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Sorry critics, but the SAG Awards are the first of the true precursor honors that indicate which way the Academy Awards may be leading. The nominees are voted on by 4,200 SAG members selected at random every year — 2,100 vote on film awards, 2,100 vote on TV awards. The full SAG-aftra voting body then selects the winners, who will be announced in a ceremony on Jan. 25, 2015. The nominees will be announced on Dec. 10 at an ungodly hour.
Last year, all four SAG award winners in film went on to score the Academy Award. (The fifth category, best ensemble, has no Oscar equivalent, though many erroneously associate it with best picture.) Still, there are always some anomalies in matching up the races every year — I still wonder if voters thought they were casting ballots for Melanie Laurent in “Inglourious Basterds” the year Diane Kruger got a nod.
And because the nominations are announced early, »
- Jenelle Riley
West Hollywood — On Wednesday it was Reese. On Thursday it was Shailene. On Friday it was Jennifer… …Aniston. Yes, this year's Best Actress contenders continued to celebrate their films with awards season events and Thursday night featured a special screening of Daniel Barnz's "Cake," where a post-show party at the Sunset Tower Hotel found Aniston, obviously, the center of attention. "Cake" stars Aniston as Claire, a woman whose life has come to something of a stand still because of chronic pain she's suffered from a major car accident. It's an impressive performance by the popular actress that I praised in my review of the film from the Toronto Film Festival a few months ago, and hinted she could be an awards season player. Speaking to Aniston Friday night, she admitted that after some roles, directors and producers "box" you into a certain mold for a certain kind of a movie. »
- Gregory Ellwood
No one’s is ever going to launch an Oscar campaign for Need for Speed, but there’s a case to be made for unpretentious, action-packed popcorn pleasures like the racing thriller. Aaron Paul gave a mesmerizing performance, the stunts were spectacular and, perhaps best of all, it proved that helmer Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) knows his way around a slick action vehicle. Now, Waugh is set to dive into the deep end for a much pricier venture – a $120 million sci-epic titled Inversion.
The script, from Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) and David Arata (Spy Game), follows a young Chinese scientist and a street-smart American ex-patriate who team up and race against time to prevent a cataclysmic reversal of gravity, which would send entire cities and civilians falling into the sky to certain death.
It’s an exciting premise, and Waugh’s background as a stunt coordinator should »
- Isaac Feldberg
It is a shame that very few people know Sam Rockwell’s name. Most casual moviegoers are probably at least familiar with his face though, due to his scene-stealing turns in films as diverse as The Green Mile, Galaxy Quest, Iron Man 2 and Frost/Nixon. However, he also has a stellar resume of independent projects, including critically acclaimed turns in Moon, Conviction, The Way Way Back and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Rockwell is formidable at playing men with a sense of arrested development. (his turn as the buffoonish but tender Owen in The Way Way Back even got him some long-overdue Oscar buzz). That made him a prime choice to join the cast of Laggies, a new comedy-drama from director Lynn Shelton.
- Jordan Adler
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Hilary Swank already has two best actress Oscars on her shelf, for Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), which is something that only 12 other women have ever been able to claim. But, having only just turned 40, she is not resting on her laurels. Since her second win, in 2005, she has pursued a number of projects that were clearly intended to be awards bait, but that failed to resonate with voters: The Black Dahlia (2006), Freedom Writers(2007), Amelia (2009) and Conviction (2010).
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- Anjelica Oswald
Hilary Swank already has two best actress Oscars on her shelf, for Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), which is something that only 12 other women have ever been able to claim. But, having only just turned 40, she is not resting on her laurels. Since her second win, in 2005, she has pursued a number of projects that were clearly intended to be awards bait, but that failed to resonate with voters: The Black Dahlia (2006), Freedom Writers (2007), Amelia (2009) and Conviction (2010). Now, however, she is starring in a film that in no way
- Scott Feinberg
While many weren't too familiar with Als (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease) before this summer, the hundreds of Ice Bucket Challenge videos helped spread awareness of this degenerative disease. Today, we have the first trailer for You're Not You, which stars Hilary Swank as Kate, a pianist who becomes stricken with Als.
Based on Michelle Wildgen's book, this drama follows Kate and her husband (Josh Duhamel) as they find the most unorthodox caretaker in young college student Bec (Emmy Rossum) as they both change each other's lives. Take a look at the first footage, along with two new photos from director George C. Wolfe's adaptation, co-starring Loretta Devine, Ali Larter, Jason Ritter and Marcia Gay Harden, arriving in theaters and VOD platforms October 10.
Exclusive: CBS Films has set Conviction scribe Pamela Gray to adapt Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel The Husband’s Secret. The label has also hired Depth Of Field’s Chris and Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano to produce. The film is a priority for CBS Films head Terry Press. Published by the Putnam imprint Amy Einhorn Books, The Husband’s Secret has been on the New York Times combined (print and e-book) bestseller list for 51 straight weeks.
The novel follows three women whose lives are plunged into crises after one of them opens a Pandora’s box that ties all three together in ways no one could have suspected. Gray is represented by UTA and Judi Farkas Management. CBS Films’ Winnie Kemp and Mark Ross are overseeing.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Next week, We tv will premiere “The Divide,” marking the basic cabler first attempt at an original scripted series — a leap into its rebranding strategy to be less known for femme-focused programming.
Created by writer-director Richard Lagravenese (“Behind the Candelabra,” “Water for Elephants”) and “Scandal” actor Tony Goldwyn, the eight-episode series follows a case worker and a district attorney both struggling to maintain their morals in a corrupt and racist justice system where an inmate is behind bars for a crime he (maybe?) didn’t commit. (Goldwyn also directed two episodes during his off time from leading the free world on “Scandal.”) If this sounds more high-brow that what’s expected from We tv, that’s because it was a project originally workshopped for sister channel AMC.
At the channel’s Television Critics’ Assn. panel on Friday at the Beverly Hilton hotel, the creators and stars commented on this inevitable »
- Whitney Friedlander
Pressing palms late into Thursday night at midtown Manhattan’s ritzy Tuscan eatery Circo, Tony Goldwyn — “Scandal’s” President Fitz and co-creator of We tv’s new drama “The Divide” — painted the show in humble hues.
Photos: More from the “The Divide” party + More Events This Week
“This was an idea that started over a couple bourbons at Cafe Centrale with me and Richard,” he told a packed house at the pilot’s preview screening — a reference to his collaborator, “Divide” scribe Richard Lagravanese. He elaborated later: “What if we centered a series around a prosecutor who got it wrong? Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, heard that idea from me, and he recommended we make the prosecutor black, and the convict white — to turn the stereotypes on their heads.”
Me and my genius partner @RLaGravenese !!! @TheDivide_WEtv http://t.co/fEU8SC4om5—
Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) June 27, 2014
- Steve Macfarlane
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
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Devil in My Ride is the first feature produced by Red Band Films, the specialty genre label of L.A.-based production and finance company Unified Pictures. Gary Schultz produced the film and also wrote the original screenplay with Mike Dozier.
- Steve Barton
Digital Release Date: July 22, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
The film stars Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now) as Beatrice, or “Tris,” who’s coming of age in a world where everyone’s separated into different factions based on their strengths. Triss’ problems start when she discovers that her strengths could put her in multiple factions, making her “divergent.”
When Tris finds out about a plot that puts everyone in all the factions at risk, she joins with Four (Theo James, Underworld: Awakening), an instructor for the militant faction Dauntless, to uncover the conspiracy.
Foresight Unlimited has brought onto the market one of the biggest – if not the biggest – of new projects at Cannes: the sci-fi action film “Inversion,” Mark Damon, chairman-ceo of Foresight Unlimited announced Sunday at Cannes.
Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales on the epic. It is budgeted at $120 million, Damon added.
“Inversion” turns on a scenario where the Earth suddenly loses its gravity, the catastrophic results of such a phenomenon and what could be done, if anything, to restore gravity and save the Earth and its six billion inhabitants.
The epic is written by Bragi Schut and Academy Award nominee David Arata (“Children of Men”). It charts a global chase against the clock with the narrative traveling across continents from China to Europe to the U.S. culminating in a startling gravity inverted NYC.
- John Hopewell
(Inversion – Concept Art)
Becoming one of the most talked about films at Cannes 2014, Foresight Unlimited invigorates a low key market with the big budget sci-fi action film Inversion, it was announced today by Mark Damon, Chairman and CEO of Foresight Unlimited which is handling international sales.
What would happen if Earth suddenly lost its gravity? The unique story revolves around the catastrophic results of such a phenomenon and what could be done, if anything, to restore gravity and save Earth and its 6 billion inhabitants.
The epic $120 million budgeted film, is written by Bragi Schut and Academy Award Nominee David Arata (Children Of Men) and is a global chase against the clock traveling across continents from China to Europe to the United States culminating in a startling gravity inverted NYC.
- Michelle McCue
We tv will debut its first original scripted drama The Divide with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday July 16 at 9 Pm. The series will then move to its regular 10 Pm timeslot beginning Wednesday, July 23. Written by Richard Lagravenese (Behind The Candelabra) and co-created by Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn (Conviction), the eight-episode series explores the personal cost of morality, ambition, ethics, politics, and race in today’s justice system through the eyes of Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland), an impassioned case worker with The Innocence Initiative, and Adam Page (Damon Gupton) an equally passionate district attorney and political rising star. AMC Studios is producing. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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