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So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voters (remember the year when "The Social Network" cleaned up in the all early awards?) so just take a breath. That said, it's nice to see the love. Spike Jonze's "Her" wound up taking Best Film and Best Director, which is a nice feat for quirky, heartwarming romance. Earning its first awards season win, "The Wolf Of Wall Street" nabbed a prize for screenwriter Terence Winter (Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio got a special honor). "Nebraska" nabbed trophies for Bruce Dern and Will Forte, "Fruitvale Station" made a strong showing with three wins, while "Inside Llewyn Davis »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The acclaimed and contemporary American remake of celebrated 1990 UK series House Of Cards has unveiled a teaser trailer and press release confirming that the show will return on the 14th February 2014. Following a hugely successful 13-episode run, released exclusively on the increasingly popular video-on-demand service with a pilot directed by the brilliant David Fincher, Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and the majority of the cast return for a second season. Expect more political scandal and cover-ups from the House of Representatives.
(Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available »
- Craig Hunter
[Press Release] (Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. From director David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”), award-winning playwright and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon (“Farragut North,” “The Ides of »
- Pietro Filipponi
The second season of the Netflix original series "House of Cards" premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, who both received Emmy nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. From director David Fincher ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , The Social Network ), award-winning playwright and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon ( Farragut North , The Ides of March ) and Academy Award winner Eric Roth ( Forrest Gump , Munich , The Insider ), this critically-acclaimed drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington »
Her is the slightly futuristic tale of Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who falls in love with an advanced operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Johansson won the Best Actress award at the recent Rome Film Festival and has generated a fair amount of Oscar and Screen Actors Guild buzz - a feat even more impressive considering she's never actually seen in the movie (which has led to the Golden Globes ruling her out of their own competition).
The latest trailer, which you can watch below, was released today. Obviously aware of its critical applause thus far, there are lots of 'Official Selection' banners and favourable quotes from reviews. Think of it as the 'For Your Consideration' promo. Enjoy....
If you're wondering, »
- Oliver Davis
Take another look at footage and spoiler images from a stunt scene involving actor Paul Giamatti ("The Pentagon Papers") as Marvel Comics' the 'Rhino' and Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") as 'Spider-Man' on the New York set of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2".
The new film is directed by Marc Webb.
"...for 'Peter Parker' (Garfield), life is busy...
"Between taking out the bad guys as 'Spider-Man' and spending time with the person he loves, 'Gwen' (Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough.
"Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away...
"But that’s a promise he just can’t keep.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek »
- Michael Stevens
Ora has had almost no acting experience other than a handful of TV roles and her fleeting appearance in Fast & Furious 6, and her casting will inevitably gain the media coverage the film seems to be yearning for.
Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson (The Social Network) as Anastasia Steele who becomes infatuated by billionaire Christian Grey. The cast also includes Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Eloise Mumford (The River), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Max Martini (Captain Phillips) and Victor Rasuk (How to Make It in America), and the film is due for release in February 2015. »
- Gary Collinson
The “awards” portion of this year’s awards season has officially begun. The New York Film Critics Circle is always the first critics group out of the gate, and today they named American Hustle the best film of the year. The move comes as a slight surprise given that Hustle only first screened a week ago and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity have been the Best Picture frontrunners for the past few months, but the awards race may be in for a twist. Steve McQueen was awarded Best Director for 12 Years a Slave, Robert Redford took Best Actor for All Is Lost, and Cate Blanchett began what’s sure to be an awards season sweep of Best Actress trophies. American Hustle picked up three awards in total, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Screenplay. The excellent Blue Is the Warmest Color was named Best Foreign Film, and »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s somewhat hard to believe that Kill Your Darlings is director John Krokidas’ debut feature film, in what is an accomplished, compelling piece of cinema, of a scandalous murder that drew the renowned poets of the beat generation together. A story we can’t quite believe we haven’t seen on the big screen before – a sentiment that Krokidas echoes himself.
We had the pleasure of sitting down to discuss the title with him – and in spite of his tonsillitis he was suffering from, he discusses the conspiracy theories surrounding this incredible tale and why he chose to tell it from Allen Ginsberg’s perspective as opposed to Lucien Carr’s. He also tells us about his intimate bond he formed with lead star Daniel Radcliffe, and how this cast dramatically changed, from once having Jesse Eisenberg in the main role.
Were you aware of these incredible set of »
- Stefan Pape
Topping this year’s list of the best films (as chosen by international critics and curators), The Act of Killing is unique for being a documentary on the prestigious roster (as well as the rare documentary to chime in at number one), but its selection isn’t all that surprising given the flavor S&S’s lists usually take on. Decidedly international without a comedy in sight (or, you know, sound), it’s much stranger to see a Hollywood blockbuster amongst its ranks. But Gravity has pulled it off — grossing beyond $600M worldwide and earning the S&S street cred. Not to say that it’s an impossible feat, but within the past few years only a few mainstream/Hollywood studio films have made it to the top ten. If an American picture breaks through, it’s typically from Focus Features or Wes Anderson or both. For a hint of recent context, the »
- Scott Beggs
"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 »
"12 Years a Slave" leads with the most nominations (10) for Satellite Awards bestowed by the International Press Academy, a group of foreign journalists who broke off from the Golden Globes two decades ago. "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," "Nebraska" and "Philomena." Curious omissions in the acting races: Joaquin Phoenix ("Her") and Jonah Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street"). Best Pictu »
After a seemingly endless series of setbacks and roadblocks -- most noticeably the last-minute departure of leading man Charlie Hunnam -- the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James's best-selling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" has begun principal photography, even though the eventual movie will be released more than a year from now, over Valentine's Day weekend 2015.
Author James posted a photo from the movie's Vancouver set on Instagram yesterday. In the teaser image, captioned "Action!," you can see the name of director Sam Taylor-Johnson, alongside that of cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, which actually makes us wonder if this means McGarvey won't be back to photograph Joss Whedon's art-house movie "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (he shot the first film and is known mostly for his collaborations with director Joe Wright).
- Drew Taylor
Less eccentric than the Cahiers du Cinema list, and more representative than the awards of individual critics’ groups, the annual Sight & Sound poll is about the best monitor of international critical consensus at the year’s end – recent winners include David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." But if those choices were easily seen coming, the 100-odd critics surveyed this year have thrown a collective curveball: Sight & Sound’s top film of 2013 is “The Act of Killing.” It’s an unusual winner, but not an entirely surprising one: Joshua Oppenheimer’s »
- Guy Lodge
The nominations in the various competition sections have been announced at the documentary festival.
Idfa (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) has announced the nominees for its 26th edition. Winners will be named on Friday evening in Amsterdam.
The jury of the Idfa Competition for First Appearance will also present an extra Award in memory of Peter Wintonick, who died earlier this month.
The BankGiro Loterij Idfa Audience Award, worth €5,000, and the Idfa Music Audience Award, worth €2,500, will then also be presented.
In addition, the Mediafonds Kids & Docs Award 2013, which consists of € 15,000 with which to develop a new youth documentary, will be presented by a youth jury.
Idfa Competition for Feature-Length Documentary (€12,500)
Idfa Competition for Mid-Length Documentary (€10,000)
Kismet by Nina Maria Paschalidou (Greece / Cyprus);Pussy Versus »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The role of social media in fueling the Arab Spring has been a crucial aspect of its progress, so it was only a matter of time before somebody made a documentary about it. In the aptly titled "#chicagoGirl -- The Social Network Takes On a Dictator," director Joe Piscatella explores the phenomenon in the throes of one its more prolonged struggles, the Syrian revolution. The project simplifies the cluttered impact of status updates and video fragments sent forth from the war by focusing on the receiving end, in the form of Illinois-based college freshman activist Ala'a Basatneh, who has aided revolutionaries in Syria online for two years. While hardly a complete picture of the situation or even an especially complex one, "#chicagoGirl" embodies the idealistic spirit of its subject. A Syrian immigrant obsessed with aiding her countrymen overseas, Basatneh wields technology with extraordinary finesse, mapping out escape routes on Google »
- Eric Kohn
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today, the Documentary Motion Picture nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards.
The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are:
A Place At The Table Far Out Isn’T Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story Life According To Sam We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington
The TV Series/Specials and Digital Series nominees will be announced on December 3, 2013. All other nominations for the 2014 Producers Guild Award categories will be announced on January 2, 2014, along with the names of the eligible producers for the nominated documentary motion pictures.
All 2014 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 19, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Producers Guild will also present special honors to Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson, Robert Iger, Peter Jackson & Joe Letteri, »
- Michelle McCue
On TV this Tuesday: Person of Interest aims to end a war, Supernatural can look but not touch, Brooklyn Nine-Nine talks turkey and Rudolph rides again. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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8 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS) | Revisit the Island of Misfit Toys with Santa’s special sled-puller.
8 pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) | Only a secret from May’s aka The Cavalry’s past can save Coulson and the »
- Kimberly Roots
Odd List Ryan Lambie 26 Nov 2013 - 06:44
From reissued, obscure first films to misleading marketing, here are 12 film covers that exaggerate the role their famous actors play...
Filmmaker William Castle was famous for his movie gimmicks, from vibrating chairs to plastic skeletons soaring over the heads of audiences in cinemas. The marketers of 1958's The Fly, meanwhile, promised to pay $100 to the first person who could prove that its matter-transportation plot "couldn't happen".
Selling movies to cynical punters is tough at the best of times, and using tricks and white lies to get people to part with their hard-earned cash is nothing new. And one of the simplest tricks in a film marketer's tool bag is to exaggerate an actor's role in whatever it is they're trying to sell. So if uncredited bit player number two suddenly becomes an A-list star three years after a movie's shot, you can be »
Chances are not many teens have been clamoring to see Philomena, a drama opening Nov. 22 about an elderly Irishwoman (Judi Dench) who goes looking for a son she had to give up 50 years ago. But when The Weinstein Co. appealed to the Motion Picture Association of America to change the film’s rating from an R — which it had received for using the F-word twice — to a PG-13, the studio wasn’t just trying to broaden the movie’s audience or score free publicity.
“The argument was important,” says actor Steve Coogan, who co-wrote the film and costars with Dench. »
- Josh Rottenberg
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