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The film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s Carol made its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Both its stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara won rave reviews for their roles. Blanchett stars as a married woman who falls in love with a younger department store worker played by Mara. The film isn’t out until November […]
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And all through the internet the chatter reached a crescendo when the Danish Girl trailer dropped. Do you think he’ll win back to back Oscars, they ask. And indeed, had Eddie Redmayne not won last year for his remarkable turn as Stephen Hawking he would probably win this year (sight ...
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Over at Entertainment Weekly, Anthony Breznican gets the exclusive that in addition to the new producers being added to the this year’s Oscars, there will be TWO hosts.  David Hill told Breznican, “There will be multiple hosts for sure – there will be two.” Breznican theorizes that the reason they’re saying ...
The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

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David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have been announced as the 2016 Oscar Producers. The duo will produce the 88th Academy Awards set to take place on February 28, 2016.   Hill won an Emmy in 2011 for Outstanding Live Sports Special. Most recently he was a Sports Executive at Fox ...
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The new offical U.S trailer for Macbeth has arrived, teasing epic battles. Michael Fassbender plays the menacing Macbeth and Marion Cotillard plays his scheming Lady Macbeth. Filmed on the Scottish Highlands, the trailer gives us a look at the misty, dark, and bloody epic with more scenes of Macbeth on the ...
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The first trailer for The Danish Girl has arrived. Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne plays Einar Wegener, a Danish born artist who was born a man and undergoes a series of sex reassignment surgeries in Germany, as she realizes she is a woman. Set in the 1930’s, Wegener changes her name ...
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Mad Max: Fury Road has been voted best film by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). Director George Miller will accept the Grand Prix at the San Sebastian Film Festival Sept 18-26. The four finalists included László Nemes’ Son Of Saul, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi and ...
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London, Tuesday 1 September 2015: – The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of ...
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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup of small earners. Indeed, we could be looking at a year where many of the films vying for Oscar are ...
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Nicholas Hoult has been cast as JD Salinger and though I greatly admire Hoult’s work I’m not sure he’s the right guy to play Salinger. He’s too pretty for one thing.  Adam Driver seemed born to play Salinger, I always thought. Danny Strong is the writer/director behind the project. Press release as ...
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Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. ...
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The Venice Film Festival is in a unique position to capture the first blush of a film that might ultimately do well during Oscar season.  This was true of Gravity and it was true of Birdman. The next stop after Venice is Telluride, which is its own kind of launch ...
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My glaring mistake on the Gurus of Gold chart still sits there unfixed, even though I wrote to David Poland about it and also tweeted it out. That mistake was in somehow mistaking the word “Youth” in my head for “Shame,” which I do more often than I care to ...
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The Second Mother is easily one of the best films I’ve seen this year. It’s deeply satisfyingly to see a story so deceptively simple unfold with such thoughtful and thought provoking resonance. Two channels to the left of The Second Mother and you arrive at Pedro Almodovar. Two channels to ...
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In the early stages before the Oscar race heats up, days can go by when nothing significant happens and then we’ll have an afternoon when a half dozen developments rain down all at once. Those bursts of activity are about to become a lot more frequent, so we’re inaugurating a ...
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt star in By the Sea and it will open the AFI Fest, Tim Gray reports. Written and directed by Angelina Jolie, the film is about a couple weathering the storms of a marriage in the 1970s. Jolie went big with Unbroken and now is going ...
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The BFI are set to bestow it’s highest honor on Cate Blanchett at this year’s London Film Festival. Blanchett will be the receipient of the BFI Fellowship Award, the award is given to individuals in recoginition of their contribution to film or TV. Blanchett will make two appearances at the ...
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Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee will be recipients of this year’s honorary Oscars. Reynolds will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President said, “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ We’ll be celebrating ...
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Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer have partnered up to write a comedy. Furthermore, they won’t only be writing the screenplay, they both plan to star in it too. Lawrence broke the news in an interview with the New York Times. Lawrence said, “We play sisters. We’re almost done writing. It ...
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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening of everything I’ve seen here thus far with the possible exception of Carol. When it finally came to an end, ...

The State of the Race

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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup ...
In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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The new offical U.S trailer for Macbeth has arrived, teasing epic battles. Michael Fassbender plays the menacing Macbeth and Marion Cotillard plays his scheming Lady Macbeth. Filmed on the Scottish ...
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The first trailer for Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Frankenstein has been unveiled by 20th Century Fox. You know the story, Doctor Frankenstein creates ...
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