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Of the many storylines that begin during awards season, few are usually as compelling as the ones centered around who’s most due for an Academy Award. I think that it’s usually pretty satisfying to see a former bridesmaid finally become a bride, as it were. As such, below I’ve made up a list of ten actors or actresses who’ve previously been nominated for Oscars but have yet to win one who are in contention this year. I’ve more or less ranked them by how due they are, and just to be fair, I’ve excluded anyone who has already won a prize elsewhere (sorry Matt Damon, for example), or any of the myriad contenders who are seeking their first ever nomination by the Academy. Take a look below and I hope you enjoy! Here now are the ten actors and actresses most due for their »
- Joey Magidson
Some of the objections to the fast-track auction of bankrupt Relativity Media were abandoned or cast aside by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in New York, though the final decision on whether the mini-studio will go on the block Oct. 1 remained to be decided when a hearing resumed Tuesday afternoon in front of Judge Michael Wiles.
One of the most obstinate opponents of Relativity’s quick bid to sell itself, Rka Film Financing of New York, dropped its objections to loans that will keep the bankruptcy and sale on track. The film financier has said it is owed more than $75 million that it loaned for promotion of films, which it claims was diverted to Relativity’s general operating expenses.
Rka’s concession that an auction could go ahead came following a compromise last week by the other side. Senior lenders Anchorage Capital Group, Luxor Capital Group and Falcon Investment »
- Brent Lang
Russell Crowe reunites with his Les Miserables co-star Amanda Seyfried in the first trailer from Voltage Pictures' Fathers and Daughters. The studio still has not issued a release date for this upcoming drama, directed by Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness), but it is expected to be released by the end of this year for Academy Awards season consideration. While we wait for that announcement, you can check out the first footage from this upcoming drama.
Jake Davis (Russell Crowe), a Pulitzer-winning novelist, finds himself fighting against the world when a fatal car accident leaves him to raise his 5-year-old daughter, Katie, all on his own. Overcome with guilt from the loss of his wife, he struggles with the daily routine of raising a child compounded by his overbearing relatives intent on taking her away from him. As the narrative weaves back and forth between the 1980s, and present day, »
Today we have an international trailer for the upcoming "Fathers and Daughters," starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger, Jane Fonda, and Octavia Spencer. Check it out below. Plot: A Pulitzer-winning writer (Crowe) grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter (Seyfried) struggles to forge connections of her own. The new movie is directed by Gabriele Muccino (Seven Pounds, The Pursuit of Happyness). A Us release date has yet to be set. Trailer: »
Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino may not be a household name in Hollywood, but his two most prominent western films – Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness – have underlined the director’s ability to capture raw, profoundly human emotions on camera. Now, Muccino is back with a star-studded cast for Fathers and Daughters, which has today debuted its heart-wrenching international trailer.
Starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul, Fathers and Daughters is a tragic tale about one family ripped apart by a car crash. It’s Crowe’s Pulitzer-winning novelist who shoulders the most pain, though, blaming himself for the loss of his wife. Left to raise a 5-year-old daughter on his lonesome, the narrative will jump between Katie’s troubled childhood and the present day, where she will be portrayed by Seyfried.
While the first look doesn’t appear to be too remarkable, Fathers and Daughters earns the benefit »
- Michael Briers
Michael Dorman (The Water Diviner, Wonderland) and Resurrection‘s Kathleen Munroe have been cast as male and female leads in Amazon pilot The Patriot, from The Pursuit of Happyness' Steve Conrad. The comedic thriller/family dramedy centers on not-quite-master spy John Allerton (Dorman), the son of Tom Allerton, a Director of Intelligence with the State Department. John’s career as a spy working under Non Official Cover (Noc) is plagued by one little detail: he’s got a… »
After having a brief bromance with Will Smith, working with the actor on "The Pursuit Of Happyness" and "Seven Pounds," Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino hasn't quite hit the same heights since in Hollywood. His last effort was the Gerard Butler effort "Playing For Keeps" and now comes "Fathers And Daughters" which has some decent names attached, but as this first international trailer reveals, maybe not the most promising results. Starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Aaron Paul, with a Black List approved script by Brad Desch, this is time-jumping tale about the relationship between a widower novelist and his daughter, with the story told through her eyes, in a narrative that spans decades. Here's the official synopsis: Jake Davis, a Pulitzer-winning novelist, finds himself fighting against the world when a fatal car accident leaves him to raise his 5-year-old daughter, Katie, all on his own. Overcome with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Toplined by Hugh Jackman and The Social Network‘s Rooney Mara, it appeared as though Disney and Joe Wright’s upcoming Pan movie would mark the beginning of a one-two punch for the acting pair, given that both were signed on to star in Collateral Beauty, the latest from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
Alas, due to the longstanding commitment to his beloved mutant Wolverine across the X-Men films – a role he’ll reprise one final time for James Mangold’s The Wolverine 3 – Jackman was forced to pull out of Collateral Beauty, which led the studio to cast the net in search of a new male lead. And though Johnny Deep had been considered at one point, Deadline brings word that Gomez-Rejon has targeted Suicide Squad‘s Will Smith as the replacement.
Supplanting Jackson as the protagonist, it’s understood Smith will now play the »
- Michael Briers
Relativity was founded with the intention of starting a new studio from scratch using data to mitigate risks and maximize profits. From launching its own domestic distribution operation on the back of failed Overture Films to making deals in China, here are some of the pitstops on the road to declaring bankruptcy on Thursday.
2006: Relativity’s Gun Hill Road I fund co-finances 17 movies with Sony and Universal including “The Pursuit of Happyness” (above) and “Nanny McPhee”; Gun Hill II co-funds 18 films with Sony and Universal, including “Evan Almighty” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”
2008: Hedge fund Elliott Management makes a $1 billion investment in Relativity.
2009: Relativity buys genre label Rogue Pictures from Universal for $150 million; sets multi-year distribution pact with Lionsgate. »
- Dave McNary
An all-star roster of actors has joined new action adventure Suicide Squad, bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (Fury). The film stars two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali, Focus) as Deadshot; Joel Kinnaman (Run All Night, Robocop) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, Alexander) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (Divergent, The Water Diviner) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, Pan) as Enchantress.
Besides helming the film, Ayer is also writing the script for Suicide Squad, which is being produced by Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers. Suicide Squad opens in cinemas in August 2016.
- Phil Wheat
The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Thursday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.
Joined by Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.
- Ramin Setoodeh
Amazon Studios is at work on a bunch of new projects for its streaming service with several important filmmakers involved in them.
First up, "Iron Man 3" and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" writer/director Shane Black is planning an adaptation of "Edge," George Gilman's spaghetti Western books of the same name. Fred Dekker wrote the teleplay from a story by him and Black will direct while the pair will executive produce with Barry Josephson and David Greenblatt. Dekker is also working with Black on the next "Predator" sequel.
Also in the works, "The Practice" creator David E. Kelley's new legal drama "Trial" and the comedic thriller/family dramedy "The Patriot" from Steve Conrad ("The Pursuit of Happyness") with pilots for both ordered. The latter follows a father working at the state department and his two sons, a senator and a Iraq war veteran with Ptsd who wants to be a folk singer. »
- Garth Franklin
A recent Internet brouhaha occurred when some feminists attacked Joss Whedon after the opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron claiming he was a misogynist, etc, for his portrayal of Black Widow in the movie. I haven’t seen the movie yet – I may be one of a handful in the world who hasn’t – so I can’t comment on it although given Whedon’s track record, I am skeptical.
When Whedon closed his Twitter account, the Internet went crazy and charged he was chased off by “militant feminists.” Again, I was skeptical. Whedon himself later stated “I just thought, Wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place, and this is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life.” That’s true of the Internet in general, by the way. A great tool but also a great temptation for wasting time. »
- John Ostrander
Rome — Italian director with Hollywood credentials Gabriele Muccino (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Seven Pounds”) is set to shoot “Summertime,” an ensemble coming-of-age/road movie set in Rome, San Francisco, New Orleans and Cuba “about four youths in that unique unrepeatable formative phase after high school, before college, during which they crack the shell of adolescence,” he said.
For the four main roles in this mostly English-language pic, Muccino has cast Matilda Lutz, the emerging Italian actress who will play the lead in the next chapter in the “Ring” franchise; locally hot Italian TV actor Brando Pacitto (“Braccialetti Rossi”); and young U.S. actors Joseph Haro (“Glee,” “Welcome to the Family”) and Taylor Frey (“Gossip Girl,” G.B.F.).
- Nick Vivarelli
Matthew McConaughey.s recent cinematic renaissance looks set to continue after it was confirmed that he.d become attached to The Billionaire.s Vinegar, an intriguing tale of deception, wine and Thomas Jefferson. Deadline was the first to reveal that the Academy Award-winning actor has signed up to star in The Billionare.s Vinegar, which will come from Sony Pictures and revolve around an auctioned cache of wine bottles that were allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. It turns out that they actually never belonged to the third President of the United States, and this revelation soon leads to all-out mayhem. Matthew McConaughey is the first actor to sign up for The Billionaire.s Vinegar, but the producers and scribes involved suggest that he is in very good hands. The team of Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith, who were previously behind The Pursuit Of Happyness »
Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in Sony Picture's The Billionaire's Vinegar. Based on Benjamin Wallace's book The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. The film centers on the scandal surrounding several fraudulent bottles of wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. Hardy Rodenstock, a music manager-turned-wine dealer supplied the wine. Billionaire Bill Koch payed $500,000 for the Jefferson bottles, before coughing up twice that amount for an investigation to confirm their origins and a lawsuit against Rodenstock. What else are you going to do when you're a billionaire? [caption id="attachment_340263" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Brothers[/caption] Per Deadline,The script is by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma) with no director attached at this time. Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment have been developing the project for years; Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Will Smith and Steve Tisch will produce. They have previously »
- Haleigh Foutch
Apparently made by snickering 12-year-olds who like naked boobies and have heard rumors about the phenomenon known as “the business trip.” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): the trailer was embarrassing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Unfinished Business is the kind of movie in which a mentally retarded character — whose impairment is offered as a constant source of “hilarity” — is required to recite a line of dialogue such as “The penis touched my face” in a way that, this pathetic excuse for entertainment hopes, will make you laugh. Because the penis did indeed touch his face, and you are, it is presumed, consumed with “American prudishness,” hence you will snicker, just like, in another scene, the retarded character snickers when he sees naked boobies. In a fit of something that the movie deems clever, the naked-boobies scene directly addresses the matter »
- MaryAnn Johanson
A comedy with its heart in the right place and everything else bizarrely out of joint, “Unfinished Business” finds director Ken Scott following 2013’s “Delivery Man” with another dubious attempt to sell audiences on Vince Vaughn’s sensitive side. Playing a down-on-his-luck family man who takes an ill-advised business trip to Berlin with two unfunny sidekicks in tow (Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco), Vaughn is admittedly the least of the movie’s worries: Awkwardly wrapping a heartwarming message of self-acceptance in a layer of crude sexual humor, it’s like a date who tries to pat you on the back with one hand while feeling you up with the other. As such, “Unfinished” looks unlikely to do much business, or to end the nearly decade-long string of mediocrities (“Fred Claus,” “Four Christmases,” “The Dilemma,” “The Watch,” “The Internship”) that has plagued its star, whose fans are advised to keep whetting »
- Justin Chang
Paris — MyTF1VOD, the on-demand platform of France’s top commercial network TF1, is set to roll out AfrostreamVOD, a digital service dedicated to African, Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean movies.
Launched in partnership with French start-up Afrostream, the new VOD platform will showcase movies in HD in French or in original version with subtitles.
AfrostreamVOD’s library will comprise popular movies such as “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Dreamgirls” and “Ray” as well as recent releases.
“Through this new offer, we have the ambition to enrich our legal offer, and fulfill the demands of audiences who enjoy these movies which get very little exposure,” said Tristan du Laz, co-managing director of TF1 Video.
Tonjé Bakang, Afrostream founder, noted that “Afro movies »
- Elsa Keslassy
The narrative going into this weekend was that "Focus" would mark a comeback of sorts for Will Smith. His first lead role since the career stumbling block two years ago that was "After Earth," "Focus" was supposed to be an easy lay-up for Smith, a sleek, star-powered caper comedy that would face little competition in the doldrums of February. Pundits predicted a debut in the low $20 millions.
Nonetheless, when the snow flurries cleared on Sunday, "Focus" hadn't even crossed $20 million; estimates had the film's weekend premiere scoring just $19.1 million. That's the first time, since Smith's Oscar-baiting prestige drama "Seven Pounds" in 2008, that he's failed to crack $20 million on an opening weekend. (Even "After Earth" pulled off a $27.5 million debut.)
With two relative flops in a row (three if you count his rare supporting role in last year's "Winter's Tale"), it's officially time for pundits to start wondering if Smith has »
- Gary Susman
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