News Bits: NYFCC, Prayer, Monsters, Top 10s

New York Film Critics Circle
Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” swept the New York Film Critics Circle awards announced this morning. The feature scored best film, director, and supporting actress for Patricia Arquette’s role. Also nabbing acting honors were Marion Cotillard for “Two Days, One Night,” Timothy Spall for “Mr. Turner” and J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash”.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” scored best screenplay, “The Babadook” won best first film, “The Immigrant” nabbed best cinematography, “Ida” won best foreign language film, “The Lego Movie” scored best animated feature, and “Citizenfour” won best documentary. [Source: NYFCC]

Hunter’s Prayer
Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey,” “In Fear,” “The Imitation Game”) will join Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush in Jonathan Mostow’s “Hunter’s Prayer” based on Kevin Wignall’s novel “For the Dogs”.

Worthington plays a hired assassin sent to target a woman whom he instead bonds with and together they go on the run. Leech will play the assassin’s former employer. [Source: Deadline]

Universal Monster Movies
“Monsters: Dark Continent” writer Jay Basu has been brought onboard the brains trust working on Universal Pictures’ effort to relaunch its library of classic monster movies into a unified cinematic universe. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are leading the group with the reboot of “The Mummy” set to be the first effort of the group. [Source: Deadline]

Edgar Wright and John Waters
Some filmmakers cultivate their reputation as pricks, on the flipside there are some directors who are just the absolute nicest and sweetest people you’ll ever meet and who have a great sense of humor about themselves. Two that fall into that latter category are Edgar Wright and John Waters. Today, both filmmakers have announced their Top 10 films for the year – Waters ranked his, Wright did not:

EDGAR WRIGHT: Birdman, Boyhood, Edge of Tomorrow, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Interstellar, The LEGO Movie, Nightcrawler, Snowpiercer, Under the Skin, Whiplash

JOHN WATERS: 1. Maps To The Stars, 2. Charlie Victor Romeo, 3. The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq, 4. The Smell Of Us, 5. Gloria, 6. Who Took Johnny, 7. L’il Quinquin, 8. Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 and 2, 9. Violette, 10. The Films Of Joanna Hogg (“Unrelated,” “Archipelago,” “Exhibition”).