New to Blu-ray: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, RUSH, TREME: The Complete Series, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a deliciously funny animated sequel, a new Criterion entry, Ron Howard’s latest film, and the final season plus a complete series box set for a beloved HBO show.  Briefly:

RUSH Blu-ray Review

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As a director, Ron Howard has always described himself as a journeyman who put the story first.  He’s never embraced a particular visual style, which means he can make something great, or something less than, but it’s always going to be determined by the material and the performers.  2013’s Rush is one of his better films, though it didn’t catch on domestically.  Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl star as ultra-competitive Formula One race car drivers who approach the sport differently, but eventually come to respect each other.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

BAFTA Nominations Announced; GRAVITY Leads with 11; AMERICAN HUSTLE and 12 YEARS A SLAVE Follow with 10

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Next week, the Academy will announce the Oscar nominations, but today we have the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) handing out their nods.  Gravity led the pack with 11 nominations including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), and Best Actress (Sandra Bullock).  Close behind were 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, which also picked up Best Film nominations.  Additionally, American Hustle was nominated in all of the acting categories with Christian Bale for Best Actor, Amy Adams for Best Actress, Bradley Cooper for Best Supporting Actor, and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress.  Additionally, because Behind the Candelabra was a theatrical release in the U.K., it earned five nominations including Best Supporting Actor (Matt Damon) and Best Adapted Screenplay.  Finally, the Best Director nominees lined up perfectly with yesterday’s DGA nominations.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  The winners will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, February 16th.

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.

Oscar Beat: Best Supporting Actor – Is Jared Leto on His Way to an Oscar Win?

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As we continue our in-depth look at the coming awards season, it’s now time to delve in the Best Supporting Actor race.  It’s a tough category this year, with a number of impressive turns from a variety of actors.  The two big standouts emerged at the Toronto Film Festival this past September with Jared Leto earning extremely high praise for his turn as a transsexual opposite Mattthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender turning heads as a ruthless slave owner in the highly emotional 12 Years a Slave.  But there are plenty of other contenders as well, with both Jonah Hill and James Franco firmly in the race for a pair of more comic performances.

Hit the jump to read the latest edition of Oscar Beat, in which we examine the Best Supporting Actor category.

114 Scores Eligible for Oscar Consideration Including Hans Zimmer’s MAN OF STEEL, John Williams’ THE BOOK THIEF, and Steven Price’s GRAVITY

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the list of 114 original scores that are eligible for the Best Original Score Oscar.  Though John Williams has worked almost exclusively with Steven Spielberg for the past few years, he’s eligible this year for scoring director Brian Percival’s Holocaust film The Book Thief.  Prolific composer Hans Zimmer has three scores in the running with Rush, Man of Steel, and 12 Years a Slave, and other notable scores include Steven Price’s excellent Gravity, David Wingo’s work on Mud, Ramin Djawadi’s rocking Pacific Rim score, Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness, and the collaboration between Arcade Fire’s William Butler and musician Owen Pallett on Her.  Frustratingly, though, Steven Price’s The World’s End score appears to have been deemed ineligible, presumably due to the abundance of pre-existing tracks.

Hit the jump to see the full list of eligible scores and for my thoughts on the early Oscar favorites.  The 86th Academy Award nominations will be announced January 16th.

71st Golden Globes Award Nominees Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE Lead with 7 Nominations Each

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The 71st Golden Globes Awards nominations have been announced, and while the show isn’t much of a barometer in terms of how the Academy will vote, it’s still another marker on the awards race.  12 Years a Slave continues to be the favorite, earning seven nominations including Best Picture (Drama), Best Director (Steve McQueen) Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o).  However, American Hustle managed to match the number of nominations, and I’m sure Adam will be able to say in Oscar Beat how much that changes the awards race.  Looking solely at the Golden Globes, I have to say there aren’t really any big surprises both in terms of nominees and snubs.  Some people gained some heat, and others lost a little bit of it, but I don’t see anything that’s going to significantly alter the awards conversation.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees, including those for television.   Winners will be announced on January 12, 2014 at the televised ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Hans Zimmer Talks RUSH, Working with Ron Howard, the Positive Response to the Score, His Composing Process, and More

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve been running portions of Steve’s lengthy interview with composer Hans Zimmer.  While their conversation covered a wide range of topics including Batman vs. Superman, Interstellar, and 12 Years a Slave, the two also discussed Zimmer’s most recent collaboration with director Ron Howard on the Formula 1 racing drama Rush.  Zimmer talked about the positive audience reaction to his work on the film, the process of collaborating with Ron Howard, how he went about crafting the sound of Rush, and more.  Hit the jump to watch this portion of the interview.

Oscar Beat: Box Office, Best Picture, and GRAVITY

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Though it’s only October, we’re already in the thick of awards season.  We’ve seen frontrunners emerge from the fall festival circuit, and now some of the year’s potential heavy hitters are starting to open in theaters, providing some hard data for the all-important “audience reception” factor in the Oscar race.  Gravity emerged as a potential frontrunner for a number of awards—including Best Picture—when it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Venice, and Telluride earlier this year, and now the film can add “box office hit” to its resume, as the pic opened to a record-breaking $55.5 million in its first weekend and only dropped an incredible 21% in its second weekend.

In today’s edition of Oscar Beat, we examine the importance of box office in the Oscar race and what this means for Gravity and the other awards contenders going forward.  Additionally, I update my predictions to reflect movements in the recent weeks.  Hit the jump to read on.

Daniel Bruhl Talks THE FIFTH ESTATE, RUSH, How INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Helped German Actors, Michael Winterbottom’s THE FACE OF AN ANGEL, More

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Opening this week is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.  The Fifth Estate also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Bruhl.  He talked about what it’s been like having two high-profile projects at the Festival, the parallels between Fifth Estate and Rush and how they eschew the use of a “good guy vs. bad guy” narrative, trying to tell The Fifth Estate story in a realistic way without taking sides, his meeting with Daniel Domscheit-Berg, future projects like Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel, what to do in Berlin, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: GRAVITY Hits New October Opening Record with $55.5 Million

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gravity-george-clooney-sliceSci-fi has been redeemed this morning. In a year that produced genre disappointments like After Earth and Oblivion, original sci-fi has its first unqualified hit of 2013 with Gravity. The thriller soared to $55.5 million on its first weekend, or about $15 million more than even its most optimistic boosters put the film one week ago. More importantly, Gravity set a new record for October by topping Paranormal Activity 3’s $52.5 million debut.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gravity $55,550,000 $55.5
2.  Cloudy with a Chance 2 $21,500,000 $61.5
3.  Runner Runner $7,600,000 $7.6
4.  Prisoners $5,700,000 $47.8
5.  Rush $4,408,000 $18
6.  Don Jon $4,160,000 $16
7.  Baggage Claim $4,125,000 $15.1
8.  Insidious Chapter 2 $3,876,000 $74.7
9.  Pulling Strings $2,500,000 $2.5
10.  Enough Said $2,150,000 $5.13

Weekend Box Office: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Wins with $35 Million

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Sony is reporting an opening weekend estimate of $35 million for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. That represents a nice bump from the $30.3 million debut of the original in 2009 (when 3D animation was still a hot trend) but is far from the record-breaking run that many expected. The weekend’s other new titles stuck closer to their very modest projections: Rush was edged out by Prisoners for second place, and neither Baggage Claim nor Don Jon managed to distinguish itself on September’s final frame.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $35,000,000 $35
2.  Prisoners $11,270,000 $38.9
3.  Rush $10,314,000 $10.5
4.  Baggage Claim $9,300,000 $9.3
5.  Don Jon $9,000,000 $9
6  Insidious Chapter 2 $6,747,000 $69.5
7.  The Family $3,700,000 $32.6
8.  Instructions Not Included $3,380,000 $38.5
9.  We’re the Millers $2,865,000 $142.4
10.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $2,417,000 $110.2

Friday Box Office: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Grabs $9.3 Million on First Day

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After an animation dry spell that left Disney’s Planes the only feature flying for nearly two months, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 lifted-off on Friday. The sequel to 2009’s 3D hit earned an estimated $9.3 million from 4,002 locations, which means that a new September record is probably not on the menu for the Sony release. At this time last year, Hotel Transylvania banked $10.9 million on its way to that record-setting $42.5 million first weekend. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 seems destined for about $37 million by Sunday – short of a record but well ahead of the $30.3 million debut of the first Cloudy.

After a good start in just five locations last weekend, Ron Howard’s Rush expanded its run on Friday. From 2,297 locations, the racing drama earned an estimated $3.7 million for second place. The frame’s remaining new releases ran about even on Friday: R-rated comedy Don Jon (directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt) took in $3.27 million from 2,422 locations while romantic comedy Baggage Claim booked $3.29 from 2,027 runs. Check back tomorrow for full details.

   Title Friday Total
1.    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $9,300,000 $9.3
2.    Rush $3,700,000 $3.96
3.    Prisoners $3,380,000 $31
4.    Baggage Claim $3,290,000 $3.29
5.    Don Jon $3,275,000 $3.27

TOP 5: RUSH Interviews, Fact-Checking the Science of BREAKING BAD, Fox Bringing Commissioner Gordon Series GOTHAM to TV, DON JON Interviews, Cinemath

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Perhaps the combination of my new found love of fantasy football and my fondness of sports documentaries in general make me a less than unbiased voice, but I can’t recommend writer/director Rory Karpf‘s documentary The Book of Manning enough. The made for TV doc premiered on ESPN this past week and it blew me away from a perspective that had nothing to do with sports or athletic achievement and everything to do with its noteworthy focus on parenting, family, and legacy. This may not seem like a huge achievement on paper, but when your film’s protagonists are some of the most highly decorated football players in the history of the sport, it’s a testament to the patriarch, Archie Manning, that the biggest takeaway I have from The Book of Manning isn’t how many records he set at Ole Miss or how many of those records his son Eli broke decades later, it’s that our families and kids are the most important responsibilities we can have and the way that we treat both is ultimately what defines us as people.

Now that I’ve hit you over the head with an “After School Special” message right out of the gate, this week’s Top 5 features Rush interviews with Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth and more, our resident scientist Dave Trumbore fact-checking the science behind Breaking Bad, Fox landing a new television series based on Batman’s Commissioner Gordon, Don Jon interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more, and a new Cinemath installment focusing on adjusting for box office inflation and the inherent dangers of comparing Gone with the Wind to The Avengers. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Olivia Wilde Talks RUSH, the Incredible Story it’s Based on, Spike Jonze’s HER, and More

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush.  Based on true events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) leading up to their intense competition in 1976.  Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.

While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Wilde.   She talked about making Rush, how she got involved in the project, the incredible story it’s based on, the 70s clothing, and more.  In addition, Wilde talked about what it was like making Her with director Spike Jonze.  Hit the jump to watch.

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