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Oscarwatch 2013 – Why the Strong Male Lead Drives Best Picture Now

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This year’s Oscar race is not different from most in the last twenty years. Best Picture is driven by two major factors: Director and Actor. The strong leading man has driven the Best Picture winner for the past seven years. You have to go back to Million Dollar Baby, or I suppose, Crash to find a year when the Best Picture winner wasn’t anchored by a strong leading male, whether…

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Oscarwatch: The Directors

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Argo — Telluride, early September, 2012 The Artist — Cannes, May, 2011 The King’s Speech — Toronto, September, 2010 The Hurt Locker — the previous year, Toronto Film Fest Slumdog Millionaire — Telluride, Toronto, September 2008 No Country for Old Men — Cannes, May, 2007 The Departed — October, 2006 Crash — May, 2005 Million Dollar Baby, December, 2004 Million Dollar Baby was the last film arriving in late release…

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Oscarwatch: Benedict Cumberbatch – Star on the Rise

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Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be enjoying the perfect storm of projects right now.  His work in Sherlock is probably his best to date, though he was equally compelling (read: hot) in Parade’s End, where he played the husband mistreated by Rebecca Hall.  Reviews of both coming soon in our new TV section.  Meanwhile, Cumberbatch has these projects in the can, in addition to the highly anticipated 3rd season of Sherlock:…

Meryl Streep, a Date with Oscar and a Test Screening

Meryl Streep, a Date with Oscar and a Test Screening

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Twitter was a-flutter with reactions from a test screening of the Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts film August: Osage County.  I never trust test screenings where Oscar is concerned because they are almost always wrong. Moreover, they can sometimes set expectations too high for a film to then meet those expectations.  I hate it when that happens.  But you can’t put the genie back in the bottle once it’s out and so…

Jane Got A Gun has lost director Lynne Ramsay

Jane Got A Gun has lost director Lynne Ramsay

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Jane Got A Gun was set to begin production Monday in Sante Fe, but cast and crew found out yesterday morning that Director Lynn Ramsay would no longer be directing. The $25 million western, written by Brian Duffield and said to be one of the best Black List scripts of 2011, involves an outlaw who has managed to make it back to his home in spite of being ventilated with…

Steven Spielberg exits Gods and Kings; Ang Lee may take over

Steven Spielberg exits Gods and Kings; Ang Lee may take over

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  (AceShowbiz) Warner Bros. Pictures is reported reaching out to recent Oscars’ Best Director winner Ang Lee to direct a biblical epic based on the Moses story called “Gods and Kings”. The studio immediately sets eyes on the 58-year-old filmmaker after failing to seal a deal with Steven Spielberg. Lee is said “intrigued” by the offer, but has not been invited to have formal meetings with the studio yet. If…

Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep

Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep

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Working from a script by Lem Dobbs, Robert Redford directs and stars in The Company You Keep as Jim Grant, a former member of the Weather Underground who has been hiding out under an assumed identity ever since members of the group participated in a bank heist that ended in a guard’s death. When a young reporter figures out the truth, Grant must stay one step ahead of the FBI,…

Great Gatsby to open Cannes Film Festival

Great Gatsby to open Cannes Film Festival

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Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby has been announced as this year’s opening night gala in Cannes, but unless Warner Bros. delays the US premiere Gatsby’s spotlight won’t be a world premiere. (LATimes) The Cannes opening slot has been an extremely fertile platform the last two years, propelling 2011 opener “Midnight In Paris” and 2012 debut “Moonrise Kingdom” to breakout success. But “Gatsby” could face a wrinkle: at the moment it appears…

Guest Essay: Thomas Newman, Another Bridesmaid

Guest Essay: Thomas Newman, Another Bridesmaid

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By Ryan Fogarty @fogartyjones Much like his cousin Randy before him, Thomas Newman has amounted 11 Oscar nominations without a win (to be clear, Randy earned 15 Oscar nominations before winning Best Song for Monsters, Inc. in 2002.) Newman is my personal Susan Lucci. I was first introduced to his music when I saw Little Women in theatres in 1994, I would later learn by that point he had scored…

Edward Norton signs on for Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s Birdman

Edward Norton signs on for Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s Birdman

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Over the past couple of days, the cast roster for Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy Birdman has been quickly inked in. Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis are all set to appear in a film that sounds almost as if it might have been written by Charlie Kaufman. Another important role has filled today. (via CinemaBlend) Edward Norton is the latest actor to join the cast of Birdman….