Winter Sleep Wins 2014 Cannes Film Festival

winter sleep poster


The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday with the announcement of this years Palme d’Or winner. The Turkish film WINTER SLEEP took home the festivals highest honor. The 3 hour and 16 minute film was directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Summary of plot from IMDB:

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.


This years jury included Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Nicolas Winding Refn chose the winners from this years selection of 18 films.

Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman announced the winner of the Palme d’Or.



It’s doubtful that WINTER SLEEP will be a movie that Americans run out to see. Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter writes a mostly positive review, but also notes:

Here, things are different. The 3½ hour running time takes no prisoners even among art house audiences and demands a commitment to attentive viewing that, despite the film’s sometimes terrible longeurs, pays off in the end. But the challengingly long dialogue scenes, shot in brazenly elementary shot-countershot style, will further challenge audiences who lack excellent subtitle-reading skills.


Past Palme d’Or winners rarely make it to the Oscar race. Mostly because the Oscar world and the Cannes world look at films completely differently. Hollywood is about big stars and the almighty dollar. The “real” cinema world rewards the art. Although many would disagree, the Oscars are a part of Pop Culture. Something Cannes juries could care less about. Only 2 movies that have won the Palme d’Or went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Billy Wilder’s 1945 LOST WEEKEND and MARTY starring Ernest Borgnine in 1955. Plenty of Cannes winners have gone on to get Oscar nominations, including TAXI DRIVER, ALL THAT JAZZ, THE PIANO, PULP FICTION and M*A*S*H. Last years winner BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR turned out to not be eligible for an Oscar because of it’s late release. In 2012 Palme d’or winner AMOUR was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture. The year before, THE TREE OF LIFE was also a Best Picture nominee.

While WINTER SLEEP may not go to the Oscars, other festival winners like FOXCATCHER, MAPS OF THE STARS and MR. TURNER just might.

List of Cannes Film Festival winners:

Palme d’or
Winter sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Best Director
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

Grand Prix
Les Merveilles (Le Meraviglie) directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Jury Prize
Xavier Dolan for Mommy
Jean-Luc Godard for Goodbye to Language

Best Actress
Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars

Best Actor
Timothy Spall for Mr Turner

Prix du scénario
Andrei Zviaguintsev et Oleg Negin for Leviathan

Camera d’or
Party Girl from Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis

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The Movie That Took 12 Years to Shoot


BOYHOOD written and directed by Richard Linklater was shot for 3 or 4 days at time over a 12 year period. Filming began in 2002 in Houston, Texas and completed in October of 2013. Ellar Coltrane plays the boy Mason who was 6 years old when filming began. Throughout the movie we see the real Coltrane aging to 18 years old.

BOYHOOD premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It also competed in the main competition section of the Berlin International Film Festival where Linklater won the Silver Bear for Best Director.

BOYHOOD is scheduled to be release July 11th.


Cannes Lineup 2014

Official Cannes 2014 Poster

The lineup for this years Cannes Film Festival was announced on Thursday. The Festival runs from May 14th to the 25th. 18 films will compete for the  Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) award. Last years winner, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR ended up not qualifying for an Oscar. Cannes is not as influential as Toronto or Telluride in the Oscar race, but it does begin the conversation. After Cannes screenings people will jump on Twitter to announce that they have just seen this years best picture winner. That is usually the kiss of death for a movie this early in the year.


Grace of Monaco


Adieu au langage
The Captive
Clouds of Sils Maria
The Homesman
Jimmy’s Hall
La Meraviglie
Maps to the Stars
Mr. Turner
Saint Laurent
The Search
Still the Water
Two Days, One Night
Wild Tales
Winter Sleep

Coming Home
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Les Gens du Monde


Amour fou
Bird People
The Blue Room
Charlie’s Country
Eleanor Rigby
Fantasia” (Wang Chao)
Harcheck mi headro
Hermosa juventud
Lost Rive
Party Gir
The Salt of the Earth
Snow in Paradise


The Rove
The Salvation
The Targe


The Bridges of Sarajevo
Eau argentee
Red Army
Caricaturistes – Fantassins de la democratie


87th Academy Awards Dates Announced

The countdown has begun. Next years Oscars will happen February 22, 2015.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 87th annual Academy Awards will air live beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The date, announced on Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, marks the academy’s return to their standard pattern after pushing the show back to March 2 this year because of the Olympics.

2015 Oscar nominees will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 15, which follows the academy’s recent plan. 2014 nominations were announced Jan. 16. Voting for the 2015 nominees will begin on Dec. 29, 2014 and end on Jan. 8, 2015.

The Academy Awards’ annual luncheon for nominees is set for Feb. 2, 2015.

Final Oscars voting will commence on Feb. 6, 2015. Voting will end Feb. 17.





A few movies are already putting themselves in place for an Oscar run. One of those is GONE GIRL. Directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck. GONE GIRL is based on the book by Gillian Flynn. It is about a woman who disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary and her husband is the prime suspect.

GONE BABY is scheduled to be released October 3rd.

MTV Movie Award Nominations


Just when you thought the movie awards were over. MTV announced their Movie Award nominations today.

Conan O’Brien will host the ceremony, which will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre on April 13 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on MTV.  You can vote at through April 12th.

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Wolf of Wall Street

• Amy Adams – American Hustle
• Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers
• Sandra Bullock – Gravity
• Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

• Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
• Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

• Liam James – The Way Way Back
• Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
• Will Poulter – We’re the Millers
• Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now

• Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams – American Hustle
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson – Don Jon
• James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens – Spring Breakers
• Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now
• Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter – We’re the Millers

• Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures) – Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell vs. James Marsden vs. Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Kanye West vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler vs. Jim Carrey and Marion Cotillard vs. Will Smith vs. Liam Neeson and John C. Reilly vs. Greg Kinnear
• Identity Thief (Universal Pictures) – Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy
• The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs
• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin vs. Mutant Monkeys
• This is the End (Columbia Pictures) – Jonah Hill vs. James Franco and Seth Rogen

• Kevin Hart – Ride Along
• Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Johnny Knoxville – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
• Melissa McCarthy – The Heat
• Jason Sudeikis – We’re the Millers

• Rose Byrne – Insidious: Chapter 2
• Jessica Chastain – Mama
• Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring
• Ethan Hawke – The Purge
• Brad Pitt – World War Z

• Amy Adams and Christian Bale – American Hustle
• Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
• Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6
• Ice Cube and Kevin Hart – Ride Along
• Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street

• Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers
• Sam Claflin – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Zac Efron – That Awkward Moment
• Chris Hemsworth – Thor: The Dark World

• Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures)
The Channel 4 News Team’s afternoon is no longer a delight as their speeding van filled with bowling balls, scorpions and hot oil takes a tumble on the highway.
• Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Paramount Pictures)
Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll manage to strike fear into a room full of unsuspecting beauty pageant-loving parents thanks to a bump n’ grind dance routine to a Warrant classic.
• Cameron Diaz – The Counselor (20th Century Fox)
Having sex in a car is pretty much a rite of passage, but having sex with a car? Cameron Diaz’s Malkina gets down and dirty with a bright yellow Ferrari to show the world how it’s done.
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
Leonardo DiCaprio’s iconic portrayal of excessive Wall Street player Jordan Belfort takes a turn for the insane when he takes his Lamborghini for a spin.
• Danny McBride and Channing Tatum – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
Danny McBride shows an apocalyptic world, and uncomfortable theater-goers everywhere, that there’s no better pet than a scantily-clad Channing Tatum.

• Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
• Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek into Darkness
• Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
• Mila Kunis – Oz The Great and Powerful
• Donald Sutherland – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

• Christian Bale – American Hustle
• Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Orlando Bloom – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
• Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
• Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

• Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
Spoiler alert! Backstreet Boys reunite in heaven to perform “Everybody” with signature boy band moves and flair for this unforgettable apocalyptic ending.
• Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
Lawrence cleans and dances her frustrations away as she mouths the words to 70s classic “Live and Let Die.”
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
During his wedding reception, DiCaprio’s fraudulent Jordan Belfort pops and locks it to Bo Diddley’s “Pretty Thing.”
• Melissa McCarthy – Identity Thief (Universal Pictures)
To ease the tension of stealing Sandy’s identity, McCarthy’s Diana shows her musical range as she attempts to sing along with the car radio — and even hits that high note in “Barracuda.”
• Will Poulter – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)
With eyes wide shut, Poulter’s Kenny Rossmore throws it back to the 90s with a hilarious rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

• Robert De Niro – American Hustle
• Amy Poehler and Tina Fey – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
• Kanye West – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
• Joan Rivers – Iron Man 3
• Rihanna – This is the End

• Henry Cavill as Clark Kent – Man of Steel
• Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man – Iron Man 3
• Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
• Chris Hemsworth as Thor – Thor: The Dark World
• Channing Tatum as John Cale – White House Down