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By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: With 2012 knocking at out door, let’s take one last run through the top Oscar stories of the day for the final Awards Alley for 2011. What is happening on the Oscar beat as the year draws to a close?
- The Academy is considering moving its Oscar ceremony out of the Kodak Theatre. “Our plan right now is to exercise this [option] and then see what happens, what goes on. We’re open,” Tom Sherak, president of the Academy, told THR. Interesting.
- The N.Y. Times gets a one-on-one with the great Brad Pitt, breaking down »
- Sean O'Connell
New Batman 3 movie photo features Bane football field explosion killing spree. We recently extracted a new angle,screen cap,photo of the amazing football field, explosion, scene in the upcoming "Dark Knight Rises." As you can see, it kills off all the players except Hines Ward,who runs in to score a touchdown,along with a few more minutes of Life as the scene was quite disastrous. The movie stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard,and Juno Temple. In the flick, the great Batman will be called back into action when his most formidable opponent Bane arrives in Gotham City,and starts messing up shit. He's seen taking out a whole bunch of men on a plane,beating the crap out of Bruce Wayne,and just wreaking all kinds of havoc in general. Batman will have one hell »
Wow, two "Baddie" articles in one week? You should feel special, but don't get used to it. So in about six months or so (I need a Nolan-ite to give me the exact number of days), Christopher Nolan and company will be bringing us the final chapter in his Batman film series. It's been a great run having him behind the camera, and the likes of Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman in front of the camera, but it is also time to look to the future. I think that most of would agree that yet another reboot or reintroduction of the Batman franchise will occur, but exactly when and how is yet to be determined. One thing I enjoyed so much about Nolan's films are the villains he chose. With the exception of Joker and Catwoman (villain?), these characters, more specifically, these versions of the characters, »
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: When the Academy shifted its rules regarding the Best Picture race – making it a more fluid process while eliminating the minimum number of films that might make it into the competition – those tracking the annual Oscar marathon predicted confusion once the ballots were in voters’ hands.
As such, THR Oscarologist Scott Feinberg now says that Academy members he’s hearing from are “profoundly confused by the new voting system,” which asks them to pick only five films for Best Picture, even though there could end up being as many as 10 (or as few as five) nominated.
“The reason that voters are only being asked to name five films instead of 10 is that the current ‘preferential’ voting system rewards films that appear highly on the most ballots, not films that merely appear somewhere on the most ballots,” Feinberg explains in his piece. “In other words, »
- Sean O'Connell
Having spent the last year sat in screening rooms and cinemas watching over 200 of 2011′s cinematic offerings, it stands to reason that I’m going to have to sit through a fair share of duds. As I had seen the vast majority of the key Oscar plays before November, I spent the latter part of the year dedicating myself to seeking out the worst, most lowest common denominator fare ripe for a skewering, and with these twenty dreadful pictures, we have what are, in my opinion, the 20 biggest train wrecks of 2011. Note that Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is still awaiting worldwide DVD release and didn’t get distribution in the U.K., so that’s one that I was forced to avoid, but I’m assured that it’s irredeemably horrible nevertheless. Anyway, on with the list…
20. Shark Night 3D
(David R. Ellis / Tomatometer: 16%)
Director David R. Ellis »
- Shaun Munro
As I wrote in both my review and interview with Gary Oldman and Tomas Alfredson, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is not one’s average spy thriller. Nothing portrays the spy lifestyle as exciting or “awesome,” just cold, lonely, and harsh. Perhaps the greatest character who represents the themes of the film, while also still feeling like a person, is Jim Prideaux, played by Mark Strong. Prideaux, like every other character in the film, descends to worse and worse places, emotionally and mentally, as things progress. The character’s as lonely as can be, and Strong conveys that with every somber and sad look on his face. It’s an interesting contrast to another one of Strong’s performances from this year as Clive in The Guard. A lot of actors discuss how they love variety and go for it — and most genuinely mean it — but Strong seems to be one of the prime examples of someone doing »
- Jack Giroux
New Batman 3 movie photo shows Bane setting up for football field destruction. Here's a new,screen cap photo we extracted from the recent,2nd,movie trailer for the "Dark Knight Rises" flick, and it features evil Bane underneath the bleachers,getting ready to set off his big football field,destructive earthquake that ends up sinking the entire field in,along with almost every player on the field,except for the guy who scored a touchdown. Now, that's what I call,running for your life. The movie stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple,and Josh Pence. In the flick, Bruce Wayne suits up in the Batman suit,once again, to take on evil Bane as he tries to destroy the entire city of Gotham with his earthquakes,fighting,and more. The city has been at peace for 8 long years, »
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: This time, it’s the best of the best. Of course ‘best’ is a subjective term, so you might want to consider these my ‘favorites’. Despite what everyone likes to whine about at the end of every year, 2011 was in fact one of the better years in a good long time. Maybe it was the effects of the 2007 WGA strike wearing off, maybe it was just dumb luck, but on the whole, movies, especially mainstream movies, were pretty on-spot more often than they weren’t. But just as important, most of the year-end Oscar bait was actually quite good, so this is a year where I don’t have to half-heartedly apologize for having a list filled with movies nobody saw and mainstream pictures that no one admits to liking. Even if it took 1/3 of the year to really get cooking, 2011 was an uncommonly solid »
- Scott Mendelson
"Extra" has a sneak peek at five of the most anticipated movies of 2012.
The Extra List: Top 5 Movies to Watch for in 2012'The Avengers' (May 4)
Who: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson; directed by Joss WhedonWhat: The S.H.I.E.L.D. agency brings together a team of superhumans to help save the Earth from annihilation by extraterrestrial invaders.
'The Dark Knight Rises' (July 20)
Who: Christian Bale, »
HollywoodNews.com: Our selected actress to be our “2011 Hollywood Actress of the Year” is Michelle Williams. Her performances have established her as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning her two Academy Award® nominations.
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In 2011, Williams took on the iconic Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. The film was released by The Weinstein Company on November 4, 2011. In addition, she stars opposite Seth Rogan in Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
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- Josh Abraham
From superhero flicks "The Avengers," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" to sequels "Men in Black III" and "Wrath of the Titans" to book adaptations "The Hunger Games" and "The Hobbit," 2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year at the movies.
Here's a preview!
2012 Movie Preview'Chronicle' (Feb. 3)
A really good spy film, unlike the stupid cliches of 'James Bond' and 'Mission Impossible' series, is about mind games. It's about struggling against mind-fields to discover a truth hidden in plain sight, and decoding it.
In such a really good spy film, no clue is spoon fed to the audience with tricks like slow motion, highlighted comments or scenes or by focusing on a character to either prove then guilty, or mislead viewers. A true. »
- Amith Ostwal
The Dark Knight Rises, one of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2012, is currently in post-production, working towards a July 20 premiere date. A brief description of what appears to be a key scene has been released, which finds Bruce Wayne being kidnapped by Bane and Catwoman.
There are spoilers ahead, so read on at your own risk.
"Gotham City is a war zone. A ruthless madman named Bane has ripped away any sense of security and the citizens, haggard and clutching suitcases with refugee anxiety, sit behind barbed wire waiting to see what will blow up next. A hooded prisoner is dragged in - it's Bruce Wayne, one of Gotham's most famous faces - but the eyes of the crowd go instead to the woman in black standing at the top of the staircase.
'Sorry to spoil things, boys, but Bane needs these guys himself,' says sultry Selina Kyle, »
Moviemaker Christopher Nolan is experiencing mixed emotions as he completes editing on his final Batman movie after saying farewell to his cast just before Christmas.
The shoot on the hotly-anticipated The Dark Knight Rises is complete and now Nolan is in post-production getting the sequel ready for its summer release.
And he admits his Christmas was tinged with sadness as he realised there were great friends he'd never get the chance to work with again.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "It was pretty emotional as we would finish these characters and say goodbye to Alfred (Michael Caine) for the last time and say goodbye to Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and eventually, with Christian (Bale), fairly close to the end.
"Saying goodbye to Batman... it was a big deal. And with these newer characters too, finishing with Anne (Hathaway, who plays Catwoman) and all these guys. It was quite touching, I must say." »
New Batman 3 movie photo shows Catwoman threatening Bruce Wayne. Wow! It looks like Bruce Wayne is going to have his hands full in the new Dark Knight Rises flick as it seems that everyone wants to threaten him. We know Bane wants to kill him,but Selina Kyle aka Catwoman also gets in the mix in this new photo (above). In this particular scene, she says, "There's a storm coming Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches,because when it hits, you're all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large,and leave so little for the rest of us." So,yeah, it sounds like Catwoman definitely has issues to work through. After that little rant, Bruce stumbles backwards in shock that she would say such a thing. It's pretty serious. The movie stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, »
*Spoiler Warning* If you want to stay spoiler-free for the Nolan brothers’ epic conclusion to their Batman trilogy, you may want to look away now.
This month, we’ve seen some terrific new things from next year’s The Dark Knight Rises, one of the most highly anticipated films of 2012, including the awesome first character poster of Bane, and of course, the first trailer that was really quite good. And by that, I of course mean it was incredible.
The plot of Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s conclusion to their trilogy is being kept under wraps, and there’s very little that we know about it for sure. There now comes a new description for a scene from the film, via Hero Complex and Collider, and here is your spoiler warning once again.
I’m personally all for the secrecy, and so whilst I did watch the trailer, I’m »
- Kenji Lloyd
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- Steve Montgomery
Anne Hathaway reveals her hidden talent during the Meryl Streep tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors. Anne stars as Catwoman in the upcoming film “The Dark Knight Rises” by director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Memento) stars Christian Bale (Batman Begins, Terminator Salvation, The 13 Women of Nanjing), Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, Get Smart, Alice in Wonderland, The Silver Linings Playbook), Tom Hardy (Inception, RocknRolla, Bronson), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Elektra Luxx, 3rd Rock from the Sun), Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight, Se7en), Gary Oldman (The Professional, The Fifth Element) and Michael Caine (Cars 2, Gnomeo & Juliet, Inception, Harry Brown). Click Here to check out »
- Brian Corder
The latest trailer for The Dark Knight Rises got fans all in a tizzy, but it still didn't provide many details on the plot. We know the movie takes place seven years after The Dark Knight, Batman (Christian Bale) and Gordon (Gary Oldman) have become irrelevant in a peaceful Gotham, but now a new villain, Bane (Tom Hardy), threatens the safety of the city. Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) factors in there somewhere. So can we get at least get a brief scene description? Some morsel to tide us over until Bane possibly destroys another sports team? Well you can find it after the jump but be warned: it's a big spoiler. Less spoilery: a few new details regarding Catwoman's costume. Hit the jump to check out the fresh info. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20, 2012. Again: spoiler warning. Here's the scene description, which also includes new details on Catwoman's outfit (via »
- Matt Goldberg
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Meryl Streep’s “The Iron Lady” is starting to screen, as the Weinstein Company positions the actress for an Oscar campaign that will pit her against some formidable names (Viola Davis, Tilda Swinton and Glenn Close appear to be her closest competition).
But the race to honor Streep began weeks ago, when the acting legend received the Kennedy Center honors … and a loving tribute from some of her closest friends and professional “fans.”
Expect to hear plenty more about Streep in the coming weeks as the Oscar race heads into Phase Two. But before that begins, here’s a sweet, earnest tribute to an immensely gifted artist:
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- Sean O'Connell
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