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R.I.P. #OscarsSoWhite: Why 2017 Will Be The Most Diverse Awards Season In Decades

26 September 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Late September is usually far too early for definitive Academy Award predictions, but on this one I’m solid: This year’s film slate will inevitably yield an Oscars Less White.

Some small credit can go to the Academy, which pushed the diversity needle just a tad by adding twice as many new voters as last year (683, almost half of whom were women or people of color).

However, the most significant reason we’re unlikely to see a repeat of last year — when every single one of the 20 acting nominations went to white thespians — is the movies. Last year, films like “Beasts of No Nation,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Concussion,” and “Creed” boasted diverse ensembles before and behind the screen, but they were less-than-Academy-friendly. In 2016, there are at least 8 films that present as strong awards candidates with diverse talent, and they are a far more formidable selection.

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- Anne Thompson

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Page To Screen: Adapting Forrest Gump turned a caustic satire into a sentimental romance

21 September 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

In Page To Screen, we compare a movie to the book that spawned it. The analysis goes into deep detail about specific plot points—in other words, you’ve been warned.

Is there a point where a film adaptation, by deviating too much from its source material, ceases to be an adaptation?

Consider The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, the film of which retains only the basic conceit of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original short story—a man who is born old and ages backwards. Everything else, including the vast majority of characters and incidents, are original to the screenplay, making it hard to view it as an adaptation in anything other than a technical way. (Writer Eric Roth was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for it, while Dustin Lance Black won Best Original Screenplay for Milk, demonstrating the confusing delineation the Oscars makes between being bound by historical record »

- Ryan Vlastelica

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What's at Stake in Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce: Combined Fortunes Estimated at $500 Million

21 September 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage citing irreconcilable differences on Monday - and as two of Hollywood's wealthiest stars, there's a lot at stake between the pair. While estimates of their earnings vary, celebrity estate attorney Donald David approximates Pitt, 52, to be worth up to $350 million and Jolie, 41, up to $275 million, noting that Jolie in recent years, has had "a smaller industry footprint." "The reason for the disparity is Pitt has a bigger inventory," David tells People. "And a higher value and a higher residual interest." The disparity could be the result of »

- Char Adams, @CiCiAdams_

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What's at Stake in Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce: Combined Fortunes Estimated at $500 Million

21 September 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage citing irreconcilable differences on Monday - and as two of Hollywood's wealthiest stars, there's a lot at stake between the pair. While estimates of their earnings vary, celebrity estate attorney Donald David approximates Pitt, 52, to be worth up to $350 million and Jolie, 41, up to $275 million, noting that Jolie in recent years, has had "a smaller industry footprint." "The reason for the disparity is Pitt has a bigger inventory," David tells People. "And a higher value and a higher residual interest." The disparity could be the result of »

- Char Adams, @CiCiAdams_

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[Tiff Review] Wakefield

19 September 2016 6:09 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Bryan Cranston’s Howard Wakefield seems to have a great life. He is a successful New York City lawyer, is married to a loving wife, has two teenage girls, and owns the ideal house. However, problems do lurk beneath his psyche and, before we could even get to know him a little better, he decides to disappear from his own life. He hides in the attic, where his family never really cares to go, and observes how his loved ones deal with his disappearance.

Writer-director Robin Swicord isn’t interested in just the act itself, but more importantly in what led to it happening in the first place. Swicord adapts a short story by E.L. Doctorow into an original and thoughtful gem of a movie Wakefield.

While it’s not a reasonable and intelligent way to deal with life’s problems, walking away from it all is a feeling most »

- The Film Stage

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Jennifer Garner Looks Radiant at World Premiere of Wakefield in Toronto

13 September 2016 9:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jennifer Garner looked radiant at the world premiere of her new film Wakefield at the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday. The 44-year-old actress looked stylish in a black dress with embellished blue and green prints, as she flashed her megawatt smile. The film centers on Howard Wakefield's (Bryan Cranston) nervous breakdown, which causes him to leave his wife, Diana (Garner), and live in his attic for several months, where he secretly observes his family and neighbors. "You're not experiencing these scenes with me, you're watching me from Howard, my husband's, point of view," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "You »

- Alexia Fernandez, @alexiafedz

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Jennifer Garner Looks Radiant at World Premiere of Wakefield in Toronto

13 September 2016 9:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jennifer Garner looked radiant at the world premiere of her new film Wakefield at the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday. The 44-year-old actress looked stylish in a black dress with embellished blue and green prints, as she flashed her megawatt smile. The film centers on Howard Wakefield's (Bryan Cranston) nervous breakdown, which causes him to leave his wife, Diana (Garner), and live in his attic for several months, where he secretly observes his family and neighbors. "You're not experiencing these scenes with me, you're watching me from Howard, my husband's, point of view," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "You »

- Alexia Fernandez, @alexiafedz

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Apple iTunes Hikes Prices of Studios’ 10-Movie Packs to Up to $50

13 September 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After offering six different 10-movie bundles for a special one-day price of $9.99 on Monday, Apple’s iTunes is keeping them around for a while longer — but has raised the prices for each of the packs to between $35 and $50.

The promo, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Apple selling digital movies, drew participation from Warner Bros., Universal Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate. Disney and 20th Century Fox were the major studios that sat out the “10 Years of iTunes Movies” deal.

Still, while they’re not the one-dollar-per-movie bargain iTunes users in the U.S. were able to score Monday, the six bundles are still cheaper than if you were to buy the ten movies separately from Apple. For example, Warner’s $49.99 ten-pack would cost $152.90 for the HD titles if purchased individually.

For now, the 10-movie bundles look to be a limited-time promotion by Apple. That said, iTunes Movies routinely »

- Todd Spangler

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Promise’

13 September 2016 2:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Our revenge will be to survive, and have children,” rallies the mayor of an Ottoman city whose Armenian population is targeted for annihilation in Terry George’s “The Promise” — “…and one day, to make movies,” he might as well add, since that is ultimately what “The Promise” is about: Aiming to do for the 1915 Armenian Genocide what “Doctor Zhivago” did for the Russian Revolution, this sweeping romantic epic intends to dramatize a dark chapter so often denied and so seldom depicted onscreen — and yet, the events in question deserve better than a sloggy melodrama in which the tragedy is forced to take a backseat to a not especially compelling love triangle.

Willed into being by Armenian investor-philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian, who established Survivor Pictures in order to finance this project before he passed away last year, “The Promise” was conceived as a glossy, English-language entertainment — not to be mistaken for the »

- Peter Debruge

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Apple iTunes Offers 10-Movie Bundles for $10, With Disney and 20th Century Fox Sitting Out Promo

12 September 2016 11:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Apple has teamed with five Hollywood studios for six different ten-movie bundles — priced at $9.99, or a buck per movie — in a one-day promotion celebrating the 10th anniversary of the tech giant selling digital movies.

Notably, neither Disney nor 20th Century Fox are among the studio partners for the “10 Years of iTunes Movies” deal. In Disney’s case, it operates its own digital-movie distribution service, Disney Movies Anywhere, which lets users download Mouse House titles and watch them on a variety of platforms.

The movie bundles became available early Monday and are available for only a 24-hour period, for iTunes users in the U.S.

The six different bundles are:

Warner Bros.: “The Judge,” “Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow,” “Pacific Rim,” “Magic Mike,” “Contagion,” “The Town,” “The Hangover,” “Sex and the City: The Movie,” “300,” “Superman ReturnsUniversal Studios: “Ride Along,” “Identity Thief,” “Rush,” “Snow White & the Huntsman,” “The Adjustment Bureau, »

- Todd Spangler

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Coming Distractions: Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac watch Constantinople burn in The Promise trailer

12 September 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It’s impossible to talk about World War II without discussing the Holocaust. But World War I—itself not short on unimaginable atrocities—also had its own incident of race-based mass extermination. And what better filmmaker to bring those horrors to our pampered Western eyes than Terry George, the guy who directed Hotel Rwanda?

The Armenian Genocide of 1915—in which the Ottoman Empire systematically killed 1.5 million of its own citizens—serves as the backdrop to a love triangle in George’s newest film, The Promise, which he co-wrote with Robin Swicord (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button). Oscar Isaac plays a medical student who falls in love with a fellow Armenian (The Walk’s Charlotte le Bon) after she travels to Constantinople with an American photojournalist (Christian Bale). Things get complicated. And then they get violent. And then they probably get very depressing, considering what history tells ...

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- Dennis DiClaudio

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The Promise Trailer: Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac Feud in War Drama

10 September 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fresh off a banner year that included Ex Machina and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac returns to team up with Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon in the upcoming drama The Promise. While a release date hasn't been given for this World War I drama, Survival Pictures has released the first trailer for The Promise. If it does end up getting released at the end of this year, it could end up becoming a sleeper pick during awards season.

The new trailer debuted on Survival Pictures' YouTube, offering our first footage from the movie. The story is set in the year 1914, and as the Great War looms, the vast Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople (Istanbul), its once vibrant, multicultural capital is about to be consumed by chaos.

Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, »

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An Empire Crumbles And The Great War Looms In First Trailer For The Promise

10 September 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Terry George, creative mind behind the rather excellent Hotel Rwanda, isn’t a director to shy away from real-life conflict.

His latest feature, The Promise, is currently screening at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival and, as this first trailer reveals, plunges into the contested genocide campaign waged by the Turks against the Armenians during the throes of The Great War.

At the heart of George’s story – one he hashed out alongside Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) – is the always-bankable Oscar Isaac as Armenian medical student, Michael, who finds himself at the forefront of a love triangle between himself, a brilliant artist (Charlotte Le Bon) and an American journalist (Christian Bale). We got an early peek of that trio in period garb some weeks ago, but today’s debut snippet really ramps up The Promise‘s awards credentials. It wouldn’t be the first time that »

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Oscar Isaac Makes Awards Season ‘Promise’ at Tiff

9 September 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Oscar-winning director of “Hotel RwandaTerry George is back to tell yet another devastating story centered on war crimes and genocide—this time between the Turks and the Armenian population in the final days of the Ottoman Empire. Following the critically acclaimed series “Show Me a Hero” and last year’s indie hit “Ex Machina,” Oscar Isaac is continuing his streak of great projects with “The Promise.” He stars as an Armenian medical student alongside Christian Bale, who plays a reporter for the Associated Press. “The Promise” looks to be a heartbreaking examination of the period that saw 1.5 million Armenians killed at the hands of the Turks. Standing out against the political backdrop and anchoring the narrative is the love triangle between Chris (Bale), Michael (Isaac), and Ana, played by French actor Charlotte Le Bon (“Bastille Day”). George also co-wrote the script, which is based on a true story, alongside »

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How Bryan Cranston and Director Robin Swicord Embraced the ‘Strange’ and Unlikable for Character Study ‘Wakefield’

8 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Like so many indie movies, “Wakefield” was something of a miracle for writer-director Robin Swicord. It’s been more than eight years since “The Jane Austen Book Club” (an average statistic for women directors); in the meantime she received an Oscar nomination for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (she shared story by credit with Eric Roth). But for “Wakefield” to happen required infinite patience and no small amount of luck.

Swicord sent “Wakefield” over the transom to Telluride co-director Tom Luddy. “He loves the interesting movie,” she said. “He has broad taste, a love for European movies. I felt when I was cutting ‘Wakefield,’ ‘We are making an interesting, strange movie.'”

Read More: Telluride and Tiff’s Oscar Tea Leaves: How Two Key Festivals Could Predict This Year’s Winners

When she arrived to world premiere the film on Friday for her first Telluride, Swicord had just finished »

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How Bryan Cranston and Director Robin Swicord Embraced the ‘Strange’ and Unlikable for Character Study ‘Wakefield’

8 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like so many indie movies, “Wakefield” was something of a miracle for writer-director Robin Swicord. It’s been more than eight years since “The Jane Austen Book Club” (an average statistic for women directors); in the meantime she received an Oscar nomination for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (she shared story by credit with Eric Roth). But for “Wakefield” to happen required infinite patience and no small amount of luck.

Swicord sent “Wakefield” over the transom to Telluride co-director Tom Luddy. “He loves the interesting movie,” she said. “He has broad taste, a love for European movies. I felt when I was cutting ‘Wakefield,’ ‘We are making an interesting, strange movie.'”

Read More: Telluride and Tiff’s Oscar Tea Leaves: How Two Key Festivals Could Predict This Year’s Winners

When she arrived to world premiere the film on Friday for her first Telluride, Swicord had just finished »

- Anne Thompson

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Wakefield’

4 September 2016 4:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Who hasn’t had the impulse to put life on hold for a moment?” asks New York lawyer, husband, and father Howard Wakefield, who decides to spend his mid-life crisis holed up in the attic above his own garage in “Wakefield” (which is certainly a lot cheaper than buying a fancy new sports car to park inside it). No, Howard, this is not everyone’s fantasy, though it is perhaps relatable enough to serve up some valuable lessons in life and marriage, as Bryan Cranston — who carries nearly the whole show in a performance that’s less “Breaking Bad” than an embittered version of his “Malcolm in the Middle” suburban dad — allows us to vicariously experience how such a divorce from reality (if not his Stepford-perfect spouse, played by Jennifer Garner) might go down.

Adapted from an E.L. Doctorow short story published by the New Yorker three months after the »

- Peter Debruge

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7 more must-see films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival

16 August 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

7 more must-see films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival7 more must-see films at this year's Toronto International Film FestivalAdriana Floridia8/16/2016 10:52:00 Am

Every Tuesday, we are showered with more film announcements for this year's Toronto International Film Festival, and therefore become that much more excited and overwhelmed.

Lucky for you, we're helping you narrow down which films you absolutely must-see at the festival if you're attending, and those that you should keep your eye out for when they hit Cineplex theatres if you're not.

Today, Tiff announced their programs for Contemporary World Cinema, Wavelengths, Masters, and topped up their Galas and Special Presentations. It's a lot of information to process, and there is a wide variety of films here for everyone. We've chosen seven stand-out films from today's announcement that we think you should definitely have on your radar.

Here are seven more films to watch at the »

- Adriana Floridia

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Movie News: Brad Pitt Wants David Fincher for 'World War Z' Sequel; Director Antoine Fuqua Heads to 'Scarface' Remake

11 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

World War Z: Actor/producer Brad Pitt wants David Fincher to direct a sequel to World War Z (above). The duo previously teamed on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (below). Reportedly, Fincher is now officially in talks to helm the zombie project, which aims to start production early next year. [Variety]   Scarface: Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, above; The Magnificent Seven) is in talks to direct a new version of Scarface. The original tale, released in 1932, revolved around the rise and fall of a criminal kingpin. Al Pacino starred in a 1983 remake, directed by Brian De Palma. The new version will be set in modern-day Los Angeles and follow a similar storyline. [Deadline]   Queen of the Air: Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, above...

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David Fincher Might Direct That World War Z Sequel

11 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

So according to Variety Brad Pitt wants his old friend David Fincher behind the camera for that World War Z sequel he’s been cooking for a while now. David Fincher and Brad Pitt have worked together in the past on movies like Se7en, Fight Club or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, so you could […]

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