Here we go again. A week from today, the nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards will be announced. Here at Tech Support, we've analyzed each of the 10 crafts categories, and interviewed several of the contenders. It's now a waiting game with final calls to be made. Today, we take a final look at the fields of cinematography, music, makeup and hairstyling and visual effects.
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Since the embargo is up, I can finally announce that I'm going to be moderating a one-hour onstage conversation with Alejandro Jodorowsky during SXSW this year in Austin.
I've moderated plenty of panels and interviews over the years, but Jodorowsky is one-of-a-kind. I think his work is beautiful and profane and surreal and silly and about eighty other adjectives. "The Holy Mountain," "El Topo," and "Santa Sangre" constitute a filmography so grand that even if he'd never done anything else, he would have secured his place as one of the greats. Last year, "Jodorowsky's Dune" played the festival circuit, detailing his attempts in the early to mid '70s trying to get a film version of Frank Herbert's novel off the ground. I was just flattered to have been interviewed for that. But to get a chance to actually spend an hour in conversation with this brilliant artist? And to be able to do it in front of an audience? There are days I can hardly believe this is my job.
I love SXSW every year, and it just seems to keep growing and getting more interesting, more varied. Today's announcement of the first batch of titles is a strong one, but this is all still just the warm-up for the big announcements coming soon.
CBS to begin airing the Hollywood Film Awards
Dick Clark Productions, which is behind the Golden Globes and many other awards show, will be behind the new October awards show.
Mom from "Dance Moms" allegedly attacked Abby Lee Miller
TMZ reports today that Kelly Hyland was arrested back in November for assault and harassment of the Lifetime star.
"Parks and Rec" turns 100: Co-creator wants a Hillary Clinton ending, jokes of spinning off Jean-Ralphio
For Michael Schur, a perfect ending -- "five seasons away" -- would have Leslie Knope bumping into Hillary Clinton in Washington, with Hillary saying, "Leslie." He also jokes of doing a Sapperstein family spinoff starring Henry Winkler, Ben Schwartz and Jenny Slate.
Camryn Manheim to play Halle Berry's best friend on "Extant"
This marks Manheim's return to CBS after co-starring on "The Ghost Whisperer."
Watch Patton Oswalt ride in a DeLorean with Jerry Seinfeld
It's the latest episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." PLUS: Conan presents a "Patton Oswalt Gets The Crap Kicked Out Of Him" supercut, and Oswalt answers 20 Playboy questions.
Oprah comes to the rescue on Lindsay Lohan's OWN reality show
Oprah Winfrey herself appears on "Lindsay," getting Lohan to tell her: "I know this is my last shot at doing what I have to do."
"Men at Work" will host a "Las Vegas" reunion with Molly Sims
Sims will reunite with James Lesure, playing his love interest.
ID to mark Valentine's Day with Wendy Williams' "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
The Investigation Discovery special is meant as an anti-Valentine's Day celebration. PLUS: ID orders "Secret Lives of Stepford Wives."
In the ongoing quest to find an identity beyond "Oprah" re-hashes, OWN has announced four new series premieres for 2014. While the network still seems a little bipolar, split between wholesome self-improvement and, well, Lindsay Lohan. However, OWN's kinder, gentler approach to reality TV might be the perfect place for Lohan to stage a comeback. Tyler Perry, whose brand of subpar soap has already scored solid hits for OWN, will also bow yet another series for the network. Move over, Oprah!
The other day somebody asked me what my money was on for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, and I realized I had no answer. Unlike last year, when "Searching for Sugar Man" swept all before it on its way to the Oscar podium, documentary honors have been generously dispersed this season -- and that trend of spreading the wealth continued at last night's Cinema Eye Honors in New York.
The USC Scripter Awards are one of the more interesting precursor awards on the circuit, recognizing as they do two different forms of authorship. Sometimes mistaken for a direct equivalent of the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, they are in fact limited to films based on published source material, rewarding both the screenwriter responsible for the adaptation and the author of the original text. (That means Oscar contenders like "Before Midnight" and "August: Osage County" are out of the picture.)
Military Channel is changing its name to American Heroes Channel
Starting on March 3, the Military Channel will expand its focus to police officers, fire fighters and others who do heroic deeds in their everyday lives.
Nat Geo to air a 2-hour "Live From Space" special
The International Space Station event will air to coincide with Seth MacFarlane's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey."
"Chicago PD" attracts 8.6M, People's Choice Awards declines
The Dick Wolf spinoff was up over two million from "Chicago Fire's" debut.
"Tywin Lannister" will narrate the BBC's Winter Olympics coverage
"Game of Thrones" star Charles Dance will take over voiceover duties this year.
Lindsay Lohan's OWN reality show debuts March 9, OWN orders another Tyler Perry series
"Single Moms Club," based on the upcoming movie, will be Perry's latest series for Oprah.
"Girls" to debut new songs from Beck, Lily Allen, Miguel
"We had Miguel write us a new song," says "Girls" music supervisor Manish Raval. PLUS: Rihanna doesn't want her music on "Girls."
Watch Stevie Nicks' "American Horror Story" cameo
She played a slightly altered version of herself.
Cecily Strong: "SNL's" new black female hires are "crylaugh funny"
"No ass kissing, I'm so excited about our new snl hires," she tweets.
Sofia Vergara fake slaps Jimmy Kimmel
Watch them read mean internet comments about each other.
"Veronica Mars" going on Amazon Prime
All three seasons will be available for steaming.
Hulu adds "The Bridge's" original Danish/Swedish version
"Broen"/"Bron" will be available starting Jan. 14.
"Vampire Diaries" stars Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder make fun of their real-life breakup
Watch them win a People's Choice Award for "Best Chemistry." PLUS: Happy 25th birthday, Nina Dobrev!
There are no big surprises in this morning's list of Art Directors Guild nominees -- though I guess leaving "Oz the Great and Powerful" out of the Fantasy category is an unexpected display of good taste. All the expected Oscar contenders for Best Production Design showed up in one of the Guild's three categories, notably the Period field, where Judy Becker's lurid 70s decor for "American Hustle," Catherine Martin's Jazz Age excess for "The Great Gatsby" and Adam Stockhausen's tangibly weathered plantation sets for "12 Years a Slave" will presumably duke it out for the win. (Nice, too, to see Jess Gonchor's gorgeously faded recreation of early-60s New York in "Inside Llewyn Davis" make the cut.)
They may not be as sexy as the main Academy Awards ceremony -- something the Academy effectively acknowledges by annually selecting the hottest ingenue available to host the evening -- but the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation honors any number of worthy artists who contribute invaluably to our movie-watching pleasure. This year 52 individuals, covering 19 technical achievements, have been named as honorees, including cinematographer and VFX supervisor Peter W. Anderson, the recipient of this year's honorary Gordon E. Sawyer Award. (His credits range from "The China Syndrome" to "U2 3D.") The awards will be presented on February 15. [Deadline]