“American Hustle,” a retelling of a 1970s FBI sting, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including best picture, tying the space thriller “Gravity” as Hollywood prepared to hand out its highest honors.
The depressives in filmmaker Ethan Coen’s “Happy Hour” may provide succor to a New Yorker in a temporary funk. More likely, the three inert one-act plays about inert people will bring you down further.
The Dan David Prize, which is granted in Tel Aviv, Israel this year will give $1 million to Joel and Ethan Coen for their “control over the final cut of their films, their grasp of film genres, black comedy and their capacity to bring narrative complexity to apparently simple plots,” a PRNewswire statement said.
“Little Fockers,” a comedy sequel with Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro that was largely panned by critics, led the Christmas weekend box office in the U.S. and Canada, taking in $30.8 million for Universal Pictures.
I have one sure-fire prediction for Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast: Co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway won’t be cracking jokes about Charlie Sheen ’s substance abuse, Ashton Kutcher ’s love life or gay Scientologists.