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Don’t stop him now: Rami Malek (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’) skyrockets in Best Actor Oscar predictions

Earlier this month 20th Century Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek as Queen front man Freddie Mercury, began screening for film critics. As more and more of our Oscar Experts break free to see the biopic, you’ll notice that Malek continues to rise in our Best Actor racetrack odds. Sixteen of our 23 Experts now believe that Malek will earn his first career Oscar nomination, with 3 even predicting he’ll be the champion: Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Keith Simanton (IMDb) and Tariq Khan (Fox TV).

SEEHe will rock you: Rami Malek (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’) breaks out as a leading Oscar rival for Best Actor

After seeing the film two weeks ago, our own Tom O’Neil raved that “Malek delivers, wows, bedazzles and seizes your heart in a performance guaranteed to be a leading Oscar contender for Best Actor. Maybe even the winner.” With momentum on Malek’s side, we
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Hunter Killer In St. Louis

In theaters October 26, 2018 is the action thriller Hunter Killer.

Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop Wwiii.

Also starring Oscar® winner Gary Oldman, Common (John Wick: Chapter 2), Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Hunter Killer is a high-stakes thriller that unfolds both by land and sea.

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ could look good to Oscar voters

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ could look good to Oscar voters
Joel and Ethan Coen have done well with the Western genre at the Oscars. They won Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Motion Picture for “No Country for Old Men” (Javier Bardem also took home Best Supporting Actor), while their “True Grit” remake earned 10 Oscar nominations, including Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay for the Coen brothers again.

They are back in contention with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” an anthology that tells six different tales. Here’s the official synopsis of this Annapurna picture: Follows the story of two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.

Predict the Oscar nominations now; change them until January 22

The first two segments, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” featuring Tim Blake Nelson as the titular character, and “Near Algodones” featuring James Franco,
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‘Vice’ could put Christian Bale in nice company as 7th man to sweep both acting Oscars

‘Vice’ could put Christian Bale in nice company as 7th man to sweep both acting Oscars
Now that the “Vice” trailer is out, Christian Bale — unrecognizable as Dick Cheney in the Adam McKay film — is gaining ground in our Best Actor predictions, rising to 4/1 odds to sit behind predicted champ Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”). If the Oscar winner goes the all the way, he’d not only pick up his second statuette, but he’d become the seventh man to win in lead and supporting.

Bale, who won Best Supporting Actor for “The Fighter” (2010), would join a list that includes:

1. Jack Lemmon, Best Supporting Actor for “Mister Roberts” (1955) and Best Actor for “Save the Tiger” (1973)

2. Robert De Niro, Best Supporting Actor for “The Godfather Part II” (1974) and Best Actor for “Raging Bull” (1980)

3. Jack Nicholson, Best Actor for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “As Good as It Gets (1997), and Best Supporting Actor for “Terms of Endearment” (1983)

4. Gene Hackman, Best Actor for “The French Connection
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Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney & Annabelle Wallis Join Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney & Annabelle Wallis Join Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Seth MacFarlane (The Orville), Sienna Miller (Live by Night), Simon McBurney (The Theory of Everything) and Annabelle Wallis(Peaky Blinders) are set to star opposite Russell Crowe and Naomi Watts in Showtime’s upcoming eight-episode limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes, played by Crowe.

All four will play key figures in the Ailes real-life saga: MacFarlane will portray Ailes’ former confidant Brian Lewis, McBurney will play Fox head Rupert Murdoch, Miller is Ailes’ ex-wife Beth, while Wallis is former Fox News exec Laurie Luhn.

This is a rare drama acting gig for MacFarlane who stars on his latest series, Fox’s The Orville, and voices characters on some of his animated series, most notably Family Guy. It took weeks of trying to make the deal for the Showtime limited series work around his busy schedule on The Orville, which he also showruns, writes for and directs. In June,
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‘First Man’ reviews: One small step for man, one giant leap towards Oscars for Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle?

‘First Man’ reviews: One small step for man, one giant leap towards Oscars for Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle?
First Man” opened on October 12, and critics are over the moon — pardon the pun, I couldn’t resist. In director Damien Chazelle‘s first film since becoming the youngest Best Director winner in Oscar history for “La La Land” (2016), “First Man” explores the historic career of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who as the title indicates was the first man ever to walk on the moon.

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic score of 85 based on 52 reviews, and on Rotten Tomatoes it’s 90% fresh based on 199 reviews. The Tomatometer critics consensus says the film “uses a personal focus to fuel a look back at a pivotal moment in human history — and takes audiences on a soaring dramatic journey along the way.”

Ryan Gosling plays the title role, and his performance has been called a “career-best.” He “excels at minimalist, emotional performances.” Meanwhile, the filmmaking is “a giant leap” for Chazelle,
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‘Beautiful Boy’ reviews: Timothee Chalamet gives an ‘exquisitely calibrated’ performance in addiction drama

‘Beautiful Boy’ reviews: Timothee Chalamet gives an ‘exquisitely calibrated’ performance in addiction drama
Is “Beautiful Boy” award-worthy? The Amazon Studios film opened in select theaters on October 12 and stars Steve Carell as a devoted father and Timothee Chalamet as his son who struggles with an addiction to drugs, especially crystal meth. Both actors are past Oscar nominees looking for their second bids, but what do the critics have to say?

Reviews for the film are generally positive, though somewhat mixed. As of this writing it has a MetaCritic score of 63 based on 22 reviews and a Rotten Tomatoes freshness rating of 67% based on 54 reviews. The Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus highlights Carell and Chalamet’s performances, which are “often powerful enough to make up for the story’s muted emotional impact.”

Chalamet in particular is a critical favorite for his turn, which has been described as “exquisitely calibrated and utterly lived in.” He “comes apart at the seams before our eyes, and he has plenty of range.
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‘Colette’ is sure to look good to Oscar voters

‘Colette’ is sure to look good to Oscar voters
The London Film Festival continued on October 11 with Keira Knightley‘s new period drama “Colette” playing to three cinema screens packed full of press. This biopic of the acclaimed writer is set in turn of the century Paris and is directed by Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”). It co-stars the terrific Dominic West as Colette’s husband, Willy. Here’s the official synopsis: Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

Predict the Oscar nominations now; change them until January 22

The film was very well-received here, with many an appreciative laugh heard during the more relevant jokes and topics raised during the film. This period piece is quite relatable to a lot of people today, with the struggle of gender norms a hot button issue. The filmmakers play on that during several scenes. Colette
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Classic Sheet Ghost Haunts ‘Boo!’ Festival Poster [Exclusive]

Classic Sheet Ghost Haunts ‘Boo!’ Festival Poster [Exclusive]
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive new look at an alternate festival poster (design by Daniele Serra) for Luke Jaden‘s Boo!, his indie horror film that stars Moonlight’s Jaden Piner, Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”, “Ash vs. Evil Dead”), Aurora Perrineau (Passengers), Charley Palmer Rothwell (Darkest Hour, Beast), Dwight Henry (12 Years a Slave) and Rob Zabrecky (A Ghost Story). The film is set to have its World Premiere […]
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Working Title, Heyday Films, Eon Productions Launch London Film and TV College

London has a new college for budding filmmakers, one that comes with the support of some of the U.K.’s best-known producers and aims to address issues concerning diversity behind the camera.

The London Screen Academy (Lsa), which was launched Wednesday and is now accepting applications ahead of its opening in September 2019, is a free, state-funded school for 16- to 19-year-olds and was founded by multiple award-winning producers including Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Darkest Hour, Baby Driver), Heyday Films’ David Heyman (Harry Potter, Paddington), Eon ProductionsBarbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson (the James Bond ...
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[Exclusive] Clip From ‘Boo!’ Follows An Umbilical Cord to….

[Exclusive] Clip From ‘Boo!’ Follows An Umbilical Cord to….
Bloody Disgusting just scored this creepy exclusive clip from Luke Jaden‘s Boo!, his indie horror film that stars Moonlight’s Jaden Piner, Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”, “Ash vs. Evil Dead”), Aurora Perrineau (Passengers), Charley Palmer Rothwell (Darkest Hour, Beast), Dwight Henry (12 Years a Slave) and Rob Zabrecky (A Ghost Story). In the clip, a woman wakes up to a baby crying and follows a lengthy umbilical cord […]
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Netflix Commits To Panama Papers Drama ‘The Laundromat:’ David Schwimmer Joins Soderbergh, Oldman, Streep, Banderas

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Exclusive: Netflix has committed to finance and release The Laundromat, the Steven Soderbergh-directed drama about the Panama Papers scandal. David Schwimmer has just joined a killer cast that is led by Oscar-winning Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman, The Post‘s Meryl Streep and Life Itself‘s Antonio Banderas. Other cast circling include Will Forte and Earthquake Bird‘s Riley Keough. The film has a script by Scott Z. Burns, based on the Jake Bernstein book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite. Producers are Lawrence Grey, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Sugar, Burns and Topic Studios.

Deadline first revealed the project back at Cannes and noted then that Netflix was hot and heavy in pursuit. This after Netflix previously set a movie on the scandal by German journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, who broke the story and wrote the book Panama Papers:
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U.K. Production Hits New Highs, Spurred by Tax Reliefs

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U.K. Production Hits New Highs, Spurred by Tax Reliefs
Philip Hammond, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, has hailed “Peppa Pig,” “The Crown,” and “Darkest Hour” and said authorities remain committed to tax relief for U.K.-produced film and high-end TV. The chancellor was speaking after new research showed that £632 million ($825 million) of relief seeded £3.2 billion of production spend in 2016, the latest year for which there is data. The overall economic contribution from the screen sector was £7.9 billion.

Hammond said the U.K.’s creative industries are “a key component of our great, global trading nation.” He added that he was “confident that the creative industries will continue to grow, provide strong employment and be the face of British culture to the world in future years.”

Brexit is looming, but ahead of the U.K. leaving the European Union the country’s film and TV sectors are booming, according to the figures in the BFI-commissioned study. It
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UK Government Is “Committed To Supporting Creative Industries Through Tax Reliefs”

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A new UK report highlighting the seismic impact of tax reliefs on the creative industries has been welcomed by the UK Government, which has said it will remain “committed to supporting the creative industries through tax reliefs.”

The film and high-end TV tax credits are among the UK’s biggest calling cards when it comes to attracting mega inward investment from Hollywood studios, which generate the lion’s share of production spend in the territory.

According to the report by consultancy and research firms Olsberg Spi and Nordicity, titled ‘Screen Business: How tax incentives help power economic growth across the UK’, an estimated £632M in tax relief seeded £3.16B in direct production spend in 2016, a 17% increase on 2015.

In 2016, UK-made productions generated £7.9B as the screen sector’s overall economic contribution (Gva), including £2B in tax revenues. Production spend which would not have taken place without the tax reliefs was worth
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The Girl on the Train's Haley Bennett and Director Joe Wright Expecting First Child Together

The Girl on the Train's Haley Bennett and Director Joe Wright Expecting First Child Together
Baby on board!

Congratulations are in order for The Girl on the Train’s Haley Bennett and Darkest Hour director Joe Wright as they are expecting their first child together, a source confirms to People.

Wright, 46, is already father to sons Mohan, 3, and Zubin, 7, with ex-wife Anoushka Shankar. It will be Bennett’s first child.

According to Page Six, the baby is due this winter. “They are very happy,” a source told the outlet after saying Bennett, 30, is about six months along.

Bennett and Wright first sparked romance rumors just days after news of his split with Shankar was reported in January.
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‘Boo!’ Festival Poster Art Goes Trick or Treating

Bloody Disgusting has new images and a festival poster (design by Glenn Chadbourne) for Luke Jaden‘s Boo!, his indie horror film that stars Moonlight’s Jaden Piner, Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”, “Ash vs. Evil Dead”), Aurora Perrineau (Passengers), Charley Palmer Rothwell (Darkest Hour, Beast), Dwight Henry (12 Years a Slave) and Rob Zabrecky (A Ghost Story). Set to have its World Premiere at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival on […]
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Oscar predictions slugfest over Best Actor: Pete Hammond vs. Anne Thompson vs. Tom O’Neil [Video & Audio Podcast]

The Oscar race for Best Actor is wide open: that’s all that Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Anne Thompson (Indiewire) and I can agree upon in our predictions battle. Watch above or listen to the audio podcast version below.

It’s not like last year when Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) was out front early on and all smart Oscarologists knew he could stay there, if only he could stave off a slowly rising threat from Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”). And we knew that Oldman would do so. This year, as Pete, Anne and I note: there are a lot of strong rivals, including early faves Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Ryan Gosling (“First Man”) and Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”) plus new surging ponies Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”) and Christian Bale (“Vice”).

See Anne’s and my current predictions for Best Actor, stacked up against our other Experts.
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Will Christian Bale (‘Vice’) continue recent trend of Best Actor Oscar winners playing real-life people?

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Will Christian Bale (‘Vice’) continue recent trend of Best Actor Oscar winners playing real-life people?
Want to win an Oscar? Here’s a tip: play a real-life person! The Academy Awards have always had a soft spot for actors who take on true-to-life characters. In fact, a whopping 7 of the past 10 Best Actor winners fall into this category, including last year’s champ Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” Will Christian Bale‘s performance as Dick Cheney in “Vice” be the next to join this ever-growing list? Click through our photo gallery below to see every performer who has won the Best Actor Oscar for playing a real-life person.

SEESee how Christian Bale balloons into VP Dick Cheney in the just-landed ‘Vice’ trailer

Much like Oldman’s Churchill, Bale’s Cheney is an achievement in makeup and hairstyling. In fact, the physical transformation is so massive that Bale is virtually unrecognizable in Annapurna’s new trailer. “From the pot-bellied physique and corona of
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Naomi Watts To Star As Gretchen Carlson In Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Naomi Watts To Star As Gretchen Carlson In Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts is set to star as anchor Gretchen Carlson opposite her longtime friend Russell Crowe in Showtime’s upcoming limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Oscar winner Crowe plays Ailes in the project, which is set to start production next month. Emmy nominee Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale) will direct the first two episodes.

The as-yet untitled series (fka Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes), a Blumhouse Television and Showtime co-production, is based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book The Loudest Voice in the Room and his extensive reporting for New York magazine about the sordid allegations of sexual harassment that prompted the late Ailes’ ouster at Fox News. Sherman co-wrote the first episode with Spotlight writer Tom McCarthy, who executive produces with Jason Blum.

Watts will portray journalist Carlson, who rose to prominence over a decade ago at Fox News
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Will Timothee Chalamet (‘Beautiful Boy’) be the latest to win Oscar right after a crushing loss?

Will Timothee Chalamet (‘Beautiful Boy’) be the latest to win Oscar right after a crushing loss?
After losing the Oscar for Best Actor to Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) earlier this year, “Call Me by Your Name” breakout Timothee Chalamet is back in the conversation for his supporting role in the biographical drama “Beautiful Boy.” It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7 and is scheduled to be released in the Us on October 12 by Amazon Studios. Will Chalamet win the Oscar this time around to makeup for his loss? It wouldn’t be the first time an actor quickly cashed in an Oscar Iou.

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Time and again actors have won their first Oscars after one or more very recent defeats. For instance:

Penelope Cruz: nominated for Best Actress for “Volver” (2006), won Best Supporting Actress for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008)

Colin Firth: nominated for Best Actor for “A Single Man” (2009), won Best Actor for “The
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