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By Anjelica Oswald
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
- Anjelica Oswald
Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack. Due to the emphasis on creating artificial sounds, action films and war films tend to do particularly well here. The branch is also not afraid to give a film a standalone nomination (this decade, that has included "All is Lost," "Tron: Legacy," "Drive" and "Unstoppable"). In the not-too-distant past, animated films were also practically annual staples, which is unsurprising given the need to manifest everything you hear in such productions. The sound branch has its favorite contenders who regularly return. Names like Richard Hymns and Wylie Stateman immediately jump to mind. This is likely the case to a greater extent in Sound Editing than Sound Mixing. But every year also sees new nominees. »
- Gerard Kennedy
"It sucked... It just was -- awful," Michael Keaton says of Batman Forever in the following "CBS Sunday Morning" interview piece, which largely asks "Where has Michael Keaton beenc" It's a good little piece as we learn Keaton turned down a reported $15 million to play Batman a third time. The role would eventually go to Val Kilmer and while the question of where has Keaton been floats in the air... Well, since Batman Returns he's made The Paper, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, starred in White Noise, voiced characters in Pixar's Cars and Toy Story 3 and was an excellent contribution to The Other Guys. Granted, none of those roles stacks up to his new film, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which I had the pleasure of seeing just this morning and while I'll have my review for you on Monday, let me just say the hype around this one is for real, »
- Brad Brevet
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The cast and crew, fly high in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by visionary Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who never bounced back from his peak stardom days as part of a 1990s superhero franchise, and who is desperate to gain back some spark for his faded career. Riggan attempts to jolt himself back into the limelight through the triple threat of writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
- Christopher Clemente
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. Four years ago, Michael Keaton made a memorable appearance in the comedy The Other Guys, playing a police captain who also works at Bed, Bath and Beyond and unintentionally quotes TLC all the time. Between that and a vocal role in Toy Story 3, it appeared he was making a comeback. Well, maybe he can try again with the acclaimed new meta drama Birdman, in which he plays an actor making a comeback of his own. Keaton is in need of a comeback after many years of such uncool gigs as playing Dad to Lindsay Lohan in Herbie: Fully Loaded and to Katie Holmes in First Daughter (in which he's also the president, at least). This is a guy who went from Batman to snowman in...
- Christopher Campbell
By Anjelica Oswald
The best original song category at the Oscars is a difficult category to find patterns in. The number of best original song nominees can vary each year, and since 2000, the genre of the winning song has ranged from rap to show tunes.
The official Oscar rules state that the top five songs will receive nominations, but if there are 25 or fewer qualified works submitted, nominations may be limited to three, and if there are nine or fewer, than no awards may be given that year.
When it comes down to picking nominees, the Music Branch Executive Committee picks the top choices for the music categories (including original score and original musical). The winner is chosen by all Academy members.
- Anjelica Oswald
Disney's Frozen has surpassed Pixar's Toy Story 3 to claim the honor of highest grossing animated film of all time. But even though the animated musical has left all of Pixar's heralded features in the dust in the race to box office supremacy, that doesn't mean the animation studio is in a rush to imitate. While there could be a musical in Pixar's future, it won't come from a desire to ride Frozen's coattails. Speaking with Movies.com, Pixar animator James Murphy gave some insight into how the company picks its feature projects. Asked specifically if a musical is in the cards for Pixar's upcoming slate, Murphy responded: "What.s great about Pixar is there is no voice guiding them on what to do next. Pixar is a director-driven studio, and they put their money into individuals with ideas. And if an individual comes up with an idea that deserves »
Last Halloween the folks at Pixar brought us the entertaining Toy Story of Terror! This holiday season they are once again treating us to a TV movie featuring the Toy Story gang called Toy Story That Time Forgot. While a fourth movie is inevitable considering Toy Story 3 made over $1 billion; these fun short movies are a good way to keep the memories alive. Here’s the synopsis for Toy Story That Time Forgot: During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy »
- Graham McMorrow
While many thought that Toy Story 3 might mark the last time we’d see the loveable Pixar characters that started it all, the studio has done a swell job of keeping Woody, Buzz, and Co. alive by way of some seriously funny short films and TV specials. The first TV special, Toy Story of Terror!, premiered last Halloween, and now Pixar has a new Toy Story special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, poised to debut on ABC during the upcoming holiday season. The first Toy Story That Time Forgot poster has debuted online, giving us a sneak peek at what’s in store for our tiny heroes. The story of the special revolves around the Toy Story gang stumbling upon uncharted territory after a Christmas play date, where they come across a set of dinosaur action figures that turn out to be dangerously delusional. Hit the jump to take »
- Adam Chitwood
This week brings something unusual to the 2014 awards race: A trippy, lively contender.
The New York Film Festival closes Saturday with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which opens in theaters next week. It’s not exactly a feel-good movie, but it’s playful — toying with the characters, with film conventions and with the audience.
It’s good to see a film that’s frisky, as opposed to most 2014 Oscar contenders, which are Serious with a capital S. They are terrific. Even brilliant. But the race for gold this year is shrouded in darkness, with somber themes and subject matter.
Consider the lead characters in upcoming movies like “Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game,” “Still Alice” and “Mr. Turner.” They’re admirable films, but would you want to sit next to any of those characters at a dinner party?
- Tim Gray
Following last year's Halloween-themed special, everybody's favorite toys are returning with a look at the Christmas season. “Toy Story That Time Forgot” will premiere on ABC on Dec. 2 and feature the voice talents of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively. Also read: Toymaker Sues Disney, Claims ‘Toy Story 3' Villain Copied Its ‘Lots of Hugs’ Bear Hanks and Allen are joined by much of the original voice cast from the classic “Toy Story” films, including Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Kristen Schaal, Timothy Dalton and Don Rickles. They welcome “Grey's Anatomy's” Kevin McKidd as a new character, »
- Jason Hughes
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) starring Michael Keaton looks inside the mind of an actor trying to make a comeback after an iconic superhero role changed the trajectory of his career. It's crazy how much this parallels Keaton's real life. Since Batman Returns in 1992, Keaton has yet to shake off the shadow of a role he last played twenty-two years ago.
He's been able to do notable voice work in Toy Story 3 as Ken, Call of Duty: Black Ops II as Jason Hudson, and Cars as Chick Hicks. Most recently he's returned to action films in Need for Speed and RoboCop. The last piece he needs now is a critically acclaimed film, and Birdman might just fit the bill.
I've called the trailer a mind trip and the movie looks even more so. I can't wait to see if Keaton has made a triumphant return as a comedic and dramatic actor. »
- Free Reyes
Q. What do Lincoln, E.T., The Color Purple, War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, 12 Years a Slave, Eat Pray Love, A Mighty Heart, World War Z, Jane Eyre, Saving Mr. Banks, Proof, Elizabeth, The Master, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Inception, Hustle & Flow, The Hunger Games, Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 3 have in common? A. They were all produced by women. Look around. Female producers are everywhere: Shepherding the new Star Wars trilogy. Bringing the latest Hunger Games to theaters. And in February, when Oscar night rolls around, 11 women »
- Nicole Sperling
In the spirit of October, this list will look at scary scenes, but not from the horror classics directed by Craven or Carpenter or even Hitchcock (I’m excluding him, though I argue most of his work isn’t exactly horror). These are from the films that aren’t really meant to scare you. At least, not at the visceral level that horror films do. These are the fifty definitive moments from non-horror films that still made an impact on the “frightening front.” From shocking to creepy to unsettlingly hair raising, these are moments that will stick in your mind long after watching the films, even if they are part of a very different narrative.
50. Toy Story 3 (2010)
Scene: Monkey Security
The third installment of the one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time is also one of the darkest children’s films ever made. »
- Joshua Gaul
By Anjelica Oswald
More often than not, best picture winners at the Academy Awards tend to fall into the same genre category: biopic, period piece or drama. “Genre films” have managed to break through and secure nominations for various other categories, such as acting, but they have a more difficult time landing a spot on the best picture nomination list. Since the 83rd Academy Awards, films such as Toy Story 3 (2010), an animated film; Django Unchained (2012), a western; and Gravity (2013), a thriller, all managed to secure best picture nominations, but none became best picture winners. Examining the films that currently stand as frontrunners or major threats in the Oscar race shows a normal pattern emerging, with a few films that may offer up some surprises.
As per usual, biographical films have been dominating the festival circuit, and many of them have been garnering Oscar buzz. Among the top contenders are The Imitation Game, »
- Anjelica Oswald
The Shawshank Redemption is the greatest movie ever made, right? That’s what IMDb tells us, via the site’s users and their voting power. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but it’s definitely not the only movie in the world. And it wouldn’t even be what it is had there not been movies made beforehand. In fact, the very title comes from that of a Stephen King novella with a movie-informed extension: “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.” The adaptation removes the Hollywood actress’s name (apparently because people thought it was a biopic) but still prominently features her iconic face. In the 20 years since the release of Shawshank, other movies have been influenced or informed by Frank Darabont‘s Best Picture nominee. You won’t find any of those on this week’s list, though, not Dolores Clairborne with its mention of Shawshank Prison nor multiple Muppets movies with visual allusions nor Toy Story 3 »
- Christopher Campbell
Stringer Bell and Jimmy McNulty might be sharing the screen again, sort of. But instead of confronting each other on the mean streets of Baltimore, they’ll be taking to the sea.
Wire alums Idris Elba and Dominic West are reportedly lending their voices to Finding Dory, Disney and Pixar’s followup to Finding Nemo. West revealed the news in an interview with ShortList magazine this week.
- Lindsey Bahr
Vienna might be synonymous with Mozart and Strauss, but Sandra Tomek, founder and director of Hollywood in Vienna, perceives equally strong ties to such movie maestros as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who established themselves in the Austrian capital before blossoming as key pioneers of the Hollywood film score tradition.
So when Randy Newman receives the Max Steiner Award at the dual Sept. 24-25 event taking place at the city’s storied Vienna Concert Hall, with cousin and fellow film composer David Newman conducting, Tomek views the honor as both a link to the past and a celebration of the present.
“Alfred Newman, David’s father, was a colleague of Max Steiner,” Tomek explains. “And also the Newman family came from Eastern Europe (Russia, to be exact). So there are a lot of ties which are really interesting.”
The award is determined by an international committee of 20 people who »
- Steve Chagollan
This is a one-minute movie supercut called "Roygbiv" that explores the use of color in the films of Pixar. Those movies include footage from Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. The video was created by Rishi Kaneria, and it's really interesting to see how the color design of these films work with each other. Also the title of the video corresponds with the colors presented, which of course are the colors of the rainbow. Thanks to /Film for the tip!
- Joey Paur
Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has created a supercut celebrating the colorful worlds seen in Pixar movies. The short one minute and a half video features scenes from Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University. I […]
The post Votd: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
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