Once again, the Oscar® nominations are unveiled and, once, again, there are some moments of controversy. This year, more than most, the concept of a Best Film nominee apparently directing itself will spark a ton of controversy – making the argument that the nominee list for directors should be expanded to match that of Best Film.
Also once again, a lot of the nominees are films that haven’t been seen by anyone outside the academy and residents of Los Angeles and New York City who felt inclined to see them over the holiday crush.
For now, though, here are the nominees and a few thoughts that wandered lonely across my mind as I encountered them for the first time.
Kansas, the prolific prog rock band that became famous for both extended, classical structured rock songs that featured the violin as much as guitar, and hit singles like Dust in the Wind and Point of Know Return – and whose Carry On (Wayward Son) continues to be a driving force behind The CW’s weekly series, supernatural – will be premiering the documentary Miracles Out of Nowhere on February 2nd at the 30th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Miracles Out Of Nowhere celebrates the band’s 40th anniversary.
The 30th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival begins on Tuesday, January 27th and closes on Saturday, February 7th. For further details – and a link to film’s trailer – follow the jump.
That’s the quote that accompanies Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson’s first tweeted pic of the Sorcerer Supreme. Is it concept art, fan art, or just a bit of noodling with Photoshop. Whatever it is, it’s cool. Check it out after the jump.
Doctor Strange is slated for a November 4, 2016 debut.
The Last: Naruto The Movie finds the moon swinging perilously close to the Earth. It’s up to Naruto to find a way to save the planet!
VIZ Media and Eleven Arts are bringing The Last: Naruto The movie to theaters in major American cities in February – screening in 20 major U.S. cities including New York, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and more, beginning on February 20, 2015. Tickets will go on sale in mid-January.
The Boxtrolls and How To Train Your Dragon 2 led the nominees for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards – with The Boxtrolls nabbing 13 noms and Dragon securing 10. Both are included in the Best Animated Feature Category where they are joined by Big Hero 6, Cheatin’, Song of the Sea, The Book of Life, The LEGO Movie and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
The Annie Awards are given in recognition of achievement in animation for film and television. The complete list of nominations follow the jump. The Annie Awards will be presented on January 31st.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) led the way at the 2015 Independent Spirit Award Nominations were announced today. The film received nominations for best film, director, lead actor, supporting female, supporting male and best cinematography.
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler and Ava Duvernay’s Selma each nabbed five noms. Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash grabbed four. For a complete list of the nominees, follow the jump.
Pixar’s Inside Out goes inside the head of Riley – a young girl whose family moves from the Midwest when her father gets a new job in San Francisco – as we meet her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).
Pixar has released its first poster for the Inside – which you can see after the jump. Inside Out opens on June 19, 2015.
Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
Check out McFarland’s first poster after the break. McFarland opens on February 20, 2015.
Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Strange Magic – a ‘madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will be the company’s first theatrical release since the company was acquired by Disney.
Strange Magic stars an amazing voice cast – Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Chenowith, Maya Rudolph and Peter Stormare among them – and will be released through Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015. For details, follow the jump.