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A Look at Robert Downey Jr.’s Top Nominations

5 September 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Robert Downey Jr. is no stranger to box office smashes; The success of Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man and The Avengers has proven Downey’s ability to dominate the world of Hollywood blockbusters. Downey takes a step towards a more serious role than he’s had the past few years with this fall’s family drama, The Judge.

Since opening the 39th Toronto International Film Festival Thursday evening,the film hasn’t been hailed as the next best picture nominee to come out of Toronto, but that doesn’t mean it won’t score any nominations.

Both Oscar winner Robert Duvall and two-time Oscar nominee Downey, have been garnering high praise for their roles as father and son, which could lead to potential nominations for the 87th Academy Awards. Duvall has a long awards history, but Downey also has his fair share of praise. Here are »

- Anjelica Oswald

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FrightFest 2014: The Last Showing Part 4: Behind the Mask of an Icon – Robert Englund Interview

5 September 2014 6:09 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

“The truth is I’m just an old veteran character actor” says Robert Englund as we sit down to discuss The Last Showing, his latest foray into genre cinema. To find one standing opposite the genial and softly-spoken man who devoured so many hours of sleep by searing to the mind the menacing image of claws piercing first the mattress and then the torso, can only be described as ‘surreal.’ As these words flow onto the page there is a realisation that the reason horror cinema earns our affection was so eloquently phrased by Emily Berrington when she said, “There is a desire to feel that tiny part of your mind that otherwise doesn’t get tapped into.” By touching our sensibilities in a way that we crave, these terrifying encounters remain some of the most evocative and defining moments of the human experience, and therein cinema is our fix. »

- Paul Risker

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Toronto: Warner Bros Gets Thumbs-Up Verdict As ‘The Judge’ Opens Tiff With Emotion-Packed Drama

5 September 2014 12:06 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

“I feel like I was sucker-punched, but it was a happy punch,” Robert Downey Jr. told me after the Toronto Film Festival’s opening-night movie The Judge. At the Montecito restaurant after-party, the  star and his wife Susan Downey, who was one of the producers of the project, admitted they had not seen the film before in such a large venue as Roy Thomson Hall, where the October 10th Warner Bros release had its world premiere Thursday night.

Downey admitted to tearing up at least five times watching the film tonight. I sat near the cast and noticed that co-star Dax Shepard was a complete emotional mess the minute the lights came up and the audience stood to applaud. Susan Downey agreed with me that if audiences — particularly adult filmgoers who don’t necessarily rush to movies on the first weekend — show up to support the film it will mean »

- Pete Hammond

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The Last Of Robin Hood – The Review

4 September 2014 1:06 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As we bid goodbye to the Summer action blockbusters, we say hello once more to the serious slate of films looking to pick up award gold in the last few months of the year. And what better subject matter than the true story or the biographical or “bio-pic”? Maybe a good mix of the two, and since Hollywood enjoys celebrating itself why not tackle one of its greatest stars? Though not as highly merchandised today at contemporaries Bogart, Monroe, or Hepburn (either one), few stars shone as brightly in that golden age than Errol Flynn, king of the silver screen swashbucklers. Now Flynn was played by the similarly dashing Jude Law ten years ago in the Howard Hughes story, The Aviator. And previously he was parodied wonderfully by Peter O’Toole as Alan Swann in the raucous comic gem My Favorite Year in 1982 and by former Bond Timothy Dalton as »

- Jim Batts

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Remembering Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Sir Richard Attenborough and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in August

2 September 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Sir Richard Attenborough (1923-2014) - Actor and Filmmaker. He won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for Gandhi and also directed Chaplin, A Bridge Too FarCry Freedom and A Chorus Line. He'd been an actor first, earning Golden Globes for supporting in Doctor Dolittle and The Sand Pebbles. He also starred in Jurassic Park (see below), Lost World: Jurassic Park, the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street, The Great...

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- Christopher Campbell

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jurassic Park

1 September 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Jurassic Park is not only the greatest dinosaur film of all time, it’s one of the best films Spielberg has ever directed. Not only did the film resurrect (fictionally only, unfortunately) an extinct race of giant reptiles for the silver screen, it also bolstered an already amazing premise – borrowed from Michael Crichton’s novel – with a cast of actors that performed their characters with the utmost care and attention. From Wayne Knight’s performance as the oafish programmer of the park’s security systems to Richard Attenborough’s almost godlike presence as the park’s owner and creator: John Hammond – there’s little wonder why Jurassic Park is considered an outright classic in its own right.

But the real stars of the show were the dinosaurs, and while there was only 15 minutes of screen time for the prehistoric beasts, that made them no less prominent or memorable within the film. »

- Joe Pring

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10 Biggest Movie And TV News This Week (Aug 31)

31 August 2014 1:35 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the greatest news wrap-up on the web: the WhatCulture.com News Brief! In this weekly column, we collect the most important and interesting news stories that graced our RSS feeds, and kept us talking about all things film and television.

As summer draws to a close and blockbuster season winds down, we’ve run into a bit of a news slump. Things slowed considerably this week, but there were still plenty of things to talk about. We’ve got a few reboots on the horizon (shocking, I know!), on both the small screen and the silver screen. This week we heard about Underworld, Shutter Island, The Tick, and The Greatest American Hero reimaginings, remakes, and reboots in the works. Meanwhile, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks return to the mysterious world of Dan Brown adaptations, while the Richard Pryor, King Arthur, and Looney Tunes films find their stars. »

- James Garcia

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Telluride Film Review: ‘The Imitation Game’

30 August 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nothing is too heavily encrypted in “The Imitation Game,”, rendered in such unerringly tasteful, “Masterpiece Theatre”-ish fashion that every one of Turing’s professional triumphs and personal tragedies arrives right on schedule and with nary a hair out of place. More than once during the accomplished (but not particularly distinctive) English-language debut for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”), you can catch the ghost of the late Richard Attenborough nodding approvingly over the decorous proceedings. And yet so innately compelling is Turing’s story — to say nothing of Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance — it’s hard not to get caught up in this well-told tale and its skillful manipulations. Likely to prove more popular with general audiences than highbrow critics, this unapologetically old-fashioned prestige picture (the first of the season’s dueling studies of brilliant but tragic English academics, to be followed soon by “The Theory of Everything”) looks and »

- Scott Foundas

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Best of the Week: The Good and Bad of Summer 2014, Unedited 'Star Wars' and More

29 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News We heard Hawkeye might be in Captain America 3. And were teased that someone else in the sequel will have fans freaking out. We also saw new images from Avengers: Age of Ultron and heard some rumors about how that sequel will end. Guardians of the Galaxy became the hightest grossing movie of the summmer. And they made a real dancing Groot toy. Sir Richard Attenborough died. And was paid tribute by the production of Jurassic WorldKeith Stanfield will play Snoop Dogg. Mike Epps will play Richard Pryor. Chris Hemsworth will play Audrey's husband in the next Vacation. We got our first look at Pixar's next female hero. And our first look at Disney's Feast.  Acme is the next Lego Movie...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Retrospective Commemorating Best Picture Oscar Winners Of 1980s

29 August 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Over the next weeks, on screens in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, dozens of film will starting the journey that they will hope will end with the top prize: a Best Picture Oscar win. There can only be one, which means the race will be fierce, and few will survive, so before the madness begins (though some would argue it already has), let's take a look back a few decades to see the movies that captured the imagination of awards voters and audiences. Following supercuts for the 1990s and 2000s, Miguel Branco returns with a look at the 1980s. Once again, it's another carefully put together piece, spanning three minutes, which weaves together some very different movies. Ranging from the late Richard Attenborough's epic "Gandhi," to Oliver Stone's grim "Platoon," to Robert Redford's grief drama "Ordinary People," the 80s found the Academy favoring heavier subject matter. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Richard Attenborough Remembered by Friend and Colleague of 72 Years

28 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Editor's Note: The British filmmaker Michael Anderson, 94, is the oldest living best director Oscar nominee; he was nominated for helming the 1956 best picture Oscar winner, Around the World in 80 Days. 72 years ago, he was the assistant director on the film in which Richard Attenborough made his big-screen debut. He would go on to direct Attenborough in two other films over the next 33 years. The year was 1942. The great Noel Coward and the soon-to-be-great

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- Michael Anderson

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Richard Attenborough - A Sky Movies Tribute

28 August 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Sky Movies pays tribute to Richard Attenborough, the Oscar-winning director and actor who has died aged 90. Lord Attenborough was a hugely successful actor and director with a career that spanned over 60 years. His first acting role was in 1942's In Which We Serve, and he went on to play a huge variety of roles over the next 60 years, from British gangsters to wild-eyes scientists. »

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New Jurassic World Set Photo Honors Richard Attenborough

27 August 2014 3:37 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

It was recently reported that Richard Attenborough, the man who directed "Gandhi" and starred in "Jurassic Park," passed away. In "Jurassic Park," he played John Hammond, the creator of the park. Now that director Colin Trevorrow is working on "Jurassic World," he shared a photo from the set as a way to honor the actor. The photo is of a statue of Attenborough/Hammond that will likely greet park visitors in the new film. It's not clear if Hammond is no longer alive in the movie, but the statue will now have an extra significance to it. Check out the photo below. Photo: (click to enlarge) »

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Remembering Richard Attenborough: 6 Defining Career Moments

27 August 2014 12:08 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The world lost a true cinematic legend on Sunday the 24th of August with the death of Richard Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, who passed away at the age of ninety, just five days short of his ninety first birthday.

Educated at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (Rada), which he would later serve as Chairman and then President, Richard Attenborough’s career began in the 1940s, when he accumulated a string of bit parts on both the screen and stage during the Second World War, in which he joined the Royal Air Force and was made a part of the Raf Film Unit, where he recorded bombing missions.

Over the next few decades, Attenborough appeared in a handful of roles in both British and American films and plays (including the world’s longest-running theatrical production), becoming involved in a number of projects as a producer before switching his hand to directing. »

- Alex Antliff

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‘Jurassic World’ Set Photo Reveals Richard Attenborough Tribute

26 August 2014 6:37 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

We were all saddened at the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, a man whose career spanned over 70 years and earned him two Oscars for his directorial masterpiece, Gandhi, as well as two Golden Globes for performances in The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Doolittle.Most know Attenborough best for his role as the entrepreneur John Hammond, who in the 1993 film Jurassic Park envisioned a state of the art park where people could witness real life dinosaurs. Attenborough charmed audiences with Hammond’s enthusiasm, however misguided, but never played Hammond as a buffoon, instead giving the character a sad, almost tragic edge.

Over 20 years later, the Jurassic Park franchise is ready for a comeback with Jurassic World in 2015. This latest film in the series finds Hammond’s dream a reality, as a fully ...

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- Sarah Moran

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Lukewarm Off Presses: "Chef" Again, Lord Attenborough, Joan Allen, and Movie-to-tv Series

26 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Four interesting tidbits coming atcha that we neglected to discuss for multiple reasons. If you hadn't yet heard them, they'll feel like brand new news to you.

In what is clearly understood to be an awards-traction move, Jon Favreau's sleeper hit Chef will be coming back to theaters this Friday in wide release. I'm not sure it has the critical oomph to win any nominations and it didn't have the box office size to make that a non-issue (a la gargantuan hits like My Big Fat Greek Wedding) but could it sleeper hit its way into, say, The Screenplay race? I'm realizing I neglected to consider it at all there which is an obvious mistake. I had a really good time watching it with friends though; it's an easy sit and safe for diverse groups of viewers. My favorite visual was ScarJo eating a bowl of pasta but my »

- NATHANIEL R

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Ben Kingsley's Tightrope with Mythology, from Attenborough's 'Gandhi' to Upcoming 'Boxtrolls,' 'Exodus,' and 'Jungle Book'

26 August 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It was so eerie discussing Lord Richard Attenborough and "Gandhi" with Sir Ben Kingsley on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, and then hearing of Attenborough's passing on Sunday, just five days before his 91st birthday. Attenborough was the first director I ever interviewed as a senior at Cal State Northridge, and I couldn't resist revisiting the breakthrough, Oscar-winning performance with Kingsley. I recalled how Attenborough was bursting with excitement about his lifelong pet project, which was still in pre-production in 1978 when we met, describing the lynchpin scene in which the young British-trained lawyer was tossed off the train in South Africa, and how the young actor, Ben Kingsley, was going to be amazing. “Wonderful man,” Kingsley beamed. “And it’s interesting that he alluded to that scene because, for me, that was the engine of the whole performance. And after he’d seen the film, Peter Brook, a colleague and another great director, »

- Bill Desowitz

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Jurassic World Director Colin Trevorrow Pays Tribute to Lord Richard Attenborough

26 August 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following the sad passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has revealed a new behind the scenes image which offers up a look at a statue of the character – John Hammond – he played in the first two Jurassic Park movies which were helmed by Steven Spielberg.

The legendary actor and director’s health had been failing for a number of years, so a cameo appearance in Jurassic World was always out of the question. It should be very interesting to see how Hammond is referenced in Jurassic World now, especially as the park has reopened and is actually a success now by all accounts.

Based on what we’ve heard so far about Jurassic World, it’s shaping up to be one of 2015′s best movies, and Colin Trevorrow is a promising young filmmaker who looks set to follow up some great lower budget Indies with a »

- Josh Wilding

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Richard Attenborough’s Accessible Activism

26 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Yesterday, Scott Beggs discussed how the subject of war permeated throughout Richard Attenborough’s career both in front of and behind the camera, noting how anti-war themes ran through the former Royal Air Force flier’s directing debut in Oh! What a Lovely War to his Best Director win for Gandhi and beyond. But there’s another important aspect of Attenborough’s unique career that informed this consistent theme of pacifism: the actor/director often gravitated toward stories of activists determined to change the world and its asymmetrical relations of power. Attenborough rarely put himself in the position of liberator, but recognized and used his position of Western privilege to render the speech of others heard. Attenborough was a genteel Englishman who seemed positively aristocratic in his presentation and demeanor – his appearance made him look the part of someone who might have been quite comfortable in the role of colonizer a century ago – but he used this »

- Landon Palmer

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This Is How Jurassic World Is Paying Tribute To John Hammond

26 August 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In Memoriam. pic.twitter.com/5jL7Sh9Hpr. Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 25, 2014 This weekend we lost the legendary Lord Richard Attenborough, and even today his loss is still felt. The tremendous actor/director of such films as The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, Brighton Rock, Gandhi and Chaplin left a full life and a grand legacy behind, which has mostly been highlighted by his work in Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece Jurassic Park. Now while Attenborough did have an enormous legacy before his role as the eccentric John Hammond, it is that role that most modern audiences identify him with. A role that is being paid tribute by friends, colleagues, and even those who did not get to work with him, but continue his legacy tangentially. Case in point is Colin Trevorrow's tweet from last night, showcasing what can be assumed to be a memorial to John Hammond in the »

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