Oscar Producers Blast Trade Story That Called Neil Patrick Harris An “Also-Ran” And Not First Choice To Host
An anonymously sourced Hollywood Reporter story Wednesday headlined “Also-ran Academy Host?” in their print edition gossip column, as well as an expanded online version blatantly headlining “Neil Patrick Harris Wasn't Academy's First Choice To Host The Oscars,” has been flatly denied by Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
The story, credited in the online version to writer Seth Abramovich, claims 2014 host Ellen DeGeneres was “begged” by the producers to… Read
Matthew McConaughey Gets A ‘Stellar’ Tribute From American Cinematheque
How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton. Because among other things, McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies — ever — before the age of 18: King Kong and Orca. And though this non-cineaste didn't specify which King Kong, I would be willing to bet it was the… Read
Why Did Stephen Hawking Film ‘Theory Of Everything’ Take A Decade? Scribe Anthony McCarten Explains
EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Redmayne looked a bit misty eyed as he emerged from the MOMA screening room after the rousing applause that followed a teary-eyed New York premiere of The Theory Of Everything from Focus Features. Redmayne's reaction is understandable, given the outsized performances he and Felicity Jones turned in as physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane. Redmayne's portrayal humanizes that iconic image of the genius frozen in a ruined body, and the Like Crazy… Read
Napa Valley Film Festival Hoping Quake Damage Doesn’t Shake Up Show
It's white-knuckle time for the Napa Valley Film Festival's organizers, filmmakers and fans, with a key venue and two hotels still fixing earthquake damage ahead of the Nov. 12 opening night. The post-quake craziness comes just as the four-year-old event is getting traction in Hollywood for its Oscar Season-adjacent timing, with companies setting encore screenings and star appearances, to tout awards contenders from earlier in the year.
The festival bills itself a mix of… Read
OSCARS: Eight Documentary Shorts On 2014 Shortlist
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed its field of Documentary Short Subject contenders to eight films from a field of 58 submissions. Of those, three to five will earn Oscar nominations, which will be announced January 14. The Oscars are February 22 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland and will be televised live on ABC. Here is the shortlist in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
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Oscars: ‘Birdman’ Flew Sky High In Theaters, But How Did It Play With Academy Voters?
There can be no question that one of this year's most anticipated films, Oscar-wise, flew high in its limited platform break at the box office this weekend. With an estimate exceeding $400,ooo at just four theatres in NY and LA, the $103,000-per-screen figure indicates strong want-to-see on the coasts. I had expected this totally unique and original film, with its orgiastic critical and Venice/Telluride/NY film fest response and general must-see status, would be huge on… Read
AFI Fest Adds ‘The Homesman’ Gala And Conversations With Keaton, Norton And Deakins
Tommy Lee Jones' Cannes competition film, The Homesman has been added as an additional Centerpiece Gala to this year's growing lineup for the AFI Fest. The film which he directed and also co-stars in with Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep among others will screen on Tuesday November 11th. AFI also announced a series of “Special Screenings” including a number of other films that initially debuted at Cannes in May : Olivier Assayas' Clouds Of Sils Maria, Mike Leigh's… Read
Oscar Watch: How Elaine Stritch And Other Showbiz Documentaries Hope To Grab The Eyes – And Hearts – Of Voters
If there was any doubt awards season was in full swing, this week's growing list of screening events featuring lunches, dinners and receptions all aimed at luring Academy and Golden Globe voters should erase any question.
As I pointed out last week, the Academy's “official” foreign-language screenings began on Monday night with Poland's Ida and Hungary's demanding but very fine White God. But that is just the beginning for both those films.
On Friday afternoon at Century… Read
Alejandro G. Iñárritu And ‘Birdman’ Scribes On Hollywood’s Superhero Fixation: ‘Poison, Cultural Genocide’ – Q&A
EXCLUSIVE: When Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu stumbles into a suite in the Park Hyatt with his co-writers Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo, each feels the influence of last night's party after their film closed the New York Film Festival. A little hung over and more than a little giddy at the rousing response given their frenzied film that was backed by New Regency and will be released Friday by Fox Searchlight, they swap stories of… Read
Neil Patrick Harris To Host Oscars
Neil Patrick Harris has been selected to host the 87th annual Oscars. The news just broke on Twitter (see it below) via Neil Meron, who is back to co-produce for a third consecutive year with Craig Zadan. The Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
This will be Harris' first stint as Oscar host, but he is known for his hosting proclivities that have included fronting the Emmys (twice) and the Tony Awards (four times)… Read
Mark Wahlberg’s Oscar Hopeful ‘The Gambler’ Set For AFI Fest World Premiere
The American Film Institute's 2014 AFI Fest has snagged another major world premiere as it said today that Paramount Pictures' The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg will make its official debut at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, November 10. The film, not being released until December 19, marks a big coup for AFI and its placement at the Dolby is also a subtle hint that that's where the studio would like to see Wahlberg competing as Best Actor come February 22nd.
Oscar Watch: Foreign Films Start Screening, But Should Voters Ask “Does The DOG Die?”
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that a record 83 countries had submitted an eligible film for the 2014 Foreign Language Film Oscar. A volunteer group of several hundred members now will trudge through those movies beginning Monday night with Poland's much acclaimed Ida and wrapping up December 14 with Iceland's Life In A Fishbowl.
In between will be numerous films, good and bad, selected by their home countries for various reasons… Read