Sasha Stone proclaims Leonardo DiCaprio as the “actor of the year” for his performances in “The Great Gatsby” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” As for Oscar voting, she also says “we know he will be ignored for it because he always is.” Referring to a New Yorker piece by Rachel Syme, it claims that Baz Luhrmann‘s “Gatsby” is the film this generation deserves (“Technicolor, attention-disordered, deafeningly loud, brimming with loose cultural pastiche”) but that Martin Scorsese‘s “Wolf” is the one Wall Street demands (“its dark cousin and perverse reflection”). Awards Daily.
You can now call her Dame Angela Lansbury. The British-born actress will receive a damehood in 2014 for her services to drama and charitable work. Lansbury also received an honorary Oscar in November. Queen Elizabeth releases a full list of honorees at the end of each year, including dames, knights, commanders, orders of chivalry, and other titles). A total of 1,195 people make the New Year’s list this time. USA Today.
The top box office grossing films of 2013 have now been calculated. The sequel-heavy list is led by “Iron Man 3” with $1.2 billion worldwide. The rest of the blockbusters are: “Despicable Me 2” ($918.7 million), “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ($795.1 million), “Fast and Furious 6” ($788.7 million), “Monsters University” ($743.6 million), “Man of Steel” ($662.8 million), “Gravity” ($653.3 million), “Thor: The Dark World” ($629.4 million), “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” ($614.1 million), and “The Croods” ($587.2 million). Variety.
Rock hall of famers U2 will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival this weekend. All four members will accept in person for their song “Ordinary Love” from the film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Previous recipients have included Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Gus Van Sant. Rolling Stone.
A new video roundtable features six awards contenders in the directing category: Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips“), Nicole Holofcener (“Enough Said“), John Lee Hancock (“Saving Mr. Banks“), J.C. Chandor (“All is Lost“), Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave“), and Spike Jonze (“Her“). Among many topics, they discuss “the maddening paradox” of filmmaking and how to “hear a million voices, and you have to still listen to your own and your gut.” L.A. Times.
Who made the list as the top-earning international box office celebrities of 2013? The 10 biggest movie stars are Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, the late Paul Walker, Bruce Willis, Hugh Jackman, Vin Diesel, Russell Crowe, Robert Downey, Jr., and Dwayne Johnson. Just missing the cut was Sandra Bullock. Deadline.
Andy Greenwald offers his 10 most underappreciated TV performances of this past year. They are from Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones“), Allison Janney (“Masters of Sex,” “Mom“), Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad,” “Michael J. Fox Show“), Abigail Spencer (“Rectify“), Peter Mullan (“Top of the Lake“), the inmates (“Orange is the New Black“), F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland“), Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch“), Matthew Lillard (“The Bridge“), and Niecy Nash (“Getting On”). Grantland.
If you need a recommendation for a great New Year’s Eve film to watch this week, check out one of the following: “The Apartment” (directed by Billy Wilder), “The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel and Ethan Coen), “Strange Days” (Kathryn Bigelow), “Sunset Boulevard” (Wilder), and “When Harry Met Sally” (Rob Reiner). Thompson on Hollywood.