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Miles Teller to Join Military Veteran Drama

Whiplash star Teller is in talks to star in the drama about veterans dealing with PTSD.

The Fantastic Four reboot did not go well. So you’d be forgiven for worrying about career prospects of the stars. You definitely don’t need to worry about Miles Teller, though – the man is in high demand! Mr Fantastic has projects coming out of every orifice! Continue reading Miles Teller to Join Military Veteran Drama

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.

 

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.

PICTURE:
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash 

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

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

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

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

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

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
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

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

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

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

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

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

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

ANIMATED SHORT:
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

LIVE-ACTION SHORT:
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

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

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

COSTUME DESIGN:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

MAKE-UP & HAIR:
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

FILM EDITING:
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

SOUND MIXING:
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

SOUND EDITING:
American Sniper
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

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

ORIGINAL SONG:
“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.

“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:

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)

American Sniper
Joel Cox & Gary Roach

Boyhood
Sandra Adair

Gone Girl
Kirk Baxter

The Imitation Game
William Goldenberg

Nightcrawler
John Gilroy

Whiplash
Tom Cross

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)

Birdman
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

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6
Tim Mertens

The Boxtrolls
Edie Ichioka, ACE



The Lego Movie
David Burrows & Chris McKay

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)


Citizenfour
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!

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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!

Watch Bradley Cooper in the Latest Trailer for “American Sniper”

Oh, I do love a Clint Eastwood project. Despite a mixed set reviews for this years Jersey Boys, it’s all smiles around here with the release of a new trailer for Eastwood’s latest project American Sniper. The project stars Bradley Cooper as Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who got something as a reputation as the most dangerous sniper in U.S. history. His memoir is the basis for the film, because it had all the facts and names and stuff in it so it would be silly not to use it right?

So here’s the trailer, from the good men and women at The Wrap:

It’s strange to think that the last military film Eastwood directed was Letters from Iwo Jima in 2006, and this looks to be a stunning return to form. Cooper looks to be putting himself aside and representing Kyle in a brutally honest way, as a man being pulled apart by love for his family, loyalty to his war and responsibility for his role. This film definitely has Best Actor potential as well as Best Director. Best Film? We’ll just have to wait and see.

The film also stars Sienna Miller as Kyle’s wife Taya Renae, Max Chalres, Luke Grimes and Kyle Gallner. Theatrical release is set for Christmas Day 2014.

Do you have American Sniper in your sights?

AFI Announces its “Movie of the Year” contenders

It’s getting to that time of year when you’re going to be hearing a lot about the same ten odd movies that are doing the rounds and snatching up awards from pretty much every movie institution. With the Oscars two months away we’re at the bottom of a steep climb, but its always good to see how different people are reacting to different films in the lead-up. Most recently the AFI have announced the films that will battle it out for their Film of the Year. They have a list for television shows too, including Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones and Fargo, but we’ll be sticking to the films here. So without further ado, the list!

AMERICAN SNIPER
BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
BOYHOOD
FOXCATCHER
THE IMITATION GAME
INTERSTELLAR
INTO THE WOODS
NIGHTCRAWLER
SELMA
UNBROKEN
WHIPLASH

Not a bad looking list as it goes. American Sniper is an interesting addition, given it hasn’t seen much award attention so far. The only real surprise nominee is Into the Woods, which hasn’t been around nearly long enough to get the same kind of attention as the other heavyweights. That, and it isn’t nearly as serious. But hey, I haven’t seen it yet, so who knows?

Is there a film you think the AFI cruelly left out this year?