News Bits: Gotham, Hobbit, Lost, Ferrell

Gotham Awards
The Gotham Awards have announced this year’s winners with “Birdman” scoring Best Film and Best Actor for Michael Keaton’s performance. Julianne Moore took Best Actress for “Still Alice”.

“CITIZENFOUR” took home Best Documentary, an Independent Film Audience Award went to “Boyhood,” Ana Lily Amirpour scored a Breakthrough Director Award for “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” and Tessa Thompson won Breakthrough Actor for “Dear White People”. [Source: Screen]

The Hobbit
Speaking with the BBC at the London premiere of the final “The Hobbit” film, actor Ian McKellen revealed that he doesn’t believe this is the end of Tolkien’s Middle Earth on the big screen. The actor says: “I was told by Peter, in 2001, that that was the end, that it was all over. Here we are 13 years later. So I don’t believe necessarily this is the end of the journey.” [Source: The BBC]

The Lost Husband
Instant Pictures and 8th Day Pictures have acquired the film rights to Katherine Center’s 2013 novel “The Lost Husband”. Bridget Stokes and Vicky Wight will produce and filming begins in May.

The story follows Libby Moran, a recently widowed mother of two forced to move back in with her mother, who receives a letter from a presumed-crazy aunt offering her a place to stay and, more importantly, refuge from her mother. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Shakespeare Project
Sony Pictures has picked up an untitled comedy pitch designed as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell. The comedy centers around the intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company.

David Guion and Michael Handelman penned the script while Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin are producing. [Source: Variety]