Save for two misguided dismissals, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" has a commanding swath of positive reviews at Rotten Tomatoes yielding a 98% fresh rating at the moment. At Metacritic, the film is enjoying a staggering rating of 99 based on nearly 40 reviews so far. It's quite obvious that the film is pretty much universally acclaimed as the filmmaker's stunt has proved to be, well, way more than a stunt. It's a measured dissection of a life lived with all the mundane grace that populates it.
Can you believe we're less about two months away from Fall movie season? By mid-September studios and indies start to slowly roll out their more prestige releases some of which may or may not be awards season fodder. One film arriving in September that might not be on your radar yet is Peter Chelsom's "Hector and the Search for Happiness."
Filmmaker David Fincher has been away from the screen for a couple of years, since 2011's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" threatened to be a major Oscar force but settled for a handful of nods (and a surprising Best Film Editing victory). He's back this year with the Gillian Flynn adaptation "Gone Girl," which could be a major play for Fox as the studio looks to get its awards legs back after hitting a wall with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" last year. Well, an opening night berth at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival is certainly a great way for the studio to set the stage.
Former "SNL" funnyman Jason Sudeikis will get serious alongside Oscar winner Jeremy Irons and rising star Stephan James ("Selma") in the upcoming Jesse Owens biopic "Race."
Viola Davis may have a potential hit series on her hands with Shonda Rhimes' "How to Get Away with Murder," but don't worry movie fans, she isn't giving up her day job. The two-time Oscar nominee has a number of big screen roles on the way including a reunion with Tate Taylor, the director of "The Help" in "Get On Up," which hits theaters next month.
The Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race is slowly coming together. Big dogs like "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "The LEGO Movie" have already bowed, while Fox ("The Book of Life") and Focus ("The Boxtrolls") have rolled out footage presentations in recent weeks to stay top of mind. One film we've been assuming would have a place in the 2014 line-up is GKIDS' "Tale of Princess Kaguya" from Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. We were just waiting for a release date announcement — and now we have it.
We've only recently begun dusting off the Best Original Song contenders section and filling it out with prospective players in the upcoming Oscar race (though the ranking is arbitrary for the moment). You can bet the wonderful "Lost Stars" from "Begin Again" will be a force, and I imagine Stephen Sondheim's original offerings for "Into the Woods" will be in play, too. But another song that deserves to be in the thick of it is "Land Ho!," Keegan DeWitt's title track from Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz's Sundance sensation.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — If you're going to make your first foray into producing feature films, you can do a lot worse than to have Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey by your side. That's just how things turned out for Juliet Blake, a content producer for TED Talks who has been with "The Hundred-Foot Journey" since before the book was even published.
CENTURY CITY, Calif. — For Guillermo Del Toro to get involved with a new filmmaker, to hop onto a project to produce when it will take him away from his family, away from his life, it goes without saying, it has to be worth it. And when animator Jorge R. Gutierrez came to him with "The Book of Life," an animated feature set for release by 20th Century Fox in October, it checked off a lot of boxes for the "Pacific Rim" director.
Martin Scorsese's "Silence" is finally making its way to the screen. First announcing his intention to direct an adaptation of the acclaimed Shusako Endo novel in 2007, the Oscar-winning filmmaker has directed a trio of narrative features in the intervening years ("Shutter Island," "Hugo" and "The Wolf of Wall Street") but is now closer than ever to realizing his vision for the book, which was the recipient of Japan's prestigious Tanizaki Prize in 1966.