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Golden Globes: We predict Sunday's TV winners

January 13, 2012 | 12:46 pm

Golden Globe predictions for TV, including Claire Danes in "Homeland"

Yes, the Hollywood Foreign Assn. Press consigns its Golden Globe television nominees to the back of the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom, which means less camera time and a greatly diminished chance at getting water glasses refilled. But there's one consolation: Host Ricky Gervais probably will ignore them too.

The Globes have a long history of beating the Emmys to the punch when it comes to rewarding new shows. (Unless it's AMC's "Breaking Bad." You'd think this bunch could relate to a show about desperation.) This year, look for "Homeland" and "New Girl" to break out, unless the HFPA decides to really let its freak flag fly and go with "American Horror Show."

Following Thursday's movie predictions, here are our picks for the TV side:


The nominees: “American Horror Story,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Boss,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland”

The winner is … “Mad Men” ran the table for its first three seasons before “Boardwalk Empire” ended that streak last year. Now “Boardwalk” faces off against four first-year series. Among them, we’re guessing Showtime’s topical thriller “Homeland” has enough heat to knock off "Boardwalk."

Unless … All the freshman series divide voters and “Boardwalk” wins for a second season that rivaled its debut year in quality.


The nominees: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”; Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”; Kelsey Grammer, “Boss”; Jeremy Irons, “The Borgias”; Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

The winner is … Cranston has never lost an Emmy in this category, but has never won a Globe. (And this is only his second nomination.) We suspect that the HFPA doesn’t want to play catch-up and goes with the Brit, Lewis, who was Globe-nominated a decade ago for “Band of Brothers.”

Unless … Voters been jonesing to give eight-time nominee and two-time winner Grammer an award since “Frasier” ended its run.


The nominees: Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Mireille Enos, “The Killing”; Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”; Madeline Stowe, “Revenge”; Callie Thorne, “Necessary Roughness”

The winner is … Danes. She's an HFPA favorite, having won twice, including a victory last year for “Temple Grandin.”

Unless … Voters go back to 2009 winner Margulies or didn’t hate the Season 1 finale of “The Killing” as much as we did.


The nominees: “Enlightened,” “Episodes,” “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “New Girl”

The winner is … “Modern Family” seems poised to end “Glee’s” two-year run.

Unless … Voters side with the ambitiously layered “Enlightened,” easily the best of this season’s new comedies.


The nominees: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; David Duchovny, “Californication”; Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”; Thomas Jane, “Hung”; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

The winner is … An odd bunch. Last year’s winner, Jim Parsons, is out, replaced by “Big Bang” co-star Galecki. No Steve Carell for his fantastic last season of “The Office”, or Louis CK, but Duchovny … again? Really? Baldwin has already won three times; HBO just canceled Jane’s show. And “Big Bang” isn’t nominated for comedy. That leaves … LeBlanc? (Really?)

Unless … They’d like to give Jane, a nominee for all three seasons of “Hung,” a nice parting gift.


The nominees: Laura Dern, “Enlightened”; Zooey Deschanel, “The New Girl”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Laura Linney, “The Big C”; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

The winner is … Deschanel.

Unless … Too many HFPA members overdosed on all the good cheer found in Deschanel’s “She & Him” Christmas album. Then, look to past winner Dern or Poehler.


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-- Glenn Whipp

Whipp writes the Gold Standard awards column for The Envelope.

Photo: Claire Danes stars in "Homeland." Credit: Showtime

Golden Globes: We predict Sunday's film winners

January 12, 2012 |  1:47 pm

Asa Butterfield and Jude Law in Hugo
The envelopes are in! No, no … not the ones with the round-trip airplane tickets to Italy along with directions to George Clooney’s villa on Lake Como or the ones containing passes to Super Bowl XLVI. (Thanks, Madonna! We can’t wait for the halftime show!)

We’ll leave it Ricky Gervais to make the jokes about the ins and outs of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s rigorous selection process. We’re interested only in the envelopes containing the winners of the 69th annual Golden Globes awards. Who will be beaming from the podium and who will be pretending to smile while being insulted by Mr. Gervais? We'll predict the movie categories today and return tomorrow with a look at the Globes' television slate.


The nominees: “The Descendants,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “The Ides of March,” “Moneyball,” “War Horse”

The winner is … : Intimate, intricate family dramas aren’t really the HFPA’s thing, which makes us think they might go with favorite son Martin Scorsese’s theatrical, Franco-friendly “Hugo.”

Unless … : HFPA members have decided to test Clooney with a challenge far greater than anything he dealt with in “The Descendants” or “Ides” -- namely, how many times can he convincingly look thrilled, overjoyed and Just Plain Happy to Be Here in a three-hour period? Current over/under line in Vegas: Six.


The nominees: George Clooney, “The Descendants”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”; Michael Fassbender, “Shame”; Ryan Gosling, “The Ides of March”; Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

The winner is …: Clooney. C’mon. They gave him four nominations, and this is the most logical place to honor him. (And, yes, we realize logic doesn’t always come into play with this nutty group. But since we don’t know which movie star posed for the most photos with HFPA members, humor us, OK?)

Unless …: Pitt posed for more photos.


The nominees: Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”; Viola Davis, “The Help”; Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”; Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”; Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

The winner is …: Davis. It’s her year.

Unless …: HFPA voters got a warm, fuzzy feeling in their heads … er, um … hearts while watching Streep do her darnedest to humanize Margaret Thatcher. But since even Streep is out stumping for her “Doubt” costar, we think she’ll be applauding Davis from her table.


The nominees: “50/50,” “The Artist,” “Bridesmaids,” “Midnight in Paris,” “My Week With Marilyn”

The winner is …: “The Artist.”

Unless …: Its writer-director Michel Hazanavicius suddenly publishes a heartfelt remembrance of all the grand times and delightful conversations he enjoyed over the years with Kim Jong Il.


The nominees: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”; Brendan Gleeson, “The Guard”; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “50/50”; Ryan Gosling, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”; Owen Wilson, “Midnight in Paris”

The winner is …: Dujardin. It’s going to be the first of many big nights for “The Artist.”

Unless …: Gosling’s two nominations indicate that, after two previous nods, the HFPA is ready to reward him for an undeniably great year.


The nominees: Jodie Foster, “Carnage”; Charlize Theron, “Young Adult”; Kristin Wiig, “Bridesmaids”; Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”; Kate Winslet, “Carnage”

The winner is …: Williams. You have to understand: What’s funny to you and me doesn’t necessarily make HFPA double over with laughter. Winners in this category tend to come mostly from musicals or romantic-comedies that are heavy on the drama. That would exclude the deserving Wiig, whose movie, remarkably, represented the first-ever Globe nomination for producer Judd Apatow.

Unless …: They go with Theron, as they have rewarded actresses in black comedies in the recent past (Nicole Kidman in “To Die For” and Renee Zellweger in “Nurse Betty”).


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-- Glenn Whipp

Whipp writes the Gold Standard awards column for The Envelope.

Photo: Asa Butterfield and Jude Law in "Hugo." Credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures 

Around Town: Foreign films and Spencer Tracy

January 12, 2012 |  6:00 am


The Aero’s Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominee Series 2012 continues Thursday evening with the French drama “The Kid With a Bike.” On tap for Friday evening is Zhang Yimou’s “The Flowers of War” with Christian Bale as an American missionary in China.

The day before the Golden Globes’ ceremony Sunday evening, the Egyptian and the Hollywood Foreign Press are co-presenting a Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominee Panel Discussion featuring Zhang Yimou, Angelina Jolie (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (“The Kid With a Bike”), Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”) and Pedro Almodovar (“The Skin I Live In”). The Saturday afternoon event is free but on a first-come first serve basis. http://www.americancinematheque.com

Film Independent at LACMA presents Cassavetes’ Shadow: Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Discussion and Screening on Thursday at the Leo S. Bing Theatre. The evening will feature the nominees for the 2012 John Cassavetes Award, which is given to a filmmaker who has made a film for less than $500,000. After the talk, Cassavetes’ low-budget first project as a filmmaker, 1959’s “Shadows,” will screen.

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Around Town: Films, screenings and more in L.A. this week

January 4, 2012 | 12:17 pm


This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

With Gary Oldman getting strong reviews and Oscar buzz for his performance as spy George Smiley in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” the Arclight in Hollywood is offering a six-film retrospective of the British actor’s career beginning Monday with 1986’s “Sid and Nancy,” in which he played punk rocker Sid Vicious, followed by Oliver Stone’s 1991 “J.F.K.,” which features his tenacious performance as Lee Harvey Oswald.

Oldman’s performance as a U.S. congressman in 2000’s “The Contender” is on display on Tuesday, along with his “biting” turn as the most famous vampire in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 “Dracula.” Scheduled for Wednesday is his turn as playwright Joe Orton in 1987’s “Prick Up Your Ears,” directed by Stephen Frears, followed by “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”

After the "Tinker, Tailor" screening, Oldman will participate in a Q&A with Matt Holzman, host of KCRW’s “Matt’s Movies.” The admission to the retrospective is free, but tickets are only available via RSVP through www.OldmanRSVP.com. www.arclightcinemas.com

The American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre concludes its annual “Screwball Comedies” Festival Thursday evening with Howard Hawks’ 1941 romantic comedy “Ball of Fire,” starring Barbara Stanwyck in her Oscar-nominated performance as a nightclub singer on the lam who hides out with a group of encyclopedia nerds. Gary Cooper plays the nerd working on slang who falls for Stanwyck.

The second feature is the 1937 classic “The Awful Truth,” for which director Leo McCarey won the best director Oscar. Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, who earned an Oscar nomination, star.

On Friday, the Aero celebrates the centennial of New Mexico’s statehood with Sam Peckinpah’s 1973 Western “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” with Kris Kristofferson and James Coburn. Nick Redman, Peckinpah’s biographer and documentary filmmaker; Peckinpah’s assistant Katy Haber; editor Garth Craven; and the film’s co-star, Charles Martin Smith, will discuss the movie after the screening.

Director J.J. Abrams and members of his cast and crew will be appearing Saturday evening at the Aero Theatre for a screening of Abrams' sci-fi coming-of-age 2011 box office hit, “Super 8.” Sunday evening, the Aero presents the 2010 French comedy-drama “Eight Times Up,” which explores the topic of unemployment. Director Xabia Molia and star and co-producer Julie Gayet will appear in person.

Every year the Cinematheque presents the “Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominee Series.” The Globes take place Jan. 15. This year's programming begins Monday evening at the Aero with Angelina Jolie’s feature film debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which is in Bosnian with English subtitles. The series continues Tuesday with Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In,” which marks a reunion with one of the Spanish director’s early muses, Antonio Banderas. The critically lauded Iranian film, “A Separation,” which has already earned several critics’ accolades, screens Wednesday.

The Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre presents its seventh annual “Focus on Female Directors” evening on Thursday. Among the films screening are Maryna Vroda’s “Cross,” which won the 2011 Palme d’Or for best short film; Jess Holzworth’s 2011 “Gamma Ray,” with Chloe Sevigny; Mitsuyo Miyazaki’s award-winning 2011 USC student film, “Tsuyako”; and Penelope Spheeris’ 1998 “No Use Walkin’ When You Can Stroll.” Spheeris and other directors featured in the program will be appearing.

Two cult coming-of-age classics, 1985’s “The Goonies” and 1986’s “Stand By Me,” are scheduled for Friday evening at the Egyptian.

On Saturday evening, Jeff Garlin of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will be leading a discussion after the screening of “The Honeymooners: Lost Episodes 1951-1957.”

The current film “My Week with Marilyn” explores the turbulent production of the 1957 film, “The Prince and the Showgirl,” starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. On Sunday the Egyptian will screen “The Prince and the Showgirl,” along with the 1959 Billy Wilder comedy masterwork, “Some Like It Hot,” with Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. www.americancinematheque.com

The UCLA Film & Television Archive commences its three-month retrospective on Oscar-winning actor Spencer Tracy on Saturday evening at the Billy Wilder Theatre with “Inherit the Wind,” Stanley Kramer’s 1960 film version of the hit Broadway play based on the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial, for which Tracy earned an Oscar nomination as an attorney based on Clarence Darrow. Fredric March also stars. James Curtis, author of the new Tracy biography, and “Wind” co-star Donna Anderson will be in attendance.

Scheduled for Sunday is his first feature film, 1930’s “Up the River,” which also marked the feature debut of Humphrey Bogart, followed by the 1930 Vitaphone short, “The Hard Guy.”

The archive’s Wednesday program at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles is the campy 1966 prehistoric drama “One Million Years B.C." starring Raquel Welch in very revealing outfits and the 1940 version “One Million B.C.” with Victor Mature. www.cinema.ucla.edu

Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 satire “Weekend” visits the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre on Thursday through Wednesday in a new 35mm print. On Monday, Cinefamily presents a feature length edition of Season One of David Cross’ IFC series “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” followed by a Q&A with the actor (“Arrested Development”), who created and writes the series, which begins its second season Friday evening. www.cinefamily.org

And on Saturday the Los Angeles Filmforum teams up with Cinefamily to present “Wallace Berman’s Underground Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Screening 9." Toni Bail and Russ Tamblyn are scheduled to appear in person, schedule permitting. www. lafilmforum.org

The New Beverly Cinema showcases Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, “Into the Abyss,” on Thursday evening, followed by Errol Morris’ 1999 doc, “Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter Jr." Two by Pedro Almodovar are featured Friday and Saturday -- his 2011 drama “The Skin I Live In” followed by 2009’s “Broken Embraces” with Penelope Cruz. Saturday’s midnight movie is David Fincher’s 1999 “Fight Club,” with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

Sunday and Monday’s offerings are Luc Besson’s 1997 action-adventure “The Fifth Element,” with Bruce Willis and Chris Tucker, as well as 2001’s “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.”

Mark Romanek, schedule permitting, will appear in person Wednesday at the New Beverly for a screening of his 2010 drama, “Never Let Me Go.” Also screening is Francois Truffaut’s only English-language film, 1966’s “Fahrenheit 451,” based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. www.newbevcinema.com

The 7th Annual Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival kicks off Thursday and continues through Sunday at the Repertory East Playhouse in Old Town Newhall and features comedies, dramas, animation and shorts, plus works by budding filmmakers in junior high and high school. www.SCVFilmFestival.com

The 9th Annual Venice Film Festival, which explores the history of films made in Venice, Calif., takes place Thursday at the Seven Dudley Cinema at Beyond Baroque. laughters.com/7dudleycinema.html.

The Free Tunisia Organization is presenting the New Tunisian Film Festival Tuesday through Thursday at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. The festival also marks the one-year anniversary of the Tunisian uprising. Among the films to be screened are “Fallaga 2011,” “Making of,” “Fausse Note” and “Rouge Parole.” www.levantinecenter.org/event/tunisian-film-festival.

Stanley Donen directed the acclaimed 1967 romantic comedy-drama “Two for the Road,” with Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, which screens Tuesday afternoon at the Skirball Cultural Center. www.skirball.org

[For the record, 4:03 p.m. Jan. 5: This post originally listed Spencer Tracy's retrospective as a two-month engagement launching on Friday. The retrospective is three months and launches Saturday.]


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Photo: Tom Hardy, left, and Gary Oldman in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" Credit: Jack English/Focus Features

Golden Globes: Can Pixar continue its winning streak with 'Cars 2'?

December 15, 2011 |  9:59 am

"Arthur Christmas," "Cars 2," "Puss in Boots," "Rango" and "The Adventures of Tintin" are the Golden Globe nominees for best animated feature
Every year since the Golden Globes added an animated feature film category in 2007, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has picked a Pixar movie for the prize. Will the streak continue in 2012 with "Cars 2?"

The sequel is going up against "Arthur Christmas," "Puss in Boots," "Rango" and "The Adventures of Tintin." The original "Cars" won the Golden Globe back in 2007.

This time, the race is more wide open, and reflects the emergence of live-action filmmakers in the genre, including Steven Spielberg ("Tintin"), Gore Verbinski ("Rango") and Guillermo del Toro (executive producer, "Puss in Boots"), as well as a diversity of studios.

If "Cars 2" director John Lasseter is sweating it, he wasn't showing it Thursday morning. "I'm really excited that the animation industry is so healthy," said Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, in a phone call from his home in Glen Ellen, Calif. "People ask me about competition. I'm so glad that so many great films are being made by lots of different studios."

Notable animated films excluded from the list include the critical and commercial successes "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Rio."

Sarah Smith, director of "Arthur Christmas," reacted to news of her film's nomination while pushing a baby carriage down a London street.

"I'm absolutely delighted on behalf of all the people who made it," said Smith, whose movie was a joint production of the Britain-based Aardman Animations and Culver City-based Sony Pictures Animation. "We had Europeans and Russians, as well as the team from Sony in the States. When they came to Bristol, we made everybody drink tea and warm beer. ... When we came to the States, they introduced us to more civilized forms of entertainment."


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John Lasseter poses for a photo in front of characters from his movie "Cars" at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star presentation ceremony in Hollywood on Nov. 1. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images

Morgan Freeman to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

November 9, 2011 | 10:16 am


Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s 2012 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 69th Golden Globe Awards, the group announced Wednesday.

The ceremony will take place Jan. 15.

The Cecil B. DeMille Award is given, according to the HFPA, to "talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment." Freeman, 74, joins such past recipients as Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

Freeman earned a supporting actor Oscar for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby," directed by Clint Eastwood, and he received a lead actor Oscar nomination for Eastwood's 2009 film "Invictus," in which he played South African leader Nelson Mandela. He also received Oscar nominations for supporting actor for 1987's "Street Smart" and lead actor nominations for 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy" and 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption."

This past June, he received the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award.

Recently seen in the box-office hit "Dolphin Tale," he's currently in production on "The Dark Knight Rises," the third entry in Christopher Nolan's Batman films.


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