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Always An Oscar Bridesmaid…Till This Year?

31 December 2013 5:12 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

The New Year is almost upon us and several Oscar contenders are hoping that with the new year comes new Oscar fortunes. Being overdue is a concept many trot out during the awards season, so I decided to take a look at some of the people in the race with multiple nominations that could possibly be shedding the Oscar bridesmaid label.

David O. Russell

Nominations: 3, Best Director (The Fighter in 2011 and Silver Linings Playbook in 2012) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Silver Linings Playbook in 2012)

Closest Call: Best Director for Silver Linings Playbook in 2012

Analysis: This is the flimsiest one on the list by virtue of his overdue status only being two years old. However, he has gotten 3 nominations for during that stretch and it’s only a matter of time before he wins one. To be honest, it was quite surprising he didn’t pick up »

- Terence Johnson

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"Batman Vs Superman": Bryan Cranston Is 'Lex Luthor' ?

29 December 2013 6:49 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

The news was all the rage August 2013, when reports surfaced that Emmy Award winning actor Bryan Cranston (who was aged with make-up and lost weight to play terminally ill 'Walter White' in AMC's "Breaking Bad") was in the running to play DC Comics villain 'Lex Luthor', should the character appear in director Zack Snyder's developing "Man Of Steel" sequel, with the working title "Batman Vs Superman".

Now the rumor has returned from a number of credible news sources, thanks to the continuing popularity of "Breaking Bad" and Cranston's positive relationship with both Warners ("Godzilla") and actor Ben Affleck ("Argo"), who will play 'Batman' in the new feature. 

The original 'Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor', created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, debuted in "Action Comics" #23 (April 1940), with a full head of red hair, described as "...a power-mad, evil scientist" of high intelligence and incredible technological prowess. Luthor's goal of killing »

- Michael Stevens

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'Wolf Of Wall Street' Cinematographer Talks Filming Tricks for Buzzy Quaaludes Scenes

27 December 2013 1:48 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Wolf of Wall Street cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto -- who earned an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain and shot last year's Oscar winner Argo -- has a reputation for using various cameras and formats to great effect, and his latest outing with Martin Scorsese is no different. Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, the film follows Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) from his early days on Wall Street in 1987 through his indictment in 1998 for securities fraud and money laundering. Photos: Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio Spill Candid Stories on the Making of 'The Wolf of Wall Street' To tell this story, Prieto tested

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- Carolyn Giardina

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10 Disappointing Things We Learned About Movies In 2013

27 December 2013 12:41 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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22nd August 2013. One Hollywood Reporter article changes the face of movies for the foreseeable future, showing the aim of a major franchise and highlighting the unsavoury side of fanboyism.

Ben Affleck, then in the process of finding somewhere to put all the plaudits, both written and award based, he’d received for his acting-directing-producing job on Argo, was Batman. Brilliant. Starting with Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback and Heath Ledger’s posthumous Oscar in 2008, superhero movies had slowly become more acceptable works and now we’re at a point where even the hottest actor would attach himself to a project.

Or rather: Ben Affleck, star of the abominable triple whammy of Pearl Harbour, Daredevil and Gigli, was Batman. Terrible. He’s a talentless hack who ruined one of Marvel’s greatest heroes; why are they letting him destroy an icon?

Will he be awesome or will he »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Lynda Carter Talks Wonder Woman and Gal Gadot in Batman Vs. Superman

26 December 2013 8:38 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. announced earlier this month that Gal Gadot has signed on to play Wonder Woman in the highly-anticipated sequel Batman Vs. Superman. But it was Lynda Carter who most notably brought the iconic superhero to life in the Wonder Woman TV series, which ran for three seasons from 1975 to 1979. Since that time, only Adrianne Palicki has dared jump into the infamous superhero outfit for a pilot that never made it to series, with Princess Diana of Themyscira never before being portrayed on the big screen.

While some actors shy away from talking about their most iconic past roles, Lynda Carter has always held the character close to her heart, and doesn't mind sharing her thoughts on the DC Comics legend. When asked whether or not it will be odd to see someone else playing Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter offered this insight into what its like finally turning over a »

- MovieWeb

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In Conversation with… Trevor Hogg Looks Back on 2013

26 December 2013 8:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In an effort to examine what is required to bring a story to the big screen or onto the pages of a book, Trevor Hogg has taken the opportunity to chat with a variety of professionals who have contributed to the remarkable creative journey....

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Billy Boyd discusses getting into character for his role as Woodsy a club deejay with drug issues in Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy.  

“Rob [Hayden] did an interesting thing that made it difficult but also wonderful; he didn’t say, ‘Look. This is 1992.’  And you go, ‘I know exactly what they’re wearing and the music they’re listening to.’  As a deejay you would want to know that but you wanted it set in a never time, not an exact moment.  In a way you have to be specific and real with your character but also slightly a stereotype of a clubber or deejay.  I went classic. »

- Trevor

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The Wolf Of Wall Street – The Review

24 December 2013 9:26 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Martin Scorsese’s stylish tale of the drug and sex-fueled rise and fall of a crooked Wall Street banker is a smashing return to form for the director. Hands down the best of the five Scorsese/ Leo DeCaprio collaborations so far, The Wolf Of Wall Street is long but its fast-moving storyline and surprisingly robust humor make its three hours zip by. A true story, Wolf is based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort (DeCaprio), a man who went from financial struggle to one of the most wealthy but immoral and corrupt stockbrokers on Wall Street. Belfort’s mentored into the business by a chest-beating Wall Street slickster (Matthew McConaughey in a canny, one-scene role) who extolls the virtues of snorting coke as an appetizer to a 3-martini lunch. Belfort was hooked, and after having to reinvent himself following the 1987 Black Monday crash, he established the Long Island firm of Stratton Oakmont, »

- Tom Stockman

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Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman producer talks Batfleck and Wonder Woman

23 December 2013 4:26 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Regular Zack Snyder producing partner Wesley Coller has been speaking to MLive ahead of a speech he's set to deliver at Eastern Michigan University, and of course the topic of conversation soon drifted towards the eagerly-anticipated Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman, which is set to expand the fledgling DC Cinematic Universe with the introduction of Ben Affleck's (Argo) Batman and Gal Gadot's (Fast & Furious) Wonder Woman alongside Henry Cavill's Kal-El.

"Because we’ve historically done fan favorite fare – Watchmen, we remade Dawn of the Dead - I've developed a pretty good perspective on this," said Coller, when asked about the backlash against the announcement of Affleck and the next Dark Knight. "Anything you do that’s culturally significant, or any time you deal with an iconic character or story, you’re going to hear responses from every possible perspective. So nothing surprises me anymore. If anything, »

- Gary Collinson

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Destroy Cities As Godzilla In New Japanese Website For The 2014 Movie

23 December 2013 12:02 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Click on the image below to view the site. Gareth Edwards directs Godzilla, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Cosmopolis), and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck., The Bourne Legacy) and Bryan Cranston (Argo, TV's Breaking Bad). »

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Kyle Chandler on 'Wolf of Wall Street,' Overwhelming Anxiety, and Playing the Perfect Authority Figure

23 December 2013 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Kyle Chandler is one of those actors whose mere presence in a movie elevates it a few degrees.

While most will probably remember him from his two beloved TV ventures (CBS's supernatural-y drama "Early Edition," where he played a man gifted with a rundown of the next day's events, and "Friday Night Lights," as a high school football coach in small town Texas), but in the last couple of years, he's had an amazing string of big screen performances. Last year he starred in two Best Picture Oscar nominees, one of which ("Argo") ended up taking home the top prize.

And this year the streak has continued, first as a politician who is murdered for his honesty in thriller "Broken City," then as an alcoholic father in the festival favorite "The Spectacular Now" and now, spectacularly, as a dogged FBI agent who is hot on the heels of Leonard DiCaprio's »

- Drew Taylor

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The Week in Spandex - The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ant-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wonder Woman and more

23 December 2013 1:22 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Justice League: War, and more....

After debuting the first trailer earlier this month, Sony gave Spidey fans an early Christmas present this past week, releasing a second trailer and new poster for the upcoming superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Both are pretty familiar - the shot of Andrew Garfield's wall-crawler is exactly the same as the one from the first banner, while we've already seen much of the footage in the 'bonus' trailer; however, personally I thought the latest trailer was an improvement, although the CGI Spidey swinging around the city still looks like it's come straight out of »

- Gary Collinson

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Joaquin Phoenix May Play Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman

23 December 2013 1:07 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Now that "Batman vs Superman" has both Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill), Warner Bros has started its search for the villain. According to Variety, the studio is in talks with Joaquin Phoenix to play the main villain in the movie. While it has yet to be revealed which villain will actually appear in "Batman vs Superman," Variety believes that Phoenix is up for the role of Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, Warner Bros just hired Oscar-winning writer Chris Terrio (Argo) to re-write David Goyer's screenplay. Production is set to begin early next year. The film will then hit theaters on July 17th, 2015. »

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American Hustle – review

22 December 2013 2:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

David O Russell's anarchic comedy based on a 70s real-life scam expertly recreates the excesses of the era

Cinematic claims of authenticity are intriguing and almost always misleading. Back in the 70s, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was advertised with the tag line: "It happened!" (it didn't), while in the 90s the Coen brothers opened their crime drama Fargo with the words: "This is a true story" (it wasn't). In 2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats assured audiences that "more of this is true than you would believe". Now into the great canon of enigmatic obfuscations comes American Hustle, which begins with the words: "Some of this actually happened."

"This" turns out to be a serio-comic tall tale (bearing the whiff of the shaggy dog) with one toe in the real-life "Abscam" operation in which the FBI used a con artist and a fake sheikh to entrap corrupt public officials in »

- Mark Kermode

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‘Man of Steel’ Supersuit to be Redesigned for ‘Batman vs. Superman’

21 December 2013 12:03 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The last two weeks have seen a flurry of updates to director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel – still known to the world at large as Batman vs. Superman

Starting with the news that Gal Gadot of the Fast & Furious franchise will appear as Wonder Woman (joining returning Superman Henry Cavill and new Batman Ben Affleck), we’ve had other news on the highly anticipated continuation of the DC Cinematic Universe: Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa may join the production (as Doomsday? Bizarro Superman? Martian Manhunter?), Warner Bros. is looking at Joaquin Phoenix for an undisclosed role, and Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio will rewrite David S. Goyer’s script for the sequel.

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- Anthony Vieira

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Batman vs. Superman - watch Tom Hiddleston, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman and more pick sides

20 December 2013 7:47 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Batman vs. Superman is far more than just a movie title. It stands for skepticism vs. hope, terrestrial vs. extra-terrestrial. It even recalls the climactic battle of Frank Miller's seminal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.

Total Film have taken the Man of Steel sequel name rather literally, and have asked a bunch of Hollywood actors who they would choose between the two superheroes - including Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine), Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave), Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Natalie Portman (Thor: The Dark World), Harrison Ford (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street), Jaime Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World).

There's a handy running total in the top left. Check out the answers below...

Batman vs. Superman is set for release »

- Oliver Davis

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Two New Official Stills From Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Debut

19 December 2013 10:10 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is one of the most anticipated movies of 2014, and is indeed one of the biggest, and from the footage we’ve seen so far, we’re very intrigued. Russell Crowe stars alongside Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Anthony Hopkins, and here are two brand new images from the studio.

Noah is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo). Scott Franklin and Aronofsky of Protozoa Pictures, along with Mary Parent of Disruption Entertainment, will produce the film. The film will be executive produced by Ari Handel (Black Swan), Arnon Milchan of New Regency and Chris Brigham (Inception, »

- Paul Heath

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Two New Hi-Res Noah Stills

19 December 2013 12:28 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Noah is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo). Scott Franklin and Aronofsky of Protozoa Pictures, along with Mary Parent of Disruption Entertainment, will produce the film. The film will be executive produced by Ari Handel (Black Swan), Arnon Milchan of New Regency and Chris Brigham (Inception, Argo). Noah is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Anthony Hopkins. It hits theaters March 28th, 2014. »

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Joaquin Phoenix wanted for main villain in Batman vs. Superman

19 December 2013 10:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having secured Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman earlier this month, it appears that Zack Snyder is now turning his attention to the villain(s) in Warner Bros. eagerly-anticipated Man of Steel sequel. Last week, it was rumoured that Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) was being eyed for a role - with speculation suggesting the character of Doomsday - and now Variety is reporting that the studio has identified Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line, Her) for the main bad guy, thought to be that of billionaire industrialist and criminal genius Lex Luthor.

Phoenix is the second name that Variety has thrown up as a potential villain in the past couple of weeks, the other being Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire), who the trade says "wouldn't play the main villain" if he was cast in the film. However, there's also a handy get-out clause, with the report stating that, »

- Gary Collinson

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'Man of Steel' Sequel Hires 'Argo' Writer

19 December 2013 9:35 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar, has signed on to work on the as-yet-untitled Man of Steel sequel that will feature both Batman and Superman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. brought in the writer to shape up David Goyer's screenplay, in which Ben Affleck will play Batman. Goyer is reportedly unavailable as he is working on films for other comics titles, including Sandman.

Better Batmen Than Ben Affleck: See Who's a Better Fit for the Role

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Batman vs. Superman Recruits Argo Scribe

19 December 2013 8:31 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

By anyone’s standards, screenwriter Chris Terrio has already had a big year. Having penned the adaptation of the book The Master of Disguise as the film Argo, he spent the first few months of the year collecting a raft of awards nominations – capping the annual gong season with an Oscar win. Not bad for his first full screenplay.

For some, winning an Oscar early in the year might mean the ensuing months would be something of an anti-climax. Not so for Terrio, who is ending 2013 with the task of revising the script for the feverishly anticipated, Batman vs. Superman – the film that will see his Argo director and star, Ben Affleck, don the Dark Knight’s cape.

David Goyer – the writer behind Man Of Steel, and Christopher Nolan’s Batman films – provided Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder with a draft of the movie, but is now occupied with a rapidly expanding workload, »

- Sarah Myles

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