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Leonardo DiCaprio — who has been waiting for an Oscar since way back in 1993 when he was first nominated for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" — sure looks like he's giving it everything he's got this time around. His performance in "The Revenant" has finally been screened and it seems like everything is in place for him to finally win. Especially considering his competition has largely As for the other nominees? Michael B. Jordan has emerged a last minute contender for "Creed," but the nomination itself will be the reward if he pulls it off. Eddie Redmayne could be nominated again after winning last year, but he's not expected to go two-for-two. Michael Fassbender, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Matt Damon and Tom Hanks have all got strong notices for "Steve Jobs," "Black Mass," "Concussion," "The Martian" and "Bridge of Spies," respectively, and should make up two or three more of the nominees. They'll. »
- Peter Knegt
Biggest Jumps In Oscar Predictions This Week Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") solidifed his lead in the Best Actor race over Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs") as his film finally screened for our Oscar experts drawn from major media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, HuffPo and Variety. This five-time Oscar also-ran had started off this awards season far out in front for his performance as a frontiersman bent on revenge in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's revisionist Western. First to overtake him was Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl"), then Johnny Depp ("Black Mass") and finally Fassbender who by late October held a lead among our experts by a vote of 12 to 5 over Leo. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions DiCaprio has rallied and now has the backing of 14 of the 21 experts at Gold Derby (Oscarwatchers at Yahoo, USA Today, Entertainm...' »
A solid execution of a familiar tale, crammed with a likable, watchable cast. But it doesn’t have anything new to say about why men do despicable things. I’m “biast” (pro): kinda like these sorts of movies…
I’m “biast” (con): …but also getting tired of them
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Probably the most surprising thing about this calculatedly gritty, thin-line-between-cops-and-criminals drama is how un-Johnny Depp Johnny Depp is in it. As notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, he is almost unrecognizable, not only under a hair-and-makeup disguise but also thanks to a tempering of the outsized mannerisms that have come to characterize his onscreen persona in recent years. There’s nothing showy, thank god, about his embodiment of the sociopath whose bloody reign of terror in the Boston underworld lasted from the mid »
- MaryAnn Johanson
★★★☆☆ Scott Cooper's real-life crime drama Black Mass (2015) is constantly trying to escape the looming shadow of past gangster cinema triumphs. It all too readily falls into the comfortable tropes of the genre whilst failing to provide a comprehensive and engaging biopic of one of Boston's most notorious mob bosses. When it bowed at Venice earlier in the year much was made of Johnny Depp's performance as Boston crime lord James "Whitey" Bulger, with his slicked-back, thinning hair and piercing blue contact lenses.
- CineVue UK
Ed Wood’s 1959 masterwork Plan 9 From Outer Space is nowhere near the worst movie ever made, as anyone who’s seen it might testify. What can be said about it? It defied any traditional movie-making conventions and does it without any shame whatsoever. Wood had to have the cast baptized in order to make this bizarre film, and that’s the least strange thing about it. The original title Grave Robbers from Outer Spacewas later ditched, but Criswell mentions it during the intro nevertheless.
Plan 9 was promoted as “almost starring Bela Lugosi” because he died before the film could even get finished, and the footage of Lugosi from this film was originally filmed by Wood to be included as a part of his movie The Ghoul On The Moon, which never got made, so Wood just shoehorned those scenes (which just involve Lugosi walking around with a cane »
- Tom Stockman
Based on the 1990 film, Bacon will reprise his role of Valentine McKee, 25 years later. He will also serve as an exec producer.
No network is yet attached to the “Tremors” remake, which hails from the NBCUniversal-based Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions, though insiders say multiple venues are hot on the project. Andrew Miller will pen the script.
The original film grossed $16.6 million domestically and follows the residents in the town of Perfection, Nevada, as they deal with mysterious underground monsters who wreak havoc. Four straight-to-video sequels and an earlier TV series, “Tremors: The Series,” followed, though Bacon only appeared in the original. Entertainment Weekly first reported on the upcoming Ucp reboot.
- Marianne Zumberge
McCarthy is being recognized for his latest feature, “Spotlight,” starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber. The film, which is an Oscar frontrunner, follows the true story of the Boston Globe’s spotlight division investigating the Catholic Church sex scandal.
“Tom McCarthy’s latest feature is the critically acclaimed ‘Spotlight,’ a remarkable film that creates cinematic tension between two institutions, as The Boston Globe investigates the Catholic Church,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his expert storytelling of this subject matter, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
The Palm Springs Film Festival runs Jan. 1-11.
- Jacob Bryant
The Sundance Institute has released details of the nine feature films set to screen during the Midnight section of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, which includes the latest films from Kevin Smith and Rob Zombie.
31, Rob Zombie
Five friends are kidnapped on the day before Halloween and are held hostage in a terrifying place named Murder World. While trapped, they must play a violent game called 31, in which the mission is to survive 12 hours against a gang of evil clowns.
In a desolate community full of drug-addled marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a crazy night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions. As she struggles to get a grip on reality, the stories of conspiracy spread.
- Gary Collinson
Tom McCarthy, the fantastic director who gave us the thought-provoking "Spotlight," is going to be honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will join Johnny Depp (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actor for "Black Mass"), Brie Larson (Breakthrough Performance Award for the amazing "Room"), Saoirse Ronan (I love her in "Brooklyn" and she is set to receive the International Star Award), and Cate Blanchett (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress for the twofer "Carol" and "Truth"). I will be live at the red carpet and will give you the very latest! For now, here's the complete press release regarding Tom McCarthy:
Palm Springs, CA (November 24, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. »
Bar none, the most competitive acting race this season is for best supporting actor. The number of ensembles with multiple standout portrayals, as well as films with scene-stealing turns, makes for a dense category that could easily stretch to 10 nominations. This year, a lot of fine work is going to be left on the sidelines.
Let’s start with the ensembles. “Spotlight” — by any measure a strong best picture contender and likely the year’s Screen Actors Guild winner for best performance by a cast in a motion picture — is filled to the brim with prospects. Indeed, the entire cast will compete in the supporting category. Michael Keaton, fresh off last year’s best actor circuit, is probably out front in “Spotlight” as the conscience of the movie. But Mark Ruffalo sparks with a fiercely mannered portrait of a beat journalist; Liev Schreiber’s dialed down editor-in-chief simmers on a different level; and Stanley Tucci, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Read More: Cate Blanchett to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award "Spotlight" writer-director Tom McCarthy is joining the likes of Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan as an award winner at this year's 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The director will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, which in the past has gone to filmmakers such as Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. "Tom McCarthy’s latest feature is the critically acclaimed 'Spotlight,' a remarkable film that creates cinematic tension between two institutions, as The Boston Globe investigates the Catholic Church," said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. "For his expert storytelling of this subject matter, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award." McCarthy's list of filmmaking credits include the BAFTA-winning "The »
- Zack Sharf
The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, the festival announced Tuesday. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. McCarthy will join previously announced 2016 honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs Jan. 1-11. Also Read: 'Spotlight' Keeps Heat on Oscar Rivals With Solid Expansion “Spotlight” is a film about the Boston. »
- Joe Otterson
One of our favourite films from this year’s London Film Festival was Scott Cooper‘s dazzling crime effort Black Mass, which hits UK cinemas this week. The film delivers one of Johnny Depp‘s best performances as the infamous crime boss and FBI informant James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’. Depp leads an all-star cast that also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton and Kevin Bacon.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. Black Mass tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and »
- Paul Heath
The Sundance Institute announced its Midnight slate Monday and it appears that ladies are leading the way with seven of the nine films announced featuring bad ass women. From horror to comedy and directors Rob Zombie to Kevin Smith, the iconic Midnight Section promises another year of challenging and rewarding films for cinemagoers.
So without further adieu, let’s take a look at the first nine films having their World Premiere at Sundance 2016:
31 – Rob Zombie (USA) – World Premiere, Midnight
Shot in just 20 days, 31 tells the story of five friends who are kidnapped on the day before Halloween and then held hostage in a terrifying place called Murder World. While trapped, they must play a violent game called 31, in which the mission is to survive 12 hours against a gang of evil clowns.
- Sacha Hall
As gangster films go, Black Mass is certainly an interesting addition to the cannon of colourful portrayals of violent psychopaths carving out their niche in the criminal underworld. It offers the same staples of energetic beatings, bloodied corpses, FBI informants and twitchy paranoia. That Black Mass is based on the true life villain James ‘Whitey’ Bulger makes it all the more engrossing but there are flies in the ointment here that unfortunately hinder it, keeping it just below the rank of its Scorsese-led predecessors. Frustratingly the best performance in the film is also the worst thing about it in terms of how it affects your viewing. Johnny Depp’s always been a magician when it comes to raising his performance so that he’s never overshadowed by costume, rather enhanced by it and sadly here it’s impossible to overcome. Playing as close to the real man as he can, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Clare Daly)
While Black Mass was talked about for Johnny Depp’s lead performance more than anything else, it was still a solid film and yet another impressive outing from director Scott Cooper. So, it’s no surprise that the filmmaker is continuing to sign on for intriguing new projects, the latest of which is Warner Bros.’ White Knight.
Said to be an actioner in the vein of James Bond/Bourne, the project is hopefully the start of a franchise for the studio. The script from Bill Dubuque will be re-written by Cooper and will apparently focus on a disgraced Secret Service agent who finds himself at “the center of a global CIA manhunt” after agreeing to protect an arms dealer’s family.
Sounds a bit generic, but in Cooper’s capable hands, it could turn out to be entertaining enough. You can bet that a long list of A-list talent is already lining up for it, »
- Mark Cassidy
It's not often Johnny Depp talks about his private life—especially about his wife Amber Heard. But in rare moment of openness, Depp gushed about Heard when I chatted with him at the L.A. premiere of The Danish Girl. "We connect on a lot of levels but the firth things that really got me was she's an aficionado of the blues," the Black Mass star said. "I would play a song, some old obscure blues song and she knew what it was." He continued, "She's very very literate. She's a voracious reader as I have been so we connected on that as well. And she's kid of brilliant." And beautiful. "I'm a lucky man," Depp said with a »
The 2016 Sundance Film Festival decided to drop a little pre-Thanksgiving treat this year, choosing to announce the slate of midnight movies premiering at the festival this January. Notable stand-outs include Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers (pictured above), starring Smith and Johnny Depp's daughters as a pair of convenience store clerks who uncover some ancient evil buried beneath their store (Smith says its like Clueless meets Gremlins), as well as Rob Zombie's 31, in which the musician-turned-director returns to the Halloween holiday for another tale involving five friends held hostage in a place called Murder World. Check out the films below. 31 / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Rob Zombie) — Five friends are kidnapped on the day...
- Erik Davis
The oddly named Yoga Hosers marks the second film in the director's True North trilogy, following Tusk. As described by the Sundance fest (via Variety), "Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie are teenage besties from Winnipeg who love yoga and live on their smartphones. But when these sophomores get invited to a senior party by the school hottie, »
Under The Shadow Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival The Sundance Film Festival has announced the line-up for the Midnight section of its 2016 festival, which will run from January 21 to 31.
The announcement is a couple of weeks earlier than usual and features 31 by Rob Zombie and Yoga Hosers by Kevin Smith, which will star Johnny Depp and his daughter Lily-Rose. All the films are from the Us with the exception of UK/Jordan co-production Under The Shadow, directed by Babak Anvari, set against the backdrop of the Iran/Iraq war.
The full line-up, including synopses by the festival, is below.
31 (Director/screenwriter: Rob Zombie) Five friends are kidnapped on the day before Halloween and held hostage in a terrifying place named Murder World. While trapped, they must play a violent game called 31, in which the mission is to survive 12 hours against a gang of evil clowns. Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, »
- Amber Wilkinson
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