November 6, 2013 |
We can all agree that it's been a pretty great year for movies. But when it comes to this year's best picture Oscar race, that's probably where our accord ends. At the moment, the critically lauded historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and the equally acclaimed box-office juggernaut "Gravity" head the list. Their Oscar nominations are secure. Likewise, the high-seas hostage drama "Captain Phillips" looks like it's in, thanks to its estimable craft and strong commercial reception. That leaves a crowded group of contenders vying for ... what ... four, five or six (if there are nine best picture nominees, as was the case last year)
November 5, 2013 |
Nineteen films have been submitted for the Oscars' best animated feature race, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday, a number which suggests that the category could have five nominees despite a relatively weak year for feature animation. The list contains big studio films, such as the likely front-runner, Disney Animation's "Frozen," as well as DreamWorks Animation's "The Croods," Universal's "Despicable Me 2" and Sony Pictures Animation's "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. " There are also several small and foreign entries, such as Japanese animator's Hayao Miyazaki's final film, "The Wind Rises," which is being distributed domestically by Disney, and niche distributor GKIDS' French-Belgian production "Ernest and Celestine" and its Japanese movie "A Letter to Momo.
November 5, 2013 |
Can "The Square" put Netflix in Oscar circles? That's one of several questions raised by the company's decision to move into original documentaries with "The Square," filmmaker Jehane Noujaim's nonfiction feature about the Egyptian revolution. On Monday, Netflix announced it had acquired rights to the political film, which centers on real-life protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The movie is considered a frontrunner in the upcoming Academy Award race for best documentary, having won a coveted audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in January and another audience prize at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
October 31, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before waiting for the Great Pumpkin. The Skinny: My Miley Cyrus costume didn't arrive in time so I guess I'll just have to stay home this Halloween and watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" unless one of my loyal readers has a good idea for me. Today's roundup includes an FBI sting on a California politician accused of taking contributions to push film tax credit legislation. Also, ABC has sold all the commercial inventory for the Oscars and Time Warner Cable took it on the chin during its fight with CBS. Daily Dose: NBCUniversal is sparing no platform from promoting the Breeder's Cup, which airs on NBC this Saturday.
October 31, 2013 |
Few actors can play a grifter and a good ol' boy with the laid-back precision of Matthew McConaughey. Between the sidewinder glances, the sardonic grin and that slippery Texas drawl, he uses irony, edge and considerable charm to move us into taking his most questionable characters seriously, while we forgive their indiscretions. McConaughey needs all of those substantial powers of persuasion for the gutsy, gritty "Dallas Buyers Club. " He portrays a hard-bitten, hard-drinking, homophobic Texas redneck named Ron Woodroof, who becomes an unlikely warrior on the front lines of AIDS.
October 23, 2013 |
When George Clooney and Sony Pictures said Tuesday that the release of “The Monuments Men” would be delayed from mid-December to an unspecified date in 2014, they set off a round of speculation--and potential scrambling. “Monuments Men,” a World War II art heist movie that Clooney directs and stars in, was considered a possible contender in this year's race. Could coveted Academy Award slots - and the important media and mindshare required to land them--now go to of other hopefuls?