American Cinema Editors Love "Argo," "Silver Linings Playbook" 


"Argo" remains the Oscar-frontrunner! The Ben Affleck film was the big winner at the recently concluded 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards honoring outstanding editing in nine categories of film, television, and documentaries. "Argo" won the Dramatic category, "Silver Linings Playbook" for Comedy/Musical, "Brave" for Animated, and "Searching for Sugar Man" for Documentary.

Here are the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):

*** Argo
William Goldenberg, A.C.E.


Life of Pi
Tim Squyres, A.C.E.

Lincoln
Michael Kahn, A.C.E.

Skyfall
Stuart Baird, A.C.E.

Zero Dark Thirty
Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E. and William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Chris Gill

Les Misérables
Melanie Ann Oliver & Chris Dickens, A.C.E.

Moonrise Kingdom
Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.

*** Silver Linings Playbook
Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. & Crispin Struthers


Ted
Jeff Freeman, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

*** Brave -- Nicolas C. Smith, A.C.E.

Frankenweenie -- Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E. & Mark Solomon

Rise of the Guardians -- Joyce Arrastia

Wreck-It Ralph -- Tim Mertens

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):

Samsara
Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson

*** Searching for Sugar Man Malik Bendjelloul

West of Memphis
Billy McMillin

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):

*** American Masters - Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
Pamela Scott Arnold


The Dust Bowl - Episode 1: The Great Plow Up -- Craig Mellish

The Weight of the Nation: Episode 1: Consequences
Paula Heredia

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:

Girls: “Pilot”
Robert Frazen, A.C.E. & Catherine Haight

Modern Family: “Mystery Date”
Ryan Case

*** Nurse Jackie: “Handle Your Scandal”
Gary Levy


BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

*** Breaking Bad: “Dead Freight”
Skip Macdonald A.C.E.


Breaking Bad: “Gliding Over All”
Kelley Dixon, A.C.E.

Mad Men: “The Other Woman”
Tom Wilson

Nashville: “Pilot”
Keith Henderson

Smash: “Pilot”
Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

Homeland: “The Choice”
Terry Kelley, A.C.E.

Homeland: “State of Independence”
Jordan Goldman

*** The Newsroom: “We Just Decided To (Pilot)”
Anne McCabe, A.C.E.


BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:

Game Change
Lucia Zucchetti, A.C.E.

Hatfields & McCoys, Part 1
Don Cassidy

*** Hemingway & Gellhorn
Walter Murch, A.C.E.


BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES:

Beyond Scared Straight : " Oklahoma County, OK - The Weight"
Rob Goubeaux, A.C.E., Mark S. Andrew, A.C.E., Paul J. Coyne, A.C.E., Mark Baum, Jeremy Gantz, Johnny Skaare, J.C. Solis & Ken Yankee

*** Frozen Planet: “Ends of the Earth”
Andy Netley & Sharon Gillooly

Deadliest Catch: “I Don't Want to Die”
Josh Earl, A.C.E. & Alex Durham

STUDENT COMPETITION
*** Michael Smith – AFI

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"Die Hard" Won't Die! Fifth Installment Debuts on Top! 


"A Good Day to Die Hard" cemented the fact that people love this franchise. Even if the fifth installment is the weakest of the bunch, the film opened strong with a $25 million debut from Friday to Sunday, and $33.2 million if you factor in its Valentine's Day opening Thursday. Bruce Willis returns as John McClane, only this time, he's yipee kay yaying all the way to Russia.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Identity Thief" starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman fell to No. 2 with $23.4 million for a box-office total of $70.7 million since it opened.

At No. 3 was the melodramatic "Safe Haven" starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation sold $21.4 million worth of box-office tickets and $30.4 since Valentine's Day.

"Escape from Planet Earth," the Weinstein Co. animated tale, debuted at No. 4 with $16.1 million. The alien adventure featured voice work from Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rob Corddry.

Not doing so well was Warner Bros. "Beautiful Creatures" which cast $7.5 million at the box-office. Starring Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich, with supporting work from Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Viola Davis, "Beautiful Creatures" is the adaptation of the popular Young Adult literature by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Feb. 15th:

1. "A Good Day to Die Hard," $25 million ($61.5 million international).

2. "Identity Thief," $23.4 million ($180,000 international).

3. "Safe Haven," $21.4 million ($2.6 million international).

4. "Escape from Planet Earth," $16.1 million.

5. "Warm Bodies," $9 million ($4.9 million international).

6. "Beautiful Creatures," $7.5 million ($5.4 million international).

7. "Side Effects," $6.3 million.

8. "Silver Linings Playbook," $6.1 million ($6.5 million international).

9. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," $3.5 million ($9.5 million international).

10. "Zero Dark Thirty," $3.1 million ($2.9 million international).

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Watch “Beautiful Creatures” Movie Review  


“Twilight” gave us vampires and werewolves, “Warm Bodies” brought us zombies, and now, witches or casters are in the forefront in the new supernatural love story “Beautiful Creatures” from the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Starring Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich, the film boasts past Oscar contenders and winners including Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”), Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End”), and Viola Davis (“The Help”). From writer/director Richard LaGravenese (“P.S. I Love You,” “Freedom Writers”), will “Beautiful Creatures” cast a spell on you? Watch my movie review of “Beautiful Creatures.”



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The Valentine's Couple -- “Beautiful Creatures” Interview with Alice Englert & Alden Ehrenreich 


“Beautiful Creatures” works for me because of the great chemistry between our main leads, Alice Englert (Lena Duchannes) and Alden Ehrenreich (Ethan Wate). Both actors, relatively new, were able to create palpable chemistry necessary for a supernatural love story to work. I was very happy to meet them, heck, even Alice (her mom is the great Jane Campion by the way) called me “adorable.” HA! In this interview, we talked about:

• I told Alice I love her mom, and to Alden that he has a “drooling charm” (a phrase I stole from the movie)
• What attracted them to their roles?
• How they created chemistry?
• His famous line – Leo does not have to die in “Titanic”
• If I have a magic wand and I told them they could see the future, what would it be?
• What do they want audiences to feel after watching “Beautiful Creatures”

Have fun!



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The Lovely Viola Davis Talks About “Beautiful Creatures” and the Supernatural! 


I love Viola Davis! She’s smart and fun and a talented, really talented actress! In the new film “Beautiful Creatures,” Davis stars as Amma, the mysterious librarian who takes care of our hero (Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan). But she also holds a deep, dark secret. In this interview, we talked about:

• What attracted her to making “Beautiful Creatures”
• Her scenes with Jeremy Irons
• The film’s message about the power of literature
• The film deals with the past
• It’s about claiming yourself!
• Doe she believe in the supernatural?
• If she could see her future, what would it be?

Have fun!



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