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
New York Film Critics Circle Voting First Again
The New York Film Critics Circle said today it will vote for its 2015 awards on December 1, again placing it first in the derby for what critics think during awards season. The gala dinner is set for January 5, 2015. Over the past couple of years, the NYFCC has jumped to the front of the pack among a spate of early Oscar predictors — for a third consecutive year, its vote comes one day before the National Board of Review makes its picks.
Last year, American Hustle was name… 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.
Hamptons Film Festival Winners Crowned
The Hamptons Film Festival ends tonight, and this morning they announced the winners. The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award goes to Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem, directed by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary goes to the Carlo Zoratti-directed The Special Need and best documentary short goes to The Queen (La Reina), directed by Manuel Abramovich. Outstanding Performance by an actress goes to Ronit Elkabetz for Get… Read
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
Robert Redford Named Lincoln Center Film Society’s 2015 Chaplin Awardee
As the 52nd New York Film Festival winds down this weekend, the sponsoring Film Society of Lincoln Center said that Robert Redford will receive the group's Chaplin Award at a gala next April 27.
"The Board is thrilled to have Robert Redford as the next recipient of the Chaplin Award," said Ann Tenenbaum, chairman of the Film Society, in announcing the choice. "Not only is he an internationally known and loved actor, director, and producer, but perhaps no other single… Read
Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ Enters The Oscar Season Fray Off The Fest Circuit – Can It Be A Hit AND A Contender?
The New York Film Festival is winding down this weekend with its closing film, Birdman tomorrow. The AFI Fest is early next month. Venice, Toronto and Telluride have come and gone. But one film, rumored to be an Oscar contender and opening next week, has decided to take another route and skip that circuit where so many awards hopefuls show up. Rather than let “the air out of the bag” at a film festival as one source told me, Fury will be released by Sony Pictures on… Read
OSCARS: Foreign-Language Film Entries From Record 83 Countries
The Academy said today that a record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. Four countries are first-timers: Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama. The foreign-language film shortlist will be announced in December, and the Oscar nominations will be unveiled January 15. Here are the 2014 submissions by country:
Afghanistan, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director;
Deadline’s The Contenders Set For November 1 As Oscar Hopefuls Launch Awards Season
Invites are in the mail as awards season kicks off in a big way with the 4th annual The Contenders Presented By Deadline, an all-day event Saturday, November 1 showcasing 12 participating studios and distributors and a record 37 films in the hunt for gold in 2014.
Due to overwhelming response, the popular invitation-only event — open to Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members as well as those of key guilds — is moving to a larger venue, the DGA theatre at 7920… Read
Global Showbiz Briefs: eOne Television Expands International Operations; Stephen Frears To Receive BPI Fellowship
Entertainment One Television on Tuesday unveiled an expansion of its international TV sales division in major markets worldwide. The reorganization will bring film and television content sales to traditional broadcasters and new-media partners together in a number of core eOne markets under single leadership and will support new hires in major markets during the coming year. Charlotte Thorp, Head of Television Sales and Business Development, now will oversee all UK sales… Read
Critics Choice Movie & TV Awards Won By A&E Network
A&E Network is partnering with the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association to become the exclusive broadcast home to the 2015 and 2016 Critics' Choice Movie Awards and Critics' Choice Television Awards. To kick off the deal, the 20th annual movie awards will air live from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15. No hosts have been set.
The deal marks the first time both awards will be housed under one roof. Last year… Read
‘Foxcatcher’ Set To Close AFI Fest After Year Delay
Well, better late than never.
The American Film Institute has announced that its closing-night film for the 2014 AFI Fest Presented By Audi will be none other than director Bennett Miller's Oscar-buzzed Foxcatcher. Sound familiar? You might recall that AFI had actually announced, with much fanfare, this same film's World Premiere for the second night of the 2013 AFI Fest. But just a few days later it was abruptly pulled when Sony Pictures Classics issued a terse release… Read