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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold
Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal,
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Harvey Weinstein Scandal: The 5 Biggest Bombshells From The New Yorker’s Horrifying Exposé

Harvey Weinstein Scandal: The 5 Biggest Bombshells From The New Yorker’s Horrifying Exposé
The Harvey Weinstein scandal rages on. Days after The New York Times published its exposé of the now-former head of The Weinstein Company, alleging decades of sexual harassment and assault from multiple victims, The New Yorker published its own deep-dive exploration into the Hollywood mogul’s crimes, and it’s chilling. The biggest bombshell is also the most horrific: A new allegation that Weinstein raped three women, including actress Asia Argento and an aspiring actress named Lucia Evans.

The piece builds on the New York Times piece, but as journalist Ronan Farrow explains: “The story, however, is more complex, and there is more to know and to understand. In the course of a ten-month investigation, I was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Times’s revelations, and also include far more serious claims.” Those claims include not just rape,
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Why the Coen Brothers’ Netflix Series Could Be Good News for the Film Industry

Why the Coen Brothers’ Netflix Series Could Be Good News for the Film Industry
“We are streaming motherfuckers!” That was the full text of Ethan and Joel Coen’s statement on the news that Netflix would be distributing the brothers’ anthology miniseries “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” There was an exclamation point, but no comma. They’re not streaming, motherfuckers. They are streaming motherfuckers. They’re not doing something, they’re becoming something. In this context, “streaming” isn’t a verb, it’s a noun.

This point did not go unnoticed. Maybe it was the result of a careless intern in the PR department; more likely, it was just the kind of thing that happens when revered artists are forced to participate in a press release (especially when said revered artists’ have spent much of their careers chortling at the absurdity of capitalism and its systems). To that point, the Coen brothers don’t really do typos — they’ve been making period movies for more than 30 years,
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Interview: Director Park Heung-sik of ‘Love, Lies’ at Closing Night Film of Asian Pop-Up Cinema

Chicago – The Fourth Season of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema series comes to a rousing conclusion with the Closing Night film – “Love, Lies” – from South Korean director Park Heung-Sik. The screening will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd, 1017, at the AMC River East Theatre in downtown Chicago. Director Park Heung-sik will attend the screening, and participate in a Q&A afterwards. For complete details and to purchase tickets, click here.

“Love, Lies” is set in 1940s Korea, at the end of the Japanese occupation of the country. Two women live in a “gwonbeon,” which is a Korean institution that trains girls in the arts as “kisaeng,” geisha-like performers for the ruling class – and in the case of Jun So-Yul (Han Hyo-joo) and Seo Yeon-hee (Chun Woo-hee), they are singers. In training, they were immersed in traditional old country Korean songs, but a new pop music movement is emerging, led by composer
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Silence,’ ‘Blow-Up,’ ’20th Century Women,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented. Without ever hitting a tonal misstep, Mills’ latest
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We Stalked the New Bachelor Contestants on Instagram So You Don’t Have To – Here’s What We Learned

We Stalked the New Bachelor Contestants on Instagram So You Don’t Have To – Here’s What We Learned
A new year, a new pack of Bachelor contestants to start following on Instagram.

While we’re looking forward to Nick Viall‘s dramatic journey to find true love, we’re just as excited about getting to know the women vying for his heart, through watching them on the show and obsessively tracking their social media footprints.

If you don’t have 10 hours to spend looking up all the remaining Bach contestants on Instagram, don’t worry. We got you. Here is what we learned from the Instagram accounts of 16 of the remaining 22 contestants.

Britney Farar: Loves Ice Cream

We
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My Year In Vinyl, 2016

Happy New Year! It's been a tumultuous year for me and for many of us of a certain age. I lost a brother. The world lost a slew of pop culture -- Carrie Fisher, Alan Richman, Craig Sager, John Glenn -- and music icons -- Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, et al. One comfort for me was music and my rediscovery of vinyl. The warm, comforting sound of analog became my daily meditative fix. Quite literarily. Seeking out vinyl "nuggets" became a quest to help me deal with my own pain and depression. Chasing down albums that I owned thirty years, abadonded at the advent of those shiny new things called compact discs. Restorative analog power reigned o'er me. One of my chief caveats: I would not purchase anything on vinyl that I already owned on compact disc. Well, that rule didn't last long as I found comfort in
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Suki Waterhouse, Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Abra to Star in ‘Assassination Nation’

Suki Waterhouse, Odessa Young, Hari Nef and Abra are starring in the thriller “Assassination Nation” for Foxtail Entertainment and David S. Goyer’s Phantom Four.

Assassination Nation” follows four teenage girls in a small suburb who become the focus of unwanted, world-wide media attention after their personal information is leaked by an anonymous hacker.

Sam Levinson, whose credits include “Another Happy Day” and HBO’s upcoming “Wizard of Lies,” is helming from his own screenplay.

Producers are Foxtail Entertainment co-founders and partners Matthew Malek (Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”) and Anita Gou (Marti Noxon’s Sundance selection “To the Bone”), and Phantom Four partners David Goyer (“Batman vs Superman”) and Kevin Turen (“99 Homes”).

“Odessa, Hari, Abra and Suki are great, rising talents who all come from different backgrounds and collectively make up a cast that is young, diverse and powerful – all things we want this film to reflect,” said Gou and Malek.
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‘Network’ Turns 40: Here Are 3 Ways It Changed How We Understand News Media

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‘Network’ Turns 40: Here Are 3 Ways It Changed How We Understand News Media
Because 2016 cares not for subtlety, this month marks the 40th anniversary of “Network.” Since its release in November 1976 to wide praise and an eventual heap of Oscars, director Sidney Lumet and writer Paddy Chayefsky’s excoriation of the exponentially money-driven, bottom-feeding tendencies of television news has only grown in renown, as each angry pundit updates the film’s library of prophecies about The State of Television Today.

With the ascent of an actual reality TV star to the U.S. Presidency following a broadcast news cycle that worked for everything but a dedication to public interest, it would seem that this depressing political season has reached the logical end of the film’s apocalyptic forecast, landing on a reality too absurd for even “Network” to dramatize: Howard Beale as President. However, as we reflect on what’s gone wrong with contemporary news media and political culture, it’s important to
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ ‘Cosmos,’ ‘Dreams,’ ‘Dead Ringers,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Cosmos (Andrzej Żuławski)

If there’s any way to synthesize the many pieces that form the bull-in-a-china-shop filmmaking that is Andrzej Żuławski‘s Cosmos, an adaptation of Witold Gombrowicz‘s novel, consider its status as his first feature in fifteen years. Might some sense of long-awaited release account for its why and how — the intensity of its performances, the force of its camera moves, the sharpness of its cuts, the bombast of its emotions? I’m inclined to think so,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Buys ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas,’ Grasshopper Gets New Jem Cohen and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Buys ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas,’ Grasshopper Gets New Jem Cohen and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Bleecker Street has announced it has acquired U.S. and select territory rights to “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” to be directed by Bharat Nalluri. The film will start shooting next month and is targeting a holiday 2017 release date.

The cast includes Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, Christopher Plummer as Scrooge and Jonathan Pryce as Dickens’ father. The Solution is handling rights for the rest of the world. The script is written by Susan Coyne and is based on the book “The Man Who Invented Christmas” by Les Standiford, published by Crown. The film recounts how Charles Dickens created the classic holiday fable, “A Christmas Carol.”

– Exclusive: Gravitas Ventures has announced it has acquired exclusive distribution rights
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Indignation,’ ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Morris From America,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Indignation (James Schamus)

After helping filmmakers such as Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, and Todd Solondz shape their careers, James Schamus has finally made the leap from producer to director with an adaptation of Philip Roth‘s 2008 novel Indignation. The 1951-set feature follows Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a Newark-bred Jewish teenager heading to his first semester at a Lutheran college in Ohio. In doing so, he avoids the draft for the Korean War, which is claiming extended family and friends as victims.
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Robert De Niro to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Sarajevo Film Festival

Robert De Niro to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Sarajevo Film Festival
Robert De Niro will receive a lifetime achievement award, the Heart of Sarajevo, on the opening night of the 22nd edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, which runs Aug. 12-20.

As well as receiving the honor, the actor, who won Academy Awards for “The Godfather: Part II” and “Raging Bull,” and was Oscar-nominated on five other occasions, will present Martin Scorsese’s restored “Taxi Driver,” in which he starred. The movie, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, is being shown at an open-air screening in front of a 3,000-strong audience.

De Niro will also be interviewed onstage at the festival’s National Theater about his career by Mike Goodridge, CEO of Protagonist Pictures, who also programs the Kinescope section of the festival.

De Niro will next be seen in The Weinstein Company’s boxing film “Hands of Stone,” and Grindhouse Entertainment’s “Bus 657.” Further screen appearances include Taylor Hackford’s “The Comedian,
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Zoo Season 2 Episode 6 Review: Sex, Lies and Jellyfish

There is always another surprise around the corner.

Everything that's happening has already happened before. That's what we learned on Zoo Season 2 Episode 6.

We also discovered if we had not been so gobsmacked by the many awesome things happening by the animals, and characters coming and going, we might have realized where this was all leading.

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Instead, we've been so busy having fun, what was right in front of us was missed.

Oh, alright. I'll stop speaking for all of you. But to be fair, you haven't spoken up in the comments if you did see this coming, so I'm feeling fairly comfortable with the assumption you didn't see it, either.

The ace in General Davies' Hole? Robert Oz.

Jackson's father is alive!!

Everybody thought Jackson was a total nutball for wanting to study up on his father's work. Apparently, he didn't study enough.

Somewhere
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Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 8 Review: In Lies the Truth

Well, Feed the Beast Season 1 Episode 8, titled "In Lies the Truth," opened with a flashback confirming the biggest, ugliest truth of all – Rie and Dion slept together, despite Dion insisting to Tommy that it had never happened.

Rie and Dion's hookup was pretty steamy. Then again, as we've seen previously with Pilar...and Marisa...pretty much anyone's hookup with Dion is steamy. Sturgess has smoking hot chemistry with literally every woman on Feed the Beast.

Sturgess is just too good for this show. Watching him on Feed the Beast is like going to Chili's and being surprised when your cheap, greasy burger comes with a side of beluga caviar.

Dion: Tommy hates me.

Uncle Stavros: Hate, love -- that's family.

Permalink: Hate, love -- that's family. Added: July 19, 2016

I can't imagine any of these women having as much fun with Tommy, in or out of bed, as they do with Dion.
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Griffin Dunne Cast In Jill Soloway Amazon Pilot ‘I Love Dick’

Griffin Dunne Cast In Jill Soloway Amazon Pilot ‘I Love Dick’
Griffin Dunne (After Hours, Dallas Buyers Club) has booked a series regular role opposite Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon in Jill Soloway’s Amazon comedy pilot I Love Dick. Written by playwright Sarah Gubbins based on Chris Kraus' 1997 novel and directed by Soloway, I Love Dick is set in a colorful academic community in Marfa, Texas. It revolves around married couple Chris (Hahn), an independent filmmaker, and Sylvere (Dunne), an intellectual and cultural critic who lands in…
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12 Actors Joss Whedon Always Casts In His Work

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Joss Whedon has earned undying praise for that great characters and sharp dialogue that pepper his work, although it’s not just audiences who’re attracted to his writing skill; actors love him for the same reasons – they always know they’ve got something good to work from with a Whedon script. He really is very much an actor’s director, treating productions as incredibly collaborative processes.

All of this might explain, then, why so many actors like to work with the guy again and again. It isn’t unusual for directors to rely on the same actors (think Martin Scorsese with De Niro and DiCaprio or Tim Burton and Johnny Depp) but Whedon might just have the biggest collection of names you’ll always see in the credits of one of his productions.

There are a number of recurring Whedon actors out there,
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Does Suits' Mike Deserve Prison Time? Is The Flash's Jay Lying? Is Grimm's Eve Better Than Juliette? And More TV Qs

Does Suits' Mike Deserve Prison Time? Is The Flash's Jay Lying? Is Grimm's Eve Better Than Juliette? And More TV Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Castle, The Flash, Suits and How to Get Away With Murder!

1 | Hawaii Five-0 fans, can we talk about Steve’s roaming black eye makeup? (At one point, it was twice the size and prac- tically on his cheek!) Also, was anything funnier than Grover growing more and more steamed about everyone else scoring a last-minute Valentine’s dinner rez?

RelatedAsk Ausiello: Spoilers on Gilmore Girls, Jane the Virgin, Castle, New Girl, Blindspot, Grimm
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"The Martian" Leads 20th Satellite Awards Nominations

The International Press Academy has revealed the nominees of the 20th Satellite Awards and Ridley Scott's "The Martian" led the pack with nine nominations including Best Film. Winners will be announced on February 21st.

Here's your complete list of nominees of the 20th Satellite Awards:

Motion Picture

Spotlight, Open Road

Sicario, Lionsgate

Room, A24

The Revenant, 20th Century Fox

The Martian, 20th Century Fox

Carol, The Weinstein Co.

Brooklyn, Fox Searchlight

Bridge of Spies, DreamWorks

Black Mass, Warner Bros.

The Big Short, Paramount

Director

Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl

Thomas McCarthy, Spotlight

Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Actress in a Motion Picture

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Carey Mulligan, Suffragette

Brie Larson, Room

Blythe Danner, I.ll See You in My Dreams

Actor in a Motion Picture

Will Smith, Concussion

Tom Hardy, Legend

Michael Fassbender,
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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Wins Best Movie at Capri Hollywood Film Fest

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Wins Best Movie at Capri Hollywood Film Fest
Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” won best movie honors at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival.

The Weinstein Co. release also won best actor for Samuel L. Jackson, best supporting actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh and best musical score for Ennio Morricone.

The awards were announced by Lina Wertmuller, honorary president of the festival, and Pascal Vicedomini, secretary general of the Institute Capri in the World.

The festival’s board includes Bille August; Bobby Moresco; Gianni Quaranta; Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur; film producers Aurelio De Laurentiis, Fulvio Lucisano and Marina Cicogna; Franco Nero; Andrea Purgatori; Mimmo Calopresti; Tony Renis; and Israeli singer Noa.

TWC’s “Carol” won best adapted screenplay for writer Phyllis Nagy and best production design for Judy Becker. Costume designer Sandy Powell, who worked on “Carol,” received the Legend Award. Powell also won the best costumes award for “Cinderella.”

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement:
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