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‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Top the Art Directors Guild Awards

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The Art Directors Guild held its 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, honoring “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” with the top honors of the night. “Birdman” won for Contemporary Film while “Grand Budapest” and “Guardians” won in the categories Period Film and Fantasy Film, respectively…. Read more »

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Wins Annie Award for Animated Feature

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It’s the Year of the dragon, as DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ took home the top prize at the  at the 42nd annual Annie Awards honoring the best in film and TV/broadcast animation for 2014. “Dragon” helmer Dean DeBlois nabbed directing honors at Saturday’s kudos, presented by ASIFA-Hollywood at Royce Hall on… Read more »

Sundance: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Wins Grand Jury, Audience Awards

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“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s visually inventive comedy-drama about the friendship between a misfit teenager and a classmate diagnosed with leukemia, received both the grand jury prize and the audience award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night. Part cancer-themed tearjerker and part tribute to obsessive movie love, “Me and Earl” was… Read more »

Sundance: Broad Green Picks Up Robert Redford’s ‘Walk in the Woods’

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Gabriel and Daniel Hammond’s fledgling distributor Broad Green has outbid the competition to pick up U.S. rights to Robert Redford starrer “A Walk in the Wood.” The massive high-seven-figure deal is reportedly the second biggest P&A commitment at the fest, behind Dope’s $18 million deal. The dramedy, which premiered on January 23, was directed by… Read more »

Film Review: ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’

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As far as nautical nonsense goes, it’s hard to top the climax of 2004’s “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie,” in which the fate of our heroes hinged on the density of David Hasselhoff’s leg hair. This year’s follow-up, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” may not quite equal those heights, but by doubling down on… Read more »

Sundance: Bleecker Street Nabs Blythe Danner’s ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’

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Bleecker Street has acquired worldwide rights to Brett Haley’s “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” starring Blythe Danner. The comedic drama premiered on Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival, where Danner received a standing ovation for her role as a widow who contemplates her own mortality following a tragic loss.NA series of events propels her… Read more »

Indie Sales Acquires Scandi Chiller ‘Shelley’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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GOTEBORG, Sweden– Paris-based sales outfit Indie Sales has acquired Ali Abbasi’s feature debut “Shelley,” one of the projects pitched at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market. Hailing from the co-producers of Jonas Alexander Arnby’s “When Animals Dream,” the well-polished genre film boasts an international cast, headlined by Cosmina Stratan, who won the actress nod at Cannes for her… Read more »

Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges’ ‘Seventh Son’ Screening is a ‘Big Lebowski’ Reunion

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Dark magic, witches and “the Dude” (Jeff Bridges’ famed role in “The Big Lebowski”) prevailed at a special screening of Universal Pictures’ epic fantasy adventure “Seventh Son” in New York City on Friday night. The film’s stars, Bridges and Julianne Moore — last seen together onscreen in the Coen brothers’ 1998 cult classic, 17 years prior — reunited at the Crosby Street Hotel for… Read more »

PopPolitics: ‘Parks & Rec’ Makes Final Trek to D.C.; ‘Foxcatcher’ and the Truth of John du Pont (Listen)

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As it nears the end of its run, NBC’s “Parks & Recreation” makes a final trek to Washington on its February 10 episode, marking one of its more ambitious uses of real-life political figures for cameos to date. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and… Read more »