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Oscar Beat: Cannes 2015 Offers a Preview of Awards Race to Come

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Calm down, it’s not time to talk seriously about the Oscars just yet. But we are approaching the halfway point of 2015, and already there are a number of films and performances that could land squarely in the awards race this fall. Right now, though, let’s just focus on the Cannes Film Festival, which marks 2015’s second major film festival and offers a partial preview of the awards race to come. The reception to films at Cannes doesn’t always equate over here in the states. Some movies land with a thud overseas, then launch successful awards campaigns back home once Oscar season begins in earnest. And other times films go over like gangbusters in France, but don’t make much noise with the Academy. So when considering the most recent crop of Cannes contenders, it’s important to keep in mind that the reception at the festival doesn »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘Love & Mercy': Bill Pohlad Takes on Beach Boys Icon Brian Wilson’s Tortured Past

26 May 2015 11:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Pohlad never wanted to be that cliche of the successful industry insider who goes around town lamenting, “What I really want to do is direct.”

But the Oscar-nominated producer-financier behind “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Tree of Life” and “12 Years a Slave” really did want to direct — an ambition he harbored for years after a failed first attempt, and which grew even as he garnered increasing recognition as a backer of commercially risky, artistically ambitious indie films.

“I always had it in the back of my mind, and as time went on, it became more in the front of my mind,” Pohlad says over a recent breakfast at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Marco Grob for Variety

Pohlad admits he wasn’t ready to call the shots when he directed the little-seen 1990 film “Old Explorers.” But now, more than two decades later, the 58-year-old sees much brighter prospects for the »

- Scott Foundas

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The 57 Greatest Westerns Ever, Ranked

26 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.

Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.

As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.

57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)

Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »

- Gary Susman

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Director Cary Fukunaga Exits Stephen King's 'It' Adaptation

25 May 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

True Detective director Cary Fukunaga has decided to part ways with the planned two-film adaptation of Stephen King's It. Fukunaga announced at a Tribeca Film Festival panel in April that he would begin shooting the big screen version of It this summer, but the Wrap now reports that the director abruptly departed the film after clashing with New Line over the film's budget and shooting locations.

Following news of Fukunaga's exit, Stephen King tweeted, "The remake of It may be dead – or undead – but we'll always have Tim Curry. »

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Jake Gyllenhaal Comes Out Swinging With Southpaw Screening at Cannes

23 May 2015 11:20 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jake Gyllenhaal showed off his fighting skills last night at the Cannes Film Festival. No, the Brokeback Mountain star didn't get into some boozy brawl along the Croisette—the Weinstein Company screened a sneak peek of his upcoming Oscar buzzy boxing drama, Southpaw. Gyllenhaal, who packed on 15 pounds of ripped muscle for the role as a boxer struggling with addiction in the Antoine Fuqua-directed film, attended the screening aboard a private yacht in a Tom Ford black peak label O'Connor suit with a white dress shirt, black and white tie and black lace up shoes. Festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux introduced the film, calling Gyllenhaal's performance "incredible and one of his »

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Focus Revives Gramercy Pictures Label for Genre Fare; Sets Ratchet & Clank Release Date

20 May 2015 1:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It was only a few years ago that Focus Features was the “art house” division of Universal Pictures. The studio was responsible for films like Brokeback Mountain, Beginners, and Greenberg. While Focus still churns out a fair amount of drama-focused material, a shift occurred in 2013 when Universal decided to fold its genre arm FilmDistrict into Focus and replace the head of Focus with the former FilmDistrict head Peter Schlessel. This move has resulted in a more genre-leaning bent at Focus over the past two years, but it appears that things are changing once more at the studio. It was announced today that Focus Features has revived the Gramercy Pictures label “as branding for boldly imagined action, horror, and sci-fi genre movies.” Gramercy was initially formed in 1992 as an art-house labeled and put out a string of cult classics, including Dazed and Confused and The Big Lebwoski. The new iteration of »

- Adam Chitwood

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 4: Rousing, Tender, Homo…geneous Response to Haynes’ “Carol”

17 May 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Long tipped for a Main Comp berth, the Croisette’s Todd Haynes drought appears to be over with a dam busting gush of a love from critics. Making the Lido the launchpad lieu for Far from Heaven, I’m Not There. and his mini-series Mildred Pierce, it’s been almost a two decade absence from this filmmaker. Safe (1995) is one of the best films to have played in the Directors’ Fortnight, and 1998’s Velvet Goldmine, an In Comp selection, won a special prize for artistic contribution. Carol, being called a 50’s Brokeback Mountain, will not walk away emptied handed, and if we don’t hear the names of Blanchett or Mara mentioned for Best Actress, then this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt has Palme d’Or potential according to our critics: we have 3 perfect scores so far and several four outta fives.

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- Eric Lavallee

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Carol’

16 May 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With his groundbreaking examinations of queer identity and his fondness for the heyday of classic melodrama, Todd Haynes seemed almost too perfect a choice to film an adaptation of “The Price of Salt,” Patricia Highsmith’s ahead-of-its-time 1952 novel about two women who boldly defied the stifling social conformity of the times. Still, even high expectations don’t quite prepare you for the startling impact of “Carol,” an exquisitely drawn, deeply felt love story that teases out every shadow and nuance of its characters’ inner lives with supreme intelligence, breathtaking poise and filmmaking craft of the most sophisticated yet accessible order. An obvious companion piece to Haynes’ “Far From Heaven” and “Mildred Pierce,” and no less painstaking in its intricate re-creation of a mid-20th-century American milieu, the Weinstein Co. release (set for a Dec. 18 release) should have little trouble translating critical plaudits, especially for Cate Blanchett’s incandescent lead performance, »

- Justin Chang

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Michelle Williams joins Gold opposite Matthew McConaughey

16 May 2015 12:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) is reportedly in talks to join drama Gold opposite Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar) and Edgar Ramirez (Deliver Us From Evil), reports Variety.

Williams, last seen in this year’s Suite Francaise, would join the cast as McConaughey’s wife in the film which is to be directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). Inspired by true events, Gold is based around a mining scandal from 1993 with Bre-x minerals. The film is to shoot in New York, Thailand and Mexico around June time.


- Scott J. Davis

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Cannes: Harvey Weinstein Vows Jake Gyllenhaal Will Get Oscar Nom for ‘Southpaw’

14 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Thursday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.

Joined by Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.

COO David Glasser opened the event by telling the international crowd that 2015 would be a strong year for TWC. After a series of clips premiered, Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller (“Adam Jones »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Weinstein Co. Offers Strong Slate at Cannes

14 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Weinstein commandeered two jury members to greet the crowd. One, Jake Gyllenhaal, stars in Antoine Fuqua's July release "Southpaw," a fighter picture, which Harvey surprised his staff by announcing they would show (to buyers? to press? no screening is yet slated) the completed film at Cannes. He said the film was invited to show in the Cannes Official Selection, but because Gyllenhaal is a jury member, they opted not to participate. He's sure Gyllenhaal will land the Oscar nom he should have nabbed for "Nightcrawler." Todd Haynes' lesbian romance "Carol" (will it be "Brokeback Mountain" for gay women?) starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers and Shakespeare's "Macbeth," starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, are both screening here in Competition. Also on hand was jury member Sienna Miller, who stars in what she admits is a Bradley Cooper vehicle, John Wells' "Adam Jones" (October 2) about a. »

- Anne Thompson

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Cate Blanchett Opens the Closet Door with Lesbian Romance ‘Carol’

12 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s not surprising that “Carol” was locked away in Hollywood’s development closet for 15 years. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” Todd Haynes’ latest movie is a double whammy by industry standards: it’s headlined by two women, who fall in love with each other.

The film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, arrives at a pivotal, yet paradoxical, time for female-driven stories. There has been a string of hits this year that celebrate female empowerment — from “Insurgent” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Cinderella,” and the upcoming “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and the final installment of “The Hunger Games.” That said, gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is a hot-button issue in the global entertainment business.

As one of cinema’s most prominent stars, Blanchett, whose recent roles include the evil stepmother in “Cinderella, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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The D Train – The Review

7 May 2015 8:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s hard not to like The D Train, a witty, well-made celebration of friendship in which two very different guys come to know and appreciate each other – if maybe a bit too much. Jack Black stars as Dan Landsman, a schlubby married Pittsburgh dad enthusiastically heading up his 20th high school reunion committee even though he’s so unpopular the rest of the group heads out for beers after their meetings without inviting him along. The board members have been unable to muster much support for the reunion, but things change when Dan spots a TV commercial starring former classmate and school stud Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), now the face of ‘Banana Boat’ sunblock ad campaign. If Dan can get Oliver to attend the reunion, he figures others will follow suit just to rub elbows with a TV star, making him a hero. Dan works for a consulting firm »

- Tom Stockman

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Time Machine: Woman in Red Hathaway on Red Carpet - Co-Hosts of Worst Oscar Ceremony Ever?

6 May 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »

- D. Zhea

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Indiewire's Summer Preview: The 21 Must-See Indies

5 May 2015 8:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Indiewire's Summer Preview: The 10 Must-See Documentaries "A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting On Existence" (June 3) Acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson doesn't make films all that frequently. In 2000 he released "Songs From the Second Floor," which won the Jury Prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Seven years later came "You, the Living." Now Andersson is back with "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence," which premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival where it won the Gold Lion (the festival's top honor). Andersson's spread-out filmography is reason enough to be excited for this dark comedy -- every time he comes back, he comes back with something more thematically jarring and surreal than the last.  "Love & Mercy" (June 5)From "Brokeback Mountain" to "The Tree of Life" and "12 Years a Slave," Bill Pohlad has produced some of the most critically acclaimed »

- Indiewire

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Cary Fukunaga To Direct Drama From Brokeback Mountain Scribes

4 May 2015 8:41 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though the jury’s still out on whether his next film, African drama Beasts of No Nation, will get a theatrical berth following the acrimonious reception theatre chains gave Netflix’s acquisition of the buzzy pic, helmer Cary Fukunaga isn’t slowing down for a second. He’s lined up to direct an untitled drama for A24 that tells the true story of unusual father-son pair Joe and Jadin Bell.

The project, by turns tragic and uplifting, hails from Larry McMurtry and Diana Osanna, best known as the scribes behind gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain. Given the involvement of a high-profile director like Fukunaga, who earned near-universal acclaim for his atmospheric work on the first season of HBO’s hit True Detective, it seems clear that A24 has big plans for the title.

Here’s the synopsis:

The project is based upon the true story of Oregonian father-and-son Joe and Jadin Bell. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Time Machine: Blanchett and Williams Glamorous Oscar Look

3 May 2015 8:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the Oscars, with a purple-garbed Scarlett Johansson in the background Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the 83rd Academy Awards A bit of newfangled Old Hollywood glamour as five-time Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, who presented the 2011 Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up, and two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams are seen chatting backstage during the live broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Cate Blanchett Oscar nominations Cate Blanchett took home the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes. Blanchett's other Oscar nominations were the following: Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth (1998). Best Supporting Actress for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006). Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Best »

- D. Zhea

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Oscar Nominated Film Series: Munich - Director Spielberg's Most Satisfying Effort in Decades

3 May 2015 7:46 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »

- Andre Soares

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Cary Fukunaga to Direct Gay Teen Drama by 'Brokeback' Screenwriters

1 May 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

True Detective director Cary Fukunaga has been recruited to helm a new film penned by the Brokeback Mountain co-screenwriters. The as-yet-untitled drama will tell the true story of Joe Bell and his son Jaden, the latter a 15-year-old openly gay Oregon high school student who committed suicide after being bullied because of his sexuality.

A devastated Joe Bell then embarked on a cross-country walking tour "to promote awareness about the consequences of prejudice," Deadline reports. Although Joe Bell's journey ended tragically after he was killed in a car accident in Colorado, »

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