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Wenders! Condon! Sabu! The Heat is on with the Berlin Competition Final Lineup

This week, the number of films included in the competition portion of the Berlin international Film Festival has risen from 16 to 23. The 7 new features include work from Wim Wenders, Sabu and Radu Jude. All but two of these films will be setting their sights on gold or silver bears: Wenders’ Everything Will Be Fine  starring James Franco and Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes starring Ian McKellen will not be competing. Don’t feel too bad for Wenders though;  he’ll be receiving an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement in film-making.

The final list includes 21 worl premieres including documentary El Botón De Nácar (The Pearl Buttonfrom Patricio Guzmán, director of the acclaimed documentaries Salvador Allende and The Battle of Chile. So here’s the new list, including the films already named in the competition, fresh from Deadline:

Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic
by Radu Jude
World premiere

El Botón De Nácar (The Pearl Button) – documentary
By Patricio Guzmán
World premiere

El Club (The Club)
By Pablo Larraín
World premiere

Elser (13 Minutes)
By Oliver Hirschbiegel
World premiere – Out of competition

Every Thing Will Be Fine
By Wim Wenders
World premiere – Out of competition

Ten No Chasuke (Chasuke’s Journey)
By Sabu (Kanikosen, Dead Run)
World premiere

Vergine giurata (Sworn Virgin)
By Laura Bispuri – Feature debut
World premiere

Previously announced
45 Years
by Andrew Haigh

Als Wir Träumten (As We Were Dreaming)
by Andreas Dresen

by Malgorzata Szumowska

Cha Và Con Và (Big Father, Small Father And Other Stories)
by Phan Dang Di

by Kenneth Branagh
U.S. – Out of competition

Eisenstein In Guanajuato
by Peter Greenaway

Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano)
by Jayro Bustamante
Guatemala/France – Feature debut

Journal D’Une Femme De Chambre (Diary Of A Chambermaid)
by Benoit Jacquot

Knight Of Cups
by Terrence Malick

Mr. Holmes
by Bill Condon
United Kingdom – Out of competition

Nobody Wants The Night
by Isabel Coixet – Opening film
Spain/France /Bulgaria

Pod Electricheskimi Oblakami (Under Electric Clouds)
by Alexey German
Russian Federation/Ukraine/Poland

Queen Of The Desert
by Werner Herzog

by Jafar Panahi

by Sebastian Schipper

Yi Bu Zhi Yao (Gone With The Bullets)
by Jiang Wen
People’s Republic of China/U.S./Hong Kong, China

Which director do you want to see take home a bear?

Weekend Round-Up: 16th-18th January – Missing X-Men and Motley Crue

Academy mixed up Selma Actresses on Instagram

While it would be a lot more disheartening if the Academy had offered an Oscar nomination to the wrong women, this mistake was still a little embarrassing. THR reports that the Academy’s official Instagram page included a congratulatory message to Selma for its nominations with a still from the film – the only problem being that they identified actress Tessa Thompson in the caption as Carmen Ejogo, who plays a separate character entirely. Now I can’t speak for what level or quantity of employees are running the Academy’s many sprawling social media presences, but it goes without saying that considering the climate following the nomination announcements, this mistake couldn’t have come at a more delicate time.

Stewart and McKellen may be sitting the next X-Men film out

Any fans of Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen‘s performances in the X-Men franchise may be disappointed by Stewart’s revelation on a recent Larry King recording. THR reports that when asked about the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, Professor Xavier explained that he “was learning quite a lot more about [the film] last night, and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters…And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance”. While none of this is set in stone, it’s not looking like the original Xavier and Magneto will be donning their costumes this time around.

Eastwood’s American Sniper Breaks January Weekend Records

Despite reviews coming in that paint American Sniper as not quite doing the true story justice, the box office doesn’t seem to care. Deadline reports that Clint Eastwood’s war drama has had a stunning three-day bow of approximately $93 million, beating out high-roller Passion of the Christ’s $83.8 million. It’s also set to be the biggest January weekend ever, knocking Avatar’s New Year’s session of $68.5 million off the top. At this rate, the film about legendary sniper Chris Kyle could have the best ever four-day run for an R-rated film.

Motley Crue Biopic The Dirt Scooped Up by Focus Features

If there’s one band that has more than it’s share of debauched stories to tell, it’s Motley Crue. So it was only a matter of time before a script was written and a studio snatched up the story of one of the most self-destructive rock bands on the planet – that studio happens to be Focus Features. Based on The New York Times best-selling autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, the film will be helmed by Jackass director Jeff Tremaine. THR reports that the screenplay is penned by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos.

Scientology Documentary Going Clear will Première at Sundance

Deadline reports that Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief will have its world première at the Sundance Film Festival. This was after Content Media acquired international sales rights for the film, which is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. The film will include the testimonies of former members of the controversial church and focus on the experiences of followers who are drawn in to the highly secretive religion.


“Guardians” and “Edge of Tomorrow” Surprise Winners at the Critics’ Choice Awards

It may not have the glamour of the Oscars or the public drunkenness of the Golden Globes, but the Critics’ Choice Awards is up there with the most sought after awards of the season. Not as desirable as the Hasty Pudding Man/Woman of the Year obviously, but still pretty good. Not only that, but also pretty surprising in some cases when it comes to the winners. The ceremony took place last night and filled some gaps that may have been left vacant by the Academy. Have a look, courtesy of Deadline:

Michael Keaton, Birdman
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Richard Linklater, Boyhood 
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
“Glory,” Common/John Legend, Selma
The Lego Movie
Guardians of the Galaxy
Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Life Itself
Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Birdman, Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero
Guardians of the Galaxy
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Force Majeure (Sweden)

So it was a good night for Birdman (there’s been a few of those recently), taking home 7 awards including Best Picture, Best Ensemble, Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical (both for Michael Keaton). A surprise multi-award winner was Guardians of the Galaxy, taking home 2 awards for Hair and Makeup and Action Movie. A lot of films that didn’t make the Oscar nominations took home some metal: Life Itself took Best Documentary, Force Majeure took Best Foreign Film, and The Lego Movie snagged Best Animated Feature. Not only that, but Obvious Child and Edge of Tomorrow came right out of left field with Best Actress in a Comedy and Action Movie respectively.  A lot of single winners this year which always makes for a good mix of films, even if Birdman did get a little greedy. Once again Selma came up short with one win for Best Song but got more than Theory of Everything, Foxcatcher or Mr Turner, all of which went home empty handed. All in all, a solid mix of winners at the 20th Critics’ Choice Awards. Here’s a list of how many wins each film got:

Wins by film:
Birdman – 7
Boyhood – 4
The Grand Budapest Hotel – 3
Guardians of the Galaxy – 2
American Sniper – 1
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 1
Edge of Tomorrow – 1
Force Majeure – 1
Gone Girl – 1
Interstellar – 1
Life Itself – 1
The Lego Movie – 1
Obvious Child -1
Selma – 1
Still Alice – 1
Whiplash – 1

Did your favourite get a piece of the action?

It’s On Mother-Filmers! 87th Academy Award Nominations Announced in Full

Well, you asked for it, and here it is! After months of build-up and speculation and drips of category nominations here and there, the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences has officially announced via its website the full list of nominees for the 87th Academy Awards. there are gonna be some films in this list that you’ve seen in a hundred different lists since their release, but I guarantee that there is a surprise or two in a category or two. Which categories you ask? Like I’d tell you that! You’ll just have to read them all for yourself. It’ll take a while to go through the whole thing so I’ll get a sandwich while you do.

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher 
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

American Sniper – Jason Hall
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
Robert Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski – Ida
Dick Pope – Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins – Unbroken

Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

The Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove
A Single Life – Joris Oprins

Aya – Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) – Hu Wei and Julien Féret
Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

American Sniper

American Sniper
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything

“Everything is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie
“Glory” from Selma
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again

Well, no surprises in Picture, Director, Actor or Actress – nothing nominated that we didn’t see coming a mile away. But it’s certainly gratifying to see Robert Duvall getting a nod for his supporting role in The Judge, which was one of my favourite movies of the year.

After getting a little short-changed by other awards ceremonies, Inherent Vice snagged two nominations for Adapted Screenplay and Costume Design…although anyone who goes up against Wes Anderson for Costume Design better come to play. With Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Cinematography, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken managed 3 nominations despite her directorial debut being a little weak at the knees, but was blown out of the water by Interstellar’s not-too-shabby 5 nominations.

Winning the nomination race by far are Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel with 9 a-piece, followed by The Imitation Game with 8, Boyhood, American Sniper and Unbroken with 6. Theory of Everything, Whiplash and Foxcatcher came in fourth with 5 nominations. Of the films nominated for Best Picture, Selma falls short of its competition with only 2 nominations in total (less than Into The Woods with 3!), but that could be immaterial if it takes home Best Picture.

A good day for Marvel too, with three of it’s 2014 releases getting a Visual Effects nomination with not a Peter Jackson movie in sight! As if that weren’t disappointing enough for the Hobbit team, it failed to make the grade for Make-up and Hair which has been trimmed down to a tidy three nominees. For the Brits, Mr. Turner has 4 nominations, although it was a shame that Timothy Spalding didn’t get a nod for his performance as the titular artist.

So that’s the list. We’ll now have to wait until February 22nd to know who comes out on top. I’ll see you there folks.

Berlin Film Festival’s Monster Forum Lineup Revealed

More and more information is coming out about the schedule for the upcoming 45th annual Berlin Film Festival. Most recently, Variety has reported that the line-up for the Forum section of the festival has been announced…and it is a doozy of a list. We’ve got a combined 28 world premières as well as 8 international premières. Special Screenings for this list will be announced separately, so for the moment let’s take a look at the list itself. As you know by now I like lists to be lists, so here it is in full. in case you find my code a little too vague WP indicates a world première and IP an international première. Have at it!

Abaabi ba boda boda (The Boda Boda Thieves) by Yes! That’s Us, Uganda / South Africa / Kenya / Germany – WP
Al-wadi (The Valley) by Ghassan Salhab, Lebanon / France / Germany
Balikbayan #1 (Memories of Overdevelopment Redux) by Kidlat Tahimik, The Philippines – WP
Beira-Mar (Seashore) by Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon, Brazil – WP
Ben Zaken by Efrat Corem, Israel – IP
Brasil S/A (Brazilian Dream) by Marcelo Pedroso, Brazil – IP
Ce gigantesque retournement de la terre (This Gigantic Furrowing of the Ground) by Claire Angelini, France – WP
Chaiki (The Gulls) by Ella Manzheeva, Russian Federation – WP
Cheol won gi haeng (End of Winter) by Kim Dae-hwan, Republic of Korea – IP
Counting by Jem Cohen, USA – WP
Dari Marusan by Izumi Takahashi, Japan – IP
The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills by Marcin Malaszczak, Germany / Poland / USA – WP
Le dos rouge (Portrait of the Artist) by Antoine Barraud, France – IP
Exotica, Erotica, Etc. by Evangelia Kranioti, France – WP
Flotel Europa by Vladimir Tomic, Denmark / Serbia – WP
The Forbidden Room by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Canada
Freie Zeiten (After Work) by Janina Herhoffer, Germany – WP
Futaba kara toku hanarete dainibu (Nuclear Nation II) by Atsushi Funahashi, Japan – IP
Der Geldkomplex (The Money Complex) by Juan Rodrigáñez, Spain – WP
Il gesto delle mani (Hand Gestures) by Francesco Clerici, Italy – WP
H. by Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, Argentina / USA – IP
Hedi Schneider steckt fest (Hedi Schneider is Stuck) by Sonja Heiss, Germany / Norway – WP
Histoire de Judas (The Story of Judas) by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, France – WP
Hotline by Silvina Landsmann, Israel / France – WP
K by Emyr ap Richard, Darhad Erdenibulag, People’s Republic of China / United Kingdom – WP
Koza by Ivan Ostrochovský, Slovakia / Czech Republic – WP
Madare ghalb atomi (Atom Heart Mother) by Ali Ahmadzadeh, Iran – WP
La maldad (Evilness) by Joshua Gil, Mexico – WP
Mar by Dominga Sotomayor, Chile / Argentina – IP
Mizu no koe o kiku (The Voice of Water) by Masashi Yamamoto, Japan – IP
La mujer de barro (The Mud Woman) by Sergio Castro San Martín, Chile / Argentina – WP
Nefesim kesilene kadar (Until I Lose My Breath) by Emine Emel Balcı, Turkey / Germany – WP
La nuit et l’enfant (The Night and the Kid) by David Yon, France – WP
Queen of Earth by Alex Ross Perry, USA – WP
Rabo de Peixe (Fish Tail) by Joaquim Pinto, Nuno Leonel, Portugal – WP
La sirène de Faso Fani (The Siren of Faso Fani) by Michel K. Zongo, Burkina Faso / France / Germany – WP
Sueñan los androides (Androids Dream) by Ion de Sosa, Spain / Germany – IP
Superwelt (Superworld) by Karl Markovics, Austria – WP
Thamaniat wa ushrun laylan wa bayt min al-sheir (Twenty-Eight Nights and A Poem) by Akram Zaatari, Lebanon / France – WP
Über die Jahre (Over the Years) by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria – WP
Viaggio nella dopo-storia (Journey into Post-History) by Vincent Dieutre, France – WP
Violencia (Violence) by Jorge Forero, Colombia / Mexico – WP
Zurich by Sacha Polak, The Netherlands / Germany / Belgium – WP

Quite a list I’m sure you’ll agree. There’s not a huge amount of information available about a lot of the projects, but what we do have is a trailer for H., an American and Argentinian collaboration by Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia. The film will have it’s international première at the festival, and tells the story of a town that is driven mad by a meteor that crashes nearby. This wouldn’t normally be the sort of rodeo where you’d find many sci-fi’s, so check it out, courtesy of Cine Freaks:

What’s your pick of the list?

Hasty Pudding’s Man of the Year is…Chris Pratt

Forget the Oscars, sod the Golden Globes and stick the AFI awards in the bin with that grapefruit you were supposed to start having every morning for breakfast because 2015 was going to be all about you getting fit and healthy. Was that too detailed? Because if you’re anything like me, there is only one award for actors that can have any real meaning in this modern culture of pandering and engorged box office grosses. That award is the Hasty Pudding Man (and Woman) of the Year.

In case you’re not in the know, Hasty Pudding is a Harvard University Theatrical Society that every year since 1967 has nominated an actor or performer who has made made a “lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment” (the Woman of the Year has been awarded since 1951).

What results from this is a list of recipients that over the years has become a random accumulation of men and woman that have very little to do with one another: it reads more like a dream party guest list than anything else. The man and woman chosen will normally just have done something particularly impressive that year, unless I’m expected to believe that Sarah Jessica Parker, who was selected in 2002, is still making valid contributions to the entertainment industry.

In any case, it’s a bit of fun – there’s parades and ceremonies and all that jazz. The Woman of the Year in 2015 is Amy Poehler, and joining in that light-hearted vein is this year’s Man of the Year, Chris Pratt. Pratt will join a long line of recipients including Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and James Franco…wait James Franco, really? Ok, whatever.

Chris Pratt in the upcoming "Jurassic World"
Chris Pratt in the upcoming “Jurassic World”.

2014 was an exceedingly good year for Pratt, marking a quantum leap into the public eye with The Lego Movie and most notably Guardians of the Galaxy. 2015 will surely be a step in the same direction, with Jurassic World set for release this year. There’s no other really solid news about upciming projects, apart from Pratt’s obvious involvement in Guardians 2. But there’s a big gap between then and now, so hopefully Pratt will be living up to his Hasty Pudding responsibilities by remaining at least remotely relevant. God speed, Chris Pratt, God speed.

Was Pratt your choice for Hasty Pudding?


Golden Globes Winners: Keaton Scoops Up Best Actor

Well folks, we’ve officially cleared the first hurdle. Last night we officially ushered in 2015 with the Golden Globes Awards Ceremony, which took place at the Beverley Hills Hilton. There was the usual combination of red carpet flourishes, stinging jokes and politically charged acceptance speeches (check out George Clooney’s speech, it’s pretty intense).

By all accounts the whole thing went off without a hitch, including the opening monologue from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler which has set the bar incredibly high for whomever takes it on next year. But hey, let’s not talk about next year already – not when we still have this year’s ceremony to go through. So here are the winners below, in the neatest list possible. Take a deep breath before you go through, it’s always longer than you think it will be. Aaaaaand go!

Winner! Boyhood
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Winner! Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Winner! Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Winner! The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Winner! Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

Winner! Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Winner! Leviathan

Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
Winner! How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward NortonBirdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Winner! J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Winner! Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Wes Andreson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Winner! Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Winner! Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo –Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Winner! Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
Winner! “Glory” from Selma
Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Well there you go! For the most part the winners were as deserving as they were expected – I’m especially glad that Leviathan beat Force Majeure to the Best Foreign Film spot – but the big winners by far were Boyhood and Birdman. It was certainly refreshing to see a comedy get such attention at one of the big awards ceremonies, especially as a precursor to the Oscars. My disappointment of the night? Part of me did hope that Jennifer Aniston would snag Best Actress, but unsurprisingly she won out to Julianne Moore and her outstanding performance in Still Alice.

Did you enjoy this year’s Globes?

2014’s Razzie Nominations Are Out – “The Interview” Manages to Sneak in

You would think that nominating films for the most infamous bad movie awards around would be much easier than picking the best of the bunch. But the truth is they’re equally tricky endeavours: mostly because movies are rarely just bad or good, in fact most films tend to be a messy combination of both. So when the Razzie nominations appear, there’s always bound to be a surprising mix – and the selections for this past year are no exception. The gangs all here this year: there are films that everyone knows are bad, films you didn’t want to admit were bad, films you just plain didn’t hear about because they were mired in their own unsuccessful filth; and then there are the critically panned blockbusters that are just a cg-filled slap in the face – ok, so I made that one a little bit obvious.

There’s a lot of titles to choose from even at the nomination stage – usually twelve to a category – and there’s no obvious winner in any of the categories. But you’ll be interested to know that despite it’s unorthodox and famously late release, James Franco and Seth Rogen‘s The Interview has made an appearance in a few categories. So here’s the full list of nominees for your perusal, hot off the Slashfilm presses:


Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
The Legend of Hercules
Sex Tape
A Haunted House 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Left Behind
The Interview
Transformers: Age of Extinction
I, Frankenstein


The Legend of Hercules
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
A Haunted House 2
The Expendables 3
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Annie (RAZZable Remake of a 1981 Worst Picture Nominee)
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Endless Love (Yet Another RAZZable Remake of a 1981 Worst Picture Nominee)
Transformers: Age of Extinction
I, Frankenstein
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Transformers: Age of Extinction
A Haunted House 2
The Legend of Hercules
Sex Tape
Endless Love
Left Behind
The Expendables 3
Winter’s Tale
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
I, Frankenstein


Any Two Robots, Actors (or Robotic Actors) Transformers: Age of Extinction
James Franco & EITHER Seth Rogen or Randall Park (Kim Jong Un) / The Interview
Kellan Lutz and EITHER His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes / LEGEND of HERCULES
The Entire Cast of The Expendables 3
The Entire Cast of Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the West
The “Rock Monsters” / Noah
Johnny Depp and His “Virtual Doppelganger” / Transcendence
Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde / Endless Love
Kirk Cameron and His Ego / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel / Sex Tape


James Manera / Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Jake Kasdan / Sex Tape
Darren Aronofsky / Noah
Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Jonathan Liebesman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Renny Harlin / The Legend of Hercules
Michael Tiddes / A Haunted House 2
Michael Bay / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Wally Pfister / Transcendence
Darren Doane / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Vic Armstrong / Left Behind


Shaquille O’Neal / Blended
Johnathon Schaech / The Legend of Hercules
Kelsey Grammer / The Expendables 3 and Transformers: Age of Extinction
Arnold Schwarzenegger / The Expendables 3
Morgan Freeman / Transcendence
Jack Black / Sex Tape
Liam Neeson / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Russell Crowe / Winter’s Tale
Mel Gibson / The Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland / Pompeii
T.J. Miller / Transformers: Age of Extinction


Sophia Myles / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Jaime Pressly / A Haunted House 2
Susan Sarandon / Tammy
Bridgette Cameron / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Carrie-Anne Moss / Pompeii
Amanda Seyfried / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Cameron Diaz / Annie
Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Jane Fonda / This Is Where I Leave You
Emily Browning / Pompeii
Nicola Peltz (The Newest Michael Bay “Discovery”) Transformers: Age of Extinction


Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Elizabeth Banks / Walk of Shame
Jennifer Aniston / Horrible Bosses 2
Cameron Diaz / The Other Woman and Sex Tape
Gabriella Wilde / Endless Love
Nicole Kidman / Before I Go to Sleep
Melissa McCarthy / Tammy
Drew Barrymore / Blended
Gaia Weiss / The Legend of Hercules
Lea Michele (Voice Only) Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return


Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Johnny Depp / Transcendence
Adam Sandler / Blended
Seth Rogen / The Interview
Kellan Lutz / The Legend of Hercules
Marlon Wayans / A Haunted House 2
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Sabotage
Aaron Eckhart / I, Frankenstein
Alex Pettyfer / Endless Love
Kirk Cameron /Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
James Franco / The Interview
Nicolas Cage / Left Behind

Wow, that’s a lot of terrible films. I almost thought that Nicolas Cage had been left behind, but he managed to get a nomination for…well, Left Behind. My favourite flops of the year are in there (Tammy, Blended, I, Frankenstein, Transcendence) along with a few I completely forgot about (Nearly got away from me, Haunted House 2). I certainly don’t want to have to choose between them.

What’s your pick for Worst Film?

“Whiplash”, “Inherent Vice” and “The Lego Movie” all up for ACE Eddie Awards

Oh, I’m sorry…did you think that award nominations were only happening in 2014? Did you imagine that the steady stream of news on the critically acclaimed cinematic achievements of the year would magically finish up when we got to 2015? Well think again man, or woman. You haven’t seen anything yet. Cos it’s on. It’s aaaall the way on.

The latest panel is the American Cinema Editors and the ACE Eddie Award nominations, now in their 65th year. If the name didn’t give it away, the awards are all about achievements in editing, which may not seem all that glamourous but it’s one of those things that if it’s done 99% well instead of 100% then that’s what gets noticed and that’s what ruins a film’s chances at all those lovely awards. A bad editing job is basically a shit actor in an otherwise well performed film.

Despite the fact that it’s a more specific achievement, the film titles are really nothing different to what you’ve been seeing the last couple of months. There are TV and Film categories, but I’ll just be showing the four film categories. Even even though there aren’t any surprises, have a look anyway. Courtesy of Deadline:


American Sniper
Joel Cox & Gary Roach

Sandra Adair

Gone Girl
Kirk Baxter

The Imitation Game
William Goldenberg

John Gilroy

Tom Cross


Douglas Crise & Stephen Mirrione

Guardians of the Galaxy
Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne & Craig Wood

Into the Woods
Wyatt Smith

Inherent Vice
Leslie Jones

Grand Budapest Hotel
Barney Pilling


Big Hero 6
Tim Mertens

The Boxtrolls
Edie Ichioka, ACE

The Lego Movie
David Burrows & Chris McKay


Mathilde Bonnefoy

Finding Vivian Maier
Aaron Wickenden

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Elisa Bonora

Not a bad looking list really. For my money it will be either Whiplash or Gone Girl taking the dramatic feature award, Birdman or Grand Budapest Hotel for comedy or musical, The Lego Movie for animated and Finding Vivian Maier for best documentary. We’ll fond out on awards night which for ACE is January 30th.

Who’s your pick?

Weekend Roundup: 19th-21st December 2014

We like to cover as much news as possible here that interests you, but it’s unavoidable that little nuggets get missed here and there. Sometimes there’s too much to mention. Sometimes there’s not enough information to warrant an entire post. Sometimes I get tired. Sometimes a fourth thing happens.

Anyway, the Weekend Roundup is a means of keeping you updated on the weekend’s happenings without overwhelming you with multiple posts. This way you have time to enjoy your weekend outside, with trees and ducks and stuff.

So here are the important titbits that might come up in the coming week:

Affleck and Brolin Stand Up for American Sniper
Source: Deadline

It’s been a surprising few weeks for Bradley Cooper. While he’s been on Broadway with Elephant Man, Award-magnet American Sniper has been entirely snubbed by the SAg and Golden Globe Awards. As if that weren’t mind-boggling enough, now fellow Oscar contenders Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice) and Ben Affleck (Daredevil 2…just kidding, Gone Girl) have spoken publicly in favour of Cooper’s performance and the importance of the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. It’s relatively unheard of for Oscar competitors to be rooting for one another this late in the game, so maybe the spirit of Christmas is still working miracles in Hollywood.

Official Set Image for Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Thriller
Source: Screenrant

It’s hardly a surprise to see Steven Spielberg taking on a project that depicts an important moment in American history. Even less of a surprise is his reunion with collaborator Tom Hanks. But then who needs surprises when it’s all good news? Well now we have an exclusive image from the set of Spielberg’s untitled Cold War epic that sees Austin Stowell play Francis Gray Power, an American pilot who is shot down over Soviet airspace in a spy plane. Good thing he has Hanks to rely on as attorney James Donovan. The image is a little non-descript, but it all looks good. More news soon hopefully!

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks play it cool.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks play it cool.

Sony and Robert Rodriguez Play with Fire and Ice
Source: Screenrant

Remember Fire and Ice? Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi’s animated fantasy feature from the 1980’s that combined traditional cell animation and rotoscoped live action footage? No? Well you’re about to. Sony is taking a wary step out of its front door and picking up Robert Rodriguez’s project, a live action reboot of the animated feature. This will be the first film that Rodriguez has directed in four years that isn’t a sequel, so it will be cool to see him working with some new material again. Well, not new, but you know what I mean. It’s a fairly epic fantasy storyline, taking place between the fortresses of Icepeak and Firekeep with the kidnapping of a princess by the evil Queen Julianna.

Exclusive Poster for Helen Mirren’s Woman in Gold
Source: THR

Helen Mirren and Nazis!? I’m in! This is an exclusive poster for Mirren’s latest project, in which she plays a woman who bravely plans to reclaim a Gustav Klimt painting that was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War 2…well when else would Nazis be operating? Mirren will be starring alongside Katie Holmes, Daniel Bruhl and Ryan Reynolds, who I can only hope is playing a wise-cracking SS officer. Any chance of that? Simon Curtis is directing and the Weinstein Co. is releasing the feature in 2015. Expect a trailer on Monday!


Horrifying Holiday Greetings from The Babadook
Source: Slashfilm

Let’s end the weekend on a creepy high! There’s been no end of amazingly eery extras following the success of The Babadook that has been steadily building since Sundance. Now we have a Christmas fable to add to the canon. The Christmas message is only 45 seconds long but has all those monochrome shivers that we’ve come to expect.

And that’s the weekend. See you all next week!