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Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 to be posted here; see (way out there) predictions below The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, will be selecting its winners and runners-up on Sunday, December 8, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. Pt. We’ll be posting their choices here, as they’re announced. As usual, expect some overlapping with the choices of both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, which were announced earlier this week. That’s only normal. Having said that, the good thing is that in the last few years the Los Angeles Film Critics have gone their own way in several key categories, making the sort of daring and/or international choices that the now chiefly mainstream, Hollywood star-struck New York Film Critics used to make four decades ago — e.g., Liv Ullmann, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, »
- Andre Soares
Thanks to Martin A. The 2013 Wafca Award Nominees Are: Best Film: American Hustle Gravity Her Inside Llewyn Davis 12 Years a Slave Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) Spike Jonze (Her) Baz Luhrmann »
- Sasha Stone
This Fyc series brings together all Film Experience contributors to highlight our favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Here's Andrew Kendall on a tune from Gatsby, a movie which just won two Grammy nominations
Too often when we consider original song contenders we tend to focus on the lyrics at the expense of the music but my favourite number of Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby soundtrack manages to excel on both levels. Considering “Over the Love” lyrically, it would win in the battle in find which song has the most fidelity to its source novel. It features references to the “yellow dresses”, “green light” and that “ocean in the way”. But, it’s the musical arrangement of the song which takes it from lovely song into a true contender. I like Luhrman’s Gatsby, even though it falters in an example of reach exceeding grasp. What “Over the Love” manages to do »
- Andrew Kendall
Lou Lumenick 1. Gravity 2. 12 Years a Slave 3. Captain Phillips 4. All Is Lost 5. The Wind Rises 6. (tie) Dallas Buyers Club 6. (tie) Mud 7. The Great Gatsby 8. Stories We Tell 9. Much Ado About Nothing 10. Pacific Rim (thanks Bryce! »
- Ryan Adams
As usual, movies took inspiration from books this year, and not just the Ya stuff either (Ok, there was lots of Ya stuff, but it was good stuff!). American classic The Great Gatsby made it to the big screen, another Nicholas Sparks novel was adapted into another romantic tearjerker, and, of course, big-budget hits like Catching Fire and Ender's Game came to life. In your opinion, which is the best book-to-movie adaptation of the year? Vote on all of our best of 2013 polls here! »
- Maggie Pehanick
Somewhere in the past 5 years I lost the thread of popular music -- I can only keep up with so many things and film is obviously my happyplace -- but even when I was firmly ensconced in the music side of pop culture, the Grammys never made much sense to me. Needless to say I'm lost when it comes to the major nominations though I generally listen in or around the top three categories (Album, Song, Record) to see if something pricks my ears. But I digress. Let's talk about the fields that relate to what we do here at The Film Experience. Grammy has categories for everything including prizes for stage, film and television... but since they're on a different timetable than Oscar, it's a mix of 2012 films and new releases mostly The Great Gatsby that could win Grammy gold.
And the nominees are...
- NATHANIEL R
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the 10 movies shortlisted for the Best Visual Effects Oscar.
The films, which include Gravity, Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3, will screen 10-minute excerpts to Visual Effects Branch members on January 9, 2014 then ask members to pick the five movies to go through for final Oscar consideration.
The 10 films shortlisted for the Visual Effects Oscar are as follows:
The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 16, 2014, while Oscars will be presented on March 2.
Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the ceremony for the second time.
Oscars 2014: 15 movies facing off in the Academy Awards race »
Coen Brothers deliver one of their best movies with period folk drama Inside Llewyn Davis. Oscar Isaac shines as a struggling folk singer in beautiful and heartfelt film. After recent movies that include a western remake (True Grit), a Midwestern, midlife, male comedy (A Serious Man) and a heart-stopping crime thriller (No Country for Old Men), filmmaker siblings Joel and Ethan Coen continue to surprise with yet another subgenre they’ve yet to try. Inside Llewyn Davis is a folk music drama of all things, set in 1961 New York City and clubs, coffee bars and apartments throughout Greenwich Village. Pop singer/actor Justin Timberlake may claim the most marquee pizzazz as Jim, a folk musician married to his music partner Jean, played by Carey Mulligan of The Great Gatsby. Everything they do and say revolves around their sad sack friend, the film’s titular character Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) who »
Warner Bros. has launched a three-month electronic sell-through test of five titles on Reelhouse, a startup the studio has invested in that caters to fans who want more than just a digital copy of a movie.
The studio on Thursday began offering “The Great Gatsby,” “Man of Steel,” “Argo,” the “Dark Knight” trilogy and “Pacific Rim” for rental or purchase on the Reelhouse website. The titles are presented on customized pages, which can include news and blog posts, images, free and bundled extras, interactive games, photos and both physical and digital merchandise.
Reelhouse launched a year ago, initially positioned as a platform for indie filmmakers seeking to reach ardent fans. Warner Bros. got involved through Turner/Warner Bros.’ MediaCamp startup accelerator program, which participated as a minority investor in a $1.3 million seed round of funding earlier this year.
Debra Baker, senior VP of global business development for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, »
- Todd Spangler
The Academy has announced the ten films that made their final shortlist for the Best Visual Effects category at the 2014 Oscars and I can't say this category ever really surprises me with what's in versus what's out, but to see films such as Man of Steel, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Oz the Great and Powerful not make the cut does make you wonder just what exactly does it mean to have the "best" visual effects. Here's the ten that will compete for the five nominees, which will be determined after all members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. Elysium Gravity The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Iron Man 3 The Lone Ranger Oblivion Pacific Rim Star Trek Into Darkness »
- Brad Brevet
Sorry, it's a little ridiculous that "Man of Steel" — I don't care What you think of the film otherwise — was left off the Academy's list of seven bake-off finalists for Best Visual Effects. But these things are often about politics, and I imagine there was plenty of that at play here. (No, it's not simply a collective negative opinion about the work in the film. Not always.) Everything else we were predicting to be nominated made the cut. Others notable misses, though, include "Rush," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "The Great Gatsby," "Oz the Great and Powerful" and "Ender's »
- Kristopher Tapley
Let us know which film you thought was the best of the year
As the end of 2013 approaches, thoughts turn to best-of-the-year lists. We'll be starting out top 10 countdown this Monday, revealing one each weekday until December 20.
What was the best film of the year in your opinion? When we asked half-way through the year Django Unchained was voted readers' favourite, followed by The Place Beyond The Pines, The Great Gatsby and Star Trek Into Darkness.
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Glenn, Team Film Experience's resident Australian, here. In all the hubbub surrounding the big wins for American Hustle and Her, it went unnoticed (not surprisingly, but also not without reason) that the nominees for this year's Aacta Awards were announced. Australia's own "Academy" (renamed from the Australian Film Institute several years back) went big for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which is hoping for a tech resurgence later in the guild-stretch of the Oscar season, and Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket, which is still holding on hope for an Academy foreign language short-listing. Other famous names like Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Mia Wasikowska, and Naomi Watts also appear across the 14 categories recognising Australian films.
- Glenn Dunks
Away from the controversy over whether the International Press Society members actually saw Wolf Of Wall Street before voting (hello tick box theory…), this year’s Satellite Award noms read as little more than the Ips’ Oscar predictions – give or take an extra three or four names in each category for comfort. Naturally resulting in a very uninteresting list, 12 Years A Slave leads the pack with ten nominations, followed narrowly by Gravity and American Hustle’s eight.
With strong turnouts in the acting categories, it’s surprising to see Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska not contending for the big prize, and the Ips will surely find themselves in the minority for omitting Will Forte for his turn in the latter, even if it is rewarded for Best Ensemble. Though not appearing in the acting, directing or Best Picture categories, Fruitvale Station is still very much a focal point, »
- Emma Thrower
Seventy percent of America’s silent films from 1912-29, an era that established Hollywood and American cinema as a lucrative and prominent art form, are gone forever. A new study commissioned by the National Film Preservation Board and unveiled by the Library of Congress revealed that of the nearly 11,000 silent feature films released during that period, only 30 percent are still in existence — and more than half of those are incomplete or remain only in foreign versions or in lower-quality formats, like 28 mm or 16 mm.
“The Library of Congress can now authoritatively report that the loss of American silent-era feature films »
- Jeff Labrecque
Studios failed to archive early films properly leading to huge losses due to fire and deterioration
• Top 10 silent films
• Alfred Hitchcock silent films added to Unesco register
Most of the feature-length films made by Hollywood during the golden age of silent movies have been lost forever, according to a new study by the Us Library of Congress.
Only 14% of a total of around 11,000 movies made between 1912 and 1930 exist in their original format, with a further 11% available to view in foreign language versions, or in a lower quality format. Around 70% are completely lost. The failure of the early studios, in most cases, to maintain silent era archives has been described as an "alarming and irretrievable loss" to America's cultural record by officials.
Historian and archivist David Pierce, who conducted the extensive two-year study, said the silent art form retained a rare resonance. "It's a lost style of storytelling, and the best »
- Ben Child
This Christmas sees the DVD celebrate 15 years of existence and although that might not seem like a long time, we all know that it changed the industry for the better…and meant no more chewed VHS tapes! 2013 sees the release of some great titles, so Thn would like to guide you towards some of the latest titles and we’re sure you’ll find the right one for all the family.
First up, is Baz Lurhmann’s version of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. The director, who shot to fame across the world with his modernised Romeo + Juliet, takes on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story with a flamboyant and stunning looking rendition.
The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, »
- Dan Bullock
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
‘The Wind Rises’ and more Nyfcc 2013 winners (image: Hayao Miyazaki ‘The Wind Rises’) (See previous post: "Cate Blanchett, cross-dresser Jared Leto: 2013 New York Film Critics’ Movie Stars.") Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, a major blockbuster in Japan ($119.51 million according to Box Office Mojo) despite — or perhaps because of — a right-wing backlash against the film’s anti-war stance, was the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Animated Feature of 2013. The Wind Rises beat better known U.S.-made fare such as Disney’s Frozen, currently in theaters. Miyazaki has vowed that he has retired from filmmaking; if true, The Wind Rises will be his last film. Via its Touchstone Pictures banner, Walt Disney Studios will be releasing The Wind Rises on February 21, 2014, in North America. Now, how could a 2014 movie (in the U.S.) get a 2013 award from the Nyfcc, better known for honoring movies a year (The Lives of Others »
- Andre Soares
A single Jane Austen fan in possession of a computer must be in want of an Mmorpg.
In today’s most entertaining bit of brilliant-or-bonkers, a new online role-playing game set in the virtual world of Jane Austen has reached its Kickstarter goal. Creator Judy L. Tyrer’s playable period piece Ever, Jane reached $109,563 of its $100,000 goal yesterday, with the help of 1,600 backers eager to increase their Bow and Curtsy skill or level up in Piano-Forte.
Set in an explorable Regency-era England, the prime focus of this particular RPG is a gossip/invitation system, which drives the actions of many of Austen’s genteel characters. »
- Marc Snetiker
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