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Now that we've seen "The Revenant" and all other top Oscar contenders except "Joy" and "The Hateful Eight," Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily) and I are ready to make some bold early picks. Leo DiCaprio seems to be out front for Best Actor, but beware: this derby is crazy and the horses are wild. Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"), Johnny Depp ("Black Mass"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl") and others are still in the chase. Or at least I think so. Sasha feels more strongly about her Leo pick. See Sasha's latest updated predix here. See mine here. See our predictions stacked side by side with 20 other Oscarologists here, then check out the rankings and odds generated with our experts' predix are combined. Below: Listen to Sasha and I schmooze the state of the top races. You can also check out the chat at Gold Derby's channel at Libsyn and at iTunes. Hit the "subscribe" button ther. »
Whether its video helmers or stage directors, Sundance has been a reliable launchpad lieu for nouveau British talent — video helmer Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman) and Rupert Goold (True Story) come to mind. Yet another directorial debut on our predictions list, there is reason to believe that this shot in 2014 crime drama might drop in early 2016. With a background in television (episodes of “Skins” and “Doctor Who”) prior to working on his directorial debut, Adam Smith directed the heavily sensorial and pulsating concert vid Don’t Think. Starring Michael Fassbender and festival fave Brendan Gleeson with a noteworthy trio of supporting players in Sean Harris (a must see in Yann Demange’s ’71), Lyndsey Marshal and Rory Kinnear, Trespass Against Us also employs the service of cinematographer Eduard Grau (Buried/Suffragette) and naturally an original score from The Chemical Brothers.
Gist: Three generations of the Cutler family live »
- Eric Lavallee
Leonardo DiCaprio — who has been waiting for an Oscar since way back in 1993 when he was first nominated for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" — sure looks like he's giving it everything he's got this time around. His performance in "The Revenant" has finally been screened and it seems like everything is in place for him to finally win. Especially considering his competition has largely As for the other nominees? Michael B. Jordan has emerged a last minute contender for "Creed," but the nomination itself will be the reward if he pulls it off. Eddie Redmayne could be nominated again after winning last year, but he's not expected to go two-for-two. Michael Fassbender, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Matt Damon and Tom Hanks have all got strong notices for "Steve Jobs," "Black Mass," "Concussion," "The Martian" and "Bridge of Spies," respectively, and should make up two or three more of the nominees. They'll. »
- Peter Knegt
Biggest Jumps In Oscar Predictions This Week Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") solidifed his lead in the Best Actor race over Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs") as his film finally screened for our Oscar experts drawn from major media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, HuffPo and Variety. This five-time Oscar also-ran had started off this awards season far out in front for his performance as a frontiersman bent on revenge in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's revisionist Western. First to overtake him was Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl"), then Johnny Depp ("Black Mass") and finally Fassbender who by late October held a lead among our experts by a vote of 12 to 5 over Leo. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions DiCaprio has rallied and now has the backing of 14 of the 21 experts at Gold Derby (Oscarwatchers at Yahoo, USA Today, Entertainm...' »
Last December, just months before its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, the first trailer was released for Knight of Cups, the latest from director Terrence Malick. We haven't heard anything about this mysterious project since then, but today, Broad Green Pictures has released the second trailer, which only features a few brief new shots that weren't included in the first trailer, amounting to roughly 10 seconds of new footage. Unfortunately, these never-before-seen moments don't give us any added insight into this story.
Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick's (Christian Bale) father used to read this story to him as a boy. »
Last week, 20th Century Fox confirmed that director Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel is called Alien: Covenant. It will tie into the overall Alien movie universe, and is considered the second chapter in a prequel trilogy. In the film, the crew of the colony ship Covenant is bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. Today, Scified has new insight into this plot, and their sources claim that two xenomorph aliens will be wrecking havoc in the movie. And yes, David, playing God, has a hand in creating one of them.
None of this information has been confirmed by the studio or Ridley Scott. So it's only being considered a rumor for now. »
This year’s Oscar hopefuls boasts the largest roster of biopics in recent memory. From more traditional, straight-forward affairs such as Straight Outta Compton and Black Mass, to films that focus on one particular real-life event such as The Big Short and Spotlight, to less typical takes focused on separate periods in the subjects’ lives such as Steve Jobs and Love & Mercy, this year’s films cover the entire spectrum of the biopic genre.
As a result, many of the frontrunners in the four major acting categories are for performances portraying real-life people. Looking back on the Academy’s history, it is hard to find a year in which an acting award did not go to a performer portraying a real person. Eddie Redmayne, Matthew McConaughey, and Daniel Day-Lewis (the last three best actor winners) all starred in biographical films.
This year the trend looks to continue, »
- Patrick Shanley
Much has been written about Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs movie, penned by Aaron Sorkin, and how it didn't set the box office alight in the way that had been predicted. There are still hopes from Universal that it'll snare more attention come awards time, but even so, from a purely business point of view, it's not been a massive success.
"They actually can't tell the story because the story's wrong. He went through an arc in his life. There was a time the way he worked with people was not good, and I saw that »
“There was actually a scene in X-Men: First Class where we come up against somebody so dumb that I can’t mind bend him,” states McAvoy. “We end up actually having to have a real deal fight with him, me and Magneto, because there’s no metal in the room either. We end up just having a fight with this guy who was seven foot six or something like that. And we kill him by shoving a bear’s head over his head. It was weird… We twisted it and broke his neck and I said something like, ‘I couldn’t bear that man.'”
McAvoy will be back as Xavier next year with the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, »
- Gary Collinson
Their last big franchise number of this year being used as their next big franchise installment of next? It’s just savvy business.
Director Bryan Singer has also hinted recently that a teaser was coming soon (and it was around this time two years ago that a teaser debuted for previous franchise entry X-Men: Days of Future Past), and yesterday, he added more fuel to the fire.
A recent spoiler-y post to the director’s Instagram shows a new still featuring Professor X (James McAvoy), being screened in some kind of editing bay/private theater as he “finishes up the first teaser”. After 99.9% of fans missed out on the footage that was screened in San Diego Comic-Con this year, it’s »
- Dan Woburn
Bryan Singer has shared yet another image on his Instagram account from next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The picture shows us a shot from the film’s first teaser trailer, in which we see James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier using Cerebro, the device that helps him locate mutants across the globe. While fans will still have to wait a few months for Apocalypse to be released into theaters, the trailer will be here in less than a month, as it is attached to prints of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The post is accompanied by a caption that reads, “Finishing up the first teaser. #xmen #xmenapocalypse.” See it here…
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Singer would most likely be returning to shoot another X-Men film after Apocalypse; if the report turns out to be true, the film will be his fifth entry in the X-Men franchise.
- Justin Cook
Though everyone's chomping at the bit to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the film's release will also boast some major trailer premieres such as first glimpses at both "X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Captain America: Civil War".
Earlier today, director Bryan Singer revealed he has almost finished cutting the first official trailer for "X-Men: Apocalypse" via an Instagram post showing a shot from the clip of James McAvoy's 'Professor X' using Cerebro and with blackened eyes.
Finishing up the first teaser. #xmen #xmenapocalypse
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Nov 19, 2015 at 1:44pm Pst
Meanwhile, speaking at the junket for "Victor Frankenstein," James McAvoy revealed an amusing deleted scene from "X-Men: First Class" in which his and Michael Fassbender's Professor X and Magneto get into a fight with an opponent whom they have to take down without their powers. It's an amusing tale best told by »
- Garth Franklin
It’s been a long wait for the first footage from Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, but thankfully, it’s almost here. As we reported not too long ago, the debut trailer will be attached to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so we’ve got just under a month to go now until it will be with us. As per usual, though, director Bryan Singer has taken to social media once again to tease us, this time giving us a quick glimpse of the footage.
It’s nothing too shocking, but as seen in the Instagram photo below, Professor X (James McAvoy) is donning his Cerebro helmet. Of course, without any context, it’s hard to tell what’s going on here. But still, it’s an intriguing image and one that ought to whet our appetite as we wait for the full trailer to arrive.
Finishing up the first teaser. »
- Josh Wilding
Although we have to wait a few weeks before the teaser trailer drops with the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," director Bryan Singer took to Instagram and gave fans a new photo of Charles Xavier/Professor X played by James McAvoy in the upcoming teaser trailer for "X-Men: Apocalypse."
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy »
- Kellvin Chavez
Last week, producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse will be attached to prints of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, although it still isn't known if the footage will be released online before then. Earlier today, director Bryan Singer sent out a new photo from his Instagram page, offering a new look at James McAvoy's Professor X, while teasing that he has almost finished work on the trailer. The image features Professor X wearing the iconic Cerebro helmet, with an unidentified character standing behind him.
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened »
While the initial reveal of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver during the marketing campaign for X-Men: Days of Future Past met with a mixed reception from fans, the character would go on to provide one of the highlight’s of last year’s X-Men movie with his slow-mo action sequence inside the Pentagon.
Peters is set to return to the franchise next year for the follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse, and the actor has been discussing that movie’s big Quicksilver sequence with Collider, promising that it will be “bigger, longer and more detailed”.
“Quicksilver does his thing again, in the new film. It’s bigger, longer and more detailed. I think it’s an amazing sequence that they’ve put together. Just filming it, I was like, ‘Oh, my god!’ I think we shot for 22 days of second unit, working on the sequence, which is amazing. It’s so cool to take that »
- Gary Collinson
During an interview to promote the upcoming Victor Frankenstein with IGN, James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe were asked a very geeky question about what would happen if Charles Xavier and Harry Potter went up against Frankenstein’s monster. As it turns out, the question reminded McAvoy of a scene he shot for Mathew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class that wound up being cut from the film, and when he describes how it played out, it’s not hard to see why.
Apparently, the scene in question saw Xavier and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) encounter a massive opponent that neither can take down using their mutant powers. That’s because not only is there no metal in the room for Mags to control, but the guy also happens to be too stupid for the Professor to work his mind magic on. So, they have to take him on the old fashioned way, »
- Mark Cassidy
Biopics have been a staple in global cinema for decades, but have seemingly become more prevalent over the past few years. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that established actors who haven’t played a real person at some point early in their career are few and far between. And here’s a news flash: based on this sample, most actors seem to really enjoy it. Will Smith has already earned two Oscar nominations for his portraits of real people, first with Muhammad Ali in “Ali,” then as Chris Gardner in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” And he’s back in the race this year as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who battled the NFL to expose a football-related brain trauma in “Concussion.”
Another case in point, Kate Winslet. The Oscar winner has portrayed five historical figures to date and could barely contain her enthusiasm describing the research that went into »
- Gregory Ellwood
X-Men: First Class didn't really take itself too seriously on the whole, and contained a few intentionally silly moments anyway - but the scene described by James McAvoy in the following video interview might have taken things to a new level of corniness altogether! It saw McAvoy's Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender's Erik Lehnsherr take on an unnamed brute that was apparently too stupid for the Professor's mind-control powers to work on. So, with Magneto also at a disadvantage with no metal in the room, the duo decide to take him on hand-to-hand. Have a watch for yourselves to find out what happens next. This scene has to exist somewhere, and I for one hope we get to see it one day. Both McAvoy and Fassbender will return for X-Men: Apocalypse next May. »
In this year's lead acting Oscar races, two hot matchups are looming on the horizon: Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") vs. Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs") for Best Actor and Jennifer Lawrence ("Joy") vs. Brie Larson ("Room") for Best Actress. Which horses are our Editors betting on to win? (Watch our video slugfest below or click here if you are on a mobile device.) Click here to watch our Editors' Best Picture slugfest -Break- Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil moderates our new round-table smackdown that includes executive editor Paul Sheehan, managing editor Chris Beachum and senior editors Daniel Montgomery and Marcus James Dixon. For Best Actor, O'Neil notes, "We have four Gold Derby editors here who are predicting Leo DiCaprio to win," despite his film "The Revenant" not being screened yet for critics. While that may sound loony, Sheehan defends his pick by recall »
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