December 26, 2004 |
Director Mel Gibson, who won a best picture Oscar for his 1995 epic, "Braveheart," may have hit the box-office jackpot this year with "The Passion of the Christ." Yet he's come up empty on the awards front: No year-end kudos, not even a Golden Globe nomination. And given Hollywood ambivalence toward his controversial film, an Oscar nomination on Jan. 25 seems unlikely. Shot in Aramaic and distributed by tiny Newmarket Films, the $30-million project became the unlikeliest of blockbusters.
October 4, 2003 |
Prominent directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Norman Jewison and Robert Altman and other Hollywood power brokers are mounting a letter-writing campaign against the Motion Picture Assn. of America's decision to stop distributing copies of current releases for awards consideration.
September 5, 2003 |
Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, has 11 films at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. You'd think he'd be happy about that, or at least happier than he is. "They're going to get less attention" than in years past, he says of his slate. "If 'Les Triplettes de Belleville' screens at the same time as 'The Human Stain,' the press is not going to see it. What are you going to do when you're up against star power?"
May 13, 2011 |
With a cast including Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson, "Hesher" rode a wave of anticipation into the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010. But when audiences actually got a look at the movie, the response was decidedly mixed, leaving some enthralled and others scratching their heads. The story of a boy and his father dealing with the death of the boy's mother and the arrival of an anarchic speed-metal enthusiast who wanders into their lives, "Hesher" is deliriously odd. Many who saw it at Sundance wondered: Is it a sad comedy or a rambunctious drama?
March 1, 2004 |
The filmmakers from Down Under were on top of the entertainment world Sunday evening as "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the final installment of the hugely successful trilogy, made a clean sweep at the 76th annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. In an abbreviated awards season that cut short Oscar campaigning by a month, the epic adventure of hobbits, elves and wizards conjured from the pen of the late novelist J.R.R.
March 9, 2005 |
Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" became the top grossing R-rated film ever with $611 million in worldwide box office receipts. Now, Newmarket Films is rolling the dice on an unrated version. Aimed at those who were kept away by the movie's graphic material, "The Passion Recut" is due out in 950 theaters on Friday, in advance of the Easter holiday. Gibson had hoped that a seven-minute cut would bring him a PG-13 rating. But his Icon Productions was informed by the Motion Picture Assn.