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The Hype Cycle: Contenders Arrive in Theaters

23 October 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Excuse the absence in this column for the last few weeks. I’ve been covering the Chicago International Film Festival, catching up with a few of the Foreign Language Oscar contenders while there. Now however, many of these movies are finally making their ways into theaters, providing an extra wrinkle into the race as both critics and fans weigh in on their quality.

1. Birdman

Birdman has finally arrived, and it’s everything the critics and the public have imagined. The film had a solid opening on just four theaters in its opening weekend, earning half a million dollars, and Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and more have all been making the talk show rounds to promote this weird, goofy film everyone loves.

Kris Tapley went right out and handed Keaton the Oscar for Best Actor, writing “The emotional spectrum of this character, Riggan Thompson — who all actors will identify with at the end of the day, »

- Brian Welk

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Oscars: Supporting Actor Race Filled with Uncertainty

21 October 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With this year’s lead actor race heating up to be one of the most crowded ever, it’s a little strange to look over candidates for supporting actor and see a lot of empty space.

Which is not to say there aren’t some amazing performances in the mix. J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) and Edward Norton (“Birdman”) are considered locks for a nod, and all are outstanding in wildly different and breathtaking performances.

Beyond that, there are a lot of great performances but few sure things. Ethan Hawke delivers beautifully subtle work in the beloved “Boyhood,” and seems a good bet to land his second acting nomination. Robert Duvall’s name has been bandied about for “The Judge,” but that has more to do with him being Robert Duvall than praise for the performance. The rest is attributed to movies that have yet to screen or truly build buzz. »

- Jenelle Riley

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2015 Oscars: An Updated Best Actor Prediction Snap Shot

20 October 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Three spots in the 2015 Oscars Best Actor race are pretty much locked up. Those would be Michael Keaton (Birdman), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). In my opinion, that's also the order of their likelihood of winning... right now. The two other slots aren't so easy to figure with so much left to be seen. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) seems a strong contender though I'm not as sure about his chances as much as some others are, largely because of the competition he faces. His chances remain high, though, which is why he occupies my #4 slot for now. In fifth I had Jack O'Connell (Unbroken), but there's a little movie on the rise right now you may have heard of and hopefully seen (or intend to see) called Whiplash and not only is the film securing itself a spot in the Best Picture ranks, but »

- Brad Brevet

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Off the Carpet: So let's talk about that crowded Best Actor Oscar race

19 October 2014 11:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Let's start with a broad assessment that may or may not be true, but can be taken as close enough for the purposes of this column: there are four Best Actor slots spoken for. What are they? Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher," Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," Michael Keaton in "Birdman" and Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Only one of those films, mind you, has opened and screened for the Academy ("Birdman"). But if I were a betting man, I'd say that quartet is secure. So who slides in besides? First and foremost, we've been in this place at least since the Toronto Film Festival, when Cumberbatch further solidified himself after "The Imitation Game" debuted at Telluride and Redmayne jumped onto the scene as part of a new wave of contenders that included "Nightcrawler's" Jake Gyllenhaal and "St. Vincent's" Bill Murray. But as one of the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar! adds four new cast members

18 October 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Four new cast members have been added to the Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!

Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens and Clancy Brown have joined the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hail, Caesar! follows Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood Studios 'fixer' who investigates the disappearance of an actor during a movie shoot.

Krumholtz, Fischler and Stevens will play communist screenwriters, while Brown will play an actor in the movie-within-a-movie, Hail, Caesar!

Other cast members include George Clooney as Mannix, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill and Tilda Swinton.

Clancy Brown can next be seen as General Wade Eiling in The Flash on The CW. »

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The Coen Brothers Add To Their Hail, Caesar! Cast

18 October 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Coen Bros. – Joel and Ethan – are among that rarified group of filmmakers whose every project is eagerly anticipated with the assumption of excellence. This writing and directing team have been producing the highest quality cinema for over thirty years, and have almost never put a foot wrong. Inevitably, their work attracts the most interesting and talented casts and, though they often collaborate with particular performers regularly, they never shy away from adding new people to their routine roster. Their next film, Hail, Caesar! is no exception.

Set amid the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s, Hail, Caesar! follows Eddie Mannix – a ‘fixer’ whose own talents are tested when a star disappears during filming. George Clooney makes his fourth Coen Bros. appearance (after O Brother Where Art Thou, Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading) in the lead role as Mannix, and will be supported by fellow Coen Bros favourites Josh Brolin »

- Sarah Myles

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Casting Net: James Cosmo joins 'Tomorrow;' the Coen brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' rounds out cast

17 October 2014 6:43 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

• Game of ThronesJames Cosmo has signed on for Tomorrow. Martin Scorsese is executive producing the military drama. Cosmo joins previously announced cast members Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Paul Kaye, and Joss Stone. Martha Pinson, Scorsese's long-time script supervisor, will make her feature directorial debut with the film, which follows the lives of soldiers trying to re-immerse themselves into society. Street and Brennan wrote the script. They are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford. Emma Tillinger Koskoff is executive producing with Scorsese. [Variety] • Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, and Clancy Brown have been cast in Hail, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Coen Brothers Comedy 'Hail Caesar' Adds Four New Cast Members

17 October 2014 5:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With shooting set to begin in less than a month, Hail Caesar directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen have added Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens and Clancy Brown to the cast.

The plot is set in 1950s Hollywood and centers on Eddie Mannix (George Clooney), a "fixer" who works with all of the major movie studios to keep the stars in line and to cover up any scandals. He is tasked with tracking down a major movie star who suddenly disappears in the middle of shooting a new movie. Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz and Fisher Stevens are playing Hollywood screenwriters who are also Communists, while Clancy Brown plays an actor in the movie-within-a-movie, dubbed Hail Caesar.

This quartet of actors join an all-star cast that also includes Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill and Alden Ehrenreich.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are directing from their original screenplay, »

- MovieWeb

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David Krumholtz, Patrick Fischler & others join Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!

17 October 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

The ensemble cast for the Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar! just got a little bit bigger. THR is reporting David Krumholtz (Serenity, Numbers), Patrick Fischler (2 Guns, Mad Men), Fisher Stevens (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Lost) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers) have joined the upcoming film, and they'll star alongside George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. Hail, Caesar! will follow Clooney's »

- Jesse Giroux

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Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Adds Four (Exclusive)

17 October 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens and Clancy Brown have joined the all-star cast of Hail, Caesar!, the Hollywood-set period comedy helmed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The movie is heading into a Nov. 10 start for a shoot in Los Angeles with a lineup that includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill and Tilda Swinton. Caesar tells the comedic tale of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming. Read more Coen Brothers, George Clooney's 'Hail,

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Contender Countdown: With Oscar host locked now we wait for 'Interstellar'

16 October 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oscar finally has a host, Neil Patrick Harris, but does she have a frontrunner yet? Not really. This has been a curious awards season so far in terms of the Best Picture race. There are a number of potential contenders that could win it all, but even the films that have already screened such as "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything," "Birdman" and "Boyhood" haven't really separated themselves from the pack (not yet, anyway). That will all change when Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" begins to screen for critics, pundits and the industry soon. We assume it will be screened before it hits theaters on Nov. 7, a little over three weeks from now, but, hey, it's Nolan. Maybe he makes everyone buy a ticket? (We keep telling ourselves that's a joke.) Considering the film's European premiere is in London on Oct. 29, it's going to be seen by someone soon. But then again, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Oscars: Is Michael Keaton the Actor to Beat?

14 October 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s only October, yet the predictions have already been rolling out for the next Academy Awards, still five months away. And though it seems to be said every year, 2015 is truly shaping up to be one of the most competitive best actor races ever.

Coming out of the gate from the Cannes Film Festival in May, buzz was heavy on Steve Carell’s transformative performance as John du Pont in “Foxcatcher” and for Timothy Spall, who won the lead actor prize for “Mr. Turner.” The Telluride and Toronto film festivals revealed a couple other contenders in Brits Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything” and Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game.”

We’re not even touching on the many films yet to be seen that could bear contenders, from Jack O’Connell in “Unbroken,” Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper,” Oscar Isaac in “A Most Violent Year” and David Oyelowo in “Selma. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Looking back at The Avengers

13 October 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex pays a fond return revisit to 1960s classic TV series, The Avengers...

Stylish crime fighting, despicable evil masterminds, a bowler-hatted old Etonian gentleman spy and a series of beautiful leather cat-suited, kinky-booted, no-nonsense heroines. The Avengers had all this and more. What began as a monochrome tape series in January 1961 ran the whole of the Sixties, becoming a colourful slice of period hokum, full of flair, wit and sophistication, yet with its tongue firmly in its cheek.

Always the perfect gentleman, John Steed was played by Patrick Macnee. Originally billed second to the late Ian Hendry, Macnee was still playing Steed over 15 years later when he was teamed with the youthful duo of Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt for The New Avengers in 1976. In the 1998 film, the role of Steed was given to Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman played Emma Peel. I will say no more about the film. »

- louisamellor

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Report: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Dave Bautista set to join new James Bond movie

13 October 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The new James Bond movie, working title "Bond 24," is set to begin filming this December, and a new report indicates that Dave Bautista may be joining the project.  This new information follows closely on the heels of news last week that Lea Seydoux is in talks to become a Bond Girl in the film. Bautista was most recently seen in this summer's Marvel blockbuster, "Guardians of the Galaxy" as Drax, a member of the Guardians team.  According to Latino-Review, for the new Bond film, Bautista could be going evil as Hinx, a henchman in the tradition of Oddjob and Jaws. Sam Mendes is returning to direct the new Bond film after his incredibly successful helming of "Skyfall" in 2012.  Daniel Craig will also be back as Bond for his fourth outing.  Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes are all set to return as well. At this point »

- HitFix Staff

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War Films at the Oscars

13 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Set during the final months of World War II, Fury follows a tank commander (played by Brad Pitt) and his crew as they head into Nazi Germany as part of the Allies’ final push. The film also stars Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, John Bernthal and Michael Pena. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said the film is “a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s.” Fury opens Oct. 17.

Could Fury score a best picture nomination at the 87th Academy Awards? Both war biopics and fictional war films — about real wars or battles — have historically done well at the Oscars; however, the current projections show that the race will be a tight one. Here’s a look at some of the fictional war films that scored nominations for best picture:

War-themed best picture winners »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Bond 24 News: Lea Seydoux Set to Play Femme Fatale; Dave Bautista Rumored for “Villain in the Mold of Jaws and Oddjob”

13 October 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With James Bond 24's December start date fast approaching, some casting news is finally beginning to surface.  First up, Daily Mail reports that Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) has signed on to play the "femme fatale" and "will meet fellow cast members, led by Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, for a script rehearsal in late November,".  We reported a couple months ago that Seydoux was being eyed to play a "Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent."  If Daily Mail is saying she's the "femme fatale", then it's possible we're still waiting for the "Bond Girl" and Seydoux'x character is in the mold of Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) from GoldenEye. Hit the jump for more on James Bond 24.  The film opens November 6, 2015. In August, we reported that the movie was casting for: the main assassin, with the search specifically focussed »

- Matt Goldberg

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'James Bond 24' Casts Dave Bautista as Villainous Henchman Hinx

13 October 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just a few weeks ago, a rumor broke that the team behind Bond 24 was seeking a new henchman that is comparable to iconic 007 characters Oddjob and Jaws. Latino Review now reports that the job has gone to none other than Guardians of the Galaxy scene stealer and WWE Superstar Dave Bautista.

The role is described as an 'iconic baddy'. His name is Hinx, and producers were seeking an actor between 30 and 45 years of age that is ideally over 6 feet tall. He will be the main henchmen, a physically fit assassin who fights with Bond. Dave Bautista will require extensive fight training and stunt coordinating, and he will have to do some driver's training as well. The producers were rumored to be seeking a sports personality, and that's what they have indeed landed.

Bond 24 will begin shooting on December 6, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as secret agent »

- MovieWeb

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Casting: Dave Bautista Rumored For 'Bond 24,' 'Mission: Imposssible 5' Gets Villain And More

13 October 2014 7:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, and Naomie Harris may be getting an unlikely playmate in "Bond 24." Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista, last seen mixing it up on the big screen in "Guardians Of The Galaxy," is rumored to have landed a bad guy role "in the tradition of Jaws or Oddjob." Bautista in a Sam Mendes-directed movie? Guess we'll see. Cameras roll in December. [Latino Review] Sean Harris has been offered the villain role in "Mission: Impossible 5." The increasingly busy actor's recent credits include "'71," "Southcliffe," "The Borgias," and "Prometheus," and basically, if you watch movies even casually, you've seen him in something. [Deadline] With "Underworld 5" moving ahead with Theo James in the lead, the presumption was that Kate Beckinsale was moving on. Not quite. At New York Comic-Con Len Wiseman revealed, "we have another film in the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista Rumored to Play Bond 24 Henchman

13 October 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I wasn't the biggest fan of Guardians of the Galaxy and one aspect I didn't enjoy that much in-particular was Dave Bautista's performance as Drax. I was apparently in the minority, so much so that a new rumor from Latino Review says Bautista has now landed the role of Hinx, the lead henchman in the upcoming Bond 24. Earlier in the year a report detailing the specifics for the character were released saying they were looking for an actor that is: Ideally over 6c 2c. Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. We are looking for someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background. The casting has not yet been confirmed, but with the recent announcement Lea Seydoux will play the film's femme »

- Brad Brevet

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Dave Bautista may play the villain’s henchman in Bond 24

13 October 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A few weeks ago it was revealed that casting for Bond 24 was underway, with the producers looking to return to the roots of the Bond franchise by hiring an actor to play the role of a “physically imposing henchman”. According to Latino Review, wrestler and actor Dave Bautista, best known for his role as Drax in this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy has landed the role.

Here’s the casting description for the henchman role…

We are looking to follow in the tradition of Jaws and Oddjob in finding an iconic baddy.

“Hinx (Male, 30 – 45)”

“Ideally over 6? 2?. Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. We are looking for someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background.”

“Height: 180cm – 195cm”

This casting news still »

- Thomas Roach

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