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Today’s New York Film Critics Circle prizes are a big boost to Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Warner Bros.’ “Gravity.” Not because they won big — “12 Years” won director for Steve McQueen, while there were none for “Gravity” — but because the critics prizes take the pressure off each of the films as the One To Beat.
The studios have done a great job of keeping heat on those films since early September, which is not an easy thing to do; so with another three months to go, it’s an advantage to be just one of many frontrunners.
Critics awards are notoriously unreliable as Oscar bellwethers. But by voting both screenplay and best film awards for Sony’s “American Hustle,” the N.Y. group brought David O. Russell’s pic to the front of the conversation.
- Tim Gray
The thing to remember about critics groups handing out movie awards this time of year is it’s all about advocacy.
The beneficiary today: American Hustle.
The grifter dramedy collected Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle today, and most people will be looking at the prizes as a gauge of what’s likely to end up in the Oscar race this year. Intended or not, that’s what the annual onslaught of awards have evolved into: Academy Award straw polls.
Every major city has a collection of critics who get together and weigh in on their favorite works of the year. »
- Anthony Breznican
If you had told me, back in the days of Failure To Launch and Sahara, that Matthew McConaughey would become one of the most revered and celebrated actors of the 2010s, I would never have believed it. However, that’s exactly how things turned out with phenomenal turns in Bernie, Magic Mike, Mud, and Killer Joe. He’s continuing on that winning streak thanks to upcoming roles in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar as well as his latest bid for Oscar glory in Dallas Buyer’S Club, where he plays a homophobe who discovers he has contracted AIDS and begins to smuggle the latest untested drugs to other AIDS sufferers. Word from the Us has been incredibly strong, with both McConaughey and Jared Leto being tipped for awards season.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Since their inception 23 years ago, Ifp’s Gotham Independent Film Awards have experienced their share of growing pains and gains. For years, the low-key kudofest, which takes place at the outset of awards season, was truly independent and unconcerned about their impact on the Academy Awards.
In 2005, categories for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You and ensemble were added to the Gothams’ parade of accolades, designed to celebrate films and performances overlooked by Oscar. But this year, those categories have been scrapped and replaced with more traditional actor and actress kudos.
According to Ifp exec director Joana Vicente and senior director of programming Milton Tabbot, the redesign wasn’t meant to align with the Oscars. Instead a “changing distribution landscape” and difficulty meeting the ensemble category criteria led to a shift toward standard awards honoring five thesps per gender.
“Independent film is where a lot of amazing actors get great, »
- Addie Morfoot
By now, you know that Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto sacrificed their bodies and dropped more than 30 pounds each to play their HIV-positive characters in Dallas Buyers Club. It’s understandable that those details have been obsessed over by the media in stories and reviews, but there’s more than a spartan diet behind both men’s convincing transformations into the homophobic redneck (McConaughey) who becomes a drug-dealing savior to the demoralized gay community in the mid-1980s and the delicate transsexual (Leto) who becomes his unlikely business partner.
Ron Woodroof was a real guy, a bull-riding, drug-snorting, womanizing bastard »
- Jeff Labrecque
There’s nothing the least bit sentimental here. Nothing flashy or showy in McConaughey’s rough-edged portrait. But there is enormous compassion. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): haven’t been a McConaughey fan
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Could be the very best thing about Dallas Buyers Club is that it instantly and effortlessly brushes aside any preconceived snarkery one might bring to it. Or that I might bring to it, at least. You know, like how the lead actor’s public dramatic weight loss in preparation for portraying a dying man in a based-on-a-sad-true-story issues drama is — *snort* and eyeroll — a sure bid for an Oscar nom by a celeb mostly previously known for dreadful rom-coms and bad offscreen behavior and now desperate to be seen as serious. Gotta be, right?
Not this time. Though that Oscar nomination is probably coming anyway, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
As we near the holiday movie season, it’s time to delve into fairly recent history. Not as recent as Captain Phillips or The Fifth Estate, though. Let’s go back to a decade that’s getting a whole lotta’ nostalgia love these days, the 1980′s (hey, it’s the setting for the hit ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs”). But it wasn’t all Et, the A-Team, and Culture Club. A terrific documentary from last year, How To Survive A Plague, took us back to the early part of the decade when we all became aware of the AIDS epidemic. A pretty scary time that brought out the worst in many people. Intolerance and ignorance ran rampant. But, somehow it brought out the best in others. The new film, Dallas Buyers Club, is a drama based on the life of one such man who somehow became a better human being as he confronted his own mortality. »
- Jim Batts
As an aspiring North Carolina filmmaker, Dreambridge Films founder Todd J. Labarowski literally broke into the business. “I went down to Carolco Studios (in North Carolina), finagled my way past the guard and unknowingly walked into a casting director’s office,” he recalls.
Since landing that extra job on “Matlock” 21 years ago, he’s climbed the production ranks, joined the DGA and helped finance some of the most acclaimed indies in recent years: “The Kids Are All Right,” “Bernie” and the Weinstein Co. Toronto pickup “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her.” Yet he still works in the trenches on somewhat less highbrow projects, most recently doing a second a.d. gig on Cinemax’s “Banshee.”
“I’m definitely an oxymoron in the industry,” says the busy but laidback exec producer, who spends more time on sets than in his Gotham office. “It makes me a better producer when »
- Gregg Goldstein
The New York Film Critics Circle wlll announce the winners of their 79th annual kudos on Dec. 3. These Gotham-based reviewers will once again be the first critics group to weigh in with their picks for the top pic with the National Board of Review announcing the next day and the La critics chiming in on Dec. 8. Last year, the Nyfcc went with "Zero Dark Thirty" for Best Picture and Director (Kathryn Bigelow). While the film went on to lose the the top Oscar race to "Argo," Bigelow was snubbed by the directors branch of the academy (the Oscar went to "Life of Pi" helmer Ang Lee.) Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") began his march to a third Oscar with a win from the Nyfcc. However, two of the other Nyfcc acting champs didn't even reap Oscar bids -- Best Actress Rachel Weisz ("The Deep Blue Sea") and Best Supporting Actor Matthew McConaughey »
What makes a great performance? Acting is such a subtle and mysterious art form that sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on all of the minute nuances that elevate a good portrayal to a great one. Maybe that’s why so many of us get so worked up into a tizzy when we see a movie star drop a ton of weight for a role. It’s something we can see, something we can explain in raw numbers.
- Chris Nashawaty
Matthew McConaughey doesn’t work to anyone else’s metronome, which might be why he looked like he was slumming in a long stretch of so-so rom-coms that made him piles of money and also a joke. I don’t think he was slumming; I think he has his own stubborn Texas timing (his dad is in the oil bidness) and wouldn’t be rushed. He had to make his lines his own. At some point, he got tired of the disrespect and started taking eccentric, lower-paying parts in indie pictures like Bernie, Killer Joe, Magic Mike, Mud, and now Dallas Buyers Club, for which he lost about a quarter of his body weight to play Ron Woodroof, the rodeo cowboy, electrician, and (hetero) sex fiend who was stricken with HIV in 1985. McConaughey’s hollows and protruding bones are scary to behold, and they serve to set off the intensity of his performance. »
- David Edelstein
The London-based sales division of K5 will kick off sales at the American Film Market (Afm) next week.
The film was written by Labute, who is currently shooting the feature in New Mexico.
The story follows a businessman, played by Broderick, who finds himself delayed in a city where a year earlier a few too many drinks led to an unexpected encounter, the half-remembered details of which have haunted him since. Accompanied by his co-worker, played by Eve, he sets out to figure out what really happened that night.
K5 co-founders Oliver Simon and DanielBaur said: “Neil is that rare writer/director with an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — Sales and co-production outfit K5 Intl., which is headed by Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur, has boarded Neil Labute’s “Dirty Weekend,” starring Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve (“Star Trek Into Darkness”).
The film, which is lensing in New Mexico, follows businessman (Broderick), who finds himself delayed in a city where a year earlier a few too many drinks led to an unexpected encounter, the half-remembered details of which have haunted him since. Accompanied by co-worker (Eve), he sets out to figure out what really happened that night.
“Neil is that rare writer/director with an ability to entertain and amuse while revealing the parts of ourselves we’d prefer to sweep under the rug. »
- Leo Barraclough
Matthew McConaughey may have become a star as a leading man in major-studio films like “A Time to Kill” and “The Wedding Planner,” but in the last few years the laid-back Texan has reinvented and revived his career with a string of sparkling performances in low-budget indies: Richard Linklater’s “Bernie,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike,” William Friedkin’s “Killer Joe,” Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” and now Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Dallas Buyers Club,” which has made McConaughey a strong favorite to land a Best Actor nomination. The film features McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a bigoted and homophobic electrician from Texas who contracted HIV from drug. »
- Steve Pond
As we ease into the winter months (and the year-end awards season), the studios are delving into more serious subject matter such as this film’s look at addiction. Now we’re not into substance abuse like the classic The Man With The Golden Arm (drugs) or The Lost Weekend (alcohol), but it does encompass a form of abuse. You wouldn’t know from the deceptive marketing which make it look like a glossy “rom-com”, but Thanks For Sharing deals with sex addiction or Sa (with the word “sharing” in the film’s title you’d think they could “share” a bit more info), a controversial concept (one character even questions whether Sa is a real thing, as do many researchers). There have been a few films dealing with this subject. Blake Edwards, years after his classic alcohol abuse film The Days Of Wine And Roses, touched on Sa with »
- Jim Batts
Ifp announced today that Richard Linklater will receive the Director’s Tribute at this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards. The helmer of Before Midnight, one of the most respected, gifted and prolific figures within U.S. independent film over the past two decades, will be the recipient of this honor 21 years after making his breakthrough feature with Slacker. Last year at the Gothams, Bernie (his 16th feature), was nominated for the Best Feature award. “It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we give honor to a man who has played a significant role in expanding the language of film throughout the […] »
- Nick Dawson
Richard Linklater ("Before Midnight," "Bernie") will be presented with the Director Tribute at the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday, December 2nd. "It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we give honor to a man who has played a significant role in expanding the language of film throughout the last 25 years," said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of the Ifp. "Richard Linklater's unique vision and voice- in addition to the special characters he has created- place him among the most prolific and poignant directors working today, and we are honored to celebrate his work." Nominees will be announced on October 24th. »
- James Hiler
“It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we give honour to a man who has played a significant role in expanding the language of film throughout the last 25 years,” said Ifp executive director Joana Vicente.
“Richard Linklater’s unique vision and voice — in addition to the special characters he has created — place him among the most prolific and poignant directors working today, and we are honoured to celebrate his work.” »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Gotham Independent Film Awards have named indie stalwart Richard Linklater as the recipient of the kudos’ annual director tribute.
Filmmaker will be honored alongside Katherine Oliver, the commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, who takes home the Gothams’ industry tribute. A couple of more tribute honorees remain to be announced for the 23rd annual ceremony, presented by New York-based nonprofit Independent Filmmaker Project.
Linklater had an arthouse hit earlier this year with “Before Midnight,” the third in a trilogy of films that began in 1995 with “Before Sunrise” and continued in 2004 with “Before Sunset.” The director-writer-producer scores the Gotham honor for a body of work that also includes “Dazed and Confused,” the 1993 pic set for a special anniversary screening at this year’s New York Film Festival, as well as “Slacker,” “School of Rock,” “A Scanner Darkly” and “Bernie,” among other titles. He’s also the a. »
- Gordon Cox
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Dallas Buyers Club is an important film. Not because it tackles AIDS or bigotry or pharmaceutical companies or preservatives, although it does all that and more. It’s important because it shows one man who manages to overcome a 30-days-left-to-live prognosis and make a positive difference, all while being a real jerk, to put it politely. Based on a true story, the material could have easily fallen into a Lifetime movie or docu-drama or redemption story mode, but Jean-Marc Vallée’s effort is a compelling film about a real antihero, an alcohol and drug-abusing, flaming heterosexual Texan who contracts H.I.V. and lives to help himself and those around him, in that order.
In 1985, Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) drinks, snorts, and consorts without a care in the world. He gambles, he fights, he’s »
- Diana Drumm
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