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Ahoy folks. I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a while now, as you all know, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point for 2015 as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do (with today also Black Friday, as we all do shopping, voters in various precursors are watching screeners). SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in »
- Joey Magidson
Emma Roberts is currently freaking all of us out on Scream Queens, but before she was cast as the downright evil queen bee Chanel Oberlin, Emma was just a little girl from a big Hollywood family, growing up in front of the cameras. Emma is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and the niece of Oscar winner Julia Roberts; she made her big-screen debut playing Johnny Depp's daughter in 2001's Blow and became the star of the Nickelodeon show Unfabulous three years later. Things came full circle for Emma when she starred with her aunt Julia in the 2010 movie Valentine's Day and went on to be featured in two seasons of American Horror Story (she's also slated to pop up in Hotel). As one of creator Ryan Murphy's TV darlings - and with her hilarious current role on Scream Queens - we wouldn't be surprised if the 24-year-old »
- Brittney Stephens
Film Friday is The Hollywood News’ brand new weekly film show features the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.
On this week’s show we take a look at the nwe Steven Spielberg film Bridge Of Spies, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol, Pixar’s latest The Good Dinosaur, Johnny Depp’s powerful performance in Black Mass, and many more.
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- Paul Heath
From Edward Scissorhands to Jack Sparrow and the Mad Hatter, Depp has always been a chameleon. He’s being Oscar-tipped for his latest transformation: into notorious real-life mobster James “Whitey” Bulger for crime thriller Black Mass. Via a painstaking process involving bald caps, hair implants, facial prosthetics, piercing sky blue contact lenses, tooth-staining and makeup to achieve Bulger’s Irish complexion, Depp menacingly inhabits the role of the sociopathic South Boston gang leader. Bulger declined to meet Depp, who instead studied tapes and was offered advice by Bulger’s longtime lawyer, Jay Carney. However, he credits his convincing Boston accent mainly to hanging out with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.
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- Michael Hogan
Since its premiere at Venice earlier this year, Black Mass has been labelled Johnny Depp’s “comeback” picture, although I’m not so sure he ever went quite as far away as everyone thinks. A career as prolific as his is bound to have some dry spells. At any rate, Depp carries this big, brash and horribly watchable true-life crime drama, written by Jez Butterworth and Mark Mallouk and directed by Scott Cooper, and the movie has valid insights into the political roots of gangsterism.
Depp plays south Boston wiseguy James “Whitey” Bulger, whose heyday was the 70s and 80s. With his bald head and weird blue eyes, Depp’s Bulger is a fully paidup sociopath with a groany-deep voice like Ray Liotta in GoodFellas. His brother, Massachusetts State Senator Billy Bulger, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Having launched into a life of filmmaking with a seminal Sundance more than two decades back with Clerks (1994), while Park City is sacred grounds for Smith it’s not going to be an automatic invite for the filmmaker. Having visited the fest for Chasing Amy and more recently Red State (he also has producer creds for fest invited 2006’s small town gay bar and 2012’s Filly Brown). Production began all the way in August of 2014 on Yoga Hosers, so when it became a no-show at Tiff (where Tusk premiered) and where Johnny Depp’s Black Mass was in promo mode, the logical conclusion is this family affair might join Canuck film Turbo Kid in back-to-back Midnight section selections. While Tusk was a hard sell, this “sequel” could be a valuable acquisitions title for the predicted section if Depp’s Guy Lapointe character is afforded more time. Could this be a »
- Eric Lavallee
Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard review Black Mass, a biopic of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the former king of south Boston’s underworld. The film, which stars Johnny Depp as Bulger, tells the story of the gangster’s rise to power, aided by a compromised FBI agent (Joel Edgerton) obsessed with ridding the city of the mafia. Black Mass, which also stars Dakota Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch, is released in the UK on Friday 27 November
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Dan Susman, Henry Barnes and Joan Portillo
Joel Edgerton, who stars as crooked FBI agent John Connolly in Scott Cooper’s biopic of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, explains how a mixture of boyhood loyalty and ambition led the lawman into a dangerous pact with one of Boston’s most notorious gangsters. Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp as Bulger alongside Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons, is released in the UK on Friday 27 November
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- Andrew Pulver and Henry Barnes
Black Mass, 2015.
Directed by Scott Cooper.
The true story of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the notorious gangster who used his status as a FBI informant under John Connolly to take over South Boston.
In Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, there is no protagonist. The film’s rather populated by bad guys, with the good either on the fringes or at the end of the gunsights of one of Boston’s most notorious historical criminal factions: James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang. This cabal of murderers and racketeers ruled Boston for years, thanks to a shady deal Bulger cut with the FBI in the 70s and which he used as a licence to treat his home town like his own lawless kingdom.
The figure who would traditionally confront such a »
- Amie Cranswick
When it comes to winning an Oscar, campaigning often matters, as Eddie Redmayne proved last year, and now it looks like Johnny Depp is having fun on the hustings while chatting up "Black Mass." Through the years, Hollywooders have accepted the superstar being shy – or slyly elusive, take your pick – but now they're amazed at his sudden, welcome accessibility. Recently, Depp participated cheerfully in lots of Q&A screenings, media interviews (video and print), photo shoots and more. At a recent lunch bash at Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood, I got a chance to ask him some cheeky questions. Since this guy loves to portray winking devils, what's behind the jaunty wink of his Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass"? -Break- "Whitey is a guy who always knows he's got the upper hand -- either through intellect or gesture, aggressive body language or violence," he said. "He can always fuck with people, »
Now that we've seen "The Revenant" and all other top Oscar contenders except "Joy" and "The Hateful Eight," Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily) and I are ready to make some bold early picks. Leo DiCaprio seems to be out front for Best Actor, but beware: this derby is crazy and the horses are wild. Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"), Johnny Depp ("Black Mass"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl") and others are still in the chase. Or at least I think so. Sasha feels more strongly about her Leo pick. See Sasha's latest updated predix here. See mine here. See our predictions stacked side by side with 20 other Oscarologists here, then check out the rankings and odds generated with our experts' predix are combined. Below: Listen to Sasha and I schmooze the state of the top races. You can also check out the chat at Gold Derby's channel at Libsyn and at iTunes. Hit the "subscribe" button ther. »
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. »
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