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Our forum posters are debating what could be one of this year's most crucial Oscar questions: Who's really more overdue for a win, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore? Neither has won before, and both have films in contention this year: Adams in "Big Eyes," in which she plays a real-life painter whose husband took credit for her work, and Moore as an early Alzheimer's sufferer in "Still Alice." -Break- Julianne Moore leaps into the Oscars race with 'Still Alice' The answer to the question could determine who really is the frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar. Currently, Reese Witherspoon ("Wild") is in first place, but barely. This 2005 Oscar champ ("Walk the Line") has the support of six of our 16 Experts, while Moore -- who just jumped into this race -- has the backing of five and Adams of the yet-to-be seen Tim Burton movie has the votes of four of them. »
Toronto has always been a place for reinvention — in 2008, Anne Hathaway came to the festival marred by her ex-boyfriend’s federal arrest, and left as an Oscar darling for “Rachel Getting Married.” And in 2013, Sandra Bullock launched as an astronaut in “Gravity,” and Jared Leto returned to acting with “Dallas Buyers Club.” But this year, especially, a handful of actors departed Canada with a new career jolt. Here are the biggest Toronto transformations.
Redmayne delivered impressive supporting work in film like 2012’s “Les Miserables” and 2011’s “My Week With Marilyn.” But his magnificent performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” should land him on Hollywood’s leading man list, and get him his first Oscar nomination. In a physical transformation on par with Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Redmayne embodies Hawking to the point of convincing viewers they are watching a documentary. »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
By 1995, Cheryl Strayed had lost her way. A variety of personal setbacks left her lost and without direction. Her mother had died of cancer, she was divorced and believing she had nowhere left to turn as her personal demons were eating her alive, which is when she decided it was time for something dramatic to get her back to the woman her mother believed her to be. She would travel the Pacific Crest Trail, taking her more than 1,000 miles through the Mojave Desert, north to the boarder of Washington State and Oregon. She told her story in her 2012 memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" and now director Jean-Marc Valle (Dallas Buyers Club), screenwriter Nick Hornby (About a Boy, An Education) and star/producer Reese Witherspoon bring the story to the big screen in Wild, and the result is inspiring. Knowing the film's premise walking in, »
- Brad Brevet
The Toronto International Film Festival is still raging, but the New York Film Festival is eager to steal focus with a new trailer that boasts our fist look at actual footage from Paul Thomas Anderson's hotly anticipated Inherent Vice. Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice reteams three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix with his Oscar-winning Walk The Line co-star Reese Witherspoon. In a role that is already generating Oscar buzz on sheer anticipation, Phoenix plays Larry "Doc" Sportello, a private investigator in 1970 Los Angeles who slinks through a drug-fueled haze as he tries to uncover what's become of his missing ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend, a rich land developer. While some filmmakers like X-Men: Days of Future Past helmer Bryan Singer are eager to share elements of their movie at every step of production, P.T. Anderson has been incredibly tight-lipped through the making of Inherent Vice. »
The adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir, Wild, has been hotly anticipated by fans of the book, and a few audiences have gotten to see the movie at film festivals in Telluride and Toronto. We were some of these early viewers and can report back that not only has the movie been faithfully and beautifully translated by Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, but it has buzzed-about performances, particularly for star Reese Witherspoon, who plays Cheryl. Witherspoon may have an Oscar, but it's been a while since we've seen her in a such a demanding role, and not only are we telling you that she rises to the occasion, we're telling you how. She makes you forget she's Reese Witherspoon. Since Witherspoon won an Oscar for Walk the Line in 2005, she's generally stuck to romantic comedies with a few smaller dramas sprinkled in, but she hasn't turned in a heavyweight performance since her award-winning turn. »
Watch out Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon is poised to topple you from the Best Actress leaderboard. Sure, you may have lost all five of your Oscar bids and Reese won on her only nomination ("Walk the Line," 2005) but her new film "Wild" just wowed the crowd in Toronto. -Break- A year after helming "Dallas Buyers Club," which won Oscars for both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, Jean-Marc Vallee returns with another true-life story about overcoming adversity. Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed who makes a rash decision, after years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. It is never too early to dish the Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right »
Nora Ephron was initially attached to write and direct the biopic, although the project stalled after she passed away in June 2012. Doug Wright (Quills, Two Lovers) performed a rewrite of the screenplay. No story details were given, except that it will follow the life of famed singer Peggy Lee, whose career spanned more than 7 decades after her first #1 hit single, "Something Else Is Taking Place" debuted in 1942. The singer passed away at the age of 82 in 2002.
Reese Witherspoon is also producing alongside Marc Platt for Fox 2000, the same company that made Walk the Line, which earned the actress her first Oscar win. No production schedule was released at this time.
Reese Witherspoon is on a roll this year thanks to three upcoming films, one of which is already garnering serious Best Actress chatter, and it looks like her hot streak is going to continue. Witherspoon has long been attached to a biopic of singer Peggy Lee—she even obtained the rights from Lee’s estate—but now the project is getting underway with Todd Haynes on board. Haynes, who directed the ’50s period piece Far From Heaven and unconventional Bob Dylan movie I’m Not There, is now attached to direct the film, EW has confirmed. Originally the project was »
- Esther Zuckerman
After Reese Witherspoon dyed her hair and stepped into June Carter Cash’s shoes for Walk the Line, it was no longer a secret that she could sing, and sing well. The 2005 biopic that earned her the Oscar for Best Actress is a dark and complicated journey through the singer’s life with Johnny Cash, just as much about their volatile relationship as it is about the music. And though Carter was never someone with a just an ordinary voice, Witherspoon absolutely nailed what made her tick, hitting ever lilt and country twang with ease. Now she’s tackling another giant: legendary jazz singer and songwriter Peggy Lee (who herself received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination). There’s actually no title for the biopic yet — who wants to bet good money that it’s called Fever? — but Witherspoon has actually been circling the project for over four years, during which time it was to be written »
- Samantha Wilson
Witherspoon became involved with the Lee project in 2010 when it was set up at Fox 2000 with Nora Ephron writing and attached to direct. The project was put on hold after Ephron’s death in 2012.
Lee passed away in 2002 after a long career as a singer, songwriter, composer and actress. She’s best known for recording “Why Don’t You Do Right?” with Benny Goodman, “Fever” and “Is That All There Is?”
Haynes, whose credits include “Far From Heaven »
- Dave McNary
Did Dave Haywood name his first born after one of country music's all-time greats? The Lady Antebellum artist and wife Kelli have welcomed their first child together, son Cash Van Haywood. (After Johnny Cash, perhaps...? Just speculatin'.) "So happy to have a healthy baby boy here with us! Cash Van Haywood was born last night, Mom & Dad are doing great and couldn't be happier!" read a post on the band's Twitter and Facebook accounts. Dave and Kelli tied the knot on April 14, 2012, and announced that they were expecting a week after their second wedding anniversary. Overall, this is the second baby in the Lady Antebellum fold. Lead singer Hillary Scott and »
For several years now – at least since 2010, in fact – Reese Witherspoon has harboured a desire to portray iconic singer Peggy Lee. Nora Ephron was attached at one point to write and direct the biopic, but her death stymied the project. Now the film has a new director aboard, with Far From Heaven’s Todd Haynes set to call the shots.Peggy Lee might not be quite as well known as, say, June Carter, who Witherspoon played to Oscar-winning effect in Walk The Line, but she had quite a career, and had her most enduring hit with the classic Fever.She got her start working with Benny Goodman’s band before recording albums and film soundtracks. She then stepped in front of the camera for movies including 1953’s The Jazz Singer and 1955’s Pete Kelly’s Blues. She also provided songs and her vocal talents to Disney's Lady & The Tramp, though »
After winning an Academy Award for playing June Carter Cash in Walk The Line, Reese Witherspoon has failed to live up to what that award represents. She has Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild coming this December which could be her ticket back to the A-list, but maybe playing another iconic musician could do it as well. After working on a biopic about Peggy Lee for years with Nora Ephron, that project stalled after the death of the writer-director. But, now it seems to be back on track. Witherspoon »
- Alex Maidy
170 is the amount of days by which Adrien Brody (The Pianist) narrowly defeated Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl) to become the Youngest Best Actor winner ever. Do you think both of them deserved their wins?
Adrien Brody (29) and Richard Dreyfus (30) are the 2 youngest Lead Actor winners
1977 Best Actor 2002 Best Actor Woody Allen, Annie Hall Adrien Brody, The Pianist Richard Burton, Equus Nicolas Cage, Adaptation Richard Dreyfus, The Goodbye Girl Michael Caine, The Quiet American Marcelo Mastroianni, A Special Day Daniel Day Lewis, Gangs of New York John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt
The most hilarious thing about this statistic is that Adrien Brody is both the youngest Best Actor winner at 29 And the only twentysomething winner. Meanwhile "29" is actually the most common age to win Best Actress. These eight women all accomplished it and none of them were anywhere close to making a "youngest" list.
- NATHANIEL R
We’ve already seen a few images of Joaquin Phoenix (Her), Josh Brolin (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy) in Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film Inherent Vice [see here, here and here], and now thanks to the New York Times we’ve got a look at Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), who plays Shasta, a “free-spirited, sensual ex-girlfriend” of Doc Sportello (Phoenix)…
Inherent Vice is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival in October ahead of a U.S. release on January 9th 2015 and a UK release on January 30th 2015. Also featuring in the cast are Owen Wilson (The Internship), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Martin Short (Damages), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire).
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- Gary Collinson
Kristen Stewart takes the lead in Camp X-ray, a film in which she plays a soldier who has joined the army to escape her small town roots. In doing so, she becomes a guard at Guantanamo Bay and strikes up a friendship with a detainee. The film sounds very familiar to Prisoner Of War or Boys Of Abu Ghraib (as it was known in the Us), although the plot device of having a captor befriend a captive isn’t exactly something new. What may add an extra layer to the conflict is Stewart attempting to make it in a man’s world.
The poster plays on Stewart’s star power, while doing the obvious Photoshop tactic of blending her body into another image. Not trying to draw any conclusions from the poster, but is it suggesting Stewart’s character is bigger than all this or that it is a part of her? »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
By Anjelica Oswald
Reese Witherspoon has had a bumpy nine years since her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line (2005) led to a best actress win at the 2006 Academy Awards. Despite a few pitfalls, Witherspoon is on an uphill climb that could possibly lead straight to her second Oscar nomination for her role in Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallee’s adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir.
Critics have praised Witherspoon’s performance of Strayed, a woman determined to overcome her personal challenges — drug use, divorce and grief — by hiking more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Her gritty performance paired with Vallee’s directorial prowess (Dallas Buyers Club won Academy Awards for best actor and best supporting actor) may be the right recipe for Oscar success.
- Anjelica Oswald
With five Oscar losses and no wins, Amy Adams is one away from tying an ignoble record with Thelma Ritter and Glenn Close, who suffered the worst shutouts among actresses, with six unsuccessful bids. But our Top 24 Users think Adams will finally prevail this year according to their latest predictions, and we should strongly consider their picks; they were the highest scorers picking last year's nominations. -Break- Reese Witherspoon takes 'Wild' ride at Telluride into Oscars race Almost half of them – 10 out of 24 – think she's the early favorite for Best Actress for her role as real-life painter Margaret Keane in director Tim Burton's latest, "Big Eyes," which opens in December. Her closest competition is a previous champ: Reese Witherspoon, who won Best Actress in 2005 for "Walk the Line" the same year Adams earned her very first nomination. Six of our top users think Witherspoon will ...' »
Reese Witherspoon is sharing pictures at the Telluride Film Festival.
The caption on this photo says, "Celebrating #WILDmovie with Laura Dern @oprah @cherylstrayed #sograteful #someonepinchme."
Wild is based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Cheyl Strayed about her decision to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own after years of destructive behavior.
Witherspoon plays the role of Strayed, and she also co-produced the film. According to Variety, the pre-screening buzz from the festival is gaining the actress some serious attention, "She offers a tour de force performance that moves her solidly into the Oscar race in the best actress category."
Back in 2006, Reese won an Academy Award for best »
Cheryl Strayed’s heartrending 2012 account of her 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail presented no shortage of obstacles en route to the bigscreen, not least in the way it used the great outdoors as the backdrop for a resolutely interior journey. But director Jean-Marc Vallee, screenwriter Nick Hornby and star-producer Reese Witherspoon have met the challenge head-on with imperfect but rewarding results in “Wild,” that represents a fine addition to the recent bumper crop of bigscreen survival stories. Resting squarely on Witherspoon’s sturdy shoulders (along with the back-crushing backpack she carts around throughout), the Fox Searchlight release should be admiringly received by critics and arthouse audiences come Dec. 5.
Still, the film could face some competition from John Curran’s equally accomplished “Tracks” (set to open Sept. 19 Stateside), this year’s other adaptation of a bestselling woman-in-the-wilderness memoir, and it remains to be seen whether it can improve on »
- Justin Chang
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