PARK CITY - In theory, casting a top-tier actor in your independent film is a godsend. They should elevate the material and help mask any flaws that a small budget or a shortened shooting schedule might cause. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Often, said actor may seem out of place among the film's other talent or another aspect of the film is so weak — say, screenwriting or production design — that the film still fails overall. The latter, among other problems, is the issue with Ben Whishaw's casting in Hong Khaou's directorial debut "Lilting," which was one of four films to open the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Thursday night.
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Landing an Academy Award is usually a moment someone will remember for the rest of his or her life. As "American Hustle" producer Richard Suckle noted this morning, he's been instructed to "take it all in and enjoy the moment." Because, unless you're Scott Rudin, this doesn't happen often.
PARK CITY - Oscar nominations day is always busy, but before transitioning to Sundance Film Festival coverage, Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge took a few minutes to chat about what today's nods mean as the march continues toward the 86th Academy Awards.
PARK CITY - My whole life, as long as I can remember, I have had the same goals for myself. I have always wanted to write, and I have always wanted my work to be read and seen and shared.
There have been points in my life where I've had people comment how nice it must be to have such a clear sense of purpose, and when people say that, I try to smile and take it in the spirit it is intended. The truth, though, is that having that strong a drive to do something is a double-edged sword. Yes, when you know what you want from this world, it can be an advantage because you can work towards it and you can stay focused on it. But the other side of that is the gnawing fear that you will not accomplish what you want to accomplish, and that all the work in the world cannot guarantee you an audience. Just because I write every single day does not mean that my work will be read or seen or shared. Beyond that, just because I write every day does not mean that my work deserves to be read or seen or shared, and that thought terrifies me.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has found a bit of a sweet spot for its annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards by holding them on the very night of the Oscar nominations. This evening marked the second such occasion after necessity forced the organization's hand last year and ended up working out for them, and spirits were certainly high amongst the many Oscar nominees in attendance this time around.
A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I can recognize elk hair...
A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I send Liam Neeson a message about the roles he chooses...
Winners were announced for the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards this evening in Santa Monica, Calif. Largely considered a barometer for which way the Academy might vote, they recognize accomplishments in an array of genres and crafts. "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture honors, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, but it was "Gravity" that led the way with wins far and away with seven trophies. "American Hustle" picked up four, including Best Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and remember to follow the season at The Circuit.
HBO boss doesn't care if subscribers share their passwords
“It's not that we're unmindful of it, it just has no impact on the business," HBO CEO Richard Plepler tells Buzzfeed. He adds that, in many ways, it is a "terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers."
"Melissa & Joey" will host a "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" reunion
Melissa Joan Hart will reunite with David Lascher, her "Sabrina" love interest of three years.
$10,000 reward offered for unphotoshopped Lena Dunham Vogue pics
The "Girls" star always touts being real, so Jezebel is offering $10,000 for the real, untouched photos of Dunham from her Annie Leibowitz photo shoot. PLUS: $50 offered for unphotoshopped pictures of Adam Driver in Vogue.
"American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks raked in $2.5 million last year
The gray-haired Hicks is still popular, as his earnings prove. Forbes ranks him as the No. 7 o its list of the highest-earning "Idol" alums, beating out Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson.
Grey Damon reveals what "Friday Night Lights" had planned if it kept on going
Damon, who's co-starring with fellow "FNL"-er Aimee Teegarden on CW's "Star-Crossed," says the writers had big plans for his character Hastings Ruckle.
"Portlandia" shows off its "Face in the Crowd" campaign for Season 4
Here's the IFC series using high art.
Where did "Parenthood" go wrong?
Lately, the NBC family drama has stopped feeling authentic.
Judge rejects Nicollette Sheridan's bid for a new "Desperate Housewives" trial
It's now been four years since Sheridan sued over her exit from the ABC drama.
Matt LeBlanc has never objected to anything on "Episodes"
In fact, he's pushed for more Matt LeBlanc jokes. PLUS: LeBlanc has no 20-year "Friends" anniversary plans, and watch the new "Episodes" trailer.
"Chelsea Lately" star Fortune Feimster joins Tina Fey's Fox comedy
She'll play an openly gay athlete in the comedy set in a women's college.
Nick Lachey is the new host of VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live!"
He's replacing Carrie Keagan.
Howard Stern's favorite TV show: Fox News' "The Five"
"I love it," the shock jock says of the show Jon Stewart made fun of this week.
"Nikita's" Devon Sawa becomes a dad
The actor welcomed son Hudson last Thursday.
Season 13 of "American Idol" kicked off on Wednesday night with an episode that I thought showed potential.
As for the ratings? Well, it depends on how you choose to view things. 15.2 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49? Know how many shows do those numbers these days? Hardly any. Know how many "Idol" premieres have done worse? Hardly any.
So there you go. Let's get down to business. I'll be live-blogging tonight's episode, which I already know features one contestant who is going to make a lot of people feel old. The picture with this recap is a spoiler, but only if you know what it's showing...
Kyle Chandler headed to Netflix: He'll star in a thriller from "Damages" creators
The "Friday Night Lights" alum, whose "Vatican" pilot was rejected by Showtime last year, will star in a psychological thriller about a group of a adult siblings.
"The Big Bang Theory" is huge in China
In the past five years, the CBS sitcom has garnered 1.3 billion views since it was first posted on a popular Chinese video website.
"Revenge" gets Olivier Martinez to play Karine Vanasse's dad
He'll recur as Pascal LeMarchal, Margaux's media magnate father.
Jon Gosselin slams ex Kate for putting their twin daughters live on "Today"
"It just kind of proves my point of Kate bringing the kids out instead of her just sort of doing it herself," he says of this morning's awkward moment. "It all blew up in everyone's face and I feel horrible for my children because now they're going to have to deal with the public."
Jane Lynch confirms she's moving to "Glee's" NYC
Lynch admits, however: "I don't know what they're going to do."
1st grade teacher-turned-"Bachelor" contestant has parents worried -- especially since her "Yule Tide Hotties" video surfaced
Some parents wonder why Elise Mosca, who took an unpaid leave of absence to compete on "The Bachelor," should be teaching their children since she's filmed a racy video.
FXX gives premiere dates to "Ali G: Rezurection" and "Legit" Season 2
Both premiere Feb. 26.
Yahoo! doesn't appear to be making a lot of money from its "SNL" archive
The web company reportedly paid $10 million for the rights of the entire "Saturday Night Live" collection.
ESPN revisits Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan incident in "The Price of Gold"
Tonight's "30 for 30" documentary reveals a new victim: Tonya Harding herself.
"Jersey Shore" creator comes up with "Party Down South"
Can the new CMT reality show, premiering tonight, become the Southern "Jersey Shore"?