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December 2012 Archive


Robert De Niro’s ‘Silver Lining’: After 21 Years He Could Be Back In The Oscar Game – Interview

Between 1974 when he won Best Supporting Actor for his turn as the young Don Corleone in The Godfather Part II and 1991 when he was contending for Best Actor in Cape Fear, Robert De Niro was nominated six times and won two Oscars (1980’s Raging Bull was the other one) in a span of 17 years. But remarkably it has now been 21 years since that last Academy Award shout-out in ’91, a long Oscar dry spell for the man many consider our greatest living film actor. With the… Read


OSCARS: Re-Creating The Look Of The ’70s For ‘Argo’

Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor. Remember the 1971 movie Shaft? Ben Affleck doesn't want you to—at least, not while you are watching his 2012 movie Argo, set in the turbulent 1979-80 era of the Iranian revolution and the Iran hostage crisis. In creating the look of Argo — the stranger-than-fiction true story of a covert mission to help six Americans flee Iran by posing as a Canadian movie crew — director/star Affleck was adamant that the design team create an… Read


OSCARS: Nomination Voting Deadline Extended To 5PM January 4

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations by one day to Friday, January 4, 2013, 5.p.m. PT.  (The original date was Thursday, January 3, 5 p.m. PT).  Members may vote online or submit a paper ballot.  Any votes received after the deadline will not be counted. "By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting… Read


Disney Inks Distribution Pact With Charter

ST. LOUIS, MO and NEW YORK, NY –– DECEMBER 31, 2012 –– Charter Communications and The Walt Disney Company today announced a comprehensive long-term distribution agreement to deliver Disney's robust lineup of top quality sports, news and entertainment content to Charter TV customers across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and internet-enabled televisions. The renewal agreement supports the companies' mutual goal to deliver the best video… Read


OSCARS: The Road To ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

Thomas McLean is an AwardsLine contributor. Nearly 10 years after The Lord Of The Rings trilogy wrapped its record-breaking run with a best picture Oscar and more than $3 billion in worldwide ticket sales, director Peter Jackson has done the last thing he expected: He got the band back together for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. "I came away from Lord Of The Rings with 266 days of shooting three movies and thought I'd never do that again in my life," says Jackson… Read


NBCUniversal Agrees To Broad Program Carriage Terms For Smaller Cable Systems

The new agreement is with the National Cable Television Cooperative, which negotiates programming deals for more than 950 small to mid-sized cable systems. The announcement is similar to ones that NBCUniversal recently made for agreements with companies including Cablevision, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Verizon. It’s described as a “multi-year agreement” — without specifics including financial terms. It embodies NCTC’s first retransmission consent deal for NBC and Telemundo… Read


Tribune Will Emerge From Bankruptcy Protection Today

The biggest media industry bankruptcy ever will end today after four years with Tribune’s chief creditors — Oaktree Capital Management, Angelo, Gordon & Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co — empowered to run the Chicago based broadcasting and newspaper power. The reorganization values the company at about $4.5B. The new management is expected to look for buyers for its assets which include 23 television stations and major metro dailies such as the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tri… Read


R.I.P. Mike Hopkins

Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins drowned in an accident while he and friends were rafting in the Tararua Range in northern New Zealand. Hopkins, 53, was found dead by a helicoptor rescue team after an inflatable craft capsized on the Waiohine River on Sunday afternoon, according to The blog. His rafting companions, a man and a woman, survived. Police told the Australian that all three people were wearing life jackets, wetsuits and helmets and it… Read


OSCARS: ‘Django Unchained’s “Dance Between Reality And Storytelling”

Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine. "I think she had to be in there for 20 minutes before I yelled action." Quentin Tarantino is referring to the time that Kerry Washington spent in the “hotbox” — a hole in the ground on a plantation where slaves were sent when they tried to escape. It's where Washington's character Broomhilda is locked up when her husband, Django (Jamie Foxx), arrives at Candyland — the vast Southern estate owned by her owner Calvin… Read


Fleming Q&A’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Director Wes Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom amounted to Wes Anderson at his best. It was a relate-able story of first love, injected with Anderson’s playful wit, his sense of the absurd, and his singular visual style. The result was a $66 million worldwide gross and one of the year’s big specialty film hits. Since making his debut on Bottle Rocket, Anderson has honed a highly original voice that has sometimes hit the crossover bulls eye (Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums) and sometimes is confined… Read


OSCARS Q&A: Anthony Hopkins

David Mermelstein is an AwardsLine contributor. When we think of Anthony Hopkins, psychopaths may spring to mind. After all, the Welsh actor won an Oscar in 1992 for playing Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, a career-defining role. But of course there's much more to Hopkins than playing brilliant fictional villains. He's also displayed a knack for portraying complicated historical figures. In addition to playing Hitler (on TV) and William Bligh, the actor has… Read


‘Skyfall’ Reaches $1 Billion Global Milestone

Sony Pictures-MGM’s 23rd James Bond pic Skyfall became the 14th film ever to reach $1 billion globally, with a domestic cume of $289.6 million and $710.6 million internationally. Sony, which a month ago posted the studio’s best-ever performance at the box office with $4 billion worldwide, announced Skyfall‘s latest milestone today. Skyfall is the third pic this year to hit $1 billion globally, after Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers ($1.5B) and Warner Bros’ The Dark Knight Rise… Read