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"...director John Curran ('The Painted Veil') and the producers of 'The King's Speech', bring you the film 'Tracks', which tells the remarkable true story of 'Robyn Davidson' (Wasikowska), a young woman who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert.
"Accompanied by her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery.
"Along the way, she meets 'National Geographic' photographer Rick Smolan (Driver) who begins to photograph her voyage..."
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- Michael Stevens
Back in 2008 I posted an article headlined "MTV Proves Their Irrelevance with 2008 MTV Movie Award Winners". Since then I haven't posted an article announcing any of the winners at the MTV Movie Awards and only last year did I begin posting the nominees once again. This morning I posted the list of 2014 MTV Movie Award nominees and one of the first comments was, "Since when does Ros cover the MTV awardsc This doesn't feel right." I can understand the sentiment, but in this day and age is there much of an argument that makes an award show such as the Oscars any more prestigious than the MTV Movie Awardsc Just a couple days ago, John Horn at the "Los Angeles Times" quoted two Oscar voters who privately admitted they didn't see 12 Years a Slave but voted for it anyway. They didn't watch it because they felt it "would be upsetting »
- Brad Brevet
The dust has settled. I've had an opportunity to go back and look at the Oscars telecast away from a work setting (let's finally leave poor John Travolta alone). The 86th annual Academy Awards are a memory, and today, Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" is available on DVD and Blu-ray (nice timing, folks). It was a wild ride, an unpredictable one, and one that started in the mountains of Colorado. I was talking recently with someone about how the groundwork for phase two of a given awards season — that period of time when ballots are in hand and winners are being decided — is really laid in phase one, if not earlier. By the time you get to phase two, more or less, everyone knows what they're voting for. It almost becomes a formality. Plenty of it has to do with the movies, of course. Studios like Paramount — which does »
- Kristopher Tapley
1 Proper Red Carpet Catastrophes
It's all very well turning up in smart suits and designer frocks that look fabulous on the pages of the glossy magazines, but here in the cheap seats what we really want is Celine Dion wearing a white tuxedo back to front, or Björk dressing up as a swan – these are the things that we remember and treasure, not some well-considered fashion statements that shine a spotlight on deserving up-and-coming designers while promoting ethical trade practices.
2 Brilliant Presenters
After the embarrassment of watching Seth MacFarlane singing We Saw Your Boobs last year (the sexism was ironic, apparently) things can only get better. Indeed, hopes are high for the returning host and all-round good egg Ellen DeGeneres to right the Mc »
- Mark Kermode
The movie mogul on why he loves the Brits, making films for his children and how giving up M&Ms made him a better person
How are you and what are you doing?
I'm in New York City, it's snowing, freezing cold and for some unfathomable reason, I'm about to walk down the street to my office. Other than that, I'm fabulous.
Your new film, Escape from Planet Earth, is the Weinstein Company's first animation, right?
The first one we've made from scratch, yeah. Funnily enough, it's about two brothers who squabble all the time. I wouldn't know anything about that, of course [Harvey runs the Weinstein Company with his brother Bob]. One of the brothers is a larger-than-life alien hero who gets sent to Area 51, where he's imprisoned, so the quieter brother has to go and rescue him. Every weekend, my four daughters insist I drive them to the movie theatre and watch the latest animated film. So »
- Michael Hogan
'The greatest love of my life? Oh please. This is not a therapy session'
Geoffrey Rush, 62, was born in Australia. After completing an English degree at the University of Queensland, he went to Paris to study acting at the Jacques Lecoq school, before returning to Australia to work in theatre. His role in the 1996 film Shine won him worldwide recognition, and he became the first Australian-born actor to win an Oscar; he has since had Academy Award nominations for his performances in Shakespeare In Love, Quills and The King's Speech, for which he won a Bafta. His latest film is The Book Thief. He is married with two children and lives in Melbourne.
When were you happiest?
During my Queensland childhood, on the days when I avoided the chlorine-infused shower gauntlet and being corralled into the deep end of the school pool.
What is your greatest fear?
Being alone »
- Rosanna Greenstreet
Photo: AMPAS Polls Are Closed, Click Here For The Complete Results And Comparison To My Predictions It seems like the Oscars take forever to arrive, but when they do it's almost as if you aren't prepared. I offered up my first Best Picture predictions almost a year ago exactly, and by the looks of it predicting that early doesn't result in very accurate results as I only had three of the eventual nominees on the list and two films didn't even end up released in 2013. Oh well, it's all part of the fun. We watch, we scrutinize, we judge, and sooner or later it all becomes quite clear which films and performances will be rising to the top in each category. We discuss the last two nomination slots and we bicker over the #1 line, not because we necessarily feel one film or performance is better than another in its respective category, »
- Brad Brevet
All but one of our 29 Oscar Experts are predicting that "Gravity" will win Best Score at the Oscars on Sunday. That overwhelming support Steven Price leading odds of 1/10 to take home an Academy Award on his first nomination. Pete Hammond (Deadline) is the lone holdout; he is predicting that four-time Oscar also-ran Alexandre Desplat ("The Queen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The King's Speech," "Argo") will prevail for "Philomena." He is in second place with odds of 20/1. In third position with 33/1 odds is "Her", composed by first-time nominees William Butler (from Arcade Fire) and Owen Pallett. Fourth place is held by perennial also-ran Thomas Newman for "Saving Mr. Banks" with 50/1 odds. He has yet to win in his long career despite 11 previous nominations. Five-time Oscar champ John Williams is »
Is Alexandre Desplat the hardest-working man in Hollywood? If they were going to give an Oscar for that this weekend, he'd certainly be a contender, though as it is he's nominated instead in the real category of Best Score, for “Philomena.” In the last three years alone he has worked on that film, “The Monuments Men” (where he also had a small role), “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “Rust and Bone,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Argo,” “The Ides of March,” “Carnage,” “The King's Speech,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and more. And he shows no sign of slowing down, with scores in the pipeline for “Godzilla," Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" and now also for “D,” Roman Polanski's new project. Desplat is Polanski's go-to music guy at present, having done “Carnage,” “The Ghost Writer” and even the documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir. »
- Ben Brock
It's arrived! The soundtrack for Wes Anderson's latest film "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is streamable now, more than a week before its theatrical release. Fom "The Royal Tenenbaums" to "Moonrise Kingdom." Anderson films tend to be accompanied by tunes orchestral, soberly folkish, or lightly plunking. This one is takes the grandeur up a notch, comprising entirely of instrumental tracks by soundtrack standard Alexandre Desplat ("Harry Potter," "The Tree of Life," and "Fantastic Mr. Fox"). Incorporating Russian folk songs performed by the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, each track has that Eastern European vibe and already feels perfectly suited for an Anderson film. Alexandre Desplat has received five Academy Award nominations in the past seven years for films including "The King's Speech" and "Argo." He hasn't won yet, but he just received a sixth nomination for "Philomena." Check out the grand soundtrack for yourself via Pitchfork here, and don't skip. »
- Taylor Lindsay
Meryl Streep has signed on to play famed suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst alongside Carey Mulligan (Shame), Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Romola Garai (Amazing Grace), Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless), Natalie Press (Ill Manors), Ben Wishaw (Skyfall) and Brandan Gleeson (In Bruges) in Suffragette.
The film will chart the early activists for womens’ liberation and their run-ins with the government and will reunite Streep with The Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan, while Sarah Gavron (Village at the End of the World) is set to direct.
- Gary Collinson
The story is adapted from John Steinbeck's 1952 novel, which is set in Salinas Valley, California, just before World War I. The book follows two families over the course of two generations, focusing on a father, his two sons, and their mother, who was thought to be dead. The story is essentially a loose re-telling of the Cain and Abel Biblical story, with Jennifer Lawrence set to play the mother, Cathy Ames. The book was previously adapted by filmmaker Elia Kazan into the 1955 movie East of Eden, which served as the feature film debut of James Dean.
The project has been in development at Universal since 2004, after the book surged in popularity when Oprah Winfrey made it the first title of her book club. »
Downton Abbey's fourth season ends with the Crawleys helping rescue the reputation of Prince Edward, the then-Prince of Wales and son of King George V. The heir's good name is put at risk after the sneaky Mr. Sampson (Patrick Kennedy) steals a letter the prince wrote to his mistress, Freda Dudley Ward (Janet Montgomery). While the love-letter storyline was pure fiction, Edward and Freda's relationship is based on the young royal's scandalous real-life romance with the married socialite, which would eventually repeat itself when he got famously entangled with Wallis Simpson. Source: ITV The Real Freda Freda is often called Prince Edward's "first love," and the two carried on a long affair. The pair reportedly met in a doorway in the tiny Mayfair neighborhood of London while seeking shelter from a Wwi air raid in 1918. At the time, Freda was 23 and a mother to two daughters and had »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
On Friday, Feb. 14, the Academy sent out its ballots for Oscar voting. And while they're not due until the 25, it looks like the race was all but decided by Sunday the 16th. That was the day of the British Academy Awards, known as the BAFTAs, which all but confirmed the frontrunner status of the leading contenders -- that is, when they had any relevance at all to the race on this side of the pond.
Like so many other awards-giving organizations and seasonal pundits, the BAFTAs split the difference between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity." "12 Years" won Best Picture, while "Gravity" (made with British money) was named Best British Film. (This, even though it features a Mexican director and American stars, while "12 Years" has a British director and actors.) Also, "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron won Best Director over "12 Years" filmmaker Steve McQueen, a result likely to be repeated March 2 at the Oscars. »
- Gary Susman
Admittedly, Oscar season never felt half as long when it wasn't part of my profession to cover it -- and to think there was a time when the Motion Picture Sound Editors' awards would simply pass right by me -- but it's increasingly hard to believe we once put up with it all the way until late March (or even early April, in some extreme years). The internet has doubtless egged on the speedier expenditure of Oscar-related conversation, exhausting relevant points of argument from as early as September. Now, nearly six months after "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" were unveiled within days of each other to equal but differing flavors of acclaim -- only the latter inspiring immediate, instructive "call off the Best Picture" race proclamations, not necessarily to its benefit -- that conversation has essentially circled back to those two films, still standing sturdy of the the frontrunners and totem titles of the season. »
- Guy Lodge
1. Oscar-Winners in iTunes: There's a sale on Oscar-winning performances going on in the iTunes store right now. For $9.99, you can download in HD a selection of films which earned their stars Academy Awards, including "Silver Linings Playbook," "The King's Speech," "There Will Be Blood," as well as older films such as "Network" and "Casablanca." Check it out here. 2. BitTorrent for Android Apps: BitTorrent has introduced new versions of their Android apps, Torrent App and µTorrent. With new sleeker interfaces, the apps let you grab only the files you want from a torrent and specify where the files will go on your device. A new µTorrent desktop software integrates BitTorrent Bundles, so you can unlock content from within the app. Read all about the news from BitTorrent in the company's blog post here and grab the new mobile app here. 3. Netflix: Netflix earned a customer-satisfaction score of 79 (out of 100) on the »
- Paula Bernstein
Kate Middleton and the Queen welcomed some major movie stars to Buckingham Palace on Monday evening (February 17), including Helen Mirren, 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and new Downton Abbey star Richard E Grant.
Helen Mirren accepted the BAFTA Fellowship at the 67th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night.
The Queen actress said last week that she feels "attached to [Elizabeth I] in some invisible way".
Princess Kate was back alongside Queen Elizabeth at the palace Monday - and back in an Alexander McQueen dress she originally wore at a special occasion to mark her royal majesty's 60 years on the throne in 2012. Kate, 32, was helping the Queen host a reception for British actors and actresses at Buckingham Palace. A day after Prince William presented Helen Mirren with a fellowship at the BAFTAs, Kate attended Monday's event, which marked the Queen's 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the contribution that the dramatic arts make to national life. The evening was given extra »
- Simon Perry
On the eve of the BAFTA Awards, Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle") seemed doomed at the Oscars. Twenty-five of our 26 pundits pegged Lupita Nyongo ("12 Years a Slave") to nab the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, but now – wow – Lawrence just pulled off a spectacular upset in the same category at Britain's Oscars.. What does that mean for the Oscar race? Over the past 10 years, every Academy Award winner who was also nominated at BAFTA won on Oscar night. Overlap: that's 8 victors. The two exceptions: Helena Bonham Carter ("The King's Speech") won BAFTA in 2010 when Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") wasn't on the list and Thandie Newton ("Crash") prevailed in 2005 when Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardner") wasn't in the category (she was nominated in lead). Related: 'Gravity' wins 6 BAFTAs, '12 Years a Slave' takes 2 But, wait »
The BAFTAs have foreseen seven of the 12 Best Picture Oscar winners -- Gladiator" (2000), "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "The King's Speech" (2010), "The Artist" (2011) and "Argo" (2012) -- since these kudos were moved up in 2000 to take place while academy members are still voting. 'Gravity' wins six BAFTAs, '12 Years a Slave' just two including Best Picture Among the other major categories, it has enjoyed varied success as a precursor prize to the Oscars as detailed below: Best Director: 8/12 Best Actor: 7/13, including last three in a row Best Actress: 8/12 Best Supporting Actor: 7/12, including last two in a row Best Supporting Actress: 10/12, including last two in a row Best Original Screenplay: 8/12, including last year Best Adapted Screenplay: 6/12 -Ins »
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