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New Photos from Focus, Starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie

Focus Extended TV Spot 
Warner Bros. Pictures has released new photos Focus which you can view in the gallery below!

Starring Will Smith (I Am Legend, Men in Black) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, About Time), the February 27 release was written and directed by the Crazy, Stupid, Love pair of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Focus follows Nicky (Smith), a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame–now an accomplished femme fatale–shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop… and the consummate con man off his game.

Although Focus marks the first onscreen pairing of Margot Robbie and Will Smith, they’re already set for a second major big screen project together as Warner Bros. Pictures has recruited both stars for David Ayer’s DC Comics antihero team-up, Suicide Squad. In that film, Robbie will play Harley Quinn and Smith will play Deadshot.

Focus also stars Rodrigo Santoro (300, The Last Stand) and Gerald McRaney (The Best of Me, “Longmire”).

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Winners of the 67th Annual DGA Awards

DGA Awards

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2014 were announced Saturday tonight during the 67th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Actor Jane Lynch hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,600 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): DGA President Paris Barclay; Chadwick Boseman; Pierce Brosnan; Glen Charles; Les Charles; Bradley Cooper; Alfonso Cuarón; Julie Delpy; Jodie Foster; Taraji P. Henson; January Jones; Michael Mann; Lea Michele; Don Mischer; Bill Murray; Katey Sagal; Steven Spielberg; Barbra Streisand; and DGA First Vice President Betty Thomas.

The winners of the 2014 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Iñárritu’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: James W. Skotchdopole, Robert Graf
First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
Second Assistant Directors: Amy Lauritsen, Tim Price
Second Second Assistant Director: Catherine Feeny
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Gabrielle Mahon
Location Manager: Joaquin Prange

This is Mr. Iñárritu’s first DGA Feature Film Award and third DGA nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He also won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Proctor and Gamble) in 2012.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
LESLI LINKA GLATTER
“Homeland,” “From A to B and Back Again” (Showtime)

Ms. Glatter’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Angela Phillips, Michael Klick
First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall Smith
Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe

This is Ms. Glatter’s second DGA Award and fifth nomination. She previously won in this category in 2009 for “Mad Men,” “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency.” She was also nominated in 2013 and 2012 for “Homeland” episodes “The Star” and “Q & A,” as well as in 1990 for “Twin Peaks,” “Episode 32006.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
JILL SOLOWAY
“Transparent,” “Best New Girl” (Amazon Prime)

Ms. Soloway’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Victor Hsu
First Assistant Director: Bill Purple
Second Assistant Director: Allan Monteiro Fortes
Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Vogt

This is Ms. Soloway’s first DGA Award.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series
LISA CHOLODENKO
“Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)

Ms. Cholodenko’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: David Coatsworth
First Assistant Director: Jesse Nye
Second Assistant Director: Mark Constance
Second Second Assistant Director: Elizabeth MacSwan

This is Ms. Cholodenko’s first DGA Award.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming
DAVE DIOMEDI
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Episode #1? (NBC)

Mr. Diomedi’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Maureen Smith, Mark Jankeloff
Stage Managers: Nicka Tolmasoff, Mike Kilkenny

This is Mr. Diomedi’s first DGA Award and second nomination. He was nominated in this category last year for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” “#799.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials
GLENN WEISS
“The 68th Annual Tony Awards” (CBS)

Mr. Weiss’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Stefani Cohen, Ricky Kirshner
Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Phyllis Digilio?Kent, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Arthur Lewis, Jeffrey M. Markowitz, Joey Meade, Seth Mellman, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Annette Powlis, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider

This is Mr. Weiss’s sixth DGA Award and twelfth nomination. He was also nominated this year for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series, together with Rob Ashford, for “Peter Pan Live!” He previously won the DGA Award in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for the 61st, 64th, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards. He was also nominated in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
ANTHONY B. SACCO
“The Chair,” “The Test” (Starz)

This is Mr. Sacco’s second DGA Award and third nomination. He previously won in this category in 2006 for “Treasure Hunters,” “Episode #101” and was nominated in 2007 for “Project Runway,” “Fashion Giant #403.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs
JONATHAN JUDGE
“100 Things To Do Before High School,” “Pilot” (Nickelodeon)

Mr. Judge’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Debra Spidell
First Assistant Director: Julian Petrillo
Second Assistant Director: Katey Wheelhouse
Second Second Assistant Director: Ceci Mak

This is Mr. Judge’s first DGA Award and third nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2013 for “Swindle” and in 2012 for “Camp Fred.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials
NICOLAI FUGLSIG
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First Assistant Director: Bob Wilkins

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First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
Second Assistant Director: Rafa Sanz

This is Mr. Fuglsig’s second DGA Award. He previously won in this category in 2007 for Tipping Point (Guinness), It’s Magic (JC Penney), and Journey (Motorola).

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
LAURA POITRAS
Citizenfour
RADiUS
Praxis Films
Participant Media
HBO Documentary Films
Bertha Foundation | BRITDOC Circle | Channel 4
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Bayerischer Rundfunk BR
Deutscher Filmförderfonds

This is Ms. Poitras’s first DGA Award nomination.

Lifetime Achievement & Service Award Recipients

JAMES BURROWS
Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction

ROBERT BUTLER
Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction

James Burrows and Robert Butler were honored with the DGA’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction, in honor of each director’s groundbreaking career. The new award, created by the DGA’s National Board of Directors last year, joins the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction in being the two highest creative honors bestowed by the DGA. The recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Television Direction are nominated by a blue ribbon committee of prominent television directors and approved by the present and past presidents of the Guild.

PHILLIP GOLDFARB
Frank Capra Achievement Award

Given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

JULIE GELFAND
Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award

Given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

First-time Feature Film Director Award Announced

In a surprise announcement, Steven Spielberg took the stage tonight to announce a brand new DGA Award – the First-Time Feature Film Director Award, which will recognize the outstanding directorial achievement of a first-time feature film director. The new award, which was approved by the DGA’s National Board in October of last year, will be bestowed for the first time at the 68th Annual DGA Awards in 2016.

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Enderby Ent Whips Up ‘The Storm’ Under New Production Fund – Berlin

MASTER_LOGOEXCLUSIVE: LA-based indie Enderby Entertainment has set a new production fund to finance two to four projects annually from various domestic and international partners with budgets of up to $15M. The first to be greenlit is Texas-set thriller The Storm. Nelson McCormick (The Stepfather, Prom Night) is directing from a script by Josh Campbell. Enderby partner Rick Dugdale will produce with Peter Toumasis; Enderby’s Daniel Petrie Jr (Beverly Hills Cop) is executive producing. Slated to shoot later this year, the film takes place in the midst of Texas storm season as a cold-blooded criminal seeks revenge on the small town sheriff who sent him to prison a decade earlier. With the sheriff mortally wounded, only an inexperienced deputy is left to protect the locals who are caught in the crossfire after a tornado rips through the town, cutting it off from the outside world.

“We are excited to start financing new projects at Enderby, and are looking forward to collaborating with our partners on a variety of projects. We will always be mindful of our fiscal responsibility in the endeavor, as one of our key points is to protect our investors with the priority being the price point,” says Dugdale.

Enderby is currently in post-production in Sweden on Go With Me, the modern-day fable that’s set in a logging community and stars Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Ray Liotta and Hal Holbrook. Electric Entertainment is selling at the EFM. In addition, they have surfer thriller Dawn Patrol, directed by Petrie Jr and starring Scott Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, and Rita Wilson which premiered in Austin, and Rosemont, an indie drama starring Grace Zabriskie and Brad Dourif.

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Does ‘Birdman’ DGA Win Mean ‘Game Over’ For Other Oscar Hopefuls?

Yes, Birdman  is for real. If there was any lingering doubt that industry awards voters are dead serious about honoring a movie  that is about a lot of thpete_hammond_300x100ings but especially about themselves, the DGA’s top honor erased those questions .  Now after triumphing at the PGA, winning the SAG Ensemble Cast prize  and DGA Directorial Achievement Award for Alejandro G. Inarritu this movie has flown past the competition and left what was thought to be a front runner, Boyhood,  in its dust. It’s an important moment for the film as its victory occured on the veryInarritu 4 weekend Oscar balloting begins.  The Boyhood momentum was created by critics and pundits based on its sweep through the critics portion of the season where it pulled a  Social Network  by winning everything right thru the Golden Globes for 2010 , only to be trounced by The King’s Speech  once the Guild prizes started rolling in.  I was pretty much alone in believing, great as it is, that the Boyhood  critical tide might not translate to the industry, thinking that this year would produce a divide between critics and the people who make  movies , but I had the wrong pony.  I thought a consensus picture for the industry would likely be The Imitation Game,  but that highly regarded film has, somewhat inexplicably,  had a harder time gaining needed momentum and  precursor wins  in the race, and Birdman is clearly resonating.

Is it ‘game over’? Can it be stopped?  Sure.  This is still very much a fluid year but the key indicators of Oscar success are lining up nicely and common wisdom says67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Feature Film Symposium Birdman  is going to have a very strong Oscar night. The winner of the DGA award has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Director all but seven times in 67 years. And usually the winner of the Best Director Oscar also matches Best Picture.  The last two years were not the case with the Oscar-snubbed Ben Affleck getting DGA sympathy in 2012 for an Argo win while Ang Lee took the Oscar for Life Of Pi.  And last year it really seemed Oscar voters specifically separated the DGA-winning directorial achievement of Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity  apart from the picture itself, choosing instead 12 Years A Slave  for top honors. Since Inarritu’s high wire act is a model of directorial art that’s hard to ignore,  but the movie itself may not be for every taste, that could happen again and voters could look elsewhere to bestow Best Picture, most likely on the wild card, American Sniper which seems to be popular in the Academy (not to mention a boxoffice phenomenon).  But there are any number of scenarios and outside possibilities. However if you are a reader of tea leaves,  at this point at least the smart money has to be on Birdman.  Boyhood appears to have a tougher climb now as its Guild losses give those in the Academy resistant to the charms of this wonderful indie marvel 67th DGA AWards license to go to something else  and not follow critical opinion.   Sunday a Birdman  win at BAFTA could close the lid. A loss might retain hope for its competitors as BAFTA has been very predictive in the past, and has a strong cross membership with the Academy. Next week’s last major Guild test at the WGA won’t mean as much since Birdman was ineligible there for a nomination. By the way Inarritu makes great acceptance speeches.   At the DGA he was amusingly humble. “If you go  to bed to make love with your wife you don’t say ‘let’s make  the best children in the world’. They just come,”  he said to laughs.  “If this is considered a great film it has nothing to do with me. It’s a miracle”.

It’s interesting that with the all -important DGA awards  and BAFTA both  taking place thousands of miles apart on the same weekend, all three directors (Inarritu, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson) nominated for both showed instead in L.A. for the DGA p67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Insidearty  along with fellow nominees Clint Eastwood and Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum, while almost all the actors in their films headed to London. “Who came up with having the idea of putting the DGA and BAFTA on the same weekend? All the actors are there and all the directors are here,”  said Tyldum. Normally the DGA affair would have been more star-studded as those actors would likely have presented the nomination medallions to their directors (Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley did it via a pre -taped speech for Tyldum).  One top star who was  in the room was Sniper’s  Bradley Cooper who didn’t want to miss the chance to present to Eastwood, the only DGA nominee who got a standing ovation.  Cooper bent over backwards to be there to do it as he is appearing on Broadway in The Elephant Man  and the show is a sell out thru its closing on the day before Oscars.  Cooper performed in the show Saturday afternoon,  hopped a plane and made it to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in the nick of time.  The show went dark Saturday night and Sunday matinee so he could be in L.A. to honor his director. It was worth it.  His  presentation was hilarious and right on the money, and he does a great Eastwood impression.  When he was introduced Cooper got by far the biggest applause of any of the night’s presenters, although Bill Murray’s  intro to his Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson was also pretty terrific. Eastwood, after jokingly complaining the guild paid off his pension too early said, “I’ve had a wonderful life in this business and it’s  not over yet”.  That’s for sure, especially after Sniper  has become the biggest hit of his career – or just about anyone else’s.

Boyhood’s  Linklater (introduced by Before Midnight star and writer Julie Delpy) had a great speech (all the nominated directors get to make ac462962440ceptance speeches upon receiving their medallion) when he noted that his application to join the guild was endorsed by  Robert Altman , Peter Bogdanovich and Francis CoppolUS-CINEMA-DGA AWARDS-TROPHYa.  Not bad people to get a recommendation from.  When he asked Bogdanovich who sponsored him for entry into the DGA, the director replied  John Ford, Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. Try and beat that!   Tyldum (at whose front row table I was lucky enough to be seated) got laughs quoting the late, great Mick Nichols who once said, “directing is like sex. You rarely get the chance to see others do it”.  Although I know he would love to have won, Tyldum told me the real honor as a first time nominee making his first english language film is just to be in this company. He touted the camraderie of this year’s nominees who all appeared earlier in the day at a DGA symposium .  Multiple DGA and Emmy winner Don Mischer was raving about it and told me Wes Anderson nearly stole the show talking about how he couldn’t believe he was actually sitting with Eastwood on the same panel.

Jane Lynch hosted again , as she did last year, and the directors pulled off a breezy evening, albeit one that lasted about four hours. NUS-CINEMA-DGA AWARDS-TROPHYear the end of those four hours Steven Spielberg appeared to make some news.  Beginning next year the Guild is adding a brand new  category for Achievement By A First Time Feature Film Director.  The announcement was preceded by a reel showing one great film after another that repped the movie debut of their helmers. It was a nice touch462962718 to an evening that also produced great tributes to not one, but an unprecedented two Lifetime Achievement winners for Television Direction:  James Burrows and  Robert Butler.  Burrows was very funny , pointedly taking a shot at Les Moonves whose CBS network recently abruptly cancelled his second year sitcom, The Millers. Burrows told me later he would have hit the milestone of directing 1000 episodes  of TV if the show had continued.  “Guess I will have to wait until next year now,”  he laughed.   As for Butler he had one of the best lines of the night.  “I believe what we do IS Rocket Science,”  he said. The ballroom full of directors roared.

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GLOBAL REPORT: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Lands with a $51.5M Global Day-and-Date Debut; ‘SpongeBob’ Maintains Overseas Momentum; ‘Big Hero 6′ Crosses $500M Worldwide

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DGA Awards: Alejandro G. Iñárritu Wins Best Feature Film Director For ‘Birdman’, TV Winners Include Lesli Linka Glatter ‘Homeland’ & Jill Soloway ‘Transparent’

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu snared the best feature film director award for Birdman at tonight’s 67th Annual DGA Awards. “Making a film that’s good, it’s war and we have to survive it. If it is considered a great film, it has nothing to do with me. It’s a miracle,” said Iñárritu in accepting his award.

For much of the night, women ruled. US-CINEMA-DGA AWARDS-TROPHYLesli Linka Glatter won best dramatic series director for Homeland, Jill Soloway took the comedy series nod for Transparent, Lisa Cholodenko for HBO’s Olive Kitteridge and Laura Poitras for docu Citizenfour.

The DGA also presented Lifetime Achievement Awards in Television Direction to James Burrows and Robert Butler. Burrows noted in his acceptance speech that winning the award “does not mean that I’m retiring.” Butler, the veteran director of Star Trek and Hill Street Blues pilots among other works, gave a nod to fellow winner Burrows and crowed “How about that commercial?” after watching a reel of his credits. Julie Gelfand was presented with the 2015 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award and Philip Goldfarb won the Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to an assistant director or unit production manager. Here’s the complete list:

FEATURE FILM

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Iñárritu’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: James W. Skotchdopole, Robert Graf
First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
Second Second Assistant Director: Catherine Feeny
Location Manager: Joaquin Prange

This is Mr. Iñárritu’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Proctor and Gamble) in 2012.

DRAMATIC SERIES

LESLI LINKA GLATTER
Homeland, “From A to B and Back Again”
(Showtime)

Ms. Glatter’s Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Managers: Angela Phillips, Michael Klick
• First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall Smith
• Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe

This is Ms. Glatter’s fifth DGA Award nomination. She previously won in this category in 2009 for Mad Men, “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency.” She was also nominated in 2013 and 2012 for Homeland episodes “The Star” and “Q & A,” as well as in 1990 for Twin Peaks, “Episode 32006.”

COMEDY SERIES

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Transparent, “Best New Girl”
(Amazon Prime)

Ms. Soloway’s Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Manager: Victor Hsu
• First Assistant Director: Bill Purple
• Second Assistant Director: Allan Monteiro Fortes

This is Ms. Soloway’s first DGA Award nomination.

MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI SERIES

LISA CHOLODENKO
Olive Kitteridge
(HBO)

Ms. Cholodenko’s Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Manager: David Coatsworth
• First Assistant Director: Jesse Nye
• Second Assistant Director: Mark Constance
• Second Second Assistant Director: Elizabeth MacSwan

This is Ms. Cholodenko’s first DGA Award nomination.

DOCUMENTARY

LAURA POITRAS
Citizenfour
RADiUS
Praxis Films
Participant Media
HBO Documentary Films
Bertha Foundation | BRITDOC Circle | Channel 4
Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR
Bayerischer Rundfunk BR
Deutscher Filmförderfonds

This is Ms. Poitras’s first DGA Award nomination.

VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIALS

GLENN WEISS
The 68th Annual Tony Awards
(CBS)

Mr. Weiss’s Directorial Team:
• Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Stefani Cohen, Ricky Kirshner
• Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Phyllis Digilio-Kent, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Arthur Lewis, Jeffrey M. Markowitz, Joey Meade, Seth Mellman, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Annette Powlis, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider

This is Mr. Weiss’s twelfth DGA Award nomination. He is also nominated this year for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series, together with Rob Ashford, for Peter Pan Live! He previously won the DGA Award in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for the 61st, 64th, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards. He was also nominated in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING

DAVE DIOMEDI
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, “Episode #1?
(NBC)

Mr. Diomedi’s Directorial Team:
• Associate Director: Maureen Smith
• Stage Managers: Nicka Tolmasoff, Mike Kilkenny

This is Mr. Diomedi’s second DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in this category last year for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, “#799.”

REALITY PROGRAMS

ANTHONY B. SACCO
The Chair, “The Test”
(Starz)

This is Mr. Sacco’s third DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2006 for Treasure Hunters, “Episode #101” and was nominated in 2007 for Project Runway, “Fashion Giant #403.”

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

JONATHAN JUDGE
100 Things To Do Before High School, “Pilot”
(Nickelodeon)

Mr. Judge’s Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Manager: Debra Spidell
• First Assistant Director: Julian Petrillo
• Second Assistant Director: Katey Wheelhouse
• Second Second Assistant Director: Ceci Mak

This is Mr. Judge’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2013 for Swindle and in 2012 for Camp Fred.

COMMERCIALS

NICOLAI FUGLSIG
(MJZ)

Sapeurs, Guinness AMV BBDO
• First Assistant Director: Bob Wilkins

Waiting, FEMA Deutsch NY
• First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
• Second Assistant Director: Rafa Sanz

This is Mr. Fuglsig’s second DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2007 for Tipping Point (Guinness), It’s Magic (JC Penney), and TJourney (Motorola)

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DGA Awards 2015 Live Blog

Fox Searchlight’s Birdman keeps cruising above the clouds. The consensus tonight was that the DGA belonged to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, given its 12 years in the making, however in a surprise win, Birdman’s Alejandro G. Inarritu won the DGA at its 67th annual ceremony, in the wake of key wins at the PGA, the SAGs, two Golden Globes (screenplay, best comedy actor Michael Keaton) as well as seven Critics Choice award wins. Birdman, in its story about a has-been Hollywood actor who tries to reboot his career by mounting a Broadway play, is clearly resonating with all facets of Hollywood. Tonight’s DGA awards was held at the Hyatt Century Plaza in Century City with the irreverent Jane Lynch hosting. DGA feature film directors historically see a repeat in the respective Oscar category, and possibly even a best picture win. Last year’s DGA winner, Alfonso Cuarón, went on to nab the directing Oscar for Gravity, however, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave took best picture. This DGA ceremony will go down as the year women roared with four big wins: Jill Soloway took best comedy series for her Amazon show Transparent, Lisa Cholodenko for HBO’s miniseries Olive Kitteridge, Laura Poitras for Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour and Lesli Linka Glatter for her helming work on the Homeland episode “From A to B and Back Again.” Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond will weigh in with his complete analysis later tonight. Here’s how the night went down:

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Pete Hammond told me on the drive into the Grand Hyatt that the DGA feature film award winner has differed from the Oscars seven times since the first ceremony in 1948. 

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In 1968, Carol Reed won best director at the Oscars for Oliver, while Anthony Harvey won the DGA for The Lion in Winter.

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Second time – 1972 when Bob Fosse won the directing Oscar for Cabaret while DGA went with The Godfather‘s Francis Ford Coppola. 

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DGA President Paris Barclay, dressed in a rule-breaking

white jacket with black lapels, opens tonight’s proceedings with a whoop:
“Let’s give it up for our nominees!”
He added that because the show is not televised “We’re going to be
breaking all the rules — like this white jacket!”  On a more serious note, he praised the DGA’s new contract
and called 2015 a good time for directors.  And he exhorted the winners to “Speak from the heart — in a
minute or two at most.”

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DGA President Paris Barclay, dressed in a rule-breaking white jacket with black lapels, opens tonight’s proceedings with a whoop:“Let’s give it up for our nominees!” He added that because the show is not televised “We’re going to be breaking all the rules — like this white jacket!” 

On a more serious note, he praised the DGA’s new contract and called 2015 a good time for directors.  And he exhorted the winners to “Speak from the heart — in a minute or two at most.”

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Third time was in 1985 when Steven Spielberg won the DGA for The Color Purple, and the Oscars went with Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa. Spielberg was overlooked by the Oscars that year in the category despite Color Purple rallying 11 noms. That’s another small trend with the DGA — they favor helmers who are overlooked by AMPAS, i.e. when Ben Affleck won the DGA for Argo in 2012. 

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Fourth time – 1995, when Ron Howard won the DGA for Apollo 13 and then the Oscars went with Mel Gibson for Braveheart.  

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Host Jane Lynch as she arrived at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

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Host Jane Lynch went for this awards season’s big issue — diversity — right off: She revealed that Paris Barclay wrote her opening song and called him “a bald gay African-American musical theater geek.” She noted that she herself is “a lady just over six feet tall. Between the two of us you’ve got about 80% of your diversity right here.” 

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Playing off Barclay’s opening joke about keeping your speech short, Lynch deadpanned:  “When you reach two minutes Bradley Cooper will wing you from his perch.”

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Fifth: In the year 2000 when DGA bestowed Ang Lee with the awards for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Oscars opted to go with Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. Sixth time was in 2002 when the DGA went with Rob Marshall for Chicago and Roman Polanski won the Oscar for The Pianist. And, of course, the seventh time was 2012 with Affleck winning the DGA for Argo while Ang Lee won the directing Oscar for Life of Pi. Tonight we could see a similar discrepancy tonight,  especially if Clint Eastwood wins for American Sniper (especially since Oscar didn’t recognize him).

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NICOLAI FUGLSIG wins in the commercial directing category for Sapeurs, Guinness,Waiting, FEMA. 
Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:16 pm

January Jones presented the award saying because she acted on Mad Men, “she knows something about advertising”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:19 pm

Humbled and honored to be nominated by my peers #DGA I’m over the moon. Thank you to all who congratulated me. @imitationgame

— Morten Tyldum (@mortentyldum) January 13, 2015

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:26 pm

Rehearsing with @janemarielynch for tonight’s #DGAawards . Gonna be great. pic.twitter.com/mlLOuktwEy

— Paris Barclay (@Harparbar) February 7, 2015

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:28 pm

They’ve paused the show…everyone is eating….

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:29 pm

Unlike the PGAs, the DGAs have the courtesy to actually feed the press in the back pressroom. Last time, at the PGAs,all the boxed dinners were for the publicists working the show. :-(

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:32 pm

All of the DGA noms match the Oscar directing noms this year except for Eastwood here tonight for American Sniper.  He is replaced in the Oscars directing slot by Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher.

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING–Oscars
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

dhaithman February 7, 20157:36 pm

This evening isn’t about actors — but Taraji P. Henson, currently burning it up as star of the new hit drama Empire, will be presenting the award for Comedy Series after the directors finish their dinner. Wouldn’t be surprised to see her dining out on an Emmy nomination this year.

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:37 pm

Quite the delay here at the show. There was all this talk by Paris Barclay about keeping the show on time,on track and acceptance speeches tight.  And there’s just radio silence back here in the press room with Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good” playing.  

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:45 pm

Tonight on the red carpet DGA nominee Mortem Tyldum spoke out his open letter to her Majesty in great Britain to pardon all those like Alan Turing who were convicted under the U.K.’s homophobic gross indecency law.

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:47 pm

Mortem was one of the first signatures on the letter.  Prince William and Kate Middleton refused signed the gay rights plea. 

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:52 pm

Said Tyldum about the Royals’ actions: “It’s hard for me to say. They’re British royalty so they are confined by what they can and can’t do. Obviously, there’s nothing for them to really pardon. They didn’t do anything wrong.” But there are other ways that the director’s film has impacted UK society, which speak volumes more than Kate & Bill. “I got an email from a 92-year old man who was wrongfully convicted and went to jail for the similar accusations against Alan Turing.  He told me he saw the movie and thanked me for shining a light on this. Those (anti-gay) laws were called the blackmail laws.  For so many gay men, the law was used as blackmail. It goes without saying that they should pardon anyone that was convicted by that law.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:55 pm

So honored to be presenting at tonight’s #DGAawards … Getting ready now with @jennahipp @DavyNewkirk & @MakeupMatthew

— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) February 8, 2015

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20157:56 pm

There’s now a suitable break between the chicken cordon bleu and arugula salad….the announcer has called everyone back to their seats for the show to resume. 

Denise Petski February 7, 20157:56 pm

Here’s Taraji P Henson as she arrived on the red carpet.

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20158:03 pm

The one thing about the DGAs is that each nominated feature director gets a big, lengthy presentation from a distinguished person they’ve worked with. The speeches are so big, one walks away feeling like the nominee actually just won the award. It’s not like “Here’s a clip from the film”.  Coming up — Bill Murray will present the DGA nomination to pal Wes Anderson; Michael Mann will present it to Alejandro G. Inarritu, Julie Delpy will praise Richard Linklater, Benedict Cumberbatch & Keira Knightley via video will present the DGA nom to Mortem Tyldum, while Bradley Cooper will present to Clint Eastwood.

Denise Petski February 7, 20158:04 pm

Lea Michele and Barbra Streisand were chatting it up before the show.

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20158:04 pm

OK — WE’RE BACK…here’s Jane Lynch…

dhaithman February 7, 20158:12 pm

Variation on a theme: Bringing the show back to life after diner, Jane Lynch gave a shout-out to nominee and personal pal Jill Soloway, nominated for Transparent, based on Soloway’s father’s real like transition from male to female. Lynch joked that after the transition, a man would be “100% happier” and get “27% less pay.”

Denise Petski February 7, 20158:12 pm

Bill Hader paid a visit to Bill Murray and Wes Anderson’s table.

dhaithman February 7, 20158:17 pm

IAt age 74, sitcom legend James Burrows (co-creator of Cheers with brothers Glen and Les Charles, among his many credits) gets a Lifetime Achievement award tonight from the DGA, presented by the Charles brothers. With plenty of irreverence, Glen Charles joked that the 10-time Emmy winner had “made more pilots than a hooker at an airport hotel.”

Denise Petski February 7, 20158:18 pm

James Burrows

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20158:23 pm

Taraji P. Henson taking the podium to present comedy series.  “Heyyyy directors! I need a movie!!!”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20158:26 pm

Jill Soloway wins best comedy director for “Transparent”! On a roll after Golden Globe win. She just got her DGA card two weeks ago. “A great welcome gift” she calls it.

dhaithman February 7, 20158:29 pm

When he took his turn at the mike, James Burrows did a little schtick pretending to zip up his pants before launching a few zingers himself. Assuring the DGA that a lifetime award “does not mean that I’m retiring,” Burrows waxed nostalgic about his hits.

But he also mentioned the failure of his most recent sitcom The Millers. Calling the series featuring a gay son “a New York fairy tale — literally,” he quoted CBS president and CEO Les Moonves as saying: “No more Millers, it’s been ball.” He later said that everyone he mentioned in his speech should take it as a thank you: “Except for Moonves.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20158:29 pm

Soloway had a public alert for the room: “ Somone pulled out their cell phone and a tiny bag with a joint dropped on the floor.  It’s labeled ‘green crack’. If somebody finds the joint under your seat, bring it to the ‘Transparent’ table. Really seriously guys, if you find it, bring it to us.”

Denise Petski February 7, 20158:32 pm

Jill Soloway on the red carpet

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20158:32 pm

Soloway thanked host Jane Lynch who first brought the Transparent creator: “Thank you Jane. You walked me down the red carpet that time. Thank you woman for helping other women. We reach out and pull each other up. Let’s do it! We’re pulling each other up!”

dhaithman February 7, 20158:34 pm

Taraji P. vamping it up backstage with a more quiet Jill Soloway: “She won, I didn’t do nothin!”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20158:34 pm

Bill Murray presenting to tonight’s first nominee, his Rushmore director Wes Anderson: “I’m here tonight b/c I rec’d an exemption by the DGA to direct a small film years ago. I haven’t directed since, but I pay my dues every single year. And I have secretly been directing all that time.  I didn’t think growing up, I could afford to pay the kind of dues we pay.”

dhaithman February 7, 20158:39 pm

Once the effervescent Henderson left the backstage microphone, Soloway spoke up, saying trans issues and trans individuals are everywhere these days. She called her show “transformative” (presumably no pun intended).

Denise Petski February 7, 20158:39 pm

Here’s James Burrows with his Lifetime Achievement Award for Television Direction.

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20158:41 pm

Jonathan Judge won for “100 Things to Do Before High School” in the Children’s Program category. 

dhaithman February 7, 20158:44 pm

Children’s programming winner Jonathan Judge joked onstage that his show 100 Things to Do Before High School was intended to be like “a John Hughes film with a touch of Wes Anderson. We call what we do ‘less Anderson,’ but it works.”

Denise Petski February 7, 20158:51 pm

Children’s Programs winner Jonathan Judge

dhaithman February 7, 20158:54 pm

Julie Gelfand’s family is studded with other directors, including her husband Gregg Gelfand. Accepting her award, she thanked Gregg for “his patience when I say: ‘I have to go to another DGA meeting.” Gelfand was awarded the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award tonight.

dhaithman February 7, 20158:56 pm

Variation on a theme: Bringing the show back to life after dinner, Jane Lynch gave a shout-out to nominee and personal pal Jill Soloway, nominated for Transparent, based on Soloway’s father’s real like transition from male to female. Lynch joked that after the transition, a man would be “100% happier” and get “27% less pay.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:01 pm

Alejandro G. Inarritu receiving his DGA nomination for Birdman from Michael Mann: “It was a beautiful moment this morning, I came from shooting
y’day from Canada and I was a little bit crazy today. They were showing our clips and we were sharing our fears with the other nominated directors. I realized that in the last five years, I’m less and less interested in stories or performances. What’s more important in film is all the decisions we make…from the shoes a character wears, to the camera angle to every location.  Every phase, every beat, all those
things obsess me now…the more I make films, the less I know. The less I know about it, the more I like. I don’t want to understand what it is to make a film. I just want to explore and play.” 

dhaithman February 7, 20159:03 pm

Anthony B. Sacco wins Reality Programs for “The Chair”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:05 pm

Denise Petski February 7, 20159:07 pm

Feature film director nominee Alejandro G. Iñárritu arriving at tonight’s awards

dhaithman February 7, 20159:09 pm

David Diomedi wins for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

dhaithman February 7, 20159:11 pm

Glenn Weiss wins for “The 68th Annual Tony Awards”

dhaithman February 7, 20159:13 pm

Jokes Weiss: “I just got an award presented by Barbra Streisand — am I going to be the most popular guy on Broadway?” He called his work “theater on television.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:13 pm

Will Inarritu shoot another film stylistically like Birdman? As one endless cut, with long takes?  The helmer told Deadline“I don’t know if I have it in me. It was difficult. I wasn’t looking to shoot the film this way. It just came to me. (The inspiration) flowed from the part of the brain that wasn’t intellectually looking for it.”

Denise Petski February 7, 20159:15 pm

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:21 pm

What does Birdman all
mean? Inarritu told Deadline: “The actor as the representation of every human man who has a creative process. It’s about anyone with ambition, anything we feel; we try and fail, we question, we go deep, then we rise up again. I wanted Birdman to be an extension of that state of mind that every human being has been in his life, embodied in an actor.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:21 pm

What’s the meaning of Birdman? Inarritu told Deadline: “The actor as the representation of every human man who has a creative process. It’s about anyone with ambition, anything we feel; we try and fail, we question, we go deep, then we rise up again. I wanted Birdman to be an extension of that state of mind that every human being has been in his life, embodied in an actor.”

dhaithman February 7, 20159:22 pm

Let’s see…it’s 9:20 and we’re only halfway through the awards. Is this going to be like one of Iñárritu’s endless cuts?…

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:23 pm

Earlier, comedy series winner Soloway thanking her agency, ““UTA is a place where they want you to be an artist.” Hence the reason why ‘A’ means Artists.

Denise Petski February 7, 20159:28 pm

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:29 pm

In honor of Birdman, we’re going to do the whole #Oscars broadcast in one continuous shot.

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) February 8, 2015

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:32 pm

Gotta hand it to the DGA for their break music in between awards..they just had a 15 minute break and played Astrud Gilberto’s “Girl From Ipanema.”

dhaithman February 7, 20159:34 pm

At age 74, sitcom legend James Burrows (co-creator of Cheers with brothers Glen and Les Charles, among his many credits) gets a Lifetime Achievement award tonight from the DGA, presented by the Charles brothers. With plenty of irreverence, Glen Charles joked that the 10-time Emmy winner had “made more pilots than a hooker at an airport hotel.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:36 pm

Julie Delpy, Richard Linklater’s muse from Before Sunrise, presenting him his DGA nom, “I don’t think there’s anyone that loves movies more than Richard Linklater. …the words ‘Be natural’ resonate in Linklater’s work from Slacker to Boyhood.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:42 pm

Boyhood director Richard Linklater in receiving his DGA nom: “Ilove the traditions and histories of the DGA. I remember joining many years ago when I was getting my card signed. I asked (a fellow rep) and the person advised ‘No, get your heros to sign it. Those who you’ve looked up to. So my DGA card is signed by Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich and Robert Altman….when I asked Peter Bogdonavich who signed his card, he said, ‘That would be John Ford, Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock.”

Denise Petski February 7, 20159:42 pm

dhaithman February 7, 20159:43 pm

Wonder why most Hollywood awards are statuettes while the DGA looks more like a giant penny?

dhaithman February 7, 20159:49 pm

Laura Poitras wins for best doc for “Citizenfour”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:54 pm

Benedict Cumberbatch is talking about via video about the open letter he drafted to the Royals about pardoning those punished by the UK blackmail law. 

dhaithman February 7, 20159:58 pm

When presenter Jodie Foster came backstage with documentary winner Laura Poitras (whose doc “Citizenfour” focuses on Edward Snowden), she said nothing — just posed for the cameras. A bit of a disappointment for those of us remember her infamous coming out (or not) and retirement from acting to direct (or not) at 2013’s Golden Globes, where Foster gave her famously baffling, rambling speech about her future after receiving a Lifetime Award.

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 20159:59 pm

Imitation Game’s Mortem Tyldum on receiving his nomination: “Bennett Miller recently quoted Mike Nichols — ‘Directing is like sex. You never know if you doing it
right, or as well as the other guy.” 

Denise Petski February 7, 201510:00 pm

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:01 pm

Lisa Cholodenko wins DGA award for best TV movie/miniseries for HBO’s Olive Kitteridge. 

dhaithman February 7, 201510:08 pm

Did I miss something, or did Cholodenko manage to thank everyone responsible for Olive Kitteridge except star Frances McDormand? At least she gave credit where credit is due to the DGA for giving her a health plan that allowed for “all the therapy I can get.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:08 pm

Like Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper is another actor who is just great with celeb imitations.  He just won the crowd over with his best Eastwood impersonation, and even got a smile out of the American Sniper director. “It was a night shoot, during the rodeo with a crane and array of extras. we’re all sitting
around, trying to figure out how to do the shot. Clint picks up a magic black camera he was playing with. He gets on the ground and says, ‘Ok Bradley, why don’t you get behind me.”

Denise Petski February 7, 201510:12 pm

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:12 pm

Clint Eastwood accepting his DGA nom for American Sniper, “I got a life in this business and I’m not over with it yet.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:14 pm

Eastwood: “Thank you members for nominating me. I feel flattered…I’m proud to be a member for 46 members. You nominated me a couple of times. I’m not being greedy up here. I love doing movies even when they paid my pension off here too early. I thought they were trying to tell me something.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:15 pm

Photographer to Eastwood backstage, referring to his DGA nom award: “Can you please open it up?”

Eastwood: “Now, now, let’s not get frisky.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:23 pm

Scary moment before I went on #DGAawards … pic.twitter.com/VuWwoIOKbn

— Paris Barclay (@Harparbar) February 8, 2015

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:24 pm

Bradley Cooper watches himself in #AmericanSniper #dgaawards. pic.twitter.com/yKLpcGidC8

— Paris Barclay (@Harparbar) February 8, 2015

dhaithman February 7, 201510:24 pm

Leslie Linka Glatter wins for Dramatic Series for “Homeland”

dhaithman February 7, 201510:29 pm

Taking note of the fact that a lot of women are winning tonight: Leslie Linka Galler, Lisa Cholodenko, Laura Poitras — as Jane Lynch suggested earlier, congratulations on getting a DGA tonight and (perhaps) 27% less in their paychecks than their male competitors!

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:32 pm

Spielberg just announced that the DGA is going to have a new award next year for first time film directors.

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:32 pm

Last year’s DGA and Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron on stage, drumrolling the final award of the night….

dhaithman February 7, 201510:32 pm

Backstage, Glatter said it was “a good night for the gals. When women get up to bat, they do pretty well.” She said the job of the current crop of female directors is to “grab the hand of the next generation.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:33 pm

And the recipient of the DGA’s feature film award is Alejandro G. Inarritu!!!!!! Birdman is the force to be reckon with this awards season.  

dhaithman February 7, 201510:37 pm

presenting the award to Glatter, our humble host said the award would be presented by the “younger than springtime Jane Lynch.”

And circling back to Robert Butler, 87, and his Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Pierce Brosnan: The veteran director of the pilots for Star Trek, Hill Street Blues and many others was the portrait of charm accepting his award, including a nod to fellow winner James Burrows. “How about that commercial?” he crowed after watching a reel of his many credits. ‘I believe that what we storytellers do is rocket science. My glee tonight is due to all of you.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:39 pm

Inarritu on his win for Birdman, “Making a film that’s good, it’s war and we have to  survive it. If it is considered a great film, it has nothing to
do with me. It’s a miracle. A good film is beyond what you can do. I say that
humbly. I never expected to be here tonight talking to you. I said this because when
you go to bed and make love, you don’t say, let’s make the best children in
the world. They just come. There’s
no position to guarantee that. Sorry, I’m very gross. When something comes,
you’re just guiding it. I’m openly humble and the way we did this film was to risk.”

dhaithman February 7, 201510:40 pm

Circling back to Robert Butler, 87, and his Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Pierce Brosnan: The veteran director of the pilots for Star Trek, Hill Street Blues and many others was the portrait of charm accepting his award, including a nod to fellow winner James Burrows. “How about that commercial?” he crowed after watching a reel of his many credits. ‘I believe that what we storytellers do is rocket science. My glee tonight is due to all of you.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:43 pm

Inarritu shares backstage that he’s wearing Raymond Carver’s shirt (which was a gift) and Billy Wilder’s tie. 

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:49 pm

Michael Keaton has emphasized in interviews how Birdman really isn’t an homage to him, rather the film is really about Inarritu. Backstage the director said, “I think it’s a film where I’m more naked than before. You can see me
more clearly. This film has this pureness. All of us have failed and we’re all connected.”

Anthony D’Alessandro February 7, 201510:56 pm

Inarritu on the state of filmmaking: “All of us (directors) have a unique perspective to connect with others. Not to make blockbusters…when everything becomes the standard language just to make money, the whole thing (cinema) loses meaning. That’s the danger we are in. The fact that many of the films nominated this year are personal voices, it’s a hope…It’s like we’re rescuing animals that are dying, we should rescue those directors who are trying to get their own voice out there to connect with others or else we’ll lose the whole meaning of this medium.”

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‘Avengers 2′ Comic Style Poster: Behold the Vision!

Feb 7, 2015 by B. Alan Orange

Earlier today, we showed you some new Avengers: Age of Ultron promo art that included the main villain, the original team line-up and a detailed look at new character Vision. While it will still be quite a while before we see Paul Bettany in the flesh as this A.I. creation of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, it appears that we will keep getting new pieces of promo art as more and more images leak before their official reveal.

Today, we get a look at a new Avengers: Age of Ultron poster that pays homage to the original Marvel comic books. Front and center is Vision, appearing in a cloud of orange smoke. It truly is a vision to behold, and it even comes with tiny little Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor heads as was often seen on comics in the 70s and 80s. This particular poster is an almost exact replica of the Avengers #57, which introduced Vision.

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the team must come together to stop Ultron, a horrifying technological nightmare hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Here he is, in all his four color glory:

THE VISION in ‘AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’ promo poster! #Classicpic.twitter.com/X3HpchpPq1

— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) February 7, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

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‘Sherlock’ Christmas Special Photos with Cumberbatch and Freeman

Feb 7, 2015 by B. Alan Orange

Way back in November, we got our first official look at Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) for this year’s Sherlock Special. Now, shooting on this episode has finally begun, with both actors spotted on set. Production is taking place in London, and as you can see in the photos below, it appears our heroes are out of time.

The Sherlock Christmas Special was written by series creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. It is expected to air this December, just in time for the holidays, and it is coming in place of a full season. About the show, Martin Freeman said earlier this year:

“Steven and Mark have had a great idea what they can do next, and it is an exciting, mouth watering idea…”

A fourth season of Sherlock is expected to begin shooting this year as well. Though, no specific details or plans have been confirmed at this time. In the meantime, take a look at these images below and see if you can figure out what is possibly going on. While we won’t hear about the plot until closer to the air date, there is sure to be plenty of fan speculation before then:

Back to The Game! http://t.co/VctYzLNuRcpic.twitter.com/Nt7YNMKcCj

— Toni de la Torre (@tonidelatorre) February 7, 2015

#setlock RT @janiepaw: casual Saturday watching a Sherlock filming u kno pic.twitter.com/kzrbGTNnd8

— DeeeGeny (@GenyDeee) February 7, 2015

No spoilers #Sherlock just lovely pictures of Benedict & Martin http://t.co/zZAUrzd2Sbpic.twitter.com/VfHWRaGs9m

— Cumberkhanlock (@Cumberkhanlock) February 7, 2015

raise a hand if you’re excited for sherlock christmas special

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— kate (@sherlxckhlmes) February 7, 2015

Elementary outfit! Benedict Cumberbatch gets Victorian makeover for Sherlock special

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— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) February 7, 2015

Photoset: #setlock new tab for highres http://t.co/obQTwI2AuF#sherlockpic.twitter.com/QeVc4yxMo4

— AnythingCumberbatch (@Anythingbatch) February 7, 2015

Sherlock episode 4.0, “Christmas Special”

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Chris Pratt on ‘Indiana Jones’: It Would Be Awesome

Feb 7, 2015 by B. Alan Orange

Late last month, it was rumored that Disney is actively seeking Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt to take over the role of Indiana Jones from Harrison Ford in a big screen reboot. While doing a press appearance for his Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award, the actor finally commented on the idea of taking over such an iconic role.

Chris Pratt won’t yet admit to knowing anything about starring in an all-new Indiana Jones adventure. But according to ComicBook.com, he did say it would be an ‘awesome opportunity’. The actor was roasted this past Friday night, after receiving his Hasty Pudding award at Harvard University. The roast included many references to Chris Pratt’s past films, and one presenter even announced that he was going to give Pratt an ‘Infinity Stone’. It turned out to be a bra decorated with dinosaurs in honor of his upcoming appearance in Jurassic World.

This past week, Chris Pratt and his Marvel co-worker Chris Evans, who stars as Captain America, made good on their Super Bowl bet. Chris Pratt lost, and in turn, showed up at Christopher’s Haven children’s hospital in his Star-Lord costume. About the appearance, he stated:

“I said it before, and I plan to live by it. Going into doing Guardians of the Galaxy if it was ever successful enough where it would actually make an impact on a kid’s life in a positive way, I would be there to try to do that, and I’ve been really blessed and happy to do that.”

Earlier today, it was reported that Kingsman: The Secret Service director wouldn’t mind coming aboard a new Indiana Jones movie. With Chris Pratt possibly taking on the role of Henry Jones Jr., that doesn’t sound like a bad combination. What do you think?

Indiana Jones 5 is in development .

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