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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. »
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The complete Gilmore Girls series will be available for streaming on Netflix Instant Watch beginning Oct.1, but there are also plenty of other shows and movies coming to Netflix in October.
Gilmore Girls, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, ran for seven seasons on The WB and The CW from 2000-2007, and the beloved mother-daughter show also featured Melissa McCarthy (pre-Bridesmaids fame) and The Good Wife's Matt Czuchry.
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In other TV news, fans of The CW’s The Originals and The Vampire Diaries will be able to get caught up before the shows’ season premieres. Season 1 of The Originals will be available for streaming on Oct. 3, with Season 2 premiering on The CW Oct. 6, while Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries will be available on Netflix Oct. 2, the same day as the Season 6 premiere. Reign’s first season will also be available for streaming Oct. 2, and the »
The cast of characters in 'St. Vincent' get their own one-sheets.
The heartfelt dramedy St. Vincent, which won the hearts of audience members at the 2014 Toronto International Film Fest earlier this month, has just released a series of character posters that reveal the angelic side of the film's sad cast of characters.
In the movie, Bill Murray plays Vincent, a hedonistic, misanthrope who is befriended by his neighbor's 12-year-old son and hired by his mom (Melissa McCarthy) to look after him. Taking the boy under his wing, and end up bringing him on a series of inappropriate adventures to strip clubs and various unsavory locales until the two begin to become close friends.
The film was written and directed by Theodore Melfi, and is his feature film debut. An impressive feat, considering the film's cast, which consists of Murray, McCarthy, [link »
Margaret here with a guessing game for you: a studio comedy is in production, and the lead is a woman. Who gets cast? If you're a Hollywood executive, the answer is Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig or Jennifer Aniston. Looking at today's top-grossing movies, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there are only four comic leading ladies; the studio focus on bankability keeps them sticking to a pretty rigid shortlist.
Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, known best for her work in Bridesmaids and Reno 911!, thinks that shortlist should be a little longer. Earlier this week she took to a guest column at Laughspin to stump for her favorite comic actresses, and pitch a host of new projects. I am in no way saying that the women on the funny-lady short lists aren’t funny; they absolutely are! This is just a gentle reminder that there are other bankable comediennes out there, »
- Margaret de Larios
By Anjelica Oswald
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Exclusive: The Hamptons Film Festival just got a good one for its opening night on October 9. It will premiere St. Vincent, the Ted Melfi-directed comedy that had a rousing opening-night World Premiere at Toronto, was just slotted into the first night of the Long Island festival. This fest launch fit nicely into The Weinstein Company’s release strategy that begins October 10. Now, of course, the question becomes whether the Hamptons is fortunate enough to get a dose of the film’s star, Bill Murray, who charmed the entire city of Toronto after the festival declared it Bill Murray Day and he showed up with a crown and a slew of great stories.
Murray came through even though it was an open question till late whether he would cross the border; he doesn’t have a cell phone or an agent, and he’s a pretty elusive guy — which is part of his charm, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
A batch of new posters for possible Oscar contenders have arrived over the last 24 hours including posters for Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman starring Jones and Hilary Swank, St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy and The Imitation Game (read my review) starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but it's the Brazilian poster for Whiplash that really catches my eye. Arriving via Cinemarcado, the orange and white poster harkens back to the '70s with a tagline that translates to "The road to the top can take you to the limit". Simply fantastic and a film I truly hope finds its way into Oscar voters' hearts. I can't wait for you to see it. Here's a snippet from my review: Whiplash is one of those rare films where you need to understand the intention or you'll find yourself rolling your eyes more than once as writer/director Damien Chazelle turns the volume not up to ten, »
- Brad Brevet
Bill Murray isn't quite ready to be canonized, judging by the first poster for his upcoming comedy St. Vincent. The poster shows Murray, in character as Vincent, smack in the middle of the film's two female leads, Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy. In the film, Watts' prostitute character is Vincent's only friend, while McCarthy plays the harried mother whose son Vincent babysits. The poster cheekily references the title by placing what initially appears to be a halo over Murray's head, although it's more likely to be a smoke ring. The film, directed by Ted Melfi, premiered at the
- Ryan Gajewski
Murray stars as an elderly recluse with a secret heart of gold that begins to shine when he starts taking care of his young neighbor and his mom, played by Melissa McCarthy. Naomi Watts also stars as Murray’s girlfriend, who just happens to be a stripper and pregnant. The film premiered as the headlining event on “Bill Murray Day” at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month and will open in theaters gradually across the country beginning Oct. »
- Jake Perlman
How many times have we heard Ghostbusters 3 is just around the corner and ready to begin filmingc How many directors have been attached and will Dan Aykroyd ever be over talking about itc The most recent rumor had Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) attached as director and the idea of turning the film into a whole new thing, "new" in that it would center on a group of female ghostbusters. In response to that, Bill Murray recently shared his thoughts on who those females should be telling the Toronto Star, "Melissa McCarthy would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny - God, she's funny! I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot, and Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there." When asked about Murray's suggestions, Wiig told Yahoo, "I will do whatever Bill Murray tells me to." Personally, I actually like this »
- Brad Brevet
Movie ticketing service Fandango has released the results of a survey they have conducted to find the anticipated movies of the Fall film season. Unsurprisingly, the juggernaut of a sequel "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I" stands at number one.
After that came David Fincher's "Gone Girl," Chris Nolan's "Interstellar" and the Denzel Washington-led "The Equalizer. Rounding out the top ten are "The Penguins of Madagascar," "The Judge," "Dumb and Dumber To," "Fury," "The Good Lie" and "Foxcatcher". [Source: The Wrap]
Set after a pandemic kills most of America's children and teenagers, some survivors develop superpowers but are deemed too dangerous for society. Taken from their families, they are placed inside internment camps where a sixteen-year-old with telekinetic »
- Garth Franklin
If you’ve been listening in for a while, you probably now that we weren’t really looking forward to Tammy. We’ve been giving this movie this business, just based off of the trailers, for months, and it turns out that we may have been setting our expectations too high. It’s a film by the deluded, for the theatrically uninitiated, and about the boringly moronic.
We refer to this week several times as the “so you think being a movie critic is a great gig” week, and while this isn’t the worst film we’ve seen in a decade, it was somehow more draining than even films that were worse. It’s unfortunate, because we both have mostly positive thoughts when it comes to Melissa McCarthy, but with this and the completely useless The Heat, we’re getting a little tired of her jumping so »
- Marc Eastman
It’s an understood rule of comedic actors that they can all do drama, as well. Comedy is harder, of course. But then not every comedic actor is truly an actor. Not every comedic performance is about more than good line readings and having the necessary timing to tell a joke. Stand-up comedians often get starring gigs on sitcoms, but that doesn’t mean they’ll wind up with an Oscar nomination someday. (Sorry, Sinbad.) Those who do end up with Academy recognition are those who were always set to shine on the big screen and wound up on TV as a short little detour along the way. Jennifer Lawrence, for example. And Tom Hanks. And Leonardo DiCaprio. But there are also former TV comedy stars who do great work in dramatic movies and never garner Oscar attention, and then they have to go back and do a Dumb and Dumber sequel. There »
- Christopher Campbell
When DreamWorks first unveiled its kid-friendly animation B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, the all-new IP seemed to echo the comic tones of other genre pieces like Men In Black and Ghostbusters — particularly the latter, with Bill Murray himself on board to voice the film’s overarching big bad.
And while we’re a ways away from seeing any footage from the upcoming action comedy, we now know the style of DreamWorks’ latest project thanks to a pre-emptive marketing image courtesy of Amazon.
Going off of face value, the art style of B.O.O. is reminiscent of Nickelodeon’s Jimmy Neutron combined with a dollop of the studio’s other franchises, such as Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon.
- Michael Briers
I’ve got a soft spot for cute, pet-like animated characters so when news first broke that DreamWorks Animation was making a movie about a ghost who needs to attend ghost school in order to become a better scarer, I was hooked. However, that was a few years ago and since, the narrative and title of Boo U has changed. Now we’ve got B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations on the way and it tells the story of a pair of ghosts who go to work for the B.O.O., an organization dedicated to protecting humans from evil spirits. The scenario still sounds fun and also has Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Rashida Jones, Octavia Spencer, Matt Bomer and Bill Murray leading the voice cast, but the very first look at the characters just surfaced and it’s not really what I was hoping for. Hit the jump to check it out. »
- Perri Nemiroff
The 2014 Toronto Film Festival has come to a close and the awards have been announced with little surprise at the top as it seemed it would either be James Marsh's The Theory of Everything my review and Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game my review, at least based on the movies I saw and the reaction I'd heard walking around the fest. And lo and behold, it was Imitation Game taking hom the People's Choice Award, but it appears Theory of Everything wasn't a close second. The first runner up was Isabel Coixet's Learning to Drive and the second was Theodore Melfi's St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. The People's Choice Documentary award went to Hajooj Kuka for Beats of the Antonov with David Thorpe's Do I Sound Gayc taking first runner-up in which Thorpe confronts his anxiety about "sounding gay" while the second »
- Brad Brevet
Dreamworks’ B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations is over a year away for us in the UK and won’t hit the Us until June 2015, but we can now take a look at some of the lead characters thanks to, of all things, a ‘Learn To Draw’ book currently available to pre-order on Amazon. The film sees 2 ghosts joining the titular organisation, a group who go around investigating and preventing hauntings. Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy take on the roles of the two new ghosts hoping to stop an evil haunter by the name of Addison Drake, played by former Ghostbuster, Bill Murray. Funnily enough, Seth Rogen was once tipped to be one of the replacement Ghostbusters in Ghostbusters 3, while more recently, Murray suggested McCarthy as part of a female ensemble for the long-awaited threequel.
The film was first announced in 2009 and what is now B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations, was once known as Boo U, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Star power and social media savvy propelled “No Good Deed” to the top of the box office this weekend.
The $13 million film nearly doubled its production budget in its first three days of release, pulling in an impressive $24.5 million. The home invasion thriller was able to trump box office predictions because Sony and Screen Gems, the companies behind the film, expertly deployed Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson on Twitter to hawk the story of a district attorney menaced by a killer.
“You have two terrific actors who have followings and this weekend showed their collective star power is very powerful,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.
Both actors will likely see their stars rise as a result. Elba has had showy supporting roles in “Thor” and “Prometheus,” but hasn’t carried a film to these kind of heights on his own shoulders since 2009’s “Obsessed.” He retains »
- Brent Lang
A first look at DreamWorks Animation's supernatural action comedy "Boo: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations" has gone up at Film Divider.
The artwork comes from "Learn to Draw Dreamworks’ B.O.O.: Featuring Jackson Moss and all your favorite otherworldly haunts and heroes!," a promotional tie-in book for the film which hits cinemas on June 5th 2015 and stars the voices of Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray. The book also includes a new synopsis:
"Short for 'Bureau of Otherworldly Operations,' B.O.O. introduces children to ghostly adventures in the digital age, as they come along for a spooky ride with the super-classified ghost-busting agency no one has ever heard of and certainly never seen. The agents of B.O.O. work to protect humans from evil hauntings with a secret weapon...They are ghosts themselves."
- Garth Franklin
Ever wonder what Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy might look like if they had their own Saturday morning CGI animated TV show? The first look at B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations gives us a pretty good idea, and it seems this DreamWorks Animated adventure isn't straying too far from their everyday appearance. This cute art comes courtesy of Amazon, who bring us the first look at B.O.O. with the cover of a tie-in activity book for kids. Take a look, then read on for a synopsis of the movie that describes both the plot and what this book has to offer:
Short for "Bureau of Otherworldly Operations," B.O.O. introduces children to ghostly adventures in the digital age, as they come along for a spooky ride with the super-classified ghost-busting agency no one has ever heard of and certainly never seen. The agents of B.O.O. »
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