January 9, 2014 |
Continuing the relationship that has yielded such recent box office successes as "Midnight in Paris" and "Blue Jasmine," Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight. " This will be the seventh collaboration between the filmmaker and Sony Classics. Allen notoriously keeps the subjects of each of his films a closely guarded secret. "Magic" stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver.
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?
October 1, 2013 |
The academy's deadline for foreign-language film submissions is Tuesday, Oct. 1, and though this is a category that has often stymied common sense and gone against the critical consensus, it's safe to say that Sony Pictures Classics has an excellent chance at moving its Oscar winning streak here to five years running. The indie division has two of the year's strongest contenders -- Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" (Iran's submission) and the festival crowd-pleaser "Wadjda," the first-ever Oscar submission from Saudi Arabia.
September 30, 2013 |
What is it about the Oscars that lends itself to so much premature ... speculation? Whether it's declaring the best picture race over and done ( Congratulations, "12 Years a Slave!" Your Oscar's in the mail! ), surveying the awards-season landscape months before the movies have actually screened ( "Foxcatcher," we hardly knew ye ) or definitively declaring a movie out of the Oscar race without so much as a source citation, half-baked hunches are all the rage these days.
September 14, 2013 |
"Wadjda," a film about a resourceful young tomboy, has been selected as Saudi Arabia's official submission for the Oscars' foreign language category, the first time the country has submitted a film for Academy Awards consideration. That the film, from director Haifaa Mansour, was made at all, let alone screened and submitted for the Academy Awards, is a startling achievement. In a country where the actions of women are severely restricted, Mansour managed to secretly write and shoot her movie.
August 21, 2013 |
Sony Pictures Classics is increasing the theater count for "Blue Jasmine" from 229 locations to more than 1,200 on Friday -- marking the widest release of Woody Allen's career. The drama, which stars Cate Blanchett as a wealthy socialite in the midst of a breakdown, has garnered $9.9 million at the box office since it opened to positive reviews in limited release July 26. Now on his 44th film as a writer and director, Allen is enjoying a late career renaissance at the box office.