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Right now, in another life, the Cannes Film Festival would be showing hundreds of attendees the most prestigious arthouse films in the world. But since we’re not living that life, why not brush up on some international classics from the comfort of your home? Pop Culture Imports is here to provide you with all your subtitled needs, whether it’s a surreal French New Wave comedy or the latest Netflix K-drama. Or you might not even need subtitles at all, but just a love for cinema at its most nostalgic. Whatever you desire, let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.
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The 84th annual Academy Awards have now concluded and the biggest winners were The Artist, which took home five total awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, Hugo, which won several technical awards, and Meryl Streep, who pulled the biggest Oscar upset since Crash beat Brokeback Mountain beating Viola Davis and taking home Best Actress for The Iron Lady.
If you want to read about the show itself, including Billy Crystal, The Dictator and all that, read our live blog. But if you just want the winners, they’re after the jump. Read More »
I’m not sure exactly how this new featurette, no matter how well-assembled it might be, is going to do when it comes to selling the latest Fox and Blue Sky Studios film Ice Age: Continental Drift. At least, it might not do a lot of good now. After this weekend things might change.
The conceit at work here is a big riff on The Artist. Yet despite garnering awards and a lot of headline attention as the movie races towards a likely Oscar win this Sunday, there are still a great many people, I think, who have only the barest idea of what The Artist is. Granted, that could change really fast come Sunday night, if the film trundles away from the Oscar stage with a wheelbarrow full of statuettes.
So get a jump on the post-Oscar Artist marketing deluge now by checking out the Ice Age parody of the film below. Read More »
The Weinstein Company is helping Netflix compete with pay cable channels. Today the two companies announced a deal that “will make foreign language, documentary and certain other movies from The Weinstein Company exclusively available for Netflix members in the U.S. to watch instantly.”
In other words, when films like Oscar frontrunner The Artist, Ralph Fiennes‘ Coriolanus and Madonna‘s W.E. make their TV debut, it won’t be on HBO or similar channel, but on the Netflix Watch Instantly service. This deal doesn’t cover the full Netflix slate, and could well have taken place because TWC’s own research shows that a movie like The Artist is likely to do better with the Netflix subscriber base than it is on cable. Still, the end result is that this is a blow to cable company deals. Will other similar contracts between studios and Netflix follow?
Read the press release below. Read More »
Meryl Streep prevented the cast and crew of The Artist from a total sweep of the major categories at this year’s British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and commonly called the BAFTAs. Streep won Best Actress for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and The Artist took Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music and Best Costume Design.
There were a few good winners for categories in between all those, and we’ve got the full rundown after the break. Read More »
The Oscars aren’t for a few weeks but the BAFTA‘s are Sunday February 12. And while the Oscars are usually symbolized by that iconic gold statue, each year the BAFTA’s let artists interpret their Best Picture nominees. This year is no different. After the jump, check out the five images designed by Eda Akaltun & StudioSmall for The Artist, The Descendants, Drive, The Help and Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy for the British Association of Film and Television Awards. Read More »
One more win for The Artist. Last week the film took the PGA award, director Michel Hazanavicius was honored by the DGA for directing the film over the weekend, and last night Jean Dujardin was awarded Best Actor in a motion picture by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). The guild also gave several awards to The Help, as Viola Davis won Best Actress, Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress and entire company won Best Cast. The full list of winners is below. Read More »
And Michel Hazanavicius and his film The Artist take one more step towards total awards dominance. The film has topped critic lists since it premiered at Cannes in May of 2011, and in the past couple weeks has become an awards juggernaut.
Last weekend The Artist won the PGA award for best picture of 2011, and last night Hazanavicius took the Director’s Guild award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film in 2011. Given that it has been almost a decade since someone won the DGA award and didn’t take the Best Director Oscar we can safely bet on the outcome of the Academy Awards, which are still a month away. (On average, the DGA award and Oscar go to different people once a decade.)
For those disappointed that the documentary Project Nim, from Man on Wire director James Marsh, didn’t get an Oscar nod, his win for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary might be considered a great consolation. And Patty Jenkins, who was booted from Marvel’s Thor 2, took a DGA award for directing the pilot for The Killing.
The full list of winners is below. Read More »
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There is a very good chance that The Artist will soon be crowned Best Picture. If nothing else, you’re going to hear more and more about the silent Cannes fave in the weeks leading up to the Oscars.
We’ve seen a featurette that talked about the creation of the film, which is set in 1927 as silent films are giving way to talkies, and features an actor (Jean Dujardin) who isn’t quite able to keep up with the shift. Now a blooper reel has shown up, proving that the comedy didn’t always come together in the breezy, seemingly effortless manner seen in the final edit. Read More »