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Awards Blend: American Sniper Is Clint Eastwood's Best Film In Years, But...

21 November 2014 7:26 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Almost every year, Clint Eastwood attempts to have an Oscar contender ready to drop into the race. Sometimes, those campaigns pan out, as when Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) drummed up Academy support. Recently, however, Eastwood films like Hereafter, J. Edgar and Jersey Boys have failed to generate awards heat. Will American Sniper connect with voters, or fizzle out before the race even begins? We discuss the film.s prospects in this week.s Awards Blend podcast. Not a lot has changed this week, as few movies that haven.t already been seen chose to show their cards. Most of us are still waiting on Angelina Jolie.s Unbroken, which held its world premiere in Australia (but is under strict embargo for every print outlet). Movies like Selma and American Sniper did start screening for wider critical audiences, however, and I.ve shifted the charts accordingly based »

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Shawshank Redemption celebrates 20th anniversary: The cast then and now

21 November 2014 6:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

The Shawshank Redemption celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and director Frank Darabont reunited for a special Academy screening of the film this week.

Digital Spy goes then and now with the cast of the beloved drama to find out what happened to them in the years since Shawshank's original release.

Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne)

Already a well-established and respected actor by the time he won the role of Andy Dufresne, Tim Robbins saw his career surge in the wake of Shawshank. He bagged the role after Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt turned it down, but their loss was his gain.

Post-Shawshank he starred in films ranging from Mission to Mars, to High Fidelity and Green Lantern. His biggest career success »

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First Look: Fest Hit 'Medeas' Takes on Classic Greek Tragedy, Stars Catalina Sandino Moreno

20 November 2014 12:49 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Offering a contemporary twist on the infamous Greek tragedy "Medea," "Medeas" is the directorial debut of Italian-born filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro starring Best Actress Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno ("Maria Full of Grace," and in this year's "A Most Violent Year") and Brian F. O'Byrne ("Million Dollar Baby"). Here's the synopsis: An intimate portrait of a rural family’s inner lives and their relationship to a harsh and shifting landscape. Ennis, a stern, hard-working dairy farmer struggles to maintain control of his family and surrounding environment, while his wife, Christina, retreats into herself, progressively disconnecting from him an their five children. As tensions increase, each character must confront their yearnings and anxieties, culminating in a dangerous conflict between control and freedom, intimacy, and alienation. The director, who takes visual inspiration from Malick and Antonioni, picked up the Best Innovative »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Marvel — 4 Actresses Up for Jessica Jones, 3 Actors Up for Luke Cage

20 November 2014 11:50 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Marvel's two Netflix series Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have begun casting their title characters. For Jessica Jones they are searching for a 25-33 year old white female in line with the comic character. According to Deadline, four actresses have been invited to test for Jones, namely Krysten RitterAlexandra DaddarioTeresa Palmer, and Jessica De Gouw. The Jones series will run for 13 episodes.

Teresa Palmer

Warm Bodies, I Am Number Four, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Take Me Home Tonight

Jessica De Gouw

Dracula, Arrow, These Final Hours

Alexandra Daddario

Percy Jackson, True Detective, Parenthood, White Collar

Krysten Ritter

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Veronica Mars, Confessions of a Shopaholic

Art by Franky4FingersX2

Marvel character Luke Cage will make an appearance in the Jones series for 6-7 episodes before getting his own self-titled show. Three actorsmare in consideration: Lance Gross, Mike Colter, and Cleo Anthony.

Mike Colter

Halo: Nightfall, »

- Free Reyes

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Oscars: Will Indies Outshine the Major Studios (Again)?

18 November 2014 2:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Oscars are supposed to be Hollywood’s biggest night, but for the second year in a row, they could mirror the Independent Spirit Awards.

So far, the early frontrunners in the best picture race — IFC’s “Boyhood,” the Weinstein Co.’s “The Imitation Game,” Focus Features’ “The Theory of Everything,” Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman” and Sony Pictures Classics’ “Foxcatcher” — are all modestly-budgeted films that opened in limited release. And to date, they haven’t crossed over to wide release-sized grosses. “Boyhood” leads the pack, with $24 million domestically.

A handful of other indies, including Sony Pictures Classics’ “Whiplash” and Searchlight’s “Wild” and “Grand Budapest Hotel,” also are hovering on the fringes of the race, a category that was expanded to up to 10 films in 2009, so that the Academy could recognize more audience-friendly titles.

Last year, the Spirit Awards, which recognize the best achievements in independent film, honored the same »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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The Homesman review: Tommy Lee Jones film is tainted at heart

18 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Tommy Lee Jones; Screenwriters: Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley A Oliver; Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, William Fichtner; Running time: 123 mins; Certificate: 15

Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in a far-out western, taking a radically different view on the macho politics of expansion with Hilary Swank co-starring as one of many unsung female pioneers. In one sense, it's a western in reverse as they're both headed back east with a wagon-load of women who have become unhinged by life in the dustbowl. But there's an eerie, haunting feel to the action that leaves a question mark hanging over what Jones is really trying to say about the female condition.

Swank must have seized upon the chance to play Mary Bee Cuddy and trade on the androgynous image that earned her Oscars for Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby. Again, she's »

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Some Actors Could Make the Difficult Transition from TV Actor to Oscar Nominee

17 November 2014 11:44 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

The transition from television star to cinematic award-winner is often difficult. Where actors in feature films tend to be regarded as prestigious, the actors you catch on a television show every week become almost like friends and are more relatable. This personal appeal can hinder prospective Oscar chances, as TV actors are denigrated as being less-than qualified for the statues than their featured peers.

Some 21st century exceptions to the rule include George Clooney, who rose to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, is now a two-time Oscar winner, one for his supporting role in 2005’s Syriana and the other for best picture for 2012’s Argo; Jennifer Lawrence, who starred as the oldest daughter on The Bill Engvall Show before it ended in 2009, is now a three-time Oscar nominee, winning once for her lead role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook; Melissa Leo, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Hilary Swank Learns Her New Frontier Drama Is Close to Her Own Family's Story

16 November 2014 6:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Hilary Swank already felt a strong connection to the frontier woman she plays in The Homesman - for which she's getting Oscar buzz - but she initially didn't realize that the story hit surprisingly close to home. Long after the actress, 40, wrapped her highly touted stint playing Mary Bee Cuddy - a single, independent woman living in the harsh, dangerous world of Nebraska's Great Plains in the 1850s - she discovered that a member of her own family experienced circumstances similar to one particular scene in the film. Swank's father Stephen recently shared accounts of their family history with her, »

- Scott Huver, @thehuve

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Hilary Swank Learns Her New Frontier Drama Is Close to Her Own Family's Story

16 November 2014 6:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Hilary Swank already felt a strong connection to the frontier woman she plays in The Homesman - for which she's getting Oscar buzz - but she initially didn't realize that the story hit surprisingly close to home. Long after the actress, 40, wrapped her highly touted stint playing Mary Bee Cuddy - a single, independent woman living in the harsh, dangerous world of Nebraska's Great Plains in the 1850s - she discovered that a member of her own family experienced circumstances similar to one particular scene in the film. Swank's father Stephen recently shared accounts of their family history with her, »

- Scott Huver, @thehuve

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16 hottest forums posts: Best Actress Oscar chances for Hilary Swank, Julianne Moore, Emily Blunt and ...?

15 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Join the fiesty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. Related News Nuggets: Emmy winner Joe Morton says evil Rowan Pope should die on 'Scandal' -Break- 2014 Oscar race for Best Actress England: I'm gonna cause another argument... Hilary Swank for 3rd Oscar! I personally thought her 2 wins were deserved. Of course she had no competition with Boys Don't Cry. I'd still choose her for Million Dollar Baby. I do think her only competition that year was Imelda Staunton. Kate Winslet's performance was a bit overrated in my personal opinion. Vincelette: I don't see her winning for a role like this. Don't get me wrong. I liked the movie and I liked Swank in it, who's even Oscar-worthy, but the Academy won't »

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Hilary Swank says recruiting Tommy Lee Jones to direct 'The Homesman' was easy

12 November 2014 3:21 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Like a number of actors still in the awards season mix, Hilary Swank has been talking about her contender along with films from Sundance or Cannes for a long time. In fact, she's been promoting Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" from one film festival to another across the country for the past six months. Sitting in a Beverly Hills Hotel room the morning before its last stop, AFI Fest, the two-time Oscar winner admits she's happy to have something so good to talk about. "Do you hear my voice right now? My lack of it? It's because I've been singing Tommy Lee's praises and talking about the movie literally since May," Swank says, beaming. "When you have a movie you love and believe in, it's great. I wake up and I say, 'I could be tired right now talking about doing what I love, living my dream, or »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Third Person Review

12 November 2014 2:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Paul Haggis

Cast: Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, James Franco, Mila Kunis

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 213 minutes

Synopsis: Third Person tells the interconnecting stories of three couple’s relationships; (Neeson) an award-winning author has just left his wife and is shacked up with his young adulteress (Wilde), (Brody) finds himself involved in a kidnapping drama in Italy, whilst (Kunis) is an ex-soap actress trying to regain custody of her young son.

Those expecting a sweet and sugary romantic drama obviously don’t know Paul Hagis. The mind behind Crash and Million Dollar Baby obviously wasn’t going to produce anything that the audience could just ‘switch off and watch’. Third Person instead challenges the viewer to digest a multitude of tough topics.

What helps Third Person stand out from the rest is the way in which the ensemble cast all rally together to produce something magical. Each »

- Kat Smith

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‘American Sniper’ At AFI Fest: Clint Eastwood & Bradley Cooper Hit Oscar Target In Veteran’s Day Debut

11 November 2014 11:33 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

It may be just a coincidence of timing, but scheduling tonight’s AFI Fest “Secret Sneak” of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper on Veterans Day not only added a strong layer of emotion, but also comes off as a brilliant masterstroke in launching the film and an Oscar campaign. And the fact that Eastwood pulls off his finest and most impressive filmmaking achievement since his 2004 Best Picture Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby — he’s done it, at the age of 84, when most directors are long-retired or certainly not doing the best work of their career. And it’s not even the only film he’s directed this year:  Jersey Boys came out in June. Remarkable. Eastwood appeared before the  screening tonight to introduce it and send praise to his two stars. AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale  introduced Eastwood, the recipient of the AFI Life Acievement Award nearly 20 years ago suggesting that, »

- Pete Hammond

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Oscars: Picking the Top Contenders of 2014 (Full List)

11 November 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The awards season has its usual blend of old traditions, including online predictions, Q&A screenings and parties “in honor of” a film. However, the race is very different from last year, when “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” were declared the front-runners by early September.

With only two months to go in the calendar year, there is no clear leader at this point. Some pundits seem to think this is a failure of the 2014 crop, but in fact, there are four basic scenarios in the Oscar best-pic race, and they rotate. And while this year is unlike 2013, there are a lot of past precedents.

Scenario 1: The best-picture winner gains its stronghold only in retrospect. In 2000, “Gladiator” opened in May and was much admired but nobody was talking about its Oscar chances as best picture. It was only as the year-end films opened and were underwhelming that “Gladiator” looked even better after the fact. »

- Tim Gray

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Oscar campaign trail's first stop: What we saw at the Governors Awards

9 November 2014 7:03 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Some call it the most important dress rehearsal of awards season. Saturday night's annual Governors Awards, held just a few floors above the distinguished Dolby Theatre where the Oscars take place, was initially created as a way to speed up the prime-time telecast by siphoning off the honorary awards to an event of their own. But now, in its sixth year, in addition to honoring some very distinguished guests, including Harry Belafonte for his decades of humanitarian work and legendary red-headed screen siren Maureen O'Hara, the night has transformed into a coming out party for the year's crop of Oscar »

- Nicole Sperling

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Tech Support: 'Boyhood,' 'Imitation,' 'Interstellar' slice and dice in Best Film Editing

6 November 2014 10:42 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Want to know what's in contention for Best Picture? Look to Best Film Editing. No category except Best Director has as much overlap with the top category as of late. Is that how things will turn out this year? Let's take a look… That aside, the branch is also fond of suspense films, action films and war films. Musicals (if they are big players overall) and films with non-linear narratives tend to have a leg up, too. We don't tend to see film editors racking up nods like we do other disciplines, though. Michael Kahn is the all-time nominations leader with eight. And don't get me wrong – that's a lot of nominations. But compared to "all time" figures in every other crafts category, it's on the low side. So with that out of the way, what can we bank on this year? William Goldenberg won this category two years ago »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Laura Dern and Judd Apatow Putting Together a Female Football Comedy for Universal

4 November 2014 1:52 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A female football movie?  Laura Dern and Judd Apatow caught got my attention with that!  It’s being reported that Dern came up with an idea for a comedy about obsessive female football fans and that Apatow is helping her develop it for Universal.  Hamlet 2 and Hot Rod scribe Pam Brady is penning the script, but other than that, we don’t know much more about the project. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if Dern winds up scoring a role in the film, but right now she’s only set to produce alongside Barry Mendel and Apatow on behalf of Apatow Productions.  Hit the jump for more. So there’s not really much more to the Variety article, but it is a fun idea to think about.  Thanks to Apatow’s involvement, my mind immediately goes to Bridesmaids with football.  And really, if this group of football-loving »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Late December Releases Don’t Hinder Best Picture Contenders

4 November 2014 9:58 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

As we head into the final two months of the year, there are still a number of Oscar contenders that won’t be released — or even be seen — until December.

Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods will premiere on Christmas Day. Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper will have a limited release on Christmas before expanding to more theaters Jan 16.

Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is set for a Dec. 12 release, had a 37-minute press screening in September before the film was completed.

It was recently announced that a 30-minute first-look screening of Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic that centers on the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, will take place at AFI Fest before its limited release on Dec. 25. But if Selma isn’t yet ready for it’s December release, it »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Sienna Miller talks about the ending of 'American Sniper,' Bradley Cooper’s short shorts

31 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Sienna Miller doesn’t want to talk about whether or not Bradley Cooper dies in the end. In the upcoming biopic American Sniper, he portrays Chris Kyle, the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. During Kyle's four tours in Iraq, the decorated Navy Seal had 160 confirmed kills before retiring in 2009. But his life abruptly ended in 2013 when he was shot by a Marine veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. (He's currently awaiting trial.) When asked if that sad coda to Kyle’s legendary career is included in director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the soldier’s best-selling 2012 memoir, »

- Chris Lee

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Does Eddie Redmayne in "Theory of Everything" = Daniel Day Lewis in "My Left Foot"?

27 October 2014 6:57 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

A consistent yet elusive golden thrill: that moment in each year's Oscar race wherein everyone disagrees on who and what is the frontrunner in this or that category.

There are a few different schools of thought out there about who might win Best Actor. I have always believed and probably will continue to believe that the race for Oscar nominations is a very different and altogether more interesting contest than who will eventually win them. Because of this I like to focus on that before I get to "who will win" but I'll make an exception today for fun. Most experts (see this handy Gurus of Gold chart) currently name Michael Keaton (Birdman), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as the leading threats to win the statue. I agree wholeheartedly with this and actually believe that they're the only three who could pull off »

- NATHANIEL R

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