Critics Choice Nominees Announced: LINCOLN Garners Record-Breaking 13 Noms; LES MISERABLES and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Follow with 11

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The nominations for the 2012 Critics Choice Awards have been announced.  Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the awards ceremony is set to broadcast live on the CW on January 10, 2013 at 8pm EST.  While we learned in our latest episode of The Collision that the Critics Choice Awards aren’t as influential as other critics groups, they are still part of the awards season race.  The BFCA showed a lot of love towards Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, bestowing the film with a record-breaking 13 nominations.  Following close behind were Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook with 11 each.   I will say that I think it’s a little silly to have categories for “Best Action Movie”, “Best Comedy”, etc.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees.

AFI Announces Top 10 in Film and TV for 2012 Including THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, DJANGO UNCHAINED, and MOONRISE KINGDOM

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The American Film Institute has announced its annual Top 10 lists.  In the film category, this awards season’s usual suspects popped up as Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Argo, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook made the cut alongside Django Unchained and Moonrise Kingdom.  AFI is notable for also including a few popular titles on their lists (last year Bridesmaids and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo landed in the Top 10), and this year is no exception as fan-favorite The Dark Knight Rises nabbed a spot.  Notably absent, though, is Paul Thomas Anderson’s polarizing drama The Master.

On the TV side of things, Emmy-winner Homeland made the cut as well as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Louie, The Walking Dead, and FX’s American Horror Story.  AMC’s Mad Men landed on the list for a fifth time, making it the most recognized AFI Awards TV honoree in history.  Hit the jump to check out the full Top 10’s for both TV and Film.

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Names AMOUR Best Picture; New York Film Critics Online and Boston Society of Film Critics Award ZERO DARK THIRTY

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Director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama Zero Dark Thirty continues its dominant critics awards path, as it has picked up two more Best Picture wins from the New York Film Critics Online and Boston Society of Film Critics groups, adding to its previous wins from the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review.  Bigelow also won Best Director from both organizations, while Daniel Day-Lewis took home Best Actor for LincolnEmmanuelle Riva won Best Actress from New York and Boston, while she shared the award in a tie with Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Los Angeles broke from the mold a bit by naming director Michael Haneke‘s devastating French-language film Amour the Best Film of the year.  They also awarded Paul Thomas Anderson Best Director for The Master and Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Dwight Henry the Best Supporting Actor honor in a couple of pleasant surprises.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners from all three critics groups.

MOONRISE KINGDOM and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Lead 2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations; Matthew McConaughey Lands Double Nods

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The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack.  Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise KingdomBeasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award.  Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively.  Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations.  The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

MOONRISE KINGDOM Wins Best Feature at 2012 Gotham Awards; YOUR SISTER’S SISTER and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Also Honored

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Awards season has begun: The Gotham Awards were handed out tonight to honor the best of the year in independent film.  Wes Andersons Moonrise Kingdom landed the top award, Best Feature, a choice I won’t argue with.  As far as recognizable names go, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Mark Duplass won Best Ensemble Performance for Your Sister’s Sister.  Although Beasts of the Southern Wild must have been a strong contender for Best Feature, Benh Zeitlin had to settle for Breakthrough Director.

You better believe that the Gotham Awards go more obscure than Beasts, including an award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.  So hit the jump for the full list.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Picture and Best Director

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Here’s where things get interesting.  Over that past few days we’ve been taking an early look at the 2013 Oscar race, running down the contenders in a number of categories including Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Actor and Best Actress, and Best Animated Feature, Screenplay, and technological category quick picks.  We’ve now come to our final installment, Best Picture and Best Director, and these two races are shaping up to be incredibly interesting. Hit the jump for the full rundown.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted and Original Screenplay, and Technical Category Quick Picks

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We’re continuing on with our weeklong preview of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and after running down both acting categories it’s time to take look at some of the other races.  Today we’ll be looking at the Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay categories in depth, and I’ll also make some way-too-early quick picks in the technical categories.  The fun begins after the jump.

MOONRISE KINGDOM Blu-ray Review

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Wes Anderson is a very specific filmmaker.  Flip on a couple seconds of any of his seven feature films and you’ll instantly recognize it as distinctively “Wes Anderson-y.”  Not everyone loves his peculiar style and controlled aesthetic choices, but fans of Anderson relish being enveloped by a wholly new world with each subsequent feature.  The filmmaker’s output has been met with varying degrees of success over the years, but his latest film is a prime example of the bliss that results from the perfect marriage of director and material.  Hit the jump for our review of Moonrise Kingdom on Blu-ray.

Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees Announced; BERNIE, MOONRISE KINGDOM, and THE MASTER up for Best Feature

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Lord help us, awards season is here again.  I’m a member of SEFCA (the Southeastern Film Critics Association) and my first screener arrived yesterday afternoon (it was for The Exotic Marigold Hotel).  Today, the Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees.  The Best Picture nominees are Bernie, The Loneliest Planet, The Master, Middle of Nowhere, and Moonrise Kingdom.  I haven’t seen Planet or Nowhere, but I’m a bit surprised at the absence of Beasts of the Southern Wild, although the film did pick up nominations for Breakthrough Director (Benh Zeitlin) and Breakthrough Actor (Quvenzhané Wallis).

Hit the jump for a full list of the nominees.  Winners will be announced on November 26th.

New to Blu-ray: MOONRISE KINGDOM, AVATAR 3D, MAD MEN Season 5, and More

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This week on Blu-ray, Wes Anderson’s latest comes to home video, the highest grossing film of all time gets a non-exclusive 3D release, and the Christmas season officially begins with a holiday favorite Blu-ray upgrade.  Here’s a brief look at this week’s offerings:

Hit the jump for all the details.

THE COLLISION: Episode 13 – The First Half of 2012 and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

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This week on The Collision, we look back at the films that came out in the first half of 2012, look ahead to what the rest of the year holds, review The Amazing Spider-Man, and discuss the last-minute changes to the final film.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for last week’s episode, and click here to add the podcast to your RSS.  We’re also now on iTunes.  Be sure to follow The Collision on Twitter for updates, and you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).  Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office – TED Takes R-Rated Comedy Title with $54.1 Million; MAGIC MIKE Second with $39.1 Million

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The theory that audiences would wait for the tentpole movies of July before opening their wallets went down in flames this weekend as two all-original movies (R-rated ones at that) delivered stellar openings. Ted and Magic Mike bested Brave by taking first and second place: nearly doubling their pre-weekend projections and giving box office watchers a lot more to consider than the imminent arrival of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Title Weekend Total
1 Ted $54,100,000 $54.1
2 Magic Mike $39,155,000 $39.1
3 Brave $34,000,000 $131.6
4 Madea’s Witness Protection $26,350,000 $26.3
5 Madagascar 3 $11,815,000 $180
6 A Lincoln: Vampire Hunter $6,000,000 $29
7 Prometheus $4,925,000 $118.2
8 Moonrise Kingdom $4,872,000 $18.4
9 Snow White & the Huntsman $4,405,000 $145.6
10 People Like Us $4,300,000 $4.3

Collider Giveaway: MOONRISE KINGDOM Prize Packs!

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What kind of bird are you? Are you the kind of bird that would love to win a prize pack from director Wes Anderson’s film, Moonrise Kingdom?  If so, you’re in luck!  We’ve got some quirky swag that will soon become the property of two lucky winners.  It wouldn’t hurt to brush up on all of our previous coverage of the film here.

Moonrise Kingdom stars Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Jason Schwartzman and opens around the country on June 29.  Hit the jump for details on how you can win.

Roman Coppola Talks MOONRISE KINGDOM and A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III

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Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom is the charming, sweet and sometimes melancholy story of two 12-year-olds, named Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), who fall in love and run away together into the wilderness.  As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is heading in from off-shore, turning the peaceful island community and all of its quirky inhabitants upside down.

At the film’s press day, co-writer Roman Coppola, who also served as a producer and co-writer on The Darjeeling Limited, talked about his collaborations with two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson, the genesis of this particular project, creating these unique young characters, and how much he was on set during filming.  He also talked about his next film, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, and that he hopes he has the opportunity to make more of his own features, in the future. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Wes Anderson Talks MOONRISE KINGDOM, His Next Film, Doing Another Stop-Motion Movie and More

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Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom is the charming, sweet and sometimes melancholy story of two 12-year-olds, named Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), who fall in love and run away together into the wilderness.  As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is heading in from off-shore, turning the peaceful island community and all of its quirky inhabitants upside down.

At the film’s press day, two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson spoke to Collider via Skype for this exclusive interview about the great response the film is already getting, what success is for him, the inherent style of all of his films, the challenge of finding the perfect young leads for Moonrise Kingdom, what kind of director he is on set, and what he enjoys about collaborating with Billy Murray.  He also talked a bit about his next film, which is currently in the early stages of development, how he’s looking forward to working with Owen Wilson again, and how he’d love to make another stop-motion feature.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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