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As many are spending the Thanksgiving holiday with relatives, some may find they need a breather or two. Luckily, THR has released a new roundtable interview from its Oscar series that makes for a fascinating and entertaining watch. This 50-minute discussion involves a group of actresses that are in the mix for awards consideration this year: Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Hilary Swank (The Homesman), and Laura Dern (Wild). The resulting video is a candid talk that touches on topics like the pressure of playing real people, the uncomfortableness of sex scenes, and more. It’s well worth a watch. Check out the actress roundtable video after the jump, and be sure to check out the writers roundtable if you missed it. For more on the current state of the Best Actress Oscar race, peruse »
- Adam Chitwood
This Thanksgiving weekend, let me direct your attention to .The Theory of Everything.. It.s awards season after all, so if I were you, I.ll skip both .Horrible Bosses 2. and .Penguins of Madagascar. for this delightful treat! A tour de force performance by Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking matched with vitality by Felicity Jones. Simply put, .The Theory of Everything. is one of the most honest love stories I.ve seen in a while!
One of the staples of the movie awards season over the past few years has been The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable series, which takes individuals in a common profession, all of whom worked on a variety of well-regarded features, and seats them down for a candid discussion of their jobs, the industry, and whatever other topics might come up. With this year’s award-worthy movies beginning to make their way to the public, The Hollywood Reporter has once again begun their Roundtable sessions, having released four full sessions already. The Roundtables can be seen below.
The first Roundtable session is the THR Writers Roundtable, featuring Chef‘s Jon Favreau, Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn, The Theory of Everything‘s Anthony McCarten, The Imitation Game‘s Graham Moore, Interstellar‘s Jonathan Nolan, and Top Five‘s Chris Rock.
Next up is the THR Executive Roundtable, featuring 20 Century Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
It's that time of the year again. Which is to say that it isn't, yet, but it's close enough for us all to start speculating.
The 2015 Oscar nominations won't be announced until January, and thanks to the peculiarities of transatlantic release schedules, many of these contenders will barely have reached UK shores by then.
But we've now seen enough of the heavy-hitters to have a decent sense of how the next awards season is shaping up, and below we've rounded up our best guesses for the ten films that will dominate this year's Academy Awards.
Scroll all the way to the bottom to see our complete list of predictions for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Bennett Miller's brooding true crime drama emerged as one of the year's earliest awards season frontrunners when it opened at Cannes, centring on »
It’s that time of the year again, folks. Black Friday shoppers are licking their proverbial chops and hoping they don’t get trampled in the fracas. Pumpkin-spice flavored everything is still all the rage, even extending to burgers. (I wish you could make this shit up.) And on top of all that, the holiday movie season – which saw the release of some of the year’s best films, including “Foxcatcher” and “Interstellar” – is almost wrapped up. While there are still a handful of major films to look forward to in December, the year is all but over and with the gradual trickling-in of pre-Oscar hype comes the annual batch of Roundtable Discussions. And the latest focuses on this year’s leading ladies, featuring Hilary Swank (“The Homesman”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”), Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Amy Adams (“Big Eyes”), Laura Dern (“Wild” again) and Felicity Jones »
- Nicholas Laskin
Biopics of infamous figures are a tough shell to crack. In order to adequately cover the massive scope of someone’s life you are left with a bullet point like approach where we move from one infamous moment to the next. We get to see the macro of life—massive accomplishments, heartbreaking failures, and overcoming and enduring unimaginable tragedy. The micro of life, who they are beyond the already established public sentiment, is quickly brushed over in order to get to the familiar story we already know.
Obviously this is not the case for all biopics as some have transcended the genre on a number of occasions. Director James Marsh is one of the latest to attempt to do the biopic right with the film The Theory of Everything, which covers the life of renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. »
- Dan Clark
Today, I bring you another Oscar roundtable courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. This time it is the female actors. The panel includes Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Hilary Swank (The Homesman), and Laura Dern (Wild). The Oscar hopefuls discuss a wide variety of topics including their respective performances this year, the celebrity photo hacking scandal (which affected people like Jennifer Lawrence), the sequel culture of Hollywood, and the response to Renee Zellwegger's new face. One particular section I found interesting came from Witherspoon concerning Gone Girl Note: I wish Rosamund Pike was on this panel, who is a producer on the film. When asked why she was not in the film, she responded: I was always open to doing it, but whenever David Fincher says he wants to do a project, you just sit back and say, »
- Mike Shutt
What exactly is the state of the Oscar race at this pointc We are only a few days away from the Thanksgiving break and screeners are finally starting to arrive in faster fashion. Just today I received a copy of Inherent Vice, American Sniper and Get On Up and will be seeing A Most Violent Year tomorrow, which leaves only a few films yet to be seen. Of those few, obviously Angelina Jolie's Unbroken is the biggest as it has only had a few showings so far, with the first major press screenings to take place on November 30 (though I'm not scheduled to see it here in Seattle until December 17, after the Bfca nomination deadline). Interestingly enough, I feel there is already backlash building for Unbroken. Universal has pretty much put all their eggs in this one basket, offering a massive preview back in March at CinemaCon, nine months »
- Brad Brevet
The Theory of Everything, 2014.
Directed by James Marsh.
There have been many biopics that show a person changing and aging over a long timeframe; some work at realistically showing that, others are just hopeless. The saddening progression of Stephen Hawking’s Motor Neuron Disease will shock and amaze viewers during The Theory of Everything, with stunning work from the make-up department, and an Oscar-worthy performance from Eddie Redmayne.
Come late December, when promotional posters are plastered everywhere for The Theory of Everything, you will be bombarded with 4 and 5 stars littering the advertisement, with quote upon quote heralding the performances, most specifically its lead. From supporting roles in Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn »
- Gary Collinson
The awards race is heating up at the specialty box office. In its third weekend, filmmaker James Marsh's The Theory of Everything landed at No. 10 as it expanded into a total of 140 theaters, grossing a strong $1.5 million for a cume of $2.8 million and location average of $10,714. The Stephen Hawking biopic stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, and is being released by Focus Features. Focus said a third of holdover theaters grossed more than they did last weekend, while new theaters saw gains of 100 percent from Friday to Saturday. By Thanksgiving, Theory
- Pamela McClintock
While the Oscar race for Best Actor has heated up to a frenzy with, as previously reported here, at least 30 viable candidates and only five slots, most observers have labeled this year’s Best Actress crop from weak to thin with not even enough sure things at this point to make a list of five.
That’s a bit of an overstatement as pundits generally agree there are at least three, possibly four near-certainties for nominations: Julianne Moore for the still-unreleased Still Alice (out Dec. 5), Felicity Jones for The Theory Of Everything and Reese Witherspoon for Wild (also out Dec. 5).
When Gone Girl opened earlier this fall, it not only became by far the biggest awards contenders with a female lead released this year, it stirred up talk of an inevitable nod for Rosamund Pike. In terms of the campaign though, she has been a bit out of sight/out »
- Pete Hammond
West Hollywood — On Wednesday it was Reese. On Thursday it was Shailene. On Friday it was Jennifer… …Aniston. Yes, this year's Best Actress contenders continued to celebrate their films with awards season events and Thursday night featured a special screening of Daniel Barnz's "Cake," where a post-show party at the Sunset Tower Hotel found Aniston, obviously, the center of attention. "Cake" stars Aniston as Claire, a woman whose life has come to something of a stand still because of chronic pain she's suffered from a major car accident. It's an impressive performance by the popular actress that I praised in my review of the film from the Toronto Film Festival a few months ago, and hinted she could be an awards season player. Speaking to Aniston Friday night, she admitted that after some roles, directors and producers "box" you into a certain mold for a certain kind of a movie. »
- Gregory Ellwood
I’m going to keep it short and sweet today folks, or at least a bit shorter than usual in terms of set up. You all know by now that it’s time for my middle of the month Oscar predictions update piece. Sometimes, there’s only a tinker or two to be done, but today…today I have a seismic shift to include, namely in the arrival of Selma on the scene. It’s gone from being shut out (what was I thinking?) to contending for wins in multiple major categories. In fact, more than one of the big eight categories have new winners listed, so this is a definite change in thinking. Some of it might be short lived, but that’s what the upcoming new set of predictions next month is for, right? I’ve also added the three short form categories (Animated Short, Documentary Short, and »
- Joey Magidson
Though The Hollywood Reporter's annual actresses roundtable lacks diversity this year, it certainly has strong-headed women in spades. The full video featuring Reese Witherspoon, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Felicity Jones and Hilary Swank has yet to air online, but the clip below shows "Boyhood" Supporting Actress frontrunner Arquette haranguing the "deviant" internet community responsible for leaking nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others. Arquette, classy as ever, says: "I feel really strongly that there's nothing deviant about two lovers sharing sexual intimacy. That is normal. It's been happening since the beginning of time. Through any different medium. We had paper. Before that, we met behind the bush. You know? What is deviant is when a community decides that they can break into your sexuality, steal that from you, insert themselves, observe your private sexuality." [Via THR] »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A more appropriate title for The Theory Of Everything could be “The Theory of Love,” or better yet “The Theory of What Draws One Person to Another.” Chemistry, evolution and science play a large part in this romantic tale of star-crossed lovers but not in a way that you would assume given the man behind the story. How love evolves and changes is more of the basis for this story looking at the life of Stephen Hawking. Those hoping not to sit through a college course on the Big Bang Theory and quantum physics can breathe a sigh of relief. However the fact that so much of Hawking’s theories are brushed to the side in lieu of his personal drama may leave some who are fascinated by the mind of the celebrated physicist scratching their heads.
- Michael Haffner
It's almost too much to take - Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones just have a chemistry we can't resist. And with their new movie, The Theory of Everything, in theaters now, it's enough to drive us all crazy. We know they're both in relationships with others, but that doesn't stop us from indulging in their adorable red carpet moments while promoting their already Oscar-buzzworthy film, and secretly wishing they were a real-life couple. Scroll through to see all the times Eddie and Felicity made our hearts melt. - additional reporting by Britt Stephens »
Hollywood is mourning the death of Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at age 83. Days before his death, a slew of awards-contending actresses sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a candid conversation in which the director's name arose as part of a discussion about how they make themselves cry. Watch more Trailers for 10 Classic Mike Nichols Films "I spent my life growing up trying to make myself cry because I thought that's what an actress had to do," said The Theory of Everything star Felicity Jones. "Then realizing, just because it says to cry in the
- THR Staff
Well, maybe not that much kissing -- at least compared to other romantic films -- but the movie contains far more romance than science. Want to learn about Hawking's groundbreaking work? Skip the deceptively titled The Theory of Everything, which focuses on Hawking's relationship with his first wife, Jane Hawking, and barely touches on his brilliant scientific ideas.
Based on Jane Hawking's memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, The Theory of Everything opens as grad students Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane (Felicity Jones) begin dating at the University of Cambridge in 1963. All is well with their courtship at first. But within a few months, Stephen is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease »
- Don Clinchy
The producers of The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten (also the screenwriter) and Lisa Bruce – talk in this video shot at Deadline’s The Contenders event about the years-long process of filming the love story of physicist Stephen Hawking and first wife Jane Hawking. Bruce also talks here with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about the strong female character at the film’s heart whose presence (and memoir) made this biopic unusual among so many Hollywood movies.
James Marsh directed the film, which stars Anthony Redmayne as Stephen and Felicity Jones as Jane. Other notable cast members include David Thewlis and Emily Watson. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan also produced. The film, which debuted strongly in limited release two weeks ago, is distributed by Focus Features.
Have you seen the film? What did you think?
- David Bloom
This weekend, Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss Everdeen and the symbol of revolution in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," Eddie Redmayne stars as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking opposite Felicity Jones in "The Theory of Everything," the mob series "Lilyhammer" starring Steven Van Zandt returns for a third season on Netflix this Friday, and Pitbull hosts the 42nd Annual American Music Awards with performances by Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks Sunday night on ABC.
Also in theaters this weekend: "V/H/S: Viral" follows fame-obsessed teens who, after trying to film salacious police footage, unknowingly face their own deaths as stars of the next video sensation. In "The Sleepwalker," Kaia and Andrew are renovating Kaia's secluded family estate when their lives are violently disrupted upon the unexpected arrival of Kaia's sister and her fiancé. The documentary "Happy Valley" observes the year following Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach »
- Jonny Black
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