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Posted on Tue. Dec. 17, 2013 - 12:31 am EDT

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‘12 Years,’ ‘Hustle’ score top Critics’ Choice bids

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For complete coverage during the film awards season, including a more detailed list of Critics Choice nominees, go to www.journalgazette.net/redcarpet

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” lead the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominees with 13 bids each. Both films are nominated for best picture, actor, supporting actor and actress, acting ensemble, director, editing, costume design and makeup.

Alfonso Cuarón’s space odyssey, “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock, also tops the list with 10 nominations, including best picture, actress, director and visual effects. Bullock was also nominated for her comedic performance in “The Heat.”

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Her,” “Captain Phillips” and “Nebraska” received six bids each. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” logged five.

The awards will be handed out Jan. 16 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Weinsteins reunite with Mirimax

Harvey and Bob Weinstein are reuniting with the film company they founded.

The Weinstein Co. announced Monday that it will produce and distribute films and TV shows based on Miramax’s library. Founded in 1979 and named after their parents, Miramax was acquired by the Walt Disney Co. in 1993. The Weinsteins left in 2005 to form the Weinstein Co.

Miramax is currently owned by a group of owners, including the equity firm Colony Capital. The library includes hundreds of films, many of them from the heyday of 1990s independent cinema, including “Pulp Fiction.”

The Weinstein Co. says it plans to develop TV series based on the films “Good Will Hunting” and “Flirting With Disaster.” It also is exploring sequels or TV shows out of “Swingers” and “Shakespeare in Love.”

3 ‘Avatar’ sequels set for New Zealand

James Cameron will be returning to New Zealand to film three sequels to “Avatar,” his enormously popular movie about the blue inhabitants of Pandora.

The director made the announcement Monday in the capital Wellington with producer Jon Landau and Prime Minister John Key. The films will be made by Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox.

Cameron said he plans to complete principal shooting on the three movies at one time, perhaps over a period of about nine months and beginning in 2015. He said the aim is to release the first sequel in time for Christmas 2016 and the following sequels in late 2017 and late 2018.


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