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Okay, the 84th Annual Academy Awards happened. They're over. That means we should all just sit back and enjoy that we have a long stretch of time ahead of us until the next awards season rises from the Pacific Ocean like Godzilla or some Lovecraftian monstrosity. Before we move on to the serenity of non-awards season, though, there are a few videos that might make your day a bit more enjoyable, starting with Sacha Baron Cohen on the red carpet as his The Dictator character His Excellency Admiral General Aladeen. Then there's a classily-edited montage of films that were notably snubbed back in the nomination phase, and finally there's a huge trailer for Jimmy Kimmel's fictitious Movie: The Movie.
When Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and American treasure Cormac McCarthy suddenly had a spec screenplay in the ether, Ridley Scott prompted went about making it his next project. While Scott always has at least a half-dozen potential projects lined up at any given moment, he set them all aside in favor of The Counselor. When Scott's involvement was confirmed, word was that he wanted Michael Fassbender to play the title character, but Fassbender's schedule suggested that he might be too busy.
Opening in theaters on January 27th is the new action-packed, wilderness-survival thriller from director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) called The Grey. The movie features an exceptional cast of veteran actors including Liam Neeson (Taken), Dermot Mulroney (Abduction), Frank Grillo (Warrior), James Badge Dale (Shame), Dallas Roberts (3:10 to Yuma), Joe Anderson (The Crazies), and Nonso Anozie (Conan the Barbarian).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had an opportunity to sit down with actors Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, James Badge Dale, and Dallas Roberts to discuss their work on The Grey. The exceptional group of actors talked about the new film, their characters' arcs, working with director Joe Carnahan, the movie's physically taxing demands, and why Frank Grillo actually got himself arrested to research his role.
As awards season continues to ceaselessly pummel us all with official nominations, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has issued their nominees for the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards. These potential BAFTA Awards winners include plenty of the ringers we've been seeing on pretty much every list of Stateside nominations, especially The Artist with a whopping twelve nods, but the Brits have also shown some love for films largely getting lost in the shuffle over here.
With just days to go before the Oscar nominations are announced on January 24th, it is now time to narrow down the predictions to 5 in each category. Rather than list each name alphabetically, the contenders have been listed in the order of their likelihood of receiving the nomination. In each category, the 5th slot could possibly go to a “dark horse” instead…
Everyone is stocking up on champagneand ticker tape for 2012. Earth has completed yet another orbit of the sun, and as wecontinue to cruise through an oblivious and indifferent solar system at about 67,000 miles perhour, it's time to look back on the year that was. Like every other year, the conclusion of2011 means a veritable avalanche of year-end lists, from chronicles of favorites to bests toworsts to pretty much everything in between. Here at IAR, we've looked back with Jami Philbrick's picks for the Top Ten Movies of the Year, and we've looked forward with Brett Gursky's Oscar Predictions for the 84th Annual AcademyAwards.
Now, like anydevastatingly handsome individual, IAR is going to look in the mirror and say, "Damn, I looked good this year." Okay, not quite. But what we are going to do is showcase some of the content produced this year that showed what the organization is all about and what it does best. This end-of-the-year compilation is broken down into ten categories: News, Press Conference Coverage, Screenings, Documentary Coverage, On Camera Interviews, Convention Coverage, Oscar Contender Interviews, Comic Book Movie Coverage, Legends, and finally, Scoops and Exclusives. You'll find all those categories right here, complete with links to all manner of articles.
Another year has come and gone, and what a year 2011 was for movies! We’ve had sensational sequels (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), impressive comic book adapted projects (X-Men: First Class), fascinating documentaries (Page One: Inside the New York Times), amazing animation (The Adventures of Tintin), groundbreaking 3D (Hugo), high-octane action (Drive), homerun hitting sports films (Moneyball), terrific dramas (The Descendants), hilarious comedies (Bridesmaids), blockbuster alien robots (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), movies that celebrate the art of cinema itself (The Artist), and the return of some true Hollywood legends (The Muppets).
The following is a look back at some of my favorite films of 2011. While my job as Managing Editor of IAR allows me to see almost every movie that is released, I was not able to see all of them (sorry Young Adult, and J. Edgar). The list I’ve compiled is based on the films that I did see this year and which of those are my favorites overall. I’m not necessarily saying that these are the ten best films released this year, but they are the ten I enjoyed the most.
With the 84th Academy Awards only three months away, it’s time to go on record with some Oscar predictions. The race is officially on, with front-runners beginning to take the lead and dark horses waiting in the wings to shake things up. Several movies have still not yet been released, but every film that hopes to qualify for the Oscars will be in theaters by the last day of December. Let's take a look at how the six major categories are taking shape, with the top ten contenders fighting for five coveted slots…
Traditionally, the weekend following Thanksgiving's extended vacation is one of unremarkable box office performances, as the nation is content to unbutton its collective top button and sit back to the let the turkey settle in its system, while also lamenting the loss of delicious leftovers. This year is no different, with no major wide releases in multiplexes to truly shake up the dynamics of last weekend. With no new competition and generally tame showings from existing competitors, then, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 continued its dominance of the domestic box office, accomplishing a couple of franchise feats in the process. The Muppets, meanwhile, slowed down considerably, and Hugo hopped up to the third place after rolling out in more theaters.