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Damien Chazelle or Paul Thomas Anderson Could Become Fifth Adapted Screenplay Winner to Also Direct the Film

19 hours ago | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Adapted screenplay nominees Damien Chazelle and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for films that they also directed.

Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.

Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.

If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Coen Brothers Named Presidents of Cannes Film Festival Jury

19 January 2015 9:40 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This is the first time the festival has appointed two presidents

Directors Joel and Ethan Coen have been named the presidents of the jury at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the festival announced on Monday.

The festival press release:

For the first time in the history of the Festival de Cannes, not one but two leading figures will chair the Jury.

Indeed, American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have accepted the invitation from President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux to become the Presidents of the 68th edition of the Festival.

“We look forward to returning to Cannes this year »

- Steve Pond

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47 (Out of 350) Times People of Colour Contended for Oscars in 10 Years

16 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.

That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]

We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.

The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.

We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.

That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »

- Jesse Ferreras

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Academy Steak Eaters Call the Shots: Eastwood's 'American Sniper' Squeaks Into Oscar Derby

15 January 2015 10:46 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling," one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. "'True Grit' is for them." This faction of the Academy is also likely to vote for such mainstream 2014 hits as Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."  Academy voters are predominantly male; the dominant actors' branch comes closest to a 50/50 male/female split. For those who think that the Academy proved itself not sexist by voting for Kathryn Bigelow and war movie "The Hurt Locker," not so fast. The Academy directors snubbed Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," although it landed a Best Picture nomination. On nominations morning this year, the very male and clubby Academy directors branch did not come through for member DuVernay. Instead they chose "Foxcatcher" helmer Bennett Miller.  With a Best Actor nomination for Bradley Cooper (his third in a row), "American »

- Anne Thompson

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DGA Nominations: Eastwood is Fashionably Late Yet Again

13 January 2015 11:34 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Directors Guild of America have spoken and raised the Eastwood flag yet again. The 84 year old director cruised to a nomination for his conservative military drama American Sniper. It's his fourth nomination with the DGA. He has won twice before at the DGA and also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Academy has nominated him even more often for directing as American Sniper will be his fifth Best Director nomination should it come to pass. Eastwood has a habit of crashing the party late. He did it in 2004 with Million Dollar Baby when everyone was preparing for an Aviator sweep. He did it in 2006 with the tiny grossing nearly black and white foreign language film Letters from Iwo Jima and he looks like he'll do it again on Thursday for American Sniper.

DGA Nominees:

Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel

Clint Eastwood American Sniper

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, »


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‘Begin Again’ star set to join latest young adult adaptation

12 January 2015 7:41 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

First it was Jennifer Lawrence, then Shailene Woodley. Now it seems like another up-and-coming actress is set to join the world of young adult adaptations with the latest movie, Carrie Pilby.

Hailee Steinfeld, known for her Oscar-nominated turn in True Grit, is set to star in the adaptation of the popular book. The book centers on a 19-year-old wunderkind who has just graduated from Harvard and isn’t sure what to do with her life. Written by Caren Lissner, the coming-of-age novel finds Carrie attempting new things and searching for her place in a scary world with the aid of her therapist.

Steinfeld is the first cast member on the project with first-timer director Susan Johnson helming the film and Kara Holden writing the script.

Steinfeld has begun to blossom in Hollywood with roles in Begin Again, Ender’s Game, and the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2. While the latter could »

- Zach Dennis

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Hailee Steinfeld to star in Caren Lissner's Carrie Pilby movie adaptation

12 January 2015 1:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hailee Steinfeld is to star in Carrie Pilby.

The True Grit actress will play the protagonist in the adaptation of Caren Lissner's coming of-age-novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Steinfeld will play a 19-year-old genius who struggles to adapt to life after graduating from Harvard.

Carrie Pilby will be directed by Susan Johnson (What Women Want). Kara Holden and Dean Craig provide the script for the film, while Susan Cartsonis will executive produce.

It was recently announced that Steinfeld will star in Dustin Lance Black's Ya film The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

Steinfeld will next be seen in Barely Lethal and Pitch Perfect 2.

Watch a trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 below: »

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X-Men: Apocalypse - fresh casting rumours

11 January 2015 11:09 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bryan Singer's new X-Men film is homing in on its Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm...

Director Bryan Singer is in charge of the second of the three X-Men movies we've going to be getting on cinemas screens in 2016. Following Deadpool and preceding Gambit, X-Men: Apocalypse will pick things up after X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and the casting for the film is well underway.

We know that the main X-Men: First Class cast - including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence - are all returning.

But who's going to be playing the likes of young Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm?

Let's start with Jean Grey. Playing by Famke Jannsen in the original X-Men movies, the current contenders for the part in X-Men: Apocalypse are apparently Game Of Thrones' Sophie Turner, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and Saorise Ronan (Hanna). If you need to put faces to names. »

- simonbrew

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Weekend Report: 'Taken 3' Scores Third-Highest January Opening Ever

11 January 2015 11:55 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

The Taken franchise ended on a high note this weekend, as the third and final entry opened in first place with an excellent $39.2 million. Civil rights drama Selma got off to a slow start, while Inherent Vice opened well below writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master.The Top 12 earned $110.2 million this weekend, which is off 10 percent from the same frame last year. Taken 3's $39.2 million debut is off 21 percent from Taken 2's $49 million start; when considering how poorly that movie was received, that's actually a really good hold. It's well above star Liam Neeson's Non-Stop ($28.9 million), and is also a bit higher than Lone Survivor, which opened to $37.8 million on this same weekend last year. In fact, Taken 3 wound up with the third-highest January opening ever behind last year's Ride Along and 2008's Cloverfield.Fox is reporting that the audience was 54 percent male and »

- Ray Subers <>

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Taken 3' Adds $40 Million, 'Hobbit' Passes 'Guardians'

11 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

After opening successfully in two territories last weekend, Taken 3 expanded to another 33 markets and earned $40 million this weekend.The final installment in the Taken franchise opened to a very strong $10.5 million in the U.K., and also put up good numbers in Australia ($4.9 million) and Germany ($4 million). The movie has already earned $51.2 million overseas, and has plenty of major markets still to open (including Russia and Spain next weekend).Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened last Sunday in China, and has so far earned $26.7 million there. Over the traditional weekend, it debuted to $6.1 million in Russia. To date, the third and final entry in the Night at the Museum franchise has earned $147 million, and is set to expand in to South Korea next weekend.The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies added $21.1 million overseas this weekend, which brings its total to $545.1 million. On a worldwide basis, »

- Ray Subers <>

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Poll: Who Do You Think Should Play 'Cyclops'/'Jean Grey' In X-men: Apocalypse?

10 January 2015 10:38 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Cyclops and Jean Grey are two of the most iconic X-Men of all-time, but they never really got the big screen treatment they deserved in the original trilogy. That's what makes X-Men: Apocalypse so exciting; writer Simon Kinberg and director Bryan Singer finally have a chance to make up for past mistakes! Last year, a shortlist emerged which revealed that Ben Hardy (Eastenders), Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society) and Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) were all being considered for Cyclops. Last night, we discovered that Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jamie Blackley (If I Stay), and Tye Sheridan (Mud) might just be the favourites, with the latter possibly a frontunner. On the Jean Grey front, Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) and Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) may be in the running. The question now of course is which of these actors would you most like to »

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New rumoured shortlist for Cyclops, Jean and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse

9 January 2015 3:19 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in November a list of potential candidates for the roles of the younger Cyclops and Jean Grey in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse arrived online, which included the likes of Ben Hardy (EastEnders), Charlie Rowe (Neverland), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar), Chloe Moretz (The Equalizer), Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit). Since then, we haven’t heard any movement on the casting of those characters, but now Latino-Review has a rumoured shortlist of new names for Scott and Jean, as well as that of Storm.

According to the site, Taron Edgerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) Jamie Blackley (If I Stay) and Tye Sheridan (Mud) are up for Cyclops, with Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) and Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) are in the frame for Jean Grey and Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) and Zendaya Coleman (K.C. Undercover) are being considered for the role of Storm. Jeff Sneider adds that he’s heard »

- Gary Collinson

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Cinematographers Pick Top Five, Will Oscar Votes Go the Same Way?

7 January 2015 9:40 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Deakins is nominated for the 13th time for the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Award, which he has won three times, for Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" (2013), Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" (1995) and the Coen brothers' "The Man Who Wasn’t There" (2002). His other nominations include the Coens' "Fargo" (1997), "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2001), "No Country for Old Men" (2008) and "True Grit" (2011), Martin Scorsese's  "Kundun" (1998), Andrew Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2008), Mendes' "Revolutionary Road" (2009), Stephen Daldry's "The Reader" (2009), and Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" (2014). He won the Asc's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. (Read: Bill Desowitz's interview with him here. ) As expected, the nominees are: Roger Deakins, Asc, Bsc for Unbroken Óscar »

- Anne Thompson

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Hobbit' Marches To $500 Million Overseas

4 January 2015 12:28 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

For the fourth weekend in a row, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies easily took first place at the overseas box office.The final installment in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth prequel trilogy added $52.5 million from 65 markets, which brings its total to $502.1 million. It opened to $2.1 million in Argentina, which is the biggest debut ever for Warner Bros. The movie expands in to China on January 23rd, which should give it the bump it needs to get past $700 million overseas. On a worldwide basis, The Hobbit has now earned $723 million, which ranks fifth among 2014 releases. By next weekend, it will move up to second place ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy.Exodus: Gods and Kings earned $31.4 million this weekend, which includes a strong $8 million debut in Russia. It also held first place in Brazil with $4.5 million. To date, Ridley Scott's biblical epic has grossed $141.5 million, and still »

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Weekend Report: 'Hobbit' Finale Three-Peats on First Weekend of 2015

4 January 2015 11:56 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

On the first weekend of the year, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies once again ruled the box office.Meanwhile, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death opened in fourth place with $15.03 million, which is noticeably lower than its predecessor's debut.Overall, this was a good start to 2015: the top 12 earned $134.2 million, which is up five percent from the same frame last year.The final installment in the Hobbit trilogy added $21.7 million, which is off 47 percent from last weekend. To date, it's earned $220.6 million, and should wrap up between $260 and $270 million.Into the Woods held on to second place, easing 40 percent to $18.7 million. Through 11 days, the Disney musical has banked $90.9 million. Angelina Jolie's Unbroken wasn't far behind: the World War II drama added $18.2 million for a new total of $87.7 million.Into the Woods and Unbroken remain on track to close with at least $120 million each. »

- Ray Subers <>

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