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Excuse the absence in this column for the last few weeks. I’ve been covering the Chicago International Film Festival, catching up with a few of the Foreign Language Oscar contenders while there. Now however, many of these movies are finally making their ways into theaters, providing an extra wrinkle into the race as both critics and fans weigh in on their quality.
Birdman has finally arrived, and it’s everything the critics and the public have imagined. The film had a solid opening on just four theaters in its opening weekend, earning half a million dollars, and Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and more have all been making the talk show rounds to promote this weird, goofy film everyone loves.
Kris Tapley went right out and handed Keaton the Oscar for Best Actor, writing “The emotional spectrum of this character, Riggan Thompson — who all actors will identify with at the end of the day, »
- Brian Welk
Dark Horse published “Polar,” written and illustrated by Victor Santos, in November.
The story centers on Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a crew of younger hitmen — which is at odds with the protective relationship he has with the child of one of his former marks.
Constantin and Dark Horse are out to directors with the aim of shooting in the spring. Constantin’s Robert Kulzer will be producing along with Jeremy Bolt and Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg.
- Dave McNary
A die-hard believer in the power of film (in particular 35mm), Quentin Tarantino reimagines the end of World War II with the Third Reich trapped inside a burning movie theater. The cast is typically Tarantinian, including turns from Brad Pitt as the Southern-fried squadron leader Aldo Raine, Rod Taylor as Winston Churchill (!) and Tfh’s own Eli Roth as “The Bear Jew”. But it’s Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa, a glint-eyed monster known as “The Jew Hunter” who steals the show (and won an Academy Award for his trouble.) »
- Trailers From Hell
With this year’s lead actor race heating up to be one of the most crowded ever, it’s a little strange to look over candidates for supporting actor and see a lot of empty space.
Which is not to say there aren’t some amazing performances in the mix. J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) and Edward Norton (“Birdman”) are considered locks for a nod, and all are outstanding in wildly different and breathtaking performances.
Beyond that, there are a lot of great performances but few sure things. Ethan Hawke delivers beautifully subtle work in the beloved “Boyhood,” and seems a good bet to land his second acting nomination. Robert Duvall’s name has been bandied about for “The Judge,” but that has more to do with him being Robert Duvall than praise for the performance. The rest is attributed to movies that have yet to screen or truly build buzz. »
- Jenelle Riley
By Anjelica Oswald
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen Oscar contenders premiere at Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto and New York, but as we approach the end of October, some films have yet to make their debut. Here are ten films that have been garnering Oscar buzz that will be debuting through December (in alphabetical order):
A Most Violent Year; Nov. 6
Jc Chandor ‘s third feature film will be opening AFI Fest. It reunites two Juilliard alumni, Oscar Isaac and two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, as a couple living and working in New York City during one of its most violent years. This will be the main Oscar focus of upstart, indie distributor A24.
American Sniper; Dec. 25
- Anjelica Oswald
In cinema, the comedy sequel is a peculiar beast. Unlike those found in other genres, follow-ups to those films that strike to tickle the funny bone are often less bigger, bolder and darker and more, well, disappointing.
Whether it’s continuations of Airplane, The Hangover or even the widely-derided Grown Ups, history has taught us that a comedy sequel can be a tough nut to crack. But come November, Sean Andres will look to avoid those pitfalls with Horrible Bosses 2 — the follow-up to 2011’s surprise ensemble hit.
Reuniting Nick, Dale and Kurt — aka the world’s unluckiest Average Joes — Horrible Bosses 2 will see the trio try to break out on their own by setting up a business. Of course, things don’t go quite according to plan after a conniving investor (played by Christoph Waltz) double crosses them. Joining Waltz as a newcomer is Chris Pine, while Kevin Spacey, »
- Michael Briers
A new Horrible Bosses 2 banner offers a look at the 7 main characters in the upcoming comedy sequel, setting up their place in the storyline. Meet the hustler, the brains, the boy toy, the sexpot, the money, the hotshot and the bait!
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis reprise their roles from the hit 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses. Only this time, they're working for themselves, which causes more complications than any boss ever could.
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt have decide to become their own bosses by launching the Shower Buddy. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
Warner Bros. has released a new poster for the upcoming comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2, which features returning stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston along with new cast additions Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) and Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness)…
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in Horrible Bosses 2. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
- Gary Collinson
• "Visionary Director" would be so much more impressive as a description if it weren't so overused.
• The tag line is basic but it does cleverly have a double meaning with the last bit "... and everyone bought it"
• A lot of people seem to be sure that this one won't be a major Oscar player but apart from test screenings (a notoriously unreliable source of info) no one has seen it so it's one of our mystery movies when it »
- NATHANIEL R
Today we have the official poster for the upcoming "Big Eyes," which stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), and is directed by Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on Margaret (Adams) and Walter Keane (Waltz), a pair of artists who popularized mass-produced paintings in the 1950s and 1960s that featured portraits of small children with big, sad eyes. Walter was said to be the painter, but it was later revealed that Margaret did the paintings. Margaret sued to get her share of the profits that resulted in a 1986 case in which a judge forced the couple to a "paint off" in federal court. The new movie, which co-stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny Huston, is set to hit theaters on Christmas (December 25th). Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to »
- Gary Collinson
Tim Burton's upcoming film Big Eyes looks absolutely fantastic, and today we bring you the first poster for the film featuring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, along with the "Big Eyes" art that made the characters they play famous. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, make sure to check it out here. I think this is going to be the best movie that Burton has made in years. It also stars Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terence Stamp. Here's a brief synopsis:
A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane (Adams), her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
The film is set to be released on December 25th, 2014. »
- Joey Paur
Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb (photo: Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis) Actress Misty Upham, who had gone missing since October 6, 2014, was found dead on Thursday, October 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. Best known for her roles in Frozen River, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and August: Osage County, Upham was 32. According to a statement her father, Charles Upham, sent to media outlets, Misty Upham was last seen on October 5, walking from her sister's apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Her father added that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had bouts of depression and anxiety — she had gone missing in the past — but said he didn't believe she was suicidal. "The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote last Sunday, October 12. "As her »
- Anna Robinson
If you’re amassing a collection of Tim Burton posters somewhere, this new one for his latest film, Big Eyes, is bound to stand out. The film tells the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). Back in the 1950s, Walter Keane became a household name courtesy of a series of oil paintings featuring kids with enormous eyes. But the thing is, he wasn’t the one making them. Margaret was. The very first Big Eyes poster just hit the web and it features Waltz and Adams in front of a Margaret Keane design called "The First Grail." Hit the jump to check it out. Big Eyes arrives in theaters on December 25th and also stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman and Danny Huston. Via Yahoo! Movies. Here’s the official synopsis for Big Eyes: Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes »
- Perri Nemiroff
Tim Burton returns to his love of oddball real-life stories with Big Eyes, a biopic on Walter and Margaret Keane, the artistic duo responsible for the Big Eyed kid craze of the 1950s and 60s. The Weinstein Company and Yahoo! have just released the first poster featuring stars Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams.
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization  and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes.
The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane's art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been  living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes »
The first poster for Tim Burton's possible Oscar contender, Big Eyes, has been revealed and it gets to the heart of the film's narrative, which focuses on famed painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) whose artwork was originally sold under the name of her husband of the time, Walter (Christoph Waltz). Not wanting to relinquish the rights to the artwork, Walter and Margaret's divorce proceeding went all the way to Federal court. Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston and Terence Stamp co-star in the film, which is set to begin hitting theaters on Christmas Day. Check out the poster below. Fb »
- Brad Brevet
It's unusual for the marketing of a film to begin with a trailer before the poster comes out, but that's exactly what happened with Tim Burton's latest drama Big Eyes. The period drama follows Amy Adams as artist Margaret Keane along with her husband, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who for many years claimed credit for her paintings of children with abnormally big, beautiful eyes. While it's still a bit strange, this is undoubtedly Burton's most grounded film in years, and now the first poster for the winter release has arrived, showing Adams and Waltz along with one of the famous paintings that Keane made. Look below! Here's the first poster for Tim Burton's Big Eyes from Yahoo: If you haven't watched the first trailer for Tim Burton's Big Eyes, you can see it right here. A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane (Adams »
- Ethan Anderton
A collection of new posters for upcoming films has landed online. Briefly: In the Heart of the Sea – The first trailer for Ron Howard's telling of the tragedy of the Whaleship Essex landed earlier today, and now we have one of my favorite posters of the year. It's ominous without being overbearing. The film opens March 13, 2015, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Meanwhile, we have a contestant in the running for worst poster of the year. I don't know if this is an awful photoshop job or if everyone is supposed to look like a cardboard cutout. The film opens December 19th, and stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, and as you can see from the poster, lots and lots of other people as well as a monkey with keys. »
- Matt Goldberg
By Anjelica Oswald
Jack O’Connell isn’t going to be a name people forget anytime soon. The 24-year-old English actor is involved with three feature films that have made — or will make — their debuts in 2014 and was the lead in Starred Up, which was released in August after first premiering in 2013. After a decade of acting, O’Connell’s career is heading to the next level.
O’Connell started off with a soccer dream, but after being persuaded to audition for television roles, he appeared in an episode of Doctors, a British soap opera, in 2005. His first film appearance followed in 2006 with This is England.
One of his most recognized roles was as James Cook in the third, fourth and seventh seasons of the British drama Skins.
After some more TV and film roles, O’Connell was cast as the leads in Starred Up (2013) and ’71 (2014), which were shot simultaneously; however, »
- Anjelica Oswald
A new poster for Horrible Bosses 2 has made it's way into out inbox, featuring all the main players, and I think proves Christoph Waltz, even when smiling, looks menacing all the time. Released: 26th November (U.S.)/ 28th November (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. »
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