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If you believe the awards season chatter, the Oscar race is practically over—even if it’s only just beginning. There’s already been a lot of talk about the frontrunners this year (from “The Imitation Game’s” Benedict Cumberbatch to “Wild’s” Reese Witherspoon). But the Academy always throws a few curveballs into the mix come January. Here are nine under-the-radar performances that deserve a fighting chance in this year’s Oscar race.
Best Actor, “Foxcatcher”
The trio of male performances in “Foxcatcher”—from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo—are all worthy of Oscar nominations. But the problem is, where do you put each actor? Sony Pictures Classics had decided to campaign Tatum and Carell in lead and Ruffalo in supporting, but I fear the strongest performance in the film may slip through the cracks. Carell has gotten a lot of ink for his transformation, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Psychos: They're hot. Who doesn't love a little sinister energy in their sexual interactions? In this Halloween edition of The Snap, we count up the hottest psychos on film. Yes, Norman Bates ranks highly. Check out all episodes of 'The Snap': Ep. #31: Why Horror Classics are Still Scary Ep. #30: Everything You Don't Know About Taylor Swift Ep. #29: 5 Unanswered Questions About 'Gone Girl' Ep. #28: 19 Beautiful Things That Look Like Donald Trump Ep. #27: 20 Reasons Fall is the Worst Season 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 »
- Louis Virtel
Disney has released hi-res versions of previously released Into the Woods images along with a couple new stills as well. The Disney production stars James Corden (Begin Again) and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple. Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her Prince (Chris Pine), Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and the Wolf (Johnny Depp). I really liked the extended featurette we saw last week, and I hope we'll get a new trailer soon that will give us an even better idea of what to expect from director Rob Marshall's take on Stephen Sondheim's terrific musical. Hit the jump to check out the Into the Woods images. The film opens December 25th, »
- Matt Goldberg
Margaret here, trying not to freak out about these set photos of Meryl Streep. Pretend for a moment that the magic of internet reporting hasn't told us exactly what she's filming right now. (It's the Diablo Cody-penned, Jonathan Demme-directed dramedy Ricki and the Flash, wherein La Streep plays an aging rock star.)
This is so full of possibility. As long as she's in this getup, let's indulge in some fantasizing...
She wears motorcycle boots! She sports extensions! She makes out with Rick Springfield!
Things Meryl Streep Could Be Filming In That Costume
2. A Mike Nichols-directed commercial for Meryl's new campaign as the Spring 2015 face of Hot Topic
3. The music video for Rick Springfield's »
- Margaret de Larios
Today's hot young things got nothin' on these two sexagenarians. Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield, both 65, were spotted sharing a passionate kiss while shooting a night-time scene for Ricki and the Flash, director Jonathan Demme's latest ode to rock and roll, on the streets of New York. Meryl, who plays an aging (but obviously still super-hot) rocker who put music before her family throughout her life and is now paying the emotional price, was all decked out in stovepipe jeans, a leather jacket and badass boots, a few braids woven into her long blond locks. And Springfield, with his long hair and scruff, looked... well, exactly like himself. The General »
Starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine, Into The Woods is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.
The big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, including “Children Will Listen,” “Giants in the Sky,” “On the Steps of the Palace,” “No One Is Alone” and “Agony,” among others.
“Into The Woods” premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical. »
- Melissa Thompson
Hilary Swank hit the beach with her beau, French real estate broker Laurent Fleury, in Malibu, CA, on Sunday. She showed off her fit frame in a polka-dot bikini top and red shorts and protected her face from the sun with an oversize hat and sunglasses. The 40-year-old actress and her boyfriend have been dating for nearly two years and showed off sweet Pda while playing football with his children on the sand. Hilary touched down in La last week after spending some time on the East Coast to promote her upcoming film The Homesman. She walked the red carpet at the Hamptons International Film Festival earlier this month to talk up the Western drama, which she stars in alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep. Keep reading for more photos of Hilary's impressive bikini body on the beach. »
Steven Spielberg is gearing up his adaptation of Roald Dahl's "B.F.G.," and he's found his leading man for the titular role. Actor Mark Rylance, mostly known for his stage work, has landed the gig for a story about "a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the Bfg. The three set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world." Production will begin next year with a release date slated for July 1, 2016. [Deadline] Oliver Platt and Molly Parker have joined Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul and Sarah Gadon for Alexandre Aja's “The 9th Life of Louis Drax." Cameras are now rolling on the Max Minghella penned movie about "the titular character who suffers a near-fatal fall on his 9th birthday. Dornan will portray a doctor caring for the boy who is drawn into a mystery, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Disney has released an extended featurette for “Into the Woods” that not only offers a new look at the iconic characters, but a sneak preview of the iconic music.
Meryl Streep’s Witch and Anna Kendrick’s Cinderella sing in the video, which also includes interviews with director Rob Marshall and stars Streep, Johnny Depp, who plays The Wolf, and Emily Blunt, who’s The Baker’s Wife.
“It’s not just a musical, it’s not just a comedy, it’s not just a drama,” Marshall says. “It’s all of those things interwoven.”
Marshall also praises composer Stephen Sondheim (“the greatest living composer we have”), who wrote the music and lyrics for the 1987 dark musical reimagining of classic fairy tales.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Ricki and the Flash follows a woman (Streep) who lost her family while chasing her dream of becoming a rock star.
Ricki and The Flash is scheduled for a 2015 release at cinemas. »
“The Tunnels” is the untold true story of a great escape before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The story focuses on a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks, who funded their expedition.
“Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity,” Ryder said. “Greg’s proposal will make for a very human and cinematic experience. We have no doubt that Mark »
- Dave McNary
• Megan Fox will take the female lead in Zeroville, starring opposite James Franco, who is also directing. Adapted from the novel by Steve Erickson, the story follows a film-obsessed man (Franco) who arrives in Hollywood in 1969, hoping to break in to the business just as the industry is at a major turning point. Fox will play a Hollywood starlet with an uneasy past who becomes the romantic interest and obsession of Franco’s character. Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell, Jacki Weaver, and Horatio Sanz also star. Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini is producing along with Caroline Aragon, »
- C. Molly Smith
Their Finest Hour and a Half
Based on Lissa Evans' 2009 novel, the story follows a WW2 British movie crew trying to boost morale in the wake of the London Blitz. Gabby Chiappe ("Shetland," "The Paradise") is penning the script. Shooting is scheduled to take place in summer 2015. [Source: Deadline]
Sebastian Stan ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") is set to play the estranged son of Meryl Streep in the Jonathan Demme-directed, Diablo Cody-penned "Ricki and the Flash". Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield also star.
Streep plays a woman chasing her dreams of being a rock star, which resulted in losing her family. Now a grocery store clerk, she gets one final shot at fulfilling her rock and roll destiny. »
- Garth Franklin
Sebastian Stan is on his way to becoming just as much of a household name as his Captain America co-star Chris Evans. After his badass performance as the titular badguy in The Winter Soldier, it looks like his stock went up considerably. Just yesterday we brought you the news that the actor had joined the immense cast of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adaptation, The Martian, and today he’s gone and signed onto another corking pic! Thanks to Deadline, we now know he’ll be joining Meryl Streep in Ricki And The Flash.
In the film, set to be directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs), Stan will play Streep’s estranged son. The Oscar-winning actress will topline the movie as ageing rocker, Ricki, who plays in a local dive bar with her band The Flash. After a chat with her ex-husband (Kevin Kline), she decides she wants to »
- Gem Seddon
We first reported on this project in April, when Meryl Streep signed on to play a woman chasing her dreams of being a rock star, which resulted in losing her family. Now this grocery store clerk gets one final shot at fulfilling her rock and roll destiny. Sebastian Stan is playing the woman's estranged son, joining a cast that also includes Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield.
If I’m honest, I don’t always ‘get’ musicals and although I understand their place – I get easily distracted if they’re on. However, Into The Woods is definitely an exception and I’ve never been as excited to see something really impressive up on the big screen, despite initial reservations. What’s turned my doubt into positive thoughts is the whole cast and team putting Sondheim’s superb fantasy together.
It’s been confirmed there will changes from the stage version into the final film but these have been written by Sondheim himself. There’s a wonderful looking design going on and the cast all look like they fit the role, that includes perfect casting for Johnny Depp as the Wolf and James Corden as the Baker. Alongside those two, is a top A-List cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine.
This featurette »
- Dan Bullock
Into the Woods Video: Meryl Streep sings! She stars as a witch in the big-screen version of Into the Woods, an adaptation of the Broadway musical, and a new behind-the-scenes video includes snippets of her lovely singing voice, previously heard in 1990's Postcards from the Edge and 2008's Mama Mia. Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, James Corden and Johnny Depp also star; the movie heads to theaters on December 25. [Movies Coming Soon] Therese Raquin: Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut in Thérèse Raquin. The actress (above in Anna Karenina) is not a complete novice to stage acting; she previously starred in two West End productions in London. The play will open in October 2015. In the meantime, she stars...
- Peter Martin
The Terminator was released 30 years ago this weekend—but our Hillary Busis hadn’t seen it until this past week. (Of course, she's not alone; everyone has at least one shameful gap in their pop cultural knowledge. So we opened up the question to our staffers: What’s a classic (or "classic") film that you’ve missed? Read through our choices—and feel free to chime in with your own. Kyle Ryan, EW.com editor: It won Best Picture in 1962 and is No. 7 on the AFI's "100 best films" list, but not only have I never seen Lawrence of Arabia, I »
- EW staff
Into the Woods Video: Meryl Streep sings! She stars as a witch in the big-screen version of Into the Woods, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. A new behind-the-scenes video includes snippets of her lovely singing voice, last heard in 2008's Mama Mia and 1990's Postcards from the Edge. Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp also star; the movie heads to theaters on December 25. Therese Raquin: Keira Knightley will make her Broadway...
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Disney’s Princesses are some of the most beloved cartoon figures in history, but even they have come under scrutiny as Hollywood pushes for more diversity in their films. Disney’s latest princess will be the first of Pacific Islander descent (unless you count Lilo of Lilo & Stitch as a princess). The CG-animated film is Moana, the story of a born navigator who travels through ancient Oceania along with a demi-God pal named Maui in order to find a secret island.
Deadline reported Monday that the film would be aiming for a November 2016 release date and would be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog). In the meantime, we’ll be awaiting Pixar’s Inside Out and Finding Dory, both anticipated for 2015. And Deadline reported back in 2013 several other slots for two other Disney and Pixar films in both March and »
- Brian Welk
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