There has to be something about Tina and Amy, It must be as the duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicked off award show season in spectacular fashion as hosts of the 71st Golden Globe Awards. The opening segment was just the right amount of comedy and tradition and they knew just how to make boring moments (like the announcement of Miss Golden Globes) fun.
As for the actual awards, the big winner was “American Hustle” as they took home the award for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Amy Adams); and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Jennifer Lawrence). “Dallas Buyers Club” took home two awards as the won for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Matthew McConaughey) and Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Jared Leto).
On The TV side, “Breaking Bad” had a fond farewell as they picked up the award for Best TV Series, Drama and Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama (Bryan Cranston). On the comedy side, “Brooklyn 99” pulled off the same feat as they won for Best Comedy and Actor in a Comedy (Andy Samberg), although some feel that comedies such as “Modern Family” should have won. As for the non traditional shows on Netflix, they were only able to walk away with one award which went to “House Of Cards” for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama (Robin Wright). Although the streaming service did not steal the show, they were well represented as their shows had six nominations, and I am sure next year will be more as shows like “Orange Is the New Black” gain momentum.
Overall the 71st Golden Globe Awards had ups and downs but was an entertaining three hours, which is something you can’t say about most award shows. Through all the speeches and bits and controversy, the most important think about the night was the art and for one night, the art was on display at it’s best.
While this is a big weekend for the industry with the Golden Globe Awards airing Sunday, at the Box Office it looks like a calm weekend as only one new movie opening nationwide. “The Legend of Hercules” is hoping that a lack of new competition will pay off at the box office. This new saga about the mythical demigod stars Kellen Lutz (“Twilight”) as Hercules as they tell the origin story of this mythical greek hero. Despite being the first Hercules movie out of the gate this year, I doubt the movie will see the success they are hoping for. For a full list of this weeks movies, see the list below.
The origin story of the the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.
THE BUZZ: Despite being the first Hercules movie out of the gate this year, we don’t think anOlympus Has Fallen-like scenario will play out for Kellan Lutz and company, but in myriad ways he’ll always be our favorite Cullen.
THE BUZZ: One of the best-reviewed films anywhere in the world over the past year, this Georgian drama missed the Best Foreign Language Oscar shortlist — a highly competitive category that somehow still includes The Grandmaster at this stage. It’s a big step forward for upstart distributor Big World Pictures.
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he’s not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.
THE BUZZ: Banned in Laos, submitted for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration, and deeply personal to director Kim Mordaunt — here making his feature debut — both the picture and star Sitthiphon Disamoe have scooped up awards since the film premiered at Berlin.
Twas the weekend before Christmas and all through the land, everyone was buzzing about the new Anchorman. It’s finally here, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is the long-awaited sequel to one of the most quoted movies of the last decade. This time Ron and his news reading buddies look to take on New York and it’s 24/7 news channel, GNN. While the buzz is high, only time will tell us if this sequel “stays classy.” In what might be a runaway hit, an all-star team that includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence star is “American Hustle.” The crime drama centers around a con man who is caught by an FBI agent and is forced to help take down some seriously connected bad guys so he and his crew can stay out of trouble. Another movie that is sure to entertain is Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. This is the story of how one of Disney’s most popular movies, ‘Mary Poppins,’ came to be. Should make for a great family movie or for anyone who enjoys history being told in a dramatic way. And now, here’s a look at what else is out this weekend:
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
THE BUZZ: In the recent past, David O. Russell’s pushy, questionable directing style seemed like a potential career-ender, but he’s been on a box-office/Oscar-earning roll, and for his latest project he’s mashed together the casts of his two most successful outings (The Fighterand Silver Linings Playbook) into a 70s-set true-crime drama with period styling that looks more outrageous than Argo‘s.
THE BUZZ: The most quoted movie of the last decade gets its long-awaited sequel just in time for Christmas. Even though they’ve become major comedy stars in the years since, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell are all back to reprise their roles as idiotic, misogynistic, but oddly endearing newsmen. Comedy sequels are notoriously disappointing (I’m looking at you, The Hangover Part II), and there’s almost no chance it lives up to the original movie’s legacy. Milk may have been a bad decision, but I’m optimistic that Anchorman 2 isn’t. — Ray Subers
THE BUZZ: John Lee Hancock follows up The Blind Side with what has to be one of the most bankable releases of the year – a solidifying return to movie stardom for Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Ditto Emma Thompson and, well, pretty much everyone else in the cast. But we’re stumped as to why the film’s marketing campaign has barely acknowledged its director’s mighty success with his previous effort, especially since both movies have a similar feel-good vibe.
THE BUZZ: Fox has kept a lid on this grand-scale adaptation of the BBC mini-series (and eventual ongoing series) after a breakout debut at the American Film Market in 2010 (an event where any number of projects are announced but never seem to materialize).
Trained as a circus entertainer by his father, the adult Sahir co-stars in a circus alongside the gymnast Aaliya, though his true motive is to rob the show’s owners, whom he believes were responsible for his father’s murder.
THE BUZZ: It’s so cool that Warner Bros. is taking a chance on Spike Jonze’s offbeat follow-up to Where the Wild Things Are; it’s hard to imagine film executives looking up from their tablets in excitement after being pitched a story about a man who falls in love with an operating system. Starring foot-in-mouth specialist Joaquin Phoenix.
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce.
THE BUZZ: Asghar Farhadi’s follow up to A Separation is looking just as strong in the nominations/awards department, with a recent Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and a likely Oscar nomination or two. Berenice Bejo might be a dark horse for a Best Actress nomination, but she did win the same award at Cannes earlier this year.
The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences.
THE BUZZ: Director Clio Barnard has pulled in a considerable number of awards for her second film and feature debut and earned her a series of personal accolades, with many people calling her the most promising British filmmaker in some time.
So which movie(s) are you going to see this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.
So it’s Friday the 13th and you would think that horror movies would be on tap but no, action and adventure is controlling the movie map. Two huge movies come out this weekend, one is sure to threaten a record or two, and the other may surprise a viewer like you. “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” is looking to capitalize on movie goers taste for adventure after “The Hunger Games” sequel did no well. This time the tiny hero Bilbo, along with the dwarves and Gandalf the Grey, do battle with a mighty dragon named Smaug while Bilbo is in possession of a mysterious ring. If you are looking for more of a family type of movie, Madea Christmas is right for you. Madea joins a friend who is visiting a rural town to surprise her daughter, and the usual craziness ensues.For more about this weeks movies see below or visit IMDB.com.
THE BUZZ: The best ways to sum up our enthusiasm for the second installment of Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy are: We can’t wait for Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug as we inch a step closer to witnessing the brutal splendor of the Battle of Fives Armies in The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2014). And just made the Jedi theory will apply here and chapter two will be the best movie of the trilogy.
THE BUZZ: The more Tyler Perry’s casts read like a CW pilot circa 1999, the more we’re inclined to see his ongoing series of stage-to-screen adaptations. Not that it matters, but someday all the TP detractors are going to embrace his body of work and say they got the craze all along.
A married couple loses their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be, that something terrifying has changed them.
THE BUZZ: The indie-film set is all over Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s recent work, and the director’s profile has raised a bit since IFC released Penumbra (2011) last year and he helmed a chapter of The ABCs of Death (2012).
THE BUZZ: Life at Janus Films has perked up at the end of this year as the distributor currently has potential Oscar candidate The Great Beauty (2013) in release, and now comes the anticipated documentary on the great director and his greatest love.
THE BUZZ: Get a close look at one of the most ecologically devastating events in recent time courtesy of director Atsushi Funahashi, who made a tsunami disaster film, Cold Bloom (2012), last year. Come to think of it: the effects of Fukushima Daiichi will probably inspire a new generation of Japanese filmmakers.
This week is rather light compared to the last few weeks, which favors the reigning box office champ, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” There is one movie being released that might have a fighters chance weekend, the Christian Bale driven crime drama, “Out of the Furnace.” Bale plays Russell Baze, a guy whose brother Rodney mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, so Russell takes matters into his own hands to find justice. The other options for the week are all limited releases, for more info on those movies see below.
THE BUZZ: It’s a good time to be Scott Cooper. The Crazy Heart (2009) filmmaker seems to have a career in front of him that’ll enable him to write and direct his own projects at his own speed, and attract top-tier actors whose choices always range from blockbusters to artier fare. Such a seemingly dark thriller as Furnace will always attract media/online attention, though we’re curious to see how this one translates in terms of box-office performance.
THE BUZZ: Seems like the Coen Bros. might have another mellow, acoustic cultural phenomenon on their hands with their portrait of Greenwich Village circa 1961. We’re anticipating multiple Oscar nominations (and a win for its Screenplay?) and a career boost for the talented Oscar Issac that will surpass the one Michael Stuhlbarg received after A Serious Man (2009).
THE BUZZ: The indie sci-fi genre is having a banner year thanks to Europa Report (2013) and this offering from Ruairi Robinson, a former storyboard artist/title sequence designer who we think will be attached to a big studio project in the near future. Fans have pointed out its smart science, impressive smaller-budget special effects, and overall lean direction as reasons the film is worthy of your attention.
THE BUZZ: This somewhat dusty Australian thriller has earned a limited theatrical release in conjunction with its VOD push now that Jason Clarke has an elevated Stateside profile thanks to his appearances in Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby, and a couple other high-profile projects.
Everyone’s favorite anchorman, Ron Burgundy, is doing a guest spot on ESPN Sportscenter on Thursday, and to prepare he taped an interview with Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning. Burgundy brought his usual brand of comedy to the interview, but Manning held his own on the comedy side, despite not having a mustache. Check out a preview of the interview below courtesy of ESPN.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hits theaters December 18.
Ok so I know that some movies came out Wednesday and another on Thanksgiving, but like most sane people, I actually treated Thanksgiving like a holiday. In any case, the weekend is still young so lets see whats new in the theaters. A busy week for the industry saw the release of several anticipated movies including “Mandela” and “Frozen.” While the forecast looks good for these movies, they still must do battle with the heavyweight that is “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Here’s a rundown of this weeks new movies:
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
THE BUZZ: Jennifer Lee, co-writer of the deserved hit Wreck-It Ralph (2012), was placed in the co-director’s chair alongside Chris Buck (Surf’s Up (2007)) for Disney’s adaptation of this Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, which has been met with stellar reviews as its wide release date nears. No doubt the studio will be eyeing opening weekend after Delivery Man(2013)’s recent, surprisingly weak performance.
THE BUZZ: Spike Lee spoke freely about how hard it is for him to get film financing at this point in his career, but I think that was a smart stance for a veteran indie filmmaker to take as he signed on to direct a remake of a beloved genre film that had trouble holding onto its cast before cameras rolled. But the ultimate cast is fantastic, screenwriter Mark Protosevich is demand, and the studio FilmDistrict does like to take chances with darker-themed material. And word-of-mouth about the shocking final scenes could result in a sleeper hit.
A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.
THE BUZZ: Four films in, director Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me (2007), Eve’s Bayou (1997)) has switched up genres each time, and her latest film, based on the gospel musical by Langston Hughes, might be her greatest success to date. And we’re happy for Angela Bassett, who has this role, a surprise hit with Olympus Has Fallen (2013), and is owning the small screen with her appearances in “American Horror Story: Coven”.
THE BUZZ: Whether you think Pacific Rim (2013) was a worldwide hit or kind of a letdown, it’s still been a big year for Idris Elba, and his portrayal as Nelson Mandela is just the beginning of many starring roles coming down the pike. We’re unsure of his Oscar chances, but we love that he’s become a bona fide leading man.
THE BUZZ: We don’t know if James Franco will ever play another villain as memorable as Alien, but thought of watching him as a meth-maker facing off against Jason Statham that seems like solid B-level entertainment to us. Especially when you consider that Sylvester Stallone adapted the pulpy source material for the screenplay.
THE BUZZ: Irrfan Khan was set to co-star in the newest project from director Tigmanshu Dhulia (he directed Khan in Paan Singh Tomar (2010)) but the pairing of superstars Saif Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha, along with the outlaw-gangster theme, should result in a massive hit in India and the U.S.
THE BUZZ: Kathleen Hanna is raging on a different platform these days when compared to her days as leader of the bands who created a punk-like youth movement (Bikini Kill) and politicized dance floors at the turn of the millennium (Le Tigre). Retired from the stage for almost a decade, Hanna first resurfaced with unflinching reports of her health and her legacy, and recently she provided one of the strongest voices for Pussy Riot just before hitting the road with her reunited/reformed band, The Julie Ruin. Because Hanna’s present message is as strong as her past, Sini Anderson’s documentary has been resonating with audiences since its South by Southwest debut.
THE BUZZ: Bruno Barreto’s drama has piled on awards from queer film festivals across North America before making its way into general release, powered by Gloria Pires and Miranda Otto’s respective performances.