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Death, Illness, Art and Oil: 87th Academy Awards' Documentary Short Semi-Finalists

21 October 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best Documentary Short Films Oscar 2015: Illness and death are top subjects (photo: 'White Earth' by J. Christian Jensen) Eight films — most of them featuring illness and/or death as their focus — remain in the running for the 2015 Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Of those eight semi-finalists, three to five titles will be shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards. (Scroll down to vote in our Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar 2015 poll.) The remaining eight Oscar 2015 contenders are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their directors and, in parentheses, their production companies: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Perry Films) Joanna, directed by Aneta Kopacz (Wajda Studio). Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, directed by Jeff Dupre (Show of Force) The Lion's Mouth Opens, directed by Lucy Walker (Tree Tree Tree) One Child, »

- Steve Montgomery

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Ten Potential Oscar Contenders That Will Premiere by the End of the Year

21 October 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen Oscar contenders premiere at Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto and New York, but as we approach the end of October, some films have yet to make their debut. Here are ten films that have been garnering Oscar buzz that will be debuting through December (in alphabetical order):

A Most Violent Year; Nov. 6

Jc Chandor ‘s third feature film will be opening AFI Fest. It reunites two Juilliard alumni, Oscar Isaac and two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, as a couple living and working in New York City during one of its most violent years. This will be the main Oscar focus of upstart, indie distributor A24.

American Sniper; Dec. 25

Bradley Cooper stars as Navy Seal Chris Kyle in the shocking, true story of the deadliest American sniper. The Clint Eastwood-directed film is being released later in the year, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Second Poster for Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper'

16 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've noticed a few Oscar pundits placing Clint Eastwood's American Sniper rather high on some of their Oscar charts. I've moved Eastwood into the top five on my Best Director chart and screenwriter Jason Dean Hall into my Adapted Screenplay chart, but I can't quite pull the trigger in categories such as Best Actor and Picture. That said, reaction to the trailer was quite strong and Warner Bros. clearly intends to make it the last minute darling of the Oscar season, holding it from any kind of festival performance as it was just announced Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice will be the Centerpiece Gala screening at the AFI Film Festival. Sniper is set for a Christmas Day release and should the film find Oscar glory it will be 2004 all over again, which is the last time I can remember a film sweeping in at the last minute and taking home all the hardware. »

- Brad Brevet

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Karl Largerfeld Designs $175,000 Louis Vuitton Punching Bag For The Posh Boxer In You

14 October 2014 11:03 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Million dollar baby? More like $175,000 baby. Karl Lagerfeld never fails to come up with some crazy chic concoction—and it usually (scratch that, always) is super, super expensive. So when we heard Lagerfeld designed a $175K punching bag for Louis Vuitton, we really weren't all that surprised. Karl Lagerfeld + punching bag + thousands of dollars = perfect sense, right? Our only question is: Who is the target customer for this? A zillionaire who has a lot of steam they need to let off? Typically anything leather with the authentic Lv logo emblazoned all over it is something to be treasured and kept in mint condition. So there is something so wrong about beating and punching a $175K Louis Vuitton »

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Best Picture Nominees at the Box Office

14 October 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

After first premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Robert Downey Jr.’s The Judge opened in theaters Friday to a disappointing weekend run at the box office.

Even with Downey’s name attached to the project and strong campaigning for the film, the $50 million movie made $4.4 million on its opening night and a total of $13.3 million as of Sunday. It fell fifth at the box office, behind David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which made $26.8 million during its second weekend; Dracula Untold and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which both opened this weekend; and Annabelle, which made $15.9 million during its second weekend.

Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said, “We’re a little disappointed in the results for The Judge, since we were hoping to do at least $15 million,” but word of mouth could help the film find »

- Anjelica Oswald

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How 'The Shawshank Redemption' invented Morgan Freeman, and how Morgan Freeman invented himself

14 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Born in Memphis, raised in Mississippi, four years in the Air Force, acted off- and then on-Broadway, spent the '70s on The Electric Company, spent the early '80s on Another World, earned one Oscar nomination as the street smart one in Street Smart, earned another Oscar nomination as the one who wasn't Miss Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, stole Robin Hood from Kevin Costner, almost stole Unforgiven from Clint Eastwood: This is what Morgan Freeman did for his first 57 years on this planet. Technically. But even if you know that Freeman had been a working actor for close to three decades beforehand, »

- Darren Franich

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Reeve Receives Standing Ovation at Oscar Ceremony (Video)

10 October 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »

- Andre Soares

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Oscars News: Should Best Picture contenders fear Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper'?'

10 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Gregory Ellwood asks if the rest of the Oscar Best Picture contenders should fear Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper." He has already proven late season success before with "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) and "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006). On the other hand, he has also had contender duds like "Hereafter" and "J. Edgar." The new film slated for December stars two-time nominee Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most decorated sniper in U.S. military history. Ellwood's current top 10 for Best Picture predictions (in order): "Interstellar," "The Imitation Game," "Birdman," "Unbroken," "The Theory of Everything," "Boyhood," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Foxcatcher," and "American Sniper." HitFix -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Joshua Rothman r »

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Contender Countdown: Should the Best Picture frontrunners fear 'American Sniper?'

8 October 2014 4:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If it's mid October that means a number of expected Best Picture contenders are increasingly becoming questionable players. Guess things are getting serious, huh? "Inherent Vice" received strong reviews, but mixed reaction from those on the ground at the New York Film Festival over the weekend. Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel won't open in theaters until December and Warner Bros. will slowly screen it over the next few months in Los Angeles as they hope it gets a better audience reception on the West Coast. Still, like "The Master," the shine is somewhat off "Vice" as a potential nominee (although never say never). David Fincher's "Gone Girl" is huge hit with significant critical support, but based on one Academy screening you'd think it has absolutely no shot at a nod. That's silly. 20th Century Fox has months to push the thematic elements of the »

- Gregory Ellwood

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You’re Not You | Review

8 October 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

You-Hoo: Wolfe’s Als Drama Tries To Balance Sentiment With Schmaltz

Hilary Swank seems attracted to playing daunted heroines, continually up against considerable odds—the homophobic rednecks of Boys Don’t Cry, the white trash family unit of Million Dollar Baby, Gary Marshall’s ineptness in New Year’s Eve, and recently the misogyny of the Old West in The Homesman. Her latest drama, You’re Not You, finds the actress experiencing the deteriorating effects of Als (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder. Though winning two Oscars, Swank isn’t always the herald of great cinema, more often than not making questionable choices for someone of her caliber and talent. Flanked by co-stars like Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel, a director whose last film was Nights in Rodanthe (2008), and co-written by Shana Feste, the director of sugary sap like The Greatest (2009) and Country Strong »

- Nicholas Bell

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Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper team up for ‘American Sniper’

2 October 2014 7:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In the same day that the first images for the film are released, the initial trailer for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has been released, showcasing Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in Us Military history. Kyle recorded 160 kills during his campaign before writing his best selling memoir of the same name. Shortly after in 2013, Kyle was killed at a shooting range in Texas. Bradley Cooper also serves as producer for the film, and according to a sneak peak from USA Today, Cooper got to train with Navy SEALs, put on 40 pounds for the role and even got to speak to Kyle once before Kyle’s death, explaining to Kyle his dedication about making this film.

Eastwood is a daring choice for director, and in a whirlwind hardly a month back it was announced that American Sniper would be released this year on Christmas Day for a limited release qualifying Oscar run, »

- Brian Welk

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Bradley Cooper’s American Sniper Trailer Will Give You a Heart Attack

2 October 2014 5:44 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This year could have been a wash for Clint Eastwood, who swung and missed with his big-screen musical Jersey Boys this past summer. But then, all of a sudden, Eastwood dropped a surprise Christmas release into Oscar season: the Iraq war drama American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as the most lethal sniper the U.S. military has ever employed. The most notable time Eastwood snuck a movie into December at the last minute it was his eventual Best Picture winner Million Dollar Baby, and while it's too soon to say whether history can repeat itself, this harrowing trailer for American Sniper is a damn good place to start. »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Must Watch: Bradley Cooper in First 'American Sniper' Teaser Trailer

2 October 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

"If you think he's reporting troop movement, you have a green light. Your call, over." Warner Bros has just unveiled the first teaser trailer for American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as "the most lethal sniper in U.S. history." Yep, this is going to be huge with American audiences, that's for sure. The film is, on top of it all, directed by Clint Eastwood and tells the real story of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal sniper who recounts his military career which includes more than 150 confirmed kills. This very chilling, minimal teaser builds upon the silent intensity of a sniper and how much it's all about killing people from afar. Hell of a first tease. Here's the first teaser trailer for Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, in high def from Apple: American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Flags of Our Fathers) and written by »

- Alex Billington

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Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' trailer is two minutes of heart-pounding terror

2 October 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Everyone wants to love Clint Eastwood's movies. But after winning Best Director and Best Picture for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby," the actor-turned-director's self-seriousness has left his recent output feeling a little… dry. Sounding great on paper, "Flags of Our Fathers" "Invictus," "J. Edgar" didn't have the cinematic brawn to muscle Eastwood into the award season (though, it should be noted, that his riveting, un-Hollywood war movie "Letters from Iwo Jima" nabbed a Best Picture nomination). Will "American Sniper" be the one voters and critical voices finally get behind? Star Bradley Cooper hopes so. A passion project for the actor, Cooper dedicated himself to obtaining and developing the life story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle's story, one of the deadliest snipers in modern history. Originally set up as directing vehicle for Steven Spielberg, Eastwood boarded the project in Aug. 2013. Now we have the first look at the film and »

- Matt Patches

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What are your wildest, left-field Oscar hunches this year?

2 October 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

It's still early enough in the awards season that several films remain unseen, and presumed frontrunners could yet fall by the wayside. Remember, contenders like "Million Dollar Baby" and "Zero Dark Thirty" were late to join the Oscar conversation in their respective contests, while this time last year we thought Oprah Winfrey in "The Butler" was a cinch for a nomination, and maybe a win. So we asked our forum posters what their instincts are telling them. Are there upcoming films we're underestimating, or current films we're drastically overestimating? Read some of their comments below and click here to join the discussion in our forums. -Break- What are the top 20 Best Picture contenders? nkb325: "I think people are underestimating 'Selma.' I also have it in Picture, Director, Actor … I worry the biggest thing in its way is '12 Years a Slave,' and the academy maybe thinkin..."' »

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First Look: Bradley Cooper in Fatigues for Winter's 'American Sniper'

1 October 2014 4:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Nearly two months ago we learned that Clint Eastwood's adaptation of American Sniper would sneak into this years awards race with a limited release on Christmas Day before it goes wide in the middle of January. Now the hype machine on the film is starting with the first photos from the film starring Bradley Cooper. Based on an autobiography by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the book recalls the soldier's own time spent as deadliest American sniper ever, called "The Devil" by the enemies he hunted and "The Legend" by his Navy Seal brothers. Expect a trailer sometime soon too, but for now, check out the first photos below! Here's the first photos from Clint Eastwood's American Sniper from USA Today: American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Flags of Our Fathers) and written by Jason Dean Hall (Paranoia). The film is based on »

- Ethan Anderton

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Huston to Follow Heston as Ben-Hur Casting Announced

17 September 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »

- Andre Soares

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Box Office: Top 10 Most Successful Morgan Freeman Movies

14 September 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | | See recent Filmonic news »

He is in Dolphin Tale 2 this week but over the last 40 years we’ve known him as just about anyone from Batman’s Q to a convicted murderer, Nelson Mandela or even God. Five time Oscar nominee, one time winner in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby, Morgan Freeman is an amazing actor that has blessed […]

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- Alex

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Lambasted Elba and Henson Thriller Going Unpunished to Top Domestic Box Office Chart

14 September 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'No Good Deed' movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in 'No Good Deed') Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film's plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics' derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist »

- Zac Gille

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You Decide: Who will will Adapted Screenplay Oscar? 'Unbroken,' 'Gone Girl' ...?

13 September 2014 4:52 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Who will win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay? You can now make your predictions in our prediction center. -Break- Oscar mystery: Could Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' be this year's 'Million Dollar Baby'? Films adapted from books tend to have the advantage in the Adapted Screenplay category. Five of the last 10 winners have come from novels: "The Descendants," "No Country for Old Men," "Precious," "Sideways," and "Slumdog Millionaire." Another three were adapted from nonfiction books: "The Social Network," "12 Years a Slave," and "Argo," which was based partly on the memoir by CIA agent Tony Mendez. Movies based on novels in this year's race include "Gone Girl," adapted by Gillian Flynn from her own best-selling mystery; "Inherent Vice," Paul Thomas Anderson's take on Thomas Pynchon's book; and &qu...' »

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