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Oscar Predictions 2015: Who Will Win Best Actor?

19 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

With the 2015 Oscars almost here, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week (in countdown fashion) for the four major categories. We kicked it off yesterday with Best Actress, and now turn our attention to a hotly-contested race: Best Actor.

We've already given you the beat on the 2015 Oscars race, so now let's break down our favorites to win the award. Here, we've listed the actors we expect to win, and then, more importantly, who we think should win.

Tim Hayne

Who Will Win: Eddie Redmayne. The actor's transformative performance as physics genius Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" is, perhaps, the most talked about of the year, and it's already earned him a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. The only person who could possibly upset the race at this point is Bradley Cooper, whose performance in "American Sniper" has been celebrated »

- Moviefone Staff

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Best Actor: It's Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne or Bradley Cooper down to the wire

18 February 2015 11:58 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We weren't kidding back in December when we wrote about how this year's Best Actor pool may have been the greatest ever. Two months later, and we seemingly have the tightest race in this category in at least 12 years. And let's put an emphasis on "seemingly."   From a pundit, industry and Oscar fan perspective, it appears as though three of the five nominees have a legitimate shot to celebrate on Oscar Sunday. First up is "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne. The 33-year-old Brit has already won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and, as expected, the BAFTA Award in this category for his incredible portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the popular biopic.   Redmayne's main competition for most of awards season has been "Birdman's" Michael Keaton. The veteran actor was the apple of critics groups' eyes, earning honors from the National Board of Review and, by our count, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Did the 2005 Oscars get it right?

18 February 2015 9:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...

It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.

This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »

- simonbrew

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Terrence Howard And Felicity Jones Named As Presenters at 87th Oscars

17 February 2015 5:09 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard (2006) and Oscar nominee Felicity Jones will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Howard was nominated for his leading role in 2006’s “Hustle & Flow.” His other films include Oscar-winning Best Picture “Crash” (2004), “Ray” (2004), “Iron Man” (2008), “Prisoners” (2013), “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” (2013) and “St. Vincent” (2014).  Howard currently stars in the hit television series “Empire.”  His upcoming films include “Term Life” and “Cardboard Boxer.”

Jones is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Theory of Everything.” Her previous film credits include “The Tempest” (2010), “Like Crazy” (2011), “The Invisible Woman” (2013) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014). Jones’ upcoming films include “True Story,” “Autobahn,”  “A Monster Calls” and “Inferno.”

Oscar presenters and performers include:

Presenters:

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, »

- Michelle McCue

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Planes: Fire & Rescue Blu-Ray Review

17 February 2015 2:36 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Planes: Fire & Rescue, much like the Cars sequel, spins us into an entirely new world, and though the Cars franchise sequels haven’t been quite the blockbusters Pixar might have hoped for, this broader sequel theory has made them both far better films than simpler “add-on” efforts might have managed.

Dusty finds himself out of the racing game, and quickly joins with a crew of rescue vehicles who keep an eye on a vast forest in order to contain fires. Naturally, this isn’t something that sounds like a great time to Dusty at first, but he learns that there’s a lot more to life than being in the spotlight.

This all kicks off because Dusty continually pushes himself too far, damaging a part that can’t be replaced. In a fairly obvious maneuver, he ends up crashing, and causing a fire. This leads to the airport being shut down, »

- Marc Eastman

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When Oscars turn sour: 10 disastrous post-Academy Awards roles

17 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Think that winning an Academy Award provides an actor with a surefire path to unlimited great roles? Think again. Oscars history is filled with stars who've taken home a gold statue only to see all their hard work undone in seconds with a stinker of a follow-up movie.

Digital Spy takes a look at 10 of these instances below...

Halle Berry - Catwoman (2004)

A piercing performance in Monster's Ball won Halle Berry an Oscar in 2002, but a rocky road lied ahead. She followed it up with disastrous Bond movie Die Another Day, hardly any screen time in X-Men 2 and turgid horror Gothika. Oh, and Catwoman... how could we forget Catwoman (believe us, we've tried)?

Jeff Bridges - Tron Legacy (2011)

Jeff Bridges's Oscar victory for Crazy Heart felt more like an acknowledgement for a body of work than that particular role (Crazy Heart is not his best). Thank goodness, then, that »

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'Empire' and the End of "Least Objectionable Television"

11 February 2015 2:48 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I realized I had fallen for "Empire," Fox's hip-hop melodrama by way of "King Lear," when I began a list of "crazy shit that has been done or said on 'Empire'" midway through the series premiere. Sissies, bathhouses, Ray Rice, Mama Rose, public urination: I discontinued the list last week, when ex-con Cookie Lyon (the inspired Taraji P. Henson) said, "I gotta deal with feds, hit men, studio drama, and now Tiana," finally recognizing that I was likely to end up with a document of Shakespearean length. "'Least objectionable television' is dead," as ABC entertainment president David Lee told the winter gathering of the Television Critics Association last month, and "Empire" is only the latest network series to dance on the grave. "Empire" revels in every salacious detail of the internecine struggle for control of Empire Enterprises, as the record label's founder Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) grooms his youngest son, »

- Matt Brennan

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First set photos from True Detective season 2 show a shootout in progress

10 February 2015 8:43 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Arguably TV’s finest new original show of 2014, True Detective has gained many admirers since its critically-acclaimed debut last year. Now, after months of rumours and casting back-and-forth, the second season of the HBO show is in full production in Los Angeles, and some set photos have emerged over at ComingSoon.net showing some of the new cast in action. In the images, we can see stars Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch in action on the streets of California, in what looks to be a shootout scene…

Farrell (Phone Booth) plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him; McAdams (A Most Wanted Man) plays Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves; while Kitsch (The Savages) plays Paul Woodrugh, »

- Scott J. Davis

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PaleyFest 2015: Jimmy Kimmel to Moderate ‘Scandal,’ Judd Apatow in for ‘Girls’

10 February 2015 6:35 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Julianna Margulies, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Sam Heughan, Sarah Paulson, Gina Rodriguez, Tyler Posey, Grant Gustin and more talent is confirmed for PaleyFest 2015 in L.A., the Paley Center for Media revealed Tuesday, announcing the 32nd annual’s moderators and panelists.

Apatow will moderate HBO’s “Girls,” which he exec produces with Lena Dunham, who will sit on the panel with her costars including Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Alex Karpovsky and Andrew Rannells.

Kimmel will serve as moderator on the “Scandal” panel, which will be rounded out by confirmed cast members Kerry Washington (pictured with Kimmel), Tony Goldwyn, Scott FoleyGuillermo Diaz, Katie Loews, Joshua Malina, Jeff Perry, Bellamy YoungDarby Stanchfield and Joe Morton.

PaleyFest kicks off March 6 with the “Homeland” panel, which will welcome Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Tracy Letts and more guests yet to be announced.

Jane The Virgin,” “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “Outlander, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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The Real Scandal Is How Amazing Kerry Washington Has Always Looked

30 January 2015 5:45 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Kerry Washington turns 37 on Saturday! Kerry has been on our radar since the early 2000s, when she graced the screen as single mom Chenille in Save the Last Dance (such a classic). Since then, she's starred in critically acclaimed films like Ray, For Colored Girls, and Django Unchained and has us completely captivated with her role as Olivia Pope on the ABC hit show Scandal, for which she's received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Off screen, Kerry's life has been pretty golden as well; she joined the crop of new celebrity moms in April when she and husband Nnamdi Asomugha welcomed daughter Isabelle, and she's been hitting the red carpet these past few months looking better than ever. Like the rest of us, Kerry fell victim to some of the more unfortunate fashion trends in the 2000s - like denim maxi skirts, woven belts, and skinny scarves - but she's »

- Brittney-Stephens

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Shout! Factory Acquires Bloodsucking Bastards

29 January 2015 2:06 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Bathed in fluorescent lights, the telemarketing office where Evan (Fran Kranz of The Cabin in the Woods) works seems to be sucking the life out of his soul, but he’ll have to worry about the same thing happening to his lifeblood when a vampire takes his sought-after promotion. Such is the horror-comedy setup in Bloodsucking Bastards, a recent Slamdance screening that Shout! Factory just picked up:

Press Release - “Los Angeles / New York / Park City (January 29, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founder Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and the producers of the film.

In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive »

- Derek Anderson

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SAG Awards (Film): 10 fascinating facts, records and stats

26 January 2015 8:44 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »

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47 (Out of 350) Times People of Colour Contended for Oscars in 10 Years

16 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.

That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]

We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.

The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.

We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.

That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »

- Jesse Ferreras

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Horrible Bosses 2 Blu-Ray Gets Detailed and Dated

9 January 2015 8:07 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Warner Bros.'s comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 reunited the original trio and soon you'll be able to bring them home on their latest misadventure, as the blu-ray has been revealed along with all the special features it'll be coming with.  Come inside to see when it's landing.  

Once again, it looks like February is going to be a fairly decent month of blu-ray releases with both Big hero 6 and Dumb and Dumber To also slated to hit store shelves next month.  Now you can add Warner Bros. comedy, Horrible Bosses 2, to the list of films you can snag, with it releasing on February 24th . 

Live like a boss when “Horrible Bosses 2” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on February 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The sequel to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses,” “Horrible Bosses 2” reunites Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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All the Ways Pop Culture Hasn’t Changed in the Decade Since 2005

7 January 2015 8:46 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Welcome to 2015. Hopefully it’s better than 2014, which was not bad, but also not great. But maybe the pop culture this year won’t be any different from last year. How much can we really change in a year? Let’s start by asking a different question:

How far have we actually come in a decade? Let’s look back at 2005.

News: The weirdest 'W Magazine' covers for 2015’s awards season

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In 2005, the biggest movie of the year was Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. This year, the biggest movie of the year will be...Star Wars: The Force Awakens, probably. And another of 2005’s biggest movies of the year was Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In 2015, we’ll watch Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie again in By the Sea (which Jolie directed).

But mostly, looking back, the biggest movies of 2005 are a blueprint for 2016: In 2005, we »

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‘Selma’ Offered for Free to NYC Students

7 January 2015 7:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The story of struggle and triumph at the core of “Selma” clearly resonates with the current generation of African-American business leaders.

A group of 27 prominent movers and shakers — including Bet Networks Chairman Debra Lee, American Express Chairman Ken Chenault, power broker Vernon Jordan and former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons — have teamed up to offer free tickets to the film for Middle School and High School students in New York City.

They’ve created a fund that will allow 27,000 7th, 8th and 9th graders to see the film from January 8th through January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at participating theaters.

Directed by Ava DuVernay, “Selma” centers on the voting rights marches of 1965. It is one of the first big-screen films to dramatize the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and is expected to be a major Oscar contender. The film is also being shown for free at the »

- Brent Lang

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