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
Art Directors Guild To Add Tyler, Lisanby, Beckman To Hall Of Fame
They worked with Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille and Judy Garland, and now they're being inducted into the Art Directors Guild's Hall of Fame. Legendary production designers Walter Tyler, Charles Lisanby and John Gabriel Beckman will receive the posthumous honor at the guild's 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in January.
Tyler, who died in 1990, won the 1951 Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration for DeMille's Sampson and Delilah, and was… Read
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