Hayao Miyazaki's 2002 fantasy film "Spirited Away" is the only Best Animated Feature winner to be produced outside the English-speaking world. In fairness to the voters who still haven't bestowed Sylvain Chomet with an Oscar, there haven't been that many opportunities for outsiders to power through — the Academy only cemented the category for its 2002 ceremony (making Miyazaki's the only traditionally animated film to ever win the award too). So while the Oscars may not reflect the artistic legacy of Studio Ghibli — currently on a "brief pause" as it figures out how to be a money-making operation without recently retired, Walt Disney-like leader — the company arrives to the 2015 race with a major contender: "Tale of Princess Kaguya."
If Mark Gordon's name isn't familiar, his filmography will be. The producer's diverse 20-year includes "The To Do List," "Rampart," "Source Code," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Wonder Boys," "A Simple Plan," and "Speed." He earned an Oscar nomination in 1999 for "Saving Private Ryan." His upcoming films include Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic and Todd Phillips' upcoming comedy "Arms and The Dudes" starring Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg. And today, the Producers Guild of America announced that Gordon would be honored with a lifetime achievement award — for his contributions to television.
AMPAS' Academy Originals series continues to be not just a dynamic peek behind the creative process for filmmakers and actors, but a nice look into what makes inspires some of the most gifted individuals working in the sphere, what makes them tick, and screenwriter Eric Roth is a great subject.
While the Oscars have yet to make room for casting directors — a pivotal part of the Best Picture equation — the oversight isn't stopping the Casting Society of America from readying its third decade of picking up the Academy's slack.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a biopic kick. With Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk,' a dramatization of French tightrope walker Philippe Petit's stroll across the Twin Towers, in the can, the actor is eying up a hot-button true story that will inevitably thrust him into future awards talk.
As anticipation and positive buzz for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' builds, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and composing partner Atticus Ross have unleashed the first snippet of the film's score — a layered wall of sound that takes the duo into new territory.
Next Tuesday, Sept. 30 is the cut-off date for contenders in the Best Foreign Language Film category to be released in their home countries. Slowly but surely all corners of the globe have been declaring their participants, and as these things go, it's been a relatively drama-free build so far. OK, there have been a couple of eyebrow raisers.
Angelina Jolie refuses to luxuriate in the Oscar buzz surrounding her upcoming WWII drama 'Unbroken.' On Sept. 8, the actress-turned-director started on her third feature, 'By the Sea,' a romantic drama touting her first self-directed leading role and her first pairing with husband Brad Pitt since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". Showing no sign of slowing down, word is in that Jolie's fourth film has taken shape.
There are cavernous ideas resting under the surface of writer-director David Michôd's "The Rover." What would happen if there was an actual global fallout? Michôd allows theories on economic implosion, geographic relocation, a societal reversion to linger in the background, his setup, "10 Years After the Collapse," merely a cloudy backdrop for a revenge thriller.
Director Ang Lee and writer-producer James Schamus are one of industry's inspiring pairs. Over 22 years, they've worked on nine out of Lee's 12 feature films together, everything from the director's 1992 debut "Pushing Hands" to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" to "Hulk" to the little seen "Taking Woodstock." But the relationship doesn't define them — they're two distinct voices approaching the film business from their personal experiences. Case in point: This week, Ang Lee signed on to helm a biting war drama for Sony while Schamus cut the artistic ambition of screenwriters off at the knees.