January 22, 2016 |
W ILL SMITH S ays he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith , and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. "My wife's not going. It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize ( Theron )," said Smith on ABC's "Good Morning America" yesterday. "We've discussed it, but at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say this is OK. " Smith, who some thought might be nominated for "Concussion," said his decision was "deeply not about me. " "This is about children that are going to sit down and they're going to watch the show and they're not going to see themselves represented," said Smith.
January 20, 2016 |
Kylo Ren was no match for Kevin Hart . "Ride Along 2," also starring Ice Cube , topped the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in North America with an estimated $41.5 million over four days, according to studio estimates Monday. The box office-topping performance of "Ride Along 2" lent a timely reminder to Hollywood of the power of diversity at the multiplex, even when there's no diversity at the Oscars. In second was "The Revenant," which earned $39 million over four days, capitalizing on its leading 12 Oscar nominations Thursday.
January 20, 2016 |
Boycotting the Oscars Filmmaker Spike Lee and actor Jada Pinkett Smith on Monday separately declared they plan to boycott the Academy Awards on Feb. 28 for the lack of diversity among this year's nominees. Several filmmakers, including Straight Outta Compton producer Will Packer , have voiced concerns that none of the acting categories includes African Americans. "Should people of color refrain from participating all together," Smith said on Facebook Saturday. "People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.
January 18, 2016 |
Josh Singer is really in the spotlight now. On Thursday morning, the name of the Ambler native and Harvard Law-grad-turned-Hollywood scribe was announced alongside the likes of DiCaprio, Damon, and Blanchett when nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were read off in Beverly Hills, Calif. Singer, along with co-writer Tom McCarthy, is a nominee for the original screenplay Oscar for Spotlight , the searing true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.
January 16, 2016 |
The Revenant , the grizzly frontier saga starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a bent-on-revenge, back-from-the-dead fur trapper, led the pack with a dozen nominations as the contenders for the 88th Academy Awards were announced Thursday in Beverly Hills. Right behind the violent wilderness adventure were two more epic tales of survival: the postapocalyptic feminist action pic Mad Max: Fury Road , with 10 nominations, and The Martian , starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, with seven shots at the statuette.
January 15, 2016 |
"THE REVENANT," the grizzly frontier saga starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a bent-on-revenge, back-from-the-dead fur trapper, led the pack with a dozen nominations as the contenders for the 88th Academy Awards were announced Thursday in Beverly Hills. Right behind the violent wilderness adventure were two more epic tales of survival: the postapocalyptic feminist action pic "Mad Max: Fury Road," with 10 nominations, and "The Martian," starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, with seven shots at the statuette.
September 7, 2015 |
T oo early to talk Oscars? Not if you're an actor, a filmmaker, a studio exec, a publicist, a blogger - or a humble movie critic - heading to the 40th Toronto International Film Festival. The biggest festival in North America and the launchpad for awards season contenders and wannabes, TIFF 2015 opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 20. This year's schedule boasts 399 films - 289 features and 110 shorts - from 71 countries. A lot of those films will end up on VOD platforms, or reappear at smaller fests, make their way to art houses and Amazon, or never be seen again.
March 2, 2015 |
A HOST of this year's "Richardson Dilworth Award" ceremony likened the event to the Academy Awards. By that measure, the city's version was far more entertaining and a lot less boring. The hour-long awards presentation, held at City Hall on Friday, was chock full of genuine laughs, tears, surprises - and even a little love story. And when each nominee learned they had won, their reaction wasn't all, "Blah, blah, blah . . . I'd like to thank the Academy. " The acceptance was pure Philly: "Get outta here!
February 25, 2015 |
On the day before Michael Keaton lost the 87th Academy Awards best-actor prize (boo!), the Birdman star was holding a winged trophy aloft at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, across town from Hollywood. Accepting his "best male lead" win in front of many of the same glammy peers he'd be sitting with Sunday night, Keaton jokingly saved his last thank-you for Narcissus, the creature of Greek mythology who fell in love with his own reflection and whose name begat the term narcissism.
February 23, 2015 |
Birdman or Boyhood ? A breakneck backstage commotion about art and ego that seems to fly by in a flash? Or a loping survey of life's small moments filmed over 12 years with a cast that grows older before our eyes? As audiences settle down to watch the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night (and pick apart the sartorial choices), the Hollywood pundits and progn -oscar -ators have pretty much decreed: The best-picture race is between Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman , with nine nominations, and Richard Linklater's Boyhood , with six. I'm OK with that.