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Anthony Mackie, Helmer Justin Simien ‘Make A Wish’ At Paramount

18 December 2014 12:11 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired a spec package with Captain America star Anthony Mackie, Dear White People helmer Justin Simien and the 2013 Black List comedy script Make A Wish at its center. The studio has acquired the script by first-timer Zach Frankel as a star vehicle for Mackie, directed by Simien, whose Sundance prize-winning film got Independent Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for Best Director. Robert Teitel and Jason Spire will produce it and Mackie will be executive producer along with Jason Newman and Jason Weinberg.

Mackie will play Butchie Jones, a football star who wants to grant the final wish of a dying 14-year-old who adores the gridironer. It’s not an easy wish, though; the kid wants the football star to help him score before he died. And I don’t mean carry the pigskin into the end zone. Mackie certainly has worked his way to the top »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Bradley Cooper Struggles in War in Second 'American Sniper' Trailer

18 December 2014 10:45 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Would you be surprised if I told you that the Navy has credited you with over 160 kills?" Bradley Cooper has been the focus of some major awards buzz for his turn in Clint Eastwood's modern war drama American Sniper, based on the true story of a Navy Seal sniper. And while there's plenty of praise in this trailer, I have to say that performances are about the only thing worth commending. Otherwise, the film feels artificial (especially in the use of a rival enemy sniper), lacks subtlety, and doesn't cover any material that we haven't seen in films like Born on the Fourth of July or Saving Private Ryan. But judge for yourself. Here's the second trailer for Clint Eastwood's American Sniper from Warner Bros. Pictures: You can still watch the second trailer for Clint Eastwood's American Sniper right here. American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, »

- Ethan Anderton

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14 biggest Oscars surprises: Nominated without at least one bid from Critics' Choice or Globes or SAG'

16 December 2014 12:32 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Since the Critics' Choice Awards were introduced in 1995, 14 performers have reaped Oscar nominations without first contending at either these kudos Or the Screen Actors Guild Awards Or the Golden Globes. That is good news for the likes of Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner"), Hilary Swank ("The Homesman"), Tom Wilkinson ("Selma") and Laura Dern ("Wild") who were snubbed by these precursor prizes. All were at one time in our top five for the Oscars and could be vindicated come nominations morning.  Below, we profile the lucky few who came out of left field to contend at the Oscars without first having been in the running at at least one of these awards. However, for all of them the nominations had to be reward enough, as none of them won the Oscar. -Break- Best Actor Clint Eastwood, "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah" (2007) Javier Bardem, "Biutiful&quo..."' »

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WGA Awards: Paul Haggis to Receive Career Achievement Honor

15 December 2014 10:04 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paul Haggis will receive a career achievement honor at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards' New York ceremony on Feb. 14, it was announced Monday. Haggis will be honored with the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. Read more Writers Guild Nominates 'Transparent' and 'True Detective' for TV Kudos Haggis is the only person in Oscar history to have written back-to-back best picture winners in 2005's Million Dollar Baby and 2006's Crash. He also wrote the Oscar-nominated Letters From Iwo Jima; two James Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace; and TV shows Walker, Texas Ranger

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- Hilary Lewis

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Paul Haggis Selected for Writers Guild East Career Achievement Award

15 December 2014 10:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America East has selected Paul Haggis to receive the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.

Haggis is the only writer to have won back-to-back screenwriting Oscars, for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash.”

The honor will be presented at the 67th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 14.

Haggis has been a member of the WGA since 1981. His screen credits include “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace,” while his TV credits include “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Thirtysomething,” which earned him Emmys for writing in a drama series and outstanding drama series.

“In a career stretching from episodic television to major feature films -– and at a time when, more than ever, a national dialogue is needed on such difficult topics as race and war — Paul Haggis has provoked audiences into facing the reality of a »

- Dave McNary

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Oscars Best Picture: 7 Underdogs That Could Benefit from Preferential Ballot

12 December 2014 2:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

All hope isn’t lost for “American Sniper.” Even though the Bradley Cooper drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle hasn’t leapt into the award season race yet, it still holds a stealth advantage as it enters Oscar balloting — passionate fans.

The Golden Globe nominees (announced on Thursday) and SAG Awards (Wednesday) don’t necessarily take passion into account. But the Academy Award nominating system for best picture, determined by a preferential ballot (that puts more “weight” on a film ranked as No. 1 by a voter), can help out a movie like “Sniper,” which has ardent groupies. In recent years, films such as “A Serious Man,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “District 9,” “Tree of Life,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Amour” were nominated in the top Oscar category because their fans loved them in a fanatical way.

Here are seven filmsthat could benefit from a similar surge this year.

1. “Unbroken »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Screener Adventures From Big Hero to Budapest (Pt. 1)

6 December 2014 6:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Herewith a collection of fractured thoughts to along with my fractured toe (a piece of advice: never stub your toe so violently that your toe is swollen and purple by the end of the night and you have trouble walking for a week afterwards). I'd never have time for full articles on any of these so let's race through.

The Homesman 

Contrary to popular belief I am more than willing to praise the Swankster when she deserves it. While it's true that I was very hostile ten years ago during the Million Dollar Baby year (I struggle with hostility in any category in any year wherein the least of the five seems to have a free ride to gold... even if they've already won!) I supported her first Oscar win and you can't ever take Boys Don't Cry away from her. What we have here in  Tommy Lee Jones peculiar »

- NATHANIEL R

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Oscars: 12 Reasons ‘Boyhood’ Is the Frontrunner for Best Picture

5 December 2014 12:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the race for best picture of the year, the first three prizes were a draw between “Boyhood” (New York Film Critics Circle), “Birdman” (Gotham Awards) and “A Most Violent Year” (National Board of Review). But these scattered results only play to the advantage of “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s paean to growing up that was 12 years in the making. Here are 12 reasons why “Boyhood” will probably be the best picture winner at the Academy Awards next February.

(1) The Early Frontrunner Theory

In Oscar seasons with no late-breaking favorite, the early frontrunner wins by default (see 2006’s “The Departed,” 2009’s “The Hurt Locker” and 2012’s “Argo”). “It’s a s—ty year for the Oscars, like it was a s—ty year at the box office,” says a member of the Academy, talking about this year’s race. The fact that “Unbroken,” “Selma” and “The Imitation Game” are all opening at around the same time, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Contest: Win Dolphin Tale 2 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Combo (Three Winners)

4 December 2014 6:37 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

On December 9, Winter returns to home video and brings along a new friend with the release of Warner's feel good sequel Dolphin Tale 2 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Thanks to Warner Home Video, we have three copies of the new Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack that are up for grabs in this daily entry contest.

For a chance to win Dolphin Tale 2, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment's "Dolphin Tale 2" continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and »

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10 Questions I had while staring at that pic of Jake Gyllenhaal

1 December 2014 6:39 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel here voicing the various queries I had upon staring at this new pic from Jake Gyllenhaal’s upcoming Antoine Fuqua directed flick, Southpaw.

 

Did the Prince of Persia get on a shredding regimen? Is Jake the new Christian Bale in terms of weight loss/gain yo-yoing? A troubled teenager, a paranoid reporter, a gay cowboy, an easily scared interviewee, a James Baldwin connoissieur, and now a jacked middleweight champion; is there anything Jake can’t do? Is Jake still this ripped? Will he look like this as he makes his Broadway debut?

Related: do you think the Gyllenhaal siblings made it a point to be on Broadway at the same time? Between Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler and now Southpaw, will we need to come up with a portmanteau for his resurgence? Jakeaissance? Gyllenhawakening? Where are his co-stars Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams? Related: why does IMDb’s “star meter” (also: »

- Manuel Betancourt

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The Relationship Between Highest-Grossing Films and Oscar Nominations

26 November 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

It’s safe to assume that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to end the year as the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with more than $331 million earned as of Nov. 23, but its Oscar prospects lie in below-the-line categories, such as visual effects and sound.

More often than not, the highest-grossing films tend to be neglected in the best picture category. Though The Dark Knight (2008), which was widely-acclaimed and was the highest-grossing film of the year, received eight nominations and won two (sound editing and supporting actor), it was snubbed by the Academy in the best picture category. The following year, the number of best picture nominees increased from five to 10 (and can now fall between those numbers). Since this increase though, the only highest-grossing films to land best picture nominations are 2009’s Avatar and 2010’s Toy Story 3. Neither of the films won. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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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

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- 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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