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Specialty B.O.: ‘Magic In The Moonlight,’ ‘A Most Wanted Man’ Find A Little Magic In Debuts

Specialty B.O.: ‘Magic In The Moonlight,’ ‘A Most Wanted Man’ Find A Little Magic In DebutsBold debuts from two of the weekend’s openers in a crowded specialty box office included yet another Woody Allen film as well as a last starring turn from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight was another solid opener in a string of recent successes for the veteran writer-director, with a good per-screen average. That said, the numbers were less stratospheric than some of his recent summer films when comparing on a straight theater average, though this go-around did bow in substantially more locations.
Magic is Allen’s third consecutive summer release (and seventh if you count the ”shoulder” seasons).  The formula continues to be a lucrative one for Allen and his backers. In its opening weekend, Magic brought in nearly $426K in 17 theaters, for a solid $25K PTA. The film, starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone, bowed with 11 more runs than last year’s box-office and award-winning behemoth Blue Jasmine (the best performer of Allen’s very long career), which debuted to a $102K PTA in 6 theaters. That film also had a $612K opening weekend and went on to cume over $33.4M.
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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Magic In The Moonlight’, ‘The Fluffy Movie’, ‘A Most Wanted Man’, ‘The Kill Team’, ‘Happy Christmas’

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 4:27pm PDT

Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Magic In The Moonlight’, ‘The Fluffy Movie’, ‘A Most Wanted Man’, ‘The Kill Team’, ‘Happy Christmas’Looming in the wake of Boyhood‘s hot box office roll out earlier this month, some heavy-hitters will enter the Specialty fray this weekend which should shape up to be rather interesting come Sunday box office time. Woody Allen blitzed theaters last July with a smashing roll out of Blue Jasmine and he’s back, courtesy once again of Sony Classics with his latest Magic In The Moonlight. The distributor, however, is taking a somewhat different release track this time around. Lionsgate/Roadside is opening Philip Seymour Hoffman starrer A Most Wanted Man after delaying the title’s bow in the wake of its star’s death. The film will have a sizable theater count as it heads out to the box office Friday. But the weekend’s biggest Specialty opener in terms of location tally is Open Road’s The Fluffy Movie, which will hit several hundred locations nationwide though the bulk of its marketing has been targeted to a particular audience. On the other end of the scale is Oscilloscope’s Tribeca-winner The Kill Team which will bow at a single exclusive showing in NYC, while Magnolia’s Happy Christmas will have its theatrical launch in several locations after launching via ultra-VOD in late June.

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Director-writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Antonia Clarke, Natasha Andrews, Valérie Beaulieu, Jackie Weaver, Peter Wollasch
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

SPC has had a winning streak with Woody Allen summer releases and it’s sticking to that formula for the filmmaker’s latest. Last year’s Oscar winner Blue Jasmine launched as a Specialty behemoth July 26 in 6 theaters, with a dazzling $102K average, eventually grossing over $33.4 million domestically. To Rome With Love was a comparatively more “modest” release, with a $72,272 PTA in five theaters in June 2012 ($16.69M cume), while 2011′s Midnight In Paris rocketed a $99,834 launch weekend PTA with six runs — eventually grossing over $56.8 million. “His films really seem to work in summer time,” said SPC co-president Michael Barker whose company has released Allen’s most recent five movies (and others in the past). The only recent exception was 2010′s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger which opened in September of that year ($3.24M gross).” Read More »

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Woody Allen Adds Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley To Next Pic

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 10:08am PDT
Mike Fleming

Woody Allen Adds Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley To Next PicAfter setting Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone to star in his next untitled film, Woody Allen has just added Parker Posey and If I Stay‘s Jamie Blackley to the cast of the film currently shooting in Rhode Island. Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum are producing. Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight will be released this week by Sony Pictures Classics.

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Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Closing Next Month

By | Tuesday July 22, 2014 @ 8:10pm PDT

Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Closing Next MonthUPDATE: Bullets Over Broadway will close at almost a complete loss of its $15 million-plus capitalization. Here’s the second announcement in a week about a movie-to-Main Stem musical closing. Six days after news surfaced that Rocky The Musical was KO’d comes word that Bullets Over Broadway will go dark August 24. The show, based on Woody Allen’s 1994 film comedy about an idealistic playwright who gets entangled with gangsters in order to see his high-minded play produced on Broadway, will lose most, if not all, of its $15-million-plus capitalization. It also represents the second costly demise, after Big Fish, of a musical from last season that arrived with high expectations based not only on its film pedigree but on the previous record of director-choregrapher Susan Stroman (Contact; The Producers).

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 11.05.34 PMBut the great-looking, slickly produced, high-energy tuner failed to garner the necessary rave reviews and theatergoer buzz despite a name star (Zach Braff) and six Tony nominations. Last week, an almost universally upbeat one on Broadway, Bullets took in $686,693, equal to just 45 percent of its gross potential, at the St. James Theatre box office. That probably didn’t cover its weekly operating expenses.

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The show will have played 156 performances since opening April 10 after 33 previews. In addition to Braff, it starred Helene Yorke as the talent-free girlfriend of … Read More »

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Can Angelina Jolie Rescue Ronan Farrow From Ratings Plight?

By | Thursday June 12, 2014 @ 2:36pm PDT

The Cinema Society And Johnston & Murphy Host A Screening Of Sony Pictures Classics' "Kill Your Darlings" - ArrivalsMSNBC announced this morning Ronan Farrow will sit down with Angelina Jolie in London on Friday to discuss her efforts to help end sexual violence in conflict zones.  Jolie is the co-host of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence, the largest global meeting ever held on the subject of sexual violence in war.  The interview, which will air on Friday’s Ronan Farrow Daily at 1 PM ET, makes perfect sense — Farrow being the son of Mia Farrow, and Mia Farrow being Angelina Jolie before Jolie was Angelina Jolie — an actress well-known for using her celebrity to promote various humanitarian causes. Today’s announcement led to some speculation that Farrow – the son Angelina-Jolie-visits-Syrian-refugees-in-Turkeyof Woody Allen (or maybe Frank Sinatra, according to mom Mia in an interview last fall with Vanity Fair) – may have a future on MSNBC snagging celebrity interviews.

Farrow needs something new to do at MSNBC, where, in June to date, he’s clocked just 201,000 viewers — 42,000 in the news demo. That’s 27% and 42% lower than his first-month stats which, in turn, were nothing to write home about. Compared to one year ago, Farrow’s launch-to-now ratings are down 28% in overall audience, and 30% in the news demo, versus MSNBC’s … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Woody Allen’s ‘Magic In The Moonlight’

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 1:33pm PDT

Emma StoneMagicInTheMoonlight__131015184313-e1381862630429-275x196 and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen‘s new romantic comedy Magic In The Moonlight. Stone plays a fake medium/psychic (or is she the real deal?), Firth plays an Englishman brought in to unmask a possible swindle and personal and professional complications ensue. Pic is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age. Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, and Jacki Weaver also star. Sony Pictures Classics opens the pic July 25. Check it out the trailer:

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R.I.P. The New York Times’ Culture Editor Arthur Gelb

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 8:52pm PDT

Arthur GelbUPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION: Arthur Gelb, a visionary critic, reporter and editor at The New York Times for more than four decades, died Tuesday evening at his home in Manhattan. He was 90. His death was confirmed by his son, Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera. The elder Gelb’s passion for the culture and vibrancy of New York City defined him, and he requited that passion by endowing the Times with a proprietary interest in vigorously covering the artistic life of the city and making the culture report as important to the paper as its storied foreign coverage.

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woody-allen__130819125225-150x150Barbra Streisand singingBeginning in 1944 as a reporter and later as assistant drama critic, head of the Metropolitan desk and through his final assignment as Managing Editor under his colleague and mentor A.M. Rosenthal, Gelb was chiefly responsible for shaping and directing the Times‘ cultural coverage. Early on, as assistant to the Times‘ legendary drama critic Brooks Atkinson, Gelb set his keen eye and ear to the discovery of fresh talent. Among those who caught his eye and received early and ongoing encouragement from the paper’s reporters and critics were an intellectual stand-up comic named Woody Allen; a Broadway ingenue named Barbra Streisand; an acerbic, potty-mouthed comic named Lenny Bruce; and a street-fighting, Shakespeare-quoting young producer named Joseph Papp. Read More »

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Gordon Willis In Memoriam: Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, More Remember Oscar-Nominated DP

By and | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 3:53pm PDT

gordon_willisInfluential The Godfather and Annie Hall cinematographer Gordon Willis died Sunday at the age of 82, leaving behind a legacy that includes many of the most celebrated American films of the 1970s. He contributed some of his most iconic work in collaboration with two of the greats – Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen – who remembered their frequent DP today:

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Godfather - Gordon WillisSaid Francis Ford Coppola, for whom Willis crafted a landmark cinematographic aesthetic for The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, and The Godfather Part III that influenced generations to follow: “He was a brilliant, irascible man, a one of a kind. A cinematic genius with a precise aesthetic. My favorite description was that ‘He ice-skated on the film emulsion’. I learned a lot from him.”

Manhattan Gordon WillisWillis also shot a number of films for frequent collaborator Woody Allen, including Manhattan, Annie Hall, Stardust Memories, Broadway Danny Rose, and The Purple Rose Of Cairo. He earned the first of his two Oscar nods for his work on Allen’s Zelig. “Gordy was a huge talent and one of the few people who truly lived up to all the hype about him,” Woody Allen said of his late DP. Read More »

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Denzel’s Younger Turn; ‘Irma’s’ French Toast; Susan Stroman’s Frozen Dessert

A RAISIN IN THE SUN cap 1431_BGerardColumn_badgeThe Tony-nominated revival of A Raisin In The Sun, coming a decade after a production in which Sean Combs made his Broadway debut as Walter Lee Younger, had some people wondering whether it was too soon. But as it turns out, that’s a discussion for pedants. Great plays deserve to be mounted as often as the talent is there to breathe life into them, and with Denzel Washington as Walter for a new generation, A Raisin In The Sun breathes life aplenty. Washington proved he was as comfortable on the stage as on screen four years ago, in a revival of August Wilson’s Fences – when James Earl Jones’ titanic performance as sanitation man and ex-baseball player Troy Maxon still cast a long shadow. Washington had no trouble making the role of Troy his own, and that’s the case today, as well: This elegant actor balances the ebullience of a man who dreams, with the world-weariness of someone tired of seeing those dreams deferred, as Langston Hughes alluded to in the poem that gives the play its name.

Walter is as angry at the world as the Jimmy Porter of Look Back In Anger, as angry as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire: young men infuriated by a world in which the cards are eternally stacked against them and the house always wins. Washington makes you feel, deeply, that terrifying, sad, inspired, hopeless, crushing yet ultimately liberating admix of emotions through which Walter careers from one hour to the next, one day to the next. Read More »

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Joaquin Phoenix Set For Starring Role In Next Woody Allen Movie

By | Friday May 2, 2014 @ 8:29am PDT
Mike Fleming

Joaquin Phoenix Woody Allen MovieJoaquin Phoenix has finalized a deal to star in the next film directed by Woody Allen, which I’m hearing is going to begin shooting in July. As per usual there’s not much known Allen’s projects before they really get going, but his past few have included gangbusters Midnight In Paris and Blue Jasmine, the latter landing its star Cate Blanchett the Best Actress Oscar this year. The writer-director’s next pic in his seemingly endless pipeline is romantic comedy Magic In The Moonlight, about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.

Phoenix is coming off Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nommed Her, which earned the actor a Golden Globe nom, and he just finished Inherent Vice for Paul Thomas Anderson. He his repped by WME and attorney David Weber.

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Does Tony Love Oscar? Why Nominations Show The Complicated Affair Between Broadway And Hollywood

Pete Hammond

Despite numerous “snubs” to the so-called Hollywood contingent that has taken Broadway by storm, this season today’s Tonyaladdin-broadway-musical Award nominations really prove just how reliant the Great White Way has become on movies.  I’m not just talking those big stars such as Denzel Washington or Daniel Radcliffe (chief among today’s snubees), but the actual movies themselves. Nineteen of those nominations went to Broadway-Rocky-musical-to-open-on-Broadway-in-Februaryized musical versions of  Disney’s Aladdin, Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky and Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges Of Madison County. Only Aladdin scored a Best New Musical nom. But Allen was nominated for his book (his first foray into musicals) based on his Oscar-nominated screenplay. Kelli O’Hara was the key nomination of four given to Bridges Of Madison County in the same role that won the original movie’s sole Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep. 1-bridges-of-madison-county_650Eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken is among the five nominations for Aladdin by reprising his Oscar-winning score and adding just enough new tunes to qualify for the Tonys too. Rocky’s leading actor Andy Karl grabbed the Best Actor equivalent of Stallone’s Best Actor Oscar nom in 1976 but is likely, just as Sly did, to lose to much stiffer competition in the category. But the musical version’s scenic design, with its spectacular boxing arena, is certain to be victorious on Tony night.

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68th Tony Nominations Make 2013-2014 The Year Of The Actor

UPDATED WITH ANALYSIS AND FULL LIST OF NOMINEES: The Tony nominations announced this morning made one thing quite clear:  On Broadway, it’s been the season of the actor. Especially the year of the actor in drag.

Jefferson MaysGENTLEMAN-articleLarge was nominated for playing more roles than I can count in the amusing musical murder thriller A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder. British actor Mark Rylance came away with two nominations, one for his performance as a twisted king, in Richard III, a second for his performance as a lovestruck countess, in Twelfth Night.

Broadway and TV favorite Neil Patrick Harris is in the running for his title foray "Hedwig And The Angry Inch" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Callin Hedwig And The Angry Inch, playing a sort-of transgender sort-of rock star. Audra McDonald is looking for her sixth Tony, for her astonishing performances as Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill. If she wins, she will have landed in the very exclusive club whose members have won Tony Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress and Featured Actress in both plays and musicals, starting with her first win, for Carousel, in 1994.

Gentleman’s Guide led the pack with 10 nominations, including Best Musical, score, book and direction. James Lapine’s heartfelt dramatization of Act One, Broadway legend Moss Hart’s celebrated autobiography, took the most nominations for Best Play, though Lapine was overlooked for his staging of the show at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont.
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Deadline Awards Watch 71: The L.A.-Francais Fest Podcast

By and | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 6:07pm PDT

Deadline Awards Watch ep 71In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom look at highlights from that other big French film festival, City of Lights – City of Angels, which opened this week in Los Angeles. They also discuss the potential business impact of sexual-abuse allegations against Woody Allen and Bryan Singer on Fading Gigolo and the new X-Men sequel and catch up on next year’s Oscar producers and this year’s possible Emmy host(s). Pete also gives his take on the weekend’s notable movie debuts, which include the three-woman comedy The Other Woman, the one-man suspense film Locke with Tom Hardy and the WWII drama Walking With The Enemy, starring Ben Kingsley in another fine supporting role.   

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Woody Allen Star Not ‘Fading’ As Moviegoers And Oscar Voters Ignored The Scandalous Headlines And Embraced The Movies – Analysis

By | Monday April 21, 2014 @ 3:36pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Hey Woody Allen haters:gigolo2 if you were hoping his rare sojourn as strictly a hired actor in writer/director/star John Turturro‘s new comedy, Fading Gigolo, would flop due to his latest scandal and controversy you have to be sorely disappointed today. Not only did Gigolo NOT fail, it drew the second highest opening weekend gross for a 2014 indie release and reviews, though mixed for the movie are particularly good for Allen’s turn as a “pimp” for the aging lothario played by Turturro. With nearly $200,000 at just five theaters and a sterling $39,680 per screen average it came in only behind Wes Anderson’s hit, The Grand Budapest Hotel in terms of limited debuts this year. Millennium’s Bill Lee told Deadline Sunday the film was performing even better than they had hoped. It starts expanding next weekend. Now why is this significant?

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OSCARS: MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Takes A Dig At Awards, Ellen’s Outfit & Jared “Jesus” Leto

By | Sunday March 2, 2014 @ 7:00pm PST

Oscar_badgeFirst Ronan Farrow slammed the Golden Globes on January 12 for their tribute to Woody Allen, and now the Ronan-Farrow__140225215615-150x150MSNBC host has given a slap to the Oscars. “Tomorrow on Ronan Farrow Daily: exclusive interview with Ellen DeGeneres’s cravat,” said Farrow on Twitter tonight. “Jared Leto continues his steady ascent into being Jesus,” he added about the Best Actor in a Supporting Role winner. “Next year’s Oscars will be three solid hours of pizza delivery,” Farrow said about Ellen’s network time-filler gag.

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Truth be told, the snide lame comments might actually help Farrow’s ratings, which haven’t exactly been stellar since his weak February 24 debut. Seems like Farrow’s watching a delayed broadcast of tonight’s Oscars because he also tweeted that “You know what the Oscars needed more of? Montages” and “Pharrell is married to that hat” nearly 45 long minutes after the latter’s performance of his Oscar nominated “Happy” tune happened. Wonder what Farrow or his mother Mia will be saying if Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress for her role in Allen’s Blue Jasmine or if the man himself wins Best Original Screenplay?

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Ronan Farrow’s New MSNBC Program Off To Weak Start: Video

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 1:50pm PST

Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow‘s debut as host of Ronan Farrow Daily on MSNBC scored 216,000 viewers Monday — the cable network’s smallest audience of the day, tied with 10 AM’s Jansing & Co. Farrow  — who was recruited, in part, to attract the next generation of news viewers to the network — averaged just 21,000 viewers in the younger 18-49 demo. Among 25- to 54-year-olds, he logged an average of 46,000 viewers. His biggest audience by far was among viewers ages 50 and older — 195,000 of them. That older skew is typical of news programming but might be somewhat surprising given how assiduously he catered to younger viewers during his maiden broadcast.

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Farrow recruited fewer viewers — and fewer young ones — than did Andrea Mitchell Reports in its new timeslot. Mitchell’s show logged 223,000 overall viewers, including 48,000 viewers in the msnbc_logo_20110630160351__121213191013__14010222460218-49 demo, and 71,000 in the news demo — 25-54. Mitchell’s show, ironically, did not do as well with the 50+ crowd as did Farrow, scoring an average of 174,000 of them. The only program that scored a smaller crowd of 18- to 49-year-olds on MSNBC that day was the show that followed Farrow’s, The Reid Report — the other new program making its debut that day, hosted by Joy Reid. It clocked 262,000 overall viewers, just 14,000 in that younger demo, 38,000 in the news demo, and 245,000 viewers ages 50+.

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R.I.P. Sid Caesar

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 12:11pm PST

THAT S LIFETV pioneer Sid Caesar has died at the age of 91 in Los Angeles. The Yonkers, NY-born comedian made his first appearance on TV in 1949 on Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theater. On February 25, 1950, Caesar was among the ensemble cast on the premiere of Your Show Of Shows. With Caesar, Imogene Coca and Carl Reiner in front of the camera and Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Mel Tolkin and Danny Simon among the writers, the 90-minute weekly NBC show became one of early TV’s biggest hits, running until June 1954, and served as a launching pad for future TV comedy talent — with proteges spawning protoges through the years. Ceasar moved on to topline several shows: the one-hour satirical Caesar’s Hour debuted just a few months later and ran until 1957, followed by 1958’s The Sid Caesar Show, which had Woody Allen as a writer. He starred in a series of appearances and specials well into the 1960s and beyond.

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While TV was where he was best known, Caesar was also busy on the big screen. He was one of the leads in the 1963 hit comedy It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World with Spencer Tracey, Berle, Peter Falk and Mickey Rooney among the who’s who of comedy greats. … Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch 62: The Talking To Cate And Julia Podcast

Deadline Awards Watch ep 62In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with host David Bloom about which films and performers got an Oscar bump out of the WGA, Annie and Cinematographers awards shows this past Saturday; check in on the Santa Barbara film festival’s celebration of Cate Blanchett and whether the controversy over her Blue Jasmine director in will spill over into the Oscar race; dissect the Academy’s defense of its de-nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” in the face of complaints by, particularly, religious and conservative critics; and discuss the highlights of Pete’s sit-down with Julia Roberts this week to discuss her supporting actress Oscar nomination for “August: Osage County.”

We’ll also get Pete’s take on the week’s notable movie debuts, including the true and likable WWII story The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney with a big-name cast, and The Lego Movie, a fast-moving and smart animated film that Pete suggests could be in the Oscar hunt a year from now.

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Super Bowl? WHAT Super Bowl? More Awards, Controversy, & The Santa Barbara Film Festival Keeps Oscar Season Sizzling

Pete Hammond

If you think Hollywood’s awards season will come to a complete stop just because of a little thing called Super Bowl29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival -  Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Cate Blanchett Weekend, think again! As already covered extensively on Deadline yesterday, the pre-Oscar madness was running full tilt Saturday with the WGA, ASC and Annie awards, the Santa Barbara Film Festival and lots of lingering controversies about nominees and “rescinded” nominees. Whew! You’d think they’d give it a rest to let football take over but NOTHING gets in the way of Hollywood’s own Super Bowl!

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I am up at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this weekend where I moderated the two-hour sold-out Performance Of The Year tribute to Oscar frontrunner Cate Blanchett at the 2000-seat dream palace known as the Arlington Theatre. At the end of it, Cate received a standing ovation when future co-star Rooney Mara (they start shooting Todd Haynes’ Carol in March) presented her with the latest trinket in a season in which she has so far run the table  in terms of awards. She was a willing and warm subject onstage as we showed clips and I dissected her career, informing her at one point that, with The Aviator in which she played Katharine Hepburn, she became the only person to win an Oscar playing an Oscar winner. Always glad to pass on useless trivia to movie stars.

Over the years I have hosted several of these tributes, which are obviously well-timed as part of the Academy season. Festival executive director Roger Durling picks the honorees months in advance but always seems to have a good hunch who is going to be in the Oscar game. Among those 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival -  Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Cate BlanchettSBIFF plays to are numerous Academy members who live in the area, so it’s always smart exposure on the part of awards consultants — just as is the early-January Palm Springs fest in the pre-nomination period. Durling himself moderated a rollicking free-form session with American Hustle writer-director and Oscar nominee David O. Russell at the same venue Friday night. And earlier Saturday at the Lobero, there was a producers panel mostly populated with Oscar nominees followed by the annual Women’s Panel (moderated in style as usual by Madelyn Hammond — yes, we’re related) which also sported several current contenders. Among those coming up in the next week are Bruce Dern, Robert Redford, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio and several others. Some landed nominations, some didn’t, but they are all showing up regardless. It’s that time of year. Read More »

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