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Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 86th Academy Award nominations through January 16th, 2014, when the nominations are announced. The best original song race is always extremely difficult to call, particularly before the Academy releases their list of eligible options. Category rules often spell disqualification for many songs that seem like sure things. According to said rules, for example, a song should be "original and specifically written for a motion picture. There must be a clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition (not necessarily visually presented) of both lyrics and melody, used in the body of the motion picture or as the first music cue in the end credits." The nominations themselves typically end up with a few major surprises, with obscure songs on no one's prediction lists ending up making the cut ("Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" a few years back, "Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice" last year) while populist choices. »
- Peter Knegt
Glenn here and it's the weekend, which means there is no better time to discuss Oscar's original song category (er, right?). Much like that other much-maligned category, animated feature, The Academy's songwriting branch somehow need to come up with five nominees even if there aren't enough worthy contenders. Last year's introduction of a guaranteed five nominees produced "Academy Award Nominee Ted!", although it did allow for the beautiful song from Chasing Ice (performed by ScarJo!) to come to our attention so maybe it's not such a bad thing after all? I strongly believe that this is their penance for not nominating "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque a few years back. Diane Warren's music branch voodoo doll works in mysterious ways, folks.
At least one song we can all be pretty confident about is "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. Apparently the studio will only be »
- Glenn Dunks
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the Sundance Film Festival winner “The Summit”!
The film tells the story of the deadliest day (Aug. 1, 2008) on the world’s most dangerous mountain when 11 climbers mysteriously perished.
“The Summit,” which is rated “R” and opens on Oct. 11, 2013 in Chicago, stars Christine Barnes, Hoselito Bite, Marco Confortola, Niall Foley, Stefan Grossniklaus, Christo Mitzkov, Johannes Moser and Lochlainn O’Mearain from director Nick Ryan and writer Mark Monroe. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free “The Summit” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Scarlett Johansson may be regarded as one of the most beautiful stars in the world, but she's also an actress who continues to surprise us.
Johansson has juggled various genres, from teen comedies like "The Perfect Score," to quirky indies like "Ghost World," to superhero blockbusters like "Iron Man 2." But this weekend we get the Jersey-fied Johansson in "Don Jon." Scarjo plays Barbara, the new girlfriend of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's porn-addicted title character.
We've seen Johansson on screen since she was just a kid, but there are still tons of facts that you probably never knew about the blonde bombshell, such as her rejection from Nyu's Tisch school or her near-casting in the upcoming "Gravity." Find out more little-known tidbits about the star below.
1. Even though 1998's "The Horse Whisperer" was Johansson's seventh feature film, she was given an "Introducing" credit in it.
2. She has a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, »
- Erin Whitney
★★☆☆☆ An obnoxious, Michael Moore-aping battle cry against big industry and its ties to climate change denial, Craig Scott Rosebraugh's subtly titled Greedy Lying Bastards (2012) may have the very best of intentions, but fails to hold interest due to its fragmented structure and lack of cold, hard figures. It quickly becomes difficult to separate fact from opinion, culminating in a doc far less provocative than Al Gore's The Inconvenient Truth, Jeff Orlowski's superb Chasing Ice and other films of that ilk. "It's time to really hit these bastards where it hurts," Rosebraugh proclaims - something this petty offering fails to do.
Greedy Lying Bastards sets out to castigate the seemingly reprehensible individuals and organisations responsible for spreading doubt and mistrust on the climate change issue, predominantly through right-wing media sympathisers including - of course - Fox News. With his targets encompassing the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil, as well »
- CineVue UK
By Søren Hough
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“Never capture what you can’t control.”
So says the tagline for Blackfish, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s muckraking new documentary — currently being distributed in select art-house theaters by Magnolia Pictures — which is a stunning indictment of the manner in which SeaWorld has captured and treated wild orca whales over the years. The film could have an enormous impact on tourism and revenue for the theme park chain — but the ramifications of this exposé will extend beyond the director’s intended target.
Blackfish has been welcomed with open arms by critics. With an 84 on Metacritic and a 98 on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is being hailed as a well-crafted documentary that has brought about a paradigm-shift in terms of the public’s thoughts about show animals. And it is also generating some serious awards buzz — see our own Scott Feinberg‘s latest forecast over at The Hollywood Reporter — with »
- Søren Hough
Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases: Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $25.99 (53% off) Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $19.99 (50% off) Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] - $94.96 (27% off) Parade's End (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - $32.99 (34% off) Chasing Ice [Blu-ray] - $27.99 (30% off) The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $34.99 (12% off) Tyler Perry Presents Peeples [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (40% off) Homeland: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] - $29.99 (57% off) The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season [Blu-ray] - $32.99 (40% off) Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season [Blu-ray] - $39.99 (45% off) »
- Adam Chitwood
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? J.J. Abrams' second "Star Trek" installment follows the Enterprise crew when they're called back home and find an unstoppable force of terror within their own organization. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads the Enterprise against a one man weapon of mass destruction. Why We're In: This sequel is exhilarating from start to finish with tons of spectacle and a solid narrative. Abarams' film perfectly mixes classic references that will excite any "Star Trek" fan, but won't make newbies feel left out. "Star Trek Into Darkness" was one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
Watch: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the special effects of "Star Trek Into Darkness" (Video)
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- Erin Whitney
This week: One of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness," beams itself home on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and various retail exclusives packaged with collectibles and exclusive extras.
Also new this week is the twisted horror film "Frankenstein's Army," the Blu-ray debut of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" starring Matt Damon and the definitive "Friday the 13th": The Complete Collection on Blu-ray with all 12 films featuring movie maniac Jason Voorhees.
Box Office: $229 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 87% Fresh
Storyline: When a ruthless genetically engineered mastermind named Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) declares war on the Federation, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise (including Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin) embark on a manhunt that takes them into dangerous Klingon territory. The ultimate sacrifice must be made »
- Robert DeSalvo
Toronto -- Submarine Entertainment, Dakota Group and German distributor Nfp are teaming up to launch a new distribution label in Germany. Dubbed Periscope Pictures, the joint venture will release five or more titles a year including the Arctic-set documentary Chasing Ice, which Submarine Deluxe released theatrically in the United States. Toronto: A24 Grabs U.S. Rights to Tom Hardy's 'Locke' (Exclusive) Periscope's debut slate is coming together at Toronto Film Festival, where Submarine also is handling four titles including the thriller We Gotta Get Out of This Place. That film made its world premiere at the festival Sept. 7. The new label brings together Submarine,
- Tatiana Siegel
Mark Monroe came to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival as the writer of three distinctly different documentaries--"Sound City," "Who is Dayani Cristal?" and "The Summit," which opens October 4 (trailer below). The writer of Oscar-winning "The Cove" and this year's Oscar-shortlisted "Chasing Ice" is proving to be a valuable asset. Not every documentary filmmaker is a writer-director like Alex Gibney, who brought "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks" to Sundance 2013. Some filmmakers need help organizing complicate features, such as Nick Ryan of "The Summit," "The Cove"'s Louie Psihoyos or "Chasing Ice"'s Jeff Orlowski. That's where broadcast journalist Monroe comes in. He's also a filmmaker, but he's proving so adept at helping others realize their projects that he's got writing gigs lined up like airplanes at La Guardia. Check out the new trailer for "The Summit," after the jump. Anne Thompson: Give me, from your end, the calls from »
- Anne Thompson
Breaking Bad fans are signing up to the service to catch the latest episodes. What else does it have that's worth watching?
So you've just signed up for Netflix to watch new episodes of Breaking Bad. You're not alone. Breaking Bad is why most people I know have Netflix. It's why I have Netflix – after guzzling up the first four seasons on DVD in a dizzy, near-continuous, sleep-deprived, pizza-fuelled sitting at Christmas, I panic-subscribed because Netflix was the only place I could watch season five with any degree of legality (although the new episodes are also available on iTunes).
But now what? Perhaps it's time to explore Netflix a little more. The problem is that Netflix will try to recommend things for you to watch, based on your love of Breaking Bad.
By no means should you follow these recommendations. They are terrible. I'm looking at my Netflix recommendations now. »
- Stuart Heritage
Submarine Deluxe, the Gotham-based distributor whose last release was Oscar-nommed “Chasing Ice,” has picked up U.S. distribution rights to “Gmo Omg,” the food-focused docu that had its world preem at the Berlin Intl. Film Festival in February.
Directed by Jeremy Seifert, the film centers on the genetically engineered foods that most people eat every day despite the fact that the effects of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) on the health of humans and the environment are mostly unknown. With the throughline of one family’s hard-fought battle to avoid eating such foods, the doc also takes a look at the corporations who are the creators and major advocates of such foodstuffs.
- Gordon Cox
Best Original Song and Best Original Score Oscar 2014 live concert (photo: Singer Adele Oscar winner) In 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will sponsor a live concert featuring the nominees in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories. The source for this information is not an Academy press release, but an internal email from Music Branch governors Charles Fox (Nine to Five, Little Darlings), Arthur Hamilton (Zero Hour!, Madron), and David Newman (The Nutty Professor, Behaving Badly) that found its way into the Deadline.com inbox. The Academy’s concert is to be held at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood on Thursday, February 27, 2014, three days before the March 2 Oscarcast. As per the Academy’s email, "a symphony orchestra of Los Angeles studio musicians will perform a suite from each score of up to 10 minutes in length. Subject to availability, each original composer will conduct his/her own work. »
- Andre Soares
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.
That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.
AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.
- Anthony Breznican
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
The 2013 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.
“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”
Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.
Among the other »
- Jon Weisman
Documentary distributor Dogwoof are busy gearing up for the home entertainment release of Jeff Orlowski's multi-award winning, breathtaking Chasing Ice. The film gained huge critical acclaim on its cinematic release, helping to convert even the most hardened climate change sceptics, and now it comes to DVD and on Blu-ray on 10 June so its amazing imagery can be seen in all its HD glory. To celebrate this release, we have Three Blu-ray copies of Chasing Ice to give away, courtesy of hardworking guys and girls at Dogwoof. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
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