News Bits: Louis CK, BAFTA, DGA, Speed

Tomorrow Night
“Louie” funny man Louis C.K. has confirmed that his lost directorial debut feature, the 1998 black-and-white comedy “Tomorrow Night,” will finally be distributed through his official website.

Originally premiering at Sundance in 1998, Steve Carell, Conan O’Brien, Wanda Sykes, J.B. Smoove and Amy Poehler starred in the project which was never picked up for distribution. Starting next month, fans can purchase the film for $5 on the comedian’s website.

BAFTA Nominations
The British equivalent of the Academy Awards, the BAFTAs, have announced this year’s award nominees. “Gravity” came out on top with eleven nominations, followed by “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” with ten each, “Captain Phillips” with nine, and “Behind the Candelabra” and “Saving Mr. Banks” with five each.

Best Film nominations include “12 Years A Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity” and “Philomena”. Best British Film nominations include “Gravity,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Philomena,” “Rush,” “Saving Mr. Banks”. Surprises include a complete shutout of “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Her,” along with some notable acting omissions like Robert Redford and Idris Elba. Click here for a full list of this year’s nominees.

Director’s Guild Awards
The Directors Guild Of America announced its nominees for its top honor yesterday and no major surprises were in store. The five filmmakers up for recognition this year:

Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity,” Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips,” Steve McQueen for “12 Years A Slave,” David O Russell for “American Hustle,” and Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf Of Wall Street.” The winner is announced on January 25th. [Source: Screen]