October 23, 2014
The nominations for the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards were unveiled Thursday morning, with Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood receiving four nods, including one for best feature.
Among the nominees are Justin Simien (Dear White People) for Breakthrough Director Award, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond The Lights) for Best Actress, and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) for Breakthrough Actor.
Birdman and Boyhood were both nominated for the Gotham Awards’ top prize of best feature, along with Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ira Sachs‘ Love Is Strange and Jonathan Glazer‘s Under the Skin.
This year, the Gotham audience award will be determined by online voting by members of the Independent Filmmaker Project, the organization that presents the annual awards. The nominees for that category are the 15 films nominated for best feature, best documentary and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. Voting begins Nov. 19 at 12:01 a.m. ET and concludes on Nov. 26 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The show, set for Dec. 1 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, will also honor actress Tilda Swinton, Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos with previously announced tributes.
And the nominees for the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards are:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Love Is Strange
Ira Sachs, director; Lucas Joaquin, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)
Under the Skin
Jonathan Glazer, director; Nick Wechsler, James Wilson, producers (A24 Films)
Robert Greene, director; Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Robert Greene, producers (The Cinema Guild)
Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers (RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)
Steve James, director; Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch, producers (Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films)
Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, directors; Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, producers (The Cinema Guild)
Point and Shoot
Marshall Curry, director; Marshall Curry, Elizabeth Martin, Matthew Van Dyke, producers (The Orchard and American Documentary / POV)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Kino Lorber)
James Ward Byrkit for Coherence (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)
Eliza Hittman for It Felt Like Love (Variance Films)
Justin Simien for Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood (IFC Films)
Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year (A24 Films)
Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Miles Teller in Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)
The 2014 Best Actor nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum for their ensemble performance in Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics).
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (IFC Films)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Beyond the Lights (Relativity Media)
Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)
Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin (A24 Films)
Mia Wasikowska in Tracks (The Weinstein Company)
Riz Ahmed in Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)
Macon Blair in Blue Ruin (RADiUS)
Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood (IFC Films)
Joey King in Wish I Was Here (Focus Features)
Jenny Slate in Obvious Child (A24 Films)
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
October 22, 2014
Marvel Studios has released the teaser trailer and poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron, opening in theaters on May 1, 2015.
Written and directed once again by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Kretschmann, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963.
October 22, 2014
VH1′s has released an extended trailer for Drumline: A New Beat, the TV movie follow-up to Nick Cannon‘s 2002 feature film. The film will premiere Monday, October 27th at 9PM ET/PT.
Drumline: A New Beat will focus on a new set of characters at Atlanta A&T University — the setting of the original movie. The story follows Dani Bolton (Alexandra Shipp), an upper-class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T so she can join — and revitalize — its once-prominent drumline.
Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen, including her cousin, Tyree (Jeff Pierre), her feelings for fellow bandmate Jayven (Jordan Calloway) and the school’s crosstown rivals.
Drumline co-star Leonard Roberts will reprise his role as Sean Taylor, now a determined band director looking to make his mark at his alma mater while navigating the ghosts of his past. Cannon will executive produce and reprise his role as Devon Miles in a cameo.
Letoya Luckett will portray Dr. Nia Phillips, the intelligent and determined dean at Atlanta A&T with former romantic ties to Sean. Her support of Sean’s return to lead A&T’s band proves to be difficult as the Panthers take on a rival band led by Phillips’ ex-husband — and Sean’s brother — Kevin Taylor. Jasmine Burke plays Tasha Williams, one of Dani’s roommates who is wooed by Josh (Scott Shilstone). Calloway’s Jayven is an extremely gifted, yet cocky freshman at Atlanta A&T who is immediately attracted to Dani and vice versa. Pierre’s Tyree is head of the percussion section.
Cannon will executive produce alongside feature producers Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson, Lisa Zupan, Dallas Austin, POPFilms’ Maggie Malina and Alexander A. Motlagh as well as Michael Goldman. Susan Levison and Jill Holmes will oversee for VH1. Regina Hicks and Karin Gist wrote the script for the new take for a fall 2014 premiere. Fox Television Studios and VH1 will produce.
October 22, 2014
Lifetime has released some new photos from its Original Movie, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, starring Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as the beloved actress and music sensation,
The two-hour movie is set to premiere Saturday, November 15, at 8pm ET/PT.
Executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams, it’s based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher John Farley (Game World).
Before Beyonce and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B also stars Rachael Crawford (The Man) and Sterling Jarvis (The Sentinel) as Aaliyah’s parents Diane and Mike Haughton; A.J. Saudin (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton; and Lyriq Bent (Saw IV) as her uncle and music manager Barry Hankerson. The film also stars Anthony Grant as Damon Dash, Izaak Smith (Mirror, Mirror) as Timbaland, Elise Neal (The Soul Man) as Gladys Knight and Chattrisse Dolabaille (Home Away) as Missy Elliot.
October 22, 2014
Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel has joined the cast of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to Fox’s YA action franchise, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Emmanuel will play Harriet, the leader of a group of girls who’ve escaped from another maze and that meets up with O’Brien’s group. The character also figures into the third installment.
With director Wes Ball back for the feature, as well as the producers, Temple Hill Entertainment and the Gotham Group, Emmanuel joins her Thrones co-star Aidan Gillen, Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito to the cast, led by Dylan O’Brien.
On HBO’s Thrones, Emmanuel plays Missandei, a slave with a gift for languages-turned-handmaiden to Daenerys, the dragon queen played by Emilia Clarke. She will appear in Fast & Furious 7 and previously starred in the British soap, Hollyoaks.
October 22, 2014
UP presents the UP Original Movie Lyfe’s Journey, an emotional, timely drama about David Lyfe, a successful bank manager, devoted husband and father of a little girl, with another on the way, whose life crashes in on itself in a tough economy. In a rapid downward spiral, he becomes homeless after being laid off in a merger and making a bad decision with a lonely woman in a hotel bar. But with the help and support of a few caring people, David finds forgiveness and the true meaning of life. With actor Keith Robinson (Get On Up, Dreamgirls) in the lead, Lyfe’s Journey will make its world television premiere on UP on Sunday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT.
The ensemble cast also includes Angell Conwell (“The Young and the Restless,” “Family Time”), Richard T. Jones (Godzilla, “Judging Amy”), Judi Blair (Love Always, Flight), Erica Page (“Osirus,” “The Game”), Ahmed Lucan (UP’s Where’s The Love?, “Homeland”), Jennifer Gullick (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Come On In, We’re Dead), DeEtta West (UP’s forthcoming Marry Us For Christmas, Between Sisters) and newcomer Rylei I. Nooks. Filmed in Atlanta, Lyfe’s Journey originated from within the UP family. The screenplay was written by Corey A. Prince, UP’s senior director, human resources. The film was directed by Ryan Richmond, ASPiRE’s executive in charge of original production (Money Matters, “Changemakers”) and produced by Atlanta-based Swirl Films.
In Lyfe’s Journey, David Lyfe (Keith Robinson) is a successful bank manager and family man who lives the simple life with his beautiful, pregnant wife, Tricia (Angell Conwell), young daughter Allison (Rylei I. Nooks), and terrific friends John (Ahmed Lucan) and Cindy (Jennifer Gullick) Reynolds. In a bad economy, his blissful life turns inside out as he eliminates numerous jobs and loyal staff he has put in place, only to receive his own pink slip when the merger finalizes. Stunned, David ends up in the hotel bar, where he meets Amy (Erica Page), a lonely, friendly stranger, and ends up making a decision that soon becomes the catalyst for sending his life into a downward spiral. Eventually, he meets Pastor Taylor (Richard T. Jones) and his 20-something daughter Sam (Judi Blair), who show him kindness and that everything in life has a purpose. David discovers his own purpose and realizes that his life – and forgiveness – is worth fighting for. Karon Riley (UP’s forthcoming Marry Us For Christmas, “Necessary Roughness”) stars as Rob White, the bank executive responsible for the merger and layoff of David and his staff.
“As our economic recovery continues in the U.S., Lyfe’s Journey is a timely, gripping drama about one average man’s spiraling fall into homelessness – and inspiring personal rise,” Sophia Kelley, senior vice president of programming, UP. “Keith Robinson really brings his A-game to this emotional starring role as David Lyfe.”
UP presents Lyfe’s Journey, a Swirl Films production. Starring Keith Robinson, Angell Conwell, Richard T. Jones, Judi Blair, Karon Riley, Erica Page, Ahmed Lucan, Jennifer Gullick, DeEtta West and Rylei I. Nooks. Directed by Ryan Richmond. Produced by Eric Tomosunas, David Eubanks and Keith Neal. Director of Photography is George Su. Editor is Dante Wyatt. Script by Corey A. Prince.
October 22, 2014
Paramount Pictures has released a Red Band trailer and the new poster for director Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange.
In The Gambler, Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award�-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…
The film opens in limited release on December 19 before expanding on January 1.]]>
September 16, 2014
Entertainment Weekly has released 4 covers for Disney’s ‘Into The Woods,’ starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracy Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp.
Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.
Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics.
Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.
October 16, 2014
The compelling and fascinating story of the meteoric rise of one of the best-selling female groups of all time, CRAZYSEXYCOOL: The TLC Story makes its DVD debut Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The VH1 original movie was the highest-rated original film premiere in the network’s history and became the #1 cable original movie of 2013 among adults and women 18-49.
Starring KeKe Palmer (Akeela & The Bee, “True Jackson VP,” Joyful Noise) as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lil Mama (“America’s Best Dance Crew”) as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Drew Sidora (Step Up, Wild Hogs, “The Game”) as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, CRAZYSEXYCOOL: The TLC Story chronicles the group’s humble beginnings in Atlanta, GA and its unprecedented rise to fame in the 1990′s. Through very public and high-profile turmoil, success, and tragedy, TLC left an indelible stamp of female empowerment that changed the face of the music industry forever.
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October 22, 2014
Source: A reprint from Deadline
Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) and Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) will guest star on one of those November sweep ripped-from-the-headlines episodes of Wolf Films/Universal Television’s Law & Order: SVU on NBC that we have come to expect and love.
This one will tackle the whole sports/domestic violence issue. Coleman’s character is described as “an ex-sports star turned reporter” who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good) in the episode titled “Spousal Privilege.”
Despite photographic evidence of the abuse, the case becomes complicated when the couple tries to keep the charges under the radar. Announcing the riffing-off-real-life episode, producers did not spell out whether Coleman’s playing a former NFL player.
In real life, the issue of domestic violence in sports became very hot in September, when the Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after TMZ released video showing Rice clocking his then fiancee in a casino elevator.
“Domestic violence, with a push from Mariska Hargitay’s NO MORE campaign (www.nomore.org), has recently sparked a long-needed national dialogue,” series EP Warren Leight said in the announcement, adding that the episode “explores the personal and legal complexities of this intractable problem.