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“Birdman” won outstanding ensemble in a motion picture at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film earned the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards the night before, solidifying its places as the frontrunner for best picture at the upcoming Oscars.
Julianne Moore received the honor of outstanding female actor in a leading role for “Sill Alice,” and Eddie Redmayne took home the award for outstanding male actor in a leading role for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees/Winners:
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion…
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, putting the film at $200 million domestically to go along with six Oscar nominations.
“It’s pretty amazing. This is a movie that has become part of the cultural discussion and discourse. It has controversy as well which is helping to propel the conversation,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for Rentrak, told USA Today. “It’s rare for a movie to be on the forefront of serious discussions and a popular cultural event. But American Sniper has done it.”
“The movie reached many, many people because it deals with family, with patriotism and it recognizes a hero,” Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief said to Variety. “You see it in the heartland and in the smaller towns. These are staggering numbers.”
Universal’s psychological thriller The Boy Next Door and Sony’s romantic comedy The Wedding Ringer each made impressive debuts.
Family comedy Paddington continues its international success with a solid second weekend in the US.…Continue
Marvel Studios has released the new trailer for the next installment of the ‘Avengers’ franchise.
The film centers on Tony Stark attempting to launch a peacekeeping mission with Ulton-an indestructible technology controlled by artificial intelligence. In shades of Frankenstein, the robot turns and decides humans are the main enemy. The cast of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and supporting characters form the Avengers in order to protect earth.
‘Age of Ultron’ is scheduled for release on May 1 (in 3D and IMAX 3D).
It’s official; Google and Fidelity have made a $1 billion investment in SpaceX, the private spacecraft venture backed by Elon Musk-founder of Tesla Motors.
The deal is a part of new initiative by the technology giant to provide internet-by-satellite to consumers, offering a low-cost solution to billions around the world who do not yet have access.
Google and Fidelity Investments will collectively own 10% of SpaceX, joining existing investors: Capricorn, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Equity Partners, Founders Fund and Valor.
The agreement was finalized a week after SpaceX’s largest competitor, Virgin Galactic, secured a partnership with satellite developer OneWeb.
Over half of Spotify’s users prefer to listen to music on-the-go with a mobile device for the first time in history, rather than a desktop.
According to TechCrunch, the company reports 42% of users gain access through smart phones and 10% on tablets. Desktop software remains popular at 45%, while the web player amasses 3%.
Cross-platform users, who listen on both mobile and desktop, average 150 minutes of listening daily.
The data indicates, a level of engagement with music-streaming never before seen by the industry. While song downloads fell by 12% in 2014 (in the US), song streaming grew by over 54% during the same period.
The process has also gained a stronger connection to social media, as 55% of Spotify’s 60 million active users connect with their Facebook accounts.
The compositions and artists receiving nomination for a 2015 Brit Award, reflect a broad range of musical influences-from the traditional sounds of soul, to rock n’ roll and electronic dance. The songs fill the radio waves on media channels internationally, stream live through the internet, and appear as digital downloads on today’s mobile technology. Pop music, sustaining the most frequent airplay on top 40 radio worldwide, represents a powerful vehicle for introducing a broad audience to the elements present in the sounds of music.
Each nominee contributes something unique in their recordings and performances.
Sam Smith, last year’s recipient of the Brits Critics’ Choice Award, seamlessly fuses the legendary sounds of soul with contemporary pop melodies.
Taylor Swift embodies musical versatility with the release of her first “official” pop album with hits “Shake it Off” and “Blank Space.”…Continue
The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will honor actors, musicians, films, TV shows and media publications “for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” according to the official website.
Over 700 voters and volunteers select the honorees in a variety of categories on the basis of “boldness and originality”, “cultural impact”, and “overall quality” in addition to “fair, accurate and inclusive representations.” Projects from different genres can compete in the same category, as GLAAD focuses on celebrating the depiction of stories and characters reflecting the LGBT community from any medium.
The 2015 GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will take place March 21 in Beverly Hills and May 9 in New York City.
OUTSTANDING FILM - WIDE RELEASE
The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
Love Is Strange (Sony Pictures Classics)
Pride (CBS Films)
The Skeleton Twins (Roadside Attractions)
Tammy (Warner Bros. Pictures)
OUTSTANDING FILM - LIMITED RELEASE
Dear White People (Lionsgate)
Life Partners (Magnolia Pictures)
Lilting (Strand Releasing)
The Way He Looks (Strand…Continue
The original release date for the first project had been set for 2016; however, the production team wanted more time for the scriptwriting process.
“There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film” Cameron said at a promotional event in New Zealand.
“We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that,” he added. “And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.”
The original “Avatar”, which released in 2009, holds the record for the world’s highest-grossing motion picture. It generated nearly $2.8 billion at the box office, won a Golden Globe for best drama, and an Academy Award (for cinematography, visual effects and art direction).
Cameron plans to shoot the sequels in New Zealand like the original.
The new films will be produced by Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox.
In just a few days, millions of people around the world will have the opportunity to watch Sony’s “The Interview” on Netflix.
The streaming video service will distribute the satirical comedy to its subscribers beginning Jan. 24 in the U.S. and Canada; the surprise announcement was made through the company’s quarterly earnings letter to shareholders.
The film, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, has been released in a variety of formats despite cyber attacks from North Korea: select independent theaters, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube Movies and other digital platforms.
“The Interview” has grossed more than $40 million in online sales and approximately $6 million at the box office through a limited number of appearances in theaters. Sony has set Feb. 17 for the “Freedom Edition” release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray.
The release of Apple’s iPhone 6 introduces the latest iOS and mobile features into the market for smartphone users, but another one of the company’s highly-anticipated products may be one of the most popular in 2015. The Apple Watch, set to release early in the year, has the potential to change the way people interact with technology and make completing tasks more convenient.
An article in Quartz cites a number of reasons why the product launch will impact business and technology on a variety of levels.
A Major Project by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook
Cook, previously Apple’s operations chief, made significant contributions to the development of the iPhone and iPad under the management of Steve Jobs. The Apple Watch’s technology builds upon the company’s earlier innovations and represents Cook’s first major product as CEO. Its success could establish a firm position in the market for wearable…Continue
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WSJ: Everybody’s an Art Curator
‘At the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, the names or social-media handles of 4,259 “curators” appear on the title wall of “#SocialMedium,” a new show of 40 paintings chosen by public vote. In Chicago, the crowd went…
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