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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

16 hours ago

After an incredible streak that brought it 7 trophies in this category, Pixar has been shut out two years running. If there's one thing we can be certain about with next year's Oscars, it's that "Inside Out" will change that. What's more, Pixar has another film coming out by year's end, "The Good Dinosaur," and we'd bet that both end up making the cut. No Pixar original has ever not been nominated here since the category began (though some sequels have missed out). After that... It's a tough game to call. "The Little Prince"? They loved it in Cannes, but it still doesn't have a U.S. release date? "The Peanuts Movie" and "Minions"? They definitely have potential. "Monster Trucks" or "Robo-Dog"? Who knows? But let's be serious: Pixar is taking this home, one way or the other. Best Animated Feature predictions below. Check out predictions in other categories here. Sure Thing: "Inside Out" We Haven't. »


- Peter Knegt

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

19 hours ago

This is one of the few categories with near locks: Can one really imagine Phyllis Nagy's screenplay for "Carol" or Nick Hornby's for "Brooklyn" not eventually making the cut? Even Sundance's "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" has a very strong chance of getting in here for Jesse Andrew's script. In their way stands a lot of very high profile films with big name writers (the Coens for "Bridge of Spies," Aaron Sorkin for "Steve Jobs," and last year's winner for Best Original Screenplay for "The Revenant"), so it's definitely not going to be easy. Best Adapted Screenplay predictions below. Check out predictions in other categories here. As Sure Things As One Can Get This Early On: Nick Hornby, "Brooklyn" Phyllis Nagy, "Carol" Other Potential Contenders From What We've Already Seen: Donald Marguiles, "The End of the Tour" Marielle Heller, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" Jacob Koskoff »


- Peter Knegt

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

19 hours ago

A year after not one woman was nominated in either screenplay category, it looks like we're heading toward a much needed change of pace. Believe it or not, Amy Schumer could very well be able to call herself an Oscar nominee a year from now if "Trainwreck" can ride its extremely strong reviews to some deserved Oscar buzz (like "Bridesmaids" did when it got a nomination here).  And Schumer could be joined by "Bridesmaids" co-scribe Annie Mumolo (teaming with David O. Russell to write the "Joy" script), previous winner here Diablo Cody ("Ricki and the Flash"), Greta Gerwig (who co-wrote "Mistress America" with Noah Baumbach"), Abi Morgan ("Suffragette") and none other than Angelina Jolie (who wrote her next directorial effort, "By The Sea"). Imagine that lineup of nominees? Best Original Screenplay predictions below. Check out predictions in other categories here. The Contenders From What »


- Peter Knegt

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

19 hours ago

Quentin Tarantino has led Christoph Waltz to two Oscars in this category, but Waltz is absent from the director's latest, "The Hateful Eight." That film boasts a whopping seven potential contenders in this category (only of the noted eight is a woman, which could get Jennifer Jason Leigh a nod in the supporting actress race). Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson seem like they have the showiest parts, putting them in contention amidst a seemingly endless list of other contenders: Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels ("Steve Jobs"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon ("Black Mass"), Tom Hardy ("The Revenant"), Alan Alda ("Bridge of Spies"), Bradley Cooper ("Joy"), Steve Carell ("Freeheld"), Dominic West and Jude Law ("Genius") and Mr. Waltz himself ("Tulip Fever"). We truly could go on and on... It will also be interesting to see how many nominees from last year pop up here. Beyond the noted »


- Peter Knegt

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

20 hours ago

Rooney Mara surprised many by taking home the Best Actress prize at Cannes, as many thought her co-star Cate Blanchett would take it -- or the two would share. Whether we like it or not, the moment marked the beginning of Mara's campaign for a second Oscar nomination (and potential win) for Todd Haynes' "Carol." It's just a matter of whether The Weinstein Company will campaign them both in lead, or place Mara in supporting. The latter seems more like Harvey, and if that's the case we can pretty much guarantee that one of the category's five slots will go to Mara. Who joins her? That depends on how big, small or good dozens of hopefuls' roles are in films we -- in some cases -- won't see until November. The mighty likes of Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Laura Linney, Jennifer Jason Leigh, »


- Peter Knegt

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

20 hours ago

Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore -- our five most recent winners in this category -- all have extremely baiting new films coming out this year, and it's entirely possible that they all come back and make this an epic race of almost all very recent winners. Could they be joined by a slightly less recent winner if Charlize Theron pulls a Sigourney Weaver and gets an all-too-rare (and extremely deserved) nomination for an action film with "Mad Max: Fury Road." Of those six potential nominees, two of them are in films we've already seen at either festivals or in theaters, and they join a very impressive roster of other lead performances that have already seen the light of day (or dark of the movie theater, as it were). There's actually considerably more contenders here that we've already seen than in the Best Actor category, »


- Peter Knegt

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

21 hours ago

Best Actor could once again (as it almost always is these days) be an ultra-competitive race full of some of major A-listers. Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper (going for his fourth nomination in a row), Robert Redford (who has never won for acting, and is coming off that "All Is Lost" snub) Michael Fassbender (with three juicy roles), Jake Gyllenhaal (with two, and coming off not being nominated for "Nightcrawler") and Don Cheadle -- all of whom have never won -- have films coming out this year that scream Oscar (at least on paper) and all of them are due. They might have to compete against someone who is definitely not due, though, as Eddie Redmayne could be in the running again for his role as a transgender artist in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl." Could Eddie Redmayne be the next Tom Hanks or Spencer Tracy, »


- Peter Knegt

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

22 hours ago

It's still a while off before we'll have the answers to the few questions of this year's race that are developing from films that have actually already screened. Whether Sundance breakouts "Brooklyn" and "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" pull a "Boyhood" or "Whiplash," for example? Or what about Todd Haynes' "Carol"? Can it ride its Cannes buzz to finally nab the director a Best Picture nomination? Will "Inside Out" return Pixar to the big race? Does "Mad Max: Fury Road" have what it takes to be an extremely rare summer blockbuster slash Best Picture nominee?  These questions cannot be answered until the many potential legends of the fall arrive at film festivals or in theaters.  Like "The Hateful Eight," "Joy," "The Revenant" and "Bridge of Spies."  Will they quickly return Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Alejandro González »


- Peter Knegt

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2016 Oscar Predictions

22 hours ago

Here's our best guesses in a few major categories for the 88th Academy Awards, which we realize is still a bit of a way's away.  More updates to come (and more qualified predictions as we get a chance to see more 2015 releases). Best Picture Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay Best Animated Feature Best Foreign Language Film  (coming soon) Best Documentary Feature (coming soon) Best Cinematography (coming soon) Best Film Editing  (coming soon) Best Production Design  (coming soon) Best Costume Design (coming soon) Best Original Score  (coming soon) Best Original Song (coming soon) Best Visual Effects (coming soon) Best Makeup & Hairstyling (coming soon) Best Sound Mixing (coming soon) Best Sound Editing (coming soon) »


- Peter Knegt

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The 11 Grossest Movies Ever

22 hours ago

[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "The Human Centipede: Part III (Final Sequence)," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] "The Human Centipede: Part III (Final Sequence)" is a really bad movie. Don't mistake our C- for mediocrity, or what Metacritic considers "average." It's bad... like, realizing you ran out of toilet paper too late kind of bad. And it's gross, also like realizing you ran out of toilet paper too late. But it's not the grossest movie ever. Here are 11 movies that are also very gross, but some of which are actually pretty good.  "Cannibal Holocaust," directed by Ruggero Deodata (1985)One of the progenitors of the unfortunately now ubiquitous found-footage sub-genre, "Cannibal Holocaust" tells the story of a crew of »


- Greg Cwik

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Watch: The Future of Acting in the Technological Age

25 May 2015 6:30 AM, PDT

In the 2013 film "The Congress," Hollywood studios digitally scan actors and then make films starring computer-generated characters. It's a futuristic vision that is, in fact, happening on a much smaller scale right now as advancements in 3D scanning, motion capture and digital rendering are blurring the line between human and hologram. Read More: How 3D Printing Has Revolutionized Stop-Motion Animation for Laika In its first episode of The Creators Project's new series "ReForm," we meet researchers such as Paul Debevec, who is introducing the world to the concept of the 3D actor with "Digital Ira," which he's created in collaboration with Activision. Actor Stephen Lang, who played the villainous Colonel Quaritch in James Cameron's "Avatar," explains what it's like to see your 3D replica. "They’re able to capture all of your expressions, 360 degrees, all the follicles of your hair and everything, so it can basically »


- Paula Bernstein

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Watch: This Short Film Was Shot on the Last Batch of Fuji Film

25 May 2015 6:30 AM, PDT

Read More: Is Shooting on Film Worth the Money? This Up-and-Coming Dp Thinks So In March 2013, Fuji discontinued Motion Picture Film production. The following year, first-time filmmaker Hunter Hampton decided to take the opportunity to shoot on Fuji film while it was still around, being distributed by third parties around the globe. He bought 10 film rolls off a guy named Guy, and the result is the video above.  The video follows a couple, intercutting between scenes over the course of their relationship. All the while, it is voiced over by the two actors, using a blissfully tender conversation that took place prior to their engagement. Through the Aaton Xtr camera that Hunter Hampton employs, we follow the lovers from a Malibu beach, to a coolly lit apartment, to a cafe, to a Chinese restaurant and to a kitchen, where the two quarrel over the husband's feelings of jealousy towards the wife's phone (specifically Instagram, »

- Sara Itkis

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Cannes: Salma Hayek on Eating Monster Hearts and Taking Direction From a Child

25 May 2015 6:04 AM, PDT

Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible Cannes always attracts the most glamorous people in the world. But the most adorable? This past week, the hands-down champ was Salma Hayek. The Mexican actress (and wife of billionaire François-Henri Pinault, owner of the luxury-goods conglomerate Kering) charmed the pants off the international press corps, with her candid remarks, earthy sense of humor, and frothy demeanor. Hayek was in town promoting "Tale of Tales," Matteo Garrone’s fantasmagoric adaptation of three stories from Giambattista Basile’s 17th century fairy tale collection "The Pentamerone," in which she eats the heart of a beast. Highlights from her roundtable discussion are below:Eating that enormous sea serpent heart almost made her vomit."I was really gagging. It was very demanding and the Italians were very stressed, and Garrone does so many takes and there were so many prop hearts. He wanted the heart inside to look exactly like a heart, »


- Stephen Garrett

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After Years of Talking, Here's What Marc Maron Will Say -- And What He Won't

25 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

One of the first things Marc Maron said to Indiewire when we sat down over coffee in his Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park was "I'm not freaking out about anything."  Read More: FX's 'Louie' Is an Important Show, But Is IFC's 'Maron' More Fun? And our half-hour conversation lived up to it -- after decades in the business and much discussed ups and downs, Maron seems almost zen-like about the current state of his career, which includes the return of his IFC series "Maron" for a third season, a vibrant stand-up career and of course, his podcast "Wtf," which just crossed the 600-episode mark. Below, Maron reveals what Academy Award nominee he'd like to bring on as a "Maron" guest star, the Fox pilot idea that never happened, the primary reason why he'll censor his podcast these days and the intricacies of balancing a TV »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Episode 7 'The Gift' Doesn't Bounce Back From Last Week's Trauma

24 May 2015 9:35 PM, PDT

Previously: Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Episode 6 'Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken': When the Series Betrayed Sansa Stark Post-"Game" AnalysisAt the beginning of this episode, as Jon Snow and Tormund Gianstbane began prepping their horses and readying to head out north of The Wall, one fact became evident: We haven't seen Ghost at all this season. Thankfully that omission was finally remedied; perhaps HBO had been saving all of their budget for the dragons this season, but hopefully we'll be seeing more of Ghost now that he's back in the game. In Dorne, Myrcella rejected Jaime's instruction that she return to King's Landing -- naturally, because she's a teenager in love and her stupid uncle knows nothing about her anyway. Elsewhere, Stannis rejected both Davos's proposal that they turn back to Castle Black and Melisandre's proposal that they somehow use Shireen in another of her magical spells. Team Stannis on both »


- Casey Cipriani

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Review: ‘Veep’ Season 4, Episode 7 'Mommy Meyer' Nails It ('Like Streisand Hitting a High C')

24 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT

Last Week's Review: Review: 'Veep' Season 4 Episode 6 'Storms and Pancakes' Raises Suspicion Immediate ReactionOh, poor Mike. After four years of ineptitude, Selina’s long-time press rep has finally realized the sad, hard truth: He’s not very good at his job. We, of course, have known this all along, but to see it dawn on Mike made for many laughs blended with drawn out "Awwwww's." What will that mean going forward? Will Mike attempt to improve, or is he next for the axe on this dismissal-heavy season? Here’s hoping for the former.  Even with Mike’s empathetic humor playing a small part, the campaign scenes of "Veep" are running along as though they’re Tom James himself: infallible. Every note struck just the right chord, from the surprise(s) of intruders in the White House to Selina’s predictably disliked Mommy Meyer bill. We even got to know a little bit more about Tom, »


- Ben Travers

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