The Sundance Institute announced that Sundance NEXT FEST is returning August 7-9 and will make its base of operations at the Ace Hotel for the second year in a row. The weekend long event, which specifically showcases films from the main festival's NEXT selections, was first held in 2013 in West Hollywood, but the festival smartly moved it into the middle of the burgeoning and revitalized downtown LA scene last summer.
It's not the greatest historical note to kick a festival off with, but the opening night film at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival will be the first directed by a woman since 1987.
It was kind of written on the wall with all the Shailene Woodley love going around. And after "The Fault in Our Stars" co-led the way with nominations, with "The Hunger Games" more or less on its way out, it seemed obvious the young adult adaptation was bound to walk away the demographic's favorite. So…that happened.
Bradley Cooper had a pretty great 2014, eh? Warner Bros. slid "American Sniper" into the awards season last year and America turned out in droves to see the film, which went on to become the top domestic grosser of the year (beating out the likes of "The Hunger Games" and Marvel's powerhouse offerings — that's impressive). Cooper also picked up an Oscar nod for Best Actor and threatened to steal the prize from frontrunners Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton. He'll have to settle for an MTV Movie Award…and all those checks that will continue to land in his mailbox as producer of the film, of course.
Actress Shailene Woodley took a few more steps toward owning the MTV demographic that Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart have had a stranglehold on the last few years Sunday by claiming a pair of awards at the top of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards: Best Actress for her work in "The Fault in Our Stars" and the Trailblazer Award for forging her own path in the industry.
O.K., so the producers of the MTV Movie Awards and the network itself got quite lucky. The red carpet for the 2015 show was verging on the worst ever. How weak was it? The red carpet for the last Teen Choice Awards was close to blowing it away.
Meryl Streep has three Oscars and 19 nominations. Something she didn't have coming into this weekend? An MTV Movie Award. Well, she can cross that one off the ole' bucket list.
The 2015 MTV Movie Awards were handed out Sunday, April 12 in a telecast held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Here is a complete list of all the winners and nominees.
Oscar Isaac has delivered another superb performance in Alex Garland's "Ex Machina." It follows a National Board of Review-winning turn in "A Most Violent Year" which, frankly, should have earned him an Academy Award nomination this past January. Of course, you could also say he should have received more recognition for his work in "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Drive," but Isaac's time will come. Potentially with whatever projects he chooses after shooting "X-Men: Apocalypse" this summer. But, before we get to Isaac's blueprint or building his character in "Machina" let's get to the subject you probably really want him to hear about, "Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens."
The MTV Movie Awards have been touch and go for years, but there's one thing we feel fairly confident about regarding the 2015 edition: Amy Schumer will rule.