"Boyhood" seemed like it couldn't lose earlier this season, taking numerous Best Picture prizes from critics and media groups, including the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards. But then the PGA Awards, lately a reliable predictor of Oscar, picked "Birdman" instead. -Break- BAFTA predictions slugfest: 'Boyhood' or 'Birdman' to win Best Picture [Video] Could we be seeing a repeat of 2010, when "The Social Network" owned the critics but industry groups almost unanimously favored "The King's Speech"? The "King" ultimately took the Oscar crown that year. If "Birdman" is on the same track, it could seal the deal by winning the Directors Guild Award on Saturday. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was previously nominated by DGA for "Babel" in 2006, and if he wins, that would mean a "Birdman" sweep of three of the most influential industry group...' »
Since establishing The Weinstein Company from the ashes of his Miramax brand in 2005, Harvey Weinstein has continued to use the awards season to the benefit of his film releases. It was bumpy going at first with failed attempts like "Bobby" and "The Great Debaters," but with 2008's "The Reader," things finally started to pick back up. Eight Best Picture nominations and two back-to-back wins later, he's out in front with another project right in his wheelhouse: "The Imitation Game." The Alan Turing biopic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, landed eight Oscar nominations in January and has grossed $134 million worldwide. And it's adding theaters still, using the fuel of the circuit to stoke the fire at the box office. Meanwhile, Weinstein has turned up the heat on the campaign surrounding the film, calling for recognition of issues inherent in the material, as he's done with everything from "Silver Linings Playbook »
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"When 'Birdman' won both PGA and SAG, I thought maybe it can pull off a complete sweep," Jenelle Riley (Variety) says in our podcast chat, referring to its potential victory next at the DGA Awards this Saturday. She makes a parallel to "The King's Speech," which put a stop to "The Social Network" juggernaut when it hit the guild awards four years ago. "When we did this podcast back in early December the one big takeaway that everyone seemed to barrage me with was that I said I wasn't completely convinced that 'Boyhood' was this runaway train," she adds. "It's still in a very good position. It could very well win. I'm definitely not counting it out and I'd be perfectly happy with that. But for whatever reason I wasn't feeling it" back then and now she's betting on "Birdman" taking off. However, she doesn't feel strongly that »
Director: Matthew Vaughn Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong Release Date (Us): 13th February, 2014 Company: 20th Century Fox “Manners maketh man.” – Harry Hart Re-uniting director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) with comic book scribe Mark Millar (Kick-Ass), Kingsman: The Secret Service delves into the highly classified and oft-cartoony world of the old-school spy thriller. Colin Firth (The King's Speech) stars as Harry Hart, an agent of a top-secret spy organisation named the 'Kingsmen'- who are characterised by their somewhat 'old-fashioned' traditions. Hart causes a stir when he recruits a promising, yet unrefined, street kid named 'Eggsy' into the agency's rigorous training program. The Story Based on Millar's highly acclaimed source material, Kingsman's main plot line can only be described as 'borderline ridiculous'. It's wild, extravagant and, at times, outrageously violent, yet this light-hearted take on the spy genre thankfully still goes down a treat. The script, »
One thing was pretty certain going into Friday night's Ace Eddie Awards ceremony honoring the best in editing: "Boyhood" was an odds-on lock to win the drama prize, and is, as ever, the frontrunner to win the Oscar in the category. So that happened. With "Birdman" tearing up the guild circuit, though, certainly plenty of us had an eye on it coming out on top in the comedy field, despite a lacking Oscar nod. Alas, that didn't happen. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which was nominated for a film editing Oscar, came out on top. Cue more "what does it all mean" dialogue. It doesn't mean that much, though. There used to be a stat some folks would cling to re: Ace's place in the Best Picture build, but "12 Years a Slave" (nor "Gravity," for that matter) didn't win there. "The King's Speech" didn't win there. "No Country for Old Men, »
- Kristopher Tapley
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's list is a selection of Best Picture-winning films on Mod.] "The Artist" (Best Picture 2012)As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer. "The King's Speech" (Best Picture 2011)Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist. After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox treatment. "The Hurt Locker" (Best Picture 2010)When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, by plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. "Slumdog Millionaire" (Best Picture 2009)When a penniless orphan from the slums of Mumbai comes within one question of winning a »
- Casey Cipriani
"I can't call this race yet! Give me a little slack here, Tom!" Pete Hammond (Deadline) roars as we laugh (nervously) about this suddenly weird Oscar season. Just a few days ago, the derby looked like a "yawnfest," as Pete notes, but then the "Boyhood" bandwagon crashed into "Birdman" at the PGA Awards and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") swooped down on "Birdman's" Michael Keaton at SAG. "I really don't know where I stand on Best Picture right now," Pete admits in our podcast chat. (Listen below.) "Best Picture is wide open. I was never on the 'Boyhood' bandwagon. I so love 'Boyhood,' but I thought it was a critics' movie very much the way 'The Social Network' was when it went up against 'The King's Speech.'" However, Pete concedes that it might win nonetheless thanks to the preferential ballot. While "Boyhood" may not have eno. »
We've come to an interesting crossroads in the race. With all eyes on "Boyhood" coming into the weekend, and a few others on "American Sniper" and "The Imitation Game," it was "Birdman" that walked away the PGA champ Saturday. The SAG Awards left some doubt late in the evening Sunday as to whether the film's odds-on favorite status for the ensemble prize was jeopardized by Eddie Redmayne's lead actor win over Michael Keaton, but when the dust settled, "Birdman" was on top once again. So, some notes on the history. Films that have won both of those awards and gone on to claim the Best Picture Oscar: "Argo," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," "No Country for Old Men," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "Chicago." Films that have won both and gone on to lose the Best Picture Oscar: "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Apollo »
- Kristopher Tapley
Harvey Weinstein is one of the most powerful, outspoken, and controversial men in Hollywood. The studio executive who launched Miramax and The Weinstein Company is a passionate film lover, a master promoter, a ruthless Oscar campaigner, and just about everything else you need to be in order to make it to the top in the business. Even if you find what he does unscrupulous or the content he produces not very good, it is hard not to admire the man for how successful he has made himself, no matter how frustrating it might be. Weinstein recently had a chat with Deadline, covering a wide variety of topics from the Netflix series "Marco Polo" to the troubles with the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of Finding Neverland to Oscar campaigning to his reputation of recutting films, giving him the nickname "Harvey Scissorhands." I had no idea the Weinsteins were behind "Marco Polo »
- Mike Shutt
All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »
"Birdman" pulled off an upset at Saturday's Producers Guild Awards, edging out frontrunner "Boyhood" for Best Picture. Can it ride this momentum all the way to stage of the Dolby Theater on Feb. 22 and claim the top Academy Award too? -Break- Will this awards season now play out like the one back in 2010? Remember, "The Social Network" had swept up a slew of critics awards as well as the Golden Globe before "The King's Speech" roared back and won over the producers. Thus began its march through the guild awards -- including both SAG and DGA -- before ultimately triumphing at the Oscars. The PGA was the first guild to be heard from this year. And, perhaps even more importantly, its members voted for Best Picture using the same system of preferential balloting as the academy. With voters ranking all the nominees, the winner is the film that outdoes all »
It seems the Producers Guild and I have something in common as the 2015 Producers Guild Awards were announced this evening and it was Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman taking the the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures with producers Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole accepting. Additionally, the Jerry Seinfeld-created web series, "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" won the Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Digital Series while "Breaking Bad" won the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama. This definitely keeps the race for Oscar's Best Picture open as Birdman was up against fellow Best Picture nominees American Sniper, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash and perceived front-runner Boyhood. Tomorrow evening, January 25, Birdman will have another chance to shine at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards as it's up against Budapest, Boyhood, Imitation and »
- Brad Brevet
The sad fact with As If, is that it is almost impossible to track down today. The show has never been released on DVD, due to a copyright issue with the music. Without the music, it simply wouldn't be As If.
"Given the choice between no music so we can release the DVD, I'd choose the music," said Caroline Chikezie (Sasha). "They used to say the music was the seventh cast member, it was so important. It just took it to a whole new level. I guess it's worth not having a DVD release just to keep the music."
The Oscar-winning actor told The Jonathan Ross Show that he was initially supposed to be naked in the scene which sees his character Mr Darcy dive into a lake on his estate.
Firth said: "I haven't seen [the series] since and I suppose I should see what all the fuss is about… The funny thing is the whole shirt thing has grown as the rest of it's been forgotten so I thought at the time it was well reviewed.
"People talked about the scene where I proposed to the girl and all the rest of it. And I thought that must mean I've done a good acting job and then there was some attention about the shirt and now it's just the shirt."
On why he wore clothes in the scene, he added: »
As was widely expected, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced a slate of Best Picture nominees on Thursday morning that have gone largely unseen by general moviegoers so far.Ahead of nominations, the eight movies nominated for Best Picture had earned a combined $203.1 million. That's the lowest total since the Academy expanded the field beyond five nominees*and by a large margin, too. The previous low was 2011, when the movies had earned a combined $519 million ahead of nominations.The highest-grossing Best Picture nominee this year is The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is writer/director Wes Anderson's biggest movie ever with $59.1 million. Budapest opened back in March*a few weeks after last year's Oscar ceremony*and is already available to watch on HBO. Therefore, don't expect any kind of serious theatrical re-release here.The Imitation Game ranks second with $42 million. The movie has held up remarkably well since »
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To win Best Picture at the Oscars, you usually need to pick up nominations in directing, writing and editing. Those are a given: few films win the top prize without them. But they're not the only categories to watch out for. -Break- Oscars mystery solved: How did Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal get snubbed? Consider 2010, when "The King's Speech" swept the nominations, including an unlikely bid for Sound Mixing. Sound categories tend to favor thrillers, action movies, epics, and musicals, so the inclusion of a smaller character-driven drama indicated how much support there was for the film across the board. The same year, "The Social Network" did well, earning eight nominations, but its canary in the coal mine was probably Andrew Garfield, who had received Best Supporting Actor plaudits throughout the season – including nods from the Golden Globes and BAFTAs – but was left out at the Oscars. Maybe that should hav. »
In what is now a new and continuing tradition, the Golden Globe Awards have been revealed ahead of the Oscar nominations, which will be made public this Thursday. Of course, voting for the Oscar nominations was closed before the awards were revealed so don't think last night's wins will have any effect on the nominees. But this isn't an article designed to look at nominations, though we'll certainly get into a little of that. Instead we're looking at what chance last night's Globe winners have at winning the Oscar based on the recent Globe vs. Oscar history. This post serves as my ninth installment of my "Globes vs. Oscars" column (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and we'll take a look at the past 30 years of Golden Globe winner history compared to the Oscars and see where last night's winners may gain an edge and where they most likely won't and we'll begin with the lead acting categories. »
- Brad Brevet
Much will be made of the victories at Sunday night's Golden Globes and the impact they'll have on the Oscar race, but the truth is, they'll barely have any. For Academy members, voting on the Oscar nominations ended three days before the Globe ceremony (the results of that vote will be announced this Thursday, Jan. 15), and voting on which of those nominees deserve prizes doesn't begin until February 6, far enough in the future for many voters to forget who won Globes on Jan. 11.
What, then, does matter at this stage of the game? Here's a hint: it's not lofty, thoughtful deliberations, based on a year of observant moviegoing, of which films and performers displayed the most aesthetic merit. Rather, it's the little things.
- Gary Susman
The Taken franchise ended on a high note this weekend, as the third and final entry opened in first place with an excellent $39.2 million. Civil rights drama Selma got off to a slow start, while Inherent Vice opened well below writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master.The Top 12 earned $110.2 million this weekend, which is off 10 percent from the same frame last year. Taken 3's $39.2 million debut is off 21 percent from Taken 2's $49 million start; when considering how poorly that movie was received, that's actually a really good hold. It's well above star Liam Neeson's Non-Stop ($28.9 million), and is also a bit higher than Lone Survivor, which opened to $37.8 million on this same weekend last year. In fact, Taken 3 wound up with the third-highest January opening ever behind last year's Ride Along and 2008's Cloverfield.Fox is reporting that the audience was 54 percent male and »
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"But there was no struggle. This is pure fiction." - Elizabeth Drew - "Selma vs. History", January 8, 2015 The words above come from Elizabeth Drew's "New York Review of Books" article "Selma vs. History", exploring the controversy surrounding director Ava DuVernay's new movie Selma. I've mentioned this controversy in passing on the podcast and in various articles, but I think it's finally time to address them head on, primarily because those nine words above trouble me a little bit. But before I get to that, let me make an effort to be fair to all involved. Drew is writing in regards to the relationship between President Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) and Dr. Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) as seen in DuVernay's new film. The full text from her opening goes like this: By distorting an essential truth about the relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King over »
- Brad Brevet
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