Toronto: Bill Murray Wows At World Premiere Of ‘St. Vincent'; Will It Be A Stealth Awards Player?
Thunder and lightning and a sudden rainstorm couldn't dampen the spirits of moviegoers as the Toronto Film Festival provided a change of pace Friday night with the world premiere of The Weinstein Company's October release, St. Vincent. Starring Bill Murray in the best performance of his career and 11-year-old newcomer Jaeden Lieberher in the best kid role of the year, this pure family film (although rated PG-13) is about a young child of divorce who finds a companion in… Read
Toronto: Warner Bros Gets Thumbs-Up Verdict As ‘The Judge’ Opens TIFF With Emotion-Packed Drama
“I feel like I was sucker-punched, but it was a happy punch,” Robert Downey Jr. told me after the Toronto Film Festival's opening-night movie The Judge. At the Montecito restaurant after-party, the star and his wife Susan Downey, who was one of the producers of the project, admitted they had not seen the film before in such a large venue as Roy Thomson Hall, where the October 10th Warner Bros release had its world premiere Thursday night.
Downey admitted to tearing up at… Read
Global Showbiz Briefs: Bollywood & Arabic Distributors Get Chance At 8-Territory iTunes Release; Norway Picks ‘1001 Grams’ For Oscar Race; More
Middle East film distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment is giving Arabic and Bollywood distributors a chance to have their movies reach larger audiences thanks to a new deal making it an iTunes aggregator. The Apple service is the only platform in the Middle East that offers simultaneous releases in eight countries: UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait. Front Row has already made some of its titles available including A Long Way Down, Rush, Dian… Read
Global Showbiz Briefs: Austria Saddles Up ‘The Dark Valley’ For Oscar Ride; Ex-Sony Pictures TV Execs Launch Lineup Industries; More
Austria has selected Andreas Prochaska's The Dark Valley as its official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Sam Riley stars in the German-language revenge Western based on the bestseller by Thomas Willman. In the film, a stranger arrives in a remote high mountain valley toward the end of the 19th century and asks the clannish village community if he can take shelter for the winter. But he knows the villagers' gloomy secret, and a mysterious… Read
Hollywood Film Awards Get Air Date
The first televised Hollywood Film Awards will air on Friday, November 14. The 17-year-old awards franchise founded by Carlos de Abreu signaled its intention to go to the screen last year when de Abreu partnered with awards show specialist Dick Clark Prods. A TV special, produced by DCP, was shopped and picked up by CBS. The Friday air date for HFA is somewhat surprising but it takes pressure off the show to perform great off the bat, and CBS plans to make it an all-night… Read
Telluride: Eviction Stunner ’99 Homes’ Electrifies Fest, Igniting Hot Distribution, Oscar Buzz
After its smash international World Premiere in Venice, director Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes — an absolutely riveting drama about the 2008 home foreclosure crisis — had its North American premiere here at the Telluride Film Festival, and it has set this place ablaze. Despite lots of interest, as there should be, from domestic distributors, Bahrani told me immediately after this morning's screening that the financiers behind the film are waiting until its Toronto debut next… Read
Pete Hammond’s Telluride Q&A With Makers Of ‘The Imitation Game’ (Video)
Deadline's Pete Hammond is in Telluride for the film festival, busily seeing (and writing about) as many awards contenders there as he can. But Pete also took a bit of time after watching The Imitation Game to sit down with the film's producers Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman and Nora Grossman, screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum.
The film, being distributed by The Weinstein Company, tells the painfully true story of Alan Turing, the brilliant British… Read
Telluride: Oscar Host To Oscar Contender? Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ Wins Standing Ovation At Festival
I ran into a producer and Academy voting member after this morning's smash screening of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart's impressive writing and directorial feature debut, Rosewater. He – and his wife – were raving about it, but also perplexed by a handful of early mixed reviews of the gripping political drama that had created some negative buzz among festgoers here even before the movie had its first screening (when it World Premiered Friday night at 9pm). “We were… Read
Telluride: Weinstein Company Jumps Back Into Oscar Game With Strong ‘Imitation Game’ Screening
On a day chock full of World Premieres here in Telluride, The Weinstein Company which has used this festival for North American launches of The King's Speech and The Artist, and saw both go on to win Best Picture Oscars, just might be on to another major Best Picture contender after its first public screening of the Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game. Of course it is easy this time of year to go into just about every film that hits the Fall Festival circuit as a… Read
Oscars: Season’s First Academy Award Winners A Worthy Group Who Represent Moviemaking At Its Best
For the first two or three years of the now six-year-old Governors Awards, I regularly wrote a column “suggesting” who I considered to be a deserving choice for Honorary Oscars, people who have been overlooked in their fields over the years.
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On every one of those lists, three names would appear: Angela Lansbury, Maureen O'Hara and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere. Last year, thankfully, the Academy… Read
Academy Unveils 2014 Governors Awards: Harry Belafonte, Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki, Maureen O’Hara
Harry Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O'Hara will receive Honorary Awards at the Academy's 6th Annual Governors Awards November 8 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The Academy's Board of Governors did not award the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which is given out periodically. The last recipient was Francis Ford Coppola in 2010. Deadline's Pete Hammond will give his take… Read
Oscar Contenders In Lineup As Telluride Film Festival Announces Schedule
The 41st Telluride Film Festival, which has become a harbinger of heavyweight Oscar contenders over the past few years, has announced its schedule for the fest – which opens Friday and runs through Labor Day — just as a charter planeload of industry festgoers departs LAX. Despite a well-publicized battle with the upcoming Toronto Film Festival over Oscar-buzzed movies, Telluride honchos Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger have some pretty impressive contenders in… Read