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A couple of interesting developments have surfaced in the past 24 hours with regards to the current awards race. While you may be saying, “Adam, it’s September, the awards race is still months away,” I’d counter by pointing out that the fall film festivals traditionally signal the start of the very long Oscar season—by this time last year, critics were already buzzing after the debuts of 12 Years a Slave and Gravity on the festival circuit. I provided live Oscar Beat updates from Tiff just last week, but now we’ve got a couple of news-y bits of awards content to attend to. Firstly, IFC Films has opted to submit Patricia Arquette in the Best Supporting Actress category for Boyhood instead of Best Actress, greatly increasing her chances of winning. And secondly, A24 Films has officially set director J.C. Chandor’s highly anticipated All Is Lost follow-up A Most Violent Year »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s September, so why wouldn’t we start predicting an Oscar race that won’t finish for another five months?
To be fair, Venice, Telluride, and the Toronto film festivals have all concluded. Many films have screened. Many films have connected with audiences, and a rough draft of the Oscar race is beginning to come into focus. Sure, no Academy member will even begin popping in those screener DVDs for another couple of months, but it’s still worth discussing what has buzz and what is likely to still be on voters’ minds once the weather finally begins to cool off. »
- Nicole Sperling
A rep for IFC films has confirmed exclusively to Gold Derby that Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood") will compete in the Oscar race for Best Supporting Actress instead of lead. It was a tough decision. Arquette has so much screen time and such strong emotional impact upon viewers that the film could have been called "Motherhood," but it's really the core story of a boy growing up in a fractured family over 12 years. Over the past month, Gold Derby has featured Arquette as a prediction option in both races, resulting in a clear preference by our Experts, Editors and Users. In the lead race, she's currently ranked eighth, but in supporting, she's way out front to win with the backing of 12 our 16 Experts. See our official racetrack odds. -Break- Oscars Poll: Who's Really more overdue, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore? Of course, Oscar voters have the option of ignoring the IFC Films »
For the last hundred years or so promotional images have been one of the most important marketing tools in the movie industry. From movie posters, to publicity stills, to candid behind-the-scenes photos; these images have the difficult job of getting us interested in a film with a single glance.
Nobody can deny that this is a hard thing to do and when it’s done well we rightfully acknowledge it. For instance, who could forget the poster for Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction? The one featuring Uma Thurman laying on the bed smoking a cigarette with a handgun laying in front of her? Nobody knew what this movie was all about but the poster alone was enough to spark our curiosity.
On the other hand, sometimes promotional images simply try way too hard and end up becoming quite ridiculous. From low-budget ’80s horror movies to recent big-budget »
- Jesse Gumbarge
CBS is getting a great cast lined up for their latest CSI franchise show, CSI: Cyber. The 90s stud that all girls loved, Luke Perry will be returning to TV on the show. His character has been announced as Nick Dalton, a former FBI agent who finds himself with deep secrets. However, he was in line to run the agency in DC before changes were made. His role is currently slated to be a recurring role. He will be joining Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol and others on the mid-season replacement.
This is exciting news as I do love the franchise. But I also adore seeing them line up a juicy cast. This should drum up a lot of interest for the show that will likely premier as a mid-season replacement. CBS is making sure to carve it out the best that they can in order to promise success. »
- Sarah Peel
Perry will play FBI agent Nick Dalton, who had his eye on the role of head of the cyber crime division out of Washington D.C. The job went to central character Avery Ryan, played by Patricia Arquette.
The most recent “CSI” spinoff is inspired by real-life cyber psychologist Mary Aiken and centers on illegal activities that live online and play out in the real world.
“CSI: Cyber” is eying a midseason premiere on CBS.
- Alex Stedman
The cast of “CSI: Cyber” has added Luke Perry to its cast. “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum Perry has joined CBS's upcoming “CSI” offshoot, which revolves around the FBI's Cyber Crime Division. Also read: CBS’ ‘CSI: Cyber’ Books Bow Wow as Cast Member Perry will play former FBI agent Nick Dalton, who who was destined to run the cyber unit in Washington DC but, after a classified falling out, set his sights on becoming a “futurist” for the private sector. Dalton will also hold many secrets to the backstory of special agent Avery Ryan (who'll be played by Patricia Arquette). Their love interest. »
- Tim Kenneally
CSI: Cyber is gathering the best of the ’90s and early 2000s, all in one place.
Fresh off the casting news of Shad Moss (a.k.a. Bow Wow) and James Van Der Beek, EW has confirmed that Luke Perry will be joining the CSI spin-off as former FBI agent Nick Dalton. According to TV Line, Dalton was supposed to be the head of the cyber crime division, a job that subsequently went to the show’s central character, Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette).
The show began as a backdoor pilot in April on the original CSI that focused on Arquette’s Ryan, »
- Teresa Jue
The 90210 vet is joining CBS’ upcoming CSI spin-off in a potentially recurring role that promises to shed light on Patricia Arquette’s character, Special Agent Avery Ryan.
Perry will play Nick Dalton, a former FBI agent who was destined to run the cyber unit in Washington DC. After a classified falling out, Dalton set his sights on becoming a “futurist” for the private sector. According to a Cyber insider, Dalton will hold many secrets to Avery’s backstory.
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If they gave out Exec Of The Year, it would be hard to overlook IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring, who funded Richard Linklater’s Boyhood for a dozen years. Even with the flurry of Oscar fare launched at the fall festivals, Boyhood remains squarely in the awards-season conversation. We’ve written about this crazy gamble before, but as we move into that time of year when quality comes out of risk taking, it seems worth revisiting as a reminder to execs that sometimes you just have to take a leap with a good filmmaker.
Deadline: You come to festivals like Toronto to find movies you can release quickly, and turn a profit. Nobody funds a film like Boyhood for over a decade. What were you thinking?
Sehring: It makes me laugh as I look back on it, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
So the Best Actor field is packed ehc Well, that's nothing new and the lack of surprise when it comes to the field of contenders continues when we look at the Best Actress category, which I chopped down to 17 contenders from my initial 28 as several films such as Suite Francaise, Carol, Suffragette and others won't be hitting theaters this year and even if they did, they would have needed the fall film festival bump to get word started and that time has come and gone. Speaking of which, With Telluride, Venice and Toronto behind us and New York on the horizon, let's see how the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress fields have changed since the last update and what we should be looking out for in the future. Best Actress I have kept Amy Adams (Big Eyes) at the top of the Best Actress chart even though the way »
- Brad Brevet
HBO has decided that the fifth season will be the end of Boardwalk Empire. Will this be the show's most popular season yet? Will the cable channel regret ending the show or is the time right?
In the final season of Boardwalk Empire, the end of Prohibition is near and Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) looks to legitimize himself through alliances with liquor producers. Rivals Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Meyer Lansky seek to consolidate their power and eliminate all competition -- by any means necessary. The rest of the cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Stephen Graham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol, Paul Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Anatol Yusef, Patricia Arquette, and Ben Rosenfield.
This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
For reference: The fourth season of Boardwalk Empire averaged a »
The Film Society of Lincoln Center will honor Ethan Hawke on September 30 and Richard Gere on October 8 during the 52nd New York Film Festival with a dinner and conversation with Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. Gere is starring in Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind and Hawke's documentary Seymour: An Introduction will be screened during the festival.
Ethan Hawke is currently starring in Richard Linklater's Boyhood with Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater. At the New York premiere Hawke told me "I think the movie feels nostalgic for people like us because we remember being a kid. If you're a kid in the first person, I don't think it's about memory."
The Film Society »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Everyone’s talking about it: This year’s two female acting categories are, at this admittedly early date, looking extremely thin. In the lead actress category, of what has already been screened, the one and only slam-dunk contender is Reese Witherspoon (Wild). Of what is still to come, Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) could get in, Amy Adams (Big Eyes) is always a possibility and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) has a plum part — but really, who knows?
This possible opening has been recognized by the teams behind the two most serious best supporting actress contenders, Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), both of which are now weighing whether or not it makes sense to give up a relatively sure-fire nom and possible win in the less prestigious of the two acting categories in order to vie for a nom in the other one. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Everyone's talking about it: This year's two female acting categories are, at this admittedly early date, looking extremely thin. In the lead actress category, of what has already been screened, the one and only slam-dunk contender is Reese Witherspoon (Wild). Of what is still to come, Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) could get in, Amy Adams (Big Eyes) is always a possibility and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) has a plum part — but really, who knows? This possible opening has been recognized by the teams behind the two most serious best supporting actress contenders, Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Felicity
- Scott Feinberg
Tim Gray proclaims that there are way too many qualified and deserving Best Actor contenders for this year's Oscars, but where are all of the great roles for women? He names at least 15 men who will be in the running for the top awards but can only find just enough ladies to fill out a strong Best Actress ballot. Those include Reese Witherspoon ("Wild"), Hilary Swank ("The Homesman"), and Shailene Woodley ("The Fault in Our Stars"). Several others like Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood") and Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything") are on the bubble between lead and supporting. Variety -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Sasha Stone also discusses the "much too crowded" Best Actor race for this year's Oscars. Based on reactions in Toronto, she says that Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler"), Bill Murray ("St. Vincent"), and Eddie »
Look across the landscape of Best Actor Oscar contenders this year. Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Bill Murray, Timothy Spall, Chadwick Boseman, Kevin Costner, Ralph Fiennes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy, Channing Tatum all seen and stumped for. Joaquin Phoenix, David Oyelowo, Brad Pitt, Jack O'Connell, Bradley Cooper, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey and Mark Wahlberg all looking for room on the other side. Gael García Bernal, Ellar Coltrane, Brendon Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Miles Teller all likely to find supporters besides. Now look at the Best Actress contenders… It seems an oft-repeated lament. The leading lady category always feels just wide enough to manage a healthy slate of nominees, while the fellas deal with shocked asides on Oscar nomination morning about Tom Hanks or some such somehow missing the cut. "It was just too competitive." But it never seems »
- Kristopher Tapley
"Boardwalk Empire" is back for its final season. I interviewed Terence Winter about the decision to end the show (and to move the action forward to 1931), and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I sail away on a turtle... "They're not so special. All they have is money. Ways to find that, I reckon." -Nucky Winter told me he wanted to bring the story of both Nucky and the series full circle, and "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" begins that process in more ways than one. Not only do we leap forward to 1931 to see Nucky preparing for the potential end of Prohibition (just as the series began in the hours leading up to the implementation of the Volstead Act), but we jump back in time to 1884, to the beginning of Nucky's apprenticeship with the Commodore. Now, the issue with "Boardwalk" has »
- Alan Sepinwall
Minor spoilers within, as the seven-year gap between seasons of “Boardwalk Empire” means that some of its historical characters have passed on. The world of 1931 is vastly different from 1924, when the roaring twenties were in full swing and fatcats like Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) were getting rich off of prohibition. Cut to seven years later, and the party’s over. The Great Depression has decimated the country and the landscape has totally changed. Nucky Thompson is now operating in Cuba, laying the groundwork to go legitimate as the end of prohibition approaches. Alongside Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette), Nucky meets with a U.S. Senator to forge ties with the Cuban company behind Bacardi Rum. Meanwhile, since “Boardwalk Empire” and its creators choose not to toy with history the way Quentin Tarantino did with “Inglorious Basterds,” Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) is out of the picture (murdered in 1928 after failing to pay »
- Rodrigo Perez
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