pont shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning grappler David Schulz. »
- Eric Lavallee
As much as we talk about the stats and trends of the Oscars, each year of the awards seems to present us with a new piece of history. This year, Dallas Buyers Club could make history as the first film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a film that did not receive a Best Director nomination. While Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto seem to be locked into their wins, this did provide an interesting jumping off point to look at the recent history of this category.
Here are the films in the past 25 years that have managed a Best Actor and Supporting Actor nomination:
1989: Driving Ms. Daisy – Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd
1993: Schindler’s »
- Terence Johnson
Here are six awards I'd like to see handed out
Most terrifying future technology
The winner is Her. Not for Samantha, who shows us a future where the importance of human interaction has diminished. Nor for Joaquin Phoenix's website, offering to write creepy heartfelt personal letters for people too busy to connect emotionally. No, it's because of the trousers. Who could possibly want to live in a future where everyone looks like Simon Cowell?
Film to inspire the most tedious broadsheet thinkpieces
If The Wolf of Wall Street wins an Oscar, we'll be reading: "Can we really forgive the bankers yet?" columns for weeks. If 12 Years a Slave wins, it'll be: "Why I've decided that slavery is bad". But if Blue Jasmine wins, we're done for. It'll be wall-to-wall Woody Allen opinions for the rest of the year. Let's give it this award and hope that's enough.
Tom Hanksiest Tom Hanks
No contest. »
- Stuart Heritage
While fans get ready to check out the Super Sized R Rated Version of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in theaters this weekend, which contains 763 new jokes, director Adam McKay reveals that there will not be an Anchorman 3 sequel. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in an interview with Empire, where he claims this is the last sequel he will ever make, nixing rumored plans for a Step Brothers 2.
"It's done. I think that's it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that's it for Ron Burgundy. No, that's the last sequel we're gonna do. There's nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we're releasing this alt version, we're totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3."
When asked if it's possible that the filmmaker may revisit the story in a decade or so, »
Get ready for The Social Network, round two. David Fincher is in talks to direct a movie about Steve Jobs, written by Aaron Sorkin, who adapted it from Walter Isaacson's popular biography on the Apple cofounder. This will mark a follow-up collaboration for the director and writer after the pair successfully adapted The Social Network together, which went on to lots of critical acclaim and several awards nominations, including winning three Oscars. Aaron Sorkin is one of the best known names in the screenwriting business, and for a very simple reason: he's damned good at it. The man simply does not have a bad screenplay to his name. Quite the opposite, in fact. Between A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, Malice, Moneyball and The Social Network...
- Peter Hall
Name: 12 Years a Slave
Release date: Oct. 18, 2003 (limited); Nov. 8, 2013 (wide)
DVD release date: March 4, 2014
Run time: 134 minutes
Box office: Opening weekend, wide release: $6.675 million; domestic total: $49.133 million; international total: $78.9 million (as of Monday, Feb. 24)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent
- Hillary Busis
The Social Network writer/director team may once again find themselves working together on the upcoming film based on the best-selling biography of Apple's co-founder. The Sony Pictures film, which has yet to receive an official title, is being written by Aaron Sorkin who will produce alongside Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady and Social Network producer Scott Rudin. The project has been in development since 2011. No casting has taken place yet, but as The Hollywood Reporter notes the re-teaming of Sorkin and Fincher would attract many A-list actors. Sorkin, the Emmy and Academy Award winning screenwriter of The West Wing, Moneyball, The Newsroom and The Social Network, began penning the script based on Walter Isaacson's book a year after Jobs' death due to pancreatic cancer. Fincher recently »
- Pietro Filipponi
The 53-year-old executive, known to all as Kaz, is quick to acknowledge the significance of his upcoming maiden sojourn. Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Hollywood studio owned by the Japanese electronics giant he heads, is basking in the glory of having earned multiple Oscar nominations for its movies “American Hustle” and “Captain Phillips,” each of which has grossed more than $215 million worldwide to date.
“It is very important to me and to the management team in Tokyo,” says Hirai of being part of the industry’s most prestigious awards race. “We understand how important recognition is for our creative work and how that corresponds to increased revenue.”
This is a rare celebratory moment for Sony Pictures, which for »
- Alexandra Cheney
During the early 90s, there was a bit of a divide in the gaming world – as there always is – over which console you should have in your house: Sega or Nintendo? I was a Sega kid (To be this good takes Ages, to be this good takes Sega…) but I do fondly remember friends arguing over the different possibilities. It’s now been announced that Sony Pictures are developing a big screen adaptation of Blake J. Harris book (released in May) called ‘Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation‘ – They might need to work on a shorter title though.
As with all things in development, these are early days, but we do know that Harris is set to produce and co-direct this very intriguing documentary that will surely spike the interest of gamers new and old. As well as Sony on-board, we’ve got the mighty »
- Dan Bullock
Atlantic Books' publisher, Toby Mundy has acquired Console Wars by Blake Harris, a riveting behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. Atlantic will publish Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation in August 2014.
Blake Harris draws on hundreds of interviews to present the first full account of this titanic corporate battle, which transformed computer games into a global industry that last year recorded sales of $50 billion (surpassing the film and music businesses combined).
Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin (Moneyball, The Social Network) are developing Console Wars as a feature film to be directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad; This Is the End). Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are also writing the screenplay. Blake Harris is serving as Executive Producer, and is also co-directing »
The studio picked up feature rights from the upcoming Atlantic Books’ title by Blake Harris, a behind-the-scenes thriller that chronicles how Sega took on the juggernaut Nintendo. Atlantic will publish “Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation” in August.
Rogen and Goldberg teamed on directed and writing “This Is the End” for Sony. The duo will direct “Console Wars” from their own script.
Harris is executive producing “Console Wars” and also co-directing a documentary on the same subject, with Rudin, Rogen and Goldberg producing as well.
News was first reported by Booktrade.
- Dave McNary
The creative partnership between Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg has led to many successful collaborations. Their most recent effort was This Is The End, which was absolutely hysterical and one of my favorite films from 2013. Currently, the duo is hard at work on Sausage Party, an animated comedy coming next year. Though production is still underway on that project, Rogen and Goldberg are already looking towards the future and according to Collider, they will be adapting Console Wars for their next outing together.
Based on the novel of the same name by Blake J. Harris, Scott Rudin will be producing with Goldberg and Rogen set to write and direct. As you can probably tell, the story follows the 1990s console war between Sony and Nintendo. You can check out the full plot summary below, courtesy of Amazon:
Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, »
- Matt Joseph
In the 1990s, an arms race kicked off in the living room between videogame makers Sega and Nintendo. From the Sega Master System to the DreamCast, from the Nintendo Entertainment System to Nintendo 64, the fight for which company could boast the best graphics and games — and move the most units — raged between them as they angled for market share. (And shed a tear for anyone who tried to elbow their way in — sorry TurboGrafx 16). And now that story is booting up to the big screen. Scott Rudin will produce an adaptation of the book "Console Wars" by Blake J. Harris with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write and direct. The pair are a pretty spot on choice for this gig; not only do they have the right geek credentials, they were coming of age right at the time of the Sega/Nintendo showdown which should give them a solid »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin ( Moneyball , The Social Network ) are developing Console Wars , an adaptation of the book by Blake Harris. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are attached to direct and are also writing the screenplay. Harris is serving as executive producer and is co-directing a documentary on the same subject, with Rudin, Rogen and Goldberg producing as well. Atlantic Books' publisher, Toby Mundy, last week acquired rights to the book, a riveting behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary, took on the juggernaut Nintendo. Atlantic will publish "Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation" in August 2014. In the book, Blake Harris draws on hundreds of »
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy
Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused
Previously Best Known For:
Freeman Lowell – Silent Running
Asa Watts – The Cowboys
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Remember that scene in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues where the news team ignorantly quizzes an openly gay co-worker, who they confuse for a vampire? “Do you sleep in a coffin?” asks a befuddled Champ, while his thick-headed pals struggle with the concept of being gay in 1980. The exchange got some of the best laughs in the sequel’s trailer, but if you’ve seen the movie, you know that the scene didn’t actually make the final cut. That will all change on Feb. 28 when Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Super-Sized R-Rated Version begins a one-week run in theaters. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Stephen Bishop (Moneyball) has been upped to a series regular on Bet’s Being Mary Jane, which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful TV news anchor. Bishop will play David, a man Mary Jane brings back into her life to work things out. Bishop, repped by Greene & Associates, Weiner Management and Dave Feldman, next will be seen in Miss Meadows opposite Katie Holmes. True Detective‘s Tory Kittles has signed on to Intruders, BBC America’s eight-episode original series. Written by Glen Morgan, Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. It centers on ex-cop Jack Whalen (John Simm), who has escaped a dark, violent past for a seemingly quiet life with his wife, Amy (Mira Sorvino). When she goes missing, Jack starts an investigation that forces him to confront his past. Kittles will play Gary Fischer, a handsome attorney »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Studios Home Entertainment
Inspired by techniques learned from Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club), Belfort gets help from Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill, Moneyball) and father Max Belfort (Rob Reiner, Flipped). But the FBI, in the form of Agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler, Super 8), is out to bring them all down.
The R-rated film, which is based on the real Belfort’s book, also stars Jon Favreau (Iron Man 2), Margot Robbie (TV’s Pan Am), Shea Whigham (Take Shelter) and Joanna Lumley (TV’s Absolutely Fabulous) in a great performance as British Aunt Emma. »
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