Judi Dench’s Harvey Weinstein Bum Tattoo Among Tales Shared At Britannia Awards
Hollywood got a touch of British class on Thursday night as Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench all were honored at the 2014 Britannia Awards. The event held at the Beverly Hilton was a lively affair put on annually by BAFTA-LA. Hosted in fine style for the second year by British comedian/actor Rob Brydon (My Trip To Italy) who welcomed the crowd by claiming he was really Renee Zellweger, the awards show also… Read
‘Nightcrawler’ Review: Pete Hammond On Jake Gyllenhaal’s Local News Creep
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo star in 'Nightcrawler,' about an unscrupulous videographer trolling the streets of Los Angeles for bloody crime-scene footage he can sell to a local TV news operation. It also stars Bill Paxton, James Huang and a raft of current and former Los Angeles TV news anchors and reporters, including Kent Shocknek, Pat Harvey and Sharon Tay.
Watch my video review above for more about the film, but know that I think it features Gyllenhaal's best… Read
Seth MacFarlane To Host Breakthrough Prize Ceremony
Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, but also, executive producer of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey) will host the Breakthrough Prize - honoring some of the world's best scientists in physics, math and life sciences with $3 million awards funded by some of technology's biggest names - during its November 9 ceremony in Silicon Valley. The event will be televised simultaneously by the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel on November 15, and BBC World News will air the ceremony… Read
‘Citizenfour,’ ‘The Sixties’ Among IDA Documentary Award Nominees
The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced nominations for the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards today, with awards being bestowed December 5th at the Paramount Theatre on the studio lot. The top films nominated in the best feature category include the critically-acclaimed Citizenfour from filmmaker Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and the state of surveillance of civilians post 9/11 which has been enjoying a theatrical run and Nick Broomfield's Tales Of The Gri… Read
Gale Anne Hurd To Get David O Selznick Movie Award From PGA
Gale Anne Hurd will receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild. The honor will be presented during the 26th annual PGA Awards on January 24 in LA.
The producer behind iconic sci-fi movies like Aliens and The Terminator is also at the helm of the top-rated TV show on the air right now: AMC's The Walking Dead. Now she joins previous recipients like Steven Spielberg, Scott Rudin, Jerry Bruckheimer, Laura Ziskn and Saul… Read
Hollywood Film Awards Sets Channing Tatum, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Keaton, Chris Pratt, Others
Gerard Butler, Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Jack O'Connell, Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Jean-Marc Vallée, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley are the first talent set to appear at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards. Queen Latifah will host the event on November 14 from the Hollywood Palladium. The awards will be broadcast live for the first time this year, with CBS airing the dick clark productions show at 8 PM in the East; it will run tape… Read
‘Interstellar’ Blasts Off Into Oscar Race And Beyond: How Far Will It Fly?
The wait is finally over. The veil over one of the year's most anticipated films has been lifted. So is Interstellar going to be a blockbuster hit? A major Oscar contender? A good movie?
The answer is all three. The film started screening in earnest last week with a Wednesday night “tastemaker” showing at the California Science Center IMAX that was heavily attended by Oscar voters (just as it had been in NYC a couple of nights earlier). But Paramount, as has been the case… Read
Oscar Watch: ‘Captain America’ For Best Picture? Why Its Directors Think The Academy Should Take Comic Book Movies Seriously
A Marvel comic book movie as a serious contender for a Best Picture Oscar nomination? My reaction when the idea was recently pitched to me by a top publicity firm floating the April 4 release Captain America: The Winter Soldier was that this publicist must be on crack.
Don't they know the Academy is basically made up of snobs? The Imitation Game, The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood, YES, but c'mon, Comic Book movies have no place in the Best Picture race. That became… Read
New York Television Festival Announces 2014 Winners
The New York Television Festival wrapped up its 10th edition tonight at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan, including a keynote from House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon, a screening of Fox's Mulaney, as well as the fest's annual awards ceremony. NYTVF announced the winners of its Independent Pilot Competition in 12 categories, including "Best of the Fest" and NYTVF Critics Award honors to "Dispatch" and "Witnesses" respectively, as well as recipients of 20 development… Read
Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 To Be Broadcast Live On IFC
Those who can't make it to the 2015 Spirit Awards won't have to wait until later in the evening to watch a delayed broadcast. For the first time, the Film Independent-produced trophy show, which honors the best in independent film, will air live on IFC at 2 PM PT/ 5 PM ET on February 21.
"We wanted to shake things up to mark the 30th anniversary," said Film Independent President Josh Welsh, "and I think by broadcasting live from the beach we'll do just that. I could not… Read
Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook
Stephen Hawking is doing his part to get the word out into the universe about The Theory Of Everything, the Hawking biopic starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones that is gearing up for a November 7 release and an awards-season run. Hawking just joined Facebook with a kickoff note to his potential friends — and maybe even potential moviegoers:
“I have always wondered what makes the universe exist. Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my… Read
Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’, Sweden’s ‘Force Majeure': Specialty Box Office Preview
Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend.
Citizenfour, directed by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guard… Read