This all might be a bit much for Jesse Eisenberg.
"The Social Network" star has never been one to enjoy too much of the spotlight and the requirements of a non-stop awards campaign can be somewhat overwhelming the first go around. Last night, Eisenberg joined his director, David Fincher, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, producer Scott Rudin (making a rare L.A. appearance) and co-stars Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer to celebrate the early awards and box office success of "Network," schmooze media (including a lot of awards press) and help promote the film's DVD and Blu-ray releasing Tuesday.
This all might be a bit much for Jesse Eisenberg.
Like the SAG Awards and many of the other guild awards, the BAFTA Orange Film Awards is a partial indicator to what Academy members may be thinking for the Academy Awards. Granted, there is less crossover between the British Film Academy and AMPAS then say SAG or the Writer's Guild, there is enough and its certainly a lot more applicable than the Golden Globes or Critic's Choice Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its annual recipients of Scientific and Technical Achievements this morning. The 2011 honorees will be presented their awards in a special ceremony on Feb. 12, 2011. Hardly celebrities, these winners have provided the industry and moviegoers with huge technological advances over the years. Here are the details from the Academy's release:
he Cinema Audio Society announced the nominees for the 47th Annual CAS Awards today and there were actually a few surprises in the field. The movie nominees include "Black Swan," "Inception," "Shutter Island," "True Grit" and "The Social Network." For some bizarre reason "127 Hours," "Tron Legacy" and "Unstoppable" didn't make the cut. Guess it's just that competitive this year.
In what could be a disturbing trend for the world's premier film festival, Robert De Niro was named the head of 2011 Cannes film jury today. No disrespect to the great De Niro, who will receive the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award later this month, but this marks the third time in the last four years an American has lead the influential jury. De Niro follows Tim Burton and Sean Penn who presided over the 2010 and 2008 juries respectively. Before Penn, the last American to hold court on the Croisette was Quentin Tarantino in 2004.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the seven finalists for the Visual Effects Oscar and some genre-friendly films made the cut.
The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
Looking for the true indicator of the five nominees for best adapted screenplay? We may have found it in the USC Scripter Awards. Established in 1988 to honor the screenwriter as well as the author of the work in which the screenplay is based, this honor is not contingent on strict Writer's Guild rules. Therefore, this year's nominees are much less surprising than the WGA's were earlier this week. The 2011 finalists are:
It appears the acquisitions market has turned around. Whether it's a buyer's or seller's market remains to be seen, however. Still, in a preemptive and surprise strike, Roadside Attractions has acquired 2011 Sundance Film Festival opening night drama "The Music Never Stopped."
Directed by Jim Kohlberg, "Music" is based on Oliver Sacks' novel "The Last Hippie" and tells the real-life story of a father (J.K. Simmons) trying to adjust to his son's (Lou Taylor Pucci) cerebral trauma and a longtime estranged relationship. Working with a music therapist (Julia Ormond) he uses songs '60s groups such as The Grateful Dead to connect with his son.
In a statement, Roadside Co-President Howard Cohen noted, " "We were really moved by such a soulful, true story of a father and son changing their lives through their love of music. And you can't beat The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash music in this film!"
"I am thrilled to be working with Roadside Attractions to distribute The Music Never Stopped because of their great record with independent films,” Kohlberg also said in a press release issued by Roadside. “I always connected deeply to the story and the redemptive qualities of the characters and the iconic music. It was an honor to work with our great and talented cast and crew, and for my first feature could not have imagined a better result and recognition of the film's quality."
Roadside had significant success releasing Sundance Film Festival dramatic jury winner "Winter's Bone" over the summer. The critically acclaimed film is now a potential best picture and best actress player for the 83rd Academy Awards. The company also got behind prestige players "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "Biutiful" Javier Bardem.
There is no national release date for "Music" at this time.
Look for continuing coverage of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on HitFix beginning Thurs. Jan. 20.
Roland Emmerich has talked for years about finally making a film that doesn't involve a aliens, a natural disaster or 200 CGI shots. He struck out the first time around with 2000's middling "The Patriot," but after the global success of "2012," Sony Pictures has finally given him another chance with "Anonymous."
The prestigious Art Director's Guild of America announced the nominees for their 2010 Awards this morning and on the movie side there were absolutely no surprises. Every expected best picture contender made the cut with guild's three categories (Period Film, Fantasy Film, Contemporary Film) with only the animated "Toy Story 3," "Winter's Bone" and "The Kids Are All Right" failing to get recognized. Unfortunately, the surplus of nods make it hard to determine who will make the Academy Awards cut of just five honorees, but "Black Swan," "Inception," "Alice in Wonderland" and "True Grit" are prime contenders.