18 items from 2015
Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category »
- Steve Montgomery
As Deadline revealed exclusively in August last year, Matthew McConaughey will star in Stephen Gaghan’s Gold, a Black Bear Pictures film written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman, based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle.
Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity has come on-board to handle sales at Berlin.
Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game) will produce alongside Michael Nozik (Quiz Show, Syriana) via his Hwy61 banner, Massett, Zinman and McConaughey. Hwy61 partner Paul Haggis will exec produce along with Richard Middleton (Hitchcock, The Artist).
Principal photography is slated to commence in June 2015 with Thailand, New York and New Mexico among the locations, and Black Bear Pictures is fully financing the film.
McConaughey, Gaghan and Hwy61 are represented by CAA which is also representing the domestic distribution rights of the film. »
- Ali Jaafar
Content Media announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to the boundary crashing sci-fi action/thriller Pandemic, starring Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Continuum), Mekhi Phifer (The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Divergent, 8 Mile), Missi Pyle (The Artist, Gone Girl, Big Fish), Alfie Allen (John Wick, Atonement, Game of Thrones), DDanielle Rose Russell (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Paul Guilfoyle (L.A. Confidential, Air Force One, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Pat Healy (Rescue Dawn, Magnolia).
Directed by John Suits (The Scribbler), Pandemic is an intense and unique film that features non-stop action from a first person shooter perspective (Fps), putting the audience in the middle of every fight whilst feeling in control of every punch thrown and shot fired. It's a new model of action thriller for the video game generation.
Executives “have a brilliant eye for the exact caliber of film and television content,” Harvey Weinstein said
The Weinstein Company has promoted Negeen Yazdi to president of International Production and Dan Guando to executive vice president of Acquisitions, Production & Development, the company announced Friday.
“Negeen and Dan have a brilliant eye for the exact caliber of film and television content that fits with the TWC name. We’re so proud to have had them here over the years and look forward to continuing »
- Matt Donnelly
One of the great things about awards season is that it provides a rich field for statistic analysis. Attentive viewers can use the Golden Globes (the first major awards show of the season) and SAG Awards (the second) as a sort of predictive measure for the major acting awards at the Oscars. We looked at the Oscar-nominated roles in the four major acting categories (sorry, Jen and Naomi), and cut out anyone who didn't win or get nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG. Then, we went back five years (because any more than that is insane - who are we, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
One of my favorite Oscar nominations this year was Mark Bridges getting the call for his work on Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." I only wish David Crank and Amy Wells could have joined him because the design of this film was out of sight (to say nothing of Robert Elswit's lush lensing). Still, it's sort of serendipitous that it's Bridges and Anderson (in the adapted screenplay category) representing the film, as like Elswit, their collaboration goes all the way back to the beginning, but unlike Elswit (who won the Oscar for "There Will Be Blood"), Bridges had yet to be recognized for a PTA movie. I talked to Bridges, who did get his own trip to Oscar's stage for "The Artist" a few years ago, about that and a whole lot more earlier this week. The research and engineering that went into bringing these costumes — and, by proxy, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The brothers will be presented with their award at the 52nd Publicists Awards Luncheon on Feb. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The organization noted that The Weinstein Company’s “The Imitation Game” has received 10 Academy Award nominations this year along with a Best Song nom for “Begin Again” and Best Documentary (“Citizenfour”) through Weinstein subsidiary Radius-twc.
“The Weinsteins are the very epitome of showmanship,” said Steven Poster, president. “They have impeccable taste and are universally regarded as the industry leaders in awards campaigns..”
- Dave McNary
Manuel here. The Costume Design Guild has announced that they’ll be celebrating Naomi Watts with the Lacoste Spotlight Award when they announce winners for their film, TV and commercial awards on February 17th. While they bill the award as honoring an “actor whose talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design,” their choices so far (previous recipients include Anne Hathaway, Kate Beckinsale, Halle Berry and Emily Blunt) have yet to really reflect the award, no? Whither Keira, Nicole, Tilda or heck, even Colin Firth? The man can wear a sweater (among other things), you know.
Anyways, we should really focus on the positive and be thankful Watts was able to bounce back so quickly from that horrible triple-whammy of Movie 43, Adore and Diana. Let's just hope she can keep up the momentum going. And so »
- Manuel Betancourt
A teeny mouse made its red carpet debut at the London premiere of Kingsman: The Secret Service. Colin Firth - who plays Harry Hart in the film - was giving an interview when the furry critter scurried next to the 54-year-old's foot. Firth seemed undeterred (or maybe didn’t notice the little guy) as it made its way through the Leicester Square Theatre. But this isn't the first time an animal has made a premiere appearance. Actor Richard Gere brought an adorable plus-one - an Akita Inu dog - to the Tokyo premiere of his movie Hachiko: A Dog's Story »
- Mariah Haas
Paris – Powered by Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” comedy “Serial (Bad) Weddings” and Christophe Gans’ redo “Beauty and the Beast,” French films punched the second-best year outside France on record, scoring €640 million ($768 million) from 111 million admissions at the international box, Gallic promo org UniFrance announced Friday in Paris.
Last year was only the second time in over two decades that French movies passed the 100 million international tix sales benchmark. Past decade average is around 80 million.
Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy” broke all-time records for a French film abroad, running up €302.8 million ($363.4 million) at international cinemas by year-end. But 2014 was more than a one-movie wonder. “Weddings” grossed €55.2 million ($66.2 million), “Beast” €25.0 million ($30.o million).
In 2012, Liam Neeson starrer “Taken 2,” produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp; “The Intouchables”; and Academy Award winner “The Artist” drove international territory box office for French movies to a total 144.1 tix sold and some $1.2 billion in box office. That record remains. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.
That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]
We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.
The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.
We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.
That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »
- Jesse Ferreras
The latest Honest Trailer from the folks at Screen Junkies has arrived online, and this time they’ve turned their attention to David Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl. Check it out here…
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
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
Paris — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are among the nearly 50 political figures who participated in France’s unity march staged Sunday in Paris. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in India, and President Barack Obama did not attend.
Almost 3 million people peacefully demonstrated in Paris. Some were singing the National Anthem, the Marseillaise, others were shouting “I am Charlie,” “I am a Jew” and “I am a cop” to pay homage to the 17 people killed in the two terrorist attacks that hit satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes this week. About 3.7 million people marched across France on Sunday.
Here is a photo that captures the spirit of today's march for Freedom across Paris Courtesy of @Gary_Farkas pic.twitter.com/6yyuXAkEJc
— Elsa Keslassy (@ElsaKeslassy) January 11, 2015
Arp, the French guild of authors, »
- Elsa Keslassy and Leo Barraclough
1. Shake Things Up and Try New Genres. "The Search," Hazanavicius' ambitious follow-up to the 2011 international blockbuster "The Artist" screened at the Palm Springs Festival and, as the director acknowledged, the drama about the war in Chechnya is "the opposite of 'The Artist.'" Like "The Artist," his latest film also stars his wife, actress Berenice Bejo. But, as Hazanavicius explained, "the two movies weren't competing. This is a more political, historic movie. 'The Artist' was like candy." For Hazanavicius, "['The Search'] helped me kill 'The Artist' very quickly and swiftly. You have to kill your previous project...Even when you do the same thing, it has to be different. Luckily, nobody expected me to do another silent black and white movie." 2. Use Success to Get Your Passion Projects Made. "I took the success of 'The Artist' as an opportunity to make a very specific story. »
- Paula Bernstein
By Anjelica Oswald
J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of a vicious and relentless instructor at a music conservatory in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash has propelled Simmons as a frontrunner in the supporting actor Oscar race since the film’s premiere at Sundance. He received the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 3 and was nominated for a Golden Globe, which will be distributed on Jan. 11.
Simmons likely will earn his first Oscar nomination on Jan. 15 and if he wins on Feb. 22, he will become the eighth supporting actor in the last 14 years to win for his first nomination.
In the past 14 years, 50 percent (seven of 14) of supporting actors and 64 percent (nine of 14) of supporting actresses were never nominated before winning their first Oscar.
- Anjelica Oswald
Paris –Pathe’s “Daddy or Mommy,” Wild Bunch’s “Do Not Disturb” and The Other Angle’s “Discount” will compete next week for one of Europe’s most valuable non-official crowns: the UniFrance Paris Rendez-vous Most Popular New Comedy.
Also in the running: Gaumont’s “I Kissed a Girl,” Kinology’s “Caprices,” EuropaCorp’s “Bis” and “Buddy Guards,” Studiocanal’s “Chic!”, Versatile’s “A trois, on y va,” “Valentin, Valentin,” from Sbs Productions, and TF1.’s Intl.’s “Boomerang.”
Having punched a robust first five-day $3.7 million through Jan. 4, Patrice Leconte’s “Do Not Disturb” opens Paris’ 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema, Europe’s biggest film mart after Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian and Locarno.
Running Jan. 15-19, and screening an announced 86 French movies, 47 market premieres per UniFrance, the Rendez-vous will unveil a score-or-so of new comedies. With Rdv buzz helping to galvanize boffo sales and even double –or sometimes »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
How can you tell when Harvey Weinstein is really serious about an awards campaign?
When that campaign finds new messages along the way, shifting gears as it unfolds.
That’s what’s happening this week with the Weinstein Company’s push on behalf of “The Imitation Game,” the World War II-era drama that has become one of the top contenders for Best Picture in a wide-open year.
What’s curious here is that the new message of the ads shifts the focus completely away from the movie itself and onto the subject of the film. Instead of finding a new »
- Steve Pond
18 items from 2015
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