At the Berlin Film Festival on Sunday, actor Shia LaBeouf wears a paper bag with the words “I Am Not Famous Anymore.” He was on the red carpet in a tuxedo promoting his Lars von Trier film “Nymphomaniac.” Earlier in the day he walked out of a press event with the curious comment, “When the seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” He has been repeatedly posting the “famous” phrase on his Twitter account in recent days and has also been saying he “is retiring from all public life.” Deadline.
“12 Years a Slave” is the winner of the USC Libraries Scripter Award. It is given to the best book-to screen adaptation, meaning screenwriter John Ridley and the late Solomon Northup both receive the actual trophies. Four of Northup’s descendants sat with Ridley and his family. The other nominees at this weekend’s event were “Captain Phillips,” “Philomena,” “The Spectacular Now,” and “What Maisie Knew.” Ridley is a strong frontrunner to win the Best Adapated Screenplay at the Academy Awards this year. The Wrap.
Kyle Buchanan analyzes the Oscars race for Best Supporting Actress between “out-of-nowhere ingenue” Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave“) and “America’s sweetheart” Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle“). He says that Lawrence has become “the industry’s biggest new hope seemingly overnight” who could have given a one-note performance but actually has a “killer arc.” Although Nyong’o doesn’t appear in her film until halfway in, she “adds heart and soulfulness to that back half” and will be the likely winner. Huffington Post.
Anne Thompson is placing her bet on “The Broken Circle Breakdown” to win the Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film. It is the first year that all Academy members are voting on this category rather than just the ones who sign affidavits in actual theaters. She calls the musical adaptation from Felix Van Groeningen “a sexy and tragic musical family drama…featuring bluegrass music.” Voters just received all five films on screeners this past week and call watch this film on iTunes. Thompson on Hollywood.
“The Lego Movie” way overperforms expectations for its first box office weekend. Costing only $60 million to produce, the animated film earns $69 million. George Clooney‘s “The Monuments Men” had a very good opening of $22.7 million for second place. After a long run in first place, “Ride Along” falls to third with $9.4 million (surpassing the $100 million mark overall). The debut of “Vampire Academy” was dismal with just $4.1 million. Variety.
Sasha Stone reflects on the recent Santa Barbara Film Festival and especially the career tribute to Robert Redford. She says the past 15 year of Oscar watching has “destroyed much of the love for films I used to have” because contests with winners lead to many losers. It would have been very easy for Redford to pass on the tribute after his Academy snub this year, but he didn’t because “he would only want the Oscar if the voters felt he deserved it.” That is why campaigning meant very little to him over the past few months. Awards Daily.
Jimmy Fallon scores his hightest ratings ever for his last edition of “Late Night” on Friday. His final official guest was former “Saturday Night Live” co-star Andy Samberg, and the final performance was Fallon with the Muppets singing the classic rock song “The Weight.” Over 6.6 million viewers watched the finale. Fallon moves on to host “The Tonight Show” for NBC starting February 17. Vulture.
HBO releases a new 15-minute video previewing the fourth season of “Game of Thrones.” It includes new footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with cast members and co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Star Kit Harington says, “It’s more thrilling throughout than season three was.” Entertainment Weekly.