13 items from 2015
Hollywood’s habit of leaving no stone unturned and no franchise rebooted looks to be hitting its limit with the news that Fox are ushering a movie version of Play-Doh to the big screen. Early word on the flick points toward Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig taking up residence in the director’s chair with Butter writer Jason Micallef handling the script. Hasbro, the company behind the toy, are connecting with Chernin Entertainment to produce alongside Feig’s Feigco production arm.
While detractors of the idea will no doubt cite the toy-to-screen misfires of Battleship and Ouija, Warner struck gold last year with The Lego Movie. At the time, the concept of a narrative-less toy brand heading up a feature movie seemed impossible. Since clearing away a tidy sum at the box office, that brick-building franchise has spawned a slew of future instalments, and the Play-Doh outing just might do the same. »
- Gem Seddon
After the success of The Lego Movie, it seems studios are interested in adapting toys and properties known for their limitless imagination for the big screen. There's a Minecraft movie in development at Warner Bros. and now Deadline reports 20th Century Fox has struck a deal with Hasbro to mold a live-action film based on Play-Doh, the colorful modeling clay that kids have played with for decades so much that the brand name has actually become the descriptor for the object itself. In addition, Bridemaids director and The Peanuts Movie producer Paul Feig is in talks to direct the film scripted by Butter scribe Jason Micallef. It's hard to write this idea off completely considering what happened with The Lego Movie after many were cynical and skeptical about the studio developing a movie around a toy that had no story attached to its legacy. However, lightning rarely strikes twice, and »
- Ethan Anderton
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig is in talks to take the helm for a live action Play-Doh movie that is being set up by 20th Century Fox and Hasbro. Jason A. Micallef (Butter) is set to write the screenplay. Of course, no story details were given at this time, and it isn't known how the studio plans on taking this popular children's toy and turning it into a narrative feature. On the other hand, those who may doubt the theatrical potential for Play-Doh may have had similar doubts with The Lego Movie, which turned out to be a blockbuster for Warner Bros., grossing $638 million worldwide and spawning a sequel and two spinoffs, so anything is possible.
Play-Doh was first manufactured as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s, but after a Cincinnati classroom full of children started using it to mold into shapes, the product was re-branded and marketed to schools as a toy. »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has today announced the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards, with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel leading the pack with nine nods apiece, followed by The Imitation Game with eight.
The two films will contest Best Picture against American Sniper, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash, while Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman) and Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) are also up for Best Director alongside Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) and Richard Linklater (Boyhood).
British stars Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) all feature in the acting categories, while Meryl Streep racked up her nineteenth nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actress for Into the Woods.
Here’s a full list of the nominations… »
- Gary Collinson
Good Morning Oscar fans! Today is nomination day!
Wamg was in the thick of nomination morning fever at the home of the Oscars – the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Prior to the announcement, A.M.P.A.S. and the show’s producing team, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, gave the press assembled in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre a first look at the new Oscar promo featuring host Neil Patrick Harris, titled “Anything Can Happen,” and given what went down this morning, that’s certainly the case.
Let’s get right to the big shockers – No Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature or Life Itself in Best Documentary Feature.
Also missing among the presumed nominees were Ava DuVernay (Selma, directing), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper, directing), Jennifer Aniston (Cake, best actress), David Oyelowo (Selma, best actor), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, best actor), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, best actor), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, »
- Movie Geeks
Sneak Peek the full 'Oscar' nominations list for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, announced January 15, 2015 by "Star Trek" actor Chris Pine, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams, and Oscar-winning "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón. The awards will be presented February 22, 2015 :
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
- Michael Stevens
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just finished announcing their nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel leading the way with nine nominations apiece, followed by The Imitation Game with eight. As usual, there were plenty of surprises to be found this morning, so let’s take a look at a few:
Selma ended up not making as grand a showing as many thought it would, nabbing only two nominations (Best Picture and Best Original Song). In a shocking turn of events, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl has been snubbed from Best Adapted Screenplay after being the leader throughout awards season, making it a wide-open category. Bennett Miller made a completely surprising appearance in Best Director for Foxcatcher, while Steve Carell managed to squeeze into the incredibly crowded Best Actor category. Bradley Cooper has also managed to sneak into Best Actor for American Sniper. »
- Jeff Beck
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the full list of nominations today for the The 87th Annual Academy Awards, which air Sunday, February 22 at 7 Pm Et/4 Pm Pt from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. This year marked the first time that nominations for all 24 categories were announced live. J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón announced the first 12 nominations, then Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs revealed the final 12 nominees at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Check out the full list of nominations below:
American SniperBirdmanBoyhoodThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation GameSelmaThe Theory of EverythingWhiplash
Best Actor In A Leading Role
Steve Carell - FoxcatcherBradley Cooper - American SniperBenedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation GameMichael »
Eight movies will compete for best picture this year including “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Selma.”
Eastwood and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, however, were snubbed in the directing category. “Selma” actor David Oyelowo was also left out of the best acting category, which included Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne.
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- Tim Gray
After months of speculation and predictions, the nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards are here! Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead in nominations -- both receiving nine -- while American Sniper surprises with six nominations, leaving Selma being recognized in only two main categories.
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Check out the complete list of nominees, below:
Best motion picture of the year
• Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
• The Grand Budapest Hotel
Performance by an actor in a leading role
• Steve Carell in [link »
Neil Patrick Harris hosting ceremony on February 22, 2015
- Linda Ge
The nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards have been announced. See below an updated list of the nominees:
- Variety Staff
Concept artist Warren Manser ("The Dark Knight Rises") has a great collection of concept art that he created for Mark Steven Johnson's ("Ghost Rider") 2003 superhero film Daredevil. The film starred Ben Affleck ("Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice") as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Jennifer Garner ("Butter") as Elektra Natchios and Colin Farrell ("Total Recall") as Lester Poindexter/Bullseye. Below, are some alternate costume designs for all three. I especially like Elektra's trademark red costume better than the black leather getup she wore in the film. There's also alternate red and dark grey/black costumes for Daredevil, which should pique your interest. Daredevil (2003) - For Daredevil, justice is blind, and for the guilty, there's hell to pay! Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner ignite dangerous sparks and nonstop thrills in this dazzling action-adventure about the newest breed of superhero. By day, blind »
13 items from 2015
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