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The breakout stars the world fell in love with in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me global film franchise headline their own movie for the first time in Minions, available on Digital HD November 24, 2015, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A much anticipated prequel to the unprecedented worldwide blockbusters Despicable Me and the beloved sequel Despicable Me 2, Minions is an immensely entertaining film for all audiences called "inventive and hilarious" by Julian Roman, Movieweb.com. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD also come with three all-new mini-movies and even more Minions everyone will want to watch again and again especially during the busy holiday travel season. The home video release also includes three new mini-movies, which you can get a sneak peek of in a new Blu-ray trailer.
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That begs the question: Have we already seen our ultimate winner of the incoming awards season? If so, the answer is not so obvious. In other years, by the time the New York Film Festival rolled around, films like "The King's Speech" and "12 Years a Slave" were already being deemed the likely champions. Notably, that was not the case last year with "Birdman." Though the film won instant raves when it opened the Venice Film Festival, not too many folks assumed it would win Oscar's big prize. Of course, it ended up doing just that -- beating out a list of nominees that was made up primarily of films we'd also seen by early October ("American Sniper" and "Selma," which premiered the following month at AFI Fest, were the two exceptions). So perhaps there's already a "Birdman" in our midst? At the very least, we can safely say a good »
- Peter Knegt
His account of the birth pangs of Facebook was a movie about the way we live now, structured in a way that suited its cautionary tale about the elusiveness of truth in a system overstuffed with information. At the Academy Awards, however, Fincher's film went up for Best Picture against "The King's Speech," a perfectly good but thoroughly conventional Oscar-bait movie (British period costume drama, World War II setting, protagonist who triumphs despite a handicap) and lost.
For all the popularity of his movies, Fincher seems doomed to being seen as ahead of his time. His films seem to recognize that we're drowning in more information than we can handle, and he seems bent on forging a visual style and editing rhythm that will »
- Gary Susman
The trailer for Extraordinary Tales has arrived. Based on some of Edgar Allan Poe's most notable works, Extraordinary Tales is narrated by Guillermo del Toro along with other iconic artists. Also: more details on A&E's The Enfield Haunting, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, and release details for Dark Awakening.
Extraordinary Tales: "A film anthology of five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories, each told in a unique graphic style and featuring some of the most beloved figures in horror film history. Adapting the look and variety of a classic horror anthology, Extraordinary Tales offers heart-pounding takes on The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death. Each tale is given a unique animated look, inspired by sources as diverse as classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films, »
- Tamika Jones
A big congrats to Lenny Abrahamson's "Room" for winning the Grolsch's People's Choice Awards at the recently concluded 40th Toronto International Film Festival! It's safe to say that "Room" will see a future at the Academy Awards. Previous winners that went on to grab the Best Picture Oscar were "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," and "12 Years A Slave."
Here's the complete winners and press release from Tiff:
The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced award winners from the 40th Festival, which wraps up this evening. See a free screening of Room, the winner of the Grolsch People's Choice Award, Sunday, September 20 at 8pm.
The short film awards below were selected by a jury comprised of the head of the shorts program and creations unit at Canal+ France, Pascale Faure, film writer John Anderson (The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times), and actor Rizwan Manji (Outsourced, The Wolf of Wall Street »
What do our eight most recent winners for the best picture Oscar -- "No Country For Old Men," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Hurt Locker," "The King's Speech," "The Artist," "12 Years a Slave" and "Birdman" -- have in common? Every single one of them premiered (either in theaters or at a film festival) by mid-September. One has to go back to Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" to find a best picture winner we hadn't seen by September 20 in a given year, and it missed that mark only by a week (it premiered on September 26). That begs the question: Have we already seen our ultimate winner of the incoming awards season? If so, the answer is not so obvious. In other years, by the time the Toronto International Film Festival reached its halfway point, films like "The King's Speech" and "12 Years a Slave" were already being deemed the likely champions. Notably, that was not the case last year. »
- Peter Knegt
Room has been awarded the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Watch the trailer for Room below: »
There are few festival awards that have much actual bearing on the awards season, but Tiff's People's Choice Award has for years been a key augur of which films could be major players on the road to Oscar. Past winners include "The King's Speech," "The Imitation Game," "12 Years a Slave," and "Slumdog Millionaire," and this year the coveted trophy went to a movie that certainly got a lot of talk around Toronto. Read More: The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The Toronto International Film Festival Tiff announced that Lenny Abrahamson's "Room" won the People's Choice Award. The moving drama starring Brie Larson is based on the acclaimed novel by Emma Donoghue and tells the harrowing story of a young woman and her son, held captive in the titular room, who plot an escape to freedom. It's one of the movies that was a big highlight for me at the fest, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A24 awards hopeful "Room (October 16) directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson, just got boosted into serious Oscar contention by winning the 38th Grolsch People's Choice Award, the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Why? Because so many past winners have been not only Oscar contenders but winners, going back to 1981's "Chariots of Fire" and on through "Life is Beautiful," "Shine," "American Beauty," "Precious," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "The King's Speech," and "Silver Linings Playbook." While "Room" came out strong from Telluride and played well in Toronto, this is a sign that it has the right stuff to be a hit. And tug the tear ducts. Brie Larson is a definite Best Actress contender, but also earning strong notices is Jacob Tremblay, her pint-sized co-star; A24 will campaign for him in the Best Actor category. Director Lenny »
- Anne Thompson
Lenny Abrahamson's dark drama "Room" won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival over the likes of "Brooklyn," "The Danish Girl" and "Spotlight." (See the full list of winners below.) This surprise victory bodes well for its Oscar hopes. Of the previous 37 Tiff champs, 13 reaped Best Picture bids at the Oscars and five of them won the top Academy Award: "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "American Beauty" (1999), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013). -Break- The eight also-rans at the Oscars were "The Big Chill" (1983), "Places in the Heart" (1984), "Shine" (1996), "Life is Beautiful" (1998), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "Precious" (2009), "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) and last year's winner, »
Before making "The Danish Girl" (Focus Features, November 27) Alicia Vikander thought she knew what it was like to be female. And Eddie Redmayne explored a place he had never been when channeling transgender pioneer Lili Elbe. At the start of the movie directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") and written by British playwright/screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (from the novel by David Ebershoff), Elbe is a happily married painter who is trying to be supportive of his wife Gerda Wegener's attempts to make her mark as an artist. It's when he puts on hair and makeup, stockings and a tutu to fill in for a missing model and experiences what it feels like to be a woman that he undergoes a profound change. He's compelled to keep returning to his feminine self and leave behind the man he can no longer be. In the film's most delightful sequences, »
- Anne Thompson
Eddie Redmayne's lanky physique and gentle features make him well suited for the versatile demands of "The Danish Girl," in which he starts out as a man and transitions into being a woman. Director Tom Hooper is a less natural fit. In "The King's Speech" and "Les Misérables," Hooper used an elegant visual style typical of many traditional period dramas that doesn't serve "The Danish Girl." Based on David Ebershoff's 2000 novel, the story embellishes on the experiences of Copenhagen painter Einar Wegener, who eventually took the identity of Lili Elbe, one of the first recipients of a sex reassignment surgery in 1930. Aided by fellow painter and wife Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander), Einer/Lili steadily confronts her desire and seeks help. This central drama maintains an engrossing quality thanks to its skilled leads, whose unique chemistry never strains credibility. While Redmayne technically faces the greater challenge, Vikander »
- Eric Kohn
★★☆☆☆ Following his Oscar-winning turn as Stephen Hawking in James Marsh's The Theory of Everything (2014), British actor Eddie Redmayne makes his bow on the Venice Lido in Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl (2015), complete with another transformative portrayal - this time of a Danish painter who slowly realises his true identity as a woman. It's the 1920s and Einar Wegener (Redmayne) is a moderately successful landscape painter who obsessively paints the same vista from his childhood time and again: a bog, a line of trees, the mountains beyond. His wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) is a thoroughly modern type who paints portraits and smokes cigarettes in her cigarette holder.
Gerda is generally supportive of her husband but longs for her own breakthrough as well as a child. They live in their spacious artist's garret and seem happily in love, lustily enjoying each other with healthy regularity. However, Einar hides a secret. »
- CineVue UK
He is the Danish painter who was among the first to have gender reassignment surgery in the early 1930s to become Lili Elbe.
Redmayne told The Guardian he wanted to "clarify the difference between sexuality and gender".
He said: "I met many people from the trans community, both men and women; I particularly wanted to meet people from different generations, as the film was set at a time when there was no precursor."
Amongst those he met were a couple from Los Angeles - Cadence Valentine and Trista Hidalgo. He went on to say that those conversations were particularly helpful for his research.
He added: "The way in which they allowed me to ask them anything, galvanised me. There were two things that stayed with me: »
"Is it permissible to be glad that a film exists, admiring of some of its elements, delighted that it will get a massive release, even Ok with it probably winning a million bajillion awards, and to not like it?" asks Jessica Kiang at the Playlist. She's referring to The Danish Girl, which all the critics admire for its mainstreaming of an icon of transgenderism. But all that Oscar bait is evidently in plain view, brought to the screen by director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall). We've got the trailer and we're collecting reviews. » - David Hudson »
Summer is over, and you know what that means in Hollywood – time to dust off those statuettes and start lobbying. Film festival season is about to kick off in earnest, with Venice, Toronto and New York all taking place back-to-back over the next month, which means that we'll soon have a clear(ish) picture of the 2016 Oscar race.
Specifically, we'll have a sense of which would-be frontrunners are shaping up to be this year's Birdman and Whiplash, and which look more like this year's Unbroken and Big Eyes. In the meantime, Digital Spy has rounded up ten of 2016's most likely contenders for Best Picture.
Premiering at Cannes this year to rapturous praise and multiple standing ovations, Todd Haynes's period romance is already one of the year's most acclaimed releases. Based on Patricia Highsmith's long-banned novel of the same name, Carol stars Cate Blanchett as a mysterious »
Over the Labor Day weekend, those who make the trek to the Telluride filmfest will get to see nine of the leading Oscar contenders. In the past several years, this low-key gathering has turned into a important stop on the road to the Oscars. Four recent Best Picture winners -- "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010), "Argo" (2012) and "12 Years a Slave" -- had their world premieres here while both 2011 winner "The Artist" and last year's champ "Birdman" made their North American debuts at this Rocky Mountain resort. -Break- Of this year's Oscar contenders, Telluride will see three world premieres and a half dozen more that first screened first at a European film festival. Below are brief overviews of these nine films, including studios, stateside release dates, other festival appearances, plot descriptions, cast lists, directing and screenwriting credits. After reading th...' »
The 2015 Telluride Film Festival slate is always officially announced the day before the annual Labor Day fest kicks off. Of course, the dirty little secret that anyone in Hollywood in the know pretty much already knows what major films are going to screen there. Plus, the premiere designations from both the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, which occur immediately afterward, usually give it a way. Telluride has now become the premiere showcase in the race for Best Picture. Six out of the last seven winners ("The Hurt Locker" being the lone exception) either premiered or screened in the picturesque Colorado town. Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" played there immediately following its Venice debut and "12 Years A Slave," "Argo," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech" all premiered at Telluride. The sixth winner, "The Artist," was the toast of Cannes before heading to Telluride. Needless to say, if you're a betting man or »
- Gregory Ellwood
In the last decade Best Original Screenplay has gone to a wide-range of genres: dramas ("Birdman," "Crash"), comedies ("Midnight in Paris," "Juno," "Little Miss Sunshine"), biopics ("Milk"), period pictures ("The King's Speech"), dramatizations of real events ("The Hurt Locker"), and sci-fi ("Her"). Regardless of the type of film, to prevail a nominee needs broad academy support. All 10 of the most recent Best Original Screenplay winners were, at the least, Best Picture nominees. -Break- Last year, four of the five nominees for Best Original Screenplay were crafted by writer/directors including the winner, "Birdman," which was also named Best Picture. In that instance, Alejandro G. Inarritu was one of a quartet of scribes, along with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo. Expect auteurs to be wel...' »
Before he returns as Magneto in next year's X-Men: Apocalypse, Michael Fassbender takes on a beloved William Shakespeare story in the upcoming adaptation Macbeth. Following the international trailer released back in June, The Weinstein Company has debuted the first domestic trailer for Macbeth, debuting in select theaters December 4. The drama will go up against Universal's horror-comedy Krampus, Fox Searchlight's Youth and Cohen Media Group's documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut.
From the producers of The King's Speech comes the feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) whose ambitious wife (Marion Cotillard) urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war-torn 11th Century Scotland. »
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