If last week's season premiere was a refuge from the reality of our character's lives, "Looking for Results" was almost a jarring reminder of where they really are all in their lives back in S.F. At the forefront is the blatant fact that Patrick ("American Sniper" star Jonathan Groff!) and Kevin ("Pride" cameo star Russell Tovey!) are both having awkward realizations about what they have been up to. And then there's good ol' Augustin, but we'll get to him in a minute.
We knew going into the announcement of the 87th Academy Awards nominations that there were a number of tight races. We knew Lead Actor could flip upside down and surprise. We knew Directing was a questionable field and that, as always, categories such as Sound Mixing and Sound Editing could throw everyone a major curve ball or two. No one was surprised, then, when all those "surprises" and "snubs" actually came to pass. That being said, how did In Contention's Oscar pundits do with their own predictions? Let's take a look…
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards have made the smart move holding their annual ceremony the same day as the Academy Awards nominations. It keeps any intriguing narrative, snub or surprise at the top of everyone's minds during the show and, potentially, should increase viewership.
Hey everyone! We've been up working almost non-stop since 5:30 AM for the Academy Award nominations and haven't napped yet. That means it's time to live-blog the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards right? Who's excited? Anyone got an over/under for a "LEGO Movie" or "Dick Poop" call out?
LOS ANGELES — Rosamund Pike has had other things on her mind lately than the Oscar nominations. She's been on the circuit attending the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala and the Golden Globes, but there's been this new addition who has sort of preoccupied her free time. The "Gone Girl" star says she was "stunned" and that her lead actress Oscar nomination is "amazing," but that she was also completely unprepared for it all.
LOS ANGELES — As always, there were a number of surprises Thursday morning with the announcement of the 87th Academy Awards nominations, but one of the biggest ones was Marion Cotillard's nod in the lead actress category for "Two Days, One Night."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards Thursday morning and Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" led all nominees with nine each. "The Imitation Game" followed with eight and "Boyhood" and "American Sniper" each found six nominations. "The Theory of Everything," "Whiplash," "Interstellar" and "Foxcatcher" were the other films to receive major recognition earning five each.
Harold Ramis, the man behind "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day," passed away last February at the age of 69. Like many, the Writers Guild of America hasn't forgotten the impact he made over a 38-year career. The organization announced Tuesday that they will honor the writer/director/actor with the WGA's 2015 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony next month. Ramis' wife, Erica Mann Ramis, and family will accept the award on his behalf.
BEVERLY HILLS — Once the Golden Globes show is over, the party really begins. Actually, let's rephrase that: that's when the "parties" begin. This year there were six on the grounds of the Beverly Hilton and another just a few miles away. But, as you'd suspect, the place to be is where the winners are and for the movie world that meant the FOX/20th Century Fox/Fox Searchlight shindig or the now legendary annual Warner Bros./In Style fete. The former featured big winners from "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Birdman," "How To Train Your Dragon 2" and FX's "Fargo." The latter is the party where every possible movie, TV and music star collides in a shoulder-to-shoulder extravaganza of pop culture. There was one moment at the WB/In Style event, however, which just has to be discussed before anything else.
A year after it tried to live up to an unfathomable and unfair wave of hype that crowned it the "gay" "GIRLS," HBO's "Looking" returned for its second season Sunday night. The series began by introducing us to three "almost" best friends, Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Augustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Bartlett) and then almost immediately sent them their separate ways for most of the first eight episodes. Augustin moved out of his apartment to be with his then boyfriend Frankie (O.T. Fagbenle), Dom seemed to mostly hang out with his own roommate, Doris (Lauren Weedman), and Patrick pretty much became the center of the show. Not what most people expected based on the TV spots and outdoor ads.