Oscars: Rita Ora To Perform Best Song Nominee “Grateful”
British singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora has been tapped to perform Oscar-nominated song “Grateful” from film Beyond The Lights at the 87th Oscars. This is songwriter Diane Warren’s seventh nomination in the category. “Grateful” joins the four other nominated songs – "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie, "Glory" from Selma, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me and "Lost Stars" from Begin Again.
Ora dominated the UK charts with her first and… Read
Jon Stewart Pounds Don Lemon For Blizzard Coverage – Video
Don Lemon got fricaseed last night on The Daily Show. Jon Stewart mocked all New York-based TV news orgs’ coverage of Blizzapocalypsegeddon '15, noting that when the storm largely missed Manhattan, it left them with some tough choices – “acknowledge that conditions have changed, ease up on the breathless hype, focus your attention on New England where it was actually really snowing, or cling desperately to the original narrative like dingleberries on a sheep's ass.” But… Read
‘Hellions’ Helmer Bruce McDonald On Sundance Vs. Toronto – Video
The last time Bruce McDonald had a movie at the Sundance Film Festival, Bill Clinton was living in the Arkansas Governor’s mansion. The filmmaker’s Highway 61 screened at Park City in 1992, and now he’s back with the Halloween-night creepshow Hellions, which premiered January 25.
In our video chat, Ontario-born McDonald ruminates on how Sundance has changed in nearly a quarter-century and compares it to the Toronto International Film Festival, which he notes is bigger… Read
‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’s Super Bowl-Themed Spot Has Some Balls – Video
Paramount Pictures and MGM have found a way to get their sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 some playing time during Super Bowl week, dropping today the funny “The Big Game Spot”. It manages to drum up some footage to reference both the New England Patriots and of course Deflategate.
The movie, the follow-up to 2010’s MGM original that made $50M domestic, comes out February 20, with Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, director Steve Pink and scribe Josh Heald returning… Read
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Adds 2 New Judges, Sets March Return Date
The seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is slated to premiere at 9 PM March 2. Logo TV’s hit series also is adding two new permanent judges to the mix. Carson Kressley (Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) and Ross Mathews (Chelsea Lately) will join returning Michelle Visage as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life or "Sashay Away." This season's celebrity guest judges include Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, John Waters, Kathy Griffin, Olivia… Read
Starz’s ‘The White Queen’ To Stream Exclusively On Amazon Prime
Starz’s original miniseries The White Queen will take up residence at Amazon’s Prime Instant Video under a deal that makes the streaming service the exclusive home for the 10-parter in the U.S. A commercial and critical success, The White Queen marks the first deal of this kind between Amazon and Starz Digital Media in the domestic market. The series will, however, remain available for Starz to schedule on its channels and services.
The White Queen was originally… Read
TV Nets Cluttered Shows With Ads To Make Up For Lost Viewers In Q4
Bernstein Research’s Todd Juenger calls it “desperate,” and MoffettNathanson Research’s Michael Nathanson calls it “dangerous.” But both analysts, using data from TiVo, say this morning that the trend is unmistakable: Major TV network owners led by Viacom, A+E, and Discovery significantly increased the amount of prime time commercial minutes in their shows in Q4, helping to compensate for a decline in viewing.
It’s an important consideration for investors as they await… Read
BAFTA To Honor BBC Films With British Contribution To Cinema Award
BAFTA has in recent years honored such filmmakers, executives and companies as Peter Greenaway, Tessa Ross and Working Title — as well as the Harry Potter franchise. This year, the org is giving its Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award to BBC Films. The feature branch of the broadcasting giant is 25 this year and, along with Film4 and the BFI, is one of the main backers of local movies.
BBC Films, run by Christine Langan, has earned more than 20 BAFTAs and… Read
César Nominations: ‘Saint Laurent’, ‘Timbuktu’, Kristen Stewart In Mix – Full List
UPDATE, 2:25 AM PT: Last year’s dueling Yves Saint Laurent biopics each picked up several nominations this morning for France’s César Awards. Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, the country's entry for the Foreign Language Oscar, leads the pack with 10 mentions, followed by Thomas Cailley's Directors' Fortnight title Les Combattants with nine, and Oscar nominee Timbuktu with eight. Yves Saint Laurent, from helmer Jalil Lespert, took seven nods. Otherwise, there are a number… Read
Alfred Hitchcock’s Shelved Holocaust Documentary Cannot Be Denied: Review
EXCLUSIVE: In April 1945, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force ordered that footage shot by combat and newsreel cameramen during the liberation of Occupied Europe be aggregated into a documentary film that would be shown to the German prisoners of war as irrefutable proof of what had occurred under the Nazi regime. The producer from the British Ministry of Information, Sidney Bernstein, assembled a first-rank team of editors for the project and eventually… Read
Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Grandma’ At Sundance – Update
UPDATED, 10:07 PM: Sony Pictures Classics confirmed tonight that it has sealed the deal for the Lily Tomlin starrer Grandma. The deal was negotiated by WME Global and Alex Kohner of Morris Yorn.
PREVIOUSLY, 8:54 PM: Sony Pictures Classics is in exclusive talks to spend $2 million for world rights to Grandma, the Paul Weitz-directed comedy that stars Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and Sam Elliott. The logline: Self-described… Read
‘World Of Tomorrow’ Wins Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize
The Sundance Film Festival handed out awards tonight to the short films it tapped as best of the fest, culled from the 60 shorts selected from 8,061 submissions. Writer-director Don Hertzfeldt’s World Of Tomorrow, about a little girl who is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future, scored the Short Film Grand Jury Prize. Frankie Shaw’s SMILF won the jury award for U.S. Fiction, and Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy! took the trophy for International Fiction.