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Awards Blend: American Sniper Is Clint Eastwood's Best Film In Years, But...

21 November 2014 7:26 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Almost every year, Clint Eastwood attempts to have an Oscar contender ready to drop into the race. Sometimes, those campaigns pan out, as when Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) drummed up Academy support. Recently, however, Eastwood films like Hereafter, J. Edgar and Jersey Boys have failed to generate awards heat. Will American Sniper connect with voters, or fizzle out before the race even begins? We discuss the film.s prospects in this week.s Awards Blend podcast. Not a lot has changed this week, as few movies that haven.t already been seen chose to show their cards. Most of us are still waiting on Angelina Jolie.s Unbroken, which held its world premiere in Australia (but is under strict embargo for every print outlet). Movies like Selma and American Sniper did start screening for wider critical audiences, however, and I.ve shifted the charts accordingly based »

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Armie Hammer Joins Nat Turner Biopic ‘Birth of Nation’

12 November 2014 10:31 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Armie Hammer has joined the cast of historical drama “The Birth of a Nation,” based on the story of the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.

The film will mark the directorial debut of Nate Parker, who also wrote the script and will star.

Producers are David S. Goyer and Kevin Turen of Phantom Four along with Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker, Jason Michael Berman, Michael Finley, Manu Gargi and Ben Renzo.

Prompted by religious visions, Turner and a band of about 70 rebel slaves killed between 55 to 65 people in Virginia — the most ever killed in a slave uprising. The rebellion was stopped after two days, but Turner survived in hiding for more than two months.

Hammer starred in 2010′s” The Social Network” and 2011′s “J. Edgar.” He will be seen next year in the role of Illya Kuryakin in Warner Bros.’ “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and just wrapped production on “Mine, »

- Dave McNary

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AFI Fest announces title of secret screening: Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper'

10 November 2014 3:14 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's going to be a busy night at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday night. Paramount had initially set a footage presentation for 6pm in tandem with AFI Fest. Then a secret screening was added to the slate following that event. Then, suddenly, Paramount decided to run with a full exhibition of "Selma," while AFI Fest has revealed the title of the secret screening: Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper." I'd consider all of that a major coup for the festival, which only had opener J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" and Rupert Wyatt's "The Gambler" set for major debuts. Now they get two more, with "Foxcatcher" still set to make good on pulling out last year as the closing night gala. That will leave Rob Marshall's "Into the Woods" (screening for press Nov. 22) and Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" (Nov. 30, though not before a Sydney premiere) as the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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12 Oscar-bait roles that failed to get a nibble from the Academy

8 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

In The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British cosmologist stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease, the motor-neurone disease that robbed him of his ability to speak on his own. The film follows Hawking from his academic days at Cambridge, where he met his first wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), through his history-making research that became increasing arduous as he became a prisoner of his own body. Since the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, Redmayne—best known for the role of the dashing Marius in Les Miserables—has rightfully been one of the »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Few Films to Open AFI Fest Have Garnered Oscar Nominations

6 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

The American Film Institute’s AFI Fest opens tonight in Hollywood with the world premiere of J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a couple trying to run a business and live in New York City during 1981, which was statistically one of the city’s most violent years. This is Chandor’s first film to premiere in Los Angeles. Though the film is hoping to garner some Oscar nominations, only six of the past 14 films to open AFI Fest have gone on to receive Oscar nominations and none have been for best picture.

Of the six films to garner Oscar nominations, the only film to win an award was 2005’s Walk the Line, which resulted in Reese Witherspoon taking home the Oscar for best actress. The Johnny Cash biopic scored four other nominations, including film editing and best actor. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Hailee Steinfeld falls hard for Dustin Lance Black’s Ya adaptation 'Statistical Probability'

29 October 2014 7:13 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It’s been a slow post-Oscar star for Hailee Steinfeld and writer-producer-director Dustin Lance Black. Not disastrous, but not the typical rise to prominence and slew of work that comes with the Academy Award touch. Steinfeld earned a nomination in 2011 for her work on the Coen Bros’ “True Grit.” Two years earlier, Black won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for “Milk.” Since then, neither have tackled material that’s brought them back into the awards conversation. Their next project may not have the bravado to take them back to the ceremony, but it sounds like a step in the right direction. According to Deadline’s report out of the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Steinfeld is on board to star in Black’s adaptation of “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,” a young adult novel by Jennifer E. Smith. The film follows a whirlwind romance set in »

- Matt Patches

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Review: The Warren Commission Report

23 October 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The Warren Commission Report

By Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colon, and Jerzy Drozd

Abrams ComicArts, 160 pages, $29.95

Conspiracies are everywhere if you know where to look. Over the last century, Americans have increasingly looked for dire machinations behind the unbelievable. Much as our ancestors sat around campfires telling mythic tales to explain how the sun rose each day, today, people make up fantastical stories to make the impossible comprehensible.

With the growth of mass media, from film to radio to television to the internet, studies have shown we have gravitated towards like-minded thinking, narrowing our worldview and therefore giving voice and importance to ones who would have once been considered mad. This development gained traction and accelerated its piercing of the zeitgeist thanks largely to ineptitude. America knew Japan was going to bomb throughout the Pacific but didn’t say a word much as we knew there were foreigners acting suspiciously in »

- Robert Greenberger

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Contender Countdown: Should the Best Picture frontrunners fear 'American Sniper?'

8 October 2014 4:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If it's mid October that means a number of expected Best Picture contenders are increasingly becoming questionable players. Guess things are getting serious, huh? "Inherent Vice" received strong reviews, but mixed reaction from those on the ground at the New York Film Festival over the weekend. Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel won't open in theaters until December and Warner Bros. will slowly screen it over the next few months in Los Angeles as they hope it gets a better audience reception on the West Coast. Still, like "The Master," the shine is somewhat off "Vice" as a potential nominee (although never say never). David Fincher's "Gone Girl" is huge hit with significant critical support, but based on one Academy screening you'd think it has absolutely no shot at a nod. That's silly. 20th Century Fox has months to push the thematic elements of the »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' trailer is two minutes of heart-pounding terror

2 October 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Everyone wants to love Clint Eastwood's movies. But after winning Best Director and Best Picture for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby," the actor-turned-director's self-seriousness has left his recent output feeling a little… dry. Sounding great on paper, "Flags of Our Fathers" "Invictus," "J. Edgar" didn't have the cinematic brawn to muscle Eastwood into the award season (though, it should be noted, that his riveting, un-Hollywood war movie "Letters from Iwo Jima" nabbed a Best Picture nomination). Will "American Sniper" be the one voters and critical voices finally get behind? Star Bradley Cooper hopes so. A passion project for the actor, Cooper dedicated himself to obtaining and developing the life story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle's story, one of the deadliest snipers in modern history. Originally set up as directing vehicle for Steven Spielberg, Eastwood boarded the project in Aug. 2013. Now we have the first look at the film and »

- Matt Patches

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Off the Carpet: Christopher Nolan, Brad Pitt and AFI Fest on deck

29 September 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The New York Film Festival has added David Fincher's "Gone Girl" to the equation and will do the same for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" in due time, but let me skip ahead a bit. The "Interstellar" onslaught, you see, has begun. New posters, interviews, a new trailer, TV spots during Sunday Night Football, more imagery, a reported (massive) running time, etc. Nolan's film is finished and has been shown here and there over the last week or so and, well, on a movie like this, it's hard to contain the trickle of buzz (even if everyone is probably signing NDAs). And the buzz is mostly great. However, when I hear certain things about the film — like how it finds a sweet spot between the emotion of Steven Spielberg and the intellect of Stanley Kubrick — I have to wonder if Nolan actually has the former in him. He »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Tiff Sex Comedy 'The Little Death' Lands at Magnolia (Trailer)

23 September 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This comic exploration of "the extraordinary sex lives of ordinary people," per the press release, stars breakout talent including Damon Herriman ("J. Edgar"), Bojana Novakovic ("Burning Man"), Kate Mulvany ("The Great Gatsby") and Lawson himself ("House of Lies"). Aussie director Lawson's debut plumbs the sexual kinks of five suburban couples, from the mundane to the hilarious and fetishistic. Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles promises "shockingly funny sex humor" and "a warmly affectionate look at adult relationships." The company is eyeing a 2015 release. The film was produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder for See Pictures, and executive produced by Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle. Australian trailer below. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Josh Lawson's Sex Comedy ‘The Little Death’ Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

23 September 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to writer-director Josh Lawson's Australian sex comedy “The Little Death,” which made its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, the company announced Tuesday. Magnolia is planning a 2015 release. Exploring the extraordinary sex lives of ordinary people, Lawson's directorial debut stars Damon Herriman (“J. Edgar”), Bojana Novakovic (“Devil”), Kate Mulvany (“The Great Gatsby”) as well as Lawson himself, who stars on Showtime's “House of Lies.” Also read: Seth Rogen Teams With Adam McKay, Ben Schwartz For Untitled Comedy Both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Tiff 14: Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’ and Saverio Costanzo’s ‘Hungry Hearts’

10 September 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While We’re Young

Written and directed by Noah Baumback

USA

Hungry Hearts

Written and directed by Saverio Costanzo

Italy

Since 2009, Adam Driver has infiltrated indie cinema and Hollywood alike. Starting off with small, independent shorts and bit parts on Television, he parlayed himself into bit parts in major Hollywood pictures like J. Edgar, and Lincoln. He then broke into mainstream cred as Adam Sackler on Lena Dunham’s Girls. Oh, he’s also going to be in the new Star Wars installment.

He’s no stranger to the festival circuit, either, least of all Tiff. In 2012 he co-starred alongside Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach’s magnificent Frances Ha at Toronto’s festival. The following year, he starred in Australian drama Tracks alongside Mia Wasikowska, and appeared in the Zoe Kazan, Daniel Radcliffe starrer What If (known at Tiff ’13 as The F Word.) This year, he’s front and center »

- Ariel Fisher

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Little Death coming across Europe

9 September 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

LevelK sells Australian sex comedy to raft of territories.

Josh Lawson’s sex-fetish comedy The Little Death has been snapped up by buyers following its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

LevelK has sold the film to the UK (Kaleidoscope), France and Spain (Wild Bunch), Germany, Switzerland and Austria (WeltKino), Greece (Seven Films) and Taiwan (Joint Entertainment).

Negotiations are currently ongoing in Toronto for multiple territories, according to LevelK.

Lawson’s directorial debut explores the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney and stars Damon Herriman (The Water Diviner, J. Edgar), Bojana Novakovic (Burning Man), Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby) and Josh Lawson (House of Lies, Anchorman 2).

Producers are Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder for See Pictures; and executive producers are Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle.

Financing by Ticket to Ride in association with Head Gear Film, Screen Australia »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Little Death heads across Europe

9 September 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

LevelK sells Australian sex comedy to raft of territories.

Josh Lawson’s sex-fetish comedy The Little Death has been snapped up by buyers following its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

LevelK has sold the film to the UK (Kaleidoscope), France and Spain (Wild Bunch), Germany, Switzerland and Austria (WeltKino), Greece (Seven Films) and Taiwan (Joint Entertainment).

Negotiations are currently ongoing in Toronto for multiple territories, according to LevelK.

Lawson’s directorial debut explores the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney and stars Damon Herriman (The Water Diviner, J. Edgar), Bojana Novakovic (Burning Man), Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby) and Josh Lawson (House of Lies, Anchorman 2).

Producers are Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder for See Pictures; and executive producers are Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle.

Financing by Ticket to Ride in association with Head Gear Film, Night Kitchen Productions, Red Apple »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Jersey Boys

4 September 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014

Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99

Studio: Warner

The Four Seasons come to life in Jersey Boys.

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys is a music-filled drama featuring The Four Seasons’ songs that influenced a generation, is directed by the seemingly immortal Clint Eastwood (J. Edgar, Million Dollar Baby).

Jersey Boys stars tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.

John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, »

- Laurence

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Final Scores: The Top 20 Summer Movies

1 September 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In many ways this was always going to be a ‘Marking Time’ summer. The hoopla of debuting blockbusters was constantly being eclipsed by breaking news about the big summer movies of 2015/16. With photos and plot details being drip-fed all summer from the sets of Star Wars: Episode VII, Avengers: Age of Ulton and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, it took a bit of effort to get genuinely excited about the upcoming fourth Transformers movie.

There was an orderly, uncontroversial tone to the summer line-up this year; everybody behaved as predicted. There were no Lone Rangers or John Carters; no Battleship-level disasters. The biggest disappointments of the season were probably Seth MacFarlane’s Ted follow-up, A Million Ways to Die in The West and the entirely unwanted Expendables 3 (which scraped back $27m; barely enough to cover the cod liver oil and Sanatogen allowance for the cast).

Instead, the malaise was »

- Cai Ross

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Off the Carpet: Eastwood crashes the season as Telluride gears up for another edition

18 August 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been an interesting run of films for director Clint Eastwood in the 10 years since his "Million Dollar Baby" crashed the 2004 Oscar party and ran away with the gold. I say "interesting" because, at least in awards season terms, it's been a run particularly notable for lots of revving but nothing that ever materialized as a significant player. Right after "Baby" it was the one-two punch of "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" in 2006, a bold play for the then-75-year-old filmmaker. While developing an adaptation of John Bradley's book for the former, Eastwood felt a perspective from the Japanese side of the WWII equation was warranted, so he quickly developed the latter. And it was "Letters" that felt like it had more on its mind, yielding surprise (for some) nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Poster And Trailer For 'Revenge Of The Green Dragons'

14 August 2014 2:31 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The first poster and trailer for Andrew Lau's Revenge of the Green Dragons have arrived online. The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Revenge of the Green Dragons is based on  Frederick Dannen's New Yorker article that told the story of the underworld of Asian-American gang life in 80's and 90's New York City.

The film stars Justin Chon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Kevin Wu, Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee), Shuya Chang, with Geoff Pierson (J. Edgar), Billy Magnussen and Ray Liotta.

Martin Scorsese is backing the film as Executive Producer. Scorsese is a fan of Lau. His film, The Departed, is a remake of Lau's Internal Affairs.

Here's the film's official synopsis:

In the vein of crime classics like Mean Streets and Infernal Affairs, Revenge Of The Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair »

- Laura Frances

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'Revenge of the Green Dragons' Trailer from Producer Martin Scorsese

13 August 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A24 Films and DirecTV have released the first trailer and poster for Revenge of the Green Dragons, which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. DirecTV subscribers will get to see the action-thriller first, with an exclusive 30-day window starting September 11, with a theatrical release in October to follow from A24 Films. Check out the first footage and one-sheet, then read on for more details about this true-story adaptation starring Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr. and Ray Liotta, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

A24 and DirecTV have teamed up on Revenge of the Green Dragons, directed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Revenge of the Green Dragons will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. DirecTV will immediately follow with an exclusive 30-day window beginning September 11, followed by an A24 theatrical release in October. »

- MovieWeb

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