21st Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Nominations

Tons of awards start hitting the scene this time of year. We’re not going to post all of them, or even very many, but the Screen Actors Guild we usually pay attention to. Usually the wins will give you a pretty good head start on your Oscar ballot. If you’re interested in more than just the movies, television nominees are under the seats if you’d like a look at the boob tube crew.

The Nomination Score:
Birdman = 4
Boyhood = 3
The Theory of Everything = 3
The Imitation Game = 3

“Modern Family” = 4
Cast in a Motion Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Steve Carell (Foxcacther)
Benedict Cumberbatch(The Imitation Game)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Jennifer Aniston (Cake)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Ethan Hawke(Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
Naomi Watts (St. Vincent)

Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Get on Up
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
X-Men: Days of Future Past

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San Andreas [trailer]

Can we please, please stop with the children’s choirs singing a famous pop-song in “slow motion” for trailers. I think it started with Fincher’s The Social Network and now just about every other trailer uses the “effect”. Knock it off, on such a winter’s day!

In other news, John Cusack was unable to save the world in 2012. Perhaps The Rock and Paul Giamatti can do it in 2015. Because this ain’t your daddy’s earthquake; this is the big one.

Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller Again. A Little Older.

So I know we’re almost a week late to this party, but hey, we’ve been around for a while and it takes us some time to catch up to the younger kids. Also, Charles Grodin.

Baumbach really hasn’t done much for me with his (in fact I quite loathe) last three films. But because of how great Squid and the Whale is, I keep on giving him the benefit of the doubt, even though I’m pretty sure I’ll be let down… with the potential for vomit. So I watch this trailer trepidatiously. And at first I got a bit of the Frances Ha, hipster, pretentious, rich, white people problems, but at the midway point my guard was worn away and I found myself smiling through the rest of trailer. So much so that I watched it again. More smiles. It certainly is still people with problems, but they’re problems more of us can relate to, they’re believable and they’re presented (at least in this trailer) in much more of a light-hearted manner.

I will relent and see this theatrically. I look forward to more smiles. Also, did I mention Charles Grodin?


Bond. 2015. Spectre.

Skyfall was the first Bond film I saw that I felt wasn’t a novelty. It was a proper film (as Mark Kermode might say). It was gorgeous. It had interesting characters. The story was intricate and plot fulfilled. But the nostalgia was still there. Today all of the nine one-one on the next Bond film dropped in one fell swoop. Director, cast, title, villain and some marketing material.

So glad was I to hear that Sam Mendes would be returning for another go around! For twenty years, no Bond film has been made by the same director. So when they finally got one right, it’s wonderful to hear the news that they’ll be bringing back essentially the same team.

Of course, the first question I had was, “will they bring back Roger Deakins as cinematographer?” Alas no, but coming in at a close second – that I’m more than happy with – is Hoyte Van Hoytema, who has done some of the best looking cinema of recent years (e.g. Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In).

Next on the list is actors. Let’s just say my attention is garnered! Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw (returning as Q), Ralph Fiennes (spoiler character), Dave Bautista, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) and Albert Finney.

So yeah, I’m usually not that all caring about the next Bond film, but this one jut jumped up pretty high on my list of must sees in 2015. What do you guys think of all the news dropping today?



2015 Independent Spirit Awards

It’s awards season yet again. And again we’re all sitting in the third row with baited breath to see what films, stars and storytellers will be given the opportunity to bring home a congratulatory gold-plated statue (or embarrassing figurine if you happen to take home a Razzie). While The Academy Awards (Oscars) tend to get all the glory and pizzazz, the award show that is held in fairly high esteem around here is The Spirit Awards ceremony:

Along with being a fantastic party, the Spirit Awards ceremony also brings together top talent from Hollywood and throughout independent film. Awards are presented for the year’s best achievements in independent film, with statues given for Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Feature Made for Under $500,000 (the John Cassavetes Award) and many more.

In keeping with its Los Angeles roots, the Spirit Awards takes place each year in and around a beachfront tent in beautiful Santa Monica. Currently in its 30th year, the show remains as original as the films and filmmakers it honors.

Winners are chosen by those in the know: Film Independent Members and Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) members. Voting members receive select DVD screeners and are invited to attend free screenings of all nominated films before choosing the Spirit Award winners.

Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization. Its voting members include filmmakers, film industry leaders and film lovers. Anyone passionate about the art of film can join as a Member and vote for the winners of the Spirit Awards.

Since starting in 1984, The Spirits have had a lot of fun times at their ceremony. As part of this “rich” history, the main site has put together a list of highlights from each year over the past 29 years (including Sarah Silverman’s vagina).

This year’s show will play on February 21st, 2015 (the night before the Oscars). So blah-di-blah-di-blah, here are the nominees for this years ceremony (which in my opinion is mostly correct ;).

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Love is Strange

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Ava DuVernay, Selma
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
David Zellner Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, Big Eyes
J.C. Chandor, A Most Violent Year
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Love is Strange

Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant
Rinko Kikuchi – Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive

André Benjamin – Jimi: All Is By My Side
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
John Lithgow – Love is Strange
David Oyelowo – Selma

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo – Selma
Andrea Suarez Paz – Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Alfred Molina – Love is Strange
Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
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The Perfect Christmas Gift for Me Your Movie Fan Loved Ones

Remember the Absolut book for coffee tables? It was a great gift for the alcoholic in your life. But let’s be real, if you’re perusing this site, you probably know about 10% more people who are movie lovers than alcoholics. So Criterion has done gone and finished your holiday gift shopping for you with a gorgeous new coffee table book: The Criterion Designs.

The most exciting names in design and illustration today apply their talents to some of the most important and influential films of all time. This volume gathers highlights from designs commissioned by the Criterion Collection, featuring covers, supplemental art, and never-before-seen sketches and concept art plus a gallery of every Criterion cover since the collection’s first laserdisc in 1984. From avant-garde experiments to big-budget blockbusters, cult favorites to the towering classics of world cinema, the depth and breadth of what film can be is on display in these striking images. Whether painstakingly faithful re-creations or bold re-imaginings, the stunningly diverse designs collected here offer new ways for cinephiles and design aficionados alike to engage with the world’s greatest filmmakers.

Check out a small sample of what’s in store for you in this 306 page extravagawesome…

The price is a bit steep at nearly eighty bucks; but like I said, small price to pay for having all of your shopping done. Now.

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12 weirdest accomplishments at Guinness World Records Day 2014
What NYC skyline will look like in three years
A Clockwork Orange (bts photos)
Amazing shadow art

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