13 items from 2015
On Saturday evening the Art Directors Guild (Adg) announced the winners of its 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, in eleven categories of film, television, commercials and music videos during a black-tie ceremony at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Christopher Nolan received the Guild’s prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award presented by Anne Hathaway, star of Interstellar, currently nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Production Design.
Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage
Winners For Excellence In Production Design For A Feature Film In 2014:
The Grand Budapest Hotel Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen
Winners For Excellence In Production »
- Michelle McCue
The Art Directors Guild (Adg, Iatse Local 800) tonight announced winners of its 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, in eleven categories of film, television, commercials and music videos during a black-tie ceremony at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The awards took place before an audience of more than 850, including guild members, industry executives and press. Adg President Mimi Gramatky and Council Chair Marcia Hinds presided over the awards ceremony with comedian Owen Benjamin serving as host. Christopher Nolan received the Guild’s prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award presented by Anne Hathaway, star of Interstellar, currently nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Production Design. George Clooney presented Production Designer Jim Bissell with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Senior Illustrator Camille Abbott, Senior Set Designer John P. Bruce and Scenic Artist Will Ferrell also were recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards, the first year »
- Josh Abraham
George Clooney will present the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award to his old pal and longtime collaborator, production designer Jim Bissell. The awards show and presentation will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 31.
Bissell’s other credits include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, 300, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). He won an Emmy for Palmerstown, U.S.A., and and received an Oscar nomination for Good Night, And Good Luck.
- The Deadline Team
Hugh Bonneville celebrated his 51st birthday recently, but he hasn’t lost touch with the little boy he once was.
It explains why the British actor known the world over as the sensible Lord Grantham from TV’s "Downton Abbey" jumped at the chance to play the human father to a CGI bear in the family-friendly Paddington.
“Paddington the bear was very much a part of my childhood,” says Bonneville on the line from London, England. “The character emerged from the books of Michael Bond, first written in 1958, so they’ve been around a long time and as I say have formed part of the tapestry of my childhood.”
Blessed with a melodious voice that manages to sound both comforting and slightly stern, Bonneville began his career in theatre and then found success in British television where he’s appeared in more than 60 shows and small-screen films.
It was the »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
George Clooney used his Golden Globes acceptance speech to pay tribute to his new wife Amal.
The actor, who was honoured with the Cecil B DeMille Award at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards last night (January 11), spoke to the audience about how lucky he had been to meet Amal, who he married in September.
"I've had a pretty good year myself, and I don't just mean all of the fabulous reviews of The Monuments Men," Clooney said. "It's a humbling thing when you find someone to love, even better if you've been waiting your whole life.
See all the film winners from the 2015 Golden Globes
"And when your whole life is 53 years - Tina [Fey] and Amy [Poehler], start the jokes - Amal, whatever alchemy that brought us together, I couldn't be more proud to be your husband."
The Gravity actor also reminded the nominees in the room that winning is »
Just, swoon. George Clooney stole the show at the 2015 Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 11. The Monuments Men actor, who received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, was all about his new wife Amal Alamuddin. After gushing over the human rights lawyer during his acceptance speech, where he adorably said he "couldn't be more proud" to be her husband, the former bachelor told reporters that when it came to getting ready for the big night, he had it easy compared to his wife. Photos: Golden Globes 2015 Red Carpet [...] »
Hollywood's favorite former bachelor, George Clooney, was honored for his legacy in film and humanitarianism at the Golden Globes, taking home the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by Julianna Margulies and Don Cheadle, who fought over which one of them was a better "F.O.G." (Friend of George), on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. "I can't tell you what an honor it is to be up here," said Clooney. "I thought they were going to roast me." He went on to say that the Globes offer a chance to catch up with old friends. »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
His big night — with new wife Amal Alamuddin by his side. George Clooney received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 11, and in a sweet moment, gushed about what a lucky guy he is. "I've had a pretty good year myself, and I don't just mean all of the fabulous reviews of The Monuments Men," Clooney, 53, joked of his 2014 film, which pal Don Cheadle skewered in his introduction. "It's a humbling thing when you find [...] »
By now you've probably heard mention that Steven Soderbergh, he who is officially retired but not really because nobody totally believes it and he still works in various capacities, just posted his list of everything he watched and read this past year. I love Soderbergh's List-Mania more than I even love Soderbergh because I relate. This is now my favorite celebrity listing tradition of each year, not that there are very many consistent ones.
The whole list is worth reading but I wanted to share nine highlights in the order in which they delighted me.
Nine Highlights In Order Of How They Delighted
08. I can't imagine what his Oscar ballot looks like since it appears in the middle of all his TV viewings and plentiful 1970s movies, he only »
- NATHANIEL R
After Gravity blew your eardrums out of the airlock in 2013 with its seamless mix of sound effects and music, it was hard to imagine a film wowing just as much the year after, but 2014 was a year in which movie soundtracks became, if anything, even more intricate, from films about the nature of being a musician to those that replicated the noise of human existence for alien senses.
Before 2014 becomes a distant ringing in the ears, here are the top 14 movie soundtracks of the year.
Once you've heard Mica Levi's soundtrack to Under the Skin, everything else sounds both disappointing and even more exciting. I say 'soundtrack' because, like the best movies, Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi understands that sound and music are two halves of the same hastily-conceived metaphor. »
Hand it to the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle for not conforming to categorical tradition. Yes, they hand out Best Actor and Actress (this year: Michael Keaton and Rosamund Pike), director (Richard Linklater), and Best Picture ("Boyhood"), but they also throw out a Best First Feature award a la the Independent Spirit Awards, accolades for Body of Work and Best Guilty Pleasure and dissbombs in the form of Obvious and Not So Obvious Worst Films of the Year. It’s a colorful announcement. The Ofcc’s best films list is an eclectic round-up. With "Boyhood" taking the top spot, the group’s list rounded out with "Birdman," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Whiplash," "Gone Girl," "Nightcrawler," "The Imitation Game," "The Lego Movie," "A Most Violent Year," and "Guardians of the Galaxy." See the full list of winners below: Best Picture "Boyhood" Top 10 Films of 2014 "Boyhood" "Birdman" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Whiplash" "Gone Girl »
- Matt Patches
A number of film critics groups from all across the country have been handing out their various awards over the past month or so (Sefca, to which Matt belongs, named The Grand Budapest Hotel the Best Film of 2014), and the group of which I am personally a member, the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, announced its winners today. Boyhood was named Best Picture while Richard Linklater picked up the Best Director trophy, and it’s tough for me to argue with these two choices. Elsewhere, Gone Girl picked up two prizes, Best Actress for Rosamund Pike and Best Adapted Screenplay for Gillian Flynn, and we singled out The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller for “Best Body of Work” in 2014. Check out the full list of winners (including our Top 10 of the year) after the jump. Ofcc 2014 Winners Best Picture Boyhood Birdman The Grand Budapest Hotel »
- Adam Chitwood
In this special year-end edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, we are ranking the top 10 movies by advertising spend on TV for 2014.
All told, 66 film distributors aired more than 577,000 national TV ads, at the estimated cost of $3.38 billion. Warner Bros. accounted for approximately $727 million of that spend, airing close to 95,000 national ads, followed by Universal Studios, which spent $395 million on 59,000 airings, and Sony at $335 million to air just shy of 55,000.
And in the spirit of “bigger is better,” it seems not at all surprising that “Godzilla” led the pack for the biggest advertising spend, with an estimated $61.8 million spent on 5,115 national airings.
A few items of note from the top 10 list:
Warner Bros. handily owned the top 10 list, with six of the entries all under the movie studio’s umbrella, including the top four. No other movie studio had more than one title on the list, »
13 items from 2015
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