Is this the closest she'll get to the Dolby Theater this season?
Oscar player brings its wares back home
BEVERLY HILLS - After triumphant screenings at Telluride and Toronto, Warner Bros. held the official Los Angeles premiere for Ben Affleck's "Argo" at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater Thursday night and it had to be characterized as a rousing success.
Plus: The Gurus of Gold make some post-TIFF predictions
Last week Ang Lee's long awaited adaptation of the popular novel "Life of Pi" opened the 50th New York Film Festival to wide critical acclaim. Richard Corliss of Time called it "a giant leap forward" for filmmaking. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter referred to it as "gorgeous and accomplished." Justin Chang of Variety was less enthusiastic, but praised the epic as a "harrowing high-seas adventure." HitFix's own Kris Tapley called it "affecting" and praised its "univeralist heart." At the same time, Tapley also noted the picture's clunky first act, and having recently seen "Pi" I have to agree with him.
Plus: Thoughts on Seth MacFarlane's selection as host
What a Monday for Oscar.
First, Adele and Sony Pictures confirms the news everyone already knew, that she has recorded the title track to the new James Bond film, "Skyfall." Second, the Academy announced a somewhat surprising choice to host this year's Academy Awards, Seth MacFarlane. Combined, the duo could help Oscar hit its highest ratings in years.
Anthony Hopkins starrer will make its world premiere at L.A. event
The film explores the making of the director's iconic 1960 horror film "Psycho."
It also stars Helen Mirren as Hitch's wife Alma, while the "Psycho" cast will be portrayed as follows: Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins.
Sacha Gervasi ("Anvil! The Story of Anvil") is directing from a script based on the Stephen Rebello book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho."
Plus: Who drops out of the top 10?
When is an Oscar Bait picture not an Oscar bait picture? Or, if it meets the qualifications of an Oscar Bait picture should it always be considered one?
Veteran supporting actor has paid his dues
Like many moviegoers across the country this weekend, you may have bought a ticket for David Ayer's new drama "End of Watch" instead of the more hyped offerings such as "Trouble with the Curve" or "House at the End of the Street." And guess what? You made the right choice. One of the better reviewed movies recently, "Watch" follows the working relationship and off the clock friendship between two LAPD officers played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. Gyllenhaal is already being positioned as a contender in the very, very competitive best actor race, but the film's best chances at awards recognition may just be with Mr. Pena in the supporting category.*
*And yes, I clearly realize you could make the argument Pena should also be in the lead field, but SAG and Oscar should buy the supporting claim (maybe).
Awards contender makes its pitch
Over the last decade or so, filmmakers have stretched and played with the movie musical structure in pictures such as "Chicago," "Across the Universe," "Moulin Rouge," "Dancer in the Dark" and "Dreamgirls." When it was announced director Tom Hooper would follow up his Oscar-winning work in "The King's Speech" with a big screen version of the classic musical "Les Miserables," the question was how would Hooper differentiate this adaptation? The answer is revealed in a new behind-the-scenes featurette Universal Studios released today.
HBO's 'The Girl' arrives a month earlier
Get ready for a lot of Alfred Hitchcock over the next few months.
Fox Searchlight made a surprise announcement this morning that Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" will open in theaters on Nov. 23. This was unexpected as "Hitchcock" was in production just this past Spring and while Searchlight felt they had something special on its hands, they didn't believe they could get manufacture all the necessary trappings of a proper awards season prestige campaign in time. The studio is so enamored with the film they've decided to take the chance.
First ride along featured a murder
TORONTO - It may seem like a silly cliche or easy hyperbole for an actor to claim their life has changed because of a role in a movie, but after looking into Jake Gyllenhaal's eyes its hard to dispute his claim. The 31-year-old actor trained more for David Ayer's "End of Watch" than any previous role and what he went learned to play LAPD officer Brian Taylor has clearly stuck with him.