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What were the Ten Best summer releases of 2015?

17 hours ago

We’re in the final days of August, which means that the summer movie season has basically come to an end. As is the case when things wrap up, I like to rank them, and this is no exception. September is right around the corner, so it’s a perfect time too. Below you will see what I feel were the ten best releases during the summer, which I’ve extended to potentially include April and May releases as well, since that’s part of the now expanded season, cinematically speaking. Take a gander, remember that it’s just my opinion here, and as always…I hope you enjoy my list! Here now are what I feel were the best that the summer of 2015 had to offer us: 10. Avengers: Age of Ultron – Perhaps a disappointment to some, this mega sequel still delivered what it promised and was rather satisfying, so »

- Joey Magidson

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Eddie Redmayne: The Danish Girl / Official Us Poster

20 hours ago

We’re excited to share the official U.S. theatrical release poster for Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, the new movie starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, November 27th, and in additional cities in December 2015. World-premiering at the Venice International Film Festival and screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [“The Theory of Everything”] and Alicia Vikander [“Ex Machina”]), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Director: Tom Hooper Writer: Lucinda Coxon, based on the book The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff Producers: Gail Mutrux, »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep: Suffragette New Poster

21 hours ago

On August 26th, 1920 the United States government accorded women the right to vote. Each year, the President of the United States designates August 26th as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate this landmark decision. Focus Features moving and powerful Suffragette shines a light on women who risked everything for the right to vote, in early-20th century Britain. The cast includes Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. The female filmmaking team includes producers Alison Owen (an Academy Award nominee) and Faye Ward (a Golden Globe Award nominee), Emmy Award-winning writer Abi Morgan, and BAFTA Award-winning director Sarah Gavron. In celebration of the 95th anniversary of the historic moment for equal rights, the official U.S. theatrical release poster for Suffragette is being debuted. Download the poster here: http://wdrv.it/1NSziRd This video from Focus commemorates Women?s Equality Day »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowland to Receive Academy’s 2015 Governors Awards

21 hours ago

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.” Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award® in »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Johnny Depp, Leo DiCaprio – Which acting contenders this year are most due for their first win?

26 August 2015 10:37 AM, PDT

Of the many storylines that begin during awards season, few are usually as compelling as the ones centered around who’s most due for an Academy Award. I think that it’s usually pretty satisfying to see a former bridesmaid finally become a bride, as it were. As such, below I’ve made up a list of ten actors or actresses who’ve previously been nominated for Oscars but have yet to win one who are in contention this year. I’ve more or less ranked them by how due they are, and just to be fair, I’ve excluded anyone who has already won a prize elsewhere (sorry Matt Damon, for example), or any of the myriad contenders who are seeking their first ever nomination by the Academy. Take a look below and I hope you enjoy! Here now are the ten actors and actresses most due for their »

- Joey Magidson

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“Joy” is the latest Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell project in the Oscar hunt

25 August 2015 11:48 AM, PDT

Between Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, it’s undeniable that Jennifer Lawrence and filmmaker David O. Russell have a tremendous thing going. Their working relationship is as strong as any other in the business. I’m of the opinion that they’ve put forward two Oscar worthy projects, one of which was able to get Lawrence an Academy Award for Best Actress (for Silver Linings Playbook). Both times, Russell found himself nominated for Best Director and in either Best Adapted Screenplay or Best Original Screenplay, while the other time Lawrence was up for Best Supporting Actress. That’s a winning formula if ever there was one. Later this year, they’ll attempt to go three for three with Joy, a biographical dramedy that will also be the third time they’ve worked together with Bradley Cooper (who also has been nominated twice, as well as co-starred with Lawrence in »

- Joey Magidson

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“Straight Outta Compton” is making the case for Oscar consideration

24 August 2015 1:05 PM, PDT

During the end of the summer, any surprise critical and financial success story seems to generate Oscar buzz. Frankly, that’s sort of the case whenever an early year or pre awards season release exceeds expectations. This year however, we have an interesting case to study in the biopic Straight Outta Compton, about the seminal rap group Nwa, which has gone above and beyond any of its goals so far. Now, some are beginning to wonder if the Academy might have an interest. I remain skeptical, but it’s well worth taking a look at. Perhaps the investigation will reveal something? Let’s find out now… The film is a look at the rap group Nwa, how its members came together, and what kind of an impact they had on the culture. Started in the city of Compton, California in the mid 1980’s, the music would spread across the world »

- Joey Magidson

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