Read More: The 6 Best Things Harvey Weinstein Said at Sundance 2015 He may not write, direct or act, but Harvey Weinstein is one of Hollywood's most powerful and notorious figures. His name is probably the most heavily-mentioned of any during Oscar season, as his reputation for pushing small movies (like "The King's Speech" or "The Artist") to big wins remains unmatched among today's major distributors. And though his intense commitment to his films has rendered him a somewhat imposing and controversial figure, he's given filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino a group to reliably trust their films in. His influence is as undeniable as his tendency to speak his mind. So it should come as no surprise that Weinstein shared several juicy details on a wide range of topics during a special Tribeca Talks panel over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. From comments about Tarantino's undying loyalty to last year's controversy surrounding "Selma, »
- David Canfield
The Starz Original series Blunt Talk released a first look teaser of the 10-episode first season of the half-hour scripted comedy series from Mrc and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames (creator and showrunner), Stephanie Davis and Tristram Shapeero. The teaser will premiere on-air during the Black Sails finale on Saturday, March 28 at 9 Pm Et/Pt. Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air. The series will premiere on Starz in the summer of 2015.
Through the platform of his nightly cable news show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. Besieged by network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children of all ages, Blunt's only support »
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The King's Speech cleaned up at the BAFTAs and Academy Awards, including the Best Picture Oscar and Best Actor for Firth's pitch-perfect portrayal. Watch it from today (March 23).
Better Call Saul (Episode 8) - 'Rico'
We're nearing the end of season one, and Jimmy isn't the same washed-up lawyer we saw in episode one. »
HBO is moving forward with Steve McQueen‘s drama pilot Codes Of Conduct, giving the project a six-episode limited series order. The 12 Years A Slave helmer will direct all six episodes of Codes Of Conduct, on which he had teamed with World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan; hip-hop mogul/producer Russell Simmons, who has a deal at HBO; Oscar-winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (The King's Speech); and HBO veteran Alan Poul (The Newsroom, Six Feet… »
Desplat previously worked with the film's director Gareth Edwards on last year's "Godzilla". 'Rogue One' is the first "Star Wars" standalone spin-off film that Disney is putting into production ahead of a December 16th 2016 release. It will begin shooting this Summer.
Desplat is no stranger to major franchises or awards films, having done the scores for the likes of "Argo," "Unbroken," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," ""The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "The King's Speech," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Imitation Game," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Queen," "A Prophet," and "Syriana".
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- Garth Franklin
As always, March is too early to get any kind of firm grasp on what will or won't be an Oscar contender come the end of the year, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate. Last year, only two of the nine films I predicted out of the gates actually ended up receiving Best Picture nominations at the 2015 Oscars -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- which goes to show just how much we know in advance. In fact, looking at the films I had on the outside looking in, only Best Picture winner Birdman was listed. But hey, at least I had three of the top contenders in the early year conversation, that's something... rightc When it comes to this year, I feel even less certain than I did last year. I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot since only two of the 43 films on »
- Brad Brevet
Isn't she gorgeous? :happy
Fresh from winning an Oscar for "The Theory of Everything," Eddie Redmayne is set to embody Einar Wegener aka Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl." All I can say is, Redmayne better prepare for another Academy Award!
Wegener is considered to be the world's first transgender woman who discovered that he might be trapped in a man's body after posing for his wife, fellow artist Gerda, who needed a female model. Alicia Vikander is starring opposite Redmayne.
Redmayne not only reteams with Focus, but he is also back in the great directorial hands of Tom Hooper, the guy who gave us the Oscar-winning "The King's Speech" and "Les Miserables." Redmayne played Marcus in the musical adaptation.
I love Redmayne (very sweet and one of the most down-to-earth »
The new Focus Features is not flagging in its commitment to serious-minded, awards-friendly arthouse fare. CEO Peter Schlessel has just set a November 27, 2015 release for date Working Title's "The Danish Girl" starring Eddie Redmayne as 20th century trans pioneer Lili Elbe. Universal Pictures International will handle the overseas release. Directed by Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar for "The King's Speech" and first worked with Eddie Redmayne on Universal and Working Title's Academy Award-winning "Les Miserables," the film follows the love story of Einar and Gerda Wegener (played by Alicia Vikander, who stars in the very-long-awaited SXSW buzz title "Ex Machina") whose marriage is upended by Einar's journey to become Lili Elbe, one of the world's first known transgender women. Read More: Oscar Predictions 2016 With the Hooper namesake and Redmayne's recent Best Actor win for "The Theory of Everything"—also a November release from »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
One of this year’s most heated Oscar races was for Best Actor, a neck-and-neck marathon that ultimately ended with Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) upsetting early front-runner Michael Keaton (“Birdman”). The two may very well go head-to-head again next year for films that have the potential to be major players: “The Danish Girl” and “Spotlight.” -Break- In “The Danish Girl,” Redmayne portrays artist Einar Wegener, one of the first known recipients of male-to-female sex reassignment surgery. The film, helmed by Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," 2010), is a true-life story right up Oscar alley, and the first images of Redmayne in drag hint at a transformative performance of the same ilk that led to awards-glory for “The Theory of Everything.” Should he win, he’d be only the sixth actor to win back-to-back Oscars in the same category, ...' »
'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') (See previous post: "'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.") Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark Duplass-Olivia Wilde horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – grossed $10.6 million from 2,666 U.S. and Canada venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Relativity Studios-distributed low-budget horror flick had earned an estimated $3.8 million on opening-day Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. Last week, box-office prognosticators had been expecting an opening between $12-$14 million. That was adjusted downward to $10 million or whereabouts after the film's disappointing Friday debut. Some, in fact, »
- Zac Gille
The Danish Girl is inspired by the true story of Danish artists Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. What starts off as a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife to wear a pair of women's shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish a painting leads Einar Wegener undergoing surgery to become Lili Elbe. Tom Hooper (Les Miserables, The King's Speech) will be directing the film with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander playing the Wegener's, respectively. If »
- Sean Wist
What's next for the Oscar winner? How about another challenging role. The Daily Mail has revealed the first look photo of the most recent Best Actor Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne in the new film The Danish Girl, from director Tom Hooper (of The King's Speech, Les Miserables). In the film Redmayne plays Einar Wegener, a painter in the 1920s who decides to transform into a woman after he poses in their clothes when a model doesn't show up. He later became Lili Elbe, and this first photo shows Redmaybe in full make-up and clothing as Lili. It will make anyone do a double take. "We're looking at everything from a feminine perspective," Redmayne told them. "I think it's the most sensitive role I have played." Take a look. The Danish Girl tells the true story of Danish artists Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda, played by Alicia Vikander. This »
- Alex Billington
Eddie Redmayne has what may be the first of many Oscars on his mantle after winning the statue for his performance in The Theory of Everything, but only time will tell if this will become a trend for the young actor. Then again, it looks like he is already primed for at least another nomination as he stars in The Danish Girl for Oscar winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) and just above is the first picture of the actor in character. Redmayne takes on the role of Einar Wegener, a Danish artist who became the first ever sex-change patient. The film tells of Einar and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) and how their marriage took a sharp left turn after Einar stood in for a female model that Gerda was set to paint. This film has seen plenty of changes over the years with Tomas Alfredson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, »
- Brad Brevet
Oscar winner Redmayne is filming what already sounds like a tailor-made Oscar role in "Les Mis" and "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" slated for 2016. Redmayne plays 1900s trans pioneer Einar Wegener, an artist who in the 1930s became Lili Elbe after receiving one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries. With the Hooper namesake and an international cast including Belgian babe Matthias Schoenaerts and American actress Amber Heard, "Danish Girl" could be Redmayne's next awards vehicle. Based on the 2001 novel by David Ebershoff, the Lucinda Coxon-sripted drama follows the love story between Elbe and wife Gerda Gottlieb. Anne Harrison and Gail Mutrux developed the project and are producing via their Harrison Productions and Pretty Pictures. Working Title’s Working Title partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Hooper. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Whether or not you think that Michael Keaton deserved the Best Actor Oscar for "Birdman," there's no denying that winner Eddie Redmayne virtually transformed into Stephen Hawking for his performance in "The Theory Of Everything." What's more, Academy voters might like what the actor is doing next in "The Danish Girl." A first look from "The King's Speech" and "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper's next movie has arrived. Based on the novel by David Ebershoff and penned by Lucinda Coxon (Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming "Crimson Peak"), the film chronicles the first-ever sex-change patient, Einar Wegener, a Danish artist whose love affair with his wife —fellow Danish artist Gerda Wegener— set him on the path to an eventual male-to-female operation. The cast is rounded out by Matthias Schoenaerts, Alicia Vikander and Amber Heard, but it's Redmayne's work that is already »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »
- Gregory Ellwood
If there was any lingering doubt about the Telluride Film Festival's place in the annual film awards season, this year's Oscars outcome ought to finally settle them. With its victory Sunday night, "Birdman" became the sixth Best Picture winner in seven years to screen at the Labor Day Colorado event. The festival's press profile increased more and more in the wake of big early bows of films like "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote" and "Juno." "Slumdog Millionaire" really lit the fuse in 2008 and with it, films like "The King's Speech," "Argo" and "12 Years a Slave" have begun their journeys there "unofficially" before "official" world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, while others like "The Artist" and "Birdman" made it priority to stop there on the way to awards season releases. Other major awards season players that have played the festival as of late include "Up in the Air," "Black Swan," "127 Hours," "The Descendants, »
- Kristopher Tapley
As 21 of our 29 Oscars experts predicted, Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor on Sunday night. His portrayal of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" had already brought him a SAG, BAFTA and Golden Globe in recent weeks. -Break- This makes seven of the past 10 years that the Best Actor race has gone to someone playing a real life person: Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln," 2012), and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club," 2013) and, now, Redmayne. Redmayne was a first-time nominee, as were three of his rivals -- Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), and Michael Keaton ("Birdman"). Bradl...' »
As 21 of our 29 Oscars Experts predicted, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won Best Director for "Birdman" on Sunday night. Though his chief rival Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") picked up a number of directing honors throughout the season, Inarritu won the Directors Guild Award, which has matched Oscar all but seven times in the DGA's 67-year history. -Break- This is the first Best Director Oscar for Inarritu, who earned one previous bid in the category for "Babel" (2006). That film started its derby strong by winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture, but ultimately Inarritu was no match for an overdue Martin Scorsese, who won his first ever Oscar for helming "The Departed." Inarritu's win is significant for another reason. The Mexican director is now the fifth consecutive non-American to win Best Director, following British Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," 2010), Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius ("...' »
With the 2015 Oscars almost here, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week (in countdown fashion) for the four major categories. We kicked it off yesterday with Best Actress, and now turn our attention to a hotly-contested race: Best Actor.
We've already given you the beat on the 2015 Oscars race, so now let's break down our favorites to win the award. Here, we've listed the actors we expect to win, and then, more importantly, who we think should win.
Who Will Win: Eddie Redmayne. The actor's transformative performance as physics genius Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" is, perhaps, the most talked about of the year, and it's already earned him a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. The only person who could possibly upset the race at this point is Bradley Cooper, whose performance in "American Sniper" has been celebrated »
- Moviefone Staff
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