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The Directors Guild of America handed out its awards tonight for directorial achievement in 2013. Alfonso Cuarón took the top prize, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, for his work on Gravity. That all but locks him in as the Best Director Oscar winner. Steven Soderbergh won as best director of a TV movie or mini-series for Behind the Candelabra, and Vince Gilligan won the award for direction in a dramatic series for the Breaking Bad episode ‘Felina,’ beating out fellow Breaking Bad nominee Bryan Cranston, and also David Fincher, who was nominated for the pilot of House of Cards.

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American Hustle took home the big prize at the SAG Awards on Saturday night, but as it turned out, its moment in the sun was fleeting. 12 Years a Slave and Gravity regained their awards season momentum at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Sunday night, as both won the top trophy in a tie — the first ever in PGA history.

The results are a blow to American Hustle‘s Oscar odds, since the PGA Awards are a fairly reliable predictor of the Best Picture trophy. Of the past 24 Darryl F. Zanuck Award winners, 17 have gone on to win Best Picture. The last time the two awards didn’t match up was 2006, when the PGA chose Little Miss Sunshine over The Departed.

Elsewhere, Frozen and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks won prizes for best animated picture and best documentary, respectively, while Behind the Candelabra and Breaking Bad continued to steamroll the competition in the long-form TV and TV drama categories. Hit the jump for the full list of results.

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World’s End/Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright has in past years posted his favorite movies of the year online. Wright, being a real film geek, always has some great cinematic recommendations. This year Digital Spy cornered Wright at a late November junket to get his top 10 list on video. Of course, recording the list early means Edgar had yet to see many of the December Awards-bait films. But after the jump you can watch Edgar read off his early list of favorite 2013 movies. It will be interesting to see which films get added and get pushed off the list when Wright updates his list on his blog in January.

Updated: Wright has offered a revision to the list, factoring in that he’s now been able to see some of the stuff that wasn’t yet available when he was pressured to make a list in November.

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/Filmcast Ep. 235 – The Lone Ranger

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Dave, Devindra, and Russ reflect on how many great coming-of-age films are being released this year, praise HBO’s customer retention strategies, and explain why they think Jim Carrey can do or say whatever the hell he wants. Be sure to read up on why The Lone Ranger is bad for our society and check out Jim Carrey’s video on gun control.

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The first trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s Liberace biography Behind the Candelabra, airing on HBO later this month, didn’t show us much of the work Michael Douglas did to bring the late entertainer back to life. This long featurette on the making of the film gives us a lot more to look at, while also introducing quite a few other elements of the film.

You’ll see some of Dan Aykroyd‘s work — he looks great — and there are some shots of other actors such as Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds. There’s a puff piece aspect to this featurette, which is pretty common for promo pieces like this, but for those curious about Soderbergh’s film there’s some good info. For those who don’t know much about Liberace there’s a brief encapsulation of the pianist’s life and an explanation of his place in entertainment and popular culture. One person who doesn’t have any real voice here is Soderbergh, who is seen working, but doesn’t give an interview. Read More »

Behind the Candelabra

Steven Soderbergh‘s retirement has turned out to be more of a transition. While he’s done with theatrical features for now, he’s as active as ever on the small screen. Just last week, he was talking up his plans to adapt John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor into a 12-hour miniseries.

Perfectly positioned to mark that switch from the big screen to the small one is Behind the Candelabra, an HBO film about the rather bizarre romance between the famed pianist (played with flirty, flamboyant charm by Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (a wide-eyed Matt Damon). The first full-length trailer has finally hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.

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The last film Steven Soderbergh made before his self-imposed retirement/hiatus was Behind the Candelabra, based on Scott Thorson‘s memoir about his secret romance with the entertainer Liberace. Michael Douglas plays Liberace and Matt Damon plays Thorson in Soderbergh’s film, which premieres in late May on HBO. We’ve seen one teaser that was free of actual footage, but now there is a second teaser clip that shows the two lead actors in all their glory.

Perhaps better than the teaser, however, is info about Soderbergh’s next project — indeed, he plans to continue working, if not in the realm of theatrical features. (For now.) In the past, the writer/director has spoken of adapting John Barth’s 1960 novel The Sot-Weed Factora savage satire set in the 1600s about ”an English poet who moves to Maryland to take over his father’s tobacco farm.” Now he is developing a 12-hour miniseries based on the novel.

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It’s been a few days since our last TV Bits (sorry!), so we have a ton of stuff to catch up on. After the jump:

  • Alexis Bledel, Kyle McLachlan, Hope Davis, and more get pilots
  • Downton Abbey loses one character but gains six more
  • Jeffrey Wright will be a series regular on Boardwalk Empire
  • A bunch of Fox shows including The Following get early renewals
  • The Zero Hour has gets cancelled by ABC after just three episodes
  • Will Jimmy Fallon take over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show?
  • The X-Files finally gets a tenth season… as a comic book
  • Steven Soderbergh‘s Behind the Candelabra gets EW cover
  • Hannibal and Mad Men offer up not very revealing teasers
  • See character posters and an extended trailer for Game of Thrones
  • Peek behind the scenes of Breaking Bad‘s final season

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