When the Golden Globes nominees were announced last week, a little bit of history was made. Ava DuVernay, director for her Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma, became the first black woman to be nominated for best director. DuVernay is actually only the fifth woman of any race to be nominated for best director (and only one woman has ever won—Barbra Streisand for Yentl). Kathryn Bigelow has been nominated twice (for Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty). Steisand was nominated again for The Prince of Tides. Jane Campion was nominated in 1993 for The Piano and Sofia Coppola was nominated in 2003 for Lost in Translation.
Truth be told, the lack of female nominations stems from the lack of female directors accepted in the industry in general. In 2013, only 6 percent of the top 250-grossing films were directed by women. Against this backdrop, DuVernay's achievement is even more incredible ... Discuss
When the complete history of Internet hacks is written, the hack into Sony will get its own chapter. Whoever actually hacked Sony remains a mystery (the North Korean government can't be completely ruled out) but they dumped pages and pages of personal info, salaries, slideshows, emails and general drama onto the Internet for anyone who cares to see how that Hollywood sausage gets made.
There are is all sorts of interesting Hollywood ideas buried in the emails (Marvel is really, really pushing to get Spider-Man in the next Captain America movie, for example) but one of the odder facts is that Sony is evidently looking to combine the next installment of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum's fabulously successful 21 Jump Street franchise with the next installment of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones' sort of successful Men in Black franchise. The idea is a little more Jump Street than MIB, with Smith and Jones appearing only in cameo rolls (if that), but it would probably serve to reboot Men in Black as a viable brand. It's a weird idea, but it has at least one thing going for it: Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the team behind this year's excellent LEGO Movie, are on the table to direct ... Discuss
We've got a new trailer for Pixar's upcoming Inside Out, which charts the inner life of a young girl via a series of anthropomorphized emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The trailer gives us a good idea what to expect, and it soars on wings of pure, very funny creativity ... Discuss
We still don't have a domestic trailer for Mark Osborne's wildly anticipated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 1943 classic, The Little Prince, but non-French speakers will still find plenty to love in the beautiful, surprisingly meta international trailer. It appears that the movie will not be so much a straight adaptation as a story-within-a-story, in which the book itself serves as sort of a plot device. That's an interesting idea, but the mixed-materials animation looks exquisite enough (and the voice talents of Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Rachel McAdams and Jeff Bridges are promising enough) to earn our trust ... Discuss
The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley, tells the true story of fearless daredevil Philippe Petit's quest to walk a wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. You may have already heard this story in the excellent Man on Wire documentary (if you haven't, you absolutely should. It's on Netflix). Now, ace director Robert Zemeckis is going to try his hand at a fictionalized account and, based on the trailer, it's going to feature an awful lot of panic-inducing shots of feeling like you're about to fall screaming to your death in New York City. Sounds great. Can't wait ... Discuss