What Oscar’s Best Picture Snafu Spells For ‘Moonlight’ & ‘La La Land’ At The B.O.; There’s A Surprising Takeaway
After its surprise Best Picture Oscar win last night, what now for A24’s Moonlight?
Quite similar to the recent Best Picture winners before it, i.e. last year’s Spotlight and 2015’s Birdman, Moonlight already is streaming in homes on transactional VOD and will hit DVD shelves tomorrow. Despite major chains’ refusal to book movies that are already occupying their second and third ancillary windows, exceptions typically are made for Best Picture winners. A24 will reveal… Read
UCLA Diversity Report Downplays Gains Made By Industry’s Women and Minorities
Downplaying the gains women and minorities have made in Hollywood in recent years – and the industry's efforts to increase those numbers – UCLA's “2017 Hollywood Diversity Report” says its goal is "to set the record straight with respect to the myths, half-truths, and excuses industry decision-makers have used to justify business-as-usual on the diversity front."
But the report, while breaking little new ground, actually paints a gloomier picture than its own data… Read
Oscars: Is ‘Moonlight’ Poised To Make History After WGA Original Screenplay Win?
Well that didn’t settle much!
For only the third time since 1984 (some 32 years ago), the Writers Guild and the Oscars are possibly going to have two different winners in the Original and Adapted Screenplay categories, though you can put an asterisk on that statistic since they are both likely to have Moonlight as a shared winner – but in two different writing categories. If I haven’t confused you enough, let me make this even more perplexing.
With tonight’s newly minted W… Read
‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Tops $3.2M, ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Opens at $1M – Specialty Box Office
This holiday weekend’s Specialty box office is mostly quiet with debuts, while key Oscar nominees are keeping their zest. At over $3.2M, Magnolia Pictures' documentary nominee I Am Not Your Negro, in its third weekend of release, has pulled ahead in cumulative gross of all but a few 2016 non-fiction releases. Pantelion/Lionsgate's Spanish and English romantic-comedy Everybody Loves Somebody bowed with a 3-day take of $1M in 333 theaters, by far the most for a new… Read
Moviegoers Likely To Spend Fewer George Washingtons Over Presidents Day Weekend: Box Office Preview
Since 2013, Presidents Day weekend at the box office has had the added benefit of Valentine’s Day falling on or adjacent to the four-day holiday weekend. But not this year, which spells a dull weekend.
Try blaming the holidays for not coinciding, but the real culprit is a lack of great, new product popping off the tracking boards — the likely result of which is more moviegoers voting to stay home than previous Presidents Days. Last year’s Valentine’s/Presidents Day… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Oscars Hope To Be Inspirational; ‘Kubo’ Breaks New Ground; Octavia Spencer Is ‘Hidden’ No More
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
Although not many automatically think “Oscar” when you mention Fifty Shades of Grey, it perhaps should be remembered that the 2016 film of the E L James uber-bestselling novel nabbed an Academy Award nomination for its song “Earned It," performed on last year’s Oscarcast by The Weeknd, who also was one of its nominated writers. The sequel — which had its raucous premiere, complete with masked ball… Read
Iran’s Oscar Nominee ‘The Salesman’ & Mexican Hit ‘Un Padre No Tan Padre’ Open Stateside – Specialty Preview
Pantalion will bow Mexican comedy Un Padre No Tan Padre in more than 300 locations this weekend in the wake of a battle royal President Trump has picked with America’s neighbor to the south. The film, about an intergenerational clash starring popular actor Héctor Bonilla, has been a big draw in Mexico since opening late last year. Trump also said he will seek a visa ban from visitors from Iran among other countries, prompting a star in Foreign Language Oscar-nominated The… Read
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Defies Winter Chill At Broadway Box Office
An unlikely media sensation gets caught up in the Twitter-enhanced mythology that distorts his true nature as he becomes a national hero: Donald Trump? Evan Hansen? Both had big weeks in dark times (but while each character profits from alternative truths, only one sings. Also, he’s not real).
While Trump moved into the White House, Dear Evan Hansen — the first musical of the season to look like a significant hit — was one of the few shows to buck the seasonal plunge into… Read
China President Warns On Trade War: “No One Emerges A Winner” – Davos
In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this morning, Chinese President Xi Jinping never uttered Donald Trump’s name, but his message for the U.S. President-elect was clear enough. Xi, who is the first Middle Kingdom head of state to address the annual gathering, kicked off the proceedings by quoting Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Xi said regarding the current contradictory state of the… Read
BAFTA Sniffs At Diversity Criticism: “Everyone Looks For The Snubs”
Is BAFTA at risk of drawing wrath like last year’s Oscars did? With the British org’s nominations now on the table, a handful of media outlets have criticized a lack of diversity, a defining headline from 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite furor. But let's take a closer look: Sure, this year’s roster has offered up its fair share of surprises. And Denzel Washington, a two-time Oscar winner and four-time Oscar nominee, has still never been even nominated for a BAFTA award – a blatant… Read
To Win A Best Picture Oscar, Producers Need A Great Film – And It Helps To Have Three Little Letters
The film nominees for the PGA Awards were announced today in the latest stop on the Oscar trail, but it’s no doubt going to be bittersweet for the producers of some of the films who'd dreamed of getting onstage to accept a Best Picture Academy Award. That's because among this year's crop of films that have received the most Oscar buzz, many of their producers will be, in all likelihood, on the outside looking in if their films go on to win Best Picture – in large part… Read
’20th Century Women’ & ‘Paterson’ Join Year-End Awards-Season Fray – Specialty Preview
The travails of three women led by Annette Bening "coming of age" in Santa Barbara in the 1970s is among the specialty films rolling out this holiday week. Awards contender 20th Century Women, an Annapurna/A24 film which also stars Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig, is opening in New York and Los Angeles starting Wednesday. Only two months following the release of his Stooges documentary Gimme Danger, Jim Jarmusch is back with his latest narrative feature, Paterson, starring… Read