Award Season Exclusive – SAG Award Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 20th Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards were officially announced this morning.

Two panels of 2,100 members from across the country select the nominees and from there, all of the SAG-AFTRA members are given voting information to select the winner. The ceremony will be broadcasted live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 18, 2014. 

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Here is a complete list of nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards:

Feature Films:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Judi Dench, Philomena

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruel, Rush
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Dallas Buyers Club
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Primetime Television:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Peter Dinkledge, Game of Thrones
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Veep

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Homeland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Jeremy Irons, The Hollow Crown
Rob Lowe, Killing Kennedy
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Angela Bassett, Betty & Coretta
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor
Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

SAG Honors for Ensembles:
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
All Is Lost
Fast & Furious 6
Lone Survivor
Rush
The Wolverine

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game Of Thrones
Homeland
The Walking Dead

What do you think of the nominations? Are you surprised by any of these nominations? Do you have specific actors, films, or television shows that you are rooting for? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Source: The Wrap

Film Festival Coverage – Official Schedule and Guest List Released for TIFF

One of the biggest film events of the year, and the biggest film event in Canada, is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! So far it looks like it is going to be an amazing festival and a recently announced lineup revealed there are some highly anticipated films set to premiere.

Today there were some exciting new announcements made regarding the official schedule and the stars that will be attending the festival. The Toronto International Film Festival website has the official schedule available for you to download and read through here. On the first day of the festival, films such as Blue is The Warmest Colour, The Big Chill, Unbeatable, The Fifth Estate are premiering.

Entertainment Tonight Canada shared the exclusive guest list and announced who would be attending the prestigious  festival.  As it is every year, the TIFF Red Carpet is going to be absolutely star-studded. The guest list includes, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Alice Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Chris Hemsworth, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Firth, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Daniel Radcliffe, and Owen Wilson.

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There will also be many directors, producers, and other production team members present at the festival to support their work. Some of the directors that are on the guest list include Atom Egoyan who directed Devil’s Knot and Jason Reitman who directed Labor Day. Paul Haggis will be attending to premiere his film Third Person and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard will be there to premiere his documentary Made in America. In addition to these talented directors, Jason Bateman will be debuting Bad Words and Ralph Finnes will be unveiling The Invisible Woman. Denis Villeneuve will show his film Enemy, Steve McQueen has 12 Years A Slave already generating buzz, and Eli Roth will bring The Green Inferno. Finally, Bill Condon has claim to the opening spot of the festival for his highly awaited and controversial film, The Fifth Estate.

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Be sure to tune in for more exclusive coverage of TIFF! Are you looking forward to the festival? Are you surprised by this year’s guest list? Are you interested in seeing any of the films that will be premiering at the festival? 

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada and TIFF.net

Film Festival Coverage – Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Announced

The film lineup for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was officially announced today and there are some amazing films included in this list. Some of these films also premiered at Cannes earlier this year and are generating some award season buzz already.

According to Entertainment Weekly, there are several films that are generating buzz, including the John Krokidas-directed biography Kill Your Darlings, which also premiered at Sundance. The John Wells-directed adaptation, August: Osage County, which stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, is also generating a lot of buzz. Plus, 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch and The Fifth Estate are also going to be premiering at TIFF and are gaining some attention.

Alfonso Cuaron’s awaited space thriller Gravity and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon will also be premiering at the festival. The  the Palme d’Or-winning film, Blue Is the Warmest Color is going to be shown in a Special Presentations category.

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Here is a list of the other films premiering in the first round of the festival:

All Is By My SideAmerican Dreams in ChinaThe Art of the StealAttila MarcelBad WordsBelleBurning Bush,Cannibal (Canibal)Cold EyesDallas Buyers ClubDevil‘s KnotDom HemingwayThe DoubleFelonyThe Fifth EstateFor Those Who Can TellGloriaGoing Away (Il est parti dimanche)The Grand SeductionThe Great Beauty (La Grande Belezza)Half of a Yellow SunHateship LoveshipIdaL’IntrepidoThe Invisible Woman,JoeLabor DayLife of a CrimeLike Father Like SonThe Love Punch, The LunchboxMan of Tai Chi, Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomMARY Queen of ScotsMystery RoadNight MovesOmarOne ChanceOnly Lovers Left AliveParklandThe Past (Le Passe)PhilomenaPioneer (Pioner)PrisonersQuai d’OrsayThe Railway Man,The RealThe Right Kind of Wrong, RushShuddh Desi RomanceStarred UpSupermensch The Legend of Shep GordonThird Person, Those Happy Years (Anni Felici)TracksUnder the SkinVioletteVisitorsWalesa. Man of Hope. (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei.), We are the Best! (Vi ar bast!), Le Week-End, You Are Here, Young and Beautiful (Jeune & jolie).

What do you think of the film lineup for the festival this year? Are you interested in seeing any of these films?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – Official Trailer for “August: Osage County”

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County, is being made into a major motion picture and is being distributed by The Weinstein Company. In 2007, Letts’ play debuted in Chicago at the famous Steppenwolf Theatre and later made a Broadway debut at the Imperial Theater.  In 2008, the show went on to win five Tony Awards, including best play.

This critically acclaimed play is finally getting the big screen treatment and has an amazing team behind it.  John Wells is directing the film and Letts actually wrote the screenplay. The cast involved in this film is phenomenal and includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nichols, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigal Breslin, and Dermot Mulroney.

Watch the wonderful first trailer for the film here. For those unfamiliar with the play, here is an official synopsis for August: Osage County (via Apple Movie Trailers):

August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

What did you think of this trailer? Would you be interested in seeing this film when it hits theaters November 8, 2013? Do you think August: Osage County could be a contender come award season?

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Sources: Apple Movie Trailers and IMDbPro