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Saving Mr. Banks wasn’t the runaway award contender Disney hoped for, but a newly found deleted scene sure looks like it was. Featuring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Paul Giamatti, it’s a pretty revealing and well-acted scene that probably gave away too much too soon for director John Lee Hancock. Still, if you want to […]
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- Germain Lussier
After releasing the very first trailer last week [see here], Paramount Pictures has now debuted a brand new IMAX poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction, which sees Michael Bay revamping the Robots in Disguise for the fourth instalment of the lucrative franchise...
Transformers: Age of Extinction is set for release on June 27th, with Mark Wahlberg (Ted) leading an all-new human cast that includes Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Bingbing Li (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She's Out of My League).
- Gary Collinson
The American Film Institute has set the 28th annual AFI Fest for Nov. 6-13 in Hollywood. Submissions for narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films are now open and can be made on the fest's website or through Withoutabox.com. The early deadline is June 27 and the final submission date is Aug. 8. Story: AFI Fest Announces Jury and Audience Awards Winners AFI Fest, which offers free tickets to all screenings, opened last year with the North American premiere of Saving Mr. Banks and closed with Inside Llewyn Davis. It also featured the world premieres of Lone Survivor
- Rebecca Ford
The AFI Fest has set its 28th edition for November 6 to 13 in Hollywood.
AFI has also opened filmmaker submissions through its website or through Withoutabox.com. June 27 is the early submission deadline and August 8 is the final submission deadline for both features and shorts.
Last year’s festival opened with the North American premiere of “Saving Mr. Banks” and featured the world premieres of “Lone Survivor” and “Out of the Furnace,” along with tributes to David O. Russell and Bruce Dern.
The festival’s market partner is the American Film Market.
- Dave McNary
The American Film Institute's AFI Fest, famous for being free-to-the-public and partnered with the American Film Market, has announced dates and submission deadlines for the 28th edition. AFI Fest 2014 will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, CA, and submissions are now open for filmmakers to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at AFI.com/Afifest or through Withoutabox.com. The deadlines for early submission (for both shorts and features) is June 27th, and August 8th for final submission. Last year's celebrated submissions included "Saving Mr. Banks," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lone Survivor" and "Out of the Furnace." With 8,000+ participants from more than 70 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, Afm is the pivotal destination for independent producers, filmmakers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers, development executives, the international media and all those who provide »
- Taylor Lindsay
We've already had character posters for Mark Wahlberg (Ted), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel) and Optimus Prime, and now it's the turn of Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution) to grace an international one-sheet for Transformers: Age of Extinction...
Transformers: Age of Extinction is set for release on June 27th with a cast that also includes Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She's Out of My League).
- Gary Collinson
Back in November, Box Office Mojo made specific box office predictions for the upcoming holiday season. Now that the awards season is over, these titles are finally wrapping up their runs, so it's time to assess how we did.For each title, we will list the domestic forecast, the actual gross (in most cases an estimate) and the percentage difference [(Actual-Forecast)/Forecast]. Each prediction will be assigned a grade on the following arbitrary scale: A (less than 10% difference), B (10-19.9%), C (20-29.9%), D (30-39.9%) and F (over 40%).As usual, there were some spot-on predictions (Catching Fire, The Wolf of Wall Street), some misses (Anchorman 2, American Hustle) and some disasters (Frozen, Grudge Match).The Hunger Games: Catching FireForecast: $400 millionActual: $424 million (est.)Difference: +6%Grade: ASix months ago, anyone could have told you that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was going to be a huge hit. Few expected it to do this well, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Amazon Studios has settled on four series orders among the 10 pilots the company announced last month were under consideration, according to sources close to the deals.
A rep for Amazon Studios declined comment.
Getting the greenlight will be “Bosch,” a cop drama based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, written by Eric Overmyer and Connelly. Pilot follows title character, played by Titus Welliver (“Argo,” “The Good Wife”) as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Cast includes: Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (“The Killing”) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.
Written and directed by Chris Carter (“The X-Files”), “The After” is a drama that follows eight strangers thrown together by mysterious forces and who must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Most deleted scenes are superfluous or rough edges that were sacrificed for a smoother narrative. It’s the rare deleted scene from a movie that captures the entire story in a single sequence, but that’s exactly what exists for Saving Mr. Banks. Walt Disney’s decades-long courtship of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to adapt her stories into the 1964 musical was belligerent and difficult, as Travers refused to sign over the rights for fear of seeing her heroine “cavorting and twinkling” like one of Disney’s cartoon creations. When Travers reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to meet Disney and his writers, »
- Jeff Labrecque
A week ago the 86th Academy Awards wrapped up what was one of the closest Best Picture races in history. An awards season full of unexpected distractions, pretenders and results came to an end. Many in Hollywood could finally take a deep breath and exhale. No matter how long you've covered the game there is always something to learn over the course of a season. Here are a few lessons that have been percolating in the back of my mind, something to take into account as we (eventually) segue into the next Oscars campaign. And yes, it's really not that far away. Never doubt the Academy's resolve to do the right thing This past weekend I randomly caught up with two Oscar voters who volunteered that they voted for "Gravity" (although they did expect a "12 Years a Slave" outcome). It was a reminder that the vote was likely still as close as we thought, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director Peter Landesman credits Paul Giamatti’s involvement in Parkland as one of the key reasons that Abraham Zapruder’s family – consistently silent until now – agreed to collaborate with his film.
Landesman had reached out persistently to the relatives of Zapruder, the man who had witnessed the shooting of JFK through the lens of his little 8mm camera, but was turned away on numerous occasions.
“I’d go back to them and say, ‘no, really we want to tell his inner story.’ And there’d be silence. So I’d go back again because I just didn’t want to take ‘no’ for an answer,” says the director.
“I was starting to think that it would never happen, but then, when Paul Giamatti agreed to play Abraham Zapruder, we were able to present them with one of the finest actors of our generation – or of any generation for that matter. »
- Gary Collinson
Is there anything Emma Thompson cannot do? The British actress, snubbed for an Oscar nomination this year for her turn as Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks, proves herself a felonious triple threat as the cannibalistic cook Mrs. Lovett in a five-night-only concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which opened Wednesday night at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC’s Lincoln Center. (If you’re unable to snag a ticket to one of the remaining performances, fret not: PBS is filming the production for broadcast later this year.)
Thompson sings surprisingly well, she quips, she does pratfalls, »
- Thom Geier
Despite the fact it hits cinemas in a little over three-and-a-half months, all we've seen footage-wise from the "revamped" fourth instalment of Michael Bay's Transformers franchise is a thirty-second Super Bowl TV spot; however, after dropping several character posters over the past couple of days [see here, here and here], Paramount Pictures has now given us the first trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction, as well as a brand new poster featuring Autobot leader Optimus Prime...
Transformers: Age of Extinction sees a completely new human cast taking over from Shia Labeouf and company, with Mark Wahlberg (Ted) taking on the lead role alongside Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Bingbing Li (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She's Out of My League).
Transformers: Age of Extinction is set for release on June 27th. »
- Gary Collinson
See new behind the scenes photos of dramatic comedy, Mozart in the Jungle. Written by Oscar-nominated writer and director Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited), actor and musician Jason Schwartzman (Saving Mr. Banks, Moonrise Kingdom, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher).
Watch the pilot now and help decide if the show should become a series.
With the trailer just hours away, another character poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction has arrived online, this time featuring Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel); check it out below, and you can see the previous character posters for Mark Wahlberg (Ted) and Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) here and here....
Transformers: Age of Extinction is set for release on June 27th, with a cast that also includes Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Bingbing Li (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost), and T.J. Miller (She's Out of My League).
- Gary Collinson
Sure, P.L. Travers might be the most publicly known disaffected author (at least as it applies to the full-scale cinematic and, on her end, utterly despised imagining of her beloved “Mary Poppins” by Walt Disney — what, did you miss Saving Mr. Banks?), but she’s far from the only one. Stephen King is notoriously not a fan of The Shining, Anthony Burgess so disliked the movie version of his A Clockwork Orange that he regretted writing his own book, Bret Easton Ellis almost roundly dismisses movie takes on his novels, and the list goes on and on (we’re betting that Mark Helprin isn’t too excited about the recent spin on Winter’s Tale), but it doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, it’s sort of fun when it’s not. The Ya genre has been mostly lucky when it comes to author-approved movies – at least when it comes to its most »
- Kate Erbland
Yesterday we brought you the first character poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction featuring Mark Wahlberg (Ted) as Cade Yeager [see here], and with the trailer now just hours away it's the turn of Jack Reynor (What Richard Did)....
Transformers: Age of Extinction is set for release on June 27th, with a cast that also includes Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Bingbing Li (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She's Out of My League).
- Gary Collinson
Oscar 2014 winners and nominees (photo: Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto chat at the 2014 Oscar ceremony) Best Picture: American Hustle, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon; Captain Phillips, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca; Dallas Buyers Club, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter; Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman; Her, Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay; Nebraska, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa; Philomena, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward; 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas; The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine. Best Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County. Best Actor: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, »
- Steve Montgomery
The morning after the Oscars is always a strange feeling. We've been covering this process in earnest for months, and now it's over. And for the first time ever, I'm pleased to say that I scored a perfect 10 in predicting the winners in the crafts categories! (I went 21/24 overall, missing Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short and…Best Picture.) To be fair, however, I'm hardly the only person to have gone 10/10 in this respect. In that sense, we had a night without surprises, which is not to say we didn't have stories. The big story in the crafts categories is, of course, "Gravity's" dominance, as it won six of the 10 below-the-line fields, with the obvious (and highly deserved) win in Best Visual Effects being a foreshadowing of things to come in Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score. Visual effects supervisor Tim Webber, »
- Gerard Kennedy
The stars of the silver screen gathered in Hollywood last night as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the very best in cinematic achievement over the past 12 months with the 86th annual Academy Awards.
Taking home the main prize, the Oscar for Best Picture, was Steve McQueen's acclaimed slavery drama 12 Years a Slave, while the film also received Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o). Also winning three awards - Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling - was Dallas Buyers Club; however, the night belonged to Gravity, which claimed seven gongs in total including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron.
Check out the full list of nominations here, with the winners highlighted in red....
"12 Years a Slave"
- Gary Collinson
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