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Tech Support: Analyzing the makeup and hairstyling Oscar race

8 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to one of the most unique categories at the Oscars. Best Makeup & Hairstyling is the only category to still feature the "bake-off” phase, where three nominees are chosen from seven finalists after those finalists each make a pitch-via-reel to the branch. Every year features surprise omissions and inclusions, both among the final seven and the final three. The category seems almost uniquely immune to being overwhelmed by the overall reputation of a film. (Best Costume Design is its only rival in this respect.) Films of questionable quality are nominated nearly every year. While some lament the titles that have earned the moniker "Oscar nominee” ("Norbit” perhaps being the most infamous example), I for one love the fact that this branch actually strives to do what it is tasked with. While these macro-level characteristics of the category permeate the nominations process, trends among the nominees are nevertheless observable. The category tends to award monster makeup, »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Early best-of lists include 'Birdman,' 'Boyhood,' 'Citizenfour,' 'Under the Skin'

9 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 2014 best-of-the-year lists have begun rolling in. I've seen Ann Hornaday at The Washington Post speak up (props for the "Edge of Tomorrow" inclusion) and Sight & Sound's annual poll has just landed as well. The critics phase of awards season has commenced. Let's start with Sight & Sound's list, keeping in mind that international release dates apply: 1. "Boyhood" (Richard Linklater) 2. "Goodbye to Language 3D" (Jean-Luc Godard) = 3. "Leviathan" (Andrey Zvyagintsev) = 3. "Horse Money" (Pedro Costa) 5. "Under the Skin" (Jonathan Glazer) 6. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Wes Anderson) 7. "Winter Sleep" (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) 8. "The Tribe" (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy) = 9. "Ida" (Pawel Pawlikowski) = 9. "Jauja" (Lisandro Alonso) = 11. "Mr. Turner" (Mike Leigh) = 11. "National Gallery" (Frederick Wiseman) = 11. "The Wolf of Wall Street" (Martin Scorsese) = 11. "Whiplash" (Damien Chazelle) 15. "The Duke of Burgundy" (Peter Strickland) = 16. "Birdman" (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) = 16. "Two Days, One Night" (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) = 18. "Citizenfour" (Laura Poitros) = 18. "The Look of Silence" (Joshua Oppenheimer) = 18. "The Wind Rises" (Hayao Miyazaki) Singular as always. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Golden Globe predictions for November

10 hours ago | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It’s Black Friday, so I know you’re all mostly concerned with taking advantage of various sales, but since it’s also the end of November, I wanted to bring some new Golden Globe predictions to you as well. We’ve been doing these for a while now, but this represents likelythe final one I’ll be doing before the actual nominations are announced in about two weeks on December 11th (unless I preview the announcement with a final set of predictions…we’ll see). As such, I’m hoping to really nail them this time around, and try to figure out how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association might go with their nods. The HFPA can go in some odd directions too, so these noms might even be a little more Oscar friendly than they wind up being. We’ll see though. The biggest addition this time around is »

- Joey Magidson

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Poll! The Shifting Best Actor Race: It’s Anyone’s Game

12 hours ago | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

  The Best Actor race started early this year, in Cannes, when Timothy Spall won Best Actor for bringing the painter J.M.W. Turner to life in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner. »

- Sasha Stone

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'Foxcatcher' Review: You May Wrestle With It, But It's Definitely Worth Seeing

18 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Foxcatcher" isn't a film about trapping animals, but it is captivating, and in its own way extremely wild. Based on a true story involving Olympic wrestlers, an heir to a great fortune, and a smouldering conflict that soon caught fire, this is a challenging-yet-rewarding film with some impeccable performances.

This is the one with Steve Carell wearing a funny nose, right?

Yeah, that's the one. It also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. In fact, if there's three things to recommend about the film, it's these actors. Performance-wise the film is incredible, with each actor stretching in ways that put them all at the top of their game.

Carell's quiet sociopathy is riveting, and he portrays John du Pont with an unsettling air that's intoxicating. That snout he wears may be costume affectation, but it gives his face just the right amount of arrogant aloofness to give the film its core tonality. »

- Jason Gorber

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'Foxcatcher' Cast Comes Clean About Process, Character and Dealing With Darkness

22 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Foxcatcher" is at its most captivating when you look at the individual performances by a remarkable ensemble of actors. The interplay between the leads is both the core of the story and the real heart of the film's success.

With a breakthrough lead performance of sorts by Steve Carell as John du Pont, there's also room to praise another terrific turn by Channing Tatum as Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and a subtle, easily underappreciated performance by Mark Ruffalo as his brother David.

In a slightly subdued mood in keeping with the film's tone, the three spoke to us at the Toronto Film Festival to discuss their participation in this remarkable film.

Moviefone Canada: Much of the actual motivation for what happens in the film takes takes place behind closed doors. Could you talk about the challenges of bringing these roles to the screen when so much that is truly going on is left unsaid? »

- Jason Gorber

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Tatum, Carell, and Ruffalo wrestle with history in Foxcatcher

27 November 2014 9:56 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

You often hear actors gush about how much fun it was to make a movie, but for Foxcatcher stars Steve Carell,Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo the experience was profoundly painful.

“I think we can comfortably say we were all just very happy when the movie was over,” says Tatum during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Or not happy, just relieved, just that, ‘God, that’s over.’ For however [the movie] turns out, we survived the film.”

Already lauded as one of the year’s most interesting dramas, director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher recounts the true story of mentally unstable multimillionaire John du Pont (Carell), who became obsessed with wrestling in the 1980s.

In particular, du Pont believes he can help 1984 Olympic gold medal wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum) regain his form, so he sets up an elaborate training facility at his 800-acre Foxcatcher estate just outside of Philadelphia. He »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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Red band trailer for Unfinished Business starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco

27 November 2014 9:44 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox have dropped a new red band trailer for upcoming comedy Unfinished Business, which stars Vince Vaughn (Delivery Man), Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty) and Dave Franco (Bad Neighbours).

Check out the trailer below:

We also have a couple of character posters too:

Twentieth Century Fox present the theatrical release of Unfinished Business in the UK and Ireland in March 2015. A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives.

But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

Unfinished Business also features Nick Frost (The World’s End), James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher).

The post Red band trailer for Unfinished Business starring Vince Vaughn, »

- Luke Owen

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Bennett Miller, 'Foxcatcher' Director, on His Inspiration and Casting Channing Tatum

27 November 2014 2:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When you meet Bennett Miller in person, his films seem to make a bit more sense. A quiet, intense man, the cadence of his answers can be charitably described as "deliberate," while others might simply wish for him to speed up slightly and get to the point.

The same charges have been levied against his works by detractors, but fans of "Capote," "Moneyball," and now "Foxcatcher" revel in the lugubrious tone and torpid pace of the dialogue, while sudden, kinetic bursts of physical exertion punctuate without warning.

Moviefone Canada spoke with Bennett about "Foxcatcher" at the Toronto Film Festival, and we started by discussing a key scene that takes place behind a closed door, a metaphor (perhaps) for much of the film's narrative opacity.

Moviefone Canada: In my opinion, the most remarkable scene is the one that takes place behind the window. It embodies everything that you're doing with the »

- Jason Gorber

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Oscars 2015 nominations: 10 early frontrunners for Best Picture

26 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's that time of the year again. Which is to say that it isn't, yet, but it's close enough for us all to start speculating.

The 2015 Oscar nominations won't be announced until January, and thanks to the peculiarities of transatlantic release schedules, many of these contenders will barely have reached UK shores by then.

But we've now seen enough of the heavy-hitters to have a decent sense of how the next awards season is shaping up, and below we've rounded up our best guesses for the ten films that will dominate this year's Academy Awards.

Scroll all the way to the bottom to see our complete list of predictions for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

1. Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller's brooding true crime drama emerged as one of the year's earliest awards season frontrunners when it opened at Cannes, centring on »

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Before Steve Carell was John Du Pont in 'Foxcatcher' There was John Du Pont

26 November 2014 7:34 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Foxcatcher was playing in only 24 theaters last weekend, but today it expands nationwide, which means you can finally check out one of the darkest films of the year and dig into Steve Carell's unsettling performance as the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. In my review of the film I wrote the following about Carell's performance: In du Pont, Carell has created one of the most singularly creepy and terrifying characters you'll see on the big screen. Clearly a man that has never wanted for anything, yet never felt the love he craves from his mother, du Pont shuffles around his sprawling estate, speaking in hushed tones, and you never feel at ease when he's on screen. His gaze alone, as if looking through confused and tired eyes, is enough to send a chill down your spine. Now meet the real thing in this following, »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Vintage Footage Of The Real John Du Pont, Plus Over 1 Hour Of 'Foxcatcher' Interviews With Director And Cast

26 November 2014 6:01 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Today sees Bennett Miller’s great “Foxcatcher” expand to more theaters nationwide, bringing the true story of the wealthy John du Pont, and his tragic dream of building an Olympic wrestling team, to an even bigger audience. And today we have some vintage footage and interviews you'll want to check out either before you hit the cinema, or after you see the film. First up is a fifteen-minute-long video from 1988 — originally shot for an awards banquet — where the real John du Pont takes us on a tour of the Foxcatcher farm. It’s downright spooky how similar Steve Carell in the film looks like the real du Pont. The video may be a puff piece but it’s still worth watching to see how close Miller’s film got to the real deal, and to compare the subject of "Foxcatcher" to the actor playing him. Meanwhile, To promote the release of the new film, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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2015 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations announced: Birdman, Boyhood, Nightcrawler among leaders

25 November 2014 10:43 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are back with their list of the 2015 nominations. Leading the pack is the existential comedy Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) with a whopping six nominations, including one for actor Michael Keaton and one for director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Closely following with a solid five nominations are Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma.

Boyhood (read our review here) is Richard Linklater’s ultimate character study, which filmed over the course of a decade, creates a time-lapse examination like no other before it. The film follows six year old Texas boy Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, through his childhood years as he transitions into the life of a young adult ready to take on college. Boyhood received nominations for best film, director, editor, supporting actor and actress. It is bold experiment in film and should prove a serious awards contender.

Nightcrawler (read our review here) marks Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut. »

- William Fanelli

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Watch: The Creepy Real-Life 'Foxcatcher' Documentary Starring John du Pont

25 November 2014 8:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When it comes to this year's creepier awards contenders, Foxcatcher has to be near the top of the list. Bennett Miller's film based on the real-life story of multimillionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and his bizarre relationship with Olympic wrestlers -- and brothers -- Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) plays out like a slow-burn thriller, featuring tremendous acting to go with a story that'll body-slam your emotions by the time it all wraps up.  What we learn about John du Pont throughout the film is that he's a sociopath whose years of being trapped in his mother's shadow slowly pick away at his sense of being, transforming him into a person who desires his own fame and success, but only knows one way to go about achieving it...

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- Erik Davis

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Birdman Soars At The 2015 Spirit Awards

25 November 2014 7:03 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As 2014 winds down, the film industry is kicking into awards season once again, with today revealing nominations for the 2015 Spirit Awards. As many predicted, Birdman is leading the pack with six nominations, including one for Best Picture. Other big winners at the moment include Selma, Nightcrawler and Whiplash.

The Spirit Awards will be held on February 21st, 2015, just one day before the Oscars. Below is a detailed listing of the nominees, check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section.

2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature

(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood – Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland

Love is Strange – Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy

Selma – Producers: Christian Colson, »

- Robert Kojder

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30th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

25 November 2014 2:22 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film Independent announced nominations for the 2015 Spirit Awards this morning.

Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hollywood, with actors Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna presenting the nominations. Watch Here.

Nominees for Best Feature included Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma and Whiplash.

“As we celebrate 30 years of great independent film,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent, “this year’s nominees are an astonishingly strong group of films and filmmakers which demonstrate the uniqueness of vision we honor at this show.”

Inherent Vice was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice is a testament to the »

- Michelle McCue

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Spirit Awards Nominees: The 15 Biggest Surprises

25 November 2014 12:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Independent Spirit Awards were never supposed to be a harbinger of the Oscars, but in recent years, the booze-infused celebration in Santa Monica — held the night before the Academy Awards — had become just that. All the acting winners at last year’s Oscar ceremony picked up a Spirit first, and so did best picture champ “12 Years a Slave.”

So it’s particularly confusing that this year’s Spirit nominations completely shut out what is supposed to be one of the season’s heavyweights: The Weinstein Co.’s “The Imitation Game.” It wasn’t a good day for Harvey Weinstein in general, since his entire awards season slate of “St. Vincent,” “Begin Again” and “Big Eyes” (which only got a screenplay nod) was left out.

While the Oscar voters and Spirit nominating committee don’t overlap, in a competitive awards season, these nominations do matter. It gently nudges voters on »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley

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"Birdman" Tops Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

25 November 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" received the most nods from the Independent Spirit Awards! Nominations were announced today, and "Birdman" got 6 noms including Best Feature, Director, Editing, Male Lead (Michael Keaton), Supporting Female (Emma Stone), and Supporting Male for Edward Norton.

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," and Ava Duvernay's "Selma" each received 5 nominations.

We'll find out the winners on Saturday, February 21st.

Here's the full list of nominees for the

2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature

(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood

Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland

Love is Strange

Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy

Selma

Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey

Whiplash

Producers: Jason Blum, »

- Manny

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Birdman leads Film Independent Spirit Awards with 6 nominations

25 November 2014 12:20 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The nominations for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced.

Birdman leads with six nominations including Best Feature, as well as nods for stars Michael Keaton and Emma Stone and director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma have each received five nominations, which were announced by Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna in Hollywood.

The Best Female Lead category sees Marion Cotillard take on Julianne Moore, Tilda Swinton, Jenny Slate and Rinko Kikuchi. Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Lithgow, David Oyelowo, André Benjamin and Michael Keaton will battle it out in the Best Male Lead category.

The awards will be handed out on February 21, the day before the Oscars takes place.

The full 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations:

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

Love is Strange

Selma

Whiplash

Best Director

Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

Ava DuVernay - Selma

Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman or »

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The 2015 Spirit Award Nominations

25 November 2014 10:59 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the full list of contenders for their 2015 awards which celebrate the best in independent movies. The Michael Keaton-led "Birdman" leads the list with six nominations. "Boyhood," "Nightcrawler" and "Selma" are in a three-way fight for second with three nominations each.

Two awards have already been announced with the Robert Altman award given to Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" and a Special Distinction Award handed out to Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" which was ineligible for other awards due to its budget. Notable snubs include "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything," "Wild," "St. Vincent," "Cake," "The Homesman," "Black or White" and major studio films like "Unbroken".

Other notable inclusions this year are "Whiplash,""Love is Strange," "A Most Violent Year," "The Immigrant," "Mommy," "Under the Skin," "Obvious Child," "Still Alice," "Force Majeure," "Only Lovers Left Alive," "Blue Ruin," "Ida," "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, »

- Garth Franklin

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