Which of this year's directors deserve the industry’s highest honor?
No one was too surprised when French director Michel Hazanavicius and his (mostly) silent film The Artist practically swept the Academy Awards last year or when British director Tom Hooper's The King's Speech did the same the year before. This year, however, there are no "sure thing" movies, with several being heralded as "brilliant," "masterful," and "the best movie of the year" by critics...until the next great movie comes along.
Several Oscar-winning directors — including two-time Best Director winner Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan) and Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win Best Director — are among this year's contenders, but they are up against stiff competition from upstart indie directors who helped to make this one of the best years for independent movies in recent memory and the genre movie directors who gave us superheroes, wizards »
- BrentJS Sprecher
One hundred four scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. As noted by various online Oscar pundits, most noticeably missing is Moonrise Kingdom. A Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award. Click Here for the complete rules.
The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below »
- Michelle McCue
Amy Adams will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award on January 31. Adams, who also recently won Best Supporting Actress from the La Film Critics Association, is being recognized for her performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." Says exec director Roger Durling: “Amy Adams is one of the gutsiest and most gifted actors working today. She embodies what the Cinema Vanguard Award is all about, and after her performance in 'The Master' - the time has come to recognize her talent and versatility.” Watch a clip from "The Master" below. Past recipients of this award include "The Artist"'s Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, as well as Nicole Kidman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling. Adams has been nominated three times for the Best Supporting Oscar, for "Junebug," "Doubt" and "The Fighter." Up next, the actress is »
- Sophia Savage
Actor Matt Damon has officially signed up to reunite with his Ocean’s Eleven co-star George Clooney in a new period drama entitled ‘The Monuments Men’. The Nazi film already includes some big names, most of who starred in Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’. Damon will join 007′s Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Bill Murray (Groundhog Day), John Goodman (Roseanne), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and George Clooney who will play double duty as director. ‘The Monuments Men’ is an adaption of the works of author Robert M. Edsel who penned the piece that will focus in on an eleven month span from D-day to [ Read More ]
- Sarah Anne Luoma
• Interactive: People who made the headlines in 2012
From British writer El James, whose Fifty Shades of Grey books have sold over 60m copies and who now receives everything from saucy letters to custom-engraved teaspoons from fans, to Sam Mendes, the director best known for his dramas whose action-packed Bond flick has become the highest grossing film of all time, the Observer New Review looking at 2012 through the eyes of the people who made the year's biggest headlines.
Cait Reilly recalls her months campaigning against the government for the right not to work at Poundland – "This year has been overwhelming," she says – while the French editor Laurence Pieau offers few regrets over the topless photographs of Kate Middleton she published in Closer. »
Now semi-retired, the scene-stealing terrier from The Artist is still very much in demand
On a queen-size mattress at the Arch hotel in central London, Uggie is curled up in front of the flatscreen TV. This Jack Russell terrier might be the most famous animal alive, having starred in January smash The Artist, stealing scenes in the silent film and winning acclaim for his role as Jean Dujardin's expressive pet. Uggie put in one of the great performances of 2012, and if he wants to watch Loose Women in bed, he may.
He is close to the end of a draining promotional tour, New York to Paris to Chicago and now here, publicising a book (Uggie: My Story) as well as a smartphone app. This on the back of supporting The Artist through its cinema release, during which time Uggie scampered up and down red carpets, and panted on chatshow sofas. »
- Tom Lamont
Believe it or not, before he swept the cinema world off its feet with his turn in "The Artist," Jean Dujardin made other movies, and he was perhaps best known as the lead in the spy spoof 'Oss 117' flicks. But it seems producer Joel Silver has been using that new all region DVD player he got on Black Friday, as he's set to remake "Le Convoyeur," a 2004 heist flick starring Dujardin. Let's face it, Dujardin's name has little to do with why this is being remade (though it probably helps put an extra shine to it). Hollywood wants stuff they can easily translate and looks like easy box office, and this trailer for "Le Convoyeur" reveals it's exactly that: an action thriller with a sympathetic lead that looks like something Mark Wahlberg would release in Febraury. Anyway, the story centers on a father whose son accidentally gets killed as »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Long before French star Jean Dujardin two-stepped into our hearts in the glorious silent romance The Artist, he was starring opposite Albert Dupontel in the French crime-thriller Le Convoyeur. The movie centers on a man whose life is forever changed when stray gunfire from an armored car robbery kills his young son. The company that owns these tank-like vehicles has had two similar thefts occur within the past year. So, believing these must be an inside job, this mourning father gets a job there in hopes of finding the careless crooks, and avenging his son's death. While the film drew praise in France, it had no impact in the U.S., but that's all about to change. THR reports Joel Silver's production company Silver Pictures has picked up the remake rights, and will make the movie.currently called Cash Truck.in conjunction with French production house/distributor Studio Canal, »
Title: The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Director: Edwards Burns (‘The Brothers McMullen,’ ‘Shes’ the One’) Starring: Edward Burns, Connie Britton (TV’s ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Friday Night Lights,’ ‘Nashville’), Ed Lauter (‘The Artist’), Anita Gillette (‘She’s the One,’ ‘Moonstruck’) Tom Guiry (‘Mystic River,’ ‘Black Hawk Down’) and Kerry Bishé (‘Argo,’ ‘Red State’) Many large, tight-knit families often experience vast differences in opinions, even though they have gone through the same events growing up together in the same house. They’re forced to overcome their differing viewpoints when they reunite as adults for the holidays. Through spending more time together, they come to realize they do appreciate the bonds they have formed, even though [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Taking place next year on February 10th, the 55th Annual Grammy Awards will see The Dark Knight Rises' Hans Zimmer battling it out with the likes of John Williams and Howard Shore for "Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media". Our friends over at Batman-News spotted the nomination when the full list was released today and you can find the full list of nominees in this category below. It's worth noting that Zimmer's last win at the Grammy Awards was in 2009 for The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight Rises Hans Zimmer, composer The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret Of The Unicorn John Williams, composer The Artist Ludovic Bource, composer The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers Hugo Howard Shore, composer Journey Austin Wintory, composer Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The »
It looks like Matt Damon is going to be teaming back up with George Clooney in his new film project The Monuments Men. The actor is currently in negotiations for the film that Clooney is directing and starring in. It's always fun watching these two guys work together.
The movie also stars Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin (The Artist), John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban. The film is based on the World War II novel by Robert Edsel, which follows the art historians who landed at Normandy to rescue the art looted by Adolf Hitler before they're destroyed.
Clooney has gathered together a great cast of actors to help bring this interesting story to life, and it seems like it will be a movie worth watching.
Here's a more detailed description from the book:
At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, »
- Joey Paur
Matt Damon has entered talks for The Monuments Men. The Promised Land star is negotiating to join George Clooney's next directorial outing, reports Deadline. The drama has already secured Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, The Artist's Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban. Clooney will also appear in the movie. The film is based on the final days of Nazi Germany. As Hitler and his allies attempt to cover their tracks by destroying the many artworks they looted from across the continent, (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Exclusive: Matt Damon is negotiating to join The Monuments Men, the period drama that George Clooney will direct in January in Europe as a co-production between Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox. Damon joins what continues to be shaping up as an amazing cast. Besides Damon and Clooney, the film will star Skyfall‘s Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin, Argo‘s John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban. Clooney and Damon did the Ocean’s Eleven movies together and Syriana. The drama, which was scripted by Clooney and partner Grant Heslov, confronts the final chapter of Germany’s rule, which came down to the absolute destruction of everything that makes a culture keep its standing, including the lives that are lost and the sacrifices that are made. All of this is in danger of being lost forever as Hitler and the Nazis try to »
- MIKE FLEMING JR.
After sporting a classic Hollywood look for last year’s The Artist, Bérénice Bejo has taken on a very different project for her next feature. As reported over the summer, the actress has stepped in for Marion Cotillard on the next drama from the Academy Award-winning director of A Separation, Asghar Farhadi, and today we’ve got a few new details [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
The International Press Academy has announced the nominees of the 17th Annual Satellite Awards. "Les Miserables" led the pack with 10 nominations including Best Picture.
Winners will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the InterContinental at Century City in Los Angeles.
17th Annual Satellite Awards Nominees:
Kim Ki-duk -- Pieta Drafthouse Films
Steven Spielberg -- Lincoln
Actress in a Motion Picture Name
Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook
Emilie Dequenne Our Children
Laura Birn Purge
Actor in a Motion Picture
I know I'm going to forget something I watched this week, but here goes with my best try: Middle of Nowhere Searching for Sugar Man The Central Park Five The Invisible War How to Survive a Plague Les Miserables Tokyo Story (this week's Movie Club entry) The Intouchables Of the four documentaries -- Searching for Sugar Man, The Central Park Five, The Invisible War and How to Survive a Plague -- I'd say The Central Park Five was probably my favorite of the lot with Searching for Sugar Man being the most entertaining, The Invisible War being the most maddening and How to Survive a Plague offering some sense of frustration and relief as it chronicles the rise of the AIDS/HIV epidemic and the group that stood up and demanded something be done sooner rather than later. I want to make sure, however, to single out one film -- The Intouchables. »
- Brad Brevet
Established in 2007, the International Online Film Critics Poll allows critics from the United Kingdom, Italy, United States and other countries to recognize movie excellence every two years in 15 categories. The 3rd Edition is dominated by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and The Master (2012) which both have 9 nominations. Other notable contenders are two Academy Award Best Picture-winners The King's Speech (2010) and The Artist (2011) as well as the latest offering from Steven Spielberg, Lincoln (2012).
Best Film – Motion Picture
The King’s Speech
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Elizabeth Holsen »
Which film will lord over NYC film critics this year?You've probably heard by now that the city-by-city / guild-by-guild precursor madness begin next week. Golden Globe ballots went out to members yesterday and The New York Film Critics Circle will be the first to announce winners on Monday, December 3rd. I'm having breakfast with a director during their announcement -- priorities! -- but we'll be sure to discuss that day.
The rush to "first!" means that Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is right on the wire of "will voters see it or not see it before voting?" Apparently it's now locked and screening (my December 1st screening was cancelled and I have not -- as of yet -- been re-invited though our Bfca balloting begins on December 3rd)
Important Dates / Groups To Watch
12/3 -New York Film Critics Circle
⅓ of the Holy Trinity of critics groups. Founded in 1935!!! Last year's winner: »
- NATHANIEL R
Who knew the First Dog could have a Hollywood career like Uggie's? Bo shows off admirable acting chops in this White House-released Christmas video -- watch! Bo Obama, now we know why you truly are the First Dog. Check out Bo's festive video tour of the White House's new Christmas decorations. Bo expertly pads around from tree to fireplace to the red room, all to the strains of the Sugar Plum Fairy. He only stops when he shockingly comes face to face with a new Bo, who's even bigger than himself. Check it out and see if Bo might be Oscar material like "The Artist's" Uggie? Watch! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lce5gWKgMXI] - Bonnie Fuller »
- Bonnie Fuller
Whatever else the Leveson inquiry turns out to have been – we're doing a lot of speed reading as I type – it was fine theatre. A Hogarthian cast of characters, from Britain's lordliest media barons to subalterns on the yellowest of yellow rags. A decent smattering of celebs. The odd outburst of tears. A superlative solo performance from the capricious Robert Jay, who managed to make witness-questioning look (to twist a phrase) like reading the thesaurus by flashes of lightning.
Which only leaves one question: who's going to option the script? The Tricycle theatre in London made drama out of the Bloody Sunday and Stephen Lawrence inquiries, after all; Spielberg's studio has optioned the Wikileaks saga. Surely it's only a matter of time. »
- Andrew Dickson