BAFTA Awards Live Blog
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is about to kick off its biggest night of the year with the BAFTA Awards being handed out at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Stephen Fry is again hosting the event which sees Carol and Bridge Of Spies lead the nominations. Often predictive of what's to come at the Oscars, BAFTA can also throw a wild card into the works. Last year, it anointed Boyhood as Best Picture while Birdman went on to win in Hollywood a few… Read
Matthew Heineman On ‘Cartel Land:’ “I Didn’t Know We Were Going To Get Shot At”
You'd be forgiven for assuming documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman has a background in war reporting, given the nature of his work on the Oscar-nominated Cartel Land. We follow Heineman–who is also the cinematographer–as he dodges bullets, rides along with a gunpoint interrogation and films a meth-cooking operation deep in the Mexican jungle. Yet Heineman, who won a DGA Award last week and whose previous work includes the Emmy-nominated Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue… Read
Michael Moore’s ‘Where To Invade Next’ Tops Slow Weekend – Specialty B.O.
Looks like a relative few Specialty-goers took refuge in theaters from the East Coast cold wave this weekend, though some politicos took time off from campaign-watching to check out the new Michael Moore film Where To Invade Next, which had its bow in a few hundred theaters. It is the highest grossing documentary of the year and the second Moore title to gross seven (or more) figures in its opening week, though how far it will go remains to be seen. It certainly outshined… Read
BAFTA Awards Winners List (LIVE)
The 2016 BAFTA Awards are today at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, with Stephen Fry returning to emcee a fast-paced but no less vital show that is often an Oscar bellweather. Last year, Boyhood took the top film prize, a feat it did not repeat a couple weeks later at the Academy Awards. We’ll be following the ceremony with our live blog and keep checking back for the winners as they’re announced.
BRITISH SHORT FILM
Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca… Read
‘Deadpool’ Rises To $125M+, ‘Zoolander 2,’ ‘How To Be Single’ Follow – Int’l Box Office
After breaking records stateside as the biggest R-rated film of all time, Deadpool is knocking out the competition overseas in its debut frame with an international haul of $125.1M. It’s global cume is now an incredible $260M for Fox through the three-day weekend. While it bested last year’s Valentine’s Day offering of Fifty Shades of Grey domestically, it wasn’t able to toppled the Universal film in its international debut. Still, it was no slouch.
The film, which offers… Read
‘Deadpool’s $150M+ Opening: Why The Town Didn’t See It Coming Until It Happened – Sunday Final
6TH WRITETHRU, Sunday final 10:12AM: 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool is bigger than anyone thought possible. Yes, it has scored the top opening for a February release with $135M over FSS and $150M-$153M over FSSM, beating Fifty Shades of Grey‘s first weekend figures last year. But, Deadpool also flogged Matrix Reloaded‘s $91.8M opening record to become the highest R-rated debut of all-time, not to mention it’s the biggest opening Fox executives have ever seen, surpassing Star… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip With Host Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy has emerged as one of the most popular Saturday Night Live hosts in the past few years, earning Emmy nominations for all 3 of her previous stints on the show from 2011-2014. McCarthy’s previous SNL show, which she hosted in February 2014 (5.4 in overnight household rating, 2.9 in adults 18-49) continues to be a high mark that even Donald Trump’s hosting stint could not match in the demo. (McCarthy’s 2014 show also marked the final episode of Seth Meyers… Read
Lionsgate Acquires UK Rights To ‘Ghost Stories’ – Berlin
Lionsgate has acquired UK rights to Ghost Stories, based on the Olivier-nominated supernatural stage production. The project stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), and is co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, who also reprises his role as Professor Goodman.
Will Clarke’s Altitude is handling sales. Claire Jones and Robin Gutch produce for indie production company Warp Films. Warp produced Berlin hit ’71, the brilliant feature directorial debut from Yann… Read
Video – Kanye West & Kyle Mooney’s Rap Duel: ‘Saturday Night Live’
Musical guests on Saturday Night Live don’t always get a chance to shine outside their two slotted numbers, but Kanye West nearly stole the show from host Melissa McCarthy last night with some extracurricular appearances. Not only did his numbers blow everyone away with a roster of guests led by Chance the Rapper, but he dropped his new album during the show. And he iced the cake by appearing in one of the season’s best videos. That was the one in which Kyle Mooney… Read
Debbie Harry Joins ‘I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House’ – Berlin
Singer and all-round pop culture icon Debbie Harry (Hairspray) has joined the cast of Osgood Perkins' I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, joining Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Sundance breakout Lucy Boynton (Sing Street). Netflix will be the exclusive streaming home of the thriller, which Perkins wrote and will be directing. Principal photography is set to begin in Ottawa on February 16th. The project is part of… Read
Video – Melissa McCarthy Spoofs Hollywood’s Audience Test Screenings & Cracks Up Leslie Jones: ‘Saturday Night Live’
Melissa McCarthy, with two movies to promote, hosted the Valentine’s Day edition of SNL, with musical guest Kanye West, in a B+ episode of the 41st season. Things got off to a topical start with a cold open that featured cast members discussing Hillary-vs.-Bernie — and leaning toward the latter, as Kate McKinnon’s Clinton swung around on a trapeze, serenading them with a pointedly flop-sweaty “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” McCarthy, comparatively sleek in black, monologued… Read
Video – Melissa McCarthy Palms Fellow Cat Lady Kate McKinnon: ‘Saturday Night Live’
The writing wasn’t always up to the talents of physical comedian Melissa McCarthy, hosting last night’s SNL, but there were still enough laughs to keep the show’s motor, well, purring. A recurring Kate McKinnon bit, coming near the end, paired her with McCarthy as Barbara and Tabitha, spokesladies for the Whiskers R We Annual Valentines’s Day Cat Giveaway. The featured felines were given increasingly loopy back stories (“We call him O.J. because he’s orange like the… Read