Get a head start on your Oscar weekend debates with Movie Talk with Owen and Lisa — in which EW critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum lament how the Oscars aren’t channeling the public anymore and name their picks for who should win Lead Actor and Lead Actress. Spoiler: It’s not “this French guy no one has ever heard of”! READ FULL STORY
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It was back in August when news broke that The Help director Tate Taylor was circling an adaptation of the 2002 novel Peace Like a River, about an 11-year-old asthmatic boy who goes on a cross-country search with his sister and father for his older brother who has been charged with murder, to be produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B. But Pitt’s been waiting longer than that to bring the story to the screen. Peace Like a River was the second project Pitt bought when he started Plan B in 2002. “The first one was The Departed. The second one was this one, and it’s just taken awhile for it to gestate and find the right guy to tell it,” Pitt told us at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday.
Any chance will be seeing Pitt take the director’s chair anytime soon? “Hell no. Not interested. Not my thing,” he said.
With 16 inclusions each, My Week With Marilyn and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are leading the pack in the longlists for the 2012 British Academy Film Awards, which were announced today. In addition to making the cut for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, both films have their stars in contention. (Marilyn‘s Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, and Zoe Wanamaker, as well as Tinker Tailor‘s Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, John Hurt, and Kathy Burke, are all on the acting longlists.)
Following Marilyn and Tinker Tailor for the most entries on the BAFTA longlists were The Iron Lady (14), The Artist, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Midnight in Paris, War Horse (13 each), The Help, Hugo, Drive (12 each), and The Ides of March and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (11 each.) Notable exclusions from the BAFTA longlist include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Melancholia, and Martha Marcy May Marlene, while major Oscar contender The Tree of Life earned just one mention in the cinematography category.
The longlist kicks off the first round of voting for the BAFTAs, which includes 15 entries in most categories. The five nominees will be chosen from these longlists in the second round. However, there are only five for animation and documentary in the first round of voting. Nominations in all categories, including the shortlist for the Rising Star Award, will be announced on Jan. 17. Check out the entire BAFTAs 2012 longlist, including Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Documentary, Foreign Language Film, and Outstanding British Film here. (Note: * marks the five chapter picks.) READ FULL STORY
After scoring the most nominations from the Spirit Awards, the acclaimed black-and-white silent film The Artist has now picked up top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, winning prizes for Best Picture and Best Director. Sure-thing Oscar nominees Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep won the lead acting awards. Here’s the full list of winners:
Best Picture The Artist
Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Best Screenplay Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Foreign Language Film A Separation
Best Actor Brad Pitt, Moneyball & The Tree of Life
Best Actress Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive
Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help, and Take Shelter
Best First Feature Margin Call
Best Non-Fiction Film Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Box office update: 'Moneyball' leads Friday with $3.9 million, but 'Dolphin Tale' should win weekend
Brad Pitt’s baseball drama Moneyball scored with audiences once again yesterday, dipping 42 percent from its debut last Friday to $3.9 million, leading all films at the U.S. box office. The film will earn about $13 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period and lift its total to almost $40 million.
In second place on Friday was Warner Brothers’ 3D flick Dolphin Tale, which earned a strong $3.5 million. Given its huge family appeal, Dolphin Tale should get a big bump on Saturday and Sunday, and it will likely surpass Moneyball to win the weekend with $14 million. The Lion King 3D, which came in third place with $3.3 million, could pass Moneyball as well, though it will probably finish somewhere in the $13 million range.
Sherwood Pictures’ Courageous, a Christian-based film about four police officers, came in fourth place. Courageous grossed $3.1 million on its first day, more than enough to cover its tiny $2 million budget. Thanks to post-church crowds, Courageous should see a slighter dip than most films on Sunday, and it may finish the weekend with $9.5 million in just 1,161 theaters.
The weekend’s other three newcomers filled up the next three spots on the chart. 50/50 found $2.9 million and could earn $8.5 million this frame. Dream House scared up $2.7 million, and it may find $7.5 million overall. What’s Your Number? only managed $2.1 million, and its headed for about $5.5 million debut.
Check back tomorrow for the full weekend report.
1. Moneyball – $3.9 mil
2. Dolphin Tale – $3.5 mil
3. The Lion King 3D – $3.3 mil
4. Courageous – $3.1 mil
5. 50/50 – $2.9 mil
6. Dream House – $2.7 mil
7. What’s Your Number? – $2.1 mil
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