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Davis Awards 2013

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BEST MOTION PICTURE

BestPicture_2013

  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE
    (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Dede Gardner; Anthony Kategas; Jeremy Kleiner; Steve McQueen; Arnon Milchan; Brad Pitt; Bill Pohlad
  • BEFORE MIDNIGHT
    (Sony Pictures Classics)

    PRODUCERS: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos; Richard Linklater; Sara Woodhatch
  • CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
    (Sony Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Dana Brunetti; Michael De Luca; Scott Rudin
  • FROZEN
    (Walt Disney Pictures)

    PRODUCER: Peter Del Vecho
  • GRAVITY
    (Warner Bros.)

    PRODUCERS: Alfonso Cuaron; David Heyman
    HER
    (Warner Bros.)

    PRODUCERS: Megan Ellison; Vincent Landay
  • INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
    (CBS Films)

    PRODUCERS: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Scott Rudin
  • NEBRASKA
    (Paramount Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Albert Berger; Ron Yerxa
  • THE SQUARE
    (Netflix)

    PRODUCERS: Karim Amer
  • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
    (Paramount Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Riza Aziz; Leonardo DiCaprio; Joey McFarland; Martin Scorsese; Emma Tillinger Koskoff

WINNER: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (CBS FILMS)

lone-survivorRUNNERS UP:  Probably the best war film since The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor packs an emotional punch with some outstanding performances by Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, and Emile Hirsch.  Asghar Farhadi knows how to tell a story and his mystery drama The Past, enables the writer/director to bring a fresh perspective.  There’s magic and power from beginning to end with Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, one of the most authentic features of the year.

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BEST DIRECTOR

BestDirector_2013

  • Joel Coen & Ethan CoenInside Llewyn Davis
  • Alfonso CuaronGravity
  • Spike JonzeHer
  • Steve McQueen12 Years a Slave
  • Martin ScorseseThe Wolf of Wall Street

WINNER: STEVE MCQUEEN FOR 12 YEARS A SLAVE

peter-berg-lone-survivorRUNNERS UP: Redemption was made by Peter Berg in Lone Survivor while Paul Greengrass brought tension to its breaking point in Captain Phillips.  You also have to cite the way that Asghar Farhadi decides to tell a story in The Past.

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BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

BestActor_DavisAward

  • Leonardo DiCaprioThe Wolf of Wall Street
  • Tom HanksCaptain Phillips
  • Ethan HawkeBefore Midnight
  • Oscar IsaacInside Llewyn Davis
  • Michael B. JordanFruitvale Station

WINNER: OSCAR ISAAC FOR INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

DBC-02427RUNNERS UP: It hurt so very much not to cite the career topping work of Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club.  Any other year, he’s probably my undisputed winner.  Chiwetel Ejiofor achieved something very remarkable in 12 Years a Slave, another performance it pained me to leave off. I also can’t think of 2013 without thinking of Joaquin Phoenix‘s sensitive turn in Her.

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BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE 

BestActress_DavisAward

  • Veerle BaetensThe Broken Circle Breakdown
  • Sandra BullockGravity
  • Adèle ExarchopoulosBlue is the Warmest Color
  • Brie LarsonShort Term 12
  • Julia RobertsAugust: Osage County

WINNER: VEERLE BAETENS FOR THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Cate-Blanchett-Blue-Jasmine-RUNNERS UP: Cate Blanchett achieved her finest performance ever in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Emma Thompson made a valiant comeback as P.L. Travers’ in Saving Mr. Banks.  Berenice Bejo also found her place in cinema in The Past.

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BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

BestSupportingActor_DavisAward

  • Bobby CannavaleBlue Jasmine
  • Ben FosterLone Survivor
  • Jake GyllenhaalPrisoners
  • Jared LetoDallas Buyers Club
  • Tahar RahimThe Past

WINNER: JAKE GYLLENHAAL FOR PRISONERS

August_Osage_Image_Cumberbatch_NicholsonRUNNERS UP: It took a second viewing to the layered nuances of Michael Fassbender‘s Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave.  One scene shy of an Oscar-winner, Matthew McConaughey was utterly memorable in The Wolf of Wall Street.  As “Little Charles,” Benedict Cumberbatch was simply delightful and topped a great year for the actor in August: Osage County.

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BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

BestSupportingActress_DavisAward

  • Melonie DiazFruitvale Station
  • Carey MulliganInside Llewyn Davis
  • Julianne NicholsonAugust: Osage County
  • Lupita Nyong’o12 Years a Slave
  • Margot RobbieThe Wolf of Wall Street

WINNER: LUPITA NYONG’O FOR 12 YEARS A SLAVE

SarahPaulson_12YearsaSlaveRUNNERS UP: One of the most heartwrenching villains of the year, Sarah Paulson is pure hatred in 12 Years a Slave.  Her most ambitious and unqiue turn post-Harry Potter, Emma Watson is superb in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring.  Funny, hard, but soft at the best moments, June Squibb is magnetic in Nebraska.

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

OriginalScreenplay_DavisAward

  • Alfonso Cuaron & Jonas Cuaron - Gravity
  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Spike Jonze - Her 
  • Asghar Farhadi - The Past
  • Scott Z. BurnsSide Effects

WINNER: JOEL COEN & ETHAN COEN FOR INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

nebraska-pictures-3RUNNERS UP: Bob Nelson captures the midwest in such a profound manner in Nebraska.  Aaron Guzikowski creates a compelling and layered mystery story with Prisoners.  Jeff Nichols continues to push his boundaries as a writer and hits a home run with Mud.

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

AdaptedScreenplay_DavisAward

  • John Ridley12 Years a Slave
  • Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy - Before Midnight
  • Carl Joos, Felix Van GroeningenThe Broken Circle Breakdown
  • Destin CrettonShort Term 12
  • Terence WinterThe Wolf of Wall Street

WINNER: TERENCE WINTER FOR THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

tom_hanks_captain_phillipsRUNNERS UP: Authenticity is brought to the forefront by Billy Ray in Captain Phillips.  Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and Shane Morris give the Disney Princess a comedic and personality makeover in Frozen.  Peter Berg writes an unbiased war film with soul in Lone Survivor.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST ENSEMBLE

Ensemble_DavisAward

  • 12 Years a Slave 
    Chiwetel Ejiofor; Michael Fassbender; Benedict Cumberbatch; Lupita Nyong’o; Paul Giamatti; Paul Dano; Sarah Paulson; Garrett Dillahunt; Alfre Woodard
  • August: Osage County 
    Meryl Streep; Julia Roberts; Ewan McGregor; Sam Shepard; Misty Upham; Abigail Breslin; Juliette Lewis; Julianne Nicholson; Dermot Mulroney; Abigail Breslin; Chris Cooper; Margo Martindale
  • Nebraska
    Bruce Dern; Will Forte; June Squibb; Stacy Keach; Bob Odenkirk
  • Prisoners 
    Hugh Jackman; Jake Gyllenhaal; Maria Bello; Viola Davis; Paul Dano; Terrence Howard; Melissa Leo
  • Saving Mr. Banks
    Emma Thompson; Tom Hanks; Jason Schwartzman; Colin Farrell; Paul Giamatti; BJ Novak; Rachel Griffith; Victoria Sumner; Bradley Whitford

WINNER: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

American HustleRUNNERS UP: Any problems with American Hustle are not fault of the outstanding cast that all show up to work.  Derek Cianfrance directs all his actors to utter perfection in The Place Beyond the Pines.  A comedic team assembled by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are equally on board in the indie The Way Way Back.

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BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

OriginalScore_DavisAward

  • Henry JackmanCaptain Phillips
  • Christophe BeckFrozen
  • Steven PriceGravity
  • Mark OrtonNebraska
  • Hans ZimmerRush

WINNER: STEVEN PRICE FOR GRAVITY

RUNNERS UP: Arcade Fire‘s music in Spike Jonze’s Her was boundless.  I simply can’t forget the audible wonders of Jóhann Jóhannsson‘s score in Prisoners.  Alexandre Desplat shines once again with the music in Stephen Frears’ Philomena.

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Cinematography_DavisAward

  • Sean Bobbitt12 Years a Slave
  • Emmanuel Lubezki - Gravity 
  • Hoyte von Hoytema - Her
  • Bruno Delbonnel - Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Anthony Dod MantleRush

WINNER: EMMANUEL LUBEZKI FOR GRAVITY

prisoners_imageRUNNERS UP: You can literally feel the cold with Roger Deakins‘ work in Prisoners.  Phedon Papamichael captures the quiet hills of America in Nebraska.  Rolfe Kent has a confident hold on the audio background in Labor Day.

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

ProductionDesign_DavisAward

  • Adam Stochausen, Alice Baker12 Years a Slave
  • Catherine Martin, Beverly DunnThe Great Gatsby
  • K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena - Her
  • Jess Gonchor, Susan BodeInside Llewyn Davis
  • Michael Corenblith, Lauren E. Polizzi - Saving Mr. Banks

WINNER: K.K. BARRETT & GENE SERDENA FOR HER

RUNNERS UP: You have to appreciate the sets in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire if you’re a fan of the series.  You also have to give some credit to the designs in American Hustle which helped keep us in the time period.

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Costumes_DavisAward

  • Michael WilkinsonAmerican Hustle
  • Catherine MartinThe Great Gatsby
  • Christopher PetersenKill Your Darlings
  • Ruth E. CarterLee Daniels’ The Butler
  • Daniel Orlandi - Saving Mr. Banks

WINNER: MICHAEL WILKINSON FOR AMERICAN HUSTLE

RUNNERS UP: The dresses for Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence were beautiful in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  Though very simple, Her gave a futuristic twist on fashion without belt loops.

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BEST FILM EDITING

FilmEditing_DavisAward

  • Christopher RouseCaptain Phillips
  • Alfonso Cuaron & Mark SangerGravity
  • Roderick JaynesInside Llewyn Davis
  • Joel Cox, Gary D. RoachPrisoners
  • Thelma Schoonmaker - The Wolf of Wall Street

WINNER: ALFONSO CUARON & MARK SANGER FOR GRAVITY

RUNNERS UP: Sandra Adair puts the love story of Jesse and Celine together in the most respectful manner in Before Midnight.  You also have to hand it to Colby Parker, Jr. that keeps intensity at a fever pitch in Lone Survivor.

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BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND

Sound_DavisAward

  • All is Lost
  • Gravity
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Lone Survivor
  • Rush

WINNER: LONE SURVIVOR

RUNNERS UP: The sounds of nature are pressingly on display in 12 Years of Slave while the sounds of a ship remain prominent in Captain Phillips.

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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

VisualEffects_DavisAward

  • All is Lost
  • Gravity
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Man of Steel
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

WINNER: GRAVITY

RUNNERS UP: Animation never really gets credits for the visual sequences on screen and Frozen missed out as well.  The horror of The Conjuring was successful thanks to its visuals, though very simple.

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

DocumentaryFeature_DavisAward

  • 20 Feet from Stardom
  • Bridegroom 
  • The Crash Reel
  • The Square
  • Stories We Tell

WINNER: THE SQUARE

RUNNERS UP: No one saw the ESPN documentary Let Them Wear Towels and the story surrounding Tim’s Vermeer was pure and joyous.

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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

AnimatedFeature_DavisAward

  • The Blue Umbrella (Pixar Studios)
  • The Croods (Dreamworks Animation)
  • Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS)
  • Frozen (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • Monsters University (Pixar Studios)

WINNER: FROZEN

RUNNERS UP: There’s no real standout beyond those five.  I guess A Letter to Momo would be a runner up.

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BEST SONG FROM/USED FROM A MOTION PICTURE

  • “Let It Go” from Frozen
  • “The Moon Song” from Her
  • “Fare Thee Well (Acoustic) – Inside Llewyn Davis
  • “Please Mr. Kennedy” – Inside Llewyn Davis
  • “So You Know What It’s Like” – Short Term 12

WINNER: “PLEASE MR. KENNEDY” FROM INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

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Top Ten Tuesday: Faux Oscar Trailers from the 80s

top10Have you ever wondered what might the Oscar race in the 80s have been like? Well taking the lead from Clayton last week, Top Ten Tuesday is taking a look at the films of the 80s that would have seemed like catnip to Oscar voters, only to receive small nomination tallies or none at all.

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10. Mommie Dearest
Though we know this to be a camp classic, an Oscar winner starring as another Oscar winner in a movie adapted from a book about an abusive relationship sounds like something that would be catnip to Oscar voters. I mean you watch the trailer below and think damn that could be a tour de force performance by Faye Dunaway. But then the reviews came and everyone got to see that this film was destined to just be a camp classic. My favorite note about the film is from Variety’s review which said “Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all.”

FAUX OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST ACTRESS – Faye Dunaway
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Steve Forrest
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Diana Scarwid
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner, Frank Perry, and Frank Yablans
BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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9. Murphy’s Romance
Murphy’s Romance had a long road to screen but by the time it managed to get to the screen it had quite the formidable team behind it, with Sally Field and her Norma Rae collaborators Martin Ritt, Harriet Frank, Jr. and Irving Ravetch. This film fell victim however, to one of the more competitive Oscar years in the 80s, 1985, although it did nab Best Actor and Cinematography noms.

FAUX OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTRESS – Sally Field
BEST ACTOR – James Garner
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Brian Kerwin
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST ORIGINAL SONG

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8. The Outsiders
The fact that this book was still being taught in schools when I was growing up must have meant The Outsiders being made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola int the 80s must have been a big deal. So it’s really strange that this film which contained so many young stars and had that pedigree didn’t do very well with Oscar. Although, if this were a modern film, heaven help those folks who are afraid of category fraud. They’d have a field day with this movie.

FAUX OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR – Francis Ford Coppola
BEST ACTOR – Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze,
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – C. Thomas Howell,Leif Garrett
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Dianne Lane
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST COSTUMES

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7. The Shining
It might be hard to believe now, but once upon a time, horror was the Academy’s favorite “B-movie genre” to nominate (scifi has recently taken that mantle). So it’s certainly conceivable that a movie directed by uber respected and previously Oscar nominated director Stanley Kubrick with men’s Oscar nomination champ Jack Nicholson could have made waves. But the chilly nature of the tale, both in subject matter and direction, and the fact that Stephen King wasn’t a fan of the adaptation doomed the film. In addition, the shift in horror films away from cerebral films towards the slasher movies probably didn’t help this one since it isn’t “fun”.’t even managed to pick up two Razzie nominations.

FAUX OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR – Stanley Kubrick
BEST ACTOR – Jack Nicholson
BEST ACTRESS – Shelley Duvall
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST ART DIRECTION
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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6. Talk Radio
Biopic? Check. Liberal-leaning politics? Check. Director in they Oscar sweet spot? Check. If this movie came out today, we’d be throwing ourselves to nominate it all over the place, much the same way we did Frost/Nixon. Talk Radio was the film Oliver Stone made in-between Wall Street and Born on the Fourth of July, so its not like the Academy wasn’t checking for his work, which is why it’s strange this movie got no awards season notices.

FAUX OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR – Oliver Stone
BEST ACTOR – Eric Bogosian
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Ellen Greene
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST FILM EDITING

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5. Star Wars Episode V
For a film widely regarded as the best in the franchise, this movie didn’t have much in the way of Oscar support like it’s predecessor or like other big trilogies such as The Godfather or The Lord of the Rings. It did manage four nominations in the tech categories, but given the previous reception to the franchise, it’s surprising this film didn’t get the same reception.

FAXU OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Harrison Ford
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST SOUND
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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4. The Purple Rose of Cairo
A movie about movies directed by favorite son Woody Allen with young stars Mia Farrow and Jeff Daniels certainly should have received more than a screenplay nomination? I mean no costumes or art direction noms? It had Gordon Willis cinematography! Nothing more than screenplay? Well when you look at how competitive that year was it’s not hard to see how a film that lost money could have missed out on some key nominations.

FAUX OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR – Woody Allen
BEST ACTOR – Jeff Daniels
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Danny Aiello
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Zoe Caldwell, Deborah Rush
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Woody Allen
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BEST ART DIRECTION
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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3. Pennies From Heaven
Watching the trailer for this movie, which I actually had never heard of till doing this post and I immediately thought of Chicago and Nine. Pennies From Heaven looks like the pre-cursor to all of the modern musicals that use fantasy numbers and with the amount of stars, it’s surprising it only managed 3 Oscar nominations.

FAUX OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR – Steve Martin
BEST ACTRESS – Bernadette Peters
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christopher Walken
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BEST ART DIRECTION
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST SOUND
BEST MAKEUP

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2. Blade Runner
Two Oscar nominations doesn’t seem like enough for a film with this kind of cultural impact and devoted following. Blade Runner seemed to fall in the place many Oscar contenders do when they don’t get praised by the critics, ie. managing to make some waves in spite of bad press but nowhere near what should happen. This movie also didn’t do well because it did not make the kind of money the other scifi behemoths were making, considering E.T. made over $300 million that same year.


FAUX OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR – Harrison Ford
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Rutger Hauer
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST ART DIRECTION
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST SOUND
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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1. Heaven’s Gate
There’s probably no greater “This Had Oscar Buzz” movie than Heaven’s Gate but it’s also crystal clear why it didn’t get nominated. I mean when you go so over budget you bankrupt a studio and the film doesn’t make much money, you’re sure to run afoul of the Oscars, who won’t touch controversy with a ten foot poll. All of the elements were there for it to be a big contender, but this film pretty much shut the door on the age of the director having all of the control.

FAUX OSCAR PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR – Kris Kristofferson
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christopher Walken, John Hurt
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST ART DIRECTION
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST COSTUMES
BEST SOUND

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Debbie Reynolds to be Honored with 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award

debbiereynoldsLOS ANGELES (August 18th, 2014) – Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor: theSAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar®, Emmy® and Tony®-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT).

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Reynolds’ artistry over her very accomplished career, saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records. Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again. Congratulations, Debbie, on your life achievements.”

Star of more than 50 motion pictures, two Broadway shows, two television series, as well as dozens of television, cabaret and concert appearances here and abroad, the 82-year-old Reynolds is celebrating her 66th year in show business. Born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932, in El Paso, Texas, she moved with her railroad worker father, mother and brother to Burbank, California, in 1939 and as a young teen performed with the Burbank Youth Symphony and in high school plays. At 16, she entered the Miss Burbank contest in hopes of receiving a free blouse and scarf, and not only won the title, but was seen by talent scouts from Warner Brothers and MGM, who flipped a coin to decide which studio would offer her a screen test. Warner won the toss. Mary Frances gained a studio contract and, courtesy of Jack Warner himself, a new first name.

After an uncredited bit part in June Bride, Reynolds made her official screen debut as June Haver’s younger sister in the 1950 musical The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady. Soon, a successful audition at MGM for the role of “Boop-Boop-A-Doop” girl Helen Kane in the bio-pic Three Little Words, led to a contract for Reynolds at the studio renowned for its glorious movie musicals and earned her the first of five Golden Globe® nominations. Her subsequent performance in a Busby Berkeley musical Two Weeks with Love, which featured Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter’s million-selling rendition of the 1914 ditty Aba Daba Honeymoon, convinced the legendary Louis B. Mayer to choose her to play ingénue Kathy Selden in what become one of greatest screen musicals of all time, Singin’ in the Rain, opposite star and co-director Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor.

Over the next 10 years, Reynolds made more than 25 films, including The Unsinkable Molly Brown, for which she was nominated an Oscar for her title role performance; the Cinerama epic How the West Was Won, which garnered three Oscars and five nominations; Tammy and the Bachelor, which included the Oscar-nominated title song Tammy, a No. 1 smash hit that earned Reynolds a gold record, The Tender Trap, opposite Frank Sinatra; The Pleasure of His Company, in which she danced with Fred Astaire; the title role the film version of the Broadway hit Mary, MaryGoodbye Charlie, opposite Tony Curtis and Walter Matthau; Divorce American Style, opposite Dick Van Dyke and Jason Robards; and How Sweet It Is, opposite James Garner.

Reynolds’ first non-musical dramatic role was as a bride-to-be 1956’s The Catered Affair, starring with Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Barry Fitzgerald and Rod Taylor. Her performance earned Reynolds a Best Supporting Actress Award from the National Board of Review. Reynolds was to show her dramatic chops again some 40 years later as the difficult title character in Albert Brooks’ Mother, for which she was lauded with a Golden Satellite Award, a Golden Globe nomination and an Online Film & Television Award nomination. Maternal roles became more commonplace for Reynolds since the ’90s. In 1997, she starred as Kevin Kline’s mother in Frank Oz’s In & Out, earned a 2000 Primetime Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress nomination for her recurring role as Debra Messing’s mother in the hit comedy series Will & Grace, played Katherine Heigl’s grandmother in 2012’s One for the Money and, in 2013, portrayed Liberace’s mother Frances (the Liberace family were longtime friends of Reynolds) in the award-winning HBO telefilm Behind the Candelabra.

Reynolds was no stranger to television. She received a 1970 Golden Globe nomination for her work in the eponymous NBC series The Debbie Reynolds Show and headlined ABC’s Aloha Paradise in 1981. She has guest starred in numerous series and variety programs and was one of a quartet of iconic actresses, including Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins, who starred in the 2001 ABC telefilm These Old Broads, co-written by Reynolds’ daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher.

Reynolds is also no stranger to live performances. She debuted her first nightclub act at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas in 1960, and over the years it has evolved to include songs and clips from her most popular films, as well as tributes to Katharine Hepburn, Bette, Davis, Jimmy Stewart, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Jimmy Stewart, Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland. Over the next half-century, she has been a headliner on the casino circuit from Reno to Tahoe to Vegas to Atlantic City to the famed London Palladium, performed in concert in every major American city, touring often on the average of 44 weeks a year. She headlined her own showroom, the Star Theatre, at the Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which she owned and operated from 1993 to 1998.

In 1973, she took a break from her nightclub appearances to star in the Broadway revival of Irene, at the new Minskoff Theatre. Reynolds became the first person to be nominated for a Tony Award before the show officially opened and Irene went on to break all previous records for a Broadway musical. After a successful national tour, Reynolds returned to the musical stage with another hit revival, Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, which like Irene, was directed by Gower Champion. Reynolds and Champion had previously starred for Reynolds’ Singin’ in the Rain director Stanley Donen in MGM’s 1953 musical Give a Girl a Break, along with Champion’s wife Marge and Bob Fosse, who like Champion became a legendary Broadway choreographer.

In 1993, she returned to Broadway to star in the hit musical Woman of the Year and, in 1989, toured the country in a revival of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Animation fans know Reynolds as the voice of the beloved title character in the 1973 animated feature Charlotte’s Web, as Madame in the English version of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service or as Lulu Pickles in several of the Rugrats movies.

Younger audiences may also identify Reynolds with the series of four Disney Channel films Halloweentown, which debuted between 1998 and 2006, or may have seen her Daytime Emmy-nominated performance in 2000 in Showtime’s A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story, playing the grandmother whose football-star grandson gave up his promise of a career and his kidney to save her life.

In 1955, Reynolds, along with Jack Haley Jr., Hugh O’Brien and other young stars, founded a charity to fight the stigma of mental illness, calling themselves The Thalians, after the goddess of comedy, Thalia. Over nearly 60 years, The Thalians have raised over $30 million, endowing The Thalians’ Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. With that center’s priorities shifting to other illnesses, The Thalians has shifted its support to UCLA’s Operation Mend, which provides medical and mental health support to returning wounded military personnel. Reynolds was elected The Thalians’ president in 1957, and for many years alternated between that role and chair of the board with Ruta Lee, and currently serves as the organization’s president emeritus. Reynolds has also been a lifelong supporter and fundraiser for the Girl Scouts.

Reynolds other abiding passion has been the collection and preservation of memorabilia from Hollywood’s first half-century of filmmaking. Beginning with the landmark 1970 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer auction, she amassed thousands of costumes, props and mementos of Hollywood’s studios and their greatest stars, building the largest individual collection of Hollywood memorabilia, including Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch, Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Elizabeth Taylor’s headdress and Richard Burton’s costume from Cleopatra, and Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot gown from My Fair Lady. While the collection was showcased at Reynolds’ Las Vegas hotel in the 1990’s, sadly, after numerous attempts over 50 years to establish a Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Museum to give the collection a permanent home, Reynolds sold the memorabilia to private collectors at a series of auctions in between 2011 and 2014.

In 1979, anticipating a retirement from performing that has yet to materialize, Reynolds established the Debbie Reynolds Studio in North Hollywood to provide a comfortable space for dancers to rehearse and attend professional classes, with then-unheard-of amenities such as free parking, a coffee lounge, dressing rooms, showers and spacious rehearsal rooms with pianos. Among the artists who have graced its facilities are Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Cher, Usher, Mariah Carey and Johnny Depp.

Over her more than six decades in show business, Reynolds has received numerous accolades for her performing and charitable endeavors. Among them, the Costume Designers Guild honored her with its Presidents Award in 2005 for her collection and conservation of classic Hollywood costumes She has received Lifetime Achievement honors from the American Comedy Awards in 1996 and 1997, the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 1999, the Savannah Film and Video Festival in 2002, and Chapman University in 2006. In 2007, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Fans can view her stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Palm Springs Walk of Stars as well as her hand and footprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Her philanthropic activities have earned her national honors from the Girl Scouts, a City of Hope Award, The Thalians’ Ms. Wonderful award, the National Film Society’s Humanitarian Award and a Spirit of Hope medallion from the USO for entertaining the troops during the Korean War.

In 1987, Reynolds published her first memoir, Debbie: My Life, and in 2013 brought her personal and professional story up to date and shared anecdotes about the making of her extensive filmography in Unsinkable: A Memoir. Reynolds is proud of her two children, actor and author Carrie Fisher (Star Wars, Postcards from the Edge) and producer Todd Fisher. Reynolds is devoted to Carrie’s daughter and her granddaughter, Billie Catherine Lourd.

About the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
Lauded by critics for its style, simplicity and genuine warmth, the Screen Actors Guild Awards® (SAG Awards®) annually celebrates the outstanding performances in motion pictures, television, cable and new media programs from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to the cast of a motion picture and to television drama and comedy ensembles, reflecting the fundamental principle that acting is a collaborative art.

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA will be simulcast on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on TNT and TBS. Kathy Connell is the executive producer. JoBeth WilliamsDaryl AndersonScott BakulaShelley Fabares andWoody Schultz are producers for SAG-AFTRA. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Benn Fleishman are producers. Mick McCullough is consulting producer. Rosalind Jarrett Sepulveda is executive in charge of publicity. Jon Brockett is awards supervising producer. Cynthia Kistler is coordinating producer. Maggie Barrett Caulfield is talent producer.

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About TNT & TBS
TNT is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 101 million households and ranking among cable’s top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & IslesMajor CrimesFalling SkiesThe Last ShipMurder in the FirstPerceptionDallas and Franklin & Bash. TNT’s upcoming slate of original scripted dramas includes LegendsThe LibrariansPublic MoralsProof and Transporter The Series, which will make its U.S. television debut on the network this fall. TNT also features such dramatic unscripted series as Cold Justice and the upcoming On the Menu and Wake Up Call. In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Hawaii Five-0CastleThe MentalistBones and Supernatural; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

TNT is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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TBS is basic cable’s reigning champion among young adults in primetime. Available in 101 million households, TBS features original scripted comedies like Cougar TownGround Floor and Sullivan & Son, as well as the upcoming Angie Tribeca (working title), Your Family or Mine (working title), Buzzy’s and American Dad!, which will become a TBS original series in late 2014. TBS also features original unscripted series like King of the NerdsDeal With ItBam’s Bad Ass Game ShowCeeLo Green’s The Good Life and Funniest Wins. In late night TBS, is home to the Emmy®-winning series CONAN, starring Conan O’Brien. The TBS lineup also includes popular contemporary comedies, such as The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy, along with blockbuster movies and championship sports.

TBS is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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A&E Network Greenlights ‘Lachey’s Bar’

NickDrewLachey_900-600-06-20-12A&E NETWORK GREENLIGHTS DOCUSERIES ‘LACHEY’S BAR’
FOLLOWING BROTHERS NICK AND DREW LACHEY AS THEY OPEN A BAR IN THEIR HOMETOWN OF CINCINNATI, OHIO

NETWORK ORDERS 10 HALF-HOUR EPISODES FROM LEFTFIELD PICTURES

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 18, 2014 – A&E Network has ordered the new nonfiction series “Lachey’s Bar” (working title) from Leftfield Pictures, it was announced today by David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E. The series will follow brothers Nick and Drew Lachey as they open a bar in their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Production begins immediately on ten half-hour episodes and the series is slated to premiere in 2015.

Nick and Drew Lachey have recently decided to embark on a lifelong dream of opening a bar together. Despite their lack of knowledge about running a business, these determined brothers are ready to roll up their sleeves and learn the ins and outs of running a place where everybody knows your name. Unfortunately, drinking experience doesn’t necessarily translate into drink-making experience… but they’re ready to learn.

Nick and wife Vanessa split their time between Los Angeles and New York but Drew returned to Ohio years ago. While Nick and his family decide where they want to put roots down, the bar gives them a real reason to make Cincinnati home base. Luckily they already have a house in ‘Cincy,’ right next door to Drew’s, and a built-in group of childhood friends ready to fill their new establishment.

“Lachey’s Bar” is produced for A&E Network by Leftfield Pictures, part of Leftfield Entertainment, an ITV Studios company. Executive producers for Leftfield Pictures are Brent Montgomery, David George, Jordana Hochman, Will Nothacker and Jason Hollis. Executive producers for A&E Network are Drew Tappon, Shelly Tatro, Dave Mace and Sean Gottlieb. Nick Lachey and Drew Lachey also serve as executive producers.

About A&E Network
Now reaching 100 million homes, A&E® is home to 100% original content that inspires and challenges audiences to BE ORIGINAL. A&E offers a diverse mix of high-quality, uniquely immersive entertainment ranging from the network’s original scripted series, including Bates Motel and Longmire™, to signature nonfiction franchises including Duck Dynasty®,Beyond Scared Straight and Storage Wars®. The A&E website is aetv.com.  Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aetv and Facebook at facebook.com/AETV.  For more press information and photography please visit us at press.aenetworks.com.

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Watch Elijah Wood & Sasha Grey in New ‘OPEN WINDOWS’ Trailer

Elijah Wood Nacho Vigalondo Sasha Grey Sasha Grey_OWLos Angeles, CA – August 18, 2014 - Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced writer-director Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows will be available on VOD and digital download October 2nd and in theaters November 7, 2014. A return to the thriller genre of his much-celebrated debut Timecrimes, the film has been called a “breathless, twisting narrative” (Twitch, Peter Martin).

Starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey, Open Windows, uses a unique visual language with webcams and live feeds to tell a nail-biting story in real time.  “Some years ago my producers asked me to come up with a movie in which social networks and the language of the Internet would feature heavily. I made a counter-proposal: taking the concept to its limit by writing a film that took place entirely on the desktop of a computer, pushing the envelope of the production to make it a really unique adventure,” said Vigalondo.

The film premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and was partially filmed in Austin, TX, using the Alamo Drafthouse and its annual genre film festival, Fantastic Fest, as the backdrop.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS 

Oscar®-nominated writer-director Nacho Vigalondo(The ABCs of Death, Extraterrestrial, V/H/S Viral) creates an action-packed world of voyeurism and suspense in his thriller OPEN WINDOWS. Nick (Elijah Wood, Maniac, The Lord of the Rings) is excited to discover that he’s won a dinner date with his favorite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey, Would You Rather, The Girlfriend Experience). But when Jill refuses to honor the contest, her manager Chord (Neil Maskell, Wild Bill, Pusher) makes an offer he can’t refuse: the ability to view Jill secretly via computer. Nick begins watching the unknowing star on her webcam, not realizing that this decision will put both himself and Jill at risk as they enter a terrifying world of cat-and-mouse where nothing-and no one-are as they seem.

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Jason Reitman’s ‘Men, Women, & Children’ Sets Release, New Photos Drop

menwomenandchildren_elgortOne of the major question marks of the upcoming awards season is where Jason Reitman‘s upcoming Men, Women, & Children will make its official bow for audiences.  According to Kris Tapley at HitFix, the film will be released October 3 in a limited fashion before going wide on October 17.

Sources confirm the film will open in limited release on Oct. 3 before expanding wider on Oct. 17. That puts it head-to-head with David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” to start — though that film will be going wide from the beginning — and competing with the likes of “Birdman,” “Dear White People” and “Whiplash” (produced by Reitman) in the specialty space throughout the month.

The film, which stars Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, and Judy Greer, is adapted from the novel by Chad Kultgen.  Tapley also goes on to say that a teaser trailer will also debut this Tuesday.

Reitman’s last dance with Oscar was he surprisingly lost the Adapted Screenplay award with co-scribe Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air in 2009.  Following the loss, he released Young Adult with Charlize Theron and Labor Day with Kate Winslet, both of which found love with the Hollywood Foreign Press Academy but went virtually unnoticed everywhere else.

Distributed by Paramount Pictures, the studio will also handle Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar this November.

What do you think of the movie’s chances?

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The One I Love (★★★)

one_i_loveBack when I first saw this film at the Tribeca Film Festival, I struggled to figure out what to say about The One I Love. The thing is, it’s actually really hard to write about The One I Love, which is partially why it took so long to get that initial Tribeca review out, despite it being one of the very first films I saw at the fest. For one thing, the plot of the flick really centers around a major spoiler (really, the whole movie does), and to even talk too much in generalities is to risk giving something important away, so the plot synopsis below is going to be rather tricky for me to handle (yes, I’m kind of writing this review as a stream of consciousness piece, at least this paragraph, so go with me here). Still, there’s enough to discuss here so that it didn’t feel useless, and doesn’t again, especially since I enjoyed the film and want to recommend it once more. First of all, both Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss are really good in the flick, and the direction by Charlie McDowell is very confident, which hints at a bright future for him. The movie is often clever and funnier than you’d expect at the start, though towards the end of the third act a lot of the humor has vanished, resulting in an uneven tone. That being said, few things at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival were quite as unique as The One I Love, so I have no issue letting you all know that it’s definitely something to be on the lookout for later this year. Hopefully this time around I can find the words to some degree in order to better express why it’s a quality piece of cinema.

Okay, let me try this one once again, plot wise. The story here is a fairly simple one, but that’s deceptive. I’m going to cite IMDb’s plot summary as a starting point this time too, which goes like this:

“Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for a weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma that awaits them.”

All of that is accurate, but it’s that “unusual dilemma” that really sets the story in motion. Before that though, we’re introduced to the couple (Duplass and Moss), as well as their therapist (Ted Danson), who is the one to suggest the weekend getaway that will change their lives forever. We get just enough backstory during their opening therapy scene to understand why this trip is needed, and when they discover what’s unique about this spot, there’s conflicting emotions about what each of them should do with this newfound information. I know I sound frustratingly vague about all of this, but I went in fairly blind and I’m glad that I did, so I’m trying to preserve that experience as best as I can for all of you. Trust me, you’ll thank me later, especially if you dig the flick. Even if you don’t, you’ll appreciate not having look at this in another of a series of a certain kind of film.

the-one-i-love-618x400I can’t stress enough that the best part of the film is easily the performances by Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. Duplass is as much known for his filmmaking with his brother Jay Duplass as he is for his acting, but this is one of his best performances to date. He’s a bit of a schlub, and while he’s lovable, he’s always difficult, and Duplass commits to never giving up on that harder edge to the character. It’s a much better performance than you initially realize. Moss has a bigger character arc and winds up being just as unlikable at times, so it’s a credit to her that you still want to watch them try and fight through this all. They have some interesting chemistry together, especially later on in the movie, though I won’t say why. The only other person in the cast is the aforementioned Ted Danson, and while he’s amusing, his character isn’t in the picture for very long. This is very much about Duplass and Moss, and lucky for us too, as they create a fascinating pair of characters to follow for a shade over 90 minutes.

The quality of the acting shouldn’t shortchange the filmmaking though, which is far from bad. McDowell and his screenwriter Justin Lader do a very fine job leading you through this unique plot (with the exception of the final scene, which I saw coming a mile away and didn’t care for one bit), and it’s due to their confidence in the material. McDowell isn’t a flashy director, and while he could have gone that route here, he wisely chose to keep things simple and focus on the actors and their characters. Lader has a very clever premise for a story up his sleeve, and aside from that ending I didn’t like, he consistently keeps you on your tows about what’s going to happen next. This movie has something in common with a few other releases this year, but it takes a very unique route in telling that similar story.

So here we are again. When you get right down to it, The One I Love is a romantic dramedy with a high concept premise that works perhaps even slightly better than it otherwise should have. The performances are top notch, the script is very different, and the execution is high class. Aside from the ending, there’s not much to dislike about this one. The One I Love is one of the better Tribeca entries this year, and I’ll be eager for more folks to see it in the coming months. It’ll certainly generate some interesting discussions.

-Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!

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Josh Boone could write and direct a ‘Lestat’ film

75I’m fast becoming a big fan of Josh Boone as a filmmaker. I was smitten with his writing and directing debut Stuck in Love last year as well as this year’s smash hit The Fault in Our Stars. He’s next getting to tackle an adaptation of The Stand, but now it seems like he’s also going to be taking on the character of the vampire Lestat. Boone is being sought out to write and direct a reboot of the character Tom Cruise essayed in Interview with the Vampire, and while it’d be a change of pace for Boone, I’m eager to see him spread his wings, as it were. You can see a bit more below, but I’d be down for him to take on this film…

Here’s the story from The Wrap:

Fresh off the incredible global success of “The Fault in Our Stars,” director Josh Boone is in early talks to stake a claim on the new “Lestat” movie that Universal Pictures sunk its development fangs into earlier this month, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Universal recently acquired the rights to author Anne Rice’s novels in “The Vampire Chronicles” series and set Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer to produce along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Boone is being eyed to both write and direct. Grazer, Kurtzman and Orci have signed off on Boone’s hiring, according to one insider, while Universal’s approval is expected to be a mere formality. The studio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Universal and Imagine will have access to the entire body of existing and future novels in Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” series, including the adapted screenplay for “Tale of the Body Thief,” written by Rice’s son, author Christopher Rice.

Other novels in the series include “Interview with the Vampire” and the upcoming “Prince Lestat.”

Rather than a remake of “Interview With the Vampire,” the new film is expected to draw from the second and third books in Rice’s series — “The Vampire Lestat” and “The Queen of the Damned” — and will likely be faithful to the source material.

Lestat de Lioncourt was played by Tom Cruise in Neil Jordan’s star-studded 1994 adaptation of “Interview With the Vampire,” though the character will be recast.

Imagine Entertainment president Erica Huggins will oversee the “Vampire Chronicles” series on behalf of the company, while Bobby Cohen will executive produce.

Boone is currently prepping his three-hour, faithful adaptation of Stephen King‘s “The Stand” for Warner Bros. and CBS Films. King has already blessed Boone’s draft and casting is expected to begin soon, with “Lestat” expected to follow “The Stand.”

Boone started from scratch on “The Stand,” which he took over from filmmakers such as Ben Affleck, David Yates and Scott Cooper. The novel chronicles an epic battle between good and evil after the American population is all but wiped out by a deadly virus.

Boone made his feature directorial debut with the indie comedy “Stuck in Love,” which starred Greg Kinnear as a writer grappling with family problems. The film, which co-starred Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Logan Lerman and Kristen Bell, also featured a cameo from King, who is one of Boone’s childhood heroes.

Fox 2000 hired Boone to direct its highly-anticipated adapted of John Green’s bestselling novel “The Fault In Our Stars,” and the budding young filmmaker did right by the studio, as the movie grossed $271 million worldwide.

Boone is repped by CAA and attorney Gregory Slewett.

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