The Most Inventive Usage of "Patch Adams" Yet -- Making Your Kidnapper Sleep While Watching the Movie!
So the story began with Jesse Dimmick, a convicted kidnapper, who is suing the folks he kidnapped, at knifepoint! Why? Because the said couple, Jared and Lindsay Rowley, allegedly bonded with Dimmick, fed him Cheetos and gave him Dr. Pepper while watching the feel-good drama known as "Patch Adams" starring Robin Williams.
And then, Dimmick fell asleep and the Rowleys escaped and turned him in!
So what did Dimmick do? Sue the couple of course! For Breach of Contract! Yeah! He claimed that the couple promised to hide him from police. At least until Dimmick fell asleep watching "Patch Adams."
Read the complete story of "Dimmick" and his Robin Williams lullaby right here.
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"The Artist" and "Take Shelter" scored the most nominations for the Film Independent's Spirit Awards announced today. Each film received five nods while "Beginners," "Drive," "The Descendants," and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" each received four nominations.
The Spirit Award prides itself in honoring American-made films that are budgeted at under $20 million. Read the nominations below. The winners will be announced at the 27th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony on Feb. 25th. You can see the festivities on IFC.
And here are the nominees for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards:
Best Feature (Award given to the Producer)
50/50 - Ben Karlin, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Beginners - Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Jan Van Hoy, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech
Drive - Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel
Take Shelter - Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin
The Artist - Thomas Langmann, Emmanuel Montamat
The Descendants - Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Mike Mills, Beginners
Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer)
Another Earth - Director: Mike Cahill; Producers: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Brit Marling, Nicholas Shumaker
In The Family - Director: Patrick Wang; Producers: Robert Tonino, Andrew van den Houten, Patrick Wang
Margin Call - Director: J.C. Chandor; Producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto
Martha Marcy May Marlene - Director: Sean Durkin; Producers: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Josh Mond
Natural Selection - Director: Robbie Pickering; Producers: Brion, Hambel, Paul Jensen
John Cassavetes Award
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)
Bellflower - Writer/Director: Evan Glodell; Producers: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw
Circumstance - Writer/Director: Maryam Kesahavarz; Producers: Karin Chien, Maryan Keshavarz, Melissa M. Lee
Hello Lonesome - Writer/Director/Producer: Adam Reid
Pariah - Writer/Director: Dee Rees; Producer: Nekisa Cooper
The Dynamiter - Writers: Matthew Gordon, Brad Ingelsby; Director: Matthew Gordon; Producers: Kevin Abrams, Matthew Gordon, Merilee Holt, Nate Tuck, Amile Wilson
Mike Mills, Beginners
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
Joseph Cedar, Footnote
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Tom McCarthy, Win Win
Best First Screenplay
Mike Cahill & Brit Marling, Another Earth
Patrick deWitt, Terri
Phil Johnston, Cedar Rapids
Will Reiser, 50/50
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Best Female Lead
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Rachael Harris, Natural Selection
Adepero Oduye, Pariah
Lauren Ambrose, Think of Me
Best Male Lead
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Woody Harrelson, Rampart
Ryan Gosling, Drive
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Best Supporting Female
Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
Anjelica Huston, 50/50
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana, Gun Hill Road
Shailenne Woodley, The Descendants
Best Supporting Male
Albert Brooks, Drive
John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris
John C. Reilly, Cedar Rapids
Joel Hodge, Bellflower
Darius Khondji, Midnight in Paris
Guillaume Schiffman, The Artist
Benjamin Kasulke, The Off-Hours
Jeffrey Waldron, The Dynamiter
Best Documentary (Award given to the director)
Jarreth Merz, An African Election
Richard Press, Bill Cunningham New York
Steve James, The Interrupters
David Weissman, We Were Here
Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion, The Redemption of General Butt Naked
Best Foreign Film (Award given to the director)
Asghar Farhadi, Separation
Lars Von Trier, Melancholia
Steve McQueen, Shame
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Kid With a Bike
Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur
Robert Altman Award
(Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Margin Call - Director: J.C. Chandor; Casting Directors: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey; Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Aasif Mandvi, Ashley Williams
Piaget Producers Award
Chad Burris (Mosquito y Mari)
Sophia Lynn (Take Shelter)
Josh Bond (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
Someone to Watch Award
Simon Arthur (Silver Tongues)
Mark Jackson (Without)
Nicholas Ozeki (Mamitas)
Truer Than Fiction Award
Where Soldiers Come From
Hell and Back Again
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Right now, the New York Film Critics are convening for the NYFCC Awards for 2011 season. They are announcing their winners via Twitter, and the winners so far are (we'll bring you the latest winners as the information trickles in via Twitter, of course!):
"Margin Call" for Best First Feature for director J.C. Chandor. Zachary Quinto produced this brilliant film about the stock market collapse. Quinto also starred in the film alongside Stanley Tucci and Kevin Spacey.
The Best Nonfiction Film Award goes to Werner Herzog for his documentary "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" which explores the Chauvet caves of Southern France.
Best Supporting Actress goes to Jessica Chastain for her triple threat performances in the movies "The Tree of Life," "The Help," and "Take Shelter." (My interview with the actress for "The Debt" right here, I love her!)
Best Actress goes to Meryl Streep for "The Iron Lady!" I agree, but was hoping that the Awards gods and goddesses will shine down upon Michelle Williams for her great performance as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn."
The Best Supporting Actor award goes to Albert Brooks for "Drive." Yay! I love his performance in the movie, but here's my hope again -- let's not forget Nick Nolte as a bruised father in "Warrior." Or, heck, even Seth Rogen gave a wonderful performance as the best friend of the dying Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "50/50."
Best Actor goes to Brad Pitt for his double-whammy of "The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball." Is this about time for the actor?
The melodramatic Iranian film "A Separation" won Best Foreign Language Film.
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist." Excellent choice, but I wonder if the LA Film Critics will follow suit!
And the Best Screenplay Award goes to Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin for "Moneyball."
The Best Cinematography Award goes to Emmanuel Lubezki for "Tree of Life!" Beautiful film!
And the 2011 Special Award to be given posthumously to filmmaker Raoul Ruiz, here's more info on the director from Wiki:
Raúl Ernesto Ruiz Pino (25 July 1941 – 19 August 2011) was a Chilean filmmaker.
Ruiz spent some years at the Catholic University of Santa Fe, Argentina's cinema school. Back in Chile, he directed his first feature film Tres tristes tigres in the late 1960s, winning the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. He was something of an outsider among the politically oriented filmmakers of his generation, such as Miguel Littín and Helvio Soto, his work being far more ironic, surrealistic, and experimental. In 1973, after the coup d'état led by the dictator Augusto Pinochet, he left Chile and settled in France. After several years producing and directing low-budget telefilms, he began working with larger budgets and "name" stars in 1996 with Three Lives and Only One Death. The following year he directed Genealogies of a Crime, starring Catherine Deneuve. John Malkovich starred in Le temps retrouvé, Les Âmes fortes and Klimt.
He was married to Valeria Sarmiento, who is also a film director and editor.
According to El Repuertero on August 19, 2011 Chile Minister of Culture Luciano Cruz-Coke announced his death on Twitter just after 8:00 a.m.. He posted that Ruiz “just died of a long illness.” The city of Paris, confirmed this information. The Church of Saint George-Paul in Paris will veil his remains and hold a memorial service. His body will return to Chile to be buried as specified by his will according to the minister.
He left a catalogue of 113 films during his 48-year-long career.
And the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture goes to "The Artist!"
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"Tree of Life," "Beginners" Tie for Gotham Independent Film Awards! See Complete List of Winners and Nominees!
"The Tree of Life" and "Beginners" emerged as the big winners for the 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards. "The Descendants" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" led the pack with three nominations each but in the end, Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" and Mike Mills' "Beginners" ruled the night.
Ewan McGregor interview for "Beginners" right here
Mike Mills interview for "Beginners right here
The Gotham Independent Film Awards officially kicks off the 2011-12 award season which of course, leads to the granddaddy of the awards season, the Academy Awards!
Hosted by Edie Falco and Oliver Platt, the Gotham Awards also gave career tributes to Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and Tom Rothman.
"Beginners" also took home the Best Ensemble Performance Award, "Better This World" won Best Documentary, Dee Rees who gave us the wonderful "Pariah" won Breakthrough Director, Felicity Jones for "Like Crazy" won Breakthrough Actor, and "Girlfriend" from director Justin Lerner won the Audience Choice Award.
Any award-giving body that honors the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You is great in my book. This year, that award went to "Scenes of a Crime" directed by Blue Hadaegh & Grover Babcock
Here's the complete list of nominees and winners of the 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards (winners are highlighted):
Mike Mills, director; Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Miranda de Pencier, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, producers (Focus Features)
Alexander Payne, director; Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Kelly Reichardt, director; Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia, producers (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Jeff Nichols, director; Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick, director; Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Grant Hill, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Better This World
Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, directors; Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Mike Nicholson, producers (Loteria Films, Picturebox, Motto Pictures and Passion Pictures; ITVS in association with American Documentary | POV)
Bill Cunningham New York
Richard Press, director; Philip Gefter, producer (Zeitgeist Films)
Hell and Back Again
Danfung Dennis, director; Mike Lerner, Martin Herring, producers (Docurama Films)
Steve James, director; Alex Kotlowitz, Steve James, producers (The Cinema Guild)
C. Scott Willis, director; Neil Barrett, Jeff Werner, C. Scott Willis, producers (Lorber Films; Kino Lorber, Inc.)
Best Ensemble Performance
Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos (Focus Features)
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Nick Krause, Amara Miller, Mary Birdsong, Rob Huebel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Aasif Mandvi (Roadside Attractions)
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Elizabeth Olsen, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, Maria Dizzia, Julia Garner, John Hawkes, Louisa Krause, Sarah Paulson (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Tova Stewart, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Kathy Baker, Ray McKinnon, Lisagay Hamilton, Robert Longstreet (Sony Pictures Classics)
Mike Cahill for Another Earth (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Vera Farmiga for Higher Ground (Sony Pictures Classics)
Evan Glodell for Bellflower (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Dee Rees for Pariah (Focus Features)
Felicity Jones in Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage)
Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Harmony Santana in Gun Hill Road (Motion Film Group)
Shailene Woodley in The Descendants (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Jacob Wysocki in Terri (ATO Pictures)
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Madeleine Olnek, director; Laura Terruso, Madeleine Olnek, producers
Sophia Takal, director; Lawrence Michael Levine, producer
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
Eric Strauss, Daniele Anastasion, directors and producers
Scenes of a Crime
Blue Hadaegh & Grover Babcock, directors and producers
Mark Jackson, director; Mark Jackson, Jessica Dimmock, Michael Requa, Jaime Keeling, producers
Audience Choice Award
Girlfriend, directed by Justin Lerner
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As expected, the tween generation ruled at the Thanksgiving box-office! "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" sold $42 million worth of box-office tickets for the three-day weekend, and $62.3 million from Wednesday to Sunday. So far, the "Twilight" flick starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Jacob Lautner raised its domestic total to $221.3 million just in the U.S. alone, and $268 million international for a woldwide total of $489.3 million!
("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" movie review)
Entering at No. 2 was Disney's "The Muppets!" Co-written and starring Jason Segel, along with Amy Adams, and much, much more (it's star-studded!), the seventh film of "The Muppets" franchise earned $29.5 million for the three-day weekend and $42 million from Wednesday to Sunday. (Enter to win exclusive "The Muppets" prizes from Walt Disney Pictures, click here)
Not bad for a film with a budget of $40 million!
At No. 3 was the Warner Bros. flick "Happy Feet Two" with a three-day total of $13.4 million and $18.4 million for five days. Sony's "Arthur Christmas" debuted at No. 4 with $12.7 million for three days and $17 million for five days.
(For my fun one-on-one interview with Robin Williams, click here, for Elijah Wood, click here, and for Hank Azaria, click here)
But one of the good news of the weekend was Paramount's Martin Scorsese masterpiece, "Hugo!" Opening at only 1,277 theaters, the fantastic film earned $11.4 million for three days and $15.4 million for five days! (Enter to win exclusive "Hugo" prizes from Paramount Pictures, click here)
And here's the clincher -- 75% of "Hugo's" box-office take came from 3D! Yup, you guys have to watch this in 3D for Scorsese used the technology, not as a gimmick, but a raw part of the narrative!
Click here for my “Hugo” movie review
For my written movie review of "Hugo," click here
Sir Ben Kingsley "Hugo" interview, click here
Chloe Grace Moretz "Hugo" interview, click here
Emily Mortimer "Hugo" interview, click here
Some good news in the indie front -- "My Week with Marilyn" (I love this film, and I'm betting on Michelle Williams to be nominated and take home Oscar gold!) opened with a $1.8 million three-day weekend, and $2.1 million for five days. At just 244 theaters! (Check out my fun interview with producer Harvey Weinstein about "My Week with Marilyn" right here)
Another good news for Weinstein Company, their excellent black-and-white silent film, set to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, "The Artist" had a bountiful three-day total of $210,414 in just four New York City and Los Angeles theaters.
And "The Descendants" from writer-director Alexander Payne ("Election," "Sideways") entered the Top 10 with $7.2 million! I love this film, it deserves nods for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor for George Clooney. And gasp, perhaps, a Best Supporting Actress nod for Judy Greer who emerged as the heart of the film!
Here's the Top 10 box-office films for our glorious Thanksgiving Weekend:
1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," $42 million
2. "The Muppets," $29.5 million
3. "Happy Feet Two," $13.4 million
4. "Arthur Christmas," $12.7 million
5. "Hugo," $11.4 million.
6. "Jack and Jill," $10.3 million.
7. "Immortals," $8.8 million
8. "Puss in Boots," $7.5 million
9. "Tower Heist," $7.3 million
10. "The Descendants," $7.2
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