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Adding Possible 2016 Oscar Contenders in 'Trumbo', 'Splash', 'Grind' and 'Face'

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I know, I know... it's early in the year and the Oscars just ended and Oh my God what are you doingc Yet, the wheels keep turning and I like to be ahead of the game rather than playing catch up at the end of the year so I'm trying to make sure the database is locked and loaded for Oscar 2016 and I just got done adding a few contenders, contenders such as... Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight just acquired for distribution starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson and Aurore Clement. The pic centers on a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Schoenaerts and Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Fiennes and Johnson) - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, »

- Brad Brevet

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Tyrion vs. Dragon: New 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Poster & Clips

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HBO is getting ready to bring back "Game of Thrones" with the fifth season premiere set for Sunday, April 12 and today we have the official poster for the new season along with a pair of clips. The poster features Peter Dinklage staring down a dragon in the foggy distance while the clips feature The first new clip features Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) and the other features a conversation between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds). Check it all out below. yt id="sHOuAw8Sd-k" width="500" yt id="eNVYaBfb3RA" width="500" »

- Brad Brevet

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Like It or Not, You're Getting a 'Robin Hood' Origin Story

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In tax accounting there is a concept called the "Robin Hood effect", which describes both the tax bracket setup that requires income above certain levels be taxed at higher rates and also the reduction of deductible items once a taxpayer exceeds a certain adjusted gross income threshold. None of you care about that, I'm sure, but aside from watching Robin Hood: Men in Tights about a dozen times in the span of a week when I was in middle school, it's the only thing that came to mind when I saw the following news from Deadline, announcing a new version of the Robin Hood tale has landed at Leonardo DiCaprio's production house Appian Way, this one a "gritty version of the rogue do-gooder" entitled Robin Hood: Origins, because what the hell else would it bec Joby Harold, who wrote the Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur script for director Guy Ritchie, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Rich Kids Do Bad Things

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yt id="Es-jm4iDRRQ" width="500" I could have seen The Riot Club at the Toronto Film Festival last year, but I feel like it's a film I've seen too many times before. Am I wrong or are you seeing something different herec Filthy. Rich. Spoiled. Rotten. A band of overprivileged rich boys run wild in this savagely funny satire of money, sex and power. In the elite realm of Oxford University, no society is more exclusive than The Riot Club, the ultra-selective fraternity for Britain's most privileged sons. When he's recruited to join, down-to-earth first-year student Miles (Max Irons) is at first amused--but he's about to get a taste of upper-crust entitlement at its ugliest when a hedonistic night of drinking and drugs spins out of control. Based on the play "Posh" by Laura Wade. Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day) Starring: Holliday Grainger, Douglas Booth, Natalie Dormer, »

- Brad Brevet

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Sylvain Chomet's 'The Old Lady and the Pigeons'

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yt id="MqhVcRrrauY" width="500" Directed by Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist), below is his 1997 short film The Old Lady and the Pigeons (La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons), which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. It lost the award to Pixar's Geri's Game (included below). An emaciated Parisian policeman discovers an old lady who feeds pigeons in the park excessively. After having a nightmare ending in giant pigeon-men pecking at his stomach, the policeman constructs a pigeon mask, which he wears to the old lady's home. She welcomes him inside and, despite his rude behavior, allows him to gorge himself. As weeks pass, the policeman grows increasingly fat. As he goes up flights of stairs to the woman's home each day, he passes a maid sweeping the floor. Eventually, the policeman discovers the old lady's other pet: the woman who swept the floor, »

- Brad Brevet

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PTA's 'Cigarettes & Coffee' Short Film

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yt id="lfk1b65lb-m" width="500" Paul Thomas Anderson's 1993 short film Cigarettes & Coffee was expanded into his 1996 feature debut Hard Eight, both starring Philip Baker Hall. Just above is a VHS rip, which explains the low quality. Five people's lives that are curiously intertwined happen to all be at a diner at the same time. An old man (Philip Baker Hall) gives advice to a young man (Kirk Baltz) about his cheating wife and best friend. A newlywed couple argues over the wife loosing money in Vegas playing craps. And a hit man buys some coffee and cigarettes and greets the man in his trunk. via Open Culture »

- Brad Brevet

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Five New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Character Posters Revealed

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What is one to do with what is no longer a "new" trend, but instead the "new normal", as studios have taken to releasing character posters for each and every character in their upcoming franchise films to ensure the buzz never endsc The character posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron began Wednesday, February 25, when the actor's publicists posted an Iron Man character poster on Twitter, which also warned of a "big announcement in 8 days". What will March 5 holdc Well, it will likely be the day after the last character poster is revealed, giving us a new trailer or something, which will likely play in front of Chappie that weekend. Today, however, we are now up to five posters, those being for Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) along with a new TV spot. Age of Ultron is set for a »

- Brad Brevet

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Leonard Nimoy Has Died at the Age of 83

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I grew up with reruns of "Star Trek" and so I feel it is safe to say I grew up with Leonard Nimoy and his iconic Spock character so to learn today of Nimoy's death, confirmed by his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, is some tremendously sad news as far as I'm concerned. Beyond starring as Spock, Nimoy also directed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home not to mention 3 Men and a Baby. He reprised Spock on the most recent Star Trek reboots directed by J.J. Abrams, but beyond his work as the famous Vulcan character he had a starring role in the "Mission: Impossible" television series and his artistic endeavors outside feature films included poetry, photography and music. Nimoy died at his home in Bel Air, his wife confirming the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He will be missed. »

- Brad Brevet

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First Picture of Eddie Redmayne in 'The Danish Girl'

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Eddie Redmayne has what may be the first of many Oscars on his mantle after winning the statue for his performance in The Theory of Everything, but only time will tell if this will become a trend for the young actor. Then again, it looks like he is already primed for at least another nomination as he stars in The Danish Girl for Oscar winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) and just above is the first picture of the actor in character. Redmayne takes on the role of Einar Wegener, a Danish artist who became the first ever sex-change patient. The film tells of Einar and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) and how their marriage took a sharp left turn after Einar stood in for a female model that Gerda was set to paint. This film has seen plenty of changes over the years with Tomas Alfredson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, »

- Brad Brevet

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Denis Villeneuve in Talks to Direct 'Blade Runner' Sequel

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The idea of a Blade Runner sequel just got a hell of a lot more interesting. Alcon Entertainment, the studio producing the sc-fi followup, announced via press release that director Denis Villeneuve -- known for the Oscar-nominated war drama Incendies and tantalizing thrillers Prisoners and Enemy -- is currently in talks to direct the film from a script by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and Michael Green ("Heroes"). The screenplay is based on an idea by Fancher, who co-wrote Blade Runner with David Peoples, and Ridley Scott, who directed the original and will executive produce the sequel. In addition, Harrison Ford will reprise his role from the original film as Rick Deckard, a cop who specializes in terminating human clones called replicants. Up until about an hour ago, the idea of a Blade Runner sequel did pretty much nothing for me, but with Villeneuve in negotiations to take over the director's chair, »

- Jordan Benesh

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My Cinerama Project Begins This Weekend

26 February 2015 3:13 PM, PST

If you're not familiar, Seattle is home to one of only three movie theaters in the United States with the capability of playing three-panel Cinerama films. It is rightfully called the Seattle Cinerama theater and in 2014 it was fully restored, equipped with a Christie 6P laser projection system and Dolby Atmos sound along with the ability to screen 35mm, 70mm and Cinerama films. On Valentine's Day night I had my first experience with the new theater, when I saw Some Like It Hot, but a couple days later I got my first taste of what the new theaters actually had to offer, mind you only a small taste. And this is where this Cinerama project I'm referring to comes into play. I've mentioned this on our podcast a couple times recently, but I will be putting together a short video exploring the ins and outs of the newly restored Cinerama. »

- Brad Brevet

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This 'Jem and the Holograms' Thing Confuses Me

26 February 2015 2:13 PM, PST

So, Universal has released the above first look picture from their upcoming Jem and the Holograms movie and I wonder, without any other information how many people today even know or care about what this isc I know because my sister loved the cartoon when she was growing up, back in the mid-'80s, but seeing how it ended its run in 1989 and hasn't had any sort of resurrection, at least not that I know of, who exactly is the audience for this moviec Perhaps the cast gives us some idea as Aubrey Peeples stars as Jem along with Disney Channel stars Stefanie Scott ("A.N.T. Farm"), Aurora Perrineau ("Pretty Little Liars"), Hayley Kiyoko ("Lemonade Mouth") making up the rest of Jem's girl band, that being Kimber, Shana and Aja respectively. Ryan Guzman (The Boy Next Door, Step Up: All In) will play the Holograms' road manager Rio and both »

- Brad Brevet

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Emmanuel Lubezki Talks Shooting 'The Revenant' and Frozen Monitors

26 February 2015 11:58 AM, PST

If you were to put together a power ranking of today's cinematographers you'd have to consider Emmanuel Lubezki for the #1 position after winning the Oscar Best Cinematography for two years in a row with Gravity and Birdman, and now it seems to talking points for The Revenant, his follow-up feature with Birdman director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu are already being made. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly last month, Inarritu told the mag, "It's a very experimental thing that we're doing here...I'm now addicted to doing things that can fail horribly or maybe that can give us a surprise. We are all into it." The comment was in reference to the fact they are shooting the picture with only natural light in the wilds of Alberta, Canada and Lubezki adds to the drama in an interview with the Asc saying, "We're doing a lot of exterior work with natural light and Steadicam. »

- Brad Brevet

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Rosamund Pike Joins Christian Bale in 'The Deep Blue Good-by'

26 February 2015 10:19 AM, PST

I think we can all (or at least, most of us) agree Rosamund Pike was more than deserving of an Oscar on Sunday for her performance in Gone Girl. Julianne Moore is a very good actor, but this was no competition. Thankfully, her performance let filmmakers see all the talent they could mine from her, which we can hope means great roles moving forward. One potentially great role is in the adaptation of John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel The Deep Blue Good-by, the first of twenty-one novels featuring the character Travis McGee, who will be played by Christian Bale. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) will direct a script by Dennis Lehane, with the most recent draft by Scott Frank. amz asin="B009FKTTMQ" size="small"No matter what the material is, if you put Bale and Pike in a film together, I will be there opening day. »

- Mike Shutt

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Watch: Sam Mendes talks 'Spectre' in Behind-the-Scenes Video Blog

26 February 2015 9:38 AM, PST

So, I'm pretty excited to see Spectre. I know, it's still some 250-odd days until the movie actually hits theaters, but of all the blockbusters coming out this year, it is arguably the one I am most looking forward to -- yes, more than Avengers: Age of Ultron, and even more than Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mission: Impossible 5, both of which I am really itching to see. I just love the Bond franchise, I think that's what it really comes down to, and with the cast and crew director Sam Mendes has assembled, well that's just icing on the cake for this cat. As Mendes tells in a new video blog from behind the scenes of Spectre, which you can check out at the bottom of the post, what it really comes down to for him is story; story is what brought Mendes back for a »

- Jordan Benesh

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'The Lazarus Effect' (2015) Movie Review

26 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST

I can't say The Lazarus Effect doesn't get straight to the point as this "back from the dead" thriller runs only 83 minutes and even less than that if you don't count the credits. But while it doesn't necessarily waste much time getting into the thick of things and features a relatively notable cast, it doesn't really offer anything all that new and strangely turns into something of a lackluster, nightmare vision of Luc Besson's Lucy. I swear, I need to learn how to use all 100% of my brain at once, the possibilities are endless! The story centers on a group of researchers who stumble on a serum with the potential to bring the dead back to life. However, during a test trial something goes wrong and one of the lead researchers, Zoe (Olivia Wilde), is electrocuted and dies. Her fiancee and co-lead on the project, Frank (Mark Duplass), does the obvious. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch the First Ten Minutes of 'Foxcatcher'

26 February 2015 8:28 AM, PST

I feel like one of the movies that did not get its due this past awards season was Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. Yes, it was nominated for numerous awards, including Best Director and Best Actor, but I think generally they were seen as after thoughts or the number five slots. I thought the movie was very intense, and its slow pace only served to enhance that tension. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and especially Mark Ruffalo are all giving terrific performances. It is a really good film, and if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out. amz asin="B00QK4ANEI" size="small"For those still on the fence, the first ten minutes of the film are available for you to watchm which you can do so below. If you like them, watch the whole film. If you are intrigued, watch the whole film. If you don't like them, »

- Mike Shutt

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Box Office Predictions: 'Focus' Will Con Its Way to the Top Spot

26 February 2015 8:05 AM, PST

Focus is your clear box office winner this weekend, it's getting more advertising than a mattress sale and it has a recognizable lead. Is it a good moviec No, it's not, though that 66 percent on RottenTomatoes means some folks might disagree. The issue is there won't be all that much money to go around this weekend, meaning $24.6 million will easily do the trick, as it's against a bunch of tomato cans. The Lazarus Effect looks like a throwaway winter horror, but even those have their fans. I've put it at $10.5 million, it's not getting all that many theaters and I haven't seen much in the way of a marketing campaign. Thankfully, it couldn't have cost much. Before we talk about the Kingsman: The Secret Service I should mention that an interesting story I won't be covering is how Birdman will do this weekend. Usually a post-Oscar win means some dollars, »

- Laremy Legel

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First Picture of Dave Bautista as New Bond Henchman Mr. Hinx from 'Spectre'

26 February 2015 6:43 AM, PST

Daniel Craig covers the latest issue of Empire magazine as James Bond as production on Spectre, Craig's third outing as 007, is well underway and the magazine has a couple of new looks at the movie, including the first picture of Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as the latest Bond henchman, Mr. Hinx. "When I came over to meet director Sam Mendes, I only asked two questions," Bautista told Empire. "I asked him if Mr. Hinx was a badass. He said, 'Yes, he's a badass.' I said, 'Well, is Mr. Hinx intelligentc' He said, 'Very.' That's what I like about Mr. Hinx. He's very well-dressed and very well-mannered. I'm not just here to fight people. He has a sense of humour. He definitely knows what a metaphor is." Also included is a shot of Mendes working with Lea Seydoux on set (see below) as she plays Dr. Madeleine Swann. »

- Brad Brevet

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'Focus' (2015) Movie Review

26 February 2015 6:20 AM, PST

If you've seen even an ounce of the film's marketing, before you even step into the theater you're aware Focus is a conman "thriller" and so you're going to be looking for clues as to what's really going on. Hell, the title alone is basically daring you to try and figure it out before the "big reveal". Writer/director duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are clearly aware of this and you can almost see the wheels turning as they try and set the audience up for what I assume they believe is a whopper of a finale. And, in all honesty, I would be fine with how Focus ended had it only not betrayed the character traits it establishes along the way and had it not been so lazy in setting up the relationship between its two leads. Will Smith plays Nicky, a hot shot conman that other members »

- Brad Brevet

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