The 51st annual New York Film Festival already lined up a splashy opening night premiere in the form of Paul Greengrass' Tom Hanks-starrer "Captain Phillips." Today it's been announced that Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" will be the festival's centerpiece gala.
Well, if it's good enough for New York, it's good enough for London. On Monday, Paul Greengrass' fact-based thriller "Captain Phillips" was announced as the curtain-raiser for next month's New York Film Festival, where it'll have its world premiere. And nearly two weeks later, it'll have its European premiere as the Opening Film for the BFI London Film Festival, which runs from October 9 to 20.
Back in June it was announced that Universal would be slating Peter Berg's Afghanistan drama "Lone Survivor" for an Oscar qualifying run. With only Ron Howard's "Rush" to work with otherwise (a film I hear is a knock-out), the studio needed the extra firepower.
The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch. A trailer has been released through Moviefone which gives it a commercial sheen. Who knows whether it will have the muscle to play the circuit, but Berg could sure use a palette cleanser after last year's "Battleship."
The Academy's Board of Governors has announced the creation of a new branch for casting directors, who began to be invited to Academy membership more than 30 years ago, many of them admitted as Members-at-Large. The decision was approved at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, July 30, which saw Cheryl Boone Isaacs nominated president of the Academy.
The Independent Filmmaker Project has announced that the first true film awards show of the season, the Gotham Awards, will be held this year on Dec. 2. Not only that but a couple of new categories have been added to the mix.
Well, you don't see this too often. Eschewing the usual Apple/Yahoo!/MSN launching pads, Sony premiered the trailer for David O. Russell's "American Hustle" on ABC's Good Morning America earlier today, with Russell on hand to talk about the movie.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made history Tuesday night by electing its first African-American president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. The marketing and publicity veteran replaces Howard "Hawk" Koch who served one eventful year-long term. Isaacs is only the third woman to hold the position and the first since Fay Canin was president between 1979 and 1981.
Well, the race is on. Officially, at any rate. We've been waiting for one country to open the floodgates on submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the deadline for which is almost exactly two months away, on October 1. It can be hard to keep pace with the process -- last year, a record 71 countries entered the race. But things have kicked off this year with an auspicious entry: Calin Peter Netzer's "Child's Pose," which THR reports was announced today as Romania's official submission.
I've had my eye on a number of films that are still looking for distribution this year and could, potentially, figure into the awards season. Of course, a decent rule of thumb is if a film hasn't been picked up by now (and isn't set for fests), there's usually a good reason for that. But you never know. More on those titles later this week, but for now, strike one from the list: Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man," which has just been acquired by Lionsgate.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says Oscar Grant’s father can sue the Northern California transit officer who shot and killed his son on a train platform.