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Final Oscar Nomination Predictions Complete!

15 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

... unless I change my mind Sunday night.

Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor

In both of these categories after much tinkering, jigsaw reconfigurations, and what ifs I said to myself something I rarely say to myself even though I shouldn't be so stingy with these words "you're overthinking it". So I'm going for no surprises rather than surprises in both categories. I do however strongy believe that if someone misses in Best Actress it's either Portman (yes really) or Streep and the replacements is Annette Bening (who should be competing for the win but we can't always have nice things, now can we?). If I have a last minute change of heart, I think I'm going to predict a surprise Portman snub and a Bening nomination. Streep seems most vulnerable of the top five in theory (not a lot of excitement about her film or performance... just her being Streep »

- NATHANIEL R

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How ‘Hell or High Water’ Writer Taylor Sheridan Turned Failure Into Art: Awards Spotlight

19 January 2017 8:11 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Chris Pine and Ben Foster as bank-robbing brothers and Jeff Bridges as the Texas Ranger on their tail, David Mackenzie’s “Hell or High Water” debuted at Cannes to critics’ raves. The indie box-office hit of 2016 is the result of that increasingly rare invention: an original screenplay. It sprang from the mind of Taylor Sheridan, a Texas-born actor who, in the tradition of “The Last Picture Show” and “Hud” author Larry McMurtry (another Texan whose stories fueled some great movies), set his story in the Lone Star State.

Sheridan wrote “Hell or High Water” after his first script, “Sicario,” but “Hell or High Water” sold first. The writer sees both films as part of a trilogy of “the modern-day American frontier,” he told us, “about how much has changed in 100 years, and how much things haven’t. What are the consequences of decisions and actions that are a century old and today? »

- Anne Thompson

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Inferno Starring Tom Hanks Debuts on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD January 24th

18 January 2017 8:49 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons were just the beginning and now with Inferno, two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor: Forrest Gump, 1994; Philadelphia, 1993), two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard (Best Director & Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind, 2001) and bestselling author Dan Brown are reunited for the latest intense thriller in this billion-dollar franchise. After waking up in a hospital room in Florence, Italy, with no memory of what has occurred for the last few days, Robert Langdon (Hanks) suddenly finds himself the target of a manhunt while solving the most intricate riddle he’s ever faced. Joining the international adventure are Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (“Westworld”). Inferno debuts on digital,4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD January 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Inferno Blu-ray, »

- Tom Stockman

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Watch a world exclusive featurette from ‘Hell Or High Water’

11 January 2017 7:13 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The film was nominated for two BAFTAs this week (Supporting Actor Jeff Bridges and Original Screenplay Taylor Sheridan), and is finally available on the home formats across the UK, and we have a world exclusive behind the scenes featurette to share from the glorious Hell Or High Water.

Texas brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), reunite after years apart to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his half-Comanche partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham; The Lone Ranger, House of Cards). As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, »

- Paul Heath

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Exclusive featurette for Hell or High Water

11 January 2017 4:03 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its UK home entertainment release, we’ve got an exclusive clip for the acclaimed crime thriller Hell or High Water, which looks at the tumultuous relationship between two brothers Tanner and Toby, played by Ben Foster and Chris Pine. Check it out below and read our reviews of the film here and here…

A story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers—Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger—come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, »

- Gary Collinson

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Oscars 2017: Does Aaron Taylor-Johnson Stand a Chance at Best Supporting Actor After Winning the Golden Globe?

10 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Courtesy: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

While last night’s Golden Globes unequivocally belonged to La La Land, it started out with one of the biggest shocks of this awards season: Aaron Taylor-Johnson winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Nocturnal Animals. Does this surprise upset mean the British thespian is gearing up for winning Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars?

It’s important to first note that even Taylor-Johnson’s Golden Globes nomination wasn’t expected by most awards season prognosticators and, if someone from Tom Ford’s latest flick were to have a shot at the trophy, their money was placed on co-star Michael Shannon. And when it came to winning most had their money on Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Dev Patel (Lion), or even Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) — not Taylor-Johnson. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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‘Hell or High Water’ Review

10 January 2017 4:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, William Sterchi, Buck Taylor, Kristin Berg, Jackamoe Buzzell, Katy Mixon, Keith Meriweather, Amber Midthunder, Joe Berryman | Written by Taylor Sheridan | Directed by David Mackenzie

Two Texan brothers, Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) reunite and start robbing branches of a particular bank with a plan in mind. This soon puts them on collision course with Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) an old Texas Ranger ready for retirement, who along with his partner Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham) take on the job of tracking the bank robbers.

What makes Hell or High Water so good is that it takes the old style Western and brings it to the modern era without having to sacrifice the style. Set in Texas this is the story of two bandits robbing banks, but also having a reason to do it. The bad guy here is the bank, »

- Paul Metcalf

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Hell or High Water; Julieta; Chi-Raq; Black Orpheus; Miss Sharon Jones! – review

8 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

David Mackenzie’s heist thriller is comfortingly familiar, while Pedro Almodóvar and Spike Lee are both back on song

There are many reasons to recommend Hell or High Water (StudioCanal, 15) at this or any time of year, but in the dank, shivery no-man’s-land of early January, the sheer, sticky heat of David Mackenzie’s western-infused heist thriller makes it a positive shot in the arm. The still, steaming mugginess of a west Texas afternoon veritably wafts off the screen; cars skid and characters lope across the burnt landscape at a kind of urgent half-speed, which does nothing to diminish the copper-wire tension and conductivity of Taylor Sheridan’s nifty script.

Scotsman Mackenzie, having truly found form with his rough-and-tumble prison drama Starred Up, now taps into a vein of terse, elemental, morally mousetrapped American storytelling practised by everyone from Steinbeck to the Coen brothers. There’s nothing twisty or unfamiliar in this curt, »

- Guy Lodge

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Exclusive: Casey Affleck and Annette Bening to Present at 2017 Golden Globes

5 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The 2017 Golden Globes is sure to be a star-studded affair.

Casey Affleck, Pierce Brosnan, Ben Foster and Annette Bening will join Amy Schumer, Eddie Redmayne and more stars as presenters at the event, Et has exclusively learned.

Related: Amy Schumer and Eddie Redmayne to Present at the 2017 Golden Globes

Affleck is nominated this year for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture for his role in Manchester by the Sea, while Brosnan and Bening are both former nominees. Bening won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy in 2011 for The Kids Are All Right, and in 2005 for Being Julia.

Affleck, Brosnan, Foster and Bening will also be joined on stage by Sylvester Stallone's three daughters, Sophia, 20, Sistine, 18, and Scarlet, 14, who were named Miss Golden Globe 2017 by the Hollywood Press Association.

Et caught up with the girls on Wednesday, who dished all about their preparations for the big day.

"I'm just hoping I don't trip when I'm »

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How ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hell or High Water’ Could Find Oscar Success With Male Voters

4 January 2017 2:16 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves.

But don’t forget the Steak Eaters.

The Academy is full of them. They’re red-blooded males (not just American) — often directors, writers, and craftspeople. They’re the guys who voted for Oscar-winners “Argo,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Braveheart,” “Gladiator,” “Avatar,” and yes, “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain.”

“They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling,” one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. In recent years, this faction of the Academy voted for mainstream hits such as Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and A.G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant.”

This year, several movies could get a boost from the Steak Eater vote. »

- Anne Thompson

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How ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hell or High Water’ Could Find Oscar Success With Male Voters

4 January 2017 2:16 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves.

But don’t forget the Steak Eaters.

The Academy is full of them. They’re red-blooded males (not just American) — often directors, writers, and craftspeople. They’re the guys who voted for Oscar-winners “Argo,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Braveheart,” “Gladiator,” “Avatar,” and yes, “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain.”

“They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling,” one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. In recent years, this faction of the Academy voted for mainstream hits such as Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and A.G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant.”

This year, several movies could get a boost from the Steak Eater vote. »

- Anne Thompson

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Adding Up All the Critical Love

3 January 2017 9:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Critics don’t vote for Oscars” may be a good mantra to maintain when sizing up the race, but the aggregate opinions of the various regional groups can nevertheless be instructive. Looking back over recent Academy Awards history, the collective critical assessment — with organizations hailing from New York, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Austin, London, Dublin, and all points in between — has often pointed to a consensus.

For example, “The Hurt Locker,” “Argo,” and “12 Years a Slave” took the lion’s share of critics’ best-picture kudos in unpredictable years, then went on to win the Oscar. This year, it’s a two-horse race.

Excluding the National Board of Review, which is not a critics’ group, “Moonlight” maintains an edge over “La La Land.” Barry Jenkins’ intimate drama has scored 15 prizes for best film, vs. 13 for Damien Chazelle’s musical.

Manchester by the Sea,” “Hell or High Water,” “I, Daniel Blake,” and »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Lrm Interview with Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan

1 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s the New Year, and while we have lots of cool interviews to share with you over the next twelve months here at Lrm, there was one great interview last year that kind of got away from us, and that was our very long chat with screenwriter Taylor Sheridan.

You may know Sheridan from his acting work on Sons of Anarchy, but he left that show to become a screenwriter and his first two screenplays, for Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario and the more recent Hell or High Water, have received a lot of well-warranted attention for their sharp writing and characterizations. Maybe that’s why the respective directors were able to get the likes of Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine on board.

Hell or High Water is a crime drama that takes place in West Texas where Chris Pine and Ben Foster player brothers Toby and Tanner, »

- Edward Douglas

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