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The 2014-2015 Oscar season is well underway, with festivals providing the cream of the crop and a few major studio films laced throughout. Who will be left standing when the dust clears at the 87th annual Academy Awards? More importantly, what will the journey of discovery be like every step of the way? Many in the industry are looking to this season as a slight one, at least compared to recent years. But the deeper you dive into the fray, the more you realize that the race only seems slight because it's stretched thin across a wide variety of filmmaking. And that variety is what's so exciting. Biopics and traditional genre fare are there to be found, but so are subversive comedies and bleak genre efforts. Spit and you'll surely hit a master filmmaker as there's no shortage of them in the season and studios are roaring as much as indies and dependents. »
- Kristopher Tapley
At the tender age of 21, the British actress was cast as the sultry Miranda Frost, a sword-wielding vixen in the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” her first studio feature. She powdered on enough makeup to look a decade older, donned a black sports bra, and met an untimely demise with a knife to her heart. Onscreen, she was killed by Halle Berry. Offscreen, she suffered a far worse blow to her budding career.
The baggage of playing a Bond Girl backfired. “It cemented a sort of patrician, frigid, English, standoffish cold image,” says Pike, over breakfast in September at the Toronto Film Festival. “People think I lie about my age. I never had a chance to do those young roles.” After her high-profile gig in the 2002 Bond picture, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Kris Tapley looks at the "lay of the land" regarding Oscars after the current New York Film Festival concludes. He says the "Interstellar" onslaught is already beginning with a new trailer, TV spots, posters, and more. The Christopher Nolan film has a reported "massive" runing time, but that it possibly "finds a sweet spot between the emotion of Steven Spielberg and intellect of Stanley Kubrick." The race becomes even more interesting with the unseen "Unbroken" (Angelina Jolie), American Sniper" (Clint Eastwood), "Fury" (David Ayer), "A Most Violent Year" (J.C. Chandor), and "The Gambler" (Rupert Wyatt). HitFix -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Kevin Lincoln proclaims that director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson "is one of the few mainstream filmmakers capable of inciting feverish curiosity by virtue of his name alone. »
While "Boyhood" continues to sit atop the Best Picture chart with the support of nine Oscars Experts, four of our 20 Oscarologists are now backing "Unbroken." This second feature film helmed by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted") chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Five of our seven Editors are also backing this horse in the derby (See their individual predictions here.) -Break- Oscars News: Why the Academy should double the number of acting nominees I am one of the four Experts touting this biopic as their top pick; the others are Ed Douglas (ComingSoon.net), Thom Geier (EW) and Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil. (See the individual predictions of our Experts here and see how they translate into rankings here.) As you can see from the graph below, this shift in support to »
On-set fury! Brad Pitt admitted to British GQ in its November 2014 issue that tensions flared on the set of his new World War II movie, Fury. In fact, he recalled when he and Shia Labeouf nearly started a fight with Scott Eastwood, after the rookie actor spat tobacco on their tank. "We were driving down the road, I'm in the turret, Shia is at the other turret, and Scott is on the back, spitting juice," Angelina Jolie's husband, 50, recalled of Clint Eastwood's son, 28. "And [...] »
According to Entertainment Weekly, Stephen Chbosky will write the adaptation of the 1991 animated classic.
The news comes after it was confirmed that Twilight's Bill Condon would bring the live-action movie to the big screen as director.
The next live-action project planned by the studio is Cinderella, which will focus on the tale's famous lost slipper.
The traditional Beauty and the Beast fairytale was »
Angelina Jolie's husband Brad Pitt has given troubled actor Shia Labeouf som eprops, Brad described Shia as one of the ''best'' actors he has worked with. The 50-year-old hunk was delighted to work with the 'Transformers' star on 'Fury' because he thinks the 28-year-old actor is hugely talented. Brad gushed: ''Oh, I love this boy. He's one of the best actors I've ever seen. He's full-on commitment, man. He's living it like no one else, let me tell you,'' the actor raves. ''I've been fortunate to work with a lot of great actors. He's one of the best I've seen.'' The 'Fury' cast got fully immersed in the movie and Brad - who plays a tank commander in the World War II drama - admits that lead to a row between himself. Shia and Scott Eastwood. He told Britain's GQ magazine: ''We were driving down the road, »
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding weekend had its share of A-list guests. From John Krasinski and Cindy Crawford, to Bono and Anna Wintour, several recognizable faces made the trip to Venice, Italy to witness the couple say "I Do." But despite a star-studded affair, two of Clooney's closest friends were nowhere to be found. Where in the world were Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck? Turns out they had to work! According to a source, Pitt and wife, Angelina Jolie, were participating in international movie shoots that required long hours in order to keep production costs down. As a result, missing three days for the festivities wasn't possible. "Both of them have »
Disney is taking its live-action Beauty and the Beast into full Ya territory.
Two sources confirm to EW that the author/screenwriter/director of indie teen bible Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky will step aboard to script a new draft of Beauty, adapted from its 1991 animated form to an updated live-action version. The news follows the June announcement that Bill Condon, who most recently directed Twilight’s final two chapters, would helm the new version that will include music from the iconic animated feature as well as Disney’s long-running Broadway musical. The original draft was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules, »
- Nicole Sperling
In a new interview with GQ, Brad said marriage isn't "just a title."
"There's more to it than that," he told the mag.
Photos: Hot Shots Of Brad Pitt
His family life and six children have caused him to pause before signing on for roles now.
"I'm actually very snobbish about directors. I have to say no all the time. 'No' is the most powerful word in our business. You've got to protect yourself," ...
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Brad Pitt and George Clooney are both married men now, but Pitt opened up recently about how the pals are different from each other. "George is extremely accessible. He's one of our best representatives. He's funny as s---. He's a joy to be around. I guess maybe I'm more of a miserable bastard," the actor jokes to British GQ in its November issue. "I'm a bit of a loner you know? I'm more quiet by nature. And coming from, you know, hillbilly country, I'm probably more reserved," says Pitt, who grew up in Springfield, Missouri. And although he and wife »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis, @sheilabot
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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The New York Film Festival has added David Fincher's "Gone Girl" to the equation and will do the same for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" in due time, but let me skip ahead a bit. The "Interstellar" onslaught, you see, has begun. New posters, interviews, a new trailer, TV spots during Sunday Night Football, more imagery, a reported (massive) running time, etc. Nolan's film is finished and has been shown here and there over the last week or so and, well, on a movie like this, it's hard to contain the trickle of buzz (even if everyone is probably signing NDAs). And the buzz is mostly great. However, when I hear certain things about the film — like how it finds a sweet spot between the emotion of Steven Spielberg and the intellect of Stanley Kubrick — I have to wonder if Nolan actually has the former in him. He »
- Kristopher Tapley
Brad Pitt graces the cover of British GQ's November issue, and in his interview with the magazine, the newlywed actor opened up about marrying Angelina Jolie, his friendship with George Clooney, and what he thinks of Shia Labeouf. Since tying the knot in late August, Brad and Angelina have been in Malta with their children, splitting their time between work and family outings, including a yacht trip with their kids. For Brad's thoughts on everything from social media to possible TV roles, take a look at his must-read quotes from the cover story, and then check out the full interview when the issue hits newsstands on Thursday. On marrying Angelina: "I wouldn't say marriage is just a title. There's more to it than that." On his reaction to George Clooney calling him "unreachable": "Well, you know, George is extremely accessible. He's one of our best representatives. He's funny as sh*t. »
If you don’t know the name Jack O’Connell yet, don’t worry, because you’re about to. The 24-year old London thesp made quite an impression this year in the ferocious prison drama “Starred Up,” even managing to upstage formidable character actor Ben Mendelsohn in a number of scenes. You’ll also be able to catch him in Angelina Jolie’s upcoming World War II drama “Unbroken,” which gives the young “Skins” star the meaty part of Louis Zamperini, the American soldier who survived a plane crash by clinging to a life raft for 47 days, only to be captured and imprisoned by the Japanese military. The film has been slated for a December 25th release, boding well for O’Connell’s shot at Oscar glory, and now it appears the young Brit has got another enticing proposition on the horizon. A new, exciting, dialogue-free clip from the upcoming thriller “’71” has landed online today, »
- Nicholas Laskin
By Anjelica Oswald
More often than not, best picture winners at the Academy Awards tend to fall into the same genre category: biopic, period piece or drama. “Genre films” have managed to break through and secure nominations for various other categories, such as acting, but they have a more difficult time landing a spot on the best picture nomination list. Since the 83rd Academy Awards, films such as Toy Story 3 (2010), an animated film; Django Unchained (2012), a western; and Gravity (2013), a thriller, all managed to secure best picture nominations, but none became best picture winners. Examining the films that currently stand as frontrunners or major threats in the Oscar race shows a normal pattern emerging, with a few films that may offer up some surprises.
As per usual, biographical films have been dominating the festival circuit, and many of them have been garnering Oscar buzz. Among the top contenders are The Imitation Game, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Just like their late-August wedding, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's post-"I do" focus is on the family. Since their private French nuptials, the Jolie-Pitt clan has been in Malta balancing a honeymoon, family vacation and work. The newlyweds and their six kids (Shiloh, Vivienne, Zahara, Maddox, Pax and Knox) have been spotted dining and shopping throughout the island of Gozo, where they're staying. Last week, the Jolie-Pitts stopped by Jack's Bar and Grill and Bowling. "They had fun with the kids," an onlooker tells People. "They laughed and they played around. They looked relaxed like every other family »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
’71, a drama about a harrowing chapter of The Troubles of Northern Ireland that marks the feature directorial debut of the Algerian-French filmmaker Yann Demange, completed the fall film fest trifecta on Saturday night when it screened at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as part of the ongoing 52nd New York Film Festival. The film, which had its world premiere back in February at the Berlin Film Festival, previously screened at Telluride and Toronto, and at its New York showing it was greeted by a long, partially-standing ovation.
Much of the interest in ’71 centers around Demange’s casting of Jack O’Connell, who will also play the lead role in Angelina Jolie‘s highly-anticipated Oscar hopeful Unbroken. In the former, the 24-year-old plays the main role of Gary Hook, a young British soldier who becomes separated from his unit during a riot on the »
- Anjelica Oswald
Brad Pitt opens up about marriage to Angelina Jolie: “I wouldn’t say [it's] just a title.” [Us Magazine] Will Kate Middleton model in Britney Spears‘ lingerie line? We think not. [Elle] Derek Jeter played the last game of his baseball career while former Yankee Bernie Williams played “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” on acoustic guitar during the seventh inning stretch. [NJ.com] J.J. Abrams will adapt Stephen King‘s JFK book for Hulu. [Young Hollywood] The Simpsons kill off a series regular in the season 26 premiere. [Hollywood Life] Chelsea Clinton gave birth to a baby girl over the weekend making Hillary and Bill proud grandparents. [NBC]
.@BillClinton and I are over the moon to be grandparents! One of the happiest moments of our life. pic. »
- Taylor Ferber
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