January 10, 2014 |
Richard Lester changed the cinematic language of the movie musical with his off-the-wall comic sensibilities and frenetic visual style in the Beatles' 1964's "A Hard Day's Night" and 1965's "Help!" even winning an MTV Music Award two decades later honoring him as the "father of music videos. " His swinging 1965 comedy "The Knack ... and How to Get It," with Michael Crawford, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Lester also managed to avoid being typecast as a comedic director, showing a more sensitive dramatic side in the quirky 1968 romance "Petulia" with Julie Christie and George C. Scott.
January 9, 2014 |
The authors and screenwriters of "Captain Phillips," "Philomena," "The Spectacular Now," "12 Years a Slave" and "What Maisie Knew" have been nominated for the 26th USC Libraries Scripter Award. Unlike other feature film awards, the Scripter Award honors both the screenwriter or screenwriters of an adaptation, as well as the author on which the screenplay is based. The nominees announced Thursday morning are: "Captain Phillips": Billy Ray, screenwriter; Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty, authors of "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea. " GOLDEN GLOBES 2014: Play-at-home ballot "Philomena": Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, screenwriters; Martin Sixsmith, author of "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. " "The Spectacular Now": Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, screenwriters; Tim Tharp, author of the novel of the same name.
January 7, 2014 |
Not content to let his writing speak for itself, the famously contrarian film critic Armond White jeered "12 Years a Slave" helmer Steve McQueen while the latter was accepting a directing award at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday night. According to a Variety report , McQueen had just accepted his prize from presenter Harry Belafonte when White shouted from his back table, "You're an embarrassing doorman and garbage man," followed by a string of expletives. McQueen either didn't hear the comments or ignored them and thanked the critics group for the award.
January 4, 2014 |
"Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel and Ethan Coen's study of a struggling New York folk singer in 1961, was the big winner Saturday at the National Society of Film Critics. The film received four awards, including best film, actor for Oscar Isaac, director for the siblings and cinematography for Bruno Delbonnel. "American Hustle" placed second and "12 Years a Slave" tied with "Her" for third in the voting for best film, while Chiwetel Ejiofor for "Slave" and Robert Redford for "All Is Lost" were runners-up in the acting category.
December 27, 2013 |
Oscar voting begins online Friday, though many Motion Picture Academy members who didn't register for online balloting received paper versions beginning late last week. Some diligent members have already made their selections and mailed them in. The timing isn't particularly good for anyone associated with "August: Osage County," which opened Friday in Los Angeles and New York to reviews not normally associated with an Oscar contender. A.O. Scott, writing in the New York Times, observed that the movie's plot, which includes adultery, divorce and incest, was "secondary to the spectacle the actors make of themselves.
December 17, 2013 |
Actor Shia LaBeouf posted the short film he directed and screened at Cannes, " HowardCantour.com ," online Monday. The short stars Jim Gaffigan as a unhappy film critic who opts for a harsh critique of one of his heroes for reasons that are more personal than artistic. Hours after the posting, comic book fans began noticing that the work bore a significant resemblance to Daniel Clowes' 2007 piece "Justin M. Damiano. " Not only was it the same idea - unhappy film critic - LaBeouf's film opened with a voice-over that is a word-for-word match with Clowes' text: “A critic is a warrior, and each of us on the battlefield have the means to glorify or demolish (whether a film, a career, or an entire philosophy)