Awards season isn't over yet.
Last night, "Frozen" snagged two Oscars: One for best original song for "Let It Go," and the other for best animated feature. Oh, and it also crossed the $1 billion mark for worldwide box office.
The 86th Academy Awards are in the record books. Here are five things that struck us about Sunday's broadcast:
The searing drama "12 Years a Slave" was named best picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Ellen DeGeneres! Celebrity controversies! Endless self-congratulation!
The film industry was devastated by two recent deaths that have led to a movement to alter this Sunday's "in memoriam" segment of the Oscars telecast: One was the natural causes passing of comedy filmmaker Harold Ramis, 69, and the other was the accidental death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, who was struck by a train in Georgia while working on a biopic of rock musician Gregg Allman.
It's that time again, time to pull out the ballots and read the tea leaves and see who's going to take home the trophies at Sunday's 86th Academy Awards.
June Squibb has been in show business for 60 years -- but it's only now, with her performance in the film "Nebraska," that she is getting wide recognition.
Harold Ramis, the actor, writer and director whose films include "Stripes," "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This," has died. He was 69.
On the topic of TV shows getting a second life, it's impossible not to look to Sex and the City, the original model for Community fans' cheer of "six seasons and a movie." After six fashionable years of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte's adventures on TV, the iconic HBO comedy series found new life ? twice ? with two big-screen adaptations, both written and directed by series exec producer Michael Patrick King.
Here is a round up of some of the recent casting news out of Hollywood:
In "About Last Night," two couples who are polar opposites ? one sweet, restrained, and devoted; the other raunchy, angry, and uncommitted ? form together out of two sets of best friends in Los Angeles. Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) are the nice ones.
Robert Schwentke, the German director best known for Flightplan with Jodie Foster and the successful action-comedy "Red," has been selected to direct "Insurgent," the sequel to Summit's upcoming franchise-starter, "Divergent."
President Franklin D. Roosevelt called her "Little Miss Miracle."
Everything is awesome for the team behind "The LEGO Movie."
Moms and Dads: Get your kids to take you to see "The LEGO Movie" this weekend!
Up until now, I've liked every movie that George Clooney has directed (yes, even "Leatherheads," his 1920s screwball football comedy). So when I heard about "The Monuments Men," his sixth outing as a filmmaker, I figured it probably couldn't miss.
Many beloved books, new and old, are being transformed in movies this year. Tales from Lois Lowry's classic young adult tale "The Giver" to the popular dystopic novel "Divergent" are making feature film debuts.
Both "12 Years A Slave" and "Gravity" lost out on the best ensemble prize at Saturday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, but both films were still celebrating when the weekend ended.
It's good to be Kevin Hart and Ice Cube this weekend. The increasingly ubiquitous Hart, who recently told EW that Ride Along is "my baby," scored big with a $41.2 million opening weekend for the buddy-cop comedy. That should jump to an estimated $47.8 million when one factors in the Monday MLK Jr. holiday. Not only does the impressive haul surpass expectations for Universal's leanly budgeted $25 million comedy, but it also breaks the record for a January opening. (If you're still not sold on the Hart/Cube pairing, whose chemistry lifted the film to an "A" approval rating with CinemaScore audiences, let this stupendous spot on Conan give you a taste of their chemistry.)
With Martin Luther King Jr. Day right around the corner, Oliver Stone announced Friday that he is no longer on board to write and direct a biopic about the Civil Rights leader.
When actor Barkhad Abdi calls his "Captain Phillips" role life-changing, he means it literally.
The nominations for the Academy Awards were presented Thursday morning, and as always there were trends and surprises. Here are a few things we learned:
Two stories of America -- one about its sometimes perverse capacity for reinvention, the other about the most tragic period in the country's history -- were among the leaders Thursday for the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards.
Forget the Oscars.
This year's roster of awards show nominees are more diverse than has probably ever before been seen in Hollywood.
There are a lot of factors to take into account when trying to determine the Oscar nominations.
Ronan Farrow has reopened a can of worms Woody Allen probably would have just as soon kept sealed.
The Director's Guild of America has announced its feature film nominees for 2014, and you can probably guess who made the cut.
It's not an easy thing, to finish a movie without one of your lead actors.
Critics around the country have spoken: The Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" is their top film from 2013.
As much of the Northeast was trapped in a winter wonderland not unlike its snow-cursed setting, Disney's Frozen managed to reclaim the No. 1 spot at the box office for the first time in three weekends. The animated film took in $20.7 million, which is a nearly 28 percent drop from last week's numbers but still impressive considering it's no longer a holiday and the film is already in its sixth weekend of wide release. It's now inevitable that the Disney hit will cross the $300 million mark, as it's currently sitting pretty at $297.8 million. That's $97 million more than 2010?s Tangled --Disney's previous CG-animated adaptation of a fairy tale with a past participle for a title?made in its entire domestic run. Meanwhile, Frozen's worldwide total has reached $639.9 million.
It's pretty hard to be a standout actor if you're working with a bad script, so it's no surprise that some of the year's strongest performances came from screenplays nominated for a Writer's Guild award.
Congratulations are in order, sorta, for Peter Jackson and his Hobbit team.
Netflix also giveth, even while it taketh away.
In a remarkably tight race, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug held onto its gold at the box office this weekend, earning $29.9 million over the three-day frame and taking the top spot. The fantasy epic's domestic total is now $190.3 million after three weeks, a robust number that still trails last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which had already earned $221.6 million at the 17-day mark. Peter Jackson's earlier Tolkien epic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, had made a princely $290.4 million by its third weekend in 2003, headed toward a final gross of $377.8 in the states and $1.119 billion worldwide. Smaug looks likely to end up below Unexpected Journey's total haul of $303 million, whereas each of the Lord of the Rings films managed to outgross its predecessor. The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the trilogy's final film, is slated for release on Dec. 17, 2014.
Hollywood is about to fade to black on a year full of green.
Pay no attention to the title: Martin Scorsese's new shoot-the-works epic "The Wolf of Wall Street" isn't about rapacious stockbrokers or shady financial shenanigans. It's about drugs. Lots and lots of drugs.
The superheroes of "The Avengers" are more assembled than they are apart.
When "Fast and Furious 7" opens in theaters in 2015, audiences can expect to see Paul Walker.
This just in: Ron Burgundy is no match for a fire-breathing dragon at the box office.
It's an old accusation, but one that shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon: the Motion Picture Association of America is disproportionately stricter about profanity and sex than it is about violence. Relatively gruesome studio films like The Hunger Games or The Dark Knight Rises frequently win PG-13 ratings; relatively gentle films like Philomena, by contrast, are slammed with a much more restrictive R rating ? initially, at least ? simply for dropping one too many F-bombs.
Comedy sequels generally follow the law of diminishing returns.
The nominations for the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards have pretty much confirmed what was already known: "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" are serious contenders.
Bilbo Baggins went after treasure this weekend, and he found a lot of it ? just not quite as much as he did last year. Peter Jackson's latest Middle-earth adventure The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned $73.6 million in its opening weekend, marking a 13 percent drop from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's $84.6 million bow in December 2012.
It was a terrible year for movies.
Even rote fantasy blockbusters can ? and usually do ? feature the showdown of good and evil. To conjure true darkness, however, is a trickier feat.
Lots of love for "12 Years a Slave." A big push for "American Hustle." Nothing for "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
The nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globes were announced Thursday morning, with "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" dominating the proceedings.
Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish filmmaker who directed "The Impossible," the disaster movie about the 2004 Asian tsunami starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, will direct Brad Pitt in the sequel to "World War Z."
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced Wednesday morning, and as one of the leading awards show salvos in what is expected to be a competitive season, what didn't get nominated was as notable as what did.
Paul Walker's new film -- one of the last he completed -- was going to start a new chapter for the "Fast and Furious" actor, says its director.
With just a few weeks left in 2013, the American Film Institute has unveiled its list of the best movies and TV shows of the year.
The first weekend in December is a notoriously weak one at the box office, and, true to form, most movies faced harsh declines this weekend after the record-breaking Thanksgiving frame.
If you love the films of Joel and Ethan Coen, you know that they always look at the world through jaundiced, snark-colored glasses; they'll never be warm and toasty.
Rita Ora, best known as a singer signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation label, has been cast as Mia, Christian Grey's adopted sister, in "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Stomachs weren't the only thing full over Thanksgiving weekend ? so were movie theaters showing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film pulled in a terrific $110.1 million over the Wednesday-to-Sunday period ? $74.5 million of that during the traditional weekend frame ? which gives the sequel a stunning $296.5 million domestic total after only 10 days. (The film has already pulled in a total of $573 million worldwide.)
It turns out moviegoers want fire and ice this Thanksgiving.
The Time Lord has conquered the box office.
12 Years a Slave may have the most nominations, but Nebraska will probably benefit the most from its Independent Spirit Awards recognition ? which give a much needed boost to low-budget movies competing for Oscar attention.
Following a fall movie season filled with tales of gritty survival and the resilience of the human spirit, now comes family dysfunction and corruption.
The girl on fire is still burning bright!
Last year, in the avidly faithful but ultimately rather flat-footed screen version of "The Hunger Games," we saw Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) triumph in a Survivor-meets-gladiator teen war to the death.
Attention lovers of post-apocalyptic wastelands, biker gangs, and Tom Hardy: "Mad Max: Fury Road" is set to hit theaters on May 15, 2015 ? almost exactly 30 years after "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" was released.
For the second weekend in a row, Marvel's $170 million sequel Thor: The Dark World topped the domestic box office chart. The Chris Hemsworth vehicle fell 55 percent to $38.5 million, giving the comic book adaptation $147 million total so far. The Dark World is still on track to easily surpass the original Thor's $181 million domestic total in 2011, and it should finish above $200 million.
''That was some melodramatic s---!''
Have you ever watched a movie scene and thought to yourself, "that could never happen in real life?" The creatives behind New York prank collective Improv Everywhere haven't.
Universal Pictures just turned Valentine's Day 2015 into a sure thing for millions of men. The studio is moving its release date for the movie adaptation of the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey out of next summer and onto Valentine's Day weekend 2015, turning what was sure to be a Girls Night Out event into an epic Date Night.
While the Broadway-bound "Aladdin" is going through a whole new world of previews up in Toronto, Disney has found its next theatrical endeavor: the 1987 adventure comedy "The Princess Bride."
Thor: The Dark World debuted mightily atop the domestic box office this weekend, hammering up $86.1 million from 3,841 theaters, which gave Disney's $170 million 3-D sequel a blazing $22,418 per theater average.
Panem may become the hottest new vacation spot.
Every superhero movie is, on some level, an attempt to demonstrate that a godlike being with flabbergasting powers ? he flies! He wields a megaton hammer! ? also has an inner life.
Twentieth Century Fox is moving ahead with another Wolverine standalone movie.
It's taken over two decades for Orson Scott Card's classic sci-fi novel "Ender's Game" to make it to the big screen, but all the built-up anticipation didn't lead to out-of-this-world box office numbers.
When it comes to adapting beloved novels, Hollywood has a lot of blood on its hands.
American audiences are finally getting a chance to see what is being billed as one of the most sexually explicit films ever made (not counting pornography): "Blue Is the Warmest Color."
This weekend, a Ridley Scott-directed drama starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt got trounced at the box office by Johnny Knoxville in an old-man costume.
On the surface, "The Counselor" looked promising.
Eavesdropping isn't cool --- unless, of course, you're Bilbo Baggins trying to get the scoop on the dastardly dragon Smaug.
Considering the deep bench of A-list talent involved, Ridley Scott's new Southwestern noir, "The Counselor," is a jaw-dropping misfire.
Obi-Wan Kenobi said act on instinct ? but others might see this as a disturbance in the Force.
Bane is ready to ditch his mask for rose-colored glasses.
It looks like 2013 is going to be the year of the severe physical transformations for actors.
Another 2013 movie is on hold.