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Best Actor: The Year of the Ham

2 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

As noted by the recently departed Alan Rickman on his BAFTA win for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves "Subtlety isn't everything." As far as Oscar is concerned, this year Best Actor was go big or go home. Take a look the leading men outside the bubble and you'll find mostly nuanced performances like those from Michael B. Jordan, Tom Courtenay, and Tom Hanks with their scenery unchewed. Rewarding more broad work has made this the Year of the Ham.

Some of the bigger choices have been more welcome than others in this field, so let's have some fun assessing the hammage:

Bryan Cranston - Trumbo

Clearly the most guilty of going big for its own sake, Cranston's nomination leaves quite a sour taste in your mouth. The performance feels built upon arched shoulders and mustaches, even if Cranston is a game actor admirably going along with the film's schlocky tone. »

- Chris Feil

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Bryan Cranston Used to Work as a Carny

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From his hilarious performance as Hal in Malcom in the Middle to his career-making portrayal of Walter White in Breaking Bad, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone not familiar with the amazing work of Bryan Cranston. However, there are some interesting facts about him that even the most enthusiastic fan might not know. Here are 12 things you might know about Bryan Cranston. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images 1. He almost didn’t get the part of Walter White—Both John Cusack and Matthew Broderick were first offered the part of Walter White, but both actors turned it down. AMC was initially

Bryan Cranston Used to Work as a Carny »

- Chris King

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Review: 'Better Call Saul' shouldn't be in a rush to get to 'Breaking Bad'

3 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's funny: before Better Call Saul debuted, all anyone seemed interested in was when and how the Breaking Bad prequel would work in cameos from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and the rest of the gang from Heisenberg's glory days. There was some enthusiasm about getting backstory on Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, but even the most devout Bb worshippers seemed to view a Saul Goodman spin-off primarily as an excuse to spend more time in this fictional universe, rather than an essential showcase for Bob Odenkirk in the title role. Even in Saul's early days, a lot of viewers seemed to be viewing this period of the character's career — when he was still going by his real name of Jimmy McGill, and trying to be taken seriously as an honest lawyer, rather than the cheerful shyster who worked as Walter White's consiglieri — as something to be raced through as quickly »

- Alan Sepinwall

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George Clooney to woo Berlin buyers

12 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Suburbicon, Loving, and Deep Water all set to be presented by sales agents.

Berlin buyers are steeling themselves for a possible feeding frenzy today (Feb 11) as sales agents present or show footage from the likes of Suburbicon, Loving, and Deep Water.

George Clooney, in town for Thursday evening’s opening night gala Hail, Caesar! directed by the Coen brothers, will meet buyers to talk up Suburbicon, which he will direct from a screenplay by the Coens. Bloom handles international sales and CAA represents Us rights.

Insiders and CAA are showing footage of Pablo Larraín’s Jackie starring Natalie Portman as the former First Lady.

CAA will also show footage from Loving, a timely tale of racism from Jeff Nichols, whose Midnight Special premieres in competition tomorrow.

The agency’s other hot titles available for Us distribution include James Grey’s long-gestating adventure The Lost City Of Z, and crime drama I.T. starring Pierce Brosnan.

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- (Jeremy Kay)

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Top 5 Films About The Film Industry

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We often imagine the sparkling lights of Hollywood as an idyllic World full of beautiful, talented and creative people, but Trumbo (cert 15a), reveals the true story of Hollywood’s worst kept secret. In cinemas now, Trumbo tells the tale of Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), who was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Inspired by Trumbo, we’re taking a look back at some of the best films that took an in-depth look at Hollywood and the movie industry. The Artist (2011) The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. »

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20 Life Lessons Breaking Bad’s Walter White Taught Us

10 February 2016 4:21 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Even though Breaking Bad inevitably ended, fans and critics alike cannot stop talking about the AMC drama. Cast members Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Aaron Paul all took home well deserved awards and the show is constantly being examined.   You may not think a show about producing and selling drugs could teach us anything, but you would be wrong. Here are twenty things that we have learned from Walter White, the ultimate anti-hero of the 21st Century. 1. Chemistry can be used outside of the classroom too. Walter White (Cranston) was able to take what he learned in school

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- Tim Gerstenberger

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2016 Oscar Previews: Part 2

9 February 2016 7:09 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.

Best Actor Nominees

Bryan Cranston - as Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo

Age: 59

Previously Best Known For:

Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:


Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.

Matt Damon - as Mark Watney, The Martian

Age: 45

Previously Best Known For:

Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting

Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting

Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus

Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.

Leonardo DiCaprio - as Hugh Glass, »

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Morgan Freeman Discusses the Roles He Isn’t Offered at Aarp’s Movies for Grownups Awards

9 February 2016 5:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aarp hosted its 15th annual Movies for Grownups Awards on Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire — where it honored the performances of actors, actresses and filmmakers that contributed to older audience-centric productions in the past year.

The awards show was launched in 2002 by editors of Aarp the Magazine, who felt that the interests of audiences over age 50 weren’t adequately represented on-screen.

“Aarp drew attention to our demographic; they advocated for us,” said Aarp committee member and former studio exec Sherry Lansing as she introduced the event. “This event will be like no other. There will be no music to play you off during your acceptance speech. There will be no one waving a baton, telling you to wrap it up,” she joked. “You can take all the time you want, because you have earned it.”

The event’s greatest accolade, the career achievement award, was presented to two-time Oscar »

- Alyssa Sage

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Scene and Heard at the Aarp Awards: Michael Douglas’ ‘Sex Trilogy’, Sly’s Text Habits, ‘Breaking Bad’ Addiction

9 February 2016 1:39 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Monday night’s Aarp awards revealed the one corner of Hollywood where the otherwise coveted 18-49 demographic need not apply. Dubbed the “Movies for Grown Ups” awards, presenters and honorees at the anti-Kids’ Choice awards at the Beverly Wilshire uttered a common refrain: consumers over 50 want movies for grown-ups, made by grown-ups. Also, they want Oscar contenders. ( Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Aarp) Hours after the Academy’s prime nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton, many awards stakeholders filed back into the industry’s other favorite weeknight awards-dinner spot. Attendees included Bryan Cranston, Mark RuffaloRidley ScottTom Ortenberg, David O. Russell, »

- Mikey Glazer

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Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter Starring in ‘JT Leroy’ Movie

9 February 2016 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to join James Franco in “JT LeRoy,” a behind-the-scenes look at the story of the literary hoax.

Justin Kelly, who directed Franco in “I Am Michael,” will direct the film from his own script, based on the memoir and life rights of Savannah Kroop, who was identified in 2006 as the person who portrayed Jt LeRoy — a woman who pretended to be a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.

Lbi Entertainment, Aquarius and Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions are producing, while Aquarius is providing equity financing. International rights are being sold at the Berlin Film Festival by Fortitude International.

Producers are planning on starting to shoot this summer.

Amazon acquired the documentary “Author: The J.T. Leroy” at the Sundance Film Festival last month. The film looks at how Laura Albert, »

- Dave McNary

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Alicia Vikander, Bryan Cranston, and 6 More Oscar Nominees on the Trials and Lessons of Awards Season

9 February 2016 8:18 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Seventy-two hours after this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced, we convened eight nominees to discuss what was on their minds. And there was a lot! From an upstart ingenue like Alicia Vikander, tapped for Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, to a veteran producer like Steve Golin, who has two films (Spotlight and The Revenant) competing for Best Picture; from a writer like Andrea Berloff, who co-scripted the unexpected blockbuster Straight Outta Compton, to documentary director Liz Garbus, nominated for her defiant and heartbreaking What Happened, Miss Simone?, all the assembled were equally eager to share their insights about the craziness (and necessity) of Oscar campaigning, the omnipresent diversity issue, recent changes to the movie business, and — according to Bryan Cranston — why you have to be ready to win. Participants: Alicia Vikander, actress, The Danish Girl Andrea Berloff, co-writer, Straight Outta Compton Bryan Cranston, actor, Trumbo »

- Stacey Wilson Hunt,Kyle Buchanan

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The Academy Celebrates The 88th Oscar Contenders At Annual Luncheon

8 February 2016 6:31 PM, PST | | See recent news »

More than 150 Oscar nominees came together at noon on Monday at the Beverly Hilton as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

From Left to Right:

Seated: Adam Benzine, Paul Massey, Michael Standish, Chris Jenkins, Randy Thom, Jason Smith, Josh Cooley, Maryann Brandon, Richard Williams, Patrick Vollrath, Ed Lachman, Mary Parent, David Acord, Anders Langland, Henry Hughes, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Tom Yellin

First Row: Rosa Tran, Jacqueline West, Ed Guiney, Evgeny Afineevsky, Matthew Shumway, Amy Hobby, Jonas Rivera, Gregg Rudloff, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Love Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Courtney Marsh, Nomi Talisman, Mark Ruffalo, Diane Warren, Paco Delgado, Bryan Cranston, Jistin Wilkes, Blye Pagon Faust, Roger Guyett, Basil Khalil, Drew Kunin, Sian Grigg, Andrea Berloff,

Second Row:Adam Stockhausen, Tom McArdle, Keith Redmon, Damian Martin, Ale Abreu, Matthew Heineman, Matt Damon, Bernhard Henrich, Cameron Waldbauer, Alan Robert Murray, »

- Michelle McCue

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See the Oscar Class Photo of 2016

8 February 2016 5:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars gathered for Monday’s Oscar luncheon, with the nominees posing at the end for the annual Oscar class photo.

Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga, Matt Damon and Alejandro G. Inarritu were among those in attendance at the event, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A. Monday’s get-together marked the 35th edition of the luncheon.

The event was hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors. In the photo, acting nominees Mark Ruffalo, Charlotte Rampling, Eddie Redmayne, Brie Larson, Sylvester Stallone, Saoirse Ronan, Bryan Cranston, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara, Alicia Vikander and Jennifer Jason Leigh can be spotted with a close eye.

Directors Steven Spielberg, George Miller and Ridley Scott also posed for the photo.

Along with Gaga, fellow music nominees Sam Smith, Diane Warren and the Weeknd were in attendance.

The 88th Oscars will be held Feb. »

- Variety Staff

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Oscar Telecast Will Be ‘Most Diverse Ever,’ Says Producer at Luncheon

8 February 2016 5:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Oscar show “will be the most diverse ever,” producer David Hill told Variety on Monday at the Oscar nominees luncheon. Despite the lack of acting nominees of color — which the Academy has no control over — Hill and fellow Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin have been working since September to make sure the Oscars “will have true diversity and will represent what the world looks like.”

The remarks were made at the 35th annual event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Hudlin said that an Oscar nomination is “an amazing moment in the life of any nominee,” and that the lunch is intended to celebrate their accomplishments.

They agreed that it’s crucial for the entire film industry to attain inclusion, but there is also room to celebrate the great film work of 2015, which been somewhat overshadowed in the past month. Or, as Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences »

- Tim Gray and Margaret Lenker

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Aarp Movies For Grownups Awards Celebrate Mature Achievements

8 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Forget tired jokes (pun intended) about arthritic winners too stiff to climb up on stage, or audience members too feeble to help them — the 15th Movies for Grownups Awards show, which will be held Feb. 8 at the Beverly Wilshire, promises to be a star-studded and lively event.

This year’s edition honors Lily Tomlin and Bryan Cranston as lead actress and actor for their work in “Grandma” and “Trumbo,” respectively, with the supporting actress award going to Diane Ladd for “Joy” and the supporting actor to Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies.”

And while the Oscars snubbed Ridley Scott and David O. Russell, Scott will receive the director award, and Russell is the screenwriter winner for “Joy.” Michael Douglas will be presented with the Career Achievement Award.

In a crowded awards season, “our show is unique in honoring the best in films with particular relevance to a 50-plus audience,” says Robert Love, »

- Iain Blair

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Nabs the Number One Spot Worldwide for a Second Weekend in a Row

8 February 2016 5:44 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

comScore released the official box-office results for this past with the number one film worldwide going to 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 3" for a second weekend in a row with $44.0 million. The film stars Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Kate Hudson, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross.

20th Century Fox's Oscar-frontrunner "The Revenant" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy took second place worldwide with $31.1 million. Shoebox's "A Violent Prosecutor" rounded out the top three films worldwide with $19.5 million.

"Kung Fu Panda" scored the number one spot at the Us box-office as well with $21.0 million. Universal Pictures' "Hail, Caesar!" starring George Clooney and Josh Brolin debuted at second place with $11.4 million. The ensemble comedy, directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen, also stars Ralph Fiennes, Scarlet Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Francis McDormand, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Elden Ehrenreich. »

- J.B. Casas

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'Just Sayin!': Matt Damon Pokes Fun at Fellow Oscar Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and The Revenant's Brutal Shoot

7 February 2016 1:15 PM, PST | | See recent news »

It's Best Actor vs. Best Actor. During Saturday evening's Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles, Leonardo DiCaprio was on the receiving end of some gentle ribbing at the hands of fellow Oscar-nominated actor Matt Damon. As Damon introduced Ridley Scott, who directed Damon in The Martian, the 45-year-old actor referenced the iconic filmmaker's insistence that shooting end each day at the same time. "Every night at 6 o'clock, the horn blew and Ridley and I went to dinner," Damon started. "And that's how you make a movie, and we finished the film really early and we saved 2 million bucks. »

- Chris Harris, @chrisharrisment

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'Just Sayin!': Matt Damon Pokes Fun at Fellow Oscar Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and The Revenant's Brutal Shoot

7 February 2016 1:15 PM, PST | | See recent news »

It's Best Actor vs. Best Actor. During Saturday evening's Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles, Leonardo DiCaprio was on the receiving end of some gentle ribbing at the hands of fellow Oscar-nominated actor Matt Damon. As Damon introduced Ridley Scott, who directed Damon in The Martian, the 45-year-old actor referenced the iconic filmmaker's insistence that shooting end each day at the same time. "Every night at 6 o'clock, the horn blew and Ridley and I went to dinner," Damon started. "And that's how you make a movie, and we finished the film really early and we saved 2 million bucks. »

- Chris Harris, @chrisharrisment

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'Kung Fu Panda 3' Repeats Box Office Win with $21 Million

7 February 2016 11:09 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The hit animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 ended the first month of 2016 on a high note at the box office, taking in $48 million in its opening weekend. In the first frame of February, this adventure will face three new movies, Universal's Hail, Caesar!, Sony's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Lionsgate's The Choice. As expected, none of these new releases could beat Kung Fu Panda 3, which won for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $21 million.

The animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 currently has a solid 80% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it opened in 3,955 theaters, which will still make it the widest release in theaters this weekend, by a long-shot. Kung Fu Panda 3 marks the return of one of the most successful animated franchises in the world, with its biggest comedy adventure yet. When Po's (Jack Black) long-lost panda father (Bryan Cranston) suddenly reappears, »

- MovieWeb

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Trumbo review – when Hollywood saw red

7 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo in a biting drama about the 1940s screenwriter blacklisted for his allegiance to the left

The collision of American entertainment and anti-communism in the 1940s and 50s has inspired a dizzying array of movies, both fictional and factual. Time and again, Hollywood has returned to a subject that offers a heady cocktail of drama, politics and nostalgic showbusiness intrigue; from Irwin Winkler’s Guilty By Suspicion (1991), which cast Robert De Niro as a film-maker torn between losing work and naming names, to George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), which revisited TV journalist Edward R Murrow’s on-air battles with McCarthy, via Frank Darabont’s whimsical The Majestic (2001), in which Jim Carrey’s amnesiac screenwriter winds up restoring a small-town cinema after being hounded out of Tinseltown as an anti-war “red”.

Top of the pile, however, is Martin Ritt’s 1976 gem The Front, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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