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Spike Jonze's "Her" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominated the nominations for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Associations. Both movies received nods for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle," Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Here's the complete list of nominations, winners will be announced on Monday!
"12 Years a Slave"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Brühl, »
As usual, movies took inspiration from books this year, and not just the Ya stuff either (Ok, there was lots of Ya stuff, but it was good stuff!). American classic The Great Gatsby made it to the big screen, another Nicholas Sparks novel was adapted into another romantic tearjerker, and, of course, big-budget hits like Catching Fire and Ender's Game came to life. In your opinion, which is the best book-to-movie adaptation of the year? Vote on all of our best of 2013 polls here! »
- Maggie Pehanick
It's our Friday episode and that means reviews, which include looking at Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis and Out of the Furnace. We also take a lengthy look at the 2014 Oscars with some predictions on the heels of the first round of precursor awards, talk about the Wonder Woman casting in Batman vs. Superman and the continuation of the X-Men franchise with X-Men: Apocalypse. A quick reminder of our upcoming Holiday Schedule where we will be taking a break from December 16-26, returning on December 27. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has shortlisted 10 movies for VFX Oscar consideration for the 86th Academy Awards, led by Alfonso Cuaron's blockbuster "Gravity" and "The Desolation of Smaug," the second in Peter Jackson's popular "Hobbit" trilogy. Joining them are Guillermo del Toro's robot mash-up, "Pacific Rim," J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel, "Into Darkness," and three dystopian adventures: "Elysium," "World War Z," and "Oblivion." There was also room for two Marvel superhero stalwarts: "Iron Man 3" and "Thor: The Dark World." The biggest surprise inclusion? "The Lone Ranger" flop that nonetheless featured two spectacular train fights. But left out of the running were Ron Howard's low-budget "Rush," which seamlessly integrated archival footage with riveting new racing action (not enough CG?); the under-performing "Ender's Game" (whose more conventional zero-gravity paled in comparison to "Gravity's" innovative approach); Zack Snyder's Supeman »
- Bill Desowitz
Do not adjust your sets. This actually happened.
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) has already hosted the EMAs, appeared in the advertising campaign for the new Dodge Durango and released his fictional autobiography, and the movie still won't be out for another three weeks.
The latest installment in Anchorman 2: The Press Tour Continues saw Burgundy appear on a North Dakota news station at the weekend. Ferrell plays it remarkably straight, reading from the autocue (he reads those out exactly, don't you know) and keeping improvisation to a minimum. It's probably the most real-life representation of the character, especially with the comically mundane VTs to which they throw ('grow your hair' month, a new easy-luggage system and a rubbish truck that caught on fire).
Watch the rather surreal half hour below...
- Oliver Davis
Thanks to huge numbers from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World, November box office exceeded $1 billion for the second year in a row. Its $1.07 billion was a bit below last year's $1.09 billion record, though. Through the end of November, the 2013 domestic box office is neck-and-neck with 2012: year-to-date earnings are $9.87 billion, which is less than $10 million below 2012. With strong holdovers Catching Fire and Frozen and guaranteed blockbusters The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Anchorman: The Legend Continues, it's likely that 2013 comes awfully close to matching 2012's record $10.84 billion. The uncontested champion in November was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. After opening to $158.1 million (a new November record) it played well through the Thanksgiving holiday and ended the month with $282.1 million. If Catching Fire holds as well as the last few Twilight movies*not a difficult task for this well-reviewed, broadly-appealing flick*it will end up with over $400 million. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
It's that busy time of year with tons of screenings, reviews to be written and awards handed out, and rising from the ashes of the chaos is yet another episode of the RopeofSilicon podcast. Today's episode is rather straight forward as we address several of your questions, play our regular round up of games and dig into the latest news including Paul Walker's sudden passing. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An »
- Brad Brevet
Wilmer Valderama ('That '70s Show'), who recently joined the cast of the El Rey Network's new show 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series', has taken to Twitter and posted a little behind the scenes tease from the production. No costumed cast or sneaky set images just yet however. This new pic simply reveals the series logo plastered on the side of a clapperboard. It also features the name of producer Robert Rodriguez in the director's chair who of course also helmed the original film which the series is based on. Robert Patrick ('Terminator 2: Judgment Day'), Madison Davenport ('Shameless'), Brandon Soo Hoo ('Ender's Game'), D.J. Cotrona ('G.I. Joe: Retaliation'), Zane Holtz ('Holes'), Don Johnson and Eiza Gonzalez ('Amores verdaderos') also star in the new 10 episode show. Check out the new image below. »
Happy Thanksgiving week or just hello for our non U.S.-based listeners, today we have a short, but sweet episode where we review Oldboy and Homefront, answer some questions, play some games and a little more general chitter chatter. We also get to the new DVD and Blu-ray releases out this week and offer up a few brief comments on Her. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »
- Brad Brevet
It's the end of November, and Peter Travers knows that turkeys on the Thanksgiving table means plenty of turkeys at the movies. So while you're recovering from your tryptophan coma and trying to figure out what film to see, our fearless critic has brought out his faithful Scum Bucket – and his fowl friend Gobbles! – to help you steer clear of November's worst movies.
See Which Movie Peter Travers Calls "Spectacular"
Fittingly, the worst-of-the-worst is Free Bird, a poorly animated kids movie about turkeys that Travers urges you to avoid at all costs. »
Wilmer Valderrama (below), probably best known for his portayal of foreign exchange student Fez in Fox's hit comedy series 'That '70s Show', has joined the cast of upcoming horror show 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series'. The 10-episode spin-off based on 1996's 'From Dusk Till Dawn' feature will see Valderrama play master villain Carlos Madrigal, the crime lord of the series who is a former Spanish Conquistador. Valderrama joins Robert Patrick ('Terminator 2: Judgment Day'), Madison Davenport ('Shameless'), Brandon Soo Hoo ('Ender's Game'), D.J. Cotrona ('G.I. Joe: Retaliation'), Zane Holtz ('Holes'), Don Johnson and hottie Eiza Gonzalez ('Amores verdaderos'). The show will air next year on Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network. »
Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show, To Whom It May Concern) has been cast as enigmatic crime lord Carlos, in El Rey Network's highly anticipated Supernatural crime saga, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Based on Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film of the same name, the hour-long series will premiere on El Rey Network in Q1 2014, debuting as the first scripted original series on the new genre-busting cable network.
Valderrama joins the previously announced D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe Retaliation) who plays Seth Gecko; Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Richie Gecko; Jesse Garcia (Quinceanera, Sons of Anarchy) who plays Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series; Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges) who joins in a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw; Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files) as Jacob Fuller; Madison Davenport (Save Me, Shameless) as »
One expected blockbuster, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," easily matched expectations with a record gross for the season of $161 million, while the next tentpole up, Disney's animated musical "Frozen," took in nearly $270,000 on a single Los Angeles screen in advance of its national rollout next pre-holiday Wednesday. But "Catching Fire" took a chunk out of the box office of other films that had been doing well; they sustained bigger than usual drops, because of stiff competition but many also lost holdover dates or complete show schedules as theaters worked overtime to provide maximum screens and seating for the "Hunger Games" sequel. Beyond the damage to the top 10, the toll was also heavy on Lionsgate's other release "Ender's Game" and Sony's "Captain Phillips," both of which lost more dates than normal. And with Disney's "Frozen" now set to grab many more screens and grab strong business this week, the bloodbath will only intensify. »
- Tom Brueggemann
The previous opening weekend record in November was 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon with $142.8 million. In fact the first three slots belonged to members of the Twilight family followed by three Harry Potter features. Well, it looks like that's just the right place for what are clearly the three most popular young adult franchises of all-time as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has smashed that New Moon record, bringing in an estimated $161.1 million (includes $12.6 million from IMAX) this weekend accompanied by an "A" CinemaScore and an additional $146.6 million internationally. That opening is enough to become one of the top five openers of all-time. Here's the list: The Avengers (2012) - $207.4 million Iron Man 3 (2013) - $174.1 million Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) - $169.1 million The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) - $161.1 million (estimated) The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - $160.8 million As you'll note from the numbers, should Catching Fire hold »
- Brad Brevet
Remember adorable, little Abigail Breslin, the girl who stole our hearts as "Olive," America's sweetest mini pageant queen? Well this is her now and from what we can tell, she's far from adorable, little or sweet. Every former starlet goes through her own transformation from little kid to full-blown celeb, and if this midriff-baring goth-glam look is any indication, the Ender's Game star is smack in the middle of that journey. But the truth is, we have to commend this maturing beauty for keeping it classy even with a lot more edge. The cropped top could show far more skin, her skirt is surprisingly long, and a sexy moto jacket keeps her fair arms covered. In a world where Miley Cyrus is mostly »
Due to scheduling issues today's episode is a little shorter than normal as we review The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Delivery Man. We also get into our regular gaming session and answer as many listener questions as we could in the small amount of time we had. Reminder: Next week we will only have one podcast on Tuesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to »
- Brad Brevet
Predicted Weekend Box Office:
Thor: The Dark World $16.2 million
The Best Man Holiday $15.1 million
Delivery Man $13.4 million
Last Vegas $4.9 million
Free Birds $4.1 million
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa $3.8 million
Gravity $3.6 million
12 Years a Slave $3.1 million
Ender's Game $2.9 millionThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire100%MovieWeb: 7 reviews89%Rotten Tomatoes: 11 reviews2Thor: The Dark World93%MovieWeb: 11 reviews65%Rotten Tomatoes: 4 reviews3The Best Man Holiday75%MovieWeb: 1 reviews67%Rotten Tomatoes: 21 reviews4Delivery Man34%MovieWeb: 1 reviews35%Rotten Tomatoes: 44 reviews5Last Vegas75%MovieWeb: 3 reviews44%Rotten Tomatoes: 43 reviews6Free Birds100%MovieWeb: 0 reviews18%Rotten Tomatoes: 10 reviews7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa64%MovieWeb: 2 reviews62%Rotten Tomatoes: 31 reviews8Gravity92%MovieWeb: 10 reviews97%Rotten Tomatoes: 7 reviews912 Years a Slave92%MovieWeb: 4 reviews96%Rotten Tomatoes: 2 reviews10Ender's Game100%MovieWeb: 5 reviews61%Rotten Tomatoes: 24 reviews »
I think we've put together a pretty great little episode for you today as we spend the first 30 minutes or so bouncing from topic-to-topic before finally settling into our regular schedule with a Box Office update, some talk surrounding the It's a Wonderful Life sequel, Laremy watched the trailer for Divergent and we have new DVDs and Blu-rays and our regular assortment of games. On top of that, I would like to take a moment to thank all of you that gave us a review on iTunes, we passed the 200 review mark and we can't tell you how great that is. Now, of course, the begging continues as we hope you'll continue to tell people about the podcast as I've seen many of you do on Twitter and hopefully we can grow the audience and continue to get bigger and bigger. Again, thank you! If you are on Twitter, we »
- Brad Brevet
Thor: The Dark World is continuing its domination of the global box office, retaining the number one place in the U.S. with a further $38.4 million, upping its domestic count to $147 million. Although topping the chart on Friday, the sequel that nobody asked for The Best Man Holiday had to settle for second, opening up strong with an impressive $30.5 million.
Last Vegas, one of the surprise box office successes of 2013, climbed up one place to third with a further $8.8 million with Free Bird dropping to fourth with $8.3 million. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa continues to perform well and pushed past the $100 million mark.
Gravity, which has slipped out of the top five for the first time, earned a further $6.3 million pushing its global gross beyond half a billion dollars. Ender's Game fell to seventh, followed by the harrowing 12 Years a Slave in eighth, Captain Phillips in ninth and About Time in tenth. »
- Gary Collinson
Updated to add voting options!
Yesterday out of nowhere I suddenly felt a shiver go down my spine. I realized that if I didn't pull some advocacy action, my fellow Broadcast Film Critics might just give Chloe Grace Moretz Two nominations for Best Young Actor/Actress for Kick-Ass 2 and Carrie and nobody needs that. Not even Chloe who doesn't strike us as the sort that needs the validation to go on. (Horror of horrors that's already occurred back in 2010 when she won a double nom) And then I pictured Quvenzhané Wallis getting nominated for her one line in 12 Years a Slave and remembered that frustrating nomination for Asa Butterfeld in Hugo (he could repeat this year for Ender's Game) and I knew I had to intervene with some advocacy or at least a helpful voting cheat sheet.
Thomas Horn & Quvenzhane Wallis, the last two winners of this category
- NATHANIEL R
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