“War Horse” Begins Performances at Ahmanson on June 14th, 2012

West Coast Premiere of the Powerful, Tony Winning Drama Opens Friday, June 29

The National Theatre production of “War Horse” begins performances Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Performances for the powerful drama will continue through July 29, 2012. Opening is set for June 29.

The National Theatre’s epic “War Horse” is the winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Play. Michael Morpurgo’s novel “War Horse” is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which has garnered six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.

Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” “War Horse” is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

Director of “The Artist” Snags DGA Nomination

Los Angeles: January 9, 2012

French director Michael Hazanavicius was selected as one of the five DGA feature film nominees confirming that his film, The Artist is on an unstoppable march toward numerous Academy Award nominations.

Hazanavicius joined directors Woody Allen, David Fincher, Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese as DGA nominees for 2011.

Far more surprising than those nominated, were the two big names left off: Steven Spielberg and Terrence Malick. Considering that both ‘War Horse’ and ‘Tree of Life’ were thought to be primarily “director” films, Spielberg and Malick’s failure to earn DGA nominations provides strong evidence that their Oscar chances could be fading out. ‘Moneyball’ director Bennett Miller was another notable name left off the list.

Here’s the full list of the DGA nominees:

Woody Allen – ‘Midnight in Paris’

David Fincher – ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Michael Hazanavicius – ‘The Artist’

Alexander Payne – ‘The Descendants’

Martin Scorsese – ‘Hugo’

The Artist and George Clooney Score Big with Golden Globe Nominations

Beverly Hills, December 15, 2011

The Golden Globe Nominations for 2011 were announced this morning and a black and white silent film, The Artist led the pack with six nominations. The Descendents that some critics found to a big screen TV drama not worthy of all the award buzz also fared well, as did the southern drama, The Help. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris also become a front runner. The George Clooney directed Ides of March was recognized as was Clooney’s co-star in that film, Ryan Gosling, who received two nods. Even Brad Pitt got some love for his fine turn in Moneyball as did Michael Fassbender for his gutsy, balls out acting in Shame.

For the women, Michelle Williams was recognized for her work in My Week with Marilyn as was Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady.

The brilliantly funny Bridesmaids went to the wedding today and Charlize Theron scored with her acting in Young Adult.

But it was some of the films that did not get mentioned that will be tweeted about in Tinsel Town today.

Perhaps most notably, the complete shutout of a perceived Oscar front-runner, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a post-9/11 drama from Stephen Daldry and the producer Scott Rudin. Steven Spielberg also fared poorly, with his old-fashioned War Horse only picking up a pair of nominations and Mr. Spielberg missing from the best director category.

Here is a complete list of nominees.

FILM

Best Picture (Drama)
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

Best Picture (Comedy/Musical)
50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

Best Actor in a Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actor in a Comedy
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Best Actress in a Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Actress in a Comedy
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michele Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shaline Woodley, The Desecendants

Best Director
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazavanicious, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Screenplay
Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
The Artist
The Descendants
Moneyball

Best Foreign Film
The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood of Honey
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

Best Original Score
Ludovic Bource , The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse

Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss In Boots
Rango

Best Original Song
“Hello Hello,” Gnomeo & Juliet (Elton John)
“Lay Your Head Down,” Albert Nobbs (Sinead O’Connor)
“The Living Proof,” The Help (Mary J. Blige)
“The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher (Gerard Butler)
“Masterpiece,” W.E. (Madonna)

TELEVISION

Best Drama Series
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Boss
Game of Thrones
Homeland

Best Comedy Series
Enlightened
Episodes
Glee
Modern Family
New Girl

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour
Mildred Pierce
Too Big to Fail

Best Actor (Drama)
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress (Drama)
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best Actor (Comedy)
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Best Actress (Comedy)
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor (Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television)
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

Best Actress (Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television)
Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Best Supporting Actor (Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Support Actress (Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television)
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Sofía Vergara, “Modern Family”
Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce”

The Globes will be presented on January 15, 2012, and will once again be hosted by the hilarious UK comic, Ricky Gervais.