November 7, 2013 |
Nobody takes advantage of a well-placed F-bomb quite like the Weinstein Co. The studio's latest demonstration of the martyring -- and marketing -- power of profanity is a brief YouTube video of Judi Dench, resurrected as M., her deceased character from the James Bond series, decrying the Motion Picture Assn. of America. "Just when you thought I was dead," Dench says in the video, a 23-second teaser for yet another video that will appear on FunnyorDie. "I have an important mission for you. Are you familiar with MPAA?"
December 2, 2013 |
Opening on a crowded holiday weekend during which "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" broke Thanksgiving records , the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" made a solid box-office debut in four theaters. The Weinstein Co. film, starring Idris Elba as the South African icon, opened Friday and made about $100,300 through Sunday, averaging more than $25,000 per theater. That's a decent showing for a limited release movie on a busy weekend, though not quite as strong as Weinstein Co.'s recent four-theater opening of "Philomena," the drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which brought in about $32,100 per location in its first weekend.
November 27, 2012 |
Two offbeat comedies dominated the 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominations Tuesday morning. David O. Russell's quirky "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and Wes Anderson's charming coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom," each earned five Spirit Award nominations, including best feature, director and screenplay. It was the second nod of support this week for "Moonrise Kingdom," which was named best film Monday evening at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.
February 6, 2014 |
It has been said that every movie is made three times: in the writing, in the shooting and in the editing. At the Writers Guild of America Awards last Sunday, "Captain Phillips" scribe Billy Ray paid tribute to the latter stages upon winning the prize for adapted screenplay. (The film is based on Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty's book "A Captain's Duty. ") Accepting the honor, Ray kissed his new statuette and said: "There are a lot of wonderful writers in this room tonight. And on this night my wish for each of you is that once, just once, you can know what it feels like to have the kind of luck that I had on this movie.
September 7, 2013 |
In a night of unexpected winners, Italian documentarian Gianfranco Rosi's study of the denizens of a famous highway circling Rome, "Sacro GRA," was awarded the Venice Film Festival's highest honor, the Golden Lion Award, Saturday. The Silver Lion Award, the prize for directing, went to Greece's Alexandros Avranas for his story of the apparent suicide of an 11-year-old girl, “Miss Violence.” The film was also awarded a special jury prize. The Grand Jury Prize, a recent addition to the festival's awards, was given to Taiwan's "Stray Dogs," directed by Tsai Ming-liang.
January 12, 2014 |
The event: Guests didn't need to be British to attend Saturday's BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party, “but you have to love the Brits,” joked Nigel Daly, the chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' L.A. chapter. The scene: Sure enough, Hollywood VIPs -- British and otherwise -- streamed nonstop into the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to meet the organization's members and mingle with fellow BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Awards and yet-to-be-named potential Oscar nominees. PHOTOS: Stars dress for BAFTA tea party The crowd: Among others in the crush were Sandra Bullock, writer/director Alfonso Cuaron and producers David Heyman and Gabriela Rodriguez of “Gravity;” Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, director Paul Greengrass, writer Billy Ray and producer Dana Brunetti of “Captain Phillips;” Bradley Cooper, director David O. Russell, and producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle of “American Hustle;” Leonardo DiCaprio, director Martin Scorsese and producer Joey McFarland of “Wolf of Wall Street;” Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley of “12 Years a Slave;” Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins of “Blue Jasmine;” Jacqueline Bisset of “Dancing on the Edge;” Rebecca Ferguson, Janet McTeer, James Frain and writer Emma Frost of “The White Queen;” Daniel Bruhl of “Rush;” Steve Coogan and producers Tracey Seaward and Gaby Tana of “Philomena;”...
July 13, 2011 |
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: Cheers to Ted Danson! The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Damages" actor will replace Laurence Fishburne as team leader on "CSI. " ( Los Angeles Times ) "True Blood" actress Deborah Ann Woll better get used to the sunlight because she, Antonio Banderas and Steve Coogan have signed on to "He Loves Me," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' follow-up to their 2006 road-trip hit "Little Miss Sunshine. " ( Los Angeles Times )
February 12, 2014 |
The event: Bruce Dern called Monday's shindig “the geezers' dinner” as he accepted his best actor award for “Nebraska” at the Movies for Grownups Awards Gala, staged by AARP . Nevertheless, stars packed the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, regardless of their generation, to celebrate movies relevant to mature audiences. The honorees: Besides, Dern's award, Susan Sarandon picked up a lifetime achievement award, while director Steve McQueen...
December 22, 2006 |
Someone had a terrific idea to make a movie from the Milan Trenc children's book "The Night at the Museum," in which the displays at a natural history museum come to life at night. But at 32 pages, it would require some imaginative fleshing out. Unfortunately, the ideas seem to have dried up after someone decided to drop an article and retitle it "Night at the Museum."