More than two and a half years after Gary Oldman took home the Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the Joe Wright-directed and Anthony McCarten -penned Darkest Hou r, a History Channel writer is suing the actor, NBCUniversal and others connect to the movie for allegedly ripping off parts of his script. “[Ben Kaplan] spent years developing, writing and refining Churchill ,” says the complaint, seeking a jury trial, filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. “Several versions of the script for Churchill were distributed to members of film industry in Los Angeles County, California,” the detailed breach of implied contract action adds. “It was understood by members of the film industry that Mr. Kaplan had created a script for a film about Winston Churchill and was planning on turning that script into a feature film.” Related Story Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros, Gersh, Brett Ratner & Ben Falcone Sued For More Than $10M In 'Life Of The … [Read more...] about Gary Oldman & NBCUniversal Sued Over Oscar-Nominated ‘Darkest Hour’
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Huge box office blockbusters typically don't fare well when awards season comes around, but there are always exceptions. Titanic took home 11 Oscars, including Best Picture , while it was on its way to becoming the biggest box office smash of all time, but that movie is more the exception than the rule. Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the biggest domestic movie of all time, with $819.6 million and counting, many were wondering how this blockbuster would fare when the Oscar nominations were announced earlier today. This beloved sci-fi adventure ended up taking in five Oscar nominations, but it was shut out of all the major categories. Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned nominations in technical categories such as sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects and film editing, along with a nod for John Williams ' original score. In more recent years, the Academy has given Best Picture nods to big-budget blockbusters like Gravity and American Sniper , … [Read more...] about How Many Oscar Nominations Did Star Wars: The Force Awakens Get?
EXCLUSIVE : MTV Documentary Films is adding Skye Fitzgerald ’s Hunger Ward to its portfolio of Oscar-contending films. The MTV division led by Sheila Nevins announced Tuesday it has acquired the short film, a devastating look at children suffering starvation in Yemen as a direct result of war in the Middle Eastern country. Hunger Ward , which made the Oscar documentary short subject shortlist earlier this month, will premiere on Pluto TV March 1. “The greatest humanitarian crisis exists in Yemen. Children are starving to death in front of America’s eyes,” Nevins noted. “Filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald has made a documentary that says ‘no more.’ It is a must see for anyone with heart.” Hunger Ward marks the third installment in a trilogy of short films by Fitzgerald exploring the plight of refugees and other people displaced by conflict. His 2015 film 50 Feet from Syria made the Oscar documentary shortlist and his 2018 Lifeboat earned an Oscar nomination. … [Read more...] about MTV Documentary Films Acquires Oscar-Shortlisted Doc ‘Hunger Ward,’ Sets March 1 Premiere
Netflix has dominated the Oscar documentary race the last few years, winning Documentary Feature in 2020 and 2018, but the release of the Academy shortlists Tuesday confirms it faces a battle this time around, from a rival streamer. Amazon Studios landed two films on the feature shortlist—Time, directed by Garrett Bradley, and All In: The Fight for Democracy, directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés. Time, which touches on mass incarceration through the experience of one Black family in Louisiana, must be considered a solid favorite in the Oscar race, having tied for the Gotham Award and amassing multiple critics’ prizes. Netflix made the Oscar shortlist, as expected, with its top two contenders—Crip Camp, directed by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, and Dick Johnson Is Dead, from director Kirsten Johnson. It also muscled in with mollusk-themed My Octopus Teacher, ensnaring in its tentacles a fifth of the 15 shortlist slots. But Netflix failed to make the shortlist … [Read more...] about Oscars Documentary Feature Shortlist: Snubs, Surprises And A Netflix-Amazon Showdown
Deadline on Monday launched its streaming site for Contenders Film , featuring all panels from the ambitious two-day virtual awards-season event that took place over the weekend. The annual kickoff highlighting movies in the conversation for kudos put the spotlight on 49 films from 16 distributors, streamers and studios. Click here for Contenders Film videos . The launch of the video site follows those for the first two Contenders events of 2021 which were new to the party this year: Contenders International and Contenders Documentary . This weekend, A24, Amazon Studios, Apple, Bleecker Street, DreamWorks Animation, Focus Features, Gravitas Ventures, Hulu, Kino Lorber, Neon, Netflix, Sony Pictures Classics, STX Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros took part in the virtual gala, which featured panel Q&As along with clips from the films being talked about this awards season. The lineup of more than 150 participants included … [Read more...] about Deadline Contenders Film Streaming Site Launches