Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's drama Me & Earl & The Dying Girl took home the top accolades at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, winning both the U. S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in Utah on Saturday (31Jan15). The emotional movie, which is based on Jesse Andrews' 2013 novel of the same name, tells the tale of two student filmmakers who become friends with a young cancer patient.
The winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for a documentary was filmmaker Crystal Moselle's The Wolfpack, which follows six brothers who are isolated from the outside world.
The awards mark the end of the annual Robert Redford founded festival, which closes on Sunday (01Feb15).
The full list of winners is:
U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic - Robert Eggers, The Witch
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic - Tim Talbott, The Stanford Prison Experiment
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision - Advantageous
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Excellence in Editing - Lee Haugen, Dope
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography - Brandon Trost, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary - The Wolfpack
Directing Award: U.S. Documentary - Matthew Heineman, Cartel Land
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography - Matthew Heineman, Cartel Land
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Break Out First Feature - Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe, (T)ERROR
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Verite Filmmaking - Bill Ross, Turner Ross, Western
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact - Marc Silver, 3½ MINUTES
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize - The Stanford Prison Experiment
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary - The Russian Woodpecker
Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary - Kim Longinotto, Dreamcatcher
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing - Jim Scott, How To Change The World
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Impact - Pervert Park
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Unparalleled Access - Pervert Park
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic - Slow West
Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic - Alante Kavaite, The Summer of Sangaile
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting - Regina Case and Camila Merdila, The Second Mother
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting - Jack Reynor, Glassland
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Cinematography - Germain McMicking, Partisan
Audience Award: NEXT, Presented by Adobe - James White
Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary - Dark Horse
Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic - Umrika
Audience Award: U.S. Documentary, Presented by Acura - Meru
Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, Presented by Acura - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Short Film Grand Jury Prize - World of Tomorrow
Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction - SMILF
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction - Oh Lucy!
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction - The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul
Short Film Jury Award: Animation - Storm hits jacket
Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting - Back Alley
Short Film Special Jury Award for Visual Poetry - Object
Were you paying attention to the big screen and all the Hollywood happenings in 2014? We thought we'd kick off the New Year with a quick look back over the last 12 months of WENN movie news and pose a few questions to one and all that might just help you recall some magical moments at the cinema, or some hot gossip from the year just gone.
The prize for the winner? Bragging rights and a front row seat to the 2015 Oscars in your own living room! Best of luck!
1. The Fault in Our Stars was based on a book written by which author?
a. John Green
b. John White
c. James Green
d. James Brown
2. What song did not feature on the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy?
a. I'm Not in Love
b. Mama Told Me Not to Come
c. Spirit in the Sky
d. Hooked on a Feeling
3. From which hit animated movie did the catchy tune Everything is Awesome come?
a. Muppets Most Wanted
b. The Lego Movie
c. How to Train Your Dragon 2
d. Mr Peabody and Sherman
4. Game of Thrones star Kit Harington starred in which epic disaster film based on true events?
b. 300: Rise of an Empire
5. The son of which longtime Hollywood couple starred alongside Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 22 Jump Street?
a. Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
b. Oliver Hudson, son of Bill Hudson and Goldie Hawn
c. Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
d. Wyatt Russell, son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
6. Which of the following was not a cast member in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?
a. Andy Serkis
b. James Franco
c. Jason Clarke
d. Gary Oldman
7. Get On Up was a biopic based on the life of which legendary musician?
a. James Brown
b. Stevie Wonder
c. George Clinton
d. Smokey Robinson
8. Which Hollywood veteran portrayed the family matriarch in This Is Where I Leave You?
a. Anjelica Huston
b. Jane Fonda
c. Bette Midler
d. Dame Judi Dench
9. Which musical did The Amazing Spider-Man star Emma Stone make her Broadway debut in?
d. Les Miserables
10. Which one of these celebrities was NOT part of Ellen DeGeneres' famous 'selfie' taken during the 2014 Academy Awards?
a. Channing Tatum
b. Kevin Spacey
c. Matthew McConaughey
d. Jared Leto
11. Which actress celebrated her one-year wedding anniversary to her tennis pro husband on New Year's Eve?
a. Ashley Tisdale
b. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
c. Naya Rivera
d. Ginnifer Goodwin
12. Who will play the villain in the next James Bond movie?
a. Quentin Tarantino
b. Mark Strong
c. Christoph Waltz
d. Bryan Cranston
13. Which country do the two actors who played Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma come from?
14. Who rang in 2014 with Charlize Theron and has since become her boyfriend?
a. Sean Penn
b. Chris Pratt
c. Mark Wahlberg
d. Joaquin Phoenix
15. Name new mum Scarlett Johansson's daughter.
16. Which famous Jessica played Matthew McConaughey's grown-up daughter in Interstellar?
a. Jessica Alba
b. Jessica Biel
c. Jessica Chastain
d. Jessica Lange
17. Which Brit picked up the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May for his portrayal of grumpy artist J.W. Turner?
a. Colin Firth
b. Timothy Spall
c. Ray Winstone
d. Alan Rickman
18. What was the highest grossing movie of 2014?
a. Transformers: Age of Extinction
b. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
c. Guardians of the Galaxy
d. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
19. Which awards season favourite was filmed over 12 years?
20. In what film did Jennifer Lawrence debut her singing voice, scoring a chart hit all around the world?
a. Silver Linings Playbook
b. American Hustle
c. X-Men: Days of Future Past
d. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
21. What is the bestselling music soundtrack on iTunes this year?
c. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
d. Guardians of the Galaxy
22. He ended 2014 a newlywed with a hit movie, called The Theory of Everything. Name the British actor who married fiancee Hannah Bagshawe in England on 15 December.
a. Benedict Cumberbatch
b. Timothy Spall
c. Eddie Redmayne
d. Colin Firth
23. Why did model-turned-actress Milla Jovovich announce she was putting the next film in her Resident Evil franchise on hold in August?
a. Script problems
b. Financial issues
c. Her director husband Paul W.S. Anderson had abandoned the movie
d. She was pregnant
24. In 2014, this actor played Moses and became a new dad. Name him.
a. Joel Edgerton
b. Chris Pratt
c. Christian Bale
d. Mark Wahlberg
25. Another new dad, Chris Hemsworth, was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2014, but who's the lucky actress, the mother of his kids, who gets to cuddle up to him every night?
a. Eva Mendes
b. Elsa Pataky
c. Scarlett Johansson
d. Jessica Alba
Potterheads will love this merch, even after all this time. They will always love Potter. Why not buy them (or yourself) something magical?
For the fan who loves to wear their Potter pride:
1. A Gryffindor bath robe, since you don't ever want to be under dressed at Hogwarts.
2. For your fellow Slytherin, they might enjoy this shirt or these pants.
3. This shirt that tells the muggles in your life to back off.
4. The most adorable sweatshirt combining Harry Potter and Disney.
5. The most detailed, hand-painted shoes you will ever see.
6. This very subtle, but sweet lightning bolt necklace.
For The die-head Potterhead who needs their stuff to look like the real deal:
7. The Lost Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw is great for those seeking knowledge and answers.
8. The Mirror of Erised will show you your deepest desires.
9. Tom Marvolo Riddle's Diary will allow you to confess your darkest secrets.
10. The Sword of Godric Gryffindor will present itself to you if you're truly deserving.
11. Harry Potter's glasses can help a Potterhead see, even in the darkest of times.
For the fan who wishes magic was actually real:
12. This flask to hide your Felix Felicis potion in.
13. Your very own Time Turner, so you can watch all eight Harry Potter movies at once.
14. A Marauder's Map, so you can stalk your crush.
15. Harry James Potter's WAND, so you can do magic, obviously.
16. A freakin' Firebolt, because who doesn't want to fly?
For the fan who is really into Divination:
17. This Espresso Patronum mug, with a Grim featured on the bottom.
18. This matching Keeper - Catch mug set for your Potter bestie.
19. This "After All This Time?" "Always." mug.
20. This planner, because you need to write down your Divination schedule.
For the fan who has their house decked out in Potter designs:
21. This Alohomora key rack because it's an adorable greeting for when you get home.
22.These wall art quotes from the extremely wise Albus Dumbledore.
23. This comforter set, so you can sleep surrounded by Harry Potter.
24. This accurate sign for the entrance to the Ministry of Magic.
25. A Lumos/Nox light decal, in case you ever forget which means which.
The Oscars are supposed to be a barometer for greatness in the movie industry, but sometimes the Academy just misses the mark. Think about it: Three Six Mafia has an Oscar, but Leonardo DiCaprio does not. Snubs inevitably happen every year and some are more egregious than others. As we prepare for the next batch of nominations, let us reflect on some of the biggest snubs that still have us scratching our heads.
1. Leonardo DiCaptio in The Departed
Leo has been nominated a lot, we know this, but he was at his best in this Martin Scorsese flick. It still pains us that this wasn’t his year.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road
We thought Leo/Kate Winslet reunion would equal Oscar magic. But alas, it was not to be.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can
We still love this movie and think he was fantastic as con man Frank Abagnale Jr. Technically he played more than character, as Frank faked his way into becoming an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator
Last Leo one, we promise. But man did he do a good job playing Howard Hughes’ descent into madness.
5. Brokeback Mountain
With the exception of Ang Lee winning for Best Director, Brokeback Mountain got completely shut out of the Oscars. Crash beat it for Best Picture in an upset, and Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams all inexplicably lost in their categories despite delivering amazing performances.
6. Alfred Hitchcock
Can you believe the Master of Suspense never won an Oscar for directing? Despite all of his directing techniques that are now famous, poor Hitch never got Oscar recognition. Couldn’t they have at least given him the Best Cameos in All His Films award?
7. James Dean
We expect that if James Dean had lived longer than his young 24 years, he would have taken home Oscar gold. But the impressive trifecta of films he made during his much-too-short career (A Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant) are enough to make us sad he never won.
8. Saving Private Ryan
This Steven Spielberg wartime epic starring Tom Hanks was beat out for Best Picture by Shakespeare in Love. Rumblings have indicated power producer Harvey Weinstein’s purse strings – rather than the film’s merit - are what actually got Shakespeare the gold.
9. Marilyn Monroe
The iconic bombshell never got to make a breathy Oscar acceptance speech. She was probably most deserving for her part in Some Like It Hot, but it just wasn't in the cards.
10. Amy Adams
Doesn’t it seem like she gets nominated every year? She’s like the female Leonardo DiCaprio at this point. She was great in The Fighter and she was our favorite part of American Hustle last year. Such a shame.
11. Robert Redford
Redford, aka the Brad Pitt before Brad Pitt, has never won an Oscar for acting. He nabbed one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People and got a Lifetime Achievement award in 2002, but the founder of the Sundance Film Festival was never acknowledged for the talent that made him famous.
12. Paul Newman for The Hustler
It took Paul Newman way too long to claim his Oscar glory. He was notoriously snubbed all throughout his prime years – most notably for The Hustler in 1962. The Academy finally gave him an honorary award in 1986 and then a Best Actor Oscar in 1987 for his role in the subpar sequel to The Hustler - The Color of Money.
13. Citizen Kane
This film has been number one on so many AFI Greatest Movies of All Time lists that we kind of just assumed it had won the Oscar for Best Picture. Not so. The Orson Welles masterpiece was beat out by How Green Was My Valley, a movie about a Welsh mining village.
14. Michael Fassbender in Shame
When you put aside the jokes about "best performance by a penis in a movie," you’ll realize that Fassbender actually turns in an Oscar-worthy performance in Shame (clothed or unclothed). We’ll give him time though – we think a statuette is in his future.
15. Ewan McGregor
Ewan (or as we like to call him: every straight man’s mancrush) has turned in some brilliant work over the years – like his roles in Beginners and The Impossible. But sadly it seems it wasn’t enough to catch the Academy’s attention.
16. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp does not have an Oscar. We repeat: Johnny Depp does not have an Oscar. How can the guy who played iconic characters in Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Finding Neverland be lacking a trophy, you ask? It’s a mystery for the ages.
17. Jessica Chastain
Remember when Jessica Chastain had like a million movies come out in 2011? In luckier years, we think at least ONE of those would have gotten her a win. Maybe 2015 will be her year.
18. Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice
Reese Witherspoon beat her out that year for Walk the Line, but Keira would have had our vote for her pitch perfect portrayal of Jane Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennett.
Talk about a beautifully made film. It even won the Golden Globe for Best Drama that year, which is usually a sign that an Oscar imminent. Nope. No Country for Old Men took it instead. Guess nothing beats a Coen Brothers film with an ambiguous ending.
20. Short Term 12
If you've seen this gem of an indie movie starring a riveting Brie Larson, you'll understand why this was a major snub. It was one of the best movies of 2013, but presumably because it was so small, it didn't get any awards love. Travesty.
21. Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed
Another small movie, but a huge Oscar-worthy performance by Winstead as a young wife coming to terms with sobriety. Or at least worthy of a nomination. Pay better attention, Academy!
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James Bond baddie Javier Bardem is in talks to play the villain of another big movie franchise, opposite Johnny Depp.
The Spaniard has emerged as the frontrunner to play Captain Jack Sparrow's nemesis, Captain Brand, in Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales, according to multiple reports. Brand is a ghost who blames Depp's Jack Sparrow for the death of his brother. Reports suggest Geoffrey Rush will be returning as Captain Barbosa and Orlando Bloom will reprise his Will Turner character for the film. Bardem's wife Penelope Cruz previously appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Michael Keaton, Timothy Spall and Eddie Redmayne have emerged as early favourites for the coveted Best Actor prize at next year's (15) Oscars. As movie critics sharpen their pencils to vote for the year's top film performances, it seems the 2015 Best Actor race will be one of the most fiercely fought.
Spall has been the top man since he won gold at Cannes for his lead role in biopic Mr. Turner, but now the Los Angeles Times has earmarked Keaton for the trophy, thanks to his role in Birdman, and The Hollywood Reporter is confident Redmayne's turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything will make him an Oscars season favourite.
The Hollywood Reporter recently honoured Redmayne and his co-stars Felicity Jones and James Marsh with a Breakthrough in Film award at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and editors called the My Week With Marilyn star's performance "landmark".
Meanwhile, America's top critics have given Keaton the edge in the first serious odds list on awards season go-to website GoldDerby.com.
The former Batman is a 13/5 favourite, ahead of Steve Carell in Foxcatcher and Redmayne, while Spall and fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) also make the early top five.
GoldDerby's critics have given Amy Adams (Big Eyes) the Best Actress edge over fellow former Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), while the Best Picture race is wide open.
The early top picks are Boyhood, Birdman, Angelina Jolie's upcoming biopic Unbroken, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Interstellar and Brad Pitt's Fury.
Former Rainbow bandmates Joe Lynn Turner and Ritchie Blackmore are working on a top secret reunion project. Turner, who was one of four singers who fronted the band between 1975 and 1995, has revealed he and the guitar great could soon be back onstage together, but he has been sworn to secrecy.
He tells Rock Overdose, "I'm going to be honest with you right now... It's (reunion) very possible. Last year I wouldn't say it, but this year I say it. It's a very big possibility that something might happen. I heard talk of it, and all I can say is I'm not supposed to talk about it. But I'm talking to you now and all I want to do is say 'Yes'. We may have a reunion, and it would be phenomenal."
Blackmore was the only full-time member of Rainbow and as well as Turner, his frontmen were Graham Bonnet, Doogie White and the late Ronnie James Dio.
Pioneering country guitarist Velma Smith has died at the age of 87. The musician passed away on Thursday (31Jul14) in Madison, Tennessee.
Smith began performing on a local Kentucky radio station with her sister Mildred at the age of 12 and later went on to play with the likes of Ernest Tubb, Carl Smith and Roy Acuff.
However, it wasn't until the late 1950s that her career really took off as she became the first female rhythm guitar player to perform on records cut in Nashville, Tennessee.
She worked with artists such as Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings and Ray Price and her song credits include Hank Locklin's Please Help Me, I'm Falling in 1960 and Skeeter Davis' The End of the World in 1962.
She was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in January (14) as part of the Class of 2014, which also featured Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy and Randy Bachman from Bachman Turner Overdrive.
Smith was married to Price's pal, fiddle player-turned-producer James 'Hal' Smith, from 1948 until his death in 2008.
Metallica star Lars Ulrich has dismissed the controversy over the band's upcoming appearance at Britain's Glastonbury festival as "ridiculous". The band is set to become the first heavy metal act to headline the fabled music event when they take to the stage later this month (Jun14), but their inclusion on the bill has sparked debate over whether hard rock acts have a place there.
A petition has also been launched by animal rights activists opposing the band's Glastonbury appearance over frontman James Hetfield's decision to narrate a new U.S. documentary about bear hunting in Alaska.
However, Ulrich is adamant they will not let the nasty comments ruin their big moment, telling Metal Hammer, "Glastonbury is like the Holy Grail in England and we're respectful to that, but when somebody sits there and talks about petitions or what some other guy says, there's a point that it just becomes ridiculous. We're fairly thick-skinned and turn a blind eye to it or whatever, but if Mick Jagger, or Alex Turner, or the very nice guys in Kasabian who I love (talk about Metallica at Glastonbury) it's cool. But at some point, when there's some guy in some other band... it's like 'Huh? What? Who are you?'"
The 2014 Glastonbury festival kicks off on 27 June (14) and also features acts including Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Arcade Fire and Kasabian.
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron picked up two major prizes at the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 in London on Sunday (30Mar14), including trophies for Best Director and Best Film. The Mexican filmmaker added even more statues to his awards haul during the star-studded ceremony at Grosvenor House, just weeks after earning his first Best Director prize at the Academy Awards.
Cuaron was unable to attend the event, but accepted his awards via video messages.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug also tied for two wins, including Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Male Newcomer for Aidan Turner.
Meanwhile, other acting honours went to Margot Robbie in Best Female Newcomer (The Wolf of Wall Street), Emma Thompson for Best Actress (Saving Mr. Banks), James McAvoy for Best Actor (Filth), and Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively.
Earning top genre prizes were Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Best Comedy), The Conjuring (Best Horror), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Best Thriller), and The World's End (Best British Film).
Special honours were also handed out to a number of Hollywood A-listers, including Tom Cruise (Legend of Our Lifetime), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Action Hero of Our Lifetime), Hugh Jackman (Empire Icon), Simon Pegg (Empire Hero) and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass (Empire Inspiration).