What Anne Hathaway Reveals About "Song One," The Philippines, and Her Oscar Win! Oh, And She Calls Me Cute!!! 


I love, love, love Anne Hathaway! She’s always been sweet and down-to-earth! The last time I interviewed the Oscar-winning actress was for “Les Miserables” and her humble and gentle demeanor was very evident in the piece.

And so I was happy to talk to Hathaway last week for her new movie “Song One” now out in theaters and on-demand! Check it out! It’s a lovefest for the indie music scene from writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland.

The quality of the satellite of our interview wasn’t that great so I chopped the interview in different sections. This one’s about her love for my home country, the Philippines!

What does she really think of my home country and the Filipinos?



Hathaway explains her interest in starring and co-producing “Song One”



This one is just cute! Hathaway calls me cute! Even up until the end when the cameras stopped rolling, you could hear her say, “He’s soooo cute!” That made my day!



When I sat down with Hathaway for “Les Miserables,” I told her she’d win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Les Miserables,” and that was 4 months before the Academy Awards! And she told me it was too early! Well guess what? She won! And now I can gloat and tell her, I told you so!



Hathaway explains the quiet relationship between her character Franny and Johnny Flynn’s James Forester in “Song One.”



“Song One” is all about the songs and Anne Hathaway is very happy to explain the music behind her film.



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Movie Reviews – “Song One” and “Manny” 


Two movies are now out in theaters and on-demand. First, we have “Song One” starring Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, and Mary Steenburgen from writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland. Hathaway is Franny, a young woman dealing with her brother (Ben Rosenfield) who just fell into a coma. Grieving, Franny turns to her brother’s favorite musician, James Forester (Flynn).

In “Manny,” Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao enters the documentary ring and this one’s about his rags-to-riches story from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise. “Manny” is narrated by Liam Neeson and is directed by Oscar-winner Leon Gast (“When We Were Kings”) and Ryan Moore.

Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look at my reviews of “Song One” and “Manny.”



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Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Name "Boyhood" Film of the Year! See Complete Winners List!  


The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) has announced the winners of the annual Dorian Awards! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" took the top honor of Film of the Year. But in a surprising turn of events, Ava DuVernay beat Linklater for her stellar work in "Selma!" Way to go!

GALECA is comprised of over 110 movie and TV critics nationwide, including yours truly, and is one of the few critics associations awarding the year's best in both film and TV.

George Takei took home the Timeless star tribute because, well, he's just pure and simply timeless! This award is given to “an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit.” And we all can agree that Takei takes the cake!

A private Winners Toast will be held on Sunday, March 1, in Hollywood.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Dorian Awards:

FILM OF THE YEAR

Birdman - Fox Searchlight

*** Boyhood - Sundance Selects/IFC

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Fox Searchlight

The Imitation Game - The Weinstein Company

Pride - CBS Films


FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTOR

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher - Sony Pictures Classics

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game - The Weinstein Company

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler - Open Road

Michael Keaton, Birdman - Fox Searchlight

*** Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything - Focus Features/Universal


FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTRESS

Essie Davis, The Babadook - Sundance Selects/IFC

Anne Dorval, Mommy - Roadside Attractions

*** Julianne Moore, Still Alice - Sony Pictures Classics

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl - 20th Century Fox

Reese Witherspoon, Wild - Fox Searchlight


FILM DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel - Fox Searchlight

*** Ava DuVernay, Selma - Paramount

David Fincher, Gone Girl - 20th Century Fox

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman - Fox Searchight

Richard Linklater, Boyhood - Sundance Selects/IFC


LGBTQ FILM OF THE YEAR

The Imitation Game - The Weinstein Company

Love is Strange - Sony Pictures Classics

*** Pride - CBS Films

Stranger by the Lake - Strand Releasing

The Way He Looks - Strand Releasing


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

Force Majeure - Magnolia Pictures

Ida - Music Box Films

*** Mommy - Roadside Attractions

Stranger by the Lake - Strand Releasing

Two Days, One Night - Sundance Selects/IFC


UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR

Obvious Child - A24

Love is Strange - Sony Pictures Classics

*** Pride - CBS Films

The Skeleton Twins - Roadside Attractions

Snowpiercer - Radius/TWC


DOCUMENTARY FILM OF THE YEAR

(theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)

*** The Case Against 8 - HBO

CitizenFour - Radius/TWC

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me - Sundance Selects

Life Itself - Magnolia Pictures

Regarding Susan Sontag - HBO


VISUALLY STRIKING FILM OF THE YEAR

(honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

Birdman - Fox Searchlight

*** The Grand Budapest Hotel - Fox Searchlight

Interstellar - Paramount

Snowpiercer - Radius/TWC

Under the Skin - A24


CAMPY FLICK OF THE YEAR

Annie

Gone Girl

*** Into the Woods

Maleficent

Tammy


TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR

Fargo - FX

The Good Wife - CBS

How To Get Away with Murder - ABC

Mad Men - AMC

*** The Normal Heart - HBO


TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR

The Comeback - HBO

Modern Family - ABC

Orange is the New Black - Netflix

*** Transparent - Amazon

Veep - HBO


TV DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Lisa Cholodenko, Olive Kitteridge - HBO

Jodie Foster, Orange is the New Black -Netflix

Andrew Haigh, Looking - HBO

Ryan Murphy, The Normal Heart - HBO

*** Jill Soloway, Transparent - Amazon


TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTOR

Matthew Bomer, The Normal Heart - HBO

Matthew McConaughey, True Detective - HBO

Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart - HBO

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards - Netflix

*** Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent - Amazon


TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTRESS


Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder - ABC

*** Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback - HBO

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife - CBS

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black - BBC America

Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge - HBO


TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Beyonce, MTV Video Music Awards - MTV

*** Neil Patrick Harris, “Sugar Daddy,” The Tony Awards - CBS

Jessica Lange, “Life on Mars,” American Horror Story: Freak Show - FX

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Madonna, et al., “Same Love,” The Grammys - CBS

Prince, Saturday Night Live - NBC


LGBTQ TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Looking - HBO

Modern Family - ABC

Orange is the New Black - Netflix

Please Like Me - Pivot

*** Transparent - Amazon


UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR


*** Getting On - HBO

Looking - HBO

Orphan Black - BBC America

Please Like Me - Pivot

Transparent - Amazon


TV CURRENT AFFAIRS SHOW OF THE YEAR

Anderson Cooper 360 - CNN

The Colbert Report - Comedy Central

*** The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Comedy Central

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - HBO

The Rachel Maddow Show - MSNBC


CAMPTY TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story: Freak Show

How to Get Away with Murder

*** Jane the Virgin

Peter Pan Live!

Penny Dreadful


MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”

Perfume Genius, “Queen”

*** Sia, “Chandelier”

Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”


THE "WE'RE WILDE ABOUT YOU!" RISING STAR AWARD

Ansel Elgort

Jack Falahee

Ellar Coltrane

Jack O'Connell

*** Gina Rodriguez

Finn Wittrock


WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR

(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Stephen Colbert

Rachel Maddow

Bill Maher

*** John Oliver

Jon Stewart


WILDE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)

Xavier Dolan

Neil Patrick Harris

Richard Linklater

*** Jill Soloway

Tilda Swinton


TIMELESS AWARD

(to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)

*** George Takei

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Another Big Win for "Boyhood" 


Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" picked up more trophies! This time from the the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. "Boyhood" took the Film of the Year honor as well as Director of the Year for Linklater and Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette.

Here's the full list of winners of the 2015 London Film Critics' Circle Film Awards:

FILM OF THE YEAR
Boyhood

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Leviathan

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
Under the Skin

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Citizenfour

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Michael Keaton (Birdman)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Patricia Arquette - (Boyhood)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl & What We Did on Our Holiday)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Yann Demange ('71)

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Under the Skin - Mica Levi, score

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Miranda Richardson

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I Love Attending the Critics' Choice Movie Awards! 


David Oyelowo was relaxed at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards held last night at the Hollywood Palladium. The whole world was surprised with his Oscar snub but the actor, who gave one of the best performances of 2014 as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma," seemed to not mind. He remembered me from our red carpet interview when "Selma" opened the Palm Springs International Film Festival. As soon as Oyelowo saw me, he asked, "Palm Springs right?," so...we took a selfie!

That was always the mood at any of the Critics' Choice Movie Awards I've attended. Being a proud voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, we hand out the Critics' Choice Movie Awards annually and it's the awards show I always look forward to attending each year.

Common, who, together with John Legend won Best Original Song at the Critics' Choice with the fantastic "Glory" from "Selma" was also in high spirits. And yes, we took another selfie.



There was a lot of imbibing going on, and the light, airy feel of the awards show lessened the tension felt by the nominees.

The usual suspects won ("Birdman" dominated with 7 awards while "Boyhood" took the top prize of Best Picture), we redeemed some of those forgotten by the Academy (Gillian Flynn, snubbed by the Oscars but won Best Adapted Screenplay for "Gone Girl"), oh and yeah, "The Lego Movie" took home the Best Animated Feature trophy!

Everything is awesome indeed!

Host Michael Strahan gyrated and showed some skin in the beginning of the show ala "Magic Mike." And the whole festivities was televised live on A&E (check out their YouTube page if you missed the show).

My favorite moment of the evening was Jessica Chastain's impassioned speech for diversity. Yes, diversity was alive and well at last night's Critics' Choice Movie Awards, something that's not reflected at the current crop of Oscar nominees.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. For the complete list of nominees, click here.

WINNERS OF THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

Best Picture – “Boyhood”
Best Actor – Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Best Actress – Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Best Young Actor/Actress – Ellar Coltrane, “Boyhood”
Best Acting Ensemble – “Birdman”
Best Director – Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Best Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Best Adapted Screenplay – Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Best Art Direction – Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Anna Pinnock (Set Decorator), “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Editing – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, “Birdman”
Best Costume Design – Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Hair & Makeup – “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Best Visual Effects – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Best Animated Feature – “The Lego Movie”
Best Action Movie – “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Best Actor in an Action Movie – Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Best Actress in an Action Movie – Emily Blunt, “Edge of Tomorrow”
Best Comedy – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Actor in a Comedy – Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Best Actress in a Comedy – Jenny Slate, “Obvious Child”
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie – “Interstellar”
Best Foreign Language Film – “Force Majeure”
Best Documentary Feature – “Life Itself”
Best Song – “Glory”, Common and John Legend, “Selma”
Best Score – Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”

WINNERS BY PICTURE FOR
THE 20thANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BIRDMAN (7 Awards)
Best Actor
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Actor in a Comedy
Best Score

BOYHOOD (4 Awards)
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor/Actress
Best Director

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (3 Awards)
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Comedy

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2 Awards)
Best Hair & Makeup
Best Action Movie

AMERICAN SNIPER (1 Award)
Best Actor in an Action Movie

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1 Award)
Best Visual Effects

EDGE OF TOMORROW (1 Award)
Best Actress in an Action Movie

FORCE MAJEURE (1 Award)
Best Foreign Language Film

GONE GIRL (1 Award)
Best Adapted Screenplay

INTERSTELLAR (1 Award)
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

LIFE ITSELF (1 Award)
Best Documentary Feature

OBVIOUS CHILD (1 Award)
Best Actress in a Comedy

SELMA (1 Award)
Best Song

STILL ALICE (1 Award)
Best Actress

THE LEGO MOVIE (1 Award)
Best Animated Feature

WHIPLASH (1 Award)
Best Supporting Actor

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