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This lot don’t have a logo. Hell, their winners aren’t even going to influence who wins an Oscar on March 2nd. But this makes an incredibly amusing read. Skip down to their Hall of Shame – it’s an absolute peach.
The only thing I’ll say is that their recognition of Onata Aprile is a wonderful thing. As for the rest, I’m not so sure…
Check out the full list of winners below:
Best Movie About Women:
Runner-up: Mother Of George
Best Movie By A Woman:
Runner-up: Inch Allah
Best Woman Storyteller (Screenwriting Award):
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave
Runner-up: Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
Best Young Actress:
Best Comedic Actress:
- Emma Thrower
Title: Lee Daniels’ The Butler Director: Lee Daniels Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr. Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams and Danny Strong. The American historical fiction drama film, directed by Lee Daniels, inspired by the real-life of Eugene Allen will be released for home entertainment on January 14th, 2014. Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company proudly present the ‘The Butler’, grossing over $115 million in box office, on Blu-Ray Combo Pack with Digital HD Ultraviolet, On-Demand and Pay-Per-View. The DVD Special features include: An American Story, The Original Freedom Riders, “You And I Ain’t [ Read More ]
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
That’s it then. Happy holidays everyone!
This is a good article. Will Joaquin Phoenix wearing high waisted trousers in Her bring about a return of the look on the high street? We really hope so. Low and skinny is as dead as disco. Acutally disco is still awesome, but you get our point.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
We tried to watch this show but it made us feel old. That said the costumes by Ann Foley look spiffy. Read Tyranny of Style’s interview (with illustrations and inspiration board) to discover more.
Michael Wilkinson feels “honoured and tremendously excited to be involved”. They’re lucky to have him.
Prisoners and Out of the Furnace
Kristin Burke gives a costume critique of the two Pennsylvania based films. »
- Christopher Laverty
With the SAG nominations in the books, union members may have missed out on some great films during this busy holiday season. But, fear not! If you're a SAG member and you want to check out any of the great nominees like "August: Osage County," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," or "Philomena" we've compiled a list of some screenings so you can get your flick fix. This is just a sample of the many screenings all over the country, and you can find the full list of screenings here. August: Osage County December 20 at 7:00 P.M. - Soho Screening Room - 14 D'Arblay Street, London, UK December 21 at 7:00 P.M. -Variety Club Preview Screening Room – 582 Market Street Suite 101, San Francisco, CA December 22 at 7:00 P.M. - Raleigh Studios - Pickford Theatre – 5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA December 22 at 7:00 P.M. - RealD Theater – 100 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, »
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the winners for the 2013 Eda (Excellent Dynamic Activism) Awards! And predictably, by now, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" took the top honors with McQueen taking home the best director trophy, and Lupita Nyong'o the best supporting actress honor.
Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," on the other hand, did not get love...at all! It won the Hall of Shame and The Movie You Wanted to Love But Just Couldn't awards. Its star, Cameron Diaz took home the Actress Most in Need of a New Agent award. Yikes! But they're true though!
Here are the nominees and winners (bolded) of »
The domestic box office haul of 2013, which observers estimate will eclipse last year’s record $10.8 billion tally, is part of a schizophrenic 12-month period punctuated by supersized hits like “Iron Man 3,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” as well as disastrous misses such as “After Earth,” “Lone Ranger” and “R.I.P.D.”
The high-stakes tentpole game has never been more perilous for studios, which are grappling with how to monetize new revenue streams even as they try to manage established — and often strained — relations with exhibitors.
But for all the talk of box office becoming a 52-week game, industry players still have plenty of bad habits that need breaking. “If you’ve got too many movies aiming for the same audience, something has got to give,” says Patrick Corcoran, VP and chief communications officer for the National Assn. of Theatre Owners.
For exhibitors, »
- Andrew Stewart
Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the last major Oscar hopeful to be screened for the media, is an appropriate capper, because the tragicomic film is about excess — and everything about this year’s awards season has been excessive: the length of many movies, the number of contenders, the frequency of awards-themed events and the role of the festival circuit.
The Dec. 12 Golden Globe nominations added to the theme of overabundance: More than 30 films were nominated, including many that had been recognized by other year-end awards (“12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Nebraska,” “Her”) and others joined the race, such as “Rush” and, yes, “Wolf of Wall Street.”
The season started in high gear in late August and hasn’t let up, promising to run at a breakneck pace through the March 2 telecast of the Academy Awards. Over that six-month period, the intensity has built for a number of »
- Tim Gray
That it has taken till 2013 for black women to be poised to set a record by reaping three Supporting Actress nominations at the Oscars is shocking. (The term "African American" is not appropriate in this instance as some of the women hail from the UK or Africa.) Lupita Nyongo ("12 Years a Slave") looks like a lock after racking up bids from the Globes, SAG and Critics' Choice while Oprah Winfrey ("The Butler") remains a strong contender despite being snubbed by the Globes. And don't count out 2011 Oscar champ Octavia Spencer ("The Help) for her subtle but powerful performance in "Fruitvale Station." (Read about the 13 performers who reaped Oscar bids without a Globe, SAG or Critics' Choice nomination here.) Winfrey was part of the pair that set the current record set back in 1985 when she and Margaret Avery contended for "The Color Purple"; they lost to Angelica Huston ("Prizzi »
Some of this year's biggest Oscar hopefuls (notably, "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "August: Osage County") still have yet to open, and yet, what may be the most exciting part of the Oscar race is already over.
I'm talking about the period between the end of November and the announcement of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations a couple weeks later, when the race is still wide open and consensus has yet to calcify. Then the critics' groups start to weigh in, a new one almost every day, and a picture of the race comes into sharp focus.
It's worth noting that no single critics group -- and this includes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose handful of members vote for the Golden Globes -- is an especially accurate predictor of the Oscars all by itself. It's the consensus among all these groups that begins to suggest the actual Oscar nominating slate. »
- Gary Susman
Exclusive: Indie producer Cassian Elwes and The Black List chief Franklin Leonard have chosen screenwriter Matthew Hickman to attend the 2014 Sundance Film Festival as the recipient of the inaugural Cassian Elwes Screenwriting Fellow. Elwes, whose producing credits just this year include Dallas Buyers Club, All Is Lost, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, hatched this plan in October for aspiring scribes who are agent-less and haven’t made more than $5000 writing. The scripts were chosen from among those displayed on the Black List service. The winner gets their trip paid for, and will be mentored by Elwes as he makes his way around the slopes for the films he will undoubtedly be talking up at Sundance. Hickman was chosen from among 10 finalists for his script An Elegy For Evelyn Francis. That work was described by the Black List’s evaluation as “a script that never lets »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Simon Kinberg must be one of the busiest people in Hollywood at the moment. He's just signed a three-year deal with Fox to oversee the studio's Marvel slate including the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four and X-Men: Apocalypse, he's got adaptations of Rust and The Martian in the works, and he's also set to produce Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, and an as-yet-unrevealed Star Wars spin-off for Disney. And that's not Kinberg's only involvement with the galaxy far, far away either, as he's also executive producing the animated series Star Wars Rebels, and he's taken a brief break from his hectic schedule to discuss the upcoming show in a new behind-the-scenes featurette...
- Gary Collinson
The Black List and Cassian Elwes have announced the winner of their first Independent Screenwriting Fellowship. Unrepresented screenwriter Matthew Hickman will attend the upcoming Sundance Film Festival with the hit producer behind 2013 awards contenders Lee Daniels' The Butler, All Is Lost, Dallas Buyers Club and other films. Photos: Making of 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Hickman was chosen based on his script An Elegy for Evelyn Francis, which was hosted on the Black List website. He beat nine other scripts with indie sensibilities from unrepresented writers with lifetime earnings of less than $5,000. “I work at a regular
- Hilary Lewis
Because Hollywood can’t resist a little bit of that razzmatazz, Guys and Dolls is getting another run at the silver screen courtesy of Lee Daniels’ The Butler and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay scribe Danny Strong. After two and a half years of negotiations, the musical is finally moving forward with the blessings (and relinquished rights) of Jo Loesser, the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser. The original 1955 film looked back on the gangsters and gamblers of the 1920′s and 1930′s in New York City. As Nathan Detroit, Frank Sinatra attempts to open a floating craps game but struggles to find the funding. He sees the perfect opportunity to make some surefire cash when he runs into an old pal, a serial gambler named Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando). Detroit bets Masterson that he can’t get the wholesome Sarah Brown to go to dinner with him down in Havana — a challenge Masterson can’t resist. Both »
- Samantha Wilson
It appears that luck is a lady for screenwriter Danny Strong, the writer of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Building on a career that has already landed him some stellar writing gigs, Strong has now been tapped to put pen to paper for 20th Century Fox’s proposed remake of the 1955 musical Guys and Dolls.
We say remake, but of course that’s not quite accurate. Guys and Dolls was a Broadway show several years before it became a major motion picture starring Frank Sinatra and (inexplicably) Marlon Brando. Set in a candy-colored Broadway world of gamblers and criminals, the musical tells the story of Sky Masterson, a high-rolling gambler who bets his friend Nathan Detroit that he can get a Salvation Army sergeant to go to Cuba with him. Populated with catchy musical numbers, a strong dose of comedy, and a few sweet romances, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Far from perfect, but its humor is nearly Monty Python-esque, much more deliciously absurd and creatively bizarre than its predecessor. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
By Odin’s beard! The spirit of Movies 2013 is all over Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. I’m not even kidding. It’s got a “working at SeaWorld will kill your soul” vibe, just like Blackfish. It’s all superfly 70s New York bullshit and self-delusion like American Hustle. It’s got a shark fight right outta The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (and poor Kristen Wiig playing the exact same part she plays in Mitty, the gal a guy falls in love with from afar at the office, even if it’s all way goofier here). It’s got a man lamenting getting left behind »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Having auditioned for a role in the original Anchorman production, James Marsden was beaten to it by Paul Rudd. However the actor now returns in the sequel, The Legend Continues – taking on the role of the brilliantly smarmy Jack Lime.
We sat down with Marsden to discuss the role, and how much fun it can be paying such a dislikable figure. He also speaks about how much fun it was to be around on set – and just how different an atmosphere can be created off-set in comedies such as this, compared to the more poignant dramas he’s also starred in, such as The Butler. He also tells us of his upcoming project Walk of Shame, a film also surrounding the world of news anchoring.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is out in cinemas on December 18 and you can read our review here.
The post The HeyUGuys Interview: James Marsden »
- Stefan Pape
In a year of powerful performances, 12 Years A Slave and Lee Daniels’ The Butler did well with the African American Film Critics Association, as expected. But the group did not reserve their acting accolades exclusively for Black cinema. So, while Steve McQueen’s film took four awards from the Aafca, Sandra Bullock and Jared Leto also found themselves in the winners’ circle.
Check out the full list of winners below, including their Top Ten of 2013:
12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
Best Supporting Actor:
Best Supporting Actress:
John Ridley – 12 Years A Slave
Best World Cinema:
Best Animated Film:
Best Independent Film:
Best Breakout Performance:
Lupita Nyong’o »
- Emma Thrower
This past weekend saw the arrival of the teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and now what's reported to be the first poster for the mysterious sci-fi epic has arrived online, and you can check it out right here...
Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Interstellar is set for release on November 7th 2014, with a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey (Mud), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain't Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Irwin (Lady in the Water), David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream »
- Gary Collinson
The longlist for the Best Song category in the Oscars has been announced – so what should make the cut?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the longlist of songs for its Best Original Song Oscar in 2014, ahead of the nominations for the shortlist on January 14.
The list features 75 songs written for movies over the last year, with artists including Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, U2, Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and M83 all making the grade. Pharrell is included for his hit Happy, currently in the top 5 of the UK charts, which appears in Despicable Me 2, and other animated films make up a large proportion of those selected: Epic, Turbo, The Croods, Planes, Escape From Planet Earth and Monsters University all also get a mention.
The Great Gatsby, with its bold and incongruous soundtrack of modern musicians, gets five mentions for songs by Jay Z, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Every week until the Oscars on March 2, 2014, Variety’s awards editor Tim Gray offers a rundown of the warming trends and cold fronts in our weekly “Temperature Gauge,” in addition to his latest projections in each of the major awards categories.
What’s New This Week?
With both Golden Globe and SAG.nominations, there’s a wealth of new angles to consider, and some surprising new contenders.
Rising: “Rush”: After Toronto enthusiasm, the acclaim quickly went silent. But with noms from SAG and the Golden Globes, the racing picture is back in the race.
Falling: “Saving Mr. Banks”: Year-end honors have been minimal. But will industry pros inside the Academy, including Btl workers, be more appreciative?
Steady: “Dallas Buyers Club.” It didn’t earn a Globe best-pic nom, but earned a SAG Ensemble bid, which is a more accurate predictor of Oscar attention.
Here’s Variety‘s list of possible Oscar nominations, »
- Tim Gray
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