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.
July 24, 2013 |
Filmmaker Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong documentary isn't exactly going to be the comeback story the cyclist first imagined. Produced by Sony Pictures and now set to come out later this year from Sony Pictures Classics, Gibney's film will be called “The Armstrong Lie,” Sony said Wednesday. "We set out to make a movie about a comeback - with unlimited and unprecedented access to Armstrong and the inner workings of the Tour de France. Along the way, we ended up chronicling the collapse of one of the greatest myths and legends of our time,” producers Matt Tolmach and Frank Marshall said in a statement.
May 27, 2013 |
While most moviegoers opted for car chases and raunchy jokes this weekend, a small handful found themselves captivated by a far more intimate on-screen tale. “Before Midnight,” the third entry in Richard Linklater's series following a couple played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, opened this weekend in limited release and did strong business. Playing on five screens -- two in New York, two in Los Angeles and one in Linklater's native Austin, Texas -- the picture collected more than $320,000 over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures Classics.
April 10, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Film Festival will open with the North American premiere of Pedro Almodóvar's "I'm So Excited!" on Thursday, June 13. The festival will run through June 23 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Billed as something of a return to the bawdy, cheeky sex comedies of the Spanish filmmaker's earliest films (as opposed to his more recent, modern melodramas), the story of "I'm So Excited!" takes place mostly inside an airplane. With a cast that includes Paz Vega, Javier Camara, Hugo Silva and Cecilia Roth, the film also features cameos by Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.