Polish movie "Ida" looks set for awards season glory after dominating the European Film Awards (EFA) on Saturday night. The black and white film won the coveted European Film award at the ceremony in Riga, Latvia, and landed four other prizes for its director Pawel Pawlikowski, screenplay, and cinematography while also scooping the People's Choice Award.
The movie was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes earlier this week and has been selected as Poland's entry for Academy Award consideration. For the past two years, the winner of the European Film Award has gone on to win the Best Foreign Language Film prize at the Oscars. French actress Marion Cotillard won the European Actress prize for Two Days, One Night while Timothy Spall received the male counterpart for his portrayal of painter J.M.W. Turner in Mr. Turner.
During his acceptance speech, Spall said, "Thank you - it is a real surprise. It's such a surprise, I wore my silly shoes tonight to cheer myself" and added comparing actors' talents are like comparing "different pieces of fruit; it's a matter of taste. But speaking of a sort of old rotting London apple, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In an unusual disclosure from the Sony Pictures hack attack, leaked emails show Sony Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai stepped in to scrutinize and approve scenes in "The Interview." (SPOILERS BELOW)
The stolen emails to Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal show that Hirai approved a scene depicting the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after asking co-directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to reduce the gore in the dark comedy.
Bloomberg News first reported on the latest batch of stolen emails. A spokeswoman for Sony Pictures had no comment.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Paramount has released a new trailer for its comedy sequel "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," two months before its Feb. 20 launch.
The characters, played by Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry, decide to go back into the past to fix the present.
"I think this time, maybe I'll invent yoga pants," Corddry muses as he steps into the tub.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Lionsgate has bought U.S. distribution rights to action-thriller "Blood Father," starring Mel Gibson.
Jean-Francois Richet directed "Blood Father" from a script by Peter Craig ("The Town"), who adapted his novel of the same name. The film was shot in the late spring in New Mexico.
Gibson plays an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16-year-old daughter, and vows to protect her from the drug dealers who are trying to kill her. The daughter is played by Erin Moriarty, who portrayed Woody Harrelson's daughter in HBO's "True Detective."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - After several years away from the big screen, Rene Russo, 60, returned with a killer role: as an overzealous news producer opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in "Nightcrawler." The movie, which was written and directed by her husband, Dan Gilroy, has drawn comparisons to "Network" for its searing indictment of the news business.
Have you read the reviews? No. If you believe the bad ones ... (sighs). It's a no-win situation. I said, Danny, don't tell me. Everyone knows not to talk to me about it. For me, it's just healthier.
Why did you take the role? I didn't love Nina at first. She scared the hell out of me. I thought, why didn't she just walk away from the table during the restaurant scene? I'd walk away from the table so fast, I'd rather be on the street. And then I realized she was desperate. If you were alone and you had to depend on yourself, what moral boundaries would you cross?
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In the latest fallout from the cyber-attack saga that's enveloping Sony Pictures, a nasty exchange between studio co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, and an ugly bashing by the hard-charging producer of key figures in the industry, including Angelina Jolie and financier Megan Ellison, appeared in several emails that leaked online Tuesday.
At the center of the fiery back-and-forth conversation between Pascal and Rudin, from Feb. 27 to Nov. 19 of this year, is the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin. According to the emails, Jolie objected to David Fincher directing the "Jobs" film instead of her bid-budget remake of "Cleopatra." Pascal asked Rudin, a producer on "Jobs," to talk to the Oscar-winning actress about it, but Rudin said he didn't "want to waste [his] time on this."
"YOU BETTER SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS," Rudin said in one email, presumably referring to Jolie, to which Pascal told him not to threaten her.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - MacGillivray Freeman Films has tapped Ewan McGregor to narrate "Humpback Whales," its underwater 3D adventure documentary for Imax and other giant-screen theaters.
The films is directed by Greg MacGillivray ("The Living Sea," "Everest"). The film, presented in association with Pacific Life, will be released Feb. 13 in about 20 markets.
The film explores the lives of the 55-foot, 50-ton aquatic mammals, who were very nearly hunted to extinction and are in the midst of a slow recovery. It's the company's first entertainment-focused film exclusively centered on whales.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Birdman" led the way in SAG nominations with four, followed by "Boyhood," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything" with three each.
"Birdman" snagged nominations for Michael Keaton for lead actor, Edward Norton for supporting actor, Emma Stone for supporting actress and for the ensemble cast.
Besides "Birdman," the other ensemble nominations went to "Boyhood," "Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything." Benedict Cumberbatch scored three nominations, with nods for lead actor in "The Imitation Game" and "Sherlock: His Last Vow," and as part of the ensemble for "The Imitation Game."