For the first time, actor-director Kelsey Grammer will host the 64th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. While the DGA and Oscar nominees do not always match up exactly, the DGA film winner is almost always the Oscar winner. The two have not synced up only six times since 1948.
Critics are lining up behind Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life." While critics groups don't have as much predictive impact as Guild awards like the Screen Actors Guild, they do add to to winners' patina, build credibility and consensus, and keep attention on some must-see titles.
When asked about Woody Allen's New York, critics often cite the glorious black-and-white Gershwin cinepoem that opens “Manhattan” (1979). I’ve always been partial, though, to the rough magic of Diane Keaton’s terrible driving in “Annie Hall” (1977). (See clips below.)
Early reviews are in on Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," and Anjelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey," three of the latest-breaking movies hitting theaters this Christmas. A sampling of reviews of all three movies are below.
The pre-holiday box office slump continues as shoppers stayed away from multiplexes. Three well-hyped new movies entered the marketplace this weekend, as well as some high-profile expansions – but the estimated total for all films this weekend was $116.5 million, down some 14% from the comparable frame a year ago when all films generated close to $135 million.
The Sundance Institute has selected 12 projects for its annual January Screenwriters Lab, an intensive five-day writers’ workshop held January 13-18 at Utah's Sundance Resort. These indie screenwriters from around the world will work on their feature film scripts with support from veteran writers. Many of these films do wind up getting made and often are shown at the Sundance Film Festival.