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From a sci-fi directed by Ridley Scott to another Steve Jobs biopic, a new Guillermo del Toro horror, a Spielberg Cold War drama or a very different take on a beloved character, October is packed with something for just about everyone. Sorry for being a little late on this one. October brings 13 new wide releases (subject […]
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"Mad Max: Fury Road" sure seems like an early frontrunner here, but there's too much to come for anything to be called certain. The likes of "The Revenant," "Bridge of Spies," "The Hateful Eight," "Joy," "The Martian" and "In The Heart of the Sea" will find their way to screens in the next few months, each of them a potential major contender. There's also Elliott Graham, who could be a double nominee if "Steve Jobs" and "The Danish Girl" - which both premiered to warm notices on the festival circuit - both make the cut. Best Film Editing predictions below. Check out predictions in other categories here. The Primary Contenders From What We've Seen 1. Jason Ballantine & Margaret Sixel, "Mad Max: Fury Road" 2. Joe Walker, "Sicario" 3. Tom McArdle, "Spotlight"4. Michael Kahn, "Bridge of Spies" The Incoming Heavyweights (At Least On Paper): 5. »
- Peter Knegt
Reviewed from New York Film Festival 2015 Plot: A dramatization of three important days in the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs: the day he launched the first Mac, the day he launched Apple competitor NeXT, and the day he launched the iMac. Review: Steve Jobs was a smart man. He was a charismatic man and a self-centered man, a tough man and, sometimes, an extremely unlikable one to those closest to... Read More »
- Eric Walkuski
The first question is: do we really need another Steve Jobs movie? Then, what merits does the life of the billionnaire co-founder of Apple have, to prompt 3 movies (Jobs, Steve Jobs: the Man in the Machine, and now Steve Jobs) about him within 2 years? Yes, Apple product is cool, but what else is there to talk about?I have to admit that I've been an Apple user all my adult life. It's not because of brand loyalty, but because I inherited a Mac Classic II from my ex-girlfriend in college. Since then I rarely used PC other than some odd office jobs I've briefly held. I was too young to have seen the famous 1984 Apple commercial, and have never been a good consumer...
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At the Academy’s 20th anniversary celebration of “Toy Story” Thursday night at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter said the plan was to always portray the toys as adults.
“The fundamental thing that we did was we always viewed the toys as adults,” Lasseter said. “We viewed them that when Andy leaves the room it becomes a work place. What we wanted was for Woody to be the leader, he was Andy’s favorite toy but he made sure everybody got played with and they had staff meetings.”
The night opened with a showing of the original “Toy Story” trailer straight from the archives on 35mm film and continued to tell the story of Pixar’s founding until the making of “Toy Story.” They also screened the first Pixar animated short “Luxo Jr.,” which was the first appearance of the now-famous lamp that stars »
- Jacob Bryant
One of the few benefits of the frenzied awards race is Hollywood’s outpouring of materials associated with the contenders. Perhaps the biggest perk is the release of full scripts one is able to download legally, directly from the studios. By the end of the year we’ll have dozens available, but today we have the first ones out of the gate.
A24 is the first distributor to have their awards site live and while not all of their films have scripts available yet, The End of the Tour, Mississippi Grind, Slow West, and While We’re Young are up. While it’s a small selection, we imagine the enticing scripts for Carol, Steve Jobs, Beasts of No Nation, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, The Revenant, Bridge of Spies, Sicario, Spotlight, Anomalisa, and many more will be available shortly.
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- Jordan Raup
Bradley Cooper tries to put his past behind him to become the best chef in the world in The Weinstein Company's second trailer for Burnt, arriving in theaters October 23. As Sam Keeley's David explains in the trailer, Bradley Cooper's Adam Jones is a two-star Michelin chef, revealing that getting just one Michelin star is the equivalent of being "Luke Skywalker" in the culinary world. If Adam were to achieve his goal and get a third star, he would become the "Yoda" of chefs.
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all - and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he'll need the best »
The latest edition of the New York Film Festival is here, and with it the city’s annual blend of glitzy, Oscar-friendly premieres and heavy-duty art cinema from the international festival circuit. That’s the case every year, but this year’s mixture seems more pronounced and potent than most, with dense essay films and austere, lengthy meditations on Portuguese economic inequality butting up against awards season behemoths about Steve Jobs and Matt Damon getting stuck on Mars. And, of course, there are the experimental films, the amazing retrospective sidebars, the panels, the shorts. There’s no way to cover it all — hell, they wouldn’t even let us see most of the main features in time — but here are 13 films to see at the New York Film Festival this year. Arabian Nights The Portuguese director Miguel Gomes makes films for academics and poets alike: He toys with structure and »
- David Edelstein,Bilge Ebiri
This week's episode of Screen Talk is presented by Vimeo. Head here to check out movies you can rent on Vimeo selected by Indiewire's Eric Kohn, including the acclaimed comedy "Tower" (above), which you can watch at a 20% discount using the promo code "eric20." With the Toronto International Film Festival behind us, Oscar season is in full swing, even as the New York Film Festival aims to shake things up even more. Right now, the stage is set for a battle between some of the usual players this time of the year — The Weinstein Company, Sony Pictures Classics — as well as some relative newcomers to the race, like Open Road and A24, and big studios like Universal and Fox. Is "Spotlight" still the frontrunner — or are "The Martian," "Steve Jobs" and "Room" gaining momentum? In this week's episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss that question and »
My oh my how things can change! Just a few weeks ago, I put up Oscar predictions for September that I thought I was pretty confident in. Alas, nothing stays the same, so now I’m back with an updated look at what the Academy Award nominations could look like. I’m going to two a month from now on, with potentially one a week by the end of the season, but right now, it’s time to get serious. You’ll notice a bunch of changes in the predictions, mostly spurred on by having seen some of the contenders, a few of which are now pretenders, quite honestly. That’s the name of the game though, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to either you or me. On my end, I’m just still trying to get a feel for the race. What you’ll see today »
- Joey Magidson
A recent survey by Piedmont Media Research of over 3,000 people has predictably found that both "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" are the most highly anticipated films to open before the end of the year.
What is surprising though is just how anticipated with both films scoring essentially the highest ratings Piedmont has recorded since it began polling audiences five years ago.
Scaling consumer engagement on a scale of 0 to 1000, the previous record holder was Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" this past Summer which scored a 509 rating. 'Mockingjay Part 2' is ahead of that with a 514 rating, and 'Force Awakens' ain't far behind in third place with a 495.
'Force' also has best score among males that Piedmont has seen with 553. Other films ranking high include "Spectre" with 282 (up from the 231 for "Skyfall"), Ridley Scott's "The Martian" with 255, and "Hotel Transylvania 2" with a surprising 313.
Faring low though? »
- Garth Franklin
Read More: 13 Events You Won't Want to Miss at This Year's Nyff The New York Film Festival generates plenty of attention for some of its flashier titles. This year, that means opening selection "The Walk" will hog the spotlight during the first weekend, while "Steve Jobs" and Steven Spielberg’s "Bridge of Spies" take over the following one, and Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead" lands on closing night. In between, Matt Damon will battle for survival in Ridley Scott’s "The Martian." But these selections barely get to the essence of Nyff, a uniquely curated three-week event that begins its 53rd edition on Friday. With a selection committee comprised of five people, the Nyff lineup emphasizes quality more than any other high profile American festival. Cherry picking some of the highlights from Cannes and other festivals from earlier in the year, the program brings fresh eyes to »
- Eric Kohn
★★☆☆☆ A future where all drugs are legal and dispensed in candy coloured confections. Sounds fantastic, right? Apparently not. Funded by Kickstarter, Justin Trefgarne's debut feature Narcopolis (2014) posits such a future as a dour urban nightmare in which everyone looks miserable, except when they're dancing to futuristic house music - which basically sounds like the same thing we have now. A billionaire corporate big wig - a cross between Richard Branson and Steve Jobs - Tod Ambro (James Callis) has cornered the market and is pushing his legal wares in schools, workplaces and through mass advertising through his omnipresent TV advertising and the rather naïf slogan 'If you want Safe Play, Play Safe'.
- CineVue UK
Something small but notable happened at the box office last weekend. No, it wasn’t “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” beating out studio prestige pics like “Black Mass” and “Everest,” though that did happen. Rather, Pixar’s “Inside Out” moved up a notch to #3 on the year’s domestic chart, passing “Furious 7” and settling in behind “Jurassic World” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” with just over $352 million in receipts. It also moved past $750 million globally.
The film, still easily one of the year’s best, is looking stronger and stronger for a best picture nomination. It would be the first for an animated film since 2010’s “Toy Story 3,” also from the Pixar factory. What’s more, if it does claim a spot, it’s highly likely it would remain the highest grossing nominee in the category. I can’t imagine any of the other contenders coming close, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Read More:'bfi London Film Festival Adds 'Steve Jobs,' 'A Bigger Splash,' 'High Rise,' 'Black Mass,' & More The BFI has revealed its three-month, UK-wide 2015 series, "Love: Films to Fall in Love With... Films to Break Your Heart," sponsored by UK internet provider, Plusnet. News that Mike Newell, Tess Morris and Jenni Murray will discuss love on the big and small screen at the BFI Southbank has also just been announced. Heather Stewart, Creative Director of the BFI said, "Film can bring love to life more powerfully than any other art form – it is cinema's most seductive illusion and has transformed the way we see ourselves, and our love lives. Our season is not about sex. We’re getting back to Love: embracing the intimacy of the close-up and the anticipation of the much longed-for screen kiss: the very language of cinema itself." With this aim, »
- Elle Leonsis
This weekend, horror fans will finally get to see Eli Roth's first directorial outing in seven years, The Green Inferno. Thankfully, those same fans won't have to wait another seven years for his next movie, with his new thriller Knock, Knock opening just two weeks later on October 9. To get fans ready for Knock, Knock, Lionsgate has released a new 60-second trailer, featuring Keanu Reeves as a man whose life is turned upside down, just by answering the door.
When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse. A sexy new thriller from director Eli Roth and written for the screen by Eli Roth & José Nicolás Lopez García & Guillermo Amoedo, Knock, Knock »
We have a new frontrunner for Best Picture: the docudrama "Spotlight," which debuted in Venice, screened in Telluride and played to packed industry and public screenings last week at the Toronto film festival. Seven of our 17 Oscar experts -- journalists from leading outlets such as Variety, USA Today and Yahoo -- are now backing Thomas McCarthy's compelling film about the 2001 investigation by the Boston Globe into widespread sex abuse by Catholic priests; that is up from just one expert five days ago. -Break- Dish all the Oscar races in our red-hot forums with Hollywood insiders As you see from the graph above, the biopic "Joy," which has yet to unspool, sat atop our Best Picture chart last Thursday. Now it is tied with "Steve Jobs," which had its world premiere at Telluride, and the still-unseen "The Revenant" for second place with two votes apiece. They are followed by Cannes sensation "Carol, »
As Toronto came to a close the Industry Office reported that the number of attending buyers climbed 9% over last year as observers bemoaned a lack of activity.
However, complaints about a muted acquisitions scene would be harsh and do not paint the full picture of Toronto 2015.
The abiding memory of this year’s event might well be one framed by legal disputes. The festival pulled the Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace after the soul star went to court in Colorado to withdraw it from Telluride.
The Toronto hierarchy also removed London Fields after internecine warfare broke out among the filmmakers.
Acquisitions teams came ready to buy and in fact the biggest deals made more noise collectively than those of 2014. Unfortunately the festival selections themselves mostly came and went without much fanfare.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Kylie Jenner's in crisis ... how can an 18-year-old social media queen exist without a fully functional iPhone. That was her dilemma Friday night as she went to The Nice Guy in West Hollywood with Tyga for dinner. Her screen is all cracked up. If Steve Jobs were still alive, do you think he'd take her call? Read more »
- TMZ Staff
It the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals have come to an end it means you can pretty much start seriously talking about Best Picture nominees. We haven’t written much about Oscar over the past few months, but as I personally say goodbye HitFix today it seems appropriate to leave with one last Contender Countdown (well on this site at least). The big news is that “Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy’s critically acclaimed drama that will make everyone forget he ever directed “The Cobbler,” blew the roof off of all three fests. That’s a big surprise considering how under the radar it was compared to “The Danish Girl,” “Black Mass” and “Steve Jobs” just a few weeks ago. Now, all Open Road Films has to do is manage the hype before it hits theaters on Nov. 6 and formulate a strategy to make sure Michael Keaton or Mark Ruffalo earn an acting nomination. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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