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Wes Anderson Announces Cast of His Film ‘Isle of Dogs’ (Watch)

Wes Anderson Announces Cast of His Film ‘Isle of Dogs’ (Watch)
Wes Anderson posted a video on Monday to formally announce the large voice cast for his upcoming animated movie “Isle of Dogs.”

The cast includes many of the usual suspects, as well as some unexpected names: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Courtney B. Vance, Liev Schreiber and Yoko Ono round out the ensemble.

“Isle of Dogs” is Anderson’s first film since 2014’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and his second foray into animation after 2009’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” The director’s video announced the cast, confirmed the title and included an appearance from Norton in the background.

Anderson gave a three-second sideways glimpse of Rex, the dog that Norton is voicing. The actor said in response, “I think it’s terrific.
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'Rogue One' Looks to Deliver One of the Top 15 Openings of All-Time

'Rogue One' Looks to Deliver One of the Top 15 Openings of All-Time
There may only be 16 days left in 2016, but one of the most anticipated movies of the year is only just hitting theaters this weekend. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will begin holding preview screenings tonight before setting its sights on what could end up the largest opening weekend of the year. Also hitting theaters this weekend is Will Smith's sentimental, holiday weeper Collateral Beauty to go along with the expansion of La La Land, which had the largest opening weekend per theater average of the year last weekend, and the nationwide expansion of Manchester by the Sea into over 1,200 theaters.
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Oscar Race at the 2016 Halfway Mark: Diversity and Confusion

Oscar Race at the 2016 Halfway Mark: Diversity and Confusion
As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).

In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.

The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight,
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‘Darjeeling Limited’ Actor Barred From Plane Because of Turban

‘Darjeeling Limited’ Actor Barred From Plane Because of Turban
Waris Ahluwalia, a Sikh actor known for roles in Wes Anderson films, was turned away from an Aero Mexico plane because of his turban.

Ahluwalia, who is also a designer and has appeared in films like “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Darjeeling Limited,” was held until everyone else had been boarded before he had his bag searched. He was also swabbed and patted down. When the actor was asked to remove his turban he refused.

“That is something that I would not do in public,” he told the N.Y. Daily News. “That’s akin to asking someone to take off their clothes.”

When he refused he was told that he would have to find another plane. Ahluwalia posted a picture of himself with his plane ticket after being turned away.

This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my @aeromexico flight to NYC because of my turban.
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Oscar Wins By Studio: Fox Searchlight Tops Again

Oscar Wins By Studio: Fox Searchlight Tops Again
The 87th Oscars on Sunday marked the second consecutive big Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight, which on the strength of its second Best Picture winner in a row (Birdman, after 12 Years A Slave in 2014) and its Wes Anderson pic The Grand Budapest Hotel ran away with top studio honors with eight wins overall out of a leading 18 nominations going in. Only five studios had more than two trophies last night, with Sony Pictures Classics second overall with four nods, followed…
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Oscar Scorecard by Movie and Studio

Oscar Scorecard by Movie and Studio
It was a grand night for Fox Searchlight, which scored the most wins at the 87th Academy Awards with its top two films: “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The two films were awarded 4 statues each, after also tying in nominations (9 each).

Birdman” took home the top prize for Best Picture, as well as Best Director for Alejandro Inarritu. The Michael Keaton-starrer also won for Cinematography and Original Screenplay.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” shined in below-the-line categories, winning for Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design and Costume Design. Alexandre Desplat, a double nominee (he was also in contention for his work on “The Imitation Game”), won the Oscar for Best Original Score.

Sony Pictures Classics also saw a successful evening, with “Whiplash” taking home 3 awards for J.K. Simmons, Editing and Sound Mixing, and Julianne Moore scoring Best Actress for “Still Alice.”

See the film scorecard below:

Birdman”: 4

“The Grand
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Oscars cliffhanger: Which races will point way to Best Picture winner?

Oscars cliffhanger: Which races will point way to Best Picture winner?
While 17 of our 29 Experts are predicting that "Birdman" is going to win Best Picture, a dozen of them expect "Boyhood" to prevail. Conversely, our Editors -- who did better than the Oscarologists last year by predicting 23 of the 24 races (versus 21 for the Experts) -- are split 4 to 3 in favor of "Boyhood." Also favoring "Boyhood" by a vote of 12 to 11 are our Top 24 Users, those readers who did the best predicting last year's winners. The final member of that elite two dozen is predicting an upset by "The Grand Budapest Hotel."  Though we will have to wait till the end of the three-hour plus kudocast to find out which group is right, there will be several signs along the way of the relative strength and weakness of the two frontrunners as well as that potential spoiler.  -Break- Related: Make your Oscar predictions, win $1,000 We are predicting that "Bo..."'
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Costume Designers Guild awards winners: 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Into the Woods,' ...

Costume Designers Guild awards winners: 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Into the Woods,' ...
Four of the five Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design were in contention at the guild awards on Tuesday. As we predicted the Oscar frontrunner, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," claimed Best Period Costume Design over, among others, Oscar rival "Inherent Vice," as well as "The Imitation Game," "Selma" and "The Theory of Everything." The Oscar-nominated "Mr. Turner" was snubbed by the guild.  -Break- And we foresaw that Best Fantasy Costume Design win for Oscar nominee "Into the Woods" over another Academy Awards contender, "Maleficent," as well as "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1)." Likewise, we forecast that "Birdman" would take Best Contemporary Costume Design over "Boyhood," "Gone Girl," &quo...
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BAFTAs Offer Oscar Clues as 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Racks Up Wins

BAFTAs Offer Oscar Clues as 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Racks Up Wins
Non-believers in live streaming, the Brits deliver an edited awards show two hours after the live show begins (1 Pm Pacific) on the BBC (BBC America stateside). The speedy show is a must-see for any cinephile, Anglophile or Oscar watcher, as many future Academy Award winners practice their acceptance speeches, and it does have impact on the race as Oscar voting gets under way and there is a sizable Brit block likely to be rallying around "The Imitation Game" and SAG-winner Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") as well as craft-friendly "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The rest of us eager to know the awards in real time can find them at the BAFTA site; I will also update winners regularly.  Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has chalked up three tech wins: Production Design, Hair and Makeup, and Score, for ubiquitous French composer Alexandre Desplat ("Unbroken," "The Imitation Game," "The King's.
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'Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'Birdman' top 2015 Art Directors Guild Awards

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'Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'Birdman' top 2015 Art Directors Guild Awards
The Art Directors Guild handed out their 2015 awards and outside of a Marvel Studios win in the Fantasy Film category, there weren't many surprises. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," arguably the Oscar frontrunner, took home the Period Film honor. "Budapest's" studio stablemate "Birdman" won the Contemporary Film award and "Guardians of the Galaxy" beat out "Interstellar" and "Into the Woods" in the Fantasy Film category.   Notable TV winners included "Game of Thrones," "True Detective," "Silicon Valley" and the 86th Academy Awards. The night also featured Anne Hathaway presenting the Guild's Cinematic Imagery Award to Christopher Nolan and George Clooney handing Production Designer Jim Bissell ("E.T.," "300," "Good Night, and Good Luck.") the Lifetime Achievement Award.   Presenters on hand included Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Tony Hale ("Veep"), Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory") and Margo Martindale ("The Americans"). A complete list of all of
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The 17 Biggest Oscar Nomination Snubs and Surprises

The 17 Biggest Oscar Nomination Snubs and Surprises
The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” led with nine Oscar nominations each on Thursday morning, followed by eight for “The Imitation Game,” while “American Sniper” came on strong with six (tying “Boyhood”).

This year’s awards season has been more unpredictable than usual. Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” once thought to be the frontrunner, fell off everybody’s radar quickly, and the Oscars didn’t give it any love in the main categories. The Academy also didn’t nominate Jennifer Aniston, who had picked up precursor nominations for “Cake;” Jake Gyllenhaal, who gave a career-best performance in “Nightcrawler:” Ava DuVernay, who was expected to make history as the first female African American director for “Selma;” and “Life Itself,” the tearjerker documentary about the final days of film critic Roger Ebert.

Here are the 17 biggest snubs and surprises.

Snub: Jennifer Aniston, “Cake.”

Nobody campaigned harder than Jennifer Aniston this awards season,
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Top Oscar Nominees

‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Top Oscar Nominees
Fox Searchlight soared on Thursday at the 87th Academy Award nominations as two of its films, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” led the field with nine nominations each.

Both movies were nominated for best picture and each film’s helmer, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of “Birdman” and Wes Anderson, picked up best directing nods.

The Imitation Game” was close behind with eight mentions, including a nod for star Benedict Cumberbatch, while Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” and “Boyhood” had six nominations each.

Eight movies will compete for best picture this year including “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Selma.”

Eastwood and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, however, were snubbed in the directing category. “Selma” actor David Oyelowo was also left out of the best acting category, which included Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne.

This year
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Directors Guild Nominations Announced

Directors Guild Nominations Announced
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Clint Eastwood for “America Sniper,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Birdman,” Richard Linklater for “Boyhood” and Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game” for its feature film directing award.

The winner, based on voting by the 15,000 DGA members, will be announced Feb. 7 at the 67th DGA Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Key contenders excluded included Ava DuVernay for “Selma,” David Fincher for “Gone Girl” and Christopher Nolan for “Interstellar.” The nominations for Eastwood, his fourth, and Tyldem were the biggest surprises.

It was the first nomination for Anderson, Linklater and Tyldum.

“Couldn’t be more excited to be recognized by my peers,” Tyldum said. “I am thrilled that my fellow directors gave me this honor, and to be in this group of talented artists is overwhelming. I am truly over the moon.”

Eastwood won the
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Golden Globes: No Box Office Bump for This Year’s Winners

Golden Globes: No Box Office Bump for This Year’s Winners
The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Boyhood” were the big winners at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, picking up statuettes for best comedy and best drama, but the box office benefits for both films will be scant.

A big part of the problem is that audiences will be hard pressed to find either film at the local multiplex. “Boyhood” was released last summer and is only kicking around in 20 theaters. It debuted on home entertainment platforms last week. Likewise, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” hasn’t been on the bigscreen for months — its Blu-ray and DVD unveiling came way back in June. The win could help disc sales, though not as much as a date with Oscar will boost future revenues.

So why do studios campaign so aggressively, spending millions of dollars in the pursuit of these shiny baubles?

It’s because mentioning these films and the actors who star in them
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Golden Globe Winners 2015 – Updated List

Golden Globe Winners 2015 – Updated List
Stay tuned for the updated list of winners from the 72nd annual Golden Globes. The 2015 ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC.

Full list of nominations:

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Birdman

Into the Woods

Pride

St. Vincent

Lead Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical

Winner: Michael KeatonBirdman

Ralph Fiennes – Grand Budapest Hotel

Bill MurraySt. Vincent

Joaquin PhoenixInherent Vice

Christoph WaltzBig Eyes

Lead Actress – TV Drama

Winner: Ruth WilsonThe Affair

Claire DanesHomeland

Viola DavisHow to Get Away With Murder

Julianna MarguliesThe Good Wife

Robin WrightHouse of Cards

Director

Winner: Richard LinklaterBoyhood

Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel

David FincherGone Girl

Ava DuVernaySelma

Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman

Lead Actor – TV Drama

Winner: Kevin SpaceyHouse of Cards

Clive OwenThe Knick

Liev SchreiberRay Donovan

James SpaderThe Blacklist

Dominic WestThe Affair
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Tops ‘Theory of Everything’ and ‘Imitation Game’ in BAFTA Nominations

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Tops ‘Theory of Everything’ and ‘Imitation Game’ in BAFTA Nominations
Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” are the five contenders for the best film of 2014 at the Ee British Academy Film Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced on Friday morning in London.

The Grand Budapest Hotel” led all films with 11 nominations, with “Birdman” receiving 10. The two British biopics, “The Theory of Everything” and “The Imitation Game,” received 10 and nine nominations, respectively.

Boyhood” and “Whiplash” received five nominations each.

The five top films, all considered strong Oscar Best Picture contenders, led a group of BAFTA nominees that are
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Birdman,’ ‘Theory of Everything’ Lead BAFTA Nominations

‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Birdman,’ ‘Theory of Everything’ Lead BAFTA Nominations
London — “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Birdman” and “The Theory of Everything” lead the BAFTA nominations race.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” came top with 11 nominations, while “Birdman” and “The Theory of Everything” have 10 noms each. “The Imitation Game” followed with nine noms.

In the best film category, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” competes with “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything.”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” also features in the best director contest, where its helmer, Wes Anderson, is up against “Birdman’s” Alejandro G. Inarritu, “Boyhood’s” Richard Linklater, “The Theory of Everything’s” James Marsh and “Whiplash’s” Damien Chazelle.

BAFTA film awards host Stephen Fry and “The Hunger Games” actor Sam Claflin revealed the nominations on Friday.

The awards will take place on Feb. 8 at London’s Royal Opera House.

2014 Nominations (presented in 2015)

Best Film

Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood Richard Linklater,
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'Boyhood,' 'Grand Budapest,' 'Guardians' score Writers Guild nominatons

'Boyhood,' 'Grand Budapest,' 'Guardians' score Writers Guild nominatons
Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel were among those nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards, while Gone Girl and Marvel's summer hit Guardians of the Galaxy ended up with nominations in the Adapted category. Drumming drama Whiplash scored a nomination as an original screenplay; however, it will be considered in the Adapted category of the Academy Awards, arguably putting it in a more competitive field. A number of films that are thought to be in contention for the Oscars were not eligible for the WGA. HitFix reported that Selma, Birdman, and The Theory of Everything are
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Writers Guild Nominations Include ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Boyhood’

Writers Guild Nominations Include ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Boyhood’
Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ “Nightcrawler” and “Whiplash” have been nominated for top original screenplay by the Writers Guild of America, while adapted screenplay nominations have gone to “American Sniper,” “Gone Girl,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Imitation Game” and “Wild.”

Winners will be announced Feb. 14 in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York following voting by 12,000 WGA members.

The nomination for James Gunn and Nicole Perlman’s adapted script was the biggest surprise on Wednesday. The WGA excluded a dozen high-profile scripts this year — including the screenplays for “Birdman,” “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything” — due to restrictions on eligibility, which are far more rigorous than those of SAG-aftra or the Directors Guild of America.

Most exclusions stem from the requirement that scripts be written by a WGA member and produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Selma’ Nominated by Costume Designers

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Selma’ Nominated by Costume Designers
The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Into the Woods” and “Inherent Vice” are among the nominees for the 16th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, the CDG announced on Wednesday.

So is “Selma,” which ended a 0-for-5 drought and picked up its first guild nomination of the year.

The guild chooses nominees in three separate categories: Excellence in Contemporary Film, Excellence in Period Film and Excellence in Fantasy Film. In recent years the Cdg has typically nominated three or four of the films that will go on to receive Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design – and in virtually every case, they’ve come
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