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Now that summer movie season is over, it’s Oscar season. During winter and fall many Oscar-hopeful movies are released. This is our overview of what you can expect leading up to the 2015 Oscars.
For fans of film, fall and winter are the best times of the year. This is when, typically, some of the most well-received films are released. Unofficially, we call it Oscar Season, and there’s good reason that the year’s best films are saved for last. Any film released before the end of the year is eligible for Oscar nomination. Therefore, if you release your film towards the end of the year, it will be fresher in audience and critic minds when awards time rolls around in early March/late February (February 22nd, 2015 to be exact).
In preparation for the fall and winter movie season, we’ve put together this preview of films that have been getting lots of attention. »
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The Giver, 2014.
Directed by Phillip Noyce
A dystopian tale of a community intentionally living without emotions.
As The Giver begins Jonas (Breton Thwaites) and his friends Fiona (Odeya Rush) and Asher (Cameron Monaghan) are anxiously awaiting hearing what job they will spend the rest of their lives doing in their community. There are a lot of rules in Jonas’ community, restricting what people can and cannot do and even what words they are allowed to use in their conversations.
In this dystopian future the decision has been made to “save” humans from their own emotions, their own choices. Because as Master Elder (Meryl Streep) says at one point, “When people have the power to choose, they choose wrong.”
For Jonas, however, there is a twist. He is chosen to be The »
- Amy Richau
White Gold, Sydney's Pollack's Out Of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, and Michael Apted's Gorillas In The Mist starring Sigourney Weaver have one man in common: Simon Trevor, the director of White Gold. His documentary on the organised poaching of elephant tusks, narrated by former Us Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, puts an end to fantasies of glamour and harmless luxury based on ignorance and lies.
Producer Arne Glimcher with White Gold director Simon Trevor on the crisis in elephant poaching: "This time around it's much more serious because there's less elephants and more demand." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
The New York Film Festival now takes on the challenge of raising awareness with their newly announced panel The Crisis In Elephant Poaching. The discussion will be moderated by Last Days »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.
We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.
Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.
Available October 1
Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."
"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)
Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls, »
- Tim Hayne
Assheton Gorton, the Oscar-nominated and avant-garde English production designer and art director who worked on Blow-Up, Get Carter and The French Lieutenant’s Woman, has died. He was 84. Gorton died peacefully in his sleep Sept. 14 in the Churchstoke valley on the Wales-England border after battling a heart condition in recent years, his daughter Sophie told the Shropshire Star. Gorton received Oscar and BAFTA nominations for French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), which was directed by Karel Reisz and adapted by Harold Pinter. In the lush drama, Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons play two sets of couples —
- Mike Barnes
Maybe you haven't heard of Brit actor David Oyelowo, but you probably saw his bravura performance in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" as the prodigal, politically outspoken son of Forest Whitaker's White House right-hand man. In DuVernay's "Selma," set for Christmas Day limited release, Oyelowo plays Mlk Jr. and, according to Women and Hollywood's early look at the film, convinced the producers to hire DuVernay after working together on her intimate 2012 hit drama "Middle of Nowhere." At the same Q&A, Oyelowo said, "If Meryl Streep can play Margaret Thatcher, I can play Dr. King." Early award hopes are high for his portrayal of the American activist (watch the Urbanworld panel below). He will also be appearing this fall in Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," out November 7, in a role that remains mysterious even on IMDb. Oyelowo has prominent billing in J.C. Chandor's period crime drama "A Most Violent Year, »
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Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Fall seems to be everybody's favorite season, which begs the following quesiton: Why is everybody so wrong? In this edition of The Snap, I explain why this is the effing worst season ever. Winter? Definitely more tolerable. Spring? A joy. Summer? A holiday for cool people. Fall? A war on fun. And hey: Go ahead and check out all of The Snap's episodes: Ep. #26: Everything Wrong with Urban Outfitters Ep. #25: Joan Rivers' True Legacy Ep. #24: Our Unanswered 'Saved by the Bell' Questions Ep. #23: Beyonce's 20 Biggest Flaws Ep. #22: Everything We Learned From Robin Williams Movies Ep. #21: A Tribute to the One Woman in Every All-Male Ensemble Ep. #20: Clueless at Comic-Con Ep. #19: The Comic-Con Preview We Need Ep. #18: We Review Every Celebrity Sex Tape Ep. #17: The Biggest Movie Bombs of 2014 Ep. #16: 25 Reasons to Worship Tilda Swinton Ep. #15: The Secrets of 'Transformers' Ep. »
- Louis Virtel
To celebrate International Day of the Girl on the 11th of October, World Vision is bringing a special screening of Girl Rising to Dublin on October 2nd at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Girl Rising was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and is narrated by Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. It is a ground-breaking critically acclaimed feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls around the world. "It's a powerful film that has the potential to inspire change in the world. If you're not moved, you're not breathing," said Alicia Keys. '' It's a simple fact. There is nobody »
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By Anjelica Oswald
Offering us glimpses into new worlds and stories, movie trailers have just a few minutes to show the premise of a film and what viewers can expect to see. Teasers are often a minute or less. These minutes have the potential to create or destroy excitement surrounding a film. Potential Oscar contenders, such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, still haven’t released trailers to the public. As of right now, the only glimpse of Anderson’s anticipated film is in a minute long preview for the 52nd New York Film Festival. Many of the projected contenders have released their trailers or teasers, though. Here are some of the best trailers/teasers available:
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The comedian told The Daily Telegraph that the recently-deceased actor called him to tell him that he loved him.
"[Robin] was my pal," he said. "He was not always depressed. He was a complicated man, but a beautiful person. He was a joy."
He added that the pair used to discuss Parkinson's disease, which they both suffered from.
"We used to talk about Parkinson's a lot," Connolly added. "He would call me and we would compare notes.
"His was early on-set, the same as mine. Everybody worries about it. It's like a mugger following you around."
Connolly said that Williams had phoned him to tell him how much he loved him shortly before he died.
"We told each other we loved each other," Connelly said. "I told him and he told me many times. »
Several unspoken-for films came into this year’s Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alice, the touching drama of a woman’s descent into early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, that plan worked spectacularly well. It had a stirring world-premiere screening on Sept. 8 in a less-visible afternoon slot at Tiff and quickly sparked Oscar buzz for star Julianne Moore, a four-time nominee who has never won.
Sony Pictures Classics presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard quickly recognized the kind of role that has Oscar written all over it, and two days later the picture sold to Spc (which, despite having its largest slate of Oscar hopefuls ever, still had an »
- Pete Hammond
Into the Woods is "a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them."
I've never seen the stage musical that this movie is based on, but I'm familiar with a couple of the songs. It looks like a decent movie, and it has an impressive cast that also includes Emily Blunt, James Corden, »
- Joey Paur
Chicago – Jason Bateman and an all-star cast got me there. The unfunny copycat story left me regretting it. If you don’t start with a solid plot that’s at least somewhat new, it doesn’t matter how many “A”-listers you throw into an ensemble. They’re just individuals doing the best they can with weak material.
But the film’s fatal flaw is it can’t figure out who it is – a comedy, drama or dramedy? – and it didn’t do just one thing well.
On the surface, the new comedy from director Shawn Levy (“Real Steel,” “The Internship”) and rookie writer and novelist Jonathan Tropper might have seemed promising. Just put the combined talents of Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Adam Driver, Timothy Olyphant, Kathryn Hahn, Dax Shepard, Abigail Spencer, Corey Stoll and Connie Britton in the same story and you’ve got a winner, »
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Kyle Buchanan offers Tina Fey five tips on becoming a movie star. Now that her Emmy-winning comedy series "30 Rock" is gone, he says the movies need her "more than she needs the movies," but she has not been provided with good projects yet. The recent release of "This Is Where I Leave You" along with "Muppets Most Wanted" and "Admission" have not been worthy. His suggestions include that she write her own projects, rewrite other projects, appeal to her base (young women and gay men), work with better directors, and finally make that movie with Meryl Streep she has been promising. Vulture -Break- Emmy-nominated actress Sarah Paulson calls her new double role as conjoined twins her "craziest" yet. She stars on the upcoming "American Horror Story: Freak Show" after previous roles as a medium, a reporter, and a witch on previous installments. Of the two twins, she says, "It's not as simple as nice and. »
Like every proud Midwesterner, I think malls are glamorous, wonderful palaces where I can by the $79.99 shirt that will improve my life for at least eight minutes. But in the case of Urban Outfitters, a company that produces some perfectly fine clothes, it's hard for me not to roll my eyes at some of their marketing stunts. Did you happen see that bloody Kent State sweatshirt they took off the market? Pretty dicey. In today's edition of The Snap, I revisit Urban Outfitters' biggest snafus and remind you of the wild antics they've pulled. You cannot redeem this anger with a gift card. (Nsfw, language. Hooray for swear words.) Check out all of The Snap's episodes: Ep. #25: Joan Rivers' True Legacy Ep. #24: Our Unanswered 'Saved by the Bell' Questions Ep. #23: Beyonce's 20 Biggest Flaws Ep. #22: Everything We Learned From Robin Williams Movies Ep. #21: »
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Exclusive: Ang Lee will next direct an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. It is Lee’s first film since he won the Best Director Oscar for Life Of Pi, and he’s reuniting with Tom Rothman at TriStar. Rothman, who continues to put together filmmaker-centric projects at his Sony-based label, ran Fox and worked closely with Lee on that difficult, groundbreaking, Oscar-winning 3D film that grossed $600 million worldwide. TriStar is teamed with Film4 on the picture, which will begin production in the spring.
It was expected Lee’s next film would be the Peter Morgan-scripted boxing pic about the Thrilla In Manila bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, shot in 3D at Universal. They are still working on a budget and the visual effects and look of that picture, but clearly Lee was eager to get back behind the camera.
- Mike Fleming Jr
For the last decade, Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio” has offered fascinating glimpses into how some of our greatest actors approach their craft. Here are 17 pieces of acting advice James Lipton has coaxed out of his fabulously talented guests. Laurence Olivier on why actors act.When Dustin Hoffman worked with the great Laurence Olivier on the film “Marathon Man,” an infamous story circulated that Olivier had asked the younger actor if he had ever tried acting. After setting the record straight, Hoffman chokes up describing one of his last memories of Olivier, who gave him an extraordinary explanation for the point of acting. Dustin Hoffman on failure.“There’s nothing wrong with failing. You’re going to fail. I fail,” says Hoffman. The actor's passion for his work comes through while discussing the value of failure and the sin of playing it safe. Meryl Streep on the importance of listening. »
It’s September, so why wouldn’t we start predicting an Oscar race that won’t finish for another five months?
To be fair, Venice, Telluride, and the Toronto film festivals have all concluded. Many films have screened. Many films have connected with audiences, and a rough draft of the Oscar race is beginning to come into focus. Sure, no Academy member will even begin popping in those screener DVDs for another couple of months, but it’s still worth discussing what has buzz and what is likely to still be on voters’ minds once the weather finally begins to cool off. »
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According to our racetrack odds, the Best Supporting Actor Oscar is a close contest between J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"). However, while "Foxcatcher" is a major contender for Best Picture, "Whiplash" isn't expected to reap bids in any other major category. Can Simmons prevail if he's the sole nominee for his film? Or can "Whiplash" gain traction in other categories as well? -Break- You Decide: Who will will Original Screenplay Oscar? 'Boyhood,' 'Foxcatcher' ...? These days, it's hard to win an acting Oscar without broad academy support. Best Picture has included nine or 10 nominees since the academy expanded the category in 2009. Of the 20 acting winners over these past five years, all but four have come from Best Picture nominees. The exceptions: Jeff Bridges (Best Actor, "Crazy Heart," 2009), Meryl Streep...' »
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