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We return you to our celebrity guest-host Missi Pyle... at The Film Exp The Missi Experience. Just one more post after this gorgeously fun memoir. Enjoy - Editor
Me N Oscar
The 84th Academy Awards. An Oscar Night Memoir
- by Missi Pyle
I just want to take a minute to talk about The Artist. Holy shit. What an incredible experience that was.
Tiny back story. I left La in 2008. I had married this guy from Montana with a grizzly bear sanctuary. I bought a geodome in the woods in Montana and moved in with said Grizzly man. I truly don't know what I was thinking. I had made some decent money in the previous year and I thought I could act from Montana? (Spoiler! Only Michael Keaton and Jeff Bridges can act from Montana - I wrote a show about it) Anyway, the marriage didn't work out and I »
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“Nightcrawler” marks the first acquisition of Paris-based Selective Films, the outfit launched by former Wild Bunch Distribution Jean-Philippe Tirel and his partner, the producer Maya Hariri (“Under the Bombs”).
Selective co-acquired the movie at script stage last year with its partner Orange Studios and got Paramount France on board to distribute it in Gaul.
“Nightcrawler,” which stars Gyllenhaal as a Los Angeles denizen who takes pleasure in shooting gritty crimes to feed news networks and make ends meet, has grossed approximately $1.5 million from 187,000 admissions in France since opening Nov. 26 on 255 screens.
Compared with other Nov. 26 releases, the pic — titled “Night Call” in France — ranks second behind the franchise-based toon feature “Asterix, The Mansions of the God.” It beat out Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Search, »
- Elsa Keslassy
David Fincher’s Gone Girl has pushed its worldwide box office haul to $334.2 million this past weekend, overtaking Se7en ($327.3 million) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333.9 million) to become the highest-grossing movie of his filmography.
Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck (Argo), Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans), Emily Ratajkowski (iCarly), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Tyler Perry (Madea Gets A Job), Missi Pyle (The Artist), Patrick Fugit (We Bought a Zoo) and Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave).
Read our review of Gone Girl here, and listen to the Flickering Myth Podcast review in the player below…
- Gary Collinson
Despite Mockingjay and Interstellar muscle, the current frame was down more than 30% on last week, but very close to last year’s comparable weekend for the Top 10 studio titles. Indies and local films that factored big this session included Women Who Flirt ($11.5M) and Rise Of The Legend ($5.5M, cume $18M) in China; along with Paddington‘s $8.5M bear hug to the UK, Mexico and Peru.
Last year this time, Catching Fire was the big game globally, while Gravity, much like Warner Bros’ Interstellar this year, was still exerting force in China in the similar period. Also last year, Frozen was just getting its skates on for what would go on to be a record breaking run.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Buenos Aires — In what may prove a prototype for more ventures around the globe, Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux will program and present the first Cannes Festival Film Week in Buenos Aires with Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist,” “The Search”) and Berenice Bejo in attendance.
The Semana de Cine del Festival de Cannes, as it is called in Spanish, runs Dec. 1-7.
But the Cannes Festival may not now stop at Buenos Aires, or Bucharest, where a similar event has taken place since 2010.
“We have projects to bring films all over the world. Cristian Mungiu is already organizing a showcase in Bucharest. It’s not so important for us as for the films,” Fremaux said, explaining that the Cannes Festival Film Week was not an attempt to launch a second Cannes Festival outside France.
But Cannes was “looking at territories where it would be beneficial to have a Cannes presence,” Fremaux added. »
- John Hopewell
Harvey Weinstein has seen great awards success in recent years by utilizing the Thanksgiving corridor to launch or go wide on his Oscar hopefuls. Films like "The King's Speech," "The Artist" and "Silver Linings Playbook" have gotten off to the right foot in that stretch ("Philomena," too), and now, "The Imitation Game." Morten Tyldum's film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as computer pioneer and tragic historical figure Alan Turing, opened to $482,000 in four theaters this weekend, a per-theater average of $120,518. That bests "Birdman's" mid-October PTA of $100,000, but "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is still chuckling over all this jockeying for per-theater positioning with its March number of $202,792. Still, this is right in the Harvey wheelhouse and playbook. He and the film's campaign have been curiously, perhaps smartly quiet since the early festival bows at Telluride and Toronto. Competitors have come and they've gone and "The Imitation Game" has never presented itself as the one to beat. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The best picture contender is receiving the full Harvey Weinstein treatment, with the Weinstein Company chief clearly viewing the biopic about Alan Turing’s code-breaking prowess as his ticket to the Oscars this time around.
All that care paid off during Thanksgiving weekend, as “The Imitation Game” picked up the year’s second-highest per-screen average, behind only that of “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
“We’ll follow the pattern laid out with ‘The King’s Speech,’ ‘The Artist’ and pictures like that and move slowly and deliberately,” said Erik Lomis, distribution chief for the Weinstein Company.
The film earned $482,000 in just four New York and Los Angeles theaters for a per-screen average of $120,518. That’s actually better than the $72,590 that “The Artist »
- Brent Lang
The Independent Spirit Awards were never supposed to be a harbinger of the Oscars, but in recent years, the booze-infused celebration in Santa Monica — held the night before the Academy Awards — had become just that. All the acting winners at last year’s Oscar ceremony picked up a Spirit first, and so did best picture champ “12 Years a Slave.”
So it’s particularly confusing that this year’s Spirit nominations completely shut out what is supposed to be one of the season’s heavyweights: The Weinstein Co.’s “The Imitation Game.” It wasn’t a good day for Harvey Weinstein in general, since his entire awards season slate of “St. Vincent,” “Begin Again” and “Big Eyes” (which only got a screenplay nod) was left out.
While the Oscar voters and Spirit nominating committee don’t overlap, in a competitive awards season, these nominations do matter. It gently nudges voters on »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley
We laid out a few of the films that weren't eligible for today's Independent Spirit Awards announcement yesterday. Movies like "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Foxcatcher," etc., as well as a number of foreign players, were not going to be in the mix. But of those that were, the real shocker today is that "The Imitation Game" turned up a goose egg. According to The Weinstein Company, it was eligible. That's not getting off to a great start for Harvey Weinstein's thoroughbred this season. Looking across the nominees, as we surmised, it's the "Birdman" and "Boyhood" show with six and five nominations apiece. But Open Road also came out swinging with five nominations for Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," while the biggest boost of the announcement has to be for Ava DuVernay's "Selma." The Paramount release was screened for the committees but due to how late in the game the film wrapped up editing, »
- Kristopher Tapley
I stumbled out of the haze that is Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" this afternoon and I didn't know which way was up. This is immersion of the highest order, a seductive ride that pulls you in if you're willing to go with it and not try to put the pieces together (I'm convinced the narrative makes sense, but I admit I failed to make sense of it, and I couldn't care less). And though it could in all likelihood hit a brick wall with the Academy (as has been the word on it for months, dating back to pre-nyff), there are a few elements that I absolutely demand receive attention. If I may… The Cinematography We've already talked to cinematographer Robert Elswit about capturing a unique shade of Los Angeles with both this film (not to mention his previous work with PTA) and Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllenhaal. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Exclusive: The Oscar race just came to Silicon Valley. And leave it to Harvey Weinstein to make it happen. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg hosted a private screening, along with Weinstein and Digital Sky Technologies billionaire Yuri Milner (he’s a big technology investor in Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants, and pictured below with star Keira Knightley and Zuckerberg), of The Imitation Game. The film, which opens Nov. 28, was screened for about 100 of the tech industry’s top names, including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Linkedin’s Reid Hoffman, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Airbnb’s Nathan Blecharczyk and new “it person” in this world, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.
The screening was held Saturday at a Los Altos Hills mansion. The film has been acclaimed on the festival circuit, winning the Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award. It reportedly played very well with this crowd, perhaps not a surprise given its subject matter, »
- Pete Hammond
Hollywood got a touch of British class on Thursday night as Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench all were honored at the 2014 Britannia Awards. The event held at the Beverly Hilton was a lively affair put on annually by BAFTA-la. Hosted in fine style for the second year by British comedian/actor Rob Brydon (My Trip To Italy) who welcomed the crowd by claiming he was really Renee Zellweger, the awards show also served to be a nice stop early in the Oscar/BAFTA season for potential contenders like honorees Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), and director Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner). If you’re in the race, it never hurts to turn up at these things already looking like a winner and getting to make an acceptance speech. And though they didn’t sport any winners of this »
- Pete Hammond
"Clothes don't make the man?" That rule certainly doesn't hold true in the movies. Dress can say a lot about characters, their class, their self-image, their self-consciousness, the period and place in which they live, the story they're living and how a director wishes an audience to perceive them. Fortunately, the Academy's Costume Design branch recognizes this, as it consistently proves itself to be one of the most original sects of the organization, not overtly swayed by a film's overall perception. Every year, films that are critically maligned and/or have no other nominations tend to score here and the overall state of the Best Picture race tends to play only a peripheral role. Nevertheless, trends can be noted. Period pieces almost always take a majority of the nominations, frequently all five. Glamor is also awarded frequently. There are also great designers (such as Sandy Powell, Milena Canonero and Colleen Atwood »
- Gerard Kennedy
The lesser-known but no less interesting Euro side of “The French Connection” story finally gets its due in Cedric Jimenez’s “The Connection” (aka “La French”), a meaty, export-ready true-crime saga — and relatively safe bet for U.S. distrib Drafthouse Films — that manages to be both more upbeat and more cynical than William Friedkin’s loosely fictionalized policier. Few would have thought the latter point possible, given the gritty original’s unresolved ending and the grim sequel it inspired. Still, “The Connection” can’t hold a candle to that 1976 classic as Jimenez adopts a vintage-kitsch sensibility, taking a disappointingly generic approach to his hard-to-follow narrative.
Already booking sprocket operas left and right since its Toronto Film Festival bow, “The Connection” not only sounds good on paper, but also boasts a lead turn from a suitably retro-looking Jean Dujardin, dudded out in sideburns and polyester suits for the role. Dujardin plays relentlessly dedicated magistrate Pierre Michel, »
- Peter Debruge
“Free Fall,” the latest thriller from Anchor Bay Entertainment, is promising to make elevators your worst nightmare. The film, which comes from the producers of the “Halloween” and “Final Destination” franchises, stars D.B. Sweeney (“Taken 2,” “Fire in the Sky,” the upcoming “To Appomattox” miniseries), Sarah Butler (“I Spit On Your Grave,” “The Demented,” “Treachery”), Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange,” “The Artist”). Here’s more about the film: “A top executive is killed in an apparent suicide leap from the skyscraper headquarters of Gault Capital. But when the dead man’s loyal protégé Jane Porter (Butler) uncovers some startling criminal [ Read More ]
The post Win a Blu-ray Copy of Free Fall from ShockYa! appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Described by our critic out of Cannes as "one of the more prominent disappointments of the festival," that seems to be the general consensus about Michel Hazanavicius’ "The Search." The film was the director's big turn toward drama after his beloved "The Artist," but by most accounts, it doesn't work. In fact, the director went back to the editing room and cut 20-minutes from the movie. Will the new version be any better? Well, French audiences will be the first to find out. A new international trailer for the movie, along with some fresh pics, have arrived. Starring Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening, the film follows an Ngo worker who bonds with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya. This is essentially a shorter cut of the promo that dropped at Cannes, but it nonetheless presents a movie that depicts the horrors of war, particularly as they affect children. It looks like bracing stuff, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
By Anjelica Oswald
Hollywood films portraying the world — including the troubled side — of show business have garnered best picture nominations for years. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) could be a serious Oscar contender and features Michael Keaton as a former film star known for his portrayal of a superhero named Birdman. He attempts to renew his career by writing, directing and performing in a Broadway play. The film hit theaters Friday. Here are ten best picture Oscar-nominated films about show business (in chronological order):
1. The Red Shoes (1948)
The film is a tragic story about a young ballet dancer (Moira Shearer) who is forced to choose between her future dance career and the composer she falls in love with. The film was nominated for five Oscars and won two.
2. All About Eve (1950)
Anne Baxter stars as Eve, an aspiring, conniving actress who »
- Anjelica Oswald
Lyon – Accepting the sixth Lumière Award at Lyon’s Lumiére Festival in France, Pedro Almodóvar spoke with his heart, as Quentin Tarantino had a year before, about what really drives his filmmaking career.
Reading his acceptance speech, translated by Juliette Binoche, he was accompanied on stage brother Agustín, his producer of nearly 30 years standing, and emblematic actresses from his films: Marisa Paredes (“High Heels,” “The Flower of My Secret”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Rossy de Palma (“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”).
In the audience were, Keanu Reeves and director John McTiernan, Michael Cimino, Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”), Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”), Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Paradis, Gaspard Ulliel (“Saint Laurent”), Italy’s Valeria Golino, Jaime Rosales, and, among industry figures Pathé’s Jerome Seydoux, Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval, Pierre Ange Le Pogam, Samuel Haddida plus Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker.
“I was born in the ’50s, »
- John Hopewell
Exclusive: Grimm star Bitsie Tulloch is the latest to board Sony’s untitled NFL concussion film, starring Will Smith as a neuropathologist investigating the long-term effects of head trauma suffered by pro-footballers. Tulloch, a series regular on NBC’s supernatural drama Grimm, will play Keana Strzelczyk, the wife of a former NFL player. Peter Landesman wrote and is directing the NFL pic based on Jeanne Marie Laskas’s GQ article “Game Brain” which exposed the discovery of Cte, the concussion syndrome that contributed to the suicides of former NFL superstars like Dave Duerson and Junior Seau.
Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing the film which starts production in a few weeks. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producers. Tulloch most recently appeared on the big screen in Landesman’s directorial debut Parkland opposite Paul Giamatti. Her feature credits include a starring role in indie Caroline & Jackie, »
- Jen Yamato
By Robert W. Welkos Joey Berlin, who co-founded the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. in 1995 and continues to oversee its day-to-day operations and its televised Critics’ Choice Movie Awards each year, likes to say that his membership seems to be satisfied with the job he’s doing because he’s been repeatedly re-elected every two years as its president. The nonprofit group’s latest tax filings show that Berlin also is handsomely paid for his work. The Bfca’s latest IRS Form 990 tax filing shows that Berlin Entertainment, Inc., a company 100 percent owned by Berlin, received $859,077 for production services in 2012, a jump from $376,270 listed on tax forms the previous year. To read article about Crackpot Of The Month – David Poland – Bfca Between 2009 and 2012, Berlin Entertainment was paid a total of $1,851,347, according to federal tax documents filed by the nonprofit. Meanwhile, Berlin’s base compensation and benefits totaled $478,350 in 2012, according to the IRS filing. »
- Robert W. Welkos
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