Alfonso Cuaron Wins DGA Award for GRAVITY; Vince Gilligan and Steven Soderbergh Take TV Prizes

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The 2014 Directors Guild Awards were handed out earlier this evening, and Alfonso Cuaron took the top prize for Gravity, launching him (and the film) into frontrunner status heading into the Oscars.  The DGA winner is a very solid predictor of the eventual Oscar winner for the Best Director category, as the two have only failed to match up seven times in the past 65 years.  Moreover, the DGA winner’s film has won the Best Picture Oscar on all but 13 occasions.  We’ve known it’s going to be a very tight race since the PGA split its top award between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, but this DGA win for Gravity puts it ever so slightly ahead.

Elsewhere at the DGA Awards, Steven Soderbergh took home the Miniseries/TV Movie prize for Behind the Candelabra and Vince Gilligan won TV Drama for the series finale of Breaking Bad, beating out the likes of David Fincher and Bryan Cranston.  Hit the jump to read the full list of winners.

Golden Globes 2014 Winners Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE Win Best Motion Pictures

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Earlier tonight, the winners of the 71st Annual Golden Globes were announced at a ceremony where no one prepared an acceptance speech and television nominees were seated really, really far away from the stage.  It was a fun, lightweight affair, which is appropriate for the Golden Globes, and to the surprise of no one, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were amazing.  12 Years a Slave and American Hustle took home best motion pictures, Drama and Comedy/Musical, respectively.  On the TV side, Breaking Bad was awarded Best Drama Series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine won Best Comedy, and Behind the Candelabra took home Best Mini-Series or TV movie.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Edgar Wright’s Top 20 Movies of 2013 Include GRAVITY, HER, and SPRING BREAKERS

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Over the past week or so, we here at Collider have been inundating you with year-end lists.  In addition to personal Top 10s from me, Matt, and Dave, we’ve also run down 2013’s best trailers, posters, movie moments, new TV series, returning TV series, and much more.  Now filmmaker Edgar Wright has chimed in with his own personal “Top 20” of 2013.  The director is plenty busy at the moment prepping to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd, no less), but he graciously took some time to run down a varied list of films that includes Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pacific Rim, and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full batch.

2013 Emmy Winners Announced; BREAKING BAD Wins Best Drama, MODERN FAMILY Gets Best Comedy

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I usually don’t get too worked up over the Emmys, and most of the winners are photocopied from the previous years.  It’s tough to get invested, but I’m still happy when shows I like when things, and I was ecstatic that Breaking Bad finally took home Best Drama Series.  That’s what happens when you’re in the empire business.  Breaking Bad also got another major win with Anna Gunn taking home a statue for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.  Over on the comedy side, Modern Family won yet again, and while it’s a very funny show, I think Louie is more deserving, but I guess Emmy voters don’t know what to do with something so original.  Finally, Behind the Candelabra did well in the Movie/TV Miniseries categories by picking up Best Movie/TV Miniseries, Best Director for Steven Soderbergh, and Best Actor for Michael Douglas.

Hit the jump for all the winners.

Allison Predicts the 2013 Emmy Awards Winners

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The 2013 Emmy Awards have arrived and will air this Sunday, during which most of us will be watching / going into emotional duress from Breaking Bad.  But for those watching the awards and keeping up with the winners, losers, snubs and surprises (and potentially putting money on it), after the jump are my predictions for this year.  The exact alchemy, casting of runes, meditation and throwing of darts that make up my patented formula cannot be revealed, but I will share the results — without taking any responsibility for what actually happens.  Hit the jump for who everyone thinks will win, who should win, and a few upset picks to keep things interesting

New to Blu-ray: WORLD WAR Z, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, ARROW: The Complete First Season, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

2013 Emmy Nominations Announced; HOUSE OF CARDS Makes History with 9 Nominations; AMERICAN HORROR STORY and GAME OF THRONES Lead

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The 65th Emmy Awards Nominations have been announced, and Netflix’s House of Cards has made history.  The original series marks the first TV show released exclusively online to land top honors, as the David Fincher-produced series nabbed 9 nominations including Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Actress (Robin Wright), and Best Director for Fincher—actor Cory Stoll’s excellent work, though, was not recognized.  American Horror Story once again nabbed the most nominations with 17, though the only major nods were for Best Miniseries and Lead Actress in a Miniseries for Jessica Lange.  Game of Thrones followed with 16 nods overall.

House of Cards appears to have knocked Boardwalk Empire out of the Best Drama Series category, as the latter failed to secure a nod.  FX’s The Americans was surprisingly absent as well, and other surprises include New Girl being completely shut out, Mad Men failing to land any writing or directing nominations, Vera Farmiga getting a Best Actress nomination for Bates Motel, and Elizabeth Moss being double nominated for Mad Men and Top of the Lake.  Hit the jump for the list of major nominations.

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Review

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Passion.  Possession.  Infatuation.  Betrayal.  These are the hallmarks of any unhealthy and dramatic relationship.  And despite the glitz and glam of Steven Soderbergh‘s Behind the Candelabra, none of these emotions feels fresh or surprising despite the talent of the lead actors and the colorful figure of Liberace.  The strange relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) is rendered inert by a dramatic trajectory that’s been laid out within the first ten minutes.  The love affair isn’t doomed; it’s predictable.  At best, Behind the Candelabra makes out love to be as shiny, entrancing, and as fake as Liberace’s public persona.

Richard LaGravenese Talks BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, Signing on to the Film, Input from Matt Damon and Michael Douglas & Working with Steven Soderbergh

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From director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese, Behind the Candelabra (debuting on HBO on May 26th) follows the life of virtuoso pianist and flamboyant entertainer Liberace (in a fantastically impressive performance by Academy Award winner Michael Douglas), while telling the tale of his tumultuous and secretive five-year love affair with the much younger Scott Thorson (in an equally great performance by Matt Damon).  The film also stars Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Tom Papa, Paul Reiser and Debbie Reynolds.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Richard LaGravenese talked about how his involvement with the film came about, how much input Michael Douglas and Matt Damon had with the script, learning about Scott Thorson’s time in the Witness Protection Program, who he sees as the real Liberace, what he thinks Liberace would have thought of the film and Michael Douglas’ performance, and what Steven Soderbergh is like to collaborate with, as a director.  He also talked about how his next directorial project, The Last 5 Years (with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan), is shaping up, the status of the TV project he’s doing with Tony Goldwyn, and expressed his disappointment for how Beautiful Creatures was received.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Scott Bakula Talks BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, Working with Steven Soderbergh, Why the Film Landed at HBO, BASMATI BLUES, and More

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From director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese, Behind the Candelabra (debuting on HBO on May 26th) follows the life of virtuoso pianist and flamboyant entertainer Liberace (in a fantastically impressive performance by Academy Award winner Michael Douglas), while telling the tale of his tumultuous and secretive five-year love affair with the much younger Scott Thorson (in an equally great performance by Matt Damon).  The film also stars Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Tom Papa, Paul Reiser and Debbie Reynolds.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Scott Bakula talked about how he became involved with the project, what he learned about Liberace through his research, how much fun it was to get lost in this character and era, what he loves about working with a filmmaker like Steven Soderbergh, and why the film wasn’t able to get theatrical distribution despite the level of talent involved.  He also talked about the musical he’s shooting in India, called Basmati Blues, and his desire to return to the stage.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Cannes 2013: New Images from BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, NEBRASKA, THE IMMIGRANT, and AS I LAY DYING

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The 2013 Cannes Film Festival begins today, and new images have been released for these movies in the fest’s line-up:

  • Behind the Candelabra – Directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, and Debbie Reynolds.
  • Nebraska – Directed by Alexander Payne, starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, and Bob Odenkirk.
  • The Immigrant – Directed by James Gray, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner.
  • As I Lay Dying – Directed and starring James Franco, co-starring Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green, and Danny McBride.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – May 26th.

New UK Trailer and Images for Steven Soderbergh’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

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Fresh off the release of an extended 12-minute featurette, a new UK trailer and a batch of new images from director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelaba have landed online.  The plot centers on the tempestuous relationship between the musician (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  This UK trailer goes deeper into the film’s story, as we see the beginnings of the relationship and start to see some of the great interplay between Douglas and Damon. You can go ahead and wrap up Douglas’ Emmy right about now.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to see the new images.  The film also stars Rob Lowe, Debbie ReynoldsScott BakulaDan AykroydCheyenne JacksonPaul Reiser, and Boyd Holbrook.  Behind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.

12-Minute Featurette for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Goes Behind the Scenes of Steven Soderbergh’s Final Film

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HBO has released a new extended featurette for director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelabra.  The 12-minute video takes us behind-the-scenes of Soderbergh’s possibly final feature film, as we get an intimate look into how the filmmaker crafted his chronicle of the tempestuous relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  Much of the featurette’s focus is on the insane costume and production design of the film, but we also get some footage of Sodbergh operating the camera himself and of a nearly unrecognizable Rob Lowe as Liberace’s plastic surgeon.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, Dan Aykroyd, Cheyenne Jackson, Paul Reiser, and Boyd HolbrookBehind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.

2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Includes INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, NEBRASKA, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, and More

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The full lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was announced today, and it looks like a really great group of films will be screening in the south of France later next month.  Official selections include Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the CandelabraJoel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur, and James Gray’s The Immigrant (previously titled Low Life).  Additionally, the Robert Redford man vs. nature film All Is Lost will premiere out of competition, and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling RingJames Franco’s As I Lay Dying, and the Sundance hit Fruitvale Station (previously titled Fruitvale) will screen Un Certain Regard.

A number of these titles are early awards contenders, and I’m particularly interested to hear the reaction for the Coens’ Davis and Payne’s The Descendants follow-up Nebraska, which is a black-and-white road trip movie starring Will Forte and Bruce Dern.  Hit the jump to read the full lineup.  The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 26th.

Full Trailer for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

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After a couple sneak peeks, a full trailer has been unveiled for Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  The film stars Michael Douglas as the famous musician Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson.  The plot centers on the tempestuous relationship between the two throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  Judging by the new trailer, the story seems to be heavily from Thorson’s perspective as he took a unique relationship with Liberace.  It’s intriguing.  Not quite as intriguing as Rob Lowe‘s hairstyle, but close.

Hit the jump to check out the full trailer.  The film also stars Dan Aykroyd and Debbie ReynoldsBehind the Candelabra premieres on HBO on May 26th at 9/8c.

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