An epic interview in only 6 minutes
If two actors have dominated the cinematic media hype machine this year it's clearly been Jessica Chastain and Michael Fassbender.
An in the audience reaction from the comedy veteran
Paul Feig is a big fan of Melissa McCarthy and not just because she helped turn his comedy "Bridesmaids" into a global blockbuster. No, the "Freaks and Geeks" creator recognizes something in McCarthy he's seen before. The joy of when untapped talent is unleashed. Such as Steve Carell.
What happened to 'Like Crazy' and George Clooney?
The one thing you have to realize about the Independent Spirit Awards is that as much as the event exists to reward films that won't get the recognition they deserve from the Oscars, SAG Awards or Golden Globe Awards, they also usually result in some head scratching choices. It's hard to argue with many of this year's nominees, but some of the overlooked had even their competitors questioning the organization's selection process. The selections are actually chosen by committees broken up by American, International, Documentary and other specific categories. Unlike the SAG or Oscars, this is a very small group making arbitrary decisions about the nominees. For example, the American Narrative nominating committee only had 17 people selecting the nods (a much larger membership group gets to vote on the actual winners).
'Moneyball' and Meryl Streep get big boosts
Proving being first has its disadvantages, the New York Film Critic's Circle met Monday morning to decide on their year end awards. Unfortunately, because of the organization's need to beat everyone else to the party (don't get me started), they were unable to screen Stephen Daldry's highly anticipated "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" for consideration. So, should there be an asterisk next to this year's selections? Possibly, but judging by the love for best picture winner "The Artist," probably not.
After all the buzz for "War Horse" and "The Descendants'" superb reviews and box office over the Thanksgiving frame, Oscar player "The Artist" needed a nice boost to keep in step on the publicity front and boy did they get it. Winning the NYFCC award for best feature film and best director for Michel Hazanavicius along with the film's surprising five Independent Spirit Awards, including best feature film, mean The Weinstein Company has a lot to brag about. Well, at least until Thursday when the National Board of Review reveals their top picture which many assume will be "The Artist" anyway. It has certainly left other studios reassessing their campaigns for the weeks ahead.
'The Artist' is a surprise best feature film nominee
Film Independent announced the nominees for the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards this morning and "Take Shelter" and "The Artist" received the most nominations with five each. "The Descendants," "Drive" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" received four respectively. Surprising nominations came for internationally financed "The Artist" in the best feature film category and George Clooney and Kirsten Dunst not receiving nominations in the lead actor categories.
'Beginners' shock, Charlize Theron's push, rude New Yorkers and more
Having attended the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Britannia Awards, the Critic's Choice Awards and, god help me, the Hollywood Film Awards (just once I say, just once!), it felt like a big adventure crossing the country to the Spirit's little New York, um, sister, the Gotham Awards.
'Beginners' and 'Tree of Life' tie for the top prize
20th Century Fox sneaks a month early to create buzz
Cameron Crowe's Get Out of Jail card just hit theaters. Well, it hit your multiplex for a sneak peek on Saturday night. "We Bought A Zoo" is Crowe's first movie since the disastrous "Elizabethtown" in 2005. That romance Crowe's second critical failure after "Vanilla Sky," but the former thriller still had enough Tom Cruise star power to turn a profit. Not only did "Elizabethtown" cool Crowe's previously lauded career, but it was one of the reasons Cruise and his then producing partner, Paula Wagner, found themselves out of a production deal at Paramount. Now, six years later, Crowe returns with "Zoo," a very commercial dramedy with some of the filmmaker's trademark touches thrown in for good measure.
Will Spielberg's epic sprinted past the competition?
Steven Spielberg hasn't been a major player in the Oscar game since "Munich" was nominated for best picture and he received a best director nod in 2006. In the five year since, Spielberg re-teamed with his old buddy George Lucas on another "Indiana Jones" adventure (one best forgotten) and spent a good deal of effort giving DreamWorks Studios new life at the Walt Disney Company after an unsuccessful alliance with Paramount. Spielberg's first directorial effort for the new DreamWorks is "War Horse" and ever since the rights to Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel were acquired the project had the Oscar bait stamp all over it. The film has been finished since late summer when selected long lead press screened it. Over the past few weeks more media found themselves partaking the approximately 2 hour and 20 min epic as well as some random film screening groups that Spielberg personally attended. On Thanksgiving the floodgates opened and guild, Academy and media members all began to bask in the legendary filmmaker's endeavor. And, surprise, awards season took a turn.
Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo
If you're in the vicinity of Los Angeles or New York for the holidays you've already had a chance to catch such awards season players as "My Week with Marilyn," "Hugo," "The Descendants" and maybe even "Melancholia" if you didn't watch it on VOD already. Today, one of the frontrunners in the race finally hits screens on this side of the Atlantic, "The Artist."