1. “DGA Unveils Film Award Nominations.” The Directors Guild of America on Tuesday announced the nominees for its feature film awards.
“Three of the DGA’s choices—Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron, Captain Phillips’ Paul Greengrass and 12 Years a Slave’s Steve McQueen—are first-time DGA nominees. David O. Russell, who was previously nominated for 2010’s The Fighter, was nominated for American Hustle. And Martin Scorsese, a DGA feature award winner for 2006’s The Departed, received his 11th DGA nom for his current film, The Wolf of Wall Street.”
2. ” Baftas 2014: Gravity nudges out Slave and Hustle.” Sandra Bullock sci-fi drama takes 11 nominations while Steve McQueen’s slavery epic and David O’Russell’s heist comedy drama 10 apiece.
“Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney leads the pack of nominations at this year’s Bafta awards, taking 11 nominations to the 10 for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. The classification of Gravity as a British film, while Slave’s backing by Plan B, Brad Pitt’s outfit, means it is deemed American, looks to have made the difference, with Gravity scoring nods in both best film and best British film.”
3. “Embattled Film Critic Armond White: I Never Heckled Steve McQueen (Exclusive).” The controversial film critic for the New York City culture review City Arts shares with THR what happened, from his perspective, on Monday night.
“Right now former NYFCC Chairman Joshua Rothkopf, acting Chairman Stephen Whitty, Karen Durbin, David Denby, Rex Reed, Dana Stevens and others have arranged a Communist-style special ’Emergency Meeting’ supposedly in the interest of legislating ’decorum’—a meeting based entirely upon something that none of them actually heard and one that is really intended to purge me from the Circle. Only David Edelstein, with whom I’ve had past public disputes, showed the common courtesy to inquire if the rumors were true.”
4. ” Armond White is the Kanye of film criticism.” Controversial critic heckles 12 Years A Slave director, proves his own point.
“White may have deficiencies as a film critic proper. His knowledge of the medium’s history is often confused and scattershot; his contrarianism (itself a valid function in the whole broader apparatus of cultural taste-formation) often treads precariously close to straight-up trolling. But White’s coarseness, and the attempted egoism of his mocking of McQueen, are not among his flaws. Rudeness is precisely the point. White is denying (or trying to deny) this continued process of guilt-assuaging and artful feel-goodery. Like Kanye West, Armond White essentially stages (in grand, performative sweeps) the return of this repressed material in a way that film like 12 Years a Slave never could. He knows that it is difficult for certain people to reconcile his identity as a black, gay, right-wing Christian. And that’s why he puts his personality across so forcefully. That anyone regards him as a problem is the problem.”
5. “Is Your Computer a ’Him’ or ’Her’?—and Other Questions Raised by Spike Jonze’s Speculative Romance.” Whether love can exist between man and artificial intelligence turns out to be but one of Her’s fascinating hypotheticals.
“This first interaction between Theodore and Samantha is a critical one, as we the audience must also fall in love with ’her’ over the course of this scene. That’s less difficult than one might think, owing to Johansson’s incredible contributions to the film. Certainly, anyone who recognizes the voice can’t help but conjure a mental image of the actress to accompany it (as opposed to whatever abstract fantasy we might conjure for Siri or the disembodied AT&T operator), and it helps that the crew seems to have sweetened her voice somewhat, removing some of the huskier qualities that set Johansson apart as far back as Ghost World, in which her teenage character sounded as if she’d been smoking for decades.”
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