2015 DGA Nominations

The Director’s Guild of America released its nominations today for awards that will recognize achievement in feature film directing from 2014. The list features two biopics, The Imitation Game and American Sniper, and one film, Boyhood, that was made under circumstances that all but turn it into a biopic of its cast and director, Richard Linklater. But the biopic love ends there, and the DGA has no nomination to spare for Ava DuVernay and Selma. The full 2015 DGA nominations list is below. Read More »


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Benedict Cumberbatch Stephen Hawking

Science was big at the movies late in 2014. At one point, Interstellar, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything were all playing simultaneously, representing three different eras -well, two eras and one potential – in science. Removing the big budget film, you’re left with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the man who invented the computer as a way to break code in World War II and Eddie Redmayne in a biopic of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

With all that in mind, fast forward to this weekend. Both The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, as well as Redmayne and Cumberbatch, will be competing for the same Golden Globe awards on NBC. The night before, over on Discovery, a 2004 made for TV movie called Hawking will air. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch. Watch the trailer or, if you like, the full movie below. Read More »

2015 ASC award nominations

We’re in full awards season swing, as gross as that process can be. (Just see the attempts to tear down Selma for a good example of the nasty part of this season.) But the guild nominations and awards are always somewhat interesting, if only because they represent the efforts of a focused group to recognize achievements by their direct fellows and colleagues. We saw the writer’s guild awards this morning, and the American Society of Cinematographers has also chimed in with the 2015 ASC award nominations.

Even when trying to approach this from a positive position, there’s always as much to be said about what got left out as what is nominated. And so while Roger Deakins is (of course) nominated for Unbroken, there’s nothing for Robert Elswit, who shot Inherent Vice and Nightcrawler. Check out the full nomination list below. Read More »


At this point in the awards race each year, support has already crystallized around some of the frontrunners. This year, that group includes Boyhood, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game, and the Producers Guild followed the rest of their industry in nominating those titles for this year’s PGA Awards.

It’s more interesting, however, to see which dark horses did and didn’t make the cut. American Sniper and Nightcrawler emerged as two of the more surprising inclusions, while Unbroken and Selma got left out in the cold.

Meanwhile on the TV side, the PGA is all about Fargo, True Detective, and Orange Is the New Black, while shows like Parks & Recreation and Homeland went overlooked. Hit the jump for the full list of the 2015 Producers Guild nominations.  Read More »

Jake Gyllenhaal plays an unscrupulous news cameraman in the thriller Nightcrawler

The Oscar nominations aren’t out yet, but we’re getting to the point where technical guilds will be announcing their nominations for the best achievements of 2014. The latest set to be released comes from the American Cinema Editors, which this morning revealed nominations for their 65th annual ACE Eddie Awards. The ACE Awards recognize achievements in editing in a variety of film (narrative, comedy/musical, and documentary) and TV categories. On the feature side, the big nominations went to American Sniper, Boyhood, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler and Whiplash. Get the full editing awards nominations for 2015 below. Read More »

25 Movies to Watch During Thanksgiving Weekend 2014

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One of the many reasons we’re thankful for Thanksgiving is that it cuts the work week short, giving us twice as much weekend time to spend at the movies. And there’s no shortage of titles right now to spend that time on. The only question is where to start.

To help you answer that, we’ve put together a helpful guide that (we hope) covers every base. Hit the jump for our list of 25 movies to watch this Thanksgiving. Read More »

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Imitation Game trailer

Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as pioneering and unjustly prosecuted computer scientist Alan Turing, The Imitation Game has been squarely established as a key player in this year’s awards race. That means it can be easy to talk about Cumberbatch’s Oscar chances rather than the film itself. But set aside questions about awards for now. Focus instead on the fact that there’s a big movie about a man who has long been celebrated in scientific circles, and who is also known for his sexuality and the shameful way he was treated by his country because of it. See a final Imitation Game trailer below.

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Imitation Game TIFF

This month, science is really big at the movies. It starts Friday when Interstellar and Big Hero 6 open wide, both of which feature science and its applications as a primary plot point. They’re followed by The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, two true stories about geniuses who used science to change the world.

It’s perfect then that Film Independent is linking science and movies with their upcoming Sloan Film Summit. It takes place November 14 through November 16 at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles and will feature screenings and Q&As for Everything and Imitation as well as a keynote speech by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. There are also sneak peaks at three films that were, or are being, completed with funs from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Those are Basmati Blues (starring Scott Bakula, Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland), The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel) and Experimenter (starring Peter Sarsgaard, Taryn Manning, Winona Ryder and Kellan Lutz).

Below, watch a video about the event, narrated by Werner Herzog, and find out how to attend. Read More »

Imitation Game UK trailer

At festivals in September, Benedict Cumberbatch won praise for his portrayal of mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and the film won the Toronto festival’s all-important Audience Award. Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), the film follows Turing as he is recruited to work at Bletchley Park, wherein the UK’s Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) was housed. There, during World War II, teams worked to break Axis codes. The most difficult code system to break was run through the Enigma machine, and Alan Turing was at the forefront of the team working to smash Enigma. A new Imitation Game UK trailer has landed, and you can have a look below. Read More »