February 20, 2007 |
IF "Little Miss Sunshine" wins the Oscar for best picture, it will represent a phenomenal underdog victory for a raucous road-trip comedy that cost barely $7 million to make, was turned down by studios everywhere and was directed by a husband-and-wife team who'd never made a feature before. But for the film academy, a "Little Miss Sunshine" victory will be a huge public-relations embarrassment.
August 16, 1985 |
Hollywood may have averted another labor shutdown Thursday with concessions won by the Producers Guild of America from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group that represents the major studios and TV production companies. The Producers Guild, buoyed by a letter from a local Teamsters union leader urging members to honor its picket lines, went into a meeting with the alliance Thursday morning talking strike and came away 2 1/2 hours later not talking at all.
January 5, 2006 |
PRODUCERS and writers famously don't always see eye-to-eye, but they found some common ground Wednesday when they announced respective nominees for their members' best work of the year. "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote," "Crash" and "Good Night, and Good Luck" scored with both the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. The Johnny Cash biographical drama "Walk the Line" rounded out the list of nominees for the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award.
January 27, 2013 |
Tate Donovan, nominated in the ensemble in a motion picture category for his role as Bob Anders in "Argo," approached the press line at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet with his eyes on the readily available bottle of Purell. "Do you have this out here for when you shake actors' hands? Us actors, we're just disgustingly dirty, aren't we? This would never happen at the DGAs!" Still in high spirits from "Argo's" tremendous win at the Golden Globes, Donovan shouted, "We didn't expect it at all!
February 26, 2012 |
Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" was named best picture at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. It is the first essentially silent film to win best picture since "Wings" won at the first Oscar ceremony in 1929. Additionally, "The Artist" is the first black-and-white movie to win best picture since"Schindler's List"in 1994. "The Artist" is a look at the early days of Hollywood starring Jean Dujardin as silent film star George Valentin and Berenice Bejo as the ordinary girl who becomes a silent film sensation.
October 9, 2013 |
Shohreh Aghdashloo, the first Iranian actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, will be honored at the sixth Noor Iranian Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 18-24. Aghdashloo, who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for 2003's "House of Sand and Fog," will receive the NIFF Achievement Award at the closing night ceremonies at the Skirball Cultural Center. Producer Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America who just completed a year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will present the award.
January 27, 2013 |
The cast of "Argo" took home the Screen Actors Guild's top honor Sunday night, solidifying its status as the front-runner in an Oscar race that has been muddled from the beginning. The award for cast in a motion picture is often seen as a bellwether for the Academy Award best picture prize because many SAG members are members of the actors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the largest voting bloc of the organization. "Argo," which also took home the top honor from the Producers Guild of America Saturday night, bested the casts of "Lincoln," "Les Misérables," "Silver Linings Playbook and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
January 4, 2007 |
And the Oscar may not go to ... Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey. Grey on Wednesday lost an aggressive bid to be recognized by the Producers Guild of America as one of the producers of Martin Scorsese's hit crime drama "The Departed." That means the producer-turned-studio chief has zero chance of walking away with an Oscar for best picture should the Warner Bros. film win unless he takes his case to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
February 18, 2002 |
In what could prove to be a more momentous disappearing act--certainly for the filmmakers--than any magic conjured up on screen by the wizard Gandalf in New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," the four credited producers of the film have agreed to let arbitrators decide which one of the four will not get to step up on stage at the Kodak Theatre next month should the film be named best picture at the Academy Awards.