Georgle Clooney‘s Monuments Men looked like it could be a player in this year’s awards race, but it had to be pushed back to February in order to work on the special effects and find the tone of the story. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on a true story about soldiers and historians who have to go to Germany during World War II to rescue artistic masterpieces before they’re destroyed by the Nazis. The first trailer made the film look confused and mediocre, but now an international trailer has gone online, and the movie looks like it’s in much better shape. The humor is sharper, the story is better laid out, and the stakes are more clearly defined. There’s even a little grin about the premise having a bit of an Ocean’s Eleven vibe when Matt Damon‘s character asks Clooney, “Aren’t you a little old for this?” I have high hopes for the film, and this new trailer finally makes me excited for what Clooney has put together.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray. The Monuments Men opens February 7, 2014.
This year’s Oscar race is proving to be one of the most competitive in recent years. With Gravity and 12 Years a Slave already announcing themselves as major frontrunners in multiple categories, well-received smaller dramas duking it out to overtake the top spot, and films from Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell still on the way, there’s not a lot of breathing room. Perhaps that’s why we’ve already seen a number of would-be contenders get the heck out of Dodge and move to 2014 with the latest being George Clooney’s World War II drama The Monuments Men.
The pic had all the staples of an Academy favorite, but with its release now shifted to next February, which of the other contenders might benefit from its absence? We discuss that and more in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat after the jump.
A couple days ago, George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men was delayed to 2014 in order to work on the visual effects and find the right tone for the story. Warner Bros. has now set the movie for February 7, 2014. It will serve as adult counter-programming to family-friendly The LEGO Movie, but it also takes the movie out of the awards race completely. Monuments Men was positioned to be in this year’s race, but since the Academy can rarely remember movies that came out in February, a 2014 run looks unlikely.
Variety also reports that the move for The Monuments Men has caused some slight shifts for a couple of other films. The remake of RoboCop will now move from February 7th to February 12th. Meanwhile, American Hustle will move up from Christmas to go wide on Monuments Men‘s original December 18, 2013 date, but still open in limited release on December 13th.
Yesterday, we learned George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men was exiting the Oscar race and moving to 2014 in order to have more time to work on the special effects. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on a true story about soldiers and historians who have to go to Germany during World War II to rescue artistic masterpieces before they’re destroyed by the Nazis. I love the premise and the cast, but the trailers have been disappointing and disjointed. The scattershot nature could be blamed on the person cutting the trailer, but it turns out that even Clooney is the one searching for the tone of the picture.
Hit the jump for more. The film stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray.
It looks like George Clooney’s The Monuments Men won’t be opening this year, meaning it also won’t be in the running for the upcoming Academy Awards. The film was originally slated to open December 18th, but has been bumped to early 2014. The reason? Clooney states that the visual effects work on the World War II-era drama needs more time. Check out the film’s trailer to get acquainted.
The Monuments Men also stars Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray. Hit the jump for more.
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.
A new trailer for writer-director George Clooney’s The Monuments Men is now available. In addition to fascist ideologies, unfettered immoral scientific experimentation and wanton genocide, Clooney reminds us that the Nazis were out to erase any artistic or cultural evidence of the peoples they conquered. That simply cannot stand. While Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds take the fight directly to Hitler himself, Clooney’s Monuments Men, a collection of specialists not unlike those in Ocean’s Eleven, head for the front lines in order to prevent the Nazis from getting their grimy hands on precious works of art. Compelling stuff, which is why the film made its way to our Most Anticipated list.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville. The Monuments Men opens on December 18th.
The summer movie season has come to a close, and it’s now time to turn our focus towards what this fall has in store for us. Unsurprisingly, there are a number of very promising character-centric pics headed our way, and on paper these next few months look to be an embarrassment of riches. We saw more than a few disappointments this summer (especially with regards to the sci-fi genre), so hopefully the end of the year will have a higher success rate when it comes to delivering the goods. Regardless, it’s sure to be a nice change of pace from the effects-driven onslaught of the summer.
In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave run down what films they’re most looking forward to between October and December. Hit the jump to read on.
The Fall Film Festival season has come and gone, and with that we now have a pretty clear idea of the early state of the Oscar race. While initial awards projections were made mostly on conjecture and blind faith, a number of the major contenders have now had a chance to screen at the prestigious Telluride, Toronto, and Venice film festivals allowing critics and industry folk to assess the quality of heavy hitters such as Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Labor Day, and August: Osage County. Last year, an early Oscar frontrunner came out of nowhere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the form of Silver Linings Playbook, but this year an incredibly strong frontrunner has emerged with near-unanimous praise.
Hit the jump for a rundown of the Oscar race as it stands now, including our first Oscar Beat power rankings for the major categories.
As the fall film festival season kicks this year’s Oscar Race into high gear this weekend, we thought it fitting to take one last early look at the Best Picture contenders before the nuttiness ensues. Yesterday we ran down 11 films that have a decent shot at becoming part of the upcoming Best Picture race, and today in the second part of this particular Oscar Beat column, we complete the list with 10 more potential contenders. Hit the jump to read on.
New posters have landed online for two star-studded ensembles that are headed to theaters later this year. Besides teasing the stellar cast, there’s really not much to the full theatrical poster for George Clooney’s new directorial effort The Monuments Men, but we do see Matt Damon flanked by Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville. Based on a true story, the film centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever. The film also stars Cate Blanchett and opens in theaters on December 20th.
Additionally, the first poster for Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) comedy Last Vegas also highlights its ensemble, as we get a look at Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline laughing it up as a quartet of friends who get together to celebrate a bachelor party in Vegas. The film opens on November 1st. Hit the jump to check out both posters.
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for George Clooney’s next directorial effort, The Monuments Men. Based on a true story, the film centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever. This is a disappointing trailer not because the film looks bad, but because the trailer feels poorly put together. The highlight looks like the fish-out-of-water supporting characters played John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray. Unfortunately, the trailer feels like it’s trying way too hard to be hip, and the music playing over the whole thing is an awful choice. I still can’t wait to see this movie, but I wish the first look at it was better.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Bonneville. The Monuments Men opens on December 18th. [Update: We've added the teaser poster to the article.]
New images from three highly anticipated fall films have landed online. Briefly:
- The Monuments Men – The first official image from George Clooney’s latest directorial effort highlights the swell ensemble cast of the WWII heist movie, featuring Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bob Balaban. The film opens in theaters on December 18th.
- American Hustle – Another new image from Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell’s next film shows off even more of the early 1980s fashions donned by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper. The film opens wide on December 25th.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – A new image from the second film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy takes a break from the dwarves as we get another look at Orlando Bloom’s Legolas and Evangeline Lily’s Tauriel. The film opens on December 13th.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. [Update: We've added a batch of more images from The Monuments Men, including a first look at Cate Blanchett's character.]
Production is currently underway in Germany on George Clooney’s next directorial feature, the WWII drama The Monuments Men, and some new images of the star-studded cast on set have surfaced. Based on a true story, the pic centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever. These set photos give us a look at Bill Murray, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Clooney all in character, along with what looks to be a cameo by composer Alexandre Desplat. This is absolutely one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I can’t wait to see the ensemble’s interplay when the film hits theaters.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Cate Blanchett and Bob Balaban. The Monuments Men opens on December 18th.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has already announced their dates for the 86th and 87th Oscars, and if you want to play long-term prognosticator, you should keep an eye on George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men for 2013 nominees. The Columbia Pictures/20th Century Fox co-production tells the true story of an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever. In addition to producing and co-writing the script, Clooney stars alongside an outstanding cast that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, and Hugh Bonneville. The first set photos have leaked online, and they show Damon in uniform, and Clooney rocking a mustache. This should go over well with pro-mustache members of the Academy.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. The Monuments Men is due out December 18th.