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Win ‘The Judge’ On Blu-Ray!

10 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

To celebrate the release of The Judge on Blu-ray™ and DVD, we’re giving 3 lucky whatculture.com readers the chance to get their hands on a copy of the film on Blu Ray!

But as if that wasn’t good enough, one lucky winner will also receive a signed poster!

The Judge stars two-time Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin, Tropic Thunder,) and Oscar® winner Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies, Crazy Heart) alongside Oscar® nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring) and Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Friday Night Lights).

In The Judge, Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

The Judge is out now on »

- Sam Driver

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Mining value from an Oscar win

27 February 2015 1:32 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar win has thrown a new potential star into the ring as players in the independent space hustle to package films for Cannes and beyond.

Sales agents have long bemoaned the small pool of marketable talent that can galvanise pre-sales and represent value around the world.

The British actor’s Oscar coronation last Sunday for his lead role in The Theory Of Everything offers an opportunity to broaden the range of available star power in non-studio projects.

Indeed Redmayne and Oscar nominee and Birdman star Michael Keaton were on almost every talent list scrutinised by sales agents in the run-up to the Efm in Berlin.

Now every sales agent in the business will be approaching Redmayne’s representatives to see if he would be suited to whichever projects they may be sizing up.

Just as agents often demand higher salaries for clients who taste success at the Oscars, so sales agents »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The value of an Oscar win

27 February 2015 1:32 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar win has thrown a new potential star into the ring as players in the independent space hustle to package films for Cannes and beyond.

Sales agents have long bemoaned the small pool of marketable talent that can galvanise pre-sales and represent value around the world.

The British actor’s Oscar coronation last Sunday for his lead role in The Theory Of Everything offers an opportunity to boost the available star power of desirable acting talent in non-studio projects.

Indeed Redmayne and Oscar nominee and Birdman star Michael Keaton were on almost every talent list scrutinised by sales agents in the run-up to the Efm in Berlin.

Now every sales agent in the business will be approaching Redmayne’s representatives to see if he would be suited to whichever projects they are sizing up.

Just as agents often demand higher salaries for clients who taste success at the Oscars, so sales agents »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Julianne Moore Could Be 11th Actor With Five or More Acting Noms Before First Oscar Win

18 February 2015 8:10 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

At Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, Julianne Moore could join the ranks of 10 actors and actresses who have had five or more acting nominations before their first win.

Moore earned her fifth nomination for her portrayal of a professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova‘s 2007 novel of the same name. She was first nominated in 1998 for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.

In Academy history, five actors and actresses have won their first Oscar on their fifth nomination.

Gregory Peck, who was first nominated in 1946 for The Keys of the Kingdom, didn’t win until 1962 for To Kill a Mockingbird. Five years later, Peck was awarded The Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Susan Hayward won her first and only Oscar in 1959 for her leading role in I Want to Live!. She was first nominated in 1948 for Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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7 stars who won Oscars for the wrong movie: Kate Winslet, Martin Scorsese

18 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

In case you haven't heard, there are a lot of reasons to get angry at the Oscars. In general, awarding a statuette to someone who actually deserves it isn't one of them.

But sometimes, a deserving nominee gets passed over so many times that they finally end up winning an award for something that's not their best work, in what amounts to a kind of unofficial lifetime achievement award.

Digital Spy looks back at seven times the Academy gave out the right award for the wrong movie.

Martin Scorsese (The Departed)

For decades, Scorsese was the most glaring example of an undisputed great who was somehow yet to win an Oscar. Despite being nominated a total of six times, beginning with Raging Bull in 1981, Scorsese was the perpetual bridesmaid and never the bride (a dubious honour he's since passed on to regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio).

The seventh time turned out »

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When Oscars turn sour: 10 disastrous post-Academy Awards roles

17 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Think that winning an Academy Award provides an actor with a surefire path to unlimited great roles? Think again. Oscars history is filled with stars who've taken home a gold statue only to see all their hard work undone in seconds with a stinker of a follow-up movie.

Digital Spy takes a look at 10 of these instances below...

Halle Berry - Catwoman (2004)

A piercing performance in Monster's Ball won Halle Berry an Oscar in 2002, but a rocky road lied ahead. She followed it up with disastrous Bond movie Die Another Day, hardly any screen time in X-Men 2 and turgid horror Gothika. Oh, and Catwoman... how could we forget Catwoman (believe us, we've tried)?

Jeff Bridges - Tron Legacy (2011)

Jeff Bridges's Oscar victory for Crazy Heart felt more like an acknowledgement for a body of work than that particular role (Crazy Heart is not his best). Thank goodness, then, that »

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A list of recent films that feature female journalists sleeping with their subjects

12 February 2015 1:07 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Don't get me wrong, "Trainwreck" looks hilarious and I can't wait to see it. There ain't going to be any interview and there ain't going to be any story. Here is a list of films and TV shows from just the last 25 or so years featuring female journalists who have sex with or fall in love with their subjects and/or co-workers. "Trainwreck" "Fifty Shades of Grey" "Top Five" "Crazy Heart" "Nashville" "Bad Words" "Iron Man" "Man of Steel" "Smallville" "Rock of Ages" "Law & Order Svu" "House of Cards" "Adaptation" "Three Kings" "Political Animals" "The Devil Wears Prada" "Entourage" "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" "Thank You For Smoking" "Hitch" "Morning Glory" "Anchorman" "Scary Movie 3" "Ray Donovan" "Scoop" "Up Close and Personal" "Bridget Jones" "Mr. Deeds" "I Love Trouble" "Never Been Kissed" "Hero" "Nightcrawler" is the rare breed, to call the trope a trope (in... the absence of malice, »

- Katie Hasty

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Jeff Bridges To Join The Emperor's Children

11 February 2015 4:01 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With his recent cinematic outings either high-concept or young adult fare like Ripd, The Giver and Seventh Son, Crazy Heart is starting to seem like a long time ago in the Jeff Bridges canon. But he's returning to some heavier drama for the upcoming The Emperor's Children, an adaptation Claire Messud's novel that Lake Bell will direct.The story revolves around three entitled New York thirtysomethings, Daniele, Maria and Julius, plus the outsider Bootie, Maria's cousin, who never quite manages to find room in the tight-knit trinity. Bridges will play Murray Thwaite, a famous journalist whose story also becomes entangled with that of the younger clique, in the days preceding and following 9/11.This is actress Bell's second feature as director, following 2013's In A World. Nobody but Bridges has been cast in The Emperor's Children so far, but given that she starred in her directorial debut (as well as »

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Note to 'Whiplash' director Damien Chazelle: Jeff Bridges would love to work with you

6 February 2015 11:01 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jeff Bridges, psychic medium. Ask the Oscar-winning actor a relatively straightforward question and you can expect an answer ten times more interesting and in-depth than you expected. On approaching his character, the gruff Master John Gregory, in Ya fantasy adaptation "Seventh Son": "You know these kinda psychic guys that channel spirits and stuff? I remember Ramtha...this woman would channel this spirit named Ramtha," said Bridges, referring to controversial American mystic J.Z. Knight. "And...it has that aspect to it for me. You know, I'll just invite a spirit or a character into me [so it can] have its way with me. And I did that in this case. Once you get the costumes on, and you're in those wonderful Dante Ferretti sets and stuff, you open yourself to be inhabited by a character to have its way with you. And that's kind of what happened [on 'Seventh Son'], you know." The Sergei Bodrov »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Interview: Talking 'Seventh Son' With The Cast

6 February 2015 8:36 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Following a lengthy wait, Seventh Son has finally made its way to theaters. The epic fantasy centers on a professional spook (Jeff Bridges), who takes a dashing young apprentice (Ben Barnes) under his wing as the two prepare to face the end of the world. Together they square off against Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her army of deadly minions.

Directed by Sergei BodrovSeventh Son is based on the novel The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney.

At a recent New York press conference for the film - Bridges, Moore and Barnes discussed their personal connections to their roles and how themes of fate and destiny have played out off-screen. 

This film talks a lot about destiny and fate. How much has fate played a role in your lives?

Jeff Bridges: Destiny and fate? You guys wanna go first on that one?

Ben Barnes: Nobody wants to go first on that! »

- Justine Browning

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SAG Awards (Film): 10 fascinating facts, records and stats

26 January 2015 8:44 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »

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Oscar-Winning Original Songs Split Between Part of Plot and End Credits

26 January 2015 8:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Of the five Oscar-nominated original songs for the 87th Academy Awards, Selma’s “Glory” and Beyond the Light’s “Grateful” are the only songs that solely play over the end credits of their respective film. The other three songs — “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me — are all performed at some point during the film.

Now, that’s not to say that the end-credits songs aren’t relevant to the plot. Both “Grateful” and “Glory” stick with the themes of their respective films and summarize relevant events, even if they aren’t integral to each plot’s progression.

“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is featured in the film as a popular song in the Lego universe, one the characters sing along to, but »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Alchemy Buys Anthony Hopkins’ ‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken’

13 January 2015 5:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alchemy has acquired the crime thriller “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington and Ryan Kwanten, and set a March 6 release date for theaters and VOD.

It’s the first deal for Alchemy since it rebranded itself last week and ditched the Millennium Entertainment label. The acquisition of the film is expected to be the first of several upcoming projects with producer Informant Media, which produced “Crazy Heart,” “Hysteria,” “Erased” and “Stuck in Love.”

Swedish director Daniel Alfredson, who helmed “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” shot the film in Belgium, Amsterdam and New Orleans. Producers are Informant Media partners Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson.

The film chronicles the 1983 kidnapping of Dutch beer magnate Freddy Heineken and his driver Ab Doderer. The two were released after payment of a record ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders — currently equivalent to $50 million. »

- Dave McNary

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