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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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New on-set photos from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice have revealed that the world isn.t at all happy with Superman at the start of the Man Of Steel sequel. In fact, Metropolis.s citizens are so mad with Krypton.s most famous son that they.re protesting his mere presence on Earth. You can check out the on-set photos that prove this below: "Super Death"? Swastikas? Protests in Metropolis (#Detroit) against Superman! #BatmanvSuperman @D3T0N8R Let's go see! pic.twitter.com/eTcv2M54Ja. Tim Reinman (@treinman) September 29, 2014 Poor Kal-El. Surely he doesn.t deserve this grief after all of the good work that he did saving the planet from Michael Shannon.s devilish General Zod in Man Of Steel. Oh, actually, when you think about it, he did cause an obscene amount of damage to both Smallville and Metropolis as he fought off the villain, »
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as my wheat farm goes belly up... "Partners in crime." -Nucky "Cuanto" brings us to the midway point of this shortened final season, and it's easily the liveliest of the four we've gotten so far. The hour deals a lot with partnerships being formed, or rekindled — or, more often than not, with failed reunion attempts — and as such not only deals a lot with the series' history (Van Alden's arrest of Luciano and Jimmy in season 1, Nucky and Margaret's first meeting), but gives us several terrific character combinations in both Atlantic City and Chicago, along with the best of the young Nucky flashbacks to date. As I noted last week, the sum of the Nucky/Margaret pairing has always been greater than the sum of its two parts, and we got a long, potent and entertaining reminder of that here. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Recently, HBO released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Boardwalk Empire" episode 5 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "King Of Norway," and it sounds like things will get quite dramatic and intense, once again, as Chalky arrives back in Atlantic City with plans to impose major vengeance, and more! In the new, 5th episode press release: "Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) will return to Atlantic City with vengeance on his mind. Concerned about the ongoing threat from Luciano (Vincent Piazza), Nucky (Steve Buscemi) is going to arrange a meeting with Maranzano (Giampiero Judica) in New York. In Chicago, Eli’s (Shea Whigham) reunion with June (Nisi Sturgis) will take an unexpected turn after a dinner party hosted by Van Alden (Michael Shannon) and Sigrid (Christiane Seidel). Capone (Stephen Graham) will look to relocate his operation out of Chicago. Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) is going to complete a deal with Carolyn Rothstein »
Jeff Tweedy, frontman for the ultimate dad rock band Wilco, has taken the dad-ness even further with his new project Tweedy. It's a collaboration with his son, Spencer Tweedy, and the duo have dropped their debut album, Sukierae. They've also just released a video for the cut "Low Key," but given the star power involved, there's not much low key about it. Michael Shannon, Nick Offerman, soul singer Mavis Staples, famed music engineer Steve Albini, Chance the Rapper, John Hodgeman, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter, all pop up in this short film/video that finds Jeff and Spencer going door to door to sell their record after a depressing meeting with "Big Record Label." Yep, it's a music industry spoof, but a pretty light one at that. And if you can call in these kinds of favors, why not? Check it out below. [HitFix] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In a alternate universe, bands sign to labels with overlords who enlist artistic services to line their own pockets. Dystopia! Tyranny! Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer -- who go by the name Tweedy for new album "Sukierae" -- made a decidedly big talent video for their song "Low Key." Comedian and "Parks & Rec" actor Nick Offerman directed stars like John Hodgeman, Michael Shannon, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter, Tweedy collaborator Mavis Staples, Chicagoans Steve Albini, Chance the Rapper and more. The record company Neverland warps with a muzak version of the Tweedy-penned song, which then gives way to a Wes Andersonian odyssey of selling the vinyl version of "Sukierae" door-to-door in the Tweedy hometown. Some observations: 1. Why can't we all get paid in bags of money. 2. Think the "Get Happy" workshop is pointing out the finer merits of Pharrell's "Happy?" Happiness is in you, Tweedys. 3. Steve Albini probably doesn't »
- Katie Hasty
Set in an apocalyptic wasteland, Jake Paltrow’s Young Onespreys on the human experience in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. By placing his characters in a barren landscape where water is a rarity, he evokes an abundance of emotional responses.
If you’ve not yet heard of the movie, it’s likely because it was buried beneath showier fare at this year’s film festivals. Boasting an impressive cast, Michael Shannon leads the charge as a father who’ll do anything for his children (Kodi Smith McPhee and Elle Fanning.) When he’s not working on his farm, he’s protecting it from poachers and thieves, one of whom is none-other than his daughter’s paramour, played by Nicholas Hoult.
I’d not heard much about the movie until recently. The ‘futuristic Western’ genre that saps on old tropes while instilling new situations (i.e. an absence of a »
- Gem Seddon
Young Ones has released its first clip.
Shannon plays a farmer struggling to secure a future for his children (Fanning and Smit-McPhee).
However, his daughter's lover (Hoult) has grand ambitions that involve taking over the family's farm.
The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Young Ones will be released in the Us on October 17. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
Jake Paltrow’s “Young Ones” divided audiences at Sundance earlier this year, but it’s possible a slow-burn, hypnotic film such as this benefits from being seen outside the hustle and bustle of a festival environment. But the picture has a lot going for it, starting with its cast. “Young Ones” stars Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit McPhee, and it’s been described as having western, Speilberg-ian and Bresson-ian undertones, which might make it the only film of 2014 to bear that distinction. It certainly sounds like an original mélange of influences. The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic future where water is scarce and the environment has become a ragged, dusty wasteland. That’s an interesting backdrop, but film is also a chaptered triptych about patriarchs, and at the heart of this is a triangle between a father (Shannon), a daughter (Fanning) and a would-be suitor »
- Edward Davis
After rousing reactions in Venice and Toronto elevated The Humbling above its stealth fest title origins, the newly reconfigured Millennium Entertainment has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to the Barry Levinson-directed adaptation of the Philip Roth novel that stars Al Pacino. Millennium will launch the film into Oscar season, and will campaign to be reckoned in Academy season. The film stars Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Dylan Baker, Dan Hedaya and Tony winners Billy Porter, Nina Arianda and Mary Louise Wilson. Roth’s novel was adapted by Buck Henry and Michal Zebede.
While Pacino and Levinson have both won Oscars in the past, the filmmaker tells me that getting to this place was one of the most unusual experiences in his long career, including the fact they made this movie dirt cheap for around $2 million. “You’re in this business so long, you »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Four months into its existence, Saban Films made a serious statement at the Toronto Film Festival as it bought three films — John Travolta’s “The Forger,” Taylor Lautner’s “Tracers” and Hayden Christensen’s “American Heist.”
Bromiley should know. Before signing on to the Saban post in the spring, he’d been the key acquisitions exec for Image Entertainment.
“We’ve stuck to our business plan by focusing on commercial high-quality product, with ‘The Homesman’ being a prestige title.”
Bromiley also said he was a bit disappointed over the overall quality of films for sale at Tiff — with one notable exception: forereclusure drama “99 Homes, »
- Dave McNary
HBO has decided that the fifth season will be the end of Boardwalk Empire. Will this be the show's most popular season yet? Will the cable channel regret ending the show or is the time right?
In the final season of Boardwalk Empire, the end of Prohibition is near and Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) looks to legitimize himself through alliances with liquor producers. Rivals Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Meyer Lansky seek to consolidate their power and eliminate all competition -- by any means necessary. The rest of the cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Stephen Graham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol, Paul Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Anatol Yusef, Patricia Arquette, and Ben Rosenfield.
This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
For reference: The fourth season of Boardwalk Empire averaged a »
Days after winning the Miss America crown, Kira Kazantsev is at the center of controversy.
Days after winning the Miss America crown, Kira Kazantsev is at the center of controversy.
She was a crowd favorite, speaking three languages, boasting a triple major from Hofstra University with a 3.6 Gpa and actively working with organizations that help victims of domestic violence.
Now, just as the crown was beginning to settle on her head, news of her expulsion from the Alpha Phi sorority last year has thrust her into a media firestorm.
According to a story by the women's website Jezebel, the expulsion was a result of Kazantsev hazing pledges during her time as president of the recruitment committee.
Video: Michael Shannon Recites Delta Gamma Sorority Girl Email
While no one associated with Hofstra University has confirmed the allegations in the article, the fact that's she was expelled hasn't been denied. However, the Miss America Organization has already addressed the report »
As the final acquisition deals roll in on Toronto’s 2014 film festival movies, a couple of overriding themes emerged that bode well for the appetite for indie fare and have sellers smacking their lips for Afm, Sundance, Berlin and beyond. In a fest where Harvey Weinstein left his checkbook home and didn’t make a single splashy deal, I have never seen so many new players make statement buys at a festival than happened in Toronto.
The other intriguing development came on the fest’s biggest deal, when Paramount Pictures swooped into the auction of the Chris Rock-directed comedy Top Five, and blew buyers out of the water by paying $12.5 million for worldwide rights. It was the second straight fest where Paramount did this, after the studio made a precedent-setting pre-buy Cannes deal for the Denis Villeneuve-directed Amy Adams sci-fi film Story Of Your Life. Some established indie »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Several unspoken-for films came into this year’s Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alice, the touching drama of a woman’s descent into early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, that plan worked spectacularly well. It had a stirring world-premiere screening on Sept. 8 in a less-visible afternoon slot at Tiff and quickly sparked Oscar buzz for star Julianne Moore, a four-time nominee who has never won.
Sony Pictures Classics presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard quickly recognized the kind of role that has Oscar written all over it, and two days later the picture sold to Spc (which, despite having its largest slate of Oscar hopefuls ever, still had an »
- Pete Hammond
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb….
With the return of Boardwalk Empire in the last fortnight, it is worth reminding ourselves that it was ultimately cancelled. Ryan Leas writes for The Concourse:
“It’s something of an inglorious exit—a truncated eight-episode run, a rushed time jump from 1924 to 1931 … Boardwalk Empire’s extravagant sets and period details made it expensive to maintain, and there’s no way to argue that HBO was getting the best possible return on that investment … Boardwalk’s de facto cancellation inspired little grief, and little surprise.”
Read the full article here.
Losing The Sopranos in 2007 was graceful and poetic. The final minute alone has been the subject of intense debate regarding the consequence of Tony’s actions. But from The Sopranos spawned two top-notch television series: Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men. The former led by Sopranos-producer Terence Winter and the latter by writer Matthew Weiner. »
- Simon Columb
Housing Complex: Bahrani Extends Capitalism Criticism to Housing Market
Though his 2012 farming melodrama At Any Price found director Ramin Bahrani gaining wider visibility with notable cast members, its Death of a Salesman treatment of modern capitalistic woes in America’s heartland left much to be desired, even as it showcased a surprising couple of performances, notably from Zac Efron. Bahrani returns to look at a similar situation in a different market, navigating through the topicality of foreclosure. Folding us into a Floridian malaise, Bahrani elevates blood pressure to match the blazing summer heat in this upsetting and often persuasive rendering of greed in a world that seems to have lost all semblance of humanity. Assuredly complex in its examination, it’s too bad that this emotional tornado culminates in a finale that would have been appropriate for the censorship era of villainous punishment, but one can sense that Bahrani wanted »
- Nicholas Bell
After premiering last week at the Toronto Film Festival, Broad Green Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the French film Samba.
The picture comes from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, who made the 2012 hit The Intouchables, which broke box-office records in France and has since become the highest grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade. The project reunites the directors with Omar Sy, who starred in The Intouchables and plays a Senegalese immigrant ordered to leave France after 10 years of working day and night. Nakache and Toledano adapted the film from Delphine Coulin »
- Jake Perlman
The Oscar race has barely started, but there is already a laundry list of once-expected contenders that will not get released in 2014 and will try to be in the game next year. The most prominent title on that list so far is "99 Homes," which, following a Venice debut, was seen as a potential Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor player for stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, respectively. The film was hoping screenings at Telluride and Toronto would foster its standing with distributors aiming for a legit Oscar qualifying run, but it became the odd man out. Instead, "Still Alice" and "Top Five" turned out to be the surprise pickups at Toronto for year end release and "99 Homes" found its best hope in the hands of indie upstart Broad Green Pictures. The story isn't over for Ramin Bahrani's film to say the least, but it's not where anyone thought »
- Gregory Ellwood
-- Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Andrew Garfield and Eddie Redmayne all toasting their films during a Fiji water-hosted party for 99 Homes, bought by Broad Green Pictures, during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. -- Sophia Bush checking out the Café Bustelo Pop-Up Café in Chicago. -- The Real Housewives of New York City's Carole Radziwill singing along to "Take It To The Limit" at the History of the Eagles tour stop at Madison Square Garden in NYC. -- Danica Patrick having drinks with friends at rooftop cocktail [...] »
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