BAFTA Names Emma Baehr To New Director Of Awards Post
As film awards season gets underway, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has created a new post overseeing all five of its London-based prize ceremonies. Previously the Acting Head of Film, Emma Baehr has been named Director of Awards and will be responsible for the ongoing development of the British Academy's kudos, including the BAFTA Film Awards that fall just ahead of the Oscars in February. She is charged with ensuring that output reaches a wide and… 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
Michael Keaton Will Be Lauded At 30th SBIFF With Modern Master Award
The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will bestow its highest festival honor, The Modern Master Award, to Michael Keaton who is receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of a down-on-his-luck Hollywood star, who is trying to resurge himself on Broadway in Fox Searchlight's Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance). The tribute to Keaton will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre. SBIFF runs from January 27 – February 7… 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
Gena Rowlands To Receive Career Honors From LA Film Critics
Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands will receive the LA Film Critics Association's Career Achievement kudos this winter, the org announced today. In an acclaimed career that's spanned six decades, Rowlands nabbed Academy Award nominations for her iconic roles in two of her ten films for filmmaker/husband John Cassavetes, Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence. She won the Golden Globe for the latter and snagged three Emmy wins on the small screen.
Rowlands' films… Read
Relativity Buys Kevin Costner-Starrer ‘Black Or White’
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity is wrapping a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Black Or White, the Mike Binder-directed drama that stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. A racially charged drama that created strong buzz when it premiered at Toronto under the title Black And White. That title couldn't be cleared, which is why it changed to “Or.” The film will be released in time to qualify for the Oscar race. That could mean a platform before year's end, but those details are being… Read
Queen Latifah To Host Hollywood Film Awards
The inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards will be hosted by Queen Latifah. The Oscar-nominated actress, musician and talk show host will preside over the event, which will take place Nov. 14 at the Hollywood Palladium and air on CBS. "Queen Latifah is the real deal. She is a triple threat - she can act, she can sing, she can dance - she is beloved by audiences across multiple genres and she entertains millions of people every day," said CBS EVP specials Jack… Read
‘Birdman,’ ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ Lead Weekend’s Specialty Debuts
Perched at the top of this week's flock of specialty film debuts is Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), a possible Oscar contender starring Michael Keaton. Though it's a limited release, Alejandro González Iñárritu's complex film about a fading action-hero trying to reclaim his mojo on Broadway nevertheless combines elements of a superhero franchise that could tap fans well beyond the art house.
It's part of yet another big flock of specialty film debuts… Read
Christopher Nolan Handing American Cinematheque Award To Matthew McConaughey
American Cinematheque continues to finalize plans for their 28th Annual Gala announcing today that his Interstellar director, Christopher Nolan, will present this year's honoree Matthew McConaughey with the prestigious American Cinemetheque Award on Tuesday evening. Additionally another co-star of the much-anticipated film, Anne Hathaway, has been added to the lineup along with McConaughey's How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Fool's Gold co-star Kate Hudson. They join… Read