Catch up on the top film stories you missed this week on Deadline:
86th Academy Awards Nominees Photo
By The Deadline Team – Here’s the group shot from the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton today (with closer looks and caption info after the jump). This is the largest number of nominees yet.
BAFTA Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Wins Best Film But ‘Gravity’ Carries Most Weight With Six Total Nods; Chiwetel Ejiofor & Cate Blanchett Take Actor Wins; ‘American Hustle’ Scores 3 Including For Jennifer Lawrence
By Nancy Tartaglione and Joe Utichi – Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave rallied from a slow start to win the Best Film award tonight at the 62nd BAFTA Film Awards in London. The slave drama from Fox Searchlight had 10 nominations but won just two awards, after Chiwetel Ejiofor took the Leading Actor prize for playing Solomon Northup.
It’s Official – Lawyer Ken Ziffren Named New LA Film Czar
By Dominic Patten – LA Mayor Eric Garcetti today made official what I exclusively revealed Saturday to Deadline readers: Hollywood heavyweight attorney Ken Ziffren will be the head of the City of LA’s Entertainment Industry and Production office.
Box Office: ‘Lego’ Blocks ’80s Remakes, ‘About Last Night’ No. 2, ‘RoboCop’ And ‘Endless Love,’ ‘Men’ Round Out Top Five In Valentine’s Day/President’s Day Weekend
By Anita Busch – Big falls in estimates across the board today except for The Lego Movie and, interestingly enough RoboCop which saw a nice bump up on Saturday. Those two films are the ones that have been estimated up, with Lego now expected in between $60M to $62M.
R.I.P. ‘Muppets’ Puppeteer John Henson
By The Deadline Team – John Henson, son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, died Friday after suffering a sudden heart attack. He was 48.
OSCARS: Matthew McConaughey And Jared Leto Share Secrets And Challenges Of Bringing ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ To Life (Video)
By Pete Hammond – EXCLUSIVE: Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have become the focus of Focus Features’ Academy campaign for Dallas Buyers Club with ads proclaiming “the year’s two most transformative performances are now its most honored”. Certainly it would be hard to argue with that as both won at SAG, the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Movie Awards, not to mention just about a clean sweep for Leto among the many critics groups who dole out these kinds of honors.
R.I.P. Sid Caesar
By The Deadline Team – TV pioneer Sid Caesar has died at the age of 91 in Los Angeles.
R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black
By The Deadline Team – Shirley Temple has died. She was more than the most famous child star in history. She was so big that she was credited by FDR with rallying the country through the Great Depression.
Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn Romance Getting Screen Treatment
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: David Permut’s Permut Presentations and Reunion Pictures have teamed to produce Tracy And Hepburn, a David Rambo-scripted feature about the long love affair between the screen legends Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein Push ‘Sweetening The Pill’ Birth Control Doc
By Jen Yamato – EXCLUSIVE: After exploring the economics of childbirth in their 2008 documentary The Business Of Being Born, director Abby Epstein and exec producer Ricki Lake are reteaming to take a similar a look at another health issue affecting women all over the world. Docu Sweetening The Pill, which just launched production, raises questions about the safety and long-term effects of hormonal birth control and is based on Holly Grigg-Spall’s upcoming 2015 book Sweetening The Pill Or How We Became Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control.