THE BRIEF

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The New York Film Fest looks a lot like the Cannes lineup with several repeats that were well received there, like The Lobster, Carol and The Assassin. Steve Jobs, Bridge of Spies and The Walk are the big movies to land there and I suspect among the most popular screenings. Of the films I’m personally […]
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The Year of the Man marches on with Bradley Cooper in Burnt. Oh look, there’s Emma Thompson propping him up – and look, there’s Siena Miller helping him out. I kid. I’m sure it has to be better than this trailer because it was picked up the Weinstein Co. and ...
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Tom Hiddleston emerges as American country music icon Hank Williams. The pic will be directed by producer Marc Abraham. I SAW THE LIGHT is based on Colin Escott’s award-winning biography and stars Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones. RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ ...
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Craig Kennedy, Ryan Adams and I discuss 1933 and the 5th Annual Academy Awards. They weren’t as exciting as the previous year or the following year but it was the first ceremony to include the short categories, mainly because short films were popular ...
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The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words ...
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It’s been hard to find much to get excited about for Oscars 2015 – though the season isn’t yet upon us. That starts in a few weeks with Venice and Telluride. Tarantino gives his fans what they want and rarely deviates from that formula, especially in the latter part of ...
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One year ago today, we lost Robin Williams, one of greatest comedic talents in American history. In remembrance of his gifts and the gifts he gave to us, we’re reposting Daniel Smith-Rowsey‘s heartfelt tribute — a celebration of the life of a consummate performer, “often imitated but never equaled; no ...
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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced more films to be screened in its line up. Je Suis Charlie, a documentary about the attack on the victims of Charlie Hebdo will receive its World Premiere. Patrick Stewart’s highly anticipated Green Room will open Midnight Madness. The Midnight Madness slate will ...
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You might wonder why Scorsese would be interested in the 19th century’s most prolific serial killer in The Devil in White City but what I think draws him to the project, other than working again with DiCaprio, is the opportunity to bring the World’s Fair to life. Amid the spectacle ...
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This tingle I feel from Louder than Bombs is overshadowed somewhat by the bummer of realizing the 50-second teaser is better than almost every movie at the All-American multiplex right now. So imagine the gloom-clouded thrill I get from these 5 minutes of clips. An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle ...
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In the latest update of Oscar Poker (Oscar Podcast is still ongoing), Jeff Wells and I talked about the packed Best Actor race and a strange phenomenon rising as a result.  With many films coming up that are considered “two handers,” as in, no clear lead but two co-leads, it seems ...
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The awards community is abuzz about some comments made by Edward Norton regarding the Oscars. He has a lot to say on the topic, including how hard it is to work an awards season that lasts seven months, “once a film gets channeled by the industry into that death grip ...
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I’ll confess, the instantaneous backlash on Tuesday against the new trailer for Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall took me by surprise — maybe because I try never to take the measure of a movie using a corporate marketing tool as a yardstick. Nevertheless, the outcry this week has touched on several legitimate ...
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Michael Patterson has been predicting the Telluride lineup for a while now and has compiled what he thinks are the ten most likely titles to land. Why it matters: Telluride has screened the Best Picture winner for the past ten years. Not since The Departed has the eventual winner not ...
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Two strong trailers for upcoming films aired during the GOP debates. Though mostly marginalized by the liberal elite, Fox News would be pulling in major viewership for these debates, largely due to Donald Trump being there. I caught the Bridge of Spies spot (but could not find it on YouTube) ...
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A film featuring female characters in all the lead roles, About Ray tells the story of a transgendered teen going through transition. Naomi Watts as her mother, Susan Sarandon as her grandmother. Directed by Gaby Dellal.

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We saw the images and we roughly know the plot. Here is the trailer for a film that looks straight out of the 1970s — in Ken Russell territory. Will it be well received or universally panned? We will wait and see but one thing we can know for sure ...
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Roland Emmerich’s passion project Stonewall finally arrives after years of struggle. Jeremy Irvine leads a fantastic cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jonny Beauchamp (Penny Dreadful), Ron Perlman, Joey King, Matt Craven, and Caleb Landry Jones. STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 ...
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Written, directed and starring Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt, reuniting the couple for the first time in ten years is By the Sea. Jolie gave People Mag the first look at the actors in their parts and talked to Jolie about the film.
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Woody Allen has revealed the cast of his latest film. The film will star; Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, Jeannie Berlin, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott. Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider will co-star. The new untitled film will start shooting in ...

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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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this ...
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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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Trailers

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Netflix has released the trailer for Beasts Of No Nation, and so their Oscar campaign begins. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation is based on the book by ...
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This looks pretty great all the way around, I have to admit. Someone seems to have finally put Matt Damon’s sense of humor to good use. Can it possibly be ...
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