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Emmys cliffhanger: Will Viola Davis be first African American to win Best Drama Actress?

20 May 2015 12:27 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Viola Davis is poised to make Emmys history for her starring role in the freshman hit "How to Get Away with Murder." The two-time Oscar nominee ("Doubt," "The Help") and Tony winner ("Fences") sits atop our Best Drama Actress prediction chart. If she prevails, she will be the first African American to win this award.  -Break- Davis has the votes of six of our seven Emmy Experts as well as five of our seven Editors, 13 of the Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year's nominations) and two-thirds of all Users. All of that support translates into leading odds of 10/3. Her closest rival is Golden Globes champ Robin Wright for the third season of "House of Cards." With the votes of one Editor, 6 of the Top 24 and 15% of all Users, she has odds of 9/2. In third place is another past Oscar nominee, Taraji P. Henson »

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Watch Amy Schumer Spoof 'Toddlers & Tiaras' and ... 'Benjamin Button'?

20 May 2015 2:50 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Child pageants are easy spoof targets, since most of them -- especially the reality TV versions -- already seem like parodies of themselves. So maybe "Inside Amy Schumer" could've gone even further with its "Babies & Bustiers" sketch, which went for a "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" style mocking of "Toddlers & Tiaras," with maybe a touch of "Dance Moms," and the intriguing twist of Amy's character suffering from "Benjamin Button's disease."

At least that's how her mother, played by the inimitable Jennifer Coolidge, put it. Amy's character actually has the opposite problem -- instead of aging in reverse like Brad Pitt's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" character, she's a 6-year-old who happens to look like the grown-up Amy Schumer. This makes things awkward during a pageant when a wardrobe malfunction rips part of her top off.

The 5-minute video ends with "To Be Continued unfortunately..." so, if you watched the show, »

- Gina Carbone

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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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Time Machine: Best Picture Nominee Co-Star Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet

1 May 2015 7:34 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan »

- D. Zhea

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Review: The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, Savagely Amusing

30 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

For all of us who feel Robert Zemeckis's Forrest Gump is a sentimental, condescending, apple pie enema to cinema lovers, and David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button somehow missed the mark, we finally have an entry in 'the man who bumbles through history' nano-genre to call our own. Do not let the maladroit title fool you, Felix Herngren's big-screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson is a Swiss fucking watch in the plotting department, and savagely amusing in its come-what-may temperament. It sneaks up on you in similar ways as Jo Nesbo's Headhunters, even as it dazzles with the sweep of history.After a tone-setting and highly unfortunate incident involving a sweet kitty, a hungry fox, and a bundle of dynamite, one of cinema's...

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What to Watch This Week: The Age of Adaline, The Water Diviner

24 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Before the deluge of summer blockbusters – superhero, sci-fi, and otherwise – hit theatres, this week’s film slate asks us to remember the meat and potatoes of cinema going. 

Yes, we’re back in drama territory with two new releases this week.

Get your Harrison Ford fix with this weekend’s The Age of Adaline, a romance in the same vein as Tuck Everlastingor The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Throughout the film, Adaline (“Gossip Girl”’s Blake Lively), who discovers that she’s immortal, struggles with love and loss while she remains ageless. Canadian actor Anthony Ingruber, Harrison Ford, and Michiel Huisman also star.

Russell Crowe returns to his native Australia for his directorial debut, The Water Diviner. The film follows an Australian farmer (Crowe) who travels to Turkey after the First World War in search of his sons who went missing in the Battle of Gallipoli. Jai Courtney (Divergent »

- Cineplex Entertainment

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The Age of Adaline’s Tepid Romance Can’t Be Saved by Blake Lively and Harrison Ford’s Performances

24 April 2015 6:42 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On its surface, The Age of Adaline may look like what might happen if Nicholas Sparks wrote The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But this strange little love story turns out to be the opposite of those Sparks swoon-fests, for better and for worse; in those films, effective, entertaining romance is generally undone by harebrained plotting and tonal mishmash. The Age of Adaline, for its part, delivers the twists and turns of its fantastical plot with elegance and confidence. Here, the weak romance threatens to bring everything down.The film offers us the story of a young woman, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively), born on New Year’s Day in San Francisco in 1908, who loses the ability to age after a freak car accident and lightning strike. (Cutely verbose narration informs us that the specific scientific phenomenon that explains this won’t be discovered until 2035.) So, Adaline remains in her late 20s, »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Film Review: ‘The Age of Adaline’

21 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Daisy Miller meets Dorian Gray — or perhaps “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” meets Nicholas Sparks — in “The Age of Adaline,” a sensitively directed slab of romantic hokum that wrings an impressive amount of emotional conviction from a thoroughly ludicrous premise. A dab hand at invigorating conventional material with storytelling smarts and strong performances (“Celeste & Jesse Forever,” “The Vicious Kind”), helmer Lee Toland Krieger elicits a moving central turn from Blake Lively as a woman for whom eternal youth turns out to be a decidedly mixed blessing — one that plays out in ways both poignant and preposterous, sometimes simultaneously, over the course of her 100-plus years on Earth. Viewers seeking a pleasant alternative to the early-summer blockbuster barrage could do far worse than this genial high-concept romance, a likely modest theatrical performer for Lionsgate whose commercial stature should only improve with age.

The sort of time-skipping, tear-milking supernatural romance that »

- Justin Chang

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New Tomorrowland Trailer Features Time Portals, Lasers, & Killer Androids

21 April 2015 5:59 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar® winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar® nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”). Tomorrowland will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on May 22, 2015. »

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Check Out These Four Character Posters For Disney's Tomorrowland

20 April 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar® winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar® nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”). Tomorrowland will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on May 22, 2015. »

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The Fabric of Film: Tough Guy Wear

16 April 2015 2:06 AM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

In honour of The Times’ film critic Kevin Maher’s list of iconic movie rebels, we take a look at what it truly takes to make a tough guy in cinema.

What constitutes a tough guy, as in ‘man’, on film is usually a traditional interpretation of masculinity. There is always room for the sensitive hero in a sweater and slacks, but for those who watch movies as ingrained wish fulfilment, the sexy and sweaty man’s man needs suitable attire to reflect his personality. But it is not just about the garments themselves. A jacket is a jacket, but a leather jacket is a symbol. A wax jacket on the other hand is enlightened – the reformist hero.

Waxed cotton is fantastic stuff. Essentially it is a treated fabric, albeit one that needs regular re-covering to ensure longevity. The result is a lightweight, versatile material that, although not especially warm, »

- Lord Christopher Laverty

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Cary Fukunaga to Helm The Alienist TV Series with Eric Roth Producing

14 April 2015 10:41 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After you helm the most talked about television program of 2014, there's a bit more freedom, creatively speaking, given when the choice of a new project comes along and how you'd like to approach that project. In the case of Cary Fukunaga, who directed the visually stunning first season of HBO's True Detective, the triumph of the series has allowed Fukunaga to secure distribution for Beasts of No Nation, his hugely controversial film focused on a child soldier in Africa and starring Idris Elba, through Netflix, and directorial duties on a new adaptation of Stephen King's It. On top of these two major projects, The Wrap reports today that Fukunaga is attached to another cherry television directing gig, this one being an adaptation of Caleb Carr's The Alienist for Paramount and Anonymous Content. The Wrap summarizes the story of The Alienist as such: Set in the tenements and mansions of Gilded Age New York City, »

- Chris Cabin

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What was the First Movie That Made You Cryc

13 April 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Full disclosure, I am not a crier. I'm not sure if that comes as a result of some sort of macho pride, but I do know I get that choked up, "lump in my throat" thing on occasion, most recently during Jaeden Lieberher's final speech at the end of St. Vincent. I also had a similar moment during The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The one thing about admitting what makes you cry is it opens you up to possible ridicule or at least opens up a part of you that you don't often show, certainly not publicly. So to admit the movies that make you cry may be perceived as a scary thing, which means the Internet just might be the perfect avenue for having such a discussion since we are all, more or less, anonymous. The Academy, however, put a few people on the spot asking the likes of Oprah Winfrey, »

- Brad Brevet

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Saturday Night Live Recap: Even Cookie Lyon Couldn't Save This Show

12 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

"After 20 years in show business, white people know who I am," Taraji P. Henson says at the top of her monologue. Well, if they didn't know Henson after her Oscar nomination for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, they sure do now: Empire is a bona fide phenomenon, and Henson's Cookie Lyon is the breakout character.That's something to celebrate, and Henson does so on the show by launching into a song called "I Made It," backed by a revival choir. She has a terrific voice and a lot of gusto, and her performance inspires some cast members to come out and testify about the life they almost lived, had they not also made it. Leslie Jones is the funniest ("I straight up could've been in jail"), but the whole thing crackles with energy and it's always nice to have a host who is legit psyched to be hosting. Unfortunately, »

- Joe Berkowitz

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Taraji P. Henson Uses SNL Monologue as (Belated) Coming Out Party (see!)

12 April 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Taraji P. Henson, who plays the dynamic Cookie on the hit show “Empire,” used her “Saturday Night Live” monologue to joke that she’d finally arrived as an actress after 20 years because her hosting gig meant “white people finally know who I am.” The 40-year-old actress kind of has a point. She’s appeared in such films as 2001’s “Baby Boy” with Tyrese Gibson and Snoop Dogg, 200’5 “Hustle & Flow” and Brad Pitt’s movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. ...Read More »

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Taraji P. Henson and Mumford & Sons

11 April 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

After a slow start to 2015 (anniversary special excluded), the last two weeks of “Saturday Night Live” have been a return to form. Both the Dwayne Johnson and Michael Keaton episodes were excellent, now the show has the chance to complete the trifecta with Taraji P. Henson as host. There’s bound to be at least one “Empire”-centric sketch tonight (probably involving musical guest Mumford & Sons, because why not), but personally? I’m hoping Taran Killam gets to bust out his amazing Brad Pitt impression opposite Henson in a parody of “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.” (Those banking on a “Person Of Interest" parody might be disappointed.) Still, there’s far more than parodies planned tonight, and as per usual, I’ll be covering them in liveblog form. Follow along starting at 11:30 pm Est, and leave your comments throughout the show as I grade each segment in real time. »

- Ryan McGee

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Taraji P. Henson to Host 'SNL,' Publish Memoir

10 April 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"Empire" star Taraji P. Henson isn't letting Cookie Lyon define her.  The Oscar-nominated screen veteran will host "SNL" for the first time tomorrow, with musical guest Mumford & Sons. (See adorable promo videos below.) Henson is also penning a memoir about her life, focusing on her childhood in a rough-and-tumble Washington, D.C., neighborhood, her single motherhood, and the films and TV roles the actress has enjoyed over the years, including in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Hustle & Flow" and "Baby Boy." The book will be published by Simon & Schuster's 37 Ink imprint and is scheduled for a mid-2016 release.   [via CBS News]

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Watch: 9-Minute Video Tribute To David Fincher Explores Both The Bloody & Beautiful Moments Of His Films

6 April 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While ten feature films may not seem like a big filmography to work with, last year saw Daniel Silva pull together a monster seventeen-minute tribute to director David Fincher just before "Gone Girl" opened. And that didn't even include footage from "Alien 3." While Alexandre Gasulla doesn't break the ten-minute mark with this movie, it's no less impactful for its shorter length. Perhaps it's even a bit more complete by including Fincher's debut feature. Read More: Ranked: The Films of David Fincher So yes, “Se7en,” “The Game,” “Fight Club,” “Panic Room,” “Zodiac,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” are also featured in this video tribute which uses a few different musical motifs to highlight Fincher's beautiful and, at times, very bloody work. You probably don't need to be reminded that he's a master at crafting shots, but if you do, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New International Poster For Disney's Tomorrowland

31 March 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar® winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar® nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”). Tomorrowland will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on May 22, 2015. »

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8 Unmade Steven Spielberg Films

31 March 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Last week we reported on Steven Spielberg’s plans to direct an adaptation of the cult sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. Color us excited. The novel involves players of a video game journeying into a virtual reality world rife with pop culture references and Easter eggs to the real world. The player who can decipher all the mysteries and references in the world wins the opportunity to control it. In Spielberg’s capable hands, it has the potential to be a technical marvel and a modern classic.

That is, if he actually makes it. Ready Player One poses some unusually problematic challenges on just a practical standpoint. Cline’s story falls into the “unfilmable novel” territory, not just for the digital world necessary for a filmmaker to recreate, but also in terms of licensing. To get the rights to depict the many iconic film and TV characters »

- Brian Welk

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