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The critics group awards are off and running. Last week we saw the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, and the Boston Online Critics announce their annual awards, and today we have three more groups to add to the pile. 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture in the Boston and New York Online groups, but the Los Angeles voting resulted in a tie for Best Picture between Gravity and Her. Alfonso Cuaron took Best Director in the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics Online awards, while Boston went for 12 Years a Slave’s Steve McQueen. While many votes seemed to be in line with early predictions, James Franco shared the Best Supporting Actor moniker in the Los Angeles group for his work in Spring Breakers.
If there’s one takeaway from the critics group awards we’ve seen thus far, it’s that Spike Jonze’s Her has a heavy amount of love in the film community, which could very well translate to Oscar. Hit the jump to read the full list of winners for all three groups, as well as the runners up for the L.A. and Boston awards.
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
Best Picture: (tie)
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Spike Jonze – Her (Runner-up)
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave (Runner-up)
Best Actress: (tie)
Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: (tie)
James Franco – Spring Breakers
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress:
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
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The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor. Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods. The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing. The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary. The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014.
As far as snubs go, it’s disappointing not to see Miles Teller recognized for his stellar work in The Spectacular Now or the lovely Greta Gerwig who grounds Frances Ha, and Before Midnight would have been a worthy addition to the Best Feature category. That being said, this year is a highly competitive awards race (as evidenced by the Best Actor category expanding to six nominees), so it's tough to argue with this list of nominees.
Pleasant surprises include James Gandolfini (Enough Said) and Will Forte (Nebraska) landing Best Supporting Actor nods, Gaby Hoffmann receiving a Best Female Lead nomination for her work in the Michael Cera ...
Enough Said doesn’t have enough to say, and that’s fine because it’s so pleasant, nice, sweet, and cute. There’s some light subtext about not substituting other people’s relationships for our own, but mostly the movie is about pairing together two charming lead actors in a romantic comedy, and just enjoying their chemistry. Julia Louis-Drefyus and James Gandolfini are completely endearing as a couple with playful banter, funny jokes, and mutual hesitations about trying to love someone who was deemed unlovable by somebody else. Even at the movie’s heaviest and most awkward moments, writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s light touch always keeps us smiling.
Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorcee who goes to a party with her friends/bickering married couple Sarah (Toni Collette) and Will (Ben Falcone). At the party, Eva meets and befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), a poet. Eva also meets fellow divorcee Albert (Gandolfini), a guy with a sweet disposition and a wry sense of humor. When Albert asks for Eva’s number, the two start going out and really hit it off. However, Eva soon discovers that Albert is Marianne’s ex-husband, and begins to see her new boyfriend through the negative lens of his ex-wife.
The story takes a while to even get to the reveal that Marianne and Albert were married, and the film is the better for it. We get a chance to see how well Eva and Albert go together. She’s a bit uptight but not in a grating, neurotic way, nor is she desperate. She is, for all intents and ...
Fox Searchlight has released the trailer and poster for Nicole Holofcener's comedy Enough Said. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss stars as Eva, a woman who strikes up a relationship with fellow single parent Albert (James Gandolfini) only to discover that he's the ex-husband of her new friend Marianne (Catherine Keener). Eva must then struggle to keep seeing Albert in a positive light as Marianne continues to point out his foibles. Watching this trailer, I'm reminded of how much I miss Gandolfini. The movie looks like it's really going to highlight the actor's sweet side, and I like the dynamic I'm seeing between the cast, which also includes Toni Collette and Ben Falcone.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. Enough Said will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th.
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Here's the official synopsis for Enough Said:
A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini)—a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's ex. ENOUGH SAID is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously ...
While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and co-President Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming. During the interview, they spoke about how long Game of Thrones and True Blood could run for, what they have currently in development with both David Chase (The Sopranos) and David Milch (Deadwood), the status of the Criminal Justice pilot and why they think it’s best to recast the role James Gandolfini played, the possibility of a second season for Family Tree and a third season for The Newsroom, the half-hour series about high school life that they’re developing with Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and that they are no longer moving ahead with a Transporter series at Cinemax. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Do you have any definite idea for just how long Game of Thrones and/or True Blood will go?
MICHAEL LOMBARDO: As far as I’m concerned, [Game of Thrones] can go on as long as there are stories to tell. I know there are the issues with the (George R.R. Martin) books and catching up. We certainly haven’t gotten anywhere near that conversation with David and Dan yet. And with True Blood, we’re excited about it. It feels like there’s a new energy this season. We’re talking to Brian [Buckner] about next year. No decisions have been made, at this point, how much longer that show will be running. It continues to have a really ...
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its stellar line-up for their 2013 Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Directed by Ned Benson) Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.
Dom Hemingway (Directed by Richard Shepard) Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
Enough Said (Directed by Nicole Holofcener) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, and Tavi Gevinson.
Hateship Loveship (Directed by Liza Johnson) Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sami Gayle.
Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
All images and info via TIFF.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her is a two-part love story seen through the eyes of a New York couple trying to understand each other as they cope with personal hardship. The different perspectives of “Him” and “Her” result in two films with a unique look into one couple’s attempt to reclaim the life and love they once had.
Dom Hemingway is a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After 12 years in prison, looking to ...
A couple of character posters and an international trailer have been released for the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Steve Carell stars as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey). The international trailer has a couple new jokes, and I'm jazzed for the film not only because of the cast, which also includes Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Alan Arkin, but because it was written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses).
Hit the jump to check out the posters and new trailer. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, and opens on March 15th.
Here's the official synopsis for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone:
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the upcoming comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Steve Carell stars as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey). I can't even imagine a universe where Carell and Buscemi are anything less than great as a comedy team, well-suited to play corny, old-school magicians. Likewise, Carrey is good get to play the intense adversary, and writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley have some funny stunts lined up for his Criss Angel doppleganger: "For twelve days he's held. His. Urine." Yet judging by the trailer-closing joke, Alan Arkin may just steal the show as the elder magician who inspired Burt.
Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Jay Mohr also star. Directed by Don Scardino, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15, 2013. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Here's the official synopsis for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone:
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both ...
If nothing else Andrew Dominik wants at least one concept to be on your mind when you walk out of KILLING THEM SOFTLY- economy, economy, economy, economy. Never mind the fact that Brad Pitt is chewing up scenes and trying out his anti-Anton Chigur performance- the real issue we should all be focused on is that it is damn tough to make an honest living, hell, even a living as a hitman isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The truth of the matter is that as much as I really loved Dominik’s film, it is impossible to walk out of it without rolling your eyes at least once at the constant onslaught of political messages regarding the state of the economy- for me, by the end it became somewhat of a reflex.
It’s not even that I don’t agree to a certain extent- I even nodded in agreement at the end of the last monologue in the film, but to a lot of people the persistence of the message is extremely heavy handed. I also can’t say that it isn’t a breath of fresh air to see the glitzy Hollywood-ized vision of a contract killer/hitman lifestyle scrapped for something a little more stripped down and “realistic.” This isn’t dime store shoot em’ up cinema by any means, but there’s definitely something about it that’s easier to digest and gritty at the same time.
The plot is simple- two guys knock over a secret Mob enforced poker game and the Mob subsequently send, Jackie (Brad Pitt), in to track down and take care of everyone responsible. With a premise that light it takes a pretty sharp script to keep the energy flowing and that’s exactly what Dominik’s script- adapted from George Higgin’s novel “Cogan’s Trade”- excels at. There does tend to be an excessive amount of needless storytelling in a couple scenes involving James Gandolfini’s character, but the dialogue in those scenes is funny enough and interesting enough to overlook. A special shout out to Ben Mendelsohn for solidifying his place as the single most disgusting looking character in any movie I’ve seen this year.
Pitt stands out from the rest of the cast-largely because he’s Brad Pitt, but also because he does a pretty great job with the material. At times he employs a lot of the same mannerisms as his Billy Beane performance in MONEYBALL yet he still manages to pull off a hitman that, while predictable at times, has hints of being genuinely threatening and darkly comedic at the same time. Every role in the film is laced with extremely dark humor and it all shines because the dialogue flows so well- and in a film with this much talking, that’s an extremely important piece of the puzzle.
KILLING THEM SOFTLY isn’t action packed, but it’s exciting to watch- the violence for the most part is quick, but packs a punch and it is more than a tad alienating in its political approach. Dominik’s script is fantastic and the performances are great, but somewhere along the line someone should have stepped up and said, can we maybe cut out a few of these radio/TV economy speeches? In the end that was my biggest issue with the film- excess does not enhance and in the case of KILLING THEM SOFTLY it hinders its own message. In spite of my reservations over the abundance of money talk, I really love this movie and found myself constantly loving the extended scenes of dialogue and the pitch black moments of humor. A crowd pleaser this is not so be warned before buying those tickets based on the Pitt factor.
A new trailer for director Andrew Dominik’s crime drama Killing Them Soflty has been released. The film stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer called in to investigate the robbery of a high-stakes card game. The film’s first trailer was pretty great, but this clip ups my anticipation level even more. We see a bit more of the plot and character interactions, and there’s a scene set in the rain that shows off some fantastic visuals. Dominik displayed tremendous talent with The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, and I’m highly encouraged by what we’ve seen of his second go-around with Pitt thus far.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, and Ben Mendelsohn. Killing Them Softly opens November 30th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Killing Them Softly:
Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”). Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances. KILLING THEM SOFTLY is written for the screen and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and is based on the George V. Higgins novel, “Cogan’s Trade.” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae ...